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The Steam Room

English, Sports, 1 season, 118 episodes, 4 days, 10 hours, 16 minutes
The Steam Room is the new audio vehicle for two of sports media's most iconic personalities, keeping the conversation going beyond from the desk inside Studio J. After nearly 20 years on TNT's Inside The NBA, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley still have a lot to talk about, and with this platform they'll tackle new topics in the classic unscripted style that fans have come to love. In addition to NBA talk, EJ and Chuck will dive into current events, pop culture, and even local news. Look for The Steam Room on Thursdays starting December 12th.
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Everybody has a Story + Chuck D & Steve Hartman

In this Season 5 finale, Chuck D enters The Steam Room to talk about the cultural impact of Public Enemy, the first time he met Flavor Flav, and his beloved New York Knicks. Steve Hartman from CBS News joins to discuss why he profiles acts of kindness, and the importance of reaching out to give thanks to people who have made an impact on our lives. Ernie & Charles get a surprise call from Ian Eagle, show love to the NBA on TNT production crew, and reveal their plans for the summer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/15/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 33 seconds
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No Caller ID + "the guys upstairs"

Ernie and Charles are ambushed by a motley crew of TNT characters for a hilarious sharing of stories from behind-the-scenes at Inside The NBA. Chuck talks Caitlin Clark, gets confused about the difference between zip codes and area codes, and explains how he got the nickname ‘Sir Charles’ without permission from the Queen of England. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/9/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 36 seconds
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Fires of Intellect + Hanif Abdurraqib

Author Hanif Abdurraqib enters The Steam Room to talk about his new book ‘There’s Always This Year’, the poem he wrote for TNT’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs, the incredulity of LeBron’s longevity, and his beloved Minnesota Timberwolves. Charles addresses the Bill Belichick ‘haters’, explains why Ernie is the John Lennon of Inside the NBA, and credits Instagram for suggesting helpful household cleaning tips. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/26/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 33 seconds
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Gotta be a Cobra + Dan Hurley & Verne Lundquist

Head Coach of the Back-to-Back National Champs Dan Hurley enters The Steam Room to talk about UConn’s historic run, his zany superstitions, and lessons learned from growing up in a family of basketball icons. Verne Lundquist joins to reflect on retiring from his legendary broadcasting career, reveal what Tiger said to him at The Masters, and tell the story about how he convinced his wife to go out with him while she was on a date with another man. Ernie and Chuck are awed by a trio of special surprise guests that know the guys better than anybody. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/18/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 51 seconds
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Fat Daddy + Dan Le Batard

Dan Le Batard enters The Steam Room to reflect on the passing of O.J. Simpson, discuss the state of the NBA, and unpack Charles’ love/hate relationship with Dan’s father. Legendary, longtime Producer of Inside the NBA Tim Kiely joins to congratulate Ernie & the Chuckster on their Emmy nominations, and he brings his son along to offer a Gen Z perspective on EJ’s rap skills. Chuck’s Answering Machine asks about teammate pranks, being spoofed by SNL, and competing against Michael Jordan on a Japanese Game Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/13/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 24 seconds
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Life Lessons + Kirk Cousins & Jeff Francoeur

New Falcons QB Kirk Cousins enters the Steam Room to talk about signing the biggest free agent deal of the NFL offseason, the qualities that make a great Quarterback, and learning how to do the ‘Dirty Bird’ dance. 12-year MLB veteran Jeff Francoeur joins to discuss the problem of specialization in youth sports and what parents can do about it. Ernie and Charles talk Kate Middleton, Yacht Rock, Girl Scout Cookies, Wrestlemania, and Chuck finally joining Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/16/20241 hour, 55 seconds
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It's That Time of Year + Jay Wright & Bruce Pearl

2x National Champion Jay Wright enters the Steam Room to give the guys a March Madness primer, discuss the impact of NIL on the future of college hoops, and regale us with stories about Charles’ ruthlessness on the golf course. Auburn HC Bruce Pearl joins to share the heartwarming story of Sam Cunningham, a leukemia survivor who has become Auburn’s team manager. Chuck’s Answering Machine features calls about the Chuckster’s obsession with vacuuming, his harsh criticism of The Beekeeper, and why we don’t know much about the 1996 Olympics mens basketball team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/9/20241 hour, 1 minute, 41 seconds
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Just Go With It + Nate Bargatze & Robert Griffin III

Comedian Nate Bargatze enters The Steam Room to talk about performing stand-up for one single person before selling out arenas, his obsession with golf, and even tries out some new material on Ernie and Charles. Robert Griffin III joins to preview Super Bowl LVIII and talks about still being open playing in the NFL again. Chuck says nice things about Indianapolis while stubbornly doubling down on his dismissive take about the body of water that flows through San Antonio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/10/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 37 seconds
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Draft Episode for Feb 02, 2024

Michael B. Jordan enters The Steam Room to discuss The Wire, the differences between acting and directing, and the surprising downside of being named Sexiest Man Alive. Legendary, long-time producer of Inside The NBA Tim Kiely joins to get Ernie & Chuck's' take on Taylor Swift, before quizzing them about Super Bowl trivia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/3/202458 minutes, 17 seconds
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Why We Like Rex Chapman

NBA Veteran turned Media star Rex Chapman joins to talk about opening up in his upcoming memoir, bonding with Russell Crowe over Australian rugby, and the state of Kentucky Wildcat basketball. EJ and Charles discuss the art of interviewing, their very different morning routines, and why Shaq shouldn’t get any credit for his ‘role’ in creating The Steam Room. The Chuckster is riding the Lions this weekend, as if that fanbase hasn’t suffered enough. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/27/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 42 seconds
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Iron & Pop + Bill Cowher

Hall of Fame Coach Bill Cowher enters The Steam Room to talk Steelers, the NFL Playoffs, and the swirling coaching carousel around the league. Legendary, long-time Producer of Inside The NBA Tim Kiely joins the convo to test the guys on some Pittsburgh vernacular. Chuck's Answering Machine posits questions about the MVP that Charles won over MJ, peanuts in Coca Cola, and how Chuck's wardrobe is dealing with his recent weight loss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/20/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Cookout + J.J. Watt

3x NFL DPOY J.J. Watt returns to the Steam Room to talk about his transition to TV, the NFL playoffs, and finally confronts Chuck for ducking him on the golf course. Charles and Ernie reflect on the exits of two football legends, Nick Saban and Bill Belichick. Chuck’s Answering Machine features a confession of affection for Martha Stewart, a conversation about racially ambiguous cookout invites, and a revelation that even Loyal Steamers are not above the law. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/13/202454 minutes, 43 seconds
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Gospel of Basketball + Leigh Ellis

NBA Podcaster turned global spreader of basketball gospel Leigh Ellis joins The Steam Room to regale the guys with tales from his pickup basketball world tour. Leigh shares his favorite experiences from his 18-country adventure, and taps a fellow countryman to entice the Chuckster to come to a land down-under. Charles picks his CFB Natty Champ as well as his favorite Shaq endorsement. The two swap stories of how they *almost* worked out with one of The Beatles and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/6/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 21 seconds
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Wrapper’s Delight

