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If you are an avid follower of pop culture and the media landscape, Channel 33 is a must-listen. Thanks to 'The Press Box,' 'Jam Session,' 'The Big Picture,' and 'Damage Control,' you will be up to date, well educated, and armed with the smartest tak...Show More
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‘Incredibles 2’ and Brad Bird’s Super-Powered Return to Pixar | The Big Picture (Ep. 483)

31:19 | Jun 15th, 2018

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.'
De Blasio’s Announcement, Stephen A. Smith, and Brian Williams's Return | The Press Box

49:25 | May 21st

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

41:43 | May 17th

'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 ...Show More
A Lesson in Public Relations: Constance Wu and Taylor Swift | Jam Session

39:02 | May 15th

‘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 ...Show More
The New Howard Stern, Ben Shapiro DESTROYED, and Kamala Harris Reboots | The Press Box

47:27 | May 14th

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 Shoema...Show More
Happy Mother's Day to Our Moms, Goldie Hawn, and No One Else | Tea Time

35:30 | May 10th

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 int...Show More
Royal Baby Emergency Podcast | Jam Session

21:57 | May 8th

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

33:04 | May 8th

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...Show More
CBS Shake-up, Elizabeth Warren, and the End of ESPN the Magazine | The Press Box

54:14 | May 7th

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...Show More
If Your Wedding Wasn’t Livestreamed by Diplo, Did You Even Get Married? | Tea Time

50:39 | May 3rd

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 extrava...Show More
Royal Rumors and the Celebrity Criticism Paradox | Jam Session

42:28 | May 1st

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...Show More
The Modern Blockbuster, Joe Biden, and John Schulian | The Press Box

1:21:12 | Apr 30th

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 Curti...Show More
Coachella, YouTube Stars, and Surviving Middle School | 4RealSeez

50:52 | Apr 29th

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,...Show More
There's No I in Tea Time But There is a "Me!" | Tea Time

51:56 | Apr 26th

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...Show More
The "Wrongthink" Episode | Damage Control

48:44 | Apr 25th

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)...Show More
An Equal and Opposite Redaction: Russell Westbrook and Pete Buttigieg | The Press Box

59:33 | Apr 23rd

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

37:39 | Apr 19th

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 ...Show More
Was Bey-chella Peak Coachella? | Jam Session

49:16 | Apr 17th

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-...Show More
Riding the Tiger: Julian Assange and Ernie Banks | The Press Box

1:07:32 | Apr 16th

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

43:36 | Apr 13th

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 (...Show More
"Biohacking" Your Diet and a Meta Criticism on the Art of Apology | Damage Control

42:49 | Apr 11th

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 peopl...Show More
Wade Wade … Don’t Tell Me! Joe Biden, the AAF, and Paul Pierce | The Press Box

55:51 | Apr 9th

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

35:24 | Apr 5th

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), an...Show More
Kate Middleton’s Rural Rivalry and Chloë Sevigny’s Most Prized Possession | Jam Session

44:00 | Apr 4th

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 g...Show More
The View to a Kill: Maddow, LeBron, and Rosie | The Press Box

55:28 | Apr 2nd

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). ...Show More
Ten Things We Love About 1999 | Tea Time

32:17 | Mar 30th

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 (2...Show More
A Nutty Avenatti Week | Damage Control

33:36 | Mar 27th

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 fam...Show More
Mueller Over and the Tom Izzo Controversy | The Press Box

53:10 | Mar 26th

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...Show More
Once Upon a Tea Time in Hollywood | Tea Time

39:02 | Mar 22nd

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 gu...Show More
Scammer Season Never Ends | Jam Session

44:11 | Mar 20th

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...Show More
That’s Mr. O’Rourke to You!: Beto, Today’s NBA, and Tucker Carlson | The Press Box

55:25 | Mar 19th

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

33:26 | Mar 15th

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)...Show More
Some Admissions-Scandal Schadenfreude | Damage Control

41:24 | Mar 13th

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 State...Show More
Dead Solid Perfect: Dan Jenkins, Boycotting Fox, and Moonlighting for the Mets | The Press Box

58:18 | Mar 12th

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 Cu...Show More
Look What You Made Us Do: We’re Taylor Swift Stans Now? | Tea Time

35:32 | Mar 8th

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 r...Show More
Kardashians vs. Pinkett Smiths: A War in Calabasas | Jam Session

37:08 | Mar 7th

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 ...Show More
Beto Late Than Never | The Press Box

52:29 | Mar 5th

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

35:31 | Mar 1st

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 Jen...Show More
Die a Hero or Live Long Enough to See Yourself Get Cancelled | Damage Control (Ep. 579)

