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Our new year just got better...he's back! (Bryan) is back from vacation, and it sounds like he had quite the time, excuse me. And if that's not enough, we're so excited to be joined in The Carriage House this week by a true Ask Ronna superfan: writer and activist Scarlett Curtis! Scarlett's books of curated essays, FEMINISTS DON'T WEAR PINK & OTHER…
 
Christianity ruins their childhood. They were born into a Catholic family and went to church every Saturday. They became aware they were non-binary at 6 years old, realizing they didn't want to be a girl. Their parents were caring and the type of people that you wish Christians were. Despite a loving home environment, this didn't prevent a childhoo…
 
Now wait a minute. If you think we're resting on our laurels in the new year, you've got another think coming, excuse me. We're joined by not one, but TWO Adams this week. We've got producer Adam O'Byrne filling in for (Bryan) while he's on vacation, and our special guest is none other than former US National Champion and Olympic bronze medalist in…
 
Now wait a minute. We've reached a true Carriage House Milestone. Our 100th Free Feed episode is here, and it might be the fanciest this show has ever been, excuse me. Joining us this week is none other than acclaimed journalist, author, and producer Frank Rich! Frank was with the New York Times from 1980 to 2011 and is currently writer at large fo…
 
This week we present the Free Feed to you, as Jean Dujardin says at the end of THE ARTIST, "with pleasure." We've got a real, honest to God actor in The Carriage House today, excuse me. You know him from OZARK, you know him from SCANDAL, you know him from RAY DONOVAN and a million other things: it's Jason Butler Harner! Jason, who turns out to be q…
 
Now wait a minute. Things may be getting tense between (Bryan) and his new nemesis Steve, but that doesn't change the fact that we have a SPECTACULAR guest in The Carriage House this week, excuse me. Joining us is comedian, actor, and writer Fortune Feimster! You know her from THE MINDY PROJECT, her Sirius XM show WHAT A JOKE WITH PAPA AND FORTUNE,…
 
Look, we know it's exciting. We know this is our first Free Feed of the new season with a special guest, excuse me. And we know we're back to gifting some fabulous giveaways to a lucky letter writer, pardon me...but Ronna has to address something with (Bryan) immediately, and it involves the literally dozens of messages she's received asking about …
 
Happy Thanksgivukkah! There's so much happening in The Carriage House this week! Thanksgiving, of course, is Thursday. Hanukkah begins on Sunday. And Steve's nursery is in the process of being redesigned with the most gorgeous De Gournay wallpaper you've ever seen, excuse me. And, if that weren't enough, we're back on the Free Feed with our first C…
 
We're baaack! And just in time for our most anticipated episode of the year. It's Ronnukah! After Ronna drops an announcement for the ages (to say she had her hands full during her time off is an understatement), we give our suggestions for the perfect holiday gift at any price point. In fact, we have so much to say and share that we had to split R…
 
We're baaack! And just in time for our most anticipated episode of the year. It's Ronnukah! After Ronna drops an announcement for the ages (to say she had her hands full during her time off is an understatement), we give our suggestions for the perfect holiday gift at any price point. In fact, we have so much to say and share that we had to split R…
 
Here it is! Another little bite-sized portion of our most recent Patreon for you to nibble on this week. To hear the rest, join us on Patreon! And don't forget, next week Ronna (& Bryan) return to the Free Feed with Ronnukah 2021! We've got our gift recommendations ready for you, and if you have any gifting questions or ideas, be sure to let us kno…
 
It's time for another little amuse-bouche Patreon preview, but be sure to listen for the VERY special announcement at the top. We think you'll like it, excuse me. Now, wait a minute...anyone watching on video will have to pardon the darkness at the top of the show. We're just doing a dramatic reveal of Ronna's (& Bryan)'s Halloween costumes for thi…
 
It's time for another Free Feed preview of our most recent Patreon episode! We're beyond excited about Halloween here in Marblehead. (Bryan) is getting his Chucky costume ready, though he has a second costume he's preparing specifically for The Carriage House, excuse me. Until then, we've got another absolutely fantastic show for you this week! Aft…
 
Now wait a minute. The reaction to this past week's Patreon episode was INCREDIBLE, pardon me, and we couldn't agree more. Was Paul F. Tompkins a delight? Of course he was. Was our discussion of the Bad Art Friend from the New York Times everything we said it would be and more? Of course it was. And was our Halloween Candy Tasting a high/low treat …
 
