Sarah Spain profiles guests from the world of sports, comedy, music and beyond to share the stories of their lives and their journeys to success.
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Journalist, podcaster, and author Jemele Hill joins Sarah to discuss her new memoir Uphill, which details the drug abuse and sexual violence she grew up around, how sports helped her connect with others, how she once tried to reconcile decades old scars between her mother and grandmother over Thanksgiving, and the time she may or may not have pooped herself in a hotel lobby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Food critic and author Jeff Gordinier tells Sarah about eating his way across the country to help create Esquire's "Best New Restaurants in America" list, his past gigs writing about music and movies, traveling the world with famed Noma chef Rene Redzepi for his book "Hungry," and the hits and misses of a Thanksgiving spread. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to the breakout star of Mindy Kaling's HBO show Sex Lives of College Girls, Amrit Kaur, about how she fell in love with drama in high school without being able to take drama classes because her parents didn't consider it a serious subject, how much she was sweating during her audition for Sex Lives, what it was like to film a naked party scene, what her parents thought of her sex positive character, a pants ripping story, and how participating in a beauty pageant helped her come to terms with her aesthetic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Three-time Grammy winner and superstar rocker Annie Clark AKA St. Vincent joins Sarah to discuss how she broke into the music industry, why Talking Heads leader David Byrne called her mysterious even after touring with her for a year, the time she fronted Nirvana when they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the meaning behind her most recent album Daddy's Home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Top Chef alum and cookbook author Justin Sutherland joins Sarah to talk about recovering from a serious boat accident this summer, the release of his first cookbook, a quarter-life crisis that landed him in Costa Rica, his "shut up and dribble" moment and Biggie Smalls-inspired breakfast sandwiches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
ESPN NBA analyst -- and noted Meme Lord -- Brian Windhorst tells #TWSS about his relationship with LeBron, drawing the kind of ire from fans usually reserved for athletes and how news aggregation inspired his most viral moment. Plus, that time he almost died. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Clinical psychologist, researcher and bestselling author Catherine Steiner-Adair joins Sarah to talk about raising kids in a digital world. Realistic solutions to modern problems, like how to ensure technology is a tool instead of an addiction and how to make sure kids are tech-savvy but also learning humanity, empathy and emotional intelligence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Author, TV and podcast host, and travel guidebook legend Rick Steves joins Sarah to talk about how the internet has changed travel, how European cities are bouncing back from COVID restrictions, travel as a political act, the country that his opinion has most changed on over the years, the town that didn't want his attention and getting name-dropped in a dirty SNL bit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to Stef Strack, founder and CEO of VOICEINSPORT and former Nike and Rag & Bone exec, about her advocacy for girls and women in sport, her work strengthening Title IX, whether misogyny or a lack of data is at the heart of undervaluing women's sports and how the end of Roe might affect women athletes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to legendary Syracuse QB Don McPherson about his book You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity, the concept of aspirational masculinity, and the empathy and grace required to dig into tough issues and care about the problems of privileged classes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to author and professor Alexandra Horowitz about her wonderful work with dogs, the concept of umwelt, why dogs are like chairs in the eyes of the law and what we should do about it, her new book The Year of the Puppy, and the one thing we should all do more often to make our dogs' lives happier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to Fred Segal, the man behind @OldTakesExposed, who shares the origins of the account, how he finds the receipts for cold takes, the reaction he gets from called-out prognosticators, Greg Cote and Adrian Wojnarowski's all-time frozen takes and how the new book, "Freezing Cold Takes: NFL" offers some context for shame mitigation. Plus, a final update from the Do Crew! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to rising star Taylor Rooks about her sports-crazed family, working her first jobs in the sports industry while attending U of I, the lessons she learned at the Big Ten Network and SNY and the joy of asking questions. Plus, her unwavering belief in herself, the funniest, most surprising and most open players she's ever interviewed, sliding into DMs to book guests and her new gig working Thursday Night Football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to Ted Lasso actor (Coach Beard) and co-creator Brendan Hunt about the success of the show, why it's the most fulfilling job he's ever had, how the show went from a commercial bit to an international hit, and his career in comedy- which included a five year stint in Amsterdam. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah and Good Morning Football's Kyle Brandt discuss how he went from a football playing thespian at Princeton to a cast member on MTV's The Real World. Then how he went from a soap opera actor to producing Jim Rome's radio show and then back in front of the camera for the NFL Network's popular morning show. Plus, his tryout as host for the Manning cast, hosting Frogger, and how and when they first met. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to acclaimed actor Nick Offerman about how much of himself ended up in his Parks and Recreation character Ron Swanson, meeting and courting his wife Megan Mullally, the concept of manliness, his woodshop filled with female workers, and his role in the new television series A League of Their Own, which is adapted from the film with new characters and storylines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to Dr. Kate Ackerman about why there is such a dearth of research into women's sports, the new investments and initiatives to change that, why women tear their ACLs more than men, the effects of Dobbs on female athletes and competition, the potential of the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, and how the boat named after her won gold at the World Rowing Championships in Italy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to NY Times best-selling author Andrew Maraniss about his most recent book Singled Out, which tells the story of Glenn Burke- the first openly gay MLB player who helped bring the Nike brand to baseball, invented the high five, and was beloved in the clubhouse by his teammates, but was run out of baseball by cowardly executives. Sarah also asks Andrew about his path to sports writing, why he writes about the intersectionality of sports and culture, the success of his first book, and his days writing for The (Vanderbilt) Hustler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to Kathryn Bertine, a former ESPNw editor and cyclist about the movement to start the first ever women's Tour de France, her new book "Stand" which chronicles the toll the fight took on her and her life, and how she has found the strength to carry on through the hardships. