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A soccer podcast about pretty much everything EXCEPT what happened on the field last weekend. Hosted by Howler’s editor, George Quraishi, with David Goldblatt, author of The Ball is Round, and America’s own Bobby Warshaw.
||Clean1v1 with Robbie Rogers: “I’ve always been an outcast”||Robbie Rogers played for the Columbus Crew and the U.S. national team before going abroad and joining Leeds United. Soon after, he abruptly quit the game and announced that he was gay. When he came out of retirement, with the LA Galaxy, Rogers became t...||7/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitLOL New York Times||This week in the New York Times Magazine, Jay Caspian Kang published a confused mish-mash of a story claiming, among other things, that “crowds who gather in M.L.S. stadiums and bars and sing songs inspired by groups who shove black men off subway trai.||7/13/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhy Dempsey, Bradley, and Yedlin are being sued by their former youth clubs||Jorge Arangure of Vice Sports joins to discuss his reporting on the case, filed Friday in Texas, that could upend everything from pay-to-play to MLS’s single entity status. Plus: Abkhazia, world champs? George and Bobby talk to a journalist who reporte.||7/7/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMessi’s Retirement Backstory Plus Megan Rapinoe—What a Delightful Person||We’re having a live show with special guest Anatol Yusef! Thursday July 7th in Brooklyn. It’s an intimate venue and we can only accommodate 30 guests, so please check out shop.howlermagazine.com and get a ticket soon! Today on Dummy: Messi’s retire||6/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJimmy Conrad Reveals Possibly True USMNT Rumors||Plus: David survived France. How ’bout that Iceland!? Bobby makes his friend Kelley O’Hara deeply uncomfortable. George’s tiki-talka gets even grosser than Joachim Löw. And Dummy’s lone listener in Greenland wrote us an email.||6/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanGoldblatt on Russian hooligans, protests, and ticket prices, plus George and Bobby go gay 4 soccer||David joins on the eve of his trip to Marseille to talk about the unrest rocking France and the sky-high ticket prices at the Copa Centenario with George. Then George and Bobby speak with Chris Billig, the man behind @gay4soccer, to talk about how socc...||6/16/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitArgentina’s Soccer Murders & What the U.S. Got Right Against Costa Rica||Argentina’s Soccer Murders & What the U.S. Got Right Against Costa Rica||6/8/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Double Pivot: Jurgen Klinsmann Isn’t Wrong…||The Double Pivot: Jurgen Klinsmann Isn’t Wrong||6/6/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPODCAST DEBUT: The Double Pivot||PODCAST DEBUT: The Double Pivot||6/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhy American soccer is wealthier and whiter than other sports||Why American soccer is wealthier and whiter than other sports||6/2/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBobby Gets Heckled, El Derbi Madrileño, and Combating Homelessness with Soccer||George and Bobby are joined by Nando Vila and Bécquer Seguín to recap the Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid seasons as the capital city rivals head into the Champions League Final. We then hear from Lawrence Cann, founder and CEO of Street Soccer USA, an||5/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanUS Open Cup talk with Josh Hakala, plus Ben Grossman||George and Bobby talk about the excitement of the US Open Cup with thecup.us editor Josh Hakala. Then George talks to Ben Grossman who explains that companies want to sell to millennials and millennials like soccer, so... $$$.||5/19/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitNewcastle Asunder! Plus: Bobby got a red card and George checks in from Trinidad||Newcastle Asunder! Plus: Bobby got a red card and George checks in from Trinidad||5/12/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJuan Villoro, Yael Averbuch, and Duncan Revie||On this week's show George talks to Juan Villoro about his book, God is Round. Then, Bobby joins George to interview Yael Averbuch about her favorite number 10. Finally, George speaks with Duncan Revie about SoccerEx.||5/4/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBONUS DUMMY: Extra Dumb with Danny Karbassiyoon||BONUS DUMMY: Extra Dumb with Danny Karbassiyoon||4/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDanny Karbassiyoon Returns: The Story of the Arsenal Yankee||George and Bobby are joined by Danny Karbassiyoon and Zito Madu who share their diverse experiences in pursuing soccer careers abroad. Danny also gives us an inside glimpse of being in the practice sessions during one of the greatest eras of Arsenal’s .||4/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanA BIG ANNOUNCEMENT about the Mixxed Zone||The Mixxed Zone is getting its very own feed, which means you’ll need to search for it and subscribe in order to keep listening||4/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRussia’s Everyman-Oligarch and FC Krasnodar’s Novel Approach to Soccer||George and Bobby are joined by James Appell to discuss his understanding of the strange yet fascinating aspects of Russian football. He also shares his direct experiences with FC Krasnodor’s owner Sergey Galitskiy when he wrote his recent piece, “Olig||4/21/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDUMMY: The Poetic Magic of Lionel Messi||Bobby speaks to George about signing with the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL and the fresh challenges of joining a new club. They are then jo...