705 May 22, 2020 Time Out While sports of all kinds have been put on pause, we bring you favorite stories from back when people were still on football fields, boxing rings, and basketball courts. Download Control-click (or right-click) Tap and hold to download Share a clip Transcript Saroj Baizu/NurPhoto via Getty Images Prologue Prologue ByIra Glass Host Ira Glass talks to sportswriters Jason Kirk and Spencer Hall about life in a sportsless world. Read Jason and Spencer’s essay about this. (7 minutes) Act One Friday Night Floodlights ByLisa Pollak Lisa Pollak tells the story of a high school football team in Mississippi getting ready to play its first game just a month after Hurricane Katrina upended everything. (18 minutes) Song:“Backfield in Motion” by Mel & Tim Act Two Dunk and Go Nuts ByNancy Updike Producer Nancy Updike talks to her friend Mary Conway about the strangest-looking trophy she got in her years playing basketball. (11 minutes) Act Three Those Who Can’t Play ByDaniel Alarcón Daniel Alarcón’s dad was obsessed with soccer when he was growing up, but he was only average at soccer. But those who can’t do...find something else to do. Daniel first told this story on his show Radio Ambulante. (6 minutes) Act Four The Girl With the Golden Gloves ByMeema Spadola A story about someone with a complicated relationship with the sport she loves, from Meema Spadola. (12 minutes) Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 615: The Beginning of Now Apr. 28, 2017 Act Two: Who Tells Your Story? For years Pat Buchanan ran on many of the same ideas that Donald Trump would later run on. 30: Obsession July 26, 1996 Act Two: Further Out A story by Lauren Slater about getting obsessive compulsive disorder. 230: Come Back to Afghanistan Jan. 31, 2003 Act One: Teenage Embed, Part One It's possible that the very first teenager to heed his invitation was Hyder Akbar, 17, from Concord, California. Staff RecommendationsView all 355 May 9, 2008 The Giant Pool of Money The surprisingly entertaining story of how the U.S. got itself into a housing crisis. 266 June 4, 2004 I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help Nancy Updike goes to Iraq to try to figure out what it's like to be a private citizen working in the middle of a war zone.