That's What She Said with Sarah Spain
Paper Boy: Tim Kurkjian: 3/19/19
Sarah talks with Tim Kurkjian about how he once lost two jobs in two months, how Skip Bayless played a role in getting his first full-time job in MLB, how he handled losing out on a story as a beat reporter, why Eddie Murray hated him, about his 20-year streak that's more impressive than Cal Ripken, Jr.'s, how he earned a Hall of Famer's respect on the basketball court, and how the story from his career that he tells the most is about a football coach.
Pivoting To Fun: Dan Le Batard: 3/12/19
Sarah talks with Dan Le Batard about his childhood in Miami, his reluctant climb in sports media, the moment he lost interest in writing about sports, the pressure of conducting the sloppy orchestra that is his radio show, his relationship with Stugotz, whether or not he's concerned about burning out, and the time he pooped in a parking lot.
Hysterical Hysteria: 3/5/19
This week Sarah chats with comedy writer and podcast host Erin Gloria Ryan. Ryan details her path from a small town in Wisconsin to podcast host with stops at Catholic Disneyland (Notre Dame), asking to be fired, writing for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and getting punched in the face by a stranger in Brooklyn along the way.
An Organic Pause: Kate Fagan: 2/26/19
This week, Sarah chats with Kate Fagan about her New York Times bestseller What Made Maddy Run, what led to her decision to get off social media, what her experience was like as a panelist on Around the Horn, and why she ultimately decided to leave ESPN.
Rapid Rise: Maria Taylor: 2/19/19
This week, Sarah chats with Maria Taylor about her expeditious ascent in sports media. Maria discusses what it was like to grow up with her father in the FBI and her mother in corporate America, how she got to ESPN, her biggest on-air mistakes, what it's like to be black in America, and how she almost got into a fight at a Sam Smith concert.
Gratitude: Sharzad & Valerie Kiadeh: 2/12/19
This week, Sarah delves into what it means to literally face death. Her guests Sharzad Kiadeh & mother Valerie discuss how they have handled Valerie's terminal colon cancer diagnosis, as well as the gratitude of life. They explain how their Youtube show has made discussing death a conversational topic in comedic form and share ways that people can effectively communicate with others who are dealing with the oncoming loss of a loved one.
Living Legend: Shelley Smith : 2/5/19
How has ESPN reporter Shelley Smith managed such a long successful career? She details to Sarah Spain in the latest podcast, including the difference between being likable versus demanding respect and her take on life and work during and post her battle with Cancer.
The Mayne Event: Kenny Mayne : 1/29/19
Known for his dry sense of humor, SportsCenter anchor Kenny Mayne discusses his career and how he's been able to build a style of journalistic humor unlike any other in the business.
Humble Yourself- Dan Orlovsky: 1/22/19
Dan Orlovsky spent 13 years in the NFL and shares with Sarah how the life of a backup QB is different than many think. Plus, he details his transition to NFL analyst and talks about the moment fans will never ever let him forget.
Positive Thoughts: Daniel Levitin: 1/15/19
Can positive thoughts really lead to positive change? Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin helps Sarah understand how one can train their brain to project positive energy, reduce stress and much more.
Changing the Culture: Brenda Tracy : 1/8/19
*Trigger warning- sensitive content discussed* Sarah Spain welcomes Brenda Tracy, the nation's leading advocate in the fight against college football's rape culture, to the show who shares her story of sexual assault and the importance of discontinuing to remain silent.
Happy Festivus: 12/19/18
On this holiday episode, Sarah Spain celebrates the Festivus holiday with special appearances from the cast of Around the Horn and the Dan Le Batard Show. Plus, a special surprise guest from the cast of Seinfeld.
Wages Of Wins: David Berri : 12/11/18
How does it feel to have the NBA pull your article from Forbes? Well, author, professor and sports economist David Berri details it to Sarah Spain. Plus, they discuss the NBA data, WNBA growth challenges and pay equity, his best-seller Wages of Wins and so much more.
Beyond Limits: Alana Nichols : 12/4/18
Three-time Paralympic gold medalist Alana Nichols joins Sarah Spain for an inspirational conversation on overcoming the odds. Nichols describes her paralyzing accident, her road to recovery, how she learned to interact with others and much more.
