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The courtroom can be a battlefield over money, people’s rights, and even their lives. For some cases, the consequences can affect us long after the verdict is read. Based on extensive interviews and court transcripts, Wondery’s new podcast LEGAL WARS puts you inside the jury box of some of the most famous court cases in American history, including Hulk Hogan’s courtroom wrestling match with Gawker, the battle for free speech on the internet, and the Rodney King trial that set off the LA Riot ...
 
Podcast dedicated to quick hits & deep cuts on Housewives, gay pop iconography & NYC culture. Host Jess Rothschild invites fellow culture vultures to go deep on topics including Real Housewives, The Real World, Madonna, Britney, Mariah, The L Word, Gawker Stalker & the Fire Island Pines. Guests include Margaret Cho, Rachel Dratch, Judy Gold, Dave Holmes, Carson Kressley, Jai Rodriguez, Matt Rogers, Bruce Bozzi, Jackie Warner, Jonathan Antin, Ariana Madix, Mikey Minden, Brian Moylan and cast ...
 
Three books of travel writing (between them covering the USA, Canada, Japan and Egypt) by the Nobel Prize winning author of the Just So Stories and the Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling (an Englishman born and raised in India) offers an interesting outsider's view of the places he visits, candid and sharp witted, yet with a deep humanity.Letters of Travel comprises three books: From Tideway to Tideway 1892-95 contains pieces first published in the Times covering voyages across north America (USA ...
 
How world-renowned journalist and crime writer Mark Ebner got the story behind the true-crime tales and Scientology exposes that put him on the map and have kept him there... in The Grey Zone. Meet Mark Ebner Mark Ebner is an American journalist and a New York Times bestselling author who has covered all aspects of celebrity and crime culture for Spy, Rolling Stone, Maxim, Details, Los Angeles Magazine, Premiere, Salon, Spin, Radar, The Daily Beast, Gawker, BoingBoing, Esquire and New Times. ...
 
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Jess is joined by friend of the show Kate Casey for some predictions on Housewives All Stars (aka Mash-Up) and what to watch this week (Real World New York) + (It's a Sin, HBOMax). Kate also shares a story about the Housewife interview she never aired and why she no longer cares to interview Bethenny or Andy Cohen. Finally, Kate explains why we sho…
 
We finally get to bask in the glory of a deep dive on Logo’s gay bachelor show, Finding Prince Charming. We are joined by TWO of our fave suitors: Brandon Kneefel and Justin Roisom. We go behind the scenes of casting and production, Brandon and Justin’s reaction to the rentboy controversy surrounding their “prince” Robert Sepulveda, Jr., before we …
 
In July 2018, 12 youth soccer players and their coach found themselves trapped 6 miles deep in a cave with no food or water and depleting oxygen. The rock formed maze became almost completely submerged as the water rose to levels nearly impossible for survival. There was no light and no way to communicate with the outside world. The first season of…
 
Jess is joined by the one... the only... Gina Gershon!! Gina Gershon is a legitimate gay icon for her back-to-back iconic roles as Cristal Connors in Showgirls and Corky in Bound. We chat about everything --- Bound, Showgirls, NYC vs. LA in the 90s, high school w/ Lenny Kravitz, appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm as the Hassidic dry cleaner + her …
 
Jess is joined by Tony Trius and Stefan Mreczko, hosts of MLVC - The Madonna Podcast - for the deep dive of your dreams. Together, we pour through each of Madonna’s albums and reveal our fave “deep cuts” from each. We also discuss our favorite live tour performances and which “single” is criminally under-appreciated. The taste WILL. JUMP. OUT. Foll…
 
Jess welcomes back PetShopBoy, aka “B,” to review the four-hour Wendy Williams extravaganza on Lifetime. We also discuss Ramona Singer’s jaunts to St. Barth and Mar-a-lago while Sonja Morgan is home recovering from COVID. Finally, we put PetShopBoy to the test with “But Now We Said It: Unpopular Opinions” where he gives his unpopular takes on each …
 
Jess is joined by her high school classmate: actress, singer, performer Jackie Tohn! Jackie Tohn moved to LA at 18 to pursue her Hollywood dreams after growing up on Long Island and appearing on “The Sopranos” and "The Nanny” (as a young Fran Drescher). Jackie reminisces about her experiences on those shows, plus her stints on "American Idol,” Brav…
 
Jess is joined by stand-up comedian and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8, Bob the Drag Queen! Bob tells stories about actress Kathy Najimy calling RuPaul directly to recommend him, why Whoopi Goldberg is his #1 influence, the story behind the “Bob” drag name and his reign in New York City nightlife headlining at Barracuda. We also discuss why …
 
