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Pod Save America

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. You can listen to new episodes twice a week, and starting on October 26, 2021, we will be shifting our schedule to Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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. You can listen to new episodes twice a week, and starting on October 26, 2021, we will be shifting our schedule to Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

#450

“How Mark Zucked America.”

Facebook employees say Facebook is dangerous, a Rolling Stone report suggests that the January 6th insurrection was an inside job, and Andrew Yang stopped by Crooked HQ to chat with Jon Lovett about his new third party, Forward. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

26 Oct 2021

1 HR 38 MINS

1:38:12

26 Oct 2021


#449

Offline: Jia Tolentino on the Internet’s Endless Stage

Jia Tolentino, New Yorker staff writer and author of Trick Mirror, talks to Jon about how the internet has turned life into an endless performance, why that makes politics hard and virtue signaling easy, and what being online during the pandemic has done to our collective psyche. New episodes of Offline with Jon Favreau drop every Sunday on the Pod Save America feed. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

24 Oct 2021

53 MINS

53:36

24 Oct 2021


#448

“Darkest before a deal.”

Democratic officials express optimism about a potential deal on Joe Biden’s economic plan, journalist Amy Westervelt from the climate podcast Hot Take joins to talk about whether we can still save the planet with Joe Manchin in the Senate, and Dan and Jon discuss why reporters are whining that President Biden's not taking more questions from them. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

21 Oct 2021

1 HR 29 MINS

1:29:46

21 Oct 2021


#447

“Terry vs. Trump.”

Democrats schedule a vote on a new voting rights bill while Republicans run more Big Lie candidates, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe talks to Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor about his race against Trump supporter Glenn Youngkin, and the week’s worst punditry gets its due in a new installment of The Take Appreciators. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

18 Oct 2021

1 HR 30 MINS

1:30:30

18 Oct 2021


#446

Offline with Jon Favreau (coming October 24/sneak peek)

Is the internet slowly breaking our brains, and what can we do about it? In the new weekly series Offline with Jon Favreau, the Pod Save America co-host sits down with newsmakers, political figures, celebrities, comedians, and writers to talk about how our hyperconnected world shapes the way we live, for better or worse. New episodes drop every Sunday starting October 24. To listen, follow here on the Pod Save America feed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

17 Oct 2021

04 MINS

04:10

17 Oct 2021


#445

"Two Truths & the Big Lie." (with Jen Psaki!)

White House press secretary Jen Psaki joins Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer to chat about all of the challenges in front of the Biden administration. Then Jon and Dan examine the debate over popularism and the direction of the Democratic Party and a new investigative report about AT&T’s role in propping up the right-wing propaganda network OAN. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

14 Oct 2021

1 HR 23 MINS

1:23:07

14 Oct 2021


#444

“Trump’s running again, again.”

Donald Trump returns to Iowa and teases a second run with the full support of the Republican establishment, the race in Virginia between former Governor Terry McAuliffe and Trump-backed private equity CEO Glenn Youngkin is way too close for comfort, and Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) drops by the studio to talk to Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau about his new book, Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could.” For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

11 Oct 2021

1 HR 30 MINS

1:30:22

11 Oct 2021


#443

"Coming soon to Pod Save America."

Hey! Whether you've been listening from the jump, or just discovered us because of an algorithm controlled by a billionaire sociopath, welcome! This is Pod Save America, a no-bullshit conversation about politics hosted by former Obama aides Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor. We're here to break down the biggest stories, scandals, and political fights - and talk about what each of us can do about it. We publish new episodes twice a week, and starting on October 26, 2021, we’ll be shifting our schedule in this feed to Tuesdays and Thursdays. crooked.com/podsaveamerica Twitter: @podsaveamerica Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

10 Oct 2021

02 MINS

02:14

10 Oct 2021


#442

“Not my default.”

Mitch McConnell decides that he won’t plunge the nation into a catastrophic recession for at least two more months, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Sean Patrick Maloney joins to talk about the party’s midterm strategy, and Dan and Jon rate bad takes on a scale of 1-to-4 Politicos in a new game called The Take Appreciators. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

07 Oct 2021

1 HR 14 MINS

1:14:53

07 Oct 2021


#441

“Civility down the toilet.”

