Edge Of Sports

Synopsis

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

Episodes

  • Tear Down The Statues, Change The Names

    Tear Down The Statues, Change The Names

    22/06/2020 Duration: 16min

    This week on the show, I speak about the remarkable development of athletes taking part in street protests around the country against police violence and racial inequity. I also break down why now is the moment to demand unequivocally that the name of the Washington football team must change. Zirin, It’s Time for Roger Goodell to Change the Name of the Washington Football Team https://www.thenation.com/article/society/redskins-racist-roger-goodell/ — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod | email us: edgeofsports@gmail.com | Edge of Sports hotline: 401-426-3343 (EDGE) — Subscribe to The Nation to support all of our podcasts: http://thenation.com/podcastsubscribe.

  • Craig Hodges: NBA Freedom Fighter Speaks

    Craig Hodges: NBA Freedom Fighter Speaks

    15/06/2020 Duration: 01h25min

     This week we talk to former Chicago Bull Craig Hodges about recent protests and uprisings taking place all over the country in the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Hodges also talks about ESPN’s Last Dance documentary, his omission from the film, as well as the reactions from other Bulls players from the era to the movie.    We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about NASCAR’s decision to ban confederate flags from its venues. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to the University of Texas football players that are putting demands on the school before agreeing to play this year and the NFL for it’s weak gesture towards racial justice. We also got a brand new Kaepernick Watch. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports!    Zirin, Why NASCAR’s New Ban on the Confederate Flag Is Such a Big Deal  https://www.thenation.com/article/society/nascar-confederate-flag/    Craig Hodges  https://theathletic.com/1865820/2020/06/11/who-am-i-craig-ho

  • Minneapolis One Week Later: How Things Have Changed

    Minneapolis One Week Later: How Things Have Changed

    08/06/2020 Duration: 35min

    This week we talk to former NBA basketball player and Minnesota native Royce White about the week that was. White has been at the heart of the protests in the twin cities and talks to us about protests in Minneapolis, Donald Trump and the use of military force, as well as what is needed to move forward. We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about Gwen Berry challenging the USOC. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ awards to the NFL players that put out a video challenging the NFL on the issue of black lives as well as Drew Brees for his statement to Donald Trump. We also got a brand new Kaepernick Watch. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports! Zirin, Olympian Gwen Berry to the USOC: ‘Where’s My Apology?’ https://www.thenation.com/article/society/olympics-gwen-berry-racism/ Royce White https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2020/05/30/royce-white-leads-peaceful-protest-minneapolis-response-george-floyds-death/5291165002/ Twitter: @Highway_30 (https://twitter.com/Highway_30) — http://www.edgeofsports

  •  Royce White: On the Frontlines in Minneapolis

    Royce White: On the Frontlines in Minneapolis

    01/06/2020 Duration: 45min

    This week we talk to former NBA basketball player and Minnesota native Royce White about the police murder of George Floyd. White has been at the heart of the protests in the twin cities and talks to us about his experiences there and his insights into the larger issues of white supremacy, policing, and the role of athletes. We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about the potential for a coalition of anti-racist athletes that might develop in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to the white athletes that have spoken up about the murder of George Floyd including Joe Burrow, Carson Wentz, Sean Doolittle, Julie and Zach Ertz, JJ Watt and others, and MLB athletes that continue to stay silent on the issue of police killings, with few exceptions. We also got a brand new Kaepernick Watch. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports! Zirin, The Critical Role of Athletes in Fighting White Blindness https://www.thenation.com/article/society/george-floy

  • Dr. Céline Gounder on the Risks of Reopening Sports

    Dr. Céline Gounder on the Risks of Reopening Sports

    25/05/2020 Duration: 32min

    This week we talk to CNN medical expert and NYU professor Dr. Celine Gounder about Covid-19. We talk to Dr. Gounder about the push to reopen sports, how that undertaking could work, and how the nation’s leadership is dealing with the pandemic. We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about the NFL’s steadfast plans to reopen this fall, as well as the Trump administration’s ineptitude. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to the athletes that signed a letter calling for justice on behalf of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man killed by white vigilantes in Georgia, and to the people defending the Last Dance documentary. We also got a brand new Kaepernick Watch. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports! Céline Gounder https://www.celinegounder.com/ Twitter: @CelineGounder (https://twitter.com/celinegounder?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod | email us: edgeofsports@gmai

  •  Hidden History: The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Athlete

