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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

    Dr. Céline Gounder on the Risks of Reopening Sports

    Dr. Céline Gounder on the Risks of Reopening Sports

    This week we talk to CNN medical expert and NYU professor Dr. Celine Gounder about Covid-19. We talk to Dr. Gounder about the push to reopen sports, how that undertaking could work, and how the nation’s leadership is dealing with the pandemic.
    We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about the NFL’s steadfast plans to reopen this fall, as well as the Trump administration’s ineptitude. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to the athletes that signed a letter calling for justice on behalf of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man killed by white vigilantes in Georgia, and to the people defending the Last Dance documentary. We also got a brand new Kaepernick Watch. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports!
    Céline Gounder
    https://www.celinegounder.com/
    Twitter: @CelineGounder (https://twitter.com/celinegounder?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor)

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    • 32 min
    Hidden History: The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Athlete

    Hidden History: The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Athlete

    This week's show is a talk I did with educator and author Jesse Hagopian about the history of Black athletes and their intersection with the Civil Rights Movement. We go through the famous hidden stories of people like Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali as well as people you may never have heard of like Wyomia Tyus and Rose Robinson. The event was put on by the Zinn Education Project. 
    Jesse Hagopian is an award-winning educator and a leading voice on issues of educational equity, the school-to-prison-pipeline, standardized testing, the Black Lives Matter at School movement, and social justice unionism. He is an editor for Rethinking Schools magazine, an author, public speaker, organizer, and Ethnic Studies teacher at Seattle’s Garfield High School – the site of the historic teacher boycott of the MAP test in 2013. 
    Jesse is the co-editor of the new book, Teaching for Black Lives, and is the editor of the book, More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing. His writing has been published in numerous books including 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History, Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation, Why We Teach Now, and Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States.
    https://www.zinnedproject.org/
    https://iamaneducator.com
    Jesse Hagopian
    Twitter: http://@JessedHagopian

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    • 50 min
    Scoop Jackson Makes it Plain

    Scoop Jackson Makes it Plain

    This week we talk to Scoop Jackson, author of the new book, The Game is Not a Game: The Power, Protest and Politics of American Sports. We talk to Scoop about the book, Scoop’s native Chicago, and the Last Dance documentary.
    We also have some Choice Words about the NFL’s willingness to play a vital role in Trump’s reelection campaign by trying very hard to start the season back as fast as possible. In addition, we have Just Stand Up and Just Sit Down awards to LeBron James for speaking out about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia by white vigilantes and all the talking heads clearly looking for attention with their absurd takes this week. We also got a brand new Kaepernick Watch. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports!
    Scoop Jackson
    https://www.amazon.com/Game-Not-Protest-Politics-American/dp/1642590967
    Twitter: @ibescoopjackson (https://twitter.com/ibescoopjackson?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor)
    Zirin, The NFL Is Now Part of Trump’s Reelection Project
    https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/nfl-season-coronavirus-espn/

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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Ghosts of Dodger Stadium

    Ghosts of Dodger Stadium

    This week we talk to Eric Nusbaum, author of the new book, “Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between.” We talk to him about his new book, the history of how Dodger Stadium came to be, and the displacement of people of color in the process of building it. 
    We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about the NCAA and the prospect of college football coming this fall as well as its decision to announce support for college athletes to sign endorsement deals. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to former Bulls sharpshooter Craig Hodges, who has been erased from the Last Dance documentary but remains an important part of the early Bulls championship teams and some ESPN announcers who are saying, “Gosh, I’m seeing a different side of Jordan” in the wake of the documentary. We also got a brand new Kaepernick Watch featuring an announcement from me! All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports!
    Eric Nusbaum
    https://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/titles/eric-nusbaum/stealing-home/9781541742192/
    Twitter: @ericnus (https://twitter.com/ericnus)
    Zirin, The NCAA Is Poised to Allow Players to Benefit From Their Labor
    https://www.thenation.com/article/society/ncaa-players-pay/

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    • 35 min
    The Myth and Reality of Black Consumer Power

    The Myth and Reality of Black Consumer Power

    This week we talk to Jared Ball, professor of Communication Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore. We talk to him about his new book, The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power, the history of the concept, and its connection to black radical politics.
    We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about The Last Dance for its uncritical look at Michael Jordan, and it’s lopsided attack on Jerry Krause. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to the 1st draft pick of the 2020 draft, Joe Burrow, for using his platform to talk about poverty, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league for the way they presented the NFL Draft, particularly the self-serving celebration of first responders. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports!
    Jared Ball
    https://imixwhatilike.org/category/the-myth-of-black-buying-power/
    Twitter: @IMIXWHATILIKE (https://twitter.com/IMIXWHATILIKE)
    Zirin, The Unfortunate Ugliness of ‘The Last Dance’
    https://www.thenation.com/article/society/michael-jordan-last-dance/

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    • 46 min
    Jordan’s Last Dance

    Jordan’s Last Dance

    This week we talk to friend of the show Michael Lee to talk about Last Dance, a documentary on Michael Jordan and the ’98 Chicago Bulls. We talk about the NBA of the ‘90s, Michael Jordan’s drive to be great, and why people continue to be fascinated by MJ. 
    We also have some ‘Choice Words’ about WWE and its decision to resume live programming in the midst of the coronavirus. In addition, we have ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to Megan Rapinoe for her fantastic livestream with W. Kamau Bell and Trump’s committee to reopen sports. All that and more on this week’s Edge of Sports!
    Michael Lee
    https://theathletic.com/1752209/2020/04/17/sports-take-a-back-seat-why-basketball-africa-league-was-first-to-cancel-games/
    Twitter: @MrMichaelLee (https://twitter.com/MrMichaelLee)
    Zirin, Trump’s Sports Advisers Represent the Worst of the Sports World
    https://www.thenation.com/article/society/trump-sports-advisory-coronavirus/

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
470 Ratings

470 Ratings

Mauricio Gómez Montoya ,

Required listening

One of the best sports & politics podcast out there. Dave’s work is an exercise in critical thought for all sports fans. Required listening!

Stevec50 ,

Nice change from the usual

I’m not a huge sports fan, but do enjoy watching an occasional baseball or football game. Dave is a welcome change from the usual sports podcaster that feels that stats are the only thing. These teams and their owners effect things outside the stadiums.

Loca44ever ,

Thank You

Just a big shout out to Dave, i enjoy watching sports but by no means am a sports fanatic, however, your podcast brings a wealth of information that impacts us as a society and provides the motivation to get involved. I always love hearing what Kap has to say!

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