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Text Me Back! with Lindy West and Meagan Hatcher-Mays

Text Me Back! is a podcast about best friendship and making your favorite people laugh, even when this dumpster fire of a world gets you down.

Bestselling writer Lindy West and democracy policy expert Meagan Hatcher-Mays are two Award-Winning Best Friends From High School (Most Likely To Make You Laugh in their high school senior poll - sorry to intimidate you!). Each week, Lindy and Meagan will hilariously digest what’s going on in the news, their lives and their text threads with their singular combination of political smarts, embarrassing sincerity, and a truly concerning level of investment in pop culture.

Music by Chief Ahamefule J. Oluo. Cover art by Corianton Hale.

Say only nice things about the podcast please to Lindy (@thelindywest) and Meagan (@importantmeagan) on Instagram.


Episodes

  • caption: Hosts of Text Me Back, Meagan Hatcher-Mays, left, and Lindy West, right, high-five each other while being portrayed on Friday, February 16, 2024, in Seattle.

    Lindy and Meagan Become Independent Women

    All the women, independent: throw your hands up at Lindy and Meagan because they are the Independent Women (Pt. 1) that Destiny’s Child foretold. That’s right, our beautiful partnership with KUOW is coming to a close — but never fear! The podcast will continue as an INDEPENDENT production!

  • caption: Hosts of Text Me Back, Meagan Hatcher-Mays, left, and Lindy West, right, high-five each other while being portrayed on Friday, February 16, 2024, in Seattle.

    Lindy And Meagan Rig The Election

    For one shining moment you reached for the sky…and voted for the WINNER of Text Me Bracket, our deranged bracket game that pitted the Best Animals against the Worst People!

  • caption: Hosts of Text Me Back, Meagan Hatcher-Mays, left, and Lindy West, right, portrayed on Friday, February 16, 2024, in Seattle.

    Inside The NBA With Lindy And Meagan

    Text Me Back takes on...sports?! OK, hang on. We know your elegant pointer finger is hovering over the skip button right now. But Lindy and Meagan promise you…NBA basketball is actually funny as hell and more dramatic than Love Is Blind. And you don't even really have to watch the games to get the top-shelf comedy. (Although that's where you see the dunks. And the dunks are incredible.)

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    Lindy and Meagan Have Died of Dysentery

    This week on Text Me Back, the greatest podcast in the history of media, Lindy and Meagan dive into their texts to share some hard truths: Tom Cruise is great! Chris Pratt is actually funny?? Sorry, discourse, but we need to discuss our problematic faves. And, your intrepid hosts have departed Independence, Missouri with nothing more than a dream, a covered wagon, a dimwitted guide and an unhygienic missionary…that’s right, Oregon Trail is back, baby, and weirder than ever. Will Lindy and Meagan make it to the Willamette Valley without dying of dysentery? Tune in to find out. Finally, Lindy -- president of the weird snake fan club -- is at long last bringing us hot snake news all the way from the Amazon. Someone has allegedly found an enormous anaconda, but viewers of the hit 1997 film ANACONDA starring Jennifer Lopez already knew all about it.

  • caption: Co-hosts of Text Me Back podcast Meagan Hatcher-Mays, left, and Lindy West, right, portrayed on Friday, February 16, 2024, in Seattle.

    The Killer Comes For Lindy's Grandpa

    This week, Lindy and Meagan can barely contain themselves because they're recording the show in the same room for the first time in Text Me Back history! And unfortunately, the place they're recording in is probably haunted!

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    Text Me Back (Taylor's Version)

    This week on Text Me Back, particularly poignant hosts Lindy West and Meagan Hatcher-Mays get scammed by the airline industry and online retailer Saks Off Fifth. Then, bestselling author and Internet historian Taylor Lorenz gives us a reality check on the government PSYOP creating cringe millennial content. She also joins us for a round of FMK(W) Tech CEO edition.

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    A LOTR Valentine's Bonus from TMB!

    TMB hosts / everyone's soul mates Lindy West and Meagan Hatcher-Mays understand that Valentine's Day is a made-up holiday. But they love you so much, they made this special Valentine's Day bonus episode just for you anyway!

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    Lindy Wrote A Theme Song! (Text Me Back pod)

    Did you know Lindy once wrote and performed a whole entire 80's sitcom-style theme song for this podcast? She did! And did you know Australia will come for you if you try to sneak a plant or animal in? Meagan knows all too well!

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    A Very Paranormal Swamp Family Reunion

    Is there an Oscar nomination for longest film? Did my revenant relative start a jam sesh? Is the Supreme Court giving itself a little too much power? Did a self described Ufologist discover aliens??? Maybe.

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    A Killer Time With Listeners And Sam Irby

    This week on Text Me Back!, mostly-optimistic hosts Lindy West and Meagan Hatcher-Mays allow themselves exactly 4 minutes total to hate on Senator Dick Durbin and cream cheese frosting. Then, bestselling author and beloved TV writer Samantha Irby enters the chat to explain how she got Miranda to beat up The Killer on an episode of And Just Like That. And, Lindy and Meagan get too scared to shower after reading listeners' real-life close calls with The Killer!

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    Girls vs Ghouls

    A short selection of the finest historical battles--from the cinema to the sea. That's right it's the versus, verzuz? episode.