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The Young Turks

Cenk Uygur, host of the show.
Genre Political talk show
Running time 3 hours
Country United States
Starring Cenk Uygur
Ana Kasparian
Directors Jesus Godoy[1]
Ana Kasparian
Andrew Napier
Producers Jayar Jackson
Exec. producers David Koller
Recording studio Fairfax, Los Angeles, California
Air dates since February 2002 (radio)[2]
since December 2005 (YouTube)
Website TheYoungTurks Website
Podcast First Half Hour of Each Show
About The Young Turks

The Young Turks is a liberal [3] radio and Internet talk show airing on Sirius Satellite Radio and its first original programming. [4] The name is an allusion to the Young Turk reform movement in the late Ottoman Empire (and the general term, derived from this usage, referring to new progressive movements within older organizations), playing on host Cenk Uygur's Turkish origins. The Young Turks claims to be the first Internet TV news show. Video of the show is streamed daily on their website and available as a podcast. [5][6] The show offers exclusive, Internet-only video content via their YouTube channel, which averages 13 million views monthly. The Young Turks offers a paid members-only Postgame Show, an uncensored, Internet-only wrap-up show. The Young Turks has won the 2009 Podcast Award in the Political category.[7] as well as 2009 Mashable Open Web Award for the Best Political News Site.[8]



In the late 1990s, after a brief career as an attorney at a large law firm, Cenk Uygur began work on a local interest show in Miami, Florida, where he became friends with the show's host, Ben Mankiewicz. After the show failed, Uygur began seeking work in Los Angeles as a television writer, but decided to create his own talk show in the mold of a public access show he had done much earlier called The Young Turk. For this purpose he reunited with Mankiewicz, his childhood friend Dave Koller, and newcomer Jill Pike to create the show. They attracted several interns, three of whom have gone on to become full time crew.

In 2005, TYT was made famous for its 99 hour "Live, On Air Filibuster" conducted during the nomination of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. Hosts including Thom Hartmann, Mike Malloy, Bob Kincaid, Brad Friedman, and Peter B. Collins, filled in so that the shows regulars could have breaks.

It was announced on August 20, 2007, that Mankiewicz would leave the show and move to a new television show for TMZ.[9] In September 2008, Ben Mankiewicz and Ben Lyons replaced Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper as hosts of At the Movies. At roughly the same time, Pike left to pursue a job in Washington, D.C., at which point then-intern Ana Kasparian was hired to do pop-culture segments.

During the 2008 election, the show developed close ties to Brave New Films, often airing their ads and featuring personalities such as Robert Greenwald and Jonathan Kim.


Satellite radio

Prior to signing with Air America, the show was broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio, on Sirius Left 143 and later 146, weekdays from 6-9PM ET, and re-aired on Sirius Talk Central 148 from 12-2PM ET. The Young Turks was the first show exclusively for Sirius Left to air not part of a syndication network. The show was exclusive to Sirius for several years. The Young Turks is also carried by KFH (1330 AM/98.7 FM) in Wichita, Kansas from 7-9PM CT and webcast by MP3 archives are available at the show's website and The White Rose Society.

On February 2, 2009, The Young Turks was removed from the broadcast schedule on XM/Sirius Channel 167, America Left, and their program was filled by an extra hour of Bill Press. The show returned to XM/Sirius on March 16, 2009.


TYT Wins 09 Mashable Award for Best Political News Site
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The show is primarily hosted by Cenk Uygur and often includes a co-host. Ana Kasparian serves as co-host during the third hour which focuses on pop culture instead of politics. Some other co-hosts are: Ben Mankiewicz, Wes Clark Jr, Michael Shure, Teresa Strasser, RJ Eskow. Cenk also has regular bits and on air interaction with those who help run the show; Jesus Godoy, Ana Kasparian, Dave Koller and Jayar Jackson.

Regular segments

  • Bitter Movie Critic with Dave Koller: Dave Koller does movie reviews scoring movies on a reverse scale of lemons from one to five, based on how bitter he is about the movie.
  • 'What would Jesus do?: Cenk asks Jesus Godoy what he would do in random situations if forced to make a choice.
  • Sports with Jayar Jackson: Cenk and Jayar discuss the latest in sports news.
  • Absurd News Alert, also called ANA with Ana: Ana Kasparian talks about interesting/funny news from around the world.
  • Dave Koller's America: Dave hosts a segment where he challenges Cenk and a member in a quiz where they have to match odd news stories to the town in which it happened. Cenk is notoriously bad at this game despite the fact that he is often much more knowledgeable about the various locales than his opponent.
  • Who's Down with Jayar Jackson: Jayar quizzes Cenk and Ana about black pop culture.
  • Republican Sexcapades with Cliff Schecter: Author Cliff Schecter calls in to report news regarding various sex scandals within the Republican Party.
  • The Name Game: Currently on every Friday, Cenk challenges a member to name five people in the news in under a minute while being given clues describing those people.
  • On Air and Online...Michael Hirsh!: Newsweek reporter Michael Hirsh calls in to give an inside perspective on the political stories of the day.
  • ReThink Reviews: Jonathan Kim of Brave New Films reviews films that are relevant to current social justice issues.

Spin-off series

In February 2010, What the Flick?! begain airing on the Young Turks website, featuring movie reviews by Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz, and regular guest Matt Atchity of Rotten Tomatoes.

TYT in the Press

  • "New Left" from [1]
  • "Digg goes liberal? And how The Young Turks are creating “web soldiers”" from Beyond The Echo Chamber [2]
  • "Digg Puts Focus on Politics, Bringing Charges of Liberal Bias" from PBS's Media Shift [3]
  • "Cenk Uygur Sets Out to Take Down Traditional Television " from [4]

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