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There's way more behind the biggest and most beloved personalities from sports, music, comedy and more... all it takes is longtime host and reporter Dan Le Batard revealing more about himself than ever before too. South Beach Sessions is the critically acclaimed flagship podcast in the LeBatard and Friends Podcast Network. These one-on-one conversations aren't the same old, boring sitdowns - there's no success story without some struggle, no laughs without a few tears, and no questions left unanswered by Dan who gets past what you've already heard and into more with Dan Le Batard. 

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Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin

2024-05-3101:30:00

Kathy Griffin won't be canceled anymore...  After a battle with cancer and a federal investigation that had her on the no fly list..... the comedy legend is back. Kathy and Dan don't shy away from anything as Kathy reveals the terrifying toll of being blacklisted that led to addiction, PTSD, and the darkest moments she never could've imagined, and why the laughter and love she receives from audiences today is (no joke) the greatest medicine she could ever hope for.  With Kathy, there's no holding back so she also shares her stories about dating Quentin Tarantino, her personal "Mount Rushmore of Comedy", the reason her stint on "The View" didn't last long, and why one of the most hurtful comments she's endured came from Andy Cohen.   See Kathy on her “My Life On The PTSD List” tour, performing across the country with shows into 2025. Go to KathyGriffin.com for dates and tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Stan Van Gundy

Stan Van Gundy

2024-05-2401:34:18

You won't find a more honest and respected presence in the NBA than TNT's Stan Van Gundy. While the bond between brothers runs deep... the competition between Stan and Jeff Van Gundy runs even deeper. Stan gets into his relationship with his younger brother, what it was like facing off against each other as coaches time and time again, the depth of the love they share as they've gotten older, and what he expects next for Jeff in the NBA. Stan and Dan also talk about how they became friends, seeing greatness in the Miami Heat's Erik Spoelstra early on, and the often toxic criticism that surrounds sports today. Then, Stan opens up with Dan about learning to balance asking for support from family and friends and self-reliance as he processes his grief over the loss of his wife, Kim. It's hard not to love Stan Van Gundy. Watch the 2024 NBA Western Conference Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves on TNT. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Kenny G.

Kenny G.

2024-05-1001:52:05

Hearing that Kenny G. is the guest on this week's South Beach Sessions... now that's music to our ears. A favorite all-time guest and the best-selling instrumentalist of all time, Kenny G. is in-studio with Dan for a special conversation that goes beyond the bits and jokes you've seen before. Dan gets to the heart of what has made Kenny so successful - from being cut from his high school jazz band to his near-obsessive drive for perfection. Kenny explains his zen mode of blocking out the haters, the bliss he finds in flying an airplane, his favorite performances and why he finally decided to write his memoir. This one is smooth listening at its finest... You can pre-order his memoir, “Life in The Key of G”, out September 24th, available wherever books (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Blackstone Publishing) and audiobooks (Audible, Apple Books) are sold. Kenny's new album, Innocence, is out now and go to KennyG.com for tour dates & tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah

2024-04-2601:34:36

It seems impossible, but Joakim Noah is the ultimate combination of a free spirit and a competitive warrior. Now that his NBA playing days are over, he’s fully embraced looking deep into the passion and pain that drove him from living in his father’s shadow to becoming a leader at the highest level. Joakim gets real with Dan about the overwhelming physical and mental toll he took on in his insatiable desire to win, the regrets he has from his personal failures with the Knicks and how he's now found a new title he's ready to compete with his heart and soul for... happiness. To help support The Noah’s Arc Foundation, visit NoahsArcFoundation.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Guenther Steiner

