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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.

Sekou Smith:

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

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

Michael Bennett LIVE in Seattle: The Social Justice Tailgate Party


In front of over 800 people at Town Hall Seattle, we speak to Seahawks all-pro defensive end Michael Bennett about sports, society, masculinity, and everything in between. If you don’t know Michael Bennett, it’s time for you to know a player who is funny, fearless, and proudly political. We also have some choice words about why athletes should just say no to visiting the Trump White House. Our ‘Just Stand Up’ award goes to for Steph Curry, and 'Kaepernick Watch’ reviews the QB’s big shoe donation to a homeless shelter and $50,000 of support to the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic Partnership at Standing Rock.

Bennett Foundation: 

Michael Bennett on twitter:

Zirin column, Athletes Shouldn’t Visit Trump’s White House:

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Hide Your Kids: Patrick Hruby vs. High School Football


First, we hear from Patrick Hruby, a contributing editor at VICE Sports, who makes the case against High School Football in his latest piece, “Friday Night Lights Out.” Then, I tell the story of 2016 in Sports & Struggle, and finish with a ‘Just Stand Up’ award to the Women’s Basketball Team at UC Santa Barbara their Athletic Director John McCutcheon who stood up for the team’s right to protest.

Patrick Hruby: website, twitter

Friday Night Lights Out: The Case For Abolishing High School Football

UCSB AD supports Gaucho women’s basketball team’s right to kneel during National Anthem

Zirin column, 2016 in Sports: Joy and Resistance While the World Burned

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music: Definition - Black Star | Everybody Dies - J. Cole | Love Rollercoaster - Ohio Players | É Isso Aí - Sango | This Way - Dilated Peoples ft Kanye West | Go - Common ft. Kanye West & John Mayer | All the Way Up - Fat Joe & Remy Ma

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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Music: Black Beatles - Rae Sremmurd (Mike Will Made It production) | I Want To Talk About You - John Coltrane | One Love - Nas (Q-Tip production) | E.I. - Nelly (Jason “Jay E” Epperson production) | Clique - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean | D’Evils - Jay-Z (DJ Premier production, Crank Lucas remake) | Real Friends - Kanye West (Boi-1da production, JP Sounds remake) | A Tribe Called Quest - The Donald (Q-Tip production) | Bring It On - Jay-Z (DJ Premier production)| Respiration - Black Star (Hi-Tek/Pete Rock production)

Going Full Dissident with Howard Bryant


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ESPN The Magazine’s Howard Bryant joins the podcast to talk about the only issue that matters. The election of Donald Trump was a slap in the face to anyone who believes that racism, sexual assault and anti-immigrant sentiment are are bad. But the election of Trump - with a minority of the vote remember - is far more complicated that just saying it’s racism. It’s the Democratic Party, it’s the Clinton campaign, and it’s the way working class people - white, black and brown - have been crushed in this country. We also have an inspiring Just Stand Up award to the only three-time winner Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes.

Howard Bryant: | http://howardbryant.net
Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor:
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

Dave Zirin, The Nation:

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Music: Keep Ya Head Up - 2Pac (DJ Daryl production) | Dead Prez - Hip Hop (Hedrush & dead prez production) | Lil Kim - Crush on You (Andreao Heard production) | FML - Kanye West & The Weeknd (Erik Giovani remake | The Man-Machine - Kraftwerk | Listen Up - Erule (King Born Allah production) |  All the Way Up - Fat Joe & Remy Ma (Diggz remake | Hotline Bling - Drake (JDP remake | Kendrick Lamar - Alright (Erik Giovani remake)

Lifelines Not Pipelines: Jesse Jackson & Jackie Keeler on Native Mascots and the Battle for North Dakota


We are honored to speak with Reverend Jesse Jackson about his trip to North Dakota to fight the Dakota access pipeline (DAPL,) giving Jackie Robinson’s eulogy, and playing one-on-one against Marvin Gaye. We are equally honored to speak to native American journalist Jackie Keeler about her experiences in North Dakota, its connection to a Native American mascots in sports, and why the DAPL resistance has produced, in her mind, “the most unified native response since Little Big Horn.” We also have Choice Words about what politics could look like in the NBA locker room after their greatest fan leaves the White House, the Just Stand Up goes to two Wisconsin players with their eyes on the prize: Bronson Koenig and - again - to Nigel Hayes.

