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Sports Explains the World
Sports Explains the World
Wondery | Meadowlark

Sports Explains the World unveils some of the wildest and most surprising sports stories you’ve never heard. And they’re all true. From... more

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Episodes

Listen Now: Wow in the World's Summer of Wow!

Wow in the World is the #1 science podcast for kids and their grown-ups. Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz... more

17 Jun 2024 · 6 minutes
The Weight: Rage Against the Regime

At the 2022 IFSC Climbing Asian Championships, Iranian climber Elnaz Rekabi competed without a hijab, sending shockwaves through Iran's political... more

12 Jun 2024 · 55 minutes
If A Tree Falls: The Stanford Band Out of Step

Stanford University holds the record for most Division I NCAA titles -- which means its marching band has plenty to... more

05 Jun 2024 · 55 minutes
The Eyes of the Fighter | Part II

Reporter Tommy Andres comes face-to-face with the intruder he saw in his living room. After Jermain Thompson is released from... more

29 May 2024 · 45 minutes
The Eyes of the Fighter | Part I

Two lives were forever changed one night in May of 2021, when an intruder broke into the home of reporter... more

22 May 2024 · 28 minutes
Ultras | Part ll

Following the bloodshed of Port Said, the families of the supporters killed in the stadium are left to mourn their... more

15 May 2024 · 25 minutes
Ultras | Part l

Amidst the protests that swept through Egypt during the Arab Spring, an unlikely group helped tip the scales towards Democracy... more

08 May 2024 · 26 minutes
Two Dreams: China and the NBA | Part III

When late NBA Commissioner David Stern arrived in Beijing, he came with a lucrative business proposal. Stern pushed for American... more

01 May 2024 · 23 minutes
Two Dreams: China and the NBA | Part II

Former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey Morey’s ill-fated tweet in support of the 2019 Hong Kong protests sparked an... more

24 Apr 2024 · 31 minutes
Two Dreams: China and the NBA | Part I

The NBA is considered one of the most socially progressive leagues in all of sports. Yet the league's fortunes are... more

17 Apr 2024 · 23 minutes
The Refinery: Shortstop City

The Dominican Republic produces more professional baseball players per capita than any other country in the world -- but one... more

10 Apr 2024 · 34 minutes
Mensur: Mightier Than the Sword | Part II

As mensur combatants Felix and Max prepare to fight, reporter Leo Hornack documents their training, while exploring larger questions about... more

03 Apr 2024 · 39 minutes
Mensur: Mightier Than the Sword | Part I

How far would you go to prove yourself? Is there still a place in modern society for violent competition? Should... more

27 Mar 2024 · 46 minutes
When Life Gives You Chet Lemon | Part III

Davy Rothbart struggles with whether to tell Allison what he's learned about the murder of her mother nearly four decades... more

20 Mar 2024 · 40 minutes
When Life Gives You Chet Lemon | Part II

11-year-old Chet Lemon superfan Allison cheers on the Detroit Tigers on their path to World Series glory in 1984. The... more

13 Mar 2024 · 1 hour,
When Life Gives You Chet Lemon | Part I

In the sixth grade, Davy Rothbart fell in love — with a girl named Allison...and Detroit Tigers outfielder Chet Lemon.... more

06 Mar 2024 · 43 minutes
The Big Dipper: Wilt Chamberlain | Part lll

In part three of the Big Dipper, Wilt Chamberlain signs a record-breaking contract with the Los Angeles Lakers and wins... more

28 Feb 2024 · 34 minutes
The Big Dipper: Wilt Chamberlain | Part ll

Wilt Chamberlain goes from sideshow to superstar early in his career. But as his profile rises, so do the challenges... more

21 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
The Big Dipper: Wilt Chamberlain | Part l

Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest basketball player ever. This may sound like a controversial statement to some and even heresy... more

14 Feb 2024 · 30 minutes
Sneaker Con: The Kicks Controversy | Part II

In part two of Sneaker Con, the other shoe drops. Michael Malekzadeh’s alleged scheme comes to light and his company,... more

07 Feb 2024 · 37 minutes
Sneaker Con: The Kicks Controversy | Part I

Social media sensation and sneaker reseller Michael Malekzadeh helmed Zadeh Kicks, an online company that netted $6 million a month.... more

31 Jan 2024 · 32 minutes
The Imposter: 10 Feet from Stardom | Part II

The legend of Rashun Richardson's rise to high school basketball glory crumbles, and a much older man named Sidney Gilstrap-Portley... more

24 Jan 2024 · 35 minutes
The Imposter: 10 Feet from Stardom | Part I

In 2017, Rashun Richardson enrolled as a freshman at Hillcrest High School in Dallas. He claimed to be a Hurricane... more

