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Crooked Media's new series Six Feet Apart with Alex Wagner (journalist and co-host of Showtime's The Circus) will offer a window into the hidden worlds of this pandemic: the chaos and fear, the resilience and innovation — all of which have been necessary parts of survival in this extraordinary moment. Through conversations with individuals on the frontline, from the grocery store to the criminal justice system, this new series will delve into what’s likely to be the defining event of our lif ...
 
Fox Sports host and comic Rachel Bonnetta (“Lock It In”, “@Buzzer”) and comedy writer Rachna Fruchbom (“Fresh Off the Boat”, “Parks and Recreation”) are here to share their love for two things: sports and DRAMA. Sure, they obsessively root for Cleveland (the Browns and the Cavaliers, respectively), but they get even more excited by those crazy moments in sports that become almost legendary. We all know the sensationalistic scandals about cheating, gambling and sex, but Rachel and Rachna want ...
 
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It's the Hall of Shame finale and Rachna is going to need Rachel to contain her fury (or not). Just last year, Maine and Temple University were playing a field hockey match at Kent State that was about to go into double overtime. Until they were cut short. For pre-football game fireworks. On an entirely different field. At NOON. The infuriating inc…
 
Rachna and Rachel want to thank YOU! In the penultimate episode of Hall of Shame season 1, we cover the most requested scandals that you the listener wanted to hear. From Reggie Bush forfeiting his Heisman trophy, to Maradona's controversial "hand of God" goal, to Derek Jeter sending his one night stands Yankee memorabilia gift basket. You'll hear …
 
Rachel needs Rachna to beware of the internet! In 2009, Manti T'eo was a promising up and coming linebacker playing with the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame, when he fell in love with his girlfriend Lennay Kekua online. But when tragedy struck Manti's life, what started off as young love became one of the most shocking and bizarre scandals in football…
 
Rachna is going to need Rachel to keep her hands to herself. Or else. It’s 2003, and the Chicago Cubs are leading the Marlins 3-2 in the National League Championship Series. If they win this game, it’ll be their first league pennant since 1945. Bottom of the 8th. A foul ball to the left field. Cubs left fielder Moisés Alou is this close to catching…
 
Rachel is going to need Rachna to keep it in her pants. You’ve heard of Tiger Woods. You know. The prodigy who appeared in Golf Digest at 5. Who won 14 major championships by 34. Who met Obama and became a billionaire in the same year. Who had 120 extramarital affairs in 5 years. THAT’S the one that brought his reputation to a crashing halt. Learn …
 
Rachel and Rachna are going to need you to pour yourself an Arnold Palmer. You’re familiar with our President. The guy who won the office despite…losing the popular vote. Well the Presidency isn’t the only thing Trump cons his way into winning. No, Trump spends your tax dollars cheating at (his own) golf resorts nearly every weekend! And he’s been …
 
Rachna is gonna need Rachel to pull on her water wings. It’s the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, and the Hungarian water polo team is distracted. Back home, the Soviets have brutally crushed a popular democratic uprising in Budapest. So when they found themselves going against Russia for the gold, the revolution followed them to the pool. Learn more ab…
 
Rachel is going to need Rachna to take off her rose colored glasses. It’s 1985, and the hottest ticket in DC is to see the Washington Football Team. So imagine the joy of the people randomly selected to receive two free tickets and bus transportation to and from a Washington-Bengals game. Not only that — they were treated to a lavish brunch beforeh…
 
Rachel is going to need Rachna to hold her hair. It’s game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, and Michael Jordan’s Bulls are tied 2-2 with the Utah Jazz. But after a midnight snack goes awry for MJ, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be able to play. Until he proves that he most certainly can. But the quick turnaround from incapacitated to unstoppable scoring machi…
 
Rachna is going to need Rachel to grab a tissue and apply pressure. It’s the quarter finals of the 2009 Heineken Cup. The Harlequins are up against Leinster when their star player, Nick Evans, gets injured and benched. But lucky for The Quins' Rugby director, there's a very specific blood rule that allows teams to circumvent substitutions rules. So…
 
