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After 20 years together on Inside The NBA, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley still have a lot to talk about. The Steam Room podcast is the new platform for EJ, Chuck, and weekly guests to explore conversations beyond the world of basketball. Grab your bracelet and step into The Steam Room every Thursday… and please, remember to keep your towel on.

118 Episodes
In this Season 5 finale, Chuck D enters The Steam Room to talk about the cultural impact of Public Enemy, the first time he met Flavor Flav, and his beloved New York Knicks. Steve Hartman from CBS News joins to discuss why he profiles acts of kindness, and the importance of reaching out to give thanks to people who have made an impact on our lives. Ernie & Charles get a surprise call from Ian Eagle, show love to the NBA on TNT production crew, and reveal their plans for the summer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ernie and Charles are ambushed by a motley crew of TNT characters for a hilarious sharing of stories from behind-the-scenes at Inside The NBA. Chuck talks Caitlin Clark, gets confused about the difference between zip codes and area codes, and explains how he got the nickname ‘Sir Charles’ without permission from the Queen of England. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Author Hanif Abdurraqib enters The Steam Room to talk about his new book ‘There’s Always This Year’, the poem he wrote for TNT’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs, the incredulity of LeBron’s longevity, and his beloved Minnesota Timberwolves. Charles addresses the Bill Belichick ‘haters’, explains why Ernie is the John Lennon of Inside the NBA, and credits Instagram for suggesting helpful household cleaning tips. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Head Coach of the Back-to-Back National Champs Dan Hurley enters The Steam Room to talk about UConn’s historic run, his zany superstitions, and lessons learned from growing up in a family of basketball icons. Verne Lundquist joins to reflect on retiring from his legendary broadcasting career, reveal what Tiger said to him at The Masters, and tell the story about how he convinced his wife to go out with him while she was on a date with another man. Ernie and Chuck are awed by a trio of special surprise guests that know the guys better than anybody. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Fat Daddy + Dan Le Batard

Fat Daddy + Dan Le Batard


Dan Le Batard enters The Steam Room to reflect on the passing of O.J. Simpson, discuss the state of the NBA, and unpack Charles’ love/hate relationship with Dan’s father. Legendary, longtime Producer of Inside the NBA Tim Kiely joins to congratulate Ernie & the Chuckster on their Emmy nominations, and he brings his son along to offer a Gen Z perspective on EJ’s rap skills. Chuck’s Answering Machine asks about teammate pranks, being spoofed by SNL, and competing against Michael Jordan on a Japanese Game Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
New Falcons QB Kirk Cousins enters the Steam Room to talk about signing the biggest free agent deal of the NFL offseason, the qualities that make a great Quarterback, and learning how to do the ‘Dirty Bird’ dance. 12-year MLB veteran Jeff Francoeur joins to discuss the problem of specialization in youth sports and what parents can do about it. Ernie and Charles talk Kate Middleton, Yacht Rock, Girl Scout Cookies, Wrestlemania, and Chuck finally joining Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2x National Champion Jay Wright enters the Steam Room to give the guys a March Madness primer, discuss the impact of NIL on the future of college hoops, and regale us with stories about Charles’ ruthlessness on the golf course. Auburn HC Bruce Pearl joins to share the heartwarming story of Sam Cunningham, a leukemia survivor who has become Auburn’s team manager. Chuck’s Answering Machine features calls about the Chuckster’s obsession with vacuuming, his harsh criticism of The Beekeeper, and why we don’t know much about the 1996 Olympics mens basketball team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comedian Nate Bargatze enters The Steam Room to talk about performing stand-up for one single person before selling out arenas, his obsession with golf, and even tries out some new material on Ernie and Charles. Robert Griffin III joins to preview Super Bowl LVIII and talks about still being open playing in the NFL again. Chuck says nice things about Indianapolis while stubbornly doubling down on his dismissive take about the body of water that flows through San Antonio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Michael B. Jordan enters The Steam Room to discuss The Wire, the differences between acting and directing, and the surprising downside of being named Sexiest Man Alive. Legendary, long-time producer of Inside The NBA Tim Kiely joins to get Ernie & Chuck's' take on Taylor Swift, before quizzing them about Super Bowl trivia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Why We Like Rex Chapman

