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TPS17: MASK OFF | Juliet Jacques

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What Oliver had to leave out of the Starmer book! the Jimmy Savile question! The antinomies of Mark Fisher and how they played out in the millennial left! Lawfare of the left and right! The New Left Review today! It's all here in our exclusive Patrons-only continuation episode. Become a patron now and get weekly exclusive shows, plus access to our archive of  patrons-only interviews with Ben Burgis and Peter Hitchens, Michael Tracey, Laura Smith,  Sunetra Gupta, Karie Murphy, Peter Dale Scott, Toby Young, Joe Guinan, and loads more.
May 15, 2022
TPS82 SUBLATION iv | Anton Jäger, Cait Doherty, Oliver Eagleton
Keir Starmer's work with the Obama Administration and UK Foreign Office comes under scrutiny this week, following the release of Oliver Eagleton's The Starmer Project. Along with the author, we welcome New Left Review assistant editor Cait Doherty, plus political historian Anton Jäger, to the discuss the international left's turn to the courts, and what the Bernie and Corbyn movements did next after the defeats of their leaders. Don't miss TWO all-original bonus podcasts with these guests this week, TPS81 INTELLIGENCE TEST and TPS83 COMPONENTS OF THE LEFT NATIONAL CULTURE. This episode also appears as our fourth video show for the Sublation Media YouTube channel. Please consider helping The Popular Show continue by becoming a supporter at
May 15, 2022
TPS81 INTELLIGENCE TEST | Cait Doherty, Oliver Eagleton
A podcast bonus with two editors of the New Left Review, in which we anticipate Sunday's big Sublation Media show on the left's legal turn, Sir Keir Starmer's deep state past, and the condition of the residual left 'Squads' after the defeat of Bernie and Corbyn. Here, we cover the week Starmer followed in Corbyn's footsteps by making himself the main character, how his resignation gamble over allegations he broke lockdown rules is perceived outside the Labour Right's weirdo circle, and how the left should respond to media attacks on Starmer going forward. Get the whole conversation soon, and all our bonus episodes, by supporting us at Check out Oliver's book on Starmer and Cait's latest article.
May 11, 2022
Our conversation about disinformation from TPS79 with Angie Speaks continues, dicussing the significance of the appointment of Nina Jankowicz to head up the Biden administration's Disinformation Governance Board, the role of 'toxic femininity' in the liberal approach to governance, AND MORE. Subscribe at to listen to the whole episode. 
May 08, 2022
TPS79 SUBLATION iii | Angie Speaks, Afeni
Our third public video and podcast episode for Sublation Media features YouTuber and Low Society podcast co-host Angie Speaks, and activist and organiser Afeni. We discuss the Roe v Wade overturn leak, the US's interests in Ukraine, compare the US Disinformation Governance Board and UK Online Safety Bill, posit 'Corbynism WITH Corbyn', and loads more. For the full Afeni interview, and the continuation of our talk with Angie Speaks, become a subscriber at
May 08, 2022
DC-based organiser and activist Afeni rejoins us to discuss the Roe v Wade overturn leak, abortion in the US, diffidence over Ukraine in Black America and the global South, Biden's failures, and strategies for resistance. To hear the full episode, head over to For music used in this episode, follow the TPS Spotify playlist. 
May 07, 2022
The patrons-only continuation of our TPS76/Sublation Media chat with renegade journalist Michael Tracey! We discuss the mediatization of President Zelensky and its role in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, plus Michael's European tour culminating in his collision with NATO-enthusiast Paul Mason, and the Corbynite case for war! Become a patron now and get weekly exclusive shows, plus access to our archive of patrons-only interviews with Ben Burgis and Peter Hitchens, Laura Smith, Sunetra Gupta, Karie Murphy, Peter Dale Scott, Toby Young, Joe Guinan, and loads more. Join the popular gang and help us grow. 
May 01, 2022
TPS76 SUBLATION ii | Michael Tracey, Jenin Younes
On our cool second magazine show for Sublation Media , TPS welcomes civil liberties attorney Jenin Younes and independent journalist (and friend of the show) Michael Tracey, to discuss Elon Musk's Twitter take-over, the blurring of government and social media platforms over COVID-19, and the ongoing aftermath of Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Don't miss the full interview with Jenin and the continuation of our conversation with Michael on TPS75 and TPS77, both exclusive to subscribers at 
May 01, 2022
To hear the full episode, head over to Jenin Younes is an attorney with the New Civil Liberties Alliance, currently bringing a suit against the US Surgeon General over suppression of free speech around COVID-19. Jenin explains the civil liberties case against vaccine and mask mandates, the role of courts in resisting state overreach during the pandemic period, and her own developing position on the politics of the pandemic. We now have a weekly video show on the Sublation Media YouTube channel - get over there and Like and Subscribe.
April 26, 2022
TPS74 BAD T.V. ROUND UP | Sophie Hayes
David teamed up with stand up comedian and 'Dumb Bitch Media' co-host Sophie Hayes to discuss the best bad dating shows: Netflix's 'Dating Around' and 'Ultimatum'... plus what dating show format did David once pitch to MTV?  We now have a weekly video show on the Sublation Media YouTube channel - get over there and Like and Subscribe.  For exclusive interview episodes and lots more why not join our Patreon community for £3 per month today?
April 26, 2022
In the patrons-only continuation of TPS72's discussion with River Page, the guys tackle the continuities and discontinuities of trans rights with previous frontiers of civil rights, Florida's Don't Say Gay bill, and the dangers of Disney's 'liberation from above' in opposing it. Subscribe at for the full discussion, an exclusive TPS beer mat, and loads more subscriber-only episodes.  For music used in this episode, follow the TPS Spotify playlist
April 18, 2022
TPS72 SUBLATION i | River Page, Carl Shoben
This public episode is the first part of a new collaboration with Sublation/Diet Soap Media, a new platform founded by Doug Lain, former editor of Zer0 Books. Published both on our own podcast feed and as a video version on the Sublation/Diet Soap Media YouTube channel, this will be our main weekly show, incorporating segments from the bigger interviews reserved just for Patrons. This episode takes the second defeat of Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round of the French Presidential election as an opportunity to reflect on the end of the 'left populist' electoral experiments of the past decade with Survation's Carl Shoben, before turning to the US Republican Party's wave of anti-LGBT legislation with River Page - a writer with American Affairs, Twink Revolution, and Compact Magazine. The patrons-only full interview with Carl is TPS71, and the discussion with River continues as TPS73. Please consider supporting us at this exciting time by joining our Patreon community. 
