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A basketball podcast for people who like basketball. Conversations on Tuesdays, longform reporting on Thursdays. Co-hosted by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Jordan Ligons.

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    • Jan 18, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 45m AVG DURATION
    • 81 EPISODES


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    17: Who Killed the Eccentric Jersey with Alex Wong

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 40:05

    Where did all the good NBA jerseys go? Were they ever even good? Writer and author Alex Wong returns to Spinsters to trace the lineage of modern jerseys, from the iconic designs of the 90's to today's Nike NBA City Edition jerseys, as he tries to figure out what went wrong. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Real trades, fake rules, and who's the best young star right now + BONUS CONTENT!!!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 76:05

    Haley and Jordan talk about the Cam Reddish trade, then try to figure out where Ja fits in the ranking of best young stars in the league. + They talk about Kyrie playing home games, and what made-up rules would make the NBA more fun. PS After the episode ended we accidentally spent 30 extra minutes talking about fake rules and randomly also Jeopardy. We were still recording so we just tacked it on to the back of today's ep Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Morant Cinematic Universe with Molly Morrison

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 43:05

    Haley and Jordan talk to twitter's favorite Grizzlies fan Molly Morrison about all things Ja Morant...then somehow also all things having to do with basically every Spiderman movie. Come for Ja, stay for f**k, marry, kill, with all the Peter Parkers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    About Last Night...

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 47:59

    Haley and Jordan talk about the crazy Wednesday night in the NBA, bad announcers, Dirk's legacy, and Legally Blonde. It's got something for everybody. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Houstatlantavegas Insiders with @TylerIAm

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 64:38

    Haley is joined by Trill Withers to discuss Houston, Atlanta, gambling, and of course, the great state of Kentucky. They also try to figure out whether the Warriors should get a big man, if the Celtics need to break up their nucleus, and if Haley should go to Chicago to catch some Bulls games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The 2021 Spinnies Awards

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 49:37

    Welcome to the first-ever SPINNIES awards!! Haley and Jordan run through some highs and lows of 2021 and hand out some awards for the plays, posts, and people that stuck with us this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    4. Deep Dive: Legalizing Defense

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 37:57

    Happy Holidays!! This is our second and final re-release of the holiday season. This Thursday Haley and Jordan will be back with a conversational. This episode originally aired on April 20th, 2021. Haley walks Jordan through one of the most important rule changes the NBA ever made. ––– In April 2001, the NBA changed forever when it voted out its infamous illegal defense rule. Twenty years later, Jordan and Haley hear from people who were in the room where it happened, then explore why eliminating this forgotten rule changed everything about the game we love and how it's played today. Follow Spinsters everywhere @SpinstersBW: https://twitter.com/spinstersbw https://www.instagram.com/spinstersbw/ Spinsters fans! We want to learn more about you! If you have time, it would mean a lot if you could fill this quick survey out. Everyone who fills it out will be entered for a chance to win some Spinsters gear!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    3. What It Feels Like To Be Traded with Katie Heindl

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 38:06

    Hello! We're re-releasing one of our first narratives this week. It originally aired March 30th, 2021, and focuses on what it feels like to be traded, from a player's perspective. Enjoy! Also check out Katie's substack Basketball Feelings -- Basketball Writer Katie Heindl joins Haley and Jordan to explore the question we don't ask enough following the trade deadline: What happens behind the scenes of an NBA trade? Katie talks to players to examine the real life implications for those on the move. Emotional rollercoasters, uprooted lives, and deep feelings ensue. Follow Katie: https://twitter.com/wtevs Follow Haley: https://twitter.com/haleyosomething Follow Jordan: https://https://twitter.com/_jordanligons Follow Spinsters everywhere @SpinstersBW: https://twitter.com/spinstersbw  https://www.instagram.com/spinstersbw/ Click here to leave a review to raise money for Athlete Ally: https://apple.co/spinsters Athlete Ally believes that everyone should have equal access, opportunity, and experience in sports — regardless of your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Our mission is to end the rampant homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQI+ equality. Learn more at www.athleteally.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Secret Agent Steve Kerr