Jess is joined by friend of the pod and The People’s Couch fave Emerson Collins for an epic re-watch of Bravo's one-season wonder Princesses: Long Island. We discuss: cast favorites and most hated, show highlights, why the show was canceled and where they are now. Jess also sheds light on the truths displayed in the series, having grown up a fellow…
 
Jess is joined by New Jersey’s own Anthony Lario to gauge our reactions to the RHONJ trailer which dropped today. We also discuss the psychology surrounding the whistleblower Instagram account @GaysOverCovid, what Anthony has learned from working for Housewives like Dorinda, Braunwyn and Margaret Josephs + Anthony’s new podcast “Sh*tShow.” Follow @…
 
Let the ranting begin… Jess is joined by veteran Housewives podcaster Grant Rutter of "Grants Rants" to go deep on his recent move from West Hollywood to the West Village. We then move onto the current State of Housewives, weighing in on SLC, RHOA & RHOD and take a temperature check on what's in the oven for RHONY & RHOBH. We also dip into the late…
 
Bravo's "Work Out" star Jackie Warner returns to the pod! In her second appearance, Jackie chats about training A-listers including Alanis Morissette and Pink at her iconic Beverly Hills gym “Sky Sport & Spa.” Jackie shares her life-long passion for Stevie Nicks as her #1 influence and we go deep on the female-centric ‘90s music scene that shaped u…
 
Jess is joined by Emily D. Baker, Esq, former LA prosecutor and current Housewives fan to help us understand the specifics of the federal lawsuit and criminal investigation currently underway regarding Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi. We dig into: the frozen assets, Judge Tricia Bigalow, the lien and judgments on the law firm building Tom owns, the for…
 
Jess interviews Walter Afanasieff, the Grammy-winning songwriter and producer responsible for co-writing and producing the majority of Mariah Carey’s ‘90s hits, including “Anytime You Need a Friend,” “My All,” “Hero,” “One Sweet Day,” and of course “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Afanasieff walks us through the creation of the modern Christmas c…
 
Jess welcomes Housewives Empath Jamie Stein back to the pod for a deep dive into the subconscious psychology surrounding the Erika Jayne / Tom Girardi divorce and RHOC Baunwyn’s alcoholism & coming out. We then move on to the star shows of the hour: Real Housewives of Potomac & Salt Lake City. Jamie channels Ashley & Michael Darby, Monique & Candia…
 
Jess is joined by our buddy Zack Peter, gossip king and host of #NoFilter to understand what the hell is going on with Vanderpump Rules. Together, we recap the timeline of events in the past week, including a Zoom meeting between Bravo/NBC Universal, Evolution Media and Lisa Vanderpump, Jax Taylor’s firing, the cast’s contracts about to expire and …
 
From MTV and Wondery, Catfish: The Podcast. Adapted from the MTV docu-series, Catfish: The Podcast exposes the truths and lies of online relationships. Sometimes the connections people forge online aren’t always what they seem. For eight seasons, hosts Nev Schulman and Kamie Crawford have been helping people sort out what’s fact, and what’s fiction…
 
Jess welcomes back the host of So Bad It’s Good - Ryan Bailey! Jess & Ryan hunker down for a good ole Bravo retrospective where we revisit the Bravo shows of yore. We trace the history of Bravo, from Andy Cohen joining the network as VP of Original Programming to the 2nd tier shows we loved (NYC Prep, Being Bobby Brown, Princesses Long Island, Blow…
 
In honor of Britney’s 39th birthday today, Andy Bellatti (@astrologywithandy) is here to take you through the milestones in Britney’s life and career, through her astrological birth chart. We start with her Sun (Sagittarius), Moon (Aquarius) and Rising (Libra) signs and go through the various transits that were happening during the major moments th…
 
Jess is joined by actress Sasha Morfaw from @thebravobreakdown to break down where we stand with Real Housewives of Salt Lake City & Potomac. We dive into Heather Gay, Mary Cosby, Meredith Marks and the rest, as well as how we're feeling as we round home base with Potomac. Finally, we dive into the new Ariana Grande “Positions” and Miley Cyrus “Pla…
 
Jess welcomes back writer/actress Jill Kargman! Jill was born and raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, creating the perfect setting and inspiration for her novel Momzillas, which was eventually adapted into the Bravo scripted series “Odd Mom Out" (stream it on Peacock!). We discuss: her father’s role as the President of Chanel, attending hig…
 
Jess is joined by the one and only RACHEL DRATCH, known for her 7 seasons on SNL, beloved for the Boston Teens (w/ Jimmy Fallon) and bringing the name “Debbie Downer” into the pop culture lexicon. We go deep on Rachel’s long-standing friendship with Tina Fey, her SNL audition, getting cast (and then replaced by Jane Krakowski) on 30 Rock and discov…
 
