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English, Comedy, 1 season, 623 episodes, 3 days, 7 hours, 12 minutes
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Politics! We know you love them just as much as we do. Join political commentator Ben Kissel and radio man Marcus Parks each week as they discuss what's going on in politics and the world of social issues.
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Episode 745: Round Here and Over Yonder w/ Trae Crowder

This week Trae Crowder joins Travis & Fernando to discuss his new book Round Here and Over Yonder and how going viral took him on an adventure across the world.
9/22/202352 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 744: My Lumpy Pillow w/ Seena Ghaznavi

The Top Hat boys are joined by Seena Ghaznavi for a breakdown of the Mike Lindell lumpy pillow freakout, Lauren Boebert getting kicked out of a Beetlejuice performance, House GOP moving to impeach Biden after a meeting with Trump, GOP Impeachment Trial of Paxton in Texas, New Mexico banning guns as a public health order, and GOP in talks about changing the term away from "Pro Life".
9/16/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 743: Music & Politics

On this episode the Top Hat boys dissect the 2024 Republican Candidate's playlists, Elon Musk cutting the internet to Ukraine mid-invasion retaliation, lawsuits arise to keep Trump off the presidential ballot in certain states, Niki Haley taking the lead post-debate, and more!
9/9/202348 minutes
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Episode 742: 22 Years

This week on Top Hat! Eminem says no to Rammaswamy, Enrique Tario not so proud anymore after getting sentenced to 22 years, the debate over the debate, and much, much more!
9/7/202344 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 741: Raiding the Newsroom w/ Sherman Smith

The Top Hat crew sits down with editor-in-chief of the Kansas Reflector, Sherman Smith, to break down the still developing story of what happened in Marion County last week where Police staged a "Gestapo-style" raid on The Marion County Record, seizing computers, records, cellphones, and contributing to the death of the newspaper's 98-year-old co-owner.
9/2/202333 minutes
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Episode 740: Ranked Choice Politics w/ Sal Albanese

This week Ben, Travis, and Fernando sit down with former NYC Council Member and New York City Politician, Sal Albanese, to discuss the power of Ranked Choice Voting, the final five, running for office in NYC, and much, much more...
8/29/202333 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 739: Saving Democracy w/ David Pepper

This week The Top Hat boys are joined by returning guest and author of the brand new book "Saving Democracy: A User's Manual for Every American" - David Pepper, to discuss the new book and how manipulation of the democratic process is affecting politics all across the country.
8/24/202343 minutes
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Episode 738: Breaking Their Own Rules

The Top Hat boys are here to brighten up your weekend with this week's news in politics featuring a song from an unlikely candidate turning heads in the Republican Party, Vivek Ramaswamy 'loses himself' in front of the Iowa State Fair, an unjustified raid on a small town Kansas Newspaper leaves elderly co-owner dead, an Update on who's going down with Trump, and much, much more.
8/20/202359 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 737: The Tip of the Spear

On this episode of Top Hat! Ben, Fernando, and Travis discuss Joe Exotic's surprisingly focused game plan for his 2024 presidential run (from prison), DeSantis nearly turns into a pumpkin, Republic Nominees hit the Iowa State Fair, Gavin Newsom and DeSantis decide to have surprise debate, Utah Man Gunned Down By FBI after threatening President Biden, and MORE!
8/12/202352 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 736: Old People Problems

This week on Top Hat: Mitch McConnell gets heckled by his own constituents, Feinstein takes a spill, Ron DeSantis fires his campaign manager, an update on the Presidential Candidates (and the billionaires behind them), Donald Trump facing possibly another "dozen" indictments, Sherrod Brown calls on Joe Biden to use FIMA to help East Palestine, Ohio, and MORE!
8/10/202350 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 735: Trying Too Hard

This week on Top Hat! The ironic story of 'Sound of Freedom' Funder Fabian Marta getting Arrested For Child Kidnapping, Robert Bigelow cutting off DeSantis' funding, DeSantis continues to struggle to be a human being, Mike Pence being "too honest", Chris Christie visits the Ukraine, Trump Indicted again (for a third time!), and much much more...
8/6/202349 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 734: A Moment of Madness

On this episode of Top Hat, MTG's library of Hunter Biden nudes possibly gets leaked to children, and a series of stories that prove that European politics are just as off the rails as the United States.
7/31/202347 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 733: A Tale of Two Senators

This week on Top Hat! NBC-Universal fined $250 for unlawfully trimming trees above Protesters, Major backlash continues in Texas as Governor votes to pass law that eliminates mandatory water breaks, Francis Suarez's fishy campaign involving 500k from an "Online Flower Shop", Mitch McConnell raises concerns as he freezes mid sentence during News Conference, Mitt Romney proudly declares his love of Hot Dogs, and much, much more!
7/27/202343 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 732: Technical Difficulties

Ben, Travis, and Fernando round out your week with a slew of Political stories including MTG revealing Hunter Biden's nudes to congress - declares violation of The Man Act, Primary potential Glenn Youngkin meets up with “his millionaire” Wilbur Ross in the Hamptons, Racist Newbern Alabama town officials restrict newly elected black mayor from entering Town Hall, Biden leads the way heading into 2024 as the Republicans become more and more divided, Trump's plans to overhaul the government (if he wins in 2024), Ohio Republican Frank LaRose's online Senate announcement gets trolled with Garfunkel & Oates song, and much, much more...
7/21/202345 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 731: MVP

Ben and the Top Hat Boys are back with this week's news in politics - bringing you updates on the SAG/AFTRA strike as Universal Studios exec's trim down trees that were providing shade for protesters amidst heat wave, Texas Governor signs bill to restrict water breaks despite scorching temperatures, the new border buoys designed to drown illegal migrants, MTG gets the MVP treatment on new rap song just after unintentionally promoting Joe Biden, and so much more!
7/20/202346 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 730: We Are Labor

It's time for your weekend dose of Top Hat as the boys break down the rest of this week's news including Ron DeSantis possibly losing his Millionaire Mega-Donor, the current donor earnings for other Candidates, Fran Drescher, the SAG-AFTRA Strike, and MORE!
7/15/202344 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 729: Farts and Crafts

This week on Top Hat! Cocaine-Gate comes to a close as the Secret Security gives up on their search for the owner of the mysterious Cocaine found in The White House, Robert F. Kennedy gets fart heckled, Mike Lindell's pillow empire crumbling as he's forced to auction off company equipment amidst "cancellation", DeSantis's numbers not looking good, and much, much more!
7/14/202348 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 728: Losing Faith

On this delicious second helping of Top Hat, California police sharing license plate data with Anti-abortion states, a drone will be the first responder if you call for emergency services in Santa Monica, MTG told to go kick rocks by the House Freedom Caucus, Rudy Giuliani to be disbarred...again, low faith across all institutions of the USA, cluster munitions in eastern Europe, and maternal mortality rates are taking us back to the colonial days.
7/8/202347 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 727: Who Dropped the Coke?

On this episode of Top Hat! Ben, Travis, and Fernando speculate who could have left their cocaine at the white house, 30% of American don't believe in free school lunch, Pornhub blocks access from Virginia, Brian Kemp of GA wondering if maybe he can run for President, Ramaswamy and DeSantis continue their campaign trail, and SCOTUS makes a ruling on towards "fair" admissions by eliminating affirmative action in enrollment but leaving Legacy enrollment untouched.
7/6/202353 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 726: One Billionth of a Snowball

This week on Top Hat! Desantis puts on one man show while lagging behind Don in polls, Joe Biden goes from Corn Pop to CPAP, North Carolina House speaker installs spy cameras to intimidate mistress’s husband, Ken Paxton's wife recused from voting on his impeachment, Gov. Abbot vetos bill supporting mail-in voting for the disabled, Republicans fighting to cut school lunch programs to deter "fraud", and much, much more.
6/29/202351 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 725: Big Bucks for Big Busts

On this episode of Top Hat, Kevin McCarthy explores the possibility of expunging Trump's impeachments, North Carolina Lt Gov. endorses Trump for President while the Speaker of the House is courting divorcees, Chris Christie booed for speaking out against the Don, Eric Adams sends immigrants far and wide,  DeSantis defends Supreme Court corruption, and the Supreme Courts says water rights don't come with the property. 
6/24/202353 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 724: Talkin' Balls

On this episode of Top Hat, Kari Lake and Donald Trump's romance blooms while Boebert and MTG's love for each other fades, Williamson loses another major member of her staff, Traveling from GA to FL with an illegal gets risky, Ohio prison bans books on computer programing and self-improvement (keeps Mein Kampf), American families struggling to earn enough money to survive, and much MORE!. 
6/22/202350 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 723: Friends in Low Places

On this episode of Top Hat! A Hispano enters the GOP presidential race, Fox News calls Biden a "wannabe dictator", Trump raises 6 million dollars hours after his arraignment, Dan Crenshaw pop's out his eye in protest, Matt Gaetz under scrutiny by the House Ethics Committee, and Chris Gains (Garth Brooks) brings Bud Light back to Nashville. 
6/15/202347 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 722: They All Fall Together

On this episode of Top Hat! Social Conservatism on the rise in the US, a surprise Supreme Court ruling accommodates black voters in Alabama with representation (while 12.38 million black and latino voters are missing or erased from national databases), MTG "does not recall" the Glass-Steagall Act, Boebert sued for libel, Donald Trump going down (again!) and taking his valet with him, and MORE!
6/10/202351 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 721: That's My Millionaire

On this episode of Top Hat, RFK Jr gets his billionaire founder, Cornel West staying until the end, North Dakota governor announces his bid for president, Norfolk Southern wants to be exempt from lawsuits while the Sachler family actually get their wish, Justice Jackson versus Justice Thomas on filing disclosures, Michigan deciding if police drones require warrants, anti-LGBTQ bills on the rise, the latest chairman of CNN is out, and more!
6/8/202347 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 720: Hit The Floor

Time for another bite of Top Hat Pudding as Big Corn Pop takes another tumble, NYC preps for an influx of migrants, Clarence Thomas fights to bring back child labor, Jacksonville elects a Democrat female Mayor, DeSantis just can't get it right when it comes to public speaking, Republicans say nay to book bans, Chinese spies in an Alaska base while our C.I.A. administration makes a secret trip to their mainland, and MORE!
6/3/202354 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 719: Targeting Target

The Top Hat boys have plenty to discuss this week as the Texas AG faces the music after 10 years of corruption, musician Forgiato Blow brings an anthem to the "Anti-Woke" culture war with his track "Boycott Target", Chick-fil-a goes woke with a new diversity hire, Lauren Boebert's son's 911 domestic violence call, and more presidential challengers announce their campaign intentions for the upcoming election, and much much more!
6/1/202357 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 718: The Debt Debacle

On this episode of Top Hat, the boys react to a drunk House Speaker in Texas, MTG pays $100K for McCarthy's chapstick, Montana bans Drag Story Hour, Texas replacing counselors with untrained clergymen, and DeSantis's twitter debut turns into a technical difficulty flop.
5/26/202355 minutes
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Episode 717: A Tuna Christmas

It's Top Hat Tuesday! This week: Senator Feinstein says she has been working "non-stop" this whole time, MTG's husband Brian Glenn CAUGHT "performing" in drag, Tim Scott gets a sugar daddy from Oracle, Joe Biden vs. RFK Jr, DeSantis vs. Librarians (& Disney), and North Carolina pulls the ole' "bait-and-switch" on abortion rights.
5/23/202348 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 716: Strange World

On this second helping of Top Hat: DeSantis candidates don't prevail in Florida but the "anti-woke" war continues with a teacher under attack for showing a Disney movie, US Sen. Collins getting illegal donations from Hawaii defense contractors, Lauren Boebert's heartbreaking divorce, break-in at NSA Jake Sullivan's home, Rudy Giuliani accused of rape and selling presidential pardons, and South Carolina Supreme Court may make gerrymandering almost impossible to stop in their state.  
5/19/202349 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 715: Whites Gone Wild

On this episode of Top Hat: No mass invasion on the border after all, Patriot Front heckled by Joe Flood at the US Capitol, two Democratic staffers attacked with a bat, DeSantis defunding "woke" college programs, and CNN giving Trump more airtime.
5/16/202347 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 714: Salem 2.0

On this episode of Top Hat - George Santos finally faces some consequences for his actions, Vivek Ramaswamy wants to raise the minimum voting age, Brian Kemp says he's not running for president (but he is still fundraising for it), Milo Yiannopoulous is back in good graces with Kanye West as Nick Fuentes exits campaign, a conversation on hispanic white nationalists, Proud Boy convictions, and a Vermont Republican Governor doing the right thing protecting trans kids and abortion in their state.
5/11/202355 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 713: No Matter How You McSlice It

It's Top Hat Time! This week in the news... Biden gets a quesadilla and a churro to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, we praise Colorado for giving farmers their "Right To Repair", McDonald's in Kentucky will let your 10 year old work for free, Neo-Nazis target an event in Ohio, expansion on Don't Say Gay in Florida while DeSantis makes further moves to take Disney's powers, and even more Supreme Court justices spouse's and family receiving payments from rightwing activist have been discovered.
5/6/202346 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 712: A Dark Situation

On this episode of Top Hat, Pornhub pulls out as Face ID becomes the requirement in Utah, Ex-NSA chief gets 700k from Saudi Arabia, a new foe appears in the Republican Presidential Race: Larry Elder, a woman charged for assaulting Matt Gaetz with a wine glass, Tommy Tuberville stalls military promotions in protest of abortion laws, and American's say the media is why we all can't get along. 
5/4/202350 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 711: Pedophiles, Groomers, and Hypocrites

It's time for the Spring Break Edition of Top Hat! On the heels of Marjorie Taylor Green claiming all Democrats are pedophile groomers, we highlight the many pedophile groomer hypocrites who have had the honor of serving in this nation's prestigious political offices.
4/27/202340 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 710: The Hate Tax

On this episode of Top Hat, breaking news on Mifepristone, Joe Biden to finally announce his 2024 campaign intentions, Mike Lindell has to pay up 5 millions dollars, fallout of the Fox News Dominion defamation lawsuit, the problems with Pornhub, and we ponder the question, why is the US so interested in Taiwan?
4/23/202347 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 709: Potatoes and Politics

Top Hat returns! This week Ben, Fernando, and Travis are discussing the unfortunate suicide of Kent Stermon and what it means to the DeSantis campaign, while Florida fast-tracks abortion bans and death penalties, Katie Porter allegedly abusing her husband with scalding hot potatoes, Tim Scott does not impress on Fox News, McConnell says Democrats are focusing too much on Clarence Thomas, and Oklahoma racists caught on tape.
4/20/202344 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 708: The Illusion of Choice

On this episode of ALTH, Ohio AG Yost sues a Palestine OH scammer who stole thousands from victims, Mike Moon is anti-trans kids but pro child marriage, Bud Light issues a public statement on Dylan Mulvayne, Kanye wants to be left alone, Mike Pence boo'ed at the NRA, Abbot attempting to pardon a convicted murderer, Lauren Boebert's son is just as bad as him mama, Gov. Sanders needs your loyalty before she will hire you, and NYC brings out the robot dogs!
4/16/202346 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 707: Missing the Point

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in politics starting in Tennessee with the reinstatement of two ousted Democrats, Anti-Trans Bills, and changes to Gun Legislation - Then we head to Ohio for an update on the most recent incident relating to the train derailment - and Finally, we dive deep into the Republican attack on the previously FDA approved mifepristone, what different politicians are saying, and where one Texas Representative gets it completely wrong...
4/13/202350 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 706: Good Trouble

On this episode The Top Hat Boys dive deep into the expulsion of Justin Jones and Justin Pearson, the comments from Gloria Johnson on why she likely was not expelled, along with a timeline of this week's events in Tennessee State House. Also, Scott Walker completely misses the point of why the youth vote the way they do, a North Carolina democrat turns to the GOP, Justice Clarence Thomas accepting millions of dollars worth of "gifts from friends", and more!
4/8/202344 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 705: Escape from Rikers

The Top Hat boys are all back in the studio to break down this week's news including The Kennedy's making a bid to return to the White house with Robert Kennedy filing paperwork to run as a Democrat, Tennessee lawmakers lose committee assignment and are facing expulsion over a gun protest, a member of the Central Park Five takes out a full page ad on Trump indictment while Trump campaign raises 7 million dollars for re-elections, all this and more!
4/6/202337 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 704: The Indication

On this episode of Top Hat we breakdown all of the stories behind the Trump indictment and what this could mean for the former President. Will he end up inside a jail cell inside Riker's island? will this will help or hurt his 2024 campaign? And what effect this could have on CNN slump ratings?
4/1/202341 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 703: TikTok Takeover

On this episode of ALTH: MTG gets flagged over "Trans Day of Vengeance" tweet, Trump on the trail in Waco (while DeSantis trails behind him in the polls), pro-gun activists politicizing the trans shooter in Nashville, politicians still struggling to understand even the most basic features of TikTok, and MORE!
3/31/202348 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 702: Weaponizing Justice w/ Drew Morgan

On this episode we are joined by Drew Morgan to talk about his work as a Public Defender in FL and TN, his experience with corruption in criminal justice, and Drew's new comedy special "To My Future Kids, I'm Sorry" !
3/23/202350 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 701: What is Woke?

