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Crooked Media, Antidote to Mainstream Media Hell

Enter the podcast company to rival all others.

Born from flames of the 2016 election, Crooked Media rose from the ashes like a magnificent phoenix and jettisoned straight into podcast fame.

Built by former Obama staffers, veteran journalists, and grassroots activists, this primarily pod-based media company offers up levity, accessibility, and unlikely conversations. “We couldn’t find a place to talk about politics the way actual human beings talk. So we decided to create one,” the founders state on their site.

Here are three of our favorites that will seriously make your laundry folding really, really fun:

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Pod Save America is political commentary “for people not yet ready to give up or go insane.” Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor serve up a slice of levity while they unpack the unsettling weekly news.

 

 

 

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Pod Save the World is a show on activism and social justice hosted by DeRay Mckesson. ICYMI, Mckesson got Twitter famous for his spot-on political commentary, and has spent the last few years doing anti-police violence advocacy work in the south. Find him on this pod talking with whistleblower Edward Snowden or pop queen Katy Perry.

 

 

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With Friends Like These – hosted by Ana-Marie Cox – is a weekly pod that discusses what does and doesn’t create division. Go here if you wanna hear Black people talk about the ‘good kind’ of white pride, or a former climate change denier talk about finding his way out of the dark – this is the pod for you. Really interesting, totally relevant.

“We promise a no-bullshit conversation about politics where you can laugh, cry, scream, ridicule us daily, share your ideas, and hopefully decide that you want to help fix this mess too.”

Now hurry up and listen. There’s work to be done.

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JP Sears: Comedy and Sincerity Go Hand in Hand

Making fun of yourself can be the opening to truly understanding yourself.

You may have stumbled across JP Sears’ comedy videos taking loving pokes at ‘New Age’ lifestyles. He’s a Youtube sensation who first caught the eye of folks online in 2013. Now, with more than 600k subscribers, he makes fun of everything from the essential oil fad, gluten intolerance, astrology, and Bitcoin.

His jokes are good—sometimes too good—and make us question ourselves a bit. That is exactly his point, these jokes roast himself too. Humor keeps us humble, it is the opening of a new conversation stripped of ego.

After dropping out of college, Sears began studying holistic cultures at age 18, going on to become a life coach. After gaining recognition as someone with an acute sense of humor, he went on to write a book called How to be Ultra Spiritual – “a 12 1/2 Step Guide to Spiritual Superiority”.

 

 

“I needed it for self-therapy because so much of the New Age culture and New Age practices are a part of my life and a very beneficial part of my life, yet there’s another side to the beneficial coin for everything,” Sears told the Charleston City Newspaper.

“I was finding myself having egotistical agendas and judgments hiding within my new age and spiritual practices. The videos and the book [How to be Ultra Spiritual] became a way for me to shine the light of awareness on the shadow side of me.”

Sears compares his humor and sincerity with his left hand and right hand—both are different and don’t work quite as well alone.

Feature photo: Jonathan Boncek / Scott Suchy

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