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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.

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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.

    Influence the Polls (w/ Tala Ashe, Travon Free)

    Influence the Polls (w/ Tala Ashe, Travon Free)

    Trump sought to trademark ‘tele-rally'. Tala Ashe, Travon Free, and Negin have plenty to say about it. They also explore misconceptions about people who receive stimulus checks and what white fragility means, historically.

    • 58 min
    Entitled and Blessed (w/ Christian Finnegan, Seena Ghaznavi)

    Entitled and Blessed (w/ Christian Finnegan, Seena Ghaznavi)

    Christian Finnegan and Seena Ghaznavi join Negin to discuss Trump's bizarre Fox News interview and why the protests in Portland aren't getting more media attention. They also talk about "cancel culture" and debate whether anyone truly gets canceled.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    TikTok-ing Their Way to Democracy (w/ Judy Gold, Jody Avirgan)

    TikTok-ing Their Way to Democracy (w/ Judy Gold, Jody Avirgan)

    Judy Gold and Jody Avirgan join Negin to break down Trump's most recent press conference, the Goya controversy, and their love/hate relationship with Amazon. They also get into Dr. Anthony Fauci's work during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #NotAllChurches (w/ Jacquis Neal, Benari Poulten)

    #NotAllChurches (w/ Jacquis Neal, Benari Poulten)

    Jacquis Neal and Benari Poulten join Negin to weigh in on how to reopen schools safely and what the role of government should be when it comes to religious institutions. They also discuss monuments coming down and what they’d rather see put up instead.

    • 56 min
    Aliens and Makeouts (w/ Elie Mystal, Justin Krebs)

    Aliens and Makeouts (w/ Elie Mystal, Justin Krebs)

    Elie Mystal and Justin Krebs join Negin to wax nostalgic about their favorite Fourth of July celebrations. They also share what makes them hopeful about America. 

    • 15 min
    50% Winston Churchill, 50% Fred Rogers (w/ Andy Slavitt, Brian Babylon)

    50% Winston Churchill, 50% Fred Rogers (w/ Andy Slavitt, Brian Babylon)

    Andy Slavitt and Brian Babylon join Negin to debate Joe Biden's options for VP. They also touch on the senate race in Kentucky and question whether working from home has made people more or less productive during lockdown.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
753 Ratings

753 Ratings

Care_Behr ,

Political but fun

This show is one of the few political podcasts I can take right now. With everything being so horrible it is tempting to just tune everything out. But Negin and her guests talk about important issues in an intelligent and entertaining way.

berni2012 ,

7/23/20 episode on cancel culture didn’t mention B Weiss’s hypocrisy

The Harper’s magazine letter cited in the segment on cancel culture was signed by individuals, including racists, whom many believe have undeserved lucrative platforms. One such individual is Bari Weiss who tried to get a NYC professor fired (this prof’s career was negatively impacted because he believed in the human rights of Palestinians & Weiss was offended by this view). So Weiss’s complaint in the Harper’s letter was hypocritical because she wants to harm & cancel others, but wants no negative feedback on her writing. Not enough time was spent on this episode discussing the response to the Harper’s magazine letter which was started by academics/writers of color, some of whom wrote anonymously for fear of retribution.
In any case, in the middle of a global pandemic, there are more foundational issues to discuss with humor. Thank you for the humor on this podcast & the panelist, Christian, had the most reasonable contribution to the discussion about cancel culture (eg. privileged elites are whining & there are other impt issues to address).

Memphis Jay ,

First listened to #200 & subscribed

I am a casual fan of Negin but hadn’t seen this show before. John Hodgman & Max Jobrani appeared in episode 200, and it’s a fantastic dive into current events. Looking forward to future episodes

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