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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. Movies! Music! Terrible tweets by celebrities trying to seem engaged while bragging about their latest project! This show has it all. New episodes every Wednesday.
||ExplicitEmmy Was Kim Cattrall's Name in the 1987 Movie Mannequin||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's 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.||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Binderella Story||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!||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLovett or Keep It||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!||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLouis CKeep It||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.||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHarriet Tubman Killed the Queen Radio Star||Nicki Minaj has a meltdown when her new album, QUEEN, debuts at #2 behind Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD. Madonna causes a commotion at the MTV Video Music Awards. Asia Argento is embroiled in her own #MeToo scandal. Boots Riley isn't down with Spike Lee's latest joint. Plus, author Michael Arcenaux (I Can't Date Jesus) joins the panel and an Aretha Franklin shade quiz!||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNational Treasure: Omarosa’s Book of Secrets||Tommy Vietor joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to talk about Omarosa’s messy book tour. The Oscars get desperate for viewers. Insatiable, Jack Whitehall, and Ruby Rose are the latest to face social media backlash. Azealia Banks is trapped in Elon Musk’s home. Plus, the NFL, Teen Choice Awards, and a game!||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCrazy Racist Trumps||Donald and Melania Trump go to war over LeBron James. Beyoncé takes control of Vogue. Succession gets thinkpieced to death. Zodiac killer Ted Cruz defends Alex Jones. Plus, Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to discuss what the film means for Asian representation in Hollywood.||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCan’t Fight the Moonves||Ronan Farrow’s latest piece takes aim at Les Moonves, but CBS’ board keeps his job intact. Jake Tapper is pressed about the Obamas enjoying a Beyoncé concert. MoviePass is on its last leg. Meghan Markle’s father needs to keep Princess Diana’s name out his mouth. Plus, Marti Noxon (Sharp Objects, Dietland, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to dissect the cult of GOOP.||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnder the James Gunn||Ira is joined by Doreen St. Félix (New Yorker) and Aminatou Sow (Call Your Girlfriend) to dive into James Gunn and the summer of white people losing their jobs, Chance the Rapper buying Chicagoist, and the new Whitney Houston documentary. Plus, the NY Daily News layoffs, why Charlemagne should’ve been canceled a long time ago, and Riverdale season three needs to do less.||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Bad News Baron Cohen||Sacha Baron Cohen returns with his exhausting brand of comedy. Nicki Minaj. WWE reinstates self-described racist Hulk Hogan into the WWE Hall of Fame. Andy Cohen needs his Instagram taken away. Plus, producer Jordan Horowitz (La La Land, Fast Color, and Starz TV series Counterpart) joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to discuss the Emmy nominations and awards season campaigning.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitScarlett Johansson Threw the First Brick at Stonewall||Amber Tamblyn tries to claim Maxine Waters’ time. Robin Wright gets rid of her Kevin Spacey dead weight. Costco courts vegans. Trump turns SCOTUS into a game show. Plus, Guy Branum joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to figure out why Scarlett Johansson would rather play anyone but a white woman in movies.||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPod Save Sports||LeBron James moves to the Lakers, Serena Williams scores at Wimbledon, and the World Cup rages on so Ira, Kara, and Louis talk about... sports. Plus, author Samantha Irby joins the panel to discuss Hannah Gadsby’s stand-up special Nanette and Drake’s latest album, Scorpion.||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRed Henemy of the State||Colonel Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her army of followers take on a chicken restaurant. Jimmy Fallon ignites a dumb feud with Donald Trump. The Academy adds a record-breaking amount of members. Roseanne and Kanye won't go away. Plus, Gaby Dunn joins the panel and Ira, Kara, and Louis launch a book club.||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNight at the Musée||Beyoncé and Jay-Z take over the Louvre and drop the surprise album Everything is Love. Chris Hardwick is singled out in a new #MeToo scandal. Quentin Tarantino's apology tour ends abruptly when he hires Emile Hirsch for a new film. Nas' new album is tainted by abuse allegations and Kanye West. Plus, Erin Gloria Ryan joins Ira, Kara, and Louis this week!||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDonald Trump Doesn't Care About Black People (Live at Bonnaroo!)||Ira, Kara, and Louis are joined by comedian Joel Kim Booster to reflect on Sex and the City’s 20th anniversary and the future of queer comedy. Plus, Kim Kardashian can’t solve Trump’s racism, Stacey Dash somehow got votes in a race she dropped out of, and Louis plays a game!