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The Realities of College Recruiting podcast is hosted by SportsForce founder and CEO Andrew Beinbrink. Based on the overwhelming lack of college recruiting education, and the numerous and costly mistakes being made by families The Realities of College Recruiting podcast was born. Each episode will interview top college coaches, player development experts, and recruiting insiders. We will tackle the most critical college recruiting topics and will empower you with key insights, and critical r ...
 
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker answer some listener questions about the media's reaction to Simone Biles, the new dateline approach for NFL beat reporters, and a lot more (4:05). Then Bryan is joined by Bob Costas to discuss his new HBO Show 'Back on the Record,' his famous interviews with Vince McMahon, and his favorite parts of hosting the Olym…
 
Getting To Know The Fungus Among Us (In Our Guts) Your gut microbiome is composed of more than bacteria—a less populous, but still important, resident is fungi. Many people’s lower digestive tract is home to the yeast Candida albicans, the species implicated in vaginal yeast infections and oral thrush. But new research published in the scientific j…
 
With Delta Rising, New Rules On Masks And Vaccines This week, the CDC released new guidelines for mask use in the U.S., just months after many cities and towns relaxed mask mandates. The guidance says that “to reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others: CDC recommends that fully vaccinated p…
 
The story of how the American military—and more particularly the regular army—has played a vital role in the late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century United States that extended beyond the battlefield is the focus of Robert Wooster’s The United States Army and the Making of America: From Confederation to Empire, 1775–1903 (University Press of Kansas…
 
In Writing Kit Carson: Fallen Heroes in a Changing West (UNC Press, 2020), Susan Lee Johnson braids together lives over time and space, telling tales of two white women who, in the 1960s, wrote books about the fabled frontiersman Christopher Kit Carson: Quantrille McClung, a Denver librarian who compiled the Carson-Bent-Boggs Genealogy, and Kansas-…
 
In spite of the current drama with the SEC, the Texas Longhorns have at least one more season to play in the Big 12, which means our conference preview series continues. One of the teams that is currently trying to figure out what their fate is - both on the field and off the field - are the Baylor Bears, who are coming off of a season of struggle …
 
Throughout the summer, we are previewing each team in the Big 12 and in this episode we take a look at the Oklahoma Sooners. Jacob Major from Sooners Big 12 Country comes on the pod to talk about the defending Big 12 Champs. Is Oklahoma destined to win another championship inthe Big12? Is this the last dance for the Oklahoma Sooners??…
 
The Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners have officially declared their intentions to leave the Big 12, paving the way for an application to the SEC. The timeline is unclear, but it seems like it will be sooner rather than later. What happens to the other schools and what do we think will be the impact for Texas? We also dive in on the wide rec…
 
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker start by going through all their media notes about the Olympics (4:48). Then Slate's Josh Levin joins to talk about his new podcast, 'One Year,' (20:04) and Levin helps David guess this week's Strained-Pun Headline (45:10). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Josh Levin Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakel…
 
Billions Of Sea Creatures, Lost To Heat Waves A couple weeks ago, the Pacific Northwest saw record-breaking temperatures. News coverage captured countless people suffering, and dying, during triple-digit heat the region had never seen before. Portland and Seattle reached their highest temperatures ever recorded. Canada set a new record for the high…
 
Flooding Worldwide Fits Climate Change Models While the western United States is burning again this summer, other parts of the world are drowning. Germany, Belgium, and China saw floods this week after intense rainstorms that dropped many inches of rain in matters of hours, killing hundreds and displacing thousands. In Turkey and Nigeria, less dead…
 
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker open up the mailbag and answer your listener mail. They touch on the ESPN announcement that the Manning brothers will cohost a 'Monday Night Football' telecast (5:40), discuss Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson heading to space (15:52), and weigh in on Addison Rae’s short-lived UFC journalism career (20:56). Later, Bria…
 
A bombshell dropped Wednesday thanks to reports of the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners are exploring options to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC in the relatively immediate future. What does this mean for the future of college football, for the Longhorns and for our long-time rivalries? We also welcome in Nick Harris of 247Sports to help …
 
The geography of American slavery was continental, argues Dr. Kevin Waite, an assistant professor at Durham University, in West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire (UNC Press, 2021). Rather than being confined to the South, the institution of slavery infected North America as the American empire expanded across the Mississip…
 
David Shoemaker is joined by Ringer writer Mirin Fader to discuss her new book, 'Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP.' They talk about the process of converting her original feature story into a book, how Giannis’s free agency affected the timeline, and what it's like publishing a book in real time as Giannis is currently in the NBA Finals. …
 
As we rapidly approach football season, three Texas Longhorns made their way to Dallas for Big 12 media days, Bijan Robinson, Keondre Coburn and new head coach Steve Sarkisian. What did they share with the media and what are our thoughts on the non-controversy of the Big 12's taunting rules? We also welcome in Micah Allen of Cowboys Ride for Free t…
 
It’s hard to imagine a place more central to American mythology today than Silicon Valley. To outsiders, the region glitters with the promise of extraordinary wealth and innovation. But behind this image lies another Silicon Valley, one segregated by race, class, and nationality in complex and contradictory ways. Its beautiful landscape lies atop u…
 
