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.
"Downward Viral" with Chloe Maxmin
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco shoutout Lizzo’s crystal flute skills before getting into the news: the aftermath of Mahsa Amini’s death, the election of Italy’s brand new lady fascist and state-level lies and secrets that will make you shake your damn head. Then, Michaela Watkins and Julissa Arce join to talk about the intersection of misogyny and disinformation, inspired by Don’t Worry Darling and the pervasion of Russian bots online. Finally, a balanced ending: Sani-Petty.
"Ol’ Yeller" with Secretary Katie Hobbs
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco get into the latest abortion news — bans, polls, men being evil — before sitting down with Arizona’s Secretary of State Katie Hobbs to discuss her running for governor in a major toss-up race against a rocket launcher enthusiast. Next, Kiran Deol and our senior producer Caroline Reston come on to talk about getting berated and how to respond when someone yells at you. Then, we end the show with an instant classic, Sani-Petty.
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco dive into the highs (WNBA breaking records, Abbott Elementary winning Emmys) and the lows (the proposed federal abortion ban, the mess that is the GOP) of the latest national news. Then, Kiran Deol and Kara Klenk join to discuss why Americans are so bad at unplugging when they’re OOO. Finally, we’ve chosen a name for our I Feel Petty and Sanity Corner combo: Sani-Petty!
“Let the Bachelorettes Kiss!” with Jill Gutowitz and Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco are joined by Jill Gutowitz and Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein to discuss the queering of reality dating shows and the undeniable chemistry between the two current Bachelorettes. Plus, rounding out the summer with a I Feel Petty/Sanity Corner combo!
"Handmaid’s Fail" with Dr. Aria Halliday
Erin Ryan is joined by guest co-host Grace Parra-Janney to embark on another Tour de F*****y, checking in on what tomfoolery is going on in various red states. Then, Erin chats with scholar, teacher, and cultural theorist Dr. Aria Halliday about the Handmaid’s Tale as a post-Dobbs cultural reference and the relationship between Black women and reproductive justice. Next, Julissa Arce and Amanda Nguyen come on to discuss the suburban equalizer, the Target run. Finally, a little I Feel Petty, a little Sanity Corner.
“Introducing Imani State of Mind: REALities with Anxiety ”
Anxiety is among the most common mental health conditions. Over the first 58 days of the COVID-19 pandemic there were an estimated 3.4 million google searches related to anxiety in the United States. The ladies of Imani State of Mind are shedding light on the realities of living with anxiety.
My Sanity Corner
This podcast is my sanity corner and I feel petty that it’s only once a week!! This podcast makes me giggle, feel seen and heard, and gives me insight and perspective to all of the political happenings (or chaos, should I say). I also think Alyssa needs to be my upstate NY bestie?? I’ve adapted the phrase “bee in my bonnet” to describe even the smallest inconvenience and I’m not sorry. Thank you ladies for what you do every week!
Commercials way too long!
Why am I skipping thru 5-7minutes of commercials smh
A joy to look forward to
Erin and Alyssa just get me. I leave every episode feeling validated. Girls rule ♥️