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From under the desk to in your ears, V. Spehar joins Betches Media in a new podcast dedicated to curing the collective malaise brought on by our chaotic political environment. Every week, Spehar and co-host Sami Sage will tenderly guide you through the biggest moments in politics and pop culture with a healing dose of perspective and humor. Rather than spiral over the latest unprecedented event, the hosts dig for the 2024 political tea you *really* want to hear while offering all the information you need to be an empowered citizen, without the side of despair to keep you up at night.

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TEMP CHECK: Sami and V discuss the 4B movement which renounces dating men, marriage, sex with men, and having children. It originated in South Korea in 2019 with 4,000 members, but now TikTok has caught wind and amassed over 60K videos with some form of #4B. MAIN NEWS: In the midst of his trial, Donald Trump drops a sneak peek of what we can expect from his desired second term, starting with a brilliant plan to devalue the US dollar on purpose. IN OUR DOWN BALLOT ERA: We are here to shout out the Vote Mama Lobby and a candidate submitted by a listener: Maxi Glamour, who is running to be the first non-binary committee member of the 3rd Ward of St. Louis, MO. AMERICAN’T: To lower its rat population, New York City lawmakers have proposed an ordinance that will provide free and unfettered access to contraception for the city’s rats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We’re switching/SWISHing it up this week, with our mini-sode today and our main episode out on Thursday, because there is just so much rolling news right now. Today, Sami and V are joined by Kara Swisher, tech journalist, Pivot co-host, co-founder of Recode, and New York Times bestselling author of Burn Book. Her memoir chronicles her decades-long career covering the rise of Silicon Valley, what they’re like up close, how they’ve helped and how they harmed us.Topics: Congress is finally starting to move into action to regulate big tech companies, but will it be effective? A look into why these companies have become too rich and too powerful to regulate properly. Earlier regulation for apps like TikTok could help prevent total bans. Kara emphasizes that despite its popularity, TikTok must adhere to American regulations and values the same as any other broadcast network. The consequence of dominance in the industry by a few huge companies has led to the demise of traditional news outlets and the spread of misinformation. How will news businesses adapt their business models? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Topics: The king of subprime car loans, Don Hankey, stepped forward to offer Trump his $175 million bond — but will he even be allowed to pay it? State Attorney General Letitia James is questioning whether Hankey's insurance group, Knight Company, is qualified to issue bonds in New York and that's even if the funds are legitimate. Following the Supreme Court’s mention of the Comstock Act, Sami and V dive deep into 19th century moralist Anthony Comstock, uncovering his motivations for creating the 1873 Comstock Act, and how Republicans are leveraging the act to restrict abortion access. Along the way, we’ll also learn about V’s deep love for the Victorian Age. And, over in Michigan, Representative Elissa Slotkin holds a slender lead over the Trump-supported former Representative Mike Rogers in the state’s contested Senate race. Elissa's campaign has been promoting her “Opportunity Agenda,” which aims to achieve health equity, gun safety in schools, and more funding for child care centers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Topics: Republicans call President Biden anti-Catholic because he dared to acknowledge Trans Day of Visibility, which fell on the same day as Easter Sunday Family members of the late labor leader César Chavez tell RFK Jr. to stop using their dad’s likeness for clout. A major dive into Beyonce’s new album Cowboy Carter and its history lessons, plus a legendary (and definitely untold) story from V about Dolly Parton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Girl Talk! The Up-Kate

