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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


30for30+: “THE STERLING AFFAIRS” (Part 1)
Aug 30 • 41 min
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)…
THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 5: Not Fit
Aug 20 • 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 • 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 • 51 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 • 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 • 35 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 • 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…
10th Anniversary: ‘The Fab Five’ Revisited
Aug 9 • 32 min
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…
10th Anniversary: ‘Fantastic Lies’ Revisited
Aug 8 • 34 min
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…
10th Anniversary: Dan, Mina, Bomani and Zach’s Favorites
Aug 7 • 30 min
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…
10th Anniversary: Chris Herren Shares His Story
Aug 6 • 29 min
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…
10th Anniversary: ‘The Two Escobars’ Revisited
Aug 5 • 25 min
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…
10th Anniversary: ‘Benji’ Revisited
Jun 28 • 34 min
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…
10th Anniversary: 30 for 30 Fakes
Jun 27 • 28 min
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.…
10th Anniversary: ‘OJ: Made In America’ Revisited
Jun 26 • 30 min
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…
10th Anniversary: Six Films, One Director
Jun 25 • 29 min
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…
10th Anniversary: ‘The U’ & ‘Broke’ Revisited
Jun 24 • 33 min
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…
30for30+ “Back Pass”
Jun 18 • 25 min
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.
BACK PASS
May 12 • 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 • 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 • 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…
30for30+ “Rickey Won’t Quit”
Nov 18, 2018 • 27 min
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…
RICKEY WON’T QUIT
Nov 13, 2018 • 41 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.…
30for30+ “The Loophole”
Nov 11, 2018 • 23 min
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
THE LOOPHOLE
Nov 6, 2018 • 42 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…
30for30+ “Six Who Sat”
Nov 4, 2018 • 26 min
Jody Avirgan speaks with Gretta Cohn of Transmitter Media and host Hillary Frank (The Longest Shortest Time) about our documentary “Six Who Sat.”
SIX WHO SAT
Oct 30, 2018 • 41 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…
30for30+ “All In”
Oct 28, 2018 • 25 min
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…
ALL IN: SPARKING THE POKER BOOM
Oct 23, 2018 • 49 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…
30for30+ “Juiced”
Oct 21, 2018 • 19 min
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.
JUICED
Oct 16, 2018 • 42 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 • 2 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…
30for30+ “BIKRAM” (Part 2)
Jun 27, 2018 • 27 min
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…
30for30+ “BIKRAM”
Jun 11, 2018 • 28 min
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 [email protected] or on twitter @30for30 NYC! Come…
BIKRAM Part 5: Reckoning
May 22, 2018 • 29 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 • 43 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 • 45 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 • 35 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 • 39 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…
30for30+ “Madden’s Game”
Dec 10, 2017 • 13 min
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.
MADDEN’S GAME
Dec 5, 2017 • 41 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…
30for30+ “Wrigleyville”
Dec 3, 2017 • 16 min
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.
THE LIGHTS OF WRIGLEYVILLE
Nov 28, 2017 • 52 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…
30for30+ “No Rules”
Nov 26, 2017 • 14 min
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.
NO RULES: THE BIRTH OF UFC
Nov 21, 2017 • 54 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…
30for30+ “Hoodies Up”
Nov 19, 2017 • 15 min
A conversation, with behind the scenes stories and bonus clips, about our episode “Hoodies Up.” Featuring Jody Avirgan and The Undefeated’s Clinton Yates.
HOODIES UP
Nov 14, 2017 • 31 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 • 2 min
Our new season of original documentaries launches on November 14th. Read more at 30for30podcasts.com
THE FIGHTER INSIDE
Jul 25, 2017 • 46 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 • 46 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 • 46 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 • 51 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 • 53 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…