April 18, 2022
Become a subscriber at to hear the full interview and loads more exclusive episodes. Carl Shoben advised both Tony Blair and Jeremy Corbyn as a pollster and is now leader of strategic communications for the polling firm Survation. We take the second defeat of Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round of the French Presidential election as an opportunity to reflect on the end of the 'left populist' electoral experiments of the past decade, what the international Left continues to misunderstand about its defeat, and the prospects for rediscovering our anti-systemic overlaps with the deplorables.  For music used in this episode, follow the TPS Spotify playlist
April 16, 2022
TPS70 SINGING DYLAN | Billy Childish
In the thick of lockdown in March 2021, we spoke to the Greatest Living Englishman, Billy Childish, down the landline phone from his living room in Chatham, Kent. Billy is a punk and blues musician, painter, poet and much else, and has been named as an influence by Kurt Cobain, Kylie Minogue, Jack White and many others. We talked about Billy's then-latest project, an album of Bob Dylan covers, the role of confession in art and culture today, and Billy played a beautiful impromptu version of Dylan's 'Simple Twist of Fate' over the phone. To mark the publication of the second volume of Billy's Dylan project this month, we present a new podcast edit of our interview. Support us at and help us grow. For the music we used in this episode and loads more, follow the TPS Spotify playlist.
March 31, 2022
TPS69 GRINDSET | Symeon Brown, Moya Lothian-McLean
We're talking about the work of young people entering the online 'influencer' economy and journalism today. Symeon Brown was shortlisted for an Orwell Prize in 2019 and shortlisted at the 2018 British Journalism Awards and is author of a new book on online influencers, Get Rich or Lie Trying. Moya Lothian-McLean is politic editor for Gal-Dem and a freelance journalist. The episode covers the pathologies of this deeply itinerant work, 'black-fishing', Jussie Smollett, emerging online media, and the effect all this is happening on the politics of the so-called 'Generation Left'. Support us at and help us grow. For the music we used in this episode and loads more, follow the TPS Spotify playlist.
March 31, 2022
TPS68 LA RÉPUBLIQUE, C'EST MOI | Marlon Ettinger, Olly Haynes
Anticipating the upcoming French election, political commentators Marlon Ettinger and Olly Haynes join us to discuss Macron's record, the nature of the left populist Jean-Luc Mélenchon and far right Éric Zemmour, the Yellow Vests, and the long shadow of Charles de Gaulle. Support us at and help us grow. For the music we used in this episode and loads more, follow the TPS Spotify playlist. Consider supporting Marlon's reporting here. 
March 18, 2022
If you dig this unlocked Patrons-first episode, please consider supporting us at Leighton Woodhouse is a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker whose works include 'Trumpland: Kill All  Normies', based on Angela Nagle's book. We got together to talk protest  movements, COVID restrictions, Joe Rogan, and the afterlife of key figures in the alt right and Intellectual Dark Web.
March 05, 2022
If you dig this unlocked Patrons-first episode, please consider supporting us at Claire Fox’s journey to being Baroness Fox of  Buckley runs through the Troskyist Revolutionary Communist Party, to  Living Marxism magazine, Spiked Online, the Academy of Ideas, the Brexit Party, and now the House of Lords. In this interview, we discuss whether Baroness Fox’s perspective on her habitual topics of free speech and Brexit have been changed by COVID and her own elevation to the top of the establishment, and whether there are connections between Britain’s peculiar strain of libertarian Marxism and the political of project of Boris Johnson.
March 05, 2022
If you dig this unlocked Patrons-FIRST episode, consider helping us grow by subscribing at From the comedy of West Elm Caleb to the tragedy of an online antisemitism hunter: we reconvened with the Internet's finest anthropologist, Katherine Dee/Default Friend, to discuss how the dynamics of digital media code our personal lives and politics today. Our case studies are the mass TikTok call out of an undistinguished New York fuckboy, and the suicide of a well-liked Humanities lecturer whose online life had become a vigilante mission against Jeremy Corbyn's Left. PLUS how the Left and Right are responding to the problem of digital media ownership.
March 05, 2022
TPS67 DID WE STUTTER? | Michael Tracey
All eyes are on Ukraine as Russia invades. The run up to this crisis has seen unprecedented agreement on the dissident Left and dissident Right  in scepticism of American intelligence and ‘realist’ critique of NATO - much of it on this show. Was this - as one friend of TPS put it - 'Iraq in reverse' with the sceptics humiliated and the West's war machine vindicated? We joined anti-interventionist journalist Michael Tracey to discuss America's hand in the crisis's fruition, #RussiaGate, the Bidens in Ukraine, and why there's never been a more important time to reaffirm the anti-Imperialist analysis. Help us out and get amazing exclusive episodes at
February 26, 2022
TPS64 START THE WAR | Steve Howell, Andrew Murray
To discuss the Ukraine/Russia border crisis, anti-imperialism and anti-interventionism in Britain, the development of foreign policy under Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership, and the roots of Keir Starmer’s pro-NATO anti-Left posturing, we welcome Andrew Murray and Steve Howell. Andrew is one of Britain’s most prominent anti-imperialist voices and former chair of the Stop the War Coalition. He and Steve both served as advisors to Jeremy Corbyn during his leadership of the Labour Party. Please consider helping us grow the project by liking and subscribing, giving us a 5* review, sharing our stuff on social media, and subscribing at
February 18, 2022
UNLOCKED in light of Gord's Twitter ban! Gord Magill has been driving long haul for twenty five years. He spoke to us about the 'Freedom Convoy' protest at the US/Canadian border, its political ambitions and class composition, and answers some of the main accusations that have been against the protesters. If you dig this episode, you could have heard it earlier at, along with loads of subscriber-only bonus episodes. If you're new to The Popular Show, make sure you scroll back to last Christmas, and check out our whole series with COVID critical voices. 
