Crooked Media

Political commentator and comedy writer Erin Ryan and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco are joined by a bicoastal squad of funny, opinionated women to talk through everything from reproductive rights to romcoms. They break down the political news of the week, plus the topics, trends, and cultural stories that affect women’s lives.

  • 1 hour 5 minutes
    Bleach Blonde Bad-Built Butch Body™️

    Trump doesn’t know what to do about birth control, we love Texas Rep. Jasmine Crockett’s Clapback Collection, Kansas City Chiefs’ Harrison Butker gives a sexist commencement speech — and Eddie Vedder is having none of it — and more in news. Then, former Teen Mom producer Kenda Greenwood Moran joins for a retrospective interview on the MTV show. Finally, Sani-Petty.

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    Show Notes

    Trump says he will ‘never advocate’ for contraception restrictions after earlier saying he’s ‘looking at’ them (Politico 5/21)

    Among Gov. Youngkin's record vetoes: A bill that would have protected contraception in Virginia (WUSA9 5/20)

    We’ll Protect Both Life and IVF: A Senate bill to clear up confusion after an Alabama Supreme Court ruling. By Ted Cruz and Katie Boyd Britt (WSJ Op-Ed 5/19)

    The GOP's IVF Lie (Jess Valenti)

    Nevada abortion rights group says it has enough signatures on petition for ballot measure (ABC NEWS 5/20)

    At Justice Alito’s House, a ‘Stop the Steal’ Symbol on Display (NYT 5/16)

    “Bad-Built Butch Body” Is Trademarked—and MTG Is Not Handling It Well (The New Republic 5/21)

    Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder joins chorus railing against Harrison Butker: ‘Such a f***ing p***y’ (Awful Announcing 5/20)

    Teen Mom on Paramount+

    Study: MTV’s ‘16 and Pregnant’ led to fewer teen births (CNN 2014)

    Why Are People Mad About Ms. Rachel’s Save the Children Campaign? (The Cut 5/17)

    23 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 58 minutes 45 seconds
    Nikki Glaser on Tom Brady’s Roast, Being Childfree and Taylor Swift

    Melania Trump might have coined “locker room talk,” Missouri Republicans want to keep child marriage legal, Bumble introduces AI, and more in news. Then, Nikki Glaser joins to talk about her new comedy special Someday You’ll Die, roasting Tom Brady, and, well, death.

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    Show Notes
    Nikki Glaser: Someday You'll Die (HBO)
    CW: Death and Suicide. Call 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

    Michael Cohen: Melania Trump came up with idea to spin "Access Hollywood" tape as "locker room talk" (Salon 5/13)
    Republicans Are Really Into This Whole Child Marriage Thing (Jezebel 5/9)
    Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd says the app could embrace AI: ‘Your dating concierge could go and date for you’ (CNBC 5/10)
    Katie Britt proposes federal database to collect data on pregnant people (The Guardian 5/11)
    A “Tradwife” Discovers the Anti-Feminist Lifestyle Is Miserable and Oppressive (Current Affairs 5/9)

    16 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 34 minutes
    Eye of the Stormy w. Lauren Simmons

    Happy 300th episode! Lauren Simmons (Texas State House candidate for District 146) joins to talk about what inspired her to run, her fight for a world-class public education for every Texas child and fighting anti-trans legislation in her state. Then, Michaela Watkins, Kiran Deol and Megan Gailey stop by to reflect on 300 episodes of Hysteria. Plus Shaniqua Mcclendon (Vote Save America) drops in to share VSA’s new initiative Organize of Else votesaveamerica.com/2024.


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    Show Notes 


    9 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 3 minutes
    Kristi Noem Is In The Doghouse w. Rep. Lorena Austin

    Gov. Kristi Noem shot her dog — and might have shot her chance of being Trump’s running mate; Florida’s six-week abortion ban is now in effect; gender-affirming care is ruled constitutional; and more in news. Then, Rep. Lorena Austin joins to talk about abortion and how Arizonans can protect reproductive healthcare in November. Finally, Sani-Petty (how do you feel about polygamy?).


