Fake The Nation

Fake The Nation

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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.

Episodes

61. DACA and Disasters (w/ Dean Obeidallah, Charlie Pickering)  

Dean Obeidallah (Sirius XM) and Charlie Pickering (The Weekly) join Negin to break down Trump’s decision to end the program known as Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (a.k.a. DACA). They also ask: how should flood-prone areas rebuild after natural disasters? Plus, Dean and Negin share some plans they’re hatching together and Dean explains why he’s suing The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website.To donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund please visit: https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/ᐧThis episode is brought to you by Modcloth (www.modcloth.com code: FAKE) and Ellevest (www.ellevest.com/FAKE).

60. Back-to-School Shorty (w/ Christian Finnegan, Irene Bremis, Kaitlin Fontana, Scott Blakeman)  

Break out your fall sweaters! Comedians Christian Finnegan (The Fun Part) and Irene Bremis (The Scuttlebutt) return to look back at their summer bucket list and get personal about what 'back to school' means to them. Plus, Scott Blakeman (Laughing Liberally) and Kaitlin Fontana (The Box) chat about how to make friends as an adult. Please join us in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort by making a donation to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/This episode is brought to you by Away (www.awaytravel.com/fake code: FAKE) and Modcloth (www.modcloth.com code: FAKE).

59. A Tale of Two Trump Speeches (w/ Benari Poulten, Seena Jon)  

Comedians Benari Poulten and Seena Jon join Negin to discuss the military plans Trump has laid out for Afghanistan and his inflammatory remarks at a rally in Phoenix. They also cover Steve "Jacked Up" Bannon's departure from the White House and take an unpolitical detour into Game of Thrones. Plus, they bemoan their physical aches and pains induced by the Trump administration. This episode is brought to you by Modcloth (www.modcloth.com code: FAKE).

58. Was That Racist? (w/ Christian Finnegan, Irene Bremis)  

Christian Finnegan (The Fun Part) and Irene Bremis (The Scuttlebutt) join Negin to discuss white supremacy, confederate monuments, and Trump’s abominable remarks at Trump Tower. Plus, they dig into the plan from Betsy DeVos to weaken Title IX and ponder: what’s the difference between lying and being polite?This episode is brought to you by Modcloth (www.modcloth.com code: FAKE).

57. All-Star Edition (w/ Maeve Higgins, Seema Iyer, John Fugelsang, Dean Obeidallah, Stephanie Butnick, Azhar Usman)  

Huddle up! It’s time for a dream team lineup of some of Fake the Nation’s smartest and funniest guests. Maeve Higgins (Maeve In America) and Seema Iyer (The Bollywood Lawyer) ponder how to take control of their emotions. John Fugelsang (Tell Me Everything) and Dean Obeidallah (The Dean Obeidallah Show) discuss interracial dating and look ahead to America’s mixed race future. Plus, Stephanie Butnick (Unorthodox) and Azhar Usman (Ultra American) take a deep dive into cultural appropriation.This episode is brought to you by Casper Mattresses (www.casper.com/FAKE) and Modcloth (www.modcloth.com code: FAKE).

56. The White House’s Revolving Door (w/ Dylan Marron, Joel Kim Booster)  

Dylan Marron (Conversations with People Who Hate Me) and Joel Kim Booster (Comedy Central) join Negin to discuss staffing shakeups at the White House, the psychology of online trolls, and Trump’s new plan to cut legal immigration by half. Plus, why the Trump White House has serious echoes of ShondaLand.This episode is brought to you by Modcloth (www.modcloth.com code: FAKE).

55. The Epitome of Flaccidity (w/ Scott Blakeman, Kaitlin Fontana)  

Scott Blakeman (Laughing Liberally) and Kaitlin Fontana (The Box) join Negin to discuss Jared Kushner’s limp remarks on his Russia ties, the continued GOP scramble for a health care bill, and the latest White House shenanigans. Plus, they dig into the Democrats’ new populist plan: A Better Deal for American Workers.This episode is brought to you by Kiva (www.kiva.org/FAKE) and Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/ftn).

