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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.

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906 Episodes
In a country obsessed with gossip, the great and the good fear one thing more than any other - scandal. British scandals change the course of history. They bring down governments, overthrow the rich and cause the mighty to fall. Some are about sex, others about money. In the end, they’re all about power. But often at the heart of a scandal, there are ordinary human stories. Stories of those caught up in the swirl of outrage. Listen to British Scandal on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Listen now: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
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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.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
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 AthleticRead the full story hereSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
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 AthleticRead the full story hereSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
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 OshinskyLearn more about Baseball Reminiscence Therapy See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
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 PostRead the full story hereSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
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 LimaWatch 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 WalkerSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
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 AthleticRead the full story hereSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
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 AthleticRead David and Marcus's story about Marvin Gaye at the 1983 NBA All-Star GameSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Travis Kelce might be the most talked-about man in all of American pop culture right now. But his rise from football star to A-List celebrity actually began months before he began courting Taylor Swift with a friendship bracelet. Tom Kludt spent time with Kelce earlier this year and wrote an in-depth profile of him for Vanity Fair, and Tom joined us to discuss Kelce's remarkable ascent, the origins of his off-field ambitions, and just how bright his star could become. (This episode originally aired in July.)Guest: Tom Kludt, Contributing Editor at Vanity FairRead Tom's profile of Travis Kelce hereSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
At age 14, Mikey Williams was considered by some to be the best basketball player his age in the country. He had millions of followers on Instagram and celebrities like Drake asked for his jersey and invited him backstage. He even had LeBron James serving as a mentor. But questions about his basketball abilities began to pile up. And then, earlier this year, his life took a very dark turn. Today, we bring you a cautionary tale about pressure, fame, and basketball in the age of social media.Guest: Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo! SportsRead Jeff's full story about Mikey Williams hereSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
You might not guess it from watching him play football, but for much of his life, the odds have not been in C.J. Stroud’s favor. He saw his father go to prison at age 13, and reportedly did so poorly on the S2 cognition test that many people expected him to fail in the NFL. Today, we look at how Stroud’s self-belief helped propel him past the obstacles in the path, and redefine what’s possible for a rookie quarterback as he powers a Houston Texans renaissance.Guest: Zak Keefer, The AthleticRead the full story hereSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
If you’ve watched a Philadelphia Eagles game recently, chances are you’ve gotten a close look at arguably the NFL’s most controversial play. The Tush Push (or Brotherly Shove, or Two-Cheek Sneak, if you prefer) has become the Eagles not-so-secret weapon, a play that’s been both criticized — and imitated — across the NFL. Today, we look at why the play has become so polarizing in such a short amount of time, how Jalen Hurts and the Eagles do it better than anyone else, and what the future holds for this particular kind of shove. Guest: Kalyn Kahler, The AthleticRead the full story hereSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
A living nightmare finally came to an end for Liverpool's Luis Diaz on Thursday when his father was released by kidnappers in Colombia. Luis Manuel Diaz had been held captive for nearly two weeks, despite a massive push by the Colombian government to have him set free. Today, we look at how the kidnapping took place, the group behind it, and how Diaz’s teammates -- and the soccer community -- ultimately rallied around the man they call 'Lucho.'Guest: James Pearce, The AthleticFind more of James's coverage hereSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
At age 22, in his fourth year in the league, Anthony Edwards is on the verge of making the leap to NBA superstardom — a journey that can be traced back to the gritty neighborhood in southwest Atlanta that made him who he is. Today, we look at Edwards’s unlikely rise, and full circle return to his hometown, and the loving family that propelled him forward in the aftermath of tragedy. Plus, the hope that Edwards is bringing to long-disappointed Timberwolves fans in his new home city of Minneapolis.Guest: Jon Krawczynski, The AthleticRead the full story hereSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
In Week 8, Joe Burrow boarded the Bengals' team plane in an alien mask — then went into alien mode in a dominant performance against one of the NFL's best teams. That was a welcome sight for the Bengals, eight weeks into a season where the franchise QB has mostly looked like anything but himself. Today, we revisit the team's tumultuous start, and the injury that threatened to derail Cincy’s Super Bowl hopes before the season got underway. Guest: Paul Dehner Jr., The AthleticListen to Hear That Podcast Growlin’See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Iowa's Caitlin Clark rewrote almost every individual record in women's college basketball last season, and led the Hawkeyes to within a game of a national championship. What followed can only be described as "Caitlin Clark Mania" -- a series of honors that included everything from bobblehead dolls to a butter sculpture. lToday, we break down Clark's evolution as a player and her contributions to the rich legacy of women's basketball in Iowa. Plus, can she take her team to the promised land in what might be her final college season?Guest: Emma Baccellieri, Sports IllustratedRead Emma's full story about Caitlin Clark hereSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
It is the World Series showdown that basically no one saw coming: Bruce Bochy’s Wild Card Texas Rangers, against a team that finished 16 games back in their own division — Torey Lovullo and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Today, we break down the low points that both of these teams had to navigate just to get here. Plus, the story of the journeyman outfielder (Adolis Garcia) who knocked out the reigning champs, and the rookie outfielder (Corbin Carroll) whose power/speed combo helped lead Arizona to their first World Series trip in more than two decades.Guest: Stephen Nesbitt, The AthleticSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Last week, the Las Vegas Aces became the first back-to-back WNBA champions in more than two decades. And, as we have come to expect with the Aces, they let everyone know just how much fun they would be having at the championship parade. But along with all the winning and the highly visible fun, the Aces have also been quietly transforming the WNBA. Today, we explain how the Aces have gone from an idea to a budding dynasty that is now pushing women's basketball forward.Guest: Tashan Reed, The AthleticRead Tashan's full story about the Aces hereSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Comments (19)


Some colleges will give you scraps and want you to be grateful that it's better than it was Wow basketball coaches football football coaches make millions

Jun 24th


college s make billions why so greedy

Jun 24th

Matthew Donald

the New York Mess

Sep 1st

Blake Miller


Sep 3rd


Happiness is a very complex and personal thing

May 4th

David Weatherbee

I'm a die hard patriots fan but they better watch out the Bucs now have the best 1-2 punch in football

Apr 22nd

Mario Caseres

i vote for Bernie Sanders

Jan 31st

Ramon Bracero


Jan 10th


Definitely was not pass interference. I swear you and everyone else outside of MN just loves to hate on the Vikes smh.

Jan 6th

Paul Turner

heard this already...

Dec 2nd

Paul Turner

He's turning out to be more than a desperate addition to the team....

Dec 2nd

Remy Hayes

This is fucking stupid. You arguing for it is fucking stupid.

Nov 8th

Joe Taft

The idea that no one thought the ball was juiced before 2017 is laughable. Poor, unchallenging reporting.

Oct 22nd
Reply (1)


When we talk about the political issues of other countries, it is best to understand their history, and Morey has freedom of speech but bears the consequences.

Oct 16th
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awesome podcast. I've been looking for daily sports stories like this

Sep 18th

j mo

how can i apply for a role in this podcast?

Sep 16th