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Podcast dedicated to quick hits & deep cuts on LGBT pop iconography & NYC culture. Recent guests include Rosie O'Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Roxane Gay, Fran Drescher, Isaac Mizrahi, Lea DeLaria, Melissa Etheridge, Rachel Dratch, Gina Gershon, Margaret Cho, Judy Gold, Dave Holmes, Michael Musto + cast members from The Real Housewives and The Real World.
 
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Jess is joined by your fave Queer as Folk & L Word Historians, Damian Bellino & Anne Rodeman (You Might Know Her From), for a truly unhinged episode centered on the new Queer as Folk (Peacock). We review the QAF reimagining and discuss Kim Cattrall living out Miranda's storyline on And Just Like That, singing "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret and QAF …
 
Jamie invites Radical Aliveness founder Ann Bradney and friend-of-the-pod Piper Sample to explore the fractured psyche of YouTube spiritual guru Teal Swan. They've consumed a copious amount of Teal Swan content - including the hit Hulu docu-series The Deep End and various interviews with key figures from Teal's past - and seek to understand the und…
 
Jess is joined by Andy Bellatti (Astrology with Andy) to explore the unparalleled career and influence of pop songwriter-producer Max Martin. While pop stars come and go, Max Martin is the constant in the modern music era. We go through his many reinventions and flexibility with genre from the Britney, Backstreet Boys, NSync early days to his popif…
 
Jess is joined by empath & intuitive Jamie Stein for a review of Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip season 2. We go inside Dorinda Medley's house of horrors to explore the pathology behind Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Brandi Glanville, Taylor Armstrong, Phaedra Parks, Eva Marcelle, Jill Zarin and of course the mistress of torture, Dorinda. Plus, …
 
Jamie and Piper kick off Deep Dive season three by dismantling the convoluted drama that ensued when Crystal Minkoff used the word "dark" to describe last year's conflict with Sutton Stracke on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Attendant topics include why Kyle Richards gets so triggered by any voice that goes against her own personal viewpoint…
 
Jess is joined by ROXANE GAY, best selling author (Bad Feminist & Hunger) and cultural commentator for a wild culture catchup. We discuss Roxane's desire to write for THE L WORD GEN Q, how she would have handled the Miranda/Che Diaz storyline on AND JUST LIKE THAT and her work as a writer/producer on the new QUEER AS FOLK. Plus, how Roxane’s wife c…
 
Jess is joined by Edward Russell, host of “Inside the Groove,” to dissect the stories behind a plethora of Madonna songs via the use of multi-tracks, demos, isolated vocals and interviews. We reveal the stories behind “Erotica,” “Deeper & Deeper,” “Vogue,” “Music,” “Don’t Tell Me,” “Hung Up” and "Live to Tell." Plus, discussion around unreleased so…
 
Jess is joined by Damian Bellino & Anne Rodeman (You Might Know Her From), to discourse on the films that defined our young gay cultural experience. Movies discussed include: The Broken Hearts Club, Gia, Fame, American Psycho, Set It Off, The Talented Mr. Ripley, But I'm A Cheerleader, Carol, Fried Green Tomatoes and a LOT more. Plus a major deep d…
 
Jess is joined by legendary Village Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto! Musto discusses the origin of outing, psychology of blind items, how an unknown Madonna prevented him from sound-checking with his band in 1982, Gaga's Oscar campaign for House of Gucci and the trouble he got into after Andy Warhol's funeral. He also dishes on Malcolm Forbes,…
 
Jess is joined by Fire Island scene stealer and leading man of Las Culturistas, Long Island's own Matt Rogers! Jess and Matt discuss growing up on LI, the death-trap amusement park Action Park and Cherry Grove vs The Pines. Matt gives behind the scenes tea on Fire Island, ie: improv’d scenes, filming on/off island and alternate titles for the film.…
 
Jess is joined by Ryan Bailey (So Bad It’s Good) and Jamie Stein (empath/intuitive AND former Assoc. Editor on four seasons of The Real World), for the final act of our NoLa Homecoming trilogy! Jess, Ryan & Jamie come together to analyze the production & editing and discuss picks for next Homecoming city. We take a psycho-spiritual look at Julie’s …
 
Jamie welcomes Emily Hanks of the She Speaks Bravo podcast and Instagram account to jump into all things Teresa Guidice and The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion. Plus a quick detour into Teddi Mellencamp. Follow @shespeaksbravo, subscribe to She Speaks Bravo. Follow @jamiestein and check out more of his work at hollywoodreadings.com.…
 
Jess is joined by the flashy girl from Flushing... FRAN DRESCHER! Fran chats about her best friendship with Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie using The Nanny's opening credit animation for her talk show, The Nanny's campy gay sensibility, working with Trump on his guest role and why Barbra Streisand never appeared. Plus, Fran's relationship with her gay ex-hu…
 
Jess is joined by Danny Roberts (Real World: New Orleans instant MTV icon) for his second appearance! This time Danny spills all the behind the scenes Homecoming tea, including: the orchestration of Paul's return, the fact that Julie's agent was her mother, Julie's narcissism, Danny on Matt’s Catholic dogma and the production behind what really hap…
 
Jess is a joined by a career fitness professional to go inside the culture of his former cycling studio employer, while Jess shares her personal experience with SoulCycle. We go deep on: lack of certifications required to teach spin, the “training programs” at different studios, instructors abusing drugs, sexual accusations from riders and the “God…
 
