24 episodes

A leftist's guide to the conservative movement, one podcast episode at a time, with co-hosts Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell.

Know Your Enemy Matthew Sitman

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    • 4.8 • 502 Ratings

A leftist's guide to the conservative movement, one podcast episode at a time, with co-hosts Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell.

    Not Even Past (w/ Jamelle Bouie)

    Not Even Past (w/ Jamelle Bouie)

    Matt and Sam are joined by New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie for a wide-ranging discussion of how conservatives (and liberals and leftists) use American history to make political claims in the present.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Know Your Frenemies (w/ Samuel Moyn)

    Know Your Frenemies (w/ Samuel Moyn)

    Matt and Sam talk with historian Samuel Moyn about the dangers of the Never Trump movement—a collection of conservative intellectuals and Republican operatives trying to consolidate the so-called political center against not just Trump but the Left.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Pandemic Politics (w/ Marshall Steinbaum & Sarah Jones)

    Pandemic Politics (w/ Marshall Steinbaum & Sarah Jones)

    Two special guests return to the show—Sarah Jones and Marshall Steinbaum—to help Matt and Sam make sense of the politics of the pandemic.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Strange Gods and Strong Gods (w/ Tara Isabella Burton)

    Strange Gods and Strong Gods (w/ Tara Isabella Burton)

    Matt and Sam talk to Tara Isabella Burton about her new book, Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World, and the spiritual longing behind today's politics.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    KYE Extra: The Sad Truth (w/ Shuja Haider)

    KYE Extra: The Sad Truth (w/ Shuja Haider)

    Matt and Sam welcome Shuja Haider to the show to talk about the politics of country music—and why we need to get back to the basics of love.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Longtime Listener, First Time Caller (the Mailbag Episode)

    Longtime Listener, First Time Caller (the Mailbag Episode)

    Matt and Sam celebrate one year of Know Your Enemy by answering listener questions about hidden conservatives, right-wing novelists, COVID-19, George W. Bush, the Sanders collapse, and more.

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
502 Ratings

502 Ratings

Apple146 ,

just lovely

This podcast is exceptional. Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell have put together a wonderful intellectual space in which to spend a few hours each month. In the last year, this podcast has helped me become a better thinker and more compassionate person. Of course, I don’t expect everyone will have such a strong reaction. But in any case, if you’re flirting with the idea of digging into KYE: Do it.

Jeremy and Micah ,

Really great!

Matt and Sam are very helpful in parsing arguments from the right. As someone who is steadily sliding to the left (was a huge fan of first things magazine!) it’s eye opening to actually grapple with the potential repercussions conservative ideology might have in the real world.

DeepBlueGirl ,

A 'must listen' if you want to debate Conservatives

I confess that I have very little use for Conservative dogma, and therefore, have spent very little time learning about it; HOWEVER, if you want to debate Conservatives, you need to have at least a basic idea of what makes them tick, and their professed principles. Listening to this podcast will give you a good grounding in that, AND will also point out the contradictions, hidden racism, and questionable morals & ethics embedded in Conservative ideology.

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