ESPN 30 for 30

ESPN 30 for 30
April 6, 2018 Breslin Borland

Genre: Sports

Why You Should Listen: If you love sports or if you’re already a fan of the ESPN 30 for 30 series, this podcast version is your next binge-worthy series. Host Jody Avirgan focuses on a variety of incredible sports stories with the same journalistic style that makes the tv series so popular. This podcast series takes you behind the scenes in some of sports most important moments like the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan story, the birth of UFC, howJohn Madden became a video game icon and a whole lot more!

Episode to Get Hooked on: “The Tonya Harding Story”

Here are the latest ESPN 30 for 30 podcast episodes.

BIKRAM - End of Year Update

Listen to BIKRAM - End of Year UpdateAs 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 | We'll be back in 2019 with all new original documentaries and lots more!

30for30+ "42 to 1"

Listen to 30for30+ "42 to 1"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 greatest upset in sports history, the fight's often overlooked and misunderstood details, and the factors that helped Douglas rise to the moment after many missed opportunities. '42 to 1' debuts Tuesday, December 11 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. For info on re-airs and the ESPN+ streaming debut, keep an eye on our Twitter feed: @30for30.

30for30+ "Rickey Won't Quit"

Listen to 30for30+ "Rickey Won't Quit"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

Rickey Won't Quit

Listen to Rickey Won't QuitAt 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. Narrated by The Undefeated's Clinton Yates. 30 for 30 Podcasts is hosted by Jody Avirgan.

30for30+ "The Loophole"

Listen to 30for30+ "The Loophole"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

The Loophole

Listen to The LoopholeIn 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 reputation in Japan. The Loophole reveals how they pulled it off, launched "Nomo-mania," and transformed both American and Japanese baseball forever.

30for30+ "Six Who Sat"

Listen to 30for30+ "Six Who Sat"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

Listen to Six Who SatBefore 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, is of a race director trying to physically restrain a woman from running the Boston Marathon. The second, from 1972, is of a protest at the New York City Marathon that forever changed women's ability to participate in the sport they loved. This episode was produced by Transmitter Media, and narrated by Hillary Frank. 30for30 Podcasts is hosted by Jody Avirgan.

30for30+ "All In"

Listen to 30for30+ "All In"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 festival on Saturday, November 3rd. Come say hi!

All In: Sparking The Poker Boom

Listen to All In: Sparking The Poker BoomThe 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 about the game. "All In" explores how the 2003 tournament overcame the odds to spark a poker boom and forever change poker's place in America. This episode was reported by Keith Romer. 30 for 30 Podcasts is hosted by Jody Avirgan.

30for30+ "Juiced"

Listen to 30for30+ "Juiced"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.


Listen to JuicedAt 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 month of its publication, Juiced sparked a congressional hearing. Reported by Andrew Mambo. More at

Trailer: Season Four

Listen to Trailer: Season FourOur 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 | Note: In addition to our documentaries, we do conversations about new 30 for 30 films. An archive of those can be found by searching "ESPN Films Conversations" in your favorite podcast app.

30for30+ "BIKRAM" (Part 2)

Listen to 30for30+ "BIKRAM" (Part 2)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.

30for30+ "BIKRAM"

Listen to 30for30+ "BIKRAM"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 or on twitter @30for30 NYC! Come to our live event on June 13th. More information


Binge Score 100
Writing Score 99
Narration Score 98
Ease of Access Score 100
Overall 99%

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