The Distraction: A Defector Podcast

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 Aug 14, 2020
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From Defector. Former Deadspin writers Drew Magary and David Roth should really stick to sports. Sure, their new indie sports podcast will break down the week in sports: the Mets grounding into quadruple plays, NBA players getting testy on the court and horny on Instagram, Bill Belichick cutting 80% of his roster just to keep himself interested, horrifying takes from sports talk radio that need to be broken down, etc. But these two men and their guests will have their fair share of off-the-field issues they’ll also have to address: stupid Funbag questions, bad tweets from bad people, pointless food arguments, and even less. Every week is a VERY long week these days. We could all use a little Distraction. Head to defector.com for more info.

Episode Date
Been There John, Been There (with Emma Baccellieri)
00:51:37

Sports Illustrated's Emma Baccellieri joins Drew and Roth to discuss her latest story detailing how minor league baseball players unionized and the struggles they faced in the process. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Sep 29, 2022
This Guy's Got Direct TV So You Know He's Going Places
00:52:34

This week Drew and Roth discuss Aaron Judge chasing the Roger Maris homerun record, the Mets world series chances and the lack of diversity with head coaches in the NFL. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Sep 22, 2022
How Did They Let You Have A Mic? (with Pablo Torre)
00:52:10

ESPN's Pablo Torre joins Drew and Roth to discuss the Brett Favre welfare money scandal, Robert Sarver suspension, NFL Week 1 storylines and the US Open. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Sep 15, 2022
Tough Shit, This Is Football! (with Kalyn Kahler)
00:56:00

The Defector's Kalyn Kahler joins Drew and Roth to discuss the upcoming NFL season and determine which teams are good and which teams are bad. Plus, Guy of the Week. Visit Defector.com.

Sep 08, 2022
Welcome To The Haters Guide! The 2022 College Football Season Edition (with Eric Eager)
00:47:52

PFF's Eric Eager joins Drew to discuss Nebraska, the future of the power 5 conferences, the SEC conference and who will win the 2022 National Championship. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Sep 01, 2022
Just Two Sun Tanned Guys Chopping It Up
00:53:07

This week Drew and Roth discuss Kirk Cousins, the Mets, beef between Fernando Tatis Jr. and the Padres and the Deshaun Watson suspension. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Aug 25, 2022
Welcome To The Haters Guide! (with Andy Behrens)
00:56:53

Yahoo! Sports writer Andy Behrens joins Drew to breakdown the upcoming 2022 fantasy football season and predicts which players will give you the best chance to win your fantasy league. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Aug 18, 2022
I Am A Proud Member Of The Mentally Ill Mets Fan Community (with Ray Ratto)
00:52:37

The Defector's Ray Ratto joins David Roth to discuss how good the Mets actually are, the NL West division and the late great Vin Scully. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Aug 11, 2022
Yay It's Our 100th Episode!!!
00:45:26

The Distraction Producer Brandon Nix joins Drew and Roth to recap some of the most memorable moments of the show, least favorite Mets players and remember some backup QB's. Plus, the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Aug 04, 2022
I'm A Vibe Believer (with Lindsey Adler)
00:50:19

The Athletic's Lindsey Adler joins Drew and Roth to discuss her dog, the Yankees world series chances, trading for Juan Soto and Jimmy Garoppolo. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jul 28, 2022
What Do You Wanna Do Bro? (with Justin Halpern)
00:48:26

TV Writer and Producer Justin Halpern joins Drew and Roth to discuss the San Diego Comic-Con, the first half of the 2022 MLB season, how MLB should market their stars and Abbott Elementary. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jul 21, 2022
Where Would We Be As A Society If It Wasn't For Ray J (with Kazeem Famuyide)
00:47:41

MSG Network's Kazeem Famuyide joins Drew and Roth to discuss what the Brooklyn Nets should do with Kevin Durant, New York Knicks free agency moves and WWE vs AEW. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jul 14, 2022
Is It Actually Better To Be The 22nd Best Team In The Big 12? (with Ben Mathis-Lilley)
00:54:49

Slate's Ben Mathis-Lilley joins Drew and Roth to discuss the pros and cons of USC and UCLA joining the Big 10. How the Big 10 news will affect the Pac 12 and the Big 12. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jul 07, 2022
No Plays Off!
00:36:26

Drew and Roth deliver a vacation episode where they discuss Hollywood impressions, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jun 23, 2022
That's Good Parenting Right There
00:53:17

