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The New Abnormal

Blunt truth and dark humor for a world in chaos. A Daily Beast podcast hosted by Danielle Moodie & Andy Levy. Tune in every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


There Is Some Good News About Trump’s South Carolina Primary Win
This week on The New Abnormal, co-hosts Andy Levy and Danielle Moodie discuss the positive news of Trump’s South Carolina presidential primary win. Then, Monica Simpson, executive director of Team Sister Song, joins the show to discuss the fight for reproductive rights in America. Plus! Chris Geidner points to the three biggest stories of the week, and how they are directly related to Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
63:43 2/27/24
Charlie Kirk Wants Coca-Cola to Sponsor Televised Executions
The New Abnormal breaks down the latest controversial idea from the Turning Point CEO. Plus! Danielle Moodie talks to Barbara Collura, the president and CEO of Resolve: The National Infertility Association, about the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision to give embryos “personhood” and ban IVF in the state. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28:06 2/25/24
Wake Up! Republicans Really Are Trying to Ban Contraception
A recent ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court basically halted IVF treatments—and a new bill currently making the rounds in Oklahoma may be even worse, The New Abnormal hosts argue. Plus, chats with former GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger about the current state of the Republican Party and Gillian Branstetter of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project and LGBTQ & HIV Project about the tragic death of a non-binary high school student in Oklahoma. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
59:44 2/23/24
The $364 Million Judgment in Trump’s NYC Fraud Case Did Not Go Far Enough
This week on The New Abnormal, co-hosts Andy Levy and Danielle Moodie discuss why the $364 million fine in the fraud suit against Donald Trump is not enough. Then, political scientist Dr. Christina Greer joins the show to discuss the differences between Democratic and Republican messaging—and what President Biden needs to do to not fall behind. We then talk to The Daily Beast political reporter, Riley Rogerson, about the problems with GOPs campaign talking points. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
61:09 2/20/24
The ‘Sinister’ Crusade That Has Team Trump Outing LGBTQ Kids
Brandon Wolf, national press secretary of the Human Rights Campaign, tells The New Abnormal that MAGA Republicans are making LGBTQ students political pawns. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27:38 2/18/24
It’s Time to Look at Trump’s Jan. 6 Plans in a New Light
Did Trump and his team ever really believe the 2020 election was stolen? That’s the wrong question to ask, Talking Points Memo reporter Josh Kovensky says on The New Abnormal. Plus, an interview with Dell Cameron, an investigative reporter for Wired magazine, about the recent Congressional wrangling over proposed changes to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
59:57 2/16/24
Nikki Haley’s Jenga Tower of Anti-Trump Positions Is About to Crash Down
The Daily Beast political reporter Jake Lahut joins this week’s The New Abnormal podcast to discuss Nikki Haley’s dwindling shot at the 2024 Republican nomination. Plus! Media Matters senior fellow Matt Gertz joins the podcast to discuss Special Counsel Robert Hur’s incendiary attacks on President Joe Biden’s memory. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
60:52 2/13/24
Guardian Angels' Thug Tactics Get Exposed in Times Square
The Guardian Angels have been meting out vigilante justice on New York City streets since 1979. Last week the red-bereted crime fighters appeared on Fox News when their leader, Curtis Sliwa, a recent GOP mayoral candidate, was interviewed by Sean Hannity about the “migrant crisis” in New York. While the interview was in progress, the Angels violently detained a man in Times Square that Sliwa told Hannity was a migrant shoplifter. Later Levy talks to Laurie Kilmartin, a stand-up comedian who wrote for Conan O'Brien for 11 years, has written two books, and now has a new comedy special Cis Woke Grief Slut available for purchase online. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
33:01 2/11/24
Supreme Court Justices Are ‘in the Bag’ for Donald Trump
This week on The New Abnormal, co-hosts Andy Levy and Danielle Moodie discuss the horrifying Supreme Court hearing today that weighed whether Donald Trump will be allowed on the ballot in Colorado. Then, Jay Willis, the editor-in-chief of Balls & Strikes, joins us to weigh in on the case. Plus! Katherine Stewart, author of “The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism,” talks to us about how the role faith is playing in the 2024 election. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
55:56 2/9/24
Republicans Should Love The Senate’s Latest Immigration Bill
