11 episodes

Not Great is a weekly comedy and interview podcast ruminating on politics, pop culture, and society, hosted by BuzzFeed News culture writer Scaachi Koul. (If you listen to the show, you can learn how to actually say her impossible name.) Each week, Scaachi and her guests break down the news and what’s making us so miserable (there’s a lot!), all with the hope that we can find some bright spots in the wreckage. It’s Not Great, but at least we can dig through the garbage together.

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Not Great is a weekly comedy and interview podcast ruminating on politics, pop culture, and society, hosted by BuzzFeed News culture writer Scaachi Koul. (If you listen to the show, you can learn how to actually say her impossible name.) Each week, Scaachi and her guests break down the news and what’s making us so miserable (there’s a lot!), all with the hope that we can find some bright spots in the wreckage. It’s Not Great, but at least we can dig through the garbage together.

    A Real Generosity For Men To Allow Me To Make This Podcast

    A Real Generosity For Men To Allow Me To Make This Podcast

    It’s our last episode of the season! What a journey we’ve been on. To cap it all off, we’re trudging dutifully into the manosphere and the 21 Summit, which is all about the importance of the patriarchy. Scaachi talks to ardent anti-feminists Anthony Johnson, Steve Brule, George Bruno, and Michael Foster — everyone agrees with each other and everything is totally fine!!!

    TikTok courtesy of @chinforshort.

    Follow @Scaachi on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com.

    Theme music by Shaani Cage.


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    • 22 min
    What If They Just Made Elliot Stabler A Particularly Gruff Tax Accountant?

    What If They Just Made Elliot Stabler A Particularly Gruff Tax Accountant?

    We know the president has COVID-19, but we’re looking for distractions. So this week, we talk to author Carmen Maria Machado about the ethics of binging Law & Order: SVU, considering that it’s all just cop propaganda. Plus, For Life co-executive producer Sonay Hoffman talks to us about why she avoids police procedurals.

    Finally, writer Gabby Noone tries to convince Scaachi into caring about the latest installment in the Twilight saga.

    Read Carmen Maria Machado’s Especially Heinous here.

    TikTok courtesy of @thejaysalazar.

    Follow @scaachi on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com.

    Theme music by Shaani Cage.


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    • 26 min
    Congratulations! It’s A Small Human Who Will Grow To Hate You!

    Congratulations! It’s A Small Human Who Will Grow To Hate You!

    Another week, another massive wildfire in California because of a gender reveal party. We talk to Jenna Karvunidis, the woman who popularized gender reveal parties — and now regrets it. Plus, writer Thomas Page McBee talks about how masculinity anxiety plays into these events. Plus, we take stock of J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans comments and beg her to stop it. Please. We’re so tired. 

    TikTok coutesy of @cramos_21.

    Follow @scaachi on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com. Theme music by Shaani Cage.


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    • 22 min
    Men Just Don’t Know How To Take A Good Dick Pic

    Men Just Don’t Know How To Take A Good Dick Pic

    This week, we talk to Fancy Feast and Sinnamon Love about OnlyFans, the app’s new regulations, and how sex workers got screwed over by Bella Thorne.

    Plus, Scaachi brings on New York Times media columnist and her old boss, Ben Smith, to force him into apologizing to her.

    TikTok courtesy of @deadeyebrakeman.

    Follow @Scaachi on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com.

    Theme music by Shaani Cage.


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    • 24 min
    It Feels Good To Be Too Old To Matter

    It Feels Good To Be Too Old To Matter

    It’s hard to be a teenage girl out there, especially on TikTok. We interview internet-famous TikToker, Danielle Cohn — and her mother — on what it’s like to profit and suffer from your own virality.

    Plus, Scaachi offers some tips on how to survive the winter. (Hope you already have a hacksaw!)

    Read Angelina Chapin’s article in The Cut.

    TikTok courtesy of @faithhousley.

    Follow @Scaachi on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com.

    Theme music by Shaani Cage.


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    • 24 min
    Well, Time To Write Some Jokes About The Fall Of The Republic

    Well, Time To Write Some Jokes About The Fall Of The Republic

    We think back on the agony (subcategory: non-exquisite) of the RNC, cancel culture, and math. Plus, we talk to Reza Aslan about MAGA hats, Nick Sandmann, and Jeff Zucker.  Finally, Kate Shaw of Strict Scrutiny joins us for the first edition of our new game show, "I! Don't! Get It!" 

    TikTok courtesy of @gracie.ham.

    Follow Scaachi on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com.

    Theme music by Shaani Cage.


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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

tinaeyub ,

Great pod

Perfect

Kasadeech ,

LOVE this podcast!

Come back soon!!

JimblyJimJam ,

actually pretty great

I just listened to every episode in a row and it’s fantastic! Needs even more Dad content. Dad interviews, maybe.

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