    Hidden History: The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Athlete

    19/05/2020 Duration: 50min

    This week's show is a talk I did with educator and author Jesse Hagopian about the history of Black athletes and their intersection with the Civil Rights Movement. We go through the famous hidden stories of people like Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali as well as people you may never have heard of like Wyomia Tyus and Rose Robinson. The event was put on by the Zinn Education Project.  Jesse Hagopian is an award-winning educator and a leading voice on issues of educational equity, the school-to-prison-pipeline, standardized testing, the Black Lives Matter at School movement, and social justice unionism. He is an editor for Rethinking Schools magazine, an author, public speaker, organizer, and Ethnic Studies teacher at Seattle’s Garfield High School – the site of the historic teacher boycott of the MAP test in 2013.  Jesse is the co-editor of the new book, Teaching for Black Lives, and is the editor of the book, More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing. His writing has been published in nu

  • Scoop Jackson Makes it Plain

    Scoop Jackson Makes it Plain

    11/05/2020 Duration: 01h38min

    This week we talk to Scoop Jackson, author of the new book, The Game is Not a Game: The Power, Protest and Politics of American Sports. We talk to Scoop about the book, Scoop’s native Chicago, and the Last Dance documentary. We also have some Choice Words about the NFL’s willingness to play a vital role in Trump’s reelection campaign by trying very hard to start the season back as fast as possible. In addition, we have Just Stand Up and Just Sit Down awards to LeBron James for speaking out about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia by white vigilantes and all the talking heads clearly looking for attention with their absurd takes this week. We also got a brand new Kaepernick Watch. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports! Scoop Jackson https://www.amazon.com/Game-Not-Protest-Politics-American/dp/1642590967 Twitter: @ibescoopjackson (https://twitter.com/ibescoopjackson?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) Zirin, The NFL Is Now Part of Trump’s Reelection Project https://www.thenatio

  • Ghosts of Dodger Stadium

    Ghosts of Dodger Stadium

    04/05/2020 Duration: 35min

    This week we talk to Eric Nusbaum, author of the new book, “Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between.” We talk to him about his new book, the history of how Dodger Stadium came to be, and the displacement of people of color in the process of building it.  We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about the NCAA and the prospect of college football coming this fall as well as its decision to announce support for college athletes to sign endorsement deals. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to former Bulls sharpshooter Craig Hodges, who has been erased from the Last Dance documentary but remains an important part of the early Bulls championship teams and some ESPN announcers who are saying, “Gosh, I’m seeing a different side of Jordan” in the wake of the documentary. We also got a brand new Kaepernick Watch featuring an announcement from me! All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports! Eric Nusbaum https://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/titles/eric-nusbaum/ste

  • The Myth and Reality of Black Consumer Power

    The Myth and Reality of Black Consumer Power

    27/04/2020 Duration: 46min

    This week we talk to Jared Ball, professor of Communication Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore. We talk to him about his new book, The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power, the history of the concept, and its connection to black radical politics. We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about The Last Dance for its uncritical look at Michael Jordan, and it’s lopsided attack on Jerry Krause. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to the 1st draft pick of the 2020 draft, Joe Burrow, for using his platform to talk about poverty, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league for the way they presented the NFL Draft, particularly the self-serving celebration of first responders. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports! Jared Ball https://imixwhatilike.org/category/the-myth-of-black-buying-power/ Twitter: @IMIXWHATILIKE (https://twitter.com/IMIXWHATILIKE) Zirin, The Unfortunate Ugliness of ‘The Last Dance’ https://www.thenation.com/article/society/michael-jordan-last-d

  • Jordan’s Last Dance

    Jordan’s Last Dance

    20/04/2020 Duration: 44min

    This week we talk to friend of the show Michael Lee to talk about Last Dance, a documentary on Michael Jordan and the ’98 Chicago Bulls. We talk about the NBA of the ‘90s, Michael Jordan’s drive to be great, and why people continue to be fascinated by MJ.  We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about WWE and its decision to resume live programming in the midst of the coronavirus. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to Megan Rapinoe for her fantastic livestream with W. Kamau Bell and Trump’s committee to reopen sports. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports! Michael Lee https://theathletic.com/1752209/2020/04/17/sports-take-a-back-seat-why-basketball-africa-league-was-first-to-cancel-games/ Twitter: @MrMichaelLee (https://twitter.com/MrMichaelLee) Zirin, Trump’s Sports Advisers Represent the Worst of the Sports World https://www.thenation.com/article/society/trump-sports-advisory-coronavirus/ — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.c

  • Coronavirus In The Other DC

    Coronavirus In "The Other DC"

