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There’s more news and less comprehension today than any historical period that didn’t involve literal witch trials, and trying to stay on top of it all can feel like playing a game of telephone with 30 people, except everyone’s speaking at the same time and like a third of them are openly racist for some reason. From Cracked co-founder Jack O’Brien, THE DAILY ZEITGEIST is stepping into that fray with some of the funniest and smartest comedic and journalistic minds around. Jack will spend up to an hour every weekday sorting through the events and stories driving the headlines, to help you find the signal in the noise, with a few laughs thrown in for free.

Rick Rolls On Manafort, Pet Cemetery = Military Propaganda? 8.7.18

August 7, 201877 min
In episode 206, Jack and Miles are joined by comedian and writer Dan O'Brien to discuss the lack of language for our modern times, Rick Gates testifying against Paul Manafort, the many issues with voting in Georgia primaries, Steven Seagal joining Kremlin, the many films that were made with direct influence from the Pentagon, Johnny Depp's new film being pulled, the failure that is MoviePass and more! Plus super producer Anna Hossnieh comes on to discuss The Bachelorette finale. FOOTNOTES:1. Why Are There So Few Female Magicians?2. LA ‘sterilized’ its streets for the ’84 Olympics—how will it treat the homeless in 2028?3. Los Angeles Could Be One Of The Few Cities The Olympics Can’t Ruin4. Zeynep Tufekci recommends 3 books on how technology shapes us5. The Alarming Way Netflix Customizes Itself To Our Tastes6. Rick Gates Testifies He Committed Crimes With Paul Manafort7. 670 ballots in a precinct with 276 voters, and other tales from Georgia’s primary8. ‘The Bachelorette’ addressed Garrett’s Instagram controversy — but left out a crucial detail9. Fans are upset with Bachelorette Becca Kufrin because of her anxiety-shaming10. Steven Seagal, actor, black belt, and now Kremlin 'special representative'11. Here Are 410 Movies Made Under The Direct Influence And Supervision Of The Pentagon12. Johnny Depp’s Notorious B.I.G. Movie City of Lies Has Been Pulled From Release13. MoviePass Now Limited to 3 Movies Per Month14. WATCH: BADBADNOTGOOD - Boogie No. 69Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit