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May 23, 2019
"Trumper Tantrum."
The president “storms” out of another meeting with Democrats in the Oval Office. The House inches closer to an impeachment inquiry. And a new analysis of the 2018 midterms sheds light on the challenges up ahead in 2020. Then Rebecca Traister, author and writer at-large for New York Magazine and The Cut, joins Jon F. to talk about the recent wave of state laws threatening reproductive rights and what’s at stake in next year’s elections. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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91 min
May 21, 2019
“Pod Save The Realm.” (Game of Thrones bonus!)
Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Priyanka discuss the finale episode of Game of Thrones and look back on the politics of the series.
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51 min
May 20, 2019
“Republican(s) for Impeachment.” (LIVE from DC!)
Justin Amash becomes the first Republican Congressman to say that the President crossed the threshold for impeachment, and Joe Biden says that Democrats don’t want an angry candidate. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Goldie Taylor join Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan on stage at the Anthem Theater in Washington, DC.
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76 min
May 17, 2019
"Half past a Handmaid’s Tale.” (LIVE from Brooklyn)
Alabama Republicans pass the most extreme abortion ban in history, John Bolton tries to start a war with Iran, and Montana Governor Steve Bullock and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio round out the 23-candidate field for the Democratic nomination. Then New York Attorney General Letitia James joins Tommy, Jon, Jon, Dan, and Akilah Hughes on stage at Kings Theater in Brooklyn.Audio note: At 13:01, Jon Favreau's microphone temporarily cuts out in the discussion about the Alabama abortion law. For clarity, here is his question to Akilah: "What can people do in the meantime starting now to protect access to abortion and to fight back?"
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83 min
May 13, 2019
“Joementum.”
Joe Biden’s frontrunner status changes the dynamic of the Democratic primary, and Donald Trump threatens to abuse his power in order to derail the former Vice President’s candidacy. Then Senator Brian Schatz joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Priyanka in studio to talk about impeachment, the Senate, the primary, and take some listener questions. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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96 min
May 10, 2019
2020: Eric Swalwell on gun control and being bold
Tommy talks with Congressman Eric Swalwell about gun control, what it means to be bold in his campaign, his work on the intelligence committee and how he plans to win over his Trump-supporting family.
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48 min
May 9, 2019
“A contest of sick burns.”
The President's blanket defiance of Congressional oversight plunges the country into a constitutional crisis, the New York Times discovers that Trump avoided income tax by declaring a billion dollars of business loses, and Kamala Harris tries to reset her campaign by going after Trump. Then Stacey Abrams talks to Dan about fighting voter suppression and whether she’ll run for president. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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80 min
May 6, 2019
“Killing it on the economy.”
The President coddles Putin on future election sabotage, the White House says they’re killing it on the economy, Nancy Pelosi believes Democrats need to own the center-left, and the electability debate rages in America and Westeros. Then digital strategist Tara McGowan talks to Tommy about which candidates are spending most on digital ads and why that’s so important.
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80 min
May 3, 2019
2020: John Hickenlooper on brewing beer and winning purple states
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper talks with Jon Favreau about his life as a brewpub owner, his strategy for winning over Republicans, his plans to combat climate change and deal with automation, and what it’s like to govern in times of tragedy and crisis.
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53 min
May 2, 2019
“Legislative cosplay.”
William Barr lies to Congress and angers Bob Mueller, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer decide to play along with the latest Infrastructure Week, and Democrats are in need of Senate candidates for 2020. Then Senator Bernie Sanders talks to Tommy about the Senate vote to end America's support for the war in Yemen, and activist Ady Barkan talks to Jon about his appearance at the first-ever Congressional hearing on Medicare for All. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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94 min
April 30, 2019
2020: Tim Ryan on the working class and yoga
Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan sits down with Dan Pfeiffer at Crooked HQ in Los Angeles to discuss his economic agenda, how Democrats can retake the Midwest and his passion for mindfulness.
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56 min
April 29, 2019
“The pundit gap.”
Another white nationalist targets a synagogue in California, voters believe Trump is guilty of obstruction but aren’t ready for impeachment, and Beto O’Rourke rolls out the first detailed climate plan of the 2020 campaign. Then former Obama pollster Cornell Belcher talks to Jon F. about the state of the race, and what Democratic voters are looking for. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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86 min
April 26, 2019
2020: Seth Moulton On Patriotism And Beating Trump On National Security
Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton joins Tommy Vietor to discuss the threat of nuclear war, his time in the Marine Corps and the need for a new generation of leadership in the White House.
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49 min
April 25, 2019
“Make America 2016 Again?”
The President ignores the law and Congress in an effort to shut down further investigations, the federal government is woefully unprepared for future election sabotage, and former Vice President Joe Biden officially enters the Democratic primary. Then Mother Jones’s Ari Berman talks to Dan about the Supreme Court case over Trump’s effort to rig the Census in favor of Republicans. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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90 min
April 23, 2019
“Impeach ‘em if you got ‘em.”
Congress debates whether to begin impeachment proceedings against the President, Elizabeth Warren proposes free college and student debt relief, and Seth Moulton enters the field. Then Jessica Yellin, author of Savage News, joins to talk about political media coverage in the Trump Era. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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98 min
April 22, 2019
2020: Kirsten Gillibrand on Medicare for All and speaking truths (From Jan. 22)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sits down with Jon Favreau to talk about Medicare for All, building a green economy, immigration, and more. (Previously released on January 22, 2019)
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46 min
April 18, 2019
“This is the end of my presidency. I’m f*cked.”
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is finally public, and it’s not great! Politico’s Natasha Bertrand joins to talk about all the explosive revelations, the fallout, and what comes next. Then we discuss Bernie Sanders’s decision to hold a Fox News town hall, and hear from comedian Chelsea Handler about her crush on Robert Mueller and her political awakening.
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94 min
April 17, 2019
2020: Kamala Harris on American identity and secret recipes
California Senator Kamala Harris talks with Jon Favreau about her record as a District Attorney and Attorney General, how she’d get her priorities through Congress, what drives her crazy about the Democratic Party, and her views on immigration, health care, Israel, and more.
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58 min
April 16, 2019
2020: Jay Inslee on climate change and beating Donald Trump
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee joins Dan Pfeiffer from the campaign trail in New Hampshire to talk about why climate change is the defining issue of his presidential campaign, what he’s learned from running a state government and his plan to beat Donald Trump.
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42 min
April 15, 2019
“Live Free or Run for President.” (LIVE in New Hampshire)
Trump and conservatives target Ilhan Omar, red states restrict abortion, Mayor Pete’s meteoric rise continues, Cory Booker kicks off his campaign in Newark, and the new primary calendar may have unintended effects. Washington Governor Jay Inslee joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Alyssa Mastromonaco live on stage in Concord, New Hampshire. Check out more Pod Save America tour dates for 2019: crooked.com/events.
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81 min
April 12, 2019
"Fascist cosplay." (LIVE in Boston)
Trump embraces lawlessness on immigration, congressional Democrats press for Trump's tax returns, and the 2020 candidates hit the trail in an economy that is growing while growing more unequal. Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan and Demos's Heather McGhee live on stage in Boston.
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92 min
April 11, 2019
2020: Elizabeth Warren on dogs and capitalism (From Feb. 21, 2019)
Senator Elizabeth Warren sits down with Tommy to talk about Medicare for All, climate change, Venezuela, Israel, and more. (Previously released on Feb. 21, 2019)
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42 min
April 8, 2019
“Chaos is a ladder.”
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is fired because she’s not extreme enough on immigration, Trump courts Jewish voters while accusing them of dual loyalty, Nancy Pelosi counsels pragmatism while predicting a House victory in 2020, and another 40 candidates enter the Democratic primary. Then Nobel Peace Prize nominee Amanda Nguyen talks to Tommy about building effective social movements. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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74 min
April 5, 2019
2020: Julián Castro on Immigration and Beyonce
Tommy interviews former San Antonio Mayor and HUD Secretary Julián Castro about his 2020 bid. They discuss immigration, Puerto Rico, housing policy, why Democrats have underperformed with Latino voters and how he plans to make the debates and win. On foreign policy, they discuss the rise of white extremists, whether Saudi Arabia is still an ally, China's muslim reeducation camps, North Korea and Beyonce.
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46 min
April 4, 2019
“The clouds have not lifted.”
Trump announces that 2020 will be about health care, Mueller’s team starts leaking, House Democrats fire their subpoena cannons, Wisconsin signals trouble ahead, and Bernie Sanders leads the field in fundraising and polling. Then former White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett talks to Jon about her new book, “Finding My Voice.” Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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106 min
April 1, 2019
“Mueller purgatory.”
Barr’s summary hasn’t moved public opinion, Democrats haul out the subpoena cannon, Trump returns to demagoguing immigrants, Mulvaney’s political instincts are awful, and all the latest 2020 news. Then Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen talks to Jon Lovett about the latest legal assault on women’s health.
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73 min
March 28, 2019
“Peak stupid.”
Trumpworld and the Washington media make sweeping conclusions over a report they’ve never seen, Democrats pivot to health care after the Trump Administration declines to defend the Affordable Care Act in court, and Democrats work to counter Trump’s 2020 message that they’re radical extremists. Then Andrew Gillum talks to Dan about his new effort to register voters in Florida and turn the state blue in 2020. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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97 min
March 25, 2019
“No exoneration.”
Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara joins to walk through Attorney General William Barr’s 4-page summary of Robert Mueller’s final report, as we talk about what it all means and what comes next. Then we discuss Kirsten Gillibrand’s announcement speech, Bernie Sanders’s big rallies and mosque visit, and Kamala Harris’s new plan to increase teacher pay. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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79 min
March 21, 2019
“The Electoral College is f*cking stupid.”
2020 candidates embrace a host of democratic reforms to give more people a bigger voice, Donald Trump eagerly awaits Robert Mueller’s report, Democrats work to maintain enthusiasm ahead of 2020, and Joe Biden strategizes about fundraising and a potential running mate. Then Congresswoman Lauren Underwood sits down with Jon Lovett about the change a new generation is bringing to the House. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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99 min
March 20, 2019
2020: Cory Booker on radical love and the filibuster
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker joins Jon Favreau in studio for a conversation about his presidential campaign, what he learned about politics as Mayor of Newark, and how he intends to pass his agenda and fix our politics if he wins.
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69 min
March 18, 2019
“St. Paddy’s Day rage tweeting.”
The world grapples with the rise of white nationalism, Trump spends Sunday attacking everyone from John McCain to autoworkers, Beto reminds us that Twitter isn’t real life, Mayor Pete is having a moment, and Elizabeth Warren churns out another ambitious policy proposal on housing. Then Mehdi Hasan, host of the Intercept’s Deconstructed podcast, talks to Tommy about Islamophobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric from politicians. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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86 min
March 14, 2019
“To impeach or not to impeach.”
Nancy Pelosi throws cold water on the idea of impeaching Donald Trump, Paul Manafort had a very bad Wednesday, Beto O’Rourke launches his presidential campaign, and Peter Hamby warns Democrats not to run their campaigns via Twitter. Then Senator Sherrod Brown talks to Jon about his decision not to run, the dignity of work, the Senate’s dysfunction, and how Democrats can win in 2020. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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75 min
March 11, 2019
“Trump’s Medicare For None plan.”
