The Jonah Keri Podcast

The Jonah Keri Podcast

United States

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

Episodes

Justin Trudeau  

Jonah Keri talks to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the PM's first-ever podcast in office. The two discuss the Montreal Expos; Separatism in Quebec; Canadian identity; the Richard Nixon prophecy and being called to serve; gender equality; manifestations of economic anxiety at the polls; government's role in creating jobs; universal health care; immigration and the global refugee crisis; empathy; dealing effectively with world leaders with whom he disagrees; taking unpopular positions; balancing economic and environmental concerns; the state of and future of journalism; and Prime Minister Trudeau's Life Tips.

Mets Panel with Anthony DiComo, Marc Carig, and Hank Azaria  

From the live Pitch Talks event in Brooklyn, Jonah Keri meets the Mets panel of Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Marc Carig of Newsday, and Hank Azaria of Brockmire and The Simpsons, covering the Mets starting the season with injuries; the current generation of Mets players like Matz, Harvey, and Syndergaard; the 2007-2008 collapse; the unique sequence of events in July 2015; the ticking clock of a relatively old team; Shea vs. Citi Field; viewing bad players in context; Tim Tebow; and audience questions about clubhouse chemistry, Bartolo, and more.

Gail Miller  

Jonah Keri jazzes it up with Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller about building an empire from nothing with her late husband Larry; changes in Salt Lake City; how to succeed in business; philanthropy; redefining her life after Larry's death; The Jazz Way; Coach Jerry Sloan; addressing diversity in a city like Salt Lake; player retention; rebuilding; creating a legacy trust to keep the Jazz in Utah in perpetuity; public financing of stadiums and arenas; enriching lives through sports; and Gail Miller's Life Tip.

Ben Lyons  

Jonah Keri enters the lion's den with TV, radio, and podcast host Ben Lyons about being backstage at the Oscars this year as compared to the previous 10 years; his famous father and grandfather; press junkets and his web series Junketeers; Ben asks Jonah about baseball in Europe; growing up on the Red Sox ("The heart has reason that reason itself knows nothing about"); interleague baseball; NBA; World Baseball Classic and being a sports orphan; and Ben's Life Tip.

Peter Rosenberg  

Jonah Keri gets hip to Peter Rosenberg of New York's Hot 97 about how a Jewish kid from the suburbs became immersed in the world of hip-hop; White privilege; his first big gets; his conflicts with Joe Budden, Nicki Minaj, and Shia LaBeouf; Drake and Funkmaster Flex; what makes good radio; hip-hop and politics; whether Kanye is a clown; new media; becoming jaded; WWE; the time Jay-Z called him to complain; the unique talent of Donald Glover; getting credit for Kendrick Lamar's career; comparing Wu-Tang Clan to The Beatles; and Peter's Life T

Hank Azaria  

Jonah Keri seeks Amanda Hugginkiss with Hank Azaria about his favorite squadron, the NY Mets; taking Brockmire from a Funny or Die short almost to the big screen to TV; work ethic; switching it up between takes; voice acting vs. acting on camera; Ray Donovan; Apu and ethnic stereotypes; character development over the years of the Simpsons; voice acting by yourself in a room; Hank's all-time favorite Simpsons character; working with Robin Williams on The Birdcage; preparing to take your shirt off on screen; his viral Tufts commencement address; strangers asking him to do voices on command; and Hank's Life Tip.

Maverick Carter  

Jonah Keri has an uninterrupted conversation with Maverick Carter about meeting Michael Jordan in 2002 alongside LeBron James and previous podcast guest Grant Wahl; his formative internship at Nike; managing LeBron's career; likability; lessons learned from "The Decision"; telling athletes' stories via different media; projects at Uninterrupted like documentaries "Fight Mom" and "Fiba Allow Hijab" and Draymond Green's new podcast "Dray Day"; casting contestants for "The Wall"; discussing money with athletes on his new show "Kneading Dough"; upcoming projects for Maverick and LeBron's production company SpringHill Entertainment; and Maverick's Life Tip

Shawne Merriman  

Jonah Keri and retired NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman shine some light on the Chargers leaving San Diego; confidence; making the decision whether to use PEDs and banned substances; keeping aggression on the field; changes in the NFL due to awareness of concussions; whether Shawne will let his son play football; paying college athletes; knowing when to end your career; selling his apparel outside the stadium at games in which he was playing; celebration dances in different sports; his passion for MMA and whether he'll get into the Octagon; and Shawne's Life Tip

Luke Winn  

Jonah Keri marches through the madness with Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated about betting and drinking in the press box at the Belmont Stakes; all-time great Sports Illustrated writers; memorable March Madness tournaments; this year's most interesting teams; how to pronounce GIF; analytics in college basketball; Power Rankings; schools with superior player development; the Montreal and Toronto basketball scenes; the intrusiveness of interviewing players in locker rooms; amateur status in college basketball; and Luke's Life Tip.

Josh Gondelman  

Jonah Keri whispers to comedian Josh Gondelman about his @JoshGondelman and @SeinfeldToday Twitter accounts; Twitter vs. stand-up; comedy in Boston and New York; his album Physical Whisper; capitalizing on his speaking voice; learning confidence; "making it"; writing for "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"; using your platform to help people, or anger people; moving the goalposts; and Josh's Life Tip.

