Useful Idiots with Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper

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Reviews: 19

Tom
 Apr 24, 2021
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.


 Dec 29, 2020

Kirk fontaine
 Sep 5, 2020
hello Matt and Katie love the show and format of the four food groups I think that is brilliant. it is great to hear and see a professional investigative journalist highly regarded as reputable as a news source katie brings some brashiness and educated analysis to complement them as a team which I call the dynamic duo thanks for that light at the end of the nightmare

used to like it
 Jun 17, 2020
Don't interview Jimmy Dore if you want to look credible. Tired of people who are proudly ignorant who hide behind the label "just jagoff comedians" being thought leaders. Read the comments on his videos. He attracts mostly right wingers these days because his ideology is wishy washy contrarian, not progressive.

Arul Shankar
 Jun 14, 2020
One of the very best political podcasts. Does not fall into the trap of tribalism. Two of the few political commentators who think for themselves.

Description

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.

Episode Date
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