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Antoine Fuqua on His New Ali Doc

29:27 | Apr 29th

This week we speak to the director of the Academy Award winning film Training Day, Antoine Fuqua, about his new HBO documentary, “What’s My Name?” about the life of Muhammad Ali, a film produced by LeBron James.  We also have ‘Choice Words’ on abo...Show More
The Fight to Save Coach Fofo From Deportation

32:42 | Apr 22nd

Today we speak to Casa de Maryland Services Director George Escobar about the fight to save Agbegnigan Amouzou, also known as ‘Coach Fofo,’ from deportation. Coach Fofo, a native of Togo, has been a staple in both the Montgomery and Prince George Cou...Show More
The Preventable Death of Braeden Bradforth

41:37 | Apr 15th

Today we speak to Joanne Atkins-Ingram, the mother of Braeden Bradforth, who died of exertional heatstroke in a non-contact practice at Garden City Community College. We also speak to the family’s attorney, Jill Elaine Greene, and talk about the toxi...Show More
The NBA Season That Was

1:11:31 | Apr 8th

This week we speak to the Athletic’s national NBA columnist about the 2018-2019 NBA season that has come and gone and whether anyone has a chance to upset the set up against the Warriors. We talk the Washington Wizards troubles, Lebron’s first year i...Show More
The Wild and Crazy USFL

41:27 | Apr 1st

This week we speak to NY Times bestselling author Jeff Pearlman about his book Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL. We go into the league’s history, why it went under, and lessons to be learned from its eventual demise....Show More
NCAA Exploitation Word Association

52:34 | Mar 25th

This week we speak to DC-based sports journalist and editor Patrick Hruby about the rot that envelops the NCAA, more visible than ever this March. We do all this through the prism of word association, talking coaches, players, apparel companies, and ...Show More
The Attack on Trans Athletes

46:33 | Mar 18th

This week we speak to Katie Barnes of ESPNW about the right wing movement against trans athletes particularly trans women, recent comments by tennis legend Martina Navratilova, and we get their thoughts about the future of the struggle as well.  W...Show More
Robert Kraft: A Different Perspective

43:20 | Mar 11th

This week we speak to Melissa Gira Grant, author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work about Robert Kraft’s arrest and the agendas that lurk behind charges of “human sex trafficking.”   We also have ‘Choice Words’ about mental health in the NBA...Show More
Will The Caps on Major League Heads Be Union Made?

42:30 | Mar 1st

This week we speak to Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Dolittle and activist Eireann Dolan about their push to keep the caps union made after a relocation was announced from Derby, NY to non-union Florida. We also talk about the MLB players associat...Show More
Cubs Ownership Has a Racism Problem

46:50 | Feb 11th

This week we talk to AM670’s Julie DiCaro about Joe Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field was found to have sent racist and Islamophobic emails to his family. What will be the fallout if any? We also speak to author Bijan ...Show More
The Worst Super Bowl Ever

37:49 | Feb 6th

This week we talk to “The Football Girl” Melissa Jacobs about the worst Super Bowl ever. We also have ‘Choice Words’ about the political drama taking place off the field, ‘Just Stand Up’ and ‘Just Sit Down’ awards to the Washington Post union and Mar...Show More
The Imagination of Martellus Bennett

40:39 | Jan 28th

This week we talk to former pro-bowler and Super Bowl champ Martellus Bennett about his new children’s book Dear Black Boy. The former NFL standout also talks about his upbringing, how he’s been doing post-football, and his creative projects. Also w...Show More
Talking NCAA Football Unions w/ Kain Colter

1:01:37 | Jan 22nd

This week we speak to Kain Colter, former quarterback at Northwestern and current organizer with the American Federation of Teachers. We talked about his experiences at Northwestern, challenges that college athletes face, and the labor movement today...Show More
NFL Coaching Hires: How Racist Is This League?

50:25 | Jan 14th

This week we speak to NY Daily News sports writer Charles Modiano about his writing on the NFL's coaching hires over the last month: hires that have all but practically eliminated black head coaches from the league.  Also we also have ‘Choice Words’...Show More
Chicago Bill Siegel: The Greatest

37:38 | Dec 18th, 2018

This week we pay tribute to filmmaker Bill Siegel who passed away last week. Bill Siegel is known as the director of what I believe to be the best boxing documentary ever made, The Trials of Muhammad Ali. We play an interview that the podcast did wit...Show More
Dark Knight: Bob Knight’s Last Days at Indiana

53:39 | Dec 10th, 2018

This week we speak to Robert Abbott, director, producer, and narrator of the 30 for 30 film The Last Days of Knight. We talk to the director about his film, Neil Reed’s courage, and why the coach remains a compelling figure inside the world of sports...Show More
Heading a Hoops Conference In Era of Big Football

45:42 | Dec 3rd, 2018

This week we speak to the commissioner of the West Coast Conference, Gloria Nevarez, the first Latina commissioner of a Division I conference, about the challenges in a conference better known for schools like Gonzaga than Ohio State. We also have...Show More
Nike & the Modern Neoliberal University

54:10 | Nov 12th, 2018

This week we speak to Joshua Hunt, author of the new book University of Nike. He talks to us about the development of the multinational corporation, its relationship with the University of Oregon, and it’s connection to much of what we say today, inc...Show More
LA Olympics: Draped in Disgrace

57:46 | Nov 5th, 2018

This week we speak to Anne Orchier, an activist with NOlympics LA about the upcoming summer Olympics in the city and the pervasive problems the city of Los Angeles is facing.  Also we’ve got ‘Choice Words’ about the importance of militant solidarity...Show More
Babe Ruth & the Birth of Modern Celebrity

50:57 | Oct 29th, 2018

This week we speak to Jane Leavy, author of the new book ‘Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created.’ It’s a unique look at the foundational athlete of the 20th century and the birth of the modern celebrity athlete in American society.  Also we’...Show More
How the NCAA Gaslights America

49:00 | Oct 22nd, 2018

This week we speak to economist Andy Schwarz about his Deadspin article “The NCAA Is Gaslighting You.” Schwarz’s piece looks at case in Oakland as well as the ongoing FBI case. We also talk about the Historical Basketball League, a potential college ...Show More
Edge of Sports NBA Season Preview

1:09:07 | Oct 16th, 2018

This week we forecast the NBA season with the one and only Michael Lee. Also we have choice words about the University of Maryland and elite football player Jordan McNair. I also have a historic just stand up and just sit down award, some words about...Show More
Sports, Rape Culture & Brett Kavanaugh (TW)

46:27 | Oct 8th, 2018

This week we speak to Brenda Tracy about her experience with sports and sexual assault as well as her mission to enlist football teams in the fight against rape. We also ask this outspoken survivor about Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, an...Show More
The Power of Sports Fans

34:28 | Oct 1st, 2018

This week we speak to Brian Hess, director of the Sports Fans Coalition, about sports gambling and how to empower sports fans. We also have ‘Choice Words’ about Brett Kavanaugh, high school sports and toxic masculinity. I also have ‘Just Stand Up’...Show More
Live With Author/Activist Kevin Powell

1:45:35 | Sep 24th, 2018

This week we come to you live from Solid State Books in DC to talk to Kevin Powell about his new book "My Mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the Last Stand of The Angry White Man."  We also have ‘Choice Words’ about the early retirement of Vont...Show More
Serena Williams & The Policing Of Anger

32:10 | Sep 17th, 2018

This week we speak to Soraya Chemaly, author of the new book “Rage Becomes Her” about Serena Williams, Title IX, and how our society monitors women’s anger, particularly black women. We also have ‘Choice Words’ about the Serena-Naomi Osaka match a...Show More
Colin Kaepernick & The Perils of the Swoosh

