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It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change,” by the Scorpions.Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth.Wind of Change is an Original Series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify.
 
When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral o ...
 
Brittany Packnett Cunningham is an activist, educator, and popular TV commentator—and a trusted voice for millions of people interested in social justice. Now, with UNDISTRACTED—an original podcast from The Meteor and Pineapple Street Studios—she aims her focus on the most pressing issues of our time through the lens of intersectional feminism. From the latest headlines to deep-dives with today’s most fascinating changemakers, UNDISTRACTED is your weekly guide to the revolution.
 
For the past two years, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow has been following a trail of clues from his investigation of Harvey Weinstein to other blockbuster stories about the systems that protect powerful men accused of terrible crimes in Hollywood, Washington, and beyond. But he didn’t bring that information to light on his own. A compelling cast of sources—from brave whistleblowers to shadowy undercover operatives—decided the fate of these investigations, sometimes risking ev ...
 
In the 1980s the “male exotic dancers” of Chippendales were everywhere, selling the promise of women’s liberation for the price of a few dollars in a g-string. But behind the powerful mullets, oiled pecs, and non-stop parties lies a much darker story of greed, corruption and murder. Historian Natalia Petrzela exposes one of the great, sordid, unexamined stories in American culture.
 
When Matthew MaGill died alone in the woods on the Florida-Georgia border, he left behind a box filled with the artifacts of an incredible life: from Broadway in the 1970s, to a 747 hijacking, to the culture of drugs and luxury cars in 1980s Florida. A series of coincidences leads reporter Eric Mennel to the box, sending him on a five-year search to understand the truth about its owner. But as Mennel learns who Matthew MaGill really was, he is confronted with questions about his own life, hi ...
 
From professional whiner and award-winning drunk Matt Bellassai comes Unhappy Hour, the podcast about everything we love to hate. Join Matt, his co-host Bari, and their special guests as they vent about all things political, personal and cultural. Because nothing brings people together like good complaining. Leave us a voicemail on our rant hotline at: (601) 600-RANT (7268). Support this pod and wear your unhappiness LOUD and PROUD by buying our merch at unhappyhourshop.com.
 
Nina Gilden Seavey was twelve on May 5, 1970, the day an Air Force building in St. Louis burned to the ground. Her dad represented a young man accused of the crime: Howard Mechanic. Facing serious federal time, Howard went on the run and became one of the longest-running fugitives in U.S. history. As an adult, Nina picked up the trail. What ever happened to Howard Mechanic? This eight-part series is the tangled story of her search for answers. Hundreds of Freedom of Information requests. Hun ...
 
Remember when Monica allegedly punched Brandy right before they performed live at the MTV Video Music Awards? When Freaknik took over Atlanta, and changed the game for parties everywhere? When tasteless critics panned Mariah Carey’s Glitter? (#JusticeforGlitter!) When Beyonce told Farrah that someone could send her luggage? We do!Back Issue tells the stories behind formative moments in pop culture. In each episode we look back at some of the moments that shook us, that changed us. Join Tracy ...
 
In Doctor’s Log, a new podcast from The Meteor and Pineapple Street Studios, Dr. Esther Choo, an emergency room physician in Portland, Oregon, will deliver a twice weekly report from the front lines of the coronavirus crisis: her own ER. She takes listeners into the real world doctors and nurses are facing now, as they grapple with the most significant health threat in modern history, and helps us all understand what to do to stay safe. For transcripts, please visit our website (https://pine ...
 
The Kids are All...Home is new podcast by Pineapple Street Studios for kids stuck at home, by kids stuck at home. Featuring voices from all around the world, each episode will show us what it's like for kids to be stuck at home and what they're doing to fill their time. A fun activity for parents and their children.Visit http://pineapple.fm/stuck-at-home to see how you can participate, and you can send your recordings to StuckAtHome@Pineapple.fm.
 
Season 3 of Fortune Favors the Bold takes on real questions from real people — financial questions that everyone thinks about, but no one talks about. With host Ashley C. Ford, we'll be putting those questions out in the open, exploring how money is tangled up in everything and finding the answers through our own “Financial Identity”. New episodes premiere in January 2020. This is the official Mastercard podcast, produced in partnership with Pineapple Street Studios
 
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New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones is the creator of The 1619 Project, a multimedia effort about the legacy of slavery, and how it still informs American life. It won her a Pulitzer Prize, much praise—and relentless ire from the right, including an ongoing assault from Mitch McConnell, who wants it banned from school curriculums. …
 
