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Lovett or Leave It

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Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett and a panel of comedians, actors, journalists, and some of the many famous Friends of the Pod appear before a live audience to break down the week’s biggest news. Quizzes! Impressions! Shouting at cable news clips! And everyone’s favorite: nuanced discussion. New episodes every Saturday.


How is it August?
Aug 1 • 69 min
100 days to the election. Here we go. LaTosha Brown joins to talk about the home stretch. Bryan Safi is back for straight guy phone banking. Plus we tell jokes to listeners and quiz Collin and CJ, as we look at what we need to do up and down the ballot to…
Cognition Impossible
Jul 25 • 53 min
Trump takes a test. Cities push back against Trump’s aggression. And Taylor releases a new album. What a week. Guy Branum joins for OK, Stop. Eric Holtaus talks about his new book, The Future Earth, imagining a best-case climate scenario. And Tanya…
No More Mr. Nice Goya
Jul 18 • 75 min
House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff discusses Roger Stone, congressional subpoenas, and veganism. Negin Farsad joins for the monologue and Michaela Watkins takes on the role of a lifetime. Plus Zeynep Tufekci joins to talk about what happens when science…
Oklahoma, OK!
Jul 11 • 60 min
A major set of rulings at the Supreme Court, a battle over reopening schools, and an announcement by Kanye in the best place for such things: a four hour interview with Forbes Magazine. Shea Serrano joins to talk about everything from the impact of…
Scrutiny on the Bounty
Jul 4 • 81 min
Emily Heller returns for our July 4th episode and agrees NOT to discuss gardening. Hari Kondabolu joins to talk about Hollywood’s response to mounting protests, from voice casting on the Simpsons to the defense of hacky stand up. Epidemiologist Dr. Anne…
K-Popping His Bubble
Jun 27 • 64 min
Larry Wilmore is back and joins for the monologue. Ari Berman discusses efforts to fight voter suppression. We quiz a listener on polling from 2016 so no one gets cocky about 2020. And we share some moments from Crooked’s pride parade live stream: Gay…
Gay for Justice
Jun 20 • 87 min
Nicole Byer is back and joins for the monologue. Adam Serwer discusses the Supreme Court’s DACA decision, the diversity of the protest movement, and Juneteenth. Plus we quiz Philip Picardi on campy religious ceremonies and talk about his new podcast on…
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Ignorance
Jun 13 • 75 min
Judd Apatow joins for the monologue. Melina Abdullah discusses the goals of the protest movement. Rosemary Ketchum stops by to talk about what it means to be the first trans person to win public office in West Virginia. And LGBTQ+ listeners join to rant…
Bunker Inspector
Jun 6 • 48 min
Peaceful protests and police backlash spread across the country. Trump “inspects” a bunker and waves a bible. Osita Nwanevu joins to discuss our collective response. DeRay Mckesson discusses policy changes that can save lives right now. And we hear from…
Burn After Tweeting
May 30 • 73 min
D’Arcy Carden joins to match listeners with battleground states. Nancy Rosenblum and Russell Muirhead discuss their book about new ways conspiracies spread and how to respond. And we’re joined live by listeners in Birmingham to break down the week’s news…
Big Structural Podcast
May 23 • 64 min
Senator Elizabeth Warren is here to talk about oversight, the pandemic response, and that question she won’t answer. Plus she sticks around as we quiz listeners. Kal Penn is back and judges the monologue. And Jon Millstein joins to deliver a zoom…
OBAMAGATE-GATE!
May 16 • 66 min
Trump floats a conspiracy without a theory. Supreme Court Justices struggle with microphones. And Elon Musk will build Teslas or else. This week in the closet, Adam Conover joins to judge the monologue, listeners share their minor frustrations, and…
Murder Hornets, Inc.
May 9 • 79 min
Author Michael Lewis explains why America is like a good team with a bad coach. Whitney Cummings joins to judge the monologue. Brittany Packnett Cunningham discusses Ahmaud Arbery and why it took a gruesome video to spur action. Listeners face off in a…
Storming the Beaches
May 2 • 59 min
Ed Helms is back and we quiz him on Trump’s briefings by the numbers. Olivia Nuzzi joins to discuss covering the coronavirus response. We test listeners on their disaster preparedness. And we try out jokes on unsuspecting strangers which was very exciting…
The King’s Bleach
Apr 25 • 76 min
John Hodgman judges the monologue. Ronan Farrow and I face tough questions from Akilah Hughes. Katie Porter joins for an update from Congress. And we hear this week’s highs (and a few rants) from listeners. Packed show! A real barn burner. (Burning barns…
Live Free and Die
Apr 18 • 68 min
Bernie backs Biden and Trump blames the WHO. What a week. Megan Rapinoe (!) and psychologist Dr. Ali Mattu join Jon for another week of Lovett or Leave It: Back in the Closet. Plus we talk to our listener-teachers about what it’s like to teach remotely…
Bern Notice
Apr 11 • 70 min
Guy Branum, Emily Heller, and Dr. Joseph Meltzer of UCLA join to cover Bernie’s withdrawal as Biden becomes the presumptive nominee, Emily’s gardening tips, GAY NEWS, Trump’s untested health advice, and the fight going on inside of our hospitals against…
Masking My Feelings
Apr 4 • 81 min
Alex Wagner, Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, and Saru Jayaraman join for the fourth Back in the Closet episode. Plus we attempt a live audience with our friends in Seattle and Spokane (huge success!), and listeners share their weird new self-care…
We’re number one.
Mar 28 • 65 min
Stephen Merchant, Kara Swisher, and Beck Bennett join for Lovett or Leave It: Back in the Closet. A big stimulus bill passes. Trump looks to goose the markets. Tech companies thrive as their workers take risks. And everyone realizes they don’t have enough…
Zoom and Gloom
Mar 21 • 60 min
Ronan Farrow stops by to take calls from couples working from home. And Adam Schiff calls in to give us an update on the congressional response to the virus and his struggles with veganism during impeachment. Plus, listeners call in with their own…
Sick in a Box
Mar 14 • 62 min
Trump’s chaotic, bumbling response to the coronavirus pandemic alarms the country. Local and state leaders (and Bernie and Biden) fill the void. And everyone figures out how to act responsibility to protect the community while panic shopping and googling…
Joe Sneaks Up From Behind!
