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March 23, 2021
On the Latest Real Sports

Bryant Gumbel hosts a panel about reforming college athletics with Senator Cory Booker and former NCAA investigator Tim Nevius. Mary Carillo visits with former NBA star Jayson Williams, who after overcoming his own tortured past has dedicated his life to helping others. And Soledad O’Brien talks to Oksana Masters about her miraculous journey from being an orphan to becoming a Paralympian.

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Dick Hoyt was one of the most memorable people ever profiled on Real Sports. He and his physically challenged son, Rick, inspired countless others who watched them compete together in over a thousand races. In March 2021, Dick passed away at the age of 80.

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This bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Real Sports producer Max Gershberg, offers an inside look at stories from the latest episode of the show as well as the Real Sports archives.

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February 2021

Bryant Gumbel explores the NFL’s lack of diversity in its coaching ranks. David Scott examines the impact Covid-19 continues to have on youth sports. Jon Frankel meets with extreme athlete Wim Hof to witness his ability to withstand the cold. And Soledad O’Brien re-visits with chess revolutionary Rex Sinquefield, who grew from an orphan boy into a billionaire.

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January 2021

Mary Carillo details stories of COVID "long haulers," athletes who continue to suffer debilitating symptoms months after contracting the virus. Jon Frankel visits a group of Minneapolis police officers who coached a high school football team to victory while mending a community. Plus, a look at Nike’s controversial "Oregon Project."

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December 2020

Real Sports returns with its annual year-end roundtable special to look back at a sports year unlike any other in history. Host Bryant Gumbel and all of the correspondents gather virtually to examine how the global pandemic, social activism, and economic realities reverberated across the sports world and affected athletes and fans alike.

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