Girl Talk! The Up-Kate

2024-03-2801:01:37

Topics: Sami is joined by Emily Amick to provide an update on Kate Middleton and how the public reacted to the conclusion of the royal conspiracies. V interviews Julie F. Kay, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Abortion Coalition of Telemedicine (ACT), on how the Supreme Court is attempting to limit abortion access. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Topics: Run For Something’s latest research revealed that 61% of young democrats say they are most likely to turn out to vote if there is a young progressive candidate running. NBC hires Ronna McDaniel as an on-air commentator and faces major backlash. Truth Social has made a surprise IPO on the NASDAQ and its biggest investor is the company founded by TikTok’s savior Jeff Yass, Susquehanna International Group. A deep dive into RFK Jr. and his independent campaign In Our Down Ballot Era: Democratic State Senator Eva Burch reveals in a speech on the Senate floor that she is planning to get an abortion due to her pregnancy being no longer viable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Topics: An overview of Emily Amick’s Substack piece: Kate Middleton & the Conspiratization of Modern Mass Communications Identifying how conspiracies become discredited to cover up truth. Is it malevolence or is it just messiness? Pre-order Democracy in Retrograde: How to Make Changes Big and Small in Our Country and in Our Lives Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Topics: Discussing the rising issue of “Moral Narcissism”. A primer on what’s happening in Haiti Shouting out Democratic candidates that voted against the TikTok ban. The gap in our court system that allows hypothetical court cases to make it to the Supreme Court without consequence. Come back on Thursday for a minisode where V, Sami, and @emilyinyourphone chat about missing Kate Middleton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Topics: After predicting some possible options for TikTok saviors, Kellyanne Conway is beginning to lobby on behalf of TikTok in Congress. Trump posted a $91.6 Million dollar bond on Friday to cover the financial penalty that he owes Jean Carroll. Texas down ballot results for Greg Casar, Jasmine Crockett, and Jessica Cisneros. Florida Representative Anna Paulina Luna has proposed bipartisan legislation in congress that would allow members of congress to vote remotely for six weeks after they give birth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Topics: Sami and V share their takes on Trump and Biden’s respective popularity following Super Tuesday. The TikTok ban is back on the legislative table and Congress is getting serious about heavy regulatory fines to ban it from app stores. Will TikTok be saved by a buyer? Sami throws out some potential candidates. You can watch the bills consideration and debate LIVE Thursday, March 7, 2024 2:00 P.M. at https://energycommerce.house.gov/. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Super Thicc Tuesday

Super Thicc Tuesday

2024-03-0501:13:27

Topics: Caitlin Clark is changing sports for a generation The Supremes fall in line to help Donald Trump win the election Unpacking Vice President Kamala Harris’s call for a ceasefire + reactions A Hunter Biden hearing without full frontal nudity An extra thicc and juicy downballot era segment in honor of Super Tuesday, featuring Brian Derrick of Oath, who breaks down why North Carolina really, really, *really* needs to elect a Democratic governor this November Learn more about Oath at Oath.Vote Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In today’s mini-sode V chats with author and journalist, Taylor Lorenz. They detail Taylor’s interview with Chaya Raichik during which she revealed herself as the creator of LibsofTikTok. FULL INTERVIEW Taylor’s Book: Extremely Online: The Untold Story of Fame, Influence, and Power on the Internet Topics: How Taylor came to discover LibsofTikTok creator, Chaya Raichik. The severity of Raichik’s content and the concern of copy cats. The timeliness of Taylor’s book Extremely Online. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today’s episode includes an exclusive interview with Vice President Kamala Harris, where she reacts to the Alabama Supreme Court ruling on frozen embryos and the death of Nex Benedict. To jump to the interview, listen at 49:24. Other topics in this show include: Symptom management of late-stage capitalism: why is the internet hiding news from us and why do CEOs want us eating cereal for dinner? Why don’t we know exactly what happened to Nex Benedict? We guide you through the confusing coverage. For the first time *ever* in the United States, someone was convicted for a hate crime for murdering a transgender woman. The Kochs pull their money from Nikki Haley as she enters her delulu era Veepstakes is in full swing – here’s who we *don’t* think Trump will pick A Missouri law prevents pregnany women from divorcing their spouse – which is why MO Rep. Ashley Aune is our downballot girlie of the week V interviews Vice President Kamala Harris about wide-ranging threats to reproductive rights: from how anti-abortion legislation impacts members of the military to fears around IVF accessibility. V and the Vice President also offer words of support to the LGBTQ community following the death of Nex Benedict. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On Thin Ice

