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Channel 33, part of The Ringer Podcast Network, is a collection of shows covering pop culture, sports, and tech.






‘Jam Session’ — J-Law, 'Big Little Lies' Drama, and More Celebrity Break-ups (Ep. 353)

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Jennifer Lawrence's press tour for 'Mother!' (5:00), Laura Dern's cold shoulder at the Emmys (17:00), Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson's break-up (27:00), and Fergie's return (31:00).

Duration: 00:36:56

'The Big Picture' — Danny Strong and the Recipe for a Classic Biopic (Ep. 352)

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and executive editor Chris Ryan reveal their favorite biopics and hash out what makes them great (1:00). Then, Sean sits down with writer, actor, and director Danny Strong to discuss his recent J.D. Salinger biopic, ‘Rebel in the Rye,’ and how doubling down on his passion paid off (12:00).

Duration: 00:36:12

'The Press Box'—The Fight for the Future of ESPN (Ep. 351)

The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and Sean Fennessey discuss Jemele Hill, starting with her rise at ESPN (5:00), her upbringing in Detroit (15:00), the Trump administration's response to Hill's tweets (18:00), the impact of politicization on ESPN (26:00), and Hill's next move (32:00). [11:12]

Duration: 00:38:02

‘The Big Picture’ — 'It' Director Andy Muschietti on Adapting Stephen King (Ep. 350)

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Kate Knibbs about Stephen King’s classic horror novel ‘It’ (0:30) before sitting down with Andy Muschietti, who discusses adapting the book for the screen and re-creating the terrifying character Pennywise (6:20).

Duration: 00:33:31

’Insecure’ Season 2 Finale Preview (Ep. 349)

The Ringer’s Hannah Giorgis and Alison Herman look ahead to the season finale of HBO’s ‘Insecure’ by first celebrating the nuanced character developments in Season 2 (2:50), highlighting the show’s place among the summer TV landscape (8:15), and giving recognition to the showrunners’ even-handed approach in tackling the issues facing black employees in the workplace (10:40). Then they voice their expectations about how the finale will address the protagonists’ various romantic...

Duration: 00:36:48

At Home with Meghan Markle, George Clooney, and Serena Williams (Not At the Same Time) (Ep. 348)

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Meghan Markle's Vanity Fair cover story (5:00), George Clooney's renewed availability (21:00), and Serena Williams's new baby and decision to remain living solo before marriage (30:00).

Duration: 00:38:25

The Big Picture - Jay Baruchel’s Directorial Debut and Making an Authentic Hockey Movie (Ep. 347)

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Katie Baker about the best hockey films ever made (0:30) before he sits down with actor and now director Jay Baruchel about making his first film, 'Goon: Last of the Enforcers'; hockey fandom; and filming the perfect hockey fight (6:00).

Duration: 00:35:49

‘Jam Session’ — An Unhappy Conversation About Taylor Swift (Ep. 346)

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Taylor Swift's shaky roll-out of her new single, 'Look What You Made Me Do,' and accompanying VMA video release (5:00), Swift's corporate sponsorships (12:00), Katy Perry's credibility in the pop music world (17:00), and the winners and losers from MTV's Video Music Awards (22:00).

Duration: 00:28:03

'Death Note’ Director Adam Wingard on Building Monsters and Hollywood Whitewashing Controversies (Ep. 343)

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and Justin Charity chat about the Netflix film ‘Death Note’ and the difficulties of adapting anime (1:00). Then Sean sits down with director Adam Wingard to discuss how he went from scraping by to directing large-scale projects like ‘Death Note’ and the forthcoming ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ (13:00).

Duration: 00:41:09

Southern Rap Special: Best Albums, Dopest Mixtapes, and the Future of the Genre (Ep. 344)

Ringer East Coast bureau chief Donnie Kwak is joined by special projects editor Hannah Giorgis and staff writer Micah Peters to talk omissions from "The 20 Best Southern Rap Albums Ever" article on The Ringer, including reader submissions (0:35). Then, Donnie sits down with a roundtable of The Ringer’s music experts to discuss their favorite Southern rap mixtapes (10:20) and predict the future of the genre (31:00).

