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A podcast about our messy relationship with technology. Hosted by tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar and comedian Joe Leonardo, and featuring a diverse range of experts about the ways that technology excites us, scares us, and confuses us. It's complicated. “Those who like their comedy on the nerdy side will find just that in the blend of tech and jokes that this show and podcast provides.”-New York Times Previous guests have included Manoush Zomorodi, Douglas Rushkoff, Baratunde Thurston, Trac ...
 
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Shout out to listener Andrew for recommending what turned out to be our most divisive text to date! Brenna quite likes both the book and the film, while Brennan and Joe...do not. Brenna argues for the book as reflective of a specific period in British history and also of a kind of British Dude Lit ©, while Brennan and Joe find it too cold and episo…
 
An Olympic opening ceremony like you've never seen before. No fans and athletes marching in masks around a mostly empty stadium. We speak to CNN's Selina Wang for the latest on the ground from Tokyo. Also joining the Olympic conversation is two-time U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Briana Scurry. In the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, women count for almost half of…
 
Will the United States ever get it together? That’s what President Biden says he is often asked by other world leaders. Bianna Golodryga, standing in for Christiane Amanpour speaks with historian and staff writer for The Atlantic, Anne Applebaum, and Richard Ben-Veniste, who was a member of the Bipartisan nine-eleven commission on just what this al…
 
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry joins Christiane Amanpour to react to Jeff Bezos's idea to export pollutants out of this world to keep Earth "this gem of a planet." Scientist and author Katharine Wilkinson also weighs in saying that that to cut through all the politics around climate change, we need to address hearts and minds." Then CNN's Larry Mado…
 
“See, this is the problem with these things. Daddy would have gotten us Uzis.” It's Christmas in July at the end of the word and we're celebrating with NIGHT OF THE COMET! This week The Wives discuss how they'd react to the end of the world, embracing high femme presentation during the apocalypse, and Harmony shares a moment that made her feel star…
 
After the U.S. announced plans to withdraw, Taliban fighters seized large swathes of territory. Spokesman Suhail Shaheen joins Christiane Amanpour to explain the Taliban's thinking. Nader Nadery also weighs in, a senior member of the Afghan peace negotiation team, who says the Taliban is intimidating communities and that a ceasefire is needed now. …
 
As virtually all coronavirus rules are lifted in England, London's Mayor Sadiq Khan joins Christiane Amanpour to explain that he does support the easing of restrictions but urges people to get vaccinated, saying "the virus is still with us". Then the Director-general of Israel's Health Ministry Nachman Ash discusses his country's fight against Covi…
 
German international relations expert Constanze Stelzenmüller joins Bianna Golodryga to reflect on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s tenure. She says we'll miss Merkel's stability, but there was a 'dark underside' to her leadership. Then Dr Marc Boom, President & CEO of Houston Methodist hospital, discusses the urgent need to get Americans vaccinat…
 
Grab your daggers and your Kefta because we are diving into the sprawling lore of Ravka, Fjerda and Ketterdam! Brenna starts off grouchy, but eventually she acknowledges that this series is pretty compelling (despite all of the walking). Joe is more friendly to the world of magic, particularly the two twists that subvert expectations involving the …
 
Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Adviser, joins Bianna Golodryga to discuss the EU's new bold climate plan, the heatwave sweeping across America and why she believes climate change is not a partisan issue. Continuing our conversation about the climate crisis, Friederike Otto, Associate Director of the Environmental Change Institute at th…
 
Afghan peace negotiator Fatima Gailani and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker speak with Bianna Golodryga about Taliban advances and U.S. withdrawal in Afghanistan. Then U.S. Special Envoy to Iran Robert Malley discusses the obstacles to re-entering the Iran nuclear deal. He explains that Iran has not yet made irreversible nuclear a…
 
"It began as a prank and ended in murder. Fantastic Choice. I love this one." Who needs a schedule when you have a killer teen slasher dropping on Netflix based on books that changed your life? The Wives dig into FEAR STREET PART ONE: 1994 in all of it's trashy slashy glory. BJ talks about growing up Shadyside and Harmony has a theory about Simon t…
 
Fmr. Mexico FM Jorge Castañeda and Correspondent Patrick Oppmann join Bianna Golodryga to discuss what's driving the biggest protests in Cuba since the 1959 revolution. Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó defends the country's new law that bans information which "promotes" homosexuality and gender change being used in schools. The government…
 
Correspondent Matt Rivers and Politics Professor Robert Fatton join Bianna Golodryga to discuss the fallout from the shocking assassination of Haiti's President and the root of their political crisis. Former U.S. Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak calls this an 'OMG moment' as the world still deals with 'messed up communication' around covid. Th…
 
