35 episodes

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.

    Adam McKay on 'Coke vs. Pepsi' Politics, Plus Biden vs. Trump, Matt on Congressional Insider Trading

    Adam McKay on 'Coke vs. Pepsi' Politics, Plus Biden vs. Trump, Matt on Congressional Insider Trading

    Acclaimed writer/director/producer Adam McKay joins the show to talk 'Coke vs. Pepsi' politics, making political movies, and more. Matt and Katie play a Trump vs. Biden quote game, field questions from fans, and Matt breaks down his recent piece about congressional insider trading

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Noam Chomsky on the Primary and Media Criticism, Plus a Breakdown of Biden's Lies

    Noam Chomsky on the Primary and Media Criticism, Plus a Breakdown of Biden's Lies

    Special guest Noam Chomsky joins this under-quarantine episode to talk Democratic primary and media criticism. Katie and Matt break down a list of Biden's lies

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Bernie vs Trump vs Biden with James Adomian and Anthony Atamaniuk, Plus the Primary

    Bernie vs Trump vs Biden with James Adomian and Anthony Atamaniuk, Plus the Primary

    Comedians James Adomian and Anthony Atamaniuk discuss playing Trump and Bernie, Matt and Katie break down the latest on the campaign

    • 2 hr
    Super Tuesday Review, Sanders’ Strategy Moving Forward, and Saying Goodbye to Chris Matthews

    Super Tuesday Review, Sanders’ Strategy Moving Forward, and Saying Goodbye to Chris Matthews

    *Disclaimer*: This episode was taped on Wednesday, March 4, before Elizabeth Warren suspended her campaign
    Matt and Katie discuss the results of Super Tuesday, say goodbye to Pete, Klobuchar, Bloomberg and Chris Matthews, and how Bernie needs to change his strategy.

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    • 58 min
    Felix Salmon on Bloomberg, Wall Street, Michael Milken, and the 2020 Campaigns. Plus the Latest WaPo Op-eds

    Felix Salmon on Bloomberg, Wall Street, Michael Milken, and the 2020 Campaigns. Plus the Latest WaPo Op-eds

    Financial journalist Felix Salmon, of Axios, joins the show to discuss Trump's pardon of Michael Milken, Bloomberg's history on Wall Street, the 2020 election and more. Rolling Stone politics editor Patrick Reis guests for a segment on some recent Washington Post op-eds.

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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on Bipartisan Elitism, Plus a Treasure Trove of 'Stoned Moments'

    Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on Bipartisan Elitism, Plus a Treasure Trove of 'Stoned Moments'

    Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, co-hosts of the popular show Rising on the Hill, join the show to discuss themes from their book ‘The Populist’s Guide to 2020,’ democrats and republicans co-existing, Mike Bloomberg’s campaign and more.
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    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

lisalisap ,

Smart and entertaining

Great content. I appreciate both Katie and Matt’s humor, insight and genuine personalities. Thanks guys.

slippers&tea ,

Best show!!

Watching you 2 is part of our Saturday mornings. We’ve recommended this show to so many people. You provide useful & needed info as well as humor, which is priceless. Thanks so much & keep up the fabulous work!!!

Jeffersonsessions ,

Dope as hell

Love listening to the show. I do not like the sports talk.

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