Jamie invites Hot Takes & Deep Dives host Jess Rothschild to delve into the recent spate of docuseries about con men, scam artists and hustlers. They explore why people sometimes fall prey to such far-fetched schemes, what is underneath the cultural fascination with high-end frauds, their own judgments about the victims, and much more. Follow @jess…
 
Jess is joined by the OG of RHONY, Jill Zarin (and daughter Ally!), for a Mother's Day Special in which Jill doles out advice, Secrets of a Jewish Mother-style. First we get into Jill's reaction to the RHONY split and upcoming Housewives Berkshires Girls Trip. Then, Jill & Ally answer questions related to dating, relationships and friendships inclu…
 
Jess is joined by Gary Janetti, best known for writing/producing Will & Grace, Family Guy and being married to Brad Goreski! Gary discusses meeting a 23 year-old Brad Goreski while on vacation in Mykonos and turning it into a 20+ year relationship, writing Will & Grace, working on Britney & Madonna's guest appearances and the sexual ambiguity of Fa…
 
Jamie welcomes Chelsea Fagan, creator of the multimedia platform The Financial Diet, and Orange County native Piper Sample to dive into the deeper waters of Heather Dubrow and the role of money/wealth on the franchise that started it all - The Real Housewives of Orange County. Topics include Heather's relationship to acting/creativity, her actual (…
 
Jess is joined by Real World: New Orleans' breakout fave, Melissa Beck! Melissa chats about her journey through the MTV machine from auditioning, filming for five months (OG show), paid just $5,000 total. Post-MTV, Melissa discusses trying to make it in comedy and getting cast on Girls Behaving Badly alongside an unknown Chelsea Handler. Plus, the …
 
Jess is joined by Zack Peter for a deep dive into the waters of Bethenny’s one season talk show. We review her episodes with Kim Richards, Ramona stealing the dress, Luann, Tracy Anderson, Andy Cohen as well as bizarre yet fascinating segments with audience members. We also discuss B's manic podcast, the time Jess called into Bethenny's SiriusXM sh…
 
Jamie and Piper wrap up the bizarre second season of "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" by touching down on the reunion highlights - including Heather Gay's vitriol, Lisa Barlow's frantic method of defending herself, why the entire cast tiptoes around Jen Shah's (alleged) crimes and much more. Plus, Jamie makes up for a technical difficulty wi…
 
Jess is joined by JUDY GOLD, Emmy-winning writer/producer for The Rosie O’Donnell Show and NYC stand-up fixture over the last two decades. Judy chats about Joan Rivers, Janeane Garofalo and Rosie’s talk show vs. Ellen. Plus, Madonna using Judy's son as a stand-in for baby Lourdes Leon, meeting her partner via a Time Out New York dating ad, reality …
 
Jess is joined by RHONY's Leah McSweeney (aka LeahMob)!! Leah chats about everything including growing up in Chelsea club-kid culture, sex with girls in high school, her love (and concern) for Britney, Madonna & Courtney Love at the VMAs, experiences in rehab, psych wards and dating a married couple. We also discuss Bethenny quitting RHONY right be…
 
Wow, RHONY, Wow. Jess is joined by writer/comedians (and co-hosts of the pod Dyking Out), Melody Kamali & Carolyn Bergier, to react to the breaking news of RHONY being split into two shows. We discuss why the new RHONY should be built around style icon Jenna Lyons, plus the Carole Radziwill / Samantha Ronson connection. We also discuss Carolyn & Me…
 
Jamie invites Tom Hamlett, co-host of "Dumpster Dive" podcast, to briefly touch on the Katie Maloney/Tom Schwartz separation heard around the "Vanderpump Rules" world and to then sound off on the cast division at the heart of this season of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." The exploration digs into many timely RHONJ issues - including the real …
 
Jess is joined by queer comedy icon MARGARET CHO! We chat about Margaret’s incredibly prolific career, including her stand-up specials and iconic TV appearances (30 Rock, Sex and the City). Margaret goes 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 c…
 
Jess is joined by SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE character queen CHERI OTERI! Cheri recounts being discovered at The Groundlings, alongside Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin and fellow SNL hopefuls Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan and (gasp) Jennifer Coolidge. Highlights include — origins of her Barbara Walters impression and the cutthroat pressure between cast & writers …
 
Jess is joined by the king of all culture vultures, EVAN ROSS KATZ, on the heels of his first book dedicated to the cultural impact of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. We dive into why KIM CATTRALL blocked (and later unblocked) Evan on Twitter, SJP inviting him to the premiere of AND JUST LIKE THAT... and recently admitting she hasn’t watched an episode s…
 
"The Real World" occupies a legendary place in the annals of reality TV, and so it is only fitting that Jamie should welcome two legendary podcasters - Taria S. Faison of "What Else Is Going On?" and Ryan Bailey of "So Bad It's Good with Ryan Bailey" - to break down this latest season of "RW Homecoming." Our intrepid trio navigates a wide range of …
 
ISAAC MIZRAHI returns for his second appearance! Jess and Isaac discuss why he never attempted drag, his friendship w/ RUPAUL and the idea of him being a permanent judge on DRAG RACE. Isaac also confirms the truth behind the legendary MADONNA - SANDRA BERNHARD - INGRID CASARES break-up, gives his AND JUST LIKE THAT review and discusses the repercus…
 
Jess is joined by the star of SiriusXM's BEVELATIONS and Fashion Queens, BEVY SMITH! Bevy Smith is a quintessential Harlem girl and life-long New Yorker. Bevy discusses how she reinvented her successful corporate career to TV host at age 38, how ANDY COHEN changed her life, turning down Bravo’s TIM GUNN’S Guide to Style, her fashion pilot w/ BETHEN…
 
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