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The Jonah Keri Podcast

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

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

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213 Ratings
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Fix the sound

By Progrockss - Jan 03 2019
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I only listen occasionally now because usually the sound is horrible. Get a new mic man.

This is the best podcast ever!

By Rob Haner - Mar 15 2018
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Jonah has the best most awesome podcast theme song and he’s pretty great at interviews.

iTunes Ratings

213 Ratings
Average Ratings
155
27
18
7
6

Fix the sound

By Progrockss - Jan 03 2019
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I only listen occasionally now because usually the sound is horrible. Get a new mic man.

This is the best podcast ever!

By Rob Haner - Mar 15 2018
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Jonah has the best most awesome podcast theme song and he’s pretty great at interviews.

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The Jonah Keri Podcast

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

Alex Speier (Jonah Keri Podcast 10/31)

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Jonah Keri scales the Green Monster with Boston Globe writer Alex Speier on Dave Dombrowski’s ability to land the players he likes; the Red Sox’s chances for future success; Alex Cora’s ability to connect with players and integrate analytics into managing; how value of having a Latin-born manager who can relate to the entire clubhouse, and more!

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Oct 31 2018

30mins

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Sean McIndoe (Jonah Keri Podcast 07/25)

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Jonah Keri clears the neutral zone with hockey writer Sean McIndoe on the wild, early days of the NHL; self-serving owners who got bounced out of the league; the first-place team that never was; the legend of Rocket Richard; the greatness of early-90s hockey and the scourge of mid-90s hockey; why Connor McDavid and Alex Ovechkin would score 50 goals a game if they were transported 50 years back in time; and much more. Preorder Sean's upcoming book, The Down Goes Brown History of the NHL, it's a really fun read!

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Jul 25 2018

1hr 8mins

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Jay Jaffe (Jonah Keri Podcast 12/12)

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Jonah Keri searches for a bigger boat with Fangraphs writer Jay Jaffe on his Hall of Fame evaluation system JAWS; the curious case of Harold Baines's Hall of Fame election; why Larry Walker absodamnlutely deserves his own Hall of Fame plaque; what to make of George Steinbrenner's legacy in baseball; Hot Stove news out of L.A. and Philadelphia, and much more!

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Dec 12 2018

43mins

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Chris Speier (Jonah Keri Podcast 04/25)

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Jonah Keri turns two with 19-year MLB veteran and three-time All-Star Chris Speier on how semi-pro ball in a small Canadian town helped him on his way to the big leagues; being in awe of Willie Mays and Willie McCovey; the lessons you can learn from superstars; the great Expos teams of the late-70s and early 80s; the Bay Bridge World Series and its frightening earthquake; living and dying with every pitch thrown by his former big leaguer son Justin; the importance of letting players learn on their own, and much more!

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Apr 25 2018

54mins

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Billy Wagner (Jonah Keri Podcast 05/09)

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Jonah Keri fires high heat with Billy Wagner on becoming an MLB All-Star as an undersized lefty from a small town; the thrill of battling Barry Bonds with the game on the line; his love of teaching baseball as a high school coach in Virginia, and much more!

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May 09 2018

1hr 3mins

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John Thorn (Jonah Keri Podcast 08/01)

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Jonah Keri chases shiny objects with author and MLB historian John Thorn on the legend of Rube Waddell; how baseball history and American history as a whole are permanently connected; the need for fewer strikeouts in today's game; Thorn's indispensable book The Hidden Game of Baseball; the draw of Cooperstown during Hall of Fame induction weekend, and much more!

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Aug 01 2018

58mins

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Greg Wyshynski (Jonah Keri Podcast 1/09)

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Jonah Keri plays an afternoon of shinny with ESPN hockey writer Greg Wyshynski on the people you meet in Bristol; the meteoric rise of the Vegas Golden Knights; if NHL fans are ready for a world in which the Calgary Flames become a dynasty; the blood, sweat, and tears behind community journalism; the joys of being an OG sports blogger; the pluses and minuses of the NHL's salary system; Greg's excellent podcast Puck Soup; that time he caught the attention of Breitbart, and much more!