February 13, 2022
Portugal, the junior partner of 2015's new Left electoral experiments, offers the example with the most longevity. The supply and demand relationship the centre-left Socialist Party (PS) embarked on with the anti-austerity Communist Party and Left Bloc reached fruition in this January's general election, in which PS won a historic absolute majority. To guide us through the fate of Portugal's far Left parties, their prospects against a centre Left they they re-legitimised and the rise of a new Portuguese national populism, we welcome Joana Ramiro, contributing editor at Setenta e Quatro, and writer for Novara Media, the Guardian and elsewhere. Consider helping us grow the project at
February 11, 2022
TPS61 NEW RIGHTS | Curt Mills
Curt Mills is a contributing editor at The American Conservative. He was a speaker on the foreign policy realignment of the post-Trump New Right at last autumn’s National Conservatism conference: an event that moved David Brooks to despair that “what passes for the worldview of the right is a set of resentful animosities, a partisan attachment to Donald Trump or Tucker Carlson, a sort of mental brutalism”. We get the inside word on the up and comers of the post-Trump Right, compare its dynamics to those of the Corbyn project AND MORE. If you enjoy this episode, help us out and get bonus shows at
February 08, 2022
Canada's long special relationship with Ukraine gives it a peculiar position in the West's current drums-for-war with Russia over the Ukrainian border. Canadian journalist Jeremy Appel joins us to outline the complex influence of the Ukrainian Right on the self-consciously progressive administration of Justin Trudeau, and the ironies of its coincidence with the new visibility of a homegrown far right in the Freedom Convoy.  Help us grow the project and get exclusive episodes at
February 05, 2022
More than any other British politician, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was the creation of the media, and it appears that media is now resolved to take him down. Media scholar Dan Hind joins us for a wide-ranging assessment of the dynamics behind the Prime Minister's rapid collapse in the polls, the function of the BBC, the media's role in the 2019 General Election, and his plan for a new and democratised model of public broadcasting. Help us build the project and get early access to episodes like this one, and loads of exclusive episodes, at
January 27, 2022
TPS supporters at have access to TWO simultaneously released new episodes, with James and David, and with media scholar Dan Hind. Seriously what are you waiting for! TPS57 WELCOME TO THE DESERT OF THE REAL The boys finally get together for some materialist critique of two big winter movies - The Matrix Resurrections and Don't Look Up- before returning to the COVID WAROOM to analyse how Trump and Boris Johnson's fortunes continue to shift with the pandemic, the real reason people hate Boris for his parties, Trump the vaccine moderate, and how lockdown maximalism became the new preferred dialect of America's elite schools. TPS58 META MEDIA | Dan Hind More than any other British politician, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was the creation of the media, and it appears that media is now resolved to take him down. Media scholar Dan Hind joins us for a wide-ranging assessment of the dynamics behind the Prime Minister's rapid collapse in the polls, the function of the BBC, the media's role in the 2019 General Election, and his plan for a new and democratised model of public broadcasting.
January 22, 2022
Donald Ray Reynolds, Jr. - a young black Knoxvillian with no prior trouble with the law, who owned four small businesses and possessed a Tennessee open-carry permit - has now spent a decade of a remarkable life + 75 year sentence in a controversial Bureau of Prisons Communication Management Unit in Knoxville, Tennessee: institutions set up in the George W. Bush years to house accused terrorists. New Right journalist and friend of The Popular Show, J. Arthur Bloom has been researching Reynolds' case, and sets out for us the spine-tingling evidence that Donny is in fact being detained for turning down the offer to act as an informant on Mexican cartels, in a case remarkably similar to the Operation Fast and Furious scandal of the Obama years. Support us, get extra content, and help us build the project, at 
January 11, 2022
pt.5 of our Christmas 'Harms of Lockdown' miniseries. To listen to this series finale, become a subscriber at The Great Barrington Declaration, calling for an end to lockdowns and a new regime of targeted care was published in October 2020, and immediately tarred as a byword for libertarian callousness and pseudoscience. We spoke to one of its authors, Sunetra Gupta (professor of theoretical epidemiology, University of Oxford) and a prominent signatory, Carl Heneghan (director of the University of Oxford's Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine), about their contribution to debates around non-pharmaceutical interventions, where the mainstream consensus on the pandemic has gone wrong, and the misconceptions about their personal politics and funding. Prof Gupta and Prof Heneghan also give THEIR FIRST description of the notorious summit with Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak, which allegedly resulted in the UK's refusal of a 'circuit breaker' lockdown in Autumn 2020.
December 23, 2021
TPS54 NO LOCKDOWN | Daniel Briggs
pt.4 of our Christmas 'Harms of Lockdown' miniseries. To listen to the entire series, become a subscriber at Daniel Briggs teaches at the Universidad Europea de Madrid and is co-author of Lockdown: Social Harm in the COVID-19 Era. In this new instalment of our 'COVID critical' miniseries, Daniel and James discuss the under-publicised harms of lockdown policies, the two models of neoliberalism defended by pro and anti lockdown parties, and Daniel's forthcoming study of Europe's anti-vaccine movement.
December 22, 2021
pt.3 of our Christmas 'Harms of Lockdown' miniseries. To listen to the entire series, become a subscriber at McCormack teaches International Relations at the University of Leicester and is an expert in the theory of the state. In 2018, she was attacked on the front page of the Times for her critique Britain's role in Syria. In this interview, Tara argues that the COVID-19 response reflects a 'coming home' of dynamics formerly only associated with foreign policy, as well as a decline and an attempt to renew the power of state. This is part of mini-series speaking to COVID critical academics. Please consider supporting our work at for subscribers-only bonus episodes. 