Alexander the Grate has spent 40 years – more than half of his life – living on the streets (and heating grates) of Washington, DC. He prefers the label NFA (No Fixed Address) rather than “homeless,” since in his view we’re all a little bit homeless: even millionaires are just one catastrophe away from losing their mansions. It’s a life that certai…
 
"If you haven't noticed, I am a woman now. I wear a bra." This week the wives are joined by special guest DeVaughn Taylor to analyze a classic British teen movie that feels like 2008 personified. DeVaughn talks about the film's endlessly quotable script, Harmony embraces the killer soundtrack, and BJ fondly remembers her teen bible--gurl (dot) com.…
 
It's time for a timely and difficult Book Club as we unpack Cherie Dimaline's dystopian YA novel about Indigenous people hunted for their ability to "dream". As listener responses confirm, this is an upsetting time to discuss residential schools in Canada, but the book's hopeful (albeit open) ending, the focus on resilience and joy, and the continu…
 
"Well, you know, they say we all gonna be dyin' some day. I believe it, too" This week we're getting all-American with the criminally underseen beauty pageant favorite, MISS FIRECRACKER. The Wives Colangelo discuss the presentation of classism, immaturity, beauty standards, and a love for Holly Hunter and Mary Steenburgen. ----- Become a Patron! ww…
 
Richard Prum really cares about birds. Growing up in rural Vermont, he didn’t know anyone else interested in birding his own age. The experience taught him to rely on his own sense of curiosity and importance when deciding what questions and interests are worth studying. As a result, he has pursued many different paths of research in avian biology …
 
For the first time in nearly 150 episodes (!), we're covering a novelization of a film instead of a straightforward adaptation! Fire Song is a dark and grim tale of contemporary Indigenous life that makes for a tough read/watch. The non-professional actors occasionally make the drama a little too real, and the overwhelming feeling that Shane's life…
 
Despite Taliban gains on the ground, leading Afghan official Abdullah Abdullah explains to Bianna Golodryga, standing in for Christiane Amanpour, that the ousting of the democratically elected government in Kabul will not happen. Then Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of U.N. Women, talks about the disproportionate impact the pandemic has …
 
Economist Susan Lund says it was easier to shut down the economy in 2020 than to restart it in 2021. She joins Bianna Golodryga, standing in for Christiane Amanpour, to discuss the bumpy road ahead as the economy reboots. Then Samantha Stark, director of "Framing Britney Spears," reflects on the popstar's statement to court today regarding the cons…
 
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman joins Christiane Amanpour to discuss President Joe Biden's plans amid Taliban's wins in Afghanistan as well as tensions with China and Iran. She says the U.S. is not withdrawing from Afghanistan. Then award-winning rapper and best-selling “Natives” author Akala discusses turning his hand to fiction, comb…
 
"I believe with my whole heart, mind, body, that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can and will change the world for real." Who's got Moxie? We do! This week The Wives are joined by their 8-year-old niece, Roxie, to talk about fairness, friendship, and girl power in 2021's MOXIE. After the interview, BJ & Harmony analyze white femini…
 
Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin joins Christiane Amanpour to discuss opposition leader Alexey Navalny and Moscow's relations with the west following the Biden-Putin summit. Turning to America, former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and broadcaster Brian Lehrer dissect the forces at play in the 2021 New York City election. Then our Wa…
 
New York Times Correspondent David Sanger and European Council on Foreign Relations Deputy Fellow Ellie Geranmayeh join Christiane Amanpour to discuss the implications of Iran's new president-elect Ebrahim Raisi and his hardline politics. Art curator Antwaun Sargent talks about "Social Works," his first exhibition for the Gagosian gallery in New Yo…
 
We're checking back into Creekwood High with the crew of Love, Victor. In between seasons the show has really figured itself out because S2 is a marked improvement in both complexity and maturity. First and foremost: we're obsessed with how the Hulu show is tackling tough issues like bad allyship, unsupportive parents, racism, class, and religion. …
 
Andy Slavitt, former White House Senior Adviser for Covid and author of "Preventable", joins Bianna Golodryga, standing in for Christiane Amanpour, to talk about the Delta variant, vaccinations and Obamacare. Elie Honig, author of the Bill Barr biography "Hatchet Man," breaks down the attempts to undermine the Justice Department during the Trump ad…
 
News director and anchor for TV Rain, Russia's only independent TV news channel, Ekaterina Kotrikadze joins Bianna Golodrya, standing in for Christiane Amanpour, to give her take on the Biden-Putin summit and the response in Russia. She says the summit changes nothing in Russia. Then Marc Polymeropolous, retired CIA officer and author of "Clarity i…
 
As U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Geneva, Nina Khrushcheva, Russian international affairs expert and granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev, and Richard Haass, from the Council on Foreign Relations, join Christiane Amanpour to asses the rhetoric coming out of the summit. Author George Packer discusses his new book…
 
