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Here’s how a reporter turned hit showbiz podcast’s host got the big Clinton endorsement

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“The world — which is somewhat of a long metaphor — is always moving, and we’re always, inextricably, trying to follow and catch up.”

A third of what Bernie had to say on “The Eric Andre Show” has been cut and it’s still up on Twitter. Most people know the basic outlines of his argument: people without healthcare often have to choose between taking the can of cheese or the can of beans, and 90 percent of our healthcare costs are administrative, like payroll for insurance companies. In an interview with The New York Times’s Ben Taub, Sanders said the problems with healthcare largely stem from a disparity between what we pay doctors and nurses for services and what we actually pay them for supplies and care.

So what’s the “Eric Andre Show” audience to do? To me, that’s the question. This show features none of the typical viral-video campaigns you’ll see on YouTube. It’s made on a shoestring, which just costs more money than normal television, but on a weekly basis it’s being watched by hundreds of thousands of people — which, despite that it’s all broadcast through a tiny niche cable network, is large enough to warrant hefty paychecks for its creators. What has made this series different? For one thing, it’s hosted by a well-known, established comedian, who manages to be funny without alienating his audience. Also, the show is smart, painfully funny, and smartly discomfiting. You don’t watch an hour of a show like this to be stoked.

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