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5-4

Prologue Projects

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5-4 is a podcast about how much the Supreme Court sucks. It's a progressive and occasionally profane take on the ideological battles at the heart of the Court's most important landmark cases; an irreverent tour of all the ways in which the law is shaped by politics. Subscribe to our access our premium episodes & much more at fivefourpod.com/support Listen each week as hosts Peter, Michael, and Rhiannon dismantle the Justices’ legal reasoning on hot-button issues like affirmative action, gun ...
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The Amelia Project is a secret agency that fakes its clients' deaths, then lets them reappear with a brand new identity! A black comedy full of secrets, twists... and cocoa. The series starts as a succession of interviews with clients who want to fake their deaths, then slowly a larger narrative begins to emerge... Each episode tells its own story, but we recommend starting with Season 1.
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Celebrity memoirs aren’t like normal books—they’re fun! Join comedians Steven Phillips-Horst (@gossipbabies) & Lily Marotta (@lilyblueyez) as they rifle through the diaries of drug-addled starlets, oddly obsessive restaurateurs, brass-knuckled female realtors, and boring gay politicians’ even more boring gay husbands, finding fertile ground for searing cultural insights and juicy gossip. Martinis not included.
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Fiasco

Leon Neyfakh

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From the co-creators of Slow Burn, Fiasco is a narrative podcast that transports listeners into the day-to-day reality of America’s most pivotal historical events. The fifth season of the show goes deep on the AIDS epidemic in America, with a special focus on the early years of the crisis, when a diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence. The eight-part series looks at the mystery and missteps around identifying and treating a new, contagious disease, and what it took to get the public — ...
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The Edge: Houston Astros

Audacy Studios | Ben Reiter | Prologue Projects

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The Edge follows best-selling Astroball author Ben Reiter as he investigates the cheating scandal that tarnished the Houston Astros’ World Series 2017 win. Through original interviews with key figures in the scandal, Reiter gets to the bottom of what happened, who’s to blame, and why the scandal enraged the sports world more than any other in recent memory. He also answers the biggest question of all: What drove the most forward-thinking organization in the history of sports not just to the ...
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An oral history of Caveh Zahedi by Caveh Zahedi. One story per day, every day, originally published Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021. You can support this podcast at caveh365.com. Produced by Leon Neyfakh for Prologue Projects. Music by Evan Ziporyn. Engineering by Maxwell Di Paolo, with additional engineering by Ross Burlingame, Sam Brodsky, Maxwell Drexler, Robert Gordon, Wade Haesemeyer, Charlie O’Brien, Joseph Petrini, and Chien-Yu Wang. Artwork by August Polite. Cover design by Teddy Blanks.
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A series of weird horror podcasts set in the midwest. The Dead Letter Office of Somewhere, Ohio is a horror-comedy fiction podcast set within one of the last remaining Dead Letter Offices in the country. Join Conway, Wren, and the rest as they archive strange, spooky, surreal pieces of lost mail. A solo project by a nonbinary creator inspired by Kentucky Route Zero, Twin Peaks, Edgar Allen Poe, and more. Each episode features 2 short stories connected in some way, either narratively or thema ...
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Far too often, governments behave like toddlers. They’re fickle. They don’t like to share. And good luck getting them to pay attention to any problem that isn’t directly in front of them. They like to push each other to the brink, and often do. But when they don’t, it’s usually because other people enter the proverbial room. Private citizens who step up and play peacemaker when their governments won’t or can’t. People who strive for collaboration and understanding, and sometimes end up findi ...
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Celebrating the greatest cities in film. A new project on exploring the personal, political, social and cultural importance of cities in film. Launched in October 2019 by Jingan Young.
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This podcast is a retirement project and maybe ... for the listener steeped in the controversies of modern culture and dire news reports ... something different. An eclectic collection of texts, chosen only for two reasons: I encountered them at some stage in my life and they endured for me, continuing to challenge me or delight me or, most often, doing both. You won't find audio book perfection here. I am most decidedly not a 'voice' professional. I am just a lover of ideas, both bright and ...
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Memory Wars is a six-part series about how Germany has confronted its horrific past and whether America could ever do the same. Public radio reporter Mallory Noe-Payne spent years covering policy and politics in Richmond, Virginia — the former capital of the Confederacy. Then she went to Germany. Through a year of in-depth reporting featuring a wide range of characters, Noe-Payne reveals the struggles it takes for a society to change its narrative, face up to an uncomfortable past, and pave ...
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A Simple Herstory is a theatrical and high concept podcast series about the women who have run for President of the United States. From outsiders to insiders, and outsiders again, these are the women who ran. www.asimpleherstory.com
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The World Transformed