Birds in the chimney, $3000 of Spongebob Popsicles, and diving deep into all those dang notifications on your phone. After that, we have journalist Rachel Handler on the pod to talk about everything from High School Musical 2 conspiracy theories to literal pasta investigations. For DBWP, we're following @runaapi on Instagram and taking the AAPI Vis…
 
If y’all assumed Kimberly Drew didn’t know her way around a board, then you’re wrong. This week Kimberly swag surfs her way into a dynamic conversation with CEO and founder of Black Girls Surf, Rhonda Harper. Rhonda has been surfing for decades, and after riding waves in Hawaii, California, and Senegal, she’s now planting roots in South Africa. Rho…
 
In the year of our lord 2021, we need all the faith we can get—so it felt like the perfect time to invite comedian/actress Yvonne Orji (Molly from HBO’s Insecure) onto the show to share her lessons from “Da Good Book” a.k.a. the Bible. Author of the new advice guide, “Bamboozled by Jesus,” Orji joins Brittany Packnett Cunningham for a laugh-out-lou…
 
Prancer the Man-Hating Chihuaua, Bavarian creme and deep diving into Mother's Day gifts. After that, we have author Robbie Couch on the podcast to talk about his book Sky Blues, roller coasters, and birds. For DBWP, we're celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Bari suggests you follow Lunar: The Asian-Jewish Film Project; they …
 
Director and photographer Annie Bercy has been creating in film since the days before selfies, and in this past year has produced work for artists such as Cardi B, SZA, and Ciara. For this episode, Annie sat down with Kimberly Drew to talk about motivation, faith, and her new short Riley, produced in collaboration with Hulu for Your Attention Pleas…
 
The state of our blue planet can feel dire—because it is. California wildfires, Midwestern droughts, Southern floods, and global food insecurity. But marine biologist and climate justice expert Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson believes we can still make a difference—and that women are the reason why. This week, she talks to host Brittany Packnett Cunnin…
 
Flying turtles, the ultimate wedding venue hack, and diving deep into how our bodies are USELESS! After that, we've got writer R. Eric Thomas on the pod! We talk greeting cards, and Matt's Instagram. For DBWP, we're talking about dontcallthepolice.com, which highlights community based alternatives to calling the police in different cities. Bari fin…
 
This week Kimberly sits down with Pride Fund CEO Densil Porteous, who takes us home. He honors the memory of his mother, her influence on the values he and his partner teach their daughter, and how his work to financially uplift LGBTQ+ business is rooted in compassion. He invites us to be vulnerable, to dream, and to do the work. For more informati…
 
In a week that brought us Derek Chauvin guilty verdicts but also a relentless wave of police killings, it can feel like not much has changed since Billie Holiday sang “Strange Fruit.” Andra Day—up for an Oscar for playing the iconic singer—joins Brittany to talk about how Holiday’s life, as a “great-godmother of the reinvigorated civil rights movem…
 
A missing giant rabbit, ghost monkeys, and diving deep into Matt's stoner thoughts. It's 420 babyyyy and weed is legal in New York and on this podcast! After that, we have journalist Dino-Ray Ramos on the pod to talk awards season, Marvel, and why red carpets are the worst. For DBWP, Bari recommends the book We Do This Til We Free Us: Abolitionist …
 
This week Kimberly chats with the founder of the first and only Black-owned anime studio in Tokyo, Arthell Isom. Arthell shares his beginnings as a kid from New Jersey who liked to doodle, and how his passion for background art lead him to his dream apprenticeship in Japan. Now, as the CEO and art director of his anime studio D’ART Shtajio, Arthell…
 
While he was working on Wind of Change, Patrick Radden Keefe was also researching and writing a new book, a sweeping investigative chronicle about the billionaire Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was ruined by OxyContin. This excerpt from the audiobook, narrated by Keefe, tells the…
 
Sophia Bush ruled the small screen in TV hits like “One Tree Hill” and “Chicago PD”—but on both those sets, the workplace abuse was real, she tells host Brittany Packnett Cunningham. Together, they unpack what three-plus years of #MeToo has and hasn’t changed for working women, and get into Sophia’s activist work—including how white women can bette…
 
Cats stuck in trees, lizards raiding the 7/11, and diving deep into the horrible fact that we must do things. After all that, comedian and actor Arturo Castro (Broad City, Narcos) joins us on the pod to talk about coffee, New Zealand, and the new Netflix movie Yes Day! This week on DBWP we're highlighting the organization Norml, which advocates to …
 
What happens when fashion meets faith and spirit meets style? Twin designers Soull and Dynasty Ogun of L’Enchanteur speak with Kimberly about the importance of heritage and design. For these artists, discovering their individual style and the LE standard meant first reconnecting to family history, their West African and Caribbean roots, and centeri…
 
