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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 be...Show More
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51:27 | Jul 4th, 2017

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!...Show More

46:06 | Jul 18th, 2017

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 ...Show More
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46:23 | Jul 25th, 2017

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 behin...Show More

54:26 | Nov 21st, 2017

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 ...Show More

29:17 | Dec 28th, 2018

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'...Show More
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26:59 | Mar 1st, 2018

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...Show More

52:44 | Nov 28th, 2017

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 a...Show More

31:49 | Nov 14th, 2017

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

46:39 | Jul 11th, 2017

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, whi...Show More

53:44 | Jun 27th, 2017

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 t...Show More

41:27 | Aug 30th

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 (@30fo...Show More

51:13 | Aug 20th

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 collabor...Show More

42:26 | Aug 20th

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 Sh...Show More

51:28 | Aug 20th

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 S...Show More

49:26 | Aug 20th

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 Po...Show More

35:42 | Aug 20th

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...Show More

03:51 | Aug 15th

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,...Show More

32:20 | Aug 9th

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 ...Show More

34:30 | Aug 8th

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 ...Show More

30:26 | Aug 7th

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 pod...Show More

29:04 | Aug 6th

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 w...Show More

25:35 | Aug 5th

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 P...Show More

25:13 | Jul 1st

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...Show More

34:08 | Jun 28th

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 ...Show More

28:01 | Jun 27th

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 st...Show More

30:56 | Jun 26th

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 fi...Show More

29:09 | Jun 25th

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, t...Show More

33:31 | Jun 24th

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...Show More

25:18 | Jun 18th

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.

30:25 | May 28th

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 R...Show More

52:52 | May 12th

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....Show More

33:16 | Apr 25th

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 p...Show More

18:17 | Mar 11th

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 ca...Show More

28:03 | Jan 31st

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 A...Show More
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26:28 | Dec 11th, 2018

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 grea...Show More

27:25 | Nov 18th, 2018

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 30for3...Show More

41:01 | Nov 13th, 2018

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 Medi...Show More

23:52 | Nov 11th, 2018

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

42:45 | Nov 6th, 2018

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 ...Show More

26:51 | Nov 4th, 2018

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

41:53 | Oct 30th, 2018

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 196...Show More

25:48 | Oct 28th, 2018

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 ...Show More

49:05 | Oct 23rd, 2018

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 ...Show More

19:28 | Oct 21st, 2018

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.

42:08 | Oct 16th, 2018

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 ...Show More

02:52 | Oct 10th, 2018

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 ou...Show More
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25:49 | Sep 20th, 2018

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 f...Show More
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17:37 | Aug 30th, 2018

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...Show More
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27:30 | Jul 19th, 2018

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...Show More

27:19 | Jun 27th, 2018

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 h...Show More

28:10 | Jun 11th, 2018

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!...Show More

29:44 | May 22nd, 2018

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 30for30pod...Show More

43:06 | May 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More

45:36 | May 22nd, 2018

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...Show More

35:30 | May 22nd, 2018

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 informa...Show More

39:37 | May 22nd, 2018

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 emp...Show More

03:45 | May 4th, 2018

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 revolut...Show More
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26:49 | Apr 13th, 2018

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
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19:58 | Feb 1st, 2018

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: http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3281839/30-for-30-the-tw...Show More
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19:44 | Dec 19th, 2017

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 ...Show More

13:29 | Dec 10th, 2017

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.

41:47 | Dec 5th, 2017

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 e...Show More

16:19 | Dec 3rd, 2017

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.

14:23 | Nov 26th, 2017

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.

15:01 | Nov 19th, 2017

A conversation, with behind the scenes stories and bonus clips, about our episode "Hoodies Up." Featuring Jody Avirgan and The Undefeated's Clinton Yates.
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30:48 | Nov 8th, 2017

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: http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3211683/30-for-30--nature-boy-presen...Show More
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22:04 | Oct 31st, 2017

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 ...Show More

02:20 | Oct 31st, 2017

Our new season of original documentaries launches on November 14th. Read more at 30for30podcasts.com
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20:56 | Oct 24th, 2017

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...Show More
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24:55 | Oct 17th, 2017

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: espn.com/watch/_/id/3168369/30-f...Show More
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20:45 | Oct 10th, 2017

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: http://www.espn.com/watc...Show More
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25:58 | Aug 29th, 2017

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 no...Show More
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21:39 | Aug 22nd, 2017

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 th...Show More
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27:22 | Aug 15th, 2017

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 r...Show More
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02:31 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Subscribe now - our first season of five original documentaries arrives on Tuesday, June 27th.