123 episodes

Imagine The Daily Show, but deeper. Host Roy Wood Jr. dives further into segments and topics covered on The Daily Show — from racial injustice to gun control to K-pop. Each week, he’s joined by Daily Show writers, producers, correspondents, as well as outside experts to unpack a different topic or segment in a way that's hilarious, nuanced, and compelling.

Beyond the Scenes features a rotating cast of The Daily Show correspondents including Desi Lydic, Dulcé Sloan, Ronny Chieng, and Michael Kosta, as well as contributors Jordan Klepper and Lewis Black. New episodes every Tuesday.

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Imagine The Daily Show, but deeper. Host Roy Wood Jr. dives further into segments and topics covered on The Daily Show — from racial injustice to gun control to K-pop. Each week, he’s joined by Daily Show writers, producers, correspondents, as well as outside experts to unpack a different topic or segment in a way that's hilarious, nuanced, and compelling.

Beyond the Scenes features a rotating cast of The Daily Show correspondents including Desi Lydic, Dulcé Sloan, Ronny Chieng, and Michael Kosta, as well as contributors Jordan Klepper and Lewis Black. New episodes every Tuesday.

    The Battle Over Critical Race Theory (featuring Kimberlé Crenshaw)

    The Battle Over Critical Race Theory (featuring Kimberlé Crenshaw)

    Critical Race Theory has become the right wing’s new boogeyman, but no one seems to even know how to define it. Leading scholar, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, and producer CJ Hunt join host Roy Wood Jr. to break down what CRT actually is, why it’s necessary, and how ignoring the blowback could endanger years of progress.

     

    Original air date: September 21, 2021

     

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Female Orgasm Onscreen: A Brief Hist-HER-y

    Female Orgasm Onscreen: A Brief Hist-HER-y

    From the sex-shaming of early cinema legend Hedy Lamarr to trapping Jane Fonda in an exploding orgasm piano, Hollywood’s relationship to female sexuality is complicated, controlling and sometimes just plain weird. Roy is joined by correspondent Desi Lydic and Daily Show writer Kat Radley for a stimulating discussion about the depiction of female pleasure onscreen.

     

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    Original air date: July 27, 2021
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    • 36 min
    Esports: The Rise of Professional Video Gaming

    Esports: The Rise of Professional Video Gaming

    Esports competitions have seen a boom in popularity in recent years with some of the highest paid players making up to six figures. Celebrities like Drake and Post Malone have even invested in the sport. Host Roy Wood Jr. sits down with Daily Show correspondent Michael Kosta and LA Thieves Call of Duty player Sam “Octane” Larew to break down the similarities and differences between traditional and electronic sports and how professional gaming is making its way into the mainstream.

     

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    Original air date: January 24, 2023
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    • 45 min
    The Queer History of Drag and Conservative Backlash

    The Queer History of Drag and Conservative Backlash

    Conservatives are outraged by kids’ exposure to drag shows and there’s been an increase in protests at drag events. But drag dates all the way back to ancient societies and Shakespearean theater. Host Roy Wood Jr. chats with the star of HBO’s We’re Here, Bob the Drag Queen, Princeton journalism professor,  Channing Joseph, and author of the book, Drag: Combing Through The Big Wigs of Show Business, Frank DeCaro. They chat about Black and Queer trailblazers, the legacy of drag activism, and how representation from shows like Rupaul’s Drag Race has helped make drag more mainstream and builds allyship among its viewers. Bob also talks about his personal journey growing up in the south and the challenges he faced filming season 3 of We’re Here. Bob even gives Roy a drag queen name.

     

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    Original air date:  January 10, 2023
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Lack of Black Head Coaches in the NFL

    The Lack of Black Head Coaches in the NFL

    The Rooney Rule came into effect in 2003 to increase the number of Black head coaches in the NFL. Brian Flores’ lawsuit against the league exposed how team owners don’t take this rule as seriously as they should. Host Roy Wood Jr. sits with CBS Mornings co-host, Nate Burleson, and former New York Jets coach, Collette V. Smith, to discuss the lack of diversity in the NFL’s head coaching positions and how the league can hold team owners accountable.

     

    Original air date:  October 25, 2022

     

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    • 59 min
    Leslie Jones Reflects on Guest Hosting the Daily Show

    Leslie Jones Reflects on Guest Hosting the Daily Show

    Leslie Jones, The Daily Show's first guest host, is back for a special episode to chat about her week behind the desk. Leslie sits down with host Roy Wood Jr, along with her co-host of The fckry Podcast, Lenny Marcus to discuss how SNL prepared her for this role, what advice Chris Rock gave her, why she wanted to tackle men’s mental health on the show, and the backstories she created for each of the Daily Show correspondents. Also, find out her thoughts on Rihanna’s Super Bowl halftime performance, Ron DeSantis, and the Chinese spy balloon.

     

    Original air date: February 21, 2023
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    • 56 min

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4.6 out of 5
320 Ratings

320 Ratings

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This podcast is amazing and much-needed. It deserves all its awards and more. It's too stressful for me to listen to (as a queer female POC) but I always recommend it to anyone who brings up NPR because more people need to listen and learn.

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