The World Transformed

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A four day festival of music, art & politics building power to Transform the World. Debates, discussion & other sounds from Liverpool & Brighton. If you have audio from previous festivals please get in touch so we can share it here.
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"A few more hours and then the sun will rise." Prologue - Season 5 Part 3. With Alan Burgon, Julia C. Thorne, Julia Morizawa, Hemi Yeroham, Jordan Cobb and Erin King. Written and edited by Philip Thorne with story editing by Oystein Brager. Music and sound design by Fredrik Baden. Website: https://ameliapodcast.com/ Transcripts: https://ameliapodca…
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Happy Pride, awesome humans! This week we celebrate queer actor (better known as the pan/poly star of the TV show "Younger") and activist Nico Tortorella and their book "The Space Between." We discuss setting boundaries, painting with c*m, threesomes with Zoe Kravitz, bottoming, white dreads, making saddle bags, sticking a spoon up your a**, toxic …
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The Court is back at again, pretending like they don't understand politics, while handing conservatives a victory that cements their power in South Carolina. To buy tickets for our DC show, head here: https://www.seetickets.us/event/5-4-live/604614 To buy tickets for our NYC show head here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5-4-live-tickets-912709608007…
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Mix up a Brandy Alexander and sink into your living room as we discuss yacht rock king Michael McDonald's memoir, “What a Fool Believes.” We dive into the prolific sexy baritone's tome and discuss The Doobie Brothers, going from punchline to legend, eating Taco Bell in the 70s, piano lessons, running "snow" for chicks, discovering hummus on tour, a…
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Harvard invited us back (so that's on them) to talk about the speciousness of originalism, inclusive constitutionalism, and how to get serious about court reform. Featuring Balls and Strikes' Madiba Dennie, author of The Originalism Trap: How Extremists Stole the Constitution and How We the People Can Take It Back (out now!) and Ryan Doerfler of Ha…
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We will be back next week, on 14th June 2024! In the meantime, here's the first episode of a show we've really been enjoying. Desert Skies is a quirky, comedic, and heartfelt sci-fi podcast about life between this world and the next. The full first season of Desert Skies is available to binge, and the second season is releasing now, making it the p…
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Get in loser, let's start a business! We are finally discussing Bethenny Frankel’s entrepreneurial Bible, “Business is Personal.” The self-proclaimed “only woman to retire from RHONY” takes us on a journey as only she can through the highs and lows of her career from the birth of Skinnygirl™ to doing the walk of shame through Trump Tower. She talks…
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Run a January 6th insurrectionist flag up the pole and see who salutes. Oh look! It's appointed-for-life Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito! Did you know that the majority of tickets to our DC and NYC shows were sold before the shows were even public? That's because our beloved Premium subscribers got first dibs. Plus they'll get to listen to the f…
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Calling all country lunatics! This week we have fellow best friend and host of KFM Radio Sam Buck on to talk about badass woke mama, Maren Morris, and her children’s book, "Addie Ant Goes on an Adventure." We talk about the animal kingdom, how Maren wrote a children’s book just so she could make some non-binary characters, basil, how ladybugs F*%K,…
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Brett Kavanaugh might have had a better shot at writing a reasonable decision if Arizona v. Navajo Nation revolved around beer rights instead of water rights, but instead the associate justice barfed up a garbled opinion about property rights. Did you know that our Premium subscribers got first dibs on our live show tickets? One of those shows is a…
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Don't you wanna join the club... of Club Kids? This week we discuss a fallen Red Sox pitcher, sailing girls vs biking girls, Zuni Café in San Francisco, Place Des Fetes in NYC, and the latest Bennifer gossip. Hear it all at patreon.com/cbcthepod Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/cbcthepod See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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Maaaaaaaaa, where’s my hair gel??? This week the hilarious Italian American princess Edy Modica joins us to talk about Mafia Donna, Victoria Gotti, and her book "This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti." We get a pot of sauce simmering and discuss Victoria’s best-selling political thrillers, cutting your husband with a fork, why John…
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In the movies, detectives trail a suspect until he messes up and throws his DNA-soaked paper cup into the trash. In real life, they just pretend like they don't understand the word "identify" in order to abuse the 4th Amendment. If you're not a 5-4 Premium member, you're not hearing every episode! To hear this and other Premium-only episodes, acces…
