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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.
 
A Vague Idea is a comedy / trivia podcast hosted by Nate Ragolia & Shannon Paige, with (sometimes) John Peros. Each week, we subject our special guests to a themed list of topics from pop culture, news, politics, history, and more, and find out if they have "A VAGUE IDEA". We also play an array of games, tell stories, offer hot takes, crack jokes, rant, and crown the episode's winner.
 
A series of conversations between myself and former students and colleagues of mine at City Arts and Tech HS in San Francisco. The conversations take on a variety of topics, from being an empath to artistic conventions to race, identity and social media. If nothing else, they showcase the amazing network of talent that flourished in that community and the struggles that define us.
 
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We're talking championships again! Both golf programs are in the postseason, track and field had plenty of great performances, and exciting weekends were not to be missed on the diamond for the Dirtbags and the softball team who brought home the Big West title! We caught up with Kellie White and Alyssa Gonzalez after their thrilling sweep of Cal St…
 
Our guest this week is Mondale Robinson, my friend and a hero of electoral activism. Mondale is the founder and Principal of The Black Male Voter Project, an organization dedicated to overcoming systemic disenfranchisement of Black voters, and Black men in particular, in the electoral process. ABOUT THE BLACK MALE VOTER PROJECT Since the inception …
 
Ernest Gonzales, PhD, MSSW - Associate Professor; Director of the MSW Program and The Center for Health and Aging InnovationAreas of Expertise: Gerontology and productive aging: employment, volunteering, and caregiving; health equity; discrimination and prejudice; intergenerational research; cross-national aging research; social policyBiographyErne…
 
ROAR! This week, we're talking Dinosaurs with returning guests Jason Ling and Laura Morrison! Topics include: Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Earl Sinclair, Turok the Dinosaur Hunter, the Land Before Time, and more! Plus a battle in the Thunderdome, and a round of Dino-A-Gogo! Listen to this episode before it goes extinct! Check out Jason's wife's art at …
 
Let's Talk Race pulls no punches as it examines why white people struggle to talk about race, why we need to talk about race, and what obstacles preclude conversations that promote racial understanding and social action for racial equity.Written by two specialists in race relations and parents of two adopted African American sons, the book provides…
 
This week writer, adventurer, coffee drinker, ultra runner, and all around awesome guy Brendan Leonard is back on the podcast!!Brendan is the creator of Semi-Rad where he writes and draws about outdoor adventures, travel, life philosophies, chasing passions, and all sorts of human experiences. Truly some of my favorite things on the internet are fo…
 
This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco are joined by Texas State Representative Nicole Collier to discuss what’s going on in Texas, from new voting restrictions to a bill banning most abortions to how to hold out hope in a red state. In news, Erin and Alyssa break down all the legislation that could be passed if Joe Manchin wasn’t so horny for…
 
Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor, returns this May with THE GUNCLE, a warm and deeply funny summer read about a once-famous gay sitcom star who, after an unexpected family tragedy, gains custody of his niece and nephew for the summer. It’s a moving tribute to the power of love, patience, and family in even th…
 
Synopsis:The film tells the inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely race horse bred by small town Welsh bartender, Jan Vokes (Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette). With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbors to chip in their meager earnings to help raise Dream in the hopes he can compete with the racing elites…
 
Danielle Henderson, a TV writer for shows including Maniac, Divorce, and Difficult People, creator of the viral Feminist Ryan Gosling meme, and cohost of the podcast I Saw What You Did, shares her memoir THE UGLY CRY. With signature humor, wit and deep insight, she reminisces on being Black, weird, and overwhelmingly uncool in a predominantly white…
 
Synopsis:From Kim A. Snyder, director of the Peabody Award-winning documentary Newtown, comes an insightful, rousing coming-of-age story of a generation of youth leaders determined to take the reins and fight for justice at a most critical time in our nation's history. Sparked by the plague of gun violence ravaging their schools, Us Kids chronicles…
 
Imagine the nicest, liveliest, most gregarious self-made entrepreneur you could ever hope to meet. This is Southern California born and bred financial advisor, Michael Warkentin. Then recognize that he also happens to be quadriplegic. Altitude Not Attitude follows one man’s ambitious once-in-a-lifetime global adventure, traveling around the world a…
 
Ben Rhodes is a former Senior National Security Staffer and speechwriter for Barack Obama, co-host of Pod Save the World, and author of the new book "After the Fall: Being American in the World We've Made." He joined the podcast to discuss rising authoritarianism in the world, and what it means to be an American in the world we built. Praise For Af…
 
Cres talks to me about his experiences at CAT and UCLA and since graduating college. He has valuable things to say about social media and what he shares about the transition from CAT to college is incredibly important. Not to place blame on CAT, but, at least imo, to draw attention to a major challenge in addressing systemic racism within our acade…
 
On a very special, format-busting episode, returning guests Skid Maher and Nick Shelton belly up to the podcast for some Story Time. That's right! In addition to some games, these gents are sharing fun and interesting stories from their lives! It's mysterious! It's sexy! It's autograph-loaded. Join us for a joyful hangout, FMK, Fake Ad Reads, Name …
 
