BANTER BLENDER #94: Catching up with Big Brother 15 Winner Andy Herren

It’s “Big Brother” season, and what better way to kick off the latest edition than by interviewing last year’s winner? Join Ben Mandelker ( as he welcomes Andy Herren ( to The Banter Blender to discuss all things BB: life in the house, life outside the house, relationships with other cast members, thoughts on the new ones.

It’s a Big Brother lovefest! Come listen!

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BANTER BLENDER #93: Tinder, World Cup, Personal Trainers, Summer Movies; Special Guest Marcos Luevanos

Writer Marcos Luevanos joins Ben Mandelker ( to banter about all things pop culture. Going into the Banter Blender this week: Tinder behavior, the World Cup, personal training quandaries, summer movies, and just a dash of Big Brother. It’s lots of fun — come listen!

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #122: Ghost In The Machine

Ben Mandelker ( and Ronnie Karam ( reunite in a semi-bonkers late-night episode of “Watch What Crappens.” The guys take on the latest episode of “Real Housewives of New York City,” from crazy Aviva to annoying Amanda and everything in between. Be on the lookout for an extended Ramona-in-Africa fantasy sequence.

Then it’s on to “Married to Medicine” where Ben and Ronnie welcome Dr. Heavenly into the fold by giving her a thorough “Crappens” read. Dr. Jackie gets into the mix too with her fat-shaming.

Things then wrap up with “Real Housewives of Atlanta” as Kandi heads into therapy and Kenya says goodbye to dearly departed Velvet 🙁

If that’s not enough, the guys go through all of Bravo’s new programming slate, analyzing the shows that did (and did not) make the cut. Plus, Ben has a long yarn about meeting Top Chef: DC’s Tiffany Derry in New Orleans.

Definitely listen to this one!

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #116: Lisa vs. Brandi vs. Yolanda vs. Kim

This week on “Watch What Crappens,” Ronnie Karam ( and Ben Mandelker ( break down the whole Lisa vs. Brandi (vs. Yolanda) fight on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Lines are drawn in the sand, and opinions are passionate. It’s definitely worth hearing our colorful thoughts on the matter.

After that, the duo take on the usual Bravo suspects: “Vanderpump Rules,” “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Shahs of Sunset,” and “Blood, Sweat, and Heels.” It’s a short but sweet episode. Come listen!

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #114: Fights, Finales, Reunions, and Wesley Snipes

So much happened on Bravo this week that it’s a miracle we fit it all in on this week’s “Watch What Crappens.” We start with the “Vanderpump Rules” finale where seven of our brightest young minds convene to make articulate points about their lives and loves. Just kidding: it was basically just Kristen rolling her eyes and spewing venom.

Then it’s on to “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” where Ronnie Karam ( and Ben Mandelker ( struggle to understand just what Lisa Vanderpump did to annoy Brandi Glanville so much.

Next we take on the Sunday brawls on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “Blood, Sweat, and Heels” before voicing our dissatisfaction with the “Top Chef: New Orleans” finale. Finally, things wrap up with the Shahs’ visit to Iran.

It’s a whole lot of content. Come listen!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #73: Kanye’s Confederate Flag, Revisiting Gravity, and a Major Operation Seduction Update

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” we revisit “Gravity” as Lisa weighs in on the space thriller. Spirited debate ensues. Then it’s on to Halloween and tales of Ben’s costume woes. This leads to a major update on Operation: Seduction (a.k.a. Ben’s continued efforts to seduce NBA player Jason Collins).

Next Lisa discusses her very close call with the LAX shooter, and then it’s on to Kanye West and his adoption of the confederate flag as part of his new personal style.

Finally, it’s a new segment: Can We Banter It? Ben and Lisa attempt to banter on subjects that are highly foreign to them. This week: drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan as well as the discovery of art stolen by the Nazis. Fun!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #69: Government Shutdown! New Britney Spears Video! Moby Dick!

You guys, this was a good one….

There’s only one podcast on earth that can discuss the government shutdown, Britney Spears’s new video, and Moby Dick without skipping a beat. We discuss all that and more on this latest episode of “Banter with Ben and Lisa.” Also going into the banter blender: “Gravity,” ghost tours of Savannah, biker gangs, Grand Theft Auto V, and what your Facebook status updates might say about you. Plus, more etiquette lessons from 1888. Come listen!

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #68: Emmys Recap, Jon Gosselin, Nate Burleson, and Portland Adventures

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( give pop culture a big bear hug. First, Ben discusses his recent trip to Portland and shares passages from an 1888 etiquette book he found at Powell’s Bookstore. Then the two talk about Nate Burleson of the Detroit Lions and his pizza-related injury. After that, it’s a mix of the Emmys, Jon Gosselin, and lessons about parquet floors. Come listen!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #58: Goodbye TVgasm, DOMA; Hello Cougar Music

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( are joined by Matt Whitfield (Yahoo!, Watch What Crappens) to talk about everything under the sun. We start by saying goodbye to, which is shutting down this week. Ben talks about some of the behind-the-scenes stuff that inspired the site and eventually led to his departure. After that, the gang takes on the Man of Steel, DOMA, Aaron Hernandez, Gwyneth Paltrow, and inevitably, our favorite cougar anthems. Definitely listen to this one!