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To Die For Podcast is the dream child of Lizza who dragged her cousin Lolo and best bud Noodles along for the ride. We are looking to create hilarious magic while exploring the world of true crime and all things spooky, scary and just plain weird.
 
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Merrick Garland made his legal reputation as a temperate moderate dedicated to keeping politics out of the justice system. Yet in the past few years, he has found himself in the center of two of the most fiercely partisan episodes in recent history. First, his nomination to the Supreme Court was blocked by obstructionist Republicans. And now, as At…
 
U Read It Well Podcast. Reading RuPaul's Dragrace. Upside down for Downunder! Hosted by Jean Lizza. The final five are tasked with a talent showcase and the stakes are high. This is definitely not the time to get in your head, but what if you've been there the whole time? Either way, a thirsty wig is the ultimate cardinal sin, in dragrace land, irr…
 
Next week, the Southern Baptist Convention will hold its annual meeting. It’s the largest Protestant denomination in the country, and, as the group gathers to elect a new president, it is facing a crisis of identity. At issue is critical-race theory, which the presidential candidate Pastor Mike Stone and many other conservatives have called an extr…
 
Welcome back to episode 55 and another pervtastic dive into our spooky ooky take on sex. This one might just be one long tangent full of sidetracks and chaos but trust me, it's worth it. Apparently you aren't even safe in your own bed so I guess just try hiding under the covers and hoping for the best as we get into this weird ass tale of spectroph…
 
Last month, Naomi Osaka, the second-ranked women’s tennis player in the world, announced that she would not speak to the press during the French Open. The referee fined her fifteen thousand dollars, and the leaders of the four Grand Slam tournaments threatened her with harsher penalties. In response, Osaka dropped out. Her withdrawal has brought fu…
 
U Read It Well Podcast. Reading RuPaul's Dragrace. Upside down for Downunder! Hosted by Jean Lizza. The family resemblance challenge is one of the most loved #dragrace challenges. Can you connect with your partner and become family? One thing is for sure, that rugby team are the real stars of this episode. Not much love is lost between some of thes…
 
Sarah Schulman is a novelist and playwright as well as a well-known activist and documentarian. She was an early member of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, and, for twenty years, she and the filmmaker Jim Hubbard have run the ACT UP Oral History Project, interviewing surviving members of the group. Out of that work comes a new history of ACT UP…
 
Welcome back to Episode 54! After 3 whole weeks with the Geinster it was time to lighten things up with not just any ole stupid crimes. We went big with stupid SEX crimes. It’s gonna get raunchy, and stupid, and you will probably get way more info then you ever wanted to know about all 3 of us but what can we say? We are here for your amusement! So…
 
A semblance of pre-pandemic life has resumed across the country, but the economic signs are mixed, even after the strong jobs report for May. Supply chains are bottlenecked, unemployment is just under six per cent, and fiscal conservatives warn about inflation. President Biden has stated to Congress, in defense of his stimulus plans and of his six-…
 
U Read It Well Podcast. Reading RuPaul's Dragrace. Upside down for Downunder! Hosted by Jean Lizza. What a doozy of an episode! The queens are tasked with the iconic branding challenge...for yeast spread...ewww! Perhaps a cooking challenge would have been better? The production finds themselves in a quandary, they have half the season in the can on…
 
Joe Biden has spoken clearly about the reality of systemic racism in America, and he’s said that racial justice would be a defining element of his Presidency. Such a statement would have been unlikely before the movement that followed the death of George Floyd, or before the overt white supremacy that was on display during the 2017 Charlottesville …
 
Over the past four years, progressive insurgents have defeated moderate incumbents in Democratic primaries across the country. These politicians have aggressively pursued policies such as the Green New Deal and have been credited with pushing the Biden Administration’s policy priorities to the left. Much of this work is fuelled by grassroots youth …
 
