Hysteria

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Subscribers: 1142
Reviews: 16

Douglas Manley
 Jan 11, 2020
I look forward to this show every week. I didn't realize what I was missing until this podcast. There's something about hearing from smart, funny women that makes me ask: why aren't all podcasts full of smart, funny women?

C
 Dec 1, 2019
I love Hysteria. It strikes a lovely balance of humor, seriousness, and poignancy. I highly recommend it!

Chris
 Oct 11, 2019
Tremendous podcast, smart hosts, interesting conversation, wonderful.


 Aug 9, 2019


 May 31, 2019

Description

Each week, political commentator and comedy writer Erin Ryan is joined by a bicoastal squad of funny, opinionated women to talk through everything from reproductive rights to romcoms. They break down the political news of the week, plus the topics, trends, and cultural stories that affect women’s lives. New episodes drop every Thursday. 

Episode Date
"Unfollow the Leader" (with Rep. Abby Finkenauer)
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This week Erin Ryan is joined by Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer to discuss her successful push for endometriosis funding and her personal story attached to the cause. In news, Megan Gailey and Naomi Ekperigin talk low standards for the highest office in the land and why colleges opening to students just isn’t very smart. Then, fresh off the Ellen Degeneres news, the crew breaks down why we let some bosses off the hook, but demand accountability from others. Plus, is Baba Yaga the best monster in folklore? We unpack in I Feel Petty. Show Notes: Take action and spread awareness for Endometriosis: Endometriosis Foundation of America Endowhat Use and search hashtag #upendo
Aug 06, 2020
"Sup, Lady-dogs?"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco breakdown Joe Biden’s VP candidates and the ensuing sexist media coverage of said contenders. Plus, they examine why there’s such an effort to protect extremely non-essential athletes and so little effort to protect extremely essential school and nursing home workers. Then Michaela Watkins joins to answer the question: are we bitches? Lastly, Erin dares question the deliciousness of a Dodger Dog in I Feel Petty.
Jul 30, 2020
"Exceptional Bitches" (with Rep. Ilhan Omar)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to breakdown why men think it’s okay to call a colleague a “fucking bitch”. Then Grace Parra stops by to debate the difference between being special and exceptional. Then what you definitely shouldn’t be telling someone on their period in I Feel Petty.
Jul 23, 2020
“Take the W” (with Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Kelley O’Hara & Haley Rosen)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco chat with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal to get some tips on how to gracefully handle being right all the time. Then USWNT player Kelley O’Hara and Just Women’s Sports founder Haley Rosen stop by to discuss why supporting women’s sports is the next step in total world domination. Then, a check-in on the jam scandal of our time in I Feel Petty. Check out and subscribe to Just Women’s Sports.
Jul 16, 2020
"Courting Disaster"
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This week, Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco bemoan the two most recent disappointments out of SCOTUS, discuss the tragedy of Vanessa Guillen, and give an update on Ghislane Maxwell’s ongoing journey to hell. Then, Dana Schwartz joins the suss out the song of the summer and the difficulty of standing up for yourself--asking for what you want, and when to speak up about not getting it. Also: the agony of berry picking, the ecstasy of Eurovision, and Alyssa needs a bland show to fall asleep to that doesn’t suck.
Jul 09, 2020
"E-mask-ulated" (with Rep. Karen Bass & Alexis McGill Johnson)
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Hysteria is celebrating 100 episodes! This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco are joined by Congresswoman Karen Bass to discuss Congress’s fight for police reform, and the on-going fight to ensure the right to vote for all. Plus, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Alexis McGill Johnson stops by to breakdown the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion. Next, Rheeqrheeq Chainey and Megan Gailey join to ask the important question: why can’t dudes wear their dang mask!? Then, I Feel Petty!
Jul 02, 2020
"Girded Loins" (with Senator Tammy Baldwin)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco are joined by Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin to discuss the state’s nasty political landscape and how to rise above and stay positive. Then Michaela Watkins and Kiran Deol stop by to explore and debate the responsibilities bystanders have to stand up to bad behavior at work and in life. Then, I Feel Petty! Show Notes: If you can please donate to our crooked.com/pridefund. All donations to this fund will be split evenly among the following groups:
Jun 25, 2020
“Momentum!”
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss how our government has seemingly given up on the fight against COVID-19 and Ted Cruz’s relentless search for a guy to fight actor Ron Perlman. Then Tien Tran joins to discuss how to process positive changes in light of continued setbacks.Then, Sanity Corner. Transgender Law Center offers legal resources to advance the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people. Trans Justice Funding Project is a community-led funding initiative that support grassroots trans justice groups run by-and-for trans people. National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network Black Trans Travel Fund G.L.I.T.S Gays and Lesbians living a Transgender Society
Jun 18, 2020
"History Defeating" (with Kimberlé Crenshaw)
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This week Erin Ryan is joined by the Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum Kimberlé Crenshaw to discuss how we keep Black women’s names in the headlines, Black feminism and why intersectionality matters. Then Alyssa Mastromonaco, Kiran Deol, and Grace Parra stop by to talk about fighting racism in the workforce. Plus: Sanity Corner. Show Notes: To support Kimberlé Crenshaw’s work with the African American Policy Forum: https://aapf.org/support
Jun 11, 2020
"Beyond the Hashtag"
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This week Erin Ryan, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Rheeqrheeq Chainey, Julissa Arce, and Shaniqua McClendon discuss the emotional impact of nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism. How do we advocate for police reform in a way that actually helps? What’s the difference between being a real activist and just playing one on instagram? And how can Kpop fans show us the way? And finally: Sanity Corner. If you’re able to donate, here’s how to support people and groups protesting police violence and working to combat racism and injustice: Go to crooked.com/bailfunds to support community bail funds around the country, and go to crooked.com/changefunds to support 11 groups fighting racism and police brutality. Also, https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd
Jun 04, 2020
"You Made it Weird"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco reveal their pandemic crush. Hint: she’s the Prime Minister of New Zealand and her name is Jacinda Ardern. Wait is that how a hint works? Plus Twitter is now (sort of) fact checking the President, so Mark Zuckerberg can f*ck all the way off. Then Tien Tran joins to discuss our weirdest quarantine quirks. Finally, a new segment: I feel petty!
