The Distraction: A Defector Podcast

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Subscribers: 398
Reviews: 4
Episodes: 169

 Feb 17, 2023
Will never stop listening until Roth addresses The Issue, so will never stop listening.

 Feb 16, 2023
Great mix of sports and normal human life.

Alex W.
 Aug 14, 2020
They're back! They're back! Deadspin was a good website. Defector will be one too.

 Aug 6, 2020

 Jul 28, 2020


Defector's flagship podcast about sports (and movies, and art, and sandwiches, and certain coastal states) from longtime writers Drew Magary and David Roth. Every week, Drew and Roth tackle subjects, both serious and impossibly stupid, with a parade of guests from around the world of sports and media joining in the fun! Roth and Drew also field Funbag questions from Defector readers, answer listener voice mails, and get upset about the number of people who use speakerphone while in a public bathroom stall. This is a show where everything matters, because everyone could use a Distraction. Head to for more info.

Episode Date
A Conglomeration of All Sports Writers with Dave McKenna
Nov 30, 2023
Break Out 28 Dollars for Taco Bell with Jasper Wang
Nov 23, 2023
Non-Monster Mash Songs by the Monster Mash Guy with Rob Harvilla
Nov 16, 2023
It Is Self-Care to Not Watch the Giants
Nov 09, 2023
The NBA Tush Push with Ray Ratto
Nov 02, 2023
His Dream Was to Be a Dentist with Emma Baccellieri
Oct 26, 2023
A Farewell to Guys
Oct 19, 2023
The Distraction Live in Brooklyn! with Rohan Nadkarni
Oct 12, 2023
The Haterrr’s Guiiide to the 2023 MLB Playoffs!
Oct 05, 2023
Taylor Swift's Elite Length with Giri Nathan & Samer Kalaf
Sep 28, 2023
Vintage Smarm
Sep 21, 2023
The Baseball Pathetic-Off with Justin Halpern
Sep 14, 2023
It’s NFL Good/Bad 2023! with Kalyn Kahler
Sep 07, 2023
Serious, Emotional Vikings Talk
Aug 31, 2023
Shrimp-Fed Fools with Spencer Hall
Aug 24, 2023
4,000 Flipped Birds with Andy Behrens
Aug 17, 2023
Dog, I Lived at Warped Tour 2011 with Lindsey Adler and Tom Ley
Aug 10, 2023
What Is The Worst Profession of a Person You’d Admit to Have Dated?
Aug 03, 2023
Is This a TV Show That Doesn’t Really Know Soccer? with Abigail Segel
Jul 27, 2023
You Have to Be Prepared to Die Before You Can Begin to Live, with Paul Kix
Jul 20, 2023
Pyrocumulonimbus with John Vaillant
Jul 13, 2023
I Want Something that Blows Up Real Good
Jul 06, 2023
Let’s Remember a Podcast with Alex Sujong Laughlin
Jun 29, 2023
We’re Gatekeeping Mr. Met
Jun 22, 2023
Our Knees Are Almost Touching (with Dave McKenna and Israel Daramola)
Jun 15, 2023
As Albert Einstein Once Said… (With Ray Ratto)
Jun 08, 2023
America Named a Team For Chicken Nuggets (with Rohan Nadkarni)
Jun 01, 2023
Are They Going Bud Lite On Us?
May 25, 2023
The Gulf of Pain with David Grann
May 18, 2023
You Can Eat ‘Em If You’d Like! with Adam Conover
May 11, 2023
What Levels of Sacramento! with Patrick Redford
May 04, 2023
You're Not Making Jet Engines, You're Making Art
May 02, 2023
