Joseph Shabason discusses his fascinating new concept album, Welcome to Hell, which rescores the classic, 1996 skateboarding video of the same name, his own skating history and how jazz, punk, and free improvisation relate to the sport, reclaiming public spaces, the amazing look and sound of skate videos and legends like Ed Templeton, bail sections, skate parks, tour dates, other future plans, and much more.
Chris Locke and Seán Cullen are Tony and Keith in this fun conversation about their relationship, fan fic, lab work, negative validation, the Olympics, and more! Supported by you on Patreon, Live at Massey Hall, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad’s Donuts. Support Y.E.S.S. and Black Women United YEG.
Ben Johnson is a former sprinter and Olympic champion who lives in Toronto, Ontario. 25 years ago at the summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Johnson became the world’s fastest man, running the 100-metre dash in a record time of 9.79 seconds. But after testing positive for steroids after the race, Johnson was disqualified, his world records were stricken, and he became one of the most infamous superstar athletes in history. Johnson now regrets his actions, speaking out against the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports, and urging young athletes to sign and support the #choosetherighttrack petition for an Athlete’s Support Council to guide them in making the right choices as competitors. Here, Johnson and I discuss violence in sports, why he’s speaking out against performance enhancing drugs in sports, his feelings about the incident in Seoul, his relationship with his late track coach Charlie Francis, his music and film collection, the revelations that Carl Lewis’ team have admitted that they tampered with his post-race drug test in Seoul, the 30 for 30 documentary, 9.79*, why he participated in the Cheetah sports drink ad campaign, what he thinks of Usain Bolt and whether sports can ever be free of drugs, and what’s next.
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