The New Abnormal

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Blunt truth and dark humor for a world in chaos. A Daily Beast podcast hosted by Molly Jong-Fast & Andy Levy. Tune in every Tuesday and Friday. Become a Daily Beast subscriber to enjoy bonus episodes every Sunday: http://newabnormal.thedailybeast.com/

Our Editor's Take

Listeners looking for a fresh, biting, and humorous take on current events and global politics will love The New Abnormal. Launched at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, co-hosts Molly Jong-Fast and Andy Levy jumped right into hot topics. They cover the most talked-about trends, from Donald Trump to civil unrest. Every episode follows a similar formula consisting of politics, pop culture, and the power that comes with both. No topic is off-limits for this feisty, forward-thinking podcast.

Jong-Fast is a published writer hailing from a New York-based family of literary giants. Her experience as a writer for The Atlantic and Vogue provides a unique point of view. In 2022, Jong-Fast was joined by American commentator Andrew Levy, replacing Rick Wilson as her co-host. Levy brings his signature straight-faced humor and left-leaning political views to the show. He embodies his catchphrase, “I apologize for nothing,” in each episode.

The New Abnormal features guest appearances by scientists, elected officials, and respected reporters, providing clarity and perspective on relevant news. Guests on the podcast have included Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Messenger, and the founder of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, Dr. Eric Topol.

Each new episode presents a thought-provoking and engaging dialogue on the news in the world. Not sure how to handle this new normal? Tune into The New Abnormal on Amazon Music.

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Apr 15 2020
1 min
Is the Supreme Court About to Turn New York Into the Wild West?Stefanik’s Replacement Theory Talk Led to a Day of InfamyTrump Is Wrong About Everything Except Mitch McConnellWhat If Elon Musk’s Twitter Grab Is All ‘a Big Fugazi’?Elon Musk Wants to Run Twitter So He Can Have FriendsThat Time a House Democrat Called Pelosi a ‘Terrible Person’Where the Right Will Strike Next After Its Big Abortion WinPour One Out for Jared Kushner’s GhostwriterSenator Smeared as ‘Groomer’ Has Message for Suburban Moms w/ Sen. Mallory McMorrowHere's What the Hell Joe Manchin Is DoingIvanka Got Real Quiet Real Fast in the Group Text After Nov. 6Sen. Schatz Says Yelling at Hawley Was Like Yelling at ‘My Brothers’The MAGA Goon Squad Dug Themselves a Deep Hole After Jan. 6
In another jam-packed week of GOP fuckery, The New Abnormal co-hosts Molly Jong-Fast and Andy Levy looks at look at the party’s profiles in cowardice, starting with the new revelations about House Minority “Leader” Kevin McCarthy cozying back up to Donald Trump and then shifting to Ron DeSantis’ anti-Disney jihad and what Molly calls the party’s new brand of “unpopular populism.”No one is crying for Disney or its special tax status, says Andy, but it’s still nuts that “the government of Florida is now basically telling businesses, ‘just shut up and don't take any, you know, even the most milquetoast of stands” or we’re going to punish you even if you’re a company that brings the state billions in revenue a year. Then the Daily Beast’s Roger Sollenberger comes in to break down his recent reporting on the Maga Goon Squad’s new money woes, as Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Madison Cawthorn, and Matt Gaetz collectively spent $275,000 more than they took in the first quarter of 2022. Plus, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, the second lady of Pennsylvania whose husband, John, is now running for the Senate, and the founder of the Free Story in Braddock, “actually the first free store in the country,” tells Molly how that came from “this idea that some of us have so much and some have so little and there's so much excess, and how can we bring all those worlds together to do good. I really believe in mutual aid and having people connect who maybe would otherwise think they don't have anything in common and the free store was a place where all of that could happen.”  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 22 2022
46 mins
A Breakdown of That Tucker Carlson Testicle VideoPutin’s Hunted Me Down All Over the WorldJr. Was Up to His Ears in the Plot to Steal Daddy the ElectionWhat Trump’s Alleged Crimes and Costco Have in Common w/ Rep. Eric SwalwellThe Dirty Little Secrets of Trump’s Pandemic AidTrump Keeps Losing but the GOP Just Can’t Quit HimTed Cruz Knew Exactly What He Was Doing Caping for Trump