Useful Idiots with Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper

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If you enjoy listening to a woman's voice that is as close to finger nails raking a chalkboard. This podcast is for you. The guy is intelligent and pretty witty but sheesh!! That woman has a voice tailored for the silent film industry if it ever makes a comeback.

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Useful Idiots is an informative and irreverent politics podcast with journalist Matt Taibbi and podcaster/writer Katie Halper. Episodes feature on-the-road coverage of the 2020 campaign and exclusive interviews, with humor, commentary and dissection of the politics news of the week. Join Matt and Katie as they examine important stories that have slipped through the cracks and what the media got wrong – and laugh about whatever is left to laugh about.

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How the 24-Hour News Cycle Ruined Journalism
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Subscribe at http://usefulidiots.substack.com During the first Gulf War, there was a transformation to an era of constant new news. The face of this change was CNN reporter and Useful Idiots Hero Charles Jaco. Views went from checking the news once or twice a day to constantly staying plugged in, anchors got famous and the whole thing became a spectacle. Jaco’s response? “What the devil is going on?” Jaco, who’s the star of the weekly UI segment "Jaco of the Week,” discussed the negative impacts of unending news. “We should've put up slides that said, ‘Look, this is being brought live. The first draft of history is always wrong. Take this with a grain of salt and we'll try to sort this out.’” With the need to always have fresh news, time for fact checking went out the window. And since the early 90s, trust in media has plummeted. Jaco says that’s why. We also discuss the shift from focusing on in-the-field reporters to idolizing talking heads in the studio: “One of the things that really annoys me now is that you've got these platforms that can give you 24-hour news, but on the three major channels, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox, it's degenerated into just talking heads rather than using the expertise of the reporters in the field. It's irritating as hell to those of us who did it for so long.” It’s a fun interview with our charming and funny UI hero. And check back on Monday for the extended interview where Charles discusses teabaggers, conspiracy theories, and the impending US civil war (sense a trend?) Plus, we find out just how much Dems and Republicans suck as Biden lets Haitian migrants get whipped and McConnell plans to let the government default. Ugh. It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
Chris Hedges: "I Wasn't Surprised by 9/11"
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See the full interview at http://usefulidiots.substack.com “The charade of statesmanship played out by George W. Bush and his enabler, Condoleezza Rice, as they wander the Middle East is a fitting end to seven years of misrule, stripped of power and transformed from monsters into buffoons. One half expects to see him stand up at the next president's inauguration and screech ‘I’m melting! I’m melting!’ as he sinks into a puddle of slime.” This was penned by friend-of-show and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges back in 2008. And at the time, it seemed to reflect the opinion of George W. Bush among Leftists and Liberals. But now, he’s back. Liberals who used to condemn him now love him! He hangs out with Obama, he gives speeches denouncing Trump, he paints! Now that’s a thoughtful and cultured war criminal with whom we’d like to grab a Sauvignon blanc. In addition to blasting the grotesque rehabilitation of Dubya, Hedges shares his experience of 9/11 which he witnessed in New York City where he happened to be for a meeting with his then-employer The New York Times. He recalls those who jumped from the buildings who were edited out because “that mass suicide just didn't fit the narrative that both the media and the ruling elites were propelling.” When we asked him if 9/11 surprised him after years of serving and reporting in the Middle East, watching US bombs fall on cities, he responded, “That is how we communicate with the rest of the world. Huge explosions and death above a city skyline. That's how we have communicated for decades. And the hijackers learned to communicate back to us in the language we taught them. So when I saw the devastation, it was familiar. That was of course lost on most of the public who drank deep from that very dark elixir of nationalism.” Plus, the new Useful Idiots Wigged Moose Party announces a plan to ride in an armored pangolin and shoot Covid pellets at the Pharma companies refusing to share the vaccine. Maybe you have to see it to get it. It’s all this, and more (including a #JacoOfTheWeek), on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out. And don’t forget to subscribe to hear the rest of the interview with Chris Hedges, which drops Monday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
Adolph Reed has ENOUGH White People Explaining Racism to Him
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Subscribe at http://usefulidiots.substack.com Matt lost his voice this week, so we’re unpaywalling this extended interview with Adolph Reed. We’ll be back next week with Monday Mourning and a new UI episode. Subscribers can still get their UI fix with Katie’s attempt at the Taibbi dating app, also out today. “But if that doesn’t happen, then that’s gonna be the end of American democracy in the next year.” Does he mean Republicans taking the senate? The creation of a new religion of Wokery in deference to Robin DiAngelo? Duke winning March Madness in 2022? You’ll have to watch to find out. Professor Reed has big statements and important messages for you in this informative and irreverent extended interview. He shares with Matt and Katie his perspective on the changing progression of civil-rights activism from policy-oriented protest to squabbling over abstract moral superiority. The pre-eminent scholar on this new ideology of course being Robin DiAngelo and her new book Nice Racism, which Professor Reed awards Matt the purple heart for finishing. It’s in this “book” (apologies to Norm Finkelstein for using the term) that DiAngelo calls for such BIPOC-infantilizing ideas as moral reparations, seeing white people collectively while seeing BIPOC as individuals. And this new teaching is quickly becoming the dominant theology. This, according to Professor Reed, is dangerous. “What we need,” he argues, “is having frank conversations with actual people in society, not mediated through mass media, about the problems and policies in their lives that confront them.” And he’s planning to do just that. In a Useful Idiots Breaking News Alert, Reed announced his upcoming podcast Class Matters, in which he and other scholars will discuss what society would look like if it were governed by and for the concerns of the working class. Listen to the interview now. Learn something, laugh, but please, whatever you do, stop telling Adolph Reed he doesn’t understand the depths and intensity of racism in America. Because we’re pretty sure he does. Plus, Matt and Katie break their silence on the Aaron Maté vs The Young Turks feud, and yes, they have some demands. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
How Obama's War on Terror Led to Trump
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Subscribe for the full interview at http://usefulidiots.substack.com “That was what the unity after 9/11 really concealed: who it was aimed against.” Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. And as usual, Obama’s apology-free drone strikes, the domestic racism, the enhanced government surveillance, and curtailed civil liberties will be downplayed, if not completely ignored. “The longer this war on terror circumstance goes on,” says Spencer Ackerman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the new book Reign of Terror, “the more and more it's going to be indistinguishable from domestic American politics. And the more the tools of the war on terror are going to be used against Americans.” Will the corporate media outlets discuss liberal complacency and hawkishness in their 20-year-anniversary-paloozas? Will they discuss the fear felt by Americans who were racially profiled not just by other citizens, but by the FBI? Ackerman, whose book lays out how Trump capitalized on the disguised racism in the violent policies of the Obama and Bush admins, worries they won’t. So listen here for the darker side of American unity, and read Spencer’s Substack Forever Wars here. Plus, Texas Republicans try to strip our rights away with their restrictive abortion and voting laws, and new Useful Idiots hero Charles Jaco mocks right-wing teabaggers. It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2021