December 21, 2021
TPS52 CORONA GENERATION | Jennie Bristow, Ellen Townsend
pt.2 of our Christmas 'Harms of Lockdown' miniseries. To listen to the entire series, become a subscriber at Vaccine mandates and the threat of new lockdowns come to the UK, to the backdrop of new and increasingly authoritarian measures across Europe and in parts of the US. The Popular Show is spending the run-up to Christmas speaking to academics about under-publicised negative effects of previous and existing measures, starting with the effect of lockdowns on the young. Dr Jennie Bristow (Canterbury Christ Church University, Centre for Parenting Culture Studies) and Professor Ellen Townsend (University of Nottingham, Self-Harm Research Group) join us to speak about the prospects of the 'Corona Generation'. SUPPORT OUR WORK at Patrons get early access to our hottest episodes as well as regular Patrons-only bonus episodes like this and this!
December 18, 2021
TPS51 pt.1 PARTY CANCELLED | Twink Revolution, River Page
Marxism with Twink characteristics is the theme of our Christmas party (Omicron permitting), as we're reunited with Sam & Gian from the cult TWINK REVOLUTION podcast, plus writer and honorary twink River Page. Itinerary for pt.1: COVD culture in Wisconsin and the South * from Coke Zero to Zero COVID * elites go woke * reviewing progressive baby books... don't miss our Patreon pt.2 AFTERPARTY! on The New Left and the CIA * Do universities reproduce elites? * Biden’s imperialism * the Compatible Left vs Assange, Corbyn and Glenn! 03c457fafbc8b91b462ef0b8f61d4fd96577a4b58c18b50e59621fd0f41a8ae1a4
December 10, 2021
TPS50 28 LOCKDOWNS LATER | Thomas Fazi, Toby Green
pt.1 of our Christmas 'Harms of Lockdown' miniseries. To listen to the entire series, become a subscriber at As lockdowns for the unvaccinated spread across Europe, we sat with Thomas Fazi ('Reclaiming the State') and Toby Green ('The COVID Consensus') for a dissenting look at COVID containment measures over the past 20 months, and to discuss what a prospectus for a COVID critical Left could look like.
December 03, 2021
TPS49 pt.1 BAD BOYS OF BREXIT | John Redwood MP, David Jamieson, Joe Guinan
This is part 1 of a special episode bringing together voices from across the political spectrum who share a positive vision for Britain outside the European Union. Part 2. MAD LADS OF LEXIT, continues the discussion with David Jamieson and Joe Guinan, and is available to subscribers at Subscribers already got the unedited interview with John Redwood when it was recorded in October. The BAD BOYS are: Sir John Redwood, MP, head of Margaret Thatcher's policy unit, and a longstanding Eurosceptic of the Tory Right. David Jamieson, a Scottish Marxist, co-host of Contercast, and a rare supporter both of Brexit and Scottish Independence. And Joe Guinan, Vice President of the Democracy Collaborative Think Tank and a key contributor to the economic policies of Jeremy Corbyn.
November 26, 2021
As the Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty verdict was announced, David and James sat down to discuss the FOUR FALLACIES of the panicked left-liberal response to the case: 1. that it is the court's function to adjudicate between political ideologies, 2. that courtroom decisions determine the moral character of perpetrators or victims, 3. that 'imagine a black man did this' is a progressive argument, and 4. that a not guilty verdict is a license to future fascist violence. Help us keep having the toughest conversations on the left. SUBSCRIBE at for regular bonus episodes. 
November 20, 2021
Welcome back to RAX KING, author of Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer and co-host of the Low Culture Boil podcast. David and Rax get into the pleasures of Jewish holidays, cheap perfume, the ethical code of Jersey Shore, the relative merits of being in the mall and being online, and the meaning of LET’S GO BRANDON. Our supporters at got this episode first, as well as a whole archive of subscriber-only episodes. Why not start helping us grow the platform for less than the cost of a beer per month? 
November 13, 2021
David Bell is a leading global health expert, who has worked at the top of the World Health Organisation and for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He believes that the use of lockdowns and universal vaccination in the response to COVID-19 has been a grievous error, and a betrayal of the founding principles of the global healthcare sector. In pt.1 of a wide-ranging interview, David describes first-hand the takeover of global health by corporate interests, and how the successive pandemics and near-pandemics of the 21st century have led the WHO in an increasingly authoritarian direction. In our subscribers-only pt.2, THE COVID ERROR, David continues the story, to explain why he thinks a twenty-year drift in the WHO away from its founding constitution has resulted in the disastrous error of lockdowns and vaccine mandates today.
November 05, 2021
TPS45 pt.1 HORROR ROUND UP! | Mary Wild
This is pt.1 of a 2-part episode. To listen to pt.2, 'The Wisest Woman in Europe' - on Freud vs. Jung, T.S. Eliot, the meaning of birthdays, and the scary fate of the director of ‘Human Centipede' - subscribe at In pt.1, we team up with psychoanalytic film scholar, Mary Wild, to review the biggest horror releases of the summer: Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele's 'Candyman' and James Wan's 'Malignant'. For extra Halloween spookiness, Mary gets her tarot cards out to predict David and James's futures! 
October 29, 2021
TPS44 pt.1 LAURA2LAURA | Laura Pidcock, Laura Smith
This is PART 1 of a two-part episode. PART 2, 'Too Laura to Laura', continues the discussion with Laura Smith, and is available exclusively to subscribers at The rise and fall of Corbynism is marked by the 2017 victories and 2019 defeats of Laura Pidcock and Laura Smith as radical left Members of Parliament for North West Durham and Crewe and Nantwich. In this unique discussion, the Lauras talk Laura to Laura about the subsequent direction of the Labour Party, the problem with the Labour Right, the Keir Starmer they knew, building left power outside parliament, and what the hell went on in there. 
