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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. 


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The Debate Draft Lottery and O.J. Returns | The Press Box
00:43:44

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
00:48:24

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
00:57:17

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
00:51:35

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
00:47:23

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
00:44:25

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
00:52:00

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
00:34:05


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
00:48:13

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
00:49:25

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
00:41:43

'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
00:39:02

‘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
00:47:27

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
00:35:30

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
00:21:57

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
00:33:04


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
00:54:14

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
00:50:39

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
00:42:28

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
01:21:12

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
00:50:52

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
00:51:56

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
00:48:44

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
00:59:33

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
00:37:39

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
00:49:16

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
01:07:32

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
00:43:36

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
00:42:49

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
00:55:51

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
00:35:24

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
00:44:00

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
00:55:28

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
00:32:17

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
00:33:36

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
00:53:10

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
00:39:02

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
00:44:11

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
00:55:25

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
00:33:26

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
00:41:24

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
00:58:18

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
00:35:32

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
00:37:08

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
00:52:29

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
00:35:31

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)
00:46:09

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)
00:42:09

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)
00:36:55

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)
00:45:26

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)
00:54:26

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)
00:33:41

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)
00:41:34

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)
00:55:25

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)
00:34:23

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)
00:51:23

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)
01:03:23

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)
00:37:25

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)
00:36:20

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)
00:57:27

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)
00:40:56

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)
00:51:51

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)
00:56:58

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)
00:35:34

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)
00:35:16

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)
00:52:00

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)
00:33:20

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)
00:32:46

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)
00:41:51

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)
00:35:51

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)
00:41:06

'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)
00:30:00

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)
00:48:12

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)
00:46:08

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)
00:33:12

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)
00:39:38

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)
00:51:12

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)
00:36:22

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)
01:04:07

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)
00:38:38

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)
00:34:42

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)
01:06:35

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)
00:43:20

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)
01:06:50

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)
00:35:30

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)
00:57:36

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)
00:30:51

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)
00:42:19

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)
00:37:05

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)
00:51:46

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)
00:57:26

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)
00:41:00

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)
00:31:28

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)
00:57:44

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)
00:46:37

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)
00:31:25

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)
00:53:06

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)
00:36:44

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)
00:55:33

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)
00:27:26

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)
01:03:04

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)
00:44:06

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)
00:45:54

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)
00:56:40

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)
00:25:47

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)
00:40:35

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)
00:53:38

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)
00:24:39

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)
00:40:50

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)
00:37:28

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)
00:33:52

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)
00:34:02

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)
00:54:54

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)
00:56:36

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)
00:32:22

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)
00:51:02

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)
00:32:02

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)
00:40:27

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)
00:52:19

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)
00:49:54

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)
00:28:16

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)
00:51:37

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)
00:31:56

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)
00:46:00

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)
00:43:00

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)
00:44:46

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)
00:50:53

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)
00:31:55

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)
00:37:00

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)
00:48:41

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)
00:20:06

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)
00:38:42

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)
00:45:25

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)
00:41:19

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)
00:29:48

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)
00:49:53

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)
00:40:38

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)
00:28:49

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)
00:49:50

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)
00:19:53

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)
00:44:27

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).


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Jun 20, 2018
Trump's "Lies," the Strange Case of Ali Watkins, and Stephen A. Smith | The Press Box (Ep. 484)
00:47:46

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)
00:31:19

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)
00:34:38

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)
00:33:54

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)
00:41:37

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)
00:25:22

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)
00:34:43

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).


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Jun 06, 2018
Disinviting the Eagles, Clinton's Book Tour, and Sitcom Sign-offs | The Press Box (Ep. 477)
00:51:51

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)
00:30:52

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)
00:47:29

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)
00:38:55

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)
00:29:29

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)
00:49:10

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)
00:30:57

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)
00:42:09

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
00:15:57

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)
00:52:17

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)
00:51:00

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)
00:29:43

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)
00:30:34

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)
00:35:17

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).


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May 09, 2018
Rudy Giuliani Opens Up, Peter King Says Goodbye, and the Joy Reid Affair | The Press Box (Ep. 464)
00:50:50

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)
00:33:35

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)
00:51:59

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)
01:06:04

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)
00:28:15

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)
00:53:48

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)
00:38:45

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)
00:42:31

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)
00:42:27

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).


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Apr 18, 2018
Hannity Revealed, Comey’s Book, and Spinning the Syria Attacks | The Press Box (Ep. 455)
00:53:46

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)
00:31:58

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)
00:34:26

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).

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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)
00:52:10

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)
00:30:26

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)
00:38:12

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).

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On NXIVM:


On the Channing Tatum/Jenna Dewan breakup

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)
00:47:30

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).

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http://bit.ly/ringershop

Apr 03, 2018
Steven Spielberg's Top 5 Movies With Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan | The Big Picture (Ep. 448)
01:05:00

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).


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Mar 30, 2018
Breaking: 'Ready Player One' Isn't the 'Black Panther' for Gamers | Damage Control (Ep. 447)
00:42:01

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).


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Mar 29, 2018
Cults, Sex, and the American Dream in 'Wild Wild Country' I The Big Picture (Ep. 446)
00:48:30

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.


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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)
00:47:42

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).


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Mar 27, 2018
Ben Affleck's Fantastical Back Tattoo: A Timeline | Jam Session (Ep. 444)
00:40:37

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).


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Mar 21, 2018
Extorting John Skipper, the New Power of Cable News, and March Media Madness | The Press Box (Ep. 443)
00:47:27

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)
00:38:24

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)
00:39:05

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).


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Mar 15, 2018
The Stormy Daniels Affair, "Unplugging" From Twitter, and ESPN's Nostalgia Problem | The Press Box (Ep. 440)
00:48:39

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)
00:25:58

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)
00:53:05

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)
00:30:43

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).


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Mar 06, 2018
Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Red Sparrow’ Transformation With Francis Lawrence | The Big Picture (Ep. 436)
00:26:10

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.


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Mar 02, 2018
Will The Real Donald Glover Please Stand Up? | Damage Control (Ep. 435)
00:38:55

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).

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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)
00:51:30

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)
00:59:45

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)
00:34:30

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)
00:28:17

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).

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Feb 21, 2018
The Parkland Shooting Coverage, LeBron James Won't "Shut Up and Dribble," and New York Times Op-Ed Opinions | The Press Box (Ep. 430)
00:56:45

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss how the media, and the survivors, shaped the coverage of last week’s high school shooting in Parkland, Florida (02:00); Laura Ingraham vs. LeBron James (24:00); and the furor over the New York Times op-ed page (35:30).

Check out Justin Charity's article "Contrarian Conflagration: The Fire and Fury of the New York Times Op-ed Page" here: https://t.co/0zox44pIEG

Feb 20, 2018
Yance Ford Made ‘Strong Island’ to Face Down the Past | The Big Picture (Ep. 429)
00:33:23

Ringer Editor-in-Chief Sean Fennessey speaks with Academy Award-nominated documentarian Yance Ford about making Netflix’s ‘Strong Island,’ a personal film about the tragic murder of his brother, William, and the larger implications in the story about segregation, race, violence, and power.

Feb 19, 2018
Why Stop-Motion Animation Takes Forever to Make, With Nick Park | The Big Picture (Ep. 428)
00:25:18

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with ‘Wallace and Gromit’ creator and Academy Award–winning animation director Nick Park to discuss the time-consuming process of making stop-motion animation, his commitment to the form, and his new underdog cavemen comedy, ‘Early Man.’

Feb 16, 2018
Memes Gone Wrong at the Olympics, Barack and Michelle Obama’s Official Portraits, and the New York Times’ Op-Ed Problem| Damage Control (Ep. 427)
00:30:43

The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins on the meme-ification of Kim Jong Un’s sister (1:18), the overheated response to the Obama family’s official portraits (8:22), The New York Times’ op-ed problem (13 :30), and—in anticipation of 'Black Panther'—the merits of the 'Blade' film franchise (22:04).

Feb 14, 2018
The Great Tom Brady Catfish Hoax of 2018, 'Black Panther' Pre-Backlash, and Woj vs. Shams | The Press Box (Ep. 426)
00:53:26

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the prank pulled on Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges (03:45), the 'Black Panther' backlash and reviewing movies in 2018 (23:30), and the rivalry between NBA insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania (41:45).

Feb 13, 2018
The Rise of Alex Ross Perry: From the Art House to the Mouse House | The Big Picture (Ep. 425)
00:43:18

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey speaks with filmmaker Alex Ross Perry about his quick-and-cheap working style and his shift from art house movies like his latest, ‘Golden Exits,’ to his upcoming big-budget ‘Winnie the Pooh’ adaptation for Disney.

Feb 12, 2018
'Icarus’ Filmmaker Bryan Fogel on Why Russia Won’t Be at the Olympics | The Big Picture (Ep. 424)
00:39:31

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with filmmaker Bryan Fogel to discuss his Academy Award–nominated documentary, ‘Icarus.’ Fogel explains how his journey into the world of blood doping and cycling was transformed into a larger story about the state-run Russian Olympic doping program.

Feb 09, 2018
Kylie Jenner’s Baby Announcement, Armie Hammer’s Tracksuit Tour, and the Latest in Celebrity Real Estate | Jam Session (Ep. 423)
00:37:27

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Kylie Jenner’s birth announcement before Juliet gives her official Kardashian baby-name ranking (0:36). They also have an update on Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet’s exciting Oscars press tour (22:18) and discuss the latest in celebrity real estate, featuring Taylor Swift, Jemima Kirke, and Jennifer Aniston (27:41).


Feb 08, 2018
The Super Bowl Media-splosion, Trouble at the L.A. Times, and the Journalism Bubble | The Press Box (Ep. 422)
00:56:58

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker examine the media's coverage of Super Bowl, including the feud between Philly fans and Cris Collinsworth (06:00), the fights on radio row (15:30), and the chaos in Philadelphia (20:30). They then celebrate the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:45) before discussing why Lewis D’Vorkin was ousted as L.A. Times editor (27:30) and The New York Times' beef with the publication (37:30). Finally, they wrap up by looking at the news of Felix Salmon's salary at Fusion (42:30) and how every stop in a journalist's career is a bubble (44:30).

Feb 06, 2018
The Art of True Crime Documentary with Erin Lee Carr | The Big Picture (Ep. 421)
00:29:21

Ringer Editor-in-Chief Sean Fennessey speaks with documentarian Erin Lee Carr (‘Mommy Dead and Dearest’) about her new project “Drug Short,” an installment in Netflix’s new doc series ‘Dirty Money’ and why she’s drawn to grim and morally gray stories.

Feb 02, 2018
Dystopia in the USA and the Search for Utopia in 'Black Panther' | Damage Control (Ep. 420)"
00:28:04

The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins discuss Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address (2:52), why Representative Joe Kennedy III’s Democratic response was underwhelming (8:06), and the complicated reactions to Marvel’s upcoming film 'Black Panther' (15:36).


Feb 01, 2018
Covering Larry Nassar, Interviewing Jason Isbell, and the Future of FiveThirtyEight | The Press Box (Ep. 419)
00:47:58

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker examine why it took so long for the media to cover the Larry Nassar case (03:00), Jason Isbell's war on fake news (18:00), and the odds that Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight gets sold (34:30).

Jan 30, 2018
Meryl Streep Joins ‘Big Little Lies,’ Ellen Pompeo’s Money Talk, and the Latest in Celeb Real Estate | Jam Session (Ep. 418)
00:37:15

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the news about Meryl Streep joining the cast of ‘Big Little Lies’ (0:58), what Ellen Pompeo had to say about being the highest-paid woman in a prime-time drama (13:26), and the magical world of celebrity real estate and HGTV (24:26).

Jan 25, 2018
Oscar Season: The Snubs and Surprises of the Academy Awards Nominations | The Big Picture (Ep. 417)
01:00:49

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Amanda Dobbins, and K. Austin Collins react to the 2018 Oscar nominations. They break down the front-runners, the most shocking snubs, and what to look forward to come March 4. Also: the Academy’s apparent love of fish sex.


https://www.theringer.com/2018/1/23/16923366/academy-award-nominations-get-out-lady-bird-three-billboards-shape-of-water-snubs-surprises

Jan 23, 2018
Goodbye to The Awl, Criticisms of Romo, and Slate’s New Look | The Press Box (Ep. 416)
00:48:55

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker mourn the end of 'The Awl' (03:00), award the "Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week" (19:30), sift through the Tony Romo backlash (22:00), and discuss Slate.com's extreme makeover (37:15).

Jan 23, 2018
Babe.net and the Difficulties of Reporting on Sexual Misconduct | Damage Control (Ep. 415)
00:30:10

The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins unpack the media firestorm surrounding a Babe.net article about Aziz Ansari (1:00). Then, Ringer colleague Kate Knibbs joins for a conversation about sexual misconduct and high-profile apologies (16:00).

Jan 19, 2018
'The Press Box': Anatomy of a Walk Off (Ep. 414)
00:48:45

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker examine the journalistic "shithole" that Donald Trump created last week (05:00), the content that attached itself to the Stefon Diggs's walk-off touchdown (23:15), and Facebook's announcement regarding media posts (34:00).

Jan 16, 2018
'The Big Picture': Making Kick-Ass Liam Neeson Movies With Director Jaume Collet-Serra (Ep. 415)
00:22:07

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with director Jaume Collet-Serra to discuss teaming up with movie star Liam Neeson for a fourth time in his new movie, ‘The Commuter’; the difficulties of shooting a movie in a confined space; and why he keeps coming back to genre films.

Jan 12, 2018
'The Press Box': Scooping the Scoop (Ep. 414)
00:46:56

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss what Michael Wolff—author of the new book 'Fire and Fury'— was doing in the White House (04:30), how ESPN’s big story about the Patriots was scooped before it came out (20:00), and the oddest feud in sportswriting: Rick Carlisle vs. ESPN vs. LaVar Ball (32:00).

Jan 09, 2018
‘Jam Session’: Golden Globes 2018 and Oprah for President? (Ep. 413)
00:37:54

Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss everything that went down at Sunday's Golden Globes, including the highs and lows of bringing activism to the red carpet (1:02), Oprah’s big night (13:52), the best speeches (20:50), and the most egregious wins (29:12).

Jan 08, 2018
This Week in Ringer Culture, Including the Chappelle Specials (Jan. 2-5, 2018) (Ep. 412)
00:20:40

This Week in Ringer Culture features ‘Bachelor Party’ discussing their early favorites among this season’s 'Bachelor' contestants (00:46), ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’ with Pete Holmes discussing his HBO show 'Crashing' (04:53), ‘Damage Control’ discussing the backlash following Dave Chappelle’s two new Netflix specials (09:44), and ‘The Watch’ discussing the Golden Globes (16:02).

Jan 06, 2018
This Week in Ringer Sports, Including the Possible Demise of the Patriots Dynasty (Jan. 2-5, 2018) (Ep. 411)
00:33:10

This Week in Ringer Sports features ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’ with Mike Francesa discussing the tension between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick (00:38), ‘Ringer University’ discussing the upcoming College Football Playoff final (07:04), ‘The Ringer NFL Show’ discussing playoff teams in an imaginary scenario with Blake Bortles at QB (11:13), ‘Against All Odds’ discussing gambling props for wild-card weekend and the College Football Playoff championship game (12:17), ‘Sources Say’ discussing how the Cavaliers-Celtics game brought the LeBron and Kyrie split back into the spotlight (15:43), ‘Ringer FC’ discussing the impact of Liverpool FC acquiring Virgil van Dijk (21:45), ‘One Shining Podcast’ discussing the legacy of Joe Castiglione (26:38), and ‘The Masked Man Show’ discussing the Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho match at ‘Wrestle Kingdom 12' (28:49).

Jan 06, 2018
'Damage Control': To Ban or Not to Ban Logan Paul and Donald Trump: That Is the Question (Ep. 410)
00:32:32

The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins consider what YouTube should do about Logan Paul (1:00), what Twitter should do about Donald Trump (12:00), and what the rest of us should make of Dave Chappelle’s new, controversial Netflix specials (19:30).

Jan 05, 2018
'The Big Picture': The Urgency of ‘The Post’ With Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer (Ep. 409)
00:31:40

The Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with first-time screenwriter Liz Hannah and Academy Award-winning scribe Josh Singer about 'The Post,' their collaboration for Steven Spielberg about the men and women who published the Pentagon Papers in The Washington Post.

Dec 29, 2017
'The Press Box': Heroes and Villains (Ep. 408)
00:45:13

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look back on 2017 by reflecting on the ideas of the journalist as a hero (01:30) and the journalist as a villain (19:30). They wrap up the show by discussing the problems with "best of" lists when it comes to journalism (32:00).

Dec 28, 2017
'This Week in Ringer Sports' (Dec. 18-22, 2017) (Ep. 407)
00:29:45

This Week in Ringer Sports features 'The Bill Simmons Podcast' with Mike Francesa on Jimmy Garoppolo (00:50), 'The Ringer NBA Show' on the Houston Rockets' hot streak (4:06), 'The Ringer NFL Show' on the L.A. Rams' and Jacksonville Jaguars' Super Bowl potential (9:32), 'Ringer University' previewing the Rose Bowl between Oklahoma and Georgia (14:55), 'Ringer FC' on the future of goalkeeping (20:00), and 'Against All Odds With Cousin Sal' on a special holiday gambling prop (23:40).

Dec 23, 2017
'This Week in Ringer Culture' (Dec. 18-22, 2017) (Ep. 406)
00:31:55

This Week in Ringer Culture features 'The Big Picture' talking with 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson (00:40), 'The Bill Simmons Podcast' with Ben Thompson on Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox (05:35), 'Damage Control' on Eminem’s new album 'Revival' (12:00), 'Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air' with Vox cofounder Ezra Klein on journalistic standards (18:13), 'House of Carbs' on Philadelphia restaurants (23:47), and 'The Watch' on their favorite people in pop culture in 2017 (28:55).

Dec 23, 2017
'The Big Picture' - The Best Movies of 2017 (Ep. 405)
00:38:49

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Chris Ryan, Amanda Dobbins and K. Austin Collins rank and debate the best movies of 2017.

Dec 22, 2017
'The Press Box': Let The Past Die (Ep. 404)
00:53:50

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss John Skipper’s resignation as ESPN president and the future of the company (03:00), the backlash to the mainstream acceptance of 'Star Wars' (24:00), and objectivity in sports journalism (38:20).

Dec 22, 2017
‘Star Wars’: The Lean Years (Ep. 403)
00:30:07

With another new ‘Star Wars’ movie in theaters and the franchise once again dominating the cultural conversation, The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh revisits the franchise’s forgotten lean years, when ‘Star Wars’ nearly faded away in the long drought between the original and prequel trilogies. Through interviews with prominent figures from Lucasfilm and the fan community of the 1980s and 1990s, Ben retraces the decline and subsequent resurgence of ‘Star Wars’ as the series fulfilled its destiny as the powerful intellectual property and source of fan fixation that it is today.

Dec 21, 2017
'Damage Control': Two Black Thinkers, Two White Agitators (Ep. 402)
00:33:37

The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins unpack the tension between prominent black intellectuals Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cornel West (1:00) and then critique Eminem’s lackluster new album ‘Revival’ and one-sided feud with President Trump (15:00).

Dec 20, 2017
The Big Picture' - ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is Just the Beginning for Rian Johnson (Ep. 401)
00:15:54

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with writer-director Rian Johnson about making ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ putting his own spin on the franchise, and his upcoming spinoff trilogy.

Dec 18, 2017
'This Week in Ringer Culture' (Dec. 11-15, 2017) (Ep. 400)
00:26:04

'This Week in Ringer Culture’ features ‘The Watch’ on the top TV shows of 2017 (00:30), ‘Jam Session’ on a crazy George Clooney gift-giving story (05:30), ‘House of Carbs’ on Pizza Hut’s alcohol delivery (10:15), ‘Against All Odds With Cousin Sal’ with ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm's’ Bob Einstein on his favorite entertainers (13:30), ‘The Rewatchables’ on the 2007 thriller ‘Zodiac’ (18:30), and ‘Binge Mode’ celebrating the droids of 'Star Wars' (23:15).

Dec 16, 2017
'This Week in Ringer Sports' (Dec. 11-15, 2017) (Ep. 399)
00:33:58

'This Week in Ringer Sports’ features ‘The Ringer NFL Show’ on the impact of the Carson Wentz injury (00:30), 'The Bill Simmons Podcast' with Kevin Clark and Bill's dad on the Patriots-Steelers matchup (5:00), ‘One Shining Podcast With Titus and Tate’ on Duke losing to Boston College (08:45), ‘The Ringer NBA Show’ on the Rockets as a potential landing spot for LeBron this offseason (14:30), ‘The J.J. Redick Podcast’ with Karl-Anthony Towns on the current crop of NBA big men (19:15), ‘Ringer FC’ on the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matchups (23:45), and ‘The Masked Man Show’ on the main event for New Japan’s 'Wrestle Kingdom 12' (27:00).

Dec 16, 2017
'The Press Box': 'The Last Jedi,' Francesa's Farewell, and the Twitter Quitter (Ep. 398)
00:48:44

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker examine how the media covers 'Star Wars' (02:00), Mike Francesa and the last segment of sports radio (22:30), and Wright Thompson's departure from Twitter (34:00).

Dec 16, 2017
'The Big Picture' - Was 2007 the Best Year for Film? (Ep. 397)
00:41:32

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Chris Ryan, and Andy Greenwald go back to 2007 to discuss the most fascinating year for movies in recent memory.

Dec 15, 2017
‘Jam Session’: Armie Hammer, J-Rod Watch, and George Clooney's Bag of Money (Ep. 396)
00:29:10

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Armie Hammer's performance in "Call Me by Your Name," his career thus far, and what's next for him (0:15). Then they talk about George Clooney and some of his recent (and not-so-recent) media morsels (14:10), wish Taylor Swift a happy birthday (21:45), and speculate on a possible J-Rod holiday engagement (26:20).

Dec 13, 2017
This Week in Ringer Culture (Dec. 4-8, 2017) (Ep. 394)
00:25:38

'This Week in Ringer Culture’ features ‘Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air’ with Dan Rather on a pressing question he’d ask President Trump in an interview (0:30), ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’ with Bryan Cranston on what it was like to get famous later in life (03:30), ‘The Big Picture’ with director Sean Baker on the making of ‘The Florida Project’ (06:45), ‘The J.J. Redick Podcast’ with James Corden on his preshow routines (10:00), ‘House of Carbs’ on a crazy food-life hack (15:30), and ‘The Watch’ bonding over a Netflix original from earlier this year (19:45).

Dec 09, 2017
This Week in Ringer Sports (Dec. 4-8, 2017) (Ep. 395)
00:28:27

'This Week in Ringer Sports’ features ‘One Shining Podcast with Titus and Tate’ on the postgame tensions between Xavier and the University of Cincinnati (00:30), ‘GM Street’ on which NFL coaches might get fired (08:00), ‘Against All Odds With Cousin Sal’ on a fun fake gambling prop (12:45), ‘Sources Say’ with LaVar Ball on his family’s pursuits in acting (19:30), and ‘Ringer University’ on the College Football Playoff (23:45).

Dec 09, 2017
'The Press Box’: @$$holes Like Us (Ep. 393)
00:47:09

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a look at Sam Seder's (brief) ejection from MSNBC (02:00), Mike Mitchell's compelling rant on Matt Hasselbeck (19:30), and Facebook lifting its ban on pre-roll video ads (34:00).

Dec 09, 2017
'The Big Picture' — Sean Baker’s Wondrous ‘The Florida Project’ (Ep. 392)
00:33:42

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Sean Baker, who was recently awarded Best Director by the New York Film Critics Circle for his latest film, ‘The Florida Project.’ They discuss how Baker tells authentic stories about underrepresented communities, his use of inexperienced actors, and why he prefers making smaller-budget films.

Dec 08, 2017
This Week in Ringer Sports (Nov. 27–Dec. 1, 2017) (Ep. 391)
00:31:34

On 'This Week in Ringer Sports,' Joel Embiid joins J.J. Redick on his debut podcast (00:30), 'The Ringer NBA Show' discusses the Blake Griffin injury (04:45), 'GM Street' reacts to the Eli Manning benching (07:45), 'The Press Box' breaks down Greg Schiano's short-lived career at Tennessee (12:15), 'Ringer U' weighs out the importance of dynasties in college football (16:45), 'The Masked Man Show' thinks WWE should refocus Roman Reigns's story line (20:30), and Steve Kerr shares some Michael Jordan stories on 'The Bill Simmons Podcast' (25:45).

Dec 02, 2017
This Week in Ringer Culture (Nov. 27–Dec. 1, 2017) (Ep. 390)
00:33:06

'This Week in Ringer Culture' features 'Jam Session' on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's BBC interview (00:52), 'The Watch' on Marvel Studios' new trailer for 'Avengers: Infinity War' (06:30), 'The Rewatchables' on the best scenes from 'Friday' (12:00), 'The Big Picture' with Errol Morris on interviewing Trump (17:15), 'Black on the Air' with Judd Apatow on using improvisation in his films (19:30), and 'Binge Mode' on Pixar's new movie, 'Coco' (26:15).

Dec 02, 2017
The Big Picture - Errol Morris's Catnip for Conspiracy Theorists (Ep. 389)
00:29:12

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with documentarian Errol Morris to discuss his new Netflix miniseries ‘Wormwood,’ a story of mind control, LSD, the CIA in the 1950s, and murder. They also discuss Morris’s classic works like ‘The Thin Blue Line,’ as well as the day he spent with Donald Trump to discuss the president’s favorite film, 'Citizen Kane.'

Dec 01, 2017
‘The Press Box’ —Stop The Presses! (Ep. 388)
00:52:30

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the firings of Matt Lauer (03:00) and Garrison Keillor (11:15). Then they recognize the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (19:00) before getting into the University of Tennessee's handling of the Greg Schiano situation (23:00), the ESPN layoffs (31:00), the failed attempt to bust The Washington Post by James O'Keefe and Project Veritas (38:00), and the purchase of Time Inc. by the Meredith Corporation (44:00).

Dec 01, 2017
‘Jam Session’ — Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Engagement (Ep. 387)
00:36:29

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement by detailing the public announcement (2:00), analyzing the royal couple’s first interview on BBC (10:15), and considering the implications for the relationship’s next steps (27:45).

Nov 30, 2017
'The Big Picture' — Joe Wright Bounces Back From His Darkest Hour (Ep. 386)
00:28:07

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with director Joe Wright to discuss how he picked himself up after the failure of his 2015 film, ‘Pan,’ to deliver ‘Darkest Hour,’ a Winston Churchill biopic that stars a mesmerizing Gary Oldman. Plus: Wright discusses the changing state of the movie business and why he took the reins on an episode of ‘Black Mirror.’

Nov 22, 2017
This Week in Ringer Culture (Nov. 13-17, 2017) (Ep. 385)
00:37:07

Featuring 'The Watch' on The Ringer's list of the 50 best superhero movies of all time, 'The Rewatchables' on favorite scenes from 'The Dark Knight,' 'The Bill Simmons Podcast' with Ta-Nehisi Coates arguing about the best season of 'The Wire,' 'House of Carbs' on the ranch vs. blue cheese debate, 'The Big Picture' with Greta Gerwig on the making of 'Lady Bird,' 'Jam Session' on an interesting tweet from Chris Evans, 'The Press Box' on the new Tina Brown book 'Vanity Fair Diaries,' and 'The Watch' with Joe Hagan on his book 'Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine.'

Nov 18, 2017
This Week in Ringer Sports (Nov. 13-17, 2017) (Ep. 384)
00:27:15

Featuring 'Heat Check' on a potential new NBA award, 'The Ringer NFL show' on surprising NFC teams, 'Against All Odds With Cousin Sal' on NFL gambling myths, 'Ringer FC' on World Cup qualification ideas, 'Ringer University' on Tennessee's and Florida's coaching vacancies, and 'One Shining Podcast With Titus and Tate' on college basketball coaches. 



