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From under the desk to in your ears, V. Spehar joins Betches Media in a new podcast dedicated to curing the collective malaise brought on by our chaotic political environment. Every week, Spehar and co-host Sami Sage will tenderly guide you through the biggest moments in politics and pop culture with a healing dose of perspective and humor. Rather than spiral over the latest unprecedented event, the hosts dig for the 2024 political tea you *really* want to hear while offering all the information you need to be an empowered citizen, without the side of despair to keep you up at night.
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    • 4.5 • 1.9K Ratings

From under the desk to in your ears, V. Spehar joins Betches Media in a new podcast dedicated to curing the collective malaise brought on by our chaotic political environment. Every week, Spehar and co-host Sami Sage will tenderly guide you through the biggest moments in politics and pop culture with a healing dose of perspective and humor. Rather than spiral over the latest unprecedented event, the hosts dig for the 2024 political tea you *really* want to hear while offering all the information you need to be an empowered citizen, without the side of despair to keep you up at night.
For constant news updates, sign up for the Sup email newsletter at betches.com/newsletters and follow us on Instagram at @betches_news. And follow V on TikTok and Instagram @underthedesknews.

    The Tortured Electoral College Department

    The Tortured Electoral College Department

    2:40 TEMP CHECK: Sami and V check the nation’s pulse after Taylor Swift’s double album release and the discourse that followed.
    10:00 MAIN NEWS: This week, Maine joined The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC). Under the proposed compact, each state would allocate all its electoral votes to whoever wins the national popular vote for president, regardless of how individual states voted in an election.
    21:30 DOWN BALLOT GIRLY OF THE WEEK: Goes to the first South American-born immigrant to serve in Congress, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Mucarsel-Powell is running for the Florida Senate against current senator Rick Scott who has been a long time fixture in Florida politics.
    31:00 OUR DOWN BALLOT VILLAIN OF THE WEEK: Goes to Louis DeJoy and his attempt to privatize the USPS through the “Delivering for America” plan which is a roadmap to destroying rural, indigenous communities that are too small to have private shipping offices.
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    • 47 min
    Trump’s 9-5 And His Plans For 2025

    Trump’s 9-5 And His Plans For 2025

    TEMP CHECK: Sami and V discuss the 4B movement which renounces dating men, marriage, sex with men, and having children. It originated in South Korea in 2019 with 4,000 members, but now TikTok has caught wind and amassed over 60K videos with some form of #4B.


    MAIN NEWS: In the midst of his trial, Donald Trump drops a sneak peek of what we can expect from his desired second term, starting with a brilliant plan to devalue the US dollar on purpose.


    IN OUR DOWN BALLOT ERA: We are here to shout out the Vote Mama Lobby and a candidate submitted by a listener: Maxi Glamour, who is running to be the first non-binary committee member of the 3rd Ward of St. Louis, MO.


    AMERICAN’T: To lower its rat population, New York City lawmakers have proposed an ordinance that will provide free and unfettered access to contraception for the city’s rats.


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    • 55 min
    Kara Swisher’s Tales From Silicon Valley

    Kara Swisher’s Tales From Silicon Valley

    We’re switching/SWISHing it up this week, with our mini-sode today and our main episode out on Thursday, because there is just so much rolling news right now. Today, Sami and V are joined by Kara Swisher, tech journalist, Pivot co-host, co-founder of Recode, and New York Times bestselling author of Burn Book. Her memoir chronicles her decades-long career covering the rise of Silicon Valley, what they’re like up close, how they’ve helped and how they harmed us.Topics:

    Congress is finally starting to move into action to regulate big tech companies, but will it be effective? A look into why these companies have become too rich and too powerful to regulate properly.

    Earlier regulation for apps like TikTok could help prevent total bans. Kara emphasizes that despite its popularity, TikTok must adhere to American regulations and values the same as any other broadcast network.

    The consequence of dominance in the industry by a few huge companies has led to the demise of traditional news outlets and the spread of misinformation. How will news businesses adapt their business models?


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    • 34 min
    Anthony Cumstock: Women-Hater & Chronic Masturbator

    Anthony Cumstock: Women-Hater & Chronic Masturbator

    Topics:

    The king of subprime car loans, Don Hankey, stepped forward to offer Trump his $175 million bond — but will he even be allowed to pay it? State Attorney General Letitia James is questioning whether Hankey's insurance group, Knight Company, is qualified to issue bonds in New York and that's even if the funds are legitimate.

    Following the Supreme Court’s mention of the Comstock Act, Sami and V dive deep into 19th century moralist Anthony Comstock, uncovering his motivations for creating the 1873 Comstock Act, and how Republicans are leveraging the act to restrict abortion access. Along the way, we’ll also learn about V’s deep love for the Victorian Age.

    And, over in Michigan, Representative Elissa Slotkin holds a slender lead over the Trump-supported former Representative Mike Rogers in the state’s contested Senate race. Elissa's campaign has been promoting her “Opportunity Agenda,” which aims to achieve health equity, gun safety in schools, and more funding for child care centers.


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    • 54 min
    Is Cowboy Carter the Most American Album Ever?

    Is Cowboy Carter the Most American Album Ever?

    Topics:

    Republicans call President Biden anti-Catholic because he dared to acknowledge Trans Day of Visibility, which fell on the same day as Easter Sunday

    Family members of the late labor leader César Chavez tell RFK Jr. to stop using their dad’s likeness for clout.

    A major dive into Beyonce’s new album Cowboy Carter and its history lessons, plus a legendary (and definitely untold) story from V about Dolly Parton.


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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Girl Talk! The Up-Kate

    Girl Talk! The Up-Kate

    Topics:

    Sami is joined by Emily Amick to provide an update on Kate Middleton and how the public reacted to the conclusion of the royal conspiracies.

    V interviews Julie F. Kay, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Abortion Coalition of Telemedicine (ACT), on how the Supreme Court is attempting to limit abortion access.


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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

Thank_u_5 ,

Commuter’s Delight.

Sami and V you make my Thursday commute bearable. Serious issues explained, plus good news that won’t leave you obsessing over the potentially impending apocalypse. I would love to see you tackle Project 2025 in a future pod.

Mrs. Tom Brady ,

PSA: Drop what you’re doing and listen to the Cowboy Carter episode

This show is a refreshing take on the chaos that is American politics. Sami and V’s conversations are fluid and funny and fact-packed. The segments (and musical intros) are unique and thought provoking.
This episode (4/2/24) in particular might be one of my favorites of all time. I learned SO much beyond what I did from googling C.C. references, thanks to V’s personal accounts in the country music experience. This show had everything: music history, Black history, culture, Dolly P, Easter 101, BEYONCÉ. I hope there is a sequel because I need more analysis!!

Josie Lou ,

Love this podcast!

I have followed V News for a while now and started listening when they started hosting. I highly recommend the show as a source of news but without the doom and gloom of traditional coverage. I love their “down ballot” era segment and the hosts passion for local level politics and policies making the biggest impact on the most people.

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