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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.
 
In 1977, NASA sent the Voyager into space with two records known as the “Golden Records.” On them were recordings of notable historic music, evocative nature sounds, and murmurs from contemporary life, all used to paint a picture of humanity and the world at large. Things have changed a lot since 1977, so Caleb Hearon and Shelby Wolstein are trying their hand at an update. They're talking with comedians, musicians, and the like about what they would include on their own “golden record” if a ...
 
Christian Felix and Shonali Bhowmik became fast friends while working as temporary workers at a huge law firm in Manhattan. They share a love of laughing and giving each other hell. They may be called hipsters, old school, mainstream, irreverent, classic, country, gangster, or rock n' roll. All labels apply. Special guests, music, and attitude every episode. Past guests include: Jeremy O. Harris, Chelsea Peretti, Hannibal Buress, Keisha Zollar, H Jon Benjamin, Amber Tamblyn, JD Samson, Sanji ...
 
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Negin Farsad—comedian, writer, director, host of the podcast Fake the Nation—needs the aliens to experience humanity in a very specific way. And that way is...perfect. Swan dresses, elevated train tracks extending across the Manhattan skyline, trying not to cry when you see something beautiful in public, nouvelle cuisine...it's all there. Except fo…
 
Bread meet bread! Today I sit down with the co-founders of Lodge Bread, Or Amsalam and Alexander Phaneuf. They are two amazing bakers who have all of LA raving about their bread and with good reason! Today's podcast is brought to you by Helix Sleep - Go to Helixsleep.com/PAPA, take their two minute sleep quiz and find your perfect mattress. See omn…
 
You guys...wait...This is huge. Space artist and science journalist Jon Lomberg, co-creator of the original Voyager Golden Record (!!!), joins Caleb and Shelby to talk about his experience putting together humanity's epitaph, which left Earth in 1977. Jon offers his take on aliens, behind the scene stories, and how to comprehend yourself at the sca…
 
Alison Leiby and Dean Obeidallah join Negin to talk about how they’ve been embracing the YOLO economy. They discuss their thoughts on if Biden and the Dems should emphasize race or class or both, and what movies/tv might look like if we weren’t so obsessed with violence. Follow Alison @alisonleiby , Dean @deanobeidallah, and Negin @neginfarsad. We'…
 
Shonali got her wisdom teeth pulled. Justin got a sun tan and Christian shares new (not exactly accurate) CDC guidelines. As more of us are vaccinated and we start to venture out more often, nature is not ready for us. We warn Christian not to watch last week's viral rabid bobcat video in which this brave husband in North Carolina rescued his wife.…
 
Comedian Grace Kuhlenschmidt realizes that her Golden Record is only for her—and that's ok. The aliens will take what they can and leave the rest. But truly, how could they leave the cookies? And she made that cocktail for them, would the aliens dare refuse? They will love quirky, early 2000s pop music. And hopefully the documentary teaches them to…
 
Starlee Kine and Jody Avirgan join Negin to discuss Biden's first 100 days, the CDC's updated outdoor mask guidelines, and the results of the super sexy census. They also share their thoughts on how social media may or may not be impacting the current baby bust. Follow Starlee @starleekine, Jody @jodyavirgan, and Negin @neginfarsad. We'd love to he…
 
Steven Phillips-Horst and Sally Kohn join Negin to talk about Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict. They also discuss The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood’s coming out and the complicated situation in Northern Ireland. It’s been quite a week, but we do know one thing to be true, people being pissed begets people being pissed. Follow Steven @gossipbabies, Sall…
 
Musician and interstellar voyager Tanerélle blesses Caleb and Shelby with her Golden Record, a visual and aural amalgamation so beautiful and powerful that the aliens will have no choice but to understand, and thus be inspired by, the overwhelming genius of planet Earth. Tanerélle's Golden Record Sugar Shack by Ernie Barnes (image) Sade’s Greatest …
 
