Fake The Nation
By Earwolf and Negin Farsad
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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.
||Explicit135. My Sweaty Valentine (w/ Seena Ghaznavi, Selena Coppock)||Negin is joined by comedians Seena Ghaznavi and Selena Coppock to talk about the proposed Green New Deal, Valentine’s Day, and three powerful women in the news: Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, and Ilhan Omar. This episode is sponsored by Vistaprint (www.vistaprint.com code: FAKE).||2/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit134. Cancel Cancel Culture (w/ Baratunde Thurston, John Fugelsang)||Negin is back (hooray!) and joined by Fake the Nation favorites Baratunde Thurston and John Fugelsang. They tackle Trump’s SOTU & crooked tie, then turn to the recent deluge of incriminating photos from the past and why “cancelling” a human being isn’t always the best course of action. Finally, is millennial burnout a thing and if so, who is to blame?||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit133. CHAOS 2019 (w/ Benari Poulten, Christian Finnegan, Leah Bonnema)||Guest host Benari Poulten is joined by Fake the Nation regulars Christian Finnegan and Leah Bonnema for Negin’s final show away on maternity leave. Topics include Roger Stone’s recent indictment, if anything can be done about America’s desensitization to violence and the polar vortex's place in the discussion of climate change. It's funnier than it sounds.||1/31/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit132. People Of Color With Opinions (w/ Andrew Ti, Tawny Newsome, Joel Kim Booster)||This week, Earwolf's "Yo, Is This Racist" hosts Andrew Ti and Tawny Newsome take over for Negin. They're joined by Joel Kim Booster (Big Mouth) to find some unexpected sympathy for TSA workers affected by Trump's shutdown, rage about the trans military ban and discuss the melange of scandals surrounding the Oscar nominees. This episode is sponsored by VistaPrint (www.vistaprint.com code: FAKE).||1/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit131. What’s More Broken: US or UK Politics? (w/ Jody Avirgan, Maeve Higgins, Josie Long)||While Negin continues her maternity leave & masters the art of strategic napping, guest host Jody Avirgan (ESPN's 30 for 30) chats with Maeve Higgins and Josie Long for a big think on how the rest of the world views the USA. Then, the three do their best to make sense of the recent Brexit developments and analyze the backlash to a new Gillette commercial.||1/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit130. The Wider World (w/ Kaitlin Fontana, Catie Lazarus, Michael Cruz Kayne)||Guest host Kaitlin Fontana (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee) chats with Michael Cruz Kayne and Catie Lazarus about the ongoing government shutdown and who its real victims are. Then, the trio looks ahead to the looming 2020 election and back at 2018 as a whole. Plus, an update from Negin!||1/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit129. Charmed, I'm Sure (w/ Matt Rogers, Leah Bonnema, Baratunde Thurston, Jody Avirgan, Jason Selvig, Davram Stiefler)||Negin is joined by Matt Rogers, Leah Bonnema, Baratunde Thurston, Jody Avirgan, Jason Selvig, and Davram Stiefler to consider questions such as: What does it mean for people to be charming? Will millennials save the institution of marriage? Are we all just selling ourselves online?||1/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBonus: Yewande Finds Her Super Power||Negin is joined by Dan Pashman who presents a tale of identity, politics, and food. This story of a woman searching for her roots through the meals of her home country originally aired as episode 255 of The Sporkful on Stitcher. This episode is sponsored by G.H. Mumm (www.ghmummvictory.com), Care/of (www.takecareof.com code: FAKE) and HelloFresh (www.hellofresh.com/FAKE60 code: FAKE60).||12/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit128. An Act of Optimism (w/ Catie Lazarus, Benari Poulten, Carolyn Castiglia, Sydnee Washington, Alissa Walker)||Negin begins a much needed a holiday break in this episode featuring an cast of Fake The Nation All Stars. Negin is joined by Catie Lazarus, Benari Poulten, Carolyn Castiglia, Sydnee Washington, and Alissa Walker to talk about the beautifully complicated subject of having, raising, and genetically modifying children. This episode is sponsored by G.H. Mumm (www.ghmummvictory.com), Living Proof (www.livingproof.com/FAKE code: FAKE), and Blinkist (www.blinkist.com/FAKE).