Burn It All Down

The feminist sports podcast you need. Shireen Ahmed, Julie DiCaro, Lindsay Gibbs, Brenda Elsey, and Jessica Luther break down the week in sports and culture. Weekly Podcast: Feminism & Sports.




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      Episode 15: NCAA student-athletes, Ezekiel Elliott, IAAF, and Andrea Kremer

      On Episode 15 of Burn It All Down: Brenda Elsey, Julie DiCaro, Shireen Ahmed, Jessica Luther, and Lindsay Gibbs talk about back-to-school for student athletes, Caster Semenya commentary, and the NFL suspension of Ezekiel Elliott. We catch up on the highlights from the IAAF world championships in London, where Usain Bolt reminds us that athletes are only human after all. Julie also interviewed the amazing Andrea Kremer about the industry’s double standards and her journey from a ballerina to b...



      Episode 14: Baseball and Sexual Violence, LA 2028, and Women's Soccer

      In Episode 14 of Burn It All Down, Lindsay Gibbs and Shireen Ahmed take over to talk about sexual violence in baseball, ruin your excitement about the Olympics coming to Los Angeles, and celebrate the latest happenings in women's soccer. Then, Lindsay talks with Rhiannon Walker, an Associate Editor at The Undefeated, about the rich, complicated history of black people in tennis, and the importance of the American Tennis Association, the oldest black professional sports league. Finally,...



      Episode 13: NF'nL

      In Episode 13 of Burn It All Down, the whole gang is back together to discuss the NF'nL. Julie DiCaro, Shireen Ahmed, Lindsay Gibbs, Brenda Elsey, and Jessica Luther talk about the NFL where domestic violence investigations continue to be terrible, CTE is back at the forefront of the discussion, and where Colin Kaepernick still can’t get a job, Lucky Whitehead can't keep his, and John Urshel doesn't want his anymore. Then Brenda and Shireen interview Ann Odong, expert on all things women's ...



      Episode 12: Wicket!

      In Episode 12 of Burn It All Down, Shireen Ahmed, Brenda Elsey, and Jessica Luther discuss the growing popularity of women's cricket; then Shireen interviews Tracie Leost, Metis runner and activist, about the importance of community building and strength of Native American and Indigenous athletes, and how she used running to draw attention to the crisis of over 3000 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada; followed by a discussion of the current (concerning) state of sports...



      Episode 11: Reigning Women

      In Episode 11 of Burn It All Down, WTA Insider senior writer Courtney Nguyen joins Lindsay Gibbs, Brenda Elsey, and Jessica Luther. They ruminate about sexism in tennis, the U.S. Women’s Open being played at Trump National Golf Course, and where Title IX is headed under the new secretary of education. Then they burn some stuff and praise some bad ass women before capping it off with the games they’re excited to watch this week. Intro (1:26) Wimbledon re-cap (4:23) How tennis media treats mal...



      Episode 10: Mind Boggling

      In Episode 10 of Burn It All Down, Shireen Ahmed, Brenda Elsey, Lindsay Gibbs, and Jessica Luther marvel at the way pseudo-science is used to police female athletes’ bodies. They discuss women’s concussions, attempts to regulate women’s natural testosterone levels in track and field, Wimbledon thus far, and check in on Monica González, former captain of Mexican national soccer team after her world record breaking climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro to play in the highest ever regulated soccer match. So ...



      Episode 9: "Good day, sir"

      In Episode 9 of Burn It All Down, Shireen Ahmed, Jessica Luther, and Lindsay Gibbs discuss Colin Kaepernick...again and John McEnroe's comments about Serena. Then, Jessica interviews Stephanie Yang about her piece last week at SB Nation on sexism in coaching in women's soccer (https://www.sbnation.com/2017/6/27/15873624/soccer-female-coaches-sexism). Plus, you'll hear The Burn Pile and Badass Woman of the Week! Intro~ Colin Kaepernick is a popular QB and wanted to bring attention to the...



      Episode 8: Pride Party

      In Episode 8, Lindsay Gibbs and Brenda Elsey discuss the current state of LGBTQ issues in sports with Amira Rose Davis and Jen Mac Ramos. Then Shireen Ahmed brings us an interview about roller derby and trans inclusion in sports with Alex Hanna, and Lindsay talks with WNBA star Layshia Clarendon of the Atlanta Dream about the WNBA's journey with LGBTQ inclusion and her experience as a black, gay, non-cisgender athlete. Zoe Hayden of the Victory Press joins Brenda and Lindsay for the Burn...



      Episode 7: FIFA and racism, GSW going to the White House, and the NCAA is still terrible

      In Episode 7 of Burn It All Down, Julie DiCaro, Lindsay Gibbs, Jessica Luther, Brenda Elsey, and Shireen Ahmed discuss FIFA's attempt to combat racism and homophobia, whether the Golden State Warriors will visit the White House, and why the NCAA continues to be terrible. Plus, you'll hear The Burn Pile, Badass Woman of the Week, and Listener Mail! Introduction (1:05) FIFA announces a new procedure to combat racism by cancelling matches if they hear racist chants in the stands. (8:01) The...



      Episode 6: LA's bid for 2024 Olympics, youth soccer, and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir on sports and activism

      In Episode 6 of Burn It All Down, Julie DiCaro, Jessica Luther, Brenda Elsey, and Shireen Ahmed discuss LA's bid for the 2024 Olympics, youth soccer, and Shireen's interview with Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir. Plus you'll hear The Burn Pile, and Badass Woman of the Week! Introduction (0:58) New sports announced for the summer Olympics in 2020 but alongside that are ongoing protests against Los Angeles’ inevitable hosting of the Olympics in either 2024 or 2028 (12:44) 8-year-old Mili Hernandez’s soc...