Backseat Rider
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 60
  • Last: 7 Mar 2018
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).

Episodes (60)

  • #66: Birth Order
    #66: Birth Order
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    Published: 7 Mar 2018 Duration: 41:00
    Are you the oldest? The baby? A middle child? The only child? How has your birth order affected who you are today? In this episode, Anthony's passengers delve deep into both painful and uplifting territory: how a pick-up basketball game ch... Read more →
    Are you the oldest? The baby? A middle child? The only child? How has your birth order affected who you are today? In this episode, Anthony's passengers delve deep into both painful and uplifting territory: how a pick-up basketball game ch... Read more →

  • #38: Songs
    #38: Songs
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    Published: 27 Feb 2018 Duration: 42:46
    If you had to choose one song that's had the biggest impact on your life, which one would it be? In this episode, Anthony takes this question to the Backseat Riders...yielding some compelling back-stories, including: the song that helped a ... Read more →
    If you had to choose one song that's had the biggest impact on your life, which one would it be? In this episode, Anthony takes this question to the Backseat Riders...yielding some compelling back-stories, including: the song that helped a ... Read more →

  • #65: Thirty-Eight Minutes
    #65: Thirty-Eight Minutes
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    Published: 21 Feb 2018 Duration: 38:49
    On January 13th, an emergency alert reporting an inbound ballistic missile sent Hawaii into a state of panic. It turned out to be a false alarm, but for a period of up to 38 minutes, thousands of residents and tourists thought they might d... Read more →
    On January 13th, an emergency alert reporting an inbound ballistic missile sent Hawaii into a state of panic. It turned out to be a false alarm, but for a period of up to 38 minutes, thousands of residents and tourists thought they might d... Read more →

  • #64: The One
    #64: The One
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    Published: 14 Feb 2018 Duration: 32:41
    It's Valentine's Day - a perfect chance for Anthony to probe his passengers about their love lives. How did they find love? Do they believe they're with "the one"? This week's cast: a small-town 4th grade teacher, a nurse at a prestigious ... Read more →
    It's Valentine's Day - a perfect chance for Anthony to probe his passengers about their love lives. How did they find love? Do they believe they're with "the one"? This week's cast: a small-town 4th grade teacher, a nurse at a prestigious ... Read more →

  • #63: Shouldn'ta Seen It
    #63: Shouldn'ta Seen It
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    Published: 7 Feb 2018 Duration: 44:17
    Have you ever seen anything that you were not "supposed" to see? This week: how one passenger found out a loved one was a prostitute, what one woman did after witnessing a hit-and-run, and for one man...the long-term impact of walking in on... Read more →
    Have you ever seen anything that you were not "supposed" to see? This week: how one passenger found out a loved one was a prostitute, what one woman did after witnessing a hit-and-run, and for one man...the long-term impact of walking in on... Read more →

  • #62: Stress
    #62: Stress
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    Published: 31 Jan 2018 Duration: 39:21
    How do you tackle stress? What is your go-to strategy? This is a topic we most often hear about from life coaches, therapists and other "experts"...but what about everyday people? What works for them? This week, you'll hear from a recover... Read more →
    How do you tackle stress? What is your go-to strategy? This is a topic we most often hear about from life coaches, therapists and other "experts"...but what about everyday people? What works for them? This week, you'll hear from a recover... Read more →

  • #61: Dear Chicago
    #61: Dear Chicago
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    Published: 24 Jan 2018 Duration: 56:08
    In late January--arguably the toughest part of winter--many Chicagoans question why they choose to live there. In this episode, Anthony's passengers explore their relationships with the city, both the best and worst parts. The result: Chica... Read more →
    In late January--arguably the toughest part of winter--many Chicagoans question why they choose to live there. In this episode, Anthony's passengers explore their relationships with the city, both the best and worst parts. The result: Chica... Read more →

  • #60: Confessions of a Sugar Baby (EXPLICIT)
    #60: Confessions of a Sugar Baby (EXPLICIT)
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    Published: 17 Jan 2018 Duration: 46:41
    You've heard of a sugar daddy. A "sugar baby" is the other half of this type of relationship. Did you know that millions of American women are "sugar dating" to graduate from college debt-free, and that the Internet is making it easier tha... Read more →
    You've heard of a sugar daddy. A "sugar baby" is the other half of this type of relationship. Did you know that millions of American women are "sugar dating" to graduate from college debt-free, and that the Internet is making it easier tha... Read more →

