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.


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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.




Hysteria (coming soon!)

Get ready for your new favorite podcast, Hysteria, hosted by Erin Ryan and a bicoastal crew of hilarious and super smart ladies.


"Courts, Civility, and other C words"

In this episode, we meet all six of our bicoastal squad of cohosts to discuss the Anthony Kennedy retirement announcement, as well as civility and other c-words. Then, the squad judges insincere public apologies and offers recommendations for cool stuff women are doing and making. For more from the Hysteria hosts, follow them on Twitter! Erin Ryan, @morninggloria NY Squad: Blair Imani, @blairimani Alyssa Mastromonaco, @AlyssaMastro44 Ziwe Fumudoh, @ziwe LA Squad: Kiran Deol, @shitfromkiran Megan Gailey, @megangailey Grace Parra, @GraceParra360


"Freedom Hangover"

In this episode, we discuss the idea of freedom and reproductive rights, plus a conversation about what’s going on at the U.S. - Mexico border. Then, we answer listener questions in a segment called Dude You Asked and close out the show with recommendations for cool stuff women are doing and making. For more from the Hysteria hosts, follow them on Twitter! Erin Ryan NY Squad: Blair Imani Alyssa Mastromonaco Ziwe Fumudoh LA Squad: Kiran Deol Megan Gailey Grace Parra


"Supreme Headache"

Erin, Blair, and Ziwe try to find kernels of good news among the bad as they grapple with the imminent presence of a guy named Brett on the Supreme Court. They also talk about a new movie that sounds hilarious, weak apologies, and the hot new trend that’s sweeping the nation: public shaming. All this and more, this week on Hysteria.


"Make Amend(ment)s"

Erin, Alyssa, and Ziwe find a new meaning to NRA, discuss the ERA, and find sad-gress in the Emmy nominations. Also: This Week in Sorry, dumb hills we will die on, an important update on dick pics, and we pay our final respects to Alyssa’s cat emeritus, Bun.


"Venn Diagram of B.S."

Erin Ryan is joined by Kiran Deol and Grace Parra to discuss the serious issue of family separation and the much less serious issue of Trump fans having trouble getting people to swipe right. We also have a quick check in with Alyssa Mastromonaco and Ziwe Fumidoh in New York and an important lesson on Juggalos.


"Republican Chicken" w. Nicole Byer

Grace Parra and Megan Gailey join Erin Ryan to discuss the ongoing US invasion of the uterus, whether or not Homeland Security secretary Kiersten Nielsen should quit, and women who dunk. Then, comedian and Nailed It host Nicole Byer joins us to talk about workplace harassment, Dude You Asked and an island resort for women.


"U Bum"

This week, Kiran De’ol and Megan Gailey join Erin to talk about female governors, the sad state of maternity leave, and the surprisingly contentious issue of parades. Then, the squad tackles the pink tax, the Week in Sorry, and I’ll Have What She’s Having. And finally, stay tuned to find out which of your hosts doesn't believe in astrology. The answer probably will not surprise you.


"Not Ready To Make Nice?" LIVE at Outside Lands w. Phoebe Robinson

Guest Phoebe Robinson of Two Dope Queens joins Erin Ryan, Megan Gailey, and Grace Parra at the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco. The crew predicts what fresh hell Omarosa will unearth, talks about why the pickup artist practice of "negging" women works for some male online daters, and takes some live Dude You Asks. We've also got a special all-music edition of The Week In Sorry and a new round of I'll Have What She's Having recommendations.


"The #MeToo Cruise"

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the Michael Cohen pleading guilty of times, it was the Asia Argento allegations of times. Join Erin, Grace, and Kiran as they journey through the ups and downs of this wild week of news, get into the state of #MeToo, and discuss how hard it is to get a film made without a white guy. Then, stick around to find out how abortion-themed ice cream tastes.


"Catsuit Nation" w. Zoe Lister Jones

Erin is joined by Kiran De'ol, Megan Gailey, and special guest host Zoe Lister Jones to ask the tough questions: Why does the president only care about violence against women when the woman is white and the man is not? What does a Louis CK comeback say about how the comedy world thinks of victims? And what on earth possessed French Open officials to think it was a good idea to take on Serena Williams? Plus, a special appearance by Alyssa Mastromonaco, who discusses what's up with Brett Kavanaugh, and who can stop it in a brand new segment called UterUS Weekly.


