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Hellbent Podcast is a twice weekly political news and commentary podcast by Devon Handy and Varsha Venkat. They aim to bring a heavy intersectional feminist lens to the male-dominated political commentary space. They are funny, fierce, and unyielding. Their conversational style and penchant for swearing make Hellbent a fun, engaging way to discuss politics

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Hellbent Podcast is a twice weekly political news and commentary podcast by Devon Handy and Varsha Venkat. They aim to bring a heavy intersectional feminist lens to the male-dominated political commentary space. They are funny, fierce, and unyielding. Their conversational style and penchant for swearing make Hellbent a fun, engaging way to discuss politics

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Simply incredible

By Callan_Holder - Jun 29 2018
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One of the best podcasts I’ve recently discovered. Can’t recommend it enough.

Mornin'n

By Mornin'nn - May 10 2018
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Luv it ...u "friends" should run for office.. Drexal is not a fem.. talks over devon

iTunes Ratings

415 Ratings
Average Ratings
360
12
6
10
27

Simply incredible

By Callan_Holder - Jun 29 2018
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One of the best podcasts I’ve recently discovered. Can’t recommend it enough.

Mornin'n

By Mornin'nn - May 10 2018
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Luv it ...u "friends" should run for office.. Drexal is not a fem.. talks over devon

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Hellbent

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Hellbent Podcast is a twice weekly political news and commentary podcast by Devon Handy and Varsha Venkat. They aim to bring a heavy intersectional feminist lens to the male-dominated political commentary space. They are funny, fierce, and unyielding. Their conversational style and penchant for swearing make Hellbent a fun, engaging way to discuss politics

Rank #1: 28: What the Actual Fuck, America?

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Devon and Drexel discuss race and education in America, and what it means that Paul Ryan is not seeking reelection in November.

Apr 18 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #2: 36: Butter This Guy's Bread feat. Aditi Juneja

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Devon and special guest host Aditi Juneja (lawyer, activist, writer and host of Self Care Sundays podcast) discuss Michael Cohen, John Kelly, just how disgusting this administration is, and the dangerous path towards autocracy that the White House is on. They also discuss Iowa's abortion bill that outlaws abortions at 6 weeks pregnant.

Devon also responds to listener feedback regarding Episode 114: Men Are Fucking Trash.

Follow Aditi http://www.twitter.com/AditiJuneja3

Follow Devon http://www.twitter.com/DevonHandy

Listen to Self Care Sundays: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/self-care-sundays/id1231811517?mt=2&i=1000411267950 (It is amazing!)

May 14 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #3: 65: White Men are Canceled Effective Immediately

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Devon and Sarah discuss the Trump administration's obsession with controlling women and the links between free or low-cost birth control and women in poverty. They also name the Dickwad of the Week.

Thank you to our sponsors for this week:
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Oct 09 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #4: 62: Don't Let The Bastards Get You Down

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Devon and Sarah discuss North Korea, the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, and professional athlete's protests against police brutality and systemic racism that. They also award TWO Dickwads of the Week.

Sep 25 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #5: 37: Smarter by Osmosis f/ Sarah Kendzior

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Devon and Sarah discuss how completely off-the-rails the news cycle has been lately. The dive into gun control, healthcare concerns, and the open investigation into Trump's obstruction of justice. They talk to the brilliant Sarah Kendzior, who gives them some serious perspective on Trump, authoritarianism, and what the hell to do next.

They also award the Maxine Waters Award in Badassery.

Jun 15 2017

1hr 29mins

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Rank #6: 38: A Fucking Grab Bag of Dystopia

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Devon and VERY SPECIAL GUEST HOST Varsha Venkatasubramanian (Hellbent's very talented researcher) discuss Title X funding, what a domestic gag rule means, the school shooting at a Santa Fe, Texas high school, and the violence against women that lurks behind mass shootings. Hellbent's favorite lawyer, Aditi Juneja, also joins us to help clarify the legal issues surrounding the Trump administration's attempt to implement a gag rule here in the US.

We also learn that Varsha can read in German, BECAUSE OF COURSE SHE CAN.

A special thanks to our sponsor for this week, Tommy John. They just launched a women's line of underwear and PJs and I swear it is the most comfortable underwear I've ever worn. Go to http://www.tommyjohn.com/hellbent for 20% off your order.

Using or trying our sponsor's products and services helps keep the lights on and anger flowing here at Hellbent HQ.

Follow Devon http://www.twitter.com/DevonHandy

Follow Varsha http://www.twitter.com/varshavenkat

Follow Aditi http://www.twitter.com/aditijuneja3

May 21 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #7: 16: White Men Need to Shut the Fuck Up

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Devon and Sarah discuss how distorted our view of Trumpland has become, some Russian-scandal bullshit, and the absolute tenacity of noted dickwad Michael Flynn. They award the Donald Trump Dishonor in Dickwaddery.

Apr 03 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #8: 63: "Firebrand" is a Helluva Euphemism for Bigoted Motherfucker f/ Natalie Montelongo

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Devon and Sarah discuss special elections, voter suppression and the GOP's turn to extremism, as signified by Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore. Devon sits down with Natalie Montelongo, the National Organizing Director for Voto Latino, an organization that mobilizes Latinos to get politically active and vote. They award the Hellion of the Week award to some true heroes in the fight against Obamacare repeal.

