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.
“Nikki Haley is Not Your Friend” w. Sleater-Kinney
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco dive into the slew of sex abuse lawsuits coming out of New York, GOP idiocy, and the joys of Rosalynn Carter in news. Then, Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker come on to talk about how their political voices have grown over the course of their music careers and their new album, Little Rope, out January 19, 2024. Next, Naomi Ekperigin and Megan Gailey join to discuss overconsumption in light of the holiday season shopping bonanza. Finally, Sani-Petty (Sheryl Lee Ralph and Mariah Carey are STARS).
“Direct Flights Only” w. Sen. Tina Smith
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco invite Sen. Tina Smith to talk about all things progressive politics in Minnesota. Then, we get the gang back together: Kiran Deol, Kara Klenk, and Dana Schwartz celebrate Thanksgiving — the busiest travel week of the year — by sharing their worst travel stories.
Chrissy Teigen on Abortion, Loss, and Why She’s Not Afraid
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco dive into the GOP’s delusional abortion takes in news. Then, you’re in for a treat: Erin interviews Chrissy Teigen and SisterSong’s Monica Simpson about reproductive rights and how they manifest in politics, in healthcare, and at home. The interview followed a roundtable all about abortion, which took place at Chrissy’s house in Los Angeles and featured leaders in the movement: Dr. Jamila Perritt, Kwajelyn Jackson, and Nancy Cárdenas Peña. Finally, some Sani-Petty (the Jeff Bezos photoshoot in Vogue is…really something!).
“Abortion Wins, Republicans Lose” w. Allison Yarrow
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco invite What A Day’s Juanita Tolliver to talk about the November 2023 election results, Gov. Youngkin’s malevolent villain teeth, voter suppression in Mississippi, and the latest, fear-inducing presidential polls. Then, Allison Yarrow joins to discuss her new book, Birth Control: The Insidious Power of Men Over Motherhood. Finally, Sani-Petty (what hot goss is coming out of the Barbra Streisand memoir?).
“Virginia is for Democracy Lovers” w. Jennifer Carroll Foy
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco gird their loins and take you on a Tour De Election and break down the important candidates and ballot initiatives in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Mississippi. Then, Jennifer Carroll Foy joins to talk about her run for Virginia State Senator and the high stakes legislature election. Plus, Erin investigates the bad veneers plaguing the conservative party in Sani Petty.
“Speaker Chaos and Zombie Laws” w. Chani Nicholas and Amy Sohn
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco remember all the House members who’ve fought and lost for the Speakership, revel in Trump’s attorneys flipping on him and do another abortion roundup. Then they’re joined by writer Amy Sohn to talk about zombie laws and the Comstock Act. Plus! Astrologer and activist Chani Nicholas stops by to talk about Scorpio season and how we can better understand our political state through the stars. Finally, senior producer Caroline Reston storms in to break down the USWNT drama.
A little advice…
I love the show. I’m no expert but I think you should call the podcast “Women Save America”.
Jammin with the girls
This is my favorite podcast, been listening for years! I save it to listen on the weekend during long walks with my dog. Would love to have the personal-political panel back. I miss the queen of Illinois, Megan, Julissa, the whole rotating crew!
Chasing the joy!
I look forward to your commentary every week on news in these United States, plus the interviews, and traditional segments, like ‘F that guy’ and Sani-Petty corner. Toxic masculinity abounds in Western New York. Thank you, Catholic church, for the toxic gift that keeps on giving. Hysteria helps me keep my sanity in this part of New York. Love that Juanita loves Christmas as do the hosts. Keep chasing the joy!