Episode 31: The Women Who Brought Down Larry Nassar (Trigger Warning)

**Trigger Warning** This week on Burn It All Down, we open the show with Lindsay Gibbs interviewing Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to publicly come forward with allegations against Larry Nassar, and award-winning investigative reporter for the Indianapolis Star who has covered the Nassar case, Marisa Kwiatkowski. The interview has graphic descriptions of sexual assault against minors; if you’d like to skip ahead, the interview ends at 28:17.

Since Kwiatkowski and her colleagues’ initial reporting about abuse in USA gymnastics in August 2016 (www.indystar.com/story/news/inves…oaches/85829732/) and Denhollander’s first telling her story publicly in September 2016 (www.indystar.com/story/news/2016/…-abuse/89995734/), at least 150 people have come forward with allegations against Nassar, a former USA gymnastics team physician during four Olympics and a faculty member for twenty years at Michigan State. He has recently pleaded guilty on multiple counts of sexual assault.

After the interview, Lindsay is joined by Amira Rose Davis, Brenda Elsey, and Jessica Luther, who discuss their reactions to the interview.

Then they shift gears and talk about the debacle that has been the search for a new head football coach at Tennessee and the underbelly of the sport revealed by the annual coaching carousel in college football.

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 30: Native mascotry has to end, the unsurprising but terrible FIFA trial, and MLS playoffs

This week, Amira Rose Davis, Shireen Ahmed, Brenda Elsey, Lindsay Gibbs, and Jessica Luther discuss why using native and/or indigenous people as mascots is bad and should stop, and they talk about the wild things unfolding in the FIFA trial and the need to keep caring even when we are exhausted and unsurprised by institutional corruption. Then Shireen interviews Arielle Castillo to talk about the Major League Soccer (MLS) playoffs.

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 29: The historic plight of the Black QB, and cool sports you should know and love

This week on Burn It All Down, Amira Rose Davis, Brenda Elsey, and Lindsay Gibbs talk about the coolest sports deserving of a bigger spotlight – like bobsled, short track speed skating, and softball. Amira interviews Simone Lee, volleyball extraordinaire from top-ranked Penn State University. And before heading to the burn pile, the team ponders the historic plight of the Black quarterback.

Phaidra Knight, African American, lesbian, and lawyer, is our Badass Woman of the Week as she becomes only the second US rugby player inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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