1:07:04 | Sep 10th, 2018

This week we speak about the new Nike ad campaign centered on Colin Kaepernick. We look at this collision of politics and commerce by speaking to Jim Keady, onetime soccer coach at St. John’s who lost his job after standing up to Nike’s deal with the...Show More
The Predictable Scandals of Urban Meyer

47:14 | Aug 30th, 2018

This week we speak to USA Today sports columnist Dan Wolken about Ohio State Buckeye football coach Urban Meyer and his three game suspension to start the 2018 season. We talk about the sport of college football, its mounting scandals, the NCAA, and ...Show More
The Samoan Pipeline To The NFL

37:21 | Aug 6th, 2018

This week we speak to Rob Ruck, author of the new book Tropic of Football: the long and perilous journey of Samoans to the NFL. We talk about the history of American Samoa and the importance of football to the islands. We also have ‘Choice words’ ab...Show More
Royce White on Mental Heath [Trigger Warning]

39:27 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Former - and we hope future - NBA player Royce White speaks about the suicide of one-time teammate Tyler Honeycutt. White also talks about NBA policy on mental health, his own challenges with the league, and the structural issues that need to be addr...Show More
Deconstructing Les Bleus

34:53 | Jul 16th, 2018

This week, we speak to sports journalist and Burn It All Down podcast cohost Shireen Ahmed about the politics of the French World Cup team. Also I’ve got Choice Words about Golden State Warriors All-Star Draymond Green and his trip to Israel. We als...Show More
The World Cup & Remembering John McNamara

52:58 | Jul 2nd, 2018

This week we speak to Duke University professor and author of The Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer, Laurent DuBois about the latest in the World Cup. Later in the show, we speak to Sporting News columnist David Steele about his longtime...Show More
The Politics of the 2018 World Cup

46:08 | Jun 18th, 2018

This week we speak to former US Olympic soccer player and the author of Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics, Jules Boykoff about the politics of the World Cup as well as the games themselves. We also have ‘Choice Words’ about why NFL ow...Show More
The Hidden Queer History Behind “A League of Their Own”

37:57 | Jun 11th, 2018

This week we speak to Britni de la Cretaz, journalist and writer, about her recent piece that went viral titled “”The Hidden Queer History Behind “A League of Their Own.”” This was a very informative conversation that examined the hidden relationship...Show More
The Greatest ‘What-Ifs’ In Sports History

47:06 | Jun 4th, 2018

This week we speak to Mike Pesca from The Gist Podcast about his new book “Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs In Sports History.” This was a really fun conversation, and we talk about topics ranging from what if Muhammad Ali received draft de...Show More
The NFL Anthem Mess: Putting Out a Fire With Kerosene

46:24 | May 28th, 2018

This week we have Bijan Bayne, social commentator and author of the book Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball to talk the NFL, the new anthem polcy, and the unholy mess created by unaccountable billionaires.  We have ‘Choice Words’ about the...Show More
Can’t Eat A Medal: Black Women Athletes Under Jim Crow

53:29 | May 16th, 2018

This week we speak to Professor Amira Rose Davis about her research on one of the most hidden aspects of sports history, black women before Title IX.  Also we’ve got some ‘Choice Words’ about the importance of Becky Hammon’s coaching candidacy with ...Show More
The Singularity of LeBron James

53:03 | May 8th, 2018

This week, we speak to Yahoo Sports’ national NBA correspondent Michael Lee about what makes LeBron James unique and how he can be stopped (It involves quintuple coverage). We also delve into the Lebron-Jordan debate, and the limits of that discussio...Show More
Too Much Testosterone? The Discrimination Women Face in International Sports

50:45 | May 1st, 2018

This week, we speak to anthropologist and ethicist Katrina Karkazis about regulations passed down from the IAAF dealing with testosterone testing of women. We talk about how they came about, the lack of scientific process in their formulation, and it...Show More
Talking Court Justice & Kaepernick with Michael McCann

41:09 | Apr 25th, 2018

This week we speak to Sports Illustrated journalist and attorney Michael McCann about his book written with Ed O’Bannon, Court Justice: The Inside Story of My Battle Against the NCAA. We also go into detail about the Colin Kaepernick collusion case a...Show More
Can a Feminist Revolution Save Women's Soccer in South America?

41:34 | Apr 17th, 2018

This week, we speak to Brenda Elsey, co-host of the Burn It Down Podcast, who is currently in Buenos Aires. She is researching and writing about women soccer players in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina and how they have used collective organizing to recl...Show More
Dr. King's Legacy of Sports & Politics

36:37 | Apr 10th, 2018

This week we speak to Professor Louis Moore about his research on Dr. Martin Luther King's connection to world of sports and politics. Also, we have choice words about politicians who slam NFL players protesting NFL players while mouthing bromides ab...Show More
Why Minor League Baseball Needs To Organize

34:32 | Apr 3rd, 2018

This week we speak to longtime labor organizer, writer, and former head of TransAfrica Bill Fletcher about why the time is now for minor league baseball players to form a union. We also have ‘Choice Words’ about the collision of the #blacklivesmatter...Show More
Royce White: The Truth About the NBA & Mental Health

58:09 | Mar 21st, 2018

NBA All-Stars Kevin Love & Demar DeRozan recently went public with their mental health challenges. Here, former NBA player Royce White speaks about the NBA’s approach to mental health, and the gap between the league’s supportive rhetoric and existing...Show More
Why Athlete Activists Matter

45:07 | Mar 13th, 2018

On this week’s pod, we speak to 10 year NBA veteran Etan Thomas about his new book "We Matter: Athletes and Activism,” where he speaks to sports figures ranging from Bill Russell to Russell Westbrook. Also, I have choice words about Michael Bennett's...Show More
The End Of March Madness?

1:01:42 | Mar 6th, 2018

This week we got a dope show. We talk to sportswriter and friend of the program Patrick Hruby in-depth about the political economy of revenue sports and it’s racialized superstructure, why athletes deserve a piece of the income pie, and the FBI inves...Show More
Talking NCAA Scandals & Black Panther

1:10:20 | Feb 27th, 2018

This week we got a special episode. We go full-length in conversation with  sports broadcaster and former Georgetown basketball captain Monica McNutt about the recent scandals plaguing the NCAA, sexual harassment inside the Dallas Mavericks organizat...Show More
Andrew Brandt on Kaepernick and the Business of the NFL

56:27 | Feb 20th, 2018

This week, we talk all things NFL -- plus a new twist on the Lebron-Jordan debate -- with Andrew Brandt, columnist for The MMQB and The Athletic and the host of "Business of Sports" podcast. Brandt details his time as an executive with the Green Bay ...Show More
Sacred Forests: The Olympics Land on South Korea

35:25 | Feb 13th, 2018

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 o...Show More
"Fly Eagles Fly": Activist Players Win Super Bowl

40:54 | Feb 7th, 2018

This week, we recap the Super Bowl with Melissa Jacobs from The Football Girl and host of The Football Girl Podcast. The Philadelphia Eagles sure didn't consider social justice a distraction en route to the Super Bowl. What's next for both the Eagles...Show More
USA Gymnastics & Michigan State: What's Next?