Guenther Steiner

2024-04-1201:11:00

Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, and Charles Leclerc may be the ones on the podium, but Guenther Steiner is THE breakout star of Drive to Survive, the hit Netflix series chronicling Formula 1 racing… and, no, he swears he hasn’t seen it. Now an ambassador for this year’s Miami Grand Prix, Guenther opens up about his nearly four decade career in motorsports and how he led teams by tapping into the cultures of All-American NASCAR and the world of Formula 1. Guenther bluntly shares how things ended for him with Team Haas, why he was more than ready to move on and happiest when taking on the next challenge. While the biggest party in the world will be happening at Miami Grand Prix May 3 - 5th, Guenther can’t help but giddily ask Dan Le Batard about the craziness of Miami in the 80s. Get your tickets to an unforgettable experience, the Formula 1 Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix 2024 at F1MiamiGP.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The biggest moments, the excitement and heartbreak... when the players make it happen, the announcers make us feel like we’re there. "Best of South Beach Sessions: The Voices of the NBA" features the legendary broadcasters and analysts of the NBA sharing how the love of the game has led each of them to dream careers and lifetime friendships. Michael Wilbon, of ESPN and "Pardon The Interruption", never expected to be a pioneer in sports television and he lets Dan know damn well why. Ernie Johnson, beloved host of TNT's "Inside the NBA" expresses why the greatest gift for him has been the love that Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal all have for each other: "This is as close as I’ll ever come to having brothers. And that’s what they are to me." Mike Breen, the lead voice for the NBA on ESPN and ABC, shares how in the pursuit of perfectionism, the biggest mistake you can make is to be too afraid to make any. Rachel Nichols, longtime NBA reporter and host of "Headliners" and "Bully Ball with Rachel Nichols & Demarcus Cousins", recalls meeting Dan when they were both coming up in their careers and puts it all in perspective how far they’ve come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"Highly Questionable" was the introduction to so many of your favorite personalities but the behind-the-scenes dynamics and mechanics of how it all came to be was never revealed like this before. In this "Best of South Beach Sessions: Highly Questionable," you'll hear from Mina Kimes on the pressure of what it was like to join Dan and Papi before really "getting the show" and what led Pablo Torre to wanting to team up with Dan yet again after HQ. Katie Nolan opens up about all of the challenges she was facing while working on the show... and the rockiness of what happened afterwards. Then, Israel "Izzy" Gutierrez talks about being in the middle of the father-son relationship between Dan and Papi and the secret inner workings to some of the show's best moments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jay Bilas

Jay Bilas

2024-03-0101:25:34

Jay Bilas knows excellence. From his time on the court to his time in the courtroom and broadcast booth, Jay has one hell of a work ethic and fought for what’s right without ever seeking recognition in return. If he did, his wife and kids would be the first to call him out on it… Jay and Dan recognize a fellow workaholic when they see one and explore their parents’ influence on their drive. Jay reflects on the challenge of living in the moment and the “gut punch” of learning to say no to opportunities in order to prioritize his family, and what he learned from his high school acting teacher that no coach could ever teach him. They also connect on the profound role their wives have had in shaping their lives and getting them out of their own heads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Stephen Jackson

Stephen Jackson

2024-02-1602:14:49

Stephen Jackson has never backed down from anything. Never held back from speaking his mind. And yet... this is the most open and raw he’s ever been. When the South Beach Sessions and All The Smoke worlds collide, you know it’s about to get real. Brought together by love and trust, Dan and Stephen leave no stone unturned. Stak reveals how growing up in Port Arthur - steeped in violence and loss - made him the man he'll always be, telling his journey to finding an outlet in basketball and creating a new life for himself. From highlights to the infamous… including Stephen’s truth about the Malice at the Palace and a breakdown of how the media distorted the narrative. Together, they open up about the unhealed wounds of losing the ones that inspire us the most, the profound impact of George Floyd’s death, and dealing with anger in order to accept the care and support of those who love them most. Watch new episodes of ALL THE SMOKE every Thursday from 6-7:30pm ET on DraftKings Network, available on the Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, Xumo Play, Google TV, and DKNetwork.DraftKings.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sam Morril

Sam Morril

2024-02-0201:09:59

Don’t worry, the consummate comedian Sam Morril doesn’t understand Dan Le Batard’s fascination with comedians either... Sam shares his thoughts with Dan on the “slow climb” of making it in comedy and how everyone’s been forced to adapt to the new status quo, no matter how funny they are. They look at the role of "freedom of speech" in the scene today and debate if all comedy comes from a place of pain. Dan and Sam also open up about their rigid self-critique and, naturally, they talk about what brought them to therapy. Hilarious, right? You'll be surprised with this one...  Watch Sam's Netflix special, "Same Time Tomorrow", streaming now and see Sam on his "Class Act Tour". Go to SamMorril.com for tour dates and tickets.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Bassem Youssef

Bassem Youssef

2024-01-1901:04:57

Bassem Youssef approaches his comedy with the precision of a heart surgeon - a profession he knows all too well, having left it behind in pursuit of comedy. In either case, he lives in constant fear of messing up... at this point, laughter better be the best damn medicine. While selling out shows across the world in both English and Arabic, Bassem joins Dan in Miami for an honest exploration of his transformative odyssey. Bassem’s journey, from despising his life as a surgeon to creating the most-watched, groundbreaking talk show in the Middle East, ultimately led to fleeing his homeland with only hours warning… all because of jokes he told about the Egyptian government. What happens when being called “the Jon Stewart of the Middle East” and a recent viral appearance with Piers Morgan leads to people pushing you to be a political activist? But between the heavy issues of politics and exile, Bassem truly just wants to make people laugh. Dan and Bassem bond over their shared family dynamics and search for happiness after finding unexpected success. For tickets and tour dates to see Bassem Yousef, go to BASSEMYOUSSEF.XYZ and follow him on Instagram @Bassem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

