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Unf*cking The Republic® (UNFTR) is a series of audio essays on the grand American experiment lovingly curated and presented by a quasi-anonymous political writer. 

Each essay reflects on a singular topic that is generally misunderstood or purposely obfuscated by the so-called “powers that be.” As we know, history is written by the victors and can be perilously manufactured to favor destructive world views. These views become intractably ingrained in the public consciousness and pervert public policy, oftentimes with horrific results. 

As of this podcast’s founding, we find ourselves living in a true kakistocracy. The disconnect between what we believe and what is actually happening below the surface or in plain sight is where this podcast lives. 

Together we’ll upend conventional wisdom, blow up narratives on the left, right and center and use magical devices like facts, logic and reason to explain how exactly we arrived in bizarro America, the funhouse mirror version of what was originally intended. #UNFTR

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Unf*cking The Republic® (UNFTR) is a series of audio essays on the grand American experiment lovingly curated and presented by a quasi-anonymous political writer. 

Each essay reflects on a singular topic that is generally misunderstood or purposely obfuscated by the so-called “powers that be.” As we know, history is written by the victors and can be perilously manufactured to favor destructive world views. These views become intractably ingrained in the public consciousness and pervert public policy, oftentimes with horrific results. 

As of this podcast’s founding, we find ourselves living in a true kakistocracy. The disconnect between what we believe and what is actually happening below the surface or in plain sight is where this podcast lives. 

Together we’ll upend conventional wisdom, blow up narratives on the left, right and center and use magical devices like facts, logic and reason to explain how exactly we arrived in bizarro America, the funhouse mirror version of what was originally intended. #UNFTR

    Show Notes [Pause. Reset. Where do we go from here?]

    Show Notes [Pause. Reset. Where do we go from here?]

    Max and 99 are back after a few week Show Notes hiatus. In this episode they catch up on the most recent episodes and the latest news. Enjoy!

    Chapters

    Intro: 00:00:20

    Emails: 00:27:35

    Memberships: 01:21:50

    Reviews: 01:22:16

    Outro: 01:22:45

    Resources

    UNFTR TikTok

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    Visit our bookshop.org page at bookshop.org/shop/UNFTRpod to find the full UNFTR book list, and find book recommendations from our Unf*ckers at bookshop.org/lists/unf-cker-book-recommendations.

    Access the UNFTR Musicless feed by following the instructions at unftr.com/accessibility.

    Unf*cking the Republic® is produced by 99 and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com) and Hold Fast (holdfastband.com). The show is written and hosted by Max and distributed by 99.

    Podcast art description: Image of the US Constitution ripped in the middle revealing white text on a blue background that says, "Unf*cking the Republic®."
    Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/unftr
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Pharmacy Benefit Managers: The American Drug Cartel.

    Pharmacy Benefit Managers: The American Drug Cartel.

    In this episode, Max breaks down the biggest scandal in the healthcare industry (and that’s saying a lot). We walk through how a bunch of pencil pushing pharmacy middlemen became so powerful they bought out the biggest health insurance companies and pharmacy chains, and did it through hiking up drug prices, kickbacks and taking advantage of government contracts. This is the story of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and how they became the American Drug Cartel.

    Chapters

    Intro: 00:00:36

    Sponsors: 00:03:14

    Chapter One: The Birth of the American Drug Mafia. 00:04:47

    Chapter Two: Unraveling the Supply Chain. 00:16:15

    Chapter Three: Is that all? Please tell me that’s all. 00:28:09

    Chapter Four: Bring it home, Max. 00:38:44

    Post Show Musings: 00:45:24

    Outro: 00:01:16

    Resources

    NAIC: Pharmacy Benefit Managers

    Healthcare Dive: FTC launches investigation into PBMs; CVS, UnitedHealth, Cigna and more hit with requests for data

    FTC: FTC Launches Inquiry Into Prescription Drug Middlemen Industry

    Healthcare Dive: PBM practices are keeping consumers from generics savings, white paper finds

    Association for Accessible Medicines:  US Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Savings Report 2021

    Lever News: Who’s Killing Your Independent Pharmacy?

