SoS 37- A Republic of Play with Rob Ruck

This week on the Sausage of Science, we are thrilled to welcome our first historian onto the show! Dr. Rob Ruck, professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, chats with Chris and Cara about sports, history, culture, and health, interweaving many of our favorite topics.

Dr. Ruck discusses his latest research on football in American Samoa, and the resulting book “Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL”. Dr. Ruck’s other documentaries include The Republic of Baseball: Dominican Giants of the American Game, Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game, and Rooney: A Sporting Life, among others. To learn more about Dr. Ruck, check out his personal website:, or his University of Pittsburgh website

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