How Fast Can You Push This Button? with Rivers McCown
Apr 27, 2023
Allergy Talk! with Lauren Theisen
Apr 20, 2023
My Legacy is a Few Tweets with Kelsey McKinney
Apr 13, 2023
Distraction Spring Break!!
Apr 06, 2023
Please Have Dan Call Me Immediately (with Dan McQuade)
Mar 30, 2023
Fairly Ridiculous University (with Rohan Nadkarni)
Mar 23, 2023
The Idiot’s Guide to March Madness (with Ken Pomeroy)
Mar 16, 2023
GE’s Fart Joke Division (with Mike Schur)
Mar 09, 2023
Ostensible Movie Analysis (with Vince Mancini)
Mar 02, 2023
Wasabi Peas, Smart (with Israel Daramola)
Feb 23, 2023
Excelsior, Young Man!
Feb 16, 2023
The Fresno Venereal Diseases (with Dan McQuade)
Feb 09, 2023
Innovation in the Dickhead Space (with Patrick Redford)
Feb 02, 2023
The Popcorn Sweats (with Kalyn Kahler)
Jan 26, 2023
This Episode Is Sponsored By Bareback Sportsbook
Jan 19, 2023
Look At Us, High Functioning (with Kelsey McKinney)
Dec 22, 2022
Undisputed And First Take Are The Men's Version of Real Housewives (with Jemele Hill)
Dec 15, 2022
I'm Floored That You're Nick Swardson's Cousin (with Seth Wickersham)
Dec 08, 2022
You Know What You Got Into, I'm Watching Sports You Know The Deal Man! (with Tom Ley)
Dec 01, 2022
If You've Seen How Kirk Cousins Cooks Steak That's How Everybody Cooks Chicken
Nov 24, 2022
I Wouldn't Do That If I Were Me (with Jason Gay)
Nov 17, 2022
It's Deeper Than Rap (with Bomani Jones)
Nov 10, 2022
The Nets Are A Shit Sandwich (with Rohan Nadkarni)
Nov 03, 2022
Rolling Out Of Bed And Just Getting Grilled On The Lakers (with Patrick Redford)
Oct 27, 2022
I Told You So! (with Dan McQuade)
Oct 20, 2022
I'm An Old Soul When It Comes To Football (with Tyler Dunne)
Oct 13, 2022
You've Become A Scrabble Boy?
Oct 06, 2022
Been There John, Been There (with Emma Baccellieri)
Sep 29, 2022
This Guy's Got Direct TV So You Know He's Going Places
Sep 22, 2022
How Did They Let You Have A Mic? (with Pablo Torre)
Sep 15, 2022
Tough Shit, This Is Football! (with Kalyn Kahler)
Sep 08, 2022
Welcome To The Haters Guide! The 2022 College Football Season Edition (with Eric Eager)
Sep 01, 2022
Just Two Sun Tanned Guys Chopping It Up
Aug 25, 2022
Welcome To The Haters Guide! (with Andy Behrens)
Aug 18, 2022
I Am A Proud Member Of The Mentally Ill Mets Fan Community (with Ray Ratto)
Aug 11, 2022
Yay It's Our 100th Episode!!!
Aug 04, 2022
I'm A Vibe Believer (with Lindsey Adler)
Jul 28, 2022
What Do You Wanna Do Bro? (with Justin Halpern)
Jul 21, 2022
Where Would We Be As A Society If It Wasn't For Ray J (with Kazeem Famuyide)
Jul 14, 2022
Is It Actually Better To Be The 22nd Best Team In The Big 12? (with Ben Mathis-Lilley)
Jul 07, 2022
No Plays Off!
Jun 23, 2022
That's Good Parenting Right There
Jun 16, 2022
No One Who Works At Twitter Uses Twitter (with Matt Levine)
Jun 09, 2022
You Are The First Person To Say I Wish I Could Still Be A Mets Fan (with Adam Conover)
Jun 02, 2022
These Are The Things That Keep You Awake At Night
May 26, 2022
I Love His Kinks (with Pablo Torre)
May 19, 2022
