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Author: Stitcher, & Saeed Jones, Zach Stafford, and Sam Sanders

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A weekly podcast where Sam Sanders, Saeed Jones, and Zach Stafford make sense of what’s going on in news and culture – and how it all feels. Vibe Check is your favorite group chat, come to life.
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Give Us the Wheel!

Give Us the Wheel!

2024-07-1057:57

On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach discuss concerns about President Biden’s mental fitness, and where the Democratic party has fumbled. They also talk about some of their summer travel pet peeves. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck. ------------------------------------------------------Los Angeles Live Show------------------------------------------------------RECOMMENDATIONS:SAM: ThelmaSAEED: Doo Wop by Amaud Jamaul Johnson (from Imperial Liquors)ZACH: Charli XCX Boiler Room SetBoyfriend’s Shirt: https://boyfriendshirt.mx/
On this episode of Vibe Check, Zach talks to comedian, writer, and activist ALOK about using comedy as a way of broadening people’s mindsets, why laughter is necessary for survival, the functions of death and grief, and much more.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck. ------------------------------------------------------Los Angeles Live Show
She Ain't No Diva

She Ain't No Diva

2024-06-2601:00:43

On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam and Zach talk about pop artists uniting and the history of the word "diva." They also reminisce on some of the biggest music feuds of the past few decades. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck. ------------------------------------------------------Los Angeles Live ShowRECOMMENDATIONS:SAM: Pop Culture Happy HourZACH: Inside Out 2
On this live episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk to Emmy-winning writer, actress and producer Lena Waithe about being a trailblazer, and how she keeps a level head in an ever-changing industry. Plus, they talk about dating apps, summer shading, the “pay to play” theory, and much more. This episode was recorded in Boston at WBUR CitySpace and in New York City as part of Tribeca Festival.WBUR – City SpaceTribeca Audio Storytelling We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod. You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck. ------------------------------------------------------Come see Vibe Check LIVE in Los Angeles on July 14th at The Ford. Tickets here 
On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk about the new movie, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, copaganda, and friendship breakups. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck. ------------------------------------------------------Los Angeles Live Show------------------------------------------------------RECOMMENDATIONS: SAM: Running from COPS hosted by Dan TaberskiSAEED: “Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why)” by Nikki GiovanniZACH: Brown Skin Bride: http://www.brownskinbride.com
Trust The Aunties

Trust The Aunties

2024-06-0501:01:441

On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk about pride month – the protests, the parties, and the corporations. Plus, why fans are getting bad news about concerts this year, and a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck. ------------------------------------------------------Boston Live ShowNew York Live ShowLos Angeles Live Show------------------------------------------------------RECOMMENDATIONS: SAM: “Tipsy” by ShaboozeySAEED: “At The Down Low House Party” by Danez SmithZACH: Keep sending us your petty stories
On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk about the decline of Hollywood blockbusters, and they answer a listener's advice letter about post-breakup pettiness. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck. ------------------------------------------------------Boston Live ShowNew York Live ShowLos Angeles Live Show------------------------------------------------------RECOMMENDATIONS: SAM: UNO/game nights/activities with friendsSAEED: “The Colonel” by Carolyn ForchéZACH: "We’re Here" on Max
On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach discuss a violent video of Diddy and Cassie that was recently made public. They also talk about why some of our favorite fast casual restaurants are on the decline. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck. ------------------------------------------------------Boston Live ShowNew York Live ShowLos Angeles Live Show------------------------------------------------------RECOMMENDATIONS: SAM: “Chihiro” by Billie EilishSAEED: Departure by Louise GluckZACH: A GREAT GAY BOOK: STORIES OF GROWTH, BELONGING & OTHER QUEER POSSIBILITIES edited by Ryan Fitzgibbon (Saeed’s cover)
On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk about the digital guillotine movement a.k.a the celebrity blockout, and the collective political burnout that the nation is experiencing. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck. ------------------------------------------------------Boston Live ShowNew York Live ShowLos Angeles Live Show------------------------------------------------------RECOMMENDATIONS: SAM: Hacks (on HBO)SAEED: MONUMENT: New and Selected by Natasha TretheweyZACH: Interview with the Vampire Season 2 (on AMC)
On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk about the Drake vs. Kendrick Lamar rap beef and the 2024 Met Gala. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right. We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck. ------------------------------------------------------Boston Live ShowNew York Live ShowLos Angeles Live Show------------------------------------------------------RECOMMENDATIONS: SAM: empathogen by Willow SmithSAEED: Fixed Shadow, Moving Water by Carl PhillipsZACH:  ‘Challengers’ soundtrack albumMet Gala for Fashion Dummies (2023 episode)
Every Girl Has A Good Gay