Scott Boras  

Jonah Keri negotiates with legendary sports agent Scott Boras about teaching young players to communicate; "mail order brides"; the possibility of an international baseball draft; playing the odds in the amateur baseball draft; nurturing the next generation of athletes; collegiate athletics; the collusion era in MLB; being hated as a mark of success; unions in America; labor rights in the minor leagues; using data to advocate for his clients; deciding when A-Rod should opt out of his contract; talking to owners; and Scott's Life Tip.

Dave Roberts  

Jonah Keri manages to steal a few minutes with newly crowned NL Manager of the Year of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and former outfielder, Dave Roberts about his catalyzing stolen base for the Red Sox in the 2004 ALCS; his quick transition from player to major league manager; managing games and managing players; bringing front office analytics to the field; clubhouse harmony with strong personalities like Yasiel Puig; the three ways players judge a manager; Clayton Kershaw; 2016 NLDS; a pitcher's third time through the order; managerial input into free agent signings; and Dave's Life T

Sopan Deb  

Jonah Keri hits the trail with Sopan Deb of the New York Times about his start in sports radio with Mike and the Mad Dog; covering the Trump campaign for CBS; the lessons that sports talk radio can lend to presidential campaigns; why Trump won; whether unpredictability is a feature or a bug; Beyoncé for President; attending 18 months of Trump rallies as a journalist of color; the life of an embed; his new beat covering Trump's impact on culture for NY Times; Trump's eye for detail; doing stand-up comedy during and after the campaign; what gets accomplished by marching; and Sopan's Life Tip.

Forrest Griffin  

Jonah Keri and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin grapple with weighty topics like strangers picking fights with Forrest; Ronda Rousey; becoming a fan favorite; fight or flight; Forrest's dark side; from the police academy to toughman boxing to MMA; the economics of an MMA career; studying video to prepare for fights; "the most important fight in UFC history" against Bonnar; the Atlanta Braves; weight management; PEDs; how to be a sociopath; when to leave the sport; up-and-comers; 1990s NBA; political science; and Forrest's Life Tip.

Mina Kimes  

Jonah Keri kickstarts a discussion with Mina Kimes of ESPN The Magazine about the dogs of sports Twitter; the Seahawks; business writing; addressing serious issues within sports journalism; criticism of male and female journalists; bofa; Tyreek Hill and players' off-field behaviors; how sports leagues, media, and fans should address domestic violence and concussions; Ray Rice and Ben Roethlisberger; The Bachelor; the Chargers' departure from San Diego; Mina and Jonah find a solution to stadium financing; and Mina's Life Tip.

Ron Shelton  

Jonah Keri names foods that start with the letter "Q" with filmmaker Ron Shelton: his career as a minor-league baseball player; scheming to join the Expos; the Oriole way and Earl Weaver; digging ditches; writing and directing Bull Durham; loving something that doesn't love you back; White Men Can't Jump; Rosie Perez and strong female characters; casting via pick-up basketball games; Kevin Costner's athleticism; life imitating art with Tin Cup; why he can't get sports movies made anymore; Paul Newman; Bill Lee, Josh Duhamel, and the movie Spaceman; Ron's future movie on Joe Namath; his forthcoming movie Villa Capri with Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones; and Ron's Life Tip.

Rachel Nichols  

Jonah Keri jumps into a chat with ESPN's Rachel Nichols about covering basketball as opposed to other sports; challenging Barkley's statement about "little girly basketball"; friendly conflict on her show The Jump; achieving your life's goal at 22; sideline reporting; the double standard for men and women on TV; Russell Westbrook; Michael Jordan; the Pace and Space era; sports as a catalyst for societal change; and Rachel's Life Tips.

Mike Schur  

Jonah Keri has a tremendous discussion with Michael Schur about Dustin Pedroia; the progression of his career from Harvard Lampoon to writing on Saturday Night Live and The Office to creating Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn 99, and The Good Place; what it takes for a TV show to gel; developing diverse casts; pitching new shows and carte blanche; Ted Danson; incorporating moral philosophy into a network show; badly dubbed swear words; Val Kilmer; judicious use of TV budgets; modern metrics of TV success; outlook for the Red Sox; 2004 Red Sox, 2016 Cubs, and 2017 Indians?; conjecture about others’ feelings; Theo Epstein; and Mike’s Life Tip.

Karl Ravech  

Jonah Keri talks baseball today with ESPN's Karl Ravech about the MLB Winter Meetings; helping the desperately optimistic; balancing sabermetrics and ex-player perspectives on Baseball Tonight; the importance of listening; wishing for a near-miss; pros and cons of ESPN; whether to mix sports and politics; Keith Olbermann and Chris Berman; and Karl's Life Tip.

David Fahrenthold  

Jonah Keri investigates David Fahrenthold's career as an investigative reporter at the Washington Post: government stupidity; being called a "nasty guy" by the President-Elect for investigating his charitable donations; Jeff Bezos buying the Post and the future of journalism; moral responsibility; breaking the Access Hollywood story; making an impact with his work -- or not; listening to both sides; how the press should have handled the James Comey stories; whether the craziness of the 2016 election was a one-time occurrence; why neither major party in the U.S. wants small government; and David's unexpected Life Tip.

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