This week The Top Hat Boys speculate on Trump foretelling his arrest, Idaho bringing back the firing squad because they can't find lethal injections, Sarah Huckabee letting 14 year olds work overnight shifts at meat packing plants, an update on Chemical Spill in Ohio, an author fails to define the subject of her book on "Woke-ness", proud boys on the offensive in New York, DeSantis being weird, and MORE!
3/22/202346 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 700: Grieving and Grifting

On this episode of the 700 club, a TN rep grifts $24K using his deceased infant son, Marianne Williamson isn't always about good vibes, Ron DeSantis fingering tapioca on a private plane, Canadians fight for God given right to flip the bird, Russia gasses down a US drone, and MORE!
3/18/202337 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 699: The Rod and The Reed

The Top Hat boys are back, this week to discuss Joe Exotic's 2024 Presidential Run Announcement, Florida House Bill 999, Oklahoma pushing for corporal punishment of disabled kids in public schools, Elon Musk's big Tesla sale, Corporate Oil drama, the Willow Project, and more!
3/16/202343 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 698: Louder Than Words

On your second helping of Top Hat this week: Norfolk Southern's CEO has a hard time pretending to care, a Tennessee Lt Gov cant get enough of a steamy twink's instagram posts, Travis gets poetic justice as former Ohio Speaker of the House and Republican Party chair are both convicted in a massive bribery scheme, young Tucker Carlson sealing his own fate, robot dogs in LA and more!
3/10/202350 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 697: I Am Your Justice

The Top Hat boys are back with this week's news in politics as we get more footage from the sparsely attended CPAC, Trump goes full Batman, and the Matt Schlapp accuser's identity is revealed, Ron DeSantis backs down after negative feedback on a Blogger Registration Bill, American's don't necessarily hate the word "woke", Ben Crump wants to bring racism back, and we learn how AI is coming for all our computer jobs. 
3/9/202338 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 696: Off the Rails

On this episode of Top Hat, Ben and Fernando cover the breaking news about another train derailment in Ohio as dams designed to hold contaminated water from the previous train accident leak into local water supplies, Trump and friends perform at a dismally attended CPAC focusing all their attacks on Trans americans, ALSO schoolgirls poisoned in Iran in an apparent gas attack and much much MORE!
3/5/202338 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 695: The Order of Friendship

The Top Hat Boys break down this week's news in politics as the Supreme Court sides with the NSA for the sake of national secrets, Steven Seagal Russia's Special Citizen, CPAC facing a "Shclapp-back", Texas double down on banning drag shows for kids, a Florida bill to outlaw the whole democratic party, Oregon proposing $1k for residents facing homelessness, and how Republicans are back to weakening water protections in Ohio.
3/2/202349 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 694: Department of Good Vibes

On this episode of Top Hat! Kitara doubles down on the AR-15 becoming our National Gun, Trump in East Palestine to bash Biden in Ukraine, George Soros putting his bets on DeSantis as things heat up between the former President and the Florida Governor, and how they got the left to goes along with the war in Eastern Europe.
2/26/202348 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 693: Edging

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in politics starting off with the one year anniversary of the war in Ukraine, finger pointing begins as politicians downplay the chemical spill in Ohio, then Fox News, James O'Keefe, and Don Lemon get held accountable by their own people.
2/23/202352 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 692: Cultural Warfare

On this episode of Top Hat, the boys focus on the culture war happening across the country with a syphilis outbreak in Mississippi, bills classifying drag performers reading to children as adult entertainment, bills allowing guns to be even more accessible while we see gun violence everyday, and the FBI paying an informant to cause chaos during BLM protests, another informant helping insurrectionist during Jan 6th, and more!
2/18/202348 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 691: Trainwreck

In this episode of Top Hat, the boys focus on the one year anniversary of the Invasion of Ukraine and where the war could be headed, then a deep dive into the Northfolk Southern Train derailing leading to an environmental disaster in the East Palestine Ohio Train, what led to the accident, and what the ramifications could be.
2/17/202347 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 690: Never Give an Inch

Top Hat returns for more of this week's news in American Politics including Biden's Super Bowl Party conversation with Telemundo, the NRA hemorrhaging members, Trump reacting to Charlie Kirk backing DeSantis, the Pentagon developing drones of mass destruction, ALSO a comprehensive breakdown of the Republicans testing the waters to run for a presidential campaign, and MORE!
2/11/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 689: Kitara's Revenge

Ben, Travis, and Fernando dive into the State of the Union (and what we managed to hear over all the yelling about the border),  Sarah Huckabee Sanders' follow up, what Mitt Romney said to Santos, Trump trying to scandalize DeSantis as DeSantis threatens to eliminate the Florida-Disney World tax haven, Neo-Nazi attacks on the power grids and much, much, more!
2/9/202355 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 688: The Balloon

For this week's Top Hat Part Deux, Ben, Travis, and Fernando discuss the NSA recruiting thousands of workers that tech companies laid off, Chinese balloons over North American airspace, Germany sending tanks to help Ukraine defend against the Russian invasion, and H. R. 29 leaving no room for unaccompanied children seeking asylum. 
2/4/202353 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 687: Another Brick in the Wall

On this episode of Top Hat, the boys take a look at how Kanye West's and Nikki Haley's Presidential campaigns are going, the Florida High School set to start tracking teenagers menstrual cycles, US utilities shutting off powers to customers while they rank in record profits, and how lack of healthcare or access to healthy foods is the biggest enemy to the richest country in the world.
2/2/202354 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 686: Cop City

On this episode of Top Hat - Ben, Travis, and Fernando breakdown the revealing emails showing Andrew Cuomo was only focused on his book (while his policies killed elderly New Yorkers), California's ban of doctor's misinformation, Ronna McDaniel leading the RNC, insurrectionist getting 6 years while protestors of Atlanta's proposed Cop City are charged with 35 years as well as the related killing of beloved protestor "Tortuguita", the boys react to the Pelosi attack video, Memphis preparing for the backlash to the police murder of Tyre Nichols video and so much more!
1/28/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 685: Kitara and Silk

On this episode, the Top Hat boys discuss Pelosi requesting an exorcism, Trump not recognizing Silk at Diamond's funeral, Taylor Swift lyrics at the Ticketmaster hearing, DeSantis trying to make the death penalty easier to exercise in Florida and more!
1/26/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 684: Spooky Sauce

On this episode of we order a Ghostburger with President Biden, we discuss recreational cannabis reducing the demand for deadly codeine while NYC moves to stomp out 1300 "illegal" marijuana stores, DeSantis attacks Florida college level AP AA courses while  Kansas targets trans youth, and more disappointing information on discussion panel topics from the WEF convention in Davos.
1/21/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 683: Fakin' It

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in politics, diving deeper into the 9 million dollar sexual assault lawsuit against Matt Schlapp, George Santos doubling down with the lies, Sinema / Manchin and a bunch of CEO at a secret World Economic Forum events in Davos, We question: "Is National Sales tax a fairer option for Americans?", new polling data comparing Biden, Trump, and DeSantis reveals surprising conclusion and MORE!
1/19/202356 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 682: Shaking The Jar

On this episode of Top Hat - Ben, Travis, and Fernando discuss Sarah Huckebee Sanders hitting the ground running in Arkansas by banning "Latinx" and children from attending drag performances, New Yorkers earning millions off the backs of idling truckers, the NYC Nurse strike, Florida struggling to find teachers / how untrained veterans might be their best solution, and MORE!
1/13/202353 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 681: I Fought the Claw

Top Hat returns! And this week Ben, Travis, and Fernando question the motivation of the man who threw a White Claw at Ted Cruz, The Proud Boys trials, Dr. Dre's copyright strike getting MTG taken off of Twitter, George Santos flashing a white power sign while being sworn in, Geatz fundraising off of being an obstructionist, Who is the IRS really going after with those 87,000 new hires, the privacy threat of Digital License plates, and MORE!
1/10/202354 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 680: Insurrection-iversary 2.0

The Top Hat Boys are back on this anniversary of Jan 6th to discuss Matt Schlapp allegedly groping a male staffer, Matt Gaetz threatening to quit congress over McCarthy, Lucas Kunce standing up to Josh Hawley in Missouri and even more of the fallout from the insurrection on The Capital two years ago. 
1/7/202357 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 679: Constructive Chaos

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you the first Top Hat of 2023 breaking down this week's news in politics including "Cowboy for Trump" Couy Griffin spending a few hours in DC jail for his participation on January 6th, a breakdown of George Santo's lies and all the votes NOT going to Kevin McCarty for Speaker of the House, Trump reaping the anti-abortion seeds he sowed, new PornHub policies in Louisiana, NYC stops prosecuting 12 year olds, and MORE!
1/5/202354 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 678: New Years Predictions - 2023

It's the final Top Hat of 2022 so it's time for Ben, Travis, and Fernando's annual predictions for the new year as well as this week's news including Brett Kavanaugh celebrating X-mas (with Matt Geatz, CPACkers, and nazi sympathizers), Zelenksy visiting for dinner and defense funding, how facial recognition was used on an innocent lawyer in NYC, recapping some of the biggest events of 2022, and MORE!
12/23/202259 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 677: Keepin' it in the Family

The Top Hat boys bring you this week's news in politics including Eric Adams continuing the war on "illegal" drugs, the Trump NFT drop, Congress giving billions more for war, Bernie forced to drop his bid to stop the war in Yemen by Biden, reporters dying in Saudi Arabia, TikTok being a psy-op and more!
12/19/202251 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 676: Porno & Portals

This week on Top Hat, Ben, Travis, and Fernando are breaking down the most popular porn searches in the country and whether they agree or contradicts with what politicians say American's are feeling, Candace Owens being pro-discrimination, Roger Stone versus the demonic portal over the Biden White House, Trump failing the US Constitution (again), MTG thinking Jan 6th needed more guns, and our hosts ponder the question: are we on the brink of nuclear apocalypse? All this and More in this jam packed Top Hat!
12/15/202253 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 675: Trading Places

The Top Hat boys close out this week's news in politics breaking down the exchange of Brittney Griner and Viktor Bout (with reactions from Republicans going as far as calling for Impeachment), DeSantis charging up to $1 Million for a candlelight dinner next to him and his wife, Kanye giving Gavin McInnes his plan for the White House, Democrats shaking the presidential nomination process, Sen. Sinema registering as independent, and more! 
12/10/202248 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 674: GOP Drama

Ben, Travis, and Fernando break down this week's news in American politics including the government busting the railway workers strike without giving them paid sick days, Ted Cruz's anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and how its affecting his family as attacks on drag performers increase, Candace Owens on Ye's campaign, Georgia US Senate runoff elections results, and MORE!
12/8/202250 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 673: POOMBA

Ben and Fernando break down this week's news in politics including the recent Ye statements and what all the attention it is being given could be distracting us from, San Francisco going full Terminator by allowing police robots to kill, Diplomatic Immunity for a Saudi Crown Prince, the web of Taibi's twitter and Biden's laptop, Jack Daniel's vs. a dog chew toy, and the railway worker's plight ahead of possible strike busting by the Democrats.
12/4/202241 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 672: The Announcement

Ben, Travis, and Fernando react to Trump's 2024 campaign announcement and what this push could mean for his campaign coffers... ALSO the boys discuss what they're thankful for, both politically and personally, this Thanksgiving season.
11/17/202240 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 671: De-Sanitized

Ben, Travis, and Fernando mentally prepare for the Trump announcement while discussing the 12 women governors elected this midterm, Sen. Portman signing an amendment to protect marriage for everyone, Pence revealing he was angry at Trump after the insurrection, Rupert Murdoch says he will support a democrat if Trump decides to run in 2024, and what the future for Republicans could look like.
11/16/202236 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 670: Swimmin' with Sharks

The Top Hat boys round out your week with this week's headlines including an update on the Midterm elections, Trump endorsements not automatically spelling a winner and what that means for his upcoming announcement, META cutting 13% of its workforce, Amazon premiering a new robot that will take more peoples jobs, how inflation is affecting everyone, and MORE!
11/12/202246 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 669: The Midterm Election Hangover

Ben, Travis, and Fernando react to the midterm elections and ballot initiatives results throughout the country, the impact Obama still has on voters, Georgia runoff elections, Arizona pushing against "dark money" in their elections, and MORE!
11/10/202253 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 668: Fear Sells

The Top Hat Boys are all back together to break down this week's news in politics including  Newsom's comments on Democrats and how they are losing ground, Republican candidates claim Democrats are soft on crime while making jokes about violent attacks on Pelosi's husband, Death threats to Republican candidates punished while death threats to Democrats are mocked, Tim Ryan doesn't back down from the truth in front of a Fox audience, MTG proving she isn't a fit for leadership yet again, Liz Cheney endorses democrats in Ohio, the New York post hacker, and much more!
11/3/202247 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 667: Violence All Around

Ben, Travis, and Fernando help round out your week with the rest of this week's news in American Politics including armed "poll watchers" guarding mail-in ballet boxes with guns and kevlar vests as Micheal Flynn's "One More Mission" encourages people to fight voter fraud, Paul Pelosi attacked by an invader looking for Nancy, Liz Cheney endorsing a Democrat, a Jan 6 rioter gets 90 months in jail, Biden calls out Shell for price gouging and MORE! 
10/29/202242 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 666: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Ben is back in the studio with Travis and Fernando to break down this week's news in American politics including Ted Cruz getting boo'd at the Yankees game, the Fetterman vs. Oz debate in PA, strong words from Charlie Crist and Val Demings out of FL, Lauren Boebert misspeaking for women everywhere, White Nationalists get bolder, and more!
10/27/202248 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 665: Georgia on my Mind w/ Corey R. Forrester

On this episode Travis and Fernando are joined by comedian Corey R. Forrrester to talk about growing up under Georgia politics, his emergence as a political comedian in the south, as well as District 14 and Marcus Flowers running against MTG. Support Corey R Forresterwww.PartTimeFunnyMan.com Support Marcus Flowershttps://marcusforgeorgia.com/
10/20/202256 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 664: Woman, Life, Freedom w/ Seena Ghaznavi

On this very special episode of Top Hat, Ben is on the road so Travis and Fernando are joined by Seena Ghaznavi to talk about current events in Iran, how it relates to Democratic progressives here in America, and what we can do to help the people of Iran here at home.
10/15/202254 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 663: The Lesser of Two Evils

Ben brings you a solo edition of Top Hat recorded live from Dublin, Ireland - breaking down the key senate races, swing states, Tommy Tuberville's racist rant, Dr. Oz's speech in front of Hitler's limo, JD Vance vs. Tim Ryan, and much MORE!
10/13/202233 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 662: Call a Crackhead

Ben, Travis, and Fernando serve up this week's news in politics including Gavin Newsome protecting artistic freedom, New York in the spotlight with its "Bike-Lane-Bounty Law", a man's clever use of a gun buy-back program, Susan Collins saying threats could become more real as election workers train for the battle at the polls... and much, much, MORE!
10/4/202245 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 661: Give It a Mulligan

It's Sunday Top Hat time and the boys are breaking down the new John Fetterman attack ad as well as his upcoming debate with Dr. Oz, Manchin and Mastriano using the power of faith and fasting, Ginni Thomas and her Jan 6th beliefs, how inflation is hurting more Americans and how some billionaires feel about it, and Alex Jones doubling down.
10/2/202246 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 660: Meme Mania

This week on Top Hat, the Florida CEO that wanted her Greeting Card company employees to work through Hurricane Ian, Marjorie Taylor Greene's personal life and how it reflects on her political beliefs, Cuomo's new podcast, the scam that is "The Lincoln Project", Florida's Governor vs. California's governor, armed protestors showing up at a Texas church's drag bingo event, and MORE!
10/1/202247 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 659: Tamie vs. Goliath w/ Tamie Wilson

On this episode the Top Hat Boys are joined Congressional Candidate Tamie Wilson to talk about her campaign, being a single mom, a small business owner, and her motivation to take on serial sexual predator enabler's like Jim Jordan in congress.Website: https://www.tamiewilson.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TamieUSCongressInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/tamieuscongress/
9/24/202257 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 658: Take a Seat

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's political stories including 80 year old Linda Paulson's hot new campaign ad for political office in Utah, age limits on politicians, Conservatives banning more books in the name of free speech, The Standing is Tiring (SIT) act, DeSantis' skewed handling of immigration and much more!
9/21/202252 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 657: The Rising Tide

On this week's second Top Hat, Ben, Travis, and Fernando talk about the tentative Freight-Rail strike and the importance of worker's unions in our current America, Ron DeSantis's political stunt with immigrants and how Martha's Vineyard reacted, Trump saying an indictment would bring big problems, and more!
9/17/202251 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 656: Double Jeopardy

It's Top Hat time! Ben, Travis, and Fernando discuss Steve Bannon's indictment and his many, many shirts, the FBI busting Mike Lindell at a Hardee's, a SF woman's sexual assault kit used to arrest her in an unrelated crime, credit card companies tracking your gun purchases, Republicans trying to put gay marriage back in the closet while Lindsay Graham comes out of his closet to announce a plot to ban abortion on a Federal level.
9/15/202247 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 655: Grifters Grifting Grifters

Top Hat returns! This week Ben, Travis, and Fernando break down the water crisis in Mississippi, Ted Cruz and student loan forgiveness, prisoners in debt for going to state prisons, conservative publishers and their bad takes on children's books, Gavin McIness stages his own arrest, Youtube algorithms pushing the election fraud narrative, American's are "Too Fat to Fight" and much more!
9/8/202258 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 654: The Liberal Redneck w/ Trae Crowder

On this episode, we are joined by comedian, podcaster, and proud southerner Trae Crowder to talk dive deep on his dinner with JD Vance, doing Progressive comedy in a conservative country, and how he lives up to his brand as a Liberal Redneck. linktr.ee/traecrowder
9/1/202252 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 653: Just Add Pepper w/ David Pepper

