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Left to right: Jayar Jackson, Dave Koller, Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian and Jesus Godoy.

The Young Turks is a radio and internet Talk Show first aired in 2002 hosted by Cenk Uygur (pronounced Jenk Yu-gur), who is (as you might expect) Turkish-American (he was born in Istanbul). The name is a play on the Young Turks of the late Ottoman Empire, and the figurative use of the term for the youngsters challenging the old guard (in this case, of the liberal establishment), though the other and more infamous face of said Young Turk Party has meant the name is controversial. Other co-hosts and helpers include Ben Mankiewicz, Jayar Jackson, Jesus Godoy, Dave Koller, Wes Clark Jr, Teresa Strausser, RJ Eskow, and Micheal Shure. Ana Kasparian (who is, somewhat amusinglynote , Armenian-American) co-hosts during the third hour, which focuses on pop culture instead of politics.


On 21 September 2011, Cenk announced that he would be starting a television version of the show, The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur, on Current TV later in the year. The TV show was discontinued as Al Jazeera (new owner of Current) reorganizes the channel into it a new network, but the online show will remain. In 2013, the online show topped 1 billion views on YouTube.

Here is a character sheet for the hosts, though it's in need of Wiki Magic. Cenk Uygur now has his own entry here.


The Young Turks provides examples of:

  • Arc Words:
    • "Wholly-owned subsidiary."
    • "Corporations are not human beings."
    • "Off the top rope."
    • "Ladies and gentlemen, we got 'em."
    • Often followed up by Cenk going, “DOWN GOES [Whoever they’re talking about”.
    • “Tick tick tick tiiiiick... tick tick tick tiiiiiick...”
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Rick Strom, initially just a producer that comments when asked, is now the host for TYT Sports.
    • John Fugelsang, formerly a Guest-Star Party Member, is now the go-to host of "The Point". Others show up to guest-host, like Ana, Cenk and Jimmy Dore, but Fugelsang's the most frequent. In fact, he starting on October 5th, he now has his own show on Current.
    • Jimmy Dore, another Guest-Star Party Member, has his own mini-show called "The Jimmy Dore Show", now independent from the TYT network as of April 2019.
    • Kyle Kulinski, host of the TYT-affiliated show Secular Talk, occasionally appears as yet another Guest-Star Party Member on the shownote .
    • Michael Shure is now the host for The War Room.
  • Big "OMG!": Sometimes. One example that's Played for Laughs is Ana recalling the time she had drinks with a stranger:
    Ana: So I was talking to this older guy, and I was helping him with his phone, teaching him how to close apps to save battery life and stuff.
    Cenk: (has an epiphany) Wait... what do you mean you can close apps? That's a thing?
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: Look at the subtitles on the screen of one of TYT's videos sometime. The translation is extremely bad.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Cenk (boke) and Ana (tsukkomi): He's a hammy goof with a penchant for dad jokes, while Ana mainly snarks at the things he says and does.
    Cenk: (referring to his plan to lose weight and "get ripped") But what people don't understand is how great my muscles already are.
    Ana: (silently facepalms)
  • Hurricane of Puns:
  • Hypocritical Humor: Intentionally invoked by Cenk here in order to make fun of and draw attention to the claims that Liberals and Al Qaeda are working together that a Fox News correspondent makes.
  • Jesus Was Way Cool: Played with and deconstructed for an argument. The show makes fun of religious conservative Christians all the time. However, Cenk isn't above claiming that Jesus himself was a Socialist in response to a Republican claiming that Socialism was "unbiblical" during a speech. Basically, he also claims God for his side.
  • Large Ham: Cenk. Especially when he's parodying something.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Cenk and Ana have this dynamic with one another. Even though Cenk is her boss, the two playfully banter and sometimes argue like an older brother bickering with his younger sister.
    • Also applies to relative newcomers Grace Baldridge and Hasan Piker, who are substantially different politically (Grace is an open lesbian comedian, while Hasan Piker is a former frat boy, albeit a very intelligent and well-spoken one) and often argue whenever both are on the panel. Regardless, they get along quite well, with Grace even alluding to Has as "one of her favourite people" in the commercial for her own show, "Murder With Friends."
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase : "And if you don't know/think [X], you don't know anything about politics."
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: This is the mildest way of explaining how TYT views the Republican Party as a whole.
  • Only in Florida: Often. To the point where Cenk is surprised if a strange occurrence didn't happen in Florida.
  • The Plan: They have their own, called Wolf-Pac, which is supposed to serve as a counter to the corruptible influence of money in politics by lobbying state legislatures to call a constitutional convention, where the US Constitution could be amended without anyone in the federal government having a say in the process. The theory is that state legislators will often be more responsible to their constituents than members of Congress are, and thus will be more responsive to the idea of getting money out of political campaigns.
  • Papa Wolf: Cenk. He's a father, and goes into Tranquil Fury whenever they cover a story that involves stupid parents endangering their children.


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