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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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HEAVY MEDALS Part 7: The Unraveling
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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: RAINN's 24/7 confidential national sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-4673, or ChildHelp: 1-800-4-A-Child.
Jul 14, 2020
HEAVY MEDALS Part 6: The Rise of Martha
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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 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.
Jul 14, 2020
HEAVY MEDALS Part 5: The Karolyi Way
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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 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.
Jul 14, 2020
HEAVY MEDALS Part 4: Home Games
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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 national sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-4673, or ChildHelp: 1-800-4-A-Child.
Jul 14, 2020
HEAVY MEDALS Part 3: The Bela Show
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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, 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.
Jul 14, 2020
HEAVY MEDALS Part 2: American Hustle
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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.
Jul 14, 2020
HEAVY MEDALS Part 1: Made in Romania
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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 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.
Jul 14, 2020
TRAILER: HEAVY MEDALS
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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 Nassar’s 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.
Jul 07, 2020
Long Gone Summer (McGwire & Sosa's 1998 Home Run Chase)
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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.'
Jun 15, 2020
Be Water - The Life and Legacy of Bruce Lee
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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 marital arts, as well as his close relationship with NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Jun 08, 2020
Lance - Part 2 (Hero, Antihero or Villain)
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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.
May 30, 2020
Lance - Part 1 (Early Relationship With Cheating, Father Figure, Fortune & Fame)
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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.
May 22, 2020
Episode Eleven - Reflecting on the The Last Dance
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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.
May 19, 2020
Episode Ten - Timelines, Rodman's Practice, The Shot, Saying Goodbye
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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.
May 18, 2020
Episode Nine - Flu Game, Kerr's Story, Jalen's Reflection
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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.
May 17, 2020
Episode 8 - BJ Armstrong, Changing Numbers, and Jordan's Best Friend
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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.
May 10, 2020
Episode Seven - Walking Away, Baseball Journey, and Family Tragedy
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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.
May 10, 2020
Episode Six - The Jordan Rules, Gambling & The Knicks
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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.
May 04, 2020
Episode Five - Kobe vs. Michael, Dream Team & Why Jordan Chose Nike
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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.
May 03, 2020
Episode Four - Rodman's Return, Tracking Down Phil Jackson & Magic's Embrace
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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.
Apr 27, 2020
Episode Three - Rodman's Story and the Return of Pippen
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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.
Apr 27, 2020
Episode Two - Scottie's Story, Punishments and the '85 Celtics
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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.
Apr 20, 2020
Episode One - Debut Episode, Jordan's Relationship with Krause
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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.
Apr 20, 2020
Episode 0
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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!
Apr 15, 2020
CURSED AND BLESSED
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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
Dec 02, 2019
THE FALL OF THE CONDOR
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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.
Nov 26, 2019
OUT OF THE WOODS
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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
Nov 19, 2019
THE SPY WHO SIGNED ME
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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
Nov 12, 2019
Trailer: Season Six
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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
Nov 05, 2019
30for30+: "THE STERLING AFFAIRS" (Part 1)
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Ramona Shelburne and Jody Avirgan discuss the making of 'The Sterling Affairs,' including a rundown of their favorite moments from the series, answers to listener questions, and audio extras. Keep an eye, both on this feed and our Twitter feed (@30for30) for more bonus episodes, upcoming events, and more ways YOU can join the conversation. 30for30podcasts.com @jodyavirgan @ramonashelburne
