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This Week In Atrocity

50 States of Blue's "Spectacle of Trump" Editor Jeb Lund and a rotating cast of fellow journalists and assorted comic-writer/attorneys discuss recent political and sports events and the prism of really broken and sad internet culture; talk to some famous people; also, run a Patreon-exclusive Hallmark Christmas Movie review podcast. It's very, very successful. Everyone loves it. Patreon.com/ThisWeekInAtrocity/
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Jun 4, 2018

ROBERT WHEEL returns to talk primary races and: Canadian hockey misery ... California's top-two primary and what isn't working ... California's 48th and replacing Dana Rohrabacher ... A bro-tastic stem-cell company ... Weak party machine policing meets rich-guy dependency ... California's 39th and Gil Cisneros ... More self-funding, fewer problems ... Florida and Rick Scott interlude ... Sara Jacobs and California's 48th ... Twitter and MSNBC isn't a substitute for a constituency ... "Patriots and Pragmatists" can f*ck right off ... Never Trump, never gonna win ... Again, run on healthcare ... Fitting a single scandal through the disease door ... The strength of women candidates in 2018 ... Converting suburban social networks to grassroots activism ... Trump as a gateway to socially acceptable political engagement ... Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon update...

May 1, 2018

JESSE FARRAR and ROBERT SCHOBER return for the classic Demolition Man and: Children yelling at a machine, the future is now ... Demolition Man bona fides ... Dude, you need a VCR and racecar ... Caring for VHS ... Europe's at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell ... Future possible ... Concept cars ... Is this a dystopia? ... You need more world building than a Denis Leary rant ... Does the rest of the apocalypse exist? ... Wuss Autocracy: Disarmed police, armed rebels ... Online politics as future meatspace grievance ... Bipartisan dictatorship/rebellion ... Ball-balls to a thesis! ... Cocteau: Grand architect, idiot ... Simon Phoenix vs. The MacGuffin ... Asia paranoia ... Uniforms ... Product-placing dystopia ... Stallone and male rebellion ... Masculine boob, genius idiot and other mixed messages ... Sandra Bullock, Fascism and Violence as Renewal ... Pick a damn tone! ... MISCELLANY: No Florida in the future ... Marco Brambilla kills cyberpunk ... Marketing nostalgia ... Alternate actors ... Appellate Bell ... Friday's wall crap ... Secret Pizzagate markings ... Scientology font ... Is torture your boggle? ... Your parole system sucks

 

Apr 15, 2018

KEITH BUCKLEY presents Hallmark's Lucky in Love (2014), with Jeb Lund, David Roth and guest Jessie Opoien, for: April Fool's bona fides ... Jessie's slide into Hallmark fandom ... Dave's "Lucky in Love" meet-cute ... Plot in 60 Seconds ... Good "Hallmark bad" ... Inventing MySpace ... Land without contact info ... Proto-MRA: "I love you, children's-book pig" ... Elevator pitch the woo ... Spot the Angel! ... Kushner sighting ... Eat Your Heart Out: Men you have known, fondue you have missed, 50 Shades jokes you saw ... The Fishhook ... White Lotus: It'll Take A Tad Longer Than A Burger™ ... Expanded Universe ... Overdetermined ... Dad-Brain Meets Chocho Binco ... April Fool's Bechdel Test ... Whoa! Partner Chat: Anti-Canadian racism and Kate's love ... The expanding/entrangening Hallmark roster ... Gallimaufry! ... Two tickets to country paradise ... CLIP: "I have no secrets from you, Mira. None." ... Gender wokeness ... Literal elevator pitch ... Hire us as professional Hallmark Accidental Menace detectors ... Leadership thinking in the business office ... Bad pun. MUSIC: "Fuck You If You Don't Like Christmas" and "If U Want It" by Crudbump; "Sentimental Journey" by Esquivel; "Pablo Picasso" by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, performed by The Burning Sensations; all other music by Chris Collingwood of Look Park and Fountains of Wayne.

 

Apr 11, 2018

KYLE SWENSON of the Washington Post talks about the role of race, policing and the justice system in his upcoming book about the wrongful murder conviction of three young black men in Cleveland, in 1975, and his role in the 39-year fight to exonerate them.

