After 20 years together on Inside The NBA, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley still have a lot to talk about. The Steam Room podcast is the new platform for EJ, Chuck, and weekly guests to explore conversations beyond the world of basketball. Grab your bracelet and step into The Steam Room every Thursday… and please, remember to keep your towel on.
Charlie in Charge + Adia Barnes, Rick Mahorn & Allie LaForce
With Ernie on vacation, “Charlie” is calling the shots this week. Fresh off a National Championship game appearance, Arizona Women’s Basketball Head Coach Adia Barnes enters the Steam Room to talk balancing motherhood while coaching, and how she feels about being compared to the Chuckster. Rick Mahorn drops by to give the scoop on which Bad Boys could actually fight, swap Manute Bol stories, and double-down on his claim that Charles should’ve fouled Michael Jordan harder. Allie LaForce joins to discuss fan interaction protocol, and generally just give Chuck a hard time.
Cloud 17 + Bill Walton & Andy Katz
The incomparable Bill Walton enters the Steam Room to revel in the celebration of his Bruins' miraculous Final Four run, share lessons learned from John Wooden and Michael Jordan, and wax poetic about his love of rock concerts. Andy Katz joins to preview the remaining Madness and rank the top performances of the Tournament thus far. Chuck’s Answering Machine features a special message from Italy. Hint: it’s from an actor in one of Chuck’s favorite movies. Are you not entertained!?
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Menudo Madness + Clark Kellogg & Seth Davis
College Basketball analysts Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis enter the Steam Room to get the guys ready for March Madness, and help us all prepare to fill out our brackets. The Legendary Tim Kiely gives an eyewitness account of the Chuckster dancing the horah. Chuck shares a secret about gold medals, and reveals his favorite soup that shares its name with a Latino boy band from the 1980’s. Ernie tries on his Black Masters Jacket, just because he can. Still fits.
Bonus Episode: The Inside Story + EJ and TK
To celebrate this weekend's premiere of The Inside Story - the four-part docuseries on over 30 years of Inside the NBA - we're releasing the audio from a special conversation between Ernie Johnson and Executive Producer Tim Kiely! Back in 2018, the two sat down to discuss how Inside broke all the "rules" of television with its entertaining style and unfiltered commentary. Make sure to tune-in to The Inside Story, Friday & Saturday: 9pm ET & Sunday immediately following the All-Star game
The Inside Story + Kenny Smith
Kenny “The Jet” Smith joins Ernie, Charles & legendary Inside the NBA producer Tim Kiely to look ahead to The Inside Story - the four-part documentary celebrating 30 years of the iconic studio show premiering March 4-7 on TNT! A pair of international messages on the answering machine make Chuck thankful to live in America, where he has the option to eat donuts instead of bananas.
Designer Genes + The Bride & Groom
Christiana Barkley and her fiancé Ilya surprise The Chuckster by dropping in to chat about their upcoming wedding, Elk vs. Steak, Hora weight limits, and what it’s like to ask Charles Barkley for his blessing. Charles sends his thoughts to Tiger Woods, and gives his take on Cam Newton’s response to a young heckler. Ernie shares a cautionary tale about autograph seeking. We learn that “Charles,” in Switzerland, is “Charles.” Shoutout Clay Dalrymple!