||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe One With Kathy Griffin||Kathy Griffin joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to defend Samantha Bee. Kim Kardashian meets with Trump. Kanye releases an album he could’ve kept. Serena Williams isn’t thinking about Maria Sharapova and neither should you. FOX News manufactures a story to fuel their viewers’ NFL hatred. Plus, leave Shawn Mendes alone!||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThey Cancel Roseannes, Don’t They?||ABC somehow just realizes Roseanne is racist and cancels her show. Kim Kardashian tries and fails to defend Kanye. Arrested Development’s return is soured by its press tour. Plus, Bryan Fuller (creator of Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me) joins us to talk about ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ and queerbaiting in movies and TV.||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDo the Royal Thing||The Royal Wedding turns out to be kind of fantastic, but calling it "woke" is a bit much. Janet Jackson blesses the Billboard Music Awards with her presence. Ira and Louis bravely attend Taylor Swift's Reputation Tour. Kara has beef with Twitter. Plus, Veena Sud (creator of Netflix's Seven Seconds and AMC's The Killing) joins for a discussion of Spike Lee and his Cannes Grand Prix winning film BlacKKKlansman.||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMeghan Getting Married||FOX sacrifices Brooklyn Nine-Nine for Tim Allen. Rita Ora's alleged bisexual anthem "Girls" causes controversy. David Letterman can't figure out why he's never had women writers. Azealia Banks goes after Cardi B. Plus, Ira has beef with Tinder and Franchesca Ramsey (author of "Well, That Escalated Quickly") joins the panel to discuss what Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding REALLY means to black women.||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIs This Your America?||Melania Trump launches her grammatically heinous "Be Best" campaign. Rihanna continues her Met Gala reign. Jeffrey Tambor's comeback includes a vile Hollywood Reporter profile. Plus, Childish Gambino's "This is America" inspires a rousing conversation between Ira, Kara, and Louis.||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnder His Smokey Eye||Michelle Wolf roasts media hypocrisy at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Time's Up joins the #MuteRKelly movement. Tom Brokaw's friends insist he's not guilty of sexual misconduct. John Legend tries to teach freshman U.S. History to Kanye West. Plus, Ira talks to Zachary Quinto about starring in the Broadway revival of 1968 queer play The Boys in the Band.||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKanye Don't Impress Me Much||Kanye West joins the alt-right, while Shania Twain shows love for Donald Trump. Male celebrities taken down by #MeToo plot their comebacks. Kara warns racist internet trolls not to come for Crazy Rich Asians. James Comey needs to do less. The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs a very special episode about racism. Plus, Ira and Kara lament the end of Scandal and Louis has had it with royal babies.||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHBeyCU||Kendrick Lamar wins a Pulitzer. Adidas uses Colin Kaepernick's name to scam free press. Taylor Swift ruins disco music. Rihanna tries to make body glitter happen again. Justin Simien, creator of Dear White People, joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to praise Beychella. Plus, Ira has an axe to grind with Rita Ora.||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBemoaning Lisa||The Simpsons uses Lisa Simpson as a mouthpiece to defend racism. Jimmy Kimmel and Chelsea Handler come under fire for using homophobic jokes to attack conservatives. Cardi B makes America great. Kay Cannon, director of 'Blockers,' joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to discuss John Hughes films and raunchy teen comedies. Plus, Ira shocks Kara and Louis by professing his love for wrestling.||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRoseannie, are you OK?||Stacey Dash’s congressional bid comes to a halt. Grindr gets caught sharing users’ HIV statuses. Advertisers bail Laura Ingraham’s show like the Titanic. Roseanne is back on the airwaves and Trump couldn’t be more excited. Plus, Ana Marie Cox joins Ira to discuss this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference and comedian Cameron Esposito stops by to discuss how we frame queer stories.||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBiteyoncé||Tiffany Haddish reveals that someone BIT Beyoncé at a party last year, so Ira, Kara and Louis put on their detective hats. Taylor Swift finally gets political. Killer Mike gets played by the NRA. BET has no idea what journalism is. Nate Parker plots a comeback. Louis defends ‘The Assasination of Gianni Versace.’ Plus, Ira talks to 'Black Panther' actor and immigrant rights activist Bambadjan Bamba.||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDJTea||Cynthia Nixon inspires Mirandas everywhere by running for governor of New York. Rihanna takes on Snapchat. Donald Trump Jr. ALLEGEDLY had an affair with former Celebrity Apprentice contestant and Danity Kane member Aubrey O’Day. Kara debuts a new segment called Shade Court. Tre’Vell Anderson of the LA Times stops by for a discussion of the gay teen rom-com Love, Simon (skip ahead to avoid spoilers). Plus, Ira talks to Shangela about last week’s shocking RuPaul’s Drag Race finale.||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit24K Tragic (LIVE at SXSW)||Ira, Kara, and Louis travel to Austin, Texas for their first live show. Bruno Mars is accused of cultural appropriation. Rachel Dolezal scams a Netflix documentary. Katy Perry latches onto gay culture. Louis takes on a fan in a game of Oscars trivia. Plus, Ira talks to musicians Tegan and Sara about the new Queer Eye.