Why We Like Rex Chapman


NBA Veteran turned Media star Rex Chapman joins to talk about opening up in his upcoming memoir, bonding with Russell Crowe over Australian rugby, and the state of Kentucky Wildcat basketball. EJ and Charles discuss the art of interviewing, their very different morning routines, and why Shaq shouldn’t get any credit for his ‘role’ in creating The Steam Room. The Chuckster is riding the Lions this weekend, as if that fanbase hasn’t suffered enough. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Iron & Pop + Bill Cowher

Iron & Pop + Bill Cowher


Hall of Fame Coach Bill Cowher enters The Steam Room to talk Steelers, the NFL Playoffs, and the swirling coaching carousel around the league. Legendary, long-time Producer of Inside The NBA Tim Kiely joins the convo to test the guys on some Pittsburgh vernacular. Chuck's Answering Machine posits questions about the MVP that Charles won over MJ, peanuts in Coca Cola, and how Chuck's wardrobe is dealing with his recent weight loss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3x NFL DPOY J.J. Watt returns to the Steam Room to talk about his transition to TV, the NFL playoffs, and finally confronts Chuck for ducking him on the golf course. Charles and Ernie reflect on the exits of two football legends, Nick Saban and Bill Belichick. Chuck’s Answering Machine features a confession of affection for Martha Stewart, a conversation about racially ambiguous cookout invites, and a revelation that even Loyal Steamers are not above the law. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
NBA Podcaster turned global spreader of basketball gospel Leigh Ellis joins The Steam Room to regale the guys with tales from his pickup basketball world tour. Leigh shares his favorite experiences from his 18-country adventure, and taps a fellow countryman to entice the Chuckster to come to a land down-under. Charles picks his CFB Natty Champ as well as his favorite Shaq endorsement. The two swap stories of how they *almost* worked out with one of The Beatles and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Wrapper’s Delight

Wrapper’s Delight


To get the guys in the holiday spirit, TK plays the Steam Room version of White Elephant, encourages Christmas karaoke, and get Chuckster’s review of eggnog. Chuck takes calls with questions about New Years Eve plans, generous donations, and the last two slices of Ray’s Pizza. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comedy legend and Tony Award winner David Alan Grier drops by The Steam Room to wax poetic about Wolverines football, protest against pickleball, and make a compelling case for the adult onesie. Ernie and Charles debate the College Football Playoff, discuss their favorite TV shows, and the Chuckster divulges a disturbing confession about his daily Diet Coke intake. See for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Candace Parker (too many accolades to list) joins the Steam Room to talk about her future in the WNBA, the joys and challenges of being a sports parent, and seasonal caffeine habits. Charles and Ernie discuss College Football Playoff scenarios, the virtues of being bald, and the debut of a new segment that will warm your heart like extra hot coffee. See for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
(King) Henrik Lundqvist skates into The Steam Room to reflect on his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, his ‘next chapter’ as a fragrance designer, and, well, being so darn handsome. Ernie and Charles share what they’re thankful for, try to make plans to see a Garth Brooks concert, and discuss dating app red flags. See for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The 100th episode (!) of the Steam Room Podcast features special shoutouts from former guests Mark Cuban, Jimmy Kimmel, JJ Watt, and Rex Chapman. This star-studded show is highlighted by a surprise appearance from the long-time, legendary Producer of Inside the NBA, Tim Kiely. Confetti cannons are trickier than you might think. See for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In this Season 5 premiere, Charles & Ernie welcome two sports icons into the Steam Room. Draymond Green stops by to chat about Chris Paul coming off the bench for GSW, what really happened with last year’s team, and defend this year’s team again the Chuckster’s skepticism. Dusty Baker joins to talk retirement life, his role in inventing the High Five, and awe the guys with stories about Hank Aaron and Satchel Paige. See for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ernie & Chuck take the show on the road for a very special Season 4 Finale in Miami. 2x Super Bowl Champion Travis Kelce drops by to confess he always wanted his name to be Charles, SNL makes him more nervous than football and he has been practicing non-stop for Capital One’s The Match featuring himself & Patrick Mahomes vs. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson - June 29 on TNT. TK puts the guys to the test with Season 4 Trivia, and forecasts his impending retirement as the legendary longtime Executive Producer of Inside the NBA. Chuck’s Answering Machine is full of reflections from old friends and the guys’ plans for summer. See for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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