October 26, 2021
TRAILER TPS43 HITCHES | Ben Burgis, Peter Hitchens🔐
This is a special Patreon subscribers' episode. Support us on Patreon for less than the price of a pint. His support for the Iraq War so obliterated the reputation of Christopher Hitchens on the Left that the millennial and Gen Z socialists emerging since his death in 2011 are barely aware he existed. In a special crossover with Ben Burgis's Give Them an Argument show, we discuss Ben's attempts to change that with a new book, Christopher Hitchens: What He Got Right, Where He Went Wrong, and Why He Still Matters. To help us interrogate Hitchens's many contradictions, we welcome back to TPS his brother, Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens: an author the elder Hitch once described as so reactionary, he felt he should a wear a garlic rosary while reading him.
October 22, 2021
Help us continue making great shows and get bonus episodes and early-access interviews at Afeni joined us from Freedom Fighters DC to talk about keeping politics local in the national core, why the Squad keeps folding, policing in the US and UK, Dave Chappelle and Nicki Minaj breaking rank with their class, the rise of the generation that reached political maturity in the Trump years… PLUS why she’s a “fuck-around-and-find-out free speech absolutist”.
October 16, 2021
TPS41 TUMBLRISTAS | Katherine Dee
Cheaper than a pint - help us keep making this stuff by subscribing today at Subcultural spaces associated with the far right - from GamerGate to 4Chan - have attracted endless analysis. But what about their radical liberal cousin? The guys kicked back with Katherine Dee to revisit Tumblr: Obama-era clickbait journalism's favourite source of anthropological adventures, as well as the laboratory for many mores around sex, identity, and politics today.
October 04, 2021
TRAILER TPS40 DID NEOLIBERALISM DIE? | Paolo Gerbaudo, Elena Louisa Lange 🔐
A POPULAR DEBATE format episode EXCLUSIVE TO SUBSCRIBERS at Paolo Gerbaudo (The Great Recoil: Politics after Populism and Pandemic) and Elena Louisa Lange (Value Without Fetish) get into a heated argument over whether populism and COVID-19 have opened the possibility of neoliberalism being transcended, or instead merely revived and expanded its exploitative power.
October 01, 2021
This episode was previously EXCLUSIVE TO SUBSCRIBERS at Please help us continue platforming the toughest conversations in politics and culture, on both sides of the Atlantic, for £3 per month. Support for maximal lockdown measures has been an article of faith for liberals and the left since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But where did this unprecedented approach to pandemic containment come from? And was it suitable to all the global contexts it was deployed in? Africanist Toby Green is a dissenting voice you NEED to hear. His book Covid Consensus: The New Politics of Global Inequality is an outstanding analysis of the regressive effects of lockdown policies, and the neocolonial dimension of their imposition on the Global South.
September 17, 2021
Cheaper than a pint! membership gives you advance access to our biggest interviews, regular subscriber-only episodes, and helps us grow the project.  How is the Afghanistan withdrawal being received on the dissident right? MAGA depends on keeping clear water between its 'anti-imperialism of the right' and the bipartisan forever wars of the neocon establishment: a narrative thrown by warmonger Biden's abrupt cutting ties with wars of humanitarian intervention and state building. The fellas look at Tucker Carlson and Steve Bannon's scramble to respond to Biden's surprising continuities with Trump, reshaping their stances on the deep state, the military, and culture wars as they do so. We also scoop up Joe Rogan's iv*rm*ct*n controversy, and predict new fractures on the left and within the professional class if anti-COVID measures ramp up once more in the coming months. 
September 12, 2021
TOO IMPORTANT TO STAY LOCKED. One of the most notorious instances of the weaponisation of antisemitism, with ramifications across the international Left. In pt. 2 of our interview with Marc Wadsworth, we discuss Marc's suspension from the UK Labour Party in 2016 after allegations of antisemitism, how the antiracism he spent his career fighting for has been turned against the Left, and - most candidly - where Jeremy Corbyn himself went wrong in his management of the affair. If you missed pt. 1 RACIST ENDEAVOURS, about Marc's past as a campaigner at the heart of the Stephen Lawrence case, scroll back now.  PLEASE consider helping us continue by becoming a subscriber at
August 30, 2021
The fellas discuss Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan and the resulting political class meltdown, the arrival of incel terrorism in the UK with the Plymouth shooting, and answer YOUR emails about the prospect of left-wing political violence in the face of climate change. It's a three-fingers of bourbon kind of show, and keep the bottle on hand!  IF YOU DIG THE SHOW AND WANT IT TO CONTINUE, PLEASE SUB US A FEW QUID ON
August 20, 2021
David and James discuss the summer plans of the narcissists and perverts that pass for a ruling class: the resignation of Andrew Cuomo, Obama's birthday party, the IPCC Climate Change Report, the lawsuit against Prince Andrew, and Tucker Carlson's visit to Hungary. Help us continue! Follow us everywhere! 
August 12, 2021
This is the UNLOCKED pt.1 of a 2-part interview. For ENGLISH IRONIES - our discussion of Marc's expulsion from the Labour Party and where the Left went wrong in the Labour antisemitism affair - subscribe now at A trade unionist and leading Black rights activist through the 1980s and 90s, Marc Wadsworth was part of a cadre of campaigners who gathered around the family of Stephen Lawrence after the racist murder of the London teenager - and subsequent bungled police investigation - in 1993. In this interview, Marc tells the remarkable story of fighting for justice with the Lawrences, recruiting Nelson Mandela to the campaign, and finally how Britain's elites used the case to launder their own reputations.
