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American Fever Dream

Betches

News, Daily News, Politics

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Overview

From under the desk to in your ears, V. Spehar joins Betches Media in a new podcast dedicated to curing the collective malaise brought on by our chaotic political environment. Every week, Spehar and co-host Sami Sage will tenderly guide you through the biggest moments in politics and pop culture with a healing dose of perspective and humor. Rather than spiral over the latest unprecedented event, the hosts dig for the 2024 political tea you *really* want to hear while offering all the information you need to be an empowered citizen, without the side of despair to keep you up at night. For constant news updates, sign up for the Sup email newsletter at betches.com/newsletters and follow us on Instagram at @betches_news. And follow V on TikTok and Instagram @underthedesknews.

988 Episodes

This Is America, You Have The Right To Be Wrong And Stupid

Topics: Sami is joined by Sharon McMahon, the author of “The Small and the Mighty,” to share how history can be constructed and verified as accurately as possible. Sharon stresses the importance of local journalism and how it has been the backbone of America’s microcultures. How different generations navigate gathering information, disseminating it, and learning that the best way to be right is to be wrong first. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 16 May 2024

Politicians Need To Say F*ck More

15:55 TEMP CHECK: Vice President Harris spoke at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies’ annual legislative leadership summit and imparted some honest words to the group. 24:30 MAIN NEWS: Sami and V give a rundown of the MANY threats to the 2024 election, from AI and disinformation, to election denial, to voter suppression by Trump’s army of poll-watching volunteers. Plus, what the hell is an incidental election and what are the odds of one happening? 58:07 DOWN BALLOT ERA: Our villain of the week is Judge Scott McAfee, who is presiding over Trump’s Fulton County, Georgia election interference case and is running for reelection. 1:00:00 AMER-I-CAN’T: Senator Katie Britt of Alabama created the More Opportunities for Moms to Succeed Act, which proposes to establish an online government database listing agencies and pregnancy care providers, but excluding abortion-related services. It also collects your health and pregnancy information…what could go wrong? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

How The Supreme Court Became Weaponized

Topics: Sami and V are joined by the hosts of Strict Scrutiny to talk about how the Supreme Court’s handling of important cases like Mifepristone and EMTALA raises concerns about standing and the potential impact on reproductive rights. They predict the risks of the Supreme Court undermining federal supremacy over state law as constitutional principle and what the long term ripple effects are. What can we do about it? Sustained public attention and pressure are crucial in influencing the court’s decisions and how democratic political officials should be pushed to take action. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 9 May 2024

Mamala For America, Dictator For A Day

12:45 TEMP CHECK: V and Sami take the nation’s temperature after Drew Barrymore’s “Mamala Controversy” and how her interview with Vice President Harris became cringe-worthy and even inappropriate. 29:17 MAIN NEWS: Project 2025 outlines Trump’s policy plans, which aims to consolidate executive authority and implement conservative policies, potentially hinting to an authoritarian government. 50:53 DOWN BALLOT ERA: Our down ballot girlie of the week goes to Caroline Gleich. Caroline has climbed Mt. Everest and is now running for Senate in Utah to fill the seat Mitt Tomney once occupied. 53: 20 AMER-I-CAN’T: Noelia Voight, recently resigned Miss USA, brings attention to mental health concerns and the pressures faced by pageant contestants. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 7 May 2024

The Connection Between Autocracy And Antisemitism

Samantha Vinograd, senior national security counselor and assistant secretary for counterterrorism and threat prevention at the DHS, joins Sami and V to talk about how the council is approaching Holocaust denialism and the lack of Holocaust education. Lawmakers proposed the bipartisan Antisemitism Awareness Act, which would codify the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism into federal anti-discrimination laws. Samantha discusses antisemitism in the context of the recent campus protests. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 2 May 2024

