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 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 445: Ten Years In Sept. 9, 2011 Act Two: In the Garden of the Unknown Unknowns Marian Fontana, whose husband was a firefighter who died on 9/11, originally appeared on our show in 2005. 519: Dead Men Tell No Tales Mar. 7, 2014 Act One Susan Zalkind spent six months investigating all this for Boston Magazine and This American Life. 42: Get Over It! Nov. 15, 1996 Act Two: Wishing For Amnesia Fiction writer George Saunders reads his story "Offloading for Mrs Schwartz," from his book CivilWarLand in Bad Decline. Staff RecommendationsView all 206 Mar. 1, 2002 Somewhere in the Arabian Sea Life aboard an aircraft carrier stationed in the Arabian Sea supporting bombing missions over Afghanistan. 218 Aug. 9, 2002 Act V A group of inmates at a high-security prison stage a production of the last act of Hamlet.