August 07, 2021
This is the UNLOCKED pt.1 of our interview with Touré Reed. pt. 2 DIANGELO AGONISTES - on liberals' ever-shifting bullshit on race, and why the Left falls for it - is available ONLY to our Patreon supporters. Please consider dropping us £3 a month in exchange for first access to our biggest interviews, as well as regular Patreon-only episodes that never get unlocked. Help us continue. Follow us everywhere and spread the word.  In Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism, Touré Reed argues that liberals and self-identified antiracists increasingly think in terms of races embodying inherent qualities: in a mirror image of the more conventional racism they oppose in their antagonists on the right. Reed calls this 'race reductionism'. In part 1 of a wide-ranging interview, we discuss socialist universalism's failure to make inroads with Black voters in 2020, the Black vote for Biden and Trump, the antinomies of BLM, and the danger of underplaying the class basis of mass incarceration and police killings.
August 03, 2021
TPS33 HAVANA CLUB | Keith Bolender
Find and Follow us everywhere: Help us continue and get exclusive episodes: As protests in Cuba prompt the Biden administration to reiterate the extremism towards Cuba of the Trump years, we call on Cuba-expert Keith Bolender to tell the story of America's long and violent history of trying to control the island. We get Keith's account of recent changes in Cuba's governance, the generational changes in how Cubans view the revolution, and what the US and UK left get wrong about anti-Imperialism.
July 26, 2021
TPS32 DEEP WOKE | Vida Starr
Vida Starr is a Trauma-Informed Care Educator and co-host of the Champagne Sharks and Afrogyn Revolt shows. We asked her to give us the balance sheet on Black politics since the George Floyd murder, what woke academia and media gets wrong about Black men and Black women, and the significance of a series of Olympics bans for Black women athletes. Help us continue! Follow us everywhere! 
July 11, 2021
This is our latest interview with the political figures grappling with what happens when a right-wing party succeeds with an economically populist offer. Jake Berry is Conservative Member of Parliament for Rossendale and Darwen, and leads the Northern Research Group - the collection of Tory MPs representing constituencies in the traditionally Labour-dominated north of England. The NRG seeks to petition its party to make good on the higher spending 'side-of-the-bus' populism of Brexit. We ask whether Boris Johnson's Conservative Party really differs from previous incarnations, how the Jeremy Corbyn moment looked from the other side, and get Jake's view of new left experimentation in local government in the north, such as the 'Preston Model'. Help us continue! Follow us everywhere! 
June 30, 2021
This was originally a Patreon subscribers-only episode, which we have now made public. Help us build the project by subscribing today. In the run-up to the 2020 US Presidential Election, Tara Reade accused the eventual winner, Joe Biden, of a sexual assault, which she alleged took place in 1992, when Reade was working for his Biden's Senate Office. What happened next was a chilling series of events, exposing the interrelations between the Biden administration and the NGO complex, Hollywood and the Democratic Party, and the dark side of #MeToo. We were privileged to speak to Tara Reade about what happens to a person after they make an accusation like this. Follow us everywhere, and spread the Popular word:
June 25, 2021
TPS27 pt.1 DEEP STATE | Peter Dale Scott 🔓 UNLOCKED
This is the unlocked pt.1 of a 2-part interview. In our Patreon subscribers-only pt.2, we discuss the 2021 Capitol Uprising and 2020 election as 'deep events', plus Peter Dale Scott's current thinking on the Kennedy Assassination and 9/11, and what he left out of his previous writings on them. Scott also speaks about his collaboration with the Polish poet Czesław Miłosz, and the long view of human history he takes as a poet and literary scholar. Unlocked pt.1: In a rare interview, Peter Dale Scott spoke to us about his half century-long project investigating the anti-democratic 'deep events' structuring the American Order: from the Kennedy Assassination to 9/11. We get his response to the right-wing appropriation of his work - from Alex Jones to Steve Bannon and Donald Trump - his candid appraisal of Noam Chomsky, and his intuitions about the direction the 'deep state' is taking today. Follow us everywhere and spread the Popular word:
June 10, 2021
TPS28 pt.1 VEILED PROFITS | J. Arthur Bloom
We're joined by the digital editor of The American Conservative, J. Arthur Bloom, for a wide-ranging discussion of the lab leak hypothesis, media 'fact checkers', and the Non-Profits cultivating progressive causes for elite ends. Get on for part 2, on the cancellation of Ellie Kemper, and the question of where the dissident Right and dissident Left can find common cause. Follow us everywhere and spread the word! !
June 06, 2021
TRAILER TPS27 pt.2 DEEP EVENT | Peter Dale Scott🔐
This is a preview of a patrons-only episode, available to subscribers at Check out the free unlocked pt.1 here on your podcast app. In the subscribers-only second part of our Peter Dale Scott interview, we discuss the 2020 election and 2021 Capitol uprising as 'deep events', plus Peter's current thinking on the Kennedy Assassination and 9/11, and what he left out of his previous writings on them. Scott also speaks about his 1960s collaboration with the Polish poet Czesław Miłosz, and concludes with a spellbinding improvised lecture on the long view of human history he takes as a poet and literary scholar. Follow us everywhere:
May 29, 2021
This episode previously appeared as a premium patrons-only episode. Part 2 - 'Enjoy Your Castration' - remains exclusive to subscribers on Freudian psychoanalysis has a reputation as both an elite indulgence and as sexually normative and prescriptive. So what could it have to offer either trans people today or the poor immigrant residents of America's barrios? Argentine psychoanalyst Patricia Gherovici specialises in working with trans patients, as well bringing the perspective of South American "psychoanalysis for the people", which holds the exploration of the unconscious as a radically democratic act. In the first part of a two-part interview, David and James discuss how psychoanalysis can break us out of liberal platitudes in today's debates on trans. Find all our stuff and spread the word here:
May 28, 2021
This is an EXCERPT from the full episode, available only to our subscribers at In the first of a series of discussions of philanthropists and non-profits, we teamed up with author and journalist Katie Roiphe to discuss the role of #MeToo discourse in the reportage of the divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates. On the way Katie discussed her own brush with the dynamics of #MeToo and her prescient critique of it in Harper's, and looked back on her tv debate from 1994 with Christopher Hitchens and Naomi Wolf.  Follow us everywhere and spread the word! !
