The Press Box

The Press Box

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


Achilles Tension: Deep Fakes and Trump Bytes | The Press Box
Jun 14 • 48 min
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…
The White Man’s Wordin’ and the Art of the Campaign Flip-flop | The Press Box
Jun 11 • 57 min
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:…
Trump’s European Vacation, Biden’s Plagiarism, and Duncan Hunter | The Press Box
Jun 7 • 51 min
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:…
Everyone Dies: Michael Wolff’s New Book, Nancy Pelosi, and a Big Announcement | The Press Box
Jun 4 • 47 min
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
What Version of Miley Cyrus Will We Get Next? | Tea Time
May 31 • 44 min
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…
Mueller’s Mulligan, the Sale of Sports Illustrated, and Naomi Wolf’s Gaffe | The Press Box
May 29 • 52 min
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
Celebrity Yacht Season Kickoff | Jam Session
May 29 • 34 min
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:…
Happy Memorial Day Weekend From Tea Time and Pitbull | Tea Time
May 24 • 48 min
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…
De Blasio’s Announcement, Stephen A. Smith, and Brian Williams’s Return | The Press Box
May 21 • 49 min
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
We Learned About the James Charles BeauTube Scandal So You Don’t Have To | Tea Time
May 17 • 41 min
‘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…
A Lesson in Public Relations: Constance Wu and Taylor Swift | Jam Session
May 15 • 39 min
‘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…
The New Howard Stern, Ben Shapiro DESTROYED, and Kamala Harris Reboots | The Press Box
May 14 • 47 min
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
Happy Mother’s Day to Our Moms, Goldie Hawn, and No One Else | Tea Time
May 10 • 35 min
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…
Royal Baby Emergency Podcast | Jam Session
May 8 • 21 min
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
Sticking to Sports: The Case of Caster Semenya | Damage Control
May 8 • 33 min
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…
CBS Shake-up, Elizabeth Warren, and the End of ESPN the Magazine | The Press Box
May 7 • 54 min
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…
If Your Wedding Wasn’t Livestreamed by Diplo, Did You Even Get Married? | Tea Time
May 3 • 50 min
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…
Royal Rumors and the Celebrity Criticism Paradox | Jam Session
May 1 • 42 min
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…
The Modern Blockbuster, Joe Biden, and John Schulian | The Press Box
Apr 30 • 81 min
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…
Coachella, YouTube Stars, and Surviving Middle School | 4RealSeez
Apr 29 • 50 min
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,’…
There’s No I in Tea Time But There is a “Me!” | Tea Time
Apr 26 • 51 min
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!”…
The “Wrongthink” Episode | Damage Control
Apr 24 • 48 min
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).…
An Equal and Opposite Redaction: Russell Westbrook and Pete Buttigieg | The Press Box
Apr 23 • 59 min
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
Noah Centineo Tweet or Rom-Com Dialogue | Tea Time
Apr 19 • 37 min
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…
Was Bey-chella Peak Coachella? | Jam Session
Apr 17 • 49 min
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…
Riding the Tiger: Julian Assange and Ernie Banks | The Press Box
Apr 16 • 67 min
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
Chris Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Chris (Hemsworth) | Tea Time
Apr 12 • 43 min
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…
“Biohacking” Your Diet and a Meta Criticism on the Art of Apology | Damage Control
Apr 10 • 42 min
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…
Wade Wade … Don’t Tell Me! Joe Biden, the AAF, and Paul Pierce | The Press Box
Apr 9 • 55 min
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
Tea Time Pooshes the Limit of Kardashian Konversation | Tea Time
Apr 5 • 35 min
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…
Kate Middleton’s Rural Rivalry and Chloë Sevigny’s Most Prized Possession | Jam Session
Apr 3 • 44 min
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…
The View to a Kill: Maddow, LeBron, and Rosie | The Press Box
Apr 2 • 55 min
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:…
Ten Things We Love About 1999 | Tea Time
Mar 29 • 32 min
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…
A Nutty Avenatti Week | Damage Control
Mar 27 • 33 min
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,…
Mueller Over and the Tom Izzo Controversy | The Press Box
Mar 26 • 53 min
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…
Once Upon a Tea Time in Hollywood | Tea Time
Mar 22 • 39 min
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…
Scammer Season Never Ends | Jam Session
Mar 20 • 44 min
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…
That’s Mr. O’Rourke to You!: Beto, Today’s NBA, and Tucker Carlson | The Press Box
Mar 19 • 55 min
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
Ben Affleck’s Back (and Ben Affleck’s Back) | Tea Time
Mar 15 • 33 min
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…
Some Admissions-Scandal Schadenfreude | Damage Control
Mar 13 • 41 min
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’…
Dead Solid Perfect: Dan Jenkins, Boycotting Fox, and Moonlighting for the Mets | The Press Box
Mar 12 • 58 min
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…
Look What You Made Us Do: We’re Taylor Swift Stans Now? | Tea Time
Mar 8 • 35 min
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…
Kardashians vs. Pinkett Smiths: A War in Calabasas | Jam Session
Mar 6 • 37 min
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…
Beto Late Than Never | The Press Box
Mar 5 • 52 min
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
Are We Out of the (Jordyn) Woods Yet? | Tea Time
Mar 1 • 35 min
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…
Die a Hero or Live Long Enough to See Yourself Get Cancelled | Damage Control (Ep. 579)
Feb 27 • 46 min
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.…
And the Oscar Doesn’t Go to … | The Press Box (Ep. 578)
Feb 26 • 42 min
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
Khloe Kardashian for Bachelorette, Plus: Bill Simmons! | Tea Time (Ep. 577)
Feb 22 • 36 min
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…
Dissecting the Latest Kardashian Scandal, Plus: a Meg Minute! | Jam Session (Ep. 576)
Feb 20 • 45 min
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…
Man at His Worst | The Press Box (Ep. 575)
Feb 19 • 54 min
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
We Found Love In a Sparsely Decorated Kardashian Place | Tea Time (Ep. 574)
Feb 15 • 33 min
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,…
The Art of Hate-Reading | Damage Control (Ep. 573)
Feb 13 • 41 min
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…
Oppo Dump! | The Press Box (Ep. 572)
Feb 12 • 55 min
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
Meet the Biebers | Tea Time (Ep. 571)
Feb 8 • 34 min
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…
What We Talk About When We Talk About Kylie Jenner’s House | Jam Session (Ep. 570)
Feb 6 • 51 min
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…
Venti, Vidi, Vici | The Press Box (Ep. 569)
Feb 5 • 63 min
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
A Non-Football Fan’s Guide to Caring About the Super Bowl | Tea Time (Ep. 568)
Feb 1 • 37 min
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…
A Way-Too-Early Analysis of the 2020 Presidential Candidates | Damage Control (Ep. 567)
Jan 30 • 36 min
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:…
To Tweet, or Not to Tweet | The Press Box (Ep. 566)
Jan 29 • 57 min
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…
Is Christian Bale As Dick Cheney Still Hot? | Tea Time (Ep. 565)
Jan 25 • 40 min
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:…
Alive Girl: The Jeff Bezos Saga | Jam Session (Ep. 564)
Jan 23 • 51 min
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…
The Adam Moss Coaching Tree | The Press Box (Ep. 563)
Jan 22 • 56 min
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…
Celebrity Chris Watch | Tea Time (Ep. 562)
Jan 18 • 35 min
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…
All the Hot Goss That’s Fit to Print | Damage Control (Ep. 561)
Jan 16 • 35 min
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…
New Episode, Who Dis? | The Press Box (Ep. 560)
Jan 15 • 52 min
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…
Not So Impressed With Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club | Jam Session (Ep. 559)
Jan 9 • 33 min
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…
New Year Celebrity Check-In | Tea Time (Ep. 558)
Jan 4 • 32 min
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…
Streaming Censorship and More Bad Blood | Damage Control (Ep. 557)
Jan 3 • 41 min
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…
Outlandish Celebrity Predictions for 2019 | Tea Time (Ep. 556)
Dec 28, 2018 • 35 min
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…
The 2018 Year in Celebrity | Jam Session (Ep. 555)
Dec 26, 2018 • 41 min
‘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…
Use Your Collusion II | The Press Box (Ep. 554)
Dec 25, 2018 • 30 min
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
Use Your Collusion I | The Press Box (Ep. 553)
Dec 18, 2018 • 48 min
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
The 2020 Media Primary | The Press Box (Ep. 552)
Dec 14, 2018 • 46 min
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
We Need to Talk About Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas | Jam Session (Ep. 551)
Dec 12, 2018 • 33 min
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…
The New Online | Damage Control (Ep. 550)
Dec 5, 2018 • 39 min
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…
A Presidential Passing | The Press Box (Ep. 549)
Dec 4, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Royal Feud, Tummy Tea, and Other Assorted British Scandals | Jam Session (Ep. 548)
Nov 28, 2018 • 36 min
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…
The News Dump of All News Dumps | The Press Box (Ep. 547)
Nov 27, 2018 • 64 min
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
Big Bad Tech | Damage Control (Ep. 546)
Nov 21, 2018 • 38 min
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…
A Very Goop-y Wedding | Jam Session (Ep. 545)
Nov 15, 2018 • 34 min
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),…
Hard Pass Interference | The Press Box (Ep. 544)
Nov 9, 2018 • 66 min
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
Midterms Madness | Damage Control (Ep. 543)
Nov 8, 2018 • 43 min
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).…
Election Reaction Edition | The Press Box (Ep. 542)
Nov 7, 2018 • 66 min
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
The Celebrity of It All: Cardi B vs. Nicki Minaj | Jam Session (Ep. 541)
Oct 31, 2018 • 35 min
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…
CNN and the Bomb, the Francesa Controversies, and Megyn Kelly | The Press Box (Ep. 540)
Oct 30, 2018 • 57 min
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).
Paul Dano on Directing His First Film and Adapting Richard Ford’s ‘Wildlife’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 539)
Oct 25, 2018 • 30 min
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.
Dissecting the Actions of Mohammad bin Salman | Damage Control (Ep. 543)
Oct 24, 2018 • 42 min
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…
Royal Extravaganza and Meghan and Harry’s Baby | Jam Session (Ep. 538)
Oct 18, 2018 • 37 min
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…
Jonah Hill on the Personal and Powerful ‘Mid90s’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 537)
Oct 18, 2018 • 51 min
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with actor and filmmaker Jonah Hill about directing his personal and affecting first film ‘Mid90s.’
Kanye Goes to Washington, the Art of Sidling, and Elizabeth Warren Makes Her Move | The Press Box (Ep. 536)
Oct 16, 2018 • 57 min
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).
‘The Oath’ and Ike Barinholtz’s Response to the Chaotic News Cycle | The Big Picture (Ep. 535)
Oct 12, 2018 • 41 min
The Oath’ and Ike Barinholtz’s Response to the Chaotic News Cycle
Finally, Taylor Swift and Gritty Are on the Same Team | Damage Control (Ep. 534)
Oct 10, 2018 • 31 min
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…
Trump’s Taxes, ‘Venom’ vs. ‘A Star Is Born,’ and the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi | The Press Box (Ep. 536)
Oct 9, 2018 • 57 min
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…
‘A Star Is Born’: Instant Analysis | The Big Picture (Ep. 535)
Oct 8, 2018 • 46 min
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…
A Star Is Bradley | Jam Session (Ep. 534)
Oct 3, 2018 • 31 min
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…
More Ford-Kavanaugh, the “Rebirth” of the NFL, and Michael Moore | The Press Box (Ep. 533)
Oct 2, 2018 • 53 min
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).
