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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.
 
Don’t Let This Flop is an all-new weekly podcast from Rolling Stone, centered around a roundup of this week in TikTok trends and memes, from dances to recipes to makeup challenges to creepy viral videos to celebrity videos to grassroots campaigns intended to raise awareness of social issues. Join hosts Brittany Spanos and EJ Dickson as they unpack their significance, with a special guest every week breaking down the latest trends in TikTok. Some of these stories will be silly; some will be m ...
 
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Subscribe for extended interviews at http://usefulidiots.substack.com Facebook is changing its name. The reason? They’re not just a social media platform anymore. They’re so much more! Definitely not the reason? Distract and distance from a whistleblower scandal, rampant fake news issues, and an evil reputation. No, really, it has nothing to do wit…
 
Clapton has become a vocal skeptic of COVID-19 vaccines – and once went on a "full-tilt racist" rant. David Browne, author of Rolling Stone's blockbuster new report on Clapton, joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss the untold story of a rock icon. Plus: the English Beat's Dave Wakeling shares memories of Clapton's infamous 1976 stage tantrum. Learn mor…
 
Did Mamma Mia 2 deserve an Oscar? Are Megan Fox and MGK cosplaying Bella and Edward from Twilight? And what is the correct pronunciation for Dua Lipa: Due Lipé or Dula Peep? These are some of the burning questions addressed in this week's episode of Don't Let This Flop, in which we discuss the resurgence of ABBA on TikTok, the iconically horny Brit…
 
See the full interview at http://usefulidiots.substack.com “By the time Biden won the presidency, I was struggling to square what I was learning about the family's business dealings with the folksy image I had of him and his family. I just wanted to tell the story in full.” Author Ben Schreckinger dug up the history of a family dynasty and put it i…
 
We continue our journey through Rolling Stone’s brand-new list of the greatest songs ever, with Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos joining host Brian Hiatt to talk about tracks from the Ronettes, Dr. Dre, the Notorious B.I.G., Prince, Chuck Berry and more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
What was really going on when Lauren visited her boyfriend Robbie at college, surprising him as he sat on a couch with three girls? It turned into TikTok’s hottest clip, of course, with millions of fans picking apart whether the 20-second clip was definitive proof of Robbie cheating. After watching roughly 6,000 response videos breaking down theori…
 
We did Idiots Live this week instead of the Four Food Groups. Let us know what you think of it. “We're at the beginning of the fourth quarter.” This is what The Intercept’s D.C. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim predicts for the play unfolding in Washington: Will Biden get his bill passed? He analyzes the major players. The Dems. 48 of them want a bill that h…
 
This week, we talk with the women behind the most agro restaurant reviews on TikTok: Meg Radice and Audrey Jongens, longtime friends who started posting old nightlife reviews during the pandemic, when all restaurants and clubs were closed. We also discuss whether Megan Fox has replaced Addison Rae as Khloe Kardashian's BFF, what's on Shawn Mendes's…
 
See the extended interview at http://usefulidiots.substack.com Josiah Zayner wants to teach you genetic engineering. For two reasons: 1. He thinks it’d be awesome. And 2: It would hurt Big Pharma. “Gene therapies can cure and treat diseases,” he explains. “We can engineer animals and plants to make fuels and food and crazy stuff. The applications a…
 
This week, we're talking about the resurgence of Twilight on TikTok, discussing "Bella, where have you been loca?" and whether Taylor Lautner is more culturally relevant than Jar-Jar Binks (answer: no). We also parse the universal appeal of the Little Lad and the "berries and cream" meme and explain once and for all why everyone is seeing a sexy ve…
 
Subscribe at http://usefulidiots.substack.com During the first Gulf War, there was a transformation to an era of constant new news. The face of this change was CNN reporter and Useful Idiots Hero Charles Jaco. Views went from checking the news once or twice a day to constantly staying plugged in, anchors got famous and the whole thing became a spec…
 
Welcome to our inaugural episode. Co-hosts EJ Dickson and Brittany Spanos dive into TikTok to discuss Jason DeRulo and sploshing, the "devious licks" trend, and the D'Amelios. EJ and Brittany will also crown their 'himbo' of the week. Articles we cite: https://www.insider.com/jason-derulo-gooey-food-videos-attract-people-with-fetishes-experts-2021-…
 
See the full interview at http://usefulidiots.substack.com “The charade of statesmanship played out by George W. Bush and his enabler, Condoleezza Rice, as they wander the Middle East is a fitting end to seven years of misrule, stripped of power and transformed from monsters into buffoons. One half expects to see him stand up at the next president'…
 
Subscribe at http://usefulidiots.substack.com Matt lost his voice this week, so we’re unpaywalling this extended interview with Adolph Reed. We’ll be back next week with Monday Mourning and a new UI episode. Subscribers can still get their UI fix with Katie’s attempt at the Taibbi dating app, also out today. “But if that doesn’t happen, then that’s…
 
Subscribe for the full interview at http://usefulidiots.substack.com “That was what the unity after 9/11 really concealed: who it was aimed against.” Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. And as usual, Obama’s apology-free drone strikes, the domestic racism, the enhanced government surveillance, and curtailed civil lib…
 
Subscribe for full interviews at http://usefulidiots.substack.com After 9/11, the US government jumped into war in Afghanistan, giving shells of reasons for their aggression. But at least they still gave reasons. However, after Bin Laden was killed in 2011, even the illusion of a reason for this war was gone. It’s been time to come home for a while…
 
Join Rolling Stone writers EJ Dickson and Brittany Spanos each Wednesday as they keep tabs on TikTok. They'll spot the hottest trends and watch the brightest stars so check back weekly to find out what you're missing on TikTok. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy Rolling Stone | Cumulus Podcast Network
 
Subscribe for full episodes and extended interviews at http://usefulidiots.substack.com Lesley Blume is a journalist. She married a journalist. Her father wrote for Walter Cronkite. Her whole community is journalists. So, in 2016, when Trump rose to power, her community was suddenly under attack. “All of a sudden to see your entire community be und…
 
Subscribe for the full interview at http://usefulidiots.substack.com “America finally had enough media awareness after being taught in high school to look for bias that they suddenly were able to see, with new eyes, just how slanted and silly and contradictory and boring [corporate media is.]” Thus spoke Walter Kirn, writer for Time magazine and au…
 
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