The Press Box

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 Jan 16, 2020
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 Mar 17, 2019
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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. 

Episode Date
Charley Steiner on Calling Baseball, Memories of ESPN, Press Room Scuffles, and More
4187
Bryan is joined by Dodgers play-by-play announcer Charley Steiner to discuss his time working in media. They begin by reflecting on his start with the Yankees and receiving his “Yankee tattoo,” calling the Aaron Boone home run, and comparing his time with the Yankees to his time with the Dodgers. Later, they highlight key moments from Steiner’s career, from a Wimbledon press room scuffle to calling the Dodgers' 2020 World Series championship, and all the moments in between. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Charley Steiner Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
How the Ime Udoka Story Was Reported
3172
Bryan and David discuss the news that Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka has been suspended following allegations about a relationship with a female member of the team’s staff. They dive into the chain of events since the news broke, talk through the details (or lack thereof), and ask critical questions about the allegations and how they're being reported (0:30). Later, they pay respects to New York Times watchdog Allan Siegal and touch on the new media era, with a focus on MLB home run chases (30:06). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
Pedro Martínez on Home Run Chases, Doing TV, Mets Joy, and Red Sox Sadness.
2051
Bryan is joined by Hall of Famer and MLB Network analyst Pedro Martínez to talk about all things baseball. They discuss Aaron Judge’s current pursuit of Roger Maris's AL home run record, Pedro’s feelings about the Mets versus the Red Sox, as well as his unexpected post-baseball TV career. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Pedro Martinez Producer: Devon Manze Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
Gabe Debenedetti on ‘The Long Alliance’
3209
Bryan and David look back at 'Thursday Night Football' on Amazon Prime, President Biden on ‘60 Minutes,’ and more (02:00). Later, the guys sit down with New York Magazine’s Gabe Debenedetti to discuss his book ‘The Long Alliance: The Imperfect Union of Joe Biden and Barack Obama,’ the relationship between Biden and Obama, and media coverage of Biden's presidency in comparison to the previous two (23:00). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Gabe Debenedetti Associate Producer: Jonathan Kermah Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 20, 2022
ESPN's Dan Orlovsky on Calling Games, Watching Tape, and Being a Sports Dad
3082
Bryan is joined by ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky to talk about his career—from playing 12 seasons in the NFL to tweeting about games, to appearing weekly on 'Get Up,' 'SportsCenter,' 'First Take' and other ESPN television and radio shows. They discuss Orlovsky's transition from quarterback to analyst, his approach to breaking down plays for viewers, as well as his opinion on youth sports as a father of four. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Dan Orlovsky Producer: Devon Manze Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
Five Ways to Cover the Death of Queen Elizabeth II
2841
Bryan and David look back at the week of media coverage in reaction to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II (07:00). Later, Bryan dives into what goes on in the NFL press room on opening weekend, and more (25:00). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Jonathan Kermah Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
Fox's Kevin Burkhardt on Calling Games, Selling Cars, and Learning Via 'Tecmo Bowl'
3189
Bryan is joined by Fox sportscaster Kevin Burkhardt to talk through his career, from announcing high school games to working at daytime stations, to eventually working for WCBS and WFAN. They discuss Burkhardt’s hiatus from broadcasting and the transition back into announcing, covering a variety of sports, and later weigh in on his new role as lead NFL play-by-play announcer at Fox. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Kevin Burkhardt Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 07, 2022
The Twitter Edit Button, Chuck Todd, and The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue
3861
Bryan and David weigh in on the new edit feature on Twitter (4:41) and then break down NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ ratings and the future of Chuck Todd (11:49). Later, The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue joins to discuss the infamous fight that broke out at the Rams-Bengals joint practice, touch on the return of open locker rooms, and reminisce about covering a super bowl (31:59). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Jourdan Rodrigue Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
The Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins on Column Writing, Her Dad, and Serena Williams
2346
Bryan is joined by The Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins to discuss her career in writing. They touch on her Washington Post sports column, winning the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting lifetime achievement award, and covering Serena Williams’s last U.S. Open. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Sally Jenkins Producer: Devon Renaldo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
Is the Streaming Era Heaven or Hell for Sports Fans? Plus, Amazon’s First Thursday NFL Broadcast.
3166
Bryan and David weigh in on Alex Kirshner’s story in The Atlantic that discusses the in-between sports fans are faced with when choosing how and where to watch their favorite teams (8:01). Later, they highlight Amazon’s first Thursday NFL broadcast that featured an interesting pre-show, graphics, and a new broadcasting team (27:35), before wrapping things up by discussing what’s next for the PGA Tour (37:36). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 29, 2022
John Jastremski on WFAN, Working the Overnight Shift, and Radio vs. Podcasting
2585
Bryan is joined by The Ringer’s John Jastremski to discuss his career in radio. They reflect on Jastremski’s start working the overnight shift at WFAN, discuss the dynamic of covering all New York teams, and touch on the differences between radio and podcasting. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: John Jastremski Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 26, 2022
Brian Stelter Leaves CNN, Plus Would You Pay $8 Billion for Big Ten Football?
3547
Bryan and David break down the news that CNN canceled Brian Stelter’s show, ‘Reliable Sources,’ and he has left the network. They discuss what this means for Stelter’s career, how reporters should handle political coverage in today’s media, and what the new CNN could look like (0:41). Later, they weigh in on the $8 billion TV deal that involved CBS, FOX, and NBC purchasing rights to the Big Ten, and then touch on the content viewers may deserve from their streaming services (23:21). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
Cris Collinsworth on New Partners, a Bengals Super Bowl, John Madden's Legacy, and the Fate of the Collinsworth Slide
3708
Bryan is joined by NBC’s Cris Collinsworth to discuss his three-decade career as an analyst and announcer. They reflect on Collinsworth's time playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, discuss what it was like calling the 2022 Super Bowl, touch on his relationship with the late John Madden, and later dive into the biggest differences between calling a game in the '90s versus today, and weigh in on who could be the next best announcer. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Cris Collinsworth Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 17, 2022
Trump Is Back in the News Cycle, How to Talk to an Embattled Quarterback, and the Return of Harry Caray
2826
Bryan and David break down the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago and discuss how the media is responding (0:30). Later, they touch on WJLA reporter Scott Abraham’s sit-down interview with Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz (25:45), before addressing the "MLB at Field of Dreams" game that featured an augmented reality version of the late sports commentator Harry Caray (32:56). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 15, 2022
NBC’s Rebecca Lowe on the Premier League, Breaking Into TV, and Talking Soccer With Americans
3024
Bryan is joined by NBC presenter Rebecca Lowe to discuss her career covering the Premier League. They discuss how Lowe got her start in television at the BBC, talk through the obstacles she experienced as a woman, dive into transitioning to NBC and moving to the States, and weigh in on how to balance fans from America vs. England. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Rebecca Lowe Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 10, 2022
Axios’s Big Sale, Rachel Maddow’s Future, and Brian Phillips's New '22 Goals' Podcast
4130
Bryan and David kick off the podcast discussing Axios’s half a billion dollar sale (7:12), before diving into the Vanity Fair story covering Rachel Maddow’s $30 million deal with NBC (18:05), and later, the revitalization of the Quarterback Show with Josh Allen (33:25)? Then, Bryan and David are joined by The Ringer’s Brian Phillips to discuss his upcoming podcast, '22 Goals', where he dissects 22 of the greatest goals ever scored in men's World Cup history (41:32). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Brian Phillips Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
Remembering Vin Scully With Jason Gay
2050
Bryan is joined by the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay to remember the life and career of Vin Scully, the beloved Dodgers broadcaster who died this week. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Jason Gay Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 03, 2022
Rece Davis on His Long Career at ESPN and the Changing Landscape of College Football
3751
Bryan is joined by 'College GameDay' host Rece Davis to talk about his 25-plus-year career at ESPN. He talks about how he got his start at ESPN2, using 'Seinfeld' puns on 'SportsCenter,' and the upcoming college football season. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Rece Davis Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 03, 2022
ESPN's Laura Rutledge on College Football, Covering Recruiting, and 'NFL Live'
3945
Bryan is joined by ESPN’s Laura Rutledge to discuss her career as a sports reporter. They talk through her experience at the University of Florida’s radio station, how sideline reporting influenced her career, being a woman in a male-dominated space, and then talk about her role as host for ‘NFL Live.’ Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Laura Rutledge Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
Charles Barkley to LIV Golf? Plus, a Face-Off at the LA Times
2897
Bryan and David talk through the recent news that Charles Barkley could possibly leave TNT to join LIV Golf. They discuss the impact it could potentially have on the tour, weigh in on this type of conversation being had out loud by media figures, and speculate on whether or not this deal could be made (5:35). Later, they dive into the recent dispute involving former Los Angeles Times reporter Paul Pringle after he published a new book discussing the influence editors had on his work at the Times (25:59). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Boomer Esiason on Callers, Cohosts, and 15 Years at WFAN
4346
Bryan is joined by WFAN radio host Boomer Esiason to talk through his career starting as an NFL quarterback transitioning to broadcast and radio host. They revisit Esiason’s first experiences in media, reflect on his time working with Craig Carton tackling stories such as Rex Ryan’s foot fetish, discuss working alongside current cohost Gregg “Gio” Giannotti, and touch on covering different teams and sports. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Boomer Esiason Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 20, 2022
Listener Mail on the NFL Sunday Ticket, Trump 2024, and Movie Newscasts
2323
Bryan and David open up the summer mailbag and answer your questions! They discuss Donald Trump’s run for re-election, NFL Sunday Ticket potentially moving to streaming, media outlets represented in film, and more! 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
ESPN’s Paul Finebaum on College Football Chaos, His Callers, and Three Decades of Sports Radio
5611
Bryan is joined by ESPN’s Paul Finebaum to discuss the latest round of college football realignment, his career starting out as a columnist, the importance of taking callers and listening to the fans, and his experience in radio. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Paul Finebaum Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 13, 2022
What is TV Doing to College Football? Plus, the New Rule of Celebrity Profiles.
3269
Bryan and David are back to talk through the ongoing college football realignment conversation. They discuss the two superconferences, which networks are profiting, how this disrupts the collegiate experience, and what could happen to smaller teams and conferences (5:29). Later, they introduce a new “rule” of journalism where they predict the success of the director’s upcoming film based on their celebrity profile, then touch on Matthew Barry leaving ESPN (34:45). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
NBA “New” Media, Beat Writers’ Fandom, and Steph Curry Sounds Off
2810
Bryan and David break down the era of the NBA’s “new” media that include media figures such as JJ Redick and Draymond Green (4:19). Later, they weigh in on beat writers displaying their fandom, Steph Curry "sounding off" for former teammate Juan Toscano-Anderson, and Brian Windhorst’s soliloquy on ‘First Take’ that left us speechless (29:29). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
ESPN's Pablo Torre on Podcasting, the Process, and 'High Noon'
3455
Bryan is joined by ‘ESPN Daily’ host Pablo Torre to talk through his career, starting at Sports Illustrated fact-checking and covering basketball star Jeremy Lin and Linsanity, before then moving to ESPN to become a full-time writer. Later, they touch on his transition to podcasting and discuss working on his former show, 'High Noon,' and his current podcast, 'ESPN Daily.' Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Pablo Torre Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
Covering the End of Roe and “I’m Not Reporting This But” Scoop
3104
Bryan and David discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling to reverse the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and address the policies within newsrooms that prohibit journalists from speaking out on behalf of the issue (9:11). Later, they weigh in on the comment, “I’m not reporting this but…” where reporters and podcasters express their opinions whilst not being held accountable (29:14). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
Angelo Cataldi on Three Decades of Hosting Sports Radio in Philadelphia
4138
Bryan Curtis is joined by longtime sports radio host Angelo Cataldi to talk through his career in media, which has lasted over three decades. They discuss transitioning from print journalism to radio, how to grow an audience while keeping your fan base, the format and schedule behind each show, the impact WIP has had on Philadelphia, and his upcoming retirement. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Angelo Cataldi Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
NBA Finals Media Takeaways. Plus: Has the Podcast Conquered Music in the Car?
2350
Bryan and David are back to discuss the last of the 2022 NBA Finals after the Golden State Warriors took home the championship. They revisit the NBA bumper music and highlight Game 6’s playlist, recap the Steph Curry debate, and touch on the biggest winner of the Finals—Draymond Green (5:36). Later, they weigh in on Jemele Hill’s tweet discussing the transition from music to podcasts and audiobooks in the car (21:26). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
Mike Breen on Coming Back From COVID and Calling the NBA Finals.
3140
Bryan is joined by play-by-play announcer Mike Breen to discuss his career transitioning from radio to television, the differences between calling regular-season and postseason NBA games, working in a three-man booth alongside Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, and the responsibility that comes with calling the Finals. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Mike Breen Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 15, 2022
The Washington Post Social Media Saga, Plus the NBA Finals in Tweets
2681
Bryan and David break down the dispute between 'Washington Post' staffers on social media that resulted in the firing of reporter Felicia Sonmez. They discuss the repercussions of the situation, and how this affects the 'Post' and other newsrooms (7:39). Later, they touch on all the tweets following Game 4 of the NBA Finals, from Steph Curry doubters to Draymond Green's podcasting (26:09). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
ESPN's Kevin Van Valkenburg on Covering the LIV Golf Tournament
2568
As drama swirls around the PGA and the new LIV Golf Tournament, ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg joins from London to get Bryan Curtis caught up to speed on all the action. They discuss how the LIV Golf Tournament came to be, why this story matters, why the PGA is facing an “existential threat,” and why LIV Golf is financed by the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia. Host: Bryan Curtis Producer: Troy Farkas  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
NBA Finals Audio Fun. Plus: Dieter Kurtenbach on Covering the Games.
3251
With the absence of Mike Breen from the past few NBA games, Bryan and David have some audio fun and highlight different broadcast styles (4:16). Then, they are joined by sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach to discuss covering the NBA Finals and reporting on the Golden State Warriors (29:05). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Dieter Kurtenbach Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 06, 2022
Celtics Announcer Sean Grande on Calling the NBA Finals, Homerism, and TV vs. Radio
4214
Bryan is joined by Boston Celtics radio play-by-play announcer Sean Grande to discuss his career in broadcasting, covering basketball compared to other sports, the difference between TV and radio, and what it’s like covering the NBA Finals. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Sean Grande Associate Producers: Erika Cervantes and Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 02, 2022
Covering the NBA Finals With Kevin O’Connor
3287
Bryan and David are joined by KOC to discuss covering the NBA, his Boston Celtics fandom, favorite analysts, and the two Finals contenders (11:06). Later, they discuss Chris Russo's statements on the recent mass shootings in the U.S. (35:41). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Kevin O'Connor Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 31, 2022
Bill Simmons on Podcasting, Writing, Doing TV, and Being a Fan
5179
Bryan is joined by Bill Simmons to discuss his journey in podcasting, his writing career, favorite moments, and what he sees next for media. Hosts: Bryan Curtis Guest: Bill Simmons Associate Producer: Stefan Anderson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 27, 2022
George R.R. Martin on His College Days, the Media in 2022, and the New York Jets
2135
Bryan is joined by ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series novelist George R.R. Martin to discuss his career as a journalist at Northwestern, his view on the media and the impact of the internet, and takeaways from the 2022 NFL draft and his New York Jets and New York Giants fandom. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: George R.R. Martin Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 24, 2022
Remembering Roger Angell With Jason Gay. Plus, How to Cover a Golf Tournament
2936
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by the 'Wall Street Journal'’s Jason Gay to remember the great writer Roger Angell. They reflect on his style of writing, longevity, and discuss some of their favorite stories (5:16). Then, Bryan talks about his experience at the PGA Championship in Tulsa (31:46). After that, Jason comes back to join David in trying to guess the Strained Pun Headline of the Week. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Jason Gay Associate Producer: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 23, 2022
Jim Nantz on Tiger, Phil, Rory, John Daly, and Calling the PGA Championship
4986
Reporting from the 2022 PGA Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma Bryan is joined by CBS announcer Jim Nantz. They run through four past championships called by Nantz and discuss the most memorable moments, including John Daly’s remarkable win in 1991, the golf ball that may have been “kicked” during Tiger Woods’s run at the 2000 Championship, Rory McIlroy’s win in 2014, and finally, Phil Mickelson’s comeback in 2021. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Jim Nantz Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 18, 2022
Adam Lefkoe on the Conference Finals. Plus: Playoff TV Notes, Drew Brees, and Phil Mickelson
3526
Bryan and David are joined by Turner Sports and Bleacher Report host Adam Lefkoe to discuss his career in media, working in funny references, and what he saw coming prior to this season’s conference finals (7:28). Later, they rehash the NBA bumper music, hand out the 'Press Box' Total Pro of the Week award, and touch on the Drew Brees broadcasting narrative and Phil Mickelson sitting out the PGA Championship (35:24). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Adam Lefkoe Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 17, 2022
Instant Reaction Pod: Tom Brady Is Going to Fox
3153
Bryan and David are back to discuss the news that Fox Sports hired Tom Brady as an NFL analyst after he retires. They discuss the Fox announcement, how this contract compares to others in the industry, and when Brady might make the transition. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 10, 2022
NBA Buzzer-Beaters, Formula One Grid Walks, and Scooping the Supreme Court
3827
Bryan and David discuss the jam-packed weekend in sports, and highlight Martin Brundle’s F1 grid walk interviews with celebrities such as David Beckham, Serena Williams, and not Patrick Mahomes. Then, they discuss calling NBA buzzer-beaters, ESPN’s choice in bumper music, and Turner Sports deciding on their no. 1 announcing team (6:17). Later, they weigh in on Politico’s Supreme Court scoop that disclosed information about overturning Roe vs. Wade (37:23). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 09, 2022
Scott Van Pelt on Writing a Tribute to His Dog, Going Solo on 'SportsCenter,' Calling Golf, and Interviewing Tiger Woods.
