Crooked Media
Political commentator and comedy writer Erin Ryan and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco are joined by a bicoastal squad of funny, opinionated women to talk through everything from reproductive rights to romcoms. They break down the political news of the week, plus the topics, trends, and cultural stories that affect women’s lives.
GOP’s Frantic IVF Gaslighting with Taylor Lorenz, Errin Haines, Princess Hairston
Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz joins to talk about her viral interview with Libs of Tik Tok. Then 19th news Journalist Errin Haines and filmmaker/activist Princess Hariston join to talk about their new documentary The 19th’s Breaking The News. Plus, Erin and Alyssa get into the Republican response to Alabama’s IVF law, Jill Biden’s new federal initiative, Olivia Rodrigo’s new reproductive health fund and more. Finally, a Love is Blind take down in SaniPetty. Show Notes The 19th’s, Breaking The News: https://19thnews.org/2024/02/how-to-watch-breaking-the-news-documentary-pbs/ https://www.pbs.org/video/breaking-the-news-q71bt6/ Taylor Lorenz: ​​How Libs of TikTok became a powerful presence in Oklahoma schools https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2024/02/24/libs-tiktok-oklahoma-nonbinary-teen-death/ Heritage Foundation: Protestant Denominations Need Stronger Leadership on Assisted Reproductive Technology https://www.heritage.org/marriage-and-family/commentary/protestant-denominations-need-stronger-leadership-assisted Olivia Rodrigo;s Fund 4 Good https://www.eifoundation.org/partners/olivia-rodrigos-fund-4-good/
Feb 29
1 hr 28 min
“Alabama Endangers IVF For Everyone” w. Rep. Judy Chu
Republicans in Alabama, Kansas, and Florida attempt more anti-abortion workarounds by redefining “personhood;” ProPublica shows how Tennessee makes motherhood a nightmare; Nikki Haley stays on the campaign trail; dating app developers make Tinder addictive; and more in news. Then, Rep. Judy Chu from California talks about the Lunar New Year (we love dragons!), gun safety, and a new bill aimed at helping caregivers. Finally, June Diane Raphael dishes about Sister Wives, acting, and more.
Feb 22
1 hr 31 min
The Artist to Influencer Pipeline
Fani Willis and Donald Trump might meet up in an Atlanta hearing; Joe Biden’s on TikTok; Republicans sincerely threaten a national abortion ban; Texas, Ohio, and Missouri deal with reproductive healthcare BS; and more in news. Then, Bess Kalb and Kiran Deol join to discuss being an artist promoting their work on social media (inspired by an article in Vox by Rebecca Jennings). Finally, Sani-Petty (Mark Meadows and…long boogers?).
Feb 15
1 hr 14 min
“How Castration Might Save Your Life” w. Cat Bohannon
Abortion laws cause birth rates to rise in Texas, the mother of a school shooter is charged, King Charles has cancer, and more in news. Then, Cat Bohannon joins to discuss evolution from a more female perspective, including but not limited to: corkscrew vaginas, castration, and blood sucking demon fetuses. Finally, Sani-Petty (The Brothers Sun, Law and Order, and…boogers-induced Alzheimer’s?).
Feb 8
1 hr 30 min
“Taylor Swift Derangement Syndrome” w. Anna Louie Sussman
Taylor Swift and Sunday’s Kansas City Chiefs win make Republicans stir in fear of a potential Biden endorsement; Trump must pay writer E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million after another legal proceeding; Texas AG Ken Paxton’s deposition was delayed; an update from Crooked's VP of Politics, Shaniqua McClendon; and more in news. Then, journalist Anna Louie Sussman joins to talk about the ideological divide between young men and women based on a circulating graph from the Financial Times. Finally, Sani-Petty (Jeff Bezos, your birthday party looked really lame).
Feb 1
1 hr 22 min
Katie Couric on the Primaries, Trump, and That Palin Interview
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the latest abortion news (the Biden campaign doubles down, and the March for Life happened this past weekend). Then, Katie Couric joins to discuss her interviews with Kamala Harris and Sarah Palin, the state of journalism, becoming a grandma, and all the things making us say WTF. Finally, Sani-Petty (did Greta Gerwig and the Barbie movie get snubbed?).
Jan 25
1 hr 25 min
Nikki Haley’s Last Dance
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss Nikki Haley and the Iowa Caucus, Trump’s latest E Jean Carroll lawsuit, and the state of anti-trans legislation in news. Then, Megan Gailey and Dana Schwartz join to talk about Ariana Grande, homewreckers and “the other woman,” and the way women are held to higher moral standards than men are. Finally, Sani-Petty (are we reliving John Tucker Must Die?).
Jan 18
1 hr 19 min
“Shut Up, Bill Ackman” w. Rep. Anna Eskamani
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the fishy Fani Willis allegations; Claudine Gay, Bill Ackman, and Ivy League plagiarism for me but none for thee; Trump’s immunity claim and impeachment trial nonsense; a court ruling that hospitals don’t need to provide emergency abortions to patients in accordance with federal guidelines; and a bunch of other stupid bullshit in news. Then, Florida Rep. Anna Eskamani joins to discuss reproductive rights in the Sunshine State and how abortion access in the state matters for the whole South post-Roe. Finally, Sani-Petty (planes are falling apart, and people are obsessed with…water bottles?).
Jan 11
1 hr 25 min
Bad For America, But Funny
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco invite Julissa Arce, Grace Parra Janney, and Michaela Watkins to review the best and worst parts of 2023 and make predictions for 2024.
Dec 21, 2023
1 hr 14 min
“Hating Dobbs and Loving Nogs” w. Evan Kleinman
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco cover all the news that’s fit to bitch about: abortion legal nonsense in Texas and beyond, and grannies suing against AR-15s and combating Moms for Liberty. Then, Evan Kleinman of KCRW’s Good Food joins to talk holiday foods and recipes. Finally, Sani-Petty (George Santos, get OUTTA here! And, is it internalized misogyny when we yell at the Amtrak digital assistant?).
Dec 14, 2023
50 min
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