May 23, 2021
TPS25 BANNED FROM THE HOUSE | Joe Guinan, Matthew Brown
A UK Labour Party update with economist, Joe Guinan, and the Last Good Man in Labour, leader of Preston City Council, Matthew Brown. We discuss what happens when a Left party goes Right, responding to Biden and Boris's spending splurges and the demands of the new Northern Right, PLUS how economic democracy and community wealth building might qualify demands to 'Defund the Police'. Help us out:  Follow us everywhere, and spread the Popular word:
May 14, 2021
TRAILER TPS24 pt.2 ENJOY YOUR CASTRATION | Patricia Gherovici🔐
In Part 2 of our interview with Lacanian analyst Patricia Gherovici, we discuss the Black Mountain Institute director Joshua Wolf Shenk's exposure of himself while on a Zoom meeting in the bath, and Joe Biden as castrated father. This episode is a premium patrons-only episode, exclusive to subscribers on Pt. 1, 'Trans Psychoanalysis', is now unlocked on your podcast app.  We appreciate your support of The Popular Show. For more ways to get involved, see our new link page:
May 08, 2021
In Alfie's farewell episode, columnist of the subcultures Roisin Kiberd, author of The Disconnect (2021) joins to talk about Facebook and the culture of the normie, birds taking over the world, Monster Energy and falling in love online. Enjoy the vapourwave.  Help us continue! SUPPORT US and get loads of great free stuff: Find us everywhere:
May 06, 2021
TPS22 OSCAR BAIT | Rax King, Courtney Rawlings, Amber Rollo
David and James party with the queens behind the Low Culture Boil podcast - chatting over why no one watched the Oscars, the aesthetics of COVID masks, and whether the Internet is camp, kitsch, or cringe. If you’re having fun with The Popular Show, don’t forget to throw in some beer money at Find us everywhere:
April 30, 2021
TRAILER RED SCARE BOOTLEG SERIES | Anna Khachiyan, Dasha Nekrasova🔐
The Popular Show/Red Scare Bootleg series is available only to subscribers of Between the start of lockdown and early 2021, we interviewed the hosts of Red Scare - the greatest podcast in history - four times. We present now to our patrons, four new episode edits of those conversations, comprising the Red Scare Bootleg Series. Bootleg 1 is Dasha on Jeffrey Epstein, Bootleg 2 is Anna on Michel Houellebecq, Bootleg 3 is both ladies in conversation with The Nation's JoAnn Wypijewski on election night 2020 (as the surprisingly strong results for Donald Trump began to come in), and Bootleg 4 is Dasha on Lana Del Rey. These are never getting unlocked, so you know what to do.  Find us everywhere:
April 28, 2021
TPS19 EASTER RISING | Terry Eagleton
James and Alfie caught up with the legendary Marxist literary critic (and their former professor at the University of Manchester), Terry Eagleton. Terry offers some needed historical and spiritual perspective on the Left's current state of defeat, and offers an Easter message on the dissidence in uselessness, and what Christianity can teach the Left about life after tragedy. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us continue by supporting us as a Patreon subscriber at
April 02, 2021
We marked the release of the #SnyderCut of the Justice League movie by teaming up with the hilarious Brandon Sutton for a deep dive into the aesthetics and politics of superheroes. A second episode with Brandon ('The Coolio Cut') is available exclusively to our patrons at
March 26, 2021
TPS17: MASK OFF | Juliet Jacques
Author of 'Trans: A Memoir' and Suite 212 host Juliet Jacques takes us on a long march through Britain's reactionary institutions: the police, the media, and corporate comedy... plus the team reminisce about early 2000s Blairite Manchester. This is PART 1 of a two part interview, but you need to sign up on Patreon ( to get PART 2, where Juliet spills the tea on interviewing Jeremy Corbyn and lays out her design for a post-COVID hedonistic left! 
March 19, 2021
When right-wing parties adopt left-wing aesthetics. The economist and author Grace Blakeley joins us to debate the UK Tories' alleged Corbynista turn, and to spill the tea on coming up on the left in the Corbyn era, and after. If you enjoy The Popular Show, consider supporting us on Patreon, and get access to our weekly political education and arts interviews and more:
March 05, 2021
We caught up with veteran YouTuber, Peter Coffin, to analyse Stonewall's advocacy of 'Aromantic Awareness Week', and the company offering artisan meats cloned from the tissue of celebrities.  If you enjoy The Popular Show, consider supporting us on Patreon, and get access to our weekly political education and arts interviews and more:
February 25, 2021
Celebrating Irish American excellence with populism's greatest stand up comedian, Sean P. McCarthy. We play a new gameshow segment, 'Who's Been Cancelled Now?', covering the targeting of Gina Carano, Ken Loach, and Nathan Robinson, before getting Sean's views on stand up comedy's role in the culture war and the new Adam Curtis.  If you enjoy The Popular Show, consider supporting us on Patreon, and get access to our weekly political education and arts interviews and more:
February 19, 2021
EPISODE 12: POPULAR INTERNATIONAL II (Andray Domise, Trevor Beaulieu, Chardine Taylor-Stone, Annie Olaloku-Teriba)
Chardine Taylor-Stone, Annie Olaloku-Teriba, Andray Domise, and T from 'Champagne Sharks' join us for a trans-Atlantic interrogation of current directions within the Black left, the class division INSIDE Black Lives Matter, the aesthetics of US and UK security services, and how we are to mourn COVID. If you enjoy The Popular Show, consider supporting us on Patreon, and get access to our weekly political education and arts interviews and more:
February 16, 2021
We caught up with the author of Monopsony Capitalism: Power and Production in the Twilight of the Sweatshop Age to discuss the farmers' protests in India and to contrast India's social movements with those in the West. Before that we picked up the traumification of AOC and the Democratic Party, David offered an insider's guide to the structure of the Capitol Building, and Ashok gave the DEFINITIVE account of why bringing trauma into politics is always reactionary. If you enjoy The Popular Show, consider supporting us on Patreon, and get access to our weekly political education and arts interviews and more:
February 13, 2021
EPISODE 10: READY WORKER ONE (Paolo Pedercini, Marijam Didzgalvtye, Jamie Woodcock)
Populism, Politics and Playstations. We are joined by legendary game maker Paolo Pedercini, creator of Democratic Socialist Simulator, Nova Alea, To Build a Better Mousetrap and other anti-capitalist games, games industry activist Marijam Didzgalvtye of Left, Left, Up and Jamie Woodcock - author of Marx and the Arcade.
