30 For 30 Podcasts
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 before. Season three, a five-part series about the complicated world of Bikram yoga and its guru BIkram Choudhary, is out now.
30for30+ "Locked In" : 8/30/18
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 that followed. The film is available for viewing on ESPN+: https://es.pn/2BJIfkv
30for30+ "Enhanced": 7/19/18
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 far are athletes willing to go to get an edge? "Enhanced" is available exclusively on ESPN+: https://es.pn/2uq4eag
30for30+ "BIKRAM" (Part 2): 6/27/18
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 here this fall. In the meantime, we'll bring you more bonus episodes highlighting some of our favorite 30 for 30 films. 30for30podcasts.com
30for30+ "BIKRAM": 6/11/18
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 email@example.com or on twitter @30for30 NYC! Come to our live event on June 13th. More information 30for30podcasts.com/events
BIKRAM Part 5: Reckoning: 5/21/18
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 30for30podcasts.com/bikram If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual assault or abuse, and you would like more information or support, RAINN's 24/7, confidential, National Sexual Assault Hotline can help at 1-800-656-4673. Internationally, Pathways to Safety International provides assistance, at 833-SAFE-833.
BIKRAM Part 4: Truth: 5/21/18
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 subjected to sexual assault or abuse, and you would like more information or support, RAINN's 24/7, confidential, National Sexual Assault Hotline can help at 1-800-656-4673. Internationally, Pathways to Safety International provides assistance, at 833-SAFE-833.
BIKRAM Part 3: Power: 5/21/18
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. More information at 30for30podcasts.com/bikram If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual assault or abuse, and you would like more information or support, RAINN's 24/7, confidential, National Sexual Assault Hotline can help at 1-800-656-4673. Internationally, Pathways to Safety International provides assistance, at 833-SAFE-833.
BIKRAM Part 2: Process: 5/21/18
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 information at 30for30podcasts.com/bikram
BIKRAM Part 1: Arrival: 5/21/18
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. Reported by Julia Lowrie Henderson. Hosted by Jody Avirgan. More information at 30for30podcasts.com/bikram
Season Three Trailer: BIKRAM: 5/4/18
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 allowed him to hide increasingly dark behavior. In 30 for 30s first serialized story, reporter Julia Lowrie Henderson delves deep into the complicated world of Bikram Yoga to find out how a community responds when its guru falls from grace. All five episodes available on Tuesday, May 22. More at 30for30podcasts.com/bikram
30for30+ "The Last Days of Knight": 4/13/18
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 Tonya Harding Story: 3/1/18
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 screenplay for this year's film "I, Tonya."
30for30+ "The Two Bills": 2/1/18
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-two-bills
30for30+ "The Amazing Adventures of Wally and the Worm": 12/19/17
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 and the Worm." | Watch the film right now: http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=21778624 | Listen to our original audio docs: 30for30podcasts.com
30for30+ "Madden's Game": 12/10/17
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: 12/5/17
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 empire -- and pushed the limits of gaming in the process. Produced by NFL Films. Narrated by Wil Wheaton.
30for30+ "Wrigleyville": 12/3/17
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.
The Lights Of Wrigleyville: 11/28/17
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 Elizabeth Meister of Long Haul Productions. Narrated by former Cubs PA announcer Wayne Messmer.
30for30+ "No Rules": 11/26/17
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.
No Rules: The Birth Of UFC: 11/21/17
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 Chris Berube. Produced by Pineapple Street Media and 30 for 30's Andrew Mambo. 30for30podcasts.com
30for30+ "Hoodies Up": 11/19/17
A conversation, with behind the scenes stories and bonus clips, about our episode "Hoodies Up." Featuring Jody Avirgan and The Undefeated's Clinton Yates.
Hoodies Up: 11/14/17
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
30for30+ "Nature Boy" with Ric Flair and Rory Karpf: 11/7/17
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-presented-by-mini And our new season of audio documentaries returns November 14th. More at 30for30podcasts.com
Trailer: Season Two: 10/31/17
Our new season of original documentaries launches on November 14th. Read more at 30for30podcasts.com
30for30+ "Year Of The Scab" with NFL replacement players: 10/31/17
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 replacement players, Craig McEwen and Tony Settles. Watch the film on the ESPN app right now. http://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=3199367 Listen to our first season of audio docs here: 30for30podcasts.com/seasonone And the trailer for our new season comes out this week!
30for30+ "Morningside Five" with director Mike Tollin: 10/24/17
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: 30for30podcasts.com/seasonone Our new season of launches November 14th!
30for30+ "Tommy" with directors Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby: 10/17/17
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-for-30-tommy. Listen to our first season of audio docs here: 30for30podcasts.com/seasonone Our new season of launches November 14th!
30for30+ "Strike Team" with Charlie and Willie Ebersol: 10/10/17
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/watch/player?id=3192836 Listen to our first season of audio docs here: 30for30podcasts.com/seasonone Our new season of launches November 14th!
30for30+ "What Carter Lost" with director Adam Hootnick: 8/29/17
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 now: espn.com/watch/_/id/3152387/30-for-30--what-carter-lost-presented-by-mini | Listen to our first season of audio docs: 30for30podcasts.com/seasonone
30for30+ "George Best" with director Daniel Gordon: 8/22/17
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 the rise of the pop star footballer. Listen to our first season of docs: 30for30podcasts.com/seasonone
30for30+ "Mike and The Mad Dog" with director Dan Forer: 8/15/17
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 rise of sports talk radio. Listen to our first season of docs: 30for30podcasts.com/seasonone
The Fighter Inside: 7/25/17
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 bars, and the visionary prison warden who made his dream a reality. Reported by Andrew Mambo. Hosted by Jody Avirgan.
A Queen Of Sorts: 7/18/17
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 get revenge. Reported by Rose Eveleth. Hosted by Jody Avirgan.
On The Ice: 7/11/17
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 also discovering something in themselves that changed their lives forever. Reported by Rose Eveleth. Hosted by Jody Avirgan.
Yankees Suck: 7/4/17
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! Yankees Suck!" written by Amos Barshad. More at 30for30podcasts.com
The Trials Of Dan And Dave: 6/27/17
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 hype, how the campaign went bust -- and Dan O'Brien's path to redemption. Hosted by Jody Avirgan. Produced by Andrew Mambo. 30for30podcasts.com
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