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Hosted by Negin Farsad, everyone's favorite Iranian American Muslim Comedian Podcast Host with Black Hair and Red Glasses, Fake the Nation is a comedy show that isn't afraid to talk about news, culture, and humanity’s weirdness. Every week Negin is joined by her funniest, smartest, and most politically astute friends. People like Samantha Bee, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Paula Poundstone, Margaret Cho, Larry Wilmore and others. They’ll make you laugh, think, and deliver a gut punch to the country w ...
 
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Larry weighs in on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and the trial of Ahmaud Arbery's killers, right-wing vigilantism, and why he loves the Beatles. He's then joined by film editor Jabez Olssen ('Lord of the Rings,' 'King Kong') to talk about the making of the upcoming Beatles documentary, 'Get Back,' (25:49) and how the original 'Let It Be film and LP ca…
 
In this week's episode, Negin is joined by Brian Park and Giulia Rozzi as they discuss the new COVID-19 strain of concern, Omnicron. Negin and the panel chat about Barbados ending its 400 years of British rule and yes, Rihanna. Then, a conversation on what it means to be a #sexinfluencers and the psychology of tracking packages. ———————— Rate Fake …
 
On this holiday weekend we're revisiting a special episode with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri (“Interpreter of Maladies”, “The Namesake”). In vivid, writerly detail Lahiri describes being raised in a family “spread out in various places” (5:05), her late mother’s recurring presence in her writing (10:20), the comfort (and pain) of b…
 
In this two-part holiday edition of Fake the Nation, Negin is joined by Grace Lynch and John Fugelsang as they tackle a cultural grab bag of topics from the origins of "No Bones Day" to the astrological signs of killers -- sorry Scorpios. In part two, Negin is joined by Sherrod Small and Seena Ghaznavi as they talk about the socioeconomics of Black…
 
This week, we’re joined by legendary singer-songwriter, Indigenous activist, and educator Buffy Sainte-Marie. She reflects on growing up to adoptive parents in Massachusetts (4:00), the value of encouraging creativity in childhood (7:12), reuniting with her Cree family at eighteen (10:37), singing for peers in college (14:36), and the alternative c…
 
In this week's episode, Negin is joined by Shalewa Sharpe and Connor Franta as they discuss the necessity for a new University of Austin, sponsored by think-tankers. Negin and the panel break down the bill and the politics surrounding it Then, they dig down into a cultural grab bag that includes #freedBritney, the culture of Botox, and Sesame Stree…
 
This week we present a double feature with actors Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) and Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets)! To begin, Krieps shares the story behind making Bergman Island (6:00), what it meant to work with director Mia Hansen-Løve (7:30), how she separates herself from her characters (10:30), the epiphany in Mozambique that changed her cou…
 
Larry weighs in on the infrastructure bill, unnecessary racism in political commentary, and how Darwin influences our points of view. He's then joined by Bob Costas where they discuss Pete Rose (27:07), Bob's early broadcasting influences (31:21), and Baseball's waning popularity. After that they wax poetic on the importance of regional announcers …
 
In this week's episode, Negin is joined by Liz Miele and Matt Bellassai as they examine China's push to promote vocational training over college and if the US should consider a similar model. Negin and the panel break down an article in The Atlantic that claims to have the science of a replicating a career hot-streak. Then, they dig into a cultural…
 
As we mark the one-year anniversary of the 2020 election, activist and educator Janaya Future Khan returns for a state of the union (3:00). We begin with the trillion dollar infrastructure bill (4:08), the looming threat of big tech in Congress (4:58), division in the Democratic party (5:28), and how we can move away from “instant coffee politics” …
 
This week Negin is joined by Pete Dominick (Stand Up with Pete Dominick) and Josh Gwynn (Back Issue) and the panel discusses the Glasgow Climate Summit and if these types of events offer any hope towards actually decreasing climate change. Then Negin and the panel examine the social and political implications of words like BIPOC and Latinx and why …
 
With the return of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jeff Garlin is back on the show! Our talk with the Chicago-born comedian opens with a song (4:16) and a spirited exchange over cancel culture (8:10). Then, Garlin shares his excitement around returning to comedy clubs (19:53), his philosophy on dreams (24:30), the night he lost his virginity to a heckler (29…
 
Larry weighs in on his birthday, the Dave Chappelle controversy, and cancel culture. He then joins David Copperfield in Las Vegas to discuss his book "History Of Magic" and his early days before becoming one of the worlds most successful magicians.(13:39) David tells some of the stories behind his greatest illusions, like the Statue of Liberty vani…
 
This week Negin is joined by John Fugelsang and Grace Lynch as they discuss the "treasure trove" of info from the Facebook Papers and question if it is finally time to step in with regulations (especially with a possible Trump comeback on social media). Negin and the panel assess why dating shows are so popular, but marriage rates are low, and why …
 
Actor, author, and woodworker Nick Offerman joins us in the studio! We begin with his new book, Where the Deer and the Antelope Play (5:05), which was inspired by Nick’s upbringing in rural Minooka, Illinois (6:12), the writings of poet Wendell Berry (7:30), and his experiences with the late Sam Shepard at Steppenwolf Theatre (8:08). Shortly after …
 
Today’s episode is taken from a live conversation between Larry Wilmore and representative Adam Schiff for ‘Live Talks Los Angeles.’ The two discuss Schiff’s new book ‘Midnight in Washington,’ being in the Capitol during the attacks in January, and much more. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Adam Schiff Producer: Kaya McMullen Production Assistant: Jonat…
 
This week Negin is joined by Jason Kander and Christian Finnegan. The panel discusses Joe Manchin’s failure to understand bipartisanship is over and what Kyrsten Sinema seeks to gain by staying elusive. Negin and the panel dissect why many people are leaving their jobs post-pandemic and if Katie Couric's RGB reveal will be attributed to the decline…
 
Larry weighs in on Kyrie Irving refusing to get vaccinated (1:00) before he is joined by ‘Insecure’ star Jay Ellis and New York Times writer Walter Thompson-Hernández to talk about their new podcast with Lemonada Media, ‘Written Off,’ which features work from young writers who developed their voice while incarcerated (18:29). Plus, Ellis gives some…
 
This week we have a soulful (and long overdue) conversation around climate change and the restorative power of nature with Pulitzer-prize winning author Richard Powers. We begin by defining the thematic through-line between The Overstory and Bewilderment (5:06), the eco trauma articulated in each text (9:10), how we may redefine hope in 2021 (16:08…
 
This week Negin is joined by Niccole Thurman and Benari Poulten as they talk about the return of Trump (sort of) and his odd endorsement. Negin and the panel discuss Bad Art Friend and what exactly is the right amount of social media praise you should receive after donating a kidney. Then they discuss the discourse around Dave Chapelle’s latest sta…
 
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