"Congratulations, liars! You know who you are and you know who you want. Aint nothin' gonna change that. Shiiiiiiiit." Happy Pride Month! We're covering one of the most influential queer movies ever made, Jamie Babbit's BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER. The wives break down what was happening with LGBTQ+ acceptance in the 90s to make this film so groundbreaki…
 
What can studying the lives of philosophers tell us about how to organize and interpret our own lives? Elijah Millgram is a professor of philosophy at the University of Utah whose research focuses on the theory of rationality. His latest book, John Stuart Mill and The Meaning of Life, analyzes the relationship between the ideas of the famous theori…
 
Stanford's Abbas Milani joins Christiane Amanpour to talk about Ebrahim Raisi, the man widely expected to be Iran's next president, and prospects for the nuclear deal. Then Alice Waters, chef and author of "We Are What We Eat: A Slow Food Manifesto," explains how slow food is not only linked to our personal health but the health of our communities …
 
Starting with some personal news, Christiane Amanpour explains her absence for the past four weeks by revealing she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Then as Benjamin Netanyahu's time is office draws to a close, former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni joins to discuss the new Israeli government led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. NATO Secre…
 
Our unofficial Pride month continues with Danforth's lengthy, sprawling story of queers in Montana, which gets abbreviated in Akhavan's film, but we're ok with it? It's a good conversation about growing up gay in a small town (vs big city), why Coley's betrayal stings in more ways than one and whether Chloë Grace Moretz deserves blame for being a b…
 
At the first G7 meeting in two years, leaders of the world's largest economies look to present a unified front against authoritarian aggression. Senior director for Europe on U.S. National Security Council Amanda Sloat joins Bianna Golodryga, standing in for Christiane Amanpour, to discuss. And as Biden gets ready to meet Putin in Geneva, Russia ha…
 
As the G7 kicks off in the English seaside and U.S. President Joe Biden meets with British PM Boris Johnson, all eyes are on the special relationship. Mark Landler, London bureau chief of The New York Times, and Tom McTague, staff writer at The Atlantic, join Bianna Golodryga, standing in for Christiane Amanpour, to discuss. Turning to Nicaragua, h…
 
“Look at me! I'm ugly! I would never f*ck me!" For Harmony's ACTUAL birthday choice, we're talking about a movie that is absolutely monumental to her "teen girl" experience, the 2002 raunchy cross-dressing comedy, SORORITY BOYS (2002). BJ has an eye-opening experience reanalyzing a film she disregarded in her youth, because Harmony makes a compelli…
 
Eexiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya joins Bianna Golodryga, standing in for Christiane Amanpour, to assess what democratic countries must do to put pressure on President Lukashenko. As President Biden arrives in the UK for the G7 meeting of leading economies, Chris Krebs, partner at Krebs Stamos Group and a former DHS cybers…
 
Political analyst Denise Dresser joins Bianna Golodryga, standing in for Christiane Amanpour, to explain why the U.S. needs to focus on Latin America and “the authoritarian winds blowing.” CEPI CEO Richard Hatchett lays out his nightmare scenario for the pandemic and why developing nations must get the support they need. He says vaccine doses must …
 
We're off to queer summer camp to discuss Rosen's novel Camp (2020) about a femme theatre gay who transforms himself into a masc jock to win over his crush, against the advice of everyone in his life. Despite the uncomfortable premise, the book is actually really good! Frank discussions about queer sexuality, a broad diversity of LGBTQIA characters…
 
Other U.S. leaders have tried to stem Latin American migration, so what’s new about Vice President Harris’ effort? "60 Minutes+" correspondent Enrique Acevedo joins Bianna Golodryga, standing in for Christiane Amanpour, to discuss what's different this time around. Then former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes, author of "After the Fall," says the best way …
 
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., discusses her efforts to bring the world's attention back to Syria. Finn Lau, an exiled Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, and Wu'er Kaixi, a Chinese dissident, talk about the Hong Kong police's attempt to block commemorative gatherings on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Hari Sr…
 
Nobel Prize-winning economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo discuss vaccine inequality and how developed nations failed poorer countries early in the pandemic. Matt Hancock, British Health Secretary, talks about the summit today at the G7 in Oxford and the concern in the U.K. over the new variant. Major General Sami Sadat, Commanding General o…
 
“I think all of us want to feel something that we've forgotten or turned our backs on because maybe we didn't realize how much we were leaving behind. We need to remember what used to be good. If we don't, we won't recognize it even if it hits us between the eyes.” Harmony is turning thirty, flirty, and thriving, so there was no way BJ was going to…
 
Benjamin Netanyahu’s run as the longest-serving Israeli PM may be coming to an end as what is essentially an anti-Netanyahu coalition is working toward an agreement. Haaretz columnist Anshel Pfeffer joins Bianna Golodryga, standing in for Christiane Amanpour, to discuss. Then turning to the sporting world, support for tennis player Naomi Osaka is p…
 
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