The Big Man Can’t Shoot

Episode 03 The Big Man Can’t Shoot

The basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain had only one flaw: He couldn’t shoot free throws. In 1962, Chamberlain switched to making his foul shots underhanded—and fixed his only weakness.

But then he switched back.

“The Big Man Can’t Shoot” is a meditation on the puzzle of why smart people do dumb things—why excellence is such a difficult and elusive goal, even for the best-intentioned.

Episode 01The Lady Vanishes

Episode 02Saigon, 1965

Episode 03The Big Man Can’t Shoot

Episode 04Carlos Doesn’t Remember

Episode 05Food Fight

Episode 06My Little Hundred Million

Episode 07Hallelujah

Episode 08Blame Game

Episode 09Generous Orthodoxy

Episode 10The Satire Paradox

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