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The booze-filled, drug-addled, technicolor roller coaster that is Mad Men will finally end its epic, seven-year run in just eight short weeks. Relive the highs and lows, the affairs and the sudden deaths, the lies and the cold hard truths, in this short-run podcast series. Host Ellen Horne will be talking to writers, historians, psychoanalysts and her fellow show fanatics about what Mad Men means and where it’s headed.

Latest Episodes

#7 The Art of the Finale - With Ronald D. Moore & Carly Mensch

Don confronts his life deceptions in Kansas, Pete iswooedby the prospect ofasimpler life—maybe including Trudy—and Betty gets a devastating diagnosis. Then, Ellen calls up Battlestar Galacticashowrunner Ronald D. Moore—who's in Scotland filming season two of Outlander—to hear how a finale gets conceived, and how to stick the landing. She also talks to Carly Mensch, a TV writer who worked on the final seasons of Weeds and Nurse Jackie, and is now a writer at Orange Is The New Black. Carly drops some writers' room wisdom on where to go looking for hints abouthow it'll all end.

18 MIN2015 MAY 14
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#7 The Art of the Finale - With Ronald D. Moore & Carly Mensch

#6 Nostalgia and Meow Men - With Amy Pearl

Don goes on the run, Joan battles egregious sexism at McCann and Roger and Peggy send off the SC+P offices in proper fashion. Then, Ellen talks with video producer Amy Pearl. She makes videos about New York for New York Public Radio which are strange, funny, touching short films. But we’re talking to her because she’s the creator and director of our favorite Mad Men inspired video: “Meow Men.” They talk Don, nostalgia, and of course, cats.

15 MIN2015 MAY 7
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#6 Nostalgia and Meow Men - With Amy Pearl

#5 Mad Men and Race - With Ericka Blount Danois and Gilbert Cruz

Peggy finally talks about the baby she gave up for adoption, and the team gets back together for one last pitch to save their agency. It was an episode people have been waiting for a long time, so what else do we expect? Mad Men has taken a lot of knocks for being - perhaps unrealistically - lily white in its depiction of the 1960s.Host Ellen Horne talks about the show's blind spots when it comes to race with Ericka Blount Danois, a writer who's tackled the topic for Ebony, and Gilbert Cruz, TV Editor for The New York Times, who says the show might not have gotten it as wrong as we think.

21 MIN2015 APR 30
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#5 Mad Men and Race - With Ericka Blount Danois and Gilbert Cruz

#4 Ad Men Talk 'Badvertising'- With Brian Horne, Colin Mitchell, and Matt Creamer

Don hits on a 17 year old!Agrown-up Glen propositionsBetty!And Sallysells herself on the idea ofa one-way bus ticket. There's a whole lot of persuading going on. This is a show about advertising, after all. But how realistic is its portrayal of that topic? Host Ellen Horne talks to her brother about particularly egregious "badvertising." And Colin Mitchelland Matt Creamer—two real-life ad men—dissecta few of the show's standout product pitches.

23 MIN2015 APR 24
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#4 Ad Men Talk 'Badvertising'- With Brian Horne, Colin Mitchell, and Matt Creamer

#3 Meeting the Real Sally Draper - With Brooke Gladstone & Jess Bennett

Megangother divorce, Dongotdumped by the diner waitress and Harry Crane's true pervy nature was revealed. But whither Sally Draper? We miss that kid. This week, we talk to On the Media's Brooke Gladstone about growing up Sally, a girl who "is going to get really angry" really soon. And we bring in writer Jess Bennett to unpack the ongoing and very disturbing war between two would-be allies, Joan and Peggy.

15 MIN2015 APR 16
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#3 Meeting the Real Sally Draper - With Brooke Gladstone & Jess Bennett

#2 Mad Men Goes to Therapy - With Linda Holmes, Lulu Miller & Stephanie Newman

As we learned on last week's episode, the partners at the agency are now filthy, stinking rich. So why are they all still so unhappy?While we saw some glimmers of hope for Don, Peggy and Ken in the first episode of this second half of the season, you know it's a matter of time before self-sabotage comes into play. We'll talk with Invisibilia's Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, as well asLinda Holmes, host of Pop Culture Happy Hour, about how the characters on this show are "OK," but they're never actually ok. Then we pay a visit to therapist Stephanie Newman, author of "Mad Men on the Couch,"to see what exactly everyone's problem is. Does it have even a name? In the case of Don, at least, she'd call itnarcissistic personality disorder.

18 MIN2015 APR 9
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#2 Mad Men Goes to Therapy - With Linda Holmes, Lulu Miller & Stephanie Newman

#1 Lady Computers & a Lunar Landing – with Laura Walker and Audra Wolfe

At its best, Mad Men brilliantly deconstructs things like family dynamics, corporate influence, and the gigantic cultural shift that took us from Eisenhower's '50sto the louche'70s. Itpaints a vivid portrait of America in the 1960s and - at the same time - showsus just how little has changed since then. As we dive back into Season 7 for the show's final few episodes, we'll bring everyone up to speed on where we left off -the agency up for sale to McCann, Peggy leaping out from Don's shadow, and a nation newly launchedinto the space age. Joining us to talk about what's real, what's not and what we should be looking for is historian and writer Audra Wolfe, whose workfocuses on the role of science in “soft” diplomacy during the Cold War. We'll also hear from Laura Walker, CEO of New York Public Radio, about her own connection to the heyday of boozy Madison Avenue business.

