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Useful Idiots with Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper

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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.

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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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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English


Episodes

The Democrats Try To Cancel Fox News, with Shahid Buttar

2/26/2021
Shahid Buttar joins the show to discuss Democrats, Fox News, and free speech. Hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper discuss Tennessee GOP efforts to prohibit kneeling during college sports national anthems. Merch link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:58:56

Aaron Maté on Biden's Foreign Policy, OPCW, and More

2/19/2021
Journalist Aaron Maté joins the show to talk about the start of Biden's foreign policy, and his reporting on Syria and the OPCW Merch Link: https://bit.ly/3uiFz4D

Duration:01:42:35

Glenn Greenwald Returns, Plus Neera Tanden's Confirmation Hearing

2/12/2021
Glenn Greenwald rejoins the show to discuss recent journalism news, content moderation, and more on GameStop/Wall Street. Hosts Katie Halper and Matt Taibbi trade off takes related to the contentious confirmation hearing of Neera Tanden. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:22:59

Ro Khanna on Covid Relief, Robinhood, and More, Plus a Review of the Mandalorian

2/5/2021
Congressman Ro Khanna makes another appearance to discuss the state of Covid relief, his experience during the January 6 riot and more. Hosts Katie Halper and Matt Taibbi discuss other recent news, including an inspired metaphor from Thomas Friedman on the Gamestop story. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:06:20

GameStop Madness with David Dayen

1/29/2021
David Dayen joins hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper to break down the GameStop/Wall Street Story. They also discuss the early days of Biden's presidency, and the moves that are available to him with his new authority. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:21:15

Entering the Biden Era with Thomas Frank

1/21/2021
Thomas Frank joins hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper in this special post-inauguration episode, looking ahead to the Biden era, and how the media can transition from Trump. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:07:48

The Scary End of Trump's Reign, Plus How Censorship is Bad for the Left with Andre Damon

1/15/2021
Matt and Katie talk about the fallout from the storming of the capitol. Andre Damon of the World Socialist Web Site discusses how censorship has affected political opposition from the left. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:47:10

Julian Assange Denied Bail with Stefania Maurizi, Plus Covid Cow Coffins

1/8/2021
Disclaimer: this episode was taped early Wednesday, before the events at the Capitol. Investigative reporter Stefania Maurizi joins the show to give an update on the Julian Assange case. Hosts Katie Halper and Matt Taibbi discuss the reconfirmation of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:23:13

Stimulus Checks, Larry Summers, plus Mark Crispin Miller on Academic Freedom

12/31/2020
Matt and Katie discuss the latest on the debate over Covid stimulus negotiations, NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller talks academic freedom. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:38:43

Surveillance in Tech, 'Biracial Commercials,' and Obama's Drones with Edward Ongweso Jr

12/18/2020
Vice writer Edward Ongweso Jr joins the show to discuss surveillance by tech companies, Biden's 'Biracial Commercial' thoughts, the DOJ's antitrust lawsuit against Google, and more. Matt breaks down a recent piece from his substack, 'TK Media,' about the flailing efforts by democrats to pass the Covid relief package. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:30:02

Matt Christman and MSNBC’s Petty War on Sanders

12/11/2020
Matt Christman joins the show to talk modern political identity in America and 'Chapo Trap House.' Katie and Matt watch a clip from MSNBC ridiculing him for his record of passing legislation that he's written Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:34:42

Erin Brockovich on U.S. Water Crisis, Biden's EPA Transition Board Pick, and More

12/4/2020
Erin Brockovich joins hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper to discuss her recent book on the U.S. water crisis, Biden's EPA transition pick, Michael McCabe, and how to effectively fight against corporations who pollute. Merch link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:38:14

Reading Obama Quotes, Plus Ryan McMahon and Jon Thompson on Thunder Bay

11/25/2020
Ryan McMahon and Jon Thompson join the show to talk about their excellent podcast Thunder Bay. Katie reads a couple passages from former president Barack Obama's recent memoir 'A Promised Land.' Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:26:51

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters on Biden, Trump, Assange & Censorship

11/20/2020
Legendary rock musician Roger Waters joins the show for a wide-ranging conversation on U.S. foreign policy, what happens after Trump, Julian Assange and more. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:37:29

Thomas Frank on Fake Populism & Silicon Valley Fantasies

11/13/2020
Thomas Frank rejoins the show to talk about the past, present, and future of the Democratic party.

Duration:01:26:09

Glenn Greenwald on Lessons from the Election, Leaving the Intercept and More

11/6/2020
Glenn Greenwald joins to discuss the election (taped on Thursday), leaving the Intercept, and more. Matt and Katie ponder the future of both parties after a tightly contested result. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:42:12

Tinashe on Useful Idiots Live, Bonus Episode!

11/3/2020
Genre-bending singer, Tinashe, joins hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper in a livestream event, sponsored by Yappa, to discuss the 2020 election and more

Duration:00:41:07

Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on the Election and the Future of Both Parties

10/30/2020
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti from The Hill's 'Rising' rejoin the show ahead of the US election. Matt and Katie discuss Jared Kushner's viral clip on Fox. They also express concern on what the handling of the Hunter Biden story portends in media. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:38:59

Zoomin Toobin, How to Pitch Biden to Voters, and Analyzing Polls with Ben Tulchin

10/23/2020
Katie and Matt analyze the Jeffrey Toobin story and come up with a few ways to pitch Biden to undecided voters. Pollster Ben Tulchin, who worked on Bernie Sanders' campaigns in 2016 and 2020, joins the show to break down the polls and what to look for on election night. Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots

Duration:01:36:12

Nancy Pelosi Beefs With Wolf Blitzer, Plus Antonio García Martínez on Content Moderation in Silicon Valley

10/16/2020
Hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper go over Nancy Pelosi's strategy for passing a new stimulus bill, and review a contentious appearance of hers on Wolf Blitzer's CNN show. Poly-hyphenate Antonio García Martínez joins the show to discuss the recent report from the ICO in the U.K. that seemed to unravel the heated accusations against Cambridge Analytica from a few years back, and how much influence they may have had on the 2016 US presidential election.

Duration:01:42:42