The Steam Room

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The Steam Room is the new audio vehicle for two of sports media's most iconic personalities, keeping the conversation going beyond from the desk inside Studio J. After nearly 20 years on TNT's Inside The NBA, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley still have a lot to talk about, and with this platform they'll tackle new topics in the classic unscripted style that fans have come to love. In addition to NBA talk, EJ and Chuck will dive into current events, pop culture, and even local news. Look for The Steam Room on Thursdays starting December 12th.

Episode Date
War Damn Finale w/ Gus Malzahn & Bruce Pearl
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After that Georgia Bulldogs stunt Ernie pulled with Maria Taylor last week, Chuck invites a pair of Auburn Head Coaches into the Steam Room. Gus Malzahn and Bruce Pearl talk about the challenges of preparing to play during a pandemic, their roles in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and in their community, and the economic impact of Auburn bars missing out on Chuckster’s ‘patronage’ during the season. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 18, 2020
Glory, Glory w/ Maria Taylor
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Maria Taylor joins Ernie and Charles for a conversation about the upcoming college football season, the pivotal role that sports coverage plays in the conversation about racial injustice, and her (and EJ’s) beloved Georgia Bulldogs. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely enters the Steam Room to talk Twitter trends and NFL futures. Chuck tries to convince Ernie that cats “aren’t a thing.” See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 10, 2020
Hoya Saxa w/ Patrick Ewing and Dikembe Mutombo
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Patrick Ewing and Dikembe Mutombo enter the Steam Room for a reverential tribute to their late beloved college coach, John Thompson Jr. The Hall of Fame centers share stories from their Georgetown days, and reflect on the personal impact and enduring legacy left by their legendary coach. Charles explains the story behind his famous ‘Not a role model’ commercial, Ernie challenges Chuck’s definition of what constitutes a sandwich, and that catchy theme song finally gets a lyrical accompaniment. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 03, 2020
Sick and Tired w/ Chris Webber and Andrew Yang
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Chris Webber joins Ernie and Charles to talk about his emotional reaction to the players' boycott in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, and what it’s been like adjusting to life inside the NBA bubble. Former Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang enters the Steam Room for a conversation about the Election in November, the need for police reform, and why he had to break-up with the New York Knicks. A courageous message from the Answering Machine gets the Chuckster tearin’ up. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Aug 28, 2020
The Old Men and the Steam with JJ Redick
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JJ Redick joins Ernie and Charles for a conversation about life inside the NBA’s Bubble, the motivational tactics of Coach K, and moonlighting as a podcaster. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely enters the Steam Room to revisit Wednesday night’s legendary Boban interview, and to take the guys’ temperature about unwritten rules in sports. We learn about Drive-Thru Cliff, why grandma shouldn’t fall asleep while watching Psycho, and on the eve of their 38th Wedding Anniversary, the origin story of how Ernie first met his wife Cheryl behind 6 inches of bullet proof glass.
Aug 21, 2020
Grown Folks w/ Stephen A. Smith
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Stephen A. Smith joins Ernie and Charles for a conversation about the fate of football in the fall, the weight of being a Black man with a platform on TV, and the everlasting impact of a cherished parent. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely brings a Loyal Steamer on with him to congratulate the guys on their big night at the Emmys. We learn about Chuck’s man crushes, the guys build their ideal ice cream sundaes, and the Answering Machine produces a message Chuck endorses as “the greatest call of all time”.
Aug 13, 2020
Charles & Company
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Ernie and Charles welcome Draymond Green into the Steam Room to talk about his recent broadcast work with TNT, More Than A Vote, and how he feels about the idea of the Warriors joining a “second bubble.” Stan Van Gundy enters to talk with the guys about sleeper teams, becoming a Twitter influencer, and finally settling the age-old ‘cookies vs. brownies’ debate. Inside The NBA executive producer Tim Kiely coaxes Chuck into singing (thanks), Australian accents are butchered, and thanks for the call but Elevator Eddie does not hem pants in the Steam Room.
Aug 06, 2020
The Gift of Experience
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Angels manager Joe Maddon joins EJ and Chuck in the Steam Room for an enlightening conversation about baseball in the time of a pandemic, what life on the road will be like, and his support for players using the national anthem as a time to kneel and express their truth. Charles pays tribute to late Civil Rights icons John Lewis and C.T. Vivian. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely breaks in to announce the retitling of the Washington Football Team and the entitling of a new hockey team that actually plays in Washington. Chuck’s Answering Machine reveals Ernie’s hidden talent, literally anything can be a cake, and Charles and Draymond have bonded… over Tequila?