On this episode we are joined by author David Pepper to dive deep into the extremist attacks on democracy happening in US State Houses, the importance of just being present in elections, changing the campaign game with BlueOhio.org, and confronting Bill Seitz to his face. http://davidpepper.com/Book: Laboratories of Democracy, Simple ChoiceBlueohio.org
8/30/20221 hour, 1 minute, 16 seconds
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Episode 652: Late Night Politics w/ Nick Vatterott

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are joined by Nick Vatterott to talk about his work as a primetime political comedy writer, bipartisanship, and the boon/bane of social media.https://twitter.com/nickvatterott http://www.nickvatterott.com/
8/25/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 651: Dark Brandon w/ Joe Biden (James Adomian)

James Adomian joins us as President Joe Biden to breakdown the breakdown of Democracy.https://twitter.com/JAdomian
8/23/202240 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 650: Beyond the Pale

The Top Hat Boys are back with more of this week's political stories including genital checks in Utah, pushback on Gov. DeSantis and his Anti-Woke agenda, Texas schools banning Anne Frank and the Bible, Ben Stein is not on the money with his opinion, Steve Bannon feeds the satanic panic, Don Junior flips out for two minutes, both Giuliani and Graham going to court for their trying to affect the Georgia elections and MORE!
8/20/202248 minutes
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Episode 649: A Special Kind of Grifter

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in American Politics including Dr. Oz trying to find a Veggie Tray, Sarah Palin in Alaska, Mandela Barnes vs Ron Jonhson in Wisconsin, Tim Ryan's campaign manager gives JD Vance some advice, Andrew Yang cant give a clear answer, Lauren Boebert's drunken neighborhood antics, The Right can't decide exactly how to feel about the FBI raid, and we pontificate more on who the informant could be.
8/18/202259 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 648: The Rat

The Top Hat Boys are back with more of this week's news in American Politics including Pro Trump Republican's snatching up wins across the states, Liz Cheney bringing Dick Cheney in for a campaign ad against Trump, Merrick Garland detailing the DOJ reasoning for the Mar-a-Lago raid, speculation on the identity of Trump informant heats up, Mick Mulvaney and the secret safe, Facebook/Meta proving it doesn't care about its users well being, and much, much, MORE!
8/13/202259 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 647: The Raid

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in American Politics including Alex Jones caught sending nudies to Roger Stone, what the historic climate bill means for the country and for Democrats, and of course, the reaction on both sides of the aisle to Monday's FBI raiding of Trumps Mar-a-Lago home.
8/11/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 646: Per-jury Mason

The Top Hat Boys are back for another round of this week's top news as we see it including an update on the passing of the PACT act and the 11 Republican votes against it, the judge having to explain definitions of the law to Alex Jones and his defense team, Roger Stone caught on a hot mic, Bank of America leaked memos, Arizona Republicans that Democrats funded did in fact win their state races and what that could mean for the purple state, while a similarly eerie situations are reflected in other parts of the country, like Michigan and MORE!
8/7/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 645: Basket Cases

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in American Politics including Biden delivering a speech on the killing of Zawahiri while former President Trump hosts the Saudi Arabians for a golf tournament, Democrats funding Republicans in California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Arizona in hopes to fight the greater threat - other Republicans, an Arizona candidate says he will refuse to concede if he loses election, Jon Stewart raises hell, Rand Paul rationalizing why he voted against veterans healthcare, Truth Social shadow bannings and more!
8/4/202252 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 644: Ain't That America

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are rounding out your week with the news in American Politics including Republicans failing to pass PACT Act of '22 and then fist-bumping on the house floor in celebration, Rick Scott spreading hypocritical rhetoric about "book burners", Pelosi selling $5 Million worth of stock ahead of a related legislation bill she is set to vote on, Guatemalan migrant children working at a Hyundai plant in Alabama, DeSantis attacking woke businesses, Samuel Alito boasting from the Vatican, a reporter forced out of an execution for her choice of skirt, and MORE!!
7/30/202251 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 643: The Devil's Rainbow

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in Politics including Arizona's Kari Lake spewing dangerous rhetoric, ALSO Lake supporters caught on tape harassing PetsMart employees over Gay Pride Flag, Matt Gaetz unsurprisingly voting against bill to curb human trafficking, fugitive Steve Bannon praising Alex Jones, Lindsay Graham lovin' his buddy Trump, Kamala Harris disappoints, John Fetterman doing campaign attack ads right, Brittney Griner freed! and MORE!
7/28/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 642: Bipartisan Douchery

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in politics including a Howard Stern / Bradley Cooper presidential run and how it connects to the Bill Clinton presidency, Chris Cuomo being rejected  by a Hamptons Fire Department, DeBlasio dropping out of the running, which Republican voted against gay marriage, Larry Hogan in Maryland, Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania, and Ron Johnson living up to his last name. Flowerhead - Pondering My Orb (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXb6QLCaLxjvucwNlQuS2gg) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
7/21/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 641: Out of the Ordinary

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this weeks news in politics as Trump uses Ivana's death as a fundraising opportunity, Errol Musk reminding us that the billionaire class doesn't think the way we do, House Republicans vote against investigating Nazi's in the police and military, O'Rourke out-raising Abbott in Texas, Indiana AG Todd Rokita threatening to prosecute a doctor for doing their job, a law professor warns about the violence of forced birth, and Glenn Grothman hates the pride flag. 
7/16/202253 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 640: Useful Idiots

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's News in American Politics including Nuclear Preparedness Ads in NYC, Jill Biden loving Latinos and Tacos while unable to pronounce Bodega, Coup expert John Balton explaining where Jan 6th Insurrectionists got it wrong, former Oath Keepers and Raskin also breaking silence about Jan 6th, Musk using Twitter to distract from more Tesla Autopilot evils, California getting it right with insulin users,Gun Safety and MORE!
7/13/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 639: Freedom Holes

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you even more of this week's news in Politics including an update on Cassidy Hutchinson vs. the Secret Service, Police reform and Jayland Walker, MTG claiming 4th of July shootings are false flags, Debbie Lesko proclaiming that she would shoot her grandkids to protect their guns, Jerone Davison wanting to "Make Rifles Great Again", Ron Johnson attack ad backfires, Newsom vs DeSantis 2024, Senate Democrats calling on Joe to legalize Marijuana, and MORE!
7/8/202253 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 638: Fireworks and Firearms

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in politics including Micheal Moore giving up his citizenship in protest, Adam Kinzinger playing some of the spiciest voicemails he's received so far, information on several of the July 4th shootings and casualties, Maryland loosening concealed carry laws, the Dallas Cowboys go all in on the gun theme with a new coffee sponsorship, and much MORE!
7/6/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 637: Separation Between Algorithm and State

For this very special 4th of July Top Hat, Ben, Travis, and Fernando are talkin' Rudy Giuliani's special code for major savings, Lauren Boebert and her understanding of the what the founding fathers had to say, Nick Fuentes getting canceled from a Libertarian conference, the unexpected results of Googling "Desk Ornament", Ohio State Rep. Jan Schmidt wanting to ban birth control all while Texas AG says he will defend only "bible style" sex and MORE!
7/2/202240 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 636: The Ketchup on the Wall

Ben, Travis, and Fernando focus on the events of Jan 6th and break down what we have learned from Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony to the committee about Trump, Meadows actions throughout the infamous day, as well as where it can all be heading! 
7/2/202228 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 635: All or Nothing

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in politics as the country reacts to the controversial decision of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, restricting abortions in multiple states across the country, SCOTUS's religious double standards, gun law news in NY, and MORE!
6/29/202252 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 634: Hot Takes From Cold Hands

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are back with this week's political stories including Lauren Boehbert spreading the gospel of Christ, Texas AG general saying God has a plan to parents of murdered children, Elon Musk endorsing DeSantis and potentially firing 10K people over "bad feelings", finally some good news from Ohio and MORE!
6/17/202250 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 633: Feral Hogs

This week on Top Hat the boys are talking about Pelosi pandering to gay voters, Republicans spilling the truth about Jan 6th, Trump scamming 250 million out of his supporters for a Fraud Fund along with highlights of his 12 page statement on the Jan 6th committee, Arizona republicans asking for blanket pardons, Ohio trans and guns laws making us question GOP sanity, and MORE!
6/16/202255 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 632: Pardon Me

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are back with a second helping of this week's political stories including Liz Cheney and the Jan 6th committee, the FBI arresting a Michigan gubernatorial candidate for insurrection involvement, trust in US government at an all time low, Meta and Amazon's WICKR showing us the evils of the internet, the Border Patrol emboldened by the Supreme Court and MORE.
6/11/202248 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 631: Critical Mass

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this weeks news in Politics including gun sales numbers dropping along with new gun legislation, Marjorie Taylor Greene pushing against Lindsey Graham, Matthew McConaughey's reaction to the devastating shooting in Uvalde, Alt-Right Wingers invading The Libertarian Party, and much MORE!
6/9/202247 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 630: The Political Hole

The Top Hat Boys are back for another episode to round out your week, breaking down the news as we see fit including The Proud Boys getting booted from Trump rallies, DeSantos taking on The Tampa Bay Rays, Ohio targeting transgender female athletes with “genital inspections”, Guns for Kids, and much, much, MORE!
6/4/202249 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 629: Handguns & Hammers

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week’s news in politics: taking a close look at gun control in America as the country mourns the recent devastating school shooting in Uvalde Texas, as well as how the police mishandled the chaotic situation that took the lives of 21 innocent people, ALSO, the Good Liars breakdown the Hammers vs. Guns Debate, J.D. Vance’s war on porn,  the Dr. Oz vs. McCormick recount, and MORE!
6/1/202249 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 628: Give It Some Ham!

The Top Hat boys are back to bring you this week's news in Politics including George W Bush accidentally confusing himself with Putin, Texas getting wild on several fronts, the rise and fall of Madison Cawthorn, and MORE!
5/24/202254 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 627: The City is Eating Itself

Ben and Travis bring you this week's news in politics: civil unrest breaks out as The Supreme Court takes on Roe v. Wade, Joe Manchin pushes against Abortion Bill, Elon Musk supporting Trump on Twitter, Redistricting in Florida as DeSantis’ plans get shut down, North Carolina republicans introduce bill that would prevent President Biden from canceling student federal loan debt, and MORE! 
5/12/202246 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 626: Roll Over and Bend the Knee

On your second helping of Top Hat this week: JR Majewski celebrates his Ohio GOP nomination with a "Let's go Brandon" rap. Madison Cawthorn responds to compromising videos of himself nude and another with his employee/cousin. Female Republicans Jean Schmidt and Rebecca Kleefisch double down on dangerous anti-abortion beliefs. A man accused of killing his wife wins a Republican town primary in Indiana, Jim Jordan is mad, and MORE!
5/7/20221 hour, 25 seconds
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Episode 625: Leaky Justices w/ The Good Liars

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are joined by The Good Liars (Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler) to discuss the fallout of the leaked Supreme Court draft on Roe v. Wade, March for Life rallies, and what this all foretells for the future of the US Constitution. Support the Good Liars directly through their Patreon and YouTube channel.
5/4/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 624: Deadliest Catch w/ Billy Jensen

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are joined by special guest Billy Jensen to discuss the Andrew Mitchell case, his upcoming book "Killers Amidst Killers", his work in Ohio, and MUCH MORE in this week’s second dose of Top Hat!
4/30/202256 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 623: Everything Must Go!

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's political stories including Melissa Lucio, Elon Musk, Tech giants tricked into revealing personal data, Tucker loving Alex Jones while Jones has an Emergency Blowout Sale to pay damages on his lawsuit, Roger Stone bad mouthing Kevin McCarthy, Madison Cawthorn bringing a loaded gun to the airport and stealing meme coin money, Joe Biden pardoning felons, and much, much, MORE!
4/28/202246 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 622: Bad to the Bone

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are back with the political news including Rudy Giuliani's controversial appearance on the Masked Singer, Mayor Eric Adams & legalization, Texas Mom Melissa Lucio facing the death penalty, Tucker Carlson telling you to tan your balls, Colorado Governor Jared Polis calling out DeSantis while DeSantis battles Twitter Shareholders / Disney employees in Florida.
4/22/202257 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 621: Surviving a Stalker w/ Lenora Claire

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are joined by survivor, activist, entertainment industry professional, and member of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Crime Victims Advisory Board, Lenora Claire to discuss her experience in becoming the victim of a dangerous stalker, Anti-Stalking Legislation, and how she's currently fighting to protect people from similar experiences to hers.For More Info please visit: https://www.lenoraclairellc.com/and info on removing personal information from the internet: https://www.lifewire.com/remove-personal-information-from-internet-3482691
4/21/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 620: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are back to round out your week with the political stories including Etsy sellers going on strike over increased fees, opioid overdoses skyrocketing, DeSantis gaining control over redistricting maps and signing a 15 week abortion ban, while Florida DOE rejects 54 maths books from the curriculum, states continuing to scale back food stamp SNAP benefits, our condolences to Josh Mandel after Trump endorses JD Vance instead, the world premiere of the new HEADPAC.ORG ad against Mike DeWIne, and MORE!
4/16/202253 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 619: Fabulous Beasts

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's political stories including Chuck Grassley proposing that China has compromised Biden, Warner Bros actually compromising to China, J&J using the Texas Two Step to avoid lawsuits, Greg Abbott threatening to bus immigrants to DC, acceptance of Ukraine asylum versus Mexican/Haitian asylum seekers, DeSantis signing a fatherhood bill, Andrew Giuliani making his bid for governor while making some questionable comments about his daughter, Cops still playing copyrighted music while being filmed, CNN+ problems, and MORE!
4/13/202247 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 618: I Plead the Fifth!

On this week's second dose of Top Hat, Ben Travis and Fernando are talkin' Trump endorsing Dr. Oz, MTG calling KBJ "Pro-Pedophile" as well as her response to Jimmy Kimmel calling on Will Smith to deal with her, Hunter Biden's Laptop, Alex Jones' deposition and Dallas installing new airport Pro-Mask robots. 
4/10/202252 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 617: Arrested Development

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's political headlines: marijuanna legalization passing the house, MTG doubles down on the evils of democrats, Tennessee leaving the marriage legal age up for interpretation, Oklahoma making moves against abortion, Gavin Newsom mocks book banning while Burbank CA literally bans the books and MORE.
4/7/202243 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 616: The Power of the People w/ Katy Shanahan

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are joined by lawyer Katy Shanahan to dig into Redistricting, the fight against Gerrymandering, Voter Suppression, the frustrating state of Ohio politics, Governor Kasich, and much MORE!Follow Katy on Twitter for all of your updates on Redistricting & Gerrymandering: https://twitter.com/KatyAShanahan
4/1/202257 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 615: The Great Orgy Party

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's political headlines: Applebee's executive leaked email showing the systematic extent of corporate greed, Madison Cawthorn's claim of cocaine fueled orgies in DC, the Federal Government and billions of dollars of covid relief funds used to pay for more police and prisons, Eric Adams considering using drones to help NYC Police, Joe Manchin blasting Republicans for their treatment of Ketanji Brown Jackson, as well as Clarence Thomas and his wife's involvement in Jan 6th.
3/31/202247 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 614: A Scale of 1 to 10

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's political headlines including Lindsey Graham questioning Katanji Brown's faith (on a scale of 1 to 10), Trump talking Putin and "the N Word", Kid Rock revealing his relationship with Trump, Staind's Aaron Lewis taking Pro-Putin stance during performance, Nancy Pelosi brings the Irish Spirit to the Capital, devastating tales from Ukraine, and much MORE!
3/24/20221 hour, 1 minute, 17 seconds
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Episode 613: The Red, White, and Blue

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's political news, focusing primarily on Russia and the events happening in Ukraine, as well as Roger Stone preaching his plans to impeach Kamala, Tucker Carlson defending that Fox isnt an "organ" for Russia, confused White Nationalists repping the wrong Red, White, and Blue, Lindsay Graham calling for the assassination of Putin, and much much MORE!
3/19/20221 hour, 1 minute
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Episode 612: The Time Has Come

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are bringing you this week's political stories including possible big changes coming for Daylight Savings Time, Arizona Senators missing the point, Boebert making up military ranks, William Barr still playing pro/anti Trump, US paying 2 million a month to protect Pompeo, Candace Owens and her Pro Putin agenda, Kevin Durant calling out Mayor Adams on mandates and MORE!
3/16/202252 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 611: Preachin' to the Choir

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's political stories including Mark Meadows committing voter fraud, Britney Griner held detained in Russia for Marijuana Oil, Lawmakers voting against banning Russian Oil, DeSantis's Police Force Bill in Florida, U.S. Police sending extra (expired) military gear to Ukraine, U.S. Census miscounting Latinos, Idaho - inspired by Texas - pushes discrimination against Trans kids, Florida further banning Critical Race Theory discussion in Schools and Jobs, A Russian Spy in USA since 2017, Virginia Lawmakers lifting the ban of Facial Recognition technology... AND If you're in the Cleveland area THIS WEEKEND be sure to catch Travis Irvine doing Stand-Up Live (Saturday - 3/12/22 at 11:00PM) at Secret Society Comedy @ Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Ave. - Cleveland, OH 44102Tickets Available Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/secret-society-comedy-tickets-269832274597More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/666015504846123
3/11/202251 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 610: Keepin' It Together

BK, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's political stories including a State of the Union Recap, Brittney Griner held in Russia for having cannabis extract, Cuomo blaming cancel culture, Trump comes at William Barr, Bill Ackman predicting the war, Amazon working with slave labor in China, the Lead Issue in America, and MORE!
3/8/202256 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 609: Dude, Where's Your Country?