||3/24/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDUMMY: Multilevel Marketing in Sports and El Temo’s Imaginative Style||George and Bobby are joined by writer Mina Kimes to discuss her piece in ESPN the Magazine about AdvoCare and other controversial Multilevel Market...||3/17/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDUMMY: Blackburn Rovers and Khalida’s Story||In the spirit of Leicester City’s current Premier League run, George and Bobby are joined by Kristan Heneage to discuss the 1994–95 Blackburn Rover...||3/10/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBehind Enemy Lines||This week on DUMMY, George and Bobby discuss the everyday realities of searching for a club as an unattached player. They are then joined by renown...||3/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDUMMY: The Replacing Sepp Edition||This week on DUMMY George, David and Bobby discuss the upcoming FIFA presidential election. Then, on The Play, Yael Averbuch joins George and Bobby...||2/25/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDUMMY: The FBI vs FIFA Edition||This week on DUMMY, George and Bobby are joined by ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer Brett Forrest to discuss his new piece about how a few federal a...||2/17/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDUMMY: Anfield Protests and Olympic Qualifiers||On this week’s DUMMY, David Goldblatt makes a long-awaited return to discuss the 77th-minute walkout by 10,000 Liverpool fans last weekend at Anfie...||2/11/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDUMMY: Gauging the Player Pool||This week on DUMMY, George is joined by youth soccer expert Brian Sciaretta from American Soccer Now to talk about two young players in the USMNT p...||2/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDUMMY: Ciggys in the Shower, Playing out of the Back||This week on DUMMY, George and Bobby are joined by coach, scout and all around soccer savant Thomas Rongen to talk about the changing perceptions a...||1/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDUMMY: Benny Speaks, the Fall of World Soccer Daily||On this episode of DUMMY, George and Bobby are joined by former US international turned soccer broadcaster Brian Dunseth to discuss Benny Fenny Fei...||1/21/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDUMMY: Middle Eastern Soccer Politics and Football Funk||This week on DUMMY, we’re joined by writer James Dorsey, to discuss how Saudi Arabia is using soccer as a diplomatic tool to further isolate Iran f...||1/14/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTHE MIXXED ZONE: The Biggest Impact Is Emotional||On this week's episode of THE MIXXED ZONE, "The Keeper" Jen Cooper explores the debacle of the US...||12/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTHE MIXXED ZONE: The Klingenberg Effect||On this episode of THE MIXXED ZONE, "The Keeper" Jen Cooper talks NCAA tournament, FIFA short lis...||11/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
This American Life Soccer?
You can't deny the fact that "This American Life" is a fantastic, well-produced radio program. Because of that, it's bound to happen that other radio/podcasts would copy the format and reporting style. Howler Radio feels too much like a soccer spin-off of that program. Its host tries a little too hard to sound and feel like he's hosting an NPR program, especially in regards to the way the episode is edited.
It's nice that someone is trying to put a more refined spin on the sport of soccer in the United State but it just doesn't feel like copying a well-known formula is the way to go. On top of that, the second episode dealing with a pretty tame chant doesn't really feel like a lot of effort was involved. Clearly, they knew they didn't have enough to warrant an actual written article so instead decided to throw 23 minutes at our ears.
Again, it's nice to have the approach of trying to be "educational" and "informative" but in both of the programs first episodes, neither occur. Also, considering that the episodes are geared towards Americans, anyone from any part of the world, including other North American countries will not find much to enjoy.
Hopefully improvements can be made to make this both original in its reporting and style and offer content that people from around the world would enjoy. Especially since this is the World's game.
An excellent podcast
Dummy is a fantastic podcast. Refreshingly different to many others, it doesn't just focus on games, scores and players, but instead examines issues around the game, the politics of it and discusses leagues that don't get as much coverage elsewhere, such as the NASL.
The other thing that has to be said is that the guests and contributers are excellent. David Goldblatt is a wealth of knowledge, not only about football but British society, and Danny Karbassiyoon brings insight from his days as a player, and now as a scout, for example his story on how he found Gedion Zelalem. Fantastic stuff.