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Getting Hammered
Kids, cocktails, and conversation

It's not easy keeping up with the news—especially when you're a parent. Mary Katharine Ham and Vic Matus know that well. And while they can't get your kids to school on time (and without ketchup in their hair—ask Mary Katharine about that one), they can break down the news you need to know. Put the kids to bed, pour yourself a drink, and join us twice a week for Getting Hammered.

On today’s episode, Mary Katharine sits down with Janice Dean to discuss how to survive tough times.
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Resilient Parenting
Aug 3, 2022
On today's episode, Mary Katharine sits down with Irwin Sandler to talk about how to parent through a crisis.
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Snowflake Weepies
Jul 29, 2022
On today’s episode we talk about Joe Manchin’s surprise, the new definition of a recession and ever changing mask mandates.
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Today we are talking about what defines a recession, the latest mask recommendations, and the sad loss of the Chaco Taco.
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We are pleased to have Matt Continetti join Vic on this episode as Mary Katherine is unfortunately still voiceless. From Biden’s health update(s) to Kamala’s ever-so-moving speech to Chris Cuomo looking for a career change— Vic and Matt are talking about it all.
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On this special episode of Getting Hammered, we take a trip down memory lane highlighting some of our favorite clips of the show thus far.
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Billionaire Bites
Jul 15, 2022
Today we discuss Amber Heard’s retrial rejection, the tragic story of a 10-year old in Ohio, a NY bodega worker’s deadly confrontation, and an ice cream truck selling $10 popsicles.
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World Powers, man
Jul 13, 2022
Today on we are talking about Boris Johnson’s resignation, the assassination of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, and the organic farming crisis in Sri Lanka. We update you on Macy Gray’s bow down, the assassination attempt of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Dr. Jill Biden’s breakfast taco speech.
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A New Low
Jul 8, 2022
Today we are talking about Governor Newsom’s combative commercial campaign in Florida, Macy Gray and Bette Midler’s decision to double down on the definition of a woman, and the steep drop in Biden’s approval rate.
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20,000 Calories
Jul 6, 2022
Today we are discussing America’s birthday party, Joey Chestnut’s hotdog win, and how the U.S’s stance on abortion compares to other countries.
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Corroboration Nation
Jul 1, 2022
Before you start celebrating America's birthday, let's recap Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony, SCOTUS news, and how America is making our men fat.
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Let's Run The Facts
Jun 29, 2022
If you haven't heard: a lot is happening. Today on Getting Hammered, we run through the facts of Roe V Wade to ensure we're all on the same page. On top of that, we check in with the Mayor of NYC and dig into some BBQ.
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Nanny State
Jun 24, 2022
Mary Katharine woke up Vic for an early recording because lots is happening today on Getting Hammered. From gun updates on capitol hill to gadgets conquering the kitchen, we've got you covered.
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You Love to Hear it
Jun 22, 2022
Have you seen the new Top Gun? More importantly, have you seen Jennifer Connelly's eyebrows? Well, gear up because we have some thoughts on both. Also, we have updates from the CDC, Dave Chapelle is back in the news, and the Supreme Court shows us the good side of politics.
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Divorcée Getaway
Jun 17, 2022
Today we're talking about congress's predictable stall on the gun package, the rising red wave in Texas, wokeness at George Washington University, and a new trend in vacations.
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Caviar Bumps
Jun 15, 2022
This week we are giving some time to the 1/6 Hearings, but asking . . . is it worth our time? Also, we have some gun legislation updates, thoughts on political violence, and looking at a fishy new trend.
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We are pleased to have Kristen Soltis Anderson fill in for Vic on today's episode as she touches us on her pregnancy journey and all things jubilee. We also catch up on Mary Katharine's camp struggles, the bizarre reporting on gunman outside Kavanaugh's home, and the January 6th hearings.
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We open today's episode with a personal note from Vic followed by an update from camp in North Carolina. On the news front: Biden is woe, Washington Post's HR had a busy weekend and 1984 is one step closer to reality.
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Closing Argument
Jun 3, 2022
After two months, we are finally able to give our closing arguments on Depp V Heard. We have more updates from the tragedy in Uvalde and to close the show, we're looking into a HOT new world record.
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Temporarily Woke
Jun 1, 2022
We are not shocked to hear that anxiety continues to spike amongst school children across the nation, Joe Biden is now improving at graduation speeches, and Canada expects citizens to be nice and turn in their handguns.
