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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4, 159 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. 

    Biden’s Veep, Ellen DeGeneres, Ira Berkow on Sportswriting, and More

    Biden’s Veep, Ellen DeGeneres, Ira Berkow on Sportswriting, and More

    As Joe Biden’s search for a running mate continues, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the media’s portrayal of the potential nominees (3:00). They then turn their attention to comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who is facing criticism after two BuzzFeed articles pulled back the curtain on her popular talk show (32:10). Then, former New York Times sportswriter Ira Berkow joins to discuss column writing, Red Smith, Isaiah Thomas, and so much more. Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Media Notes on the NBA’s Return, Listener Mail, and Gustavo Arellano on Covering California

    Media Notes on the NBA’s Return, Listener Mail, and Gustavo Arellano on Covering California

    The NBA is back! Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker give notes on the restart (3:10). Next, on Listener Mail, they answer the question “Why should I support local newspapers again?” (20:30) Then, L.A. Times writer Gustavo Arellano joins to talk about his experience with reporting, food writing, and growing up in Orange County (36:30). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.

    • 1 hr
    The Sports Comeback and Covering Portland. Plus, Diane K. Shah on Column Writing

    The Sports Comeback and Covering Portland. Plus, Diane K. Shah on Column Writing

    Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker assess the professional sports comeback given recent news of players and coaches testing positive for COVID-19 (2:30). They then turn their attention to Portland, where Trump has sent federal troops to enforce “law and order.” They discuss the warlike way Trump is treating the situation and how it’s affecting his campaign. (22:35) Then sportswriter Diane K. Shah joins to talk about her new memoir, which discusses what it was like to write a sports column in the '80s (28:10). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline of the Week.

    • 55 min
    2020 Conspiracy Theories, Listener Mail, and Jordan Ritter Conn on 'The Road From Raqqa'

    2020 Conspiracy Theories, Listener Mail, and Jordan Ritter Conn on 'The Road From Raqqa'

    Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down a few recent conspiracy theories, including QAnon, the Jeffrey Epstein case, and one related to Love Connection host Chuck Woolery (1:10). Next, on Listener Mail, they answer the question “What happens when you dream about 'The Press Box'?” (16:50). Then, Ringer staff writer Jordan Ritter Conn joins to discuss his new book, The Road From Raqqa (31:30). Plus: The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.

    • 56 min
    Chris Wallace and How Sportswriting Got Weird. Plus, Chris Mannix on the NBA Bubble

    Chris Wallace and How Sportswriting Got Weird. Plus, Chris Mannix on the NBA Bubble

    Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dissect the interview Trump had with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, and Wallace's unique position in reporting for 'Fox News Sunday' (2:30). Then, they talk about the strange position sports media types find themselves in as they cover the sports restart (28:10), right before talking to Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix from the NBA bubble (36:30). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Sending Kids Back to School and Listener Mail. Plus, Justin Chang on Movie Reviewing Without Theaters

    Sending Kids Back to School and Listener Mail. Plus, Justin Chang on Movie Reviewing Without Theaters

    Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dive into the political battle about sending kids back to school in the fall, and what this means for the safety of kids, teachers, and their families (2:15). Then, during listener mail, they answer the question: “What do you guys think of the Bari Weiss thing?” (22:55) Then LA Times movie critic, Justin Chang, joins to discuss what it’s like to be a movie critic without movie theaters (40:00). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
159 Ratings

159 Ratings

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Quality Interviews

Love the interviews with Robert Mills and former bachelor/ette contestants and leads (even Nick, who sounded like a jerk). Wish they were longer though! Juliette could has a good style; wish she was able explore it more!

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Awesome

Great podcast, probably the one I look forward to the most. The guys have great chemistry and are both masters of pointing out the ridiculousness of modern political/pop-cultural age we live in.

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Love the Press Box

The press box is the only politics-related podcast I can handle listening to... good media coverage.

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