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30 For 30 Podcasts

70 episodes - English - Latest episode: 5 months ago - ★★★★ - 8.8K ratings

Original audio documentaries from the makers of the acclaimed 30 for 30 film series, featuring stories from the world of sports and beyond. 30 for 30 offers captivating storytelling for sports fans and general interest listeners alike, going beyond the field to explore how sports, competition, athleticism and adventure affect our lives and our world. Sports stories like you've never heard before.

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MARCH 11 2020

December 21, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour

Americans woke up on March 11 2020 in one reality and, by the time they went to sleep that night, they were living with a new one. Hear the story of the day everything changed — the day the NBA shut down and the pandemic became real — as told by those who lived it.

TRAILER: MARCH 11 2020

December 14, 2020 11:00 - 1 minute

There has perhaps been no greater event in recent history that has so clearly underlined how integral sports are to our culture than the coronavirus pandemic has. March 11 2020 will tell the story of a seismic day that started in one reality and ended with a new one — the day the NBA shut down and the pandemic became real — as told by those who lived it. Full episode available December 21, 2020.

Bloodlines E3: The House Is Condemned

September 29, 2020 08:30 - 44 minutes

A trip to the breeding farms of Kentucky where the fastest horses in the world are made, but not without also passing on the dangerous defects in their blood. All of this will lead to us examine the question: What is the future of horse racing?

Bloodlines E2: Inheritance

September 29, 2020 08:20 - 54 minutes

A look into the history of thoroughbred horse racing in America from the family dynasties that rose during the Industrial Revolution all the way through the 20th century, when a possible murder changed all of this from a sport to a business.

Bloodlines E1: When A Horse Dies

September 29, 2020 08:10 - 45 minutes

An examination of the 49 dead horses at Santa Anita. This episode examines the theories into what happened and the effect it has all had on the people who live and work at the track.

ESPN Investigates: Bloodlines

September 29, 2020 08:00 - 1 minute

Between July 2018—June 2019, 49 horses died at the Santa Anita race track in Southern California. The story of the dead horses spread— from the trade publications to The New York Times to Good Morning America until journalists, politicians, and DA investigators started to ask: should American horse racing still exist? From ESPN Investigates, Bloodlines examines horse racing’s current existential crisis. How did horse racing go from America’s most popular sport to a game driven by returns on i...

HEAVY MEDALS Part 7: The Unraveling

July 14, 2020 08:30 - 51 minutes - 46.8 MB

Martha has turned the U.S. women’s gymnastics program into a world powerhouse. But as Martha is taking her final victory lap at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the gymnastics community is rocked by a scandal that will shock the world. The Karolyis’ legacy is called into question as the gymnasts grapple with the cost of what it took to earn all that gold. If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual assault or abuse, and you would like more information or support, these hotlines can help:...

HEAVY MEDALS Part 6: The Rise of Martha

July 14, 2020 08:20 - 41 minutes - 38.4 MB

For years, Martha Karolyi avoided the spotlight — appearing only as the mysterious and subservient partner of her boisterous husband. But when she is tapped to take over the national team, Martha finally comes into full view. Martha aims to prove that she can turn the United States into a dominant force in gymnastics, building teams that win gold medal after gold medal. But under Martha’s regime, injured athletes are often discarded and a culture of silence prevails. If you or someone you kno...

HEAVY MEDALS Part 5: The Karolyi Way

July 14, 2020 08:10 - 39 minutes - 35.6 MB

After the glory of winning gold in Atlanta, the U.S. National Team slips on the world stage, finishing last in the finals at the 1999 World Championships. With the next Olympics less than a year away, USA Gymnastics turns to the one person they think can save the team: Bela Karolyi. Bela finally has what he’s always wanted, control over a semi-centralized training system in the United States. But on such a tight schedule, will the, “You can do it!” motivator-in-chief be able to lead a team to...

HEAVY MEDALS Part 4: Home Games

July 14, 2020 08:00 - 33 minutes - 31 MB

Pulled back onto the world gymnastics stage by the precocious talent of their newest protege, Dominique Moceanu, Bela and Martha are all in on winning gold at the Atlanta Games. But when Dominique falls on vault, everything rides on the shoulders of Bela’s long-overshadowed veteran, Kerri Strug, to bring home the gold. If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual assault or abuse, and you would like more information or support, these hotlines can help: RAINN's 24/7 confidential nat...

