Ep 25 // Take A Knee / ‘Battle Of The Sexes’

Premiere DateSep 29, 2017
00:00 Intro
01:26 President Trump antagonizes pro athletes during a busy weekend
03:03 Couldn’t Trump getting involved bring more attention to the original issue?
06:22 Comparing #TakeAKnee to civil rights protests of the past
08:22 Is the coverage missing the point? / NFL owners’ motivations
12:22 Despite NFL owners’ motivations, does their involvement allow more players to speak out?
16:35 Trump and police brutality / mass incarceration and the right
20:30 “All Lives Matter” and lack of understanding about history of racism in USA
23:24 Shalewa Sharpe on growing up as a black child in Stone Mountain, GA
25:08 Engaging on race issues with people who don’t want to discuss it
28:48 Was there any coverage/reaction that made you optimistic?
32:11 “Ungrateful” as the new “uppity”
34:56 WNBA players as pioneers of athlete protests / other athlete protesters
40:10 Ongoing question: Is Trump a grand strategist or not? / Trump’s motivations
41:53 Dealing with Trump fatigue / prioritizing the issues
43:10 Will the discussion ever get back to police brutality and racial inequality?
44:36 “Jeff Sessions is fucking this country up.” / people don’t care until it’s personal
48:19 1st Person: Faith // Cutting Off Hair For A Crush
50:58 Movie Review: ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ w/ Charles Hinshaw
53:27 Movie Chat: ’Battle Of The Sexes’ (spoiler alert)
64:18 Molly Knefel // What Kaepernick Started
66:36 “Blanket” (BTR Live Studio, 2017) Siv Jakobsen
70:18 Outro / Credits
71:03 Finish.

This week, contributors Shalewa Sharpe and Matt Ruby return to discuss the “Take A Knee” protests of the past weekend, as well as many related issues like police brutality, mass incarceration, race in America, and President Trump. We’re also joined by Charles Hinshaw to discuss the recently released movie, Battle of the Sexes, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. Along the way, we’ll also hear from Radio Dispatch’s Molly Knefel with her thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s protest; we’ll hear from a woman named Faith about the time she shaved her head to impress someone she had a crush on; and we’ll take an exclusive early listen to a performance by Norwegian indie-folk artist Siv Jakobsen from an episode of BTR Live Studio set to be released next week.

Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.

Also mentioned in the episode:

“The Day the NFL Finally Acknowledged the Real World” /// The Ringer

“The WNBA has been at the forefront of protesting racial injustice” /// SBNation

J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…