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The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker catch you up on the biggest media stories, from sports to politics and everything in between.

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The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker catch you up on the biggest media stories, from sports to politics and everything in between.

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@BillSimmons

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English


Episodes
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Patrick Radden Keefe on Crime Stories, No-Access Journalism, Getting Tenure at The New Yorker, and Turning 'Say Nothing' Into a Series

5/22/2024
Last week, Bryan went to the Santa Fe International Literary Festival and was able to speak with Patrick Radden Keefe. They discussed a few things about Patrick’s career, including: How Patrick discovered magazines in junior high school and what stood out about them (2:21) How he pitches a story to The New Yorker today (12:20) His attraction to crime stories (17:19) Whether there are too many crime stories in the era of Netflix (25:07) Write-arounds and no-access journalism (31:20) Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Patrick Radden Keefe Producer: Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:00:11

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ESPN Loves the Knicks, Scarlett Johansson and AI, Reporters Discover the T-Wolves, and the Media Acid Test

5/21/2024
Hello, media consumers! David kicks off the show with a fun story for you (0:40), then he and Bryan get into NBA playoff talk with the following: How much does sports media know about Minnesota (7:05) Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns's reactions to being told they are supposed to lose (12:25) Stephen A. Smith and ESPN’s love for the New York Knicks (15:01) Later in the Notebook Dump they discuss: Scarlett Johansson’s voice being used for AI (26:42) Netflix and the NFL (31:00) Cam’ron’s appearance on CNN with Abby Phillip (38:05) Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Producer: Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:48:49

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Presidential Debate Strategizing, the NBA Rights Endgame, and New Yorker Editor Succession With Semafor’s Max Tani

5/16/2024
Hello media consumers! On the Final Edition, Bryan is joined by Max Tani, media editor at Semafor, to discuss the following: Biden and Trump agree to two presidential debates on CNN and ABC (01:33) What to make of the NBA media rights negotiations (19:13) JJ Redick: podcaster and coach? (28:20) The succession plan for The New Yorker’s next editor (35:31) Joe Kahn and the young reporters at NYT (44:23) Covering the media beat (48:15) Then, David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Max Tani Producer: Eduardo Ocampo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:01:17

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Checking in on the Trump Trial, Weekend Sounds from the NBA and How “The Phantom Menace” Changed the Media

5/13/2024
Hello media consumers! Bryan and David kick off the week by checking in on the Trump trial and discussing how we have been getting updates without it being televised, including real-time updates from the New York Times (0:21). They then get into a few things from NBA playoff weekend, including the following: Shaq telling Nikola Jokic that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander deserves to be NBA MVP (7:51) Some very interesting sounds during Luka Doncic’s press conference (10:41) How do NBA analysts judge teams when they keep getting blown out (12:47) JJ Redick's intrigue over the Lakers’ coaching vacancy and whether or not he would still keep his podcast (24:22) Later, in the Notebook Dump, they discuss the 25th anniversary of ‘Phantom Menace’ and how it changed media (35:12). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, Only in Journalism, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Producer: Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:58:47

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The Death of Journalistic Swagger, Apple Is Crushing It, ‘The Office’ For Newspapers, and "The Revenge of the Homepage" With Julia Turner

5/9/2024
Hello media consumers! On the Final Edition, Bryan is joined by Julia Turner—one of the hosts of Slate's Culture Gabfest! They get into the following topics: Jack Shafer’s story in Politico about “journalistic swagger” (1:20). Ben Smith of Semafor’s interview with New York Times executive editor Joe Kahn regarding the 2024 election (20:26) The Apple ad about the new thin iPad (32:56) An ‘Office’ spinoff, but for a newspaper company (35:26) Reggie Miller has learned something from Bryan and other podcasters (40:00) Kyle Chayka's, of The New Yorker, story: "The Revenge of the Home Page" (42:59) Then, David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Julia Turner Producer: Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:59:01

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A Report From the Tom Brady Roast, Pat Beverley Stiffs a Reporter, and Kristi Noem’s Memoir-gate.

5/6/2024
Bryan and David start by recapping Bryan’s experience at the roast of Tom Brady. Then, they discuss the reports and negotiations around the upcoming NBA media rights, and what it could mean for the ‘Inside the NBA’ on TNT (23:37). They also talk about Milwaukee Bucks guard Patrick Beverley not allowing a media member to participate in a media scrum for not subscribing to his podcast (29:11). Later in the Notebook Dump, they talk of Kristi Noem being “misquoted” in her memoir, followed by The Old Guy’s Still Got It, The Tad Friend Rule, and Only in Journalism (39:02).Plus the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Producer: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:54:58

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NBC Vs. TNT for the NBA, College Reporters Covering the Protests, Stephen A. Smith on Mike Trout, and the Baseball Beat With The Athletic’s Andy McCullough

