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Fifteen Minutes In Flushing: A Special U.S. Open Podcast

Even if you can’t make it to Flushing Meadows for this year’s U.S. Open, we’ll take you to the tennis tournament in New York via our mini-podcast Baseline. Hosted by FiveThirtyEight’s Carl Bialik and produced by Joel Werner, Baseline features regular guests such as Louisa Thomas of Grantland. The latest episodes are below, and we’ll be updating this post with new ones on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

New episodes will also be added to the feed for our sports podcast Hot Takedown. Subscribe in iTunes or your favorite podcast client so you don’t miss a show.


Baseline #5 (Sept. 12)

The final (and finals) episode of Baseline. Carl Bialik and Grantland’s Brian Phillips look back at Roberta Vinci’s upset of Serena Williams and ahead to the Djokovic-Federer final.


Baseline #4 (Sept. 10)

Carl Bialik and The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Perrotta discuss whether anyone can derail a Novak Djokovic-Roger Federer final or a Serena Williams Grand Slam.


Baseline #3 (Sept. 8)

Carl Bialik and Louisa Thomas marvel at Roger Federer’s serve and introduce some of the challengers to Serena Williams’s title.


Baseline #2 (Sept. 5)

Carl Bialik and Louisa Thomas break down Serena Williams’s comebacks and discuss what’s next for Rafael Nadal.


Baseline #1 (Sept. 3)

Carl Bialik and Louisa Thomas discuss the way Novak Djokovic closes out matches and worry about Serena Williams’s serve.


Hot Takedown (Sept. 1)

Carl Bialik previews the U.S. Open, along with Kate Fagan, Neil Paine and Chadwick Matlin. Plus, a discussion of Darren Rovell’s comments about race and Serena Williams’s endorsements.


Louisa Thomas of Grantland, producer Joel Werner, and FiveThirtyEight's Carl Bialik at the 2015 U.S. Open

Louisa Thomas of Grantland, producer Joel Werner and FiveThirtyEight’s Carl Bialik at the 2015 U.S. Open.

Carl Bialik was FiveThirtyEight’s lead writer for news.

Joel Werner is an independent radio reporter and producer.

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