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Bryan is joined by sportscaster Scott Van Pelt to discuss his tribute to his late dog, Otis, his career with the golf channel and eventually 'SportsCenter' on ESPN, his relationship with Tiger Woods, and the skills that go into calling golf ahead of the PGA Championship. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Scott Van Pelt Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 05, 2022
Covering Formula One With Kevin Clark, Plus NFL Draft Audio and the Greeny Conversation
4202
Bryan and David are joined by Kevin Clark to break down Formula One coverage ahead of the first U.S. race, the Miami Grand Prix (4:58). Later, they recap media moments from the 2022 NFL draft from tipping picks to guest announcers (34:57), and then wrap things up with a conversation about ESPN’s Mike Greenberg (50:15). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Kevin Clark Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Don Winslow on His New Novel, Mob Stories, Crime Fiction Before the Smartphone, and Why He's Retiring From Writing
3015
Bryan is joined by author Don Winslow to preview the new novel in his ‘City on Fire’ trilogy. They discuss the writing process and the influence the ‘Iliad’ had on this particular novel, touch on the impact smartphones have on crime novels, and later, Winslow shares news of his retirement and what the future holds. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Don Winslow Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
How to Watch the NFL Draft, RIP CNN+, and Who’s Afraid of ‘Winning Time’?
4366
Bryan and David discuss the three-day-long NFL draft, starting with what we saw at the combine, the increase in media coverage, and they weigh in on prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux and the recruiting process (13:31). Later, they break down the news that Elon Musk will be buying Twitter for $44 billion, examine Jerry West’s case against the HBO producers of ‘Winning Time,’ and wrap things up with a farewell to CNN+ (35:58). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
Kevin Harlan on the NBA Playoffs, His First Job, Grading His Work, and the Superglue Protest
4390
Bryan is joined by sports announcer Kevin Harlan to discuss his journey working in the sports media industry. They touch on Kevin’s first job out of college for the Kansas City Kings, discuss the opportunities that calling an NBA game provides compared to calling other sports, talk about the importance of watching your own film, and weigh in on the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Kevin Harlan Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 20, 2022
NBA Playoffs Notes, the Horror of the Replay Review, and the USFL’s “Why” Problem
3427
Bryan and David react to the first round of the NBA playoffs and discuss the Kyrie Irving drama, buzzer-beaters and replay reviews, and the play-in tournament’s impact on the sport (7:47). Then, they break down the USFL’s return, highlight another Media Piss Test, and weigh in on the Announcer Voice (35:42). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 18, 2022
Peter Schrager on the NFL Draft, Auditioning for 'Dream Job,' and Calling in to WFAN. Plus, the LA Times' Dan Woike on Covering the Doomed Lakers.
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In advance of the 2022 NFL draft, Bryan is joined by Peter Schrager to break down his career in sports media, his transition to television, the NFL draft coverage, and media draft cliches (1:38). Later, Dan Woike joins to discuss reporting on this season’s Los Angeles Lakers, from Russell Westbrook joining the team to the post-game interactions between reporters and athletes (44:02). Host: Bryan Curtis Guests: Peter Schrager and Dan Woike Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 13, 2022
Tiger and the Masters, Instant Obits, and Luring Reporters Back to Work
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Bryan and David break down Tiger Woods’s return to golf, the discourse surrounding his career, and interesting TV moments from the 2022 Masters (10:46). Later, they discuss the awful death of Dwayne Haskins, former NFL quarterback, and weigh in on Adam Schefter’s tweets that broke the news (30:44). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
Ian Eagle on NBA Announcing, Being a Comedian's Son, First-Game Flop Sweat, and Going 10 Years Without a Mistake
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Bryan is joined by CBS’s Ian Eagle to discuss his career as a sports play-by-play announcer. They dive into Eagle’s background growing up with a singer mother and a comedian father, discuss his experience announcing basketball at Syracuse to the professional level, touch on Marv Albert’s influence, and more! Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Ian Eagle Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 06, 2022
Covering 'WrestleMania,' ESPN Re-Signs the Insiders, and Tiger at the Masters
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Bryan and David are in Fort Worth, Texas, to break down 'WrestleMania 38.' They talk about covering the event, the impact the sport has had on other forms of media, and discuss the art of wrestling (4:29). Later, they discuss the news that ESPN re-signed Adam Schefter and Woj, weigh in on the Tiger Woods tease ahead of the Masters, and touch on more sports reporting (33:05). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
The WWE’s Michael Cole on ‘WrestleMania,’ His Career in News, Great Announcers of the Past, and the Art of Calling a Match
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Bryan is joined by WWE announcer Michael Cole in advance of ‘WrestleMania 38.’ They discuss Cole’s former role at CBS News, his transition to announcing for WWE, the mechanics in calling matches, his relationships with former and current announcers and wrestlers, and much more! Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Michael Cole Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
The Oscars Win Worst Editing. Plus, the Final Four and “Who Wants to Be an F1 Analyst?”
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Bryan and David talk through the altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock at the Oscars and discuss how the Academy handled the broadcast (3:10). Later, they break down the NCAA tournament and highlight the commoditizing of buzzer-beaters and Cinderella stories (24:58). Then they introduce a new feature, Who Wants to Be an F1 Analyst?, in which they spotlight media types who share the newfound interest in analyzing the sport (29:36). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 28, 2022
CNN Dives Into Streaming, Brutally Honest Oscar Ballots, and a Twitter Time Machine
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Bryan and David discuss the new streaming service on the market, CNN+. They break down the content it will provide, including shows featuring Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, and more, and then address how this transition will affect the way we consume live news (0:33). Then, they touch on The Hollywood Reporter’s "Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No.3," in which another anonymous member of the Academy has come forward to discuss their honest thoughts on the Oscar nominees (20:33). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 25, 2022
The Media Tries on Formula One, Free Speech, and a Tribute to ESPN’s John Clayton
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Bryan and David open by discussing the boom of Formula One in the United States, Netflix, and how this changes the sports-media landscape (1:08). Then, they weigh in on The New York Times’ editorial column on free speech, the subtweets, and how this was all handled (27:18). They end by paying respect to ESPN NFL reporter John Clayton (35:57). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Stefan Anderson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
The AP's Philip Crowther on Covering Ukraine, Live Shots, and Reporting in Six Languages
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Bryan is joined by Associated Press international correspondent Philip Crowther from Lviv, Ukraine. They discuss Crowther’s day-to-day operations, summarizing the news for other countries when recording live shots, covering this war in comparison to others, and more. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Philip Crowther Associated Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
Joe Buck to ESPN, Quarterback Media Transactions, 'Broadcast News,' and a Tribute to Brent Renaud
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Bryan and David address the news that Joe Buck will also be leaving Fox to join Troy Aikman at ESPN. (0:26) Then, they weigh in on media involvement surrounding player communications and breaking news, from Aaron Rodgers staying in Green Bay to Russell Wilson being traded to the Broncos (29:10). Later, they pay tribute to journalist and filmmaker Brent Renaud who was killed in Ukraine as well as actor William Hurt, who starred in 'Broadcast News.' Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
Covering the MLB Lockout and Announcer Musical Chairs With the Washington Post's Ben Strauss
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The Washington Post’s Ben Strauss joins Bryan to discuss the news that after 99 days the baseball lockout has come to an end. They talk through the weight of the story and how coverage was perceived, break down Major League Baseball’s reaction to the lockout, and discuss theories that could potentially influence the coverage of labor issues. Plus, more on Troy Aikman leaving Fox for ESPN and Strauss’s paternity leave experience. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Ben Strauss Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
Ukraine’s Media Strategy, Russia’s Ban on Journalism, and the Ongoing Coverage of the War in Ukraine.
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Bryan and David follow up on the ongoing coverage of the war in Ukraine. They discuss The New York Times’ decision to publish a photograph of Ukrainian civilians who were killed as they tried to flee a battle zone, then weigh in on how both countries’ media approaches could affect the perception of the war (0:28). Later, they switch gears and touch on the debut of the new HBO show ‘Winning Time,’ about the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, and discuss the ongoing conversation surrounding Adam McKay and Will Ferrell (23:37). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
CBS News’s Margaret Brennan on Covering Ukraine, TV News During a War, and Hosting ‘Face the Nation’
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Bryan is joined by CBS’s Margaret Brennan following President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address and amidst Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They talk through the ongoing war in Ukraine and touch on how the United States is responding. Then, they discuss the responsibility TV news has to its viewers, and break down the preparation and execution involved in Brennan’s Sunday show, ‘Face the Nation.’ Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Margaret Brennan Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
CNN and More on the Coverage of Ukraine
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Bryan and David discuss the latest coverage developments from the invasion of Ukraine. They break down the “fog of war” and decipher what we can understand from recent reports, weigh in on CNN’s on-ground coverage, and discuss media moments surrounding the invasion (0:39). Later, they touch on the sports news that Troy Aikman will be leaving Fox for ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football' (24:10). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 28, 2022
Watching the Coverage of the Invasion of Ukraine
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Bryan and David break down the cable news coverage of the invasion of Ukraine. They discuss first impressions of videos and photos being aired, talk through the type of cable news coverage we’re seeing in comparison to the papers, and then specifically dissect CNN’s coverage of the events.  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
Russia and Ukraine Coverage, NBA Locker Rooms, and RIP P.J. O’Rourke
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Bryan and David kick off the pod by reacting to coverage about Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine and discussing the latest war correspondent to capture America’s heart (00:50). They then break down Adam Silver’s recent comments about restricting locker room access (22:15) and dive into the legacy of satirist P.J. O’Rourke (38:22), before David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline (55:14). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Producer: Devon Manze Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
Trashy Tabloids and True Crime With Clare Malone and the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle
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Bryan is joined by The New Yorker’s Clare Malone to break down The Ringer’s new podcast, ‘Just Like Us: The Tabloids That Changed America.’ They talk through the era of Bennifer, the evolution of celebrity, and discuss the values of America seen through celebrity media (0:33). Then, Bryan is joined by musician and novelist John Darnielle to dive into the genre of true crime, touch on writing songs vs. novels, and discuss his new book ‘Devil House’ (31:52).  Host: Bryan Curtis Guests: Clare Malone and John Darnielle Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 18, 2022
The Glory Days of Entertainment Weekly and Covering the Olympics With Ty Burr, Owen Gleiberman, and Jason Gay
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Bryan is joined by film critics Ty Burr and Owen Gleiberman to break down Entertainment Weekly dating back to the '90s. They discuss the evolution of the magazine, the environment and culture that Entertainment Weekly fostered, and of course, the letter-grade reviews (0:33). Later, Bryan is joined by The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay to discuss his experience covering the Winter Olympics in Beijing. They touch on preparations prior to flying to China, what it’s like covering the Games in the middle of a pandemic, and weigh in on why it’s important for reporters to be on site (50:51). Additional information: Ty Burr's Watch List (https://tyburrswatchlist.substack.com/) Host: Bryan Curtis Guests: Ty Burr, Owen Gleiberman, and Jason Gay Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Production Assistance: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 15, 2022
Super Bowl Instant Reaction Show
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Bryan and David react to Super Bowl 56 featuring the Los Angeles Rams vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. They touch on Al Michaels’s calls throughout the game, the subtle video aspects, all of the Super Bowl commercials, and much more! 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 14, 2022
Live From Radio Row With Chris “Mad Dog” Russo and ESPN’s Adam Schefter
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Bryan is live on Radio Row talking with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo from SiriusXM to discuss his career as a sports-radio host, the difference between local and national radio, what it’s like covering the Super Bowl, and more (0:19). Later, Bryan is joined by ESPN’s Adam Schefter to break down his and Jeff Darlington’s Tom Brady retirement news. They then talk through Schefter’s past Super Bowl experiences and what he has planned this time around (22:33).  Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Chris Russo and Adam Schefter Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
Live From Radio Row! Plus, Palin vs. NYT.
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Bryan is live from Radio Row to talk with David about the media leading up to the 2022 Super Bowl (0:00). They discuss the hype surrounding the Super Bowl, the Radio Row hierarchy, and the quid pro quos attached to the week (6:43). Later, they break down the ongoing Sarah Palin vs. New York Times libel trial and talk through what we could learn about journalism throughout (25:23). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 07, 2022
Al Michaels Revisits the 10 Super Bowls He Called
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Bryan is joined by Al Michaels to break down his past 10 Super Bowls called as we approach Super Bowl LVI, featuring the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams. Michaels revisits close games ending in interceptions or stops, discusses working alongside the great John Madden, and talks through what it’s like calling Super Bowls with dynasty teams versus games featuring new teams.  Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Al Michaels Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 02, 2022
Takes on Tony Romo, the Halftime Show Invasion, Sideline Reports, and Tom Brady's Retirement U-Turn. 
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Bryan and David begin the pod by reacting to all of the pronunciations of the word 'Bengals' by TV and sports radio personalities. They then analyze Tony Romo's announcing performance, (3:17) Andy Reid's clock management, (10:47) and the unfortunate CBS half-time show during the Bengals-Chiefs AFC Championship game. They wrap up the pod by dissecting every chapter of Saturday's chaotic media mishandling of Tom Brady's botched retirement announcement (19:21) and look forward to the bevy of hastily assembled Bengals and Rams profiles being written for Super Bowl week. (34:52) Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Producer: Erika Cervantes Production Assistance: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 31, 2022
The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson on Latin America, War Reporting, and 'Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life'
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Bryan is joined by The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson to unpack his career covering topics ranging from stories in the Peruvian jungle to the first democratic election following Peru’s 12-year-long dictatorship. They discuss his stint at Time magazine and then talk through his journey covering guerrilla groups in Latin America and eventually, Che Guevara. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Jon Lee Anderson Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
More Weekend Football Notes, Media News From Chicago, and the Profile Location of the Week
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Bryan and David are back to discuss the weekend full of divisional-round playoff games. They break down the impact these games have had on the audience and touch on Aaron Rodgers’s interview with Kevin Van Valkenburg two days before his divisional game as well as Tony Romo's performance (6:42). Then, they address the potential career moves for New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, former Cowboys star Troy Aikman, and NBC commentator Al Michaels (25:21). Lastly, in the Notebook Dump, they discuss the news that the Chicago Sun-Times was acquired and will become a nonprofit, touch on Robert Costa leaving The Washington Post for CBS News, and then wrap things up with a new feature called Chyron Copy Editor (39:20). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 24, 2022
Carl Bernstein on His First Job, Newspaper Love, a Great Prank, and Scandals That Are “Worse Than Watergate”
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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 20, 2022
TV Football Breakdown, Media Piss Test, and Netflix Sports Docs
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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 18, 2022
NPR Departures, Awards Season SEO, and Wordle-Loving Reporters
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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 14, 2022
RIP Longform, Carlson vs. Cruz, Bob Saget Obits, and Postgame Question of the Week
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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
Mina Kimes on How We Cover Aaron Rodgers
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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 08, 2022
Ben Smith, January 6 Anniversary, Ken Rosenthal, and More
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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
John Madden’s Legacy With Jason Gay
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Bryan is joined by The Wall Street Journal's Jason Gay to remember legendary football coach, sportscaster, and businessman John Madden. They reflect on the games Madden called, how he influenced television, and discuss all that he added to the sport of football.  Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Jason Gay Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 30, 2021
J.R. Moehringer on Writing ‘The Tender Bar,’ the Art of Memoir, and His Career Writing for Newspapers
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Bryan is joined by journalist J.R. Moehringer to discuss his career working at The New York Times and Los Angeles Times before then discussing his memoir ‘The Tender Bar.’ They touch on details of the memoir including Moehringer’s reason for writing the book, the significance of the bar Publicans, and how it was received by the individuals featured. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: J.R. Moehringer  Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 28, 2021
The Athletic and The New York Times. Plus: The Year in Media.