Ben, Fernando, and Travis dive into this week's political headlines including: AnnaLynne McCord's desire to be Putin's Mommy, Donald Trump Jr. rambling about Crack at CPAC, Steve Bannon's controversial words on Ukraine, JD Vance promoting a lack of empathy for War Victims, Trump asking "if Finland is part of Russia?", and MORE!
3/2/202258 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 608: The War is Cold

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you the rest of this week's news including a comprehensive breakdown of the events in the Ukraine as Russia wages War, Russia/Saudi Arabian collusion raising gas prices, Trump praises Putin, Governor Abbot calling gender affirming a form of child abuse in Texas, Naked Texas RRC Candidate straddles an oil pump, Josh Mandel arguing BLM at a debate, Alabama approving permit-less carrying of guns, and MORE!
2/26/202246 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 607: The Red Line

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week’s political news - and for this episode were focusing on the current situation in Ukraine as Russia’s forces continue to have a presence at the borders, The Secretary of State bailing on Ukrainian Invasion meeting, how it’s all connected to China, as well as Dems tuning out National News, Housing Markets exploding - and MORE!
2/23/202245 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 606: The President's Day Round-Up

Ben, Fernando, and Travis are back to close out your week and celebrate President's Day weekend with a very special history episode as Travis Irvine presents The History of US Presidency!
2/20/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 605: The Dog Blew Up My Homework

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are breakin' down this week's Political News including: Boston Dynamics teaming up with Sam Adams for a Super Bowl Ad, "Anti-Riot" Bills in Ohio, The Facial Recognition Takeover, Teachers Spying on Students, Black History Month "Opt Outs" in Indiana Schools, Biden pushing for War Money, Russia claims exit from Ukraine, Mail Ballot troubles, Saudi Arabia not budging for Joe, EV Roads in Detroit, and MORE.
2/17/202243 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 604: Love & Politics

The Top Hat Boys are back to close out your week with the political headlines including: Trump's secret toilet misadventures, Weiner and Sliwa's new radio show, a NY man fighting for his Pig, Georgia police encouraging exes to snitch for V-Day, Hillary Clinton speaking at the NY Democratic convention, Biden saying "things could get crazy" in Ukraine, the CIA watching us all, ICE patrolling The Super Bowl and MORE!
2/12/202250 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 603: Free Crack Pipes!

Ben, Travis and Fernando are breaking down this week’s political stories including: Marjorie Taylor Greene spittin’ "Gazpacho", Rudy Giuliani trying to swap Voting Machines in Michigan, Pence speaking against Trump’s comments, students standing up against an unruly Chocolate Milk Ban, the end of the "pandemic" and new national mask mandate-updates, vaccine stock controversy, Peloton Problems, and best of all... Free Crack Pipes courtesy of President Biden!
2/10/202245 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 602: The Good, the Bad, and the Cuddly

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are back to round out your week with the rest of the news in politics including: Rudy Giuliani’s appearance on the Masked Singer, Robot Dogs with Guns at the border, Iowa putting cameras on Teachers, Miami Beach cops under fire for public filming controversy, 13 Civilians killed during raid in Syria, Ukraine false flag, Avenatti facing charges, Bezos rebuilding a historic Dutch bridge to get his Giga-Yacht stuck, and MORE!
2/6/202257 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 601: Wag the Dog, Buy a Cat

This week, as Top Hat goes WIDE - Ben, Travis, and Fernando break down the political headlines including: Jim Justice in West Virginia showing dog booty in response to Bette Midler, Russian / Ukranian Tensions continuing to rise, Trump dissing Lindsey Graham, Jeff Zucker's controversial exit from CNN - and MORE in this week's first round of Top Hat!
2/3/202247 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 600: We The People

This week on Top Hat - Ben, Fernando, and Travis are breakin' down the News in Politics as Kid Rock debuts a new song with an Anti-Joe Biden Chorus, Alex Jones pleads the Fifth (again, and again, and again...), AOC and Ted Cruz are Twitters Most Wanted, USA VS Russian in Ukraine, Micheal Avenatti's hubris, and Lauren Boebert continues her racist blunders.
1/26/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 599: Lock The Vote

BK and The Top Hat Boys are back to close out the week with your political headlines including a questionable rebranding for M&M’s, The truth behind Voter Fraud & Voter Suppression, Navigating harassment in the Metaverse, Driverless Trucks, the "NOCEBO" effect, and MORE!
1/22/20221 hour, 52 seconds
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Episode 598: Incommunicado

Ben, Fernando, and Travis are breakin' down this week's political news including new Supreme Court vaccine mandates, Trump twisting the facts about how different races are treated for COVID, The Good Liars find Nazi's on Mars, Jordan Klepper & John Kasich's new Podcast, U.S. Senate Candidate Gary Chambers going viral for for Marijuana Legalization, and more Senate, Filibuster, and Voting Rights Discussion, all in this week's healthy first dose of Top Hat.
1/20/202245 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 597: DOA

This week BK and the Top Hat boys are discussing Senators grilling the Feds about January 6th, Vaccine Mandates & the Supreme Court, a new bill looking to shut down Political Insider Trading, Biden coming clean on Protest Fibbery, Gov Northam attempting to retcon black-face scandal, American Families falling into deeper debt, Clay Aiken running for office, and MORE.
1/12/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 596: The T Word

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are back to wrap up the rest of this week's headlines including Ted Cruz 'groveling' on Fox, Filibuster Pros and Cons, Trump's statements on January 6th, Biden Era imprisonment rates rising for Undocumented Immigrants, an exodus of Correctional Officers in Philly, New Mexican Inmates facing new exploitive Mail Restrictions, and MORE!
1/8/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 595: Insurrection-iversary

BK, Travis, and Fernando are back to break down this week's news and the state of American Politics as we approach the first anniversary of the January 6th Riots, also - Criminal Justice Reform in the Golden State, "sneaky" Nancy Pelosi supports lawmakers owning stock, Rep. Eric Swalwell stirs the pot on Twitter, and MORE.
1/5/202244 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 594: New Year's Predictions - 2022

Ben, Fernando, and Travis cap off the year with their predictions and gubernatorial front runners for 2022!
12/31/202158 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 593: Crapitalism

The Top Hat boys are back and this week were talking about Alex Jones "slamming" Trump on Christmas, Dan Crenshaw, Manchin & Build Back Better, the truth behind US Drone Strike efficiency, Opioid lawsuits, the truck driver given 110 years, Amazon worker mistreatment continues, and a 14 year old shopper accidentally gunned down at the hands of police gunfire.
12/30/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 592: Request Denied

BK is back with Travis and Fernando in this BEEFY episode - breaking it all down starting off with Employee Rights & the recent tragic events in Kentucky as factory workers are forced to work through catastrophic Tornadoes, South Dakota Teachers literally scrambling for cash, more January 6th texts REVEALED, Redistricting gone awry, NYC & Green Card Holders voting, more bad news for Cuomo, and a tribute to the late Max Linn of Maine.
12/15/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 591: Legalize and Let Live

To round out the week, Ben brings you a very special bite-sized “solo” Top Hat from the road to talk Marijuana Legalization and Capital Punishment reform.
12/10/202120 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 590: The Usual Suspects

This week Ben, Travis, and Fernando break down the news including Biden signing more gas permits than Trump, the CIA / Bitcoin Conspiracy, Fetterman vs. Dr. Oz for Pennsylvania Senate, Moderna and Pfizer getting rich off Vaccines, private company Vax Mandates in NYC, Mark Meadows not speaking with Jan 6th council, Devin Nunes stepping down to work for Trump, and parents facing charges in Michigan School shooting incident.
12/8/202152 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 589: Flipping, Flailing, and Flatulating

Rounding out this week in Tophat News, Ben, Travis, and Fernando breakdown the headlines including Chris Christie’s “belly flop” of a book release, Chris Cuomo getting canned by CNN, Mississippi abortion news and the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision, a 14 year old victim in the Ghislaine Maxwell case cites Donald Trump, the origins of the Omicron Variant name, shocking Sexual Assault scandals at Liberty University and MORE in this packed episode! 
12/2/202154 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 588: Not Alright, Alright

Tophat returns and this week Ben, Travis, and Fernando share their reactions to the Ahmaud Arbery murder verdict, Ben breaks the news to the gang that Matthew Mcconaughey will sadly NOT be running for Governor in Texas, Lauren Boebert's racist rant caught on tape, COVID travel bans in South Africa, the implications of the US redistricting plans, and MORE.
11/30/202147 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 587: Subpoena-Butter and Jelly

Ben, Fernando, and Travis serve up a delicious plate of Tophat for this Thanksgiving week, breaking down the headlines including Biden pardoning Turkeys instead of Marijuana Offenders, the Rittenhouse Verdict and it’s implications on the Chrystul Kizer case, the Matt Gaetz trial begins to take shape, January 6th Subpoenas for Alex Jones & Roger Stone, Major Pharmacy’s held responsible for Opioid Crisis in Ohio, why Jeff Bezos donated 100 million to The Obama Foundation... and MORE!Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
11/24/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 586: The Right Thing

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week’s headlines including Julius Jones & his fate in the hands of an Oklahoma Governor, Alex Jones Liable in Sandyhook Case, Infrastructure Bill success, Beto O'Rourke in Texas, Liz Cheney ousted, Gosar vs. AOC, Proud Boy / Q-Shaman Jail Updates, A.I. Lie Detection in Court, and MORE!Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
11/19/202159 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 585: In the Midst of History w/ Donte West

Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you a double-shot of Tophat in this week's episode breaking down the headlines including Joe Biden & Fart-Gate 2021, former prison executioners battling PTSD in South Carolina, the Infrastructure Bill & AI Drunk Driving Prevention, Ann Coulter vs. Trump, "big pharma" lobbying against the drug pricing plan, AND to top it all off, we welcome back friend of the show Donte West, for an update on The Last Prisoner Project, his upcoming documentary "The Story of Donte West", and a discussion on the future of Marijuana Legalization in the country.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
11/11/20211 hour, 32 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 584: Stuck in the Middle

Ben, Fernando, and Travis are back with more of this week's top stories including job economy growth in October, The Build Back Better Bill and it's setback with the CBO, James Carville pointing fingers at Wokeness, the Miami Herald enlisting Robot Writers, Igor and the fake Steele Dossier, Gun Control in NY, Rittenhouse juror dismissed for bad jokes, and MORE in this packed episode.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
11/6/20211 hour, 58 seconds
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Episode 583: Big... If True

Ben, Travis, and Fernando break down this week's headlines including Glenn Youngkin winning the governor's race (and the implications that has for democrats and the rest of the elections), Qanon supporters left waiting for JFK Jr. in Dallas, current NPR polls on the American trust of elections, and a Russian woman jailed for exposing her booty at The Kremlin.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
11/4/202149 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 582: Keepin' It Objective w/ Ford Fischer

Ben, Fernando, and Travis welcome guest Ford Fischer, Independent Videographer and co-founder of News2share.com, to discuss the importance of objectivity in journalism as well as his experiences working as a citizen journalist during the Unite the Right Rally and the January 6th Insurrection.Ford Fischer is an independent videographer, editor, and computer scientist/web designer. He co-founded and designed News2share.com as an engine for independent videographers and citizen journalists to contribute to the evolving news cycle. He is the editor-in-chief of News2Share. His work has been featured on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC and more. He is currently directing News2Share’s first feature film and is available for hire as a freelance videographer/journalist. Reach him at [email protected] Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
10/31/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 581: Whiplash

Ben, Fernando, and Travis break down this week's headlines including executions being delayed for Oklahoma death row inmates, the Oathkeepers and their connections to elected officials, Anti-Biden Hip Hop taking iTunes by storm, Approval rating woes continue, the end of the trail for "Cowboys for Trump" leader, and the Reno City Council lashes out against the unauthorized use of Whips.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
10/27/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 580: Tricycles for Trump w/ The Good Liars

Ben, Travis, and Fernando welcome back friends of the show The Good Liars - Jason Selvig & Davram Stiefler (@tglnyc @jasonselvig @davrams) to discuss their latest film "The Supporters" (available Nov 4th at The Supporters ), how Trump rallies have changed since the insurrection, and their experiences interviewing supporters who attend those rallies. - Visit The Good Liars - Patreon for more!Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
10/24/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 579: Livin' on a Prayer

Ben, Travis, and Fernando break down this week's headlines including faith leaders holding a prayer vigil for the 3.5 trillion dollar infrastructure bill - also following up on last week's story, Texas school boards clarify their stance on teaching opposing views for the holocaust, the NAACP pushes for AT&T to end One America News, GOP blocking voting rights bills, Schumer siding with the republicans, Bannon held in contempt, and Rudy Guiliani channeling the ghost of Abe Lincoln himself!Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
10/21/202151 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 578: My Ladybugs

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are back with this week's headlines including Texas requesting schools show "opposing views" of the Holocaust, Katie Couric's controversial editing of RBG's statements, Armed Robot Dogs, "Q" running for Office, Steve Bannon subpoenaed by the January 6th Panel, Sarah Huckabee is back, and finally... Lindsay Grahams Lady Bugs.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
10/16/202147 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 577: The Power of Sports w/ Bob Kendrick

This week Ben, Fernando, and Travis are joined by historian and host of Black Diamonds Podcast - Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, to discuss #mybaseballmemory, the importance of keeping the story of the Negro Leagues alive, and just how pivotal the game of baseball has been to American Civil History.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
10/13/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 576: Alright, Alright, Alright

Ben, Fernando, and Travis are back for this week's second dose of Top Hat, breaking down Matthew Mcconaughey's possible future in politics, the Jacob Blake shooting verdict, George Floyd's posthumous pardon in Texas, an Anti-Vax Murder Spree in Maryland, Justin Beiber vs. DeepFake Tom Cruise, Microchips in the Air, and Trump proclaiming that Haitians have Aids.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
10/10/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 575: Cough It Up

Ben, Fernando, and Travis breakdown this week's headlines including the COVID-19 Pill fiasco as Merck charges the U.S. a 400% markup, Judge Robert Pitman suspending SB8 in Texas, One America News and it's relationship with AT&T, attention on Trump continuing to fade, the CIA finds itself in hot water over the Abu Zubaydah torture scandal, the CIA's new China Center, and Andrew Yang's new "Forward Party".Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
10/9/202158 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 574: I EAT ASS

In this week's follow-up Top Hat, Ben, Fernando, and Travis talk Qualified Immunity in regards to the "I EAT ASS" bumper sticker case in Florida, Alabama using COVID relief funds to build more Prisons, raising concerns of new student monitoring programs as the surveillance state grows, Police officials using Facebook as a Database, as well as Gavin Newsom and the Bruce Beach reparations.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
10/2/202158 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 573: The Vulcan Centaur

Ben, Travis, and Fernando break down this week's headlines including the potentially dangerous new partnership between Space X and The Space Force, Julian Asange revealed to have been in the crosshairs of the CIA, problems in Haiti continue as minimum wage issues are exasperated by American Corporations, Texas denies the mistreatment of Haitian refugees seen in viral photos, and even MORE in this packed episode!Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
9/30/202148 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 572: Blowing the Whistle w/ John Kiriakou

In this week's follow-up Top Hat, Ben, Fernando, and Travis sit down with former CIA Intelligence Officer and Whistle Blower, John Kiriakou to discuss the fascinating and heartbreaking story that lead him to become the first US Official to blow the whistle on the Bush administration's Torture Program, the backlash of the scandal, and how his own CIA training helped him survive his time in Prison.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
9/25/20211 hour, 32 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 571: Take this Job and Shove It

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are back to break down this week's headlines as Walmart's mistreatment of workers finds itself in the spotlight courtesy of former employee Beth McGrath, new projections see a surge in the surveillance industry as the government begins to integrate new AI software, growing concerns on the handling of the Texas-Haitian refugee crisis, and more, as the backlash of the Abortion Ban continues in The Lone Star State.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
9/22/20211 hour, 7 seconds
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Episode 570: Do Unto Others

Ben, Fernando, and Travis discuss the Kabul strike that killed 10 civilians, the Welcome.US coalition and how effective their scope of Afghan refugee support will be, Haitian refugees rejected at the Texas border, companies no longer testing for cannabis, the Nabisco workers strike, and more!Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
9/18/202157 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 569: The Mute Button

Ben, Travis, and Fernando break down this week's political stories including Gavin Newsom surviving the California Recall, General Milley's secret talks with China, Antony Blinken defending the Afghan withdrawal, former National Security Officials speaking out against Antitrust Laws, AOC at the Met Gala, and a tribute to the late, great, Norm MacDonald.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
9/16/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 568: Twenty Years Gone w/ George W. Bush (James Adomian)

Ben, Travis, and Fernando present a very special 9/11 Commemorative Episode and are joined by the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush (James Adomian) to look back on the harrowing day that changed America forever, and find out just what Dubya's been up to since.James Adomian Tour Dates:Austin 9/22 - Moontower Comedy Festivalhttps://www.austintheatre.org/moontower-comedy/shows/james-adomian/Des Moines 10/2 - Des Comédie Festivalhttps://desmoinesperformingarts.org/events/james-adomian/Atlanta 11/5 - Red Clay Comedy Festivalhttps://www.redclaycomedy.com/adomianNashville 11/9 - Zanieshttps://nashville.zanies.comOr follow me instagram for LA shows:@JAdomian-Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
9/11/202152 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 567: The Fight Within The Fight

Ben, Travis, and Fernando break down this week in Politics, as Trump goes from U.S. President to Ringside Announcer (on 9/11 no less), growing concerns over Financial Surveillance in the U.S. ramps up, Robert Kaplan and the Feds shady dealings make headlines, Ride Sharing Services take official stance on new Abortion Laws, and Larry Elder finds himself on the wrong side of an egging.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
9/9/202144 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 566: Statists Gonna' State

