Pod Save the World

Pod Save the World

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“Pod Save America” cohost Tommy Vietor thought foreign policy was boring and complicated until he got the education of a lifetime working for President Obama’s National Security Council. His new show “Pod Save the World” will bring you behind the scenes into White House Situation Room meetings and secret negotiations through a series of conversations with people who were there.
Crisis in Burma
Sep 20 • 29 min
Tommy talks with New York Times columnist Nick Kristof and Nexus Fund Executive Director Sally Smith about the ongoing ethnic cleansing happening right now in Burma.
Republican Congressman Will Hurd
Sep 13 • 30 min
Tommy talks with Will Hurd, a Republican representing Texas’s 23rd Congressional District, who served in the CIA for nearly a decade. They discussed Hurd’s role at the CIA, what motivated him to run for office, the Iran deal and ISIS.
War Policy
Sep 6 • 50 min
Tommy talks with former Lieutenant General and Ambassador to NATO Doug Lute about his six years managing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for Presidents Bush and Obama.
North Korea update then the Army’s CEO
Sep 1 • 49 min
Tommy gets an update on North Korea’s latest provocations from Asia expert Evan Medeiros. Then he talks with Eric Fanning, the former Secretary of the Army and the first openly gay head service secretary in history, about Trump’s transgender ban and his…
Crisis in Venezuela
Aug 30 • 35 min
Tommy speaks former AP correspondent Hannah Dreier about the ongoing humanitarian and political crisis in Venezuela. Dreier was the last American journalist to get a permanent work visa when she arrived in Venezuela in 2014 and reported from the capitol…
Trump’s new war plan
Aug 23 • 38 min
Tommy talks with defense policy expert Kelly Magsamen about President Trump’s speech announcing his Afghan war policy. They evaluate the substance of his plan and discuss whether any approach can actually improve the situation on the ground and allow us…
Right-wing radicals and CIA secrets
Aug 16 • 52 min
Tommy talks with former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about her efforts to combat right-wing extremists. Then he is joined by former Deputy CIA Director David Cohen to talk about what it was like to learn the world’s most closely guarded…
Emergency North Korea update then Putin’s #1 enemy
Aug 9 • 47 min
Former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes talks through Trump’s promise of “fire and fury” if North Korea threatens the US and today’s reports on advances in North Korea’s nuclear program. Then Tommy is joined by Bill Browder, a businessman who…
Are they gonna’ nuke us?
Aug 2 • 38 min
Tommy talks with former Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken about the Iran deal, whether it’s working, and if we can apply the lessons learned to the dangerous situation in North Korea. Then they talk about Secretary Tillerson’s record at State and…
The worst humanitarian crisis since WWII
Jul 26 • 36 min
Tommy talks with David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and former UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, about the famine in four countries that has put 20 million people at risk of starvation. He also offers…
Why did Putin do it?
Jul 19 • 41 min
Tommy talks with journalist and Russia expert Julia Ioffe about not if but why Putin interfered in our election. What was Putin’s motivation and goal? Are we giving him too much credit or are we not responding forcefully enough?
Russians, guns and Mosul
Jul 12 • 37 min
Tommy talks with former top defense official Derek Chollet about Donald Trump Jr.’s keystone cops collusion with Russia before transitioning to a conversation about the fight against ISIS in Mosul, Syria and the Trump administration’s policy in…
Ambassador Susan Rice
Jul 5 • 45 min
Tommy talks with former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice about her transition to civilian life, Syria, ISIS, Russia and Trump’s approach to Africa.
Europe, Nukes, and Cybersecurity
Jun 21 • 46 min
Tommy talks with former Deputy Secretary of Energy, defense policy and Europe expert Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall about the future of Europe in the wake of Brexit. Then they discussed nuclear weapons in the US and Pakistan, cybersecurity, the advanced…
Illegal Wars with Senator Tim Kaine
Jun 14 • 39 min
Tommy talks with Senator Tim Kaine about how it’s possible that sixteen years after the 9/11 attacks, the congressional authorization that allowed us to respond with military force is the legal basis for wars against groups like ISIS that didn’t even…
NATO, mistakes we made in Libya, and lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan
Jun 7 • 43 min
Tommy talks with former US Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder about Trump’s disastrous trip to NATO before transitioning to a broader conversation about when the global community should use military force. Ivo offers an unvarnished take on the mistakes the US…
Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns
May 31 • 45 min
Tommy talks with former Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns about his three decades at the State Department. They discuss US relations with Russia and Jared Kushner’s backchannel, Trump’s trip to Europe, Bill’s role in leading the Iran talks and what it…
Turkey and 28 Hours Pinned Down by ISIS with Arwa Damon
May 24 • 48 min
Tommy talks with CNN International correspondent Arwa Damon about Turkey’s descent into a dictatorship and President Erdogan’s visit to the White House. Then they discuss the 28 hours Damon spent pinned down by ISIS fighters in Mosul, her coverage of…
Love, Africa with Jeffrey Gettleman
May 16 • 50 min
Tommy and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and New York Times East Africa bureau chief Jeffrey Gettleman discuss his new book Love, Africa. They talk about the risks that come with working in places like Somalia and South Sudan, including Jeffrey…
Trump Fired Jim Comey?!?
