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Tuesday, August 29th
It's Our Final Happy Hour!
This is our 100th episode of Cosmopolitan.com’s “Happy Hour”! From fuckboys to STI's to dream jobs, host Elisa Benson has covered every topic you've ever talked about with your best friends. As our final episode, Senior Sex & Relationships Editor, Ali Drucker, joins Elisa in the studio to turn the tables and put Elisa in the hot seat - as we say goodbye, it's time to get some final answers about what it's been like hosting 100 episodes of Happy Hour from Elisa!
Tuesday, August 22nd
Stories of Encounters with the Paranormal
With the new horror flick
in theaters, host Elisa Benson chats with Cosmopolitan.com's Eliza Thompson about the time she met the real-life Annabelle doll. Additional interviews include Cosmo girl Nina Alexander who spent the night at the haunted Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia, and founder of the world's first all-female paranormal investigation team as well as creator of the site "Week In Weird", Dana Matthews!
Tuesday, August 15th
How Important Is Kylie Jenner Today?
Since Kylie Jenner's TV show "Life of Kylie" premiered, host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Patti Greco discuss the significance of Kylie Jenner to teens and young women in our world today with a critical eye. Interviews include Kylie Jenner fan and Cosmo girl Angel, and creator of "Keeping Up With The Kontinuity Errors" as seen in The Cut, Mariah Smith!
Tuesday, August 8th
What It's Really Like To Be A Young Married Couple
Cosmopolitan.com conducted a survey to young married couples about their sex lives, romance, even divorce. Joining Elisa Benson in studio to discuss the results is Cosmopolitan.com's Features Editor, Emma Barker. Guests include Millennial Marriage Expert Samantha Burns, and Cosmo girl Diana and her husband Danny Camargo!
Tuesday, August 1st
It's Time To Talk About STI's!
Cosmopolitan.com conducted a survey with men and women about STI's, and the results were startling. Elisa Benson is joined by Cosmopolitan.com's Senior Sex & Relationships Editor, Ali Drucker, to discuss the statistics with Amelia Thomson-Deveaux; "Guys We Fucked" hosts Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fischer; and sexologist Dr. Jess.
Tuesday, July 25th
Behind the Scenes of "The Bold Type"
Freeform's new show, "The Bold Type", is making major waves! Since it's inspired by our very own Joanna Coles and loosely based around Cosmopolitan, Elisa is joined by Cosmopolitan.com's Entertainment Director, Patti Greco, as they chat at the Cosmo offices with the leading ladies: Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy. Interviews also include "The Bold Type" creator and Executive Producer, Sarah Watson; Heart's Chief Content Officer, Joanna Coles; and "The Bold Type" aftershow host, Ally Nasta!
Tuesday, July 18th
A Feminist Discussion About Changing A Woman's Last Name
Join Elisa Benson for a very special Happy Hour episode! With a studio panel including Cosmopolitan.com's Tess Koman & Kathleen Kamphausen, and author Julie Pennell, the four women discuss the tradition of a woman changing her name with marriage from a feminist perspective. Guests include writer Jill Filipovic, and Cosmo girl Alicia Conway Rock!
Tuesday, July 4th
Crazy Wedding Themes
Why have a traditional wedding, when you can make your big day be whatever you want? Host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Tess Koman talk about all of the wild and unordinary wedding themes happening today. Interviews include Cosmo girl Alesha Bales, professional bridesmaid Jen Glantz and celebrity wedding planner Sharon Sacks.
Tuesday, June 27th
How To Land Your First Job
Stressing that you have a diploma and no job offers lined up? Tune into this episode for a crash course on how to make yourself a hot commodity to employers. Host Elisa Benson is joined in studio by Cosmopolitan.com's Site Director, Amy Odell, and Cosmopolitan.com's Editorial Assistant, Madison Feller. Interviews include Who What Wear's Hillary Kerr, and Oscar Mayer Wienermobile spokesperson Lizzie Duffey.
Tuesday, June 20th
Vaginas: WTF Trends & The People Who Love Them
From crystals for kegels to vagina beauty contests, there is no vaginal topic going uncovered in this episode! Host Elisa Benson is joined in studio by Cosmopolitan.com's Senior Sex & Relationships Editor, Ali Drucker, and guests include Cosmopolitan's Laura Beck; creator of The World's Most Beautiful Vagina Contest, Brian Sloan; and Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation surgeon Dr. Matlock!
