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When: Tuesdays. Continues through Nov. 8 2016

This American Life listeners may remember Mike Daisey as the Brooklyn-based monologuist whose 2012 episode "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory" was retracted after fact-checkers discovered that much of the material was fabricated. It was a stunning act of hubris on Daisey's part, and his bitter, self-rationalizing performance on a follow-up episode of TAL was equally brazen. One might think that, as a fabulist himself, Daisey would have an inside perspective into the mind of a man who lies almost constantly; don't get your hopes up. His inquiry into Trump's rise sticks largely to ideas well established in the progressive public domain. There is, however, no denying Daisey's piercing turns of phrase and brilliance as a sit-down stand-up comedian. Most valuable here is his roast of his own liberal audience and his thought-provoking prodding into the left's responsibility in the coming years. Most astutely, the piece avoids catharsis altogether—there's just too much at stake to feign relief. —Dan Jakes

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