About American Freakshow

I have covered American politics and culture from almost all of the continental U.S., and have observed the social devolution and rise of Trump and the MAGA movement. My journalism and books have been inspired by curiosity about one theme: the tension between science and religion, between reality and conspiracy theories, that has so vexed our technologically advanced world. 

I’m writing this newsletter each week to help us keep eyes on the facts, to remember where we started and how we got here. American Freakshow is for people of all political persuasions who resist normalizing corruption and incivility.

American Freakshow is written by Nina Burleigh and is produced in partnership with COURIER, a pro-Democracy media company.

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A weekly newsletter from veteran journalist Nina Burleigh keeping an eye on MAGA extremism and its absurdity.


National political journalist, author of seven books including The Trump Women: Part of the Deal, a critique of the transactional relationships that made the man. Documentary producer, most recently of a Peacock 3 part series on Ghislaine Maxwell.