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The Edge of Sports Podcast is where sports and politics collide, hosted by Nation magazine Sports Editor Dave Zirin. With new episodes each Tuesday, we talk to the trailblazers and earth shakers at the intersection of sports and politics. Subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud and via RSS. Have something to say to the Edge of Sports team? Just dial 401-426-EDGE.

Michael Jordan during the first quarter of Game 5 of the NBA finals in Chicago, June 12, 1998.

Basketball Butterfly Effect Part III: MJ in Portland? Basketball Butterfly Effect Part III: MJ in Portland?

On this episode of Edge of Sports, Arya Shirazi discusses Michael Jordan and Michael Oher.

Sep 5, 2023 / Audio / Dave Zirin

Kobe Bryant

The Ballad of Kobe Bean The Ballad of Kobe Bean

On this episode of Edge of Sports, Arya Shirazi joins the show for part two of our discussion on basketball “butterfly effects.”

Aug 28, 2023 / Audio / Dave Zirin

Carmelo Anthony attends a 2023 NBA Summer League game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Charlotte Hornets at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 11, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Basketball Butterfly Effect: The 2003 NBA Draft Basketball Butterfly Effect: The 2003 NBA Draft

On this episode of Edge of Sports, basketball savant Arya Shirazi joins the show. 

Aug 16, 2023 / Audio / Dave Zirin

What Happened to Black Activism in Professional Sports?

What Happened to Black Activism in Professional Sports? What Happened to Black Activism in Professional Sports?

On this episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, Howard Bryant and Brenda Elsey join the show to discuss social movements in sports.

Jul 28, 2023 / Audio / Dave Zirin

Colin Kaepernick

150 Years of Black Activism in Sports, With Dr. Harry Edwards 150 Years of Black Activism in Sports, With Dr. Harry Edwards

On this episode of Edge of Sports, the renowned sociologist joins the show to reflect on the 1968 Olympics, Colin Kaepernick, and much more.

Jul 21, 2023 / Audio / Dave Zirin

Spike Lee and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at The Apollo's Spring Benefit held at The Apollo Theater on June 12, 2023 in New York City.

Solomon Hughes on Playing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in “Winning Time” Solomon Hughes on Playing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in “Winning Time”

On this episode of Edge of Sports, a reflection on the legendary “Showtime” era of the Lakers.

Jul 13, 2023 / Audio / Dave Zirin

1968 Olympian Dr. John Carlos on the Legacy of the Black Athletic Revolt

1968 Olympian Dr. John Carlos on the Legacy of the Black Athletic Revolt 1968 Olympian Dr. John Carlos on the Legacy of the Black Athletic Revolt

On this episode of The Edge of Sports, Dr. John Carlos joins the show to reflect.

Jul 6, 2023 / Audio / Dave Zirin

NFL player turned art teacher Aaron Maybin

Aaron Maybin: “Athletes Aren’t Superheroes, We’re Human Beings” Aaron Maybin: “Athletes Aren’t Superheroes, We’re Human Beings”

Aaron Maybin joins the Edge of Sports podcast to discuss a life after sports.

Jun 28, 2023 / Audio / Dave Zirin

Comedian W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell, The Reluctant Optimist W. Kamau Bell, The Reluctant Optimist

On this episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, W. Kamau Bell on where he finds hope and Cheryl Cooky on gender in sports.

Jun 21, 2023 / Audio / Dave Zirin

Shine On, Denver Nuggets

Shine On, Denver Nuggets Shine On, Denver Nuggets

On this episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, Michael Lee joins the show to talk about Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets.

May 26, 2023 / Audio / Dave Zirin

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