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Bryan and David touch on the news that The New York Times might be buying The Athletic. They discuss the potential deal and what place The Athletic could have at the Times (1:19). Then they hand out 2021 Year in Media awards for Image of the Year, Sports Media Story of the Year, Disgraceful Exit of the Year, and more (15:21)! 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 22, 2021
How to Create a Longform Podcast With Joel Anderson
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Bryan is joined by Slate’s Joel Anderson to discuss his career, from starting at TCU to working at BuzzFeed News to covering college football at ESPN and eventually finding himself at Slate working on his podcast, ‘Slow Burn.’ They touch on the differences between print and podcasts, talk through reporting longform stories, and dive into the details of the newest season of his show, ‘Slow Burn: The L.A. Riots.’ Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Joel Anderson Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 17, 2021
Pat McAfee, Chris Wallace, a Texas Sportswriting Legend, and More
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Bryan and David start by talking about Pat McAfee’s new $120 million deal with FanDuel (3:26). Then they discuss Chris Wallace leaving Fox News for CNN (21:10). Then they wrap up by talking about Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine, '80s and '90s commercial fiction power rankings, plus David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 13, 2021
Farewell, Chris Cuomo. Plus: Can Recipes Be Plagiarized?
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Bryan and David react to the news that Chris Cuomo was fired by CNN and then discuss actions leading up to the decision and what this means for the organization (3:30). Later, they weigh in on the conversation presented by Priya Krishna’s New York Times article, “Who Owns a Recipe? A Plagiarism Claim Has Cookbook Authors Asking," and talk about the concept of recipe plagiarism (25:27). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 06, 2021
How to Cover COVID With Dan Diamond
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Bryan is joined by The Washington Post’s Dan Diamond to discuss covering COVID-19. Diamond shares his experience becoming a journalist, reflects on the COVID-19 coverage since the beginning of the pandemic, and touches on the new COVID-19 variant, omicron, and the difference in coverage under Trump vs. Biden. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Dan Diamond Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 03, 2021
Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Exit, the Omicron Variant, and More
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Bryan and David break down news that Twitter CEO and cofounder Jack Dorsey has resigned. They discuss how Dorsey handled past incidents of misinformation circulating on Twitter, where Twitter ranks next to competitor Facebook, and how this news could affect the media landscape (4:48). Then, they weigh in on the rapidly evolving news about the new coronavirus variant, omicron, and talk through how it’s being reported (21:26). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 29, 2021
How to Write a Children's Book With Jeff Kinney, Author of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’
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Bryan is joined by author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney to discuss his career and book series 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid.’ They touch on how Kinney got a book deal at Comic-Con, how he utilizes systematic inventive thinking to help his writing process, how he balances both jokes and big ideas throughout his books, and what it’s like going on book tours for children. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Jeff Kinney Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Production Assistant: Jonathan Kermah Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 25, 2021
The Tom Brady Doc, Fox Resignations, and Who’s “on Steroids”
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Bryan and David discuss the new Tom Brady documentary ‘Man in the Arena,’ and break down the athlete-produced doc, the new sports memoir, and Scottie Pippen’s response to ‘The Last Dance’ in his new book (4:42). Then, they touch on commentator and writers Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes quitting Fox News due to Tucker Carlson’s upcoming documentary about January 6 (22:15) before wrapping things up with another media piss test (35:34). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
Jeffrey Wright on ‘The French Dispatch,’ Tweeting the News, and Playing Colin Powell
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Bryan is joined by actor Jeffrey Wright to discuss his role as journalist Roebuck Wright in ‘The French Dispatch.’ They touch on the details within a Wes Anderson script, finding inspiration in the late James Baldwin, the use of Twitter, and more! Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Jeffrey Wright Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
Have We Lost the Meaning of “On Background”?
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Bryan and David respond to The Verge’s announcement that they're changing their “on background” policy (1:00) before assessing whether or not People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” has any remaining cultural relevance (23:00). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 16, 2021
Media Movies: ‘Salvador’ With Oliver Stone
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Bryan is joined by film director Oliver Stone to discuss his 1986 film, ‘Salvador.’ Stone talks about meeting journalist Richard Boyle, working with actors like James Woods, covering topics such as American foreign policy, filming in Mexico, and much more! Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Oliver Stone Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 11, 2021
Aaron Rodgers and the Sportswriters
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Bryan and David break down the news that Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 and discuss the media’s fascination with Rodgers as a media figure (7:33). Then, they unpack Tucker Carlson’s new documentary, 'Patriot Purge,' about the January 6 Capitol insurrection (32:14). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 08, 2021
How to Be a Newspaper Sports Columnist With the L.A. Times’ Bill Plaschke
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Bryan is joined by sportswriter Bill Plaschke to discuss how he got his start as a writer (4:58), the difference between beat writing in Seattle vs. Los Angeles (12:36), his transition to a columnist (14:14), how he came across the Paradise High football team in California that was featured in his book ‘Paradise Found’ (28:13), and more! Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Bill Plaschke Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 05, 2021
Listener Mail on Announcer Trades, the Rewriting of January 6, and Who Should Write the Ben Simmons Profile
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Bryan and David answer your Listener Mail and discuss networks making announcer trades, Halloween-themed TV studio shows, their dream choice for who would write a Ben Simmons profile, and much more. Plus the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 01, 2021
Sportswriter Ivan Maisel on His Son Max, Fatherhood, and Loss
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Bryan is joined by sportswriter Ivan Maisel to discuss his book about his late son Max, ‘I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye.’ They discuss Max’s childhood and passions, the moment Maisel heard the news that his son might have died of suicide, talk through the grieving process, and touch on his decision to write this book.  This podcast contains sensitive material about suicide. If you or anyone you know has thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Ivan Maisel Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 28, 2021
Katie Couric and the Cult of Sports Longform
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Bryan and David talk through details of Katie Couric’s memoir such as how she withheld insensitive comments from an interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg and how the media pitted Couric against other women in the industry (4:35). Then, they dissect Lindsey Adler’s tweet that addresses the repercussions of highlighting longform journalism and discuss how this specifically relates to sports writing (19:38). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
Media Movies: ‘The French Dispatch’ With Sean Fennessey
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In preparation for the new Wes Anderson film, Bryan is joined by Sean Fennessey to break down the ‘The French Dispatch.’ They discuss all three features portrayed in the film and touch on how it stacks up among journalism movies.  Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Sean Fennessey Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
Twenty Years of ‘PTI’ and Nick Kristof Is Running for Governor?
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Bryan and David discuss the 20-year anniversary of 'Pardon the Interruption' and highlight the layout of the show, the chemistry between Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser, and touch on how the show has changed the sports talk landscape (7:05). Later, they break down Nick Kristof’s decision to leave his job at The New York Times to run for governor of Oregon (32:35). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
How to be a Music Critic With The New Yorker’s Kelefa Sanneh
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Bryan and David break down the recent NFL/NBA Insider controversy and touch on recent news involving Adam Schefter sharing an unpublished story with a source (0:40). Later, Bryan is joined by music critic Kelefa Sanneh to discuss how he got his start, what it’s like discovering and writing music criticism for a new genre, and what we can learn from subgenres in his new book, ‘Major Labels’ (19:06). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Kelefa Sanneh Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
The Bad Art Friend and Covering Urban Meyer
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Bryan and David break down Robert Kolker's story "Who Is the Bad Art Friend?" and weigh in on the moral arguments posed by the story (6:48). Later, they discuss how the media covered the Urban Meyer video (38:55) and answer more Listener Mail. 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
How to Be a Sports Radio Host With Ryen Russillo
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Bryan is joined by The Ringer’s Ryen Russillo to discuss his career as a sports radio host dating back to his time at 1510 The Zone in Boston (1:53), his transition from local to national radio (42:54), and the differences between hosting a radio show and hosting a podcast (52:06).  Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Ryen Russillo Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
The Fall of Ozy and the Return of Jon Stewart
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Bryan and David talk through the timeline of Ozy Media and touch on what led to its collapse (5:25) before discussing how the return of Jon Stewart and his new Apple TV+ show could be received in the modern media landscape (29:02). Plus: "Only in Journalism" Words, Overworked Twitter Jokes of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
Eric Schlosser on the 20th Anniversary of 'Fast Food Nation'
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Bryan is joined by journalist and author Eric Schlosser to discuss the 20th anniversary of his book ‘Fast Food Nation.’ They talk through the process of turning his magazine story into a book (2:49), discuss what it was like reporting on the fast food industry from talking to the founder of Carl's Jr. to going undercover at a slaughterhouse (30:20), and then consider how this book has aged 20 years later (1:00:35). Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Eric Schlosser Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
The Cult of Jen Psaki and the Era of Mass Fame
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Bryan and David dissect Chris Hayes’s piece in The New Yorker, "On the Internet, We’re Always Famous." They discuss how the internet has changed our social life and talk through how it's brought us to an “era of mass fame” (0:31). Then, they talk about the cult of Jen Psaki and her role as both White House press secretary and social media sensation (22:38). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 27, 2021
Gabby Petito Coverage, ESPN and Gambling, and a Terrible Emmys Question
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Bryan and David open up the mailbag and answer your Listener Mail. They talk through the Gabby Petito coverage (5:15), weigh in on ESPN’s high-profile employees investing in gambling (14:00), discuss how members of the media consume content (30:35), and much more! 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
How Does Bob Woodward Do It? Plus: Politico and “Off the Record.”
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David Shoemaker is a married man! After discussing the nuptials, Bryan and David touch on ‘Peril,’ the latest Bob Woodward book, co-authored by Robert Costa (6:00). Then they dive into Politico’s "OFF THE RECORD" debacle (25:30) and charging a fee to be on podcasts (34:22). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker  Associate Producer: Lani Renaldo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
Listener Mail on the Rules of Journalism, Elizabeth Holmes’s Trial, and an In-Season ‘Hard Knocks’
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Bryan and David answer your Listener Mail and discuss how the rules of journalism are approached (0:36), react to the reporting about the “concerned citizen” at Elizabeth Holmes’s trial (21:42), touch on what an in-season version of 'Hard Knocks' could look like (29:21), and much more! 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
Peyton and Eli Manning Do 'Monday Night Football'
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Bryan is joined by The Ringer's Kevin Clark to break down Peyton and Eli Manning's 'Monday Night Football' broadcast. They discuss the chemistry between the brothers, talk through which elements were a hit or miss, and predict how this type of broadcast could impact broadcast television moving forward.  Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Kevin Clark Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
NFL Media Overreactions? Plus, Listener Mail on Newscaster Pronunciations and Overused Headlines.
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Bryan and David recap Week 1 NFL media reactions and address the self-aware overreactions (5:23). Then they answer more Listener Mail and discuss newscaster pronunciations (22:10), overused headlines (25:06), and the transition to digital edition covers in journalism (33:21). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
Listener Mail on Hatchet Jobs, Trump’s Sports Commentary, and the NFL Network Adding Rachel Bonnetta and Gambling
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Bryan and David answer your Listener Mail and talk through the piece “The Dying Art of the Hatchet Job” (0:35), touch on former president Trump providing an alternate audio feed for the Holyfield-Belfort fight (40:12), and discuss the news that Rachel Bonnetta will join the NFL Network and focus on legalized sports betting content (43:29). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
James B. Stewart and Tom Junod on Writing About 9/11
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Twenty years have passed since 9/11. Writers Tom Junod and James B. Stewart stop by to remember and reflect on the events of that day. Bryan talks with Stewart to discuss his 2002 New Yorker piece, "The Real Heroes Are Dead," which follows Rick Rescorla—former soldier, officer, security specialist, and hero who helped save thousands of lives on 9/11—through his love story with his wife, Susan (0:53). Later, Tom Junod stops by to talk through his 2003 Esquire piece that focuses on the infamous picture of "The Falling Man." They discuss how the story came about, why finding the identity of the man in the photo was important, and how the story is received years later (27:40). "The Real Heroes Are Dead" https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2002/02/11/the-real-heroes-are-dead "The Falling Man" https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a48031/the-falling-man-tom-junod/ Host: Bryan Curtis Guests: James B. Stewart and Tom Junod Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
Covering Hurricane Ida
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Bryan and David break down the ongoing coverage of Hurricane Ida as they discuss how social media and new technology are being used to relay footage and enhance reporting. Then, they weigh in on how these clips and updates are circulating throughout the news.  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 30, 2021
Listener Mail on Rachel Nichols, Stephen A. Smith, and the Future of Sports Coverage
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Bryan and David open up the mailbag and answer your Listener Mail. They discuss the removal of Rachel Nichols from NBA programming (0:38), talk through Stephen A. Smith’s vision for ESPN (8:55), weigh in on 'Monday Night Football' coverage for the upcoming season (22:20), and more! Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
When Will Sports TV Start Sounding More Like a Podcast?
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Bryan and David discuss the question: When will sports TV start to sound more like a podcast? They weigh in on the difference between the television and podcast art forms and the difference between the spheres of fame on both platforms. Then they talk through the evolution of television.  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 24, 2021
Claire McNear on Her ‘Jeopardy!’ Reporting. Plus, Listener Mail.