Mar 20, 2018

ROBERT WHEEL returns for: UVA heartbreak (interlude) ... Don't learn which athletes are Trumpkins ... Aubrey O'Day, Donnie Jr. and Tiffany's single ... Claude "TrueFactsStated" Taylor and the Trump d*ck pic that does not exist ... Rolling back the Cambridge Analytica freakout ... This IS Facebook's business model ... The GOP is *the* long paranoid con ... The Conor Lamb victory: Social Security, Medicare, repeat ... Pelosi distance ... Paul Ryan vs. Big Buck Hunter ... The liabilities of Laura Moser ... Women candidates doing well in Texas and Dallas' Dem riches ... Marie Newman vs. the odium of Dan Lipinski ... Bobby's pick: Newman ... Andrew Cuomo, POS ... (Cynthia) Nixon Now...

Mar 16, 2018

JESSE FARRAR is taking the odds on: A new segment called A New Segment ... What the F*ck Are You Feeding Me? ... Nut allergies ... The best of ersatz pad thai ... Water chestnut BS ... Noodle King ... The Fat Economist ... Uncle Jesse Has To Watch His Sodium ... Gut Check ... The Lunchroom Coach ... Who Would You Feed This To? ... Episode summary! ... A likable parable ... Society for Tendentious Anachronism ... Beer Flanders' macho mug ... You invest a lot with a keg ... High butt ... Doorbell ... Trashy Maude Flanders ... A Moment with Robert Evans ... More tournament! ... "You are my brother" ... More golfers! ... Serenity now ... Episode rating ... Weed Flanders ... Available for work ... Pointless Miscellany ... Mean kids ... Unintentionally Creepy: Watchin U, Todd ... Ending with compliments ... The sound of one hand waving...

Mar 12, 2018

CHARLES STAR returns for: Logrolling in our time ... How many things can Trump be impeached for right now? ... "The problem with the Hatch Act is that we don't see this as a crime at all." ... Not even lying as craft ... Comic sans everything ... Lebowski interlude ... Michael Cohen and David Dennison's personal Stormy Daniels adventure ... Donald Trump's pallid hog ... A farewell to Martin Shkreli ... "These lies don't matter; people believed different lies." ... A farewell to Sam Nunberg ... Like look-in at Ari Melber and Maya Wiley ... "Did you like my response, Katy Tur?" ... Dogs and cats living together ... Jefferson Beauregard Sessions v. The State of California ... ICE, sanctuary cities and federalism ... The agenda they always wanted...

Feb 14, 2018

DAVE WEIGEL of the Washington Post joins for: Pruitt moment ... Letterman prelude ... Filler words ... Bueller and Ben Stein ... Email your groans! ... When does exhaustion set in? ... Tired of people "tired of politics" ... Palace intrigue, clone-stamped rage takes and finding the sweet spot ... Conservative anger unmoored from economics ... The GOP made its over-class into marks ... Surreal Q&A with Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie ... Pwning Libs and the politics of punishment ... The right's generational "whatever" of the debt ... Learning not to be scared of debt or taxes ... Rising Democrats learning from Trump's boldness ... 

 

Jan 26, 2018

ROBERT WHEEL joins us for a rundown of winnable seats for Democrats in 18, including: The prescience of the Unabomber ... Social media dunking for the powerless ... Roy Moore's descendants as pretenders to the throne ... Why compile this voting data? ... Conspiracy Twitter accounts ... Needed Democratic numbers ... Florida House races ... The handsiest state legislatures ...  7 seats in California ... Campaign Ca$h with Bobby Digital ... Laura Moser ... Dan Kohl ... Lebowski memories ... DIY ex-punker candidates ... "Nevada, Arizona and an act of God" ... Jacky Rosen and Kyrsten Sinema ... Other places on the offensive ... A ton of defense ... Missouri and Florida ... Homer Simpson: Candidate ... Stopping more Trump justices ... Check out Bobby's Stuff at 50 States of Blue here

 

