The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with sports writer Zach Osterman

April 4, 2018

On this historic anniversary we're going back in time to discuss a column written 50 years ago, upon the news of the assasination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was shot in Memphis, but this piece by Mike Royko was published in Chicago the next day. It has become something of a famous column, and, as Indianapolis Star writer Zac Osterman tells us today, it still works, it still resonates, and it is still viable.

At the beginning of the show you'll hear from Robert Kennedy, who was campaigning in Indianapolis on April 4, 1968 and delivered the news that King was killed and offered a short, powerful speech that is often credited with help calm that city. 

Incidentally, today, the Kennedy-King Park where RFK spoke those many years ago, has just this week been named a national commemorative site. What's old is never really old, and this is the best story I've heard today. 


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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with USA Today Network producer Spencer Elliott

February 13, 2018

Seems like there is plenty of drama in the Colorado State athletic department these days. The men's basketball coach has been suspended. So has the interim coach. Players skipped a practice and they are upside down in the win-loss column. A columnist at The Coloradoan, the Fort Collins daily, has an idea about how the program might get turned around, and it involves a huge name from the campus' past. 

Spencer Elliott, who is a digital producer at USA Today Network, tells us about the piece, and we talk about why such a historical hire may or may not work. It's a good column, an intriguing argument and we're glad Spencer brought it to us today. Take a listen and pass it along. 

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