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Bryan and David are joined by Ringer writer Claire McNear to unpack her story about recently chosen and now-ex ‘Jeopardy!’ host Mike Richards (0:30). They break down Claire’s reporting, discuss the response she received to the piece, and touch on what will come next in the ongoing saga that is the search for the next ‘Jeopardy!’ host. Later, Listener Mail, in which they answer questions about David’s new WWE content and add more in-journalism words to their list (27:50). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Claire McNear Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 20, 2021
The Fall of Afghanistan With ‘Reign of Terror’ Author Spencer Ackerman
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Bryan Curtis is joined by author and journalist Spencer Ackerman to break down his new book ‘Reign of Terror’ and to discuss recent news and events involving the United States leaving Afghanistan. They cover the 20-year “War on Terror,” weigh in on the decision Biden and his administration made to pull out of Afghanistan, and talk through the United States’ approach to foreign policy since 9/11. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Spencer Ackerman Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
Andrew Cuomo Resigns With New York Mag Contributor David Freedlander
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Bryan Curtis is joined by New York Magazine contributor David Freedlander to discuss the news that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has resigned. They break down the events that led up to his resignation, the way in which Cuomo’s team decided to handle the news, and how this affects New York’s political climate.  Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: David Freedlander Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 10, 2021
Unpacking the Cuomo Scandal
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dive deeper into the ongoing saga involving brothers Andrew and Chris Cuomo. They discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo’s stance on resigning as inquiries into accounts of sexual harassment continue (6:25). Then, they weigh in on Chris Cuomo’s decision to take a “previously scheduled vacation” during this time, as well as CNN’s decision to keep him on the air (21:10). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 09, 2021
Chris Cuomo, Reinventing the NBA Draft, and the Olympics Viewing Nightmare
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker answer your Listener Mail! They unpack Chris Cuomo’s role at CNN as the inquiries into accounts of sexual harassment by his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, continue (6:15), talk through the reinvention of the NBA draft (15:02), and discuss how to watch the Olympics (27:42). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 06, 2021
The New Gawker and Leon Neyfakh on the 'Fiasco' Podcast
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down Gawker 2.0 and discuss how it compares to the older site (0:35). Then, host of the 'Fiasco' podcast, Leon Neyfakh, joins to talk about the new season that dives deeper into Benghazi (6:22).  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Leon Neyfakh Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 02, 2021
Simone Biles, NFL Training Camps, and Bob Costas on His New HBO Show
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker answer some listener questions about the media's reaction to Simone Biles, the new dateline approach for NFL beat reporters, and a lot more (4:05). Then Bryan is joined by Bob Costas to discuss his new HBO Show 'Back on the Record,' his famous interviews with Vince McMahon, and his favorite parts of hosting the Olympics (36:38). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Bob Costas Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
Watching the Olympics and Slate’s Josh Levin
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker start by going through all their media notes about the Olympics (4:48). Then Slate's Josh Levin joins to talk about his new podcast, 'One Year,' (20:04) and Levin helps David guess this week's Strained-Pun Headline (45:10). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Josh Levin Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Josh Levin Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 26, 2021
'Monday Night Football,' Peyton Manning, Space Porn, and Brian Raftery on 'Siskel & Ebert'
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker open up the mailbag and answer your listener mail. They touch on the ESPN announcement that the Manning brothers will cohost a 'Monday Night Football' telecast (5:40), discuss Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson heading to space (15:52), and weigh in on Addison Rae’s short-lived UFC journalism career (20:56). Later, Brian Raftery joins to break down his new narrative podcast series, 'Gene and Roger' (31:50). Host: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Brian Raftery Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 23, 2021
Mirin Fader on 'Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP'
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David Shoemaker is joined by Ringer writer Mirin Fader to discuss her new book, 'Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP.' They talk about the process of converting her original feature story into a book, how Giannis’s free agency affected the timeline, and what it's like publishing a book in real time as Giannis is currently in the NBA Finals.  Host: David Shoemaker Guest: Mirin Fader Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 20, 2021
Bill Walton on David Halberstam’s “The Breaks of the Game”
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Bryan Curtis is joined by NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton to discuss David Halberstam’s book “The Breaks of the Game,” about the 1979-1980 Portland Trail Blazers. They discuss Walton’s relationship with Halberstam, his experience playing with the Trail Blazers, and why Walton has not yet read the book.  Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Bill Walton Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 19, 2021
Listener Mail on ESPN, the White House Press Corps, and Watching the Olympics
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are answering your listener mail about the ongoing saga inside ESPN (7:35), the lack of information coming from the White House press corps (15:48), their Olympics viewing plans (32:50), and whether or not David calls Bryan “babe” (47:02). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 16, 2021
Rachel Nichols, Maria Taylor, and the Week at ESPN
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker unpack the news that ESPN analyst Rachel Nichols will no longer be the sideline reporter at the NBA Finals after making inappropriate comments about her coworker Maria Taylor. They discuss how the saga unfolded, ESPN’s response, and what this could mean for both Nichols and Taylor. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 08, 2021
Listener Mail on Rumsfeld Obits, Oral Histories, and Pro Wrestling Analogies
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dive into a new batch of Listener Mail. They break down the history of harsh obituaries (8:40), Mitt Romney’s latest Trump wrestling analogy (13:20), how to correctly write an oral history (21:40), and much more. Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Lani Renaldo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 02, 2021
Media Notes on the 2021 NBA Playoffs
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker provide some media notes on the 2021 NBA playoffs. They weigh in on whether or not this will be a lesser NBA title than ones before (7:13), discuss their perceptions of the teams left (17:56), and how sports media has changed over the years (24:57). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 28, 2021
Listener Mail and the Geniuses Behind the New York Times’ Eel Headline
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker answer your Listener Mail and talk about the difference between Trump-era journalism and what we’re seeing today (4:08), Conan O’Brien stepping away from his talk show (9:33), and what an NBA team’s standing could mean for its reporters (15:11). Then, Michael Roston and Sabrina Imbler from The New York Times join for a postgame interview to discuss their clever headline about moray eels (27:16). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guests: Michael Roston and Sabrina Imbler Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 25, 2021
NBC’s Chuck Todd and The Athletic's Tim Cato
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by NBC moderator Chuck Todd. They discuss the format of ‘Meet the Press,’ weigh in on the impacts of moving to streaming, and talk through the media’s coverage of the Trump era (7:06). Later, The Athletic’s Tim Cato joins to discuss his piece covering the Dallas Mavericks and their front office. He talks about the process of writing and sharing the story, the resignations of Rick Carlisle and Donnie Nelson, and Mark Cuban’s response (39:07). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guests: Chuck Todd and Tim Cato Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 21, 2021
Listener Mail on Janet Malcolm, the Mavericks Story, and Biden and Reporters
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are opening the mailbag and answering your Listener Mail! They reflect on the life and career of journalist Janet Malcolm, and discuss how her work has impacted the field of journalism (8:30). Then, they answer your questions about The Athletic's Dallas Mavericks story revealing front-office troubles (24:30), weigh in on President Joe Biden's response to CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins (48:44), and add to the list of “only in journalism” words and phrases (54:50). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 18, 2021
How to Write a Campaign Book With The Atlantic’s Edward-Isaac Dovere
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by Atlantic writer Edward-Isaac Dovere to talk about his book ‘Battle for the Soul.’ They discuss Dovere’s decision to write a campaign book (10:28) and the challenges that arose during the writing process (22:52) before brainstorming campaign-book power rankings (33:40). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Edward-Isaac Dovere Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 14, 2021
Listener Mail. Plus, Peter Kiefer on his Yashar Ali Profile.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are responding to Listener Mail. They answer your questions about Jeffrey Toobin’s return to CNN, athletes talking about vaccines, and “only in journalism” word nominees (8:55). Later, Peter Kiefer joins to discuss his profile of journalist Yashar Ali in Los Angeles Magazine (30:44). They touch on how this story came about, discuss Ali’s role within the media world, and hear what it was like talking with and interacting with Ali. Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Peter Kiefer Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 11, 2021
Brian Stelter on Fox News, CNN, and Feuding With Rob Schneider
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by CNN’s Brian Stelter to discuss his career in cable news, reporting on Fox, and his response to individuals such as Rob Schneider and Glenn Greenwald. Then they dive deeper into Stelter's book, ‘Hoax.’  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Brian Stelter Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 07, 2021
Listener Mail on LeBron Takes, Biden Books, and Media Tours
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are opening up the mailbag and answering your Listener Mail! They discuss the race to publish a book about President Biden (12:30), weigh in on the discussion over television ratings (25:10), and touch on where the word “embroiled” fits in the dictionary of words used only in journalism (43:21). 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 04, 2021
Naomi Osaka Doesn’t Need to Talk
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the news that Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open. They talk through the tournament's response to Osaka refusing to appear at press conferences, weigh in on the evolving coverage of athletes, and discuss how this type of situation has and could impact an athlete's relationship with the media. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 02, 2021
Listener Mail. Plus, Gideon Lewis-Kraus on Covering UFOs.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are answering your Listener Mail! They touch on The New York Times’ interest in acquiring The Athletic, discuss Bob Garfield getting fired for violating anti-bullying policies, and answer which Texas food dish they miss most since leaving the state (4:00). Later, Gideon Lewis-Kraus joins to talk about his piece in The New Yorker, “How the Pentagon Started Taking U.F.O.s Seriously.” (32:06) They talk through how this story came about, how the pandemic affected the writing process, and the response to the piece. Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline of the Week.  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Gideon Lewis-Kraus Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 28, 2021
Why the AP Fired Emily Wilder, Plus John Gonzalez on the Future of NBA Studio Shows
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down news of the Associated Press firing staffer Emily Wilder. They discuss how this affects journalists, how "cancel culture" was involved, and how the Associated Press is justifying the firing (3:08). Then, The Ringer’s John Gonzalez joins to talk about NBA studio shows and what we can expect from sports television in 2021 (22:18). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker and John Gonzalez Guess the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: John Gonzalez Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 24, 2021
Listener Mail. Plus, Author Jeff Guinn on His Book ‘War on the Border.’
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are opening up the mailbag and answering your Listener Mail! They answer questions about Chris Cuomo (3:40), the ‘Friends’ reunion (19:14), NBA play-in games (28:05), and who could be the heir to the Dale Hansen throne (31:30). Later, Jeff Guinn joins to discuss his new book, ‘War on the Border,’ and his career as a writer (42:17).  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Jeff Guinn Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 21, 2021
Masks Off. Now What? Plus, Sebastian Junger on His New Book.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the new CDC guidelines that state fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in most situations. They touch on the impact the new guidelines have had, and weigh in on this new phase of the pandemic (4:42). Later, Sebastian Junger joins to talk about his new book, ‘Freedom,’ and his journey to uncover what the word “freedom” really means (29:13). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Sebastian Junger Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 17, 2021
Listener Mail on Liz Cheney and the NFL Schedule Release, Plus NASCAR Announcer Jeff Gordon
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker answer your Listener Mail! They discuss Liz Cheney’s removal from her position as House GOP conference chair, the spectacle that is the NFL’s schedule release, and which book given by a first date would make you get up and leave (2:10). Later, NASCAR announcer Jeff Gordon joins to discuss his experience transitioning to the booth, working alongside Clint Bowyer, and what he has planned for the future (26:40). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Jeff Gordon Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 13, 2021
Do I Have to Go Back to the Newsroom? Plus, Bloomberg’s Justin Sink on the Jobs Report.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss The Washington Post's op-ed piece written by the CEO of Washingtonian Media, Cathy Merrill. They discuss the pros and cons of going back into an office versus working remotely, and further break down how Merrill approached the topic (4:20). Then, last week CNN released a job's report citing far fewer jobs were added last month than expected. White House correspondent for Bloomberg, Justin Sink, joins to help break down what we saw (31:01). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Justin Sink Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 10, 2021
How to Write About Mask-Wearing. Plus, Listener Mail!
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David Shoemaker is joined by Ringer writer Claire McNear to break down the Atlantic story "The Liberal Who Can't Quit Lockdown." They discuss readers' reactions to the piece, how it was reported, and touch on the related news about herd immunity (3:40). Then, Listener Mail, in which they answer questions about the audio-book process, who would make the best 'Jeopardy!' host, and Mike Greenberg hosting ESPN's NFL draft night (28:22). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week! Host: David Shoemaker Guest: Claire McNear Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 06, 2021
Listener Mail and the NFL Draft Devil’s Dictionary With Danny Heifetz
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker answer your questions about Joe Rogan and the vaccine, a New York Post Kamala Harris controversy, and The New York Times losing the term “op-ed” for “guest essays” (2:50). Then, Danny Heifetz joins for the Devil’s Dictionary of NFL Draft Clichés to go through three rounds of top picks (23:12). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker and Danny Heifetz Guess the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Danny Heifetz Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 29, 2021
Oscar Takes. Plus, Noreen Malone on 'Slow Burn.'
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker share their takes from the 2021 Oscars and discuss the speeches, production value, and all the think pieces that came after (2:55). Then, host of Slate’s ‘Slow Burn’ podcast, Noreen Malone, joins to talk through Episode 1 of the new season and shares what we can expect from Season 5 (29:37). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Noreen Malone Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 26, 2021
The Chauvin Verdict, European Super League, and Author Brendan Koerner on a Kidnapping Gone Wrong
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker open up the mailbag and answer your Listener Mail. They weigh in on the Derek Chauvin verdict (3:20), discuss everyone’s reaction to the news of the Super League (14:40), and share which of their non-journalism jobs were the most memorable (29:12). Then, author Brendan Koerner stops by to discuss his recent piece in The Atlantic, “A Kidnapping Gone Very Wrong” (36:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Brendan Koerner Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 22, 2021
Are Journalists Doing It Wrong? Plus, Jessica Bruder on ‘Nomadland.’
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dissect columnist Margaret Sullivan’s piece, "A New Way of Looking at Trust in Media," to determine what journalists and citizens care about, and how to accommodate this change in journalism (3:50). Then, Jessica Bruder, author of the book ‘Nomadland,’ joins to discuss her experience reporting on the phenomenon of older Americans leaving their homes in pursuit of seasonal work, and touch on the Oscar-nominated film adaptation (30:28). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Jessica Bruder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 20, 2021
Listener Mail and Michael Riedel on Covering Broadway
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are answering your Listener Mail! They weigh in on the new Anthony Bourdain book (17:15), discuss the journalistic use of the word “slap” (23:00), and touch on the potential repackaging of retired or aging NFL quarterbacks on our televisions screens (25:58). Then longtime theater columnist Michael Riedel joins to discuss his new book, ‘Singular Sensation,’ as well as his thoughts on Broadway post-pandemic (32:15). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Michael Riedel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 15, 2021
The Joe Biden Three-Month Check-in and Rob Stone on the Greatest Bowling Call Ever
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker check in with Joe Biden three months into the job and discuss how the media is treating him (4:06). Then they share some Overworked Twitter Jokes of the Week (23:27), and Fox's Rob Stone joins the show to talk about his viral bowling call at the Professional Bowlers Association Tour (25:35). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Rob Stone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 14, 2021
Listener Mailbag on 'Gutfeld!,' Mike Pence’s Book Deal, Paul Pierce, and More
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are opening up the mailbag and answering your Listener Mail! They address Fox New’s new comedy show ‘Gutfeld!’ (3:10), Mike Pence’s seven-figure book deal with Simon & Schuster (20:00), and ESPN’s decision to fire Paul Pierce (37:15), before they rank Texas’s literary novels (53:10). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 08, 2021
Matt Gaetz Investigations and Covering the Men’s and Women’s Final Four
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the investigation involving Florida Representative Matt Gaetz. They weigh in on his response to the sex trafficking investigation, his interview with Tucker Carlson, and decided where Gaetz falls along the scale of politicians labeled by the press (5:10). Then, they switch gears and talk through the highlights and key takeaways from the men and women's NCAA tournaments (21:13). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 07, 2021
Al Michaels Talks About His Career as a Baseball Announcer
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by sportscaster Al Michaels in preparation for the start of the baseball season. They discuss Michael’s relationships with Curt Gowdy and Sal Bando (6:30), his first broadcasting job for the Hawaii Islanders (16:00), the art of calling baseball (37:40), and much more! Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Al Michaels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 31, 2021
Remembering Larry McMurtry and Chatting With Author Alexander Wolff
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker remember the great novelist Larry McMurtry. They reflect on his novels and films such as ‘Lonesome Dove’ and ‘Terms of Endearment,’ and talk about the impact McMurtry had on the state of Texas (3:05). Then, author Alexander Wolff stops by to discuss his recent trip to Germany, his relationship with his father, and what it was like revisiting the past in the process of writing his new book, ‘Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home’ (30:05). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Alexander Wolff Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 29, 2021
Mailbag Episode: The Best Biden Books, Overlong Docs, and an “Embattled” Update
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are answering your Listener Mail in a mailbag episode of 'The Press Box.' They answer questions about upcoming Biden books (2:50), the “embattled” journalism debate (16:45), Curtis's high school yearbook signed by the one and only Shoemaker (34:15), and much more! Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 25, 2021
Covering March Madness and Novelist Harlan Coben
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker weigh in on this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. They discuss its appeal before breaking down the discrepancies between the men’s and women's tournaments (3:35). Then, novelist Harlan Coben stops by to discuss his Myron Bolitar series, the writing process, and his new novel 'Win' (23:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Harlan Coben Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 22, 2021
NFL's Mega Rights Deal With Kevin Clark, Listener Mailbag, and Lis Power
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Kevin Clark joins the show to discuss the details of the monster NFL rights deal and what it means for the media consumer. Then, Bryan and David answer your listener questions including thoughts on embattled governors, the best ways to get fired, and sounding bald. Lis Power of Media Matters also stops by to talk about what life is like needing to consume cable news around the clock. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 19, 2021
The End of Andrew Cuomo? Plus, The Athletic's Lindsey Adler
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the recent call for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign. They touch on whether or not cancel culture is involved, discuss how Democrats are reacting, and when or if it's appropriate to label someone as disgraced (4:45). Later, The Athletic's Lindsey Adler joins to share her experience covering the New York Yankees and baseball during a pandemic (20:55). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Lindsey Adler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
Listener Mail and The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are opening the mailbag and answering your Listener Mail. They talk through Joe Biden's first prime-time address, Mike Pence's new podcast, strained puns in the newsroom, and much more (3:30). Later Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune, joins to discuss how his team of journalists are covering recent events in Texas. They weigh in on Ted Cruz fleeing during the snow storm, Greg Abbott lifting the mask mandate, and discuss the controversy around banning the University of Texas's fight song, "The Eyes of Texas" (25:10). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Evan Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 12, 2021
Post-Twitter Trump With Charlie Warzel and Meghan and Harry With Ed Malyon
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by New York Times opinion writer Charlie Warzel to share his experience reporting on events such as the riot at the Capitol and discuss what it's like covering post-Twitter Trump (2:30). Later, The Athletic's Ed Malyon joins to talk through Oprah's special with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. They talk through Oprah's impressive interview, Meghan and Harry's responses, and how the British press and tabloids could respond (34:20). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guests: Charlie Warzel and Ed Malyon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 09, 2021
Dr. Seuss Uncanceled. Plus, Listener Mail.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the Dr. Seuss controversy that has resulted in six of his books no longer being published. They discuss this news in relation to cancel culture and how it’s being covered in the media (3:45). Then Listener Mail, where they answer your questions about 'New York Times' columnist David Brooks, sports gambling, the bad headline debate, and more (26:40). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of The Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained Pun-Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 04, 2021
Trump at CPAC and Coronavirus Celebrity Books
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down Trump’s first post-presidency speech at CPAC this past weekend (3:25). Later they weigh in on the new stage of the pandemic that features celebrity-authored coronavirus books (25:30). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 01, 2021
How Tiger Woods’s Accident Was Covered. Plus: Listener Mail.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the news of Tiger Woods’s car accident and how the media decided to cover the story (6:10). Then, they open some Listener Mail and answer your questions about Twitter’s new features, favorite journalism movies, and much more (27:20). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 25, 2021
Andrew Cuomo in Trouble, Ted Cruz in Cancun
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down how two politicians are finding themselves in trouble amid national disasters. They discuss Andrew Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes in New York throughout the pandemic (2:20) before weighing in on Ted Cruz’s trip to Cancun amidst a winter storm that left millions of Texans without power, food, and/or water (21:20). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 22, 2021
Rush Limbaugh's Legacy
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Bryan and David take a look at the controversial legacy of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh following his death. They examine how the conspiratorial and bigoted nature of his personality left a lasting impact on conservative politics and media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 17, 2021
How to Cover a Snowstorm and the Case of TJ Ducklo
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about why local media is essential when it comes to covering things like the Texas snowstorm (2:31). Then they discuss the case of TJ Ducklo and how a media ethics story became a White House scandal (20:22). Plus, some Overworked Twitter Jokes and Strained-Pun Headlines. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 16, 2021
Mitch McConnell and Impeachment With Matt Jones. Plus, Listener Mail.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by author and creator of Kentucky Sports Radio Matt Jones to discuss his book ‘Mitch, Please! How Mitch McConnell Sold Out Kentucky (and America, Too)’. (4:05) Later, on Listener Mail, they answer the question "If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?" (37:32) Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Matt Jones Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 11, 2021
The NFL Is Having an NBA Offseason. Plus, Lou Dobbs is Canceled.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the similarities between this year’s NFL offseason and a typical NBA offseason (3:50). Then they discuss recent media transactions, such as Fox News canceling Lou Dobbs’s show and Donald McNeil Jr. leaving The New York Times (20:30). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 08, 2021
The Super Bowl LV Reaction Pod
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker react to Super Bowl LV. They weigh in on Tony Romo's performance as an announcer, discuss the best and worst commercials, and offer thoughts on the pregame segment. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 08, 2021
How to Cover the Senate With Leigh Ann Caldwell and Angus King
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker seek to better understand how we cover and report on the Senate. They are joined by NBC News reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell (3:00) and Senator Angus King (36:00) to discuss their approach on Capitol Hill. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guests: Leigh Ann Caldwell and Angus King Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 04, 2021
GameStop Takes With Katie Baker. Plus: Super Bowl Hype!
