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V Interesting with V Spehar
V Interesting with V Spehar
Lemonada Media

Sometimes TikTok superstar V Spehar needs more than a minute to bring you the news. The Under the Desk News anchor is... more

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Throwback: Adam Conover Doesn’t Ruin V’s 40th Birthday

This week, we revisit V’s birthday episode! As a gift to their listeners, V invited one of their favorite comedians,... more

29 Sep 2023 · 53 minutes
Bonus: Environmental Justice and the Climate Crisis

Currently, the dominant framing of climate in our media and policy ecosystems centers stories, experiences, and thus solutions that serve... more

22 Sep 2023 · 45 minutes
Full House and Beyond with Jodie Sweetin, Cops on Campus, Elon Alternatives

Minnesota doesn’t want cops to use excessive force on students at school. Is that really so much to ask? There’s... more

15 Sep 2023 · 53 minutes
Cravings with Chef Karen Akunowicz, Breaking News Buzzkill, Homeschool Tricks and Tips

CNN wants to disrupt your favorite HBO show with breaking news alerts, and people are pissed about it. A rise... more

08 Sep 2023 · 59 minutes
Democracy vs. Christian Nationalism with Andrew Seidel, #SeAcabó, COVID Mini Wave

A non-consensual kiss at the World Cup has led to calls for a resignation, an investigation, and a mom on... more

01 Sep 2023 · 59 minutes
Bonus: What Do Communities Know That Police Don’t?

Spirit-centered activist and social justice leader Aqeela Sherrills is a firm believer that public safety can’t exist without the public.... more

29 Aug 2023 · 48 minutes
American Genocide with IllumiNative, Period Progress, Your Brain on Music

A shocking revelation about menstrual products has women pissed to learn how their tampons have been tested for all these... more

25 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Change the South, Change the Nation with Rep. Justin Jones, Patients Without Borders, Stay Outta Maui

More and more Americans are traveling overseas to get medical procedures they can’t afford in their own country. Is that... more

18 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Bonus: The Fight For Quality Sex Ed

V chats with advocates who are pushing for evidence-based, comprehensive, and inclusive sex education in schools. V asks 18-year-old Aspen... more

15 Aug 2023 · 51 minutes
Reckoning with Pop Culture with Aisha Harris, Postpartum Progress, Regal Beagles

A new pill could help hundreds of thousands of women who suffer from postpartum depression each year. Thousands of beagles... more

11 Aug 2023 · 56 minutes
Politics Isn't a Spectator Sport with Robert Reich, Mouse Trapped, AI in the UK

Blood from young mice could be the new anti-aging serum we’ve all been looking for. New virtual surveillance along the... more

04 Aug 2023 · 43 minutes
“Criminal” Animals with Mary Roach, Nineties Nostalgia, Scamming Seniors

A certain doll movie is making millennials feel all kinds of nostalgic for the 90s. Financial exploitation of older generations... more

28 Jul 2023 · 58 minutes
Bonus: How State Supreme Courts Defend Our Democracy

V chats with two retired State Supreme Court chief justices about the role these often-overlooked courts play in defending our... more

25 Jul 2023 · 44 minutes
Dying to Talk About Death with Nikki Boyer, To Catch a Serial Killer, Suing AI

A New York City architect is charged with murder in the Long Island Serial Killer (LISK) case. Sarah Silverman joins... more

21 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Bonus: You Can’t Be Rich, Famous, and Politically Radical with Jared Ball

This bonus episode was made possible by the Marguerite Casey Foundation. V chats with Jared Ball, professor of communication studies... more

18 Jul 2023 · 47 minutes
Propaganda & Social Media Politics with Sam Woolley, Prenatal Plus, Fieri Fallout

We celebrate a major win for women’s reproductive health in the form of a new blood test. If you didn’t... more

14 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Listen Now: My New Favorite Futbolista

We're off this week, but we wanted to share a new series we think you'll love! Who should you root... more

07 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
The Rebellious, Grieving Heart of Country Music with Ashley McBryde, Billionaire Darwin Awards, Chicken of the Lab

The extreme travel industry is leading more and more billionaires to die on dangerous adventures. Chicken grown in a lab... more

30 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Bonus: The Inequitable University Next Door with Davarian Baldwin

This bonus episode was made possible by the Marguerite Casey Foundation. V speaks with Trinity College professor and urbanist Davarian... more

