Know Your Enemy

Publisher:
Matthew Sitman

Know Your Enemy

4.7/5

Critic Rating

A leftist's guide to the conservative movement, one podcast episode at a time, with co-hosts Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell.


Critic Reviews

Score: 4.3

Angus Colwell • The Spectator Oct 1, 2022

"One podcast that does ‘reach’ very well is Know Your Enemy. The podcast is great, but it does have that annoying American tendency to feature two people who sound exactly the same. I think Sam’s voice is the slightly more raspy one. Maybe he smokes. If the left needs to get smart, and the right wants to have a look at itself, Know Your Enemy isn’t a bad start."

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Score: 5

Jennifer Schuessler • New York Times Mar 7, 2022

"...it mostly offers deep dives into conservative intellectual history, going into the weeds of the weeds armed with reading lists, reams of footnotes and archival documents. Those biographical dives explore favorite “Know Your Enemy” themes of mentorship and friendship, conversions and trajectories, with a rich sense of psychology and literary surprise. Sitman has a genial professorial vibe, spiking his learned explications with anecdotes about prominent figures, some of whom he knew personally. Adler-Bell is saltier, always eager, as he half-jokingly puts it, to highlight the more “lurid and prurient” aspects of the right."

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