25 episodes

Join New York Times bestselling author of Bitter Is the New Black Jen Lancaster and Chicago media personality Gina B. every week for their take on whatever - and whomever - is bothering them now. Then pour yourself a cold one and settle in; you're with friends now.

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    • 4.5, 222 Ratings

Join New York Times bestselling author of Bitter Is the New Black Jen Lancaster and Chicago media personality Gina B. every week for their take on whatever - and whomever - is bothering them now. Then pour yourself a cold one and settle in; you're with friends now.

    Episode Twenty-Five: How About a Nice, Tall Glass of Haterade?

    Episode Twenty-Five: How About a Nice, Tall Glass of Haterade?

    In the words of the world renowned philosopher DJ Lee Farmer:
    "Love is all you need... but hate'll get you through."
    Nothing motivates us more than whatever it is we despise.  
    That's why Chicago media personality Gina B. and New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster pay tribute to hate on this podcast.  They discuss that which they loathe, that which lights a fire under their collective asses, that which makes them strive for change, for a difference.
    Oh, okay, let's be honest.  They just complain about stuff that annoys them.  
    And that's cool, too.

    • 51 min
    Episode Twenty-Four: Is High School Ever Really Over?

    Episode Twenty-Four: Is High School Ever Really Over?

    "Let's face it; no kid in high school feels as though they fit in." - Stephen King
    If you describe high school as "the best four years of my life," skip this episode, it's not for you.
    For most of us, high school was an interminable slog of waiting for our lives to begin.  The uncertainty... the acne... the Algebra II.  No, thanks.  Even though few of us relished the experience, those times are something we'll never forget.  
    But, why?  
    Join Chicago media personality Gina B. and New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster as they recount the best--and worst--of their high school years, and explain the factors at work that keep those memories so damn indelible.
    Is this episode better than a wedgie from a bully?  
    Hell, yeah!  
    Better than pizza day in the cafeteria?
    That's debatable.
     

    • 53 min
    Episode Twenty-Three: Fractured Fairytales

    Episode Twenty-Three: Fractured Fairytales

    Is the idea of Prince Charming riding up on a white horse to rescue the damsel in distress terribly romantic?
    Yes.
    Is the idea of Prince Charming riding up on a white horse to rescue the damsel in distress horribly outdated and entirely unrealistic?
    Hell, yes.
    Let's be honest, fairytales are pretty messed up, giving generations of women expectations that are borderline dangerous.  The only thing you're going to end up with if you kiss a frog is lip herpes.  And don't even start us on the serious #metoo of some stranger kissing us awake from a coma, or seven small dudes watching us sleep.
    That's why New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster and Chicago media personality Gina B. debate how writers have given women impossible standards to meet for years and what we can do to counter them.  
    Does that mean you don't deserve your happy ending?  
    Of course not.
    But unless you're Meghan Markle, please accept that ain't gonna be in a castle. 

    • 56 min
    Episode Twenty-Two: Two Weeks? Yeah, and the Check Is in the Mail

    Episode Twenty-Two: Two Weeks? Yeah, and the Check Is in the Mail

    "Two weeks."
    Those were the words that nearly pushed Tom Hanks's character over the edge in the movie The Money Pit.  Until your hosts underwent their own home renovations, they thought this film was a comedy.
    ​Now they know it was a cautionary tale.
    ​That's why New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster and Chicago media personality Gina B. are delighted to welcome author/home renovation expert Stacey Ballis to this episode of the show!  They'll discuss her FOUR YEAR renovation project... and how no one got murdered during the process, not even a little bit.  
     So join the girls as Stacey shares her best, hard-won advice on all things home renovation!  
     
    The life you save may be your own.

    • 54 min
    Episode Twenty-One: Becky with the Good Hair

    Episode Twenty-One: Becky with the Good Hair

    Jim Morrison once said, "Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts," and he died in a bathtub.  (Let that soak in for a second.)  Hair is our crowning glory, a means of expression.  We hide behind it, or shine beneath it.  Long, beautiful, steaming, gleaming, flaxen, waxen... we all adore hair.  That's why the average woman spends almost two hours a week styling her hair.  By the time we're 65, we'll have devoted SEVEN FULL MONTHS to working on our coiffs.  And that number doesn't include all the days/weeks/months we've spent in debate over whether or not to cut bangs.
    (Spoiler alert: never cut bangs.)  Hair?  It's a big honkin' deal.
    So, join Chicago media personality Gina B. and New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster as they get to the bottom of what constitutes good hair (and reminisce about all their tragic styles along the way).
     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode Twenty: You're Not Neurotic, They're Just Rude

    Episode Twenty: You're Not Neurotic, They're Just Rude

    Pet peeves - we all have them.  Some of us have more than others.  Some of us didn't know we had more than others, until they recorded this podcast.  (AND THAT IS OKAY.)  
    What gets you?  The coworker who insists on sharing his sneeze with the world?  The spouse who returns a carton with single swig of milk in it back to the fridge?  The gum snapper in the grocery store?  Who's being rude here, them or you?  (Spoiler alert: it's them.)
    Join Chicago media personality Gina B. and New York Times bestselling author as they break down exactly who's bothering them today (Jeannie.)

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
222 Ratings

222 Ratings

belovedlily ,

These ladies are bitter and unfunny

I listened to half of one episode and unfortunately it was the one with their commentary on millennial v gen x. Sigh... Millennials arent 17... At they are 19-39, so seriously, lets stop generalizing about how we don't want to pay our dues in the service industry. Also, I'm sorry if you feel that not saying offensive things to people makes you inauthentic - in that's really true you need to do some soul searching.

JAberdeen ,

Love Jen and Gina

I have read all of Jen's books and she makes me laugh out loud. Add Gina-they are electric. I wish this was a weekly podcast and that we could all hang out together.

dmlbak ,

Annoying and not funny

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