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Episode 106: Choose Your Own Disaster with Dana Schwartz

On this episode of 18 to 49, Alaia is joined by Dana Schwartz, correspondent at Entertainment Weekly and author of the new book CHOOSE YOUR OWN DISASTER. They chat about what inspired Dana to write the book, the unique (and fun) format and the messiness of trying to figure your life out in your 20’s. CYOD is sharp, witty and unflinchingly honest (probably why she asked her parents not to read it…). The ladies also touch on the challenges of staying on brand, what its like to see celebrities and the not so great parts of online dating.

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Dana Schwartz is a correspondent at Entertainment Weekly, based in Los Angeles. She’s written for The New Yorker, The Guardian, the New York Observer, Marie Claire, Glamour, Mic, GQ, VICE, and more. Her  new memoir, CHOOSE YOUR OWN DISASTER was just released. (Tip: get it in paperback so you can flip around!)

She created a parody Twitter account called @GuyInYourMFA based on the people she’s encountered in fiction workshops, and another one called @DystopianYA about the tropes in all of the young adult fiction books she’s read. Her own (non-dystopian) YA book (AND WE’RE OFF) was published May 2017 by Penguin/Razorbil.

Learn more about Dana and her work at danaschwartzdotcom.com

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Episode 105: Won’t Your Me My Neighbor? With Hana Nobel

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Many of us grew up with this daily invitation from Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) and its the fitting title of wonderful, moving new documentary about his work and show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Managing NOT to cry during the course of recording, on this week’s episode, Alaia is joined by another big Mr. Rogers fan, Hana Nobel. We chat about why the movie earned a PG-13 rating, what we think about the upcoming biopic staring Tom Hanks and the surprising person missing from this new movie.

GO SEE IT (after you tune into this episode) and take a box of tissues with you.

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Hana Nobel a freelance writer fueled by late-night burritos. When she’s not writing, she’s attempting to play roller derby, giving food tours, talking about summer camp, wearing a jumpsuit, fighting the patriarchy, or carrying a book around in her bag that has overdue fines at the library. Hailing from the east coast, Hana is currently (accidentally) LA-based.

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Episode 104: Catching Up with Younger Seasons 1-4 with Kara Mayer Robinson

#TeamJosh or #TeamCharles? Tune in to this week’s episode of 18 to 49 as we dive into the delightful TV Land show Younger, starring Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Peter Hermann, Nico Tortorella, Miriam Shor and Debi Mazar.

On this week’s episode, Alaia is joined by podcaster and fellow Younger fan Kara Mayer Robinson to talk about the show’s love triangle, Liza’s fashion sense (or lack thereof…), our hopes for Season 5 and more.

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Kara Mayer Robinson hosts the celebrity-interview podcast Really Famouswhere each episode features a super-candid, intimate and in-depth talk with an A-list actor in TV and movies. It’s totally different from typical interviews and you feel like you’re hanging out with an old friend—or eavesdropping on a therapy session. Kara has interviewed huge names in Hollywood—like Chazz Palminteri, Tim Gunn, Ed Asner, Daymond John, Tippi Hedren, Sharon Stone, Christina Aguilera, Elisabeth Moss, Seth Rogen, Kevin Hart, Uma Thurman and more. She has a Master of Arts from Columbia University. Prior to being an entertainment journalist, Kara was a psychotherapist with a private practice in New York.




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Episode 103: The Royal Wedding

18 to 49 is back with all new episodes! This week, Alaia is joined by L’Oreal Payton Thompson of LT In the City to dish all about the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. It was a topic Alaia was content to avoid, but internet chatter left her no choice. LT is a feminist who is admittedly in love with love, making her the perfect guest to complement Alaia’s skepticism.

L’Oreal Thompson Payton is a Baltimore-bred, Chicago-based freelance writer and blogger with a passion for empowering women and girls. When she’s not busy writing, she can usually be found reading, dancing or binge-watching Beyoncé videos on Instagram.

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Episode 101: The X-Files Season 10: Original Order

10/13 is a special date for fans of The X-Files. For those not in the know, its the birthday of creator Chris Carter, and the name of his production company (“I made this!”).

On this special day, Alaia is joined by two of her best X-Files loving friends, Faiza and Justin, to discuss Season 10 – with a twist. The series order was rearranged before the episodes aired. Before recording, the trio watched in the originally intended order.

You’ll learn how these three friends found the show and get insights into what impact watching S10 in the original order had (hint, its better).

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Episode 100: 2016 Fall TV Preview

18 to 49 is back – and so is the new season of television. Peak TV shows no signs of being over and Karly from Core Temp Arts and TV Ate My Brain joins Alaia to discuss new and returning shows on your favorite broadcast, cable, and streaming networks.

Annnnnd, it’s episode 100. Woohoo!

Learn more about Karly at www.coretemparts.com or follow along on Twitter: @CoreTempArts and @KarlyVision

Pop culture questions? Feedback? Love notes? Send a message.

Episode 99: Black Lives Matter

This week, Alaia is joined by Mo of the TV Movie Mistress Podcast and Rod from The Black Guy Who Tips to dish about FX’s confounding drama Tyrant, which is back for Season 3.

In light of recent events around the country, the trio also discusses the Black Lives Matter movement (35:52), how it is (and isn’t) portrayed on TV, and Mo and Rod share how they think it could be handled.

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Episode 98: Digging Into Our Roots

18 to 49 is back! This week, Alaia chats with Mo of the TV Movie Mistress Podcast and Mickey Leon of The Curvy Podcast to talk about the History Channel’s 2016 remake of the icon TV movie “Roots.”

We dive into the acting, writing, overall quality of the series and the controversy surrounding the remake.

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Episode 97: Big News

We’re baaaack! We took a hiatus because…life! But we tell you why and what’s coming up. We even manage to get some TV talk in.  This week: Underground, Game of Thrones,  The Americans, Better Call Saul, The People vs. OJ Simpson, House of Cards, Girls and more.

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Episode 95: American Formation

This week was filled with tales of Americans and Crime and their Stories. On deck this week are reviews of American Crime and American Crime Story. Beyonce also got us all in #Formation and Brandi was present and ready for all the wonder.
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