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Pod Save America

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Four former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — are joined by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.
“Sean Spicer is good now.”
Sep 18 • 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 • 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 • 47 min
What Happened.
“Schumer’s bump.”
Sep 11 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 41 min
The Pod Save America team sits down with President Obama for his last interview as President.
“Congress scares easy.”
Jan 16 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 0 min
Pod Save America launches Monday January 9th!