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The Press Box
The Press Box
The Ringer

The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker catch you up on the biggest media stories, from sports to politics and everything in... more

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Episodes

Angelo Cataldi on Three Decades of Hosting Sports Radio in Philadelphia

Bryan Curtis is joined by longtime sports radio host Angelo Cataldi to talk through his career in media, which has... more

22 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
NBA Finals Media Takeaways. Plus: Has the Podcast Conquered Music in the Car?

Bryan and David are back to discuss the last of the 2022 NBA Finals after the Golden State Warriors took... more

21 Jun 2022 · 39 minutes
Mike Breen on Coming Back From COVID and Calling the NBA Finals.

Bryan is joined by play-by-play announcer Mike Breen to discuss his career transitioning from radio to television, the differences between... more

15 Jun 2022 · 52 minutes
The Washington Post Social Media Saga, Plus the NBA Finals in Tweets

Bryan and David break down the dispute between 'Washington Post' staffers on social media that resulted in the firing of... more

13 Jun 2022 · 44 minutes
ESPN's Kevin Van Valkenburg on Covering the LIV Golf Tournament

As drama swirls around the PGA and the new LIV Golf Tournament, ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg joins from London to... more

10 Jun 2022 · 42 minutes
NBA Finals Audio Fun. Plus: Dieter Kurtenbach on Covering the Games.

With the absence of Mike Breen from the past few NBA games, Bryan and David have some audio fun and... more

06 Jun 2022 · 54 minutes
Celtics Announcer Sean Grande on Calling the NBA Finals, Homerism, and TV vs. Radio

Bryan is joined by Boston Celtics radio play-by-play announcer Sean Grande to discuss his career in broadcasting, covering basketball compared... more

02 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Covering the NBA Finals With Kevin O’Connor

Bryan and David are joined by KOC to discuss covering the NBA, his Boston Celtics fandom, favorite analysts, and the... more

31 May 2022 · 54 minutes
Bill Simmons on Podcasting, Writing, Doing TV, and Being a Fan

Bryan is joined by Bill Simmons to discuss his journey in podcasting, his writing career, favorite moments, and what he... more

27 May 2022 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
George R.R. Martin on His College Days, the Media in 2022, and the New York Jets

Bryan is joined by ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series novelist George R.R. Martin to discuss his career as... more

24 May 2022 · 35 minutes
Remembering Roger Angell With Jason Gay. Plus, How to Cover a Golf Tournament

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by the 'Wall Street Journal'’s Jason Gay to remember the great writer Roger... more

23 May 2022 · 48 minutes
Jim Nantz on Tiger, Phil, Rory, John Daly, and Calling the PGA Championship

Reporting from the 2022 PGA Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma Bryan is joined by CBS announcer Jim Nantz. They run through... more

18 May 2022 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Adam Lefkoe on the Conference Finals. Plus: Playoff TV Notes, Drew Brees, and Phil Mickelson

Bryan and David are joined by Turner Sports and Bleacher Report host Adam Lefkoe to discuss his career in media,... more

17 May 2022 · 58 minutes
Instant Reaction Pod: Tom Brady Is Going to Fox

Bryan and David are back to discuss the news that Fox Sports hired Tom Brady as an NFL analyst after... more

10 May 2022 · 52 minutes
NBA Buzzer-Beaters, Formula One Grid Walks, and Scooping the Supreme Court

Bryan and David discuss the jam-packed weekend in sports, and highlight Martin Brundle’s F1 grid walk interviews with celebrities such... more

09 May 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Scott Van Pelt on Writing a Tribute to His Dog, Going Solo on 'SportsCenter,' Calling Golf, and Interviewing Tiger Woods.