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are back with this week's follow-up Top Hat to discuss the top headline stories including the Indictiment of the Police Officers involved in the death of Elijah Mcclain, the Texas Abortion Ban, China's enforced Masculinization, an update on the situation in Afghanistan, Caitlyn Jenner / Deblasio's election attempts and MORE in this loaded episode!Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
9/4/202157 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 565: A Voice from The Inside w/ Larry Lawton

This week Ben, Travis, and Fernando sit down with Criminal Justice Reform Activist, Author, & Youtube star, Larry Lawton to talk about his experience behind bars and shed some light on the changes that need to be made within the Prison system.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
9/3/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 564: In the Thick of It

In this week's follow-up Top Hat, Ben, Travis, and Fernando discuss US Weapons left in Taliban hands, the recent online drama surrounding Roger Stone's accidental ban from the Gettr App, Gavin Newsome and California's Stimulus Checks, a man on "Mail Bender" found with 300 recall ballots, Covid Death Toll Corrections, and the upcoming face reveal of the Officer involved in shooting during January's Capitol Riot's.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
8/27/202158 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 563: A Man and His Dog

This week Ben, Travis, and Fernando discuss Andrew Cuomo's resignation from Office as he loses his Emmys and casts his dog to the wayside, the sad state of Riker's Island Prison, Trump receiving boos for backing the Vax, Mask Mandate Debates, Colorado opening it's arms to Afghan refugees, and MORE!Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
8/25/20211 hour, 30 seconds
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Episode 562: The Finger of Doom

Ben, Travis, and Fernando dive into the rest of this week's headlines including the so-called "attack" on MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Facebook bomb threats leading to an arrest on Capitol Hill, Automated Speeding Tickets in Chicago, and the controversial news that OnlyFans will be restricting Sexual Content from it's platform.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
8/21/202156 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 561: Spoils of the Forever War w/ Saman Arbabi

Ben, Travis, and Fernando break down the recent devastating events in Afghanistan and are joined by Iranian journalist Saman Arbabi to discuss the Taliban takeover, U.S. withdrawal, and the future for refugees fleeing the country in search of freedom.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
8/19/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 560: The Stories of U.S. w/ Ken Burns

In this very special interview, Ben, Travis, and Fernando sit down with acclaimed documentarian and film maker Ken Burns to discuss his new project Muhammad Ali and the important story that inspired the four part series premiering on PBS September 19th.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
8/13/202155 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 559: The United States of Amazon

Ben, Travis, and Fernando are back to break down this week's headlines including Microsoft's opposition of a 10 Billion Dollar deal between Amazon and the NSA, the fall of Andrew Cuomo as the governor declares his resignation, Gavin Newsome's Recall election, Infrastructure Bill passing, Crypto Taxing, and more!Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
8/11/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 558: How To Run For Office

In this very special episode, Ben, Travis, and Fernando discuss How to Run for Office, what it takes to get involved, and the personal stories of our own host's campaigns captured in Travis's documentaries American Mayor (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/americanmayor) and Hail Yourself America (https://hailyourselfamerica.com/), both available now.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
8/3/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 557: No Bones About It w/ Ken Bone

Ben, Travis, and Fernando enter the "Bone Zone" once again as they're joined by returning guest, internet sensation Ken Bone to discuss life, post-meme fame, Ken's honest view of the current state of affairs in our country, and navigating American politics as an "everyman".Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
7/27/202150 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 556: The Politics of Video Game Culture w/ Meg Turney

Ben, Travis, and Fernando break down this week's headlines and are joined by Streamer, Internet Personality, and Model, Meg Turney to discuss the evolution of female representation in the gaming industry, maintaining balanced parasocial interaction as a creator, the possible psychological benefits of gaming as well as how they can be used for manipulation and MORE.Check out Meg's Twitch & Instagram!https://www.twitch.tv/megturneyhttps://www.instagram.com/megturney/?hl=enKevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
7/24/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 555: Mischief-Makers

Ben, Fernando, and Travis are all back together for this week's episode to discuss the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, new hope for federal marijuana reform in the states, Lindsey Graham goes to war for Chicken Sandwiches, and Trump goes head to head with comedy.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
7/16/202149 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 554: Bohemian Grove 2.0

Ben, Travis, and Fernando dive into an array of the recent Political happenings as Sun Valley hosts a shady, 2 day Billionaire Summer Camp, Trump files a lawsuit against Facebook, A.I. “Drone Swarms” in Israel pose new threats to security, former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti heads to prison for attempting to extort Nike, Trump’s Twitter knockoff app “Gettr” launches and immediately gets hacked, the fall of Rudy Giuliani continues, and lastly, Travis reads some of the amazing messages being sent to Representative Seitz after last week’s episode. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
7/9/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 553: A Comic-Con of Chaos

With so much going on in the world this week, Ben, Travis, and Fernando are back, this time to discuss Maine passing the strongest ban on Facial Recognition seen to date, Aerial drone programs being deemed unconstitutional, Amazon finding themselves under fire again for mistreatment of workers, the ongoing investigation into the cause of the pandemic, Federal Marijuana restrictions & the Olympics, the Surfside tower collapse, and MORE as Travis enlists the help of the Top Hat community once again...Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
7/3/20211 hour, 1 minute, 9 seconds
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Episode 552: Fight for your Reproductive Rights w/ Ellie Rushforth

Ben, Fernando, and Travis are joined by ACLU Attorney Ellie Rushford to discuss Reproductive Rights in the US, the struggle to find proper healthcare for the less privileged, reports of forced medical procedures on immigrants, and breaking the overall stigma around Abortion in modern times.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
7/2/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 551: Cruel Games w/ Pete Paxton

This week Ben, Fernando, and Travis are joined by returning guest, Undercover Investigator and Animal Rights Advocate Pete Paxton to discuss his new book "Rescue Dogs" and some of the terrible things currently happening in regards to animal abuse, particularly in Grey Hound Racing, Puppy Mills, and how the meat industry's irresponsibility is creating new risks of spreading disease. Also, our hosts discuss the recent authorization of the National Guard to use lethal force, as well as a breakdown of the Derek Chauvin sentencing.Link to sign a petition to ban greyhound racing, and see the video of evidence: https://www.grey2kusa.org/index.phpLink to see the case about Animal Disease Traceability and the beef/dairy connection: https://www.seedundercoverinvestigations.com/Link to learn about puppy mills and pet stores: https://www.caps-web.org/Pete Paxton's book, Rescue Dogs, is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
6/26/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 550: Monsters Inc.

Ben, Fernando, and Travis are back for a little bonus Top Hat to discuss yet another ironically surnamed politician who has found themselves in the headlines for poor yet unsurprising behavior, Trump's comments on sending COVID infected tourists to Guantanamo Bay (as performed by Travis Irvine), Texas prisons clearing room for illegal immigrants, and a breakdown of the long overdue NCAA ruling.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
6/22/202141 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 549: The Chicken or the Egg w/ Salim Essaid

Ben, Fernando, and Travis breakdown the week's political headlines including Top Hat listeners answering the literal call to action against Larry Householder, the possibility/consequences of the virus being the result of a lab accident, Juneteenth/Critical Race Theory in America, as well as an in depth discussion with TV Reporter and Journalist, Salim Essaid about the ongoing struggle of life in Palestine.About our guest:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/salim_essaid/ Twitter:  https://twitter.com/salimessaidLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/salimessaid/Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
6/20/20211 hour, 7 minutes
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Episode 548: Fighting the Good Fight w/ Donte West

Ben, Fernando, and Travis return to discuss this week's Political News and ask the question: What's going on with Trump's pants?! Also we're joined by Anti Incarceration Advocate Donte West of the Last Prisoner Project to discuss his experience with the Criminal Justice System, Marijuana law reform, and the the Last Prisoner Project's mission to help free those incarcerated for Marijuana related arrests.To Find out more please visit: https://www.lastprisonerproject.org/Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
6/9/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 547: Swiss Army Mania

This week Ben, Travis, and Fernando discuss the recent overturning on the ban of AR-15s in California and the complexities of what it would take to truly maintain Gun Control in today's country, as well their thoughts on the new controversial facial recognition software being introduced at US Southern Borders.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
6/6/202158 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 546: Commission Dismission

Ben, Travis, and Fernando discuss the recent events in the Senate as Republicans block the independent commission to investigate the Jan 6th events at The Capital. Fernando drops some hot-takes on why the commission isn't necessary, Ben battles the Buffalo shrimp blues, and Travis recounts his days as a young intern for Chuck Schumer.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
5/29/202153 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 545: Unaccountability in the Air

Ben, Travis, and Fernando dive into this week's political landscape as the UFO phenomenon smokescreens important issues, Travis highlights the ramifications of the Pentagon having never been audited, as well as an update on the devastating conflict between Israel and Palestine.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
5/23/202156 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 544: Scandal Season

This week Ben, Travis, and Fernando break down the scandalous state of affairs as Matt Gaetz is caught in a compromising situation, along with The Colonial Pipeline hack and our host's speculation on just who could be responsible for the damaging cyber attack (we’re looking at you Putin…)…Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
5/18/202154 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 543: Menthol Desire

Ben, Travis, and Fernando discuss Stacy Abrams novels, the smoking ban in New Zealand, menthol ban in the USA, and juror 52.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
5/7/202159 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 542: Bernie Sanders Hole

Ben, Travis and Fernando discuss Biden pitching his 100 day In-Office Agenda to Congress, Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s ‘America First Tour’, and Gavin Newsom’s recall election.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
5/1/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 541: Celebrity in Chief

Ben, Travis and Fernando discuss the Chauvin verdict and the new crop of celebrities running for office.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
4/25/20211 hour, 31 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 540: The Bloat is Real

Ben, Travis and Fernando discuss the shooting of Daunte Wright, the push to decriminalize psilocybin, and the timeline for troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
4/15/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 539: Strange Bedfellows

Ben, Fernando and Travis discuss the push for federal legalization of marijuana, Matt Gaetz's continuing legal woes, and a corporate pushback to Georgia's voting laws. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
4/8/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 538: Dehydrate the Vote

Ben, Fernando and Travis discuss Matt Gaetz's child trafficking investigation, the Derek Chauvin trial, and a renewed GOP push to disenfranchise voters.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
4/1/202156 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 537: Political Pretzels

Ben, Fernando & Travis Irvine discuss the debate over gun control, the H.R.1 bill and Roger Stone's involvement in the January 6th insurrection. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
3/25/20211 hour, 1 minute, 28 seconds
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Episode 536: Once You Pop, You Can't Stop

Ben, Fernando and Travis Irvine discuss the shootings in Atlanta, Utah's anti-porn bill and potential changes coming to filibuster laws. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
3/17/202158 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 535: #Ben

Ben and Fernando are joined by Travis Irvine to discuss racial profiling in big tech, conservatives pushing back against "cancel culture" and Georgia opening a criminal investigation against Trump.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
3/13/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 534: Everything Old is New Again

Ben and Fernando discuss the stimulus bill, child detention centers, and the Derek Chauvin trial.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
3/9/202156 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 533: Hammer & Nails w/ The Liberal Rednecks

Ben and Fernando are joined by Trae Crowder and Drew Morgan (The Liberal Redneck Manifesto, The wellRed Podcast) to discuss Syria, business as usual under Biden, and how to engage underserved votersCheck out more of Trae & Drew's work at WellRedComedy.comKevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
3/2/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 532: New Dog in Town

Ben and Travis discuss the continuing crisis in Texas, Trump's planned speech for CPAC, and Biden's updated ICE policies.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
2/23/202154 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 531: Stinky Rage

Ben and Travis discuss the fallout from the impeachment trial, a scandal brewing at the Lincoln Project, and the recall Gavin Newsome movement.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
2/16/202159 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 530: Eagle Down w/ Jessica Donati

Ben and Travis are joined by journalist Jessica Donati to discuss her work in the Middle East, the forever war, and her book "Eagle Down: The Last Special Forces Fighting the Forever War".Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
2/8/20211 hour, 47 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 529: BenAnon

Ben and Travis are joined by u/itsyerdad (Did You Reddit podcast) to discuss $GME, r/WallStreetBets, collective action through social media, and the importance of internet literacy.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
1/31/20211 hour, 50 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 528: Boom, Flip It!

Ben and Travis recap Biden's first week in office.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
1/24/20211 hour, 30 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 527: Down With The Q

This week, a very special double interview episode! Ben is first joined by Devram Stiefler & Jason Selvig (The Good Liars) to discuss their on the ground experiences at the Capitol storming. Then Ben is joined by Travis View (QAnon Anonymous) to discuss the QAnon movement. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
1/18/20212 hours, 43 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 526: Hasta La Vista, Fascism

Ben and Travis discuss the fallout from the capitol storming.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
1/11/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 525: The Big Shut Up

We discuss today's violent occupation of the Capitol. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
1/7/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 524: The Last Gasp

Ben and Fernando discuss Trump's politicization of the census and the future for Latino voters.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
12/26/202023 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 523: The Floating Weasel

Ben and Travis break down Biden's cabinet picks.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
12/20/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 522: Trickle Down Tragedy

This week: the Covid-19 vaccine, water being traded as a commodity and new drone legislation. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
12/13/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 521: The Grinch

Ben and Travis discuss the upcoming Georgia election, marijuana decriminalization, and Trump's alleged voter fraud cases. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
12/6/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 520: Daddy in Chief w/ Brooke Rogers

Ben is joined by Brooke Rogers to discuss her article in the New York Post, "You’re Not My Dad, Gov. Cuomo — & please stop pretending". Check out Brooke's podcast Xxceedingly Persuasive wherever you get your podcasts!Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
11/28/202029 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 519: Feeding the Tulpa w/ Dr. Fitrakis

Ben is joined by Dr. Robert Fitrakis to discuss the fallout from the 2020 election.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
11/21/20201 hour, 25 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 518: The Hell Room

Ben and Travis discuss voter fraud claims, prank phone calls and Biden's cabinet picks.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
11/15/202057 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 517: The 1st Step

We discuss Joe Biden & Kamala Harris' victory.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
11/8/202052 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 516: Face Off

We're all tired of the election, so in this lighter episode we discuss Chris Christie cameos and celebrity endorsements.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
10/31/202052 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 515: Must Flee TV w/ The Good Liars

Ben is joined by Jason Selvig and Davram Steifler to discuss their new movie "The Supporters"Learn more at TheSupportersMovie.com or on their Patreon, Patreon.com/TheGoodLiarsKevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
10/26/20201 hour, 20 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 514: Shake It Up

Ben and Travis discuss the dueling Trump/Biden town halls and some exciting Senate races to watch. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
10/18/20201 hour, 14 minutes
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Episode 513: Hubba Hubba Politics

Ben and Travis recap the VP debates and discuss the attempted abduction of Gov. Whitmer.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
10/9/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 512: An October of Surprises

We talk about Trump's Covid diagnosis, voter suppression attempts and Trump's taxes. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
10/4/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 511: The Data is Us w/ Joe Toscano

Ben is joined by Joe Toscano (Automating Humanity) to discuss the necessity of updating America's infrastructure, the proliferation of propaganda on social media and how cities are changing in the era of Covid.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
9/27/20201 hour, 26 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 510: To the Victor Go the Spoils

We discuss the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
9/20/202057 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 509: The Unpolitician w/ Jo Jorgensen

Ben is joined by the libertarian candidate for president Jo Jorgensen and they discuss her policies, campaigning during a pandemic, and her background in psychology.Find out more about Jo at Jo20.comKevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
9/13/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 508: Triller

Ben and Travis discuss an update to our story on inmate firefighters, the CDC's eviction moratorium and the latest social media sensation.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
9/6/20201 hour, 56 seconds
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Episode 507: A Tale of Two Conventions

Ben and Travis recap the RNC and the DNC and discuss the ongoing protests in Kenosha following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
8/28/202051 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 506: Power vs The Powerless w/ The Lucas Brothers

Ben is joined by The Lucas Brothers to discuss their upcoming film "Judas and the Black Messiah", the life and assassination of Black Panther Fred Hampton and Hollywood's disneyfication of the civil rights movement. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
8/21/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 505: The Fight for the Middle

We discuss Kamala Harris joining Biden's ticket and Trump's continuing attacks on the USPS.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
8/14/202055 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 504: Scoochin for a Mnuchin

We cover the 4 executive orders signed by Trump this week, the Beirut explosion and Biden's latest gaffe.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
8/10/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 503: The HEELS Act

We discuss the HEALS act, Congress's big tech hearing, and how the pandemic is worsening the affordable housing crisis.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
8/1/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 502: Mr. Makes Things Sloppy

We discuss the ending of federal unemployment benefits and how resentment fuels Trump's base.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
7/27/202058 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 501: Build Back Better

We discuss the deployment of unmarked federal police in Portland, Biden's new campaign slogan, and a new ruling from SCOTUS on felon voting rights.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
7/19/202056 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 500: Shuffle the Deck

We discuss this week's Supreme Court rulings, the latest polling data, and how the Trump administration is encouraging brain drain by refusing foreign students visas. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
7/12/20201 hour, 26 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 499: America's Magnificent Liberty

We celebrate the Fourth of July by discussing Trump's rally at Mt. Rushmore, price gouging on Coronavirus treatments, and who Biden is eyeing for VP. 
7/5/202051 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 498: That's So Scary!

Ben and Travis discuss white nationalism in the military, the murder of David Patrick Underwood and racial issues with facial recognition software. Check out www.BanFacialRecognition.com to learn more and sign the petition. 
6/27/202055 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 497: Subpoena Me Harder!