Playing In The Legal Sandbox

5:40 TEMP CHECK: V and Sami check the temperature on the Columbia University protest, clarifying the motivation behind the protests and discussing how they’ve expanded nationwide. 25:45 MAIN NEWS: Why does it seem like every headline is about a court case? They highlight the latest developments at SCOTUS, criminal cases, and more… while reflecting on America’s long standing reputation of being one of the most litigious countries in the world and how Americans use the legal system to solve (and cause!) all sorts of problems. 39:55 DOWN BALLOT VILLAIN: This week goes to Eric Hovde, who has released several ageist remarks on Fox Radio while running for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin against Tammy Baldwin. 45:30 AMER-I-CAN’T: Dollar Tree announced that it is closing 600 of its Family Dollar store locations in 2024. V reveals the top three reasons why a Dollar Store may be a detriment to your neighborhood. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

TikTok & How Policy Affects Culture

Topics: President Biden signed a bill that will force TikTok’s Chinese parent company to divest from its U.S. operations or face a nationwide ban. V updates us on the details of this bill and the consequences TikTok will face if they do not cooperate. Sami is joined by Jesse Washington, film director of Hip-Hop And The White House, a documentary that examines the relationship between the emergence of hip-hop, how it arose as a result of public policy, and the power of hip hop to make political statements and mobilize audiences. You can stream Hip-Hop And The White House on Hulu today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 25 April 2024

The Tortured Electoral College Department

2:40 TEMP CHECK: Sami and V check the nation’s pulse after Taylor Swift’s double album release and the discourse that followed. 10:00 MAIN NEWS: This week, Maine joined The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC). Under the proposed compact, each state would allocate all its electoral votes to whoever wins the national popular vote for president, regardless of how individual states voted in an election. 21:30 DOWN BALLOT GIRLY OF THE WEEK: Goes to the first South American-born immigrant to serve in Congress, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Mucarsel-Powell is running for the Florida Senate against current senator Rick Scott who has been a long time fixture in Florida politics. 31:00 OUR DOWN BALLOT VILLAIN OF THE WEEK: Goes to Louis DeJoy and his attempt to privatize the USPS through the “Delivering for America” plan which is a roadmap to destroying rural, indigenous communities that are too small to have private shipping offices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

Trump’s 9-5 And His Plans For 2025

TEMP CHECK: Sami and V discuss the 4B movement which renounces dating men, marriage, sex with men, and having children. It originated in South Korea in 2019 with 4,000 members, but now TikTok has caught wind and amassed over 60K videos with some form of #4B. MAIN NEWS: In the midst of his trial, Donald Trump drops a sneak peek of what we can expect from his desired second term, starting with a brilliant plan to devalue the US dollar on purpose. IN OUR DOWN BALLOT ERA: We are here to shout out the Vote Mama Lobby and a candidate submitted by a listener: Maxi Glamour, who is running to be the first non-binary committee member of the 3rd Ward of St. Louis, MO. AMERICAN’T: To lower its rat population, New York City lawmakers have proposed an ordinance that will provide free and unfettered access to contraception for the city’s rats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 April 2024

Kara Swisher’s Tales From Silicon Valley

We’re switching/SWISHing it up this week, with our mini-sode today and our main episode out on Thursday, because there is just so much rolling news right now. Today, Sami and V are joined by Kara Swisher, tech journalist, Pivot co-host, co-founder of Recode, and New York Times bestselling author of Burn Book. Her memoir chronicles her decades-long career covering the rise of Silicon Valley, what they’re like up close, how they’ve helped and how they harmed us.Topics: Congress is finally starting to move into action to regulate big tech companies, but will it be effective? A look into why these companies have become too rich and too powerful to regulate properly. Earlier regulation for apps like TikTok could help prevent total bans. Kara emphasizes that despite its popularity, TikTok must adhere to American regulations and values the same as any other broadcast network. The consequence of dominance in the industry by a few huge companies has led to the demise of traditional news outlets and the spread of misinformation. How will news businesses adapt their business models? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

Anthony Cumstock: Women-Hater & Chronic Masturbator

Topics: The king of subprime car loans, Don Hankey, stepped forward to offer Trump his $175 million bond — but will he even be allowed to pay it? State Attorney General Letitia James is questioning whether Hankey's insurance group, Knight Company, is qualified to issue bonds in New York and that's even if the funds are legitimate. Following the Supreme Court’s mention of the Comstock Act, Sami and V dive deep into 19th century moralist Anthony Comstock, uncovering his motivations for creating the 1873 Comstock Act, and how Republicans are leveraging the act to restrict abortion access. Along the way, we’ll also learn about V’s deep love for the Victorian Age. And, over in Michigan, Representative Elissa Slotkin holds a slender lead over the Trump-supported former Representative Mike Rogers in the state’s contested Senate race. Elissa's campaign has been promoting her “Opportunity Agenda,” which aims to achieve health equity, gun safety in schools, and more funding for child care centers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 9 April 2024

Is Cowboy Carter the Most American Album Ever?

Topics: Republicans call President Biden anti-Catholic because he dared to acknowledge Trans Day of Visibility, which fell on the same day as Easter Sunday Family members of the late labor leader César Chavez tell RFK Jr. to stop using their dad’s likeness for clout. A major dive into Beyonce’s new album Cowboy Carter and its history lessons, plus a legendary (and definitely untold) story from V about Dolly Parton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 2 April 2024

Girl Talk! The Up-Kate

Topics: Sami is joined by Emily Amick to provide an update on Kate Middleton and how the public reacted to the conclusion of the royal conspiracies. V interviews Julie Kay, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Abortion Coalition of Telemedicine (ACT), on how the Supreme Court is attempting to limit abortion access. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 March 2024

Preachy Females In Democratic Politics

Topics: Run For Something’s latest research revealed that 61% of young democrats say they are most likely to turn out to vote if there is a young progressive candidate running. NBC hires Ronna McDaniel as an on-air commentator and faces major backlash. Truth Social has made a surprise IPO on the NASDAQ and its biggest investor is the company founded by TikTok’s savior Jeff Yass, Susquehanna International Group. A deep dive into RFK Jr. and his independent campaign In Our Down Ballot Era: Democratic State Senator Eva Burch reveals in a speech on the Senate floor that she is planning to get an abortion due to her pregnancy being no longer viable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 26 March 2024

RFKate Jr? Conspiracy Corner Time!

Topics: An overview of Emily Amick’s Substack piece: Kate Middleton & the Conspiratization of Modern Mass Communications Identifying how conspiracies become discredited to cover up truth. Is it malevolence or is it just messiness? Pre-order Democracy in Retrograde: How to Make Changes Big and Small in Our Country and in Our Lives Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 21 March 2024

The Rise Of Moral Narcissism

Topics: Discussing the rising issue of “Moral Narcissism”. A primer on what’s happening in Haiti Shouting out Democratic candidates that voted against the TikTok ban. The gap in our court system that allows hypothetical court cases to make it to the Supreme Court without consequence. Come back on Thursday for a minisode where V, Sami, and @emilyinyourphone chat about missing Kate Middleton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2024

Katie Britt’s Fundie Baby Voice

Topics: After predicting some possible options for TikTok saviors, Kellyanne Conway is beginning to lobby on behalf of TikTok in Congress. Trump posted a $91.6 Million dollar bond on Friday to cover the financial penalty that he owes Jean Carroll. Texas down ballot results for Greg Casar, Jasmine Crockett, and Jessica Cisneros. Florida Representative Anna Paulina Luna has proposed bipartisan legislation in congress that would allow members of congress to vote remotely for six weeks after they give birth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2024

Super Tuesday And TikTok Thursday

Topics: Sami and V share their takes on Trump and Biden’s respective popularity following Super Tuesday. The TikTok ban is back on the legislative table and Congress is getting serious about heavy regulatory fines to ban it from app stores. Will TikTok be saved by a buyer? Sami throws out some potential candidates. You can watch the bills consideration and debate LIVE Thursday, March 7, 2024 2:00 P.M. at https://energycommerce.house.gov/. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 7 March 2024

Super Thicc Tuesday

Topics: Caitlin Clark is changing sports for a generation The Supremes fall in line to help Donald Trump win the election Unpacking Vice President Kamala Harris’s call for a ceasefire + reactions A Hunter Biden hearing without full frontal nudity An extra thicc and juicy downballot era segment in honor of Super Tuesday, featuring Brian Derrick of Oath, who breaks down why North Carolina really, really, *really* needs to elect a Democratic governor this November Learn more about Oath at Oath.Vote Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 March 2024

Wrangling The Extremely Online: Ft. Taylor Lorenz

In today’s mini-sode V chats with author and journalist, Taylor Lorenz. They detail Taylor’s interview with Chaya Raichik during which she revealed herself as the creator of LibsofTikTok. FULL INTERVIEW Taylor’s Book: Extremely Online: The Untold Story of Fame, Influence, and Power on the Internet Topics: How Taylor came to discover LibsofTikTok creator, Chaya Raichik. The severity of Raichik’s content and the concern of copy cats. The timeliness of Taylor’s book Extremely Online. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 February 2024

Is The Bodily Autonomy In The Room With Us? Ft. Kamala Harris

Today’s episode includes an exclusive interview with Vice President Kamala Harris, where she reacts to the Alabama Supreme Court ruling on frozen embryos and the death of Nex Benedict. To jump to the interview, listen at 49:24. Other topics in this show include: Symptom management of late-stage capitalism: why is the internet hiding news from us and why do CEOs want us eating cereal for dinner? Why don’t we know exactly what happened to Nex Benedict? We guide you through the confusing coverage. For the first time *ever* in the United States, someone was convicted for a hate crime for murdering a transgender woman. The Kochs pull their money from Nikki Haley as she enters her delulu era Veepstakes is in full swing – here’s who we *don’t* think Trump will pick A Missouri law prevents pregnany women from divorcing their spouse – which is why MO Rep. Ashley Aune is our downballot girlie of the week V interviews Vice President Kamala Harris about wide-ranging threats to reproductive rights: from how anti-abortion legislation impacts members of the military to fears around IVF accessibility. V and the Vice President also offer words of support to the LGBTQ community following the death of Nex Benedict. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 27 February 2024

On Thin Ice

Another week of nightmare fuel to unpack in today's episode of American Fever Dream, including: Alabama’s Supreme Court rules that frozen embryos should be considered people. Here are the implications for IVF. Where is Ivanka Trump lately? The hottest new wedding venue is decommissioned prisons What we know about the killing of Nex Benedict Why a California conservative is making decisions about Oklahoma school libraries Alexei Navalny’s “sudden death syndrome” Who’s in their downballot era this week? It’s New York State Senator Tamra Brouk, whose legislation ensures more women have access to life-saving doula services Check out our latest promo codes here: https://betches.com/promos Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

American Fever Dream: Our Official 2024 Diagnosis

In the first episode of American Fever Dream, V. Spehar of Under The Desk News fame officially joins the Betches News family in our premiere episode of our signature news and politics podcast dedicated to keeping you responsibly informed, sufficiently amused, and ready to stay engaged for the long haul.This week’s topics include: What’s going on with politics on social media? The Super Bowl political intersections you didn’t see and Nancy Pelosi’s Vegas field trip The race to replace George Santos in Long Island and why we’re in our downballot era this year A shooting at Joel Osteen’s Texas megachurch raises questions about the prosperity gospel Would you let ChatGPT write your performance review? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

American Fever Dream (TRAILER)

Betches News (formerly The Betches Sup) is excited to announce the newest podcast from Betches Media: American Fever Dream! From under the desk to in your ears, V. Spehar joins Betches Media in a new podcast dedicated to curing the collective malaise brought on by our chaotic political environment. Every week, Spehar and co-host Amanda Duberman (news director, Betches) will tenderly guide you through the biggest moments in politics and pop culture with a healing dose of perspective and humor. Rather than spiral over the latest unprecedented event, the hosts dig for the 2024 political tea you *really* want to hear while offering all the information you need to be an empowered citizen, without the side of despair to keep you up at night. Tune in every Tuesday, starting February 13th, 2024 and subscribe now so you don't miss an episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 6 February 2024