54. Trumpcare Meltdown (w/ Stephanie Butnick, Azhar Usman)  

Stephanie Butnick (Unorthodox) and Azhar Usman (Ultra American) join Negin to discuss the collapse of the latest G.O.P health care bill, the upcoming tax reform battle, and how the right spins the Trump-Russia scandal. Plus, America’s infrastructure is in a state of crisis. How did we get in this mess and what can we do about it? The panel weighs the pros and cons of private financing for public works. This episode is brought to you by Kiva (www.kiva.org/FAKE) and Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/ftn).

53. Russia Can’t Stop Being a Thing (w/ John Fugelsang, Dean Obeidallah)  

John Fugelsang (Tell Me Everything) and Dean Obeidallah (The Dean Obeidallah Show) return to discuss Donald Trump Jr. and his revelatory emails, the latest with the GOP health care bill, and the nationwide debate over Confederate statues. Plus, they sift through the long-term effects of climate change and potential doomsday scenarios. This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/ftn) and Kiva (www.kiva.org/FAKE).

52. One Year of Fake The Nation (w/ Maeve Higgins, Seema Iyer)  

To celebrate Fake the Nation’s one year anniversary (!) Negin is joined by two of her favorite guests: Maeve Higgins (Maeve in America) and Seema Iyer (The Bollywood Lawyer). They discuss the latest salacious Trump tweets, North Korea’s nuclear push, and the annual G-20 summit. They also ponder what Trump and Putin will talk about in their first meeting and share strong views on the American obsession with work.

51. A Very Muslim 4th of July (w/ Bassem Youssef)  

Negin celebrates the 4th of July with special guest (and fellow Muslim) Bassem Youssef. Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem is a surgeon-turned-comedian whose satirical political show once captivated 30 million viewers a week in Egypt. Negin talks to Bassem about the new documentary about his show's rise and eventual end due to government censorship and political pressure. Plus, they debate whether or not populism is killing political reform and ponder why people pretend they aren’t rich. This episode is brought to you by CozyPhones (www.cozyphones.com/FAKE).

50. Trickle-Down Dickonomics (w/ Liz Plank, Vicky Kuperman)  

Liz Plank (Vox.com) and Vicky Kuperman (How To Spy On Your Neighbor) join Negin to discuss Senate Republicans' mysterious health care bill, the resignation of Uber’s CEO and Silicon Valley’s bro culture problem. Plus, Vicky explains partisan gerrymandering using a Friday Night Lights reference. This episode is brought to you by CozyPhones (www.cozyphones.com/FAKE) and The Venture Podcast.

49. Lifestyle Feminism and Being Terrible With Money (w/ Greg Proops, Tom Shillue, Rachel Sklar, Sarah Rose Siskind, Dan Pashman, Andrew Heaton)  

Gather round! This episode features an all-star lineup of some of Negin’s funniest and brightest guests. Rachel Sklar (TheLi.st) and Sarah Rose Siskind (StarTalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson) take on lifestyle feminism. Is it a gateway to activism or just a ploy to sell more t-shirts? Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and Tom Shillue (Red Eye) get into their personal budgeting habits. Plus, Dan Pashman (The Sporkful) and Andrew Heaton (Mostly Weekly) discuss our biological fixation on the short term and how this plays out personally and politically.

48. Summer Break Shorty (w/ Myq Kaplan, Laurie Kilmartin)  

Surf’s up! Comedians Myq Kaplan (Last Comic Standing) and Laurie Kilmartin (45 Jokes About My Dead Dad) return to kick off summer with Negin and share stories of dog days past. Sunscreen, camp makeouts and bagpipes (really) factor heavily. Negin wonders why she can't get anyone in LA to go to the beach with her. Plus, she celebrates her book turning one by jamming out to a song by Earwolf’s own, Casey Holford.