Trump’s budget guts health care, education, and other programs to pay for his wall, Fox News personalities continue to be awful, House Democrats pass sweeping democracy reform, and a new poll shows that Democratic voters are less concerned about ideology than political reporters. Then Kara Swisher talks to Jon Favreau about Elizabeth Warren’s new plan to break up Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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72 min
March 7, 2019
“Fox News-addled automatons.”
Congress launches investigations into Donald Trump that could lay the groundwork for impeachment, Democrats decide against allowing Fox News to host a primary debate, and five potential Democratic contenders decide against running for president in 2020. Then John Legend joins Jon Lovett in studio to talk about his new song and mini-documentary series that features the stories of activists and community leaders. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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91 min
March 4, 2019
“I’m gonna regret this speech.”
Trump is off-script and unhinged at CPAC, the 2020 race starts as a toss-up, Bernie Sanders kicks off his campaign in Brooklyn, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper join the Democratic field. Then Daily Beast reporter Asawin Suebsaeng talks to Tommy about the right-wing craziness that is CPAC. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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83 min
March 1, 2019
2020: Pete Buttigieg on freedom and farting cows
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins Dan in the studio for a conversation about his presidential campaign, how Democrats can win back the Midwest and what he's bringing to the table as the youngest candidate in the race.
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65 min
February 28, 2019
“A very revealing Cohenoscopy.”
Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Jon and Dan to talk about the fallout from Michael Cohen’s explosive and incriminating testimony. Then, Elizabeth Warren makes a big fundraising move, Biden keeps waiting, and Beto makes a decision. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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72 min
February 25, 2019
“The Green Book New Deal.”
Trump hates the dictator in Venezuela but loves the one in North Korea, Mueller is nearing his end game with a lot of questions still unanswered, and Senator Dianne Feinstein debates the Green New Deal with some student activists. Then one of the architects of the Green New Deal, Rhiana Gunn-Wright, talks to Jon Favreau about why the ambitious proposal is such an urgent necessity. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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73 min
February 21, 2019
“Elizabeth Warren talks dogs and capitalism.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren sits down with Tommy to talk about Medicare for All, climate change, Venezuela, Israel, and more. Before that, Jon and Dan talk about Mueller’s end game, Trump’s latest attacks on the media, and the future of the Supreme Court. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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97 min
February 19, 2019
“Let a thousand obstructions bloom.”
Trump’s fake national emergency gets legal and legislative challenges, Andrew McCabe reveals the panic at the FBI and DOJ over the president’s potential criminality, and Bernie Sanders enters the 2020 race. Then the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel talks to Jon Lovett about Bernie and the 2020 primary. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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81 min
February 14, 2019
“Donald Trump’s coffee man.”
The President loses his wall but keeps the issue, kicks off his re-election campaign in El Paso with a new screed against Democrats, and gets a boost from potential independent candidate Howard Schultz. Then journalist Marcy Wheeler talks to Dan about the latest Paul Manafort revelations, Andrew McCabe’s return to the spotlight, and whether we’ll see a Mueller report. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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75 min
February 11, 2019
“Dan’s imaginary SuperPAC.” (LIVE in Durham)
Shutdown negotiations falter as Trump takes his demagoguery to El Paso, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar formally launch their presidential campaigns, and “The Best of Enemies” star Taraji P. Henson joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan live on stage in Durham, North Carolina.
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82 min
February 10, 2019
“Who dat obstructing justice?” (LIVE in New Orleans)
Trump lashes out as investigators close in, Democrats introduce a Green New Deal, and former Mayor Mitch Landrieu joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Brittany Packnett live on stage in New Orleans.
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77 min
February 8, 2019
“Organize the rage.” (LIVE in Charelston)
We like Stacey Abrams’s speech more than Trump’s. Virginia’s political scandals throw control of the statehouse into question. The Democratic presidential field takes shape. And Jaime Harrison joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Brittany Packnett live on stage in Charleston, South Carolina to announce his exploratory committee to challenge Senator Lindsey Graham.
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92 min
February 4, 2019
“Donald Trump’s halftime show.”
The President prepares to deliver a not-very-anticipated State of the Union, Governor Ralph Northam refuses to resign after a racist photo of him surfaces, and Senator Cory Booker announces his campaign for president. Then Adam Serwer of The Atlantic talks to Jon Favreau about the Northam fallout, as well as race and politics in the Trump Era. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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67 min
January 31, 2019
“The neocon recycling program.”
Trump attacks the threat assessment from his own intelligence chiefs, and a debate breaks out in the Democratic primary over Medicare for All and taxing the wealthy. Then the New Yorker’s Isaac Chotiner talks to Jon Lovett about his interviews with Trump aides Rudy Giuliani and Cliff Sims.
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61 min
January 28, 2019
“America runs on Dunkin.”
Trump trades his wall for a cave, Roger Stone becomes the sixth Trump advisor to be indicted, Republicans weigh a primary challenge to the president, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz flirts with an independent presidential bid. Then CNN’s Maeve Reston talks to Tommy about Kamala Harris’s campaign kickoff in Oakland. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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78 min
January 24, 2019
“The state of our union is a clusterf*ck.”
Trump’s shutdown has plunged the country into crisis with no end in sight, Michael Cohen refuses to testify because the President intimated his father-in-law, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announces for president, and Joe Biden has some Republican friends. Then we hear from listeners who called in to talk about how Trump’s shutdown is affecting their lives. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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83 min
January 22, 2019
“Crisis actor in the White House.”
Trump offers the Democrats a deal they can’t accept, Buzzfeed defends its story about Trump suborning perjury, and Kamala Harris announces her candidacy for president. Then Senator Kirsten Gillibrand talks to Jon Favreau about why she’s running for president, and what she’ll do if she wins. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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103 min
January 18, 2019
“The impeachment eagle soars.” (BONUS episode)
Jon, Jon, and Crooked Media editor-in-chief Brian Beutler break down the bombshell BuzzFeedNews story that President Trump committed a crime by directing Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow deal.
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38 min
January 17, 2019
“Nancy P and Cardi B try to open D.C.”
Pelosi tells Trump he can’t deliver the State of the Union until the government opens, Trump advisors tell him the shutdown is hurting the economy, Kirsten Gillibrand announces for president, Sherrod Brown announces he’s exploring a bid, and Beto O’Rourke takes a road trip to help him decide. Then the Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand talks to Dan about Attorney General nominee William Barr’s confirmation hearings, and the latest in the Mueller investigation. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events
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79 min
January 14, 2019
“Deleted scenes from Helsinki.”
Trump hides the details of his chats with Putin while the FBI investigates whether he’s compromised, the government shutdown becomes the longest in history, Julian Castro and Tulsi Gabbard announce their presidential campaigns, and Republicans might finally take action against white nationalist Steve King. Then Jon Lovett talks to Los Angeles teachers on the first day of their strike. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events
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73 min
January 10, 2019
“Conspiracy of Dunces.”
Trump wastes America’s time with his primetime address, throws a temper tantrum during shutdown negotiations, and claims not to know that his campaign chairman was sharing internal polling with Russian intelligence. Then Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer talks to Jon and Dan about the Democratic strategy to end the shutdown. Also - Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events
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59 min
January 7, 2019
“Impeach the motherforker.”
The human toll of Trump’s shutdown grows as he plans a primetime address, Democrats debate how to talk about impeachment, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez triggers conservatives by doing literally anything. Then the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel talks to Tommy about his coverage of Elizabeth Warren’s first trip to Iowa as a presidential candidate.
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74 min
January 3, 2019
“Shutdown for what.”
Trump keeps the government shut down over his metaphorical wall, House Democrats bring back PAYGO, Elizabeth Warren kicks off her presidential campaign, and Mitt Romney writes a sternly-worded op-ed. Then Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal talks to Jon and Dan about the shutdown, immigration, and the priorities of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
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83 min
December 27, 2018
“Pod Lang Syne.”
In a special New Year’s episode, Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, Erin Ryan, DeRay Mckesson, Ana Marie Cox, Ira Madison, and Louis Virtel discuss their resolutions for 2019.
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67 min
December 24, 2018
"Pulling out of the War on Christmas.” (Holiday mailbag episode!)
Donald Trump's government shutdown doesn’t stop Jon F. and Dan from answering listener questions in this special holiday mailbag edition of the pod. Then Katie Porter joins Jon to talk about turning California’s 45th district blue and the work waiting for her once she’s sworn in to Congress.
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82 min
December 20, 2018
“Crime after crime.”
A judge’s shock over Michael Flynn’s crimes destroys right-wing conspiracy theories, Trump is forced to shut down his fraudulent charity, Trump may get his government shutdown after all, and a criminal justice reform bill just may become law. Then CNN’s Van Jones talks to Jon and Dan about what’s in the First Step Act, and how a bipartisan coalition got it done.
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63 min
December 17, 2018
"Rudy Giuliani, human tweet.”
A Texas judge rules in favor of Republicans trying to dismantle Obamacare, Trump and Rudy flail against a legal onslaught, and a bipartisan coalition tries to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Then former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro talks to Jon Lovett about his plans to run for president in 2020.
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68 min
December 13, 2018
“Owned in the Oval.”
Trump throws a tantrum over the wall in the Oval Office, Michael Cohen is sentenced to three years in prison, and more Democrats throw their support behind a Green New Deal. Then Stacey Abrams talks to Jon about her race for governor in Georgia, her new lawsuit to uphold voting rights, and her future plans.
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81 min
December 10, 2018
“Hot tub crime machine.”
The Department of Justice effectively accuses the President of directing an illegal scheme to manipulate the 2016 election, Mueller uncovers more connections between the Russian government and Trump’s campaign, and the President struggles to keep his Administration staffed. Then Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar talks to Tommy about Democratic plans for the new Congress, and her support for the BDS movement.
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75 min
December 6, 2018
“Tariff Man without a plan.”
Michael Flynn’s cooperation is rewarded, Republicans subvert democracy in Wisconsin, Trump’s tweets tank the markets, and Democrats begin the battle for the 2020 nomination. Then Senator Sherrod Brown joins Jon and Dan to discuss his conversation with Trump about GM, the Green New Deal, how he won Ohio, and his plans for 2020.
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80 min
December 3, 2018
“Quid pro penthouse.”
George H.W. Bush leaves a complicated legacy, Michael Cohen’s guilty plea pieces together a conspiracy that implicates Trump, and Republicans respond to their midterm defeats with power grabs in Wisconsin and Michigan. Then Congressman Hakeem Jeffries talks to Jon F. about his new position as Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, as well as the party’s message and strategy in 2019.
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68 min
November 29, 2018
“Yo, collusion!”
Marcy Wheeler joins Jon and Dan to break down Individual-1’s very bad day and discuss the future of the Trump investigation, Pelosi wins her caucus vote for Speaker, Schumer kicks off shutdown negotiations, and Sherrod Brown shows Democrats how to talk about Trump and the economy.
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70 min
November 26, 2018
“Subpoena cannon.”
The Border Patrol fires tear gas at unarmed migrants, Trump threatens to shut down the government over the wall, Mike Espy looks to pull an upset in Mississippi, and Democrats ponder their rural strategy. Then Vox’s Dave Roberts talks to Jon L. about the Trump Administration’s climate report, and the push for a Green New Deal.
