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Backseat Rider

Summary: Journalist Anthony Ponce goes from the bright lights of a major news network to behind the wheel of a ride-share car, bringing you the real life stories of his passengers. From businessmen and baristas to strippers and students... hear the unique worldviews of people from all walks of life, as Anthony and his riders navigate the streets of Chicago. (interviews are recorded with full knowledge and consent).

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 #28 - Cringeworthy (Rebroadcast) | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:35:58

Anthony goes out with some friends and the conversation turns to: when each of their parents embarrassed them the most. Everyone had a tale, so he decides to take this topic to the passengers. Resulting stories range from low-grade embarrassment (her dad wore WHAT to drop her off at school?) to life-altering humiliation ("I could feel the Earth move beneath my feet.") GRAND FINALE: Anthony shares his own story, then ambush-interviews his own mother. This episode originally aired in April of 2017. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

 #75: The Moms | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:31:08

With Mother's Day around the corner, Anthony's passengers recount the moments that have defined their relationships with the women who brought them into this world. From the amusing ("Uh, mom? Are you smoking weed?")...to the epic ("she showed up to the delivery room...unannounced")...this week, you'll hear from a young makeup artist, a small business owner, a lawyer, a "former cubicle dweller," and a Chicago visitor who lost her mom way too early in life. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

 #74: The Lessons of Failure | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:29:17

What is the biggest lesson you've learned from a personal failure? Some things aren't truly "learned" unless they're born of personal experiences; oftentimes that means a mistake or a failure. This week, hear from a tae kwon do black belt, a high-performing doctor, two new parents, and a famous Hollywood actor. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

 #73: Call Me Entendre | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:43:45

When in your life have you felt a great sense of accomplishment? From sports feats and career milestones to break-ups and breakthroughs, this episode is a peek into just how different an "accomplishment" can be, from one passenger to the next. Additional music provided by ESCP (www.escpsound.com) This episode originally aired in July of 2017. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

 #72: Envy vs. Admiration | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:33:50

Think for a moment: what's the difference between envy and admiration? When have you felt each emotion...and why the distinction? In this week's episode, you'll hear from a woman who grew up the only black girl in an all-white neighborhood, a former college athlete, a shoe-loving college student, and an aspiring competitive eater. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

 #71: If it Bleeds... | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:32:17

After announcing a new TV version of Backseat Rider--soon to be unveiled on 'Good Day Chicago'--Anthony turns to his passengers for advice as he returns to the world of local news. This week's cast: a warehouse worker, a bartender, a CEO, and a psychologist. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

 #70: The Unbeaten Path | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 01:10:30

This week: role reversal on Backseat Rider! For the first time ever, Anthony goes from the driver seat to his own back seat, letting a fellow podcaster take control of the car and the questions. Sean Sechrist is the Chicago-based host and creator of Unbeaten Path (https://apple.co/2pZv6vA), a podcast that explores the ins and outs of risk-taking. In today's conversation, Sean asks Anthony about everything from his musical background, to the lowest moments of his entrepreneurial venture, top interviewing tips, setting "systems" instead of goals, and advice for other people considering taking a risk in life. Articles/blogs/social media mentioned during this week's interview: Author Scott Adams on systems vs. goals http://bit.ly/2H6eGc3 Film Director Robert Rodriguez on breaking from the heard http://bit.ly/2pZczzl Find Sean's podcast at UBPath.com and follow him on Instagram at UnbeatenPath_ * Today's episode is brought to you by Geico (www.geico.com) and Truecar (www.truecar.com) *

 #69: Fifteen Minutes of Fame | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:36:22

"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." It's been 50 years since Andy Warhol was credited with that quote, coining the phrase "15 minutes of fame." In honor of Anthony expanding Backseat Rider into a Chicago TV segment, he asks this week's passengers about their own "15 minutes." This episode explores society's obsession with celebrity and makes us question our definition of "success": is it personal satisfaction or validation from the outside world? -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

 #68: Searching for Big Al | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:43:25

Another school shooting--this one in Maryland--comes just days before another national day of protest against gun violence. With March for Our Lives scheduled for Saturday and National Walkout Day this past week, gun reform is top-of-mind for many Americans, including this week's backseat riders. In this episode, Anthony gets candid perspective from a suburban father who champions responsible gun ownership, a woman who lost her nephew to gun violence, and the owner of an AR-15 rifle (the same kind used to kill 17 high school students in Parkland, FL) -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

 #67: Crystal Meth...and Staging Sex (EXPLICIT) | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:53:25

Sex and drugs take centerstage when the Lyft app pairs Anthony with a former model whose addiction to crystal meth derailed his life. Hear the unfiltered story of how the addiction started ("I used to get tipped in crystal meth from the drag queens"), how he paid for it ("hustling for the drug with men"), and ultimately...how he finally broke free. Later in the episode: a fascinating look at the career of a woman who choreographs sex scenes on stage. NSFW! -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

 #66: Birth Order | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:41:00

Are you the oldest? The baby? A middle child? The only child? How has your birth order affected who you are today? In this episode, Anthony's passengers delve deep into both painful and uplifting territory: how a pick-up basketball game changed two brothers forever, how a woman's vivid dreams of letting her sister die still haunt her, the loneliness of an only child, and how narcissism, mental illness, bad behavior, and age differences all manifest in real peoples' lives. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

 #38: Songs | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:42:46

If you had to choose one song that's had the biggest impact on your life, which one would it be? In this episode, Anthony takes this question to the Backseat Riders...yielding some compelling back-stories, including: the song that helped a passenger recover from being victimized by "liars and thieves," a man who walked in on his cheating girlfriend, a woman who escapes an emotionally abusive relationship, and how one piece of jazz music has come to define both the ups and downs of one passenger's life. This is a rebroadcast of a story first released in June 2017. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

 #65: Thirty-Eight Minutes | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:38:49

On January 13th, an emergency alert reporting an inbound ballistic missile sent Hawaii into a state of panic. It turned out to be a false alarm, but for a period of up to 38 minutes, thousands of residents and tourists thought they might die. In this episode, a couple there on their honeymoon tell the story of what those 38 minutes were like...from their initial nonchalance to eventually placing "goodbye" phone calls to their loved ones. Anthony's other passengers share the stories of their own life-or-death moments, which range from home invasions and armed robberies, to car accidents, muggings, and a near-miss at an amusement park. Join the Backseat Rider Facebook Community at https://t.co/qaFOi6. New Lyft users: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit. This episode is sponsored by Truecar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

 #64: The One | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:32:41

It's Valentine's Day - a perfect chance for Anthony to probe his passengers about their love lives. How did they find love? Do they believe they're with "the one"? This week's cast: a small-town 4th grade teacher, a nurse at a prestigious hospital, a real estate agent married to a Chicago doctor, and a 24-year-old who suffers from panic attacks. Join the Backseat Rider Facebook Community at https://t.co/qaFOi6. New Lyft users: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit. This episode is sponsored by Truecar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

 #63: Shouldn'ta Seen It | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:44:17

Have you ever seen anything that you were not "supposed" to see? This week: how one passenger found out a loved one was a prostitute, what one woman did after witnessing a hit-and-run, and for one man...the long-term impact of walking in on his mom having sex when he was 8 years old. Join the Backseat Rider Facebook Community at https://t.co/qaFOi6. New Lyft users: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit. This episode is sponsored by Truecar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

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