HEAVY MEDALS Part 3: The Bela Show

July 14, 2020 07:50 - 35 minutes - 31.6 MB

Growing his image as the most well-known coach in gymnastics, Bela builds his brand and aims for more gold medals with a new star athlete. But after his champion fails at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Bela announces he’s stepping away from elite-level gymnastics and retreats to his Ranch in Texas. But even after stepping out of the spotlight, Bela remains in focus, as accusations of abuse grow against the coach. If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual assault or abuse, ...

HEAVY MEDALS Part 2: American Hustle

July 14, 2020 07:40 - 44 minutes - 40.4 MB

After defecting from Romania, the Karolyis begin to build their gymnastics empire in the U.S. But they need a champion. Enter Mary Lou Retton, the bubbly teenager whose perfect 10 at the 1984 Olympics will make her and her coach household names. Little girls across America want to be Mary Lou, and train with her famous coach. Bela has given the United States its first gold medal in women’s gymnastics. Now he needs to harness that success to advance his own cause.

HEAVY MEDALS Part 1: Made in Romania

July 14, 2020 07:30 - 41 minutes - 38.2 MB

In the middle of the Cold War, Romanian gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi turn Nadia Comaneci, a 14-year-old gymnast from a Communist country, into a global symbol of excellence at the 1976 Olympics when she scores the first perfect 10. But Romania becomes too small and too controlled for Bela’s ambitions, and the Karolyis set their sights on the freedom of the United States. If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual assault or abuse, and you would like more information...

TRAILER: HEAVY MEDALS

July 07, 2020 13:00 - 4 minutes - 3.81 MB

For 40 years, as athletes came and went, there was one constant presence in Olympic gymnastics: Bela and Martha Karolyi — the most successful coaches in the sport's history, and the most controversial. The Karolyis wielded unprecedented power and became more recognizable characters than many of their gymnasts. Generations of gymnasts trained at their isolated ranch outside of Houston, where the Karolyis were champion-making teachers to some and tormentors to others. In front of the cameras, B...

Long Gone Summer (McGwire & Sosa's 1998 Home Run Chase)

June 15, 2020 00:54 - 35 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby discuss Long Gone Summer, a 30 for 30 documentary about the 1998 homerun race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, with director AJ Schnack. They break down McGwire's steroid usage, the lack of evidence surrounding Sosa's steroid use, why Sammy Sosa and the Cubs have yet to reconcile their relationship, what else is left for both McGwire and Sosa and preview the upcoming season of the new 30 for 30 podcast, 'Heavy Medals: Inside the Karolyi Gymnastic Empire.'

Be Water - The Life and Legacy of Bruce Lee

June 08, 2020 01:06 - 31 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby dive into Be Water, a 30 for 30 documentary about the life and legacy of Bruce Lee, with director Bảo Nguyễn. They discuss Lee's involvement in fighting against social injustice and how he bridged that divide with martial arts, as well as his close relationship with NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Lance - Part 2 (Hero, Antihero or Villain)

May 30, 2020 03:03 - 29 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby dive into part two of 'Lance' with director Marina Zenovich and discuss why it's difficult to decide if Lance Armstrong is a hero, antihero or villain and what to make of his hate for Floyd Landis. Plus, the guys share their excitement for Be Water, next week's documentary about the life and legacy of Bruce Lee.

Lance - Part 1 (Early Relationship With Cheating, Father Figure, Fortune & Fame)

May 22, 2020 22:16 - 32 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby: The Aftershow continues with part one of Lance, a two-part documentary breaking down the rise and fall of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. The guys dive into Lance's early relationship with the cheating, what role his step-father played in making him a great athlete (spoiler alert: the guys don't believe his step-father), how he handled fame and money at such a young age and his bout with stage four testicular cancer.