Soft Black Woman: Trump’s Fraud Case, Strike Updates, & Swifties Love Football

On this the final episode of Soft Black Woman for 2023, host Dr. Akilah Cadet welcomes your favorite financial hype woman, Berna Anat, to help break down the news. Be sure to subscribe to our new podcast feed so you don’t miss an episode of Soft Black Woman in 2024.Co-host: @heyberna, Berna AnatFollow The New Feed: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5JY2EXoszc2MqjuqeLNvxS Apple: https://apple.co/3r8mRjJ Topics: A judge found Trump committed fraud in building his real-estate empire. The WGA Strike is over Taylor Swift’s star power sends Travis Kelce’s jersey sales soaring Drake Fans react to controversial lyrics on Slime You Out *NSYNC returns Colin Kaepernick wants to get back on the field with the New York Jets Vivek Ramaswamy, Tim Scott vowed to end to birthright citizenship Megan Thee Stallion wants you to check on your friends, including the ‘strong’ ones Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 September 2023

#897 The Last Sup-per (For Now)

Topics: GOP primary candidates assemble once again to compete for the smallest L Reflecting on chaotic moments, favorite guests, and lessons learned What’s next for the Betches Sup podcast The Betches Sup podcast will be on hiatus until early 2024 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 September 2023

#896 It’s Not Good, Bob (Writers’ Strike, Bob Menendez)

Topics: What’s in the “tentative deal” struck by writers and studios? Our writers debrief on the imminent end of one strike while another heats up. What does Kevin McCarthy want more, his job or a functioning government? Did Senator Bob Menendez engage in sweeping corruption, or just leave a little extra cash lying around? Are Men Ok? We deliberate over this cringey comment from the Greek Prime Minister Check out our latest promo codes here: https://betches.com/promos Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 25 September 2023

Soft Black Woman: Halle Berry & Drake, Suspension For Locs, And Rihanna’s Baby

On this episode of Soft Black Woman, host Dr. Akilah Cadet welcomes comedian and content creator TaTa Sherise. Be sure to subscribe to our new podcast feed so you don’t miss an episode of Soft Black Woman. Co-host: @tatasherise, TaTa Sherise Follow The New Feed: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5JY2EXoszc2MqjuqeLNvxS Apple: https://apple.co/3r8mRjJ Topics: Halle Berry calls out Drake for using a picture of her to promote his new single Maren Morris says she’s quitting country music because of Trump era culture wars A Black Texas student was suspended for his loc hairstyle Jann Wenner (Rolling Stone magazine) made racist and sexist comments while promoting his new book “The Masters” Rihanna and A$AP Rocky introduced their newborn son, Riot Rose Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 22 September 2023

#895 Do Sweat Shorts Belong In In The Senate? (Shutdown, Murdoch)

Topics: What we’ve been binge-watching lately How Rupert Murdoch should spend his retirement Why the government spending negotiations are like a disorganized Bachelorette party The Senate changes its dress code. But are some clothes simply too casual for the gravity of governing? Angelica Ross details Emma Roberts’ transphobia on the “American Horror Story” set Milly and Alise share heart-warming and hilarious anecdotes in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 21 September 2023

#894 A Multigenerational Threat (Lauren Boebert, UAW strike)

Topics: Did Lauren Boebert give a handy at the theater? What’s unique about the auto workers’ strike. The Republican governor and VP hopeful accused of having an affair with a Trump aide. Why young voters are putting pressure on Biden to take more radical action on climate change. Drew Barrymore finally changes course and pauses her talk show. A Rolling Stone co-founder makes controversial and ill-informed statements about “inarticulate” women and Black performers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 September 2023

