Martina Navratilova: The Refusal to Go Backward

Feb 18, 2016, 07:00 AM

Edge of Sports welcomes Martina Navratilova, one of the greatest tennis players ever and one of host Dave Zirin’s political-athlete heroes. Martina made history not just with her utter on-court dominance of the 1980s, but through a remarkable journey away from her family in totalitarian Czechoslovakia, and to a life where she lives today as a political, open LGBT American. This week’s column read is “The Past Is Never Dead: Peyton Manning and Today’s Jock-Rape Culture at Tennessee,” and we give “Just Stand Up Awards” to musicians Win Butler and Kendrick Lamar.—-This episode of Edge of Sports is brought to you by FreshBooks. For the best way to make tax season easy, get FreshBooks, a cloud accounting software designed exclusively for small business owners and freelancers. Go to http://FreshBooks.com/Edge and enter "Edge" in the “How You Heard About Us” section for a 30-day free trial. We’re also sponsored by Casper mattresses. Go to http://Casper.com/Edge for great offers on amazing mattresses, and you’ll be supporting Edge of Sports.—9:54 Sports Illustrated: Jason Collins a 'game-changer' http://on.si.com/1mJ3HJA16:53 Jan Palach Funeral (1969) http://youtu.be/A26Z4MB1yJ818:22 Soviets Put Down Prague Spring (1968) http://britishpathe.com/video/soviets-pu…wn-prague-spring19:34 Navratilova wins 1st US Open over Chris Evert, 1983 http://youtu.be/3LBR1mlKj7A21:28 Mel DiGiacomo: http://northjersey.com/arts-and-entertai….1332027?page=all26:50 Dave Zirin: http://thenation.com/article/the-past-i…ture-at-tennessee/28:42 Shaun King: http://nydailynews.com/news/national/kin…article-1.253039530:58 Jessica Luther: http://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/wit…-explaining-to-do34:25 Win Butler: http://youtu.be/fhxtrSIkseA35:47 Kendrick: http://video.vulture.com/video/Kendrick-L…s-Performance-at—Music: Vytis http://soundcloud.com/vytisbeats | Hamry http://soundcloud.com/hamry | ABBA http://abbasite.com | Floex http://soundcloud.com/floex | Arcade Fire http://arcadefire.com | Kendrick Lamar http://kendricklamar.com—twitter.com/martina | martinanavratilova.comtwitter.com/edgeofsports | edgeofsportspodcast.com | fb.com/edgeofsportspod |edgeofsports@slate.com