Tuesday, June 13th
Who Runs The World? Wonder Women!
The editors at Cosmopolitan.com are jumping for joy over the new badass superhero flick, "Wonder Woman", so Elisa brought Senior Entertainment Editor, Eliza Thompson, into studio to recap the film. Guests include Lucy Davis, the actress who played "Etta Candy"; Jenny Pacey, the actress who played an Amazonian and is also a former Olympian; and "Wonder Woman" superfan Kennedy.
Tuesday, June 6th
Power, sex, money, image - why are these topics still taboo for women to discuss? Cosmopolitan's Laura Brounstein joins Elisa in studio as they talk about the importance of self-happiness with author Sara Knight, equality in the workplace with The Female Quotient's Shelley Zallis, and vocalizing your own sexual needs with sex expert Dr. Emily Morse.
Tuesday, May 30th
How To Deal With Work Drama
We've all had a run-in with a coworker at some point, and it's inevitable it will happen again. "So Cosmo" cast member and Assistant Brand Coordinator of Cosmopolitan, Diandra Barnwell, joins Elisa to discuss how she handles work drama while on camera. Cosmo girls Kate and Kiley call in with their stories, and SoFi's Career Advisor, Gabby Bill, gives tips on how to handle it.
Tuesday, May 23rd
#SummerOfGo - Travel Hacks
Elisa has been bit by the travel bug and wants to know how to make the most out of this summer. Joining her in studio is Cosmopolitan.com's Special Project Director, Laura Brounstein, as they chat with travel experts about where are the best places to go and things to do. Interviews include Ben Kasman from AirBnB, Gail Moaney from Finn Partners’ Travel/Lifestyle Practice, and advice from real girl explorer Lindsay McCormick and Travel Channel's Rachel Rudwall.
Tuesday, May 16th
Living in Debt
Our society is so eager to encourage spending money, yet nobody is talking about the crippling affects of what happens to your life when you’re in debt. Join Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Social Media Manager, Caitlin Scott, as they speak with real women in debt, and get tips from financial expert and New York Times best-selling author Nicole Lapin on how to get out of it.
Tuesday, May 9th
Life After Winning
Winning the lottery or a reality show sounds like a great idea, but what really happens to your life after you win? Join Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Senior Entertainment Editor Eliza Thompson as they ask real-life winners how their life, career, and bank accounts have changed since winning. Interviews include Alisan Porter, season 10 winner of NBC's "The Voice"; Terri Pous, two-time "Jeopardy" winner; and Christy Jeffreys, winner of Oxygen's "Battle of the Ex Besties".
Tuesday, May 2nd
Brazilian, shave, or au natural? Let's talk about pubic hair! Join Elisa Benson in studio with Cosmopolitan.com's Senior Sex & Relationships Editor, Ali Drucker, as they discuss the trends, questions, and preferences of it between men and women. Guests include contributing writers Frank Kobola and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, who share their opinions and shocking results of a Cosmopolitan.com survey all about - you guessed it - pubic hair.
Tuesday, April 25th
The Reality of the Before & After Photo
Before & after photos on Instagram- are they motivating... or dangerous? Has the world of fitness inspo pushed some into obsessing over achieving perfection? Join host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Senior Fitness & Health Editor, Elizabeth Narins, discuss whether this trend could have a dark side. Interviews include fitness Instagram star Anna Victoria, Dr. Linda Bacon, and Lexie Louise!
Tuesday, April 18th
All Things Music Festivals!
It's music festival season! Join Elisa Benson in studio with Cosmopolitan.com's Eliza Thompson and Peggy Truong as they discuss the ins and outs of festivals across the US. Interviews include Grace from Clean Bandit, Tom Russell from Founders Entertainment, and Cosmopolitan.com's Style Director Charles Manning.
Tuesday, April 11th
It's time to end body shaming for once and for all, and celebrate all bodies! Host Elisa Benson is joined in studio by Cosmopolitan.com's Senior Fitness and Health Editor, Elizabeth Narins, as they chat with three women who are at the forefront of the body positivity movement. Interviews include author Lindy West, yoga instructor and author Jessamyn Stanley, and body positivity advocate Megan from @bodyposipanda..
Monday, April 3rd
What It's Like Getting Married At Disney
We just can't get enough of the most magical place on Earth, and neither can these brides! Host Elisa Benson is joined in studio by Cosmopolitan.com's Senior Photo Editor, Kathleen Kamphausen, as they discuss all the deets of a fairy tale wedding at Cinderella's castle. Interviews include Disney's Korri McFann, as well as brides Nicole, Lindsay and Jackie, who reflect on their big day.