Mar 7 • 71 min
Super Tuesday changes the race. Trump bungles the response to a pandemic. And Hachette faces blowback for secretly buying Woody Allen’s memoir. Megan Gailey and Yassir Lester join to break down a pivotal week from the end of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign to…
Oh, great. Mike Pence.
Feb 29 • 64 min
The coronavirus sparks fear in the markets and a toxic debate sparks anxiety among Democrats. Quite a week. Moshe Kasher and Fortune Feimster join to cover everything from the latest primary news to why so many couples are getting married in barns. Plus,…
Uncut Dems
Feb 22 • 61 min
Warren tenderizes Bloomberg, Bernie avoids fire, and Amy and Pete’s relationship has not improved. Emily Heller and Sean Rameswaram help break down the debate and more. D’Arcy Carden returns as we release secret footage of a White House wedding. Plus in…
Bidentity Crisis
Feb 15 • 73 min
Trump is purging, Bernie is surging, Amy is emerging, Bloomberg is splurging, and Biden is… not doing so well. Larry Wilmore and Kara Brown join to cover the primary as it heads to Nevada and South Carolina. Up and coming journalist Ronan Farrow stops by…
New Hampshire, Don’t F*ck This Up
Feb 8 • 74 min
What a week. What a MESS. Pete’s “undeniable victory” in Iowa becomes less undeniable and Senate Republicans (except for Mitt who we LOVE now) tell Trump he’s above the law. Emily Heller joins to break down the Democratic debate in New Hampshire. Franklin…
Iowa, Don’t F*ck This Up
Feb 1 • 72 min
Republicans conspire to block witnesses and Iowans get ready to caucus like the country depends on it. LIVE from Iowa City, Jon is joined by filmmaker and activist Michael Moore, Iowa state auditor Rob Sand, Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Lyn Lenz, and…
The Rural Jurors
Jan 25 • 57 min
The impeachment trial begins: Adam Schiff and the House managers make their case and Republican Senators both demand and refuse to allow new evidence. Florida’s Republicans are undermining Amendment 4 which restores the vote to those convicted of…
Lev It or Leave It
Jan 18 • 72 min
Impeachment heads to the Senate. Lev Parnas talks to Rachel Maddow. And Deval Patrick joins Jon on stage to face the Queen for a Day challenge. Plus Kara Swisher on Facebook and Little Women, Mitra Jouhari on Space Travel, and Damon Young on Joker’s 11…
HEY. We’re going on tour (ticket link inside)
Jan 15 • 0 min
Big news. Lovett or Leave It and Pod Save America are going on tour. Presale runs from January 15 - 17, use code CROOKED2020. General on-sale is Saturday January 18th at 10am local time. Tickets & dates at http://crooked.com/events See you soon.
The Warring 20’s
Jan 11 • 73 min
And we’re back! Trump escalates. Australia burns. And Rita Wilson waits and waits and WAITS. Former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes joins to unpack the latest on Iran and the congressional response. Plus comedians Hari Kondabolu and Alice…
We Impeached Him.
Dec 21, 2019 • 90 min
Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins Jon in studio to play Queen for a Day. Should college plans be universal? Chris Pratt or Chris Pine? Big questions. Plus Josh Gondelman and Negin Farsad join live as Trump gets impeached, the Democrats get feisty at the debate,…
Impeach for the Stars
Dec 14, 2019 • 62 min
John Hodgman and Amanda Seales join Jon to break down the week’s news as the Judiciary Committee debates articles of impeachment and the Department of Justice releases a report that debunks Trump’s conspiracy theories. Plus we look back on the year and…
Darin’ to Say “Barron”
Dec 7, 2019 • 63 min
Impeachment heads to the Judiciary Committee. Rudy films a documentary in Ukraine. Fox News anchors piss off their moms. And a ferocious debate breaks out ON STAGE over a little film called The Irishman. Brett Gelman and Rheeqrheeq Chainey join to break…
Up Schiff’s Creek
Nov 23, 2019 • 67 min
Fiona Hill has eyes. Gordon Sondland has receipts. And Cory Booker has jokes. The first round of impeachment hearings wrap up in dramatic fashion. Democrats debate in Atlanta. And Chris Matthews uses, shall we say, an irregular channel. The hilarious Guy…
This Ukrainian Life
Nov 16, 2019 • 70 min
Bill Taylor and George Kent testify as the public phase of impeachment begins. Rudy considers hosting a podcast, and we have the ad reads. The goobers at Fox & Friends are briefly confronted by reality. And Dion Waiters has a very VERY bad experience with…
OK, Bloomberg
Nov 9, 2019 • 61 min
Impeachment goes public. Kentucky goes blue. And Facebook goes all caps. Kal Penn and Emily Heller join to break down the week’s news, from Iowa to The View to whatever the hell is going on with T.I. Plus investigative reporter Jason Leopold joins to…
Catch, Marry, Kill
Nov 2, 2019 • 58 min
The House votes on impeachment. Evidence mounts against Trump. And Fox News smears a decorated veteran who heard the Ukraine phone call. Ronan Farrow joins to discuss his book Catch and Kill, the response from reporters inside NBC, and his impression of a…
Announcing: What A Day
Oct 29, 2019 • 2 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…
Impeachment FOMO
Oct 26, 2019 • 58 min
Congressman Matt Gaetz and his pals invade a secure hearing room. The Ambassador to Ukraine delivers shocking testimony in the impeachment inquiry. Kellyanne Conway insults a reporter who immediately posts the audio. And Halloween is here so it’s time to…
The Roast of Elizabeth Warren
Oct 19, 2019 • 56 min
Mayor Pete turns up the heat at the debate, Trump’s chief of staff confesses to crimes on camera, and Fox News still struggles to spin the Ukraine scandal. Returning champions Michaela Watkins and Moshe Kasher are BACK and the Ringer’s John Gonzalez joins…
Catch Me If Ukraine
Oct 12, 2019 • 81 min
Rudy’s pals are arrested at the airport. Ellen’s pal is a very bad president. And Lovett’s pals Shea Serrano and Emily Heller are here to break down the week’s news. Plus Beto O’Rourke becomes the seventh presidential candidate to face the Queen for a Day…
Ukraine Clown Posse
Oct 5, 2019 • 70 min
Adam Scott and Nicole Byer are here to explore another week of high crimes and misdemeanors… after Trump confesses on camera and threatens civil war on Twitter. Plus a GOP megadonor diplomat hates texting about crimes, Mark Zuckerberg worries about…
Gay for Impeachment
Sep 28, 2019 • 72 min
The White House releases damning evidence of a shakedown. Pelosi and House Democrats unite behind impeachment. Ukraine’s president is pressured to deny there was pressure. And Rudy Giuliani isn’t the lawyer Trump needs, but he’s definitely the lawyer…
Canceling with the Stars
Sep 21, 2019 • 84 min
Trump and Ukraine. Nadler and Lewandowski. Spicer and total humiliation. What a week. Senator Cory Booker joins to face the Queen for a Day gauntlet. Ben Rhodes covers the whistleblower story and tensions with Iran. Plus Sasheer Zamata and Vox’s Sean…
Protect Stacey Abrams!
