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Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

All Episodes 2018

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  • 2020-04-05T03:00:00-04:00s at 2020-04-05T03:00:00-04:00 on Netflix
  • 2018-10-28T07:00:00Z
  • 24 mins
  • 12 hours, 48 mins (32 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy, Talk Show
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Every Sunday, Hasan Minhaj brings an incisive and nuanced perspective to global news, politics and culture in his unique comedy series.
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104 episodes

Hasan gets deep with the studio audience at a recent taping of 'Patriot Act' in this brand new digital exclusive. He talks family, picks the five players he would start on his NBA Dream Team, and ponders the reasons why people are even into him when he has so many doppelgängers.

Considering the challenges of working in news, Hasan chats with one of his writers about pivoting careers and joining the 'Fast and the Furious' franchise. Having a backup plan never hurt anyone. Hey Vin Diesel, give Hasan a call.

On the latest Deep Cuts, Hasan discusses the origins of 'Patriot Act,' what it's like being a father, and when he's finally going to wear the outfit that Tan France from 'Queer Eye' picked out for him.

Patriot Act fans, Hasan has seen your feedback about how distracting his hand movements can be on stage and he's trying to be better. How's this?

Hasan tries and fails to get some jokes about America's dependence on oil past a member of the Patriot Act research team, but his idea for an eco-friendly version of "Fast and Furious" might actually have some legs. Hit him up, Vin.

On the latest Deep Cuts, Hasan plays matchmaker to an audience member and three of Patriot Act's single writers. He also talks about what it's like to be part of the entertainment industry's "brown come up" and shares what's currently in his Amazon cart.

Gearing up for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season? Looking for ways to get the most out of your time spent with friends and family? Hasan Minhaj is here for you with some helpful tips, including how to approach politics with loved ones.

This week on Deep Cuts, Hasan looks back at the most humbling experience of his career. He also reveals who he would invite to his house for dinner if he could choose any two people, and what one item he couldn't live without if stranded on a desert island.

On this episode of Deep Cuts, Hasan tells the story of the one encounter that made him consider leaving NYC. He also divulges some behind the scenes information about how the topic of each episode is picked, and reveals what he would change if he could go back in time.

Worried about the dangers of surfing the web? Not sure what to do about online trolls? Hasan Minhaj is here to help you navigate the constantly changing internet.

On this episode of Deep Cuts, Hasan discusses the role of political comedy and how an email from an unlikely fan shows how you can break through echo chambers. Hasan also shares his favorite part of Patriot Act so far, which rapper he would be for a day, and what his Tinder profile would say if he had one.

So many Patriot Act fans have been wondering why Hasan hasn't worn the outfit that 'Queer Eye's' Tan France picked out for him to wear on the show. Hasan wanted to take a moment to respond to the feedback.

Special 14 Hasan Tries Christmas

  • 2018-12-23T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

Growing up as a Muslim Indian-American, Hasan never celebrated Christmas. This holiday season he wanted to try out some classic traditions like caroling and tree decorating to finally see what the Christmas hype is all about.

Special 15 Hasan Reads The Comments

  • 2018-12-30T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

Hasan decided to take advantage of some free time to respond to a few comments on our YouTube channel.

A Facebook group called 'Subtle Asian Traits,' which was started by a small group of Asian-Australian high school students, has recently grown to a staggering 1.1 million members. The group consists mostly of first-generation Asian immigrants sharing their unique experiences and struggles often through photos and memes. As someone who knows the struggle all too well, Hasan decided to join the group and answer questions from the members about his own experience growing up as a first generation American.

So many of you have commented on Patriot Act's YouTube videos about your love for the show's opening instrumental theme song, but did you know it originally had lyrics? Hasan shares his original verses and talks about what it was like to work with famed producer Ludwig Göransson on its composition. Feel free to sing along as you listen.

Ever wondered how Hasan gets ready before hitting the stage to tape episodes of Patriot Act? Watch as he reveals his pre-show rituals, including some superstitious practices he uses to get in the right headspace.

