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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’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

Listener Mail on Liz Cheney and the NFL Schedule Release, Plus NASCAR Announcer Jeff Gordon

5/13/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker answer your Listener Mail! They discuss Liz Cheney’s removal from her position as House GOP conference chair, the spectacle that is the NFL’s schedule release, and which book given by a first date would make you get up and leave (2:10). Later, NASCAR announcer Jeff Gordon joins to discuss his experience transitioning to the booth, working alongside Clint Bowyer, and what he has planned for the future (26:40). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and...

Duration:00:58:54

Do I Have to Go Back to the Newsroom? Plus, Bloomberg’s Justin Sink on the Jobs Report.

5/10/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss The Washington Post's op-ed piece written by the CEO of Washingtonian Media, Cathy Merrill. They discuss the pros and cons of going back into an office versus working remotely, and further break down how Merrill approached the topic (4:20). Then, last week CNN released a job's report citing far fewer jobs were added last month than expected. White House correspondent for Bloomberg, Justin Sink, joins to help break down what we saw (31:01). Plus, the...

Duration:01:02:14

How to Write About Mask-Wearing. Plus, Listener Mail!

5/6/2021
David Shoemaker is joined by Ringer writer Claire McNear to break down the Atlantic story "The Liberal Who Can't Quit Lockdown." They discuss readers' reactions to the piece, how it was reported, and touch on the related news about herd immunity (3:40). Then, Listener Mail, in which they answer questions about the audio-book process, who would make the best 'Jeopardy!' host, and Mike Greenberg hosting ESPN's NFL draft night (28:22). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week! Host: David...

Duration:00:54:54

Listener Mail and the NFL Draft Devil’s Dictionary With Danny Heifetz

4/29/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker answer your questions about Joe Rogan and the vaccine, a New York Post Kamala Harris controversy, and The New York Times losing the term “op-ed” for “guest essays” (2:50). Then, Danny Heifetz joins for the Devil’s Dictionary of NFL Draft Clichés to go through three rounds of top picks (23:12). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker and Danny Heifetz Guess the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest:...

Duration:00:59:26

Oscar Takes. Plus, Noreen Malone on 'Slow Burn.'

4/26/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker share their takes from the 2021 Oscars and discuss the speeches, production value, and all the think pieces that came after (2:55). Then, host of Slate’s ‘Slow Burn’ podcast, Noreen Malone, joins to talk through Episode 1 of the new season and shares what we can expect from Season 5 (29:37). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Noreen Malone...

Duration:00:55:55

The Chauvin Verdict, European Super League, and Author Brendan Koerner on a Kidnapping Gone Wrong

4/22/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker open up the mailbag and answer your Listener Mail. They weigh in on the Derek Chauvin verdict (3:20), discuss everyone’s reaction to the news of the Super League (14:40), and share which of their non-journalism jobs were the most memorable (29:12). Then, author Brendan Koerner stops by to discuss his recent piece in The Atlantic, “A Kidnapping Gone Very Wrong” (36:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Brendan Koerner Associate Producer: Erika...

Duration:01:11:47

Are Journalists Doing It Wrong? Plus, Jessica Bruder on ‘Nomadland.’

4/20/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dissect columnist Margaret Sullivan’s piece, "A New Way of Looking at Trust in Media," to determine what journalists and citizens care about, and how to accommodate this change in journalism (3:50). Then, Jessica Bruder, author of the book ‘Nomadland,’ joins to discuss her experience reporting on the phenomenon of older Americans leaving their homes in pursuit of seasonal work, and touch on the Oscar-nominated film adaptation (30:28). Plus, the Overworked...

Duration:00:57:33

Listener Mail and Michael Riedel on Covering Broadway

4/15/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are answering your Listener Mail! They weigh in on the new Anthony Bourdain book (17:15), discuss the journalistic use of the word “slap” (23:00), and touch on the potential repackaging of retired or aging NFL quarterbacks on our televisions screens (25:58). Then longtime theater columnist Michael Riedel joins to discuss his new book, ‘Singular Sensation,’ as well as his thoughts on Broadway post-pandemic (32:15). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week...

Duration:01:11:11

The Joe Biden Three-Month Check-in and Rob Stone on the Greatest Bowling Call Ever

4/13/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker check in with Joe Biden three months into the job and discuss how the media is treating him (4:06). Then they share some Overworked Twitter Jokes of the Week (23:27), and Fox's Rob Stone joins the show to talk about his viral bowling call at the Professional Bowlers Association Tour (25:35). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Rob Stone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:52:44

Listener Mailbag on 'Gutfeld!,' Mike Pence’s Book Deal, Paul Pierce, and More

4/8/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are opening up the mailbag and answering your Listener Mail! They address Fox New’s new comedy show ‘Gutfeld!’ (3:10), Mike Pence’s seven-figure book deal with Simon & Schuster (20:00), and ESPN’s decision to fire Paul Pierce (37:15), before they rank Texas’s literary novels (53:10). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices....

