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House Party

Kyle Ishmael and Malik Wright go in on everything from politics, race, identity, and pop culture to twitter beefs, jumping turnstiles, drunk history, and churros, all in one smart, irreverent conversation on the Empire state of politics, party, and people.Kyle Ishmael (@kyleim) and Malik Wright (@likiwright) welcome you to the House Party! http://twitter.com/housepartyny

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“MeToo Joe”

Batsh*t Bernie…Nerdy Pete…Pochantas… Whatever Trump calls 'em, in about a year, NY takes center stage in the 2020 primary. Are we ready to win or ready for 2016 2.0? Plus, Jose Serrano retires. Is AOC MIA? Queens looks for a DA. Byford looks for $40 billion with cops on buses—‘cause that’ll totally work. Legislators pull an all-nighter and bans plastic bags while they’re at it. Cuomo pulls in $25K-a-plate at secret fundraiser—luckily his budget director was there to count ALL THAT COIN.

1hr 51mins

3 Apr 2019

Rank #1

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Feel The ❤️Bern

Bernie Sanders' heart is full... from the love he got this weekend in Queens! Does AOC really give his campaign new life? Plus, Cuomo uses the N-word to show how Italians were treated like the N-words. Rikers is finally closing. Andy Byford quits quitting. Tulsi drags Hillary to Russia. Oh, and it's the Season Two premiere! THE CAMPAIGN SEASON IS HERE!! For bonus content, join the party at patreon.com/houseparty.

1hr 14mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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One And Done

Team Biden floats a one-term pledge, which mayyyyybe, kinda isn’t the worst idea in the world… Plus, it ain't trickin', if you got it! Bloomberg makes it rain on the 2020 race. Adem Bunkeddeko goes full "Lion King" in his stunning campaign launch vid. Oh, and we decide whether our House Party faves have been naughty or nice! For our bonus conversation on the tragic death of Tessa Majors, join us at patreon.com/houseparty. Follow us at twitter.com/housepartyny. 

1hr 55mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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"The more, the merrier"

Depends. Even with all the super qualified women in the race, the media is still totally obsessed with the white dudes—groundbreaking. Plus, it’s official, HE’S IN! Meanwhile, America braces itself for a shoulder rub. For the record, we asked Obama not to endorse this podcast. Cuomo has 35 questions. We have just one: Why? Elizabeth Warren drowns us in minutia and solves the student debt crisis, while she’s at it. Ain’t sh*t changed. Black folks ain’t feelin’ Mayor Pete—time for a trip to Sylvia’s!

1hr 48mins

30 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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Everyone Was In The Loop

👏 ALL 👏 OF 👏 THEM! Witness after witness named names and dropped dimes on Trump. Now, Dems are one bombshell week closer to impeaching the MFer! Plus, Bloomberg goes on a “white male apology tour” just in time to launch his 2020 campaign—the timing is TOTALLY not suspicious. The groundbreaking effort to unionize NYC Council staff is really heating up! Oh, and we play a round of “Elect. Indict. Chill.” with New York impeachment players. For bonus content, join the party at patreon.com/houseparty.

1hr 38mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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"I'm f*cked"

Uh... yea, you are! The Mueller Report is here and it's BONKERS—even with all the redactions! So will Democrats finally impeach the motherf*cker? Plus, Byford might be going bye-bye. After congestion pricing, NJ is big mad, and they want NY to sleep with the fishes or whatever. Bernie, you in trouble, bro! And more "crazy sh*t" from Mueller's 448-page Trump novela.

2hr 12mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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Session 33 - CORONA

WASH YO F*CKIN’ HANDS 🤢!! Kyle and Malik talk the spread of the global pandemic: Coronavirus aka COVID-19 aka Corona Mad Extra aka the zombie apocalypse. First Junior, now Crespo, what’s good with these resignations?! Black folks saved Uncle Joe’s ass in SC. Time for the Battle of the Septuagenarians: Bernie vs. Biden. 👴 Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/housepartyny & IG at http://instagram.com/houseparty.ny. SUPPORT THE PARTY for $2.75 at http://patreon.com/houseparty

1hr 1min

3 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Kingdom Scum (ft. Na'ilah Amaru)

After years of abuse, harassment, and retaliation, the City Council “respects the process”, rejects expulsion, and gives wedding scammer Andy King a slap on the wrist—that’ll teach him! Plus, Advocacy & Policy Strategist Na'ilah Amaru crashes the party. Will Mayor Pete come out on top? Tulsi says ALOHA to the House. Oh, and we play a game with some very problematic pols! For bonus content, join the party at patreon.com/houseparty.

1hr 35mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Session 30 - eLeCtaBiLiTy

ANALYSIS PARALYSIS!! Kyle and Malik talk all the armchair punditry from American voters—just leave that to podcasters. Bloomberg is a racist-adjacent, egomaniacal billionaire, yet Black electeds are still supporting him. Klobuchar came in 3RD PLACE in NH. Elizabeth Warren’s gotta do better. Oh and, ALL BETS ARE OFF in 2020. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/housepartyny & IG at http://instagram.com/houseparty.ny. SUPPORT THE PARTY for $2.75 at http://patreon.com/houseparty

1hr 18mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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Cabán Against The Machine

All my people on the floor, lemme see you vote. I wanna see it! All my peop—ehh, y'all know the rest! It's Tiffany v. Melinda and the fate of the Queens political establishment hangs in the balance. Plus, Biden just doesn't f*ckin' get it. We want that Greg Russ NYCHA money. Carranza got carte blanche. Cuomo watches as New York moves left. Oh, and it's our SEASON F*CKIN' FINALE Y’ALL ✌️! For bonus content, join the party at patreon.com/houseparty.