48:18 | Jan 30th, 2018

This week, we speak to Jessica Luther, author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape, about Michigan State, USA gymnastics and what justice could look like for the gymnasts abused by Larry Nassar.Get ready for a surpris...Show More
Aaron Maybin: From NFL Athlete to Baltimore Art Teacher

35:56 | Jan 23rd, 2018

As Baltimore schools became refrigerators this month, former NFL linebacker turned Art teacher Aaron Maybin went viral with a video detailing their conditions. Aaron is also the author of a book called Art-Activism: The Revolutionary Art, Poetry, & R...Show More
10 Days To Shake The Super Bowl

38:35 | Jan 16th, 2018

This week we talk to Hani Ali from the Black Visions Collective and Veronica Mendez-Moore from the Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En Lucha, both in the Twin Cities, about organizing a ten day resistance to ramped up police presence, the attacks on wor...Show More
Big-Time Sports in the Big Apple

49:46 | Jan 9th, 2018

This week, we speak to author Sean Deveney about his new book Fun City, which chronicles New York City in the 1960's -- an era of Broadway Joe Namath, the Amazin' Mets and some very interesting politics.Also, we have some choice words about the moral...Show More
The Heritage of the Black Athlete

45:20 | Dec 26th, 2017

This is a good one. We speak to ESPN the Magazine's Howard Bryant about his forthcoming book "The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism." Bryant explores the development of the black athlete over the last 75 year...Show More
The Washington RedHAWKS Culture Jam

42:11 | Dec 19th, 2017

On this episode of the podcast, we take a look at a culture jam that occurred earlier this week, targeting the Washington football team and its racist team mascot. Jacqueline Keeler joins the show again to talk about how this culture jam came into be...Show More
Understanding the Split in the NFL Players Movement

1:07:28 | Dec 12th, 2017

This week, we try and understand the splits in the players coalition that has been negotiating with the NFL over the anti-racist protests taking place during the national anthem. We speak with Tamishia Moats, wife of former NFL player Ryan Moats, who...Show More
Maya Moore Talks Mass Incarceration

56:22 | Nov 30th, 2017

We speak to a WNBA MVP and one of the greatest hoopsters to ever live: Maya Moore. We talk about her recent efforts to raise awareness about prosecutorial misconduct and mass incarceration.Later on the show, we have some Choice Words about Amazon's s...Show More
Basketball in the Golden State with Legendary NBA Scribe Jack McCallum

1:13:12 | Nov 21st, 2017

This week, we talk to Hall of Fame NBA journalist Jack McCallum about his new book Golden Days: West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball. McCallum details the influence Jerry West had on two golden eras o...Show More
Militarism & Sports

37:04 | Nov 15th, 2017

This week, we speak to Rory Fanning, who served in the Army Rangers with former NFL player Pat Tillman. Fanning would later become a member of Veterans for Peace and a critic of U.S. foreign policy. We discuss nationalism, militarism, and the NFL's r...Show More
Judah Friedlander: America is #1

37:23 | Nov 7th, 2017

Fresh off his Netflix Special, America Is The Greatest Country in the United States, Judah Friedlander takes a stab at defining American exceptionalism through humor. Friedlaner, a major soccer fan, also explains how and why the USA didn't qualify fo...Show More
#MeToo: Sexual Assault & Sports

1:06:01 | Nov 1st, 2017

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 lo...Show More
Three Generations of Athlete Activists

1:02:38 | Oct 24th, 2017

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" -...Show More
Talking Collusion & Mental Health with Royce White

1:04:48 | Oct 17th, 2017

This week, we speak to NBL MVP and former NBA player Royce White about mental health and what collusion looks like, in light of the recent news about Colin Kaepernick's NFL lawsuit. Also, we have Just Stand Up and Just Sit Your Ass Down awards, a Kae...Show More
NBA & Player Protest: A Collision Course?

1:29:27 | Oct 10th, 2017

This week we talk face-to-face with Michael Lee, senior writer at The Vertical for Yahoo! Sports, about the prospect of players protesting during the anthem in the NBA and how NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will handle it. Also, we speak to Lindsay Gib...Show More
"U BUM!" Sports, Trump, & Resistance

1:04:40 | Sep 27th, 2017

We discuss the explosive weekend of anthem protests with former San Francisco 49er Chris Borland, who famously walked away from the league after his stellar rookie season. We also go through everything that happened in the last week, a period that co...Show More
Sports Can Unlearn Toxic Masculinity

40:18 | Sep 19th, 2017

This week we speak to Joe Ehrmann, former NFL Player and founder of Inside Out Coaching: How Sports Can Change Lives. Also, I speak about the solidarity statement we organized to support Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett, in his efforts to challenge th...Show More
Houston's Field of Schemes

44:09 | Sep 12th, 2017

This week we speak to Neil deMause, co-author of the book Field of Schemes about the toll that publicly funded stadiums has taken on the infrastructure of Houston, & Hurricane Harvey's manifestation of the problem. De Mause is the preeminent scholar ...Show More
Inside New York City's #IStandWithKap Rally

47:15 | Aug 29th, 2017

This week, we bring you the to the heart of the several-thousand-strong #IStandWithKap rally held outside NFL Headquarters on Park Avenue, in New York City. We have engaging interviews and riveting speeches -- including my own, short speech that I wa...Show More
Yawkey Way's Name Change & The Art of Pro Wrestling

57:44 | Aug 22nd, 2017

We speak to ESPN's Howard Bryant, author of Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston about the proposed name change of Yawkey Way at Fenway Park. Tom Yawkey was the team owner for decades and the Red Sox were the last Major League team to int...Show More
The Deportation of Teen Soccer Star Lizandro Claros

34:21 | Aug 15th, 2017

One of the best 50 soccer players in the D.C. area was detained and deported by Trump's ICE, but his teammates are fighting back. This week, we speak to Lizandro Claros' former coach, Matt Ney. It's a story that needs telling. We also have a Just Sta...Show More
The NFL's Concussion Calamity

1:01:45 | Aug 1st, 2017

This week, we are joined in-studio by Dr. Christian Dotson-Pierson to speak withDr. Chris Nowinski, Co-Founder & CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, about the recently published study by Dr. Anne McKee which showed CTE in 110 out of the 111 brai...Show More
Inside Colin Kaepernick's Trip to Africa

59:54 | Jul 25th, 2017

This week, we speak to Ameer Loggins, the lecture organizer for Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camps. Loggins traveled with Kaepernick for the quarterback's summer trip to Ghana and Egypt and explains the significance of the trip. We also talk a...Show More
Viva Baseball: The Latino Pageantry of Miami's 2017 All-Star Game

47:11 | Jul 18th, 2017

This week, we speak to the editor-in-chief of La Vida Baseball, Adrian Burgos, about what he saw and experienced during a celebration of Latino baseball history at this year's MLB All-Star Game. We also have Choice Words about the treatment of Venus ...Show More
NBA Free Agency Madness & the Strength of Kaepernick's Silence

52:10 | Jul 4th, 2017

We speak to the NBA.com journalist Sekou Smith about the NBA as well as advice to young sports journalists. I also have some choice words about his store partnership between the Seattle storm and Planned Parenthood. Lastly, some strong words about th...Show More
How an Anti-Racist Lawsuit Empowered the Most Racist Brand in Sports

47:09 | Jun 27th, 2017

This week, we talk to the founder of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, Jacqueline Keeler and discuss the recent Supreme Court case that has Washington football team owner Daniel Snyder celebrating. Don't miss the powerful Choice Words about Phil...Show More
L.A. vs. the Olympics

1:00:24 | Jun 20th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Donté Stallworth Explains the World

59:00 | Jun 13th, 2017

This week, on the Edge of Sports Podcast, we talk foreign policy with 10 year NFL veteran Donté Stallworth. Also, I've got some choice words about the racist attack on LeBron James' home. In addition, we have a very special Kaepernick Watch with the ...Show More
Frank Deford: The Lost Interview

31:58 | Jun 6th, 2017

A never before heard interview with the late Frank Deford from 2013. Topics ranged from personal interactions with legendary athletes such as Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, and Bill Russell to Deford's perspective on the state of sports journalism t...Show More
Etan Thomas on Kaepernick Protests & A Radical Plan to Change the NCAA

1:05:14 | May 30th, 2017

This week we talk to ten year NBA veteran and author Etan Thomas about why he attended a protest against the "blackballing" of free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick at NFL headquarters as well as the role of Kaepernick's black critics in the media....Show More
How Do NFL Blackballings Work?

