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Refugee Soccer Team Inspires

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Aired 2/17/10

Warren St. John, author of "Outcasts United," joins us to talk about his experience in a small town in Georgia with a soccer team made up of refugees from around the world. It's not just a story about soccer.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH (Host): As the Olympics in Vancouver brings together athletes from around the world, we're reminded once again about the power of sports to break down barriers that separate people and cultures.

The book that is this year's One Book, One San Diego selection also tells about the power of sports but the story is more complex than the winning of a gold medal. It focuses on the town of Clarkson, Georgia, which became the unlikely resettlement hub for a wide variety of refugees from the Middle East and Africa. The new experience of America, the town's reaction and the soccer team the refugees formed is the story told in "Outcasts United."

Guests:

Warren St. John, author "Outcasts United A Refugee Team, an American Town"

Valerie Breen, project manager One Book, One San Diego

Public Info:

One Book, One San Diego 2010 Kick Off Celebration

Join KPBS and the San Diego Public Library for an evening with Warren St. John, author of "Outcasts United," the 2010 One Book, One San Diego selection on Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 at 7 p.m.

The event is open to the public and free of charge but seating is limited. RSVP here.

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