17 Jan 2024 · 40 minutes
The Mighty Bucks | Part lll

In part three of The Mighty Bucks, the Pinebridge Bucks try to weather the storms of a losing season, dwindling... more

10 Jan 2024 · 51 minutes
The Mighty Bucks | Part ll

In part two of The Mighty Bucks, the town of Spruce Pine falls in love with the Pinebridge Bucks, even... more

10 Jan 2024 · 45 minutes
The Mighty Bucks | Part l

In 1983, Spruce Pine, North Carolina set a record for the smallest town to ever have a professional sports team,... more

03 Jan 2024 · 37 minutes
Dynasty: The Legend of the Brecksville Bees

In a westside suburb of Cleveland called Brecksville, nothing is more important than football. Well, football and gymnastics. The girls... more

27 Dec 2023 · 35 minutes
Cheering for Themselves: The Rise of Competitive Cheerleading | Part II

After budget cuts put the fate of the Quinnipiac University women’s volleyball team in jeopardy, the players dug in against... more

20 Dec 2023 · 27 minutes
Cheering for Themselves: The Rise of Competitive Cheerleading | Part I

In the early 2000s, a group of coaches banded together to try to make cheerleading an official NCAA varsity sport.... more

13 Dec 2023 · 29 minutes
Shanghai Sharks: Yao Ming Finds a Coach

Yao Ming was the number one pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, and he came in with the hope of... more

06 Dec 2023 · 52 minutes
The Bison Project | Part lll

After suffering sanctions and scrutiny, the Howard University soccer team rises to the top again, earning another chance to play... more

29 Nov 2023 · 41 minutes
The Bison Project | Part ll

Shortly after the championship parties die down, the NCAA makes a grave announcement about the Howard University soccer team, alleging... more

22 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
The Bison Project | Part l

Ian Bain and Alvin Henderson were just boys when they first met on the schoolyard soccer fields in Trinidad. They... more

15 Nov 2023 · 39 minutes
Volley and Serve: From Wimbledon to the Front Lines | Part II

In part two of Volley and Serve, reporter Tim Rohan shows the real consequences of Sergiy Stakhovsky's decision to join... more

08 Nov 2023 · 46 minutes
Volley and Serve: From Wimbledon to the Front Lines | Part I

Ukrainian tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky gained fame when he upset Roger Federer at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. Stakhovsky carved out... more

01 Nov 2023 · 37 minutes
The Fixer: After the Astros | Part II

Disgraced former Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow takes the reigns of a cherished, but downtrodden, professional soccer team in... more

25 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
The Fixer: After the Astros | Part I

In 2017, Major League Baseball implicated the Houston Astros in a sign-stealing scandal that rocked the sport, right after they'd... more

18 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
The Perfect Game

Curt Schilling did something many Boston fans thought was impossible. He led the Red Sox to their first World Series... more

11 Oct 2023 · 42 minutes
Running on Water | Part II

A scary swim shakes creek boater Anna Wagner's confidence. She must decide whether or not to leave the world of... more

04 Oct 2023 · 40 minutes
Running on Water | Part I

Girl meets river. River meets girl. The two hit it off. Girl falls in love. She moves to a town... more

27 Sep 2023 · 35 minutes
The Skullman Cometh

When Lithuania broke off from the Soviet Union, they wanted revenge. Their players had led the USSR to gold medal... more

20 Sep 2023 · 52 minutes
The Real Jay Mullen | Part II

In part two of The Real Jay Mullen, CIA operative Jay Mullen finds himself in trouble when the ruler of... more

13 Sep 2023 · 39 minutes
The Real Jay Mullen | Part I

In 1972, in the middle of the Cold War, the Soviet military sent a team of all-stars to Kampala to... more

06 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
Good Company

Long summer nights and baseball on the radio. Like many other Baltimore Orioles fans of his generation, host Sam Dingman... more

30 Aug 2023 · 47 minutes
Spider's Web | Part II

In part two of Spider's Web, reporter Gloria Liu travels down the winding slopes of recollection and rumor to discover... more

25 Aug 2023 · 39 minutes
Spider's Web | Part I

American Alpine skier Vladimir Peter Sabich became a sensation at the 1968 Winter Olympics. He had movie-star good looks, a... more

23 Aug 2023 · 50 minutes
The Engineer

As a kid, Kieran Morris, a cheeky lad from Liverpool, loved pulling pranks to fool the press. When England played... more

23 Aug 2023 · 34 minutes
Introducing: Sports Explains the World

Sports Explains the World unveils some of the wildest and most surprising sports stories you’ve never heard. And they’re all... more

08 Aug 2023 · 2 minutes
Sports Explains the World
The Engineer
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As a kid, Kieran Morris, a cheeky lad from Liverpool, loved pulling pranks to fool the press. When England played Honduras in... more