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56 min
November 21, 2018
“Podsgiving mailbag!”
Dan and Jon answer questions about the midterms, 2020, Never Trump Republicans, Iowa, the Senate, Fox News, the plutocracy, and our favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Then Doris Kearns Goodwin talks to Jon about her new book on presidential leadership.
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82 min
November 19, 2018
“That’s Chairman Schitt to you.”
Orange County turns blue, Stacey Abrams delivers a non-concession speech, and Democrats debate whether Nancy Pelosi should be Speaker. Then Congressman Adam Schiff joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about his new role as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the future of the Mueller investigation.
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54 min
November 15, 2018
“A hit Trump will holler.”
Trump lashes out at everyone after his midterm defeat, Democrats see opportunities and challenges in the Midwest and Florida, and the party debates how best to take on Trump in 2020. Then Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum talks to Jon and Dan about the recount effort, and what he learned by running against America’s mini-Trump.
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78 min
November 13, 2018
“Wet president.”
The Blue Wave is real, Kyrsten Sinema wins in Arizona, Trump takes a pass on honoring veterans because it rained, and House Democrats put voting rights at the top of their agenda. Then Stacey Abrams’ campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo talks to Tommy about the effort to count every vote in Georgia's governor’s race.
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69 min
November 8, 2018
“We won.”
Democrats flip the House, Republicans keep the Senate, and Donald Trump fires Jeff Sessions. Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan break down the results of the midterm elections, and talk about what they mean for the future.
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58 min
November 5, 2018
“The election is nigh!”
A final discussion about the state of the 2018 midterms, including our thoughts on why it’s close, the closing arguments, what races we’ll be watching on Tuesday, what’s making us nervous, and what’s making us hopeful. Then Democratic candidate Colin Allred talks about why he got into politics, and his race to flip the Texas 32nd on Tuesday.
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66 min
October 31, 2018
"Every state is a swing state."
With six days to go before Election Day, Trump floats repealing the 14th amendment via executive order, the most racist member of the Republican caucus, Steve King, faces a backlash, and we enter the home stretch with a huge number of districts in play. Plus, one of Trump’s dumbest supporters attempts to frame Robert Mueller, which goes poorly for him. And Kentucky congressional candidate and former fighter pilot Amy McGrath joins to talk about her experience and her race for the House.
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65 min
October 29, 2018
“From Charlottesville to Pittsburgh.”
Right-wing conspiracies echoed by Trump and some Republicans help fuel an anti-Semitic massacre in Pittsburgh, and the President responds by attacking Democrats and the media. Then Tommy talks to Democratic candidate J.D. Scholten about his race for Congress against white nationalist Steve King.
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55 min
October 24, 2018
"Caravan of Lies."
Tommy and Lovett discuss Trump's closing argument of lies and why the media needs to stop repeating them, they inexplicably have to explain why nationalism is bad, offer a health care policy update and the latest on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Then, Jon Favreau interviews Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor in Florida.
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53 min
October 22, 2018
“Pollercoaster.”
With 15 days to go, Jon and Dan give a midterm update, Trump uses caravans and voter fraud to scare people, Democrats try to flip state legislatures, and the Trump Administration wants to define transgender Americans out of existence. Then Democratic Congressional candidate Aftab Pureval talks to Jon about his race to flip the Ohio 1st, and why we need a new generation of leaders in Washington.
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67 min
October 17, 2018
“They’re coming for your health care.”
Trump goes on a media tour to rev up the base, Republicans admit that they’re coming after health care and retirement programs if they win, and Democrats look to flip a slew of key governorships. Then Democratic congressional candidate Lucy McBath talks about the gun violence that took her son’s life, and her campaign to win the Georgia 6th.
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68 min
October 15, 2018
"Ride or die with dictators."
Tommy and Lovett discuss Senator Elizabeth Warren's October surprise, Democrats carping about Beto O'Rourke's fundraising, GOP voter suppression tactics, Kushner's taxes and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Then they talk with the Democratic candidate for Florida’s 26th congressional district, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.
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56 min
October 10, 2018
"Democracy in a headlock."
Tommy and Lovett talk about Nikki Haley’s abrupt departure from her UN role, a frightening new report about climate change, and where the battles for the House and Senate stand just a few weeks before Election Day. Then they speak with Kansas congressional candidate Sharice Davids.
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57 min
October 8, 2018
“November is coming.”
In the aftermath of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Republicans feel energized, Democrats debate what’s next, and both parties hone their messages in the final month of the midterms. Then Democratic candidates Jesse Colvin, Abigail Spanberger, and Lauren Baer talk to Tommy about running for Congress with national security and military backgrounds.
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76 min
October 4, 2018
“Fred Trump’s bootstraps.”
The President mocks and lies about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a political rally, Republicans energize their base by attacking #MeToo, and Trump is exposed as a tax cheat by the New York Times. Then Democratic candidate Katie Hill talks to Dan and Alyssa Mastromonaco about her race to become the next Congresswoman for California’s 25th district.
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74 min
October 2, 2018
"Hold the door!"
Jon, Jon, and Tommy discuss the renewed FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh, Jeff Flake's change of heart, and the shifting politics of Supreme Court nominations. Then Jon F. talks to Ana Maria Archila about confronting Jeff Flake in an elevator and the importance of direct engagement.
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66 min
September 28, 2018
"We believe Christine Blasey Ford."
Jon, Dan, and Erin Ryan discuss the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Then Katie Couric talks to Jon about her new podcast documentary that reflects on the tenth anniversary of her famous interviews with Sarah Palin.
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89 min
September 25, 2018
“A little hiccup.”
Republicans respond to a second credible allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh by accusing Democrats of a smear campaign, and The New York Times may have given Trump the excuse he’s been looking for to fire Rod Rosenstein. Then Lovett and Dan talk to The New York Times’ Mark Leibovich about politics, Paul Ryan, and his new book “Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times."
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84 min
September 20, 2018
“Unfazed and determined.”
Republicans refuse to allow an independent investigation into credible claims of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and Democrats worry about Latino turnout in the midterms. Then Chef Jose Andres talks to Jon and Tommy about his hurricane relief work and new book “We Fed An Island,” and Julissa Arce talks to Jon about giving Steve Bannon a copy of her new book, “Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought For Her American Dream."
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87 min
September 18, 2018
“You can’t trust Brett Kavanaugh.”
Brett Kavanaugh is credibly accused of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, throwing his nomination into question, and Paul Manafort agrees to fully cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Then former Secretary of State John Kerry talks to Jon and Tommy about negotiating the Iran Deal, what Democrats should do if they take the Senate, and the lessons he learned from his 2004 presidential campaign.
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61 min
September 14, 2018
“The hurricane truther.” (LIVE in LA)
Trump prepares for Hurricane Florence by denying the deaths caused by Hurricane Maria, and Democrats spend the final months of the midterms talking health care. Then Mike Levin, the Democratic candidate in the CA 49th, joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Erin Ryan on stage at the El Rey theater in Los Angeles.
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52 min
September 11, 2018
“Barack to the future.”
Obama returns to the campaign trail, Kavanaugh lies to the Judiciary Committee, and Democrats see their chances of taking back the Senate improve. Then musician Jason Isbell talks to Tommy about music, politics, and when artists become activists.
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80 min
September 6, 2018
"Anonymous cowards.”
Trump administration officials confirm that the president is unstable in the New York Times and Bob Woodward’s new book, Kavanaugh struggles under tough questioning from Senate Democrats, and we talk about Ayanna Pressley’s primary upset in Massachusetts, and Colin Allred’s tight race for Congress in Texas. Then Jon Lovett interviews New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon about her race against Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the future of the Democratic Party.
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83 min
September 4, 2018
“Kava-not-cool, guys.”
The Kavanaugh hearings have begun and Senate Democrats came ready to fight. Do we have a shot at stopping his nomination? President Trump spent his Labor Day weekend attacking union leaders and slashing wages for workers, so that was cool. Then we read our favorite excerpts from Bob Woodward's new book, and Jon and Jon interview former President Jimmy Carter.
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57 min
August 30, 2018
"Florida man."
The Florida race for governor will be a contest between the Republican mini-Trump and the Democrats’ future, Paul Ryan’s SuperPAC is blowing louder dog whistles, and Senate Democrats make a deal on judges that gets them nothing in return. Then EMILY’s List President Schriock joins Jon and Dan to talk about the record number of women candidates who are running and winning elections in 2018.
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81 min
August 28, 2018
“McCain’s legacy.”
John McCain leaves behind a complicated legacy after a lifetime of service and sacrifice, Republicans worry that Democrats will investigate the scandals they’ve been covering up, and Democrats reform the party’s presidential nominating process. Then Democratic candidate for Governor Gavin Newsom talks to Jon and Jon about his vision for California and the future of the Democratic Party.
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88 min
August 23, 2018
"It's Cohen down for real."
The President has been implicated by his lawyer in a crime that involves the cover-up of extramarital affairs through illegal campaign contributions, and Republicans in Congress refuse to do anything about it. Then CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin joins Jon and Dan to talk about what’s next for the Mueller investigation, the Kavanaugh confirmation battle, and his new podcast, “RBG: Beyond Notorious.”
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100 min
August 21, 2018
“An orgy of corruption.”
Mueller gets another witness, Trump and Rudy become more unhinged, conservative donors reward the politicians who made them richer, and Republicans try to suppress the vote in Georgia. Then first-time candidate and 2016 Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes talks to Tommy about her race for Congress.
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67 min
August 16, 2018
“A potpourri of stupid.”
Trump is acting like a guilty man who’s bad at covering up crimes, and Democrats are nominating history-making candidates while they decide on a message for the fall. Then Wesley Bell, the Democratic nominee for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney, joins Jon and Dan to talk about his upset victory and his plans to reform the criminal justice system.
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78 min
August 14, 2018
“The white nationalist variety hour.”
White nationalists fail to organize a rally but succeed in organizing the GOP, Omarosa has secret recordings, and Democrats decide whether to take money from corporate PACs. Then Democratic candidate Rashida Tlaib joins to talk about the history she’ll make as the first Muslim woman in Congress, and Ana Marie Cox talks about following Ted Cruz around Texas.
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73 min
August 9, 2018
“Horseshoes and hand grenades.”
Tuesday’s special election and primaries deliver some Democratic victories and a warning against complacency, another Republican is indicted for corruption, and Dan offers tempered thoughts on Mark Leibovich’s Paul Ryan profile. Then Matt Rivitz of Sleeping Giants talks to Tommy about their success in persuading companies to remove ads from right-wing news outlets that promote bigotry and hate.
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93 min
August 7, 2018
“The smoking tweet.”
The President potentially incriminates his son on Twitter, Republicans try to rush the Kavanaugh confirmation, and more Democratic incumbents face progressive challengers. Then Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks to Jon Lovett about her big upset and the future of the Democratic Party.
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84 min
August 2, 2018
“Kochs, votes, and ostrich coats.”
