BANTER #82: A New Banter Era; Special Guest Ronnie Karam

“Banter” is back, but it’s a little different. After three amazing years, the irreplaceable Lisa Timmons has moved on, but fear not, the podcast will continue with guests every week. In the hot seat this time around is Ronnie Karam (@watch-what-crappens, trashtalktv.com) to help talk about all sorts of fun topics like… anti-gay laws in Arizona, Darren Sharper’s rape charges, Paula Deen’s return from racism, Woody Allen’s molestation controversy, and Justin Bieber.

Okay, maybe not the sunniest of topics, but we still managed to have fun. Come listen!!

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #59: Lindsay Lohan, Tara Reid, Hoku, and Other Failures

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (@timmonslisa) talk extensively about such pop culture failures as Lindsay Lohan, Tara Reid, and Hoku. Who’s Hoku? Exactly. Along the way, we naturally tackle racist controversies from Paula Deen and Big Brother 15, and revisit one of our favorite movies, “Jurassic Park,” yet again. Come listen!

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #57: Kanye and Kim Deliver; Also, Kaycee Rice and Paula Deen

Time for another episode of Banter with Ben and Lisa! This week, Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (wherelisalives.com) take on the spawn of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (who was still unnamed at press time). After that, the two chat about James Gandolfini’s untimely passing, controversial dance sensation Kaycee Rice, new Instagram video features, and Paula Deen’s racist ways. Along the way, there’s plenty of sidetracking about Japanese ghosts and druggie alligators, naturally. Come listen!

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TOP CHEF PHOTOCAP: Richard Was Robbed!

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SCANDAL! This week’s Top Chef: All Stars was riddled with intrigue as Richard Blais accused Mike Isabella of plagiarizing a recipe. It all happened after Mike read through Richard’s little notebook, which featured a “chicken oysters” idea. You see, the oyster is an oft-overlooked part of a chicken, and Richard had a nifty idea to cook some up and serve them in an oyster shell (get it?). And what did Mike do right after reading that recipe? He deep fried some chicken oysters and served them on the half-shell. Mike explained that he had merely been inspired by Richard’s idea, but let’s look at the history, shall we? Continue reading