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Fake the Nation

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Hosted by Negin Farsad, Fake the Nation is all the comedy about politics without any of the politics about politics. Every week Negin and a cast of her funniest, smartest and most politically astute friends (John Fugelsang, Lizz Winstead, Dean Obeidallah and others) gather round the political roundtable to break down the news, make you laugh, think, and deliver a gut punch to the American political system.

Hosted by Negin Farsad, Fake the Nation is all the comedy about politics without any of the politics about politics. Every week Negin and a cast of her funniest, smartest and most politically astute friends (John Fugelsang, Lizz Winstead, Dean Obeidallah and others) gather round the political roundtable to break down the news, make you laugh, think, and deliver a gut punch to the American political system.
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Hosted by Negin Farsad, Fake the Nation is all the comedy about politics without any of the politics about politics. Every week Negin and a cast of her funniest, smartest and most politically astute friends (John Fugelsang, Lizz Winstead, Dean Obeidallah and others) gather round the political roundtable to break down the news, make you laugh, think, and deliver a gut punch to the American political system.

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@NeginFarsad

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English


Episodes

115. How to Talk to Anyone (w/ Christian Finnegan, Joyelle Johnson)

9/20/2018
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Comedians Christian Finnegan (The Fun Part) and Joyelle Johnson (Late Night with Seth Meyers) join Negin to discuss the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s plan to impose an additional $200 billion on Chinese goods and the latest in North Korea denuclearization. Plus, they share their strategies for talking to strangers. This episode is sponsored by NewsVoice (www.newsvoice.com/fake), Vistaprint (www.vistaprint.com code: FAKE), Pact...

Duration:00:57:11

114. Money Diaries (w/ Leah Bonnema, Dan Wilbur)

9/13/2018
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Comedians Leah Bonnema (Comedy Drop) and Dan Wilbur (Never Flirt with Puppy Killers) join Negin to chat about Serena Williams and if there's a double standard in tennis. The panel also asks: why do we love to hate how other people spend their money? Plus, they discuss if fake news is better than too much news. This episode is sponsored by Vistaprint (www.vistaprint.com code: FAKE), ModCloth (www.modcloth.com code: FTN), and ChefSteps (www.chefsteps.com/joule code: FAKE).

Duration:00:56:49

113. Has Louis C.K. Earned a Second Chance? (w/ Jo Firestone, Kaitlin Fontana)

9/6/2018
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Fellow Earwolf host Jo Firestone (Dr. Gameshow) and comedian Kaitlin Fontana (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee) join Negin to dish about Bob Woodward’s new book, the anonymous anti-Trump New York Times op-ed and Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Plus, the panel asks: What’s the right time for a second chance and has Louis C.K. earned his? This episode is sponsored by Past (www.wearpact.com code: FAKETHENATION) and Pluto Pillow (www.plutopillow.com code: FAKE).

Duration:00:56:02

112. State of the Unions (w/ Judah Friedlander, Stephanie Butnick, MC Frontalot, Mike Pesca, Scott Blakeman, Benari Poulten)

8/30/2018
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Negin takes a break from the weekly news grind to deliver an episode that packs a punch! An all-star cast joins Negin for a Labor Day chat about unions, a debate on tipping and some tips on how to argue. The panel includes Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Stephanie Butnick (Unorthodox), MC Frontalot (Question Bedtime), Mike Pesca (The Gist), Benari Poulten (The Nightly Show) and Scott Blakeman (Laughing Liberally). This episode is sponsored by ChefSteps (www.chefsteps.com/joule code: FAKE),...

Duration:00:43:13

111. Democracy is Still Here (w/ DeRay Mckesson, Catie Lazarus)

8/23/2018
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Civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson (On the Other Side of Freedom) and writer Catie Lazarus (Employee of the Month) join Negin to break down an unprecedented week of news spanning from Michael Cohen’s plea deal to Paul Manafort’s conviction on eight felony counts to Trump’s Twitter reactions. Plus, the panel talks about the EPA’s plan to loosen federal restrictions on coal-fired power plants. Lastly, they have a wide-ranging discussion about the path forward for activism. This episode is...

Duration:00:51:16

110. The Reality TV White House (w/ Chris Duffy, Sarah Pappalardo)

8/16/2018
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Comedians Chris Duffy (Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas) and Sarah Pappalardo (Reductress) join Negin to dish about the latest in White House drama including Omarosa’s secret tapes and Trump’s decision to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance. Then, the panel shares favorite Aretha Franklin memories. Lastly, they discuss 3-D printed guns and delve into diversity and representation. This episode is sponsored by HelloFresh (www.hellofresh.com/FAKE60 code: FAKE60) and ExpressVPN...

Duration:00:52:24

109. It's Absurd That We're Even Here (w/ Scott Blakeman, Benari Poulten)

8/9/2018
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Comedians and Fake the Nation regulars Scott Blakeman (Laughing Liberally) and Benari Poulten (The Nightly Show) join Negin for a wide-ranging conversation about the Trump administration’s cast of unsavory characters. They recap the Manafort trial, take a look at Stephen Miller’s plans to limit citizenship for legal immigrants, and try to make sense of the Iran sanctions. Lastly, they chat about the podcast bros who want to optimize your life. This episode is sponsored by Chef Steps...

Duration:00:49:29

108. Fascism Doesn't Happen Overnight (w/ Judah Friedlander, Stephanie Butnick)

8/2/2018
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Comedian Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) and journalist Stephanie Butnick (Unorthodox) join Negin to chat about the legality of Trump’s new claim that collusion is not a crime. The panel also throws out their predictions for the outcome of the Mueller investigation. Then, they dig into the potential government shutdown and Trump’s new tax cut proposal. Plus, is Twitter making everyone a comedian? This episode is sponsored by Psyonix and SugarBearHair (www.sugarbearhair.com.com/FAKE).

Duration:00:51:19

107. We Don’t Have Olivia Pope to Save Us (w/ Mike Pesca, MC Frontalot)

7/26/2018
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Journalist Mike Pesca (The Gist) and rapper MC Frontalot (Question Bedtime) join Negin to chat about Michael Cohen’s secret recordings of Trump. Then, the panel delves into Trump’s plan to give billions in aid to farmers hurt by tariffs and they take a closer look at the impact of the tax cuts. But first, the panel asks some basic economic questions: What are tariffs? Why do farmers need aid? Should we be worried about the national debt? Lastly, they chat about small acts of kindness and...

Duration:00:55:24

106. Russian Nesting Dolls (w/ Allison Yarrow, Dean Obeidallah)

7/19/2018
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Journalist Allison Yarrow (90s Bitch) and comedian Dean Obeidallah (Sirius XM) join Negin to reflect on the disastrous Trump-Putin summit and Trump’s subsequent attempts to walk things back, remarkable even by Trumpian standards. The panel asks: Is the talk of treason legitimate or will it blow over? What does the Trump-Putin summit mean for the Democrats? Also, how does all of this play with Trump’s base? So many questions! Plus, the panel takes a look back at the 90s and the...

Duration:00:57:08

105. Resting Mitch Face (w/ Katrina vanden Heuvel, John Fugelsang)

7/12/2018
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Katrina vanden Heuvel (The Nation) and John Fugelsang (Tell Me Everything) join Negin to chat about Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh and the close ties between the Trumps and Justice Kennedy’s son. The panel also discusses whether Democratic Socialism is the path forward for the Democratic Party. Lastly, they chat about women who are in their 40s, single and happy, and the discussion quickly veers into a feminist critique of Sex and the City! This episode is sponsored by Psyonix...

Duration:00:58:40

104. Independence Day Shorty (w/ Greg Proops, Lizz Winstead)

7/5/2018
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Lizz Winstead (The Daily Show) and Greg Proops (The Smartest Man in the World) join Negin to chat about July 4th memories, hot dogs and the state of patriotism. Plus, Fake the Nation listeners share their wish list for America! This episode is sponsored by Psyonix (www.rocketleague.com).

Duration:00:18:38

103. Look on the Bright Side (w/ Laurie Kilmartin, Mark Oppenheimer)

6/28/2018
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First, Negin gives a brief overview of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement and its implications. Next, Laurie Kilmartin (Conan) and Mark Oppenheimer (Unorthodox) join Negin to chat about the Supreme Court decisions on the travel ban and so-called “crisis pregnancy centers.” They also discuss whether ICE should be abolished and weigh in on the civility debate that’s been raging since Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant. This episode is...

