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Why does the President of Belarus always imprison his political opponents? What does the UAE-Israel Deal mean for the Arab World? Comedians Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan turn comics stationed around the globe into embedded reporters so you can know what's really going on.

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Why does the President of Belarus always imprison his political opponents? What does the UAE-Israel Deal mean for the Arab World? Comedians Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan turn comics stationed around the globe into embedded reporters so you can know what's really going on.

    Litkai Gergely: Hungary Caught Between Russian Oil & EU Money I 270

    Litkai Gergely: Hungary Caught Between Russian Oil & EU Money I 270

    Hungarian comedy legend Litkai Gergely joins us to explain the rise and reign of Hungarian strong-man Prime Minister Viktor Orban. PM Orban was just reelected in April to a third 4-year term, although he currently finds himself on shakier ground than ever as he can't survive without the financial support of the EU and the oil and gas support from Russia.
    Our guest Litkai Gergely not only founded his Hungary's first stand-up comedy club, he also created Comedy Central Hungary, Comedy Central Poland, Comedy Central Serbia and expanded Comedy Central to many other countries throughout Eastern Europe. Oh, and also he is a lawyer! His stand-up clips have amassed millions of views on YouTube. Check one out here: https://youtu.be/iX_VnVyxvQI
    Lost In America is hosted by us AKA Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan.
    This episode is also brought to you by all 47 of our Patreon subscribers. Join them in supporting the pod for $5/ month. Beyond the satisfaction of making the Lost In America podcast possible, you will get our other 30-min comedy podcast "Live From The Bunker" three times a week. Do it here and we'll give you a shout out on next week's pod: https://www.patreon.com/LostInAmerica
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Gabi Rivera: El Salvador's President Arrests 22,000 I 269

    Gabi Rivera: El Salvador's President Arrests 22,000 I 269

    On March 27, 2022, sixty two people were murdered in El Salvador in gang related killings. In response, President Nayib Bukele declared a state of emergency and has arrested over 22,000 suspected gang members (in a country of just 6.5 million people). While President Bukele now has more power than is comfortable and he has arrested many non-gang members along the way, still 91% of Salvadorans support his regime.
    Today Gabi Rivera, a Salvadoran comedian based in San Salvador, joins us to talk through the pros and cons of having Nayib Bukele in charge. Check out Gabi at http://gabirivera.com/.
    Lost In America is hosted by us AKA Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan.
    This episode is also brought to you by all 47 of our Patreon subscribers. Join them in supporting the pod for $5/ month. Beyond the satisfaction of making the Lost In America podcast possible, you will get our other 30-min comedy podcast "Live From The Bunker" three times a week. Do it here and we'll give you a shout out on next week's pod: https://www.patreon.com/LostInAmerica
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Misha Kalhin: Ukraine Goes On the Offensive I 268

    Misha Kalhin: Ukraine Goes On the Offensive I 268

    Comedian Misha Kalhin joins us from the 18th floor of his Kyiv, Ukraine apartment to catch us up on his life since we last spoke on March 9th, 2022. Misha is doing well, his family is doing well and he says life is returning to normal in Kyiv as shops reopen and people take back to the streets. Alongside all of this, Ukraine (with the help of the United States) has begun to see this as an offensive war and no longer strictly a defensive one. Misha tells us the new goals of the Ukrainian people and government, and what he envisions life will look like after the war. For regular updates on the war, and to see his stand-up clips, follow Misha on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/misha_kalhin_standup/

    Lost In America is hosted by us AKA Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan.

    This episode is also brought to you by all 47 of our Patreon subscribers. Join them in supporting the pod for $5/ month. Beyond the satisfaction of making the Lost In America podcast possible, you will get our other 30-min comedy podcast "Live From The Bunker" three times a week. Do it here and we'll give you a shout out on next week's pod: https://www.patreon.com/LostInAmerica

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Burger King's Russia Problem, SCOTUS Nomination Circus, Don't Say Gay & More I World's Smartest Podcast Roundtable

    Burger King's Russia Problem, SCOTUS Nomination Circus, Don't Say Gay & More I World's Smartest Podcast Roundtable

    We get the World's Smartest Podcast Network gang of Andrew Heaton and Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy back for another whirlwind roundtable where we solve all the world's problems in an hour. This week we tackle "When American brands pull out of Russia, does it effect anything?", "Should the Supreme Court justice hearings be televised?", "What does Florida's Don't Say Gay law actually do?" and "Can privatizing the Moon wipe out poverty?".