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Jan 09 2019

42mins

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R.J. Anderson (Jonah Keri Podcast 08/22)

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Jonah Keri plays a game of pepper with CBS Sports colleague R.J. Anderson on the hidden art of game-calling; concussions in baseball; how we've all been fed a lot of BS about the value of rebuilding; finding beauty in obscure stories; learning to cope with loss; and much more.

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Aug 22 2018

1hr

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Dave Lozo (Jonah Keri Podcast 05/16)

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Jonah Keri heads to the penalty box with VICE Sports hockey writer Dave Lozo on who to root for in the NHL playoffs; Alex Ovechkin's undeserved bad rap; the resurrection of Marc-Andre Fleury; the U.S.-Canada hockey rivalry; League of Leagues trash talk; being in a fantasy league with a WWE superstar; the fascinating but also scary world of sports journalism, and much more!

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May 16 2018

56mins

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Peter Schoenke (Jonah Keri Podcast 06/06)

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Jonah Keri stacks his lineup with Rotowire President and FSTA Chairman Peter Schoenke on the Supreme Court decision that could open the door for legalized sports betting; lobbying for the daily fantasy sports industry; the past spectre of gambling on sports and how modern opinions have changed; upcoming innovations in fantasy sports, and much more!

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Jun 06 2018

47mins

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Rob Neyer (Jonah Keri Podcast 10/10)

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Jonah Keri celebrates launch day with Rob Neyer on the release of his excellent new book, Power Ball; self-aware ballplayers; the pluses and minuses of defensive shifts; why MLB needs a council of elders; writing shibboleths; learning new things later in life; becoming commissioner of a summer baseball league for collegiate players, and much more!

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Oct 10 2018

54mins

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Bill de Blasio (Jonah Keri Podcast 04/11)

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Jonah Keri takes a bite out of the Big Apple with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio on his love of the Red Sox and animus toward the Yankees; using Moneyball-like strategies to govern; the legacy of Rusty Staub; running the equivalent of football's two-minute drill as mayor; affordable housing; pre-kindergarten education; fixing the subway; his thoughts on a potential Presidential run, and more!
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Apr 11 2018

53mins

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Jeff Passan (Jonah Keri Podcast 09/26)

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Jonah Keri casts a ballot with Yahoo Sports MLB writer Jeff Passan on MLB's unorthodox approach to lifetime suspensions; the corrupt market for international player signings; why Jacob deGrom should be NL MVP; the twists and turns of awards and Hall of Fame voting; the sleeping giant that is the players' union; sports fans' dilemma of rooting for the home team vs. supporting players' rights; how to fix MLB's service time rules; what Shohei Ohtani's 2019 season might look like after Tommy John surgery, and much more!

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Sep 26 2018

49mins

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Ellis Valentine (Jonah Keri Podcast 04/04)

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Jonah Keri tests the rocket arm and generous spirit of Ellis Valentine on life growing up in South Central L.A. in the 60s; how talent can be a blessing but also a curse; the temptations of life in the big leagues; the need for non-white faces as mentors in sports; finding salvation by learning how to feel; getting sober; helping others for the past 30 years; that time at the end of his career when he worked to work for a rental car company for four bucks an hour; Ellis's life tip, and much more!

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Apr 04 2018

1hr 25mins

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Mike Petriello (Jonah Keri Podcast 09/12)

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Jonah Keri barrels up with MLB.com writer Mike Petriello on the Astros' mastery of spin rates; the A's being early to the launch angle party; the Rays turning bullpen days into an art form; the advantage of early movers; why out-of-whack results in one-run games are so delightfully vexing; how well-informed beat writers can change the way teams make decisions, and much more!

