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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 Southall gets a Just Stand Up Award from us for comments made to the Financial Times about economic inequality and racism and Mike Pence does Mike Pence things, earning another Sit Your Ass Down! award.  As always, we’ve got a Kaepernick watch and more on this week’s show!

Jules Boykoff

Twitter: @JulesBoykoff

Zirin, Dave Why So Many Philadelphia Eagles Are Rejecting This White House

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#MeToo: Sexual Assault & Sports


We speak to three-time gold medalist and civil rights attorney Nancy Hogshead-Makar about how the #MeToo movement is shaping the world of sports as well as her own work in shedding light on sexual abuse in the field of athletics over the years. We look at the big picture of sexual violence in sports while also getting into the legal weeds. I cannot imagine a more important topic for this moment or a better person with whom to discuss all of this.

Additionally, I have some Choice Words about Jerry Jones and whether he’s all bark no bite, a Just Stand Up award to McKayla Maroney for coming forward, and we travel cross the pond for our Just Sit Down award. All that and much more!

Nancy Hogshead-Makar
Twitter: @Hogshead3Au

Zirin, Looks Like Jerry Jones Isn’t Going to Punish His Players for Protesting After All

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Music: Examination - Del the Funky Homosapien | What More Can I Say - Jay-Z | Brick House - The Commodores | Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves - Eurythmics Feat. Aretha Franklin | Top Back - T.I. | Slow Down - Brand Nubian | What a Job - Devin the Dude Feat. Snoop Dogg & Andre 3000 | Praise You - Fatboy Slim | FU-GEE-LAA - The Fugees | The Nosebleed Section - Hilltop Hoods | Pants - Here Come the Mummies | The Wire Theme

Three Generations of Athlete Activists


This week, three generations of activist athletes take the stage at Wake Forest University. It’s me your Edge of Sports host Dave Zirin, interviewing 1968 Olympic legend John Carlos, former NBA player - who knows something about being “blackballed” - Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, and Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad. If only there was something to talk about in the world of sports and politics.

Also, I have some choice words about what the NFL players truly won after their meeting this week with NFL owners.

Special thanks to Melissa Harris-Perry, Shanta Covington and Rolisa Tutwiler at Wake Forest.

Dr. John Carlos, ‘68 Olympian
READ: The John Carlos Story

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Former NBA Player
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Ibtihaj Muhammad, USA Fencing Olympic Medalist
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Zirin, Colin Kaepernick Was Mocked and Threatened for Taking a Knee. He’s Also Winning.

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Music: Examination - Del the Funky Homosapien | Super Lyrical - Big Pun Feat. Black Thought | Mental Flux - Clokworx | Power of Equality - Red Hot Chili Peppers | MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know - KRS One | Git Up Git Out - Outkast Feat. Goodie Mobb | Hot Sex - A Tribe Called Quest | Keep it Thoro - Prodigy | NBA (Never Broke Again) - Joe Budden Feat. Wiz Khalifa & French Montana | The Wire Theme

L.A. vs. the Olympics


This week on the Edge of Sports Podcast we speak to journalist Molly Lambert and No Olympics LA organizer Anne Orchier about the forces behind the efforts to bring the Summer Olympics to Los Angeles and the movement to try to stop them. We also have commentary about the Golden State Warriors NBA championship victory and the trip to the White House that will never happen. In addition we have some Kaepernick watch and much more.


Molly Lambert, MTV News
Twitter: @Mollylambert

Anne Orchier, No Olympics L.A. Organizer
Twitter: @Body_Schemes

Zirin, Will the Warriors Turn Down a Trip to the White House

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Music: Eye Examination - Del the Funky Homosapien | Thirsty - E40 | My Favorite Mutiny - The Coup | Who Got Da Props - Black Moon | Blow the Whistle - Too Short | Brooklyn - MC Lyte | Amen - The Impressions | Amen - Meek Mill | Gotta Eat - Lupe Fiasco | Dig for Fire - The Pixies | Let’s Get Ready to Rumble - Jock Jams | Manute Bol, Block the Ball | The Wire Outro

21st Century Trailblazer: Talking Sports & Politics With Ibtihaj Muhammad


This week we speak to the only Muslim American woman to ever medal at the Olympics and the first American woman to ever compete while wearing a hijab, Ibtihaj Muhammad. It’s a fascinating insight into what makes her excel. We also have choice words about the ESPN layoffs, our just stand up and just sit down words, Kaepernick watch, and the question for our listeners; are you done with football?