Afghanistan Vet on Biden Pullout: "I'd Change Nothing"
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Subscribe for full interviews at http://usefulidiots.substack.com After 9/11, the US government jumped into war in Afghanistan, giving shells of reasons for their aggression. But at least they still gave reasons. However, after Bin Laden was killed in 2011, even the illusion of a reason for this war was gone. It’s been time to come home for a while. In an April interview with Matt, Adrian Bonenberger, author and veteran, predicted that Biden would execute the withdrawal from Afghanistan. And like Biden, he didn’t expect the immediate collapse in the region. But still, says Bonenberger, Biden made the right decision. This was a pointless effort wasting time, money, and lives, and after two tours of duty and much reporting in the area, it became clear to him that US presence was doing nothing productive. Ok, so it’s time to leave. But why is it going so poorly? This, he continues, is more of a problem with the State Department than with Biden: “The system is not set up to get people from Afghanistan or Russia or Mexico or China to America. There needs to be some type of capability that we can switch on, some emergency act.” And without that, this extraction was doomed. But Bonenberger, and your Useful Idiots, believe it’s a necessary move. So hear us say it today, because who knows when we’ll say it again: “Good job, Joe.” Plus, we don’t forget Biden’s terrible side in his nomination of Rahm Emanuel, we watch Newsmax’s racist coverage of “Afghani” men, and we side with the woman who’s deep in an affair with a chimp. It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
The Deadliest Coverup of the 20th Century
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Subscribe for full episodes and extended interviews at http://usefulidiots.substack.com Lesley Blume is a journalist. She married a journalist. Her father wrote for Walter Cronkite. Her whole community is journalists. So, in 2016, when Trump rose to power, her community was suddenly under attack. “All of a sudden to see your entire community be under assault like that and be designated as enemies of the people was so shocking and demoralizing, and it felt like an all hands on deck moment.” The best way to fight back, she decided, was to write a book that proved to America just how crucial reporters are in democracy, to “reinstate this idea that journalism at its best serves the common good.” “And so,” she explains, “when I came across Hersey’s story, which had been shockingly untold, I knew that I had my story.” John Hersey, a Pulitzer-prize-winning pioneer reporter who saw combat to cover World War II, wrote what some consider the most important work of journalism of the 20th century: Hiroshima. In her book, Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World, Blume uses painstaking research to document how the US government obfuscated its role in the deadliest attack in history and comes to the realization that dropping the bomb was not justified, despite what we’re taught in school. Plus, future-ex-Governor Cuomo couldn’t take the heat from last week’s Useful Idiots review, how Trump’s big beautiful tax cut actually (surprise) helped the rich, and the world burns from climate change. It’s all this, and more, on this week’s (gloomy) episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2021
Cuomo's Kiss Compilation & Dystopian Media "Bullshit" w/ Walter Kirn
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Subscribe for the full interview at http://usefulidiots.substack.com “America finally had enough media awareness after being taught in high school to look for bias that they suddenly were able to see, with new eyes, just how slanted and silly and contradictory and boring [corporate media is.]” Thus spoke Walter Kirn, writer for Time magazine and author of eight novels including Up in the Air (which was turned into a George Clooney movie), on this week’s Useful Idiots. And, like Matt and Katie, Kirn ditched the mainstream and made the move to Substack. where you can check him out. Years ago, Walter tells us, he would complain that every Time article ended the same way: “Some experts believe this while others believe that, but one thing is for sure, the issue is not settled and only time will tell." But now he yearns for the days of yore when the media would take the burden off of itself and leave readers with vague cliches. But at least the readers were left with a chance to think for themselves. Today there is no two sides. There is no debate. They tell you what to think. And at that point, can it still really be called journalism? The answer to that question is hard to say. Some experts believe it can, others believe it can’t, but one thing is for sure, it’s all a lot of bullshit. Plus, after reading 165 pages of the attorney general’s report on Andrew Cuomo, Katie and Matt come to the (hot take) conclusion that the Governor is, indeed, a sexual harasser and dick. And we mourn the loss of Nina Turner’s congressional campaign. Oh yeah, and a bunch of penis stuff. It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out now and stand by for the Substack-only portion where Kirn talks about the novel he’s working on, his parents’ divorce, and the fall of Stephen Colbert. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2021
Nina Turner Takes on the Establishment in Run for Congress
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Subscribe at usefulidiots.substack.com for full episodes and extended interviews Even just days before the election in Ohio’s 11th district, Nina Turner is pulling voters to her side. Just this week, an influential city councilman announced he switched his support from opponent Shontel Brown to Turner because on one side he saw angry attack ads, while on the other he saw policy. And this race is centered on policy: Brown, backed by corporate dems like Hillary Clinton and pro-Israel lobbies, represents the moderate side of democrats, while Turner, supported by Bernie Sanders and AOC, is part of the progressive swing led by the Squad. Jennifer R. Farmer, a social publicist and campaign surrogate for Turner, joins the Useful Idiots to share what Nina believes in: This is Medicare for all and “ensuring that a health event does not derail a person’s future.” This is affordable college and equal pay for equal work. This is creating “a future that we’re leaving behind for future generations that ensures climate justice.” And on Tuesday, we have an election. Will Nina Turner use her #UsefulIdiotsBump to become the next member of the Squad? Or does the national Democratic Party still have power to reach voters? Watch along with us. Plus, we watch Biden yell at reporters, Republicans pretend America isn’t racist, and Brian Stelter lose his pants. It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
The Biggest Government Coverup of the Century
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Join our substack for the full interview and bonus content http://usefulidiots.substack.com Subscribe for clips and full episodes Follow us on twitter at https://twitter.com/UsefulIdiotpod The press is a crucial part of democracy, checking on the government and alerting the public to what’s going on. The water supply has been poisoned––that's the kind of thing we depend on the fourth estate to report about. But where have they been? The national press was universally late in reporting on the Flint Water crisis, and quickly dropped the corruption, greed, and mismanagement that poisoned Flint's water and people. But the story continues, though you'd never know it from mainstream media. So is the crisis over? Jordan Chariton and Jenn Dize of Status Coup say no. In their recent article, they uncover mounds of corruption, finding the government guilty of a huge coverup with cleared text messages, piles of thrown away phones, and then-Governor Rick Snyder telling his staff: “Don’t put anything in writing because emails are cannons for our enemies.” They lay out a real case against Snyder for misconduct, willful neglect of duty, and even involuntary manslaughter. But today, he’s facing penalties equivalent to a parking ticket and a potential of up to one year in prison. And no one else is talking about it. In this interview, we examine the evil side of politics and the news that sadly can only be found in the reporting of independent media. Plus, Biden’s no longer is going door-to-door to give you a vaccine, a tribunal for human rights abuses in Cuba, and two important messages: don’t make guns that look like toys and if you’re going to commit bestiality, please make sure the animal is bigger than you. It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2021
