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

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; hot takes and the future of sports TV; going to the movies; what's next in his career; Hank Azaria and Brockmire; self-disclosure; and Adnan's Life Tips.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Tip.

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 strategy in the two-Wild Card era; and Jeff's Life Tip.

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 rights; crafting language; the longevity of dog Twitter; and Matt's Life Tip.

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 ESPN.com; finding humor in baseball; Jayson's all-time favorite game; branching out beyond baseball; and Jayson's Life Tip.

Thomas Tull  

Jonah Keri has a legendary conversation with Pittsburgh Steelers part-owner, film producer, and former chairman/CEO of Legendary Entertainment Thomas Tull about his sports memorabilia collection; meeting his childhood hero Graig Nettles; Bryce Harper and pitchers intentionally hitting batters; other rule changes that might benefit baseball; his brief career as an MLB scout; lessons from the 2016 Little League World Series; co-owning the Steelers; the future of sports movies; his new venture Heal, a doctor house call app; retired Steeler Chris Hoke running his tech-heavy organic farm; bringing The Dark Knight series to the screen; how to lead; possibly buying a baseball team; and his Life Tip.

Timothy Simons  

Jonah Keri has a jolly green conversation with Veep's Timothy Simons about both being fathers of boy-girl twins; portraying/being tall, skinny guys named Jonah; behind-the-scenes of Veep; how Timothy's life has changed; the Maine Red Claws; being political on Twitter; flaws of modern journalism; and Timothy's Life Tips.

Bill Barnwell  

Jonah Keri chews the fat with ESPN NFL analyst Bill Barnwell about Grantland; Bill's career start in Computer Science then IGN; Baseball Primer; writing, or trying to write, a special story; being criticized on the internet; diversification; crises of confidence; living on the Vegas Strip; transforming your body and your life; connecting to others when you work from home; and Bill's Life Tip.

Gary Gulman  

Jonah Keri and comedian Gary Gulman have a World's Tallest Jew competition while discussing Gary's years playing football for Boston College; waiting for hours at a department store to meet Yaz; NBA Jam; Larry Bird; Gary's comedic style; #sticktojokes and #sticktosports; working clean; Last Comic Standing and his career trajectory; performing in arenas; Gary's King Charles spaniels; and Gary's Life Tip.

Bushwacker Luke  

Jonah Keri gets into the ring with WWE Hall of Famer Luke Williams, a.k.a. Bushwhacker Luke, about being a professional wrestler for more than 50 years; Andre the Giant; playing the heel; Crocodile Dundee; Vince McMahon; being best known for arm-swinging and head-licking; wrestler vs. "personality"; Bruiser Brody's murder; literally crucifying opponents; causing a riot in Puerto Rico; purposely engendering hatred in fans; The Iron Sheik; Rowdy Roddy Piper; 1991 Royal Rumble; Hulkamania; his induction into the Hall of Fame; his longtime partner Bushwhacker Butch; wrestling against The Rock's father and grandfather; the Hart Foundation; Johnny Ace; and Luke's Life Tip

Alan Yang  

Jonah Keri has a jack-of-all-trades conversation with Master of None co-creator and Parks and Recreation producer/writer Alan Yang about Roy Hibbert, Nikola Jokić, Kristaps Porzingis, and the NBA All-Star Game; playing pickup basketball with Kanye and Jonah Hill; his creative partner Aziz Ansari hosting SNL; the modern state of media; recent changes in how television is made and distributed; Alan's controversial Emmy acceptance speech and the status of Asian-Americans in entertainment; getting real on Master of None; writing for Fire Joe Morgan; Grantland; and Alan's Life Tips.

Ryan Harris  

Jonah Keri and retired NFL offensive lineman/current radio host Ryan Harris tackle diverse topics: sports talk radio; college recruiting; the craft of tackling; diet, conditioning, and playing with pain in the NFL; dealing with 90,000 screaming fans; playing with Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Brady Quinn; winning the Super Bowl with the Broncos; preparing for retirement from day 1; physical and mental impact of the game; finding his identity as a biracial kid and as a Muslim; trying to change the world; empathy for refugees; Black barber shops; and Ryan's Life Tips.

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.

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