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Welcome to The Hard Screen! With a storytelling bent, The Hard Screen marries current events with historical context, emotion with fact, and drills down deep into issues of race, gender and sexuality that impact the place of women’s hoops (women’s sports more broadly and women generally) in society.

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Welcome to The Hard Screen! With a storytelling bent, The Hard Screen marries current events with historical context, emotion with fact, and drills down deep into issues of race, gender and sexuality that impact the place of women’s hoops (women’s sports more broadly and women generally) in society.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @hardscreenpod
Check out our stories, merch and more on the web: https://thehardscreen.net/
We're on YouTube, too! https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHardScreen

    S2E2: All We Needed Was The Chance

    S2E2: All We Needed Was The Chance

    Gabby Williams spoke with The Hard Screen in January during a break between the EuroLeague Women regular and postseasons where she plays for Sopron Basket in Hungary. The forward with the WNBA's Chicago Sky spoke about her new partnership for Ford, the silliness of gendering objects like cars, advertisers' renewed interest in the league's players, the toxic culture of the NCAA and much more. 

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    • 21 min
    S2E1: A look into the WNBA's 25th-anniversary season with Commissioner Cathy Engelbert

    S2E1: A look into the WNBA's 25th-anniversary season with Commissioner Cathy Engelbert

    Twenty-five years since its inaugural tipoff, the WNBA is still here: "impossible shot after impossible shot after impossible shot." In the runup to the historic 2021 WNBA season, the league has provided The Hard Screen with a first look into the ways the league will pay homage to the past and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert discusses how the season is an investment in the league's next 25 years.

    Count It sound clip is copyrighted to the WNBA and provided with permission. 

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    • 21 min
    S1E9: The Cry for Justice Continues

    S1E9: The Cry for Justice Continues

    On the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor's murder by Louisville police officers, we review the changes that have happened in the wake of her death, explain why justice still has not been served and replay an episode that originally aired on July 31, 2020 about the relentless grief inflicted on families whose loved ones have been killed by police and how that pain is compounded by impunity. WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS VIVID DESCRIPTIONS OF POLICE VIOLENCE AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL LISTENERS.

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    • 32 min
    S1E8: Girl, Bye: The Unforgivable Sins of Kelly Loeffler

    S1E8: Girl, Bye: The Unforgivable Sins of Kelly Loeffler

    Now that Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler has been voted out of a Senate seat she was never voted into, does this mean she returns to WNBA ownership as if nothing ever happened? Unlikely, if the players, who supported her rival, Rev. Raphael Warnock, in the race, have anything to do with it. Many of Loeffler's "sins" during the election, which Warnock won, reflect a racist ideology that runs counter to what most players in the WNBA stand for and, therefore, are unforgiveable.

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    • 20 min
    S1E7: Natasha Cloud: 'We are the deciding people on who runs our country'

    S1E7: Natasha Cloud: 'We are the deciding people on who runs our country'

    Ahead of the November 3rd presidential election, WNBA champion Natasha Cloud is urging all people to vote, especially Black and brown people who historically have been disenfranchised from the electoral process. In a wide-ranging interview with Tamryn Spruill, Cloud also discussed the need for police reform, the Breonna Taylor case in the context of voting, the Trump supporters in her family and why she is voting for Joe Biden. 

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    • 22 min
    S1E6: ELECTION SPECIAL

    S1E6: ELECTION SPECIAL

    "Vote like your life depends on it," says Natasha Cloud, starting guard for the 2019 WNBA champion Washington Mystics. With the 2020 presidential election just two weeks away, The Hard Screen brings you an election special that includes:


    Interviews with Cloud and Renee Montgomery, a two-time WNBA title-winner, who opted out of the 2020 season to focus on social justice initiatives that emphasized getting polling locations into their respective communities of D.C. and Atlanta, helping voters to register and educating voters on the voting process 
    A breakdown of why it is so difficult for some voters in many parts of the country to cast their ballots this year
    A review of what individual WNBA teams have done in their respective cities to encourage voter registration and provide polling locations

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    • 27 min

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