David Lowery on Directing Robert Redford’s Final Film, ‘The Old Man and the Gun’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 532)
Sep 28, 2018 • 36 min
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.
Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings Reaction | The Press Box (Ep. 531)
Sep 27, 2018 • 55 min
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.
Infighting in the News Media and Canada’s Liberal Brand | Damage Control (Ep. 530)
Sep 26, 2018 • 27 min
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…
Covering Kavanaugh, Lee Jenkins Joins the Clippers, and the Podcast Bubble | The Press Box (Ep. 529)
Sep 25, 2018 • 63 min
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…
Ethan Hawke Will ‘Blaze’ a Trail as a Director, Too | The Big Picture (Ep. 528)
Sep 21, 2018 • 44 min
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.
‘New York Times’ Writer Caity Weaver on Profiling Celebrities, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s Engagement, and Meghan Markle | Jam Session (Ep. 527)
Sep 19, 2018 • 45 min
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…
Jian Ghomeshi, NFL Grab Bag, and Cable Storm Coverage | The Press Box (Ep. 526)
Sep 18, 2018 • 56 min
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…
Nicole Holofcener, ‘The Land of Steady Habits,’ and the Characters From Her Own Life | The Big Picture (Ep. 525)
Sep 14, 2018 • 25 min
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.
Colin Kaepernick and Nike’s Commodification of Wokeness | Damage Control (Ep. 524)
Sep 12, 2018 • 40 min
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…
Trump vs. (Almost) Everybody | The Press Box (Ep. 523)
Sep 11, 2018 • 53 min
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).
Michel Gondry Reunites With Jim Carrey in ‘Kidding’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 522)
Sep 7, 2018 • 24 min
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.’
‘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)
Sep 6, 2018 • 40 min
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…
Steve Bannon, David Remnick, and the New Yorker Festival | The Press Box (Ep. 520)
Sep 5, 2018 • 37 min
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.
Aneesh Chaganty on Leaving Google to Make ‘Searching’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 519)
Aug 31, 2018 • 33 min
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.
The Complex Legacy That John McCain Leaves Behind | Damage Control (Ep. 518)
Aug 29, 2018 • 34 min
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…
Remembering John McCain, Jemele Hill’s Exit From ESPN, and Taking Stock of ‘The Athletic’ | The Press Box (Ep. 517)
Aug 28, 2018 • 54 min
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…
The Summer Movie Awards | The Big Picture (Ep. 516)
Aug 24, 2018 • 56 min
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.
‘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)
Aug 22, 2018 • 32 min
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…
The Nation’s Editorial Pages vs. Trump, The Return of “The Swami,” and … Is New York Magazine For Sale? | The Press Box (Ep. 514)
Aug 21, 2018 • 51 min
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).
How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Jon M. Chu Earned His Spot | The Big Picture (Ep. 513)
Aug 17, 2018 • 32 min
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.
The Curious Case of Elon Musk and His Twitter Account | Damage Control (Ep. 512)
Aug 15, 2018 • 40 min
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).
The Revenge of Omarosa, ESPN’s Schedule Shake-up, and Voting for the Hall of Fame | The Press Box (Ep. 511)
Aug 14, 2018 • 52 min
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).
We Actually Fixed the Oscars | The Big Picture (Ep. 510)
Aug 8, 2018 • 49 min
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.
Beyoncé’s Vogue Cover, Plus a Weekly Dose of Celebrity Yachting | Jam Session (Ep. 509)
Aug 8, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Trump vs. LeBron, the Ohio State Scandal, and Counter-Trolling | The Press Box (Ep. 508)
Aug 7, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Why Is Facebook So Bad at Moderation? | Damage Control (Ep. 507)
Aug 1, 2018 • 31 min
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).
The N.Y. Times in the Oval Office, Facebook’s InfoWars War, and the Indignities of NFL Training Camp | The Press Box (Ep. 506)
Jul 31, 2018 • 46 min
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…
Making ‘Mission: Impossible’ the Best Movie Franchise, With Christopher McQuarrie | The Big Picture (Ep. 505)
Jul 27, 2018 • 43 min
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’…
The Official Podcast of Celebrity Summer Vacations | Jam Session (Ep. 504)
Jul 25, 2018 • 44 min
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…
Remembering Jonathan Gold, the Downsizing of the Daily News, and Is Women’s Media a “Scam”? | The Press Box (Ep. 503)
Jul 24, 2018 • 50 min
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…
Bo Burnham’s ‘Eighth Grade’ Captures the Experience of Middle School and Right Now | The Big Picture (Ep. 502)
Jul 20, 2018 • 31 min
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.
Is Sacha Baron Cohen the Greatest Troll of Our Time? | Damage Control (Ep. 501)
Jul 18, 2018 • 37 min
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).
Trump’s Tour of Europe, a Kinder NBA, and Sacha Baron Cohen Returns | The Press Box (Ep. 500)
Jul 17, 2018 • 48 min
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…
What Inspires Gus Van Sant? | The Big Picture (Ep. 499)
Jul 13, 2018 • 20 min
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…
The Business Side of Lindsay Lohan, Celebrity Summer Vacations, and Other Celebrity Well-wishes | Jam Session (Ep. 498)
Jul 11, 2018 • 38 min
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…
Ousting Scott Pruitt, the Return of the Soccer Trolls, and the NBA vs. the NFL | The Press Box (Ep. 493)
Jul 10, 2018 • 45 min
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…
Boots Riley’s ‘Sorry to Bother You’ Is a Cinematic Acid Trip | The Big Picture (Ep. 492)
Jul 9, 2018 • 41 min
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…
‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Goes Big, With Peyton Reed | The Big Picture (Ep. 491)
Jul 6, 2018 • 29 min
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.’
The Massacre at the Capital Gazette, Decision 3.0, and Failing to Report on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | The Press Box (Ep. 490)
Jul 3, 2018 • 49 min
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…
Why ‘Sicario’ Needed a Sequel, With Stefano Sollima | The Big Picture (Ep. 489)
Jun 29, 2018 • 40 min
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.
The Definitive Guide to “Big-Dick Energy.” Plus: Mandy Moore’s Home and Celebrity-Yacht Season. | Jam Session (Ep. 488)
Jun 27, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Trump’s Border War, Woj Dunks on the Draft, and Johnny Depp’s Profile | The Press Box (Ep. 487)
Jun 26, 2018 • 49 min
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…
Do You Love Scary Dinosaurs? J.A. Bayona’s ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Has Scary Dinosaurs | The Big Picture (Ep. 486)
Jun 22, 2018 • 19 min
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.
The Chaotic Evil of Trump’s Immigration Policy | Damage Control (Ep. 485)
Jun 20, 2018 • 44 min
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…
Trump’s “Lies,” the Strange Case of Ali Watkins, and Stephen A. Smith | The Press Box (Ep. 484)
Jun 19, 2018 • 47 min
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’…
‘Incredibles 2’ and Brad Bird’s Super-Powered Return to Pixar | The Big Picture (Ep. 483)
Jun 15, 2018 • 31 min
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.’
A Deep Dive Into the Timeline of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s Relationship | Jam Session (Ep. 482)
Jun 13, 2018 • 34 min
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…
Morgan Neville’s Mister Rogers Documentary Reminds Us to Be a Good Neighbor | The Big Picture (Ep. 481)
Jun 12, 2018 • 33 min
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.
Remembering Anthony Bourdain, the NY Times Doc, and ‘Fire and Fury 2’ | The Press Box (Ep. 480)
Jun 12, 2018 • 41 min
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…
Hereditary’ Is the Most Disturbing Horror Movie in Years, With Ari Aster | The Big Picture (Ep. 479)
Jun 8, 2018 • 25 min
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.
Where in the World Is Melania Trump? | Damage Control (Ep. 478)
Jun 6, 2018 • 34 min
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…
Disinviting the Eagles, Clinton’s Book Tour, and Sitcom Sign-offs | The Press Box (Ep. 477)
Jun 5, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Truth, Fiction, and a Hollywood Heist Movie, With Bart Layton | The Big Picture (Ep. 476)
Jun 1, 2018 • 30 min
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.’
The Pusha-T-Drake Mess With a Dash of Kim Kardashian on the Side | Jam Session (Ep. 475)
May 30, 2018 • 47 min
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…
‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Instant Analysis | The Big Picture (Ep. 474)
May 25, 2018 • 38 min
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…
Uber, Facebook, and Elon Musk Seek Image Repair | Damage Control (Ep. 473)
May 23, 2018 • 29 min
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…
The Mueller Investigation Turns 1, Royal Wedding Reactions, and the Repackaging of A-Rod | The Press Box (Ep. 472)
May 22, 2018 • 49 min
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…
Making ‘First Reformed,’ the Best Movie of the Year So Far, With Paul Schrader | The Big Picture (Ep. 471)
May 21, 2018 • 30 min
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…
Emergency ‘Deadpool 2’ Debate | The Big Picture (Ep. 470)
May 18, 2018 • 42 min
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…
Rehashing ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ With Mallory Rubin | The Dave Chang Show
May 17, 2018 • 15 min
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…
A Royal Wedding Mailbag Spectacular | Jam Session (Ep. 469)
May 16, 2018 • 52 min
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…
How the Media Normalized Sports Gambling, John McCain’s Long Goodbye, and Katie Nolan Gets Called Out | The Press Box (Ep. 468)
May 15, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Making the Melissa McCarthy Machine, With Ben Falcone | The Big Picture (Ep. 467)
May 14, 2018 • 29 min
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.
Jason Reitman Is Not Here to Make a Blockbuster | The Big Picture (Ep. 466)
May 10, 2018 • 30 min
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…
Dissecting the Response to Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” | Damage Control (Ep. 465)
May 9, 2018 • 35 min
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…
Rudy Giuliani Opens Up, Peter King Says Goodbye, and the Joy Reid Affair | The Press Box (Ep. 464)
May 8, 2018 • 50 min
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).
TMZ’s Van Lathan on His Confrontation With Kanye West | Jam Session (Ep. 463)
May 2, 2018 • 33 min
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…
The Cosby Conviction, the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, and Francesa’s Return | The Press Box (Ep. 462)
May 1, 2018 • 51 min
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).
