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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#41: Signs

Do you believe in signs? Signals from the universe? Hear the serend...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."

-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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31:41 7/19/2017

Past Episodes

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
01:10:56 6/14/2017
R&B star Brandy and her boyfriend, Sir the Baptist, end up in the back seat of Anthony's Lyft, leading to a wide-ranging follow-up to last week's discussion about passion. The two artists speak candidly about: the lowest moments in their careers, how they discovered their authentic selves, the songwriting process, and where music comes from. The conversation ends with some encouraging words for Anthony and other people pursuing their dreams in life. (Anthony returns to "everyday" passengers next week)

-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 Blue Apron (FREE meals at BlueApron.com/Backseat) & TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
58:21 6/7/2017
"How do people go about finding what their passion is in life? Their purpose or reason for being here?" After a woman leaves that question on the Backseat Rider Hotline, Anthony takes it straight to his passengers. From makeup artists to CEOs, hear how real people discovered their passions. Featured in this episode: Howard Tullman (@Tullman), CEO of 1871 (@1871Chicago) & Chicago's foremost advisor to start-ups/entrepreneurs.

-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)
48:59 5/31/2017
Almost everywhere you look, a story is unfolding. In this episode, Anthony drives at night, asking his passengers to think deeply about what's happened to them since waking up that morning. The result is a unique portrait of life on a typical day in Chicago: from romantic encounters and stunning moments of clarity...to workplace fights, tense transactions between shoppers and salesmen, afternoon trysts, and family emergencies.

-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)
35:57 5/24/2017
The Lyft app pairs Anthony with the mother of actress Jennifer Beals (Flashdance, The L Word, NBC's Taken) and results in a candid mother/daughter interview.

-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)
40:19 5/15/2017

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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."

-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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
46:38 6/21/2017

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