Jess is joined by performer, activist and runner-up of Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Miss Peppermint! Peppermint shares her story as a theatre kid in Delaware who moved to NYC in 1998, where she worked in the clubs as a drag performer for 10+ years. We chat about the NYC nightlife scene through the ‘90s and how it changed once Drag Race hit the a…
 
We all know Jamie Stein as the Housewives empath / intuitive, but back in his early Hollywood days he had the unique job of working as an Associate Editor on FOUR seasons of The Real World! Jamie worked on Real World: Vegas, Paris, San Diego and Philly where he had an unedited look at Trishelle, Steven, CT, Ace and first impressions of Karamo Brown…
 
This is PART TWO of “But Now We Said It” with @FacesByBravo (Steve), where we confess our Unpopular Opinions on every single Housewives franchise + Vanderpump Rules. Don't miss Part 1 in the previous episode! [ RHOBH: 1:00 ] [ RHOP: 12:00 ] [ RHONJ: 21:00 ] [ Vanderpump Rules: 31:00 ] [ LVP: 37:30 ] Follow @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives, @facesbybra…
 
Jess is joined by FacesByBravo aka Steve to react to the freshly dropped RHOA season 13 trailer. We then settle in for an epic “but now we said it,” where we admit our Unpopular Opinions on every single Housewives franchise + Vanderpump Rules. See where we agree on our unpopular hot takes, and where we leave each other speechless. PS: This is Part …
 
Jess interviews journalist Rich Juzwiak, senior writer at Jezebel and advice columnist at Slate. Rich takes us inside the culture at GAWKER, the epicenter for Manhattan media news and gossip at which he was a senior writer from 2012-2016. Gawker began as small blog founded in 2002, which grew into a full-fledged media company, before going bankrupt…
 
Jess is joined by legendary drag performer Peaches Christ to analyze the legacy of the cult classic SHOWGIRLS. “You Don’t Nomi” is a new documentary that attempts to answer the questions of why and how did this “masterpiece of sh*t” get made. Peaches Christ has been producing and performing full-blown Showgirls drag theatrical extravaganzas in San …
 
Jess catches up with our favorite yachtie — Below Deck Med's Colin Macy O’Toole — to get his hot takes on this hot mess of a season. We mention it all, including Captain Sandy’s “cameo” where she speculates that Malia is gay, deckhand Rob Westergaard making his way through the Bravo world trying to date Jess, Madison (Below Deck Sailing Yacht) and …
 
Jess is back with Andy Bellatti, the #1 Lamb in this fam! Jess and Andy hunkered down over the last week and consumed both the audiobook and written word in order to properly review The Meaning of Mariah Carey. We also spent weeks pouring over our Top 10 Mariah song lists which we reveal after the book review. We are prepared with trivia, deep cuts…
 
Jess interviews LGBT comedy icon Margaret Cho! We chat about Margaret’s incredibly prolific career, including her 8 stand-up specials and iconic TV appearances (30 Rock, Sex and the City). We go deep about her experience starring in a sitcom based on her life where the network (ABC) fed her diet pills and zero-fat cookies in an effort to compete ag…
 
Jess is joined by Kameelah Phillips, fave Real World alum from season six: Boston! Kameelah chats about auditioning when she was a 19-year-old Stanford University student and goes deep on her current friendships with Genesis, Syrus, Elka, Montana and polarizing congressman Sean Duffy. Kameelah is now a successful OBGYN in New York City but still lo…
 
The time has come for Astrology with Andy... Potomac Edition! Jess welcomes back our resident astrologer to the Housewives, Andy Bellatti, this time to dissect the birth charts of Karen Huger, Gizelle Bryant, Ashley Darby and the relationship compatibility chart of Monique Samuels / Candiace Dillard. Andy breaks down their sun & moon signs and also…
 
Jess is joined by Madonna podcast “MLVC” producer/co-host Tony Trius to deconstruct the 2008 tell-all “Life With My Sister Madonna,” written by her brother Christopher Ciccone. We go deep on Christopher’s ever-evolving role in M's life and career, including backup dancer, live show dresser, Blond Ambition/Girlie Show stage designer, artistic direct…
 
Jess is joined by Flipping Out interior designer Megan Weaver! Megan chats about first meeting Jeff Lewis in a restaurant bathroom which eventually led to filming 7 seasons of Flipping Out on Bravo. We discuss: her work on Lala & Randall’s house, losing weight on Teddi Mellencamp’s All In program & Jeff’s falling out with Jenni Poulos. We also disc…
 
