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The upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, are already a venue for a global debate about LGBT equality. Some activists are calling for a boycott of the games, in the wake of the passage of Russian laws that target "homosexual propaganda" and adoptions of Russian children by same-sex couples. But there's a long history of the games doubling as a venue for political debates. Sports writer Dave Zirin joins us in the studio to consider how this latest controversy fits into that tradition.
For our next Readers' Review: National Book Award winner "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. The 2013 novel follows an enslaved boy who gets caught up in John Brown's abolitionist mission...and must disguise himself as a girl to survive.
Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.