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Useful Idiots is an informative and irreverent politics podcast with journalist Matt Taibbi and podcaster/writer Katie Halper. Episodes feature analysis of the political news of the week and exclusive interviews, with humor, commentary and dissection of why both Republicans and Democrats suck. 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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Useful Idiots is an informative and irreverent politics podcast with journalist Matt Taibbi and podcaster/writer Katie Halper. Episodes feature analysis of the political news of the week and exclusive interviews, with humor, commentary and dissection of why both Republicans and Democrats suck. 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.

    Reporting from Ukraine: Lindsey Snell

    Reporting from Ukraine: Lindsey Snell

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    Lindsey Snell, journalist at ishgal.com, crossed the Ukraine border to talk to soldiers and civilians. What she found surprised her:
    There are Ukrainian forces who are “openly Neonazis, and we’re still giving them weapons and calling them something that they’re not.” All across the frontlines Lindsey found swastikas, SS symbols, and Wolfsangels. But negative news in Ukraine undermines the West’s mission to bleed Russia and sell more weapons, so corporate US media paints over it.
    Lindsey also found that while the western mercenaries who flew over to kill Russians are loving the war, most of the Ukrainians she spoke to, both soldiers and citizens, want it to end.
    “The corruption and lack of equipment is worse in Ukraine than anywhere I’ve been, Syria, Iraq, Libya. It’s just so bad.” And for the Ukrainians who are starving, losing their homes, and dying, “there’s no end in sight.”
    What’s worse — as is the norm with guests on Useful Idiots — no one in western media will report on Lindsey’s story. “Journalists come and see how corrupt everything is and that the soldiers have nothing, but none of is is reflected in mainstream reporting. It’s very well known but it’s just not getting past the filter of western media.”
    Plus, subscribe for the full interview, where Lindsey shares the story of getting kidnapped in Syria, how the war is hurting Europeans, and Turkey’s potential invasion of Syria (that you probably won’t hear about).
    It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out.
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    • 52 min
    Mick Wallace and Clare Daly want to save us from NATO

    Mick Wallace and Clare Daly want to save us from NATO

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    “Democracy is about having a say in how your country is run. Right now, that’s not happening. The way the system works, the politicians don’t feel under pressure to answer to the majority of the people.”
    Mick Wallace and Clare Daly, members of the European Parliament, are Irish progressives. This means they speak out against the proxy war in Ukraine, Julian Assange’s torture, and the Syria dirty war. Elected progressives in the US are quite different.
    “From what we can see,” they tell us. “You don’t have any left politics in the US. The Democrats are indistinguishable from the Republicans and Bernie would be seen as just right of center in Europe.”
    And what does it take to get actual progressives like Clare and Mick in office?
    “Until people take to the streets, it’s going to be very hard for any left wing party to show its head in America.”
    Plus, subscribe for the extended interview where Claire and Mick discuss abortion rights in Ireland and the US, mainstream media’s constant attacks and misinformation about them, and why our government and media are too afraid to talk about Assange, the realities of the Ukraine proxy war, and US hegemony.
    As Mick always says, “democracy means you can say what you like, but you’ll do what you’re told.”
    And that’s this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out.
    Click here for the full interview: https://usefulidiots.substack.com/p/extended-episode-mick-wallace-and?r=je5va&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
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    • 56 min
    Tony Winner Michael R. Jackson on "A Strange Loop"

    Tony Winner Michael R. Jackson on "A Strange Loop"

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    Michael R. Jackson had no idea that a monologue he wrote two decades ago would turn into a Broadway musical that would win countless awards, including a Tony and Pulitzer Prize. And when he criticized the political establishment, including Obama, he had no idea that Michelle Obama would be one of the countless celebrities who would flock to see the show.
    Nor did he imagine that Aaron Maté would fall in love with his musical and play it on loop. The musical A Strange Loop is about a Black, queer writer who has written a musical about a Black, queer writer and it’s all written by Michael R. Jackson, a Black, queer writer.
    Michael dishes on whether he would talk to Tucker Carlson if he came to his show, subverting the Broadway world while becoming a part of it, and how he wrote his Tony-and-Pulitzer-winning musical.
    Watch the interview then go see the show or listen online. And subscribe to hear the full interview where Michael talks about the culture war, racism on Broadway, and his next musical.
    Plus, Aaron calls Guardian journalist Mark Townsend, who recently named him the “most prolific spreader of disinformation” on Syria, to ask why he wasn’t contacted for the story. Townsend’s cowering response is a must hear.
    It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out.
    Hear our favorite songs from “A Strange Loop”
    "Intermission Song"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT_mLAYtUoI
    "We Wanna Know"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXR67aAABV4
    "Inner White Girl"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6wra5JtEv4
    "Memory Song"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x5HUpqiqXo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRWwZaw63wA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gajJmGwp7Ew
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    • 54 min
    How Sex, Drugs, and Ancient Humans Affect Today’s Politics with Chris Ryan