February 09, 2021
EPISODE 9: INAUGURATION HOUSE PARTY! (Angie Speaks, Brandon Sutton, IntrnetDaughter)
This week we played some party games in a special session of The Popular Show. feat. online personalities @SpeaksAngie, @intrnetdaughter, @PrettyBadLefty and others. It was a very good laugh.
February 01, 2021
EPISODE 8: SQUAD GOALS (Fiorella Isabel, Shant Mesrobian, Dumb Bitch Media)
Critiquing The Squad's response to economic populism, anti-imperialism, and the #CapitolRiots with Fiorella Isabel and Shant Mesrobian, discussing the UK government's embarrassing £30 food parcels, and then fun time with Dumb Bitch Media: ethical cannibalism under digital capitalism?
January 19, 2021
EPISODE 7: BREXIT AQUARIUS + #FreeAssange (Joe Guinan, Renata Avila)
For a special episode, we were joined by Corbyn advisor and economist Joe Guinan, who describes to us the path to a democratised national economy OUTSIDE THE EU that the UK left should have been pursuing all along. We were also joined by Julian Assange and WikiLeaks lawyer Renata Avila to get an update on his case and the campaign to save his life.
January 12, 2021
EPISODE 6: BRAZILIAN CARNAGE (Alex Hochuli, Matthew Richmond, Romulo Peas)
We went to Brazil to discuss the rise of the populist Right with Bolsonaro, the possibility of a Brazilian Left and another Lula government, anti-fascism and the discipling of the Left, the pandemic in South American and Neymar's lockdown party. Join us with Romulo Peas, former deputy minister for development in Lula and Dilma's government and with Alex Hochuli of the Auphebunga Bunga podcast and Matthew Richmond of LSE, who joined us from across Brazil.
January 12, 2021
EPISODE 4: POPULAR INTERNATIONAL (Thomas Frank, Ian Lavery MP, Jon Trickett MP, Laura Smith)
The team were joined by Labour MPs Jon Trickett and Ian Lavery, and ex-MP Laura Smith - to talk about the Left in Britain and the need for a populist politics within the major political parties. We then talked with legendary American journalist Thomas Frank about the failures of liberalism on the other side of the pond. We also played POPULAR QUESTIONS with a live jingle performed by one of the team!
December 21, 2020
EPISODE 3: NU-POPULISM (Krystal Ball, Annie Olaloku-Teriba, Rivkah Brown)
The team are joined by Krystal Ball to talk about populism and the conversations that might be possible with the Right that we cant have with the liberals. Before that, they welcome Rivkah Brown and Annie Olaloku-Teriba to discuss how the establishment chronically fails to deal with racism.   Check out our socials to listen to the full episode and podcasts, and support us on Patreon for exclusive bonus content and behind-the-scenes material.   Twitter: Patreon: YouTube: Facebook:
December 13, 2020
This week we were joined by the Mail on Sunday's fascinating Peter Hitchens to discuss how the right sees the left (and itself), and the movement AGAINST lockdown. Then we talked to barrister Paul Clarke from the Global Legal Action Network discussing one of the most historic and important cases for the future of the climate which is spearheading currently. Oh, and we had a chat about Maradona. Support us and get more content: Twitter: Patreon: YouTube: 
December 05, 2020
Welcome to THE POPULAR SHOW. In the first episode, the team talk about the events of the week as Jordan Peterson makes publishers at Penguin cry. Then they welcome Margaret Kimberley to talk about black activism in America now, why not to feel frabjous joy at Biden's presidency and the hollowness of the Obama years. Finally, they deconstruct Netflix's The Crown and the British monarchy today. Enjoy. Check out our YouTube, Patreon and Twitter to listen to more. Twitter: Patreon: YouTube: The Popular Show
November 28, 2020
EPISODE MINUS 1: FOUR MORE YEARS (Glenn Greenwald, Twink Revolution)
Glenn Greenwald was on The Popular Show last week telling how the Left has been destroying itself, why its more important to see connections between Corbyn and Trump than Trump and Boris and what he learned from Michael Brooks. Check out our YouTube, Patreon and Twitter to listen to more.   Twitter: Patreon: YouTube: The Popular Show
November 27, 2020
EPISODE MINUS 2: BIDEN' TIME (Heidi Matthews, David Slavick)
The threads of Heidi Matthews’ heretical early critiques of #MeToo, feminism and the law are knotting together once more, in a presidential election where most liberals and the left have banded behind a Democratic candidate with #MeToo allegations against him, and under the shadow of a second Supreme Court Justice appointment by Donald Trump. Everyday Analysis join Professor Matthews and “Mr Heidi Matthews”, political commentator and producer of the Michael Brooks Show, David Slavick, to discuss America’s current conjuncture and the New Yorker's suspension of Jeffrey Toobin for masturbating on a Zoom call!
October 25, 2020
A uniquely dissident figure in both his party and profession, Tory journalist Peter Oborne has an unrivalled record of exposing the establishment’s corruption from within its own walls. Peter’s intellectual largesse brings him to Everyday Analysis, to lift the lid on Boris Johnson’s ‘client media’, Britain’s treatment of its Muslim citizens and adventures in the Middle East, and the political assassination of Jeremy Corbyn.
October 15, 2020