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    Show Notes


    Donald Trump on What His Second Term Would Look Like [TIME]

    Kristi Noem Doubles Down on Decision to Kill Family Dog, Adds That She Killed 3 Horses “a Few Weeks Ago” [Vanity Fair 4/29]

    As Florida's strict abortion ban takes effect, look to November and vote to overturn it [The Palm Beach Post 4/30]

    Trump says it's up to individual states whether they want to prosecute women for abortions [ABC 4/30]

    4th Circuit: Gender Identity Is A Protected Characteristic, Blocks State Coverage Bans [Erin in the Morning 4/29]

    In Reversal, Expert Panel Recommends Breast Cancer Screening at 40 [NYT 4/30]

    A former Democratic Georgia congressman hopes abortion can power his state Supreme Court bid [AP News 4/26

    2 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 33 minutes
    SCOTUS To Decide Whether States Can Force Women To Suffer w. Rep. Jasmine Crockett

    California helps Arizonans seeking abortion and local trans kids; SCOTUS hears arguments on emergency abortions; and The Biden administration makes some healthcare moves (patients’ right to privacy, nursing home staffing) in news. Then, Rep. Jasmine Crockett talks Texas B.S. and her cheeky on-the-record comment about Viagra. Next, Kara Klenk joins to discuss how people often don’t understand when a woman is joking. Finally, a very passionate Sani-Petty (boy moms, please…). 

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    Show Notes

    Rep. Jasmine Crockett—

    Congresswoman Jasmine Crockett

    Twitter, Instagram

    US Rep. Jasmine Crockett warns anti-abortion advocates that Viagra could be next (theGrio 4/16)


    Kara Klenk—
    That's Messed Up: An SUV Podcast

    Better Half Comedy (LA)


    News, etc.—

    Biden administration issues new rule to protect privacy of those seeking reproductive health care: ‘No one should have to live in fear’ (CNN 4/22)

    Biden administration imposes first-ever staff minimum for nursing homes (WaPo 4/22)

    California proposes law to allow Arizona doctors to perform abortions as ban proceeds (NPR 4/22)

    California judge sides with AG Rob Bonta over proposed trans youth ballot measure’s title (The Sacramento Bee 4/22)

    SCOTUS Has a Chance to Right the Wrong Its EMTALA Ruling Forced (Slate 4/22)

    Tavi Gevinson Has More to Say About Taylor Swift (Vulture 4/18

    Is it just me or can men just not tell when a woman is joking ? (relevant Reddit thread from r/TwoXChromosomes, three months ago

    25 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
    Lie To Your Anti-Abortion Boss

    A misogynistic tragedy in Australia, “abortion trafficking” and “coercion” bills in Republican-dominated states, North Carolina’s importance in 2024, and more in news. Plus, Sani-Petty (Nike Olympics uniforms make no sense, and Meghan Markle, leave the fruit jams to the experts!). 


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    Show Notes


    Reeling From Mass Stabbing, Australians Ask: Was It About Hatred of Women? (NYT 4/15)

    Bills related to ‘abortion coercion’ and ‘trafficking’ advance in Republican-led legislatures (NC Newsline 4/15)

    It’s official: Your boss has to give you time off to recover from childbirth or get an abortion (The 19th 4/16)

    North Carolina May Be Biden 2024’s Best Bet in the South (Intelligencer 3/12)

    North Carolina candidate for governor built his brand through online vitriol — particularly toward Black women (The 19th 4/9

    Nike revealed its new Olympic kit collection for Paris 2024. (IG

    Beloved Australian Cartoon Bluey Introduces a Queer Family for the First Time (them

    Meghan Markle’s lifestyle brand, American Riviera Orchard, debuts its first product

    (Page Six

    Fabrics retailer Joann files for bankruptcy (CNN 3/18)


    Federal pregnancy resources:

    The PUMP Act

    Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

    18 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 12 minutes
    Arizona Steals Trump’s Abortion Thunder

    Arizona’s Supreme Court bans abortion, and Trump wants to leave reproductive healthcare up to the states, in news. Then, Tien Tran joins to talk about the NCAA women’s basketball championships and the rise in popularity of women’s sports. Finally, Sani-Petty (Jason Sudeikis, get out of here!).


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    Show Notes

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    Tien Tran, Jockular Podcast


    News Sources—

    Arizona Upholds 160 Year Old Abortion Ban [NYT 4/9 + 19th News 4/9 + NBC News 4/9]

    Trump's Truth abortion announcement: WaPo Analysis, The Hill, Politico, Politico Playbook

    Parents of Michigan School Shooter Sentenced to 10 to 15 Years in Prison (NYT 4/9

    Swiss women win landmark climate case at Europe top human rights court (Reuters 4/9)

    “Sunday’s National Championship between South Carolina and Iowa was the most-watched women’s basketball game on record.” (Katie Couric on IG

    NAIA, small colleges association, bans transgender athletes from women's sports competitions (CBS Sports