May 28, 2020
"2020 Is Canceled" (with Katie Hill)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk to former Congresswoman Katie Hill to do a postmortem on a lost congressional seat, and how to get it back. Then, Erin and Alyssa take in the shocking Jane Roe death-bed confession news. And Kiran Deol stops by to talk about planning for the future and why the uncertainty might take a bigger toll on us than we think. Then, Sanity Corner.
May 21, 2020
"Cities In Dust"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the surprising ways COVID-19 could reshape the electoral map, plus TIME correspondent Molly Ball joins to talk about her new book “Pelosi” and the speaker’s unexpected penchant for chocolate ice cream. Then Megan Gailey stops by to breakdown the good advice from the bad advice. Hot tip: don’t wear a bikini to a wake! Then, Sanity Corner.
May 14, 2020
“K-hole”
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco comb through Biden’s women fantasy league of VP contenders. Plus, CA-25 Congressional candidate Christy Smith stops by to discuss her campaign, and her priorities if she wins the seat. Then Naomi Ekperigin joins to breakdown the “Karen”. Who is she? And why is she always calling the cops? And as always, Sanity Corner. 
May 07, 2020
"Beauty In The After Times"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the Tara Reade allegations against Joe Biden, and try to reconcile handling sexual assault claims when they’re against somebody who is suppsoed to be your guy. Then, Michaela Watkins and Grace Parra join to discuss their new quarantine routines, and challenge America to not give a shit about their roots. Plus, sanity corner!
Apr 30, 2020
"We ALL Want Haircuts, Karen"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the string of “reopen America” protests and their shameless ties to the Koch Brothers. Then Ziwe Fumudoh joins to discuss the rule followers, breakers and quarantine shamers. Plus, very special guest, writer Samantha Irby joins us for Sanity Corner and to thank God for Fiona Apple’s sanity-saving new album.
Apr 23, 2020
"Las Lonely Ladies"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk to Emergency Physician Esther Choo about the stark reality of working inside a hospital and how she manages watching the daily Trump briefings. Then Dana Schwartz joins to discuss loneliness: how do deal, stay connected and even date! Plus a much needed Sanity Corner.
Apr 16, 2020
"She-Hulks of the Pandemic"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco bid a sad adieu to Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president, then speak with Wisconsin Congressional candidate Tricia Zunker on the democratic fight to reclaim the badger state. Then Rheeqrheeq Chainey joins the group to reflect on their own internalized and maybe not so internalized misogyny. Do we judge women because we have high standards or because we’re the real sexists? Then special guest Alex Wagner (Six Feet Apart) joins us for a Sanity Corner you won’t want to miss.
Apr 09, 2020
"Lean Out"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the staggering number of unemployment claims since COVID-19 hit the US, and protections, or lack thereof, employers are taking to protect their workers. Then Tien Tran joins them to relive some of their best and most traumatizing roommate experiences. Plus, a much needed Sanity Corner.
Apr 03, 2020
"F*ckery Afoot" (with Senator Mazie Hirono)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco go in on GOP fuckery and the Senate’s new COVID-19 aid package with Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono. Then Kiran Deol joins to talk about the economic effects the pandemic has had on regular people— from overworked nurses to underworked entertainers. And! A check in on those quarantine creatives masterpieces they promised themselves they would definitely start. And for dessert: a much needed Sanity Corner!
Mar 26, 2020
"The Good Hysteria"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco react to the political response to COVID-19. Then Megan Gailey joins them to discuss how they’re staying safe, sane and how not to drive your partner mad while we’re all confined in our homes. Then, a little Sanity Corner. Plus, Erin calls Naomi Ekperigin to check-in!
Mar 19, 2020
"Balls & Strikes"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss Elizabeth Warren’s exit from the race and Bernie Sanders’ crusade forward. Then Megan Gailey and Hall of Shame hosts Rachel Bonnetta and Rachna Fruchbom join in-studio to tackle (pun intended!) the following questions: How do you reconcile being a sports fan and a feminist? Why is “stick to sports” a ridiculous thing to demand of athletes? Then as always our hills.
Mar 12, 2020
"Enemy Of The Perfect" (with Katie Hill)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco wonder if Tuesday was all that Super and try to solve the mystery of the disappearing Elizabeth Warren. Then Grace Parra, Michaela Watkins and very special guest former California congresswoman Katie Hill join in-studio to discuss why Americans demand perfection from our politicians and how to keep moving forward when it feels like you’re in the middle of your worst case scenario. Then, a much needed Sanity Corner.
Mar 05, 2020
"Bye Harvey"
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This week  Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the moderators’ poor performances at Tuesday debate and get to the bottom of what the fuck is going on with Chris Matthews. Then Grace Parra and Kiran Deol join in-studio to parse out their feelings after the Weinstein verdict. Then as always our hills.
Feb 27, 2020
"Hustlers"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco ask the most pressing political question of our lifetime: Why is Michael Bloomberg? Then in a bio-coastal Personal/Political, Alyssa, Ziwe and Rheeqrheeq Chainey join to discuss if “hustle culture” is slowly poisoning our brains? Are we working hard or hardly working? And how does Elizabeth Warren find all that energy to text us so much? Then as always, our hills.