By many accounts, American schools are as segregated today as they were in the nineteen-sixties, in the years after Brown v. Board of Education. WNYC’s podcast “The United States of Anxiety” chronicled the efforts of one small school district, Sausalito Marin City Schools, in California, to desegregate. Fifty years after parents and educators there…
 
U Read It Well Podcast. Reading RuPaul's Dragrace. Upside down for Downunder! Hosted by Jean Lizza. Tensions run high in the room as the queens are tasked with the legendary Drag on a Dime challenge, southern hemisphere style! Can you take the notes and conquer the design challenge or will the bemused American host wonder "who the hell is Chavelle …
 
Welcome back to Episode 53 and the final part in our 3 part series on the Plainfield Ghoul, Ed Gein. Its not hard to imagine that with all of the bad juju going on around the Gein farm and the places where Ed committed his crimes that there are spirits roaming around. Ed seems to be up to his old tricks and mama doesn't seem to have let a little th…
 
Following seven years of relative peace, violence has erupted in Israel in recent weeks. Hamas has fired rockets into Jerusalem, Israel has bombarded Gaza, and Israelis and Palestinians are fighting in the streets. The international community has its eyes on Israel, with activists using social media to rally support, and world leaders interceding t…
 
U Read It Well Podcast. Reading RuPaul's Dragrace. Upside down for Downunder! Hosted by Jean Lizza. A hastily edited episode lead us to some pretty questionable outcomes as the queens tackled the singing and dancing girl group challenge. As we get to know the different personalities, it’s starting to become clear who is going to get on our tits! Oh…
 
Welcome back to episode 52 and part two of our deep dive into Ed Gein! We continue digging into the Plainfield Butcher and his descent into horror. We jump back into our story soon after dear ole mama passed away and this either A) forced Ed over the edge of his sanity or B) allowed him to finally live out his fantasies or C) both A and B. This one…
 
When, on the campaign trail, Joe Biden compared his platform to the New Deal—and, by extension, himself to F.D.R.—who really believed him? Certainly not the left of his party. For a generation, the “end of big government” has been near-consensus in Washington, attested to even by Democrats like Bill Clinton, as well as by Republicans who ran up gig…
 
On Wednesday morning, Representative Liz Cheney, of Wyoming, was ousted from her position as the House Republican Conference chair. Cheney was one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his role in the January 6th Capitol insurrection, and her expulsion from the chair position is seen as a move by the Republican leadership t…
 
U Read It Well Podcast. Reading RuPaul's Dragrace. Upside down for Downunder! Hosted by Jean Lizza. That Means Nothing. Three words that have taken the dragrace community by storm! An early-in-the-season Snatch Game shocked and rocked the queens. The lines between taste and humour were blurred and the results were...interesting. Regular guest judge…
 
After a year of battling COVID-19, parts of the United States are celebrating a gradual turn toward normalcy, but the pandemic isn’t over—and it may never be over, exactly. Atul Gawande tells David Remnick that a hard core of vaccine resisters, along with reservoirs of the virus in domestic animals, may make herd immunity elusive. Rather, he says, …
 
Welcome back to episode 51 and an accidental super spot on topic to celebrate Mother's Day! We dig into none other than the Plainfield Butcher, Ed Gein and dear ole' mama Augusta. We start out with the first 39 years of Ed's life when things are just kinda weird instead of out of control, holy shit weird. So grab your mama or your kids, well, maybe…
 
In 2017, Brandi Levy, a junior-varsity cheerleader at Mahanoy Area High School, in Pennsylvania, was denied a spot on the school’s varsity squad. That weekend, off campus, Levy posted a furious, profanity-filled photo and message about the decision on Snapchat. A student who saw the message showed a screenshot to her mother—the cheer coach. Levy wa…
 
“The Agitators” is a book about three women—three revolutionaries—who changed the world at a time when women weren’t supposed to be in public life at all. Frances Seward was a committed abolitionist who settled with her husband in the small town of Auburn, in western New York. One of their neighbors was a Quaker named Martha Coffin Wright, who help…
 