Aug 30, 2019
THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 5: Not Fit
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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
Aug 20, 2019
THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 4: Fallout
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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
Aug 20, 2019
THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 3: Property
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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
Aug 20, 2019
THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 2: The Opposite of Showtime
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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
Aug 20, 2019
THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 1: That Tape
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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
Aug 20, 2019
Trailer: The Sterling Affairs
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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
Aug 15, 2019
10th Anniversary: 'The Fab Five' Revisited
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In the final episode of our 10th anniversary series, Jody Avirgan talks with Jalen Rose and David Jacoby (aka Jalen & Jacoby) about 'The Fab Five,' and the legacy it left on college basketball. 'The Fab Five' and the entire 30 for 30 film archive is available exclusively on our streaming service ESPN+: es.pn/2shPit7
Aug 09, 2019
10th Anniversary: 'Fantastic Lies' Revisited
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As part of our 10th anniversary series, Marina Zenovich chats with Jody Avirgan about 'Fantastic Lies,' which examined the Duke lacrosse scandal, and the nature of false allegations. Then, ESPN investigative reporter Paula Lavigne discusses her work around sexual assault on university campuses. 'Fantastic Lies' and the entire 30 for 30 film archive is available exclusively on our streaming service ESPN+: es.pn/2shPit7
Aug 08, 2019
10th Anniversary: Dan, Mina, Bomani and Zach's Favorites
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To help celebrate ten years of 30 for 30 films, we've invited some of our favorite other ESPN podcasters to give picks for their favorite films: Dan Le Batard, Mina Kimes, Bomani Jones, and Zach Lowe talk with Jody Avirgan. Subscribe to all their podcasts now! The entire 30 for 30 film archive is available exclusively on our streaming service ESPN+: es.pn/2shPit7
Aug 07, 2019
10th Anniversary: Chris Herren Shares His Story
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Our series marking the 10th anniversary of 30 for 30 continues. Chris Herren was a star high school and college basketball player, and was even drafted by his hometown Boston Celtics. But his career was cut short by drug and alcohol abuse. He talks with Jody Avirgan about the films 'Unguarded' and 'The First Day,' which chronicle his efforts to share his story and help others escape substance abuse. 'Unguarded' and the entire 30 for 30 collection are available exclusively on our streaming service ESPN+: es.pn/2shPit7 More information about 'The First Day' can be found at thefirstdayfilm.com
Aug 06, 2019
10th Anniversary: 'The Two Escobars' Revisited
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Our series marking the 10th anniversary of 30 for 30 continues. Jody Avirgan chats with Jeff and Michael Zimbalist - the brother directing team behind one of 30 for 30's most popular films. They discuss reporting on the Colombian drug wars, and why Pablo Escobar continues to be such an enduring cultural figure. 'The Two Escobars' and the entire 30 for 30 collection are available exclusively on our streaming service ESPN+: es.pn/2shPit7
Aug 05, 2019
30for30+: "The Good, The Bad, The Hungry"
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A bonus conversation about the new 30 for 30 film 'The Good, The Bad, The Hungry,' which examines the contests between Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut, a rivalry that defined the sport of competitive eating. Jody Avirgan talks with director Nicole Lucas Haimes about how Kobayashi, was transformed from hero to villain, and what the film can tell us about our present cultural moment. The film debuts Tuesday July 2 at 8pm ET on ESPN. You can find more bonus episodes about 30 for 30 in our archives: http://bit.ly/30Chat.
Jul 01, 2019
10th Anniversary: 'Benji' Revisited
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To wrap up our first batch of 10th anniversary episodes, we revisit a film that may have had more of an impact than any other 30 for 30. In 1984, the city of Chicago plunged into sorrow when star high school basketball player Benjamin "Benji" Wilson was killed in a shooting. Director's Coodie and Chike chat with Jody Avirgan about their film on his life and death. Then, Benji's killer Billy Moore and former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discuss how the film opened up doors for reconciliation in the Chicago community. 'Benji' and the entire 30 for 30 collection are available exclusively on our streaming service ESPN+: es.pn/2shPit7. All bonus conversations about 30 for 30 films are available in our archives: http://bit.ly/30Chat.
Jun 28, 2019
10th Anniversary: 30 for 30 Fakes
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Our anniversary series rolls on with a changeup pitch--a look at the niche phenomenon of fake 30 for 30s. Producers Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda, parodied 30 for 30 by 'documenting' classic sports movies like 'Space Jam' as if they were real life stories. On this episode, Jody Avirgan speaks to them about how a parody can help us better understand the original work, and how their faux 30 for 30s inspired their Netflix series 'American Vandal.' | All our bonus conversations are available in our archives: http://bit.ly/30Chat.
