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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How much thought do you give to negative news stories? How do they...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.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
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36:18 11/15/2017

Past Episodes

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.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
41:15 11/8/2017
When looked at from the lens of Anthony's passengers, a typical day in Chicago includes fights with bosses, wedding proposals, trips to the ER, and dealing with bitchy customers on the Mag Mile.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
35:05 11/1/2017
Have you ever witnessed anything paranormal? With Halloween coming up, Anthony takes this question out to his passengers, leading to some eerie real-life ghost stories and one encounter IN THE CAR, which left Anthony and his rider stunned. If you spook easily, don't listen to this by yourself.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
36:07 10/25/2017
Anthony's passengers dig deep into their love/hate relationship with social media.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
39:32 10/18/2017
What book has had the biggest impact on your life? This question leads to a series of stunningly candid stories from real Chicago passengers, including heroin addiction, sexual enlightenment, and life through the lense of a transgender person. This episode first aired January 11, 2017.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
40:05 10/11/2017
Anthony wakes up feeling uninspired until his passengers share how they motivate when times are tough. In this episode: a former Ivy League basketball player overcomes self-doubt; a woman rebuilds her career after an unusual allergic reaction; a cancer survivor's outlook on her career changes after her diagnosis; and how a woman has motivated herself to exercise every day for nearly 15 years. This episode first aired March 29, 2017.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by Blue Apron. Visit blueapron.com/backseat for $30 off first order
41:04 10/4/2017
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.

-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
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.

-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)
-Artwork referenced from fire http://bit.ly/2w5rp8B
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.

-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)
31:07 9/13/2017

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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.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
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.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
41:15 11/8/2017
When looked at from the lens of Anthony's passengers, a typical day in Chicago includes fights with bosses, wedding proposals, trips to the ER, and dealing with bitchy customers on the Mag Mile.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
35:05 11/1/2017
Have you ever witnessed anything paranormal? With Halloween coming up, Anthony takes this question out to his passengers, leading to some eerie real-life ghost stories and one encounter IN THE CAR, which left Anthony and his rider stunned. If you spook easily, don't listen to this by yourself.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
36:07 10/25/2017
Anthony's passengers dig deep into their love/hate relationship with social media.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
39:32 10/18/2017

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