30 for 30
Allow us to trot out a worn but useful metaphor: sporting narratives are the human condition played out in miniature. They're about power struggles, agonising losses, epic overcoming; they're about the failures of the body and the potential of the mind. Remarkable conflicts of various kinds are played out in this documentary podcast, an offshoot of the iconic television series of the same name. With contributions from the likes of Rose Eveleth (Flash Foward), Jody Avirgan (538 Podcasts) and Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder, West Wing Weekly), each episode plucks an unusual story from the annals of sports history - covering a sweeping range of events, from decathlon to competitive gambling - and reveals it to us through sophisticated documentary storytelling. Wonderful, weekly.
Gateway episodes: The Trials of Dan and Dave (27 Jun 2017) / A Queen of Sorts (18 Jul 2017)