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Where sports and politics collide, hosted by Nation magazine Sports Editor Dave Zirin

Where sports and politics collide, hosted by Nation magazine Sports Editor Dave Zirin

Location:

New York City, NY

Description:

Where sports and politics collide, hosted by Nation magazine Sports Editor Dave Zirin

Language:

English

Contact:

2122095440


Episodes

Japanese Internment, Football, And A Legendary Team

2/22/2021
This week we talk to Bradford Pearson, author of the new Book, The Eagles of Heart Mountain (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Eagles-of-Heart-Mountain/Bradford-Pearson/9781982107031) . It’s the true story of a group of Japanese American teenagers sent to an internment camp in Wyoming, and how their high school team became one of the greatest football squads in state history. We also have “Choice Words” revisiting that time recently deceased right wing shock jock Rush Limbaugh's...

Duration:00:49:55

Natalie Weiner on the Failures of Sports' “White Feminism”

2/15/2021
This week, we speak to journalist Natalie Weiner about her piece on White Feminism and the ways in which Barstool Sports is utilizing different techniques in an effort to whitewash much the racism, sexism and homophobia they enable including attacking NWHL (National Women’s Hockey League) staff and reporters. We also give listeners an understanding on who Barstool is. We also have “Choice Words” about the NFL’s fake display of woke capitalism during the Super Bowl and the racist structures...

Duration:00:46:11

Talking to NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith

2/5/2021
In the lead-up to the Super Bowl, we speak to the NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith about the state of the players union and the state of politics. Also I've got my Super Bowl predictions and more.

Duration:00:27:28

Talking Jim Brown. Remembering Sekou Smith

2/1/2021
This week we are speaking to the cowriter of Jim Brown's 1989 autobiography Out of Bounds, former ESPN Outside the Lines reporter Steve Delsohn. We are talking about the portrayal of Brown in the lauded film, One Night in Miami. We are also talking to Michael Lee of the Washington Post about the passing of NBA journalism icon Sekou Smith. I also have choice words about the possibility of holding the Olympics in Florida, Just Stand Up and Just Sit Down awards and more. We also have “Choice...

Duration:01:09:32

Taking a Trip With Bill “Spaceman” Lee

1/25/2021
This week we talk to former All-Star pitcher and cosmic genius Bill “Spaceman” Lee. Bill talks to us about his unique life, his new book, and his many experiences playing baseball and the philosophies that guide him. We also have “Choice Words” about the media’s treatment of Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just Sit Down” awards to Jaylen Brown for his words about the movement for black lives during a Biden administration and Jackie MacMullan for...

Duration:00:47:38

Chris Mosier: In Defense of Trans Athletes

1/18/2021
Chris Mosier is a hall-of-fame triathlete, and six-time member of Team USA, the first transgender man to represent the United States in international competition. Here he speaks to us about the right wing attacks on trans kids, especially the attacks on their access to organized sports, and why we should all take up this fight. We also have “Choice Words” about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s decision to refuse Donald Trump’s Medal of Honor. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up”...

Duration:00:52:37

They Didn't Just Breach a Capitol. They Breached a City.

1/11/2021
This week we—a DC-based show—talk about the fascist mob that hit the Capitol on Wednesday, January 6th, and explain why this should be seen as an attack not only on the federal government but also on the city. We also have “Choice Words” about what should have been the news of the week: the Georgia senate elections and the role of the WNBA in making Rev. Raphael Warnock's victory possible. Zirin WNBA Players Just Showed Their Political Power...

Duration:00:27:33

When a Coach Kneels With His Players

1/4/2021
This week we speak to former St. Michael's College coach Joshua Meyer and one of his former players, Winston Jones about their experience taking a knee during the National Anthem in the 2017 season. You don’t want to miss this conversation. We also have “Choice Words” about the USOPC’s decision to defend olympic athletes’ rights to protest. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just Sit Down” awards to Duke women’s basketball coach and DMV native Kara Lawson and Houston sports. All this...

Duration:01:25:32

A Journey to Mindfulness with Former NFL Player Prince Daniels, Jr.

12/21/2020
This week we talk to former NFL player Prince Daniels, Jr. about his book Mindfulness for the Ultimate Athlete: Mastering the Balance Between Power and Peace. We also talk to the Coach Kevin McNutt about the upcoming basketball season. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just Sit Down” awards to the courageous activists that pushed for decades to force the Cleveland baseball team to get rid of their racist mascot and Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly, who joins other college...

Duration:01:02:53

Attacking the Rim With NBA Hall-of-Famer Dave Bing

12/14/2020
This week we speak to Dave Bing about his new book, Attacking the Rim. Dave talks about his legendary basketball career, the deep influence of his parents on the person he is today, his time as mayor of Detroit, and what he’s been doing since. We also have “Choice Words” about Sports Illustrated’s decision to honor the activist athlete as sportspeople of the year and we highlight athletes doing the work. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just Sit Down” awards to a midfielder for the...

