Jordan's Greatness and the Winter Olympics With House and JackO (Ep. 330)

HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons calls up Joe House to discuss the need for the definitive Michael Jordan documentary (06:30), how every MJ game was “must-see TV” (19:00), the trouble with comparing him to LeBron (26:00), the Kawhi Leonard mystery (41:30), and tweaking the playoff format (45:00). Then JackO…
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'Annihilation’, ‘Ex Machina,’ and Alex’s Garland’s Disturbing Sci-Fi Vision | The Big Picture (Ep. 432)

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey speaks with acclaimed writer and director Alex Garland about the making of the Natalie Portman sci-fi thriller ‘Annihilation’ and the tricky nature of adapting Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling book. They also discuss Garland’s first film, ‘Ex Machina’; his time as a novelist and screenwriter of movies like…
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Jennifer Aniston’s Divorce, Amy Schumer’s Wedding, and What’s Going on With Jennifer Lawrence’s Career? | Jam Session (Ep. 431)

Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Jennifer Aniston’s divorce from Justin Theroux (2:00), Amy Schumer saying yes to the wrong dress (15:31), what’s going on with Jennifer Lawrence’s career (19:51), and The Daily Mail’s weird new direction (23:00).More from The Ringer:‘Irreplaceable You’ and the Strange, Sweet, and Crushing Literature of…
Source: Jennifer Aniston’s Divorce, Amy Schumer’s Wedding, and What’s Going on With Jennifer Lawrence’s Career? | Jam Session (Ep. 431)

'Parent Corner' Special Edition Part 2 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 329)

HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal dish out potentially problematic parenting advice and share stories from their time as dads in the second part of this series.
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The Parkland Shooting Coverage, LeBron James Won't "Shut Up and Dribble," and New York Times Op-Ed Opinions | The Press Box (Ep. 430)

The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss how the media, and the survivors, shaped the coverage of last week’s high school shooting in Parkland, Florida (02:00); Laura Ingraham vs. LeBron James (24:00); and the furor over the New York Times op-ed page (35:30).Check out Justin Charity’s article “Contrarian Conflagration:…
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Revamping the NBA Playoffs, Plus Cousin Sal and Rockets GM Daryl Morey (Ep. 328)

HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons breaks down the reasons why the NBA playoff format needs to be dramatically different (5:00). Then, Cousin Sal hops on the line to give his thoughts on the Winter Olympics (27:00), the NBA All-Star Game (34:00), and early Oscars picks (42:00). Finally, Rockets GM…
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Yance Ford Made ‘Strong Island’ to Face Down the Past | The Big Picture (Ep. 429)

Ringer Editor-in-Chief Sean Fennessey speaks with Academy Award-nominated documentarian Yance Ford about making Netflix’s ‘Strong Island,’ a personal film about the tragic murder of his brother, William, and the larger implications in the story about segregation, race, violence, and power.
Source: Yance Ford Made ‘Strong Island’ to Face Down the Past | The Big Picture (Ep. 429)

Richard Jefferson on Being Traded, Changing Roles, and the New-Look Cavs (Ep. 327)

HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Nuggets forward Richard Jefferson to discuss his new life in Denver (6:00), Jamal Murray’s potential (12:00), Luke Walton vs. LaVar Ball (22:00), the most impressive rookie in the NBA (30:00), the LeBron GM narrative (38:00), Kyrie Irving’s ability to lead (46:00),…
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Why Stop-Motion Animation Takes Forever to Make, With Nick Park | The Big Picture (Ep. 428)

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with ‘Wallace and Gromit’ creator and Academy Award–winning animation director Nick Park to discuss the time-consuming process of making stop-motion animation, his commitment to the form, and his new underdog cavemen comedy, ‘Early Man.’
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Memes Gone Wrong at the Olympics, Barack and Michelle Obama’s Official Portraits, and the New York Times’ Op-Ed Problem| Damage Control (Ep. 427)

The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins on the meme-ification of Kim Jong Un’s sister (1:18), the overheated response to the Obama family’s official portraits (8:22), and—in anticipation of ‘Black Panther’—the merits of the ‘Blade’ film franchise (22:04).
Source: Memes Gone Wrong at the Olympics, Barack and Michelle Obama’s Official Portraits, and the New York Times’ Op-Ed Problem| Damage Control (Ep. 427)