46:09 | Feb 28th

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 pas...Show More
And the Oscar Doesn’t Go to ... | The Press Box (Ep. 578)

42:09 | Feb 26th

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)

36:55 | Feb 23rd

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 Tim...Show More
Dissecting the Latest Kardashian Scandal, Plus: a Meg Minute! | Jam Session (Ep. 576)

45:26 | Feb 20th

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...Show More
Man at His Worst | The Press Box (Ep. 575)

54:26 | Feb 20th

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)

33:41 | Feb 16th

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 som...Show More
The Art of Hate-Reading | Damage Control (Ep. 573)

41:34 | Feb 14th

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 ...Show More
Oppo Dump! | The Press Box (Ep. 572)

55:25 | Feb 12th

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)

34:23 | Feb 9th

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 ...Show More
What We Talk About When We Talk About Kylie Jenner's House | Jam Session (Ep. 570)

51:23 | Feb 7th

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 ...Show More
Venti, Vidi, Vici | The Press Box (Ep. 569)

1:03:23 | Feb 5th

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)

37:25 | Feb 2nd

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, K...Show More
A Way-Too-Early Analysis of the 2020 Presidential Candidates | Damage Control (Ep. 567)

36:20 | Jan 31st

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). Ho...Show More
To Tweet, or Not to Tweet | The Press Box (Ep. 566)

57:27 | Jan 29th

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 Cur...Show More
Is Christian Bale As Dick Cheney Still Hot? | Tea Time (Ep. 565)

40:56 | Jan 26th

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). H...Show More
Alive Girl: The Jeff Bezos Saga | Jam Session (Ep. 564)

51:51 | Jan 24th

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...Show More
The Adam Moss Coaching Tree | The Press Box (Ep. 563)

56:58 | Jan 22nd

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...Show More
Celebrity Chris Watch | Tea Time (Ep. 562)

35:34 | Jan 18th

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,...Show More
All the Hot Goss That’s Fit to Print | Damage Control (Ep. 561)

35:16 | Jan 17th

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 bl...Show More
New Episode, Who Dis? | The Press Box (Ep. 560)

52:00 | Jan 15th

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 journal...Show More
Not So Impressed With Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club | Jam Session (Ep. 559)

33:20 | Jan 10th

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). Chr...Show More
New Year Celebrity Check-In | Tea Time (Ep. 558)

32:46 | Jan 5th

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...Show More
Streaming Censorship and More Bad Blood | Damage Control (Ep. 557)

41:51 | Jan 4th

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 i...Show More
Outlandish Celebrity Predictions for 2019 | Tea Time (Ep. 556)

35:51 | Dec 28th, 2018

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,...Show More
The 2018 Year in Celebrity | Jam Session (Ep. 555)

41:06 | Dec 26th, 2018

'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 ...Show More
Use Your Collusion II | The Press Box (Ep. 554)

30:00 | Dec 25th, 2018

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)

48:12 | Dec 19th, 2018

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)

46:08 | Dec 14th, 2018

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)

33:12 | Dec 13th, 2018

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 ...Show More
The New Online | Damage Control (Ep. 550)

39:38 | Dec 6th, 2018

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 ah...Show More
A Presidential Passing | The Press Box (Ep. 549)

51:12 | Dec 4th, 2018

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). Host...Show More
Royal Feud, Tummy Tea, and Other Assorted British Scandals | Jam Session (Ep. 548)

36:22 | Nov 29th, 2018

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...Show More
The News Dump of All News Dumps | The Press Box (Ep. 547)

1:04:07 | Nov 27th, 2018

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)

38:38 | Nov 21st, 2018

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 San...Show More
A Very Goop-y Wedding | Jam Session (Ep. 545)

34:42 | Nov 16th, 2018

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 (2...Show More
Hard Pass Interference | The Press Box (Ep. 544)

1:06:35 | Nov 9th, 2018

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)

43:20 | Nov 9th, 2018

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...Show More
Election Reaction Edition | The Press Box (Ep. 542)

1:06:50 | Nov 7th, 2018

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 Shoemak...Show More
The Celebrity of It All: Cardi B vs. Nicki Minaj | Jam Session (Ep. 541)

35:30 | Nov 1st, 2018

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), a...Show More
CNN and the Bomb, the Francesa Controversies, and Megyn Kelly | The Press Box (Ep. 540)

57:36 | Oct 30th, 2018

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)

30:51 | Oct 25th, 2018

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)

42:19 | Oct 25th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Royal Extravaganza and Meghan and Harry’s Baby | Jam Session (Ep. 538)

