Before Bob Costas, there was Marty Glickman. A gifted Jewish-American athlete who was denied the chance to represent the U.S. at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he went on to become one of the most revered and influential sportscasters in history, pioneering many of the techniques, phrases and programming innovations that are commonplace in sports reporting today. This HBO documentary directed by James L. Freedman is a companion to our One Read book, "The Boys in the Boat," a story of the U.S. crew team 1936 Olympics. Learn more and watch the trailer at films.dbrl.org.
As part of One Read, enjoy a free screening of the historical drama "King of the Hill," directed by Steven Soderbergh. This film, shot in St. Louis and set in the 1930s, Depression-era Midwest, contains echoes of Joe Rantz, the central character of "The Boys in the Boat." It follows a young boy as he struggles on his own in a run-down motel after his parents and younger brother are separated from him. Post-film discussion led by Dr. Robert M. Collins, professor of history at the University of Missouri. (Rated PG-13, 103 min.)