47. Paris Climate Accord Woes and Kathy Griffin Takes Heat (w/ Myq Kaplan, Laurie Kilmartin)  

Comedians Myq Kaplan (Last Comic Standing) and Laurie Kilmartin (45 Jokes About My Dead Dad) join Negin to get both political and personal (because, after all, the personal is political). First, they discuss the conflicting voices within the White House that advised Trump on his Paris Climate Agreement decision. They also dive into their disappointment over the Kathy Griffin photo scandal. Finally, they close out the show on a light topic: death and dying! 

46. The Budget Blueprint And Russia, Russia, Russia (w/ Greg Proops, Tom Shillue)  

Two veterans of the comedy world, Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and Tom Shillue (Red Eye), join Negin to discuss Trump’s frighteningly-titled 2018 budget, “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” They also check in on the latest developments in the Trump-Russia investigation and discuss the decline of malls and big-box stores. Plus, they share some personal musings on regret. This episode is brought to you FilterBuy (www.filterbuy.com/FAKE) and Aaptiv (www.aaptiv.com code: FAKE).

45. Trump’s Worst Week (w/ Ana Marie Cox, Mike Pesca)  

Ana Marie Cox (With Friends Like These) and Mike Pesca (The Gist) join Negin to break down the week’s particularly dizzying news cycle. They get into the Comey paper trail, the new special prosecutor and Trump’s possible obstruction of justice. Plus, with so much going on in the West Wing, it can be difficult to keep up with non-Trump news. Fear not! Negin has a roundup of important stories you may have missed, from the resignation of the Census Director to Jeff Sessions’ mandatory minimum directive, and the Supreme Court’s rejection of the North Carolina Voter ID Law. Lastly, they hop on a phone call about polyamory with a man who is on his second open marriage. This episode is brought to you by FilterBuy (www.filterbuy.com/FAKE) and Aaptiv (www.aaptiv.com code: FAKE).

44. Comey Gets Canned (w/ Benari Poulten, Kaitlin Fontana)  

Negin phones in from a gig in Salt Lake City, Utah to chat with Benari Poulten (Garbage Time with Katie Nolan) and Kaitlin Fontana (The Box) about the biggest news of the week: Trump firing FBI Director James Comey. They discuss the Comey fallout and ponder the all-dude Senate working group that’s rewriting the latest G.O.P. health care bill. Plus, Negin drops knowledge on the (unsurprisingly) huge chasm between our social media selves and our IRL selves. This episode is brought to you by FilterBuy (www.filterbuy.com/fake), Aaptiv (www.aaptiv.com code: FAKE), Credo Mobile, Casper Mattresses (www.casper.com/FAKE).

43. Trump's Tax Plan, School Lunch Shaming and Skim Milk Feminism (w/ Rachel Sklar, Sarah Rose Siskind)  

Rachel Sklar (TheLi.st) and Sarah Rose Siskind (StarTalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson) join Negin to talk about Ivanka Trump’s puzzling role in the White House, so-called school ‘lunch shaming’, and Trump’s proposed tax plan. Plus, they get into regulation on Wall Street. This episode is brought to you by Credo Mobile (www.credomobile.com/fakethenation), Aaptiv (www.aaptiv.com code: FAKE), FilterBuy (www.filterbuy.com/FAKE), and 2 Dope Queens (www.spotify.com/dopequeens).

42. Spring Break Edition (w/ Pete Dominick, Mark Thompson, Mike Pesca, Ben Kissel, Maeve Higgins, Benari Poulten)  

Spring has sprung! To celebrate, today’s episode is a special spring break edition featuring a grab bag of new conversations with some of Negin’s favorite guests. Negin is joined by Pete Dominick (Stand Up! With Pete Dominick) and Mark Thompson (Make It Plain) to talk about atheism and religion. Also, Mike Pesca (The Gist) and Ben Kissel (The Last Podcast On the Left) riff on how to get rid of negative thinking, and finally, Maeve Higgins (Maeve in America) and Benari Poulten (Garbage Time with Katie Nolan) discuss the benefits of being messy.   This episode is brought to you by Aaptiv (www.aaptiv.com code: FAKE), Credo Mobile (www.credomobile.com/fakethenation), and FilterBuy (www.filterbuy.com/fake).

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