2hr 9mins

25 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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Session 31 - Unconventional

1,991 DELEGATES!! Kyle and Malik talk how Liz Warren dog-walked Bloomberg at the debate—and everybody else for that matter. But Tio Bernie still won the sh*t out of the Nevada Caucuses and he’s looking unstoppable. We wonder if that’s enough to avoid the Establishment’s last stand at a brokered convention. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/housepartyny & IG at http://instagram.com/houseparty.ny. SUPPORT THE PARTY for $2.75 at http://patreon.com/houseparty

1hr 17mins

25 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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Fare Fight!

What do you get when you mix a crumbling subway system with severe debt, mismanagement, an army of hyper-aggressive cops, and poor, black and brown people? #CuomosMTA! Police are brutalizing riders—anything for $2.75, right? Plus, WFP is on a single-ride to the last stop. Geriatric New Yorker moves to Florida 👋. Obama cancels #cancelculture—ok boomer. Oh and it's time for electeds to #StandWithStaff! For bonus content, join the party at patreon.com/houseparty.

1hr 29mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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A Very House Party Holiday ft. "Andy Byyyford"

Oh, y'all thought we'd just leave y'all without a lil' somethin', somethin' to end your year?! From a historic NYS legislative session, to #CuomosMTA, BdB's run, Trump’s impeachment, presidential candidates galore, and everything in between, it's been one hell of a year! But it ain’t complete without a good walk back. So before we countdown to the New Year, we countdown some of our favorite House Party moments of 2019 with a very "special" house guest, as a holiday gift to you all!! 🍾 For House Party 2020 updates, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/housepartyny. For bonus content, join the party at patreon.com/houseparty.

46mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Cop Out

She had 99 problems, and misogynoir was just one. Kamala Harris calls it quits and supporters cry foul; but with campaign drama, money woes, and inconsistency, voters weren’t arrested by #Kamala2020. Plus, Amazon comes crawling back. Joe nearly f*cks up a voter—no malarkey! And so much for making America “respected again,” Trump gets teased by world leaders. Oh, and we react to that bonkers Gayle King interview with Bloomberg! Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/housepartyny. For bonus content, join the party at patreon.com/houseparty.

1hr 48mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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Tipsy History: Brooklyn's 45th District

Class is in session! So get a loan, bribe the coach, and bring your glasses, 'cause we're about to pour it up, pour it up on this special episode—I mean, online course. Learn the electrifying "history" of Brooklyn's 45th City Council District, ahead of the May 14th special election, from our totally sober professors, Kyle and Malik. Disclaimer: Kyle and Malik are neither professors nor sober. This episode is likely full of inaccuracies and we are not responsible for any miseducation. Cheers!

43mins

7 May 2019

Rank #15

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Late Boomers

They say you can't keep an ol’ blue dog down... even when there's NO path to victory and you’re late AF! But that won't stop Bloomberg, Deval Patrick, Hillary, or even Cuomo from seeing if that dog still won’t hunt. SPOILER ALERT: It won’t. Plus, Bill de Blasio & Cuomo finally agree on something—cracking down on the Churro Ladies and their delicious, doughy treats—it’s about time, right?! GOOD RIDDANCE to Pete King... you won't be missed. Oh, and who will be best-in-show? We pregame the November Democratic Debate! For bonus content, join the party at patreon.com/houseparty

1hr 53mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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Elections Have Consequences (ft. Sen. Zellnor Myrie & AM Diana Richardson)

And Albany just proved it! Brooklyn Senator Zellnor Myrie and Assemblywoman Diana Richardson stop by to chat about the groundbreaking rent reform legislation. Plus, No IDC NY puts the Assembly on it’s to-do list. Our guests plead the fifth on their 2020 picks, sorta. The Queens District Attorney debate was shockingly lit. And we say our goodbyes to Sarah Huckabee Sanders and a few others! For bonus content, join the party at patreon.com/houseparty.

1hr 10mins

19 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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Session 32 Pregame - No New Bail (ft. Erin Leigh George & Stanley Fritz)

For a swipe on #CuomosMTA, subscribe today for access to all feature sessions and more! 👇 http://patreon.com/houseparty

5mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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Puff, Puff, Pass: The State of Marijuana Legalization (ft. Kassandra Frederique)

New York State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Kassandra Frederique joins the party for a real AF conversation on marijuana legalization in NY. Kassandra is one the leading voices calling for legalization, as well as, restorative measures for communities most-ravaged by the war on drugs. In this conversation, we discuss this, legislative strategies, racism, the opioid crisis, what her family thinks about her work, and why it's so important to #TrustBlackWomen!

45mins

19 Jun 2019

Rank #19

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Session 29 Pregame - Mo Money, No Problems (ft. Sen. Brian Benjamin)

For a swipe on #CuomosMTA, subscribe today for access to all feature sessions and more! 👇 http://patreon.com/houseparty

3mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #20