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The Femsplainers Podcast
77 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Last Call for The Femsplainers: It's Our Final Episode!
After nearly four years and more than 150 podcasts, we've decided to shut down the bar. Original c-splainer Christina Hoff Sommers joins Danielle for reminiscences of favorite episodes and guests, how their views and politics have evolved, and what they'll do next. Cheers, everyone
68 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
The Mistakes We Make Ruling on Human Nature: A Judge Speaks Out
From bitter custody battles to killer teens to the psychotic homeless, retired California Supreme Court Judge LaDoris Cordell has seen it all. She shares many of her more alarming stories and tells Danielle how our justice system can do better.
82 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
How to Transform Your Sex Life
The Femsplainers are on holiday so we are re-posting some of our favorite episodes: Whether you are 18 or 85, there's no reason you shouldn't be having great sex, says Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, director of the largest sexual health center in the country. She dispels many myths about female sexuality and offers practical tips from her new book "Sex Points" -- while Danielle tries hard not to blush.
83 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Is There Still Sex in the City?
The Femsplainers are on holiday so we are re-posting some of our favorite episodes: This week, Candace Bushnell, the bestselling author and creator of Sex & the City, regales Christina & Danielle with stories of the wilds and lows of dating after fifty, including getting naked and "cubbing."
53 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
It's Our Holiday Party! With Some of Our Favorite Guests...
Danielle hosts a holiday party with Christina Hoff Sommers, Molly Jong Fast, and Sandra Tsing Loh ... who brought along a can of gelatinous salmon loaf. Who doesn't love canned gelatinous salmon loaf?! Pour us another drink -- and see you in the New Year!
89 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
All I Want for Christmas Is You: Facing the Holidays When You’ve Lost Someone
Just as the number of pandemic-related deaths is receding, the number of gun-related deaths is rising. Summer Geimar's mother was killed trying to rescue her colleagues during the attack on the Annapolis Capital Gazette; Sari Kauffamn survived the Parkland, FL shooting but lost friends. The two young women share their stories with Danielle in the hope they might serve as a Ghost of Christmas Future warning to us all. PLUS: Pastor Lorenzo Neal, who's own mother was murdered when he was 5, offers hope and counsel to everyone who is grieving through the holidays.
47 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
When Women Abuse Men: It's Real So Why Don't We Talk About It?
Therapist and author Ann Silvers, who specializes in the domestic abuse of men, reveals to Danielle that it's more widespread than you think. And it's not just physical. PLUS: Andrew Sullivan and Christina Hoff Sommers join for a cocktail (and a blunt) up top, in a snippet from the Femsplainers' recent appearance on the Weekly Dish.
67 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Capote's Women: The High Society "Swans" He Loved and Betrayed
Babe Paley, CZ Guest, Lee Radziwill -- these wealthy, beautiful socialites defined an era and shared a friend in celebrated writer Truman Capote. Bestselling author Laurence Leamer takes us into their world and tells Danielle how Capote ultimately revealed its shallow brutality. PLUS: It's THAT time of the month for listener feedback!
78 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Becoming Bari Weiss: Was She Always This Way?
In an intimate and far-ranging conversation with Danielle, the former NYTs editorial writer describes her journey from nerdy Jewish girl to major thought leader. PLUS The Atlantic's David Frum joins up top to talk turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!
87 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
The Great Resignation: Why Are Women Not Going Back to Work Post-Pandemic?
Nearly 1.8 million women have dropped out of the labor force since 2020. Danielle speaks to two business leaders, including Delivering Happiness' CEO Jenn Lim, about WHY they don't want to return -- and what businesses (and women themselves) can do to seize this moment of reckoning to improve their lives.
63 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Girls, Guns & Grift: The Sexy Russian Spy Who Infiltrated the NRA
Mansplainer Tim Mak, author of Misfire: Inside the Downfall of the NRA, reveals how the male-run gun lobby was captured by a 20-something honey trap. PLUS: Shannon Watts, the pistol behind Moms Demand Action, warns women their guns aren't keeping them safe. At all.