27 Jun 2023 · 48 minutes
Collective Liberation with Schuyler Bailar, Reno-viction Warning, Cancer-Free Undersea

So-called “renovictions” are gaining in popularity, displacing renters and erasing affordable units in tight housing markets. What can whales teach... more

23 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Moral Panics and Urban Legends with Chelsey Weber-Smith, Nonbinary Wins, Deepfake Election 2024

Two performers made history this week when they became the first openly nonbinary actors to win Tony Awards. AI-generated images... more

16 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Possibility Modeling with Tre’vell Anderson, Cops at Pride, Shiny Horrible People

It seems the NYPD unknowingly painted a questionable acronym on the side of their cop cars for Pride Month. A... more

09 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Trans Resistance & Pride with Rep. Zooey Zephyr and Erin Reed, Abortion AF, Nap Activism

V shines a spotlight on four of their favorite nonprofits, from a comedy troupe of abortion activists to a theologian... more

02 Jun 2023 · 47 minutes
Great Art, Bad People with Claire Dederer, River Rights, Greening Up Gaming

A deluge of money is streaming into the southwest to incentivize people to save the Colorado River. The long-awaited video... more

26 May 2023 · 53 minutes
Whole Parenting with Jon Fogel, FDA Says Gay, Beneficial Intelligence

It’s true! The Food and Drug Administration has moved to allow gay and bisexual men to once again donate blood,... more

19 May 2023 · 56 minutes
Pageantry and Politics with Tally Bevis, The Future of Florida, How the Emergency Ends

In just the past two days, Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a huge package of anti-immigration legislation for the state,... more

12 May 2023 · 59 minutes
Throwback: The Hidden History of Home Ec

When most people think of home economics, they imagine women baking muffins and caring for practice babies. But this week,... more

05 May 2023 · 47 minutes
Inside 2000s MTV with SuChin Pak, What’s a News Desert?, Bat Signal for Singles

In light of big media personalities getting booted from their platforms and other outlets shutting their doors, V discusses the... more

28 Apr 2023 · 58 minutes
Inside the Ring with Bryan Alvarez, One Pill Too Far, Millennials Are Moving Up

As conservative officials continue to restrict abortion access, Republican constituents are starting to put their foot down. V explains why,... more

21 Apr 2023 · 59 minutes
Bonus: Show Me the Money with Mrs. Dow Jones

This bonus episode was made possible by Flourish Ventures. Today, V learns hard money lessons in an easy way with... more

18 Apr 2023 · 41 minutes
Light, Sweet Crude with Amy Westervelt, My Billionaire Bestie, Race Against Climate Change

Justice Clarence Thomas has been living the high life and not telling a soul… except all the people who dimed... more

14 Apr 2023 · 1 hour,
High Achieving with Christy Carlson Romano, 'Soros' This 'Soros' That, Off The Rails

The news within the news of Donald Trump’s criminal indictment is that anti-Semitic conspiracy theories unfortunately still prevail. V debunks... more

07 Apr 2023 · 58 minutes
Spaghetti Sucks with Dan Pashman, V’s View from DC, Get a Job, Kid!

Legislation is wildin’ these days. Fresh off their trip to Congress, V breaks down the who, what, and why behind... more

31 Mar 2023 · 57 minutes
Bonus: CARE for Women, Girls, and Global Equality

This bonus episode was made possible by CARE and P&G. V chats with Emily Janoch from CARE International about what... more

28 Mar 2023 · 42 minutes
God Loves the Gays with Kevin Garcia, This World is On Fire, Sinful Surveillance

A UN committee just released its newest report on climate change, and it’s dire. V explains the stakes, the goals,... more

24 Mar 2023 · 57 minutes
Real Self-Care with Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, Is SVB SOL?, TikTok on the Clock

Did this week seriously just turn from 2008-style panic to status quo? In a way, yes. And V explains all... more

17 Mar 2023 · 59 minutes
What Is a Conspiracy? with Dr. Orisanmi Burton, No Nuclear Deal, Bullfrog Breakfast

It’s the six-month mark of the revolution in Iran — what might the future look like? V checks in with... more

10 Mar 2023 · 57 minutes
Therapy Remixed with Dr. Courtney Tracy, Midwestern Might, What Was Monet Smoking?

The 2022 midterms broke up partisan gridlock across the country, turning four state governments fully blue. V walks us through... more