    PSSNY: PBM Basics

    USC: PBMs Are Inflating the Cost of Generic Drugs. They Must Be Reined In

    Jama Network: Costco v Medicare study 

    Frier Levitt: AUDITING PBMs

    46Brooklyn

    National Bureau of Economic Research: CVS Response: A world without PBMs: Unpacking the data

    FTC: White House Roundtable PBMs

    Yahoo Finance: 30 Largest Companies by Revenue

    UNFTR Episode Resources

    Healthcare Series.

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    Please leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts: unftr.com/rate and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @UNFTRpod. Visit us online at unftr.com.

    Join the Unf*cker-run Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/2051537518349565

    Buy yourself some Unf*cking Coffee® at shop.unftr.com.

    Subscribe to Unf*cking The Republic® at unftr.com/blog to get the essays these episode are framed around sent to your inbox every week.

    Check out the UNFTR Pod Love playlist on Spotify: spoti.fi/3yzIlUP.

    Visit our bookshop.org page at bookshop.org/shop/UNFTRpod to find the full UNFTR book list, and find book recommendations from our Unf*ckers at bookshop.org/lists/unf-cker-book-recommendations.

    Access the UNFTR Musicless feed by following the instructions at unftr.com/accessibility.

    Unf*cking the Republic® is produced by 99 and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com) and Hold Fast (holdfastband.com). The show is written and hosted by Max and distributed by 99.

    Podcast art description: Image of the US Constitution ripped in the middle revealing white text on a blue background that says, "Unf*cking the Republic®."
    Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/unftr
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Unf*cking Flashback: UNFTR on LGBTQ. Behind the Acronyms.

    Unf*cking Flashback: UNFTR on LGBTQ. Behind the Acronyms.

    In celebration of Pride we're flashing back to an early Unf*cking: UNFTR on LGBTQ.

    Read the essay or visit the episode resources online.

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    Today we begin a conversation about the LGBTQ movement in the United States, with a nod to our Canadian friends as well. In order to properly introduce issues facing LGBTQ people into the larger context of socio economic and political topics we cover on UNFTR, we wanted to start with a conversation about the evolving language of inclusion and representation within the LGBTQ community. 

    Resources


    Edmonton CityNews: Hope blossoms as first two-spirited MP elected
    Code Switch: Is It Time To Say R.I.P. to P.O.C.?
    Geneseo: Understanding Gender Identity and Gender Expression
    PBS: American Experience- Stonewall Uprising
    New York Times: The Stonewall You Know Is a Myth. And That’s O.K
    Human Rights Campaign: Fatal Violence Against the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community in 2021
    National Center For Transgender Equality: LGBTQ People Behind Bars
    Human Rights Campaign: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Definitions
    The Williams Institute: Poverty In The Lesbian, Gay, And Bisexual Community
    Columbia Journalism Review: How the word ‘queer’ was adopted by the LGBTQ community
    LGBTQIA Resource Center: UC Davis Resource

    Book Love 


    Eric Cervini: The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America
    Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie + Kay Whitlock: Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States

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    Please leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts: unftr.com/rate and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @UNFTRpod. Visit us online at unftr.com.

    Join the Unf*cker-run Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/2051537518349565

    Buy yourself some Unf*cking Coffee® at shop.unftr.com.

    Subscribe to Unf*cking The Republic® at unftr.com/blog to get the essays these episode are framed around sent to your inbox every week.

    Check out the UNFTR Pod Love playlist on Spotify: spoti.fi/3yzIlUP.

    Visit our bookshop.org page at bookshop.org/shop/UNFTRpod to find the full UNFTR book list, and find book recommendations from our Unf*ckers at bookshop.org/lists/unf-cker-book-recommendations.

    Access the UNFTR Musicless feed by following the instructions at unftr.com/accessibility.

    Unf*cking the Republic® is produced by 99 and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com) and Hold Fast (holdfastband.com). The show is written and hosted by Max and distributed by 99.

    Podcast art description: Image of the US Constitution ripped in the middle revealing white text on a blue background that says, "Unf*cking the Republic®."
    Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/unftr
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 47 min
    Pause. Reset. Where do we go from here? Max Unfiltered.

    Pause. Reset. Where do we go from here? Max Unfiltered.