5/2/2024
Hello, media consumers! Bryan welcomes Andy McCullough, a writer for The Athletic and the author of the upcoming Clayton Kershaw biography ‘The Last of His Kind.’ They start off by discussing NBC's and TNT’s bidding for the NBA’s TV rights and what the NBA would look like without TNT (01:47). Then, they discuss the ongoing college protests over the war in Gaza and the student reporters covering it from the ground (13:12). After that, they discuss recent comments from Stephen A. Smith and Charles Barkley (25:04). Finally, they delve into Andy’s career as a baseball beat writer, what it’s like to be on deadline every night, and the process of interviewing Clayton Kershaw for his new book (45:47). Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Andy McCullough Producer: Eduardo Ocampo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:10:22

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Joe Biden Does Howard Stern, NBA and NFL Draft Observations, the Return of ‘The Onion,’ and the ‘New York Times’ vs. the White House

4/29/2024
Hello media consumers! Bryan and David kick off the week with a headline we never thought we'd see: Joe Biden did ‘The Howard Stern Show’ (0:41). They then get into the following: A recap of interesting sounds from NFL draft weekend (8:43) NBA playoffs observations, rights negotiations, and Cari Champion’s LeBron James tweet (22:53) Bryan’s playoff grinch takes (34:02) Then, in the Notebook Dump, they discuss the following: Politico’s Eli Stokols story on the feud between President Biden and the New York Times (40:01) The Onion is back! (50:53) Graydon Carter opens a newsstand (53:04) Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, Only in Journalism, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Producer: Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:04:16

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Mock Draft Week in America, Knicks Mania, the Yankee Umpire Affair, and Howie Schwab Stories With Peter Schrager

4/23/2024
Hello, media consumers! Bryan is back on Tuesday and joined by Fox Sports senior writer and 'Good Morning Football' host Peter Schrager! Peter kicks off the show by discussing the move of 'GMFB' from New York to California (2:20). They discuss the NFL draft, starting with some draft terminology, how Peter puts together a mock draft, and more (7:04). Then they get into New York sports, starting with the Knicks' big Game 2 win and the electricity of the fans (32:54), and followed by Yankees manager Aaron Boone's ejection for something a fan yelled at the umpire (39:43). To close the show, Peter shares a few Howie Schwab stories (44:06). Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Peter Schrager Producer: Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:02:11

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Scenes From the Trump Trial, the NBA’s New Rights Deal, the Afterlife of the Alt-Weeklies, and Remembering Howie Schwab

4/22/2024
Bryan and David start the show by remembering Howie Schwab, who died over the weekend. They reflect on his legacy as a producer, researcher, and the final boss on ‘Stump the Schwab’ (1:00). Then they discuss the Donald Trump trial, at which cameras were barred from the courtroom and Trump struggled to stay awake (9:41). Afterward, they get into upcoming bids for NBA rights (15:56). They then talk about the Summer Olympics, how much of it they'll watch, and who will be featured (27:43). Later, during the Notebook Dump, they bring up the afterlife of the alt-weeklies (36:35) Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Producer: Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:50:11

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A Sportswriter Introduces Himself to Caitlin Clark, the Trump Trial Isn’t on TV, and NPR-mageddon With Derek Thompson

4/18/2024
Hello media consumers! Bryan welcomes a fellow Ringer podcast host, Derek Thompson of ‘Plain English,’ to discuss the following: Donald Trump’s trial not being televised (1:58) A sportswriter “introducing” himself to Caitlin Clark (11:28) Reactions to Uri Berliner’s essay, which details why he can't work for NPR (16:51) Derek's podcast about how boring the 2024 election is (35:45) Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Derek Thompson Producers: Eduardo Ocampo and Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:52:08

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How the Media Covered O.J., Masters Observations, and The Rock Backs Away From Politics.

4/15/2024
Bryan and David kick off the show by discussing Verne Lundquist, who recently called his 40th and final Masters. In turn, Bryan brings up a memory he and Lundquist shared (0:53). Then, they discuss O.J. Simpson, how he became famous, and how the media covered his trial (13:01). They also react to news that broke before recording the show: CNN cancels Gayle King and Charles Barkley's ‘King Charles’ show (33:20), The Rock doesn't endorse President Joe Biden, and more (36:42).Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Producer: Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:51:50

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Covering the Campaign and Trump’s Third Run for the White House With New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi. Plus: Thoughts on O.J. Simpson and 'Civil War.'