Drew and Roth discuss what's been enjoyable about the NBA Finals, Jack Del Rio's insurrection comments and the Saudi backed LIV Golf league. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jun 16, 2022
No One Who Works At Twitter Uses Twitter (with Matt Levine)
00:48:29

Bloomberg's Matt Levine joins Drew and Roth to discuss Elon Musk's Twitter Acquisition, the Denver Broncos being sold and the state of business media. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jun 09, 2022
You Are The First Person To Say I Wish I Could Still Be A Mets Fan (with Adam Conover)
00:53:20

Comedian and Actor Adam Conover joins Drew and Roth to discuss the LA Marathon, NBA Finals, LA Dodgers and Adam's Netflix show The G Word. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jun 02, 2022
These Are The Things That Keep You Awake At Night
00:53:43

Drew and Roth discuss their trip to Coney Island, the Harry Sidhu Angels stadium scandal, and the NBA conference finals. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

May 26, 2022
I Love His Kinks (with Pablo Torre)
00:52:39

ESPN's Pablo Torre joins Drew and Roth about the demise of the Phoenix Suns, the 76ers Sam Hinkie era, 2022 Eastern Conference Finals, Phil Mickelson and the inner workings of sports media. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

May 19, 2022
We’re Gonna Hit That F*&#king Mountain (with Luis Paez-Pumar)
00:49:42

Defector co-owner, Luis Paez-Pumar, talks to Drew and Roth about Formula 1 racing, the Drive to Survive docuseries, and the NBA Playoffs. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

 

May 12, 2022
The Dander Is Overwhelming (with Patrick Redford)
00:52:11

Defector co-owner, Patrick Redford, joins Drew and Roth in an in-depth conversation about the 2022 NBA Playoffs and changes in Major League Baseball. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

May 05, 2022
I Don’t Want Food That Grows on Me (with Austin Gayle)
00:50:53

Ahead of the NFL draft, Austin Gayle from Pro Football Focus joins Drew and Roth to explain exactly how teams evaluate players and why he'll never try Skyline Chili. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Apr 28, 2022
A Found Footage Horror Movie (with Gabriella Paiella)
00:41:07

GQ Magazine writer, Gabriella Paiella, talks to Drew and Roth about the peculiar lifestyle of Nicolas Cage and writing celebrity profiles. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Apr 21, 2022
I’m Gonna Make This Damn Green Sauce (with Albert Burneko and Kelsey McKinney)
00:56:05

Defector teammates, Albert Burneko and Kelsey McKinney, talk to Roth about the return of the Major League Baseball season, Kelsey’s podcast, “Normal Gossip”, and the Daniel Snyder scandal. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Apr 14, 2022
It’s Been Very Frustrating to See Them Succeed (with Rohan Nadkarni)
00:56:27

Sport Illustrated’s Rohan Nadkarni joins Drew and Roth to cover everything you need to know ahead of the NBA Playoffs: title favorites, the MVP race, and why the play-in tournament is necessary. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Apr 07, 2022
Retrograde and All Those Things (with Tim Marchman)
00:54:20

VICE’s Features Editor, Tim Marchman, talks to Drew and Roth about cryptocurrency, NFTs, and the long-awaited return of Major League Baseball. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Mar 31, 2022
It’s Oozing Out of His Shoes (with Ray Ratto)
00:48:49

Defector editor and Bay Area sports journalist, Ray Ratto, talks to Drew and Roth about money fraud, Joe Biden, the Warriors, Lakers and MLB player salaries. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Mar 24, 2022
Not Everybody Likes A Headband Guy (with Ken Pomeroy)
00:50:25

College basketball metrics analyst, Ken Pomeroy, joins Drew and Roth in a conversation all about the 2022 Men’s NCAA Tournament. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

 

Mar 17, 2022
Let’s All Get Married On Successive Weekends (with Lauren Theisen)
00:50:36

Co-Defector Lauren Theisen chats with Drew and Roth about mask mandates, the ongoing MLB lockout, Russell Wilson being traded to the Denver Broncos, and hockey predictions. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Mar 10, 2022
The Strong Boys Podcast (with Jason Zengerle)
00:50:48

The New York Times Magazine writer, Jason Zengerle, talks to Drew and Roth about The Biden administration, 2024 presidential election predictions, and North Carolina college basketball. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Mar 03, 2022
How Many Sidewalk Cracks Did I Step On? (with Kyle Buchanan)
00:53:32

The New York Times reporter and author, Kyle Buchanan, tells Drew and Roth why the film Mad Max: Fury Road took nearly two decades to make. Plus, Guy of the Week and the Funbag! Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road, is available everywhere books are sold. Visit Defector.com.

