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The GOAT: Serena
2 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
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47 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
The Making of The GOAT: Serena
In the season finale, we go behind the scenes of the making of The GOAT: Serena podcast. Hosts Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin are joined by the show’s writer, veteran tennis journalist Pete Bodo, to discuss how the podcast came together, their perspectives on Serena Williams, the secret question they asked every guest, and much more. Special guests include Monica Seles, Andy Roddick, Rennae Stubbs, Isha Price, Pam Shriver, Rick Macci, Mary Jo Fernandez, and Mackie Shilstone.
49 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
Wife. Mother. GOAT.
This episode explores Serena Williams, the wife, mother and GOAT. Hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison discuss how Serena has juggled all these things and still manages to operate at the highest level in professional tennis. They are also joined by Serena’s longtime agent, Jill Smoller, who provides rare, candid insight into Serena’s mindset and the determination and drive that has allowed her to still be the undisputed GOAT at the age of 40.
57 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
In this special episode, hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison break from the typical format and share their thoughts on the two most magical words in tennis - Grand Slams. They discuss Serena Williams’ most memorable Grand Slam wins, detail what it’s like to face her on the court, and the highs and lows of some of Serena’s biggest matches, including her first major win at the 1999 US Open, the 2017 Australian Open, won while 8 weeks pregnant, and her crushing loss to Roberta Vinci at the 2015 US Open. Mary Carillo and Patrick Mouratoglou also provide some insight on the inner-thoughts of Serena Williams.
54 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Best Matches, Top Rivals
In this episode, hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison discuss some of Serena Williams’ career highlights, including her best matches and her top rivals. Guests include a who's who of tennis royalty: Patrick Mouratoglou, Andy Roddick, Mary Carillo, Rick Macci, Mary Joe Fernandez, Rosie Casals, Benny Sims and broadcaster Robin Roberts. The conversation consists of in-depth analysis and breaking down some of Serena’s biggest matches against her sister Venus, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Maria Sharapova over her more than 20 year career.
49 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
The Holy Grail of Longevity Part 2
Former tennis pros Pam Shriver and Rennae Stubbs, both still in the game as broadcasters, join hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison to explore the qualities that have enabled Serena Williams to withstand the stress of life at the top and the mental strength that’s kept her there for more than two decades. They also discuss mental health in sports in general and high profile athletes who’ve struggled, at times, with mental health in the public eye, such as tennis pros Naomi Osaka and Mardy Fish, along with Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. This is episode 2 of a 2-episode arc.
46 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
The Holy Grail of Longevity Part 1
Special guests Martina Navratilova, 18-time Grand Slam champion and tennis Hall-of-Famer, along with Mackie Shilstone, fitness trainer to Serena Williams, Peyton Manning, Roy Jones Jr. and many other professional athletes, join hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison to dive into the details on the longevity of Serena’s career. They discuss how Serena has remained in shape and relevant for over two decades, and detail some previously unheard stories about Serena’s strength and determination, as well as some priceless personal anecdotes. This is episode 1 of a 2-episode arc.
46 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
The Controversy Gene
Special guests Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach since 2012, and Mary Carillo, award-winning tennis and Olympic Games TV correspondent, join hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison to examine the role of stress, conflict, and controversy in Serena’s career. From the amusing ones, like Serena’s denim skirt at the 2004 US Open and her infamous “biker boots” leg warmers, to the painful and difficult ones, like the 2018 US Open final between Serena and Naomi Osaka, and the others that sparked painful conversations around race, gender, and the fundamentals of fair play. Together these isolated incidents have helped shape Serena in the public eye.
45 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
This week’s special guests Common, Oscar and Grammy Award winning rapper, writer, actor, and activist, and Andy Roddick, former world No. 1 tennis player, join hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison for a deep dive into the dazzling world Serena Williams occupies as one of the world’s most recognizable celebrities. We also hear from Serena’s sister, Isha Price, to talk about Serena as a brand, beyond the tennis court, and why it was important for her to create a life for herself outside of sports.
42 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Carrying the Torch for Change
The path of tennis for Black players has been a long one filled with daunting obstacles and immense triumphs. Before Serena Williams, it was paved by Hall of Famers Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe along with our own Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin, among others. Serena, the greatest tennis player of all time and an icon in her own right, has inspired many people of color within and beyond the sport. Hosts Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin along with Katrina Adams, former professional tennis player and the first African-American president, chairman, and CEO of the United States Tennis Association and Robin Roberts, the host of Good Morning America and a former athlete herself, explore how Serena forced the culture at large to re-examine its assumptions about race and other issues surrounding women, sports, culture and society.
43 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, making her the most decorated singles tennis player of the Open era. The question is, what exactly makes an all-time Grand Slam singles champion? Starting with Serena’s first Grand Slam win at the US Open in 1999, hosts Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin track her path to becoming the greatest of all time with stories and insight from tennis hall of famer and icon Billie Jean King and renowned tennis coach Kamau Murray. In this episode, you’ll learn that winning big isn’t just about having talent on the court, but it’s much more. It’s a full time job that requires the right attitude, passion, and strategy - all of which Serena possesses.