4/11/2024
Hello, media consumers! Bryan kicks off the show by discussing O.J. Simpson, who passed away this week (1:24). Later, he is joined by Olivia Nuzzi of New York magazine, who discusses Arizona's status as a swing state (5:16), covering Donald Trump’s third run for the White House (18:05), and more! Before he says goodbye for the weekend, he shares six non-spoiler thoughts on the new movie 'Civil War' (39:08). Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Olivia Nuzzi Producers: Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:47:30

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The Post-Norby Era at ESPN, the Magic of Ian Eagle, Eclipse Talk, and Caleb Williams Takes With Chicago Radio Host Danny Parkins

4/8/2024
Hello media consumers! Today, Bryan is joined Chicago radio host Danny Parkins. They get into the post-Norby era at ESPN after the longtime executive, Norby Williams, was let go after being with the company since 1985 (1:53). Then, they get into March Madness talk as they discuss Caitlin Clark, Ian Eagle, and more. (13:22). To close the show, Bryan talks to Danny about his career and something really amazing he did in high school (50:02) Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Danny Parkins Producer: Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:59:20

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Why The Cut Goes Viral, The New York Times Becomes a Gaming Company, Reporters Steal From Air Force One, and the New Netflix Movie 'Scoop' With Amanda Dobbins

4/4/2024
On the Final Edition, Bryan is joined by The Ringer’s Amanda Dobbins as they discuss the viral first-person essays from The Cut, how it's doing them, and why they’re so compelling (01:56). They also touch on Lachlan Cartwright’s NYT Magazine testimonial on how National Enquirer helped Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign (20:19), The New York Times as a gaming company (29:26), and White House correspondents who have taken things from Air Force One (34:38). After, they give their thoughts on Netflix’s latest film, ‘Scoop,’ about Prince Andrew’s infamous BBC interview and discuss their appreciation for procedural newsroom stories (38:35). Then, David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Amanda Dobbins Producer: Eduardo Ocampo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:02:14

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March Madness Fun, Blasting Your Bosses on the Air, LeBron Speaks, and Declaring a Media Apocalypse Too Soon

4/1/2024
Bryan catches David up on the Ronna McDaniel–NBC catastrophe (0:50). Then, they get into The Washington Post’s profile on LSU women’s basketball coach, Kim Mulkey (12:37). Afterward, they get into some found sounds from March Madness, including one of the most mind-blowing calls of all time (23:09). In the Notebook Dump they discuss the following: LeBron James’s comments on his upcoming retirement (24:55) Whether or not the Media Apocalypse was declared too soon (28:03), Gannett and McClatchy drop the AP (32:54) Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Producer: Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:47:22

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One Year Without Evan Gershkovich With Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Emma Tucker

3/28/2024
Hello media consumers! Bryan speaks with Emma Tucker, the Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief, on the anniversary of WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich's imprisonment in Russia, the type of reporter he is, the charges against him, and more. (3:28). Then, Bryan gives some brief thoughts on the Ronna McDaniel–NBC News affair (20:57). Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Emma Tucker Producers: Eduardo Ocampo and Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:30:10

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Reporting the Shohei Ohtani Saga, The Washington Post’s Kim Mulkey Story, and ESPN’s Future With Jason Gay.

3/27/2024
Hello media consumers! Bryan welcomes Jason Gay of The Wall Street Journal this week as David Shoemaker is out on assignment. They discuss week two of Shohei Ohtani’s saga and how the fanbase of his former team, the Los Angeles Angels, are reacting (2:20). Then they discuss Kim Mulkey’s response to the “unpublished” story coming from The Washington Post (17:04). Lastly, they talk about the new ESPN documentary and what this means as far as the future of the company is concerned (31:17). Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Jason Gay Producer: Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:56:54

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LeBron James Is a Podcaster, the Shohei Ohtani Affair, and Covering the Royals with Jay Caspian Kang and Ellie Hall

3/22/2024
On the Final Edition, Bryan has two guests for you! First, he speaks with his former teammate Jay Caspian Kang of The New Yorker. They kick off the show by discussing the gambling story involving Shohei Ohtani and his interpreter Ippei Mizuhara (1:32). Then they talk about LeBron’s ventures into the podcasting space with JJ Reddick (15:17). Last, they discuss the first round of March Madness and the reaction from Oakland’s head coach Greg Kampe after their upset win over Kentucky (38:40). Then Bryan talks with Ellie Hall, who discusses the royal family and how they are covered by the British press (40:34). This podcast was recorded before the announcement that Princess Kate Middleton has been diagnosed with cancer. Then, David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Host: Bryan Curtis Guests: Jay Caspian Kang and Ellie Hall Producer: Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:07:00

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The Media Slips Into a Warm Bloodbath, the Craziest Scoops of NFL Free Agency, and the Twilight of Investigative Journalism.

3/18/2024
Bryan and David kick off the show discussing a think piece in the Semafor from Max Tani on how hard it is to get a tough story out there (0:52), plus some good news about ‘Sports Illustrated’ (14:12). Then they discuss Donald Trump using the word “bloodbath” while campaigning in Dayton, Ohio (15:50). In the Notebook Dump, they discuss some of the funny tweets surrounding NFL free agency (27:45), as well as ‘New York Times’ obituaries and who meets the bar to get one (31:53), followed by this week’s media test (0:00) Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Producer: Brian H. Waters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:48:49