Stephanie has hosted local radio shows on KABC and KFI in Los Angeles and is a former co-host of CNBC's "Equal Time" as the liberal counterweight to Bay Buchanan. Most recently, she hosted "I've Got a Secret" on the Oxygen network.
She is a comedienne and daughter of former Republican U.S. Representative William Miller, Barry Goldwater's running mate in the 1964 Presidential election.
The Stephanie Miller Show was launched in September 2004. It is produced by Democracy Radio, the Pioneer of Progressive Talk, and WYD Media Management. Jones Radio Networks distributes the show.
A guide to the quirky words and phrases of the show
Ack The sound Hillary Clinton makes, according to Stephanie, brought about by her Great Lakes regional ("flat-a") pronunciation and her less-than-smooth speaking style.
Alan Smithee production a show credited to the fictitious Alan Smithee because the producer is too embarrassed to take credit; Chris jokes about doing this on some days.
Alba saor the signoff phrase of Jim's impression of Sean Connery, Gaelic for free (saor) Scotland (Alba), a slogan for Scottish independence from Great Britain.
Beaver stack see "Stack"
Caribou Barbie a nickname for John McCain's VP pick Sarah Palin that achieved widespread popularity after frequent use by Stephanie, eventually being uttered by the candidate herself on Saturday Night Live. Stephanie was the first national broadcaster to use the term, on 9/2/08, which was coined a few days earlier on the Democratic Underground website by user "sfexpat2000".
Celebrity Hotline the purported phone line dedicated to celebrity call-ins to the show.
Celebutard a blend of celebrity, debutante, and retard; essentially, a celebrity who regularly behaves like an idiot.
Conspiracy Snausage a single brief item related to a conspiracy theory, named for the snack-size dog treat.
Dick Vader Dick Cheney, perhaps in reference to the Vice President's tendency to be ruthlessly evil to protect his vision of the empire. Perhaps.
Donde los yikes a nonsense Spanglish phrase used to express astonishment and alarm (roughly equivalent to "holy s~~~"), a signature expression of Stephanie's.
Double kitty a sound that Stephanie can make which resembles two kittens meowing at once.
ESFOAD one of the slang military acronyms (like the better-known FUBAR) used by Jim's version of the ill-tempered John McCain; it stands for "eat s~~~, f~~~ off, and die."
Extra crispy bucket of ... extremely; for example, Michael Savage is an extra crispy bucket of crazy.
Flavin a nonsense word in the style of classic wacky Jerry Lewis (or The Simpsons' Professor Frink), most often used as the last item on a list similar to "et cetera" or "whatnot" ("tell your friends and flavins").
Fox question a style of question popular on Fox News in which an unsupportable viewpoint is made to sound plausible by the question itself. Actual example: "Is the liberal media helping to fuel terror?"
Foxpert a guest on a Fox News show billed as an expert, but who is actually a partisan with little or no credentials (coined by Jim).
Freeper a member of the Free Republic internet forum, a conservative activist website; freepers are suspected of calling talk shows while misrepresenting their affiliation.
Fun stack see "Stack"
Future husband a crush of Stephanie's, usually caused by the person making bold or eloquent public statements that she agrees with.
Gay ray a supernatural effect, claimed by Stephanie to be beyond her control, that turns men gay after meeting her.
Hizzie a variation of "hizzouse", hip hop slang for house, as said by Jim's characterization of North Korean dictator "K to the J to the I L".
Insane o'clock see "Stupid o'clock"
Itchy Kitty the fictitious Reseda club where Stephanie says she started her show business career as a dancer.
Jiggles a sexist nickname for Stephanie inspired by a sound bite from The Simpsons.
Lady lumps bazooms, from the Black Eyed Peas song "My Humps" (sometimes preceded by the word "lovely").
Liar cannon a varying series of audio clips related to lying, played after an obviously false statement.
Magic purple sweater a specific item of clothing that, according to Stephanie, enhances her "lady lumps" (q.v.) when she wears it.
Mizrahi the conjectured "safeword" in the hypothesized Bill O'Reilly/Geraldo Rivera BDSM activities, a reference to fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.