Soft Black Woman: We’re Moving, The Highest Standard, & Box Braids

On this episode of Soft Black Woman, host Dr. Akilah Cadet welcomes documentary filmmaker and producer, Isara Krieger to talk about the latest trending pop culture and news headlines of the week. Plus, they tell us how they’re prioritizing softness in their own lives. Be sure to subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode of Soft Black Woman, out every Friday. Co-host: @isara.krieger, Isara Krieger Follow The New Feed: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5JY2EXoszc2MqjuqeLNvxS Apple: https://apple.co/3r8mRjJ Topics: Soft Black Woman will be taking a break starting September 29th and returning in its own feed in 2024. Isara’s documentary, The Highest Standard follows three students as they make a leap across the education gap. Recapping the MTV Video Music Awards. Dictionary.com adds box braids to its lexicon. Lauren Boebert was escorted out of Beetlejuice after causing a disturbance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 15 September 2023

#893 Do Americans Want A Single President? (+ An Important Announcement)

Topics: An announcement from Milly and Alise + info about the podcast schedule this year Jen Shah and Elizabeth Holmes are jailhouse besties We’re all confused about why Republicans want to impeach Joe Biden Republicans tried to shame a Virginia candidate for a spicy livestream, but might have committed a crime Lauren Boebert’s eventful evening at the theater Unpacking Drew Barrymore’s decision to resume her talk show and the current status of the WGA/SAG strikes The nation solves an enduring mystery: does Tim Scott have a real girlfriend? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 14 September 2023

#892 Punk’d By Patriarchy (Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson)

Topics: Trump hosts a teeny tiny fundraiser to help pay Rudy Giuliani’s legal bills The ongoing effort to identify more than 1,000 9/11 victims Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s awful character statements for Danny Masterson, and their even worst response Bryan calls in from Spain to unpack the country’s reaction to Luis Rubialis defiance, and ultimate resignation, after kissing a female player during the World Cup victory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 September 2023

Soft Black Woman: Sports With Purpose, Yeezys, & Ayanna Pressley

On this episode of Soft Black Woman, host Dr. Akilah Cadet welcomes Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer for the Oakland Roots and Soul Soccer Teams, Edreece Arghandiwal to talk about the latest trending pop culture and news headlines of the week. Plus, they tell us how they’re prioritizing softness in their own lives. Be sure to subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode of Soft Black Woman, out every Friday. Co-host: @edreece, @oaklandroots, @oaklandsoulsc, Edreece Arghandiwal Topics: Oakland Roots & Soul Sports announces Community Investment round. Spain women’s soccer coach fired after unwanted kiss. Adidas pledges portion of the Yeezy proceeds will be going to fight antisemitism. US Open hosts the first match with two Black men playing against each other. Presidential candidate Ramaswamy makes racist remarks to Rep. Pressley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 8 September 2023

#891 Spinning Our Wheels (Sophie Turner, Hunter Biden)

Topics: An escaped prisoner has this Pennsylvania town on lockdown. The number of abortions performed since Roe was overturned has… increased? We unpack a surprising – yet also completely expected? – report. Why Hunter Biden is being indicted The problematic narrative surrounding Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas’s divorce Are Men Ok? This time, we ask for a Florida man who keeps trying to cross the ocean in a human-sized hamster wheel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 7 September 2023

#890 Fall Syllabus (Elections this year, Burning Man)

Topics: The hosts debrief on Labor Day weekend and deliberate what actually marks the “end” of summer What this year’s extreme Burning Man conditions revealed about the new demographics of the counter-culture festival We preview some upcoming political moments will profound state-level impacts that could reshape the 2024 election: the Virginia state legislature could flip, and Democratic governors in these red states could lose out to Republicans Is the government shutting down later this month? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 September 2023

