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  1. WNBA Poet, And1 Mixtapes, Babe Ruth's Christmas Gift2018/12/21
    Imani McGee-Stafford just finished her second season in the WNBA. But before she fell in love with basketball, she was an artist. This week on Only A Game, how Imani found her purpose in basketball and poetry. Plus, the story behind the first And1 Mixtape. And a Christmas gift from Babe Ruth. Join us!
  2. Dad And Barkley, René Lacoste, Sri Lankan Cricket2018/12/14
    Reporter Shirley Wang tells the story of her father, Lin Wang, a scientist living in Iowa who befriended NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. Also this week on Only A Game: how René "the Crocodile" Lacoste got the inspiration for his iconic clothing brand. And 30 years after leaving Sri Lanka, a Tamil man finds cricket again. Join us!
  3. Bob Cousy And Bill Russell, Grandmother Marathoner, Rugby Referee2018/12/07
    Bob Cousy and Bill Russell won six NBA championships together on the Boston Celtics. This week on Only A Game Cousy says he regrets not doing more for his teammate off the court. Plus, kid reporters interview a 73-year-old marathoner. And how rugby refereeing transformed one athlete's Olympic dream. Join us!
  4. Dragon Boat Racing, Latina Commissioner, Stanford Band2018/11/30
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  5. Latest Show: Thanksgiving Leftovers2018/11/23
    This week on Only A Game, we share a full plate of "leftover" stories that didn't fit in past episodes. A marathon swimmer's matchup against jellyfish and lampreys. A unexpected night with Mike Tyson. A WNBA legend's first pair of basketball shoes. And the rock band that may have saved Fenway Park. Join us!
  6. Verne Lundquist, Yosemite Climbers, Bluegrass And Football2018/11/16
    Verne Lundquist has broadcast sports for decades. But he also played a minor role in the coverage of the John F. Kennedy assassination 55 years ago. Also this week on Only A Game, the story of the first team to scale El Capitan. And the story of a bluegrass radio station and a high school football team in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Join us!
  7. Exonerated Golf Course Artist, UNC Stadium, Accidental Veteran2018/11/09
    Valentino Dixon spent 27 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. While incarcerated, he started drawing golf courses. This week on Only A Game, how Dixon's artwork led to his recent exoneration. Also the connection between UNC's football stadium and the 1898 Wilmington Massacre. And Bill Brannon's accidental journey from the baseball field to the battlefield. Join us!
  8. College Athlete Gets Out The Vote, Soccer Remembrance, Adam Greenberg2018/11/02
    With less than a week to go before the midterms, Madison Roberts is getting out the vote ... among fellow athletes at UC Berkeley. Also this week on Only A Game, the heartbreaking story of a lost soccer lover. And MLB-outfielder-turned-politician Adam Greenberg reflects on the pitch that changed his life. Join us!
  9. 50 Years After John Carlos And Tommie Smith, Stories Of Protest2018/10/26
    On Oct. 16, 1968, Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on the medal podium at the Olympic Games and protested for human rights by raising black-gloved fists. Fifty years later, Only A Game shares stories of protest, from fellow '68 Olympic champion Wyomia Tyus to Polish pole vaulter Władysław Kozakiewicz. Plus, a more complicated protest myth out of 1930s Austria. Join us!
  10. Women's Basketball Sneakers, Powerlifter, Land Speed Record2018/10/19
    In 1996, Nike released the Air Swoopes, the first women's signature basketball shoe. Today, there are no WNBA players with their own shoe lines. This week on Only A Game, the history of women's basketball sneakers. Also, how powerlifting changed Colleen Tighe's life. And tales from Craig Breedlove's quest for the land speed record. Join us!
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An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield.

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