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109 - Thanksgiving 2021, Part I: Fever Dream with Will Leitch

It's Christmastown

TEASER: Thanksgiving, 2031: A Reckoning Everyone's not murdered, and nothing is magnetic ... THEME: "Dead Man's Party," by Oingo Boingo PART ONE: All Our Troubles Are Gone Welcome back to Will Leitch ... No plugs ... Vaccinated child blood ... Mask affinity ... Can there be a pandemic off-ramp? ... Torn pandemic bicep ... You just have a bad body now ... Without shared struggle, there is no shared victory ... We can't personally police anybody ... A segregated society ... Disproportionate political minority-opinion representation ... But vaccination won! ... Residual Covid resentment ... Unvaccinated, disconnected cousin ... Most people are disengaged and normal for it ...  Original music by Chris Collingwood PART TWO: Scoreboard! Normalcy's inertia over Covid ... Bret Stephens, noted herb ... Trump and the Power of Positive Thinking ... Placebo effect ... Road Runner mentality vs. Coyote mentality ... Everyone's just tryin', man ... Fighting the monoculture vs. creating the multiculture ... Eight people talking in Slack ... Labor Day, the film ... Thanksgiving pandemic antagonism ... Sibling to blame ... A more severable externalized slight ... Polio ... Nobody's magnetic or sterile! ... Family division feeding grievance politics ...  Original music by Chris Collingwood PART THREE: Hot Vaxgiving What are we doing for Thanksgiving? ... Died before every Thanksgiving ... We are here, and it is enough ... Bringing back all the old favorites ... The dead optimism of June ... False hope for a V-E Day ... Next years pandemic conversation percentage ... Growing stunted by the pandemic ... I'm not your boyfriend ... All other music by Chris Collingwood of Look Park and Fountains of Wayne, except: "Orchestral Sports Theme" by Chris Collingwood and Rick Murnane. Read Will's newsletter here.


24 Nov 2021

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Cardinals Talk ft. Will Leitch

Sports Open Line

Kevin Wheeler speaks with MLB.com columnist and author Will Leitch on new Cardinals manager Oli Marmol and the past season. Follow Will Leitch on Twitter @WilliamFLeitchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


27 Oct 2021

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The Strike Zone - Hr. 1 ft. Will Leitch

Sports Open Line

Mike Shildt and Alex Reyes are seemingly receiving the brunt of the blame from Cardinals fans regarding last night’s loss in the NL Wild Card game. Host Kevin Wheeler explains why the guilt should logically be spread around more members of the roster. MLB columnist Will Leitch joins Wheeler to reflect on the loss, the season as a whole and what the organization needs to do this off-season. Later, Wheeler examines possible methods to solidify the pitching staff for the 2022 campaign.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


8 Oct 2021

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Lisa Damour & Will Leitch on Parents and Parenting

Kelly Corrigan Wonders

As we conclude our "Mind the Gap" series, Kelly talks with parenting expert Dr. Lisa Damour and writer Will Leitch take a look at the ways in which different generations approach relationships with their parents and children. Please subscribe, rate and review us wherever you listen to podcasts! We read and appreciate every review. You can follow the conversation with Kelly on Instagram @kellycorrigan and read the essays from this episode on Medium.


31 Aug 2021

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Remaining Cardinals Season ft. Will Leitch and Bo Hart

Sports Open Line

Kevin Wheeler wraps up his interview with author and MLB columnist Will Leitch, and is joined on the phone with former Cardinals second baseman Bo Hart to discuss his time with the team in 2003-04. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


3 Aug 2021

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Hell & High Water with John Heilemann

In which John Heilemann talks with writer Will Leitch, sports columnist for MLB.com and New York magazine, founder of Deadspin, and author of a new novel, How Lucky. Heilemann and Leitch discuss the inspiration for How Lucky, including a friend of his young son with spinal muscular atrophy, the genetic disorder that Leitch gives to Daniel, the book's hero; Leitch's love for Athens, Georgia, where he and his family now live and where the book is set; how a complimentary tweet from Stephen King is tantamount to an Oprah's Book Club seal of approval; Leitch's time at Deadspin, including a famous televised confrontation with Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger; the real reason for Major League Baseball's decision to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta; and how the NBA is leading the way in political activism in sports. Leitch also discusses his hesitation about getting too excited about the recent success of the New York Knicks, with villainous team owner Jimmy Dolan forever lurking in the wings. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 11mins

25 May 2021

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I’ve Got Nothing Else (with Will Leitch)

The Distraction: A Defector Podcast

Drew and Roth talk to Will Leitch about writing, miserable golfers, and the eternal appeal of baseball. Plus, questions from the Funbag! Leitch's novel, How Lucky, is available now everywhere books are sold. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


13 May 2021

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People Still Read Books Crossover Episode: Will Leitch and "How Lucky"

Grierson & Leitch

It's a Grierson & Leitch/People Still Read Books crossover podcast episode!Back in March, Will talked to Tim Grierson about his book "This Is How You Make a Movie." Today, Grierson returns the favor, interviewing Will about his new book "How Lucky."Send Will your author recommendations to peoplestilllreadbooks@gmail.com.Follow the podcast at @stillreadbooks on Twitter, and email your author recommendations to peoplestilllreadbooks@gmail.com. Let's go on this journey together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 27mins

12 May 2021

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Episode 147: Make Your Editor Happy with Will Leitch

The Other 51

Will Leitch joins Brian to talk about pandemic life, sports journalism and Will’s upcoming novel, How Lucky. Will and Brian talk about their lives during the pandemic, how sports journalism survived its self-perceived existential crisis, and how sports’ return helped pave the the way for a return to normalcy. Will then talks about his upcoming book, which he calls the purest distillation of what he feels abut the world. He talks about how he came up with the idea for How Lucky, why he wanted to write a story about someone with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and the history of the internet, and why he decided to write it as a novel. Will describes his Wonderboys moment with his agent and what it was like when he found out that Stephen King liked his book. There’s also advice for young writers (and Brian) about how to be more disciplined as a writer. Yes, it’s hard. The trick is to trick yourself out of not doing something. Will Leitch on TwitterWill’s Weekly NewsletterHow Lucky on AmazonHow Lucky on BookstoreEpisode 7: Creative Wigwams with Will LeitchKevin Wilson’s booksThe Shakespeare Requirement by Julia SchumacherSubscribe:Apple PodcastsSpotifyOvercastRSS


23 Apr 2021

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Shock & Ship with Will Leitch

Georgia Bulldogs Pawdcast

Author Will Leitch joins the gang to talk about the legacy of Hank Aaron and what he meant to baseball, and society in general. We also discuss how to tell your kids they stink at sports, Will's new book "How Lucky!" and movie reviews, See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


27 Jan 2021