Satellite Sisters Recap Madam Secretary, Break in Diplomacy episode.

Lian Dolan and Julie Dolan do a Satellite Sisters recap of Madam Secretary

The Satellite Sisters recap Episode 315 of the CBS Drama Madam Secretary:  Break In Diplomacy.  Liz Dolan fills in for Julie Dolan as Acting Secretary of Recap reporting to Lian Dolan, Recapper-In-Chief. 

The Satellite Sisters recap the CBS Drama Madam Secretary. Episode: Break in Diplomacy.

Let’s play “Who’s the inspiration?”  Hmm, let’s see. Who were the writers at CBS drama Madam Secretary thinking about when they wrote this episode?  This was a serious episode featuring serious themes about a world leader known for being a rough-around-the-edges narcissistic businessman who ran an unusual campaign. He has a history of lewd behavior and corrupt business dealings plus unusually close ties to a country that was a former foe. OK.  Guess.

If you guessed the Phillipines, you guessed right! Actually, that is the reputation of the ACTUAL president of the Philippines.
Storylines:
Satellite Sisters recap Madam Secretary Carolina Herrera dress on Tea Leoni.

Madam Secretary is just about to make it pretty darn clear to the President of the Philippines that sexual assault is not to be dismissed as a mere indiscretion. And she looks great in that Carolina Herrera dress while she does it.

Sock It To Me, Bess or Let Them Eat Drones

The Singapore Exchange – a meaningful territorial accord with Asia Pacific. She ends up getting in a fist fight with the Philipine leader, forcing her to decide – like every woman ever—whether she should she say something about an attempted assault.  But she can only make this decision after digging into what appears to be the biggest bowl of cereal ever poured.
Jay Undercover
Bess gets her CIA on and enlists Sadsack Jay to investigate the suspicious death of Kevin from Accounting, a deep cover CIA agent. Turns out Jay is pretty good at spycraft and uncovers Kevin’s real mission.
Duck Dynastys Goes to the Devil
We are rejecting this storyline on the grounds that Henry seems in way over his head. But we don’t trust Ian and his neck tattoos. Not one bit.
Binders Full of Blouses:
The star of the show—the Carolina Herrera dress Bess wore for seemingly 36 hours across the Pacific and back without a wrinkle.
The Orange Pussy Blouse—again, a political statement????
The Theory White Trench – impractical color but we want one.
By | March 16th, 2017|

Work-At-Home Parents Nightmare, Marissa Mayer, World Sleep Day

BBC professor tv fail

Best of the Internet! Every work-at-home parents nightmare, right? But we say #staynoisy Toddler Girl! We like your swagger.

On today’s Satellite Sisters, Lian Dolan celebrates “The Best of the Internet”.  We love the BBC video of the professor being interrupted by his kids during an interview,  the memes that sprang up from Kellyanne Conway’s comment on microwaves being used as tools of surveillance and the outpouring of love for Amy Krouse Rosenthal, the author of a much shared Modern Love column, who passed away. The first is the ultimate work-at-home parents nightmare, the second was a nutty “all in good fun” alternative to news and the third is just a heartbreaker, but a reminder that the internet can also spread love.

In other news, Liz is signing up to be a delegate of World Sleep Day. She is hoping that her responsibilities mainly involve napping in luxury hotels. She also wants to remind us that even though Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo severance package is insane, it’s nice to see a woman get overpaid as much as men! But before you get too excited, here’s a reminder from Fortune that the guy coming in to do her old job will be making DOUBLE what she was!  Who are you mad at now, internet??

Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin is on the verge of becoming the world’s top skier this year, an honor that will not come to Liz who sustained a career-threatening injury last night at her book club.

In her Operation Sea Turtle update about her health and fitness program, Liz reports on an athletic injury sustained during her book club.  That’s pathetic. Lian has several inspirational sports stories: the guy who paddled across the Atlantic, the amazing UConn women’s basketball team and Mikaela Shiffren, about to become only the 4th American to win a skiing World Cup.

And poor signage at the Louvre leads to a strike.  This is why you have to love the French.

