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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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 #88: About the Author | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:43

An author lands in the back seat of Anthony's car. A very academic discussion ensues... To learn more about this week's passenger, visit www.chinamirror.net To donate to "Amira," please visit https://www.gofundme.com/amira039s-next-chapter Parents: for 25 percent off your first order at primary.com (plus free shipping!) use discount code BACKSEATRIDER at checkout.

 #87: Amira's Next Chapter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:25

Two months after surviving a brutal attack at the hands of her ex-fiancee, "Amira" returns to Backseat Rider with an update on her life, her struggles, and her message to others who may be in abusive relationships. To donate to Amira, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/amira039s-next-chapter

 #86: Curveball | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:41

A passionate special education teacher gets blindsided by a mysterious health condition. Join the Backseat Rider community on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2tNYiak Promo code ($50 ride credit) for new Lyft users: BACKSEATRIDER

 #85: Choosing Door No. 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:06

A handsome stranger walks into an upscale cafe and says to the woman behind the counter, "You have two doors. The first door is you get a $100 cash tip. The second door is, you get the [one] THING that you need." In this episode, the woman behind the counter tells us the true story of what happened after she chose Door No. 2. Join the Backseat Rider community on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2tNYiak Promo code ($50 ride credit) for new Lyft users: BACKSEATRIDER

 #84: Sex in the Principal's Office | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:46

A passenger reveals the shocking reason he ran away from boarding school at age 12, hitchhiking hundreds of miles back to his home. Another man tells Anthony how he escaped a South Side shoot-out as a teenager. Join the Backseat Rider community on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2tNYiak Promo code ($50 ride credit) for new Lyft users: BACKSEATRIDER

 #83: Amira | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:13

Minutes into this car ride, Anthony's passenger reveals she had, hours earlier, been the victim of a vicious physical attack by her fiancee. This is the recording of their car ride to the police station. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or www.thehotline.org Join the Backseat Rider community on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2tNYiak Promo code ($50 ride credit) for new Lyft users: BACKSEATRIDER

 #82: A Fifth Grader's Dad | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:44

"When you get to the 5th grade, that's when the cliques start to form." On today's episode, the father of an 11-year-old who is currently being bullied after school tells Anthony how the bullying started, what measures he and his son have taken to stop it, and how it's stirring up a tragic incident from the father's own past. Join the Backseat Rider community on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2tNYiak Promo code ($50 ride credit) for new Lyft users: BACKSEATRIDER

 #81: Aaaaaand We're Back | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:17

Time to put Backseat Rider back in your regular podcast rotation. To kick off the new season, Anthony dusts off the Lyft app and gets reacquainted with passengers via the following question: of the recent news stories, which one has had the biggest impact on you? Join the Backseat Rider community on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2tNYiak Promo code ($50 ride credit) for new Lyft users: BACKSEATRIDER

 #80: Perfection or Death - Jimmy Chin & Alex Honnold | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:43

"Alex Honnold's free solo climb of El Capitan should be celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, ever," said the New York Times. In this 30-minute conversation, Honnold and filmmaker/climber Jimmy Chin answer all of Anthony's questions about their new film 'Free Solo,' which depict's Honnold's historic, ropeless climb of "the most impressive wall on Earth," including: what was going through Alex's mind during his aborted attempt at El Cap? What did his mom think of the film? Is he still together with his girlfriend? What did he say to the guy in the unicorn costume he encountered halfway up? And also...is there anything left for this pair to conquer? -'Free Solo' trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urRVZ4SW7WU -Jimmy Chin instagram: @Jimmy_Chin -Alex Honnold instagram: @alexhonnold -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 Geico (www.geico.com), and Pluto TV (www.pluto.tv)

 Update from your Driver | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:33

Anthony updates the status of the podcast.

 #79: Rahm & Eddie | File Type: audio/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/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/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/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/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)

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