30 For 30 Podcasts

30 For 30 Podcasts

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Original audio documentaries and more from the makers of the acclaimed 30 for 30 series. We make new documentary seasons each spring and fall, and highlight conversations about the 30 for 30 films in between. Sports stories like you’ve never heard befor
30for30+ “Seau”
Sep 20 • 25 min
A bonus conversation with filmmaker Kirby Bradley on his new 30 for 30 documentary ‘Seau’ and how Junior Seau’s shocking suicide and positive CTE test continue to impact football to this day, even raising questions about the future of the game. The film…
30for30+ “Locked In”
Aug 30 • 17 min
A bonus conversation with filmmaker Alison Ellwood about her new 30 for 30 Short ‘Locked In,’ which chronicles former Paralympian swimmer Victoria Arlen’s journey through a rare illness that left her in a vegetative state, and the incredible recovery that…
30for30+ “Enhanced”
Jul 19 • 27 min
A bonus conversation with Alex Gibney and Dan Coyle about their new film series “Enhanced,” which explores the breakthrough innovations that are driving peak athletic performance. This pursuit of greatness comes with a host of ethical conundrums. How far…
30for30+ “BIKRAM” (Part 2)
Jun 27 • 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 • 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 30for30podcasts@espn.com or on twitter @30for30 NYC! Come…
BIKRAM Part 5: Reckoning
May 22 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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+ “The Last Days of Knight”
Apr 13 • 26 min
A bonus conversation about the downfall of legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight. Robert Abbott directed the new 30for30 film “The Last Days of Knight,” available now on ESPN+ as part of the new ESPN app. es.pn/2JF3eF2
30for30+ The Tonya Harding Story
Mar 1 • 26 min
A bonus conversation with two filmmakers who have taken on one of the most infamous stories in sports history: Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Nanette Burstein directed the 2014 30 for 30 documentary “The Price of Gold,” and Steven Rogers wrote the…
30for30+ “The Two Bills”
Feb 1 • 19 min
A bonus conversation with director Ken Rodgers, who got legendary NFL coaches BIll Parcells and Bill Belichick to sit for an interview together for the first time in decades. Watch the film now:…
30for30+ “The Amazing Adventures of Wally and the Worm”
Dec 19, 2017 • 19 min
A bonus conversation with director Colin Hanks and former NBA Trainer Wally Blase. Wally started his career in the 1990s with the legendary Chicago Bulls. His wild 10-day “injury rehab” trip with Dennis Rodman inspired the new 30 for 30 short “Wally and…
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
30for30+ “Nature Boy” with Ric Flair and Rory Karpf
Nov 7, 2017 • 30 min
A bonus conversation with “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, one of pro wrestling’s legendary figures, and Rory Karpf, director of a new documentary about his troubled life. Watch the film now:…
Trailer: Season Two
Oct 31, 2017 • 2 min
Our new season of original documentaries launches on November 14th. Read more at 30for30podcasts.com
30for30+ “Year Of The Scab” with NFL replacement players
Oct 31, 2017 • 22 min
A bonus conversation about a bizarre moment in NFL history. In 1987, NFL players went on strike, and NFL owners fielded replacement players — NFL castoffs, has beens and never weres. 30 for 30’s Jody Avirgan speaks with director John Dorsey and two…
30for30+ “Morningside Five” with director Mike Tollin
Oct 24, 2017 • 20 min
A conversation between 30 for 30’s Jody Avirgan and director Mike Tollin about a group of star basketball players he tracked over the course of 25 years. Watch the film on the ESPN app right now. Listen to our first season of audio docs here:…
30for30+ “Tommy” with directors Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby
Oct 17, 2017 • 24 min
A conversation between 30 for 30’s Jody Avirgan and the co-directors of the new film “Tommy,” chronicling the turbulent life of boxer Tommy Morrison, who eventually died from complications of AIDS. Watch the film now:…
30for30+ “Strike Team” with Charlie and Willie Ebersol
Oct 10, 2017 • 20 min
A bonus conversation between 30 for 30’s Jody Avirgan and director/producer team Charlie and Willie Ebersol. Their new film “Strike Team” chronicles one of the most brazen stings in U.S. Marshal’s history. Watch the film now:…
30for30+ “What Carter Lost” with director Adam Hootnick
Aug 29, 2017 • 25 min
A bonus conversation with Jody Avirgan and director Adam Hootnick about his film “What Carter Lost,” which tells the story of perhaps the greatest high school football team of all time, and a scandal that rocked a community. | Watch the film right now:…
30for30+ “George Best” with director Daniel Gordon
Aug 22, 2017 • 21 min
Between seasons, we’re bringing you bonus conversations with Jody Avirgan and the people behind some recent 30 for 30 films. This week, director Daniel Gordon discusses his new film about the brilliant and troubled soccer player George Best — and the rise…
30for30+ “Mike and The Mad Dog” with director Dan Forer
Aug 15, 2017 • 27 min
Between seasons, we’re bringing you bonus conversations with Jody Avirgan and the people behind some recent 30 for 30 films. This week, director Dan Forer discusses the mercurial relationship between Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, and the rise…
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…