Julian Assange's Brother: #FreeAssange
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In the past few weeks of the crucial case for free speech and press, Wikileaks-founder Julian Assange was granted a new appeal on his extradition trial and it came out that a key witness (who is a diagnosed sociopath) admitted to lying, a smear campaign distorted much of what we know, and psychological torture was reported in the prison where he’s being held. Remember all that? You don’t? Well, do you read the New York Times and Washington Post? You do? But do you watch CNN and MSNBC? You watch those too? And they didn’t mention it at all? Hmm. So why does no one cover the story that creates a precedent of criminalizing journalism? Because there’s a narrative that Assange helped Trump. What Assange did do was release court-deemed-pertinent documents on Hillary Clinton before the election. What he did not do is meet with Paul Manafort to brainstorm how to help the Trump campaign. But that’s the evidence-free story they’re going with. So of course liberal media can’t defend a guy who helped Trump! But most importantly, this shouldn’t matter even if he did have any connection to Trump. The charges don’t have anything to do with 2016. They’re about 2010 Chelsea Manning revelations and publications of Afghan and Iraq war logs as well as reports of torture in Guantanamo Bay. It’s a serious trial on first amendment rights. And could have even more serious consequences. Julian’s brother Gabriel Shipton and journalist Kevin Gosztola warn of a dark future: The New York Times may not care now, “but a President Mike Pompeo, who led the charge at the CIA against Wikileaks, if elected” could decide he doesn’t like the leaked material you published and bring the same case against you. And when they start throwing your colleagues in jail, don’t you want to be able to say you were against the Espionage Act back then? It’s an important interview about a case that has worldwide consequences, while also about saving one man’s life. Also in this episode of Useful Idiots: –Art critic Nina Felshin critiques Hunter Biden’s paintings –Greg Abbott’s plan to arrest all the democrats –Miami mayor calls for airstrikes on Cuba –Plus: Is it ethical to murder a drone? It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2021
Black Scholar Adolph Reed DESTROYS Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility & Nice Racism
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As PC culture, led fearlessly by Miss Woke 2021 Robin DiAngelo, moves deeper into decreeing what terms and actions count as racist, Professor Adolph Reed has a warning for us: “Both the discursive and institutional have emerged around a systemic disposition to find ways to evade talking about class and economic inequality, then it just grows in that dark environment with other fungi and so forth and so on.” That’s “historian of ideologies” talk for a simple yet important concept which he explains further: When we focus too much on the struggle against racism and prejudice, what recedes from view is the struggle against specific policies that cause essential problems of economic inequality. In his return to Useful Idiots, Professor Reed judges excerpts from DiAngelo’s new book Nice Racism, shares stories of civil rights history, and does something basic yet suddenly important in a time when both racism and faux-anti-racism seem to be growing: he simply defines racism. It’s an important episode which also turns out to be one of the funniest ones yet. Here’s what else you’ll get: –Katie Halper’s NBA Finals Predictions –Poor Saudi Arabia tries to defend itself against Yemeni children –Biden and Republicans finally find a chastity belt for their mouths –And of course, it sucks to Zuck It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out. Subscribe at usefulidiots.substack.com Follow us on twitter @usefulidiotpod for clips, games, forums, and more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2021
How to Discharge Your Student Loans with Austin Smith
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What do you do when your congressman is an a**hole who celebrates the January 6 insurrection and uses it to try propel himself to governor of New York? You run against him and f*cking beat him. At least that’s what attorney and former Onion writer Austin Smith plans to do. And he’s using his “furious, blood-boiling” anger toward Lee Zeldin and the rest of Trump’s losers to help the people of New York’s first district to finally get a decent guy to represent them. Smith, who previously worked for the campaigns of both John McCain and Hillary Clinton, has a clear mission in Congress once he unseats Zeldin: help people understand and navigate the ridiculous stupidity of student loans. He discusses his lawsuits against the deceitful companies who keep people buried in debt and shares well-hidden secrets for people who might not know they’re eligible to discharge their loans. Listen here to what he has to say and then support his intellectual and for-the-people campaign here. Or just send him your junk (no, really). Also in this week’s episode of Useful Idiots: –Nina Turner gets the much-coveted “Jim Clyburn backs the other candidate” bump –Katie goes from inviting a NYT writer onto the show to cursing him out in a record-setting 7 minutes –Republicans love their ugly confederate heroes –And Matt laughs louder than he ever has on Useful Idiots It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode. Check it out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2021
Norm Finkelstein on Cancel Culture
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Subscribe at usefulidiots.substack.com Norman Finkelstein, the prolific (and widely canceled) political scientist, and author of 11 books, joins the show to give us a sneak preview of his new book on cancel culture and identity politics. He explains what makes today's cancel culture new, what makes it not so new, and why it’s worse, in some ways, when the Left does it: “Obviously there’s cancel culture on the right. But the cancel culture on the right, or the mainstream, the establishment, whatever you want to call it, for a person of the left, is a given. That’s a part of what it means to be on the left. The true Left. You’re going to be marginalized, ignored. That’s the history of the Left.”  He critiques MSNBC's Bernie-bashing and identity-politics-weaponizing—Joy Ann Reid and her body-language expert, who diagnoses Bernie Sanders’ self-incriminating “turtling,” in particular— gives Noam Chomksy his due credit and sings the praises of W.E.B. DuBois.  Finkelstein also directs his formidable fire at White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo: “And what's her message to white people? Her message to white people is every white person... who's laying out in the street because he or she is homeless, which there are quite a lot in my neighborhood. Every white person from that person to Jeff Bezos, they all profit from racism. And then they, the CEOs, they get to play the enlightened ones because they give money to Black Lives Matter. So, the message to white people is be careful what you're willing to give up, because you're benefiting from this system. Every white person benefits from the system. If you let them climb one rung higher, you are going to go one rung lower. So it's a warning to white people to be cautious, careful, wary, of the demands of black people.... ” Plus, Katie and Matt lament the way Andrew Yang sabotaged his own campaign, depriving himself of what could have been a game-changing “Useful Idiots Show Bump,” and review some important penis-representation-related news stories.  Stand by for the substack-only section of the interview where Norman talks more about Angela Davis, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and reveals an early crush.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2021
Cuomosexuals and the NYC Mayor Race
