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The Back Room with Andy Ostroy presents a humorous, honest take on politics and pop culture featuring notable guest interviews, a shit-ton of righteous indignation, and rip-roaring repartee with co-producers Matty Rosenberg and Jen Hammoud. We're havin' a ball, and so will you!

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Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
@ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
Music by Andrew Hollander
Design by Cricket Lengyel

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    • 4.0 • 152 Ratings

The Back Room with Andy Ostroy presents a humorous, honest take on politics and pop culture featuring notable guest interviews, a shit-ton of righteous indignation, and rip-roaring repartee with co-producers Matty Rosenberg and Jen Hammoud. We're havin' a ball, and so will you!

Got somethin' to say?! Email us at BackroomAndy@gmail.com
Leave us a message: 845-307-7446
Twitter: @AndyOstroy

Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
@ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
Music by Andrew Hollander
Design by Cricket Lengyel

    Jordan Matthew Horowitz / Jack Waksal

    Jordan Matthew Horowitz / Jack Waksal

    Jordan Matthew Horowitz is an Emmy-winning writer/director of both documentary and narrative film. His recent documentary, JACK AND SAM, about Holocaust survivors Jack Waksal and Sam Ron, was executive produced by Julianna Margulies and Sarah Silverman, and was shortlisted for a prestigious IDA Award. His other films include the documentary ANGEL OF NANJING and the narrative feature film PAINLESS. He is currently in development on a feature narrative of JACK AND SAM.

    Jordan joins me for a truly compelling chat about his poignant, riveting documentary film JACK AND SAM, Holocaust education, the alarming rise in anti-Israel protests and antisemitism, and more. And, we are joined by 99-year-old Jack, who discusses his friendship with Sam, their incredible chance-reunion after 80 years, the harrowing details of his escape from the Pionki concentration camp in Poland, and how he survived hiding out in the forest for six months.

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    Twitter: @AndyOstroy

    Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
    @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
    Design by Cricket Lengyel

    • 44 min
    Frank Bruni

    Frank Bruni

    Frank Bruni has been a prominent journalist for more than three decades, including more than twenty-five years at The New York Times, in roles as diverse as op-ed columnist, White House correspondent, Rome bureau chief, and chief restaurant critic. He is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. In July 2021, he became a full professor at Duke University, teaching in the school of public policy. He currently writes his popular weekly newsletter for the Times and produces additional essays as one of the newspaper’s Contributing Opinion Writers.

    Frank discusses his new book, The Age of Grievance, and the theories behind why Americans are so polarized and angry. We also chat about Donald Trump and Trumpism; and dissect the MAGA mentality and its impact on the presidential campaign and the upcoming election. And, Frank reveals his Top 5 musical artists of all time!

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    Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
    @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
    Design by Cricket Lengyel

    • 28 min
    Maggie Haberman

    Maggie Haberman

    Maggie Haberman is a journalist who joined The New York Times in 2015 and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on the investigations into Donald Trump’s, and his advisers’, connections to Russia. She has twice been a member of a team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, in 2021 for reporting on the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus, and in 2022 for coverage related to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol. Before joining The New York Times as a campaign correspondent, she worked as a political reporter at Politico, from 2010 to 2015. She previously worked at The New York Post and The New York Daily News.

    Maggie brings her keen insights and perspective to a broad discussion about Donald Trump, his legal troubles, his amped-up revenge-rhetoric, its impact on the campaign, and what it all means should he win; the role Bobby Kennedy Jr and Nikki Haley voters may play in the November election; and more...including her top-5 musical artists of all time!

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    Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
    @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
    Design by Cricket Lengyel

    • 52 min
    Ferne Pearlstein

    Ferne Pearlstein

    Ferne Pearlstein is a director, cinematographer, and editor based in New York City. Her most recent film is “XCLD: THE STORY OF CANCEL CULTURE,” a nuanced look at this controversial topic, produced by Trevor Noah and Time Studios for MSNBC’s Turning Point series. As a director and producer, with husband and producing partner Robert Edwards, she has had four features premiere at Tribeca, including SUMO EAST AND WEST and the narratives LAND OF THE BLIND starring Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland, and ONE MORE TIME starring Christopher Walken. The most recent of those four features was the critically acclaimed THE LAST LAUGH (2016) about taboos in humor.

    We chat about her early inspirations and career; her films; the film business today; cancel vs consequence culture; and whether there are or should be subjects that are off limits in comedy.

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    Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
    @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
    Design by Cricket Lengyel

    S.E. Cupp

    S.E. Cupp

    S.E. Cupp is a CNN political commentator and most recently host of CNN's S.E. Cupp Unfiltered. Before joining CNN she co-hosted MSNBC's The Cycle. She's a nationally syndicated political columnist, culture critic, author and consultant who regularly writes for the New York Daily News, Glamour and CNN.com. She was previously a consultant for Apple TV+'s The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell and HBO's hit series, The Newsroom. Her new syndicated show, Battleground News, launches June 10th.

    It's always so much fun when S.E. brings her keen insights and humor into The Back Room! Is this episode we discuss the Trump trial, the verdict, and its impact on the campaign; Trump's veepstakes; Biden, RFK Jr, Nikki Haley and the November election; and she answers the burning question, "Who had the better week, Robert De Niro or Dennis Quaid!

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    Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
    @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
    Design by Cricket Lengyel

    Jennifer Rodgers

    Jennifer Rodgers

    Jennifer Rodgers is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at the NYU School of Law, and a Legal Analyst for CNN. She teaches, writes, and speaks about government ethics, public corruption, sports corruption, and criminal law issues. Between 2000-2013, Jennifer worked at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she served in numerous capacities, including as a Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney, the Chief of the Organized Crime Unit, and a Chief of the General Crimes Unit. She serves on the Board of Directors for the New York City Bar Association.

    Jennifer shares her keen insights into Donald Trump's election-interference/hush-money trial, the verdict, the sentencing options, the appeal process and more. It's an informative, compelling chat that's not to be missed!

    Got somethin' to say?!
    Email us at BackroomAndy@gmail.com
    Leave us a message: 845-307-7446
    Twitter: @AndyOstroy

    Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
    @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
    Design by Cricket Lengyel

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
152 Ratings

152 Ratings

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❤️ you Mooch

Love your book and your POV about 2024 and proud of the fight & faith in you. Peace to you & your family.

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Best interview Style

This is a perfect forum for Andy’s talents-although he is a man of many talents. Love the podcast.

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Worth a Subscription

I just listened to a lengthy in-depth interview with Ruth Ben-Ghiat, the totalitarian scholar who I follow closely regarding the Trump authoritarian phenomenon. This segment is a great example of Ostrow’s ability to get real in-depth discussion of the political and social issues facing us at this critical time in our history. Highly recommended.

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