Ben and Travis are joined by Brooke Rogers to discuss Trump's rally in Tulsa, new studies on the effects of armed security in schools and "The Room Where It Happened". Check out Brooke's article in the Washington Examiner, "Gathering Acorns in Quarantine"
6/20/20201 hour, 50 seconds
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Episode 496: Scorched Earth Politics

Ben and Travis discussed the toppling of Confederate statues, the trickle-down of weapons from the military to the police and the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. 
6/14/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 495: Believe What You Hear, Believe What You See

Ben and Travis recap this past week of BLM protests, the alarming use of unidentified military and police in DC and General Mattis' condemnation of Trump.
6/7/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 494: MAGA Night

Ben and Travis cover the murder of George Floyd, the resulting protests, and Trump advocating for violence against US citizens.
5/31/202056 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 493: Victim in Chief

Ben and Travis discuss the HEROES Act, Biden's latest gaffe and Amazon cutting employee's hazard pay. 
5/23/202053 minutes, 50 seconds
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Best of Top Hat: Marianne Williamson

We revisit our 2019 interview with author, spiritualist and politician Marianne Williamson. Listen to the full episode! Search for Episode 451: The Politics of Love.
5/19/202032 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 492: A Tyrant You Can Trust with Vermin Supreme

Ben and Travis are joined by presidential candidate and activist Vermin Supreme and they talk about his Baltimore beginnings, running as a libertarian and the importance of being in on the joke. Learn more about Vermin's campaign at VerminSupreme2020.com
5/15/20201 hour, 30 minutes, 32 seconds
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Best of Top Hat: Ken Bone

We revisit our 2019 interview with Ken Bone and discuss social media negativity bleeding into politics, Ken's experience with becoming a meme and who he's eyeing for 2020. Listen to the rest of the episode! Search for Episode 441: Failing Up
5/12/202031 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 491: Winners Write History

Ben and Travis discuss the failed assassination attempt on Nicolás Maduro, New York City targeting people of color for social distancing violations and a Supreme Court toilet flush. 
5/10/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 7 seconds
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Best of Top Hat: Joe Toscano

We revisit our interview with Joe Toscano from Episode 418: Clunky Titanic. We discuss Joe's book "Automating Humanity", UBI and a lack of federal oversight in the tech industry.Visit Joe's non-profit DesignGood.tech to learn more about better business practices on the internet. 
5/5/202033 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 490: The Long Game

Ben and Travis discuss Georgia reopening businesses, Hillary Clinton's endorsement, and Tara Reade's sexual assault allegations against Biden. 
5/2/202056 minutes, 42 seconds
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Best of Top Hat: Ben Westhoff

We revisit our interview from Episode 403: Fentanyl Inc with writer Ben Westhoff and we discuss the opioid crisis, big pharma and Ben's book "Fentanyl Inc".
4/28/202041 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 489: Never Tell

Ben and Travis talk astroturfing, big businesses exploiting loopholes in small business relief funds and Biden's lackluster response to Coronavirus. 
4/25/20201 hour, 20 minutes, 43 seconds
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Best of Top Hat: Andrew Yang

We revisit our interview with Andrew Yang! To listen to the whole episode search for Episode 431: Nothing is on the Level.
4/23/202030 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 488: The Politics of Spite

We cover the protests in Michigan, states making regional Coronavirus pacts, and Trump withdrawing funding from the WHO. We are then joined by David Daley to discuss his work covering gerrymandering and redistricting. Check out the documentary "Slay the Dragon"Slay the Dragon impact campaign
4/17/20201 hour, 42 minutes, 13 seconds
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Best of Top Hat: You Have the Key with Marc Mero

We revisit our episode with Marc Mero and we discuss Marc's post-wrestling career as a motivational speaker, the challenges and rewards in connecting with today's youth and the bright futures for the new generation of retired wrestlers. For more information about Marc's motivational programs, visit https://thinkpoz.org
4/15/202046 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 487: The Name of the Game

Ben and Travis cover the Wisconsin primary, small businesses getting left behind by banks, and Coronavirus conspiracy theories. 
4/10/20201 hour, 1 minute, 47 seconds
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Episode 486: Volunteerism is Resistance

Ben and Travis breakdown the politicians profiteering from Coronavirus, Tara Reid's allegations against Joe Biden and Midwestern primary polling dataThey are then joined by Liz Baldwin and Morgan Sykes of Corona Couriers, who deliver supplies to at-risk and homebound people. Support Corona Couriers! Email [email protected] or donate via Venmo @Sasha-Verma
4/3/20202 hours, 1 minute, 9 seconds
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Episode 485: No Tragedy Goes Unused

Ben and Travis unpack the grim ways the Coronavirus is allowing the Department of Justice to expand their powers and how the $2 trillion stimulus bill benefits corporations more than the American people. Join us in donating to One Fair Wage or the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation  to help the unemployed.
3/27/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 484: Silver Linings

Ben and Travis catch you up on Covid-19, the death throes of the Sander's campaign and the republican party pivoting to endorse UBI. Check out Ben's documentary Hail Yourself America!
3/19/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 483: We Didn't Start the Fire

Ben, Travis and special co-host Travis Irvine (Hail Yourself America) are joined by Morgan Harper, a candidate for Ohio's 3rd district, to discuss gerrymandering, millennials running for office and the new wave of young progressives running against the democratic establishment.Learn more about Morgan's campaign at MorganHarper.org
3/14/20201 hour, 27 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 482: The Malarkey Has Hit the Fan

Ben and Travis do a roundup of all the upsets from the past week, from Biden's sweep on Super Tuesday to the abrupt narrowing of the democratic field. Visit HailYourselfAmerica.com to get your tickets to see a live screening with Ben!
3/9/202057 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 481: Trim the Fat

Ben and Travis discuss the South Carolina primary results, the Afghan peace plan and Pence taking the lead on the government's response to the CoronavirusVisit HailYourselfAmerica.com to get your tickets to see a live screening with Ben!
3/1/202052 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 480: The Gloves Are Off

Ben and Travis discuss all the political action occurring in Nevada this week, from the debate to the caucus results. Visit HailYourselfAmerica.com to get your tickets to see a live screening with Ben!
2/23/20201 hour, 31 seconds
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Episode 479: Dirty Tricks w/ Dylan Bank

Ben and Travis sit down with filmmaker Dylan Bank to discuss his documentary "Get Me Roger Stone".Check out excerpts from The Portable Bloomberg over on Gawker's archivesWatch Ben's documentary at HailYourselfAmerica.com
2/15/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 478: The Trump Show

Ben and Travis cover the upset at the Iowa Caucus, Trump's State of the Union address and who put their necks out by voting to impeach Trump.Follow Abe Lincoln's Top Hat on Spotify to get new episodes as soon as they come out.Check out Ben's documentary Hail Yourself America! $5 to stream or download and patriotic to boot. HailYourselfAmerica.com
2/8/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 477: Wagging the Dog

Ben and Travis discuss expansion to the travel ban, the DNC changing requirements for debates and fresh from Iowa, the latest polling data.  Follow Abe Lincoln's Top Hat on Spotify to get new episodes as soon as they come out. Check out Ben's documentary Hail Yourself America! $5 to stream or download and patriotic to boot. HailYourselfAmerica.com
2/1/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 476: A Kayfabe World

Ben and Travis discuss the New York Times' double endorsement of Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren, Utah bans gay conversion therapy and the Supreme Court rules that victims of the Flint water crisis can sue government officials.  Follow Abe Lincoln's Top Hat on Spotify to get new episodes as soon as they come out. Check out Ben's documentary Hail Yourself America! $5 to stream or download and patriotic to boot. HailYourselfAmerica.com
1/24/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 475: Gossip Not Policy

Ben and Travis discuss the impeachment moving to the Senate, the claims of sexism leveled against Bernie Sanders and they rank the winners and losers of the democratic debate.. Follow Abe Lincoln's Top Hat on Spotify to get new episodes as soon as they come out. Check out Ben's documentary Hail Yourself America! $5 to stream or download and patriotic to boot. HailYourselfAmerica.com
1/16/202059 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 474: Hold onto the Ring

Ben and Travis kick-off 2020 by giving you a breakdown of the mounting tensions with Iran, how the mainstream media is warmongering, and how Facebook acknowledges their potential to influence the 2020 elections  Check out Ben's documentary "Hail Yourself America", now available to stream and download! HailYourselfAmerica.com
1/9/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 473: The Butterfly Effect w/ Alex Fabian

Ben and Travis are joined by a strategic advisor to the San Francisco Equity Group, Alex Fabian, to discuss cannabis equality policies, the effect of the drug war in marginalized communities and concerns that big corporations will run roughshod over small businesses should marijuana be federally legalized.  Learn more about the San Francisco Equity Group's mission at sfequitygroup.org It only takes a few minutes to find the right life insurance policy and apply at http://policygenius.com. Go to http://stamps.com, click on the microphone at the top of the homepage, and type in TOPHAT to claim your special offer today. Chicago, Pontiac & Milwaukee, see Page 7 and Wizard and the Bruiser Live this January! www.lastpodcastnetwork.com/p7live 3942-Jingle-Bells, Oh Xmas, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
12/22/20191 hour, 34 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 472: Line in the Street with Rachel Millman

Ben and Travis are joined by filmmaker Rachel Millman to discuss her documentary "Line in the Street", egregious gerrymandering practices nationwide and how to remind your representatives that they represent you.  Learn more about the documentary at http://LineInTheStreet.com Check out Rachel's podcast Wrestlesplania!  https://open.spotify.com/show/6mtFuF6p6PfkQ7mnTx9sd2
12/13/20191 hour, 31 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 471: Even My Dog Is Mad

Ben and Travis discuss Kamala Harris leaving the race, bickering at the NATO summit, and sweatshop like conditions at Amazon warehouses. Get $5 off your first order of $15 or more when you download the DoorDash app and enter promo code Top. Go to http://SoFi.com/TOPHAT to claim your free stock today. LA, Chicago, Pontiac & Milwaukee come see Page 7 and Wizard and the Bruiser Live! www.lastpodcastnetwork.com/p7live 4084-Motivator, 4223-Plain-Loafer, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
12/4/201954 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 470: A Culture of Cruelty with Pete Paxton

Ben and Travis are joined by animal rights activist Pete Paxton to discuss systemic animal abuse, the potential for foodborne epidemics springing from factory farms and how voting with your wallet influences the system more than legislation can.  Learn more about how you can help by visiting www.caps-web.org LA, Chicago, Pontiac & Milwaukee come see Page 7 and Wizard and the Bruiser Live!   www.lastpodcastnetwork.com/p7live
11/27/20191 hour, 40 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 469: A Tik Tok Conspiracy w/ Mike Larsen

Ben and Travis are joined by congressional candidate Mike Larsen (OH) to discuss how politicians exploit prisoners to aid gerrymandering, the importance of unions, and this week's impeachment inquiry update.  Go to http://policygenius.com to get a quote and apply in minutes. Learn more about Mike's campaign for Ohio's fourth district at his website, www.OHmike.org/
11/21/20191 hour, 39 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 468: Feet to the Fire

Ben and Mary discuss Marie Yovanovitch's testimony, the Supreme Court considering ending DACA, and Obama advising Democratic candidates not to appeal to the far left. Go to http://stamps.com, click on the microphone at the top of the homepage, and type in TOPHAT to claim your special offer today. 4387 Sock Hop, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
11/17/201945 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 467: Tammany Hall 2020

Ben and Travis discuss Michael Bloomberg eyeing the presidential race, NYC passes rank choice voting and Roger Stone's federal trial.  Go to http://SoFi.com/TOPHAT to claim your free stock today. Get $5 off your first order of $15 or more when you download the DoorDash app and enter promo code Top. Fretless, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
11/10/201939 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 466: The Monster Mash

Ben and Travis talk about the developments in the impeachment inquiry, the death of Al-Baghdadi, and reporting live from Politicon! Ben sits down with Andrew Heaton and Travis Irvine to recap the con and discuss how politics weaponized social media.  Check out Andrew's show "The Political Orphanage" wherever you get your podcasts! "Hail Yourself America" is available to stream! Learn more at HailYourselfAmerica.com Go to http://policygenius.com to get quote and apply in minutes. Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) License: CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
11/3/20191 hour, 40 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 465: Rewrite Reality

Ben and Travis talk about rising tensions in Syria, Ambassador Bill Taylor's damning testimony in the impeachment inquiry and how the changing demographics of American voters may not be represented in the Iowa and New Hampshire polls.  Nashville! Come see Ben at a screening of "Hail Yourself, America" this Sunday 10/27. Get your tickets now! https://zaniesnashvilletickets.laughstub.com/event.cfm?cart&id=534445
10/26/201958 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 464: The Last Laugh w/ Brooke Rogers

Ben and Travis are joined by journalist Brooke Rogers and they discuss her latest piece "Monica Lewinsky Gets the Last Laugh" and they dissect systemic sexism in politics and how the internet outrage machine often hurts victims. Check out Brooke's show XXceedingly Persuasive wherever you get your podcasts!
10/17/20191 hour, 8 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 463: All the Bugs & All the Slugs w/ Russell Cirincione

Ben and Travis are joined by 2020 congressional candidate Russell Cirincione (NJ) and they discuss the Green New Deal, the importance of a participatory democracy and how to weaken big money's influence in Washington. Learn more about Russ on his website, RussForUs2020.com Just go to http://stamps.com, click on the microphone at the top of the homepage and type in TOPHAT to claim your special offer today! Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) License: CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
10/11/201949 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 462: Everything Is So Normal

We discuss Bernie Sanders' heart attack, updates to the impeachment inquiry and Elizabeth Warren squaring up against Silicon Valley.  Go to http://policygenius.com, get quotes, and apply in minutes. Carpe Diem by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) License: CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
10/6/201955 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 461: Wild as a March Hare

Ben and Travis talk about Trump's impeachment inquiry, Elizabeth Warren losing the support of Wall Street, and California's ruling against the detainment of migrant children.
9/28/201958 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 460: Rave to Save the Planet

Ben and Travis report from Berlin: they cover the Climate March, mounting tensions in Yemen and the Trump-Ukrainian scandal.  Go to http://buyraycon.com/TOPHAT to get 15% off your order! Glitter Blast, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
9/21/201933 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 458: We Ate A Zoo

Ben and Travis discuss Maine moving to a ranked voter system, Epstein's philanthropic ties to ivy league schools and the Trump administration's rollback for car emission standards. For $80 off your first month of HelloFresh, go to http://HelloFresh.com/TOPHAT80 and enter TOPHAT80. Go to http://policygenius.com, get quotes, and apply in minutes. Airport Lounge, Porch Swing, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
9/8/201958 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 457: Super Pumpedness with Mike Isaac

Ben and Travis are joined by journalist Mike Isaac and they discuss his book "Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber", the ulterior motives of tech giants, and how consumer complacency enables Silicon Valley. Head to http://bit.ly/MYBTophat and use promo code TOPHAT to claim your bonus today! Go to http://buyraycon.com/TOPHAT to get 15% off your order! Riptide, Your Call, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
8/31/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 456: No Scan, No Pay

This week - Texas accidentally decriminalizes marijuana, Shell workers strong-armed into attending Trump Rally, and a titan of human suffering, David Koch, has died. Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to http://getquip.com/TOPHAT right now, you can get your first refill pack for FREE. Lobby Time, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
8/24/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 455: All Politics are Local w/ Rep. Barbara Bessette

Ben and Travis are joined by the representative for the 24th District of Montana, Rep. Barbara Bessette and they discuss her experiences as a Native American in politics, the issues facing the Indigenous community and advice for people interested in public service.
8/16/20191 hour, 18 seconds
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Episode 454: Gaffe Machine

Ben and Marcus discuss ICE raids, Cyntoia Brown's release from prison, and the role websites like 8chan play in mass shootings. Thanks to Warby Parker for supporting Abe Lincoln's Top Hat https://warbyparker.com/abe Head to http://policygenius.com today and find out how to supplement your workplace life insurance and better protect your family. Honey Bee, Nowhere Land, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
8/9/201944 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 453: Mucky, Yucky World

Ben and Travis discuss the democratic debates and Ben is joined by sex therapist Nicoletta Heidegger to discuss the causes for pedophilia, non-offending pedophiles and Jeffrey Epstein. Listen to Nicoletta's podcast, Sluts and Scholars: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1223781930?ls=1 Go to http://buyraycon.com/TOPHAT to get 15% off your order! Use this exclusive offer to get $100 off at http://smiledirectclub.com/podcast with code TOPHAT Samba Isobel, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
8/3/20191 hour, 16 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 452: Mueller Time

Ben and Travis discuss Mueller's testimony, Barr directing the federal government to resume the death penalty and a super PAC scam. Use this exclusive offer to get $100 off at http://smiledirectclub.com/podcast with code TOPHAT Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat Backbay Lounge, Hard Boiled, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
7/27/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 451: The Politics of Love

Ben and Travis talk about voting booths, Trump's "send her back" rally, and more. Then, Ben chats with Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson. Go to http://stamps.com, click on the microphone at the top of the homepage and type in TOPHAT to claim your special offer! Right now, Boosted is offering our listeners $75 off the purchase of an electric vehicle when you go to http://boostedboards.com and use the code TOPHAT at checkout.
7/20/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 450: Uniquely Disorganized

Ben and Travis discuss Red Flag laws, the Jeffrey Epstein case and Alex Acosta's resignation. If you need life insurance but you just don’t want to deal with all the legwork, head to http://Policygenius.com Loopster, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
7/13/20191 hour, 1 minute, 41 seconds
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Episode 449: Right the Wrong

Ben and Travis discuss Trump's "Salute to America", a potential 2020 census citizenship question, and Kamala Harris's plan to close the racial homeownership gap. To get $100 off the Eero base unit and 2 beacons package and 1 year of Eero Plus, visit http://eero.com/tophat and at checkout enter code tophat. For $80 off your first month of HelloFresh, go to http://HelloFresh.com/tophat80 and enter code tophat80. BossaBossa, Local Forecast, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
7/6/201954 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 448: Political Fracking

