TrueAnon is an American political podcast hosted by Brace Belden and Liz Franczak. The podcast focuses on left-wing analysis of political issues and events, initially those concerning deceased financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The title of the podcast is a parodic reference to the QAnon conspiracy theory.[1]

TrueAnon
Presentation
Hosted byBrace Belden
Liz Franczak
Genre
UpdatesTwice-weekly
Length60–90 minutes
Production
ProductionYung Chomsky
Opening theme"You'd Never Guess" by Yung Chomsky
Composed byYung Chomsky, Angelo Badalamenti
Publication
Original releaseJuly 23, 2019; 4 years ago (July 23, 2019)

History and content

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TrueAnon is hosted by Brace Belden, a left-wing internet personality notable for fighting with the People's Protection Units in the Syrian Civil War, Liz Franczak, a writer for The Baffler and Deadspin, and produced by the pseudonymous Yung Chomsky.[1] Belden and Franczak met in the early 2000s, through San Francisco's punk music scene.[1] The hosts, who identify as Marxists,[2] developed an interest in the Epstein case after Gawker published the contents of Epstein's personal address book in 2015, which established Epstein's connections to multiple influential figures in politics, finance, intelligence, academia, and entertainment.[3]

Following Epstein's arrest in July 2019, Belden and Franczak noted how many of the details of the Epstein case, such as his connections to U.S. intelligence agencies, were not covered in the mainstream press.[2] TrueAnon was thus conceived to explore how "the fascination with Epstein is part of a larger story about the rot at the heart of the global elite,"[2] and how this reveals "larger class antagonisms within the United States."[4]

The first episode of TrueAnon was released on July 23, 2019.[1] Branding itself as "the only non-pedophile podcast,"[5] TrueAnon combines elements of the true crime genre and the dirtbag left, the rhetorical style most closely associated with Chapo Trap House defined by "subversive, populist vulgarity."[1] In addition to covering the Epstein case, TrueAnon devotes analysis and discussion to topics such as human trafficking, Medicare for All, Silicon Valley,[2] academia, finance, and non-profit organizations.[1] While TrueAnon covers material that has been described as conspiracy theories, Belden and Franczak assert that the podcast engages in historical materialism, focusing on "the power structures that produced Epstein in the first place" rather than a "fixed theory of Epstein’s death."[1] Notable guests who have appeared on the podcast include Epstein accuser Maria Farmer,[6] journalist Ken Klippenstein,[7] and musician Azealia Banks.[8]

During late 2021 the podcast covered the Ghislaine Maxwell trial daily from the courtroom, summarizing and discussing the days events in an episode for each day of the trial.[9][10]

In January 2024, TrueAnon released a board game satirizing the January 6 United States Capitol attack.[11] A now-retracted article in The Independent erroneously referred to the podcast as "right-wing".[12]

Reception

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TrueAnon has been positively received by critics. GQ described the podcast as possessing a "one-of-a-kind flair you won't get anywhere else," offering praise for the quality of the podcast's research.[13] Journalist Jeet Heer cited TrueAnon as one of the few left-wing outlets to discuss the Epstein case in detail, compared to "the reluctance of the mainstream media to tackle the topic for fear of seeming conspiratorial."[3] Journalist Glenn Greenwald has also offered praise for the podcast and its coverage of the 2016 Nevada caucus.[14]

As of March 2022, TrueAnon is the eighth-ranked podcast on Patreon[15] and the 10th ranked account on the site overall, as measured by number of patrons.[16]

See also

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Notes

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References

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Beckwith, Caleb (3 March 2020). "Epstein Brain is for the People". San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Archived from the original on 4 June 2020. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Goldstein, Sam Jaffe (30 January 2020). "Jeffrey Epstein Is a Feature of Our System: A Conversation with Liz Franczak and Brace Belden, Hosts of 'Trueanon'". The Los Angeles Review of Books. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b Heer, Jeet (18 November 2019). "Jeffrey Epstein Isn't Going Away". The Nation. Archived from the original on 21 May 2020. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  4. ^ Amato, Natalli (9 November 2019). "Useful Idiots: TrueAnon's Liz Franczak on Epstein Saga". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 4 April 2020. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  5. ^ "TrueAnon on Apple Podcasts". iTunes. Archived from the original on 6 May 2020. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  6. ^ "TrueAnonPod -- Maria Farmer". May 8, 2020. Archived from the original on May 9, 2020. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  7. ^ "TrueAnonPod -- D. H. Ass". July 20, 2020. Archived from the original on April 18, 2021. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  8. ^ "Episode 70: Azealia". Soundcloud. TrueAnon. 22 May 2020. Archived from the original on 28 December 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  9. ^ "👁️ Ghislaine Maxwell Trial: Day 18 👁️". Archived from the original on 2021-12-30. Retrieved 2021-12-30.
  10. ^ "This is the best way to follow the Elizabeth Holmes and Ghislaine Maxwell trials". 9 December 2021. Archived from the original on 5 January 2022. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  11. ^ Fung, Katherine (January 2, 2024). "'Storm the Capitol's Board Board Game Lets People Fight Police, Steal Artifacts". Newsweek.
  12. ^ Neath, Amelia (January 3, 2024). "New 'Storm the Capitol' board game celebrates Jan 6 riot". The Independent. Archived from the original on January 3, 2024.
  13. ^ Groundwater, Colin; Schultz, Zlex (29 April 2020). "The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Self-Isolation". GQ. Archived from the original on 30 April 2020. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  14. ^ Greenwald, Glenn [@ggreenwald] (February 17, 2020). "Episode 38 of @TrueAnonPod (yes, I've become a bit obsessed) has a great and highly factual review of the cheating shenanigans of the DNC in 2016 for those wanting to know what to expect. Arguably the worst cheating was in the Nevada caucus" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "Monthly Ranking for Patreon Podcasts". Graphtreon. Archived from the original on 8 March 2022. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  16. ^ "Monthly Ranking for Patreon Creators". Graphtreon. Archived from the original on 11 March 2022. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
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