30 For 30 Podcasts
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.
THE KING OF CRENSHAW BONUS: The Xtra Lap: 8/30/21
Nipseys life story lives on in his music, but only a handful of people witnessed Hussle in creation mode. Meet the brothers behind the beats and hear some of the secrets of the slaps.
THE KING OF CRENSHAW Episode 4: Neighborhood Nip: 8/23/21
Nipsey traveled across the world, but all of his love and loyalty funneled back to the community that raised him. With the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue as his headquarters, this episode looks at Nipseys devout local commitment and how that played out in the worlds of business, philanthropy and social justice as many young Black men in the NBA began to actively engage in those areas as well. In death, Nipsey left a blueprint for this friends to follow, and through them, Nipseys prophetic mantra, The Marathon Continues will do just that.
THE KING OF CRENSHAW Episode 3: Songs in the Key of Life: 8/23/21
There are a ton of descriptions that could properly summarize Nipsey Hussles music career. But overnight isnt one of them. A decade-plus-long journey through time that weaves in the highs, lows, joys and pains of Nipseys voyage to his debut album Victory Lap. And how that marathon ran parallel with the NBA players who were in awe of his every move.
THE KING OF CRENSHAW Episode 2: Where You From?: 8/23/21
Nipsey Hussle is a Los Angeles icon, but whats the story behind that? Before the fame, he was Ermias Asghedom, a young kid coming of age in the South Crenshaw district. Life in South LA was beautiful, but it wasnt for the weak of heart either. This episode is a look into the world that raised, bruised, and ultimately made Nipsey Hussle the man he became.
THE KING OF CRENSHAW Episode 1: To Live and Die in LA: 8/23/21
When Nipsey Hussle was murdered on March 31, 2019 in front of his South LA clothing store, the tragedy elicited immediate tributes across industries, walks of life, and international borders. One world in particular where the news resonated on a personal level the NBA, where Hussle had long, deep and authentic ties. For the host Justin Tinsley and many young Black men in the league, like DeMar DeRozan, Isaiah Thomas, and Demarcus Cousins, Nipsey was far more than a rapper who wrote the score to their lives. Hip hop has always been woven with basketball in one way or another, but why was this particular connection so deep? What was it about Nipsey Hussle that made him so much more than a friend, but rather an inspiration and beacon of light they carry with them for the rest of their lives?
TRAILER: THE KING OF CRENSHAW: 8/18/21
The King of Crenshaw is a four-part podcast series that will focus on how the late Nipsey Hussles life, death, and legacy deeply impacted the sports world. This series aims to examine how that overlap of Black male creativity, talent, and ambition will forever live on in Nipseys responsibility to his neighborhood. And how NBA players are vowing to continue his marathon moving forward. From 30 for 30 Podcasts and The Undefeated. Hosted by Justin Tinsley, Senior Reporter for The Undefeated. Original music for the series by 1500 or Nothin'. All four episodes available August 23, 2021.
MARCH 11 2020: 12/21/20
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.
Bloodlines E3: The House Is Condemned: 9/29/20
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: 9/29/20
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: 9/29/20
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: 9/29/20
Between July 2018June 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 racings current existential crisis. How did horse racing go from Americas most popular sport to a game driven by returns on investment? How have decades of breeding for races changed the horses themselves? And what might the dead horses at one track mean for the future of horse racing?
HEAVY MEDALS Part 7: The Unraveling: 7/14/20
Martha has turned the U.S. womens 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: RAINN's 24/7 confidential national sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-4673, or ChildHelp: 1-800-4-A-Child.
HEAVY MEDALS Part 6: The Rise of Martha: 7/14/20
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 Marthas regime, injured athletes are often discarded and a culture of silence prevails. 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 national sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-4673, or ChildHelp: 1-800-4-A-Child.
HEAVY MEDALS Part 5: The Karolyi Way: 7/14/20
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 hes 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 victory? 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 national sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-4673, or ChildHelp: 1-800-4-A-Child.
HEAVY MEDALS Part 4: Home Games: 7/14/20
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 Belas 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 national sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-4673, or ChildHelp: 1-800-4-A-Child.
HEAVY MEDALS Part 3: The Bela Show: 7/14/20
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 hes 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, and you would like more information or support, these hotlines can help: RAINN's 24/7 confidential national sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-4673, or ChildHelp: 1-800-4-A-Child.
HEAVY MEDALS Part 2: American Hustle: 7/14/20
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 womens gymnastics. Now he needs to harness that success to advance his own cause.
HEAVY MEDALS Part 1: Made in Romania: 7/14/20
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 Belas 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 or support, these hotlines can help: RAINN's 24/7 confidential national sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-4673, or ChildHelp: 1-800-4-A-Child.