U Read It Well Podcast. Reading RuPaul's Dragrace. Upside down for Downunder! Hosted by Jean Lizza. Hooley dooley! A downunder series of RuPaul's Dragrace- we could of never imagined! This crop of queens are crass, shady and deliciously fun and they aren't here to fuck spiders! The gals are tasked with a multi-look runway, reppin' this hemisphere a…
 
This week, W. W. Norton announced that it would take two books by the writer Blake Bailey out of print, after accusations that Bailey has had a long history of sexual misconduct and assault. The case has helped bring the struggle against sexual misconduct back into the cultural spotlight. The New Yorker staff writers Alexandra Schwartz, who wrote a…
 
U Read It Well Podcast. Reading RuPaul's Dragrace. Back for lucky Season 13! Hosted by Jean Lizza. What a whirlwind of a season! The grand finale is finally upon us and the girls perform to an empty auditorium. It's almost as good as the real thing...almost. As per URIW tradition, a special Grand Finale live record! Regular guest judges Lorelei Cam…
 
Refugees arriving at the southern border of the United States, and especially the unaccompanied children among them, are again in the headlines. A parent’s decision to send his or her chiId on an extremely perilous journey is difficult to comprehend, but war, violence, and hunger can be decisive factors. Nearly a century ago, a group of Spaniards p…
 
Welcome back to episode 50 and our return to Puerto Rico. We go from the all out craziness of last week’s pro-wrestling entertainment to the cultural center of Old San Juan, the Teatro Tapia. The theater is the longest operating theater in the U.S. and is a stunning example of historic Italian style architecture. The theater houses plays, ballets, …
 
This Sunday is the ninety-third Academy Awards. It’s been a trying year for the film industry, with the pandemic shuttering theatres and halting film productions. But the unusual circumstances have contributed to a remarkable crop of Oscar nominees. For years, the Academy has struggled with diversity and inclusion, but this year’s nominees are amon…
 
U Read It Well Podcast. Reading RuPaul's Dragrace. Back for lucky Season 13! Hosted by Jean Lizza. This is undeniably one of the most close knit #dragrace casts ever...but there was still some drama and konflamma this season. Just don't expect to see any this episode! I was delighted to have the wonderfully talented Sappho as guest judge for this e…
 
“Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang” is a expansive and detailed account of Xi Jinping’s policies against ethnic Uyghurs and Kazhaks in China’s northwestern region, which culminated in the detainment of a group estimated to number more than a million, in the largest civilian internment since the Holocaust. The staff writer Raffi Khatchadourian tel…
 
Welcome back to episode 49 and our new topic for the next two weeks: Puerto Rico! Step into the ring with us as we knock out the story of the absolute shit show that was the murder of wrestling super star Bruiser Brody. This one is full of hard hits and may just make you angry at the world so grab your folding chair and get ready to take on the rag…
 
This week, for the first time in more than two years, the directors of the D.N.I., C.I.A., F.B.I., N.S.A., and D.I.A. appeared before Congress to testify about “worldwide threats” to the United States. They discussed Russia, China, Iran, and domestic extremists—and warned about the destabilizing effects of the pandemic and climate change. On the sa…
 
U Read It Well Podcast. Reading RuPaul's Dragrace. Back for lucky Season 13! Hosted by Jean Lizza. The stakes have never been higher for the queens...and never been lower for the viewers. It's a weird one when we can see a show going through the motions. Lucky these gals are just so compelling! Chris Elliott makes his debut as guest judge for the f…
 
The postwar years were a true flowering of American culture. Even as the United States was locked in an arms race with the Soviet Union, which culminated in the terrifying doctrine known as mutually assured destruction, the country evolved from a military and economic powerhouse into a cultural presence at the center of the world. Modern jazz and r…
 