Special 20 Hasan Retakes The SAT Exam

  • 2019-02-07T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

In the first episode of Patriot Act, Hasan shared his deepest, darkest secret: that he only got a 1310 out of 1600 on the SAT exam. Almost 16 years later, Hasan is back in the classroom at The Princeton Review for a shot at redemption.

On this episode of Deep Cuts, Hasan shares what he's got planned this year for Valentine's Day, what it was like to "tidy up" with Marie Kondo, and how it felt to retake the SAT exam almost 16 years later.

On this episode of Deep Cuts, Hasan reminisces about one thing he misses from his time at ‘The Daily Show,’ discusses the lessons he hopes to pass, or not pass, onto his daughter, and takes time to console a fan who just got out of a long term relationship.

In the newest episode of Deep Cuts, a particular audience members kicks things off by confusing Hasan. Once things get cleared up, Hasan imagines what it would be like to experience his own South Asian version of 'Get Out.' He also talks about his own personal student loan experience and hears horror stories from the audience.

In the newest Deep Cuts, Hasan weighs in on the current 2020 election candidates, including former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and whether or not billionaires should be allowed to run for president. He then presents a litmus test for determining at what level of wealth one's soul turns from good to evil.

As March Madness approaches, Hasan asks the audience whether or not they think student athletes should be paid, especially after Zion Williamson's recent injury that could have ended his NCAA career. He also shares his most interesting memory from India and who his favorite rapper is between Tupac and Biggie.

Hasan shares his thoughts on the 'Operation Varsity Blues' college admissions scandal and how it relates to the issues surrounding legacy admissions at universities. He then admits to the most embarrassing comment a relative has left on his social media, and who would play him in a Bollywood film.

Hasan decided it was time to pay a visit to his South Asian family on the internet and sit down for a Q&A in a Facebook group for first generation immigrants called 'Subtle Curry Traits.' Hasan was drawn to 'Subtle Curry Traits' after doing another Q&A in a popular Facebook group for first-generation Asian immigrants called 'Subtle Asian Traits.' Hasan shares his opinions on biryani, reveals the hardest episode he's had to research yet, and his experiences growing up in a Desi household.

After seeing so many comments online, Hasan wanted to take a moment to respond to questions about whether or not Patriot Act uses a laugh track. Meet Kevin, Patriot Act's one man laugh track.

Hasan has seen so many comments online wondering how he has so much energy on stage, but the reality is he actually has to tone things down. Watch as Hasan takes us through his daily routine at normal energy levels.

Looking to stay busy in between episodes of Patriot Act, Hasan found a job listing for a graphic design position at the CIA and he's going to apply. Watch as Hasan takes us through his portfolio for the job and discusses the CIA's "close" relationship with the Muslim community. Inspired by Hasan's work? Check out the listing and apply!

Hasan revisits the comments section of the Patriot Act YouTube channel to respond to questions left by viewers ranging from how to fake ones own death to how high schoolers can get into journalism. Special shoutout to Thai Guy 001 for being one of our most prevalent commenters.

Special 32 Hasan's Pronunciation Guide

  • 2019-04-28T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

Coming off his recent appearance on The Ellen Show where he set the record straight on how to pronounce his name, Hasan wanted to share a helpful pronunciation guide for other names and words. Hey Timothée Chalamet - pronounce your name how you want to buddy. You got this!

Hasan is having withdrawal from his screens, so he decided to recreate Patriot Act, lo-fi style. Watch as artist Timothy Goodman helps Hasan convey the cryptic web that is the world of mattresses. Why are there so many mattress stores all of a sudden? Who is buying all of these mattresses? Are the online reviews rigged? Hasan does a deep dive on the bizarre phenomenon and uncovers some of the secrets of the mattress industry.

Desus & Mero drop in for a special edition of this week's Deep Cuts. Watch as Hasan and the Bodega Boys discuss Taylor Swift stans, getting banned on Twitter, 'Game of Thrones,' and the one thing they would do if they woke up white.