Soft Black Woman: Dylan Mulvaney, Jacksonville, & Coco Gauff

On this episode of Soft Black Woman, host Dr. Akilah Cadet welcomes activist, speaker, and award winning author of The Wake Up, Michelle MiJung Kim to talk about the latest trending pop culture and news headlines of the week. Plus, they tell us how they’re prioritizing softness in their own lives. Be sure to subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode of Soft Black Woman, out every Friday. Co-host: @michellekimkim, Michelle MiJung Kim Topics: Dylan Mulvaney wins “Breakout Creator” at the Streamy Awards. R. Kelly and Universal must pay over a half a million in music royalties towards victims. Thousands gather to celebrate the 60th anniversary of MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech. White man fatally shoots 3 Black people in Jacksonville Florida in racist attack. Coco Gauff calls out Chair Umpire then wins match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 1 September 2023

#889 Why We Need Jokes To Process Politics (ft. Samantha Bee)

Topics: What is Samantha Bee’s news diet? How the writers’ strike and lack of late night shows has impacted the way we understand and process political events What it will take to elevate more women in the politics and comedy space How Republicans in Ohio are trying to confuse voters about a pro-reproductive rights constitutional amendment Why is Mitch McConnell the way that he is? We ruminate We play our favorite game: Is this celebrity older or younger than Ron DeSantis? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 August 2023

#888 Global Embarrassments (Shooting, Soccer Scandal)

Topics: Why Ron DeSantis has blood on his hands after the racist massacre in Jacksonville, Florida Trump raised $7.1 million off his mugshot The Spanish soccer head is refusing to resign over kissing a player non-consensually while continuing to make things worse for himself reputationally Unpacking Ronan Farrow’s head-spinning report on Elon Musk’s influence over the federal government… while using ketamine? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 August 2023

Soft Black Woman: The Blind Side, World Cup, & Marijuana

On this episode of Soft Black Woman, host Dr. Akilah Cadet welcomes commentator, teacher, and author Adrienne Lawrence to talk about the latest trending pop culture and news headlines of the week. Plus, they tell us how they’re prioritizing softness in their own lives. Be sure to subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode of Soft Black Woman, out every Friday. Co-host: @adriennelawrence, Adrienne Lawrence Topics: Michael Oher of “The Blind Side” filed a petition accusing the Touhy family of lying. The Spanish football team wins World Cup despite fighting against the RFEF and coaches. New York judge blocks retail marijuana licensing. Texas Woman charged with threatening to kill judge overseeing Trump’s federal election interference case. We welcome both Rihanna and Serena’s baby girls. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 25 August 2023

#887 (Mug) Shots Fired (GOP Debate)

Topics: The message behind the viral anti-politician song used to open the Fox News GOP debate Vivek Ramaswamy made a huge impression during the first debate. But was it a good one? Nikki Haley’s strong performance and Mike Pence’s surprising moments of… good improv? Donald Trump’s incredibly weird interview with Tucker Carlson that covered everything from Jeffrey Epstein to Joe Biden’s legs Looking ahead to the next phase of the 2024 election This episode was co-hosted by Grace Weinstein (IG: @grayyy), who hosts and produces “WTF, America?” on Snapchat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 24 August 2023

#886 Zoo Of Pregnant Women (World Cup, Unhinged Judge)

Topics: Spain wins the women’s World Cup against a backdrop many women will recognize (a problematic boss with institutional support) Who we’d put money on to win this week’s GOP debate The World Chess Federation bans transwomen from competing for… why exactly? Are Men Ok? Asking for the judge who wants to outlaw abortion because people like looking at babies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 21 August 2023

Soft Black Woman: Living With Endometriosis, It’s Myths, & Stigmas

On this episode of Soft Black Woman, host Dr. Akilah Cadet welcomes Jenneh Rishe, founder of the Endo Co. and author of Part of You, Not All of You, to talk about the latest trending pop culture and news headlines of the week. Plus, they tell us how they’re prioritizing softness in their own lives. Be sure to subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode of Soft Black Woman, out every Friday. Co-host: @lifeabove_illness, Jenneh Rishe Topics: Jenneh’s journey to creating Endo Co. Sharing how being a Black woman affected her diagnosis The biggest myths about endometriosis. Advice for people with uteruses on how they can advocate for their health. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 August 2023

#885 Wellness Influencer Or Far-Right Dream Girl?