03 Mar 2023 · 59 minutes
Oh SNAP! with Gina Plata-Nino, Jimmy Carter’s Legacy, Beetlejuice... Beetlejuice... Equity!

In this episode, we go full fangirl over the incredible life of former President Jimmy Carter. V also zooms in... more

24 Feb 2023 · 56 minutes
Introducing: Pop Culture Happy Hour

We're sharing an episode from a podcast we love called Pop Culture Happy Hour. In this episode, Aisha Harris talks... more

20 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
Maintenance Ma’am-splaining with Mercury Stardust, The Ohio Fallout, GTFO UFOs

Several weeks out from the train derailment in Ohio, there’s reason to be concerned about long-term contamination in the area.... more

17 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
State of the Men with Jordan Harbinger, Congress Is an Open Book, No More Junk Fees

The state of this union is that V is back from D.C., bringing stories from the White House and quotes... more

10 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Civically Enraged with Sharon McMahon, SCORPION’s Sting, The Nazi Next Door

In places beyond Memphis, deadly police squads remain in operation. In Hobbs, New Mexico, abortion clinics have been banned. In... more

03 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Sperm Donor Secrecy with Laura High, EVs for Peewees, SNAP Out of It

This week has brought a lot of change for public health. On one hand, the first electric school buses have... more

27 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
A V Interesting Announcement

V pops in with a quick update: new weekly episodes will drop on Fridays! Yes, Fridays! So long, Tuesdays! Fridays... more

24 Jan 2023 ·
Better Boundaries with Melissa Urban, Resolution Ruts, Cigarette Butts

New year, new… ways to get hooked on smoking? V explains how tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds has been attempting to... more

17 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Bonus: Who Is a Criminal? with Toni-Michelle Williams

This bonus episode is brought to you with support from The Marguerite Casey Foundation. V sits down with Atlanta-based artist, celebrated... more

13 Jan 2023 · 41 minutes
Repro Comedy Show with Lizz Winstead, NFL Nightmare, Political Movers & Fakers

From the NFL to the halls of the Capitol, there were a few too many close calls this past week.... more

10 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Throwback: Funny Girl Rose Kelso Makes Us Laugh

In this New Year’s offering, V welcomes Comedy Central writer and comedian Rose Kelso. Rose uses her Long Island upbringing... more

03 Jan 2023 · 51 minutes
Listen to This: Rosie O’Donnell, We Want to Know... What Really Happened On Your Old Show

Go Ricki! Go Ricki! The V Interesting team wants to share this special episode of Raised by Ricki featuring another... more

30 Dec 2022 · 32 minutes
Listen to This: The Iran Episode (w/ Sally Kohn & V Spehar)

Fake the Nation is a series from our friends at HeadGum that we think you’ll love. Be sure to check... more

27 Dec 2022 · 56 minutes
Not-So-Naughty List, Advent-lanche, Literacy Lags

The holidays are here! And V’s got some festive facts that can liven up even the worst dinner conversations. From... more

20 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
The Buffalo Billions, Get Dragged, Be GLAAD

Oh, you thought the World Cup was expensive? V shows you how billions of dollars are spent annually on sports,... more

13 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Gaslighting and Yeeting, Lame Duck, Sweet Holidays with Cherry Bombe

Over the weekend, it was inaccurately reported that Iran disbanded its morality police. V explains what really happened. They’ll also... more

06 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Deck the Hallmark with Bran, Dan, and V

Hallmark has become an expert at cranking out holiday movies. And Brandon Gray and Daniel Thompson have become experts at... more

02 Dec 2022 · 49 minutes
Technocrats, Teddy Bears, Hospice for the Unhoused

Happy Giving Tuesday! Today we’re giving you a lot to think about, from how the U.S. government has found ways... more

29 Nov 2022 · 45 minutes
Listen Now: FIRST! with Kareem Rahma

You heard him on Tuesday’s show — now check out comedian Kareem Rahma on his new podcast from Lemonada Media,... more

25 Nov 2022 · 43 minutes
Famous Firsts, Legendary Lasts, Iran’s Revolution Powers On

We may have just bid farewell to Elton John’s touring career, but there’s so much excitement in learning about “firsts,”... more

22 Nov 2022 · 45 minutes
Adventures with the Female Indiana Jones

Alison Teal was literally born into a life of adventure. Raised by professional explorers, she’s lived in some of the... more