This week on The New Abnormal, co-hosts Andy Levy and Danielle Moodie discuss the Senate’s proposed immigration border bill that has sparked widespread criticism from Republicans. Then, Where's Your Ed At newsletter writer Ed Zitron stops by to talk to us about Elon Musk's latest tantrum. Plus! Jessica Garrison and Ken Besinger, the host of true crime podcast, Chameleon: the Michigan Plot, gives us the inside scoop on the attempted kidnapping of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and all the strange details surrounding it. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
61:33 2/6/24
Why Donald Trump Won’t Let His Famous Dead Uncle John Rest in Peace
Donald Trump keeps using his relation to a famed MIT professor as proof of his intelligence. But as The New Abnormal team points out—smart people often have dumb relatives. Plus! Danielle Moodie has a thought provoking chat with DEI expert Denise Hamilton on her new book Indivisible: How to Forge Our Differences into a Stronger Future. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
31:15 2/4/24
Author of Shocking Post-Roe Rape Study Details ‘Truly Horrifying’ Numbers
This week on The New Abnormal, Samuel Dickman, the medical director at Planned Parenthood Montana, joins us to unpack a jarring new study showing the dramatic increase in pregnancies related to rape after the banning of Roe v Wade. Plus! Author Andrew C. McKevitt talks about his new book, “Gun Country: Gun Capitalism, Culture, and Control in Cold War America.” Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
60:24 2/2/24
This Week Could Be Even Worse for Donald Trump Than Last Week
This week on The New Abnormal, hosts Danielle Moodie and Andy Levy discuss the week of horror that could flip the game for Donald Trump. Then, Rolling Stonereporter and former The Daily Beast journalist Adam Rawnsley walks us through his recent report looking into Trump’s secret presidential immunity plans. Plus! Author Jeff Sharlet is here to talk about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s battle against Biden at the border. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
64:32 1/30/24
This Bill Would Ban Single People From Sending Sexy Selfies
Reason Magazine’s senior editor, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, tells The New Abnormal why a bill by Oklahoma Senator Dusty Deevers that would make it illegal to sext anyone other than your spouse is far from a fringe position in the GOP. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29:10 1/28/24
Joe Biden Can—and Should—Take Over the Texas National Guard
 If Greg Abbott is going to use his National Guard troops to flout the U.S. Constitution, the president should do as Dwight D. Eisenhower once did and nationalize the state agency entirely, The New Abnormal hosts argue. Plus! A conversation with Josh from the Substack political newsletter called Ettingermentum, who joins the podcast to discuss Biden’s bad poll numbers and his path to victory in 2024. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
61:15 1/26/24
No One Can Be More Disappointed in Ron DeSantis Than His Wife Casey
This week on The New Abnormal, hosts Danielle Moodie and Andy Levy discuss the end of Ron DeSantis’ 2024 dreams. Then, Protect Democracy Editor Amanda Carpenter walks us through a report she co authored about what we can expect from another Trump presidency. Plus! Author Ben Herold is here to tell us all about his new book,\ “Disillusioned Five Families and the Unraveling of American Suburbs.” Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
65:34 1/23/24
We Need an Interpreter to Work Out Trump’s ‘Debanking’ Rant
The former president’s latest rant about “debanking” and electric cars has left The New Abnormal team scratching their heads.  Plus! Danielle Moodie talks to Keith Boykin, the political commentator, film producer and Bill Clinton’s former White House aide, about his new book Why Does Everything Have to Be About Race? 25 Arguments That Won’t Go Away.   Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26:40 1/21/24
Listen Closely: Trump Wants to Be a ‘Messiah’ Figure for Evangelicals
The former president has been ramping up the “spiritual” language he uses on the campaign trail, according to author and this week’s guest on The New Abnormal, Sarah Posner. Plus! A talk with professor and author Jason Stanley about his book “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.” Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
59:21 1/19/24
Trump’s New Slogan Sums Him Up Perfectly
On The New Abnormal, hosts Danielle Moodie and Andy Levydiscuss the problem with Trump’s newest slogan. Then, Frankie Miranda, the president andCEO of the Hispanic Federation, tells us about the importance of the Latinx vote. Plus! We talkto the New Republic’s Timothy Noah, who explains the wild ride that started with billionaire BillAckman’s vicious Twitter campaign against then-Harvard President Claudine Gay, and thensnowballed. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
60:14 1/16/24
My Time Inside MAGA World Showed Me All Its Secrets
Journalist Tina Nguyen tells The New Abnormal how her time inside America’s political right-wing showed her how it captures young hearts and minds. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
32:21 1/14/24
Christie Has One Move Left That May Save Us From Trump
