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Four former aides to President Obama—Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor—are joined by journalists, politicians, activists, and more for a no-b******t conversation about politics. They cut through the noise to break down the week’s news, and help people figure out what matters and how they can help. Text us questions and comments: (323) 405-9944. New episodes Mondays and Thursdays.


“Biden grieves, Trump tweets.”
May 28 • 80 min
The two candidates mark the pandemic death toll reaching 100,000 Americans in starkly different ways, a masked Biden emerges from his home, and both campaigns compete for black voters amid new incidents of racism and violence. Then Obama veteran Paul…
“How we beat Trump.”
May 26 • 49 min
Six battlegrounds will likely determine whether Trump or Biden wins in November, and Crooked Media content chief Tanya Somanader joins to talk about why you should Adopt a State and start organizing from home. Then Jon, Jon, and Tommy answer listener…
“Trump hits the Hydroxy.”
May 21 • 86 min
The President takes a dangerous drug to own the libs, Ted Cruz gets in a Twitter fight with the pod, our new Change Research poll shows Joe Biden with a small lead in Michigan, and Republicans are done with helping the economy. Then Dave Weigel of the…
“Fired up and ready to Zoom.”
May 18 • 71 min
The President continues his purge of government officials who expose corruption, the Trump campaign uses a kitchen sink strategy to define Joe Biden, Barack Obama reminds us of what a normal president sounds like, and House Democrats pass an economic…
“OBAMAGATE!”
May 14 • 99 min
Trump tries to make the election about Barack Obama, Democrats come up short in a California special election, Joe Biden announces a set of policy unity task forces, and Democratic strategists offer his campaign plenty of advice. Then Congresswoman…
“1600 Covid Ave.”
May 11 • 85 min
The White House’s robust testing and contact tracing program finds two cases inside the West Wing, Attorney General Bill Barr drops the charges against one of the President’s convicted criminal friends, Barack Obama speaks out, and Trump falsely accuses…
“Live and Let Die.”
May 7 • 97 min
Trump surrenders in the War Against the Invisible Enemy, pivots to a message about rebuilding the economy, and tries to make the race about Joe Biden. Then Jon and Dan break down the latest polls, answer some listener questions, and Dan interviews…
“Veepstakes!”
May 4 • 80 min
The President steps up his efforts to blame China for the coronavirus, the Trump campaign is divided over its re-election message, Joe Biden responds to Tara Reade’s allegations, and the Vice Presidential selection process begins. Then Austan Goolsbee,…
“The Freedom to Kill Workers Act.”
Apr 30 • 77 min
Republicans’ top priority is giving corporations the freedom to let their workers and customers get sick, former Republican Justin Amash explores a third party bid for president, and new reporting emerges about an allegation of sexual assault against Joe…
“The Trump Pod Challenge.”
Apr 27 • 65 min
The White House weighs cutting back on Trump’s daily briefings, Republicans start to worry about November, and Joe Biden’s campaign adjusts to life in the midst of a pandemic. Then Senator Brian Schatz talks to Jon L. about the next economic relief bill…
“Trump’s imaginary enemy.”
Apr 23 • 81 min
Trump responds to falling poll numbers with a temporary ban on some forms of immigration, Mitch McConnell wants to hit pause on economic relief, and we answer some questions from listeners. Then former White House Chief Technology Officer Jason Goldman…
“High on Bernie.”
Apr 20 • 79 min
Trump encourages Trump supporters protesting against Trump’s social distancing guidelines, governors in both parties plead for help with testing, Congress nears a deal on another economic relief bill, and China becomes a 2020 issue. Then Senator Bernie…
“Dems in Array.”
Apr 16 • 75 min
Democrats win a stunning upset in Wisconsin, Joe Biden wins the endorsements of Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren, and Data for Progress polling guru Charlotte Swasey joins Jon and Dan to break down brand new polling that details which…
“Trump’s Grand Opening.”
Apr 13 • 67 min
Trump reignites the debate over when to re-open the country against the advice of public health experts in his own administration, his campaign launches a Blame China strategy, and Democrats use their leverage to fight for a relief bill that helps workers…
“Biden v. Trump v. Coronavirus.”
Apr 9 • 102 min
The general election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump begins as Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign, COVID-19 trutherism gets worse as Trump media tries to spin the death toll, and Democrats look for a way to make voting safe and easy despite…
“More Warren, less Kushner.”
Apr 6 • 85 min
Donald Trump and Jared Kushner let the states fend for themselves, Republicans in Wisconsin fight Democratic efforts to make voting safer, and Bernie Sanders’s advisors encourage him to end his candidacy. Then Elizabeth Warren talks to Jon F. about her…
“New tone, who dis?”
Apr 2 • 87 min
Donald Trump says he’ll have done a “great job” if the coronavirus death toll is between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans, some reporters praise his somber delivery of this news, and Nancy Pelosi begins to float ideas for a fourth economic relief bill as…
“Ratings to die for.”
Mar 30 • 72 min
The United States becomes the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump blames everyone but himself for the bungled response, and public health officials persuade him to abandon his Easter deadline. Then PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor talks to Jon L. about…
“Give me GDP, or give me death.”
Mar 26 • 79 min
The Senate passes the largest economic relief bill in history, Trump spreads the deadly lie that letting the virus run wild will boost the economy, and the daily White House briefings get record cable ratings. Then Governor Gretchen Whitmer talks to Dan…
“Slush Fund Baby.”
Mar 23 • 73 min
Trump refuses to force the production of life-saving medical equipment, Democrats fight to eliminate a corporate slush fund from Mitch McConnell’s stimulus bill, and the coronavirus pandemic upends the 2020 campaign. Then, health care workers share…
“Where are the tests?”
Mar 19 • 98 min
Trump’s failures put the U.S. behind the rest of the world on testing, Congress debates the size and scope of the next economic relief package, and Joe Biden moves closer to clinching the Democratic nomination. Then Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, host of Crooked…
“The coronavirus debate.”
Mar 16 • 94 min
Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders hold a very unusual debate amid the coronavirus crisis, governments close public places across America, Trump refuses to take responsibility for testing failures, and lawmakers work to pass economic relief. Then Rep. Katie…
“Trumpism fuels a pandemic.”
Mar 12 • 83 min
Donald Trump’s disastrous Oval Office address fails to calm Americans, Republicans fight Democratic proposals to provide economic relief, Joe Biden inches closer to an insurmountable pledged delegate lead, and Bernie Sanders vows to debate on Sunday. Then…
“Coronavirus doesn’t watch Fox News.”
Mar 9 • 85 min
The coronavirus pandemic worsens and markets tank, Trump downplays the crisis and bungles the response, and Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders face off in another six states on Tuesday. Then North Carolina Senate candidate Cal Cunningham talks to Jon F. about…
“Joe’s Super Tuesday.”
Mar 4 • 66 min
Joe Biden’s victories on Super Tuesday mark the most dramatic political comeback in recent history, Bernie Sanders faces a tougher map and a need to expand his coalition, Mike Bloomberg ends his campaign, and Elizabeth Warren contemplates her future.
“Joementum!”
Mar 2 • 103 min
Joe Biden scores a decisive victory in the South Carolina primary, causing Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer to end their campaigns. As the last four candidates look to Super Tuesday, the Trump Administration continues to bungle the response…
“A toxic and unhelpful affair.” (Debate recap special!)
