Covering Kamala Harris and Listener Mail. Plus: Rodger Sherman on College Football Twitter

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker weigh in on how the Kamala Harris selection could affect the Biden campaign (2:15). Next, Listener Mail, where they answer the question, “Why does every celebrity who gets written about by the media have a great sense of humor?” (21:45). Then, Ringer staff writer Rodger…
Source: Covering Kamala Harris and Listener Mail. Plus: Rodger Sherman on College Football Twitter

Pandemic Sports TV and the Lincoln Project. Plus: Joe Sheehan on Baseball and Writing Newsletters.

With many major sports making their return, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss what they’re seeing on television and what’s catching their attention (2:15). Then they break down the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump PAC, and its recent ads (22:35). Then, baseball writer Joe Sheehan joins to discuss his career and…
Source: Pandemic Sports TV and the Lincoln Project. Plus: Joe Sheehan on Baseball and Writing Newsletters.

Sizing Up Biden’s Potential Veeps, Jonathan Swan, and Listener Mail

Joe Biden will choose his running mate next week, and Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker weigh in on the pros and cons for his potential vice president nominees (3:30). They then discuss Jonathan Swan’s AXIOS interview with President Trump, and how Swan’s interview tactics worked in his favor (22:10). Then,…
Source: Sizing Up Biden’s Potential Veeps, Jonathan Swan, and Listener Mail

Biden’s Veep, Ellen DeGeneres, Ira Berkow on Sportswriting, and More

As Joe Biden’s search for a running mate continues, Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down the media’s portrayal of the potential nominees (3:00). They then turn their attention to comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who is facing criticism after two BuzzFeed articles pulled back the curtain on her popular talk show…
Source: Biden’s Veep, Ellen DeGeneres, Ira Berkow on Sportswriting, and More

Media Notes on the NBA’s Return, Listener Mail, and Gustavo Arellano on Covering California

The NBA is back! Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker give notes on the restart (3:10). Next, on Listener Mail, they answer the question “Why should I support local newspapers again?” (20:30) Then, L.A. Times writer Gustavo Arellano joins to talk about his experience with reporting, food writing, and growing up…
Source: Media Notes on the NBA’s Return, Listener Mail, and Gustavo Arellano on Covering California

The Sports Comeback and Covering Portland. Plus, Diane K. Shah on Column Writing

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker assess the professional sports comeback given recent news of players and coaches testing positive for COVID-19 (2:30). They then turn their attention to Portland, where Trump has sent federal troops to enforce “law and order.” They discuss the warlike way Trump is treating the situation…
Source: The Sports Comeback and Covering Portland. Plus, Diane K. Shah on Column Writing

2020 Conspiracy Theories, Listener Mail, and Jordan Ritter Conn on 'The Road From Raqqa'

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down a few recent conspiracy theories, including QAnon, the Jeffrey Epstein case, and one related to Love Connection host Chuck Woolery (1:10). Next, on Listener Mail, they answer the question “What happens when you dream about ‘The Press Box’?” (16:50). Then, Ringer staff writer Jordan Ritter…
Source: 2020 Conspiracy Theories, Listener Mail, and Jordan Ritter Conn on 'The Road From Raqqa'

Chris Wallace and How Sportswriting Got Weird. Plus, Chris Mannix on the NBA Bubble

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dissect the interview Trump had with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, and Wallace’s unique position in reporting for ‘Fox News Sunday’ (2:30). Then, they talk about the strange position sports media types find themselves in as they cover the sports restart (28:10), right before talking…
Source: Chris Wallace and How Sportswriting Got Weird. Plus, Chris Mannix on the NBA Bubble

Sending Kids Back to School and Listener Mail. Plus, Justin Chang on Movie Reviewing Without Theaters

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker dive into the political battle about sending kids back to school in the fall, and what this means for the safety of kids, teachers, and their families (2:15). Then, during listener mail, they answer the question: “What do you guys think of the Bari Weiss…
Source: Sending Kids Back to School and Listener Mail. Plus, Justin Chang on Movie Reviewing Without Theaters

Woj-gate and Fauci vs. Trump. Plus: Christopher Buckley on Satire in 2020.

After U.S. Senator Josh Hawley issued a press release about the NBA’s relationship with China, ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski had a few words to say in reply. Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker break down Woj-gate (1:30). They then talk about the disappearance of Dr. Anthony Fauci from the media,…
Source: Woj-gate and Fauci vs. Trump. Plus: Christopher Buckley on Satire in 2020.