Mook a male associate whose usefulness may not compensate for the irritation he causes; used by Stephanie to refer to Jim and Chris.
Official ... a title given to some celebrity friends of the show, such as Melissa Etheridge being the "Official Rock Star of The Stephanie Miller Show"; the designation is also assigned by request to some callers with characteristics unlikely to be shared by other listeners, such as the "Official radical militant librarian of The Stephanie MIller Show".
Out-of-Context Theater a brief bit in which a snippet of conversation from a right-wing show is presented in a different context, playing into the accusation that the liberal media takes quotes out of context.
Participation ribbon a minor award given by Stephanie to a caller for decent comedy; even better comedy may earn a "tee ball trophy".
Penalty box where a host or caller "gets sent" after saying something inappropriately suggestive or mean.
Right wing love muffin a conservative caller who's hot for Stephanie (or vice versa).
Right wing tool a media figure who blindly supports Republican policies and candidates; sometimes used jokingly by Stephanie to refer to Chris.
Spectacular ass Chris' assessment (no pun intended) of Stephanie's derri¨re.
Squeezy lascivious behavior similar to Squeezy McFeelpants, a Jim Ward character originally inspired by a Texas legislator who wanted to ban sexy teenage cheerleading; related characters include Britain's "Mashy McGrabass" and Australia's "Fingers Billabong".
Stack a set of related news items; for instance, 'beaver stack' for stories related to beavers. Stop giggling.
Stick-up-the-butt liberal a person who is excessively politically correct, taking offense at jokes made about some aspect of their ideology (often preceded by the word "humorless").
Stupid o'clock the time of day the show hosts have to go to bed, because they have to get up at insane o'clock to do the show.
Tee ball trophy see "Participation ribbon"
Unibrow a continuous eyebrow, supposedly a feature of Stephanie as a teenager.
• Lanny Davis, veteran political strategist and former White House special counsel to President Clinton, calls in at 8pm to talk about his book “Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping with Crisis in Business, Politics, and Life”
• Rescue workers searched rubble early today for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction.
• President Obama and gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won’t stop the drive to reduce gun violence.
• Federal agents on Wednesday arrested a suspect in the mailing of letters to President Barack Obama and a U.S. senator that initially tested positive for the poison ricin. The suspect was identified as Paul Kevin Curtis of Tupelo, Miss.
• A service in Boston to honor the victims of the city’s bombings will be attended by President Obama today, as investigators spend a third day combing through evidence in search of those responsible for the deadly blasts.
• Comedian Jen Kirkman calls in at 7:30pm to talk about her new book, “I Can Take Care Of Myself: Tales From A Happy Life Without Kids”
• Former FBI Agent Chris Kerr calls in at 8:30pm to talk about what investigators are looking for in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing
• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9pm for an hour of Humpdays With Hal
• Federal agents zeroed in Tuesday on how the Boston Marathon bombing was carried out — with kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel — but said they still didn’t know who did it and why.
• A suspicious letter potentially laced with a poison, ricin, and postmarked from Memphis, was sent to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi. Sources confirmed the letter was sent to Wicker, R-Miss., but did not arrive at his office on Capitol Hill. It was stopped at a mail processing facility.
• A bipartisan effort to expand background checks is in deep trouble as the Senate approaches a long-awaited vote on the linchpin of the drive to curb gun violence.
• The coffin of Margaret Thatcher was carried up the steps of London’s main cathedral on Wednesday for a funeral service attended by Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s political elite, and global dignitaries.
Stephanie Miller gets an inside look into the process of terror investigations from retired FBI agent Chris Kerr. He tells Stephanie that he’s surprised this kind of attack didn’t happen sooner after 9/11 and that it shows the “victories of various law enforcement agencies.” Stephanie asks if the pressure cooker implies anything. Kerr responds that it’s tempting to say it’s “a lone wolf or an unsophisticated group of people,” but a sophisticated group could have used this device to “throw investigators off the trail.”
