The Press Box

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The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker catch you up on the biggest media stories, from sports to politics and everything in between. 

Episode Date
The Joe Biden Inauguration Edition
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Inauguration Day and 46th President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. They discuss Biden’s inaugural address, Harris making history as the first Black woman and the first person of South Asian descent to be elected vice president, and everything we saw at today's inauguration.  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jan 20, 2021
The Last Days of Donald Trump's Presidency. Plus, Author Rich Cohen.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the last days of the Trump administration. They address the National Garden of American Heroes, the MyPillow guy’s support, and Trump's ranking as a U.S. president (2:45). Then later, Rich Cohen joins to discuss his new book, ‘Pee Wees: Confessions of a Hockey Parent' (22:30). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Rich Cohen
Jan 18, 2021
Jon Krakauer on the 25th Anniversary of ‘Into the Wild’
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by Jon Krakauer, author of ‘Into the Wild,’ for its 25th anniversary. They discuss the story of Christopher McCandless, the book's impact on McCandless's story and Krakauer, and what has unfolded in the 25 years since. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Jon Krakauer
Jan 14, 2021
President Trump Impeached for the Second Time
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Trump has become the first president to be impeached twice. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker reflect on Pence’s decision not to invoke the 25th amendment, discuss the representatives involved in today's process, and consider the ramifications of impeachment.
Jan 13, 2021
Impeachment Week Is (Maybe) Here. Plus, ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the possible impeachment of President Trump … again. They weigh in on the Democrats' decision to file an article of impeachment and then make the case for both sides for impeaching President Trump (3:15). Later, they switch gears as ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. joins to discuss the Manti Te’o saga that involved Te’o becoming a victim of catfishing (27:45). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained Pun-Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Don Van Natta
Jan 11, 2021
Twitter Bans President Trump
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker react to the news that Twitter has banned President Trump permanently from their platform. They reflect on Trump’s relationship with Twitter, the media’s reaction to the news, and the timing of the ban.
Jan 09, 2021
More on the Siege of the Capitol. Plus, The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dive deeper into yesterday's events, where Trump supporters rioted and stormed the U.S. Capitol. They break down the aftermath and discuss everything from Trump being deplatformed to Republican Senator Lindsey Graham saying his piece (0:25). Later, journalist McKay Coppins joins to discuss his perspective on the siege, Mitt Romney's response, and what we can expect from the media moving forward (26:32). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: McKay Coppins
Jan 07, 2021
A Mob Storms the U.S. Capitol
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Trump supporters rioting and storming the U.S. Capitol. They break down what we’re witnessing, how politicians are reacting, and how the media is covering the situation.
Jan 06, 2021
Trump's Phone Call Bombshell, Plus Benedict and Keteyian on Their New Tiger Woods Documentary
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker kick off the year by discussing Trump's explosive phone call to Georgia's secretary of state in which he attempted to sway that state's election results (02:35). Later Bryan sits down with authors Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian to discuss the new HBO documentary based on their Tiger Woods book (21:26) before David guesses the first strained-pun headline of 2021 (54:44). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jan 04, 2021
Year-End Listener Mail. Plus, The Undefeated’s Jesse Washington
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are rounding out the year by answering your Listener Mail (8:05). Then, writer Jesse Washington joins to discuss the writing process for John Thompson’s memoir, ‘I Came As a Shadow’ (38:00). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Dec 28, 2020
That Martin Shkreli Story. Plus, Sportscaster Jim Gray.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the Elle magazine story about journalist Christie Smythe and "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli's relationship (2:50). Then the Press Box gang talks holiday carols, food, and traditions (26:32) before sportscaster Jim Gray joins to talk about his book ‘Talking to GOATs’ (36:52). Plus, The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Dec 21, 2020
Can Cable News Pivot to Biden? Plus, David Axelrod.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down what cable news networks such as MSNBC and CNN could look like after a Trump presidency (2:30) before tackling another round of Listener Mail, where they answer the question, “Who is the best strained-pun headline-creating writer/editor you have ever worked with?" (24:15) Then David Axelrod, a CNN senior political commentator and Barack Obama’s former chief campaign strategist, joins to discuss his career as a journalist (43:40). Plus, The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Dec 18, 2020
Vaccine Day in America. Plus, Author Ken Layne on ‘Desert Oracle.’
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker unpack the response to the news that the Pfizer vaccine has been cleared in the U.S. (2:12) before breaking down ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ in We’ve Got Notes (19:00). Then writer Ken Layne joins to discuss his book ‘Desert Oracle,’ and his experience in the desert (45:45). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Dec 15, 2020
How to Cover a Vaccine. Plus, TV Legend Maury Povich.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss media coverage for the COVID-19 vaccine (3:35) before Listener Mail, where they answer a question about the dramatic license taken in the portrayals of the royal family on ‘The Crown’ (23:10). Then, Maury Povich joins to discuss his career in media and his experience with 'A Current Affair' and 'The Maury Show' (41:10). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. 
Dec 10, 2020
How Biden Won the Internet. Plus, Michael Smith.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker tackle Biden’s digital divide (2:50) before breaking down the unfortunate news that ESPN is making additional layoffs (21:55). Then former ESPN commentator Michael Smith joins to discuss his career and his podcast, ‘Brother From Another.’ (39:00) Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Dec 08, 2020
Tweet Your Way Into the White House. Plus, BuzzFeed’s Ruby Cramer.
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Neera Tanden was nominated to be Joe Biden’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, which led Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker to discuss whether or not you can tweet your way into or out of the White House (3:25). Then, Listener Mail, where they answer the question, “Which three people would reassure you the most if they got vaccinated on live TV?” (26:45) Then, BuzzFeed’s Ruby Cramer joins to discuss what it was like covering the 2020 presidential campaign (43:00). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Dec 03, 2020
A ‘60 Minutes’ Breakdown. Plus, FS1’s Emmanuel Acho.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down ‘60 Minutes’ in the feature We’ve Got Notes (2:25) before discussing publishing news, including Penguin Random House buying Simon & Schuster and Trump’s future memoir (30:00). Then, FS1’s Emmanuel Acho joins to discuss his career and his new book, Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man (51:40). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Dec 01, 2020
Thanksgiving Listener Mail. Plus, Podcaster Josh Dean.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are answering your questions for a Thanksgiving edition of Listener Mail (2:30). Then magazine writer, editor, and podcaster Josh Dean joins to discuss his new podcast Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen (37:45). Plus, David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. 
Nov 26, 2020
Have You Seen Donald Trump? Plus, TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Donald Trump’s disappearance from the media and weigh in on what a post-Trump presidency will look like (2:10). Then they break down ‘Meet the Press,’ in a new feature called We’ve Got Notes (21:25). Then Ben Mankiewicz of Turner Classic Movies joins to discuss his career and his favorite media movies (48:40). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Nov 24, 2020
'The Press Box' (Trailer)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker catch you up on the biggest media stories, from sports to politics and everything in between. 
Nov 20, 2020
Obama Writes a New Book. Plus, Claire McNear on 'Jeopardy!'
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Barack Obama has released his 768-page memoir, 'A Promised Land.' Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss his book, his playlist, and the accompanying poster (2:10). Then, on Listener Mail, they answer the question “What is a piece of media you consume to get away from the world of media you spend the most time in?” (31:12) Then, Ringer writer and author Claire McNear joins to discuss her book, 'Answers in the Forms of Questions,' which covers 'Jeopardy!,' former host Alex Trebek, and much more (44:45). Finally, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Nov 19, 2020
Everybody’s Going to Substack. Plus, Journalist Reeves Wiedeman on WeWork.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Matt Yglesias’s announcement that he will no longer be writing for Vox but will be publishing his writing in Substack (1:45). They then write their own 2020 campaign retrospective, recounting the chain of events leading up to the election (22:10). Then New York Magazine editor and author Reeves Wiedeman joins to discuss the fall of WeWork and Adam Neumann (47:18). Plus, The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Nov 16, 2020
Trump and Fox News, Plus: New York Times Critic Dwight Garner
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker attempt to break down the dynamic between Fox News and Donald Trump (3:30), before answering, Listener Mail, where they guess “Who will be Time’s person of the year?” (31:40) Then New York Times critic Dwight Garner stops by to discuss his new book and his career as a critic (53:40). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Nov 12, 2020
Election Aftermath Edition. Plus, The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker weigh in on the aftermath of the 2020 election. They discuss major headlines that include Trump running for reelection in 2024 (2:30), review all the media stories that ran after Biden won the election (9:00), and then discuss who covered election week better: CNN or MSNBC? (32:00) Then, Washington Post political reporter Dave Weigel joins to discuss covering the 2020 election (49:00). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Nov 09, 2020
Biden Wins Reaction Edition
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker unpack the 2020 presidential election that resulted in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being elected as President and Vice-President. They weigh in on the week-long process, Trump refusing to concede, and celebratory parades across the country.
Nov 08, 2020
Day After the Election Reaction Pod
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the day after the election. They discuss Trump’s late night and early-morning speech, each party's strategy, and media coverage on election night (2:00). Then, writer Jemele Hill joins to discuss election results and the state of our country (42:00). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Nov 05, 2020
Election Night Reaction Pod
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker cover 2020's election night. They address votes in swing states, the needle, and media coverage, and then make predictions while results come in and a winner has yet to be announced.
Nov 04, 2020
Election Night Previews, Prop Bets, and a Bizarre Atlantic Story. Plus: The New York Times’ Mark Leibovich.
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David and Bryan sit down for the final time before the 2020 election to look over what the candidates are doing in their final hours before November 3. They also look at the bizarre prop bets that Vegas has concocted for election night. And Bryan is joined by The New York Times’ Mark Leibovich to discuss the end of the campaign trail, how Trump has changed Washington, and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Nov 03, 2020
Will the TV Networks Lose Election Night? Plus, Politico’s Jake Sherman.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the predictions, reactions, and coverage we might see from TV networks and media on election night (4:00). Then on Listener Mail, they answer the question “Who else will get an exclusive interview with the president with a week until election day?” (27:00) Then Politico’s Jake Sherman joins to discuss Politico’s Playbook newsletter and much more (47:00). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Oct 29, 2020
The Mental Health Break Show. Plus, Ben Macintyre on Spies.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a mental break and try to ax any mention of the pandemic, election, or Trump. They rank pun column names (3:00); throw it back to 1996 to discuss early internet journalism (8:30); test Chris Almeida with a new game, Generational Media Literacy (30:30); and then former producer Jim Cunningham joins to say a few words (44:00). Then author Ben Macintyre stops by to discuss his new book, 'Agent Sonya.'(52:00) Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Oct 26, 2020
Trump-Biden Debate No. 2 Instant Reaction. Plus, Snapchat’s Peter Hamby
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker react to the second and final Trump-Biden presidential debate. They offer first impressions, discuss each candidate's effectiveness, and predict how the election might unfold moving forward. Plus, journalist Peter Hamby joins to discuss campaign advertising, media coverage, and much more!
Oct 23, 2020
Trump-Biden Debate Preview. Plus: MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker offer a debate preview prior to the second and last 2020 presidential debate. They then discuss anti-Trump rhetoric, including a New York Times editorial highlighting Trump’s failures. Then, MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff joins to discuss his new book, Separated: Inside an American Tragedy, as well as his career as an MSNBC correspondent. Plus, The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Oct 19, 2020
Keith Olbermann on Political Commentary and Mitt Romney. Plus, Failed October Surprises.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the top Failed October Surprises, ranging from Hunter Biden’s emails to a Benghazi conspiracy theory. Then, Listener Mail, when they address the most pressing questions regarding the restaurant Ruby Tuesday. Then Keith Olbermann joins to discuss his political commentary on YouTube and how he got denounced by Senator Mitt Romney. Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Oct 15, 2020
Trump’s Campaign of Self-Sabotage. Plus, The Washington Post’s Robert Costa.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the Trump campaign after Trump declined to participate in a virtual presidential debate. They then weigh in on the re-reporting of The New York Times' narrative podcast, ‘Caliphate.’ Plus, The Washington Post’s Robert Costa joins to discuss covering politics, interviewing Trump, and booking John Mayer for his senior prom.
Oct 14, 2020
Pence-Harris Debate Instant Reaction
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker react to the 2020 vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris. They discuss each side's game plan, who came out victorious, and how they expect this debate to impact the candidates' respective campaigns going forward.
Oct 08, 2020
The President Has COVID. Plus The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin.
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President Trump has tested positive for COVID-19. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the president’s well-being, the impact it has on the election, and how the media has responded (0:38). Then on Listener Mail, they answer the question “How would the media have covered the last four days if Joe Biden were the one in the hospital?” (26:58) Then, The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin joins to talk about his new book and his career in journalism (36:30). Plus, David Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Oct 05, 2020
Debate Fallout and Texas Monthly’s Skip Hollandsworth
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the fallout from the first presidential debate. They weigh in on responses from several reporters and news anchors (2:38) and discuss conspiracy theories that have surfaced. Then on Listener Mail, they answer the question “What cardboard cutouts should be put in the audience at the presidential debates?” (22:53) Then, Texas Monthly writer and editor Skip Hollandsworth joins to discuss his new crime podcast, ‘Tom Brown’s Body’ (32:32). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Oct 01, 2020
Biden-Trump Debate Instant Reaction
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker react to the first presidential debate of the 2020 election with Trump and Biden. They offer their impressions and reactions, as well as predictions for the upcoming debates.
Sep 30, 2020
A Mega-Preview of Next Week’s Debate. Plus, James Poniewozik on Trump and TV.
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With presidential debates around the corner, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down what to expect from both Trump and Biden (3:20). Then they answer your questions during Listener Mail and say their farewell to newspaper editor Sir Harold Evans (26:10). Plus, NYT TV critic James Poniewozik joins to discuss Trump’s impact on television, and what he expects television to look like after Trump's presidency (41:28). Plus, David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline and the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week.
Sep 24, 2020
RIP RBG. Plus, Jason Gay on Pandemic Sportswriting.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Ginsburg’s reputation on the Supreme Court and her impact (2:10). They then say their farewells to columnist and critic Stanley Crouch who died at 74 (22:08). Then Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay joins to discuss his experience being a sportswriter during a pandemic (34:18). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Sep 21, 2020
How Big Ten Football Came Back. Plus, Obama White House Photographer Pete Souza.
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College football is back ... sort of. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the unusual return of college football, but more specifically the Big Ten (2:20). Then, Listener Mail, when they answer the question, “What’s your favorite word to try and jam into every one of your stories?” (24:20) Plus, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan White House photographer Pete Souza joins to discuss his journey in the White House and his new documentary, “The Way I See It.” (38:00) Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Sep 17, 2020
The Joe Rogan Presidential Debate? Plus: Adam Amin on the Return of Football.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down what the upcoming presidential debates could look like with moderator Chris Wallace—or perhaps Joe Rogan, who recently expressed interest in moderating on a recent episode of his podcast (3:08). They then discuss the return of the NFL (19:00) and its broadcasting as Fox sportscaster Adam Amin joins to discuss his first game back in the booth (30:40). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Sep 14, 2020
Bob Woodward Is Back. Plus: Don Winslow on Fiction and Politics.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dive deep into Trump’s recent comments to veteran journalist Bob Woodward (2:08). They question Woodward’s motives and examine whether or not he should’ve waited to release his revealing interview earlier (13:33). Novelist Don Winslow joins to discuss his latest collection of short stories, ‘Broken’ (32:10). Plus: The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Sep 10, 2020
Trump and the Troops, Back to School (Remotely), and Time’s Molly Ball on Pelosi and the Election
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dissect Trump’s complicated relationship with the military and the truth (2:36), and they break down Jeffrey Goldberg’s Atlantic story on the president and the complexities of anonymous reporting (3:34:). Then, they discuss remote learning and COVID-19’s impact on education (22:37). Next, Time magazine’s Molly Ball joins to discuss her book ‘Pelosi’ (36:00). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Sep 09, 2020
Brian Stelter on Fox News. Plus, the Week the Campaign Went Nuts and Listener Mail
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From antifa planes to golf metaphors and bags of soup, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the chaotic Trump campaign (2:05). Then, during Listener Mail, they answer the question, “Why does every nonfiction book have such a long subtitle?” (23:18). Then CNN commentator Brian Stelter stops by to discuss his new book, ‘Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth.’ (36:10). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Sep 04, 2020
Trump’s Crime Talk, the Death of the Newsroom, and Jeff Benedict on the Patriots
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Trump’s approach to this year’s election. They break down his remarks on protesting, violence, and the Democratic Party (2:35). They then discuss the newspapers that are getting rid of their newsrooms and the impact it could have on the profession (20:30). Then, sportswriter Jeff Benedict joins to talk about his new book about the New England Patriots, ‘The Dynasty’ (31:30). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Aug 31, 2020
The Best and Worst of the Republican National Convention. Plus, the NBA Strike and Listener Mail.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the best and worst of the Republican National Convention (3:00). Then they discuss the NBA strike and how it has turned the attention from Orlando to Kenosha, Wisconsin (36:10). Then it's time for Listener Mail, as the guys answer the question, “What is the highest achievement a Press Box listener can unlock?” (44:05). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Aug 28, 2020
What Will the Republican National Convention Look Like? Plus, Sports Announcer Disasters and Ben Jacobs on Kanye for President.
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The Republican National Convention kicks off today. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down what we can expect (2:58). Then, they discuss sports announcer meltdowns during the pandemic and weigh in on some of the racist, homophobic, misogynistic comments from some of the most popular announcers (20:55). Then political writer Ben Jacobs joins to discuss his journey covering the Kanye West campaign (30:30). Plus: The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained Pun-Headline.
Aug 24, 2020
The Best and Worst of the Democratic Convention. Plus: Listener Mail.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the best and worst moments from the 2020 Democratic National Convention (2:45). Then, Listener Mail, where they answer the question, “What is the worst pun meteorologists are using in 2020 and how do we stop it?” (42:40). Plus: The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Aug 21, 2020
Covering a Virtual Convention and NBA Playoffs Notes. Plus: Politico’s Alex Thompson on Biden and Obama.
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The Democratic National Convention kicks off tonight with speakers including Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, and Quibi CEO Meg Whitman. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss what we can expect and what a virtual convention could look like (2:25). The NBA playoffs have also commenced, and they address the league’s newest free agent, Shams Charania (21:05). Then, Politico reporter Alex Thompson joins to discuss his experience on the campaign trail, and what Barack Obama really thought of vice president Joe Biden (27:30). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline of the Week.
Aug 17, 2020
Covering Kamala Harris and Listener Mail. Plus: Rodger Sherman on College Football Twitter
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker weigh in on how the Kamala Harris selection could affect the Biden campaign (2:15). Next, Listener Mail, where they answer the question, “Why does every celebrity who gets written about by the media have a great sense of humor?” (21:45). Then, Ringer staff writer Rodger Sherman joins to discuss the news that conferences have canceled college football this fall (35:30). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Aug 13, 2020
Pandemic Sports TV and the Lincoln Project. Plus: Joe Sheehan on Baseball and Writing Newsletters.
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With many major sports making their return, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss what they’re seeing on television and what's catching their attention (2:15). Then they break down the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump PAC, and its recent ads (22:35). Then, baseball writer Joe Sheehan joins to discuss his career and the current baseball climate (31:00). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Aug 10, 2020
Sizing Up Biden’s Potential Veeps, Jonathan Swan, and Listener Mail
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Joe Biden will choose his running mate next week, and Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker weigh in on the pros and cons for his potential vice president nominees (3:30). They then discuss Jonathan Swan’s AXIOS interview with President Trump, and how Swan’s interview tactics worked in his favor (22:10). Then, Listener Mail, when they answer the question, “Why do sideline reporters have to wear masks but coaches and players don't?” (37:10) Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. 
Aug 06, 2020
Biden’s Veep, Ellen DeGeneres, Ira Berkow on Sportswriting, and More
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As Joe Biden’s search for a running mate continues, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the media’s portrayal of the potential nominees (3:00). They then turn their attention to comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who is facing criticism after two BuzzFeed articles pulled back the curtain on her popular talk show (32:10). Then, former New York Times sportswriter Ira Berkow joins to discuss column writing, Red Smith, Isaiah Thomas, and so much more. Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Aug 03, 2020
Media Notes on the NBA’s Return, Listener Mail, and Gustavo Arellano on Covering California
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The NBA is back! Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker give notes on the restart (3:10). Next, on Listener Mail, they answer the question “Why should I support local newspapers again?” (20:30) Then, L.A. Times writer Gustavo Arellano joins to talk about his experience with reporting, food writing, and growing up in Orange County (36:30). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Jul 30, 2020
The Sports Comeback and Covering Portland. Plus, Diane K. Shah on Column Writing
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker assess the professional sports comeback given recent news of players and coaches testing positive for COVID-19 (2:30). They then turn their attention to Portland, where Trump has sent federal troops to enforce “law and order.” They discuss the warlike way Trump is treating the situation and how it’s affecting his campaign. (22:35) Then sportswriter Diane K. Shah joins to talk about her new memoir, which discusses what it was like to write a sports column in the '80s (28:10). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline of the Week.
Jul 27, 2020
2020 Conspiracy Theories, Listener Mail, and Jordan Ritter Conn on 'The Road From Raqqa'
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down a few recent conspiracy theories, including QAnon, the Jeffrey Epstein case, and one related to Love Connection host Chuck Woolery (1:10). Next, on Listener Mail, they answer the question “What happens when you dream about 'The Press Box'?” (16:50). Then, Ringer staff writer Jordan Ritter Conn joins to discuss his new book, The Road From Raqqa (31:30). Plus: The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Jul 24, 2020
Chris Wallace and How Sportswriting Got Weird. Plus, Chris Mannix on the NBA Bubble
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dissect the interview Trump had with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, and Wallace's unique position in reporting for 'Fox News Sunday' (2:30). Then, they talk about the strange position sports media types find themselves in as they cover the sports restart (28:10), right before talking to Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix from the NBA bubble (36:30). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Jul 20, 2020
Sending Kids Back to School and Listener Mail. Plus, Justin Chang on Movie Reviewing Without Theaters
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dive into the political battle about sending kids back to school in the fall, and what this means for the safety of kids, teachers, and their families (2:15). Then, during listener mail, they answer the question: “What do you guys think of the Bari Weiss thing?” (22:55) Then LA Times movie critic, Justin Chang, joins to discuss what it’s like to be a movie critic without movie theaters (40:00). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Jul 16, 2020
Woj-gate and Fauci vs. Trump. Plus: Christopher Buckley on Satire in 2020.
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After U.S. Senator Josh Hawley issued a press release about the NBA’s relationship with China, ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski had a few words to say in reply. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down Woj-gate (1:30). They then talk about the disappearance of Dr. Anthony Fauci from the media, and how the Trump administration appears to be campaigning against the expert (23:30). Then, writer Christopher Buckley joins to discuss his new novel, ‘Make Russia Great Again’ (32:00). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Jul 13, 2020
Mary Trump’s Book, That Harper’s Letter, and Listener Mail
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the new book by Mary Trump, niece of Donald Trump, in which she writes about how her family "created the most dangerous man" (2:05). They then touch on the letter in Harper’s that was signed by everyone from J.K. Rowling to Matthew Yglesias and discuss what brought these people together and what the point was (20:35). Then, they respond to some listener mail and address the urgent question, “Did The NYT reuse the heavy-weight champion of celebrity-profile headlines?" (34:15) Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Jul 09, 2020
Trump’s Fox News Campaign, Beat Writing in the Bubble, and Ben Widdicombe on Gossip
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Trump gave two speeches during July 4 weekend, and Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss how Trump's reelection campaign and how Fox News is involved (2:10). Next, Curtis and Shoemaker take a look at what sports beat writing looks like in the age of COVID-19 (20:00). Ben Widdicombe, author and former writer for the New York Post’s Page Six and TMZ, joins to discuss his career as a gossip columnist (32:50). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Jul 06, 2020
Russian Bounties, Protest Rebrands, and Listener Mail
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at the story of Russian intelligence offering bounties to the Taliban for the killing of American troops (01:30), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (14:45), the Dixie Chicks' new name (18:45), and listener mail (29:30).
Jun 29, 2020
Biden Is Crushing Trump, a Washington Post Controversy, and Listener Mail
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A New York Times/Siena poll out Wednesday shows that Biden is ahead of Trump nationally. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss how the presidential race could unfold (1:20) and break down the strange story behind a Washington Post piece about a two-year-old blackface incident that got a non-famous woman fired (23:40). Then they answer the question “What do we think now about the Bubba Wallace NASCAR situation?" during Listener Mail (37:10). Plus: The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Guesses the Strained Pun Headline. 
Jun 25, 2020
Trump in Tulsa, Bubba Wallace, and the Temporary End of the Newsroom
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Donald Trump had a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, and the subject was not George Floyd or the coronavirus; Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down what was said (1:15). Next, they talk about the racist incident that took place after NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace called for the ban of the Confederate flag (27:20). Lastly, Curtis and Shoemaker discuss the effects that long-term work-from-home protocols could have on the newsroom (37:00). Plus: The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
Jun 22, 2020
Breonna Taylor, Listener Mail, and the Seattle Protests
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by Ringer staff writer Jordan Ritter Conn to talk about Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was killed on March 13 by Louisville police (0:45). Then, Curtis and David answer your listener mail, where they consider the question “Which White House memoir would we actually want to read?” (20:20). Then the hosts welcome Seattle Times reporter Evan Bush to talk about the Seattle protests, which have become an autonomous part of the city (38:30). Plus: the return of the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Guesses the Strained Pun Headline.
Jun 18, 2020
The Coronavirus and the Media, the NBA and the Protests, and the Week in Trump.
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It's been 49 days without a formal White House briefing about the virus. Politico reporter Dan Diamond joins to discuss where to find critical information about the coronavirus and what he anticipates the virus will look like going forward (1:10). Then, Ringer sportswriter Paolo Uggetti joins the show to break down the latest on the NBA’s return to play, the players' interest in activism, and how it could affect the return in the fall (17:30). Then the week in Trump, in which Curtis and Shoemaker touch on the latest briefings, rallies, and more (31:10).
Jun 15, 2020
L.A. Times Columnist Erika Smith, the Protests in Washington, and Newsroom Reckonings
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by 'L.A. Times' columnist Erika Smith as she takes us through protests, column writing, and the future of the 'L.A. Times' (1:20). Next, 'Ringer' intern Lex Pryor joins the discussion from Washington, D.C., to talk about what it was like covering protests three days after the infamous Trump church photo-op (17:20). Finally, Curtis and Shoemaker break down the "media reckonings" that have resulted in the resignations from 'The New York Times,' 'The Philadelphia Inquirer,' and more (31:05).
Jun 11, 2020
Jemele Hill on Protests, Roger Goodell, and ESPN. Plus, Police Unions and James Bennet
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Bryan Curtis, David Shoemaker, and Chris Almeida are joined by Jemele Hill, host of the podcast 'Way Down in the Hole,' to discuss the effects of the protests that are now in their 14th day (0:45). Then, 'Philadelphia Inquirer' columnist Will Bunch joins to explain police unions and what they mean for reform (23:00). Finally, Curtis, Shoemaker, and Almeida discuss James Bennet's resignation from 'The New York Times.'
Jun 09, 2020
Reports From Brooklyn and Minneapolis, Plus: Trump Goes to Church
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After a week of protests around the country, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by Ringer writer Tyler Tynes and Washington Post reporter Robert Klemko to discuss their perspectives from the ground of both cities, Brooklyn and Minneapolis.
Jun 04, 2020
George Floyd, Minneapolis, and Beyond
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Days of nationwide protests have followed the killing of George Floyd, who died while in police custody. Ringer writer Justin Charity joins Bryan Curtis, David Shoemaker, and Chris Almeida to discuss the situation unfolding before all of us.
Jun 01, 2020
Trump vs. Scarborough, Listener Mail, and Rob Mahoney on Empty Stadiums
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Trump’s latest allegations against Joe Scarborough and the supporters “urging him to stop" (1:35). Then listener mail, including the question “Will we ever again get a 'DAVID…' opener from Bryan before the intro music?” (19:05). Lastly, Curtis is joined by Rob Mahoney, sports writer at The Ringer, to explore what arenas and stadiums could sound like without a crowd (33:30). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
May 28, 2020
Return of the Veepstakes, Peak Sports Docs, and Will Sommer
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the veepstakes that includes Elizabeth Warren, Stacey Abrams, and Amy Klobuchar (1:35). They touch on the seemingly endless cycle of sports documentaries (21:40), and then talk with 'Daily Beast' reporter Will Sommer, who gives the inside scoop on the QAnon conspiracy theory (33:10). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker guesses the strained-pun headline. 
May 25, 2020
“Obamagate” Explainer, 'Call Her Daddy', and Listener Mail
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down Trump’s claims against Obama and what he refers to as “Obamagate” (1:30) as well as the 'Call Her Daddy' podcast feud that has Dave Portnoy taking over the show, social media, and merch (including a “Cancel Suitman” hoodie) (23:00). Next is Listener Mail, where Bryan and David answer the question “If you could buy one media outlet, which would you buy and why?” and more (37:45). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David guesses the strained-pun headline.
May 21, 2020
Last Dance Wrap-up, Ronan Farrow and Ben Smith, and Lawrence Wright on Fact and Fiction
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As The Last Dance came to an end this weekend, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss its impact and what this means for ESPN (1:30). They then break down the Ronan Farrow and Ben Smith situation and give their thoughts (27:58). They are then joined by journalist and writer Lawrence Wright to discuss his new book The End of October and how it relates to our current pandemic (39:30). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker guesses the strained-pun headline.
May 18, 2020
Trump vs. Fauci, NFL “Fake” Crowds, Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Trump vs. Fauci and the debate on science (1:20), whether or not the NFL will utilize fake crowds as fans (23:30), and lastly, Listener Mail, when we answer questions including: “If Bryan and David could be the host of another 'Ringer' podcast, which would it be, and why?” Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and of course, David Shoemaker guesses the Strained Pun Headline.
May 14, 2020
COVID-19 in the White House. Plus, Michael Jordan and the Media With Jack McCallum | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the major news that COVID-19 is now inside the White House: We discuss who’s infected, what this means for the White House, and what this means for the country (1:30). Then, we are joined by longtime 'Sports Illustrated' writer Jack McCallum to discuss 'The Last Dance' and what it was like reporting on Michael Jordan (18:00). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, David Guesses the Strained Pun Headline, and much more!
May 11, 2020
Trump vs. David Muir, the Week in Fake Sports, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dissect the David Muir interview with Donald Trump (1:30), tackle the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (23:00), discuss the steps certain sports organizations are taking when it comes to reopening (28:22), and finally, listener mail—when David tells us about a potential *tattoo*?
May 08, 2020
Joe Biden and Tara Reade, Sports Plot a Comeback, and Ahmad Rashad
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Tara Reade, who says Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993, and Biden's candidacy (1:25). Then, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:50), the sports comeback that could take us to Las Vegas (26:30), and finally, the sports reporter during the '90s who seemed to have gotten it right: Ahmad Rashad (31:30).
May 04, 2020
Coronavirus Commercials, Justin Amash, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the commercials that have touched on the pandemic, including, but not limited to, Pizza Hut, Walmart, and State Farm (2:55). Then, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:20), new presidential nominee Justin Amash (25:20), and finally, listener mail (35:15).
Apr 30, 2020
The Reopening of America, a ’90s Dennis Rodman, and the Lysol Presidency | The Press Box
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After months of quarantine, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker touch on what it would look like to reopen America (2:00). Then, they discuss the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:22), 'The Last Dance' and the iconic ’90s figure that is Dennis Rodman (25:12), President Trump's suggestion to chug Lysol as coronavirus cure, (46:20), and more.
Apr 28, 2020
The NFL Draft Content Machine, the Coronavirus Hall of Shame Part 3, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are discussing the 2020 NFL draft: Roger Goodell’s demeanor, Jerry Jones’s setup, and all of our favorite moments (2:45). Then, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (25:00), Part 3 of the Coronavirus Hall of Shame (29:10), and listener mail (40:40).
Apr 24, 2020
The Jordan Doc, the Death of the Indie Bookstore, and More Media Hell | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss their first impressions of the Michael Jordan documentary 'The Last Dance' (1:40). They then go over the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (35:20), the death of the beloved indie bookstore (38:05), and more from the Hall of Shame, with updates on media companies hit hard by the pandemic (48:32).
Apr 20, 2020
Michigan Protests, Cuomo on Cable, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker touch on the latest update from the president on reopening the economy and talk about the Michigan protesters, who had a lot to say (2:00). Then they discuss the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (17:30), Chris Cuomo’s comments about cable news (21:30), and finally, listener mail (31:55).
Apr 16, 2020
Celebrity Coronavirus Doctors, Trump's "Total" Authority, and ESPN Pay Cuts | The Press Box
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In the age of COVID-19 coverage, a new type of media figure has emerged: the celebrity doctor. We break down three types that have seen a lot of airtime in the past month (1:15). Plus: our overworked Twitter joke of the week (20:04), some snippets from Trump’s daily press briefings (23:02), and pay cuts at ESPN (32:57). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Apr 14, 2020
Older Parents During a Quarantine, Sports That Are Trying to Come Back, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by producer Jim Cunningham to discuss worrying about their parents during a quarantine (2:00). They then talk about the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (19:58), sports that are trying to return ASAP (24:15), Bernie Sanders leaving the race (32:15), the Wisconsin catastrophe (35:00), and finally Listener Mail (37:50).
Apr 09, 2020
Parenting During a Quarantine and Coronavirus Corporate Hall of Shame Round 2 | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss parenting during a quarantine (2:40), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (23:00), all the second-class nominees that have made it into the Corporate Hall of Shame (25:20), the future of the 2020 elections (34:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Apr 06, 2020
COVID-19 and Government Power, the ESPN Jordan Doc, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at the issue of the coronavirus and government power (01:00); the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (19:15); the excitement for the upcoming Michael Jordan documentary, ‘The Last Dance’ (24:15); and listener mail (41:00).
Apr 02, 2020
Andrew Cuomo, COVID-19 Content, and Sports Media Layoffs | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the rise of Andrew Cuomo (01:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:00), how you and your non-news website can continue to create content during the coronavirus pandemic (20:00), and sportswriting during this national emergency (32:30).
Mar 30, 2020
The Coronavirus Corporate Hall of Shame. Plus: Should COVID-19 News Be Free? | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at how the coronavirus fallout has been handled by Bloomberg (01:00), Harvard (08:00), the Philadelphia 76ers (12:00), the Boston Bruins (14:30), and the International Olympic Committee (18:15). Then they discuss the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (26:00), whether or not coronavirus news should be behind paywalls (29:30), listener mail (38:30), and more.
Mar 26, 2020
Trump’s Daily Briefings, How Bernie Blew It, and Rand Paul Tests Positive | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings (01:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (21:30), how Bernie Sanders lost the Democratic presidential nomination (24:45), Rand Paul testing positive for COVID-19 (36:00), Richard Burr dumping stocks (38:15), and more.
Mar 23, 2020
The Gaslighting of America, Biden’s Veep, and Coronavirus Media Layoffs | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Donald Trump’s gaslighting of America (01:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (16:30), Joe Biden choosing a running mate (21:45), some coronavirus media layoffs (39:15), and listener mail (46:00).
Mar 20, 2020
The Media in Quarantine, the NFL Marches on, and the Biden-Bernie Debate | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss covering the coronavirus from quarantine (02:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:15), the NFL’s decision to charge ahead with free agency (21:15), what sportswriters and sports TV people do with themselves when there are no games (31:15), and some of the media lowlights of the pandemic coverage (36:00).
Mar 16, 2020
Covering Coronavirus. Plus: 2020 Updates | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about the coronavirus (02:00) before looking at what Bernie Sanders does next (24:00) and the discussions about Joe Biden’s health (33:30).
Mar 12, 2020
Michigan Primary Preview, Bernie’s Online Fans, and Woody Allen’s Memoir | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker link up to preview Tuesday night’s Michigan primary (03:00) before discussing the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (24:30), Bernie Sanders’s online fans (26:30), Ronan Farrow going after his publisher, Hachette, for agreeing to publish the memoirs of his father, Woody Allen (37:00), Brian Williams’s attempt at math (51:15), and more.
Mar 09, 2020
Super Tuesday Aftermath: Biden, Bernie, Bloomberg, and Warren | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are back after a Super Tuesday blowout that left Joe Biden with the majority (03:00) and Bernie Sanders reevaluating his campaign (13:00). Also: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (27:45), the end of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign (30:30), Mike Bloomberg’s exit (44:15), and listener mail (49:15).
Mar 05, 2020
Super Tuesday Emergency Podcast | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Joe Biden’s successful Super Tuesday, how quickly Bernie Sanders lost the centrists, the future of Mike Bloomberg’s campaign, Pete Buttigieg's and Amy Klobuchar's exits from the race, Chris Matthew quitting ‘Hardball,’ and more.
Mar 04, 2020
South Carolina and Super Tuesday Preview. Plus: Project Veritas and ABC | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Tuesday’s wild debate in South Carolina (03:00) and the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (26:15), before previewing the South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday (29:00). Then they examine the Project Veritas recording of ABC News’s David Wright (43:00), and wrap up the show with listener mail (47:45).
Feb 28, 2020
Bernie the Front-runner, Chris Matthews, and Wilder-Fury | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at Bernie Sanders’s big win in Nevada (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (28:00), an unfortunate analogy from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews (31:00), Anderson Cooper's grilling of Rod Blagojevich (50:30), the Deontay Wilder–Tyson Fury fight (55:00), and more.
Feb 25, 2020
The Nevada Debate, Caucus Preview, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the fallout from Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (24:30), the resurgence of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign (27:15), how to watch Saturday’s Nevada caucuses on cable news (39:30), and listener mail (46:30).
Feb 20, 2020
Nevada Debate Preview, Google Paying for News, and Charles Portis | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down to look at Bloomberg and the Nevada caucuses (04:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (20:30), Google finally paying for news content (23:15), and the end of Jessica Mendoza’s runs with ESPN and the Mets (29:15), before bidding farewell to reclusive novelist Charles Portis (34:30).
Feb 18, 2020
Bloomberg Enters the Race, Nevada Scenarios, and Wes Anderson’s New Yorker Movie | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Mike Bloomberg’s legitimacy as a contender for the Democratic candidacy (04:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (23:30), the state of the Democratic race (26:00), the XFL and future of football on TV (38:00), Wes Anderson’s New Yorker movie (42:00), plus “guess the celebrity Democratic endorser” (44:45), and more.
Feb 14, 2020
Bernie Wins New Hampshire. Pete's Second. Biden Goes Bust. | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Bernie Sanders’s victory in the New Hampshire primary, the night's biggest winners and losers, the dropouts, and more.
Feb 12, 2020
Who Really Won Iowa? Plus: Rush Limbaugh and Spotify | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the never-ending Iowa caucuses (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (26:45), Rush Limbaugh’s announcement and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (29:45), Nancy Pelosi ripping up a copy of Trump’s speech (40:30), impeachment hero Mitt Romney (43:45), Spotify’s purchase of The Ringer (48:45), and more.
Feb 07, 2020
Emergency Podcast: Iowa Meltdown Edition | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the caucus in Iowa that hasn’t gotten any results, plus cable news follies.
Feb 04, 2020
Iowa Is Here, the Barstool Sale, and Covering the Super Bowl | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about the final lead-up to the Iowa caucuses (01:55), the selling off of a major portion of Barstool Sports (17:45), and all of the goings-on from the media frenzy that is covering the Super Bowl in Miami (37:04).
Jan 31, 2020
Covering Kobe, Six Days Till Iowa, and Super Bowl Conspiracies | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the passing of Kobe Bryant (03:00), Joe Rogan’s endorsement of Bernie to the Bernie freakout (26:30), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interview with NPR (35:30), plus Super Bowl conspiracy theories (40:30).
Jan 28, 2020
Trump vs. Schiff, Hacking Jeff Bezos, and 'American Dirt' | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss California Representative Adam Schiff’s statement at the impeachment trial (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (20:30), the hacking of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (23:15), the case of journalist Glenn Greenwald (29:15), and more.
Jan 24, 2020
The New York Times Endorsement, MLB Cheating Takes, and Trump’s Trial | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at the New York Times editorial board’s endorsement for president (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:15), content from the Major League Baseball cheating scandal (24:00), Donald Trump’s Senate trial (39:15), Drew Pearson getting snubbed from the NFL Hall of Fame (44:30), and more.
Jan 20, 2020
Trump’s Trial, Tony Romo For Hire, and the Legacy of Stuart Scott | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the impeachment trial of Donald Trump (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:30), the upcoming bidding war for NFL announcer Tony Romo (20:45), the legacy of 'SportsCenter' anchor Stuart Scott (43:00), and more.
Jan 17, 2020
Democratic Debate Reaction and the Race to Iowa | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the latest round of the Democratic debates, including the back-and-forth between the Sanders and Warren campaigns (00:22), Tom Steyer getting in on the memes (21:17), and Biden's, Klobuchar's, and Buttigieg's performances (27:23).
Jan 15, 2020
Harry and Meghan Ditch the Royals, Twitter Stops a War, and Facebook and the Election | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepping back as senior members of the Royal family (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:00), how Twitter may have saved us from war with Iran (20:30), and how Facebook is protecting the integrity of the 2020 election, according to Teen Vogue (27:30).
Jan 10, 2020
Iran Takes, David Stern Obits, and the NFL Playoffs | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the media fallout from the airstrike that killed Iranian spymaster Qassem Soleimani (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (24:45), the obituaries for the late, great NBA commissioner David Stern (28:00), the first weekend of the NFL playoffs (39:45), and the coaching drama in Dallas (50:15).
Jan 07, 2020
The Year in Media, Iran, Don Imus, and the Outros | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss all things media from 2019 (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (20:00), Thursday night’s events in Iraq (22:00), the end of Julián Castro’s presidential campaign (28:45), the passing of Don Imus (36:15), and listener mail (46:30) before Jim Cunningham wraps up the show with 'The Press Box' Outros - Volume I. (57:45).
Jan 04, 2020
Pete Buttigieg vs. Everybody, the SEC on CBS, and ‘Cats’ Reviews | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Pete Buttigieg coming under fire from the other candidates during the debate (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:45), the terrible reviews for the new movie ‘Cats’ (25:00), the SEC leaving CBS (33:00), the winter vacations of Vogue UK’s editors (40:45), and more.
Dec 24, 2019
Trump Gets Impeached, the Democratic Debates, and 'Star Wars' | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about the impeachment proceedings of Donald Trump (03:05), the stakes of the upcoming Democratic debates (26:38), the new 'Star Wars' film dividing critics and fans alike (33:20), and more.
Dec 19, 2019
A Democrat Switches Parties, Warren vs. Sanders, and ‘Bombshell’ | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the newest impeachment mini-drama (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (24:30), another Spygate scandal for the Patriots (28:15), the film ‘Bombshell’ and the making of cable news-based content (44:30), and more.
Dec 17, 2019
Impeachment Eve, One-Term Biden, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the way we consume impeachment news now vs. during the Clinton presidency (4:07), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:42), updates on Olivia Wilde’s comments regarding female reporter stereotypes (32:06), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis, David Shoemaker
Dec 13, 2019
Impeachment Is Here, Richard Jewell, and Warren Goes on Offense | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the latest in impeachment news (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (24:30), Richard Jewell and the media (28:15), an update on the 2020 Democratic race (44:30), and more.
Dec 10, 2019
The Impeachment Mess, the Critics Come for Buttigieg, and Top 10 Lists | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss how Trump considers impeachment something of a foregone conclusion (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (24:30), the beginning of the attacks on Pete Buttigieg (27:30), year-end and decade-end top-10 lists (36:00), and more.
Dec 06, 2019
Kamala Drops Out, 'Irishman' Reviews, and RIP Clive James | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Kamala Harris dropping out of the 2020 race (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:15), Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic 'The Irishman' (23:45), and pay tribute to the late, great critic Clive James (33:30).
Dec 04, 2019
Bloomberg Is Serious About This, Plus: Devin Nunes and Saving SI | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker  discuss Michael Bloomberg announcing candidacy for the Democratic nomination (03;00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (16:00), an attempt to rescue Sports Illustrated from The Maven (18:30), Devin Nunes and the Ukraine scandal (26:30), Deval Patrick puns (34:00), and more.
Nov 26, 2019
The No-Attack Democratic Debate | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the fifth Democratic debate and the performances of Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden.
Nov 21, 2019
Trump Tweets Through Impeachment—Plus: Stephen A. Smith and Myles Garrett | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the latest on the possible impeachment Donald Trump (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (21:15), Stephen A. Smith on Colin Kaepernick (24:00), the Myles Garrett takefest (36:00), the newspaper scandal involving the so-called Hitler Diaries (43:15), and more.
Nov 19, 2019
Impeachment Begins, Student Newspapers, and “Increasingly Blurry Lines” | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at Wednesday’s impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump (02:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (20:00), Northwestern’s student newspaper controversy (22:15), a journalist's favorite go-to phrase (32:30), listener mail (35:00), and more.
Nov 15, 2019
Bloomberg for President, Trump's Stadium Tour, and the Diets of Reporters | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Mike Bloomberg running for president (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:30), Donald Trump’s sports stadium tour (24:15), what happens when you mistranscribe the tape of a presidential candidate (30:00), and more.
Nov 13, 2019
Impeachment, Lamar Jackson Takes, and Subscribing to Your Favorite Writer | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the latest on the possible impeachment of President Trump (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:00), subscribing to Charlie Pierce (33:00), the art of looking back at the Lamar Jackson haters (40:00), and more.
Nov 08, 2019
Beto’s Doomed Campaign, Editing Trump, and the Cable News Sign-off the Week | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Beto O’Rourke ending his presidential bid (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (25:30), Peter Osnos’s piece in The New Yorker on editing Trump (32:1 5), and an update on the 2020 United States presidential campaigns  (40:30).
Nov 05, 2019
The Fall of Deadspin, Twitter and Political Ads, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at the end of Deadspin (03:00) and reveal the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:30) before chatting with Ringer writer and former Deadspin culture editor Rob Harvilla about working at the site (27:15). Then they discuss Twitter banning political ads (43:45) and wrap up the show with some listener mail (54:00).
Nov 01, 2019
Death of an ISIS Leader, Maddow vs. NBC, and D.C. Media Sports Fandom | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Donald Trump and the death of terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (21:45), Rachel Maddow taking on NBC (24:00), and the awfulness of Washington, D.C., media sports fandom (43:00).
Oct 29, 2019
The Houston Astros vs. the Media, Trump vs. Anonymous, and the New Sports Media Free Agents | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at the growing feud between reporters and the Astros (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:15), the Donald Trump tell-all by an anonymous writer (21:00), free agency in sports media (29:30), and more.
Oct 25, 2019
Buttigieg and Zuck, Clinton and Gabbard, and Giving Credit for Other Reporters’ Scoops | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about Pete Buttigieg’s campaign hiring people Mark Zuckerberg recommended (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (17:30), whether The New York Times is giving proper credit to its competitors’ scoops (20:00), Tulsi Gabbard versus Hillary Clinton (33:30), and Donald Trump’s sleepover (44:00).
Oct 22, 2019
Trump’s Crazy Week, LeBron on China, and Shep Smith's Departure From Fox News | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at an eventful week for the president (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (25:30), LeBron James weighing in on the NBA and China (28:00), Shep Smith leaving Fox News (46:15), and more.
Oct 18, 2019
Democratic Debate Insta-reaction | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Elizabeth Warren playing the front-runner, Joe Biden keeping it simple, and Pete Buttigieg having a chance.
Oct 16, 2019
More on the NBA and China, the Matt Lauer Accusation, and Elizabeth Warren’s Teaching Job | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the latest in the NBA-China situation (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (27:45), the accusation towards Today show anchor Matt Lauer (30:30), Elizabeth Warren’s pregnancy (37:30), and more.
Oct 11, 2019
The NBA’s China Problem, Chuck Todd Loses It, and Biden’s Ukraine Response | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the response to Daryl Morey’s tweet about Hong Kong (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:30), Chuck Todd losing his patience (24:45), plus the fallout from last week’s 'Sports Illustrated' layoffs (39:00).
Oct 08, 2019
Trump's Impeachment Spin, Layoffs at Sports Illustrated, and the WWE Goes to Fox | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker cover the impeachment spin presented by Donald Trump (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (17:00), grim times at 'Sports Illustrated' (21:00), WWE’s move to Fox (36:15), and more.
Oct 04, 2019
The Latest on Trump and Impeachment, Robert De Niro the Resistance Hero, and Covering 'The Joker' | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker continue their discussion on Donald Trump and the push for impeachment (03:00), before going through the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (20:30), Robert DeNiro getting political on ‘The Irishman’ press tour (22:30), the coverage of ‘The Joker’ (26:00), and more.
Oct 01, 2019
Emergency Trump-Ukraine and Impeachment | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down for an emergency podcast to discuss the latest developments with the House of Representatives opening an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump and the summary of Trump’s July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.
Sep 25, 2019
Trump and Ukraine; Bye Bye, De Blasio; and a New Buzz Bissinger Documentary | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the ongoing saga involving Donald Trump and Ukraine (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (25:30), a 2020 election update (27:30), the latest twist in the Antonio Brown–Patriots breakup (34:15), the new documentary on Buzz Bissinger (43:15), and more.
Sep 24, 2019
The Times and Kavanaugh, a Mysterious Trump Scoop, and Covering Eli Manning | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the media aftermath of the New York Times story on Brett Kavanaugh (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:45), the week the media decided Elizabeth Warren would win the Democratic nomination (25:00), an intriguing Washington Post Trump scoop (36:30), and more. 
Sep 20, 2019
The New Weinstein Book, Democratic Debate Fallout, and Joe Biden vs. Corn Pop | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about 'She Said,' the new book by reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey on Harvey Weinstein (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (16:45), fallout from the Democratic debate (19:00), Joe Biden vs. Corn Pop (31:30), the return of Gary Larson's Far Side (36:30), and more.
Sep 17, 2019
Democratic Debate Reaction | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about Julián Castro vs. Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren on the defensive, Kamala Harris's new strategy, and more from the ABC/Univision debate.
Sep 13, 2019
The Antonio Brown Saga, Eric Trump’s Reporting Tips, and Lana Del Rey vs. Her Critic | The Press Box
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The saga of wide receiver Antonio Brown (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:00), a preview of Biden vs. Warren at Thursday's Democratic debate (25:00), Lana Del Rey's response to a critic (24:30), Eric Trump's tips to young investigative reporters (40:15), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Sep 10, 2019
ESPN’s 40th Birthday, Joe Biden Owns His Gaffes, and a Playboy Writer vs. the White House | The Press Box
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Dan Patrick, Keith Olbermann, and the 11 p.m. SportsCenter (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (20:15), Joe Biden trying to own his gaffes (22:30), a Playboy journalist challenging the Trump White House (34:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Sep 06, 2019
Hurricane Dorian Videos, the Rebooting of Buttigieg, and Conservatives and Dave Chappelle | The Press Box
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Hurricane Dorian coverage (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week  (16:30), the rebooting of Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign (19:00), a bedbug saga update (27:15), the conservative alliance with Dave Chappelle (34:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Sep 03, 2019
Bedbugs and the New York Times, Lawrence O’Donnell’s Faceplant, and Podcasts and Plagiarism | The Press Box
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Fallout from Bret Stephens’s Twitter-bedbug beef (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (19:30), Lawrence O’Donnell’s snafu on MSNBC (24:15), news for next month’s Democratic debate (30:30), plagiarism in podcasts (33:30), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Aug 30, 2019
Trump Allies Troll the Media, Andrew Luck Takes, and Joe Walsh for President | The Press Box
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The pro-Trump group scouring the social media history of media members (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week  (23:15), the retirement of the Colts' Andrew Luck and the bad takes it produced (26:00), Joe Walsh running for president (39:15), the Houston Astros trying to run a newspaper in Detroit (48:45), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Aug 27, 2019
2020 Update, Baker Mayfield’s Trash Talk, and the Week in Trump | The Press Box
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The latest from Joe Biden’s campaign (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week  (21:45), when to quote Baker Mayfield (26:15), the Week in Trump (35:30), the fall of Chuck Woolery (43:30), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Aug 23, 2019
The Future of Deadspin, Halperin’s Attempted Comeback, and Jay-Z and the NFL | The Press Box
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Megan Greenwell’s exit from Deadspin (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week  (19:30), Mark Halperin publishing a comeback book (22:30), the Roger Goodell–Jay-Z partnership (34:15), and Stephen Colbert's interview with Anderson Cooper (48:45). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Aug 20, 2019
Bernie Sanders vs. the Media, a New York Times Editor’s Demotion, and “The Hunt” | The Press Box
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Bernie Sanders the media critic (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week  (21:30), the demotion of New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman (26:30), John Hickenlooper ending his presidential bid (31:30), and Andrew Gruttadaro on what happened to the film 'The Hunt' (41:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Andrew Gruttadaro
Aug 16, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein Conspiracies, Biden's Gaffes, and Tucker Carlson's Vacation | The Press Box
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The reactions to Jeffrey Epstein’s death (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (21:30), Joe Biden’s shaky day at the Iowa State Fair (24:30), Chris Cuomo’s amped-up day on Shelter Island (35:00), and when the movie 'The Right Stuff' was a presidential campaign (42:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Aug 13, 2019
The New York Times' Bad Headline and the Anonymous Source of the Week. Plus: Are Newsletters the New Podcasts? | The Press Box
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The great New York Times headline controversy of 2019 (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:00), how to hijack a football press conference (19:30), and the Anonymous Sources of the Week (22:15) Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Aug 09, 2019
The Shootings in El Paso and Dayton, LeBron James vs. His Former GM, and Playboy Rebooted | The Press Box
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The shootings in El Paso and Dayton (03:00), David Griffin on LeBron James (27:45), the reinvention of Playboy (40:00), and Quentin Tarantino’s box office numbers (47:45). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Aug 06, 2019
CNN Democratic Debate Reactions, Night Two | Press Box
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Everyone gangs up on Joe Biden, Kamala Harris goes on the offensive, and everyone else scrabbles to get out of last place. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Aug 01, 2019
CNN Democratic Debate Reactions | The Press Box
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Elizabeth Warren takes on the moderates, Bernie writes the damn bill, and CNN makes John Delaney a star. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jul 31, 2019
Mueller Bombs, the End of Mic, and Covering Tyreek Hill | The Press Box
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Robert Mueller’s testimony (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (21:30), the end of Mic.com (27:15), how the media covers Tyreek Hill (38:45), and the return of Graydon Carter (51:45).   Host: David Shoemaker Guest: Alyssa Bereznak  
Jul 26, 2019
Dan Le Batard vs. ESPN, Al Franken Reconsidered, and the Worst 'Lion King' Reviews | The Press Box
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Dan Le Batard challenges ESPN’s no-politics policy (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (24:00), Jane Mayer’s big New Yorker re-examination of the Al Franken affair (29:15), panning ‘The Lion King’ (49:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jul 23, 2019
Beto Get Your Act Together | The Press Box
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ESPN is getting into the daily podcast game (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (14:30), the racist Trump rally (18:00), Beto O’Rourke is plummeting in the polls (32:15), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jul 19, 2019
Burying the Hatchet Job | The Press Box
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Donald Trump’s tweet to a cohort of Democratic representatives (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (17:45), Dale Peck’s piece on Pete Buttigieg in The New Republic (21:30), 'The Breakfast Club' becoming the new 'View' (28:15), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jul 16, 2019
The Kawhi-light Zone | The Press Box
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The Jeffrey Epstein indictment (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (15:45), fallout from the Kawhi Leonard signing (19:00), Donald Trump’s social media summit (32:15), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jul 12, 2019
Picture Me Pollin’ | The Press Box
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The importance (or lack thereof) of polling (02:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:00), the USWNT's World Cup win (18:15), Trump’s Fourth of July parade (33:15) and feud with Fox News (40:00), and the end of Mad magazine (44:45). Host: David Shoemaker Guest: Justin Charity
Jul 09, 2019
Don't Pence Me In | The Press Box
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Images from the border (02:00), the “Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week” (18:30), the case of the disappearing Mike Pence (21:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jul 05, 2019
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Woj Bomb | The Press Box
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Fallout from the Democratic debates (03:00), the “Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week” (16:00), NBA free agency (21:00), a school shooting impostor (31:15), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jul 02, 2019
Night Two Debate Reactions | The Press Box
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Harris stuns Biden, Bernie and Buttigieg hit their marks, and more observations from the second night of the Democratic presidential primary debates.  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jun 28, 2019
Night One Debate Reactions | The Press Box
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Warren holds serve, Castro vs. Beto, and other observations from the first night of the Democratic presidential primary debates. Plus a farewell to Bob Ley. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jun 27, 2019
Dolan Out Access | The Press Box
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A new accusation of rape against the president (03:00), the “Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week” (15:00), Tucker Carlson may have saved us from a war with Iran (17:00), the difficulties in covering sports in NY (30:45), the reviews for David Mamet’s new play, 'Bitter Wheat' (44:00), and more. Host: Bryan Curtis  Guest: Justin Verrier
Jun 25, 2019
Biden the Dust | The Press Box
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The Joe Biden-Cory Booker apology feud (03:00), the “Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week” (15:30), the nation’s first Donald Trump non-endorsement (17:45), “Listener Mail” (32:45), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jun 21, 2019
The Debate Draft Lottery and O.J. Returns | The Press Box
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The Democratic debate lineup (08:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (29:45), Sarah Huckabee Sanders stepping down as press secretary of the White House (17:45), the return of O.J. Simpson (27:30), and wrapping up the NBA Finals (34:15). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jun 18, 2019
Achilles Tension: Deep Fakes and Trump Bytes | The Press Box
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How the media is handling Kevin Durant’s injury in the NBA Finals (03:00), the “Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week” (19:15), the disturbing Mark Zuckerberg deep fake (27:15), and a farewell to Le Anne Schreiber (36:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jun 14, 2019
The White Man’s Wordin’ and the Art of the Campaign Flip-flop | The Press Box
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Trouble at The Atlantic (03:00), Joe Biden and the art of the campaign flip-flop (21:30), Pablo Torre and Bomani Jones on Jalen Rose’s New Yorker interview (31:00), and Alyssa Bereznak on Steven Crowder and the policies that govern YouTube (37:45). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Alyssa Bereznak  
Jun 11, 2019
Trump’s European Vacation, Biden’s Plagiarism, and Duncan Hunter | The Press Box
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The Trump family’s trip to London (03:00), Joe Biden continuing his serial plagiarism (17:00), Duncan Hunter talking openly about war crimes on the ‘Zero Blog 30’ podcast (23:30), the New York Times’s new TV show, ‘The Weekly,’ (29:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jun 07, 2019
Everyone Dies: Michael Wolff’s New Book, Nancy Pelosi, and a Big Announcement | The Press Box
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An important 'Press Box' announcement (00:45), the return of Michael Wolff (03:45), the Nancy Pelosi video (19:30), ‘Running With Beto’ (28:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jun 04, 2019
What Version of Miley Cyrus Will We Get Next? | Tea Time
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Prom season is upon us. Tea Time looks back on their favorite celebrity prom appearances (1:17). Time's favorite vegan couple may or may not be engaged (14:12). Miley Cyrus is coming out with a new album and seems to be reinventing herself once again (17:37), and we try to understand the "Cliff Wife" meme (31:44). Hosts: Liz Kelly, Amelia Wedemeyer, and Kate Halliwell
May 31, 2019
Mueller’s Mulligan, the Sale of Sports Illustrated, and Naomi Wolf's Gaffe | The Press Box
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Robert Mueller finally talks (03:00), Sports Illustrated is purchased by Authentic Brands Group (16:00), Naomi Wolf makes a “small” error (26:15), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
May 29, 2019
Celebrity Yacht Season Kickoff | Jam Session
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With the Cannes Film Festival wrapped, celebrity yacht season is officially in full swing (1:00). We talk about yacht interior design (18:05), our favorite celebrity yachting groups (22:12), and the best places to go on a yacht vacation (29:18). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
May 29, 2019
Happy Memorial Day Weekend From Tea Time and Pitbull | Tea Time
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The trailer for 'Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood' premiered this week and we're even more hyped than we were before (1:16). Apparently if you're Lil Nas X you can send Maseratis via Postmates (8:16). Katherine Schwarzenegger is getting into podcasting (20:55), and how deep does Ben Affleck's allegiance to Dunkin' Donuts go (44:31)? Hosts: Liz Kelly, Amelia Wedemeyer, and Kate Halliwell
May 24, 2019
De Blasio’s Announcement, Stephen A. Smith, and Brian Williams's Return | The Press Box
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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has entered the 2020 presidential race (03:00), Stephen A. Smith had an amazing half-week of content (21:00), and Brian Williams is back (36:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
May 21, 2019
We Learned About the James Charles BeauTube Scandal So You Don't Have To | Tea Time
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'John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum' is out this weekend and it looks like it's going to be the summer of Keanu Reeves (4:29). Congratulations are in order for the 'Arthur' character Mr. Ratburn (13:56). 'Tea Time' tries to understand the James Charles and Tati Westbrook feud (19:43), and discusses starting an Emmy campaign for Miley Cyrus (27:31). Hosts: Liz Kelly, Kate Halliwell, and Amelia Wedemeyer
May 17, 2019
A Lesson in Public Relations: Constance Wu and Taylor Swift | Jam Session
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‘Fresh off the Boat’ star Constance Wu sent some angry tweets after learning the show was being renewed for a fifth season (1:00) then turned around to deny that’s what she was upset about (13:08). Ahead of her new album, Taylor Swift is back in the public eye (22:09) and it seems like she hasn’t changed much (31:20). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
May 15, 2019
The New Howard Stern, Ben Shapiro DESTROYED, and Kamala Harris Reboots | The Press Box
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Howard Stern has written a new book and the takeaway is that he’s "matured" (02:47), Ben Shapiro gets OWNED during a BBC interview (21:00), and Kamala Harris pivots her campaign back toward the center (31:45). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
May 14, 2019
Happy Mother's Day to Our Moms, Goldie Hawn, and No One Else | Tea Time
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The first Monday in May came and went; we go over best dressed, worst dressed, and iconic after-party moments (1:19). Tea Time–approved movies to watch with your mom this Mother's Day (18:50). It turns out Taylor Swift shares the same pop culture interests as a lot of people on Twitter (26:30), and who wakes up and eats salad for breakfast (30:30)? Hosts: Liz Kelly, Amelia Wedemeyer, and Kate Halliwell
May 10, 2019
Royal Baby Emergency Podcast | Jam Session
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The royal baby is finally here! We talk about Harry’s announcement video (2:23), the name choice (4:56), and the family’s first formal appearance (12:11). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
May 08, 2019
Sticking to Sports: The Case of Caster Semenya | Damage Control
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Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the South African track star Caster Semenya could not compete in certain races due to her naturally occurring high levels of testosterone (1:36). We talk about what that ruling means and how it will affect the relationship between gender and competitive sports (15:23). Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
May 08, 2019
CBS Shake-up, Elizabeth Warren, and the End of ESPN the Magazine | The Press Box
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The “sweeping changes” to CBS’s news lineup and what it means for other network news institutions (03:00), the legacy of ESPN the Magazine (20:30), and Elizabeth Warren’s rise in the latest polls plus her game plan of pumping out policy ideas and dad jokes (37:45). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
May 07, 2019
If Your Wedding Wasn’t Livestreamed by Diplo, Did You Even Get Married? | Tea Time
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Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner had a Vegas wedding after the BBMAs, complete with an Elvis impersonator officiating (1:18). We preview the 2019 Met Gala and try to guess real past themes from fake past themes (9:54). Also, Kylie Jenner hosted an extravagant birthday party for Travis Scott (31:59), and we break down what celebrities are drinking in the name of skin care (44:46). Hosts: Liz Kelly, Kate Halliwell, and Amelia Wedemeyer
May 03, 2019
Royal Rumors and the Celebrity Criticism Paradox | Jam Session
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby could be here any day now and internet sleuths are trying to figure out when (1:00). 'Vanderpump Rules' star Lala Kent got into a bizarre feud with 50 Cent over the weekend (10:42). A slew of celebrities took aim at cultural critics last week and we talk about the tenuous relationship between celebrities and those who write about them (23:17). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
May 01, 2019
The Modern Blockbuster, Joe Biden, and John Schulian | The Press Box
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The new Avengers film and the “importance” of box office numbers (03:00), Joe Biden’s campaign launch and the disappearance of Beto O’Rourke (30:00), and an interview with John Schulian on newspaper-sportswriting magic (45:00). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Apr 30, 2019
Coachella, YouTube Stars, and Surviving Middle School | 4RealSeez
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Zoe Simmons (13) and Liz Kelly (25) team up to discuss their unique perspectives on teen culture in 2019, including: Coachella, influencers, and social media platforms like TikTok, Snapchat, and Musical.ly. They talk YouTube stars, MTV's 'Siesta Key,' 'Teen Wolf,' reality TV, Billie Eilish and Adele, celebrity crushes, middle school, Juuling, and more. Hosts: Zoe Simmons, Liz Kelly
Apr 29, 2019
There's No I in Tea Time But There is a "Me!" | Tea Time
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Kanye hosted his Sunday Service at Coachella Weekend 2 and sold overpriced merchandise to go along with it (1:31). Adele and her husband are divorcing and Nikki Bella is moving on from John Cena (11:48). Tea Time reviews Taylor Swift's new single "Me!" (20:57), and special guest Zoe Simmons helps Tea Time celebrate the 15th anniversary of '13 Going on 30' (33:17). Hosts: Kate Halliwell, Liz Kelly, Amelia Wedemeyer Guest: Zoe Simmons
Apr 26, 2019
The "Wrongthink" Episode | Damage Control
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Following the horrific Easter attacks, Sri Lanka banned social media to prevent the spread of misinformation; was this the right move (1:46)? Also, we discuss the concept of "wrongthink" and how it is affecting our current political discourse (18:13). Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Apr 25, 2019
An Equal and Opposite Redaction: Russell Westbrook and Pete Buttigieg | The Press Box
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The arrival and coverage of Robert Mueller's report (03:00), Russell Westbrook’s feud with reporter Berry Tramel (21:00), and Pete Buttigieg’s boomlet of popularity (40:00). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Apr 23, 2019
Noah Centineo Tweet or Rom-Com Dialogue | Tea Time
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Coachella Weekend 1 gave us some good celebrity PDA and weird sponsored content (1:16). Jason Momoa broke up with his beard to save the environment (15:42). Noah Centineo's second Netflix rom-com premiered this week, and it seems like they took some of the dialogue straight from his Twitter feed (20:27). And Dax Shepard has a weird relationship with Jell-O (25:56). Hosts: Kate Halliwell, Amelia Wedemeyer, and Liz Kelly
Apr 19, 2019
Was Bey-chella Peak Coachella? | Jam Session
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The documentary about Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella performance premiered this week and immediately overshadowed the actual Coachella festival (0:43). We analyze some seemingly staged paparazzi photos of Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx (24:50). Plus, a check-in with the royal family (40:49). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Apr 17, 2019
Riding the Tiger: Julian Assange and Ernie Banks | The Press Box
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Tiger Woods’s shocking victory at The Masters (03:00), last week’s arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (25:30), and Ron Rapoport on the art of writing a sports biography (36:00). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Apr 16, 2019
Chris Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Chris (Hemsworth) | Tea Time
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Kim Kardashian is becoming a lawyer and other things we learned from her Vogue profile (4:30). The Jonas Brothers are riding hard for a random college bar at Penn State University (8:55). There has been a disturbance in the Hollywood Chris Rankings (24:05), and a cautionary warning before you watch Netlifx's 'Our Planet' (30:25). Hosts: Liz Kelly, Kate Halliwell, and Amelia Wedemeyer
Apr 13, 2019
"Biohacking" Your Diet and a Meta Criticism on the Art of Apology | Damage Control
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Many prominent people in Silicon Valley use extreme dieting in order to maximize their productivity; where's the line between "biohacking" and disordered eating (1:57)? Joe Biden's nonapology for unwanted touching drew a round of criticism from people on Twitter; when did we all become experts on the art of apology (20:03)? Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Apr 11, 2019
Wade Wade … Don’t Tell Me! Joe Biden, the AAF, and Paul Pierce | The Press Box
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Joe Biden’s unwanted touching (03:00), the destruction of the Alliance of American Football (25:00), and the Paul Pierce vs. Dwyane Wade sports debate (38:00). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Apr 09, 2019
Tea Time Pooshes the Limit of Kardashian Konversation | Tea Time
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Billy Ray Cyrus is making country music hip again with a remix of 'Old Town Country Road' (1:19), three pieces of lifestyle advice we learned from Kourtney Kardashian's new website Poosh (6:36), the worst April Fools pranks by celebrities (12:58), and trying to understand what janties are (21:26). Hosts: Kate Halliwell, Liz Kelly, and Amelia Wedemeyer
Apr 05, 2019
Kate Middleton’s Rural Rivalry and Chloë Sevigny’s Most Prized Possession | Jam Session
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Allegations that A-Rod cheated on J.Lo are coming out just days after they announced their engagement (1:12). There are rumors flying about a potential rift between Kate Middleton and her friend Rose Hanbury (6:03), both members of a British social group nicknamed “The Turnip Toffs” (13:28). In her own words, Chloë Sevigny tells the NYT's T Magazine what her most prized possession is (25:49), and other iconic Chloë Sevigny moments (35:44). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan Read the T Magazine article about Chloë Sevigny here.
Apr 04, 2019
The View to a Kill: Maddow, LeBron, and Rosie | The Press Box
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Donald Trump continues his total-exoneration victory lap and Rachel Maddow refuses to let the Mueller report go (04:30); the sports media world flips on LeBron James (23:30); and a new book reveals the behind-the-scenes chaos at 'The View' (39:00). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Apr 02, 2019
Ten Things We Love About 1999 | Tea Time
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The trailer for the newest season of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' dropped this week and it looks like we are in store for a dramatic season (3:42). Miley Cyrus may be bringing back 'Hannah Montana' (10:33). We pick our favorite movies of 1999 (20:22), and try to figure out why 'Avengers: Endgame' is going to be three hours long (25:02). Hosts: Kate Halliwell, Liz Kelly, and Amelia Wedemeyer
Mar 30, 2019
A Nutty Avenatti Week | Damage Control
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Michael Avenatti was charged this week with trying to extort Nike for millions of dollars (1:59). How did the lawyer go from a rising political star to being hated by both the left and right (6:46)? Also, Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sackler family, settled a case the state of Oklahoma had brought against them for allegedly igniting the opioid crisis with the creation of OxyContin (19:49). Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Mar 27, 2019
Mueller Over and the Tom Izzo Controversy | The Press Box
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The delivery of Robert Mueller's much-anticipated report (03:00), the world reacts to Michigan State’s Tom Izzo yelling at a player during the NCAA tournament (32:15), and a “Notebook Dump” on tape recording interviews, journalist headshots, and more (43:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Mar 26, 2019
Once Upon a Tea Time in Hollywood | Tea Time
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Congratulations to Jessica Simpson, who finally gave birth to her third child after what felt like a multiyear pregnancy (1:05). Also, we investigate Ben Affleck walking around Los Angeles (12:00), discuss Garrett Hedlund being the perfect rebound guy (20:03), and wonder whether the Hadid sisters are actually reading the books they're carrying around with them (32:30). Hosts: Kate Halliwell, Liz Kelly, and Amelia Wedemeyer
Mar 22, 2019
Scammer Season Never Ends | Jam Session
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Elizabeth Holmes is back in the news after the premiere of the HBO documentary about Theranos (4:33). The college-admissions scandal might be the greatest celebrity scam story of the century (13:16). If you want to get back at your ex-wife, a 42-foot-tall photograph of you with your new wife might work (29:34), and we celebrate J.Lo and A-Rod’s engagement (33:07). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins Read more about Harry Macklowe’s photographs here.
Mar 20, 2019
That’s Mr. O’Rourke to You!: Beto, Today’s NBA, and Tucker Carlson | The Press Box
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Beto O’Rourke running for the Democratic nomination for president (03:00), the happiness of today’s NBA players (23:30), and Tucker Carlson's audio clips unearthed by Media Matters (38:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Mar 19, 2019
Ben Affleck’s Back (and Ben Affleck’s Back) | Tea Time
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Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are courting jail time thanks to Operation Varsity Blues, but was USC worth it? (4:15) J.Lo and A-Rod are finally engaged, but her ring is smaller than his (13:40). 'Triple Frontier' lived up to expectations (21:30), and the 'Aladdin' movie may be better than we thought (28:45). Hosts: Amelia Wedemeyer, Kate Halliwell, and Liz Kelly
Mar 15, 2019
Some Admissions-Scandal Schadenfreude | Damage Control
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Federal agents arrested 50 people this week, including the actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, for allegedly bribing people to get their children into elite colleges (2:35). What does this story say about class mobility and the United States' obsession with college (19:42)? Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Mar 13, 2019
Dead Solid Perfect: Dan Jenkins, Boycotting Fox, and Moonlighting for the Mets | The Press Box
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The passing of legendary sportswriter Dan Jenkins (03:00), whether the Democrats have a right to stiff Fox News for a primary debate (32:45), and ESPN baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza’s new position with the New York Mets (40:30).   Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker  
Mar 12, 2019
Look What You Made Us Do: We’re Taylor Swift Stans Now? | Tea Time
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Pete Davidson is back in a big way with a new tattoo and new public displays of affection (3:48). Ahead of her 30th birthday, Taylor Swift published a list in Elle that runs down 30 things she has learned (13:46). Emily Ratajkowski needs to pay her rent (20:16), and why 'Triple Frontier' is a movie made with women in mind (23:56). Hosts: Amelia Wedemeyer, Kate Halliwell, and Liz Kelly
Mar 08, 2019
Kardashians vs. Pinkett Smiths: A War in Calabasas | Jam Session
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Jordyn Woods went on Jada Pinkett Smith’s talk show ‘Red Table Talk’ to tell her side of the Tristan Thompson drama (1:06). We remember Luke Perry, who taught a generation about teen idols (19:31), and go deep on celebrities at Madison Square Garden (26:56). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Mar 07, 2019
Beto Late Than Never | The Press Box
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How the Dallas Cowboys got Jason Witten back (03:00), Jane Mayer’s New Yorker story about Fox News (22:45), and what the Bob Kraft media coverage says about the way we cover a scandal (36:45). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Mar 05, 2019
Are We Out of the (Jordyn) Woods Yet? | Tea Time
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Taylor Swift is dropping some major hints that she's going to release new music (1:00). A follow-up to our investigation of the Tristan-Khloe-Jordyn saga (5:14). A new investigation into whether Brie Larson is actually friends with Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence (17:25). And Liz brings back her worst take of the week (22:49). Hosts: Liz Kelly, Kate Halliwell, and Amelia Wedemeyer
Mar 01, 2019
Die a Hero or Live Long Enough to See Yourself Get Cancelled | Damage Control (Ep. 579)
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The social platform Pinterest is going after anti-vaxxing memes in a big way, but what does this mean for free speech online (1:39)? CNN published an investigation of the famous soul singer James Brown this month with grisly allegations about his past. What happens to someone's legacy when new information about them comes out after they've died (22:56)? Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity Read the CNN investigation into James Brown here.
Feb 28, 2019
And the Oscar Doesn’t Go to ... | The Press Box (Ep. 578)
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Discussing the best media subplots from the Oscars (02:00), CNN hiring a Jeff Sessions flack to help guide its 2020 election coverage (20:15), and the Zion Williamson think pieces (30:45). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Feb 26, 2019
Khloe Kardashian for Bachelorette, Plus: Bill Simmons! | Tea Time (Ep. 577)
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We go deep on the Khloe-Jordyn-Tristan cheating scandal (5:11). Miranda Lambert's new husband previously went viral for being a hot dancing cop (15:34). We preview the Oscars and make some predictions (22:11), and stay tuned until the end for Tea Time's inaugural guest, Bill Simmons (28:40)! Hosts: Liz Kelly, Kate Halliwell, and Amelia Wedemeyer Guest: Bill Simmons
Feb 23, 2019
Dissecting the Latest Kardashian Scandal, Plus: a Meg Minute! | Jam Session (Ep. 576)
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Khloe Kardashian split with Tristan Thompson this week after allegedly finding out he cheated on her with Kylie Jenner’s best friend (2:10). Lee Radziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, passed away last week, and The New York Times gave her a very rude obituary (17:07). We introduce a new segment called Meg Minute (28:30) and host another round of Celebrity Real Estate Corner (39:26)! Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins Read The New York Times obituary of Lee Radziwill here. Watch the Architectural Digest tour of Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard's home here.
Feb 20, 2019
Man at His Worst | The Press Box (Ep. 575)
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The alleged attack on actor Jussie Smollett (03:00), Esquire in 2019 (26:30), and the first real dumb controversy of the 2020 presidential campaign (39:30).   Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Feb 20, 2019
We Found Love In a Sparsely Decorated Kardashian Place | Tea Time (Ep. 574)
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Celebrities celebrated Valentine's Day with both extravagant gestures and spon-con (7:05). Zoe Kravitz is thirst-trapping (16:49). John Mayer got his hair cut in between the Grammys and the afterparty (20:31), and if you're going to throw food at someone, why would you throw a salad (27:18)? Hosts: Liz Kelly, Kate Halliwell, Amelia Wedemeyer
Feb 16, 2019
The Art of Hate-Reading | Damage Control (Ep. 573)
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Esquire published a cover story this week that Twitter immediately deemed a "hate-read"; is there any value in reading things just to dislike them (1:18)? Atlanta rapper 21 Savage was arrested two weeks ago by ICE; the agency might be trying to send a message (22:21). Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Feb 14, 2019
Oppo Dump! | The Press Box (Ep. 572)
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How former New York Times editor Jill Abramson got cancelled (03:00), Kevin Durant and the future of NBA media relations (28:30), and Jeff Bezos vs. The National Enquirer (43:15). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Feb 12, 2019
Meet the Biebers | Tea Time (Ep. 571)
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Richard E. Grant is living his best life on Twitter (6:34). Questions to ask Timothée Chalamet if you were sitting next to him on a plane (13:37). Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of 'He's Just Not That Into You' (18:37). Hailey and Justin Bieber get a Vogue cover (23:27). Hosts: Amelia Wedemeyer, Kate Halliwell, Liz Kelly
Feb 09, 2019
What We Talk About When We Talk About Kylie Jenner's House | Jam Session (Ep. 570)
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Kylie and Kris Jenner have spreads in Architectural Digest and we have a lot of thoughts (2:42). Jennifer Lawrence is engaged to her boyfriend, Cooke Maroney (33:00). Kate Beckinsale and Pete Davidson were seen stepping out together again (37:12). A new friendship between Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon is blooming down under (48:21). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins See Kylie Jenner’s home in Architectural Digest here. See Kris Jenner’s home in Architectural Digest here.
Feb 07, 2019
Venti, Vidi, Vici | The Press Box (Ep. 569)
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Discussing Tony Romo as the real MVP of the Super Bowl (03:00), billionaire Howard Schultz’s awkward presidential campaign launch (29:30), and why NBA trades are so popular (45:15). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Feb 05, 2019
A Non-Football Fan's Guide to Caring About the Super Bowl | Tea Time (Ep. 568)
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Beyoncé and Jay-Z will give you free tickets to their concerts for life, only if you're willing to go vegan (9:53). What to watch for at the Super Bowl if you don't care about football (19:33). Dissecting the photo of Kanye West, Timothée Chalamet, Kid Cudi, and Pete Davidson (22:37). Hosts: Liz Kelly, Amelia Wedemeyer, and Kate Halliwell
Feb 02, 2019
A Way-Too-Early Analysis of the 2020 Presidential Candidates | Damage Control (Ep. 567)
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BuzzFeed laid off 15 percent of its staff last week, which does not bode well for the digital media industry (1:35). We're two years away from the presidential election but the Democratic field for president is already looking crowded (18:59). Hosts: Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs
Jan 31, 2019
To Tweet, or Not to Tweet | The Press Box (Ep. 566)
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The responsibilities faced by journalists when tweeting about breaking news stories (03:00), the mass media congregation in Atlanta for the Super Bowl (20:45), and saying goodbye to one of New York’s oldest literary bars (38:00). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jan 29, 2019
Is Christian Bale As Dick Cheney Still Hot? | Tea Time (Ep. 565)
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Pete Davidson has been hanging out with John Mulaney and we hope Mulaney is a good influence on him (2:44). Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are postponing their wedding (16:50). The 2019 Vanity Fair Hollywood cover is the best one yet (30:10). Hosts: Kate Halliwell, Liz Kelly, and Amelia Wedemeyer
Jan 26, 2019
Alive Girl: The Jeff Bezos Saga | Jam Session (Ep. 564)
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Jeff Bezos announced two weeks ago that he and his wife were getting a divorce; shortly afterward, the National Enquirer published a report of his affair that included some racy text messages (1:46). Cardi B is being vocal about her political beliefs (34:41), Leonardo DiCaprio flies JetBlue (42:09), and a false article about Miley Cyrus being pregnant reminds us which celebrity news sources we can and cannot trust (43:44). Hosts: Amanda Dobbins and Juliet Litman Read Kate Knibbs on the Jeff Bezos divorce here. Read Alyssa Bereznak on blind items here.
Jan 24, 2019
The Adam Moss Coaching Tree | The Press Box (Ep. 563)
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The high-stakes journalism standoff following the BuzzFeed scoop (02:30), NFL referees blow a call in the worst possible media age (25:00), and Adam Moss stepping down after 15 years as editor of New York Magazine (40:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Jan 22, 2019
Celebrity Chris Watch | Tea Time (Ep. 562)
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John Mayer is officially making his comeback (1:05), Chris Pratt got engaged to Katherine Schwarzenegger and we have a wild theory about why (8:12), and don't come for Harry Styles because his fans will come for you (16:03). Hosts: Amelia Wedemeyer, Kate Halliwell, Liz Kelly
Jan 18, 2019
All the Hot Goss That’s Fit to Print | Damage Control (Ep. 561)
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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced this week that he and his wife are getting divorced (1:51); shortly after, the National Enquirer published a report detailing Bezos’s affair (10:41). Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson received blowback after several journalists called out her book for being factually incorrect (16:33)—an example of what happens when you let Twitter become your fact checker (25:47). Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Jan 17, 2019
New Episode, Who Dis? | The Press Box (Ep. 560)
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Jason Gay joins to discuss millennial media outreach among politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Beto O’Rourke (01:45), 'Washington Post' reporter Chelsea Janes moving from the sports section to covering the 2020 campaign (17:30), and journalists battling over the new movie ‘Vice' (32:00). Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Jason Gay
Jan 15, 2019
Not So Impressed With Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club | Jam Session (Ep. 559)
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Lindsay Lohan’s new reality television show, ‘Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club,’ premiered on MTV this week and it’s not as great as you’d think it would be (1:38). Kate Beckinsale was seen leaving a Golden Globes after-party with Pete Davidson (7:18). Chrissy Metz may or may not have called Alison Brie a bitch at the Golden Globes (11:44). Miley Cyrus got married to Liam Hemsworth in a small ceremony at home (19:08). And another edition of 'Celebrity Real Estate Corner' (28:18). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins Read Kate Knibbs’s piece on ‘Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club’ here.
Jan 10, 2019
New Year Celebrity Check-In | Tea Time (Ep. 558)
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Taylor Swift kicked off the new year by throwing a themed costume party (1:29 ), Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth got married while Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik split (13:24), and Idris Elba will be performing at Coachella (28:23). Hosts: Liz Kelly, Kate Halliwell, and Amelia Wedemeyer
Jan 05, 2019
Streaming Censorship and More Bad Blood | Damage Control (Ep. 557)
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Netflix removed an episode of Hasan Minhaj’s show ‘Patriot Act’ in Saudi Arabia after the country claimed that it violated its anti-cyber crime law (2:08), and now Netflix is facing accusations of censorship (8:09). The Huffington Post published an investigation last week into the medical company Ambrosia (28:49), a flashy blood-based startup that doesn’t appear to be all it is cracked up to be (35:38). Read the Huffington Post investigation here. Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity
Jan 04, 2019
Outlandish Celebrity Predictions for 2019 | Tea Time (Ep. 556)
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Liz Kelly, Kate Halliwell, and Amelia Wedemeyer make some bold predictions for what celebrity news will happen next year, including who will be feuding (1:00), who will get married (5:08), and who will make a comeback (17:08). Hosts: Kate Halliwell, Liz Kelly, and Amelia Wedemeyer
Dec 28, 2018
The 2018 Year in Celebrity | Jam Session (Ep. 555)
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'Jam Session' recounts its favorite celebrity moments of 2018, including stories it couldn’t believe happened in this year (1:27), breakout stars of the year (20:16), memorable celebrity real estate transactions (26:59), and the stories it'd like to leave behind in 2019 (30:18). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Dec 26, 2018
Use Your Collusion II | The Press Box (Ep. 554)
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The problems with “Year End” lists (03:00), the top five nonfiction hardcover books of 2018 (09:45), Chris Christie’s upcoming political memoir (12:30), the year of cancelling Facebook (23:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Dec 25, 2018
Use Your Collusion I | The Press Box (Ep. 553)
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The power of headlines (03:00), Trump vs. 'Saturday Night Live' (20:00), and the truth about “access journalism” (31:00). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Dec 19, 2018
The 2020 Media Primary | The Press Box (Ep. 552)
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Early coverage of 2020 presidential candidates (2:15), Fox's conquest of the NFL (20:00), and the fate of The Weekly Standard (33:15). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Dec 14, 2018
We Need to Talk About Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas | Jam Session (Ep. 551)
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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas got married last week (1:16) and their splashy wedding celebration sparked some suspicions about the nature of their relationship (11:51). Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan are on a press tour for their movie ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ and we’re loving it (23:27). And the onslaught of bad press against Meghan Markle continues (27:44). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins Read the Atlantic article on Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas here.
Dec 13, 2018
The New Online | Damage Control (Ep. 550)
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Tumblr announced this week that they are going to ban all adult content from the site (2:00), and many believe this signals the end for the social platform (9:25). The millennial-focused news site Mic laid off the majority of their staff this week ahead of a sale to Bustle Digital Group (21:10); the company may be a parable of what not to do as a young digital media company (30:06). Hosts: Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs
Dec 06, 2018
A Presidential Passing | The Press Box (Ep. 549)
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The death of former president George H.W. Bush and how the media portrayed him (03:00), the curious case of NFL running back Kareem Hunt (24:00), and the return of noted conspiracist Jerome Corsi for yet another Russian scandal week (36:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Dec 04, 2018
Royal Feud, Tummy Tea, and Other Assorted British Scandals | Jam Session (Ep. 548)
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Kit Harington denies rumors that he cheated on his wife, Rose Leslie, after nude photos of him were released (1:33), Jameela Jamil is fighting the good fight against celebrities who hawk detox teas (12:43), and apparently there’s a royal feud brewing between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle (22:59). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Nov 29, 2018
The News Dump of All News Dumps | The Press Box (Ep. 547)
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The latest Facebook eff-up and its pre-Thanksgiving news dump (02:45), the media’s role in the Kevin Durant–Draymond Green feud (29:00), and former first lady Michelle Obama’s book/arena tour (45:00). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Nov 27, 2018
Big Bad Tech | Damage Control (Ep. 546)
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Amazon finally selected the location for its second headquarters (2:39), ending the months-long reality show of cities competing to be selected (8:41). Facebook is in hot water again for some shady practices (17:47), but this time it’s COO Sheryl Sandberg who is taking the heat (28:03). Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity Read Alyssa Bereznak on HQ2 here. Read the New York Times investigation of Facebook here.
Nov 21, 2018
A Very Goop-y Wedding | Jam Session (Ep. 545)
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Gwyneth Paltrow got married to Brad Falchuk ... and posted all of the details on goop.com (1:15), Leonardo DiCaprio turned 44 and celebrated accordingly in Los Angeles (15:12), Busy Philipps called out Noah Centineo for ghosting one of her friends (20:47), and congratulations are in order for Idris Elba for winning People’s Sexiest Man of the Year (28:51). Hosts: Amanda Dobbins & Juliet Litman Check out Gwyneth Paltrow’s wedding here.
Nov 16, 2018
Hard Pass Interference | The Press Box (Ep. 544)
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The kerfuffle about the contentious encounter between CNN’s Jim Acosta and President Trump at a White House press conference, and election fallout. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Nov 09, 2018
Midterms Madness | Damage Control (Ep. 543)
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Florida passed an amendment giving people with felony convictions the right to vote (1:15), voter suppression became a big story in Georgia’s gubernatorial race (12:45), and Nancy Pelosi launched a campaign to become the next speaker of the House (26:11). Hosted by Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity.
Nov 09, 2018
Election Reaction Edition | The Press Box (Ep. 542)
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The Democrats' victory in the House and the Republicans' victory in the Senate (02:00), Donald Trump's turbulent last week of the campaign (26:00), and the changing face of cable Election Night coverage (44:00). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
Nov 07, 2018
The Celebrity of It All: Cardi B vs. Nicki Minaj | Jam Session (Ep. 541)
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The Ringer’s Amanda Dobbins and Juliet Litman are joined by Micah Peters to talk about the ongoing feud between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj (0:30). Then they talk about the British tv series ‘Bodyguard’ (16:35), their feelings toward Halloween (23:09), and introduce a new segment called "What’s Up on David Geffen’s Instagram" (30:55). Read Micah Peters on Cardi B vs. Nicki Minaj here. Watch Cardi B's Instagram story here.
Nov 01, 2018
CNN and the Bomb, the Francesa Controversies, and Megyn Kelly | The Press Box (Ep. 540)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the explosives sent to CNN (03:00), the weird controversies surrounding WFAN’s Mike Francesa (28:30), and Megyn Kelly and the “costume police” (44:15).
Oct 30, 2018
Paul Dano on Directing His First Film and Adapting Richard Ford's 'Wildlife' | The Big Picture (Ep. 539)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with actor and now screenwriter/director Paul Dano to discuss the trials of directing his first film and adapting one of his favorite authors, Richard Ford.
Oct 25, 2018
Dissecting the Actions of Mohammad bin Salman | Damage Control (Ep. 543)
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The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs get together to talk about the spate of potential explosive devices sent to prominent Democratic figures this week (2:14) and how the right-wing media immediately tried to spin it (12:55). Then, they cover the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and how it might affect the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia (21:17).
Oct 25, 2018
Royal Extravaganza and Meghan and Harry’s Baby | Jam Session (Ep. 538)
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins get together to talk about Princess Eugenie’s wedding (1:04) and Meghan’s faux pas of announcing her pregnancy during the event (19:38). Then they cover Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s breakup (28:37) and some celebrity real estate news (31:55).
Oct 19, 2018
Jonah Hill on the Personal and Powerful 'Mid90s' | The Big Picture (Ep. 537)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with actor and filmmaker Jonah Hill about directing his personal and affecting first film 'Mid90s.'
Oct 18, 2018
Kanye Goes to Washington, the Art of Sidling, and Elizabeth Warren Makes Her Move | The Press Box (Ep. 536)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down President Trump's new media strategy (03:00), the reportorial tactic that separates NBA insiders (25:45), and Senator Warren’s preemptive strike against swift boaters (41:30).
Oct 16, 2018
'The Oath’ and Ike Barinholtz’s Response to the Chaotic News Cycle | The Big Picture (Ep. 535)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey speaks with comedic talent Ike Barinholtz about his directorial debut, ‘The Oath,’ and how it’s a direct response to the breakneck speed of the news cycle since the election.
Oct 12, 2018
Finally, Taylor Swift and Gritty Are on the Same Team | Damage Control (Ep. 534)
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The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs get together to talk about Taylor Swift’s decision to finally get political (2:01) and the political fight going on involving the Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty (21:08). Read Alyssa Bereznak on Taylor Swift here.
Oct 10, 2018
Trump's Taxes, 'Venom' vs. 'A Star Is Born,' and the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi | The Press Box (Ep. 536)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a look at the New York Times story on Trump's taxes and how the Times rolled it out (03:00), the release of 'Venom' and 'A Star Is Born' in today's media landscape (27:30), and the mystery of Jamal Khashoggi going missing (48:45).
Oct 09, 2018
‘A Star Is Born’: Instant Analysis | The Big Picture (Ep. 535)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey is joined by colleagues Juliet Litman, Amanda Dobbins, Lindsay Zoladz, and Andrew Gruttadaro to discuss their immediate reactions to the ‘A Star Is Born’ phenomenon—weighing in on Bradley Cooper’s emergence as an auteur, what the film is saying about pop music, the press tour, Lady Gaga, and more.
Oct 08, 2018
A Star Is Bradley | Jam Session (Ep. 534)
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins talk about Juliet’s royal sighting while in London (1:11), Bradley Cooper’s press tour for ‘A Star Is Born’ (11:38), the bizarre video of Lindsay Lohan harassing a family (22:25), and the news that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are officially married (25:27). Read Rob Harvilla’s article on Bradley Cooper here.
Oct 03, 2018
More Ford-Kavanaugh, the "Rebirth" of the NFL, and Michael Moore | The Press Box (Ep. 533)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a look at Senator Flake and other figures from the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings (03:00), the rise in NFL ratings (25:15), and Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9" (37:00).
Oct 02, 2018
David Lowery on Directing Robert Redford's Final Film, 'The Old Man and the Gun' | The Big Picture (Ep. 532)
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Ringer Editor-in-Chief Sean Fennessey is rejoined by filmmaker David Lowery to discuss his new movie 'The Old Man and the Gun,' directing Robert Redford in his final performance, and his knack for crafting modern-day fables.
Sep 28, 2018
Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings Reaction | The Press Box (Ep. 531)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker gather for an emergency podcast to give their initial reactions to the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the surrounding media coverage.
Sep 28, 2018
Infighting in the News Media and Canada’s Liberal Brand | Damage Control (Ep. 530)
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The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs talk about a crazy week in U.S. politics that led to the news media jumping over each other to get scoops (1:20) and how that affects our news consumption (5:21). Then, they turn their attention to Canada’s version of Donald Trump (15:34).
Sep 26, 2018
Covering Kavanaugh, Lee Jenkins Joins the Clippers, and the Podcast Bubble | The Press Box (Ep. 529)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the complicated media coverage surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (03:00), NBA profiler Lee Jenkins's career pivot to front office of the L.A. Clippers (31:45), and whether or not the podcast bubble has burst (50:15).
Sep 25, 2018
Ethan Hawke Will 'Blaze' a Trail as a Director, Too | The Big Picture (Ep. 528)
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Editor-in-Chief Sean Fennessey chats with actor and occasional director Ethan Hawke about his new film 'Blaze,' a biopic about the creative life and tragic death of the musician Blaze Foley.
Sep 21, 2018
'New York Times' Writer Caity Weaver on Profiling Celebrities, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s Engagement, and Meghan Markle | Jam Session (Ep. 527)
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The Ringer’s Amanda Dobbins talks with 'New York Times' writer Caity Weaver about what it’s like to profile celebrities including Maya Rudolph and Justin Bieber (2:57), her thoughts on Meghan Markle’s first four months as Duchess of Sussex (29:25), and Millie Bobby Brown going to Drake for dating advice (38:37). Read Caity's profile of Maya Rudolph here. Read Caity's profile of Justin Bieber here. Read Caity's profile of Dwayne Johnson here. Read Caity's article 'I Also Went to the Royal Wedding' here.
Sep 20, 2018
Jian Ghomeshi, NFL Grab Bag, and Cable Storm Coverage | The Press Box (Ep. 526)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at The New York Review of Books' decision to publish Jian Ghomeshi's first-person story (03:30), dive into some of the top stories from around the NFL (28:15), and wrap up by discussing the cable news coverage of Tropical Depression Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut (43:00).
Sep 18, 2018
Nicole Holofcener, 'The Land of Steady Habits,' and the Characters From Her Own Life | The Big Picture (Ep. 525)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with filmmaker Nicole Holofcener about her consistent career in film and how she's able to draw on inspiration from her life to create the characters and stories in her movies.
Sep 14, 2018
Colin Kaepernick and Nike’s Commodification of Wokeness | Damage Control (Ep. 524)
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The Ringer’s Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity try to parse the meaning of Nike’s recent ad campaign featuring free-agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick (01:24). Then, they discuss the reboot of Gawker and the potential impact new owner Brian Goldberg might have on the content of the site (22:36).
Sep 13, 2018
Trump vs. (Almost) Everybody | The Press Box (Ep. 523)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a look at Bob Woodward's new book 'Fear: Trump in the White House' (03:00), the anonymous New York Times op-ed (27:00), and the ousting of Les Moonves from CBS (40:30).
Sep 12, 2018
Michel Gondry Reunites With Jim Carrey in ‘Kidding’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 522)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with with Michel Gondry to discuss his long career in film and reteaming up with Jim Carrey 14 years after ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ to create the upcoming Showtime series ‘Kidding.’
Sep 07, 2018
‘A Star Is Born’ Wildness, the Many Personas of Jennifer Garner, and What the Geoffrey Owens Debacle Teaches Us About Celebrity Boundaries | Jam Session (Ep. 521)
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins sit down to talk about the increasingly weird press tour for ‘A Star Is Born’ (1:40), Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s relationship as he heads back to rehab (20:08), the Geoffrey Owens debacle (28:40), and Gwyneth Paltrow’s company, Goop, getting sued over its vaginal eggs (35:24). Read updates about 'A Star Is Born' by Miles Surrey here.
Sep 06, 2018
Steve Bannon, David Remnick, and the New Yorker Festival | The Press Box (Ep. 520)
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss The New Yorker's decision to invite — and then disinvite — former Trump aide Steve Bannon to its annual festival, and what that says about covering the right and the problem with "ideas" festivals.
Sep 05, 2018
Aneesh Chaganty on Leaving Google to Make ‘Searching’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 519)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with first-time filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty to discuss leaving his job at Google to make ‘Searching,' a thriller starring John Cho shot entirely through the POV of screens.
Aug 31, 2018
The Complex Legacy That John McCain Leaves Behind | Damage Control (Ep. 518)
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This week on 'Damage Control,' The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs discuss the complicated feelings that come with mourning late Senator John McCain (0:47). Then they investigate why the Twitter persona of former Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has become so fascinating (24:19).
Aug 30, 2018
Remembering John McCain, Jemele Hill's Exit From ESPN, and Taking Stock of 'The Athletic' | The Press Box (Ep. 517)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker link up to remember Senator John McCain and his relationship with the media (02:30) before looking back at Jemele Hill's last year at ESPN (15:30). Then they unpack a wild Tuesday for Trump (26:00) before examining varying opinions of 'The Athletic' (39:30).
Aug 28, 2018
The Summer Movie Awards | The Big Picture (Ep. 516)
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The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan highlight this summer’s movies by awarding the biggest surprises, best independent films, best scenes, the best and worst movie of the summer, and much more.
