Witness Docs presents All-American, a series that zeroes in on sports icons to find out what their stories can tell us about America itself. Season 1 focused on the many chapters of world-famous golfer Tiger Woods: a phenom's rise, a shocking fall from grace, and debatably the greatest sports comeback of all time. Host and producers Jordan Bell and journalist Albert Chen revisit Tiger's journey to find out what the media got right, and what it didn't. Season 2 focuses on Venus and Serena Williams. Hosted by veteran journalist Cecil Harris, the story reveals ugly truths about how America often scorns and resists Black excellence. Hear more great stories about complicated people from Witness Docs at witnesspodcasts.com
Venus & Serena | E10 Opening the Door
Women’s tennis is more competitive, there’s more money to make, and there are more Black women and other players of color in the sport than ever before — all thanks to Venus and Serena. Cecil explores the mark the Williams sisters have left on tennis. Plus, Serena’s big announcement, and the sister act returns to the 2022 U.S. Open.
Venus & Serena | Final Episode Coming Soon
A quick update on our season finale, where we'll reflect on the Williams Sisters' legacy, and their showing at the 2022 US Open.
Venus & Serena | E9 Passing the Torch
After recovering from a traumatic birthing experience, Serena is back on the tennis court. Cecil walks us through what it was like to watch in person as Serena returned to the US Open and faced Naomi Osaka in the controversial 2018 final.
Venus & Serena | E8 Greatness
2015 marked the greatest tennis season Serena Williams has ever played. She dominated her sport and entered the GOAT conversation. Also that same year? A noticeable shift in how America viewed — and treated — the Williams sisters.
Venus & Serena | E7 Style Points
Venus and Serena have made no secret of the fact that they love fashion, and their looks have been featured on red carpets and magazine covers. But their influence goes deeper than that. Both sisters have made bold on-court fashion choices that have redefined the sartorial possibilities for women in tennis
Venus & Serena | E6 You've Come A Long Way, Baby!
Venus steps up to win a decades-long battle for equal prize money in professional tennis.
Season 1 was very interesting, easy to listen to and enjoyable. Season 2 on the other hand sounds like an actual robot is reading the script. I honestly couldn’t figure out for the first half of episode 1 if they were having an AI read the script as a bit, but no. The guy is just not great at voice acting/story telling
Venus and Serena
What a great show! I love it!
"Venus & Serena" insightful storytelling
So interesting to learn about Venus and Serena from Cecil Harris, a journalist/writer who followed the sisters for their entire pro careers— from their earliest days, when tennis fans were slow to embrace two Black sisters. I enjoyed learning about their mom Oracene Price for the first time also. The host is good at focusing on the broader/deeper context around their success on the courts (e.g. the specific challenges of their race, and specific strengths of the parenting and coaching in their family unit).