Last week University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, formerly William Thomas, became the first transgender athlete to win the NCAA title in the women’s 500-yard freestyle. During the award ceremony, Thomas towered over the biologically female runner-ups, including University of Virginia’s Emma Weyant, a silver medallist at the Tokyo Olympics who finished 1.75 seconds behind Thomas. 

While the “Problematic Women” podcast has been talking about the controversy for months, many Americans just woke up to the reality that men are competing in—and now dominating women’s sports. We’ll discuss the fear athletes feel in pushing back, and whether Americans should be celebrating Thomas as we did Jackie Robinson, as one NBC News writer suggests. 

This week we’re joined by special guest Karol Markowicz. Markowicz is a columnist at the New York Post with bylines in Fox News, USA Today and more. She was born in the Soviet Union and grew up in Brooklyn, and among her many titles is a mom. She’ll talk to us about why she uprooted her family from New York City to Florida, share her thoughts on the Big Apple continuing to force toddlers to mask, and discuss the treatment Russian Americans now face. 

Listen in the podcast below.