Stephanie Miller talks with Charles Pierce of Esquire.com, who is in Boston. Pierce has covered 15 Boston Marathons, and until this year, it has always been a great day. In an article he has written about his experience, he talks about “smelling the blood a block away.” Pierce and Stephanie discuss the media coverage and the amount of speculation that is going on. “Terrorism is the mind of the terrorized,” Pierce says. “The people of Back Bay yesterday were victims of terrorism because they were terrorized.”
• The bombs that blew up seconds apart at the finish line of one of the world’s most storied races left the streets spattered with blood and glass, three dead, including an 8-year-old boy, more than 140 wounded and gaping questions of who chose to attack at the Boston Marathon and why.
• The 8-year-old boy killed in the explosions at the Boston Marathon has been identified as Martin Richard, The Boston Globe reported. No suspects have been identified in the case, which federal authorities are classifying as an act of terrorism.
• President Obama said he ordered the “full resources” of the federal government to respond to the Boston bombings on Monday, and that he also called for increased security around the U.S. as necessary. Notably absent from his remarks was the word “terror,” though federal investigators are classifying the bombings as a terror event.
• Early Tuesday, law enforcement officials went to an apartment in the north Boston suburb of Revere, where they interviewed two men and were seen by reporters removing two trash bags and a duffle bag. It is still unclear what significance, if any, this had with regard to the bombing investigation.
Stephanie Miller listens to what caller Tim from Illinois, who is an NRA member, has to say about the issue of gun control. Tim doesn’t like that “gun ‘control’ has been changed into gun ‘safety legislation,’” and he compares this with putting lipstick on a pig, saying, “It’s still gun control.” Stephanie tells him that “nobody wants to take away all the guns,” but Tim says he knows anti-gun people who want to ban all guns. The two do agree on one thing — even Tim acknowledges that there are some sensible regulations.
• With the Senate set to begin debate on gun control legislation this week, a proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers picked up some key Republican support over the weekend. But it may not be enough to ensure the measure is adopted.
• A bipartisan group of senators is almost ready to share an immigration overhaul crafted over several months. The Gang of Eight is finishing up the final details and is planning to unveil the proposed legislation tomorrow.
• The United States and Japan opened the door Sunday to new nuclear talks with North Korea if the saber-rattling country lowered tensions and honored past agreements, even as it rejected South Korea’s latest offer of dialogue as a “crafty trick.”
• Two more people have died in China from a new strain of bird flu, raising the death toll from the virus to 13, state media reported Sunday. In all, 60 cases of the virus, known as H7N9, have been reported in China.
• Adam Scott of Australia produced the performance of his life to win the Masters Sunday and finally exorcise the demons of last year’s British Open.
Timothy Kurek, author of “The Cross in the Closet” tells Stephanie Miller about his year coming out as gay to his family and friends when he was actually straight to explore issues of acceptance. He says when he told his LGBT friends that he was straight the entire time, they were very accepting. He has experienced more anger from people who do not know him. Kurek says the biggest lesson he learned was that Christianity and homosexuality are not mutually exclusive, adding, “It made my faith a lot stronger.”
• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 8:30pm for an hour of Fridays With Fugelsang
• Timothy Kurek joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9:30pm to talk about his autobiography “The Cross in the Closet”, which highlights his “coming out” as a heterosexual Christian exploring life as a gay man in the LGBT community
• Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in South Korea today on an unusual diplomatic journey, traveling directly into a region bracing for a possible North Korean missile test and risking that his presence alone could spur Pyongyang into another headline-seeking provocation.
• A new gun control law cleared a major Senate hurdle Thursday, with 16 Republicans voting with most of the chamber’s Democrats to begin the process of moving one of President Obama’s top domestic initiatives through a long, legislative slog.
• The Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded with “moderate confidence” that North Korea might have a nuclear weapon that’s small enough to be placed on a ballistic missile. But the DIA also says that if that is the case, the reliability of the missile would be low.
• 53% favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, which is up 2 points since the NBC/WSJ survey last asked this question in December, though that increase is within the poll’s margin of error. 42% oppose gay marriage.