The TARFU Report

A weekly News, Politics and Society podcast featuring Alex Pareene
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This is the public feed of The TARFU Report, which means you're only getting half the episodes! To get the second weekly show, become a member at This week, a conversation with film producer Mark Mitten and Vera & Chante
This is the public feed of The TARFU Report, which means you're only getting half the episodes! To get the second weekly show, become a member at Journalist David Dayen (@DDayen) joins the show this week to talk about hi
First, Matt and Alex discuss the Las Vegas massacre and the predictable sequence that recurs in political media.  Then, a conversation with independent wrestling sensation, The Progressive Liberal Daniel Richards. NYC-area listeners can check
Ana Marie Cox (@AnaMarieCox) joins us to discuss the culture war lit by Trump's bull-headed response to NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem to bring attention to issues of racial justice. Check out Ana Marie's podcast, With Friends
  David Rees (@david_rees) joins The TARFU Report this week as Matt calls in from an undisclosed location. Topics: Trump christens Kim Jong Un 'Rocket Man,' the odd Alabama senate race pitting a Bannon-backed candidate against one endorsed by T
In this week's episode, Alex and Matt discuss an email from Gallagher, Ted Cruz liking porn on twitter, ESPN's Jemele Hill controversy, Hillary's book and political books in general, audio political cartoons, and another edition of Guess the Pu
Drew Magary (@drewmagary) of Deadspin & GQ joins us to discuss his yearly “Your Team Sucks” series. Why he self-censored his Houston Texans section. Further topics include Tom Brady, Drew’s nascent Washington-fan son, Will 2017 be an especially
Will Menaker (@willmenaker) of Chapo Trap House joins us in studio this week to drink malt liquor and react to Donald Trump pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio to ride the Hurricane Harvey ratings boost, Joel Osteen, boxing, cop humor: "we only shoot
Alex and Matt break down the new level of derangement achieved by Trump at his Phoenix rally, which Matt attended. Is it time to publicly talk about possible Trump cognitive/mental health issues? Then, Dr. Jennifer Mercieca, historian of Americ
Nukes out, Nazis in this week as we discuss Trump's horrible reaction to a white supremacist terror attack following a "Unite the Right" rally of the alt-right in Charlottesville, Virginia. Representative Keith Ellison (@KeithEllison) from Mi
Jia (@jiatolentino) on the “Large Sons” phenomenon as the organizing theme of political crisis. Take the Clickhole “Large Sons” quiz.  Following Jia, the first portion of our interview with comedian David Cross. Then, a historic David Brook
David Rees (@david_rees) joins The TARFU Report this week to help break down how miserably Alex and Matt failed as pundits last week. How David made punditry hurt with the Election Profit Makers podcast, and how that experiment ended. Scaramucc
The nauseating standing ovation for John McCain. Will Anthony Scaramucci have a job by the time you listen to this? Filmmaker Alex Gibney on cyber warfare and his movie Zero Days. Guess The Pundit. Lastly, Letters to the MSNBC Editors.
Russia is worried the popularity of fidget spinners there is an American psy-op, a cop is caught breaking into a van, the NRA's blatant stoking of racial fear, Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) clues us in on the suspicious circumstances surrou
Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) of Wired joins The TARFU Report this week. First, Matt and Alex discuss the anniversary of Eric Garner's death, why things could take a positive turn, and how Mayor deBlasio has come short managing the NYPD. Th
The first episode of The TARFU Report, containing a discussion the week's developments with the Russia story and a look at Trump's legal representation, a David Brooks Helium moment, the abjectly ridiculous police harassment video of the week,
Pilot episode of The TARFU Report, featuring an interview with former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and a look at the intersection of Donald Trump and professional wrestling.
Each week, David Brooks and David Brooks join us to inhale helium and read one of his award-winning opinion columns. Here, in a sneak preview of The TARFU Report, is the first column, "Spinners and Tuners."
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