Le Batard & Friends - South Beach Sessions

Le Batard & Friends - South Beach Sessions

From his beachside studios in Miami, Dan Le Batard talks one-on-one with a mix of interesting personalities from sports, music, comedy and beyond. Published weekly, South Beach Sessions is the flagship podcast in the LeBatard and Friends Podcast Network. Dan is past his prime as an interviewer, and less curious than he has ever been, but he will bully the guests into carrying him.

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August 2, 2022 47 min

Dan is joined by NASA climate scientist, author, and activist Peter Kalmus for a special "South Beach Sessions" focused on climate change. Dan and Peter dive into the Supreme Court's recent "anti-science" decision, the rate at which Earth is deteriorating, real life solutions for climate change, and much more.

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Dan talks with Ethan Strauss, who left The Athletic to start his own Substack after he stopped caring about traditional sports writing. They talk about the risk of making that decision, trying to reveal the innards of the transactional sports media, and how Mark Cuban is bit of a fraud.

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July 18, 2022 45 min

Jason Kander – Army veteran and former Missouri Secretary of State – sits down with Dan to discuss his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Jason describes what "earning PTSD" and "necessary brainwashing" means, the ways in which he ran from himself, why "trauma is trauma," what gives him hope about America, and much more. Plus, he details his new book "Invisible Storm" and the cause behind it...

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July 11, 2022 52 min

“Food tastes better when you share it.” Comedian, Actor, and Writer Rob Delaney joins the show for an in-depth conversation on his remarkable journey that led him to comedy, sobriety, kindness, and compassion. Rob discusses details on projects past and present, how being nice can lead to success, why he chose to write his upcoming book after his son Henry’s passing, and shares many more life lessons.

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June 27, 2022 51 min

Dan sits down with The Ringer's Van Lathan to chronicle his journey from growing up in Baton Rouge, to entering Hollywood and TMZ, winning an Oscar for the short film Two Distant Strangers, and his struggles with weight gain in his new book Fat, Crazy, and Tired.

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June 20, 2022 47 min

Malcolm Gladwell joins Dan for a trip through his greatest curiosities around sports and social change in America including his new podcast "Legacy of Speed" about the 1968 Olympic protest.

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June 13, 2022 54 min

You’ve never heard the wonders of the brain described this way: Myron Rolle, who went from football at Florida State to Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and now neurosurgery at Harvard, on how to steady your hands enough to hold something as sacred as human life.

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May 31, 2022 60 min

Jay Leno joins Dan for an in-depth look at his storied career, the happiest times of his professional life, the current state of comedy, his reboot of 'You Bet Your Life' game show, and much more. @youbetyourlife


This week Le Batard & Friends is raising money for ALS research in conjunction with several charities. As part of our efforts, we'll be at the Marlins-Giants game Thursday for Lou Gehrig Day and you can ...

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May 23, 2022 43 min

New York Times writer and bestselling author Frank Bruni joins Dan for a conversation on his new book, The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found, and how waking up one morning with blurred vision sent him down a path to see life more clearly than ever before.

Dan and Frank discuss cynicism, life’s illuminating moments, how to consume media in a “post-truth era,” and much more.

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May 16, 2022 59 min

Bill Lawrence, the creator of Scrubs and Ted Lasso, joins Dan for a discussion on the impact of mentors, making people laugh with sweetness vs. snark, the evolution of the TV writer's room, and much more as the duo dives into Lawrence's career path.

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May 2, 2022 47 min

David Simon, creator of one of the best TV shows ever made, on how to use art to fight.

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April 25, 2022 43 min

John Skipper and David Samson join Dan to discuss some of the biggest stories across Sports Business & Media including Apple TV and the NFL Sunday Ticket, the Washington Commanders investigation, MLB's resistance to change, the NBA and China, and more.

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April 18, 2022 56 min

Michael Lewis, author of “Moneyball,” “The Big Short,” and countless other bestsellers, joins Dan to discuss his joyful writing process, the long-lasting impact of “Moneyball,” his ability to procure secrets from subjects, his newest book “The Premonition: A Pandemic Story,” and much more.

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April 4, 2022 50 min

Elie Mystal, The Nation’s justice correspondent and one of America’s most prominent voices at the intersection of journalism and politics, argues on behalf of tearing up the Constitution... and then we talk some sports

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March 28, 2022 48 min

Joe Posnanski is a bestselling author, one of the country's top sports columnists, and also hosts "The PosCast" alongside Mike Schur on the Le Batard & Friends Network.

Dan sits down with Joe to discuss which of his books was his favorite to write and why being a "gentle" sports columnist is a good thing. Plus, Joe shares his thoughts on subjects from his books including Buck O'Neil, Harry Houdini, and th...

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March 23, 2022 37 min

Dan sits down with bestselling author Chuck Klosterman to discuss his latest work, "The Nineties: A Book." Their conversation ranges from what peaked Chuck's interest with the 90s in particular, to how history will misremember the decade, the internet's influence on society, and more.

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March 16, 2022 51 min

Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner — the hosts of Meadowlark's new podcast "Point Forward" — join Dan for a conversation on their friendship and unique perspectives, the media's influence on team chemistry, business in the NBA, fandom, and much more.

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March 9, 2022 38 min

Jeff Pearlman is the author of nine NYT best-selling books including "Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s," the book that inspired the new HBO Series "Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty."


Jeff speaks with Dan about how he chooses his subjects, his experience helping out with "Winning Time," and why that Lakers era captured our collective imaginations befor...

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Back by popular demand, Meadowlark CEO John Skipper and former Marlins team president David Samson join Dan to discuss the latest news in the world of sports business. The guys discuss top level NFL broadcasters commanding huge salaries, Russia's entanglements with sports in the wake of their invasion of Ukraine, and the time Skipper and Samson were involved in negotiations against each other.

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“Why can’t I reach these people?”


John Amaechi and Dan have an honest conversation about how and why communication on topics such as privilege, race, and sexuality aren’t resonating the way they know it should.


From willful ignorance in the teaching of our history, to the systems in place to perpetuate oppression, John and Dan leave no stone unturned.


Plus, conversations on Tim Hardaway, Phil Mickelson’s comments and “apology,” the Do...

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