Vibe Check

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A weekly podcast where Sam Sanders, Saeed Jones, and Zach Stafford make sense of what’s going on in news and culture – and how it all feels. Vibe Check is your favorite group chat, come to life.

  • 1 hour 21 minutes
    Yesterday’s Price Isn’t Today’s Price featuring Lena Waithe

    On this live episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk to Emmy-winning writer, actress and producer Lena Waithe about being a trailblazer, and how she keeps a level head in an ever-changing industry. Plus, they talk about dating apps, summer shading, the “pay to play” theory, and much more. 

    This episode was recorded in Boston at WBUR CitySpace and in New York City as part of Tribeca Festival.

    WBUR – City Space

    Tribeca Audio Storytelling

     

    We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected], and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.

     

    You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck

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    Come see Vibe Check LIVE in Los Angeles on July 14th at The Ford. 

    Tickets here

     

    19 June 2024, 4:05 am
  • 57 minutes 17 seconds
    We Have Different Gay Voices

    On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk about the new movie, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, copaganda, and friendship breakups. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.

    We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected], and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.

    You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck

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    Los Angeles Live Show

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    RECOMMENDATIONS: 

    SAM: Running from COPS hosted by Dan Taberski

    SAEED: “Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why)” by Nikki Giovanni

    ZACH: Brown Skin Bride: http://www.brownskinbride.com

    12 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 57 minutes 21 seconds
    Trust The Aunties

    On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk about pride month – the protests, the parties, and the corporations. Plus, why fans are getting bad news about concerts this year, and a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.

    We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected], and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.

    You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck

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    Boston Live Show

    New York Live Show

    Los Angeles Live Show

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    RECOMMENDATIONS: 

    SAM: “Tipsy” by Shaboozey

    SAEED: “At The Down Low House Party” by Danez Smith

    ZACH: Keep sending us your petty stories

    5 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 51 minutes 22 seconds
    Your Fate Has Been Decided

    On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk about the decline of Hollywood blockbusters, and they answer a listener's advice letter about post-breakup pettiness. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.

    We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected], and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.

    You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck

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    Boston Live Show

    New York Live Show

    Los Angeles Live Show

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    RECOMMENDATIONS: 

    SAM: UNO/game nights/activities with friends

    SAEED: “The Colonel” by Carolyn Forché

    ZACH: "We’re Here" on Max

    29 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 53 minutes 47 seconds
    I’ll Dip Into Her Dark Waters

    On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach discuss a violent video of Diddy and Cassie that was recently made public. They also talk about why some of our favorite fast casual restaurants are on the decline. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.

    We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected], and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.

    You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck

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    Boston Live Show

    New York Live Show

    Los Angeles Live Show

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    RECOMMENDATIONS: 

    SAM: “Chihiro” by Billie Eilish

    SAEED: Departure by Louise Gluck

    ZACH: A GREAT GAY BOOK: STORIES OF GROWTH, BELONGING & OTHER QUEER POSSIBILITIES edited by Ryan Fitzgibbon (Saeed’s cover)

    22 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 46 minutes 57 seconds
    Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud

    On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk about the digital guillotine movement a.k.a the celebrity blockout, and the collective political burnout that the nation is experiencing. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.

    We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected], and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.

    You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck

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    Boston Live Show

    New York Live Show

    Los Angeles Live Show

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    RECOMMENDATIONS: 

    SAM: Hacks (on HBO)

    SAEED: MONUMENT: New and Selected by Natasha Trethewey

    ZACH: Interview with the Vampire Season 2 (on AMC)

    15 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 59 minutes 10 seconds
    Oh, How We Have Fallen From Taste

    On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk about the Drake vs. Kendrick Lamar rap beef and the 2024 Met Gala. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right. 

    We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected], and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.

    You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck

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    Boston Live Show

    New York Live Show

    Los Angeles Live Show

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    RECOMMENDATIONS: 

    SAM: empathogen by Willow Smith

    SAEED: Fixed Shadow, Moving Water by Carl Phillips

    ZACH:  ‘Challengers’ soundtrack album

    Met Gala for Fashion Dummies (2023 episode)

    8 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 57 minutes 58 seconds
    Every Girl Has A Good Gay

    On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach continue their conversation on the college campus Anti-War protests, and they also talk about why Zendaya is such a successful star. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.

    We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected], and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.

    You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck

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    Boston Live Show

    New York Live Show

    Los Angeles Live Show

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    RECOMMENDATIONS: 

    SAM: Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

    SAEED: Untitled by E. E. Cummings

    ZACH: Culprits on Hulu

    1 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 58 minutes 16 seconds
    Her Mediocrity Cannot Touch Me

    On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam and Saeed talk about the anti-war protests that are sweeping college campuses across the nation, and Taylor Swift’s latest album, “The Tortured Poets Department”. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.

    We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected], and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.

    You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck

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    RECOMMENDATIONS: 

    SAM: Baby Reindeer on Netflix

    SAEED: Let's Get One Thing Halfway Straight by Adam Falkner

    Lydia Polgreen Opinion Piece

    24 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 53 minutes 6 seconds
    Death and Taxes

    On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk about the recent questionable actions of JoJo Siwa and Jerrod Carmichael, and they answer a question from a listener seeking advice about a dating dilemma. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.

    We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected], and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.

    You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck.

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    RECOMMENDATIONS: 

    SAM: The Town of Babylon by Alejandro Varela

    SAEED: Parallel Bars by Geoffrey Young

    ZACH: A STRANGE LOOP is on tour now! SF opens this week and LA on June 5th

    Into It featuring Michael R. Jackson

    17 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 57 minutes 14 seconds
    A Special Conversation with Ada Limón

    On this special episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk to the U.S. Poet Laureate, Ada Limón, about demystifying the art of poetry, and her new anthology, “You Are Here: Poetry in the Natural World”. Plus, a few beginner-friendly recommendations from Ada.

    We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected], and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.

    You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck

    You can find Ada Limón on Instagram @adalimonwriter.

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    ADA’S RECOMMENDATIONS: 

    Poet, Lucille Clifton

    Please Excuse This Poem

    Such Color: New and Selected Poems by Tracy K. Smith

    10 April 2024, 4:00 am
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