Feb 20, 2020
"There’s Something About Chivalry"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the New Hampshire primary results and implore the media to stop extrapolating national trends from Iowa and New Hampshire! Then Grace Parra, Megan Gailey and Naomi Ekperigin join in-studio to talk about chivalry. Is it dead? And did feminists kill it? Then as always, our Hills. 
Feb 13, 2020
"IOWA: I Obviously Want Answers"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco tear through Trump’s lie-ridden State of the Union. Then Grace Parra, Megan Gailey, and Francesca Fiorentini join in-studio to process their emotions, resentments and cautious hopes following the Iowa caucuses. Plus a new segment! And as always our Hills.
Feb 06, 2020
"Fakers and Takers"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco investigate why Mike Pompeo carries around a blank map, and which presidential candidates received the most internet grifter endorsements. Then Rheeqrheeq Chainey, Tien Tran, and Grace Parra join in-studio to discuss the American Dirt controversy and when art is a cultural exchange and when it’s cultural appropriation. Then as always our hills.
Jan 30, 2020
"#NoFilter"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco take on the New York Times’ non presidential endorsements and the new Hillary Clinton documentary. Then, Megan Gailey, Kiran Deol, and Akilah Hughes join in-studio to discuss influencers and whether or not it’s funny or sad when they pose knee-deep in a toxic lake for the likes? Then as always, our hills.
Jan 23, 2020
“Lovely Beef”
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about the beef that’s spoiling the week in Democratic primary news. Then, Naomi Ekperigin, Kiran Deol and special guest Laurie Penny discuss the beef between the royal family and those who dare defy it, and our collective beef with the ultra wealthy. Plus as always, our Hills.
Jan 16, 2020
"Little NoMen"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco take on the new Harvey Weinstein charges out of Los Angeles and the GOP congressmen and women hellbent on repealing Roe v. Wade. Then Michaela Watkins and Megan Gailey join in-studio to discuss why men aren’t going to see films like Little Women and if we should even care. Then, as always our Hills. 
Jan 09, 2020
"Happy F*cking New Years"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco look ahead to 2020 and how we’re going to keep ourselves in fighting shape for the most important election of our lifetimes. Then, Tien Tran, Kiran Deol, and Priyanka Aribindi join in studio to look back on 2019-- from what we loved to watch on TV to what we read. And speaking of reading: we’ve also got an interview with author Julia Phillips. Then, instead of hills, we’re going to talk about all the ways women stood up to President Trump this year. You love to see it. Happy Holidays!
Dec 26, 2019
"Drive-by Bongo"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about whether Barack Obama is right when he says women are better leaders than men. There’s compelling evidence on both sides! Then, Tien Tran, Kiran Deol, and Rheeqrheeq Chainey join in studio to talk about the creep who smacked the female reporter’s butt as she tried to do her job, and the ways that standing up for ourselves has benefits and drawbacks. Then, as always, our hills. 
Dec 19, 2019
"Bleach and Vaseline"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss why Katie Hill isn’t staying silent about revenge porn and why that’s good, and why the Supreme Court is staying silent on a Kentucky abortion law and why that’s bad. Then Naomi Ekperigin and Kiran Deol join in-studio talk about whether or not it’s possible for a beauty pageant to be modern. Plus, our Hills!
Dec 12, 2019
"December Scaries"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss this most Devin of news cycles, and chat with NARAL president Ilyse Hogue about Ohio’s magical new law and what is to be done when we live in a snow globe of tears and lies. Then, Megan Gailey, Naomi Ekperigin, and Grace Parra join in-studio to talk about the pressure to be happy, what it means to be depressed, and crying about macaroni with too much cheese in it. Then, as always, our hills.
Dec 05, 2019
"Meat Robots"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco reflect on who they’re thankful for and share their favorite things to make on Thanksgiving (yes; that includes Sangria!) Then, Naomi Ekperigin and Tien Tran join them in-studio to discuss our evolving relationship with our bodies. And as always our Hills. A heads up: we talk frankly about bodies and body image throughout the episode, subject matter that isn’t healthy for some groups. If you’re struggling with ED and you’d like to talk to somebody: (800) 931-2237 gets you the National Eating Disorders Helpline. You can also chat with somebody on their website: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline
Nov 28, 2019
"Ok Gloria Steinem" (with Gloria Steinem)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco answer the burning question: how many guys can Gordon Sondland throw under a single bus? Plus Virginia State Senator Jennifer McClellan calls in to talk about how close we are to ratifying the ERA. Then, Gloria Steinem joins in-studio with Tien Tran and Megan Gailey to discuss the past, present and future of the feminist movement; give us a second we’re still recovering. Then as always, our Hills.
Nov 21, 2019
"Virginity is a Construct"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss why the news has gotten so hacky. Then Kiran Deol, Tien Tran and Priyanka Aribindi join in-studio to discuss society’s obsession with virginity. Finally, as always, our Hills. 
Nov 14, 2019
"Say It To My Face!"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco reflect on some actual good news: Tuesday’s election results didn’t suck! And some bad news: new polling shows that despite this, there are still a lot of sexists in America. Then, Michaela Watkins, Dana Schwartz and Rheeqrheeq Chainey join in-studio to confront their fear with public confrontation. Finally as always, our Hills. 
Nov 07, 2019
"Head Witch in Charge"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco dive into the Katie Hill mess and our bleak future of revenge porn as oppo research. Then, Julissa Arce, Akilah Hughes, and Megan Gailey join in studio for a discussion on witches. And finally, as always, the hills we'll die on.
