Ike Barinholtz Wants You to Talk to Your Crazy Uncle

Olive Branch, Turkey Leg

Olive Branch, Turkey Leg

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 12 2018 8:31 PM

Olive Branch, Turkey Leg

This Thanksgiving, Ike Barinholtz wants you to talk to your conservative relatives (even if his character in The Oath is really bad at it).

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Thanksgiving gets (violently) awkward in Ike Barinholtz’s The Oath.

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Thanksgiving approaches, and with it all the tension that comes with mixing family and politics in the age of Trump. In that setting, Ike Barinholtz saw grist for a political comedy. He directs and stars in The Oath, in which a family reunion is cleaved by the federal government’s push for Americans to sign a “loyalty waiver to the president.”

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.