Nov 18, 2017
'The Big Picture' — The Past, Present, and Future of Superhero Movies (Ep. 383)
01:01:42

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey is joined by fellow Ringer staffers and comic book enthusiasts Jason Concepcion and David Shoemaker to discuss the evolution, the current state, and the future of the movie universes of DC and Marvel.

Nov 17, 2017
'The Press Box’ — Lies, Damned Lies, and Locker Room Quotes (Ep. 382)
00:49:08

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and the age of new-media denial (03:00), the most groan-inducing headline puns (19:45), Tina Brown and the twilight of the magazine editor (22:30), and postgame locker room quotes (37:00).

Nov 16, 2017
‘Jam Session’ — Gal Gadot, Cardi B, and the Last Taylor Swift Discussion of 2017 (Ep. 381)
00:46:00

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss GQ's profile of Gal Gadot (0:57) and New York Magazine's cover story on Cardi B (8:36). Then they examine why Taylor Swift’s new album, ‘Reputation,’ feels disingenuous (20:10); process Meghan Markle leaving ‘Suits’ to (probably) join the British royal family (26:59); celebrate the reignition of the Jenny Slate–Chris Evans relationship (31:37); react to an excerpt from Jenna Fischer's new book (35:07); and talk about Serena Williams’s new house (41:20).

Nov 15, 2017
'The Big Picture' — Greta Gerwig on ‘Lady Bird,’ One of the Year’s Best Movies (Ep. 380)
00:30:28

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with actor, writer, and director Greta Gerwig to discuss her critically acclaimed film ‘Lady Bird.’ Gerwig shares her years-long writing process, how she casts actors, and a defense of Dave Matthews Band.

Nov 13, 2017
This Week in Ringer Culture (Nov 6, 2017 - Nov 10, 2017) (Ep. 379)
00:23:56

In the first installment of ‘This Week in Ringer Culture’ we feature ‘Damage Control’ on Taylor Swift's new album, ‘The Watch’ on ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘House of Carbs’ with Adam Rapoport on prepping for Thanksgiving, ‘Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air’ with Carl Reiner on the Trump administration, ‘The Press Box’ on the entertainment media’s coverage of the Weinstein and Louis C.K. scandals, and ‘The Big Picture’ with Richard Linklater on his filmmaking process.

Nov 11, 2017
This Week in Ringer Sports (Nov 6, 2017 - Nov 10, 2017) (Ep. 378)
00:43:00

In the first installment of ‘This Week in Ringer Sports’ we feature ‘One Shining Podcast with Titus and Tate’ on Louisville without Pitino, ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’ with Dan Patrick on their favorite NBA shooters, ‘The Ringer MLB Show’ on Shohei Otani’s potential move stateside, ‘The Ringer NFL Show’ on the Packers without Aaron Rodgers, ‘The Ringer NBA Show’ on the Eric Bledsoe trade, ‘The Masked Man Show’ on the new Ric Flair documentary, ‘Ringer FC’ on the fresh new faces of the U.S. men’s national team, ‘Ringer University’ on Notre Dame vs. Miami, ‘NBA Group Chat’ on Porzingis, Lowry, and Ball, and ‘Against all Odds with Cousin Sal’ on who’d win a fake fight between Tony Romo and Deion Sanders.  

Nov 11, 2017
Damage Control - Assessing Louis C.K’s Career and Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ (Ep.377)
00:28:23

The Ringer’s Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins assess the damage caused by Louis C.K and other badly behaved men of Hollywood (1:00). They also discuss the unfortunate prison sentencing of underdog rapper Meek Mill (11:30) before reviewing Taylor Swift's latest album, ‘Reputation’ (18:30).

Nov 11, 2017
The Big Picture — Passing Time With Richard Linklater (Ep. 376)
00:37:07

Richard Linklater to discuss the impact of war in his new film, ‘Last Flag Flying,’ as well as his tendency to creatively revisit his previous films over time, like with ‘Dazed and Confused,' ‘Before Midnight,’ and ‘Boyhood’ (1:00). Linklater also discusses the state of sexual harassment news in Hollywood (28:00).

Nov 10, 2017
'The Press Box’ — Entertainment Writing: SVU (Ep. 375)
00:55:11

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss how the Harvey Weinstein and Louis C.K. scandals have changed entertainment journalism (03:30), Disney versus the nation's film critics (21:30), and the Ric Flair 30 for 30 documentary, 'Nature Boy' (37:30).

Nov 10, 2017
'The Big Picture' — How to Make a Marvel Movie Funny With ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi (Ep. 374)
00:33:09

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Taika Waititi about his transition from small indie comedies in New Zealand to Marvel’s big-budget superhero epic ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’

Nov 03, 2017
'The Press Box’ — Hedging for the Future (Ep. 373)
00:51:10

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker get together to discuss how a Sports Illustrated writer predicted the 2017 World Series champions three years prior (01:00), how the Harvey Weinstein scandal has become a media scandal (22:30), and Papa John's taking on the NFL's protesters (38:30).

Nov 03, 2017
‘Jam Session’ — We Love Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, We Don’t Love Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber (Ep. 372)
00:40:09

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins express their affection for the Jennifer Lopez-Alex Rodriguez relationship as portrayed in the recent Vanity Fair profile (0:12), debate the logistics of managing a relationship while maintaining a nomadic celebrity lifestyle (5:12), and celebrate the impressive career of Jennifer Lopez (11:03). Then, they call Ringer staff writer Katie Baker to delve deeper into the J-Rod romance by discussing Rodriguez’s post-baseball persona (13:57). Afterwards, they discuss Selena Gomez getting back together with Justin Bieber (28:12), rehash Martha Stewart’s bizarre gym routine (30:05), and review their recent celebrity sightings: Victoria and David Beckham (32:31) and Jennifer Garner (37:53).

Nov 02, 2017
'Damage Control' - Keeping It 1950s Woke With ‘Suburbicon’ and ‘Wolfenstein’ (Ep. 371)
00:23:40

There goes the neighborhood. The Ringer’s K. Austin Collins and Justin Charity are skeptical of George Clooney’s satirical misfire, ‘Suburbicon.’ But they’ve got high hopes for ‘Wolfenstein: The New Colossus’ and the future of Nazi punching — strictly in video games, of course.

Oct 28, 2017
The NBA Fan’s Guide to the World Series (Ep. 370)
01:08:23

In this special crossover episode, ‘Binge Mode’ hosts Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion draw parallels between the 2017 MLB World Series and the NBA by highlighting five commonalities between the two sports.

Oct 27, 2017
'The Big Picture' — Ruben Östlund Is Trying to Provoke You (Ep. 369)
00:28:58

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with filmmaker Ruben Östlund about his new film, ‘The Square,’ satirizing the art world, and why he enjoys toying with audiences.

Oct 27, 2017
'The Press Box’ — Viva La Mothership (Ep. 368)
00:52:03

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down for an emergency discussion about ESPN's cancellation of 'Barstool Van Talk' (02:00), the 'New York Times' interview with the cofounders of 'The Athletic' (21:30), and the end of Jemele Hill's suspension (33:30).

Oct 24, 2017
The Big Picture — Todd Haynes on Growing Up and Going ‘Wonderstruck’ (Ep. 367)
00:26:50

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with filmmaker Todd Haynes to discuss his journey of making movies as a child to channeling youth and finding children to star in his latest film, ‘Wonderstruck.’

Oct 20, 2017
'Jam Session' — A DTR Special: Joe Jonas–Sophie Turner, Jenny Slate–Chris Evans, and Prince Harry–Meghan Markle (Ep. 366)
00:47:57

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the hottest celebrity dating storylines, including Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner's engagement (6:00), Jenny Slate and Chris Evans's romantic evening in Atlanta (16:00), Scarlett Johansson's new look (28:00), and Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle (36:00).

Oct 18, 2017
'The Big Picture' — Noah Baumbach and Capturing the American Family (Ep. 365)
00:33:17

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with writer-director Noah Baumbach to discuss his new film, ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’; creating a serious role for Adam Sandler; Netflix purchasing his film; and how he captures the American family.

Oct 16, 2017
‘The Press Box’ — The Empire Wins (Ep. 364)
00:49:48

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the comments Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made regarding kneeling during the national anthem (02:30) and how the media covered the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' trailer (20:30) and then honor sportswriting great Dan Jenkins (37:00).

Oct 13, 2017
'Jam Session' — We’re Talking About Harvey Weinstein (Ep. 363)
00:45:25

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins are joined by Sean Fennessey to unpack the avalanche of bleak news about Harvey Weinstein (2:30) and examine Hollywood’s attitude toward misogyny (10:25). Then, they call staff writer Kate Knibbs, who discusses Lisa Bloom’s brief legal representation of Harvey Weinstein (23:25).


Link: Kate Knibbs’ piece on Lisa Bloom

Oct 11, 2017
'The Big Picture' — Darren Aronofsky on Pushing the Envelope (Ep. 362)
00:24:08

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky to discuss his polarizing film, ‘Mother!,’ and the art of putting both his characters and the audience under duress.

Oct 11, 2017
‘Jam Session’ — Harvey Weinstein, Kesha, and Gabrielle Union (Ep. 361)
00:36:12

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the harassment accusations levied against Harvey Weinstein in the New York Times (5:00), Kesha's bounce-back and revealing Rolling Stone profile (15:00), the tepid Vanity Fair profile of Kate McKinnon (23:00), and Gabrielle Union's inspiring new memoir (33:00).

Oct 06, 2017
‘The Press Box’ — Picture Me Trollin' (Ep. 360)
00:50:30

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker banter about ESPN's reported development of a 'Pardon My Take' TV show (02:30), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (17:30), Cam Newtown's butt-headed fumble (20:00), and what Tucker Carlson and Clay Travis have in common (33:45).

Oct 05, 2017
Remembering Tom Petty (Ep. 359)
00:34:14

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Chris Ryan, and Rob Harvilla remember the life and music of the late Tom Petty.


Links:

https://www.theringer.com/music/2017/10/3/16408994/tom-petty-best-songs

https://www.theringer.com/music/2017/10/3/16407332/tom-petty-dies-obituary

https://open.spotify.com/user/chrisryan77/playlist/18KnAbbz5xpTqHq9yGBTFV?si=oMFHvoWg

Oct 04, 2017
Bill James on His New Book 'The Man From the Train' (Ep. 358)
00:46:14

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh talks to author, historian, and statistician Bill James about his new true-crime book, 'The Man From the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery,' in which James attempts to identify the man who may have been the deadliest serial killer in American history.

Oct 02, 2017
'The Big Picture' — Stephen Frears and the Inner Workings of the Royal Family (Ep. 357)
00:27:29

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins break down their favorite films about the British royal family (1:00) before Sean sits down with acclaimed director Stephen Frears to discuss his new film ‘Victoria and Abdul,’ making films about the royals, and his longevity in the industry (10:00).

Sep 29, 2017
‘The Press Box’ — A Time of Transition (Ep. 356)
00:40:52

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker analyze President Donald Trump's effect on apolitical NFL broadcasters (02:30), Megyn Kelly's transition to morning television (18:15), and the end of 'Fixer Upper' (28:30).

Sep 29, 2017
The Great Rom-Com Debate (Ep. 355)
00:37:56

The Ringer’s Amanda Dobbins and Shea Serrano ask and answer three essential questions regarding the romantic comedy genre: Is this creepy? (1:20); Is this a rom-com? (16:20); and, Who belongs in the Rom-Com Hall of Fame? (25:40).

Sep 27, 2017
‘The Big Picture’ — Dissecting 'Mother!,' the Most Controversial Movie of the Year (Ep. 354)
00:32:28

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Amanda Dobbins, and K. Austin Collins attempt to wrap their heads around Darren Aronofsky’s controversial new film, ‘Mother!’

Sep 22, 2017
‘Jam Session’ — J-Law, 'Big Little Lies' Drama, and More Celebrity Break-ups (Ep. 353)
00:37:29

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Jennifer Lawrence's press tour for 'Mother!' (5:00), Laura Dern's cold shoulder at the Emmys (17:00), Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson's break-up (27:00), and Fergie's return (31:00).

Sep 21, 2017
'The Big Picture' — Danny Strong and the Recipe for a Classic Biopic (Ep. 352)
00:36:12

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and executive editor Chris Ryan reveal their favorite biopics and hash out what makes them great (1:00). Then, Sean sits down with writer, actor, and director Danny Strong to discuss his recent J.D. Salinger biopic, ‘Rebel in the Rye,’ and how doubling down on his passion paid off (12:00).

Sep 15, 2017
'The Press Box'—Jemele Hill and how politicization affects ESPN (Ep. 351)
00:38:02

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and Sean Fennessey discuss Jemele Hill, starting with her rise at ESPN (5:00), her upbringing in Detroit (15:00), the Trump administration's response to Hill's tweets (18:00), the impact of politicization on ESPN (26:00), and Hill's next move (32:00).

Sep 14, 2017
‘The Big Picture’ — 'It' Director Andy Muschietti on Adapting Stephen King (Ep. 350)
00:33:31

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Kate Knibbs about Stephen King’s classic horror novel ‘It’ (0:30) before sitting down with Andy Muschietti, who discusses adapting the book for the screen and re-creating the terrifying character Pennywise (6:20).

Sep 08, 2017
’Insecure’ Season 2 Finale Preview (Ep. 349)
00:36:48

The Ringer’s Hannah Giorgis and Alison Herman look ahead to the season finale of HBO’s ‘Insecure’ by first celebrating the nuanced character developments in Season 2 (2:50), highlighting the show’s place among the summer TV landscape (8:15), and giving recognition to the showrunners’ even-handed approach in tackling the issues facing black employees in the workplace (10:40). Then they voice their expectations about how the finale will address the protagonists’ various romantic relationships (19:40), whether ‘Insecure’ will head the route of a sitcom or a more in-depth social commentary (23:30), and whether perhaps the Issa-Lawrence relationship will be reconciled (27:00).