Sep 14, 2019 • 77 min
And we’re back. Live from Radio City! Fox News reads John Bolton’s texts on air so Desus and Mero join Jon for “OK, Stop.” Wyatt Cenac, Alyssa Mastromonaco, and Dulcé Sloan cover the Democratic debate and discuss which candidate is our Hawkeye. Then…
Dunaway or the Highway
Aug 17, 2019 • 73 min
Akilah Hughes and Jon introduce highlights from the year so far - or, really, highlights from the year’s episodes so far. Look, what we’re saying is, Akilah and Jon talked about Faye Dunaway being sued for allegedly calling her assistant a “little…
Gays Against Equinox
Aug 10, 2019 • 79 min
Journalist Laurie Penny joins to discuss extremism and misogyny online. Then Larry Wilmore, Paul Scheer, and Alice Wetterlund are back to talk about the fight for gun control, Apple dongles, boycotting Trump funders, and whether Little Caesars is better…
Hot Inslee Summer
Aug 3, 2019 • 73 min
Governor Jay Inslee stops by to discuss climate change, his disagreement with Joe Biden and Andrew Yang, whether he knows what it means to be called a “snack,” and a shocking revelation regarding Harry Potter. Then Kara Swisher, Ramy Youssef, and Kara…
Big Not So Little Lies
Jul 27, 2019 • 67 min
Veep’s Matt Walsh, reporter Emily Jane Fox, and writer/comedian Diallo Riddle join Jon to break down the Mueller hearings and talk of impeachment, Trump’s reaction, the Equifax breach, plus rants about DC statehood, Hope Hicks, and congressional hearings…
Send Him Back
Jul 20, 2019 • 70 min
Trump finds a new low. Republicans find ways to avoid confronting him. And Tom Cruise finds a way BACK INTO OUR HEARTS. Backstage in Salt Lake City, Lovett catches up with Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, Dan Pfeiffer, and Erin Ryan on Trump’s fascist rally,…
Slippery Slope of Fairness
Jul 13, 2019 • 65 min
The US win the World Cup. Trump loses on the census. And Pelosi clashes with AOC and millennials. An ACTION PACKED show with Andy Richter, Rheeqrheeq Chainey, and Erin Ryan on the panel. Plus a rant by Ira Madison III. And Lovett harangues an actual…
Rain on Trump’s Parade
Jul 6, 2019 • 71 min
Fox & Friends discovers DJ Khaled. Trump plans a fascist jamboree on the National Mall. And we (maybe) won a big fight on the census. In a special Independence Day edition, Jon and returning champion Emily Heller find good reasons to be patriotic and look…
The Bus Stops Here (Debate Special!)
Jun 29, 2019 • 78 min
Liz! Kamala! Bernie! And Jeff! Is that Jeff? Josh? Was there a Josh? Sounds wrong. Anyway, twenty candidates debated for the first time and we learned a lot. Plus, Monica Ramirez joins to break down what’s happening at the border and how to help. Travon…
Big Little Lies with a Smokey Eye
Jun 15, 2019 • 77 min
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is OUT and collusion is IN. Adam Conover, Megan Gailey, and Demi Adejuyigbe join Jon to break down the latest 2020 news, Trump’s oddly staged interview with George Stephanopoulos, the insane pay gap in women’s sports, our national…
Straight Pride and the Hyde Divide (Live from Minneapolis)
Jun 8, 2019 • 92 min
Trump insults veterans on D-Day, Tucker Carlson thinks YouTube is the government, and Amy Klobuchar joins Jon on stage at the University of Minnesota to face the Queen for a Day gauntlet. Plus Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, Guy Branum, and Ana Marie Cox…
So that’s what Mueller sounds like!
Jun 1, 2019 • 75 min
The special counsel speaks and people can’t believe their ears because they didn’t use their eyes to READ THE REPORT. An architect of gerrymandering dies and his daughter discovers a trove of damning documents. Oh and aliens! Returning champions Josh…
Lie of the Storm
May 25, 2019 • 71 min
Trump “storms” out on Pelosi, anti-choice laws lead to mass protest, and Kellyanne Conway auditions for Real Housewives of Washington. Plus we quiz the panel on Trump’s tariffs and quiz the audience on an immigration extremist’s bonkers list of demands.…
BBQ, Bombs, and de Blasio (LIVE from Austin)
May 18, 2019 • 83 min
Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor join Lovett for an update on Alabama’s heinous new law, Trump’s trade war, John Bolton’s war war, and the Game of Throne’s finale. Then we go to Austin for a fantastic live show with Shea Serrano, Emily Heller, and the Texas…
Gotta Impeach ‘Em All (LIVE from Dallas)
May 11, 2019 • 70 min
Pelosi takes on leftwing “exuberance” and offers her thoughts on Democratic strategy. Tucker Carlson is very mad that Facebook kicked off white supremacists. And Texas’s own Julian Castro joins to discuss his presidential campaign and to face the “Queen…
Democracy: Endgame (LIVE from Houston)
May 4, 2019 • 65 min
Marvel introduces a gay character (who’s in one scene and has NO powers). Kamala Harris wipes the floor with William Barr. Hillary Clinton assumes her final form on Rachel Maddow. And we see if Texas can tell the difference between Ted Cruz and John…
Woke For His Age?
