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Blunt truth and dark humor for a world in chaos. A Daily Beast podcast hosted by Molly Jong-Fast. Tune in every Tuesday and Friday. Become a Beast Inside member to enjoy bonus episodes every Sunday: http://newabnormal.thedailybeast.com/

    El Chapo’s Arrest Made the Drug War Worse w/ Noah Hurowiz

    El Chapo’s Arrest Made the Drug War Worse w/ Noah Hurowiz

    In this episode of The New Abnormal, Noah Hurowitz, author of El Chapo: The Untold Story of the World's Most Infamous Drug Lord, tells Molly Jong-Fast how Chapo was found naked, the reason he and his wife had matching jackets during his trial, and why he believes the Kingpin isn’t as evil as people assume.


    If you haven't heard, every single week The New Abnormal does a special bonus episode for Beast Inside, the Daily Beast’s membership program. where Sometimes we interview Senators like Cory Booker or the folks who explain our world in media like Jim Acosta or Soledad O’Brien. Sometimes we just have fun and talk to our favorite comedians and actors like Busy Phillips or Billy Eichner and sometimes it's just discussing the fuckery. You can get all of our episodes in your favorite podcast app of choice by becoming a Beast Inside member where you’ll support The Beast’s fearless journalism. Plus! You’ll also get full access to podcasts and articles. To become a member head to newabnormal.thedailybeast.com
     
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    • 16 min
    Introducing Angry Planet: Can the US Win the Wars of the Future?

    Introducing Angry Planet: Can the US Win the Wars of the Future?

    It doesn’t take high technology to kill someone. Simple chemicals propel pieces of lead out of steel tubes. Other simple chemicals are placed in larger vessels and are triggered by the weight of a vehicle or even a human body. Some are even set off by strings attached to fuses. Not one computer involved.


    But the weapons of warfare do evolve - some into trillion dollar monsters that gobble up whole defense budgets and can destroy life on earth with the turn of a key. And new weapons are always on the horizon.


    Today, we’ve brought on defense writer Patrick Tucker to talk about some recent developments and what may lie ahead.
     
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    • 33 min
    What if Tucker Carlson Told the World He’d Been Vaccinated? w/ Oliver Darcy

    What if Tucker Carlson Told the World He’d Been Vaccinated? w/ Oliver Darcy

    Imagine if Fox News host Tucker Carlson went from “just asking questions” about the COVID-19 vaccine in primetime every night to showing a photo of himself taking the shot and telling his viewers to do the same.
    Would we be “looking at a very different country right now?” co-host Molly Jong-Fast asks on the latest episode of The New Abnormal. Next on the show, David Wallace-Wells, a writer at New York magazine and the author of The Uninhabitable, Earth joins Molly to share his insight on the Delta variant and the extreme climate events we’ve been seeing recently. Finally, on the episode, Media Matters’ Angelo Carusone decodes the mystery of conservative pundit Ben Shapiro’s “genius” weaponization of Facebook. It all comes down to three things, Carusone says money (Shapiro’s spent an eye-popping $11 MILLION this year so far), content, and some good old-fashioned cheating.


    If you haven't heard, every single week The New Abnormal does a special bonus episode for Beast Inside, the Daily Beast’s membership program. where Sometimes we interview Senators like Cory Booker or the folks who explain our world in media like Jim Acosta or Soledad O’Brien. Sometimes we just have fun and talk to our favorite comedians and actors like Busy Phillips or Billy Eichner and sometimes it's just discussing the fuckery. You can get all of our episodes in your favorite podcast app of choice by becoming a Beast Inside member where you’ll support The Beast’s fearless journalism. Plus! You’ll also get full access to podcasts and articles. To become a member head to newabnormal.thedailybeast.com
     
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    • 57 min
    Trump Author: Even His Allies Thought He’d Lost It

    Trump Author: Even His Allies Thought He’d Lost It

    Did Donald Trump REALLY defend Hitler at a World War memorial? On the latest episode of The New Abnormal, a look at the latest post-presidency books. One of the most outrageous claims from the deluge of new Trump books hitting the shelves this month is that the then-president lavished praise on Adolf Hitler at a memorial for World War One. Michael Bender, the author of Frankly, We Did Win This Election says on the latest episode of The New Abnormal that the Hitler incident was just one shocking example of people in Trump’s orbit belatedly coming to realize how dangerous the president was.
    The next guest, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, says he’s feeling pretty let down by the offerings in the latest string of Trump books.
    “Most of these people don’t have information firsthand,” he says. “They’re getting it from somebody else. And a lot of it is the same reconstituted b******t that we’ve heard before, but just by somebody else.”
    However, he adds: “I think that the books are still important. I think it’s just another example of how this orange crusted bloviated a*****e took advantage of this country, especially the Justice Department.”
    Cohen cautions people to take a look at who is trying to mend their tarnished reputations through the books now that the Trump years are over, saying: “I think it’s very disingenuous when they come out afterward and it’s, you know, through a book.” Finally, Peter Sagal host of NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me joins the crew to "call-in" with a hot take.
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    • 59 min
    Bill O’Reilly Accuser Andrea Mackris: I Want People to ‘Understand the Terror’ of Forced NDAs