We’re Gonna Hit That F*&#king Mountain (with Luis Paez-Pumar)
May 12, 2022
The Dander Is Overwhelming (with Patrick Redford)
May 05, 2022
I Don’t Want Food That Grows on Me (with Austin Gayle)
Apr 28, 2022
A Found Footage Horror Movie (with Gabriella Paiella)
Apr 21, 2022
I’m Gonna Make This Damn Green Sauce (with Albert Burneko and Kelsey McKinney)
Apr 14, 2022
It’s Been Very Frustrating to See Them Succeed (with Rohan Nadkarni)
Apr 07, 2022
Retrograde and All Those Things (with Tim Marchman)
Mar 31, 2022
It’s Oozing Out of His Shoes (with Ray Ratto)
Mar 24, 2022
Not Everybody Likes A Headband Guy (with Ken Pomeroy)
Mar 17, 2022
Let’s All Get Married On Successive Weekends (with Lauren Theisen)
Mar 10, 2022
The Strong Boys Podcast (with Jason Zengerle)
Mar 03, 2022
How Many Sidewalk Cracks Did I Step On? (with Kyle Buchanan)
Feb 24, 2022
Can You Say ‘Orange’ Again, For Me?
Feb 17, 2022
A Grim Men's Evening (with Andy Behrens)
Feb 10, 2022
Coca-Cola Just Needs to Blink Wrong (with Diana Moskovitz)
Feb 03, 2022
Headed to ’Bama for a Broken Pinky (with Nate Jackson)
Jan 27, 2022
You’ve Entered WASP Mode (with Vince Mancini)
Jan 20, 2022
I Will Keep Drinking That Garbage Until I Die (with Kalyn Kahler)
Jan 13, 2022
I’m Sure This Guy You Picked is Some Sentient Cigarette Stain (with Tyler Tynes)
Jan 06, 2022
Gonna Need You to Stop Saying “Gingerbread Boy”
Dec 23, 2021
I Try to Counteract the Bleakness Fetish of the Internet (with Jason Gay)
Dec 16, 2021
Nice Beer You’ve Got There (with Kelsey McKinney)
Dec 10, 2021
Are You Getting Me Neutered Again? (with Lindsey Adler)
Dec 02, 2021
If You're Not Wondering if You Have the Plague After Eating, Are You Even Doing It Right?
Nov 25, 2021
Do You Dare Confront the Squircle? (with Seth Wickersham)
Nov 18, 2021
I’ve Dedicated Myself to Altering the Curvature of the Earth (with Lauren Theisen)
Nov 11, 2021
This is the Media’s Fault (with Dan McQuade)
Nov 04, 2021
Please Don’t Tell Anybody How I Live (with Christian Finnegan)
Oct 28, 2021
You’re Going to Have to Accept Being a Sloppy Boy (with Patrick Redford)
Oct 21, 2021
It’s a Big World and a Lot of Bad Things Happen in It
Oct 14, 2021
Now I Have Knowledgeable Hate (with Justin Halpern)
Oct 07, 2021
Drew and David are Doing Fine (with Liz Cook)
Sep 30, 2021
The Heartbreak of Learning You Married a Prankster (with Dom Cosentino)
Sep 23, 2021
Nicki Minaj’s Cousin is Never Going to Marry You (with Spencer Hall)
Sep 16, 2021
Swag Ahoy! (with the Defector staff)
Sep 10, 2021
I Like to Tell Stories About Types of Guy (with Patrick Wyman)
Sep 02, 2021
What if Eli Manning Had Sex Appeal? (with Andy Behrens)
Aug 26, 2021
It’s Your Show, You Can Do What You Want (with Ray Ratto)
Aug 19, 2021
Brought to You by America’s Blueberry Growers
Aug 05, 2021
I Was a Huge Failing Upward Guy (with A.J. Daulerio)
Jul 29, 2021
Maybe the Apocalypse is Nigh (with Jason Gay)
Jul 22, 2021
It’s Time to Open Some Third Eyes (with Gabe Fernandez and Nick Walden)
Jul 15, 2021