1:00:48 | May 23rd, 2017

This week we speak to the lead football scout for Bleacher Report, former football scribe at Sports Illustrated, Doug Farrar. We talk about his extensive scouting of Colin Kaepernick as well as how a blackballing works in the NFL.We also have an exte...Show More
Colin Kaepernick Vs. Systemic Oppression

1:06:20 | May 16th, 2017

This week on the Edge of Sports Podcast, we give an inside look at the Know Your Rights Camps being hosted by free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as he and a remarkable team of people try to educate youth on their legal rights, health, history a...Show More
John Angelos on the Orioles and Racist Incident at Fenway

52:48 | May 9th, 2017

This week, we speak to Baltimore Orioles COO, John Angelos, about his stirring statement against racism after his team's star outfielder, Adam Jones, was hit with a barrage of racist insults at Boston's Fenway Park. We also have a Just Stand Up and J...Show More
21st Century Trailblazer: Talking Sports & Politics With Ibtihaj Muhammad

58:04 | May 2nd, 2017

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 a...Show More
Anatomy of a Train Wreck: The Patriots White House Visit with "The Football Girl" Melissa Jacobs

1:02:45 | Apr 25th, 2017

We speak to former Sports Illustrated editor Melissa Jacobs about the Aaron Hernandez suicide and the Pats trip to this abnormal White House. Also, we have choice words about Gov Scott Walker's awkward attempt to jump on the Milwaukee Bucks bandwagon...Show More
The Raiders Are Going To Vegas!?

1:10:36 | Apr 18th, 2017

Amy TraskTwitter: @AmyTraskhttps://www.amazon.com/You-Negotiate-Like-Girl-Reflections/dp/1629371874Bijan BayneTwitter: @bijancbaynehttps://www.amazon.com/Elgin-Baylor-Man-Changed-Basketball/dp/1442245700https://www.amazon.com/Marthas-Vineyard-Basketb...Show More
Hari Kondabolu on Baseball: ‘I’m Going to Throw This 100-Mile-per-Hour Missile at Your Head’

58:14 | Apr 11th, 2017

The comedian behind albums like Waiting for 2042 and the Politically Re-Active podcast stops by to talk sports, social justice, Dave Chappelle and comedy. Also, we have some Choice Words about another labor victory for women in sports, the US Women's...Show More
How To Win A Sports Strike

37:47 | Apr 4th, 2017

This week we speak to Hilary Knight one of the stars of the US Women's National hockey team and Johnette Howard from ESPN about how the US Women's National Team won so much in their recent strike that went right to the brink of the World Championship...Show More
Colin Kaepernick vs. Donald Trump

41:28 | Mar 28th, 2017

Does Colin Kaepernick not have an NFL job because of political collusion? Is Donald Trump behind it? We speak to Mike Tanier of Bleacher Report for the lowdown.Also, we talk about the US Women’s Hockey Strike with the legendary 1980 US men's hockey c...Show More
ESPN’s Jemele Hill on Hosting SportsCenter and Dealing With the Haters

52:53 | Mar 21st, 2017

The co-host of ESPN's 6 PM SportsCenter show, Jemele Hill, joins us to talk about how she and her co-host Michael Smith are reshaping the sports institution, with a little bit of help from Biggie Smalls and amplified by growing up in Detroit. I also ...Show More
FightPlan: Muhammad Ali vs Donald Trump

44:23 | Mar 13th, 2017

We speak to former U.S. attorney and current legal representative of Muhammad Ali, Jr. and Khalilah Camacho-Ali, Chris Mancini, about the Ali family's plan to challenge Donald Trump's Muslim ban, which all started when the Ali's were detained for hou...Show More
The Enduring Legacy of 'Hoop Dreams'

44:08 | Mar 7th, 2017

The REBOOTED PODCAST now sponsored by the Nation Magazine is officially underway! We start it off with an interview with legendary documentary filmmaker, and the producer of Hoop Dreams, Peter Gilbert. We talk about youth basketball, what’s changed a...Show More
The Politics Beneath the Super Bowl with Sekou Smith

35:17 | Feb 8th, 2017

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 t...Show More
The Brady/Trump Nexus with Melissa Jacobs of SI

40:29 | Feb 1st, 2017

For Super Bowl week, we have Sports Illustrated NFL editor Melissa Jacobs to discuss her column "Why Tom Brady's friendship with Donald Trump is the Public's Business." We talk about the backlash face by writers who probe this relationship, and why t...Show More
Defending Title IX with Nancy Hogshead-Makar

39:48 | Jan 25th, 2017

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 f...Show More
The Time Is Now: John Carlos LIVE on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

41:22 | Jan 21st, 2017

In front of 400 high school students in Concord, Massachusetts I speak to 1968 Olympic legend Dr. John Carlos about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and what it means for today. Also this week I have some choice words about Milwaukee Bucks star G...Show More
Michael Bennett LIVE in Seattle

54:28 | Jan 11th, 2017

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 f...Show More
Chris Webber: Beats, Hoops and Life

1:00:09 | Jan 5th, 2017

This week we speak to Chris Webber about his new podcast ‘Fearless or Insane’ as well as his politics, growing up in a union household, hip-hop, and fine dining. I also read an email I received from a security guard at Viking Stadium about the protes...Show More
Jan 5 in Seattle: Dave Zirin & Michael Bennett

01:55 | Dec 30th, 2016

Hey Seattle, come out to our own Dave Zirin's big event on January 5 at Town HallDave Zirin with Michael BennettThe Collision: Sports and Politics in the U.S.7:30PM, Thursday, January 5, 2017Great Hall(Free – $5)Free admission for students. Doors ope...Show More
Hoops and Harm with Jack McCallum

1:00:30 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Jack McCallum is the most important, respected basketball writer of the last 50 years. We talk to Captain Jack about how basketball players will respond to a trump presidency, the career resurrection of my kids and toni, and the differences – from th...Show More
Hide Your Kids: Patrick Hruby vs. High School Football

39:58 | Dec 16th, 2016

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 Stan...Show More
How The Feds Executed My Parents: Michael Meeropol, Son of The Rosenbergs

35:08 | Dec 9th, 2016

We speak this week to Michael Meeropol, whose parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were executed by the US government in 1953. We talk about his efforts to clear his mother's name and the importance of the Brooklyn Dodgers in their lives. Meeropol re...Show More
Sole By The Pound: Sonny Vaccaro on NCAA Sham Amatuerism

46:05 | Dec 1st, 2016

Today we speak to the most influential person in basketball who never laced up sneakers or coached on a sideline: former Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro – the guy who connected sneaker money to so-called amateur hoops. He is also is the person who has b...Show More
Dr. Harry Edwards On The Athlete-Activist Under Trump

37:22 | Nov 16th, 2016

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 ne...Show More
Going Full Dissident with Howard Bryant

32:29 | Nov 11th, 2016

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 el...Show More
Lifelines, Not Pipelines: Jesse Jackson & Jackie Keeler

1:06:44 | Nov 2nd, 2016

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

51:46 | Oct 26th, 2016

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 Ra...Show More
Say Everything: John Cusack on Kaepernick, The Cubs, Snowden & Things that Can and Cannot Be Said

50:32 | Oct 21st, 2016

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 “Thi...Show More
Not In My Locker Room: DeAndre Levy of the Detroit Lions Speaks Out

44:07 | Oct 15th, 2016

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 athle...Show More
Walter Beach to Colin Kaepernick: Black Radicals in Sports

