This week we continue our series featuring book excerpts read by previous podcast guests. In this episode, Dr. Rob Ruck, a professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, reads a section from his book entitled “The Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL”. We then rebroadcast his original interview (SoS 37, aired in April 2019), in which Dr. Ruck discusses the intersections between sports, history, culture, and health.

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