44 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
No GOAT has achieved exceptional levels of success on their own. In the case of Serena Williams, besides her one-of-a-kind talent, discipline, and ambition, she had the power of sisterhood to support her through the ups and downs of her tennis career and personal life. Hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison take an in-depth look at Serena and Venus Williams’ unwavering relationship, their mother Oracene’s influence, and the overall importance of Serena surrounding herself with supportive women. Conversations include Serena’s older sister and business manager Isha Price and tennis champions Monica Seles and Andy Roddick, who had front-row views on Serena’s formative years.
41 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
The Courts of Compton
Before she was The Greatest of All Time, Serena Williams was the younger half of a tennis sister duo from Compton, California with raw talent and the promise of greatness. Hidden away from the world by their father Richard Williams, Serena and Venus Williams were shrouded in mystery. Only a select few had exclusive access to their training process, one of which was the renowned American tennis coach Rick Macci. In this episode, hosts and tennis legends Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison speak with Macci who reveals never-before-heard training stories from Serena’s childhood.
2 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Introducing Season 2: The GOAT: Serena
The GOAT: Serena is the second season in The GOAT series. This season looks at the remarkable career of one of the greatest of all time – tennis superstar Serena Williams.
31 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
S1 Seven is So Sweet
Tom Brady just can't stop winning Super Bowls. On this last episode of the season we hear from Tom Brady, Tom Brady Sr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, and Phil Simms of CBS. In his first year with the Bucs, Brady not only led them to the playoffs for the first time since 2007, but won three playoff games to get them back home to be the first team to ever play the Super Bowl on their home field. And in this unique and crazy season, of course Brady didn't stop by just getting to 10th Super Bowl, he won the Super Bowl for the seventh time. That's more than any franchise has won. By the way, he also won his fifth Super Bowl MVP. He also was the clear winner in round one in his divorce from Bill Belichick.
23 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
S1 Bonus: Supe For Seven Super Bowls
Tom Brady will be playing in his 10th Super Bowl for his 7th Super Bowl championship when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on their home field in Tampa this Sunday. Host Gary Myers talks to Tom Brady about how hard it is to win the Super Bowl at a time when he was stuck on three victories for ten years. Brady predicted then nobody would win six or seven. He's wrong on six. And he's trying to serve Supe For Seven.
33 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
S1 Bonus: Tom Brady's Home Cooked Super Bowl
Tom Brady has made it to his 10th Super Bowl, an almost unimaginable number. But this one is different. Brady came without the New England Patriots. Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs will meet the explosive Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes on February 7 in Super Bowl LV. The Bucs are the first team to make it to the Super Bowl on their home field. Host Gary Myers interviews Tom Brady's father, Tom Brady Sr., about his son's transition to a new team after 20 years with the Pats, his break-up with Bill Belichick, and how much longer Brady will play. Tom has told his dad he will play "until I suck." Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy also appears on the episode and contributes his insight on how Patriots Nation is handling Tom Brady in the Super Bowl this year without them.
38 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
S1 Bonus: Will Tom Brady Take the Lambeau Leap?
Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field in the NFC Championship Game. It just doesn’t get any better than that. It’s a match-up for the ages — and for the aged. Brady is trying to get to his 10th Super Bowl (!) in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As great as Aaron Rodgers has been this season, he’s only been to one Super Bowl. Who takes The Lambeau Leap to Super Bowl LV? Renowned sports broadcasters Al Michaels and Peter King stop by The GOAT to offer their perspective on the matchup.
18 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
S1 Bonus: Tom Brady Takes The Long Way Home
Tom Brady is heading to Washington on Saturday night with the hopes of going on a Super Bowl run with his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs play the Washington Football Team in the NFC Wild Card matchup. Brady threw 40 touchdown passes and the Bucs finished 11-5 after ending the regular season with four straight victories. Tom and his team are red-hot. Brady already has been to more Super Bowls (9) and won more Super Bowls (6) than any player in history. Now he's trying to join old pal Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to win it all with two different teams. Another milestone: He has never been to the Super Bowl without a first round bye. Is this the first of three straight road playoff victories before he gets to play Super Bowl back home in Tampa or is this where Tom Brady's magical season ends?
22 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
S1 Bonus: Brady vs. Belichick 2020
Tom Brady wins Round 1 in the NFL’s most celebrated divorce. He’s on the verge of going to the playoffs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots will miss the postseason for the first time since 2008. For this season, Bill Belichick misses Brady a lot more than Brady misses Belichick... even though the Bucs would be much better than 9-5 if Belichick was coaching them instead of Bruce Arians. But what about The Patriots Dynasty? Is Brady really The GOAT? Or was it Belichick? Or did they need each other? NFL superstar analysts Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth stop by the pod to break it down.
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