Come join all five Satellite Sisters on April 22nd at the Santa Monica Public Library at 2 pm.  No-host Meet-Up to follow at Ester’s Wine Shop. Are you coming?  Thanks to Away Luggage for donating a door prize for this event.  Lian loves her Away Carry-On.  Come win one!

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By | March 14th, 2017|

Urban Nana in Brooklyn, DNA Report, Grocery Trends

Dennis Rodman at West Point

North Korea and Malaysia are in the diplomatic tit-for-tat and guess who steps up at West Point to address the issues?  Dennis Rodman. He offers to broker a meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. We cannot make this up, people.

On today’s Satellite Sisters podcast, Urban Nana is in Brooklyn but Julie’s still got the international news from North Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines,  Lian has grocery trends and Worst Pitch of the Day plus Liz wants her DNA to work a little harder for Operation Sea Turtle.

Julie reviews the latest diplomatic tit-for-tat between North Korea and Malaysia over the assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half brother.  Good news for North Koreans who are now not allowed to leave Malaysia. Bad news for the Malaysian delegation in North Korea.  No exit for you. Luckily, we read that Dennis Rodman is stepping in to broker a meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. Let us know as soon as they start selling tickets to that one. Julie also warns the team at our favorite CBS TV drama that the Philippine government is protesting an upcoming episode.  Fact or fiction?  We really can’t tell anymore. Be sure to listen to Satellite Sisters Talk TV recap of Madam Secretary for more discussion of Tess’ Philippine situation.

Satellite Sisters recommend the Fondoodler, a hot glue gun for cheese.

A hot glue gun for cheese? What took so long! The Fondoodler was one of many products that Liz found in the Satellite Sisters email box and cannot wait to try.

Lian says Jeff Bezos is working on amazon deliveries on the moon but Liz is still not that interested in going. Lian has the Worst Pitch of the Week.  Kegels and kids do not mix.  Sorry, Kegel Bear.  Liz gets her latest DNA report from 23andme and is disappointed that their wellness tips are pretty much Self Magazine circa 1988. Lian’s grocery store trends and food trends include the prediction that “grocerants”, part restaurant/part grocery store are the coming thing.  OK, by why not call them “resteries”, a much better fake word. And Liz reads the spam that came into sisters@satellitesisters mailbox.  Highlights include:

Cat Language Bible: http://www.catlanguagebible.com/index.html

Things to Know Before Cruising Naked: http://tampabay.actonsoftware.com/acton/rif/9662/s-1a70-1703/-/l-0065:d7b/l-0065/showPreparedMessage?sid=TV2:nOfgNStpR

Fondoodler: https://fondoodler.com

Satellite sisters love Away luggage.

Lian loves her Away Carry-on. Go to our custom url www.awaytravel.com/sisters to take advantage of our special deal.

More contributions from Steffi on today’s podcast. Welcome to sponsor BarkBox!  Steffi was super enthusiastic about her box. Here’s a video of the BarkBox unboxing.

On today’s show, Lian tells travel tales with her new AWAY luggage.  It makes her feel hip and bond with other hipsters! For our special deal, go here: www.awaytravel.com/sisters.

Come join all five Satellite Sisters on April 22nd at the Santa Monica Public Library at 2 pm.  No-host Meet-Up to follow. Are you coming?  Let us know on this Facebook invite. More details from our travel agent to come later this week.

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By | March 7th, 2017|

Lian’s Dance Performance, Julie’s Pick + Pans, Liz’s EGOT

Performance! If Lian Dolan can do Bruno Mars’ 24 Karat Magic and Isaac Mizrahi can launch a cabaret show, you can get out of your comfort zone, too, sister.

On today’s podcast, we hear all about Lian’s performance with her Girl Gang of Bruno Mars’ 24 Karat Magic.  Get out of your comfort zone, sisters! Julie has pop culture Picks + Pans and yet more news about from Russia about poisonings. Remember Rasputin?  Liz updates us on Operation Sea Turtle plus she’s close to accomplishing a major goal.

Lian thinks Isaac Mizrahi is a role model for us all.  Did you know he has a new cabaret show at the Cafe Carlyle in NYC? Julie’s his fan on QVC.

