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Hysteria

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Overview

Political commentator and comedy writer Erin Ryan and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco are joined by a bicoastal squad of funny, opinionated women to talk through everything from reproductive rights to romcoms. They break down the political news of the week, plus the topics, trends, and cultural stories that affect women’s lives.

365 Episodes

Arizona Steals Trump’s Abortion Thunder

Arizona’s Supreme Court bans abortion, and Trump wants to leave reproductive healthcare up to the states, in news. Then, Tien Tran joins to talk about the NCAA women’s basketball championships and the rise in popularity of women’s sports. Finally, Sani-Petty (Jason Sudeikis, get out of here!).

Transcribed - Published: 11 April 2024

Florida Abortion Rights in Retrograde w. Rep. Barbara Lee

Florida’s Supreme Court enacted a six-week abortion ban — but there’s a chance to protect reproductive rights in the Sunshine State in November; the NCAA women’s basketball championships are RIVETING; and, Dr. Heather Irobunda joins to discuss an announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding consent for “sensitive” procedures like pelvis and prostate exams. Then, Rep. Barbara Lee comes on to talk about her history of fighting for progressive policy, 2024 voter turnout, and being portrayed on TV in Netflix’s “Shirley.” Finally, Sani-Petty (Mercury is in retrograde again).

Transcribed - Published: 4 April 2024

Mifepristone: Pro Life’s Pill to Die On

SCOTUS hears arguments for the abortion pill (mifepristone) case; TikTok is spreading misinformation about birth control; and more in news. Then, Dana Schwartz joins to discuss: are we assholes for speculating about Kate Middleton before she revealed her cancer diagnosis? Finally, Sani-Petty (lab results emails are STRESSFUL, and a Zoomer gave Erin a box of mayonnaise).

Transcribed - Published: 28 March 2024

From Crunchy Mom to Anti-Vax w. Brandy Zadrozny

From Minnesota to Olivia Rodrigo’s concerts, Plan B is putting people in a tizzy; Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV proved to us that child acting shouldn’t be a thing; and more in news. Then, Brandy Zadrozny discusses anti-vaccine king RFK Jr. and the moms to alt-right misinformation pipeline. Finally, Sani-Petty (dirt makes the world go ‘round).

Transcribed - Published: 21 March 2024

Meet Me In the Middleton w. Milly Tamarez and Alise Morales

Women’s History Month continues with Equal Pay Day; Republicans compromise IVF and birth control access; LGBTQ+ hate crimes go up in schools as anti-trans laws continue to pass in places like Florida; and more in news. Then, Milly Tamarez and Alise Morales of Go Touch Grass (and formerly, The Betches Sup) join to talk about Kate Middleton, Sen. Katie Britt, and other stories taking the internet by storm. Finally, Sani-Petty (we love wildflowers and hate trucks!).

Transcribed - Published: 14 March 2024

SOTU Couture w. Robin Givhan

Super Tuesday showed that the primaries aren’t going so super, Nikki Haley and Krysten Sinema drop out in their own special ways, the abortion pill becomes available at some CVS and Walgreens locations, and more in news. Then, Robin Givhan of the Washington Post joins to talk about the State of the Union and iconic political fashion statements of the past. Finally, Sani-Petty (where is Kate Middleton?).

Transcribed - Published: 7 March 2024

GOP’s Frantic IVF Gaslighting with Taylor Lorenz, Errin Haines, Princess Hairston

Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz joins to talk about her viral interview with Libs of Tik Tok. Then 19th news Journalist Errin Haines and filmmaker/activist Princess Hariston join to talk about their new documentary The 19th’s Breaking The News. Plus, Erin and Alyssa get into the Republican response to Alabama’s IVF law, Jill Biden’s new federal initiative, Olivia Rodrigo’s new reproductive health fund and more. Finally, a Love is Blind take down in SaniPetty. Show Notes The 19th’s, Breaking The News: https://19thnews.org/2024/02/how-to-watch-breaking-the-news-documentary-pbs/ https://www.pbs.org/video/breaking-the-news-q71bt6/ Taylor Lorenz: ​​How Libs of TikTok became a powerful presence in Oklahoma schools https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2024/02/24/libs-tiktok-oklahoma-nonbinary-teen-death/ Heritage Foundation: Protestant Denominations Need Stronger Leadership on Assisted Reproductive Technology https://www.heritage.org/marriage-and-family/commentary/protestant-denominations-need-stronger-leadership-assisted Olivia Rodrigo;s Fund 4 Good https://www.eifoundation.org/partners/olivia-rodrigos-fund-4-good/