||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInclusion Ride or Die||It turns out Oscar voters really like fish f**king. Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel dive into the 2018 Oscars and discuss The Shape of Water winning Best Picture, Ryan Seacrest's cursed red carpet, what the hell an "inclusion rider" is, and more. Plus, Kara tries beating Louis at Oscars trivia with the help of Google, RuPaul upsets the trans community, and Alec Baldwin can keep his new talk show.||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Dash Menagerie||Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel discuss whether or not the Oscars have changed after Moonlight’s win. Stacey Dash returns from obscurity to announce she’s running for Congress. Omarosa exits the Big Brother house but she’s got more tricks up her sleeve. Jeffrey Tambor’s firing from Transparent leads to a messy defense. Barbara Streisand dabbles in sci-fi. David Mamet joins the #MeToo movement. Plus, Ira talks with #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign about how to affect change in Hollywood.||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWakanda Forever||Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel discuss the cinematic event Black Panther. Janelle Monaé serves black excellence. Fergie showed us the only thing worse than kneeling during the National Anthem. Omarosa still hasn't run out of stale White House gossip. Trump ramps up his attacks on the LGBT community. Plus, Ira talks to Los Angeles Times reporter Tre'Vell Anderson about diversity in entertainment journalism.||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSex and the Petty||Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel are in awe of the official Obama portraits. Kim Cattrall comes for Sarah Jessica Parker’s wig. Omarosa teases chapters from her White House memoir on Celebrity Big Brother. Mike Pence gets in a Twitter fight with gay Olympian Adam Rippon. Plus, Jeanine Piro is the new Nancy Grace and Ira talks to Dear White People’s Ashley Blaine Featherson about gender parity for women of color in Hollywood.||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBye Bye Bye||Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel put the final nail in Justin Timberlake’s pop sarcophagus as they discuss his latest album, Man of the Woods, and his Super Bowl performance. Trump boasts about no football players kneeling during the game. Uma Thurman finally shares her Harvey Weinstein story, unfortunately it’s with Maureen Dowd. Plus, Ira talks to comedian Rhea Butcher about RuPaul’s Drag Race and the future of queer storytelling.||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWoody Allen's Lonely Actors Club||Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel attempt to find something interesting to say about the Grammys. Alec Baldwin and Diane Keaton start a Woody Allen fan club. Omarosa leaves one 24/7 reality show for another. No one cares about the State of the Union or the myriad of responses to it. Louis debuts his Holly Hunter impersonation. Plus, Ira talks to Hollis Wong-Wear, lead vocalist of The Flavr Blue, about Grammys President Neil Portnow telling women to "step up."||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMo'Nique Money, Mo'Nique Problems||Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel parse the 2018 Oscar Nominations. Mo'nique puts Netflix on blast for what she sees as racial and gender bias. The Razzies are still around for some reason. Megyn Kelly tries and fails to start a feud with Jane Fonda. Omarosa plots a Black History Month comeback. Plus, Ira counts down his top ten films of 2017.||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhen life hands you Don Lemons...||Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel discuss the women who regret working with Woody Allen and the men who continue to remain silent. Don Lemon gets turnt in 2018. Catherine Deneuve is, as the French say, annulé. New sexual assault allegations against Aziz Ansari and James Franco reveal the necessity of solid reporting in the #MeToo era. Plus, Ira is joined by singer and songwriter Rostam to discuss bonding over La La Land during last year’s award season and his solo album debut Half-Light.||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLeave Oprah alone!||Ira Madison III launches Keep It! with a discussion of the Golden Globes, Time's Up, why Woody Allen has remained unscathed during the #MeToo movement, Tessa Thompson's unnecessary apology to Lena Dunham, and social media's fervor for Oprah to run in 2020. He's joined by staff writer for "Grown-ish" Kara Brown and comedian and writer Louis Virtel to break down the news and name every Meryl Streep Oscar nomination.||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Keep It!" Trailer||Keep It! with Ira Madison III launches soon!||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
IRA IS BACK!!!
People, this is going to be a top-of-the-queue must listen. Have been missing Ira since Speed Dial went dark and I couldn’t be happier hat he’s thrown his lot in with the crooked crew. Can’t wait for his wicked smart, searing hot takes.
I am super excited for Keep It. Huge fan of Ira and The Crooked Team.
Can’t wait !
I follow Ira on twitter and am really looking forward to his dulcet tones in my earbuds!
- Category: Society & Culture
- Language: English
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