Mortal Kombat 2020

Tochi and Zell ask a sad question for 2019: is it worse to be in black face or a KKK costume? They discuss Ralph Northam’s racist med school photos, then they break down the pros and cons of Democratic POTUS challengers.


Folding Like Marie Kondo

Tochi & Zell discuss the end of the #TrumpShutdown and rise of the American worker. First Tochi breaks down Roger Stone’s indictment, then how federal employees saved the government, and lastly America’s interference with Venezuela.


Everybody Slog!

Tochi and Zell try to keep up with an endless torrent of breaking news. They discuss the BuzzFeed story as to whether 45 instructed Cohen to lie to Congress, the month-long government shutdown and its toll on the working class, and debate if William Barr will at a real AG or a shill.


When Republican Became a Slur (aka Dancing Into Power)

Tochi and Zell start 2019 by catching up on the news that happened over the holidays. They discuss Trump’s shutdown and when the GOP will buck him. Then they explore the newly sworn in freshmen congressional class, how the progressives are exciting the country, and what it’ll mean for Democratic presidential candidates.

All We Want For The 'Mas Is President Pelosi

Tochi & Zell celebrate the holidays with wild speculations. They discuss the fight between Pelosi, Schumer, and 45 in the Oval, the Green New Deal, and other Democratic plans for 2019. Then they talk bills on supporting the war in Yemen and more guilty pleas and investigations. HNY! They’ll be back in 2019!


Cohen & Manafort Stock Up On Ramen

Tochi & Zell celebrate MuellerMas on this festive episode. This week, they discuss the 45 admin’s newest cronies in the DOJ and the UN, blatant power grabs by the GOP, and sentencing recommendation for Flynn, Cohen, and Manafort.


Tochi and Zell discuss the news over this jam-packed post-Thanksgiving week. First the US tear-gassing women and children asylum seekers, then the Senate turning on 45 and his love of MBS, and final Manafort flip-back and Cohen proving there was, in fact, collusion with Russians.

New Landlords

Tochi and Zell squeeze too much news from the past week in this megasode, including Whitaker’s illegal appointment, the accidental reveal that Assange may be indicted, 45 possibly waving attorney-client privilege, no opponents for Pelosi, and more!

Showing Out (Got 'Em Running Scared)

Tochi and Zell discuss the huge turnout in the 2018 midterms and massive wins by Dems from coast-to-coast. They talk voter breakdowns in the O’Rourke, Abrams, and Gillum campaigns, then move on to the unconstitutional appointment of Matthew Whitaker and how we might get this political shill out of the DOJ. PLUS, hear how you can win signed copies of Tochi’s books!

The Final, Hate-Filled Stretch

Zell catches Tochi in an airport on book tour so the two can discuss BEAST MADE OF NIGHT’s award-win in Lagos. Then they move on to the rash of acts of hate in America, its roots, and the end of the 2018 elections and hope for the future.

Throwing 'Bows At A Bone Saw?

Tochi and Zell celebrate the release of CROWN OF THUNDER, the sequel to Tochi’s book, BEAST MADE OF NIGHT. Then they discuss Saudi Arabia’s weak explanation for murdering Jamal Khashoggi, how the US is helping the Saudis murder millions more in Yemen, and the blatant racism in GOP campaign ads.

Voting Rights Jacked

Tochi and Zell focus on what makes an American by looking at Georgia gubernatorial candidate, current State Secretary, and active election suppressor Brian Kemp’s efforts to keep blacks from their right to vote. Then they’ll discuss the likely assassination of Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi, and what the lack of American response means for all of our safety.

Sara Finney-Johnson Wrote For Sammy Davis, Jr. & Steve Urkel On Her Way to Creating Moesha

While Tochi’s on book tour, Zell talks with the creator of Moesha and The Parkers, Sara Finney-Johnson. Sara shares her experience growing up in South LA, getting her big break from Norman Lear, seeing Sammy Davis, Jr. perform in her first professional script on The Jeffersons, working on iconic comedies like The Facts of Life, Mama’s Family, and Family Matters, before creating her own shows and transitioning into dramas.

Sara also discusses the current state of diversity in writers’ rooms after working for more than three decades in the entertainment industry.


Tochi and Zell devote this whole episode to the Dr. Ford/Judge Kavanaugh Senate hearing. They discuss Ford’s openness and composure and Kavanaugh’s rage-filled tantrum.

Injustice: Clods Among Us

Tochi & Zell talk (in)justice all episode long. They start by repping the #ShowUsYourRoom movement, then dive into Senate’s refusal to be investigate allegations of rape, the dark future set out by the Federalist Society, and Rod Rosenstein’s possibly saying what everyone’s thought.

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