Filmmaker and YouTuber Casey Neistat dropped in for another special edition of Deep Cuts. Watch as Hasan and Casey discuss the democratization of video on YouTube, the impacts of social media on society, and if the benefits of the tools available to us on the Internet outweigh the dangers associated with them. Hasan then presses Casey as to whether or not he thinks YouTube and Facebook have a responsibility to moderate content that users upload and if video view counts are a legitimate measure of success.

Ilana Glazer dropped in for another special edition of Deep Cuts. Watch as Ilana discusses her most unbelievable New York experiences, what's next for her after the end of 'Broad City,' and her take on what the recent abortion legislation in Alabama and Georgia means for women across the country. Hasan and Ilana also grapple with the role entertainers should play in supporting activists on the ground in different states as they combat problematic government legislation.

Comedian and co-host of ‘2 Dope Queens’ Phoebe Robinson stopped by Patriot Act for another special edition of Deep Cuts. Watch as Hasan and Phoebe talk about rewriting the rules of comedy by challenging its norms, why so many white guys feel the need to run for president, and what topic Phoebe would pick if she had to host an episode of Patriot Act.

Breakfast Club co-host Charlamagne tha God visits Hasan on this week’s Deep Cuts for a candid conversation about their respective journeys with mental health and how they cope with anxiety. Charlamagne discusses how going to therapy changed his life and how a relative committing suicide opened up a conversation surrounding mental health within his family that had never happened before.

With the recent celebration Eid al-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan, Hasan uses this week's Deep Cuts to share how he celebrated, and gives some suggestions on how the holiday could be made a little more fun. Hasan also reflects on his glory days in high school, quizzes our audience on a few of the words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and unveils whether or not he believes in ghosts.

On this week's Deep Cuts Hasan chooses which house he would be sorted into at Hogwarts, and it's one we didn't realize was an option. He also reveals who his scariest interaction at the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner was with, his thoughts on how dangerous Mitch McConnell really is, and tells the story of an unlikely interaction with a fan on the street.

Special 41 Does Hasan Believe In Aliens?

  • 2019-07-07T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

On the latest Deep Cuts, Hasan and an audience member discuss the extraterrestrial. Does Hasan believe in aliens? Watch to find out. Hasan also reveals how he deals with the Haram police, who his favorite member of BTS is, and the one video that restores his faith in humanity every time he sees it.

The latest Deep Cuts combines bonus footage from the most recent tapings that we thought you deserved to see. When asked whether or not we should colonize Mars, Hasan brings the conversation back to Earth and questions why certain billionaires don't focus on saving our planet before looking to another one. He also has an important debate with Phoebe Robinson about Toaster Strudels versus Pop-Tarts, reveals the most interesting person he's interviewed, and addresses one of his character flaws.

As of 2015, there were at least 1,441 federally recognized places in the United States with racial slurs in their names. Hasan takes a look at some of these streams, rivers, mountains, and other landmarks and discusses the process for changing their names to something less racist. Hasan then travels to a location in New York City with an offensive name and tries to change it once and for all.

Lilly Singh visited Hasan for a behind the scenes tour of the Patriot Act studio and to get some advice before the launch of her new late night show this fall. Hasan gets real about the lessons he’s learned while hosting his own show, and shares some words of wisdom he received from Jon Stewart during his time at ‘The Daily Show.’ Hasan also spends some time bonding with Lilly’s little dog Scarbro and asks Lilly about how being so vulnerable and open on social media has effected her.

On the latest Deep Cuts, Hasan chats with the audience about video games and the recent Fortnite World Cup. Hasan also shares some theories on Brexit and discusses whether or not UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be able to meet his October 31st deadline for a deal. Hasan later defines what makes an Indian “fuckboy,” gets roasted by a fan for the pockets on his pants, and shares some words of wisdom from philosopher Tan France.