37:05 | Oct 19th, 2018

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) a...Show More
Jonah Hill on the Personal and Powerful 'Mid90s' | The Big Picture (Ep. 537)

51:46 | Oct 18th, 2018

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)

57:26 | Oct 16th, 2018

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).
Finally, Taylor Swift and Gritty Are on the Same Team | Damage Control (Ep. 534)

31:28 | Oct 10th, 2018

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 S...Show More
Trump's Taxes, 'Venom' vs. 'A Star Is Born,' and the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi | The Press Box (Ep. 536)

57:44 | Oct 9th, 2018

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 K...Show More
‘A Star Is Born’: Instant Analysis | The Big Picture (Ep. 535)

46:37 | Oct 8th, 2018

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...Show More
A Star Is Bradley | Jam Session (Ep. 534)

31:25 | Oct 3rd, 2018

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...Show More
More Ford-Kavanaugh, the "Rebirth" of the NFL, and Michael Moore | The Press Box (Ep. 533)

53:06 | Oct 2nd, 2018

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)

36:44 | Sep 28th, 2018

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)

55:33 | Sep 28th, 2018

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)

27:26 | Sep 26th, 2018

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...Show More
Covering Kavanaugh, Lee Jenkins Joins the Clippers, and the Podcast Bubble | The Press Box (Ep. 529)

1:03:04 | Sep 25th, 2018

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 no...Show More
Ethan Hawke Will 'Blaze' a Trail as a Director, Too | The Big Picture (Ep. 528)

44:06 | Sep 21st, 2018

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)

45:54 | Sep 20th, 2018

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), a...Show More
Jian Ghomeshi, NFL Grab Bag, and Cable Storm Coverage | The Press Box (Ep. 526)

56:40 | Sep 18th, 2018

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 new...Show More
Nicole Holofcener, 'The Land of Steady Habits,' and the Characters From Her Own Life | The Big Picture (Ep. 525)

25:47 | Sep 14th, 2018

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)

40:35 | Sep 13th, 2018

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...Show More
Trump vs. (Almost) Everybody | The Press Box (Ep. 523)

53:38 | Sep 12th, 2018

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)

24:39 | Sep 7th, 2018

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)

40:50 | Sep 6th, 2018

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), ...Show More
Steve Bannon, David Remnick, and the New Yorker Festival | The Press Box (Ep. 520)

37:28 | Sep 5th, 2018

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)

33:52 | Aug 31st, 2018

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)

34:02 | Aug 30th, 2018

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 Ahmadi...Show More
Remembering John McCain, Jemele Hill's Exit From ESPN, and Taking Stock of 'The Athletic' | The Press Box (Ep. 517)

54:54 | Aug 28th, 2018

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...Show More
The Summer Movie Awards | The Big Picture (Ep. 516)

56:36 | Aug 24th, 2018

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)

32:22 | Aug 22nd, 2018

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 relat...Show More
The Nation's Editorial Pages vs. Trump, The Return of "The Swami," and ... Is New York Magazine For Sale? | The Press Box (Ep. 514)

51:02 | Aug 21st, 2018

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)

32:02 | Aug 17th, 2018

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)

40:27 | Aug 15th, 2018

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)

52:19 | Aug 14th, 2018

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)

49:54 | Aug 9th, 2018

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)

28:16 | Aug 8th, 2018

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 questi...Show More
Trump vs. LeBron, the Ohio State Scandal, and Counter-Trolling | The Press Box (Ep. 508)

51:37 | Aug 7th, 2018

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 u...Show More
Why Is Facebook So Bad at Moderation? | Damage Control (Ep. 507)

31:56 | Aug 1st, 2018

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...Show More
The N.Y. Times in the Oval Office, Facebook's InfoWars War, and the Indignities of NFL Training Camp | The Press Box (Ep. 506)

46:00 | Jul 31st, 2018

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 ...Show More
Making ‘Mission: Impossible’ the Best Movie Franchise, With Christopher McQuarrie | The Big Picture (Ep. 505)

43:00 | Jul 27th, 2018

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’...Show More
The Official Podcast of Celebrity Summer Vacations | Jam Session (Ep. 504)

44:46 | Jul 25th, 2018

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: ...Show More
Remembering Jonathan Gold, the Downsizing of the Daily News, and Is Women's Media a “Scam”? | The Press Box (Ep. 503)

50:53 | Jul 24th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Bo Burnham’s ‘Eighth Grade’ Captures the Experience of Middle School and Right Now | The Big Picture (Ep. 502)

31:55 | Jul 20th, 2018

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)