Trump obstructs justice via Twitter, Manafort faces a jury, and the Koch brothers pick a fight with Trump Republicans on trade. Then Dan talks to Nick Thompson of Wired about the fantastic job Facebook has been doing lately. And Jason Kander joins Lovett and Dan to talk about protecting the vote and his new book, “Outside the Wire.”
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66 min
July 31, 2018
“A fine mist of bullshit.”
Trump’s lawyer argues that collusion with a hostile government isn’t a crime after reports that Michael Cohen might implicate the president, and both parties fight to define the stakes of the 2018 midterms. Then Vox’s Dara Lind joins Jon and Jon to talk about the latest developments in the family separation crisis.
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69 min
July 26, 2018
“The own goal presidency.”
A secret recording of Trump and Cohen conspiring about hush money is released, the President retreats from his own trade war, and he steps up his attacks on the media. Then Democratic candidate Danny O’Connor joins Jon and Dan to talk about his campaign to win the special election for Ohio’s 12th congressional district on Tuesday, August 7th.
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65 min
July 24, 2018
“Putin’s Paperless Post.”
Trump spends the weekend rage-tweeting, the Nunes Memo is exposed as a fraud, and Jim Comey blesses us with punditry. Then students from Parkland, Florida and Chicago talk about their efforts to register young voters and reduce gun violence, and DeRay Mckesson joins to talk about his upcoming book, On The Other Side of Freedom.
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78 min
July 19, 2018
“Crazy pills.”
Trump tries and fails to clean up his Putin mess, but Republicans in Congress make it clear that they won’t be doing anything about it. Then Crooked Contributor Tim Miller joins Jon and Dan to talk about the state of the Republican Party, and why it’s become a Trump cult.
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83 min
July 17, 2018
“Helsinki warmed over.”
President Trump betrays America by siding with Vladimir Putin over the United States, a few days after our government indicted 19 Russian military operatives for sabotaging the 2016 election in order to help Trump win. Then journalist Marcy Wheeler joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about the next steps in the Mueller investigation, as well as her decision to go to the FBI and become a witness.
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66 min
July 12, 2018
“America’s crazy old uncle.”
Democrats target Brett Kavanaugh’s views on presidential power, Trump blows up the NATO summit, and House Republicans defend Rep. Jim Jordan against accusations that he turned a blind eye towards sexual abuse allegations. Then Senator Dick Durbin joins Jon and Dan to talk about the Kavanaugh nomination and immigration.
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75 min
July 10, 2018
“Kavanuts.”
Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, escalates his trade war with China, and gets played by North Korea. Then former Supreme Court clerk and White House lawyer Karen Dunn talks to Jon, Jon, and Tommy about how Democrats should approach the coming Supreme Court battle.
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57 min
July 9, 2018
Introducing The Wilderness (Trailer)
The Wilderness is a new documentary podcast from Crooked Media and Two-Up Productions about the history and future of the Democratic Party. Jon Favreau tells the story of a party finding its way out of the political wilderness through conversations with strategists, historians, policy experts, organizers, and voters. In fifteen chapters, the series explores issues like inequality, race, immigration, sexism, foreign policy, media strategy, and how Democrats can build a winning majority that lasts. Coming July 16th. Subscribe to The Wilderness now.
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3 min
July 5, 2018
“Life, liberty and the pursuit of pod.” (Mailbag episode!)
Democrats debate strategy after one of the worst months in Trump’s presidency. Then we answer some of your questions, and play an excerpt from Jon F.’s new podcast, The Wilderness.
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65 min
July 3, 2018
“Hot takes on ICE.”
Republicans try to hide the fact that Trump will nominate a justice who will overturn Roe v. Wade, and more Democrats join calls to abolish ICE. Then we interview people at Saturday’s Families Belong Together march in Los Angeles, including Senator Kamala Harris, Mayor Eric Garcetti, DeRay Mckesson and activist Ady Barkan.
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75 min
June 28, 2018
“Fight like hell.”
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy retires, Trump and McConnell look to fill the seat before the midterms, and Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins a major upset in the New York primary. Then Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto joins Jon and Dan to talk about the Supreme Court fight and her recent trip to a detention center on the border.
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68 min
June 25, 2018
“Stephen Miller went to Duke.” (LIVE from Durham!)
The political fallout from Trump’s immigration policy intensifies, and the midterm campaign heats up. Governor Roy Cooper and Rev. Dr. William Barber II join Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Symone on stage in Durham, North Carolina.
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83 min
June 24, 2018
“I vote. Do u?” (LIVE from Nashville)
Trump has no plan to reunite the children he separated from their parents, Republicans in Congress struggle to pass an immigration bill, and Democrats announce a new plan to mobilize young people, Africans Americans, Latinos, and other voters who don’t always turn out for midterm elections. Then Stephanie Teatro talks to Dan and Symone Sanders about her work as the co-director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.
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76 min
June 22, 2018
“Sta-cey! Sta-cey! Sta-cey!” (LIVE from Atlanta)
Trump partially reverses his family separation policy with an executive order that leads to more chaos and confusion, and Republicans take another run at repealing Obamacare and gutting Medicare. Then Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams talks to Tommy and Dan about her historic candidacy and how she plans to turn Georgia blue.
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80 min
June 19, 2018
"Last call for democracy.”
Trump hits a new low by tearing infants away from their parents at the border, and looks for new ways to obstruct justice as his campaign manager goes to jail. Then Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Fahrenthold talks to Tommy about his reporting on the Trump Foundation. To learn what you can do to help fight the separation of families at our border, pitch in here: go.crooked.com/families
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81 min
June 14, 2018
“Wild Wild GOP.”
Ben Rhodes joins Jon and Tommy to talk about the aftermath of the North Korea summit, Trump’s family separation policy at the border, and why senior Republicans are calling their own party a cult.
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64 min
June 12, 2018
“Kim Jong Un is not your BFF.”
Trump lashes out at our closest allies while kissing up to Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. Then, former Solicitor General Don Verrilli joins Jon and Dan to talk about the Trump Administration’s decision to stop defending the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing conditions protections in court.
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72 min
June 7, 2018
“Don’t tweet, vote.”
Tuesday’s primaries point to the importance of Democratic turnout in November, Trump escalates his trade war, and Paul Ryan is briefly reunited with his spine. Then former White House senior advisor Ron Klain joins Jon and Dan to talk about Mitch McConnell’s success in packing the courts with Trumpy judges.
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69 min
June 5, 2018
“Immunity by congressional majority.”
Trump and his legal team argue that the president is above the law, and voters say that health care and immigration are two of the most important issues in the very close 2018 midterms. Then, Rep. Luis Gutierrez calls from Puerto Rico to talk to Jon Favreau about the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
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65 min
May 31, 2018
“The outrage election.”
Roseanne’s racism reveals a reality about life in the Trump Era and the Republican midterm strategy, Trump is caught in a perpetual justice obstruction machine, and Democrats face real danger in the June 5th California primary. Then John Legend talks to Tommy about the work he’s doing to call more attention to elections for local prosecutors around the country.
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94 min
May 28, 2018
“This is who we are.”
Trump pretends a staffer doesn’t exist as his will-they-won’t-they drama with Kim continues, Customs and Border Patrol begins tearing away children from their parents at the border, and the trouble grows for Trump’s inner circle. Erin Ryan joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy on stage at Boston Calling, and then our interview at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute with Senator Elizabeth Warren.
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83 min
May 26, 2018
“A wicked clutch election.” (LIVE from Boston!)
Trump calls off the North Korea summit after Mike Pence was called a dummy, and the NFL restricts the right to free speech after threats from the president. Governor Deval Patrick and Ambassador Samantha Power join Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Erin on stage at the Wang Theater in Boston.
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98 min
May 24, 2018
"Live from Radio City!"
Mueller racks up 75 criminal charges in one year, Trump tries to shut the investigation down, and the White House goes after Planned Parenthood. Then Seth Meyers, Questlove, and the New York Times’ Nikole Hannah-Jones join Jon, Jon, Tommy, Brittany Packnett, and Alyssa Mastromonaco on stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
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99 min
May 21, 2018
“The Full Nixon.”
Don Jr. met with a second set of foreign agents who offered help to the Trump campaign, Donald Trump orders an investigation into the investigation of himself, and new voter registration among young people and Democrats is on the rise. Then Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts joins Favs and Tommy to talk about the fight to end gun violence.
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60 min
May 17, 2018
“The Trump Investigation.”
Trump hits a bump in the road on his way to the Nobel Peace Prize, Republicans try their hardest to make 2018 about immigrant gang members, and 700 Trump investigation stories break in one day. Then Jason Kander joins Jon and Dan to talk about the midterms and the new season of Majority 54, and Inimai Chettiar of the Brennan Center for Justice talks about the prison reform bill moving through Congress.
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76 min
May 15, 2018
“Two maniacs and a bucket of chicken.”
Trump sends a couple of bigoted pastors to the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem, prepares for his meeting with Kim Jong Un, and stands by a White House staffer who joked about John McCain’s brain cancer. Then Michael Avenatti talks to Jon Favreau about his view that Michael Cohen will get indicted and flip on President Trump.
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57 min
May 10, 2018
“Essential Bribery, LLC.”
Michael Cohen’s shell company is a revealed to be a massive corruption scheme that involves Donald Trump’s mistresses, Russian oligarchs, and big corporations looking for presidential access. Then CNN’s Harry Enten talks with Jon and Dan about the midterms, Democrats’ chances, and the state of polling.
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56 min
May 8, 2018
“All the President’s goons.”
Rudy gives an encore performance, Trump loves paying in (Russian?) cash, the Democrats try to break through the noise, Gina Haspel almost withdraws, and Eric Schneiderman is revealed as an abuser. Then actor and activist Yara Shahidi talks to Jon F and Tommy about her “Eighteenx18” initiative to register young people to vote.
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60 min
May 3, 2018
“Ru-dy! Ru-dy! Ru-dy!”
Rudy Giuliani potentially incriminates Donald Trump during his first television appearance as the President's new lawyer, Mueller has many questions about crimes of collusion, and Marco Rubio and Tom Price cut a few very effective ads for Democratic campaigns. Then Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow joins Tommy Vietor to talk about his new book, “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence."
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71 min
May 1, 2018
“Zombie Correspondents’ Dinner.”
Michelle Wolf destroys democracy with jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and Trump moves closer to withdrawing from the Iran deal. Then CNN’s Jake Tapper joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about politics, the press, Trump, and his new book, The Hellfire Club. And DeRay Mckesson calls in to talk about Seattle’s move to abolish marijuana convictions, and the brand new season of Pod Save the People.
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85 min
April 26, 2018
“It’s your Justice Department!"
Trump calls into his favorite program, Ronny Jackson withdraws, Mulvaney says the quiet part out loud, Kanye tweets, and Democrats find hope in a special election loss. Then Arizona Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema joins Jon and Dan to talk about her Senate race and her approach to politics.
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73 min
April 24, 2018
“Netflix and Macron.”
Trump hosts a state dinner for French President/bestie Emmanuel Macron, Democrats hope for an upset in an Arizona special election, and the California primaries are too crowded. Then Arizona teacher Kelley Fisher talks to Lovett about her role in organizing the teacher walkout this week.
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56 min
April 19, 2018
“Shamelessness is all the rage.”