On the latest Deep Cuts, Hasan reflects on the recent mass shootings in America and offers his take on the media narratives surrounding these recent acts of gun violence. Hasan also reveals what movie reboot he would love to star in, the 90s trend he thinks should come back, and the lessons he teaches his daughter so she can smash the patriarchy.

In this week's Deep Cuts, Hasan examines the recent controversy surrounding billionaire Stephen Ross. Ross, whose company owns Equinox and SoulCycle, faced backlash and boycotts after hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump at his home in the Hamptons. Hasan discusses the impact of the Equinox/SoulCycle boycotts and contemplates the moral line people need to draw when thinking about what their money supports. Hasan also thinks about what it would be like to host the show in 20 years, reveals the one conspiracy he believes in, and debates whether or not America will destroy the world before we make it to 2024. Oh, and the fish tube.

On the latest Deep Cuts, Hasan reveals his plan for surviving the zombie apocalypse (whenever it actually happens). He also helps someone in the crowd improve their Tinder bio, talks about the fad he participated in back in the day, and finally builds up the courage to ask someone he has known for awhile to be his friend. It's a beautiful moment you do not want to miss.

On the latest Deep Cuts, Hasan examines why the “impending doom” of the looming recession is especially worrisome in 2019. He then receives some profound advice from a very zen audience member about how to handle the approaching economic downturn. Hasan also discusses his go-to movie theater snack strategy, what he wants people to remember about him ten years from now, and who should really be paying for Amazon rainforest fire relief after the major countries of the G-7 only put up $20 million.

On this week’s Deep Cuts, Hasan comes up with a few very important questions he would ask the 2020 Democratic candidates at the next presidential debate. Hasan also shares his thoughts on how much celebrities influence voters, reveals what his most recent Google searches were, shares his thoughts on the Muslim dating app Minder, and has a few words with his new friend Eddie.

Special 51 Hasan Plays Fortnite

  • 2019-09-16T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

Now that Hasan has some free time, he decided it would be fun to sit down and learn how to play ‘Fortnite’ after discussing it in Patriot Act’s recent episode on the video game industry. Watch as Hasan is guided through the popular video game by Patriot Act writer Zach Rice (@zach_r1ce). Hasan checks out the ‘Fortnite’ map, learns some dance moves, and makes a new friend along the way. Spoiler alert: Hasan isn’t very good so don’t get your hopes up.

Special 52 Hasan On His Zodiac Sign

  • 2019-09-23T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

On the latest Deep Cuts, Hasan gets a lesson about astrological signs and bonds with a fellow Libra in the audience, just in time for his own birthday. Hasan also divulges the “Sharma ji ke bete ko dekho” situation he dealt with growing up, shares his thoughts on Kellyanne Conway’s husband calling her boss out on Twitter, and what he does to reduce his carbon footprint. He also reveals which popular song he truly doesn't understand or enjoy.

On the latest Deep Cuts, Hasan discusses why the redemption of politicians like George W. Bush as well as former Trump administration members has happened so quickly. Hasan also shares the platform he would run on if he ran for president, the essential items needed for an Indian picnic, and the one rapper he would tell his grandkids about.

On the latest Deep Cuts, Hasan goes head to head against an Indian Uncle in the crowd who is not impressed with him at all. Hasan also shares his advice for maintaining healthy relationships in the digital dating age, pitches some ideas for his own flavor of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and tells a story about how he handled the news that iconic Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan knows who he is now.

Hasan talks a lot about his experiences growing up in a desi family in the mid-2000s, but what is it like to grow up as an Indian-American today? Hasan investigated by sitting down with seven desi teenagers to talk about what it's like to grow up in 2019. Watch as Hasan chats with the group about navigating school, friendships, dating, facing parents' expectations, and the lessons Hasan can learn to be a cool brown dad.

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the country, with almost two-thirds of Americans drinking at least one cup of coffee a day. Despite its popularity, there seems to be conflicting research surrounding the drink's health benefits. As an avid coffee drinker himself, Hasan decided to investigate the age old question: is coffee good or bad for you? Hasan compared the data drawn from researchers and scientists over a number of decades to find out if the evidence overwhelmingly supports or opposes drinking coffee. The results gave Hasan a whole new perspective about data studies.