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Subscribe at usefulidiots.substack.com Ross Barkan on the New York Mayoral Race and Cuomosexuals, Plus Whale Mouthwash, Republicans Hit the Pipe, and Jeff Bezos Should Eat the Mona Lisa “This is kind of the Holy Grail for the left that can never quite get pulled off,” says Ross Barkan, author of The Prince: Andrew Cuomo, Coronavirus, and the Fall of New York. “It usually gets pulled off by moderates, or Barack Obama.” We talked to Ross about one of our favorite people — the demented neoliberal monster/werewolf Andrew Cuomo — but also about the upcoming New York City mayoral elections, which will be the large-scale litmus test on the state of the Democratic electorate since the 2020 primaries. New York City has one of the most rabidly progressive voter bases in the country, but the Democratic Primary next Tuesday has for some time now appeared likely to be dominated by moderates like former NYPD officer and Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams. Friend-ish-of-show Andrew Yang, who snubbed a Useful Idiots interview request during this campaign, has fallen off to fourth place in a recent poll, in the most recent demonstration of the ironclad Law of the Useful Idiots Bump. Will he make it back up in time to replace Bill de Blasio? Barkan discusses with us some of the factors that may be influencing the quasi-surprising New York results. Three of the four top candidates — Yang, Adams, and former sanitation chief Kathryn Garcia — seemingly go against national type. “All three of these candidates, Yang, Garcia, Adams, are explicitly against de-funding the police,” he says. “Who’s going to win? I don’t know, but I think Adams has the inside track.” Barkan, who wrote a pleasingly vicious book about Cuomo that depicts him in the garb of Machiavelli on the cover, also explained how the New York governor managed to pull off a surge in popularity last year despite horrific management of the pandemic. “Journalism… too often takes on the tropes of fiction, and seeks narratives, heroes and villains,” Ross said. “Cuomo filled that void,” giving journalists the tough-talking uncle figure to Donald Trump’s crazy-nitwit act. Reporters ran with that simple storyline for months, ignoring things like Cuomo’s craven manipulation of death toll figures for nursing homes. From there we basically just said gratuitous things about Cuomo and his doofus brother, but it’s worth a listen, particularly if you’re high. Also: we plow through the four food groups, stopping to discuss ICE’s sterling wokewash efforts, a dude who maybe got too much credit for being swallowed by a whale, and what “POS” stands for on a U.S. State Department Twitter handle. That and more, on this week’s Useful Idiots.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2021
Dennis Kucinich Literally Knocked Down Door To Win Race + Hunter Biden Loves His Penis & the N-Word
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“Protest with a guitar? Not this candidate.” This written about a 21-year-old city council candidate with hippy sensibilities and a drive to help the underdog: Dennis Kucinich. Since that article in 1967, Kucinich served 16 years as the US house rep from Ohio, gained national fame in his two presidential bids, and was vindicated by the Washington Post as the future of American politics. Now, Kucinich is out with a new book The Division of Light and Power, which shares stories of his early days in politics as a 23-year-old city councilman and later mayor in Cleveland, Ohio (read Matt’s full book review here). What he saw was a corrupt and bent system. So his career became a crusade against it. In his first unsuccessful council run, he realized the incumbent never lost because he took care of people, giving favors to powerful donors and making sure his influential constituents were kept happy. ‘So,’ thought Kucinich, ‘that’s what I’ll do.’ But taking care of people for Dennis meant helping normal Clevelanders who, like his own family, couldn’t pay the rent, couldn’t keep the lights on, couldn’t feed their kids. He helped these people and they noticed. And he won. Whether against cheating vote-counters, corrupt utility companies, war-mongering presidents, or racist legislation, Dennis Kucinich’s political career has been a constant battle against immorality and a fight for the helpless. Kucinich describes how his life is echoed by the sound of coins clinking on a white metal table as his parents counted pennies to pay the rent. By the time he was 17, he lived in 21 different places, including a few cars. All this only built the man he is and “translated into the necessity of standing up for economic justice for people who are struggling.” That, plus music, theatre, and ripping off doors in this Useful Idiots interview. Meanwhile, we accept credit for the Breaking Points’ #usefulidiotsbump, read Hunter Biden’s drug-feuled texts about his tanned penis and love of the N-word, call out Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s attempt to imprison migrant children, and sell an invisible Kurt Loder sculpture for thousands. All this, and more, on this week’s Useful Idiots. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2021
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti Reach a Breaking Point, plus Dicks By Association, Obama's Drone Addiction, and Water Bear Abuse
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After a groundbreaking and enormously successful run at The Hill, Krystal and Saagar have followed the iconic path of a certain former rock music podcast, going solo by launching a subscriber-supported show called Breaking Point that debuts next week. The longtime friends-of-show are true pioneers in the modern media age. At a time when virtually every other political discussion show is aimed exclusively at one political demographic or another, their Rising program represented literally the only mainstream effort to speak to all of America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2021
Aaron Maté on Syria, Plus Joe Biden Tells You to F*ck Off
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May 28, 2021
Lawyer Steven Donziger Under House Arrest for Suing Chevron
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Human rights lawyer Steven Donziger has been trapped in his apartment for two years without a fair trial. Hear his story. Plus: Biden and Republicans kill journalists while the Queen kills her dog Subscribe at usefulidiots.substack.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2021
Abby Martin on Gaza, a Liz Cheney Surprise, the Grammar of Stabbing, and More Feces Fries
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Longtime friend-of-show Abby Martin, maker of the remarkable documentary Gaza Fights for Freedom, drops in for a Zoom chat to discuss the outbreak of hostilities in Israel. Subscribe at usefulidiots.substack.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2021
Thomas Frank, Financial Scams, What Would Jesus Drone, & Woke CIA Ads
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Also, we semi mis-predict a patent waiver outcome, discuss a sex work ruling, and relive a beaver attack Subscribe at usefulidiots.substack.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 08, 2021
Cornel West On Biden & Leaving Harvard
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Friend-of-show Dr. Cornel West has been in the news a lot of late, and not always in a happy way. At the end of February, the brilliant professor of Philosophy, Divinity, and African-American studies announced he was leaving his longtime employers at Harvard University, and moving back to Union Theological Seminary, where he began his teaching career back in 1977. Harvard denied his request to be considered for tenure, apparently for political reasons. On Useful Idiots, West talked about the likely reasons behind Harvard’s decision (outspokenness on Palestine?), Joe Biden’s first 100 days, and the influence of his late mother Irene B. West. Also: Katie and I debate how many Secret Service agents it takes to get Mike Pence up a ski hill, we denounce the deeply unfunny campaign against the #YangGang, and we give detailed reviews of all of the movies nominated for Best Picture from this year’s Academy Awards ceremony (without seeing them of course). Is Nomadland a space adventure? Is Mank a misspelled fur-bearing animal? What’s the over/under on debilitating-disease themes for next year’s Oscars? We explore all these important questions, and more, on this week’s Useful Idiots. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 01, 2021
David Sirota on the SALT Tax Cap, Plus: Is Biden Really the new FDR?