Trump’s own lawyer compares him to a mob boss, McConnell helps open the door for Trump to fire Mueller, Beto O’Rourke closes in on Ted Cruz, and Mike Pompeo meets Kim Jong Un. Then activist Ady Barkan joins Jon and Dan to talk about the special election in Arizona and his new project, beaherofund.com.
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74 min
April 17, 2018
“Not a scrupulous individual.”
Comey renders his judgment on everyone, Cohen has a rough day in court, Hannity is Client #3, and Trump launches airstrikes. Then The New Yorker’s Adam Davidson talks to Jon about his piece, “The End Stage of the Trump Presidency.”
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66 min
April 12, 2018
“Exquisite presidential leadership.”
Speaker of the House/Dan’s Favorite Politician Paul Ryan announces his retirement, Donald Trump has a televised meltdown over Mueller, and the Republican media goes all in on a conspiracy to obstruct justice. Then Stoneman Douglas students Delaney Tarr and Diego Pfeiffer talk to Dan and Tommy about the next steps in their efforts to prevent gun violence.
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71 min
April 9, 2018
“Xi likes me!” (LIVE from Orlando)
Trump tries Twitter diplomacy with China and Syria, and Florida Democrats have a chance to help flip Congress. Then Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Alyssa on stage in Orlando to talk about gun control, immigration, and the 2018 midterms.
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76 min
April 6, 2018
“Gang of Foxes.”
Mueller’s writing a summer blockbuster, Fox and Friends is making immigration policy, and Scott Pruitt is late for dinner. Then the Rev. Demetrius Jifunza of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan on stage in Clearwater, Florida to talk about voting rights and second chances.
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72 min
April 3, 2018
“Hold for Lou Dobbs.”
Trump has a Twitter meltdown over immigration after a MAGA revolt over the wall, Sinclair Broadcast Group forces local news anchors to read their propaganda, and White House corruption becomes a campaign issue for Democrats. Then Sacramento activist Berry Accius talks to Tommy about the protests over the shooting of Stephon Clark, and Ana Marie Cox joins the pod to talk about the 2nd season of With Friends Like These.
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67 min
March 29, 2018
“Choose your own obstruction.”
The Parkland students enrage right-wing pundits, Trump’s legal problems get worse, the Department of Veterans Affairs gets a new boss, and the Census gets a new question. Then Jennifer Palmieri, communications director for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, joins Jon and Dan to talk about her new book “Dear Madam President: An Open Letter To The Women Who Will Run The World.”
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65 min
March 28, 2018
“Smartass.”
Vice President Joe Biden sits down with Jon, Jon, and Tommy at his office in Washington, DC to talk about Donald Trump, John Bolton, partisanship, the economy, and the Biden Cancer Initiative.
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76 min
March 26, 2018
"It has to be the kids."
Trump becomes even more unhinged, and makes warmonger John Bolton his national security advisor. Then Jon, Jon and Tommy attend the March for Our Lives in D.C. and meet students, teachers, and families from around the country who want to stop gun violence.
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68 min
March 22, 2018
“Grift while you can.”
Trump congratulates Putin on an election well-rigged, loses his head lawyer, and Congress does nothing to protect Mueller while the corruption scandals keep coming. Then Senator Mark Warner joins Jon and Dan to talk about the Mueller investigation, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, and his thoughts on the banking bill.
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64 min
March 19, 2018
“Witch hunt!”
Trump begins publicly attacking Robert Mueller, only a few Republicans in Congress speak out, and Trump data firm Cambridge Analytica harvests data from 50 million Facebook profiles. Then Stoneman Douglas High School students David Hogg and Jackie Corin talk to Tommy and Jon about the upcoming March for Our Lives and their efforts to prevent gun violence.
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55 min
March 15, 2018
"Taking the gavel from Paul Ryan's hand."
Democrats win another special election, Republicans flail around for a response, and Trump sends Tillerson to the Rexit in a major shakeup of the national security team. Then Lovett and Tommy talk to Senator Elizabeth Warren.
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64 min
March 13, 2018
“Trump’s message of hope and inclusion.” (LIVE from Dallas)
House Republicans end their Russia investigation, Trump sides with the NRA on gun control, Conor Lamb eyes an upset in Pennsylvania, and Democrats look for the missing Obama voters. Then Texas State House candidate Julie Johnson joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Brittany live on stage in Dallas, Texas.
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77 min
March 11, 2018
“Beto days to come.” (LIVE from Austin)
America sends its best negotiator to denuclearize a dictator, and Democrats craft an economic message for 2018. Then Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Brittany on stage live at Austin City Limits.
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72 min
March 9, 2018
“Give Ruth a break.” (LIVE from Houston)
Trump accepts Kim Jong Un’s invite to a Madman vs Madman summit, Mueller has a new witness, and Democrats look to turn Texas blue. Former Houston Texan Arian Foster joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Brittany Packnett on stage live in Houston, Texas.
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68 min
March 5, 2018
“President for life.”
White House staffers are concerned about Trump’s stability but only on background, Trump escalates the world’s first Twitter-based trade war, West Virginia’s teachers have had enough, and Conor Lamb has a chance in a deep red Pennsylvania district. Then former Obama Ethics Czar Norm Eisen talks about the corruption roiling Trump’s White House, and Ira Madison joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy in studio to talk about the Oscars.
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73 min
March 1, 2018
“The Committee to Defraud America.”
Hope Hicks is out, Jared Kushner is in trouble, Jeff Sessions is beleaguered, and Donald Trump is so angry he just might…implement tariffs on steel and support gun control measures? Then the Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand talks to Tommy about the latest in the Mueller investigation.
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56 min
February 26, 2018
“MAGA hats and perjury traps.”
The Stoneman Douglas students start to move the needle on gun control, the Schiff memo obliterates the Nunes memo, Trump’s lawyers are worried he’ll lie to Mueller, and Democrats have a few primary problems. Then Ana Marie Cox joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about what she saw and heard at CPAC.
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64 min
February 22, 2018
“We call BS.”
In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, a new student movement is born, the Republican/NRA conspiracy nuts go crazy, and Republican politicians start feeling the pressure. Then Jon and Tommy talk to comedian Billy Eichner about Glam Up the Midterms, his new effort to register young voters.
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77 min
February 19, 2018
“Hold my putter.”
The Department of Justice indicts 13 Russian nationals who conducted information warfare against the United States, Mueller’s charges offer hints about his next move, Trump reacts on Twitter with his characteristic subtlety and cool, and the students of Stoneham Douglas lead a movement to stop mass shootings. Then Lovett talks to New York Times writer Zeynep Tufekci about Facebook’s role in the Russia indictments and whether mass shootings are contagious.
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79 min
February 15, 2018
“Beat the NRA.”
The NRA and GOP vow to do nothing about America’s 18th school shooting in 35 days, Trump and Republican leaders reject a bipartisan agreement to protect the dreamers, and the Administration is filled with corrupt goons who screw taxpayers and jeopardize national security. Jon and Dan cover another banner day in the Trump Era, and then talk to immigration activist Marisa Franco about how she helped defeat Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and what we can do to change the politics of immigration.
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60 min
February 12, 2018
“The worst Cirque du Soleil ever.” (LIVE from Las Vegas)
The Trump White House extends the domestic abuse scandal for a fifth day, Republicans fret about staying on their tax message, and Democrats start to fight back. Then Congresswoman Jacky Rosen joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan to talk about Nevada politics and the 2018 election.
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71 min
February 9, 2018
“A government eclipse.” (LIVE from Denver)
Paul Ryan needs Democratic votes to keep the government open, and the Democrats can’t decide whether to demand a vote on dreamers. The White House covers up a senior aide’s domestic abuse allegations, and Pennsylvania may be headed towards a constitutional crisis. Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Alyssa are joined by business owner and community activist Wanda James live on stage in Denver, Colorado.
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78 min
February 5, 2018
“#ReleaseThePod” (LIVE from LA’s Dolby Theater)
House Republicans give America its dumbest conspiracy yet. Jimmy Kimmel, John Legend, and Chrissy Teigen join Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Erin for a night of politics, games, and musical performances at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
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100 min
February 1, 2018
“An insult to banana republics.”
Trump’s first State of the Union is long on words, low on energy, and short on policy. Jon and Dan break down the speech, the reaction, and all the Mueller Madness that followed with their guest, Ashley Parker of the Washington Post.
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73 min
January 29, 2018
“A human centipede of obstruction.”
The media lowers the bar for Trump’s State of the Union, Democrats look for an economic message, and the Republican effort to shut down the Mueller investigation continues apace. Then DeRay McKesson joins to talk about restoring voting rights in Florida, and Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz sits down with Jon and Tommy to talk immigration and 2018.
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77 min
January 25, 2018
“Paul Ryan’s shit sandwich.”
Democrats plot their next move on immigration after the shutdown, Mueller closes in on Trump, and Republicans go full whack job in pushing their latest Deep State conspiracy. Then Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego joins Jon and Dan to talk immigration, shutdowns, and how Democrats should campaign in 2018.
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72 min
January 22, 2018
“Have fun at Davos!”
The Shithole Shutdown ends as McConnell promises a vote on a bill to protect the DREAMers, and Democrats vote for another short-term funding bill. Then medical student and immigration activist New Latthivongskorn joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to discuss the challenges he’s faced as an undocumented American.
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64 min
January 18, 2018
“The shithole shutdown.”
Trump and the Trumpiest Republicans oppose a bipartisan deal that would pass the Senate, protect the DREAMers, and keep the government open. Then Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes, and Greg Barker talk to Tommy about The Final Year, a new documentary that focuses on Obama’s foreign policy in 2016.
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70 min
January 15, 2018
“Our American Apology Tour.”
Trump reveals the racism at the heart of his immigration policy, cancels a trip to London to avoid protests, and buys a porn star’s silence. Pod Tours the World wraps up with a live show in London where Jon, Jon, and Tommy breakdown a shithole of a week.
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56 min
January 11, 2018
“Mr. President, don’t you mean the opposite?”
Trump gets rave reviews for not being senile in a meeting, Bannon goes down in flames, and Oprah makes everyone lose their minds. Dr. Catherine Thorlieffson joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy on stage in Oslo, Norway to talk about the rise of right-wing extremism, and Jan Stromnes of Halden Prison discusses criminal justice reform.
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78 min
January 8, 2018
“Stockholm Syndrome.”
The President assures the country of his mental stability, Mueller hones in on obstruction while Republicans in Congress try to undermine him, and the Democrats plot their strategy to protect the DREAMers. Jon, Jon, and Tommy do the pod live from Stockholm, Sweden.
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78 min
January 4, 2018
“Cons and clowns.”
Trump kicks off 2018 with a series of deranged and dangerous tweets, and then has an ugly break-up with Steve Bannon. Then Seth Myers joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about hosting the Golden Globes and comedy in the Trump Era.
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85 min
December 31, 2017
“Weird year.”
The guys look back on 2017 and the setbacks, surprising victories, lessons, frustrations and inspiring moments that defined a tough year. Also a few arguments over barking dogs. It’s the New Year’s Cuckin’ Eve clip show!
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62 min
December 26, 2017
“We’re saying Pod Save America again.”
A very special Christmas mailbag with Jon, Jon, and Tommy to wrap up 2017 and look ahead to 2018.
