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Jonah Keri is on the phone! The NYT bestselling author of Up, Up, and Away & The Extra 2% and baseball writer for CBS Sports & SI (also formerly with Grantland) interviews compelling people from sports, entertainment, media, and more. Plus, "My Team is a Joke?!

Jonah Keri is on the phone! The NYT bestselling author of Up, Up, and Away & The Extra 2% and baseball writer for CBS Sports & SI (also formerly with Grantland) interviews compelling people from sports, entertainment, media, and more. Plus, "My Team is a Joke?!
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Jonah Keri is on the phone! The NYT bestselling author of Up, Up, and Away & The Extra 2% and baseball writer for CBS Sports & SI (also formerly with Grantland) interviews compelling people from sports, entertainment, media, and more. Plus, "My Team is a Joke?!






Jane Coaston (Jonah Keri Podcast 11/22)

Jonah Keri flies the coop with Vox senior politics reporter Jane Coaston on raising chickens, extremes on the left and right, virtue signaling, the racist history of gun control, and much more.

Duration: 01:21:04

Alexander Wolff (Jonah Keri Podcast 11/15)

Jonah Keri has the audacity to chat with SI basketball writer Alexander Wolff about amateurism in sports; owning his own team; how the game has changed over the years; his Barack Obama book The Audacity of Hoop, Alex's life tip, and much more.

Duration: 01:07:49

Chris Herring (Jonah Keri Podcast 11/09)

Jonah Keri pulls up for three with 538 NBA writer Chris Herring on the death of animosity in basketball; LeBron and the unsettled 2017-2018 Cavs; James Jones and superstars' posses; the odd beauty of flat jump shots; the new-look Rockets; the greatness of the Warriors; how the Nuggets could one day become the new Warriors; unicorn big men; the evolution of the Spurs; Chris' life tip; and much more.

Duration: 01:08:04

Joe Davis (Jonah Keri Podcast 11/01)

Jonah Keri loves L.A. with Dodgers play-by-play man Joe Davis about an epic 2017 World Series; replacing the legend Vin Scully, finding the right emotions to call a game; The Clayton Kershaw Narrative; how it's possible none of this would have happened if not for the intervention of Taco Bell; and Joe's Life Tip.

Duration: 01:00:08

Sen. Sherrod Brown (Jonah Keri Podcast 10/25)

Jonah Keri caucuses with Sherrod Brown, U.S. Senator from Ohio, about the Damn Yankees; the Cleveland Indians; what Senator Brown has in common with George F. Will; renaming the Indians; public financing for stadiums; Senators who speak truth to power; billionaires; unions; universal health care; the opioid crisis; and Senator Brown's Life Tip.

Duration: 00:31:17

Shea Serrano (Jonah Keri Podcast 10/18)

Jonah Keri shoots his shot with New York Times bestseller, Ringer author, and Grantland alum Shea Serrano about his start in journalism; kindness; Bill Simmons; writers vs. artists; dunking; having a bad name; Reggie Miller; name-checks that blow his mind; Michael Jordan; pickup basketball; sports-hating Tim Duncan, Karl Malone, and Kobe; whether Shea could take J Cole in a fistfight; White Men Can't Jump; Jonah and Shea's secret moves in pickup basketball; ranking Tony Parker; memory...

Duration: 01:19:40

Ron MacLean (Jonah Keri Podcast 10/11)

Jonah Keri drops the puck with Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean about listening; studying ethics; Ron's start as a high school student on adult contemporary radio; nationalism in Olympic coverage; Wayne Gretzky and Canadian identity; Don Cherry and hosting Hockey Night in Canada for over 30 years; changes in hockey's economics and game play; concussions; Connor McDavid and Bobby Orr; Ron's favorite interviews; making mistakes on the air; legacy; and Ron's Life Tips.

Duration: 01:02:49

Mike Duncan (Jonah Keri Podcast 10/04)

Jonah Keri storms the gates with Mike Duncan, host of podcasts "The History of Rome" and "Revolutions," about the draw of Roman history; creating an award-winning history podcast despite having no qualifications; parallels between the fall of the Roman Empire and the current United States; the making of his new book The Storm Before the Storm; Seattle Supersonics and Mariners; and Mike's Life Tip.

Duration: 01:20:09

Morgan Campbell (Jonah Keri Podcast 09/27)

Jonah Keri takes a knee with Toronto Star sports business reporter Morgan Campbell about #takeaknee, economics, and race; the dehumanizing influence of daily fantasy; #sticktosports; representing groups to which you don't belong; the working class; false balance in journalism; Cam Newton and trying to please everyone; activism in baseball; the student athlete union at Morgan's alma mater Northwestern; what ESPN should have done in response to Jemele Hill's tweet; Mayweather-McGregor and...

Duration: 01:43:05

Rich Griffin (Jonah Keri Podcast 09/20)

Jonah Keri exposes the truth with Toronto Star columnist and longtime Montreal Expos media relations director Rich Griffin about the 22-inning game in which Youppi! got ejected; the Expos in the 70s, 80s, and 90s; being an O.G. stathead; Jarry Park; stuffing the All-Star Game ballot box; farm animals on the field; Larry Walker; Gary Carter; the 1994 Expos; the current Blue Jays, Raptors; Toronto sports fans; and Rich?s Life Tip.

