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






Can a Feminist Revolution Save Women's Soccer in South America?

This week, we speak to Brenda Elsey, co-host of the Burn It Down Podcast, who is currently in Buenos Aires. She is researching and writing about women soccer players in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina and how they have used collective organizing to reclaim their soccer federations from near oblivion. We also discuss how a broader feminist awakening in South America is affecting this revolt. We also have "Choice Words" about the NFL and free agent safety Eric Reid. We got “Just Stand Up” and...


Dr. King's Legacy of Sports & Politics

This week we speak to Professor Louis Moore about his research on Dr. Martin Luther King's connection to world of sports and politics. Also, we have choice words about politicians who slam NFL players protesting NFL players while mouthing bromides about Dr. King. On top of all that, we got a ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ award for former NBA player Matt Barnes and notorious Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, Kaepernick Watch, and more! Lou Moore Twitter: @LouMoore12...


Why Minor League Baseball Needs To Organize

This week we speak to longtime labor organizer, writer, and former head of TransAfrica Bill Fletcher about why the time is now for minor league baseball players to form a union. We also have ‘Choice Words’ about the collision of the #blacklivesmatter movement and basketball in Sacramento, a ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Sit Yo Ass Down’ award to the Notre Dame Women’s Basketball team and NCAA President Mark Emmert respectively, Kaepernick Watch, and more! Bill Fletcher Twitter: @billflecherjr...


Royce White: The Truth About the NBA & Mental Health

NBA All-Stars Kevin Love & Demar DeRozan recently went public with their mental health challenges. Here, former NBA player Royce White speaks about the NBA’s approach to mental health, and the gap between the league’s supportive rhetoric and existing reality. Also, we have “Choice Words” about student unrest at Sweet 16 darling Loyola. We also got our weekly “Just Stand Up” and “Sit Down” awards for defensive back and early Colin Kaepernick supporter Eric Reid, and Fox News for their...


Why Athlete Activists Matter

On this week’s pod, we speak to 10 year NBA veteran Etan Thomas about his new book "We Matter: Athletes and Activism,” where he speaks to sports figures ranging from Bill Russell to Russell Westbrook. Also, I have choice words about Michael Bennett's departure from Seattle, a Just Stand Up and Just Sit Your Ass Down award for an NBA pioneer on mental health and NFL owners respectively, our weekly Kaepernick watch, and much more. Etan ThomasTwitter: @etanthomas36 We Matter: Athletes &...


The Racial Dynamics of NCAA Revenue Sports

This week we got a dope show. We talk to sportswriter and friend of the program Patrick Hruby in-depth about the political economy of revenue sports and it’s racialized superstructure, why athletes deserve a piece of the income pie, and the FBI investigation into professional agents and their relationship with schools and collegiate athletes. We also have some Choice Words about the courage and perseverance of gymnast Aly Raisman in seeking justice for assault victims, a Just Stand Up &...


Talking NCAA Scandals & Black Panther

This week we got a special episode. We go full-length in conversation with sports broadcaster and former Georgetown basketball captain Monica McNutt about the recent scandals plaguing the NCAA, sexual harassment inside the Dallas Mavericks organization, the movie Black Panther, and the trials faced by black women in sports journalism. It's a hell of a conversation that you don't want to miss! Monica McNuttTwitter: @McNuttMonica — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ |...


Andrew Brandt on Kaepernick and the Business of the NFL

This week, we talk all things NFL -- plus a new twist on the Lebron-Jordan debate -- with Andrew Brandt, columnist for The MMQB and The Athletic and the host of "Business of Sports" podcast. Brandt details his time as an executive with the Green Bay Packers and dishes on whether or not the NFL is blackballing Colin Kaepernick. Dave has some Choice Words for how LeBron James has, once again, flipped the script in terms of what we expect from our superstars. Our Just Stand Up Award goes to...


Sacred Forests: The Olympics Land on South Korea

This week, we give a preview of the Winter Olympics with Jules Boykoff, co-author of Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics. We also talk about the geopolitics surrounding the games, the destruction of sacred spaces in South Korea brought on by the Olympics, and whether we can expect athlete protests this year. During Choice Words, we’ll examine comments made by recent Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles on the topic of a White House visit. Legendary goalkeeper Neville...


Philadelphia's Super Social Conscience

This week, we recap the Super Bowl with Melissa Jacobs from The Football Girl and host of The Football Girl Podcast. The Philadelphia Eagles sure didn't consider social justice a distraction en route to the Super Bowl. What's next for both the Eagles and the New England Patriots? During Choice Words, we examine how the Eagles used their platform to speak out for others and still came out on top -- yes, you can do both. The City of Brotherly Love is where you'll find our Just Stand Up...