Emergency ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Breakdown I The Big Picture (Ep. 461)
Apr 27, 2018 • 66 min
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.’…
The Old Kanye Is Gone | Damage Control (Ep. 460)
Apr 25, 2018 • 28 min
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,…
Trump and Haberman, LeBron’s Sideline Interview, and the Meltdown at Harper’s | The Press Box (Ep. 459)
Apr 24, 2018 • 53 min
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…
William Friedkin Meets a Real-Life ‘Exorcist’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 458)
Apr 23, 2018 • 38 min
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…
4/20 Special: Jay Chandrasekhar’s ‘Super Troopers’ Return | The Big Picture (Ep. 457)
Apr 20, 2018 • 42 min
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…
Beychella or Bust and the Khloe Kardashian–Tristan Thompson Scandal Timeline | Jam Session (Ep. 456)
Apr 18, 2018 • 42 min
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…
Hannity Revealed, Comey’s Book, and Spinning the Syria Attacks | The Press Box (Ep. 455)
Apr 17, 2018 • 53 min
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…
Life and Death in the American West With ‘Lean on Pete’ Director Andrew Haigh | The Big Picture (Ep. 454)
Apr 13, 2018 • 31 min
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…
Facebook in the Hot Seat and the Problem With ‘The Simpsons’ | Damage Control (Ep. 453)
Apr 12, 2018 • 34 min
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…
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)
Apr 10, 2018 • 52 min
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…
‘Blockers’ and the Revival of the Studio Comedy With Kay Cannon | The Big Picture (Ep. 451)
Apr 6, 2018 • 30 min
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…
Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon’s Friendship Down Under, the Tatum-Dewan Breakup, and the Nxivm Scandal | Jam Session (Ep. 450)
Apr 4, 2018 • 38 min
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),…
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)
Apr 3, 2018 • 47 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker and Bryan Curtis discuss President Trump and Amazon’s latest spat (2:30), ESPN’s new morning show ‘Get Up!’ (18:05), and the latest Tiger Woods tell-all biography (35:51). You can find the official Ringer web store here:…
Steven Spielberg’s Top 5 Movies With Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan | The Big Picture (Ep. 448)
Mar 30, 2018 • 65 min
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…
Breaking: ‘Ready Player One’ Isn’t the ‘Black Panther’ for Gamers | Damage Control (Ep. 447)
Mar 28, 2018 • 42 min
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…
Cults, Sex, and the American Dream in ‘Wild Wild Country’ I The Big Picture (Ep. 446)
Mar 27, 2018 • 48 min
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,…
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)
Mar 27, 2018 • 47 min
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…
Ben Affleck’s Fantastical Back Tattoo: A Timeline | Jam Session (Ep. 444)
Mar 21, 2018 • 40 min
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…
Extorting John Skipper, the New Power of Cable News, and March Media Madness | The Press Box (Ep. 443)
Mar 20, 2018 • 47 min
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…
The Best Movies at the SXSW Film Festival | The Big Picture (Ep. 442)
Mar 16, 2018 • 38 min
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.
How Not to Talk About ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and Ava DuVernay | Damage Control (Ep. 441)
Mar 15, 2018 • 39 min
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…
The Stormy Daniels Affair, “Unplugging” From Twitter, and ESPN’s Nostalgia Problem | The Press Box (Ep. 440)
Mar 13, 2018 • 48 min
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),…
Cory Finley Breaks From the Stage with ‘Thoroughbreds’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 439)
Mar 9, 2018 • 25 min
Ringer Editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with first time director Cory Finley about his film ‘Thoroughbreds’ and his transition from playwright to filmmaker.
Oscars Takes, Hope Hicks’s Exit, and Lack of Institutional Control | The Press Box (Ep. 438)
Mar 6, 2018 • 53 min
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).…
Oscars Postgame Report, Barbra Streisand’s Cloned Pups, and Serena Williams’s Four Billboards | Jam Session (Ep. 437)
Mar 5, 2018 • 30 min
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…
Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Red Sparrow’ Transformation With Francis Lawrence | The Big Picture (Ep. 436)
Mar 2, 2018 • 26 min
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…
Will The Real Donald Glover Please Stand Up? | Damage Control (Ep. 435)
Feb 28, 2018 • 38 min
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…
The NRA’s Media Presence, the Troubles of Covering the Olympics, and Deconstructing The Player’s Tribune | The Press Box (Ep. 434)
Feb 27, 2018 • 51 min
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).
Is ‘Three Billboards’ Actually Just ‘Crash’ 2.0? Plus, Other Oscars Takes | The Big Picture (Ep. 433)
Feb 27, 2018 • 59 min
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…
‘Annihilation,’ ‘Ex Machina,’ and Alex Garland’s Disturbing Sci-Fi Vision | The Big Picture (Ep. 432)
Feb 23, 2018 • 34 min
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…
Jennifer Aniston’s Divorce, Amy Schumer’s Wedding, and What’s Going on With Jennifer Lawrence’s Career? | Jam Session (Ep. 431)
Feb 21, 2018 • 28 min
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).…
The Parkland Shooting Coverage, LeBron James Won’t “Shut Up and Dribble,” and New York Times Op-Ed Opinions | The Press Box (Ep. 430)
Feb 20, 2018 • 56 min
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…
Yance Ford Made ‘Strong Island’ to Face Down the Past | The Big Picture (Ep. 429)
Feb 19, 2018 • 33 min
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…
Why Stop-Motion Animation Takes Forever to Make, With Nick Park | The Big Picture (Ep. 428)
Feb 16, 2018 • 25 min
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…
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)
Feb 14, 2018 • 30 min
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…
The Great Tom Brady Catfish Hoax of 2018, ‘Black Panther’ Pre-Backlash, and Woj vs. Shams | The Press Box (Ep. 426)
Feb 13, 2018 • 53 min
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…
The Rise of Alex Ross Perry: From the Art House to the Mouse House | The Big Picture (Ep. 425)
Feb 12, 2018 • 43 min
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.
‘Icarus’ Filmmaker Bryan Fogel on Why Russia Won’t Be at the Olympics | The Big Picture (Ep. 424)
Feb 9, 2018 • 39 min
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…
Kylie Jenner’s Baby Announcement, Armie Hammer’s Tracksuit Tour, and the Latest in Celebrity Real Estate | Jam Session (Ep. 423)
Feb 7, 2018 • 37 min
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…
The Super Bowl Media-splosion, Trouble at the L.A. Times, and the Journalism Bubble | The Press Box (Ep. 422)
Feb 6, 2018 • 56 min
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…
The Art of True Crime Documentary with Erin Lee Carr | The Big Picture (Ep. 421)
Feb 2, 2018 • 29 min
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.
Dystopia in the USA and the Search for Utopia in ‘Black Panther’ | Damage Control (Ep. 420)”
Jan 31, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Covering Larry Nassar, Interviewing Jason Isbell, and the Future of FiveThirtyEight | The Press Box (Ep. 419)
Jan 30, 2018 • 47 min
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).
Meryl Streep Joins ‘Big Little Lies,’ Ellen Pompeo’s Money Talk, and the Latest in Celeb Real Estate | Jam Session (Ep. 418)
Jan 24, 2018 • 37 min
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…
Oscar Season: The Snubs and Surprises of the Academy Awards Nominations | The Big Picture (Ep. 417)
Jan 23, 2018 • 60 min
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.…
Goodbye to The Awl, Criticisms of Romo, and Slate’s New Look | The Press Box (Ep. 416)
Jan 22, 2018 • 48 min
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).
Babe.net and the Difficulties of Reporting on Sexual Misconduct | Damage Control (Ep. 415)
Jan 19, 2018 • 30 min
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).
‘The Press Box’: Anatomy of a Walk Off (Ep. 414)
Jan 16, 2018 • 48 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’: Making Kick-Ass Liam Neeson Movies With Director Jaume Collet-Serra (Ep. 415)
Jan 12, 2018 • 22 min
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…
‘The Press Box’: Scooping the Scoop (Ep. 414)
Jan 9, 2018 • 46 min
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…
‘Jam Session’: Golden Globes 2018 and Oprah for President? (Ep. 413)
Jan 8, 2018 • 37 min
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…
This Week in Ringer Culture, Including the Chappelle Specials (Jan. 2-5, 2018) (Ep. 412)
Jan 6, 2018 • 20 min
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…
This Week in Ringer Sports, Including the Possible Demise of the Patriots Dynasty (Jan. 2-5, 2018) (Ep. 411)
Jan 6, 2018 • 33 min
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…
‘Damage Control’: To Ban or Not to Ban Logan Paul and Donald Trump: That Is the Question (Ep. 410)
Jan 4, 2018 • 32 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’: The Urgency of ‘The Post’ With Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer (Ep. 409)
Dec 29, 2017 • 31 min
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 Press Box’: Heroes and Villains (Ep. 408)
Dec 28, 2017 • 45 min
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…
‘This Week in Ringer Culture’ (Dec. 18-22, 2017) (Ep. 406)
Dec 23, 2017 • 31 min
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…
‘This Week in Ringer Sports’ (Dec. 18-22, 2017) (Ep. 407)
Dec 23, 2017 • 29 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’ - The Best Movies of 2017 (Ep. 405)
Dec 22, 2017 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Chris Ryan, Amanda Dobbins and K. Austin Collins rank and debate the best movies of 2017.
‘The Press Box’: Let The Past Die (Ep. 404)
Dec 21, 2017 • 53 min
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).
‘Star Wars’: The Lean Years (Ep. 403)
Dec 21, 2017 • 30 min
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…
‘Damage Control’: Two Black Thinkers, Two White Agitators (Ep. 402)
Dec 19, 2017 • 33 min
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).
The Big Picture’ - ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is Just the Beginning for Rian Johnson (Ep. 401)
Dec 18, 2017 • 15 min
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.
‘This Week in Ringer Culture’ (Dec. 11-15, 2017) (Ep. 400)
Dec 16, 2017 • 26 min
‘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…
‘This Week in Ringer Sports’ (Dec. 11-15, 2017) (Ep. 399)
Dec 16, 2017 • 33 min
‘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…
‘The Press Box’: ‘The Last Jedi,’ Francesa’s Farewell, and the Twitter Quitter (Ep. 398)
Dec 15, 2017 • 48 min
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).
‘The Big Picture’ - Was 2007 the Best Year for Film? (Ep. 397)
Dec 15, 2017 • 41 min
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.
‘Jam Session’: Armie Hammer, J-Rod Watch, and George Clooney’s Bag of Money (Ep. 396)
Dec 13, 2017 • 29 min
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…
This Week in Ringer Sports (Dec. 4-8, 2017) (Ep. 395)
Dec 9, 2017 • 28 min
‘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’…
This Week in Ringer Culture (Dec. 4-8, 2017) (Ep. 394)
Dec 9, 2017 • 25 min
‘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…
‘The Press Box’: @$$holes Like Us (Ep. 393)
Dec 8, 2017 • 47 min
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).
‘The Big Picture’ — Sean Baker’s Wondrous ‘The Florida Project’ (Ep. 392)
Dec 8, 2017 • 33 min
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…
This Week in Ringer Sports (Nov. 27–Dec. 1, 2017) (Ep. 391)
Dec 2, 2017 • 31 min
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…
This Week in Ringer Culture (Nov. 27–Dec. 1, 2017) (Ep. 390)
Dec 2, 2017 • 33 min
‘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 - Errol Morris’s Catnip for Conspiracy Theorists (Ep. 389)
Dec 1, 2017 • 29 min
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…
‘The Press Box’ —Stop The Presses! (Ep. 388)
Nov 30, 2017 • 52 min
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…
‘Jam Session’ — Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Engagement (Ep. 387)
Nov 29, 2017 • 36 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’ — Joe Wright Bounces Back From His Darkest Hour (Ep. 386)
Nov 22, 2017 • 28 min
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:…
This Week in Ringer Culture (Nov. 13-17, 2017) (Ep. 385)
Nov 18, 2017 • 37 min
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…
This Week in Ringer Sports (Nov. 13-17, 2017) (Ep. 384)
Nov 18, 2017 • 27 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’ — The Past, Present, and Future of Superhero Movies (Ep. 383)
Nov 17, 2017 • 61 min
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.