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David Sirota of The Daily Poster weighs in on SALT deductions, Biden's presidency, and the future of journalism. Subscribe at usefulidiots.substack.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2021
Bad Chauvin Verdict Reactions, Notes from the Anus-Having Club, and More Vanguard Time Travel
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A nation is gripped by a police-abuse trial, and Republicans and Democrats both find a way to suck about it Subscribe at usefulidiots.substack.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2021
"Don't Let That Liberal Bullsh*t Get To You" with Marianne Williamson
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Talking with the former presidential candidate about the progressive candidate summit, smears, and "liberal bullshit." Subscribe at usefulidiots.substack.com to hear the extended interview with Marianne Williamso Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 17, 2021
Noam Chomsky + The True Story of the Rolling Stone Breakup
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We interview some guy named Noam Chomsky (extended interview coming next week), get to the bottom of why we broke up with Rolling Stone, and scrutinize the thrilling PBS interview of former al-Nusra/al-Qaeda leader-turned-very-handsome-man Abu Mohammed al-Jolani. Katie taps her beard-crit background, while we both investigate the two most important questions of our time: which four goateed male celebrities combined look like one PBS interviewer Martin Smith, and why do I keep thinking Smith is British? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2021
Kamala's Mansion Misery, Mysterious Suez Penis Crash, & Dr. Erica Anderson on Arkansas Trans Ban
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[This interview was recorded before the Governor of Arkansas Vetoed the anti-transgender health care bill].] The Arkansas Senate just passed a bill with a title straight out of dystopian fiction: the Arkansas Save Adolescents from Experimentation Act, or SAFE. Roundly denounced as the most extreme law of its type ever passed, the bill is one of about two dozen laws aimed at trans care currently being considered at the state level. To find out what’s actually in these bills, we spoke with Dr. Erica Anderson, a trans clinician and psychology professor from the University of California, San Francisco. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2021
Ted Cruz, Penis Mishaps + Matt Stoller on Big Tech Monopoly & Surveillance Advertising
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In this Useful Idiots interview, Matt Stoller walks us through some of the myths about big tech. Many members of Congress seem to believe the firms don’t intervene enough; Stoller explains that their massive existing levels of intervention are the problem, that the financial incentives of what he calls “surveillance advertising” move firms like Facebook to push users in the direction of ever more enraging, divisive, and conspiratorial content. Plus Matt (Taibbi) and Katie talk about Ted Cruz, Woke-washing and penis mishaps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2021
Jesse Singal & Katie Herzog On The Substack Wars
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Jesse Singal and Katie Herzog, co-hosts of the podcast Blocked And Reported, join Useful Idiots to talk about the failed campaign to get Singal driven off of Substack and what, according to Herzog, some of Singal's most vocal critics have in common with QAnon. They also talk about how they met and why they started their podcast and how they're not exactly canceled. Singal discusses his new book "Quick Fix," about the dangers of fad psychology. And Matt and Katie discuss the indefensible hoarding of vaccine, and debate the important question: can robbing blind people ever be funny? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2021
Daniel Ellsberg On The Pentagon Papers + Matt & Katie On Cow Therapy & Serial Killers
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We spoke to legendary Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about the nuclear threat nobody is talking about, the end of the world and how he, despite all that, stays hopeful. But before diving in with Ellsberg, Matt and Katie talk about, of course, Dems sucking, Republicans sucking, things being weird and terrible and even bring you a stoned moment. Stand by for the youtube episode. And, dear paying subscribers, stand by for the paywalled video and audio sections dropping soon where we talk to Ellsberg about the way he’s been cynically rehabilitated by his critics as a “good whistleblower” in order to present Snowden, Assange, and Manning as bad ones.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2021
Useful Idiots Unchained Teaser
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Useful Idiots, the podcast Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper started in the summer of 2019 at Rolling Stone, is moving. After eighty episodes that included interviews with the likes of Tulsi Gabbard (our first guest), Roger Waters, Andrew Yang, Erin Brockovich, Michael K. Williams, Noam Chomsky, Marianne Williamson, Adam McKay, Bernie Sanders, Nadya Tolkonnikova of Pussy Riot, Tim Robbins, Adolph Reed, Chris Hedges, and many others, the show that was created with the idea of being a home for voices shut out or shouted down in traditional media outlets is moving, appropriately, to Substack. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2021
Stella Moris on the Assange Case, Concealing Pregnancy
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Stella Moris, lawyer and life partner of Julian Assange, joins the show to discuss the current status of Assange's case and it’s implications for global journalism. Hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper discuss arguments for and against independent journalism outlet Substack. Merch link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2021
The Democrats Try To Cancel Fox News, with Shahid Buttar
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Shahid Buttar joins the show to discuss Democrats, Fox News, and free speech. Hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper discuss Tennessee GOP efforts to prohibit kneeling during college sports national anthems. Merch link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2021
Aaron Maté on Biden's Foreign Policy, OPCW, and More
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Journalist Aaron Maté joins the show to talk about the start of Biden's foreign policy, and his reporting on Syria and the OPCW Merch Link: https://bit.ly/3uiFz4D Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 19, 2021
Glenn Greenwald Returns, Plus Neera Tanden's Confirmation Hearing
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Glenn Greenwald rejoins the show to discuss recent journalism news, content moderation, and more on GameStop/Wall Street. Hosts Katie Halper and Matt Taibbi trade off takes related to the contentious confirmation hearing of Neera Tanden. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2021
Ro Khanna on Covid Relief, Robinhood, and More, Plus a Review of the Mandalorian
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Congressman Ro Khanna makes another appearance to discuss the state of Covid relief, his experience during the January 6 riot and more. Hosts Katie Halper and Matt Taibbi discuss other recent news, including an inspired metaphor from Thomas Friedman on the Gamestop story. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2021
GameStop Madness with David Dayen
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David Dayen joins hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper to break down the GameStop/Wall Street Story. They also discuss the early days of Biden's presidency, and the moves that are available to him with his new authority. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2021
Entering the Biden Era with Thomas Frank
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Thomas Frank joins hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper in this special post-inauguration episode, looking ahead to the Biden era, and how the media can transition from Trump. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2021
The Scary End of Trump's Reign, Plus How Censorship is Bad for the Left with Andre Damon
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Matt and Katie talk about the fallout from the storming of the capitol. Andre Damon of the World Socialist Web Site discusses how censorship has affected political opposition from the left. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2021
Julian Assange Denied Bail with Stefania Maurizi, Plus Covid Cow Coffins
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Disclaimer: this episode was taped early Wednesday, before the events at the Capitol. Investigative reporter Stefania Maurizi joins the show to give an update on the Julian Assange case. Hosts Katie Halper and Matt Taibbi discuss the reconfirmation of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2021
Stimulus Checks, Larry Summers, plus Mark Crispin Miller on Academic Freedom
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Matt and Katie discuss the latest on the debate over Covid stimulus negotiations, NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller talks academic freedom. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2020
Surveillance in Tech, 'Biracial Commercials,' and Obama's Drones with Edward Ongweso Jr
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Vice writer Edward Ongweso Jr joins the show to discuss surveillance by tech companies, Biden's 'Biracial Commercial' thoughts, the DOJ's antitrust lawsuit against Google, and more. Matt breaks down a recent piece from his substack, 'TK Media,' about the flailing efforts by democrats to pass the Covid relief package. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2020
Matt Christman and MSNBC’s Petty War on Sanders
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Matt Christman joins the show to talk modern political identity in America and 'Chapo Trap House.' Katie and Matt watch a clip from MSNBC ridiculing him for his record of passing legislation that he's written Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2020
Erin Brockovich on U.S. Water Crisis, Biden's EPA Transition Board Pick, and More
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Erin Brockovich joins hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper to discuss her recent book on the U.S. water crisis, Biden's EPA transition pick, Michael McCabe, and how to effectively fight against corporations who pollute. Merch link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2020
Reading Obama Quotes, Plus Ryan McMahon and Jon Thompson on Thunder Bay
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Ryan McMahon and Jon Thompson join the show to talk about their excellent podcast Thunder Bay. Katie reads a couple passages from former president Barack Obama's recent memoir 'A Promised Land.' Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2020
Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters on Biden, Trump, Assange & Censorship
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Legendary rock musician Roger Waters joins the show for a wide-ranging conversation on U.S. foreign policy, what happens after Trump, Julian Assange and more. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2020
Thomas Frank on Fake Populism & Silicon Valley Fantasies
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Thomas Frank rejoins the show to talk about the past, present, and future of the Democratic party. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2020
Glenn Greenwald on Lessons from the Election, Leaving the Intercept and More
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Glenn Greenwald joins to discuss the election (taped on Thursday), leaving the Intercept, and more. Matt and Katie ponder the future of both parties after a tightly contested result. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2020
Tinashe on Useful Idiots Live, Bonus Episode!
