Guests: James Senbeta, Eli Wolff, Scott Brown, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
The Paralympic Games, an international multi-sport event that includes athletes with a range of disabilities, begin in Rio next week. In this hour, Mary Cummings-Jordan talks with Paralympian JAMES SENBETA, a professional wheelchair athlete who grew up in the Philadelphia area and will compete in the 800m, 5000m, and the marathon in Rio. And she’ll discuss training and selection for the international competition with former Paralympians ELI WOLFF, from the 1996 and 2004 United States Paralympic Soccer Team, and rower SCOTT BROWN, one of the most decorated athletes in Paralympic rowing’s international history. Then, Mary discusses how we view disability and its role in current politics with ROSEMARIE GARLAND-THOMSON, a Professor of English and Bioethics at Emory University and Co-Founding Director of the Emory Disability Studies Initiative.