Feb 26 • 71 min
Jon, Jon and Tommy talk about the chaotic Democratic debate that went down in South Carolina just days ahead of the Palmetto State’s primary, and where the candidates stand with just a week to go until Super Tuesday.
“Getting tense out there!”
Feb 24 • 85 min
Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan break down the results of the Nevada caucuses and the ensuing freakout that Bernie Sanders is now the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination.
“Honeymoon in Vegas.” (Debate recap special!)
Feb 20 • 81 min
Jon, Jon, and Tommy break down the feistiest Democratic debate yet, hosted by NBC in Las Vegas, Nevada. Then Democratic candidate Jessica Cisneros talks to Tommy about her primary challenge to one of Congress’s most conservative Democrats in Texas’s 28th…
“Fear and Bloomberg in Las Vegas.”
Feb 18 • 76 min
Democrats weigh how to confront Trump’s post-impeachment lawlessness, Mike Bloomberg buys himself and his record a lot of attention, and Bernie Sanders looks for another win in Nevada. Then Jon Ralston of the Nevada Independent talks to Jon F. about the…
“New Hampshire feels the Bern.”
Feb 12 • 80 min
Bernie Sanders wins a narrow but crucial victory in New Hampshire, the rest of the candidates compete to be the Bernie alternative, and Donald Trump’s Tuesday massacre reminds us of the stakes in November. Then chip in to help build the much-needed ground…
“Send your calculators to Manchester.”
Feb 10 • 89 min
Democrats try to break out of the pack in the last debate before the New Hampshire primary, Joe Biden hits Pete Buttigieg on his experience, Bernie Sanders coasts, Mike Bloomberg rises, and Donald Trump hands Democrats a gift with his budget. Then Bernie…
“Get it together.”
Feb 6 • 80 min
Iowa is still too close to call as the candidates try to break through in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney votes to convict as Trump is acquitted, and the President’s State of the Union should be a wake up call for Democrats. Then Democratic presidential…
“Iowa, you had one job.”
Feb 4 • 53 min
As they wait for Iowa caucus results, Jon, Jon, Tommy and Dan talk about what went wrong in the first contest in the nomination process, what it means for the caucus moving forward and how the candidates move on from here, even as they learn more about…
“Secret poll results.”
Feb 2 • 74 min
Republicans block witnesses, sealing up President Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate. The Des Moines Register cancels its highly anticipated Iowa poll the weekend before the caucus. Then, Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan talk about what they’ve seen and…
“Democracy dies with Dershowitz.”
Jan 30 • 77 min
Trump’s defense team argues that the President can do anything to get elected, Republicans close in on the votes to block witnesses, and a SuperPAC makes the case that Bernie isn’t electable. Then Senator Amy Klobuchar joins to talk about impeachment and…
Iowa Episode 5: Voting is not enough
Jan 28 • 48 min
In the final episode of this five-part series on the Iowa caucuses, we take you back to Iowa one last time for the final sprint before caucus day. We explore how impeachment is impacting the campaigns, attend events with major surrogates like Alexandria…
“Bolton’s bombshell.”
Jan 27 • 107 min
John Bolton’s explosive new book upends Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, Adam Schiff joins to talk about what happens next, and Bernie Sanders extends his lead in Iowa as other candidates raise electability questions. Then Ezra Klein talks to Dan about…
“Davos confessions.”
Jan 23 • 71 min
Schiff makes the case against Trump, Trump confesses to obstruction and floats cuts to Medicare and Social Security in Davos, and Bernie gains momentum with less than two weeks until Iowa. Then Desmond Meade of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition…
“Hillary endorses Bernie.”
Jan 21 • 86 min
Trump’s lawyers kick off his impeachment trial by arguing that the President can’t be impeached, Mitch McConnell is forced to make concessions on the rules, Biden and Bernie tangle on Social Security, and the New York Times endorses Amy Klobuchar and…
“Bernie is my friend.” (Debate recap special!)
Jan 16 • 79 min
Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan talk about Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and the final Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses, hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines. BIG NEWS. Pod Save America is going on tour. Presale is January 15-17…
“It’s wide open!”
Jan 13 • 70 min
The Trump Administration is caught lying about Iran, the public sours on the President’s handling of the crisis, and the Des Moines Register poll shows a very close race in Iowa between Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Joe Biden. Then…
The Wilderness, Season 2 (coming January 13, 2020)
Jan 12 • 4 min
Jon Favreau looks for the path to victory in 2020 by talking to voters, strategists, organizers, and candidates in the battleground states that will decide the election. Subscribe to The Wilderness: Apple Podcasts: apple.co/thewilderness Other Podcast…
“All is not well!”
Jan 9 • 91 min
Trump gives his Mission Accomplished speech after a momentary pause in the crisis he started, Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans get ready to vote for a rigged impeachment trial, and the endorsements start piling up in the Democratic primary. Then…
“A little noise from Iran.”
Jan 6 • 68 min
Trump starts a new conflict in the Middle East by assassinating an Iranian general, John Bolton says he’s willing to testify in the Senate impeachment trial, and the primary is too close to call with less than 30 days until Iowa. Then Senator Chris Murphy…
“Resolutions of the Pod for 2020.”
Dec 30, 2019 • 36 min
In their second annual New Year’s resolutions pod, Jon, Jon, and Tommy react to resolutions from some of your favorite 2020 candidates. Then they hold themselves accountable for the resolutions they made a year ago - and make new resolutions for the big…
“Holiday mailbag!”
Dec 26, 2019 • 55 min
Jon F. and Dan answer your questions on 2020, the Senate, campaign finance, their top Spotify picks, and more.
“Whine cave.” (Debate recap special!)
Dec 20, 2019 • 73 min
Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan talk about the impeachment of Donald Trump and the final Democratic debate of 2019, hosted by PBS and POLITICO in Los Angeles, California.
“A jury of Trump’s peers.”
Dec 16, 2019 • 54 min
The House prepares to impeach Donald Trump as new polling shows an uptick in support, Chuck Schumer tries to prevent Mitch McConnell from rigging the Senate trial, and the Democratic presidential candidates prepare for their final debate of 2019.
“The Do Something Democrats.”
Dec 12, 2019 • 99 min
Democrats are on the verge of voting to impeach Donald Trump and to approve his trade deal, Bernie Sanders is underestimated, Joe Biden contemplates serving one term, and Pete Buttigieg releases his McKinsey clients. Then Mike Isaac of the New York Times…
Iowa Episode 4: The final sprint
Dec 10, 2019 • 34 min
In episode four of this five-part series on the Iowa caucuses, we take you behind the scenes as the campaigns prepare for one of the biggest nights of the primary season, the Liberty and Justice Dinner. Obama’s speech at the event back in 2007 gave his…
“Devin’s Gate.”
Dec 9, 2019 • 64 min
Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to discuss the Inspector General’s report, Donald Trump’s response to the shooting in Pensacola, Joe Biden’s confrontation with an Iowa voter, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg’s transparency debate, and…
“A global laughingstock.”
Dec 5, 2019 • 97 min
House Democrats prepare to draft articles of impeachment, Trump embarrasses himself and America at NATO, and Kamala Harris ends her presidential campaign. Then Senator Cory Booker talks to Jon about his strategy to make the December debate and build…
Iowa Episode 3: Endorsements, surrogates and criticisms of Iowa
Dec 3, 2019 • 33 min
In episode three of this five-part miniseries on the Iowa caucuses, we dive into the all-important race to lock down the state’s key endorsements. These campaign surrogates, always critical, loom particularly large for the five US Senators running who may…
“The Great Impeachment Bake Off.”