37:00 | Jul 18th, 2018

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 (17:5...Show More
Trump's Tour of Europe, a Kinder NBA, and Sacha Baron Cohen Returns | The Press Box (Ep. 500)

48:41 | Jul 17th, 2018

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:...Show More
What Inspires Gus Van Sant? | The Big Picture (Ep. 499)

20:06 | Jul 13th, 2018

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,...Show More
The Business Side of Lindsay Lohan, Celebrity Summer Vacations, and Other Celebrity Well-wishes | Jam Session (Ep. 498)

38:42 | Jul 12th, 2018

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 wed...Show More
Ousting Scott Pruitt, the Return of the Soccer Trolls, and the NBA vs. the NFL | The Press Box (Ep. 493)

45:25 | Jul 10th, 2018

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 wit...Show More
Boots Riley’s ‘Sorry to Bother You’ Is a Cinematic Acid Trip | The Big Picture (Ep. 492)

41:19 | Jul 9th, 2018

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...Show More
'Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Goes Big, With Peyton Reed | The Big Picture (Ep. 491)

29:48 | Jul 6th, 2018

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)

49:53 | Jul 3rd, 2018

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 abou...Show More
Why ‘Sicario’ Needed a Sequel, With Stefano Sollima | The Big Picture (Ep. 489)

40:38 | Jun 29th, 2018

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)

28:49 | Jun 28th, 2018

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). ...Show More
Trump's Border War, Woj Dunks on the Draft, and Johnny Depp's Profile | The Press Box (Ep. 487)

49:50 | Jun 26th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Do You Love Scary Dinosaurs? J.A. Bayona’s 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Has Scary Dinosaurs | The Big Picture (Ep. 486)

19:53 | Jun 22nd, 2018

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)

44:27 | Jun 20th, 2018

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...Show More
Trump's "Lies," the Strange Case of Ali Watkins, and Stephen A. Smith | The Press Box (Ep. 484)

47:46 | Jun 19th, 2018

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' r...Show More
A Deep Dive Into the Timeline of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s Relationship | Jam Session (Ep. 482)

34:38 | Jun 13th, 2018

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 ‘O...Show More
Morgan Neville’s Mister Rogers Documentary Reminds Us to Be a Good Neighbor | The Big Picture (Ep. 481)

33:54 | Jun 13th, 2018

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)

41:37 | Jun 12th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Hereditary’ Is the Most Disturbing Horror Movie in Years, With Ari Aster | The Big Picture (Ep. 479)

25:22 | Jun 8th, 2018

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)

34:43 | Jun 6th, 2018

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). The...Show More
Disinviting the Eagles, Clinton's Book Tour, and Sitcom Sign-offs | The Press Box (Ep. 477)

51:51 | Jun 6th, 2018

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...Show More
Truth, Fiction, and a Hollywood Heist Movie, With Bart Layton | The Big Picture (Ep. 476)

30:52 | Jun 1st, 2018

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)

47:29 | May 30th, 2018

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 futu...Show More
'Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Instant Analysis | The Big Picture (Ep. 474)

38:55 | May 25th, 2018

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...Show More
Uber, Facebook, and Elon Musk Seek Image Repair | Damage Control (Ep. 473)

29:29 | May 23rd, 2018

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 ac...Show More
The Mueller Investigation Turns 1, Royal Wedding Reactions, and the Repackaging of A-Rod | The Press Box (Ep. 472)

49:10 | May 22nd, 2018

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),...Show More
Making ‘First Reformed,’ the Best Movie of the Year So Far, With Paul Schrader | The Big Picture (Ep. 471)

30:57 | May 21st, 2018

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 ‘T...Show More
Emergency ‘Deadpool 2’ Debate | The Big Picture (Ep. 470)

42:09 | May 18th, 2018

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 arriva...Show More
Rehashing ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ With Mallory Rubin | The Dave Chang Show

15:57 | May 17th, 2018

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 J...Show More
A Royal Wedding Mailbag Spectacular | Jam Session (Ep. 469)

52:17 | May 16th, 2018

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 ...Show More
How the Media Normalized Sports Gambling, John McCain’s Long Goodbye, and Katie Nolan Gets Called Out | The Press Box (Ep. 468)

51:00 | May 15th, 2018

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 o...Show More
Making the Melissa McCarthy Machine, With Ben Falcone | The Big Picture (Ep. 467)

29:43 | May 14th, 2018

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)

30:34 | May 10th, 2018

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 ne...Show More
Dissecting the Response to Childish Gambino's "This Is America" | Damage Control (Ep. 465)

35:17 | May 9th, 2018

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 begin...Show More
Rudy Giuliani Opens Up, Peter King Says Goodbye, and the Joy Reid Affair | The Press Box (Ep. 464)