Apr 27, 2019 • 66 min
Biden enters the race, Trump ignores subpoenas, Warren tackles student loans, CNN hosts marathon town halls, and Hannity is still worried about Hillary’s emails. Returning champions Guy Branum, Negin Farsad, and Kiran Deol join Jon to break down the…
The Mueller-ity Report
Apr 20, 2019 • 74 min
House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff joins Jon to discuss the release of the (redacted) Mueller report, the congressional response, and the role of impeachment. Then Jason Leopold, Paul W. Downs, and Mitra Jouhari help break down the Republican reaction,…
Kirstjen Gets Firjed (LIVE from Boston)
Apr 13, 2019 • 95 min
Trump purges DHS over immigration. Republican legislatures pass draconian anti-abortion laws. And Tucker Carlson can’t understand code switching even though he does it on television every single night. Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang joins…
Oh no more candidates!
Apr 6, 2019 • 55 min
Democratic presidential candidates are competing on fundraising, policymaking, and apology giving. Brexit is a MESS. And the Times reveals the secret market research on Trump and his cronies. Gabe Liedman, Tre’vell Anderson, and Patti Harrison join Jon to…
A Mueller Walks Into A Barr
Mar 30, 2019 • 73 min
And we’re back! Mueller’s report is IN and it’s very good for Trump as long as we never ever read it ever. We cover the Barr Book Report, the Fox News reaction, Republican attacks on House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff, and how much we still don’t know…
Aunt Becky for President
Mar 16, 2019 • 89 min
Well, a LOT happened this week. Jon Favreau joins Lovett in studio to talk about the insane college admissions scandal, Trump’s first veto over his fake national emergency, the Boeing 737 Max 8, Paul Manafort’s sentencing, Tucker Carlson’s bigoted radio…
CPAC to Reality
Mar 9, 2019 • 70 min
Trump literally hugs a flag, figuratively hugs Kim Jong Un, and speaks for two hours at a conservative conference for people who think Fox News isn’t mean enough. Live from Madison, Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, Ana Marie Cox, and Akilah Hughes join Jon to…
Michael Cohen, Perfect Hero!
Mar 2, 2019 • 87 min
Trump’s ex-lawyer (and just plain ex-lawyer) Michael Cohen testifies before Congress and it was WILD. Fox & Friends is loving the dynamic between Trump and Kim Jong Un. And Green Book is drawing all the attention away from the fact that Bohemian Rhapsody…
Bern After Leading
Feb 23, 2019 • 58 min
Bernie Sanders enters the race, Tucker Carlson can’t handle criticism, Trump officials screw with the census, Roger Stone gets put in his place, measles makes a comeback, Amazon skips New York, and Jussie Smollett… well, you know. Emily Heller, Ira…
Wallentine’s Day
Feb 16, 2019 • 66 min
Love and hate are in the air. Trump declares a national emergency to please his TV dads. High speed rail slows down. Jussie Smollett confronts doubters. 2020 Dems sounds alike at times. The Oscars cut important awards. And a game with a special…
Un-Meet Virginia
Feb 9, 2019 • 89 min
Trump’s State of the Union never happened. Fox News is screaming about socialism. And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joins Jon on stage at the Anthem in Washington, DC to discuss her 2020 campaign, health care, and the ugly scandals unfolding in Virginia. She…
America’s Next Top Vegan
Feb 2, 2019 • 75 min
Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, discusses Mueller, Trump’s feud with intelligence officials, impeachment, congressional oversight, and vegan hamburgers. Plus Tawny Newsome and Naomi Ekperigin are back to break down the week’s…
Watch for Falling Stones
Jan 26, 2019 • 92 min
And we’re back! Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor join Lovett to cover Trump’s surrender on the shutdown and Roger Stone’s indictment. Then Zoe Lister-Jones, Mitra Jouhari, Andrew Ti, and D’Arcy Carden join to talk about Pelosi versus Trump, the nationwide…
Emergency Fake Emergency Pod!
Jan 9, 2019 • 31 min
Well, he came, he sniffed, he lied. Lovett, Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, and Julissa Arce play “OK, Stop” through Trump’s absurd waste of an oval office address. Also, Lovett or Leave It is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events
What a Year!
Dec 22, 2018 • 58 min
2018 ends as it began: with a looming government shutdown, chaos in the White House, and Paul Ryan hiding behind a potted plant. In a special holiday episode, we highlight some of our favorite moments from Lovett or Leave It this year, from Fox’s take on…
Impeachment is my Safe Word
Dec 15, 2018 • 67 min
Cohen faces the music. Trump faces Pelosi. And Favreau and Vietor face Lovett’s 2018 quiz. What a week. What a year. Jon is joined by returning champions Alicia Garza, Megan Gailey, Louis Virtel, Jon Favreau, and Tommy Vietor to break down a wild week of…
Thank U, Next Crime
Dec 8, 2018 • 66 min
And we’re back! Wisconsin Republicans reject the will of the voters, Mueller closes in on Individual 1, Fox News launches a new streaming service, Lou Dobbs loses the plot, and the Women’s Center for Creative Work’s Community Chorus join us LIVE to sing a…
Wave New World
Nov 10, 2018 • 68 min
Stacey Abrams and Bill Nelson fight to count every vote, protesters target Tucker Carlson’s house, a lovely woman wants to marry a ghost, and RBG fell but Lovett couldn’t even bring himself to discuss it
The Wohl of Wall Street
Nov 3, 2018 • 60 min
We’re days away from the midterms and Republicans are doubling down on racist fear mongering as their closing argument. We play a game about what we can expect to see from Republicans if they’re voted into office and we try to convince some advice seekers…
The Sum of All Fearmongering
Oct 27, 2018 • 56 min
Trump uses the fear of innocent refugees to rally his base. Fox News explains the motivation behind the migrant caravan. We recommend some Halloween costumes that will scare liberals straight and get a lesson in the hard and long fought history for voting…
Mitch’s Brew
Oct 20, 2018 • 68 min
Mitch McConnell makes it clearer than ever that Republican’s are full of shit. We share some advice about what to do when you experience or see voter discrimination and we get a much-needed pep talk about that terrifying climate report. Guy shares his…
Justice is T-Swift
Oct 13, 2018 • 64 min
Brett Kavanaugh serves his first day on the Supreme Court, evil boat shoe Charlie Kirk has thoughts on Taylor Swift, history proves that not all hope is lost and we play a game that shows there’s no good excuse not to vote on November 6th! Lovett…
Bros Before Roe
Oct 6, 2018 • 71 min
Donald Trump’s wealth began with brazen tax fraud, Brett Kavanaugh hurtles toward confirmation, Fox News wants a culture that never ever changes, and sure, we have bigger fish to fry, but paper straws are bad, OK? Neal Brennan, Amanda Seales, and Michaela…
Hearing No Evil
Sep 29, 2018 • 61 min
Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the one female lawyer hired to do their dirty work. Plus Trump has a bananas press conference, Lindsey Graham loses the plot, Facebook once again treats our…
Double Double, Brett’s in Trouble
Sep 22, 2018 • 64 min
Rod Rosenstein reportedly raised invoking the 25th amendment. Republicans plow ahead with Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination despite sexual assault allegations even as Kavanaugh’s allies offer bizarre theories to exonerate their pal. We look back at the Anita…
Ronan Will Find You
Sep 15, 2018 • 61 min
Disturbing allegations emerge against Brett Kavanaugh, CBS ousts Les Moonves and confronts a misogynist workplace culture, Serena Williams deals with a bunch of bullshit, Tucker Carlson goes full fascist, and in honor of the high holidays, we atone for…
It was Pence!
