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One of the earliest digital entrepreneurs, Drew Curtis built Fark.com into a hugely popular news aggregation site to rival Huffington Post, Drudge Report and Yahoo. Now he’s set his sights on a new challenge: an upstart independent campaign for governor of Kentucky, running on a platform of getting money out of politics, data-driven policy making and adopting best practices from other states’ experiences. Does he really have a chance?

In this interview, Curtis and The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur discuss:

- What, exactly, “Fark” means anyway
- How idiotic non-news has come to dominate the mainstream news media
- Whether the electorate is primed for a candidate who’s not about “business as usual”
- Massive government corruption that’s hidden in plain sight
- Can a gubernatorial candidate win by admitting that his/her state is not number one?
- How fact-and-data-based governance would function
- Curtis’ chances of breaking up the two-party duopoly in Kentucky and across the country

Check out the Drew Curtis for Governor campaign online at www.drewcurtis.com

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Norman Lear is a living legend, a pioneering TV producer who rewrote the rules for network television with ground-breaking shows like “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” “Sanford and Son” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” He then turned his attention to politics, founding “People for the American Way,” an influential progressive advocacy group defending foundational Constitutional rights including free speech, freedom of religion and equal protection under the law. Now he’s documented his fascinating 90+ years on earth in a new memoir titled “Even This I Get to Experience.”

In this interview, Lear and The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur discuss:

- Why, even though he’s a standard-bearer for “liberal Hollywood, he considers himself “deeply conservative”
- How a quarter flipped to him by an uncle changed the trajectory of his life
- Why being a good liar got him fired from his first job as a press agent
- Which are his favorite TV shows of all time (number three may surprise you!)
- The experience in an airport terminal that made him realize that he’d finally “made it.”
- Why Republicans today never talk about President Eisenhower

Buy “Even This I Get to Experience” on Amazon here:
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Alex Winter rose to prominence in the 1980s, starring in hit films like “Lost Boys” and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” He later turned to writing, producing and directing, and has since directed “Downloaded,” the acclaimed documentary about the rise and fall of Napster, as well as his most recent effort, “Deep Web, the Untold Story of Bitcoin and the Silk Road.”

In this interview, Winter and The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur discuss:

- The origins of the Deep Web and Darknet as a haven for government agents, dissidents, activists and artists
- The parallels between the rise and fall of Napster and Silk Road
- How the Silk Road became the eBay of virtual drug sales
- The mix of libertarian absolutists, anti-drug warriors and high tech mercenaries who drove the Deep Web’s growth
- How manipulation by corrupt cops and DEA agents could have brought down the Silk Road
- The government’s “weird” case claiming accused Silk Road administrator Ross Ulbricht is the notorious “Dread Pirate Roberts”
- Are government investigators technologically incompetent or just lying to us?
- Cenk’s decisive guilty or not guilty vote in Ross Ulbricht’s criminal case

Check out “Deep Web” online at www.deepwebthemovie.com

Tune in to the World Television Premiere of "Deep Web" on May 31st at 8pm ET/PT on EPIX.

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Aasif Mandvi established himself as a working actor in Hollywood in the 1990s and early 2000s appearing on TV shows like Miami Vice, CSI, Law & Order, The Sopranos and Oz. But he became a household — if often mispronounced — name after joining The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a “Senior Foreign-Looking Correspondent” in 2006.

Today Mandvi writes, produces and stars in a comedy web series poking fun at 80s sitcoms and anti-Muslim bias called “Halal in the Family” (http://halalinthefamily.tv)

In this interview, he talks with The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur about:

- Turning down The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’s initial offer for him to audition
- Why his youth spent in the north of England helped him as an adult trying to pick up American women
- How 9/11 changed everything for American Muslims
- How “Halal in the Family” was inspired by news anchor Katie Couric
- Long-standing Muslim traditions that CELEBRATE portraits of the Prophet Muhammad
- What motivates “New Atheists” like Bill Maher and Sam Harris to generalize about Muslims
- How his acting career was inspired in equal parts by The Fonz and Omar Sharif
- Why he once told a casting agent he’d be willing to learn how to be a snake charmer

Check out episodes of “Halal in the Family” here: http://halalinthefamily.tv

Find out all this and much more in the latest fun, funny and fascinating installment of TYT Interviews.

