The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with sports media scholar Dr. Lauren Smith

April 2, 2018

Maybe you noticed that the NCAA women's basketball tournament came down to a last-second shot this weekend. Maybe you noticed the WNIT wrapped up with two scrappy teams who made great late-season runs. Maybe you noticed those highly entertaining storylines and the games that went with them. Likely as not, these and plenty of other compelling women's sporting events have escaped your notice. Outside of the Olympics, Indiana University's  Dr. Lauren Smith tells us, that's a sadly common refrain. We talked about why, how to fix it and just exactly what UConn basketball has ruined. (Nothing, as it turns out.)

Here's the article that gets our conversation rolling today.

Smith is also a writer on 110percentblog and she is a regular contributor here. She's joined us to talk about what's going on at Michigan State post-Larry Nassar and about Olympic athletes donating their brains to CTE research and about the world's oldest message in a bottle.

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with sports media scholar Dr. Lauren Smith

February 7, 2018

A few more high profile athletes have announced their going to be posthumously donating their brains to CTE research. And this isn't just about football, and it isn't just about men.

While that donor registry is beginning to grow what's interesting today is that the most recent donations are from female Olympians. Sports media scholar Dr. Lauren Smith of Indiana University joins us to talk about the story. We discussed how we're coming to learn CTE isn't just about football or boxing, the wide gender disparity in brain research donors and a whole lot more.  

She's also a contributor at 110Percent.

If you'd like to know a bit more about CTE, this is a good place to start on chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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