Sep 8, 2018 • 75 min
Anonymous Trump officials write op-eds for the Times and tell Bob Woodward everything. Kavanaugh perjures himself before the Senate. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris go hard in the hearings. And huge shocker: Fox & Friends doesn’t like Colin Kaepernick’s…
Kim Kardashian, Try This Podcast
Sep 1, 2018 • 56 min
Mandy Moore and Dawes’s Taylor Goldsmith join for a very special dramatic reading of Kellyanne and George Conway’s public disagreements. Plus we break down the results of Democratic primaries, the GOP’s list of Trump scandals, the racist message of…
Guilty!
Aug 25, 2018 • 61 min
Paul Manafort is convicted and Michael Cohen pleads guilty while implicating the president. So we invited Andy Richter and Max Silvestri to help us imagine what it would be like for Paul and Mike to share a cell. Plus Trump sounds like a mob boss who lost…
Darth Omarosa
Aug 18, 2018 • 60 min
Trump’s White House is in turmoil over Omarosa’s recordings. So we asked Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches to perform a dramatic reading of Omarosa’s dramatic prologue. Plus, a year after Charlottesville, white nationalism has found a home on Fox News. The EPA…
Instagram Your Corruption
Aug 11, 2018 • 55 min
Mar-a-Lago members are illegally running the VA, a congressman allegedly committed insider trading on the White House lawn, and Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross may have grifted millions. What a week. Ira Madison III, Emily Heller, and Awkwafina join Jon to…
Rudy does all of his own stunts!
Aug 4, 2018 • 62 min
Facebook is still a target for election interference. Giuliani is not making much sense. And even the “feel good” segments on local news are secretly sad now. Plus we talk about wildfires and climate change, Manafort’s expansive wardrobe, Tom Cruise…
Michael Cohen, welcome to the resistance.
Jul 27, 2018 • 63 min
Trump’s ex-lawyer drops the first single off his album and claims Trump was fully briefed on the whole collusion thing. Plus Fox News struggles to spin Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kavanaugh threatens Roe, Sean Spicer’s book faces the critics, and Frasier…
Treason Finale
Jul 20, 2018 • 68 min
Well it’s all out in the open now, huh? Trump walks back his Helsinki walk back. ICE is younger than Monster Energy Drink. Joe Lieberman is terrible. Republicans meekly criticize a disloyal President. And Air Force One is going to be insanely ugly unless…
Love Strzok
Jul 13, 2018 • 74 min
1812 It’s Overture
Jul 6, 2018 • 86 min
Jon joins Jon Favreau and Dan Pfieffer in-studio to talk through the latest developments on immigration, SCOTUS, and the growing outrage of Democratic voters. Then Jon is joined by Tawny Newsome, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Molly Lambert to commiserate and…
Alexa, give us gay rights
Jun 30, 2018 • 65 min
Kennedy gets out. Ocasio-Cortez gets votes. Nazis get retweets. And we all get sick of bad surprises. Guy Branum, Taz Ahmed, and Adam Lustick join Jon to discuss the week’s news, Marco Rubio’s twitter, Pepsi cinema, and the hearty genes of Ashkenazi…
Don’t Wake Fascist Grandpa
Jun 23, 2018 • 58 min
Recorded live at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Jon is joined by Symone Sanders, Liliana Segura, and Benjamin Sawyer to break down the week’s news. Trump shifts, but families are still separated. Fox & Friends gets a little too honest about…
Birth of a Discrimi-nation
Jun 15, 2018 • 63 min
Hollywood, baby! Home of rich celebrities, infuriating traffic and the systemic suppression of marginalized voices. We’ll discuss Tinseltown’s history of government censorship, the secret motivations of Candace Owens, and we’ll even meet an audience…
Autoerotic Obstruction of Justice
Jun 9, 2018 • 61 min
DOJ refuses to defend Obamacare. Trump floats a self-pardon. Dems perform well in the California primaries. Lou Dobbs is not well. And poor JR Smith, said Lovett who just found out what happened. Erin Gibson, Bryan Safi, Brenda Gonzalez, and Professor…
LOLOLoligarchy
Jun 1, 2018 • 74 min
Recorded live in Philadelphia, Jon is joined by the city’s new district attorney Larry Krasner, Ezra Miller and his band Sons of an Illustrious Father, the Roosevelt Institute’s Mike Konczal, comedian Franchesca Ramsey, and writer Dylan Marron for a…
Art of the Kneel
May 26, 2018 • 65 min
The big Korea summit is off. The NFL stands for nothing. Trump invents fake scandals and goes after women’s health and reproductive freedom. Plus how slow are American trains? And how fast is the Millennium Falcon? Lots of big questions to answer. Live…
Rudy Awakening
May 19, 2018 • 65 min
A bunch of corruption and collusion stories break and it’s very bad for the crime gang! Trump calls people animals and we debate how nuanced it was. The Peace Prize hits a snag on the Korean peninsula. And yes there’s a royal wedding but we stopped caring…
Retweet to Impeach
May 11, 2018 • 75 min
Facebook and Twitter are transforming our politics. Marginalized voices can find an audience, but so can extremists. We’ve given up privacy while also taking down barriers that divide people and protect the powerful. This week, in a special episode that…
Rudy Giuliani, Esquire
May 5, 2018 • 73 min
Trump’s new legal eagle Rudy Giuliani collapsed under the withering questions of Sean Hannity. Kanye brought some free thinking to TMZ. Conservatives fled Michelle Wolf’s jokes in terror. And the teacher of the year takes on her toughest pupil: Donald…
Fox & Friends with Benefits
Apr 28, 2018 • 81 min
Trump calls his TV friends. Cosby is found guilty. Nunes can’t manage a scheme. Kanye is on his journey. A hand shake crosses the DMZ. And a debate about pizza gets VERY heated. Larry Wilmore, Negin Farsad, Grace Parra, Paul W. Downs, and Travis Helwig…
Shooting Star of Stupid
Apr 20, 2018 • 75 min