Sep 07, 2017
'Jam Session' — At Home with Meghan Markle, George Clooney, and Serena Williams (Not At the Same Time) (Ep. 348)
00:38:25

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Meghan Markle's Vanity Fair cover story (5:00), George Clooney's renewed availability (21:00), and Serena Williams's new baby and decision to remain living solo before marriage (30:00).

Sep 06, 2017
'The Big Picture' — Jay Baruchel’s Directorial Debut and Making an Authentic Hockey Movie (Ep. 347)
00:35:49

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Katie Baker about the best hockey films ever made (0:30) before he sits down with actor and now director Jay Baruchel about making his first film, 'Goon: Last of the Enforcers'; hockey fandom; and filming the perfect hockey fight (6:00).

Sep 01, 2017
‘Jam Session’ — An Unhappy Conversation About Taylor Swift (Ep. 346)
00:28:03

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Taylor Swift's shaky roll-out of her new single, 'Look What You Made Me Do,' and accompanying VMA video release (5:00), Swift's corporate sponsorships (12:00), Katy Perry's credibility in the pop music world (17:00), and the winners and losers from MTV's Video Music Awards (22:00).

Aug 28, 2017
'Death Note’ Director Adam Wingard on Building Monsters and Hollywood Whitewashing Controversies (Ep. 345)
00:41:09

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and Justin Charity chat about the Netflix film ‘Death Note’ and the difficulties of adapting anime (1:00). Then Sean sits down with director Adam Wingard to discuss how he went from scraping by to directing large-scale projects like ‘Death Note’ and the forthcoming ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ (13:00).

Aug 25, 2017
Southern Rap Special: Best Albums, Dopest Mixtapes, and the Future of the Genre (Ep. 344)
00:40:36

Ringer East Coast bureau chief Donnie Kwak is joined by special projects editor Hannah Giorgis and staff writer Micah Peters to talk omissions from "The 20 Best Southern Rap Albums Ever" article on The Ringer, including reader submissions (0:35). Then, Donnie sits down with a roundtable of The Ringer’s music experts to discuss their favorite Southern rap mixtapes (10:20) and predict the future of the genre (31:00).

Aug 25, 2017
‘Jam Session’ — Taylor Swift Spectacular (Ep. 343)
00:32:27

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the announcement of Taylor Swift’s upcoming album ‘Reputation’ (1:10), her new media strategy after her feud with Kim Kardashian West (5:40), the decision to release a single before the VMAs as it relates to her ongoing rivalry with Katy Perry (20:00), and which guests will be featured on the new album (26:35).

Aug 23, 2017
'The Big Picture' — Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman Channel Rejection and Anxiety to Make ‘Lemon’ (Ep. 342)
00:41:23

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Alison Herman about Janicza Bravo’s approach to uncomfortable comedy and her direction of “Juneteenth,” the instant-classic episode of ‘Atlanta’ (1:00). Then Sean sits down with Bravo and her husband/producing partner, Brett Gelman, to discuss the tumultuous five-year process of getting their film ‘Lemon’ into the world (10:00).

Aug 18, 2017
'The Big Picture' — The Safdie Brothers and ‘Good Time,’ an Instant New York Classic (Ep. 341)
00:34:33

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and K. Austin Collins discuss the Safdie Brothers’ new crime film, ‘Good Time.’ (0:30) Then, Sean sits down with the Josh and Benny Safdie to discuss making a movie starring Robert Pattinson, capturing New York City on-screen, and the frenetic pace of ‘Good Time’ (11:00).

Aug 11, 2017
'Jam Session'—Malia's Lollapalooza, Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's Split, and 'Siesta Key' (Ep. 340)
00:55:55

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Vanity Fair vs. Angelina Jolie (5:00), Malia Obama's wild time at Lollapalooza (15:00), and Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's separation (22:00). Then, Zoe Simmons joins to give her thoughts on MTV's new reality show 'Siesta Key' (40:00).

Aug 09, 2017
'Bachelorette Party'—The Finale With Ben Higgins and Hannah Giorgis (Ep. 339)
00:44:35

The Ringer's Juliet Litman discusses the final episode of the 'Bachelorette' season with her colleague Hannah Giorgis (1:08). Then, former Bachelor Ben Higgins comes on to give his thoughts on Peter's reluctance to propose and his pick for the next Bachelor (27:54).

Aug 09, 2017
The Big Picture—Taylor Sheridan, 'Wind River,' and How to Write a Killer Movie (Ep. 338)
00:27:37

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan discuss screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s films ‘Sicario,’ ‘Hell or High Water,’ and his new film, ‘Wind River,’ starring Jeremy Renner (0:40). Then, Sean and Sheridan discuss 'Wind River,' how he depicts raw and realistic scenarios in his movies, and why he decided to get behind the camera (11:00).

Aug 04, 2017
'Bachelorette Party' — "Men Tell All" With Wesley Morris (Ep. 337)
00:53:54

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by The New York Times’ Wesley Morris to discuss this week’s “Men Tell All” episode, Rachel’s season so far, and the upcoming ‘Bachelor in Paradise’.

Aug 02, 2017
Vic Mensa on ‘The Autobiography,’ Sobriety, and Empathy (Ep. 336)
00:22:22

The Ringer’s Micah Peters sits down with rapper Vic Mensa to discuss his upcoming album ‘The Autobiography’ (0:30), becoming sober while battling depression (4:40), forgiving the man who killed his friend (10:00), and working with producer No I.D. (16:00).

Jul 28, 2017
'Bachelorette Party' — Rachel's Hometown and Fantasy Suites With Rodger Sherman (Ep. 335)
00:37:42

The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by her colleague and 'Bachelor' enthusiast Rodger Sherman to discuss this week's episode, including Rachel's hometown experience and the show's trip to Spain.

Jul 27, 2017
'Jam Session' — Angelina Jolie Goes 'Solo' (Ep. 334)
00:35:33

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Angelina Jolie's Vanity Fair cover story (https://goo.gl/vdij5A) (5:00), the PR rollout versus Brad Pitt (19:40), and Jolie's fame in 2017 (34:00).

Jul 26, 2017
Gambling on ‘Game of Thrones’ (Ep. 333)
00:31:26

The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh sits down with Pat Morrow, head oddsmaker for Bovada, to talk about the phenomenon of betting on HBO’s 'Game of Thrones' (2:10), reading fan theories as part of research (7:00), and how having a professional stake in the show affects consumption (21:45). Lindbergh’s article on the subject—“Growing Strong: Inside the Burgeoning ‘Game of Thrones’ Gambling Business”—can be found on The Ringer.