Topics: Who will be part of Trump’s jury in Georgia? How influencers are introducing women to the conservative agenda through anti-birth control misinformation The sneaky ways people like Peter Thiel and Ben Shapiro are pulling millennial and Gen Z women toward the far-right movement The disingenuous feminism of the “Trad Wife” nostalgia This episode was guest hosted by Ginny Hogan (IG: @ginnyhogan_ ) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 17 August 2023

#884 Are Indictments Hitting Like They Used To? (Georgia, Hunter Biden)

Topics: What to know about Fani Willis, the Georgia DA about to indict Donald Trump The cringiest moments from Republican Coachella Has Vivek Ramaswamy dethroned Ron DeSantis as the 2024 alternative to Trump Are Men OK? We unpack an important update in the Zuckerberg-Musk cage fight that never was Plus, Amanda Zurawski (@aceiswild) returns with updates about her lawsuit against the state of Texas Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 14 August 2023

Soft Black Woman: Montgomery Brawl, Lizzo’s Allegations, & The Fearless Fund

On this episode of Soft Black Woman, host Dr. Akilah Cadet welcomes Kelsey Lindell, founder and CEO of Misfit Media, to talk about the latest trending pop culture and news headlines of the week. Plus, they tell us how they’re prioritizing softness in their own lives. Be sure to subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode of Soft Black Woman, out every Friday. Co-host: @kelsey_lindell, Kelsey Lindell Topics: Three white men charged with assault after Montgomery Riverfront Brawl. Lizzo’s response to the allegations made against her. A new lawsuit targets Fashion diversity efforts. Texas A&M reaches $1 million settlement with Black journalism professor Simone Biles returns to gymnastics and wins 2023 U.S. Classic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 August 2023

#883 The Power Of Girl Bucks (Montgomery Brawl, Ohio)

Topics: The Montgomery Brawl was everything everywhere all at once What Joe Biden should learn from this week’s reproductive rights-related election in Ohio Can Dems keep the Senate in 2024? We look at the map and discuss the most anticipated races What the girly pop economy of summer 2023 (Eras, Renaissance, Barbie) tells us about the state of feminism Tory Lanez gets 10 years in prison for shooting Megan The Stallion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 10 August 2023

#882 Karine Jean-Pierre: Dating Coach (ft. Karine Jean-Pierre)

Today we’re joined by Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Press Secretary Topics: The first time she met President Biden (while working for President Obama)! The moment she learned she would be the next White House Press Secretary What are the most fun days to work at the White House? Her proudest moments of the Biden Administration (so far) Her go-to wind-down routine after a particularly eventful press conference Why she wants to advise Milly on her dating life Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 7 August 2023

Soft Black Woman: The #SoftLife, How It Started, & Its Barriers Ft. Dominique Fluker

On this episode of Soft Black Woman, host Dr. Akilah Cadet welcomes Dominique Fluker, Essence’s contributing lifestyle editor and writer of the viral article: Living The #SoftLife: Here’s Why Black Women Are Rejecting The Harmful “Strong Black Woman” Trope. Plus, they tell us how they’re prioritizing softness in their own lives. Be sure to subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode of Soft Black Woman, out every Friday. Co-host: @dominiquebfluker, Dominique Fluker Topics: The story behind Dominique’s journey to writing about the #SoftLife. How the soft life isn’t one size fits all. The Barriers to the soft life. 3 ways to tap into the soft life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 4 August 2023

#881 Can Trump Be President From Prison? (Indictment 3.0, Lizzo)

Topics: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is single. Where should he mingle? How likely is it that Trump will serve prison time? And can he serve as president from jail? Here’s what it might look like. Lizzo is accused of workplace harassment but denies any wrongdoing. We unpack the complicated nature of the allegations. Claire Watkins, staff writer with @justwomenssports, analyzes the Women's World Cup so far and why people are worried about the USWNT. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 3 August 2023

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