Jess has an epic kiki with Mr. Everything Iconic himself, Danny Pellegrino!! Together, Danny & Jess hunker down and go deep about the formative gay culture that shaped our youth. We go deep on The View, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Kathy Griffin, Survivor, The Real World, Showgirls, Queer as Folk, Will & Grace, The Ashlee Simpson Show & more! Follow @…
 
Jess is joined by Kate Casey (Reality Life) to gather their hot takes and gauge anticipation for the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, new season of RHOC, react to Denise Richards leaving Beverly Hills & touch on Selling Sunset vs. Million Dollar Listing. We then go deep on our top two picks for non-Housewives content to consume: the HBOMax docume…
 
The time has come! In honor of Bionic’s 10 year anniversary + “Reflection,” Jess welcomes back Andy Bellatti (@astrologywithandy) to go head to head on our Top 10 X-Tina songs. Look out for the deep cuts... the taste WILL. JUMP. OUT. PS: Don’t miss our Top 10 Britney songs debate released back in May! Follow @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives & @astrolo…
 
Jess attended two RHONY tapings that aired in this season’s penultimate & final episodes: Leah’s 15th anniversary of Married to the Mob party + Luann’s F Marry Kill rehearsal. She hangs with her friend Dale Saylor, interior designer and Housewives historian, who pumps her with questions about the production & filming process. Follow @jessxnyc & @ho…
 
Introducing a new podcast "Bunga Bunga" from Wondery: Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words…
 
Jess is joined by PetShopBoy aka “B” and very quickly learns why he was recently blocked by Kelly Dodd (despite meeting on Fire Island). We chat about casting on RHONY in Dorinda’s wake, unnecessary fourth-wall breaking on the RHOBH finale, the thrill of a Karen Huger sighting & attending high school with Beyoncé. We also brainstorm ideas for Madon…
 
Jess summons Anthony Lario back to the pod to react to the breaking news that Dorinda Medley is leaving RHONY after 6 seasons. We discuss firing vs. quitting and muse on why this announcement came before the season's end. We also discuss Garcelle’s casting on “The Real” and how this will impact her RHOBH future. Finally, Anthony chats about his inc…
 
Jess chats with iconic MTV VJ Dave Holmes! Dave was the “runner-up” in the infamous Wanna Be a VJ contest who turned his “loss” to Jesse Camp into a 5-year career at MTV. Dave chats about being gay in the TRL days, Britney, N’Sync, Eminem, Mandy Moore, Carson Daly’s rise, the MTV Beach House, his favorite seasons of The Real World and more! Bonus e…
 
Jess catches up with Tiffany Rinehart — Kathy Griffin’s long-time assistant as featured on My Life on the D-List! Tiffany now works for Google, but we do a deep dive on her time with Kathy including: getting the gig via MySpace, receiving financial advice from Suze Orman, ordering pizza to Cher’s house in Malibu and her 80lb weight loss after seein…
 
Jess is joined by Judy Gold (!) — one of New York City’s most hilarious & beloved comedians. Judy chats about her time as an Emmy-winning writer/producer on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, having kids as a gay mom in the ‘90s, how her Jewish mother was an endless source of material and discuss how Judy’s #1 influence Joan Rivers would react to the world …
 
Jess hangs with "Mixing with Mani" host (and DC/Potomac area native) Mani to present the Top 10 Episodes of Real Housewives of Potomac you must watch to get up to speed. We cover Monique & Candiace’s entrances, the Grande Dame’s finances press conference, Gizelle’s hazy past with her ex slash future pastor husband + the Michael Darby hot mic heard …
 
Jess hangs with Brian Moylan — King of the Housewives Recaps, Erika Jayne co-author, Vulture writer & Gawker alum — for his State of Bravo Address 2020. We dissect the current moments in which we’re living: Bravo exposing Denise’s private affair to their benefit, why it’s hard to support Ramona “All Lives Matter” Singer, the Leah McSweeney version …
 
Jess catches up with Jonathan Antin, once referred to as a “scissors-wielding lunatic,” and star of Bravo’s Blow Out which aired from 2004-2006. Jonathan chats about growing up in Beverly Hills with his sister Robin Antin (choreographer & creator of The Pussycat Dolls), to eventually become the world-renowned hair stylist with a wild personality. J…
 
Jess hunkers down with Ryan Bailey, host of So Bad It’s Good, for an epic deep dive of Bethenny Ever After, finally streaming for free on PeacockTV.com. We review episodes including Bethenny’s 40th Birthday featuring Alex & Simon, Ramona & Mario & Andy Cohen (!), Lost at Sea with Dr. Amador, and the series finale which saw Bethenny embarking on the…
 
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