    Bill O’Reilly Accuser Andrea Mackris: I Want People to ‘Understand the Terror’ of Forced NDAs

    On this special episode of The New Abnormal host Molly Jong-Fast and The Daily Beast's Diana Falzone talk to Bill O’Reilly accuser Andrea Mackris about the forces that protected the Fox News host from her sexual harassment accusations for 17 years, her "forced" NDA and why she doesn't care about the financial consequences of breaching it.


    If you haven't heard, every single week The New Abnormal does a special bonus episode for Beast Inside, the Daily Beast’s membership program. where Sometimes we interview Senators like Cory Booker or the folks who explain our world in media like Jim Acosta or Soledad O’Brien. Sometimes we just have fun and talk to our favorite comedians and actors like Busy Phillips or Billy Eichner and sometimes it's just discussing the fuckery. You can get all of our episodes in your favorite podcast app of choice by becoming a Beast Inside member where you’ll support The Beast’s fearless journalism. Plus! You’ll also get full access to podcasts and articles. To become a member head to newabnormal.thedailybeast.com
     
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    • 31 min
    The Desperate Laundering of the Trump Reputations w/ Michael Wolff

    The Desperate Laundering of the Trump Reputations w/ Michael Wolff

    “There has been no detail that has come out that has been different than the four years we saw him do in office,” Slade Sohmer, editor in chief of The Recount, says on the latest episode of The New Abnormal. But no one knows image rehabilitation better than Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner—in fact, they’ve been doing it for years, Sohmer says. “‘Sources close to Jared and Ivanka say’ was the most used phrase in print of the Trump administration,” he adds. Next guest Michael Wolff, the author of the new book Landslide, his third about Trump, says it’s clear that some Trumpworld figures are trying to redeem themselves in the new Trump books. “I don't think that anybody is pleased,” he says of their post-Trump prospects. “I don't think anyone finds themselves where they would otherwise have hoped they would be after working in a senior job in the White House.” Last on the show is Sen. Jeff Merkley, who breaks down the chances for the massive infrastructure bill, whether the filibuster will survive, and more.


    If you haven't heard, every single week The New Abnormal does a special bonus episode for Beast Inside, the Daily Beast’s membership program. where Sometimes we interview Senators like Cory Booker or the folks who explain our world in media like Jim Acosta or Soledad O’Brien. Sometimes we just have fun and talk to our favorite comedians and actors like Busy Phillips or Billy Eichner and sometimes its just discussing the fuckery. You can get all of our episodes in your favorite podcast app of choice by becoming a Beast Inside member where you’ll support The Beast’s fearless journalism. Plus! You’ll also get full access to podcasts and articles. To become a member head to newabnormal.thedailybeast.com
     
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Customer Reviews

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Great show bring back Rick Wilson

Missing the contribution of one Mr. Rick Wilson.

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Bring back Rick!

That’s it. Just bring back Rick.

As of today, I’m giving up on this podcast. Molly’s voice is painful to listen to, and Jesse is just boring.

Tom Cassetta ,

Solid Content Has Met Its Match

Consistently some of the best, most informed political guests of any show. This should not be devalued, of course…but it IS, by their own missteps in technical production and a lack of an internal, political counterpoint outside some of the guests.

Jesse and Molly should not be personally attacked for their hypo and hyper nasal voices, respectively, but they should take steps to neutralize the sonic experience for viewers. Mic selection, EQ, Compression, and Loudness Meters are all tools at their disposal. Come on, Jesse, you’re talented as f**k. Step it up!

Though I agree with their political opinions, generally, what follows in each of these episodes is imbalanced political perspective, brilliant guests (who often challenge our liberal grievance), offset by a severely grating sonic experience. This is all topped off by another sequence of imbalanced political perspective (“F**k That Guy”).

To me, the grating sonic experience only exaggerates the political imbalance. I’m left feeling like their commentary is less a good-natured, informative riot against a flawed power system and more a politically-insulated grievance party.

I love them, but I need some space.

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