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The Femsplainers Podcast

Christina Hoff Sommers & Danielle Crittenden

It’s the gossipy, smart, witty conversation you’d have if all of your girlfriends (and some of your guy friends too!) were experts on the hot topics of the moment. High spirited and high minded, we don’t argue or whine but seek to get to the heart of...Show More

1:06:25 | Sep 10th

Christina & Danielle catch up after a summer apart. While Danielle fled to Canada, Christina cops to becoming a shut-in Twitter addict. Now they’re back and ready to solve the world — over cocktails of course.

1:19:18 | Jul 16th

Podcast is getting ready to break for the summer! But not before Christina & Danielle dispute the women's soccer "pay gap," question millennial sex habits, and own up to being "white feminists." PLUS: Zoe bids a fond farewell by bringing up -- again!...Show More
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1:16:08 | Jul 9th

Literary goddess Erica Jong joins daughter & journalist Molly Jong-Fast to discuss the growing cold war between men and women, celebrity child-rearing, famous mentors, and, well, everything else with Christina & Danielle.

1:45:00 | Jul 2nd

Andrew Sullivan, legendary gay rights pioneer & journalist, explains why he is being driven out of the movement by extreme trans activists 50 years after Stonewall. PLUS: Christina & Danielle on beauty magazine "realism," the sex lives of "Furries" a...Show More

1:16:16 | Jun 25th

Yeah, we got the famed podcaster and neuroscientist off that metaphysical stuff and got him talking about his personal life. PLUS: Christina & Danielle tell you what not to put you know where.

1:21:38 | Jun 18th

Writer and comedienne Bridget Phetasy earned her wisdom the hard way. After years of partying and blackout sex, she's now sober -- and wickedly funny and wise. She spills her journey to Christina & Danielle. PLUS: What does it mean to be "ready" for ...Show More

1:17:27 | Jun 11th

If your kid is accused of sexual misconduct, cheating, or worse, you better call crisis counselor Hanna Stotland. She tells Christina & Danielle how she's managed to help even the toughest cases get a second chance. PLUS a debate over "weed tampons" ...Show More

1:22:49 | Jun 4th

Bestselling author Rebecca Eckler spills on the dark side(s) of forming stepfamilies. PLUS: Christina's Twitter wars with celebrities, Danielle's decision to be honest about mucous, and more.

1:39:02 | May 28th

How do you survive a social media mob? Helen Andrews was a "pioneer" in having her life ruined online. She tells Christina & Danielle how she recovered and came back. PLUS: Where are the intellectual conservative women? And is a Snapchat filter anti-...Show More

1:21:05 | May 21st

Bestselling author Vicky Ward takes us inside the ambitious and corrupt worlds of New York high society & family real estate empires as revealed in her new book "Kushner, Inc." PLUS: Take off your Handmaid's Tale costumes protestors! Christina & Dani...Show More

1:58:06 | May 14th

A star-studded array of Femsplainer guests, including Tina Brown, Emily Yoffe, Leah Mcsweeny, Mandy Stadtmiller and more return to celebrate our first birthday with Christina and Danielle and launch the fourth season.

1:07:09 | May 8th

Why do we emphasize female success as measured in time spent at the office vs our own quality time? Danielle & Christina discuss this and much more in the Season 3 finale.

1:17:52 | Apr 23rd

Knowing which can solve your problems -- and the world's. Author Michele Gelfand joins Danielle and guest co-splainer Meghan Cox Gurdon to discuss her new book "Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World," over a cosmo (o...Show More

1:18:10 | Apr 16th

Take two breaths and listen to renowned activist Irshad Manji discuss her new book "Don't Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times" with Christina & Danielle. PLUS Fake Travel Warnings, "Jewel Stools" & more.

1:12:42 | Apr 9th

Christina regales Danielle with tales of her travel Down Under debating Roxane Gay; meanwhile, Danielle eats ant larvae in Mexico City. It was quite a spring break!

1:13:00 | Mar 19th

The NYT's columnist and bestselling author reveals how to lead a better life to Christina & Danielle, previewing his new book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life. PLUS man boobs, students demanding fabric softener, and more.

