Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy

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Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy is a fun, thoughtful, candid conversation with trailblazers about the joy/chaos of life. Laughter -- and donuts -- permitted.

  • 50 minutes 51 seconds
    Episode 132: Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini

    Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1999! It’s officially 25 years since the U.S. women’s national team won the 1999 World Cup in front of a sold-out Rose Bowl and TV audience of 40 million people. That team, affectionately known as The 99ers, has a legacy that’s endured and two of its stars, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini, join Laughter Permitted to talk all about how the team balanced competitiveness with having fun. Kristine, Tisha and Julie share stories of intense practices (and how teammates still hung out afterwards), how laughing became a way to alleviate the pressure of the World Cup (insert Julie here) and how the bench (led by Tisha) was key in creating team chemistry. Listen in to learn even more about the secret sauce of The 99ers.

    Check out:

    Episode 100: The 99ers

    Episode 132: Brandi Chastain and Tiffany Sahaydak

    10 July 2024, 7:00 am
  • 58 minutes 6 seconds
    Episode 131: Brandi Chastain and Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak

    Celebrate good times, come on! To honor the 25th anniversary of the U.S. women’s national team's 1999 World Cup win, legends Brandi Chastain and Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak join Laughter Permitted to talk about what makes up a 99er, the keys to why the 1999 team was so successful and how the legacy of The 99ers continues today. Brandi, TIffany and Julie share how humility started at the top, teammates were embraced for being themselves and that competitiveness and fun went together. Get ready for laughs, thoughtfulness - a quick bathroom break - and insights into the team that changed the landscape of sports forever. 

    P.S. - There’s a prank, too.

    Check out:

    Episode 100: The 99ers

    3 July 2024, 7:00 am
  • 41 minutes 38 seconds
    Episode 130: Azzi Fudd, Hannah Hidalgo and Tessa Johnson

    In a live recording of Laughter Permitted at the espnW Summit NYC, college basketball players Azzi Fudd of UConn, Hannah Hidalgo of Notre Dame and Tessa Johnson of South Carolina join the podcast to talk about their hoops careers, who inspires them as players and what they've learned from their respective coaches. Be sure to stay tuned to the close of the episode for a special announcement about Laughter Permitted celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 99ers!

    Email your "cheese or ice cream" thoughts to Juile and Lynn at [email protected].

    26 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 53 minutes 27 seconds
    Episode 129: Jewell Loyd

    Two-time WNBA champion and Olympic gold medalist Jewell Loyd joins Laughter Permitted to talk about how she has stepped out of her comfort zone to share her voice, lessons she learned playing with former teammates Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart and how pickleball has become a big part of her life. Jewell and Julie bond over their experiences of being humbled by grandmas on the pickleball court and Lynn offers a deep thought about the sport. Plus, Jewell shares what it's like being part of the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team and carrying on its legacy of winning. In the close of the show, Julie recalls a recent stress dream involving past and present USWNT players and both Julie and Lynn give book recommendations.

    Send an email to Julie and Lynn at [email protected]. They'd love to hear from you!

    8 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 43 minutes 39 seconds
    Episode 128: Niele Ivey

    Notre Dame women's basketball head coach Niele Ivey joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her daily meditation practice, what it's like coaching in the era of NIL and the transfer portal and how she is building her program based on the principles of "love, serve and mentor." Niele also talks about the pride she has watching her son, Jaden, play in the NBA and the perspective she has having been an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies. In the Lynn Game, Niele and Julie duke it out over who knows Tamika Catchings better (hazard alert: someone gets smoked) and find out in Most Pressing Questions why Niele dresses for success on the sidelines.

    Producer's Note: Go Irish!

    Be sure to send a comment, question or deep thought to Julie and Lynn at [email protected].

    1 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 55 minutes 52 seconds
    Episode 127: Alyssa Naeher

    Two-time World Cup champion Alyssa Naeher joins Laughter Permitted to talk about how she became a goalkeeper, how her background as a point guard in basketball helps her in goal and where her steadiness at the position comes from. Alyssa shares how she was told several times in her career that she didn't have the "personality" to be the starting goalkeeper for the USWNT and how she stayed true to herself despite naysayers. Alyssa also discusses last summer's World Cup and how she is able to find peace within herself during the pressure of penalty kicks. In Most Pressing Questions, find out Alyssa's morning routine and whether she can hit a "logo 3." In Questions Permitted, Julie makes a revelation that blows Lynn's mind.

    If you have a question or comment for Julie and Lynn, they'd love to hear it! Email them at [email protected]

    24 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 44 minutes
    Episode 126: Andraya Carter and Elle Duncan

    ESPN broadcasters Andraya Carter and Elle Duncan join Laughter Permitted to talk about the ratings history made at the Final Four and why this year's tournament was such a success. Andraya and Elle also share behind-the-scenes stories of Caitlin Clark and discuss Dawn Staley's greatness. In the close of the episode, Julie and Lynn give ideas of how everyone can continue to support women's sports. Get on the train, party people!

    If you have a question for Julie and Lynn, email them at [email protected].

    17 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    Episode 125: Cole Brauer

    Sailing sensation Cole Brauer joins Laughter Permitted to talk about becoming the first American woman to race solo, nonstop and unassisted around the world, why she took on the challenge and how Instagram allowed her to bring people along on the journey. Cole also shares what it's like being a woman in the sailing world and why she intentionally practiced self-care while sailing by herself for 130 days. In the Lynn Game, Cole showcases her grit, and in Most Pressing Questions, she explains why the interior of her boat was filled with handwritten messages. During Takeaways, Julie and Lynn talk about "cheddar cheese" moments.

    Email Julie and Lynn at [email protected]!

    10 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 52 minutes 35 seconds
    Episode 124: Sam Mewis

    World Cup champion Sam Mewis joins Laughter Permitted to talk about her recent retirement from soccer, the biggest lesson she learned while dealing with her knee injury and how she misses the camaraderie of the U.S. women's national team. Sam also learns about the art of "plorking" (she's already great at it) and discusses her new role as Editor in Chief of the Women's Game for the Men in Blazers Media Network. Sam and Julie give their input on the current USWNT. Plus, find out Sam's thoughts on returning shopping carts at the grocery store. Stay tuned as Julie and Lynn talk about having the courage to raise your hand.

    If you have a question or good joke for Julie and Lynn, hit them up at [email protected]

    3 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 6 minutes
    Episode 123: Kendall Coyne Schofield and Hilary Knight

    Hockey legends Kendall Coyne Schofield and Hilary Knight join Laughter Permitted to talk about the journey to form the Professional Women’s Hockey League. Kendall and Hilary share why they wanted to start a pro hockey league, how a phone call to Billie Jean King changed everything and what it’s been like seeing packed arenas in the PWHL’s first season. Both Kendall and Hilary credit Julie and The 99ers with inspiring them to dream big, and Julie expresses what it’s been like to watch the PWHL take shape. 

    Have a question for Julie and Lynn? Email them at [email protected].

    27 March 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    Episode 122: Alana Nichols

    Five-time Paralympian and 3-time Paralympic gold medalist Alana Nichols joins Laughter Permitted to talk about how a snowboarding accident as a teenager led to her being paralyzed from the waist down, the serendipitous moment in college she discovered wheelchair basketball and how adaptive sports gave her a renewed sense purpose. Alana shares her approach to taking on challenges and why she's willing to set ridiculously big dreams. Plus, Julie totally geeks out over Alana getting barreled while wave skiing.

    Have a question for Julie and Lynn? Send them an email at [email protected].

    20 March 2024, 7:00 am
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