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 53:07

    Haley and Jordan talk about how the new NBA covid rules are leading to some pretty strange lineups. + They try to find some fun places for Sabonis, Siakam, and CJ, and discuss a new story in the athletic from Alex Schiffer about how Obama was pitched a plan to send Steve Kerr to play basketball against...Kim Jong-un...? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    32. Fiancés and Philadelphia with Michael Levin

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 42:55

    Comedy writer, co-host of the Rights to Ricky Sanchez podcast, and day-one spinfluencer Michael Levin joins the show to talk to Jordan about a bunch of different types of processes. They discuss the process for proposing to your significant other, the process for rehabbing from a sprained ankle, and of course, the process of accumulating a bunch of draft capital in consecutive drafts by bottoming out, with the hope of eventually drafting between 1-3 franchise cornerstone players, competing for championships, and drawing Philadelphia basketball out of the post-AI malaise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Holiday Mailbag + The Spinsters Gift Guide

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 63:23

    Jordan and Haley recorded in person in LAS VEGAS at the insanely cool Bluewire studio in the Wynn. They took this opportunity to do a little holiday mailbag, which turned into Haley pitching an honestly very thought-out idea for a musical, and an impromptu Spinsters holiday gift guide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    31. The Joy of Basketball with Ben Detrick and Andrew Kuo

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 79:25

    Haley talks to Ben Detrick and Andrew Kuo of Cookies Hoops about cool basketball players, who needed Lebron's help the most, basketball movies, Haley's alleged association with Boston, and honestly a ton of other stuff. Go check out Ben and Andrew's new book The Joy of Basketball wherever you buy books! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Little Guards, Big Problems

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 39:35

    Haley and Jordan talk about the sad Kemba situation, where the Blazers go from here, and...Freedom!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    30. Time To Log Off with Jasmine Watkins

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 47:30

    Social media pro Jasmine Watkins dives into the world of NBA Twitter by telling the stories of five women's experiences online. Chaos and misogyny ensue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Warriors vs. Suns + The Inaugural Ick Bag

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 57:57

    Haley and Jordan preview the big Tuesday match-up between the Warriors and the Suns. THEN they make Spinsters (and possibly basketball media) history with the first-ever ICK BAG. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    2. Why Don't People Think Women Can Dunk with Natalie Weiner (Re-release)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 37:22

    Hello! We're re-releasing one of our first-ever narrative episodes this week. The episode originally aired March 16, 2021, and features writer Natalie Weiner diving into a question often asked about women's basketball: Why don't women and girls dunk more? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Good Takes Only with Kristen Ledlow

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 43:58

    Kristen Ledlow (!!) joins Jordan as the first guest host in Spinsters history! Jordan and Kristen talk the Luke Walton firing, Steph playing his best basketball ever, and Caruso's brilliance as a role player. + They talk about the new WNBA playoff format and Jordan has a theory about why we're seeing so many fights this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    27. Eastern Conference Chaos with Rohan Nadkarni

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 52:13

    Haley and Sports Illustrated's Rohan Nadkarni bounce around the eastern conference (and also some of the sort of political tension in the 1960s) and Heat, Celtics, Nets, the CIA, cryptocurrency, and LA's remaining water supply. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Good, The Bad, and The Icky

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 56:02

    Haley and Jordan talk Luke Walton, the King's malaise, and the stacked West + Kelly Oubre blowing kisses, sweaty coaches, and Draymond's thing where he jumps a bunch of times really quickly when he's mad Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    26. Bachelorette Basketball Talk With Amelia Wedemeyer

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 40:10

    Jordan talks to The Ringer's Amelia Wedemeyer about this year's basketball-heavy season of The Bachelorette. Some topics include: Why is Nayte so bad at basketball? Should the bachelorette do a basketball group date every season? What can you learn about someone from the way they play basketball? What did Michelle's DM say??! Haven't seen the bachelorette basketball episode? Give this a watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYflrbsO2WU&ab_channel=BachelorNation Note: A small audio issue has been fixed, if you were having audio issues try redownloading today's ep. Thanks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Simmons, Setbacks, and Centers + Making Sense of the Robert Sarver Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 50:54