Bryan is joined by sportscaster Scott Van Pelt to discuss his tribute to his late dog, Otis, his career with... more

05 May 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Covering Formula One With Kevin Clark, Plus NFL Draft Audio and the Greeny Conversation

Bryan and David are joined by Kevin Clark to break down Formula One coverage ahead of the first U.S. race,... more

02 May 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Don Winslow on His New Novel, Mob Stories, Crime Fiction Before the Smartphone, and Why He's Retiring From Writing

Bryan is joined by author Don Winslow to preview the new novel in his ‘City on Fire’ trilogy. They discuss... more

27 Apr 2022 · 50 minutes
How to Watch the NFL Draft, RIP CNN+, and Who’s Afraid of ‘Winning Time’?

Bryan and David discuss the three-day-long NFL draft, starting with what we saw at the combine, the increase in media... more

25 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Kevin Harlan on the NBA Playoffs, His First Job, Grading His Work, and the Superglue Protest

Bryan is joined by sports announcer Kevin Harlan to discuss his journey working in the sports media industry. They touch... more

20 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
NBA Playoffs Notes, the Horror of the Replay Review, and the USFL’s “Why” Problem

Bryan and David react to the first round of the NBA playoffs and discuss the Kyrie Irving drama, buzzer-beaters and... more

18 Apr 2022 · 57 minutes
Peter Schrager on the NFL Draft, Auditioning for 'Dream Job,' and Calling in to WFAN. Plus, the LA Times' Dan Woike on Covering the Doomed Lakers.

In advance of the 2022 NFL draft, Bryan is joined by Peter Schrager to break down his career in sports... more

13 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Tiger and the Masters, Instant Obits, and Luring Reporters Back to Work

Bryan and David break down Tiger Woods’s return to golf, the discourse surrounding his career, and interesting TV moments from... more

11 Apr 2022 · 54 minutes
Ian Eagle on NBA Announcing, Being a Comedian's Son, First-Game Flop Sweat, and Going 10 Years Without a Mistake

Bryan is joined by CBS’s Ian Eagle to discuss his career as a sports play-by-play announcer. They dive into Eagle’s... more

06 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Covering 'WrestleMania,' ESPN Re-Signs the Insiders, and Tiger at the Masters

Bryan and David are in Fort Worth, Texas, to break down 'WrestleMania 38.' They talk about covering the event, the... more

04 Apr 2022 · 57 minutes
The WWE’s Michael Cole on ‘WrestleMania,’ His Career in News, Great Announcers of the Past, and the Art of Calling a Match

Bryan is joined by WWE announcer Michael Cole in advance of ‘WrestleMania 38.’ They discuss Cole’s former role at CBS... more

30 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Oscars Win Worst Editing. Plus, the Final Four and “Who Wants to Be an F1 Analyst?”

Bryan and David talk through the altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock at the Oscars and discuss how the... more

28 Mar 2022 · 38 minutes
CNN Dives Into Streaming, Brutally Honest Oscar Ballots, and a Twitter Time Machine

Bryan and David discuss the new streaming service on the market, CNN+. They break down the content it will provide,... more

25 Mar 2022 · 37 minutes
The Media Tries on Formula One, Free Speech, and a Tribute to ESPN’s John Clayton

Bryan and David open by discussing the boom of Formula One in the United States, Netflix, and how this changes... more

21 Mar 2022 · 54 minutes
The AP's Philip Crowther on Covering Ukraine, Live Shots, and Reporting in Six Languages

Bryan is joined by Associated Press international correspondent Philip Crowther from Lviv, Ukraine. They discuss Crowther’s day-to-day operations, summarizing the... more

15 Mar 2022 · 31 minutes
Joe Buck to ESPN, Quarterback Media Transactions, 'Broadcast News,' and a Tribute to Brent Renaud

Bryan and David address the news that Joe Buck will also be leaving Fox to join Troy Aikman at ESPN.... more

14 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Covering the MLB Lockout and Announcer Musical Chairs With the Washington Post's Ben Strauss

The Washington Post’s Ben Strauss joins Bryan to discuss the news that after 99 days the baseball lockout has come... more

10 Mar 2022 · 37 minutes
Ukraine’s Media Strategy, Russia’s Ban on Journalism, and the Ongoing Coverage of the War in Ukraine.