Feb 24, 2022
Can You Say ‘Orange’ Again, For Me?
00:48:28

This week, Drew and Roth discuss the Winter Olympics doping scandal, their thoughts on Super Bowl LVI, and 90s European house music. Plus, questions from the funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Feb 17, 2022
A Grim Men's Evening (with Andy Behrens)
00:51:13

Just ahead of Super Bowl LVI, Yahoo! Sports’ fantasy football expert, Andy Behrens, talks to Drew and Roth about future game predictions, stories of Super Bowl’s past, the Houston Texans hiring Lovie Smith, and the state of Major League Baseball. Plus, questions from the funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Feb 10, 2022
Coca-Cola Just Needs to Blink Wrong (with Diana Moskovitz)
00:56:22

Defector’s very own investigative journalist, Diana Moskovitz, talks to Drew and Roth about Brian Flores suing the NFL, her experience working for NFL media, and workplace discrimination. Visit Defector.com.

 

Feb 03, 2022
Headed to ’Bama for a Broken Pinky (with Nate Jackson)
00:44:27

Former Denver Bronco’s tight end and radio personality, Nate Jackson, talks to Drew and Roth about behind-the-scenes of the NFL, players choking under pressure, and life after football. Plus, more questions from the funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jan 27, 2022
You’ve Entered WASP Mode (with Vince Mancini)
00:57:25

Uproxx film & culture writer Vince Mancini talks to Drew and Roth about Cowboys fans, pickup truck culture, good 49ers, and the rest of the NFL Playoffs. Plus, questions from the Funbag! Mancini's Sopranos podcast, Pod Yourself A Gun, is available everywhere you get your podcasts. Visit Defector.com.

Jan 20, 2022
I Will Keep Drinking That Garbage Until I Die (with Kalyn Kahler)
00:51:49

Kalyn Kahler joins Drew and Roth to talk about nepotism in the NFL, Italian bookmarks, and the Hater’s Guide to the NFL Playoffs. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jan 13, 2022
I’m Sure This Guy You Picked is Some Sentient Cigarette Stain (with Tyler Tynes)
00:46:56

GQ's Tyler Tynes joins Drew and Roth to talk about Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors, the Bass Pro Shops dining experience, and whether or not jorts will make a comeback. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jan 06, 2022
Gonna Need You to Stop Saying “Gingerbread Boy”
00:39:32

It’s that time of year! Drew and Roth talk about fancy cakes, champagne sabers, obnoxious coffee people, and hand-forged knives in the 2021 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog. Visit Defector.com.

Dec 23, 2021
I Try to Counteract the Bleakness Fetish of the Internet (with Jason Gay)
00:42:58

The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay joins Drew and Roth to discuss Michigan football, cyclocross racing, Omicron, and cast iron skillets. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Dec 16, 2021
Nice Beer You’ve Got There (with Kelsey McKinney)
01:07:03

Live from New York City, Drew and Roth talk to Kelsey McKinney about Pacino performances, hockey goalies, and Roth’s least-favorite Mets. Plus, lightning round Guy of the Week and questions from the audience! Visit Defector.com.

Dec 10, 2021
Are You Getting Me Neutered Again? (with Lindsey Adler)
00:51:19

The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler joins Drew and Roth to talk about the impending MLB lockout, cheugy art, and outer space. Plus, questions from the Funbag! Join Drew and Roth on December 8th as they tape the podcast live in New York City. Tickets available here. Visit Defector.com.

Dec 02, 2021
If You're Not Wondering if You Have the Plague After Eating, Are You Even Doing It Right?
00:33:42

In this special Thanksgiving episode, Drew and Roth talk about boiled vegetables, the Detroit Lions, and wearing vests as a lifestyle choice. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And Guy of the Week. Visit Defector.com.

Nov 25, 2021
Do You Dare Confront the Squircle? (with Seth Wickersham)
00:48:46

ESPN’s Seth Wickersham joins Drew and Roth to discuss Tom Brady, NFL owners, and the best parts of elementary school. Plus, questions from the (not weirdly wet) Funbag! Wickersham’s book, It's Better to Be Feared, is available now everywhere books are sold. Visit Defector.com.