Transcribed - Published: 29 February 2024

“Alabama Endangers IVF For Everyone” w. Rep. Judy Chu

Republicans in Alabama, Kansas, and Florida attempt more anti-abortion workarounds by redefining “personhood;” ProPublica shows how Tennessee makes motherhood a nightmare; Nikki Haley stays on the campaign trail; dating app developers make Tinder addictive; and more in news. Then, Rep. Judy Chu from California talks about the Lunar New Year (we love dragons!), gun safety, and a new bill aimed at helping caregivers. Finally, June Diane Raphael dishes about Sister Wives, acting, and more.

Transcribed - Published: 22 February 2024

The Artist to Influencer Pipeline

Fani Willis and Donald Trump might meet up in an Atlanta hearing; Joe Biden’s on TikTok; Republicans sincerely threaten a national abortion ban; Texas, Ohio, and Missouri deal with reproductive healthcare BS; and more in news. Then, Bess Kalb and Kiran Deol join to discuss being an artist promoting their work on social media (inspired by an article in Vox by Rebecca Jennings). Finally, Sani-Petty (Mark Meadows and…long boogers?).

Transcribed - Published: 15 February 2024

“How Castration Might Save Your Life” w. Cat Bohannon

Abortion laws cause birth rates to rise in Texas, the mother of a school shooter is charged, King Charles has cancer, and more in news. Then, Cat Bohannon joins to discuss evolution from a more female perspective, including but not limited to: corkscrew vaginas, castration, and blood sucking demon fetuses. Finally, Sani-Petty (The Brothers Sun, Law and Order, and…boogers-induced Alzheimer’s?).

Transcribed - Published: 8 February 2024

“Taylor Swift Derangement Syndrome” w. Anna Louie Sussman

Taylor Swift and Sunday’s Kansas City Chiefs win make Republicans stir in fear of a potential Biden endorsement; Trump must pay writer E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million after another legal proceeding; Texas AG Ken Paxton’s deposition was delayed; an update from Crooked's VP of Politics, Shaniqua McClendon; and more in news. Then, journalist Anna Louie Sussman joins to talk about the ideological divide between young men and women based on a circulating graph from the Financial Times. Finally, Sani-Petty (Jeff Bezos, your birthday party looked really lame).

Transcribed - Published: 1 February 2024

Katie Couric on the Primaries, Trump, and That Palin Interview

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the latest abortion news (the Biden campaign doubles down, and the March for Life happened this past weekend). Then, Katie Couric joins to discuss her interviews with Kamala Harris and Sarah Palin, the state of journalism, becoming a grandma, and all the things making us say WTF. Finally, Sani-Petty (did Greta Gerwig and the Barbie movie get snubbed?).

Transcribed - Published: 25 January 2024

Nikki Haley’s Last Dance

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss Nikki Haley and the Iowa Caucus, Trump’s latest E Jean Carroll lawsuit, and the state of anti-trans legislation in news. Then, Megan Gailey and Dana Schwartz join to talk about Ariana Grande, homewreckers and “the other woman,” and the way women are held to higher moral standards than men are. Finally, Sani-Petty (are we reliving John Tucker Must Die?).

Transcribed - Published: 18 January 2024

“Shut Up, Bill Ackman” w. Rep. Anna Eskamani

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the fishy Fani Willis allegations; Claudine Gay, Bill Ackman, and Ivy League plagiarism for me but none for thee; Trump’s immunity claim and impeachment trial nonsense; a court ruling that hospitals don’t need to provide emergency abortions to patients in accordance with federal guidelines; and a bunch of other stupid bullshit in news. Then, Florida Rep. Anna Eskamani joins to discuss reproductive rights in the Sunshine State and how abortion access in the state matters for the whole South post-Roe. Finally, Sani-Petty (planes are falling apart, and people are obsessed with…water bottles?).

