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

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

    Is NFL Football A Blood Sport?

    Is NFL Football A Blood Sport?

    This week we speak to documentarian Isaac Solotaroff about his new project on Al Jazeera English, Bloodsport, a harrowing look at concussions and the NFL. We also talk about a new report that shows early CTE detection could be a scientific breakthrough very soon.
    We also have ‘Choice Words’ about Kyrie Irving, anti-Semitism, and his frightening new allies. 
    We also have a ‘Just Stand Up’ and 'Just Sit Down’ award to Jaylen Brown for rightfully pointing out the hypocrisies of many Kyrie critics and Jaylen Brown for not giving a stronger condemnation of the widely citied film’s antisemitism.

    Isaac Solotaroff
    Twitter: @Isaac_Solotarof
    https://isaacsolotaroff.nyc/

    Zirin, Will Players Help Raise Awareness About the Horrors Surrounding the World Cup?
    https://www.thenation.com/article/world/human-rights-abuses-qatar-world-cup/

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    • 37 min
    Unpacking Kyrie Irving

    Unpacking Kyrie Irving

    This week we speak to New York City youth basketball coach - and one time NYC Marathoner - Arya Shirazi about the state of the NBA. We also have ‘Choice Words’ about Kyrie Irving, anti-Semitism, and his frightening new allies. 

    Zirin, Kyrie Irving and the Fraught History of Our Collective Liberation
    https://www.thenation.com/article/society/kyrie-irving-anti-semitism-film/
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    Why Did The Football World Reject Geno Smith?

    Why Did The Football World Reject Geno Smith?

    This week we spoke to sportswriter Chuck Modiano about shock NFL MVP candidate Geno Smith, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, Chuck predicted this for Smith when others did not. We talk about what he saw. Also I have a tribute to my favorite writer, the recently departed Mike Davis. 
    Chuck Modiano
    Twitter: @ChuckModi1
    https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/insane-untapped-potential-giants-backup-qb-geno-smith-article-1.3653113

    Zirin, Is Portland About to Have Two Supporter-Owned Soccer Teams?
    https://www.thenation.com/article/society/portland-soccer-thorns-timbers-ownership/
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    • 35 min
    Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Speaks!

    Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Speaks!

    This week we talked to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, former NBA player and legendary athlete-activist about his new book In The Blink of an Eye, his new memoir put out by Kaepernick Publishing. Mahmoud talks about his decision to write about his story, who his influences are, and his decision to team with Kaepernick Publishing.
    We also have ‘Choice Words’ about Brittney Griner's prison conditions and the pressure we must apply to bring her home. We also have a ‘Just Stand Up’ and 'Just Sit Down’ award to Iranian rock climber Elnaz Rekabi for her brave protest and Draymond Green for an act of inexcusable violence and Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder whose time may be coming to an end. We also have Jake’s Takes NBA edition. All this and more on this week’s show!
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    Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
    Twitter: @RaufMahmoud
    https://www.kaepernickpublishing.com/in-the-blink-of-an-eye

    Zirin, On Her Birthday, We Learned About Brittney Griner’s Suffering
    https://www.thenation.com/article/society/brittney-griner-russia-prison/
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    • 56 min
    Racism and the College Athlete

    Racism and the College Athlete

    This week we talked to Derek Silva, co-author of an article in the Guardian about racial epithets, college athletics, and what occurred at BYU when Duke volleyball player Rachel Richardson faced racist taunts and was subsequently told by BYU officials that she did not in fact hear them.
    We also have ‘Choice Words’ about the way that the media is covering Aaron Judge’s home run chase and the erasure of Barry Lamar Bonds. We also have a ‘Just Stand Up’ and 'Just Sit Down’ award to Cherelle Griner for courageously coming forward and talking about the plight of Brittney Griner in Russia and Draymond Green for an act of inexcusable violence. All this and more on this week’s show! 

    Twitter: @derekcrim
    https://www.ubcpress.ca/power-played

    Zirin, Aaron Judge Is Great—but Don’t Erase Barry Bonds
    https://www.thenation.com/article/society/aaron-judge-barry-bonds/

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    • 35 min
    Playing Through Fire: Athletes in an Age of Reaction

    Playing Through Fire: Athletes in an Age of Reaction

    Social movements tend to arise within the world of sports during periods of upsurge and upheaval. But what about times of authoritarianism, dictatorship, or even fascism? What is the social role of the athlete during periods of reaction?
    I recently had the pleasure of giving a talk at the 2022 Socialism conference in Chicago, where I addressed all of these questions. This week's episode of the Edge of Sports podcast is a recording of that talk. 
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    Zirin, Sue Bird Sets a Standard and Says Goodbye to the WNBA
    https://www.thenation.com/article/society/sue-bird-retirement-wnba/

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