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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.
53 Episodes
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Leading biomedical researcher Dr. Robert Gallo shares his thoughts on the various theories for potential covid-19 vaccines. Matt and Katie caution against overconfidence by the left heading into the presidential election. Katie decries a 'Sharkaganda' story from Australia
Thomas Chatterton Williams talks cancel culture and his contribution to the Harper's Letter on Justice and Open Debate. Matt and Katie discuss the departure of Bari Weiss from the New York Times.
Liz Franczak and Brace Belden, hosts of the podcast True Anon, discuss the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell and the wider Jeffrey Epstein story, Matt and Katie talk about reactions to the much-debated Harper's open letter
Matt and Katie discuss Matt's review of "White Fragility," Professor Adolph Reed joins to discuss identity politics
Omar Wasow, assistant professor of politics at Princeton, joins the show to discuss his paper on protest tactics and 'Agenda Seeding,' and the polarized reaction it's received. Matt and Katie analyze a scene from Delaware involving a manly encounter with a shark.
Dr. Cornel West joins the show (for the first time) for a wide-ranging conversation about his new podcast The Tightrope, what went wrong for Bernie’s campaign and why he had endorsed Sanders again in 2020, and the tactical efficacy of violent vs. nonviolent protesting.
Shahid Buttar returns to the show to talk about his campaign against Nancy Pelosi, police reform, civil liberties and more. Matt and Katie look at the significance of Kente cloth, and discuss the recent turmoil in major newsrooms around the country Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots
Matt and Katie briefly discuss a few moments from the past week, including Trump's praise of 'dominating' the protests, then Historian Dr. Gerald Horne discusses the history of racism in the US and contextualizes current issues, followed by Marianne Williamson on intersectional issues and the 2020 election
Michael Moore joins the show to discuss the removal of Planet of the Humans from YouTube, and addresses criticism he and the film have received
Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, joins the show to discuss the problems with social media censorship. Katie and Matt discuss the horrific George Floyd story, and the similarities with Eric Garner Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots
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.
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 Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots
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 Merch Link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots
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
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 Merch link: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots
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
Matt Stoller joins the show to discuss the the Covid-19 bailout, Katie and Matt get the news of Bernie's campaign suspension in real-time, and discuss the backlash against Joe Rogan for his Trump vs. Biden quote.
Writer Johann Hari joins the show from London to discuss dealing with anxiety and depression during Covid-19. Matt breaks down a piece on the economic bailout **Merch Link**: https://teespring.com/stores/useful-idiots
Acclaimed writer/director/producer Adam McKay joins the show to talk 'Coke vs. Pepsi' politics, making political movies, and more. Matt and Katie play a Trump vs. Biden quote game, field questions from fans, and Matt breaks down his recent piece about congressional insider trading
Special guest Noam Chomsky joins this under-quarantine episode to talk Democratic primary and media criticism. Katie and Matt break down a list of Biden's lies
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Comments (64)

Max Wilson

this guest was painful to listen to

Aug 5th
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Jldubz

were currently being treated in portland oregon at the cancer research center on the hill and all this lingo has been very familiar when listening to your convo

Jul 31st
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Jldubz

my mother believe my mother has hyper cvad t cell lymphoma cancer of her bone marrow and were willing to do anything for research or help with

Jul 31st
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Robin Hamaker

Shocking misinterpretation of the book. A shame as I don’t think I can keep listening.

Jul 5th
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Jldubz

1:48:00 "when your talking to PEOPLE, who are living with the PROBLEM, THEY dont need the horror story from some body else, they've lived the testimony in their own lives." gold

Jul 3rd
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Jldubz

FOLKSSS!?!!!

Jul 3rd
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Jldubz

thank you Matt T!!

Jun 27th
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timothy mcevenue

excellent as always. thank you.

Jun 27th
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timothy mcevenue

i don't know how you guys dont have a more active following. spark it up! these guys need to get heard.

Jun 21st
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timothy mcevenue

great interview. im sure people would love to hear an update if and when things change.

Jun 19th
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timothy mcevenue

always excellent.

Jun 19th
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christopher dutton

This is my favorite of all podcasts... great analysis and commentary.

Jun 17th
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neal killam

Your program provides the best glimpse of the light beyond The Cave that I have found!

Jun 13th
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Jldubz

you guys are the real & honest version of these hacks 👉 Krystal & Saagar 🤣

Jun 13th
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Jldubz

I love you guys, and your show so much. give so much professional insight, that fills so many gaps in the truth. keep it up! <3

Jun 13th
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Brandon Miles

I think it's pronounced Jake. X(Roman num 10 = 10 letter of alphabet)= 'J' + Æ + K (A-12, substitute A for number 1 since it's first letter of alphabet, then subtract it from 12, you get 11, or K). I don't know, I actually don't care what they named their kid and I really didn't want to think about it, but I wanted to comment what a friend of mine proposed, but I completely forgot his train of thought so I substituted my own, and actually came up with a different result, because he thought it was like "Kyle". And let's not kid ourselves, that child will never have to tell his name to some at school thanks to the wonderful parasocial relationships created by Capitalism between the elites and the masses, so it whole world will already know the kid's name before he does, even his peers most likely, or he'll be living in a space ship away from the catastrophe of climate change anyways, while everyone here is in the street trying to blow up Teslas along with cop cars during all the riots.

May 22nd
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Rick Bettencourt

A Truly Outstanding Program!

Apr 26th
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Hector Soler

comment on the hat I'm not the bold guy no more .Iam hat guy no no you are fat guy . season 7 veep.

Apr 24th
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Rick Bettencourt

A Truly Outstanding Program!

Apr 21st
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Sean DAgnolo

all delicious crops come from manure. what is civilized? shitting in perfect drinking water?

Apr 18th
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