Propaganda is everywhere, from Sinclair stations to industry-funded research, from Trump tweets to the stories we tell about ourselves on Facebook and Instagram. Recorded live from Minneapolis in the midst of an historic April blizzard, Jon is joined by…
Czech Your Privilege
Apr 14, 2018 • 73 min
Ryan retires, Comey speaks, Rosenstein survives, Zuckerberg testifies, Cohen is screwed (and maybe did go to Prague?), Hannity loses his mind, and, late Friday, Trump launches military strikes in Syria. Erin Gloria Ryan, comedian Tien Tran, and activist…
Pay your rent, Scott Pruitt!
Apr 7, 2018 • 72 min
The EPA administrator’s corruption eruption continues. Fox News once again tells a black celebrity to shut up. Florida faces climate change and climate change deniers. Teachers rebel against budget cuts. Trump attacks vulnerable asylum seekers. And the…
Nesting Doll of Idiots!
Mar 31, 2018 • 61 min
Trump’s lawyer allegedly floated pardons. Trump’s lawyer’s lawyer is not doing much better. The census is under attack. And this White House can turn any adult into Benjamin Button. Comedians Emily Heller and Jaboukie Young-White and journalist Seema…
Bolton Bucket List
Mar 24, 2018 • 70 min
Trump hires John Bolton, congratulates Putin, attacks Mueller, loses his lawyer, and confronts very detailed accounts of marital affairs and efforts to cover them up. Plus, young people lead a march against gun violence, Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook…
Friday News Dump!
Mar 17, 2018 • 58 min
McCabe gets axed, Tillerson is dethroned, Conor Lamb wins in an upset, and students walk out to protest gun violence. Plus Elizabeth Holmes is very good at seeming like she’s not a criminal and United Airlines seems to be run by a house cat. LeVar Burton…
Dirty Sexy Hush Money
Mar 10, 2018 • 65 min
Well it’s been another boring week without news here in America. Yikes. Anyway, we covered: potential campaign finance violations related to Trump’s sex NDAs, Mueller is moving and witnesses are losing it, Fox News freaks over the Oscars, and more. In a…
Hate in a Hopeless Place
Mar 3, 2018 • 61 min
Chaos, at least more than usual, at the White House: Hope is out, Jared is screwed, Kelly feels God’s wrath, Trump declares war on metal, and Mueller is in everyone’s business. Amanda Hess of the New York Times, comedian Patti Harrison, and the LA Times’…
The Kids are Alright
Feb 24, 2018 • 71 min
Young people change the gun debate in a matter of days. NRA talking points ring hollow at a CNN town hall. Black Panther helps register voters. And Jon demands a gay superhero. A guy with laser eyes and a boyfriend. What’s the problem? Mayor Michael Tubbs…
LeBron/Rippon
Feb 17, 2018 • 74 min
Mueller drops more indictments. Republicans block immigration reform. Another deadly school shooting elicits thoughts and prayers. The Obama portraits scramble some brains. And Laura Ingraham blows a dog whistle wrong because we all can hear it. Roxane…
Dystopian Layer Cake
Feb 10, 2018 • 63 min
Democrats push for a vote on DACA. Trump loves a parade and a staff secretary with a history of violence. And Omarosa turns Big Brother into Meet the Press. Live from Denver, Jon is joined by Alyssa Mastromonaco, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Ricardo Baca to…
The Fucking Memo
Feb 3, 2018 • 67 min
The Nunes Memo is released and it’s even dumber than expected. Trump delivered a State of the Union and then obliterated any memory of it, per usual. Hope Hicks was reportedly too obvious about crimes. And you won’t want to miss a shockingly passionate…
The House Always Wynns
Jan 27, 2018 • 75 min
Trump puts an immigration proposal on the table. GOP finance chair Steve Wynn is accused of misconduct. And Sean Hannity struggles to serve master. Live from the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Jon is joined by Ijeoma Oluo, Lindy West, and Akilah Hughes to…
Shut Down for What
Jan 20, 2018 • 68 min
Well, it happened. The partisan House bill fails, the bipartisan compromise can’t get a vote, talks continue into the morning, and the government shuts down. Plus big Russia developments, Stormy Daniels tells all, and Trump voters finally get some press.…
Lovett or Brexit
Jan 14, 2018 • 62 min
Trump rejects a bipartisan immigration deal and has all of us saying “shithole” over and over again. Hawaii is hit with a false alarm. And royals have some racist brooches. Live from London, Trump may not have felt welcome here but we sure did! Stephen…
Roll Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Dec 16, 2017 • 67 min
Doug Jones wins! Omarosa is chopped or whatever. And Lovett or Leave It closes the books on 2017 with a holiday AKA Christmas spectacular. Favreau and Vietor compete to remember all the people Trump fired. Kara Brown, Colton Dunn, and Alice Barker join to…
Handmaid’s Fail
Dec 9, 2017 • 63 min
A government shutdown looms!!! Trump stumps for Roy Moore even as resignations over sexual misconduct pile up on the Hill. Republicans experience memory loss on Russia. (And, lose) Comey’s tweets are just terrible. And Donald Trump, Jr. - not a lawyer -…
Lock Him Up
Dec 2, 2017 • 91 min
Flynn cops a plea. The tax bill verges on passage. A government shutdown looms. And Trump still manages to find new lows on Twitter. In a special crossover episode, Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Ira Madison, and Lovett walk through Mueller’s deal with Flynn.…
The Real Housewife in Chief
Nov 25, 2017 • 72 min
Andy Cohen, Franchesca Ramsey, and Daveed Diggs join Jon at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for a special Thanksgiving episode looking at reality TV, social media, and the shamelessness of this political moment. Plus, Murielle Borst Tarrant of “Don’t…
Injustice League
Nov 18, 2017 • 63 min
Van Jones, Cristela Alonzo, and Langston Kerman join Jon to break down the week’s news. Al Franken faces an allegation. Kushner and Sessions once again struggle with human memory. The GOP tax plan moves through Congress. And the Flash can be gay. Maybe.…
Take a Knee, Toyota!
