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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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 #79: Rahm & Eddie | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:41:28

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson are this week's backseat riders. When Anthony poses a question about impactful movies, it leads to unusually personal conversations with two of the most influential men in Chicago. -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), Geico (www.geico.com), and Quip (getquip.com/rider)

 #78 (NEW!): Driving a Medium | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:35:51

Anthony drives a self-described psychic/medium who claims to be communicating with Anthony's deceased grandparents during the car ride. Is he legit? Listen for yourself. -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)

 #36: The Pops (Rebroadcast) | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 01:10:55

With Father's Day almost here, Anthony & his passengers explore the experiences that have defined their relationships with their dads, including: why a rabbi hasn't spoken to his father in months, a dad's reaction after his daughter was kicked out of college for plagiarism, the "academic contract" one teenager signed with her dad, and the story of how a certain beverage brought one father and son together after years. At the end of this week's episode: a surprise guest. This episode originally aired in June 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)

 #59: Girl with the Dragonfly Tattoo (Rebroadcast) | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:47:41

In this episode, Anthony seeks input from passengers after his wife's decision to get a tattoo sparks a tense conversation. This episode originally posted in January 2018. 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. Tattoo artist Mike Ramos Instagram: Ramsies and www.blackatlasstudios.com This episode is sponsored by Truecar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

 #77: Risky | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:30:04

What is the biggest risk you've ever taken? A big question that leads to some big results: including a woman who dropped her career to open a used bookstore and a man attempting to scale the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents. -Alex Pancoe website: www.peaksofmind.com -Alex Pancoe Instagram handle: peaks_of_mind -Heirloom Books: https://www.facebook.com/heirloombookschicago/ -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)

 #76: The Greatest Generation | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:31:45

This week, Anthony introduces you to two members of America's "Greatest Generation" - a 90 year old woman who's been waiting tables since 1951, and a WW2 veteran who was honored at a Blackhawks game. This episode is an intimate portrait of two American treasures...complete with their thoughts on love, loss, and longevity. -DONNA FENTON ON FOX 32: http://www.fox32chicago.com/mornings/backseat-rider/backseat-rider-chicagos-loveliest-hostess-reflects-on-decades-of-service -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)

 #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)

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