2024-01-0501:09:32

Alex Rodriguez has lived the majority of his life under the intense pressure of the public eye - reaching prolific highs and startling lows, leading to his guarded reputation… until now. There’s a deep history for Dan and A-Rod to explore in this unforgettable episode of South Beach Sessions. Alex opens up to Dan about his life-changing experience in intensive therapy, how he’s addressed his shortcomings as a father, and finally learning how to truly move forward from past mistakes. From the truth about his relationship with Derek Jeter to rumors about mythical creatures, A-Rod leaves no stone unturned.  Gum disease affects over 65 million Americans, even baseball legends. When Alex Rodriguez learned that gum disease disproportionately affects people of color, he partnered with OraPharma and Arestin to help bring awareness to the issue. Visit arestin.com for more information about how to protect yourself from gum disease. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Rachel Nichols

Rachel Nichols

2023-12-2201:17:32

Rachel Nichols has earned her flowers.  Rachel and Dan have known each other for nearly 30 years but have never had the space for an unapologetic deep dive like this. Together they explore the price of their ambition and refusal to back down from the industry BS and the vicious double standards Rachel has had to face in pursuit of a career… and motherhood. This conversation isn't just about breaking down barriers in journalism; it's a raw exploration of life beyond the headlines, to find balance, purpose, and a deeper understanding of themselves. The new season of "Headliners with Rachel Nichols" is now streaming on Paramount Plus and listen and subscribe to the podcast, "Bully Ball with Rachel Nichols & DeMarcus Cousins", presented by DraftKings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nicky Jam

Nicky Jam

2023-12-0101:08:46

"I don't know if God brung me here to get a lot off my chest..." Nicky Jam, a beloved Latin icon recognized around the world as a Reggaeton pioneer, shares with Dan the harsh truth about the isolating nature of fame, his battle through addiction, and the chaotic struggle for authentic connections in the spotlight. In what Nicky describes as “the best interview I’ve ever done”, Dan guides him through the demons he had to confront in his family dynamics and artistry in the quest for inner peace and happiness beyond the superficial trappings of success. This is where vulnerability and authenticity collide to remind all of us that we’re not alone.  The holidays can be a challenging time for all of us. If you or a loved one are struggling with loss, addiction, depression, or need help maintaining good mental health, here are some resources to help:  The National Institute of Mental Health at nimh.nih.gov/health/find-help The National Alliance on Mental Health at nami.org TheTrevorProject.org The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at samhsa.gov/behavioral-health-equity/hispanic-latino The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at afsp.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Marcellus Wiley

Marcellus Wiley

2023-11-1701:49:11

This is a rare glimpse into the soul of a man who's not afraid to tackle any situation - a front-row seat to the unfiltered wisdom of Marcellus Wiley. Dan and Marcellus toss aside the small talk and dive straight into the sacrifices necessary for chasing dreams, battling doubts, complacency, and the pivotal moments that drive them forward. Marcellus also lays bare his regrets on his fatherhood, unpacking the heavy baggage of shame around his insecurities, and reflects on how he and Max Kellerman navigated the uncharted waters of on-air vulnerability and developed a brotherhood that stands the test of time. Marcellus then confronts a subject he actively avoids - the unforgiving weight of grief and the human struggle to reconcile professional demands with the personal challenges of mourning those we love the most. Watch Marcellus Wiley’s “Never Shut Up” weekdays on Brinx.TV and listen to “More To It with Marcellus Wiley” wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Joy Taylor

Joy Taylor

2023-11-0301:22:51

Joy Taylor is a beacon of strength. In this emotionally charged and moving heart-to-heart, Joy shares the moments that tested her spirit and the lessons that propelled her to rise above adversity and find purpose in the face of challenges. Together, with candor and vulnerability, they uncover the profound connections that bind them as Joy reveals to Dan the pivotal role that Dan's brother, David "Lebo" Le Batard, played in shaping her path. Through tears and laughter, this is a powerful testament that even in our darkest moments, there is light and love in the cosmos that remain with us forever. Join The Joy Taylor Foundation in their mission to serve the homeless, survivors of domestic violence and promote education and youth empowerment in the communities of Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh and NYC.​ To show your support or make a contribution, visit www.joytaylorfoundation.com Watch SPEAK with Joy Taylor on FS1, weekdays at 4:30PM ET. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Gabriel Iglesias

Gabriel Iglesias

2023-10-2058:31

Success required a lot of sacrifices for Gabriel Iglesias and that's no joke. Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias may be one of the most beloved comedians in the world, but it's in Los Angeles, performing in front of sold-out crowds at Dodger Stadium where he feels most at home and equally on top of the world. Dan meets Gabriel in Los Angeles for a special conversation that goes well beyond what he's ever shared on stage or anywhere before. From discovering his love for comedy, learning to move past unhealthy relationships and loneliness, to experiencing uncontrollable tears of joy when making the most unbelievable dream a reality, there's a little bit of "Fluffy" in all of us. Watch GABRIEL IGLESIAS: STADIUM FLUFFY streaming now on Netflix and see Gabe live on his “DON’T WORRY, BE FLUFFY” tour. Go to FLUFFYGUY.COM for tour dates, tickets, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Katie Nolan