46:02 | Oct 6th, 2016

We speak to Dr. Walter Beach, starter on the Cleveland Browns 1964 Championship team and member of the famed Muhammad Ali Summit about the politics of sports and racism: what has changed and what remains the same from his days in the NFL. He is as de...Show More
John Carlos: “Follow Kaepernick to the Rainbow”

59:22 | Sep 28th, 2016

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 Nati...Show More
Bob Costas on Covering Kaepernick and the Olympics

1:27:16 | Sep 22nd, 2016

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 ...Show More
Face-to-Face with Olympian Feyisa Lilesa and the NFL's Weekend of Dissent

32:24 | Sep 14th, 2016

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...Show More
The Fire Last Time: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

44:32 | Sep 7th, 2016

Before Colin Kaepernick, there was Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. In 1996, the Denver Nuggets guard said that on principle he could not stand for the national anthem because the flag in many countries represents "oppression and tyranny." He was fined, suspended...Show More
Swimming With Sharks: Kaepernick's Protest, Backlash and Resistance

49:56 | Aug 31st, 2016

We speak to Olympic gold-medal swimmer Anthony Ervin about Colin Kaepernick's anthem protest against police violence, Ervin's book ‘Chasing Water,’ and life since winning gold in Rio. Then, choice words about, and then from, an athletic activist who ...Show More
Breaking: Colin Kaepernick and the backlash he faces. Guest: NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith

22:51 | Aug 27th, 2016

San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick decided to sit during the national anthem because he is "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color." In a special edition of the podcast, we have De...Show More
Real Olympic Drama: Caster Semenya, Feyisa Lilesa and Rio

47:10 | Aug 26th, 2016

As Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia crossed the finish line to win silver in the olympic marathon in Rio, he raised his arms and crossed them above his head in protest against his own government. With this simple act, Lilesa brought the world’s attention to...Show More
The Other Olympic Rio with Favela Activist Theresa Williamson

42:45 | Aug 19th, 2016

In the run-up to Brazil’s year of mega-events, Theresa Williamson made her website RioOnWatch.org into an essential independent news source. In our final Olympics podcast, Theresa Williamson joins me for a wide-ranging and insightful talk that you wi...Show More
Live from Olympic Rio: O Bom, O Mau, O Feio

33:06 | Aug 14th, 2016

We are in Olympic Rio shining light on the dark corners of these games. First up: Jules Boykoff, a razor-sharp critic of sports culture and the author of “Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics.” Then, Stephanie Reist, a PhD candidate from ...Show More
Road To Rio, Russia, and The Grief Of The Khans

34:40 | Aug 4th, 2016

The Olympics are here and as I head to Rio, Edge of Sports has David W. Larkin, an attorney who focuses on the corruption of sports organizations like the International Olympic Committee, about the decision to not suspend Russia from the Olympics. We...Show More
The Politics of Basketball ...or... Keeping Adam Silver Honest

39:55 | Jul 26th, 2016

In response to North Carolina’s discriminatory HB-2 'bathroom bill,' NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stood up for LGBTQ rights and pulled the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte. Yet in the very same week, Silver and WNBA President Lisa Borders levied fin...Show More
The Premature Activist Athlete: Royce White on the ESPYs opening

40:22 | Jul 20th, 2016

Today there is largely universal praise for the ESPY statements of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James. But what about athletes who stood up in much more difficult environment? Today we take a critical look at the ESPY statement...Show More
Athletic Revolt and #BlackLivesMatter with Scoop Jackson

45:51 | Jul 13th, 2016

The police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, followed by the sniper attack on police in Dallas, unleashed a wave of protests throughout the country. It also produced numerous responses by athletes who spoke out strongly in support of t...Show More
Kevin Durant Chooses His Own Adventure

1:04:45 | Jul 8th, 2016

The Sports World is buzzing about NBA star's Kevin Durant's move from Oklahoma City to the Golden State Warriors. We break it down - the basketball and the political sides of this deal - with NBA.com's own Sekou Smith. Then, in front of a live audien...Show More
Goodbye, Champ: A Final Tribute to Muhammad Ali

42:53 | Jul 1st, 2016

Our final tribute to Muhammad Ali features Bill Siegel, director of ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali,’ as well as cultural commentator and author Bijan C. Bayne, and finally, one icon says goodbye to another as 1968 Olympic hero, Dr. John Carlos honors Al...Show More
LeBron’s Champion Cavaliers & Sports After Orlando

41:02 | Jun 23rd, 2016

The ascendancy of the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James to the top of the mountain has captivated hoop fans everywhere, including us. First, Dave Zirin sings the praises of LeBron and the Cavs, and then speaks with Cyd Zeigler, founder of the webs...Show More
Muhammad Ali's Funeral: Live From Louisville

36:22 | Jun 16th, 2016

Today we bring you the emotions, sounds, and voices of Muhammad Ali's funeral in Louisville. This was a day that will go down in history as the last act of resistance by the 20th century’s most iconic fighter. People came to pay respects from near an...Show More
Muhammad Ali's Politics of Faith

36:51 | Jun 9th, 2016

All week we are releasing interviews about the remarkable and singular legacy of The Champ, Muhammad Ali. Today we have Canadian sports journalist and social justice activist Shireen Ahmed, then Baltimore poet and founder of #NoJusticeNoLeBron, Tariq...Show More
Bob Lipsyte: Writing Black Superman’s Obituary

45:09 | Jun 9th, 2016

Only one man who could write the New York Times obituary of Muhammad Ali. Bob Lipsyte covered Ali for 52 years and continues our special week of coverage for The Champ. Then, writer and commentator Kavitha Davidson speaks about Ali’s cultural impact ...Show More
Chuck D Honors Ali: “He Grabbed the Mic and He Rhymed.”

29:58 | Jun 7th, 2016

The world shook last week as the greatest sports figure of the 20th Century, Muhammad Ali, passed away. Today begins a week of special podcasts devoted to The Champ, which will end with a trip to Louisville for Ali’s memorial. We originally booked to...Show More
Roller Derby Star Fifi Nomenon on Being Trans in Texas

22:48 | Jun 3rd, 2016

Fifi Nomenon (say the name quickly) is a star of the Texas Rollergirls and team USA Roller Derby, and is one of the most prominent trans athletes in the United States. We break down roller derby, why it has proven to be more hospitable to trans athle...Show More
Clap Back on WaPo's Bad Poll with Jacqueline Keeler

40:47 | May 27th, 2016

The Washington Post caused a furor when they released a new poll, claiming that 90% of Native Americans are not offended by the home football team’s controversial name. We read this article with great interest and came away with more questions than a...Show More
The Olympics and the Battle for Rio's Future

52:15 | May 20th, 2016

This is the Olympics edition of the Edge of Sports podcast, and it is a news making edition of the show. I am just back from Rio de Janeiro snd the show reflects this in rather dramatic fashion. I sat down face to face with the mayor of Rio de Janeir...Show More
Roger Waters and The Occupation of the American Mind

51:11 | May 13th, 2016

This week, an extensive interview with Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters on Israel, Palestine, US politics, and the power of music. We also discuss the role of sports in these ongoing discussions. The impetus for this interview was a new documentary th...Show More
Michael Sam: The first openly gay man in the NFL looks back, plans ahead

39:15 | May 5th, 2016

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, tells his fascinating story to Dave Zirin, on-stage at University of Colorado Denver. Despite a great college career at Mizzou and slot in the 2014 draft, Sam hasn’t found a home in the N...Show More
Glenn Greenwald, the Rio Olympics & Our Tribute to Prince

42:58 | Apr 29th, 2016

Despite heavy hearts due to the passing of Prince, we are honored to welcome one of the most prominent journalists of our time, co-founder of The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald. We speak to Greenwald primarily about the political crisis roiling Brazil an...Show More
Student Athletes vs. Nike Sweatshops: Isabelle Teare of Georgetown Sailing

46:11 | Apr 22nd, 2016

This week, a show for all the student-athletes, student-activists, and the advocates like us who cheer them on. Isabelle Teare is a member of the Georgetown University Sailing Team. She’s also a leader in ‘Athletes and Advocates for Workers,’ a movem...Show More
Robert Lipsyte Suffers No Fools, Takes No Prisoners

1:10:55 | Apr 15th, 2016

Today's guest hold the informal title of "greatest living sportswriter," Robert Lipsyte. Lipsyte distinguished himself with multiple stints at the New York Times, covering Muhammad Ali when he was still known as Cassius Clay. He is also noted for his...Show More
Ken Burns: "Jackie Robinson is a true, authentic hero because he is complex."

