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Ted Turner is one of basic cable's true godfathers. Author Lisa Napoli takes us through his visionary and often controversial quest to create the world's first 24-hour news network.
The Kid Mero stops by to talk Desus & Mero, their journey from 'Bodega Boys' to cable late-night stars, and their recent decision to part ways.
'Chappelle Show' co-creator and stand up comic Neal Brennan takes us behind the scenes at one of cable’s most legendary shows and the chaos that abruptly derailed it.
Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee

2022-07-2035:49

Samantha Bee talks to Jen and Doug about her early days on 'The Daily Show,' breaking the glass ceiling of late night TV, and learning the U.S. national anthem.
Former ESPN personality Jemele Hill talks with Jen and Doug about the intersection of sports, news, social media and politics.
Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston

2022-07-0642:402

Emmy award winner Bryan Cranston joins Jen and Doug to talk anti-heroes, the birth of binging, and the 'Breaking Bad' scene he will never forget.
From the very first season of The Real World, Kevin Powell joins us to talk the birth of reality TV, peak Gen X, and the legacy of Tupac.
Mike Judge

Mike Judge

2022-06-2237:00

'Beavis and Butt-Head' creator Mike Judge joins us to talk 'Frog Baseball,' earthquakes, and how he may have inadvertently popularized Crocs. His latest work, 'Beavis and Butt-Head Do The Universe' is streaming on June 29 on Paramount Plus.
ESPN SportsCenter legend Dan Patrick takes us back to the "must-watch" heyday of 'The Big Show' and his days alongside Keith Olbermann.
Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford

2022-06-0851:01

Cindy Crawford looks back at MTV’s 'House of Style' and how it helped transform her from supermodel to icon, and also reminds Doug that he might owe her some money.
Basic cable babies and Gen X comedy icons Tom Lennon and Kerri Kenney-Silver join Jen and Doug to talk about their shared partnership that stretches from ‘The State’ to ‘Viva Variety’ to ‘Reno 911.’
Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn

2022-05-2540:231

Tim Gunn of 'Project Runway' shows Jen and Doug how to “Make It Work” and answers the question, “Do you own a pair of sweatpants?"
Fab Five Freddy "drops some science" on Jen and Doug and tells us how MTV finally embraced hip-hop and changed everything.
Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer

2022-05-1837:33

Amy Schumer talks about her Comedy Central journey from unknown stand-up to comic superstar.
Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel

2022-05-1837:173

Jimmy Kimmel discusses 'The Man Show' and why it may not work today, and explains why he turned down an offer to host 'The Daily Show.'
Basic!: The Trailer

Basic!: The Trailer

2022-05-1101:50

Welcome to Basic! The official podcast of the unofficial history of cable television. Hosted by Doug Herzog (former network executive at MTV, Comedy Central, Fox) and Jen Chaney (TV critic at New York Magazine/Vulture), new episodes release every Wednesday on Apple Podcasts, the SiriusXM App, Pandora, Stitcher or wherever you like to listen. Don’t forget to hit ‘Follow’ so you never miss an episode.A Pantheon Podcast.
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