Jul 22, 2017
'The Big Picture' — Jenny Slate, Gillian Robespierre, and Elisabeth Holm on ‘Landline’ (Ep. 332)
00:38:45
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins discuss Gillian Robespierre’s ‘Obvious Child’ (0:10) and her new film, ‘Landline.’ Then Sean is joined by Robespierre, Jenny Slate, and Elisabeth Holm to discuss growing up in the ’90s, the sacrifices of independent filmmaking, and collaborating on their second project together (10:00).
Jul 21, 2017
'Bachelorette Party'—Hometowns! With Ashley Iaconetti (Ep. 331)
00:41:51
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by former 'Bachelor' contestant Ashley Iaconetti to discuss this week's "hometowns" episode, Ashley's take on 'Bachelor in Paradise,' ideas to spice up the show next season, and their picks for the next Bachelor.
Jul 21, 2017
'The Big Picture' — Matt Reeves Puts Humanity in ‘The Planet of the Apes’ (Ep. 330)
00:50:26
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan discuss the successes and failures of filmmakers who have recently overseen big-budget franchises, such as Matt Reeves’s ‘Planet of the Apes’ series, Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers’ series, and Christopher Nolan’s sustained run (1:05). Later, Sean sits down with Matt Reeves to discuss the intricate filmmaking process of ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ and what to expect from his next movie, ‘The Batman’ (13:30).
Jul 14, 2017
'Jam Session' — Scandals: Kardashians, Lena Dunham, and Taylor Swift–Lorde (Ep. 329)
00:47:41
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Kim Kardashian’s Snapchat scandal (5:00), Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s newest controversy (15:00), Lena Dunham’s dog drama (23:00), Lorde’s scoffing at Taylor Swift (33:30), and Ben Affleck’s new boo (42:00).
Jul 13, 2017
'Bachelorette Party'—With ABC Executive Rob Mills (Ep. 328)
00:50:38
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by ABC's senior vice president of alternative programming, Rob Mills, to discuss all things 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette.' They talk about the most recent 'Bachelor in Paradise' news leaks (4:10), some of this season's 'Bachelorette' moments (17:05), next season's 'Bachelor' candidates (30:24), and the upcoming 'Bachelor Winter Games' (44:55).
Jul 11, 2017
'Bachelorette Party' — With Nick Viall (Ep. 327)
01:08:18
In the absence of a new 'Bachelorette' episode, The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by friend and former Bachelor Nick Viall for a free-for-all podcast. They talk about some common misconceptions about 'Bachelor in Paradise', life after reality TV, the Kardashians, NBA players, and much more.
Jul 07, 2017
'The Big Picture'—David Lowery’s Strange and Beautiful ‘A Ghost Story’ (Ep. 326)
00:48:17
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson discuss filmmaker David Lowery’s latest, ‘A Ghost Story,’ an unconventional film with an unconventional debut at Sundance (1:00). Later, Sean chats with Lowery about the making of the movie and why he no longer watches his movies or reads his reviews (9:30).
Jul 06, 2017
'Bachelorette Party' — Paradise Rules, Eric's Redemption, and Way Too Many Kisses (Ep. 325)
00:30:41
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by her colleague Andrew Gruttadaro to discuss a special double-episode week in 'The Bachelorette.' They talk about the new 'Bachelor in Paradise' rules following the alcohol incident (1:33), then they examine Dean and his chances to make the final three (5:00), Brian (7:35), Peter (13:00), and Eric (21:55).
Jun 29, 2017
'Jam Session' —Jay-Z and Beyoncé's Twins, Serena's Vanity Fair Cover, and Festival Hookups (Ep. 324)
00:38:18
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the birth of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's twins (5:00), Serena Williams's Vanity Fair cover (20:25), Katy Perry and Chris Martin's festival fling (30:00), and Betty Gilpin's colorful ways to describe her breasts (37:00).
Jun 27, 2017
'Bachelorette Party'—Heroes, Villains, and Alcohol With Wesley Morris and Amy Kaufman (Ep. 323)
01:04:48
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by New York Times writer and former colleague Wesley Morris, a 'Bachelorette' newbie, to discuss the events on this week's episode. They examine the prevalence of alcohol throughout the franchise (2:40), Rachel's one-on-one date with Dean (7:17), Rachel's breakdown (10:20), Lee's shady ways (18:20), and the less-than-impressive spelling bee (28:05). Then Juliet talks with Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman about the return of 'Bachelor in Paradise' (41:05).
Jun 21, 2017
‘The Big Picture’—Female-Powered Comedy With ‘Rough Night’ Creators Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs
00:52:13
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and staff writer Lindsay Zoladz discuss the dearth of female filmmakers in the R-rated comedy space (2:00) before Sean chats with the ‘Rough Night’ writing and directing team of Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs about meeting at the UCB Theatre, developing ‘Broad City,’ and making a studio comedy starring big names like Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and Zoë Kravitz (17:00).
Jun 16, 2017
'Boxing Podcast'–Mayweather-McGregor Superfight Edition (Ep. 321)
00:49:51
The Ringer staff comes together to examine the upcoming "The Notorious" Conor McGregor–Floyd "Money" Mayweather fight. First, David Shoemaker and Chuck Mindenhall discuss whether or not we should be excited about this match (0:22). Later, Shoemaker is joined by Micah Peters and Sam Schube, who ask the question, "Can McGregor actually contend with Mayweather in a boxing match?" (27:08).
Jun 15, 2017
'Jam Session' — A Katy Perry Extravaganza (Ep. 320)
00:45:52
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Katy Perry’s new album and the press tour around it, including her four-day livestream and New York Times profile (1:36). They also examine Tobey Maguire’s kid’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ production (27:30), Oprah’s Fennelgate (35:40), and Rita Ora’s new (excellent) song (41:55).
Jun 14, 2017
'Bachelorette Party' — Trouble in 'Bachelor in Paradise' (Ep. 319)
00:30:07
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by insider Reality Steve to discuss the suspension of 'Bachelor in Paradise' filming over allegations of misconduct.
Jun 13, 2017
'The Big Picture' — Modern Horror and ‘It Comes at Night’ Director Trey Edward Shults (Ep. 318)
00:44:18
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and film critic K. Austin Collins discuss the emergence of modern horror films like ‘The Witch’ and the increasing emphasis on tone over standard horror tropes (1:00). Then, Sean is joined by Trey Edward Shults, who explains how working through his own darkness led to making his latest film, ‘It Comes At Night’ (15:50).
Jun 08, 2017
'Soccer Pod' — Offseason-Transfer Talk (Ep. 317)
00:47:37
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon discuss the exciting offseason moves to be made in the Premier League this summer. They look at Arsenal (4:28), Manchester United (7:30), Tottenham (15:20), Manchester City (23:20), Chelsea (32:00), and Liverpool (38:28), and finish up with their dream-transfers (41:58).
Jun 07, 2017
'Bachelorette Party' — Whaboom's Exit, Crazy Group Dates, and a New Villain Rises (Ep. 316)
00:48:53
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by former Bachelor Ben Higgins to discuss this week's episode of 'The Bachelorette.' They talk about Blake and Lucas's final moments (8:08), possibly the strangest group date in 'Bachelor' / 'Bachelorette' history (17:44), Eric's drama with some of the other guys (28:00), and 'Bachelor in Paradise' (39:07).
Jun 07, 2017
'The Big Picture' — Amy Schumer’s Career Arc, and ‘Snatched’ Director Jonathan Levine (Ep. 315)
00:45:37
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey discusses comedic storytelling and Amy Schumer’s career arc, from stand-up comedian to movie star, with Jason Zinoman of The New York Times (0:50). Then Sean is joined by filmmaker Jonathan Levine (‘The Wackness,’ ‘50/50’) to discuss collaborating with Schumer on his new comedy, ‘Snatched’, his own career arc, finding his path, and dealing with bad reviews (14:20).
Jun 01, 2017
'Jam Session' — Hot Topics: The Rock, the Biebs, and 'Felicity' (Ep. 314)
00:50:35
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the Rock's star power (5:00), Justin Bieber's smugness and catchy new single (14:00), Ellen Pompeo's Hamptons retreat (23:00), Keri Russell's star on the Walk of Fame (32:00), and Lorde's elitist Instagram comments (42:00).
Jun 01, 2017
'Bachelorette Party' — DeMario's Deceit, Celebrity Guests, and Whaboom! (Ep. 313)
00:42:47
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by her colleague Hannah Giorgis to break down Episode 2. They discuss DeMario's surprise guest (1:29), celebrity appearances by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis (23:17) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (31:43), and evaluate some of the contestants (38:34).
May 30, 2017
T-Pain, 'T-Wayne,' and the Birth of Auto-Tune (Ep. 312)
00:41:48
The Ringer's Micah Peters sits down with hip-hop pioneer T-Pain to discuss the impromptu release of 'T-Wayne,' a project with Lil Wayne dating back to 2009 (2:55), T-Pain's discovery of Auto-Tune (13:15), and how Auto-Tune creeped into mainstream hip-hop (17:15). Later, T-Pain shares his new and upcoming projects (30:48) and explains his new antisocial music mindset (34:35).
May 29, 2017
'Teenage Emotions,' Lil Yachty's Brand, and the Next Generation of Hip-Hop (Ep. 311)
00:43:27
The Ringer's Donnie Kwak, Micah Peters, and Justin Charity discuss Lil Yachty's new album, 'Teenage Emotions.' They examine Yachty's brand vs. his music (7:40) and the album cover art (11:33), and try to determine an overarching theme to the project (31:09). Finally, they answer this question: Is 'Teenage Emotions' any good (39:02)?
May 26, 2017
War Machine’ Director David Michôd on Making a Big-Budget Film with Brad Pitt for Netflix
00:37:59
Ringer Editor-in-Chief Sean Fennessey chats with The Hollywood Reporter’s Matthew Belloni about the Netflix controversy at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and how streaming services are reshaping the movie industry (1:00). Then Sean is joined by filmmaker David Michôd to discuss his new film ‘War Machine’ and making a big-budget war movie with Brad Pitt for a streaming service (14:00).
May 26, 2017
'Bachelorette Party' — First Impressions With the Sports Gal (Ep. 310)
00:44:45
The Ringer's Juliet Litman sits down with the Sports Gal to discuss Rachel's debut as the Bachelorette (02:00), the "whaboom" guy (06:00), a not-so-romantic kiss with Bryan (14:30), their sleeper picks (18:50), the unacceptable purring (25:00), and some of their favorite entrance props (30:45).
May 23, 2017
'The Press Box' — 'Baseball Tonight,' Fox News, and Cubs Coverage (Ep. 309)
00:54:13
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis is joined by MLB Network's Brian Kenny to discuss the decline of 'Baseball Tonight' (5:00). Then, Ringer staff writer Claire McNear joins to give her thoughts on why Fox News refuses to cover Trump's ties to Russia (20:30). Finally, Jon Greenberg, lead columnist for The Athletic, chimes in to give his firsthand experience of covering the Chicago Cubs after the curse (33:10).
May 23, 2017
When the Robots Reach the Road (Ep. 308)
00:40:08
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh, who still doesn't have a driver's license, investigates how far away we are from a driverless future, the utopian (and dystopian) visions of what a driverless world could look like, the hurdles that have to be cleared, and whether driverless cars can arrive in time to save him (and other licenseless citizens) the trouble of ever learning to parallel park.
May 19, 2017
'Bachelorette Party' — The Return of the Contestant Bios (Ep. 307)
00:48:58
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Andrew Gruttadaro team up to discuss the latest news from the world of 'The Bachelor' (02:00) and then jump into the 'Bachelorette' bios (07:00), giving out awards such as "First Impression Rose" (09:30) and "Highest Paradise Potential" (12:00), and pick their favorite to take home the final rose (32:45).
May 19, 2017
'Jam Session' — Steve Harvey's Work Etiquette, Katy Perry, and Harry Styles's Album (Ep. 306)
00:41:46
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Steve Harvey's stern memo and work expectations (5:00), Katy Perry's press tour and feminist brand (15:00), Pippa Middleton’s wedding plans (26:00), Harry Styles's love life and inspiration for songs (30:00), and Goldie Hawn's quest to live forever (38:00).
May 16, 2017
Doug Liman on ‘The Wall’ and Making Movies His Way (Ep. 305)
00:41:14
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with BuzzFeed’s Alison Wilmore about Doug Liman’s career and his notable films, including 'The Bourne Identity' and 'Edge of Tomorrow' (0:01). Then Liman joins the podcast to discuss making his new war film, ‘The Wall,’ and why he changed the ending six months after finishing production(6:50).
May 15, 2017
Guy Ritchie and the Challenges of Making 'King Arthur' (Ep. 304)
00:29:31
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and executive editor Chris Ryan explore the career arc of renowned director Guy Ritchie (0:30)before sitting down with Ritchie (10:00) to discuss the challenges of making his new film, ‘King Arthur,’ and his personal philosophies surrounding fear, results, and self-confidence.
May 12, 2017
'Soccer Pod' — The Two Best Teams in Europe Are Playing in the Champions League Final (Ep. 303)
00:31:40
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon preview the Juventus–Real Madrid matchup in the Champions League final. They cover the teams' differing management styles (2:52), Real Madrid's deep roster (7:00), and Juventus's consistent performance (17:10). Later they briefly discuss the Premier League (24:30).
May 11, 2017
The Myth of the Liberal ESPN, the Death of TrueHoop, and Baseball Activism (Ep. 302)
00:57:17
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis brings on author James Andrew Miller to examine the notion that ESPN has a "liberal agenda" (5:00). Then, The Ringer's Danny Chau joins to discuss the destruction of TrueHoop (25:00). Finally, essayist John Lingan joins to offer his thoughts on why baseball has no athlete activism (39:15).
May 09, 2017
'Jam Session' — Brad Pitt’s Confessional Q&A and the Underwhelming Met Gala (Ep. 301)
00:43:57
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Brad Pitt's revealing GQ Style profile post-divorce (5:00), Pitt's newfound love for Frank Ocean (15:30), Chris Rock's Rolling Stone profile (19:00), mourning the loss of the Met Gala's relevance (29:00), Kanye's absence (38:00), and Prince William and Kate on BBC Radio (42:00).
May 03, 2017
‘Sleight’ Director J.D. Dillard (Ep. 301)
00:44:50
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with first-time director J.D. Dillard to discuss how he went from dropping out of school to being on the set of ‘The Force Awakens’ with J.J. Abrams to debuting his first film, ‘Sleight,’ at Sundance. Dillard also talks about helming the long-rumored reboot of ‘The Fly.’
Apr 28, 2017
Sports in the Age of Trump With Bryan Curtis (Ep. 300)
00:49:54
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis is joined by BuzzFeed's Joel Anderson to discuss Donald Trump's impact on the NFL, the price of Colin Kaepernick's protest (6:00), Trump's ideal athlete lifestyle (11:00), and the political climate within football locker rooms (17:00). Then, The Ringer's Kevin Clark joins to discuss the similarities between CNN and ESPN (23:30) and the intersections between sports and political coverage (31:00). Finally, The Ringer's David Shoemaker joins to give his thoughts on professional wresting in the world of Trump (36:30).
Apr 25, 2017
'Free Fire’ Director Ben Wheatley (Ep. 299)
00:30:23
Editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with director Ben Wheatley to discuss his latest film, ‘Free Fire’ (0:10), getting sought out by star actors and directors like Armie Hammer and Martin Scorsese (6:40), and striking a balance between entertaining and traumatizing an audience (14:40).
Apr 21, 2017
'Soccer Podcast' with Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon (Ep. 298)
00:34:16
