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Hari Kondabolu on Baseball: ‘I’m Going to Throw This 100-Mile-per-Hour Missile at Your Head’


The comedian behind albums like Waiting for 2042 and the Politically Re-Active podcast stops by to talk sports, social justice, Dave Chappelle and comedy. Also, we have some Choice Words about another labor victory for women in sports, the US Women’s Soccer Team. We’ve got your weekly Kaepernick Watch and the first ever Edge of Sports Theater; a dramatic reading of the Twitter-war between Dan Dakich and Frank Kaminsky.

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Zirin, US Women’s Soccer Just Scored a Big Win

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Music: Eye Examination - Del The Funkee Homosapien | Ain’t No Fun - Snoop Dogg Featuring Warren G, Kurupt, & Nate Dogg | Chariots of Fire Theme Song - Vangelis | Get Throwed - Bun B | Dang - Mac Miller Featuring Anderson Paak |  Mamacita - Tinie Tempah Ft. Wizkid | Crazy - Gnarls Barkley | Nothing But a G Thang - Dr. Dre | Humble - Kendrick Lamar |  | The Wire Outro

Colin Kaepernick vs. Donald Trump


Does Colin Kaepernick not have an NFL job because of political collusion? Is Donald Trump behind it? We speak to Mike Tanier of Bleacher Report for the lowdown.

We talk about the US Women’s Hockey Strike with the legendary 1980 US men’s hockey captain Mike Eruzione. We also have a Just Stand Up award, a Just Sit Down, and a call for a Final Four strike.

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Zirin, NCAA Players Should Strike at the Final Four

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Music: Eye Examination - Del The Funkee Homosapien | Luchini AKA This Is It - Camp Lo | Superthug - Noreaga | Fight for Your Right - Beastie Boys | Jump Around - House of Pain | Quite as Kept - Trombone Shorty | Gotta Eat - Flo Rida | Fight the Power - Public Enemy | The Wire Outro

ESPN’s Jemele Hill on Hosting SportsCenter and Dealing With the Haters


The co-host of ESPN’s 6 PM SportsCenter show, Jemele Hill, joins us to talk about how she and her co-host Michael Smith are reshaping the sports institution, with a little bit of help from Biggie Smalls and amplified by growing up in Detroit. I also have some “choice words” about the NCAA tournament, a Just Stand Up award to the women of USA hockey and a shocking Just Sit Down award to one of our favorites. We also have Kaepernick watch and merch news!

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Music: Eye Examination - Del The Funkee Homosapien | Kick in the Door - Notorious B.I.G. | Juicy - Notorious B.I.G. | Good Time - Chasing Goosebumps (feat. Glenn Lewis) | Definition - Blackstar (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) | Deception - Blackalicious | Doomsday - MF Doom | Glitches - The Roots & Amel Larrieux | Elevators - Outkast | Warning - Notorios B.I.G. | Grindin - Clipse | The Wire Outro

FightPlan: Muhammad Ali vs Donald Trump


We speak to former U.S. attorney and current legal representative of Muhammad Ali, Jr. and Khalilah Camacho-Ali, Chris Mancini, about the Ali family’s plan to challenge Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, which all started when the Ali’s were detained for hours and interrogated about both their religion in their name. We also have some “Choice Words” about the presence of FIFA branded teams that exist on illegal Israeli settlements. We have a just stand up award for My-King Johnson, the first openly gay Division I scholarship athlete and a Just Sit Down award to Amar'e Stoudemire. Also, an all new Kaepernick Watch plus more surprises in store!

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Muhammad Ali Jr. Detained at Airport Again

Zirin, Will FIFA Ever Stand Up to Israeli Teams in Illegal Settlements?

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Music: Eye Examination - Del The Funkee Homosapien | Shadowboxin’ - GZA | Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J | Sunshine - Matisyahu | Same Love - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert | Let’s Move - The Foreign Exchange | Satisfied (Dub) - J-Live | The Wire Outro

The Politics Beneath the Super Bowl with Sekou Smith of NBA TV


It’s mourning in Atlanta. To get the lowdown on the scene in the ATL after New England’s epic Super Bowl comeback victory, we speak to Atlanta and NBA television’s own Sekou Smith. We also speak to Sekou about why it is NBA players have been by far the most outspoken athletes of the Trump era. I also have some “choice words” about the political energy thrumming beneath the Super Bowl and a Just Stand Up award for the one Patriots player not going to gently to Trump’s White House. We are taking a short hiatus. Please stay frosty and The Edge of Sports podcast will be back before you know it. In the meantime, please subscribe to the pod, please tell a friend, and please listen to our back catalog of interviews that captures this era of the political athlete.