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Sep 12 2018

48mins

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Sam Stein (Jonah Keri Podcast 11/07)

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Jonah Keri filibusters with Daily Beast political writer Sam Stein on the midterm elections, featuring: a breakdown of how the Democrats took back the House; a look at how the GOP expanded its majority in the Senate; what happens to seemingly popular candidates after they lose; why immigration played a much bigger role than climate change in deciding these elections (even though it shouldn't have); how shifts in state-level politics aren't as widely discussed but still weigh heavily on citizens' lives; and much more!

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Nov 07 2018

46mins

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Rafe Bartholomew (Jonah Keri Podcast 11/14)

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Jonah Keri runs the Four Corners with author Rafe Bartholomew (Basketball: A Love Story) on the early struggle for racial equality in the NBA; the Celtics dynasty of the 50s and 60s; the gambling scandals that nearly ripped the sport apart; the rise of women's basketball; Wilt Chamberlain vs. Bill Russell; how Oscar Robertson reminds us of LeBron James; Bird vs. Magic; how to build a college basketball powerhouse; what comes next for the modern game, and much more!

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Nov 14 2018

1hr 15mins

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Larry Parrish (Jonah Keri Podcast 03/28)

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Jonah Keri covers the hot corner with 15-year MLB veteran Larry Parrish on being too shy as a kid to ask Mickey Mantle for an autograph; the huge influence (and incredible Louisiana accent) of superscout Mel Didier; Gene Mauch's vote of confidence; the role of leadership and chemistry in baseball; the culture shock and frightening disciplinary style of Japanese baseball; Larry's life tip, and much more!

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Mar 28 2018

1hr 33mins

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Ken Hill (Jonah Keri Podcast 04/18)

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Jonah Keri toes the rubber with former major league All-Star pitcher Ken Hill on the moment he felt he could succeed in the big leagues; the delightful arrogance of the '94 Expos; the colorful and fearsome '95 Cleveland team; the ecstasy and agony of being the father of a world-class athlete, and more!

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Apr 18 2018

43mins

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Tom Shieber (Jonah Keri Podcast 08/15)

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Jonah Keri goes sleuthing with Baseball Hall of Fame senior curator on the joys of historical research; the art of solving baseball mysteries; what we can learn from an old license plate; hidden nuggets from The Maltese Falcon; the baseball congratulations Robert Kennedy offered one fateful night in June 1968, and much more!

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Aug 15 2018

49mins

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Dave Dameshek (Jonah Keri Podcast 2/13)

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In his final podcast for CBS Sports, Jonah Keri gets philosophical with NFL Network host and friend of the show Dave Dameshek on nostalgia vs. looking forward; seeking challenges in your career; the joys of being in a field that encourages creativity; the pluses and minuses of (eventual) retirement; embracing the unknown future, and much more!

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Feb 13 2019

39mins

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Daniel Negreanu (Jonah Keri Podcast 2/6)

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Jonah Keri goes all-in with poker legend Daniel Negreanu on how he made his way up the ranks in the poker world; the weaknesses he had to address in his game as the competition got tougher; how to build mental and physical stamina for a sport that demands hours of constant attention; how you don't need to be a zombie to avoid giving off tells; the lessons aspiring players can learn in Negreanu's MasterClass; why it's OK to switch sports team allegiances, the way he did from the Maple Leafs to the Golden Knights; and much more!

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Feb 06 2019

32mins

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Will Brinson (Jonah Keri Podcast 1/30)

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Jonah Keri runs a spread offense with CBS Sports NFL writer Will Brinson on referee conspiracy theories; how NFL owners are not as backwards-thinking as they'd have us believe; the Kansas City Chiefs' killer offense; Todd Gurley's sudden disappearance; the devaluation of running backs; the secrets of the New England Patriots' success; Tom Brady's hilarious motivational tactics; Will's Super Bowl pick; and much more!

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Jan 30 2019

48mins

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Barton Smith (Jonah Keri Podcast 1/23)

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Jonah Keri tests the Magnus effect with Utah State engineering professor and baseball junkie Barton Smith on the physics of fastballs; how science can help MLB teams improve pitching performance; future baseball applications for his research, and much more!