Ibtihaj Muhammad, USA Olympian
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Zirin, Why the ESPN Layoffs Are So Disappointing

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Defending Title IX with Nancy Hogshead-Makar


Nancy Hogshead-Makar is a three-time gold-medalist swimmer, sexual assault survivor, and one of the most renowned Title IX attorneys in the US. We speak to her about the importance of defending Title IX and what a Donald Trump presidency could mean for the landmark 1972 legislation. We also speak to her about the Women’s March, which she attended with her 11-year-old daughters. I’ll also speak about my experience at Trump’s tiny Inauguration ceremony, and Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich collects another ‘Just Stand Up’ award for speaking truth to power.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Champion Women

Groups mentioned by Nancy Hogshead-Makar:
National Women’s Law Center:
California Women’s Law Project:
Equal Rights Advocates:
American Civil Liberties Union:
Athlete Ally:
You Can Play Project:

Column: I Was at Trump’s Inauguration. It Was Tiny.

Zirin on Democracy Now from Inauguration Day:

Gregg Popovic rips President Trump, administration on second day:

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music: The Greatest - Sia (Diamond Beats version) | Gold - Kiiara | Paper Thin - MC Lyte | Didn’t Cha Know - Erykah Badu | Rihanna - Rude Boy

John Carlos: “Follow Kaepernick to the Rainbow”


We bring sports and politics icon John Carlos in-studio to talk about how it feels to see a new generation of athletes replicate his anthem protests of 1968. Dr. Carlos - who is having a wild week - also speaks to us about the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture where he was part of the unveiling of a statue of himself, and two other two men on that iconic medal stand: Tommie Smith and Peter Norman. Carlos is also in town to visit the White House. He speaks about what it feels like to be re-embraced and who he still feels owes him a damn apology (spoiler: it’s Brent Musburger.) We also have some choice words for Mike Ditka, we take listener calls and a Just Stand Up Award for the Castlemont Knights football team, showing some A plus solidarity with the protest of Colin Kaepernick. | |

The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World by John Carlos and Dave Zirin

The Unbearable Bigotry of Mike Ditka:

On the Passing of HBCU and Olympic Coaching Legend Ed Temple:

After Forty-four Years, It’s Time Brent Musburger Apologized to John Carlos and Tommie Smith:

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music: “Vision” - McCoy Tyner | Stevie Wonder - Live from NMAAHC opening |  “Touch the Sky” - Kanye West (Just Blaze production | “Simon Says” - Pharoahe Monch (Pharoahe Monch production | “D’Evils” - Jay Z (DJ Premier production, Crank Lucas remake | “I Don’t Know” - Slum Village (J Dilla production | “Used to Love U” - John Legend (Kanye West 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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Face-to-Face with Olympian Feyisa Lilesa and the NFL’s Weekend of Dissent


When Feyisa Lilesa crossed won silver at the 2016 Olympics, he raised his arms in an X formation, a symbol of solidarity with the Oromo Liberation struggle in his home of Ethiopia. We speak to Lilesa about why he fears for his life, who he holds dear as his athletic heroes and what message he has for Colin Kaepernick and USA athletes using their platform to speak out for social change. We also have choice words about the weekend of 9/11, national anthem protest in the NFL. We also have choice words about everyone who says that they support Colin Kaepernick but just “disapprove” of his methods. Finally a Just Stand Up award to Michael Oppong, a football player at Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, Massachusetts who knelt during the national anthem, incurring the wrath of his coach.

Zirins ’Choice Words’ columns in The Nation:
“Colin Kaepernick Is Winning”
“Solidarity With Kaepernick Ripples Through the NFL on September 11”

Feyisa Lilesa GoFundMe:

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The Other Olympic Rio with Favela Activist Theresa Williamson


(photo: Zach Zill)

In the run-up to Brazil’s year of mega-events, Theresa Williamson made her website into an essential independent news source. In our final Olympics podcast, Theresa Williamson joins me for a wide-ranging and insightful talk that you will not find on any other show. We’ll also stop by a party at the oft-discussed Vila Autódromo, site of a high-profile battle for over residents rights that is just a stone’s throw away from Olympic Park. My ‘Choice Words’ are about the stalwart Brazilian teachers who went on strike in Rio, and the ‘Just Stand Up’ award goes to Anthony Ervin, 35-year-old gold medalist and author of: “Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian.” Special thanks to our youngest guest, nine-year-old Kay, who summed up the Olympic effect on Rio so well: “It means so many things, and most of them aren’t good.”

Edge of Sports Hotline: (401) 236-3343 (EDGE). This week, we want to know: What would you do if the Olympics came to your town? Buy tickets? Volunteer? Perhaps protest?

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Catalytic Communities:
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Ervin wins gold in the 50-freestyle:
Column:  Teachers and Students Occupy Schools in the Shadow of Olympic Rio

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