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Episode 54: Moving on from Gendered Violence and Becky Hammon Gets An Interview

On this week’s show, Amira, Shireen, Jessica, and Brenda talk about two sexual assault cases (Oregon State and Detroit Lions) that are in the news even though the cases themselves are years, even decades, old. They discuss about when, or maybe if, there is a time to move on. Then they break down all the noise around reports that Becky Hammon will interview for the Milwaukee Bucks’ head coaching position, the first woman to ever do so. Finally, Amira interviews Theresa Runstedtler,...


Hot Take: Happy Mother's Day

On this hot take, Jessica, Amira, Shireen, and Brenda talk about mom athletes, mothering and sports, and "Being Serena," the new documentary on HBO about Serena's pregnancy, labor, and first months of parenting. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and everyone who mothers.


Episode 53: Happy Birthday to BIAD, with special guests Wyomia Tyus and Elena Delle Donne

Happy Birthday to Burn It All Down! We turn one this week, and yet we feel so old. First up on the show, Brenda, Shireen, Lindsay, and Jessica reflect on this year and look forward to the next one. Then, Lindsay interviews sure-to-be-a-legend Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics about Adam Silver’s recent comments about the WNBA, how WNBA president Lisa Borders is doing, and EDD publicly coming out. Up next, Wyomia Tyus -- a two-time olympian, track legend, and author -- joins Amira...


Episode 52: The NFL Draft, and the IAAF’s racist and sexist regulations

The whole gang is together this week! Amira, Shireen, Lindsay, Brenda, and Jessica talk about the NFL draft (some of the good, some of the bad). Then Brenda interviews fellow flamethrower, anthropologist, and bioethicist Katrina Karkazis about the International Association of Athletics Federations’s new, terrible regulations for female athletes with naturally higher testosterone levels. Then the gang responds to the interview and has a discussion about all that is wrong with these racist,...


Episode 51: NBA and NHL playoffs, MSU athlete and survivor Lindsey Lemke, and gender & youth sports

It's a playoff party! Shireen, Amira and Brenda first. chat about NBA and NHL postseason play. Then Lindsay interviews Nassar survivor and current Michigan State student Lindsey Lemke about the many ways her university has let her and the other survivors down this year, and why she and her Sister Survivors will keep fighting for change. And Shireen, Amira, and Brenda dive into a complicated discussion about recent claims that girls become better athletes if they play with boys. The crew...


Episode 50: Michigan State failures, WNBA draft, and Muffet McGraw reflects on history

This week, Lindsay, Shireen, Jessica, and Brenda get excited about DWTS: Athletes (3:30); run down the myriad of ways Michigan State has failed Larry Nassar's survivors this week (7:19); and discuss the WNBA draft (22:45). Then, Lindsay interviews Hall of Fame Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw on her team's unforgettable national title, and what's next -- including possible White House invitations (35:40). As always, you’ll hear the Burn Pile (48:55), Bad Ass Women of the Week (58:15), and...


Episode 49: Kobe and Women’s Bball, Racism Roundtable, and Ayesha McGowan’s Historic Cycling Quest

This week, Amira Rose Davis, Lindsay Gibbs, Shireen Ahmed, and Jessica Luther discuss Kobe Bryant’s relationship to women’s basketball, and what this means given his history with women and that the sport can use all the champions it can get. Then we go around the circle and each address a different story of racism in sport from the last couple weeks. And Shireen interviews Ayesha McGowan, who is working hard to become the first female African-American pro cyclist. As always, you’ll hear...


Episode 48: NCAA Shamateurism, Baseball with Rhea Butcher, and the Men’s World Cup

This week, Brenda Elsey, Amira Rose Davis, Lindsay Gibbs, and Jessica Luther discuss shamateurism in college athletics. Jessica interviews Rhea Butcher, comedian and host of the podcast Three Swings, about the baseball season that just got started. Then the gang talks about the upcoming men’s World Cup in Russia. As always, you’ll hear the Burn Pile, Bad Ass Women of the Week, and what’s good in our worlds. To help support the Burn It All Down podcast, please consider becoming a patron:...


Episode 47: Athlete Moms, Athlete Activists, and Women are Athletes Worthy of Coverage

This week, Amira Rose Davis, Brenda Elsey, and Jessica Luther discuss Serena Williams and other athlete moms, including those in college. Jessica interviews Molly Yanity, assistant professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University, about what’s really wrong with the coverage of women’s basketball and women’s sports more generally. Then Amira, Brenda, and Jessica turn to professional leagues’ responses to athlete activism (which includes an update on Kaepernick). As always, you’ll hear the...


Episode 46: Discrimination in coaching and FIFA's women's league

This week, Shireen, Lindsay, and Brenda discuss discrimination in coaching in the wake of the University of Minnesota Duluth being found by a jury to have discriminated against former women’s hockey coach, Shannon Miller. Then the gang talks about FIFA's proposal for a women's league, and Brenda interviews Gabby Garton, goalkeeper for the Argentina's National Women's team. As always, you’ll hear the Burn Pile, Bad Ass Woman of the Week, and what’s good in our worlds. To help support the...


