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”!


Drew Magary  

Jonah Keri takes a hike with Drew Magary of Deadspin and GQ about Drew's unique voice as a writer; Andrew Dice Clay; parental hypocrisy; getting married young; becoming an amateur chef; self-disclosure on social media; tweet storms; Drew's novels The Postmortal and The Hike; writing for different media; putting your own entertainment above athletes' well-being; #sticktosports; and Drew's Life Tip.

David Simas  

The political is personal as Jonah Keri talks with White House Political Director David Simas about the journey from bags of meat to the school board to the White House; grassroots politics; outsiders; winning votes one by one; switching parties; "keep your government hands off my Medicare"; using data; President Obama's strategy for reelection in 2012; the functions of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach that David directs; voters' thought processes; journalism and fake journalism; the five pillars of politics; the importance of candidates' biographies and why the President-Elect connected with voters; the Affordable Care Act; and David's Life Tip.

Justin Verlander (featuring Kate Upton)  

Just in time for the Cy Young controversy, Jonah Keri talks with Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander about pitching injuries; career longevity; pitch counts; Justin's charity Wins for Warriors; plans for retirement; maintaining normalcy despite fame, fortune, and notoriety; and Justin's Life Tip (with input from Justin's fiancée Kate Upton). Portions of this podcast first appeared in The Official Ferrari Magazine.

Tim Raines  

Jonah Keri rocks the hall with his childhood hero (and one of the greatest leadoff hitters in history) Tim Raines about Tim's early love for football; O.J. Simpson and flawed idols; beginning his career in Montreal; the epic battle with Fernando Valenzuela for the 1981 Rookie of the Year Award; the 1982 All-Star Game; Rickey Henderson; falling victim to collusion, and his triumphant return with the White Sox; his years with the Yankees; playing in an MLB game with his son; entering his last year of eligibility for election to the Hall of Fame; and Tim's Life Tip. #RockTheHall

Jessica Mendoza  

Jonah Keri lobs softballs and hardballs at Jessica Mendoza of ESPN about becoming one of the greatest softball hitters of all time; the mental side of hitting; women in baseball; playing in the Olympics; transitioning to broadcasting baseball; intellectual curiosity; calling Arrieta's no-hitter in her second broadcast ever; 2016 World Series; and Jess's Life Tip.

Ned Colletti  

Jonah Keri wheels and deals with Ned Colletti, former Dodgers GM and current MLB analyst for TuneIn, about the journey from sportswriter to the front offices of the Cubs and Giants to GM of the Dodgers; Barry Bonds; Greg Maddux; Felipe Alou; trading for a quarter of a billion dollars worth of baseball players at once; what went wrong with Yasiel Puig; and Ned's Life Tip.

Joe Buck  

Jonah Keri has a #nice chat with Fox MLB and NFL broadcaster Joe Buck about his famous father; using introversion to deal with critics; the Artie Lange incident; the real reason he wrote his upcoming book "Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I'm Not Allowed to Say on TV"; social media; the early days of Fox; balancing nonstop travel with family life; vanity; losing his voice; Boringville; future aspirations; the 2016 World Series; and Joe's Life Tip.

Jim DeShaies  

Jonah Keri has an excellent adventure with Cubs broadcaster and retired pitcher Jim DeShaies about engaging younger audiences; JD's baseball career; overcoming failure; Nolan Ryan; his broadcast partner Len Kasper and admitting, "I don't know"; whether pitchers should hit; potential changes in the game; the Cubs and the World Series; Cubs fans; and JD's Life Tip.

Kenny Lofton  

Jonah Keri steals a few minutes with legendary MLB outfielder Kenny Lofton about athletes not seeing the bigger picture; stealing bases and Jon Lester; pitchers' tells; teaching base stealing; the Indians team of the 1990s; Albert Belle; Manny Ramirez; flawed umpires; playing in the PED era; "drinking Hennessy like Kenny Lofton"; the elusive Hall of Fame; and Kenny's Life Tip.

Sklar Brothers  

Jonah Keri sees double as Randy and Jason Sklar talk about getting fans to consume content; maintaining the integrity of your art; challenging yourself; the key to acting; blending sports and comedy; Richard Simmons; St. Louis Cardinals and pouring your whole heart into sports fandom; the Sklars' upcoming documentary about poop; seeking success in an industry full of uncertainty and failure; and Jason and Randy's Life Tips.