85 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
I'm Tiger Mom, Hear Me Roar: Amy Chua Claws Back at Her Critics
It's been a decade since Amy Chua's seismic book, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom, was published. The star Yale law professor reveals to Danielle how that tough parenting worked out -- and why she remains undaunted by the students and colleagues who keep trying to cancel her. PLUS: Christina Hoff Sommers joins the cocktail segment to riff on the Dave Chapelle special and more.
70 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Even Witches Are Woke?! It's Our Hallowe'en Special!
The last in a line of Bohemian witches, Veronica Varlow now teaches spellcasting to celebrities and at corporate retreats. She explains to Danielle what it means to be a witch today. PLUS: It's That Time of the Month! Our intern Natasha Panepinto joins to share our listener reaction for October.
87 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
The World of Eartha Kitt, a Daughter's View PLUS Why Couples Cheat
Legendary singer Eartha Kitt survived a harrowing childhood as the daughter of a raped sharecropper. Her own daughter, Kitt Shapiro, has written a compelling and loving memoir of her mother that highlights, among many important truths, the importance of rejecting identity politics. PLUS: Podcaster Jillian Hamilton offers intriguing insights on infidelity.
75 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
The Decade When Adults Went Rogue: It’s Our ‘70s Show!
The 70s are remembered for the sexual revolution and the women’s movement, but rarely are these events told from a child’s view. Erika Schickel has written a powerful, painfully personal memoir of the time when moms and dads took a pass on parenting to live for themselves. PLUS: The Atlantic's David Frum, who wrote a definitive history of the '70s, joins Danielle for a cocktail up top to explain why everything seemed to be going to hell when they were both kids.
65 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
The New Puritans: The Return of the Scarlet Letter
Pulitzer-prize winning historian Anne Applebaum explains to Danielle why those whose behavior doesn't adapt fast enough to the new cultural norms face swift and merciless judgment. PLUS: Tina Nguyen, a star columnist of the new website Puck, talks about her journey from right-wing recruit to chronicler of the right.
71 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
2+2 = You're Oppressing Me: It's Our Back-To-School Special!
The politicization of college campuses is now happening in lower and secondary schools. FIRE's Bonnie Kerrigan Snyder, author of "Undoctrinate," tells Danielle how parents can recognize it and deal with it. PLUS: Christina Hoff Sommers joins the cocktail segment to discuss "wokefestation," debauched Royals, and the decline in male applications to college.
80 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
What if Mother Nature Used He/Him Pronouns?
The trend to define one's sex by "gender identity" and not biology is leading to the erasure of women's rights on many important fronts, argues The Economist's Helen Joyce. But, as she warns Danielle, few dare to challenge this radical re-definition of what it means to be a woman (or man). PLUS: Is the Taliban 2.0 ready to take on the empowered women of Afghanistan? The Council on Foreign Relation's Gayle Tzemach Lemmon says: maybe not. She joins Danielle for a glass of wine at the top of the podcast.
88 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Is Jeffrey Epstein's Greatest "Victim" Ghislaine Maxwell?
Investigative journalist Vicky Ward reveals to Danielle that Epstein's mistress and alleged procurer of underage girls may, astonishingly, play the victim card when she goes on trial this fall for sex trafficking. Ward takes us inside Epstein & Maxwell's sordid, shadowy world on our season opener PLUS: The Atlantic's Caitlin Flanagan joins Danielle up top for a cocktail-fueled bitch session on cancer shaming and Canadian vacations (but wait, she loves Tim Horton's!)
85 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Biology IS Destiny -- But That Shouldn't Doom Us to Inequality
In a groundbreaking new book, Harvard evolutionary biologist Dr. Carole Hooven reveals the far-reaching effects of testosterone on gender, sex, sports, relationships, and many more aspects of our everyday lives. But she says why we should celebrate these differences rather than decry or ignore them. PLUS: Danielle shares your listener reaction in this season finalé before we break for summer.
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