Aug 24, 2018
‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Creates a Rom-com Star and Dissecting the Elon Musk–Grimes–Azealia Banks Saga | Jam Session (Ep. 515)
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by Kate Halliwell to talk about the Netflix movie ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ (1:00) and the breakout star of the movie, Noah Centineo (10:12). Then Alyssa Bereznak comes on to talk about Elon Musk’s relationship with the singer Grimes (17:39) and Azealia Banks’s weird weekend at Musk’s house (23:32). Read Kate Halliwell's article 'The Romantic Comedy Guide to Having a Fake Relationship' here.
Aug 22, 2018
The Nation's Editorial Pages vs. Trump, The Return of "The Swami," and ... Is New York Magazine For Sale? | The Press Box (Ep. 514)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss local news outlets across the country renouncing Trump's attacks on the media (02:30), New York magazine's owners exploring a sale (20:15), and Chris Berman's potential return to ESPN (34:00).
Aug 21, 2018
How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Jon M. Chu Earned His Spot | The Big Picture (Ep. 513)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ director Jon M. Chu to talk about his development as a director and how his personal experience as a Chinese American inspired him to make this movie.
Aug 17, 2018
The Curious Case of Elon Musk and His Twitter Account | Damage Control (Ep. 512)
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The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs try to figure out what’s going on with Elon Musk and why we care (0:57), and then they discuss the downward spiral of MoviePass (21:02).
Aug 15, 2018
The Revenge of Omarosa, ESPN's Schedule Shake-up, and Voting for the Hall of Fame | The Press Box (Ep. 511)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker link up to discuss the release of Omarosa's new book, 'Unhinged' (03:45); ESPN reshuffling the network (24:15); and whether the media should be involved in Hall of Fame voting (36:15).
Aug 14, 2018
We Actually Fixed the Oscars | The Big Picture (Ep. 510)
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The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Bill Simmons, and Amanda Dobbins discuss the recent announcement about upcoming changes to the Academy Awards and debate how to usher the ceremony into the new era.
Aug 09, 2018
Beyoncé’s Vogue Cover, Plus a Weekly Dose of Celebrity Yachting | Jam Session (Ep. 509)
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the details of Beyoncé’s new Vogue cover (1:10). Then, the two give an update on David Geffen’s notorious summer yacht, discussing the celebrity politics of being photographed and seen with questionable public figures (18:52).
Aug 08, 2018
Trump vs. LeBron, the Ohio State Scandal, and Counter-Trolling | The Press Box (Ep. 508)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a look at Donald Trump's new feud with LeBron James (03:15), Urban Meyer's administrative leave and how it's been covered in the media (23:00), and the New York Times' hiring of Sarah Jeong and the unearthing of her past tweets (37:45).
Aug 07, 2018
Why Is Facebook So Bad at Moderation? | Damage Control (Ep. 507)
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The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs discuss the "bad actors" that Facebook recently removed from the platform (1:03) and the contradictory ways in which they decide to handle controversial, high-profile figures like Alex Jones of InfoWars (12:35).
Aug 01, 2018
The N.Y. Times in the Oval Office, Facebook's InfoWars War, and the Indignities of NFL Training Camp | The Press Box (Ep. 506)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss The New York Times facing off with President Donald Trump on his home turf (03:30), Mark Zuckerberg's clumsy efforts in dealing with Alex Jones (18:30), and the problems the NFL media faces while covering training camps (33:00). Hosted by: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
Jul 31, 2018
Making ‘Mission: Impossible’ the Best Movie Franchise, With Christopher McQuarrie | The Big Picture (Ep. 505)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ director Christopher McQuarrie to talk about his creative collaboration with Tom Cruise, the challenges and rewards of coming back for a second ‘Mission: Impossible’ film, and his personal reckoning with his role as a filmmaker post-‘The Usual Suspects.’
Jul 27, 2018
The Official Podcast of Celebrity Summer Vacations | Jam Session (Ep. 504)
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins talk about their love for ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again’ (1:34) and Karlie Kloss’s engagement to Joshua Kushner (22:39). Then Andrew Gruttadaro joins to talk about Leonardo DiCaprio’s hobby of the summer: beach volleyball (34:04).
Jul 25, 2018
Remembering Jonathan Gold, the Downsizing of the Daily News, and Is Women's Media a “Scam”? | The Press Box (Ep. 503)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the future of the New York Daily News following their mass layoffs (03:00), the fallout from the Refinery29.com's "Money Diary" column (20:00), and the passing of Los Angeles food writer Jonathan Gold (37:45). Hosted by: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
Jul 24, 2018
Bo Burnham’s ‘Eighth Grade’ Captures the Experience of Middle School and Right Now | The Big Picture (Ep. 502)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with comedian and first-time filmmaker Bo Burnham and actress Elsie Fisher to discuss ‘Eighth Grade,’ their perceptive film about the cringeworthy experience of middle school.
Jul 20, 2018
Is Sacha Baron Cohen the Greatest Troll of Our Time? | Damage Control (Ep. 501)
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This week on 'Damage Control,' The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs discuss how Amazon Prime Day turned into an ethical mess (1:29) and how to handle Sacha Baron Cohen's political satire in the age of President Donald Trump and fake news (17:53).
Jul 18, 2018
Trump's Tour of Europe, a Kinder NBA, and Sacha Baron Cohen Returns | The Press Box (Ep. 500)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker link up to look at Donald Trump taking his "fake news" vendetta overseas (03:00), the positive vibes in the NBA media (22:00), and Sacha Baron Cohen's trolling in 'Who Is America?' (39:00). Hosted by: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
Jul 17, 2018
What Inspires Gus Van Sant? | The Big Picture (Ep. 499)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with acclaimed filmmaker Gus Van Sant about his lasting legacy in film, reteaming with Joaquin Phoenix on 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot,' the role his late friend Robin Williams played in the film, and where to go when you’ve accomplished so much.
Jul 13, 2018
The Business Side of Lindsay Lohan, Celebrity Summer Vacations, and Other Celebrity Well-wishes | Jam Session (Ep. 498)
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins sit down to talk about Lindsay Lohan’s new beach club in Mykonos (1:00), what other celebrities have been up to this summer (21:55), and what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been up to since their wedding (24:56).
Jul 12, 2018
Ousting Scott Pruitt, the Return of the Soccer Trolls, and the NBA vs. the NFL | The Press Box (Ep. 493)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker link up to analyze the media's role in the recent resignation of Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator (02:00), the return of World Cup criticism in America (21:00), and the popularity of the NBA compared with the NFL's (31:30). Hosted by: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
Jul 10, 2018
Boots Riley’s ‘Sorry to Bother You’ Is a Cinematic Acid Trip | The Big Picture (Ep. 492)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with first-time filmmaker and longtime musician Boots Riley about the challenging transition from making music with his group The Coup to making his first feature-length film, the experimental social comedy ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ on his own.
Jul 09, 2018
'Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Goes Big, With Peyton Reed | The Big Picture (Ep. 491)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey speaks with filmmaker Peyton Reed about returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to make an Ant-Man sequel and the challenges of merging his story with the aftermath of 'Avengers: Infinity War.'
Jul 06, 2018
The Massacre at the Capital Gazette, Decision 3.0, and Failing to Report on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | The Press Box (Ep. 490)
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The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker reflect on the tragic shooting at the Capital Gazette last week and how Donald Trump's and Milo Yiannopoulos's comments against the press can stoke violence toward journalists (02:26). Then they talk about the impact LeBron James has had on sports media in light of his recent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers (20:50) and examine Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise win in the New York Congressional Democratic primary last week (37:50).
Jul 03, 2018
Why ‘Sicario’ Needed a Sequel, With Stefano Sollima | The Big Picture (Ep. 489)
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The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan discuss the unlikely 'Sicario' franchise and its approach to violence and morality along the U.S.-Mexico border with ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ director Stefano Sollima.
Jun 29, 2018
The Definitive Guide to "Big-Dick Energy." Plus: Mandy Moore’s Home and Celebrity-Yacht Season. | Jam Session (Ep. 488)
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins get together to take a look at Mandy Moore’s recently completed mid-century mansion (0:30), explain the concept of "Big-Dick Energy" (7:54), and celebrate the start of celebrity-yacht season (20:12). Check out Mandy Moore's home here. Check out Allison P. Davis's article on "Big-Dick Energy" here.
Jun 28, 2018
Trump's Border War, Woj Dunks on the Draft, and Johnny Depp's Profile | The Press Box (Ep. 487)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down to weigh the images we see of immigrants at the border versus the tweets we see from Donald Trump and his allies (03:00). Then they dive into ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski tipping picks at the NBA draft (26:00) before closing out the show with a look at the Rolling Stone piece on Johnny Depp and the state of the celebrity profile (39:15). Credits: Hosted by: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
Jun 26, 2018
Do You Love Scary Dinosaurs? J.A. Bayona’s 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Has Scary Dinosaurs | The Big Picture (Ep. 486)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with filmmaker J.A. Bayona about his new film, 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,' and what it’s like creating a terrifying new dinosaur and diving into a major franchise.
Jun 22, 2018
The Chaotic Evil of Trump’s Immigration Policy | Damage Control (Ep. 485)
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This week on 'Damage Control,' The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs discuss the political chaos surrounding children being separated from their families and detained at the U.S.-Mexico border (1:10). They also delve into the incredibly fraught life and legacy of rapper XXXTentacion, who died on Monday (19:46). More from The Ringer: The Unsolvable Difficulty of XXXTentacion’s Death Odd Future: The Death of XXXTentacion and Rap’s Generational Crisis
Jun 20, 2018
Trump's "Lies," the Strange Case of Ali Watkins, and Stephen A. Smith | The Press Box (Ep. 484)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down to sift through the blame game regarding children being separated from their parents at the border and how the media writes about "lies" (04:15), the Justice Department seizing 'New York Times' reporter Ali Watkins's emails and cell phone data (14:00), the recent profile of ESPN's Stephen A. Smith in 'The New Yorker' (28:00), and how the media handles celebrity suicide (37:00). Credits: Hosted by: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
Jun 19, 2018
‘Incredibles 2’ and Brad Bird’s Super-Powered Return to Pixar | The Big Picture (Ep. 483)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Pixar original Brad Bird about returning to his animation roots with ‘Incredibles 2’ after making live-action movies like ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’ and ‘Tomorrowland.'
Jun 15, 2018
A Deep Dive Into the Timeline of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s Relationship | Jam Session (Ep. 482)
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins give some background on Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson (1:00) before going deep on the timeline of their relationship leading up to their engagement (9:57). Plus, Amanda gives her two-minute review of ‘Ocean’s 8’ (29:17). Refinery29's timeline of their relationship
Jun 13, 2018
Morgan Neville’s Mister Rogers Documentary Reminds Us to Be a Good Neighbor | The Big Picture (Ep. 481)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville about his new film, ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor,’ about one of the world’s foremost champions of kindness and decency, Mister Rogers.
Jun 13, 2018
Remembering Anthony Bourdain, the NY Times Doc, and 'Fire and Fury 2' | The Press Box (Ep. 480)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down to reflect on the legacy of Anthony Bourdain (02:15), conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer announcing he has weeks to live (13:45), the Showtime doc series 'The Fourth Estate' (21:00), and the 'Fire and Fury' sequel (34:00). Credits: Hosted by: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker   Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
Jun 12, 2018
Hereditary’ Is the Most Disturbing Horror Movie in Years, With Ari Aster | The Big Picture (Ep. 479)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with filmmaker Ari Aster to discuss his first full-length feature, ‘Hereditary,’ and the process of crafting a deeply disturbing experience for moviegoers.
Jun 08, 2018
Where in the World Is Melania Trump? | Damage Control (Ep. 478)
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The Ringer's Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs try to understand why there are so many conspiracy theories around the lack of public Melania Trump sightings (0:52) and how the first lady is different from both her family and her predecessors (4:37). They also discuss the rap beefs that are currently ruling the music world and how people remain entertained even as the public spats turn violent (17:20). More from The Ringer: Solitary Confinement: Seriously, Where—and Who—Is Melania Trump? Rap Beef Emergency: Drake vs. Pusha-T
Jun 06, 2018
Disinviting the Eagles, Clinton's Book Tour, and Sitcom Sign-offs | The Press Box (Ep. 477)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker run the hurry-up offense to tackle Donald Trump's issue with the Philadelphia Eagles (04:30), the Bryan Colangelo story (10:30), Bill Clinton's appearance on 'Today' (23:45), 'High Noon' with Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre (32:00), the end of 'Arrested Development' and 'Roseanne' (39:45), and LeBron James's press conference after the J.R. Smith snafu (46:45). Credits: Hosted by: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
Jun 06, 2018
Truth, Fiction, and a Hollywood Heist Movie, With Bart Layton | The Big Picture (Ep. 476)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with writer-director Bart Layton about his path from unconventional documentaries to his ambitious new docufiction heist movie, ‘American Animals.'
Jun 01, 2018
The Pusha-T-Drake Mess With a Dash of Kim Kardashian on the Side | Jam Session (Ep. 475)
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins are joined by Justin Charity to break down the current feud going on between Pusha-T and Drake, including Pusha-T’s diss track alleging Drake has a secret child (1:32) and what this will mean for the future of the rappers' careers (14:26). Then they breakdown the other feud of the weekend between Kim Kardashian West and Rhymefest over Donda’s House (29:18) and Kardashian’s trip to the White House to discuss prison reform (34:05). More from The Ringer: Pusha-T Finally Became a Star by Being a Scourge Rap Beef Emergency: Drake vs. Pusha-T Drake Lost: The Ruthlessness of Pusha-T’s Ferocious Diss Track
May 30, 2018
'Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Instant Analysis | The Big Picture (Ep. 474)
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The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and David Shoemaker convene for an instant-reaction breakdown of the latest 'Star Wars' spin-off movie, ‘Solo,’ to discuss whether Alden Ehrenreich lives up to Harrison Ford’s legacy, how the story’s timelines fit together, and whether the movie actually works.
May 25, 2018
Uber, Facebook, and Elon Musk Seek Image Repair | Damage Control (Ep. 473)
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The Ringer’s Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity unpack the complicated politics and relationship between pop musician Grimes and tech billionaire Elon Musk (1:50), and then analyze the recent television ad campaigns from Facebook and Uber that vaguely acknowledge each company’s recent scandals and promise to be better (13:00).
May 23, 2018
The Mueller Investigation Turns 1, Royal Wedding Reactions, and the Repackaging of A-Rod | The Press Box (Ep. 472)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker "celebrate" the one-year anniversary of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's possible involvement in the 2016 presidential election (02:30), examine how America consumed the royal wedding (22:30), and look at Alex Rodriguez's media makeover (35:30). Credits: Hosted by: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
May 22, 2018
Making ‘First Reformed,’ the Best Movie of the Year So Far, With Paul Schrader | The Big Picture (Ep. 471)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with legendary filmmaker Paul Schrader to discuss his powerful new film, ‘First Reformed,’ starring Ethan Hawke; his patient style of filmmaking, and his major career achievements, such as cocreating ‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Raging Bull,’ and ‘The Last Temptation of Christ.’
May 21, 2018
Emergency ‘Deadpool 2’ Debate | The Big Picture (Ep. 470)
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The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Andrew Gruttadaro digest the latest blockbuster superhero movie, ‘Deadpool 2,’ by unpacking what worked and what didn’t among the numerous meta jokes and pop culture references. They discuss the long-anticipated arrival of Josh Brolin’s "Cable," why Deadpool is so popular, and where the character and the franchise goes from here. SPOILER ALERT: This episode contains serious spoilers for the movie. Be warned!
May 18, 2018
Rehashing ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ With Mallory Rubin | The Dave Chang Show
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In his first micropod, chef and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is joined by The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin to recapitulate their debate over the controversial film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’ Stay tuned for Dave’s interview with ‘Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson and film critic Karina Longworth later this week. Subscribe to 'The Dave Chang Show' feed here.
May 17, 2018
A Royal Wedding Mailbag Spectacular | Jam Session (Ep. 469)
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins answer listener questions about Saturday’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. They cover everything from the situation with Meghan’s dad (1:21) to speculation about Prince Harry's real parents (24:57). Then they make some predictions for the event (41:31). For more reading on the royal wedding, check out the links below: The latest on the royal wedding The New Yorker’s Lauren Collins on royal romance 14 etiquette rules the royal family must always follow The New York Times on Markle’s family
May 16, 2018
How the Media Normalized Sports Gambling, John McCain’s Long Goodbye, and Katie Nolan Gets Called Out | The Press Box (Ep. 468)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a look at how sports writers may be partially responsible for the Supreme Court's recent ruling on sports gambling (02:15), how the media is celebrating John McCain (21:00), and why Andrew Marchand of the 'New York Post' called out ESPN's Katie Nolan (37:45).