To get the guys in the holiday spirit, TK plays the Steam Room version of White Elephant, encourages Christmas karaoke, and get Chuckster’s review of eggnog. Chuck takes calls with questions about New Years Eve plans, generous donations, and the last two slices of Ray’s Pizza.
12/20/202345 minutes, 49 seconds
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Overalls Connoisseur + David Alan Grier

Comedy legend and Tony Award winner David Alan Grier drops by The Steam Room to wax poetic about Wolverines football, protest against pickleball, and make a compelling case for the adult onesie. Ernie and Charles debate the College Football Playoff, discuss their favorite TV shows, and the Chuckster divulges a disturbing confession about his daily Diet Coke intake.See for privacy information.
12/7/202358 minutes, 37 seconds
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Extra Hot, Please + Candace Parker

Candace Parker (too many accolades to list) joins the Steam Room to talk about her future in the WNBA, the joys and challenges of being a sports parent, and seasonal caffeine habits. Charles and Ernie discuss College Football Playoff scenarios, the virtues of being bald, and the debut of a new segment that will warm your heart like extra hot coffee.See for privacy information.
11/29/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 26 seconds
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Definitely Not Turkey Day + Henrik Lundqvist

(King) Henrik Lundqvist skates into The Steam Room to reflect on his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, his ‘next chapter’ as a fragrance designer, and, well, being so darn handsome. Ernie and Charles share what they’re thankful for, try to make plans to see a Garth Brooks concert, and discuss dating app red flags.See for privacy information.
11/22/202356 minutes, 56 seconds
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To Ten Thousand More + The Legendary Tim Kiely

The 100th episode (!) of the Steam Room Podcast features special shoutouts from former guests Mark Cuban, Jimmy Kimmel, JJ Watt, and Rex Chapman. This star-studded show is highlighted by a surprise appearance from the long-time, legendary Producer of Inside the NBA, Tim Kiely. Confetti cannons are trickier than you might think.See for privacy information.
11/15/202356 minutes, 35 seconds
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Bloggers & Tweeters + Draymond Green and Dusty Baker

In this Season 5 premiere, Charles & Ernie welcome two sports icons into the Steam Room. Draymond Green stops by to chat about Chris Paul coming off the bench for GSW, what really happened with last year’s team, and defend this year’s team again the Chuckster’s skepticism. Dusty Baker joins to talk retirement life, his role in inventing the High Five, and awe the guys with stories about Hank Aaron and Satchel Paige.See for privacy information.
11/1/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 4 seconds
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Rhodes Scientist + Travis Kelce

Ernie & Chuck take the show on the road for a very special Season 4 Finale in Miami. 2x Super Bowl Champion Travis Kelce drops by to confess he always wanted his name to be Charles, SNL makes him more nervous than football and he has been practicing non-stop for Capital One’s The Match featuring himself & Patrick Mahomes vs. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson - June 29 on TNT. TK puts the guys to the test with Season 4 Trivia, and forecasts his impending retirement as the legendary longtime Executive Producer of Inside the NBA. Chuck’s Answering Machine is full of reflections from old friends and the guys’ plans for summer.See for privacy information.
5/24/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 56 seconds
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Top Shelf + Paul Bissonnette

'Biz Nasty' skates onto the show to talk playoff hockey and what it's REALLY like in the steam room with Chuck. In honor of Charles' newest grandchild, Inside the NBA producer Tim Kiely brings the laughs with some LEGENDARY 'grandpa jokes.' EJ and The Chuckster discuss everything from the NFL draft to which movies make them cry, before taking some fun calls from the answering machine.See for privacy information.
5/3/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 58 seconds
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Not Cake + George Foreman & Khris Davis

What a treat! We’ve got TWO George Foremans in the Steam Room to discuss the release of the upcoming film Big George Foreman — first, the heavyweight champ himself joins EJ and Chuck to to talk about staying fit at 74, naming all his kids ‘George’, and more. Next, actor Khris Davis talks playing the boxing legend, making weight for the role and what it really feels like when you forget a line. Speaking of treats…Chuck eats his words when it comes to his donut preferences.See for privacy information.
4/21/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 17 seconds
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Disappearing Soap + Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck joins to talk about his new movie Air, including insight into MJ’s relationship with Nike, and the experience of directing his longtime friend and collaborator, Matt Damon. Ernie gives Charles a chance to convince Ben that Krispy Kreme is better than Dunkin Donuts, but some loyalties are non-negotiable. Chuck unpacks a lot of feelings about the men and women’s Final Four, the ‘load management’ details from the NBA’s new CBA, and LIV golfers at the Masters. Come for a story about hotel soap that is just as unforgettable as it is uncomfortable, stay to learn which body parts of autograph-seekers the Chuckster has scribbled on.See for privacy information.
4/7/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 35 seconds
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Stars Aligned + Jay Wright

Charles opens up and shares his thoughts about Ja Morant. Jay Wright keeps the March Madness mayhem going with his top picks and sleeper teams. The 2x National Champion former HC of Villanova talks retirement, if he’ll ever return to coaching and Chuck doesn’t miss a chance to give out a ‘pretty man’ compliment. TK is all about astrology and compatibility and Chuck’s Answering Machine features calls about rubber duckies, freeloaders and famous Inside the NBA segments.See for privacy information.
3/10/202358 minutes, 53 seconds
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You Can’t Test Him! He’s Andy Katz!

March Madness is here! College Basketball insider Andy Katz joins to give the guys an NCAA Tournament primer on hottest teams, upset predictions, and players who could be difference-makers in the dance. Ernie and Charles debate the do’s (stretching???) and don’ts (nudity, sitting too close) of Steam Room etiquette. Chuck calls EJ soft, argues Shaq isn’t even the best basketball player from LSU, and invites someone to go see Adele with him in Las Vegas.See for privacy information.
3/3/20231 hour, 39 seconds
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Ode to Loyal Steamers: Answering Machine Extravaganza

On this special edition of The Steam Room, Charles and Ernie take the most calls EVER from Chuck’s Answering Machine. With belated birthday messages, SNL advice for Travis Kelce, a crazy MJ story, and straw debates - it really does have it all. TK also gets Chuck’s honest thoughts on Salt Lake City and Aaron Rodgers' ‘Darkness Retreat.’See for privacy information.
2/25/202356 minutes, 45 seconds
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Wild Bird Seed + Bomani Jones

Bomani Jones joins to talk about his viral exchange with Jake Paul, the double standard faced by Black Quarterbacks and Black Head Coaches, and the implosion of the Brooklyn Nets. Charles weighs in on what’s going on with Ja Morant, and reveals how much he’s preparing to gamble on the Super Bowl (spoiler: a lot). Much to Ernie’s delight and Chuck’s chagrin, the bird calls keep on coming, America.See for privacy information.
2/11/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 2 seconds
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Don’t Blink + Von Miller

Super Bowl MVP Von Miller joins to talk about his ACL rehab, Damar Hamlin, Tom Brady's (for real his time) retirement, golfing with Charles, and the Big Game next Sunday. Birders flock to Chuck's Answering Machine to shame him for doubling-down on ornithophobia. Look it up.See for privacy information.
2/4/20231 hour, 35 seconds
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Remarkable Souls + Sally Field