Dec 12, 2017

CHARLES STAR is back for: Roy Moore, fruit salad ... Alabama Special Election predictions ... Poll paranoia ... The unlivable exhaustion of cynicism one-upmanship ... "The most manageably corrupt version of any Trump story" ... Paul Manafort's bail and copy of Microsoft Word ... Pardons on the head of a pin ... Michael Flynn's useless son's dad's plea deal ... Useless son Jared Kushner ... Never talk to the cops, never lie to your lawyer ... The Zarate trial outcome and demagoguing Kate Steinle ... Trump's trans ban thwarted again ... When will Trump lawyers go full Trump Class? ... Brendan "Making a Murderer" Dassey update ... Our broken police confession policy ... Twitter conspiracists' true facts stated: Roy Moore is, I dunno, let's say Chuck Schumer

 

Dec 8, 2017

A quick look at our Patreon-exclusive series "Dave and Jeb Aren't Mean," in which Jeb and frequent co-host David J. Roth break down the kind, well-meaning and extremely Christmasy films of the Hallmark cinematic universe: movies made for the gentlest of people. Head to Patreon.com/ThisWeekInAtrocity and chuck $3 at us for the full episodes.

Dec 6, 2017

MARIN COGAN is back for: Garrison Keillor's roaming hands and narrative ... Can Trump even calculate his racism? ... Capitol Hill reporters and harassment ... It's not the industry, it's the power ... Franken, the unnamed and politicizing the response ... Partying with Breitbart and fascist-tourism journalism ... Some sources aren't worth it ... A lifetime of borking Thanksgiving ... "Turkey is a bullsh*t meat" ... Project Veritas' sleeper agents ... The flipped-switch stalkers/attackers of social media ... Sam Seder and The Cernovich Law of Bad Faith Callouts ... James O'Keefe: Ladies Man...

Nov 22, 2017

JESSE FARRAR is back for Simpsons S2E4 and: MacGruber ... The gig economy ... Rejected for customer service jobs ... TV dinner flashback ... Episode rundown ... Getting a billionaire creep candidate right and unavoidably wrong ... Deplorable Forever! ... Burns, Bush, Dukakis? ... Marie Callender's Roasted Garlic Chicken, Penne Pasta and Geriatric Semen ... Jim Rome interlude ... Meal and episode rating ... Jesse: Soul of Generosity ... Olive Garden reverie ... Jeb's favorites ... A moment with Robert Evans ... 

 

Featured Song: "Cheatriots Theme" from Chris Collingwood in honor of the (then) 2016 AFC Champion New England Patriots, available here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzD9jyWfEfI

Nov 17, 2017

CHARLES STAR returns to learn: How is your kidnaped prime minister doing? ... Jared Kushner's ever-amending documents and Jeff Sessions' disappearing-reappearing memory ... Trump's bumbling his own transgender ban ... Sovereign citizen Jared Fogle meets Antonin Scalia ... Larry the Interdictor's asset forfeiture update ... Roy Moore's bozo attorney ... Lawyer Dog v. The 6th Amendment...

Nov 9, 2017

DAIVD ROTH is back for: How was the World Series? ... Siri superstitious ... Vertically challenged Astros ... Old dead ballplayers ... Brazzers Presents: Chase Utley ... The Heart Is A Lonely Pitcher ... Joc Pederson's lovely family ... I need you to narrow that beard down ... Tryhard Dodger fanning ... Brandon McCarthy owns ... F*ck inevitability ... Here comes the pizza! ... Gurriel ... Didn't we owe this to Houston? ... More baseball like this please ... "Dave and Jeb Are Not Mean"

Oct 31, 2017

CHARLES STAR is back for: The Manafort indictment rundown ... Incorrect indictment predictions ... Generic rental dads as cover for money launders ... Is there really pressure on Robert Mueller? ... Deep dive on the baffling Cosby ex-District Attorney lawsuits ... Who is the most fun Trump family member to indict? ... Russian spies must hate these bozos ... Lawrence Lessig's weird compensatory fantasies ... Deported by a casino owner ... If all your stuff is ghostwritten and you serenade Nazis heiling you, you may be out of a job... 

Oct 27, 2017

MOLLY KNIGHT joins for: Vindicating your own book ... Our first World Series Games ... Kershaw as one of the good guys ... In a weird place about Taylor Swift ... F*ck Trevor Bauer ... Believing you are the fittest survivor ... 'Wow, I'm experiencing joy' ... Sports as refuge and redemption ... What about the Astros is scary? ... What Peak Puigness can we expect? ... The Dodgers ARE sympathetic! ... How much is enough winning? ... Expert eyes on what to watch for...