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by Katie Baker to help break down the stock market, GameStop, and the ongoing saga (3:00). Then they discuss what the Super Bowl could look like without all of the hype of past years (27:45). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Katie Baker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 01, 2021
Losing Your Job Because of Tweets and Listener Mail
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker address the question, can you lose your job because of a tweet? They weigh in on the situations surrounding Lauren Wolfe, Will Wilkinson, and others (3:15). Later, they open some listener mail and answer your questions about QAnon, Super Bowl radio row, podcast fatigue, and much more (29:55)! Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker guesses the strained-pun headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 28, 2021
Biden’s First Week and RIP Larry King, With Charlotte Alter and Jason Gay
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by Time senior correspondent Charlotte Alter to discuss President Joe Biden's agenda and the era of misinformation (3:30). Later, Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay joins to pay tribute to and remember legendary talk show host Larry King (31:05). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guests: Charlotte Alter and Jason Gay Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 25, 2021
The Joe Biden Inauguration Edition
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Inauguration Day and 46th President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. They discuss Biden’s inaugural address, Harris making history as the first Black woman and the first person of South Asian descent to be elected vice president, and everything we saw at today's inauguration.  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 20, 2021
The Last Days of Donald Trump's Presidency. Plus, Author Rich Cohen.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the last days of the Trump administration. They address the National Garden of American Heroes, the MyPillow guy’s support, and Trump's ranking as a U.S. president (2:45). Then later, Rich Cohen joins to discuss his new book, ‘Pee Wees: Confessions of a Hockey Parent' (22:30). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Rich Cohen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 18, 2021
Jon Krakauer on the 25th Anniversary of ‘Into the Wild’
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by Jon Krakauer, author of ‘Into the Wild,’ for its 25th anniversary. They discuss the story of Christopher McCandless, the book's impact on McCandless's story and Krakauer, and what has unfolded in the 25 years since. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Jon Krakauer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 14, 2021
President Trump Impeached for the Second Time
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Trump has become the first president to be impeached twice. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker reflect on Pence’s decision not to invoke the 25th amendment, discuss the representatives involved in today's process, and consider the ramifications of impeachment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 13, 2021
Impeachment Week Is (Maybe) Here. Plus, ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the possible impeachment of President Trump … again. They weigh in on the Democrats' decision to file an article of impeachment and then make the case for both sides for impeaching President Trump (3:15). Later, they switch gears as ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. joins to discuss the Manti Te’o saga that involved Te’o becoming a victim of catfishing (27:45). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained Pun-Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Don Van Natta Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 11, 2021
Twitter Bans President Trump
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker react to the news that Twitter has banned President Trump permanently from their platform. They reflect on Trump’s relationship with Twitter, the media’s reaction to the news, and the timing of the ban. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 09, 2021
More on the Siege of the Capitol. Plus, The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dive deeper into yesterday's events, where Trump supporters rioted and stormed the U.S. Capitol. They break down the aftermath and discuss everything from Trump being deplatformed to Republican Senator Lindsey Graham saying his piece (0:25). Later, journalist McKay Coppins joins to discuss his perspective on the siege, Mitt Romney's response, and what we can expect from the media moving forward (26:32). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: McKay Coppins Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 07, 2021
A Mob Storms the U.S. Capitol
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Trump supporters rioting and storming the U.S. Capitol. They break down what we’re witnessing, how politicians are reacting, and how the media is covering the situation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 06, 2021
Trump's Phone Call Bombshell, Plus Benedict and Keteyian on Their New Tiger Woods Documentary
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker kick off the year by discussing Trump's explosive phone call to Georgia's secretary of state in which he attempted to sway that state's election results (02:35). Later Bryan sits down with authors Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian to discuss the new HBO documentary based on their Tiger Woods book (21:26) before David guesses the first strained-pun headline of 2021 (54:44). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 04, 2021
Year-End Listener Mail. Plus, The Undefeated’s Jesse Washington
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are rounding out the year by answering your Listener Mail (8:05). Then, writer Jesse Washington joins to discuss the writing process for John Thompson’s memoir, ‘I Came As a Shadow’ (38:00). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 28, 2020
That Martin Shkreli Story. Plus, Sportscaster Jim Gray.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the Elle magazine story about journalist Christie Smythe and "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli's relationship (2:50). Then the Press Box gang talks holiday carols, food, and traditions (26:32) before sportscaster Jim Gray joins to talk about his book ‘Talking to GOATs’ (36:52). Plus, The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 21, 2020
Can Cable News Pivot to Biden? Plus, David Axelrod.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down what cable news networks such as MSNBC and CNN could look like after a Trump presidency (2:30) before tackling another round of Listener Mail, where they answer the question, “Who is the best strained-pun headline-creating writer/editor you have ever worked with?" (24:15) Then David Axelrod, a CNN senior political commentator and Barack Obama’s former chief campaign strategist, joins to discuss his career as a journalist (43:40). Plus, The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 18, 2020
Vaccine Day in America. Plus, Author Ken Layne on ‘Desert Oracle.’
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker unpack the response to the news that the Pfizer vaccine has been cleared in the U.S. (2:12) before breaking down ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ in We’ve Got Notes (19:00). Then writer Ken Layne joins to discuss his book ‘Desert Oracle,’ and his experience in the desert (45:45). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 15, 2020
How to Cover a Vaccine. Plus, TV Legend Maury Povich.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss media coverage for the COVID-19 vaccine (3:35) before Listener Mail, where they answer a question about the dramatic license taken in the portrayals of the royal family on ‘The Crown’ (23:10). Then, Maury Povich joins to discuss his career in media and his experience with 'A Current Affair' and 'The Maury Show' (41:10). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 10, 2020
How Biden Won the Internet. Plus, Michael Smith.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker tackle Biden’s digital divide (2:50) before breaking down the unfortunate news that ESPN is making additional layoffs (21:55). Then former ESPN commentator Michael Smith joins to discuss his career and his podcast, ‘Brother From Another.’ (39:00) Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 08, 2020
Tweet Your Way Into the White House. Plus, BuzzFeed’s Ruby Cramer.
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Neera Tanden was nominated to be Joe Biden’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, which led Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker to discuss whether or not you can tweet your way into or out of the White House (3:25). Then, Listener Mail, where they answer the question, “Which three people would reassure you the most if they got vaccinated on live TV?” (26:45) Then, BuzzFeed’s Ruby Cramer joins to discuss what it was like covering the 2020 presidential campaign (43:00). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 03, 2020
A ‘60 Minutes’ Breakdown. Plus, FS1’s Emmanuel Acho.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down ‘60 Minutes’ in the feature We’ve Got Notes (2:25) before discussing publishing news, including Penguin Random House buying Simon & Schuster and Trump’s future memoir (30:00). Then, FS1’s Emmanuel Acho joins to discuss his career and his new book, Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man (51:40). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 01, 2020
Thanksgiving Listener Mail. Plus, Podcaster Josh Dean.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are answering your questions for a Thanksgiving edition of Listener Mail (2:30). Then magazine writer, editor, and podcaster Josh Dean joins to discuss his new podcast Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen (37:45). Plus, David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 26, 2020
Have You Seen Donald Trump? Plus, TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Donald Trump’s disappearance from the media and weigh in on what a post-Trump presidency will look like (2:10). Then they break down ‘Meet the Press,’ in a new feature called We’ve Got Notes (21:25). Then Ben Mankiewicz of Turner Classic Movies joins to discuss his career and his favorite media movies (48:40). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 24, 2020
'The Press Box' (Trailer)
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 20, 2020
Obama Writes a New Book. Plus, Claire McNear on 'Jeopardy!'
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Barack Obama has released his 768-page memoir, 'A Promised Land.' Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss his book, his playlist, and the accompanying poster (2:10). Then, on Listener Mail, they answer the question “What is a piece of media you consume to get away from the world of media you spend the most time in?” (31:12) Then, Ringer writer and author Claire McNear joins to discuss her book, 'Answers in the Forms of Questions,' which covers 'Jeopardy!,' former host Alex Trebek, and much more (44:45). Finally, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 19, 2020
Everybody’s Going to Substack. Plus, Journalist Reeves Wiedeman on WeWork.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Matt Yglesias’s announcement that he will no longer be writing for Vox but will be publishing his writing in Substack (1:45). They then write their own 2020 campaign retrospective, recounting the chain of events leading up to the election (22:10). Then New York Magazine editor and author Reeves Wiedeman joins to discuss the fall of WeWork and Adam Neumann (47:18). Plus, The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 16, 2020
Trump and Fox News, Plus: New York Times Critic Dwight Garner
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker attempt to break down the dynamic between Fox News and Donald Trump (3:30), before answering, Listener Mail, where they guess “Who will be Time’s person of the year?” (31:40) Then New York Times critic Dwight Garner stops by to discuss his new book and his career as a critic (53:40). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 12, 2020
Election Aftermath Edition. Plus, The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker weigh in on the aftermath of the 2020 election. They discuss major headlines that include Trump running for reelection in 2024 (2:30), review all the media stories that ran after Biden won the election (9:00), and then discuss who covered election week better: CNN or MSNBC? (32:00) Then, Washington Post political reporter Dave Weigel joins to discuss covering the 2020 election (49:00). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 09, 2020
Biden Wins Reaction Edition
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker unpack the 2020 presidential election that resulted in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being elected as President and Vice-President. They weigh in on the week-long process, Trump refusing to concede, and celebratory parades across the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 08, 2020
Day After the Election Reaction Pod
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the day after the election. They discuss Trump’s late night and early-morning speech, each party's strategy, and media coverage on election night (2:00). Then, writer Jemele Hill joins to discuss election results and the state of our country (42:00). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 05, 2020
Election Night Reaction Pod
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker cover 2020's election night. They address votes in swing states, the needle, and media coverage, and then make predictions while results come in and a winner has yet to be announced. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 04, 2020
Election Night Previews, Prop Bets, and a Bizarre Atlantic Story. Plus: The New York Times’ Mark Leibovich.
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David and Bryan sit down for the final time before the 2020 election to look over what the candidates are doing in their final hours before November 3. They also look at the bizarre prop bets that Vegas has concocted for election night. And Bryan is joined by The New York Times’ Mark Leibovich to discuss the end of the campaign trail, how Trump has changed Washington, and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 03, 2020
Will the TV Networks Lose Election Night? Plus, Politico’s Jake Sherman.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the predictions, reactions, and coverage we might see from TV networks and media on election night (4:00). Then on Listener Mail, they answer the question “Who else will get an exclusive interview with the president with a week until election day?” (27:00) Then Politico’s Jake Sherman joins to discuss Politico’s Playbook newsletter and much more (47:00). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 29, 2020
The Mental Health Break Show. Plus, Ben Macintyre on Spies.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker take a mental break and try to ax any mention of the pandemic, election, or Trump. They rank pun column names (3:00); throw it back to 1996 to discuss early internet journalism (8:30); test Chris Almeida with a new game, Generational Media Literacy (30:30); and then former producer Jim Cunningham joins to say a few words (44:00). Then author Ben Macintyre stops by to discuss his new book, 'Agent Sonya.'(52:00) Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 26, 2020
Trump-Biden Debate No. 2 Instant Reaction. Plus, Snapchat’s Peter Hamby
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker react to the second and final Trump-Biden presidential debate. They offer first impressions, discuss each candidate's effectiveness, and predict how the election might unfold moving forward. Plus, journalist Peter Hamby joins to discuss campaign advertising, media coverage, and much more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 23, 2020
Trump-Biden Debate Preview. Plus: MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker offer a debate preview prior to the second and last 2020 presidential debate. They then discuss anti-Trump rhetoric, including a New York Times editorial highlighting Trump’s failures. Then, MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff joins to discuss his new book, Separated: Inside an American Tragedy, as well as his career as an MSNBC correspondent. Plus, The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 19, 2020
Keith Olbermann on Political Commentary and Mitt Romney. Plus, Failed October Surprises.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the top Failed October Surprises, ranging from Hunter Biden’s emails to a Benghazi conspiracy theory. Then, Listener Mail, when they address the most pressing questions regarding the restaurant Ruby Tuesday. Then Keith Olbermann joins to discuss his political commentary on YouTube and how he got denounced by Senator Mitt Romney. Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 15, 2020
Trump’s Campaign of Self-Sabotage. Plus, The Washington Post’s Robert Costa.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the Trump campaign after Trump declined to participate in a virtual presidential debate. They then weigh in on the re-reporting of The New York Times' narrative podcast, ‘Caliphate.’ Plus, The Washington Post’s Robert Costa joins to discuss covering politics, interviewing Trump, and booking John Mayer for his senior prom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 14, 2020
Pence-Harris Debate Instant Reaction
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker react to the 2020 vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris. They discuss each side's game plan, who came out victorious, and how they expect this debate to impact the candidates' respective campaigns going forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 08, 2020
The President Has COVID. Plus The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin.
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President Trump has tested positive for COVID-19. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the president’s well-being, the impact it has on the election, and how the media has responded (0:38). Then on Listener Mail, they answer the question “How would the media have covered the last four days if Joe Biden were the one in the hospital?” (26:58) Then, The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin joins to talk about his new book and his career in journalism (36:30). Plus, David Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 05, 2020
Debate Fallout and Texas Monthly’s Skip Hollandsworth
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the fallout from the first presidential debate. They weigh in on responses from several reporters and news anchors (2:38) and discuss conspiracy theories that have surfaced. Then on Listener Mail, they answer the question “What cardboard cutouts should be put in the audience at the presidential debates?” (22:53) Then, Texas Monthly writer and editor Skip Hollandsworth joins to discuss his new crime podcast, ‘Tom Brown’s Body’ (32:32). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
Biden-Trump Debate Instant Reaction
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker react to the first presidential debate of the 2020 election with Trump and Biden. They offer their impressions and reactions, as well as predictions for the upcoming debates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 30, 2020
A Mega-Preview of Next Week’s Debate. Plus, James Poniewozik on Trump and TV.
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With presidential debates around the corner, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down what to expect from both Trump and Biden (3:20). Then they answer your questions during Listener Mail and say their farewell to newspaper editor Sir Harold Evans (26:10). Plus, NYT TV critic James Poniewozik joins to discuss Trump’s impact on television, and what he expects television to look like after Trump's presidency (41:28). Plus, David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline and the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 24, 2020
RIP RBG. Plus, Jason Gay on Pandemic Sportswriting.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Ginsburg’s reputation on the Supreme Court and her impact (2:10). They then say their farewells to columnist and critic Stanley Crouch who died at 74 (22:08). Then Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay joins to discuss his experience being a sportswriter during a pandemic (34:18). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
How Big Ten Football Came Back. Plus, Obama White House Photographer Pete Souza.
