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Inside the right’s push to retake power, from the conspiracy-slingers to the MAGA acolytes to the straight-up grifters. Thought the Trump era was crazy? Wait ’til you hear what they have planned next. Hosted by Asawin Suebsaeng and Will Sommer. New episodes every Wednesday. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app today.

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Inside the right’s push to retake power, from the conspiracy-slingers to the MAGA acolytes to the straight-up grifters. Thought the Trump era was crazy? Wait ’til you hear what they have planned next. Hosted by Asawin Suebsaeng and Will Sommer. New episodes every Wednesday. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app today.

    How ‘Wannabe’ Instagram Models Kneecapped Matt Gaetz

    How ‘Wannabe’ Instagram Models Kneecapped Matt Gaetz

    If the federal investigation into Matt Gaetz does indeed end up spelling the MAGA congressman’s downfall, it’ll be partly because of a group of wannabe Instagram influencers.


    On this week’s episode of The Daily Beast’s Fever Dreams podcast, hosts Will Sommer and Asawin Suebsaeng welcome fellow Beast reporters Jose Pagliery and Roger Sollenberger, the duo that’s been breaking story after story on the Gaetz scandal in recent weeks. The pair reveal new details on the Gaetz saga that haven’t been publicly released before, including additional passages from the confession letter secretly written by disgraced Gaetz wingman Joel Greenberg, and sent to Trump associate and longtime GOP ratfucker Roger Stone.
     
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    Secret U.S. Intel Reports on Joe Exotic, Juggalos, and Violent Emojis Actually Exist

    Secret U.S. Intel Reports on Joe Exotic, Juggalos, and Violent Emojis Actually Exist

    In this episode of FEVER DREAMS, hosts Will Sommer and Asawin Suebsaeng sit down with Intercept reporter Ken Klippenstein, to delve into how an incredible amount of taxpayer money goes into the U.S. government’s sprawling, frightening, and oftentimes downright bizarre domestic surveillance programs. Millions upon millions upon millions of that treasure often get funneled into programs such as the Trump administration efforts to prevent threats to the republic as SCARY as… Insane Clown Posse fans, violent emojis, and individuals (supposedly) trying to break Netflix star Joe Exotic out of lockup.
     
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    Inside the Church of Bleach Drinkers

    Inside the Church of Bleach Drinkers

    So, remember when ex-President Donald J. Trump insanely told the United States that injecting yourself with bleach might be a cure for the coronavirus? It turns out that there’s a whole slew of wackos who have been promoting bleach drinking—disguised under the name of “miracle mineral solution”—for a range of health problems long before #45 took office and let more than 400,000 Americans die from COVID on his watch. That includes a scammy father-son duo who tried to form a church of bleach so they could claim it was their religious right to sell their chlorine dioxide snake oil. The feds didn’t buy it and now they’ve been indicted (after a brief stint on the lam in South America) in the biggest takedown yet of these dangerous bleach peddlers.


    Plus! Sportswriter David J. Roth walks us through how anti-vaxx stubbornness among some players is causing big-time chaos in baseball.
     
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    Pro-Trump Meet-Up Features Call to Kill Political Enemies

    Pro-Trump Meet-Up Features Call to Kill Political Enemies

    In this episode of FEVER DREAMS, hosts Will Sommer and Asawin Suebsaeng go deep on the far-right “Health and Freedom Conference” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where thousands of attendees flocked to reaffirm their commitment to Donald Trump, the QAnon conspiracy, coronavirus denialism, and the belief that their high-profile political enemies deserve to be shot and killed. Sommer recounts his time reporting from the terrifyingly mask-free conference. Suebsaeng and Sommer also welcome Sara Kenigsberg, a former video producer for Biden 2020, who opens up about what it was like to become an object of the Trump campaign’s hate last summer. Her crime? Well, in part, it was loving pigs, and arguing that these animals don’t racially profile humans. Seriously.
     
