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Useful Idiots is an informative and irreverent politics podcast with journalist Matt Taibbi and podcaster/writer Katie Halper. Episodes feature analysis of the political news of the week and exclusive interviews, with humor, commentary and dissection of why both Republicans and Democrats suck. 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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Don’t Let This Flop

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Don’t Let This Flop

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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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Kendrick Lamar is tearing apart his own image – and everyone's confused. Marcus J. Moore, author of the definitive biography The Butterfly Effect, joins host Brian Hiatt to break down the long-awaited Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy Rolling Stone | Cumulus Podcast Network
 
In 2016, Terra Newell killed her stepdad in self-defense. Her stepfather’s scams and Newell’s assault that led to his demise was the subject of the Dirty John podcast and TV show. Now, she’s gone viral on TikTok for reclaiming her story. She joined us for an interview. Plus, we wonder if Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” has resurrected the dance challenge…
 
Click here for the full episode, including the extended interview with Alan MacCleod and fan suggestions for military-grade baby names: https://usefulidiots.substack.com/p/extended-episode-media-and-biden?r=je5va&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web This week, Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli forces. The way t…
 
Writer Ben-Fong Torres, star of the new Netflix documentary 'Like A Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben-Fong Torres,' looks back at his groundbreaking Rolling Stone work – including interviews with Ray Charles, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, and George Harrison – in conversation with host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone…
 
This week we feature a very special Himbo of the Week: Nick Tobler, aka @cowturtle, a Tiktoker who's gone viral for having a creepy eel pit in his basement (and who has attracted a slew of incredibly thirsty comments from ray-finned fish enthusiasts in the process). We also call out the influencers who have NOT commented on Roe v. Wade potentially …
 
Click here for the full episode, including the extended episode with Mnar Adley, proof that Nancy Pelosi doesn’t care about Roe v. Wade, and a bonus Biden Stoned Moment. MintPress News’ Mnar Adley has bravely reported on Israel, Ukraine, and national security agents running TikTok. In response, PayPal shut down MintPress’s account and threatened to…
 
Did you know that Elon Musk and Amber Heard allegedly had a threesome with Cara DeLevigne? Well, if you didn’t, you do now! You also probably haven’t been spending time on TikTok, where true crime creators have been obsessively tracking the ongoing Johnny Depp/Amber Heard defamation trial, with predictably gross and skeevy results. This week, Britt…
 
Click here for the full episode, including the extended interview with Michael Hudson. We asked economist and “futurist” Michael Hudson, economic advisor and professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, his thoughts on the people who have run our country for the 50 years he’s studied US politics. “They’re sociopaths. They think it’s a game.…
 
As the Notorious B.I.G.'s 50th birthday approaches, we look back at his life and music, with Justin Tinsley, author of the revelatory new book It Was All a Dream: Biggie and the World That Made Him joining host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy Rolling Stone | Cumulus Podcast Network
 
While the celebs (and Brittany!) were partying at Coachella (and while Timothee Chalamet was allegedly making out with a model/influencer who claims to have invented intersectional feminism), us normies at home were freaking out over the removal of the Snickers dick vein, an iconic American institution second only to the green M&M's slut boots. For…
 
Click here for the full episode, including an explosive extended interview with Scott Ritter. Former US Marine Corps intelligence officer and Chief UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter resigned his post in protest of US war mongering. Immediately, he was mocked by Joe Biden. And when the FBI came after him, well, as he puts it, it went something like:…
 
Kurt Vile digs deep in an interview with host Brian Hiatt, discussing his new album Watch My Moves (including his killer version of Bruce Springsteen's "Wages of Sin"), loving Wu-Tang Clan, getting high at a Bob Dylan concert, why he wants Miley Cyrus to cover his songs, drugs, "dad-rock," guitar sounds, and much more Learn more about your ad choic…
 
We kick off this week with a classic troll: a viral video of "Spokane-style pizza," a concoction featuring canned salmon, mozzarella, fry sauce, and fresh strawberries that is not at all from the eastern Washington/Coeur d'Alene region. Created by DLTF guest Josh Scherer, a video of him making "Spokane-style pizza" went viral on Twitter and TikTok,…
 