Jul 24, 2020
Block or Charge?
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Rex Chapman enters the Steam Room to engage Ernie and Charles in an honest conversation about addiction, recovery, redemption, and how a former NBA player stumbles into a second act as a Twitter influencer. Chuck uses "First of All" to support Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's condemnation of the lack of outrage at the recent spike in anti-Semitic rhetoric. Ernie and Charles exchange humbling laundry stories from their youth. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins to remind Chuck of his embarrassing Opening Night prediction. The Answering Machine includes a call from Sweden, a question about Alabama politics, and why you shouldn't bet against Charles on the golf course...sometimes...once in a while.
Jul 17, 2020
Book by its Cover
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Charles' “all-time favorite guest” Killer Mike steps into The Steam Room to discuss the Black community’s need to plot, plan, strategize, organize and mobilize. Chuck was noticeably less excited to welcome in Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith for an overdue catch-up between the Inside the NBA deskmates, including a conversation about the return of the NBA season, and why Chuck is having doubts. Tip of the cap to Baseball's Negro Leagues. Roses for Maya Moore. Wear a mask. Shout out to Bobby Bonilla. 
Jul 03, 2020
Failing Kindergarten
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Ernie and Charles get into the NBA return debate, with Chuck taking the position that the players should step up and play for Adam Silver. 3x NBA Champion Andre Iguodala (7:40) enters the Steam Room to talk about his role as First Vice President of the NBPA Executive Committee, and how players can use 'the bubble' as a platform for activism. CNN commentator Van Jones (22:10) joins the guys for a conversation about probation reform in America, and how the murder of Rayshard Brooks can be traced to a broken system. Tim Kiely (50:23) hijacks Chuck's Answering Machine to surprise EJ and Chuck with Father's Day messages from VERY loyal steamers.
Jun 19, 2020
Something in the Soil
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CNN anchor Don Lemon joins Ernie and Charles for a candid conversation about racial injustice in America, covering the Trump Administration, and finding inspiration in the progressive passion of younger generations. Yahoo! Sports Senior NBA Insider Chris Haynes steps inside The Steam Room to discuss the NBA's return plan, and rumblings of reservations among the players. Haynes reflects on attending a recent protest with his daughter, before sharing his personal experience with racial profiling. Chuck's Answering Machine produces an inquiry Charles calls "one of the best questions I've ever been asked.”
Jun 12, 2020
It's Time for a Conversation
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In this special episode of The Steam Room, we turn it over to the Inside guys, who returned to TNT for the first time since March. Ernie, Charles, Kenny, & Shaq share their feelings about racial injustice, policing, and the reaction to Drew Brees’ comments about kneeling during the anthem. Commissioner Adam Silver joins to discuss the return of the 2019-20 season, how the league is planning to take COVID-19 precautions, and what the NBA can do to help fight racism. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and retired NBA player Stephen Jackson join the conversation to address the murder of George Floyd, understanding white privilege, and how to work towards ending systemic racism.
Jun 05, 2020
Be a Good Human
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In this episode, Ernie and Charles open with an impassioned conversation about the current state of American race relations and the rising tensions between law enforcement and the Black community following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On the back nine, #4 ranked golfer in the world Justin Thomas joins to revisit the most memorable moments from The Match. Former NBA All-Star Detlef Schrempf enters the Steam Room ahead of his charity golf match with Barkley to discuss when the NBA will return to Seattle and why Parks and Rec might have been his last acting gig. Underdog (put that on a T-Shirt) calls in to check on the Chuckster and encourage his friend to FINALLY accomplish that lifelong goal of learning Spanish.
May 29, 2020
Game of Bogeys
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Alabama head coach and 6x National Champion Nick Saban drops by The Steam Room to discuss football without fans, the difference between coaching college and the pros, and which TV shows he's been binging during quarantine. Ernie and Charles reminisce about their favorite Game of Zones moments with the series creators Adam and Craig Malamut to commemorate the final installment of the Bleacher Report franchise. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins to regale us with stories from takin' the show on the road. Chuck talks about his upcoming golfing-for-charity challenge during The Match and makes his prediction: Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning or Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady?
May 22, 2020
The Good Cigars
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Ahead of the upcoming finale of The Last Dance, Emmy-Award winning sportscaster and legendary NBA insider Ahmad Rashad enters The Steam Room to discuss his longtime friendship with Michael Jordan and take shots at Chuck’s ‘riff raff’ cigar etiquette. Charles opens up about his relationship with Jordan and the possibility of a reconciliation. MJ’s longtime trainer Tim Grover joins to talk about his legendary 'Breakfast Club' workouts, and gives a first-person account of what really happened the night before the infamous ‘Flu Game.' Chuck reflects on the uncertainty players face amidst a renewed optimism surrounding the return of sports.