33:46 | Apr 6th, 2016

This week, we have the most acclaimed historical documentary filmmaker on earth, Ken Burns. He made ‘Baseball’ and ‘Jazz,’ and now we talk to Burns about his  new two-part PBS documentary 'Jackie Robinson.' It's a powerful back-and-forth about the ac...Show More
Remembering Miles & Phife with Don Cheadle & Bobbito Garcia

48:41 | Mar 31st, 2016

Today we pay homage to two departed legends of music. First, we have Don Cheadle, star and director of the Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead.” Then, DJ Bobbito Garcia remembers his friend Malik Taylor, AKA Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest who passed ...Show More
Judah Friedlander

52:51 | Mar 25th, 2016

Amid political chaos, Edge of Sports looks to a comic mind for order: author and actor Judah Friedlander. As Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock, Friedlander was known for his “World Champ” trucker hats, and it does not escape Judah that Donald Trump’s “Make ...Show More
Dr. Harry Edwards on NCAAs: Stop the Madness of March

38:57 | Mar 16th, 2016

As college basketball fans descend into March Madness, Edge of Sports offers a wake-up call from Dr. Harry Edwards, renowned sports sociologist and author of the seminal text “The Revolt of the Black Athlete.” Dr. Edwards prescribes a stringent tonic...Show More
Mick Foley: Reach for the Ring & Smell the Roses Simultaneously

50:28 | Mar 10th, 2016

This is one of those dream shows for us at Edge of Sports. We’ve spoken to Kareem. We’ve spoken to Martina. Now we talk to Mick, as in pro wrestling legend Mick Foley. The hardcore legend is also a militant anti-sexist, a Tori Amos fan, and a nationa...Show More
#NerdlandForever and Hall Of Famers Willie Lanier & Ken Houston

46:08 | Mar 4th, 2016

We have a show this week that fills me with pride and anger. The pride comes from the fact that we interview two NFL Hall of Fame players who grew up in the Jim Crow south, went to Historically Black Colleges, and played in the 1960s: Willie Lanier a...Show More
John Carlos & Wyomia Tyus LIVE from Cal State East Bay

1:01:58 | Feb 25th, 2016

This week on Edge of Sports, we have two sports/politics legends of 1968 and we speak to them in front of 500 people in a packed Oakland auditorium. They are DR. JOHN CARLOS, who raised his fist on the medal stand in Mexico City along with Tommie Smi...Show More
Martina Navratilova: The Refusal to Go Backward

39:45 | Feb 18th, 2016

Edge of Sports welcomes Martina Navratilova, one of the greatest tennis players ever and one of host Dave Zirin’s political-athlete heroes. Martina made history not just with her utter on-court dominance of the 1980s, but through a remarkable journey...Show More
Super Bowl Aftermath: Beyoncé, Cam Newton, and "Unapologetic Blackness"

39:44 | Feb 12th, 2016

In the aftermath of Super Bowl 50, we look at two figures who personify "Unapologetic Blackness." First, we discuss the indomitable of Cam Newton with former NFL pro, Harvard Business School grad and columnist Domonique Foxworth. Next, we get in ‘for...Show More
Noam Chomsky Super Bowl Special & Cam Newton: The Bridge to Somewhere

44:18 | Feb 4th, 2016

The Edge of Sports Super Bowl Blockbuster Special features radical linguistic theorist Noam Chomsky giving his first-ever sports interview. Today, the MIT professor drops knowledge on the gladiatorial spectacle capturing the world's attention, but fa...Show More
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Video Out Now

50:40 | Jan 29th, 2016

Today, the video of Dave Zirin's interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is available on TheNation.comEdgeOfSportsPodcast.com, and YouTube. You'll hear and see aspects of this experience that had to be cut out of the podcast.Short clip: https://youtu.be...Show More
Who Killed Lawrence Phillips?

49:55 | Jan 22nd, 2016

Lawrence Phillips was a phenomenal football talent, a back-to-back National Champion at the University of Nebraska and a top NFL draft pick in 1996. But a childhood marred by trauma and violence undercut Phillips’ promise of a fruitful life. Despite ...Show More
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: A Beautiful Mind

51:19 | Jan 13th, 2016

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the consummate renaissance man of basketball. The all-time leading scorer in NBA history is also an author, historian, and now, a cultural commentator on the most hot-button political topics of the day. Dave Zirin traveled acro...Show More
Next Week: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

16:40 | Jan 6th, 2016

This week, Edge of Sports is traveling to LA to interview Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Instead of taking the week off, Dave Zirin is dropping into your podcast feed to call for questions and give listeners a window into his thought process going into this on...Show More
State of The Sports Union & The Best Guests Of 2015

47:47 | Dec 31st, 2015

“Life moves pretty fast…if you don’t stop and look around once in a while…you could miss it.” Wise words from Ferris Bueller animate the year’s final episode, where we revisit our favorite Edge of Sports guests of 2015. You’ll hear from musicians Chu...Show More
A Chamique Holdsclaw Christmas

31:34 | Dec 24th, 2015

Today, women’s basketball great Chamique Holdsclaw joins us to discuss the recent comments of Gilbert Arenas, and her own fascinating history in the game. For years, the #1 WNBA draft pick waged a silent battle for mental wellness, but she eventually...Show More
'Concussion' Author Jeanne Marie Laskas

32:16 | Dec 17th, 2015

“This is the conversation America keeps not having…” Today, we have that conversation on head injuries in football with Jeanne Marie Laskas, whose reporting on Dr. Bennet Omalu serves as the basis for the upcoming Will Smith film ‘Concussion.’ Laskas...Show More
NBA Champs Craig Hodges & Samaki Walker Speak Out

44:59 | Dec 10th, 2015

Today, we learn what it’s like to be blackballed from your job for speaking your mind, and what it means to play pro ball…in Syria. Craig Hodges was a three-point specialist during the dawn of the Jordan-era Bulls, who won their first of six titles i...Show More
Orioles Owner John Angelos Gets Real

39:27 | Nov 26th, 2015

Orioles Owner John Angelos Gets Real, Son of Nun Raps In-Studio In April, protests in Baltimore over the police murder of Freddie Gray reached the gates of Camden Yards during a game. In response, Orioles front office chief John Angelos refused to vi...Show More
The Soul of Sports After Paris & Beirut

37:00 | Nov 19th, 2015

“Intellectual and material walls are not the way to progress.” The words of today’s guest, George Atallah from the NFLPA, in response to knee-jerk bigotry against refugees after attacks in Paris and Beirut. Atallah’s own family fled Lebanon’s civil w...Show More
John Legend, Paul Hewitt on Missouri Tigers Football Strike

53:00 | Nov 11th, 2015

Oscar and Grammy winner John Legend joins Edge of Sports to laud the Missouri Tigers football team, who made history by joining with protesting students and refusing to play until University president Tim Wolfe resigned. We’re also privileged to have...Show More
Chuck D of Public Enemy on LeBron, Ali, ... and Pilates?

