It’s the gossipy, smart, witty conversation you’d have if all of your girlfriends (and some of your guy friends too!) were experts on the hot topics of the moment. High spirited and high minded, we don’t argue or whine but seek to get to the heart of the matter, over cocktails (or wine).
The Decade When Adults Went Rogue: It’s Our ‘70s Show!
The 70s are remembered for the sexual revolution and the women’s movement, but rarely are these events told from a child’s view. Erika Schickel has written a powerful, painfully personal memoir of the time when moms and dads took a pass on parenting to live for themselves. PLUS: The Atlantic's David Frum, who wrote a definitive history of the '70s, joins Danielle for a cocktail up top to explain why everything seemed to be going to hell when they were both kids.
The New Puritans: The Return of the Scarlet Letter
Pulitzer-prize winning historian Anne Applebaum explains to Danielle why those whose behavior doesn't adapt fast enough to the new cultural norms face swift and merciless judgment. PLUS: Tina Nguyen, a star columnist of the new website Puck, talks about her journey from right-wing recruit to chronicler of the right.
2+2 = You're Oppressing Me: It's Our Back-To-School Special!
The politicization of college campuses is now happening in lower and secondary schools. FIRE's Bonnie Kerrigan Snyder, author of "Undoctrinate," tells Danielle how parents can recognize it and deal with it. PLUS: Christina Hoff Sommers joins the cocktail segment to discuss "wokefestation," debauched Royals, and the decline in male applications to college.
What if Mother Nature Used He/Him Pronouns?
The trend to define one's sex by "gender identity" and not biology is leading to the erasure of women's rights on many important fronts, argues The Economist's Helen Joyce. But, as she warns Danielle, few dare to challenge this radical re-definition of what it means to be a woman (or man). PLUS: Is the Taliban 2.0 ready to take on the empowered women of Afghanistan? The Council on Foreign Relation's Gayle Tzemach Lemmon says: maybe not. She joins Danielle for a glass of wine at the top of the podcast.
Is Jeffrey Epstein's Greatest "Victim" Ghislaine Maxwell?
Investigative journalist Vicky Ward reveals to Danielle that Epstein's mistress and alleged procurer of underage girls may, astonishingly, play the victim card when she goes on trial this fall for sex trafficking. Ward takes us inside Epstein & Maxwell's sordid, shadowy world on our season opener PLUS: The Atlantic's Caitlin Flanagan joins Danielle up top for a cocktail-fueled bitch session on cancer shaming and Canadian vacations (but wait, she loves Tim Horton's!)
Biology IS Destiny -- But That Shouldn't Doom Us to Inequality
In a groundbreaking new book, Harvard evolutionary biologist Dr. Carole Hooven reveals the far-reaching effects of testosterone on gender, sex, sports, relationships, and many more aspects of our everyday lives. But she says why we should celebrate these differences rather than decry or ignore them. PLUS: Danielle shares your listener reaction in this season finalé before we break for summer.
Nancy Jo Salas
I’m sorry, I’ve been online dating for over 10 years. Your experience or lack there of is what you make of it. She needs to own what she’s done and written about, and is frankly butt hurt about someone asking her hard questions. She’s clearly a justice warrior who isn’t owning the fact that she’s in her 50s and hooking up with 20 and 30 somethings. Also, no one cares your a journalist or educated… as the news has recently showed us all this means is you can regurgitate a narrative.
Regarding Nancy Jo
She didn’t not seem well articulated at all. And unable to see that she exploited herself for her own book. And instead of being accountable, she chose to blame patriarchy and culture. Absolutely ridiculous. Side note: I’m betting if she was neither Jewish or Italian she would not be published at all. And not a “documentary filmmaker.” Also I thought she was in her twenties the whole interview.
Good host! Dating app episode
Nancy Jo Sales is a chronic victim blaming capitalism, men, the culture, and anything else for her woes, never taking responsibility for herself. She’s obviously damaged goods. God help her. Daniele remained fair and cool throughout the interview.