Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy
World Cup Episode 6: Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach and Julie discuss the World Cup and USWNT: 8/20/23
All-time U.S. womens national team greats Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach join Laughter Permitted once again to discuss the World Cup, give their overall thoughts on the USWNTs run in the tournament and consider what the future holds for the team. Mia, Abby and Julie talk about how the USWNT has the opportunity to turn its current heartbreak into future success at the upcoming Olympics and beyond. You will want to run through a wall after hearing what Abby has to say on the topic. Have an idea for a guest for Season 10? Send Julie and Lynn an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Cup 2023 Episode 5: Julie isn't over the USWNT's loss in the World Cup, previews the semis and answers questions from the Dope Village: 8/14/23
Julie continues to process the USWNT's loss in the World Cup, discusses the team's immediate future and previews the semifinals. Plus, Julie answers several questions about the World Cup from the Dope Village. Be sure to find out Lynn's latest t-shirt -- it was a gift from a friend! Send an email to Julie and Lynn at email@example.com.
World Cup 2023 Episode 4: Brandi Chastain and Julie give an unfiltered rundown of the USWNT's early exit from the World Cup: 8/6/23
After many deep sighs and guttural noises, Julie and two-time World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brandi Chastain give a full rundown of the U.S. women's national team's early exit from the Women's World Cup at the hands of Sweden and a penalty shootout. The former teammates discuss the nuanced ins and outs of what happened at this World Cup for the U.S. and talk over head coach Vlatko Andonovski's inability to produce results in big tournaments. Plus, Julie and Brandi share the change that needs to happen at the youth soccer level in the United States. Ultimately, it's concluded this World Cup has showcased an elevated game worldwide and that the beautiful game is trending upward globally for women. Julie, Brandi, Lynn and the entire Dope Village give a final "oosa cheer" to close things out. Hit up Julie and Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Cup 2023 Episode 3: Julie doesnt hold back as she and Kristine Lilly dive into whats going on with the USWNT: 8/1/23
Just minutes after the U.S. womens national team's draw against Portugal to advance in the Womens World Cup, Julie and two-time World Cup champion and USWNT legend Kristine Lilly give their raw and real thoughts on whats amiss on the field and what needs to happen in the upcoming game. Julie would like the USWNTs kick the shit out of you muscle to kick in, Kristine wants to see improved chemistry and both think some team bonding is in order (like Uno or perhaps a winery outing?). Plus, find out who was in Julies New Zealand scooter crew and where she thinks she got her cozy star pajammies from, which were featured in her latest bands video (they're on Julie's Instagram and worth the watch).
World Cup 2023 Episode 2: USWNT legend Carla Overbeck is totally optimistic and Julie wants more subs: 7/27/23
Direct from a cozy corner of a suite at the Wellington Regional Stadium in New Zealand, Julie and two-time World Cup champion and U.S. women's national team legend Carla Overbeck give their immediate reactions to the USWNTs 1-1 tie with Netherlands. While Julie would like to see more subs and less clunky play, Carla remains relentlessly optimistic that the U.S. team will be just fine in its upcoming game against Portugal. The Mia Hamm bobblehead once again makes a special appearance and Lynn continues to do her best to bring good mojo to the USWNT with her t-shirt choice. Send any and all Womens World Cup questions to Julie and Lynn at email@example.com.
World Cup 2023 Episode 1: Julie gives her take on the USWNT's opening win: 7/22/23
Laughter Permitted kicks off its 2023 Women's World Cup episodes with Julie breaking down the U.S. women's national team's 3-0 win over Vietnam while also looking ahead to the USWNT's next match against the Netherlands. In Questions Permitted, Lynn asks Julie what Game 1 of a World Cup is like (messy is expected), her thoughts on the USWNT's pregame custom suits (fire alert!) and what the chatter has been like on The 99ers text thread (lots of ALL CAPS and exclamation points)!!! Be sure to email your World Cup questions to Julie and Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 107: Astronaut Nicole Mann from Earth: 5/10/23
In the Season 9 finale, Astronaut Nicole Mann joins Laughter Permitted to talk all about her experience living and working aboard the International Space Station. Nicole shares everything from what it was like reentering the Earths atmosphere to how she slept in space to the importance of being a good teammate. Plus, she describes the vantage point she had of Earth while in space and what it was like coming home with her newfound perspective of the planet. Nicole also tells a story in Most Pressing Questions that rivals the Mia Hamm Split Pants story (you've been warned...). In Questions Permitted, Julie and Lynn offer advice to an aspiring sports journalist. Send Julie and Lynn an email at email@example.com!
BONUS EPISODE: How Ally's pledge to women's sports continues to grow: 5/9/23
Julie and Lynn are joined by Chief Marketing and PR officer of Ally Financial, Andrea Brimmer, to discuss how Ally is at the forefront of supporting and investing in women's sports.
Laughter Permitted: USWNT Captain Becky Sauerbrunn Talks Upcoming World Cup: 5/3/23
Two-time World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Becky Sauerbrunn joins Laughter Permitted to share what being a team player means to her (there's a great story involving the flute), the difference between a floor raiser and ceiling raiser and the leadership advice she received from Carla Overbeck. Becky also talks about the current state of the Portland Thorns in the wake of the Sally Yates report and what it will take for the USWNT to be successful in the upcoming World Cup. In the close of the show, Julie offers ideas on how to help high schoolers become leaders (she could have gone on for days). Email Julie and Lynn your thoughts, questions and favorite Becky Sauerbrunn nicknames at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 105: Carolyn Peck: 4/26/23
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Carolyn Peck shares hilarious stories about her mom at her basketball games, her thoughts on what coaches are wearing on the sidelines these days (Kim Mulkey might come up) and why she turned down Pat Summitt to attend Vanderbilt University. Carolyn also discusses being the first Black coach to win an NCAA women's basketball championship with Purdue in 1999 and tells the amazing backstory to the piece of net she gave to Dawn Staley.
Laughter Permitted: Chelsea Women's Manager Emma Hayes: 4/20/23
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes OBE joins Laughter Permitted to discuss the joy she experienced covering the Euros for ESPN (a fire pit is involved!), her winding path to Chelsea (a clairvoyant is involved!) and how she finds time to recharge amidst the overstimulating profession of coaching (a Beyonce concert is on the calendar!). Plus, Emma does a deep dive into her emphasis on understanding the menstrual cycles of her players to improve their performance and keep them healthy (this is beyond fascinating!). In the close of the show, a listener inspires Julie to get after it. Email Julie and Lynn at email@example.com!
Episode 103: Sister Jean: 4/11/23
In honor of Laughter Permitted's 103rd episode, 103-year-old and Loyola University men's basketball team chaplain Sister Jean joins Laughter Permitted to share the secret to her longevity, the excitement she experienced during the Ramblers run to the Final Four in 2018 and why she finally decided to write her book, "Wake Up with Purpose: What Ive Learned in My First 100 Years. Sister Jean also discusses her love of working with college students and why she believes that talking with people ultimately shows us how much we have in common. Stay tuned for a blessing Sister Jean offers our Dope Village.
Episode 102: Sally Jenkins: 4/5/23
Legendary sports journalist and author Sally Jenkins joins Laughter Permitted to discuss how she crafts her columns, the importance of exploring "what's bugging you" and the advice she gives to up-and-coming journalists. Sally also shares the impact Billie Jean King and Pat Summitt have had on her life and delves into stories from her latest book, "What Sports Teach Us about Work and Life," out June 6. In the close of the show, find out what happened when Julie played a round of golf with Mia Hamm and friends. Send your questions to Julie and Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Christine Sinclair: 3/29/23
Soccer legend and Olympic gold medalist Christine Sinclair joins Laughter Permitted to discuss her historic career, and how she and her fellow Canadian national team members are in a bitter fight with Canadian Soccer for support. Julie shares the PTSD and empathy she feels as she watches Christine and her teammates go through their battle. Christine also explains why she chose to get way out of her comfort zone to write her book "Playing the Long Game," and in "high, low, cheer" we learn the influence Christine's parents had on her athletic career. Stick around for the close of the show where Julie answers a question about The 99ers because there's no such thing as too much 99ers. Send Julie and Lynn a question at email@example.com.