36:42 | Nov 4th, 2015

The all-new Edge of Sports podcast is here, and our host Dave Zirin calls on the Hard Rhymer himself, the legendary Chuck D of Public Enemy, to bless the first show. As it turns out, this activist lion of hip-hop actually had boyhood dreams of becomi...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Wed, 07 Oct 2015

43:19 | Oct 7th, 2015

Episode 271: BOOM! Dave delves into his trip to San Antonio with Dr. John Carlos to speak to the Gregg Popovich and the Spurs about the 1968 Olympics. Dave was impressed by the intensity with which battle-tested champions practiced and how much the e...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 01 Oct 2015

43:17 | Oct 1st, 2015

Episode 270: BOOM! We have a fantastic show for you this week. Hear Coach Kevin McNutt and D.C. Dan Baker prepare Dave for his trip to San Antonio with Dr. John Carlos...to speak with Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs! Dave and Coach dissect t...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 17 Sep 2015

45:48 | Sep 17th, 2015

Episode 269: BOOM! We have one heck of a show for you this week! Coach looks back on what it was like to play against Moses Malone, who unfortunately passed away last week. Dave regales Coach and Mark of how how Malone “sent Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] to ...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 10 Sep 2015

44:20 | Sep 10th, 2015

Episode 268: BOOM! It’s our NFL Season Preview, but first Dave discusses the great Williams’ sisters after their recent U.S. Open Quarterfinal matchup and the NYPD mistakenly handcuffing former #4-ranked player, James Blake. Dave goes through his “10...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Sat, 29 Aug 2015

49:32 | Aug 29th, 2015

Episode 267: BOOM! We have a fantastic show for you this week as Dave, Coach, and Mark take a look at the dominance of Serena Williams and what she’s faced in becoming the best to ever play tennis. Amy K. Nelson of The Daily Beast checks in from New ...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 20 Aug 2015

47:57 | Aug 20th, 2015

Episode 266: BOOM! Dave gets right into the nitty gritty this week as he discusses neoliberalism in sports. How Northwestern University football players were denied the right to organize while college football coaches can clear $5 or $7 million in sa...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 06 Aug 2015

43:17 | Aug 6th, 2015

Episode 265: BOOM! We have a great show this week. Coach Kevin McNutt has a new book out and we dive head first into the world of youth sports. Dave discusses Playing Time: Tough Truths about AAU Basketball, Youth Sports, Parents and Athletes. Coach ...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 30 Jul 2015

43:16 | Jul 30th, 2015

Episode 264: BOOM! We’ve got a fantastic show for you this week! Dave, Coach, Mark, and Dan weigh in on the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4-game suspension for Tom Brady in the wake of the Deflategate scandal. Bijan C. Bayne, author of Elgin Baylor: T...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 09 Jul 2015

46:46 | Jul 9th, 2015

Episode 263: BOOM! Dave, “Mean” Mark Barry, D.C. Dan, and Samantha Barry weigh in on the DeAndre Jordan free agency fiasco. Mark gives you his All-Star snubs and favorites for the major MLB awards at the mid-season point. Shireen Ahmed recaps the Wom...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 02 Jul 2015

43:16 | Jul 2nd, 2015

Episode 262: BOOM! We’ve got one heck of a show for you this week! As the dog days of summer approach, “Mean” Mark Barry tries to convince Dave and Coach to watch baseball. Dr. Brenda J. Elsey looks back on the Women’s World Cup and predicts the outc...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 25 Jun 2015

43:17 | Jun 25th, 2015

Episode 261: BOOM! We’ve got an amazing show for you this week. Dave, Coach, and Mark prepare you for the 2015 NBA Draft and take a look at the top prospects. Dr. Cheryl Cooky discusses her latest study: “It’s Dude Time!" A Quarter Century of Excludi...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 18 Jun 2015

43:17 | Jun 18th, 2015

Episode 260: We have a wonderful show for you this week on Edge of Sports Radio. Coach Kevin McNutt has to explain why he thought the Cleveland Cavaliers would win the NBA title while Dave and “Mean” Mark Barry sit back as they correctly predicted th...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 11 Jun 2015

43:15 | Jun 11th, 2015

Episode 259: BOOM! We have one helluva show for you this week. Dave, Coach, and Mark are joined by comedian, social commentator and most importantly, the host of Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period, W. Kamau Bell! They touch on...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 04 Jun 2015

43:16 | Jun 4th, 2015

Episode 258: BOOM! We have a fantastic show lined up for you this week. Dave, Coach and Mark touch on the latest in the FIFA Scandal after Sepp Blatter’s announcement that he is stepping down as FIFA President. Dave touches on the impact Caitlyn Jen...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 28 May 2015

43:17 | May 28th, 2015

Episode 257: BOOM! We have a great show for you this week. Dave, Coach and Mark touch on the the FIFA Scandal, and if FIFA President Sepp Blatter will survive this latest controversy. Mark makes a case for Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel having a...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 21 May 2015

43:16 | May 21st, 2015

Episode 256: BOOM! We have a great show for you this week. Dave, Coach and Mark touch on the NBA player as a father narrative being played out in the media after Steph Curry’s daughter “stole the show” at his recent post-game press conference. Coach ...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 07 May 2015

43:17 | May 7th, 2015

Episode 255: BOOM! Heavy on the football talk this week as Dave, Coach, and Mark discuss Deflategate from the New England Patriots’ top players and executives knowingly cheating to the ramifications it will have on the Brady vs Montana G.O.A.T. debat...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 30 Apr 2015

43:17 | Apr 30th, 2015

Episode 255: BOOM! We have an awesome show for you this week. Dave, Coach, and Mark discuss how sports has and should play a role in the Baltimore uprising. Dave heaps praise onto John Angelos, the Baltimore Orioles’ COO, and Adam Jones, the team’s s...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 23 Apr 2015

46:38 | Apr 23rd, 2015

Episode 254: BOOM! A fantastic show for you this week. Shireen Ahmed of Footybedsheets joins Dave, Coach and Mark to talk about the future of women’s soccer ahead of the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Robert Silverman discusses his latest article for The Da...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 09 Apr 2015

43:17 | Apr 9th, 2015

Episodes 254: BOOM! We have a fantastic show for you this week! Coach recaps the NCAA Men’s & Women’s Final Four from the bad -- Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan’s reaction and the game management of South Carolina’s head coach, Dawn Staley -- to the goo...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 02 Apr 2015

43:17 | Apr 2nd, 2015

Episode 253: BOOM! We have a great show for you this week! Dave opens it up with his response to Coach about what kind of punishment Ray McDonald, Jameis Winston and any player who commits an act of domestic violence should bear. Coach then gives his...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 26 Mar 2015

43:17 | Mar 26th, 2015

Episode 252: BOOM! Dave, Mark and Coach dissect why Mark is still a fan of the NFL, but no longer his beloved Chicago Bears with the signing of Ray McDonald. Author, lawyer and basketball commentator Richard Kent previews the Sweet 16 and tells you w...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 19 Mar 2015

43:19 | Mar 19th, 2015

Episode 251: BOOM! We have a great show for you this week. Ahead of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, get the Final Four picks from Dave, Coach, Mark, and D.C. Dan. In the wake of Chris Borland’s shocking retirement, Dave Meggyesy, former NFL pla...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 12 Mar 2015

43:16 | Mar 12th, 2015

Episode 250: BOOM! Dave’s on the road but the show must go on so Daniel “DC Dan” Baker and “Mean” Mark Barry take the reigns. Dave checks in to discuss the recent incident at the University of Oklahoma and the response by their football team. And fre...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Mon, 02 Mar 2015

43:29 | Mar 2nd, 2015

Episode 249: BOOM! We have a wonderful edition of Edge of Sports for you this week. Royce White, mental health advocate and former NCAA star basketball player, stops by the studio and gives his take on the Larry Sanders incident. He explains what the...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 26 Feb 2015