17 MIN2015 APR 3
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#1 Lady Computers & a Lunar Landing – with Laura Walker and Audra Wolfe
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Latest Episodes

#7 The Art of the Finale - With Ronald D. Moore & Carly Mensch

Don confronts his life deceptions in Kansas, Pete iswooedby the prospect ofasimpler life—maybe including Trudy—and Betty gets a devastating diagnosis. Then, Ellen calls up Battlestar Galacticashowrunner Ronald D. Moore—who's in Scotland filming season two of Outlander—to hear how a finale gets conceived, and how to stick the landing. She also talks to Carly Mensch, a TV writer who worked on the final seasons of Weeds and Nurse Jackie, and is now a writer at Orange Is The New Black. Carly drops some writers' room wisdom on where to go looking for hints abouthow it'll all end.

18 MIN2015 MAY 14
Comments
#7 The Art of the Finale - With Ronald D. Moore & Carly Mensch

#6 Nostalgia and Meow Men - With Amy Pearl

Don goes on the run, Joan battles egregious sexism at McCann and Roger and Peggy send off the SC+P offices in proper fashion. Then, Ellen talks with video producer Amy Pearl. She makes videos about New York for New York Public Radio which are strange, funny, touching short films. But we’re talking to her because she’s the creator and director of our favorite Mad Men inspired video: “Meow Men.” They talk Don, nostalgia, and of course, cats.

15 MIN2015 MAY 7
Comments
#6 Nostalgia and Meow Men - With Amy Pearl

#5 Mad Men and Race - With Ericka Blount Danois and Gilbert Cruz

Peggy finally talks about the baby she gave up for adoption, and the team gets back together for one last pitch to save their agency. It was an episode people have been waiting for a long time, so what else do we expect? Mad Men has taken a lot of knocks for being - perhaps unrealistically - lily white in its depiction of the 1960s.Host Ellen Horne talks about the show's blind spots when it comes to race with Ericka Blount Danois, a writer who's tackled the topic for Ebony, and Gilbert Cruz, TV Editor for The New York Times, who says the show might not have gotten it as wrong as we think.

21 MIN2015 APR 30
Comments
#5 Mad Men and Race - With Ericka Blount Danois and Gilbert Cruz

#4 Ad Men Talk 'Badvertising'- With Brian Horne, Colin Mitchell, and Matt Creamer

Don hits on a 17 year old!Agrown-up Glen propositionsBetty!And Sallysells herself on the idea ofa one-way bus ticket. There's a whole lot of persuading going on. This is a show about advertising, after all. But how realistic is its portrayal of that topic? Host Ellen Horne talks to her brother about particularly egregious "badvertising." And Colin Mitchelland Matt Creamer—two real-life ad men—dissecta few of the show's standout product pitches.

23 MIN2015 APR 24
Comments
#4 Ad Men Talk 'Badvertising'- With Brian Horne, Colin Mitchell, and Matt Creamer

#3 Meeting the Real Sally Draper - With Brooke Gladstone & Jess Bennett

Megangother divorce, Dongotdumped by the diner waitress and Harry Crane's true pervy nature was revealed. But whither Sally Draper? We miss that kid. This week, we talk to On the Media's Brooke Gladstone about growing up Sally, a girl who "is going to get really angry" really soon. And we bring in writer Jess Bennett to unpack the ongoing and very disturbing war between two would-be allies, Joan and Peggy.

15 MIN2015 APR 16
Comments
#3 Meeting the Real Sally Draper - With Brooke Gladstone & Jess Bennett

#2 Mad Men Goes to Therapy - With Linda Holmes, Lulu Miller & Stephanie Newman

As we learned on last week's episode, the partners at the agency are now filthy, stinking rich. So why are they all still so unhappy?While we saw some glimmers of hope for Don, Peggy and Ken in the first episode of this second half of the season, you know it's a matter of time before self-sabotage comes into play. We'll talk with Invisibilia's Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, as well asLinda Holmes, host of Pop Culture Happy Hour, about how the characters on this show are "OK," but they're never actually ok. Then we pay a visit to therapist Stephanie Newman, author of "Mad Men on the Couch,"to see what exactly everyone's problem is. Does it have even a name? In the case of Don, at least, she'd call itnarcissistic personality disorder.

18 MIN2015 APR 9
Comments
#2 Mad Men Goes to Therapy - With Linda Holmes, Lulu Miller & Stephanie Newman

#1 Lady Computers & a Lunar Landing – with Laura Walker and Audra Wolfe

At its best, Mad Men brilliantly deconstructs things like family dynamics, corporate influence, and the gigantic cultural shift that took us from Eisenhower's '50sto the louche'70s. Itpaints a vivid portrait of America in the 1960s and - at the same time - showsus just how little has changed since then. As we dive back into Season 7 for the show's final few episodes, we'll bring everyone up to speed on where we left off -the agency up for sale to McCann, Peggy leaping out from Don's shadow, and a nation newly launchedinto the space age. Joining us to talk about what's real, what's not and what we should be looking for is historian and writer Audra Wolfe, whose workfocuses on the role of science in “soft” diplomacy during the Cold War. We'll also hear from Laura Walker, CEO of New York Public Radio, about her own connection to the heyday of boozy Madison Avenue business.

17 MIN2015 APR 3
Comments
#1 Lady Computers & a Lunar Landing – with Laura Walker and Audra Wolfe
the END

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