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College football is back ... sort of. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the unusual return of college football, but more specifically the Big Ten (2:20). Then, Listener Mail, when they answer the question, “What’s your favorite word to try and jam into every one of your stories?” (24:20) Plus, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan White House photographer Pete Souza joins to discuss his journey in the White House and his new documentary, “The Way I See It.” (38:00) Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020
The Joe Rogan Presidential Debate? Plus: Adam Amin on the Return of Football.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down what the upcoming presidential debates could look like with moderator Chris Wallace—or perhaps Joe Rogan, who recently expressed interest in moderating on a recent episode of his podcast (3:08). They then discuss the return of the NFL (19:00) and its broadcasting as Fox sportscaster Adam Amin joins to discuss his first game back in the booth (30:40). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020
Bob Woodward Is Back. Plus: Don Winslow on Fiction and Politics.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dive deep into Trump’s recent comments to veteran journalist Bob Woodward (2:08). They question Woodward’s motives and examine whether or not he should’ve waited to release his revealing interview earlier (13:33). Novelist Don Winslow joins to discuss his latest collection of short stories, ‘Broken’ (32:10). Plus: The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 10, 2020
Trump and the Troops, Back to School (Remotely), and Time’s Molly Ball on Pelosi and the Election
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dissect Trump’s complicated relationship with the military and the truth (2:36), and they break down Jeffrey Goldberg’s Atlantic story on the president and the complexities of anonymous reporting (3:34:). Then, they discuss remote learning and COVID-19’s impact on education (22:37). Next, Time magazine’s Molly Ball joins to discuss her book ‘Pelosi’ (36:00). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 09, 2020
Brian Stelter on Fox News. Plus, the Week the Campaign Went Nuts and Listener Mail
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From antifa planes to golf metaphors and bags of soup, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the chaotic Trump campaign (2:05). Then, during Listener Mail, they answer the question, “Why does every nonfiction book have such a long subtitle?” (23:18). Then CNN commentator Brian Stelter stops by to discuss his new book, ‘Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth.’ (36:10). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 04, 2020
Trump’s Crime Talk, the Death of the Newsroom, and Jeff Benedict on the Patriots
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Trump’s approach to this year’s election. They break down his remarks on protesting, violence, and the Democratic Party (2:35). They then discuss the newspapers that are getting rid of their newsrooms and the impact it could have on the profession (20:30). Then, sportswriter Jeff Benedict joins to talk about his new book about the New England Patriots, ‘The Dynasty’ (31:30). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 31, 2020
The Best and Worst of the Republican National Convention. Plus, the NBA Strike and Listener Mail.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the best and worst of the Republican National Convention (3:00). Then they discuss the NBA strike and how it has turned the attention from Orlando to Kenosha, Wisconsin (36:10). Then it's time for Listener Mail, as the guys answer the question, “What is the highest achievement a Press Box listener can unlock?” (44:05). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 28, 2020
What Will the Republican National Convention Look Like? Plus, Sports Announcer Disasters and Ben Jacobs on Kanye for President.
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The Republican National Convention kicks off today. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down what we can expect (2:58). Then, they discuss sports announcer meltdowns during the pandemic and weigh in on some of the racist, homophobic, misogynistic comments from some of the most popular announcers (20:55). Then political writer Ben Jacobs joins to discuss his journey covering the Kanye West campaign (30:30). Plus: The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained Pun-Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 24, 2020
The Best and Worst of the Democratic Convention. Plus: Listener Mail.
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the best and worst moments from the 2020 Democratic National Convention (2:45). Then, Listener Mail, where they answer the question, “What is the worst pun meteorologists are using in 2020 and how do we stop it?” (42:40). Plus: The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 21, 2020
Covering a Virtual Convention and NBA Playoffs Notes. Plus: Politico’s Alex Thompson on Biden and Obama.
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The Democratic National Convention kicks off tonight with speakers including Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, and Quibi CEO Meg Whitman. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss what we can expect and what a virtual convention could look like (2:25). The NBA playoffs have also commenced, and they address the league’s newest free agent, Shams Charania (21:05). Then, Politico reporter Alex Thompson joins to discuss his experience on the campaign trail, and what Barack Obama really thought of vice president Joe Biden (27:30). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline of the Week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 17, 2020
Covering Kamala Harris and Listener Mail. Plus: Rodger Sherman on College Football Twitter
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker weigh in on how the Kamala Harris selection could affect the Biden campaign (2:15). Next, Listener Mail, where they answer the question, “Why does every celebrity who gets written about by the media have a great sense of humor?” (21:45). Then, Ringer staff writer Rodger Sherman joins to discuss the news that conferences have canceled college football this fall (35:30). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 13, 2020
Pandemic Sports TV and the Lincoln Project. Plus: Joe Sheehan on Baseball and Writing Newsletters.
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With many major sports making their return, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss what they’re seeing on television and what's catching their attention (2:15). Then they break down the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump PAC, and its recent ads (22:35). Then, baseball writer Joe Sheehan joins to discuss his career and the current baseball climate (31:00). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 10, 2020
Sizing Up Biden’s Potential Veeps, Jonathan Swan, and Listener Mail
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Joe Biden will choose his running mate next week, and Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker weigh in on the pros and cons for his potential vice president nominees (3:30). They then discuss Jonathan Swan’s AXIOS interview with President Trump, and how Swan’s interview tactics worked in his favor (22:10). Then, Listener Mail, when they answer the question, “Why do sideline reporters have to wear masks but coaches and players don't?” (37:10) Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 06, 2020
Biden’s Veep, Ellen DeGeneres, Ira Berkow on Sportswriting, and More
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As Joe Biden’s search for a running mate continues, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the media’s portrayal of the potential nominees (3:00). They then turn their attention to comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who is facing criticism after two BuzzFeed articles pulled back the curtain on her popular talk show (32:10). Then, former New York Times sportswriter Ira Berkow joins to discuss column writing, Red Smith, Isaiah Thomas, and so much more. Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 03, 2020
Media Notes on the NBA’s Return, Listener Mail, and Gustavo Arellano on Covering California
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The NBA is back! Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker give notes on the restart (3:10). Next, on Listener Mail, they answer the question “Why should I support local newspapers again?” (20:30) Then, L.A. Times writer Gustavo Arellano joins to talk about his experience with reporting, food writing, and growing up in Orange County (36:30). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 30, 2020
The Sports Comeback and Covering Portland. Plus, Diane K. Shah on Column Writing
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker assess the professional sports comeback given recent news of players and coaches testing positive for COVID-19 (2:30). They then turn their attention to Portland, where Trump has sent federal troops to enforce “law and order.” They discuss the warlike way Trump is treating the situation and how it’s affecting his campaign. (22:35) Then sportswriter Diane K. Shah joins to talk about her new memoir, which discusses what it was like to write a sports column in the '80s (28:10). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline of the Week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 27, 2020
2020 Conspiracy Theories, Listener Mail, and Jordan Ritter Conn on 'The Road From Raqqa'
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down a few recent conspiracy theories, including QAnon, the Jeffrey Epstein case, and one related to Love Connection host Chuck Woolery (1:10). Next, on Listener Mail, they answer the question “What happens when you dream about 'The Press Box'?” (16:50). Then, Ringer staff writer Jordan Ritter Conn joins to discuss his new book, The Road From Raqqa (31:30). Plus: The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 24, 2020
Chris Wallace and How Sportswriting Got Weird. Plus, Chris Mannix on the NBA Bubble
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dissect the interview Trump had with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, and Wallace's unique position in reporting for 'Fox News Sunday' (2:30). Then, they talk about the strange position sports media types find themselves in as they cover the sports restart (28:10), right before talking to Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix from the NBA bubble (36:30). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 20, 2020
Sending Kids Back to School and Listener Mail. Plus, Justin Chang on Movie Reviewing Without Theaters
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dive into the political battle about sending kids back to school in the fall, and what this means for the safety of kids, teachers, and their families (2:15). Then, during listener mail, they answer the question: “What do you guys think of the Bari Weiss thing?” (22:55) Then LA Times movie critic, Justin Chang, joins to discuss what it’s like to be a movie critic without movie theaters (40:00). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 16, 2020
Woj-gate and Fauci vs. Trump. Plus: Christopher Buckley on Satire in 2020.
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After U.S. Senator Josh Hawley issued a press release about the NBA’s relationship with China, ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski had a few words to say in reply. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down Woj-gate (1:30). They then talk about the disappearance of Dr. Anthony Fauci from the media, and how the Trump administration appears to be campaigning against the expert (23:30). Then, writer Christopher Buckley joins to discuss his new novel, ‘Make Russia Great Again’ (32:00). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 13, 2020
Mary Trump’s Book, That Harper’s Letter, and Listener Mail
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the new book by Mary Trump, niece of Donald Trump, in which she writes about how her family "created the most dangerous man" (2:05). They then touch on the letter in Harper’s that was signed by everyone from J.K. Rowling to Matthew Yglesias and discuss what brought these people together and what the point was (20:35). Then, they respond to some listener mail and address the urgent question, “Did The NYT reuse the heavy-weight champion of celebrity-profile headlines?" (34:15) Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 09, 2020
Trump’s Fox News Campaign, Beat Writing in the Bubble, and Ben Widdicombe on Gossip
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Trump gave two speeches during July 4 weekend, and Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss how Trump's reelection campaign and how Fox News is involved (2:10). Next, Curtis and Shoemaker take a look at what sports beat writing looks like in the age of COVID-19 (20:00). Ben Widdicombe, author and former writer for the New York Post’s Page Six and TMZ, joins to discuss his career as a gossip columnist (32:50). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 06, 2020
Russian Bounties, Protest Rebrands, and Listener Mail
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at the story of Russian intelligence offering bounties to the Taliban for the killing of American troops (01:30), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (14:45), the Dixie Chicks' new name (18:45), and listener mail (29:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 29, 2020
Biden Is Crushing Trump, a Washington Post Controversy, and Listener Mail
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A New York Times/Siena poll out Wednesday shows that Biden is ahead of Trump nationally. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss how the presidential race could unfold (1:20) and break down the strange story behind a Washington Post piece about a two-year-old blackface incident that got a non-famous woman fired (23:40). Then they answer the question “What do we think now about the Bubba Wallace NASCAR situation?" during Listener Mail (37:10). Plus: The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Guesses the Strained Pun Headline.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 25, 2020
Trump in Tulsa, Bubba Wallace, and the Temporary End of the Newsroom
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Donald Trump had a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, and the subject was not George Floyd or the coronavirus; Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down what was said (1:15). Next, they talk about the racist incident that took place after NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace called for the ban of the Confederate flag (27:20). Lastly, Curtis and Shoemaker discuss the effects that long-term work-from-home protocols could have on the newsroom (37:00). Plus: The Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 22, 2020
Breonna Taylor, Listener Mail, and the Seattle Protests
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by Ringer staff writer Jordan Ritter Conn to talk about Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was killed on March 13 by Louisville police (0:45). Then, Curtis and David answer your listener mail, where they consider the question “Which White House memoir would we actually want to read?” (20:20). Then the hosts welcome Seattle Times reporter Evan Bush to talk about the Seattle protests, which have become an autonomous part of the city (38:30). Plus: the return of the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Guesses the Strained Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 18, 2020
The Coronavirus and the Media, the NBA and the Protests, and the Week in Trump.
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It's been 49 days without a formal White House briefing about the virus. Politico reporter Dan Diamond joins to discuss where to find critical information about the coronavirus and what he anticipates the virus will look like going forward (1:10). Then, Ringer sportswriter Paolo Uggetti joins the show to break down the latest on the NBA’s return to play, the players' interest in activism, and how it could affect the return in the fall (17:30). Then the week in Trump, in which Curtis and Shoemaker touch on the latest briefings, rallies, and more (31:10). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 15, 2020
L.A. Times Columnist Erika Smith, the Protests in Washington, and Newsroom Reckonings
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by 'L.A. Times' columnist Erika Smith as she takes us through protests, column writing, and the future of the 'L.A. Times' (1:20). Next, 'Ringer' intern Lex Pryor joins the discussion from Washington, D.C., to talk about what it was like covering protests three days after the infamous Trump church photo-op (17:20). Finally, Curtis and Shoemaker break down the "media reckonings" that have resulted in the resignations from 'The New York Times,' 'The Philadelphia Inquirer,' and more (31:05). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 11, 2020
Jemele Hill on Protests, Roger Goodell, and ESPN. Plus, Police Unions and James Bennet
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Bryan Curtis, David Shoemaker, and Chris Almeida are joined by Jemele Hill, host of the podcast 'Way Down in the Hole,' to discuss the effects of the protests that are now in their 14th day (0:45). Then, 'Philadelphia Inquirer' columnist Will Bunch joins to explain police unions and what they mean for reform (23:00). Finally, Curtis, Shoemaker, and Almeida discuss James Bennet's resignation from 'The New York Times.' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 09, 2020
Reports From Brooklyn and Minneapolis, Plus: Trump Goes to Church
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After a week of protests around the country, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by Ringer writer Tyler Tynes and Washington Post reporter Robert Klemko to discuss their perspectives from the ground of both cities, Brooklyn and Minneapolis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 04, 2020
George Floyd, Minneapolis, and Beyond
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Days of nationwide protests have followed the killing of George Floyd, who died while in police custody. Ringer writer Justin Charity joins Bryan Curtis, David Shoemaker, and Chris Almeida to discuss the situation unfolding before all of us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 01, 2020
Trump vs. Scarborough, Listener Mail, and Rob Mahoney on Empty Stadiums
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Trump’s latest allegations against Joe Scarborough and the supporters “urging him to stop" (1:35). Then listener mail, including the question “Will we ever again get a 'DAVID…' opener from Bryan before the intro music?” (19:05). Lastly, Curtis is joined by Rob Mahoney, sports writer at The Ringer, to explore what arenas and stadiums could sound like without a crowd (33:30). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 28, 2020
Return of the Veepstakes, Peak Sports Docs, and Will Sommer
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the veepstakes that includes Elizabeth Warren, Stacey Abrams, and Amy Klobuchar (1:35). They touch on the seemingly endless cycle of sports documentaries (21:40), and then talk with 'Daily Beast' reporter Will Sommer, who gives the inside scoop on the QAnon conspiracy theory (33:10). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker guesses the strained-pun headline.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 25, 2020
“Obamagate” Explainer, 'Call Her Daddy', and Listener Mail
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down Trump’s claims against Obama and what he refers to as “Obamagate” (1:30) as well as the 'Call Her Daddy' podcast feud that has Dave Portnoy taking over the show, social media, and merch (including a “Cancel Suitman” hoodie) (23:00). Next is Listener Mail, where Bryan and David answer the question “If you could buy one media outlet, which would you buy and why?” and more (37:45). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David guesses the strained-pun headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 21, 2020
Last Dance Wrap-up, Ronan Farrow and Ben Smith, and Lawrence Wright on Fact and Fiction
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As The Last Dance came to an end this weekend, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss its impact and what this means for ESPN (1:30). They then break down the Ronan Farrow and Ben Smith situation and give their thoughts (27:58). They are then joined by journalist and writer Lawrence Wright to discuss his new book The End of October and how it relates to our current pandemic (39:30). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker guesses the strained-pun headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 18, 2020
Trump vs. Fauci, NFL “Fake” Crowds, Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Trump vs. Fauci and the debate on science (1:20), whether or not the NFL will utilize fake crowds as fans (23:30), and lastly, Listener Mail, when we answer questions including: “If Bryan and David could be the host of another 'Ringer' podcast, which would it be, and why?” Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and of course, David Shoemaker guesses the Strained Pun Headline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 14, 2020
COVID-19 in the White House. Plus, Michael Jordan and the Media With Jack McCallum | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the major news that COVID-19 is now inside the White House: We discuss who’s infected, what this means for the White House, and what this means for the country (1:30). Then, we are joined by longtime 'Sports Illustrated' writer Jack McCallum to discuss 'The Last Dance' and what it was like reporting on Michael Jordan (18:00). Plus: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, David Guesses the Strained Pun Headline, and much more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 11, 2020
Trump vs. David Muir, the Week in Fake Sports, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dissect the David Muir interview with Donald Trump (1:30), tackle the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (23:00), discuss the steps certain sports organizations are taking when it comes to reopening (28:22), and finally, listener mail—when David tells us about a potential *tattoo*? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 08, 2020
Joe Biden and Tara Reade, Sports Plot a Comeback, and Ahmad Rashad
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Tara Reade, who says Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993, and Biden's candidacy (1:25). Then, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:50), the sports comeback that could take us to Las Vegas (26:30), and finally, the sports reporter during the '90s who seemed to have gotten it right: Ahmad Rashad (31:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 04, 2020