Marcus and Ben discuss the democratic debates, Oregon Republican walkout over carbon bill and San Francisco’s e-cigarette ban. Go to http://Scentbird.com/TOPHAT and use my code TOPHAT for 50% off your first month. Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to http://getquip.com/TOPHAT right now, you can get your first refill pack for FREE. Right now, Boosted is offering our listeners $75 off the purchase of an electric vehicle when you go to http://boostedboards.com and use the code TOPHAT at checkout. Hep Cats, Rollin at 5, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
7/1/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 447: Fast Erosion

Ben and Marcus report from down under and discuss Xi Jinping's visit to North Korea, protests in Hong Kong and child porn found in Alex Jone's legal files. http://policygenius.com Nobody wants to shop for life insurance. That’s why we made it easy. Upbeat Forever, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
6/22/201933 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 446: Another Log on the Fire

Ben and Travis discuss new, stricter regulations for LGBTQ+ foster parents and prosecutors dropping criminal charges in Flint water scandal. Go to http://stamps.com and use code TOPHAT to claim your special offer! For $100 off the eero base unit and 2 beacons package, and 1 year of eero Plus, visit http://eero.com/tophat and enter promo code: tophat Arroz Con Pollo, Cheery Monday, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
6/14/201950 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 445: Flawed from the Root

Ben and Travis are joined by journalist Saman Arbabi. For $75 off your first order visit http://molekule.com and enter code: tophat Get 50% off your first month at http://scentbird.com/tophat Awesome Call, Cumbia No Frills Faster, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
6/8/20191 hour, 37 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 444: Playground Politics

Ben and Travis recap this week in news: public schools slated to get facial recognition technology, horrific conditions at the southern border and Trump's high approval ratings. Go to http://boostedboards.com and use the code TOPHAT at checkout to get $75 off your vehicle. Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat Glitter Bomb, Too Cool, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
6/2/20191 hour, 9 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 443: Schadenfreude Economics

Ben and Travis discuss a Trump bailout to aid farmers hurt by the trade war, the importance of African American teachers and Chinese surveillance camera company Hikvision. Get $5 off their first order of $15 or more when you download the DoorDash app and enter promo code: TOP Protect your online activity TODAY and find out how you can get 3 months free at http://expressvpn.com/tophat Cold Funk, Funkorama, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
5/24/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 442: Turn Back Time

Ben and Travis discuss the wave of anti-abortion laws, economic segregation in education and Conrad Black's presidential pardon.  Get any premium Indochino suit for $379 at http://indochino.com with promo code: TOPHAT Visit Policy http://policygenius.com Apero Hour, Bossa Antigua, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
5/19/20191 hour, 7 seconds
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Episode 441: Failing Up

Ben and Travis discuss Trump's finances, the controversial Georgia abortion law and interview Ken Bone on social media negativity bleeding into politics, his experience with becoming a meme and who he's eyeing for 2020. Get $5 off their first order of $15 or more when you download the DoorDash app and enter promo code: Top. Start your 4-week trial at http://stamps.com with promo code: TOPHAT Acid Jazz, Nowhere Land, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creative-commons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
5/11/20191 hour, 37 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 440: Back to the Future

Ben and Travis discuss the NRA, the rural broadband initiative and the rising number of seniors with student debt. Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat Get $100 off the Eero base unit and 2 beacons package at http://eero.com/tophat Deuces, Cold Funk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
5/3/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 439: Head of the Snake

Ben and Travis discuss felon voting rights, a pharmaceutical distributor indicted on federal charges related to the opioid crisis and Biden announcing his bid for president. Robinhood is giving listeners a free stock at http://tophat.robinhood.com Protect your online activity TODAY and find out how you can get 3 months free at http://expressvpn.com/tophat Samba Isobel, Carefree, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
4/27/20191 hour, 19 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 438: All Gums

Ben and Travis summarize the Mueller report, discuss Trump's veto of a Yemen resolution and the profits state-by-state from marijuana legalization. Get $80 off your first month at http://hellofresh.com/tophat80 and enter promo code: tophat80 Get any premium Indochino suit for $379 at http://indochino.com/tophat Local Forecast-Elevator, Sunshine, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
4/20/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 437: I'm Rich!

Ben and Travis are joined by Brooke Rogers to discuss Julian Assange's arrest, the "Taxpayer First Act" and an ACLU tarot card case. Download the DoorDash app and use promo code: TOP for $5 off your first order. Surf Shimmy, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
4/12/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 436: Red Flag

Ben and Travis read your comments on the electoral college and discuss the red flag gun bill. Then Ben is joined by Meaghan Ybos to discuss how law enforcement mishandles sexual assault cases and the misnomer of rape kit "backlogs" Learn more about P.E.R.L. - https://www.enforcerapelaws.org/ Start your 4-week trial at http://stamps.com with promo code: TOPHAT Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat Honey Bee, Apero Hour, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
4/6/20191 hour, 28 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 435: Check Yourself

3 cities, 3 shows, one great guy! Get tickets for the Jason Saenz Benefit Extravaganza: NYC - http://bit.ly/2HKdFts LA - SaenzBenefitLA.com DC - http://bit.ly/2U5HwTN GoFundMe - http://bit.ly/2OxQ93p Ben and Travis discuss the connection between Russian, the NRA and the Republican party, the Christchurch Massacre and Peter Buttigieg's campaign. Robinhood is giving listeners a free stock at http://tophat.robinhood.com Devil May Cry 5 now available on XBOX One. Protect your online activity TODAY and find out how you can get 3 months free at http://expressvpn.com/tophat Acid Jazz, Hitman, Private Eye, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
3/30/20191 hour, 16 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 434: The Instagram Election

Ben is joined by Travis Irvine to discuss Roger Stone, corporate influence in city and state governments and Travis's experience running for office in Ohio. Get 50% off any premium Indochino suit at http://indochino.com/ with promo code: TOPHAT Samba Isobel, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
3/22/201954 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 433: The Nicest Turkey in Town

Ben and Travis discuss the college admission cheating scandal, Paul Manofort's newest indictment and do a deep dive into the private prison system.
3/14/20191 hour, 59 seconds
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Episode 432: Siding with Outrage

Ben and Travis discuss Ilhan Omar's controversial comments on Israel, Donald Trump's missing high school records and an update to Alex Acosta's Epstein plea deal scandal. Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat Hep Cats, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--
3/9/201957 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 431: Nothing Is on the Level

Ben and Travis discuss Michael Cohen's testimony and the North Korean summit and they are then are joined by entrepreneur and 2020 candidate Andrew Yang to discuss health care, universal basic income and a mindset of scarcity in the American people. Start your 4-week trial at http://stamps.com with promo code: TOPHAT Robinhood is giving listeners a free stock at http://tophat.robinhood.com Whiskey on the Mississippi, ZigZag, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
3/1/20191 hour, 30 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 430: Another Rorschach Test

Ben and Travis update you on Roger Stone, Bernie Sanders and a fake university sting set up by I.C.E. Policygenius. The easy way to compare and buy life insurance at http://policygenius.com Funkorama, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
2/22/201947 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 429: A Little More Right Than Wrong

Ben and Travis discuss Trump's declaration of a national emergency, child sexual abuse legislation and Amazon withdrawing from planned NYC headquarters.
2/17/201957 minutes
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Episode 428: A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Ben is joined by Jehmu Greene to discuss the State of the Union address, twin scandals unfolding in Virginia and the continuation of the women's wave. Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat If you're interested in resources for women running for political office, check out voterunlead.org. Awesome Call, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
2/6/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 427: Roger's Time in the Barrel

Ben and Travis discuss "Progressive Prosecutor" Kamala Harris, Roger Stone's indictment and then they are joined by comedian Mohanad Elshieky to discuss his experience of being pulled off a bus and asked to present his papers by immigration officials. Robinhood is giving listeners a free stock at http://tophat.robinhood.com Mining by Moonlight, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
2/2/20191 hour, 25 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 426: Who Counts, Who Gets Counted?

Ben is joined by filmmaker Astra Taylor ("What is Democracy") and they discuss corporations fueling automation, digital media as the people's platform, and binary choices in American politics.  Start your 4-week trial at http://stamps.com + promo code: TOPHAT https://www.gofundme.com/f/birdluger Casa Bossa Nova, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
1/27/201951 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 425: Mirrors of our Leadership

This week we discuss Steve King's racist remarks, Trump's AG nominee William Barr and we are joined by attorney Rabia Chaudry (author of "Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth & Justice After Serial" and host of "Undisclosed") to discuss criminal justice reform, privatization of incarceration and immigration law. Batty McFaddin, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
1/16/20191 hour, 9 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 424: An Impressive Lack of Outrage

We discuss the ongoing consequences of the government shutdown and we are joined by immigration attorney Lance Curtright to discuss unpacking disinformation, "Blame the Immigrant" rhetoric and what the future has in store. Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat Funkorama, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
1/12/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 423: Deep in the Bench

We're back from the break to discuss the government shutdown, newly implemented state laws, and issues with the for-profit college system. Robinhood is giving listeners a free stock at http://tophat.robinhood.com Backbay Lounge, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
1/4/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 422: Dancing Bear

This week we discuss the potential government shutdown, new Russian sanctions and the removal of US troops from Syria. Get a free stock at http://tophat.robinhood.com Get a $500 credit towards your Roofstock marketplace fee at http://roofstock.com/tophat ZigZag, Mining by Moonlight, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
12/21/201851 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 421: Soft Coup

This week on Top Hat we discuss new blood in the democratic party, Pelosi's meeting with Trump and the power grab by the Wisconsin Republican party. Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat Start your 4-week trial at http://stamps.com with promo code: tophat Feelin Good, Lobby Time, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
12/14/201859 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 420: The Poison of Politics

Ben and Travis discuss Attorney General nominee William Barr, updates to the Special Counsel investigation and the connection between Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta with convicted child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
12/10/201850 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 419: Post-Truth

Ben and Travis discuss the National Climate Assessment, the use of tear gas at the border and The Proud Boys. Ben is then joined by writer Rachel Monroe to discuss her upcoming book and her profile on Damien Echols in the New York Times. Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat Get a $500 credit towards your Roofstock marketplace fee this month only at http://roofstock.com/tophat Casa Bossa Nova, Hep Cats, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
11/28/20181 hour, 8 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 418: Clunky Titanic

Ben recaps the week in news and focuses on the First Step Act, the spat between the medical community and the N.R.A. and is joined by Joe Toscano to discuss his book "Automating Humanity" and they discuss universal basic income and the questions politicians aren't (but should be) asking tech companies. Start your 4-week trial at http://stamps.com with promo code: tophat Get a free stock at http://tophat.robinhood.com Visit Joe's non-profit DesignGood.tech to learn more about better business practices on the internet. Backbay Lounge, Nowhere Land, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
11/16/201857 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 417: Whiplash Week

Ben reports from the road and covers the midterm results, Jeff Sessions' resignation, and delves into the background of Sessions' replacement, Matt Whitaker. Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat End the software struggle today. Go to http://softwareadvice.com/abe to get started. Apero Hour, Local Forecast-Elevator, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
11/10/201837 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 416: Fuel to the Hate Fire

Ben is joined by Travis Morningstar to discuss pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc, the fall of Gab, and the rise of anti-semitic extremism in the United States and then Ben interviews Dr. Bob Fitrakis (The Strip and Flip Selection of 2016) on the vulnerabilities of voting machines. Thanks to Dr. Bob Fitrakis for joining us! For more information visit http://fitrakis.org
10/30/20181 hour, 8 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 415: Bread & Butter

Ben and Marcus discuss the bombing scare, the migrant caravan and Trump's personal cell phone use. Robinhood is giving you a free stock to build your portfolio. Sign up at http://tophat.com/robinhood End the software struggle today. Go to http://softwareadvice.com/abe to get started. Too Cool, Cold Funk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
10/26/20181 hour, 16 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 414: Red Meat

Ben and Marcus discuss undocumented workers, the alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi and Ben breaks down the toss-up districts in the House of Representatives elections.  Get free postage, a digital scale, and a 4 week trial at http://stamps.com with promo code: TOPHAT The Show Must Be Go, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
10/19/20181 hour, 7 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 413: Devil Without a Cause

Ben and Marcus discuss the Washington Post's Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance in Saudi Arabia, Nikki Haley's resignation and Ben gives you a breakdown of the upcoming Senate elections. Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat End the software struggle today. Go to http://softwareadvice.com/abe to get started. Clarifications: Jamal Khashoggi is a resident of the United States, not a citizen. Kanye West and Kid Rock were at the White House to celebrate the signing of "The Music Modernization Act". Hard Boiled, Hep Cats Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
10/12/201846 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 412: Venom

Ben and Marcus discuss Kavanaugh's successful confirmation, the Trump tax scandal, and the "Grievance Studies" hoax.
10/7/201837 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 411: Cards Facing Out

Ben and Marcus discuss Trump's UN press conference, Rod Rosenstein's tumultuous week and Dr. Ford and Brett Kavanaugh's testimonies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat End the software struggle today. Go to http://softwareadvice.com/abe to get started. Audio courtesy of the Curtis and Cosby show, 77 WABC Radio Lobby Time, Off to Osaka, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
9/28/20181 hour, 33 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 410: The Vote is Broke

Ben discusses the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and the vulnerability of voting machines to hacking. Sign up at http://stamps.com/tophat for a 4 week trial with promo code tophat. Bossa Antigua Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
9/21/201839 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 409: Muck up the Works

Ben is joined by the president of Diligence LLC and former CIA covert operations officer Mike Baker to discuss the NYTimes Op-Ed, lack of nuclear weapons at the North Korean military parade, and the future of cyber warfare. Start protecting your internet experience today with 66% off a 2 year plan by using code “TOPHAT” at http://NordVPN.com/tophat Acid Jazz Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
9/12/20181 hour, 2 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 408: Lodestar

Ben and Marcus discuss the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, Roy Moore and Michael Cohen's GoFundMe campaigns and guess at who could be behind the anonymous NY Times op-ed "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration". Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat Riptide, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
9/7/201856 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 407: Terrifying and Interesting

Ben and Marcus discuss the passing of John McCain, the Arizona and Florida primaries and Alex Jones. Ben is then joined by journalist Mark Jacobson to discuss his prolific career, the shifting public perception of the FBI & NSA and his book "Pale Horse Rider: William Cooper, the Rise of Conspiracy, and the Fall of Trust in America".
8/31/20181 hour, 10 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 406: The Fire is Here

Ben and Marcus discuss the Cohen and Manafort verdicts, the ongoing prison strike and Trump's interview on Fox News. End the software struggle today. Go to http://softwareadvice.com/abe to get started. Get up to $55 Free postage, a digital scale, and a 4 week trial at http://stamps.com with promo code: tophat Awesome Call, Cold Funk Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
8/24/20181 hour, 38 seconds
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Episode 405: Birds of a Feather

Ben and Marcus discuss the Omarosa tape, John Brennan's rescinded security clearance, and Sacha Baron Cohen's "Who Is America". *Correction: The lethal injection execution with Fentanyl was in Nebraska, not North Carolina Get your first Quip refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat Funkorama, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
8/16/201844 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 404: Turkey of the Day

Ben and Marcus discuss Space Force, the politics of Kanye West and catch you up to speed on the unfolding Manafort Trial.
8/10/20181 hour, 3 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 403: Fentanyl Inc.

