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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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: https://es.pn/2vlK01z. Our new season of original documentaries is coming this June!
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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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
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.
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
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@example.com or on twitter @30for30 NYC! Come to our live event on June 13th. More information 30for30podcasts.com/events
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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