Duration: 01:10:18

09/13 Jonah Keri Podcast: Joe Block

Jonah Keri navigates three rivers with Pittsburgh Pirates announcer Joe Block about the great city of Pittsburgh; Ernie Harwell; old Tiger Stadium; working with Mike Veeck and Bob Uecker; finding a job at the Winter Meetings; learning to give play-by-play for the blind; calling his first MLB game for the Expos; moving from city to city to city; changes in baseball; the future of the Pirates; and Joe's Life Tip.

Duration: 01:12:26

09/06 Jonah Keri Podcast: Bill James

Jonah Keri has an Abstract chat with Bill James about flattering your reader; the hipster quality of Sabermetrics; shifting from analysis to history; empiricism and holding on to inaccuracies; skepticism; iconoclasm; opportunity; beating Tim Raines in a race; doing analytics for the Red Sox; predicting Trump's win decades ago; health care; KU basketball; appearing on The Simpsons; true crime; the potential of the internet; evolution in baseball; and Bill's Life Tip.

Duration: 01:10:01

08/30 Jonah Keri Podcast: Charlie Pierce

Jonah Keri ships up to Boston with Esquire writer Charlie Pierce about stories that never see the light of day; not trusting your instincts; Red Fisher and Bill Simmons; the economics of writing on the internet; growing up a Habs fan in Massachusetts; writing for now-defunct publications The National and Grantland; the current political situation; voting rights; President The Rock; labor; The New York Times and the Clintons; activism; climate change; and Charlie's Life Tip.

Duration: 01:21:26

08/23 Jonah Keri Podcast: Lindsay Jones

Jonah Keri kicks off NFL season with USA Today football writer Lindsay Jones about the changing NFL; being a national writer based in Denver; John Elway, Tom Brady, and Colin Kaepernick; the upcoming draft and free agency classes; the game in NFL vs. college; race and quarterbacks; activism in NFL and NBA; labor relations in the NFL and MLB; CTE and the future of the game; marijuana; balancing parenthood with constant travel; NFL season predictions; and Lindsay's Life Tips.

Duration: 01:24:31

08/16 Jonah Keri Podcast: Adnan Virk

Jonah Keri chats for almost two and a hook with Adnan Virk of ESPN about the behind-the-scenes of Baseball Tonight; not being Keith Olbermann; waving the Canadian flag; making good TV; their best and worst days; you always hurt the ones you love; being a Muslim in the public eye; censorship; versatility; contract negotiations; the end of the Brain Drain; being too nice; writing style; making pop culture recommendations; B+; thick skin; ambition vs. competitiveness; Joe Buck and Jack Buck;...

Duration: 02:28:29

08/09 Jonah Keri Podcast: Tom Burgoyne

Jonah Keri is a phan of Tom Burgoyne, the "best friend" of the Phillie Phanatic, as they discuss his almost 30 years as the iconic mascot; dealing with the costume; the 1983 Sixers and the 1993 Phillies; scouting opposing teams; Noah Syndergaard stealing his ATV; arm wrestling with Mike Piazza; Joe Carter; interacting with other mascots; getting injured; his book Pheel the Love; and Tom's Life Tip.

Duration: 00:50:52

08/02 Jonah Keri Podcast: Charles Bronfman

Jonah Keri has a royal chat with former Expos owner and Seagrams executive Charles Bronfman about his new book Distilled; growing up privileged; joining the family business; being raised by a titan of industry; founding the Expos; Rusty Staub and Gary Carter; choosing Herm Winningham over Mookie Wilson; the Expos selling 2 million tickets a year; the future of baseball in Montreal; and his Life Tip.

Duration: 00:38:34

07/26 Jonah Keri Podcast: Ozzie Smith

Jonah Keri flips for Ozzie Smith over playing in Montreal; growing up in Watts; playing college baseball as a walk-on in San Luis Obispo; the early days of his career; encouraging African-American kids to get into baseball; how to become great; self-doubt; All-Star Games; Rickey and entertainment; doing backflips; how the game has changed; stealing bases; the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum; longevity; the feeling of being inducted into the Hall of Fame; #bestofbaseball; and Ozzie's Life Tip.

Duration: 01:18:00

07/19 Jonah Keri Podcast: Tara Lipinski

Jonah Keri hits a double axel with Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater and broadcaster Tara Lipinski about whether she'd want her kids to follow in her footsteps; skating at 3:30 a.m. every day as a child; eating disorders in the sport; her skating heroes; schooling as a child athlete; thriving on pressure; winning gold at the Olympics; her rivalry with Michelle Kwan; an ice cream party with Wayne Gretzky; the transition from amateur to pro to broadcaster; Johnny Weir; and Tara's Life...

Duration: 00:54:42

07/12 Jonah Keri Podcast: Jeff Luhnow

Jonah Keri blasts off into a compelling conversation with Houston Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow about the transition from business to Major League Baseball; The Cardinal Way; scouting and drafting; his approach to running the Astros; Jose Altuve and Magic Johnson; ideas that didn't pan out; dealing with losing seasons; the modern manager; the Cardinals hacking scandal; going from winning 70 games in 2014 to making the playoffs in 2015; Astros' current bullpen; player acquisition...

Duration: 01:01:06

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