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Jan 23 2019

29mins

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Jeff Borris (Jonah Keri Podcast 1/14)

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Jonah Keri goes to arbitration with long-time MLB agent and Ballengee Group general council Jeff Borris on how, according to Borris, major league teams are currently colluding against players; the farce that is the luxury tax; why fans shouldn't tolerate teams tanking; why sports leagues' drafts are immoral; the lessons learned during MLB's most blatant collusion era of 1985-1989; how MLB teams colluded against his former client Barry Bonds after the 2007 season; the changes he would make to Hall of Fame voting, and much more!

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Jan 14 2019

43mins

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Greg Wyshynski (Jonah Keri Podcast 1/09)

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Jonah Keri plays an afternoon of shinny with ESPN hockey writer Greg Wyshynski on the people you meet in Bristol; the meteoric rise of the Vegas Golden Knights; if NHL fans are ready for a world in which the Calgary Flames become a dynasty; the blood, sweat, and tears behind community journalism; the joys of being an OG sports blogger; the pluses and minuses of the NHL's salary system; Greg's excellent podcast Puck Soup; that time he caught the attention of Breitbart, and much more!

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Jan 09 2019

42mins

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Michael Kruse (Jonah Keri Podcast 1/02)

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Jonah Keri prepares his stump speech with Politico writer Michael Kruse on the perilous state of American health care and how to fix it; the value of retail politics and why national candidates should try to kiss some babies too; the impossible task of winning bipartisan support and how Senator Joe Manchin finds a way to do it, and much more!

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Jan 02 2019

48mins

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Ferguson Jenkins (Jonah Keri Podcast 12/26)

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Jonah Keri starts his windup with Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins on finding early baseball success growing up in Chatham, Ontario; the challenges of playing for minor league teams in the deep south during the 1960s; how he developed into a great pitcher; his experience moonlighting for the Harlem Globetrotters; his Cubs days playing alongside greats like Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, and Ron Santo; standing in front of Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and other all-time greats as he got inducted into the Hall, and much more.

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Dec 26 2018

30mins

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Stephen Bronfman (Jonah Keri Podcast 12/19)

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Jonah Keri digs into the batter's box with Montreal businessman Stephen Bronfman on his plan to bring baseball back; a recent studyassessing the viability of a new franchise in Montreal; the debate over public financing of stadiums; what the Rays' struggle to finalize a stadium deal could mean for Montreal; how Major League Baseball evaluates expansion and relocation candidates; what's changed in the 14 years since the Expos failed and left town; and much more.

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Dec 19 2018

36mins

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Jay Jaffe (Jonah Keri Podcast 12/12)

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Jonah Keri searches for a bigger boat with Fangraphs writer Jay Jaffe on his Hall of Fame evaluation system JAWS; the curious case of Harold Baines's Hall of Fame election; why Larry Walker absodamnlutely deserves his own Hall of Fame plaque; what to make of George Steinbrenner's legacy in baseball; Hot Stove news out of L.A. and Philadelphia, and much more!

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Dec 12 2018

43mins

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Julian David Stone (Jonah Keri Podcast 12/05)

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Jonah Keri gets some snaps with rock photographer Julian David Stone on his book No Cameras Allowed: My Career as an Outlaw Rock and Roll Photographer; how to get the best pictures at a concert without getting caught; the crazy energy of a Prince concert in Prince's prime; that time he got busted at a Duran Duran show; that moment he went from unknown kid with a camera to taking shots for Rolling Stone; why he eventually left the rock photography game; and much more!

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Dec 05 2018

36mins

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Katie Baker (Jonah Keri Podcast 11/29)

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Jonah Keri throws his hat in the ring with The Ringer writer Katie Baker on her profile of political mega-donor Tom Steyer; why both Republicans and Democrats aren't big fans of Steyer's drive to impeach President Trump; the influence of billionaire donors on both sides of the political aisle; why climate change and the environment should trump all other political issues, and much more!