ICYMI– we dropped our very first line of OFFICIAL UNHAPPY HOUR MERCH! We've got dad caps, socks, t-shirts, and sweatshirts in a wide variety of colors for you to adorn yourself in. Go ahead and get one of each so you can Winnie the Pooh all over the place like Matt intended. So what are you waiting for? Head to unhappyhourshop.com to show your disd…
 
Headlines are already calling 2021 “the year of anti-abortion legislation.” State lawmakers have so far introduced more than 500 bills restricting the procedure. Host Brittany Packnett Cunningham speaks to Alexis McGill Johnson, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, who says “abortion access is hanging on by a thread.” Plus, Brittany brings …
 
BEST THINGS FIRST, WE HAVE MERCH! Head to unhappyhourshop.com to get Official Unhappy Hour hats, shirts, sweatshirts, and socks! Okay, now the show... Tree thieving frat boys, grocery thieving ravens, and diving deep into what we are not looking forward to when the world opens up. After that, we have actor and writer Brandon Kyle Goodman on the pod…
 
Where does memory lie and how can we bring it to the surface? This week Kimberly chats with archaeologist Justin Dunnavant, who’s made it his life mission to preserve Black heritage. He shares moments from his early beginnings in the field, his most incredible finds, and his hopes for the future of archaeology and the academy. Justin invites us on …
 
People may believe that gun violence went away during the pandemic because mass shootings slowed down—but in reality, gun violence overall hit a two-decade high in 2020, killing 20,000 Americans. On the heels of mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, host Brittany Packnett Cunningham speaks to Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action and self-d…
 
Greasy pennies, snakes in a dryer, and diving deep into your rants! After that, we have New York Times bestselling author and astrologist Chani Nicholas on the pod. She came to read Matt's chart and wound up reading his whole life to filth. FOR DBWP, Matt wants you to follow @RaquelWillis and @ChaseStrangio for their Trans Week of Visibility and Ac…
 
When Matthew MaGill died alone in the woods on the Florida-Georgia border, he left behind a box filled with the artifacts of an incredible life: from Broadway in the 1970s, to a 747 hijacking, to the culture of drugs and luxury cars in 1980s Florida. A series of coincidences leads reporter Eric Mennel to the box, sending him on a five-year search t…
 
This week, Kimberly sits down with Mississippi-raised, Houston-based urban farmer Jeremy Peaches, who built the largest aquaponics greenhouse in the city. He explains why farming is historically relevant, and why the life of a farmer has its own unique tune. When you think of a farm, you probably picture big fields, overalls, very old McDonald, and…
 
Amber Ruffin is breaking boundaries in late-night television with her witty and insightful takes on race, politics and history. She’s a writer and performer on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and the star of “The Amber Ruffin Show.” In this laugh-packed conversation, host Brittany Packnett Cunningham talks to the comedian about everything from …
 
Ancient bowls, homecoming queen hacks, and diving deep into the worst animals. After that, we have comedian Danny Jolles on the pod to talk about his latest stand-up special Six Parts (Free! On Youtube!), his love of sports drama, and more. For DBWP, we're talking about the horrific shooting in Atlanta last week. Please donate to Red Canary Song, a…
 
Digital technology has brought society far, but can it bring us further? Engineer and entrepreneur Asmau Ahmed says yes. She joins Kimberly Drew this week to share how her failures have led her to redefine success, and why she’s so passionate about revolutionizing big tech and access. Asmau also gives us a sneak peek at the blueprints for the equit…
 
U.S. Rep. Cori Bush made history last fall when she became the first Black woman from Missouri to be elected to Congress. Host Brittany Packnett Cunningham—a St. Louis native—talks to her Congresswoman about the long road to Washington, from Rep. Bush’s roots as a Ferguson activist to her no-holds-barred, wholly authentic approach to governing. Plu…
 
Chainsaws, Costco Cheese, and diving deep into our annual HOT GUY MARCH MADNESS!!! Who will make you the best house with their bare hands? Who's calming presence will lull you to sleep? Matt and Bari go through the bracket to come up with our 2021 winner. We tweeted out the bracket so you can follow along! For DBWP, Matt wants you educate yourself …
 
Jennifer King has been passionate about sports since her schoolyard days, when she knew she had an edge over all the guys around her. And she’s turned that passion into a career as the first Black woman to be a full-time coach in the National Football League. As a running backs coach for the Washington Football Team, Jennifer works long hours to ke…
 
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