Oct 25, 2017

JESSE FARRAR returns for The Simpsons' first "Treehouse of Horror," Chili's fajita bowls, Halloween and: Value Vision … 'NO' on Halloween and seasonal decorations … Chain restaurants changing menus … Food review! … The ideal Chilis BOLD commercial … Treehouse Part 1: Amityville … Treehouse Part 2: Meet Kang & Kodos! … Treehouse Part 3: The Raven … Episode review! … Robert Evans signs off…

Oct 24, 2017

DAVID ROTH is back for a World Series preview in: The rattling old car of your dying body ... Kicking the Yankees' corpse ... Ryan Gosling's bullpen face ... Every year Brian McCann's in the majors is one he's not a police officer ... Farewell to Cubs sympathy ... 27 Rings ... Glorious Puigness ... The redemptive sight of elite failure ... The solipsism of learning things late...

Oct 20, 2017

MARIN COGAN joins for: Halloween convictions ...  Skittle bag lady ... Too-clever costumes ... Smart phones make you dumber ... Creating digital (in)dependency ... Learning to fear the phone ... Normalizing the Lie Cycle, 2012-2016 ... Should journalists have seen this coming? ... Tribalism and believing sexual harassment ... "Separating art from artist" and "it was a different era" ... The 90s' antifeminist hell ... Making the lifelong commitment to learning you're wrong...

Oct 16, 2017

DAVID ROTH returns for: Donald Trump's trip to Home Depot ... Shondaland with #queen ... Beefy Boy Matt Albers ... Cubs-Nats Game 5's gorgeous meltdown ... The liberatory nature of mass borking ... Postseason jankiness ... All libido to the Astros ... Fun Yankees still aren't underdogs ... I AM DA PLAYOFFS ... Who's your team and do you know them? ... Joe Buck forcing "moments" ... Terence Malick presents Puig's Parrot ... The bat-flip melting pot ... Light all the mups ... Picks!

Oct 10, 2017

CHARLES STAR returns for: A brief PSA ... Trump: the ultimate test of Occam's Razor ... More hurricane aftermath ... Municipal disability ... Irma should've killed Limbaugh ... First class on FU Airways ... Pruitt's false flag ... 'I don't care about the mysteries of the cosmos, I came here to stare at gold' ... Mnuchin's grotesque face/life ... Precious billionaire entitlement ... Back to the Arpaio pardon ... Humiliating Jeff Sessions ... NFL Protests ... F*ck the troops ... Courts coddle cops ... More bad online lawyering ... Pray for cheeseburgers...

Sep 22, 2017

JESSE FARRAR returns to P. Piggly Hogswine's Super-Smog for: Listener letters ... Reversing the rules of analogy ... "My butt is already in the throes of death" ... When Tim Allen's TV dinner is unsettlingly good ... Meal rating! ... Fuck Berkshire Hathaway ... The greatest danger at the China Super Buffet ... How much to f*ck the macaroni? ... S02E02: "Simpson and Delilah" ... The history of Rogaine ads ... Hair happiness is only follicle-deep ... Studio Notes with JF ... JF Is For Family ... Episode rating! ... Credits...

Sep 14, 2017

JESSE FARRAR joins the show for TV dinners and S2E01 of The Simpsons ... Why are you a Simpsons fan—or not? ... What is The Whammy's motivation and gender? ... LET'S MEET THE MEALS ... Season One is off-limits ... A steak that eats like a mirror ... The TV dinner "foodness" spectrum ... Why buy Kobe's drink? ... "Bart Gets an F" ... Jesse's hatin' ass takes ... Die Hard ... Jeb's highlights ... What is a passing grade? ... Is Jeb smarter than a 4th grader? ... Episode rating! ... Frozen quail...

Aug 21, 2017

CHARLES STAR returns to meet Buff Davis and talk: Quoting Robert E. Lee ... Pricing Confederate statue demolition ... Former MAGA CHUDs cashing in on rejecting Nazism ... EXTRA: Jeff Sessions Does Job! ... How liberals weaponized "Alt Left" ... The Bannon Farewell Roast ... "Being There" with Seb Gorka's mind geode ... Judge Tandy 5000 hands over your #resistance IP address ... Seriously, screw Confederate statues ... The EPA: More coal for burning internal documents...

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