Championship Duo: Sue Bird & Megan Rapinoe: 11/27/18
World class athletes & champions Megan Rapinoe (NWSL's Seattle Reign) & Sue Bird (WNBA's Seattle Storm) chat with Sarah Spain on how they met, their careers, LGBT activism in their respective sports and what's next after sports.
Gridiron Girl: Samantha Rapoport: 11/20/18
Sarah Spain chats with NFL Senior Director of Football Development Sam Rapoport on developing the pipeline for women in the NFL, her career playing football and more.
Sitting On 'Billions': Brian Koppleman: 11/14/18
Sarah Spain welcomes in Brian Koppleman, creator of the hit show Billions, who talks about his early career in music, how he worked with Eddie Murphy in high school and how he believe your daily routine can define your success.
She Bee Stingin': Laila Ali: 11/7/18
Former boxing champion Laila Ali joins Sarah this week and talks about her upbringing with the legend Muhammad Ali, her late start in boxing, recognizing her calling in women's wellness and more.
In Search Of Greatness: Gabe Polsky: 10/30/18
Director Gabe Polsky chats with Sarah Spain on his recent documentary "In Search of Greatness" in which he explores if great athleticism is a cause of nature or nurture.
Basketball Love Story: Rebecca Lobo: 10/23/18
Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Rebecca Lobo joins Sarah to discuss the Basketball: A Love Story documentary, her career, the WNBA and the interesting way she met her husband.
Sketch Comedy's Finest: Taran Killam: 10/16/18
Comedian Taran Killam joins Sarah and talks about his stints on SNL and MAD TV, his career journey, upcoming projects and how his daughter takes advantage of his Rams fanhood.
Another Successful Summit: 10/9/18
Sarah Spain recaps the 9th Annual 2018 espnW Summit by highlighting topics, points and interviews that stood out to her including Michele Roberts, Ian Michael Black, Julie Foudy and Maverick Carter.
A Look Back: 2017 espnW Summit : 10/3/18
The espnW Summit is in full swing and while we prepare to close the 2018 event, Sarah recaps the best of the 2017 summit featuring Sheryl Crow, Bozoma Saint John and more.
Steals & Stats: Rob Neyer: 9/25/18
Longtime MLB writer Rob Neyer chats with Sarah about his impact on sabermetrics, his relationship with Bill James and his new book Powerball.
More Than Stats: Bill Barnwell : 9/18/18
When you think stats and NFL, you may think about ESPN writer Bill Barnwell. However, Sarah goes one-on-one with Bill to find out there's more behind then man than just number
Catching Up: Pablo Torre: 9/11/18
Co-host of High Noon Pablo Torre shares behind the scenes insight into the new show, talks about his relationship with co-host Bomani Jones, delves into the process of creating a new show and more.
Runs In The Family: 9/4/18
Sarah provides an audio version of her E:60 story on Chiefs running backs coach Deland McCullough, who went searching for his biological parents.
A Brown Girl's Dream: Cari Champion: 8/29/18
Cari Champion shares her journey from a telemarketer to hosting SportsCenter, and her successes and failures in between. Plus, she dishes on her foundation Brown Girls Dream.
Just Laugh: Peter Sagal: 8/22/18
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me host Peter Sagal dishes on his upcoming book, his tie to Michael Jackson, his battles with depression and how he changed his life with laughter.
Against All Odds: Peter Burns: 8/14/18
From being adopted to his collegiate golf career, SEC Network's Peter Burns shares with Sarah his motivation for pursuing his dreams when the odds were stacked against him.
Know Your Roots: Prof. Victoria Jackson: 8/8/18
Sports historian and professor Victoria Jackson joins Sarah to explore today's sports issues from a historical perspective, the complicated roots of football and the difficulties of being an educator in a time where facts are often challenged.
Calling The Shots: Adam Amin: 7/31/18
How well do you know Adam Amin? He channels his journey to ESPN PxP commentator and what's ahead in his future with Sarah Spain in the latest episode.
It's A "Rap": Shea Serrano: 7/25/18
The Ringer's Shea Serrano shares with Sarah his journey from being a science teacher to a best-selling author, why he's so supportive of the WNBA and his impact on journalism.
Just Say No: Carl Richards : 7/18/18
Sarah Spain recounts a conversation with NY Times writer Carl Richards, joined the podcast to discuss the art of saying 'No' and finding balance in life.