Jun 27, 2019
10th Anniversary: 'OJ: Made In America' Revisited
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Any retrospective on the 30 for 30 series must include 'OJ: Made In America,' the five-part, seven-and-a-half hour film that broke away from the usual format to great acclaim. On episode three of our anniversary series, Jody Avirgan talks with the film's director Ezra Edelman about how he used OJ's Simpson's life story as a venue to explore America's complicated racial history, as well as his rise and fall as a sports icon. The film and the entire 30 for 30 collection are available exclusively on our streaming service ESPN+: es.pn/2shPit7. All bonus conversations about 30 for 30 films are available in our archives: http://bit.ly/30Chat.
Jun 26, 2019
10th Anniversary: Six Films, One Director
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Our 10th anniversary podcast series continues with the director responsible for more 30 for 30 films than anyone else, Jonathan Hock. His six films have covered the iconic Jim Valvano and his 1983 NC State basketball team's run to the championship, the infamous Soviet hockey team, and the fleeting promise of great young athletes. In this episode, Hock talks to Jody Avirgan about why few things are as irretrievable as an athlete's past triumphs. These films and the entire 30 for 30 collection are available exclusively on our streaming service ESPN+ (es.pn/2shPit7), and all our bonus conversations about 30 for 30 films are available in our podcast archives (http://bit.ly/30Chat).
Jun 25, 2019
10th Anniversary: 'The U' & 'Broke' Revisited
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It's the 10th anniversary of 30 for 30 and we're kicking off a series of commemorative podcast episodes with a conversation between Jody Avirgan and Billy Corben. Corben is the director of three 30 for 30 films, starting with 'The U,' about the 1980s rise and eventual dominance of the University of Miami football team. He also directed 'The U Part 2" and 'Broke,' which looked at how athletes often come to lose their money. Those films and the entire 30 for 30 collection are available exclusively on our streaming service ESPN+: es.pn/2shPit7. All bonus conversations about 30 for 30 films are available in our archives: http://bit.ly/30Chat.
Jun 24, 2019
30for30+ "Back Pass"
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Jody Avirgan speaks with Andrew Helms and Meradith Hoddinott about 'Back Pass' their episode on the WUSA and what the story of the former league tells us about America's current relationship with women's professional soccer.
Jun 18, 2019
30for30+ "Qualified"
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A bonus conversation about the new 30 for 30 film 'Qualified,' which chronicles Janet Guthrie's captivating rise to become the first woman to ever compete in the Indianapolis 500. Host Jody Avirgan welcomes Janet herself along with filmmakers Jenna Ricker and Caroline Waterlow for an exploration of Janet's stunning achievements, how her career inexplicably stalled out, and what her story tells us about the state of women's equality. | All bonus conversations about 30 for 30 films are available in our archives: http://bit.ly/30Chat.
May 28, 2019
BACK PASS
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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.
May 12, 2019
Presenting 'Ahead Of Their Time'
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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. Our new season of original documentaries is coming this June!
Apr 25, 2019
Presenting 'Dunkumentaries'
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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
Mar 11, 2019
30for30+ "Deion's Double Play"
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Prime Time finally has a 30 for 30. Jody Avirgan talks with Deion Sanders and director Ken Rodgers about the new 30 for 30 film 'Deion's Double Play,' which depicts the surprising controversy over Sanders' 1992 attempt to play two MLB playoff games AND an NFL game over two days. The film debuts Thursday, January 31 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. For info on re-airs and the ESPN+ streaming debut, keep an eye on our Twitter feed: @30for30. All bonus conversations about 30 for 30 films are available in our archives: http://bit.ly/30Chat.
Jan 31, 2019
BIKRAM - End of Year Update
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As 2018 draws to a close, Jody Avirgan and Julia Lowrie Henderson check back in on the world of Bikram Yoga, and how it's changed since we published our five-part series earlier this year. Listen to the full series at 30for30podcasts.com/bikram | We'll be back in 2019 with all new original documentaries and lots more!
Dec 28, 2018
30for30+ "Rickey Won't Quit"
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30for30's Jody Avirgan speaks with Clinton Yates of The Undefeated about the podcast documentary "Rickey Won't Quit." They discuss whether Rickey Henderson is undervalued, and why the public viewed his personality so divisively. For more visit 30for30podcasts.com
Nov 18, 2018
RICKEY WON'T QUIT
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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.