Jason Comstock is an ultrarunner, a veteran, a father and a member of Team Red, White & Blue!In this episode we talk about Jason's experience with Team RWB, a group who has the mission of "enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity." We also discuss how physically challenging…
 
Generations United (gu.org)Donna Butts is the Executive Director of Generations United, a position she has held since 1997. For more than 30 years, Butts has worked tirelessly to promote the well-being of children, youth and older adults through nonprofit organizations across the country and around the world. She began her career in her home state …
 
From the Orange County Register:Chapman University dancer Lauren Leung, 19, top, is lifted up by fellow dancers with Chapman University’s Department of Dance during a performance for residents at Emerald Court, a senior living community, in Anaheim on Monday, May 17, 2021. Chapman dance students in a Dance Education and Outreach course were assigne…
 
This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss how to mentally prepare for a very frustrating month in the US Senate, and the GOP’s not-so-subtle attempt to rewrite history. Then Grace Parra and Tien Tran join to discuss Naomi Osaka’s decision to step back from the French Open and tennis and the importance of putting your mental health first. …
 
OPENING IN SELECT THEATERS & ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS ON JUNE 25STARRING ALYSSA LIMPERIS, RON LYNCH, WILL WELDON, MARY LYNN RAJSKUB, & FRED ARMISENThis cozy horror comedy set in the Los Angeles indie comedy scene features Violet Fields who works a thankless job as the assistant to Bob Devore, famed comedian and host of the live variety show, Too Late. …
 
Follow us on instagram: @intentional_parents @brook_mosser @Emosser @philmcomer @dianewcomer Grab a copy of our book: Raising Passionate Jesus Followers (Now available in audiobook!) https://www.amazon.com/Raising-Passionate-Jesus-Followers-Intentional/dp/0310347777 Website: intentionalparents.org Support: https://www.intentionalparents.org/give Bl…
 
New York Times bestselling novelist Kristan Higgins turned her worst fear—losing a spouse and being left alone—into the subject of her latest novel, PACK UP THE MOON, (Berkley Trade Original; June 8, 2021).At twenty-four, Kristan lost her beloved father in a tragic accident. She’s keenly aware of life’s fragility and as the wife of a firefighter ha…
 
Your Body is Speaking to You, It's Time to Learn the Language to Answer!Discover what your body is trying to tell you about reaching your highest health! Healing Ourselves Whole gives you the tools needed to clean your emotional house from top to bottom. This groundbreaking process contains meditations and exercises that will help you dig deep into…
 
The Equal Rights Amendment is on the cusp of being adopted into the Constitution, if the Senate gets its stuff together. It’s the product of more than a century of work of women and allies, and I’ve invited my friend Julie Suk, author of the new book “We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment” on the podcast to talk about …
 
This week, Jeff and Seth will battle over their knowledge of those artistic vision embracing, cash grabbing re-releases... THE DIRECTOR'S CUTS. We discuss the Snyder Cut, the J. J. Cut, E. T. the 20th Anniversary Edition, and more. Plus a little FMK and Thunderdome! Was this episode heavily edited due to studio notes? The world may never know... Ge…
 
This week we get the opportunity to talk with adventure photographer Scott Rokis!Over the last few years Scott has been able to capture the stories of thousands of athletes all around the country as they have participated in some totally epic events. He has been the photographer for Destination Trail's 200 milers and was recently at Aravaipa Runnin…
 
TOGETHER APART, a collection of new short musicals written, composed, directed-by and starring Brown University alumni, will premiere on May 27 at 5:30 PT/8:30 ET and stream through May 30 to raise money for The Actors Fund.The musical evolved out of a true Zoom moment: A Brown musical theater reunion attended by graduates from the early 80s throug…
 
Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk to Cora’s founder and Chief Branding Officer Molly Hayward about how to unfuck the feminine care industry, period poverty and why having your period is actually pretty metal. Plus, Erin and Alyssa discuss the dumb sword fight in the Senate over the Jan 6th commission and infrastructure, and the disturbing lack…
 
THE BABYSITTERMY SUMMERS WITH A SERIAL KILLERBy Liza Rodman and Jennifer JordanA chilling true story—part memoir, part crime investigation—reminiscent of Ann Rule’s classic The Stranger Beside Me, about a little girl longing for love and how she found friendship with her charismatic babysitter—who was also a vicious serial killer.…
 
Follow us on instagram: @intentional_parents @brook_mosser @Emosser @philmcomer @dianewcomer Grab a copy of our book: Raising Passionate Jesus Followers (Now available in audiobook!) https://www.amazon.com/Raising-Passionate-Jesus-Followers-Intentional/dp/0310347777 Website: intentionalparents.org Support: https://www.intentionalparents.org/give Bl…
 
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS: Or, Everything I Know About Love I Learned on the Wedding Pages by Cate Doty is a compulsively readable behind-the-scenes debut memoir that takes readers inside the weddings section of The New York Times—the good, bad, and just plain weird—through the eyes of a young reporter just as she's falling in love herself.Cate Doty…
 
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