||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit127. Soybean Screams (w/ Aaron Jackson, Maeve Higgins)||Aaron Jackson (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper) and Maeve Higgins (New York Times) join Negin to discuss the possible impending government shutdown and Trump’s recent clash with Nancy Pelosi’s burnt orange power jacket. Then, they do their best to make sense of Brexit, and Kevin Hart’s short stint as the future host of the Oscars. This episode is sponsored by G.H. Mumm (www.ghmummvictory.com), Matangi/Maya/M.I.A, Modcloth (www.modcloth.com code: FTN), and Thoughtfully (www.thoughtfully.com/FAKE code: FAKE).||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit126. The Biggest Liar Who Is Also The Most Honest (w/ Sydnee Washington, Carolyn Castiglia)||Sydnee Washington (Unofficial Expert) and Carolyn Castiglia (Laugh Exchange) join Negin to discuss the recent power grab in Wisconsin, the future of the GOP, and what it actually means to be conservative in this day and age. Then, the three discuss if today’s Yelpified "rating culture” is contributing to a bland cultural sameness. (Please rate and review this episode in your podcast app of choice.) This episode is sponsored by LivingProof (www.livingproof.com/FAKE code: FAKE) and G.H. Mumm (www.hmummvictory.com).||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit125. Kids Are a Problem For Everyone (w/ Matt Rogers, Leah Bonnema)||Matt Rogers (Las Culturistas) and Leah Bonnema (Comedy Drop) join Negin to discuss Paul Manafort’s 2016 meeting with Julian Assange and if new developments in the Russia probe will affect Trump politically. Then, they talk maternity leave in the U.S., and finally, Lena Dunham and Gina Rodriguez's recent attention-grabbing interviews. This episode is sponsored by Thoughtfully (www.thoughtfully.com/FAKE code: FAKE) and Blinkist (www.blinkist.com/FAKE).||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit124. Thanksgiving Memories (w/ Jason Selvig, Davram Stiefler)||Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler of The Good Liars join Negin to discuss Matthew Whitaker and what his appointment as acting Attorney General could mean for the Mueller investigation. Then, they talk Thanksgiving and if getting drunk around your family is a good idea. This is the perfect episode for tuning out your uncle’s hot takes this holiday. This episode is sponsored by BeFrugal (www.befrugal.com/FAKE) and Thoughtfully (www.thoughtfully.com/FAKE code: FAKE).||11/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit123. It Looks Almost Like America (w/ Cody Lindquist)||Cody Lindquist (Two Beers In: A Tipsy Political Round Table) joins Negin to discuss voter turnout in the midterms and to determine how blue and wavey the results were. Then, the two weigh in on Amazon’s controversial scheduled delivery of a second headquarters, and whether the tech giant is a monopoly that needs to be controlled. Finally, they turn to the discussion to Monica Lewinsky in order to discuss: should Monica Lewinsky be discussed? This episode is sponsored by ModCloth (www.modcloth.com code: FTN).||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit122. Thank You For Voting (w/ Josh Sharp, Greta Titelman)||Josh Sharp (The Opposition) and Greta Titelman (Lady Lovin' podcast) join Negin to dissect the midterm results and their implications. Then, they discuss if the economy is doing as well as the numbers make it seem. Finally, with Russian meddling in our past and possibly present, they give their predictions for our future relationship with social media. This episode is sponsored by Blinkist (www.blinkist.com/FAKE).||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit121. It’s Time to Vote Now Please (w/ Catie Lazarus, Alissa Walker)||Catie Lazarus (Employee of The Month) and Alissa Walker (Curbed, LA Podcast) join Negin to discuss a truly terrible week and how much the current political climate has to do with it (spoiler: a lot). Then, they discuss whether or not stories like Trump’s threat of ending birthright citizenship are just noise that don’t even merit reporting. Finally, with the midterms around the corner, the trio discuss a New York Times piece on how to turn someone into a voter. This episopde is sponsored by Vistaprint (www.vistaprint.com code: FAKE), Care/Of (www.takecareof.com code: FAKE) and Away (www.awaytravel.com/FAKE code: FAKE).||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit120. Alexa, Are You Listening? (w/ Michael Cruz Kayne, Keisha Zollar)||Comedians Keisha Zollar (The Opposition) and Michael Cruz Kayne (The Exhibition) join Negin to discuss reports that the Trump administration is considering a narrowing of the definition of gender. The proposal would effectively erase protections for trans people. Then, the panel chats about the ‘pink wave’ and if the term treats female candidates as a novelty. Finally, they unpack the growing trend of smart assistants such as Alexa. They ask: Is convenience worth the price of privacy? This episode is sponsored by Sierra Club (www.beyondcoal.org/stories), HelloFresh (www.hellofresh.com/FAKE60 code: FAKE60), and Nutrafol (www.nutrafol.com code: FAKE).