1:11:23 | Mar 12th

But they didn't destroy me. Biologist Heather Heying reveals to Christina & Danielle how she and her husband Bret Weinstein are fighting back after they were forced to leave Evergreen State College by radicalized mobs. PLUS wife controlling apps & mo...Show More

1:16:32 | Mar 5th

The incredible journey of GQ's Julia Ioffe, from Soviet refugee to star journalist and scourge of Melania Trump. Meanwhile, Danielle worries that Christina is becoming a Twitter shut-in.

1:17:08 | Feb 26th

Olivia Nuzzi is on fire! New York magazine's Washington correspondent dishes to Christina & Danielle on what it's really like to cover the White House. PLUS Izzy disrupts the podcast, gross new emojis, and more.

1:16:13 | Feb 19th

Why are so many men turning off, tuning out, and dropping out? Christina & Danielle explore this disturbing trend with Timothy Carney, author of the new book "Alienated America." PLUS men's revenge on VDay & more.

1:22:35 | Feb 12th

Is it "New Year's Eve with nuclear weapons?" as surprise guest David Frum asserts to Christina and Danielle? Worst VDay fails, talking vaginas, walking penises, and much MUCH more

1:21:55 | Feb 5th

Sure, we may have dark roots -- but Danielle & Christina have an otherwise stimulating conversation with Claire Lehmann, editor of the fabulous journal, Quillette. PLUS what is the correct posture for, um, a dick pick?

1:06:33 | Jan 29th

Men identifying as women are challenging women's sports, women's organizations, women's spaces, and even the very definition of womanhood itself. Disagree -- and they may threaten to beat the crap out of you. Meghan Murphy reports to Christina & Dani...Show More

1:09:04 | Jan 22nd

The one FREE & best thing you can do for your children to set them up for life. Author Meghan Cox Gurdon reveals the miracles of reading aloud. Plus Christina & Danielle debate the new Gillette ad and more.

1:04:28 | Jan 15th

Did Farrakhan followers and other radicals kill the #WomensMarch? Leah McSweeney discusses her explosive Tablet Magazine article on the movement's meltdown. Plus, watch out, it's JanuHairy!

54:41 | Dec 25th, 2018

Christina & Danielle discuss how we all seem to be getting the holidays wrong in the finale of Season 2.

1:31:35 | Dec 18th, 2018

The globally bestselling author of "The 12 Rules for Life" reveals to Christina & Danielle the secrets of his long marriage, why dating apps suck, and how his feminist critics are wrong in this live podcast recorded at the American Enterprise Institu...Show More

1:20:54 | Dec 11th, 2018

The culture has never been more tolerant of every type of sex, but young people are shying away from it. The Atlantic's Kate Julian joins Danielle & Christina to explain this unprecedented trend.

57:28 | Dec 4th, 2018

Christina & Danielle brace for the season of binge drinking PLUS catch up on the most crazy recent #metoo stories and answer listener feedback.

1:20:29 | Dec 1st, 2018

Pulitzer-prize winning historian Anne Applebaum recounts her losses of friendships over two continents from political extremism. Danielle & Christina explain why they remain her firm BFFs.

1:16:37 | Nov 20th, 2018

From disgusting traditional foods to that crazy uncle, we have you covered. Danielle & Christina entertain guest mansplainer David Sommers on sports, and author Diana Butler Bass on how to be more grateful.

1:13:50 | Nov 13th, 2018

America's most successful licensed prostitute, Alice Little of the Moonlight Bunny Ranch, makes the case for legalized brothels. Meanwhile, Christine & Danielle worry about an invasion of sexbots.

1:12:55 | Nov 6th, 2018

The Republican Women for Progress faces the thankless task of trying to bring moderate female voters back to the GOP. Christina and Danielle talk girl politics and more in this special mid-term election podcast.

1:09:32 | Oct 30th, 2018

The majority of Americans agree on gun control measures that will prevent massacres and respect the 2nd Amendment. Shannon Watts tells us why it will be mothers who will turn the tide in this deadly debate. Guest femsplainer Meghan Cox Gurdon joins D...Show More

1:12:38 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Has too much screen time and helicopter parenting contributed to an increasingly helpless and depressed new generation of students? Greg Lukianoff, co-author of "The Coddling of the American Mind," mansplains the problem to Danielle & Christina.

50:40 | Oct 16th, 2018

Helen Pluckrose reveals to Christina & Danielle how she and two professor colleagues fooled some of the most prestigious academic journals into publishing blatantly silly articles.

