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18 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Bonus: The Sticky Solution
More than 100 years after banning pitchers from using foreign substances on balls, MLB is finally enforcing that rule in an effort to resurrect lagging offense. But is the league cracking down on the right culprit? In this bonus mini-episode, Joan explores the physics of ball doctoring and asks what baseball’s current scandal can tell us about the evolution of the game.
49 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Religion of Sports presents: Lost in Sports
Religion of Sports and PRX present Lost In Sports, a new podcast that takes you deep into some of the greatest mysteries in sports. In this special broadcast of episode 2, host Ben Baskin takes you back to 1999, when a small apparel company named And1 released a VHS tape of streetball highlights set to a hip hop soundtrack that quickly became a worldwide craze. And1 was soon hosting games all over the world, and the players were international celebrities. But then, just as quickly as it rose, it all disappeared. Twenty years later, Ben untangles the complicated origins, unlikely rise and untimely demise of the basketball phenomenon he fell in love with as a kid.
39 minutes | May 13, 2021
Episode 7: The Fallout
Baseball still feels the aftershocks of the steroid era. Has it recovered, or has it just forgotten and moved on? And what happens when a sport that's built on nostalgia ignores its own history?
44 minutes | May 6, 2021
Episode 6: The Reckoning
In 2005, Congress forced star athletes and baseball leadership to finally confront their steroid problem on national television and answer questions on Capitol Hill. There were a lot of things the government got right that day, but some very important things it got wrong.
38 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Episode 5: The Dirty Truth
In the years after Barry Bonds was crowned home run king, baseball's steroid problem became too big to ignore. Fans began to look for someone to blame, a villain—but truth and accountability remained elusive.
36 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Episode 4: The Cheater's Rulebook
Baseball has always had a murky code of ethics, a rulebook that feels more like a suggestion. Did that culture pave the way for steroids? And, in baseball and in life, where do we draw the line between advancement and cheating?
41 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Episode 3: The Magic Shot
At the height of the steroid era, players across baseball had to decide if they should use—and reap the benefits—or stay clean. We meet two such players and follow the ripple effects of their choices.
37 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Episode 2: The Snoop
When reporter Steve Wilstein started asking questions about a bottle of pills in Mark McGwire’s locker, it set off a chain reaction that would cast doubt on the home run record and the power that had come to define baseball.
40 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Episode 1: The Feel-Good Story
In 1998, fans across the country fell in love with the home run race as Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa chased baseball immortality. Sportswriter Joan Niesen recounts her memories of that summer, examines the history and mythology of the home run and asks why people across the country wanted to believe they were watching heroes.
3 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Sportswriter Joan Niesen is revisiting the steroid era to untangle its truth from the many myths, examine the legacy of baseball’s farthest-reaching scandal, and explore what it tells us about sports culture in America. Launching on April 1, Opening Day 2021.
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