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music: “I Am Somebody” by DJ Greg Street ( | “Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye (Autograf remix | “Crazy Horse” by John Trudell ( | “We Are the Halluci Nation” by A Tribe Called Red ft. John Trudell ( | “So Wat Cha Sayin” by EPMD  | “Power,” “Saint Pablo” (remake by Jehf Slaps “Touch The Sky” by Kanye West | “Work It” by Missy Elliot ( | “Got Nowhere” by State Property

Institutional Betrayal: Jessica Luther on Josh Brown, College Football and the Politics of Rape


In a week dominated by stories about former New York Giants place kicker Josh Brown and the NFL’s continual coverup of domestic violence, we speak to Jessica Luther, author of the book “Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape.” This week I also have some choice words of my own about the Giants’ shameful handling of the Josh Brown incident and why Roger Goodell should, in my opinion, no longer be employed. Lastly, the ‘Just Stand Up’ award goes to Denasia Lawrence, a National Anthem singer with a purpose.

Jessica Luther: |
Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape

Zirin column, ‘Another Shocking Domestic Violence Case Is Rocking the NFL’

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music: “Safe From Harm” - Massive Attack | “U.N.I.T.Y.” - Queen Latifah (Kay Gee & Mufi production) | “FML” - Kanye West (Erik Giovani remake | “Warning” - Notorious B.I.G.  (Easy Mo Bee production) | “All the Way Up” - Fat Joe & Remy Ma (Edsclusive Cool & Dre production) | “Basketball” - Kurtis Blow (J.B. Moore & Robert Ford Jr. production)


Say Everything: John Cusack on Kaepernick, Cubs, Snowden & Things that Can and Cannot Be Said


John Cusack is a renowned actor, best known for classics like Being John Malkovich, Better Off Dead, Say Anything, and for my money, the greatest sports movie of all time, Eight Men Out. Cusack is also a serious political thinker with a new book “Things That Can and Cannot Be Said: Essays and Conversations,” co-written with Indian author Arundhati Roy about a range of subjects from patriotism, war, resistance, and empire – most centrally a reflection on a trip Cusack took with Roy and famed whistleblower of the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. We speak with Cusack on his book, his beloved Chicago Cubs, patriotism, the anthem protests of Colin Kaepernick and I slip in a couple of movie questions as well. I also have some “choice words” about Kaepernick’s first start of the season in Buffalo and “Just Stand Up” awards go to Wisconsin Badger Nigel Hayes and LA Dodger Adrian Gonzalez.

Things that Can and Cannot Be Said: Essays and Conversations by Arundhati Roy and John Cusack

Freedom of the Press Foundation

‘The Woke Tailgate’: The Brave of Buffalo Kneel in Solidarity With Colin Kaepernick

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music: “The Magnificent Seven” by The Clash | “Coolie Dance Riddim” - Cordell “Scatta” Burrell | “Step Into a World (Rapture’s Delight)” - KRS-ONE (Jesse West production) | The Swanky Modes (Sam Moore and Junior Walker) - Ordinary Man (Tapeheads Soundtrack) | “In Your Eyes” - Peter Gabriel (Orchestral version) |   “Hail Mary” & “Keep Ya Head Up” - 2Pac (Hurt-M-Badd & DJ Daryl production) | “All the Way Up” - Fay Joe & Remy Ma (Edsclusive Cool & Dre production) | “Slow Down” - Brand Nubian

Not In My Locker Room: DeAndre Levy of the Detroit Lions Speaks Out

(Lions Linebacker DeAndre Levy hiking in Peru)

In an attempt to excuse his own repugnant behavior, Donald Trump unwittingly started a real conversation on what he dubbed “locker room talk” about sexual violence against women. Our guest, Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, is the rare pro athlete who is awake to this issue. Levy writes, advocates, and fundraises to stop domestic and sexual abuse. We also speak to him about the Kaepernick protests. Then, we have ’Choice Words’ about my own experience with “locker room talk” and the ‘Just Stand Up’ award goes to Mets broadcaster Ron Darling for speaking out against the “rage of the inarticulate.”

The Nation column, Not in My Locker Room

‘Man Up,’ DeAndre Levy essay

‘Our Issue’ T-Shirts, benefiting the Michigan Women’s Foundation and ‘Detroit Hustles Harder’

Detroit Hustles Harder

Enough SAID (Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit)

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