Simone Biles, NFL Training Camps, and Bob Costas on His New HBO Show

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker answer some listener questions about the media’s reaction to Simone Biles, the new dateline approach for NFL beat reporters, and a lot more. Then Bryan is joined by Bob Costas to discuss his new HBO Show ‘Back on the Record,’ his famous interviews with Vince…
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Watching the Olympics and Slate’s Josh Levin

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker start by going through all their media notes about the Olympics (4:48). Then Slate’s Josh Levin joins to talk about his new podcast, ‘One Year,’ (20:04) and Levin helps David guess this week’s Strained-Pun Headline (45:10).Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David ShoemakerGuest: Josh LevinProduction Assistant: Isaiah…
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'Monday Night Football,' Peyton Manning, Space Porn, and Brian Raftery on 'Siskel & Ebert'

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker open up the mailbag and answer your listener mail. They touch on the ESPN announcement that the Manning brothers will cohost a ‘Monday Night Football’ telecast (5:40), discuss Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson heading to space (15:52), and weigh in on Addison Rae’s short-lived UFC…
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Mirin Fader on 'Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP'

David Shoemaker is joined by Ringer writer Mirin Fader to discuss her new book, ‘Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP.’ They talk about the process of converting her original feature story into a book, how Giannis’s free agency affected the timeline, and what it’s like publishing a book…
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Bill Walton on David Halberstam’s “The Breaks of the Game”

Bryan Curtis is joined by NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton to discuss David Halberstam’s book “The Breaks of the Game,” about the 1979-1980 Portland Trail Blazers. They discuss Walton’s relationship with Halberstam, his experience playing with the Trail Blazers, and why Walton has not yet read the book. Host: Bryan…
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Listener Mail on ESPN, the White House Press Corps, and Watching the Olympics

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are answering your listener mail about the ongoing saga inside ESPN (7:35), the lack of information coming from the White House press corps (15:48), their Olympics viewing plans (32:50), and whether or not David calls Bryan “babe” (47:02). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week…
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Rachel Nichols, Maria Taylor, and the Week at ESPN

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker unpack the news that ESPN analyst Rachel Nichols will no longer be the sideline reporter at the NBA Finals after making inappropriate comments about her coworker Maria Taylor. They discuss how the saga unfolded, ESPN’s response, and what this could mean for both Nichols and…
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Listener Mail on Rumsfeld Obits, Oral Histories, and Pro Wrestling Analogies

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dive into a new batch of Listener Mail. They break down the history of harsh obituaries (8:40), Mitt Romney’s latest Trump wrestling analogy (13:20), how to correctly write an oral history (21:40, and much more. Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David…
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Media Notes on the 2021 NBA Playoffs

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker provide some media notes on the 2021 NBA playoffs. They weigh in on whether or not this will be a lesser NBA title than ones before (7:13), discuss their perceptions of the teams left (17:56), and how sports media has changed over the years (24:57).…
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Listener Mail and the Geniuses Behind the New York Times’ Eel Headline

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker answer your Listener Mail and talk about the difference between Trump-era journalism and what we’re seeing today (4:08), Conan O’Brien stepping away from his talk show (9:33), and what an NBA team’s standing could mean for its reporters (15:11). Then, Michael Roston and Sabrina Imbler…
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