Oct 31, 2019
"America’s Babadook"(with Francesca Fiorentini)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about how the old timey sexism of dress codes isn't actually that old timey at all. Then, Francesca Fiorentini joins Tien Tran and Kiran Deol to talk about ghosts: as in the kind that haunt abandoned amusement parks and the kind that haunt our nation's history. Then, as always, our hills. 
Oct 24, 2019
"Sexy Podcast Costume"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about how, six debates in, the Democratic candidates finally got asked about reproductive health. Yay? Then, Dana Schwartz, Kiran Deol, and Tien Tran join to discuss costumes-- from Halloween to what we're expected to put on every day as me move through the world as women. Then, as always, the hills we'll die on. 
Oct 17, 2019
"Please Don’t Kill Me with an Axe"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about Elizabeth Warren and this country's depressingly recent history of institutionalized pregnancy discrimination. Fun! Then, spooky October continues with Dana Schwartz, Megan Gailey, and the return of Ziwe in studio to talk about our complicated relationship with True Crime and the real people affected by them. And, as always, our hills. 
Oct 10, 2019
"Clowns Out of Context"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about the impeachment circus. Then, Erin chats with Nancy Northrup of the Center for Reproductive Rights on the abortion case that might hit the Supreme Court this term. And THEN, Megan Gailey, Naomi Ekperigin, and Dana Schwartz join me in studio to kick off October with an episode on fear. AND THEN, as always, our hills. 
Oct 03, 2019
"I Can’t Quit You"
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This week Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Erin Ryan live, in the flesh in studio to talk about how being a pain in the ass to your congressional representative might have helped pave the way to Trump's impeachment—in addition to the president doing all those crimes. Then, Megan Gailey makes her triumphant return to the studio to join Kiran Deol to talk about problematic faves-- the things we like that we know are bad but we just can't quit. Then, as always, our hills. 
Sep 26, 2019
"Woo Woo Culture" (with Priyanka Aribindi)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the way the New York Times whiffed its coverage of the FBI whiffing the Kavanaugh investigation. Then, special bonus environment content:, Naomi Klein joins to discuss how we can't shop our way out of the climate crisis. Then, Priyanka Aribindi joins Tien Tran and Dana Schwartz in studio to talk about the difference between wellness and woo-woo nonsense. AND! Our hills. 
Sep 19, 2019
"Short Term Genital Mate" (with Lane Moore)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about women, data security, and periods and the actual structural change that has happened in the aftermath of the MeToo movement. Then, comedian and author Lane Moore joins Tien Tran and Kiran Deol in studio to talk about soul mates-- what are they? Why are they? And are we all poisoned by Disney movies? And finally, the hills we'll die on.
Sep 12, 2019
"Strong Female Characters"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk, once again, about gun violence and, for the first time, about the bravery of sexual assault survivors who come forward. Then, Naomi Ekperigin, Michaela Watkins, and Grace Parra join in studio to break down the difference between Hollywood's idea of a strong female character and what it actually means to be strong. Then, as always, the hills we'll die on. 
Sep 05, 2019
"2 Cool 4 School" (with Kara Klenk)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about world leaders insulting each other's wives as the world literally burns. Then, comedian Kara Klenk makes her Hysteria debut to chat about back to school season with Dana Schwartz and Naomi Ekperigin. And, as always, our hills.
Aug 29, 2019
"Idol Hands" (with Jill Gutowitz)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco frame a whole discussion on white suburban women voters in terms of Bachelor in Paradise. It's a wild ride! Then, writer Jill Gutowitz joins in-studio along with Tien Tran and Kiran Deol to discuss what it means to have idols. Then, as always, the hills we'll die on. 
Aug 22, 2019
"Sexual Trolling" (with Akilah Hughes)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about the Trump administration's latest anti-immigrant moves and why Ken Cuccinelli shouldn't rewrite any more American poetry. Then, special guest Akilah Hughes joins Tien Tran and Dana Schwartz in studio to talk about why flirting is so fraught with mystery and confusion. Then, as always, the hills we'll die on.



Aug 15, 2019
"Under the Gun" (with Shannon Watts)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk with Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action to discuss what we can do to take positive action and help move gun control forward, even when the news is bleak. Then, Michaela Watkins, Kiran Deol, and Dana Schwartz join in-studio for a deep dive into the violence that surrounds us as Americans. Plus: our hills. 
Aug 08, 2019
"Literally Dead"
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco answer some burning questions including: What's Alan Dershowitz's problem? Is there any hope for women who still support Donald Trump? Then, Michaela Watkins, Megan Gailey, and Kiran Deol join in-studio to for a light, breezy conversation on death, meteors, and ayahuasca. Then, as always, the hills we'll die on. 
Aug 01, 2019
"Behold the Power of the Squad" (with Francesca Fiorentini)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco ponder the question: How do you solve a problem like Al Franken? Then, Francesca Fiorentini joins Kiran Deol and Dana Schwartz in studio to talk about the 4-congresswoman Squad and why women teaming up is so scary to certain presidents. We've also got a politics-free treat for you all this week: writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner stops by to talk about her wonderful new novel “Fleishman is in Trouble”. And as always, our Hills.
Jul 25, 2019
“It’s Your Day!”
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Description: This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco deliver a State of the Uterus and talk about how to keep the spotlight on women’s reproductive rights. Then, Megan Gailey, Naomi Ekperigin, and Dana Schwartz join in studio to discuss the wedding industrial complex, the emotional and financial pressure weddings bring, and when it’s ok to wear a crown down the aisle. And, as always, the hills we’ll die on.