Transcribed - Published: 11 January 2024

Bad For America, But Funny

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco invite Julissa Arce, Grace Parra Janney, and Michaela Watkins to review the best and worst parts of 2023 and make predictions for 2024.

Transcribed - Published: 21 December 2023

“Hating Dobbs and Loving Nogs” w. Evan Kleinman

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco cover all the news that’s fit to bitch about: abortion legal nonsense in Texas and beyond, and grannies suing against AR-15s and combating Moms for Liberty. Then, Evan Kleinman of KCRW’s Good Food joins to talk holiday foods and recipes. Finally, Sani-Petty (George Santos, get OUTTA here! And, is it internalized misogyny when we yell at the Amtrak digital assistant?).

Transcribed - Published: 14 December 2023

“Mary Had a Choice” w. Jamie Manson

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco deep dive into Moms for Liberty — in light of Proud Boy Christian Ziegler being accused of sexual assault by someone with whom he and his wife and Moms for Liberty founder Bridget Ziegler allegedly had WWM threesomes (DRAMA!) — and cover a smattering of other stories (abortion in Texas, a roast of Sen. Tommy Tuberville, a toast to Sandra Day O’Connor, etc.) in news. Then, they interview Jamie Manson of Catholics for Choice about the intersection of reproductive justice and the Catholic church. Finally, Sani-Petty (what’s your favorite kind of macaron?).

Transcribed - Published: 7 December 2023

“Nikki Haley is Not Your Friend” w. Sleater-Kinney

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco dive into the slew of sex abuse lawsuits coming out of New York, GOP idiocy, and the joys of Rosalynn Carter in news. Then, Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker come on to talk about how their political voices have grown over the course of their music careers and their new album, Little Rope, out January 19, 2024. Next, Naomi Ekperigin and Megan Gailey join to discuss overconsumption in light of the holiday season shopping bonanza. Finally, Sani-Petty (Sheryl Lee Ralph and Mariah Carey are STARS).

Transcribed - Published: 30 November 2023

“Direct Flights Only” w. Sen. Tina Smith

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco invite Sen. Tina Smith to talk about all things progressive politics in Minnesota. Then, we get the gang back together: Kiran Deol, Kara Klenk, and Dana Schwartz celebrate Thanksgiving — the busiest travel week of the year — by sharing their worst travel stories.

Transcribed - Published: 23 November 2023

Chrissy Teigen on Abortion, Loss, and Why She’s Not Afraid

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco dive into the GOP’s delusional abortion takes in news. Then, you’re in for a treat: Erin interviews Chrissy Teigen and SisterSong’s Monica Simpson about reproductive rights and how they manifest in politics, in healthcare, and at home. The interview followed a roundtable all about abortion, which took place at Chrissy’s house in Los Angeles and featured leaders in the movement: Dr. Jamila Perritt, Kwajelyn Jackson, and Nancy Cárdenas Peña. Finally, some Sani-Petty (the Jeff Bezos photoshoot in Vogue is…really something!).

Transcribed - Published: 16 November 2023

“Abortion Wins, Republicans Lose” w. Allison Yarrow

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco invite What A Day’s Juanita Tolliver to talk about the November 2023 election results, Gov. Youngkin’s malevolent villain teeth, voter suppression in Mississippi, and the latest, fear-inducing presidential polls. Then, Allison Yarrow joins to discuss her new book, Birth Control: The Insidious Power of Men Over Motherhood. Finally, Sani-Petty (what hot goss is coming out of the Barbara Streisand memoir?).

Transcribed - Published: 9 November 2023

“Virginia is for Democracy Lovers” w. Jennifer Carroll Foy

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco gird their loins and take you on a Tour De Election and break down the important candidates and ballot initiatives in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Mississippi. Then, Jennifer Carroll Foy joins to talk about her run for Virginia State Senator and the high stakes legislature election. Plus, Erin investigates the bad veneers plaguing the conservative party in Sani Petty.

