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Politics minus bile plus jokes. Comedian and avowed independent Andrew Heaton examines current events with his deranged friends, then slops humor on top.

The Political Orphanage Andrew Heaton

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Politics minus bile plus jokes. Comedian and avowed independent Andrew Heaton examines current events with his deranged friends, then slops humor on top.

    Calculating Existential Threat - Lord Martin Rees

    Calculating Existential Threat - Lord Martin Rees

    Which is scarier: nuclear war or robots? Asteroid impact or climate change? Martin Rees is the founder of The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University. He joins the program to talk about how to calculate the probability of threats to humanity, and what we should be sweating.

    He's also the Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom, and the author of "On The Future: Prospects for Humanity." https://www.amazon.com/dp/069118044X?tag=mightyheaton-20&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1

    • 38 min
    Viagra, the Musical - Friday Release Valve

    Viagra, the Musical - Friday Release Valve

    Andrea Jones-Rooy and Kevin Seefried return to the program to discuss the week's underserved headlines, including: Spike Lee's next big film, a giant raccoon on the loose, Donkey Kong defamation lawsuits, and the Irish government.

    You can watch this episode on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/o9A_G8LpIPc

    • 23 min
    Machiavelli vs. John Stuart Mill

    Machiavelli vs. John Stuart Mill

    Niccolò Machiavelli and John Stuart Mill are two deeply impactful political thinkers on modern civilization. The former is the patron saint of ruthless realpolitik; the latter the godfather of classical liberalism.

    Classicist and lauded madman Brian Wilson rejoins the program to compare the two political philosophers and draw lessons for modern society.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Literal Underwater Ponzi Schemes (Friday Release Valve)

    Literal Underwater Ponzi Schemes (Friday Release Valve)

    Andrew Young and Nick Sperdute join the show to discuss the week's most under reported headlines: underwater scooter chases, the time a school of herring almost started a war with Russia, and Canadian pizza indulgences.

    • 34 min
    The Election Wasn't Rigged

    The Election Wasn't Rigged

    Let's investigate Trump's voter fraud allegations and his ensuing courtroom battles to flip swing states. Plus the danger to democracy imposed by the president undermining it, and the many points in American history when rule of law could have gone off the rails.

    • 45 min
    Protect Your Bank from Racoons (Friday Release Valve)

    Protect Your Bank from Racoons (Friday Release Valve)

    (Not Safe for Kids) Yvette d’Entremont and Alice Vaughn are the hosts of "Two Girls One Mic," a podcast that reviews the plots of porn films. They join Heaton to sort out the week's underserved headlines, including stuff about Godzilla, gay penguins, and naked sushi.

    You can find Two Girls One Mic at: https://www.twogirlsonemic.com/

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
648 Ratings

648 Ratings

JonnyBingo ,

Thought Provoking and entertaining except...

Been following Andrew for a little over a year now. The political orphanage is an exploration of some really interesting concepts with humor and fairness. However, the contempt for Trump seems almost personal. But hey, more than half the country feels that way.

Jack - Political Orphan ,

Episode - The Election Wasn't Rigged

Every American should listen to this episode. This was one of those Edward R. Murrow moments where someone stands-up and tells it like it is. This was well-researched and well-spoken. Thank you, Andrew Heaton, for this.

Dwarg II ,

A good and funny dude

In a world of outrageous hottakes sometimes it may be of benefit to listen to the humourous musings of a reasonably sane man.

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