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With guests that range from icons to outliers, host Matt D’Elia talks to anyone who can help him understand things that confuse him, make him laugh, or just plain trouble him. If you ever look out at the world and think “what the hell is happening?” then this podcast is for you.

Matt D’Elia Is Confuse‪d‬ Matt D'Elia

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 1.1K Ratings

With guests that range from icons to outliers, host Matt D’Elia talks to anyone who can help him understand things that confuse him, make him laugh, or just plain trouble him. If you ever look out at the world and think “what the hell is happening?” then this podcast is for you.

    Flyin’ Ted & Mr. Potato Head

    Flyin’ Ted & Mr. Potato Head

    In this episode Matt rips into Lyin’ Ted Cruz, Matt’s least favorite living person, for running away to Cancun as a brutal snowstorm rocked the state of Texas. Then, after passionately eviscerating Flyin’ Ted Cancruz, Matt covers several other subjects as well, including but not limited to: Joel Schumacher’s film ‘The Number 23’, the high-level dumbness of people who believe in ‘numerology’, toy maker conglomerate Hasbro’s triggering of a bunch of rightwing lemmings by innocuously dropping the ‘Mr.’ in ‘Mr. Potato Head’, Oreo’s tweet about trans people and how it should have gone much further if it truly wanted to make a real statement of solidarity, why corporations meekly dip their toes into the culture wars in the first place— and, finally, the mind-numbingly boring ‘dance’ videos that go viral on TikTok. Also, at the very end of this episode, Matt confesses to being dumb about a thing. Don’t miss it!

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Snow & 90s Music

    Snow & 90s Music

    In this episode Matt examines the effects 90s pop music had on the vulnerable minds of those coming of age at that time— while still finding a way to appreciate the music. Listen in as he breaks down the lyrics, deeper meanings, and longterm implications of some of that decade’s major hits— from Snow’s ‘Informer’ to Ginuwine’s ‘Pony’ to Next’s ‘Too Close’, as well as many more. He is also still a detective and (basically) solves the Elisa Lam case, which is making headlines all over again thanks to the new Netflix documentary about it called ‘The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel’.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Tom Brady & Shaggy

    Tom Brady & Shaggy

    In this episode Matt touches on a wide array of subjects, including but not limited to: the Super Bowl, Super Bowl commercials, people who love Super Bowl commercials, Tom Brady, John Travolta, the unbelievable assholery on display in Shaggy’s massive 2000 hit single ‘It Wasn’t Me’— as well as the surprising but undeniable connection between that song’s lyrics and Donald Trump’s defense strategy for his second impeachment trial. Also— this is the 100th episode of ‘Matt D’Elia Is Confused’! Woohoo weeeeeeeeee yippeeeeeeeee!!! 🎉🎉🎉

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Denzel Washington & Strasbourg’s Dancing Plague of 1518

    Denzel Washington & Strasbourg’s Dancing Plague of 1518

    In this episode Matt speaks at length about why Denzel Washington is the single greatest actor of all time despite consistently starring in truly horrendous films— and then provides a roadmap for how directors can make these movies less horrendous moving forward. Which opens up into a breakdown of Mr. Washington’s latest horrendous film (in which he yet again gives an astoundingly great performance)— THE LITTLE THINGS. Also in this episode, Matt discusses the very confusing but endlessly fascinating ‘Dancing Plague’ of 1518, and explores the experiences of a small but growing handful of people who have finally seen reality for what it is and abandoned their belief in the QAnon conspiracy theory.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Conspirituality & Its Discontents

    Conspirituality & Its Discontents

    Matt welcomes his first guest in several weeks— writer / philosopher Jules Evans. Jules has written extensively on ‘conspirituality’— the strange and in many ways unexpected convergence of the New Age cultural movement and the Far Right political movement— most notably his two recent and widely shared essays, ‘Nazi Hippies: When The New Age & Far Right Overlap’ and ‘Conspirituality: The Overlap Between The New Age & Conspiracy Beliefs’. He and Matt go deep on the surprisingly long history of connections between various New Age ideas and fascist ideologies, the latent ways in which these seemingly very different strains of thought actually DO make sensical albeit strange bedfellows, the present ways in which they merge together, their apparent incoherence upon even the slightest scrutiny, and the social as well as cultural milieus that give rise to these types of particularly conspiratorial periods in world history.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Critical Thinking & Being A Homicide Detective

    Critical Thinking & Being A Homicide Detective

    Matt recaps the weird but uneventful presidential inauguration, shares his feelings about all the people who said and *knew* “Joe Biden will never be president” as well as the many people who STILL say and *know* “Joe Biden will never be president”, and details his new career as a cool homicide detective type of guy who closes ice-cold cases and solves long-unsolved mysteries— such as who killed JonBenet Ramsey.

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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

thanksforgroceries ,

100th episode

Time to bring Chris on the show!!!

ashleyaireonna ,

Ny

Def will be moving to ny if daddy yang becomes mayor loved the singing and specious neighbor talk

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Hit based

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