The New York Times reports that, other than getting to fly on Air Force One, the burden of welcoming a championship team to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the perk Barack Obama likes most about his job. Here's White House correspondent Gardiner Harris' dispatch, which name checks The Audacity of Hoop: http://nyti.ms/28ZboYw
During NBA All-Star Weekend, The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff swung by CBC Radio's Toronto studios to visit with Shad Kabango, host of the popular morning culture magazine show Q. You can watch video of their exchange about basketball and Barack Obama here.
Filmmaker Jonathan Lord, host of the popular Passport Play podcast, spoke with The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff for the latest episode. With the epic Villanova-North Carolina title game still fresh, the two covered that terrain before launching into how basketball has shaped Barack Obama, and how the game might figure in his post-presidency. Listen to the entire podcast here.
Host Heath Brown of John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center spoke with The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff for the latest episode of the New Books in Political Science podcast. Did basketball really flip the two reddest states blue in the 2008 election? And did the game really save Obamacare? Listen to the discussion here.
The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff presented on Barack Obama and basketball in the Konover Auditorium at the University of Connecticut's Thomas Dodd Center on March 21. Read an account of the visit in The Daily Campus by clicking here.
Sports fans who love to read make frequent pilgrimages to Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker Street in Manhattan's Greenwich Village for Gelf Magazine's Varsity Letters reading series. In conjunction with his appearance there on March 22, The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff fielded questions from series director and Gelf editor Michael Gluckstadt. Read their exchange here.
In a post on the Princeton Alumni Weekly's blog, Brett Tomlinson discusses The Audacity of Hoop, which is written by an Old Nassau alum, Alexander Wolff, class of 1979. The book name-checks a range of former Princetonians, from FLOTUS Michelle Obama and her brother, former Princeton star Craig Robinson; to Obama intimate and ex-Tigers basketball captain John Rogers, and Paul Volcker, who served the administration as an adviser in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Read the full post here.
For this account on SI.com, The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff spoke with Andy Katz and Rebecca Lobo, the two ESPNers who were in the White House on March 15 to collect Barack Obama's NCAA tournament brackets. With their input he assesses the takeaways from eight iterations of "Barack-etology," including the practice's little-known origins (hint: Colin Powell played a role) and the (slim) chance that Obama's successor will continue the tradition.
In October 2008 ESPN college basketball reporter Andy Katz suggested to Barack Obama that he should share his NCAA tournament picks if he were to win the White House. Eight years later Katz has been handmaiden to the president's annual exercises in "Barack-etology," and in this edition of the Capital Games podcast he joins co-host and ABC News' political director Rick Klein and The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff to reflect on what it all means.