Sep 28 2017

1hr 22mins

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Rank #9: 70: The Age of Gaslightenment

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Devon and Sarah discuss Jeff Flake and the importance of charismatic dissenters in the Republican party, diversion tactics the Trump administration is using to take focus off of the ongoing Russia investigation, and give an update on the Jane Doe abortion story.

Episode title is a quote from the Twitter profile of Sarah Thyre. You can follow her at https://twitter.com/sarahthyre

Oct 26 2017

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Rank #10: 27: Raise Hell f/ Cecile Richards

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Devon sits down with Cecile Richards, past president of Planned Parenthood, expert organizer, and exceptional troublemaker. They discuss her new book, Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead and how Hellions can "raise hell" in their own communities, even if they have never been engaged with the political process in the past. We also get some insight into her fears, future predictions, and, of course, which Hogwarts house she's in. 

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Make-Trouble-Standing-Speaking-Lead-My-ebook/dp/B074ZPTRYT/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&qid=1523568951&sr=8-1&keywords=make+trouble

Follow Cecile: http://www.twitter.com/cecilerichards

Follow Devon: http://www.twitter.com/DevonHandy

Apr 12 2018

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Rank #11: 33: The Silence of Racism feat. Ashley Nicole Black

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Devon sits down with comedian, actress and  Full Frontal with Samantha Bee writer Ashley Nicole Black. They discuss feminist comedy in a diverse writer's room, talking to Trump voters face-to-face and speaking truth to power.

Follow Ashley @ashleyn1cole

Follow Devon @DevonHandy

May 03 2018

29mins

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Rank #12: 3: Sally God Damn Yates

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Devon and Sarah discuss egregious spelling errors, booing Jason Chaffetz, the never-ending insufferability of Brogressives™ and MICHAEL FUCKING FLYNN. They also bestow their weekly Maxine Waters Award in Badassery on not one but TWO very deserving women.

Feb 15 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #13: 73: Election Day 2017: A Blue Fucking Tidal Wave f/ Imani Gandy

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Devon and Sarah discuss the results of the 2017 election and what this means for Democrats moving into 2018. Devon also sits down with Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) to talk about her reactions to the past year and what this administration is trying to do to reproductive care.

Thank you to this week's sponsors:
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Nov 09 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #14: 12: James Motherfucking Comey

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Devon and Sarah discuss trolls, James Comey and the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, general fuckery in the intelligence committee hearings, and exactly how unpopular Trump is these days. They also award the Donald Trump Dishonor in Dickwaddery, formerly known as the Donald Trump Dishonor in Deep Shame.

Mar 20 2017

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Rank #15: 98: Good and Mad f/ Rebecca Traister

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Varsha sits down with author Rebecca Traister to discuss her new book, Good and Mad, which seeks to understand women's rage in the political space. 

Nov 02 2018

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Rank #16: 73: Kavanaugh. Fucking. Lied.

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Devon and Varsha discuss Hurricane Florence, on going family separation of immigrants at the border (yes, it is still happening), the murder of yet another unarmed black man and Brett Fucking Kavanaugh, dickwad and creep extraordinaire.

Please be advised that this episode contains material about sexual assault. Please listen with caution.

Sep 17 2018

58mins

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Rank #17: 75: Cartoon Villains f/ Renato Mariotti

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Devon and Sarah discuss the allegations against Al Franken, Don Trump Jr's Twitter messages with WikiLeaks, and the hot mess that is the GOP tax plan and how they're trying to morph it into another ACA repeal. Devon sits down with former federal prosecutor and Illinois Attorney General candidate Renato Mariotti to dive deeper into the legal implications of the Russia investigation.

Nov 16 2017

59mins

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Rank #18: 68: Brett Kavanaugh is a Little Shit f/ Dr. Phyllis Chesler

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Devon and Varsha discuss Brett Kavanaugh's nomination hearings and the anonymous NYTimes op-ed from a "resistance" member still working in Trump's cabinet. (If that sounds like a bullshit oxymoron, you are correct.)

Devon also sits down with author, professor, and feminist icon Dr. Phyllis Chesler. They talk about her new book, A Politically Incorrect Feminist, and discuss the nuance of modern feminism in the digital age.

Sep 06 2018

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Rank #19: 11: "So I Kept My Mouth Shut and Stayed" f/ Vicki Shabo

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Devon sits down with Vicki Shabo, Vice President of National Partnership of Women and Families to discuss the Family Medical Leave Act, or FMLA. This week marks its 25 anniversary since being signed into law. They discuss what FMLA has done for American workers, who is left out and where they want to see family and medical leave go next. 

Before the interview, Devon goes deep into the Trump administration's domestic violence problem and why rape culture is so pervasive.

Please check out our sponsor, The Night Call, a new audioBoom podcast available now.

Feb 08 2018

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Rank #20: 42: A Feckless C...ongress

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Devon and Varsha discuss Samantha Bee's use of a controversial word, Roseanne Barr's racism, presidential pardons and SCOTUS' non-decision on the future of civil rights for LGBT citizens.

Jun 04 2018

58mins

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