    How Sex, Drugs, and Ancient Humans Affect Today’s Politics with Chris Ryan

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    Click here for the full interview where Chris talks psychedelics, paradigm shifting experiences, and how the government is lying to us.
    Chris Ryan, author of Civilized to Death and Sex at Dawn, as well as host of the podcast Tangentially Speaking, wants to help you live happier.
    He’s studied hunter gatherers; our closest relatives in the animal kingdom; and human philosophy/history to learn why we do what we do, what makes us want to live, and what we’re doing wrong today. Of course we ask him how all this shapes media and politics, but Chris also shares practical tips for any Useful Idiot to meaningfully improve their mindset on life.
    These include helping others, living less alone, spending less money of stuff we think makes us happier, and saying screw it and jumping into cold rivers. He’s got the science and philosophy behind all of it.
    And subscribe for the full interview where Chris talks psychedelics, paradigm shifting experiences, and how the government is lying to us.
    It’s all this, and more, on a transformative episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out.
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    • 55 min
    Richard Wolff Doesn't Want to Scare You But...

    Richard Wolff Doesn't Want to Scare You But...

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    Finally! A Marxist economist you can show to your parents and say “See?”
    Class is in session with economics Professor Emeritus Richard Wolff. He’s here to teach us about inflation, what steps could be taken to tame it, and why the hell no one’s doing anything about it.
    He doesn’t want to scare you with the alarming future our leaders are pushing us toward, but if he didn’t, he’d be lying. So buckle in for a fantastic lecture in which Wolff uses economic history to shine a light on the dark road ahead.
    And subscribe for the full interview, where Professor Wolff shares what can stop inflation: “I’m gonna give you two things that we could do that will get us through the worst of it; one from a conservative republican and one from a progressive democrat.” Can you guess who?
    Plus, Biden wants you to earn the right to not get shot, Laura Ingraham realizes the mass shootings are because the kids are all smoking weed, and another Kamala stoned moment.
    It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out.
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    • 49 min
    Briahna Joy Gray on Beta Dems and Republican Chads

    Briahna Joy Gray on Beta Dems and Republican Chads

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    Host of Bad Faith podcast and Rising and former Bernie Sanders press secretary Briahna Joy Gray explains why dems are rapidly losing voters:
    Trump gets mocked for failing to put up his wall, but his supporters watched him try the whole time, putting up pieces of wall and getting blocked. He showed them what he will do if they get him more votes. So they’ll vote harder.
    Democrats have given their voters failures on Build Back Better, healthcare, gun safety, and now Roe v. Wade, with little evidence of trying to fulfill these promises. Why would dems keep voting for that?
    As a former lawyer, Gray explains the legal side of the Supreme Court’s decision and what can be done to protect the rest of our privacy rights, like contraception and marriage equality.
    And subscribe for the full interview, where we pick 2024 candidates, rank the squad, and Briahna and Aaron debate the importance of Jan 6 hearings.
    It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out.
    Click here for the full episode, including the extended interview with Briahna Joy Gray, where we pick 2024 candidates, rank the squad, and Briahna and Aaron debate the importance of Jan 6 hearings.
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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4.1K Ratings

4.1K Ratings

jimmymo511 ,

Phenomenal

No better show to make you laugh as the world burns in all the best ways no one besides Jimmy dore can make you think and laugh like these two do.

peterh7 ,

It’s different

Why they can’t change the description to include Matt’s replacement? Otherwise it does take a different look.

ASMRNV ,

Sad

The show was somewhat entertaining in the past and I did enjoy Matt’s take on most things. But your position regarding Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine is appalling and incredibly short-sighted (not to mention elitist). Unsubscribed!

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