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).

LATEST EPISODE

#28: Cringeworthy

Anthony goes out with some friends and the conversation turns to: when...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.


-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 Audible (get your free audiobook at audibletrial.com/rider), Blue Apron (first 3 meals free at BlueApron.com/Backseat), and TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
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40:35 4/19/2017

Past Episodes

What--in your life--do you need to let go of? When Anthony takes this question to the passengers, a waitress explains why she's wearing an ankle monitor; the captain of a high school football team reveals an off-field challenge; and a makeup artist tells the story of why she quit Facebook.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK LINE: 312-709-4667
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by Audible (get your free audiobook at audibletrial.com/rider), Blue Apron (first 3 meals free at BlueApron.com/Backseat), and TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
50:50 4/12/2017
We've all had close calls in life, whether it's frantically erasing what would've been a career-ending email seconds before it gets read (happened to Anthony)...or something far more dangerous. In this episode, passengers share their most intense close calls: from grizzly bear encounters to foot-chases with knife-wielding cab drivers.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK LINE: 312-709-4667
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by Blue Apron (first 3 meals free at BlueApron.com/Backseat), and TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
37:21 4/5/2017
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.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK LINE: 312-709-4667
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-This episode is brought to you by Harry's (free trial--awesome razors--at Harrys.com/Backseat), Blue Apron (first 3 meals free at BlueApron.com/Backseat), and TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
44:46 3/29/2017
Everybody remembers their first kiss...right? Passengers divulge the details of their own memories to Anthony, including a man who explains why his first kiss didn't happen until age 21.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK LINE: 312-709-4667
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit

This episode presented by TRUECAR (www.truecar.com)
47:52 3/22/2017
A Muslim woman from the Middle East vents to Anthony about America's drinking culture after nearly losing her son to a drunk driver, a student gets stopped by Saudi religious police for his hairstyle, and a photographer gets locked up by the Venezuelan government. Episode brought to you by Harry's - visit Harrys.com/Backseat for a free trial set of razors.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK LINE: 312-709-4667
-New Lyft users use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
42:59 3/15/2017
Have you ever feared for your life? A young law student's stunning answer to this question helps Anthony with a major life decision.

-New users of the LYFT app can use Anthony's promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit.

-Backseat Rider feedback hotline: 312-709-4667

-This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron. Get your first 3 meals for free by visiting BlueApron.com/Backseat
46:11 3/8/2017
The conversation turns to parenting after two consecutive passengers (men) tell Anthony why they're each estranged from their mothers.

-this podcast is brought to you by Truecar
-to sponsor Anthony in Dancing with Chicago Celebrities, donate here https://t.co/TKN04jZlpv (all proceeds support the breast cancer fight)
-New users of LYFT can use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit.
40:26 3/1/2017
After a big transition of his own, Anthony and his passengers explore why some people are happy in their jobs, while others aren't.
49:26 2/22/2017
Anthony tracks down the two guys who have given more Lyft rides than any other driver in Chicago. This episode is a collection of their stories from the roadways.
40:35 2/15/2017
With Valentine's Day around the corner, passengers tell Anthony about their best and worst dates...ever.
41:55 2/8/2017
After his friend gets stranded in Australia, Anthony asks passengers to tell their immigration stories.
43:00 2/1/2017
Anthony has passengers dig deep into their love/hate relationship with social media.
43:35 1/25/2017
Passengers tell Anthony candid stories about celebrity encounters (WARNING: explicit/sexual content)
39:20 1/18/2017
Anthony learns about heroin addiction, then has his first deep conversation with a person who is transgender.
51:44 1/11/2017
If you could confront one person in your life, who would it be and what would you say? Part 2 of 2.
29:18 1/4/2017

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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.


-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 Audible (get your free audiobook at audibletrial.com/rider), Blue Apron (first 3 meals free at BlueApron.com/Backseat), and TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
40:35 4/19/2017
What--in your life--do you need to let go of? When Anthony takes this question to the passengers, a waitress explains why she's wearing an ankle monitor; the captain of a high school football team reveals an off-field challenge; and a makeup artist tells the story of why she quit Facebook.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK LINE: 312-709-4667
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by Audible (get your free audiobook at audibletrial.com/rider), Blue Apron (first 3 meals free at BlueApron.com/Backseat), and TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
50:50 4/12/2017
We've all had close calls in life, whether it's frantically erasing what would've been a career-ending email seconds before it gets read (happened to Anthony)...or something far more dangerous. In this episode, passengers share their most intense close calls: from grizzly bear encounters to foot-chases with knife-wielding cab drivers.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK LINE: 312-709-4667
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-Episode sponsored by Blue Apron (first 3 meals free at BlueApron.com/Backseat), and TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
37:21 4/5/2017
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.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK LINE: 312-709-4667
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit
-This episode is brought to you by Harry's (free trial--awesome razors--at Harrys.com/Backseat), Blue Apron (first 3 meals free at BlueApron.com/Backseat), and TrueCar (www.truecar.com)
44:46 3/29/2017
Everybody remembers their first kiss...right? Passengers divulge the details of their own memories to Anthony, including a man who explains why his first kiss didn't happen until age 21.

-BACKSEAT RIDER FEEDBACK LINE: 312-709-4667
-NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER for up to $50 in free ride credit

This episode presented by TRUECAR (www.truecar.com)
47:52 3/22/2017

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