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Death at the Wing
At the dawn of the 1980s, the world was moving faster, the media was growing bigger, and greed was finally good. For the NBA, it was a chance to finally step into the spotlight. But all that wealth and stardom came at a deep cost. This is the story of how basketball reflected a moment when Reagan’s America doubled down on some of its core values: selfishness, violence, and racism -- and the players who paid the price. Hosted by Adam McKay (The Big Short, Vice, Succession) and produced by HyperObject Industries and Three Uncanny Four
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4.6 stars from 944 ratings
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alsand2 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/03/21
So much more than basketball!
Loved this. Truly educational and introspective
gavwil23 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/16/21
Time Well Spent!
This podcast was engrossing and informative, what a great podcast. I love the intersection of politics and culture. People want to believe that politics, culture and sports exist in individual silos but they don’t. I’m just a few years older than Len Bias, I remember when he died but didn’t know...Read full review »
2GirlsRock via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/14/21
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