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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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 #63: Shouldn'ta Seen It | File Type: audio/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)

 #62: Stress | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:21

How do you tackle stress? What is your go-to strategy? This is a topic we most often hear about from life coaches, therapists and other "experts"...but what about everyday people? What works for them? This week, you'll hear from a recovering alcoholic, a struggling actress, a bus driver with a fascinating hobby, and a 69-year old self-described "stoned bitch." 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)

 #61: Dear Chicago | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:56:08

In late January--arguably the toughest part of winter--many Chicagoans question why they choose to live there. In this episode, Anthony's passengers explore their relationships with the city, both the best and worst parts. The result: Chicago through the lenses of both the well-to-do, and the struggling. (includes bonus interview with a life-long journalist related to your host) Passenger shout-outs: Ravinia Festival (www.ravinia.org); The Art Institute of Chicago (www.artic.edu); Navy Pier (www.navypier.org); Giordano's (www.giordanos.com); Osmium Coffee Bar (www.darkmattercoffee.com); Lincoln Station (www.lincolnstation.com) 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)

 #60: Confessions of a Sugar Baby (EXPLICIT) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:41

You've heard of a sugar daddy. A "sugar baby" is the other half of this type of relationship. Did you know that millions of American women are "sugar dating" to graduate from college debt-free, and that the Internet is making it easier than ever? In this episode, Anthony picks up a 27-year old woman en route to dinner with her sugar daddy, where she will earn $1000 for her time ("nothing sexual at all.") Listen as she opens up to Anthony about: how the transactions happen, how much she can earn, and why she believes for her, sugar dating = female empowerment. EXPLICIT/NSFW. 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) Sugar Dating Articles: http://www.businessinsider.com/sugar-daddy-dates-sugar-babies-seeking-arrangement-2017-11 http://www.businessinsider.com/seeking-arrangement-sugar-daddies-pay-sugar-babies-college-tuition-2017-11

 #59: Girl with the Dragonfly Tattoo | 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.   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)

 #58: Passengers of the Year | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:03

The most shocking, hilarious, bizarre, and moving interviews of 2017. These are all real passengers, paired with host/driver Anthony Ponce by the Lyft application. WARNING: EXPLICIT / NSFW -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit

 #57: I'm F-ing Awesome | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:42

A man shares the details of a life-changing medical procedure, and a woman opens up about how her unique first name has affected her life. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Link to Anthony's article for The Atlantic's Citylab: http://bit.ly/2oLOle0

 #56: Everything is Temporary | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:14

Which piece of advice has REALLY stuck with you over the years? After a collection of real passengers addresses this question, Anthony surprises them with a follow-up that's sure to get you thinking. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit

 #55: Smells Like Wood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:56:21

This week in Anthony's Lyft car: a life-long circus performer, a self-proclaimed nihilist, and why a man who spent years on a gift for his wife says it ultimately "went over like a lead balloon." NOTE: This episode marks the first time Anthony takes part in a mission to transport a body part. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by Blue Apron (visit blueapron.com/backseat for $30 off your first order)

 #54: A Question About Men | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:20

A woman recalls the horror of being sexually assaulted on a public bus; a female ad exec calls out a male coworker; a woman construction worker reflects on sexual harassment in the workplace. Anthony's real Lyft riders open up about their own experiences, as the sexual misconduct scandal continues to make headlines across the nation. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit

 #53: Uncomfortably Numb | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:18

How much thought do you give to negative news stories? How do they affect your mental health? After an onslaught of traumatic national stories, Anthony and his riders discuss their impact on daily life. In this episode, you'll hear why a quarrel is brewing between one man and his next door neighbor, why some topics are off-limits in one Chicago household, and why one man refused to enter an iconic Chicago building. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit

 #52: Rituals | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:15

A passenger shows Anthony a priceless object. A man explains why he sometimes dresses in his father's clothing. A mother explains a routine she can't leave her house without doing. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit

 Quotidian Day | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:35:05

When looked at from the lens of Anthony's passengers, a typical day in Chicago includes fights with bosses, wedding proposals, trips to the ER, and dealing with bitchy customers on the Mag Mile. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit

 Paranormal | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:36:07

Have you ever witnessed anything paranormal? With Halloween coming up, Anthony takes this question out to his passengers, leading to some eerie real-life ghost stories and one encounter IN THE CAR, which left Anthony and his rider stunned. If you spook easily, don't listen to this by yourself. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit

 Don't Stunt For the Book | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:39:32

Anthony's passengers dig deep into their love/hate relationship with social media. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit

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