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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

How The Feds Executed My Parents: Michael Meeropol, Son of The Rosenbergs


(Michael, left, and Robert Meeropol, the sons of Ethel Rosenberg, pose similar to an old photograph of them, before they attempt to deliver a letter to President Barack Obama in an effort to obtain a exoneration for their mother Ethel Rosenberg, in front of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 in Washington. AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

We speak this week to Michael Meeropol, whose parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were executed by the US government in 1953. We talk about his efforts to clear his mother’s name and the importance of the Brooklyn Dodgers in their lives. Meeropol reads from the letters of his parents where they discuss baseball. I also have choice words about rap icon Kurtis Blow and his underrated importance to the development of the NBA as a global phenomenon. Finally we have a tribute to the late Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, via a t-shirt on our weekly Kaepernick watch.

Dave in Seattle with Seahawk Michael Bennett on January 5, 2017:

Michael and Robert Meeropol, We Are Your Sons: The Legacy of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg

Exonerate our Mother, Ethel Rosenberg: petition:…r-ethel-rosenberg

The Assassination of Fred Hampton:

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution:

music: The Show - Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew | We the People…. - A Tribe Called Quest | Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday (Words & music by Abel Meeropol) | Blood on the Leaves - Kanye West | Basketball, 8 Million Stories - Kurtis Blow | Peter Piper - Run DMC | Starboy - The Weeknd

Dr. Harry Edwards On The Athlete-Activist Under Trump


Legendary sports sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards has been working with Colin Kaepernick and speaking in locker rooms around the country. We speak with him about the recent elections and the challenges as well as the opportunities it creates for this new generation of athlete-activists. We also ask Dr. Edwards what inspiration can be drawn from the life of his old friend Muhammad Ali. In addition, I have some choice words about critics of Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to vote, we have an extended just stand up award section for every athlete already standing up to Trump and we take calls about how folks are dealing with the altered political landscape.

Zirin in The Nation ‘On Colin Kaepernick’s Decision Not to Vote’

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Walter Beach to Colin Kaepernick: Black Radicals in Sports

(Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf with Colin Kaepernick, holding up a photo of the Ali Summit. Walter Beach is in the top row, second from left.)

We speak to Dr. Walter Beach, starter on the Cleveland Browns 1964 Championship team and member of the famed Muhammad Ali Summit about the politics of sports and racism: what has changed and what remains the same from his days in the NFL. He is as deep a thinker as you will find and this will “wow” you. We also speak about Colin Kaepernick’s comments about the Trump=Clinton elections, the gorilla taking the field with an All Lives Matter sign, and we have a Just Stand Up award for a player released from the NFL after taking a knee in London, and the East Carolina band.

The Nation, Colin Kaepernick Has a Right to Hate Both Candidates

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music: “Classic Man” - Jidenna (Jidenna, Nana Kwabena, Nate “Rocket” Wonder production) | “They Don’t Care About Us” - Michael Jackson | “One Love” - Nas (Q-Tip production) & “Destroy & Rebuild” (Mike Risko & Baby Paul production) | “Clique” - Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Big Sean (Hit-Boy production) | “All the Way Up” - Fay Joe & Remy Ma (Edsclusive Cool & Dre production) | “Hot Sauce to Go” - Jadakiss (The Neptunes production) | Starboy - The Weeknd (Daft Punk production)

Bob Costas on Covering Kaepernick and the Olympics

Iconic NBC broadcaster Bob Costas speaks about balancing the real world and the sports world, when politics rip through the games we often turn to for escape. We also have some ‘choice words’ about white athletes and the movement for Black Lives and we take and respond to messages left on the Edge of Sports hotline: 401-426-3343 (EDGE.) The ‘Just Stand Up’ award goes to the young people with the courage to kneel. This week’s show is dedicated to Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott.

The Nation, “Bigots Beware: White Athletes Are Becoming Sympathetic to Anthem Protests”

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music: “Nothin’” - N.O.R.E. (The Neptunes production) | “Get Down” - Nas (Salaam Remi production) | “Book of Rhymes” - Nas (The Alchemist production) | “Real Friends” - Kanye West (Boi-1da production, JP Sounds remake) | “All the Way Up” - Fat Joe & Remy Ma (Edsclusive, Cool & Dre production, Diggz remake) | “Sky’s the Limit” - The Notorious B.I.G. (Clark Kent production)

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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Colin Kaepernick’s Protest, Backlash and Resistance, with Gold-Medal Swimmer Antony Ervin & Toni Smith-Thompson


We speak to Olympic gold-medal swimmer Anthony Ervin about Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protest against police violence, Ervin’s book ‘Chasing Water,’ and life since winning gold in Rio. Then, choice words about, and then from, an athletic activist who walked in Kaepernick’s path, Toni Smith–Thompson. The ‘Just Stand Up’ award goes to Khaled Beydoun for his look at how Kaepernick is being dealt with in the sewers of sports radio. Finally, we answer a phone message from listener Ronnie that asked the Edge of Sports hotline why we speak about athletic resistance at all.

Speak your mind by calling (401) 236-3343 (EDGE.) Let us know what you think of Colin Kaepernick’s actions. Also, at this crucial moment, which sports talkers are doing it right, and who is making a fool of themselves? (401) 236-3343 (EDGE.)

Anthony Ervin:
his book, ‘Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian’

Toni Smith-Thompson:
DZ column, ‘Thoughts on Colin Kaepernick From an Athlete Who Walked That Path’

Khaled Beydoun

Zirin: ‘America Needs to Listen to What Colin Kaepernick Is Actually Trying to Say’

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instrumentals: Souls of Mischief (A-Plus production) | Back Star - Definition (Hi-Tek production) | Gang Starr (DJ Premier production) | Notorious BIG (DJ Premier production) | Missy Elliott (Timbaland production)

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