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Prayers for Uvalde
May 27, 2022
Our prayers are with the families of those lost to the tragic mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday. Mary Katharine and Vic talk about some the shooting and unpack the internet's takes on gun regulations.
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The Update Show
May 25, 2022
Remember when Netflix imploded over Dave Chappelle's comedy skits? Or when Hillary Clinton approved the peddling of a false report that led to the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory? What about that National School Board Association's letter asking the Justice Department to sic federal investigators on parents at school board meetings? In today's episode, Mary Katharine and Vic give an update of some of this year's top stories.
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The Department of Homeland Security paused its misinformation board after videos surface of Nina Jankowicz, the woman they tapped to lead the group, discussing topics she believed were misinformation—like the Hunter Biden laptop story. Netflix tells woke employees to kick rocks if they can't work on content with which they disagree, the New York Times gives us a great "So It Can Be Told" segment, and Mary Katharine gives a shoutout to a heroic dog.
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Good Faith
May 18, 2022
You know, how teachers unions kept schools closed for more than a year? Or how some on the left cast aside free speech in the face of a tragedy? Mary Katharine and Vic know it's all in good faith....
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Bottle Half Full
May 13, 2022
While baby formula supplies grow scarce, and the White House isn't quite sure what to do about it, Mary Katharine and Vic are still looking at the bottle half full (for now). White House press secretary Jen Psaki encourages protests targeting Supreme Court Justices, Whoopi Goldberg says Trump should be back on Twitter, and rising tides on the shores of Lake Mead may reveal the Las Vegas mob's secrets.
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House Call
May 11, 2022
Supreme Court Justices who voted in favor of abortion restrictions get a house call they didn’t ask for from dozens of rowdy pro-choice protestors. While the Boston’s mask mandate dropped two months ago, Boston Public Schools continues to require students to mask up. An update on Ukraine, and Alabama murderer manhunt draws to a close, and Mary Katharine gets a funny "fact check."
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Bad Actors
May 6, 2022
From the Department of Homeland Security’s new disinformation board to maskless White House Correspondents’ Dinner guests catching Covid—after years of berating others for failing to wear masks—to the New York Times taking a baseless swing at Elon Musk, Mary Katharine and Vic are blasting bad actors today.
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A Supreme Leak
May 4, 2022
We've been living in "unprecedented times" for the past two years. And Politico's latest scoop on the Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson decision is no exception. Mary Katharine and Vic unpack the story, and what the decision means for trust in the nation's highest court, abortion laws, and the midterm. President Joe Biden laughs at his failing economy during the White House Correspondents' Dinner, an update on midterm polling, and a steakhouse chef earns the honor of a lifetime.
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Fauci Flip-Flops
Apr 29, 2022
To nobody’s surprise what so ever, Dr. Anthony Fauci flip-flops on where we are in the pandemic... again. We’re staying up to date on Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, and more importantly, the outcries from those who fear they’ll lose their ability to dictate what Twitter users can read and share. Finally, Mary Katharine and Vic reveal the “spirit” of 2022 (psst... we're talking alcohol).
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And the crowd goes wild! Billionaire Elon Musk buys Twitter, and the libs are up in arms. Mary Katharine talks about her appearance on the Real Time with Bill Maher, American officials visit war-torn Ukraine, and new midterm forecasts give Republicans a(nother) reason to smile.
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Performance Art
Apr 22, 2022
From continuing to mask while traveling to Vice President Kamala Harris’s awe-inspiring speech on space to actors duking it out in court, Mary Katharine and Vic are talking all about performance art.
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Flyin' High
Apr 20, 2022
...Without a mask! A federal judge overrules the CDC's travel mask mandates, much to Mary Katharine and Vic's delight, and the White House's dismay. The Bidens roll into the annual Easter Egg Roll, touting Democrats' eggcellent work to provide top-quality education to America's kids this year (insert eye roll here). Finally, Mary Katharine answers a listener's inquiry about Fairfax County Public Schools' search for a new superintendent.
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From guns to free speech to Elon Musk’s “hostile” Twitter takeover, Mary Katharine and Vic have quite the lineup for their 50th episode!
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki tries to make the "Putin Price Hike" happen. But Mary Katharine and Vic say, it's not going to happen! Dozens of D.C. elites catch the coronavirus after the Gridiron dinner, Elon Musk plots his Twitter takeover, and reporters jump on students who ask about the Hunter Biden laptop story coverup—and other media missteps—at a University of Chicago conference on disinformation.