    Haley and Jordan react to Baxter Holmes' story about allegations of racism and misogyny during Robert Sarver's tenure as the Sun's owner. + they talk about how the Sixers are treating Ben Simmons' mental health struggles, and celebrate the Cavs being....good? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    25. It Takes A Village

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 38:53

    How do you view pregnancy when your body is your business? Co-host of Burn It All Down and journalist Shireen Ahmed talks to moms who juggled their basketball careers with motherhood. Come for Kim Gaucher's breastfeeding stories; stay for Pamela McGee negotiating a nanny into her contract in the ‘80s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Who Needs a Rebrand?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 58:02

    Spinsters Creative Agency LLC tries to figure out which teams could use an on-court rebrand, and what they need to fix. + Haley and Jordan talk Halloween, aging millennials, and the new Nike "City Edition" jerseys (which are all related). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    24. A Bird's Eye View with Erica McCall

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 35:01

    Jordan talks with Mystics forward Erica McCall about what life is like for a W player overseas. Go give her new podcast "Bird's Eye View: True Stories of Professional Overseas Basketball" a listen! + Plus stay for the end to hear Erica break some news about one of her hidden talents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Nobody Panic!!!!!!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 44:25

    Haley and Jordan talk about the Lakers' early struggles, Knicks fandom, and how Harden and Trae are responding to the new foul rules. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    A Supernatural Season Preview Pt 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 50:14

    Ariana Lenarsky (@aardvarsk) returns to help Haley and Jordan preview the West Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    A Supernatural Season Preview Pt 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 46:47

    Haley and Jordan are joined by writer, musician, and tarot reader Ariana Lenarsky (@aardvarsk) for a special kind of season preview... pt 2 drops Thursday and covers the West Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    23. Expected Thirst with Musa Okwonga and Ryan Hunn

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 75:29

    Haley talks to Musa Okwonga and Ryan Hunn of Stadio about Expected Thirst, the value of advanced analytics in sports, Ryan and Musa's basketball fandom, and what the NBA can learn from the EPL. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    WNBA Finals, NBA Fresh Starts

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 54:39

    Haley and Jordan join the Kahleah Copper fan club, talk WNBA finals game 1, and talk Taurasi's place in the history books. + They discuss which players they're excited to see have a fresh start in the NBA this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    22. Jack of All Trades, Master of All with Angel Mccoughtry

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 31:01

    Jordan talks to Louisville LEGEND Angel Mccoughtry about her music career, being named one of the W's 25 most influential players, and how the Aces have prepared mentally for the playoffs this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    21. Living In The Gray with Jessica Luther

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 49:52

    TW: This episode contains conversations about sexual assault and domestic violence. // How do we respond when a player we cheer for commits harm? Journalist and co-host of the Burn It All Down podcast Jessica Luther explores that question through the lens of the NBA, teams, media members, and fans. If you'd like to talk to someone about domestic violence or sexual assault, here are some resources: The National Sexual Violence Resource Center: https://www.nsvrc.org/ RAINN (the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline) https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline National Domestic Violence Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/ National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: https://ncadv.org/resources Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    20. Overseas, Overworked, And Over It with Natalie Weiner

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 36:09

    For some WNBA players, being eliminated in the playoffs means immediately starting the season all over again -- this time, with an international team overseas. Why are international leagues able to pay the women more? Is the W putting players in an impossible position? Journalist Natalie Weiner returns to the show to explore the money disparities that cause WNBA players to play abroad during their offseason, and how the additional workload affects their health and durability. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    NBA Media Day: True or False

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 48:34

    Haley and Jordan try to guess which quotes coming out of media day were real, and which ones the other person made up. They then weigh in on the vaccine discourse that is taking over NBA media. Here is Michael Pina's fantastic article about KAT that Jordan referenced on the pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    19. How to be Yourself with Katie Nolan

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 70:40

    Haley is joined by the Emmy award-winning Katie Nolan to talk sports, jobs, mental health, not knowing how to do winged eyeliner, and more!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    More WNBA, Less USSF

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 51:45

    Today we talk about things we love (Betnijah Laney's pull-up jumper, Candace Parker's non-Sparks playoff team, and Malika Andrews) and things we don't (the U.S. Soccer Federation). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    18. The 2021 Playoff Picture + W25 Talk with Alexa Philippou

