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Keep It!

Podcast Series Keep It!

Movies! Music! Celebrities embarrassing themselves! KEEP IT has it all. Each week, Ira Madison III, Louis Virtel, and Aida Osman are joined by comedians, journalists, actors, musicians, activists, politicians and more to discuss the latest ways pop culture and entertainment are intersecting with politics and society. New episodes drop every Wednesday.

Series Episodes

"Hamilstan Wars” (with Marcia Gay Harden)

"Hamilstan Wars” (with Marcia Gay Harden)

Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss Hamilton, Kanye’s 2020 run, Halle Berry’s apology for accepting a trans role, Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas’ quarantine romance, and more. Marcia Gay Harden joins to discuss her toughest roles and her latest period piece Barkskins.

1 hour 23 mins

8 July Finished

"Pride Save America" (with Adam Rippon and Leiomy)

"Pride Save America" (with Adam Rippon and Leiomy)

Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss what Pride looks like in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests, Hulu removing a Golden Girls episode for alleged blackface, pop music's disco revival, Kanye's GAP collab, the socially distant BET Awards, and more. Adam Rippon joins to discuss his pop culture obsessions and what his life looks after the 2018 Olympics. Leiomy joins to discuss bringing ballroom to the masses on HBO Max's Legendary.

1 hour 44 mins

1 July Finished

"Sic Cancel Tyrannis” (with Sam Lansky)

"Sic Cancel Tyrannis” (with Sam Lansky)

Ira, Aida, and Louis discuss k-pop fans taking down Trump, Chris D’Elia and Ansel Elgort’s sexual misconduct allegations, Tina Fey pulling 30 Rock’s blackface episodes, Megan Amram’s anti-Asian tweets, the queer defiance of Joel Schumacher’s films, and more. Sam Lansky joins to discuss gay dating, LA mysticism, and his new book Broken People. Plus, listeners share their queer Hot Takes on Julius Caesar, parades, and The Parent Trap.

1 hour 47 mins

24 June Finished

"Empires & Records" (with Drew Dixon)

"Empires & Records" (with Drew Dixon)

Ira, Aida, and Louis discuss the SCOTUS' monumental ruling on LGBTQ+ workplace discrimination, The Academy's new efforts for inclusion, Dave Chappelle's new stand-up response to George Floyd's murder, conservatives stanning Gone the Wind, and more. Plus, Drew Dixon joins to discuss going public with rape allegations against Russell Simmons and starring in a documentary on the subject, On the Record.

1 hour 28 mins

17 June Finished

"Places in the Art" (with Kimberly Drew)

"Places in the Art" (with Kimberly Drew)

Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss how We're Here and Legendary center queer narratives, the hollowness of exposing Republican hypocrisy, Vanderpump Rules' racism scandals, North Carolina Republicans attempts to kill a bill banning conversion therapy, and calls to defund the police. Plus, art curator Kimberly Drew joins to discuss her new book This Is What I Know About Art and how the art world is for us all.

1 hour 34 mins

10 June Finished

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