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Unf*cking The Republic (UNFTR) is a series of audio essays on the grand American experiment lovingly curated and presented by a quasi-anonymous political writer. 

Each essay reflects on a singular topic that is generally misunderstood or purposely obfuscated by the so-called “powers that be.” As we know, history is written by the victors and can be perilously manufactured to favor destructive world views. These views become intractably ingrained in the public consciousness and pervert public policy, oftentimes with horrific results. 

As of this podcast’s founding, we find ourselves living in a true kakistocracy. The disconnect between what we believe and what is actually happening below the surface or in plain sight is where this podcast lives. 

Together we’ll upend conventional wisdom, blow up narratives on the left, right and center and use magical devices like facts, logic and reason to explain how exactly we arrived in bizarro America, the funhouse mirror version of what was originally intended. #UNFTR

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Unf*cking The Republic (UNFTR) is a series of audio essays on the grand American experiment lovingly curated and presented by a quasi-anonymous political writer. 

Each essay reflects on a singular topic that is generally misunderstood or purposely obfuscated by the so-called “powers that be.” As we know, history is written by the victors and can be perilously manufactured to favor destructive world views. These views become intractably ingrained in the public consciousness and pervert public policy, oftentimes with horrific results. 

As of this podcast’s founding, we find ourselves living in a true kakistocracy. The disconnect between what we believe and what is actually happening below the surface or in plain sight is where this podcast lives. 

Together we’ll upend conventional wisdom, blow up narratives on the left, right and center and use magical devices like facts, logic and reason to explain how exactly we arrived in bizarro America, the funhouse mirror version of what was originally intended. #UNFTR

    Show Notes [Ep 69: Max Unfiltered + More.]

    Show Notes [Ep 69: Max Unfiltered + More.]

    In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 shoot the shit and catch up on what the world’s been up to since they took a lil vacation.

    Listen to Max Unfiltered.

    Listen to A Chat with Tom McGovern.

    Listen to UNFTR x Best of the Left.

    Listen to The Clinton Years (Parts One, Two, and Three).

    Listen to UNFTR X News Beat.

    Chapters

    Intro: 00:00:20

    Emails: 00:18:00

    Facebook Shout Outs: 01:25:54

    Twitter Shout Outs: 01:28:03

    Buy Me A Coffee Donations + Memberships: 01:35:30

    Reviews: 01:46:52

    Outro: 01:48:58

    Resources

    UNFTR Merch Store

    Uncertain Hour Podcast: Season One

    Unf*ckers Facebook Group

    Ike McCorkle (Colorado)

    Mother Country Radicals Podcast

    Chesa Boudin on News Beat

    Tom McGovern: Someone Ate My Corn 

    Behind The Bastards: The Second American Civil War You Never Learned About

    UNFTR on Youtube

    The Captain’s Band (Hold Fast)

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    Unf*cking the Republic is produced by 99 and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com). The show is written and hosted by Max and distributed by 99.

    Podcast art description: Image of the US Constitution ripped in the middle revealing white text on a blue background that says, "Unf*cking the Republic."
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    • 1 hr 49 min
    UNFTR X News Beat: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls & Two-Spirit People

    UNFTR X News Beat: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls & Two-Spirit People

    Countless Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people go missing or are murdered across Canada and the United States in an ongoing genocide receiving inadequate attention from media, governments, and law enforcement. Who’s taking and killing them, and why isn’t more being done? News Beat podcast—Manny’s other love—speaks with Native women on both sides of the border who break down the causes and perpetrators of these atrocities and seek justice for the many mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties, and nieces, missing or slain. South Carolina (by way of New York) hip-hop sorceress LiKWUiD performs original verse to illuminate their mission, and the crisis.

    Access the accompanying episode here.

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    Access the UNFTR Musicless feed by following the instructions at unftr.com/accessibility.

    Unf*cking the Republic is produced by 99 and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com). The show is written and hosted by Max and distributed by 99.

    Podcast art description: Image of the US Constitution ripped in the middle revealing white text on a blue background that says, "Unf*cking the Republic."
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Clinton Years (Parts One, Two, and Three)

    The Clinton Years (Parts One, Two, and Three)

    This episode is a re-release of sorts. Due to the amount of positive feedback we received on our Clinton Years series, we decided to put the series together into one seamless episode to make it easier to share.

    Access the essays for Parts One, Two, and Three.

    Chapters

    Special Intro: 00:00:06

    Prologue: 00:02:53

    Chapter One: 00:07:36

    Chapter Two: 00:32:26

    Chapter Three: 00:40:31

    Chapter Four: 00:52:42

    Chapter Five: 01:16:21

    Chapter Six: 01:26:39

    Chapter Seven: 01:34:38

    Chapter Eight: 01:43:36

    Chapter Nine: 01:55:13

    Chapter Ten: 02:01:03

    Access the resources for Parts One, Two, and Three.

    Book Love

    Lily Geismer: Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality

    Nathan J. Robinson: Superpredator: Bill Clinton’s Use and Abuse of Black America

    Bernard Harcourt: The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order

    Binyamin Appelbaum: The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society

    Matt Taibbi: Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History

    Howard Zinn: A People’s History of the United States

    Michelle Alexander: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

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    Visit our bookshop.org page at bookshop.org/shop/UNFTRpod to find the full UNFTR book list, and find book recommendations from our Unf*ckers at bookshop.org/lists/unf-cker-book-recommendations.

    Access the UNFTR Musicless feed by following the instructions at unftr.com/accessibility.

    Unf*cking the Republic is produced by 99 and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com). The show is written and hosted by Max and distributed by 99.

    Podcast art description: Image of the US Constitution ripped in the middle revealing white text on a blue background that says, "Unf*cking the Republic."
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    • 2 hr 7 min
    UNFTR x Best of the Left: America, A Beginner's Guide

    UNFTR x Best of the Left: America, A Beginner's Guide

    If not for Best of the Left, we are not. The person who put UNFTR on the map has graciously allowed us to drop his very special 1,500th anniversary show on our feed. The episode is titled “America, A Beginner’s Guide” and it’s an earful. A masterpiece written, crafted and produced by our friend and mentor Jay Tomlinson, one of the pioneers of political podcasting.

    Access the transcript here.

    Resources

    Episode page

    The Jingles - Media Manipulation Tactic Explainer Songs

    Sally McConnell-Ginet: Words Matter

    Lulu Miller: Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life

    Best of the Left on social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

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    Subscribe to Unf*cking The Republic on Substack at unftr.substack.com to get the essays these episode are framed around sent to your inbox every week.

    Check out the UNFTR Pod Love playlist on Spotify: spoti.fi/3yzIlUP.

    Visit our bookshop.org page at bookshop.org/shop/UNFTRpod to find the full UNFTR book list, and find book recommendations from our Unf*ckers at bookshop.org/lists/unf-cker-book-recommendations.

    Access the UNFTR Musicless feed by following the instructions at unftr.com/accessibility.

    Unf*cking the Republic is produced by 99 and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com). The show is written and hosted by Max and distributed by 99.

    Podcast art description: Image of the US Constitution ripped in the middle revealing white text on a blue background that says, "Unf*cking the Republic."
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    BONUS: A Chat with Tom McGovern

    BONUS: A Chat with Tom McGovern

    The man behind the curtain. The fifth Beatle. The ace up our sleeve. Max interviews UNFTR’s ultimate secret weapon, Tom McGovern. Tom is the genius behind the show’s myriad theme songs, signature parodies like Oh, Canada and Independent Platform Man and the musical touches sprinkled throughout our episodes. We convinced Tom to come out of the recording booth long enough for us to praise him. Then he saw his shadow and went back into the booth. Max and Tom have a wide ranging discussion about musical influences, acting and where the f**k all the baby pigeons are.

    Tom McGovern online

    Tom on Instagram

    Tom on TikTok

    Tom on YouTube

    Wolves of Glendale

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    Access the UNFTR Musicless feed by following the instructions at unftr.com/accessibility.

    Unf*cking the Republic is produced by 99 and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com). The show is written and hosted by Max and distributed by 99.

    Podcast art description: Image of the US Constitution ripped in the middle revealing white text on a blue background that says, "Unf*cking the Republic."
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Max, Unfiltered: Finishing the hat.

    Max, Unfiltered: Finishing the hat.

    We bid Unf*ckers adieu for a couple of weeks with some quick ruminations about from whence we came and where we’re headed. In this brief reflection, Max and crew address the cacophony of issues swirling about in our heads as we head toward the midterms. There are countless battles to be fought and won in service of the planet. But for now, Max puts down the brushes and canvas and saves the hat for another day.

    Resources

    The Knowledge Project Ep. #83: Brian Koppelman: What Really Matters

    Julia Cameron: The Artist's Way

    UNFTR Episode Resources

    When We Leave: Afghanistan Tomorrow and Forever.

    Building the Climate Industrial Complex: Strange Bedfellows, Wildfires and Heat Waves.

    Playing Chicken with China: How Propaganda Rationalizes Conflict.

    Fox in the Outhouse: Invasion, Immigration & Inflation.

    New York’s Casual White Supremacy: Losing the Plot on Hochul & Buffalo Bills.

    Elon Gated: Billionaires and Their Toys.

    The End of Roe v. Wade: Extinguishing the Penumbra.

    Where is the Religious Left? Dissecting the American Theocracy.

    The School Shooting Script: Our Immunocompromised Body Politic.

    Obsession Over Recession Depression: Feeding the Economic HypeBeast.

    Amazon (Part 1): The Unfulfillment Company.

    The Clinton Years (Part One): Don't stop thinking about tomorrow.

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    Unf*cking the Republic is produced by 99 and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com). The show is written and hosted by vacation and distributed by ocean waves.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
487 Ratings

487 Ratings

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Voted for Clinton twice

Clearly I was not paying attention. I did think that a really smart guy would be able to keep his pants zipped.

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Comment on May 25 humorless comment to be read in one breath:

What, pray tell, are these better options that hopefully do not feature retired generals and other corporate shills and questionable experts that mainstream media interviews to promote and permeate and perpetuate mythologies learned from headline news that dumb down and sanitize current events and wastes audience time with speculation and biases? Please pay closer attention to this show and keep an open mind, and most of all relax.

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I normally don’t leave a review but I was taking a break from News (TYT network)and wanted to find something else to listen to (something different) while I’m at work and I stumbled across this podcast and I definitely like the interaction between the two hosts in the impressions of people are so hilarious my new favorite podcast ever before ESPN/sports podcast

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