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Genre-bending singer, Tinashe, joins hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper in a livestream event, sponsored by Yappa, to discuss the 2020 election and more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2020
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on the Election and the Future of Both Parties
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Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti from The Hill's 'Rising' rejoin the show ahead of the US election. Matt and Katie discuss Jared Kushner's viral clip on Fox. They also express concern on what the handling of the Hunter Biden story portends in media. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2020
Zoomin Toobin, How to Pitch Biden to Voters, and Analyzing Polls with Ben Tulchin
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Katie and Matt analyze the Jeffrey Toobin story and come up with a few ways to pitch Biden to undecided voters. Pollster Ben Tulchin, who worked on Bernie Sanders' campaigns in 2016 and 2020, joins the show to break down the polls and what to look for on election night. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2020
Nancy Pelosi Beefs With Wolf Blitzer, Plus Antonio García Martínez on Content Moderation in Silicon Valley
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Hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper go over Nancy Pelosi's strategy for passing a new stimulus bill, and review a contentious appearance of hers on Wolf Blitzer's CNN show. Poly-hyphenate Antonio García Martínez joins the show to discuss the recent report from the ICO in the U.K. that seemed to unravel the heated accusations against Cambridge Analytica from a few years back, and how much influence they may have had on the 2016 US presidential election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2020
Trump vs. Covid and 'Amy Hairy Conehead' with David Sirota
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Journalist David Sirota joins the show to talk Trump and Covid, Biden and the election, and how 80s pop culture relates to today. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2020
Michael K. Williams on the Debate, Police Reform, Lovecraft Country and More
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Renowned actor Michael K. Williams joins the show to discuss his activism, the presidential debate, his acting process and more. Katie and Matt discuss a few moments from the debate and a frustrating Fox News story. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2020
RBG and the Supreme Court with Samuel Moyn
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Yale professor of law and history, Samuel Moyn, joins the show to discuss the Supreme Court after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Matt and Katie discuss a dustup in Syria that hasn't gotten much media attention. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2020
Glenn Greenwald on Reality Winner Controversy and Asking Trump to Pardon Snowden
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Glenn Greenwald returns to the show to discuss a few media moments he was involved in recently, one regarding the Intercept and Reality Winner, the other an appearance he made on Tucker Carlson's show on FOX. Katie and Matt dive into the viral clip of Joe Biden playing a clip of 'Despacito' at a recent Hispanic Heritage Month event. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2020
Trump and Bob Woodward, Plus Filmmaker Juan Passarelli on the Assange Trial
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Katie and Matt discuss the revelations from Bob Woodward's book regarding Trump, Juan Passarelli describes the extradition hearing against Julian Assange Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2020
Nancy Pelosi Challenger Shahid Buttar Responds to Allegations
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California Congressional candidate Shahid Buttar, running to unseat Nancy Pelosi, shares his perspective on recent allegations of sexual and workplace misconduct. Matt and Katie break down the Massachusetts primary returns and Trump's Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2020
Zephyr Teachout, RNC Highlighs & the Myth of the Markey Bros
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Attorney, author and former New York gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout joins hosts Katie Halper and Matt Taibbi to talk about the role of monopolies in the American politics, economies, and tech. Matt and Katie break down the drama in the Ed Markey vs. Joe Kennedy III Massachusetts Senate race, and react to the first half of the Republican National Convention. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 28, 2020
DNC Highlights, the USPS Crisis, Plus Katie Hill on Her Scandal and New Book
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Former congresswoman Katie Hill joins hosts Katie Halper and Matt Taibbi to talk about her life after resigning last fall. Matt and Katie review the first two days of the DNC, and analyze what's going on with the USPS and its media coverage. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 21, 2020
Alex Morse Speaks Out, Plus Kamala Harris as Biden's VP
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Massachusetts congressional candidate Alex Morse joins the show to discuss his perspective on the misconduct allegations against him. Katie and Matt discuss Biden's selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 14, 2020
Thomas Frank on Anti-Populism, Plus Biden's Most-Stoned Moment Ever
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Author Thomas Frank joins the show to discuss his latest book ‘The People, NO: A Brief History of Anti-Populism.’ Katie and Matt dissect Biden's most-stoned moment ever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 07, 2020
Dr. Robert Gallo on Vaccines, Plus the Democrats' Campaign Strategy | Useful Idiots
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Leading biomedical researcher Dr. Robert Gallo shares his thoughts on the various theories for potential covid-19 vaccines. Matt and Katie caution against overconfidence by the left heading into the presidential election. Katie decries a 'Sharkaganda' story from Australia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2020
Thomas Chatterton Williams on Cancel Culture, Bari Weiss Leaves NYT
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Thomas Chatterton Williams talks cancel culture and his contribution to the Harper's Letter on Justice and Open Debate. Matt and Katie discuss the departure of Bari Weiss from the New York Times. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 17, 2020
True Anon's Liz & Brace on Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein, Plus the Harper's Letter
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Liz Franczak and Brace Belden, hosts of the podcast True Anon, discuss the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell and the wider Jeffrey Epstein story, Matt and Katie talk about reactions to the much-debated Harper's open letter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 10, 2020
"White Fragility," Plus Adolph Reed on Identity Politics
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Matt and Katie discuss Matt's review of "White Fragility," Professor Adolph Reed joins to discuss identity politics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 03, 2020
Omar Wasow on Violent vs. Non-Violent Protests, Plus Katie and Matt on Trump's Rally
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Omar Wasow, assistant professor of politics at Princeton, joins the show to discuss his paper on protest tactics and 'Agenda Seeding,' and the polarized reaction it's received. Matt and Katie analyze a scene from Delaware involving a manly encounter with a shark. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 26, 2020
Dr. Cornel West on Protests, Bernie's Campaign, His New Podcast, and Much More
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Dr. Cornel West joins the show (for the first time) for a wide-ranging conversation about his new podcast The Tightrope, what went wrong for Bernie’s campaign and why he had endorsed Sanders again in 2020, and the tactical efficacy of violent vs. nonviolent protesting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2020
Shahid Buttar on Running Against Nancy Pelosi, Kente Cloth, and Police Reform
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Shahid Buttar returns to the show to talk about his campaign against Nancy Pelosi, police reform, civil liberties and more. Matt and Katie look at the significance of Kente cloth, and discuss the recent turmoil in major newsrooms around the country Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 12, 2020
Marianne Williamson and Dr. Gerald Horne on Protests, Dems' Failures, and 2020
