Useful Idiots with Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper

Useful Idiots with Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper
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.

Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on Bipartisan Elitism, Plus a Treasure Trove of ‘Stoned Moments’
Feb 21 • 93 min
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, co-hosts of the popular show Rising on the Hill, join the show to discuss themes from their book ‘The Populist’s Guide to 2020,’ democrats and republicans co-existing, Mike Bloomberg’s campaign and more. *Merch Link Here!*:…
Ro Khanna on Military Spending, FOSTA-SESTA, and the 2020 Primary, Plus Chris Matthews’ Rant
Feb 13 • 74 min
Representative Ro Khanna joins the show to talk about his work in on military spending, FOSTA-SESTA, Bernie’s campaign. Matt and Katie dissect a Chris Matthews rant and more
Lee Fang on Iowa Shadow App and Bloomberg’s Growing Political Machine, Plus the Whole World Sucks After Iowa
Feb 7 • 102 min
Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, joins the show from California to talk everything Iowa regarding apps and caucus reporting, the security of upcoming primaries in New Hampshire and beyond, and Mike Bloomberg’s ambitions for running.
Tim Robbins on Art, Activism, and Bernie, Plus Coronavirus in the Media
Jan 31 • 62 min
Actor, writer, and director Tim Robbins joins the show to discuss his play The New Colossus, balancing art and activism, and Bernie Sanders. Matt and Katie catch up on the coronavirus story and talk Iowa caucus. **We now have Useful Idiots merch! Feel…
Introducing The Topical
Jan 29 • 3 min
Our friends at The Onion created a new podcast called ‘The Topical’, a satirical takedown of daily news shows. The show premieres January 29, anywhere you listen to podcasts
Dennis Kucinich on Surviving Three Assassination Attempts, Plus an Update on Glenn Greenwald
Jan 24 • 110 min
Former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich talks foreshadowing the progressive shift in the Democratic party, governing, and handling repeated assassination attempts. Matt gives an update on Glenn Greenwald
Glenn Greenwald on Warren vs Sanders, Russiagate, & Bolsonaro
Jan 16 • 103 min
Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-founder of the Intercept, joins the show from Brazil to talk about Russiagate, Bolsonaro, and the 2020 election Matt and Katie discuss Sanders vs. Warren*. *This was taped before the Jan 15…
Nina Turner on Campaigning for Bernie, MLK, and Why Class Matters, Plus a Discussion on Iran
Jan 9 • 94 min
Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner talks campaigning with Bernie, and getting her start in politics. Matt and Katie discuss Iran/Soleimani, and a strange Florida story involving turkey vultures.
Ani DiFranco on Prison Music Project and Centrist Dems, Plus Matt on Playing Pro Basketball in Mongolia
Jan 2 • 53 min
Legendary songwriter Ani DiFranco discusses her Buffalo roots, new music projects, and lefty politics. Katie finally asks Matt about his professional basketball career in Mongolia.
Bonus Holiday Episode! Michael Moore Pt. 2, Matt on the Afghanistan Papers
Dec 26, 2019 • 44 min
Part two of the Useful Idiots conversation with Michael Moore on his childhood, Rumble, the environment and more. Matt discusses the Washington Post’s Afghanistan Papers, and a bonus episode of the Most Stoned Moments
A Conversation With Michael Moore, Plus Debate Bias, The Horowitz Report, and Penis Worms
Dec 19, 2019 • 93 min
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Michael Moore joins the show. Matt discusses the Horowitz report, and Katie dives into debate bias
Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks, His Campaign, and Media Coverage of Progressives
Dec 13, 2019 • 104 min
Cenk Uygur joins the show to talk about founding the Young Turks, his congressional campaign, and covering progressive politics. Matt and Katie debut a new segment ‘The Most Stoned Moments of the Campaign’
Andrew Yang on the Yang Gang, Universal Basic Income, and the Press
Dec 5, 2019 • 81 min
Presidential candidate Andrew Yang joins the show to discuss his campaign, the Yang Gang, and the press. Matt and Katie talk UK politics, and the British press treatment of Jeremy Corbyn.