"Sasse-hole" w. Michaela Watkins

Erin is joined by Kiran Deol and Grace Parra to rummage through this piping hot garbage week. Then, Alyssa Mastromonaco unloads on Brett Kavanaugh. And! Actor and comedian Michaela Watkins swings by to weigh in on shutting women down by calling them "crazy" or "hysterical." (Looking at you, Senator Ben Sasse.) We've also got This Week in Sorry and an entire mountain range worth of hills we'll die on.


"Be A Hero"

Erin, Grace, and Kiran break down the news, starting with a study that finds that the number of women working in TV dropped last year. Then, Alyssa stops by to update us about the Kavanaugh hearings. Is there a word that means feeling both dreary and fired up? Why is getting birth control still so hard? Is Norm MacDonald America’s meanest Canadian? Find this out and more on this week’s Hysteria.


"Unicorns Of Men" w. Jane Marie

Erin, Grace, and Megan talk about Toad from Mario Kart for the worst possible reason. Then, Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Erin for the latest on how Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation is impacting Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process. Later, journalist and podcast host Jane Marie stops by to discuss what turns men into monsters, and the stories women carry with them.


"Listen To The Lady"

Erin, Megan, and Kiran shine a light on a group of congressional lady candidates whose accomplishments will make you feel guilty for binging that 13th episode of The Good Place last night. Then Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Erin to sift through the dumpster fire that is the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation saga. Who doesn’t love a breaking news story right before recording! Later the squad discusses what it means to be “me too-ed” in Personal Political and tackle I’ll Have What She’s Having and The Hill I’ll Die On.


"Head Explodes" w. Senator Mazie Hirono

This week Erin is joined by Grace Parra and Kiran Deol as they navigate the beer-soaked hell that is this week. But it’s not all bad: they also focus on some good news, introducing you to some inspiring female candidates who could help flip seats from red to blue. And speaking of inspiring: Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii joins us to break down the “bullshit” of this head-exploding moment in history. Later, writer/actress Jen Richards joins the group for a conversation about trickle down feminism in Personal /Political. And finally: the group gets especially petty in The Hill I'll Die On.


"Tiramisu of Garbage" w. Senator Heidi Heitkamp

This week, Erin is joined by Megan Gailey and Kiran Deol to discuss what’s next in our Kavanaugh hellscape. (Trust us, we’re just as tired of talking about Judge Brett as you are!) Then they break down a few anti-choice initiatives that have creeped their way onto several state’s ballots. And later: North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp joins Erin to bond over being Midwestern and explain how she came to vote no Kavanaugh. Plus, This Week in Sorry and the crew gets petty with Hill I’ll Die On. And once you finish the episode, don't forget to go to votesaveamerica.com right now and pledge to vote and get involved in campaigns going on in your community!


"Ghost Of Your Penis"

This week Erin is joined by Megan Gailey and Grace Parra to meditate on the merits of “horseface” as an insult, parse all the ways USA gymnastics has fucked up, and repeatedly smack our foreheads over Hillary Clinton’s latest comments on Monica Lewinsky. Then, a palate cleanser: the hosts showcase a few inspirational women in governor’s races. Later, Erin chats with New York Mag’s Rebecca Traister about where all this female rage came from and what to do with it. And still later: Ziwe Fumudoh and Blair Imani debut a new segment called “Let Get Uncomfy!” And as always we lay out the Hills We’ll Die on.


"What The Hex?"

Everywhere you look…We’ve got a full house on Hysteria! This week Erin is joined in studio by Kiran Deol and Grace Parra as they weigh in on witchcraft as a viable fix for this country’s problems, Trump’s horrific attempt to define gender, and later check in with a few of the women we’ve highlighted running in competitive house races. Plus, Alyssa joins in for a status check in UterUS Weekly, Blair and Ziwe talk the migrant caravan in Let’s Get Uncomfy and as always, the Hills I’ll Die On.


"Red Wine At Noon" w. Amber Heard

This week: Erin tries to give a pep talk, Megan Gailey teaches us about safety work and Kiran Deol shows up dressed like a pirate. Your hosts tackle the news, from the conservative failson who attempted to pay women to report false accusations against Robert Muller, to Kavanaugh’s triumphant return to bro haven Georgetown Prep, to why we can’t rely on the “blue wave” to save us in the midterms. Then, Erin talks with Oregon Governor Kate Brown about her hard fight for reelection and the importance of governorships. Plus, actress and activists Amber Heard joins us for Personal/Political. And of course we end with our Hills. Don’t forget to VOTE! VOTE OR YOU CAN’T SIT WITH US!