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How do humans come to believe all the impossible things we believe? The answers, one story at a time.


Aug 20, 2018

The U.S. caught up with political satire in the 2000s when Jon Stewart & Co. transformed Comedy Central's The Daily Show into an indispensable branch of the Fourth Estate. But political satire was thriving throughout Latin America decades before The Daily Show became a political force. Dr. Paul Alonso, author of Satiric TV in the Americas: Critical Metatainment as Negotiated Dissent (2018) takes us on a journey through Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, and his home country, Peru, exploring how satire speaks to power in each culture.

Clips featured in episode, in order of appearance: 

1. Who Is America?, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, featuring then Georgia State Representative Jason Spencer

2. "Jaime pa' Presidente," campaign song for Jaime Bayly by Tongo y Su Imaginación

3. El Francotirador, starring Jaime Bayly, featuring Tongo

4. El Mañanero Diario #59, starring Brozo, 22 July, 2018

5. "Gays y Heterosexuals,", June 2013

6. "Micky Vainilla un Artista Pop Imcomprendido," Peter Capusotto y Sus Videos, Jan. 2018

7. Nanette, starring Hannah Gadsby, Netflix, 2018