May 10 • 29 min
Tommy talks with former DOJ Official Matthew Miller about Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director Jim Comey.
100 Days of foreign policy with Eli Lake
May 3 • 49 min
Tommy and Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake review Trump’s first 100 days on foreign policy. They cover Trump’s staffing decisions, US relations with Russia, willingness to stand up for US values, management of North Korea, ISIS, Syria and the Middle East…
What the hell is happening in France with Dr. Karen Donfried
Apr 26 • 42 min
Tommy talks with Europe expert Dr. Karen Donfried about the French Presidential elections and the rise of far-right nationalist candidates like Marine Le Pen. They also discuss the potential for Russian interference in France, comparisons to Trump and why…
Chief of Staff Stuff with Denis McDonough
Apr 19 • 45 min
Tommy talks with former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough about the Bin Laden operation, Iraq, Syria and Russian hacking of our election.
The Russian Investigation with Senator Mark Warner
Apr 12 • 38 min
Senator Mark Warner talks with Tommy about why the Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in our election is the most important thing he’s done in public life. He also takes us behind the scenes of the Committee’s TOP SECRET work.
Understanding the Syrian Civil War
Apr 10 • 34 min
Tommy and Middle East expert Colin Kahl discuss the Syrian civil war from when the protests first erupted in 2011 to President Trump’s cruise missile strike last week. They cover the roots of the conflict, Syria’s chemical weapons, Obama’s red line and…
China’s Rise with Evan Medeiros
Apr 5 • 46 min
Tommy and China expert Evan Medeiros preview Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. They discuss the meticulous planning and choreography that goes into these talks, tensions in the South China Sea, Taiwan, human rights, and how the Chinese…
Gayle Smith, former USAID Administrator
Mar 29 • 40 min
“Tommy is joined by Africa expert and former USAID Administrator Gayle Smith to discuss the crisis in South Sudan and the impact of Trump’s proposed budget cuts on the State Department and USAID.”
North Korean Nukes with Mark Lippert
Mar 22 • 54 min
Former US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert talks about the threat from North Korea’s nuclear program, Trump’s “new” approach to the DPRK, the assassination of Kim Jong Nam and the attack on his life while serving as Ambassador.
Snowden and Surveillance with Glenn Greenwald
Mar 15 • 57 min
Intercept editor Glenn Greenwald joins to respond to criticism of Edward Snowden and to discuss his views on intelligence collection.
Of Russia with Love with Mike McFaul
Mar 8 • 50 min
Tommy and former US Ambassador to Russia Mike McFaul talk about the US-Russia relationship. We cover pop culture and Rocky IV, arms control, Russian harassment of US diplomats, Mike’s assessment of Putin’s leadership and when relations turned bad, if…
Running the State Department with Heather Higginbottom
Mar 1 • 53 min
Tommy and Heather Higginbottom to discuss her journey from political campaigns to becoming the first woman to serve as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. We cover refugee vetting, pandemic response, women in foreign policy and…
Scary Sh*t with Lisa Monaco
Feb 22 • 43 min
Tommy talks with Obama’s former Homeland Security and Chief Counterterrorism Advisor Lisa Monaco about terrorism, encryption, cyber security, the Boston bombings, Trump’s dysfunctional national security team and lots more scary stuff.
8 Years in the Situation Room with Ben Rhodes
Feb 15 • 60 min
Tommy and Obama’s former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes discuss Ben’s career path, Obama’s Cairo speech, the damage Trump is doing, counterterrorism, restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, Wikileaks, Snowden,…
Half the World with Dan Restrepo
Feb 8 • 48 min
Tommy is joined by Dan Restrepo, who served as a top Latin America advisor to President Obama. They discuss the historic opening between the US and Cuba, Mexico, immigration, Colombia’s civil war and Venezuela.
Secret Iran Talks with Jake Sullivan
Feb 1 • 56 min
Tommy is joined by former top Clinton aide and former Biden National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. They discuss Jake’s experience leading the secret Iran deal negotiations, Russian hacking, Trump’s attacks on the intelligence community, Benghazi and…
Pod Save the World Teaser Episode
Jan 27 • 1 min
“Pod Save the World” launches Wednesday, February 1st!