Laughter Permitted: The 99ers share stories from their playing days together: 4/25/23
In the 100th episode of Laughter Permitted, members of the 1999 World Cup champion team come together to swap stories from their playing days, including pranks, the impact head coach Tony DiCicco had on them and how they stay in touch to this day thanks to a text chain. Also, a "Know Your 99ers with The 99ers" Lynn Game goes a bit off the rails and The 99ers answer questions submitted by fans. Most importantly, its the first time in a long time that 18 of these 99ers got to laugh, toast and roast each other over a happy hour. Guaranteed it will not be the last, but maybe just the last RECORDED one. Producer's Notes: If this episode sounds like a Zoom call with 19 people on it, that's because it is, but we promise laughs! Also, Saskia Webber was not in the Lynn Game because she had to duck out early to catch a flight. Email Julie and Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laughter Permitted: Naomi Girma: 4/3/23
NWSL Rookie of the Year and Defender of the Year Naomi Girma joins Laughter Permitted to share her reaction to high praise from Megan Rapinoe, what she has learned from veterans on the USWNT and how she was introduced to the game of soccer by her dad and the Ethiopian community in the Bay Area, where she grew up. Plus Naomi and Julie swap stories about their moms and Naomi discusses her Stanford degree in Symbolic Systems. Stayed tuned for a HUGE announcement in the close of the show about plans for Laughter Permitted's 100th episode. Spoiler alert: 99ers might be involved...and you can ask them anything! Listen in to find out how. Send us an email at: email@example.com
Episode 98: Astronaut Nicole Mann from Space: 3/8/23
Laughter Permitted takes an out-of-this-world journey to SPACE! In the Season 9 premiere, NASA Astronaut Nicole Mann joins Laughter Permitted while aboard the International Space Station. Col. Mann shares what it means to be the first Native American woman in space, how the mental toughness she gained as a soccer player at the Naval Academy helped her during two spacewalks and what message she'd share with us all back on Earth. Julie asks the hard-hitting question about showering in space, Lynn requests a ride in an F-18 with Col. Mann when she returns to Earth and we all learn that microgravity is fabulous for your Superwoman impersonations.
Episode 97: The Dopies!: 3/1/23
Laughter Permitted is back! Julie and Lynn share highlights of Season 8 and hand out some Dopie Awards.
Episode 96: Dr. Colleen Hacker Is Back!: 12/14/22
In the Season 8 finale, renowned mental skills expert, author and Pacific Lutheran University professor Dr. Colleen Hacker returns to Laughter Permitted for a record fifth time to discuss the power of setting intentions for your year, how to use daily visual cues to help achieve your personal pursuits and why expressing gratitude is vital in life. Dr. Hacker also takes on Julie in an epic rematch of Know Your 99ers in the Lynn Game (it gets real, real quick). So listen in because Flash Class is once again in session!
30 For 30 Podcasts Presents: 'Pink Card': 12/8/22
What if I told you...women in Iran *cant even go to a soccer game.* Theyre banned from stadiums. New from 30 for 30 Podcasts, Pink Card tells the tale of Iranian women who dare to risk it all for the simple right to watch a soccer match. Creator Shima Oliaee (Oh-lee-eye) reports on generations of women whove fought to take back their stadiums and their joy of the game. Pink Card will forever change how you see fandom and freedom - keep listening for the first episode and binge the full season now in the 30 for 30 Podcasts feed.
Episode 95: Shima Oliaee: 12/7/22
Award-winning podcast producer Shima Oliaee joins Laughter Permitted to discuss her 4-part ESPN 30 for 30 podcast series "Pink Card," which centers on women's rights in Iran over the course of three generations. Shima shares how women fighting to attend men's soccer games in Iran became emblematic of their pursuit of freedom, the motivation behind the series and the impact she hopes it has. In the close of the show, Julie and Lynn have a special announcement about the Season 8 finale.
Episode 94: A'ja Wilson: 11/30/22
WNBA Champion, 2-time WNBA MVP and Olympic gold medalist A'ja Wilson joins Laughter Permitted to discuss winning an WNBA title with the Las Vegas Aces, what it was like being coached by Dawn Staley and Becky Hammon and how she developed a leadership style that worked for her. Plus get the "tea" on the Aces' post-championship celebrations and hear an incredible story about A'ja's statue on the campus of her alma mater, the University of South Carolina. In the close of the show, Lynn gets a serious case of the giggles while she and Julie discuss a bronze plaque in the likeness of Brandi Chastain. (Producers Note: Its possible Lynn messes with Julie a bit in the Lynn Game.)
Episode 93: Joan Benoit Samuelson: 11/23/22
Marathon pioneer Joan Benoit Samuelson joins Laughter Permitted to talk about being the first woman to win gold in the marathon at the 1984 Olympics, how running is about storytelling for her and, at the age of 65, what her next marathon goal is. Joan also shares what she was thinking when she was about to win an Olympic gold medal and explains why it's important for everyone to run their own race. The Lynn Game proves to be a close battle with a metaphor for life built into it.
Episode 92: Becky Hammon: 11/16/22
Six-time WNBA all-star and coaching trailblazer Becky Hammon joins Laughter Permitted to talk about winning a WNBA championship in her first season as coach of the Las Vegas Aces, how fun played a role in the team's success and what she learned as an assistant coach to Gregg Popovich. Becky also shares why she got into coaching and how she came to accept herself as a person. Plus learn about Becky's love of shoes and expert knowledge of the 90s. In the close of the show, Lynn breaks down Julie's latest attempt at doing the worm.
Episode 91: Cindy Parlow Cone: 11/9/22
World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Cindy Parlow Cone joins Laughter Permitted to discuss her role as president of U.S. Soccer and how she is working toward a culture shift in the game in the wake of the Sally Yates report. Cindy shares what it took to get the women's and men's national teams to equal pay and what she learned about leadership while playing with Julie, Carla Overbeck and Mia Hamm on the U.S. women's national team. In a highly competitive Lynn Game, Cindy and Julie go head-to-head in "Know Your 99ers."
Episode 90: Rebecca Lowe: 11/2/22
NBC host and reporter Rebecca Lowe joins Laughter Permitted to talk about covering the Premier League, the ups and downs of her career in sports journalism and how she is seeing football fandom grow in the United States. A newly minted American citizen, Rebecca gives a hilarious assessment of the use of wreaths on doors in the United States (now known as the Wreath Rant), and shares why she enjoys it when things go awry on live TV. Plus, enjoy a Ted Lasso-themed Lynn Game!
Episode 89: Catarina Macario: 10/26/22
U.S. women's national soccer team player Catarina Macario joins Laughter Permitted to share her journey of moving to the United States from Brazil at the age of 12 to pursue her dream of playing soccer. She tells the incredible story of what her first day in the U.S. entailed, how she made her way to Stanford University where she won two national titles and the role adversity has played in her life. In the close of the show, Julie shares the most memorable goal she ever scored and Lynn gives an update on her Oura ring.
Episode 88: Jenny Levy: 10/18/22
University of North Carolina women's lacrosse and U.S. women's national team head coach Jenny Levy joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her 28-year career in Chapel Hill, how UNC and Team USA both won championships this year and how she developed and continues to evolve her coaching philosophy. The episode kicks off with a rousing discussion of Oura rings and menopause, and includes a good amount of pickleball discourse. In the close of the show, Julie and Lynn come up with a "Snort-Meter," which shall replace a 5-star rating. (This episode was a 2-Snorter.)