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What if I told you Hollywood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? This week we read award-winning actress Constance Wu’s memoir “Making a Scene” and it’s, dare we say, pretty random. We discuss her time as a struggling actress, sex in Union Square, canceling a “Fresh Off the Boat” producer (and co-star backlash), owning a bunny, Mormon-owned coffee sho…
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What to do if you get arrested (not legal advice™), why are the liberal justices just sitting back while conservatives devour the judiciary, and whether or not to vote for Biden - you've got questions, we've got … maybe not "answers," but definitely "responses." If you're not a 5-4 Premium member, you're not hearing every episode! To hear this and …
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Driver, drop me at Bergdorf Goodman! Come roam the halls of the famed department store with us as we discuss their fabulous in-house stylist Betty Halbreich and her memoir, “I’ll Drink To That.” (Most CBC title ever, btw). We trace her path from Chicago to Chanel and talk about hanging at the Copacabana, why Geoffrey Beene walked so Isaac Mizrahi c…
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Rhi got locked up. The food was bad, the comrades were immaculate, and while the friendless centrist pundits on Twitter were wrapping themselves in knots to try to argue protests aren't speech, the kids were keeping the focus where it belongs: On Gaza. If you don't think laws are real either you can get a sick shirt about it from Shout Your Abortio…
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Hell yeah, brother! This week we bodyslam our way through bleached blond wrestling icon Hulk Hogan's memoir "Hollywood Hulk Hogan." We hop in the ring and discuss WWE fandom culture, eating 25 eggs a day, Vince McMahon, his sex tape and Gawker lawsuit, homoeroticism, inventing wrestling merch, Mr. T’s insecurities, and of course his French chalet-i…
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E Pluribus Unum, more like E Pluribus Sue Them! In America, if your landlord refuses to do repairs, you sue 'em. If you get food poisoning from a chain restaurant, you sue 'em. But if you're stripped of your bodily autonomy by your state legislature via a bounty hunting scheme, you CAN'T sue your state in federal court, because of Hans v. Louisiana…
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MOTHER ALERT ! It’s Gypsy Rose Blanchard week, and we are unpacking her recently published eBook "Released: Conversations On The Eve of Freedom with Melissa Moore." With empathy and humor she discusses her Munchausen Mama, Wicca, bottoming for butches in prison, true crime adaptation ethics, why she loves her now ex-husband Ryan, and ultimately her…
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Listen, we're not going to do the whole merch thing again, but it's time to hang up the robe and hit the beach. Or: another episode where we call for Sonia Sotomayor to retire. If you're not a 5-4 Premium member, you're not hearing every episode! To get exclusive Premium-only episodes, access to our Slack community, and more, join at fivefourpod.co…
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Who's that knocking at the door?! It's John Early and Theda Hammel! The Tinseltown rockstars stop by to discuss gooning, facial architecture, Jesse Tyler Ferguson's sweatshirt size, and yes, their new film. To hear the whole thing: http://patreon.com/cbcthepod Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/cbcthepod See omnystudio.com/listener for priva…
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Join us at the Red Table! This week we finally unpack actress, mother, and metalhead Jada Pinkett Smith's tome, "Worthy." We attempt to process everything from her formative years on the Baltimore streets with Tupac to her middle-aged Ayahuasca journey, and everything in between. We discuss Will Smith, open marriages, alopecia, Scientology, the sla…
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Santa isn't the only one who keeps a naughty and nice list. And if your organization winds up on the United States' list of bad boys (designated terrorist organizations), you can forget about receiving legal representation or assistance from US-based firms. That's material support, according to this holding, even if that support doesn't contribute …
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God Save the Queen! This week we DIVE into British Olympian Tom Daley’s book, "Coming Up for Air: What I Learned from Sport, Fame and Fatherhood." We cover his path from casual curry Thursdays and the Olympics to marrying the screenwriter of the film "Milk." We go deep into our personal aquatic experiences, the dangers of flash photography, and why…
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Oh Diego, won’t you paint me like one of your communist laborers? This week we stretch the canvas of our mind and dig into extremely famous artist/activist/revolutionary Diego Rivera’s book, "My Art, My Life: An Autobiography." We talk about his on/off relash with Frida, sketching Stalin in a cafe, controversial murals, shit talking with Picasso, a…