Nov 18, 2021
I’ve Dedicated Myself to Altering the Curvature of the Earth (with Lauren Theisen)
00:50:47

Drew and Roth talk to Defector’s Lauren Theisen about daylight savings time, sports reporting, Aaron Rodgers, and NHL updates. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Nov 11, 2021
This is the Media’s Fault (with Dan McQuade)
00:50:48

Dan McQuade joins Drew and Roth to talk about “immunized” quarterbacks, Vegas residencies, and baseball superstitions. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Nov 04, 2021
Please Don’t Tell Anybody How I Live (with Christian Finnegan)
00:55:59

Comedian Christian Finnegan joins Drew and Roth to discuss the World Series, comedy during the pandemic, and what it takes to be a Knicks fan. Plus, questions from the Funbag! Finnegan’s new special, Show Your Work, is available to stream now. Visit Defector.com.

Oct 28, 2021
You’re Going to Have to Accept Being a Sloppy Boy (with Patrick Redford)
00:51:37

Drew and Roth talk to Patrick Redford about fun teams to watch this NBA season, goats, optimal WFH background noise, and key takeaways from NBA opening night. Plus, Dead or Canceled and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Oct 21, 2021
It’s a Big World and a Lot of Bad Things Happen in It
00:55:52

This week, the guys discuss performance art, kindness, and Drew’s new book, The Night the Lights Went Out, a captivating account of the traumatic brain injury that left him close to death and his eventual recovery. Plus, the usual fun stuff like Dead or Canceled and Guy of the Week. The Night the Lights Went Out is available now wherever books are sold. Visit Defector.com.

Oct 14, 2021
Now I Have Knowledgeable Hate (with Justin Halpern)
00:57:19

Justin Halpern joins Drew and Roth to discuss Red Sox fans, World Series worst-case scenarios, and why everyone should root against the Dodgers in a Hater’s Guide to the MLB Playoffs. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And the guys remember a Padre of the Week. Visit Defector.com.

Oct 07, 2021
Drew and David are Doing Fine (with Liz Cook)
00:49:43

Food writer Liz Cook joins Drew and Roth to discuss Arsenal fans, restaurant reviews, Van Halen, and sports movies. Plus, questions from the Funbag! You can find more of Cook’s work at Haterade.substack.com. Visit Defector.com.

Sep 30, 2021
The Heartbreak of Learning You Married a Prankster (with Dom Cosentino)
00:54:36

This week, Drew and Roth talk to Dom Cosentino about rookie quarterbacks, AI play design, and slow walkers. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! You can read more of Cosentino’s work at theScore.com.Visit Defector.com.

Sep 23, 2021
Nicki Minaj’s Cousin is Never Going to Marry You (with Spencer Hall)
00:51:22

Spencer Hall joins Drew and Roth to discuss college football and Alabama’s potential rival, effective pandering, and the difference between blog famous and TV famous. Plus, Guy of the Week, Dead or Canceled, and a special-edition musical mashup! You can find more of Hall's work at Channel 6. Visit Defector.com.

Sep 16, 2021
Swag Ahoy! (with the Defector staff)
01:48:55

This week, Drew and Roth gather the Defector staff for a special birthday episode celebrating a year of fart blogs, Twitch streams, and (of course) sports coverage. Visit Defector.com.

Sep 10, 2021
I Like to Tell Stories About Types of Guy (with Patrick Wyman)
00:53:23

Drew and Roth talk to Patrick Wyman about the Jersey Shore, USC football, and Jeopardy! drama. Plus, a historical round of Dead or Canceled and questions from the Funbag! Wyman’s book, The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World, is available everywhere books are sold. Visit Defector.com.

Sep 02, 2021
What if Eli Manning Had Sex Appeal? (with Andy Behrens)
01:00:50

This week, Yahoo's Andy Behrens joins Drew and Roth to discuss how far they’d go to save a pizza and (of course) the Hater’s Guide to Fantasy Football. Plus, Guy of the Week and a round of Dead or Canceled. Visit Defector.com.

Aug 26, 2021
It’s Your Show, You Can Do What You Want (with Ray Ratto)
00:52:19

Defector’s Ray Ratto joins Roth to discuss returning Covid restrictions, the Baltimore Orioles, and what it’s like to hear a career-ending injury. Plus, Guy of the Week and an action-packed Funbag question. Visit Defector.com.

Aug 19, 2021
Brought to You by America’s Blueberry Growers
00:32:18

Drew and Roth talk eggnog ice cream, Olympic skateboarding, and the Vikings’ Covid outbreak. Plus, bathroom power rankings and sporty nicknames courtesy of the Funbag. Visit Defector.com.