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon discuss UEFA’s decision to force Borussia Dortmund to play after the attack on their bus (1:25), officiating in the match between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid (7:14), and the upcoming market for strikers (20:26). They wrap up with predictions for the Premier League (28:21).
Apr 20, 2017
'Jam Session' With Kate Knibbs (Ep. 297)
00:43:12
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Harry Styles's 'Rolling Stone' cover (5:00), Styles living in Ben Winston's attic (10:00), and dating Taylor Swift (14:00). Then, Ringer staff writer Kate Knibbs joins to discuss internet gossipmonger Nik Richie's 'The Dirty' (17:45) and the best place to find gossip in 2017 (26:00). Finally, Juliet and Amanda give their thoughts on Serena's snap (33:00), Meghan Markle's role with the British royal family (38:00), and more Chris Evans (41:00).
Apr 19, 2017
Kendrick Lamar's 'Damn.' With Sean Fennessey, Micah Peters, and Justin Charity (Ep. 296)
00:40:22
The Ringer's Sean Fennessey, Micah Peters, and Justin Charity discuss Kendrick Lamar's new release, 'Damn.' (5:00). Topics include: the collabs on the album (11:00), the logical progression of K-Dot (17:00), Kendrick's taste (22:00), his grand design (30:00), his influence on fellow rappers (34:00), and a ranking of Kendrick's albums (38:00).
Apr 14, 2017
‘The Lost City of Z’ Director James Gray (Ep. 295)
00:35:05
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with acclaimed director James Gray to discuss the high stakes of filming his new movie, ‘The Lost City of Z,’ in the jungle, the near-impossible task of making a classic film, and why he isn’t interested in making a television series.
Apr 13, 2017
Jake Johnson and Joe Swanberg on Their New Film ‘Win It All’ (Ep. 294)
00:46:44
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey sit down with actor Jake Johnson and director Joe Swanberg to discuss their new gambling film ‘Win It All’, why they wanted to make a movie for Netflix, and what it’s like teaming up for multiple projects.
Apr 07, 2017
'Jam Session' — Jenny Slate, J-Rod, and Ed Sheeran's Stardom (Ep. 293)
00:38:51
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Jenny Slate's press tour for 'Gifted' (5:00), Chris Evans's Disney-level fame (11:00), Anne Hathaway's confessional (16:00), A-Rod and J.Lo's new romance (24:00), Ed Sheeran's Taylor Swift remarks (27:00), and Nan Talese's Vanity Fair profile (34:00).
Apr 05, 2017
‘The Discovery’ Director Charlie McDowell (Ep. 292)
00:33:28
The Ringer's Editor-in-Chief Sean Fennessey sits down with director Charlie McDowell to discuss his new film 'The Discovery' (1:55), casting Robert Redford (12:58), being one of Netflix's first major features (21:05) and how to pull off an ending with a twist (18:45).
Mar 31, 2017
'Jam Session' — Reese Witherspoon Day With Bill Simmons (Ep. 291)
00:54:00
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins are joined by Bill Simmons to discuss Reese Witherspoon's sprawling catalog (5:00), her relationship with Ryan Phillippe (12:00), her R-rated turn in 'Cruel Intentions' (16:00), her missed opportunity with 'Clueless' (23:00), her Oscar curse (29:00), her fling with Jake Gyllenhaal (36:00), her comeback with 'Gone Girl' (43:00), and her next big career move after 'Big Little Lies' (48:00).
Mar 29, 2017
Lil Rel Howery on 'Get Out' (ep. 290)
00:28:23
The Ringer’s Micah Peters and 'Get Out’ star Lil Rel Howery examine his character, Rod (7:20), and take a look film’s intricate cinematography (12:05). Later, they discuss the future of "social thrillers" (23:40).
Mar 27, 2017
'Achievement Oriented' on 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' and 'Moral Combat' (Ep. 289)
00:24:49
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion have a spoiler-free discussion about their impressions of the perplexing 'Mass Effect: Andromeda,' Bioware's brain drain, and the ways in which recent releases have raised the bar for big-budget games.
Mar 24, 2017
Mike WILL Made-It on 'Ransom 2' (Ep. 288)
00:29:08
The Ringer's Micah Peters sits down with producer Mike WILL Made-It to discuss working with Pharrell on 'Ransom 2' (01:00), his recording process (06:00), and his dream collaboration (15:00).
Mar 24, 2017
'The Masked Man' — The (Familiar) Elbow Drop Heard Round the World and Bruce Prichard (Ep. 287)
00:50:37
The Ringer's David Shoemaker teams up with Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling to discuss Shane McMahon's elbow drop on 'SmackDown' (03:00), the general manager situation on 'Raw' (10:00), how Braun Strowman could fit into the Roman Reigns–Undertaker match (21:30), the "Missing Ron Simmons" teaser (29:00), and Twitter questions (34:00). Then Bruce Prichard of "Something to Wrestle With" calls in to discuss kayfabe in today's wrestling (39:00) and share Andre the Giant stories (46:00).
Mar 23, 2017
'More Life' Emergency Pod (Ep. 286)
00:39:12
The Ringer's Micah Peters, Hannah Giorgis, and Justin Charity discuss Drake's latest project, 'More Life,' and whether it's an album (00:30), grime songs (06:00), and their least favorite track (11:00). Then, The Ringer's Rob Harvilla calls in to talk about the song "Fake Love" (18:00), Drake the underdog (25:00), and "tough guy" Drake (26:30).
Mar 22, 2017
'Jam Session'—The End of Us Weekly With Lara Cohen (Ep. 285)
00:35:01
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the end of a gossip era with the selling of Us Weekly (5:00). Then, former Us Weekly editorial director Lara Cohen joins to give her thoughts on the invention of "Bennifer" (11:00), Britney Spears's head-shaving incident (17:00), and the biggest celebrities today (25:30).
Mar 22, 2017
Ep. 284: 'ShackHouse' — Arnold Palmer Invitational Winner Marc Leishman and Austin Golf
00:51:27
Geoff Shackelford and Joe House welcome four guests in one show, starting with Arnold Palmer Invitational winner Marc Leishman (02:00), then shifting to discussion of the upcoming WGC Match Play and Austin golf with Criquet Shirts cofounders Billy Nachman and Hobson Brown (18:30). Then they welcome Geoff’s dad, former UCLA basketball star Lynn Shackelford, to further discuss the Austin golf scene (34:00) and the 50th anniversary of his first NCAA championship (37:30).
Mar 20, 2017
Ep. 283: 'Achievement Oriented' on Gaming Drugs and eSports Injuries
00:34:11
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to Compete writer Maddy Myers about experimenting with supplements that promise gaming benefits, covering competitive gaming's growing pains, and gender imbalance in eSports. For a full version of this episode subscribe to Achievement Oriented on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.
Mar 17, 2017
Ep. 282: 'Soccer Podcast' with Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon
00:34:53
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon discuss Manchester City’s Champions League exit (0:55), glance at the top English teams (11:50), and later take an in-depth look at the Champions League quarterfinalists (17:17).
Mar 16, 2017
Ep. 281: 'The Masked Man Show' on Dennis Stamp, Finn Balor, Triple H, and 'WrestleMania'
00:45:01
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling team up to discuss the passing of Dennis Stamp (02:00), Triple H's and Finn Balor's returns (10:00), the 'WrestleMania' card (19:00), and Twitter questions (37:30).
Mar 16, 2017
Ep. 280: ‘Bachelor Party’ — The Season Finale
00:49:45
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by Bill Simmons to discuss Nick’s decision to choose Vanessa over Raven (0:30), things they’d rather see in a finale (7:30), and a new version of 'The Bachelor' with celebrities (18:50). Then Ringer 'Bachelor' recap writer Rodger Sherman joins to further dissect Monday's finale (32:12).
Mar 14, 2017
Ep. 279: ‘Jam Session’ With Sarah Heyward
00:38:18
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins are joined by ‘Girls’ writer Sarah Heyward to discuss the final season (5:00), the infamous Iowa episodes (12:00), Judd Apatow’s subtle influence (22:00), the best moment in the series (27:00), the best guest stars (33:00), and the feeling of wrapping the series (38:00).
Mar 13, 2017
Ep. 278: ’T’d Up’—The Bracket Breakdown
00:41:27
The Ringer’s Tate Frazier and Mark Titus discuss the NCAA bracket release (5:00), Duke’s additional adversity (9:00), the UNC-Arkansas rivalry (14:00), the First Four game worth watching (19:00), potential matchups in the Midwest (28:00), Gonzaga’s favorable path (32:00), and the biggest snubs of the tournament (38:00).
Mar 13, 2017
Ep. 277: ‘Achievement Oriented’ - 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' and the Nintendo Switch
00:54:03
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion bring on Kotaku news editor (and author of the forthcoming book 'Blood, Sweat, and Pixels') Jason Schreier to discuss reviewing great games (1:00), how 'Breath of the Wild' departs from and improves upon previous 'Zelda' installments (8:30), what lessons developers can take from the game's open-ended structure (34:00), and the Switch's post-launch outlook (40:00).
Mar 10, 2017
Ep. 275: 'The Masked Man Show' on the Failure of 'Fastlane,' 'Raw,' and 'SmackDown'
00:46:00
The Ringer's David Shoemaker, Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling, and "Hollywood" Dan St. Germain team up to reluctantly break down 'Fastlane' (01:00), the end of Kevin Owens's championship reign (13:20), Goldberg headlining 'WrestleMania' (17:00), Braun Strowman and the Undertaker (25:40), Jack Gallagher's headbutts (34:00), and AJ Styles's loss to Randy Orton (37:00). Then they wrap up by answering some of your Twitter questions (40:20).
Mar 09, 2017
Ep. 274: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
00:42:58
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins celebrate Connie Britton's birthday (5:00), discuss Brad Pitt's rumored reunion with Jennifer Aniston (12:00), and Meghan Markle wins. Then, Ringer writer Allison P. Davis joins to give her thoughts on Emma Watson's press tour for 'Beauty and the Beast' (22:00).
Mar 09, 2017
Ep. 276: Interview With 'Get Out' Director Jordan Peele
00:38:04
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with writer-director Jordan Peele (of 'Key & Peele' fame) to discuss his new hit film, 'Get Out,' how and why he made it, and its overwhelmingly positive reception. Peele also talks about ideas for alternate scenes and endings as well as his reasoning behind some of the movie's most pivotal moments.
Mar 08, 2017
Ep. 273: The Fantasy Suite With Ben Higgins
00:43:27
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by former Bachelor Ben Higgins to discuss the Fantasy Suite (0:45), his thoughts about Raven’s celebratory “music video" (22:25), and Nick’s upcoming appearance on 'Dancing With the Stars' (37:10).
Mar 08, 2017
Ep. 272: ‘Achievement Oriented’ - 'Horizon Zero Dawn,' 'Resident Evil 7,' and Video Game Phobias
00:50:07
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion have a spoiler-free chat about the newly released PS4 exclusive 'Horizon Zero Dawn,' discussing its obvious influences, how it tweaks the open-world formula, and whether games have gotten too long (1:00). Then they bring on Kotaku editor Luke Plunkett to talk about his aborted attempt to play 'Resident Evil 7' and try to pinpoint what combination of in-game mechanics and hangups inside their own psyches makes some video games so scary (24:30).
Mar 03, 2017
Ep. 271: 'The Masked Man Show' on the Hardys, 'SmackDown,' and 'Fastlane'
00:54:33
The Ringer's David Shoemaker teams up with Dave Schilling and Steve Kazee to discuss the "Dusty Finish" at the Oscars (02:00), whether the WWE will sign Matt and Jeff Hardy (05:45), AJ Styles defeating Luke Harper (18:10), and Randy Orton burning down Bray Wyatt's compound (19:45). They finish with a preview of 'Fastlane' (31:30).
Mar 02, 2017
Ep. 270 ‘Bachelor Party' With ABC’s SVP of Alternative Programming, Rob Mills
00:53:45
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by Rob Mills, ABC's senior vice president of alternative programming, to discuss being at the Oscars (1:20), this week’s episode of 'The Bachelor' (9:00), the top five 'Bachelor' contestants (18:00), and the decision to pick Rachel as the next Bachelorette (36:10).
Mar 02, 2017
Ep. 269: Food Week Profiles — The Impossible Burger and Guelaguetza
00:18:09
The Ringer celebrates Last Meal on Earth Week with two unique audio stories. First, Danny Chau reports on an ambitious new product attempting to solve one of the food industry's biggest dilemmas (0:10). Then, Katie Baker introduces us to the Lopez siblings and their critically acclaimed family-run Oaxacan restaurant, located in Los Angeles's Koreatown (11:10).
Mar 01, 2017
Ep. 268: Top-50 Fast Food Items With Bill Simmons and Joe House
00:33:03
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Joe House so they can respond to The Ringer's top-50 fast food list and offer up their thoughts on which items were overrated, underrated, and properly rated.
Feb 28, 2017
Ep. 267: 'ShackHouse' on the Honda Classic, Rule Changes, and Mark Crossfield
00:55:06
Geoff Shackelford and Joe House discuss Ricky Fowler's bizarre win at the Honda Classic (03:05), Johnny Miller's criticism (04:05), and the upcoming changes to the rules of golf (15:45). Then they welcome golf instructor/equipment reviewer/travel guru Mark Crossfield to share how he used honesty to build an online presence (24:05) and answer a few questions from the Callaway Community (27:05). To close out the show, Geoff and House preview the WGC-Mexico Championship (45:35).
Feb 28, 2017
Ep. 266: 'Achievement Oriented' on Becoming a Meme and Setting Speedrunning Records
00:49:35
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion briefly consider the future of TV video game adaptations, reacting to comments by 'Castlevania' producer Adi Shankar and 'The Expanse' co-author Ty Franck (3:30). Then they bring on longtime Giant Bomb video producer Drew Scanlon to discuss having a GIF of his face go viral and how long his fleeting internet notoriety will last (9:30). Lastly, they talk to Kotaku staff writer Heather Alexandra about glitching, speedrunning, and the creative ways in which players navigate games (25:00).
Feb 24, 2017
Ep. 265: 'The Masked Man Show' Remembers George "The Animal" Steele and Ivan Koloff
00:48:59
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling team up to honor Ivan Koloff (3:30) and George "The Animal" Steele (8:30), and discuss Max Landis's video on Kevin Owens (16:50), the art of projecting during a promo (21:10), the Rock calling out CM Punk (26:00), and the downsides to attending 'Raw' (30:35).
Feb 23, 2017
Ep. 264: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
00:43:35
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Harrison Ford's flying skills (5:00), Malia Obama's sabbatical (10:00), the Clooney twins (18:00), Kirsten Dunst's Soho apartment (23:00), Miles Teller's birthday party (32:00), and Eileen Fisher's morning routine (37:00).
Feb 22, 2017
Ep. 263: 'Bachelor Party' With Bill Simmons and Mallory Rubin
01:02:42
The Ringer's Juliet Litman sits down with Bill Simmons and Mallory Rubin to discuss a day in the life of Vanessa (2:00), being in on Corinne (6:50), Rachel's level of interest in Nick (25:25), and a trip to Arkansas with Raven (43:30).
Feb 22, 2017
Ep. 262: 'Achievement Oriented' on Google Doodle Games and Ubisoft's Sword-Fighting Experiment
00:49:00
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to Jordan Thompson, lead software engineer for the latest Google Doodle game, about building games for a massive search-engine audience with unique control constraints and compatibility concerns (0:15). Then they bring on Ubisoft creative director Jason VandenBerghe to discuss the innovative combat system at the center of newly released fighting game 'For Honor,' why sword-fighting is so tough to translate to video games, and how he created the concept of Vikings versus Samurai (19:30).
Feb 17, 2017
Ep 261: Interview With ‘A Cure for Wellness’ Director Gore Verbinski
00:31:03
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with Academy Award winning director Gore Verbinski to discuss his new film 'A Cure For Wellness' (0:40)as well as his career arc of going from directing music videos and television commercials to big budget features like the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Rango' (11:00).
Feb 16, 2017
Ep. 260: Arsenal, Barcelona, and Club Identity With Jordan Morris
00:47:14
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon discuss Arsenal–Bayern Munich (5:00), Barcelona-PSG (13:00), and the concept of club identity in the sport (20:00). Then, USMNT member and Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris joins (30:00) to give thoughts on the role of college development on the pitch (34:00), break down what a manager actually does during a game (38:00), and discuss how he watches soccer as a fan (42:00).