Dec 2, 2019 • 58 min
The next phase of impeachment begins as the Judiciary Committee plans hearings, the 2020 primary is wide open with two months until Iowa, and Pete Buttigieg debates his opponents over free college.
“Thanksgiving mailbag.”
Nov 27, 2019 • 82 min
Jon, Jon, and Tommy answer your questions on impeachment, 2020, politics, Thanksgiving, and more. Then Ady Barkan checks in with Jon F. about his endorsement of Elizabeth Warren and his fight to achieve Medicare for All.
Iowa Episode 2: The history and the rules
Nov 26, 2019 • 42 min
In episode two of this five-part miniseries on the Iowa caucuses hosted by Tommy Vietor and produced by Pineapple Street Studios, we’ll learn how violence at the 1968 Democratic National Convention led to Iowa becoming the first contest of the campaign…
“Everyone was in the loop.”
Nov 25, 2019 • 100 min
The impeachment inquiry moves to a new phase, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes may be implicated in the scandal he’s supposed to be investigating, and Michael Bloomberg officially enters the Democratic primary. Then Democratic digital strategist Tara…
“All that pizzazz.” (Debate recap special!)
Nov 21, 2019 • 76 min
Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan break down a week of pizzazz-filled impeachment hearings and the fifth Democratic primary debate in Atlanta, Georgia.
Iowa Episode 1: The Stakes
Nov 19, 2019 • 31 min
This is the first episode of a five-part miniseries on the Iowa caucuses hosted by Tommy Vietor and produced by Pineapple Street Studios. In episode one, Tommy looks back at Barack Obama’s 2008 Iowa operation to explain how he won, how that victory…
“He loves your ass.”
Nov 18, 2019 • 88 min
Rep. Adam Schiff joins to break down all of the latest impeachment news, Pete Buttigieg takes the lead in Iowa, and Elizabeth Warren offers her own Medicare for All plan. Then Senator Sherrod Brown talks to Jon F. about impeachment, health care, and his…
“Welcome to the Schiff-show.”
Nov 14, 2019 • 97 min
Bill Taylor drops a bombshell on the first day of the impeachment hearings while Republicans peddle conspiracies, Democratic presidential candidates prepare to be Senate jurors, and Deval Patrick enters the primary. Then former Acting Solicitor General…
On The Ground in Iowa (coming 11/19)
Nov 12, 2019 • 2 min
A five episode limited series by Pod Save America host Tommy Vietor on the Iowa Caucuses. Tommy takes the listener to Iowa to spend time with the candidates, staffers and undecided voters who will determine who wins. Tommy will explain why Iowa is first,…
“Lights, camera, impeachment!”
Nov 11, 2019 • 81 min
Democrats and Republicans telegraph their strategies for the first public impeachment hearings, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg prepares to enter the Democratic primary. Then veterans’ advocate Paul Rieckhoff talks to Tommy about veterans…
“The greatest defeat in history.”
Nov 7, 2019 • 97 min
Democrats win big victories in Virginia and Kentucky, a new Crooked Media/Change PollerCoaster 2020 survey shows majority support for impeachment, and the Medicare for All debate between Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden gets heated. Then Run for Something’s…
“Fighting words in Des Moines.”
Nov 4, 2019 • 91 min
The House prepares for the public phase of impeachment, Republicans move towards a defense of foreign interference, and the Democratic candidates make their best case to Iowa voters as the race gets incredibly close. Then Brian Beutler talks to Jon F.…
“Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Impeachment Inferno.”
Oct 31, 2019 • 69 min
The House of Representatives votes to endorse the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, a parade of the President’s employees testify against him, and the Democratic candidates descend on Des Moines for the biggest event of the Iowa caucuses.
“Trump’s crack legal team.”
Oct 28, 2019 • 71 min
President Trump announces the death of the Islamic State’s leader in the most Trump way possible. A federal judge gives a boost to the House’s impeachment inquiry. And Jon L. and Dan examine what Joe Biden’s apparent shift on Super PACs says about his…
Announcing: What A Day
Oct 28, 2019 • 3 min
“What A Day,” Crooked Media’s new daily news podcast, is here! Hosted by comedian Akilah Hughes and politics reporter Gideon Resnick, “What A Day” cuts through the chaos and crimes to break down the biggest news of the day, help you understand what…
“PizzaGaetz.”
Oct 24, 2019 • 65 min
New testimony from the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine all but assures the president will be impeached, while House Republicans stage a pizza sit-in to disrupt the ongoing impeachment inquiry. Jon F. and Dan also examine why some Democratic donors are freaking…
“Pierre Delecto, Welcome to the Resistance.”
Oct 21, 2019 • 99 min
Trump cancels his plan to host the G7 at his struggling hotel amid growing Republican criticism on everything from Ukraine to Syria, Pete Buttigieg is making moves in Iowa, and AOC endorses Bernie. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes joins as a guest co-host, and then…
“Plans vs. Pipe Dreams.” (Debate recap special!)
Oct 16, 2019 • 84 min
Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan break down all the highs and lows of the fourth and largest Democratic debate hosted by CNN and The New York Times in Westerville, Ohio.
“Yovanovitch-hunt.”
Oct 14, 2019 • 89 min
Multiple Trump officials agree to testify for the impeachment inquiry, Trump’s call with Erdogan leads to disaster in Syria, and the Democratic candidates prepare for their fourth and largest debate yet. Then Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow…
“Maddow!”
Oct 10, 2019 • 75 min
Rachel Maddow joins as guest co-host to talk about the White House announcement that they intend to obstruct the impeachment inquiry, Trump’s decision to abandon our Kurdish allies, and Facebook’s refusal to pull down false ads about Joe Biden. Then we…
“Where is the line?”
Oct 8, 2019 • 81 min
New evidence and whistleblowers further incriminate the President, Republicans are running out of believable excuses, and Joe Biden’s campaign weighs the best response. Then Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub talks to Jon about the…
“Ukraine, if you’re listening.”
Oct 3, 2019 • 96 min
Trump commits the impeachable offenses he’s accused of on live television, Congress subpoenas the White House and its Cabinet co-conspirators, and our latest PollerCoaster 2020 shows that Arizona is a top-tier battleground state. Then Congressman Jamie…
“Drunk dialing for kompromat.” (LIVE from Seattle!)
Sep 30, 2019 • 88 min
New polls show a majority of Americans now support an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, while the President’s campaign hones a re-election message based in conspiracy and grievance. Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and VICE…
“Big Liddle’ Lies.” (LIVE from Portland!)
Sep 29, 2019 • 74 min
House Democrats get moving on an impeachment strategy as a cascade of news reports sheds light on even more potentially impeachable behavior by President Trump and his goon squad. Student climate activist Ella Shriner joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan and Shawna…
“Do us a favor, though.” (LIVE from San Jose)
Sep 27, 2019 • 78 min
Donald Trump becomes the 4th U.S. President to face impeachment as an explosive whistleblower report is released, the Director of National Intelligence testifies, and Nancy Pelosi launches a formal impeachment inquiry. Housing activist Candice Elder joins…
“Rudy likes club drugs.” (LIVE from Las Vegas!)
Sep 23, 2019 • 114 min
The President admits to using the powers of his office to target Joe Biden and his son by pressuring the Ukrainian government to fabricate a scandal, and the Des Moines Register poll shows Elizabeth Warren leading the Democratic field for the first time.…
“Whistle while you spy.”
Sep 19, 2019 • 90 min
Trump promises a foreign leader something so alarming that an intelligence staffer becomes a whistleblower, Corey Lewandowski launches his Senate campaign during an impeachment hearing, and the President wages war on California. Then Obama campaign…
“Fair Fight 2020!”
Sep 16, 2019 • 69 min
An attack on Saudi Arabia leads to Trump saber-rattling on Iran, new allegations surface against Brett Kavanaugh, the United Nations convenes a Climate Action Summit next week, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren avoid direct confrontation, and Crooked Media…
“Joe, put your records on.” (Debate recap special!)
Sep 16, 2019 • 81 min
Jon, Tommy, and Dan break down the highlights, lowlights, and weird jokes from the third Democratic primary debate hosted by ABC in Houston, Texas.
“Taliban sleepovers and midnight cat videos.”
Sep 9, 2019 • 72 min
The President cancels secret negotiations with the Taliban in between tweeting cat videos, the House investigates whether the Defense Department has been propping up Trump’s businesses, and Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders start to pull…
“High crimes and weather map misdemeanors.”
Sep 5, 2019 • 72 min
The House’s impeachment inquiry ambles on as Trump’s crimes pile up, a North Carolina special election looms, and the Democratic presidential candidates talk about the climate crisis for seven hours on CNN.
2020: Bill de Blasio on taxing the rich and rooting for the Red Sox
Sep 4, 2019 • 66 min
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joins Jon L. to talk about staying in the race, running a city, achieving universal pre-K, beefing with Cuomo, and why he’s still a Red Sox fan.
“Trump’s lost summer.”
Sep 3, 2019 • 68 min
Trump caps off a lost summer by golfing and rage-tweeting through a hurricane, and a debate begins about which states are most important in 2020. Then political strategists David Axelrod and Mike Murphy, co-hosts of the Hacks On Tap podcast, talk to Jon…
“Our lawless, wall-less president.”
Aug 29, 2019 • 72 min
Alyssa Mastromonaco and Jon L. discuss reports that Trump has promised pardons if aides break the law to build his border wall, the winnowing of the Democratic presidential field, and a new Senate seat opening in Georgia. Then, Massachusetts Congresswoman…
“Nuke the Hurricane.”
Aug 26, 2019 • 95 min
Trump makes an enemy of China and the chairman of the Fed while the Amazon rainforest continues to burn, Trump gets a new primary challenger, and the next Democratic debate might take place over two nights. Then, Dan talks to Ben Wikler, the chair of the…
“The Chosen One.”
Aug 22, 2019 • 94 min
Donald Trump has a meltdown for the ages that includes snubbing Denmark because they refused to sell him Greenland, accusing American Jews of stupidity and disloyalty, caving to the NRA, and blaming everyone else for an economy that Trump says is the…
“Vote Save The Greek.” (LIVE from LA!)
Aug 19, 2019 • 63 min
The Democratic primary is relatively stable heading into the fall campaign, voters are still trying to define electability, and Stacey Abrams passes on 2020 to focus on protecting the right to vote. Jemele Hill of The Atlantic joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, and…
“AOC calls BS.”
Aug 15, 2019 • 103 min
Our new Wisconsin poll shows Trump’s strengths and vulnerabilities in a pivotal state, the economy shows warning signs of a possible recession, and the White House shows once again that their re-election strategy involves racist policies. Then…
“Impeachment: we’re in it.”
Aug 12, 2019 • 86 min
Trump says he’s open to background check legislation, House Democrats announce they’re in the middle of an impeachment inquiry, Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide is investigated, and the media focuses on Joe Biden’s latest gaffes. Then Congresswoman…
“America’s grief vs. Trump’s grievances.”
Aug 8, 2019 • 100 min
The President lashed out at multiple politicians and media figures while visiting mass shooting victims in Dayton and El Paso, Democrats in Congress make a renewed push for gun safety, and a number of House Republicans are heading for the exits before…
“8chan in the White House.”
Aug 5, 2019 • 75 min
A white nationalist terror attack in El Paso, Texas and a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio focus the country’s attention on the President’s racism and America’s gun violence crisis. Then Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke talks to Jon F. about…
“Go to Pod Save America 3-0-3-3-0.” (Debate recap special!)
Aug 1, 2019 • 94 min
Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan break down all the highs and lows of the second set of Democratic primary debates hosted by CNN in Detroit, Michigan.
“Charm city offensive.”
Aug 1, 2019 • 66 min
The President trashes the city of Baltimore because Rep. Elijah Cummings criticized his immigration policies, Trump advisors are telling reporters that racism is a good political strategy, the House Judiciary Committee effectively begins an impeachment…
2020: Bernie Sanders on democratic socialism and Cardi B
Jul 26, 2019 • 59 min
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders sits down with Jon F. to talk about why he feels he’s uniquely prepared to lead a movement for change in the 2020 presidential election, his Medicare for All plan, his strategy for getting an agenda through Congress and whether…
“Mueller: The Season Finale.”
Jul 25, 2019 • 82 min
Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies for six hours before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, Democratic leaders remain hesitant on impeachment, and Joe Biden gets scrappy with his opponents over health care and criminal justice reform.…
“The Jackson Pollock of racism.”
Jul 22, 2019 • 57 min
Trump doubles down on his racist attack, the Administration proposes further restrictions on refugees and asylum-seekers, and the President heads into 2020 with an electoral college advantage. Then Adam Serwer of the Atlantic talks to Jon L. about…
“Jerry Nadler’s Revenge!” (LIVE from Salt Lake City)
Jul 19, 2019 • 70 min
The House inches closer to impeachment after Trump’s racist week, CNN selects the Democratic debate lineups with an NBA lottery-style drawing, and Stacy Stanford from the Utah Health Policy Project joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Erin Ryan on stage in…
“Get Mitch Or Die Trying.” (LIVE from Denver)
Jul 18, 2019 • 77 min
The House votes to condemn the President’s racism, Mitch McConnell’s job and the Senate are up for grabs in 2020, and Governor Jared Polis joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Erin Ryan on stage in Denver, Colorado. Check out: votesaveamerica.com/getmitch
“Racist Hall of Fame.”
Jul 15, 2019 • 88 min
The President tells four Democratic Congresswomen of color to go back to the countries where they came from, House Democrats continue their intraparty feud, and Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders debate their health care plans. Then Politico’s Tim Alberta talks…
“Megan Rapinoe!!!” (BONUS episode)
Jul 12, 2019 • 30 min
Jon, Jon and Tommy sit down with World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe for a special bonus episode. They chat about her team’s triumph, her beef with Donald Trump, and how she’s using her platform to fight for pay equity and LGBT rights.
“A prison of political caution.”
Jul 11, 2019 • 82 min
The Affordable Care Act is in legal jeopardy, House Democrats argue over how to handle the latest Trump scandals, Tom Steyer runs for president, and our new PollerCoaster results show a 5-way tie for first. Then Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib joins to talk…
“Dems in disarray!”
