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Not Great is a weekly comedy and interview podcast ruminating on politics, pop culture, and society, hosted by BuzzFeed News culture writer Scaachi Koul. (If you listen to the show, you can learn how to actually say her impossible name.) Each week, Scaachi and her guests break down the news and what’s making us so miserable (there’s a lot!), all with the hope that we can find some bright spots in the wreckage. It’s Not Great, but at least we can dig through the garbage together.
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It’s our last episode of the season! What a journey we’ve been on. To cap it all off, we’re trudging dutifully into the manosphere and the 21 Summit, which is all about the importance of the patriarchy. Scaachi talks to ardent anti-feminists Anthony Johnson, Steve Brule, George Bruno, and Michael Foster — everyone agrees with each other and everything is totally fine!!! TikTok courtesy of @chinforshort. Follow @Scaachi on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com. Theme music by Shaani Cage. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/notgreatwithscaachikoul/message
We know the president has COVID-19, but we’re looking for distractions. So this week, we talk to author Carmen Maria Machado about the ethics of binging Law & Order: SVU, considering that it’s all just cop propaganda. Plus, For Life co-executive producer Sonay Hoffman talks to us about why she avoids police procedurals. Finally, writer Gabby Noone tries to convince Scaachi into caring about the latest installment in the Twilight saga. Read Carmen Maria Machado’s Especially Heinous here. TikTok courtesy of @thejaysalazar. Follow @scaachi on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com. Theme music by Shaani Cage. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/notgreatwithscaachikoul/message
Another week, another massive wildfire in California because of a gender reveal party. We talk to Jenna Karvunidis, the woman who popularized gender reveal parties — and now regrets it. Plus, writer Thomas Page McBee talks about how masculinity anxiety plays into these events. Plus, we take stock of J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans comments and beg her to stop it. Please. We’re so tired.  TikTok coutesy of @cramos_21. Follow @scaachi on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com. Theme music by Shaani Cage. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/notgreatwithscaachikoul/message
This week, we talk to Fancy Feast and Sinnamon Love about OnlyFans, the app’s new regulations, and how sex workers got screwed over by Bella Thorne. Plus, Scaachi brings on New York Times media columnist and her old boss, Ben Smith, to force him into apologizing to her. TikTok courtesy of @deadeyebrakeman. Follow @Scaachi on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com. Theme music by Shaani Cage. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/notgreatwithscaachikoul/message
It’s hard to be a teenage girl out there, especially on TikTok. We interview internet-famous TikToker, Danielle Cohn — and her mother — on what it’s like to profit and suffer from your own virality. Plus, Scaachi offers some tips on how to survive the winter. (Hope you already have a hacksaw!) Read Angelina Chapin’s article in The Cut. TikTok courtesy of @faithhousley. Follow @Scaachi on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com. Theme music by Shaani Cage. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/notgreatwithscaachikoul/message
We think back on the agony (subcategory: non-exquisite) of the RNC, cancel culture, and math. Plus, we talk to Reza Aslan about MAGA hats, Nick Sandmann, and Jeff Zucker.  Finally, Kate Shaw of Strict Scrutiny joins us for the first edition of our new game show, "I! Don't! Get It!"  TikTok courtesy of @gracie.ham. Follow Scaachi on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com. Theme music by Shaani Cage. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/notgreatwithscaachikoul/message
Jesus Christ, are the Democrats really going to pretend that they're a progressive party? After all this??? We talk to BuzzFeed News political reporter Ryan Brooks about all things DNC, plus, Scaachi gets mad about basketball.  Follow us on Twitter, Instagram or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com. Theme music by Shaani Cage.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/notgreatwithscaachikoul/message
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s toxic marriage is still being picked apart in public, this time in a libel trial in the UK. This week, we talk about Depp’s once-mysterious persona, Aquaman 2, and when we’ll allow women to be imperfect victims. Plus, we chat with Lainey Gossip’s very own Lainey Lui, and Johnny Depp TikTok stan, Hannah Grey. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com.TiKTok courtesy of @nickydoobs. Theme music by Shaani Cage. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/notgreatwithscaachikoul/message
This week, we look at the weakened reputation of Ellen Degeneres’ daytime talk show, and the cult of kindness. Plus, we interview BuzzFeed reporter Krystie Yandoli, who broke the Ellen story wide open, and who refuses to say anything deliciously slanderous despite our best efforts. Read Krystie’s Ellen coverage here, here, and here. If you have a tip for her, email her at krystie.yandoli@buzzfeed.com.Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at notgreat@buzzfeed.com.TiKTok courtesy of @shllimeszn. Theme music by Shaani Cage. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/notgreatwithscaachikoul/message
Oh No, It's Still Bad

Oh No, It's Still Bad

2020-08-0422:001

In the inaugural episode of Not Great, we talk about how policing became an identity, and hear your gripes about bad coronavirus manners. Plus, we speak with Michael Baysmore, a Black cop in Baltimore, and Albert Samaha, investigative reporter for BuzzFeed News. TiKTok courtesy of @haleypham. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/notgreatwithscaachikoul/message
Not Great is a weekly comedy and interview podcast ruminating on politics, pop culture, and society, hosted by BuzzFeed News culture writer Scaachi Koul. (If you listen to the show, you can learn how to actually say her impossible name.) Each week, Scaachi and her guests break down the news and what’s making us so miserable (there’s a lot!), all with the hope that we can find some bright spots in the wreckage. It’s Not Great, but at least we can dig through the garbage together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/notgreatwithscaachikoul/message
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Andi-Roo Libecap

This hit me on a spiritual level because "be nice" or "stop being so negative" often equates to "ignore harm" or "education is a liberal agenda"... Can't tell you how many times I've been told, "Sit down, you're rocking the boat" and "You just like to make waves"... When you point out trash there's always somebody standing by, ready to shoot the messenger. Fine, I'm an asshole, whatever. Yep, I'm Negative Nancy. At least I'm not fake, and at least you can depend on me to be honest. Why would anyone prefer shallow nonsense to a deep dive into truth and knowledge? I acknowledge that "the truth hurts" but like don't be such a limp wiener. Yes, I just called you a wiener. As in dong.

Aug 14th
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