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Corruption, Scandal & The Big Business Of College Basketball

A federal jury on Wednesday convicted three men of conspiring to use cash payments to recruit players to top basketball programs. Writer Michael Sokolove says the case exposes the sordid competition for young athletes, involving apparel companies, scouts, coaches, parents and so-called street agents, or runners, who seek out players as young as 12. "They're exploitative, they're dealers in human, athletic flesh, and they're trying to get their hooks into kids, and get their hooks into families and get into their inner circles, and then to see what's in it for me?" Sokolove's new book is 'The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino.'

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the new fantasy thriller 'Suspiria,' from 'Call Me By Your Name' director Luca Guadagnino.

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