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

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    • 4.5 • 79 Ratings

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

    NBC’s Chuck Todd and The Athletic's Tim Cato

    NBC’s Chuck Todd and The Athletic's Tim Cato

    Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by NBC moderator Chuck Todd. They discuss the format of ‘Meet the Press,’ weigh in on the impacts of moving to streaming, and talk through the media’s coverage of the Trump era (7:06). Later, The Athletic’s Tim Cato joins to discuss his piece covering the Dallas Mavericks and their front office. He talks about the process of writing and sharing the story, the resignations of Rick Carlisle and Donnie Nelson, and Mark Cuban’s response (39:07). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.

    Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker

    Guests: Chuck Todd and Tim Cato

    Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Listener Mail on Janet Malcolm, the Mavericks Story, and Biden and Reporters

    Listener Mail on Janet Malcolm, the Mavericks Story, and Biden and Reporters

    Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are opening the mailbag and answering your Listener Mail! They reflect on the life and career of journalist Janet Malcolm, and discuss how her work has impacted the field of journalism (8:30). Then, they answer your questions about The Athletic's Dallas Mavericks story revealing front-office troubles (24:30), weigh in on President Joe Biden's response to CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins (48:44), and add to the list of “only in journalism” words and phrases (54:50). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. 

    Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker

    Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    How to Write a Campaign Book With The Atlantic’s Edward-Isaac Dovere

    How to Write a Campaign Book With The Atlantic’s Edward-Isaac Dovere

    Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by Atlantic writer Edward-Isaac Dovere to talk about his book ‘Battle for the Soul.’ They discuss Dovere’s decision to write a campaign book (10:28) and the challenges that arose during the writing process (22:52) before brainstorming campaign-book power rankings (33:40). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.

    Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker

    Guest: Edward-Isaac Dovere

    Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Listener Mail. Plus, Peter Kiefer on his Yashar Ali Profile.

    Listener Mail. Plus, Peter Kiefer on his Yashar Ali Profile.

    Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are responding to Listener Mail. They answer your questions about Jeffrey Toobin’s return to CNN, athletes talking about vaccines, and “only in journalism” word nominees (8:55). Later, Peter Kiefer joins to discuss his profile of journalist Yashar Ali in Los Angeles Magazine (30:44). They touch on how this story came about, discuss Ali’s role within the media world, and hear what it was like talking with and interacting with Ali. Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.

    Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker

    Guest: Peter Kiefer

    Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Brian Stelter on Fox News, CNN, and Feuding With Rob Schneider

    Brian Stelter on Fox News, CNN, and Feuding With Rob Schneider

    Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by CNN’s Brian Stelter to discuss his career in cable news, reporting on Fox, and his response to individuals such as Rob Schneider and Glenn Greenwald. Then they dive deeper into Stelter's book, ‘Hoax.’ 

    Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker

    Guest: Brian Stelter

    Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes
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    • 50 min
    Listener Mail on LeBron Takes, Biden Books, and Media Tours

    Listener Mail on LeBron Takes, Biden Books, and Media Tours

    Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are opening up the mailbag and answering your Listener Mail! They discuss the race to publish a book about President Biden (12:30), weigh in on the discussion over television ratings (25:10), and touch on where the word “embroiled” fits in the dictionary of words used only in journalism (43:21). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.

    Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker

    Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes
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    • 52 min

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