    Fox Corp’s OutKick spent March Madness attacking the NCAA women’s tournament and athletes (MM4A 4/5)

    11 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    Florida Abortion Rights in Retrograde w. Rep. Barbara Lee

    Florida’s Supreme Court enacted a six-week abortion ban — but there’s a chance to protect reproductive rights in the Sunshine State in November; the NCAA women’s basketball championships are RIVETING; and, Dr. Heather Irobunda joins to discuss an announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding consent for “sensitive” procedures like pelvis and prostate exams. Then, Rep. Barbara Lee comes on to talk about her history of fighting for progressive policy, 2024 voter turnout, and being portrayed on TV in Netflix’s “Shirley.” Finally, Sani-Petty (Mercury is in retrograde again).


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    Show Notes

    Rep. Barbara Lee
    Instagram, Twitter, Congress details
    Congresswoman Barbara Lee
    Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power
    Rep. Barbara Lee Pays Tribute to Her 'Mentor and Friend' Shirley Chisholm (Elle
    Column: California isn’t sending a Black woman to the Senate. But Barbara Lee won anyway (LATimes


    Florida Abortion
    “Shut Up, Bill Ackman” w. Rep. Anna Eskamani
    Florida Supreme Court allows one of nation’s strictest abortion bans to take effect (WaPo 4/1)
    Florida Supreme Court Allows Abortion & Marijuana Initiatives To Remain On The Ballot (Meidas Touch)


    Iowa-LSU was most-watched women’s college basketball game on record, ESPN says (WaPo 4/2)
    The 10 most-watched NCAA women’s basketball games (Sports Media Watch
    Iowa-LSU women’s NCAA basketball game sets ratings record (CNN)
    FanDuel says Iowa-LSU game was its biggest betting event of all time for women’s sports (CNBC)
    Commentary: UCLA-LSU is America’s sweethearts vs. its basketball villains (LATimes 3/29, before the correction) (after the correction)
    L.A. Times columnist apologizes for piece characterizing LSU players as 'dirty debutantes' (Fox Sports 4/2)
    LSU coach Kim Mulkey criticized the column
    LSU's Angel Reese opens up about dealing with hateful speech, death threats: 'I've been through so much' (Yahoo! Sports)


    Dr. Heather
    Hospitals Must Get Written Patient Consent for Pelvic Exams, H.H.S. Says (NYT 4/1)
    The 2020 NYT Investigation

    4 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 14 minutes
    Mifepristone: Pro Life’s Pill to Die On

    SCOTUS hears arguments for the abortion pill (mifepristone) case; TikTok is spreading misinformation about birth control; and more in news. Then, Dana Schwartz joins to discuss: are we assholes for speculating about Kate Middleton before she revealed her cancer diagnosis? Finally, Sani-Petty (lab results emails are STRESSFUL, and a Zoomer gave Erin a box of mayonnaise).


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    Show Notes

    Lauren Oyler: No Judgement: Essay
    Dana Schwartz and her podcast, Noble Blood
    Our episode on the Comstock Act: “Speaker Chaos and Zombie Laws” w. Chani Nicholas and Amy Sohn




    Supreme Court hears oral arguments on major abortion pill case (CNN Live Updates) (CNN takeaways)
    The Supreme Court Got It Wrong: Abortion Is Not Settled Law (NYT op ed from strict hosts)
    Erin Hawley: The Woman Arguing Against the Abortion Pill (NYT)
    Supreme Court seems skeptical anti-abortion doctors can challenge abortion drug mifepristone (The 19th)
    Use of Abortion Pills Has Risen Significantly Post Roe, Research Shows (NYT
    Texas Maternal Mortality Task Force Hasn’t Counted Abortion Death Cases for 10 Years (Austin Chronicle
    Democrats Change Strategy on Comstock Act as Republicans Weigh Abortion Ban (NOTUS)
    Women are getting off birth control amid misinformation explosion (WaPo)
    The Real Story Behind Women Getting Off Hormonal Birth Control And Misinformation by Dr. Sarah Hill (Evie) — the doctor here was featured by Jordan Peterson
    Evie Magazine’s Founder Responds to the Washington Post: Stop Gaslighting Women Suffering From Hormonal Birth Control (Evie)
    The Women Misrepresented By The Washington Post Respond (Evie)
    Advocates, healthcare workers voice concerns over NY pharmacies dispensing birth control (CBS Albany)
    Florida Social Media Ban For Minors Under 14 (WSJ)