Aug 05, 2021
I Was a Huge Failing Upward Guy (with A.J. Daulerio)
00:59:05

A.J. Daulerio joins Drew to discuss the Brett Favre scandal, Iron Maiden, and long-term recovery. Plus, questions from the Funbag! Daulerio’s new podcast, Really Good Shares, is streaming now. Visit Defector.com.

Jul 29, 2021
Maybe the Apocalypse is Nigh (with Jason Gay)
00:51:01

This week, the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay joins Drew and Roth to discuss Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks winning the NBA Championship, homemade American Ninja Warrior courses, and overreacting to hot takes on Twitter. Plus, questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jul 22, 2021
It’s Time to Open Some Third Eyes (with Gabe Fernandez and Nick Walden)
00:49:29

Drew and Roth talk to Gabe Fernandez about pirated music, bad liquors, and the NBA Finals. Plus, defector accomplice Nick Walden joins to remember some guys and answer questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jul 15, 2021
You Don’t Get to Reminisce (with Albert Burneko)
00:52:17

Drew and Roth talk to Albert Burneko about fireworks, the Phoenix Suns, and angry tennis serves. Plus, a Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jul 08, 2021
I’ll Approach the Bench (with Kelsey McKinney)
00:58:56

Writer Kelsey McKinney joins Drew and Roth to talk about toilet literature, the Texas Longhorns, Evangelicalism, and pitcher inspections. Plus, questions from the Funbag! McKinney’s book, God Spare the Girls, is available everywhere books are sold. Visit Defector.com.

Jul 01, 2021
It's Raining Acid on Jupiter
00:36:17

This week, Drew and Roth discuss interplanetary weather reports, earnest mustaches, and whether or not we’re in a golden age of GOATs. Plus, Dead or Canceled and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jun 24, 2021
I’m Not a Sticky iPad Kid (with Chris Bosh)
00:52:02

This week, NBA legend Chris Bosh joins Drew and Roth to discuss trash talk, pushing athletic limits, and the magic of the last day of school. Plus, a Distraction drinking game courtesy of the Funbag! Bosh’s book, Letters to a Young Athlete, is available everywhere books are sold. Visit Defector.com.

Jun 17, 2021
I’m a Baseball Apologist (with Michael Schur)
00:56:51

TV producer Michael Schur joins Drew and Roth to talk about the future of baseball, surfing the dark web, and the challenges of making TV during a pandemic. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And a political round of Dead or Canceled. Schur’s new show, Rutherford Falls, is streaming on Peacock now. Visit Defector.com.

Jun 10, 2021
On Behalf of the Goa Tourism Board (with Rohan Nadkarni)
00:52:11

Rohan Nadkarni joins Drew and Roth to discuss swim-up bars, Naomi Osaka, out of control NBA fans, and breaking Boston Celtics news. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Jun 03, 2021
Swimming in the Ocean of Time (with Peter Brannen)
00:51:04

Drew and Roth talk to Peter Brannen about Boston sports, fava beans, and the downfall of man. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And the extended Guy of the Week universe. Brannen's book, The Ends of the World, is available everywhere books are sold. Visit Defector.com.

May 27, 2021
I’m Also a Toast Boy (with Albert Burneko and Lauren Theisen)
00:56:10

This week, Drew and Roth are joined by Albert Burneko and Lauren Theisen for a Double Hater’s Guide to the NHL and NBA Playoffs. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And a Guy of the Week. Visit Defector.com.

May 20, 2021
I’ve Got Nothing Else (with Will Leitch)
00:53:47

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.

May 13, 2021
If You’re Working in Politics, You Probably Suck (with Jason Schreier)
00:50:07

This week, Jason Schreier joins Drew and Roth to discuss video games, messy foods, the New York Jets, and Curt Schilling’s centaur obsession. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And a double Guy of the Week. Schreier’s book, Press Reset, is available everywhere May 11th. Visit Defector.com.

May 06, 2021
It’s a Very Dumb Podcast (with Tyler Dunne)
00:50:19

Drew and Roth talk to Tyler Dunne about the NFL Draft, Sheetz coffee, and Sammy Watkins’s spiritual beliefs. Plus, a round of Dead or Canceled and questions from the Funbag! You can find Dunne’s daily newsletter at golongtd.com. Visit Defector.com.

Apr 29, 2021
It’s Been a Big Year for A**holes (with Ashley Feinberg)
00:56:34

This week, Ashley Feinberg joins Drew and Roth to discuss baby teeth, Europe’s Soccer Super League, and Mar-a-Lago’s weirdest members. Plus, questions from the Funbag! You can find more of Ashley’s work at trashberg.com. Visit Defector.com.