The Steam Room honors the life of Ernie’s late mother Lois Johnson, sending thoughts to our beloved co-host and his family. Legendary producer Tim Kiley steps in to pull NFL Playoff predictions out of Charles and answer a few questions from Chuck’s Answering Machine.“Special guest” is an understatement as Academy Award-Winner Sally Field joins Chuck & TK to discuss her new movie 80 for Brady, the ups and (mostly) downs of her beloved Lakers, and that time Charles approached her in a restaurant to confess he had a crush on her.See for privacy information.
1/20/202340 minutes, 39 seconds
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Top Dawg + Kirby Smart & Candace Parker

Brimming with excitement after Georgia’s second consecutive National Championship, Ernie (class of ’78) welcomes Head Coach Kirby Smart into the Steam Room to reflect on the Dawg’s dynastic run, marvel at the improbable rise of Stetson Bennett, and rub it all in Chuck’s face. Come for the Natty celebration, stay for Coach’s surprising revelation about the infamous leaked audio of his pregame speech. The run of greatness continues with Candace Parker, who drops by to take stock of the NBA season at its midway point, defend her lackluster performance on Celebrity Jeopardy, and debunk Chuck’s theory about bird feeders.See for privacy information.
1/13/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 45 seconds
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Guacamole Guy + José Andrés

Start the new year off right by listening to the Steam Room and speaking to your vegetables. Renowned chef and founder of World Central Kitchen José Andrés joins Ernie and Charles to discuss the over 200-million meals served during his organization’s emergency response efforts, as well as Chuck’s lack of appreciation for kale, steaks and guacamole. EJ and Charles send their thoughts to Damar Hamlin & Jeremy Renner. TK stops by to serve up some fun and the Georgia Bulldogs get the last laugh on Chuck’s Answering Machine.See for privacy information.
1/6/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 51 seconds
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First of All, Tartar Sauce + Seasonal Special Guests

Have yourself a merry, little Steam Room with Chuck on the Karaoke machine and friend-of-the-show Harry Miree on the drums. Ernie & Charles welcome in Licensed Clinical Social Worker Liz Beecroft to discuss the importance of mental health around the holidays, and how to best support others in what can be a challenging time. The grandkids pop in to wish “Poppy and Big Pop” a Merry Christmas and Chuck takes his answering machine for a spin.See for privacy information.
12/21/202255 minutes, 32 seconds
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Pod Pals + Kelsey Plum

WNBA Champ Kelsey Plum joins to discuss Brittney Griner, explain the nuance of Collective Bargaining, and tell an epic Tom Brady story, before taking a cheap shot at Charles on the way out. TK goes full Gen-Z with a long list of icks about the Chuckster.See for privacy information.
12/14/202251 minutes
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Lemon Tastykake Citrus Bowl + Aaron Murray

The Chuckster throws Ernie a bone and lets him celebrate the Dawgs No. 1 bid in the CFB Playoff with former Georgia QB Aaron Murray. Football fever doesn’t stop there, TK and Ernie quiz Sir Charles on “Real or Fake” Bowl Game names. A call from Chuck's Answering Machine gets Ernie & Charles to try out their best Shaq impressions. See for privacy information.
12/7/202258 minutes, 33 seconds
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Spoiler Alert + Bill Hader

Saturday Night Live Legend & 3x Emmy Award-Winner Bill Hader joins the subject of his impersonations (Ernie Johnson) and 4x SNL Host Charles Barkley to reminisce on some big laughs and fun memories of the Chuckster making cast members break. Ernie wishes he’d asked less questions about Chuck’s tattoo idea, and Charles thinks Auburn will shock the world in Saturday’s Iron Bowl (or does he?). Legendary Producer Tim Kiley joins for an SNL-themed quiz and voicemails keep piling up on Chuck’s Answering Machine.See for privacy information.
11/23/202255 minutes, 2 seconds
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LFH + Cadillac Williams

It’s a War Damn Party in the Steam Room. Auburn’s interim head coach Carnell “Cadillac” Williams joins to drop words of wisdom and ignite a friendly rivalry. TK puts The Chuckster’s man crushes up against the 2022 Sexiest Man Alive and Chuck’s Answering Machine has the guys drawing up tattoo ideas.See for privacy information.
11/16/202258 minutes, 31 seconds
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Dignity of Difference + Dexter Fowler & Rabbi Erez Sherman

Rabbi Erez Sherman comes on to discuss the controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving promoting a film with antisemitic messaging. World Series Champ Dexter Fowler joins to pour cold water on the Chuckster's high hopes for 'his' Phillies. Chuck's Answering Machine features an international call from an old friend, a story about a scary interaction at a celebrity golf tournament, and an answer to the age-old question, "are Charles' teeth real?"See for privacy information.
11/2/202253 minutes, 7 seconds
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Hello, Henry + Jamal Crawford

The grandpas are back for another season of The Steam Room and are tipping things off with their newest teammate. The 3x NBA Sixth Man of the Year turned TNT analyst Jamal Crawford talks about his new endeavor and truly becomes part of the team, ripping Chuck for wearing jeans straight from the 90s. Charles shouts out Roger Federer and Serena Williams, discusses the future of college football and sends his thoughts to Brittney Griner in Season 4's FIRST 'First of All.' EJ and Chuck dust off the ‘ol answering machine and welcome in LEGENDARY producer TK who inspires The Chuckster to recount the time he polished off a dozen doughnuts in one day.See for privacy information.
10/26/202257 minutes, 31 seconds
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Season 3 Guests | Nostalgia Tour

Season 4 of The Steam Room is right around the corner! Join us as we look back on some of the hilarious stories, nostalgic surprises and generational motivation from a few of our Season 3 guests. Keep your towel on, we'll see you soon!See for privacy information.
10/7/202237 minutes, 43 seconds
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Barkleycast + Josh Allen

In the Season 3 Finale, Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen stops by to talk about competing in The Match on June 1st alongside Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers. Allen also dishes about his (gross) pregame routine, gambling with Chuck in Tahoe, and why Frank Sinatra is the secret to his success on the gridiron. The Legendary TK pits Ernie and Charles against each other in a Season 3-inspired Quiz Game. And Chuck's Answering Machine finally answers the age-old question: is Dr. Putterman real?See for privacy information.
5/10/202257 minutes, 35 seconds
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Who’s Your Daddy? + Pedro Martinez

Yay-yuh! Hall of Fame hurler Pedro Martinez drops by the Steam Room and delivers his best stuff on the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, modern day pitching, and throwing BP to a Montreal Expos draftee named Tom Brady. Chuck's Answering Machine goes global, Ernie gives a lesson in steak-cutting etiquette, and Charles foolishly tries to defend his position on swallowing gum.See for privacy information.
5/4/202253 minutes
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Paging Doctor Putterman + Roy Green

Charles’ golfing buddy, Roy Green, surprises The Chuckster in an episode filled with laughs, insults, and an insider account of the "evolution" of Chuck's golf game. TK challenges the guys to a game of 'guess the famous person's real name'. Chuck’s Answering Machine features a call from Amsterdam, a Buc-ee's review, and the wildest thing Chuck did (or didn't do) during his time at Auburn.See for privacy information.
4/19/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 49 seconds
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Reset Your Goals + Taylor Rooks