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 38:07

    Jordan is joined by The Hartford Courant's Alexa Philippou to talk about her time covering The Sun, the 2021 playoff picture, and her thoughts on the W25 list. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    In-Season Tournament??!?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 50:39

    Should the NBA manifest an in-season tournament...or is it......clickbait? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    17. Plenty of Room on the Bandwagon with Mina Kimes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 42:45

    Haley is joined by ESPN's Mina Kimes to talk about the Nets, fandom, and why it's never too late to latch onto a team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    If You're Reading This Trade Ben Simmons

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 58:12

    Jordan talks about her experience doing play by play for the FIBA 3X3 Women's Series and the FIBA 3X3 World Tour + Haley and Jordan talk NBA vacations, Ben Simmons, and Drake Want Spinsters Merch?? Get some here!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    16. Politicking in the NBA with Astead Herndon

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 40:02

    Haley talks to Astead Herndon, a national politics reporter for The New York Times, about the ways politics and sports overlap, the mechanics of an offseason W*j bomb, and the issues with access-based reporting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Contracts, College, and Caricatures

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 53:07

    Haley and Jordan talk about Nerlens Noel suing Rich Paul, J.R. Smith going back to school, and the new Malice at the Palace doc. Flag in hole. Also! Like Football?! Check out Brownstown!! A New Bluewire podcast about the tragic history of the Cleveland Browns. Find it wherever you listen to podcasts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    15. The New York Street Basketball Legends You've Never Heard Of

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 40:30

    Jordan tells the story of how designer Aria McManus created a basketball club for women and non-binary people where DJs, artists, school teachers, public defenders, and more play together each week. No skill required. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Milk Talk + Jamel Johnson on Delle Donne's Return

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 52:59

    Jordan and Haley talk about the debates that have consumed Twitter in the offseason, and are later joined by writer, comedian, and host of NBA Storytime, Jamel Johnson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Not Settling For Anyone's Dusty Ass Son with Lexie Brown

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 53:46

    Jordan is joined by Chicago Sky guard and Jack Harlow superfan Lexie Brown to talk about expensive steak, splitting checks, and a little bit of basketball.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Your Favorite Players' Favorite Follow with Josiah Johnson

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 39:58

    Haley and Jordan talk to premier NBA Twitter follow Josiah Johnson about the Lakers, Summer League, and what its like being followed by Lebron on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Gossip Girls of Summer League

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2021 35:01

    Haley and Jordan are at Summer League! They recorded in-person at the Thomas and Mack Center and went over all the juicy gossip they've picked up over the weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    14. How To Form The Strongest Union In Sports with Lindsay Gibbs

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 52:23

    Writer and co-host of the Burn It All Down podcast Lindsay Gibbs joins Jordan and Haley with a story on how the WNBA player's union was formed, and how it beat the odds in the league's early years to exist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Player Signings, And How To Say “Sorry”

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 45:37

    Jordan and Haley talk about Dennis Schroder finding a home with the Celtics, Goran Dragic finding forgiveness with the Raptors, and personality tests. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Free Agency Banter and Olympic Basketball Chats

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 57:09

    Haley and Jordan talk about free agency, Love Island, and the Olympics, and ask the question throughout, “Who's coupling up with whom?” Spinsters fans! We want to learn more about you! If you have time, it would mean a lot if you could fill this quick survey out. Everyone who fills it out will be entered for a chance to win some Spinsters gear!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    13. Hungry (To) Like The Wolf with Hanif Abdurraqib

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 34:19

    Jordan and Haley are joined by writer and poet Hanif Abdurraqib, who explores his relationship to fandom through conversations with friends, and through the ultimate what-could've-been, Ricky Rubio's career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Draft Questions, Answers, And Apprehensions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 50:23

    Jordan and Haley recap the NBA trade rumor mill, detail some of their favorite players in the draft, and answer those weird combine riddles that teams ask. Spinsters fans! We want to learn more about you! If you have time, it would mean a lot if you could fill this quick survey out. Everyone who fills it out will be entered for a chance to win some Spinsters gear!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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