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51 min
December 21, 2017
“Keep your heads up.”
Republicans celebrate passing the least popular piece of legislation in modern history, and Democrats plot their strategy to protect DREAMers and the Children’s Health Insurance Program while funding the government. Then Senator Dick Durbin joins Jon and Dan to talk shutdown strategy, and Rep. Adam Schiff discusses the Republican effort to shutdown the House investigation into Russian interference.
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80 min
December 18, 2017
“The perpetual bullshit machine.”
Trump and his state-run media conspire to undermine a federal investigation, Republicans in Congress enrich themselves with their tax plan, and Democrats have to decide what they’re willing to fight for. Then Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about the new political reality of the South, and activist Ady Barkan talks about his plane encounter with Senator Jeff Flake.
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86 min
December 14, 2017
“How to Dougie.”
Alabama gives America hope, and Democrats a path to power. Senator-elect Doug Jones talks with Jon and Dan about his improbable victory over Roy Moore and whether he should be seated before the tax vote, and Senator Cory Booker joins to discuss the results in Alabama and the fight over funding CHIP and protecting the DREAMers from deportation.
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90 min
December 11, 2017
“It’s like Medieval Times every night!”
The Alabama special election comes down to who gets more votes, Trump and his propagandists continue to delegitimize the press, and there’s too much Diet Coke being consumed in the White House. Then the Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to discuss Putin’s long game, and DeRay Mckesson talks about the latest incident of police violence.
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68 min
December 7, 2017
“A bottomless pit of bad faith.”
Franken resigns, Moore keeps running with the GOP’s support so they can get their tax cut, and Trump recognizes Jerusalem to give Jared a win. Then Jesse Williams talks to Jon and Ira Madison about activism, politics, and Hollywood.
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58 min
December 5, 2017
“Donald Trump is Deep Throat.” (LIVE from Oakland)
Trump hides his crimes in plain sight, Republicans embrace a child molester, and Democrats have the upper-hand in the shutdown fight. Recode’s Kara Swisher, immigration activists Katharine Gin and Eli Oh, Erin Ryan, and Tim Miller join Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan on stage live in Oakland.
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79 min
December 4, 2017
“Our lawyer wrote this title.” (LIVE from Sacramento)
Trump tweets about his crimes, and Republicans pass a tax bill that will define the 2018 elections. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, and Erin Gloria Ryan join Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan on stage live from Sacramento, California.
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83 min
November 30, 2017
“Legislative looting.”
Republicans do whatever it takes to pass their Donor Relief Act, and Trump reminds us why he’s unstable and unfit to hold office. Then White House photographer Pete Souza joins Jon and Dan in studio to talk about his bestselling new book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, and Ana Marie Cox calls in to discuss the latest sexual assault revelations.
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81 min
November 27, 2017
“Have some crullers, bureaucrats.”
Republicans don’t yet have the votes to jam through their Donor Relief Act, Trump goes all-in for Moore, Conyers steps down from Judiciary, Tillerson guts State, and Mulvaney appoints himself consumer watchdog. Then Senator Elizabeth Warren talks to Jon, Jon, and Tommy about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Cass Sunstein joins to talk about his new book, Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide.
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86 min
November 23, 2017
“Happy Podsgiving.”
In the first annual Pod Save America Thanksgiving mailbag, Jon and Dan answer questions about #MeToo, Doug Jones, net neutrality, how they got into politics, how to argue with relatives, and what they’re thankful for. Then Run For Something co-founder Amanda Litman joins to talk about the thousands of young Americans who’ve decided to run for office for the very first time.
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64 min
November 20, 2017
“The Donor Relief Act of 2017.”
Republicans jam the second most unpopular piece of legislation in history through the House, Doug Jones could transform Washington with a victory over Roy Moore, and Trump’s FCC votes to help Trump-friendly media consolidate power. Senator Claire McCaskill joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk bout the tax bill, her Senate race, Al Franken, and Bill Clinton. Then DeRay joins to talk about student loan penalties.
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74 min
November 16, 2017
"Say what it takes to heal a culture."
Dan, Tommy and Lovett discuss the allegations against Senator Franken, the Republicans trying to use tax reform to take health care from people, and the latest in the ever expanding Roy Moore scandal. Favreau is out of town, so Dan talks one-on-one with Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Plus, Tommy has a new puppy!
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63 min
November 13, 2017
“Watch out for falling Keurigs.”
Republicans are divided over whether to support an alleged child molester for the U.S. Senate, Trump gets cranky at the end of his foreign trip, and Congress plows ahead on their plan to cut taxes for the rich and raise them for the middle class. Then Dan Rather joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about Trump and the media, and DeRay calls in to discuss Republican judicial appointments.
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69 min
November 9, 2017
“A good day.”
Democrats have the best Election Night in five years, dominating races up and down the ballot in a decisive rejection of Trump and Trumpism. Then Jon and Dan talk to Jason Kander about his new Crooked Media podcast, Majority 54, while DeRay and Tommy interview Philadelphia activists Johndai Harrell and Nicole Porter about criminal justice reform and re-entry programs.
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88 min
November 6, 2017
"Don't Hiss. Vote." (LIVE from Richmond)
The Virginia race, the DNC and Brazile-gate, and the possibility of a shutdown for Dreamers. Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, Attorney General Mark Herring, and Symone Sanders join Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan on stage live from Richmond, Virginia.
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94 min
November 4, 2017
“Your tweets are not enough.” (LIVE from DC)
Trump vs. the Law, reforming the DNC, and the race in Virginia. Rep. Keith Ellison, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and Alyssa Mastromonaco join Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan on stage live from the Swamp.
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96 min
November 3, 2017
“The fog of bullshit.” (LIVE from Philadelphia)
Trump blames Schumer and the courts for terrorism, Republicans propose trillions in tax cuts for the rich, and Facebook testifies before Congress. DeRay McKesson, Brittany Packnett, and Pennsylvania Congressional candidate Chrissy Houlahan join Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan on stage in Philly.
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91 min
October 30, 2017
"Indictments!"
Trump’s former campaign chairman is indicted for money laundering, his former foreign policy advisor pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russian nationals, and the race in Virginia tightens in the homestretch. Former Department of Justice communications director Matt Miller joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about the Mueller investigation, and Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr talks to Dan Pfeiffer about sports and politics in the Trump Era.
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80 min
October 26, 2017
“Another cuck bites the dust.”
Corker and Flake take on Trump, Wall Street wins in the Senate, and Clinton conspiracies are back. Then New Jersey gubenatorial candidate Phil Murphy talks to Jon about what’s at stake in his race, and Crooked contributor Tim Miller takes Jon and Dan back to the Cuck Zone.
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70 min
October 23, 2017
“Republicans have an O’Reilly problem.”
Congress wants answers on Niger, Fox News defends O’Reilly, and Trump pushes a $6 trillion tax cut for the wealthy. Then Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones talks to Jon, Jon, and Tommy about his race against Roy Moore, and DeRay McKesson joins to discuss his conversation about the EPA with Christine Todd Whitman.
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66 min
October 19, 2017
“The strategic sense of a rabid raccoon.”
Trump botches the human act of calling grieving families and rejects a bipartisan deal to improve the Affordable Care Act. Then Jon and Dan talk to Virginia Democratic Party Chairwoman Susan Swecker about the race between Ralph Northam and Ed Gillespie, and Ana Marie Cox joins to talk about #MeToo and the Trump Administration’s legal push to force an undocumented immigrant to give birth.
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68 min
October 16, 2017
“No blood for ego.”
Democrats look to stop ACA sabotage with a shutdown fight, and Ben Rhodes joins to talk about Trump’s Iran Deal sabotage. Then Preet Bharara joins to talk about Mueller’s investigation, and DeRay Mckesson talks about the NAACP’s Census lawsuit and how DeAndre Harris was charged with a crime after white nationalist beat him in Charlottesville.
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73 min
October 12, 2017
“A feckless despot.”
Trump continues to sabotage Obamacare, threatens to pull media licenses, threatens the NFL’s tax exemption, wishes for more nuclear weapons, and yells that he hates everyone in the White House. Then Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow talks to Ana and Dan in Ann Arbor, and Michigan gubernatorial candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed talks to Ana and Jon.
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75 min
October 11, 2017
“Slack channel for the last adults.” (LIVE from Chicago!)
Corker tells the New York Times that Trump is a dangerous liar, Stephen Miller sabotages the DREAMer deal, and social media platforms wrestle with fake news. Then Tommy and Dan talk about gun violence with the founder of Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings, Tamar Manasseh, as well as the director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, Jens Ludwig. Plus, Ok Stop!
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73 min
October 9, 2017
"Mike Pence, you sleep like a horse." (LIVE from Cleveland)
Senator Sherrod Brown and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz join Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan in Cleveland, where the crew talks Trump's North Korea tweets, the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Bob Corker's newfound freedom, and how Democrats can win in Ohio.
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105 min
October 6, 2017
"Paul Ryan's my dad". (LIVE from Madison)
Erin Ryan, Randy "Iron Stache" Bryce, and Rep. Chris Taylor join Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan in Madison, Wisconsin to talk about gun safety, Tillerson calling Trump a moron, not draining the swamp, and much more.
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84 min
October 2, 2017
“What’s your plan to stop mass shootings?”
Las Vegas becomes the site of the worst mass shooting in American history, Trump attacks hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, and Tom Price’s flights of fancy come to an end. Then Ta-Nehisi Coates joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about his new book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy.
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62 min
September 28, 2017
"A cannibal who's for single-payer."
Graham-Cassidy goes down, Republicans embrace Roy Moore, and Trump lies about his tax plan. Then Senator Chuck Schumer joins Jon and Dan to talk about the Democratic strategy on taxes, and Ana Marie Cox joins to talk about Zuckerberg v. Trump.
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91 min
September 25, 2017
"Stick to sports."
Trump starts a fight with two professional sports leagues, and Graham-Cassidy loses support. Then Axios' Jim VandeHei joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about covering Trump, and DeRay discusses what it means to take a knee.
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70 min
September 21, 2017
"Bad criminals."
Trump threatens to destroy North Korea at the UN, Cassidy keeps lying about his Obamacare repeal bill, and Mueller closes in on Manafort. Then NBC's Katy Tur talks to Jon about covering Donald Trump.
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98 min
September 18, 2017
“Sean Spicer is good now.”
The GOP makes one last run at repealing Obamacare, Democrats look for a message that works, and Trump delivers his first United Nations speech. Then HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about the state of American democracy and the media, and DeRay Mckesson discusses the protest against police violence in St. Louis.
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70 min
September 14, 2017
“Amnesty Don.”
The Democrats reach a tentative deal on DACA with Trump, and 16 Democratic Senators sign on to Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All plan. Then New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joins Jon and Dan to talk about health care and the future of the Democratic Party, and Ana Marie Cox discusses Trump’s voter fraud commission.
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80 min
September 12, 2017
Hillary Clinton
What Happened.
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47 min
September 11, 2017
"Schumer's bump."
Irma portends the effects of climate change, the press heralds Trump as an independent dealmaker, and Bannon goes to war with Republicans. Then Erin Ryan joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about Hillary Clinton's new book, What Happened.
