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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.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 6.1K Ratings

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.

    “The Enjoy Today Show” (with Katie Couric)

    “The Enjoy Today Show” (with Katie Couric)

    Katie Couric joins Alyssa Mastromonaco to talk about her new memoir Going There, the backlash to her book and her favorite memories of the Thanksgiving Macy’s Day Parade. Then Julissa Arce, Dana Schwartz, Akilah Hughes and Caroline Reston gather around the virtual dinner table to talk about their most controversial Thanksgiving takes and react to listeners submitting Hills. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Show Notes:
    The Couric Effect! Watch the Today Show segment where Katie takes viewers on her colonoscopy journey.
     
    https://youtu.be/adMfyB-eHoI




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    • 1 hr 41 min
    "First is a Start, Second is Best" (with Rep. Pramila Jayapal)

    "First is a Start, Second is Best" (with Rep. Pramila Jayapal)

    Alyssa Mastromonaco and guest co-host Julissa Arce get into the news of the week: Alex Jones, Cuba, and Democratic efforts at immigration reform. And toasts are in order for the Harvard Crimson and a few pop princesses. Then, Pramilia Jayapal joins to talk BBB and Democrats’ perpetual aversion to being in array. Plus Megan Gailey and Grace Parra stop by to talk about historic firsts. Then, Sanity Corner.
    Show Notes:
    Enjoy J-Lo and Shakira’s Super Bowl halftime show
    Katie Porter has some words and rice for big oil
    Watch Hard Knocks
    Buy Julissa’s book, You Sound Like a White Girl
    It’s sock season




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    • 1 hr 23 min
    “Gifting is a Construct” (with Cynthia Nixon)

    “Gifting is a Construct” (with Cynthia Nixon)

    Cynthia Nixon joins to talk about her run for Governor, fraught New York politics and the forthcoming Sex and the City reboot. Then Alyssa Mastromonaco is joined by guest co-host Shaniqua McClendon to discuss the historic Infrastructure bill, its real world impacts, and roast Rep. Paul Gosar because F**k That Guy. Plus, Kiran Deol and Julissa Arce stop by to discuss our obsession with gift giving and how we can show appreciation without material things. Finally, a car themed-petty!




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    • 1 hr 28 min
    “My So-Called Twenties” (with Monica Lewinsky)

    “My So-Called Twenties” (with Monica Lewinsky)

    Monica Lewinsky joins Alyssa Mastromonaco to talk about American Crime Story: Impeachment, her documentary “15 minutes of Shame” and that time she ran into Ken Starr years on Christmas Eve. Then Alyssa is joined by guest co-host Senior Political Director of Crooked Media Shaniqua McClendon to unpack Tuesday’s election results. Plus, Grace Parra Janney and Michaela Watkins stop by to reevaluate the Clinton scandal, and look back on how our cringey early 20’s and how it shaped who we are today. Finally, we take a breather with some flower arranging talk in Sanity Corner.


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    • 1 hr 43 min
    “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

    “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

    This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about Build Back Better and the big disappointments about the compromises on paid leave, climate change and medicare expansion, and by “talk” we mean extremely pissed. Then, Megan Gailey and Tien Tran join to discuss the spooky and traumatizing phenomenon of “ghosting”. Who on the panel was the benevolent ghost? Who demanded a sex refund? And whatever happened to Bob?! Finally, it’s time to leave lip syncing to drag queens and other musings in I Feel Petty.



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    • 1 hr 37 min
    “Dames” (with Rep. Rosa DeLauro)

    “Dames” (with Rep. Rosa DeLauro)

    Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro stops by to talk about family leave, the Child Tax Credit and Joe Manchin’s attempt to slash the program. Then in news: Erin Ryan and Dame Alyssa Mastromonaco break down the hypocrisy of the right’s attack on Pete Buttigieg’s paternity leave, and the growing unrest with the American labor force. Plus, Julissa Arce and Dana Schwartz join for a lively debate about calling women “badass”, how we value compliments, and the nuanced women of Succession. Finally, we breakdown plane etiquette in I Feel Petty.



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    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6.1K Ratings

6.1K Ratings

jrfdmd ,

Love Alyssa!!

I’ve been a long time listener of hysteria and and have loved the evolution of the show. Alyssa as the host is by far the best the podcast has ever been. Would love to see her continue as the host.

soulja_boi_tellem_is_the_bomb_222332 ,

Please cut the chit chat

Overall, this is a good show with interesting guests. The thing that ruins it is having to fast forward at least 30 minutes into the episode passed all the useless chitchat. If you want to talk about your lives please start another podcast for that.

Saridoll ,

Love the podcast!

Thank you for this brilliant podcast every week! I love your feminist take on the news, and just hearing your voices makes my day better.

One note on the flowers ladies— I love that you love buying and arranging flowers (November 4th, 2021 podcast). As a floral designer, I know how much joy that can bring. But if you can’t get seasonal stems at a farmer’s market, please consider shopping with your local florist instead of at Trader Joe’s. Approximately 72% of florists in the US are women, and 24% are members of the LGBTQ community. Buying stems from your local florist means you’re supporting women and marginalized communities as opposed to big corporations, and as feminists I suspect that’s something you’d want to do.

Thanks again for the great podcast!

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