Duration:00:53:54

102. Let’s Just Not Do That (w/ Greg Proops, Lizz Winstead)

6/21/2018
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Greg Proops (The Smartest Man in the World) and Lizz Winstead (The Daily Show) join Negin to find some comic relief amidst the turmoil! The panel discusses family separation at the border and Trump’s order for the Pentagon to establish a ‘Space Force.’ Plus, they chat about how the South and the Midwest are stereotyped in the media. This episode was taped prior to Trump’s executive order on family separation. This episode is sponsored by ModCloth (www.modcloth.com code: FTN) and ExpressVPN...

Duration:00:57:17

101. Aging, Dildos and Death Live from D.C. (w/ Wajahat Ali, Zack Beauchamp)

6/14/2018
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Journalists Wajahat Ali (New York Times) and Zack Beauchamp (Vox) join Negin for a special live podcast taping at the ACLU's conference in Washington, D.C. The panel asks: Why is the media hardly covering the deaths in Puerto Rico? Plus, they try to find middle ground on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lastly, is wellness culture helping or hurting us? This episode is sponsored by Care/Of (www.takecareof.com code: FAKE).

Duration:01:00:07

100. Happy 100th! (w/ Maeve Higgins, Larry Wilmore)

6/7/2018
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Comedians Maeve Higgins (New York Times) and Larry Wilmore (The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore) join Negin to celebrate the 100th (!) episode of Fake the Nation. The panel gets up to speed on Trump and pardons, reflects on the primaries this week and takes a look back at the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. Plus, they demystify the writing process and chat about procrastination. This episode is sponsored by The Brave Podcast (www.TheBraveRiseUp.com).

Duration:01:03:47

99. The ‘Roseanne’ Effect (w/ Ophira Eisenberg)

5/31/2018
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Comedian and writer Ophira Eisenberg (Ask Me Another) joins Negin to chat about the White House administration’s new policy to separate families who are caught crossing the border illegally. Plus, they react to ABC canceling ‘Roseanne’ after Roseanne Barr’s racist Twitter rant. Lastly, they dish about sex without attraction and why pre-date texting is a drag. This episode is sponsored by Gun Violence Awareness Day and The Brave Podcast (www.thebraveriseup.com).

Duration:00:47:00

98. Humanize Porn! (w/ W. Kamau Bell, Leah Bonnema, Kendra Cunningham, Ophira Eisenberg, Akilah Hughes, Baratunde Thurston)

5/24/2018
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Negin takes a breather from political bedlam with an episode that’ll get you in the gut! A cast of all-stars assemble to chat about grief in the digital age, how to be good at being jealous, and the pitfalls of porn. Negin is joined by W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America), Leah Bonnema (Comedy Drop), Kendra Cunningham (Last Comic Standing), Ophira Eisenberg (Ask Me Another), Akilah Hughes (Crooked Media), and Baratunde Thurston (How To Be Black). This episode is sponsored by ModCloth...

Duration:00:48:41

97. The Blue Wave (w/ Benari Poulten, Franchesca Ramsey)

5/17/2018
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Comedian and writer Benari Poulten (The Nightly Show) and Franchesca Ramsey (MTV’s Decoded) join Negin to talk about the controversial decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Plus, the panel asks: Should Democrats be hopeful that a blue wave is coming in 2018? Lastly, the panel dives deep on liberal tactics and what it means to be woke.

Duration:00:51:06

96. Tall Glass of Justice Live from NYC (John Fugelsang, John Hodgman)

5/10/2018
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Comedians John Fugelsang (Tell Me Everything) and John Hodgman (Judge John Hodgman) join Negin for a special live podcast taping in New York City. The panel asks: Has Rudy Giuliani gone completely rogue or is there a method to his madness? Plus, they chat all things Stormy, consider if universal basic income is the answer to automation, and discuss Incel, the community of men who believe they are unfairly denied sex. Lastly, they take audience questions and a fierce debate about gazpacho...

Duration:01:11:35