The Lead

Wondery

New episodes come out every Wednesday and Friday for free, with ad-free episodes available for Wondery+ subscribers.The award-winning sports show from Wondery, known for delivering the best storytelling in sports. Every Wednesday and Friday, co-hosts Tiffany Oshinsky and Anders Kelto dive into the biggest and most fascinating sports stories of the day, as told by the reporters who cover them up close. The Lead cuts through the chatter and brings you in-depth reporting and emotional stories, to help make sense of the complicated sports landscape. New episodes every Wednesday and Friday.

  • 7 minutes 35 seconds
    Listen Now: Everything To Play For

    Self-confessed sports geeks Elis James and Colin Murray are here to serve up the juiciest tales from the world of sports – think epic rivalries, scrappy underdogs, and the wildest comebacks and you’re in the right ballpark. Thought you knew the story? Think again. From top-secret training sessions to dressing room dust-ups, join Colin & Elis as they dive into the greatest sporting stories of all time (and probably get a yellow card for simulation). Blood? Sweat? Tears? Sport has it all. And that’s why we love it.

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    9 June 2024, 11:30 pm
  • 6 minutes 15 seconds
    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 share stories about the latest news in science, technology, and innovation. Stories that give kids hope, agency and make us all say "WOW"!

    New episodes come out every Monday. Listen to Wow in the World: http://wondery.fm/wowintheworld

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    22 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 3 minutes 50 seconds
    The Lead Says Farewell

    An announcement about our show

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    3 January 2024, 3:57 pm
  • 17 minutes 38 seconds
    2023: The Year Of Women's Sports

    A lot of sports stories caught our attention in 2023. But when we stepped back and looked at the year as a whole, there was one storyline that rose above them all -- the incredible growth of women’s sports. Today, we’re looking back at the moments that made 2023 such a historic year, and looking forward to what the future might bring.

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    22 December 2023, 11:00 am
  • 26 minutes 6 seconds
    Cocaine, Disco, And A Football Revolution

    When we think about innovative teams that have shaped the way offense is played in the NFL today, one of the first that comes to mind is the Bill Walsh-era San Francisco 49ers. However, there’s another trailblazing team from the same era that has arguably had just as big an impact on the sport. Today, we tell the story of the high-flying, but somewhat forgotten San Diego Chargers of the late 1970s and 80s, led by a brash quarterback (Dan Fouts) and visionary coach (Don Coryell). Plus, the stories of drug-fueled performances — and a mysterious gunshot wound — that still follow the team today. 

    Guest: Zak Keefer, The Athletic

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    20 December 2023, 11:00 am
  • 26 minutes 7 seconds
    Armando Bacot's Last Dance

    Over the last four years, Armando Bacot has been a double-double machine for one of college basketball’s most storied programs. But the reminders of what Bacot hasn’t accomplished at UNC continue to hang over him. Today, we dive into why Bacot decided to come back for one last high-stakes season at Chapel Hill. Plus, how his fame off the court as one of the faces of NIL could influence a potential championship run.

    Guest: Brendan Marks, The Athletic

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    15 December 2023, 11:00 am
  • 22 minutes 46 seconds
    ‘It’s Just Magical’: The Surprising Power Of Baseball Memories

    Baseball has always had a special place in the hearts and minds of fans -- of all ages. But what if the power of baseball memories could help aging baseball fans heal and live healthier lives? Today we explore a little known practice known as 'Baseball Reminiscence Therapy.'

    Reporter: Tiffany Oshinsky

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    13 December 2023, 11:00 am
  • 32 minutes 47 seconds
    Fatherhood Changed Mike McDaniel. Will The NFL Follow His Lead?

    He’s the coach who makes slightly offbeat comments during press conferences, orchestrates the NFL’s most dynamic and explosive offense, and sometimes — decides to leave his high-pressure job out of the blue to see his family. Bottom line: Mike McDaniel does things differently. Today, we look at how the Dolphins head coach became someone who was willing to challenge the conventional wisdom of the NFL. And, whether his approach will backfire — or, potentially change the league.

    Guest: Kent Babb, The Washington Post

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    8 December 2023, 10:53 am
  • 23 minutes 5 seconds
    'I Lost My Soul': The Tragic Death Of An Israeli Soccer Star

    Lior Asulin was a star player on a soccer team that was once a powerful symbol of peace and unity in Israel -- a team where Jews and Arabs played side by side. Nearly twenty years later, he was killed by Hamas in the October 7th attacks. This is the tragic story of his life and death.

    Interviewees: Adi Rubinstein, Eyal Lahman, Gabriel Lima

    Watch a documentary about the aftermath of Bnei Sakhnin's championship season, After The Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United, courtesy of the Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival.

    Special thanks for this episode: Chris Browne, Daigo Oliva, Itai Anghel, Rund Abdelfatah, Greg Lalas, Geoff Walker

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    6 December 2023, 9:47 am
  • 28 minutes 19 seconds
    Rocket Science: Josh Dobbs Blasts Off, Returns To Earth

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Dobbs was the author of one of the most dramatic wins of the NFL season, leading his team to a victory over the Falcons — and learning plays on the fly — just five days after coming over from the Cardinals in a trade. Today, we look at why Dobbs — an actual rocket scientist — was in the rare position to rise to that occasion. And, after a disastrous performance against the Bears on Monday night, where does Dobbs’s story go from here?

    Guest: Alec Lewis, The Athletic

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    1 December 2023, 11:01 am
  • 32 minutes 8 seconds
    How Marvin Gaye Changed The NBA (Rebroadcast)

    In 1983, musical legend Marvin Gaye stepped to the microphone at The Forum in Los Angeles, to sing the national anthem before the NBA All-Star Game. What happened next set in motion a cultural transformation within the NBA that still reverberates today. (This episode first aired on March 1, 2023)

    Guests: David Aldridge and Marcus Thompson II, The Athletic

    Read David and Marcus's story about Marvin Gaye at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game

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    29 November 2023, 12:00 am
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