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The Hard Screen

14 EpisodesProduced by Tamryn SpruillWebsite

Welcome to The Hard Screen! With a storytelling bent, The Hard Screen marries current events with historical context, emotion with fact, and drills down deep into issues of race, gender and sexuality that impact the place of women’s hoops (women’s sports more broadly and women generally) in society.… read more

14 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

S2E2: All We Needed Was The Chance

March 25th, 2021

21:21

Gabby Williams spoke with The Hard Screen in January during a break between the EuroLeague Women regular and postseasons where she plays for Sopron …

S2E1: A look into the WNBA's 25th-anniversary season with Commissioner Cathy Engelbert

March 15th, 2021

21:04

Twenty-five years since its inaugural tipoff, the WNBA is still here: "impossible shot after impossible shot after impossible shot." In the runup to the historic 2021 WNBA season, the league has provided The Hard Screen …

S1E9: The Cry for Justice Continues

March 13th, 2021

32:13

On the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor's murder by Louisville police officers, we review the changes that have happened in the wake of her …

S1E8: Girl, Bye: The Unforgivable Sins of Kelly Loeffler

January 6th, 2021

20:45

Now that Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler has been voted out of a Senate seat she was never voted into, does this mean she returns to WNBA ownership as if nothing ever happened? Unlikely, if the players, who …

S1E7: Natasha Cloud: 'We are the deciding people on who runs our country'

October 27th, 2020

22:22

Ahead of the November 3rd presidential election, WNBA champion Natasha Cloud is urging all people to vote, especially Black and brown people who historically have been disenfranchised from the electoral process. In a …

S1E6: ELECTION SPECIAL

October 20th, 2020

27:06

"Vote like your life depends on it," says Natasha Cloud, starting guard for the 2019 WNBA champion Washington Mystics. With the 2020 presidential election just two weeks away, The Hard Screen brings you an election …

S1 Extra: 'Literally, by her sheer size'

October 11th, 2020

10:40

Layshia Clarendon discussed the ways the Pulse nightclub massacre was a galvanizing moment for LGBTQ+ acceptance and the reasons Brittney Griner's …

S1E5: Why Black Girls Are Cheering for WNBA MVP A'ja Wilson

October 2nd, 2020

24:18

When the Las Vegas Aces tip off in Game 1 of the 2020 WNBA Finals, A’ja Wilson--this year’s WNBA Most Valuable Player, a two-time All-Star and the 2018 Rookie of the Year--will be playing for Black girls everywhere,

S1E4: #SayHerName (Part 2): 'Amplify the names'

August 7th, 2020

36:57

TRIGGER WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS VIVID DESCRIPTIONS OF POLICE VIOLENCE AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL LISTENERS.

In this two-part #SayHerName special edition of The Hard Screen, mothers of daughters murdered by …

S1 Extra: Sabrina Ionescu's Quite Literal Hoop Dreams

August 2nd, 2020

5:32

One day after No. 1 overall 2020 WNBA Draft pick Sabrina Ionescu dropped 33 points in 34 minutes in her second professional game, Tamryn Spruill spoke with the New York Liberty guard about hoops, opportunities to grow …

S1E3: #SayHerName (Part 1): 'We're living every day with amputated hearts'

July 31st, 2020

29:46

TRIGGER WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS VIVID DESCRIPTIONS OF POLICE VIOLENCE AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL LISTENERS.

In this two-part #SayHerName special edition of The Hard Screen, mothers of daughters murdered by …

S1E2: Because Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' Speech Tells Me So

July 21st, 2020

25:25

Atlanta Dream co-owner and U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler opposes the WNBA's and the Atlanta Dream's support for Black Lives Matter. Players and the WNBPA have called for her to sell her ownership stake in the team. WNBA …

S1E1: Why America Doesn't Deserve Sports Right Now

June 13th, 2020

27:36

Many fans, pundits, media organization, leagues, teams and so forth have pushed the idea that sports (entertainment, fun, pastime) should be separate …

Welcome to The Hard Screen!

May 12th, 2020

1:30

Welcome to The Hard Screen: a podcast about women’s hoops -- a brick wall between the sport you love and the misogynistic nonsense that surrounds it.

With a storytelling bent, The Hard Screen marries current events …

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