#37: "This is the Last Thing I'm Going to Say About Jason Whitlock." (October 18 2015)
We were originally planning to have Deadspin’s Greg Howard on the podcast to talk about race and sports journalism — with our peg being the series of articles he wrote about the woes of The Undefeated, the troubled, much-delayed race, culture and sports site from ESPN helmed by Jason Whitlock. Whitlock had been one of the most famous and controversial sportswriters in America, having built his polarizing career on his essays connecting sports to the evils of black pathology. He could be petty and ugly, like when he wrote that Serena Williams would never be an all-time great because she was fat and lazy ("[S]eriously, how else can Serena fill out her size 16 shorts without grazing at her stall between matches?" he wrote). And he could be simplistic and scolding, as in diatribes about the evils inherent to female basketball players dunking or black people's use of the word "nigger.") Howard’s articles argue that the enmity Whitlock earned from black journos and writers for this schtick made it nearly... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19 Oct 2015
#29: Ben Carson At The Barbershop. (March 20 2015)
Joel Anderson (BuzzFeed) and Jenée Desmond-Harris (Vox) join Gene and Terryn to discuss their recent reporting on Dr. Ben Carson, professional inspirational figure-turned-Republican presidential hopeful. Related reads: "How Ben Carson went from black hero to Tea Party darling without changing one bit," by Jenée Desmond-Harris (http://www.vox.com/2015/2/20/8069151/ben-carson-dr) "Could Running For President Destroy Ben Carson’s Legacy?," by Joel Anderson http://www.buzzfeed.com/joelanderson/ben-carson-politics-legacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21 Mar 2015
Digging In The Crates: #20: Losing Football And A Language. (May 28 2012)
It's the beginning of football season, so we decided to re-up a favorite old episode of ours where we spoke to Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic about his decision to stop watching the NFL after the evidence of the effects of football-related brain injuries became too hard to ignore. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12 Sep 2015
#30: Dyson Vs. West. (May 8 2015)
Jamil Smith, senior editor at the New Republic, joins Gene, Terryn and Jamelle to discuss That Michael Eric Dyson Article About Cornel West. As the article's editor (!), he dishes some inside dirt on the politics behind the politics, on wrangling Dyson down to 10,000 words, and on taking over at a publication best known for its defenses of racism.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
9 May 2015
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#35: 'Straight Outta Compton' And the Unkillable Biopic Genre. (August 23 2015)
The N.W.A. movie "Straight Outta Compton" is the latest entrant into the anemic hip-hop biopic genre. It's crushing at the box office even as controversies around who was cast in it and which details were left out of it. (Namely: all of the women, ever.) Jalen Coats (@jvcoats), a writer and DJ from LA, joins GD to figure out what it all means, and argue over which great female MCs should get a biopic of their own, and also why biopics should never exist. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24 Aug 2015
#31: Attica Locke, from this little show 'Empire.' (May 11 2015)
The novelist and screenwriter Attica Locke joins Gene and Terryn to explain why she left Hollywood to write novels — her third, "Pleasantville," is out now — and how she got bit by the showbiz bug again to become a writer and producer for Fox's mega-hit "Empire." Drip drippety drop. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11 May 2015
#34: 'How The $%*!& Is That Good Enough?' (August 15 2015)
On a recent two-part story on This American Life, Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine went to Normandy High School — the struggling St. Louis County school from which Michael Brown graduated just weeks before he was killed last year in Ferguson. Normandy is the lowest-ranked high school in Missouri and nearly entirely black, and when a series of events opened the door for hundreds of Normandy kids to be bussed to Francis Howell High School, a high-performing, mostly-white high school a few towns over, the Normandy kids were greeted with massive opposition from white parents. Nikole and G.D. talked about her reporting on the seemingly insurmountable problem of school segregation in America's schools, and why it makes sense to be pessimistic about America achieving racial equality. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15 Aug 2015
#36: What It Means To Lose A School. (September 20 2015)
G.D. and Terryn talk to Jelani Cobb of the New Yorker, who went back to his former high school in Queens, which was recently closed down. Jelani was trying to figure out how the diverse, highly regarded school quickly deteriorated quickly after he graduated in the 1980s and soon became, to many, an example of why big, neighborhood schools can't work. (Hint: HOUSING SEGREGATION.) And Eve Ewing of Seven Scribes talks to G.D. about the fight to save Walter Dyett High School, the last public school open to everyone in Bronzeville, a historic black neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. Protesters there had been staging a month-long hunger strike to keep Dyett's doors open, and Eve says that the fight over the school has huge implications for the neighborhood, where so many local public schools have been shut down by the city over the last decade. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20 Sep 2015
#33: Detroit vs. Everybody. (July 26 2015)
Terryn is packing up and moving to the D for a new gig! To help get her ready, we convened some folks who have Big Thoughts about the state of the Motor City. Angela Flournoy, the author of the critically acclaimed new novel, "The Turner House," set her book there, the city where her father grew up. And Siwatu Moore, a writer in Brooklyn, is a Detroit native. Will Detroit have to morph into something unrecognizable in order to survive? And does Detroit have more cat daddies per capita than any city in the world? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 Jul 2015
#32: #GrowingUpSouthern. (July 15 2015)
Gene and Terryn discuss Gene's recent reporting for NPR on those Southerners, black and white, for whom the Confederate flag is a genuine signifier of identity. Terryn breaks down what well-meaning Northerners don't get about the South; she also references Walker, Texas Ranger at least once. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15 Jul 2015