The Gist: Asher Price on dunking basketballs, and the fate of General Wesley Clark.

Instead of Running a Marathon, Use Your 30s to Learn How to Dunk

Instead of Running a Marathon, Use Your 30s to Learn How to Dunk

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 4 2015 6:49 PM

His Dunkological Clock Was Ticking

Mike Pesca and Asher Price head to New York’s West 4th Street Courts to discuss slam-dunking in your 30s.

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Asher Price, left, and Mike Pesca at the West 4th Street basketball courts.

Photo by Andrea Silenzi. Photo Illustration by Slate.

Listen to Episode 271 of Slate’s The Gist:


When Asher Price reached his mid-30s, he realized it was his last chance to learn how to dunk a basketball. Today on The Gist, we’ll visit the West 4th Street Courts to learn about his training regimen and the symbolism behind a slam dunk. He’s the author of Year of the Dunk: A Modest Defiance of Gravity. For the Spiel, debating about debates.


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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.