Baseball has long been called America’s pastime, but some feel the pastime is just that, past. Do conversations happening in and around the NFL and NBA better reflect America today? Or is the game of baseball just too long for the 21st-century sports fan?

This week, we sit down with Liz Bloom, current Harvard MBA/MPP and former Pittsburgh Pirates beat reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, to talk about how baseball has historically been a petri dish for society’s issues and where the league is today.

This Week’s Guest: Liz Bloom

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Liz Bloom is a student in the joint degree program at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School (MBA/MPP). Previously, she covered the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the leading news organization in Western Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she was the Post-Gazette’s classical music writer, reporting on and reviewing the city’s world-renowned symphony, opera company, and other cultural organizations. Before moving to Pittsburgh, she was a George Peabody Gardner fellow in Istanbul, where she played Turkish percussion and studied Turkish language. She also was a member of the Online News Association’s 2018 Women’s Leadership Accelerator.


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This Week in Dystopia is a new podcast hosted by Christopher Robichaud, Harvard Kennedy School Senior Lecturer. A podcast of politics, theory, and pop culture, This Week in Dystopia, brings commentary from the halls of Harvard to everyone's headphones.

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A podcast about the promise and perils of democracy, hosted by Christopher Robichaud, Harvard Kennedy School Senior Lecturer.

This Week in Dystopia

This Week in Dystopia is a new podcast hosted by Christopher Robichaud, Harvard Kennedy School Senior Lecturer. A podcast of politics, theory, and pop culture, This Week in Dystopia, brings commentary from the halls of Harvard to everyone's headphones.

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