50:50 | May 8th, 2018

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)

33:35 | May 2nd, 2018

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 t...Show More
The Cosby Conviction, the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, and Francesa's Return | The Press Box (Ep. 462)

51:59 | May 1st, 2018

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)

1:06:04 | Apr 27th, 2018

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 Wa...Show More
The Old Kanye Is Gone | Damage Control (Ep. 460)

28:15 | Apr 25th, 2018

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,...Show More
Trump and Haberman, LeBron's Sideline Interview, and the Meltdown at Harper's | The Press Box (Ep. 459)

53:48 | Apr 24th, 2018

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' magazi...Show More
William Friedkin Meets a Real-Life ‘Exorcist’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 458)

38:45 | Apr 23rd, 2018

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 i...Show More
4/20 Special: Jay Chandrasekhar’s ‘Super Troopers’ Return | The Big Picture (Ep. 457)

42:31 | Apr 20th, 2018

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...Show More
Beychella or Bust and the Khloe Kardashian–Tristan Thompson Scandal Timeline | Jam Session (Ep. 456)

42:27 | Apr 18th, 2018

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 weddi...Show More
Hannity Revealed, Comey’s Book, and Spinning the Syria Attacks | The Press Box (Ep. 455)

53:46 | Apr 17th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Life and Death in the American West With ‘Lean on Pete’ Director Andrew Haigh | The Big Picture (Ep. 454)

31:58 | Apr 13th, 2018

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...Show More
Facebook in the Hot Seat and the Problem With ‘The Simpsons’ | Damage Control (Ep. 453)

34:26 | Apr 12th, 2018

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 (...Show More
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)

52:10 | Apr 11th, 2018

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-owne...Show More
'Blockers’ and the Revival of the Studio Comedy With Kay Cannon | The Big Picture (Ep. 451)

30:26 | Apr 6th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon's Friendship Down Under, the Tatum-Dewan Breakup, and the Nxivm Scandal | Jam Session (Ep. 450)

38:12 | Apr 4th, 2018

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 (21:4...Show More
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)

47:30 | Apr 3rd, 2018

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:...Show More
Steven Spielberg's Top 5 Movies With Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan | The Big Picture (Ep. 448)

1:05:00 | Mar 30th, 2018

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’ s...Show More
Breaking: 'Ready Player One' Isn't the 'Black Panther' for Gamers | Damage Control (Ep. 447)

42:01 | Mar 29th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Cults, Sex, and the American Dream in 'Wild Wild Country' I The Big Picture (Ep. 446)

48:30 | Mar 27th, 2018

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...Show More
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)

47:42 | Mar 27th, 2018

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...Show More
Ben Affleck's Fantastical Back Tattoo: A Timeline | Jam Session (Ep. 444)

40:37 | Mar 21st, 2018

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), Aub...Show More
Extorting John Skipper, the New Power of Cable News, and March Media Madness | The Press Box (Ep. 443)

47:27 | Mar 20th, 2018

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 reflect...Show More
The Best Movies at the SXSW Film Festival | The Big Picture (Ep. 442)

38:24 | Mar 16th, 2018

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)

39:05 | Mar 15th, 2018

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 thi...Show More
The Stormy Daniels Affair, "Unplugging" From Twitter, and ESPN's Nostalgia Problem | The Press Box (Ep. 440)

48:39 | Mar 13th, 2018

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:...Show More
Cory Finley Breaks From the Stage with ‘Thoroughbreds’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 439)

25:58 | Mar 9th, 2018

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)

53:05 | Mar 6th, 2018

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:...Show More
Oscars Postgame Report, Barbra Streisand’s Cloned Pups, and Serena Williams’s Four Billboards | Jam Session (Ep. 437)

30:43 | Mar 6th, 2018

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...Show More
Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Red Sparrow’ Transformation With Francis Lawrence | The Big Picture (Ep. 436)

26:10 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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 cre...Show More
Will The Real Donald Glover Please Stand Up? | Damage Control (Ep. 435)

38:55 | Feb 28th, 2018

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...Show More
The NRA's Media Presence, the Troubles of Covering the Olympics, and Deconstructing The Player's Tribune | The Press Box (Ep. 434)

51:30 | Feb 28th, 2018

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)

59:45 | Feb 27th, 2018

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 Be...Show More
'Annihilation,’ ‘Ex Machina,’ and Alex Garland’s Disturbing Sci-Fi Vision | The Big Picture (Ep. 432)