Chuck and Ernie are back in full swing. Emmy-Award nominated host Taylor Rooks steps inside the Steam Room to talk about her rise in the industry and blocking out the noise. The outstanding interviewer even has a few questions of her own for Charles & EJ. The Chuckster answers a burning question on Chuck’s Answering Machine…has he ever worn Spanx?See for privacy information.
4/11/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 28 seconds
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Indescribable Joy + Clark Kellogg

Clark Kellogg brings his contagious excitement for March Madness into the Steam Room and gets our very own Auburn homer prepared for the D1 Men’s College Basketball Tournament. The CBS analyst shares his sleeper teams, talks player potential and even gives some Grandfatherly advice to the Chuckster. Charles and Ernie share their thoughts on Calvin Ridley’s suspension from the NFL and dive deep into your calls on Chuck's Answering Machine.See for privacy information.
3/11/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 54 seconds
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Principal's Office + Suni Lee

Olympic Gold Medalist Suni Lee joins the Steam Room to chat about her historic freshman season with Auburn gymnastics. SVP of Turner Sports Tara August comes on to set the record straight about Chuck's' claim that Kobe Bryant nearly signed with NBA on TNT. The Answering Machine posits a question none of us were wondering: what's the weirdest thing Charles Barkley has ever eaten?See for privacy information.
3/4/202249 minutes, 13 seconds
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Year of the Dawg + Dominique Wilkins

Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins drops by The Steam Room after a thrilling weekend celebrating the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in Cleveland. The 2x Slam Dunk Champion talks what it means to be named one of the leagues’ 76 greatest legends, how he ended up a Bulldawg and what can be done to refine the Dunk Contest. TK is still in the Olympic spirit with a chilling story you’ll just have to hear.See for privacy information.
2/25/20221 hour, 26 seconds
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Intermittent Fasting + Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith finds his way in to The Steam Room and Charles cuts right to the chase. The two discuss the lack of Black head coaches in the NFL and the recent allegations made by Brian Flores, in addition to Kyrie, Ben Simmons & Super Bowl predictions. Ernie has a hard time believing Chuck's new diet plan and TK can't help but remind Chuck of his unicorn business opportunity that got away. Chuck’s Answering Machine is flooded with calls disappointed in Sir Charles’ painful birth take.See for privacy information.
2/4/202254 minutes, 28 seconds
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Coin Toss + Larry Miller

Jordan Brand Chairman Larry Miller shares his story of redemption and forgiveness after revealing a 56-year secret. After one of the wildest weekends in NFL history, TK gauges Chuck and Ernie’s thoughts on the league's overtime rules and suggests a formula for picking conference championship winners. Chuck’s Answering Machine’s got swag and first-time dad advice for one of our very own.See for privacy information.
1/28/20221 hour, 42 seconds
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Ernest Maverick + Candace Parker

2x WNBA Champion, 2021 AP Female Athlete of the Year & loyal steamer Candace Parker makes her way in to The Steam Room to celebrate her incredible year and brainstorm a few baby names. TK has travel on his mind which leads Chuck down a road we never saw coming… is tuna really a delicacy? After ‘ole brown eyes’ big performance last week, Chuck’s Answering Machine was flooded with some not-so-positive reviews.See for privacy information.
1/21/202257 minutes, 49 seconds
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National Champion Energy + Jamaree Salyer

In a Dawg-filled celebration, Ernie and Charles are treated to “house band” as the University of Georgia graduate Quentin Smith plays our beloved theme song, "Glory, Glory," Lizzo (Chuck's favorite) & more. Georgia Offensive Lineman & 2021 National Champion Jamaree Salyer drops by to relive the championship game and provide prospective on the future. And thanks to our very own stand-up bass player, TK has something cooked up for the self-proclaimed "greatest karaoke singer of all time."See for privacy information.
1/14/202240 minutes, 22 seconds
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Back in the Saddle + Alex Toussaint

The fellas are back and eager to start 2022 on the right foot. Peloton Senior Instructor, and one of Ernie’s personal favorites, Alex Toussaint rides in to share his inspirational story, celebrate EJ’s 200th ride and try to get Charles off the Chuckcyle 5000 and onto the Peloton. Chuck’s Answering Machine has a little bit of everything, from ‘interesting questions’ to humbling nods - Ernie and Charles are full of stories and life advice in a truly great episode to tip off the new year (if EJ does say so himself).See for privacy information.
1/7/202249 minutes, 31 seconds
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Lazy Shoppers

Charles, Ernie and TK react to the media frenzy Chuck created after announcing he named his daughter after a mall. Chuck’s Answering Machine received a record number of calls, which inspires conversations surrounding everything from parade appearances to jersey etiquette and the music Sir Charles is bumping in his headphones.See for privacy information.
12/15/202144 minutes, 2 seconds
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Shopping Mall Namesake + Paul Finebaum

Paul Finebaum stops by The Steam Room to breakdown the College Football Playoff, the Dawgs' QB conundrum and shares stories about covering a young Charles Barkley in Alabama. Inspired by Brian Kelly, The Chuckster demonstrates a few, uh, 'unique' accents. Ernie raises his hands, closes his eyes and mouths "Stop" when Chuck reveals the origin behind why he chose his daughter's name.See for privacy information.
12/9/202149 minutes, 44 seconds
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Thinking About Reading + Chuck’s First Date

We go way back with Charles (or Wade as he’s better known in Leeds, Alabama) with a surprise appearance from his prom date, Amy Shorter. The pair exchange memories about their time spent together and how the Chuckster broke her heart on his quest for the Homecoming Queen. TK presents a controversial conversation from another legendary TK, Tony Kornheiser - should sand be in the Toy Hall of Fame? Chuck’s Answering Machine has calls from friends new and old - even a recommendation for his new hobby… reading?See for privacy information.
12/2/202151 minutes, 49 seconds
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Deep Fried + Tom Brady

7x Super Bowl Champion & Executive Producer of The Match Tom Brady stops by The Steam Room to look forward to the rest of the Bucs’ season and look back at why he never needed a plan B. TK rewinds the tape for some of Chuck’s most hilarious media run-ins through the years and prompts the question - what is the best press conference of all time? The Chuckster can’t contain his excitement for Thanksgiving or Brooks Koepka vs. Bryson DeChambeau - November 26 on TNT.See for privacy information.
11/18/202138 minutes, 12 seconds
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Love You Too + Peyton Manning

On this episode of The Steam Room, we celebrate the life of Ernie’s beloved son, Michael, who passed away in October at the age of 33. Hall of Famer Peyton Manning stops by to chat about the success (or curse?) of the ‘Manning Cast’, the hardships of winning and the recipe for success for today’s quarterbacks. TK poses a question straight off the Twitter timeline and Chuck’s Answering Machine is sure to soften the heart.See for privacy information.
11/10/202146 minutes, 29 seconds
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Salami Guy + Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson hops into The Steam Room with the World Series underway. The former MLB star gives his Braves-Astros predictions & his thoughts on how to market the game to the next generation. Chuck is in mid-season form as TK makes his return to catch up with the guys. Chuck’s Answering Machine sparks a delicious surprise.See for privacy information.
10/27/202147 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Great Podcast + Wayne Gretzky