    13/04/2020 Duration: 51min

    This week we take a sidestep from sports and talk to Maurice Cook from the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network. We talk about coronavirus’ impact on DC, how it’s affected people of color in the city, and what can be done about it.  We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about the dystopian plans to reopen the sports world that are floating around right now. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to Jalen Rose on the anniversary of his shellacking of Skip Bayless and Maven Media for their decision to fire friend of the show Grant Wahl and their pathetic decision to slander him on his way out. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports! Maurice Cook https://www.serveyourcitydc.org/ Twitter: @mcSYCdc (https://twitter.com/mcSYCdc?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) Zirin, The Plans to Bring Sports Back Are Truly Dystopian https://www.thenation.com/article/society/ufc-baseball-arizona-coronavirus/ — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://

  • Grant Wahl on Soccers Place In a Coronavirus World

    Grant Wahl on Soccer's Place In a Coronavirus World

    06/04/2020 Duration: 36min

    This week we speak to the preeminent soccer journalist in the United States, Grant Wahl, about the role of soccer amidst the coronavirus pandemic. We talk about coronavirus, an update on USA women’s soccer lawsuit for equal pay, and more. We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about the bribery scandal that should be rocking the IOC. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to members of the FC Barcelona team for taking pay cuts to help club employees, and people making racist attacks on sports journalist Jemele Hill. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports! Grant Wahl https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCae1JCaKGwUV_x6OAaP5blg/featured Twitter: @GrantWahl (https://twitter.com/GrantWahl?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) Zirin & Boykoff, A Bribery Scandal Hits the ‘2020’ Tokyo Olympics https://www.thenation.com/article/world/tokyo-olympics-bribery-scandal/ — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod | ema

  • Esports: The Only Game In Town

    Esports: The Only Game In Town

    30/03/2020 Duration: 01h03min

     This week we speak to Rod “Slasher” Breslau,  and Erin Ashley Simon, two experts on Esports. We speak to them about the impact of coronavirus on Esports, the political economy of the sport, and why traditional sports fans that aren’t on board yet should give them a look.  We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about the activist athlete in the time of coronavirus. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to Joel Embiid for both donating money to employees of Sixers while implicitly shaming team ownership to do the same, and Tilman Fertitta, Houston Rockets owner, for furloughing 40,000 employees and downplaying COVID-19 among other heinous actd. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports! Erin Ashley Simon https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCae1JCaKGwUV_x6OAaP5blg/featured Twitter: @erinasimon (https://twitter.com/erinasimon) Rod Breslau https://www.facebook.com/Breslau Twitter: @Slasher (https://twitter.com/erinasimon) Zirin, Athlete Activists Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic https://

  • “If I knew the answers I’d run for President.”

    “If I knew the answers I’d run for President.”

    23/03/2020 Duration: 41min

    This week we speak to NBA veteran Wilson Chandler about how he is maintaining amid the pandemic as well as his experience playing on basketball’s biggest stage, his stint in China, and the rhetoric of Donald Trump. We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about the Coronavirus and athletes. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to Jeremy Lin for calling out Trump for racist rhetoric and the IOC for dragging their feet on doing the right thing and cancelling the 2020 Olympic games. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports! Wilson Chandler https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/wilson-chandler-the-iso-brooklyn-nets Twitter: @wilsonchandler (https://twitter.com/wilsonchandler?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) Zirin, Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp Shines Amid the Coronavirus Crisis https://www.thenation.com/article/society/coronavirus-liverpool-jurgen-klopp/ — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod

  • The Rise and Fall (And Possible Rise Again) of the Warriors Dynasty

    The Rise and Fall (And Possible Rise Again) of the Warriors Dynasty

    09/03/2020 Duration: 40min

    This week we talk to ace NBA journalist Ethan Sherwood Strauss about his new book The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty. We talk to Ethan about that Warriors dynasty, Kevin Durant, and the price of success. We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about the Coronavirus and sports. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to the players of the NFL fighting for fair contracts and egomaniacal Knicks owner James Dolan. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports! Ethan Sherwood Strauss https://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/titles/ethan-sherwood-strauss/the-victory-machine/9781541736214/ Twitter: @SherwoodStrauss (https://twitter.com/SherwoodStrauss) Zirin, The Coronavirus Is Coming for Professional Sports https://www.thenation.com/article/society/coronavirus-nba-sports/ — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod | email us: edgeofsports@gmail.com | Edge of Sports hotline: 401-426-3343 (EDGE) —

