Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy
Episode 50: Tatyana McFadden: 12/2/20
Episode 50: Tatyana McFadden 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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