Episode 87: Meg Linehan: 10/11/22
In the Season 8 premiere, "The Athletic" senior writer Meg Linehan joins Laughter Permitted to discuss the findings of an investigation conducted by former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, which uncovered that the National Womens Soccer League and U.S. Soccer did not take action against abusive behavior and sexual misconduct. The 319-page report detailed how "abuse in the NWSL is rooted in a deeper culture in women's soccer, beginning in youth leagues, that normalizes verbally abusive coaching and blurs boundaries between coaches and players." Meg offers her perspective on the Yates report, what it was like breaking the NWSL abuse story and what she thinks the future of the sport looks like. "'This guy has a pattern': Amid institutional failure, former NWSL players accuse prominent coach of sexual coercion" by Meg Linehan Report of the Independent Investigation to the U.S. Soccer Federation Concerning Allegations of Abusive Behavior and Sexual Misconduct in Womens Professional Soccer by Sally Q. Yates "Truth Be Told: The Fight for Women's Professional Soccer" - E60 film directed by Jennifer Karson-Strauss
Title IX with Phaidra Knight and Angela Ruggerio: 6/27/22
In a special live podcast at the Paley Center for Media in New York City, Hall of Fame USA rugby player Phaidra Knight and 4-time Olympic USA hockey player Angela Ruggerio join Laughter Permitted to discuss Title IX, their experiences in male-dominated sports and what they think everyone should know about Title IX. This episode was recorded on June 24, 2022, one day after the 50th anniversary of Title IX.
Title IX and Teammates with Mia Hamm: 6/9/22
In the third bonus episode of Laughter Permitted dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Title IX, Mia Hamm and Julie discuss how Title IX has impacted their lives.
Title IX and Transgender Athletes with Katie Barnes: 6/7/22
In the second bonus episode of Laughter Permitted dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Title IX, ESPN journalist Katie Barnes joins the podcast to discuss the intersection of Title IX and transgender athletes.
Title IX 101 with Donna Lopiano: 6/2/22
In the first bonus episode of Laughter Permitted dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Title IX, former Women's Sports Foundation CEO Donna Lopiano joins the podcast to give a Tile IX tutorial and discuss the law's impact on women's sports.
Episode 86: Briana Scurry Returns!: 5/17/22
In the Season 7 finale, two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion Briana Scurry returns to Laughter Permitted to discuss her new book "My Greatest Save." Bri opens up about the challenging time she experienced after suffering a concussion in 2010, tells the story of how she pawned her gold medals in order to make ends meet and how she worked her way back to health. In the Lynn Game, Julie and Bri go head-to-head in 99ers trivia and then Julie gives an update on the 99ers Netflix film in the close of the show. Plus, it is once again proven that Carla Overbeck is the best.
BONUS EPISODE: How Ally continues to champion women's sports: 5/12/22
In a special bonus episode of Laughter Permitted, Julie talks with Ally Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer Andrea Brimmer to learn about Ally's continued commitment to women's sports and players in the NWSL.
BONUS EPISODE: How Ally continues to champion women's sports: 5/11/22
In a special bonus episode of Laughter Permitted, Julie talks with Ally Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer Andrea Brimmer to learn about Ally's continued commitment to women's sports and players in the NWSL.
Episode 85: Eileen Gu: 5/10/22
Three-time Olympic medalist and freestyle skier Eileen Gu joins Laughter Permitted "live" at the espnW NYC Summit to discuss competing at the 2022 Winter Olympics, how she handled media scrutiny and the backstory of how she landed a trick she'd never tried before to win gold in Freeski Big Air. Eileen, 18, also shares what it was like attending the Met Gala and what she's looking forward to this fall at Stanford. In the close of the show, learn a quote Julie has lived by since her high school days.
Laughter Permitted: Kara Nortman and Julie Uhrman: 5/3/22
Angel City Football Club founders Kara Nortman and Julie Uhrman join Laughter Permitted to talk about how ACFC came to be, the role Natalie Portman played in bringing women's professional soccer to L.A. and what sets the organization apart in the pro sports landscape. As a co-owner of the team, Julie (Foudy) shares what it meant to her to be at the sold-out season opener alongside former USWNT teammates and longtime friend, mentor and fellow co-owner Billie Jean King. Plus, learn the now world famous three claps cheer!
Episode 83: Kendall Coyne Schofield: 4/26/22
Three-time Olympic medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her quest to see a viable women's professional hockey league form, how she and fellow players are working to make that happen and what the journey has been like. Kendall also discusses the 2022 Winter Olympics, her incredible performance at the 2019 NHL All-Star Skills Competition and what motivated her to write her book, "As Fast As Her." In the Lynn Game, Julie finds a way to get in her own head, and in Most Pressing Questions, Kendall explains how she squatted her 310-pound, NFL-playing husband during quarantine.
Episode 82: Beth Mowins: 4/19/22
Buckle up because this episode brings the laughs courtesy of play-by-play trailblazer Beth Mowins! Beth shares what it was like calling soccer with a young Julie Foudy as her color commentator. (A certain handwritten sign from Beth helped Julie to know when to -- ahem -- stop talking.) Find out when Beth knew she wanted to do play-by-play and how she has carved out her incredible career path. To test her skills, Beth is asked to do play-by-play of Julie eating a cinnamon roll, which leads to Beth joining the great Is a cinnamon roll a donut debate. In the close of the show, Julie puts it out into the universe that it's time for the pod to get a donut deal and Lynn takes over Questions Permitted to ask Julie about doing color commentary.
Episode 81: Oksana Masters: 4/12/22
Seventeen-time Paralympic medalist Oksana Masters joins Laughter Permitted to share her powerful story of spending her childhood in Ukrainian orphanages before being adopted by her mother, Gay Masters, and moving to the United States. Oksana, who was born with birth defects believed to be caused by radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, talks about being introduced to sports in America and how trying adaptive rowing began her on a path to becoming the most decorated U.S. Winter Paralympian of all time. She also discusses competing in the 2022 Winter Paralympics in Beijing while war began in Ukraine and how she found a way to give back to her home country.
Episode 80: Lindsey Jacobellis: 4/5/22
Five-time Olympian, 10-time X Games gold medalist and snowboard cross star Lindsey Jacobellis joins Laughter Permitted to talk about winning two gold medals at the Beijing Games, her experience with the media over the years and how she adjusted her mindset at this past Olympics to focus on her own goals. The "Lynn Game" features questions about the 80's with another enthusiastic cameo by Swaggy, and in the close of the show, find out what Julie said to make Lynn snort. There's also bad singing (it may or may not be the Green Machine song)...
Episode 79: Elana Meyers Taylor: 3/29/22
Five-time Olympic medalist, bobsledder and overall rad human Elana Meyers Taylor joins Laughter Permitted to talk about becoming the most decorated Black athlete in Winter Olympics history, how she dealt with a Covid diagnosis upon arriving at the Beijing Games -- the story is something else -- and how she went from being a college softball player to a top-level bobsledder. Elana also shares what it is like being a professional athlete while raising her son, Nico. In the close of the show, Julie shares a "Hacker-ism" Lynn hasn't heard before that applies to Elana's journey at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Episode 78: Layshia Clarendon: 3/22/22
WNBA All-Star Layshia Clarendon joins Laughter Permitted to talk about being the first openly non-binary and transgender player in the WNBA, the warm embrace they have received from the Minnesota Lynx franchise and what life was like inside the 2020 "Wubble" season. Layshia also discusses the freedom of living your truth (that's where the "gold" is), how she and her wife are raising their chid in gender expansiveness and why humanity needs to be considered when discussing transgender athletes. Such an important and enlightening conversation on so many levels. In the close of the show, Lynn takes over Questions Permitted to ask Julie about her recent visit to the White House for Equal Pay Day.