34:30 | Feb 23rd, 2018

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 discu...Show More
Jennifer Aniston’s Divorce, Amy Schumer’s Wedding, and What’s Going on With Jennifer Lawrence’s Career? | Jam Session (Ep. 431)

28:17 | Feb 21st, 2018

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 (23:0...Show More
The Parkland Shooting Coverage, LeBron James Won't "Shut Up and Dribble," and New York Times Op-Ed Opinions | The Press Box (Ep. 430)

56:45 | Feb 20th, 2018

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 Tim...Show More
Yance Ford Made ‘Strong Island’ to Face Down the Past | The Big Picture (Ep. 429)

33:23 | Feb 19th, 2018

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...Show More
Why Stop-Motion Animation Takes Forever to Make, With Nick Park | The Big Picture (Ep. 428)

25:18 | Feb 16th, 2018

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 un...Show More
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)

30:43 | Feb 14th, 2018

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...Show More
The Great Tom Brady Catfish Hoax of 2018, 'Black Panther' Pre-Backlash, and Woj vs. Shams | The Press Box (Ep. 426)

53:26 | Feb 13th, 2018

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 Sh...Show More
The Rise of Alex Ross Perry: From the Art House to the Mouse House | The Big Picture (Ep. 425)

43:18 | Feb 12th, 2018

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 Disne...Show More
'Icarus’ Filmmaker Bryan Fogel on Why Russia Won’t Be at the Olympics | The Big Picture (Ep. 424)

39:31 | Feb 9th, 2018

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 abo...Show More
Kylie Jenner’s Baby Announcement, Armie Hammer’s Tracksuit Tour, and the Latest in Celebrity Real Estate | Jam Session (Ep. 423)

37:27 | Feb 8th, 2018

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 ...Show More
The Super Bowl Media-splosion, Trouble at the L.A. Times, and the Journalism Bubble | The Press Box (Ep. 422)

56:58 | Feb 6th, 2018

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 celebrat...Show More
The Art of True Crime Documentary with Erin Lee Carr | The Big Picture (Ep. 421)

29:21 | Feb 2nd, 2018

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...Show More
Dystopia in the USA and the Search for Utopia in 'Black Panther' | Damage Control (Ep. 420)"

28:04 | Feb 1st, 2018

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 fi...Show More
Covering Larry Nassar, Interviewing Jason Isbell, and the Future of FiveThirtyEight | The Press Box (Ep. 419)

47:58 | Jan 30th, 2018

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)

37:15 | Jan 25th, 2018

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 ce...Show More
Oscar Season: The Snubs and Surprises of the Academy Awards Nominations | The Big Picture (Ep. 417)

1:00:49 | Jan 23rd, 2018

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 se...Show More
Goodbye to The Awl, Criticisms of Romo, and Slate’s New Look | The Press Box (Ep. 416)

48:55 | Jan 23rd, 2018

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)

30:10 | Jan 19th, 2018

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 (16:0...Show More
'The Press Box': Anatomy of a Walk Off (Ep. 414)

48:45 | Jan 16th, 2018

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 me...Show More
Through the Ringer Promo

00:37 | Jan 13th, 2018

Through the Ringer offers a mix of podcasts that includes the best of the Ringer Podcast Network, special episodes devoted to timely topics, and other projects.
'The Big Picture': Making Kick-Ass Liam Neeson Movies With Director Jaume Collet-Serra (Ep. 415)

22:07 | Jan 12th, 2018

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 h...Show More
'The Press Box': Scooping the Scoop (Ep. 414)

46:56 | Jan 9th, 2018

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...Show More
‘Jam Session’: Golden Globes 2018 and Oprah for President? (Ep. 413)

37:54 | Jan 8th, 2018

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 win...Show More
This Week in Ringer Sports, Including the Possible Demise of the Patriots Dynasty (Jan. 2-5, 2018) (Ep. 411)

33:10 | Jan 6th, 2018

This Week in Ringer Sports features ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’ with Mike Francesa discussing the tension between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick (00:38), ‘Ringer University’ discussing the upcoming College Football Playoff final (07:04), ‘The Ringer NFL...Show More
This Week in Ringer Culture, Including the Chappelle Specials (Jan. 2-5, 2018) (Ep. 412)

20:40 | Jan 6th, 2018

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’ discus...Show More
'Damage Control': To Ban or Not to Ban Logan Paul and Donald Trump: That Is the Question (Ep. 410)

32:32 | Jan 5th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Bachelor Party Promo

01:29 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Each week, Juliet Litman analyzes ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelor Winter Games’ in extreme detail and engages in conversation with guests from Bachelor Nation, fellow super-fans, and her Ringer colleagues. The first episode premieres January 2, 2018.
'The Big Picture': The Urgency of ‘The Post’ With Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer (Ep. 409)