Apr 22, 2021
I Hope I Get it Wrong (with Tyler Tynes)
00:54:33

Drew and Roth talk to GQ’s Tyler Tynes about weed legalization, NBA activism, Philly sports, and how to avoid teens at concerts. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And a topical round of Dead or Canceled. Visit Defector.com.

Apr 15, 2021
That’s as Simplistic as I Can Possibly Make It (with Thang Pham)
00:50:12

This week, Drew and Roth discuss time zones, MLB moving its All-Star Game, Deshaun Watson, and how to make vaccines cool. Plus, Defector accomplice Thang Pham joins from Sydney, Australia for classic shenanigans like Dead or Canceled and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

Apr 08, 2021
That Way Lies Madness (with Tom Ley and Meg Rowley)
01:02:20

Defector Editor-in-Chief Tom Ley and FanGraphs Managing Editor Meg Rowley join Roth to discuss the 2021 baseball season, seasonal affective disorder, and why rooting for a team is a matter of the heart. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! To become a FanGraphs member, go to FanGraphs.com. Visit Defector.com.

Apr 01, 2021
We’re Not Talking About Trolls, We’re Talking About Film (with Amy Nicholson)
00:56:38

Drew and Roth talk to film critic Amy Nicholson about Martian bacteria, Patrick Schwarzenegger’s filmography, and why you can skip most movies from the '50s. Plus, Dead or Cancelled and questions from the Funbag! Nicholson’s podcast, Unspooled, is streaming now. Visit defector.com.

Mar 25, 2021
We Have More to Hate Here (with Maitreyi Anantharaman)
01:01:27

In this episode, Defector’s Maitreyi Anantharaman joins Drew and Roth to discuss mozzarella sticks, game show hosts, and the Hater’s Guide to March Madness. Plus Dead or Cancelled and questions from the Funbag! Visit defector.com.

Mar 18, 2021
Have I Forgotten How to Go to a Bar? (with Rachel Handler)
00:58:13

Drew and Roth talk to writer Rachel Handler about celebrity lunches, Meghan Markle, and the surprisingly dark plot of The Parent Trap. Plus, a fashionable Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit defector.com.

Mar 11, 2021
The Magary Conundrum (with Dan Pashman)
00:50:57

This week, The Sporkfu‪l‬’s Dan Pashman joins Drew and Roth to discuss Ozzy Osbourne, microwave settings, and Dan’s quest for the perfect pasta shape. The first two episodes of Dan’s Mission: ImPASTAble series are streaming now. Visit defector.com.

Mar 04, 2021
We Were Talking About the Weather (with Kalyn Kahler)
00:52:04

Drew and Roth talk to Defector’s Kalyn Kahler about inclement weather, Chicago sports, and the ideal age difference for a fist fight. Plus, more questions from the Funbag! And a possible end to the poison chalice? Visit defector.com.

Feb 25, 2021
This Is Your Legacy (with Dan McQuade)
00:58:00

Drew and Roth talk to Defector’s Dan McQuade about stand-up comedians, Roth’s birthday plans, and the surprisingly progressive politics of ALF. Plus, Dead or Cancelled and a drink from the poison chalice. Visit defector.com.

Feb 18, 2021
Would You Like Me to Sign This? (with Mina Kimes)
00:53:18

This week, ESPN’s Mina Kimes joins Drew and Roth to discuss wedding brunches, the Hilary Swank Effect, and, of course, the Super Bowl. Plus, questions from the Funbag! Kimes’s podcast, The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenn‪y, is streaming now. Visit defector.com.

Feb 12, 2021
You Can’t Steal All the LaCroix You Want (with Justin Halpern)
00:53:00

Drew and Roth talk to Justin Halpern about superbowl picks, individually-wrapped dips, and the trials of working from home with kids. Plus, a round of Dead or Cancelled and a special occasion mash up! Visit defector.com.

Feb 04, 2021
Why Move to New York to Make Bread? (with Pete Wells)
01:01:37

This week, New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells talks to Drew and Roth about outdoor dining structures, buckwheat fennel cookies, and what a food critic writes about when all the restaurants are closed. Visit defector.com.

