Movies! Music! Terrible tweets by celebrities trying to seem engaged while bragging about their latest project! This show has it all.
Ira Madison III, culture critic and columnist, is joined each week by comedians, journalists, actors, musicians, activists, politicians and more for a conversation at the intersection of pop culture and politics at a time when we’re all obsessing over both.
Ira, lone Maroon 5 fan, defends them performing at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime. Jesse Williams sparks controversy using a Nike meme to promote his Emmett Till film. Spotify wants to use your DNA to make playlists. The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 is overwhelmingly white. Plus, Insecure's Natasha Rothwell joins the panel and which muppets on Sesame Street are actually gay?
It's our Emmys episode! Ira, Kara, and Louis dissect television's biggest night and also that fight between Tom Arnold and Mark Burnett. Plus, Soon-Yi Previn and Woody Allen creepy relationship gets a New York Magazine puff piece, Sean Penn should shut up, Bryan Singer needs to go away, and Louis has a bone to pick with Tim Cook.
Cardi B and Nicki Minaj stir up drama at New York Fashion Week. The US Open doesn’t deserve Serena Williams. Les Moonves is out at CBS. Olivia Munn is abandoned by her ‘Predator’ castmates. The media lays the blame for Mac Miller’s death on Ariana Grande. Plus, author Jenny Han joins to talk All the Boys I’ve Loved Before!
Jon Lovett joins Ira, Kara, and Louis as they try to figure out why Steve Bannon was invited to the New Yorker Festival. Plus, Colin Kaepernick becomes the face of Nike and continued boogeyman of conservatives, Eminem’s latest album is stuck in his homophobic past, Aretha Franklin’s funeral gets messy, and a game of “OK, Stop!” with the A Star is Born trailer!
Louis C.K. makes his unwanted comeback. John McCain's death brings a reexamination of his problematic political career. The French Open disrespects Serena Williams. Kara shares her list of Top Ten White Women. Plus, Andrew Ti (of the podcast Yo! Is This Racist?) joins for a conversation on Asian representation in the media and the "blaccent" controversy in Crazy Rich Asians.