Comedic Approach: Mike Schur: 7/10/18
How do you write an SNL skit after 9/11? Just ask actor, writer and producer Mike Schur. The Parks and Recreation creator chats with Sarah on his career, iconic roles, love for sportswriting and more.
Do It For The Money- Cameron Esposito: 7/3/18
Actress and comedienne Cameron Esposito joins Sarah this week and delves into her Midwestern upbringing, her marriage, her impact in the LGBTQ community and her new provocative special titled "Rape Jokes."
Wine 101: Dan Pilkey : 6/26/18
How much do you know about wine? On today's show, advanced sommelier Dan Pilkey joins to Sarah discuss his love of wine and how he turned a passion into a career.
Behind Bikram: Julia Henderson: 6/20/18
Sarah Spain goes one-on-one with Julia Henderson, the producer and series host of ESPN's 30 for 30 podcast "Bikram" that details the complicated world of Bikram yoga. Henderson dives into Bikram's downward spiral, her conversations with him and how his style of yoga at one time played a major role in her life.
Behind Blue Eyes: Cary Brothers : 6/12/18
Coming off an Australian tour, singer/songwriter Cary Brothers talks to Sarah about his approach to the music industry. Plus, he shares a story of getting drunk at the Grammy's because he never thought he'd win.
Breaking Barriers: Kevin Negandhi: 6/5/18
He's one of the most well-known faces at ESPN, but how well do you really know him? Sarah Spain sits down with SportsCenter host Kevin Negandhi and delves into his Philadelphia roots, his Indian heritage and how he's dedicated himself to breaking stereotypes for Indian-American broadcasters.
Writing Them Off: Nell Scovell: 5/29/18
Whether it was TV or magazine, writer and author Nell Scovell broke down barriers for women in Hollywood at a time when the industry wasn't so welcoming. The Sabrina the Teenage Witch creator tells Sarah Spain about her time as a sportswriter, working on David Letterman, writing for The Simpsons and much more.
Going Viral: Arash Markazi: 5/22/18
If there's anyone who knows about going viral, it's ESPN Sr. Writer Arash Markazi. The two-time cancer survivor discusses his most viral stories, his fight against Hodgkin Lymphoma, growing up in Los Angeles and how sports have allowed him to travel the world.
Writing For The Internet: Drew Magary: 5/15/18
Writing for the internet has evolved over the years and Deadspin's Drew Magary joins Sarah Spain to discuss that evolution, the culture shift of blogging and how he's grown as a writer and father.
Mental Toughness: Keith O'Neil: 5/8/18
It's Mental Health Awareness Month and in this episode, Sarah Spain chats with Super Bowl XLI champion Keith O'Neil who shares the challenges he faced playing in the NFL with bipolar disorder. O'Neil details how his coaches and teammates played a role in his wellness, his journey to retirement and more.
Diversity In Radio: Jason Goff: 5/1/18
Former The Score radio host Jason Goff joins Sarah to discuss diversity in radio and the challenges he faced in bringing an authentic voice to his craft.
Top Chef Stephanie Izard: 4/25/18
Bravo's Top Chef first female winner Stephanie Izard joins Sarah to discuss her journey to the kitchen, gender challenges in the culinary field, winning Top Chef and much more.
Eyes Up Here: 4/17/18
Sarah Spain welcomes a host of female sports reporters and industry professionals to discuss the objectification of women as it relates to sexism and more.
Masculinity In Sports: Don McPherson: 4/10/18
Sarah Spain is joined by former NFL and CFL quarterback Don McPherson who talks about gender activism, why he's a feminist, the difficulties in shaping masculinity in and outside of sports and much more.
Ike Barinholtz, Actor : 4/4/18
Sarah talks with Ike about his many acting roles and why he seems to constantly work with some of the strongest women in Hollywood. Plus, his thoughts on social media in a politically-charged climate.
Mike Greenberg, "Get Up": 3/27/18
Sarah talks with the morning show host about beginning his career in Chicago covering the Bulls and Bears, how it landed him at ESPN, and then on "Mike & Mike" for 20 years. Now, he's hosting a brand new show on ESPN beginning April 2nd: "Get Up" with Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose.
