30 For 30 Podcasts

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.

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THE KING OF CRENSHAW BONUS: The Xtra Lap
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 hear some of the secrets of the “slaps.”
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THE KING OF CRENSHAW Episode 4: Neighborhood Nip
Nipsey Hussle created a blueprint for this friends to follow, and through them, Nipsey’s prophetic mantra, ‘The Marathon Continues’ will do just that.
42 min
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THE KING OF CRENSHAW Episode 3: Songs in the Ke...
The highs, lows, joys, and pains of Nipsey’s decade-plus-long voyage to his debut album ‘Victory Lap.’ And how that marathon ran parallel with the NBA players who were in awe of his every move.
42 min
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THE KING OF CRENSHAW Episode 2: Where You From?
A look at the world that raised, bruised, and ultimately made Nipsey Hussle the man he became.
36 min
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THE KING OF CRENSHAW Episode 1: To Live and Die...
The death of rapper Nipsey Hussle reverberated throughout the NBA, where Hussle had deep ties. Why was this connection so deep and what made Nipsey such an inspiration?
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TRAILER: THE KING OF CRENSHAW
Coming August 23rd from 30 for 30 Podcasts and The Undefeated, The King of Crenshaw — a story of basketball, rap, and the legacy of Nipsey Hussle.
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MARCH 11 2020
March 11 2020 tells the story of a day that started in one reality and ended with a new one — the day the NBA shut down and the pandemic became real — as told by those who lived it.
64 min
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TRAILER: MARCH 11 2020
March 11 2020 will tell the story of a day that started in one reality and ended with a new one — the day the NBA shut down and the pandemic became real — as told by those who lived it. Full episode will be available December 22, 2020.
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HEAVY MEDALS Part 7: The Unraveling
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 the world.
48 min
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HEAVY MEDALS Part 6: The Rise of Martha
For years, Martha Karolyi avoided the spotlight — appearing only as the mysterious and subservient partner of her boisterous husband. But when she is tapped to take over the national team, Martha finally comes into full view.
38 min
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HEAVY MEDALS Part 5: The Karolyi Way
With the next Olympics less than a year away, USA Gymnastics turns to the one person they think can save the team: Bela Karolyi.
36 min
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HEAVY MEDALS Part 4: Home Games
Bela and Martha are all in on winning gold at the Atlanta Games. But when Dominique Moceanu falls on vault, everything rides on the shoulders of Bela’s long-overshadowed veteran, Kerri Strug, to bring home the gold.
30 min
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HEAVY MEDALS Part 3: The Bela Show
Growing his image as the most well-known coach in gymnastics, Bela builds his brand and aims for more gold medals, but accusations of abuse grow against the coach.
32 min
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HEAVY MEDALS Part 2: American Hustle
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, whose perfect 10 at the 1984 Olympics will make her and her coach household names.
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HEAVY MEDALS Part 1: Made in Romania
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 country, into a global symbol of excellence at the 1976 Olympics when she scores the first perfect 10.
38 min
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TRAILER: HEAVY MEDALS
30 for 30 Season Seven: Heavy Medals
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CURSED AND BLESSED
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
45 min
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THE FALL OF THE CONDOR
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 Avir
48 min
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OUT OF THE WOODS
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, visi
46 min
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THE SPY WHO SIGNED ME
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, shower
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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, and
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THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 5: Not Fit
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 collaboratio
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THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 4: Fallout
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 Shelbu
39 min
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THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 3: Property
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 Shelb
49 min
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THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 2: The Opposite of Sh...
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 Podcas
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THE STERLING AFFAIRS Part 1: That Tape
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
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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, rea
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BACK PASS
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
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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. N
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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 repu
44 min
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SIX WHO SAT
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, i
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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 abou
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JUICED
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 mo
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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 do
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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 s
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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 informat
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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 empire.
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Season Three Trailer: 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
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MADDEN'S GAME
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 empir
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THE LIGHTS OF WRIGLEYVILLE
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 E
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NO RULES: THE BIRTH OF UFC
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 C
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HOODIES UP
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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Trailer: Season Two
Our new season of original documentaries launches on November 14th. Read more at 30for30podcasts.com
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THE FIGHTER INSIDE
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 ba
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A QUEEN OF SORTS
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 g
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ON THE ICE
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 a
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YANKEES SUCK
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! Yan
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THE TRIALS OF DAN AND DAVE
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 h
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