Nov 11, 2017 • 83 min
Ronan Farrow, Katy Tur, Alex Wagner, and Michelle Wolf join Jon at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for a special episode of Lovett or Leave It marking one year since Election Day 2016. Plus, a Paul Ryan-themed quiz, the meaning of the Virginia…
A Slice of White (Only) Pizza
Nov 4, 2017 • 72 min
Indictments! Tax reform! DNC infighting! Jon is joined by comedians Max Silvestri and Rae Sanni and Crooked Media editor-in-chief Brian Beutler to break down an insane week. Plus Vanessa Grigoriadis talks about Betsy DeVos and the politics of consent, a…
It’s Not a Trick, It’s Collusion
Oct 28, 2017 • 58 min
Flake jumps ship. Trump goes back to the Hillary well. FCC paves the way for right-wing local news. And you sheep didn’t go see a great sci-fi movie which is why we can’t have nice things. Jack Whitehall, Akilah Hughes, and Brian Babylon join Jon to break…
He Can’t Say Anything to Your Face
Oct 21, 2017 • 76 min
Trump drags the country into a cruel debate. Women post their stories of sexual harassment. And Crooked Media obtains a leaked White House memo. Jenny Slate, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Jenny Yang join Jon to break down the week. Plus a dramatic reading and a…
Open Secrets and Lies
Oct 14, 2017 • 77 min
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joins Jon to discuss Weinstein and justice for victims of sexual assault from Hollywood to college campuses to the military. Plus, we cover guns, Iran, and there’s a new quiz. Then Jenni Konnor, Symone Sanders, and Neal Brennan…
Runnin’ Down a Dreamer
Oct 10, 2017 • 41 min
Bonus ep! Rob Huebel, Taz Ahmed, and Felix Biederman join Jon at LA Podfest to talk Trump’s revised travel ban, immigration, and DOJ’s trans ruling. Plus a dramatic reading by Rob and “Too Stupid to be True” on birth control. Good.
Rex Tillerson, Welcome to the Resistance
Oct 7, 2017 • 75 min
Rexy gets caught telling the truth. The country once again debates gun violence. Trump heads to Puerto Rico. The “Iron Stache” Randy Bryce talks Paul Ryan. Congressman Mark Pocan talks monopolies. Erin Gloria Ryan tests Jon on Wisconsin trivia. Plus…
High on Taxpayer Supply
Sep 30, 2017 • 76 min
The Graham-Cassidy health care bill fails. Gary Cohn goes Lucille Bluth on tax cuts. Tom Price loves a captain’s chair at 30,000 feet. And Paul Ryan says he’s very happy with Trump. Marc Maron, Tony Goldwyn, Heben Nigatu, and Craig Mazin join Jon to break…
The Middle Finger on America’s Right Hand
Sep 23, 2017 • 79 min
McCain says no to Graham-Cassidy. Trump and Kim give each other pet names. And Lawrence will not have the hammering. Melina Abdullah, Ed Helms, and Norman Lear join Jon to break down the week. Plus Norman rules on boomers v. millennials and we have some…
Trump’s Emotional Affair
Sep 16, 2017 • 85 min
Chuck and Nancy make a deal, Medicare for All battles Repeal and Replace, and Sessions gets reamed in the Oval. Guy Branum, Erin Gloria Ryan, and Julissa Arce help break down the week. Plus Jon sits down with Cyrus Habib, the Lt. Governor of Washington,…
From Russia with Likes
Sep 9, 2017 • 72 min
Sessions announces the end to DACA with a running fuse. Big boy Trump finally strikes his first deal. Deadly storms portend a worsening climate. Facebook has some explaining to do. Lou Dobbs goes MAGA on Paul Ryan. And Equifax is just despicable. Sasheer…
Prophets of Rage
Sep 2, 2017 • 87 min
Chuck D of Public Enemy and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine join Jon to talk about the soundtrack of the Resistance. Then Jake Fogelnest, Cord Jefferson, and Brittani Nichols break down the latest news on Houston, Mueller’s investigation, and…
Look What You Made Him Do
Aug 26, 2017 • 83 min
Trump pardons Arpaio, trans service members face a ban, North Korea launches missiles, Gorka is out, and Taylor Swift gets the crowd riled up. Jon is joined by Michaela Watkins, Alice Wetterlund, Andrew Ti, Tommy Vietor and Ira Madison III to break down…
Calamity Bannon
Aug 19, 2017 • 71 min
A week that began with marching ends with marching orders. Larry Wilmore, Gaby Dunn, and Langston Kerman join Jon to discuss the latest White House shake up and the fallout from Charlottesville. Plus GOP operative Tim Miller stops by for a new segment…
Rain of Terror
Aug 12, 2017 • 66 min
Todd Barry, Natalie Morales, and Dan Pfeiffer join Jon to discuss North Korea, the opioid crisis, McConnell v. Trump, immigration, and the rest of it. Recorded live at the Outside Lands Festival in SF.