Rachel is breathing deeply and counting to ten. Athletes — they’re just like us. Except they’re usually bigger. And definitely stronger. And they really REALLY like to win. But sometimes these big, strong, winners don’t get their way. And then you better watch out. Some meltdowns are justified, others notorious, and some just straight up unnecessar…
 
Rachna is going to need Rachel to slip her a $10. In 1919, the Chicago White Sox were favored to win the World Series. But they were also, in their view, criminally underpaid. So who better to supplement their income than the mob? But the gamblers and gangsters that these pros approached wanted them to throw more than just strikes. Come for the cor…
 
Rachel is cracking open that beer because football season is back! The 2002 Super Bowl was momentous. It was Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s first with the New England Patriots and with zero seconds left, they upset the St. Louis Rams with a 48 year field goal! This game kicked off a golden age for the Patriots and their game was unstoppable. But as…
 
Rachna is going to need Rachel to pack a water bottle. The 1904 Olympics were, to be generous, a catastrophe. Against a backdrop of horrible planning, racist sideshows, and the worst racing conditions in history, a motley crew of unlucky runners lined up for the marathon. Then they started dropping like flies. And when things are such a disaster fr…
 
This week Rachel and Rachna sit down with Atlanta Dream’s Elizabeth Williams to reflect on her teams decision to strike, their beef with Senator Loeffler, and the WNBA's history of activism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesبقلم Crooked Media
 
If Rachel says, en garde, Rachna better say fence. In 1976, a Ukrainian pentathlete with a chip on his shoulder arrived at the Olympics in Quebec ready to win the gold. Of the five pentathlon events, Boris Onischenko's specialty was fencing. With the win-at-all costs pressure from the Soviet Union, Boris fenced his little heart out, scoring so many…
 
Rachna's lacing up those childhood skates. In the early 1990's French figure skater Surya Bonaly didn't fit the "ice princess" mold. From a young age she was surrounded by a strange cast of characters, from her hovering mother, to her coach who pushed to "exotify" her background. Fed up with society's criticisms of who she should be, Surya decided …
 
Rachel and Rachna promise they are great people. Just like the Olympics, the Paralympics are ripe with cheaters. In 1996 the International Paralympic committee introduced the Intellectual Disability Sport classification opening up the games to an entire new group of athletes. But in 2000 along came the Spanish basketball team who were hungry for a …
 
Rachna is going to need Rachel to take off her hat and put her hand over her heart. The US National Anthem is a war song, so why would we sing it before athletic events? Who does the National Anthem really represent and is it still relevant? But more importantly — we share our definitive list of the top 5 most memorable Star Spangled Banner perform…
 
Rachel needs Rachna to mind the body grease. In the early 90's Bret "The Hitman" Hart was one of the WWF's (now WWE) biggest stars; he was a five time WWF World Heavyweight Champion and held championships throughout multiple decades. But when WWE chairman Vince McMahon was over it, he decided to screw over his promotion's biggest star in the most u…
 
Rachna just hopes Rachel will say no to meldonium. When Maria Sharapova burst onto the scene, she was beloved by all (well not all). She was beautiful, she was talented, and she had more sponsorships than she knew what to do with. But there was always a chip on a shoulder. A thorn in her side. A more gifted player named Serena Williams. Ever heard …
 
Rachel wants Rachna to talk about it! Like many people, Suzy Favor Hamilton spent much of her life grappling with mental illness. Unlike most people, Suzy ran track at three consecutive Olympics. Her disordered eating, anxiety, and bipolar disorder were only exacerbated by mistreatment at the hands of coaches and the stress of competitive running, …
 
Rachna is going to need Rachel to hold her OWN beer and then get herself another. In 1982, Wade Boggs graduated from the Minor to the Major leagues, where he had a storied career with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Tampa Bay Rays. But perhaps more impressive than his more then 3,000 hits, All Star record, and being a first ballot Hall of…
 