Coronavirus Commercials, Justin Amash, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the commercials that have touched on the pandemic, including, but not limited to, Pizza Hut, Walmart, and State Farm (2:55). Then, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:20), new presidential nominee Justin Amash (25:20), and finally, listener mail (35:15). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 30, 2020
The Reopening of America, a ’90s Dennis Rodman, and the Lysol Presidency | The Press Box
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After months of quarantine, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker touch on what it would look like to reopen America (2:00). Then, they discuss the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:22), 'The Last Dance' and the iconic ’90s figure that is Dennis Rodman (25:12), President Trump's suggestion to chug Lysol as coronavirus cure, (46:20), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 28, 2020
The NFL Draft Content Machine, the Coronavirus Hall of Shame Part 3, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are discussing the 2020 NFL draft: Roger Goodell’s demeanor, Jerry Jones’s setup, and all of our favorite moments (2:45). Then, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (25:00), Part 3 of the Coronavirus Hall of Shame (29:10), and listener mail (40:40). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 24, 2020
The Jordan Doc, the Death of the Indie Bookstore, and More Media Hell | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss their first impressions of the Michael Jordan documentary 'The Last Dance' (1:40). They then go over the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (35:20), the death of the beloved indie bookstore (38:05), and more from the Hall of Shame, with updates on media companies hit hard by the pandemic (48:32). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 20, 2020
Michigan Protests, Cuomo on Cable, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker touch on the latest update from the president on reopening the economy and talk about the Michigan protesters, who had a lot to say (2:00). Then they discuss the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (17:30), Chris Cuomo’s comments about cable news (21:30), and finally, listener mail (31:55). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 16, 2020
Celebrity Coronavirus Doctors, Trump's "Total" Authority, and ESPN Pay Cuts | The Press Box
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In the age of COVID-19 coverage, a new type of media figure has emerged: the celebrity doctor. We break down three types that have seen a lot of airtime in the past month (1:15). Plus: our overworked Twitter joke of the week (20:04), some snippets from Trump’s daily press briefings (23:02), and pay cuts at ESPN (32:57). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 14, 2020
Older Parents During a Quarantine, Sports That Are Trying to Come Back, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by producer Jim Cunningham to discuss worrying about their parents during a quarantine (2:00). They then talk about the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (19:58), sports that are trying to return ASAP (24:15), Bernie Sanders leaving the race (32:15), the Wisconsin catastrophe (35:00), and finally Listener Mail (37:50). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 09, 2020
Parenting During a Quarantine and Coronavirus Corporate Hall of Shame Round 2 | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss parenting during a quarantine (2:40), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (23:00), all the second-class nominees that have made it into the Corporate Hall of Shame (25:20), the future of the 2020 elections (34:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 06, 2020
COVID-19 and Government Power, the ESPN Jordan Doc, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at the issue of the coronavirus and government power (01:00); the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (19:15); the excitement for the upcoming Michael Jordan documentary, ‘The Last Dance’ (24:15); and listener mail (41:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 02, 2020
Andrew Cuomo, COVID-19 Content, and Sports Media Layoffs | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the rise of Andrew Cuomo (01:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:00), how you and your non-news website can continue to create content during the coronavirus pandemic (20:00), and sportswriting during this national emergency (32:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 30, 2020
The Coronavirus Corporate Hall of Shame. Plus: Should COVID-19 News Be Free? | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at how the coronavirus fallout has been handled by Bloomberg (01:00), Harvard (08:00), the Philadelphia 76ers (12:00), the Boston Bruins (14:30), and the International Olympic Committee (18:15). Then they discuss the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (26:00), whether or not coronavirus news should be behind paywalls (29:30), listener mail (38:30), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 26, 2020
Trump’s Daily Briefings, How Bernie Blew It, and Rand Paul Tests Positive | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings (01:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (21:30), how Bernie Sanders lost the Democratic presidential nomination (24:45), Rand Paul testing positive for COVID-19 (36:00), Richard Burr dumping stocks (38:15), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 23, 2020
The Gaslighting of America, Biden’s Veep, and Coronavirus Media Layoffs | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Donald Trump’s gaslighting of America (01:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (16:30), Joe Biden choosing a running mate (21:45), some coronavirus media layoffs (39:15), and listener mail (46:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 20, 2020
The Media in Quarantine, the NFL Marches on, and the Biden-Bernie Debate | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss covering the coronavirus from quarantine (02:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:15), the NFL’s decision to charge ahead with free agency (21:15), what sportswriters and sports TV people do with themselves when there are no games (31:15), and some of the media lowlights of the pandemic coverage (36:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 16, 2020
Covering Coronavirus. Plus: 2020 Updates | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about the coronavirus (02:00) before looking at what Bernie Sanders does next (24:00) and the discussions about Joe Biden’s health (33:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 12, 2020
Michigan Primary Preview, Bernie’s Online Fans, and Woody Allen’s Memoir | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker link up to preview Tuesday night’s Michigan primary (03:00) before discussing the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (24:30), Bernie Sanders’s online fans (26:30), Ronan Farrow going after his publisher, Hachette, for agreeing to publish the memoirs of his father, Woody Allen (37:00), Brian Williams’s attempt at math (51:15), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 09, 2020
Super Tuesday Aftermath: Biden, Bernie, Bloomberg, and Warren | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are back after a Super Tuesday blowout that left Joe Biden with the majority (03:00) and Bernie Sanders reevaluating his campaign (13:00). Also: the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (27:45), the end of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign (30:30), Mike Bloomberg’s exit (44:15), and listener mail (49:15). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 05, 2020
Super Tuesday Emergency Podcast | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Joe Biden’s successful Super Tuesday, how quickly Bernie Sanders lost the centrists, the future of Mike Bloomberg’s campaign, Pete Buttigieg's and Amy Klobuchar's exits from the race, Chris Matthew quitting ‘Hardball,’ and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 04, 2020
South Carolina and Super Tuesday Preview. Plus: Project Veritas and ABC | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Tuesday’s wild debate in South Carolina (03:00) and the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (26:15), before previewing the South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday (29:00). Then they examine the Project Veritas recording of ABC News’s David Wright (43:00), and wrap up the show with listener mail (47:45). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 28, 2020
Bernie the Front-runner, Chris Matthews, and Wilder-Fury | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at Bernie Sanders’s big win in Nevada (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (28:00), an unfortunate analogy from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews (31:00), Anderson Cooper's grilling of Rod Blagojevich (50:30), the Deontay Wilder–Tyson Fury fight (55:00), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 25, 2020
The Nevada Debate, Caucus Preview, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the fallout from Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (24:30), the resurgence of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign (27:15), how to watch Saturday’s Nevada caucuses on cable news (39:30), and listener mail (46:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 20, 2020
Nevada Debate Preview, Google Paying for News, and Charles Portis | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down to look at Bloomberg and the Nevada caucuses (04:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (20:30), Google finally paying for news content (23:15), and the end of Jessica Mendoza’s runs with ESPN and the Mets (29:15), before bidding farewell to reclusive novelist Charles Portis (34:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 18, 2020
Bloomberg Enters the Race, Nevada Scenarios, and Wes Anderson’s New Yorker Movie | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Mike Bloomberg’s legitimacy as a contender for the Democratic candidacy (04:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (23:30), the state of the Democratic race (26:00), the XFL and future of football on TV (38:00), Wes Anderson’s New Yorker movie (42:00), plus “guess the celebrity Democratic endorser” (44:45), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 14, 2020
Bernie Wins New Hampshire. Pete's Second. Biden Goes Bust. | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Bernie Sanders’s victory in the New Hampshire primary, the night's biggest winners and losers, the dropouts, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 12, 2020
Who Really Won Iowa? Plus: Rush Limbaugh and Spotify | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the never-ending Iowa caucuses (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (26:45), Rush Limbaugh’s announcement and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (29:45), Nancy Pelosi ripping up a copy of Trump’s speech (40:30), impeachment hero Mitt Romney (43:45), Spotify’s purchase of The Ringer (48:45), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 07, 2020
Emergency Podcast: Iowa Meltdown Edition | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the caucus in Iowa that hasn’t gotten any results, plus cable news follies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 04, 2020
Iowa Is Here, the Barstool Sale, and Covering the Super Bowl | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about the final lead-up to the Iowa caucuses (01:55), the selling off of a major portion of Barstool Sports (17:45), and all of the goings-on from the media frenzy that is covering the Super Bowl in Miami (37:04). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 31, 2020
Covering Kobe, Six Days Till Iowa, and Super Bowl Conspiracies | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the passing of Kobe Bryant (03:00), Joe Rogan’s endorsement of Bernie to the Bernie freakout (26:30), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interview with NPR (35:30), plus Super Bowl conspiracy theories (40:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 28, 2020
Trump vs. Schiff, Hacking Jeff Bezos, and 'American Dirt' | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss California Representative Adam Schiff’s statement at the impeachment trial (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (20:30), the hacking of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (23:15), the case of journalist Glenn Greenwald (29:15), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 24, 2020
The New York Times Endorsement, MLB Cheating Takes, and Trump’s Trial | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at the New York Times editorial board’s endorsement for president (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:15), content from the Major League Baseball cheating scandal (24:00), Donald Trump’s Senate trial (39:15), Drew Pearson getting snubbed from the NFL Hall of Fame (44:30), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 20, 2020
Trump’s Trial, Tony Romo For Hire, and the Legacy of Stuart Scott | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the impeachment trial of Donald Trump (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:30), the upcoming bidding war for NFL announcer Tony Romo (20:45), the legacy of 'SportsCenter' anchor Stuart Scott (43:00), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 17, 2020
Democratic Debate Reaction and the Race to Iowa | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the latest round of the Democratic debates, including the back-and-forth between the Sanders and Warren campaigns (00:22), Tom Steyer getting in on the memes (21:17), and Biden's, Klobuchar's, and Buttigieg's performances (27:23). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 15, 2020
Harry and Meghan Ditch the Royals, Twitter Stops a War, and Facebook and the Election | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepping back as senior members of the Royal family (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:00), how Twitter may have saved us from war with Iran (20:30), and how Facebook is protecting the integrity of the 2020 election, according to Teen Vogue (27:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 10, 2020
Iran Takes, David Stern Obits, and the NFL Playoffs | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the media fallout from the airstrike that killed Iranian spymaster Qassem Soleimani (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (24:45), the obituaries for the late, great NBA commissioner David Stern (28:00), the first weekend of the NFL playoffs (39:45), and the coaching drama in Dallas (50:15). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 07, 2020
The Year in Media, Iran, Don Imus, and the Outros | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss all things media from 2019 (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (20:00), Thursday night’s events in Iraq (22:00), the end of Julián Castro’s presidential campaign (28:45), the passing of Don Imus (36:15), and listener mail (46:30) before Jim Cunningham wraps up the show with 'The Press Box' Outros - Volume I. (57:45). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 04, 2020
Pete Buttigieg vs. Everybody, the SEC on CBS, and ‘Cats’ Reviews | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Pete Buttigieg coming under fire from the other candidates during the debate (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:45), the terrible reviews for the new movie ‘Cats’ (25:00), the SEC leaving CBS (33:00), the winter vacations of Vogue UK’s editors (40:45), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 24, 2019
Trump Gets Impeached, the Democratic Debates, and 'Star Wars' | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about the impeachment proceedings of Donald Trump (03:05), the stakes of the upcoming Democratic debates (26:38), the new 'Star Wars' film dividing critics and fans alike (33:20), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 19, 2019
A Democrat Switches Parties, Warren vs. Sanders, and ‘Bombshell’ | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the newest impeachment mini-drama (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (24:30), another Spygate scandal for the Patriots (28:15), the film ‘Bombshell’ and the making of cable news-based content (44:30), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 17, 2019
Impeachment Eve, One-Term Biden, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the way we consume impeachment news now vs. during the Clinton presidency (4:07), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:42), updates on Olivia Wilde’s comments regarding female reporter stereotypes (32:06), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis, David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 13, 2019
Impeachment Is Here, Richard Jewell, and Warren Goes on Offense | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the latest in impeachment news (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (24:30), Richard Jewell and the media (28:15), an update on the 2020 Democratic race (44:30), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 10, 2019
The Impeachment Mess, the Critics Come for Buttigieg, and Top 10 Lists | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss how Trump considers impeachment something of a foregone conclusion (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (24:30), the beginning of the attacks on Pete Buttigieg (27:30), year-end and decade-end top-10 lists (36:00), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 06, 2019
Kamala Drops Out, 'Irishman' Reviews, and RIP Clive James | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Kamala Harris dropping out of the 2020 race (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:15), Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic 'The Irishman' (23:45), and pay tribute to the late, great critic Clive James (33:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 04, 2019
Bloomberg Is Serious About This, Plus: Devin Nunes and Saving SI | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker  discuss Michael Bloomberg announcing candidacy for the Democratic nomination (03;00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (16:00), an attempt to rescue Sports Illustrated from The Maven (18:30), Devin Nunes and the Ukraine scandal (26:30), Deval Patrick puns (34:00), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 26, 2019
The No-Attack Democratic Debate | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the fifth Democratic debate and the performances of Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 21, 2019
Trump Tweets Through Impeachment—Plus: Stephen A. Smith and Myles Garrett | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the latest on the possible impeachment Donald Trump (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (21:15), Stephen A. Smith on Colin Kaepernick (24:00), the Myles Garrett takefest (36:00), the newspaper scandal involving the so-called Hitler Diaries (43:15), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 19, 2019
Impeachment Begins, Student Newspapers, and “Increasingly Blurry Lines” | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at Wednesday’s impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump (02:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (20:00), Northwestern’s student newspaper controversy (22:15), a journalist's favorite go-to phrase (32:30), listener mail (35:00), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 15, 2019
Bloomberg for President, Trump's Stadium Tour, and the Diets of Reporters | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Mike Bloomberg running for president (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:30), Donald Trump’s sports stadium tour (24:15), what happens when you mistranscribe the tape of a presidential candidate (30:00), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 13, 2019
Impeachment, Lamar Jackson Takes, and Subscribing to Your Favorite Writer | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the latest on the possible impeachment of President Trump (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:00), subscribing to Charlie Pierce (33:00), the art of looking back at the Lamar Jackson haters (40:00), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 08, 2019
Beto’s Doomed Campaign, Editing Trump, and the Cable News Sign-off the Week | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Beto O’Rourke ending his presidential bid (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (25:30), Peter Osnos’s piece in The New Yorker on editing Trump (32:1 5), and an update on the 2020 United States presidential campaigns  (40:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 05, 2019
The Fall of Deadspin, Twitter and Political Ads, and Listener Mail | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at the end of Deadspin (03:00) and reveal the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:30) before chatting with Ringer writer and former Deadspin culture editor Rob Harvilla about working at the site (27:15). Then they discuss Twitter banning political ads (43:45) and wrap up the show with some listener mail (54:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 01, 2019
Death of an ISIS Leader, Maddow vs. NBC, and D.C. Media Sports Fandom | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Donald Trump and the death of terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (21:45), Rachel Maddow taking on NBC (24:00), and the awfulness of Washington, D.C., media sports fandom (43:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 29, 2019
The Houston Astros vs. the Media, Trump vs. Anonymous, and the New Sports Media Free Agents | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at the growing feud between reporters and the Astros (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:15), the Donald Trump tell-all by an anonymous writer (21:00), free agency in sports media (29:30), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 25, 2019
Buttigieg and Zuck, Clinton and Gabbard, and Giving Credit for Other Reporters’ Scoops | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about Pete Buttigieg’s campaign hiring people Mark Zuckerberg recommended (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (17:30), whether The New York Times is giving proper credit to its competitors’ scoops (20:00), Tulsi Gabbard versus Hillary Clinton (33:30), and Donald Trump’s sleepover (44:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 22, 2019
Trump’s Crazy Week, LeBron on China, and Shep Smith's Departure From Fox News | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker look at an eventful week for the president (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (25:30), LeBron James weighing in on the NBA and China (28:00), Shep Smith leaving Fox News (46:15), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 18, 2019
