I’m a writer, producer and host focused on taking big topics and making them funny, accessible and infused with pop culture reference. That’s why I’m known on the internet as Pop Culture Pirate. I currently host two shows and a podcast. I also make viral red carpet videos!
I currently host and executive produce the award-winning podcast and Facebook Watch show, Strong Opinions Loosely Held for Refinery29. I also host the weekly live talk show, The Ladies Room for the company as well. Yes, it happens between two stalls in the women’s bathroom: that’s where all good revolutions and conversations happen!
Before launching those franchises, I spent two years scaling Refinery29's video content resulting in 500% increase in video views and increasing video production by 250%. Now, three out of 4 women see the company's video content. But visibility comes with responsibility, of course. That's why I like to talk about creating a more inclusive media and pop culture landscape. I've done this most recently at MIT, Harvard Law School, Savannah College of Art and Design and SxSW.
I am a Women in Technology Fellow at NYU School of Engineering. I'm also an "influencer": My US Copyright Office testimony helped win crucial exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, setting the stage for video to dominate across social platforms. My solo gallery show resulted in a US Copyright Office White paper on internet meme culture.
I currently host and executive produce Refinery29’s current events show, Strong Opinions Loosely Held. SOLH began as an iTunes top 10 podcast and was adapted into a weekly Facebook Watch show in 2017 where it grew to an audience of over 700K fans, making it the fastest growing franchise at Refinery29. SOLH won a 2017 DigiDay Award, was a 2017 Webby Honoree and has partnered with Spotify, ESPN, Lean Cuisine and NPR to make audio and video content for the internet’s biggest threat: smart, opinionated women. Guests include Glenn Close, Rebecca Traister, Rosanna Arquette, Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Dr. Brittney Cooper, Rent The Runway CEO, Jennifer Hyman, Tan France and Alysia Reiner. You can watch all the episodes here.
We tackle topics like:
Why are there so many shows about wives if women are delaying marriage if marrying at all? Answer here.
Why are white people the WORST at talking about race? Answer here.
Why is women’s pain taken less seriously? Answer here.
What’s up with the trend of working ourselves to death? Answer here.
WTF is Bitcoin and why should I care? Answer here.
Strong Opinions Loosely Held is an iTunes top 10 podcast. It won a Digiday award or best podcast and is a 2017 Webby nominee. It has over 2 million downloads. I also wrote and executive produced the Facebook Watch adaptation. Each season, I talk to culture-makers and rule-breakers to try to solve the mysteries of today's popular culture.
We answer questions like...
Who profits from making a viral meme?
Why do we discount tweenage girls but embrace “early adopters”?
Is HGTV the only thing our country can agree on?
Why are we looking for happiness in self help books if the happiest countries don’t sell many of them?
Why the F*$% are we still having kids?
As a politics and entertainment correspondent, I make fun, sharable red carpet videos that make traditional media relatable on the internet!
I host The Ladies Room, a weekly live celebrity-drive talk show about pop culture and politics. The show takes place from the women’s bathroom since that’s usually where all good revolutions start!