‘The Press Box’ — Lies, Damned Lies, and Locker Room Quotes (Ep. 382)
Nov 16, 2017 • 49 min
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…
‘Jam Session’ — Gal Gadot, Cardi B, and the Last Taylor Swift Discussion of 2017 (Ep. 381)
Nov 15, 2017 • 46 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’ — Greta Gerwig on ‘Lady Bird,’ One of the Year’s Best Movies (Ep. 380)
Nov 13, 2017 • 30 min
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.
This Week in Ringer Culture (Nov 6, 2017 - Nov 10, 2017) (Ep. 379)
Nov 11, 2017 • 23 min
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…
This Week in Ringer Sports (Nov 6, 2017 - Nov 10, 2017) (Ep. 378)
Nov 11, 2017 • 43 min
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…
Damage Control - Assessing Louis C.K’s Career and Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ (Ep.377)
Nov 10, 2017 • 28 min
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…
The Big Picture — Passing Time With Richard Linklater (Ep. 376)
Nov 10, 2017 • 37 min
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…
‘The Press Box’ — Entertainment Writing: SVU (Ep. 375)
Nov 9, 2017 • 55 min
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’…
‘The Big Picture’ — How to Make a Marvel Movie Funny With ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi (Ep. 374)
Nov 3, 2017 • 33 min
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.’
‘The Press Box’ — Hedging for the Future (Ep. 373)
Nov 2, 2017 • 51 min
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…
‘Jam Session’ — We Love Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, We Don’t Love Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber (Ep. 372)
Nov 1, 2017 • 40 min
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…
‘Damage Control’ - Keeping It 1950s Woke With ‘Suburbicon’ and ‘Wolfenstein’ (Ep. 371)
Oct 28, 2017 • 23 min
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…
The NBA Fan’s Guide to the World Series (Ep. 370)
Oct 27, 2017 • 68 min
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.
‘The Big Picture’ — Ruben Östlund Is Trying to Provoke You (Ep. 369)
Oct 27, 2017 • 28 min
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.
‘The Press Box’ — Viva La Mothership (Ep. 368)
Oct 23, 2017 • 52 min
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…
The Big Picture — Todd Haynes on Growing Up and Going ‘Wonderstruck’ (Ep. 367)
Oct 20, 2017 • 26 min
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.’
‘Jam Session’ — A DTR Special: Joe Jonas–Sophie Turner, Jenny Slate–Chris Evans, and Prince Harry–Meghan Markle (Ep. 366)
Oct 18, 2017 • 47 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’ — Noah Baumbach and Capturing the American Family (Ep. 365)
Oct 16, 2017 • 33 min
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…
‘The Press Box’ — The Empire Wins (Ep. 364)
Oct 12, 2017 • 49 min
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…
‘Jam Session’ — We’re Talking About Harvey Weinstein (Ep. 363)
Oct 11, 2017 • 45 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’ — Darren Aronofsky on Pushing the Envelope (Ep. 362)
Oct 11, 2017 • 24 min
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.
‘Jam Session’ — Harvey Weinstein, Kesha, and Gabrielle Union (Ep. 361)
Oct 6, 2017 • 36 min
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…
‘The Press Box’ — Picture Me Trollin’ (Ep. 360)
Oct 5, 2017 • 50 min
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…
Remembering Tom Petty (Ep. 359)
Oct 4, 2017 • 34 min
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…
Bill James on His New Book ‘The Man From the Train’ (Ep. 358)
Oct 2, 2017 • 46 min
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 Big Picture’ — Stephen Frears and the Inner Workings of the Royal Family (Ep. 357)
Sep 29, 2017 • 27 min
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,…
‘The Press Box’ — A Time of Transition (Ep. 356)
Sep 28, 2017 • 40 min
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).
The Great Rom-Com Debate (Ep. 355)
Sep 27, 2017 • 37 min
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).
‘The Big Picture’ — Dissecting ‘Mother!,’ the Most Controversial Movie of the Year (Ep. 354)
Sep 22, 2017 • 32 min
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Amanda Dobbins, and K. Austin Collins attempt to wrap their heads around Darren Aronofsky’s controversial new film, ‘Mother!’
‘Jam Session’ — J-Law, ‘Big Little Lies’ Drama, and More Celebrity Break-ups (Ep. 353)
Sep 21, 2017 • 37 min
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).
‘The Big Picture’ — Danny Strong and the Recipe for a Classic Biopic (Ep. 352)
Sep 15, 2017 • 36 min
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,…
‘The Press Box’—Jemele Hill and how politicization affects ESPN (Ep. 351)
Sep 14, 2017 • 38 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’ — ‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti on Adapting Stephen King (Ep. 350)
Sep 8, 2017 • 33 min
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…
’Insecure’ Season 2 Finale Preview (Ep. 349)
Sep 7, 2017 • 36 min
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…
‘Jam Session’ — At Home with Meghan Markle, George Clooney, and Serena Williams (Not At the Same Time) (Ep. 348)
Sep 6, 2017 • 38 min
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).
‘The Big Picture’ — Jay Baruchel’s Directorial Debut and Making an Authentic Hockey Movie (Ep. 347)
Sep 1, 2017 • 35 min
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…
‘Jam Session’ — An Unhappy Conversation About Taylor Swift (Ep. 346)
Aug 28, 2017 • 28 min
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…
‘Death Note’ Director Adam Wingard on Building Monsters and Hollywood Whitewashing Controversies (Ep. 345)
Aug 25, 2017 • 41 min
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…
Southern Rap Special: Best Albums, Dopest Mixtapes, and the Future of the Genre (Ep. 344)
Aug 24, 2017 • 40 min
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,…
‘Jam Session’ — Taylor Swift Spectacular (Ep. 343)
Aug 23, 2017 • 32 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’ — Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman Channel Rejection and Anxiety to Make ‘Lemon’ (Ep. 342)
Aug 18, 2017 • 41 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’ — The Safdie Brothers and ‘Good Time,’ an Instant New York Classic (Ep. 341)
Aug 11, 2017 • 34 min
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,…
‘Jam Session’—Malia’s Lollapalooza, Anna Faris and Chris Pratt’s Split, and ‘Siesta Key’ (Ep. 340)
Aug 9, 2017 • 55 min
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…
‘Bachelorette Party’—The Finale With Ben Higgins and Hannah Giorgis (Ep. 339)
Aug 8, 2017 • 44 min
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…
The Big Picture—Taylor Sheridan, ‘Wind River,’ and How to Write a Killer Movie (Ep. 338)
Aug 4, 2017 • 27 min
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…
‘Bachelorette Party’ — “Men Tell All” With Wesley Morris (Ep. 337)
Aug 2, 2017 • 53 min
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’.
Vic Mensa on ‘The Autobiography,’ Sobriety, and Empathy (Ep. 336)
Jul 28, 2017 • 22 min
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).
‘Bachelorette Party’ — Rachel’s Hometown and Fantasy Suites With Rodger Sherman (Ep. 335)
Jul 27, 2017 • 37 min
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.
‘Jam Session’ — Angelina Jolie Goes ‘Solo’ (Ep. 334)
Jul 26, 2017 • 35 min
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).
Gambling on ‘Game of Thrones’ (Ep. 333)
Jul 22, 2017 • 31 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’ — Jenny Slate, Gillian Robespierre, and Elisabeth Holm on ‘Landline’ (Ep. 332)
Jul 21, 2017 • 38 min
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…
‘Bachelorette Party’—Hometowns! With Ashley Iaconetti (Ep. 331)
Jul 20, 2017 • 41 min
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.
‘The Big Picture’ — Matt Reeves Puts Humanity in ‘The Planet of the Apes’ (Ep. 330)
Jul 14, 2017 • 50 min
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…
‘Jam Session’ — Scandals: Kardashians, Lena Dunham, and Taylor Swift–Lorde (Ep. 329)
Jul 12, 2017 • 47 min
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…
‘Bachelorette Party’—With ABC Executive Rob Mills (Ep. 328)
Jul 11, 2017 • 50 min
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 Party’ — With Nick Viall (Ep. 327)
Jul 6, 2017 • 68 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’—David Lowery’s Strange and Beautiful ‘A Ghost Story’ (Ep. 326)
Jul 6, 2017 • 48 min
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…
‘Bachelorette Party’ — Paradise Rules, Eric’s Redemption, and Way Too Many Kisses (Ep. 325)
Jun 29, 2017 • 30 min
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…
‘Jam Session’ —Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s Twins, Serena’s Vanity Fair Cover, and Festival Hookups (Ep. 324)
Jun 27, 2017 • 38 min
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…
‘Bachelorette Party’—Heroes, Villains, and Alcohol With Wesley Morris and Amy Kaufman (Ep. 323)
Jun 20, 2017 • 64 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’—Female-Powered Comedy With ‘Rough Night’ Creators Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs
Jun 16, 2017 • 52 min
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…
‘Boxing Podcast’–Mayweather-McGregor Superfight Edition (Ep. 321)
Jun 15, 2017 • 49 min
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…
‘Jam Session’ — A Katy Perry Extravaganza (Ep. 320)
Jun 14, 2017 • 45 min
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…
‘Bachelorette Party’ — Trouble in ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ (Ep. 319)
Jun 12, 2017 • 30 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by insider Reality Steve to discuss the suspension of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ filming over allegations of misconduct.
‘The Big Picture’ — Modern Horror and ‘It Comes at Night’ Director Trey Edward Shults (Ep. 318)
Jun 8, 2017 • 44 min
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…
‘Soccer Pod’ — Offseason-Transfer Talk (Ep. 317)
Jun 7, 2017 • 47 min
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…
‘Bachelorette Party’ — Whaboom’s Exit, Crazy Group Dates, and a New Villain Rises (Ep. 316)
Jun 6, 2017 • 48 min
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…
‘The Big Picture’ — Amy Schumer’s Career Arc, and ‘Snatched’ Director Jonathan Levine (Ep. 315)
Jun 1, 2017 • 45 min
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,’…
‘Jam Session’ — Hot Topics: The Rock, the Biebs, and ‘Felicity’ (Ep. 314)
Jun 1, 2017 • 50 min
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…
‘Bachelorette Party’ — DeMario’s Deceit, Celebrity Guests, and Whaboom! (Ep. 313)
May 30, 2017 • 42 min
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…
T-Pain, ‘T-Wayne,’ and the Birth of Auto-Tune (Ep. 312)
May 29, 2017 • 41 min
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…
‘Teenage Emotions,’ Lil Yachty’s Brand, and the Next Generation of Hip-Hop (Ep. 311)
May 26, 2017 • 43 min
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…
War Machine’ Director David Michôd on Making a Big-Budget Film with Brad Pitt for Netflix
May 26, 2017 • 37 min
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…
‘Bachelorette Party’ — First Impressions With the Sports Gal (Ep. 310)
May 23, 2017 • 44 min
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…
‘The Press Box’ — ‘Baseball Tonight,’ Fox News, and Cubs Coverage (Ep. 309)
May 23, 2017 • 54 min
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).…
When the Robots Reach the Road (Ep. 308)
May 19, 2017 • 40 min
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…
‘Bachelorette Party’ — The Return of the Contestant Bios (Ep. 307)
May 18, 2017 • 48 min
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…
‘Jam Session’ — Steve Harvey’s Work Etiquette, Katy Perry, and Harry Styles’s Album (Ep. 306)
May 16, 2017 • 41 min
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…
Doug Liman on ‘The Wall’ and Making Movies His Way (Ep. 305)
May 15, 2017 • 41 min
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,…
Guy Ritchie and the Challenges of Making ‘King Arthur’ (Ep. 304)
May 12, 2017 • 29 min
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…
‘Soccer Pod’ — The Two Best Teams in Europe Are Playing in the Champions League Final (Ep. 303)
May 11, 2017 • 31 min
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).…
The Myth of the Liberal ESPN, the Death of TrueHoop, and Baseball Activism (Ep. 302)
May 9, 2017 • 57 min
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…
‘Jam Session’ — Brad Pitt’s Confessional Q&A and the Underwhelming Met Gala (Ep. 301)
May 3, 2017 • 43 min
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…
‘Sleight’ Director J.D. Dillard (Ep. 301)
Apr 28, 2017 • 44 min
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.…
Sports in the Age of Trump With Bryan Curtis (Ep. 300)
Apr 25, 2017 • 49 min
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…
‘Free Fire’ Director Ben Wheatley (Ep. 299)
Apr 21, 2017 • 30 min
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…
‘Soccer Podcast’ with Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon (Ep. 298)
Apr 20, 2017 • 34 min
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).…
‘Jam Session’ With Kate Knibbs (Ep. 297)
Apr 19, 2017 • 43 min
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…
Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn.’ With Sean Fennessey, Micah Peters, and Justin Charity (Ep. 296)
Apr 14, 2017 • 40 min
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…
‘The Lost City of Z’ Director James Gray (Ep. 295)
Apr 13, 2017 • 35 min
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…
Jake Johnson and Joe Swanberg on Their New Film ‘Win It All’ (Ep. 294)
Apr 6, 2017 • 46 min
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.