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Taylor Lorenz, a former content cop who went after creators and now writes on the lives of internet-famous teens for a living, claims she’s really the victim of online attacks. And Senate Democrats are convinced that newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson faced worse treatment on the Senate floor than Justice Brett Kavanaugh. But Mary Katharine and Vic question who the real victim is here.
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Are the Kids Alright?
Apr 6, 2022
From the CDC’s admission that lockdowns caused a mental health crisis among teens to Jennifer Rubin’s worst column ever (yeah, it’s really that bad), we’ve got quite an uplifting line-up for a very important day: Mary Katharine’s birthday!
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How Does It Feel?
Apr 1, 2022
…To know that one of the nation’s largest teachers’ unions was directly responsible for keeping schools closed for months? To not be invited to the sex parties that Rep. Madison Cawthorn claims are rampant in the nation’s capital? Or to know that the New York Times and the Washington Post are just now talking about the Hunter Biden laptop story? As Mary Katharine often says, it’s not good! It’s not good, Vic!
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None of us would've known the Oscars had even happening if it weren't for Will Smith smacking the [bleep] out of Chris Rock on stage. Mary Katharine and Vic have thoughts on that, as well as President Joe Biden's gaffes on the Russian-Ukraine War. Finally, Mary Katharine fears for the safety of her state, as Duke and UNC face off in the Final Four.
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What's Worse?
Mar 25, 2022
The Washington Post says the line of questioning facing Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is worse than the inquiries Justice Brett Kavanaugh endured during his nomination. Mary Katharine and Vic aren't so sure. Russia's invasion of Ukraine stalls, gains are now racist, and our ever-so-grateful hosts read some rave reviews from the Hammerheads!
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And do they have a show for you! The New York Times, after a year and a half, finally gives credibility to the Hunter Biden laptop story; confirmation hearings begin for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson; and some states temporarily eliminate gas taxes to help drivers face skyrocketing prices at the pump.
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We're All Zoomers Now
Mar 18, 2022
Happy St. Paddy's Day! Mary Katharine and Vic fact-check some common misperceptions about the holiday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urges Congress for support for his country via Zoom, and former CNN host Chris Cuomo sues the network on allegations that they smeared his integrity (spoiler: we think he did that one on his own).
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Counterpoint: No
Mar 16, 2022
No. Just no. With allergies, with Russia, with gas prices, with poorly designed logos... You get the point.
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Mar 11, 2022
We have lots to cover this week as inflation soars and cancelations soar even higher. BUT most importantly, we have a very special appearance from baby Holly.
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Mar 9, 2022
We hope you filled your tank before the sanctions hit! This week we're celebrating anniversaries, watching the press play softball with their favorite institution, and figuring out who we would be in Red Dawn.
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No More Cussin'
Mar 4, 2022
Lent is here and we're giving it all we got. This week we're recapping the SOTU, checking in with Chris Cuomo, and watchin' the Wheel of Fortune.
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There are many things to clear up this week, including how to pronounce Kyiv and which vodka SHOULD NOT be poured out.
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Feb 25, 2022
This week's show starts on a heavier note as Russia invades Ukraine, but ends on a sweeter note with a bear who has a relatable appetite.
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Under Pressure
Feb 23, 2022
Whether it's due to Russia's imminent invasion of Ukraine or lingering pandemic restrictions or a University of Wisconsin assistant basketball coach, we're all under pressure.
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We Have Words
Feb 18, 2022
This week, a whole lot of people have a whole lot of things to say: A Jewish member of parliament spars with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who likened protesters to Nazis. To Mary Katharine and Vic's surprise, Rep. Ilhan Omar condemned an outlet that doxxed Canadians who donated to protesters. And on this side of the border, San Francisco parents made their voices heard at the ballot box, voting out school board members who kept schools shut during the pandemic.
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Tanked
Feb 16, 2022
No matter how much you drank on Super Bowl Sunday, you probably weren’t as tanked as President Joe Biden’s approval numbers. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau threatens to bring in the military (tanks?) to handle pandemic mandate protesters. And a new study warns against getting tanked on Moscow Mules.
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Freedom, Eh?
Feb 11, 2022
Four Canadian provinces announce they’ll drop pandemic restrictions—and parliamentarians across the isle give Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a not-so-polite Canadian shellacking. Mary Katharine and Vic dive into the case of West Elm Caleb and ask if he's really the monster social media has made him out to be. Last, but certainly not least, we address Adidas's titillating advertisement—link NOT included in show notes.