Episode 77: Dr. Nadia Nadim: 3/15/22
In the Season 7 premiere, NWSL and Danish national team star Dr. Nadia Nadim joins Laughter Permitted to talk about earning her medical degree while playing professional soccer and share a detailed account of how she fled Afghanistan and the Taliban as a child with her mother and four sisters. She also recalls her first encounter with soccer at a Danish refugee camp and how she fell in love with the game. Nadia then competes with Julie in a Lynn Game about random medical stuff, gives a taste of her ability to speak nine -- yes, nine! -- languages and blows Julie and Lynn away with her perspective on making progress in life. What a way to launch the season...enjoy!
Episode 76: The Dopies!: 3/7/22
Laughter Permitted is back! Julie and Lynn share highlights of Season 6 and hand out some Dopie Awards.
Episode 75: Dr. Colleen Hacker Returns...Once Again!: 12/22/21
In the Season 6 finale, Dr. Colleen Hacker once again returns to the Laughter Permitted party to discuss aspirational challenges, the power of choice and what she'd like members of the Dope Village to take with them into 2022. As an authority on the psychology of peak performance, Dr. Hacker is a master of making complex concepts digestible, relatable and actionable. Turns out her mental skills expertise translates to a Lynn Game on The 99ers as Julie finds out firsthand. Stay tuned for the close of the show in which we get one final Toto toilet update.
Episode 74: Malika Andrews: 12/15/21
Award-winning sports journalist Malika Andrews joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her role as host of ESPN's NBA Today, reporting from inside the NBA bubble during the 2020 season and how the experience helped propel her career forward. Malika is also open about adversity she faced in her adolescence, and how she credits her college best friend with helping her find journalism. Things get competitive during a Lynn Game about coffee and Swaggy once again shines, despite initially being locked out of Julies office. And enjoy some really, really bad singing in the close of the show.
Episode 73: Dawn Staley: 12/8/21
South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her new $22.4 million contract, her purpose as a coach and the story behind giving pieces of the 2017 national championship net to Black coaches across the country. Stay tuned as Dawn and Julie bond over a mutual love -- their dogs. Swaggy once again makes her presence known on the pod and we learn about Champ Staley's Instagram account and why he doesn't follow anyone. Plus, find out what goes into being a GOAT and who makes the Starbucks runs for the coaching staff at South Carolina.
Episode 72: Dr. Edith Eger: 12/1/21
Holocaust survivor, psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Edith Eger joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her life and bestselling book, "The Choice: Embrace the Possible." Dr. Eger, 94, recounts the words her mother told her that helped her survive the Auschwitz concentration camp, discusses her own healing journey and encourages everyone to consider their power of choice. Plus: Find out the go-to dish Dr. Eger makes her grandchildren, her favorite TV show and the unique way she ends every speech.
Happy Thanksgiving from Laughter Permitted!: 11/24/21
Happy Thanksgiving from Laughter Permitted! Julie and Lynn share a clip from a 2019 episode in which their favorite person, Amy Liss, shares her motto in life: "Live each day with an attitude of gratitude."
BONUS EPISODE: How Ally is supporting NWSL players: 11/19/21
In a special bonus episode of Laughter Permitted, Julie talks with Meghann Burke, Executive Director of the National Women's Soccer League Players Association, and Andrea Brimmer, Chief Marketing and PR Officer of Ally, about the partnership they have formed to enact positive change for the players of the NWSL.
BONUS EPISODE: How Ally is supporting NWSL players: 11/19/21
In a special bonus episode of Laughter Permitted, Julie talks with Meghann Burke, Executive Director of the National Women's Soccer League Players Association, and Andrea Brimmer, Chief Marketing and PR Officer of Ally, about the partnership they have formed to enact positive change for the players of the NWSL.
Episode 71: Tamyra Mensah Stock: 11/17/21
Get ready for a jolt of joy as Olympic gold medalist wrestler Tamyra Mensah Stock joins Laughter Permitted. Tamyra shares how she quickly rose in the sport of wrestling despite a late start, how tragedy has shaped her perspective on life and why fun is a key component to her success as an athlete. Julies dog Swaggy makes a strong showing during the Lynn Game, Tamyra explains the perks of winning a gold medal and how her coach encouraged her to bring a karaoke machine to the Olympics. In the close of the show, Julie and Lynn have deep thoughts on the topic of milk.
Episode 70: Hilary Knight: 11/10/21
Olympic gold medalist hockey player Hilary Knight joins Laughter Permitted to talk about the U.S. going for back-to-back gold at the upcoming Winter Olympics, her new NHL gig with ESPN and what she sees for the future of women's hockey. And get this. After building a home gym during quarantine, Hilary shares how she needed something else to pursue, so she decided to get her MBA! Last but not least, Hilary describes what a hockey locker room smells like, and Julie gives a highly anticipated update on her Toto dream toilet.
Episode 69: Shalane Flanagan: 11/3/21
Get ready to be inspired to go after your big goal in life! NYC Marathon champion and Olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan joins Laughter Permitted to share the stories behind running six World Major Marathons in six weeks -- each in under three hours -- and what drove her to take on the challenge, dubbed "Project Eclipse." Shalane talks about the incredible journey the marathons have been, how she's doing something that "lights her soul on fire" and why she hopes she's proof positive that sport is for life. Also find out about her new cookbook with BFF Elyse Kopecky called "Rise and Run," learn what Oprah's middle name is (it will blow your mind) and Lynn shares a big hairy audacious goal for herself at the end of the interview.
Episode 68: Alix Klineman and April Ross: 10/27/21
Olympic gold medalists and beach volleyball team Alix Klineman and April Ross (a.k.a. The A-Team!) join Laughter Permitted to talk about the hilarious backstory of how they became partners (it involves Stagecoach and an errant text), the moment they knew their partnership could work and how their shared perfectionist mentality is effective for them. Recorded live at the espnW Women + Sports Summit, Alix and April also breakdown why they hug between every point during matches. Plus find out what comedian Amy Schumer DMd Alix before the gold medal match in Tokyo.
Episode 67: Jordan Larson and Sue Enquist: 10/20/21
Olympic gold medalist volleyball player Jordan Larson and legendary college softball coach and high performance consultant Sue Enquist join Laughter Permitted to discuss how the U.S. national volleyball team developed its team culture en route to gold at the Tokyo Olympics. Jordan shares how Sue came to work with the team, and both talk about the secret sauce that went into building the Olympic volleyball team's chemistry. This episode also features Julie's viewpoint on hopping on the "Ted Lasso" fan train.
Episode 66: Sue Bird: 10/13/21
In the Season 6 premiere, two-time NCAA champion, four-time WNBA champion and five-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird joins the Laughter Permitted party. Sue shares what she did when she felt a plateau in her career, how she doesnt set individual goals and lives by an 80/20 approach. She also talks about what it was like winning a fifth gold medal alongside BFF Diana Taurasi at the Tokyo Olympics and tells the story of how fiancé Megan Rapinoe found a way into the gold medal game. In the close of the show, Julie does a deep dive into her love affair with the Toto toilet.
Episode 65: The Dopies!: 10/11/21
Cue the crowd noise because Laughter Permitted is back! Julie and Lynn share highlights of Season 5 and hand out some Dopie Awards.
What Were Made Of: A Vaccine Pioneer and Her Olympian Daughter: 6/24/21
Every four years, athletes compete for glory at the Olympic Games, and this years Tokyo Games will feel even greater for two-time gold medalist Susan Francia. Her mother, Dr. Kate Karikó, has seen her lifelong work come to fruition in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Karikós dedication to her research amidst adversity inspired her daughter, who became an elite rower and Olympian. ESPNs Julie Foudy takes us through the story of Dr. Karikós perseverance, her mRNA breakthroughs behind the vaccine, and the mother-daughter relationship at the center of the E:60 upcoming feature What Were Made Of.