Feb 16, 2017
Ep. 259: ‘The Masked Man Show’ on the 'Festival of Friendship' and Bray Wyatt’s Reign
00:45:23
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker teams up with Bleacher Report’s Dave Schilling to break down the main event from 'Elimination Chamber' (01:30), Bray Wyatt’s future as champion (03:05), Emmalina and the most meta moment in professional wrestling (23:35), Bailey ending Charlotte’s reign (29:00), Kevin Owens betraying Chris Jericho at the 'Festival of Friendship' (36:10), and the upcoming Andre the Giant documentary (41:55).
Feb 16, 2017
Ep. 258: ‘Bachelor Party’ With The Bachelor Nick Viall
00:35:53
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman sits down with the Bachelor, Nick Viall, to talk about being on the show four times (1:30), kissing in front of the other contestants (7:14), and his biggest surprise thus far(11:20).
Feb 14, 2017
Ep. 257: 'Achievement Oriented' on Rockstar's Golden Goose and the Consolidation of Sports Games
00:58:40
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion discuss PS4 Pro envy and 'Resident Evil 7' (0:40) and talk to The Guardian's games editor Keith Stuart about the continued sales success of 'Grand Theft Auto V,' the perpetual repackaging of old titles, and the worst US presidents in video games (6:08). Lastly, they talk to Polygon's Owen Good about the latest bad news for NBA Live, why so many sports games are going extinct, and the NBA's plans to partner with Take-Two to launch an official 'NBA 2K' esports league (26:05).
Feb 10, 2017
Ep. 256: Interview With 'Moonlight' Director Barry Jenkins
00:32:41
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with writer and director Barry Jenkins to discuss his film ‘Moonlight’ and its eight Oscar nominations, what it’s like working with his old friends (6:30), casting nonactors (12:52), and whether or not he plans to speak out politically onstage if he wins at the Academy Awards (28:13).
Feb 09, 2017
Ep. 255: 'The Masked Man Show' Previews 'Elimination Chamber'
00:56:25
The Ringer's David Shoemaker, Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling, and "Hollywood" Dan St. Germain team up to preview the "Elimination Chamber" (00:30) and discuss Bray Wyatt and babyface Luke Harper (02:20), booking Samoa Joe (16:45), Jeff Jarrett's control of TNA (23:00), Hulk Hogan's rumored return (27:30), and the Hall of Fame induction of the Rock 'n' Roll Express (32:00).
Feb 09, 2017
Ep. 254: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
00:39:32
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Beyoncé’s big Instagram announcement and her pop star supremacy (1:30), Lady Gaga’s personae and Super Bowl performance (13:05), Chris Evans and Jenny Slate’s breakup (20:15), and Ed Sheeran and Russell Crowe’s unlikely friendship (25:50).
Feb 08, 2017
Ep. 253: MTV's 'Challenge: Invasion of the Champions' Special With Johnny Bananas
00:27:59
The Ringer's Juliet Litman sits down with Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio to discuss 'The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions' (00:30), staying competitive (06:30), the 'Are You The One?' kids (7:15), the best 'Challenge' competitor of all time (10:35), and what comes next (25:40).
Feb 08, 2017
Ep. 252: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Trey Kerby
00:41:47
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by NBA TV’s Trey Kerby to discuss the Bachelor’s trip to St. Thomas (4:55), Jasmine’s departure (11:10), Danielle’s cluelessness (23:50), and, of course, Corinne (32:00).
Feb 07, 2017
Ep. 251: Interview With ‘O.J.: Made in America’ Director Ezra Edelman
00:56:32
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with filmmaker Ezra Edelman to discuss the making of 'O.J.: Made in America,' his epic eight-hour Oscar-nominated documentary examining O.J. Simpson’s rise and fall through the lens of race, place, celebrity, and time.
Feb 03, 2017
Ep. 250: 'Achievement Oriented' on Preserving Video Games
00:57:28
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to Frank Cifaldi, founder of The Video Game History Foundation, about his desire to salvage old video games (6:10), the difference between porting and emulating (9:35), whether online communities can be recreated (14:00), his greatest discoveries (38:05), his efforts to finish unfinished games (42:15), and eight-bit NES porn (50:05).
Feb 03, 2017
Ep. 249: 'The Masked Man Show' on Rebooting 'WrestleMania'
01:00:35
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling team up to discuss the injury Seth Rollins suffered at the hands of Samoa Joe (01:00), the role of Triple H in the WWE Universe (07:15), how they would improve 'WrestleMania' (22:00), Randy Orton's 'Royal Rumble' win (33:15), and the rumored matches for 'FastLane' (37:10).
Feb 02, 2017
Ep. 248: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Ashley Iaconetti
00:51:15
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by former 'Bachelor' contestant Ashley Iaconetti to discuss last night's episode (5:15), what to do during group dates (14:15), being sick of Corrine (30:35), and how being the Bachelor can lead to real love (33:15).
Feb 01, 2017
Ep. 247: 'The Masked Man Show' Royal Rumble Live Review!
00:39:54
The Ringer's David Shoemaker, Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling, and "The King of Sad Style" Dan St. Germain react to the 'Royal Rumble' results and answer viewer questions about the pay-per-view and the road to 'WrestleMania.'
Jan 30, 2017
Ep. 246: Micah Peters and Rembert Browne Talk Migos and the Current State of Music
00:52:46
The Ringer’s Micah Peters is joined by New York magazine’s Rembert Browne to discuss the improbable Migos run (1:00) and the big projects they’re excited about in 2017, including albums by Gorillaz (15:45), Lorde (19:40), and Thundercat (22:25). They also cover some of their favorite new artists on the rise and the importance of seeing live music (26:10).
Jan 28, 2017
Ep. 245: 'Achievement Oriented' on Video Game Agents and Boss Battles
01:05:50
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to Blake Rochkind, a video game agent for United Talent Agency, about how his job works, Hollywood's appetite for movie adaptations of video games, VR's bright future, and his favorite games from last year(0:50). Then they bring on Josh Hano, the creator of new platformer 'Nefarious,' to discuss video game tropes and games that let the player be the bad guy (36:22). They also welcome eight former guests back to the podcast to pick their all-time favorite boss battles(53:15).
Jan 27, 2017
Ep. 244: Top of the Premier League Table With Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon
00:45:02
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon run through the top four Premier League clubs and discuss Chelsea's recipe for success (5:00), Tottenham’s continuity (12:00), Liverpool's offensive approach (18:00), Man City's stylistic change (24:00), Everton's ownership (29:00), what success looks like in the league (34:00), and the bottom-feeders (40:00).
Jan 26, 2017
Ep. 243: 'The Masked Man Show' Royal Rumble Preview
00:57:22
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling team up to discuss the lineup for Sunday's pay-per-view extravaganza (5:39), Finn Balor's return (9:35), the "filler matches" (10:50), two gigantic championship matches (20:35), and the Royal Rumble match itself (32:40).
Jan 26, 2017
Ep. 242: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
00:41:42
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Martha Stewart's drone protocol (10:00), the passing of Mary Tyler Moore (19:00), Matthew Goode on 'The Crown' (24:00), Oscar snubs (27:00), A$AP Rocky and Kendall Jenner's relationship status (32:00), and Bradley Cooper's bachelor lifestyle (38:00).
Jan 25, 2017
Ep. 241: ‘Bachelor Party’ With David Jacoby
00:59:25
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by ESPN's David Jacoby for an emotional 'Right Reasons' reunion to discuss Corinne's valid argument (02:01), Danielle L.'s one-on-one date (20:45), rollerskating in a museum with Raven (26:58), and Kristina the Russian (39:33). Then they quickly delve into 'Mariah's World' (46:24) and 'Vanderpump Rules' (52:36).
Jan 24, 2017
Ep. 240: 'Achievement Oriented' on Dystopian Twitch and 'Hitman'
00:57:34
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion bring on Ben 'Professor Broman' Bowman to talk about life as a full-time Twitch streamer and a forthcoming change to Twitch that threatens to erase the boundary between streaming and regular life (1:00). Then they talk to IO Interactive creative director Christian Elverdam about how the first season of 'Hitman' synthesized the best features of previous games in the series, used illusion to empower players, and benefited from being released episodically (26:45).
Jan 20, 2017
Ep. 239: Interview With ‘20th Century Women’ Director Mike Mills
00:38:50
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with the artist and director Mike Mills, who opens up about his latest film, ‘20th Century Women,’ and what it's like directing a movie largely inspired by his mother (1:37), his decision to set the movie in the ’70s (14:25), and choosing the best songs from his childhood to score the film (31:42).
Jan 19, 2017
Ep. 238: 'The Masked Man Show' on the Road to WrestleMania featuring Dan St. Germain
00:47:44
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling discuss the passing of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka (02:51) and the United Kingdom Championship Tournament (07:30). Then, "Hollywood" Dan St. Germain calls into the show to discuss his dream 'WrestleMania' lineup (13:31). Lastly, they break down how 'Raw' is setting up the 'Royal Rumble' (30:26).
Jan 19, 2017
Ep. 237: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
00:37:33
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss new celeb power couples (5:00), Drake and J.Lo dating (10:00), the state of Drake's relationships (17:00), Rooney Mara's serious opinions (22:00), Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons (25:00), Serena's engagement (28:00), Ryan Gosling's style (34:00), and Tom Hiddleston's tone-deaf speech (37:00).
Jan 19, 2017
Ep. 236: ‘Bachelor Party’ with Ben Higgins
00:54:33
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by former Bachelor Ben Higgins to discuss returning to his job after being on TV (0:01), how Nick is handling being the current Bachelor (3:00), the biggest overreactions on the show so far (5:15), things Ben would have never done on the show (16:25), Corinne’s questionable decision-making (29:13), and hot takes on hot tubs (48:45).
Jan 18, 2017
Ep. 235: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on Test-Driving the Switch and Exploring the Sandbox
00:59:00
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion share their hands-on impressions of the Nintendo Switch and 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' and discuss some big questions surrounding the forthcoming console. Then they bring on the creator of the YouTube channel 'How Big Is the Map?' to explain his incredible, quixotic quest to traverse the map of every open-world game.
Jan 13, 2017
Ep. 234: Interview With 'Hidden Figures' Director Ted Melfi
00:41:26
The Ringer's Sean Fennessey sits down with Ted Melfi to discuss the success of his latest film, 'Hidden Figures' (1:10), and how it came about (3:19), as well as the difficulties of making an entertaining movie about math (8:00). Melfi also shares what it's like working with Taraji P. Henson (18:27) and Kevin Costner (21:15), getting Pharrell to score his movie (29:20), and how he feels about the 'Hidden Fences' mishap (38:45).
Jan 13, 2017
Ep. 233: 'The Masked Man Show' on the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels
00:56:41
The Ringer's David Shoemaker welcomes Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling to discuss Peter Thiel's Trump-Hogan quote (01:30), the return of the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels on 'Raw' (06:01), Chris Jericho defeating Roman Reigns (17:04), the golden age of Monday-night main events (21:38), the Bullet Club (30:11), and their "SmackDown Stock Watch" (41:14).
Jan 12, 2017
Ep. 232: The Sports Movie Hall of Fame: 'Any Given Sunday'
00:59:42
In their third SMHOF episode, The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan induct ‘Any Given Sunday’ and break down Oliver Stone's bizarre editing (02:25), Cameron Diaz's underrated ownership chops (08:15), Al Pacino's last great performance (11:16), the Tao of James Woods (15:15), the eye-opening concussion/painkiller subplots (16:44), Jamie Foxx's breakout role as Willie Beamon (21:17), the craziest cameos (34:27), and where the "Inches" monologue ranks in the pantheon of great sports movie speeches (45:04).
Jan 11, 2017
Ep. 231: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Jade Roper and Peter Scalettar
00:52:21
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by former ‘Bachelor’ producer Pete Scalettar and former contestant Jade Roper to discuss their feelings about Nick (1:20), Corinne’s villain status (3:40), Liz’s epic departure (25:40), her TV wedding to Tanner (33:35), and Danielle’s tragic confession (43:50).
Jan 11, 2017
Ep. 230: 'Achievement Oriented' on 2017 Trends and the Man Behind Marcus Holloway
00:59:04
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion recap their holiday gaming and talk to New Yorker contributing writer Simon Parkin about his book, 'Death by Video Game'; VR and psychology; end-of-year lists; and recent (and future) industry developments. Then Ben, Jason, and their colleague Justin Charity talk to actor Ruffin Prentiss about playing the protagonist of 'Watch Dogs 2.'
Jan 06, 2017
Ep. 229: 'The Masked Man Show' With Dave Schilling
00:52:19
The Ringer's David Shoemaker welcomes Dave Schilling to discuss "CarmEllsworth" (04:12), Dean Ambrose's IC title win on 'SmackDown' (6:32), Shoemaker coming to grips with Paige's engagement to Alberto Del Rio (10:54), 'Raw' gearing up for the 'Royal Rumble' (25:24), and a familiar face on 'Bring It to the Table' (39:47).
Jan 04, 2017
Ep. 228: ‘Bachelor Party' With the Sports Gal
00:38:52
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by the Sports Gal to recap the first episode of ‘The Bachelor’ and to ask the big questions, such as “Is Nick a good bachelor?” (1:15), “Why did so many women wear red?” (8:05), “What was up with the dolphin/shark suit?” (21:05), and “Why didn’t Liz give Nick her number?” (32:05).
Jan 03, 2017
Ep. 227: Sports Movie Hall of Fame: 'Moneyball'
00:58:20
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan to discuss 'Moneyball,' the second inductee into the Sports Movie Hall of Fame. They cover everything from the state of Brad Pitt's career (0:45), the past 20 years of sports movies (2:34), the making of 'Moneyball' (9:25), their favorite moments from the film (14:20), and the future of sports movies (51:54).
Dec 29, 2016
Ep. 226: The Best and Worst of Tech in 2016
00:34:46
The Ringer's team of tech writers — Molly McHugh, Victor Luckerson, Alyssa Bereznak, and Kate Knibbs — discuss their best and worst of the year in tech. Listen as they reveal their best app of the year, their least favorite acquisitions and memes, and what we as consumers have to look forward to.
Dec 27, 2016
Ep. 225: 'Achievement Oriented' on 'Assassin's Creed,' Video-Game Movies, and the Year of the FPS
00:57:52
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion discuss the newly released movie 'Assassin's Creed,' then bring on their colleagues Jon Lovett and Kam Collins for a wider discussion about why video-game adaptations historically haven't worked well as films. Lastly, they talk to Chris Plante of The Verge about how and why first-person shooters broke out of their slump and whether 2016 was the best FPS year ever.
Dec 23, 2016
Ep. 224: Inaugural Sports Movie Hall of Fame: 'Jerry Maguire'
00:59:50
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman for the inaugural Sports Movie Hall of Fame induction ceremony to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of 'Jerry Maguire.' Topics include: Rod Tidwell spin-offs (6:00), Cruise Oscar snubs (12:00), the opening montage (16:00), Jonathan Lipnicki's pinnacle (22:00), "show me the money" (28:00), the best Cruise movies (35:00), the birth of the modern sports movie (40:00), and Cruise's romantic-lead chops (45:00).
Dec 22, 2016
Ep. 223: 'The Masked Man Show' — 2016's Best and Worst of WWE With Dan St. Germain and Steve Kazee