Nov 13, 2018
30for30+ "The Loophole"
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Jody Avirgan talks with legendary manager Bobby Valentine and producer Andrew Muscato about Hideo Nomo, Japanese baseball, and the making of "The Loophole." NYC! We have an event on December 3rd. More info at 30for30podcasts.com/events
Nov 11, 2018
THE LOOPHOLE
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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.
Nov 06, 2018
30for30+ "Six Who Sat"
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Jody Avirgan speaks with Gretta Cohn of Transmitter Media and host Hillary Frank (The Longest Shortest Time) about our documentary "Six Who Sat."
Nov 04, 2018
SIX WHO SAT
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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
Oct 30, 2018
30for30+ "All In"
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Jody Avirgan and Keith Romer discuss the making of our episode "All In." Keith plays some tape that didn't make the final cut, and convinces Jody that he's actually a pretty good poker player himself. Toronto! We'll be doing an event at the Hot Docs festival on Saturday, November 3rd. Come say hi!
Oct 28, 2018
ALL IN: SPARKING THE POKER BOOM
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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
Oct 23, 2018
30for30+ "Juiced"
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Jody Avirgan and Andrew Mambo discuss the making of our episode "Juiced." Andrew plays some tape that didn't make the final cut, and describes interviewing Jose Canseco.
Oct 21, 2018
JUICED
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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
Oct 16, 2018
Trailer: Season Four
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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.
Oct 10, 2018
30for30+ "BIKRAM" (Part 2)
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Julia Lowrie Henderson and Jody Avirgan chat more about the making of the Bikram series, in particular Julia's role in the story. Plus they answer your questions. This marks the end of our fourth season. Our next season of new documentaries will be here this fall. In the meantime, we'll bring you more bonus episodes highlighting some of our favorite 30 for 30 films. 30for30podcasts.com
Jun 27, 2018
30for30+ "BIKRAM"
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Julia Lowrie Henderson and Jody Avirgan discuss the making of the third season, BIKRAM. Next week, we'll answer any questions you have and discuss Julia's personal connection. Email us questions at 30for30podcasts@espn.com or on twitter @30for30 NYC! Come to our live event on June 13th. More information 30for30podcasts.com/events
Jun 11, 2018
BIKRAM Part 5: Reckoning
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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.
May 22, 2018
BIKRAM Part 4: Truth
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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.
May 22, 2018
BIKRAM Part 3: Power
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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.
May 22, 2018
BIKRAM Part 2: Process
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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
May 22, 2018
BIKRAM Part 1: Arrival
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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
May 22, 2018
Season Three Trailer: BIKRAM
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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
May 04, 2018
30for30+ "Madden's Game"
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A conversation, with bonus clips and more, about our recent episode "Madden's Game." Featuring Dave Neupauer of NFL Films and producer Emma Jacobs. Hosted by 30 for 30's Andrew Mambo.
Dec 10, 2017
MADDEN'S GAME
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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.
Dec 05, 2017
30for30+ "Wrigleyville"
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A conversation, featuring bonus clips and more, about our recent episode "The Lights Of Wrigleyville." Featuring Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister of Long Haul Productions.
Dec 03, 2017
THE LIGHTS OF WRIGLEYVILLE
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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.
Nov 28, 2017
30for30+ "No Rules"
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A conversation, with bonus clips and behind the scenes stories, about our episode "No Rules: The Birth Of The UFC." Featuring Chris Berube and Andrew Mambo.
Nov 26, 2017
NO RULES: THE BIRTH OF UFC
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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
Nov 21, 2017
30for30+ "Hoodies Up"
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A conversation, with behind the scenes stories and bonus clips, about our episode "Hoodies Up." Featuring Jody Avirgan and The Undefeated's Clinton Yates.
Nov 19, 2017
HOODIES UP
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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
Nov 14, 2017
Trailer: Season Two
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Our new season of original documentaries launches on November 14th. Read more at 30for30podcasts.com
Oct 31, 2017
THE FIGHTER INSIDE
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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.
Jul 25, 2017
A QUEEN OF SORTS
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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.
Jul 18, 2017
ON THE ICE
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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.
Jul 11, 2017
YANKEES SUCK
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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
Jul 04, 2017
THE TRIALS OF DAN AND DAVE
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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
Jun 27, 2017