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63 min
September 7, 2017
"The misadventures of Paul RINO."
Trump cuts his first-ever deal as President with the Democrats on Harvey relief and the debt ceiling, and makes Republicans on the Hill very sad. Then, Senator Dick Durbin joins Jon and Dan to talk about passing the DREAM Act and the rest of Congress's busy fall agenda.
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59 min
September 5, 2017
"Trump always shoots the hostage."
North Korea conducts a nuclear test. Sessions announces the end of DACA with a six month delay. And Jon, Jon, and Tommy are joined by Congressman Adriano Espaillat to discuss potential legislation to protect Dreamers and reform the immigration system. Plus a discussion of a New York Times piece on rising economic inequality.
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63 min
August 31, 2017
“This snowflake is enraged.”
Alyssa Mastromonaco joins the pod to talk about the response to Hurricane Harvey and Trump’s visit to Texas. Then, Jon and Dan discuss Trump’s tax reform speech, and his impending decision on the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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69 min
August 28, 2017
“You can’t be a woke Hungarian fascist.”
Hurricane Harvey batters Texas with historic flooding, and Trump again obstructs justice by pardoning a racist sheriff before he’s even sentenced. Former Deputy FEMA Administrator Richard Serino discusses Harvey response efforts with Jon, Jon, and Tommy, and Demos President Heather McGhee joins to discuss how to address racial inequities in the wake of Charlottesville.
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64 min
August 24, 2017
"Hits from the Aaron Sorkin bong."
Trump goes off the rails in Phoenix, and continues his war with the Republican Congress. Then Jon and Dan talk to focus group guru David Binder about Obama-Trump voters, and Ana Marie Cox joins to discuss the white nationalist resurgence.
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84 min
August 21, 2017
“‘Committee to Save America’ my ass.”
White House staffers and Republican leaders debate what to do about Trump as he keeps a shrinking base and loses the rest of the country. Then Politico’s Eliana Johnson joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about Bannonism, Trumpism, and the future of the Republican Party.
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53 min
August 17, 2017
“The dog whistle is now a bullhorn.”
Trump’s press conference goes off the rails as he defends the ‘fine people’ who were chanting Nazi slogans in Charlottesville, and the world reacts to the madness. Then Jon and Dan talk to VICE News Tonight correspondent Elle Reeve about her Charlottesville reporting, as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Lecia Brooks about the rise of white supremacist extremism.
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61 min
August 14, 2017
“Denouncing Nazis is so fucking easy.”
White supremacists and neo-Nazis descend on Charlottesville to provoke violence, and President Trump gives a statement where he refuses to condemn them. Then DeRay Mckesson talks to Jon, Jon, and Tommy about his perspective on Charlottesville, and immigrants rights activist Julissa Arce joins in studio to discuss what we can do about new threats to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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64 min
August 10, 2017
"A song of fire and fury."
The U.S. confronts a madman with nuclear weapons as well as Kim Jong Un, and Trump picks a fight with McConnell. Then NARAL President Ilyse Hogue joins Jon and Dan to talk about litmus tests, and Ana Marie Cox discusses Sinclair Broadcasting's subtle propaganda.
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65 min
August 7, 2017
“The MAGA industrial complex.”
Mueller impanels a grand jury to investigate Trump, more Republicans start to challenge the President, and Democrats continue to debate their own way forward. Then Lovett interviews Joshua Green about his new Steve Bannon book, and Pod Save the People’s DeRay Mckesson joins to talk about the opioid crisis.
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85 min
August 3, 2017
“Jeff Sessions’s mixtape.”
The Mooch Era is a short one, General Kelly takes control, Jeff Flake takes on Trump, and Trump and Sessions play the hits. Then Jon Lovett talks to Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto about the future of the Democratic Party.
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76 min
July 31, 2017
"9 parts hero, 1 part troll" (LIVE from Pasadena!)
Reincey goes home, and the Resistance kills Trumpcare. Then Joy-Ann Reid and Symone Sanders join Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about the future of the Democratic Party.
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65 min
July 29, 2017
Pod Save the Planet with Al Gore
Former Vice President Al Gore talks with Jon, Jon, and Tommy about his new movie Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Lovett also made some jokes.
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27 min
July 27, 2017
“This is like a car crash.”
The Mooch has a meltdown, Trump bullies Sessions, and tweets out a ban on transgender Americans serving in the military. Then Jon and Dan get a Trumpcare update from Senator Chris Murphy, and talk with John Podesta about Russian interference in our election.
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75 min
July 24, 2017
“Mooch saves America.”
Republicans have no idea what health care bill they’re voting on, the Mooch lets Trump be Trump, and the Democrats unveil a new slogan and agenda. Then CBS News' Margaret Brennan joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about the Administration’s foreign policy challenges.
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57 min
July 20, 2017
“One step away from drooling on himself.”
Trumpcare is dead and alive and dead and alive again, and we discover from a terrifying New York Times interview that the President doesn’t actually know what health insurance is. Then Jon and Dan talk to Montana Governor Steve Bullock about his vision for the party and the country, and Ana Marie Cox joins to talk about Trump’s elimination of teen pregnancy prevention programs.
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71 min
July 17, 2017
"Hack away, China."
As the health care vote is delayed due to a medical emergency, Andy Slavitt, who ran Medicare, Medicaid & ACA for President Obama, lays out the strategy for this final push. Then Jon, Jon, and Tommy get into all the lies and revelations around the Trump Tower/Russia confab. And Tommy talks with Jeff Mason who leads the White House Correspondence Association to debate press access and freedom.
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70 min
July 13, 2017
“Turd in the GOP punchbowl.”
Donald Trump Jr. admits to a failed attempt at collusion, Republicans pretend it didn’t happen, and Mitch McConnell picks Ted Cruz over Medicaid in his new health care bill. Then Republican communications guru Tim Miller joins Jon and Dan to talk about where his party has gone wrong, and Ana Marie Cox discusses Trump’s presser with Macron.
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86 min
July 10, 2017
"Propaganda, foreign and domestic."
McConnell is down to a final few moves on health care. Don Jr. dissembles on yet another Trump campaign Russia meeting. Senator Al Franken stops by to talk about life in the Senate and his new book. And DeRay joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to preview this week's Pod Save the People.
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73 min
July 6, 2017
"Making redistricting sexy again."
Trump holds a press conference in Warsaw in advance of the G20 conference, where he'll meet face-to-face with Vladimir Putin and talk to the leaders of Japan and South Korea about the nuclear crisis in North Korea. Then Jon and Dan talk to former Attorney General Eric Holder about his redistricting efforts, and Ana Marie Cox joins to discuss CNN vs. Trump.
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79 min
July 3, 2017
"Tweet your feelings."
The President shares a video of him fake wrestling a CNN logo, Republicans face bad local headlines about their wealthcare bill, and a closer look at Trump's fraudulent voter fraud commission. Then Jon and Tommy sit down with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker to talk about health care, criminal justice reform, and how to maintain optimism in the Trump era.
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75 min
July 1, 2017
“Never bet against Mitch McConnell.”
Jon and Tommy attend a health care rally outside the United States Capitol and talk to patients, doctors, activists, and politicians, including Senator Chris Van Hollen, Senator Brian Schatz, Congresswoman Debbie-Wasserman Schultz, Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Chris Murphy, and Senator Michael Bennet.
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33 min
June 29, 2017
"Kill Bill Vol. 2."
McConnell delays the wealthcare vote after a horrendous CBO score, and the resistance ramps up the pressure on wavering Republican Senators. Then, Jon and Dan talk to Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III about his views on health care, public service, and the future of the Democratic Party.
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60 min
June 26, 2017
"CBO Brother, Where Art Thou?"
Tommy and Jon discuss the ongoing efforts to ram Trumpcare through the Senate, and whether Obama did enough to respond to and deter Russian interference in our election. Then they discuss the impact of Trumpcare on West Virginia with Senator Joe Manchin.
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49 min
June 22, 2017
"Same shitburger, different bun."
Guest host Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Dan to discuss the Secret Senate Health care bill that is no longer secret, the aftermath of the the Democrats' loss in Georgia-06, and a ray of hope in Wisconsin. Then Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi talks to Lovett and Tommy about health care and next steps for the Democrats.
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64 min
June 20, 2017
“We can win this fight.”
As McConnell moves toward a vote on the secret GOP health care bill, Lovett and Tommy are joined by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to talk about the Democratic strategy to defeat Trumpcare and what each of us can do to help. Plus, mounting tension between the US and Russia over Syria, the demise of the White House press briefing, and declining transparency across our government.
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50 min
June 16, 2017
"Tiny, decent things."
The aftermath of the Alexandria shooting, the investigation of the President, and the Democrats' plan to stop health care. Then, former White House lawyer Danielle Gray joins Jon, Dan, and Tommy to talk about the travel ban, and Judge Tim Black discusses his ruling in the same-sex marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges.
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65 min
June 12, 2017
"All hands on deck."
The Comey fallout continues, the left is resurgent in Europe, and the final showdown is near on #wealthcare. Then, Vox's Sarah Kliff joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about the policy implications of the Senate health care bill, and DeRay McKesson joins to discuss his interview with Katy Perry.
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67 min
June 8, 2017
"Comey came to play."
Jim Comey builds a case for obstruction of justice in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff joins Jon and Dan to break it down. Then, Trumpcare 2.0 gets new life in the Senate, and Ana Marie Cox joins to talk about the Republican reaction to Comey's testimony.
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71 min
June 5, 2017
“Some kind of decline.”
Trump responds to terrorism in London by attacking the city’s mayor and his own Justice Department, while Capitol Hill prepares for The Comey Show. Then, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) talks to Jon, Jon, and Tommy about a progressive foreign policy and how politicians can talk like normal human beings, and Pod Save the People’s DeRay Mckesson joins to preview this week’s episode.
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71 min
June 1, 2017
“More fucked than we think.”
As Trump prepares to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, Jon and Dan talk about the consequences with one of the deal’s chief negotiators, Brian Deese. Then, they break down the politics of the decision, catch up on the latest Russia developments, and talk with Ana Marie Cox about Trump’s decision to rollback birth control coverage under Obamacare.
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75 min
May 30, 2017
"The energy is in progressive politics."
Trump jeopardizes the NATO alliance on his “historically successful” foreign trip, Kushner conducts secret diplomacy with a Russian banker, and the Democrats hone their message after Montana. Then, Senator Elizabeth Warren joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy in studio to discuss the fights Democrats should wage on behalf of working Americans.
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79 min
May 25, 2017
“The cycle of bullshit.”
Trumpcare gets a CBO score so bad that it causes Republicans to lie, cry, and body-slam a reporter in Montana. Then, the Atlantic’s Annie Lowrey talks to Jon and Dan about Trump’s budget, and Ana Marie Cox joins with a look at the President’s foreign trip.
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71 min
May 22, 2017
"Exhausted from Obstructing Justice."
Jon, Jon, and Tommy discuss Trump's semester abroad, the latest on the investigations, right-wing lies about a tragedy, and what's next for health care. With special guest: no one.
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52 min
May 18, 2017
Pod Save America Takes Los Angeles
Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan talk obstruction of justice and all the rest at the Ace Theater in Downtown LA. Plus Mayor Eric Garcetti joins to discuss the Democratic agenda and the lessons we can draw from success at the local level.