Episode Eleven - Reflecting on the The Last Dance

May 19, 2020 04:35 - 31 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby reflect on the entirety of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss which stories Jason wishes they could've spent more time on, what it's like to ask people to relive their most difficult memories for the sake of the documentary, and Jacoby just can't let sleeping dogs lie when it comes to Jordan's hotel pizza. Plus, the guys unveil what's next for Jalen & Jacoby: The Aftershow.

Episode Ten - Timelines, Rodman's Practice, The Shot, Saying Goodbye

May 18, 2020 00:05 - 35 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Ten of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss the Bulls incredible trust in Dennis Rodman, what it was like to play in a hostile environment against the Jazz, the attention of detail that has gone into making this documentary and closing out the story of Michael Jordan and the '98 Chicago Bulls.

Episode Nine - Flu Game, Kerr's Story, Jalen's Reflection

May 17, 2020 23:41 - 30 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Nine of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss the powerful story of Steve Kerr and his relationship with Michael Jordan, Jacoby loses his mind over pizza that caused "the flu game," and Jalen's reflection on his series against Jordan.

Episode 8 - BJ Armstrong, Changing Numbers, and Jordan's Best Friend

May 10, 2020 22:28 - 38 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Eight of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss BJ Armstrong's impact on Michael Jordan in the '98 playoffs, changing numbers from 23 to 45 and back to 23, Jordan's use of disrespect for motivation and his learning more about his best friend George.

Episode Seven - Walking Away, Baseball Journey, and Family Tragedy

May 10, 2020 20:24 - 29 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Seven of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss Jordan's decision to walk away from the game, how the media unfairly handled Michael's father's murder, his journey into baseball and what finally brought him back to the Chicago Bulls.

Episode Six - The Jordan Rules, Gambling & The Knicks

May 04, 2020 00:15 - 26 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Six of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss the impact of Sam Smith's 'The Jordan Rules' on the team, if Jordan's gambling ever became a problem, and their 7-game series against Pat Riley's Knicks.

Episode Five - Kobe vs. Michael, Dream Team & Why Jordan Chose Nike

May 03, 2020 23:31 - 31 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Five of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss Jordan's final all-star game at Madison Square Garden and why his focus was on Kobe, why Isiah Thomas wouldn't have made the Dream Team anyways, and diving into Jordan's decision to go with Nike.

Episode Four

April 27, 2020 01:11 - 33 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Four of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss Jordan's hotel room conversation that brought Dennis Rodman back to the Bulls, what it was like tracking down Phil Jackson for this series and the amazing story of Magic and Jordan embracing after Jordan's first championship.

Episode Four - Rodman's Return, Tracking Down Phil Jackson & Magic's Embrace

April 27, 2020 01:11 - 33 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Four of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss Jordan's hotel room conversation that brought Dennis Rodman back to the Bulls, what it was like tracking down Phil Jackson for this series and the amazing story of Magic and Jordan embracing after Jordan's first championship.

Episode Three - Rodman's Story and the Return of Pippen

April 27, 2020 01:08 - 26 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Three of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss why they decided to dive into the story of Dennis Rodman with this episode, why the return of Scottie Pippen to the Bulls lineup affected Rodman so much and how they chose the soundtrack for this episode.

Episode Three

April 27, 2020 01:08 - 26 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Three of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss why they decided to dive into the story of Dennis Rodman with this episode, why the return of Scottie Pippen to the Bulls lineup affected Rodman so much and how they chose the soundtrack for this episode.

Episode Two - Scottie's Story, Punishments and the '85 Celtics

April 20, 2020 01:07 - 30 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Two of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss the decision to start episode two focused on Scottie Pippen and not Michael Jordan, how each player punished the Chicago Bulls in their own way, and the career-changing importance of Jordan's playoff series against the 1985 Boston Celtics.

Episode Two

April 20, 2020 01:07 - 30 minutes

Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Two of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss the decision to start episode two focused on Scottie Pippen and not Michael Jordan, how each player punished the Chicago Bulls in their own way, and the career-changing importance of Jordan's playoff series against the 1985 Boston Celtics.

