Jonah Keri chews the fat with restauranteur (The Meatball Shop, Seamore’s) and TV host (Food Porn) Michael Chernow about the process of opening a restaurant, Michael’s and Jonah’s first jobs, restauranteur vs. chef personalities, how sobriety …
Jonah Keri interviews Mike Scully, former writer and showrunner for The Simpsons as well as writer and producer for Parks and Recreation, Everybody Loves Raymond, and several other series. He is co-creator of the upcoming Napoleon Dynamite animated television series. Topics include: The start of Mike’s career: writing jokes for Yakov Smirnoff; walking into The Simpsons writers room; balancing highbrow and lowbrow jokes; quotability; sharing The Simpsons with our children; Mike’s favorite episodes from his four years as show runner; copycats; sensitivity around The Simpsons World Trade Center episode; hockey on The Simpsons; getting guest stars; Boston Bruins and LA Kings; Parks and Recreation: Comparisons to animated shows, and finding an audience; the upcoming Napoleon Dynamite animated series; censorship battles on The Simpsons; Springsteen. Plus, the Food Pick of the Week.
Jonah Keri interviews David Leonhardt, economics columnist and soon-to-be Washington Bureau Chief for the New York Times and 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winner. Topics include: The state of the economy; the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the economy; the impact of tax cuts and increases on the economy; politicians are just like Jim Hendry: what is best for the collective is not best for the individual leader; the White House’s mistakes and the outlook for the 2012 election; taxing the rich; Standard and Poor’s credit downgrade; how much innovation and education can help the economy; the future of the American dream; the upcoming baseball pennant races; and Bryce Harper and humility in sports. Plus, the Food Pick of the Week.
Jonah Keri interviews Ken Davidoff, national baseball writer for Newsday and acting President of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Topics include: Ken’s prediction that MLB would not do anything about A-Rod’s poker games; whether gambling is a huge potential problem for MLB; the stupidity of our species; why it is so easy to pick on A-Rod; A-Rod vs. Jeter; state of the Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry; the Yankees’ playoff rotation; whether all baseball writers should learn to speak Spanish; what the Mets should do with Jose Reyes; the Mets’ inferiority complex; the function of Twitter for a sportswriter; and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Plus, the Food Pick of the Week.
Jonah Keri interviews Alan Hahn of Newsday. Topics include: The New York Islanders; pluses and minuses of massive development projects like arenas; Plan B for the Islanders arena now that Nassau voters have rejected the proposal; the last true dynasty;…
Jonah Keri interviews Kevin Kaduk of Yahoo’s Big League Stew baseball blog. Topics include: The Jays/White Sox trade of Zach Stewart and Jason Frasor for Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen; Kenny Williams; what were the Cardinals thinking?; Alex Anthopoulos is a Ninja; Ervin Santana’s no-hitter; whether Tony LaRussa was right to chase Colby Rasmus out of town, and whether a team like the Jays should take a chance on a high-upside pain; lousy teams with cool ballparks; winners and losers in the Carlos Beltran trade; and whether non-contenders like the Astros, Cubs, and Mariners are sufficiently aggressive in marketing their tradeable players. Plus, the Food Pick of the Week.
Jonah Keri interviews Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts and Variety. Topics include: The Moneyball movie; Friday Night Lights; this year’s Emmy nominations; Dodger Thoughts and the early days of baseball blogging; having a dual persona; Frank McCourt; Clayton Kershaw; and interacting with Michael Schur and Ken Tremendous without realizing they are the same person. Plus, the Food Pick of the Week. This episode was sponsored by Wyndotte Street.
Jonah Keri interviews Jesse Thorn, host of the The Sound of Young America on Public Radio and the Jordan, Jesse, Go! podcast. Jesse writes about “dressing like a grownup” at Put This On. Topics include: Being a sports fan among comedians and fashionistas; the new trend of fashion among NBA players; why men should bother to care about how they look; whether it’s acceptable to wear shorts; the lost art of mindfulness; menswear blogs; The State of the Union in Comedy; the San Francisco Giants; Fantasy Fantasy Sports Analysts and other meta-fantasy analysis; and shared anxiety over losing podcast listeners to fascinating guests. Plus, the Food Pick of the Week.
Jonah Keri interviews Rob Neyer of SB Nation. Topics include: The Giants’ huge run differential; the Diamondbacks’ key to success; the Giants’ success; the Phillies’ not-great offense; great pitching and flawed offense on the Seattle Mariners; big deals; teams that won’t admit they’re out of it; AL Central; the transition from DH to non-DH; the Frank McCourt mess; the pluses and minuses of Mark Cuban as an MLB owner; summer movie preview; Jonah’s next book: The definitive history of the Montreal Expos; first person writing; The Jonah Power Rankings; the new Elements of Style; Jonah and Rob’s upcoming appearance at SABR; and an unexpected addition to SB Nation. Plus, the Food Pick of the Week.
Jonah Keri interviews Jeff Passan, MLB columnist for Yahoo! Sports and co-author of Death to the BCS: The Definitive Case Against the Bowl Championship Series. Topics include: The NBA Finals and Dirk’s quiet moment; Jeff’s in-depth article on José Bautista (with tangents on fantastic newspaper sports sections, megalomaniacal managers, great sports nicknames, and shaved heads); possible realignment in Major League Baseball; finding a voice as a writer; Death to the BCS; and why Jeff refuses to follow you or be your friend. Plus, the Food Pick of the Week.