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The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker catch you up on the biggest media stories, from sports to politics and everything in between. 

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The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker catch you up on the biggest media stories, from sports to politics and everything in between. 

    Carl Bernstein on His First Job, Newspaper Love, a Great Prank, and Scandals That Are “Worse Than Watergate”

    Carl Bernstein on His First Job, Newspaper Love, a Great Prank, and Scandals That Are “Worse Than Watergate”

    Bryan is joined by Carl Bernstein to discuss his career as a reporter dating back to his time as a teenager at the Washington Star. They reflect on the newsroom in the ’60s, what it was like covering the Kennedy vs. Nixon presidential election, and how the Watergate scandal compares to recent times.

    Host: Bryan Curtis

    Guest: Carl Bernstein

    Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes
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    • 59 min
    TV Football Breakdown, Media Piss Test, and Netflix Sports Docs

    TV Football Breakdown, Media Piss Test, and Netflix Sports Docs

    Bryan and David break down media moments from the football-packed weekend, including Drew Brees’s reporting, Troy Aikman’s Cowboys comment, and Dak Prescott’s reaction to his fans throwing trash on the field (0:28). Then they switch gears for another Media Piss Test, where they decide whether Mike Lindell soiled the bit, before reacting to the news of upcoming Netflix sports docs highlighting both tennis and golf (27:46). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained Pun-Headline. 

    Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker

    Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes

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    • 40 min
    NPR Departures, Awards Season SEO, and Wordle-Loving Reporters

    NPR Departures, Awards Season SEO, and Wordle-Loving Reporters

    Bryan and David begin with a breakdown of the recent NPR departures as chronicled by NPR’s own media reporter David Folkenflik (1:06). They transition to the rise of Wordle, a puzzle game heavily featured on the Twitter accounts of reporters everywhere (11:30). Then they discuss the Postgame Question of the Week, posed to Stetson Bennett IV after Monday’s college football national championship game (19:00). They then tackle the Media Piss Test (24:00) and later talk about the unsurprising dissolution of '60 Minutes+' (26:30). Finally, they examine how exactly SEO considerations might affect this upcoming awards seasons (32:33). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. 
    Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
    Producer: Devon Manze
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    • 42 min
    RIP Longform, Carlson vs. Cruz, Bob Saget Obits, and Postgame Question of the Week

    RIP Longform, Carlson vs. Cruz, Bob Saget Obits, and Postgame Question of the Week

    Bryan and David break down Ted Cruz’s appearance on the 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' discussing the siege of the Capitol on January 6 (9:25). Then, they bid farewell to longform.org (30:05), present the Postgame Question of the Week (43:49), discuss Nick Kristof’s attempt to run for governor (45:54), and share some Bob Saget obits (52:36). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. 

    Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker

    Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Mina Kimes on How We Cover Aaron Rodgers

    Mina Kimes on How We Cover Aaron Rodgers

    Bryan touches on the news that The New York Times has bought The Athletic before then being joined by Mina Kimes to discuss the Aaron Rodgers discourse. They talk about her 2017 piece featuring Rodgers, discuss his relationship with the media, weigh in on past comments about both potentially leaving his team and his stance on the vaccine, and eventually parse through the ongoing discourse involving his run at MVP. 

    Host: Bryan Curtis

    Guest: Mina Kimes

    Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes
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    • 41 min
    Ben Smith, January 6 Anniversary, Ken Rosenthal, and More

    Ben Smith, January 6 Anniversary, Ken Rosenthal, and More

    Bryan and David are back and kicking off the new year with Ben Smith’s announcement that he is leaving The New York Times for a global media startup (0:22). Then they transition to the first anniversary of the January siege of the Capitol by discussing Evan Osnos’s New Yorker profile of radio host Dan Bongino (9:24). Then they touch on Ken Rosenthal’s comments that lost him a gig with the MLB Network (23:11) and the unfortunate release of a People magazine issue that highlights the great (and recently departed) Betty White’s 100th birthday (35:10). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. 

    Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker

    Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

Skunkle Dave ,

Good pieces

Curtis is trenchant and soothing, Shoemaker meanders. Enough mispronunciations for a drinking game. Good recurring bits, usually interesting interviews.

Rosscooley ,

Great podcast

Have you considered asking Soledad O’Brien on? Love the podcast but Jake Sherman was pretty dismissive to her concerns. Not sure that’s appropriate

emeg21 ,

Memorable

Yeah it’s an awesome podcast from The Ringer. Listen to learn the latest trends, headlines and what it all means. Thoughtful discussions on current events, and the audible quality is great. Great bond between the hosts. Great interviews.

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