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30 For 30 Podcasts

53 EpisodesProduced by ESPN, ESPN Films, 30for30Website

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, athle… read more

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53 Episodes | 2017 - 2022

THE TRIALS OF DAN AND DAVE

June 27th, 2017

55:37

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 …

YANKEES SUCK

July 4th, 2017

53:25

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 …

ON THE ICE

July 11th, 2017

48:30

Twenty years ago, hundreds of women answered a classified ad seeking adventurers for an all-women trek to the North Pole - no expedition experience …

A QUEEN OF SORTS

July 18th, 2017

48:09

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 …

THE FIGHTER INSIDE

July 25th, 2017

47:55

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 …

Trailer: Season Two

October 31st, 2017

3:20
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HOODIES UP

November 14th, 2017

33:43

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

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NO RULES: THE BIRTH OF UFC

November 21st, 2017

56:14

Who is the ultimate fighter? A wrestler? A boxer? A martial arts master? The first ever Ultimate Fighting Championship set out to answer that …

THE LIGHTS OF WRIGLEYVILLE

November 28th, 2017

54:16

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 …

MADDEN'S GAME

December 5th, 2017

43:49

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 …

Season Three Trailer: BIKRAM

May 4th, 2018

3:45
In the early 1970s, a young Indian yogi named Bikram Choudhury used his Hollywood connections to launch a hot yoga empire. America's fitness …

BIKRAM Part 1: Arrival

May 22nd, 2018

41:36

Bikram Choudhury begins his journey to fame, wealth, and scandal in 1970s Los Angeles. He takes Beverly Hills by storm, using his Hollywood …

BIKRAM Part 2: Process

May 22nd, 2018

37:20

Bikram spreads his brand of hot yoga through teacher trainings, where he puts his most devoted followers through nine weeks of intense suffering and …

BIKRAM Part 3: Power

May 22nd, 2018

47:45

Bikram claims ownership over his brand of yoga using increasingly hardball tactics. Julia investigates the roots of yoga to try to separate what is …

BIKRAM Part 4: Truth

May 22nd, 2018

44:44

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 …

BIKRAM Part 5: Reckoning

May 22nd, 2018

32:46

Members of the Bikram community wrestle with Bikram's behavior, their own complicity, and the question, "Can Bikram the yoga be separated from Bikram …

Trailer: Season Four

October 10th, 2018

4:07
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 …

JUICED

October 16th, 2018

43:04

At the end of his career, Jose Canseco, the self-proclaimed "godfather of the steroid era," was effectively forced out of baseball. As revenge, …

ALL IN: SPARKING THE POKER BOOM

October 23rd, 2018

50:59

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 …

SIX WHO SAT

October 30th, 2018

47:39

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 …

THE LOOPHOLE

November 6th, 2018

47:39

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 …

RICKEY WON'T QUIT

November 13th, 2018

47:39

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. …

BACK PASS

May 12th, 2019

52:47

The 1999 Women's World Cup transformed Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and the National Team into celebrities overnight. They used their newfound fame to …

Trailer: The Sterling Affairs

August 15th, 2019

3:47
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 …

THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 1: That Tape

August 20th, 2019

36:26

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 …

THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 2: The Opposite of Showtime

August 20th, 2019

49:34

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 …

THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 3: Property

August 20th, 2019

52:00

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 …

THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 4: Fallout

August 20th, 2019

42:56

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 …

THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 5: Not Fit

August 20th, 2019

51:48

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 …

Trailer: Season Six

November 5th, 2019

3:19
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 …

THE SPY WHO SIGNED ME

November 12th, 2019

48:04

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. …

OUT OF THE WOODS

November 19th, 2019

49:00

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. …

THE FALL OF THE CONDOR

November 26th, 2019

51:39

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 …

CURSED AND BLESSED

December 2nd, 2019

48:32

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 …

TRAILER: HEAVY MEDALS

July 7th, 2020

4:07

For 40 years, as athletes came and went, there was one constant presence in Olympic gymnastics: Bela and Martha Karolyi — the most successful coaches …

