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"Patriot Act" is the toughest show to lose right now


With an eye toward explaining some of the brewing sociopolitical fracture points while giving context for the unintended consequences of everyday life that so many people take for granted, "Patriot Act" packaged Minhaj's personal hosting touch with a thorough dive into each weekly topic.


The result was a show that managed to do both, providing helpful background introductions to international political malfeasance, corrupt lobbying practices, and the cultural impact of emerging trends both welcome and not.


Where the cadence of other hosts come at a fairly regular clip, Minhaj seemingly gave himself more freedom to let certain points sink in, sometimes to even let some deserved indignation simmer for just a little longer than usual.


While the show found ways to address topics that gave potential entry points to viewers from a number of different backgrounds, "Patriot Act" knew when to let a joke breathe without overexplaining it, especially when Minhaj dropped in a reference to a musician or the NBA.


Just look at the four episodes from last August: Video game development may not be an issue that's top of mind right now, but it dovetails with a lot of ideas about worker exploitation that have rippled through the last six months.


And a pair of episodes on public transportation insufficiencies and the dangers of cruise ships are proof that "Patriot Act" was tapped into ideas that the current health crisis exacerbated but certainly didn't create.






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