Every Girl Has A Good Gay

2024-05-0101:01:57

On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach continue their conversation on the college campus Anti-War protests, and they also talk about why Zendaya is such a successful star. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck. ------------------------------------------------------Boston Live ShowNew York Live ShowLos Angeles Live Show------------------------------------------------------RECOMMENDATIONS: SAM: Born A Crime by Trevor NoahSAEED: Untitled by E. E. CummingsZACH: Culprits on Hulu
On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam and Saeed talk about the anti-war protests that are sweeping college campuses across the nation, and Taylor Swift’s latest album, “The Tortured Poets Department”. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck. ------------------------------------------------------RECOMMENDATIONS: SAM: Baby Reindeer on NetflixSAEED: Let's Get One Thing Halfway Straight by Adam FalknerLydia Polgreen Opinion Piece
Death and Taxes

Death and Taxes

2024-04-1758:041

On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk about the recent questionable actions of JoJo Siwa and Jerrod Carmichael, and they answer a question from a listener seeking advice about a dating dilemma. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck.------------------------------------------------------RECOMMENDATIONS: SAM: The Town of Babylon by Alejandro VarelaSAEED: Parallel Bars by Geoffrey YoungZACH: A STRANGE LOOP is on tour now! SF opens this week and LA on June 5thInto It featuring Michael R. Jackson
On this special episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach talk to the U.S. Poet Laureate, Ada Limón, about demystifying the art of poetry, and her new anthology, “You Are Here: Poetry in the Natural World”. Plus, a few beginner-friendly recommendations from Ada.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck. You can find Ada Limón on Instagram @adalimonwriter.------------------------------------------------------ADA’S RECOMMENDATIONS: Poet, Lucille CliftonPlease Excuse This PoemSuch Color: New and Selected Poems by Tracy K. Smith
On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach give their thoughtful takes on Beyonce’s new country album, “Cowboy Carter”. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram @vibecheck_pod.You can now get direct access to the group chat! Find us on Patreon at patreon.com/vibecheck. ------------------------------------------------------RECOMMENDATIONS: SAM: James: A Novel by Percival EverettSAEED: The Divorcee and Gin by Kim AddonizioZACH: Solange’s Film: “When I Get Home”
Welcome to the Chaos

Welcome to the Chaos

2024-03-2701:02:14

On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach discuss the political industrial complex bending to Trump, and then later a look at Gen Z and aging. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right. We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram and Threads @samsanders, @theferocity, and @zachstaff.------------------------------------------------------RECS:SAM: KhruangbinSAEED: For Furious Nursing Baby by Julianna Baggott ZACH: Alpha Prime Bites
On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, and Zach discuss Kate Middleton’s disappearance, and the recent Boeing aircraft issues. Plus, a few recommendations to keep your vibe right.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram and Threads @samsanders, @theferocity, and @zachstaff.------------------------------------------------------SAM: Deeper Well by Kacey MusgravesSAEED: That’s My Heart Right There by Willie PerdomoZACH: I Finally Bought Some Jordans by Michael Arceneaux 
On this final episode of Vibe Check’s mini-series - Hey, Sis: A Vibe Check Series, Sam and Zach have a chat with actress Regina King. They talk about Regina’s new movie “Shirley”, this year’s Presidential election, grief, and much more.Shirley debuts on Netflix March 22nd, 2024.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram and Threads @samsanders, @theferocity, and @zachstaff.
On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed, Zach, and special guest journalist Afeef Nessouli dig deeper into the deepening crisis in Gaza. Plus, a few recommendations from Afeef.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram and Threads @samsanders, @theferocity, and @zachstaff.You can follow Afeef Nessouli on Instagram and Twitter @AfeefNess.------------------------------------------------------Afeef’s Recommendations:For Joy: @raindovemodel and @safebow_org on InstagramFor Gaza News and Updates: @alaa_qraiqeaPoem: “If I Must Die” by Refaat Alareer
On this episode of Vibe Check’s mini-series - Hey, Sis: A Vibe Check Series, Saeed has a chat with poet and cultural critic, Morgan Parker. They talk about Morgan’s new essay collection “You Get What You Pay For,” her experience covering the Bill Cosby trial, and much more.We want to hear from you! Email us at vibecheck@stitcher.com, and keep in touch with us on Instagram and Threads @samsanders, @theferocity, and @zachstaff.
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Steven Maurice

sam listens to @searchengineshow too

May 30th
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Steven Maurice

but why?

Sep 1st
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E P

988 is a national number now, thankfully.

Jan 18th
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