Duration:01:06:18

Matt Gaetz Investigations and Covering the Men’s and Women’s Final Four

4/7/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the investigation involving Florida Representative Matt Gaetz. They weigh in on his response to the sex trafficking investigation, his interview with Tucker Carlson, and decided where Gaetz falls along the scale of politicians labeled by the press (5:10). Then, they switch gears and talk through the highlights and key takeaways from the men and women's NCAA tournaments (21:13). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses...

Duration:00:43:50

Al Michaels Talks About His Career as a Baseball Announcer

3/31/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by sportscaster Al Michaels in preparation for the start of the baseball season. They discuss Michael’s relationships with Curt Gowdy and Sal Bando (6:30), his first broadcasting job for the Hawaii Islanders (16:00), the art of calling baseball (37:40), and much more! Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Al Michaels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:05:09

Remembering Larry McMurtry and Chatting With Author Alexander Wolff

3/29/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker remember the great novelist Larry McMurtry. They reflect on his novels and films such as ‘Lonesome Dove’ and ‘Terms of Endearment,’ and talk about the impact McMurtry had on the state of Texas (3:05). Then, author Alexander Wolff stops by to discuss his recent trip to Germany, his relationship with his father, and what it was like revisiting the past in the process of writing his new book, ‘Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home’ (30:05)....

Duration:00:59:26

Mailbag Episode: The Best Biden Books, Overlong Docs, and an “Embattled” Update

3/25/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are answering your Listener Mail in a mailbag episode of 'The Press Box.' They answer questions about upcoming Biden books (2:50), the “embattled” journalism debate (16:45), Curtis's high school yearbook signed by the one and only Shoemaker (34:15), and much more! Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:43:04

Covering March Madness and Novelist Harlan Coben

3/22/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker weigh in on this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. They discuss its appeal before breaking down the discrepancies between the men’s and women's tournaments (3:35). Then, novelist Harlan Coben stops by to discuss his Myron Bolitar series, the writing process, and his new novel 'Win' (23:30). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Harlan Coben Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:58:09

NFL's Mega Rights Deal With Kevin Clark, Listener Mailbag, and Lis Power

3/19/2021
Kevin Clark joins the show to discuss the details of the monster NFL rights deal and what it means for the media consumer. Then, Bryan and David answer your listener questions including thoughts on embattled governors, the best ways to get fired, and sounding bald. Lis Power of Media Matters also stops by to talk about what life is like needing to consume cable news around the clock. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:10:18

The End of Andrew Cuomo? Plus, The Athletic's Lindsey Adler

3/15/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the recent call for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign. They touch on whether or not cancel culture is involved, discuss how Democrats are reacting, and when or if it's appropriate to label someone as disgraced (4:45). Later, The Athletic's Lindsey Adler joins to share her experience covering the New York Yankees and baseball during a pandemic (20:55). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts:...

Duration:00:54:55

Listener Mail and The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith

3/11/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are opening the mailbag and answering your Listener Mail. They talk through Joe Biden's first prime-time address, Mike Pence's new podcast, strained puns in the newsroom, and much more (3:30). Later Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune, joins to discuss how his team of journalists are covering recent events in Texas. They weigh in on Ted Cruz fleeing during the snow storm, Greg Abbott lifting the mask mandate, and discuss the controversy around banning the...

Duration:00:58:42

Post-Twitter Trump With Charlie Warzel and Meghan and Harry With Ed Malyon

3/8/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by New York Times opinion writer Charlie Warzel to share his experience reporting on events such as the riot at the Capitol and discuss what it's like covering post-Twitter Trump (2:30). Later, The Athletic's Ed Malyon joins to talk through Oprah's special with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. They talk through Oprah's impressive interview, Meghan and Harry's responses, and how the British press and tabloids could respond (34:20)....

Duration:01:02:33

Dr. Seuss Uncanceled. Plus, Listener Mail.

3/4/2021
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the Dr. Seuss controversy that has resulted in six of his books no longer being published. They discuss this news in relation to cancel culture and how it’s being covered in the media (3:45). Then Listener Mail, where they answer your questions about 'New York Times' columnist David Brooks, sports gambling, the bad headline debate, and more (26:40). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of The Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained Pun-Headline....

Duration:00:58:34