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This is Day to Day. I'm Alex Cohen.


I'm Madeleine Brand. It is the last day of 2008, one of the most significant years in memory. There was, of course, the historic presidential election. The economy imploded. But we are not going to talk about anything serious right now. No, it is time to wallow in the purely superficial pop culture moments of 2008. And really, who better to wallow with than Frangela, our comedy duo Frances Callier and Angela Shelton. They came by our studios the other day and jumped right into the soup with celebrity couples Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan.

Ms. FRANCES CALLIER (Comedy Duo, Frangela): We love this couple.

Ms. ANGELA SHELTON (Comedy Duo, Frangela): We love this couple. First of all, Samantha Ronson has done wonderful work...

Ms. CALLIER: Yes, she has.

Ms. SHELTON: With Lindsay Lohan.

Ms. CALLIER: Yes, she has.

BRAND: OK. But first of all, who is Samantha Ronson?

Ms. CALLIER: Well, she's a DJ.

BRAND: Right.

Ms. CALLIER: Right and she is Lindsay Lohan's partner, and they came out together. So, yes, I think that, you know, they are a lovely couple, and I'm like, you know, what you ought to see - stop talking about them. Give them their privacy.

Ms. SHELTON: Right.


Ms. SHELTON: Isn't it nice to Lindsay like - first of all, with all her clothes on.

Ms. CALLIER: That's right.

Ms. SHELTON: That is a big step in the right direction.

Ms. CALLIER: Mostly sober.

Ms. SHELTON: Mostly sober.

Ms. CALLIER: I would say she's...

Ms. SHELTON: It's over asking...

Ms. CALLIER: She's about - I think she's about 87 percent sober.

Ms. SHELTON: I must says sober adjacent...


Ms. SHELTON: Most of the time.

Ms. CALLIER: Yes, at least.

Ms. SHELTON: Walking straight. No car chases.

Ms. CALLIER: That's right.

Ms. SHELTON: Something - Samantha is holding it down...

Ms. CALLIER: Yes, she is.

Ms. SHELTON: And I want to give Lindsay her due for showing up.

BRAND: OK, so that's one pop tart who cleaned up her act in 2008. Well, so did Britney Spears, another one.

Ms. CALLIER: Yeah.

Ms. SHELTON: Yeah. Britney got it together.

Ms. CALLIER: Yes, she did.

Ms. SHELTON: That was a good comeback.

Ms. CALLIER: Mm hmm.

BRAND: Here she is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Ms. CALLIER: Yeah. Yes, she looks clear in the eyes.

BRAND: That's right. In shape.

Ms. CALLIER: Yeah. They hosed her down and put a dress on her. She looks fantastic.

BRAND: She looks great. And it also shows that we just can't get enough of her.

Ms. CALLIER: No, no.

Ms SHELTON: No, but...

Ms. CALLIER: And you know what? And that's the resiliency of America. We open up our arms, and we take you back...

Ms. SHELTON: That's the way to push you out (laughing)...

Ms. CALLIER: We just take you back after we pushed you out, kicked you down...

Ms. SHELTON: Made you crazy, called you names...

Ms. CALLIER: Oh yes...

Ms. SHELTON: But let me forget if you didn't do another hit song...


Ms. SHELTON: We're back. Loving you...

Ms. CALLIER: We're besties again...

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRAND: OK, so that's the celebrity world of pop culture.

Ms. SHELTON: Mm hmm.

BRAND: What about our world of pop culture, just the average person...

Ms. CALLIER: You know, the biggest thing I think that everyone was into this year was Facebook.


Ms. CALLIER: I mean...

Ms. SHELTON: It dragged us all in.

Ms. CALLIER: (Laughing) I know. Angela fought it.

Ms. SHELTON: Kicking and screaming. I did not want to do it. But. you know. you're on it.

Ms. CALLIER: You're on it. You know you're updating your profile...


Ms. CALLIER: You're changing your profile pic.

Ms. SHELTON: Basically, here's the deal. You do have to - you're now - you have to be on Facebook.

Ms. CALLIER: You do.

Ms. SHELTON: I'm going to fight Twitter. I'm going to fight it.

Ms. CALLIER: No, no, no.

BRAND: No. No. You're going to lose.

Ms. CALLIER: Yeah, you're going to lose that fight, too, Angela.

Ms. SHELTON: We're on to one or two.

Ms. CALLIER: Are we, yes?

Ms. SHELTON: You did that behind my back.

Ms. CALLIER: I did.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MS. SHELTON: We're going to have to talk about this in 2009...

BRAND: Are you Twittering right now?

Ms. CALLIER: Right now...

Ms. SHELTON: That's right in whatever it is.

Ms. CALLIER: Right now. Can't you see me? I'm Twittering.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. SHELTON: I feel lied to.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. SHELTON: What do you call that, unconsensual Twittering?

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRAND: I think you just spawned a new phrase.

Ms. SHELTON: Oh yeah.

BRAND: The phrase for 2009, unconsentual Twittering, Twittering.

Ms. CALLIER: Yeah.

BRAND: So, you guys seem pretty upbeat about the year.

Ms. CALLIER: Oh, yeah, I would say I was just 2008 showed up...

Ms. SHELTON: Yeah.

Ms. CALLIER: It's hard not to be - we have a black president.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. SHELTON: I mean...

Ms. CALLIER: Yeah, hello.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. SHELTON: Hello. Big win. You can't really take my joy.

BRAND: No. Not at all. Did you see the photos?

Ms. SHELTON: I was like, when have we had a president, who was ripped before?

Ms. CALLIER: I mean...

Ms. SHELTON: I mean - are they skinny or little doughy.



Ms. CALLIER: Ooobama.

Ms. SHELTON: Can we get that on a dollar?


Ms. SHELTON: People will start spending money again.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. SHELTON: I mean...

Ms. CALLIER: Yeah, that works for the economy, and try not to...

Ms. SHELTON: But I want - if that's right?

Ms. CALLIER: Asked and justified.

Ms. SHELTON: The president...

Ms. CALLIER: Exactly. Elect.

Ms. SHELTON: Because he's - you know, an intelligent man...

Ms. CALLIER: Man...

Ms. SHELTON: And he's the president-elect...

Ms. CALLIER: Right.

Ms. SHELTON: And I want to show respect while at the same time objectify.


Ms. SHELTON: How do you do that?

BRAND: I don't know, but you just did it.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRAND: So, congratulations.

Ms. SHELTON: Oh, Michelle Obama (laughing).

BRAND: Oh, hey, a girl.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. SHELTON: I thought I wanted to be Oprah, but now, I'm not so sure.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. CALLIER: Delicious...

Ms. SHELTON: Makes me want to vote (laughing).

Ms. CALLIER: Again.

Ms. SHELTON: Again and again and again.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRAND: All right, Frangela, thank you very much. Have a great new year.

Ms. CALLIER: You, too. Happy New Year.

Ms. SHELTON: Thank you to you.

BRAND: Frances Callier and Angela Shelton - Frangela.

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