Feb 15 • 50M

58. Steve Kornacki Loves America, Hates Vegetables

The country's #1 chartthrob on the Super Bowl, stapling his tie, why green beans are yuck, the rise of Newt Gingrich, and the moment that led to Donald Trump. Also: Rihanna, Benjamin Bratt, and more!

Journalistas Nancy Rommelmann and Sarah Hepola on what's burning through the culture right now. Flirtatious banter for serious times.
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Please note that “Map Daddy” has a map in his office.

The Internet knows him as “Chartthrob” and “Map Daddy,” but once upon a time, Sarah knew him as “Snackwells,” the boy-genius politics editor at Salon and sweetheart of a co-worker who bought her a daily Diet Dr Pepper and picked stray vegetables out of everything he ate. The one and only Steve Kornacki joins the pod to talk about his stratospheric popularity as elections analyst on MSNBC (“I don’t fully understand what happened”), the Super Bowl and sports betting, his #1 Spotify listen of 2022 (Bobby Vee, anyone?), his famous Gap khakis, and his fantastic new podcast, “The Revolution,” tracking the rise and fall of Newt Gingrich, whose Nineties’ tenure as Speaker of the House had an outsized influence on American politics.

In the bonus: Sarah and Nancy discuss Rihanna’s fumble of a halftime performance: the pregnancy reveal, the amazing dancers who (unintentionally?) looked like sperm, and the bizarre moment when Rihanna sniffed her own crotch. (Sarah has some hot sports opinions about that one.) But there was one performer going for broke during that show, and we adore her. Also: The Waco siege, 30 years later, and will a Netflix show make Nancy change her mind about Glass Onion?

The Smoke ‘Em gals have a new schedule for their short audio releases for paid subscribers: Friday nights bring the night slither of Sarah’s “Smoking Diaries” (next up: Lost Austin), while Sunday mornings are the perfect time for Nancy’s “I made some muffins!” new series, “Pie Talk.” Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Kornacki looking like a shoe-in for that Dunkin’ Donuts promotion.

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