Welcome back to To Die For episode 48 and our second week of Vampires! We have a super special guest joining us this week. Lizz is Lizza’s BFF from forever and a day ago and she also got roped into doing an episode of the podcast because that is what Lizza does. This week we get our spooky ooky, weird ass history on with the New England Vampire Pan…
 
Joe Biden promised to be the country’s Unifier in Chief, emphasizing his history as a consensus builder. But the first major bill of his Administration, the $1.9-trillion American Rescue Plan, passed with no Republican votes in the House or the Senate. Republicans remain wary of his recently announced $2.3-trillion infrastructure plan. These two bi…
 
U Read It Well Podcast. Reading RuPaul's Dragrace. Back for lucky Season 13! Hosted by Jean Lizza. It's 'Ruhog Day' with these challenges and this franchise as this epic season keeps on keeping on! The final five are tasked with an acting challenge but only some of the gals should feel like they have this competition tucked in their 'pocket'. URIW …
 
The investigative reporter Jane Mayer recently received a recording of a meeting attended by conservative power brokers including Grover Norquist, representatives of PACs funded by Charles Koch, and an aide to Senator Mitch McConnell. The subject was the voting-rights bill H.R. 1, and the mood was anxious. The bill (which we discussed in last week’…
 
Welcome back to To Die For and episode 47! We are mixing things up again and trying out a new system of one topic, two weeks. True crime one week and spooky ooky the next week. This week we start out with our true crime story for Vampires! This one is definitely a rough ride as we head to early 20th century Germany and one fuckered up asshole nickn…
 
This week, testimony began in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, in May of 2020. Floyd’s death set off a wave of protests across the country and something like a new reckoning with systemic racism in America. But, while the Chauvin trial gets under way, sweeping new voting policies have been …
 
U Read It Well Podcast. Reading RuPaul's Dragrace. Back for lucky Season 13! Hosted by Jean Lizza. It's time to thin the heard and what better way that a roast? Surely, this won't be a disaster...right? The queens attempt to a great american tradition and it was a "whale" of a time. Heath Fernance returns as guest judge with some of the freshest an…
 
No sooner had Joe Biden won the Presidential election than Republican state legislatures began introducing measures to make voting more difficult in any number of ways, most of which will suppress Democratic turnout at the polls. Stacey Abrams, of Georgia, has called the measures “Jim Crow in a suit and tie.” Congress has introduced the For the Peo…
 
On March 16th, a gunman killed eight people—six of them women of Asian descent—in a series of shootings in Atlanta-area spas and massage parlors. Although the shooter has not been charged with committing a hate crime, he told the police that the women were “temptations” that he needed to “eliminate.” Jiayang Fan, a New Yorker staff writer, joins Do…
 
U Read It Well Podcast. Reading RuPaul's Dragrace. Back for lucky Season 13! Hosted by Jean Lizza. Season 13 has provided the goods but don't try and pull the wool over a dragrace fanatic's eyes, we see all! We will never be able to unsee Kandy Muse's beast look. Nightmares. This week's guest judge is the fun and insightful Alix Palmer. Episodes ou…
 
American naval vessels routinely patrol the South China Sea. It is a shared maritime space, but China claims much of the area as its own. That much is true. What if one of the ships was torpedoed? The retired admiral James Stavridis teamed up with Elliot Ackerman, a journalist and former Marine, to write about how, in the shadow of an increasingly …
 
Welcome back to episode 46 and the spooky ookies that resulted from one of the weirdest, technically unsolved, crimes in American history. That’s right, we return to Fall River, MA and the Borden house to see which of the Bordens (Andrew, Abby, Emma, Lizzie and maybe more) have gotten stuck in the house of horrors for their afterlife. This one has …
 
Donald Trump’s controversial “zero tolerance” policy, and the resulting images of migrant children being wrenched from their parents arms, were defining moments of his administration. On Biden’s first day in office, he proposed a raft of changes to America’s immigration policy, including an eight-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants…
 
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