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Hysteria

Political commentator and comedy writer Erin Ryan and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco are joined by a bicoastal squad of funny, opinionated women to talk through everything from reproductive rights to romcoms. They break down the political news of the week, plus the topics, trends, and cultural stories that affect women’s lives.

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"Help Your Mother!"

This week Erin is joined by Megan Gailey and Grace Parra to celebrate Penny Marshall’s legacy and NY Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s epic takedown of the Trump Foundation. Then, we ponder why the holidays bring out 1950’s gender roles. Plus, incoming chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Karen Bass stops by to discuss what happens when Democrats take over the House in mere weeks. Finally, in a very special edition of the Hills We’ll Die on, we roast some the the holiday’s most beloved Christmas songs! Sorry *NSYNC.

1hr 13mins

20 Dec 2018

Rank #1

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"A Lady Wave"

This week, we take a moment to enjoy the sweet taste of 2018 victory before we start full steam ahead into 2020. Erin is joined by Kiran Deol and Alyssa Mastromonaco to break down everything that went down on election night, and all the firsts female candidates and voters achieved. Then, Erin talks with a very happy EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock about how women are the present and future of progressive politics. Plus, as always, our Hills!

1hr 7mins

8 Nov 2018

Rank #2

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"What's Wrong With Men?"

We’re back, and more adamant than ever! This week, Erin is joined by Grace Parra, Kiran Deol and brand new member of the Hysteria fam Michaela Watkins to discuss the age old question: “Men: U Ok?” It turns out: not really! Plus Alyssa Mastromonaco calls in to debrief on the State of the Union and reflect on the AOC cape energy we’re bringing to 2019! And as always: the hills we’ll die on. 

1hr 12mins

7 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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"Republican Chicken" (with Nicole Byer )

Grace Parra and Megan Gailey join Erin Ryan to discuss the ongoing US invasion of the uterus, whether or not Homeland Security secretary Kiersten Nielsen should quit, and women who dunk. Then, comedian and Nailed It host Nicole Byer joins us to talk about workplace harassment, Dude You Asked and an island resort for women. 

1hr 6mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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"Ok Gloria Steinem" (with Gloria Steinem)

This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco answer the burning question: how many guys can Gordon Sondland throw under a single bus? Plus Virginia State Senator Jennifer McClellan calls in to talk about how close we are to ratifying the ERA. Then, Gloria Steinem joins in-studio with Tien Tran and Megan Gailey to discuss the past, present and future of the feminist movement; give us a second we’re still recovering. Then as always, our Hills.

1hr 23mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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"America’s Babadook"(with Francesca Fiorentini)

This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about how the old timey sexism of dress codes isn't actually that old timey at all. Then, Francesca Fiorentini joins Tien Tran and Kiran Deol to talk about ghosts: as in the kind that haunt abandoned amusement parks and the kind that haunt our nation's history. Then, as always, our hills. 

1hr 17mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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"December Scaries"

This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss this most Devin of news cycles, and chat with NARAL president Ilyse Hogue about Ohio’s magical new law and what is to be done when we live in a snow globe of tears and lies. Then, Megan Gailey, Naomi Ekperigin, and Grace Parra join in-studio to talk about the pressure to be happy, what it means to be depressed, and crying about macaroni with too much cheese in it. Then, as always, our hills.

1hr 15mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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"Meat Robots"

This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco reflect on who they’re thankful for and share their favorite things to make on Thanksgiving (yes; that includes Sangria!) Then, Naomi Ekperigin and Tien Tran join them in-studio to discuss our evolving relationship with our bodies. And as always our Hills.A heads up: we talk frankly about bodies and body image throughout the episode, subject matter that isn’t healthy for some groups. If you’re struggling with ED and you’d like to talk to somebody: (800) 931-2237 gets you the National Eating Disorders Helpline. You can also chat with somebody on their website: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline

1hr 16mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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"Virginity is a Construct"

This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss why the news has gotten so hacky. Then Kiran Deol, Tien Tran and Priyanka Aribindi join in-studio to discuss society’s obsession with virginity. Finally, as always, our Hills. 

1hr 16mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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"Bitch, I Care" (with Allison Williams)

This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco unpack the hellish hellscape of a hell week, from what’s happening in Alabama, Georgia and beyond and what can be done. No thanks to Susan Collins. Then, we've got a special treat for Personal/Political-- actor Allison Williams joins Naomi Ekperigin and Megan Gailey in studio to talk about how sometimes, when everything seems terrible, putting on fake eyelashes and a wig and sashaying glamorously out into the world can make things feel a little less awful. And, as always, the hills we'll die on. 