Jul 8, 2019 • 81 min
Trump looks for a new rationale to rig the Census, Nancy Pelosi triggers an intraparty skirmish, Joe Biden goes for a campaign reset, and Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren shake up the primary. Then attorney Warren Binford talks to Tommy about her…
“The empty National Mall in Trump’s heart.” (July 4th Mailbag)
Jul 4, 2019 • 82 min
Jon and Dan answer your questions about Trump’s jingoistic July 4th, 2020 strategy, Medicare for All vs. Medicare for America, Ivanka’s foreign trip, and the Sixers free agency moves. Then Texas activist Marcel McClinton talks to Tommy about his decision…
2020: Michael Bennet on fixing Washington and defeating Mitch McConnell
Jul 2, 2019 • 68 min
Dan talks to Colorado Senator Michael Bennet about the threats facing our democracy, what he’ll do to fix Washington, our immigration system, and how he plans to get to universal health care. Plus, his take on fighting back against a partisan judiciary.
“A largely accurate affair.”
Jul 1, 2019 • 82 min
The President kisses the asses of three different murderous dictators during his trip abroad, Kamala Harris is having a moment, Joe Biden is having some issues, and strategists and pundits are worried that the Democratic Party is moving too far to the…
“Girlfriend, you are so on.” (Debate recap special!)
Jun 28, 2019 • 89 min
Twenty Democratic candidates debate over the course of two nights in Miami, and Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan break down who helped themselves, who didn’t, and what comes next.
2020: Steve Bullock on winning back Trump voters and making dad jokes
Jun 27, 2019 • 50 min
Jon talks to Montana Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Steve Bullock about getting dark money out of politics, making college and health care more affordable, and why he loves a “good” dad joke.
“Fear and electability in Miami.”
Jun 25, 2019 • 70 min
Tensions with Iran grow as the President threatens obliteration, the U.S. government is holding young children in inhumane detention facilities, and Trump is accused of rape. Then Change Research co-founder Pat Reilly and Jon, Jon, and Tommy break down…
2020: Beto O’Rourke on Biden, Iran and the puppy primary
Jun 21, 2019 • 54 min
Tommy talks to Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke about why he thinks he can win, what President O’Rourke would do on day one, recent comments by Joe Biden, lots and lots of policy and why his dog Artemis should be leading the pack.
“Trump on shuffle.”
Jun 20, 2019 • 95 min
The President reprises his greatest hits from 2016 at his 2020 re-election kickoff, Joe Biden struggles to keep up with politics in 2019, and Bernie Sanders feels the heat from Elizabeth Warren’s rise. Then Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) talks to Dan about her…
“’Tis the season for virtual treason.”
Jun 17, 2019 • 83 min
Trump offers up a smorgasbord of delusional buffoonery over the weekend, his Administration saber-rattles with Iran, the Democratic debate lineup is set, and Elizabeth Warren surges to the top of the field. Then Senator Harry Reid talks to Jon F. about…
2020: Andrew Yang on the universal basic income and why he hates the penny
Jun 14, 2019 • 45 min
Tommy talks to Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang about why he feels a universal basic income is necessary as more jobs are automated, how he’d get his agenda through Congress, and why he feels America needs to leave the penny behind.
“Norway, if you’re listening.”
Jun 13, 2019 • 95 min
The President says he’d accept foreign assistance to win in 2020, Democrats hold contempt votes over the Census scandal, Joe Biden and Donald Trump tear into each other, and Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders deliver two big speeches. Then Congresswoman…
“Welcome to the Panderdome.” (LIVE from Des Moines)
Jun 10, 2019 • 80 min
Trump caves on his Mexican trade war, and the race to win Iowa brings 19 Democratic candidates to Cedar Rapids. Des Moines Register pollster Ann Selzer joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Connie Schultz on stage in Des Moines, Iowa.
“You can run but you can’t Hyde.” (LIVE from Chicago)
Jun 7, 2019 • 76 min
Trump’s trade war threatens the economy, Elizabeth Warren calls for a new economic patriotism, and Joe Biden reverses his position on the Hyde amendment. Illinois Congressional candidate Marie Newman joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Brittany Packnett on…
“Donald Trump, Diplomat.”
Jun 3, 2019 • 84 min
Trump spends the weekend picking fights with our biggest trading partner (Mexico) and our closest ally (the U.K.), the mass shooting in Virginia Beach puts gun control proposals back in the spotlight, and the Democratic candidates for president descend on…
2020: Marianne Williamson on big truths and moral outrage
May 31, 2019 • 44 min
Author and activist Marianne Williamson joins Jon Favreau to discuss her bid for president, the difference between moral outrage and anger, getting money out of politics, and why she wants to establish a Department of Peace. Plus, her take on the role of…
“A dirty, filthy, disgusting word.”
May 30, 2019 • 117 min
Robert Mueller sends an unmistakable message to Congress about impeachment, more Democrats announce their support for an inquiry, the DNC changes its requirements for the fall debates, and Elizabeth Warren’s strategy pays off. Then Veep star Julia…
2020: Amy Klobuchar on winning the Midwest and working with Republicans
May 29, 2019 • 52 min
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar sits down with Dan to discuss what she brings to the 2020 race. They talk climate change, her plan to prioritize mental health, whether Congress should open an impeachment inquiry, and how she’ll use humor to campaign…
“The world’s assignment editor.”
May 28, 2019 • 74 min
The President sides with a murderous tyrant over advisors and allies, the Attorney General targets Trump’s political enemies, and the Democratic candidates fight for media attention in a crowded field. Then ACLU attorney Chase Strangio talks to Jon L.…
“Trumper Tantrum.”
May 23, 2019 • 91 min
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…
“Pod Save The Realm.” (Game of Thrones bonus!)
May 21, 2019 • 51 min
Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Priyanka discuss the finale episode of Game of Thrones and look back on the politics of the series.
“Republican(s) for Impeachment.” (LIVE from DC!)
May 20, 2019 • 76 min
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,…
“Half past a Handmaid’s Tale.” (LIVE from Brooklyn)
May 17, 2019 • 83 min
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…
“Joementum.”
May 13, 2019 • 96 min
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…
2020: Eric Swalwell on gun control and being bold
May 10, 2019 • 48 min
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.
“A contest of sick burns.”
May 9, 2019 • 80 min
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…
“Killing it on the economy.”
May 6, 2019 • 80 min
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…
2020: John Hickenlooper on brewing beer and winning purple states
May 3, 2019 • 53 min
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…
“Legislative cosplay.”
May 2, 2019 • 94 min
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…
2020: Tim Ryan on the working class and yoga
Apr 30, 2019 • 56 min
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.
“The pundit gap.”
Apr 29, 2019 • 86 min
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…
2020: Seth Moulton On Patriotism And Beating Trump On National Security
Apr 26, 2019 • 49 min
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.
“Make America 2016 Again?”
Apr 25, 2019 • 90 min
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…
“Impeach ‘em if you got ‘em.”
Apr 23, 2019 • 98 min
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…
2020: Kirsten Gillibrand on Medicare for All and speaking truths (From Jan. 22)
Apr 22, 2019 • 46 min
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)
“This is the end of my presidency. I’m f*cked.”
Apr 18, 2019 • 94 min
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…
2020: Kamala Harris on American identity and secret recipes
Apr 17, 2019 • 58 min
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…
2020: Jay Inslee on climate change and beating Donald Trump
Apr 16, 2019 • 42 min
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.
“Live Free or Run for President.” (LIVE in New Hampshire)
Apr 15, 2019 • 81 min
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…
“Fascist cosplay.” (LIVE in Boston)
Apr 12, 2019 • 92 min
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,…
2020: Elizabeth Warren on dogs and capitalism (From Feb. 21, 2019)
Apr 11, 2019 • 42 min
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)
“Chaos is a ladder.”