Bryan and David follow up on the ongoing coverage of the war in Ukraine. They discuss The New York Times’ decision... more

07 Mar 2022 · 45 minutes
CBS News’s Margaret Brennan on Covering Ukraine, TV News During a War, and Hosting ‘Face the Nation’

Bryan is joined by CBS’s Margaret Brennan following President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address and amidst Russia’s invasion... more

02 Mar 2022 · 52 minutes
CNN and More on the Coverage of Ukraine

Bryan and David discuss the latest coverage developments from the invasion of Ukraine. They break down the “fog of war”... more

28 Feb 2022 · 45 minutes
Watching the Coverage of the Invasion of Ukraine

Bryan and David break down the cable news coverage of the invasion of Ukraine. They discuss first impressions of videos... more

24 Feb 2022 · 31 minutes
Russia and Ukraine Coverage, NBA Locker Rooms, and RIP P.J. O’Rourke

Bryan and David kick off the pod by reacting to coverage about Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine and discussing the... more

22 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Trashy Tabloids and True Crime With Clare Malone and the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle

Bryan is joined by The New Yorker’s Clare Malone to break down The Ringer’s new podcast, ‘Just Like Us: The... more

18 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
The Glory Days of Entertainment Weekly and Covering the Olympics With Ty Burr, Owen Gleiberman, and Jason Gay

Bryan is joined by film critics Ty Burr and Owen Gleiberman to break down Entertainment Weekly dating back to the... more

15 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Super Bowl Instant Reaction Show

Bryan and David react to Super Bowl 56 featuring the Los Angeles Rams vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. They touch on... more

14 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Live From Radio Row With Chris “Mad Dog” Russo and ESPN’s Adam Schefter

Bryan is live on Radio Row talking with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo from SiriusXM to discuss his career as a... more

09 Feb 2022 · 47 minutes
Live From Radio Row! Plus, Palin vs. NYT.

Bryan is live from Radio Row to talk with David about the media leading up to the 2022 Super Bowl... more

07 Feb 2022 · 44 minutes
Al Michaels Revisits the 10 Super Bowls He Called

Bryan is joined by Al Michaels to break down his past 10 Super Bowls called as we approach Super Bowl... more

02 Feb 2022 · 48 minutes
Takes on Tony Romo, the Halftime Show Invasion, Sideline Reports, and Tom Brady's Retirement U-Turn.

Bryan and David begin the pod by reacting to all of the pronunciations of the word 'Bengals' by TV and... more

31 Jan 2022 · 39 minutes
The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson on Latin America, War Reporting, and 'Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life'

Bryan is joined by The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson to unpack his career covering topics ranging from stories in... more

27 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
More Weekend Football Notes, Media News From Chicago, and the Profile Location of the Week

Bryan and David are back to discuss the weekend full of divisional-round playoff games. They break down the impact these... more

24 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Carl Bernstein on His First Job, Newspaper Love, a Great Prank, and Scandals That Are “Worse Than Watergate”

Bryan is joined by Carl Bernstein to discuss his career as a reporter dating back to his time as a... more

20 Jan 2022 · 59 minutes
TV Football Breakdown, Media Piss Test, and Netflix Sports Docs

Bryan and David break down media moments from the football-packed weekend, including Drew Brees’s reporting, Troy Aikman’s Cowboys comment, and... more

18 Jan 2022 · 40 minutes
NPR Departures, Awards Season SEO, and Wordle-Loving Reporters

Bryan and David begin with a breakdown of the recent NPR departures as chronicled by NPR’s own media reporter David... more

14 Jan 2022 · 42 minutes
RIP Longform, Carlson vs. Cruz, Bob Saget Obits, and Postgame Question of the Week

Bryan and David break down Ted Cruz’s appearance on the 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' discussing the siege of the Capitol on... more

10 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Mina Kimes on How We Cover Aaron Rodgers

Bryan touches on the news that The New York Times has bought The Athletic before then being joined by Mina... more

08 Jan 2022 · 41 minutes
Ben Smith, January 6 Anniversary, Ken Rosenthal, and More

Bryan and David are back and kicking off the new year with Ben Smith’s announcement that he is leaving The... more

05 Jan 2022 · 49 minutes
John Madden’s Legacy With Jason Gay

Bryan is joined by The Wall Street Journal's Jason Gay to remember legendary football coach, sportscaster, and businessman John Madden.... more

30 Dec 2021 · 47 minutes
J.R. Moehringer on Writing ‘The Tender Bar,’ the Art of Memoir, and His Career Writing for Newspapers

Bryan is joined by journalist J.R. Moehringer to discuss his career working at The New York Times and Los Angeles... more

28 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Athletic and The New York Times. Plus: The Year in Media.