Jan 28, 2021
It’s a Happy Occasion
00:49:43

On this week’s inauguration episode, Drew and Roth discuss steampunk Bibles, Weird Al’s greatest hits, and what life was like before everyone had the internet on their phones. Plus, the Funbag! And a round of Dead or Cancelled. Visit defector.com

Jan 21, 2021
It’s a Freaking Graveyard Smash (with Lauren Theisen)
00:48:24

This week, Drew and Roth talk to Lauren Theisen about the Monster Mash, Aaron Sorkin scripts, and ideal Covid-19 protocols for hockey fights. Plus, the Funbag! And other shenanigans. This episode was recorded prior to 45 getting impeached AGAIN. Visit defector.com

Jan 14, 2021
Sublime Is the Word (with Dom Cosentino)
00:53:01

theScore’s Dom Cosentino joins Drew and Roth to discuss the new year, playoff projections, and the best cold weather foods. Plus, a round of Dead or Cancelled and the poison chalice. This episode was recorded prior to the events in Washington D.C. on January 6th. Visit defector.com

Jan 07, 2021
I’ve Had Dreams About Parties
00:36:55

As the new year draws near, Drew and Roth bid farewell to 2020 with musings on old apartments, cockney swear words, and the allure of milk-substitute eggnog. Plus, the poison chalice, Brando impressions, and questions from the Funbag! Visit defector.com

Dec 24, 2020
Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog (with James Austin Johnson)
00:55:56

This week, James Austin Johnson and his many voices join Drew and Roth to talk waffles, coolers, and the shrill sounds of a coffee grinder for the infamous Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog — 2020 edition. Johnson’s podcast, What Things Are What Things, is streaming now. Visit defector.com

Dec 17, 2020
I’ll Wait for the Movie (with Kelsey McKinney)
00:55:27

Kelsey McKinney joins Drew and Roth to talk tarot readings, AP U.S. History, and the pope’s sweet kicks. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And a very educational email of the week. Kelsey’s book, God Spare the Girls, is on sale June 22 and available to pre-order now. Visit defector.com

Dec 10, 2020
A Virtual Visit with Santa (with Nathan Thornburgh & Chris Jones)
00:51:01

In this post-holiday episode Drew and Roth welcome a double-serving of guests (Roads & Kingdoms’ Nathan Thornburgh and Defector accomplice Chris Jones). The crew talks travel porn, Korean baseball, and watching Home Alone through the eyes of a nine-year-old. Plus, a compelling round of Dead or Cancelled and the ever-entertaining Funbag! Nathan’s podcast, The Trip, is streaming now. Visit defector.com [defector.com]

Dec 03, 2020
Do You Want to Jam Some Tunes? (with Albert Burneko)
00:45:04

This week, Drew and Roth are joined by Defector’s Albert Burneko to talk turkey, cigar hangovers, and getting too old for World of Warcraft marathons. Plus, a debatable mashup and one of the best reactions to Guy of the Week ever recorded on our show. Visit defector.com

Nov 26, 2020
It’s Awkward to Lie if You’re Not a Sociopath (with Reeves Wiedeman)
00:55:13

Reeves Wiedeman joins Drew and Roth to talk venture capital, adult dormitories, and Justin Timberlake’s acting career. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And a brand-new game. Wiedeman’s book, Billion Dollar Loser, is available now. Visit defector.com

Nov 19, 2020
You Can Get A Tart-Ass Kiwi (with Isaac Chotiner)
00:59:15

Drew and Roth talk to Isaac Chotiner of The New Yorker about celebrity profiles, why the best fruit is unripe, scones, and more. Plus, Roth can't escape a mashup and questions from the Funbag! Visit defector.com And don't forget to buy this shirt.

Nov 12, 2020
Words Will Only Get You So Far
00:50:03

Drew and Roth discuss what’s on everyone’s minds — toilet paper, Hallmark Christmas movies, and, of course, the election. Plus, questionable tweets and more questions from the Funbag! Visit defector.com

Nov 05, 2020
Nerd Bullies Are the Worst of Both Worlds (w/JUSTIN ELLIS)
00:58:12

Drew and Roth talk to Defector’s Justin Ellis about cinematic lighting, selling souls, and what Scooby-Doo’s pals can teach us about masculinity. Plus, Funbag! And all that other good stuff. Visit defector.com.