Click here for the full episode, including an extended interview with Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly. Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly, professor at Carlton College, coordinating committee member of the Black Alliance for Peace, and author of many books including the upcoming Black Scare/Red Scare, has had it with liberals pretending to care about regular pe…
 
Residente explains why his new song "This Is Not America" tells U.S. residents to stop calling themselves "Americans" in an interview with Julyssa Lopez. Plus, a look back at his Calle 13 days and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy Rolling Stone | Cumulus Podcast Network
 
This week has been hell, but fortunately for us, it's been a banner week for Straight People — which is why we decided to do a very special Straight People-themed edition of DLTF, exploring the heteros and their shenanigans. First up on the docket are Silicon Valley's favorite hetero lying liars, Elizabeth Holmes and Sunny Balwani, an embarrassment…
 
Click here for the full episode, including the extended interview with David Sirota and a Biden Stoned Moment. David Sirota, whose site Daily Poster is now The Lever, returns to Useful Idiots as an Academy-Award nominee for his movie Don’t Look Up. And he’s got a message for the Oscars: We’ve got to do something today about climate change. It’s lik…
 
Grammy executive producers Ben Winston and Raj Kapoor explain how BTS' performance almost didn't happen and other backstage tales, take on various critiques of the show, and explain how the Grammys are going to keep on changing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy Rolling Stone | Cumulus Podcast Network
 
If he does, does he care? If not, should we tell him? Such are the questions raised every week by American Song Contest, the American version of Eurovision that's hosted by a constantly disassociating Snoop and Kelly Clarkson that's currently running on NBC. This week, we mourn the elimination of the absolute bop "New Boot Goofin" as well as discus…
 
Click here for the the full episode, including an extended interview with Larry Wilkerson on why the FBI is tailing him and why others don’t stand up to the machine. Larry Wilkerson, former US Army Colonel and high-ranking member of Bush’s White House as Colin Powell’s chief of staff, has spent his post-government career criticizing our war-mongeri…
 
When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock over a bad joke he made about his wife at the Oscars, we probably could've predicted that the Takes would be bad. But few could have predicted that it would have spawned an entire cottage industry of pundits comparing Smith to Putin, or clutching their pearls over what would have happened had Chris Rock been Betty…
 
This week, we’re unpaywalling our extended interview with multiple-Oscar-winner Oliver Stone. His new documentary Ukraine on Fire has been censored by Youtube, but you can still see it on Rumble. He wrote and directed multiple classic, culture-defining American movies. He created groundbreaking documentaries, interviewing Putin, debunking Russiagat…
 
With Nirvana's 'Something in the Way' a streaming smash thanks to 'The Batman,' we look at the new movie's music and the whole story Batmusic, from the '60s TV theme song to Prince and beyond. David Fear and Erica Thompson join host Brian Hiatt for the discussion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
This week the internet has been stuck in a nostalgia loop. "Gangnam Style" is making a comeback on TikTok (albeit as a backdrop for people to share their trauma about cheating boyfriends and being almost-murdered). Pete Davidson is getting branded with his girlfriend's name, again. And TikTok is replete with rumors of Hilary and Haylie Duff, your f…
 
Click here for the full episode, including the extended interview with Abby Martin, the moment when Abby confronted Nancy Pelosi, the latest dishonest attack from The Young Turks against Aaron Maté, and Biden’s stoned moment. The Empire Files’ Abby Martin returns to Useful Idiots to speak out against censorship and the corporate media’s duplicitous…
 
Keith Richards tells host Brian Hiatt about the future of the Rolling Stones without Charlie Watts, making his 1992 solo classic 'Main Offender,' his reaction to Paul McCartney calling the Stones a "blues cover band" and much more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy Rolling Stone | Cumulus Podcast Network
 
How did Grimes hide a newborn baby in an Airbnb? Are Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz pretending to be in love with each other on The Batman press tour? Why does Denver appear to such a magnet for TikTokers having condom-free sex? And finally: would you join Scientology if John Travolta were still hot? For our 25th (!) (!) episode, Brittany and Ej …
 
Click here for the extended episode, including the full interview with Afshin Rattansi. And don’t miss Aaron’s take on The Young Turks meltdown over him. Afshin Rattansi’s show Going Underground is becoming harder and harder to see as the US, UK, and EU have all censored the RT. But Afshin has some good news for viewers: “With a VPN, you can always…
 
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