Duration: 00:40:36

‘Jam Session’ — Taylor Swift Spectacular (Ep. 343)

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss the announcement of Taylor Swift’s upcoming album ‘Reputation’ (1:10), her new media strategy after her feud with Kim Kardashian West (5:40), the decision to release a single before the VMAs as it relates to her ongoing rivalry with Katy Perry (20:00), and which guests will be featured on the new album (26:35).

Duration: 00:32:27

Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman Channel Rejection and Anxiety to Make ‘Lemon’ (Ep. 342)

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Alison Herman about Janicza Bravo’s approach to uncomfortable comedy and her direction of “Juneteenth,” the instant-classic episode of ‘Atlanta’ (1:00). Then Sean sits down with Bravo and her husband/producing partner, Brett Gelman, to discuss the tumultuous five-year process of getting their film ‘Lemon’ into the world (10:00).

Duration: 00:41:23

The Safdie Brothers and ‘Good Time,’ an Instant New York Classic (Ep. 341)

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and K. Austin Collins discuss the Safdie Brothers’ new crime film, ‘Good Time.’ (0:30) Then, Sean sits down with the Josh and Benny Safdie to discuss making a movie starring Robert Pattinson, capturing New York City on-screen, and the frenetic pace of ‘Good Time’ (11:00).

Duration: 00:34:33

'Jam Session'—Malia's Lollapalooza, Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's Split, and 'Siesta Key' (Ep. 340)

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Vanity Fair vs. Angelina Jolie (5:00), Malia Obama's wild time at Lollapalooza (15:00), and Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's separation (22:00). Then, Zoey Simmons joins to give her thoughts on MTV's new reality show 'Siesta Key' (40:00).

Duration: 00:55:55

'Bachelorette Party'—The Finale With Ben Higgins and Hannah Giorgis (Ep. 339)

The Ringer's Juliet Litman discusses the final episode of the 'Bachelorette' season with her colleague Hannah Giorgis (1:08). Then, former Bachelor Ben Higgins comes on to give his thoughts on Peter's reluctance to propose and his pick for the next Bachelor (27:54).

Duration: 00:44:34

The Big Picture—Taylor Sheridan, 'Wind River,' and How to Write a Killer Movie (Ep. 338)

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan discuss screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s films ‘Sicario,’ ‘Hell or High Water,’ and his directorial debut, ‘Wind River,’ starring Jeremy Renner (0:40). Then, Sean and Sheridan discuss 'Wind River,' how he depicts raw and realistic scenarios in his movies, and why he decided to get behind the camera (11:00).

Duration: 00:27:37

'Bachelorette Party' — "Men Tell All" With Wesley Morris (Ep. 337)

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by The New York Times’ Wesley Morris to discuss this week’s “Men Tell All” episode, Rachel’s season so far, and the upcoming ‘Bachelor in Paradise’.

Duration: 00:53:53

Vic Mensa on ‘The Autobiography,’ Sobriety, and Empathy (Ep. 336)

The Ringer’s Micah Peters sits down with rapper Vic Mensa to discuss his upcoming album ‘The Autobiography’ (0:30), becoming sober while battling depression (4:40), forgiving the man who killed his friend (10:00), and working with producer No I.D. (16:00).

Duration: 00:22:22

'Bachelorette Party' — Rachel's Hometown and Fantasy Suites With Rodger Sherman (Ep. 335)

The Ringer's Juliet Litman is joined by her colleague and 'Bachelor' enthusiast Rodger Sherman to discuss this week's episode, including Rachel's hometown experience and the show's trip to Spain.

Duration: 00:37:42

'Jam Session' — Angelina Jolie Goes 'Solo' (Ep. 334)

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Angelina Jolie's Vanity Fair cover story ( (5:00), the PR rollout versus Brad Pitt (19:40), and Jolie's fame in 2017 (34:00).

Duration: 00:35:33

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