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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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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.

    Ro Khanna on Military Spending, FOSTA-SESTA, and the 2020 Primary, Plus Chris Matthews' Rant

    Ro Khanna on Military Spending, FOSTA-SESTA, and the 2020 Primary, Plus Chris Matthews' Rant

    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

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Lee Fang on Iowa Shadow App and Bloomberg's Growing Political Machine, Plus the Whole World Sucks After Iowa

    Lee Fang on Iowa Shadow App and Bloomberg's Growing Political Machine, Plus the Whole World Sucks After Iowa

    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.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Tim Robbins on Art, Activism, and Bernie, Plus Coronavirus in the Media

    Tim Robbins on Art, Activism, and Bernie, Plus Coronavirus in the Media

    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

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Introducing The Topical

    Introducing The Topical

    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

    • 3 min
    Dennis Kucinich on Surviving Three Assassination Attempts, Plus an Update on Glenn Greenwald

    Dennis Kucinich on Surviving Three Assassination Attempts, Plus an Update on Glenn Greenwald

    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

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Glenn Greenwald on Warren vs Sanders, Russiagate, & Bolsonaro

    Glenn Greenwald on Warren vs Sanders, Russiagate, & Bolsonaro

    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

    • 1 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

Angietony ,

True Progressives/Real Journalists

Puck Fod Save America! THIS is a fantastic podcast. Jimmy Dore and this show are my must listen to podcasts! Katie and Matt are smart and funny.

ALB_60 ,

Love the basketball takes

You guys should run a few minutes of NBA highlights and let Katie provide the commentary.

Jnsnonbrd ,

Can’t miss podcast

I’ve followed Matt ever since the eXile days, but it has been a delight to discover Katie’s voice as well. They are an inspired pairing with great chemistry and a terrific grasp of the absurdity of our modern world. In particular, Katie’s incisive breakdown of the recent Andrew Wiggins trade was some of the best sports analysis I’ve heard in years. Keep up the good work!

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