BANTER BLENDER #99: Ray Rice, Taylor Swift, Joan Rivers, and ‘Utopia’

Writer Jessica Ogilvie (Playboy) returns to the Banter Blender podcast to discuss the latest events in a summer of craziness. We start with Ray Rice and the larger question of can bad behavior ever be forgiven? This leads to discussion of Chris Brown and Michael Vick before eventually landing on the most pressing debate of our time: Team Taylor vs. Team Katy.

Yes, the Taylor Swift / Katy Perry feud is addressed with the gravitas it deserves, and then it’s on to Fox’s new reality experiment, “Utopia.” Trash TV or a disturbing look at our society?

Finally, we close out the podcast with talk of Joan Rivers and her career. Along the way, there are plenty of asides about Starbucks, puss caterpillars, ISIS, and even Ferguson.

Tackling the tough topics as always!

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AND WHATNOT: Wagamama Is Coming! Wagamama Is Coming!!! Also, Adam Lambert Talks Sex, and Tina Fey Sings (sort of)


(Try not to let the Jack Donaghey voice distract you) via LAist

Eater: Wagamama to Invade the US With 650 Noodle Shops
Vimeo: Don L Castor- “Pieces” Official Music Video (yet another musician friend of mine. Check it out!)
Socialite Life: Adam Lambert Talks About Losing His Virginity
Vulture: Jack Nicholson Will Guest on Conan’s First Episode
ESPN: Source: Zygi Wilf considered firing Brad Childress over Randy Moss move
Pitchfork: Listen: Tina Fey and Christopher Cross Duet on a Song From the “30 Rock” Soundtrack
Movieline: Who Did Activision Choose to Remake Tina Turner’s Classic Goldeneye Theme? (BOOOOOO!!!)
Starcasm: Madame Tussaud epically failed at Taylor Swift’s wax figure
NPR: The Day The Internet Threw A Righteous Hissyfit About Copyright And Pie (thanks jash)

AND WHATNOT: Khloe Kardashian Takes On Perez Hilton; Plus, ‘Gossip Girl’, Celine Dion, and ‘Three-In-Bed Sex’

Zap2It: Former NFL star Junior Seau drives off cliff after domestic violence arrest (Seau random – yuk yuk yuk)
Seattle Post Intelligencer: Celine Dion hospitalized
Vulture: Mad Men’s Megan Speaks!
Gawker: Crazy “Rent Is Too Damn High” Candidate Steals the Show at NY Gov. Debate
Socialite Life: Kanye West Opens Up About Taylor Swift Fallout
LAist: San Gabriel Mayor Resigns After Alleged Food Fight & Crime
SFStation: Ice Cream Through the Ages
GeekWeek: FANTASY FOOTBALL: Week 6 Recap & Week 7 Advice
Movieline: A-List: New York Recap: Prisoner of Tragique-istan
Movieline: 5 Things Gossip Girl Has Done Right This Season
BBC: Tommy Sheridan ‘had three-in-bed sex’, says SSP member (thanks m_ruv)
Toronto Sun: Kardashian unloads on Perez