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95 min
May 15, 2017
"Government by sucker punch."
In the aftermath of Comey's firing, what can Democrats do to hold Trump accountable? The Vice Chair of the Intel Committee, Senator Mark Warner, joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to discuss the latest on the investigation. Plus DeRay on Sessions, Snowden, and more.
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69 min
May 11, 2017
“Literally farcical.”
Trump fires FBI Director Jim Comey in the middle of an investigation involving the Trump campaign’s potential collusion with Russia, and gets plenty of support from Republicans in Congress. Then, former White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler joins Jon and Dan to talk about the legal implications of the Comey firing.
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63 min
May 8, 2017
"Think globalist, act localist."
French elections, Sally Yates' testimony, Kushner family corruption, the latest on health care, and our interview with Senator Kamala Harris recorded live in front of a rowdy San Fransisco crowd.
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74 min
May 7, 2017
Pod Save America Takes Seattle
Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan hold a live show at Seattle’s Showbox SoDo Theater, where they’re joined by Washington Governor Jay Inslee to talk health care, activism, and the future of Democratic Party.
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127 min
May 4, 2017
“The moment of truth for the resistance.”
House Republicans stake their careers on Trumpcare, and stopping the bill in the Senate becomes the biggest test yet for the resistance movement. Then, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello joins Jon and Dan to talk about the Democratic Party’s economic vision, and Ana Marie Cox joins to talk about health care.
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75 min
May 3, 2017
BONUS POD with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, sits down with Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about how Trump changed comedy, his approach to political humor, and what he's trying to achieve with The Daily Show.
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25 min
May 1, 2017
"Doris Trump Goodwin."
Zombie RyanCare won't die, Dickerson stumps Trump, the Times hires a conservative climate skeptic, the DCCC fails to invest in Montana, and Senator Amy Klobuchar joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about the Democratic message in the Midwest.
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65 min
April 27, 2017
"A very 'Cuck You' week."
Trump looks for any kind of win before the 100-day mark, pushes Trumpcare 3.0, and proposes big tax cuts. Then, Pod Save the People host DeRay McKesson joins Jon and Dan to talk about his new podcast and the future of the Resistance.
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62 min
April 24, 2017
"The odorless gas of misogyny."
Trump's first 100 days end with a fight over funding for the wall. Plus health care, tax reform, and Teen Vogue's Lauren Duca joins to discuss truth in the Trump era and the divides in the Democratic party.
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71 min
April 20, 2017
“We’ll do it live.”
Chaffetz and O’Reilly take extended vacations, Ossoff heads to a runoff, and the 2018 map looks bluer. Then, Governor Deval Patrick sits down with Jon and Dan to talk politics and the future of the Democratic Party, and Ana Marie Cox joins to ponder the Case of the Missing Aircraft Carrier.
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68 min
April 17, 2017
"When you open the canister, snakes pop out."
The latest on North Korea, the weekend's tax marches, and how the health care town halls are working. Then Jon, Jon, and Tommy answer questions in the first Friend of the Pod Q & A.
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65 min
April 13, 2017
“Game of Cucks.”
Steve Bannon and pals have a bad week, Trump goes full Globalist, and still tries to hold health care hostage. Then, Obama pollster Cornell Belcher joins Jon and Dan to talk about the Democratic coalition, and Indivisible’s Ezra Levin talks about how you can get involved in the Tax March and Congressional Recess.
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72 min
April 10, 2017
“The enemy of your enemy is your frenemy.”
Trump strikes Syria and cable swoons, while the White House plays the Game of Cucks. Then, the Washington Post’s Ashley Parker joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about covering the Trump Administration, and VEEP’s David Mandel stops by to talk about the show’s sixth season.
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64 min
April 6, 2017
"Thanks for unmasking"
Ben Rhodes helps unmask the unmasking debate, Zombie Trumpcare makes a bad bill worse, Cecile Richards joins Jon and Dan to talk women and the resistance, and Ana Marie Cox discusses new Shadow President Jared Kushner.
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67 min
April 3, 2017
"A garbage organization that protects harassers."
Trump’s popularity and agenda falter, Senate Democrats filibuster Neil Gorsuch, and Fox News lets Bill O’Reilly get away with sexual harassment. Then, climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to explain what people can do to fight climate change.
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53 min
March 30, 2017
"The outrage meter is on tilt."
Republicans flirt with Trumpcare 2.0, Trump flirts with a government shutdown, and no one knows what the hell is going on with Nunes. Then, David Axelrod joins Jon and Dan to give advice to Democrats and Donald Trump.
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69 min
March 27, 2017
"Blitzkrieg of blame."
Repeal and go f*ck yourself fails, Trump blames everyone but himself, and learns how hard it will be to pass the rest of his agenda. Then, Former Obama adviser Yohannes Abraham joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about the power of just showing up.
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58 min
March 23, 2017
"He'll run the country from jail like El Chapo."
The Russia story gets messier, Trump confirms the truth is dead, and Republicans try to take away health care from their voters. Then, new author Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Jon and Dan to reminisce, and Friends Like These host Ana Marie Cox stops by to talk health care.
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68 min
March 20, 2017
"It's like late season Sopranos."
FBI Director Comey confirms a Trump-Russia investigation, Trump alienates more allies, and Paul Ryan has keg dreams of cutting health care. Then Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Georgia's 6th District, joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about what’s he’s learned from his race and what you can do to help.
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52 min
March 17, 2017
Live @ SXSW: Crooked Media and Kara Swisher
The Crooked Media team talks live with notoriously tough interviewer Kara Swisher about their burgeoning media empire, Trump, and how to focus the resistance.
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69 min
March 16, 2017
"Who pays for the wall? The elderly!"
Trump runs into trouble with his ban, his budget, and his health care bill. Then, Barack Obama’s former Deputy Chief of Staff and Health Care Czar Nancy-Ann DeParle joins Jon and Dan to talk about the fight to pass and now save the Affordable Care Act.
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67 min
March 13, 2017
Pod Save America takes Austin
Health care lies dominate the Sunday shows, and Congress's biggest racist strikes again. Then, Congressman Seth Moulton joins Jon, Jon and Tommy to talk about the future of the Democratic Party.
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70 min
March 9, 2017
"The dogs who caught the car."
Paul Ryan struggles to pass a tax cut for the rich disguised as health care reform, and Vox.com's Ezra Klein joins Jon and Dan to break down all the policy pitfalls of Trumpcare.
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73 min
March 6, 2017
"The most damning conclusion of all."
Trump issues a new immigration ban, and peddles a deranged conspiracy about Obama tapping his phones. Then, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about his committee's investigation into the contacts between Trump officials and Russia.
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52 min
March 2, 2017
"The greatest speech in history."
Sessions lies about meetings with Russians, and Trump snows the pundits with his speech. Then, former Republican operative Nicolle Wallace joins Jon and Dan to talk about Obama-Trump voters and the future of the Republican Party.
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71 min
February 27, 2017
"It's making us dumber."
The latest on health care, Trump's joint address to Congress, and Peter Hamby of Snapchat joins to talk about press access and the changing media landscape.
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63 min
February 23, 2017
"A conversation about our divides."
Trump's relatively tame week on Twitter, his orders on deportations and transgender policies, and the growing activism at town halls. Then Ana Marie Cox joins Jon and Dan to talk about her new Crooked Media podcast, With Friends Like These.
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67 min
February 20, 2017
"Card-carrying badass."
Katie Couric joins for a freewheeling conversation about Trump's attacks on the media, persuading Trump voters and the future of the Democratic Party.
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65 min
February 16, 2017
"Caps lock freakout mode."
General Flynn gets fired, the NYT's report on Trump-Russia contacts, and the White House's awful week. Then, the Atlantic's Julia Ioffe joins Jon and Dan to talk Russia, and MoveOn.org's Ben Wikler announces the launch of #ResistanceRecess.
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63 min
February 13, 2017
"C'mon, Shinzo... they've paid me a fortune!"
Trump holds national security talks in a crowded Mar-a-Lago ballroom. Flynn and Priebus are on the ropes. And DeRay McKesson joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to discuss protest and activism.
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56 min
February 11, 2017
Pod Save America Takes Brooklyn
Jon, Jon and Tommy pierce their liberal bubble by traveling to Brooklyn for a live podcast. They're joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Alex Wagner of CBS News.
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133 min
February 9, 2017
"Can I call you Easy D?"
The threat posed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump's battle against the judiciary, and the travails of Sean Spicer. Then, New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait joins Jon and Dan to talk about Obama's legacy and Trump's first few weeks.
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69 min
February 6, 2017
"A moment of silence for Bowling Green."
Behind the scenes of Trump's first weeks, his attacks on the judiciary, and his not-so-populist revolution. Then Neera Tanden joins Jon, Jon and Tommy to discuss the fight to save ACA.
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53 min
February 3, 2017
BONUS POD: "He has a lot of edits."
Cody Keenan, President Obama's chief speechwriter in the second term, joins Jon and Jon to talk about speechwriting, working for Obama, and lessons learned over eight years in the White House.
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36 min
February 2, 2017
"A season for happy warriors."
Jon and Dan talk about Trump's bullying of Mexico and Australia, the promise of progressive protests, and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Then they're joined by two DNC Chair candidates, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison.
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61 min
January 30, 2017
"Protest is the new brunch."
Jon, Jon and Tommy discuss Trump's unconscionable Muslim ban and the politicization of national security. They're joined by The Guardian's Sabrina Siddiqui to discuss the global reaction to the EO, and then later by former White House lawyer Danielle Gray to discuss the EOs and Trump's impending Supreme Court pick.
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66 min
January 26, 2017
"What the hell are alternative facts?"
Jon and Dan talk about Trump's disturbing first week in office, including his Executive Orders, ABC interview, and voter fraud lies. Then they're joined by DNC Chair candidate Tom Perez to talk about the future of the Democratic Party.
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64 min
January 23, 2017
"The Mall sank into the earth."
Jon, Jon and Tommy talk about Trump's inaugural address, the women's marches across the US and Sean Spicer's wonderful weekend. Then they're joined by Seth Meyers from "Late Night with Seth Meyers".
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82 min
January 19, 2017
Obama's Last Interview
The Pod Save America team sits down with President Obama for his last interview as President.
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41 min
January 16, 2017
"Congress scares easy."
Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor talk about the rallies to preserve ACA, Trump’s twitter war with John Lewis and his creepy embrace of Russia. Then they’re joined by Erin Gloria Ryan to discuss covering the Trump White House and Philippe Reines talks about playing Donald Trump.
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52 min
January 12, 2017
"We had plenty of ethical fun."
Jon and Dan talk about Obama's farewell and Trump's press conference. Then, former Obama ethics czar Norm Eisen joins to talk about Trump's decision to retain ownership of his business empire.
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55 min
January 9, 2017
"Repeal and go f*ck yourself." Our first episode!
Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor launch Pod Save America with a discussion of Russia hacking, cabinet confirmations, saving Obamacare and Obama's final speech. Then they're joined by Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour to discuss the Women's March on Washington.
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51 min
January 6, 2017
Teaser Episode
Pod Save America launches Monday January 9th!
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