Democratic Debate Insta-reaction | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss Elizabeth Warren playing the front-runner, Joe Biden keeping it simple, and Pete Buttigieg having a chance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 16, 2019
More on the NBA and China, the Matt Lauer Accusation, and Elizabeth Warren’s Teaching Job | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the latest in the NBA-China situation (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (27:45), the accusation towards Today show anchor Matt Lauer (30:30), Elizabeth Warren’s pregnancy (37:30), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 11, 2019
The NBA’s China Problem, Chuck Todd Loses It, and Biden’s Ukraine Response | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the response to Daryl Morey’s tweet about Hong Kong (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:30), Chuck Todd losing his patience (24:45), plus the fallout from last week’s 'Sports Illustrated' layoffs (39:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 08, 2019
Trump's Impeachment Spin, Layoffs at Sports Illustrated, and the WWE Goes to Fox | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker cover the impeachment spin presented by Donald Trump (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (17:00), grim times at 'Sports Illustrated' (21:00), WWE’s move to Fox (36:15), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 04, 2019
The Latest on Trump and Impeachment, Robert De Niro the Resistance Hero, and Covering 'The Joker' | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker continue their discussion on Donald Trump and the push for impeachment (03:00), before going through the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (20:30), Robert DeNiro getting political on ‘The Irishman’ press tour (22:30), the coverage of ‘The Joker’ (26:00), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 01, 2019
Emergency Trump-Ukraine and Impeachment | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down for an emergency podcast to discuss the latest developments with the House of Representatives opening an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump and the summary of Trump’s July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 25, 2019
Trump and Ukraine; Bye Bye, De Blasio; and a New Buzz Bissinger Documentary | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the ongoing saga involving Donald Trump and Ukraine (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (25:30), a 2020 election update (27:30), the latest twist in the Antonio Brown–Patriots breakup (34:15), the new documentary on Buzz Bissinger (43:15), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 24, 2019
The Times and Kavanaugh, a Mysterious Trump Scoop, and Covering Eli Manning | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the media aftermath of the New York Times story on Brett Kavanaugh (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:45), the week the media decided Elizabeth Warren would win the Democratic nomination (25:00), an intriguing Washington Post Trump scoop (36:30), and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 20, 2019
The New Weinstein Book, Democratic Debate Fallout, and Joe Biden vs. Corn Pop | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about 'She Said,' the new book by reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey on Harvey Weinstein (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (16:45), fallout from the Democratic debate (19:00), Joe Biden vs. Corn Pop (31:30), the return of Gary Larson's Far Side (36:30), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 17, 2019
Democratic Debate Reaction | The Press Box
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Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker talk about Julián Castro vs. Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren on the defensive, Kamala Harris's new strategy, and more from the ABC/Univision debate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 13, 2019
The Antonio Brown Saga, Eric Trump’s Reporting Tips, and Lana Del Rey vs. Her Critic | The Press Box
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The saga of wide receiver Antonio Brown (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (22:00), a preview of Biden vs. Warren at Thursday's Democratic debate (25:00), Lana Del Rey's response to a critic (24:30), Eric Trump's tips to young investigative reporters (40:15), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 10, 2019
ESPN’s 40th Birthday, Joe Biden Owns His Gaffes, and a Playboy Writer vs. the White House | The Press Box
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Dan Patrick, Keith Olbermann, and the 11 p.m. SportsCenter (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (20:15), Joe Biden trying to own his gaffes (22:30), a Playboy journalist challenging the Trump White House (34:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 06, 2019
Hurricane Dorian Videos, the Rebooting of Buttigieg, and Conservatives and Dave Chappelle | The Press Box
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Hurricane Dorian coverage (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week  (16:30), the rebooting of Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign (19:00), a bedbug saga update (27:15), the conservative alliance with Dave Chappelle (34:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 03, 2019
Bedbugs and the New York Times, Lawrence O’Donnell’s Faceplant, and Podcasts and Plagiarism | The Press Box
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Fallout from Bret Stephens’s Twitter-bedbug beef (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (19:30), Lawrence O’Donnell’s snafu on MSNBC (24:15), news for next month’s Democratic debate (30:30), plagiarism in podcasts (33:30), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 30, 2019
Trump Allies Troll the Media, Andrew Luck Takes, and Joe Walsh for President | The Press Box
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The pro-Trump group scouring the social media history of media members (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week  (23:15), the retirement of the Colts' Andrew Luck and the bad takes it produced (26:00), Joe Walsh running for president (39:15), the Houston Astros trying to run a newspaper in Detroit (48:45), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 27, 2019
2020 Update, Baker Mayfield’s Trash Talk, and the Week in Trump | The Press Box
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The latest from Joe Biden’s campaign (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week  (21:45), when to quote Baker Mayfield (26:15), the Week in Trump (35:30), the fall of Chuck Woolery (43:30), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 23, 2019
The Future of Deadspin, Halperin’s Attempted Comeback, and Jay-Z and the NFL | The Press Box
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Megan Greenwell’s exit from Deadspin (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week  (19:30), Mark Halperin publishing a comeback book (22:30), the Roger Goodell–Jay-Z partnership (34:15), and Stephen Colbert's interview with Anderson Cooper (48:45). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 20, 2019
Bernie Sanders vs. the Media, a New York Times Editor’s Demotion, and “The Hunt” | The Press Box
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Bernie Sanders the media critic (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week  (21:30), the demotion of New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman (26:30), John Hickenlooper ending his presidential bid (31:30), and Andrew Gruttadaro on what happened to the film 'The Hunt' (41:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Andrew Gruttadaro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 16, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein Conspiracies, Biden's Gaffes, and Tucker Carlson's Vacation | The Press Box
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The reactions to Jeffrey Epstein’s death (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (21:30), Joe Biden’s shaky day at the Iowa State Fair (24:30), Chris Cuomo’s amped-up day on Shelter Island (35:00), and when the movie 'The Right Stuff' was a presidential campaign (42:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 13, 2019
The New York Times' Bad Headline and the Anonymous Source of the Week. Plus: Are Newsletters the New Podcasts? | The Press Box
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The great New York Times headline controversy of 2019 (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:00), how to hijack a football press conference (19:30), and the Anonymous Sources of the Week (22:15) Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 09, 2019
The Shootings in El Paso and Dayton, LeBron James vs. His Former GM, and Playboy Rebooted | The Press Box
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The shootings in El Paso and Dayton (03:00), David Griffin on LeBron James (27:45), the reinvention of Playboy (40:00), and Quentin Tarantino’s box office numbers (47:45). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 06, 2019
CNN Democratic Debate Reactions, Night Two | Press Box
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Everyone gangs up on Joe Biden, Kamala Harris goes on the offensive, and everyone else scrabbles to get out of last place. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 01, 2019
CNN Democratic Debate Reactions | The Press Box
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Elizabeth Warren takes on the moderates, Bernie writes the damn bill, and CNN makes John Delaney a star. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 31, 2019
Mueller Bombs, the End of Mic, and Covering Tyreek Hill | The Press Box
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Robert Mueller’s testimony (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (21:30), the end of Mic.com (27:15), how the media covers Tyreek Hill (38:45), and the return of Graydon Carter (51:45).   Host: David Shoemaker Guest: Alyssa Bereznak   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 26, 2019
Dan Le Batard vs. ESPN, Al Franken Reconsidered, and the Worst 'Lion King' Reviews | The Press Box
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Dan Le Batard challenges ESPN’s no-politics policy (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (24:00), Jane Mayer’s big New Yorker re-examination of the Al Franken affair (29:15), panning ‘The Lion King’ (49:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 23, 2019
Beto Get Your Act Together | The Press Box
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ESPN is getting into the daily podcast game (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (14:30), the racist Trump rally (18:00), Beto O’Rourke is plummeting in the polls (32:15), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 19, 2019
Burying the Hatchet Job | The Press Box
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Donald Trump’s tweet to a cohort of Democratic representatives (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (17:45), Dale Peck’s piece on Pete Buttigieg in The New Republic (21:30), 'The Breakfast Club' becoming the new 'View' (28:15), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 16, 2019
The Kawhi-light Zone | The Press Box
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The Jeffrey Epstein indictment (03:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (15:45), fallout from the Kawhi Leonard signing (19:00), Donald Trump’s social media summit (32:15), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 12, 2019
Picture Me Pollin’ | The Press Box
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The importance (or lack thereof) of polling (02:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (18:00), the USWNT's World Cup win (18:15), Trump’s Fourth of July parade (33:15) and feud with Fox News (40:00), and the end of Mad magazine (44:45). Host: David Shoemaker Guest: Justin Charity Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 09, 2019
Don't Pence Me In | The Press Box
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Images from the border (02:00), the “Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week” (18:30), the case of the disappearing Mike Pence (21:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 05, 2019
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Woj Bomb | The Press Box
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Fallout from the Democratic debates (03:00), the “Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week” (16:00), NBA free agency (21:00), a school shooting impostor (31:15), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 02, 2019
Night Two Debate Reactions | The Press Box
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Harris stuns Biden, Bernie and Buttigieg hit their marks, and more observations from the second night of the Democratic presidential primary debates.  Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 28, 2019
Night One Debate Reactions | The Press Box
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Warren holds serve, Castro vs. Beto, and other observations from the first night of the Democratic presidential primary debates. Plus a farewell to Bob Ley. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 27, 2019
Dolan Out Access | The Press Box
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A new accusation of rape against the president (03:00), the “Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week” (15:00), Tucker Carlson may have saved us from a war with Iran (17:00), the difficulties in covering sports in NY (30:45), the reviews for David Mamet’s new play, 'Bitter Wheat' (44:00), and more. Host: Bryan Curtis  Guest: Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 25, 2019
Biden the Dust | The Press Box
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The Joe Biden-Cory Booker apology feud (03:00), the “Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week” (15:30), the nation’s first Donald Trump non-endorsement (17:45), “Listener Mail” (32:45), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 21, 2019
The Debate Draft Lottery and O.J. Returns | The Press Box
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The Democratic debate lineup (08:00), the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (29:45), Sarah Huckabee Sanders stepping down as press secretary of the White House (17:45), the return of O.J. Simpson (27:30), and wrapping up the NBA Finals (34:15). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 18, 2019
Achilles Tension: Deep Fakes and Trump Bytes | The Press Box
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How the media is handling Kevin Durant’s injury in the NBA Finals (03:00), the “Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week” (19:15), the disturbing Mark Zuckerberg deep fake (27:15), and a farewell to Le Anne Schreiber (36:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 14, 2019
The White Man’s Wordin’ and the Art of the Campaign Flip-flop | The Press Box
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Trouble at The Atlantic (03:00), Joe Biden and the art of the campaign flip-flop (21:30), Pablo Torre and Bomani Jones on Jalen Rose’s New Yorker interview (31:00), and Alyssa Bereznak on Steven Crowder and the policies that govern YouTube (37:45). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Alyssa Bereznak   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 11, 2019
Trump’s European Vacation, Biden’s Plagiarism, and Duncan Hunter | The Press Box
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The Trump family’s trip to London (03:00), Joe Biden continuing his serial plagiarism (17:00), Duncan Hunter talking openly about war crimes on the ‘Zero Blog 30’ podcast (23:30), the New York Times’s new TV show, ‘The Weekly,’ (29:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 07, 2019
Everyone Dies: Michael Wolff’s New Book, Nancy Pelosi, and a Big Announcement | The Press Box
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An important 'Press Box' announcement (00:45), the return of Michael Wolff (03:45), the Nancy Pelosi video (19:30), ‘Running With Beto’ (28:00), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 04, 2019
What Version of Miley Cyrus Will We Get Next? | Tea Time
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Prom season is upon us. Tea Time looks back on their favorite celebrity prom appearances (1:17). Time's favorite vegan couple may or may not be engaged (14:12). Miley Cyrus is coming out with a new album and seems to be reinventing herself once again (17:37), and we try to understand the "Cliff Wife" meme (31:44). Hosts: Liz Kelly, Amelia Wedemeyer, and Kate Halliwell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 31, 2019
Mueller’s Mulligan, the Sale of Sports Illustrated, and Naomi Wolf's Gaffe | The Press Box
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Robert Mueller finally talks (03:00), Sports Illustrated is purchased by Authentic Brands Group (16:00), Naomi Wolf makes a “small” error (26:15), and more. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 29, 2019
Celebrity Yacht Season Kickoff | Jam Session
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With the Cannes Film Festival wrapped, celebrity yacht season is officially in full swing (1:00). We talk about yacht interior design (18:05), our favorite celebrity yachting groups (22:12), and the best places to go on a yacht vacation (29:18). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 29, 2019
Happy Memorial Day Weekend From Tea Time and Pitbull | Tea Time
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The trailer for 'Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood' premiered this week and we're even more hyped than we were before (1:16). Apparently if you're Lil Nas X you can send Maseratis via Postmates (8:16). Katherine Schwarzenegger is getting into podcasting (20:55), and how deep does Ben Affleck's allegiance to Dunkin' Donuts go (44:31)? Hosts: Liz Kelly, Amelia Wedemeyer, and Kate Halliwell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 24, 2019
De Blasio’s Announcement, Stephen A. Smith, and Brian Williams's Return | The Press Box
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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has entered the 2020 presidential race (03:00), Stephen A. Smith had an amazing half-week of content (21:00), and Brian Williams is back (36:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 21, 2019
We Learned About the James Charles BeauTube Scandal So You Don't Have To | Tea Time
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'John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum' is out this weekend and it looks like it's going to be the summer of Keanu Reeves (4:29). Congratulations are in order for the 'Arthur' character Mr. Ratburn (13:56). 'Tea Time' tries to understand the James Charles and Tati Westbrook feud (19:43), and discusses starting an Emmy campaign for Miley Cyrus (27:31). Hosts: Liz Kelly, Kate Halliwell, and Amelia Wedemeyer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 17, 2019
A Lesson in Public Relations: Constance Wu and Taylor Swift | Jam Session
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‘Fresh off the Boat’ star Constance Wu sent some angry tweets after learning the show was being renewed for a fifth season (1:00) then turned around to deny that’s what she was upset about (13:08). Ahead of her new album, Taylor Swift is back in the public eye (22:09) and it seems like she hasn’t changed much (31:20). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 15, 2019
The New Howard Stern, Ben Shapiro DESTROYED, and Kamala Harris Reboots | The Press Box
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Howard Stern has written a new book and the takeaway is that he’s "matured" (02:47), Ben Shapiro gets OWNED during a BBC interview (21:00), and Kamala Harris pivots her campaign back toward the center (31:45). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 14, 2019
Happy Mother's Day to Our Moms, Goldie Hawn, and No One Else | Tea Time
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The first Monday in May came and went; we go over best dressed, worst dressed, and iconic after-party moments (1:19). Tea Time–approved movies to watch with your mom this Mother's Day (18:50). It turns out Taylor Swift shares the same pop culture interests as a lot of people on Twitter (26:30), and who wakes up and eats salad for breakfast (30:30)? Hosts: Liz Kelly, Amelia Wedemeyer, and Kate Halliwell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 10, 2019
Royal Baby Emergency Podcast | Jam Session
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The royal baby is finally here! We talk about Harry’s announcement video (2:23), the name choice (4:56), and the family’s first formal appearance (12:11). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 08, 2019
Sticking to Sports: The Case of Caster Semenya | Damage Control
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Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the South African track star Caster Semenya could not compete in certain races due to her naturally occurring high levels of testosterone (1:36). We talk about what that ruling means and how it will affect the relationship between gender and competitive sports (15:23). Hosts: Kate Knibbs and Justin Charity Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 08, 2019
CBS Shake-up, Elizabeth Warren, and the End of ESPN the Magazine | The Press Box
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The “sweeping changes” to CBS’s news lineup and what it means for other network news institutions (03:00), the legacy of ESPN the Magazine (20:30), and Elizabeth Warren’s rise in the latest polls plus her game plan of pumping out policy ideas and dad jokes (37:45). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 07, 2019
If Your Wedding Wasn’t Livestreamed by Diplo, Did You Even Get Married? | Tea Time
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Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner had a Vegas wedding after the BBMAs, complete with an Elvis impersonator officiating (1:18). We preview the 2019 Met Gala and try to guess real past themes from fake past themes (9:54). Also, Kylie Jenner hosted an extravagant birthday party for Travis Scott (31:59), and we break down what celebrities are drinking in the name of skin care (44:46). Hosts: Liz Kelly, Kate Halliwell, and Amelia Wedemeyer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 03, 2019
Royal Rumors and the Celebrity Criticism Paradox | Jam Session
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby could be here any day now and internet sleuths are trying to figure out when (1:00). 'Vanderpump Rules' star Lala Kent got into a bizarre feud with 50 Cent over the weekend (10:42). A slew of celebrities took aim at cultural critics last week and we talk about the tenuous relationship between celebrities and those who write about them (23:17). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 01, 2019
The Modern Blockbuster, Joe Biden, and John Schulian | The Press Box
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