Episode 64: Dr. Colleen Hacker Returns...Again!: 5/19/21
Get ready to be inspired, uplifted and walk away with new Hacker-isms -- aahhhh!!! In the Season 5 finale, Dr. Colleen Hacker returns -- again! -- to Laughter Permitted. Dr. Hacker, who is an expert in the psychology of performance and professor at Pacific Lutheran University, discusses how lessons she teaches Olympic-level athletes can be applied in everyday life, and are particularly relevant in the wake of the pandemic. With her signature style, Dr. Hacker explains the idea of stress-related growth, how weve all experienced a version of pressure training this past year and what steps can be taken to implement positive action into life.
Episode 63: Amanda Nunes: 5/14/21
MMA fighter Amanda Nunes joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her dominance in UFC, what is left for her to do in the sport and how becoming a mom has helped her in the cage. In a new Lynn Game, Amanda takes on Julie in a Trash Talk Off. At the end of the interview, Amandas baby daughter, Reagan, joins the party, and in the close of the show, Julie and Lynn consider how much money it would take for either of them to step in the cage with Amanda.
Episode 62: Candace Parker: 5/5/21
WNBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Candace Parker joins Laughter Permitted to talk about starting her 14th WNBA season for the Chicago Sky, what drives her and lessons she learned from Pat Summitt. Candace shares the best parts of being back in her hometown of Chicago -- its possible her mom has done some of her laundry -- and explains why, at the age of 35, she considers what her legacy will be. Also, find out where the fun happens during TNT broadcasts, and why fishing might not be in Candaces future plans. In Questions Permitted, Julie and Lynn go down another riveting food rabbit hole to talk over whether a hot dog is a taco or sandwich.
Episode 61: Adia Barnes: 4/28/21
Arizona head basketball coach Adia Barnes joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her style as a coach, the double middle finger moment and what went into upsetting UConn in the semifinals. Along with sharing the realities of life inside the NCAA tournament bubble, Adia tells the full story of pumping breast milk during halftime of the national championship game. Plus, find out why Adia has her players take etiquette class, and off the top of the episode, Adia's five-year-old son Matteo makes a cameo with his guitar.
Episode 60: Venus Williams: 4/21/21
Seven-time Grand Slam champion and 5-time Olympic medalist Venus Williams joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her fight for equal pay in tennis, where her entrepreneurial spirit comes from and what continues to drive her as player. Venus describes her bond with Serena and how Serena's daughter, Olympia, might be the most athletic in the family. Plus, Venus invites Julie to be on team "Bad Guys" and explains that while the Olympics might be in her future, pickle ball most likely isn't. In the close of the show, Julie and Lynn share the soundtrack to their lives, which leads to a lot of Julie singing. You've been warned! (Oh, and Julie thinks there are 12 planets.)
Episode 59: Tyler Wright: 4/14/21
Two-time world champion surfer Tyler Wright joins Laughter Permitted to talk about how a battle with a crippling virus led her to become an activist within the sport of surfing. Tyler gets candid about the lows she experienced while enduring two years with post-viral syndrome, and explains how shes now using her platform as a top surfer to affect real change. In Most Pressing Questions, Julie asserts herself as Tylers personal cheerleader for a surf competition in San Clemente this September, and in the close of the show, Julie and Lynn debate whether cereal is a soup.
Episode 55: Abby Wambach Returns!: 3/17/21
In the Season 5 premiere, USWNT legend Abby Wambach returns to Laughter Permitted. Cue the crowd noise! As longtime teammates and friends, Abby and Julie share stories from their playing days and how Abbys forehead potentially saved Julies marriage. Considered one of the greatest soccer players ever, Abby gets candid about how the challenging moments in her career and life have shaped her the most. Plus there is breaking news from Abby that leaves Julie nearly speechless, emphasis on nearly. And learn what "Hit me with an 'And I!'" means in the close of the show.
Episode 58: Brooke Baldwin: 4/7/21
Veteran journalist and longtime CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin joins Laughter Permitted to talk all about her new book "Huddle." Brooke shares the inspiration behind writing her first book, breaks down the concept of a huddle and how women across the country are huddling to harness their collective power. Along with explaining the virtues of huddling -- from support to sponsorship -- Brooke gives ideas on how all women can find their way into a huddle. Plus, Julie goes into why lack of cheddar cheese was her tipping point during her playing days, and Brooke recalls the moment she learned the lesson to, "Go with your gut and speak the F up for yourself."
Episode 57: Cat Osterman: 3/31/21
Legendary softball pitcher and two-time Olympic medalist Cat Osterman joins Laughter Permitted to talk about how a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics impacted her life, and why she decided to come out of retirement for the 2020 Olympics. Cat shares her strategy for overcoming mental mountains, particularly in the past year with the pandemic and Olympic delay. As an official member of the Dope Village, Cat weighs in on the great is a cinnamon roll a donut debate, and Julie teaches Cat her Soccerettes Green Machine song. (Yes, this means more of Julie singing...)
Episode 56: Sarah Thomas: 3/24/21
NFL official Sarah Thomas joins Laughter Permitted to talk all about making history as the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl...woot woot! She explains exactly what a "down judge" does -- it's next-level multitasking -- and tells the story of how being voted out of a church basketball league set her on the path to becoming a football official. Plus, Sarah shares her favorite moments from Super Bowl LV, and we find out what the chatter during a game is really like from NFL players. In the close of the show, Julie and Lynn discuss alternative podcasts they could do together.
Episode 54: The Dopies!: 3/10/21
Laughter Permitted is back! Julie and Lynn share highlights of Season 4 and hand out some Dopie Awards.
Episode 53: Dr. Colleen Hacker Returns!: 12/21/20
In the Season 4 finale, Dr. Colleen Hacker returns to Laughter Permitted to dive deeper into four concepts -- or Hacker-isms -- she introduced to us back in March 2020. Dr. Hacker, a renowned mental skills coach and professor at Pacific Lutheran University, goes in depth on laughter, joy, the idea of "do now well" and why were equipped to continue adjusting and adapting (bust a move!). We also learn a new breathing technique and the value of high, low, cheer in daily life. In the close of the show, members of the "Dope Village" share their "cheers" for the year.
Episode 52: Kelley O'Hara ft. Alex Morgan, Allie Long and Emily Sonnett "Zoom bombs": 12/16/20
Two-time World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Kelley O'Hara joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her career on the USWNT, her uber-competitiveness (it extends to crossword puzzles) and what it's been like hosting her podcast, "Just Women's Sports." Kelley also discusses her decision to stand during the national anthem and the united message the USWNT has on racial justice. Stay tuned for THREE "Zoom bombs" from Kelley's U.S. teammates and good friends Alex Morgan, Allie Long and Emily Sonnett, who each tell their favorite Kelley stories. Finally, Kelley and Lynn find a shared fondness for the Bachelor and Bachelorette franchise, while Julie makes a year-making discovery during "takeaways" in the close of the show.
Episode 51: Missy Franklin: 12/9/20
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin joins Laughter Permitted to discuss her journey both in and out of the pool. Missy shares what it was like to win four gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics as a 17-year-old -- theres a Justin Bieber story involved -- and how the 2016 Rio Olympics were the hardest eight days of her career. She describes how that experience shaped her life and talks candidly about mental health. Now retired from competitive swimming, Missy updates us on what shes doing -- its a lot of good work! -- and finds common ground with Julie over the merits of having an air fryer. Plus, Julie is determined to clone Missy.
