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Fifteen Minutes In Flushing: Our U.S. Open Podcast Returns

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, returning for a second season. Hosted by FiveThirtyEight’s Carl Bialik and produced by Jorge Estrada, Baseline features guests from the tennis world. All five episodes, from a tournament preview to a preview of the finals, are below, and we’ll be updating this post with new episodes throughout the Open.


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Baseline No. 5 (Sept. 9)

Harvey Araton of The New York Times joins Carl to talk about Serena Williams’s upset loss in the women’s semifinals, the globalization of tennis and Jimmy Connors’s legendary run at the 1991 U.S. Open.

Baseline No. 4 (Sept. 8)

Carl Bialik talks to ESPNW’s Jane McManus about the women’s semifinals, the tennis media gender gap and whether Kei Nishikori is on the verge of a breakthrough.

Baseline No. 3 (Sept. 6)

Eighteen-time major winner Chris Evert joins Carl Bialik today. They chat about Serena Williams, the depth of women’s tennis and what it takes to be the best in the world.

Baseline No. 2 (Sept. 1)

Carl Bialik chats with Louisa Thomas, a contributor to, about the U.S. Open’s new roof, the lost generation in men’s tennis and Angelique Kerber’s chances of winning the tournament.

Baseline No. 1 (Aug. 29)

Carl Bialik previews the U.S. Open, highlighting FiveThirtyEight’s forecasts, our first of a tennis tournament. Guests are Caitlin Thompson, co-founder of the new tennis quarterly Racquet, which The New York Times’ T Magazine called “deliciously smart,” and Courtney Nguyen, senior writer for WTA Insider and a contributing editor for Racquet.

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Carl Bialik was FiveThirtyEight’s lead writer for news.

Jorge Estrada is a production assistant for FiveThirtyEight.