‘Jam Session’ — Jenny Slate, J-Rod, and Ed Sheeran’s Stardom (Ep. 293)
Apr 5, 2017 • 38 min
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…
‘The Discovery’ Director Charlie McDowell (Ep. 292)
Mar 31, 2017 • 33 min
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…
‘Jam Session’ — Reese Witherspoon Day With Bill Simmons (Ep. 291)
Mar 28, 2017 • 54 min
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…
Lil Rel Howery on ‘Get Out’ (ep. 290)
Mar 27, 2017 • 28 min
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).
‘Achievement Oriented’ on ‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ and ‘Moral Combat’ (Ep. 289)
Mar 24, 2017 • 24 min
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.
Mike WILL Made-It on ‘Ransom 2’ (Ep. 288)
Mar 24, 2017 • 29 min
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).
‘The Masked Man’ — The (Familiar) Elbow Drop Heard Round the World and Bruce Prichard (Ep. 287)
Mar 22, 2017 • 50 min
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…
‘More Life’ Emergency Pod (Ep. 286)
Mar 22, 2017 • 39 min
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…
‘Jam Session’—The End of Us Weekly With Lara Cohen (Ep. 285)
Mar 22, 2017 • 35 min
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…
Ep. 284: ‘ShackHouse’ — Arnold Palmer Invitational Winner Marc Leishman and Austin Golf
Mar 20, 2017 • 51 min
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…
Ep. 283: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on Gaming Drugs and eSports Injuries
Mar 17, 2017 • 34 min
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…
Ep. 282: ‘Soccer Podcast’ with Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon
Mar 16, 2017 • 34 min
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).
Ep. 281: ‘The Masked Man Show’ on Dennis Stamp, Finn Balor, Triple H, and ‘WrestleMania’
Mar 15, 2017 • 45 min
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).
Ep. 280: ‘Bachelor Party’ — The Season Finale
Mar 14, 2017 • 49 min
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…
Ep. 279: ‘Jam Session’ With Sarah Heyward
Mar 13, 2017 • 38 min
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…
Ep. 278: ’T’d Up’—The Bracket Breakdown
Mar 12, 2017 • 41 min
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…
Ep. 277: ‘Achievement Oriented’ - ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ and the Nintendo Switch
Mar 10, 2017 • 54 min
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…
Ep. 275: ‘The Masked Man Show’ on the Failure of ‘Fastlane,’ ‘Raw,’ and ‘SmackDown’
Mar 8, 2017 • 46 min
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…
Ep. 274: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Mar 8, 2017 • 42 min
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…
Ep. 276: Interview With ‘Get Out’ Director Jordan Peele
Mar 8, 2017 • 38 min
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…
Ep. 273: The Fantasy Suite With Ben Higgins
Mar 7, 2017 • 43 min
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).
Ep. 272: ‘Achievement Oriented’ - ‘Horizon Zero Dawn,’ ‘Resident Evil 7,’ and Video Game Phobias
Mar 3, 2017 • 50 min
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).…
Ep. 271: ‘The Masked Man Show’ on the Hardys, ‘SmackDown,’ and ‘Fastlane’
Mar 1, 2017 • 54 min
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…
Ep. 270 ‘Bachelor Party’ With ABC’s SVP of Alternative Programming, Rob Mills
Mar 1, 2017 • 53 min
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…
Ep. 269: Food Week Profiles — The Impossible Burger and Guelaguetza
Mar 1, 2017 • 18 min
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…
Ep. 268: Top-50 Fast Food Items With Bill Simmons and Joe House
Feb 28, 2017 • 33 min
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.
Ep. 267: ‘ShackHouse’ on the Honda Classic, Rule Changes, and Mark Crossfield
Feb 27, 2017 • 55 min
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…
Ep. 266: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on Becoming a Meme and Setting Speedrunning Records
Feb 24, 2017 • 49 min
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…
Ep. 265: ‘The Masked Man Show’ Remembers George “The Animal” Steele and Ivan Koloff
Feb 22, 2017 • 48 min
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…
Ep. 264: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Feb 22, 2017 • 43 min
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…
Ep. 263: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Bill Simmons and Mallory Rubin
Feb 21, 2017 • 62 min
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).
Ep. 262: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on Google Doodle Games and Ubisoft’s Sword-Fighting Experiment
Feb 17, 2017 • 49 min
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).…
Ep 261: Interview With ‘A Cure for Wellness’ Director Gore Verbinski
Feb 16, 2017 • 31 min
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…
Ep. 260: Arsenal, Barcelona, and Club Identity With Jordan Morris
Feb 16, 2017 • 47 min
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…
Ep. 259: ‘The Masked Man Show’ on the ‘Festival of Friendship’ and Bray Wyatt’s Reign
Feb 15, 2017 • 45 min
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),…
Ep. 258: ‘Bachelor Party’ With The Bachelor Nick Viall
Feb 14, 2017 • 35 min
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).
Ep. 257: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on Rockstar’s Golden Goose and the Consolidation of Sports Games
Feb 10, 2017 • 58 min
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…
Ep. 256: Interview With ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins
Feb 9, 2017 • 32 min
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…
Ep. 255: ‘The Masked Man Show’ Previews ‘Elimination Chamber’
Feb 8, 2017 • 56 min
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…
Ep. 254: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Feb 8, 2017 • 39 min
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…
Ep. 253: MTV’s ‘Challenge: Invasion of the Champions’ Special With Johnny Bananas
Feb 7, 2017 • 27 min
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…
Ep. 252: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Trey Kerby
Feb 7, 2017 • 41 min
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).
Ep. 251: Interview With ‘O.J.: Made in America’ Director Ezra Edelman
Feb 3, 2017 • 56 min
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,…
Ep. 250: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on Preserving Video Games
Feb 3, 2017 • 57 min
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…
Ep. 249: ‘The Masked Man Show’ on Rebooting ‘WrestleMania’
Feb 1, 2017 • 60 min
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…
Ep. 248: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Ashley Iaconetti
Jan 31, 2017 • 51 min
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).
Ep. 247: ‘The Masked Man Show’ Royal Rumble Live Review!
Jan 30, 2017 • 39 min
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.’
Ep. 246: Micah Peters and Rembert Browne Talk Migos and the Current State of Music
Jan 27, 2017 • 52 min
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…
Ep. 245: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on Video Game Agents and Boss Battles
Jan 27, 2017 • 65 min
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…
Ep. 244: Top of the Premier League Table With Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon
Jan 26, 2017 • 45 min
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…
Ep. 243: ‘The Masked Man Show’ Royal Rumble Preview
Jan 25, 2017 • 57 min
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…
Ep. 242: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Jan 25, 2017 • 41 min
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),…
Ep. 241: ‘Bachelor Party’ With David Jacoby
Jan 24, 2017 • 59 min
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…
Ep. 240: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on Dystopian Twitch and ‘Hitman’
Jan 20, 2017 • 57 min
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).…
Ep. 239: Interview With ‘20th Century Women’ Director Mike Mills
Jan 19, 2017 • 38 min
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…
Ep. 238: ‘The Masked Man Show’ on the Road to WrestleMania featuring Dan St. Germain
Jan 18, 2017 • 47 min
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…
Ep. 237: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Jan 18, 2017 • 37 min
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…
Ep. 236: ‘Bachelor Party’ with Ben Higgins
Jan 17, 2017 • 54 min
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…
Ep. 235: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on Test-Driving the Switch and Exploring the Sandbox
Jan 13, 2017 • 59 min
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…
Ep. 234: Interview With ‘Hidden Figures’ Director Ted Melfi
Jan 13, 2017 • 41 min
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…
Ep. 233: ‘The Masked Man Show’ on the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels
Jan 12, 2017 • 56 min
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…
Ep. 232: The Sports Movie Hall of Fame: ‘Any Given Sunday’
Jan 11, 2017 • 59 min
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…
Ep. 231: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Jade Roper and Peter Scalettar
Jan 10, 2017 • 52 min
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…
Ep. 230: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on 2017 Trends and the Man Behind Marcus Holloway
Jan 6, 2017 • 59 min
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.…
Ep. 229: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Dave Schilling
Jan 4, 2017 • 52 min
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…
Ep. 228: ‘Bachelor Party’ With the Sports Gal
Jan 3, 2017 • 38 min
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…
Ep. 227: Sports Movie Hall of Fame: ‘Moneyball’
Dec 29, 2016 • 58 min
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…
Ep. 226: The Best and Worst of Tech in 2016
Dec 27, 2016 • 34 min
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…
Ep. 225: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ Video-Game Movies, and the Year of the FPS
Dec 23, 2016 • 57 min
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…
Ep. 224: Inaugural Sports Movie Hall of Fame: ‘Jerry Maguire’
Dec 22, 2016 • 59 min
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),…
Ep. 223: ‘The Masked Man Show’ — 2016’s Best and Worst of WWE With Dan St. Germain and Steve Kazee
Dec 21, 2016 • 63 min
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).
Ep. 222: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on the Past and Future of ‘Star Wars’ Games
Dec 15, 2016 • 60 min
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’…
Ep. 221: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Clark Duke
Dec 14, 2016 • 57 min
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).
Ep. 220: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Dec 14, 2016 • 37 min
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…
Ep. 219: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on ‘The Last Guardian’ and ‘Westworld’
Dec 8, 2016 • 50 min
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…
Ep. 218: Premier League Contenders, Pretenders, and Surprises With Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon
Dec 8, 2016 • 38 min
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…
Ep. 217: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Peter Rosenberg and LaToya Ferguson
Dec 7, 2016 • 51 min
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…
Ep. 216: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Dave Schilling
Nov 30, 2016 • 66 min
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…
Ep. 215: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Nov 30, 2016 • 52 min
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).
