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  • Welcome to the first Gen Q episode of “To L and Back”! For the next eight weeks, noted gays and proud members of Generation Q, Drew Gregory and Analyssa Lopez, will be taking over hosting duties to discuss the new show. Join us as we reunite with our original favorites and meet TWO new generations of queers. We share L Word origin stories, our hopes for the series, and dive right into the first episode. This was still recorded in Riese's living room so she might just shout an occasional opinion.

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  • Showtime x Autostraddle presents a very special LIVE episode of “To L and Back” featuring the cast of The L Word: Generation Q! Recorded at the LA LGBT Center (@ileosheng, @jtoboni, @arienne_mandi, @rosannyzayas) with an audience of ~200 delightful humans, Carly and Riese talk to Jacqueline Toboni (Finley), Leo Sheng (Micah), Rosanny Zayas (Sophie) and Arienne Mandi (Dani) about filming sex scenes, L Word origin stories, riding losing winning, falling in love with your best friend, on-set shenanigans, fan fiction and musical writing. An incredible time was had by all and you can too!! Plus: details on our Generation Q podcast and a special code to get a 30 day free trial of Showtime!

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  • This week on “To L and Back,” noted bisexual and prolific author Gaby Dunn of the “Bad With Money” podcast joins us for an analysis of “Lifeline,” Riese’s favorite episode of the season! It contains THREE entire sex scenes, a stunning confession from Tina about her extracurricular activities with Daddyof2, a classic “is she or isn’t she a vampire” escapade, tight trousers, a strap-on mystery, bisexual speed dating, a surprise haircut for Cherie Peroni in FULL MOMMI SPLENDOR, Jenny’s trip to the store for a six-pack and also some truly tragic events for Dana and Max. Plus: Tina didn’t know Buddhism could be so expensive!

    Special thanks to our episode sponsor LOLA!

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  • This week we are so pleased to announce that Cerise Castle, an actual employee of KCRW, joined us to discuss topics including Alice's dubious KCRW show about Dana / interconnectivity / weapons of mass destruction / giving a pig a pancake. Also: Bette yells about art and has finger intercourse with Senator Barbara Grisham (played by Dana Delaney), Jenny burns her book, Bif Naked talks about top surgery, Tina is a major league c*nt, Dana meets her hero Billie Jean King, Carmen has to decide between a major career opportunity and a party at a skate shop, Helena wants to over-finance Dylan's movie and so much more! A special thanks to this episode sponsor LOLA!

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  • Carmen's shopping for gig vests at Wax, Max and Shane are gonna be butch and help the ladies out with their luggage, Bette's had just about enough of Tina's petty bourgeois anxiety and everybody is very clear about their intentions to attend a dinner tonight in honor of Jenny and male lobsters, who behave better than female lobsters while in a pot together. Also: Dana gets a mammogram, Shane and Carmen are puppy-sitting for some reason, we didn’t know Mark Epstein was a real person and Alice has a really bad psychiatrist! Special thanks to our episode sponsor, MCD! The publisher for the new memoir High School, by Tegan and Sara!

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  • Welcome to a very Frankensteined episode of "To L and Back"! Carly had to skip town this weekend, but you can join Riese and her very special guest host, friend-of-the-pod Drew, as they overanalyze “Lost Weekend” — but that’s not all! Guest contributors Yvonne Marquez and Gloria Delgadillo-Alvarado have recapped all the Quinceañera-related scenes for you all the way from Texas! Join us as Jenny and Max do a Great Plains Bar-hop, Shane wears a wig, Daddyof2 logs on to his fave chat room, Alan Cumming hosts Vulva Las Vegas, Bette worries about her relationship with Tina falling apart like sand through the hourglass and Helena hires a hottie to clean up Alice’s weird shrine. Also, Carmen does that dance in her lingerie, so. Yvonne and Gloria are v cute and funny you do NOT WANT TO MISS THIS.

    This episode of To L and Back is supported by MCD, the publisher of HIGH SCHOOL, the new memoir by the musicians TEGAN AND SARA!