It's another amuse-bouche this week to give you a taste of our most recent episode over on Patreon! This is an excerpt from this past weekend, "The Twink with a Clairvoyant Streak" (Patreon 87). As the title suggests, there's a lot to talk about. The town of Marblehead may be making a racket outside The Carriage House today with their tree trimming…
 
Hello, dears! This week we thought we'd try something a little different on the Free Feed. Here's an excerpt from our latest Patreon episode from this past weekend, "The (W)hole Shebang" (Patreon 86). Think of it as an amuse-bouche to whet your appetite for the main course, pardon me. Ronna doesn't even know where to begin this week. She and (Bryan…
 
* Trigger Warning: Discussions of abuse and rape* Christa Elane is a self described "old Millennial" who has been deconverting for years and now leans atheist. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her spouse and kids. She's a social worker and disability advocate with a passion for Autism acceptance and inclusion. She was raised in a s…
 
We're back inside The Carriage House for a Patreon Sneak Peek thanks to Yadvina. This week we travel back to the holiday season of 2020. The low winter sun is shining through the windows while we have a delightful Carriage House Catch-Up, excuse me. Today is all about advice, so after our cliffhanger about a family's gift-giving drama we answer que…
 
It's the gift that keeps on giving! Yadvina's keys are still under the doormat, so come inside The Carriage House for a sneak peek at Patreon 35 from early October 2020. Fall is in full swing in Marblehead. Ronna's got her cardigan (with a gorgeous “I Coffee & Voted" brooch, excuse me) and (Bryan) is dazzling with his Navy SEAL haircut and well-fit…
 
My guest today grew up never knowing any other perspective, except the one he was told to have. His family did not attend events outside of church. He spent preschool through 12th grade at the same private school and church. His friendships were strictly controlled. Girlfriends or "crushes" were prohibited. Every potential influence was censored. H…
 
Time for another sneak peek inside The Carriage House courtesy of Yadvina! This week we go back a little over a year to Labor Day weekend of 2020. Ronna's off to the Vineyard for the holiday, and (Bryan) and the Lobsterman are planning a little tour of Massachusetts that they would totally be willing to cancel for a chance to play shirtless tennis …
 
Ronna (& Bryan) are still on their Free Feed break, but a certain Ukrainian housekeeper is back in Marblehead with a little gift for you. Once again, it's the keys to The Carriage House and a sneak peek at Patreon! This week we travel back to August 7, 2020, with Patreon 26. Agent Provocateur Ronna & CCEO (Bryan) are here with a doozy of a question…
 
It seems as though Yadvina's kindness (or maybe it's mischief) knows no bounds. She's lending you her keys again so you get another sneak peek inside The Carriage House! This week, we go back in time to May 22, 2020, with Patreon 15. It's early on in quarantine and (Bryan) is feeling a bit squirrely (he may or may not have caused a massive power ou…
 
Ronna (& Bryan) are on a well-deserved break from the Free Feed, but Yadvina is still keeping The Carriage House in pristine condition while they're away...and she has a treat for you all. She is going to let you borrow her keys to The Carriage House so everyone on the Free Feed can get a taste of what they're missing on Patreon. Normally Ronna wou…
 
Amanda was a devout Catholic. She used to attend mass daily. She and her husband didn't use birth control, in accordance with church teaching. She accidentally joins a cult at university. The 2016 and 2020 U.S. elections get her thinking about propaganda. She wonders what propaganda she believes. She hears a Bible verse that says, " You will know t…
 
She's back! After a week away, Ronna has returned in all her glory, but we don't even have time to talk about her doubles tournament with Hugh Moscowitz because of (Bryan)'s mischief while she was away. But no need to worry...she has a forensic plumber on the case. In any event, this show is our end of Season 2 blowout extravaganza! We're taking a …
 
Now wait a minute. The tension is palpable. You could cut it with a knife. Ronna's doubles tennis tournament was moved to today, and she absolutely couldn't miss it, so she asked a dear friend to fill in for her on the show. But what happens when this dear friend is one of (Bryan)'s biggest rivals? Can they put their competitiveness for Ronna's app…
 
I mean, have we got a great show this week or have we got a great show this week? We can assure you it exceeds our wildest "exceptations." After some serious Judge Judy talk and reminiscing about Jerry Hall, we welcome comedian and podcast host Megan Gailey to The Carriage House! You know her from her countless appearances on Comedy Central and the…
 
We absolutely love giving our Free Feed listeners a little taste of what they're missing in The Carriage House over on Patreon every now and then (though we hesitate to use the word "taste" this week, as you'll see). It's time for another edition of Classic Cliffhangers! For this illustrious volume, we're bringing you some of our dirtiest cliffhang…
 