Episode 50: Tatyana McFadden: 12/2/20
Wheelchair racing superstar Tatyana McFadden joins Laughter Permitted to share her remarkable journey from a Russian orphanage to Paralympic stardom. Born in Russia with spina bifida and paralyzed from the waist down, Tatyana spent the first six years of her life in an orphanage before being adopted and brought to the United States. She would go on to excel in wheelchair racing and win 16 Summer Paralympic medals and 24 major marathon titles, but Tatyana says a silver medal in cross-country skiing at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in her home country of Russia is one her career "highs." Plus find out how many pull-ups Tatyana can do in a row and what her favorite city in the world is.
Episode 49: Emily Harrington: 11/25/20
Professional rock climber and American adventurer Emily Harrington joins Laughter Permitted to talk about making history by becoming the first woman to free climb the Golden Gate route of El Capitan in one day. Emily describes what it was like achieving what she called an impossible dream," and how she actively seeks out existing in her limits. Plus, Emily tells us about her dog named "Cat," and explains why a wide-mouthed Nalgene water bottle is a necessary accessory when living out of a van. It's a revelation that will change Julies life forever...
Episode 48: Carla Overbeck ft. Mia Hamm "Zoom bomb": 11/18/20
USWNT legend and two-time World Cup champion Carla Overbeck joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her leadership style, how she was a true "soccer mom" and why refs get under her skin. Mia Hamm Zoom bombs the conversation, and Carla, Mia and Julie share stories from their playing days, and how they once dominated a whiffle ball game against Carla's son.
Episode 47: Claressa Shields: 11/11/20
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her illustrious career in boxing, how her upbringing in Flint, Mich. shaped her and what it means to be the GWOAT. She also tells a hilarious story about the night before the gold medal match at the 2016 Olympics, and we learn the difference between Claressas hit list and prayer list.
Episode 46: Molly Seidel: 11/4/20
Four-time NCAA champion Molly Seidel joins Laughter Permitted and tells the story of how she ran her first marathon and qualified for the Olympics. She also shares the response she received after opening up about her experiences with disordered eating, anxiety and depression, and her hope for change in the running culture. Stay tuned for the "Lynn Game" in which Molly goes deep on why a cinnamon roll is NOT a donut, and in the close of the show, Julie and Lynn express their mutual love for the show "Ted Lasso."
Episode 45: Nneka Ogwumike: 10/28/20
WNBA Champion and MVP Nneka Ogwumike joins Laughter Permitted to talk about life inside the Wubble, her leadership style as president of the WNBA Players Association and her advice for women on how they can advocate for themselves. Nneka also delves into her incredible family along with her vast array of nicknames.
Episode 44: Natalie Portman: 10/21/20
Laughter Permitted kicks off Season 4 with Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman, who talks about her role in founding the newest NWSL team, Angel City, and why she was drawn to soccer as a way to make an impact in society. Natalie also shares why she felt compelled to put a spin on classic children's stories with her "Natalie Portman's Fables." Stay tuned to find out which role was Natalie's favorite and if we can ever expect a Natalie's Rap Part 3.
Episode 43: The Dopies!: 10/19/20
Laughter Permitted is back! Julie and Lynn share some highlights of Season 3 and hand out some Dopie Awards.
Episode 42: Loretta Claiborne: 7/8/20
Special Olympics Chief Inspiration Officer Loretta Claiborne joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her experience as a Special Olympics athlete, how she uses her voice to help others and the importance of inclusion.
Episode 41: Megan Rapinoe: 6/29/20
Two-time World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoe joins Laughter Permitted to talk about hosting the ESPYS, her unrelenting commitment to fight for equality and social justice, the 2019 World Cup and how she made the most of quarantine. Also find out where Megan is most at peace and what the future holds.
Episode 40: Jackie Joyner-Kersee: 6/24/20
Six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee joins Laughter Permitted. Named the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century by "Sports Illustrated," Jackie talks about growing up in East St. Louis and how she returned to her hometown to build the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Community Center. She also reflects on her illustrious track & field career.
Episode 39: Ashleigh Johnson and Maggie Steffens: 6/17/20
Olympic gold medalists and water polo superstars Ashleigh Johnson and Maggie Steffens join Laughter Permitted. Ashleigh and Maggie talk about returning to training, winning gold at the Rio Olympics and how they want to make the sport of water polo more inclusive and diverse. Ashleigh shares what it's like being the first Black woman to compete at the Olympics for the U.S. in women's water polo. Stay tuned for a rousing game and get the inside scoop on why it's common practice for water polo players to -- wait for it -- pee in the pool.
Episode 38: Crystal Dunn and Jessica McDonald: 6/12/20
USWNT World Cup champions and North Carolina Courage teammates Crystal Dunn and Jessica McDonald return to Laughter Permitted to talk about racial injustice in the U.S., their own experiences with racism and what it's like being black women in this country.
Episode 37: Danielle Slaton and Saskia Webber: 6/10/20
Two of Julie's former USWNT teammates, Danielle Slaton and Saskia Webber, join Laughter Permitted to have a conversation about a topic they had never discussed when they played soccer together: race.
Episode 36: Jessica McDonald: 5/27/20
In a powerful episode of Laughter Permitted, USWNT star and World Cup champion Jessica McDonald shares her story of overcoming challenges in pursuit of her dreams. As a single mother, Jessica has had a nomadic career in professional soccer that's ultimately led to winning three NWSL titles and a World Cup in 2019. Her journey is one of grit, courage and determination.
Episode 35: Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall: 5/20/20
Cross-country skiing superstars Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall join Laughter Permitted. Jessie and Kikkan teamed up to win gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in the women's team sprint event, but their stories don't end there. Shortly after the Olympics, Kikkan was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now in remission, she is outspoken about her experience in order to help others. Jessie recently came out with a book "Brave Enough," in which she opens up about her struggle with an eating disorder in her late teens, and how she ultimately healed, then went on to become an Olympic champion. Stay tuned for "Questions Permitted" as Lynn gets the scoop from Julie about the recent 99ers movie announcement.
Episode 34: Amy Van Dyken: 5/13/20
Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her history-making performance at the 1996 Summer Olympics, how her life changed in 2014 after her spinal cord was severed in an ATV accident and why CrossFit has become her refuge.
Episode 33: Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris: 5/6/20
Season 3 of Laughter Permitted premieres with USWNT superstars and power couple Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris, who talk about going public with their relationship, the significance of sharing their wedding on social media and Ali's journey from being cut from the USWNT and then winning a second World Cup. Ashlyn also makes Laughter Permitted history during the game portion of the show by calling in help from a teammate.
Episode 32: The Dopies!: 4/29/20
Julie Foudy returns for another Laughter Permitted! On the latest episode, Julie and Lynn hold the Season 2 Dopie Awards.
Just For Laughs: Amy Liss: 4/22/20
In the fourth installment of Just For Laughs, Julie and Lynn call their dear friend Amy Liss, who tells a funny story about Zooming with a kindergarten class, talks about living her life with an "attitude of gratitude" and shares the #pickmeupchallenge.
Just For Laughs: Gabby Reece and Laird Hamilton: 4/15/20
In the third installment of "Just For Laughs," Julie and Lynn call up power couple Gabby Reece and Laird Hamilton, who share stories of Laird's pranks and antics, tips on how to stay healthy during quarantine and how we all need to laugh more and have more fun in life.
Just For Laughs: Lindsey Horan and Emily Sonnett: 4/8/20
In the second installment of "Just for Laughs," USWNT stars and World Cup champions Lindsey Horan and Emily Sonnett share stories about parallel parking, an ongoing joke involving Rose Lavelle and Skechers, how Emily once desperately needed water during a team meeting and the time Lindsey's shoelace got stuck in an escalator at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Julie and Lynn also introduce a new segment in the close of the show.
