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The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker catch you up on the biggest media stories, from sports to politics and everything in between.

The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker catch you up on the biggest media stories, from sports to politics and everything in between.

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United States

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The Ringer

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The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker catch you up on the biggest media stories, from sports to politics and everything in between.

Twitter:

@BillSimmons

Language:

English


Episodes

Can Herschel Walker Run to the U.S. Senate? Plus, Epic Twitter Threads and the Power of the List

12/5/2022
Bryan and David weigh in on the media’s perspective of the runoff election in Georgia between Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock (4:58). Then, they discuss Matt Taibbi’s Twitter thread and the argument behind free speech on the platform (27:18). Later, they touch on the Sight and Sound list of the Greatest Movies of All Time and dive into the appeal of the “list” (42:39). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis...

Duration:00:56:30

What It’s Like to Cover the World Cup With Jason Gay

12/2/2022
Bryan is joined by The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay to discuss the World Cup in Qatar and what it’s like to cover it. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Jason Gay Associate Producer: Carlos Chiriboga Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:29:21

The Joe Biden Semi-Boomlet, the Jerry Jones Photo, and a New Book by Anthony Bourdain

11/28/2022
Bryan and David kick things off discussing Anthony Bourdain’s biography, ‘Down and Out in Paradise’ (0:33), before weighing in on Joe Biden’s bid for re-election in 2024 against former president Donald Trump (13:44). Then, they address the Washington Post story about Dallas Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones and discuss his impact, or lack thereof, in diversifying hiring practices throughout the league (28:21). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the...

Duration:00:53:59

George Lois and the Lost Art of the Magazine Cover

11/23/2022
Bryan and David are joined by ForbesLife editor Michael Solomon to reflect on the career of George Lois and the lost art of the magazine cover. They discuss the statements Lois made and the influence of his art before running through a number of his most memorable covers, such as Muhammad Ali posing as St. Sebastian, Virna Lisi shaving, Andy Warhol drowning in soup, and more! Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Michael Solomon Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about...

Duration:00:41:20

Conservative Media vs. Donald Trump, Plus Who Wants to Cover the World Cup?

11/21/2022
Bryan and David address Donald Trump’s announcement that he will run for president in 2024, and discuss which conservative media figures are behind him and which are leaving him behind (9:25). Later, they talk through the ongoing coverage of the World Cup (27:05), before switching gears and discussing Michael Lewis announcing his next very timely book (38:32). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David...

Duration:00:45:40

The Night Everyone Thought Twitter Was Going to Die

11/18/2022
In this near-emergency podcast, Bryan and David discuss the madness happening with Twitter and if it could actually shut down. They talk about the reaction to the potential end of the social media site, how the conversation has evolved, and the Musk of it all. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Carlos Chiriboga Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:28:43

The 10 Best Media Movies With Sean Fennessey

11/17/2022
Bryan is joined by The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey to discuss their top 10 media movies, and hand out awards for their Favorite Movie Journalist, Worst Movie About the Media, and more! Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Sean Fennessey Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:20:10

The Red Wave That Wasn’t, Trump for Prez (Again), and Revisiting the Fetterman Debate

11/14/2022
Bryan and David revisit the midterm elections and touch on CNN’s loss of viewership compared to the other networks, weigh in on the unexpected results that swayed blue, and discuss both Trump and Biden’s bid for re-election (7:42). Later, they revisit the John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz debate addressing the exit polls from CNN, and more (45:41)! Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate...

Duration:00:59:10

Press Box Election Night Live Podcast

11/9/2022
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sort through the midterm election results, ponder the fate of the republic, and make fun of the pundits on cable news. Plus, David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:22:46

Predictions for Tomorrow's Midterms, Bottom-Five Senate Candidates, and the Musk-Twitter Meltdown

11/7/2022
Ahead of tomorrow’s midterm elections, Bryan and David discuss overarching pundit projections, touch on the most contentious elections, and weigh in on the news that Donald Trump could announce his candidacy next week (6:20). Then, they revisit the chaos on Twitter with Elon Musk restricting accounts, “legalizing” comedy, and bringing back former employees (32:40), all before reminiscing about Parade magazine, which will no longer print its paper version (38:16). Plus, the Overworked Twitter...

Duration:01:01:21

Verne Lundquist on Calling Huge SEC Games, Memories of Kick Six, Johnny Football, and More

11/3/2022
In preparation for Saturday’s prime-time game between undefeated Georgia and Tennessee, Bryan chats with former CBS sports commentator Verne Lundquist. Lundquist discusses what he misses most about calling sports, talks through his time working alongside Terry Bradshaw covering NFL games, and how he made it to the no. 1 spot at CBS with Gary Danielson. All the while, they revisit some of the top moments calling prime-time SEC games with players such as Johnny Manziel, Tim Tebow, Jacob...