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to Mt. Joy's Matt Quinn about what it's like to be the front man, the Miami Heat like chemistry of the band, how a trip to Joshua Tree helped shape the tenor of their new album Orange Blood, and the band's relationship with Creed from The Office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to author and social media influencer Brianna Madia, whose new book, nowhere for very long, is a New York Times bestseller. It's about her life as a nomad and explorer, her childhood in Connecticut, how her parents' divorce and her father's absence affected her views on life and place, her time living on a boat, the decision to buy a giant beat-up bright orange van and move out west to live in the the canyons of Utah with her husband, their dogs, their adventures, their struggles and the one dramatic, tragic moment that changed everything and ultimately led to the collapse of her picture perfect life of escape. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to Emmy winning writer and director Lucia Aniello about the thrilling success of Hacks, meeting her future husband and creative partner at Upright Citizens Brigade, a pivotal arrest, cutting her teeth on Broad City, and how she managed to squeeze in a wedding, the Emmys and a new baby while making Season 2 of Hacks, which is out now on HBO Max. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to soccer legend turned Angel City FC owner Abby Wambach about growing up in a big family, reflecting on big decisions she made during her soccer career, the great perspective she has on the past, the future of women's sports, how we can unlearn societal conditioning, Title IX, and much more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to Dawn Porter and Nicole Newnham, co-directors of 37 Words, a four-part documentary that tells the inspiring story of Title IX- the hard fought battle to push for equal rights in education and athletics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to Duke AD Nina King about the three prongs by which a school can remain compliant with Title IX and the difficulties in meeting those requirements, Then she talks to sports historian and professor Victoria Jackson about the many ways schools cook the books, why Title IX was so important for education and sports, and what a new model for college sports could look like, Finally, Sarah talks to Honest Game co-founder Joyce Anderson about the challenges many high schools face in complying with the NCAA rules and ensuring that their student-athletes are eligible to compete collegiately. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah explores mental health in sports by having conversations with three experts. First, NYT best-selling author Kate Fagan whose book What Made Maddy Run covers mental health and suicide, Then Sarah talks to Jessica Bartley, who is the Senior Director of Psychological Services for the US Olympic and Paralympic committees, about working with elite athletes, the stigmas they face to perform, and how she would evaluate the Ben Simmons situation. Finally Sarah talks to her former Cornell track teammate Molly Dickens, a PHD, stress psychologist, and co-founder of &Mother, a nonprofit focused on gender equity and working motherhood. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to author Arshay Cooper about his book A Most Beautiful Thing, which details his childhood on the west side of Chicago and becoming a member of the first African American high school rowing team in the country. Then Sarah chats with documentarian and former US Olympic rower Mary Mazzio about turning Arshay's story into a film. Plus, an update on the Do Crew. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to former NBA player Quentin Richardson about growing up in Chicago, losing three people close to him while in the 7th grade, going to DePaul, getting drafted by the Clippers, signing with Team Jordan, being engaged to Brandy, getting traded four times in one off-season, the Godfather vibes that Pat Riley gives off, and Knuckleheads, the podcast he co-hosts with former teammate Darius Miles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to budding Chicago historian Shermann Dilla Thomas who has gained popularity for highlighting the history of Chicago places, events, inventions, and more on his TikTok page (@6figga_dilla). He explains how he originally pitched this idea to his daughter, how his day job at ComEd has gotten him into some places most can't go, where the basis for his deep knowledge about the history of Chicago comes from, and his Netflix pilot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to actor/comedian Chris Witaske about how he turned a Twitter account into a TV show, what it was like working on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development, an epic Ditka strip club story, his early roots in comedy, performing magic at birthday parties as a teenager, and his awkward interaction with the comedian he named his dog after. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah talks to CBS' Amanda Balionis Renner about what it's like to interview Tiger Woods, how her two most embarrassing on-air moments happened on the same day with Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, her early interest in broadcasting and her admiration for Bonnie Bernstein, her make or break moment as a sideline reporter for a Princeton football game, her path to becoming "the golf girl", her recent wedding, and her foundation Puppies and Golf. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Listen to Sarah's interview with WWE super star Becky Lynch from 2019. Becky discusses growing up in Ireland, failing P.E. class, how she got into wrestling, the six year break from wrestling she was forced to take, and why she once cried in a grocery store. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah recaps her Grand Canyon hike by talking with two people who joined her along on the way. First, a fellow hiker named Randall who did not disclose his triad of medical conditions until the journey was in full force. Then their trusty guide Jeremy, who shares stories of scorpion bites, helicopter rescues, and walking on a broken foot for 18 miles. Plus, an update on the do-crew.
