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Running Things is a new original series hosted by world record-breaking sprinter and two-time Olympic Champion Donovan Bailey, alongside content creator, DJ, and writer Simon Jain. Every week, Bailey and Jain have inquisitive, open-minded discussions about global topics relevant to the modern human experience, such as the Black Lives Matter movement, the psychological and sociological effects of social media, the politics of sport, critical moments in pop culture, and news, and more — all with a dose of levity and optimism. 

 

Each episode is intended to offer an enriching dialogue that leaves listeners with a deeper comprehension of the subject matter, and a feeling of empowerment that translates into their daily lives. Throughout the series, Bailey and Jain will from time to time be joined by notable guests.



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In this episode, the hosts, Donovan Bailey and Simon Jain are joined by former Canadian track elite turned broadcaster, Anson Henry. Kicking off with a note on Colin Powell, and the reverance Donovan has for the statesman, who also began from Jamaican roots. The hosts then turn to a recent concert in Brooklyn featuring the legendary Rap MCs, KRS-1 and Big Daddy Kane, who rose to fame in the late 80's and early 90's. What ensues is a nuanced discussion into the merit of coming out of retirement in the entertainment world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this episode, the hosts Donovan Bailey and Simon Jain get deep into the recent Heavyweight Boxing fight, which crowned reigning champ Tyson Fury once more. The hosts dig deep on what they thought the outcome would be, why they felt Fury was the superior boxer and delve into the conversation of atheltic 'body shaming' which played out post fight online. The hosts, also take time to weigh-in on recent disgraced NFL coach Jon Gruden, who joins a long-list of sports figures to be 'cancelled' by unearthed remarks heavily mirred in racist and misogynistic language. What comes next for the NFL? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this episode, the hosts, Donovan Bailey and Simon Jain get frank with the opiod crisis in sport. Las Vegas Golden Knight's goalie Robin Lehner uncaps the lid on a growing issue of opiates in Hockey and a massive debate erupts across the NHL. Is this the first we are hearing of this? No, in recent years the tell-tale sign of pain killers and sedatives in sports has been trickling out, only to be supressed by the organizations and the leagues themselves. It appears now, across the globe, in multiple sports, we are reaching critical mass, and the story can be contained no longer. Our hosts dissect the issue and look for who should be leading the charge in the fight against it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, the hosts Donovan Bailey & Simon Jain start by launching into the steadfast and determined performance of underdog Heavyweigh boxer Oleksandr Usyk, as he stunned the boxing world with an upset defeat of Anthony Joshua. The conversation then turns into the moral ambiguity of sports as it pertains to discipline and intolerance of racism and sexism; is it even remotely enough at this point? The discussion draws to to light recent events in sport such as the racist taunting incident involving Jalen Smereck in the Ukrainian hockey league, and the anti-abortion petition signed by 500 + women athletes to illuminate the on-going abortion issues in the United States. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, the hosts Donovan Bailey & Simon Jain, get into the very real topic of idolatry as it pertains to public perception. Have we as a culture, made the dream of sports stardom seem too attainable, too desireable and altogether too unrealistic? Have we made sports 'icons' so larger than life, that a normal life, simply won't suffice? The hosts weigh in on what this could mean for the average athlete, and how much of it is social media driven, or if in fact it was always this way. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, our hosts tackle the emerging and fantastic talent in Tennis; highlighting the US Open's recent final, and breaking down the makings of what we estimate as a future great, poised to launch. The show continues into the relevant, but exhausting complications of trying to create a vaccine mandate across sport; more specifically, in the top 4 North Amercian leagues. Does it truly inhibit an athletes civil rights? Or is this part and parcel to their role in society? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, the hosts breakdown the long-time sports mythology of Heroes and Villians, and the influence they may have on how fans and audiences treat the athletes themselves. The conversation shifts to the ever-present dangers social media now present to sports, by way of continued abuse and lack fo respect for the game itself. In this context, the hosts touch on how some professional players are turning away from their biggest promotional tools, maybe as possible sign of things to come. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this week's episode of Running Things, the hosts, Donovan Bailey and Simon Jain, dig into the NCAA's new student athelete monetization rules, the ways in which they think it should structure the new influx of student athlete income, and making ammends with former students they penalized becasue of it. As well, we dig into Shaq's business ventures and what this means for young athletes; and the profound effect this could have on them, and more specifically; on those that come from marginalized communities. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In episode 6, the hosts, Donovan Bailey and Simon Jain, touch base on the first post Olympic track meet, and the return, and subsequent loss of the maligned Sha'cari Richardson. Did social media and over-marketing play a factor? Are we missing the real story form the Prefontaine championships? Did the natural powers of the wind create personal bests? The debate exposes a few insights and leads into how far athletes should go on social media; and does using these platforms to their fullest, interfere with their performance or reputation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As the Olympics come to a close, the conversation around banned substances lingers on. As the hosts, Donovan Bailey and Simon Jain weigh in on the matter, they also delve into the pressures of living a competitive lifetsyle, and the pursuit of the elusive title 'champion'; whether positive or negative. The hosts also get into what comes next for these athletes after a games, and the wisdom to know when its time to leave the dream behind you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
With the Tokyo games coming to a close, the hosts, Simon Jain & Donovan Bailey, briefly run through some of their highlights and most interesting moments of the games. Simon recalls Donovan’s earlier Olympic predictions to see which were right and wrong, prophetic words may come to fruition. Delving into the realm of preparation and mental acuity, the hosts also tackle the polarizing choices of gymnast Simone Biles. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The hosts, Donovan Bailey & Simon Jain, break into the minutia of planning for individual achievement in a pandemic-challenged Olympics. Preparing for the greatest atheletic event in the world has it's challenges in a normal year, remaining 'on track' at this event proposes new challenges. They delve into Donovan's storied Olympic career and emerge with bizarre parrellels of hardships and tribulations, between Tokoyo and Atlanta, illustrating the desire and need to suceed lies heavily in the competitive mindset. As an added bonus, Donovan is coerced into recounting an uncomfortable 'back-story'. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On the anniversary of the 1996 Atlanta Games, hosts Donovan Bailey and Simon Jain take an in-depth look at the Tokyo 2021 men's 100 meter class. Using his expertise Donovan makes a bold prediction and outlines what some of the participants will need to succeed. The hosts also delve deep into the 'Almost' Donovan Debacle, a little known fact that the world reknowned champion sprinter, almost didn't represent Canada in the historic 1996 games, or beyond. This polarizing and cautionary tale, addresses the politics and racism in sport, and illustrates what level of determination it takes to success against the odds. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
With the 2021 Tokyo games around the corner, hosts Simon Jain and Donavan Bailey dig into all things Olympics on their debut episode of "Running Things." Being a former Olympic champion, Donovan walks us through what it takes to prepare for the Olympic games, what happens to athletes in the years between the Olympics, and how the pandemic will affect this year's competition. The hosts also weigh in on Sha'Carri Richardson's recent suspension over marijuana use, the bright future they see for the athlete, and how this instance could affect the global sports community and its stance on drug bans at large. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Running Things is a new original series hosted by world record-breaking sprinter and two-time Olympic Champion Donovan Bailey, alongside content creator, DJ, and writer Simon Jain. Every week, Bailey and Jain have inquisitive, open-minded discussions about global topics relevant to the modern human experience, such as the Black Lives Matter movement, the psychological and sociological effects of social media, the politics of sport, critical moments in pop culture and news, and more — all with a dose of levity and optimism. Each episode is intended to offer enriching dialogue that leaves listeners with a deeper comprehension of the subject matter, and a feeling of empowerment that translates into their daily lives. Throughout the series, Bailey and Jain will from time to time be joined by notable guests. Running Things will debut on July 22nd and will publish weekly on Thursdays across all podcast platforms. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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