    I’m still catching my breath from the immigration series, slew of Phone A Friends and topical political stories these past couple of weeks. The upcoming episodes are all pretty exciting and intense so I decided to take a moment to have a family meeting with Unf*ckers in another “Max Unfiltered.”

    Resources

    UNFTR: Over The Borderline: Intro.

    UNFTR: Phone A Friend: Rev. Roger Williams.

    UNFTR: Phone A Friend: Ben Burgis.

    UNFTR: Phone A Friend: Briahna Joy Gray.

    UNFTR: On Protest and Anti-Semitism.

    Al Jazeera: ‘Hell on Earth’ as violence escalates in Sudan’s el-Fasher

    The Washington Post: ChatGPT provided better customer service than his staff. He fired them.

    Bernie Sanders: Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act

    The Hill: Corporate profits hit record high as economy boomed in fourth quarter of 2023

    ITEP: Corporate Taxes Before and After the Trump Tax Law

    UNFTR: Project 2025.

    UNFTR: Phone A Friend: Jeff Main.

    UNFTR: Phone A Friend: Tad DeLay.

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    Please leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts: unftr.com/rate and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @UNFTRpod. Visit us online at unftr.com.

    Join the Unf*cker-run Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/2051537518349565

    Buy yourself some Unf*cking Coffee® at shop.unftr.com.

    Subscribe to Unf*cking The Republic® at unftr.com/blog to get the essays these episode are framed around sent to your inbox every week.

    Check out the UNFTR Pod Love playlist on Spotify: spoti.fi/3yzIlUP.

    Visit our bookshop.org page at bookshop.org/shop/UNFTRpod to find the full UNFTR book list, and find book recommendations from our Unf*ckers at bookshop.org/lists/unf-cker-book-recommendations.

    Access the UNFTR Musicless feed by following the instructions at unftr.com/accessibility.

    Unf*cking the Republic® is produced by 99 and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com) and Hold Fast (holdfastband.com). The show is written and hosted by Max and distributed by 99.

    Podcast art description: Image of the US Constitution ripped in the middle revealing white text on a blue background that says, "Unf*cking the Republic®."
    Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/unftr
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 16 min
    On Protest and Anti-Semitism: Listening through propaganda.

    On Protest and Anti-Semitism: Listening through propaganda.

    Max takes aim at NYU professor Scott Galloway who recently appeared on CNN to criticize student protests with the most bizarre analysis that smacks of laziness and propaganda. While “takedowns” and “gotchas” aren’t Max’s favorite thing, he makes an exception for Galloway because of the space he occupies in the media ecosystem and on the spectrum of white male bro-influencers with independent platforms that are poisoning the media. Max also provides closing thoughts on the rise of anti-Semitism and the dangers of conflating Judaism with the far-right ruling government in Israel. 

    Chapters

    Intro: 00:01:34

    Section One: 00:11:05

    Section Two: 00:17:11

    Section Three: 00:19:01

    Section Four: 00:20:25

    Section Five: 00:25:40

    Post Show Musings: 00:39:30

    Outro: 00:48:32

    Resources

    CNN: Why NYU professor says instructors who are protesting should be fired

    ACLU: Know Your Rights: Students in Higher Education & the First Amendment

    ACLU: Defending Speech We Hate

    Axios: Over 2,000 protesters arrested at college campuses across the U.S.

    Los Angeles Times: Striking deals to end campus protests, some colleges invite discussion of their investments

    PBS: Protests and Backlash

    Niche.com: Most Conservative Colleges in the U.S.

    Common Dreams: Israeli Finance Minister Denounced for Calling for 'Total Annihilation' of Gaza

    Haaretz: They Incited Rabin’s Murder. Now They’re Murdering Israel’s Democracy

    Vox: TikTok isn’t creating false support for Palestine. It’s just reflecting what’s already there.

    The Baffler: Parting Waters: Passover at the Columbia encampment

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    Please leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts: unftr.com/rate and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @UNFTRpod. Visit us online at unftr.com.

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    Buy yourself some Unf*cking Coffee® at shop.unftr.com.

    Subscribe to Unf*cking The Republic® at unftr.com/blog to get the essays these episode are framed around sent to your inbox every week.