Just for Laughs: Jessica Mendoza and Sue Enquist: 4/1/20
We are bringing you another special episode of Laughter Permitted called "Just for Laughs." The jumping off point: Our conversation with Dr. Colleen Hacker in which she pointed to laughter as the antidote to stress. Since Julie and Lynn are professional laughers, we figured we could help everyone out. Dr. Hacker also said we should keep up with our friends, and to even pick up the phone and call someone. So that's what we did. We called a couple of our pals, and asked for one thing: a funny story. This episode's lineup of laughs includes ESPN baseball and softball analyst Jessica Mendoza and UCLA softball legend Sue Enquist. And they brought it with the funny stories. Enjoy!
Dope Dip #5: Tamika Catchings: 3/25/20
Tamika Catchings on how legendary Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt changed her life forever.
Inside the US Soccer Equal Pay Fight: 3/19/20
A two-time World Cup and Olympic soccer champion, US team alumna Julie Foudy gives a candid inside look at the battle over fair pay for female players. US Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro just resigned amidst controversy over sexist language in USSF's legal filings. Since filing that suit in March 2019, the USWNT won its fourth FIFA World Cup and continued its streak of global dominance. Foudy details what it's taken to move the case forward, while the team continues to play at a top level.
Episode 31: Dr. Colleen Hacker: 3/18/20
In a special episode of Laughter Permitted, mental skills coach Dr. Colleen Hacker joins Julie and Lynn -- at a safe social distance via Skype -- to share strategies used by elite athletes that can be applied to dealing with the anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. Dr. Hacker, an expert on the psychology of peak performance, works with professional and Olympic athletes in a variety of sports including the NFL, MLB, PGA, LPGA, U.S. Swimming, U.S. speed skating, U.S. track and field, U.S. soccer and U.S. hockey. She offers her unique insights on how we can positively frame our mindsets, use laughter as the antidote to stress and view social distancing as an opportunity.
Dope Dip #3: Glennon Doyle & Abby Wambach: 3/11/20
Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach on Glennons prowess as a sideline field marshal.
Dope Dip #2: Tobin Heath: 3/4/20
Tobin Heath on the idea of never-ending ascension, her faith and how "words create worlds."
Dope Dip #1: Billie Jean King: 2/26/20
Billie Jean King on not settling for the crumbs and going for it.
Episode 30: Ibtihaj Muhammad: 12/23/19
In the Season 2 finale of Laughter Permitted, Olympic fencer and bronze medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad joins the podcast. Ibtihaj, who is the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the U.S. in the Olympics, discusses how she knew fencing could help her go to a top university, the challenges she faced on her road to the Olympics and how a smile can go a long way. Be sure to stay tuned to the end of the episode when Julie's mother-in-law, Ruthie, joins the show to close out Season 2.
Episode 29: Breanna Stewart: 12/18/19
Laughter Permitted catches up with UConn legend and WNBA superstar Breanna Stewart in L.A. Stewie talks about winning four national championships at UConn, what it meant to win a WNBA title and how she's using her voice to advocate for causes important to her. Also get the scoop on how Stewie celebrated after the Storm won in 2018, the impact Sue Bird has had on her life and how she pulled of a special surprise for her mom.
Episode 28: Valorie Kondos Field and Katelyn Ohashi: 12/11/19
Laughter Permitted is live from the espnW Women + Sports Summit with UCLA gymnastics greats Valorie "Miss Val" Kondos Field and Katelyn Ohashi. During her tenure as head coach of the UCLA program, Miss Val won seven NCAA national championships, was 4-time National Coach of the Year and named Pac-12 Coach of the Century. Katelyn is an All-American gymnast and national champion who barnstormed the internet with viral videos of her floor routines from both her junior and senior years. In this episode, Miss Val and Katelyn showcase their special bond, talk about the uniqueness of UCLA gymnastics and how joy helps bring out the best athletic performances.
Episode 27: Doris Burke: 12/4/19
Laughter Permitted is in L.A. to catch up with Doris Burke while she's on the road calling NBA games for ESPN. An icon in the world of sports broadcasting, Doris explains how a basketball scholarship to college changed the trajectory of her life and the role "divine providence" has played throughout her 30-year career. She also talks about what it's like to interview Gregg Popovich, the significance of NBA players saying "Thanks, Doris," after she interviews them and the bond she now has with USWNT star Tobin Heath. Perhaps most importantly, though, we learn how to correctly pronounce "Doris."
Episode 26: Amy Liss : 11/27/19
Laughter Permitted is in Chicago with the incomparable Amy Liss. In this episode, Amy shares her incredible life story, how she deals with the daily challenges of cerebral palsy and why she lives each day with an "attitude of gratitude."
Episode 25: Meghan Duggan and Kendall Coyne Schofield: 11/20/19
It's a two-for-one on this episode of Laughter Permitted as U.S. hockey teammates and Olympic gold medalists Meghan Duggan and Kendall Coyne Schofield join the podcast. Get the inside scoop on the U.S. women's national team's fight for equitable support, find out how Kendall was the showstopper at this year's NHL All-Star skills competition and how Meghan auditioned for "The Voice."
Episode 24: Katie Couric: 11/13/19
Laughter Permitted is in New York City with trailblazing journalist Katie Couric. Known for her 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC's the "Today" show, Katie also became the first woman to solo anchor a weekday evening newscast when she took over the helm at the "CBS Evening News." She is a Peabody, Emmy and Murrow-award winning journalist, founding member of the non-profit Stand Up To Cancer and host of the podcast "Next Question with Katie Couric." In this episode, Katie shares stories from her journalism career, explains why she isn't afraid of failure and how she has evolved with the changing media landscape.
Episode 23: Tamika Catchings: 11/6/19
Laughter Permitted is live from the Julie Foudy & espnW Sports Leadership Academy in New Jersey with basketball superstar Tamika Catchings, who is a WNBA MVP and champion, 4-time Olympic gold medalist and founder of the Catch the Stars Foundation. Tamika explains how she turned a hearing impairment into her "superpower," the influence legendary University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt had on her life and why her non-profit Catch the Stars Foundation is her proudest achievement. Also find out how Tamika came to compete on "American Ninja Warrior" and own a tea cafe in Indianapolis called Tea's Me.
Episode 22: Robin Roberts: 10/30/19
Laughter Permitted is joined by the legendary Robin Roberts, who anchors "Good Morning America," was an anchor and reporter at ESPN for 15 years and is a Peabody Award-winning journalist. Robin tells the story of when she met Julie while covering the 1999 World Cup, how her parents influenced her as a person and why she is so passionate about her role at GMA. Lynn also shares an email Robin wrote to her 15 years ago.
Episode 21: Billie Jean King: 10/23/19
In the Season 2 premiere of Laughter Permitted, the legendary Billie Jean King joins the party. "The Kinger," as Julie calls her, won 39 Grand Slam titles in her tennis career, beat Bobby Riggs in the famed Battle of the Sexes match and is the first female athlete awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Listen in as BJK tells stories from her life and how she continues to advocate for the advancement of women in sports and society.
Episode 20: Jill Ellis: 10/18/19
World Cup Champs Week comes to close with Jill Ellis, who is the winningest coach in USWNT history and has two World Cup titles. Jill talks about her run as national team coach, goes in depth about the 2019 World Cup experience and closes the show with a maple donut.
Episode 19: Sam Mewis & Rose Lavelle: 10/17/19
World Cup Champs Week and the laughs continue with Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle. Find out what it was like for these friends to play in their first World Cup, how choreographed dances kept the mood light in the USWNT locker room and why Sam Mewis is hoping her World Cup win can lead to a new ride. #sammyneedsaca
Episode 18: Julie Ertz & Crystal Dunn: 10/16/19
Next up on World Cup Champs week are Julie Ertz and Crystal Dunn. There's a lot of laughter in this episode as the good friends share the story of how they met and talk about their experiences on the USWNT together.