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  • Well pals, we are finally at Season Three, which Carly describes as "a real treat," which was sarcastic, obviously. Writer / Actor / Filmmaker Fawzia Mirza joins us as we address topics including looking at your peeper in the mirror, Alice and Dana's breakup turning Alice into a completely different character, Jenny's refusal to be a nice Jewish girl who acts like bad things don't happen, Tina hating the word "clit", Kate Clinton's cameo as a sex therapist peddling ice cube trays, Bette's passionate unemployment and Lara's special cookies for Dana. We also meet Max and Angus for the first time, see Helena in a white bikini, and meet Carmen's Mom.

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  • For our Sesaon 2 wrap-up and mailbag podcast we were joined by very special and convenient guests @robinshoots, Carly's wife, and @laurentaylorklein, our podcast producer!!! Also: by you, via your emails, voicemails, and general auras. Come along as we continue discussing the murder of Mark and Gomey, Tina's ponchos and what my dog Carol thinks about all this. Plus: bonus footage cut from the original podcast episodes! Y'all are real cute you don't wanna miss this.

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  • It’s the Season Two finale and we’re all here to mourn a death and celebrate a birth and witness an entire live concert fundraiser for the Ms foundation! That’s right, Gloria Steinem is in the house for some very awk convos about feminism and furthermore, Tina would like to give birth in a dunk tank. Alice fears Lara’s take on the pear polenta tart might woo Dana away from her, Shane opens the car door for Carmen and later removes her orange pants for a very sexy date, the Top-Off continues and Peggy Peabody shows up to deliver the final punch and win our tiny hearts.

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  • It’s the pentultimate episode of the L Word season two and everybody is sad! WOMP WOMP. Bette and Kit are taking care of their dying father, Jenny’s reckoning with the PTSD triggered by Mark and also is going to pay her own rent with her new gig at the Howling Coyote, a crowded room of terrible men screaming!!! On the bright side, we have Arlan Hamilton, longtime L Word fan and founder of Backstage Capital, on the show to experience the sadness and mourning right alongside us! Also PEACHES IS HERE AND SHANE LOVES PEACHES. Also: Dana shaves her legs, maybe for Lara but maybe not, and Helena goes on three dates in one day. And a warm welcome back to Tina’s pink poncho!!!!!

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  • Full of gay pride? Full of gay shame? Either way, this week’s episode of “To L and Back” is for you as we journey through the Seven Stations of the Cross and a lightly attended Pride Parade in West Hollywood with very special guest, actress/writer/noted bottom Chingy! Dana’s brother Howie pays her and Alice a surprise visit. Bette and her backwards spine dress hang out at the hospital with Melvin, who doesn’t want to touch the fetus through Tina’s belly because that would be highly inappropriate. Mark’s invasive video project has sent Jenny on a psychological spiral but she has some choice words for the filmmaker, too. Also, Shane’s ready to get into her #hamsterpast with Carmen and you can put THAT on your clipboard. We’re gonna be riding into the sunset with the motorcycle lesbians. Plus: tips on what NOT to eat before a three-hour BDSM seminar!

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  • Let's get on the Lez Boat with everybody's favorite awkward threesome: Jenny, Shane and Carmen! Oh and guess who else? It's our special guest, renowned actress Jasmin Savoy Brown! Before we head out to sea, Jenny would like to know, Mark, if THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT. Bette's unnaturally excited about another visit from her father, who loves the TOE guy but is also clearly very sick. Dana and Alice have an embarrassing incident with sex toys and the TSA, and play dress-up on their own private love boat. Meanwhile, Tina's gonna be honored at a special dinner for her community service and also for having boobs that look great in expensive dresses.

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  • Good morning to the seagulls and Helena Peabody's glistening skin, it's time for a VERY SEXY episode of The L Word in which Tina and Bette reunite for a little afternoon delight, Jenny and Carmen warm the porcelain together, Dana goes strap-on shopping, Tina is living her best Robe Life and wants to get the neighbors involved. Bette and Helena meet up for a top-off at the CAC with special guest Allyn Barnes and we all get a sneak-peak of our favorite short film, "Shane/Carmen Love Confession."

