43 episodes

Useful Idiots is an informative and irreverent politics podcast with journalist Matt Taibbi and podcaster/writer Katie Halper. Episodes feature on-the-road coverage of the 2020 campaign and exclusive interviews, with humor, commentary and dissection of the politics news of the week. Join Matt and Katie as they examine important stories that have slipped through the cracks and what the media got wrong – and laugh about whatever is left to laugh about.

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    • 4.8, 2.4K Ratings

Useful Idiots is an informative and irreverent politics podcast with journalist Matt Taibbi and podcaster/writer Katie Halper. Episodes feature on-the-road coverage of the 2020 campaign and exclusive interviews, with humor, commentary and dissection of the politics news of the week. Join Matt and Katie as they examine important stories that have slipped through the cracks and what the media got wrong – and laugh about whatever is left to laugh about.

    Jimmy Dore on Bernie Sanders, the CARES Act + the Dems Ditch Civil Liberties

    Jimmy Dore on Bernie Sanders, the CARES Act + the Dems Ditch Civil Liberties

    Jimmy Dore joins the show to deliver blistering remarks on Bernie Sanders, the CARES Act and More, Plus a Discussion of Dems and Civil Liberties.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Aaron Mate on New #Russiagate Bombshells, Plus More From the Stupid Bay of Pigs

    Aaron Mate on New #Russiagate Bombshells, Plus More From the Stupid Bay of Pigs

    Aaron Mate of the Grayzone and 'Pushback' joins the show to talk recent developments in #Russiagate, how it’s helping Trump, plus Matt and Katie continue to dive into the Stupid Bay of Pigs
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Covid-19 With Virologist Dr. Christian Bréchot, Plus Rambo Goes to Venezuela

    Covid-19 With Virologist Dr. Christian Bréchot, Plus Rambo Goes to Venezuela

    Leading virologist Dr. Christian Bréchot discusses the origins of Covid-19, how the virology and wider scientific communities are working together for solutions, how a vaccine may get developed, and why he doesn’t expect one any time soon. Katie and Matt break down the botched coup in Venezuela
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Rashida Tlaib on Urgent Needs During Covid-19, Dealing with Trump, Plus a Discussion of Web Censorship

    Rashida Tlaib on Urgent Needs During Covid-19, Dealing with Trump, Plus a Discussion of Web Censorship

    Rep. Rashida Tlaib on her initiatives during the pandemic, how she deals with Trump, and more. Matt and Katie discuss the future of internet censorship, and HIllary's conversation with Biden

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Nina Turner on the Future of Progressive Politics, Plus - Why Networks Air Trump’s Pressers in Full

    Nina Turner on the Future of Progressive Politics, Plus - Why Networks Air Trump’s Pressers in Full

    Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner discusses the future of progressive politics in America after Sanders suspended his campaign. Katie and Matt learn about Biden’s fig newton affinity, and discover some of the most creative DIY protective-wear that people have developed during the pandemic. Also, Taibbi's take on the real reason news networks have been airing Trump's Covid-19 press conferences in full. Hint: Money

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Analyzing Bernie's Endorsement of Biden, Plus David Rees On Predicting The Election

    Analyzing Bernie's Endorsement of Biden, Plus David Rees On Predicting The Election

    Katie and Matt break down Bernie's endorsement of Joe Biden and have a discussion on how Covid-19 is being covered. David Rees joins the show to talk about predicting election results

    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

Tiocfaidhárlálálá ,

ya'll ain't leftists

i previously had a five star review but then i updated it and included a swear word and apple deleted it i guess. so now i'm writing a new one. this used to be the only brookylnesque progressive podcast i could tolerate as a working class marxist from middle america, now i can't tolerate it anymore. it's because this podcast, just like all the rest of the non working class so called progressive podcasters and youtubers (mostly operating far and away from the middle america they claim to stan for), keep conflating the petty bourgeise with the working class which, which makes any political analysis they make likely incorrect.. this is marxism 101 so not sure why ya'll can't get this. people who earn their money from stealing the surplus value of other people's labor is not in the same class as the people they are stealing from! duh. but all those small business owners who are exploiting the working class have to do is wear a cowboy hat or drive a pick up truck and use a small vocab (becausse they refuse college even though they could easily afford it), and you "useful idioits" eat that stuff up. these are the people right now who just got gobs of government money to keep their businesses afloat (yes, they have...there was a second bill that gave them more money if they didn't get it the first time, if you want to go that route...they got a second bailout, the working class didn't) yet are protesting to open them up so they can force people like me back to work in dangerous conditions while they sit in their comfy offices most of the time, reducing their risk of getting this virus. meanwhile, we could get unemployment if they chose to not reopen right now. i know so many working class people right now who are being forced off of unemployment because their petty bourgeosie bosses are opening up despite rising rates of covid cases in my region. but who gets to deal with the public 99% of the time in these cases? it's the workers, not the owners. any yet ya'll are going to defend them? THIS is Trump's base. not working class people. if you read a poll once in a while, that would be obvious. as long as ya'll think these people are working class, you are not going to have a decent leftist anaylsis of politics. i wonder how many actual working class people you even know in real life?

pete tut ,

Still journalism

Matt and Katie’s show are one of the few places we can get good humor and pretty close to traditional journalism, excellent. Unlike the Pod Save crew who seem to be fear based and dem apologists during a time of heavy transition in America. This democrat will not be voting dem

Dr Tamkin ,

Funny, Smart Critical Commentary; Great Interviews

Judging from recent ratings, it looks like the Pod Save libs have discovered Useful Idiots. Contrary to what scorched earth Biden hysterics are posting here, Taibbi and Halper supply crucial differences of perspective on current events, and they do do with wit and charm.

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