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Further chaos and division in the United States last week. 

Midterm elections gave the Democrats the House, but the Republicans gained more power in the Senate. 

President Donald Trump sparred with CNN’s Jim Acosta and had his White House press pass revoked. Protesters tried to break into FOX host Tucker Carlson’s house. Trump also fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 

And yet another senseless, horrific rampage shooting. A dozen innocents were killed in Thousand Oaks, California. 

All this happened just days after the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport met in Vancouver where Podcast host Bob Mackin interviewed Stephen Mosher, a professor at Ithaca College in New York.

The commentator on sport and popular culture and sport as political resistance presented his analysis of how the music of John Mellencamp was used in sports TV, and how it intersects with politics and business. (Mellencamp, coincidentally, ends his 2018 tour Nov. 14 in Abbotsford, B.C.)

“How, over the past 25 years, has politics and a certain brand of American patriotism infused into sports television programming in the U.S. to the point where this hyper-patriotism is utterly unquestioned and normalized,” Mosher explained in the Nov. 4 interview. 

Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines and a commentary on the proportional representation debate. 

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