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Freakier than Freakonomics. More funny than Planet Money.

Join futurist author and innovation maharishi Steve Faktor for provocative predictions and prescriptions for a world drowning in Avengers, but starved for meaning…and laughter. The show features ferocious, funny monologues on how tech, economics and culture will shape our future – and what it'll take to succeed in it. Spectacular guests like Larry King, comedian Jim Jefferies, Governor Jesse Ventura, Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz, former ACLU President Nadine Strossen, Megachurch Pastor AR Bernard and many more. Come explore the deep, dark, hilarious underbelly of The McFuture - from healthcare to media to virtualized lives.



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TOPICS: Economics, Innovation, Comedy, Culture, Technology, Futurism, Happiness, Purpose, Philosophy, Political Humor, Politics, Psychology, Healthcare, Media, Social Media, Religion, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Social Sciences, Society & Culture, Parody, Talk Radio, Talk Shows, Culture of Technology, Belief, Humor, Political Satire, Ideas, Strategy, News

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Freakier than Freakonomics. More funny than Planet Money.

Join futurist author and innovation maharishi Steve Faktor for provocative predictions and prescriptions for a world drowning in Avengers, but starved for meaning…and laughter. The show features ferocious, funny monologues on how tech, economics and culture will shape our future – and what it'll take to succeed in it. Spectacular guests like Larry King, comedian Jim Jefferies, Governor Jesse Ventura, Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz, former ACLU President Nadine Strossen, Megachurch Pastor AR Bernard and many more. Come explore the deep, dark, hilarious underbelly of The McFuture - from healthcare to media to virtualized lives.



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TOPICS: Economics, Innovation, Comedy, Culture, Technology, Futurism, Happiness, Purpose, Philosophy, Political Humor, Politics, Psychology, Healthcare, Media, Social Media, Religion, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Social Sciences, Society & Culture, Parody, Talk Radio, Talk Shows, Culture of Technology, Belief, Humor, Political Satire, Ideas, Strategy, News

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FOR THOSE WHO LIKE: Joe Rogan, Jon Stewart, Scott Galloway, Tim Dillon, Michael Malice, Patrick Bet-David (Valuetainment), Andrew Schulz, Dan Carlin, Ryan Long, Louis CK, Mike Rowe, Megyn Kelly, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Seth Godin, Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, Bill Maher, Jordan Peterson, Russell Brand, John Oliver, Tim Ferriss, Tyler Cowen, James Altucher, Bari Weiss, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Eric Weinstein, Bret Weinstein, Ricky Gervais, James Lindsay, George Orwell, Adam Carolla, Ben Shapiro, Stephen Colbert, Malcolm Gladwell, Penn Jillette, Bill Burr, Tony Robbins, Dennis Prager, Bryan Callen, Thomas Friedman, Pete Holmes, Dick Masterson, Niall Ferguson, Ezra Klein, Nate Silver, Jordan Harbinger, Bridget Phetasy, Whitney Cummings, Steven Crowder (Louder with Crowder), Kyle Dunnigan, Kurt Metzger, Jack Murphy Live, Anthony Cumia, Andrew Santino, Crystal Ball, Saagar Enjeti, Ian Bremmer, Dave Rubin, Dave Portnoy, Matt Yglesias, Barry Ritholtz, Yannis Pappas, Glenn Loury

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    15 Tactics That Protect Elites & Enforce Status Quo [Patreon Peek]

    15 Tactics That Protect Elites & Enforce Status Quo [Patreon Peek]

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    A very special peek at a great episode for Patreon members about 15 sneaky tactics establishment institutions use to protect status quo. You can also watch this (and subscribe) on YouTube. To hear the full episode, sign up on Patreon for this and lots of member exclusives for only $5 a month.







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    • 25 min
    Victoria’s [Dumbest] Secret | The McFuture Podcast

    Victoria’s [Dumbest] Secret | The McFuture Podcast

    https://youtu.be/LAE-OYDakKI

















    Fashion runways are about to look VERY DIFFERENT... Is it possible to resurrect a dying brand that was built on TWO MASSIVE LIES? Why Victoria's Secret is about to learn this lesson the hard way. Awesome episode on Victoria's Secret reinvention. Warning: mature themes & immature humor ahead!







    Watch this episode (and subscribe) on YouTube to see it in all its graphic glory.







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    • 43 min
    Why our FriendSHIP Sailed

    Why our FriendSHIP Sailed

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    This might sound crazy, but the TV show 'Friends' was even more preposterous than suspected...by New Yorkers, real estate agents, and psychiatrists. Like scraping together $500 for an emergency, most Americans can't find three friends to rub together - much less five, in a luxury apartment, without rats the size of dachshunds.







    As recently as 2004, the average American was satisfied with nine close friends, but a recent Gallup survey showed that number plummeting, especially for men. Why?? Let's explore why this is happening and how we might be able to salvage this titanic social trend.







    Friendship, Sinking







    Here are Gallup's findings:















    In 1990, only 3% said they had no close friends. Today, it's up to 12%! The rest of the chart isn't much rosier. Except for how many claimed to have 10 or more close friends. That dropped from 33% in 1990 to 13% today. Good. No one has that many close friends, besides Santa and Putin.







    In fact, there might be some definitional issues with the survey. Where does each person set their bar for "close friend"?







    Here's my "close friend" spectrum:







    * Calls you on your birthday* Drives you to the airport* Helps you move* Lets you crash in their home for a month* Lends you $2,000* Helps you hide a body







    Anything less and they're not friends, they're Pokemon.









    https://twitter.com/ideafaktory/status/1275515767874781187









    Things are worse among men.







