The Upgrade


How to Be a Happier Parent, With Author KJ Dell’Antonia

KJ Dell’Antonia—journalist and author of How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute—joins Offspring editor Michelle Woo to discuss how to make your family life less stressful and even (dare we say it) fun. But first, Alice gives staff writer and soon-to-be new parent Nick Douglas an important (note: not really important) parenting quiz. Finally, we’ve got a playlist of non-kid songs that your kids will love as much as you do.

How to Have Great Sex in a Long-Term Relationship, With Therapist Stephen Snyder

In this episode Alice Bradley and Levi Sharpe chat with Stephen Snyder, a sex and couples therapist, and the author of Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship. We’ll discuss why you should be sexually selfish, how the idea of “desire” can mess up your sex life, and why Stephen is against cuddling.

How to Be a Successful Artist, With Keiko Agena and Ottessa Mosfegh

We talk about how to be a successful artist with writer Ottessa Mosfegh, Gilmore Girls’ Keiko Agena, and staff writer Nick Douglas tells us why killing your old ideas can make you a more successful at being creative.

How to Become Financially Independent and Retire Early, With Vicki Robin

Vicki Robin is the co-author of the bestseller Your Money Or Your Life and the godmother of a financial movement that’s becoming increasingly popular among millennials: FIRE, which stands for Financially Independent, Retire Early. Vicki talks to us about changing our relationship with money and redefining what a rich, full life actually means.

LIVEHACKER: How Should a Man Be? With Esther Perel, James J. Sexton, and Donald Shorter, Jr.

On the first installment of Livehacker, we we talk modern masculinity with psychotherapist and author Esther Perel, divorce lawyer and author James J. Sexton, and gender non-conforming artist Donald Shorter Jr.

How to Protect Yourself Online with Hector Monsegur

Hector Monsegur is a reformed black-hat hacker. Under the alias Sabu, he hacked corporations, news organizations, and Middle Eastern governments. After he was caught, Hector became an informant for the FBI; now he makes a living helping companies avoid getting hacked. Hector joined us in the studio to talk about all the ways we put ourselves at risk of being the next hacking victim, and how we can protect ourselves and our data.



Hollywood Girls Gone Wild with popculturediedin2009

popculturediedin2009 is one of the best celebrity gossip bloggers on the internet, which is interesting because A.) he's only 19 years old and B.) he's covering celebrity gossip from a full decade ago. This week, the prodigy behind the popular tumblr, Twitter and Instagram account joins us in the studio to talk about Lindsay Lohan, his early love of Anna Nicole Smith, and the familiar comfort of early aughts tabloids. It's widely agreed that pre-2010 is the last time celebrity gossip was good, so why not stay there?

Just Xenu It: a Special (Suppressive) Scientology Episode 

Bobby and Madeleine take an in-depth look at the criminal accusations surrounding actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson and the cover-ups that happen within the favorite religion of the rich and the famous. Episode features interviews with Tony Ortega, journalist and renowned critic of Scientology, and former Scientologist Chris Shelton.

Let Me Be Your Rock of Love, Part I

On the next two episodes, we sit down with the father and mother of celeb-reality television, real life couple Mark Cronin and Lisa Lopez, whose shows The Surreal Life, Flavor of Love, Rock of Love, and all their spin-offs dominated VH1 from 2003-2009. Now working on their latest creation, Bravo’s Below Deck, the pair indulge us in looking back and dishing dirt on casting and corralling volatile people, being friends with New York, and all the tawdry delights that they’ve given us throughout the years. 

The True Story of Real World: Seattle's 'Slap Heard 'Round the World' with Irene McGee

To her chagrin, Irene McGee is best known for getting slapped in the face 20 years ago on The Real World: Seattle. This week on DirtCast, Irene joins us to discuss the aftershocks of being on one of the most iconic reality TV shows of our time and how she eventually accepted and found humor in her less-than-ideal path to notoriety. 

The C-word

We talk to Jo Livingstone, culture staff writer at The New Republic, about the word “cunt,” its history, recent use in pop culture, and the comparison people drew between Roseanne Barr’s show being cancelled after she fired off a racist tweet, versus Samantha Bee's “cuntroversy.”

Has R. Kelly Given America Stockholm Syndrome? 

Since marrying Aaliyah when she was 15 years old, R. Kelly has been dogged with accusations and rumors about sexual coercion and misconduct toward much younger women, many of them under the legal age of consent. In spite of this, Kelly still boasts a legion of loyal fans and journalists--in music and beyond--have largely ignored his supposed crimes. This week on DirtCast, Special Projects Desk reporter Anna Merlan joins us to discuss our culture’s blind spot regarding allegations against famous men and what it takes to get journalists to report on them.

Big Time Dicks


Edie Windsor, the Dynamo

We look back at the life and legacy of Edie Windsor, whose Supreme Court case struck down DOMA and paved the way for the legalization of same sex marriage across the country. We speak with one of her attorneys, the ACLU's James Esseks.

Elizabeth Warren on Trump & the Middle Class

We speak with Sen. Elizabeth Warren about her new book, “This Fight Is Our Fight” and about whether or not she’d support Trump’s impeachment. Also: Fox News, H.R. McMaster, and Who Did the Tweet.

6 Months Deep with Amy Goodman, Aparna Nancherla, and Erika Andiola

In our first ever live taping at the Bell House in Brooklyn, we speak with Amy, Aparna, and Erika about the first six months of Trump's presidency and what to do going forward.

How to Talk About Yet Another Friggin' Mass Shooting

The Guardian’s Lois Beckett joins us to talk about what the media and politicians miss in the gun violence debate, which focuses disproportionately on mass shooting, the rarest form of gun violence. Also: Donald Trump mispronounces “Puerto Rico.”

Rep. Jackie Speier on Marines United and Sexual Assault in the Military

Big Time Dicks continues to examine the epidemic of sexual assault in the military, and speak with Rep. Jackie Speier about legislation she's pushing to combat it.

Trump’s Voter Fraud Crusade

Prachi and Ellie speak to ACLU voting rights attorney Julie Ebenstein about the Trump administration’s voter fraud commission and how Republican-led voter suppression efforts will impact future elections.