It’s HOT in the Steam Room as Ernie and Charles tip off Season 3 with none other than Wayne Gretzky. The Great One talks everything from his new gig at the NHL on TNT desk, Alexander Ovechkin’s record chase and his short stint on the basketball court. Charles doesn’t hold back on his thoughts surrounding Ben Simmons & Kyrie Irving. Chuck’s Answering Machine makes its return with even more spontaneity and sincerity.See for privacy information.
10/22/202150 minutes, 33 seconds
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Keep Your Towel On: Best of Chuck’s Answering Machine (Season 2)

In this bonus episode of The Steam Room, Producer Kap and a few of our loyal steamers take us through some of the hilarious, creative and impactful messages from Chuck’s Answering Machine in Season 2.See for privacy information.
10/8/20211 hour, 1 minute, 29 seconds
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Keep Your Towel On: Best of Guests (Season 2)

In this bonus episode of The Steam Room, Ernie and Charles take us back through some of their favorite “special, special guest” conversations from Season 2. Featuring equal parts hilarity and impact from their discussions with Jimmy Kimmel, Spike Lee, Magic Johnson, Coach K, Anderson Cooper, Bill Walton, Maria Taylor, Kyle Korver, Tony Dungy, Rick Mahorn, Masai Ujiri & Scott Drew. Keep your towels on, loyal steamers… It’s a good one.See for privacy information.
7/29/202156 minutes, 23 seconds
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Different Stratosphere + Coach K

It’s a LEGENDARY season finale in the Steam Room with Duke MBB coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Hall of Famer joins Charles and Ernie to look forward to his retirement and back at late-nights with the ’92 Dream Team. This episode is full of stories as Charles recounts the time he was afraid to see Coach K at practice, why Michael Jordan never slept and more. A surprise guest joins to discuss the 2021 Black Masters, and Steve Gleason blows EJ & Chuck away with an inspiring message on the answering machine.See for privacy information.
6/30/20211 hour, 27 seconds
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YES! + Marv Albert

Ahead of his retirement this summer, Marv Albert joins Ernie and Charles in the Steam Room to reflect on his legendary 7-decade-long broadcasting career, share some of his favorite moments from behind the mic, and throw shade at Mike Fratello. Charles commends Naomi Osaka for speaking out on mental health and expresses his gratitude for Coach K. And as always, Chuck’s answering machine delivers a surprise that is sure to brighten your day.See for privacy information.
6/11/202143 minutes, 56 seconds
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Couple of Boneheads + P. K. Subban

New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban skates into The Steam Room to talk TNT’s impending NHL coverage, his passion for charity work and how to foster the next generation of Black hockey players. Legendary producer Tim Kiely stops by for a mouthwatering discussion surrounding summer cookouts. Chuck can’t get enough of the Brooks Koepka & Bryson DeChambeau drama and Ernie DEMANDS Steam Room merch.See for privacy information.
5/28/20211 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds
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Dawgs & Drums + Maria Taylor

ESPN’s Maria Taylor enters The Steam Room to talk about giving the commencement address at her and Ernie’s alma mater, the NBA playoffs, farm life and the incredible legacy of Lavonia Matthews. Drummer dude Harry Miree joins to celebrate his Webby win, make us all smile and team up with Charles for a good cause. Ernie thinks you should watch Whiplash.See for privacy information.
5/22/202153 minutes, 10 seconds
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Hard Work Being Barkley + Spike Lee

New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee hops into the Steam Room to share his excitement as his team prepares for their first playoff appearance in eight years. The Academy Award-Winning storyteller dishes on one wild night in Barcelona with The Dream Team, and recounts his experience working with the late Chadwick Boseman. As always, the conversation goes bigger than basketball as the trio discusses the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine and New York’s post-pandemic recovery. Charles & Ernie look forward to Inside the NBA’s Hall of Fame induction, EJ reveals who made his MVP ballot and Chuck lists something equally important: his favorite sandwiches.See for privacy information.
5/14/202142 minutes, 59 seconds
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Analytical Guys + Adam Lefkoe

Adam Lefkoe joins Ernie and Charles in the Steam Room to cover everything from the evolution of TNT Tuesdays to tornado chasing, MVP cases and marriage advice. TK cuts his vacation short to drop by and put the Chuckster’s NHL knowledge to the test. Chuck’s Answering Machine delivers again and the guys get a visit from a very special loyal steamer.See for privacy information.
5/7/202156 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Puck Stops Here + Adam McKay

While TK continues to slack off at the beach, Ernie and Charles invite Academy Award-winning filmmaker Adam McKay into The Steam Room to discuss his new docu-series podcast ‘Death At The Wing,’ his Philadelphia roots and ever-present sense of humor. Chuck shares his excitement for hockey on TNT and for (the first round of) the NFL Draft. Loyal Steamers that have found joy in the podcast return the favor and leave EJ and Chuck with a smile.See for privacy information.
4/30/202150 minutes, 38 seconds
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Fishin’ Buddies + Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel enters The Steam Room to share his love for Inside the NBA, chat about what it’s like hosting a show without an audience, unpack his obsession with the MyPillow guy, and explain how to deal with a guest who is absolutely bombing. Charles shares a controversial theory about blowing smoke. Ernie reveals his most prized personal possession. TK is at the beach catching passes from Dan Marino.See for privacy information.
4/23/202147 minutes, 54 seconds
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National Championship Problems + Scott Drew

Scott Drew joins Ernie and Charles in the Steam Room to chat about the National Champion Baylor Bears, playing pickleball in the Bubble with Mark Few, and politely laughs at every single one of the Chuckster’s jokes. Charles blames the Jeopardy buzzers for letting Martha Stewart beat him on a basketball question, brags about delaying an NBA game to meet Susan Lucci, and defends a Family Feud answer that nearly broke Steve Harvey.See for privacy information.
4/16/202141 minutes, 59 seconds
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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.See for privacy information.
4/9/202145 minutes, 46 seconds
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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!?See for privacy information.
4/1/202156 minutes, 3 seconds
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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.See for privacy information.
3/12/202156 minutes, 35 seconds
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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 See for privacy information.
3/5/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 29 seconds
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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. See for privacy information.
3/5/202144 minutes, 18 seconds
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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!See for privacy information.
2/26/202147 minutes, 13 seconds
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Blowing Smoke + Dan Le Batard & Stugotz