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Matt and Katie briefly discuss a few moments from the past week, including Trump's praise of 'dominating' the protests, then Historian Dr. Gerald Horne discusses the history of racism in the US and contextualizes current issues, followed by Marianne Williamson on intersectional issues and the 2020 election Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2020
Michael Moore on Planet of the Humans
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Michael Moore joins the show to discuss the removal of Planet of the Humans from YouTube, and addresses criticism he and the film have received Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2020
The Case Against Censoring Trump and Palestinians With Ali Abunimah + George Floyd and Amy Cooper
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Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, joins the show to discuss the problems with social media censorship. Katie and Matt discuss the horrific George Floyd story, and the similarities with Eric Garner Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 29, 2020
Jimmy Dore on Bernie Sanders, the CARES Act + the Dems Ditch Civil Liberties
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Jimmy Dore joins the show to deliver blistering remarks on Bernie Sanders, the CARES Act and More, Plus a Discussion of Dems and Civil Liberties. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 22, 2020
Aaron Mate on New #Russiagate Bombshells, Plus More From the Stupid Bay of Pigs
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Aaron Mate of the Grayzone and 'Pushback' joins the show to talk recent developments in #Russiagate, how it’s helping Trump, plus Matt and Katie continue to dive into the Stupid Bay of Pigs Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2020
Covid-19 With Virologist Dr. Christian Bréchot, Plus Rambo Goes to Venezuela
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Leading virologist Dr. Christian Bréchot discusses the origins of Covid-19, how the virology and wider scientific communities are working together for solutions, how a vaccine may get developed, and why he doesn’t expect one any time soon. Katie and Matt break down the botched coup in Venezuela Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 08, 2020
Rashida Tlaib on Urgent Needs During Covid-19, Dealing with Trump, Plus a Discussion of Web Censorship
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib on her initiatives during the pandemic, how she deals with Trump, and more. Matt and Katie discuss the future of internet censorship, and HIllary's conversation with Biden Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 01, 2020
Nina Turner on the Future of Progressive Politics, Plus - Why Networks Air Trump’s Pressers in Full
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Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner discusses the future of progressive politics in America after Sanders suspended his campaign. Katie and Matt learn about Biden’s fig newton affinity, and discover some of the most creative DIY protective-wear that people have developed during the pandemic. Also, Taibbi's take on the real reason news networks have been airing Trump's Covid-19 press conferences in full. Hint: Money Merch link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2020
Analyzing Bernie's Endorsement of Biden, Plus David Rees On Predicting The Election
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Katie and Matt break down Bernie's endorsement of Joe Biden and have a discussion on how Covid-19 is being covered. David Rees joins the show to talk about predicting election results Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 17, 2020
Matt Stoller On The Covid-19 Bailout, Plus Live Reactions To Bernie's Campaign Suspension
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Matt Stoller joins the show to discuss the the Covid-19 bailout, Katie and Matt get the news of Bernie's campaign suspension in real-time, and discuss the backlash against Joe Rogan for his Trump vs. Biden quote. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 10, 2020
Dealing With Quarantine Anxiety & Depression With Johann Hari, Plus Matt On Bailouts
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Writer Johann Hari joins the show from London to discuss dealing with anxiety and depression during Covid-19. Matt breaks down a piece on the economic bailout **Merch Link**: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 03, 2020
Adam McKay on 'Coke vs. Pepsi' Politics, Plus Biden vs. Trump, Matt on Congressional Insider Trading
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Acclaimed writer/director/producer Adam McKay joins the show to talk 'Coke vs. Pepsi' politics, making political movies, and more. Matt and Katie play a Trump vs. Biden quote game, field questions from fans, and Matt breaks down his recent piece about congressional insider trading Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 27, 2020
Noam Chomsky on the Primary and Media Criticism, Plus a Breakdown of Biden's Lies
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Special guest Noam Chomsky joins this under-quarantine episode to talk Democratic primary and media criticism. Katie and Matt break down a list of Biden's lies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2020
Bernie vs Trump vs Biden with James Adomian and Anthony Atamaniuk, Plus the Primary
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Comedians James Adomian and Anthony Atamaniuk discuss playing Trump and Bernie, Matt and Katie break down the latest on the campaign Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2020
Super Tuesday Review, Sanders’ Strategy Moving Forward, and Saying Goodbye to Chris Matthews
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*Disclaimer*: This episode was taped on Wednesday, March 4, before Elizabeth Warren suspended her campaign Matt and Katie discuss the results of Super Tuesday, say goodbye to Pete, Klobuchar, Bloomberg and Chris Matthews, and how Bernie needs to change his strategy. *Merch Link*: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2020
Felix Salmon on Bloomberg, Wall Street, Michael Milken, and the 2020 Campaigns. Plus the Latest WaPo Op-eds
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Financial journalist Felix Salmon, of Axios, joins the show to discuss Trump's pardon of Michael Milken, Bloomberg's history on Wall Street, the 2020 election and more. Rolling Stone politics editor Patrick Reis guests for a segment on some recent Washington Post op-eds. *Merch Link*: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2020
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on Bipartisan Elitism, Plus a Treasure Trove of 'Stoned Moments'
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Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, co-hosts of the popular show Rising on the Hill, join the show to discuss themes from their book ‘The Populist’s Guide to 2020,’ democrats and republicans co-existing, Mike Bloomberg’s campaign and more. *Merch Link Here!*: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2020
Ro Khanna on Military Spending, FOSTA-SESTA, and the 2020 Primary, Plus Chris Matthews' Rant
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Representative Ro Khanna joins the show to talk about his work in on military spending, FOSTA-SESTA, Bernie's campaign. Matt and Katie dissect a Chris Matthews rant and more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2020
Lee Fang on Iowa Shadow App and Bloomberg's Growing Political Machine, Plus the Whole World Sucks After Iowa
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Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, joins the show from California to talk everything Iowa regarding apps and caucus reporting, the security of upcoming primaries in New Hampshire and beyond, and Mike Bloomberg's ambitions for running. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2020
Tim Robbins on Art, Activism, and Bernie, Plus Coronavirus in the Media
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Actor, writer, and director Tim Robbins joins the show to discuss his play The New Colossus, balancing art and activism, and Bernie Sanders. Matt and Katie catch up on the coronavirus story and talk Iowa caucus. **We now have Useful Idiots merch! Feel more useful with our mugs, t-shirts, and totes: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2020
Introducing The Topical
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Our friends at The Onion created a new podcast called 'The Topical', a satirical takedown of daily news shows. The show premieres January 29, anywhere you listen to podcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2020
Dennis Kucinich on Surviving Three Assassination Attempts, Plus an Update on Glenn Greenwald
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Former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich talks foreshadowing the progressive shift in the Democratic party, governing, and handling repeated assassination attempts. Matt gives an update on Glenn Greenwald Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2020