31:40 | Dec 29th, 2017

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 ...Show More
'The Press Box': Heroes and Villains (Ep. 408)

45:13 | Dec 28th, 2017

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 come...Show More
'This Week in Ringer Culture' (Dec. 18-22, 2017) (Ep. 406)

31:55 | Dec 23rd, 2017

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...Show More
'This Week in Ringer Sports' (Dec. 18-22, 2017) (Ep. 407)

29:45 | Dec 23rd, 2017

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 Bow...Show More
'The Big Picture' - The Best Movies of 2017 (Ep. 405)

38:49 | Dec 22nd, 2017

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)

53:50 | Dec 22nd, 2017

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)

30:07 | Dec 21st, 2017

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...Show More
'Damage Control': Two Black Thinkers, Two White Agitators (Ep. 402)

33:37 | Dec 20th, 2017

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 (15:0...Show More
The Big Picture' - ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is Just the Beginning for Rian Johnson (Ep. 401)

15:54 | Dec 18th, 2017

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)

26:04 | Dec 16th, 2017

'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’ wi...Show More
'This Week in Ringer Sports' (Dec. 11-15, 2017) (Ep. 399)

33:58 | Dec 16th, 2017

'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...Show More
'The Press Box': 'The Last Jedi,' Francesa's Farewell, and the Twitter Quitter (Ep. 398)

48:44 | Dec 16th, 2017

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)

41:32 | Dec 15th, 2017

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)

29:10 | Dec 13th, 2017

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 mors...Show More
This Week in Ringer Sports (Dec. 4-8, 2017) (Ep. 395)

28:27 | Dec 9th, 2017

'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 ...Show More
This Week in Ringer Culture (Dec. 4-8, 2017) (Ep. 394)

25:38 | Dec 9th, 2017

'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...Show More
'The Press Box’: @$$holes Like Us (Ep. 393)

47:09 | Dec 9th, 2017

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)

33:42 | Dec 8th, 2017

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 ...Show More
This Week in Ringer Sports (Nov. 27–Dec. 1, 2017) (Ep. 391)

31:34 | Dec 2nd, 2017

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 Sc...Show More
This Week in Ringer Culture (Nov. 27–Dec. 1, 2017) (Ep. 390)

33:06 | Dec 2nd, 2017

'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' (12:0...Show More
The Big Picture - Errol Morris's Catnip for Conspiracy Theorists (Ep. 389)

29:12 | Dec 1st, 2017

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 ...Show More
‘The Press Box’ —Stop The Presses! (Ep. 388)

52:30 | Dec 1st, 2017

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...Show More
‘Jam Session’ — Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Engagement (Ep. 387)

36:29 | Nov 30th, 2017

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 rel...Show More
'The Big Picture' — Joe Wright Bounces Back From His Darkest Hour (Ep. 386)

28:07 | Nov 22nd, 2017

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: ...Show More
This Week in Ringer Culture (Nov. 13-17, 2017) (Ep. 385)

37:07 | Nov 18th, 2017

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...Show More
This Week in Ringer Sports (Nov. 13-17, 2017) (Ep. 384)

27:15 | Nov 18th, 2017

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...Show More
'The Big Picture' — The Past, Present, and Future of Superhero Movies (Ep. 383)

1:01:42 | Nov 17th, 2017

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)

49:08 | Nov 16th, 2017

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 edito...Show More
‘Jam Session’ — Gal Gadot, Cardi B, and the Last Taylor Swift Discussion of 2017 (Ep. 381)

46:00 | Nov 15th, 2017

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 Mar...Show More
'The Big Picture' — Greta Gerwig on ‘Lady Bird,’ One of the Year’s Best Movies (Ep. 380)

30:28 | Nov 13th, 2017

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 Ban...Show More
This Week in Ringer Culture (Nov 6, 2017 - Nov 10, 2017) (Ep. 379)

23:56 | Nov 11th, 2017

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’ wi...Show More
This Week in Ringer Sports (Nov 6, 2017 - Nov 10, 2017) (Ep. 378)

43:00 | Nov 11th, 2017

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 Ot...Show More
Damage Control - Assessing Louis C.K’s Career and Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ (Ep.377)

28:23 | Nov 11th, 2017

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 ...Show More
The Big Picture — Passing Time With Richard Linklater (Ep. 376)

37:07 | Nov 10th, 2017

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 di...Show More
'The Press Box’ — Entertainment Writing: SVU (Ep. 375)