Dan Le Batard and Stugotz join Ernie and Charles to discuss the evolution of sports media, how to achieve diplomatic immunity, Chuck’s feud with Papi, and shirtless FaceTiming. Loyal Steamers help the Chuckster celebrate his 58th Birthday before a weekend of tequila, steak, cigars, and 1917 on Blue Ray. See for privacy information.
2/19/202146 minutes, 9 seconds
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5'7" Point Guard + Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci joins to answer Ernie & Chuck's questions surrounding vaccine rollout, immunity, double-masking, and his decision to pursue a career in medicine rather than trying to make it as an undersized (but very fast) point guard. Charles asked for song suggestions for his upcoming Daddy-Daughter dance and the Loyal Steamers did not disappoint. Shoutout Johnny Gill! Hold the avocado tequila.See for privacy information.
2/12/202141 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Dream Steam + Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson joins Ernie and Charles in The Steam Room to reminisce on their nights at the ‘Inside’ desk, swap Dream Team stories and laugh about that time Chuck had a worse night than Michael Spinks at the Tyson vs. Spinks fight. The guys talk Super Bowl LV, daddy-daughter dance songs, and for some reason we learn how many times Chuck has thrown up in his life.See for privacy information.
2/5/202159 minutes, 25 seconds
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60% Peanut Butter, 40% Jelly + Dwyane Wade

In this episode Ernie and Charles celebrate the legacy of the late, great Hank Aaron, and pay tribute to NBA TV’s Sekou Smith. Dwyane Wade enters The Steam Room to talk about the return of NBA on TNT Tuesdays, retired life, Kobe Bryant, and optimal sandwich construction. Chuck recalls getting sage advice from Dr. J, and getting cursed out by Bill Russell.See for privacy information.
1/29/202145 minutes, 21 seconds
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Background Music + Tony Dungy, Kyle Korver

Ernie and Charles welcome Hall of Famer Tony Dungy into The Steam Room for a conversation about the lack of Black Head Coaches in the NFL, Conference Championship weekend, and coaching without cursing. Kyle Korver joins to talk about the future of his NBA career, acknowledging his white privilege, and shares some of his favorite Allen Iverson stories. Hope you enjoyed that copy machine, New Jersey!See for privacy information.
1/22/202158 minutes, 19 seconds
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Lowering the Temperature + Anderson Cooper

Ernie and Charles welcome CNN’s Anderson Cooper into The Steam Room for a conversation about America’s slow news week, Trump, Biden, and Dyngus Day. Tim Kiely joins to take his Steelers medicine and get Chuck’s take on the NFL playoffs. This podcast pairs well with Chardonnay and sausage biscuits and a full ride to Northwestern.See for privacy information.
1/15/202148 minutes, 8 seconds
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Grande Latte, Extra Hot + Reggie Miller & Kevin Harlan

Ernie and Charles welcome Reggie Miller and Kevin Harlan into The Steam Room to talk about the challenges of calling NBAonTNT games from home, Giannis’ extension vs. Harden's tension, and Santa’s reindeer. Chuck explains his awkward exchange with Kevin Durant, his love for the McRib and his disdain for black coffee. Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!See for privacy information.
12/24/202049 minutes, 55 seconds
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That's Humanity with Masai Ujiri

The Steam Room is back for Season 2! Ernie and Charles are joined by Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri for a conversation about adapting to life during the Pandemic, passion versus ambition, and the unifying power of humanity. Tim Kiely gets the guys’ take on the current state of the College Football Playoff race, and Lamar Jackson’s questionable “cramps”. Chuck’s Answering Machine reveals…well, a lot. Probably too much.See for privacy information.
12/18/202056 minutes, 2 seconds
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Best of “Chuck’s Answering Machine”

In Part 2 of this special edition of The Steam Room, Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely takes us through the strangest, funniest, and most creative messages from Chuck’s Answering Machine in Season 1.See for privacy information.
10/10/202029 minutes, 48 seconds
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Best of "Special Guests"

In Part 1 of this special edition of The Steam Room, Ernie takes us through his favorite “special guest” conversations from this season. Featuring JJ Watt, Guy Fieri, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Ahmad Rashad, Don Lemon, Maria Taylor, Van Jones, Killer Mike, and Rex Chapman.See for privacy information.
10/3/202031 minutes, 55 seconds
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War Damn Finale w/ Gus Malzahn & Bruce Pearl

After that Georgia Bulldogs stunt Ernie pulled with Maria Taylor last week, Chuck invites a pair of Auburn Head Coaches into the Steam Room. Gus Malzahn and Bruce Pearl talk about the challenges of preparing to play during a pandemic, their roles in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and in their community, and the economic impact of Auburn bars missing out on Chuckster’s ‘patronage’ during the season.See for privacy information.
9/18/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Glory, Glory w/ Maria Taylor

Maria Taylor joins Ernie and Charles for a conversation about the upcoming college football season, the pivotal role that sports coverage plays in the conversation about racial injustice, and her (and EJ’s) beloved Georgia Bulldogs. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely enters the Steam Room to talk Twitter trends and NFL futures. Chuck tries to convince Ernie that cats “aren’t a thing.”See for privacy information.
9/10/202048 minutes, 8 seconds
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Hoya Saxa w/ Patrick Ewing and Dikembe Mutombo

Patrick Ewing and Dikembe Mutombo enter the Steam Room for a reverential tribute to their late beloved college coach, John Thompson Jr. The Hall of Fame centers share stories from their Georgetown days, and reflect on the personal impact and enduring legacy left by their legendary coach. Charles explains the story behind his famous ‘Not a role model’ commercial, Ernie challenges Chuck’s definition of what constitutes a sandwich, and that catchy theme song finally gets a lyrical accompaniment.See for privacy information.
9/3/202046 minutes, 23 seconds
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Sick and Tired w/ Chris Webber and Andrew Yang

Chris Webber joins Ernie and Charles to talk about his emotional reaction to the players' boycott in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, and what it’s been like adjusting to life inside the NBA bubble. Former Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang enters the Steam Room for a conversation about the Election in November, the need for police reform, and why he had to break-up with the New York Knicks. A courageous message from the Answering Machine gets the Chuckster tearin’ up.See for privacy information.
8/28/202057 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Old Men and the Steam with JJ Redick

JJ Redick joins Ernie and Charles for a conversation about life inside the NBA’s Bubble, the motivational tactics of Coach K, and moonlighting as a podcaster. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely enters the Steam Room to revisit Wednesday night’s legendary Boban interview, and to take the guys’ temperature about unwritten rules in sports. We learn about Drive-Thru Cliff, why grandma shouldn’t fall asleep while watching Psycho, and on the eve of their 38th Wedding Anniversary, the origin story of how Ernie first met his wife Cheryl behind 6 inches of bullet proof glass.See for privacy information.
8/21/202047 minutes, 30 seconds
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Grown Folks w/ Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith joins Ernie and Charles for a conversation about the fate of football in the fall, the weight of being a Black man with a platform on TV, and the everlasting impact of a cherished parent. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely brings a Loyal Steamer on with him to congratulate the guys on their big night at the Emmys. We learn about Chuck’s man crushes, the guys build their ideal ice cream sundaes, and the Answering Machine produces a message Chuck endorses as “the greatest call of all time”.See for privacy information.
8/13/202051 minutes, 6 seconds
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Charles & Company

Ernie and Charles welcome Draymond Green into the Steam Room to talk about his recent broadcast work with TNT, More Than A Vote, and how he feels about the idea of the Warriors joining a “second bubble.” Stan Van Gundy enters to talk with the guys about sleeper teams, becoming a Twitter influencer, and finally settling the age-old ‘cookies vs. brownies’ debate. Inside The NBA executive producer Tim Kiely coaxes Chuck into singing (thanks), Australian accents are butchered, and thanks for the call but Elevator Eddie does not hem pants in the Steam Room.See for privacy information.
8/6/202059 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Gift of Experience

Angels manager Joe Maddon joins EJ and Chuck in the Steam Room for an enlightening conversation about baseball in the time of a pandemic, what life on the road will be like, and his support for players using the national anthem as a time to kneel and express their truth. Charles pays tribute to late Civil Rights icons John Lewis and C.T. Vivian. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely breaks in to announce the retitling of the Washington Football Team and the entitling of a new hockey team that actually plays in Washington. Chuck’s Answering Machine reveals Ernie’s hidden talent, literally anything can be a cake, and Charles and Draymond have bonded… over Tequila?See for privacy information.
7/24/202050 minutes, 32 seconds
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Block or Charge?