You Don’t Get to Reminisce (with Albert Burneko)
Jul 08, 2021
I’ll Approach the Bench (with Kelsey McKinney)
Jul 01, 2021
It's Raining Acid on Jupiter
Jun 24, 2021
I’m Not a Sticky iPad Kid (with Chris Bosh)
Jun 17, 2021
I’m a Baseball Apologist (with Michael Schur)
Jun 10, 2021
On Behalf of the Goa Tourism Board (with Rohan Nadkarni)
Jun 03, 2021
Swimming in the Ocean of Time (with Peter Brannen)
May 27, 2021
I’m Also a Toast Boy (with Albert Burneko and Lauren Theisen)
May 20, 2021
I’ve Got Nothing Else (with Will Leitch)
May 13, 2021
If You’re Working in Politics, You Probably Suck (with Jason Schreier)
May 06, 2021
It’s a Very Dumb Podcast (with Tyler Dunne)
Apr 29, 2021
It’s Been a Big Year for A**holes (with Ashley Feinberg)
Apr 22, 2021
I Hope I Get it Wrong (with Tyler Tynes)
Apr 15, 2021
That’s as Simplistic as I Can Possibly Make It (with Thang Pham)
Apr 08, 2021
That Way Lies Madness (with Tom Ley and Meg Rowley)
Apr 01, 2021
We’re Not Talking About Trolls, We’re Talking About Film (with Amy Nicholson)
Mar 25, 2021
We Have More to Hate Here (with Maitreyi Anantharaman)
Mar 18, 2021
Have I Forgotten How to Go to a Bar? (with Rachel Handler)
Mar 11, 2021
The Magary Conundrum (with Dan Pashman)
Mar 04, 2021
We Were Talking About the Weather (with Kalyn Kahler)
Feb 25, 2021
This Is Your Legacy (with Dan McQuade)
Feb 18, 2021
Would You Like Me to Sign This? (with Mina Kimes)
Feb 12, 2021
You Can’t Steal All the LaCroix You Want (with Justin Halpern)
Feb 04, 2021
Why Move to New York to Make Bread? (with Pete Wells)
Jan 28, 2021
It’s a Happy Occasion
Jan 21, 2021
It’s a Freaking Graveyard Smash (with Lauren Theisen)
Jan 14, 2021
Sublime Is the Word (with Dom Cosentino)
Jan 07, 2021
I’ve Had Dreams About Parties
Dec 24, 2020
Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog (with James Austin Johnson)
Dec 17, 2020
I’ll Wait for the Movie (with Kelsey McKinney)
Dec 10, 2020
A Virtual Visit with Santa (with Nathan Thornburgh & Chris Jones)
Dec 03, 2020
Do You Want to Jam Some Tunes? (with Albert Burneko)
Nov 26, 2020
It’s Awkward to Lie if You’re Not a Sociopath (with Reeves Wiedeman)
Nov 19, 2020
You Can Get A Tart-Ass Kiwi (with Isaac Chotiner)
Nov 12, 2020
Words Will Only Get You So Far
Nov 05, 2020
Nerd Bullies Are the Worst of Both Worlds (w/JUSTIN ELLIS)
Oct 29, 2020
Collecting Villains is the Fun Part (w/Anna Merlan)
Oct 22, 2020
Dogs vs Blogs (w/Megan Greenwell)
Oct 15, 2020
Walking Harley Quinn (w/THE LOX)
Oct 08, 2020
Do You Ever Miss Metaphors? (w/BOB MOULD)
Oct 01, 2020
You Can Finally Be a Certified Dick (w/Tim Marchman)
Sep 24, 2020
Talking All-American: Tiger with Shane Ryan (Bonus)
Sep 22, 2020
Talking to Pilgrims with Bomani Jones
Sep 17, 2020
It's a Big Week! with Lauren Theisen
Sep 10, 2020
Consider the Nightgown with Ray Ratto
Sep 03, 2020
Andy Behrens and the Hater’s Guide to Fantasy Football
Aug 27, 2020
Waiting All Day to Watch A Richard Marx Video
Aug 20, 2020
Aug 13, 2020
Introducing: The Distraction
Jul 28, 2020