May 15, 2018
Making the Melissa McCarthy Machine, With Ben Falcone | The Big Picture (Ep. 467)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with comedic filmmaker Ben Falcone about ‘Life of the Party’—his new movie starring his wife, Melissa McCarthy—and what it’s like to creatively collaborate with his life partner.
May 14, 2018
Jason Reitman Is Not Here to Make a Blockbuster | The Big Picture (Ep. 466)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with filmmaker Jason Reitman about his early box office success with movies like ‘Juno’ and ‘Up in the Air,’ the complicated nature of making movies that are not meant to be blockbusters in 2018, and his new and terrifying film about parenting, ‘Tully,’ starring Charlize Theron.
May 10, 2018
Dissecting the Response to Childish Gambino's "This Is America" | Damage Control (Ep. 465)
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The Ringer's Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs discuss Childish Gambino's new song, "This Is America," and its controversial music video (0:29), what the qualifications are for handing out the "black genius" title (11:03), and R. Kelly potentially beginning to face consequences for his actions (19:31). More from The Ringer: When a Culture’s Fed Up Donald Glover’s Next Phase Is Here
May 09, 2018
Rudy Giuliani Opens Up, Peter King Says Goodbye, and the Joy Reid Affair | The Press Box (Ep. 464)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down to examine Rudy Giuliani's enlightening interview with Sean Hannity (02:00), Peter King's departure for 'Sports Illustrated' (23:00), and the confusion surrounding MSNBC's Joy Reid (38:30).
May 08, 2018
TMZ's Van Lathan on His Confrontation With Kanye West | Jam Session (Ep. 463)
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The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss what led to Kanye West's latest controversial statement (2:13). Then, TMZ producer Van Lathan joins the show to discuss his confrontation with Kanye on 'TMZ Live' (15:48) and what happened after the cameras went off (30:33).
May 02, 2018
The Cosby Conviction, the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, and Francesa's Return | The Press Box (Ep. 462)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker deconstruct the media reaction Michelle Wolf's jokes (03:15), the role journalists played in bringing Bill Cosby to justice (26:00), and Mike Francesa's brief retirement and return to WFAN (28:45).
May 01, 2018
Emergency ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Breakdown I The Big Picture (Ep. 461)
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The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and David Shoemaker take an exhaustive trip through the galaxy to break down the plot twists, character deaths, and paths forward for the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the action-packed, plot-heavy ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’ SPOILER ALERT: The second half of this episode contains serious spoilers for the movie. Be warned!
Apr 27, 2018
The Old Kanye Is Gone | Damage Control (Ep. 460)
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The Ringer's Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs discuss Kanye West's latest deep dive into the MAGA life (1:38), how rants are his signature art form (9:37), and the parallels between him and Donald Trump (12:15). Then they break down the incel movement, which started as an innocent online community but has grown into a deadly threat (17:40).
Apr 25, 2018
Trump and Haberman, LeBron's Sideline Interview, and the Meltdown at Harper's | The Press Box (Ep. 459)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down Donald Trump's infatuation with Maggie Haberman (03:00), the media's outrage regarding sideline reporter Allie LaForce's question to LeBron James (23:00), and the fallout from 'Harper's' magazine firing editor James Marcus (41:30).
Apr 24, 2018
William Friedkin Meets a Real-Life ‘Exorcist’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 458)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with legendary filmmaker Willam Friedkin, who’s responsible for films such as 'The French Connection,' 'The Exorcist,' 'Sorcerer,' and 'To Live and Die in L.A.' Friedkin discusses his distinguished career in film and why, at 82, he decided to create a new documentary about a real-life exorcism called 'The Devil and Father Amorth.'
Apr 23, 2018
4/20 Special: Jay Chandrasekhar’s ‘Super Troopers’ Return | The Big Picture (Ep. 457)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with comedic actor, director, and writer Jay Chandrasekhar about returning to make a ‘Super Troopers’ sequel 17 years after the original. Chandrasekhar also discusses what it’s like being an Indian American in Hollywood, returning to his roots, and bridging the divided audiences in comedy. More from Sean Fennessey on Movies
Apr 20, 2018
Beychella or Bust and the Khloe Kardashian–Tristan Thompson Scandal Timeline | Jam Session (Ep. 456)
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The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Khloe Kardashian giving birth in the midst of her boyfriend's cheating scandal (0:38), Beyoncé's Coachella takeover (22:07), and Gwyneth Paltrow's engagement party, which definitely wasn't a wedding (33:35). More from The Ringer: The Beyoncé-at-Coachella Exit Survey
Apr 18, 2018
Hannity Revealed, Comey’s Book, and Spinning the Syria Attacks | The Press Box (Ep. 455)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the news of Sean Hannity being Michael Cohen's third client (02:00), the "Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week" (15:015), the James Comey book tour (19:15), and the media's coverage of the missile strike on Syria (39:30).
Apr 17, 2018
Life and Death in the American West With ‘Lean on Pete’ Director Andrew Haigh | The Big Picture (Ep. 454)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with filmmaker Andrew Haigh about his emotionally devastating ‘Lean on Pete,’ about an orphaned boy (Charlie Plummer) and his horse, the titular Pete, and their journey from Oregon to Wyoming in search of a long-lost family member. Haigh also discusses his long career as a director and the difference between making TV shows and making movies.
Apr 13, 2018
Facebook in the Hot Seat and the Problem With ‘The Simpsons’ | Damage Control (Ep. 453)
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The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs break down Mark Zuckerberg’s week testifying in front of Congress (2:04) and what the legislators questioning him were missing (14:03). Then, they discuss the backlash against the ‘Simpsons’ character Apu (18:07) and how the series decided to address the controversy this week, which caused even more outrage (20:19). More from The Ringer: A Visual Guide to the Facebook Congressional Hearing Five Pressing Questions About Facebook’s Future ‘The Simpsons’ Decides There’s No ‘Problem With Apu’ ‘The Problem With Apu’ Wonders How to Rehabilitate the Embarrassing ‘Simpsons’ Character
Apr 12, 2018
The Hiring (and Firing) of Kevin D. Williamson, 'The Simpsons' and the Problem With Apu, and Sinclair's Propaganda Machine | The Press Box (Ep. 452)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down to unpack 'The Atlantic' severing ties with Kevin D. Williamson (02:00), how 'The Simpsons' responded to criticism of Apu's character (25:45), and the statement that news anchors on Sinclair-owned stations read (37:30).
Apr 11, 2018
'Blockers’ and the Revival of the Studio Comedy With Kay Cannon | The Big Picture (Ep. 451)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with Kay Cannon, the veteran screenwriter on ‘30 Rock,' New Girl,’ and all three ‘Pitch Perfect’ movies to discuss her new R-rated studio comedy and directorial debut ‘Blockers’ and her transition from writing to directing.
Apr 06, 2018
Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon's Friendship Down Under, the Tatum-Dewan Breakup, and the Nxivm Scandal | Jam Session (Ep. 450)
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The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss actress Allison Mack's reported involvement in the alleged sex cult called Nxivm (1:38), Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's breakup (12:48), Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon's budding friendship (21:43), and the possible bad blood between Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss (28:06). You can find the official Ringer web store here: http://bit.ly/ringershop More from The Ringer: The Leonardo DiCaprio Baseball Cap Bracket Check out other podcasts from The Ringer Podcast Network On NXIVM: Here Comes The Legal Protection - Blind Gossip How ‘Smallville’ Actress Allison Mack Became a Women-Branding Cult Leader - The Daily Beast Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded - The New York Times On the Channing Tatum/Jenna Dewan breakup All the Gossip About Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan’s Divorce - The Cut
Apr 04, 2018
Trump Takes on Amazon (Again), ESPN’s New Morning Show, and the Next Installment in the Chronicles of Tiger Woods | The Press Box (Ep. 449)
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The Ringer’s David Shoemaker and Bryan Curtis discuss President Trump and Amazon’s latest spat (2:30), ESPN’s new morning show ‘Get Up!’ (18:05), and the latest Tiger Woods tell-all biography (35:51). You can find the official Ringer web store here: http://bit.ly/ringershop
Apr 03, 2018
Steven Spielberg's Top 5 Movies With Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan | The Big Picture (Ep. 448)
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In preparation for Steven Spielberg's ‘Ready Player One,’ The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan discuss and debate the prolific filmmaker's best movies of all time. They cover everything from ‘Jaws’ to ‘Jurassic Park,’ from the ‘Indiana Jones’ series to ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ and many, many more (1:00). And later, CEO of The Ringer Bill Simmons stops by to give his take on how terrifying 'Jaws' was and Spielberg's career (43:00). Ringer web store
Mar 30, 2018
Breaking: 'Ready Player One' Isn't the 'Black Panther' for Gamers | Damage Control (Ep. 447)
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This week on 'Damage Control,' The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins discuss the unrealistic expectations surrounding Stormy Daniels’s ‘60 Minutes’ interview (1:47), the obsession with creating nostalgia porn for millennials (18:33), and how ‘Ready Player One’ may not be as groundbreaking as gamers think (29:04). You can find the official Ringer web store here: http://bit.ly/ringershop More from The Ringer: Subscribe to 'The Recappables' The Hilarious Life And Agonizing Death of Online Comedy
Mar 29, 2018
Cults, Sex, and the American Dream in 'Wild Wild Country' I The Big Picture (Ep. 446)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with 'Wild Wild Country' directors Maclain and Chapman Way and producer Mark Duplass about the arduous process of making an in-depth documentary that features a 64,000-acre ranch in Oregon, a spiritual guru, ritualistic group sex, assassination plots, guns, drugs, and bioterrorism. You can find the official Ringer web store here: http://bit.ly/ringershop
Mar 27, 2018
Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica Problem, a Goldilocks Story in Pro-Trump Medialand, and the Buyer’s Guide to Sports Illustrated | The Press Box (Ep. 445)
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The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Mark Zuckerberg’s apology tour (02:00), the news that Sports Illustrated’s parent company intends to sell the venerable magazine (21:20), and a Fox News analyst leaving the network while Breitbart hemorrhages readers (34:45). You can find the official Ringer web store here: http://bit.ly/ringershop
Mar 27, 2018
Ben Affleck's Fantastical Back Tattoo: A Timeline | Jam Session (Ep. 444)
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins break down the timeline of Ben Affleck's phoenix back tattoo now that we finally know it's real (1:52). They also discuss Cynthia Nixon's announcement that she's running for New York governor (24:21), Aubrey O'Day's alleged affair with Donald Trump Jr. (27:15), Rihanna's takedown of Snapchat (34:13), and the latest in the Reese Witherspoon/'Big Little Lies' universe (38:53). More from The Ringer: Cynthia Nixon Might Not Be the Average Celebrity Candidate The Secret Ingredient—and Best Hope—of ‘Roseanne’ Subscribe to 'The Recappables' Also: Photos of Ben Affleck's back tattoo
Mar 21, 2018
Extorting John Skipper, the New Power of Cable News, and March Media Madness | The Press Box (Ep. 443)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker examine the startling story behind John Skipper's ESPN departure (01:45), Chris Cuomo's pivot to primetime (19:30), and how cable news is staffing the White House (28:30). They wrap up the show by reflecting on some notable media moments from the NCAA Tournament (33:15). Read Bryan Curtis's article "The New Draft Gurus" here: https://t.co/8hZGuxkOmQ
Mar 20, 2018
The Best Movies at the SXSW Film Festival | The Big Picture (Ep. 442)
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The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan recap the best movies they saw at the SXSW Film Festival, including ‘Ready Player One,’ ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Eighth Grade,’ and more.
Mar 16, 2018
How Not to Talk About ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and Ava DuVernay | Damage Control (Ep. 441)
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This week on 'Damage Control,' The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins discuss critics’ confusing handling of Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ (1:17), why wishing for black artists to have opportunities to make mediocre work is flawed thinking (19:44), and the cultural-appropriation accusations against Bruno Mars (21:39). More from The Ringer: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Is a Noble Failure The ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Exit Survey Subscribe to 'The Recappables'
Mar 15, 2018
The Stormy Daniels Affair, "Unplugging" From Twitter, and ESPN's Nostalgia Problem | The Press Box (Ep. 440)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the media spectacle surrounding Donald Trump's alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels (03:00), the controversy following New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo's social media experiment (22:00), and how Michael Smith's departure from 'SportsCenter' reflects ESPN's programming problem (34:30). 
Mar 13, 2018
Cory Finley Breaks From the Stage with ‘Thoroughbreds’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 439)
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Ringer Editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with first time director Cory Finley about his film ‘Thoroughbreds’ and his transition from playwright to filmmaker.
Mar 09, 2018
Oscars Takes, Hope Hicks's Exit, and Lack of Institutional Control | The Press Box (Ep. 438)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the handling of the Academy Awards (01:45), what Hope Hicks's White House departure means for the press (22:45), and the FBI vs. the University of Arizona by way of ESPN and Mark Schlabach (35:30). Read Miles Surrey's "The Winners and Losers of the 2018 Academy Awards" here: https://t.co/FR1HeJsNqi
Mar 06, 2018
Oscars Postgame Report, Barbra Streisand’s Cloned Pups, and Serena Williams’s Four Billboards | Jam Session (Ep. 437)
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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins rejoice at the end of awards season and discuss Sunday night’s Oscars (1:21). They also talk about Barbra Streisand cloning her dogs (17:23) and the four billboards outside Palm Springs in honor of Serena Williams (22:26). More from The Ringer: 2018 Oscars coverage Subscribe to 'Bachelor Party' Related Links: Barbra Streisand Explains: Why I Cloned My Dog (New York Times) Serena Williams' four billboards (Instagram)
Mar 06, 2018
Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Red Sparrow’ Transformation With Francis Lawrence | The Big Picture (Ep. 436)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with filmmaker Francis Lawrence about making ‘Red Sparrow,’ his fourth film in a row starring Jennifer Lawrence; their working relationship forged through ‘The Hunger Games’ movie franchise; and his new creative venture with Apple TV. More on movies from the Ringer
Mar 02, 2018
Will The Real Donald Glover Please Stand Up? | Damage Control (Ep. 435)
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This week on 'Damage Control,' The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins discuss the strange media phenomena surrounding the Parkland activists (1:18), Donald Glover's identity crisis playing out in The New Yorker (12:06), and the outcry over Mo'Nique’s pay-equity campaign against Netflix (26:08). More From The Ringer: The Surprising, Very Public Evolution of Donald Glover Subscribe to 'The Recappables'
Feb 28, 2018
The NRA's Media Presence, the Troubles of Covering the Olympics, and Deconstructing The Player's Tribune | The Press Box (Ep. 434)
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about how the NRA became a media entity (03:00), the messy Winter Olympics coverage (17:45), and Amos Barshad's article about The Player's Tribune (34:00).
Feb 28, 2018
Is ‘Three Billboards’ Actually Just ‘Crash’ 2.0? Plus, Other Oscars Takes | The Big Picture (Ep. 433)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with The Ringer’s Amanda Dobbins and K. Austin Collins and New York Times critic Wesley Morris to discuss eerie similarities between ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and the notorious 2006 Best Picture winner, ‘Crash’ (0:00). Then, Chris Ryan joins to discuss ‘Shape of Water’ and its status as the clear front-runner to win Best Picture (0:00). More on the Oscars from The Ringer: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiI3wRw9PbSYHic2RJiHo4UxfhVD2DYWb https://www.theringer.com/oscars
Feb 27, 2018
'Annihilation,’ ‘Ex Machina,’ and Alex Garland’s Disturbing Sci-Fi Vision | The Big Picture (Ep. 432)
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Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey speaks with acclaimed writer and director Alex Garland about the making of the Natalie Portman sci-fi thriller ‘Annihilation’ and the tricky nature of adapting Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling book. They also discuss Garland’s first film, ‘Ex Machina’; his time as a novelist and screenwriter of movies like ‘28 Days Later...’ and ‘Sunshine’; and a lot more. For more movie coverage, check out The Ringer
Feb 23, 2018
Jennifer Aniston’s Divorce, Amy Schumer’s Wedding, and What’s Going on With Jennifer Lawrence’s Career? | Jam Session (Ep. 431)
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Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Jennifer Aniston’s divorce from Justin Theroux (2:00), Amy Schumer saying yes to the wrong dress (15:31), what’s going on with Jennifer Lawrence’s career (19:51), and The Daily Mail’s weird new direction (23:00). More from The Ringer: ‘Irreplaceable You’ and the Strange, Sweet, and Crushing Literature of Terminal Cancer Essays Subscribe to 'The Big Picture'
Feb 21, 2018
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