Episode 45: March Madness in the NCAA, NWHL, CWHL, and NWSL

In this episode, Lindsay, Amira, Brenda, and Shireen look forward to the hockey playoffs and talk about the state of things in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) and the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL, and hype the upcoming National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season. Then, they dive into even more NCAA corruption, and Lindsay interviews author and former Davidson basketball player Amanda Ottaway about her memoir, "The Rebounders: A Division I Basketball Journey."


Episode 43: Winter Olympics Wrap-Up, Afghanistan Women's Team, and The NCAA's Horrible Policy

Brenda, Shireen, Jessica and Lindsay dig into the joys and losses of the Olympics and revel in some of the majesty of and dramas of sport. Shireen interviews the brilliant Kelly Lindsey and the indomitable Khalida Popal of the Afghan Women's National Football team and we hear how they hustle - all over the world - to strengthen their team. The crew talks NCAA and the horrors and injustices committed by an organization that should protect and advocate for student athletes. The BIAD Team...


Episode 42: Olympics, Pride, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Conundrum

In Episode 42, Amira, Brenda, and Lindsay join forces to discuss their complicated feelings about the "woke" Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Is it empowering, exploitation, or both? Plus, we have two extra special interviews: Shireen talks with Keph Senett about the Pride House in Pyeongchang, and Brenda interviews Amy Bass about what happens behind the scenes in production at the Olympics. As always, there's a massive burn pile, and we hand out our own medals to our BAWOTW. To help...


Hot Take: Jessica Interviews Nancy Armour about the Winter Olympics

On this Olympic hot take, Jessica interviews USA Today columnist Nancy Armour, who is currently in PyeongChang, South Korea, covering her twelfth Olympic games. If you would like to hear more of these kind of hot takes or additional monthly Burn It All Down podcast segments, check out our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/burnitalldown For more info check our website: http://www.burnitalldownpod.com


Episode 40: Mega Olympics Preview

This week Amira Rose Davis, Brenda Elsey, Lindsay Gibbs Jessica Luther and Shireen Ahmed are all together to go through every Olympic event to be held at PyeongChang 2018. Then Shireen interviews Erin jackson, the first African-American woman to represent the USA in longtrack speed skating- also a phenomenal Roller Derby Jammer and champion in-line skater. Shireen gives a run down of the incredible Roller Derby World Cup that was held in Manchester, England. In flaming tradition, the BIAD...


Episode 39: The fallout from the Nassar case, WTF is the English FA doing, and the Super Bowl

This week, Shireen Ahmed, Brenda Elsey, Lindsay Gibbs, and Jessica Luther talk about the ongoing fallout from the Larry Nassar case, including how Michigan State, USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee, and the NCAA have (or have not) responded. Then they discuss the English Football Association’s hiring of Phil Neville and do a general WTF about these kind of coaching decisions in women’s soccer. Then Jessica interviews the Boston Globe’s Nora Princiotti and the Washington Post’s...


Episode 37- Stadiums in Saudi Arabia, Serena in Vogue and Positive Sign Girl FTW!

This week Amira Rose Davis, Shireen Ahmed and Brenda Elsey talk about women sports fans in Saudi Arabia who headed to stadiums for the the first time recently and the grassroots movements that got them there. Then they discuss Serena’s candid Vogue spread and the way it amplifies important conversations about black maternal health. Then Lindsay interviews ESPN women’s basketball analyst LaChina Robinson about how the game is covered, the keys to UConn’s greatness, intriguing storylines...


Episode 36: Olympic Diversity, Sports *are* Political, re: North Korea, and Boxer Claressa Shields

We’re back! Happy new year! This week, Shireen Ahmed, Amira Rose Davis, Lindsay Gibbs, and Jessica Luther talk about (the lack of) diversity in the Winter Olympics and athletes of color headed to Pyeongchang next month. Then they discuss how recent actions by North and South Korea around the Olympics reveal the lie that sports (and the Olympics, in particular) aren’t political. Then Shireen interviews boxer and double gold medalist Claressa Shields about Shields’ upcoming fight, her...


Episode 35: The Best of Burn It All Down 2017, part 2

This is the second of two Best Of 2017 episodes. This week, the gang talks about their hopes and dreams for sports in 2018. Then we share three of our favorite interviews we aired on the show during 2017: Jemele Hill on college sports fandom, Sissi and Tafa on fighting for gender equity in sport, and Kelsey Bone on athlete activism. To help support the podcast, please consider becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/burnitalldown For more info check our website:...


Episode 34: The Best Of Burn It All Down 2017, part 1

This is the first of two Best Of 2017 episodes. This week, the gang talks about our favorite sports stories from this year, we share three of our favorite segments that we recorded in 2017, and then we cap it off with each of us choosing our own favorite Burn Pile from the first 33 episodes of this podcasting adventure. To help support the podcast, please consider becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/burnitalldown For more info check our website: http://www.burnitalldownpod.com


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