Ernie Johnson  

Jonah Keri makes his elevator pitch to three-time Emmy Award winning host and play-by-play announcer Ernie Johnson of Turner Sports about his father Ernie Sr., MLB pitcher and broadcaster; EJ's one season playing college baseball; his start in broadcasting; wearing different hats at Turner; hosting "Inside the NBA" with Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaq; winning an Emmy then presenting it to the daughters of the late Stuart Scott; and EJ's Life Tip.

Heidi Watney  

Jonah Keri hears it through the grapevine from Heidi Watney, host of Quick Pitch on MLB Network, about progressing from coach's daughter to beauty pageants to sideline reporting; the value of smiling; seeking adventure; reporting on the Red Sox; dealing with false news stories about your personal life; flying on the team plane; the Red Sox collapse of 2011; MLB playoffs; long-term goals; working at MLB Network; and Heidi's Life Tips.

Alain Moussi  

Jonah Keri kicks back with stuntman and action star Alain Moussi to discuss taking your lumps in martial arts; mentors; doing the splits; Jean Claude Van Damme; stunt doubling for Henry Cavill; transitioning from stuntman to lead actor in Kickboxer: Vengeance; and Alain's Life Tip.

Bruce Arthur  

Jonah Keri and his doppelgänger Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star and TSN discuss sports tragedies; reconciling the pluses and minuses of the Olympics; #sticktosports; athlete activism; controlling the message; "I'm all about love"; Jays, Raptors, and Leafs; the state of Canadian and American media; the secrets to success in journalism or any industry; and Bruce's Life Tip.

Live from Chicago: Len Kasper and Jason Benetti  

Jonah Keri visits the North Side and South Side with Cubs play-by-play announcer Len Kasper and White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti about Hawk Harrelson; moving up the announcing ladder from bedbugs to the major leagues; producing and consuming radio vs. TV; "laying out"; developing chemistry with broadcast partners; integrating analytics into play-by-play; the magic of Vin Scully; announcing for a good vs. bad team; favorite moments; hot dog controversies; broadcasting idols; historic games; marketing baseball to different demographics; and listening to your critics.

Leah Hextall  

A different kind of #JonahHex! Jonah Keri interviews hockey broadcaster Leah Hextall about challenging athletes as a sideline reporter for ESPN; the P.K. Subban/Shea Webber trade and resistance to stardom in the NHL; World Cup of Hockey; changes in the style of play; whether hockey should have fighting; coming from a family of hockey royalty; how to make the game more popular in the U.S.; the current climate in broadcasting; why you should be watching hockey; and Leah's Life Tips.

Dan Shulman  

Jonah Keri splices tape with Dan Shulman of ESPN and Sportsnet about Toronto sports; the Canadian inferiority complex; the proliferation of Canadian basketball players; Dan's start in radio; the Jewish career tree; moving to ESPN; basketball and baseball announcing partners from Dick Vitale and Hubie Brown to Jessica Mendoza; radio vs. TV; Vin Scully; and Dan's Life Tips.

Ron Funches  

Jonah Keri has bunches of fun with comedian Ron Funches about wrestling; masculinity; Denver; his unique comedic style; how acting and standup influence each other; being a single father of a child with autism; his recently canceled show Undateable; how losing more than 100 pounds is akin to Dungeons and Dragons; helping your friends professionally; working with Justin Timberlake; goals; and Ron's Life Tips.

JJ Redick  

Jonah Keri rises and fires with JJ Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers about their favorite baseball stadiums; playing baseball and basketball as a kid; being recruited by Duke; Coach K; transitioning to the NBA; playing the villain; being in the zone; teammates' and opponents' personalities; maintaining longevity; post-NBA plans; The Vertical Podcast; and JJ's Life Tip.

Live from High Plains Comedy Festival: Ian Karmel and Andrew Santino  

Live from the High Plains Comedy Festival! The first ever Jonah Keri Podcast Game Show (play along at home, and tweet your score #jonahkeripodcastgame). Then, Jonah yuks it up with comedians Ian Karmel and Andrew Santino about legal marijuana; unwritten ballpark rules; the ups and downs of being a Chicago sports fan; the city of Portland; vegan strip clubs; their best worst acting gigs; Andrew's upcoming Showtime show "I'm Dying Up Here"; Ian's job writing for "The Late Late Show with James Corden"; Taylor Swift; and Andrew and Ian's Life Tips.

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