29 episodes

Hosted by Negin Farsad, Fake the Nation is all the comedy about politics without any of the politics about politics. Every week Negin and a cast of her funniest, smartest and most politically astute friends (John Fugelsang, Lizz Winstead, Dean Obeidallah and others) gather 'round the political roundtable to break down the news, make you laugh, think, and deliver a gut punch to the American political system.

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Hosted by Negin Farsad, Fake the Nation is all the comedy about politics without any of the politics about politics. Every week Negin and a cast of her funniest, smartest and most politically astute friends (John Fugelsang, Lizz Winstead, Dean Obeidallah and others) gather 'round the political roundtable to break down the news, make you laugh, think, and deliver a gut punch to the American political system.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
672 Ratings

672 Ratings

Nilascribe ,

Engaging discussions on politics and culture

"Fake the Nation" is one of my favorite podcasts. And I love listening to podcasts. The host, Negin Farsad, is intelligent, funny, and just overall charming. In each episode, she discusses three topics with two or three different guests. I enjoy hearing from returning guests, like Leah Bonnema, Maeve Higgins, Benari Poulton, and Baratunde Thurston. Their discussions are funny, engaging, and thought-provoking. I'm not always caught up on the news, but these days, I'm all caught up with my "Fake the Nation" eps. I need that "spoonful of comedy to make the politics go down."

Lost Wemberly ,

Low-effort, shallow political discussion. Cable news in podcast form.

This is a podcast that exclusively features do-nothing showbiz liberals, and caters exclusively to people with severe MSNBC-brain. In a world where literally everyone agrees that cable news is actively harmful to our political discourse, this podcast doubles down.

The host and (most) guests have zero concept of class consciousness. They'd rather speculate endlessly on ESPN-style horse race nonsense, or the Game of Thrones-style court intrigue in the White House (that never leads to anything of consequence). This is politics-as-entertainment, but since it's just a podcast, there's zero craft or creativity -- just people with slightly above average charisma giving their shallow opinions.

When people talk about liberal bubbles, they are talking about this podcast. I'm not saying it needs to have reactionary wackos on "for balance" or to go full-on chapo trap house -- but it wouldn't hurt to have someone on once in a while who wasn't just a carbon copy of the host.

There are plenty of charismatic activists, and there are plenty of comedians who do real activism -- there is no shortage of great people who I'm certain would love to come on this show. The only problem is, those people would likely not be interested in talking about the latest tweet that the president misspelled, and might actually talk about something real people care about, people who aren't brain-poisoned from too much cable news.

Butt Soup Jones ,

Privileged neoliberal circle jerk

I really wanted to like this show, but the host and guests just come off so privileged and out of touch. Check out chapo trap house for lefty politics without all the condescension.

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