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    Podcast #217 – Interview with’s Ali Barthwell


    Great podcast today with a first time guest, Ali Barthwell, from If you haven’t read her recaps, you should. I’ve linked to her two recaps this season below to check them out. I only started reading Ali last season, and she’s immediately become one of my favorite recappers of this franchise. Not to mention, her background in comedy, and she got hired as a writer for John Oliver this summer. She’s got a funny, unique perspective on the show, she’s been covering it since Chris Soules’ season so she gets the nuances, the tropes, and is aware of all the tired old storylines they bring every season. Being a black woman who covers this show as extensively as she does, I find that fascinating for all the reasons we’ve talked about numerous times this summer. I ask her about it as well and she gives a very well thought out answer. Great conversation with Ali and she will definitely be on in the future. As always, if you’d like to respond to the interview, … Continue reading

  • Reader Emails

    “Reader Emails,” Ratings, & Condoms

    Photo Credit: ABC

    Good times on this week’s podcast as I have on a first time guest, Ali Barthwell from If you haven’t read her “Bachelor” recaps on Vulture, they are a must read. I only started reading them last season, and I figured it was about time to bring her on. You’ll hear her on the podcast tomorrow as we talk about her career, how she got started, what made her write about this show, how she feels about the lack of diversity, her thoughts on Matt after two episodes, and much more. I think you’ll enjoy this one since Ali has such a unique perspective on the show and this season in particular and has some really well thought out opinions on it. Have others had her on podcasts before? Maybe they have, but if not, I can guarantee you after this week, more will want to speak to her. She knows her shit when it comes to this franchise. I’m excited for you all to hear her apperance tomorrow. You’ll want to hear her … Continue reading

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    The “Bachelor” Matt – Episode 2 Recap, Queen Victoria, a Mini Format Change Last Night, & More on Rachael

    Photo Credit: ABC

    Wanna hear about my busy day later on? Of course you do. So today at 5:30 I’m supposed to be recording this week’s podcast with “Bachelor” recapper Ali Barthwell from That’ll go basically right up to when I go live with Ashley Spivey for our weekly IG live chat at 7:00, then around 8:30 I’m going on a buddy’s podcast to record the awesomeness that is “Cobra Kai.” That’ll be a good 4-5 straight hours of work. Imagine that? I guess that’s why they pay me the big bucks. Or not since, well, only one of those even makes any money. So yes, join me and Ashley tonight for our weekly IG Live chat at 8ET/5PT. We are back doing it on Tuesdays. So when we first started doing these during the pandemic, we started on Sundays. Then when Clayshia’s season started, we moved them to Wednesday nights, right? (I already forgot). And now we’re on Tuesdays. So just like how the NFL had games on every day of the week this season for … Continue reading


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