HEAVY MEDALS Part 1: Made in Romania

July 14th, 2020

41:39

In the middle of the Cold War, Romanian gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi turn Nadia Comaneci, a 14-year-old gymnast from a Communist …

HEAVY MEDALS Part 2: American Hustle

July 14th, 2020

44:32

After defecting from Romania, the Karolyis begin to build their gymnastics empire in the U.S. But they need a champion. Enter Mary Lou Retton, the …

HEAVY MEDALS Part 3: The Bela Show

July 14th, 2020

35:00

Growing his image as the most well-known coach in gymnastics, Bela builds his brand and aims for more gold medals with a new star athlete. But after …

HEAVY MEDALS Part 4: Home Games

July 14th, 2020

33:54

Pulled back onto the world gymnastics stage by the precocious talent of their newest protege, Dominique Moceanu, Bela and Martha are all in on …

HEAVY MEDALS Part 5: The Karolyi Way

July 14th, 2020

39:27

After the glory of winning gold in Atlanta, the U.S. National Team slips on the world stage, finishing last in the finals at the 1999 World …

HEAVY MEDALS Part 6: The Rise of Martha

July 14th, 2020

41:58

For years, Martha Karolyi avoided the spotlight — appearing only as the mysterious and subservient partner of her boisterous husband. But when she is …

HEAVY MEDALS Part 7: The Unraveling

July 14th, 2020

51:36

Martha has turned the U.S. women’s gymnastics program into a world powerhouse. But as Martha is taking her final victory lap at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the gymnastics community is rocked by a scandal that will shock …

TRAILER: MARCH 11 2020

December 14th, 2020

1:43

There has perhaps been no greater event in recent history that has so clearly underlined how integral sports are to our culture than the coronavirus …

MARCH 11 2020

December 21st, 2020

1:07:08

Americans woke up on March 11 2020 in one reality and, by the time they went to sleep that night, they were living with a new one. Hear the story of the day everything changed — the day the NBA shut down and the …

TRAILER: THE KING OF CRENSHAW

August 18th, 2021

3:09

The King of Crenshaw is a four-part podcast series that will focus on how the late Nipsey Hussle’s life, death, and legacy deeply impacted the sports world. This series aims to examine how that overlap of Black male …

THE KING OF CRENSHAW Episode 1: To Live and Die in LA

August 23rd, 2021

46:25

When Nipsey Hussle was murdered on March 31, 2019 in front of his South LA clothing store, the tragedy elicited immediate tributes across industries, …

THE KING OF CRENSHAW Episode 2: Where You From?

August 23rd, 2021

39:58

Nipsey Hussle is a Los Angeles icon, but what’s the story behind that? Before the fame, he was Ermias Asghedom, a young kid coming of age in the …

THE KING OF CRENSHAW Episode 3: Songs in the Key of Life

August 23rd, 2021

45:06

There are a ton of descriptions that could properly summarize Nipsey Hussle’s music career. But “overnight” isn’t one of them. A decade-plus-long …

THE KING OF CRENSHAW Episode 4: Neighborhood Nip

August 23rd, 2021

45:06

Nipsey traveled across the world, but all of his love and loyalty funneled back to the community that raised him. With the corner of Crenshaw …

THE KING OF CRENSHAW BONUS: The Xtra Lap

August 30th, 2021

28:00

Nipsey’s life story lives on in his music, but only a handful of people witnessed Hussle in creation mode. Meet the brothers behind the beats and …

A Streetball Mixtape

May 31st, 2022

42:21

Streetball. It's a style of basketball defined by trash talk, windmill dunks, no-look passes, and broken ankles. You can find streetball at city parks and rec centers, driveways and playgrounds, pro-am leagues and even …

TRAILER: The Longest Game

August 19th, 2022

0:30

From 30 for 30 Podcasts, The Longest Game tells the story of a surreal baseball game, a record-breaking 33 innings. As they slug it out from dusk to …

The Longest Game

August 23rd, 2022

45:10

Baseball holds its records sacred. Most home runs, strikeouts, career wins. But what about the longest game ever? That honor goes to a 1981 AAA game, …

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