A primal scream disguised as media criticism.

Tariffs on China. The North Korea Summit. A Pardon for Rod Blagojevich. Call Us When They’re Real News Stories.

Tariffs on China. The North Korea Summit. A Pardon for Rod Blagojevich. Call Us When They’re Real News Stories.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 1 2018 7:39 PM

It’s Not Just You

We have grown weary of the uncertain tariffs, maybe-summits, and possible pardons.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as President Donald Trump speaks to the press outside the White House on Friday in Washington.

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