Apr 8, 2019 • 74 min
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…
2020: Julián Castro on Immigration and Beyonce
Apr 5, 2019 • 46 min
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…
“The clouds have not lifted.”
Apr 4, 2019 • 106 min
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…
“Mueller purgatory.”
Apr 1, 2019 • 73 min
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…
“Peak stupid.”
Mar 28, 2019 • 97 min
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…
“No exoneration.”
Mar 25, 2019 • 79 min
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,…
“The Electoral College is f*cking stupid.”
Mar 21, 2019 • 99 min
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…
2020: Cory Booker on radical love and the filibuster
Mar 20, 2019 • 69 min
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.
“St. Paddy’s Day rage tweeting.”
Mar 18, 2019 • 86 min
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…
“To impeach or not to impeach.”
Mar 14, 2019 • 75 min
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…
“Trump’s Medicare For None plan.”
Mar 11, 2019 • 72 min
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…
“Fox News-addled automatons.”
Mar 7, 2019 • 91 min
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.…
“I’m gonna regret this speech.”
Mar 4, 2019 • 83 min
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…
2020: Pete Buttigieg on freedom and farting cows
Mar 1, 2019 • 65 min
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.
“A very revealing Cohenoscopy.”
Feb 28, 2019 • 72 min
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…
“The Green Book New Deal.”
Feb 25, 2019 • 73 min
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…
“Elizabeth Warren talks dogs and capitalism.”
Feb 21, 2019 • 97 min
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.…
“Let a thousand obstructions bloom.”
Feb 19, 2019 • 81 min
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…
“Donald Trump’s coffee man.”
Feb 14, 2019 • 75 min
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…
“Dan’s imaginary SuperPAC.” (LIVE in Durham)
Feb 11, 2019 • 82 min
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…
“Who dat obstructing justice?” (LIVE in New Orleans)
Feb 10, 2019 • 77 min
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.
“Organize the rage.” (LIVE in Charelston)
Feb 8, 2019 • 92 min
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…
“Donald Trump’s halftime show.”
Feb 4, 2019 • 67 min
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…
“The neocon recycling program.”
Jan 31, 2019 • 61 min
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…
“America runs on Dunkin.”
Jan 28, 2019 • 78 min
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…
“The state of our union is a clusterf*ck.”
Jan 24, 2019 • 83 min
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…
“Crisis actor in the White House.”
Jan 22, 2019 • 103 min
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…
“The impeachment eagle soars.” (BONUS episode)
Jan 18, 2019 • 38 min
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.
“Nancy P and Cardi B try to open D.C.”
Jan 17, 2019 • 79 min
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…
“Deleted scenes from Helsinki.”
Jan 14, 2019 • 73 min
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…
“Conspiracy of Dunces.”
Jan 10, 2019 • 59 min
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…
“Impeach the motherforker.”
Jan 7, 2019 • 74 min
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…
“Shutdown for what.”
Jan 3, 2019 • 83 min
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…
“Pod Lang Syne.”
Dec 27, 2018 • 67 min
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.
“Pulling out of the War on Christmas.” (Holiday mailbag episode!)
Dec 24, 2018 • 82 min
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…
“Crime after crime.”
Dec 20, 2018 • 63 min
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…
“Rudy Giuliani, human tweet.”
Dec 17, 2018 • 68 min
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…
“Owned in the Oval.”
Dec 13, 2018 • 81 min
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…
“Hot tub crime machine.”
Dec 10, 2018 • 75 min
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…
“Tariff Man without a plan.”
Dec 6, 2018 • 80 min
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…
“Quid pro penthouse.”
Dec 3, 2018 • 68 min
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…
“Yo, collusion!”
Nov 29, 2018 • 70 min
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…
“Subpoena cannon.”
Nov 26, 2018 • 56 min
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…
“Podsgiving mailbag!”
Nov 21, 2018 • 82 min
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.
“That’s Chairman Schitt to you.”
Nov 19, 2018 • 54 min
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…
“A hit Trump will holler.”
Nov 15, 2018 • 78 min
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…
“Wet president.”
Nov 13, 2018 • 69 min
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…
“We won.”
Nov 7, 2018 • 58 min
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.
“The election is nigh!”
Nov 5, 2018 • 66 min
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…
“Every state is a swing state.”
Oct 31, 2018 • 65 min
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.…
“From Charlottesville to Pittsburgh.”
Oct 29, 2018 • 55 min
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…
“Caravan of Lies.”
Oct 24, 2018 • 53 min
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,…
“Pollercoaster.”
Oct 22, 2018 • 67 min
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…
“They’re coming for your health care.”
Oct 17, 2018 • 68 min
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…
“Ride or die with dictators.”
Oct 15, 2018 • 56 min
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…
“Democracy in a headlock.”
Oct 10, 2018 • 57 min
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…
“November is coming.”
Oct 8, 2018 • 76 min
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…
“Fred Trump’s bootstraps.”
Oct 4, 2018 • 74 min
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…
“Hold the door!”
Oct 2, 2018 • 66 min
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…
“We believe Christine Blasey Ford.”
Sep 27, 2018 • 89 min
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…
“A little hiccup.”
Sep 25, 2018 • 84 min
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…
“Unfazed and determined.”
Sep 20, 2018 • 87 min
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…
“You can’t trust Brett Kavanaugh.”
Sep 18, 2018 • 61 min
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…
“The hurricane truther.” (LIVE in LA)
Sep 14, 2018 • 52 min
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…
“Barack to the future.”
Sep 11, 2018 • 80 min
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.
“Anonymous cowards.”
Sep 6, 2018 • 83 min
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,…
“Kava-not-cool, guys.”
Sep 4, 2018 • 57 min
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…
“Florida man.”
Aug 30, 2018 • 81 min
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…
“McCain’s legacy.”
Aug 28, 2018 • 88 min
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…
“It’s Cohen down for real.”
Aug 23, 2018 • 100 min
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…
“An orgy of corruption.”
Aug 21, 2018 • 67 min
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…
“A potpourri of stupid.”
Aug 16, 2018 • 78 min
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,…
“The white nationalist variety hour.”
Aug 14, 2018 • 73 min
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…
“Horseshoes and hand grenades.”
Aug 9, 2018 • 93 min
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…
“The smoking tweet.”
Aug 7, 2018 • 84 min
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…
“Kochs, votes, and ostrich coats.”
Aug 2, 2018 • 66 min
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…
“A fine mist of bullshit.”
Jul 31, 2018 • 69 min
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…
“The own goal presidency.”
Jul 26, 2018 • 65 min
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…
“Putin’s Paperless Post.”
Jul 24, 2018 • 78 min
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…
“Crazy pills.”
Jul 19, 2018 • 83 min
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…
“Helsinki warmed over.”
Jul 17, 2018 • 66 min
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…
“America’s crazy old uncle.”
Jul 12, 2018 • 75 min
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…
“Kavanuts.”
Jul 10, 2018 • 57 min
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…
Introducing The Wilderness (Trailer)
Jul 9, 2018 • 3 min
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…
“Life, liberty and the pursuit of pod.” (Mailbag episode!)
Jul 5, 2018 • 65 min
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.
“Hot takes on ICE.”
Jul 3, 2018 • 75 min
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…
“Fight like hell.”