    Check out the UNFTR Pod Love playlist on Spotify: spoti.fi/3yzIlUP.

    Visit our bookshop.org page at bookshop.org/shop/UNFTRpod to find the full UNFTR book list, and find book recommendations from our Unf*ckers at bookshop.org/lists/unf-cker-book-recommendations.

    Access the UNFTR Musicless feed by following the instructions at unftr.com/accessibility.

    Unf*cking the Republic® is produced by 99 and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com) and Hold Fast (holdfastband.com). The show is written and hosted by Max and distributed by 99.

    Podcast art description: Image of the US Constitution ripped in the middle revealing white text on a blue background that says, "Unf*cking the Republic®."
    Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/unftr
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 48 min
    Show Notes [Over The Borderline: Part Three. + Phone A Friend: Jeff Main.]

    Show Notes [Over The Borderline: Part Three. + Phone A Friend: Jeff Main.]

    In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 get into many spirited discussions inspired by Unf*cker feedback—from climate change to faux intellectual influencers. Additionally, they touch on some topical headlines relevant to the Over The Borderline Series and Point of Pride Phone A Friend. Enjoy!

    Chapters

    Intro: 00:00:20

    Emails: 00:34:25

    Outro: 01:30:00

    Resources

    Phone A Friend: Jeff Main, Executive Director of Point of Pride.

    Point of Pride Resource Library

    Erin Reed Substack, @erininthemorn on Twitter and TikTok

     @pointofprideorg on Instagram, @pointofpride on Facebook

    BBC: José Raúl Mulino: Stand-in for convicted candidate wins Panama presidency

    New York Magazine: Andrew Huberman’s Mechanisms of Control

    Phone A Friend: Tad Delay, author of Future of Denial.

    UNFTR Episode: A (Mostly) Vegan World.

    UNFTR Episode: Building the Climate Industrial Complex.

    Highland Lakes Canine Rescue (HLCR)

    @hlcaninerescue on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok

    Unf*cker Recommendations

    George Orwell: The Road to Wigan Pier

    Jacobin Radio: Behind the News: Criminalizing Protest w/ Adam Federman

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    If you like the pod version of #UNFTR, make sure to check out the video version on YouTube where Max shows his beautiful face! www.youtube.com/@UNFTR

    Please leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts: unftr.com/rate and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @UNFTRpod. Visit us online at unftr.com.

    Join the Unf*cker-run Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/2051537518349565

    Buy yourself some Unf*cking Coffee® at shop.unftr.com.

    Subscribe to Unf*cking The Republic® at unftr.com/blog to get the essays these episode are framed around sent to your inbox every week.

    Check out the UNFTR Pod Love playlist on Spotify: spoti.fi/3yzIlUP.

    Visit our bookshop.org page at bookshop.org/shop/UNFTRpod to find the full UNFTR book list, and find book recommendations from our Unf*ckers at bookshop.org/lists/unf-cker-book-recommendations.

    Access the UNFTR Musicless feed by following the instructions at unftr.com/accessibility.

    Unf*cking the Republic® is produced by 99 and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com) and Hold Fast (holdfastband.com). The show is written and hosted by Max and distributed by 99.

    Podcast art description: Image of the US Constitution ripped in the middle revealing white text on a blue background that says, "Unf*cking the Republic®."
    Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/unftr
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
632 Ratings

632 Ratings

ID3121 ,

Great Show

Recently getting back into UNFTR after a brief hiatus. It’s always sourced really well and the information is compelling.

Abura448 ,

Excellent in Every Way

I absolutely love what you guys do. I was all in from the beginning when this pod was long form history lessons on how we got to where we are as a country, but now that you’ve expanded from the original formula I love it even more! Each episode type brings something unique. From the fun back and forth of show notes conversations (shout out 99!), the excellent phone a friend interviews and the topical creams where Max gives his perspective on something miserable that’s currently happening in the world, it’s all just excellent! Never change who you are, keep on keeping on, and FMF!

IndoBaller23 ,

Well Researched

It is obvious a lot of time and effort is put into the research done for each episode. While I don’t agree with 100% of the views, I do appreciate the depth of each topic and conversation. Also, FU€K Milton Friedman

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