Caleb Hearon and Selena Coopock join Negin to talk about J&J, vaccine passports, and Daunte Wright. They also discuss a new article that proves you can actually change your personality, but only if you want to! (no pressure). You can follow Caleb @calebsaysthings, Selena @selenacoppock, and Negin @neginfarsad. We'd love to hear from you! Write to N…
 
Blair Socci. Comedian. Actress. Writer. Scientist. Totally spur of the moment, out of nowhere, random as all hell, Caleb and Shelby ask Blair what she'd put on her Golden Record. And what Blair creates is a work of art. It's a record that will teach the aliens of how adorable humanity can be, and also of an unparalleled, Grammy Award-winning altern…
 
Amir Blumenfeld and Leah Bonnema join Negin to talk about the Chauvin trail, Matt Gaetz, and Bohner’s new memoir. They also celebrate Jill Biden’s fishnets, debate the merits of text-based therapy on a scale of nothing to therapy, and potentially end society! You can follow Amir @blumenfeld, Leah @leahbonnema, and Negin @neginfarsad. We'd love to h…
 
We are officially now a year into the pandemic! We are thankful for vaccines, our health, friends, family and this show. Catching up on the heavy: Anti-Asian Hate, Chauvin trial, voter suppression & the good stuff: seafood enchiladas, the beach and puppy time! Check out StopAAPIHate.org for ways to support the Asian American community now. Our firs…
 
Katie Kershaw (Mrs. Fletcher, Fargo, Pathetic Woman) thought hard about what to include on her Golden Record. And —truly? honestly?—it shows in its perfection. The aliens need to understand that humans are a species that should not be messed with, and they will learn that through our insane eating habits, eagerness to engage in awkward social inter…
 
George Civeris and Christian Finnegan join Negin to talk out Biden’s first presser and his exciting $2 trillion infrastructure plan. They also chat about the GOP’s targeting of transgender girls and their sad attempts to “own the libs." Plus, Negin and her guests dive into this week’s dumb media controversies which somehow involve both Jay Leno and…
 
Comedian Amy Miller comes to the pod to settle an age-old feud with Caleb (started like a month ago?) and to ignite a brand-new feud with Shelby (over burritos). And there's also her Golden Record, which is loaded like a Bay Area super-burrito with artifacts to communicate to the aliens what they need to know about human life. Caleb and Shelby and …
 
Bassem Youssef and Benari Poulten join Negin to talk about hate crimes against Asians and gun violence. They also dive into the weird world of NFTs, the other weird world of Chuck Lorre shows, and discuss what they'd do differently if they had a pandemic year re-do. Follow Baseem @baseem on IG and check out his new children’s book, “The Magical Rea…
 
Actor, podcaster, and producer Jacquis Neal (Culture Kings, The Cast, UCB) puts together one of the most well-rounded records we here at not-NASA have ever seen. Film, television, music, food, and human experience—it's all on there. We fully endorse Jacquis for President of the United States of America. Jacquis's Artifacts Jay-Z, "Meet The Parents"…
 
Baratunde Thurston and Dan Pashman join Negin to talk about the growing number of migrants at the border. They also check in with the latest on Cuomo, vaccine hesitancy, and most importantly, pasta! Subscribe to Baratunde's podcast How To Citizen with Baratunde and follow @baratunde Follow @TheSporkful and subscribe to Dan's podcast The Sporkful wi…
 
Comedian Molly Kearney builds a Golden Record full of the things the aliens could never dream of. What will they think of an animated film in which all of the characters are humanoid dogs, some of which are insanely hot? Sure, they could imagine a car, but what about a minivan with the door falling off and all the back benches removed, blaring the …
 
Actress, comedian, writer, and podcaster Lauren Lapkus (The Wrong Missy, Jurassic World, Crashing) creates a Golden Record full of experiences, emotions, and tastes. She will not, however, taste anything called "salad" that isn't an actual salad, because honestly that is a repulsive concept. Lauren's Artifacts Watching the opening credits of Who's …
 
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