Katie Nolan

2023-10-0601:27:431

Some things are better left unsaid... yeah, no. It's been years since Katie Nolan and Dan worked together at ESPN and a lot has changed since then... in more ways than either of them ever shared with one another until now. Katie and Dan pull out all the stops in addressing the challenges they've faced since they last saw each other, the immense joy and growth they've found on the other side of pain, and clear the air on how things really went down during uncertain times. This is what friends are for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

2023-09-2258:24

You think you know Kevin Hart, but you don't know him like this... It takes a lot to go from a household name to a name that sells out stadiums around the world, especially when the journey began as "a complete accident". Kevin reveals to Dan how he overcame crushing setbacks to reach unimaginable success, why the fear of failing never gets in his way, and how his unending ambition has led to ultimate learning lessons... especially when it comes to a footrace in the street with NFL running back Stevan Ridley.  Use promo code "HART" when you sign-up for DraftKings. Bet $5 and get $200 instantly in bonus bets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Beto O'Rourke

Beto O'Rourke

2023-08-0401:23:36

This isn't about politics. Days after the passing of Dan's brother, David "Lebo" Le Batard, Beto O'Rourke opens up about the recent loss of his younger sister, Erin, and seeking solace in their shared struggle to navigate through their grief. How do we say goodbye to those we love so deeply, that have shaped who we are and continue on through the pain to honor? The two also reflect on the startling fight for survival all around us, from migrants rights on the border to the relentless strength of parents and families of tragic gun violence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Adam Balogh

Dan ive never met you but i can tell you a GOOD person, take care if yourself man, please...God bless you.

Jul 1st
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Darcy Wine

The Meach is great. You guys need to use him more in a relaxed atmosphere. And him getting bleeped dropping a f-bomb made my day.

Jul 22nd
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Raymond Valenzuela

bo + dan = gold

Jun 23rd
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Kris Gillis

bring on His and Hers!!! could listen to both or either Jemele and Micheal everyday

Mar 18th
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Jeff Fignar

Haven't even listened yet but thank you Dan Stu and the pirate ship of misfits for all the work you guys do

Feb 24th
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Jeff Fraser

literally been waiting for this uniting of perspectives for 5 years. My two favorites - it was excellent

Feb 3rd
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Punkfake

Horsehair propaganda at 27:20. White supremacy is not a threat to the nation, its complete nonsense to suggest it is. Cubans smartly recognize the authoritarian streak that actually IS present in the mainstream left wing political culture. Dan wants to talk about how this isn’t true and Masvidal doesn’t know what he’s talking about but he has it exactly backwards.

Oct 21st
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SHOELACE#16

ESPN employees are so full of shit. The Democratic Party is trying to Destroy this country and because you guys think it's a race issue well it's not!!! Its about POWER and the Democrats only want Power they don't care about Blacks, Browns or Anyone. That's why they are making huge issues out of the rarity of cops killing unarmed Blacks cause if it happened all the time it would be all over the news and not 1 here or 1 there. Why change the Country of Freedom??? In the whole existence of life the USA is the only civilization that has a document that gives us our Natural Born Freedoms The Government under the Democratic leadership will make the Government bigger and they will reduce our abilities to stay Free and will keep people dependent on them and if I had to choose between the 2 evils it's a easy decision. ❤🇺🇸❤ if your trying for a New World Order start with the country's who are really oppressing there people.

Jul 21st
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SHOELACE#16

Dan only you bring up Race and think everyone thinks about it the way you do and your wrong. GO BLUE Rich Eisen!!!

Feb 29th
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Kenny Moore

Best Sessions yet and they are all very good.

Dec 14th
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Lorenzo Stephens

Mike Leach episode is ruined by the terrible edits and audio cuts. Come on Mike Ryan.

Oct 20th
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Adam Wurm

yawn

Oct 7th
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Punkfake

Woof - kinda painful

Jul 16th
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Softyheadjon

idk why my comment isn'tshowing. but this is bs. recycled interview. shameful.

Jul 14th
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Softyheadjon

way to recycle an interview. I've been a lebatard af fan but this is very stugotz ish

Jul 10th
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8nykspree

these have turned into snoozefests

May 15th
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rickey bedell

love it

May 6th
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Alex Dorn

Great interview. These guys are the best in the business.

Mar 19th
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Alex Dorn

Great interviewn for all things Olden Polynice! Awesome.

Mar 19th
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Charles Lawrence

the first episode I couldn't get through. my favorite podcast of all the lebatard af network but this was a dud. no clue who this is and apparently his talent is just cussing and being ridiculously loud.

Mar 6th
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