May 15, 2020
Invent the Future
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Ernie and Charles welcome Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban into the Steam Room for a thought-provoking discussion about COVID-19’s impact on both the NBA and the economy, and where our country goes from here. Cuban bonds with Chuck over a shared Shark Tank investment, talks The Last Dance, and addresses the possibility of running for President in 2020. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely updates the Chuckster on Twitter’s latest trends, and Chuck’s Answering Machine continues to have worldwide reach…and for that reason, we’re out.
May 08, 2020
The Best Bad Idea
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The Steam Room (from home) continues with special guest J.J. Watt! The 3x NFL Defensive Player of the Year talks quarantine chores, the pressures of hosting SNL, Dennis Rodman's Vegas vacation, and the legend of Charles Barkley speeding tickets in Houston. Ernie and Chuck discuss the future of sports amid coronavirus concerns, and finding silver linings in acts of compassion. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins to salute EJ's Journalism School, and a seemingly harmless message on Chuck's Answering Machine leads to an image you won't be able to scrub from your memory...not even with a cheese grater. via Knit
May 01, 2020
Next Stop: Flavortown
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On this week's episode of The Steam Room, Charles and Ernie visit Flavortown for a wide-ranging conversation with the Mayor himself, Guy Fieri! Chuck and EJ talk NFL Draft, the real reason for the demise of the Bulls dynasty, and Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely challenges Chuck to a Wonderlic-inspired pop quiz. Don't hang up before you hear Charles' Michael Jackson story... via Knit
Apr 24, 2020
2% Better
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The Steam Room is staying home this week with Neurosurgery Resident Dr. Myron Rolle, a former NFL player and Rhodes Scholar on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight at Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital. Charles goes "All-In" for coronavirus relief, tells a story about golfing with Michael Jordan, and the guys answer yet another international message from Chuck's Answering Machine. via Knit
Apr 17, 2020
The Gang's All Here
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This very special episode of The Steam Room brings EJ, Chuck, Kenny and Shaq back together for the first time since the NBA hiatus began. The crew catches up on Charles' COVID-19 scare, Shaq's confusing appearance in Tiger King, the fate of the 2019-2020 NBA season and more... and don't worry, the laughs are just as loud from home as they are in Studio J! Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins to take Chuck's temperature on Tom Brady moving on to Tampa Bay and Cam Newton's future. Ernie sends love to all of the medial professionals out there on the front lines. Oh, and did we hear Chuck say he's considering joining social media?! via Knit
Apr 10, 2020
On to the Toes, Baby!
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On this episode of The Steam Room, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins Ernie & Charles to provide insight on the global Coronavirus outbreak, including the best precautions you can take to stay healthy. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely leads another edition of 'What in the Wide Wide World of Sports' featuring Chuck's take on Spike Lee vs The Knicks, feeling starstruck by Mike Trout, and the art of the commencement speech. EJ and Charles discuss their favorite TV shows and fast food joints, and finally answer the age-old question of what Charles would've done for a living if he couldn't play basketball. Brace yourself for his answer. via Knit
Mar 06, 2020
9-Inch Hands & Doing Just Fine
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In this weeks' episode of The Steam Room, Ernie and Charles discuss everything from the NFL collective bargaining agreement to their favorite movies. Channing Frye drops in to talk about his role in bonding the 2016 Cavs together as a team, the importance of veteran leadership for young players, and the destigmatization of mental health in the league today. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely gets the guys' take on Joe Burrow, Deontay Wilder, and a 42-year-old Zamboni driver turned NHL goalie. A message on Chuck's Answering Machine reveals Barkley's roulette strategy... you won't want to miss it. via Knit
Feb 28, 2020
"Happy Birthday to Me, America!"
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In this episode of The Steam Room, Ernie celebrates Charles' 57th birthday with a surprise manicure and pedicure. Chuck tees off on the Houston Astros scandal, and Pardon the Interruption co-host Mike Wilbon calls in to wish The Chuckster a Happy Birthday and revisit All-Star Weekend. Inside the NBA Producer Tim Kiely joins The Steam Room to talk about Charles' cameo on The Bachelor, and deliver a special message from Guy Fieri. Chuck's answering machine features a best-of birthday messages from Loyal Steamers. via Knit
Feb 21, 2020
"Happy Birthday to Me, America!" 