Duration:00:36:46

Talking to The Producer of The Queen’s Gambit

12/7/2020
This week we speak to producer William Horberg about The Queen’s Gambit, one of the most watched Netflix productions of the year. We talk to William about how the show came to be, compliments and critiques of the show, the show’s anti-cold war politics, and why it has been such a success. We also have Choice Words about the NFL’s handling of coronavirus and the curious case of an NFL game that was played on a Wednesday afternoon. In addition, we have Just Stand Up and Just Sit Down awards to...

Duration:01:03:02

Sportswriting Trailblazer Melissa Ludtke

11/24/2020
This week we speak to Melissa Ludtke about her legendary career, her iconic lawsuit that broke many barriers for women sportswriters, and women in sports broadly. We talk to Melissa about the elevation of Kim Ng to general manager of the Marlins, the first in North American male sports. We also have “Choice Words” about Colin Kaepernick’s decision to highlight political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and the struggle of political prisoners everywhere. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just...

Duration:01:09:35

Sportswriting Trailblazer Melissa Ludtke

11/23/2020
This week we speak to Melissa Ludtke about her legendary career, her iconic lawsuit that broke many barriers for women sportswriters, and women in sports broadly. We talk to Melissa about the elevation of Kim Ng to general manager of the Marlins, the first in North American male sports. We also have “Choice Words” about Colin Kaepernick’s decision to highlight political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and the struggle of political prisoners everywhere. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just...

Duration:01:08:35

Pandemics & Protest with Marc Lamont Hill

11/16/2020
This week we speak to Marc Lamont Hill about his new book, We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest, and Possibility. We talk to Marc about the BLM protests over the summer, their connection with the global pandemic and we even take some time to rap about his Sixers. We also have “Choice Words” about the NFL’s Rooney Rule and its deep shortcomings and the league’s refusal to address the fundamental power dynamics of white supremacy. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just Sit Down”...

Duration:00:57:27

An Election’s Eye View From The Streets

11/2/2020
This week we speak to Deadspin’s Chuck Modiano about street protests in DC against police violence. We also talk to Chuck about DC’s mayor Muriel Bowser, the presidential election coming up, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ recent World Series, win and the greatness of Stevie Wonder. We also have Choice Words about Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his recent coronavirus diagnosis. In addition, we have Just Stand Up and Just Sit Down awards to soccer star Marcus Ashford for bringing...

Duration:00:38:51

Rugby’s Political Athlete David Pocock Retires

10/26/2020
This week we speak to the great David Pocock about his retirement from rugby. We talk to him about leaving the game, his experiences playing rugby and lessons he has learned from the sport. We also talk about what he’s look forward to during the next phase of his life. We also have “Choice Words” about the blowback to comments made by Fox’s Joe Buck and Troy Aikman about pointless and wasteful military flyovers. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just Sit Down” awards to all the great...

Duration:00:31:51

So Why Are People Watching Less Sports?

10/19/2020
This week we speak to Jane McManus, New York Daily News’ sports columnist and Director of the Center for Sports Communication at Marist College. We talk about a new survey from Marist College on recent sports viewership. We dive into theories on why there has been a drop in sports viewers since the pandemic as well as the broader American sports’ response to the virus and why it’s been found to be lacking. We also have “Choice Words” about the NBA’s Bubble, the effectiveness of it, as well...

Duration:00:34:12

Bubblicious: What the Bubble Meant for the NBA

10/12/2020
This week we talk to NBA writer Michael Lee about the NBA Finals. We also talk about the remarkable success of the NBA Bubble, Jimmy Butler’s fit in Miami, and the legacy of Lebron James. We also have “Choice Words” about the legacy of Lebron James and the effective way in which he has used his platform to do good. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just Sit Down” awards to the WNBA community for how it banded together to attempt to get former player Cappie Pondexter help and Donald...

Duration:00:47:00

Spencer Haywood: Origins of an Icon

10/5/2020
This week we talk to NBA Hall of Famer Spencer Haywood on the occasion of the new book, The Spencer Haywood Rule: Battles, Basketball, and the making of an American Iconoclast. Spencer’s story is an important part of the history of sports and resistance and we talk to him about his career, his famous court battle as well as his legacy. We also have “Choice Words” about Major League Baseball's efforts to aid the Black Lives Matter struggle. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just Sit...

Duration:01:07:48

Kobe, Shaq, and the Lakers’ Circus Maximus

9/28/2020
This week we talk to the best selling author of the new book Three-Ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty, Jeff Pearlman. Pearlman talks about all the big personalities around the team, the tensions, and how he assesses the legacy of Kobe after his death. We also have Choice Words about Breonna Taylor and Muhammad Ali, and the city that binds them. In addition, we have Just Stand Up and Just Sit Down awards to Lebron James for recent comments pledging...

Duration:00:40:59