Episode 20: In solidarity with Jemele Hill

Episode 20 of Burn It All Down is dedicated to former guest of the show and all-around badass in sports media, Jemele Hill. This week, Brenda Elsey, Shireen Ahmed, Julie DiCaro, Lindsay Gibbs, and Jessica Luther discuss the uproar over a series of tweets Hill wrote last week, the intersection of sports and politics, and what it really means when we say sports media is “liberal.”

And we welcome back Dr. Amira Rose Davis to talk about the history of sports, politics, and race.

As always, you’ll hear the Burn Pile, Bad Ass Woman of the Week, and What’s Good in our worlds.

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Episode 19: US Open recap and World Cup qualifying

On Episode 19 of Burn It All Down, Brenda Elsey, Shireen Ahmed, Julie DiCaro, Lindsay Gibbs, and Jessica Luther give a recap of the US Open (yay, women’s tennis!) and World Cup qualifying.

As always, you’ll hear the Burn Pile, Bad Ass Woman of the Week, and What’s Good in our worlds.

Key Points from this episode:

  • The significance of the Grand Slam match between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys.
  • Stephens’ backstory and what makes her so amazing.
  • Teams that qualified for the World Cup in Russia.
  • The World Cup without Messi?
  • Problems within US soccer.
  • Stadium ban for Iranian women during the Iran, Syria match.
  • And much more!

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Episode 18: Jemele Hill, Briles and second chances, and Sharapova’s return

On Episode 18 of Burn It All Down, Julie DiCaro, Lindsay Gibbs, Brenda Elsey and Jessica Luther talk Art Briles and second chances, and Maria Sharapova’s return to the grand slam stage.

Then Jessica interviews Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN’s SportsCenter at 6pm, aka The Six. They talk about being political in public these days, the role of sports in moments like this, and Hill’s Michigan State fandom in the wake of multiple sexual abuse/violence scandals in the athletic department.

As always, you’ll hear the Burn Pile, Bad Ass Woman of the Week, and What’s Good in our worlds.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Does Art Briles automatically deserve a second chance?
  • Baylor’s alarming sexual assault and rape stats.
  • Why are colleges continuously protecting players and staff from accountability?
  • The US Open: Should Sharapova be granted wildcards after her suspension for doping?
  • Struggles in the Latin American tennis community.
  • The role of sports today: How does Jemele Hill give a shit?
  • Jemele Hill on being publicly political and on her Michigan State fandom.
  • And much more!

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