55 episodes

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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    • 4.7, 202 Ratings

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.

    Alex Morse Speaks Out, Plus Kamala Harris as Biden's VP

    Alex Morse Speaks Out, Plus Kamala Harris as Biden's VP

    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.

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Thomas Frank on Anti-Populism, Plus Biden's Most-Stoned Moment Ever

    Thomas Frank on Anti-Populism, Plus Biden's Most-Stoned Moment Ever

    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.

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Dr. Robert Gallo on Vaccines, Plus the Democrats' Campaign Strategy | Useful Idiots

    Dr. Robert Gallo on Vaccines, Plus the Democrats' Campaign Strategy | Useful Idiots

    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

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Thomas Chatterton Williams on Cancel Culture, Bari Weiss Leaves NYT

    Thomas Chatterton Williams on Cancel Culture, Bari Weiss Leaves NYT

    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.

    • 1 hr 53 min
    True Anon's Liz & Brace on Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein, Plus the Harper's Letter

    True Anon's Liz & Brace on Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein, Plus the Harper's Letter

    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

    • 1 hr 36 min
    "White Fragility," Plus Adolph Reed on Identity Politics

    "White Fragility," Plus Adolph Reed on Identity Politics

    Matt and Katie discuss Matt's review of "White Fragility," Professor Adolph Reed joins to discuss identity politics

    • 1 hr 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
202 Ratings

202 Ratings

Marcellus the Red ,

Perfect blend of smart and silly

I’m hooked! Can’t wait every Friday to get a dose of Matt and Katie’s view on American politics.

SweatieSock ,

Zulu

Matt, I really respect you but this show is beneath you. Rather go solo.

Shottzie ,

Listen to this instead of pod save America

Katie and Matt are funny and insightful. Look forward to their perspectives every week. Keep up the good work

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