Duration:01:10:45

The Midterms Are Here, Elon Musk and Twitter, and NFL Insider Trade Inflation

10/31/2022
One week until the midterm elections, Bryan and David discuss signs that we have entered the late stage of the election cycle while discussing ad campaigns, reevaluating Senate races, and touching on Beto O’Rourke’s position in his state race (3:24). Later, they revisit Twitter underneath Elon Musk and touch on his recent response to Hillary Clinton, weigh in on the potential for misinformation, and discuss the amount one would have to pay for a verified Twitter account (23:40). Then, they...

Duration:01:03:56

Perry Bacon Jr. on the Midterm Countdown, Twitter Under Elon Musk, and How to Save Local News

10/28/2022
Bryan is joined by Washington Post columnist Perry Bacon Jr. to discuss the upcoming midterm elections as well as recent media news. They begin by addressing the unified story represented by these elections, discuss which senate race has been of peak interest, and weigh in on whether the democrats are “screwing this up.” Later, they touch on how Twitter may or may not change under the ownership of Elon Musk, and then Bacon shares his three-step plan to save local news. Host: Bryan Curtis...

Duration:00:40:23

Big Senate Races, the TB12 Primary, and a First Look at Ben Smith’s Semafor

10/24/2022
In preparation for the midterm elections, Bryan and David check in on three of the biggest Senate races around the country, starting with Pennsylvania’s race between John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz, Ohio’s race between Tim Ryan and JD Vance, and Georgia’s race between Senator Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker (7:46), before then addressing the embattled former prime minister Liz Truss (30:28). Later, they dive into the new media site Semafor that provides readers with “redefined news,” and...

Duration:00:59:31

The Draymond Green Doc and the Future of “New Media” With Wosny Lambre

10/20/2022
Bryan is joined by Wos to break down Draymond Green’s short doc, in which he addresses the recent altercation between himself and teammate Jordan Poole, before weighing in on player-driven media and its effect on the fan base. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Wosny Lambre Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:36:03

Charles Barkley's New Deal, Baseball Playoff Ads, and Covering Political Losers

10/17/2022
Bryan and David kick things off by discussing the news of Charles Barkley’s new 10-year deal with TNT worth over $100 million (0:22). Then, they touch on Bob Costas's return to broadcasting and his ad reads integrated into the telecast (9:21), before weighing in on Annie Karnie’s short essay in Vogue reflecting on her time covering politicians who never won (24:03). Later, they are joined by ESPN writer Ryan O’Hanlon to discuss his new book, ‘Net Gains.’ They dive into how the soccer...

Duration:00:59:00

Rebecca Traister on John Fetterman, His Recovery From a Stroke, and the Media

10/13/2022
Bryan is joined by New York magazine writer Rebecca Traister to dive into John Fetterman’s Senate race in Pennsylvania after experiencing a stroke. They break down the health condition of Fetterman, discuss how he's recovering, talk through his status in the current Senate race, and weigh in on a journalist’s responsibility when covering the health of a politician and/or a public figure. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Rebecca Traister Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:41:53

The Athletic-New York Times Marriage, Nikki Finke, and Late Night in Peril

10/11/2022
Bryan and David break down the merger between The Athletic and The New York Times. They discuss the policies and standards enforced for both outlets, the evolution of the sports section at the Times, and the importance of finding identity (6:26). Later, they say goodbye to reporter Nikki Finke (34:06) before switching gears and diving into the transition of the late-night show from cable, with figures such as James Corden and Trevor Noah leaving their respective shows (48:16). Plus, the...

Duration:01:08:25

Covering Herschel Walker's Senate Campaign With Greg Bluestein

10/7/2022
Bryan is joined by journalist and author Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to discuss covering Herschel Walker’s Senate campaign. They begin by addressing recent accusations claiming he paid for a woman’s abortion back in 2009, touch on his response to the claims as well as his son’s response on Twitter, and break down how this might affect the Senate race in the coming weeks. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Greg Bluestein Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your...

Duration:00:31:08

Maggie Haberman’s Book Arrives, Covering a Concussion, and Shane Bacon on LIV Golf’s TV Deal

10/3/2022
Bryan and David address the highly anticipated Maggie Haberman book ‘Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.’ They discuss scoops within the book, Haberman’s relationship with Trump, and what this type of reporting reveals about media access (00:38). They then switch gears and weigh in on the reporting surrounding Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa before touching on the Aaron Judge cut-ins that caused a media frenzy (20:34). Later, Shane Bacon from the...

Duration:01:03:31