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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.

    Joaquin Phoenix Hostage Scenario (Friday Release Valve)

    Joaquin Phoenix Hostage Scenario (Friday Release Valve)

    (NSKF) Comedians Turner Sparks and Andrea Jones-Rooy return to make sense of the week's best, funniest, underserved headlines, from solving neighbor disputes with a chains, to the biggest threat to Venetian gondolas, to how water balloons can be productively used in deliberative bodies.  

    • 47 min
    America Had a Coup in 2010

    America Had a Coup in 2010

    Gerrymandering is a fun, time-honored way to rig elections on behalf of incumbents and political parties over irritants like competitive democracy. In 2010 it became industrialized. Or, rather, digitized--which had far-reaching impacts on American politics. Heaton speaks with Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance, co-directors of "Slay The Dragon," a film about a major coup in American political history.

    • 45 min
    I AM RUNNING IN 2020!

    I AM RUNNING IN 2020!

    After much personal thought and rank media speculation, I have at last decided to run in 2020. This episode includes:
    * My campaign kickoff
    * One of the finest spontaneous vice presidential stump speeches in all of human history
    * My official campaign announcement and subsequent interview with Justin Robert Young on "Politics Politics Politics"

    • 34 min
    You're Doing the Culture War Wrong

    You're Doing the Culture War Wrong

    The Culture War isn't between the Left and the Right--it's just portrayed that way because most people have been taught to understand all conflicts as Red Team vs. Blue Team. There's definitely a Culture War afoot, but the flashpoint and fault lines aren't between liberals and conservatives.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Outer Limits of Hot Dog-Eating Contests (Friday Release Valve)

    The Outer Limits of Hot Dog-Eating Contests (Friday Release Valve)

    (SNFK) Comedian Mahesh Kotagi and playwright Jeremy Kareken join Friday Release Valve to sort out the week's funnier headlines, including a scientific report on the maximum amount of hot dogs one human could conceivably consume in ten minutes, what to do if your town is overwhelmed by polar bears, and the lengths Queen Elizabeth II will go to shore up her finances during a sluggish tourism season.

    • 24 min
    "Lord of the Flies" Got Things Wrong

    "Lord of the Flies" Got Things Wrong

    Rutger Bregman is the author of "Humankind: A Hopeful History," which refutes the central premise of Thomas Hobbes and countless pessimistic legislative agendas: that human beings are, deep down, selfish monsters. He joins Heaton to discuss how to build society for the majority of its cooperative people, instead of to counteract the few fringe sociopaths.

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
627 Ratings

627 Ratings

dsnell1 ,

The Prince of Critical Thought

I love this show pretty much every time I listen to it! Well thought out ideas from many angles and perspectives all in one humorous podcast!

BusyBee Senior ,

Culture Wars Reframed

Thank you, Andrew, for this great episode! The division between authoritarian and pluralist is spot on. I have already shared this episode with friends.

I really enjoy your positive and objective attitude toward the issues of the day. The rancor and stridency of so many discussions make my stomach hurt, but I never have to worry about that with you!

Thanks again!

cliffo91 ,

Lord of the flies

It was a great interview with a very interesting topic. I bough Rutgars book the same day and can’t wait to read it. Where do you find these great guests?

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