Elle Duncan, ESPN: 3/20/18
Sarah talks with the ESPN personality about her career in radio and how she fought to get into sports, eventually making her way to NESN and now to ESPN's SportsCenter.
Lamoureux Twins, USA Hockey: 3/14/18
Sarah talks with Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando about their incredible Olympic Gold Medal win and what it's like playing together as twin sisters.
Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics: 3/6/18
The WNBA MVP tells Sarah her two new books discussing changes in her life and changes she would like to see in the WNBA. Plus, Elena also talks about her recent wedding.
Minnesota Lynx Lindsay Whalen: 2/27/18
Minnesota Lynx PG Lindsay Whalen talks about her path to the WNBA Plus, after being invited to Paisley Park by Prince..why Lindsay had to leave early!
Dan Soder, Comedian : 2/21/18
Sarah talks with Dan about how working at a fishery eventually led him to a stand-up comedy career. Plus, his thoughts on the current state of the comedy industry.
Paula Faris, ABC News: 2/14/18
Sarah talks with her friend about her ascent from a radio sales job to weekend sports anchor in Cincinnati to sports reporter in Chicago to now with "GMA" and "The View."
Chris Connelly, ESPN: 2/7/18
Sarah talks with the esteemed journalist about his illustrious career and how he went from music critic at "Rolling Stone" to MTV host to a reporter at ESPN.
Allyson Turner, LeBatard Show Booker: 1/31/18
Sarah chats with the "Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz" guest-booker about her experiences working with the guys and how it is this year on radio row at the Super Bowl.
John Marcoux, 105F: 1/22/18
Sarah chats with the attorney-turned-yoga-instructor about his career change, what attracted him to yoga and how it changed his life, and what he thinks are keys to happiness.
Katie Nolan, Sports? Podcast: 1/16/18
Sarah chats with Katie about her early life growing up in Massachusetts, how her blog got her into the sports media industry from bartending and her Fox Sports departure.
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN.com: 1/9/18
Sarah talks with Jackie about her collegiate basketball career, her time at the "Boston Globe", why she left the business for 2 years, and how she ultimately came to ESPN.
Bomani Jones, ESPN : 1/2/18
Sarah talks with Bomani about his early life, having college professors as parents, and why failing out of grad school actually set him up for success in sports journalism.
Holiday Special! : 12/26/17
Happy holidays! Sarah delivers her yearly reading of "T'was the Night Before Christmas" sports edition and she airs some of her biggest sports grievances from 2017.
Jason Fitz, ESPN: 12/19/17
Sarah chats with her future co-host (Spain & Fitz launches on January 2nd at 6pmET) about his life as a musician and transitioning into sports.
Ben Lyons, ESPN LA: 12/13/17
Sarah talks with Ben Lyons, the former entertainment reporter turned sportscaster about growing up with a famous dad and transitioning from movies to sports.
Laura Rutledge: 12/5/17
Sarah talks with Laura about her life, including being home-schooled, living abroad, becoming a pageant queen, marrying a pro athlete, and eventually working for ESPN.
Louis Riddick: 11/29/17
Louis talks about the transition from the front office to in front of the camera. He explains how his mentality is still the same.
Mike Golic: 11/21/17
Mike joins Sarah to discuss the long run of Mike and Mike. Plus what the future holds with Golic and Wingo.
Michael Silver: 11/8/17
Sarah talks with Michael Silver on his career path, and his close relationships with the athletes he covers.
Clinton Yates: 11/1/17
Sarah updates her CFB Bachelorette final two teams. Plus Clinton Yates on the events in his life that lead him to a career in sports.
Kelley Carter: 10/25/17
Kelley joins Sarah to discuss the path that led her to take a job at The Undefeated as an entertainment reporter.
BONUS: 30 for 30 Season Two Sneak Peek: 10/30/17
That's What She Said shares the trailer for Season Two of 30 for 30 Podcasts, launching November 14th, as well as one of our favorite episodes from Season One, On the Ice.
Kate Scott: 10/18/17
Kate joins Sarah to talk about being a trailblazer for women in the sports industry, and how she never felt like she didn't belong.
espnW Summit recap: 10/11/17
Sarah looks back at another amazing espnW Summit and shares some of the best moments.
Mike Golic Jr.: 9/27/17
GoJo joins Sarah to talk about his journey at ESPN, and how much he still isn't over losing the National Championship game.