||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit119. Horseface Mob (w/ Cristen Conger, Benari Poulten)||Cristen Conger (Unladylike) and Benari Poulten (The Nightly Show) join Negin to discuss the geopolitical implications of the missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Then, the panel asks: If the Democrats win the House, is a quest for impeachment politically savvy? Plus, they unpack New York Times critic Wesley Morris’s essay “The Morality Wars" and how social justice and representation impact how we talk about art. This episode is sponsored by Harper Collins Children's Books, Newsvoice (www.newsvoice.com/fake), ModCloth (www.modcloth.com code: FTN), and Blinkist (www.blinkist.com/FAKE).||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit118. Who’s Allowed to be Angry? (w/ John Fugelsang, Ann Herberger)||Comedians John Fugelsang (Tell Me Everything) and Ann Herberger join Negin for a wide-ranging chat about the looming midterm elections and the the abysmal UN climate report. Plus, in the wake of the Kavanaugh hearings, they ask: is there still a sexist double standard on who is allowed to be angry in public? Lastly, Ann shares her take on being a Republican woman in the midst of the #MeToo movement. This episode is sponsored by Sierra Club (www.beyondcoal.org/stories), Newsvoice app (www.newsvoice.com/fake), Harper Collins Children's Books (www.thehateugivebook.com), and Joule: Sous Vide by ChefSteps (www.chefsteps.com/joule code: FAKE).||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit117. Donald Trump Isn’t What He Claims to Be (w/ Baratunde Thurston, Jody Avirgan)||Baratunde Thurston (How to Be Black) and Jody Avirgan (FiveThirtyEight) join Negin for a lively discussion about the ongoing drama of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Plus, they share key takeaways from the New York Times’ investigation into Fred Trump’s financial empire. Lastly, the panel asks: should Michael Bloomberg run for President? This episode is sponsored by Newsvoice (www.newsvoice.com/fake), Sierra Club (www.BeyondCoal.org/stories), Sagely Naturals (www.sagelynaturals.com/pages/fake code: FAKE), and Joule: Sous Vide by ChefSteps (www.chefsteps.com/joule code: FAKE).||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit116. Why Don't We Got To Church Anymore? (w/ Jo Firestone, Kaitlin Fontana, DeRay Mckesson, Catie Lazarus, Chris Duffy, Sarah Pappalardo)||Negin take a breather from the dizzying news cycle to kick back and gab with some of her favorite friends and comedians. A cast of all-star guests convene to talk about dating and desirability and how parenting has changed over the years. Plus, they ask: why don’t people go to church anymore? The panel includes fellow Earwolf host Jo Firestone (Dr. Gameshow), Kaitlin Fontana (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), DeRay Mckesson (On the Other Side of Freedom), Catie Lazarus (Employee of the Month), Chris Duffy (Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas) and Sarah Pappalardo (Reductress). This episode is sponsored by Joule: Sous Vide by ChefSteps (www.chefsteps.com/joule code: FAKE), Newsvoice (www.newsvoice.com/fake), Pact (www.wearpact.com code: FAKETHENATION), and Sagely Naturals (www.sagelynaturals.com/pages/fake code: FAKE).||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit115. How to Talk to Anyone (w/ Christian Finnegan, Joyelle Johnson)||Comedians Christian Finnegan (The Fun Part) and Joyelle Johnson (Late Night with Seth Meyers) join Negin to discuss the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s plan to impose an additional $200 billion on Chinese goods and the latest in North Korea denuclearization. Plus, they share their strategies for talking to strangers. This episode is sponsored by NewsVoice (www.newsvoice.com/fake), Vistaprint (www.vistaprint.com code: FAKE), Pact (www.wearpact.com code: FAKETHENATION), and RXBAR (www.RXBAR.com/fake code: FAKE).||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit114. Money Diaries (w/ Leah Bonnema, Dan Wilbur)||Comedians Leah Bonnema (Comedy Drop) and Dan Wilbur (Never Flirt with Puppy Killers) join Negin to chat about Serena Williams and if there's a double standard in tennis. The panel also asks: why do we love to hate how other people spend their money? Plus, they discuss if fake news is better than too much news. This episode is sponsored by Vistaprint (www.vistaprint.com code: FAKE), ModCloth (www.modcloth.com code: FTN), and ChefSteps (www.chefsteps.com/joule code: FAKE).