    Today, 15% say they have no close friends. Though both sexes showed major declines and 50% of each have three or fewer close friends.















    In The Economics of Happiness I declared "happiness is the last thing left to innovate". Given how strongly friendships predict life satisfaction, we're sliding towards a serious happiness epidemic. And neither bat nor Fauci can help.







    Why is This happening?







    There are many reasons for declining friendships. Here's my hypothesis on four big ones in the US. I suspect many developed countries have similar issues.







    1. Aging Crew







    Youth is a time of discovery...and captivity. We're shepherded from school to sports to to parties to camps (summer, not labor) - with hordes of other kids our age. We make friends, discover music, find and smoke our parents' pot.







    But as we age, everything about us freezes in time. We settle on Elton John, a short list of favorite fritters, a haircut from our glory days, and a handful of comfy, relationships. Discovery ends. We become our parents.







    Now, imagine this happens to an entire country.















    In 1980, the median age of an American was 30. Still young enough to get past the bouncer at a club. Today, the median American is pushing 40 - and being dragged out of Studio 54, for looking 44.







    As Tiny Dancer blares from the radio on our ride back to the burbs, and the bleeding subsides, we know our days of discovery are over. Barring any extraordinary feats of rejuvenation. Lip fillers.

    • 33 min
    BAD HELPERS with TORRAINE WALKER | The McFuture Podcast

    BAD HELPERS with TORRAINE WALKER | The McFuture Podcast

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emHvE3yv5fo

















    Torraine Walker is a writer, activist and founder of Context Media Group. He joins Steve Faktor for a smoking-hot, no-BS conversation about race, Black Lives Matter, policing, education and the black family. THIS is the honest conversation everyone says they want, but really don't. This is how two people with very different perspectives can find common ground, shared humanity, and have a few laughs at Alissa Milano's expense.







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    • 1 hr 27 min
    BasecampFIRE: How ‘Woke’ Broke An Iconic Tech Firm, ARE YOU NEXT? | The McFuture Podcast

    BasecampFIRE: How ‘Woke’ Broke An Iconic Tech Firm, ARE YOU NEXT? | The McFuture Podcast

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    Basecamp is an iconic tech firm with outspoken founders that's collapsing from wokeness. Your company and career will be next! Here's their story and the profound and hilarious survival guide you need. Watch the awesome video version here and please subscribe to the YouTube channel.







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    • 40 min
    THE C-WORD | The McFuture Podcast

    THE C-WORD | The McFuture Podcast

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    In this episode - the penultimate in this social media mini-series - I reveal two of the biggest secrets behind cancel culture, who the real government is, and why the next President will be a good little boy or girl.  Also, please share the show with others, subscribe/comment on YouTube, and most important - review it on iTunes! This really helps with visibility. Thanks! 







    CONTENTS:







    * 00:38​ The New York Times Daycare Center for Won-Percenters* 08:36​ Kamikaze Saviors?* 13:25​ The Softest Cancellation * 15:40​ Dirty Secret of Facebook Groups  * 17:09​ Method = Principle * 20:01​ Monopoly Insurrections Perks * 26:48​ The Underlying Stupidity of Alternative Networks * 28:14​ The Real Impeachment Powers * 30:51​ The Oral High Ground on China * 32:40​ Is #FreeSpeech​ a Civil Right? * 35:26​ Disappear, Shakespeare!  







    (Links are to YouTube timestamps. You can watch the video here.)







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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Helen196721JP ,

Futurist Comedy

There are many stand up comics that do hilarious and biting current social commentary. And there are many serious commentators that insightfully discuss how the present is shaping our future. Steve Faktor is the only one I have found to combine the two. He sees the hilarious, scary, absurd ways the future is rushing towards us. very few have the lightness of touch to pull this off. If Futurama was a podcast it would be The Mcfuture.

Toad The Dry Sprocket ,

Hands Down the Most Engaging Social Commentary Podcast Out There Now

I am a firm beleiver in flattery by analogy - so here are my top 3 comparisons of my new favorite podcast host. 1) Steve Faktor is like Fareed Zakaria after he's had 7 drinks -- still brilliant but enough sauce to be unfiltered but not incoherent 2) Steve Faktor is what Joe Rogan would be if he hadn't been kicked in the head so many times --- by that, I mean provocative but able to able to speak in complete sentences 3) Steve Faktor is like Dennis Miller eating a pastrami and rye sandwich -- you can take the boy out of New York but you can't take New York out of the boy

Zawfer ,

So Inspiring, It Blew Me Away

I just heard Steve's conversation with Professor Glenn Loury, who teaches economics at Brown University. Kudos to Steve Faktor for having the credibiity to attract a person of Prof. Loury's caliber to his podcast. Of course, Faktor is no slouch; he's a highly productive and thoughtful person in his own right. These two men conducted one of the most intelligent, coherent, candid and inspiring conversations about politics, race, and social justice that I've heard in a long time, maybe ever. What a change from today's favored conversational mode of partisan finger pointing, virtue signalling, jargon, guilt-tripping, and bizarre claims. I will now go back and look at the entire catalog of Steve's podcast episodes here. And I'm making a list of select friends to whom I'll be sending this conversation with Prof. Loury. These are the kinds of conversations the whole country needs to be having right now. Unfortunately, a dogmatic, authoritarian, metaphysical narrative is ascending at the moment. But as long as I can still access the ideas of people like Steve Faktor and Prof. Glenn Loury, there's hope.

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