Jordan Rodgers: 9/20/17
Jordan joins Sarah to help her look at possible CFB programs that deserve her fandom.
Keri Potts, ESPN Sr. Director of Communications: 9/13/17
Sarah talks to Keri Potts about the role the media plays in covering sexual and partner violence.
Trey Wingo: 9/7/17
Trey talks about his career path at ESPN, and getting ready for his new morning show with Mike Golic.
Actor Andy Buckley: 8/29/17
Actor Andy Buckley tells Sarah how he ended up working on The Office and why people constantly yell Suck It at him.
Wayne Drehs: 8/16/17
Wayne talks about his tenure at ESPN, and some of the crazy things he's written about.
Mike Wise: 8/8/17
Mike joins Sarah to talk about his career path to ESPN, and how he almost drowned.
Ramona Shelburne: 8/1/17
Ramona talks about how to get athletes and coaches to open up and trust reporters.
Sam Acho: 7/25/17
Sarah is joined by Sam Acho of the Bears. Sam talks about giving back, and looks at the Bears roster this season.
Jessica Luther: 7/18/17
Sarah is joined by Jessica Luther this week. They discuss how important the right kind of coverage is in sports.
Adventures at the ESPY's: 7/12/17
Sarah gives the Spanish Inquisition to the best athletes on the planet.
Soledad O'Brien: 7/4/17
Soledad talks about how her upbringing helped shape her drive, and how she found her way to journalism.
Kevin Blackistone Joins: 6/27/17
Sarah Spain is joined by Washington Posts columnist and Around the Horn panelist Kevin Blackistone. They discuss his career, the evolution of journalism and more.
Cy Wakeman: 6/20/17
Sarah and Cy discuss the conscious decisions we make every day that affect our happiness.
Kevin Brilliant: 6/13/17
Kevin joins Sarah to talk about his job as the Business Strategy and Analytics Manager of the Chicago Bulls.
Pablo Torre: 6/6/17
Pablo joins Sarah to discuss his path to ESPN, his new show with Bomani Jones, and he answers the Spanish Inquisition.
The price of admission: 5/31/17
Sarah is joined by Darren Rovell and Brisa Trinchero to discuss ticket prices across all sports.
Roy Wood Jr. : 5/23/17
Roy joins Sarah to discuss his journey to becoming a correspondent on The Daily Show.
Richard Lapchick: 5/16/17
Richard joins Sarah to discuss how he's using sport for a positive social change.
Julie Foudy: 5/2/17
Julie joins Sarah to talk about her new book, the espnW Summit in Chicago, and why she's a classy lunatic.
We The Fans - Part 3: 4/25/17
Tom Waddle, Sarah Spain and Bill Barnwell break down Episodes 5 and 6 of We The Fans and discuss The First Down Lady and the horror of reliving the Bears-Titans game.
Holly Anderson: 4/18/17
Holly joins Sarah to discuss her career journey to MTV News. Plus a UFO hovers over Sarah's house.
We The Fans - Pt. 2: 4/18/17
Bill Barnwell, Sarah Spain and Tom Waddle recap episodes three and four of "We The Fans" and discuss the multiple relationship dynamics from Section 250 of Soldier Field.
We The Fans - Pt. 1: 4/11/17
Bill Barnwell, Sarah Spain and Tom Waddle recap the first two episodes of We The Fans, a story about season ticket holders in section 250 of Soldier Field.
Sarah Robb O'Hagan: 4/4/17
Sarah Robb O'Hagan joins Sarah to discuss how she went from broke in NYC to CEO.
Women Making History: 3/30/17
Sarah reflects back on her favorite parts of the "Women Making History" special on ESPN Radio.
Carl Richards: 3/21/17
NY Times writer & Behavior Gap podcaster Carl Richards joins Sarah to talk about saying "no" and finding life balance
Chicago past and present: 2/27/17
Sarah is joined by former Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick and current Bear Jordan Howard.
Michael Smith: 2/20/17
Michael joins Sarah to talk about All-Star weekend in New Orleans. Plus how the transition from "His and Hers" to "SC6" is going.
Danny Pudi: 2/13/17
Sarah discusses her trip to SNL. Danny Pudi on his career path and what's next for him. Plus UConn Women get their 100th win.
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