Bryan and David touch on the news that The New York Times might be buying The Athletic. They discuss the... more

22 Dec 2021 · 43 minutes
How to Create a Longform Podcast With Joel Anderson

Bryan is joined by Slate’s Joel Anderson to discuss his career, from starting at TCU to working at BuzzFeed News... more

17 Dec 2021 · 54 minutes
Pat McAfee, Chris Wallace, a Texas Sportswriting Legend, and More

Bryan and David start by talking about Pat McAfee’s new $120 million deal with FanDuel (3:26). Then they discuss Chris... more

13 Dec 2021 · 47 minutes
Farewell, Chris Cuomo. Plus: Can Recipes Be Plagiarized?

Bryan and David react to the news that Chris Cuomo was fired by CNN and then discuss actions leading up... more

06 Dec 2021 · 55 minutes
How to Cover COVID With Dan Diamond

Bryan is joined by The Washington Post’s Dan Diamond to discuss covering COVID-19. Diamond shares his experience becoming a journalist,... more

03 Dec 2021 · 46 minutes
Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Exit, the Omicron Variant, and More

Bryan and David break down news that Twitter CEO and cofounder Jack Dorsey has resigned. They discuss how Dorsey handled... more

29 Nov 2021 · 43 minutes
How to Write a Children's Book With Jeff Kinney, Author of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’

Bryan is joined by author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney to discuss his career and book series 'Diary of a Wimpy... more

25 Nov 2021 · 51 minutes
The Tom Brady Doc, Fox Resignations, and Who’s “on Steroids”

Bryan and David discuss the new Tom Brady documentary ‘Man in the Arena,’ and break down the athlete-produced doc, the... more

22 Nov 2021 · 49 minutes
Jeffrey Wright on ‘The French Dispatch,’ Tweeting the News, and Playing Colin Powell

Bryan is joined by actor Jeffrey Wright to discuss his role as journalist Roebuck Wright in ‘The French Dispatch.’ They... more

18 Nov 2021 · 38 minutes
Have We Lost the Meaning of “On Background”?

Bryan and David respond to The Verge’s announcement that they're changing their “on background” policy (1:00) before assessing whether or... more

16 Nov 2021 · 43 minutes
Media Movies: ‘Salvador’ With Oliver Stone

Bryan is joined by film director Oliver Stone to discuss his 1986 film, ‘Salvador.’ Stone talks about meeting journalist Richard... more

11 Nov 2021 · 51 minutes
Aaron Rodgers and the Sportswriters

Bryan and David break down the news that Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 and discuss the media’s fascination with... more

08 Nov 2021 · 54 minutes
How to Be a Newspaper Sports Columnist With the L.A. Times’ Bill Plaschke

Bryan is joined by sportswriter Bill Plaschke to discuss how he got his start as a writer (4:58), the difference... more

05 Nov 2021 · 56 minutes
Listener Mail on Announcer Trades, the Rewriting of January 6, and Who Should Write the Ben Simmons Profile

Bryan and David answer your Listener Mail and discuss networks making announcer trades, Halloween-themed TV studio shows, their dream choice... more

01 Nov 2021 · 42 minutes
Sportswriter Ivan Maisel on His Son Max, Fatherhood, and Loss

Bryan is joined by sportswriter Ivan Maisel to discuss his book about his late son Max, ‘I Keep Trying to... more

28 Oct 2021 · 50 minutes
Katie Couric and the Cult of Sports Longform

Bryan and David talk through details of Katie Couric’s memoir such as how she withheld insensitive comments from an interview... more

25 Oct 2021 · 40 minutes
Media Movies: ‘The French Dispatch’ With Sean Fennessey

In preparation for the new Wes Anderson film, Bryan is joined by Sean Fennessey to break down the ‘The French... more

21 Oct 2021 · 52 minutes
Twenty Years of ‘PTI’ and Nick Kristof Is Running for Governor?

Bryan and David discuss the 20-year anniversary of 'Pardon the Interruption' and highlight the layout of the show, the chemistry... more