  • #59: Girl with the Dragonfly Tattoo
    #59: Girl with the Dragonfly Tattoo
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    Published: 10 Jan 2018 Duration: 47:41
    In this episode, Anthony seeks input from passengers after his wife's decision to get a tattoo sparks a tense conversation.   Join the Backseat Rider Facebook Community at https://t.co/qaFOi6. New Lyft users: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER fo... Read more →
    In this episode, Anthony seeks input from passengers after his wife's decision to get a tattoo sparks a tense conversation.   Join the Backseat Rider Facebook Community at https://t.co/qaFOi6. New Lyft users: use promo code BACKSEATRIDER fo... Read more →

  • #58: Passengers of the Year
    #58: Passengers of the Year
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    Published: 27 Dec 2017 Duration: 38:03
    The most shocking, hilarious, bizarre, and moving interviews of 2017. These are all real passengers, paired with host/driver Anthony Ponce by the Lyft application. WARNING: EXPLICIT / NSFW -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/... Read more →
    The most shocking, hilarious, bizarre, and moving interviews of 2017. These are all real passengers, paired with host/driver Anthony Ponce by the Lyft application. WARNING: EXPLICIT / NSFW -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/... Read more →

  • #57: I'm F-ing Awesome
    #57: I'm F-ing Awesome
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    Published: 20 Dec 2017 Duration: 37:42
    A man shares the details of a life-changing medical procedure, and a woman opens up about how her unique first name has affected her life. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRID... Read more →
    A man shares the details of a life-changing medical procedure, and a woman opens up about how her unique first name has affected her life. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://t.co/qaFOi6 -NEW LYFT USERS: use promo code BACKSEATRID... Read more →

  • #56: Everything is Temporary
    #56: Everything is Temporary
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    Published: 13 Dec 2017 Duration: 35:14
    Which piece of advice has REALLY stuck with you over the years? After a collection of real passengers addresses this question, Anthony surprises them with a follow-up that's sure to get you thinking. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: htt... Read more →
    Which piece of advice has REALLY stuck with you over the years? After a collection of real passengers addresses this question, Anthony surprises them with a follow-up that's sure to get you thinking. -BACKSEAT RIDER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: htt... Read more →

  • #55: Smells Like Wood
    #55: Smells Like Wood
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    Published: 6 Dec 2017 Duration: 56:21
    This week in Anthony's Lyft car: a life-long circus performer, a self-proclaimed nihilist, and why a man who spent years on a gift for his wife says it ultimately "went over like a lead balloon." NOTE: This episode marks the first time An... Read more →
    This week in Anthony's Lyft car: a life-long circus performer, a self-proclaimed nihilist, and why a man who spent years on a gift for his wife says it ultimately "went over like a lead balloon." NOTE: This episode marks the first time An... Read more →

  • #54: A Question About Men
    #54: A Question About Men
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    Published: 22 Nov 2017 Duration: 46:20
    A woman recalls the horror of being sexually assaulted on a public bus; a female ad exec calls out a male coworker; a woman construction worker reflects on sexual harassment in the workplace. Anthony's real Lyft riders open up about their ... Read more →
    A woman recalls the horror of being sexually assaulted on a public bus; a female ad exec calls out a male coworker; a woman construction worker reflects on sexual harassment in the workplace. Anthony's real Lyft riders open up about their ... Read more →

  • #53: Uncomfortably Numb
    #53: Uncomfortably Numb
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    Published: 15 Nov 2017 Duration: 36:18
    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 q... Read more →
    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 q... Read more →

  • #52: Rituals
    #52: Rituals
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    Published: 8 Nov 2017 Duration: 41:15
    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.

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    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.

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  • Quotidian Day
    Quotidian Day
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    Published: 1 Nov 2017 Duration: 35:05
    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.

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    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.

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  • Paranormal
    Paranormal
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    Published: 25 Oct 2017 Duration: 36:07
    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.... Read more →
    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.... Read more →

  • Don't Stunt For the Book
    Don't Stunt For the Book
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    Published: 18 Oct 2017 Duration: 39:32
    Anthony's passengers dig deep into their love/hate relationship with social media.

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    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

  • They, Them, Theirs
    They, Them, Theirs
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    Published: 11 Oct 2017 Duration: 40:05
    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 pers... Read more →
    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 pers... Read more →