Backseat Rider

Journalist Anthony Ponce goes from the bright lights of a major news network to behind the wheel of a ride-share car, bringing you the real life stories of his passengers. From businessmen and baristas to strippers and students... hear the unique worldviews of people from all walks of life, as Anthony and his riders navigate the streets of Chicago. (interviews are recorded with full knowledge and consent).

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#80: Perfection or Death - Jimmy Chin & Alex Honnold

"Alex Honnold's free solo climb of El Capitan should be celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, ever," said the New York Times. In this 30-minute conversation, Honnold and filmmaker/climber Jimmy Chin answer all of Anthony's questions about their new film 'Free Solo,' which depict's Honnold's historic, ropeless climb of "the most impressive wall on Earth," including: what was going through Alex's mind during his aborted attempt at El Cap? What did his mom think of the film? Is he still together with his girlfriend? What did he say to the guy in the unicorn costume he encountered halfway up? And also...is there anything left for this pair to conquer? -'Free Solo' trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urRVZ4SW7WU -Jimmy Chin instagram: @Jimmy_Chin -Alex Honnold instagram: @alexhonnold -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by Geico (www.geico.com), and Pluto TV (www.pluto.tv)
00:39:43 10/30/2018

Past Episodes

Anthony updates the status of the podcast.
00:04:33 10/9/2018
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson are this week's backseat riders. When Anthony poses a question about impactful movies, it leads to unusually personal conversations with two of the most influential men in Chicago. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com), Geico (www.geico.com), and Quip (getquip.com/rider)
00:41:28 7/3/2018
Anthony drives a self-described psychic/medium who claims to be communicating with Anthony's deceased grandparents during the car ride. Is he legit? Listen for yourself. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:35:51 6/26/2018
With Father's Day almost here, Anthony & his passengers explore the experiences that have defined their relationships with their dads, including: why a rabbi hasn't spoken to his father in months, a dad's reaction after his daughter was kicked out of college for plagiarism, the "academic contract" one teenager signed with her dad, and the story of how a certain beverage brought one father and son together after years. At the end of this week's episode: a surprise guest. This episode originally aired in June of 2017. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
01:10:55 6/12/2018
In this episode, Anthony seeks input from passengers after his wife's decision to get a tattoo sparks a tense conversation. This episode originally posted in January 2018. Join the Backseat Rider Facebook Community at https://t.co/qaFOi6. New Lyft users: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit. Tattoo artist Mike Ramos Instagram: Ramsies and www.blackatlasstudios.com This episode is sponsored by Truecar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:47:41 6/5/2018
What is the biggest risk you've ever taken? A big question that leads to some big results: including a woman who dropped her career to open a used bookstore and a man attempting to scale the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents. -Alex Pancoe website: www.peaksofmind.com -Alex Pancoe Instagram handle: peaks_of_mind -Heirloom Books: https://www.facebook.com/heirloombookschicago/ -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:30:04 5/29/2018
This week, Anthony introduces you to two members of America's "Greatest Generation" - a 90 year old woman who's been waiting tables since 1951, and a WW2 veteran who was honored at a Blackhawks game. This episode is an intimate portrait of two American treasures...complete with their thoughts on love, loss, and longevity. -DONNA FENTON ON FOX 32: http://www.fox32chicago.com/mornings/backseat-rider/backseat-rider-chicagos-loveliest-hostess-reflects-on-decades-of-service -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:31:45 5/22/2018
Anthony goes out with some friends and the conversation turns to: when each of their parents embarrassed them the most. Everyone had a tale, so he decides to take this topic to the passengers. Resulting stories range from low-grade embarrassment (her dad wore WHAT to drop her off at school?) to life-altering humiliation ("I could feel the Earth move beneath my feet.") GRAND FINALE: Anthony shares his own story, then ambush-interviews his own mother. This episode originally aired in April of 2017. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:35:58 5/15/2018
With Mother's Day around the corner, Anthony's passengers recount the moments that have defined their relationships with the women who brought them into this world. From the amusing ("Uh, mom? Are you smoking weed?")...to the epic ("she showed up to the delivery room...unannounced")...this week, you'll hear from a young makeup artist, a small business owner, a lawyer, a "former cubicle dweller," and a Chicago visitor who lost her mom way too early in life. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:31:08 5/8/2018