55:11 | Nov 10th, 2017

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 Bo...Show More
'The Big Picture' — How to Make a Marvel Movie Funny With ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi (Ep. 374)

33:09 | Nov 3rd, 2017

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)

51:10 | Nov 3rd, 2017

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 J...Show More
‘Jam Session’ — We Love Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, We Don’t Love Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber (Ep. 372)

40:09 | Nov 2nd, 2017

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 nomadi...Show More
'Damage Control' - Keeping It 1950s Woke With ‘Suburbicon’ and ‘Wolfenstein’ (Ep. 371)

23:40 | Oct 28th, 2017

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 — strictl...Show More
The NBA Fan’s Guide to the World Series (Ep. 370)

1:08:23 | Oct 27th, 2017

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)

28:58 | Oct 27th, 2017

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)

52:03 | Oct 24th, 2017

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 su...Show More
The Big Picture — Todd Haynes on Growing Up and Going ‘Wonderstruck’ (Ep. 367)

26:50 | Oct 20th, 2017

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)

47:57 | Oct 18th, 2017

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...Show More
'The Big Picture' — Noah Baumbach and Capturing the American Family (Ep. 365)

33:17 | Oct 16th, 2017

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 Am...Show More
‘The Press Box’ — The Empire Wins (Ep. 364)

49:48 | Oct 13th, 2017

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 spo...Show More
'Jam Session' — We’re Talking About Harvey Weinstein (Ep. 363)

45:25 | Oct 11th, 2017

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 dis...Show More
'The Big Picture' — Darren Aronofsky on Pushing the Envelope (Ep. 362)

24:08 | Oct 11th, 2017

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)

36:12 | Oct 6th, 2017

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 McKi...Show More
‘The Press Box’ — Picture Me Trollin' (Ep. 360)

50:30 | Oct 5th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Bill James on His New Book 'The Man From the Train' (Ep. 358)

46:14 | Oct 2nd, 2017

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 b...Show More
'The Big Picture' — Stephen Frears and the Inner Workings of the Royal Family (Ep. 357)

27:29 | Sep 29th, 2017

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 roy...Show More
‘The Press Box’ — A Time of Transition (Ep. 356)

40:52 | Sep 29th, 2017

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)

37:56 | Sep 27th, 2017

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)

32:28 | Sep 22nd, 2017

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)

37:29 | Sep 21st, 2017

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)

36:12 | Sep 15th, 2017

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 biop...Show More
'The Press Box'—Jemele Hill and how politicization affects ESPN (Ep. 351)

38:02 | Sep 14th, 2017

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), an...Show More
‘The Big Picture’ — 'It' Director Andy Muschietti on Adapting Stephen King (Ep. 350)

33:31 | Sep 8th, 2017

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 Penny...Show More
’Insecure’ Season 2 Finale Preview (Ep. 349)

36:48 | Sep 7th, 2017

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 givi...Show More
'Jam Session' — At Home with Meghan Markle, George Clooney, and Serena Williams (Not At the Same Time) (Ep. 348)

38:25 | Sep 6th, 2017

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)

35:49 | Sep 1st, 2017

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 film...Show More
‘Jam Session’ — An Unhappy Conversation About Taylor Swift (Ep. 346)

28:03 | Aug 28th, 2017

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 ...Show More
'Death Note’ Director Adam Wingard on Building Monsters and Hollywood Whitewashing Controversies (Ep. 345)

41:09 | Aug 25th, 2017

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and Justin Charity chat about the Netflix film ‘Death Note’ and the difficulties of adapting anime (1:00). Then Sean sits down with director Adam Wingard to discuss how he went from scraping by to directing large...Show More
Southern Rap Special: Best Albums, Dopest Mixtapes, and the Future of the Genre (Ep. 344)

40:36 | Aug 25th, 2017

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). The...Show More
‘Jam Session’ — Taylor Swift Spectacular (Ep. 343)

32:27 | Aug 23rd, 2017

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...Show More
'The Big Picture' — Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman Channel Rejection and Anxiety to Make ‘Lemon’ (Ep. 342)

41:23 | Aug 18th, 2017

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Alison Herman about Janicza Bravo’s approach to uncomfortable comedy and her direction of “Juneteenth,” the instant-classic episode of ‘Atlanta’ (1:00). Then Sean sits down with Bravo and her husband/p...Show More
'The Big Picture' — The Safdie Brothers and ‘Good Time,’ an Instant New York Classic (Ep. 341)

34:33 | Aug 11th, 2017

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-scr...Show More
'Jam Session'—Malia's Lollapalooza, Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's Split, and 'Siesta Key' (Ep. 340)

55:55 | Aug 9th, 2017

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 n...Show More