Transcribed - Published: 2 November 2023

“Speaker Chaos and Zombie Laws” w. Chani Nicholas and Amy Sohn

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco remember all the House members who’ve fought and lost for the Speakership, revel in Trump’s attorneys flipping on him and do another abortion roundup. Then they’re joined by writer Amy Sohn to talk about zombie laws and the Comstock Act. Plus! Astrologer and activist Chani Nicholas stops by to talk about Scorpio season and how we can better understand our political state through the stars. Finally, senior producer Caroline Reston storms in to break down the USWNT drama.

Transcribed - Published: 26 October 2023

“Jim Jordan Gets Bodyslammed” w. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco invite Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to cover the House Speakership mess and the Equal Rights Amendment in news. Then, Aparna Nancherla joins to talk about moving through the world as an introverted comedian. Finally, Sani Petty: stop growing alfalfa in Arizona, and witches, get it together!

Transcribed - Published: 19 October 2023

“Anarchy in the GOP” w. Rosie Grant

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco dive into the latest news: Sen. Tommy Tuberville doesn’t want the military to have abortion access; the House will soon vote on its new Speaker; RFK Jr. is running as an independent; and Ohio needs your votes. Then, Rosie Grant (@ghostlyarchive) joins to talk about baking recipes printed on gravestones — and eating them in cemeteries! Finally, Sani-Petty (pharmacies are swamped, and a couple lesbians are acting…racist).

Transcribed - Published: 12 October 2023

“White Guy Makes History” w. Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco cover the news with Crooked’s VP of Politics, Shaniqua McClendon, diving into the Kevin McCarthy shutdown and ousting ordeal, Banned Books Week, and the Supreme Court returning to session. Then, California’s First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom came on to discuss the work she does for gender equality and children. Finally, Sani-Petty (shoutout, Laphonza Butler! Katy Perry, what are you doing?).

Transcribed - Published: 5 October 2023

“Yes, Virginia, There Is An Election” w. Tram Nguyen and Kendra James

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco answer the following questions in this week’s news: Why is business reporting so corporate-centric? Are Alabama’s Congressional district maps still racist? Why do women pay billions more for healthcare compared to men? Then, Tram Nguyen of New Virginia Majority joins to discuss Virginia’s November election and its high stakes for abortion, 2024, and more. Next, Alyssa gets into a back-to-school mood with Crooked’s own Kendra James, author of Admissions: A Memoir of Surviving Boarding School. Finally, Sani-Petty — an Erin and Alyssa takeover.

Transcribed - Published: 28 September 2023

“Join My Commune!” w. Sen. Lindsey Port and Anna Drezen

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco dive into the Russell Brand bullshit, the GOP’s obsession with Vice President Harris, and more in news. Minnesota state Senator Lindsey Port then joins to talk about the status of progressivism in her state, from getting people’s records expunged for silly cannabis crimes to starting her state’s Reproductive Freedom Caucus. Next, Anna Drezen (creator of Praise Petey, now on Freeform and Hulu) and Tien Tran talk about the art of the girlboss, loving your job and also feeling like you’re dying, and the desire for communes. Finally, Sani-Petty (Jann Wenner and random dog poop suck).

Transcribed - Published: 21 September 2023

Masterson of None

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco get into John Kennedy’s horny speech at a Senate hearing, the United Auto Workers union, the impending end of federal child care funding from the pandemic and the Virginia legislature race. Then, Michaela Watkins and Megan Gailey join to discuss the Danny Masterson sentencing, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s character letters, and the church of Scientology. Plus, Sani Petty!