Over the course of her career, Liz has been lucky enough to be a guest at the Emmys, the Oscars and the Tonys.  The only event left to complete a full spectator EGOT is the Grammys, coming up this weekend in LA.  Guess who scored an invite??

Our in-house Kremlinologist Julie Dolan wants us to know that yet another foe of Vladimir Putin has been poisoned.  She’s been talking about this on Satellite Sisters since 2006.  It’s the Russian go-to move for silencing political enemies since the days of Rasputin.

Valerie Bertinelli Food Network Kiids Baking Championship

We love that judge Valerie Bertinelli on Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship doesn’t make any of the kids cry, even though their results are often heinous.

Liz suggests Lian should join another Girl Gang, this one devoted to trusty mopeds.  Here’s the fun story from the Wall Street Journal about Moped Army.  Also, do you want to remember your dreams more?  According to Harvard Medical School, here’s how.  Drink up.

Plus, Julie’s pans (Groundhog Day, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition) and picks (Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, HGTV Dream Home ).  Lian’s TV recommendations (NatGeo’s Gender Revolution, Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship)

Are you a podcaster or podcast fan? Lian will be in Orlando this month for Podfest/Podfusion. She’s even get a prize! http://podfest.us/2017/

Come join all five Satellite Sisters on April 22nd at the Santa Monica Public Library at 2 pm.  No-host Meet-Up to follow. Are you coming?  Let us know on this Facebook invite.

To find all Satellite Sisters shows on iTunes, go here.

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By | February 7th, 2017|

Nora Ephron, You’re The Best.

We can’t think of a better way to start a new year than with our Solid Gold Satellite Sister Nora Ephron. We spoke to Nora upon publication of her book, “I Feel Bad About My Neck”. Funny, warm and wise, Nora Ephron makes us laugh and cry when talking about aging, friendship and death. We miss you, Nora. You’re the best.

Nora Ephron and her sister/longtime collaborator Delia Ephron, a Solid Gold Satellite Sister pair.

The late Nora Ephron and her sister/longtime collaborator Delia Ephron, a Solid Gold Satellite Sister pair.

Ephron is best known for her romantic comedies and was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Writing: for SilkwoodWhen Harry Met Sally…, and Sleepless in Seattle. She won a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally…. She sometimes wrote with her sister Delia Ephron.

[2] Her last film was Julie & Julia.[2]She also co-authored the Drama Desk Award–winning theatrical production Love, Loss, and What I Wore.[2][3] In 2013, Ephron received a posthumous Tony Award nomination for Best Play for her play Lucky Guy.
By | December 30th, 2016|

Tina Brown, You’re The Best!

Solid Gold Satellite Sister Tina Brown now runs Women In The World conferences as part of Tina Brown Live Media.

Solid Gold Satellite Sister Tina Brown now runs Women In The World conferences as part of Tina Brown Live Media.

Tina Brown, you’re the best!  It’s a Satellite Sisters Win-Win.  Journalist and master communicator Tina Brown talks to the Satellite Sisters about her biography of Princess Diana called The Diana Chronicles.  Was she “the people’s princess,” who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she a manipulative, media-savvy neurotic who nearly brought down the monarchy? Only Tina Brown, former editor-in-chief of Tatler, England’s glossiest gossip magazine; Vanity Fair; and The New Yorker could possibly give us the truth.

Tina Brown speaks to us about her book The Diana Chronicles and what it says about the British class system.

Tina Brown speaks to us about her book The Diana Chronicles and what it says about the British class system.

Tina Brown now runs Tina Brown Live Media, a company dedicated to summits, salons, flash forums and debates. In addition to producing the annual summit at Lincoln Center in New York, Tina Brown Live Media is currently expanding the Women in the World brand with smaller salon-style events around the U.S. and globally.

Launched by Tina Brown in 2010, the summit convenes extraordinary leaders such as Meryl Streep, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie and Christine Lagarde as well as inspirational activists and political change-makers from all over the world. They come to share their stories, and offer solutions to building a better life for women and girls.

By | December 30th, 2016|