Baseball & Borders

At the start of spring training, with opening day a little more than a month away, it’s time to talk about baseball.

On this episode, theologian Carmen Nanko-Fernández, whose work focuses on the surprising connections between religion, politics, and popular culture, helps us do just that. 

Baseball, Nanko-Fernández explains, is much more than a game. That’s especially true along the U.S.-Mexico border, where sports, race, immigration, labor, and politics are all intertwined.

 

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“Béisbol is an entry point into a border parable, and la frontera is the star.”—Carmen Nanko-Fernández

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