Jul 18, 2019
"The Creep Community" (with Kathy Griffin)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk some awful news: the Epstein mess, and some good news: Elizabeth Warren making history, again. Then, comedian Kathy Griffin joins Kiran Deol and Naomi Ekperigin in-studio to discuss creeps, creepiness, and the fallout from Kathy’s run in with America’s Creep in Chief. And, as always, the hills we'll die on. 
Jul 11, 2019
"The In Crowd" (with Brooke Thomas)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about why Unwanted Ivanka is popping up everywhere. Then, journalist Brooke Thomas joins in-studio along with Tien Tran and Grace Parra to discuss fitting in, standing out, and learning to embrace yourself. And, as always, our hills. 
Jul 04, 2019
"Trust Issues" (with Julissa Arce)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco are back and discuss the president’s newest sexual misconduct accusation, the nation’s shrug emoji response and what to do about the latest round of horrors from the US-Mexico border. Then, Julissa Arce joins Megan Gailey and Grace Parra in studio to talk about Trust-- in people, in institutions, and in FaceTune. Last but not least, the hills we'll die on. 



Jun 27, 2019
"Cry It Out" (with Priyanka Aribindi)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco chat about the last year in garbage, and how to stay happy when things keep getting worse. Then, Crooked Media's own Priyanka Aribindi is in-studio along with Kiran Deol and Megan Gailey to talk about crying. And, as always, the hills we'll die on
Jun 20, 2019
"Hardly Working" (with Senator Tammy Baldwin)
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This week Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin joins Erin Ryan to talk about LGBTQ visibility and rights and how a good night's sleep and a homemade teleprompter helps get things done. Then, Grace Parra and Michaela Watkins join me in-studio to talk productivity. Spoiler: sometimes making a to-do list is a great way to stress yourself out. And, as always, our hills. 
Jun 13, 2019
"Trophy Women" (with Kara Brown)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss how little the young royals care for the young Trumps, Hope Hicks (Our Lady Of Perpetual Self-Pity), and whether Elizabeth Warren was right to shun Fox News. Then, it's a Keep It/ Hysteria crossover episode when Kara Brown joins Megan Gailey and Tien Tran to talk about competition and how it brings out our best and our worst. And this week, another special treat as Erin chats with Rebecca Nagle, the host of This Land, a new Crooked Media podcast. And, as always, the hills we'll die on. 
Jun 06, 2019
"Believe It Or Not"
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This week Erin Ryan and everybody's favorite Alyssa Mastromonaco joins to talk about Hope Hicks’ New York Times glamor shot and what this week's Supreme Court ruling might mean for the future of Roe v Wade. Then, Grace Parra and Naomi Ekperigin join in studio to answer the biggest question of all: Are you there, God? And, as always, our hills. 

May 30, 2019
"On Demand, Without Apology"
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This week Erin and the number one Alyssa Mastromonaco of all time joins to discuss what's been on our minds a lot this week: a new smattering of anti-choice laws in states like Alabama, Missouri, and Ohio, and what we can do about it now. Then, Megan Gailey, Dana Schwartz, and Grace Parra join in studio to talk about how reproductive health care is something that affects all of us every day, and how men can participate in the fight against going full Handmaids. And as always, our hills. Support a woman's right to choose:  https://yellowhammerfund.org/
May 23, 2019
"Bitch, I Care" (with Allison Williams)
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This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco unpack the hellish hellscape of a hell week, from what’s happening in Alabama, Georgia and beyond and what can be done. No thanks to Susan Collins. Then, we've got a special treat for Personal/Political-- actor Allison Williams joins Naomi Ekperigin and Megan Gailey in studio to talk about how sometimes, when everything seems terrible, putting on fake eyelashes and a wig and sashaying glamorously out into the world can make things feel a little less awful. And, as always, the hills we'll die on. 
May 16, 2019
"Mother Dearest" (with Jane Marie)
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It’s the mother of all episodes! Erin Ryan and the ever-electable Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss this week's news-- from new maternal mortality legislation to what's happening in Georgia. Then, Tien Tran, Grace Parra and special guest Jane Marie join in-studio to discuss moms -- what they've gone through to bring us into the world and what they've taught us. And finally, a very special Hysteria moms edition of the hills we'll die on. 
May 09, 2019
"All By Myself"
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This week Erin Ryan is joined by Michaela Watkins, Kiran Deol, and Dana Schwartz to tackle being alone, whether that's alone with your thoughts, alone in another country, or alone in your apartment and how those moments can be good for you. Plus, Alyssa Mastromonaco calls in to discuss boring liars, interesting liars, and dangerous liars, and about Joe Biden's seeming inability to apologize. Then as always, our Hills.
May 02, 2019
"Pants on Fire"
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This week, Erin Ryan is joined Megan Gailey, Grace Parra and Dana Schwartz to talk about the lies we tell each other, the lies we tell ourselves, and why liars are so fascinating. Plus, Alyssa Mastromonaco joins to discuss the vindication of Michelle Wolf's Smoky Eye of Lies joke, and look ahead to the democrats who could challenge our liar in chief. And as always, our Hills. 
Apr 25, 2019
"Cut and Run"
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This week Erin Ryan is joined by Kiran Deol, Dana Schwartz and Tien Tran to get to the heart of how and why we make the decision to quit. (Don’t worry; we’re not quitting!) Plus, Alyssa Mastromonaco calls in to break down why Ivanka Trump’s photo op tour in Africa is a new hypocritical high, even for her. And as always, our Hills.
Apr 18, 2019
"Shame, Shame, Shame"
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This week Erin Ryan is joined by Megan Gailey, Michaela Watkins and Grace Parra to shamelessly discuss shame. Is it a weapon of the patriarchy or a tool necessary to shape a functional society of non-assholes? Or a little of both? Plus, Alyssa Mastromonaco calls into discuss how fringe voices on the right are suddenly more mainstream than ever. Then, as always, our hills. 