The Bulwark editor Jonathan Last tells The New Abnormal that if Chris Christie really believes that Donald Trump must be stopped at all costs, then he has one card left to play. Plus! Anat Shenker-Osorio, host of the Words to Win By podcast, tells The New Abnormal co-host Danielle Moodie, how Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign messaging is landing with voters. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
67:44 1/12/24
Media Exhaustion May Be All Trump Needs to Squeak Out a Win in 2024
Daily Beast media reporter Justin Baragona joins The New Abnormal to discuss how the news media is dealing with the former president’s repeated threats to upend American democracy. Plus! Daily Beast political reporter Riley Rogerson joins the podcast to share her experience reporting on Rep. Lauren Boebert’s falling political fortunes. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
33:15 1/9/24
A Supreme Court With Common Sense Would Disqualify Trump
Constitutional law professor Michael Gerhardt tells The New Abnormal that a plain reading of the 14th Amendment would deny Donald Trump’s bid to be president again. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18:01 1/7/24
Why Biden Is Likely to Bridge Polling Gap Against Trump
The Daily Beast’s senior political reporter Roger Sollenberger tells The New Abnormal why Trump’s lead in the polls compared with Biden is set to narrow as the election nears. Plus! Danielle Moodie talks to psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl about his new book What We’ve Become: Living and Dying in a Country of Arms. Moodie will also host Metzl at the Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn on Feb. 5 where they will further explore how our collective failure to stop mass shootings is betraying the democracy envisaged by the framers of the Constitution. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
42:36 1/5/24
The Far Right Will Only Get Louder and More Powerful in 2024
The coming year is set to be a trying time for America, at least according to Bruce Hoffman and Jacob Ware, whose new book God, Guns and Sedition: Far-Right Terrorism in America traces the history of right-wing terrorism in the U.S. Then, former NYPD officer—and the highest-ranking whistleblower in department history—Edwin Raymond joins The New Abnormal to discuss his recent memoir, An Inconcenient Cop: My Fight to Change Policing in America. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
41:55 1/2/24
Student’s Epic Takedown of Bridget Ziegler Is Perfection
Zander Moricz confronted the Moms for Liberty co-founder at a Sarasota town meeting who he said had once retweeted a hate article about him when he was a high school student. Plus! Foreign Affairs magazine’s executive editor Stuart Reid joins The New Abnormal to speak about his new book The Lumumba Plot: The Secret History of the CIA and a Cold War Assassination. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29:29 12/31/23
The Absolute Dumbest Conservative Controversies of 2023
Media Matters’ Rapid Response Director Andrew Lawrence joins The New Abnormal to rank the most brain-dead right-wing “controversies” of the year. Then, filmmaker Anike Tourse stops by to discuss her latest project, “American Family.” Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
42:41 12/29/23
Trump’s ‘Aspirational Fascism’ Casts a Shadow Over 2024
In this week's episode host Danielle Moodie talks to Patrick Gaspard, the CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, discusses the challenges and threats facing democracy, highlighting the rise of Donald Trump and the Republican Party's shift towards extremism. Then Andy Levy sits down with The Guardian US' Martin Pengelly, to talk about his new book "Brotherhood when West Point Rugby Went to War," and discusses the genesis of his book exploring the lives of the 2002 West Point rugby players, their experiences during the 9/11 attacks, and their post-graduation journeys. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
41:07 12/26/23
Nick Fuentes’ ‘Death Penalty’ Call Is Beyond Extreme
The New Abnormal team says comments by white supremacist Nick Fuentes that Jewish people need to be given the death penalty is another good reason to vote in the 2024 election. Plus! ! Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, the largest online civil rights organization in the country, explains why he feels hopeful even at a time when democracy and civil rights are under attack in America. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28:53 12/24/23
How ‘The Daily Show’ Host Search Became Such a Disaster
In this week’s crossover episode between The New Abnormal and The Last Laugh, we break down how Hasan Minhaj’s “emotional truths” upended The Daily Show’s seemingly eternal search for a new host (or hosts), the downfall of TikTok-favorite standup Matt Rife, and the emergence of Nick Bargatze as a bonafide star of the industry. Plus, a conversation with author Raquel Willis about her new book, The Risk It Takes to Bloom, a memoir exploring her experiences as a Black transgender activist from the American South. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
41:18 12/22/23

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