The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with sports media scholar Dr. Lauren Smith

April 2, 2018

Maybe you noticed that the NCAA women's basketball tournament came down to a last-second shot this weekend. Maybe you noticed the WNIT wrapped up with two scrappy teams who made great late-season runs. Maybe you noticed those highly entertaining storylines and the games that went with them. Likely as not, these and plenty of other compelling women's sporting events have escaped your notice. Outside of the Olympics, Indiana University's  Dr. Lauren Smith tells us, that's a sadly common refrain. We talked about why, how to fix it and just exactly what UConn basketball has ruined. (Nothing, as it turns out.)

Here's the article that gets our conversation rolling today.

Smith is also a writer on 110percentblog and she is a regular contributor here. She's joined us to talk about what's going on at Michigan State post-Larry Nassar and about Olympic athletes donating their brains to CTE research and about the world's oldest message in a bottle.

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today, with Kenny Smith

February 26, 2018

I found a great story this weekend and I wanted to share it myself. So this is a monologue three months in the making, but also a quarter century in the making. It is about two young men from Iowa, and a moment frozen forever. It is about a thoughtful gesture that will last for some time. So let me introduce you to Jordan Bohannon ... 

And then, listen to another great quote and, after that, go read the story.

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today, with sportswriter Zak Keefer

February 19, 2018

Indianapolis Star reporter Zak Keefer joins us to talk about a story of segregation and Jim Crow in northern Indiana. It was the advent of the jump shot, the height of high school basketball in the Hoosier State and a time that many of us simply don't have a memory of. Keefer is sharing Matthew Werner's story of 1950s Michigan City and the tale of a program that somehow gets forgotten, and the struggle the boys playing basketball endured. It's a rich story, and another great episode of the program for you to enjoy. 

Also, be sure to check out Keefer's work at the Star. And follow him on Twitter.

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