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  • Carly and Riese here, welcoming you — and our special guest, producer/actress/writer Laura Zak (Her Story, Danger & Eggs, Angel On Top Podcast)— to another thrilling episode of "To L and Back" in our brand-new Alice Piesecki inspired radio voices. But before Alice can get to her KCRW audition, she's gotta stop having nonstop sex with Dana "Tennis Anyone" Fairbanks! Also — Laura Zak gifts us with hands-down totes the most incredible L Word origin story of all time, Bette finally shows her stuff for the Top-Off, you'll NEVER GUESS who Gabby Deveaux is dating now, Winne Mann plops her kids in Bette's pool, Helena hunts for a new house in which to fingerbang Tina in semi-public places, Jenny and Carmen kiss a lot and watch westerns, Jenny gets and loses a new writing job and Shane continues brooding.

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  • Listen I don’t mean to sound like a bad feminist but Bette Porter you have been MEAT-TAGGED and the ladies are lining up around the block to sign your dance card after this gripping classical guitar concert! Cobie Smulders, however, is NOT in line, although she does look great in that vest and she makes some pretty cool mobiles. Also, Veronica Bloom’s gonna peel her face off her face, Venice Beach hosts Shell Art with Tina and a Brawl with Shane, Jenny educates her writing class on the joys of orgasming with another woman, Helena battles her ex (Winnie. Winnie Mann) for custody, Jenny and Carmen continue to awkwardly date and make out (PSA: don't slap someone in the face without their consent!) and Mark CONTINUES TO EXIST.

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  • WHAT’S IN THE LIVE PLANT BOX? It’s raging feminist Carmen Rios, our special guest for this week’s episode of “To L and Back,” in which Carmen De La Pica Morales pours a lot of beer on Shane’s shirt, Shane gets a very attentive flower delivery person, Dana plays in the Rooti Tooti Fresh and Fruity Tennis Tournament but is a little distracted about how badly she needs to tell Ton-Ton that she’s totally not in this relationship anymore, Alice would LOVE for Dana to do this already, also btw Bette fucked up but she did NOT fuck off. Furthermore, Tina is going to a very special dinner at the Chateau Marmont but Tina gets so horny and bored that before long guess who’s having #poolsex?????

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  • Dana and Ton-Tom are prepping for their weird bachelorette party but Dana gets a little distracted by Alice’s amazing rack. Meanwhile, Kit is turning a profit thanks to TOE ughhhh, we came up with 50 ways to murder mark and Gomey while they hang up 50 hidden cameras, Helena Peabody gives Tina a big grant and gives Bette absolutely nothing at all besides a hot tip on Tina’s pregnancy and then everybody attends a really really bad party!

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  • The Generation Q teaser is here! Carly and Riese have lots of feelings about it — and so do you! Here's a quick recap of the trailer that caught us all by surprise!

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  • This week on To L and Back, Riese has four of her Autostraddle Senior Editors right there with her at a table because for just one week a year, we actually work in the same location instead of all over this damn country! First, we quiz Rachel, L Word Virgin, on what happened in Season One (which she has never seen) and then we talk about our fave characters and sex scenes and then we reveal the true reason for this podcast episode (it involves an upcoming fundraiser!!!) It’s just a super fun hang for all of us and I think you’ll like it.

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    Episode Mixed & Edited by Lauren Karen Klein
    Produced by Riese Bernard, Lauren Karen Klein, and Kristin Russo

  • Hello, Helena! This week on "The L Word" we meet two new main characters — Helena, who we love and Mark, who we hate. Special guest Drew Gregory, who ranks "Lynch Pin" as her second-favorite-episode of all time, joins us for this journey. Will Shane & Jenny find a roommate who will keep their clothes on and stop talking about Jesus? Was New York prepared for how good Jennifer Beals looks when she walks down the street and will Helena support her little arts project? Will the ol switcharoo work to divert Carmen's attention from Shane to Jenny? What does Dana WANT from Alice WHAT DOES SHE WANT and where did those palm trees come from? Why are they making us endure T.O.E??!!! All that and more on this week's ep of To L and Back!

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