Monday, March 27th
Join Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Senior Sex & Relationships Editor, Ali Drucker, as they explore the world of polyamory. Interviews include Dedeker Winston, Jase Lindgren and Emily Matlack from the "Multiamory" podcast, and more!
Tuesday, March 21st
Nobody said being a bridesmaid is easy! Professional bridesmaid, Jen Glantz, joins Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Hayley MacMillen in studio as she shares how she turned an obligation to friends on their wedding day into a career. Then, we hear from real Cosmo girls what they really think about being a bridesmaid.
Tuesday, March 14th
Why I Cheated On My Spouse
Getting down to the truth about cheating isn't that easy. Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Senior Sex & Relationships Editor, Ali Drucker, chat with real people who have cheated in the past and break down the complexity of the simple question- why?
Tuesday, March 7th
Who Invents Cosmo's Sex Positions?
It takes a village here at Cosmopolitan.com to make sure our sex positions are worthy of sharing with you. So, let's introduce the people who are professionals at teaching you the art of getting busy in the bedroom. Joining Elisa Benson in studio is Cosmopolitan.com's Senior Sex & Relationships Editor, Ali Drucker. Interviews include writer Jill Hamilton and illustrators Marcy Gooberman and Katie Buckleitner!
Wednesday, March 1st
Dating Across the USA
Think dating in your city is hard? Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Features Editor, Emma Barker, are joined in studio by Jada Yuan, a journalist who traveled to 6 cities across the country to get a feel for the different dating cultures in our country. Finally, they hear from Dr. Helen Fisher, who gives the scoop on dating stats for singles throughout the USA.
Tuesday, February 21st
We think we know what being a stripper entails, but do we really have any idea? Host Elisa Benson chats with two women in the stripping industry, including Kasey Koop, a stripper who is also a comedian and writer. This is one juicy episode you cannot miss!
Tuesday, February 14th
What Guys Really Think About 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
We all know a Cosmo girl loves "Fifty Shades", but what about the men in her life? Cosmopolitan.com's contributor, Frank Kobola, joins host Elisa Benson in the studio as they ask real guys what they truly think of the "Fifty Shades" phenomenon.
Tuesday, February 7th
Behind the Scenes of 'So Cosmo'
You want to know what it's like to work at Cosmopolitan? Join the cast of E!'s addicting new series, "So Cosmo", as they give us juicy behind the scenes details of the show. Host Elisa Benson is joined by Cosmopolitan's Diandra Barnwell, Steven Brown, and Leah Wyar.
Tuesday, January 31st
Fuckboys with Lauren Giraldo
We all have a story of a fuckboy in our life who makes us want to face palm just thinking about him. You are not alone! On today's episode, social media starlet Lauren Giraldo joins Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Sex & Relationships Editor, Ali Drucker, to dissect the innerworkings of that guy we loathe - the fuckboy. Interviews feature outrageous, real life stories from Cosmo girls that you must hear!
Tuesday, January 24th
Ready to ask for that big promotion at work? Host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Sex & Relationships Editor, Hayley MacMillen learn the best secrets to negotiating your way through your career. Interviewed guests include Hearst's Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles, and more!
Tuesday, January 17th
I Quit My Life
Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job and traveling the world? Catch host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Features Editor Emma Barker find out how to make that happen with real life people who quit their life to chase their dreams.
Tuesday, January 10th
I Was Sexually Assaulted
Two months ago Cosmopolitan.com released a video on sexual assault that has since received over 14 million views. Tune in as host Elisa Benson digs deep into the issue of sexual assault in our society.
Tuesday, January 3rd
It's time we open up about what gets us off! Host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Sex and Relationships Editor, Hayley MacMillan, sit down and discuss all things fetishes. From writer Jillian Keenan opening up about Shakespeare and spanking, to professional dominatrix Encina Severa showing us how the pros do it, to Dr. Shannon Chavez giving insight on fetishes in relationships - this is one episode you cannot miss.
Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
Let's talk about sex! Host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Sex and Relationships Editor, Ali Drucker, surprise editors and friends of Cosmo by quizzing them on their sex knowledge. You might be surprised how much - or little - some people know.
Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
The Reality of Reality TV
We call it reality TV, but is it real? Host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Senior Entertainment Editor, Eliza Thompson, get down to the bottom of this question by going to those who know best - reality TV stars! Interviews include "The Hills" star Spencer Pratt, and from "The Bachelor" season 19 and "Bachelor In Paradise" seasons 2 and 3, Ashley I!
Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
Cosmo's Top 10 in Pop Culture for 2016
So much happened in 2016, how can we possibly narrow down pop culture's epic moments to just 10? Tune in to find out what made the cut with host Elisa Benson, Cosmopolitan.com's Entertainment Editor Patti Greco, and stand up comedian and entertainment journalist Chloé Hilliard. Joining the panel are reality stars Spencer & Heidi Pratt.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
Heroin addiction is a harrowing epidemic affecting thousands of families across America. Host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Features Editor Emma Barker listen to the stories of Kellie Myers and Crystal Oertle - both who have very personal but very different stories to share about drug addiction.
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
The Truth About S&M
Whips, chains, and spanking- oh my! Host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Senior Sex and Relationship Editor, Ali Drucker, investigate what S&M really means. Guests include Dominatrix Miss Lucy, sex therapist Dr. Shannon Chavez, and more!
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
How To Deal With Failure And Rejection
Break-ups, flunking an exam, missing that promotion at work - at some point in life, we all get rejected from something. Host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's Entertainment Editor Patti Greco chat with comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish, tv host and media coach Suzanne Sena, and celebrity psychotherapist Dr. Lisa Palmer about how to deal with rejection and failure in life.
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Election 2016 Aftermath
The election may be over, but the conversations have only just begun. Joining host Elisa Benson in studio is Cosmopolitan.com's Site Director Amy Odell as they try to make sense of this whirlwind of an election. Guests on the show include Democratic Strategist Atima Omara, entrepreneur Liliana Gil Valleta, and Charmaine Yoest, former Reagan & Huckabee advisor/Republican political commentator.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
I'm Having a Baby! Crazy Labor Stories
Baby on the way! Ready or not, some women give birth in unexpected circumstances. Host Elisa Benson sits down with Seventeen.com's social media editor Ariel Nagi to chat with orgasmic birth expert Debra Pascali-Bonaro about childbirth.
Monday, October 31st, 2016
The Best Sex Position For Your Zodiac Sign
You may know your sign, but do you know what that says about you in bed? Astrologer and authors of the book Cosmopolitan Bedside Astrologer: The Ultimate Guide to Your Star Power Aurora Tower and Laura Brounstein join host Elisa Benson in the studio as they get down to the nitty gritty with what your zodiac sign means for your sex life.
Monday, October 24th, 2016
What The First Gilmore Girls Fan Fest Was Really Like
Host Elisa Benson and cohost Annemarie Conte visited the real-life Stars Hollow and got tons of never-heard-before scoop straight from the Gilmore Girls cast. Includes interviews with Keiko Agena (Lane), Vanessa Marano (April), Sean Gunn (Kirk), Jackson Douglas (Jackson), and Jennie and Marcus Whitaker, the superfans who made the first-ever #GilmoreGirlsFanFest a reality.
Monday, October 17th, 2016
The Truth About Porn Addiction featuring Pamela Anderson
What's the deal with porn? Can it actually be addicting or is everyone just overreacting? Host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's senior sex and relationship editor Ali Drucker discuss. Featuring interviews with Pamela Anderson, Rabbi Shmuley, sex and relationship expert Dr. Jessica O'Reilly, and more.
Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Child Star Confessions featuring JoJo and Brec Bassinger
What’s it really like to be a child star? Host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com’s popular culture editor Alex Rees talk the good, the bad, and the messy. Featuring interviews with singer/songwriter JoJo and Nickelodeon’s Bella and The Bulldogs Brec Bassinger.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Women Get Real About Grief
What does it feel like to lose the love of your life? What about a parent? Host Elisa Benson talks to three women who have experienced tremendous loss and they get real about grief. Featuring interviews with author Nora McInerny Purmort, Founder and CEO of ModernLoss.com Rebecca Soffer, and Emmaline Nguyen.
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
How To Break Up With a Friend Featuring Grace Helbig
Have you ever had to break up with a friend? Host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's entertainment director Patti Greco talk all about toxic relationships and when to walk away. Featuring interviews with YouTuber Grace Helbig and author Gabrielle Bernstein.
Monday, September 19th, 2016
Sex Party Confessions
Have you ever been to a sex party? From the orgy tent at burning man to cuddle parties, host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's senior sex and relationship editor Ali Drucker talk about what really goes on at sex parties. They are joined by comedian Kate Willet, writer Steph Auteri, sex therapist Dr. Jess O'Reilly and more!