    After weeks of speculation about Kate’s whereabouts, on 3/22, @KensingtonRoyal posted “A message from Catherine, The Princess of Wales” where Kate explained that she has cancer. 
    Kate Middleton’s cancer diagnosis is part of a frightening global trend (Vox 3/22)
    I Hope You All Feel Terrible Now (The Atlantic 3/22)
    ‘The View’ hosts regret ‘Bigfoot’ Kate Middleton conspiracies after cancer reveal: ‘Feel awful over it’ (NYPost 3/25)
    Kate Middleton Fake Video Allegations Go Viral (Newsweek 3/25)
    Kate Middleton’s Uncle Gary Goldsmith Apologizes—But Not For Insulting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (Vanity Fair 3/25)
    Harry and Meghan Learned of Kate Middleton’s Cancer Diagnosis on TV, Reports Say (Time 3/25)

    28 March 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 16 minutes
    From Crunchy Mom to Anti-Vax w. Brandy Zadrozny

    From Minnesota to Olivia Rodrigo’s concerts, Plan B is putting people in a tizzy; Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV proved to us that child acting shouldn’t be a thing; and more in news. Then, Brandy Zadrozny discusses anti-vaccine king RFK Jr. and the moms to alt-right misinformation pipeline. Finally, Sani-Petty (dirt makes the world go ‘round). 

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    Show Notes
    Brandy Zadrozny
    Sperm fact check: Older fathers associated with increased birth risks, Men's sperm quality decreases at age 35

    MAGA vs. everyone: What today’s primary will tell us about the state of the Republican Party [Politico 3/19]
    Medication Abortion Accounted for 63% of All US Abortions in 2023—An Increase from 53% in 2020 [Guttmacher.org 3/19]
    Appeals court rules in favor of woman turned away from pharmacy for emergency contraceptive [MPR News 3/18]
    Abortion Rights Groups Will No Longer Hand Out Emergency Contraceptives on Olivia Rodrigo’s Tour [Rolling Stone 3/15]
    Montana Supreme Court allows proposed abortion ballot measure to move forward [KTVH Montana 3/18]
    Arizona lawmaker who needs an abortion slams colleagues: 'This Legislature has failed the people' [AZ Central 3/18]
    Quiet on Set Shows the Darkest Side of Kids TV [Vulture 3/19]

    Sani Petty— 
    Controversial Ruth Bader Ginsburg event honoring Elon Musk and Rupert Murdoch canceled [NY Daily News 3/19]
    Soil, the future of farming, policing avocados [Good Food]

    21 March 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 26 minutes
    Meet Me In the Middleton w. Milly Tamarez and Alise Morales

    Women’s History Month continues with Equal Pay Day; Republicans compromise IVF and birth control access; LGBTQ+ hate crimes go up in schools as anti-trans laws continue to pass in places like Florida; and more in news. Then, Milly Tamarez and Alise Morales of Go Touch Grass (and formerly, The Betches Sup) join to talk about Kate Middleton, Sen. Katie Britt, and other stories taking the internet by storm. Finally, Sani-Petty (we love wildflowers and hate trucks!). 

    For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email [email protected] and include the name of the podcast.

    Show Notes
    Support abortion freedom! Shop Crooked’s new No Trespassing Collection: crooked.com/store.
    Go Touch Grass with Milly Tamarez and Alise Morales [Headgum]

    It’s Equal Pay Day — and even the White House has a gender pay gap [The 19th]
    Megan Rapinoe, and friend of Hysteria! [AP]
    Suzanne Somers Was Fired From Three’s Company for Asking for Equal Pay [Biography]
    Belva Ann Lockwood [National Archives + Justice At Work]
    Law protecting Alabama IVF may do more harm than good, critics say [NBC]
    VA to cover IVF for single veterans, same-sex couples after lawsuits [WaPo]
    Florida Anti-Trans Bill Could Raise Everyone’s Health Insurance Costs [The Intercept]
    In states with laws targeting LGBTQ issues, school hate crimes quadrupled [WaPo]
    Children to no longer be prescribed puberty blockers, NHS England confirms [Sky News]
    Nazis mingle openly at CPAC, spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories and finding allies [NBC]
    Selling “Woke Tears Water
    “There’s a Jan. 6-themed pinball machine at CPAC”

    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center [site]
    Homegrown: Atlanta-based farmer Jamila Norman helps families transform their outdoor spaces into beautiful and functional backyard farms.

    14 March 2024, 7:00 am
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