Ep. 214: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on ‘Final Fantasy XV’ and VR’s Past, Present, and Future
Nov 29, 2016 • 59 min
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…
Ep. 213: Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson on Dams of the West, Basketball, and the Future
Nov 28, 2016 • 48 min
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…
Ep. 212: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on ‘Batman,’ the Telltale Model, and the Storytelling of ‘Firewatch’
Nov 25, 2016 • 62 min
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…
Ep. 211: ‘Dishonored 2,’ ‘Watch Dogs 2,’ and How Not to Screw Up Stealth
Nov 22, 2016 • 51 min
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’…
Ep. 210: ‘The Masked Man Show’ Live ‘Survivor Series’ Special
Nov 21, 2016 • 34 min
‘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.
Ep. 209: Explaining the Strike and a Facelift for E-sports
Nov 18, 2016 • 48 min
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…
Ep. 208: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Nov 16, 2016 • 43 min
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).
Ep. 207: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Kevin Owens
Nov 16, 2016 • 51 min
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…
Ep. 206: ‘Overwatch,’ E-sports, and the NES Classic
Nov 12, 2016 • 54 min
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…
Ep. 205: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Dave Schilling
Nov 9, 2016 • 62 min
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…
Ep. 204: New-Console Anxiety and Mark Ingram on ‘Call of Duty’ and Clowns
Nov 4, 2016 • 45 min
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…
Ep. 203: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Nov 2, 2016 • 35 min
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).
Ep. 202: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Steve Kazee
Nov 2, 2016 • 48 min
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).
Ep. 201: ‘Battlefield 1,’ ‘Titanfall 2,’ and the FPS Evolution
Oct 28, 2016 • 45 min
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…
Ep. 200: Seven Burning Premier League Questions
Oct 27, 2016 • 31 min
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.
Ep. 199: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With LaToya Ferguson
Oct 26, 2016 • 58 min
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).
Ep. 198: ‘Atlanta’ Talk With Brian Tyree Henry and Micah Peters
Oct 26, 2016 • 33 min
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…
Ep. 197: ‘Search Party’ With Cathy Lew and Brendan Lynch
Oct 21, 2016 • 31 min
‘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.
Ep. 196: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Oct 19, 2016 • 37 min
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…
Ep. 195: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Dave Schilling
Oct 19, 2016 • 48 min
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…
Ep. 194: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell
Oct 18, 2016 • 35 min
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…
Ep. 193: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Steve Kazee
Oct 12, 2016 • 57 min
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).
Ep. 192: Jam Session With Bill Simmons
Oct 5, 2016 • 37 min
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…
Ep. 191: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Dan St. Germain
Oct 5, 2016 • 55 min
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).
Ep. 190: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Sam Donsky
Sep 29, 2016 • 50 min
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).
Ep. 189: Mourning Les Miles (Ringer University Teaser)
Sep 27, 2016 • 9 min
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.
Ep. 188: José Mourinho’s Style and Midfield Specialization
Sep 23, 2016 • 36 min
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.
Ep. 187: College Football With Mallory Rubin, Ben Glicksman, and Ralph Russo
Sep 22, 2016 • 54 min
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…
Ep. 186: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Dave Schilling
Sep 21, 2016 • 77 min
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).
Ep. 185: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Sep 21, 2016 • 45 min
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).
Ep. 184: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Reality Steve
Sep 16, 2016 • 40 min
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.
Ep. 183: College Football With Mallory Rubin and Ben Glicksman
Sep 15, 2016 • 44 min
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.
Ep. 182: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Dan St. Germain and Sam Donsky
Sep 14, 2016 • 58 min
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.
Ep. 181: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Steve Kazee and Joel Solomon
Sep 9, 2016 • 73 min
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’…
Ep. 180: College Football With Mallory Rubin and Ben Glicksman
Sep 8, 2016 • 49 min
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Ben Glicksman break down a fantastic Week 1, the implosion of the SEC, Texas’s “18 Wheeler” package, and the Deondre Francois experience. Then, they preview the less-than-stellar slate of games for this weekend.
Ep. 179: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Sep 7, 2016 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins dedicate a reluctant two minutes to Taylor Swift and then dive in to discuss Drake-Rihanna (10:00), Elizabeth Holmes’s Vanity Fair profile (25:40), and Jonathan Safran Foer’s acknowledgements in ‘Here I Am’…
Ep. 178: ‘Technically Speaking’ With Molly McHugh
Sep 6, 2016 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Molly McHugh is joined by Ringer staff writer Alyssa Bereznak, Wired’s David Pierce, and freelance tech journalist Glenn Fleishman to discuss Apple’s big iPhone event and the fatigue hanging over the entire rollout this year.
Ep. 177: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Juliet Litman
Sep 2, 2016 • 39 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by ‘AGW’ associate producers Emily Collette and Sam Usher to discuss the groundbreaking news that Nick Viall is the new ‘Bachelor.’ Later they discuss ‘Paradise,’ including why the twins haven’t done well and why Evan…
Ep. 176: 2016 College Football Preview Special
Sep 1, 2016 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Ben Glicksman prep for kickoff of the college football season by offering their playoff, national championship, and Heisman predictions; taking stock of the most hyped preseason players and teams; and forecasting the Week 1…
Ep. 175: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Sam Donsky and Angelina Burnett
Aug 31, 2016 • 66 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker brings on Ringer staff writer Sam Donsky and ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ writer Angelina Burnett to discuss Kevin Owens’s big win on ‘Raw,’ break down Daniel Bryan vs. the Miz (35:00), pay respects to Mr. Fuji (47:00), and reflect…
Ep. 174: Champions League Draw and Liverpool-Tottenham Preview With Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon
Aug 25, 2016 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon break down the groups for the Champions League and give their preview for Liverpool-Tottenham this weekend.
Ep. 173: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Aug 25, 2016 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Joshua Jackson and Ruth Wilson’s eight-hour dinner escapade, Renée Zellweger’s pushback in a revealing ‘Hollywood Reporter’ profile, and the celebrity allure of owning art books.
Ep. 172: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Steve Kazee
Aug 24, 2016 • 72 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker and actor Steve Kazee offer up their final thoughts on this year’s ‘SummerSlam,’ discuss what’s next with NXT, and break down what happened between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton.
Ep. 171: ‘The Writers’ Room’
Aug 20, 2016 • 53 min
On this week’s edition, ‘AGW’ writers Travon Free and Cathy Lew offer up their winners and losers of summer ’16. Then, Pat Barker and Joel Solomon reprise their ‘Get Off My Lawn’ segment with some thoughts on the NFL’s suspension policy. Finally, Brendan…
Ep. 170: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Juliet Litman and Nick Viall
Aug 19, 2016 • 53 min
Nick Viall stops by this week’s Bachelor Party to discuss how he got on the show, where he stands with Kaitlyn and Andi, his feelings toward Josh Murray, and his drink of choice in Paradise.
Ep. 169: Premier League Round 2 With Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon
Aug 18, 2016 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon preview the Round 2 matchups, and discuss Manchester United’s midfield, Leicester City’s and Arsenal’s slow starts, Everton’s transfer activity, and much more from around the league.
Ep. 168: ‘SummerSlam’ Preview and Documentarian Robert Greene
Aug 17, 2016 • 84 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker welcomes Ringer staff writer Sam Donsky and The Guardian’s Dave Schilling to preview ‘SummerSlam’ and ‘NXT Takeover.’ Then, ‘Fake It So Real’ director Robert Greene joins (1:02:00) to discuss the current wrestling scene and…
Ep. 167: ‘Jam Session’ Songs of the Summer
Aug 17, 2016 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins map out the all-time best and worst songs of the summer.
Ep. 166: ‘No Man’s Sky’ With Ben Lindbergh, Jason Concepcion, and Creator Sean Murray
Aug 13, 2016 • 58 min
The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion give their thoughts on one of the year’s most highly anticipated video games, ‘No Man’s Sky.’ Then, game creator Sean Murray joins (26:55) to discuss the release process and dealing with lofty expectations.
Ep. 165: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Juliet Litman, Emily Collette, and Sam Usher
Aug 12, 2016 • 35 min
On this week’s episode of ‘Bachelor Party,’ Juliet Litman is joined by ‘AGW’ associate producers Emily Collette and Sam Usher to discuss ‘Bachelor in Paradise.’ They give their conflicting thoughts on Christian, and talk about Leah’s new look, appropriate…
Ep. 164: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Aubrey Sitterson
Aug 10, 2016 • 72 min
David Shoemaker is joined by comics writer and ‘Straight Shoot’ host Aubrey Sitterson to discuss what WWE can learn from PWG (4:00), wrestling’s place in the Olympic ringer (38:30), and Raw’s main-eventers (43:30).
Ep. 163: Premier League Preview With Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon
Aug 9, 2016 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon discuss 20 looming questions heading into the Premier League season, including Pep Guardiola’s and Jose Mourinho’s arrivals in Manchester, whether Leicester City can repeat, and Paul Pogba’s potential to be the…
Ep. 162: ‘Bachelorette Party’ With Juliet Litman, Emily Collette, and Sam Usher: the Final Rose
Aug 5, 2016 • 37 min
Juliet Litman is joined by ‘AGW’ producers Emily Collette and Sam Usher to discuss JoJo’s final choice of Bachelor and to offer their differing opinions on Jordan. Then they reflect on how JoJo may be the Thon Maker of ‘The Bachelorette,’ Robby’s socks…
Ep. 161: ‘The Press Box’ With Terry McDonell
Aug 5, 2016 • 33 min
Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis brings on the former top editor at Sports Illustrated, Us Weekly, Rolling Stone, and Esquire to discuss the appeal of a magazine (5:00), Rick Reilly’s SI career and departure (12:00), handling the SI Swimsuit Issue…
Ep. 160: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Joel Solomon
Aug 4, 2016 • 67 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker is joined by ‘AGW’ writer Joel Solomon to discuss Rhyno’s recent GOP victory (5:00) and Shoemaker’s trip to the PGW (14:00). Then they run through the ‘Cruiserweight Classics,’ (15:00) some of the rising NXT stars of ‘Raw’…
Ep. 159: ‘Writers’ Room’ With Travon Free, Cathy Lew, Pat Barker, Joel Solomon, and Brendan Lynch
Aug 4, 2016 • 51 min
On the inaugural ‘Writers’ Room,’ a rotating cast of ‘Any Given Wednesday’ writers chime in with their thoughts on pop culture, sports, and the power of the internet deep dive. First, writers Travon Free and Cathy Lew discuss the anticipation for Frank…
Ep. 158: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Jul 27, 2016 • 39 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins give their thoughts on the ‘Gilmore Girls’ reboot trailer, Lindsay Lohan’s social media activity (17:00), and Wendi Murdoch’s Rolodex reveal in ‘Vogue’ (25:00).
Ep. 157: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With Dan St. Germain
Jul 27, 2016 • 61 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker and comedian Dan St. Germain discuss the new era of WWE: a solid ‘Battleground,’ a shocking ‘Raw,’ and a new-look ‘Smackdown.’
Ep. 156: ‘Bachelorette Party’ Fantasy Suite Recap With Mallory Rubin
Jul 26, 2016 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Mallory Rubin discuss Aaron Rodgers’s long-awaited response, bid farewell to Luke and break down the fantasy suite dates for Jordan, Robby, and Chase.