Transcribed - Published: 14 September 2023

Listen Now: Choice Words with Samantha Bee

Today as a special treat, we’re sharing an episode of Choice Words with Samantha Bee from Lemonada featuring our very own Alyssa Mastromonaco! Each week on Choice Words, Samantha Bee sits down with people she admires to examine the biggest choices they’ve made in their lives and the ripple effects those decisions have had. Sam’s made a lot of choices, too. She may have to interview herself about starting this podcast. In the episode you’re about to hear, Alyssa joins Sam Bee to reminisce on a time when she was Deputy Chief of Staff in the Obama Administration and was averaging two hours of sleep per night. Sam asks Alyssa what it was like to go from that high-stakes environment to watching HGTV all day, what made her decide that she’s never wearing Spanx again, and how she got deep into the world of jam making. Keep up with Samantha Bee @realsambee on Instagram and Twitter.

Transcribed - Published: 7 September 2023

Recovery in Maui w. Mazie Hirono (from Pod Save America)

Alyssa guest hosts on Pod Save America and speaks with Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono about recovery efforts in Maui, and what we can do to help Hawaiians as they recover and rebuild. Listen to Pod Save America wherever you get your podcasts

Transcribed - Published: 4 September 2023

"The Patriarchy is Coming For You" w. Shannon Watts & Zarna Garg

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco give the latest round of abortion news, from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court race, Ohio "Issue 1 "fuckery, and Michigan’s fight to undo its current abortion regulations. Then Shannon Watts stops by to discuss the latest episodes of violence, and white women’s role in the fight for gun safety. Plus, Julissa Arce and comedian Zarna Garg join to explore how leaving the workforce to provide care impacts your mental health. Finally we get petty about The Idol was canceled, Suits being the number #1, and Luis Rubiales lunatic mother.

Transcribed - Published: 31 August 2023

”The Patriarchy is Coming For You” w. Shannon Watts & Zarna Garg

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco give the latest round of abortion news, from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court race, Ohio "Issue 1 "fuckery, and Michigan’s fight to undo its current abortion regulations. Then Shannon Watts stops by to discuss the latest episodes of violence, and white women’s role in the fight for gun safety. Plus, Julissa Arce and comedian Zarna Garg join to explore how leaving the workforce to provide care impacts your mental health. Finally we get petty about The Idol was canceled, Suits being the number #1, and Luis Rubiales lunatic mother.

Transcribed - Published: 31 August 2023

“On My Flowers” w. Jenni Nuttall

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco use their news witch powers to make predictions about the first 2024 Republican presidential primary debate (since we recorded this episode before it happened) before diving into all the places that loathe (Indiana, we’re looking at you) and love (Illinois, thank you for this) abortion in news. Then, University of Oxford professor Jenni Nuttall comes on to talk about her new book Mother Tongue: The Surprising History of Women's Words — so we OBVIOUSLY asked her about the word “hysteria”! Next, Dana Schwartz and Megan Gailey close out Taylor Swift summer with a discussion on parasocial relationships and how they can be either helpful or potentially unhealthy. Finally, we close out with Sani-Petty: Alyssa discovered TikTok, and Sha’Carri Richardson is a track star!

Transcribed - Published: 24 August 2023

“Dressing Up for Nature” w. Alexis Nikole

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco dive into the latest news: racist, sexist, criminal former President Trump got a spicy new indictment from Georgia; menstrual hygiene products are only starting to be tested with blood…now?!; and Hawai'i' needs money. Next, TikTok’s favorite forager Alexis Nikole comes on to talk about her relationship with nature, how her practice has changed over time, and the foods she wants to pick next. Then, Naomi Ekperigin and Tien Tran join to discuss “How America Got Mean,” the latest David Brooks essay in the Atlantic about the lack of moral education in contemporary society — and why he got some stuff wrong! Finally, Sani-Petty (stop telling me to upload to the cloud!).

Transcribed - Published: 17 August 2023

"Buckeye Around And Find Out" w. T.J. Raphael

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco celebrate the results of Ohio’s special election — which is fantastic news for the future of reproductive rights in the Buckeye State — in news. Then, journalist TJ Raphael joins to discuss her latest podcast, COVER UP: THE PILL PLOT, a crazy story about smuggling abortion pills into the U.S. in the 90s. Finally, we talk Ron DeSantis’ crumbling presidential campaign, And Just Like That, and the Alabama boat brawl. New episodes drop every Thursday.

