155 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 • 6K 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.

    "Big Ship Energy" (with Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein)

    "Big Ship Energy" (with Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein)

    This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk to Astro and Theoretical Physicist Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein about how racism and sexism has set science back, answers our space questions and breaks down the gravitational dynamics happening on the Bachelorette. Plus in news: Erin and Alyssa discuss Bezos’ phallic shaped journey to space, the raging opioid epidemic, and the child tax credit. Next, Julissa Arce and Kim Kelly join to discuss the state of the service industry and the growing customer disrespect against restaurant workers. Finally, a win for Wisconsin in I Feel Petty.
    Show Notes:

    A scientist you should know:
    Elmer Imes
    https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/PT.3.4042

    Link to Dr Prescod Weinstein’s book 
    https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781541724709

    Link to Kim Kelly’s latest 
    https://www.thenation.com/article/economy/alabama-warrior-met-coal/


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    • 1 hr 38 min
    ”Proud Floozy”

    ”Proud Floozy”

    This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the Texas abortion bill that pits neighbors against each other, Governor Abbott’s threat to arrest Texas Democrats who’ve fled the special session on voting rights and the Democrat budget reconciliation compromise. Joe Manchin, you’re doing great sweetie! Then, Megan Gailey and Dana Schwartz join to discuss the 20th anniversary of Legally Blonde, its cultural impact and when ‘playing dumb’ can be weaponized and when it can be harmful. Then, why hasn’t science mastered the arts of tags in shirts and pants and other pettiness in I feel petty.


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    • 1 hr 26 min
    "Olympic Torched"

    "Olympic Torched"

    This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the imminent doom of climate change and the frustrating burden put on consumers rather than the giant corporate polluters. Then Tien Tran and Julissa Arce stop by to talk about the controversy-riddled Olympics, the IOC’s outdated rules and how we can still support our favorite athletes despite it all. And finally, we’re obviously talking about Trump’s social media site getting hacked in I Feel Petty.


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    • 1 hr 16 min
    “Stronger Than Yesterday”

    “Stronger Than Yesterday”

    This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the Senate’s agonizing infrastructure negotiations process and the importance of maintaining the care economy portion of the bill intact and reflect on the tragedy in Surfside, Florida. Next, Michaela Watkins and Francesca Fiorentini join to discuss Britney Spears’ testimony in court, and the 2000’s era that perpetuated a culture of complicity. Finally, why don’t colonoscopy shakes taste like milkshakes and other gripes in I Feel Petty.

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    "Solicited Advice" (150th Episode! with Sen. Baldwin)

    "Solicited Advice" (150th Episode! with Sen. Baldwin)

    This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about the recent Supreme Court decisions and disappointing vaccination rate among the youth. Then, Erin talks to her hometown Senator Tammy Baldwin about the importance of the Equality Act and that Kamala Harris Senate dinner party. Next: the OG LA crew assemble to celebrate 150 episodes, reflect on the past three years and dispense advice to our listeners. Finally, who is the living embodiment of Paddington? Find out in Sanity Corner.

    Show Notes:
    Sanity Corner:
    Megan: Whistleblower podcast
    Kiran: The beach
    Erin: go to https://www.recreation.gov/ to learn about national parks near you
    Alyssa: Farm stands are open!


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    • 1 hr 45 min
    “Over the Rainbow” (with Rep. Gwen Moore)

    “Over the Rainbow” (with Rep. Gwen Moore)

    This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco are joined by Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin to discuss the Senate’s recent establishment of Juneteenth as a National holiday, the best ways to celebrate, and what the f**k is up with Ron Johnson. In news: Erin and Alyssa discuss the Republicans' raging culture war against teaching critical race theory in schools, the Biden and Putin Summit and our impending climate disasters. Next: Tien Tran and Shaniqua McClendon stop by to discuss cause marketing and why pride is feeling more pink washed than year’s past. Finally, why Batman is actually the worst boyfriend...in Sanity Corner.

    Show Notes:

    Sanity Corner:

    Erin: Batman not giving Catwoman oral sex
    Shaniqua: All About Love: New Visions by Bell Hooks
    Tien: A lot of soccer tournaments 
    Alyssa: Biden’s foreign trip


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    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6K Ratings

6K Ratings

KeeOla ,

Love it

I love the podcast. I listen to it every week and look forward to new episodes. They make me laugh and they make me reflect. Love the swearing. Love the jokes and insight. Keep it up

Saffron Monsoon ,

Can’t get past “like”

The content is good but the perpetual use of the word “like” makes it difficult to concentrate on the conversations.

carleyraek ,

Please get rid of the Diet Culture ads! :(

For a feminist podcast, there are sure a lot of ads about weight management and counting calories. It’s very unfortunate.

I would rate this podcast higher if I didn’t have to hear about how this glass of wine is “only 100 calories” or about keto granola bars with “only 1 g of sugar and 2-3 net carbs”. I think the advertisers need to be more thoughtfully selected, and if you do decide to advertise these brands, come to an agreement about what the ads will say. This is reinforcing diet culture plain and simple.

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