USA Gymnastics & Michigan State: What's Next?

This week, we speak to Jessica Luther, author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape, about Michigan State, USA gymnastics and what justice could look like for the gymnasts abused by Larry Nassar. Get ready for a surprising Choice Words segment where we make a progressive case for rooting on the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl...seriously. We keep your attention on the Super Bowl for our Just Stand Up award -- Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins continue...


Aaron Maybin: From NFL Athlete to Baltimore Art Teacher

As Baltimore schools became refrigerators this month, former NFL linebacker turned Art teacher Aaron Maybin went viral with a video detailing their conditions. Aaron is also the author of a book called Art-Activism: The Revolutionary Art, Poetry, & Reflections of Aaron Maybin. We speak to him about his own personal journey as well as issues of race, class, and education facing Baltimore. Also, we have a special ‘Choice Words,’ written by journalist Lyndsey D'Arcangelo about the serial...


10 Days To Shake The Twin Cities

This week we talk to Hani Ali from the Black Visions Collective and Veronica Mendez-Moore from the Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En Lucha, both in the Twin Cities, about organizing a ten day resistance to ramped up police presence, the attacks on workers, and the corporate bacchanalia leading up to the Super Bowl Sunday. Also, we speak about the shockingly overlooked news that Serena Williams - one of the great all-time athletes - almost died during childbirth. We also have “Just Stand...


Big-Time Sports in the Big Apple

This week, we speak to author Sean Deveney about his new book Fun City, which chronicles New York City in the 1960's -- an era of Broadway Joe Namath, the Amazin' Mets and some very interesting politics. Also, we have some choice words about the morality of watching professional football. We've got a classroom-warming Just Stand Up Award for former NFL linebacker, Aaron Maybin, and USA Gymnastics...please Just Sit Down. As always, we give you a Kaepernick Watch and so much more! Sean...


The Heritage of the Black Athlete

This is a good one. We speak to ESPN the Magazine's Howard Bryant about his forthcoming book "The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism." Bryant explores the development of the black athlete over the last 75 years, including the changing social and political dynamics. We also have a Choice Words segment that looks back at the year that was in sports and politics, and the backlash that followed the historic groundswell of protests. We also have a Just...


The Washington RedHAWKS Culture Jam

On this episode of the podcast, we take a look at a culture jam that occurred earlier this week, targeting the Washington football team and its racist team mascot. Jacqueline Keeler joins the show again to talk about how this culture jam came into being as well as the larger issue of using indigenous people as mascots, and the impact of living near uranium mines on the health of native communities. We also have a Choice Words segment that examines the politics of Charles Barkley in the...


Understanding the Split in the NFL Players Movement

This week, we try and understand the splits in the players coalition that has been negotiating with the NFL over the anti-racist protests taking place during the national anthem. We speak with Tamishia Moats, wife of former NFL player Ryan Moats, whose experiences with police violence became national news in 2009. And what a week it was, we have THREE Just Stand Up award winners including an NFL player and a Winter Olympics living legend. As always, we dole out our Just Sit Down nominee...


Maya Moore Talks Mass Incarceration

We speak to a WNBA MVP and one of the greatest hoopsters to ever live: Maya Moore. We talk about her recent efforts to raise awareness about prosecutorial misconduct and mass incarceration. Later on the show, we have some Choice Words about Amazon's sleazy search for a new corporate home and how stadium scams paved the way for this kind of graft. We also have Just Stand Up and Just Sit Down awards for Warriors coach Steve Kerr and the NCAA respectively. We also got some Kaepernick watch...


Basketball in the Golden State with Legendary NBA Scribe Jack McCallum

This week, we talk to Hall of Fame NBA journalist Jack McCallum about his new book Golden Days: West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball. McCallum details the influence Jerry West had on two golden eras of basketball in California and he tells you what teams have the best shot to dethrone the Warriors in the years to come. We have some Choice Words about NFL Thanksgiving and their revealing choice to let the team in the nation's capital host...


Militarism & Sports

This week, we speak to Rory Fanning, who served in the Army Rangers with former NFL player Pat Tillman. Fanning would later become a member of Veterans for Peace and a critic of U.S. foreign policy. We discuss nationalism, militarism, and the NFL's role in promoting these virtues. We also have 'Choice Words' about the NFL's handling of Veteran's Day this past Sunday, and we read a very special letter from a listener about confronting toxic masculinity. Rory Fanning Twitter:...


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