58:04 | Oct 9th, 2018

What happens when a Craig's List ad leads you to a job in the White House? Beck Dorey-Stein, author of the memoir From the Corner of the Oval, reveals to Christina & Danielle what it's really like working for the President.

58:35 | Oct 1st, 2018

Are all-boys schools and frats still breeding grounds for binge drinking and sexual assault? The Atlantic contributor Emily Yoffe & Millennial Mansplainer Nat Frum reveal all to Danielle and guest co-splainer Melinda.

1:00:45 | Sep 24th, 2018

Sexual neuroscientist Dr. Debra Soh on gender neutral parenting, trendy transsexuals, why women don't commit sex crimes and other sexy issues with Christina and Danielle.

56:17 | Sep 17th, 2018

The magnificent Margaret Hoover discusses her recent reboot of "Firing Line," the famous TV show hosted by William F. Buckley, with Christina and Danielle -- and what it's like to be a president's great-grandaughter and more.

1:02:59 | Sep 10th, 2018

Obsessive fears have created a culture in which children's freedom is now drastically curtailed. Parents who let their kids play outside or walk to school alone face arrest. How did this happen? Kim Brooks, author of "Small Animals: Parenthood in the...Show More

1:25:13 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Vicki Larson, co-author of "The New I Do," thinks so. She suggests an array of modern alternatives to romantic sticklers Christina Hoff-Sommers and Danielle Crittenden.

52:01 | Aug 27th, 2018

Christina and Danielle catch up on all the news and listeners' questions after a summer apart.

1:30:59 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Washington's leading hostess of Georgetown cocktail parties is also a serious student of the occult. Christina & Danielle explore both worlds with the famous & fabulous journalist as they discuss Quinn's new memoir, FINDING MAGIC: A Love Story.

1:08:28 | Jul 16th, 2018

Sexual predators come in all types. But should they all be treated the same way? Christina & Danielle explore the dark world of sexual deviancy with The Atlantic's Emily Yoffe.

41:39 | Jul 9th, 2018

Models face a constant barrage of sexual exploitation, harassment and improper demands. Too often agencies collude with the perps. Where's the fashion industry's #MeToo? Top model Sara Ziff, founder of the Model Alliance, reveals the ugly side of the...Show More

1:09:00 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Adult film star Chanel Preston reveals all to Christina & Danielle in this fascinating conversation about the effects of porn on us, our lovers, our culture, and our children.

1:27:39 | Jun 25th, 2018

David Frum takes your questions on love and marriage with Christina and his wife of now 30 years, co-host Danielle.

56:45 | Jun 18th, 2018

Discover how life only gets better after age 50, even for us sagging femsplainers! Listen to Christina & Danielle's uplifting discussion with Jonathan Rauch, author of "The Happiness Curve."

1:08:55 | Jun 11th, 2018

Mandy Stadtmiller's long night's journey into day. Join Christina & Danielle in candid conversation with the author of the new book "Unwifeable."

1:02:09 | Jun 4th, 2018

An intimate girls' night out with the celebrated champion of Islamic women's rights. (She's also our BFF.) Ayaan Hirsi Ali joins Danielle and Christina for the latest episode of The Femsplainers.

1:15:53 | May 28th, 2018

What's a frat boy to do in the post #metoo era? Millennials Nat & Joe mansplain the answer. And what's a young woman to do with these men? The witty and brilliant Caitlin Flanagan femsplains the way.

44:07 | May 21st, 2018

You won't believe how similar the Clinton/Trump sex scandals are -- and the women who enable them. Recorded before a live audience at the AEI/Ricochet Podcast Summit, Danielle and Christine talk with columnist Mona Charen, author of the forthcoming b...Show More

43:26 | May 14th, 2018

Tina Brown joins Christina and Danielle on this episode of The Femsplainers. The legendary editor dishes on legends—and how she managed it all.

40:59 | May 7th, 2018

In their debut episode, Christina and Danielle reminisce about how they first met: in a TV studio before a debate with the founder of modern feminism, Betty Friedan. Christina smoked, Danielle did a shot, and Betty lunged at them over the podium. Tha...Show More

01:52 | Mar 16th, 2018

Christina and Danielle, your Femsplainers-in-Chief, give a sneak peak at what to expect. Subscribe today, and tell your friends!