Ben is joined by writer Ben Westhoff to discuss his upcoming book "Fentanyl Inc.", and the fascinatingly terrifying corporate underbelly of the opioid epidemic End the software struggle today. Go to http://softwareadvice.com/abe to get started. Get your first order free by visiting http://filtereasy.com and enter code: TOPHAT Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat BossaBossa, Open Those Bright Eyes, ZigZag, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
8/3/201847 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 402: The Flip is Finished

Ben and super producer Travis Morningstar discuss the Cohen tapes, the proposed impeachment of Rod Rosenstein and the ramifications of Trump's trade policy. Get up to $55 free postage, a digital scale, and a 4 week trial at http://stamps.com and enter promo code: TOPHAT Acid Jazz, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
7/27/201853 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 401: No Rules in Finland

Ben and Marcus discuss the Helsinki summit between Trump and Putin, alleged NRA affiliated Russian spy Maria Butina and Stormy Daniel's arrest. Hurry to http://stitchfix.com/tophat to get started NOW! Keep all 5 items in your box and you’ll get 25% off your entire purchase! Bossa Antigua, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
7/18/201842 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 400: American Schadenfreude

For their 400th episode, Ben and Marcus reflect on their past political predictions and catch you up on the news about Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's pardon of the Hammonds and the delays in immigrant family reunification.  Thanks to The Black Tux for sponsoring this episode. Visit http://theblacktux.com/tophat to get $20 off your purchase. Thanks to Casper for supporting our channel.  Save $50 on select mattresses at http://www.casper.com/abe + code: abe. End the software struggle today. Go to http://softwareadvice.com/abe to get started. Thanks to Quip for sponsoring this episode. Go to http://getquip.com/tophat to get your first refill pack free with a Quip electric toothbrush. Off to Osaka, Hard Boiled, Samba Isobel, ZigZag, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
7/12/20181 hour, 17 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 399: You Have the Key with Marc Mero

Ben interviews boxing and wrestling legend Marc Mero and they discuss his post-wrestling career as a motivational speaker, the challenges and rewards in connecting with today's youth and the bright futures for the new generation of retired wrestlers. For more information about Marc's motivational programs, visit https://thinkpoz.org Visit http://FilterEasy.com or call 1-855-910-EASY (3279). Make sure you use offer code TOPHAT to get your first order free. Awesome Call, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
7/4/201848 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 398: Subtext to the Text

Ben and super producer Travis discuss Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's sweeping primary victory, the announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement and recreating "Monsters, Inc." with detained migrant children. End the software struggle today. Go to http://softwareadvice.com/abe to get started. Thanks to Stamps.com for sponsoring this episode. Start your 4 week trial at http://stamps.com and enter promo code: TOPHAT Beach Bum, ZigZag, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
6/27/201853 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 397: The Buck's Passed Here

Ben and substitute super producer Mary Kelly discuss the immigrant family separation crisis, Trump's order to halt the practice, and the United States' withdrawal from the UN's Human Rights Council. There’s no reason not to join! Get yours at http://dollarshaveclub.com/tophat Hurry to http://stitchfix.com/tophat to get started NOW! Keep all 5 items in your box and you’ll get 25% off your entire purchase! Thanks to Quip for sponsoring this episode. Get your first refill pack free at http://getquip.com/tophat Surf Shimmy, Riptide, Private Eye Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
6/21/201854 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 396: Handsome and Thin

Ben and Marcus recap a very busy week - from Trump's testy visit to the G7 summit, to his meeting with Kim Jong Un, to Jeff Session's immigration policies. Thanks to FilterEasy for sponsoring this episode. Visit http://filtereasy.com and use promo code: TOPHAT Thanks to The Black Tux for sponsoring this episode. Get $20 off your order at http://theblacktux.com/tophat. Local Forecast, In Your Arms Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
6/14/201854 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 395: Playing in Pettiness

Marcus and Ben discuss the recent primaries across 8 states, in particular California's "jungle primary", the bipartisan First Step bill, and Trump's "Celebration of America". Thanks to Dollar Shave Club for sponsoring this episode. Get the Daily Essentials Starter Set for $5 at http://dollarshaveclub.com/tophat Thanks to Software Advice for sponsoring this episode. Visit http://softwareadvice.com/abe to connect with an advisor for free. Surf Shimmy, Whiskey on the Missippi Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
6/7/20181 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds
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Episode 394: Keep the Nukes, Add the Burgers

Ben is joined by super producer Travis Morningstar to recap this week in news: they talk Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko's staged "death", Trump's recent signing of the "Right to Try" act and the cancelation of "Roseanne".   Hurry to http://stitchfix.com/tophat to get started NOW! Keep all 5 items in your box and you’ll get 25% off your entire purchase! Thanks to Quip for sponsoring this episode. Get a free refill pack with your order at http://getquip.com/tophat Sambo Isobel, Smooth Lovin Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
5/31/201858 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 393: This Time's Gonna Be Different

Ben & Marcus catch you up on the week's top news stories and discuss the Santa Fe school shooting, Trump's backpedalling of his tough stance on China and the rise of drones. There’s no reason not to join! Get yours at http://dollarshaveclub.com/tophat Go to http://stamps.com click on the Radio Microphone and enter TOPHAT for a 4 week trial. End the software struggle today. Go to http://softwareadvice.com/abe to connect with an advisor for free. Hard Boiled, Poppers & Prosecco, Whiskey on the Mississippi Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
5/23/20181 hour, 7 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 392: Funnel the Money

Ben & Marcus recap the week's news and discuss the comments made about John McCain, Gina Haspel's nomination, Trump's torching of the Iran deal, and more. Thanks to Stamps.com for sponsoring this episode. Visit http://stamps.com and enter promo code: TOPHAT Thanks to The Black Tux for sponsoring this episode. Visit http://theblacktux.com/tophat for $20 off your purchase. Bossa Antigua, Poppers & Prosecco, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
5/15/201850 minutes, 10 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Bumpy Road

In this bonus episode Ben takes listener calls and discusses the explosive Giuliani interview, the unfolding Stormy Daniels scandal and asks "who is the future of the democratic party?".
5/10/20181 hour, 23 minutes, 31 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Very Big in Space

Ben is in the Fox News Radio studios to take your calls on Trump's new lawyer Emmet Flood, the ongoing Mueller investigation and Trump's plans for a "Space Force".
5/8/20181 hour, 32 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 391: Turn to MAGA

This week Ben catches you up on the latest in the world of politics and speaks with Lawrence B. Jones III (11:57) about Kanye West and how both the right and the left fail to serve the black community, followed by an interview with pro wrestler Sean Waltman (X-Pac) on the male-only "Greatest Royal Rumble" in Saudi Arabia, libertarianism, and more (33:08). Please consider taking our short & confidential survey here: goo.gl/forms/zWIuM2TaYOO9KsBi1 Surf Shimmy Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
5/3/201848 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 390: Trump's a Chad

This week Ben & Marcus discuss Mike Pompeo's meeting with Kim Jong Un, the growing incel community and their association with the van attack in Toronto and the debate over raising the minimum wage. Go to http://stamps.com click on the Radio Microphone and enter TOPHAT for a 4 week trial. There’s no reason not to join! Get yours at http://dollarshaveclub.com/tophat Please consider taking our short & confidential survey here: goo.gl/forms/zWIuM2TaYOO9KsBi1 Surf Shimmy, Whiskey on the Mississippi, Zig Zag Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
4/25/201851 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 389: Honest Loyalty

Ben & Marcus recap George Stephanopoulos's interview with James Comey, Sean Hannity's connection to Michael Cohen and the ongoing developments in Syria. Thanks to Stitch Fix for sponsoring this episode. Hurry to http://stitchfix.com/tophat to get started NOW! Keep all 5 items in your box and you’ll get 25% off your entire purchase! Thanks to The Black Tux for sponsoring this episode. Visit http://theblacktux.com/tophat for $20 off your purchase. Please consider taking our short & confidential survey here: goo.gl/forms/zWIuM2TaYOO9KsBi1 Surf Shimmy,Private Eye, Bossa Antigua, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
4/18/201859 minutes, 7 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Geriatric Yelling

Ben is in the Fox News Radio studios discussing and taking your calls on Zuckerberg, Syria, Paul Ryan's retirement and more. He is joined by Fox News Correspondant Peter Doocy to discuss the Zuckerberg testimony (35:04), sex worker Nadia White to discuss the repercussions of the SESTA/FOSTA bill (52:51), Mike Baker to talk Syria (1:28:00), Fox News Producer Jake Gibson to discuss Trump's meeting with Rod Rosenstein (1:55:03) and Mark Ryavec to discuss Los Angeles' newest strategy to combat the homelessness epidemic (2:13:30). Please consider taking our short & confidential survey here: goo.gl/forms/zWIuM2TaYOO9KsBi1 Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
4/16/20182 hours, 35 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 388: Dirty Laundry

Ben and Marcus speak with Sarah Lyons (Vice) to discuss her new article "Racists Are Threatening to Take over Paganism" and the rise of occultism on both sides of the aisle and then interview sex worker and activist Sam on the SESTA-FOSTA bill and how it's anticipated to put sex workers in increased danger and the restrictions it puts on free speech. Please consider taking our short & confidential survey here: goo.gl/forms/zWIuM2TaYOO9KsBi1 Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
4/11/201858 minutes, 25 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Big Beautiful Wall

Ben takes your calls in the Fox News Radio studios and discusses sanctuary cities, the national guard moving to the border, the ongoing Facebook scandal and more. He is joined by Juan Williams to talk immigration and the border wall (18:00) and by Brooke Rogers to discuss her recent article "Hiding Cosmo is no win for #MeToo" (1:27:15). Please consider taking our short & confidential survey here: goo.gl/forms/zWIuM2TaYOO9KsBi1 Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
4/9/20181 hour, 44 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 387: Ally vs Adversary

Ben is joined by Saman Arbabi to discuss Trump's foreign policy and overall global destabilization and interviews Professor Thomas Holbrook on the upcoming midterm elections and how the changing demographics of America are influencing politics. Please consider taking our short & confidential survey here: goo.gl/forms/zWIuM2TaYOO9KsBi1 Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
4/2/20181 hour, 29 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 386: Grain Glitch

Ben & Marcus discuss the Republican tax bill, this past weekend's March for our Lives and the upcoming government census. There’s no reason not to join! Get yours at http://dollarshaveclub.com/tophat Thanks to Mack Weldon for sponsoring this episode. Go to http://mackweldon.com and get 20% off using promo code: TOPHAT. Thanks to Stamps.com for sponsoring this episode. Go to http://stamps.com and use promo code TOPHAT to start your free trial. Please consider taking our short & confidential survey here: goo.gl/forms/zWIuM2TaYOO9KsBi1 Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
3/27/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 9 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Borked

In this bonus episode Ben is back in the Fox News Radio studio to take listener calls about changing gender norms in the workplace, Trump's opioid plan and he interviews Mike Baker about the nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA director (interview at 1:57:00). Please consider taking our short & confidential survey here: goo.gl/forms/zWIuM2TaYOO9KsBi1 Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
3/20/20183 hours, 12 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 385: Crisis Next Door

Ben & Marcus discuss the ramping up of the war on drugs, the spread of misinformation online and the firing of Andrew McCabe. Please consider taking our short & confidential survey here: goo.gl/forms/zWIuM2TaYOO9KsBi1 Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
3/20/201847 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 384: David Dennison

Ben & Marcus discuss the upcoming meeting with Jong-un, the Florida gun bill, the Stormy Daniels scandal and conclude by reading some listener emails.  Please consider taking our short & confidential survey here: goo.gl/forms/zWIuM2TaYOO9KsBi1 This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon; receive 20% off your entire order by going to MackWeldon.com and entering the code "TOPHAT". Feelin Good Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
3/13/20181 hour, 6 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 383: My Lawyer's Going to Dump Me

Ben & Marcus discuss the steel & aluminum tariffs, a possible NRA-Russian collusion link and Sam Nunberg's bombshell interview. Please consider taking our short & confidential survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/zWIuM2TaYOO9KsBi1
3/6/201845 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 382: [Redacted]

Ben & Marcus discuss Paul Manafort, the Democratic memo and Trump's stance on jail time and execution for drug offenses.
2/27/20181 hour, 6 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 381: Words, Words, Words

Ben & Marcus discuss the Parkland shooting and the resulting student-driven activist response, the most recent indictments and Russian troll farms; this episode concludes with an interview with Dr. Robert Fitrakis on the Russian indictments and the vulnerability of voting machines.
2/21/201858 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 380: Blubber

Ben and Marcus are joined by Molly Knefel to discuss immigration, the CRUMBS act and the state of education. Correction: Fiat Chrysler paid their employees $120 million in bonuses.
2/14/201853 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 379: Procrastination for Goodness

Ben and Marcus catch you up on the budget deal, the most recent and briefest government shut down, and the Nunes memo.
2/10/201840 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 378: The State of Our Union

Ben and Marcus discuss the State of the Union address, dynasty politics and how much milk Joe Kennedy drinks.
2/1/201851 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 377: Bargaining C.H.I.P.

Ben & Marcus discuss the internet echo chamber, the fall out from the government shut down, and discuss the upcoming midterm elections. Then Ben interviews Dr. Jocelyn Elise Crowley on her newest book "Gray Divorce: What We Lose and Gain from Mid-Life Splits".
1/30/20181 hour, 23 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 376: "Infinite Hope"

Ben & Marcus discuss the criminal justice system, the potential government shutdown, and the current scandals circling the president; this episode concludes with an interview with the wrongfully convicted prison reform activist, author Anthony Graves.
1/19/20181 hour, 16 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 375: Jack Of All Trades

This week we're bringing you 2 episodes for the price of 1; Ben's in the Fox News Radio studios talking state and national marijuana laws, Trump's "shithole" comment and he sits down with political commentator and author Kayleigh McEnany to discuss her book "The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement".
1/17/20182 hours, 16 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 374: Gum In The Holes

This week Ben & Marcus discuss legal weed, "Fire & Fury" and reveal the secret behind Trump's hair.
1/10/201844 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 373: One Year Down

Ben and Marcus discuss tax and immigration reform, and the Democratic Party's focus on resisting the GOP rather than focusing on governing.
12/31/201746 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 372: Conserve the LSD Lands

Ben and guest producer Travis talk Doug the Pug, the highly controversial tax bill, and Utah's Bears Ears. Plus, Ben interviews ufologist Henry Zebrowski about mankind's recent glimpse of alien activity.
12/23/201752 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 371: Doug Jones' Victory

Ben and Marcus discuss Doug Jones' victory in Alabama, and the country's loss of the most recent net neutrality battle.
12/17/201755 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 370: The Purge 4: Congressional Gropers

Ben and Marcus discuss the latest congressional sex scandals, the recent changes to the Antiquities Act, and the gay cake case.
12/9/201751 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 369: Tax Reform 2017

Ben and Marcus discuss the recent tax reform bill, the effectiveness of the Flynn investigation, and the Libyan slave trade.
12/4/20171 hour, 11 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 368: Net Neutrality Edition

Ben and Marcus discuss the immensely important issue of net neutrality, the impact of the house tax bill, and the recent spree of individuals faking allegations and evidence against politicians to make them look bad.
11/25/201736 minutes
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Episode 367: The Tale of Bernie Bernstein

Ben and Marcus are joined by Travis Irvine to discuss the Roy Moore scandal, allegations against Al Franken, and the probability of Donald Trump Jr working with Wikileaks. Plus an interview with Kinky Friedman and Mary Lou Sullivan!
11/17/20171 hour, 7 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 366: Bringing Back The Soul

Ben and Marcus discuss the allegations against Roy Moore, blatant misuse of funds donated to the Hillary Clinton campaign, and the financial state of the democratic party.
11/10/201724 minutes
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Episode 365: Bringing America Together

Bean and Marcus discuss the recent terror attack in New York City, John Kelly's controversial statements about the civil war, and the Mueller investigation.
11/3/201749 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 364: Five Star Ratings

Ben and Marcus discuss the hurt feelings caused by Donald Trump’s condolences, the consequences of giving doctors ratings and how it contributes to country’s opioid crisis.
10/25/201757 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 363: The Dumpster Fire Chats Part X

Ben recaps the events surrounding the recent Niger attack, the country’s growing opioid epidemic, and the Uranium One deal. Plus interviews with Amanda Warner and Charlie Daniels!
10/22/20171 hour, 17 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 362: Aging Faster Than The President

Ben and Marcus recap the recent NFL controversy, Trump’s fake news investigation, and the staggering length of America’s involvement with the Middle East
10/16/201755 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 361: Keeping The Hogs At Bay

Ben and Marcus discuss the recent Las Vegas shooting and the ramifications it may have on gun control laws.
10/7/201754 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 360: Locker Room Talk

Ben and Marcus discuss the devastation happening in Puerto Rico, the fallacy of trickle down economy, and the recent tax reform. Featuring an interview with Juan Williams!
10/1/20171 hour, 5 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 359: Conversations with Rob Reiner and Eboni K Williams

Ben interviews Rob Reiner and Eboni K Williams about their viewpoints on our current political climate.
9/24/201738 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 358: Rocket Man

Ben and Marcus recap the political side of the Emmys, discuss the precedent set for Trump's future cabinet members, and how North Korea went about selling Kim Jong Un to the citizens as a great leader.
9/21/201740 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 357: Button Downs

Ben and Marcus are joined by Travis Irvine to discuss Ben's victory in the primaries, Trump's war with the GOP, and Steve Bannon's odd fashion choices.
9/15/201753 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 356: Papa's In The House

Ben and Marcus discuss Korea amping up their nuclear program, Gorka's dismissal from his position as white house advisor, and get some firsthand insights about Trump's decision to overturn DACA in an interview with their friend and DACA kid, Luis.
9/7/201746 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 355: Prison Planet

Ben and Marcus recap the news stemming from Hurricane Harvey, discuss the legacy of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and the return of the Clinton’s 1033 program.
9/1/201747 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 354: Keep The Horse

Ben and Marcus discuss Steve Bannon's recent expulsion from the White House, the recent 'Unite the Right' protests in Charlottesville, and the decision to tear down morally questionable historic monuments.
8/20/201752 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 353: Greed: The Great Equalizer

Ben and Marcus discuss Trump's stance on the country's opioid crisis, Ben takes caller viewpoints on the subject.
8/10/20171 hour, 29 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 352: Thumbs Down, Buddy

Ben and Marcus recap the recent healthcare vote, discuss Trump's ridiculous tweet regarding transgender individuals in the military, and talk about Anthony Scaramucci's removal from the position of Whitehouse Communications Director.
8/1/201747 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 351: Orenthal Is Out

Ben and Marcus discuss OJ Simpson's recent parole decision, learn about the death of the Republican health care bill, and read some controversial released emails to Donald Trump Jr. Featuring a bonus interview with Jeffrey Felix, author of 'Guarding The Juice'.
7/22/201754 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 350: Daddy Putin

Ben and Marcus discuss the Beachgate, the G20 Summit, the idiocy of the CNN gif coverage, and the anti-immigrant Kate's Law.
7/7/201750 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 349: The Dumpster Fire Chats Part IX

Ben reads and responds to listener emails about recent episodes and current events.
7/3/201754 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 348: Frogs in The Pressure Cooker

Ben and Marcus discuss the recent Shakespeare in the Park protest, the Alex Jones and Megyn Kelly interview, and what happens when police officers aren't good at their jobs.
6/23/201750 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 347: Stretch Armstrong-ing

Ben and Marcus discuss the recent baseball diamond shooting, the way media handles news during a crisis, and political ideology influencing the way Americans live their entire lives.
6/16/20171 hour, 2 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 346: Accidentally Transparent

Ben and Marcus are joined by Travis Irvine to discuss Trump's need to continue tweeting, the ongoing investigation into Michael Flynn, and the prevalence of election theft.