Backseat Rider show

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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 #23: The Internationals | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:42:59

A Muslim woman from the Middle East vents to Anthony about America's drinking culture after nearly losing her son to a drunk driver, a student gets stopped by Saudi religious police for his hairstyle, and a photographer gets locked up by the Venezuelan government. Episode brought to you by Harry's - visit for a free trial set of razors. -BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK LINE: 312-709-4667 -New Lyft users use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit

 #22: Pilot Phase | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:46:11

Have you ever feared for your life? A young law student's stunning answer to this question helps Anthony with a major life decision. -New users of the LYFT app can use Anthony's promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit. -Backseat Rider feedback hotline: 312-709-4667 -This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron. Get your first 3 meals for free by visiting

 #21: Conditional Love | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:40:26

The conversation turns to parenting after two consecutive passengers (men) tell Anthony why they're each estranged from their mothers. -this podcast is brought to you by Truecar -to sponsor Anthony in Dancing with Chicago Celebrities, donate here (all proceeds support the breast cancer fight) -New users of LYFT can use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit.

 #20: Best Job, Worst Job | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:49:26

After a big transition of his own, Anthony and his passengers explore why some people are happy in their jobs, while others aren't.

 #19: Rideshare Royalty | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:40:35

Anthony tracks down the two guys who have given more Lyft rides than any other driver in Chicago. This episode is a collection of their stories from the roadways.

 #18: The Dating Episode | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:41:55

With Valentine's Day around the corner, passengers tell Anthony about their best and worst dates...ever.

 #17: Sarvin | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:43:00

After his friend gets stranded in Australia, Anthony asks passengers to tell their immigration stories.

 #16: Don't Stunt for the Book | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:43:35

Anthony has passengers dig deep into their love/hate relationship with social media.

 #15: Celebrity Mystique | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:39:20

Passengers tell Anthony candid stories about celebrity encounters (WARNING: explicit/sexual content)

 #14: They, Them, Theirs | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 00:51:44

Anthony learns about heroin addiction, then has his first deep conversation with a person who is transgender.

 #13: Confrontation (Part Two) | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 29:18

If you could confront one person in your life, who would it be and what would you say? Part 2 of 2.

 #12: Confrontation (Part One) | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 35:13

If you could confront one person in your life, who would it be and what would you say? Part 1 of 2.

 #11: Trip to the Hospital | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 41:14

Unexpected stories of survival emerge when a woman needs a Lyft to the hospital.

 #10: Bus Stop Blanket | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 33:26

A simple offer at a Chicago bus stop leads to an unexpected friendship.

 #9: Connection | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 41:09

Anthony reaches out to you: the listener.


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