Rachel is going to need Rachna to watch her head! In 2010, the New Orleans Saints were riding high after their 2009-2010 Super Bowl win. But it was the NFC Championship game, and the unusually violent hits from Gregg Williams' defensive line that caught the NFL's attention. In a two year investigation, the evidence revealed a much more nefarious co…
 
Rachna needs Rachel to get a grip. Monica Seles was the youngest woman to ever be ranked #1 in women’s tennis. She stayed at the top for three consecutive years, despite intense media criticism for not fitting the mold of the very traditional sport. In 1993, at a tournament in Hamburg, Seles was poised to once again face her arch tennis rival Steff…
 
Rachel needs Rachna to saddle up! In 1982, Tommy Burns was a lowly stable hand -- until millionaire James Druck asked him to kill his show horse for a cut of the insurance payout. Why not make some hay? From then on, Tommy becomes The Sandman, putting horses “to sleep” and enmeshing himself into one of the biggest scandals in equestrian history. Le…
 
Rachna is going to need Rachel to step up her friend game. In the late 90s, Dennis Rodman was basketball’s bad boy, and Kim Jong Un was a young student obsessed with the Chicago Bulls. What follows is almost a decade of bizarre fair weather friendship between the misunderstood super star and the temperamental dictator, filled with photo ops, pseudo…
 
In a moment of profound unrest and unprecedented chaos, Americans are wondering what comes next. For citizens and businesses alike, this is a period of questioning, rethinking and rebuilding -- sentiments that have been reflected in many conversations we've had over the last ten weeks. For the very last episode of Six Feet Apart, we look at what th…
 
Hall of Shame listeners--In light of the protests happening around the country, we're holding today's episode, but look out for a new episode very soon. We want to direct you to a few organizations to support the work for anti-racism and police reform. If you are able, please consider donating, to The Bail Project, the Black Voters Matter Fund, or …
 
As people everywhere have been forced to take their lives and careers online, this week Alex delves into the most digital job of them all — the social media influencer. How does social influencing work in a time of social isolation? Do online beauty and travel gurus have the same appeal in a time of lockdown and lipstick-less Zoom calls? First, Ale…
 
For Rachna, there's no place like home. Unfortunately for her, home is Cleveland where the Browns play.. In 1964, the Browns were World Champions. And then…they didn’t win anything, ever again. Rachna takes us through decades of heart break including the time Browns owner Art Modell took the team away from its city. WARNING: This could be triggerin…
 
For a country that loves to shop, COVID-19 has forced Americans to focus their spending sprees on toilet paper and masks. What's happened to that favorite American pastime — shopping — in the middle of a pandemic? Is anyone buying? Are warehouses simply filled with stuff… and will it go on sale? This week, Alex talks to Clare Vivier, the designer a…
 
Rachel proves to Rachna that everything is bigger in Texas. Even cheerleading rivalries. After Wanda Holloway’s dream of cheerleading goes unfulfilled, she channels all her energy into sending her daughter, Shanna, to the top of the proverbial pyramid. Standing in her way: Shanna’s cheer rival, Amber, and her mom, Verna. So what’s Wanda to do if no…
 
Amid a pandemic that’s touched every aspect of our lives—from the emotional to the financial—what has COVID-19 done to our sexual appetites? In this episode, Alex Wagner talks to three professionals with particular insight into the country’s deepest and (mostly) unspoken desires. First, we hear from Alison Boden, CEO of the porn site kink.com about…
 
Rachna's stocking up on toilet paper for this week's story. Alabama’s most adored pastime is college football, and its bitterest rivalry is between the University of Alabama and Auburn. For decades, Auburn would celebrate its wins by TPing the oak trees at an intersection downtown called Toomer’s Corner. So when those trees are poisoned in the dead…
 
As federal authorities have moved farther away from the frontlines of this virus, state and local leaders are left to manage the spread of Covid-19. How are they balancing the safety of their citizens with the economic realities of a widespread shutdown? How are they dealing with the Trump White House? And how are they getting any sleep? First, Ale…
 