On the one year anniversary of the debut of Patriot Act, Hasan reunited with someone who had a huge impact on the launch of the show: 'Queer Eye’s' Tan France. Watch as the pair check-in over Skype and reflect on the year they've had since they last got together for a video. Together they talk about life, work, and Hasan's fashion choices for Patriot Act before new episodes drop on November 10th.

Hasan revisited the popular Facebook group Subtle Asian Traits to answer more questions, but this time he had some help from his parents Najme and Seema. Watch as Hasan's parents spill stories on what Hasan was like as a kid, when they've been most proud and most disappointed with him, what they think of his career now, and what it was like for the two of them raising a family as immigrants in America. They also reveal which episode of Patriot Act they enjoyed the most and which topic they would cover if they got to host the show.

On the latest Deep Cuts, Hasan contemplates what he would do if he were somehow named "King of America." Hasan also talks pizza toppings, goes on the record about one thing he couldn't do as a kid that he'll let his daughter do, and thinks about what his Super Sweet 16 birthday party would have been like. Hasan then shares some quality time helping out his best friend Eddie.

On the latest Deep Cuts, today's youth fill Hasan in on the latest TikTok trends and show off a few dance moves on the Patriot Act stage. Hasan also shares a story about the time he visited his wife’s childhood home and had to sleep next to her bedroom poster of Hrithik Roshan and his sixth finger. Hasan then divulges if he'll tell his daughter about Santa Clause, shares the question he hates getting the most, and ranks his favorite Indian sweets. Shoutout to gulab jamun.

With this week’s Deep Cuts coming out on Thanksgiving Day, Hasan answered the studio audience’s most pressing questions about the holiday. He fesses up about whether or not he’d be able to cook a Thanksgiving meal all on his own, and gives his controversial take on the meal's number one key component: turkey. Hasan also reminisces about some memories from working on Black Friday and then shares his favorite Christmas movies of all time.

On the latest Deep Cuts, Hasan is joined by 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Watch as the two discuss the threats of automation, the media blackout of Yang's campaign, and the candidates plan for universal basic income. Hasan also puts Yang to the test to see if he can truly back up his claim that he would be America's first ex-goth president.

1x01 Affirmative Action

  • Series Premiere

    2018-10-28T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

Hasan breaks down how a lawsuit by Asian American students against Harvard could kill affirmative action, and where a conservative activist fits in.

1x02 Saudi Arabia

  • 2018-10-28T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

In the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death, Hasan exposes grim truths about Saudi Arabia and the charismatic crown prince known as "MBS."

1x03 Amazon

  • 2018-11-04T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

Hasan takes time out from his Amazon addiction to analyze the relentless tactics the company used to become the largest online retailer in the world.

1x04 Oil

  • 2018-11-11T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

A massive but little-known oil spill off the U.S. Gulf Coast prompts Hasan to examine the serious consequences of expanding American oil production.

1x05 Supreme

  • 2018-11-18T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

Hasan investigates the economics and shelf life of cool as he turns his eye toward streetwear brand Supreme, which peddles hype as much as its clothes.

1x06 Immigration Enforcement

  • 2018-11-25T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

Hasan takes on immigration in America, going beyond the headlines to dissect disheartening policies and the Trump administration's motivations.

As social media companies grow into worldwide behemoths, Hasan reveals how they take advantage of outdated laws to curate content and avoid regulation.

2x01 Censorship in China

  • Season Premiere

    2019-02-10T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

After addressing his Saudi Arabia controversy, Hasan highlights censorship in China and how a #MeToo movement has emerged despite government controls.

2x02 Drug Pricing

  • 2019-02-17T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

Hasan examines the major players in America's drug industry, and how the prices of life-saving medications like insulin continue to rise unabated.

2x03 Student Loans

  • 2019-02-24T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

As millions of Americans struggle with crushing student loan debt, Hasan digs deep to expose the negligent and dishonest practices of loan servicers.