18 Oct 2021 · 56 minutes
How to be a Music Critic With The New Yorker’s Kelefa Sanneh

Bryan and David break down the recent NFL/NBA Insider controversy and touch on recent news involving Adam Schefter sharing an... more

15 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
The Bad Art Friend and Covering Urban Meyer

Bryan and David break down Robert Kolker's story "Who Is the Bad Art Friend?" and weigh in on the moral... more

11 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
How to Be a Sports Radio Host With Ryen Russillo

Bryan is joined by The Ringer’s Ryen Russillo to discuss his career as a sports radio host dating back to... more

08 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
The Fall of Ozy and the Return of Jon Stewart

Bryan and David talk through the timeline of Ozy Media and touch on what led to its collapse (5:25) before... more

04 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Eric Schlosser on the 20th Anniversary of 'Fast Food Nation'

Bryan is joined by journalist and author Eric Schlosser to discuss the 20th anniversary of his book ‘Fast Food Nation.’... more

01 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
The Cult of Jen Psaki and the Era of Mass Fame

Bryan and David dissect Chris Hayes’s piece in The New Yorker, "On the Internet, We’re Always Famous." They discuss how... more

27 Sep 2021 · 47 minutes
Gabby Petito Coverage, ESPN and Gambling, and a Terrible Emmys Question

Bryan and David open up the mailbag and answer your Listener Mail. They talk through the Gabby Petito coverage (5:15),... more

24 Sep 2021 · 42 minutes
How Does Bob Woodward Do It? Plus: Politico and “Off the Record.”

David Shoemaker is a married man! After discussing the nuptials, Bryan and David touch on ‘Peril,’ the latest Bob Woodward... more

20 Sep 2021 · 53 minutes
Listener Mail on the Rules of Journalism, Elizabeth Holmes’s Trial, and an In-Season ‘Hard Knocks’

Bryan and David answer your Listener Mail and discuss how the rules of journalism are approached (0:36), react to the... more

17 Sep 2021 · 47 minutes
Peyton and Eli Manning Do 'Monday Night Football'

Bryan is joined by The Ringer's Kevin Clark to break down Peyton and Eli Manning's 'Monday Night Football' broadcast. They... more

14 Sep 2021 · 43 minutes
NFL Media Overreactions? Plus, Listener Mail on Newscaster Pronunciations and Overused Headlines.

Bryan and David recap Week 1 NFL media reactions and address the self-aware overreactions (5:23). Then they answer more Listener... more

13 Sep 2021 · 43 minutes
Listener Mail on Hatchet Jobs, Trump’s Sports Commentary, and the NFL Network Adding Rachel Bonnetta and Gambling

Bryan and David answer your Listener Mail and talk through the piece “The Dying Art of the Hatchet Job” (0:35),... more

10 Sep 2021 · 59 minutes
James B. Stewart and Tom Junod on Writing About 9/11

Twenty years have passed since 9/11. Writers Tom Junod and James B. Stewart stop by to remember and reflect on... more

02 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Covering Hurricane Ida

Bryan and David break down the ongoing coverage of Hurricane Ida as they discuss how social media and new technology... more

30 Aug 2021 · 34 minutes
Listener Mail on Rachel Nichols, Stephen A. Smith, and the Future of Sports Coverage

Bryan and David open up the mailbag and answer your Listener Mail. They discuss the removal of Rachel Nichols from... more

27 Aug 2021 · 57 minutes
When Will Sports TV Start Sounding More Like a Podcast?

Bryan and David discuss the question: When will sports TV start to sound more like a podcast? They weigh in... more

24 Aug 2021 · 49 minutes
Claire McNear on Her ‘Jeopardy!’ Reporting. Plus, Listener Mail.

Bryan and David are joined by Ringer writer Claire McNear to unpack her story about recently chosen and now-ex ‘Jeopardy!’... more

20 Aug 2021 · 41 minutes
The Fall of Afghanistan With ‘Reign of Terror’ Author Spencer Ackerman

Bryan Curtis is joined by author and journalist Spencer Ackerman to break down his new book ‘Reign of Terror’ and... more

17 Aug 2021 · 39 minutes
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Twenty years have passed since 9/11. Writers Tom Junod and James B. Stewart stop by to remember and reflect on the events... more