With guests that range from icons to outliers, host Matt D’Elia talks to anyone who can help him understand things that confuse him, make him laugh, or just plain trouble him. If you ever look out at the world and think “what the hell is happening?” then this podcast is for you.
Here's the Latest Episode from Matt D’Elia Is Confused:
Caroline Calloway is a controversial figure— but Matt doesn’t really understand why this is the case. Lucky for him, Caroline was willing to come on the show and explain it. What follows is an honest conversation about why she was accused of being a scammer in the first place, why everyone got so mad at her, why everyone hates influencers, the blurred lines between people and their online personas, and what it’s like to be mobbed by the mainstream media and internet trolls alike. Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #mattdeliaisconfused, and find Matt online here: @mattdelia
Conservative commentator and columnist Ben Howe joins Matt to discuss his recent book, ‘The Immoral Majority’, which details how evangelicals came to not only accept Donald Trump as their candidate— but to embrace him as their leader. This is something that has deeply confused Matt ever since the 2016 election. Thankfully Ben, a lifelong evangelical himself, is here to clear it up for him. Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #mattdeliaisconfused, and find Matt online here: @mattdelia
Matt and cancelled far-left writer Freddie deBoer discuss the false rape accusation Freddie made that derailed his life (not to mention the life of the man he accused), why he did it, his apology, and his subsequent self-exile from social media. All of which turns into a broader conversation about maintaining mental health in the digital age, how the internet dements our brains, the ultimate weakness of wokeness, and the present state of the American Left.
This week’s guest needs no introduction... unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 5 years. Love her or hate her, everyone’s got an opinion about Rachel Dolezal. But Matt isn’t interested in loving her OR hating her— he just wants to try to understand who she is and where she’s coming from. Their conversation covers a wide range of topics from the micro to the macro: what race means to her personally, the coded but powerful strains of racism still operating in the world today, what it’s like to be railroaded by the American media, and why everyone got so upset with her in the first place.
Renowned astrologist Juliana McCarthy joins Matt, on her birthday of all days, to help him understand exactly what astrology really is— and why it’s gaining in popularity at this particular moment in time. (According to The Pew Research Center, over 25% of Americans now believe in astrology.) From there they get into a broader conversation about belief, myth, archetype, chaos, and human history. Finally, there is an unexpected but very welcome revelation about alt-right leader Richard Spencer’s sexual orientation. Matt’s world is rocked.
Matt recaps the first few episodes, reviews early fan feedback, and teases some exciting future guests. He also goes deep on three very different subjects, each one near and dear to his heart: what’s wrong with movies these days, why dying isn’t so bad, and the proper usage of his favorite word— ‘Kay’.
One of a group of five environmental activists known as ‘The Valve Turners’, Michael Foster served time in prison for temporarily shutting off the Keystone XL pipeline. In this episode, Michael opens up to Matt about his activism (which his critics call ‘eco-terrorism’), the pending doom of climate change, our evolutionary blindspot that prevents us from doing anything about it, and what it would take to actually make a difference.
Dr. Lera Boroditsky — ‘Beast Or Virus?’ — Matt talks to renowned cognitive scientist Dr. Lera Boroditsky about one of his favorite topics and the root of all confusion: language. An in depth conversation about miscommunication, misunderstanding, the prevalence of metaphor, the power of persuasion, and the difference a single word can make on our understanding of complex matters.
Matt talks to reformed white supremacist leader Arno Michaelis about the roots of hate, the scourge of white nationalism, the slippery slope of online radicalization, and finding ways out of cycles of racism and violence. Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #mattdeliaisconfused, and find Matt online here: @mattdelia
Matt talks to conceptual artist Vanessa Place about her controversial work, “You Had To Be There: Rape Jokes,” making art that pisses people off, cancel culture, and Vanessa’s own experience being ‘cancelled’.
Matt talks to legendary radical feminist John Stoltenberg (‘Refusing To Be A Man’) about what it means to be a white male in the modern era, ‘toxic masculinity’, and the perils of pornography. To quote John’s work: “Pornography tells lies about women. But pornography tells the truth about men.
Matt and writer / activist Sarah Schulman discuss Sarah’s controversial book ‘Conflict Is Not Abuse’ and its ideas, which turns into a larger talk about why we have an inclination to blame others instead of ourselves, the ways we hide behind modern technology, and ultimate-victim Donald Trump’s constant bitching about how he’s being harassed— even though he’s the most powerful man in the world.
Expert QAnon Researcher Travis View joins Matt for a detailed discussion about the wild and weirdly popular right wing conspiracy theory that pits a heroic Donald Trump against an evil, satanic ‘deep state’ that includes Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, George Soros, and — somehow — Tom Hanks. Matt gets the full story and loves it all but particularly enjoys the theory that JFK Jr. is still alive— and planning to join President Trump on the 2020 ticket.
Matt and former Tea Party Republican Congressman / popular conservative radio host Joe Walsh (‘The Joe Walsh Show’) disagree about almost everything besides Donald Trump— but they get along anyway. They discuss how our country is totally fucked, how no one listens to anyone besides who they already agree with, the 2020 election, deep fakes, QAnon, guns, and as the title suggests— the end of truth as we know it.
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