||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit113. Has Louis C.K. Earned a Second Chance? (w/ Jo Firestone, Kaitlin Fontana)||Fellow Earwolf host Jo Firestone (Dr. Gameshow) and comedian Kaitlin Fontana (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee) join Negin to dish about Bob Woodward’s new book, the anonymous anti-Trump New York Times op-ed and Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Plus, the panel asks: What’s the right time for a second chance and has Louis C.K. earned his? This episode is sponsored by Past (www.wearpact.com code: FAKETHENATION) and Pluto Pillow (www.plutopillow.com code: FAKE).||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit112. State of the Unions (w/ Judah Friedlander, Stephanie Butnick, MC Frontalot, Mike Pesca, Scott Blakeman, Benari Poulten)||Negin takes a break from the weekly news grind to deliver an episode that packs a punch! An all-star cast joins Negin for a Labor Day chat about unions, a debate on tipping and some tips on how to argue. The panel includes Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Stephanie Butnick (Unorthodox), MC Frontalot (Question Bedtime), Mike Pesca (The Gist), Benari Poulten (The Nightly Show) and Scott Blakeman (Laughing Liberally). This episode is sponsored by ChefSteps (www.chefsteps.com/joule code: FAKE), Pluto Pillow (www.plutopillow.com code: FAKE), and Pact (www.wearpact.com code: FAKETHENATION).||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit111. Democracy is Still Here (w/ DeRay Mckesson, Catie Lazarus)||Civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson (On the Other Side of Freedom) and writer Catie Lazarus (Employee of the Month) join Negin to break down an unprecedented week of news spanning from Michael Cohen’s plea deal to Paul Manafort’s conviction on eight felony counts to Trump’s Twitter reactions. Plus, the panel talks about the EPA’s plan to loosen federal restrictions on coal-fired power plants. Lastly, they have a wide-ranging discussion about the path forward for activism. This episode is sponsored by Chef Steps (www.chefsteps.com/joule code: FAKE) and Care/of (www.takecareof.com code: FAKE).||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit110. The Reality TV White House (w/ Chris Duffy, Sarah Pappalardo)||Comedians Chris Duffy (Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas) and Sarah Pappalardo (Reductress) join Negin to dish about the latest in White House drama including Omarosa’s secret tapes and Trump’s decision to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance. Then, the panel shares favorite Aretha Franklin memories. Lastly, they discuss 3-D printed guns and delve into diversity and representation. This episode is sponsored by HelloFresh (www.hellofresh.com/FAKE60 code: FAKE60) and ExpressVPN (www.expressvpn.com/FAKE).||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIntroducing...Fake The Nation||A sneak peek of Negin Farsad's new show "Fake the Nation," coming to Earwolf on July 8th! Subscribe now and you won’t miss a thing. Take that, American political system!||7/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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Surprised how much I liked this
I'm not an Earwolf fan, so I went in with low expectations, but I loved this first episode! The intro podcast made me think it was a comedy show about politics, but really it's a politics show without the anger/formality/buffoonery and with a touch of humor. Unsurprisingly, I guess, it's like the Daily Show as a podcast and led by a woman (hooray for funny ladies)! Will definitely keep listening. Hope to see more like this from Earwolf.
Not moving the dial
Although Negin and her guests seem like nice people and I agree with them on many of the issues discussed, I think this podcast is an example of the inability to poke fun at oneself that plagues many modern liberals. Everyone on the show is constantly agreeing with each other and just regurgitating tired ad hominem attacks calling Trump a Cheeto. Doesn't feel like anyone is going into the discussion with their minds open to being changed, and that is a big part of what needs to happen if we are going to move the dial and fight the extreme polarization we see in today's political landscape.
The Best Way to Start My Friday
This podcast is my absolute favorite thing to listen to on my Friday commute. It makes that Los Angeles traffic at least a little more bearable. It’s nice to listen to smart AND funny people talk about politics and news in these crazy times. Here’s the truth: when Jon Stewart left The Daily Show, there was nothing that was scratching that itch for me. But Negin and Fake the Nation have handily helped fill that hole in my life. I recommend FtN to all my friends and I would recommend it to anyone who’s here perusing these reviews. Thanks for the stellar content, Negin.