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If you want to run as fast as Usain Bolt, eat 100 chicken nuggets every day, says your new nutrition and exercise coach, Mary Katharine. Oh, and definitely don’t eat the food served in Beijing’s Olympic village. An update on mask wars, the second week of Joe Rogan drama making the front pages, and New York City kids go vegan on Fridays at school.
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Whoopsies!
Feb 4, 2022
We’re not here to cancel Whoopi Goldberg over her Holocaust comments, but it looks like her own television network is already on it. The White House weighs in on censoring podcaster Joe Rogan, the masking meltdown continues in Northern Virginia, and Canadian truckers revolt against vaccine mandates.
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The Joe Rogan controversy continues, and Mary Katharine and Vic question whose misinformation will land on the right side of history. We discover who leaked the news of Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement, California officials enjoy an NFL playoff game maskless, and a brawl breaks out in Philadelphia over… Golden Corral steak?
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It's Personal
Jan 28, 2022
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer isn’t so happy that the news of his impending retirement leaked. Mary Katharine and Vic break down the (lack of) research on masking children, the Spotify vs. Neil Young vs. Joe Rogan debate, and NATO’s attempt to confront Russia
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The Fifty Yard Scream
Jan 26, 2022
Moms in Boston are saying what we’re all feeling. Rather, screaming it from the 50 yard line of the local high school. Mary Katharine and Vic give the full rundown on the mask debacle in Virginia, President Biden snaps at Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy, and a recap of one of the best weekend in professional football
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A 'Minor Incursion'
Jan 21, 2022
Mary Katharine and Vic unpack Biden's lengthly press conference, from 95 (or is it 98?) percent of schools reopening to Russia's 'minor incursion' in the Ukraine. In coronavirus news, Prime Minister Boris Johnson ends masking in schools and vaccine passports, a Los Angeles charter school quarantines unvaccinated students, and NPR wrongly reports a mask fight between Supreme Court justices.
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Mask-off Face-off
Jan 19, 2022
A face-off is a-brewing over masks in Northern Virginia schools, Donald Trump takes a swing at a likely 2024 Republican primary rival, and another NBA higher up ignores China's human rights abuses.
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It is time for the Biden administration to do what they need to do to finally vanquish the coronavirus, Vice President Kamala Harris says, and that time is everyday. It's also time for a new Getting Hammered segment: Getting Hammered Investigates. This week, Mary Katharine and Vic investigate Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's own investigation into his infamous KKK/blackface yearbook photo. Five year olds in Minneapolis need the vax to go out to eat, the return of Hillary Clinton, and the debate over the filibuster continues.
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Not Today, Saban
Jan 12, 2022
It's a good day for Mary Katharine: The Georgia Bulldogs won their first National Championship in more than four decades, trouncing Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the fourth quarter. CDC director Rochelle Walensky said something that actually made sense, failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams flakes on President Biden's voting rights speech, and New York City mayor Eric Adams floats vaccine mandates for kids.
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Playing Dirty
Jan 7, 2022
What do teachers' unions, Pete Davidson, and Martinis all have in common? They know how to play dirty. Kids are shut out of school as teachers refuse to return to the classroom, Kim Kardashian unfollows Miley Cyrus after her New Years Eve special with Kim's latest beau, Pete Davidson, and Mary Katharine finds just how to make your Martini even dirtier.
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Snowmicron!
Jan 5, 2022
It's Snowmicron: A snowstorm keeps kids in some states out of school, and districts are considering another shutdown due to the Omicron surge. But fear not, school closures aren't going to impact grades or test scores—because some districts won't record the data it in the first place. AOC skirts the Snowmicron mess in Miami, and starts a national conversation on the plight of attractive people. And there's another storm brewing—this time, over the filibuster.
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A lot of great movies came out in 1986. Babes in Toyland was not one of them. But Mary Katharine and Vic watched the spectacular Christmas film, starring Drew Barrymore and Keanu Reaves, so you don't have to. Merry Christmas!
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BBB, RIP
Dec 22, 2021
Joe Manchin officially kills Build Back Better. CNN checks in with Mary Katharine and Vic's favorite Omicron-tracking doctor. And the Bidens re-home their old dog to make room for a brand-new puppy.