Rex Chapman enters the Steam Room to engage Ernie and Charles in an honest conversation about addiction, recovery, redemption, and how a former NBA player stumbles into a second act as a Twitter influencer. Chuck uses "First of All" to support Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's condemnation of the lack of outrage at the recent spike in anti-Semitic rhetoric. Ernie and Charles exchange humbling laundry stories from their youth. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins to remind Chuck of his embarrassing Opening Night prediction. The Answering Machine includes a call from Sweden, a question about Alabama politics, and why you shouldn't bet against Charles on the golf course...sometimes...once in a while.See for privacy information.
7/17/202058 minutes, 55 seconds
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Book by its Cover

Charles' “all-time favorite guest” Killer Mike steps into The Steam Room to discuss the Black community’s need to plot, plan, strategize, organize and mobilize. Chuck was noticeably less excited to welcome in Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith for an overdue catch-up between the Inside the NBA deskmates, including a conversation about the return of the NBA season, and why Chuck is having doubts. Tip of the cap to Baseball's Negro Leagues. Roses for Maya Moore. Wear a mask. Shout out to Bobby Bonilla. See for privacy information.
7/3/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 38 seconds
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Failing Kindergarten

Ernie and Charles get into the NBA return debate, with Chuck taking the position that the players should step up and play for Adam Silver. 3x NBA Champion Andre Iguodala (7:40) enters the Steam Room to talk about his role as First Vice President of the NBPA Executive Committee, and how players can use 'the bubble' as a platform for activism. CNN commentator Van Jones (22:10) joins the guys for a conversation about probation reform in America, and how the murder of Rayshard Brooks can be traced to a broken system. Tim Kiely (50:23) hijacks Chuck's Answering Machine to surprise EJ and Chuck with Father's Day messages from VERY loyal steamers.See for privacy information.
6/19/202056 minutes, 55 seconds
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Something in the Soil

CNN anchor Don Lemon joins Ernie and Charles for a candid conversation about racial injustice in America, covering the Trump Administration, and finding inspiration in the progressive passion of younger generations. Yahoo! Sports Senior NBA Insider Chris Haynes steps inside The Steam Room to discuss the NBA's return plan, and rumblings of reservations among the players. Haynes reflects on attending a recent protest with his daughter, before sharing his personal experience with racial profiling. Chuck's Answering Machine produces an inquiry Charles calls "one of the best questions I've ever been asked.”See for privacy information.
6/12/202058 minutes, 24 seconds
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It's Time for a Conversation

In this special episode of The Steam Room, we turn it over to the Inside guys, who returned to TNT for the first time since March. Ernie, Charles, Kenny, & Shaq share their feelings about racial injustice, policing, and the reaction to Drew Brees’ comments about kneeling during the anthem. Commissioner Adam Silver joins to discuss the return of the 2019-20 season, how the league is planning to take COVID-19 precautions, and what the NBA can do to help fight racism. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and retired NBA player Stephen Jackson join the conversation to address the murder of George Floyd, understanding white privilege, and how to work towards ending systemic racism.See for privacy information.
6/5/202057 minutes, 14 seconds
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Be a Good Human

In this episode, Ernie and Charles open with an impassioned conversation about the current state of American race relations and the rising tensions between law enforcement and the Black community following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On the back nine, #4 ranked golfer in the world Justin Thomas joins to revisit the most memorable moments from The Match. Former NBA All-Star Detlef Schrempf enters the Steam Room ahead of his charity golf match with Barkley to discuss when the NBA will return to Seattle and why Parks and Rec might have been his last acting gig. Underdog (put that on a T-Shirt) calls in to check on the Chuckster and encourage his friend to FINALLY accomplish that lifelong goal of learning Spanish.See for privacy information.
5/29/202048 minutes, 47 seconds
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Game of Bogeys

Alabama head coach and 6x National Champion Nick Saban drops by The Steam Room to discuss football without fans, the difference between coaching college and the pros, and which TV shows he's been binging during quarantine. Ernie and Charles reminisce about their favorite Game of Zones moments with the series creators Adam and Craig Malamut to commemorate the final installment of the Bleacher Report franchise. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins to regale us with stories from takin' the show on the road. Chuck talks about his upcoming golfing-for-charity challenge during The Match and makes his prediction: Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning or Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady?See for privacy information.
5/22/202057 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Good Cigars

Ahead of the upcoming finale of The Last Dance, Emmy-Award winning sportscaster and legendary NBA insider Ahmad Rashad enters The Steam Room to discuss his longtime friendship with Michael Jordan and take shots at Chuck’s ‘riff raff’ cigar etiquette. Charles opens up about his relationship with Jordan and the possibility of a reconciliation. MJ’s longtime trainer Tim Grover joins to talk about his legendary 'Breakfast Club' workouts, and gives a first-person account of what really happened the night before the infamous ‘Flu Game.' Chuck reflects on the uncertainty players face amidst a renewed optimism surrounding the return of sports.See for privacy information.
5/15/202054 minutes, 47 seconds
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Invent the Future

Ernie and Charles welcome Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban into the Steam Room for a thought-provoking discussion about COVID-19’s impact on both the NBA and the economy, and where our country goes from here. Cuban bonds with Chuck over a shared Shark Tank investment, talks The Last Dance, and addresses the possibility of running for President in 2020. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely updates the Chuckster on Twitter’s latest trends, and Chuck’s Answering Machine continues to have worldwide reach…and for that reason, we’re out.See for privacy information.
5/8/202045 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Best Bad Idea

The Steam Room (from home) continues with special guest J.J. Watt! The 3x NFL Defensive Player of the Year talks quarantine chores, the pressures of hosting SNL, Dennis Rodman's Vegas vacation, and the legend of Charles Barkley speeding tickets in Houston. Ernie and Chuck discuss the future of sports amid coronavirus concerns, and finding silver linings in acts of compassion. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins to salute EJ's Journalism School, and a seemingly harmless message on Chuck's Answering Machine leads to an image you won't be able to scrub from your memory...not even with a cheese grater.See for privacy information.
5/1/202045 minutes, 29 seconds
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Next Stop: Flavortown