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
What It's Like To Go Viral featuring Lance Bass
Is going viral as exciting as it sounds? Or are you just opening yourself up to internet trolls? Host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's social media editor Caitlin Scott talk to host of LOGO's Finding Prince Charming Lance Bass, Comedian and Actor from NBC's Superstore Lauren Ash, viral writer Noelle Hancock, and director and creator of EMBRACE the documentary Taryn Brumfitt.
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
Oops...I'm Pregnant! With Jamie Lynn Spears, Snooki, and JWOWW
What happens when you have an unexpected pregnancy? Elisa Benson and Seventeen.com's social media editor Ariel Nagi talk to women from all different walks of life about their unplanned bundles of joy. Featuring interviews with Jamie Lynn Spears, Snooki and JWOWW, and writer/photographer Cara Paiuk.
Monday, August 29th, 2016
20s vs 30s: Does It Get Any Easier?
Are your 20s really the best time in your life, or are they the hardest? Does everything get easier after 30, or are we even more confused? Host Elisa Benson is joined by Cosmopolitan.com's site director Amy Odell, associate editor Tess Koman, and assistant editor of Snapchat discover Carina Hseih to discuss life in your 20s vs. life in your 30s.
Monday, August 22nd, 2016
I've Never Had an Orgasm
What's it really like to never have an orgasm? Studies say almost 10% of women never do, so what's the deal? Host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com's features editor Emma Barker are joined by clinical sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross (co-host of The Doctor's) and founder of The Finishing School Vanessa Marin to discuss.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Bulges: Is It Okay to Objectify Men's Bodies? With Olympian Jake Dalton
If we are so against objectifying women's bodies, is it counterintuitive to objectify men's? Host Elisa Benson breaks it down with the help of Olympic Gymnast Jake Dalton, and Cosmopolitan.com's site director Amy Odell and weekend editor Laura Beck.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
Do we ever arrive? With special guests, including Dolly Parton!
As millennial women we constantly put our self-worth in our careers. Our careers define us. A job is more than just a title; it’s a status, or even an identity. Host Elisa Benson talks with 5 different successful women about whether or not they feel like they’ve arrived. Featuring: fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, country music icon Dolly Parton, Singer/Songwriter Rachel Platten, owner and founder of Nasty Gal Sophia Amoruso, CEO of Bumble Whitney Wolfe, and host and executive producer of Hollywire.com Chelsea Briggs.
Monday, August 1st, 2016
What It's Really Like to Be in An Open Relationship
Could you ever be in love with more than one person at a time? Are Hall Passes ever OK? Host Elisa Benson and Cosmopolitan.com editor Ali Drucker discuss open relationships with Match.com relationship expert Dr. Kimberly Moffit (
), reality TV star Antonia “Toya” Wright, and writer Sophie Saint Thomas, who spent three years in a polyamorous relationship.
Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Should you have plastic surgery? Is plastic surgery counterintuitive to body acceptance? And what about plastic surgery trends? Elisa Benson breaks down plastic surgery with the help of relationship guru Patti Stanger (WE tv’s Million Dollar Matchmaker), Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Cat Begovic, and Cosmopolitan.com’s Sex and Relationship Expert Ali Drucker.
Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Does anyone actually like dick pics, and do men really score with unsolicited ones? Host Elisa Benson dissects the dick pic with the help of Cosmopolitan.com’s Sex and Relations editor, Ali Drucker. Also joining the panel is former Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Brandi Glanville (E!’s Famously Single), sex therapist Dr. Chris Donaghue (The Amber Rose Show) and professional penis photographer Soraya Doolbaz.
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
1 out of every 5 adults experiences mental illness, yet there still seems to be a stigma surrounding mental health. Host Elisa Benson is joined by singer/songwriter Mary Lambert, medical and wellness expert Dr.Susan Biali, and founder of The Den Meditation Tal Rabinowitz to talk about the importance of taking care of your brain.
Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
Women and Porn
One in three women watch porn, so why is it weirdly so taboo to talk about? Cosmopolitan.com Sex and Relationships editor Ali Drucker, sexuality compatibility expert Dr. Jessica O'Reilly, and former porn star S.K. join host Elisa Benson to discuss the differences in how men and women watch porn, how to suggest watching porn with your partner, and what it's really like to be a porn star.