2x04 Civil Rights Under Trump

  • 2019-03-03T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

Two years into the Trump administrations, Hasan spotlights how government officials have been quietly and systematically dismantling civil rights.

2x05 Hip-hop and Streaming

  • 2019-03-10T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

Hip-hop has already taken over America, but streaming platforms have allowed the genre to transform into a disruptive political force around the world.

2x06 Indian Elections

  • 2019-03-17T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

Just before voters head to the polls in India's national election, Hasan explains what's at stake for the world’s largest and most diverse democracy.

3x01 Brazil, Corruption and the Rainforest

  • Season Premiere

    2019-05-12T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

A look at new dangers faced by the Amazon rain forest and Brazil's indigenous population. Also: a discussion of the Philippines election.

3x02 The NRA's Global Impact

  • 2019-05-19T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

Though the NRA is best known for its agenda in the U.S., Hasan explores how the organization has been exporting its gun culture around the world.

3x03 Cricket Corruption

  • 2019-05-26T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

Once a tool of British colonialism, cricket is now India's major sport. But greed and corruption threaten to undermine the game's global growth.

Hasan discusses India's election results, then relays the astonisfing story of a multibillion-dollar scandal involving Goldman Sachs and Malaysia.

3x05 Protests in Sudan

  • 2019-06-09T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

In the aftermath of an April 2019 coup in Sudan, pro-democracy groups have faced extreme violence from a military desperate to hold on to power.

3x06 Why Your Internet Sucks

  • 2019-06-16T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

As millions of Americans lack internet access, Hasan looks at the ways government and providers fail citizens and how some cities are fighting back.

4x01 Video Games & Labor

  • Season Premiere

    2019-08-04T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

Video games are bigger than ever, but the people who make them are often exploited. Hasan takes a look at the darker side of the gaming industry.

4x02 Fentanyl

  • 2019-08-11T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

As overdoses involving fentanyl continue to skyrocket, Hasan traces the origins of the synthetic opioid and how drug companies profit from its misuse.

Hasan examines how the U.S. government and the Koch brothers are sabotaging plans to revive and expand public transportation as infrastructure crumbles.

4x04 The Real Cost of Cruises

  • 2019-08-25T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

Cruise lines promise fun, inexpensive vacations, but Hasan discovers that major carriers are exploiting loose regulations on labor, safety and crime.

4x05 The Two Sides of Canada

  • 2019-09-01T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

In advance of Canada's election, Hasan talks with Justin Trudeau and scrutinizes the prime minister's reputation as a champion of progressive politics.

4x06 The Broken Policing System

  • 2019-09-08T07:00:00Z — 24 mins

Five years after three high-profile killings by police, Hasan looks at the culture and systems in place that help officers avoid accountability.

5x01 Mental Health

  • Season Premiere

    2019-11-10T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

With the need for mental health growing, Hasan discusses how insurance companies get away with denying coverage to Americans who could use it most.

As thousands of asylum-seekers wait in the limbo at the U.S. border, Hasan examines how Trump's administration is working to dismantle this legal process.

5x03 The Ugly Truth of Fast Fashion

  • 2019-11-24T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

Thanks to fast fashion brands, people are buying more new clothes than ever before. But our desire to look good is taking a huge environmental toll.

5x04 Why Billionaires Won't Save Us

  • 2019-12-01T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

Hasan looks at how billionaires use philanthropy to enhance their fortunes, influence public policy and distract from questionable business ethics.

Hasan talks with Andrew Yang and Cory Booker as part of an effort to understand how candidates can appeal to the fast-growing Asian American electorate.

5x06 Why We Can't Retire

  • 2019-12-15T08:00:00Z — 24 mins

With the help of Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hasan breaks down the financial burden of younger generations caring for their aging parents – and themselves.

Hasan explains how U.S. policies and companies help spread obesity and poor health around the world, then gives updates on topics from past shows.

6x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    no air date — 24 mins

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