Apr 11, 2019
"Charlotte’s Web of Lies"
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This week Erin Ryan is joined by Kiran Deol, Tien Tran and Dana Schwartz to talk about the invisible labor that women take on. Plus Alyssa Mastromonaco calls in to dissect why the media is so obsessed with qualifying female presidential candidate’s likability. And as always: our Hills.
Apr 04, 2019
"Confidence Women"
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This week Erin Ryan is joined by Tien Tran, Naomi Ekperigin and Michaela Watkins to unravel the multitude of reasons women feel a little bad about themselves most of the time. Plus Alyssa Mastromonaco calls in to discuss the GOP’s never-ending war against the uterus. And as always: our Hills.
Mar 28, 2019
"The Meritocracy Show"
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This week Erin Ryan is joined by the LA OGs Kiran Deol, Megan Gailey, and Grace Parra to get to the truth of the so-called meritocracy of American education. Plus Alyssa Mastromonaco is back and here to answer our the burning question: Are we ready for a male President? And as always: our Hills.
Mar 21, 2019
"Gossip, Folks"
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Have you heard? This week Erin Ryan is joined by Michaela Watkins, Grace Parra and Tien Tran to discuss gossip as both a useful tool and a deadly weapon. Plus, Akilah Hughes fills in for Alyssa to gleefully parse through the college admission scam bombshell and re-examine the #FakeMelania story. And as always: our Hills.
Mar 14, 2019
"We Solved Feminism!"
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This week Erin Ryan is joined by Megan Gailey, Naomi Ekperigin and Tien Tran to discuss all the different facets of feminism and why yelling “GIRL POWER” at things isn’t enough. Plus, America’s other soulmate Akilah Hughes fills in for Alyssa to break down the news and why Gayle King is now officially on our Hysteria Women's History Month vision board. And as always: our Hills.
Mar 07, 2019
"Money, Cash, (Bernie) Bros"
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She’s arrived, live and in the flesh! Alyssa Mastromonaco is in studio and joins Erin Ryan, Kiran Deol and newest member of the Hysteria fam Naomi Ekperigin to break down why we have deep anxieties when it comes to money and finance. Plus, Erin and Alyssa tackle another topic that’s often a little awkward in mixed company: Bernie 2020. Finally, in an unexpected turn, our Hills turn into an all out battle as the gang debates whether sharing plates at dinner is acceptable.
Feb 28, 2019
"Can We Be Friends?"
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This week Erin is joined by Michaela Watkins, Grace Parra and Dana Schwartz as they attempt to navigate the minefields and Elysian Fields of female friendships. Making friends is hard; dumping friends is even harder! Plus, Alyssa calls in to rundown the bountiful list of kickass democratic women running for President. And as always: our Hills.
Feb 21, 2019
"U Up? "
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On this very special Valentines Day, Erin is joined by Megan Gailey and welcomes new members of the Hysteria fam Dana Schwartz and Tien Tran. We tackle the big questions: how much is a sext worth? Why aren’t millennials hooking up? Is sex in the modern era worth all the risks and downsides? Then Megan has a run-in with one of Trump world’s most irritating people. Plus, Alyssa calls in to discuss the Virginia mess, the Kavanaugh mess, and Trump’s messy Texas rally. And as always: our Hills!
Feb 14, 2019
"What's Wrong With Men?"
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We’re back, and more adamant than ever! This week, Erin is joined by Grace Parra, Kiran Deol and brand new member of the Hysteria fam Michaela Watkins to discuss the age old question: “Men: U Ok?” It turns out: not really! Plus Alyssa Mastromonaco calls in to debrief on the State of the Union and reflect on the AOC cape energy we’re bringing to 2019! And as always: the hills we’ll die on.
Feb 07, 2019
"Silver Linings Yearbook"
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It’s our last episode of the year and Erin is joined by Megan Gailey and Grace Parra to take a look back on an exhausting but rewarding 2018, from the heroes who yelled at Jeff Flake in an elevator to the Laurel/Yanny debate! Plus we feature some more listeners submitted Hills, I’ll Have What She’s Having, and the group gives a cathartic ‘fuck you’ to the worst holiday, New Year’s Eve. 
Dec 27, 2018
"Help Your Mother!"
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This week Erin is joined by Megan Gailey and Grace Parra to celebrate Penny Marshall’s legacy and NY Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s epic takedown of the Trump Foundation. Then, we ponder why the holidays bring out 1950’s gender roles. Plus, incoming chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Karen Bass stops by to discuss what happens when Democrats take over the House in mere weeks. Finally, in a very special edition of the Hills We’ll Die on, we roast some the the holiday’s most beloved Christmas songs! Sorry *NSYNC.
Dec 20, 2018
"Beyonce of Gun Control" (with Shannon Watts)
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This week Erin is joined by Megan Gailey and Kiran Deol to discuss the dream of Nancy Pelosi as Trump’s worst nightmare, a small SCOTUS victory for Planned Parenthood, and the huge sorry the world owes to Jazmine Headley. Then, Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts stops by to talk about her inspiring fight against gun violence. And then, as always our Hills.
Dec 13, 2018
"Valencia Non Grata"
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This week Erin is joined by Grace Parra and special guest co-host Tien Tran to investigate whether or not Kellyanne Conway and her husband are engaged in a twisted form of flirting, why Michelle Obama said S-H-I-T and how social media is destroying our self esteem…OR IS IT? Then, in the Week In Sorry, a DJ is forced to apologize after asking the best soccer player in the world to twerk. Never trust a DJ!  And as always we lay out our Hills.