  • A Turning Point in Women’s Sports  Inside Report From Kobe’s Memorial

    A Turning Point in Women’s Sports & Inside Report From Kobe’s Memorial

    02/03/2020 Duration: 01h04min

    This week we are talking to Power Plays sports reporter Lindsay Gibbs about the promising albeit volatile state of women’s sports and then to Kevin Powell about his experience at Kobe Bryant’s memorial service at the Staples Center. We also have a Kaepernick watch about two volleyball players who took a knee for Palestine. And this week I read a poem! By Kevin Powell! Lindsay Gibbs https://www.powerplays.news/ Twitter: @linzsports (https://twitter.com/linzsports) Kevin Powell Kevin's Poem (https://www.vibe.com/2020/02/dear-kobe-poem) Instagram: KevinPowellBrooklyn (https://www.instagram.com/kevinpowellinbrooklyn/) Zirin, Athletes Take a Knee Against Israel’s Occupation https://www.thenation.com/article/society/dwyane-wade-trans-child/ (https://www.thenation.com/article/society/brooklyn-college-volleyball-players-kneel/) — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod | email us: edgeofsports@gmail.com | Edge of Sports hotline: 401-426-3343 (EDGE) — Su

  • Former NBA Star David West on Political Journey  Bernie Support

    Former NBA Star David West on Political Journey & Bernie Support

    17/02/2020 Duration: 32min

    This week we speak to retired NBA All Star David West about his life, politics, and support for the Bernie Sanders campaign. We also talk about his work to challenge the NCAA with the Professional College League.  We have ‘Choice Words’ about NBA legend Dwyane Wade and why his love and support for his trans daughter Zaya is an act of resistance. We got ‘Just Stand Up’ and “Just Sit Down” awards to Colin Kaepernick for launching a publishing house and the East Moline police. All that and more on this week’s episode of The Edge of Sports Podcast! David West Twitter: @D_West30 (https://twitter.com/D_West30?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) Zirin Dwyane Wade’s Love for His Daughter Is an Act of Resistance (https://www.thenation.com/article/society/dwyane-wade-trans-child/) — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod | email us: edgeofsports@gmail.com | Edge of Sports hotline: 401-426-3343 (EDGE) — Subscribe to The Nation to suppo

  • Howard Bryant  Full Dissidence

    Howard Bryant & Full Dissidence

    10/02/2020 Duration: 40min

    This week we talk to sportswriter Howard Bryant about his new book, Full Dissidence: Notes From an Uneven Playing Field. It is a searing look at race, power, and the real world beyond the sports world. We have "Choice Words" about the Super Bowl and the spectacle that was. We got "Just Stand Up" and “Just Sit Down” awards to boxer Gary Russell Jr. for inspiring youth in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area, and Pete Rose, who’s still making a shameless play for Coopertown entry. All that and more on Edge of Sports! Howard Bryant Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/621083/full-dissidence-by-howard-bryant/) Twitter: @hbryant42 (https://twitter.com/hbryant42?lang=en) Zirin This Year’s Super Bowl Was Blatantly Propagandistic (https://www.thenation.com/article/society/super-bowl-propaganda/) Subscribe to The Nation to support all of our podcasts: http://thenation.com/podcastsubscribe

  • The Kansas City Chiefs Name: Racist Or “Just Sports?”

    The Kansas City Chiefs Name: Racist Or “Just Sports?”

    03/02/2020 Duration: 53min

    This week we talk to Vincent Schilling, associate editor from Indian Country Today about the origin and present ramifications of the Kansas City Chiefs name and mascot. We have ‘Choice Words’ about Kobe Bryant as we reflect on his history on and off the court. We also feature a conversation with The Athletic’s Michael Lee, who knew Kobe. We got ‘Just Stand Up’ and “Just Sit Down” awards to airport workers engaging in a hunger strike outside the Miami airport and Marcus Morris of the New York Knicks, as well as a special ‘Kaepernick Watch’ about a PETA ad. All that and more on Edge of Sports! Vincent Schilling http://www.vincentschilling.com/ Twitter: @VinceSchilling (https://twitter.com/VinceSchilling) Zirin, Remembering Kobe Bryant https://www.thenation.com/article/society/kobe-bryant-helicopter-crash/ — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod | email us: edgeofsports@gmail.com | Edge of Sports hotline: 401-426-3343 (EDGE) —

  •  Racisms Persistence in Sports

    Racism's Persistence in Sports

    27/01/2020 Duration: 50min

    This week we speak to Professor Kenneth Shropshire about a host of issues pervading sports and how today's students are taking them in. We have ‘Choice Words’ with Chuck Modiano on whether there is an ethical team to root for in this week's Super Bowl. We also have ‘Just Stand Up’ and “Just Sit Down” awards to Maya Moore and her incredible work on criminal justice and cross country skiing of all things. All that and more on Edge of Sports! Kenneth Shropshire https://globalsport.asu.edu/ Twitter: @kenshropshire (https://twitter.com/kenshropshire?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) Zirin, NFL Player Justin Jackson: ‘40 Years of Neoliberalism Has Brought Our Country to the Brink’ https://www.thenation.com/article/society/justin-jackson-bernie-sanders/ — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod | email us: edgeofsports@gmail.com | Edge of Sports hotline: 401-426-3343 (EDGE) —

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