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”!


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.

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.

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