Podcast / Edge of Sports / Nov 6, 2023

Trans Athletes Fight for Inclusion in Sports

On this episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, Katie Barnes and Tracie Canada join the show.

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Trans Athletes Fight for Inclusion in Sports | Edge of Sports with Dave Zirin
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Inclusion for trans athletes in sports has become a flashpoint in the culture war that extends from schools to international competitions. Katie Barnes joins Edge of Sports to discuss their new book, Fair Play: How Sports Shape the Gender Debates, which offers one of the most comprehensive views yet on how the struggle for inclusion in the realm of sports has much wider social and political consequences.

We also have Choice Words about why the public financing of stadiums is little more than corporate theft writ large. And on Ask a Sports Scholar, we have Prof. Tracie Canada to speak about her cutting edge work about the racial economy of college football. Plus, we have a new segment called Ask Dave!

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Track and field athlete Selina Soule speaks during an event celebrating the House of Representatives’ passing the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act outside the US Capitol on April 20, 2023, in Washington, D.C. President Joe Biden has promised to veto the legislation, which defines sex as “based solely on a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth” and would ban all transgender women and girls from competing in female school sports.

Track and field athlete Selina Soule speaks during an event celebrating the House of Representatives’ passing the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act outside the US Capitol on April 20, 2023, in Washington, D.C. President Joe Biden has promised to veto the legislation, which defines sex as “based solely on a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth” and would ban all transgender women and girls from competing in female school sports.

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Inclusion for trans athletes in sports has become a flash point in the culture war that extends from schools to international competitions. Katie Barnes joins Edge of Sports to discuss their new book, Fair Play: How Sports Shape the Gender Debates, which offers one of the most comprehensive views yet on how the struggle for inclusion in the realm of sports has much wider social and political consequences.

We also have Choice Words about why the public financing of stadiums is little more than corporate theft writ large. And on Ask a Sports Scholar, we have professor Tracie Canada to speak about her cutting-edge work about the racial economy of college football. Plus, we have a new segment called “Ask Dave”!

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Basketball Butterfly Effect: Steph Curry & the Knicks | Edge of Sports with Dave Zirin
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In Part 6 of our series, Basketball Butterfly Effect, Arya Shirazi joins the show again to discuss the 2009 NBA draft and the Knicks coming close to getting Davidson sharpshooter Steph Curry, the most revolutionary player of his generation. You don’t want to miss this episode!

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Dave Zirin is the sports editor at The Nation. He is the author of 11 books on the politics of sports. He is also the coproducer and writer of the new documentary Behind the Shield: The Power and Politics of the NFL.

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