Bryan Curtis is joined by NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton to discuss David Halberstam’s book “The Breaks of the Game,” about the 1979-1980 Portland Trail Blazers. They discuss Walton’s relationship with Halberstam, his experience playing with the Trail Blazers, and why Walton has not yet read the book. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Bill Walton Associate …
 
Throughout the summer, we are previewing each team in the Big 12 and in this episode we take a look at the Kansas State Wildcats. Luke Thompson from the Bring on the Cats Podcast joins us to talk about a surprisingly K-State team bringing back a dynamic QB-RB combo but will need to upgrade the defense in Chris Kleiman's third year.…
 
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are answering your listener mail about the ongoing saga inside ESPN (7:35), the lack of information coming from the White House press corps (15:48), their Olympics viewing plans (32:50), and whether or not David calls Bryan “babe” (47:02). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the…
 
Songbirds Suffer Mystery Illness From The East Coast To The Midwest The reports started in late May: Songbirds in Washington, D.C. and neighboring regions were being found dead, often with swollen and crusty eyes. In the days that followed, similar sightings came from many states, including Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Now, the…
 
Research For New Battery Technology Is Gaining Steam As countries around the world set their goals for decarbonizing their economies, it’s becoming clear that batteries may play a pivotal role in smoothing out the peaks and valleys of solar and wind power productions, as well as driving a shift to electric vehicles, and providing power for other pa…
 
We've reached one of the biggest weeks on the Texas Longhorns' 2021 schedule, the Red River Showdown against the Oklahoma Sooners, who are easily one of the top teams in college football heading into the season. We dive in on how defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has turned around what was once one of the worst units in the country, as well as what…
 
There are many questions offensively for the Texas Longhorns, but the future of the running back position is not one of them. Texas brings back not one, but two legitimate No. 1 options in the backfield - Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson - giving them a significant advantage at the position. The days of 300-carry back are gone, so what do we expe…
 
Sniffing Out How To Save African Wild Dogs One of the most endangered mammals on Earth, African wild dogs are known for their oversized ears, social bonds, and highly efficient hunting style. That predatory nature is now contributing to their threatened status, as their territory in sub-Saharan Africa increasingly overlaps with human farmers, who o…
 
Writing, Like Geology, Requires A Little Digging When author John McPhee first considered the piece of writing that would become his 1998 book, Annals of the Former World, he envisioned a short, un-bylined article in The New Yorker, in which he would visit a road cut on Route 80—a piece that could probably be completed in a few days. Instead, that …
 
If floods are inevitable, why do humans insist on building alongside riverbanks? Todd Kerstetter, professor of history at Texas Christian University, tries to answer that question in Flood on the Tracks: Living, Dying, and the Nature of Disaster in the Elkhorn River Basin (Texas Tech University Press, 2019). Kerstetter examines a relatively small r…
 
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker unpack the news that ESPN analyst Rachel Nichols will no longer be the sideline reporter at the NBA Finals after making inappropriate comments about her coworker Maria Taylor. They discuss how the saga unfolded, ESPN’s response, and what this could mean for both Nichols and Taylor. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoe…
 
Our journey through the Texas Longhorns' 2022 reaches the second week of conference play, so we welcome in Melissa Triebwasser of Frogs O' War to help us dive in on the TCU Horned Frogs. TCU will have a new man calling the plays, with Dough Meachem taking over full-time for Sonny Cumbie - who is back in Lubbock to call the plays for the Texas Tech …
 
For the first time in three seasons, the Texas Longhorns have a quarterback battle on their hands as junior Casey Thompson and redshirt freshman Hudson Card compete to see who will be the signal-caller for Texas in the 2021 season. What do we expect out of the battle and what do we expect the offense to look like with a new QB and a new playcaller.…
 
The vision for America’s cross-cultural future lies beyond the multicultural myth of the "great melting pot." That idea of diversity often imagined ethnically distinct urban districts—the Little Italys, Koreatowns, and Jewish quarters of American cities—built up over generations and occupying spaces that excluded one another. But the neighborhood o…
 
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dive into a new batch of Listener Mail. They break down the history of harsh obituaries (8:40), Mitt Romney’s latest Trump wrestling analogy (13:20), how to correctly write an oral history (21:40), and much more. Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hos…
 
The Science Of Your Summer Vegetable Garden Planting and tending to a vegetable garden is both an art and a science. If all goes well, you’ll be enjoying delicious homemade salads all summer long. But if your tomatoes get too little water, or if the soil is too acidic, or if pests get to the lettuce before you do, then all that hard work may have b…
 
The Alarming Impacts Of Extreme Heat This week, the Pacific Northwest was hit by a record breaking heat wave, with temperatures rising as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit in Portland, Oregon. Experts say of all the extreme weather events brought on by climate change and heat waves stand to do the most damage to the environment, infrastructure, and hu…
 
Our journey through the Texas Longhorns' 2022 schedule has reached conference play, so we get to spend time with one of our favorites - Albie Shore of the Tortillas and Takes podcast to help us preview the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Head coach Matt Wells had his second season shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he still managed to improve his …
 
The Texas Longhorns fought their way to the elimination game of the College World Series bracket but were unable to get one last victory, falling to the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Group 2 final. In spite of the ending, the Longhorns had an incredible run in Omaha to cap off a season to remember. We look back at what they accomplished and how…
 
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