Episodes
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 pandemic became real — as told by those who lived it.
Published 12/21/20
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 pandemic has. March 11 2020 will tell the story of a seismic 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 available December 21, 2020.
Published 12/14/20
A trip to the breeding farms of Kentucky where the fastest horses in the world are made, but not without also passing on the dangerous defects in their blood. All of this will lead to us examine the question: What is the future of horse racing?
Published 09/29/20
A look into the history of thoroughbred horse racing in America from the family dynasties that rose during the Industrial Revolution all the way through the 20th century, when a possible murder changed all of this from a sport to a business.
Published 09/29/20
An examination of the 49 dead horses at Santa Anita. This episode examines the theories into what happened and the effect it has all had on the people who live and work at the track.
Published 09/29/20
Between July 2018—June 2019, 49 horses died at the Santa Anita race track in Southern California. The story of the dead horses spread— from the trade publications to The New York Times to Good Morning America until journalists, politicians, and DA investigators started to ask: should American horse racing still exist? From ESPN Investigates, Bloodlines examines horse racing’s current existential crisis. How did horse racing go from America’s most popular sport to a game driven by returns on...
Published 09/29/20
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 the world. The Karolyis’ legacy is called into question as the gymnasts grapple with the cost of what it took to earn all that gold. If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual assault or abuse, and you would like more information or support, these hotlines can help:...
Published 07/14/20
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. Martha aims to prove that she can turn the United States into a dominant force in gymnastics, building teams that win gold medal after gold medal. But under Martha’s regime, injured athletes are often discarded and a culture of silence prevails. If you or someone you...
Published 07/14/20
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 Championships. With the next Olympics less than a year away, USA Gymnastics turns to the one person they think can save the team: Bela Karolyi. Bela finally has what he’s always wanted, control over a semi-centralized training system in the United States. But on such a tight schedule, will the, “You can do it!” motivator-in-chief be able to lead a team to...
Published 07/14/20
Pulled back onto the world gymnastics stage by the precocious talent of their newest protege, Dominique Moceanu, Bela and Martha are all in on winning gold at the Atlanta Games. But when Dominique falls on vault, everything rides on the shoulders of Bela’s long-overshadowed veteran, Kerri Strug, to bring home the gold. If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual assault or abuse, and you would like more information or support, these hotlines can help: RAINN's 24/7 confidential...
Published 07/14/20
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 his champion fails at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Bela announces he’s stepping away from elite-level gymnastics and retreats to his Ranch in Texas. But even after stepping out of the spotlight, Bela remains in focus, as accusations of abuse grow against the coach. If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual assault or abuse,...
Published 07/14/20
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 bubbly teenager whose perfect 10 at the 1984 Olympics will make her and her coach household names. Little girls across America want to be Mary Lou, and train with her famous coach. Bela has given the United States its first gold medal in women’s gymnastics. Now he needs to harness that success to advance his own cause.
Published 07/14/20
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. But Romania becomes too small and too controlled for Bela’s ambitions, and the Karolyis set their sights on the freedom of the United States. If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual assault or abuse, and you would like more information...
Published 07/14/20
For 40 years, as athletes came and went, there was one constant presence in Olympic gymnastics: Bela and Martha Karolyi — the most successful coaches in the sport's history, and the most controversial. The Karolyis wielded unprecedented power and became more recognizable characters than many of their gymnasts. Generations of gymnasts trained at their isolated ranch outside of Houston, where the Karolyis were champion-making teachers to some and tormentors to others. In front of the cameras,...
Published 07/07/20
Jalen & Jacoby discuss Long Gone Summer, a 30 for 30 documentary about the 1998 homerun race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, with director AJ Schnack. They break down McGwire's steroid usage, the lack of evidence surrounding Sosa's steroid use, why Sammy Sosa and the Cubs have yet to reconcile their relationship, what else is left for both McGwire and Sosa and preview the upcoming season of the new 30 for 30 podcast, 'Heavy Medals: Inside the Karolyi Gymnastic Empire.'
Published 06/15/20
Jalen & Jacoby dive into Be Water, a 30 for 30 documentary about the life and legacy of Bruce Lee, with director Bảo Nguyễn. They discuss Lee's involvement in fighting against social injustice and how he bridged that divide with marital arts, as well as his close relationship with NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Published 06/08/20
Jalen & Jacoby dive into part two of 'Lance' with director Marina Zenovich and discuss why it's difficult to decide if Lance Armstrong is a hero, antihero or villain and what to make of his hate for Floyd Landis. Plus, the guys share their excitement for Be Water, next week's documentary about the life and legacy of Bruce Lee.
Published 05/30/20
Jalen & Jacoby: The Aftershow continues with part one of Lance, a two-part documentary breaking down the rise and fall of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. The guys dive into Lance's early relationship with the cheating, what role his step-father played in making him a great athlete (spoiler alert: the guys don't believe his step-father), how he handled fame and money at such a young age and his bout with stage four testicular cancer.
Published 05/22/20
Jalen & Jacoby reflect on the entirety of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss which stories Jason wishes they could've spent more time on, what it's like to ask people to relive their most difficult memories for the sake of the documentary, and Jacoby just can't let sleeping dogs lie when it comes to Jordan's hotel pizza. Plus, the guys unveil what's next for Jalen & Jacoby: The Aftershow.
Published 05/19/20
Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Ten of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss the Bulls incredible trust in Dennis Rodman, what it was like to play in a hostile environment against the Jazz, the attention of detail that has gone into making this documentary and closing out the story of Michael Jordan and the '98 Chicago Bulls.
Published 05/18/20
Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Nine of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss the powerful story of Steve Kerr and his relationship with Michael Jordan, Jacoby loses his mind over pizza that caused "the flu game," and Jalen's reflection on his series against Jordan.
Published 05/17/20
Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Eight of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss BJ Armstrong's impact on Michael Jordan in the '98 playoffs, changing numbers from 23 to 45 and back to 23, Jordan's use of disrespect for motivation and his learning more about his best friend George.
Published 05/10/20
Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Seven of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss Jordan's decision to walk away from the game, how the media unfairly handled Michael's father's murder, his journey into baseball and what finally brought him back to the Chicago Bulls.
Published 05/10/20
Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Six of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss the impact of Sam Smith's 'The Jordan Rules' on the team, if Jordan's gambling ever became a problem, and their 7-game series against Pat Riley's Knicks.
Published 05/04/20
Jalen & Jacoby dive into Episode Five of The Last Dance with director Jason Hehir and discuss Jordan's final all-star game at Madison Square Garden and why his focus was on Kobe, why Isiah Thomas wouldn't have made the Dream Team anyways, and diving into Jordan's decision to go with Nike.
Published 05/03/20