1hr 15mins

16 May 2019

Rank #10

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"Ghost Of Your Penis"

This week Erin is joined by Megan Gailey and Grace Parra to meditate on the merits of “horseface” as an insult, parse all the ways USA gymnastics has fucked up, and repeatedly smack our foreheads over Hillary Clinton’s latest comments on Monica Lewinsky. Then, a palate cleanser: the hosts showcase a few inspirational women in governor’s races. Later, Erin chats with New York Mag’s Rebecca Traister about where all this female rage came from and what to do with it. And still later: Ziwe Fumudoh and Blair Imani debut a new segment called “Let Get Uncomfy!” And as always we lay out the Hills We’ll Die on.

1hr 15mins

18 Oct 2018

Rank #11

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"Trophy Women" (with Kara Brown)

This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss how little the young royals care for the young Trumps, Hope Hicks (Our Lady Of Perpetual Self-Pity), and whether Elizabeth Warren was right to shun Fox News. Then, it's a Keep It/ Hysteria crossover episode when Kara Brown joins Megan Gailey and Tien Tran to talk about competition and how it brings out our best and our worst. And this week, another special treat as Erin chats with Rebecca Nagle, the host of This Land, a new Crooked Media podcast. And, as always, the hills we'll die on. 

1hr 41mins

6 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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"Charlotte’s Web of Lies"

This week Erin Ryan is joined by Kiran Deol, Tien Tran and Dana Schwartz to talk about the invisible labor that women take on. Plus Alyssa Mastromonaco calls in to dissect why the media is so obsessed with qualifying female presidential candidate’s likability. And as always: our Hills.

1hr 8mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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"Make Amend(ment)s"

Erin, Alyssa, and Ziwe find a new meaning to NRA, discuss the ERA, and find sad-gress in the Emmy nominations. Also: This Week in Sorry, dumb hills we will die on, an important update on dick pics, and we pay our final respects to Alyssa’s cat emeritus, Bun. 

56mins

19 Jul 2018

Rank #14

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"We Solved Feminism!"

This week Erin Ryan is joined by Megan Gailey, Naomi Ekperigin and Tien Tran to discuss all the different facets of feminism and why yelling “GIRL POWER” at things isn’t enough. Plus, America’s other soulmate Akilah Hughes fills in for Alyssa to break down the news and why Gayle King is now officially on our Hysteria Women's History Month vision board. And as always: our Hills.

58mins

7 Mar 2019

Rank #15

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"Bye Harvey"

This week  Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco discuss the moderators’ poor performances at Tuesday debate and get to the bottom of what the fuck is going on with Chris Matthews. Then Grace Parra and Kiran Deol join in-studio to parse out their feelings after the Weinstein verdict. Then as always our hills.

1hr 5mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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"Can We Be Friends?"

This week Erin is joined by Michaela Watkins, Grace Parra and Dana Schwartz as they attempt to navigate the minefields and Elysian Fields of female friendships. Making friends is hard; dumping friends is even harder! Plus, Alyssa calls in to rundown the bountiful list of kickass democratic women running for President. And as always: our Hills. 

1hr 7mins

21 Feb 2019

Rank #17

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"The Creep Community" (with Kathy Griffin)

This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk some awful news: the Epstein mess, and some good news: Elizabeth Warren making history, again. Then, comedian Kathy Griffin joins Kiran Deol and Naomi Ekperigin in-studio to discuss creeps, creepiness, and the fallout from Kathy’s run in with America’s Creep in Chief. And, as always, the hills we'll die on. 

1hr 37mins

11 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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"Listen To The Lady"

Erin, Megan, and Kiran shine a light on a group of congressional lady candidates whose accomplishments will make you feel guilty for binging that 13th episode of The Good Place last night. Then Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Erin to sift through the dumpster fire that is the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation saga. Who doesn’t love a breaking news story right before recording! Later the squad discusses what it means to be “me too-ed” in Personal Political and tackle I’ll Have What She’s Having and The Hill I’ll Die On.

1hr 2mins

27 Sep 2018

Rank #19

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"All By Myself"

This week Erin Ryan is joined by Michaela Watkins, Kiran Deol, and Dana Schwartz to tackle being alone, whether that's alone with your thoughts, alone in another country, or alone in your apartment and how those moments can be good for you. Plus, Alyssa Mastromonaco calls in to discuss boring liars, interesting liars, and dangerous liars, and about Joe Biden's seeming inability to apologize. Then as always, our Hills.

1hr 17mins

2 May 2019

Rank #20