Ep. 155: ‘Ringer MLB Show’ (Channel 33 Exclusive) With Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann
Jul 22, 2016 • 54 min
The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann bring on Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Travis Sawchik to discuss all of the ways the Pittsburgh Pirates are embracing sports science. Then Ben and Michael discuss whether baseball movies are having a…
Ep. 154: ‘Euro Soccer Transfers’ With Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon
Jul 21, 2016 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon talk about England’s manager search (2:30), Paul Pogba’s rumored move to Manchester United (10:00), the role of agents in transfers (11:00), and how Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool have gone about team building…
Ep. 153: ‘Bachelorette Party’ With Juliet Litman, Molly McHugh, and Allison P. Davis
Jul 20, 2016 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman dives deep into the ‘Bachelorette’ hometown dates. Ringer editor Molly McHugh makes a guest appearance to discuss the sibling rivalry between the Rodgers brothers. Later, Ringer staff writer Allison P. Davis joins to give her…
Ep. 152: ‘Jam Session’ Insider Bonus With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Jul 19, 2016 • 43 min
On this emergency special of ‘Jam Session,’ Amanda Dobbins and Juliet Litman talk exclusively about Kimye v. Tay, also known as the Snapchat tapes (4:00). Plus a bonus interview with ‘GQ’ writer Caity Weaver for an insider look at the “Famous” feud…
Ep 151: ‘ShackHouse’ British Open Recap
Jul 18, 2016 • 26 min
Geoff Shackelford and Joe House break down Henrik Stenson’s win over Phil Mickelson at “The Open,” Billy Horschel’s backward cap, and Trump phoning Shackelford directly!
Ep. 150: ‘The Masked Man Show’ With the Miz
Jul 18, 2016 • 93 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker is joined by ‘AGW’ writer Joel Solomon and The A.V. Club’s Latoya Ferguson to discuss the PED allegations against Brock Lesnar (6:00), the impending brand split (20:00), their top-10 draft lists (40:00), and the most valuable…
Ep. 149: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Jul 14, 2016 • 39 min
Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Jonathan Safran Foer’s email correspondence with Natalie Portman in ’T Magazine,’ Jennifer Aniston’s new foray into blogging, and Ciara and Russell Wilson’s nuptials.
Ep. 148: What Facebook Live Didn’t Expect to Stream
Jul 13, 2016 • 28 min
On a special edition of ‘The Ringer Tech Pod,’ Molly McHugh and staff writers Alyssa Bereznak, Kate Knibbs, and Victor Luckerson discuss the use of Facebook Live to stream the tragic events in Minnesota, Louisiana, and Texas last week, and the…
Ep. 147: ‘The Masked Man Show’ (!!!) With David Shoemaker and Dan St. Germain
Jul 13, 2016 • 61 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker and comedian Dan St. Germain discuss Brock Lesnar’s UFC 200 upset (8:00), Dean Ambrose’s draft stock (22:00), Shane McMahon’s ‘SmackDown’ (42:00), the impending ‘Raw’ vs. ‘SmackDown’ brand split (52:00), and ‘Final Deletion’…
Ep. 146: ‘Bachelorette Party’ With Bryan Curtis
Jul 12, 2016 • 32 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Bryan Curtis discuss the rift between the Rodgers brothers (8:00), how Aaron Rodgers has “chosen to do life” (14:00), the strange Kama Sutra horse date (20:20), and the bond between Texans on the show (26:00).
Ep. 145: The Ringer Euro Finale Podcast With Chris Ryan, Ryan O’Hanlon, Donnie Kwak, and Kevin Clark
Jul 8, 2016 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Ryan O’Hanlon give their big-picture review of Euro 2016. Then, Donnie Kwak joins to discuss the France-Arsenal alignment and designate the final four “most deserving” teams of the tournament. Finally, Kevin Clark chimes in…
Ep. 144: ‘The Ringer Tech Pod With Molly McHugh and Victor Luckerson’
Jul 7, 2016 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Molly McHugh discusses some of the challenges of the digital music space with the founders of now-defunct services Turntable.fm (04:30) and Vivogig (13:30), and chats with tech reporter Victor Luckerson. Later, she brings on Scott…
Ep. 143: ‘The Ringer Wrestling Podcast’ With Steve Kazee
Jul 6, 2016 • 65 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker and Steve Kazee on Kevin Durant’s wrestling-worthy responses, Brock Lesnar’s UFC 200 ripple effect (8:00), the holiday letdown of ‘Raw’ (27:00), the WWE pay-per-view expansion (36:00), the impending draft (47:00), and the…
Ep. 142: ‘The Press Box’: Vin Scully
Jul 5, 2016 • 17 min
Bryan Curtis examines what makes Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully undeniably the greatest sports broadcaster of all time. MLB Audio of Vin Scully is used with permission of MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All Rights Reserved.
Ep. 141: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Jun 29, 2016 • 39 min
Ep. 141: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins by The Ringer
Ep. 140: ‘Bachelorette Party’ With Mallory Rubin
Jun 28, 2016 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Mallory Rubin discuss Chase and Derek’s two-on-one date with JoJo. Then, they talk about the scene featuring a live singer’s melodramatic rendition of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” after Derek’s dismissal. Later, they debate…
Ep. 139: ‘The Ringer Wrestling Podcast’ With AGW’s Joel Solomon
Jun 28, 2016 • 67 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker brings on ‘Any Given Wednesday’ writer Joel Solomon to discuss Roman Reigns’s next move, AJ Styles’s heel turn (20:00), the biggest slide in the upcoming draft (32:00), WWE’s dating carousel (42:00), and ‘Monday Night Raw’:…
Ep. 138: “Reasonable Pod” Jay Z Day Edition With Sean Fennessey, Donnie Kwak, and Justin Charity
Jun 24, 2016 • 40 min
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, “Reasonable Doubt,” The Ringer’s Jay Z aficionados reflect on Hov’s impact on the modern-day rap mogul and discuss what the next step is in his career.
Ep. 137: The Ringer’s Euro 2016 Week 3 Recap
Jun 23, 2016 • 25 min
Chris Ryan, Ryan O’Hanlon, Micah Peters, and Kevin Clark reflect on the group stage’s most compelling performances and discuss what will be a completely different tournament going forward.
Ep. 136: ‘Bachelorette Party’ With Bryan Curtis
Jun 21, 2016 • 41 min
Description: The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Bryan Curtis discuss cliff-diving dates in Uruguay, Vinny the barber, and why America isn’t making a big deal about Jordan Rodgers. Then Reality Steve joins to talk about an unprecedented moment in…
Ep. 135: ‘The Ringer Wrestling Podcast’ With Steve Kazee and Angelina Burnett
Jun 21, 2016 • 80 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker is joined by actor Steve Kazee and television writer Angelina Burnett to discuss the Roman Reigns solution (10:00), ‘Money in the Bank’ winners and losers (19:00), John Cena’s supremacy (40:00), the upcoming ‘SummerSlam’…
Ep. 134: ‘The Press Box’: TV Critics Are the New Movie Critics
Jun 20, 2016 • 20 min
The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis talks to TV showrunner Damon Lindelof, HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall, Slate’s Willa Paskin, The New York Times’ A.O. Scott, and more about the rise of the television critic.
Ep. 133: The Ringer’s Euro 2016 Week 1 Recap With Chris Ryan, Ryan O’Hanlon, and Micah Peters
Jun 16, 2016 • 32 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Ryan O’Hanlon, and Micah Peters take the temperature on Euro 2016, looking at the best players, most disappointing teams, and biggest story lines after the first week of the tournament.
Ep. 132: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Jun 15, 2016 • 35 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins on Leonardo DiCaprio’s rumored sexual tics, Queen Elizabeth and the coverage of the British royal family (11:00), James Corden’s showmanship (21:00), and the latest trends in celebrity real estate (27:00).
Ep. 131: ‘The Challenge’ Catch-up With Juliet Litman and Brendan Lynch
Jun 14, 2016 • 39 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and ‘Any Given Wednesday’ writer Brendan Lynch discuss conspiracy theories about last week’s episode, why Under Armour should make merchandise for ‘The Challenge,’ and their predictions on who will win this season.
Ep. 130: ‘The Ringer Wrestling Podcast’ With David Shoemaker and Dan St. Germain
Jun 14, 2016 • 73 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker and comedian Dan St. Germain on ‘WWE SmackDown’ vs. ‘Raw’ (15:00), ‘NXT TakeOver: The End’ (32:00), the upcoming ‘Money in the Bank’ 2016 (47:00), and Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins (1:04:00).
Ep. 129: ‘The Ringer Tech Podcast’ With Molly McHugh and Victor Luckerson
Jun 10, 2016 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Molly McHugh talks to former Taxi Magic founder George Arison about making one of the first ride-hailing apps (5:00), Harry Campbell, ‘The Rideshare Guy,’ about the culture and business behind Lyft and Uber (17:00), Victor Luckerson about…
Ep. 128: ‘The Press Box’ With Frank Deford
Jun 9, 2016 • 35 min
The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis is joined by legendary Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford to discuss the current sports scene, the coverage of Muhammad Ali’s death, and his renowned NPR commentaries.
Ep. 127: The Ringer’s Euro 2016 Preview With Chris Ryan, Ryan O’Hanlon and Kevin Clark
Jun 8, 2016 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Ryan O’Hanlon, and Kevin Clark name their select a starting 11 dream team for Euro 2016, discuss the names to watch throughout the month-long journey, and pick their favorite to win it all.
Ep. 126: ‘Bachelorette Party’ With Allison P. Davis
Jun 8, 2016 • 39 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Allison P. Davis on the four-hour ‘Bachelorette’ binge, Chad’s exit, and Ben Roethlisberger’s odd cameo.
Ep. 125: The Rise of the Chicago Cubs With Mallory Rubin and Rany Jazayerli
Jun 7, 2016 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and acclaimed baseball writer Rany Jazayerli on the Chicago Cubs’ historic season and their chase to emerge as the best team in MLB history. Remember to subscribe to the ‘Ringer MLB Show’ feed!
Ep. 124: ‘The Ringer Wrestling Podcast’ With Blake and Dave Schilling
Jun 7, 2016 • 55 min
David Shoemaker, David’s buddy Blake, and Guardian writer Dave Schilling talk about Brock Lesnar’s UFC announcement, Lesner’s career, and how his MMA return may affect his legacy (4:00). Then they discuss a very goofy episode of ‘Raw’ (26:00) and hold a…
Ep. 123: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Jun 2, 2016 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins on Taylor Swift’s relationship status, Emilia Clarke’s role in ‘Me Before You’ (17:00), Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst’s rumored romance (24:00), and potential options for a female lead in the Bond franchise…
Ep. 122: ‘Ringer Tech Podcast’ With Molly McHugh
Jun 1, 2016 • 32 min
The Ringer’s Molly McHugh and Kate Knibbs dedicate a full podcast to emoji with help from Fred Benenson, who translated ‘Moby Dick’ in its entirety into emoji, and internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch, who explains why the icons have become such an…
Ep. 121: ‘Bachelorette Party’ With Bryan Curtis
May 31, 2016 • 33 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Bryan Curtis on JoJo’s first group date, the trip to the ‘SportsNation’ set, Chad’s continuous protein intake, and the boring ‘Bachelor’ options.