Glenn Greenwald on Warren vs Sanders, Russiagate, & Bolsonaro
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Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-founder of the Intercept, joins the show from Brazil to talk about Russiagate, Bolsonaro, and the 2020 election Matt and Katie discuss Sanders vs. Warren*. *This was taped before the Jan 15 Democratic debate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 16, 2020
Nina Turner on Campaigning for Bernie, MLK, and Why Class Matters, Plus a Discussion on Iran
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Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner talks campaigning with Bernie, and getting her start in politics. Matt and Katie discuss Iran/Soleimani, and a strange Florida story involving turkey vultures. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 09, 2020
Ani DiFranco on Prison Music Project and Centrist Dems, Plus Matt on Playing Pro Basketball in Mongolia
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Legendary songwriter Ani DiFranco discusses her Buffalo roots, new music projects, and lefty politics. Katie finally asks Matt about his professional basketball career in Mongolia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 02, 2020
Bonus Holiday Episode! Michael Moore Pt. 2, Matt on the Afghanistan Papers
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Part two of the Useful Idiots conversation with Michael Moore on his childhood, Rumble, the environment and more. Matt discusses the Washington Post's Afghanistan Papers, and a bonus episode of the Most Stoned Moments Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 26, 2019
A Conversation With Michael Moore, Plus Debate Bias, The Horowitz Report, and Penis Worms
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Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Michael Moore joins the show. Matt discusses the Horowitz report, and Katie dives into debate bias Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2019
Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks, His Campaign, and Media Coverage of Progressives
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Cenk Uygur joins the show to talk about founding the Young Turks, his congressional campaign, and covering progressive politics. Matt and Katie debut a new segment ‘The Most Stoned Moments of the Campaign’ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2019
Andrew Yang on the Yang Gang, Universal Basic Income, and the Press
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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang joins the show to discuss his campaign, the Yang Gang, and the press. Matt and Katie talk UK politics, and the British press treatment of Jeremy Corbyn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2019
Bonus Ep! Max Blumenthal Pt 2 on The Grayzone, Syria, and more
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Part 2 of Max Blumenthal's interview on his publication the Grayzone and the current state of reporting. Matt and Katie discuss a special Thanksgiving animal Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2019
Max Blumenthal on His Arrest, the Bolivian Coup, and Biden's War on Raves, Plus an Investigation of #Fartgate
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Journalist Max Blumenthal joins the show to discuss his recent arrest and trial, the Bolivian coup, and Biden's war on raves. Matt and Katie dive into #Fartgate, plus a #YangGang challenge Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2019
Shahid Buttar on Defeating Pelosi and Impeaching Trump, Plus the Return of Lizholio
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Shahid Buttar on defeating Pelosi and impeaching Trump, plus Matt and Katie discuss the return of Lizholio and Big Structural Bailey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein with TrueAnon's Liz Franczak, Plus Elizabeth Warren's Dog
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Matt and Katie dive deep into the reopening of the Epstein saga with Liz Franczak from TrueAnon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2019
CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou on Impeachment, "Assets," and the Espionage Act, plus Max Blumenthal's Arrest
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Former CIA agent and whistleblower John Kiriakou talks impeachment, "Assets," and the Espionage Act, plus Max Blumenthal's arrest. Matt gives his take on coverage of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2019
Abby Martin on Hillary's NeoMcCarthyism and 'Gaza Fights for Freedom,' Plus #BerniesBack
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Abby Martin joins the show to discuss Hillary vs. Tulsi and her film 'Gaza Fights for Freedom, Katie recaps Bernie's rally in Queens Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2019
Chris Hedges Pt. 2 on Media "Objectivity," Plus Matt Hits the Biden Campaign Trail
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Journalist Chris Hedges finishes up his conversation about the media, plus Matt talks details his time following the Biden campaign trail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2019
Chris Hedges on Impeachment, Plus Matt's Take on Whistleblowers
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Journalist Chris Hedges joins the show to talk about impeachment and war reporting, plus Matt talks about his column on the Ukrainegate "whistleblower" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2019
Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova on Russophobia and Prison Under Putin, Plus a Ukrainegate Discussion
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Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova on Russophobia and surviving prison under Putin, Matt and Katie discuss Ukrainegate and impeachment Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2019
Sanders vs. Warren with Nathan J. Robinson
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Current Affairs' Nathan J. Robinson joins Katie and Matt to discuss the differences between Sanders and Warren, a recap of Sean Spicer's appearance on Dancing with the Stars, and more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2019
Krystal Ball on Why Centrism Sucks
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Journalist Krystal Ball joins the show to talk about why centrism sucks, responding to Bill Maher's Klobuchar for president suggestion, her time at MSNBC, and more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2019
Bonus Episode: Bernie Sanders
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders calls in to discuss Thursday night's debate and his campaign. Matt and Katie discuss the results of Matt's debate night drinking game.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2019
Will Menaker on Chapo Trap House and David Brooks | Useful Idiots
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Will Menaker of Chapo Trap House joins Katie and Matt to discuss the Democratic presidential candidates, plus a conversation about the relationship between Op-Ed writers and their critics.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2019
Jimmy Dore and Why Everyone Hates the Media
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Comedian and podcaster Jimmy Dore joins Matt and Katie to discuss his show and media bias. Matt and Katie break down the fact-checking controversy involving The Washington Post and Bernie Sanders.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2019
Eli Valley on Drawing Bret Stephens, and Why Do Democrats Suck at Merch?
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Matt and Katie recap the news of the week, update on the field of presidential candidates (17:16), Matt's article on Trump's reelection campaign (24:26), Cartoonist Eli Valley joins the show to talk Bret Stephens' bedbug controversy and more (33:15) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard on Running for President and The Next MAGA (A Democrat 2020 Slogan Quiz)
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Tulsi Gabbard discusses the false alarm in Hawaii that got her to run for president, and meeting with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. And can “Join the Evolution” become the next “Make America Great Again?” Matt and Katie quiz each other on the Democrats’ 2020 campaign slogans Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2019
Introducing 'Useful Idiots' with Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper
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Introducing Useful Idiots, an informative and irreverent politics podcast with journalist Matt Taibbi and podcaster/writer Katie Halper. Episodes feature on-the-road coverage of the 2020 campaign and exclusive interviews, with humor, commentary and dissection of the politics news of the week. Here's a taste of what's to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2019