Dec 06, 2018
"Pass Those Pearls Down"
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This week Erin is joined by Megan Gailey and Ziwe to cover the bleak election news from Mississippi, Secretary DeVos’ new proposal to protect college rapists, and Melania Trump’s very creepy themed Christmas at the White House. Then, we talk about aging gracefully into your power in Personal/Political. Note, being a Real Housewife definitely counts! Plus, Dolce & Gabbana issues an apology for being awful, and Hysteria does not accept. And as always the Hills We’ll Die On.
Nov 29, 2018
"Hillsgiving"
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It’s a very special Thanksgiving episode of Hysteria! This week Erin is joined by Grace Parra and Kiran Deol to finally open some of that reader mail. We answer everything from why women love pockets to what to do when your friend might be a toxic bro. Then we play your listener submitted Hills You’ll Die On and lay out the things we’re grateful for this season. Happy Hillsgiving!
Nov 22, 2018
"Darling, Will U Murder Me?"
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The election is over and we can finally relax...haha kidding we’re stuck in an endless hell cycle until probably forever or until the earth drowns itself. But, there is good news! This week, Kiran Deol and Grace Parra join Erin to bask in the still-breaking blue wave. Then, we talk public marriage proposals and the time Erin ended up on a kiss cam with her brother. Plus we resurrect I’ll Have What She’s Having, and as always we have our Hills.
Nov 15, 2018
"A Lady Wave"
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This week, we take a moment to enjoy the sweet taste of 2018 victory before we start full steam ahead into 2020. Erin is joined by Kiran Deol and Alyssa Mastromonaco to break down everything that went down on election night, and all the firsts female candidates and voters achieved. Then, Erin talks with a very happy EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock about how women are the present and future of progressive politics. Plus, as always, our Hills!
Nov 08, 2018
"Red Wine At Noon" (with Amber Heard)
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This week: Erin tries to give a pep talk, Megan Gailey teaches us about safety work and Kiran Deol shows up dressed like a pirate. Your hosts tackle the news, from the conservative failson who attempted to pay women to report false accusations against Robert Muller, to Kavanaugh’s triumphant return to bro haven Georgetown Prep, to why we can’t rely on the “blue wave” to save us in the midterms. Then, Erin talks with Oregon Governor Kate Brown about her hard fight for reelection and the importance of governorships. Plus, actress and activists Amber Heard joins us for Personal/Political. And of course we end with our Hills. Don’t forget to VOTE! VOTE OR YOU CAN’T SIT WITH US!
Nov 01, 2018
"What The Hex?"
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Everywhere you look…We’ve got a full house on Hysteria! This week Erin is joined in studio by Kiran Deol and Grace Parra as they weigh in on witchcraft as a viable fix for this country’s problems, Trump’s horrific attempt to define gender, and later check in with a few of the women we’ve highlighted running in competitive house races. Plus, Alyssa joins in for a status check in UterUS Weekly, Blair and Ziwe talk the migrant caravan in Let’s Get Uncomfy and as always, the Hills I’ll Die On.
Oct 25, 2018
"Ghost Of Your Penis"
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This week Erin is joined by Megan Gailey and Grace Parra to meditate on the merits of “horseface” as an insult, parse all the ways USA gymnastics has fucked up, and repeatedly smack our foreheads over Hillary Clinton’s latest comments on Monica Lewinsky. Then, a palate cleanser: the hosts showcase a few inspirational women in governor’s races. Later, Erin chats with New York Mag’s Rebecca Traister about where all this female rage came from and what to do with it. And still later: Ziwe Fumudoh and Blair Imani debut a new segment called “Let Get Uncomfy!” And as always we lay out the Hills We’ll Die on.
Oct 18, 2018
"Tiramisu of Garbage" (with Senator Heidi Heitkamp)
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This week, Erin is joined by Megan Gailey and Kiran Deol to discuss what’s next in our Kavanaugh hellscape. (Trust us, we’re just as tired of talking about Judge Brett as you are!) Then they break down a few anti-choice initiatives that have creeped their way onto several state’s ballots. And later: North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp joins Erin to bond over being Midwestern and explain how she came to vote no Kavanaugh. Plus, This Week in Sorry and the crew gets petty with Hill I’ll Die On. And once you finish the episode, don't forget to go to votesaveamerica.com right now and pledge to vote and get involved in campaigns going on in your community!
Oct 11, 2018
"Head Explodes" (with Senator Mazie Hirono)
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This week Erin is joined by Grace Parra and Kiran Deol as they navigate the beer-soaked hell that is this week. But it’s not all bad: they also focus on some good news, introducing you to some inspiring female candidates who could help flip seats from red to blue. And speaking of inspiring: Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii joins us to break down the “bullshit” of this head-exploding moment in history. Later, writer/actress Jen Richards joins the group for a conversation about trickle down feminism in Personal /Political. And finally: the group gets especially petty in The Hill I'll Die On.
Oct 04, 2018
"Listen To The Lady"
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Erin, Megan, and Kiran shine a light on a group of congressional lady candidates whose accomplishments will make you feel guilty for binging that 13th episode of The Good Place last night. Then Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Erin to sift through the dumpster fire that is the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation saga. Who doesn’t love a breaking news story right before recording! Later the squad discusses what it means to be “me too-ed” in Personal Political and tackle I’ll Have What She’s Having and The Hill I’ll Die On.
Sep 27, 2018
"Unicorns Of Men" (with Jane Marie)
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Erin, Grace, and Megan talk about Toad from Mario Kart for the worst possible reason. Then, Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Erin for the latest on how Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation is impacting Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process. Later, journalist and podcast host Jane Marie stops by to discuss what turns men into monsters, and the stories women carry with them. 
Sep 20, 2018
"Be A Hero"
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Erin, Grace, and Kiran break down the news, starting with a study that finds that the number of women working in TV dropped last year. Then, Alyssa stops by to update us about the Kavanaugh hearings. Is there a word that means feeling both dreary and fired up? Why is getting birth control still so hard? Is Norm MacDonald America’s meanest Canadian? Find this out and more on this week’s Hysteria. 
Sep 13, 2018
"Sasse-hole" (with Michaela Watkins)
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Erin is joined by Kiran Deol and Grace Parra to rummage through this piping hot garbage week. Then, Alyssa Mastromonaco unloads on Brett Kavanaugh. And! Actor and comedian Michaela Watkins swings by to weigh in on shutting women down by calling them "crazy" or "hysterical." (Looking at you, Senator Ben Sasse.) We've also got This Week in Sorry and an entire mountain range worth of hills we'll die on. 
Sep 06, 2018
"Catsuit Nation" (with Zoe Lister Jones)
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Erin is joined by Kiran De'ol, Megan Gailey, and special guest host Zoe Lister Jones to ask the tough questions: Why does the president only care about violence against women when the woman is white and the man is not? What does a Louis CK comeback say about how the comedy world thinks of victims? And what on earth possessed French Open officials to think it was a good idea to take on Serena Williams? Plus, a special appearance by Alyssa Mastromonaco, who discusses what's up with Brett Kavanaugh, and who can stop it in a brand new segment called UterUS Weekly. 
Aug 30, 2018
"The #MeToo Cruise"
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the Michael Cohen pleading guilty of times, it was the Asia Argento allegations of times. Join Erin, Grace, and Kiran as they journey through the ups and downs of this wild week of news, get into the state of #MeToo, and discuss how hard it is to get a film made without a white guy. Then, stick around to find out how abortion-themed ice cream tastes. 
Aug 23, 2018
"Not Ready To Make Nice?" (LIVE at Outside Lands with Phoebe Robinson)
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Guest Phoebe Robinson of Two Dope Queens joins Erin Ryan, Megan Gailey, and Grace Parra at the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco. The crew predicts what fresh hell Omarosa will unearth, talks about why the pickup artist practice of "negging" women works for some male online daters, and takes some live Dude You Asks. We've also got a special all-music edition of The Week In Sorry and a new round of I'll Have What She's Having recommendations. 
Aug 16, 2018
"U Bum"
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This week, Kiran De’ol and Megan Gailey join Erin to talk about female governors, the sad state of maternity leave, and the surprisingly contentious issue of parades. Then, the squad tackles the pink tax, the Week in Sorry, and I’ll Have What She’s Having. And finally, stay tuned to find out which of your hosts doesn't believe in astrology. The answer probably will not surprise you.
Aug 09, 2018
"Republican Chicken" (with Nicole Byer )
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Grace Parra and Megan Gailey join Erin Ryan to discuss the ongoing US invasion of the uterus, whether or not Homeland Security secretary Kiersten Nielsen should quit, and women who dunk. Then, comedian and Nailed It host Nicole Byer joins us to talk about workplace harassment, Dude You Asked and an island resort for women.
Aug 02, 2018
"Venn Diagram of B.S."
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Erin Ryan is joined by Kiran Deol and Grace Parra to discuss the serious issue of family separation and the much less serious issue of Trump fans having trouble getting people to swipe right. We also have a quick check in with Alyssa Mastromonaco and Ziwe Fumidoh in New York and an important lesson on Juggalos.
Jul 26, 2018
"Make Amend(ment)s"
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Erin, Alyssa, and Ziwe find a new meaning to NRA, discuss the ERA, and find sad-gress in the Emmy nominations. Also: This Week in Sorry, dumb hills we will die on, an important update on dick pics, and we pay our final respects to Alyssa’s cat emeritus, Bun. 
Jul 19, 2018
"Supreme Headache"
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Erin, Blair, and Ziwe try to find kernels of good news among the bad as they grapple with the imminent presence of a guy named Brett on the Supreme Court. They also talk about a new movie that sounds hilarious, weak apologies, and the hot new trend that’s sweeping the nation: public shaming. All this and more, this week on Hysteria. 
Jul 12, 2018
"Freedom Hangover"
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In this episode, we discuss the idea of freedom and reproductive rights, plus a conversation about what’s going on at the U.S. - Mexico border. Then, we answer listener questions in a segment called Dude You Asked and close out the show with recommendations for cool stuff women are doing and making.  For more from the Hysteria hosts, follow them on Twitter! Erin Ryan NY Squad: Blair Imani Alyssa Mastromonaco Ziwe Fumudoh LA Squad: Kiran Deol Megan Gailey Grace Parra
Jul 05, 2018
"Courts, Civility, and other C words"
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In this episode, we meet all six of our bicoastal squad of cohosts to discuss the Anthony Kennedy retirement announcement, as well as civility and other c-words. Then, the squad judges insincere public apologies and offers recommendations for cool stuff women are doing and making.  For more from the Hysteria hosts, follow them on Twitter! Erin Ryan, @morninggloria NY Squad: Blair Imani, @blairimani Alyssa Mastromonaco, @AlyssaMastro44 Ziwe Fumudoh, @ziwe LA Squad: Kiran Deol, @shitfromkiran Megan Gailey, @megangailey Grace Parra, @GraceParra360
Jun 28, 2018
Hysteria (coming soon!)
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Get ready for your new favorite podcast, Hysteria, hosted by Erin Ryan and a bicoastal crew of hilarious and super smart ladies.
Jun 14, 2018