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    When Your Girlfriend Dimes You Out as a Capitol Rioter

    When Your Girlfriend Dimes You Out as a Capitol Rioter

    In this episode of FEVER DREAMS, hosts Will Sommer and Asawin Suebsaeng welcome HuffPost reporter Ryan J. Reilly, who dishes on some of the wildest, least expected, and flat-out dumbest ways alleged U.S. Capitol rioters have been handed over to the feds. Some are, intentionally or accidentally, snitched out by their wives or significant others. Others get screwed by people who hated them in high school. Others get arrested following the help of amateur “Facebook stalkers.” Additionally, Suebsaeng takes the listener into a strange, dark ride through Donald Trump’s “voter fraud” tipline, complete with deranged tales of dick pics, pornographic Trump deep-fakes, and “a hell of a lot of buttholes.”
     
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    He Was Partners With ‘QAnon.’ Now He Wants Them Arrested

    He Was Partners With ‘QAnon.’ Now He Wants Them Arrested

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    He founded the noxious online forum that gave QAnon life. And now, he thinks “Q” should be arrested and tried.


    In Q: Into the Storm, HBO’s new six-part documentary series on QAnon, the filmmakers make their case that father-son duo Jim and Ron Watkins are the true culprits behind “Q.” In a new interview with The Daily Beast, the breakout star of the doc dishes on the Watkins’ “fascist” ramblings (including expressing sympathy with Spanish conquerors who mutilated indigenous populations), why he thinks the Watkins should be prosecuted, and the precise moment he discovered that his former cohorts could be singlehandedly duping the world with a deranged conspiracy theory.


    In this special bonus episode of The Daily Beast’s Fever Dreams podcast, New Abnormal host Molly Jong-Fast joins Fever Dreams producer Jesse Cannon and co-host Will Sommer to interview Fredrick Brennan, the star of HBO documentary. Brennan, founder of the website 8chan that would become a breeding ground for QAnon, has since become an outspoken opponent of the website’s current owner, Jim Watkins, and his son Ron.


    Brennan argues that Ron and Jim should be arrested for allegedly posing as the mysterious “Q,” likening them to scam artists.


    “Essentially, what QAnon was—what the Q poster was doing—was impersonating a federal agent,” Brennan said. “And the Watkins have received material gain for that, in terms of their site getting bigger, them being featured in mass media, he had a super PAC…that received donations. He received ads that he would not have received otherwise.”


    Brennan added, “I think that this case is too important and that the courts should be left to decide whether or not what they did was impersonation of a federal agent…We can't keep looking at the Internet and being like, ‘Oh, well it happened online.’”


    Brennan elaborates on the very moment it dawned on him that his 8chan successors could actually be behind the far-reaching and destructive pro-Trump hoax.


    “When 8chan came back online, it was extremely unstable,” he recounted. “I was trying to post on it to see if it worked. And it was not working at all for me, but somehow, ‘Q’ was posting. And that was kind of the moment for me that sealed the deal…If they had not already been controlling it before, they were controlling it now.”


    Brennan also describes why he believes the Watkins family wants to do far more than just shitpost—that they would love to help bring about a “fascist” state.
     
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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
320 Ratings

320 Ratings

Paddy Shelburne ,

Love this show!!

Smart and funny, I appreciate your efforts. Wading through the conservative morass must be both hilarious, and frustrating. I loved the recent David Roth episode !

hilnel ,

I want more

Love this smart insider take on the right wing’s scary/silly fringes. Wish it was twice a week!

Misha S ,

Deceptively boring - skip half way ahead of episodes

I found this podcast on account of the Gaetz episode with the salacious headline. Recovering from my 2nd Moderna shot, it seemed like a reasonable way to waste some time.

I had to pause the episode several times to go back and make sure I was listening to the correct one. Nearly the first 30 minutes is consumed by the hosts talking about items to a level of minutia that I expect only their colleagues could appreciate. If I overheard this conversation at a bar, it simply would have been boring banter.

For a podcast episode with a description that talks entirely about 1 subject, as featured in the title, to then start out with 30 minutes of rambling and not even a warning to “Skip half way if you’re hear for what we’re actually marketing” seems quite off the target.

The amusing and ironic part is this: I literally just got to the part where Jose and Roger come on to actually discuss the entitled subject, and I paused it to simply write this review, unlikely to go back to it because this tabloid-like political gossip is largely a waste of time, and I already wasted 30 minutes hearing these 2 guys talk about Greg Kelly’s pants and other pointless drivel.

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