What is the biggest lesson you've learned from a personal failure? Some things aren't truly "learned" unless they're born of personal experiences; oftentimes that means a mistake or a failure. This week, hear from a tae kwon do black belt, a high-performing doctor, two new parents, and a famous Hollywood actor. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:29:17 5/1/2018
When in your life have you felt a great sense of accomplishment? From sports feats and career milestones to break-ups and breakthroughs, this episode is a peek into just how different an "accomplishment" can be, from one passenger to the next. Additional music provided by ESCP (www.escpsound.com) This episode originally aired in July of 2017. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:43:45 4/24/2018
Think for a moment: what's the difference between envy and admiration? When have you felt each emotion...and why the distinction? In this week's episode, you'll hear from a woman who grew up the only black girl in an all-white neighborhood, a former college athlete, a shoe-loving college student, and an aspiring competitive eater. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:33:50 4/17/2018
After announcing a new TV version of Backseat Rider--soon to be unveiled on 'Good Day Chicago'--Anthony turns to his passengers for advice as he returns to the world of local news. This week's cast: a warehouse worker, a bartender, a CEO, and a psychologist. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:32:17 4/10/2018
This week: role reversal on Backseat Rider! For the first time ever, Anthony goes from the driver seat to his own back seat, letting a fellow podcaster take control of the car and the questions. Sean Sechrist is the Chicago-based host and creator of Unbeaten Path (https://apple.co/2pZv6vA), a podcast that explores the ins and outs of risk-taking. In today's conversation, Sean asks Anthony about everything from his musical background, to the lowest moments of his entrepreneurial venture, top interviewing tips, setting "systems" instead of goals, and advice for other people considering taking a risk in life. Articles/blogs/social media mentioned during this week's interview: Author Scott Adams on systems vs. goals http://bit.ly/2H6eGc3 Film Director Robert Rodriguez on breaking from the heard http://bit.ly/2pZczzl Find Sean's podcast at UBPath.com and follow him on Instagram at UnbeatenPath_ * Today's episode is brought to you by Geico (www.geico.com) and Truecar (www.truecar.com) *
01:10:30 4/3/2018
"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." It's been 50 years since Andy Warhol was credited with that quote, coining the phrase "15 minutes of fame." In honor of Anthony expanding Backseat Rider into a Chicago TV segment, he asks this week's passengers about their own "15 minutes." This episode explores society's obsession with celebrity and makes us question our definition of "success": is it personal satisfaction or validation from the outside world? -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:36:22 3/27/2018
Another school shooting--this one in Maryland--comes just days before another national day of protest against gun violence. With March for Our Lives scheduled for Saturday and National Walkout Day this past week, gun reform is top-of-mind for many Americans, including this week's backseat riders. In this episode, Anthony gets candid perspective from a suburban father who champions responsible gun ownership, a woman who lost her nephew to gun violence, and the owner of an AR-15 rifle (the same kind used to kill 17 high school students in Parkland, FL) -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:43:25 3/20/2018
Sex and drugs take centerstage when the Lyft app pairs Anthony with a former model whose addiction to crystal meth derailed his life. Hear the unfiltered story of how the addiction started ("I used to get tipped in crystal meth from the drag queens"), how he paid for it ("hustling for the drug with men"), and ultimately...how he finally broke free. Later in the episode: a fascinating look at the career of a woman who choreographs sex scenes on stage. NSFW! -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:53:25 3/14/2018
Are you the oldest? The baby? A middle child? The only child? How has your birth order affected who you are today? In this episode, Anthony's passengers delve deep into both painful and uplifting territory: how a pick-up basketball game changed two brothers forever, how a woman's vivid dreams of letting her sister die still haunt her, the loneliness of an only child, and how narcissism, mental illness, bad behavior, and age differences all manifest in real peoples' lives. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:41:00 3/7/2018
