30 For 30 Podcasts

30 For 30 Podcasts

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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 fi


TRAILER: HEAVY MEDALS
Jul 7 • 4 min
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…
CURSED AND BLESSED
Dec 2, 2019 • 48 min
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…
THE FALL OF THE CONDOR
Nov 26, 2019 • 51 min
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…
OUT OF THE WOODS
Nov 19, 2019 • 49 min
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…
THE SPY WHO SIGNED ME
Nov 12, 2019 • 48 min
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,…
Trailer: Season Six
Nov 5, 2019 • 3 min
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…
THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 5: Not Fit
Aug 20, 2019 • 51 min
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…
THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 4: Fallout
Aug 20, 2019 • 42 min
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…
THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 3: Property
Aug 20, 2019 • 52 min
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…
THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 2: The Opposite of Showtime
Aug 20, 2019 • 49 min
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…
THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 1: That Tape
Aug 20, 2019 • 36 min
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…
Trailer: The Sterling Affairs
Aug 14, 2019 • 3 min
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…
BACK PASS
May 12, 2019 • 52 min
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…
Presenting ‘Ahead Of Their Time’
Apr 25, 2019 • 33 min
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…
Presenting ‘Dunkumentaries’
Mar 11, 2019 • 18 min
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…
RICKEY WON’T QUIT
Nov 13, 2018 • 47 min
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.…
THE LOOPHOLE
Nov 6, 2018 • 47 min
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…
SIX WHO SAT
Oct 30, 2018 • 47 min
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…
ALL IN: SPARKING THE POKER BOOM
Oct 23, 2018 • 50 min
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…
JUICED
Oct 16, 2018 • 43 min
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…
Trailer: Season Four
Oct 10, 2018 • 4 min
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…
BIKRAM Part 5: Reckoning
May 22, 2018 • 32 min
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…
BIKRAM Part 4: Truth
May 21, 2018 • 44 min
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…
BIKRAM Part 3: Power
May 21, 2018 • 47 min
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…
BIKRAM Part 2: Process
May 21, 2018 • 37 min
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…
BIKRAM Part 1: Arrival
May 21, 2018 • 41 min
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.…
Season Three Trailer: BIKRAM
May 4, 2018 • 3 min
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…
MADDEN’S GAME
Dec 5, 2017 • 43 min
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…
THE LIGHTS OF WRIGLEYVILLE
Nov 28, 2017 • 54 min
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…
NO RULES: THE BIRTH OF UFC
Nov 21, 2017 • 56 min
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…
HOODIES UP
Nov 14, 2017 • 33 min
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
Oct 31, 2017 • 3 min
Our new season of original documentaries launches on November 14th. Read more at 30for30podcasts.com
THE FIGHTER INSIDE
Jul 25, 2017 • 47 min
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…
A QUEEN OF SORTS
Jul 18, 2017 • 48 min
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…
ON THE ICE
Jul 11, 2017 • 48 min
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…
YANKEES SUCK
Jul 4, 2017 • 53 min
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!…
THE TRIALS OF DAN AND DAVE
Jun 27, 2017 • 55 min
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…