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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.

Awww Late Stage Capitalism, Long Live The Queen 8.16.18

August 16, 201865 min
In episode 213, Jack and Miles are joined by writer Amy Lam to discuss the legend Aretha Franklin, the new film Crazy Rich Asians, Jason Kessler being humiliated by his father, Alex Jones and InfoWars holding strong, how #MeToo comebacks may be here soon, heartwarming stories that are a disguise for late-stage capitalism, and more! FOOTNOTES: 1. Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 762. WATCH: Aretha Franklin - Don't Play That Song You Lied3. Crazy Rich Asians isn’t about money, it’s about entitlement—and that’s a good thing4. The organizer of the Charlottesville rally just got humiliated by his own father5. Bans don’t seem to be lessening reach of Alex Jones, InfoWars6. Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct7. When Is Time Really Up? #MeToo Movement Grapples With Paths to Redemption8. Men "Brought Down" by the #MeToo Movement Are Back9. Charlie Rose Will Reportedly Host a Show About Men Brought Down by #MeToo10. Matt Lauer still has ties at NBC News, where colleagues believe a professional comeback is possible11. Casey Affleck’s Dark Secret: The Disturbing Allegations Against the Oscar Hopeful12. FX boss on how Louis C.K. could return to TV13. The Redemption Narrative in the 2017 Oscar Nominations14. Mel Gibson has set the blueprint for a #MeToo comeback. Expect other men to follow it.15. Where are they now? Why 'sh---- media men' keep getting second chances16. Donating vacation time to new moms is a trendy co-worker baby shower gift17. I'm Insanely Jealous of Sweden's Work-Family Policies. You Should Be, Too.18. Trump's military parade is now estimated to cost $92 million – $80 million more than earlier estimate19. WATCH: Aretha Franklin- I Never Loved A Man (Demo Version)Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit