Hosted by Negin Farsad, everyone's favorite Iranian American Muslim Comedian Podcast Host with Black Hair and Red Glasses, Fake the Nation is a comedy show that isn't afraid to talk about news, culture, and humanity’s weirdness. Every week Negin is joined by her funniest, smartest, and most politically astute friends. People like Samantha Bee, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Paula Poundstone, Margaret Cho, Larry Wilmore and others. They’ll make you laugh, think, and deliver a gut punch to the country we all love, America. It's like a really fun dinner party where nothing is off limits but you don’t have to pretend to like salad.
Filled with Turkey & Hate (w/ Jody Avirgan & Jacquis Neal)
Benari Poulten is stepping in as guest host this week to discuss the latest in men's fashion and look at the merits of job training versus a college diploma. To break all of that down and more, Benari is joined by Jacquis Neal from Grand Crew and host of the This Day In Esoteric Political History podcast, Jody Avirgan!
An Exceptionally Delightful Slutbag (w/ Peppermint & Pete Dominick and John Hodgman & Akilah Hughes)
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Fake the Nation! To celebrate the holiday and long weekend, we've gathered two stories we think you'll love. First, Peppermint and Pete Dominick join to talk about a guy who has not told his wife of 15 years that he has a very lucrative trust fund. And then, John Hodgman and Akilah Hughes join to talk about a lady who had an affair with a dude for 15 years, the guy died unexpectedly and now his ex doesn’t want her at the funeral. What should all parties be doing here?
The Golden Bachelor Recap: Episodes 7 & 8 (w/ Leah Bonnema & Katie Hannigan)
Negin is joined by a hilarious pair of comedians, Leah Bonnema and Katie Hannigan, to discuss and breakdown episodes 7 and 8 of The Golden Bachelor! The trio discuss Susan's gas, Gerry "knocking boots," and who they each think will win in the finale in two weeks.
The Conclulu of Delulu (w/ John Fugelsang & Gabe Mollica)
Today, we're discussing the current craze known as "Delulu," how grocery chains are getting rid of self-checkout, and the collapse of Tim Scott's presidential campaign. To help break all of this down, Negin is joined by esteemed comedians, John Fugelsang & Gabe Mollica!
The Reason We're All Still Here (Bonus Episode)
Last month, Negin joined Dr. Jeffrey Lewis for a live episode recording of The Reason We’re All Still Here. Negin, Jeffrey, and Carl Nellis (Gilded Audio) examine nuclear weapons and nonproliferation policies in the context of the film, Dr. Strangelove, and how citizen diplomacy can help bridge the diplomatic void left by uncooperative governments in Iran and beyond.
Fake the Nipple (w/ Marcella Arguello & Joey Clift)
Today, we're dipping into the political hodgepodge by discussing this week's election results and the presidential election race. We'll also discuss a fake nipple craze, the power of a compliment, and whether saying "nice to see you again!" still works as a common greeting. And to break all of this down, Negin is joined by equally hilarious panelists, Marcella Arguello & Joey Clift!
Succession Final ep recap | Ep 43 || Ep 41 succession
Final ep recap… men are some of the worst animals. This culture has to find a way to train them from infants to men to be humane. And Negin; Shiv’s limp hand is a metaphor for how women are trained to defer to patriarchy while suppressing the immense rage just under the surface. This vile series is so compelling because of the rawness of dysfunction and generational pain too many of us have experienced. | Ep 43 Tagging logan as a serious functional person who harmed so many people is wildly odd. A man who institutionalized his wife to get rid of her. Plays his kids like literal puppets to stay in control. There was no personal in that monster, if by functional you mean masochistic and pathological…sure. Ep 41 This idea that logan roy misses his kids is wildly not true as anyone who lives in the toxic environment of dysfunctional families…he only misses manipulating them. Control. That’s all
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Great discussions of political issues with much more than a spoonful of humor to help the medicine go down.
Downfalls of moderate liberalism
Negin’s moderate political views are what initially attracted me to the podcast, as I felt the way she covers news and politics was informative while allowing me to form my own opinions. While I still appreciate that about her podcast, and would probably enjoy a sit down 1-1 conversation with her, some of her opinions really rub me the wrong way. In this last ep specifically, she and her guest discuss the former Missouri teacher who had an OnlyFans, and their ending sentiment was that teachers should not be OnlyFans content creators. They implied that there is an issue of morality here, and while I understand feeling uncomfortable with it, I don’t believe morality is a valid part of this conversation. No one should have agency over another persons body, and this conversation reminded me too much of the arguments that conservatives have around abortion. There is nothing immoral about sex work, sex acts, or nudity in specifically sanctioned places regardless of what other jobs and positions you might hold. This episode was the last straw for me, and I’ve decided to opt out of listening to the podcast in the future.