Transcribed - Published: 10 August 2023

Sneak Peek: Mobility, a novel by Lydia Kiesling

A sneak peek of the first book from Crooked Media Reads, Mobility, by Lydia Kiesling. Mobility is a gripping coming-of-age story about navigating a world of corporate greed that's both laugh-out-loud funny and politically incisive. The novel tracks themes of class, power, politics, and desire throughout the life of its compelling main character, Bunny Glenn. Vulture called Bunny Glenn “a complicated heroine for the ages, a striver who values the comforts of her oil-industry job even as she must reckon with the fact that the world is quite literally on fire.” Order your copy of Mobility today at crooked.com/mobility or wherever books are sold.

Transcribed - Published: 4 August 2023

"Wet Hot Arraignment Summer" w. Evan Kleiman

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco are together, in person, in Los Angeles (!) and mock the latest Trump indictment before diving into news coming from the Midwest, from Ohio’s special election and Wisconsin’s Judge-elect Janet Protasiewicz to backstabbing Rep. Tricia Cotham’s and concerning “prenatal care deserts” in South Dakota. Then, Evan Kleinman of KCRW’s Good Food comes on to talk about her TikTok For You Page, growing up in the LA food scene, and pomegranate molasses. Next, Megan Gailey and Kiran Deol join to discuss the double Hollywood strike, how it's impacting their careers, the economy, and labor movements at large, and how they might need to start marrying rich. Finally, some Sani-Petty (Who needs a Louis Vuitton suitcase? How are Women’s World Cup players so cool?).

Transcribed - Published: 3 August 2023

Ladychild

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco cover the possibility of a new Trump indictment, the Carlee Russell case, OBGYNs heading to Texas, and Barbie’s record-breaking opening weekend. Then, Julissa Arce and Naomi Ekperigin join to talk birthdays: getting older, watching parents and babies age, and proving to people that we’re thriving — we promise! — even when we have gray hair. Finally, Sani-Petty (Scott Disick is selling air freshener, and insurance companies are never not the worst).

Transcribed - Published: 27 July 2023

Abortion Provider Barbie

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco rave about the FIFA Women’s World Cup before discussing No Labels, the Long Island Serial Killer, and the latest abortion news in Iowa, Ohio, and beyond. Then, What a Day’s Juanita Tolliver joins to get nostalgic and talk Barbie culture — feminism, race in dolls, body image, the works — in anticipation of the summer’s hottest film. Finally, some Sani-Petty, from Flyana Boss to the inevitable fistfight in the GOP caucus.

Transcribed - Published: 20 July 2023

"Jonah Hill and Other Wieners" w. Jamie Loftus

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco cover quite the range of news, from important elections in Ohio that will decide the fate of abortion in the state, to the Zuckerberg / Threads versus Musk / Twitter dick-measuring contest. Then, Kara Klenk and special guest Jamie Loftus — who has copious hot dog knowledge thanks to her debut book, Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs — join the panel to talk about Jonah Hill and his “boundaries.” Finally, some Sani-Petty: we love Margot Robbie’s Barbie carpet looks and good European period meds!

Transcribed - Published: 13 July 2023

“Time to Call Amy” w. Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco cover the latest news — SCOTUS decisions are slowly coming in, and democracy shockingly hasn’t disintegrated yet, plus Trump is still an idiot — before interviewing Senator Amy Klobuchar about her new memoir, The Joy of Politics. Then, to close out Pride Month, associate producer Fiona Pestana joins to discuss the rise of anti-trans legislation over the past year. Finally, some Sani-Petty, featuring Vanna White, fireworks, and baristas.

Transcribed - Published: 29 June 2023

"Salmon Alito" w. Monica Potts

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco cover the latest: Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito doesn’t understand what the big deal is about accepting a free luxury vacation from a billionaire megadonor and not reporting it, SCOTUS is finishing up their session, and self-described misogynist and incel influencer Andrew Tate gets indicted. Then, Monica Potts joins to discuss her new book about women in rural America, The Forgotten Girls. Next, Grace Parra-Janney and Dana Schwartz join to discuss weddings: planning them, Instagramming them, paying for them, the works. Finally, Sani-Petty (we’re improving our handwriting and seeing Stevie Nicks live).