Rachel is going to need Rachna to buckle up. In part two-- After the brawl, Ron is at the lowest point of his career, his mental health wreaking havoc on his game. He jumps from team to team, eventually settling with the Los Angeles Lakers. That move that ultimately changed the course of his life and his relationship to his mental health, leading h…
 
What happens to an already strained system in the middle of a pandemic? This week’s episode looks at America’s criminal justice system as prosecutors and inmates alike manage unprecedented challenges. First, Alex speaks to San Francisco's new District Attorney, Chesa Boudin. With a father who has been incarcerated nearly since his birth—and remains…
 
Rachel is going to need Rachna to hold her beer. In part one of a two-part episode, we dive into the early life and career of the most fascinating and eccentric player in the NBA, Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest). In part one -- It's 2004, and the Indiana Pacers are poised to be at the top of the league. But when the famously hot headed Artest lo…
 
Sports and athletic performances of all kinds are on hold indefinitely as the global pandemic continues to play out. While stadiums and auditoriums sit empty, what's happened to the athletes who once used them? Alex speaks with an Olympic hopeful, a prima ballerina, and a WNBA star to see how elite athletes are keeping their minds sharp and muscles…
 
Rachna thinks the Knicks were a little too lucky. When David Stern, a NYC native, was appointed NBA Commissioner in 1984, he was determined to put basketball on the map. And his first move was to replace the traditional draft with a flashy lottery. But when all-star Patrick Ewing ends up getting chosen for the Knicks, it becomes hard to believe tha…
 
As the lockdown enters its fifth week, people across the country are looking to escape the chaos, fear and anxiety of a global pandemic. Anything that can offer comfort or relief is in high demand—and that includes drugs. In this episode, Alex examines how people are buying drugs in social isolation, and the ways in which their dealers are managing…
 
Rachel would wager Rachna hasn’t heard this one before. Once upon a time, sports gambling wasn’t just frowned upon, it was illegal. But what’s a little money among friends? For the New Jersey police, $1.7 million in bets on the 2006 Super Bowl was a little too much to leave on the table. The investigation that followed linked the New Jersey state t…
 
This week, Alex talks to a funeral director and a Rabbi about how Covid-19 is affecting our regular rituals -- which also happen to be their jobs. First, she talks to funeral director Mark Flower about how he's handled new restrictions on funeral services as well as an increased demand for his business. Then, Alex talks to Rabbi Brous, who explains…
 
Rachna smells a rat in Rio. After a triumphant few laps around the Olympic pool in Brazil, Ryan Lochte was America’s golden boy. Medals, sponsorships, the whole shebang. But when a harrowing robbery is revealed to be a drunken lie, the golden boy starts seeming a little less shiny. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoice…
 
In the first episode, Alex talks to two essential workers about what it takes to bring you your groceries in the middle of a global pandemic. Jeff Dunn is the CEO of Bolthouse Farms. He's had to come up with big, bold solutions to keep his hundreds of employees safe all while still getting us our carrots without delay. Tony is a Trader Joe's crew m…
 
Rachel takes Rachna on a trip to the 70s. Doc Ellis loved baseball but baseball didn’t always love him back -- especially when he spoke out about racism. Depending on drugs and alcohol to cope with the undue pressures on black athletes, he hit his career high while...high. This is a story about a fall from grace and the path to redemption. Learn mo…
 
Crooked Media's new series Six Feet Apart with Alex Wagner (journalist and co-host of Showtime's The Circus) will offer a window into the hidden worlds of this pandemic: the chaos and fear, the resilience and innovation — all of which have been necessary parts of survival in this extraordinary moment. Through conversations with individuals on the f…
 
Rachna reminds Rachel what happens to women who dare to win. In 2009, South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya burst onto the international scene, with a gold medal and an astonishing time at the World Championships in Berlin. But what should have been a moment of victory turned into one of humiliation when the powers that be question if…
 
Rachel spins a boozy yarn of Midwestern debauchery. Looking to avenge a loss to the Texas Rangers, Cleveland fans are out for blood and fueled by 10 cent beers. Come for the hot dogs, stay for the nudity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesبقلم Crooked Media
 
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