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The Banter Blender

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Superlady extraordinaire Lisa Timmons (@timmonslisa) joins Ben to discuss local elections in LA: why people should get involved, what they should think about, and what's the deal with Measure S anyway??? (Spoiler: we're both against it). It'
Oh hello there. 2016 received such terrible reviews that this podcast decided to sit the year out. But when guest Jessica Ogilivie suggested that it was time to record a Banter episode, I realized that yes, it was time to return. Come listen
Just in time for this year's Black Friday spending bonanza, "The Banter Blender" throws down the geeky gauntlet to talk board games for a full hour. Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) is joined by his gaming buddies Brendon and James as they chat a
If it's Halloween, then it's time for "Banter" to get down with some hardcore candy rankings. Every year (or at least starting with last year), we sit down to discuss our favorite candies, and coming back to discuss this very important even ar
Jessica Ogilvie (@jessicapauline on Twitter) joins Ben Mandelker (@bsideblog on Twitter) to discuss a variety of topics. First is the fine art of bagel consumption and the use of the word "shmear." Then Jessica discusses her recent "LA Weekly
Kyle Buchanan, Senior Editor at New York Magazine's Vulture, returns to look back at Summer 2015 at the American box office. Specifically, Kyle and Ben talk about "Mad Max," "Avengers," "Jurassic World," "Mission: Impossible," and "Ant Man."
The beautiful Angie Thomas (Deep THOTS podcast) joins Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) to chat Emmy nominations and Caitlyn Jenner's ESPY speech. Did she deserve an award for courage? Also, there's plenty of discussion about "Tangerine," "The DU
Comic and journalist Louis Virtel (Hitfix.com) joins Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com, Watch What Crappens podcast) to tell us everything about his recent appearance on "Jeopardy," which subsequently went viral. From the application process to lif
Kyle Buchanan (senior editor at New York Magazine's Vulture) returns to "The Banter Blender" to discuss summer movies with Ben Mandelker (@watch-what-crappens). The two talk "Avengers," "Mad Max," "Star Wars," "Trainwreck," "Spy," "Jurassic Wo
This week on The Banter Blender, Ben Mandelker welcomes back Angie Thomas (the Small Potatoes podcast) to talk about a host of exciting topics. The two take on Easter Candy, Weight Watchers, Indiana's anti-gay laws, jambalaya, Passover foods, a
There's an all star panel of guests on "The Banter Blender." Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) is joined by Marcos Luevanos, David Clark (The Lyon's Lair podcast), and Angie Thomas (Small Potatoes) to discuss the week in pop culture: Leonard Nimoy
This week on "The Banter Blender," Angie Thomas ("All the Way") joins Ben to chat about the usual grab bag of topics: the measles outbreak in CA, Bruce Jenner's possibly trans journey, the controversy surrounding American Sniper, and, of course
"The Banter Blender" is back! Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and guests Jessica Ogilvie and Drew Staten kick off the new year by diving into the world of modern board games: Settlers of Catan, Dominion, and others. The group discusses what makes
This week on "The Banter Blender," Angie Thomas ("All The Way" podcast)and David Clark join Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) to rehash the Halloween weekend that was. This means bantering extensively about candy and costumes (and a little Annie Le
Musician Ryan Cabrera drops by "The Banter Blender" to discuss his new song, his Ryan Gosling tattoo, his hair, his career, and of course his time on "The Hills." It's a boatload of fun; so come on in and listen!
This week, we're joined by Damian Holbrook (TV Guide Magazine) who recently gained notoriety after his snarky Twitter dig at the new iPhone wound up in a Samsung commercial. We talk about how that happened, what the response has been, and how
Writer Jessica Ogilvie (Playboy) returns to the podcast to discuss the latest events in a summer of craziness. We start with Ray Rice and the larger question of can bad behavior ever be forgiven? This leads to discussion of Chris Brown and Mi
Calling all "Barefoot Contessa" fans. This week's "Banter Blender" is devoted 100% to Ina Garten — from her recipes to her friends and everything in between. Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Andrea Nawalanic hash it all out as they share the
'The Banter Blender' is working at full speed. This week, Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) is joined by his friend David Clark to discuss a wide array of topics, including their reactions to both "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Lucy." Plus, the t
This week on "The Banter Blender," Kyle Buchanan (senior editor, "Vulture") returns to talk movies. First, Kyle takes us inside last week's annual San Diego Comic-Con to describe what the experience is actually like. Kyle then shares some of
Lisa Timmons joins Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) again for a rousing go at the Banter Blender. The two manage to broach all sorts of topics: the World Cup, personal training, Special K cereal, neighbor etiquette, "Orange is the New Black," "Ga
It's "Big Brother" season, and what better way to kick off the latest edition than by interviewing last year's winner? Join Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) as he welcomes Andy Herren (twitter.com/andyherren) to The Banter Blender to discuss all
Writer Marcos Luevanos joins Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) to banter about all things pop culture. Going into the Banter Blender this week: Tinder behavior, the World Cup, personal training quandaries, summer movies, and just a dash of Big Br
On this very special episode of "The Banter Blender," Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) is joined by three of his high school friends: Michelle, Lauren, and Caty. The three immediately launch into a variety of topics, including Justin Bieber's rac
What better way to kick off your Memorial Day Weekend than by talking about TV? Michelle Collins (twitter.com/michcoll) joins Ben Mandelker (twitter.com/bsideblog) to talk about the season finales of "Survivor" and "Amazing Race." Along the w
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