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Texas passed a law that allows it to police the US border with Mexico without regard to federal policy. That may seem like a little oopsy but actually it's a big "fuck you." If you're not a 5-4 Premium member, you're not hearing every episode! To get exclusive Premium-only episodes, access to our Slack community, and more, join at fivefourpod.com/s…
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Our literary streak continues! Emmeline Clein, author of the new book "Dead Weight: Essays on Hunger And Harm," joins us to discuss eating disorders, the cautionary tale of Marissa Cooper, LA vs NYC, Ozempic, Trimspa, Ancient Greek vomitoriums and Victorian hysteria. To hear the entire episode, sub at http://patreon.com/cbcthepod Support the show: …
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MEME THIS, B*TCH! Pour yourself a glass of White Girl Rosé as we discuss OG Meme Lord Josh Ostrovsky (aka The Fat Jew) and his memoir, "Money Pizza Respect." We go balls-deep into this freaking epic book and cover splooging on Russian strippers, why making fun of Tampa is for hacks, Nintendo Power Gloves, the evolution of male friendship, top buns,…
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The Court does not want you to plead not guilty by reason of insanity and to enforce that, they'll happily sign off on you being institutionalized for far longer than the prison sentence that you would have served. You'll need a mental health day after this one for sure. If you're not a 5-4 Premium member, you're not hearing every episode! To get e…
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Oh, behave! Please welcome to the podcast stage Dame Judi Dench and her book "And Furthermore." Britain’s most beloved actress regaled us with tales of every single goddamn play in which she’s performed, her friendship with Harvey Weinstein, Shakespeare, wet kilts, her love of champagne, her feud on the set of "Tomorrow Never Dies," and staying loy…
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This is the story of a man with the worst luck in the whole world, and how Jay-Z called the whole thing. If you're not a 5-4 Premium member, you're not hearing every episode! To get exclusive Premium-only episodes, access to our Slack community, and more, join at fivefourpod.com/support. 5-4 is presented by Prologue Projects. Rachel Ward is our pro…
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A little taste of today's VIP Lounge, where we review a ton of restaurants, attend Drita's "Mob Wife Aesthetic Dinner," then dive into the new Kate Middleton theories. To hear the whole uncensored version, go to http://patreon.com/cbcthepod Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/cbcthepod See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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WE FINALLY WATCHED VANDERPUMP RULES! This week we go Julie & Julia mode with Bravo heroine Ariana Madix’s latest book, "Single AF: Drinks for Bad B*tches." We drink our way through this masterpiece and discuss every part of #Scandoval, edible glitter, men who wear dusters, Fireball shots, why all "Vanderpump" women are WWE coded, penis flutes, and …
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We're joined by Balls and Strikes' Jay Willis in this emergency episode to talk about Trump v. Anderson, which challenged Colorado removing Trump from the primary ballot. In a shocking twist, the Court held that Colorado can't do that. JK that's not shocking - the twist is that the dogs you hear barking in this episode are Jay's, not Michael's. If …
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Fancy a cuppa? This week we broke form and read a novel by historian/actress Millie Bobby Brown called “Nineteen Steps.” This crazy Brit really said, I need to do a fictional retelling of my Nan’s experience during The Blitz. We discuss dating Air Force hotties, dwelling disparities, watching "Stranger Things" on DVD, if "Pick-me" girls existed in …
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The legal academy is losing its mind. Good news for us, the profs are talking about their broken brains in the New York Times. Today on the show, Peter, Rhiannon, and Michael discuss “The Crisis in Teaching Constitutional Law” by Jesse Wegman to snark on the state of legal education. If you're not a 5-4 Premium member, you're not hearing every epis…
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"My friends, an American Diner has just magically materialised in the middle of Piccadilly Circus." We're back with a crossover episode! Midnight Burger is a wonderful Sci-Fi comedy podcast about a time-travelling, dimension spanning diner that can appear at any time, anywhere in the multiverse. In this crossover episode it appears in London, not f…
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Who is Amy Schneider and what is her book, "In the Form of a Question: The Joys and Rewards of a Curious Life"? We cover the trans icon’s journey to becoming the highest-earning woman champion in Jeopardy history, her improv marriage, tarot, AirBnB addiction, trivia bar culture, and hand jobs. PLUS, an insane Tracy Chapman story. I'll take poly que…
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You can't sue the President if they wronged you, as long as what they did was in the course of their official duties. And maybe possibly if they did it out unofficially out of spite, or because they were just feeling crimey that day. Thank goodness we have this fantastic precedent to help us deal with Trump's many cases! If you're not a 5-4 Premium…
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