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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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Yankees Suck

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

A Queen Of Sorts

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

The Fighter Inside

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

No Rules: The Birth Of UFC

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

30for30+ The Tonya Harding Story

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

The Lights Of Wrigleyville

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

Hoodies Up

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

On The Ice

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

The Trials Of Dan And Dave

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

30for30+ Dunkumentaries spotlight

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

30for30+ "Deion's Double Play"

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

BIKRAM - End of Year Update

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

30for30+ "42 to 1"

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

30for30+ "Rickey Won't Quit"

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

Rickey Won't Quit

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

30for30+ "The Loophole"

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

The Loophole

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

30for30+ "Six Who Sat"

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."

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

30for30+ "All In"

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

All In: Sparking The Poker Boom

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

30for30+ "Juiced"

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.

Juiced

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

Trailer: Season Four

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

30for30+ "Seau"

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

30for30+ "Locked In"

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

30for30+ "Enhanced"

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

30for30+ "BIKRAM" (Part 2)

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

30for30+ "BIKRAM"

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

BIKRAM Part 5: Reckoning

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

BIKRAM Part 4: Truth

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

BIKRAM Part 3: Power

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

BIKRAM Part 2: Process

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

BIKRAM Part 1: Arrival

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

Season Three Trailer: BIKRAM

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

30for30+ "The Last Days of Knight"

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

30for30+ "The Two Bills"

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

30for30+ "The Amazing Adventures of Wally and the Worm"

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

30for30+ "Madden's Game"

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.

Madden's Game

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

30for30+ "Wrigleyville"

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.

30for30+ "No Rules"

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.

30for30+ "Hoodies Up"

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.

30for30+ "Nature Boy" with Ric Flair and Rory Karpf

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

Trailer: Season Two

02:20 | Oct 31st, 2017

Our new season of original documentaries launches on November 14th. Read more at 30for30podcasts.com

30for30+ "Year Of The Scab" with NFL replacement players

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

30for30+ "Morningside Five" with director Mike Tollin

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

30for30+ "Tommy" with directors Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby

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

30for30+ "Strike Team" with Charlie and Willie Ebersol

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

30for30+ "What Carter Lost" with director Adam Hootnick

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

30for30+ "George Best" with director Daniel Gordon

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

30for30+ "Mike and The Mad Dog" with director Dan Forer

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

30 for 30 Podcasts: Coming June 27th

02:31 | Jun 2nd, 2017

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