43:17 | Feb 26th, 2015

Episode 248: BOOM! Dave, Coach, and Dan reflect on the latest injury to Derrick Rose. Sekou Smith, NBA Hangtime Blog, explains how the Atlanta Hawks making the NBA Finals would be one of the biggest post-Magic Johnson surprises ever. Sekou tells Dave...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 19 Feb 2015

43:19 | Feb 19th, 2015

Episode 247: BOOM! We have a great show for you this week. Fresh off the NBA All-Star weekend, Dave ponders the future of Kevin Durant. And not just because of his rant about the media. He and Coach debate if he’s reached the peak of his powers on th...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 12 Feb 2015

43:17 | Feb 12th, 2015

Episode 246: BOOM! Dave, Coach, and Mark dive right into the fiasco surrounding Jackie Robinson West having their Little League World Series title being stripped. They share memories about legendary NCAA Men’s Basketball coaches Dean Smith (UNC) and ...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 05 Feb 2015

43:16 | Feb 5th, 2015

Episode 245: BOOM! The New England Patriots are Super Bowl Champions and Dave, Coach, Mark, and D.C. Dan give their take on the wild ending. The great sportswriter David Steele joins the program to delve into the game even further. They touch on all ...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 29 Jan 2015

43:16 | Jan 29th, 2015

Episode 244: The Super Bowl is upon us! What better to talk about than Marshawn Lynch...not talking to the media! Dave, Coach, and Mark all give their take on what Lynch’s silence means to them. Rachel Nichols, CNN’s swiss army knife sports reporter,...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 22 Jan 2015

43:18 | Jan 22nd, 2015

Episode 243: Dave is in Seattle -- he’s got Super Bowl fever already! -- so Coach and DC Dan are taking over in studio. They talk about the Packers-Seahawks NFC Championship and the term of choking in sports. Patrick Hruby of Vice Sports dissects the...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 15 Jan 2015

43:16 | Jan 15th, 2015

Episode 242: BOOM! Dave has another fantastic show for you this week, right ahead of MLK Jr. Weekend. Dave and Coach explain how the great Civil Rights leader felt about sports. Then, Coach introduces the first edition of “Zirin’s Zingers” as he pepp...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 08 Jan 2015

43:18 | Jan 8th, 2015

Episode 241: BOOM! Dave is back for 2015 and we’ve got exactly what you expect. A great show! Comic Hari Kondabolu explains why the Charlie Hedbo attacks in Paris should not be seen as black and white. It’s not just about the cartoon. It’s not just a...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 11 Dec 2014

43:17 | Dec 11th, 2014

Episode 240: BOOM! Dave, Coach, Mark and special in-studio guest-host Shireen Ahmed discuss another week where sports and politics met head on! From Roger Goodell’s complete mishandling domestic abuse in the NFL to the emergence of athlete activism, ...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 04 Dec 2014

43:17 | Dec 4th, 2014

Episode 239: Dave and Coach try to do the impossible: Have a conversation about race. Dave explains the difference between something being racist and someone being racist. Something being racialized and someone being racist. They touch on the St. Lou...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 20 Nov 2014

43:18 | Nov 20th, 2014

Episode 238: BOOMSHAKALAKA! Dave, Coach, and Mark welcome back Richard Kent to break down UConn’s loss to Stanford. The guys debate whether or not the Kentucky Wildcats could really beat the Philadelphia 76ers. Then, hear what Coach, Mark, and Dave h...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 13 Nov 2014

43:19 | Nov 13th, 2014

Episode 327: BOOM! A great show this week for you. Dave and Coach debate Derrick Rose’s latest comments about keeping an eye on the future as he play basketball now. Richard Kent, college basketball guru, previews the Women’s and Men’s NCAA Basketbal...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 06 Nov 2014

43:16 | Nov 6th, 2014

Episode 326: BOOM! We have a fantastic show for you this week! Dave, Coach, and Mark play courtroom and take Roger Goodell to task as if he was under oath in front of them. Then, Michael O’Keeffe of the New York Daily News updates you on the latest i...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 30 Oct 2014

43:17 | Oct 30th, 2014

Episode 325: BOOM! The World Series is over but Edge of Sports carries onward and upward. Three fantastic guests join Dave and Coach. First, hear from PBS News Hour’s William Brangham who is researching the dangers of head injuries...in soccer. Forme...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 23 Oct 2014

43:16 | Oct 23rd, 2014

Episode 324: BOOM! The NBA season is about to begin and with that, Dave, Coach, Mark, and Dan have all the predictions you need to hear! Will it be the San Antonio Spurs vs the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals? Does LeBron James take home the MV...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 16 Oct 2014

43:19 | Oct 16th, 2014

Episode 323: BOOM! Dave, Coach, and “Mean” Mark discuss the Jameis Winston autograph scandal and tell us which famous athlete from his hometown is turning his back on the Florida State quarterback. They then speak to Charles Modiano and Chantal DeVau...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Tue, 14 Oct 2014

43:15 | Oct 14th, 2014

Episode 322: BOOM! Dave, Coach, and “Mean” Mark delve into the recent news out of Ferguson, Missouri and the the protests that occurred at a St. Louis Cardinals game. The fellas debate the merit of guilt by association and explain how sports truly ar...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 02 Oct 2014

43:16 | Oct 2nd, 2014

Episode 321: BOOM! Dave illustrates why Steve Smith of the Baltimore Ravens makes him love professional sports. Shereen Ahmed, VICE Sports writer, covers the ridiculous FIBA rule preventing players from wearing anything on their head. Finally, Brian ...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 25 Sep 2014

43:23 | Sep 25th, 2014

Episode 320: BOOM! Dave is back in studio, and he’s bringing a packed showed with him. Today, Coach, Mean Mark, and Dave are joined by NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith to hear his take and response on all of the wrongdoings that have recently...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 18 Sep 2014

43:16 | Sep 18th, 2014

Episode 319: BOOM! Dave’s writing a book on Jim Brown with the great Jim Brown, so Coach, Mark, and D.C. Dan have taken over the show once again! They debate how much criticism Jameis Winston really deserves. SLAM Senior Editor Tzvi Twersky joins the...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 11 Sep 2014

43:18 | Sep 11th, 2014

Episode 318: BOOM! Dave, Mark, and Coach cover the biggest story in sports and politics -- even bigger than the NFL itself -- the Roger Goodell denial of seeing the Ray Rice video. Dave explains what he has learned from how insensitive everyone has b...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 04 Sep 2014

43:17 | Sep 4th, 2014

Episode 317: KABOOM! The NFL Season is finally here! David Steele of Sporting News and author of Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith, joins Dave, Mark, and Coach to preview the entire season! From how the NFL has handled the Ray Rice or...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 28 Aug 2014

43:19 | Aug 28th, 2014

Episode 316: BOOM! We have a great show for you this week. Dave, Coach, and Mark delve into the Josh Gordon suspension and answer the question: Should he be allowed to play? Author Steve Almond details why he wrote Against Football: A Reluctant Manif...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 21 Aug 2014

43:21 | Aug 21st, 2014

Episode 315: BOOM! Dave’s back! That’s right! He’s got one helluva show lined up for you this week. Ed Bollinger, Dave’s father in law, starts the show off with a brief history of football. Dave caught up with Hassan Assad, Pro Wrestling’s “MVP”, ear...Show More
Edge of Sports Podcast Thu, 14 Aug 2014

43:25 | Aug 14th, 2014

Episode 314: BOOMSHAKALAKA! Dave’s still out, but Coach, Mark, and D.C. Dan are in control again. They start off with a review of the NFL preseason so far and decide what team might jump from 4th to 1st in their division. Ben Shapiro from MassTalkLiv...Show More