Oct 29, 2020
Collecting Villains is the Fun Part (w/Anna Merlan)
00:53:54

Drew and Roth talk to Anna Merlan of Vice about good truck stops, and conspiracy theory enthusiasts. Plus, the usual shenanigans, like the Funbag! Anna's excellent book, Republic of Lies is available now. Visit defector.com

Oct 22, 2020
Dogs vs Blogs (w/Megan Greenwell)
00:50:18

Drew and Roth talk to Megan Greenwell about her cute dog’s stupid bark, student newspapers, and why watching college football is inexcusable. Plus, a mash up, the return of the poison chalice, and questions from the Funbag! the Visit defector.com

Oct 15, 2020
Walking Harley Quinn (w/THE LOX)
00:51:09

The LOX join Drew & Roth to talk Jadakiss' infamous pizza order, juice bars, and which NY sports team is the absolute worst right now. Plus, the return of the Funbag! Check out the LOX's new album Living Off Xperience now. Visit defector.com

Oct 08, 2020
Do You Ever Miss Metaphors? (w/BOB MOULD)
00:54:01

Bob Mould (!!!) joins Drew & Roth the morning after the debate to talk why masks are easier than condoms, pro wrestling deep cuts, and more. Plus, the brief and oddly natural return of “Maine Talk.” Check out Bob’s new album Blue Hearts, available now. Visit defector.com to subscribe to their new site.

Oct 01, 2020
You Can Finally Be a Certified Dick (w/Tim Marchman)
00:55:47

Drew & Roth are joined by the worlds greatest parsley weirdo Tim Marchman of Vice to talk great reporting on the post office, Covid playoffs, and the final boss of quarantine yuppie self improvement. Plus, Funbag! And that other good stuff.
Episode Description: Visit defector.com to subscribe to their new site.

Sep 24, 2020
Talking All-American: Tiger with Shane Ryan (Bonus)
00:27:31

Drew & Roth talk to Shane Ryan about the legacy of Tiger Woods in this bonus episode originally produced for All-American: Tiger. Please note this was recorded before the 2020 U.S. Open. Subscribe to All-American: Tiger here. New episodes of The Distraction are out on Thursdays. Visit Defector.com to subscribe to Drew & Roth's site.

Sep 22, 2020
Talking to Pilgrims with Bomani Jones
00:52:21

Bomani Jones joins Drew & Roth to talk Jadakiss' pizza preference, Darva Conger, and college football. Bomani shares the worst thing that could possibly happen to him and his greatest dream. Plus, Funbag! And Roth's feelings about The Mets sale. Visit defector.com to subscribe to their new site.

Sep 17, 2020
It's a Big Week! with Lauren Theisen
00:57:01

Drew & Roth are joined by co-Defector Lauren Theisen to talk NHL, give an NFL preview, and wonder if Drew has an affinity for other Drews. Plus, a mashup, remembering a guy, and Funbag! Visit defector.com to subscribe to their new site.

Sep 10, 2020
Consider the Nightgown with Ray Ratto
00:56:21

Drew & Roth are joined by co-Defector Ray Ratto to talk college football, debate fake crowd noise, and, of course, answer questions from the Funbag! Visit defector.com to subscribe to their new site. To submit to "Why Your Team Sucks," email wyts@defector.com (and put the name of the team in the subject of the email, dammit!)

Sep 03, 2020
Andy Behrens and the Hater’s Guide to Fantasy Football
00:53:34

Drew & Roth welcome their first guest, Yahoo’s Andy Behrens. But first, a note from Drew. Plus, Funbag! and bonus typing sounds. Visit defector.com to subscribe to their new site. To submit to "Why Your Team Sucks," email wyts@defector.com (and put the name of the team in the subject of the email, dammit!)
This episode is brought to you by Keeps.com [keeps.com/distraction]

Aug 27, 2020
Waiting All Day to Watch A Richard Marx Video
00:49:43

Drew & Roth remember a guy, talk about why your team sucks, and inadvertently create a new segment called, "Maine Talk." Visit defector.com to subscribe to their new site. To submit to "Why Your Team Sucks," email wyts@defector.com (and put the name of the team in the subject of the email, dammit!)
This episode is brought to you by Keeps.com [keeps.com/distraction]

Aug 20, 2020
WE'RE BACK! WE'RE BACK!
00:56:22

Drew and Roth never could stick to sports and now no one is asking them to, so...THEY'RE BACK! The guys catch up on the sports stories they didn't get to these many months, question the validity of the bay leaf as an ingredient, and try to make sense of this strange season of baseball. Plus, stupid Funbag questions! Visit defector.com to subscribe to their new site.

Aug 13, 2020
Introducing: The Distraction
00:01:11

The Distraction premieres on podcast players everywhere, August 13. Head to defector.com for more info.

Jul 28, 2020