Transcribed - Published: 22 June 2023

“I’m Going to Marry That Baby” w. Jill Gutowitz

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco celebrate Donny Trump’s birthday by covering his second indictment and mocking the ugly bathroom where he hid classified federal documents. Plus, why is everyone at the Young Women’s Leadership Conference full of…old and irrelevant conservative women gaslighting people into having babies? Then, Tien Tran and Jill Gutowitz come on to talk age-gap relationships: when it makes sense, when it’s actively desirable, and when it’s simply nasty. Finally, bad drivers and good radio in Sani-Petty.

Transcribed - Published: 15 June 2023

"Wife of the Party" w. Rep. Becca Balint

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco dive into the latest union news and GOP nonsense — Nikki Haley and Harlan Crow, what are you doing? Then, Rep. Becca Balint joins to talk about fighting for queer rights in Congress and singing Springsteen during karaoke. Next, Juanita Toliver, host of Crooked’s What A Day podcast, and Shaniqua McClendon, Crooked’s VP of Politics, join to talk about political spouses: the good ones, the bad ones, and the…forgettable ones. Finally, some Sani-Petty (should we have ducking — sorry, f*cking — VR monocles?).

Transcribed - Published: 8 June 2023

"With Pearls, You Can Do Anything" w. Samantha Bee and Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco dive into the latest news: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was bipartisanly impeached; Minnesota gets paid family leave; and we love you forever, Succession. Samantha Bee then comes on to discuss women in late night, stealing cars, and her new podcast, Choice Words. Next, we invite Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein and Halle Kiefer to talk about The Ultimatum: Queer Love.

Transcribed - Published: 1 June 2023

"Quite Bad, Innit?" w. Coco Khan

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco are joined by Pod Save the U.K.’s Coco Khan to answer the question: which country is more of a dumpster fire, the U.S. or the U.K.?

Transcribed - Published: 25 May 2023

"Culture War Zone" w. Jena Friedman

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco celebrate their 250th episode (!!!) by answering some listener questions peppered throughout the show! In news, we cover the abortion showdown in North Carolina, Philadelphia one step closer to electing its first female mayor — after electing 99 male mayors prior — and a new menopause drug. Then, Jena Friedman and Megan Gailey join to talk all things culture war, from Bill Cosby to “wokeism” to the latest Succession election episode that made everyone lose sleep, even after taking an edible (spoiler alert). Finally, in Sani-Petty: the NBA Playoffs, TikTok’s TattooGate, and more.

Transcribed - Published: 18 May 2023

E. Jean Carroll, American Hero

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco cover a whole lot of creepy men — Trump is guilty in the E. Jean Carroll case! Republicans want to rid of no fault divorce! Texas Rep. Bryan Slaton and the grooming that is coming from inside the house! — and the importance of mammograms. Then, Crooked’s VP of Politics Shaniqua McClendon joins to talk about second chances, inspired by the article du jour: the New York Times profile of Elizabeth Holmes. Finally, in A Wildly Positive Final Segment, they celebrate cool women (nurses, teachers, Girl Scout leaders, and more) ahead of Mother’s Day.

Transcribed - Published: 11 May 2023

"All-American Rejects" w. Karina Longworth

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco dive into the WGA Writers Strike — location of the wittiest picket signs — and the E. Jean Carroll defamation trial against habitual defamer President Donald Trump. Karina Longworth of You Must Remember This then joins to discuss her podcast and how she digs into the history of film, from Charles Manson to Fatal Attraction. Next, Kara Klenk and Michaela Watkins come on to talk about rejection in its many forms: romantic, academic, professional, platonic...the list is too long. Finally, a lot of tragedies — pet psychics and too-pretty school lunch bento boxes — in Sani-Petty.

Transcribed - Published: 4 May 2023

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