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Dave Koller interviews UCLA professor Ramesh Srinivasan.

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Karen Straughan is a self-styled "anti-feminist" and spokesperson for the group Men's Rights Edmonton. She has a popular blog (http://owningyourshit.blogspot.com) and YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/girlwriteswhat) where she talks about a range of gender-related issues, in particular fathers' rights and domestic violence against men.

Watch the interview to see whether she and Cenk Uygur agree or disagree over issues like:

- "Excessive" alimony and child support judgments against wealthy men in divorce proceedings.
- Whether early feminists were more interested in gaining more privileges at the expense of men rather than true equality.
- If circumcision of boys is equally bad as female genital mutilation.
- If suffragettes were true heroes or if they were fighting for rights that they would have soon been granted anyway.

Find out Karen Straughan's thoughts on all the above topics and much, much more in this installment of TYT Interviews.

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Pastor James David Manning of ATLAH World Missionary Church has gone back and forth with Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and The Young Turks, and today they attempt to set the record straight. What did Pastor Manning mean when he said he wanted to stone gay men and wants Harlem to be a homo-free zone? Could Starbucks really be mixing "gay semen" into coffee because of the delicious taste? Is Manning himself tempted by homosexuality, which he describes as a choice? And what about his statements criticizing black male celebrities and speakers? Manning also addresses his statements that President Obama is neither black nor the president, and that he had also shot the mother his alleged love child outside the White House. Can an unaccredited university discredit a school with accreditation? Can it discredit the state of New York?

Cenk and Ana also ask Manning straight on about his previous derogatory comments on Cenk's race as well as Ana's higher education and the indisputable fact that she is a woman.

Find out Pastor Manning's answers to all the above questions and much, much more in this fascinating installment of TYT Interviews

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Chin Han is an actor currently starring in Netflix's Marco Polo and several other films and teleision shows including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Dark Knight, The Black List, Fringe, Arrow, and the hit video game, Sleeping Dogs. Raised by bohemian parents in Singapore, Han's career and return to acting is as interesting and unlikely as it is prolific!

Now, Han is one of the scheming characters of Marco Polo, a historical drama with its entire first season out now on Netlifx. what was it like shooting a series for Netflix as opposed to film or traditional television media, and how does Marco Polo fare historically?

Cenk Uygur discusses all this and much more on TYT Interviews.

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Norman Solomon is a journalist, author, media critic, antiwar activist, and in 2012 was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives from California's second congressional district. His most recent book is Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State. He recently wrote a feature story in The Nation about the Obama Administration's war on whistle blowers, specifically the case of the Wall Street Journal's James Risen, who is being threatened with imprisonment if he doesn't reveal his sources.

A former Obama delegate, Solomon has since become a critic of the president. Is Obama similar to George W. Bush in terms of policy and decision-making? How has media failed, and how can it change? Jimmy Dore discusses all this and more with author and activist, Norman Solomon.

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Krist Novoselic is famous for for music-- he cofounded and played bass for the now-legendary band, Nirvana with his friend Kurt Cobain, and has also played with the Foo Fighters. But he's also been extremely active as a political activist and reformer. Since 2008 he has been board chair of the electoral reform organization FairVote and he is the creator of JAMPAC (Joint Artists and Musicians Political Action Committee).

What was it like growing up partly in Croatia (Yugoslavia at the time) and moving back to Aberdeen? And what was it like absorbing the music that helped him create music with Cobain and Nirvana? What was it like when Nevermind exploded and became a cultural phenomenon?

Novoselic talks about his huge musical career, why electoral reform and fair tallying and representation are so incredibly necessary, and much more on music and politics with The Young Turks host, Cenk Uygur.

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