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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?!






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

Matt Nelson

Jonah Keri has a h*ckin great chat with @Dog_Rates creator Matt Nelson about the pressure of positivity; competitiveness; the best dog breed; striking gold on his first Twitter idea; why @Dog_Rates doesn't work in other formats; his upcoming book; reading the comments; the fine line between art and aggregation; learning to run a business while simultaneously earning an undergraduate degree in business; the dark side of Twitter marketing; secrets of Twitter success; the controversy of human...

Duration: 01:04:39

Jayson Stark

Jonah Keri hits fungoes with baseball writer Jayson Stark about childhood sportswriting ambitions and influences; the Philadelphia brand of sportswriting; first gigs; baseball players who are hostile to journalists; getting confronted by players and managers; tough love managers; becoming the first full-time baseball writer for; finding humor in baseball; Jayson's all-time favorite game; branching out beyond baseball; and Jayson's Life Tip.

Duration: 01:03:08