203 episodes

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.

Hysteria Crooked Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 6.3K 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.

    “We Ride at Dawn” (with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand)

    “We Ride at Dawn” (with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand)

    Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about the realities and battles of a post-Roe America. Next, in News, Erin and Alyssa dive into the different responses — from Democrats, from the GOP, from the states — to the overturning of abortion rights. Then, they’re joined by Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz to talk about the power of imagining different realities through science fiction while we live in an increasingly dystopian society, and why queer and other marginalized people are so good at writing them. Finally, finding joy in Sanity Corner.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    “The Future WAS Female”

    “The Future WAS Female”

    Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco prepare for more Supreme Court decisions this week by working through three hypothetical outcomes of the impending abortion ruling. Next, in News: Erin and Alyssa discuss January 6 hearing updates and states no longer scheduling abortions in light of being in Roe v. Wade limbo. Then, Dana Schwartz and Julissa Arce join for Personal/Political to break down “The Future Isn’t Female,” an op-ed in the New York Times by Michelle Goldberg, and the cringe state of feminism today. Finally, I Feel Petty.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    “Pull Yourself Up by the Bra Straps” with Katy Tur

    “Pull Yourself Up by the Bra Straps” with Katy Tur

    Happy 200 episodes! Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk to NBC anchor Katy Tur about her honest new memoir Rough Draft. Then in News: Erin and Alyssa discuss Liz Cheney’s Jan. 6 opening statement, the tampon shortage (and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s dizzy, transphobic comments about it), a new Ohio law allowing teachers to carry guns after barely any training, and the alt-right attacking Pride events nationwide. Later, Megan Gailey, Naomi Ekperigin, Grace Parra Janney, and Kiran Deol join to reflect upon the craziness that has — and surprisingly hasn’t — gone down since Hysteria’s beginning four years ago. Finally, a sophisticated I Feel Petty.

    • 1 hr 57 min
    “To Dianne For” with Rebecca Traister

    “To Dianne For” with Rebecca Traister

    Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk to NY Mag writer-at-large Rebecca Traister about her newest piece on Dianne Feinstein. Plus in News: Erin and Alyssa reflect on the Uvalde victim stories and Matthew McConaughey’s surprising engagement in the gun conversation. Then Megan Gailey and Dana Schwartz join to discuss the bikini menace and the rise and fall of the “bikini body”. Finally, a very petty I Feel Petty.

    Show Notes:

    Text ACT to 644-33

    • 1 hr 40 min
    “Joy, Justice and Excellence” with Becky Pringle

    “Joy, Justice and Excellence” with Becky Pringle

    Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk to the President of the National Education Association Becky Pringle about what it means to arm teachers with guns and the extraordinary burden teachers have carried the past few years. Then in News: Erin and Alyssa talk about Michigan Governor’s Whitmer executive directive on abortion, reproductive health, Japan’s terrible abortion laws, plus a man does a cool thing?! Next: Kara Klenk and Tien Tran join to discuss the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp defamation and counter lawsuit trail and then invent a new word: clout whoring. Finally, Sanity Corner!

    Show Notes:

    Text Now to ***listen to episode get number

    Why the Depp-Heard trial is so much worse than you realize
    https://www.vox.com/culture/23131538/johnny-depp-amber-heard-tiktok-snl-extremism

    • 1 hr 25 min
    "Laws > Prayers" with Shannon Watts

    "Laws > Prayers" with Shannon Watts

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6.3K Ratings

6.3K Ratings

KatiePSA ,

My favorite friends I’ve never met.

I love Hysteria and the format of the show. The 6/30/22 episode was incredibly cathartic and gave me a glimmer of hope. I’m always eager to listen and see what the Hysteria panel has to say about various current events.

Oreocookiedog ,

Head light

Love the podcast! Alyssa, I have a headlight that we use for power outages. I never thought to use I to clip cat toenails! THANK YOU! I have glaucoma which I have difficulty on seeing small things. Great idea!

Love feeling petty!

Sarah So Full ,

The feminist conversation I need

Listening to these ladies is so life-giving to me. It very much meets my needs for a shared sense of reality and camaraderie with other thoughtful kind humans. Love the “I feel petty” segment. It’s funny and fun. Thank you, Erin and Alyssa and all the guests!

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