Bonus Ep! Max Blumenthal Pt 2 on The Grayzone, Syria, and more
Nov 27, 2019 • 28 min
Part 2 of Max Blumenthal’s interview on his publication the Grayzone and the current state of reporting. Matt and Katie discuss a special Thanksgiving animal
Max Blumenthal on His Arrest, the Bolivian Coup, and Biden’s War on Raves, Plus an Investigation of #Fartgate
Nov 22, 2019 • 103 min
Journalist Max Blumenthal joins the show to discuss his recent arrest and trial, the Bolivian coup, and Biden’s war on raves. Matt and Katie dive into #Fartgate, plus a #YangGang challenge
Shahid Buttar on Defeating Pelosi and Impeaching Trump, Plus the Return of Lizholio
Nov 14, 2019 • 75 min
Shahid Buttar on defeating Pelosi and impeaching Trump, plus Matt and Katie discuss the return of Lizholio and Big Structural Bailey
Jeffrey Epstein with TrueAnon’s Liz Franczak, Plus Elizabeth Warren’s Dog
Nov 7, 2019 • 54 min
Matt and Katie dive deep into the reopening of the Epstein saga with Liz Franczak from TrueAnon
CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou on Impeachment, “Assets,” and the Espionage Act, plus Max Blumenthal’s Arrest
Oct 31, 2019 • 92 min
Former CIA agent and whistleblower John Kiriakou talks impeachment, “Assets,” and the Espionage Act, plus Max Blumenthal’s arrest. Matt gives his take on coverage of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death
Abby Martin on Hillary’s NeoMcCarthyism and ‘Gaza Fights for Freedom,’ Plus #BerniesBack
Oct 24, 2019 • 63 min
Abby Martin joins the show to discuss Hillary vs. Tulsi and her film ‘Gaza Fights for Freedom, Katie recaps Bernie’s rally in Queens
Chris Hedges Pt. 2 on Media “Objectivity,” Plus Matt Hits the Biden Campaign Trail
Oct 17, 2019 • 53 min
Journalist Chris Hedges finishes up his conversation about the media, plus Matt talks details his time following the Biden campaign trail.
Chris Hedges on Impeachment, Plus Matt’s Take on Whistleblowers
Oct 10, 2019 • 69 min
Journalist Chris Hedges joins the show to talk about impeachment and war reporting, plus Matt talks about his column on the Ukrainegate “whistleblower”
Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova on Russophobia and Prison Under Putin, Plus a Ukrainegate Discussion
Oct 3, 2019 • 84 min
Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova on Russophobia and surviving prison under Putin, Matt and Katie discuss Ukrainegate and impeachment
Sanders vs. Warren with Nathan J. Robinson
Sep 27, 2019 • 62 min
Current Affairs’ Nathan J. Robinson joins Katie and Matt to discuss the differences between Sanders and Warren, a recap of Sean Spicer’s appearance on Dancing with the Stars, and more
Krystal Ball on Why Centrism Sucks
Sep 19, 2019 • 54 min
Journalist Krystal Ball joins the show to talk about why centrism sucks, responding to Bill Maher’s Klobuchar for president suggestion, her time at MSNBC, and more
Bonus Episode: Bernie Sanders
Sep 13, 2019 • 30 min
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders calls in to discuss Thursday night’s debate and his campaign. Matt and Katie discuss the results of Matt’s debate night drinking game.
Will Menaker on Chapo Trap House and David Brooks | Useful Idiots
Sep 12, 2019 • 56 min
Will Menaker of Chapo Trap House joins Katie and Matt to discuss the Democratic presidential candidates, plus a conversation about the relationship between Op-Ed writers and their critics.
Jimmy Dore and Why Everyone Hates the Media
Sep 5, 2019 • 63 min
Comedian and podcaster Jimmy Dore joins Matt and Katie to discuss his show and media bias. Matt and Katie break down the fact-checking controversy involving The Washington Post and Bernie Sanders.
Eli Valley on Drawing Bret Stephens, and Why Do Democrats Suck at Merch?
Aug 29, 2019 • 67 min
Matt and Katie recap the news of the week, update on the field of presidential candidates (17:16), Matt’s article on Trump’s reelection campaign (24:26), Cartoonist Eli Valley joins the show to talk Bret Stephens’ bedbug controversy and more (33:15)
Tulsi Gabbard on Running for President and The Next MAGA (A Democrat 2020 Slogan Quiz)
Aug 22, 2019 • 63 min
Tulsi Gabbard discusses the false alarm in Hawaii that got her to run for president, and meeting with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. And can “Join the Evolution” become the next “Make America Great Again?” Matt and Katie quiz each other on the Democrats’ 2020…
Introducing ‘Useful Idiots’ with Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper
Aug 9, 2019 • 2 min
Introducing Useful Idiots, 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…