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Matt Yglesias and Laura McGann Launch a Podcast to Counter the Internet’s ‘Bad Takes’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Gene Maddaus Senior Media Writer Matt Yglesias returns to podcasting today with “Bad Takes,” a new show that aims to challenge political pieties that take hold online.

Yglesias will co-host the show with his longtime editor, Laura McGann, who leads the newsroom of the startup site Grid. In an interview, Yglesias said the goal of the podcast is to bring political discourse “back to reality.” “I think there are a ton of very extreme ideas floating around on the left and right on the Internet,” he said. “In some ways, the easiest way to go viral and get engagement is with very wild takes.

Part of the structure here is to push back and to bring people back to good sense.” Yglesias left Vox in 2020 to launch Slow Boring, his subscription newsletter on Substack.

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