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Zirin,  Political Fervor Thrums Beneath the Super Bowl’s Surface

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Music: Game Over - Lil Flip | Sittin’ Sidewayz - Paul Wall | Still Tippin’ - Mike Jones Feat. Slim Thug & Paul Wall | The Schuyler Sisters - Hamilton Soundtrack | This Way - Dilated Peoples ft. Kanye West

Chris Webber: Beats, Hoops and Life


This week we speak to Chris Webber about politics, growing up in a union household, hip-hop, and fine dining. I also read an email I received from a security guard at Viking Stadium about the protest banner hanging against the Dakota access pipeline and we have I just stand up or that goes to the entire San Francisco 49ers team.

Tonight in Seattle:
Dave Zirin with Michael Bennett
The Collision: Sports and Politics in the U.S.
7:30PM, Thursday, January 5, 2017
Great Hall
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Chris Webber podcast: Fearless or Insane

Column, Why Jack Johnson’s Family Should Refuse Any Exoneration

Colin Kaepernick’s Teammates Give Him an Award for Courage

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Music: One Mic, Surviving The Times, Street Dreams - Nas | They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) - Pete Rock & CL Smooth | Temptations - 2Pac | Try Again - Aaliyah | It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Don’t Have The Go Go Swing - Chuck Brown | MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know - KRS-One | Ghetto Rock - Mos Def | D’Evils - Jay-Z (Crank Lucas remake) | Bad and Boujee - Migos | Clique - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean | Rated Oakland - GQ | Pick Up the Phone - Young Thug & Travis Scott

Hoops and Harm with Jack McCallum


Jack McCallum is the most important, respected basketball writer of the last 50 years. We talk to Captain Jack about how basketball players will respond to a trump presidency, the career resurrection of my kids and toni, and the differences – from the three-point shot to basic muscle tone – of players in the league. I also speak about what it would look like if Donald Trump could name our sports commissioners. We respond to a hotline call about Jim Brown meeting the President-Elect, and finally we have a first-ever Just Stand Down award, handed to the Minnesota football team.

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Zirin column, The ‘Brutal Solidarity’ of the Minnesota Gophers | | | email us: | Edge of Sports hotline: 401-426-3343 (EDGE)

The Fire Last Time: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf


Before Colin Kaepernick, there was Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. In 1996, the Denver Nuggets guard said that on principle he could not stand for the national anthem because the flag in many countries represents “oppression and tyranny.” He was fined, suspended, attacked, and yet we will hear on this week’s podcast why he has no regrets. We will also hear what advice Mahmoud Abdul Rauf has for Kaepernick and why he holds the words of Arundhati Roy and Malcolm X close to his heart. Rauf also answers listeners questions including what it felt like to drop 51 points on John Stockton. This is - in my humble opinion - the best interview we’ve done in the history of the show.

We also have some Choice Words about Megan Rapinoe’s decision to stand - or kneel - in solidarity with Kaepernick. We also answer a listener call from Patrick, who left a message on our hotline: 401 436 EDGE (3343.) Our question for next week is: what athlete do you want to hear from on the issues that Colin Kapernick has raised. Lastly we have our “just stand up” award for someone who has yet to become visible.

The Nation: This Is What Solidarity Looks Like: Why Soccer-Star Megan Rapinoe Stands With Colin Kaepernick

By The Dawn’s Early Light: Chris Jackson’s Journey to Islam

Arundhati Roy’s new book, The End of Imagination

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The Politics of Basketball …or… Keeping Adam Silver Honest

(photo: Minnesota Lynx players Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus don ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirts at a press conference.)

In response to North Carolina’s discriminatory HB-2 ‘bathroom bill,’ NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stood up for LGBTQ rights and pulled the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte. Yet in the very same week, Silver and WNBA President Lisa Borders levied fines on female players who donned black t-shirts in pregame warmups to support the Black Lives Matter movement. To understand this tricky political moment, we have Howard Bryant, a friend of the show, author, commentator and columnist for ESPN. Then, in ’Choice Words’ we have a column about this new era of player power in basketball, and the ‘Just Stand Up’ award goes to WNBA players Tina Charles, Tanisha Wright and Swin Cash for standing up and speaking out.

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Zirin Column: The NBA Moves the All-Star Game, but Also Punishes Players for Political T-shirts?:
The Olympics and the Battle for Rio’s Future:

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'0 to 100’ by Drake (instrumental) produced by Boi-1da |
'Bring It On’ by Jay-Z (instrumental) produced by DJ Premier |
'Descend’ by Emil Rottmayer |

The Premature Activist Athlete: Royce White

Today there is largely universal praise for the ESPY statements of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James. But what about athletes who stood up in much more difficult environment? Today we take a critical look at the ESPY statement with 2012 NBA first round draft pick Royce White. This is an NBA-level talent who has been pushed out of the league for standing up. We talk to Royce about the ESPYS and his future. I also have some “Choice words” about the way this discussion of athlete activism is being framed in the #BlackLivesMatter era.

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