Smother of Exiles
Aug 5, 2017 • 68 min
Trump plays to the base, foreign leader transcripts leak, Mueller makes some moves, a C+ Santa Monica fascist takes the podium, and Dunkirk is best in 70mm. Joe Mande, Cameron Esposito, and Ann Friedman join Jon to break down the week’s news and introduce…
You Can’t McConnell an Honest Man
Jul 29, 2017 • 66 min
Trumpcare dies in the Senate! Priebus is bounced from the motorcade! Plus the Mooch toots his own horn, as it were. Recorded LIVE at the Comedy Store, Jon breaks down yet another insane week with writer Ira Madison, actor Brett Gelman, comedian Amanda…
Sisyphus with a Mini Fridge
Jul 22, 2017 • 75 min
Sarah Silverman, DeRay Mckesson, and Guy Branum join Jon to break down an extraordinary week. The health care bill lives and dies and lives again. Trump discovers the pardon power. Sessions reportedly lied under oath. And please do not worry: we give Sean…
Moscow Mules and Piña Colludas
Jul 14, 2017 • 68 min
Rainn Wilson, Max Silvestri, Milana Vayntrub, and Laurie Kilmartin join Jon to discuss Junior’s meetings, health care, humanitarian work, and Dwight Schrute. Plus a new game ends in a little collusion you won’t want to miss.
Going HAMptons on Partisanship
Jul 8, 2017 • 78 min
Packed show! Former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on his run for Governor. Jeff Ross, Wil Wheaton, and Sabrina Jalees discuss ethics resignations and voter fraud; Tommy Vietor joins for the “Vietor Detour” to break down a big foreign policy week; and the…
Delay on? On delay.
Jul 1, 2017 • 74 min
Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado joins Jon to talk about the health care fight and a positive vision for Democrats, and to quiz the audience on a special mile-high topic. Plus comedian and writer Travon Free and Atlantic reporter Julia Ioffe help…
Wario and Peace
Jun 24, 2017 • 71 min
Paul Scheer, Rory Scovel, and Jessica Chaffin join Jon to break down the latest on health care. Plus a look at Trump’s lame excuses for claiming he had “tapes” and, at long last, a discussion of Dear Evan Hansen.
Mueller? I hardly know her.
Jun 16, 2017 • 69 min
Jon is joined by Jamil Smith of MTV News, Vanity Fair’s Nick Bilton, and comedian Mo Welch to discuss the shooting in Alexandria, news reports that Trump himself is now under investigation, McConnell’s play to revamp the health care system in secret, and,…
There’s Just Like So Much Going On (Live from DC!)
Jun 9, 2017 • 86 min
Trump’s response to terror, the war on the war on drugs, the role of the press, Putin’s spin on collusion, the impact of unfilled jobs across our government, and, most importantly, Wonder Woman. In the second live show at the Lincoln Theatre in DC, Jon is…
There Will Be Flood (Live from DC!)
Jun 3, 2017 • 78 min
The US withdraws from the Paris accords. Spicer dodges questions on climate. CEOs are divided on advising Trump. And a new segment: “Too Stupid to be Congress.” Recorded at the Lincoln Theatre on U Street, Jon is joined by CBS News White House reporter…
Baby Got Backchannel
May 27, 2017 • 60 min
Jared Kushner is in very big trouble, Trump studies abroad, the administration releases a cruel budget, and the GOP holds a seat in Montana. The Daily Beast’s Ira Madison III, Fargo’s Allison Tolman, and comedian Bobby Lee join to break down the week’s…
Comey Comey Comey Chameleon
May 20, 2017 • 53 min
What a week. What. A. Week. Comedians Dave Anthony, Grace Parra, and Mike Lawrence join. Also, a Rubio-themed quiz. Exciting.
Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire Comey
May 13, 2017 • 58 min
What a week. Comey, the fallout of several bonkers Trump interviews, Spicer’s embarrassing briefing, and more with Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Lapkus, and Gareth Reynolds.
Pre-Exhausting Conditions
May 6, 2017 • 76 min
Zombie Trumpcare clears the House. Comey says he’d do it all again. The FCC threatens net neutrality. And Ivanka Trump has advice for working women who cannot wait to hear it. Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca, comedian Jena Friedman, and ABC’s Dan Harris join.…
Fun Hundred Days
Apr 29, 2017 • 58 min
Stephen Merchant, Moshe Kasher, and Pam Brady join Jon to discuss Trump’s first hundo, plus Stephen faces a daunting quiz. Special thanks to Ja Rule for allowing us to record at Fyre Festival.
Bill Oh Really
Apr 22, 2017 • 60 min
Recorded live in Austin, comedians Guy Branum, Aparna Nancherla, and Hari Kondabolu break down the week’s news and Jon sits down with Congressman Beto O’Rourke to discuss his campaign for the Senate against Ted Cruz.
Godwin’s Law and Order
Apr 15, 2017 • 64 min
Trump’s policy reversals, Spicer’s analogies, Page’s FISA warrant, and a look at the week’s worst punditry with Rhea Butcher, Zhubin Parang, and Mike Schur.
Masters of War-a-Lago
Apr 8, 2017 • 55 min
Ike Barinholtz, Neal Brennan and Jessica Yellin join to talk Gorsuch, Bannon v. Kushner, atrocious Syria punditry, and that Pepsi ad because we’re only human. Plus, Jon attacks S-Town’s… critics?
After Nunes, Delight?
Apr 1, 2017 • 53 min
Danny Zuker, D’Arcy Carden, and Tommy Vietor join for a rundown of the week’s news. Also Jon attacks “S-Town” because why not.
Trumpcare is dead, Lovett or Leave It is LIVE. Our first episode!
Mar 25, 2017 • 57 min
Michaela Watkins, Katie Nolan, and Jon Favreau join for a rundown of the week’s news in front of a live audience, plus we introduce the Rant Wheel.
Teaser Episode
Mar 16, 2017 • 0 min
“Lovett or Leave It” launches Saturday March 25th!