01:03:47
The Ringer's David Shoemaker welcomes Dan St. Germain and Steve Kazee to discuss 'Roadblock' (1:43) and provide their 2016 WWE highlights and lowlights, including ‘WrestleMania 32,’ AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar, and Sasha-Charlotte (31:00).
Dec 21, 2016
Ep. 222: 'Achievement Oriented' on the Past and Future of 'Star Wars' Games
01:00:53
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion name-check their favorite 'Star Wars' games and talk to Jack Sorensen, the former president of LucasArts, about how he helped oversee several classic titles during the heyday of in-house 'Star Wars' development (5:24). Then they welcome Douglas Reilly from Lucasfilm and Justin McCully from Electronic Arts to discuss the upcoming slate of 'Star Wars' games (34:10) and the challenge of telling original stories within the larger 'Star Wars' universe (38:10).
Dec 15, 2016
Ep. 221: 'The Masked Man Show' With Clark Duke
00:57:33
The Ringer's David Shoemaker welcomes Clark Duke to discuss his Doink sighting (1:12), politics in wrestling (9:05), the New Day passing Demolition (14:20), and 'Roadblock: End of the Line' (33:01).
Dec 15, 2016
Ep. 220: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
00:37:13
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins determine who is the biggest star in the 'Star Wars' canon (6:00), discuss the onscreen charisma of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in 'La La Land' (10:00), weight Meghan Markle's royal stardom (24:00), and examine John Mayer subtweeting Taylor Swift (30:00).
Dec 14, 2016
Ep. 219: 'Achievement Oriented' on 'The Last Guardian' and 'Westworld'
00:50:47
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion react to recent announcements of new installments in a few of their favorite game franchises, then call New York Times contributing game critic Chris Suellentrop (8:30) to talk about 'The Last Guardian,' the genius of Fumito Ueda (13:00), and the legacy of 'Ico' and 'Shadow of the Colossus' (19:00). Lastly, Ben, Jason, and Chris talk to novelist and 'Westworld' writer-editor Charles Yu (29:15) about the video game roots of the show's first season.
Dec 08, 2016
Ep. 218: Premier League Contenders, Pretenders, and Surprises With Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon
00:38:25
The Ringer's resident soccer heads, Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon, return to discuss Premier League title contenders (6:00), Chelsea's talent (10:00), Mesut Ozil vs. Alexis Sanchez (17:00), Tottenham's key injuries (20:00), Manchester United's Europa League nightmare (24:00), Stoke's middle-of-the-pack life (29:00), and the most impressive players so far this season (35:00).
Dec 08, 2016
Ep. 217: 'The Masked Man Show' With Peter Rosenberg and LaToya Ferguson
00:51:07
The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by his former tag-team partner, Peter Rosenberg, to discuss Rosenberg’s appearance on ‘WWE TLC Kickoff’ (1:05), his beef with Booker T. (2:34), working with Daniel Bryan (7:12), and Lance Storm's tweet about him (12:31). Then, LaToya Ferguson joins to talk about ‘TLC’ (18:24), relationships in wrestling (28:23), and the impressive “work rate” from the week (32:45).
Dec 08, 2016
Ep. 216: 'The Masked Man Show' With Dave Schilling
01:06:07
The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by Dave Schilling of The Guardian to discuss the Attitude Era moments on 'Raw' (7:30), the shock of the ‘Survivor Series’ (14:30), the legitimacy of Sasha-Charlotte among all-time classic feuds (23:10), and the Mount Rushmore of wrestling (41:25). They wrap up with a preview of this Sunday's 'TLC' card (46:12).
Dec 01, 2016
Ep. 215: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
00:52:14
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss and dissect the return of 'Gilmore Girls' (5:00), examine the latest British gossip with Prince Harry (37:00), and wrap up with One Direction talk (43:00).
Dec 01, 2016
Ep. 214: 'Achievement Oriented' on 'Final Fantasy XV' and VR's Past, Present, and Future
00:59:15
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to their colleague Justin Charity about Square Enix's newly released role-playing game, 'Final Fantasy XV' (1:34). Then, they bring on Blake J. Harris, author of 'Console Wars' and the forthcoming 'The History of the Future,' to discuss the current state and mystifying future of virtual-reality hardware and software (19:50).
Nov 29, 2016
Ep. 213: Vampire Weekend's Chris Tomson on Dams of the West, Basketball, and the Future
00:48:40
The Ringer's Juliet Litman sits down with Chris Tomson to talk about his new solo project, Dams of the West (2:10), recording in Nashville with Patrick Carney of the Black Keys (9:04), being an artist in today's social media spectrum (13:12), and his new video, "Death Wish" (19:12). Then, Tomson opens up about his Nets fandom (24:39) and the future of Vampire Weekend without Rostam Batmanglij (33:44).
Nov 28, 2016
Ep. 212: 'Achievement Oriented' on 'Batman,' the Telltale Model, and the Storytelling of 'Firewatch'
01:02:52
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk about how Telltale Games created a successful assembly line for licensed, episodic adventure games, and report their impressions of 'Batman: The Telltale Series' (1:33). Then, they bring on Telltale alum and Campo Santo co-founder Sean Vanaman to discuss how he wrote 'The Walking Dead' and 'Firewatch' (15:55) and what he has in mind for the 'Firewatch' film adaptation (54:53).
Nov 25, 2016
Ep. 211: 'Dishonored 2,' 'Watch Dogs 2,' and How Not to Screw Up Stealth
00:51:16
The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion share their thoughts on stealth games and discuss their impressions of recent high-profile releases ‘Dishonored 2’ (3:25) and ‘Watch Dogs 2’ (16:40). Then, they bring on ‘Firewatch’ and ‘Mark of the Ninja’ designer Nels Anderson to explain ‘Dishonored’ from a developer’s perspective and reveal how his games avoid the potential pitfalls of stealth and narrative exploration games (21:33).
Nov 22, 2016
Ep. 210: ‘The Masked Man Show’ Live 'Survivor Series' Special
00:34:40
‘The Masked Man Show’ went live for the WWE ‘Survivor Series’! David Shoemaker welcomed Steve Kazee, Dan St. Germain, and Dave Schilling to discuss the big matches and what the results mean going forward in a post-show wrap.
Nov 21, 2016
Ep. 209: Explaining the Strike and a Facelift for E-sports
00:48:45
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to prolific video game voice actress Jennifer Hale about the ongoing voice actors strike (2:24), the unique challenges of voicing video games (8:07), and infiltrating a formerly male-oriented field (21:54). Then, they bring on Nate Nanzer, Blizzard Entertainment's global director of Overwatch e-sports, to discuss how the company is trying to fuse its popular e-sport with the infrastructure of traditional sports in the forthcoming Overwatch League (25:45).
Nov 18, 2016
Ep. 208: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
00:43:29
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Prince Harry's new flame, Meghan Markle (6:00), Bruno Mars's new record (16:00), and Mandy Moore's recent run of success (24:00).
Nov 16, 2016
Ep. 207: 'The Masked Man Show' With Kevin Owens
00:51:03
The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens to discuss how his life has changed since winning the title (2:45), traveling the indie circuit (7:48), connecting with the fans (22:45), his dream 'WrestleMania' opponents (39:30), and more.
Nov 16, 2016
Ep. 206: 'Overwatch,' E-sports, and the NES Classic
00:54:55
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to former pro gamer and coach and current 'Call of Duty' and 'Overwatch' caster Matt "Mr X" Morello about the appeal and future of 'Overwatch' and E-sports (1:31). Then, they bring on Kotaku news editor Jason Schreier to discuss Nintendo's NES Classic, the risks of going retro, and gaming nostalgia (32:12).
Nov 12, 2016
Ep. 205: 'The Masked Man Show' With Dave Schilling
01:02:16
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and The Guardian's Dave Schilling discuss another inconsequential episode of 'Raw' (2:44), the future of the Cruiserweight division (7:35) and the upcoming 'Survivor Series' card (26:16), and then give their commentary on the Goldberg-Lesnar match from 'WrestleMania 20' (35:05).
Nov 09, 2016
Ep. 204: New-Console Anxiety and Mark Ingram on 'Call of Duty' and Clowns
00:45:31
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to their colleague Victor Luckerson about mid-generation console updates and the PS4 Pro, Nintendo Switch optimism, and Nintendo's mobile strategy. Then they bring on New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram to discuss his 'Call of Duty' love affair, gaming culture in the NFL, and his thoughts on creepy clowns.
Nov 04, 2016
Ep. 203: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
00:35:05
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Prince Harry's new boo (5:00), Meghan Markle's star status (8:00), Drake–Taylor Swift dating rumors (16:00), Lindsay Lohan's accent (24:00), and nostalgia for mid-2000s reality TV stars (27:00).
Nov 02, 2016
Ep. 202: 'The Masked Man Show' With Steve Kazee
00:48:22
David Shoemaker and Steve Kazee discuss 'Hell in a Cell' (5:02), Sasha and Charlotte's performance (16:44), and the NXT house show experience (23:30), then preview the 'Survivor Series' (36:50).
Nov 02, 2016
Ep. 201: 'Battlefield 1,' 'Titanfall 2,' and the FPS Evolution
00:45:45
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion introduce Channel 33's new gaming podcast and discuss their impressions of newly released big-budget shooters ‘Battlefield 1’ and ‘Titanfall 2.’ Then they bring on Vince Zampella, the creator of ‘Call of Duty’ and CEO of ‘Titanfall’ developer Respawn Entertainment, to discuss his design choices and the past, present, and future of first-person shooters.
Oct 28, 2016
Ep. 200: Seven Burning Premier League Questions
00:31:46
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon discuss José Mourinho's Manchester hotel, the extinction of the striker, and the continued dominance of Chelsea's N'Golo Kanté.
Oct 27, 2016
Ep. 199: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With LaToya Ferguson
00:58:04
David Shoemaker and LaToya Ferguson discuss the new WWE Performance Center recruits (9:31), story lines involving cars (21:30), superstar James Ellsworth (24:17), and the 'Hell in a Cell' main events (35:15).
Oct 26, 2016
Ep. 198: 'Atlanta' Talk With Brian Tyree Henry and Micah Peters
00:33:52
The Ringer's Micah Peters is joined by 'Atlanta' star Brian Tyree Henry to discuss his roots in Broadway, working with 'South Park' creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Donald Glover's genius, the familial vibe on the set of 'Atlanta,' and why he refers to his character as “Alfred” and not “Paper Boi.”
Oct 26, 2016
Ep. 197: 'Search Party' With Cathy Lew and Brendan Lynch
00:31:40
'Any Given Wednesday' writers Cathy Lew and Brendan Lynch break down the latest in internet culture. They discuss Instagram accounts 8Booth and Bread Face, the evil clown movement, and more.
Oct 21, 2016
Ep. 196: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
00:37:42
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Emma Stone's Vogue cover story and '73 Questions' video (9:00), Emily Blunt's range and move to Brooklyn (20:00), Tobey Maguire and the return of the “Pussy Posse” (29:00), and Obama's farewell tour and Michelle Obama's overall elegance (32:00).
Oct 19, 2016
Ep. 195: 'The Masked Man Show' With Dave Schilling
00:48:37
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and The Guardian's Dave Schilling discuss Paige's proposal to Alberto Del Rio (2:33), the Undertaker's crutches (6:25), and the surprisingly entertaining return of Goldberg on 'Raw' (7:29). Then, the announcement for the main event for 'Hell in a Cell' is analyzed (27:18) as is the impressive championship match on 'Smackdown' (36:41).
Oct 19, 2016
Ep. 194: 'Bachelor Party' With Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell
00:35:46
The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell to discuss their new reality on reality TV (8:00), "cray" vs. "crazy" (13:00), Ben's political aspirations (19:00), the Pacers date (24:00), and the most awkward moments on the show (27:00).
Oct 18, 2016
Ep. 193: 'The Masked Man Show' With Steve Kazee
00:57:39
David Shoemaker and Steve Kazee discuss the return of Goldberg, a crazy Paige rumor (10:40), and the upcoming 'Survivor Series' matchups (14:25). Then, they consider possible high spots for 'Hell in a Cell' (18:30) and review 'No Mercy' (34:20).
Oct 12, 2016
Ep. 192: Jam Session With Bill Simmons
00:37:30
The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins are joined by Bill Simmons to discuss Kim Kardashian's heist (5:00), Mila Kunis's universal likability (12:00), and pop star Shawn Mendes's upside (17:00). Then, Juliet and Amanda break down Brangelina's split (27:00) and the return of 'Gilmore Girls' (36:00).
Oct 06, 2016
Ep. 191: 'The Masked Man Show' With Dan St. Germain
00:55:16
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Dan St. Germain discuss the TNA sale (6:00), Ric Flair–Halle Berry rumors (12:00), Sasha's big win (22:00), 'No Mercy' headliners (35:00), and Dolph vs. Miz (43:00).
Oct 05, 2016
Ep. 190: 'The Masked Man Show' With Sam Donsky
00:50:38
The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Sam Donsky discuss the potential sale of TNA (8:00), the 'Clash of Champions' results (22:00), and the Seth Rollins–Kevin Owens rivalry (37:00).
Sep 29, 2016
Ep. 189: Mourning Les Miles (Ringer University Teaser)
00:09:57
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Ben Glicksman discuss Les Miles's legacy at LSU and Ed Orgeron's fit for the Tigers in the interim. To hear the full episode, visit: https://soundcloud.com/ringeruniversity.
Sep 27, 2016
Ep. 188: José Mourinho's Style and Midfield Specialization
00:36:09
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon discuss José Mourinho's tiring coaching style (8:00), Man City's dominance (16:00), Everton's surprising start (20:00), and Pep Guardiola vs. Mourinho.
Sep 23, 2016
Ep. 187: College Football With Mallory Rubin, Ben Glicksman, and Ralph Russo
00:54:09
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Ben Glicksman discuss Louisville's smackdown of Florida State and Urban Meyer's continued dominance in Columbus (14:00). Then, Associated Press college football writer Ralph Russo joins to discuss Lamar Jackson being in the September Heisman zone (23:00), North Dakota State's consideration in the top 25 (30:00), and Wisconsin's identity (38:00). Finally, Mallory and Ben wrap up with picks for the upcoming weekend (44:00).
Sep 22, 2016
Ep. 186: 'The Masked Man Show' With Dave Schilling
01:17:03
David Shoemaker welcomes The Guardian’s Dave Schilling to discuss Seth Rollins's face turn (08:15) and a great week of 'Smackdown' (18:55), and to preview ‘Clash of Champions’ (44:45).
Sep 22, 2016
Ep. 185: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
00:45:23
Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins come to grips with the Brangelina bombshell, discuss Angelina's divorce attorney Laura Wasser (19:30), and dive into 'Bridget Jones's Baby' (38:08).
Sep 22, 2016
Ep. 184: 'Bachelor Party' With Reality Steve
00:40:15
The Ringer's Juliet Litman brings on Reality Steve to discuss the jam-packed 'Bachelor in Paradise' finale, mull over the many rumors of Nick Viall's upcoming season, and brainstorm ways to improve the 'Bachelor in Paradise' franchise.
Sep 16, 2016
Ep. 183: College Football With Mallory Rubin and Ben Glicksman
00:44:15
Mallory Rubin and Ben Glicksman discuss a surprisingly exciting Week 2, the Oklahoma State loss, and Clemson's future. Then, Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel joins to preview this weekend's slate of games.
Sep 15, 2016
Ep. 182: 'The Masked Man Show' With Dan St. Germain and Sam Donsky
00:58:20
The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by comedian Dan St. Germain and Ringer staff writer Sam Donsky to discuss CM Punk's abysmal UFC showing, AJ Styles's ‘SmackDown,’ and Mick Foley's management style.
Sep 14, 2016
Ep. 181: 'The Masked Man Show' With Steve Kazee and Joel Solomon
01:13:00
The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by actor Steve Kazee and AGW writer Joel Solomon to discuss CM Punk's UFC debut, Triple H and the belt appearing on 'SmackDown,' Sasha Banks's "Bad News" promo on 'Raw,' and the first pay-per-view 'SmackDown' post–brand split.
Sep 09, 2016