If you had to choose one song that's had the biggest impact on your life, which one would it be? In this episode, Anthony takes this question to the Backseat Riders...yielding some compelling back-stories, including: the song that helped a passenger recover from being victimized by "liars and thieves," a man who walked in on his cheating girlfriend, a woman who escapes an emotionally abusive relationship, and how one piece of jazz music has come to define both the ups and downs of one passenger's life. This is a rebroadcast of a story first released in June 2017. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:42:46 2/27/2018
On January 13th, an emergency alert reporting an inbound ballistic missile sent Hawaii into a state of panic. It turned out to be a false alarm, but for a period of up to 38 minutes, thousands of residents and tourists thought they might die. In this episode, a couple there on their honeymoon tell the story of what those 38 minutes were like...from their initial nonchalance to eventually placing "goodbye" phone calls to their loved ones. Anthony's other passengers share the stories of their own life-or-death moments, which range from home invasions and armed robberies, to car accidents, muggings, and a near-miss at an amusement park. Join the Backseat Rider Facebook Community at https://t.co/qaFOi6. New Lyft users: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit. This episode is sponsored by Truecar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:38:49 2/21/2018
It's Valentine's Day - a perfect chance for Anthony to probe his passengers about their love lives. How did they find love? Do they believe they're with "the one"? This week's cast: a small-town 4th grade teacher, a nurse at a prestigious hospital, a real estate agent married to a Chicago doctor, and a 24-year-old who suffers from panic attacks. Join the Backseat Rider Facebook Community at https://t.co/qaFOi6. New Lyft users: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit. This episode is sponsored by Truecar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:32:41 2/14/2018
Have you ever seen anything that you were not "supposed" to see? This week: how one passenger found out a loved one was a prostitute, what one woman did after witnessing a hit-and-run, and for one man...the long-term impact of walking in on his mom having sex when he was 8 years old. Join the Backseat Rider Facebook Community at https://t.co/qaFOi6. New Lyft users: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit. This episode is sponsored by Truecar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:44:17 2/7/2018
How do you tackle stress? What is your go-to strategy? This is a topic we most often hear about from life coaches, therapists and other "experts"...but what about everyday people? What works for them? This week, you'll hear from a recovering alcoholic, a struggling actress, a bus driver with a fascinating hobby, and a 69-year old self-described "stoned bitch." Join the Backseat Rider Facebook Community at https://t.co/qaFOi6. New Lyft users: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit. This episode is sponsored by Truecar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:39:21 1/31/2018
In late January--arguably the toughest part of winter--many Chicagoans question why they choose to live there. In this episode, Anthony's passengers explore their relationships with the city, both the best and worst parts. The result: Chicago through the lenses of both the well-to-do, and the struggling. (includes bonus interview with a life-long journalist related to your host) Passenger shout-outs: Ravinia Festival (www.ravinia.org); The Art Institute of Chicago (www.artic.edu); Navy Pier (www.navypier.org); Giordano's (www.giordanos.com); Osmium Coffee Bar (www.darkmattercoffee.com); Lincoln Station (www.lincolnstation.com) Join the Backseat Rider Facebook Community at https://t.co/qaFOi6. New Lyft users: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit. This episode is sponsored by Truecar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)
00:56:08 1/24/2018
You've heard of a sugar daddy. A "sugar baby" is the other half of this type of relationship. Did you know that millions of American women are "sugar dating" to graduate from college debt-free, and that the Internet is making it easier than ever? In this episode, Anthony picks up a 27-year old woman en route to dinner with her sugar daddy, where she will earn $1000 for her time ("nothing sexual at all.") Listen as she opens up to Anthony about: how the transactions happen, how much she can earn, and why she believes for her, sugar dating = female empowerment. EXPLICIT/NSFW. Join the Backseat Rider Facebook Community at https://t.co/qaFOi6. New Lyft users: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit. This episode is sponsored by Truecar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com) Sugar Dating Articles: http://www.businessinsider.com/sugar-daddy-dates-sugar-babies-seeking-arrangement-2017-11 http://www.businessinsider.com/seeking-arrangement-sugar-daddies-pay-sugar-babies-college-tuition-2017-11
00:46:41 1/17/2018

In this episode, Anthony seeks input from passengers after his wife's decision to get a tattoo sparks a tense conversation. 

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Tattoo artist Mike Ramos Instagram: Ramsies and www.blackatlasstudios.com

This episode is sponsored by Truecar (www.truecar.com) and Geico (www.geico.com)

00:47:41 1/10/2018
The most shocking, hilarious, bizarre, and moving interviews of 2017. These are all real passengers, paired with host/driver Anthony Ponce by the Lyft application. WARNING: EXPLICIT / NSFW -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
00:38:03 12/27/2017
A man shares the details of a life-changing medical procedure, and a woman opens up about how her unique first name has affected her life. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit -Link to Anthony's article for The Atlantic's Citylab: http://bit.ly/2oLOle0
00:37:42 12/20/2017
Which piece of advice has REALLY stuck with you over the years? After a collection of real passengers addresses this question, Anthony surprises them with a follow-up that's sure to get you thinking. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
00:35:14 12/13/2017
This week in Anthony's Lyft car: a life-long circus performer, a self-proclaimed nihilist, and why a man who spent years on a gift for his wife says it ultimately "went over like a lead balloon." NOTE: This episode marks the first time Anthony takes part in a mission to transport a body part.

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-Episode sponsored by Blue Apron (visit blueapron.com/backseat for $30 off your first order)
00:56:21 12/6/2017
A woman recalls the horror of being sexually assaulted on a public bus; a female ad exec calls out a male coworker; a woman construction worker reflects on sexual harassment in the workplace. Anthony's real Lyft riders open up about their own experiences, as the sexual misconduct scandal continues to make headlines across the nation.

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00:46:20 11/22/2017
How much thought do you give to negative news stories? How do they affect your mental health? After an onslaught of traumatic national stories, Anthony and his riders discuss their impact on daily life. In this episode, you'll hear why a quarrel is brewing between one man and his next door neighbor, why some topics are off-limits in one Chicago household, and why one man refused to enter an iconic Chicago building.

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00:36:18 11/15/2017
A passenger shows Anthony a priceless object. A man explains why he sometimes dresses in his father's clothing. A mother explains a routine she can't leave her house without doing.

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00:41:15 11/8/2017
After tension flares between Trump and NFL players over national anthem protests, Anthony's passengers explore the injustices they've faced in their own lives. In this episode, you'll hear a passenger describe the subtle racism in the Chicago club scene, a mother whose daughter says she was screwed by a divorce court, a battered woman who wasn't taken seriously by a local police department, and a man who was the victim of workplace bullying.

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00:36:04 9/27/2017
Is there a single day that changed your life forever? Anthony's passengers tackle this big question, including: a Chicago nurse who one day up and left for Alaska, a man who changed his philosophy after getting snubbed by a family member, and an artist who lost everything she owned in a fire.

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-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
-Artwork referenced from fire http://bit.ly/2w5rp8B
00:31:07 9/20/2017
We all remember the feeling of going back to school after summer break. But what about specific memories from the very first day? With 'back to school' on the minds of many this past week, Anthony explores this question with his passengers. In this episode, you'll hear from an unlikely inner-city valedictorian, a lost college grad who finally finds her calling, and the story of why pew assignments were so important at a prestigious boarding school chapel.

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-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
00:31:07 9/13/2017
In a romantic relationship, have you ever "settled" for someone? On the flip side, have you ever felt like you were "reaching" (i.e. dating "up")? This past week, a woman broke up with Anthony's good friend. Right after the breakup, his friend said, "in relationships, there are two kinds of people: reachers and settlers. Maybe I need to stop being a reacher." In this episode, Anthony explores this theory with his passengers, leading to some insightful stories about why some relationships fail, while others succeed.

