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Original audio documentaries and more from the makers of the acclaimed 30 for 30 series. Sports stories like you've never heard before.

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Original audio documentaries and more from the makers of the acclaimed 30 for 30 series. Sports stories like you've never heard before.
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2019-11-19 01:21
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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, vi...
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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, show...
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Trailer: Season Six

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, a...
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30for30+: "THE STERLING AFFAIRS" (Part 1)

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 (@30for3...
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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 collaborat...
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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 Shel...
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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 She...
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THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 2: The Opposite of Showtime

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 Podc...
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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 i...
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Trailer: The Sterling Affairs

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, r...
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10th Anniversary: 'The Fab Five' Revisited

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 i...
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10th Anniversary: 'Fantastic Lies' Revisited

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 ar...
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10th Anniversary: Dan, Mina, Bomani and Zach's Favorites

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 podca...
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10th Anniversary: Chris Herren Shares His Story

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 wit...
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10th Anniversary: 'The Two Escobars' Revisited

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 Pab...
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30for30+: "The Good, The Bad, The Hungry"

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 L...
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10th Anniversary: 'Benji' Revisited

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 wa...
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10th Anniversary: 30 for 30 Fakes

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 stor...
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10th Anniversary: 'OJ: Made In America' Revisited

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...
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10th Anniversary: Six Films, One Director

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...
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10th Anniversary: 'The U' & 'Broke' Revisited

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 r...
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30for30+ "Back Pass"

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.
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30for30+ "Qualified"

A bonus conversation about the new 30 for 30 film 'Qualified,' which chronicles Janet Guthrie's captivating rise to become the first woman to ever compete in the Indianapolis 500. Host Jody Avirgan welcomes Janet herself along with filmmakers Jenna Ric...
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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. B...
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30for30+ Ahead Of Their Time: Long Ball Soccer

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 pod...
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30for30+ Dunkumentaries spotlight

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 ...
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30for30+ "Deion's Double Play"

Prime Time finally has a 30 for 30. Jody Avirgan talks with Deion Sanders and director Ken Rodgers about the new 30 for 30 film 'Deion's Double Play,' which depicts the surprising controversy over Sanders' 1992 attempt to play two MLB playoff games AND...
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BIKRAM - End of Year Update

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...
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30for30+ "42 to 1"

A bonus conversation about the new 30 for 30 film '42 to 1,' which examines Buster Douglas' shocking upset of heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990. Jody Avirgan speaks with directors Jeremy Schaap and Ben Houser about why they consider it the greate...
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30for30+ "Rickey Won't Quit"

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 30for30p...
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Rickey Won't Quit

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....
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30for30+ "The Loophole"

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
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The Loophole

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 re...
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30for30+ "Six Who Sat"

Jody Avirgan speaks with Gretta Cohn of Transmitter Media and host Hillary Frank (The Longest Shortest Time) about our documentary "Six Who Sat."
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Six Who Sat

In 1972, a group of women staged a protest at the starting line of the New York City Marathon. They sought remedy to a system that largely barred women from the world's great marathons. Six Who Sat examines an era of change and goes behind-the-scenes o...
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30for30+ "All In"

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 fe...
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All In: Sparking The Poker Boom

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 ab...
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30for30+ "Juiced"

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.
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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 ...
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Trailer: Season Four

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 ...
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30for30+ "Seau"

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 fil...
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30for30+ "Locked In"

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 t...
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30for30+ "Enhanced"

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 ...
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30for30+ "BIKRAM" (Part 2)

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 her...
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30for30+ "BIKRAM"

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! C...
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BIKRAM Part 5: Reckoning

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 30for30podca...
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BIKRAM Part 4: Truth

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 su...
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BIKRAM Part 3: Power

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. ...
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BIKRAM Part 2: Process

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 informati...
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BIKRAM Part 1: Arrival

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 empir...
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