Nick Turse

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Muhammad Ali Goes to Mars: The Lost Interview

It was in the summer of 1966 when a star-struck 17-year-old set out to interview his idol: Muhammad Ali. Twenty miles from the South Side of Chicago, in Glencoe, Ill., Michael Aisner was calling repeatedly to the gym where the boxing champ was training. Finally, a man named Mr. Shabazz — Jeremiah Shabazz, perhaps? The man who introduced Ali to Islam? — picked up.

“Where are you from?” Shabazz asked the boy.

“I’m from WNTH, a high school radio station,” Aisner said.

“The champ doesn’t have time to talk,” he told him.

Aisner called back two days later. And then two days after that.

“Can I interview the champ?” he asked again.

Finally, Shabazz relented.

“Ok,” he said. “The champ will meet you.”

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Police arrest a protestor during an anti-NATO demonstration in downtown Chicago May 19, 2012. A two-day NATO summit which starts May 20 will draw representatives from some 50 countries, including leaders of the 28 members of the military alliance. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Police arrest a protestor during an anti-NATO demonstration in downtown Chicago May 19, 2012. A two-day NATO summit which starts May 20 will draw representatives from some 50 countries, including leaders of the 28 members of the military alliance. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

CHICAGO, IL: From the protests of the NATO Summit. (Photo by Paul Weiskel)

CHICAGO, IL: From the protests of the NATO Summit. (Photo by Paul Weiskel)

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 19: From the protests of the NATO Summit. (Photo by Paul Weiskel)

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 19: From the protests of the NATO Summit. (Photo by Paul Weiskel)

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 19: Scott Schroeder, who lives next door to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, watches with his dog Lincoln, as demonstrators protest in front of the mayor’s home on May 19, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Several hundred demonstrators marched to the mayor’s home today protesting his closing of several mental health clinics. This was the sixth day of protests in front of the NATO Summit which runs May 20-21. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 19: Scott Schroeder, who lives next door to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, watches with his dog Lincoln, as demonstrators protest in front of the mayor’s home on May 19, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Several hundred demonstrators marched to the mayor’s home today protesting his closing of several mental health clinics. This was the sixth day of protests in front of the NATO Summit which runs May 20-21. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A woman is detained during a street demonstration ahead of the NATO Summit in Chicago May 19, 2012. Chicago police trying to keep the peace during the NATO summit may face their biggest test on Sunday when thousands of demonstrators were expected to march near the site where leaders of the military alliance begin a two-day meeting. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A woman is detained during a street demonstration ahead of the NATO Summit in Chicago May 19, 2012. Chicago police trying to keep the peace during the NATO summit may face their biggest test on Sunday when thousands of demonstrators were expected to march near the site where leaders of the military alliance begin a two-day meeting. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

In Chicago in 1980, black and white women died of breast cancer at the same rate. Today, despite being slightly more likely to get breast cancer, white female Chicagoans are half as likely to die from it. Could the difference in death rates be due to genetic differences between black and white women? A wealth of evidence suggests otherwise.
Anne Fausto-Sterling, “Bodies with Histories” (Boston Review, May/June 2012)
Policemen clash with protesters in the streets during an anti-NATO protest march in Chicago May 19, 2012. Hundreds of demonstrators protested peacefully on Saturday on the eve of the NATO summit in Chicago, gathering outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home to criticize cuts in mental health services before moving downtown under the close eye of police. REUTERS/ Darren Hauck

Policemen clash with protesters in the streets during an anti-NATO protest march in Chicago May 19, 2012. Hundreds of demonstrators protested peacefully on Saturday on the eve of the NATO summit in Chicago, gathering outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home to criticize cuts in mental health services before moving downtown under the close eye of police. REUTERS/ Darren Hauck

CHICAGO, IL: From the protests of the NATO Summit. (Photo by Paul Weiskel)

CHICAGO, IL: From the protests of the NATO Summit. (Photo by Paul Weiskel)

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Occupy Chicago: Don’t Feed the Greed! A photo taken at a Chicago rally on October 16th by Bret Hamilton.

Visit Bret’s Flickr page for more Occupy photos and follow him on Tumblr!

You can view the rest of The Political Notebook’s project to gather photography, documentation and experiences from the OWS movements nationwide. Email me at torierosedeghett@gmail.com, send me feedback or an inquiry in my ask box, or tweet me to submit and keep it going!