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-Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
00:43:35 9/6/2017
Some jobs are so dangerous--or so extreme--you'd probably never do them yourself. This week, Anthony features passengers whose careers can push the boundaries of sanity.

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-Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
00:39:19 8/30/2017
In search of Trump supporters, Anthony drives his Lyft to a rural area near the Iowa border. Armed with questions from outraged Chicago passengers, Anthony finds answers from fans of the president--including one husband and wife who proudly fly the confederate flag.

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-Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
00:40:08 8/21/2017
Peoples' nicknames can go one of two ways: affection or ridicule. In this episode, Anthony and his riders deconstruct their nicknames: who thought of them? What do they mean? How have they impacted our lives? You'll hear from passengers with nicknames they both love and loathe.

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00:32:28 8/16/2017
Anthony ends up in the car with an illegal gun dealer, whose catalog of black market products extends well beyond firearms. "I'm the key," he says. "The key to what?" Anthony responds. "Your problems." Episode includes audio of the full car ride, including a cash transaction in the back seat.

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-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
00:32:39 8/9/2017
"I would ask my dad if I was adopted." -Consultant, 24, Chicago. If you were guaranteed a truthful answer, what would you ask? And to whom? The deepest of family secrets are explored in this episode, including: a man whose parents are first cousins, and a woman whose father cleared out her mom's bank account and vanished when she was a young child.

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-Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
00:48:55 8/2/2017
When in your life have you felt a great sense of accomplishment? From sports feats and career milestones to break-ups and breakthroughs, this episode is a peek into just how different an "accomplishment" can be, from one passenger to the next. Additional music provided by ESCP (www.escpsound.com)

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-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
00:44:58 7/26/2017
Do you believe in signs? Signals from the universe? Hear the serendipitous stories behind why a businessman, a university administrator, a pair of professional dancers, a bartender, and several others all answered "yes."

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-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK: 312-709-4667 or backseatrider1@gmail.com
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
00:31:41 7/19/2017
Have you ever been in a physical altercation? If so, what did you learn from it? Hear a wide range of real Lyft passengers answer these questions, including: the tough lesson two muggers learned after assaulting an opera singer, a fight from 4th grade that still haunts a 25 year old, and what a hair stylist learned about her own inner-strength, after being assaulted in a Chicago alley.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl
-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK: 312-709-4667 or backseatrider1@gmail.com
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
00:47:38 7/12/2017
The story of Anthony's craziest Lyft ride, most of which is recorded. The ride starts in an upscale Chicago suburb and ends in one of the city's most violent neighborhoods.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl
-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK: 312-709-4667 or backseatrider1@gmail.com
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
00:46:18 7/5/2017
If you had to choose one song that's had the biggest impact on your life, which one would it be? In this episode, Anthony takes this question to the Backseat Riders...yielding some compelling back-stories, including: the song that helped a passenger recover from being victimized by "liars and thieves," a man who walked in on his cheating girlfriend, a woman who escapes an emotionally abusive relationship, and how one piece of jazz music has come to define both the ups and downs of one passenger's life.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl
-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK: 312-709-4667 or backseatrider1@gmail.com
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
00:42:04 6/28/2017
What keeps you up at night? For most of this week's riders, the answer to this question is anxiety. But for a select few, the answers were extremely specific. Hear a man's terrifying account of surviving a plane crash, why one woman hides all the knives in her house, the saga of a self-described "painkiller junkie," and the important issue facing a staff member at waxing salon.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl
-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK: 312-709-4667 or backseatrider1@gmail.com
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
00:46:38 6/21/2017
With Father's Day almost here, Anthony & his passengers explore the experiences that have defined their relationships with their dads, including: why a rabbi hasn't spoken to his father in months, a dad's reaction after his daughter was kicked out of college for plagiarism, the "academic contract" one teenager signed with her dad, and the story of how a certain beverage brought one father and son together after years. At the end of this week's episode: a surprise guest.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6W0Zl
-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK: 312-709-4667 or backseatrider1@gmail.com
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
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