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In this episode of The Steam Room, Ernie celebrates Charles' 57th birthday with a surprise manicure and pedicure. Chuck tees off on the Houston Astros scandal, and Pardon the Interruption co-host Mike Wilbon calls in to wish The Chuckster a Happy Birthday and revisit All-Star Weekend. Inside the NBA Producer Tim Kiely joins The Steam Room to talk about Charles' cameo on The Bachelor, and deliver a special message from Guy Fieri. Chuck's answering machine features a best-of birthday messages from Loyal Steamers. via Knit
Feb 21, 2020
Yes, and... LIVE from NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago
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LIVE from Chicago's House of Blues, The Steam Room takes the show on the road for NBA All-Star Weekend! Joined by Chicago native Isiah Thomas, and The Second City's Jordan Savusa and Mary Catherine Curran, EJ & Chuck show off their improv skills and eat like locals with a deep-dish pizza and "Chicago Dog" taste test. Audience members ask Charles questions in a live edition of Chuck's Answering Machine, and a special Loyal Steamer sends the guys an exciting message! via Knit
Feb 15, 2020
The Iceman Cometh
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On this episode of The Steam Room, Ernie & Chuck express frustration with the state of American politics, preview the Academy Awards and discuss best picture nominees. Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino, AKA "The Iceman" surprises Chuck by calling in to talk Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs winning Super Bowl LIV, and the evolution of football. Chuck gives his take on the perfect chicken wing, Rick Mahorn's ample backside, and All Star Weekend in Chicago. via Knit
Feb 07, 2020
Moment by Moment
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In this week's episode of the Steam Room, EJ and Chuck reflect on the late Kobe Bryant. Matt Mauser calls in to talk about the life and legacy of his late wife, Christina Mauser. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins the guys in the Steam Room to talk Super Bowl predictions and prop bets. Charles responds to messages from his Answering Machine, including the best food for watching the big game, and which reality show the Chuckster would like to be on. via Knit
Jan 31, 2020
Bad Luck Chuck
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On this episode of The Steam Room, 'Charles Barkley vs. The Internet', Grammy-nominated musician PJ Morton calls in from Sweden, Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely reports this week's most bizarre local news stories, and EJ and Chuck discuss Steam Room towel etiquette, mani-pedi routines, and what it's really like to work with Shaq. via Knit
Jan 24, 2020
Stand Down, Soldier
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In the latest episode of The Steam Room, EJ and Chuck discuss the delicate relationship between mental health and sports. Phillies legend Jimmy Rollins shares his perspective on the cheating scandal that has rocked the MLB. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely returns to report the local news, and the Chuckster responds to a few outrageous voicemails on his answering machine. via Knit
Jan 17, 2020
Nice Towel
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EJ & Chuck welcome not one, but TWO guests into The Steam Room! ESPN's Chris Fowler previews the upcoming College Football National Championship game between LSU and Clemson, and ponders the future of college athletics. CNN's Jake Tapper speaks on the developing conflict in Iran, the Democratic presidential candidates and what it's like to cover the unending news cycle in Washington. Inside the NBA's Executive Producer Tim Kiely shares this week's outrageous local new stories, and Chuck responds to a message left on his answering machine. via Knit
Jan 09, 2020
¡Hola 2020!
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On this episode of The Steam Room, Chuck and EJ discuss everything from Trump's Impeachment and NFL storylines, to their favorite Christmas songs and bilingual aspirations. The guys react to absurd local news stories with Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely. Charles shares his New Year's Resolutions and responds to messages on his answering machine. via Knit
Dec 19, 2019
Full Steam Ahead
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In this inaugural episode of The Steam Room, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley discuss Le'Veon Bell's bowling, the Patriots filming controversy, and Patrick Reed's bunker dust-up. The guys give their take on the media's coverage of national politics, and welcome in legendary Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely to delve into EJ's roots in local news. Chuck checks his answering machine and responds to messages left by fans and a special guest. via Knit
Dec 12, 2019
Introducing The Steam Room
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The Steam Room is the new audio vehicle for two of sports media's most iconic personalities, keeping the conversation going beyond from the desk inside Studio J. After nearly 20 years on TNT's Inside The NBA, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley still have a lot to talk about, and with this platform they'll tackle new topics in the classic unscripted style that fans have come to love. In addition to NBA talk, EJ and Chuck will dive into current events, pop culture, and even local news. Look for The Steam Room on Thursdays starting December 12th. via Knit
Dec 09, 2019