We have a VERY special episode today as we welcome one of our oldest and dearest friends to The Carriage House. He may even expect us to roll out the red carpet, Hollywood star that he is, as this is, technically, his THIRD appearance on Ask Ronna, excuse me. Get ready for the always fabulous Justin Kirk! You know him from WEEDS, ANGELS IN AMERICA,…
 
Summer is officially in full swing. Ronna's 4th of July gala was as good as it's ever been (despite (Bryan) flirting with every man there) and we're sipping Negronnas poolside daily. Life is good! What could make it better? Maybe inviting into The Carriage House our dear friend, and one of the most prominent soccer broadcasters in the US, pardon me…
 
OK, Ronner...today's show is filled to the brim with energy and follow-ups, or "F.U.'s" as (Bryan) calls them. In fact, we have so much to get to that we barely have time to chat about all the incredibly exciting things happening in The Carriage House this month (the Negronna launch, our Instagram Live last week, the gorgeous Pride stickers coming …
 
Here we are, just the two of us! It's another back-to-basics Carriage House Catch-Up this week, and not a moment too soon. (Bryan)'s in a mood (you'll never guess who the Lobsterman left him for...), but luckily Ronna's here to lift his spirits! After some great follow-ups (we don't know exactly what a Norwegian Forest Cat is, but it sounds scary) …
 
How excited are we that summer is officially here? We can't wait to get to the Vineyard and sip Negronnas all season long. Unfortunately the Lobsterman won't be joining us, as (Bryan) and he have officially ended things, but you know who might join us in his place? This week's guest, the legendary Jason Mantzoukas! You know him from BIG MOUTH, PARK…
 
Now wait a minute. Are we excited or are we excited? Not only do we have a great show and an amazing guest, but we have an announcement so thrilling we can't even contain ourselves. After a quick conversation about the magic of Salonpas™️, we welcome to The Carriage House the absolutely fabulous Caleb Hearon! You know Caleb from his incredible Twit…
 
Chelsy's been instructing English as a Second Language (ESL) for 20 years. She's been a full time lecturer at Purdue University since 2014. Currently she's working on her second Master's degree about the experiences of lesbian ex-members of Campus Crusade for Christ. She was raised in a Christian home, but an experience during the summer of her Fre…
 
We have got an absolutely FABULOUS show this week, even if Dante might be trying to sabotage it. After some mind-blowing Hollywood gossip (Ronna is gobsmacked to learn that Tyne and Tim Daly are siblings), we welcome to The Carriage House director, writer, and producer extraordinaire Lucia Aniello! You know her from her work on Comedy Central's BRO…
 
You'll have to pardon us as we start off this week with a minor crisis. (Bryan) is over-caffeinated it seems, but not even a triple shot of espresso can make us lose sight of what an absolutely spectacular time we're about to have in The Carriage House. We're so happy to welcome the hosts of the delightful DOUGHBOYS podcast, Nick Wiger and Mike Mit…
 
So...we had an epiphany this week. We felt we needed to get back to basics, and for Ronna (& Bryan) to spend some quality time together on the Free Feed, just the two of them. It's time for a Mental Health Day...an intimate Carriage House Catch-Up to reconnect and refresh. And we've got a catch-up for the ages! Chunky smoothies, slutty summers, She…
 
Today I speak with Abby. She was adopted from South Korea with her little sister by Christian American Parents. Her early life was marked by abuse and neglect. She was raised in a non-denominational Christian family. Demons and hell cause her nightmares as a child. She makes big life decisions based on her faith. She later has to tell her Christian…
 
There is so much happening in the world right now, but we're DYING to know more about Bill and Melinda Gates' divorce. Who is this former lover that Bill has been spending time with in the Outer Banks? How long has this arrangement been going on? How will it affect their foundation's charitable giving? Enquiring minds! Needless to say, we're giving…
 
It's a good thing we've purveyors of some of the best coffee around, pardon me, because we'll need a few cups to deal with our spectacular and vivacious guest this week! After a little conversation about honeycrisp apples and a trip through (Bryan)'s laundry, we welcome to The Carriage House none other than drag performer, recording artist, and win…
 
Now, wait a minute. This is it. The time has arrived. One of our most eagerly anticipated guests we've ever had in The Carriage House. Joining us this week is none other than "instant" New York Times Bestseller (just add water) Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney! Her second book, GOOD COMPANY, is out now, and it's a must-read smash hit. Cynthia is eager to ma…
 
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