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sit down with host todd jones and other sportswriters who knew the greatest athletes and coaches, and experienced first-hand some of the biggest sports moments in the past 50 years. they’ll share stories behind the stories -- some they’ve only told to each other.

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johnette howard: “why do you think you can say that to me?”

johnette howard has never been afraid to stand her ground while reporting and writing about sports for four decades. hear what she told bill laimbeer and kirby puckett when they challenged her early in her career. howard has also always followed her curiosity, which has led her to craft award-winning stories and best-selling books. she tells us about hockey goons, the bad boy pistons, and dramatic olympic moments that remain seared in her memory. she also takes us to centre court at wimbledon, and through the years with chris evert and martina navratilova – a rivalry unparalleled in sports. we finish by going from tennis to beyond with howard as she recounts how billie jean king impacted sports and life for women everywhere.

howard worked as a columnist and on-air commentator for espn.com (2008-17), a general sports columnist for newsday (1999-2009), and a columnist and enterprise writer for the washington post (1993-94). she was a senior writer for the national sports daily (1989-91) and sports illustrated (1994-98) after beginning her career at the detroit free press (1982-89 and 1991-93) as an nba and olympics writer. her long-form articles have been collected in nine anthologies, including “best american sports writing of the 20th century,” sports illustrated’s “great football writing,” and “a kind of grace: a treasury of sports writing by women.” her newspaper columns for newsday were nominated for the 2000 pulitzer prize in general commentary. besides espn, she has also frequently appeared on radio and television for npr, cnn, hbo, fox, bbc tv, and spike tv. she has written for numerous publications, including the new york times, the athletic, slate, the times of london, house & garden, architectural digest, and golf for women.

howard collaborated with billie jean king on king's autobiography, "all in", which was released in august 2021 and debuted at no. 5 on the new york times best-seller list. the christian science monitor called “all in” the best sports book of the year, and the washington post named it one of the 50 notable non-fiction books of 2021. she is also author of the book “the rivals: chris evert and martina navratilova, their epic duels and extraordinary friendship,” which was published in 2005. howard has won national and local recognition from the associated press sports editors, best american sports writing (five times), the women’s sports foundation, the new york headline club, long island press association.

howard’s account on twitter: @johnettehoward

her website: www.johnettehoward.com

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todd jones

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todd jones is senior writer for the ohio state alumni magazine and host of the ohio state university podcast, one degree greater.

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a veteran podcast host and journalists with a penchant for true crime and breaking news.