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From Ben Affleck to the Build Back Better Act, on this episode of Getting Hammered, it's all about the Benjamins. The Atlantic publishes a Covid story from someone outside of the media bubble, and Mary Katharine and Vic read letters to Santa from one hundred years ago.
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The Ideas Man
Dec 15, 2021
Would a can of Vienna Sausages outlast mask mandates? CDC director Rochelle Walensky thinks so. Elon Musk joins the ranks of Mary Katharine's husband as an Ideas Man, a comedian and an MSNBC host butt heads, and California experiences a bacon shortage.
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The New York Times reports a groundbreaking story: Parents are upset about school closures. Color Mary Katharine and Vic surprised (not). The Supreme Court hears a case on voucher programs, Democrats are losing the vaccine mandate debate, and Chris Cuomo officially gets the boot from CNN.
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More than half of young adults are overweight. Stacey Abrams is back for another gubernatorial race. Mary Katharine's college football woes. And Reese's is now adding potato chips to their peanut butter cups—which Vic isn't so sure about. We're not just gluttons—we're gluttons for punishment.
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La Science, C'est Moi
Dec 3, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci is the science, according to... himself. But Mary Katharine and Vic aren't so sure he—or the Biden administration, for that matter—knows how to tackle the Omicron variant. The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the Mississippi abortion case, the Women's Tennis Association takes a stand against China, and we learn the history of the golf course beverage cart.
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Censored
Dec 1, 2021
Mary Katharine and Vic have recovered from their Thanksgiving feasts and they're back to discuss Disney's decision to censor an episode of the Simpsons, as well as the new covid variant, fact-checkers, and some very unlucky pub dwellers in England
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Thanksgiving Special
Nov 24, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving from Mary Katharine and Vic! The hosts are here to talk about their Thanksgiving traditions and the topic they wish they were talking about all the time: food.
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It's a Squeeze
Nov 19, 2021
We aren't sure who's still listening to Dr. Anthony Fauci, but he officially declared it safe to visit with family during the holidays. Businesses are changing shipping and packaging to fight supply chain woes, CNN takes a mostly unsuccessful drive around Brooklyn in a self-driving car, and a former Obama economic advisor gets real on inflation.
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Drama Drama Drama
Nov 17, 2021
There's drama in the White House—Kamala drama, that is. Mary Katharine and Vic talk about tumultuous relationships in the White House, as well as the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, a football miracle, dating while living with your parents, and Taylor Swift making money off of a relationship that ended more than a decade ago.
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What's Le Plan
Nov 12, 2021
Kamala Harris fakes a French accent, Michigan's Attorney General has one too many Bloody Marys, and Morgan Ortagus rips Adam Schiff on the View
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Saving(s) and Spending
Nov 10, 2021
Is it Daylight Saving Time or Daylight Savings Time? Is inflation actually good for us? And will the BIF help with that? Mary Katharine and Vic answer these questions and talk T-Mac, breathalyzers, and mask mandates.
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Upsets
Nov 5, 2021
Mary Katharine and Vic talk elections, and this week's biggest upsets, as well as the Supreme Court's latest concealed carry decisions and our hobby horse: vaccine mandates for kids.
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A Numbers Game
Nov 3, 2021
Mary Katharine and Vic are back to chat numbers, from the Virginia governor's race to spending bills to plummeting poll numbers for the Biden administration to the original prices for McDonald's hamburgers.
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The Baby Episode
Oct 27, 2021
Mary Katharine Ham welcomed her third daughter into the world this weekend. So where else would she be four days after labor than the recording studio, with Vic, chatting about the experience?
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Uncancellable
Oct 22, 2021
A protests against Dave Chappelle's uncancellable (and very funny) Netflix comedy special, vaccine mandates for kids, an ad war in the Virginia governor's race, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's wise words on race and education.
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The B Word
Oct 20, 2021
The Virginia gubernatorial race is the b word. Bellwether, that is, for what's to come in 2022 and 2024. Mary Katharine and Vic pay tribute to the late Colin Powell, fact-check Fauci's football season fears, and talk about teens developing the TikTok tics.
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We're Going There
Oct 15, 2021
To McDonalds, to space, to Boston, to Barnes and Noble (to pick up a copy of Katie Couric's new book). Mary Katharine and Vic are "Going There."
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Gender-neutral children's toys, empty shelves, and child actors working for the Vice President. The inaugural episode has arrived. Let’s get hammered.
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Trailer
Oct 11, 2021
Welcome to Getting Hammered with Mary Katherine Ham & Vic Matus
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