TRAILER: HEAVY MEDALS: 7/7/20
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, Bela was the bear-hugging motivator who pushed his athletes to the limit and Martha was the silent partner who demanded perfection. From the 1970s through the 1990s, the Karolyis coached some of the greatest names in the sport, from Nadia Comaneci to Mary Lou Retton and Kerri Strug. The couple then took over the U.S. national team program that featured Olympic champions like Carly Patterson and Simone Biles. Few dared challenge the Karolyis coaching methods, and those who did were ignored or ostracized. But in 2016, their accomplishments came under fire as the extent of Larry Nassars predatory sexual abuse was exposed. "Heavy Medals: Inside the Karolyi Gymnastics Empire" is a 7-part series from 30 for 30 Podcasts, in collaboration with espnW. All seven episodes available July 14th.
CURSED AND BLESSED: 12/2/19
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 Tank and the Bangas. Hosted by Jody Avirgan. Transcript and more at 30for30podcasts.com
THE FALL OF THE CONDOR: 11/26/19
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: 11/19/19
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: 11/12/19
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. More at 30for30podcasts.com
Trailer: Season Six: 11/5/19
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: 8/20/19
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: 8/20/19
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: 8/20/19
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: 8/20/19
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: 8/20/19
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: 8/14/19
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 Ramona Shelburne. All five episodes available August 20th. More at 30for30podcasts.com/sterling
BACK PASS: 5/12/19
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': 4/25/19
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': 3/11/19
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: 11/13/18
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: 11/6/18
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.
SIX WHO SAT: 10/30/18
Before the 1970s, women were not welcome at the world's great marathons, but a few brave pioneers sought to challenge that system. Six Who Sat tells the story of two iconic moments in women's running, both captured in photographs. The first, from 1968, is of a race director trying to physically restrain a woman from running the Boston Marathon. The second, from 1972, is of a protest at the New York City Marathon that forever changed women's ability to participate in the sport they loved. This episode was produced by Transmitter Media, and narrated by Hillary Frank. 30for30 Podcasts is hosted by Jody Avirgan. 30for30podcasts.com
ALL IN: SPARKING THE POKER BOOM: 10/23/18
The 2003 World Series of Poker should not have been a success. Its host casino teetered on the edge of bankruptcy, internet qualifiers knocked out the most marketable stars, and the production company tasked with showing the event on TV knew nothing about the game. "All In" explores how the 2003 tournament overcame the odds to spark a poker boom and forever change poker's place in America. This episode was reported by Keith Romer. 30 for 30 Podcasts is hosted by Jody Avirgan. 30for30podcasts.com
At the end of his career, Jose Canseco, the self-proclaimed "godfather of the steroid era," was effectively forced out of baseball. As revenge, Canseco conceived a tell-all memoir in which he would call out his fellow players for steroid use. Within a month of its publication, Juiced sparked a congressional hearing. Reported by Andrew Mambo. More at 30for30podcasts.com
Trailer: Season Four: 10/10/18
Our new season of five original audio documentaries starts Tuesday, October 16th. We'll bring you stories about Jose Canseco, Rickey Henderson, a protest at the NYC Marathon, and more. More information at 30for30podcasts.com | Note: In addition to our documentaries, we do conversations about new 30 for 30 films. An archive of those can be found by searching "ESPN Films Conversations" in your favorite podcast app.
BIKRAM Part 5: Reckoning: 5/21/18
Members of the Bikram community wrestle with Bikram's behavior, their own complicity, and the question, "Can Bikram the yoga be separated from Bikram the man?" Reported by Julia Lowrie Henderson. Hosted by Jody Avirgan. More information at 30for30podcasts.com/bikram If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual assault or abuse, and you would like more information or support, RAINN's 24/7, confidential, National Sexual Assault Hotline can help at 1-800-656-4673. Internationally, Pathways to Safety International provides assistance, at 833-SAFE-833.
BIKRAM Part 4: Truth: 5/21/18
As Bikram's darkest behaviors begin to emerge, the community devoted to his yoga is forced to face the truth about its leader. Reported by Julia Lowrie Henderson.. More information at 30for30podcasts.com/bikram If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual assault or abuse, and you would like more information or support, RAINN's 24/7, confidential, National Sexual Assault Hotline can help at 1-800-656-4673. Internationally, Pathways to Safety International provides assistance, at 833-SAFE-833.
BIKRAM Part 3: Power: 5/21/18
Bikram claims ownership over his brand of yoga using increasingly hardball tactics. Julia investigates the roots of yoga to try to separate what is true from what is false in Bikram's story. Reported by Julia Lowrie Henderson. Hosted by Jody Avirgan. More information at 30for30podcasts.com/bikram If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual assault or abuse, and you would like more information or support, RAINN's 24/7, confidential, National Sexual Assault Hotline can help at 1-800-656-4673. Internationally, Pathways to Safety International provides assistance, at 833-SAFE-833.