    Lost In America is hosted by us AKA Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan.

    This episode is also brought to you by all 47 of our Patreon subscribers. Join them in supporting the pod for $5/ month. Beyond the satisfaction of making the Lost In America podcast possible, you will get our other 30-min comedy podcast "Live From The Bunker" three times a week. Do it here and we'll give you a shout out on next week's pod: https://www.patreon.com/LostInAmerica

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    • 59 min
    Jorge Castellanos: Locked Down in Shanghai I 267

    Jorge Castellanos: Locked Down in Shanghai I 267

    American comedian Jorge Castellanos joins us from his home in Shanghai, China to discuss the hardcore lockdown he has been in for the last 13 days. He and his wife cannot leave their apartment, they cannot open the door and they are encouraged to not open the window all in the name of stopping the spread of Omicron variant in their city. With every restaurant and grocery store in the business closed, Jorge has been coordinating with his neighbors to buy the delivery minimum of RMB 3,000 (roughly $500 USD) worth of food, water and supplies in order to keep from going hungry during this time. This is a fascinating episode. Follow Jorge on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jorge_cast/.

    Lost In America is hosted by us AKA Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan.

    This episode is also brought to you by all 45 of our Patreon subscribers. Join them in supporting the pod for $5/ month. Beyond the satisfaction of making the Lost In America podcast possible, you will get our other 30-min comedy podcast "Live From The Bunker" three times a week. Do it here and we'll give you a shout out on next week's pod: https://www.patreon.com/LostInAmerica

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Oleg Denisov: What Are Russians Hearing, Seeing, Thinking & Believing with Ukraine? I 266

    Oleg Denisov: What Are Russians Hearing, Seeing, Thinking & Believing with Ukraine? I 266

    Russian comedian Oleg Denisov joins us from his temporary home in Germany (he has left Moscow for now) to give insight into what the Russian people are hearing, seeing, thinking and believing when it comes to the war in Ukraine. He also gives us insight into how hard the sanctions are hitting the country, the overall effects of the Ruble's collapse and why close to 100,000 Russians have fled Russia.

    Oleg tours Europe doing comedy and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland numerous times, most recently with his show "Russian Troll" in 2019. He is also the owner of the Steal The Show Comedy Club in Moscow, with regular shows in Russian, English and Spanish. https://www.stealtheshow.net/

    Lost In America is hosted by us AKA Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan.

    This episode is also brought to you by all 47 of our Patreon subscribers. Join them in supporting the pod for $5/ month. Beyond the satisfaction of making the Lost In America podcast possible, you will get our other 30-min comedy podcast "Live From The Bunker" three times a week. Do it here and we'll give you a shout out on next week's pod: https://www.patreon.com/LostInAmerica

    Watch and Subscribe To Our Youtube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCymNeMbu9FC5Ty-t4Gzdscw

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    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
184 Ratings

184 Ratings

Tug R ,

Hilarious!

These guys are legit funny, and the interviews they do with stand up comics from other countries are pretty insightful. Definitely worth a listen.

Don Vïctor ,

Decent so far

Just heard their Ecuador podcast with Ari after Ari dropped the fact that he was in Ecuador on Bert’s podcast the other day. Anyway, I left the country in 2013 so am seriously out of the loop post Correa. Their assessment was pretty spot on, caught me up quick and these guys come across as worldly and savvy. They asked some good questions. Really enjoyed the episode and I’ll be checking some more out.

rwunope ,

Would be better if they had opposing views

Way to left leaning and seems they support tyrannical governments.

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