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The Jonah Keri Podcast, Episode 7

15 November 2010

My guest this week is Will Leitch, current Contributing Editor at New York Magazine, writer at The Sporting News, and the founding editor of Deadspin.

The topics we cover:

  • 0:44-6:04: Sticking with the team that abandons your city
  • 6:05-11:51: Sports in New York versus “real” America
  • 11:52-19:44: Why isn’t college basketball a bigger deal in NYC?
  • 19:45-23:45: Sports in small town America
  • 23:46-27:31: Football brings out the bastard in all of us
  • 27:32-31:00: Do journalists have a responsibility to write about the downsides of sports?
  • 31:01-36:36: The return of locally-based sports coverage
  • 36:37-43:22: Will and Roger Ebert
  • Read Will’s Robert Ebert story

  • 43:23-44:14: What inspires Will to dance around the room?
  • 44:15-53:18: Will’s new movie project at Yahoo!
  • 53:19-1:01:00: Balancing page views and website quality
  • 1:01:01-1:03:14: Food Pick of the Week
  • The delicious Estonian apple cake recipe; my sister Lauren and my wife both recommend doubling the recipe and making it into 24 muffins, especially if there’s someone like me around who will eat 3 or 4 in one sitting

  • 1:03:15-1:06:25: Check out all things Will at his website, at New York Magazine and, and in The Sporting News. His most recent book is Are We Winning?: Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball. His new movie site at Yahoo! officially goes live in January. You can also follow him on Twitter @WilliamFLeitch.

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