Ep. 120: ‘Ringer Wrestling Podcast’ With Bill Goldberg and LaToya Ferguson
May 31, 2016 • 79 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker is joined by former (and maybe future) professional wrestler Bill Goldberg to discuss his favorite WWE memories, the return of the L.A. Rams, and the ‘WWE 2K17’ roster card. Then A.V. Club writer LaToya Ferguson (19:00) on the…
Ep. 119: ‘The Challenge: Rivals III’ With Bill Simmons and Juliet Litman
May 30, 2016 • 32 min
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Juliet Litman check in on MTV’s ‘The Challenge: Rivals III.’
Ep. 118: ‘Bachelorette Party’ With Juliet Litman and the Sports Gal
May 24, 2016 • 32 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and the Sports Gal on JoJo Fletcher’s ‘Bachelorette’ 2016 premiere.
Ep. 117: ‘Ringer Wrestling Podcast’ With Steve Kazee
May 24, 2016 • 71 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker and actor Steve Kazee on Cody Rhodes’s release from WWE, Charlotte Flair’s growing star, Monday-night ‘Raw,’ and ‘Extreme Rules 2016.’
Ep. 116: ‘The Press Box’: The Life and Death of the TV Sports Highlight
May 23, 2016 • 32 min
Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis explores the history and uncertain future of the television highlight package.
Ep. 115: ‘Ringer Wrestling Podcast’ With David Shoemaker and Dan St. Germain
May 19, 2016 • 86 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker and comedian Dan St. Germain on the recent rumblings around the wrestling world, ECW and hardcore wrestling in WWE (25:00), and a preview of WWE’s ‘Extreme Rules’ (48:00).
Ep. 114: ‘Keepin’ It 1600’ Teaser
May 19, 2016 • 37 min
Jon and Dan discuss the Democratic primary results from Kentucky and Oregon, Bernie’s stance toward Clinton (14:00), Trump vs. The New York Times (23:00), and the horse race between Hillary and Trump.
Ep. 113: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
May 18, 2016 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins on Mariah Carey as an interviewee, the summer of Zac Efron (11:00), Greta Gerwig’s likability (20:00), surprises in ‘Scandal’ Season 5 (28:00), and the return of ‘Unreal.’
Ep. 112: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Juliet Litman and Allison P. Davis
May 17, 2016 • 39 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Allison P. Davis run the gamut on the release of JoJo Fletcher’s ‘Bachelorette’ 2016 contestants.
Ep. 111: ‘The Watch’ Teaser
May 16, 2016 • 20 min
Chris and Andy share their thoughts on last night’s ‘Game of Thrones’ on their ‘Channel 33’ finale. Please subscribe to the separate ‘The Watch’ feed for more episodes!
Ep. 110: ‘Meet the Press’ Host Chuck Todd, Trump’s “Pivot,” Polling Mayhem, and More
May 12, 2016 • 49 min
Jon and Dan talk about Trump’s attempts to pivot, “cocky” Democrats, close polls, and The NYT Magazine’s Ben Rhodes profile. Then, ‘Meet the Press’ host Chuck Todd joins (50:30) to discuss Trump hacking the political process, Todd’s critiques of the…
Ep. 109: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
May 11, 2016 • 40 min
Juliet and Amanda discuss Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s rekindling in Paris, the Kardashians’ trip to Cuba (10:00), Ryan Gosling’s new baby (23:00), and Jenny Slate and Chris Evans’s newfound love.
Ep. 108: ‘The Watch’ Teaser With Bill Simmons
May 9, 2016 • 13 min
Chris Ryan hosts today’s show without Andy, but gets help from a slew of Ringer staffers. First, Bill Simmons recaps the ‘GoT’ season thus far and talks about his favorite Netflix horror film. The full episode can be found separately on ‘The Watch’…
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May 8, 2016 • 3 min
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Ep. 107: ‘The Challenge’ Podcast With Juliet Litman and Drew Goddard
May 6, 2016 • 56 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by screenwriter Drew Goddard to break down the season premiere of MTV’s ‘The Challenge,’ Johnny Bananas’s master toasting (20:00), the struggling new season of ‘The Real World’ (36:30), and his career highlights…
Ep. 106: ‘Keepin’ It 1600’ With Tommy Vietor
May 5, 2016 • 59 min
Jon and Dan rehash the highlights from the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Then, Tommy Vietor, former spokesman for President Obama, joins to discuss Trump virtually securing the nomination, Hillary-vs.-Trump scenarios (22:00), Hillary’s strategy vs.…
Ep. 105: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
May 4, 2016 • 44 min
Juliet and Amanda jump on the fashion beat to break down the many looks of the Met Gala. Then they discuss Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s (27:00) parenting style and Britney Spears’s next stand (36:00).
Ep. 104: ‘The Watch’ With Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
May 2, 2016 • 54 min
Chris and Andy discuss ‘Game of Thrones,’ the two poles of TV drama viewership (18:00), the challenges of modern filmmaking vs. TV-making (27:10), Drake’s ‘Views,’ and the impact of event listening on record releases (42:00).
Ep. 103: 2016 NFL Draft Winners and Losers With Robert Mays and Kevin Clark
May 2, 2016 • 53 min
Mays and Kevin give their winners and losers from the 2016 NFL draft. Topics include: Jacksonville’s big additions, Tomlin’s talented defensive selections (11:00), RGIII’s new crop of receivers (15:00), the Jets’ QB conundrum (20:00), Mickey Loomis’s…
Ep. 102: Bryan Curtis With James Andrew Miller
Apr 30, 2016 • 32 min
Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis is joined by James Andrew Miller to discuss the departures of Skip Bayless and Mike Tirico, and the future for ESPN.
Ep. 101: NFL Draft Recap Special With Robert Mays, Kevin Clark, and Joey Bosa
Apr 29, 2016 • 60 min
On the inaugural ‘Ringer NFL Show,’ Robert Mays and Kevin Clark report live from the draft in Chicago to break down the first-round highlights, lowlights, and biggest moves from day one. Then, third overall pick Joey Bosa joins (28:50) to discuss…
Ep. 100: ‘Keepin’ It 1600’ With Jon Lovett
Apr 28, 2016 • 49 min
Jon and Dan are joined by Jon Lovett, a former speechwriter for President Obama, to discuss Trump’s triumph in the Northeast (6:00), the Cruz-Kasich alliance (8:00), the beginning of the “veepstakes” (16:00), Clinton’s potential progressive VP options…
Ep. 99: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Apr 27, 2016 • 40 min
Juliet and Amanda defend Kelly Ripa’s belief in “respect in the workplace,” try to make sense of Melania Trump’s GQ profile (20:00), and break down Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ love triangles (28:00).
Ep. 98: NFL Draft Podcast With Mallory Rubin, Lance Zierlein, Todd Gurley, and Daniel Jeremiah
Apr 26, 2016 • 64 min
Mays and Mallory team up for the final time to boldly cap their pre-draft journey, discuss the biggest moves still on the table, and bid their farewells. Then, Mays is joined by Lance Zierlien (18:20) to recap his top prospects to look out for on Thursday…
Ep. 97: ‘The Watch’ With Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Apr 25, 2016 • 48 min
Chris and Andy recap a busy weekend in culture by breaking down the ‘Game of Thrones’ season premiere, Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ (8:00), Prince’s passing and everlasting impact (18:00), and the return of ‘Jason Bourne’ (32:00).
Ep. 96: ‘NFL Draft Podcast’ With Chris Ryan and Matt Borcas
Apr 22, 2016 • 69 min
Mays and Mallory break down the big Eagles-Browns trade with resident Eagles fan Chris Ryan and resident Browns apologist Matt Borcas (22:00). Then they discuss the “draftnik nonsense” of “red flags” (39:00) and the “bluechip battle of the week” (47:00)…
Ep. 95: ‘Keepin’ It 1600’ With Savannah Guthrie
Apr 21, 2016 • 51 min
Jon and Dan break down New York’s big winners, Trump’s “reset button” (3:00), Bernie’s bleak outlook (12:00), Hillary’s hopes for Sanders support (18:00), and new ways to recruit millennial voters (25:00). Then, ‘Today’ co-anchor Savannah Guthrie joins…
Ep. 94: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Apr 20, 2016 • 42 min
Juliet and Amanda advocate for Australian biosecurity by breaking down Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s apology video. Then, they tackle the greatest moments in celebrity apology with Ariana Grande (16:00), Kristen Stewart (25:00), Kanye West (32:00), and…
Ep. 93: McGregor Retirement With Ariel Helwani
Apr 20, 2016 • 37 min
The Ringer’s David Shoemaker talks to six-time MMA Journalist of the Year Ariel Helwani about Conor McGregor’s retirement announcement, Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux, and more.
Ep. 92: ‘The Watch’ With Richard Linklater and ‘GoT’ Preview
Apr 19, 2016 • 60 min
Andy and Chris prepare for the ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere with help from Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion (16:30). Then, Oscar-winning director Richard Linklater joins (42:00) to discuss his new film, ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’
Ep. 91: ‘NFL Draft Podcast’ With Robert Mays and Mallory Rubin
Apr 15, 2016 • 51 min
Mays and Mallory make sense of the Rams-Titans trade involving the no. 1 pick, discuss prospect of the week Emmanuel Ogbah, break down the top DB’s, make their case for Mackensie Alexander, and wrap it up with a mailbag.
Ep. 90: ‘Keepin’ It 1600’ With Kal Penn
Apr 14, 2016 • 48 min
Jon and Dan recap the major story lines of the week: Bill Clinton’s finger-wagging, De Blasio’s botched bit with Hillary, President Obama’s ‘GoT’ viewership, Trump’s new hires, and Cruz’s craziness. Then, former White House adviser and actor Kal Penn hops…
Ep. 89: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Apr 13, 2016 • 53 min
After Juliet and Amanda divulge their affinity for British leading men, they examine the objects of their affections by identifying the senior class, the actors in their prime, and the up-and-comers.
Ep. 88: ‘The Watch’ With Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Apr 12, 2016 • 44 min
Chris and Andy prepare for the ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere, get hype over the ‘Rogue One’ trailer (10:00), wrap up ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ (21:00) and shine some light on ‘Catastrophe’ (29:00) and ‘The Last Panthers’ (37:00).
Ep. 87 ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Sam Rockwell
Apr 11, 2016 • 48 min
Actor Sam Rockwell, star of the new film ‘Mr. Right,’ joins Andy Greenwald to discuss acting, creativity, and the persuasiveness of Brad Pitt.
Ep. 86: ‘NFL Draft Podcast’ With Robert Mays and Mallory Rubin
Apr 8, 2016 • 72 min
Mays and Mallory return to discuss all things NFL draft, including the Broncos’ QB situation, Ezekiel Elliott’s top-five-pick potential (12:00), the argument against drafting running backs early (17:00), Keith Marshall vs. Todd Gurley, the Baltimore…
Ep. 85: ‘Keepin’ It 1600’ With Tom Perez
Apr 7, 2016 • 51 min
Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer recap the week in politics, react to the Republican race in Wisconsin, discuss Trump vs. Cruz, debate Bernie’s long-shot odds, and examine Bernie Sanders’s new aggressive tone. Then, Thomas Perez joins to offer his insights…
Ep. 84: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Apr 6, 2016 • 46 min
Juliet and Amanda go through the archives of celebrity dating triumphs and tribulations to select the best relationship runs. Then, they play Two Truths and a Lie to see how well they know celebrity dating history.