On this week's episode of The Steam Room, Charles and Ernie visit Flavortown for a wide-ranging conversation with the Mayor himself, Guy Fieri! Chuck and EJ talk NFL Draft, the real reason for the demise of the Bulls dynasty, and Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely challenges Chuck to a Wonderlic-inspired pop quiz. Don't hang up before you hear Charles' Michael Jackson story...See for privacy information.
4/24/202046 minutes, 49 seconds
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2% Better

The Steam Room is staying home this week with Neurosurgery Resident Dr. Myron Rolle, a former NFL player and Rhodes Scholar on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight at Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital. Charles goes "All-In" for coronavirus relief, tells a story about golfing with Michael Jordan, and the guys answer yet another international message from Chuck's Answering Machine.See for privacy information.
4/17/202048 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Gang's All Here

This very special episode of The Steam Room brings EJ, Chuck, Kenny and Shaq back together for the first time since the NBA hiatus began. The crew catches up on Charles' COVID-19 scare, Shaq's confusing appearance in Tiger King, the fate of the 2019-2020 NBA season and more... and don't worry, the laughs are just as loud from home as they are in Studio J! Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins to take Chuck's temperature on Tom Brady moving on to Tampa Bay and Cam Newton's future. Ernie sends love to all of the medial professionals out there on the front lines. Oh, and did we hear Chuck say he's considering joining social media?!See for privacy information.
4/10/202055 minutes, 6 seconds
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On to the Toes, Baby!

On this episode of The Steam Room, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins Ernie & Charles to provide insight on the global Coronavirus outbreak, including the best precautions you can take to stay healthy. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely leads another edition of 'What in the Wide Wide World of Sports' featuring Chuck's take on Spike Lee vs The Knicks, feeling starstruck by Mike Trout, and the art of the commencement speech. EJ and Charles discuss their favorite TV shows and fast food joints, and finally answer the age-old question of what Charles would've done for a living if he couldn't play basketball. Brace yourself for his answer.See for privacy information.
3/6/202045 minutes, 19 seconds
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9-Inch Hands & Doing Just Fine

In this weeks' episode of The Steam Room, Ernie and Charles discuss everything from the NFL collective bargaining agreement to their favorite movies. Channing Frye drops in to talk about his role in bonding the 2016 Cavs together as a team, the importance of veteran leadership for young players, and the destigmatization of mental health in the league today. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely gets the guys' take on Joe Burrow, Deontay Wilder, and a 42-year-old Zamboni driver turned NHL goalie. A message on Chuck's Answering Machine reveals Barkley's roulette strategy... you won't want to miss it.See for privacy information.
2/28/202049 minutes, 1 second
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"Happy Birthday to Me, America!"

In this episode of The Steam Room, Ernie celebrates Charles' 57th birthday with a surprise manicure and pedicure. Chuck tees off on the Houston Astros scandal, and Pardon the Interruption co-host Mike Wilbon calls in to wish The Chuckster a Happy Birthday and revisit All-Star Weekend. Inside the NBA Producer Tim Kiely joins The Steam Room to talk about Charles' cameo on The Bachelor, and deliver a special message from Guy Fieri. Chuck's answering machine features a best-of birthday messages from Loyal Steamers.See for privacy information.
2/21/202049 minutes, 43 seconds
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Yes, and... LIVE from NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago

LIVE from Chicago's House of Blues, The Steam Room takes the show on the road for NBA All-Star Weekend! Joined by Chicago native Isiah Thomas, and The Second City's Jordan Savusa and Mary Catherine Curran, EJ & Chuck show off their improv skills and eat like locals with a deep-dish pizza and "Chicago Dog" taste test. Audience members ask Charles questions in a live edition of Chuck's Answering Machine, and a special Loyal Steamer sends the guys an exciting message!See for privacy information.
2/15/202039 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Iceman Cometh

On this episode of The Steam Room, Ernie & Chuck express frustration with the state of American politics, preview the Academy Awards and discuss best picture nominees. Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino, AKA "The Iceman" surprises Chuck by calling in to talk Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs winning Super Bowl LIV, and the evolution of football. Chuck gives his take on the perfect chicken wing, Rick Mahorn's ample backside, and All Star Weekend in Chicago.See for privacy information.
2/7/202033 minutes, 15 seconds
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Moment by Moment

In this week's episode of the Steam Room, EJ and Chuck reflect on the late Kobe Bryant. Matt Mauser calls in to talk about the life and legacy of his late wife, Christina Mauser. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins the guys in the Steam Room to talk Super Bowl predictions and prop bets. Charles responds to messages from his Answering Machine, including the best food for watching the big game, and which reality show the Chuckster would like to be on.See for privacy information.
1/31/202045 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bad Luck Chuck

On this episode of The Steam Room, 'Charles Barkley vs. The Internet', Grammy-nominated musician PJ Morton calls in from Sweden, Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely reports this week's most bizarre local news stories, and EJ and Chuck discuss Steam Room towel etiquette, mani-pedi routines, and what it's really like to work with Shaq.See for privacy information.
1/24/202039 minutes, 58 seconds
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Stand Down, Soldier

In the latest episode of The Steam Room, EJ and Chuck discuss the delicate relationship between mental health and sports. Phillies legend Jimmy Rollins shares his perspective on the cheating scandal that has rocked the MLB. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely returns to report the local news, and the Chuckster responds to a few outrageous voicemails on his answering machine.See for privacy information.
1/17/202039 minutes, 27 seconds
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Nice Towel

EJ & Chuck welcome not one, but TWO guests into The Steam Room! ESPN's Chris Fowler previews the upcoming College Football National Championship game between LSU and Clemson, and ponders the future of college athletics. CNN's Jake Tapper speaks on the developing conflict in Iran, the Democratic presidential candidates and what it's like to cover the unending news cycle in Washington. Inside the NBA's Executive Producer Tim Kiely shares this week's outrageous local new stories, and Chuck responds to a message left on his answering machine.See for privacy information.
1/9/202051 minutes, 44 seconds
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¡Hola 2020!

On this episode of The Steam Room, Chuck and EJ discuss everything from Trump's Impeachment and NFL storylines, to their favorite Christmas songs and bilingual aspirations. The guys react to absurd local news stories with Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely. Charles shares his New Year's Resolutions and responds to messages on his answering machine.See for privacy information.
12/19/201941 minutes, 43 seconds
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Full Steam Ahead

In this inaugural episode of The Steam Room, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley discuss Le'Veon Bell's bowling, the Patriots filming controversy, and Patrick Reed's bunker dust-up. The guys give their take on the media's coverage of national politics, and welcome in legendary Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely to delve into EJ's roots in local news. Chuck checks his answering machine and responds to messages left by fans and a special guest.See for privacy information.
12/12/201946 minutes, 16 seconds
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Introducing The Steam Room

The Steam Room is the new audio vehicle for two of sports media's most iconic personalities, keeping the conversation going beyond from the desk inside Studio J. After nearly 20 years on TNT's Inside The NBA, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley still have a lot to talk about, and with this platform they'll tackle new topics in the classic unscripted style that fans have come to love. In addition to NBA talk, EJ and Chuck will dive into current events, pop culture, and even local news. Look for The Steam Room on Thursdays starting December 12th.See for privacy information.
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