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Nov 29 2018

45mins

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Sue Bird (Jonah Keri Podcast 11/21)

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Jonah Keri runs point with basketball legend Sue Bird on her new gig working for the Denver Nuggets; her excitement over working with basketball unicorn Nikola Jokic; why it took this long for women to nab coaching and front-office jobs in the WNBA; following in the footsteps of women's basketball legends like Nancy Lieberman; the feeling of navigating an undefeated season in college basketball; hooping in Russia; her comedy stylings on "Between Two Birds", and much more!

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Nov 22 2018

32mins

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Rafe Bartholomew (Jonah Keri Podcast 11/14)

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Jonah Keri runs the Four Corners with author Rafe Bartholomew (Basketball: A Love Story) on the early struggle for racial equality in the NBA; the Celtics dynasty of the 50s and 60s; the gambling scandals that nearly ripped the sport apart; the rise of women's basketball; Wilt Chamberlain vs. Bill Russell; how Oscar Robertson reminds us of LeBron James; Bird vs. Magic; how to build a college basketball powerhouse; what comes next for the modern game, and much more!

This episode is sponsored by www.ZipRecruiter.com

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Nov 14 2018

1hr 15mins

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Sam Stein (Jonah Keri Podcast 11/07)

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Jonah Keri filibusters with Daily Beast political writer Sam Stein on the midterm elections, featuring: a breakdown of how the Democrats took back the House; a look at how the GOP expanded its majority in the Senate; what happens to seemingly popular candidates after they lose; why immigration played a much bigger role than climate change in deciding these elections (even though it shouldn't have); how shifts in state-level politics aren't as widely discussed but still weigh heavily on citizens' lives; and much more!

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Nov 07 2018

46mins

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Alex Speier (Jonah Keri Podcast 10/31)

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Jonah Keri scales the Green Monster with Boston Globe writer Alex Speier on Dave Dombrowski’s ability to land the players he likes; the Red Sox’s chances for future success; Alex Cora’s ability to connect with players and integrate analytics into managing; how value of having a Latin-born manager who can relate to the entire clubhouse, and more!

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Oct 31 2018

30mins

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Trevor Hoffman (Jonah Keri Podcast 10/23)

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Jonah Keri changes things up with Hall of Fame closer Trevor Hoffman on his impressions of the Red Sox and Dodgers; the evolving role of relief pitchers in today's game; how he'd get amped up for his appearances; how his walk-in music "Hells Bells" became so iconic in San Diego; the feeling of getting inducted in Cooperstown alongside baseball legends, and much more!

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Oct 23 2018

41mins

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Kevin Pelton (Jonah Keri Podcast 10/17)

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Jonah Keri runs the pick-and-roll with ESPN NBA writer Kevin Pelton on the state of basketball in Seattle; rooting for defunct sports teams; how sports fandom doesn't have to be localized, or exclusive; the style of play that could take down the Warriors this season; how to measure defense in basketball; breakout players and teams to watch this year in the NBA, and much more!

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Oct 17 2018

55mins

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Rob Neyer (Jonah Keri Podcast 10/10)

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Jonah Keri celebrates launch day with Rob Neyer on the release of his excellent new book, Power Ball; self-aware ballplayers; the pluses and minuses of defensive shifts; why MLB needs a council of elders; writing shibboleths; learning new things later in life; becoming commissioner of a summer baseball league for collegiate players, and much more!

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Oct 10 2018

54mins

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Nick Groke (Jonah Keri Podcast 10/03)

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Jonah Keri goes full #Rocktober with The Athletic's Rockies beat writer Nick Groke on the wild and woolly NL wild-card game; the virtue of having an experienced pitching mind as your manager; homegrown Denver kid and die-hard Rockies fan turned staff ace Kyle Freeland; how greedy and short-sighted corporate ownership can torpedo a great newspaper; the role that journalism should play in society, and much more!

*This episode is sponsored by www.ZipRecruiter.com.

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Oct 03 2018

1hr 11mins

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