Jun 28, 2018 • 68 min
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…
“Stephen Miller went to Duke.” (LIVE from Durham!)
Jun 25, 2018 • 83 min
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.
“I vote. Do u?” (LIVE from Nashville)
Jun 24, 2018 • 76 min
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…
“Sta-cey! Sta-cey! Sta-cey!” (LIVE from Atlanta)
Jun 22, 2018 • 80 min
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…
“Last call for democracy.”
Jun 19, 2018 • 81 min
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…
“Wild Wild GOP.”
Jun 14, 2018 • 64 min
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.
“Kim Jong Un is not your BFF.”
Jun 12, 2018 • 72 min
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…
“Don’t tweet, vote.”
Jun 7, 2018 • 69 min
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…
“Immunity by congressional majority.”
Jun 5, 2018 • 65 min
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…
“The outrage election.”
May 31, 2018 • 94 min
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…
“This is who we are.”
May 28, 2018 • 83 min
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,…
“A wicked clutch election.” (LIVE from Boston!)
May 26, 2018 • 98 min
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…
“Live from Radio City!”
May 24, 2018 • 99 min
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…
“The Full Nixon.”
May 21, 2018 • 60 min
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…
“The Trump Investigation.”
May 17, 2018 • 76 min
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…
“Two maniacs and a bucket of chicken.”
May 15, 2018 • 57 min
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…
“Essential Bribery, LLC.”
May 10, 2018 • 56 min
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…
“All the President’s goons.”
May 8, 2018 • 60 min
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…
“Ru-dy! Ru-dy! Ru-dy!”
May 3, 2018 • 71 min
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…
“Zombie Correspondents’ Dinner.”
May 1, 2018 • 85 min
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,…
“It’s your Justice Department!”
Apr 26, 2018 • 73 min
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…
“Netflix and Macron.”
Apr 24, 2018 • 56 min
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…
“Shamelessness is all the rage.”
Apr 19, 2018 • 74 min
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…
“Not a scrupulous individual.”
Apr 17, 2018 • 66 min
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.”
“Exquisite presidential leadership.”
Apr 12, 2018 • 71 min
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…
“Xi likes me!” (LIVE from Orlando)
Apr 9, 2018 • 76 min
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,…
“Gang of Foxes.”
Apr 6, 2018 • 72 min
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,…
“Hold for Lou Dobbs.”
Apr 3, 2018 • 67 min
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…
“Choose your own obstruction.”
Mar 29, 2018 • 65 min
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…
“Smartass.”
Mar 28, 2018 • 76 min
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.
“It has to be the kids.”
Mar 26, 2018 • 68 min
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.
“Grift while you can.”
Mar 22, 2018 • 64 min
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,…
“Witch hunt!”
Mar 19, 2018 • 55 min
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…
“Taking the gavel from Paul Ryan’s hand.”
Mar 15, 2018 • 64 min
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.
“Trump’s message of hope and inclusion.” (LIVE from Dallas)
Mar 13, 2018 • 77 min
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,…
“Beto days to come.” (LIVE from Austin)
Mar 11, 2018 • 72 min
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.
“Give Ruth a break.” (LIVE from Houston)
Mar 9, 2018 • 68 min
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.
“President for life.”
Mar 5, 2018 • 73 min
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…
“The Committee to Defraud America.”
Mar 1, 2018 • 56 min
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…
“MAGA hats and perjury traps.”
Feb 26, 2018 • 64 min
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…
“We call BS.”
Feb 22, 2018 • 77 min
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,…
“Hold my putter.”
Feb 19, 2018 • 79 min
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…
“Beat the NRA.”
Feb 15, 2018 • 60 min
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…
“The worst Cirque du Soleil ever.” (LIVE from Las Vegas)
Feb 12, 2018 • 71 min
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…
“A government eclipse.” (LIVE from Denver)
Feb 9, 2018 • 78 min
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…
“#ReleaseThePod” (LIVE from LA’s Dolby Theater)
Feb 5, 2018 • 100 min
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.
“An insult to banana republics.”
Feb 1, 2018 • 73 min
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.
“A human centipede of obstruction.”
Jan 29, 2018 • 77 min
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,…
“Paul Ryan’s shit sandwich.”
Jan 25, 2018 • 72 min
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,…
“Have fun at Davos!”
Jan 22, 2018 • 64 min
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…
“The shithole shutdown.”
Jan 18, 2018 • 70 min
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…
“Our American Apology Tour.”
Jan 15, 2018 • 56 min
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.
“Mr. President, don’t you mean the opposite?”
Jan 11, 2018 • 78 min
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,…
“Stockholm Syndrome.”
Jan 8, 2018 • 78 min
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…
“Cons and clowns.”
Jan 4, 2018 • 85 min
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.
“Weird year.”
Dec 31, 2017 • 62 min
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!
“We’re saying Pod Save America again.”
Dec 26, 2017 • 51 min
A very special Christmas mailbag with Jon, Jon, and Tommy to wrap up 2017 and look ahead to 2018.
“Keep your heads up.”
Dec 21, 2017 • 80 min
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…
“The perpetual bullshit machine.”
Dec 18, 2017 • 86 min
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…
“How to Dougie.”
Dec 14, 2017 • 90 min
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…
“It’s like Medieval Times every night!”
Dec 11, 2017 • 68 min
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…
“A bottomless pit of bad faith.”
Dec 7, 2017 • 58 min
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.
“Donald Trump is Deep Throat.” (LIVE from Oakland)
Dec 5, 2017 • 79 min
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,…
“Our lawyer wrote this title.” (LIVE from Sacramento)
Dec 4, 2017 • 83 min
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,…
“Legislative looting.”
Nov 30, 2017 • 81 min
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…
“Have some crullers, bureaucrats.”
Nov 27, 2017 • 86 min
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,…
“Happy Podsgiving.”
Nov 23, 2017 • 64 min
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…
“The Donor Relief Act of 2017.”
Nov 20, 2017 • 74 min
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…
“Say what it takes to heal a culture.”
Nov 16, 2017 • 63 min
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…
“Watch out for falling Keurigs.”
Nov 13, 2017 • 69 min
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…
“A good day.”
Nov 9, 2017 • 88 min
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…
“Don’t Hiss. Vote.” (LIVE from Richmond)
Nov 6, 2017 • 94 min
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.
“Your tweets are not enough.” (LIVE from DC)
Nov 4, 2017 • 96 min
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.
“The fog of bullshit.” (LIVE from Philadelphia)
Nov 3, 2017 • 91 min
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,…
“Indictments!”
Oct 30, 2017 • 80 min
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…
“Another cuck bites the dust.”
Oct 26, 2017 • 70 min
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…
“Republicans have an O’Reilly problem.”
Oct 23, 2017 • 66 min
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…
“The strategic sense of a rabid raccoon.”
Oct 19, 2017 • 68 min
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,…
“No blood for ego.”
Oct 16, 2017 • 73 min
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…
“A feckless despot.”
Oct 12, 2017 • 75 min
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…
“Slack channel for the last adults.” (LIVE from Chicago!)
Oct 11, 2017 • 73 min
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…
“Mike Pence, you sleep like a horse.” (LIVE from Cleveland)
Oct 9, 2017 • 105 min
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…
“Paul Ryan’s my dad”. (LIVE from Madison)
Oct 6, 2017 • 84 min
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.
“What’s your plan to stop mass shootings?”
Oct 2, 2017 • 62 min
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…
“A cannibal who’s for single-payer.”
Sep 28, 2017 • 91 min
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.
“Stick to sports.”
Sep 25, 2017 • 70 min
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.
“Bad criminals.”
Sep 21, 2017 • 98 min
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.
“Sean Spicer is good now.”
Sep 18, 2017 • 70 min
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…
“Amnesty Don.”
Sep 14, 2017 • 80 min
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…
Hillary Clinton
Sep 12, 2017 • 47 min
What Happened.
“Schumer’s bump.”
Sep 11, 2017 • 63 min
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.
“The misadventures of Paul RINO.”
Sep 7, 2017 • 59 min
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…
“Trump always shoots the hostage.”
Sep 5, 2017 • 63 min
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.…
“This snowflake is enraged.”
Aug 31, 2017 • 69 min
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.
“You can’t be a woke Hungarian fascist.”
Aug 28, 2017 • 64 min
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,…
“Hits from the Aaron Sorkin bong.”
Aug 24, 2017 • 84 min
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.
“‘Committee to Save America’ my ass.”
Aug 21, 2017 • 53 min
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…
“The dog whistle is now a bullhorn.”
Aug 17, 2017 • 61 min
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…
“Denouncing Nazis is so fucking easy.”
Aug 14, 2017 • 64 min
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…
“A song of fire and fury.”
Aug 10, 2017 • 65 min
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…
“The MAGA industrial complex.”
Aug 7, 2017 • 85 min
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…
“Jeff Sessions’s mixtape.”
Aug 3, 2017 • 76 min
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.
“9 parts hero, 1 part troll” (LIVE from Pasadena!)
Jul 31, 2017 • 65 min
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.
Pod Save the Planet with Al Gore
Jul 29, 2017 • 27 min
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.
“This is like a car crash.”
Jul 27, 2017 • 75 min
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…
“Mooch saves America.”
Jul 24, 2017 • 57 min
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…
“One step away from drooling on himself.”
Jul 20, 2017 • 71 min
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…
“Hack away, China.”
Jul 17, 2017 • 70 min
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…
“Turd in the GOP punchbowl.”
Jul 13, 2017 • 86 min
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…
“Propaganda, foreign and domestic.”
Jul 10, 2017 • 73 min
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…
“Making redistricting sexy again.”
Jul 6, 2017 • 79 min
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…
“Tweet your feelings.”
Jul 3, 2017 • 75 min
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…
“Never bet against Mitch McConnell.”
Jul 1, 2017 • 33 min
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,…
“Kill Bill Vol. 2.”
Jun 29, 2017 • 60 min
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…
“CBO Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Jun 26, 2017 • 49 min
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.
“Same shitburger, different bun.”
Jun 22, 2017 • 64 min
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…
“We can win this fight.”
Jun 20, 2017 • 50 min
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…
“Tiny, decent things.”
Jun 15, 2017 • 65 min
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…
“All hands on deck.”
Jun 12, 2017 • 67 min
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…
“Comey came to play.”
Jun 8, 2017 • 71 min
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…
“Some kind of decline.”
Jun 5, 2017 • 71 min
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…
“More fucked than we think.”
Jun 1, 2017 • 75 min
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,…
“The energy is in progressive politics.”
May 30, 2017 • 79 min
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…
“The cycle of bullshit.”
May 25, 2017 • 71 min
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.
“Exhausted from Obstructing Justice.”
May 22, 2017 • 52 min
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.
Pod Save America Takes Los Angeles
May 18, 2017 • 95 min
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.
“Government by sucker punch.”
May 15, 2017 • 69 min
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…
“Literally farcical.”
May 11, 2017 • 63 min
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…
“Think globalist, act localist.”
May 8, 2017 • 74 min
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.
Pod Save America Takes Seattle
May 7, 2017 • 127 min
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.
“The moment of truth for the resistance.”
May 4, 2017 • 75 min
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…
BONUS POD with Trevor Noah
May 3, 2017 • 25 min
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.
“Doris Trump Goodwin.”
May 1, 2017 • 65 min
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.
“A very ‘Cuck You’ week.”
Apr 27, 2017 • 62 min
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.
“The odorless gas of misogyny.”
Apr 24, 2017 • 71 min
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.
“We’ll do it live.”
Apr 20, 2017 • 68 min
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…
“When you open the canister, snakes pop out.”
Apr 17, 2017 • 65 min
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.
“Game of Cucks.”
Apr 13, 2017 • 72 min
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…
“The enemy of your enemy is your frenemy.”
Apr 10, 2017 • 64 min
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…
“Thanks for unmasking”
Apr 6, 2017 • 67 min
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.
“A garbage organization that protects harassers.”
Apr 3, 2017 • 53 min
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…
“The outrage meter is on tilt.”
Mar 30, 2017 • 69 min
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.
“Blitzkrieg of blame.”
Mar 27, 2017 • 58 min
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.
“He’ll run the country from jail like El Chapo.”
Mar 23, 2017 • 68 min
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…
“It’s like late season Sopranos.”
Mar 20, 2017 • 52 min
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…
Live @ SXSW: Crooked Media and Kara Swisher
Mar 17, 2017 • 69 min
The Crooked Media team talks live with notoriously tough interviewer Kara Swisher about their burgeoning media empire, Trump, and how to focus the resistance.
“Who pays for the wall? The elderly!”
Mar 16, 2017 • 67 min
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.
Pod Save America takes Austin
Mar 13, 2017 • 70 min
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.
“The dogs who caught the car.”
Mar 9, 2017 • 73 min
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.
“The most damning conclusion of all.”
Mar 6, 2017 • 52 min
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.
“The greatest speech in history.”
Mar 2, 2017 • 71 min
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.
“It’s making us dumber.”
Feb 27, 2017 • 63 min
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.
“A conversation about our divides.”
Feb 23, 2017 • 67 min
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.
“Card-carrying badass.”
Feb 20, 2017 • 65 min
Katie Couric joins for a freewheeling conversation about Trump’s attacks on the media, persuading Trump voters and the future of the Democratic Party.
“Caps lock freakout mode.”
Feb 16, 2017 • 63 min
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.
“C’mon, Shinzo… they’ve paid me a fortune!”
Feb 13, 2017 • 56 min
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.
Pod Save America Takes Brooklyn
Feb 11, 2017 • 133 min
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.
“Can I call you Easy D?”
Feb 9, 2017 • 69 min
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.
“A moment of silence for Bowling Green.”
Feb 6, 2017 • 53 min
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.
BONUS POD: “He has a lot of edits.”
Feb 3, 2017 • 36 min
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.
“A season for happy warriors.”
Feb 2, 2017 • 61 min
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…
“Protest is the new brunch.”
Jan 30, 2017 • 66 min
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…
“What the hell are alternative facts?”
Jan 26, 2017 • 64 min
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.
“The Mall sank into the earth.”
Jan 23, 2017 • 82 min
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”.
Obama’s Last Interview
Jan 19, 2017 • 41 min
The Pod Save America team sits down with President Obama for his last interview as President.
“Congress scares easy.”
Jan 16, 2017 • 52 min
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…
“We had plenty of ethical fun.”
Jan 12, 2017 • 55 min
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.
“Repeal and go f*ck yourself.” Our first episode!
Jan 9, 2017 • 51 min
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…
Teaser Episode
Jan 6, 2017 • 0 min
Pod Save America launches Monday January 9th!