On Thin Ice

2024-02-2055:211

Another week of nightmare fuel to unpack in today's episode of American Fever Dream, including: Alabama’s Supreme Court rules that frozen embryos should be considered people. Here are the implications for IVF. Where is Ivanka Trump lately? The hottest new wedding venue is decommissioned prisons What we know about the killing of Nex Benedict Why a California conservative is making decisions about Oklahoma school libraries Alexei Navalny’s “sudden death syndrome” Who’s in their downballot era this week? It’s New York State Senator Samra Brouk, whose legislation ensures more women have access to life-saving doula services Check out our latest promo codes here: https://betches.com/promos Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the first episode of American Fever Dream, V. Spehar of Under The Desk News fame officially joins the Betches News family in our premiere episode of our signature news and politics podcast dedicated to keeping you responsibly informed, sufficiently amused, and ready to stay engaged for the long haul.This week’s topics include: What’s going on with politics on social media? The Super Bowl political intersections you didn’t see and Nancy Pelosi’s Vegas field trip The race to replace George Santos in Long Island and why we’re in our downballot era this year A shooting at Joel Osteen’s Texas megachurch raises questions about the prosperity gospel Would you let ChatGPT write your performance review? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Betches News (formerly The Betches Sup) is excited to announce the newest podcast from Betches Media: American Fever Dream!  From under the desk to in your ears, V. Spehar joins Betches Media in a new podcast dedicated to curing the collective malaise brought on by our chaotic political environment. Every week, Spehar and co-host Amanda Duberman (news director, Betches) will tenderly guide you through the biggest moments in politics and pop culture with a healing dose of perspective and humor. Rather than spiral over the latest unprecedented event, the hosts dig for the 2024 political tea you *really* want to hear while offering all the information you need to be an empowered citizen, without the side of despair to keep you up at night. Tune in every Tuesday, starting February 13th, 2024 and subscribe now so you don't miss an episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this the final episode of Soft Black Woman for 2023, host Dr. Akilah Cadet welcomes your favorite financial hype woman, Berna Anat, to help break down the news. Be sure to subscribe to our new podcast feed so you don’t miss an episode of Soft Black Woman in 2024. Co-host: @heyberna, Berna Anat Follow The New Feed: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5JY2EXoszc2MqjuqeLNvxS Apple: https://apple.co/3r8mRjJ Topics: A judge found Trump committed fraud in building his real-estate empire. The WGA Strike is over Taylor Swift’s star power sends Travis Kelce’s jersey sales soaring Drake Fans react to controversial lyrics on Slime You Out *NSYNC returns Colin Kaepernick wants to get back on the field with the New York Jets Vivek Ramaswamy, Tim Scott vowed to end to birthright citizenship Megan Thee Stallion wants you to check on your friends, including the ‘strong’ ones Check out our latest promo codes here: https://betches.com/promos Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Topics: GOP primary candidates assemble once again to compete for the smallest L Reflecting on chaotic moments, favorite guests, and lessons learned What’s next for the Betches Sup podcast The Betches Sup podcast will be on hiatus until early 2024 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Topics: What’s in the “tentative deal” struck by writers and studios? Our writers debrief on the imminent end of one strike while another heats up. What does Kevin McCarthy want more, his job or a functioning government? Did Senator Bob Menendez engage in sweeping corruption, or just leave a little extra cash lying around? Are Men Ok? We deliberate over this cringey comment from the Greek Prime Minister Check out our latest promo codes here: https://betches.com/promos Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this episode of Soft Black Woman, host Dr. Akilah Cadet welcomes comedian and content creator TaTa Sherise. Be sure to subscribe to our new podcast feed so you don’t miss an episode of Soft Black Woman. Co-host: @tatasherise, TaTa Sherise Follow The New Feed: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5JY2EXoszc2MqjuqeLNvxS Apple: https://apple.co/3r8mRjJ Topics: Halle Berry calls out Drake for using a picture of her to promote his new single Maren Morris says she’s quitting country music because of Trump era culture wars A Black Texas student was suspended for his loc hairstyle Jann Wenner (Rolling Stone magazine) made racist and sexist comments while promoting his new book “The Masters” Rihanna and A$AP Rocky introduced their newborn son, Riot Rose Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Genevieve S

best new political podcast. totally the fresh voices I have been looking for.

Feb 21st
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Amy

terrible audio from Amanda, why did no one mention it to her and fix it?

Jan 5th
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lisa kurtz

nail on the head, except suggest a tweak: Joe m. doesn't think (care) about *a healthy, safe, and positive growth* future for *others*. I'm sure he thinks about his own future constantly. pod cast comment: could just be me, but.... plz try to reduce the number of "like"s used in conversation. I know we all say it (I'm legit guilty), but we can also agree a heavy use is hard to listen to.

Oct 20th
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Noor

Your initial reaction to her tweet is probably due to the fact that Americans perceive the US as the centre of the universe. Really disappointed that you’re not more critical of that notion...

Oct 11th
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Jacqueline Lopez

I'm still hearing this harsh crackle...I hope you guys fix this because I LOVE the podcast but it's uncomfortable to listen to because of this crackle......I know it isn't my headphones because it happens on all of the podcasts and with different headphones....please fix

Jan 11th
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Jacqueline Lopez

there is a harsh crackle noise on certain pitches of this audio. ..just hoping y'all can fix that, because I love this podcast! keep the news coming I love the commentary, I'm literally laughing as I listen

Jan 10th
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