Sarah talks to former NBA coach George Karl about learning that he'll be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, who he plans to ask to induct him, what it was like facing Michael Jordan and the Bulls in the NBA Finals, the reaction to his book Furious George, his relationship with Carmelo Anthony, his multiple bouts with cancer, and why he's hopeful that the NBA will return to Seattle.
Sarah talks to Pelicans guard CJ McCollum about the early development of his self-belief, how Lehigh prepared him for his career in the NBA, beating Duke in the NCAA Tournament, going to shopping malls across America with Damian Lillard as young players in the league, getting traded to New Orleans this season, his relationship with Zion Williamson, his podcast, his wine label, and his unpaid role as the president of the NBAPA.
Listen to Sarah's conversation with former ESPN colleague Keri Potts, who details her own sexual assault experience and then explains the important role that the media plays in the way that sexual assault stories are received by the audience.
Sarah talks to Oscar nominated director Adam McKay about becoming the head writer at SNL after only being there for a year, the massive success of Gary Sanchez productions, how Funny or Die hit the zeitgeist at the perfect time, why the Don't Look Up experience was the craziest of his career, the difficulty in casting for Winning Time, and his excitement for Bomani Jones' new HBO show Game Theory.
Sarah talks to Peloton instructor Ally Love about growing up in Miami and the "life-quake" that got her into dance and fitness as a kid, her career in the NBA from the Knicks City Dancers to the in-arena host for the Nets, modeling to support her dancing career, how she started working for Peloton, getting recognized in public, and the work she does with her company Love Squad.
Sarah talks to Sarah Thomas about her path to becoming the first female official in NFL history, working in pharmaceutical sales for 15 years, why she almost walked away from officiating after her 10th year doing high school games, why she decided to tuck her hair early in her career, winning over colleagues, and what it was like to work the Super Bowl.
Sarah talks to ultramarathoner Kelaine Conochan about her experience training for and running Badwater 135, the world's toughest footrace. Kelaine discusses going without AC in the summer in Washington DC to train for the heat, how she was groomed to believe that toughness is currency, and what Type 2 fun is. Plus, hear from the Do Crew as they take their first steps.
Sarah talks to neuroscientist Daniel Levitin about the work he's done with the brain and music, trying to figure out where goosebumps come from, why we are drawn to the music of our youth, why he believes that music is an evolutionary adaptation, and the meaning and inspiration behind his new album Sex & Math.
Sarah talks to the breakout star of Mindy Kaling's HBO show Sex Lives of College Girls, Amrit Kaur, about how she fell in love with drama in high school without being able to take drama classes because her parents didn't consider it a serious subject, how much she was sweating during her audition for Sex Lives, what it was like to film a naked party scene, what her parents thought of her sex positive character, a pants ripping story, and how participating in a beauty pageant helped her come to terms with her aesthetic.
Sarah talks to the captain of the US Women's Hockey team, Kendall Coyne, about the challenges she faced trying to play hockey as a kid including getting pennies thrown at her when she was 10 in a boys tournament, the successful almost boycott of the World Championships in 2017, participating in the fastest skate during the 2019 NHL All-Star festivities, and her new book As Fast As Her. Plus, more stories about people making big life changes and the unveiling of the Do Crew,
Sarah welcomes back famed television writer and producer Mike Schur for a record third time. They catch up on their past conversations including the changes in Hollywood as a result of #MeToo and the racial reckoning in the summer of 2020. Then they discuss Mike's new book, "How To Be Perfect" and how his pursuit of living a moral life led to the creation of The Good Place and the realization that he can be really annoying about certain things.
It's an action packed episode of That's What She Said. Sarah talks to Herminia Ibarra, an organizational behavior professor, about the three phases of making a major life change. Then she chats with Dr. Katy Milkman, an economist, about the importance of committing to the small steps and having a plan to tackle a big life goal. And finally Sarah talks to three of her friends who made or are in the process of making big career leaps.
Sarah talks to gold medal winning skier Lindsey Vonn about her new memoir in which she details her battles with depression and body image, the litany of injuries she overcame throughout her record setting career, the times her competitiveness may have gotten the best of her, and the difficulty of retirement.
Listen to Sarah's conversation with author Gretchen Rubin for useful tips about habit forming that can lead to greater happiness. Plus, Sarah is trying to assemble a crew for 2022. Details on how you can be a part of it are within this episode.
Sarah talks to photographer Robyn Rachel about how landing a NASCAR driver's wedding got her photos in People Magazine and accelerated her career, how a rare genetic disease forced her to make tough decisions about her future, and how she and her husband adapted after the pandemic threw a giant wrench in their grand plans. Plus, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner does the Spanish Inquisition.
Sarah talks to Brooklyn born James Beard Award winning chef Edward Lee about how he ended up in Louisville and running a restaurant, working for a traveling circus, bartending at an S&M club in NYC, finding a rat in the pancake mix at a diner, his torturous time on Top Chef, and the work he's doing with The LEE Initiative.