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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#49: First Day Back

We all remember the feeling of going back to school after summer break....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)
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31:07 9/13/2017

Past Episodes

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.

-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)
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.

-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)
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.

-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)
40:08 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.

-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)
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.

-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)
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.

-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)
48:55 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)

-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)
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."

-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

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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
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.

-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)
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.

-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)
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.

-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)
40:08 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.

-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)
32:28 8/16/2017

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