18 Nov 2022 · 43 minutes
Survey Says, Secret Fees, Secretary Buttigieg

Beyond candidate races, the midterms were a battle of ballot questions. V breaks down the impact these results will have... more

15 Nov 2022 · 48 minutes
The Price We Pay the Legal System

Imagine getting pulled over because your car’s tail light is out or your window tint is too dark. For millions... more

11 Nov 2022 · 47 minutes
Midterm Mayhem, Recuse Me, Iran from America

It’s midterm Tuesday, people! Did you know polling places used to have alcohol onsite? And that future elections could be... more

08 Nov 2022 · 47 minutes
Let’s Talk About Down There with Dr. Jen Lincoln

“Don’t have sex. You will get pregnant — and die.” This line was delivered by a fictional high school coach... more

04 Nov 2022 · 52 minutes
V in D.C., Christmas Creeps Closer, Our Rich BFF

That’s right — the White House invited V back! They recap their experience in D.C., where it was made clear... more

01 Nov 2022 · 46 minutes
Meet V by the Fountain

What are some nostalgic things you remember doing at the mall? For V, it was working their first job at... more

28 Oct 2022 · 52 minutes
Midterms Aren’t Mid, Zombies, The Power of Puerto Rico

The U.S. midterm elections always shake up politics, and this year is no exception. V breaks down how races all... more

25 Oct 2022 · 45 minutes
Throwback: V’s Secret Friend, Hank Green

In this fun past episode of V Interesting, V chats with Hank Green, the founder of VidCon and a true... more

21 Oct 2022 · 48 minutes
The Plan B for Plan B, A Bad Time for Birds, Doggone Cancer Treatment

This week, V is slinging history lessons. They unpack how recent executive orders from President Biden stand in stark contrast... more

18 Oct 2022 · 45 minutes
Go Ricki! Go Ricki! It’s the Ricki Lake Episode!

When V thinks back to their childhood, they remember rushing home from school to watch the Ricki Lake Show. That's... more

14 Oct 2022 · 53 minutes
McMessy, Columbus by Congress, The Life of a Gender Surgeon

When it comes to special-edition McDonald’s products, employees aren’t lovin’ it. V explains how adult Happy Meals are just one... more

11 Oct 2022 · 39 minutes
The Kids Are Alright - And Want You to Vote

What’s the first thing you look for on dating apps? Nowadays, the kids are checking for height and…political affiliation? As... more

07 Oct 2022 · 42 minutes
"Making Good Again," Restarting SCOTUS, Granting a Big Wish

Halloween isn’t the only spooky thing happening this fall. In Italy, the newly elected prime minister is unearthing some concerning... more

04 Oct 2022 · 41 minutes
True Crime AF with Ashley Flowers

It’s officially fall! Time to bust out the Halloween decorations, order an overpriced latte, and curl up with a spooky... more

30 Sep 2022 · 40 minutes
Woman, Life, Freedom! The Protests in Iran, Putin's Nuclear Threats, a Poet's Plea

It’s been more than a week since the death of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian Kurdish woman who was killed while... more

27 Sep 2022 · 44 minutes
Creating Safety and Healing Without Prisons

When offenders cause people harm, the criminal legal system is quick to cause more harm. The incarceration system is unforgiving... more

23 Sep 2022 · 40 minutes
Railroad Wrangling, Profits Over Public Health, From Buffalo Wings to The West Wing

Last week, you might have heard that the railroad strike was averted, but as V tells us, that's actually just... more

20 Sep 2022 · 33 minutes
Venting Isn't Processing, and Other Dope Therapy Notes

Coming out as a person seeking therapy to your partner, parents, or friends can be difficult, and sometimes even dangerous.... more

16 Sep 2022 · 49 minutes
Judgey McJudgertons, Ivy League Freebies, Dyslexic Superpowers

This week, V’s digging into how federal judges are chosen and how the Federalist Society plays a significant part in... more

13 Sep 2022 · 36 minutes
The Worst Club in the World

This week, V’s opening up about something very personal that has shaped the last seven years of their life. Through... more

09 Sep 2022 · 50 minutes
Faux News, Verified Scam, No More Wire Hangers

Today, V invites comedian and co-host of I’m Sorry, Hoja Lopez, to chat about how CNN is shifting the way... more

06 Sep 2022 · 39 minutes
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