Episode 17: Carli Lloyd: 10/15/19
World Cup Champs week continues with USWNT captain Carli Lloyd, who has two World Cup titles, two Olympic gold medals and was twice named FIFA Player of the Year.
Episode 16: Alex Morgan and Kelley O'Hara: 10/14/19
World Cup Champs Week kicks off with two-time World Cup champions and Olympic gold medalists Alex Morgan and Kelley O'Hara. The two friends share stories from their latest World Cup win, talk about the USWNT's continued fight for equal pay and showcase an unabashed love of donuts.
Episode 15: The Dopies!: 10/9/19
Laughter Permitted is back! Julie and Lynn share highlights of Season 1 and hold the first-ever "Dopie Awards".
Episode 14: Briana Scurry: 6/26/19
The final bonus episode of Laughter Permitted for the Women's World Cup is with former USWNT goalkeeper Briana Scurry, who is a World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist. In a thoughtful conversation, Bri reminisces about the 1999 World Cup final and opens up about how a concussion led to low moments in her life and eventually finding love.
Episode 13: Brandi Chastain and Kristine Lilly: 6/19/19
The third bonus episode of Laughter Permitted for the Women's World Cup features soccer legends Brandi Chastain and Kristine Lilly, who are both two-time World Cup champions and two-time Olympic gold medalists. They are also former USWNT teammates and good friends of Julie's. Listen in to find out where Brandi's famous black bra from the 1999 World Cup final is and learn the truth about Julie's donut habit from Kristine Lilly.
Episode 12: Crystal Dunn: 6/12/19
In the second bonus episode for the Women's World Cup, Julie sits down with USWNT defender Crystal Dunn, who is playing in her first World Cup. The conversation centers on how, after being cut from the U.S. World Cup roster in 2015, Crystal battled back that same year to be named MVP of the NWSL. And she met her husband that year, too. In Most Pressing Questions, Crystal shares her favorite dance move, sings some of her go-to karaoke song and explains why she limits her coffee intake.
Episode 11: Tobin Heath: 6/9/19
For this installment of Laughter Permitted, we took interviews Julie did for an E:60 profile on USWNT star Tobin Heath and turned them into an episode. Tobin talks about her life, soccer career, the USWNT's equitable support fight and how, as a longtime member of the national team, she hasn't sought the spotlight. Near the end of the episode, Tobin shares the story of why she chose to wear Doris Burke's name on the back of her jersey and what Doris' reaction was (we got Doris' blessing to include the story...it's a good one).
Episode 10: Allyson Felix: 5/8/19
Laughter Permitted is live from Brooklyn and the espnW Summit, NYC with guest Allyson Felix, the most decorated track & field woman in U.S. Olympic history, with six gold and three silver medals! Allyson opens up about the premature birth of her daughter, Camryn, and how she is balancing motherhood as she goes for her fifth Olympics. Also: Find out about Allyson's "sneaker room" and where she falls in the "Is a cinnamon roll a donut?" debate.
Episode 9: Simone Manuel & Katie Ledecky: 5/1/19
Laughter Permitted heads to Julie's alma mater, Stanford University, for a live episode. Fellow Cardinal and Olympic champion swimmers Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel join Julie for a conversation about their success at the Rio Olympics and what life is like now as professional swimmers. Katie tells the story of her stint in Stanford's marching band and Simone gives an update on her snails, Shaka and Zulu. Plus, Julie reveals why she decided to stick to soccer instead of becoming a doctor.
Episode 8: Mary Carillo: 4/24/19
Laughter Permitted is joined by sports journalism icon Mary Carillo, who is an Emmy-award-winning correspondent for HBO Real Sports, a two-time Peabody award-winner and a member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. A former professional tennis player, Mary tells tales of covering the Olympics, producing and writing documentaries and explains her brief foray into bog snorkeling.
Episode 7: Sydney Leroux Dwyer: 4/17/19
Laughter Permitted makes a stop at Disney World in Orlando for its first-ever "live" podcast and welcomes guest Sydney Leroux Dwyer, who is a professional soccer player for the Orlando Pride, an Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion. Sydney talks about being a true "soccer mom" -- she has a 2-year-old son, Cassius, and is expecting her second child this summer -- how she's still training while pregnant and her future plans for her soccer career. Julie also explains what "plorking" is.
Episode 6: Mikaela Shiffrin: 4/10/19
Laughter Permitted makes its way to Colorado to meet up with Mikaela Shiffrin, who is one of the best alpine skiers on the planet and, perhaps equally as important, a bona fide donut lover. Mikaela is fresh off a monumental season in which she broke a 30-year-old record by winning 17 World Cup races in one season, captured four crystal globes -- which means she is the best in the world in four skiing disciplines -- and won her third straight overall World Cup title. She also has three Olympic medals. And did we mention she's only 24?! Mikaela talks about this past season, shares her strategy for dealing with fear and gets candid about her unabashed love of donuts.
Episode 5: Mia Hamm: 4/3/19
In a very special episode of Laughter Permitted, Julie Foudy sits down with former USWNT teammate and lifelong friend Mia Hamm. Most know Mia is considered one of the greatest soccer players of all time, with two World Cup titles, two Olympic gold medals and two FIFA World Player of the Year awards. But few know about the "wardrobe malfunction" Mia had moments before a meeting with FIFA. Along with hilarious stories from their playing days, Julie and Mia talk about Mia's prowess as a youth soccer coach of the Killer Cobras and how both miss the days of living in a house together in Manhattan Beach. Listen in for a lot of laughs and never-before-told stories about the 99'ers.
Episode 4: Jessica Mendoza: 3/27/19
On the next stop on the Laughter Permitted party train, Julie Foudy catches up with her longtime pal Jessica Mendoza, who is a two-time Olympic medalist in softball and an analyst on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Jessica tells the story of how a post-game interview during her playing days led to her current career in TV. She also delves into what it's like being a woman calling MLB in primetime, how a cockroach in a Dominican Republic bathroom helped her out of a hitting slump, what it's like homeschooling her sons and why scotch is her preferred drink of choice. Jessica's 9-year-old son, Caleb, joins the conversation and is so good on the mic that he has been invited to be on every episode going forward.
Episode 3: Kerri Walsh Jennings: 3/20/19
Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy heads to Southern California to meet up with volleyball legend and three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings. In this conversation, Kerri opens up about why she's going for her sixth Olympics and what it's been like starting the beach volleyball event series p1440 after parting ways with the AVP Tour. Also: Find out how Kerri realized she was pregnant while competing in the London Olympics, and In Most Pressing Questions, Kerri tells us what question she gets asked the most -- and whether she'd rather win one more gold medal or hit a jackpot for $750 million.
Episode 2: Simone Biles: 3/13/19
Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy makes its way to the World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas, where four-time Olympic gold medalist and gymnastics GOAT Simone Biles trains. Simone sits down with Julie to talk about the 2016 Rio Olympics and what life has been like since. They go into the current state of USA Gymnastics and its newest president, and talk about what really went down during the 2018 world championships when Simone won the all-around with a kidney stone. Simone's mom, Nellie, also joins the conversation, with her own hilarious take on Simone's successes in the gym and attempts at adulting.
Episode 1: Abby Wambach & Glennon Doyle: 3/7/19
Season 1 of Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy kicks off with World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach and her wife, best-selling author, activist and philanthropist Glennon Doyle. Julie talks with Abby and Glennon about how their relationship began -- it turns out Oprah played a role -- and Abby describes the ups and downs of life post-soccer, and how a graduation speech inspired her latest book, "Wolfpack," coming in April 2019.
Episode Zero: 3/5/19
Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy is a fun, thoughtful, candid conversation with trailblazers in sports about the joy/chaos of life and sports. Julie is a former captain of the U.S. women's soccer team and won two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup titles during her almost two decades with the national team. She is now an analyst and reporter for ESPN and espnW and, most importantly, a donut savant.
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