BIKRAM Part 2: Process: 5/21/18
Bikram spreads his brand of hot yoga through teacher trainings, where he puts his most devoted followers through nine weeks of intense suffering and begins to reveal the complexities of his character. Reported by Julia Lowrie Henderson. More information at 30for30podcasts.com/bikram
BIKRAM Part 1: Arrival: 5/21/18
Bikram Choudhury begins his journey to fame, wealth, and scandal in 1970s Los Angeles. He takes Beverly Hills by storm, using his Hollywood connections and rags-to-riches origin story to build a devoted following and lay the foundation for a yoga empire. Reported by Julia Lowrie Henderson. Hosted by Jody Avirgan. More information at 30for30podcasts.com/bikram
Season Three Trailer: BIKRAM: 5/4/18
In the early 1970s, a young Indian yogi named Bikram Choudhury used his Hollywood connections to launch a hot yoga empire. America's fitness obsession brought the Speedo-clad and Rolex-wearing guru wealth and fame. But the success of his yoga revolution allowed him to hide increasingly dark behavior. In 30 for 30s first serialized story, reporter Julia Lowrie Henderson delves deep into the complicated world of Bikram Yoga to find out how a community responds when its guru falls from grace. All five episodes available on Tuesday, May 22. More at 30for30podcasts.com/bikram
MADDEN'S GAME: 12/5/17
To different generations, John Madden has been a different kind of icon: coach, broadcaster and, since the late 1980s, video game mogul. This is the story of how Madden linked up with an upstart company called Electronic Arts to build an electronic empire -- and pushed the limits of gaming in the process. Produced by NFL Films. Narrated by Wil Wheaton.
THE LIGHTS OF WRIGLEYVILLE: 11/28/17
When the Tribune Company bought the Chicago Cubs in 1981, its executives saw nighttime baseball as a way to turn around the club's fortunes. The only problem? Scores of Wrigleyville residents were ready to fight against it. Produced by Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister of Long Haul Productions. Narrated by former Cubs PA announcer Wayne Messmer.
NO RULES: THE BIRTH OF UFC: 11/21/17
Who is the ultimate fighter? A wrestler? A boxer? A martial arts master? The first ever Ultimate Fighting Championship set out to answer that question. The results were violent, chaotic, and led to the birth of a multi-billion-dollar sport. Reported by Chris Berube. Produced by Pineapple Street Media and 30 for 30's Andrew Mambo. 30for30podcasts.com
HOODIES UP: 11/14/17
The story of a protest photo taken in 2012 by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and the Miami Heat. Reported and hosted by Jody Avirgan. More at 30for30podcasts.com
Trailer: Season Two: 10/31/17
Our new season of original documentaries launches on November 14th. Read more at 30for30podcasts.com
THE FIGHTER INSIDE: 7/25/17
How does a professional boxer, convicted of armed robbery in 1975, end up rising in the ranks of the sport -- from inside a state penitentiary? The Fighter Inside is the unlikely story of an inmate who wanted to continue his boxing career while behind bars, and the visionary prison warden who made his dream a reality. Reported by Andrew Mambo. Hosted by Jody Avirgan.
A QUEEN OF SORTS: 7/18/17
In 2012, poker star Phil Ivey pulled off an elaborate baccarat scheme that won him over $20 million and landed him in court. But Ivey had another card up his sleeve - secretive mastermind "Kelly" Cheung Yin Sun, a woman who crafted the entire scheme to get revenge. Reported by Rose Eveleth. Hosted by Jody Avirgan.
ON THE ICE: 7/11/17
Twenty years ago, hundreds of women answered a classified ad seeking adventurers for an all-women trek to the North Pole - no expedition experience necessary. On the ice, 20 of those women came face to face with just how deadly the Arctic can be, while also discovering something in themselves that changed their lives forever. Reported by Rose Eveleth. Hosted by Jody Avirgan.
YANKEES SUCK: 7/4/17
How a chant and a shirt came to dominate one of baseball's biggest rivalries, thanks to a group of hardcore punks from Boston. Reported by Julia Lowrie Henderson. Hosted by Jody Avirgan. This piece was inspired by the Grantland article "Yankees Suck! Yankees Suck!" written by Amos Barshad. More at 30for30podcasts.com
THE TRIALS OF DAN AND DAVE: 6/27/17
The 1992 Summer Olympics produced a great many heroes, but that spring TV viewers were led to believe they were all about Dan O'Brien and Dave Johnson -- decathletes competing not only for the USA but for Reebok, as well. 25 years later, we revisit the hype, how the campaign went bust -- and Dan O'Brien's path to redemption. Hosted by Jody Avirgan. Produced by Andrew Mambo. 30for30podcasts.com
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