Episode One - Debut Episode, Jordan's Relationship with Krause

April 20, 2020 01:01 - 29 minutes

On the debut episode of Jalen & Jacoby: Aftershow, the guys talk with Jason Hehir, director of The Last Dance. This 10-part documentary chronicles Michael Jordan and the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls' fight to win a 6th NBA Championship. They dive into the turmoil that was Jerry Krause, what it was like to work so closely with Michael Jordan and what we can expect for the rest of this series.

Episode One

April 20, 2020 01:01 - 29 minutes

On the debut episode of Jalen & Jacoby: Aftershow, the guys talk with Jason Hehir, director of The Last Dance. This 10-part documentary chronicles Michael Jordan and the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls' fight to win a 6th NBA Championship. They dive into the turmoil that was Jerry Krause, what it was like to work so closely with Michael Jordan and what we can expect for the rest of this series.

Episode 0

April 15, 2020 14:12 - 12 minutes

Welcome to Jalen & Jacoby - The Aftershow! Each podcast will drop every week following The Last Dance mini series with Jalen, Jacoby and director Jason Hehir!

CURSED AND BLESSED

December 02, 2019 18:27 - 48 minutes - 44.4 MB

According to local legend, the Louisiana Superdome was always a haunted place. First plagued by construction problems, then years of bad luck for the host Saints team -- by 2005 those Saints were prepared to abandon the stadium in favor of a dreaded move to San Antonio. Then Hurricane Katrina hit, and somehow the dome became a symbol for a city's rebirth. This is the story of New Orleans, through the story of its dome. Produced and reported by Eve Abrams. Narrated by Tarriona "Tank" Ball of T...

THE FALL OF THE CONDOR

November 26, 2019 10:51 - 51 minutes - 118 MB

During qualifying for the 1990 World Cup, Chile's national team felt that it needed to be "more bandits than the bandits." Driven by an intense desire to eliminate rival Brazil, goalkeeper Roberto Rojas pushed his team past the brink. Hosted by Jody Avirgan. Transcript and more about the Radio Ambulante version of this piece at 30for30podcasts.com

OUT OF THE WOODS

November 19, 2019 09:21 - 49 minutes - 112 MB

World-class biathlete Kari Swenson was on an afternoon trail run in the mountains near Big Sky, Montana in July 1984 when two men blocked her path. Reported by ESPN's Bonnie Ford. Hosted by Jody Avirgan. | For more on the 1984 women's biathlon team, visit 30for30podcasts.com

THE SPY WHO SIGNED ME

November 12, 2019 10:30 - 48 minutes - 110 MB

For legends Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, life in the WNBA paled in comparison to the lavish treatment they received in Russian professional basketball, courtesy of their team owner and benefactor, Shabtai Kalmanovich. Kalmanovich spoiled his stars, showering them with expensive gifts, luxury hotels, and private concerts -- but he was a man with a shadowy past. Eventually, the two stars would have to reckon with what they'd gotten themselves into. Reported by Keith Romer. Hosted by Jody Avirgan...

Trailer: Season Six

November 05, 2019 14:45 - 3 minutes - 3.07 MB

The new season of 30 for 30 Podcasts launches November 12th, with four new stories spanning four sports and three continents. The new episodes will tell a range of fascinating stories about kidnappings, scandal, natural disasters, hope, and recovery, and span the globe from Moscow to Montana, Chile to New Orleans. More at 30for30podcasts.com

THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 5: Not Fit

August 20, 2019 07:05 - 51 minutes - 117 MB

The Donald Sterling story comes to an end where it all started -- with a showdown in court. This time, though, it was Donald vs. Shelly. The Sterling Affairs is hosted by Ramona Shelburne. Produced by 30 for 30 Podcasts and The Undefeated in collaboration with Western Sound. More at 30for30podcasts.com/sterling

THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 4: Fallout

August 20, 2019 07:04 - 42 minutes - 39.3 MB

When the explosive tape of Donald Sterling broke, it came at a moment when power in the NBA was changing. Players, owners, and a new commissioner were faced with a major test that would re-shape the league. The Sterling Affairs is hosted by Ramona Shelburne. Produced by 30 for 30 Podcasts and The Undefeated in collaboration with Western Sound. More at 30for30podcasts.com/sterling

THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 3: Property

August 20, 2019 07:03 - 52 minutes - 47.1 MB

Donald and Shelly Sterling escaped poverty, reinvented themselves, and became the biggest residential landlords in LA. But in housing and basketball, they never had to face the consequences of their actions. The Sterling Affairs is hosted by Ramona Shelburne. Produced by 30 for 30 Podcasts and The Undefeated in collaboration with Western Sound. More at 30for30podcasts.com/sterling

THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 2: The Opposite of Showtime

August 20, 2019 07:02 - 49 minutes - 45.4 MB

Throughout the 80s and 90s, the Clippers were horrible and Donald Sterling was known as the worst owner in sports. But Donald Sterling wasn't the joke we all thought he was. The Sterling Affairs is hosted by Ramona Shelburne. Produced by 30 for 30 Podcasts and The Undefeated in collaboration with Western Sound. More at 30for30podcasts.com/sterling

THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 1: That Tape

August 20, 2019 07:01 - 36 minutes - 32.9 MB

A domestic battle boils over and sends the NBA into crisis when secretly recorded tapes of Donald Sterling and his mistress V. Stiviano leak on TMZ. The Sterling Affairs is hosted by Ramona Shelburne. Produced by 30 for 30 Podcasts and The Undefeated in collaboration with Western Sound. More at 30for30podcasts.com/sterling

Trailer: The Sterling Affairs

August 15, 2019 02:30 - 3 minutes - 3.49 MB

A story of power and scandal in Los Angeles. When an audio recording of a racist rant by Clippers owner Donald Sterling was leaked online, it caused an uproar that changed the NBA forever. But Sterling had been a problem for decades -- in basketball, real estate, and more. Why did it take 30 years to finally hold him accountable? "The Sterling Affairs" is a five-part series from 30 for 30 Podcasts and The Undefeated, produced in collaboration with Western Sound. Reported and hosted by ESPN's ...

BACK PASS

May 12, 2019 13:34 - 52 minutes - 47.8 MB

The 1999 Women's World Cup transformed Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and the National Team into celebrities overnight. They used their newfound fame to launch the world's first women's professional soccer league: WUSA, the Women's United Soccer Association. But mismanagement and tension with the U.S. Soccer Federation put the league's future in jeopardy. This is the story about how the stars of the '99 World Cup Team built a league from scratch and fought to keep it alive.

Presenting 'Ahead Of Their Time'

April 25, 2019 23:11 - 33 minutes - 30.4 MB

From our friends at FiveThirtyEight, an episode of their series Ahead Of Their Time on how Charles Reep transformed English football. Reported by Joe Sykes. Hosted by Jody Avirgan. Check out the full Ahead Of Their Time series wherever you get your podcasts: https://es.pn/2vlK01z. Our new season of original documentaries is coming this June!

Presenting 'Dunkumentaries'

March 11, 2019 19:46 - 18 minutes - 16.7 MB

A bonus episode from ESPN's Dunkumentaries series -- an enterprising reporter sets out to find video evidence of the first dunk in women's college basketball (1984). How the tape got lost turns out to be just as interesting as hunting it down. You can find the rest of the series at espn.com/dunkumentaries. | Thanks for helping us by filling out our audience survey: http://swurv.in/30for30podcasts

RICKEY WON'T QUIT

November 13, 2018 11:24 - 47 minutes - 43.1 MB

At age 46, Rickey Henderson refused to walk away from the game of baseball. This is the story of a baseball legend doing everything he can to keep playing the game he loves, whether or not it will ever love him back. Produced by Pineapple Street Media. Narrated by The Undefeated's Clinton Yates. 30 for 30 Podcasts is hosted by Jody Avirgan.

THE LOOPHOLE

November 06, 2018 10:41 - 47 minutes - 43.2 MB

In 1995, star pitcher Hideo Nomo attempted to do what no Japanese player had done since 1965 - join Major League Baseball. Nomo and his agent hatched a plan to overcome the legal and cultural barriers that stood in his way, risking Nomo's career and reputation in Japan. The Loophole reveals how they pulled it off, launched "Nomo-mania," and transformed both American and Japanese baseball forever.

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