Democrats in Congress inch closer to agreement on Joe Biden’s agenda despite a few whiny centrists and bad media takes, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal joins to discuss how progressives intend to bring both bills over the finish line, and Jon, Jon, and Tommy answer some listener questions. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

04 Oct 2021

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:10

04 Oct 2021


#440

“The fun part.”

Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are still holding Joe Biden’s agenda hostage despite exclusive new polling that shows his Build Back Better plan is extremely popular in some of the most competitive House districts. Then, Dave Wasserman from the Cook Political Report talks to Dan about the new redistricting maps that have been drawn so far and what they might mean for control of Congress. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

30 Sep 2021

1 HR 34 MINS

1:34:55

30 Sep 2021


#439

“Cyber Ninjas Stop the Steal.”

The Democratic agenda is on the line this week as the House prepares to vote on President Biden’s infrastructure and Build Back Better plans, Donald Trump and his allies lay the groundwork to steal the 2024 election despite an embarrassment in Arizona, and Tommy talks to Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian about 544 Days, a new podcast that follows the true story of when Jason was held hostage in Iran and accused of being an American spy. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

27 Sep 2021

1 HR 16 MINS

1:16:05

27 Sep 2021


#438

“Humane immigration and salad vaccination.”

President Biden tries to unify Democrats around his economic plan, former White House domestic policy director Cecilia Muñoz joins to discuss what the Administration can do about the border and immigration, and Jon and Dan break down this week’s wildest right-wing conspiracy in a new segment called Shit Your Uncle’s Posting. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

23 Sep 2021

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:18

23 Sep 2021


#437

“Joe vs. the Fall-cano.”

Joe Biden is having a less than stellar September thanks to crises abroad and setbacks at home, the Wall Street Journal’s Jeff Horwitz talks to Tommy Vietor about his team’s scathing five-part series on Facebook, and early voting begins in the most important and most competitive off-year election, the Virginia gubernatorial between Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin.  For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

20 Sep 2021

1 HR 23 MINS

1:23:59

20 Sep 2021


#436

“You win some, you Newsom.”

Governor Gavin Newsom keeps his job as the Republican recall goes down in flames, Congresswoman Katie Porter joins to talk about the latest negotiations over Joe Biden’s economic plan, and two new books detail just how close Donald Trump came to pulling off a coup. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

16 Sep 2021

1 HR 26 MINS

1:26:53

16 Sep 2021


#435

“Sick of vaxxing nicely.”

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain joins to talk about the President’s new vaccine requirements, Republican politicians have a meltdown over Biden’s announcement, and Donald Trump commemorates 9/11 by skipping the memorial ceremony, hinting that he’s running again in 2024, and doing color commentary at a Pay-Per-View boxing match in Florida. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

13 Sep 2021

1 HR 14 MINS

1:14:14

13 Sep 2021


#434

“Elder Abuse.”

An awful August gives way to a shitshow of a September in Washington, NYU Law Professor Melissa Murray is back to talk about what’s next in the legal battle for reproductive rights, and with just a few days left until the California recall, the stakes are enormous in the race between Governor Gavin Newsom and right-wing radio host Larry Elder. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

09 Sep 2021

1 HR 29 MINS

1:29:53

09 Sep 2021


#433

“Resignation Dogs.”

The war in Afghanistan is almost over after a massive evacuation and a horrifying terrorist attack, Republican politicians use the tragedy as a pretense to call for Joe Biden’s impeachment, and NYU Law Professor Melissa Murray talks to Jon Lovett about the Supreme Court’s decision to block the administration’s eviction moratorium and Stephen Breyer’s latest comments about his possible retirement. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

30 Aug 2021

1 HR 17 MINS

1:17:45

30 Aug 2021


#432

“Problems not solved.”

Nancy Pelosi stops a centrist rebellion over the budget, a new Change Research/Crooked Media poll of Virginia gives Democrats a small lead and a few warnings signs for 2022, and California Senator Alex Padilla stops by to discuss the California recall, voting rights, and more. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

26 Aug 2021

1 HR 25 MINS

1:25:21

26 Aug 2021


#431

“The Media’s Afghanistan Amnesia.”

NPR’s Sam Sanders joins Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor to talk about the political fallout and lessons (not) learned from Afghanistan, Democratic anxiety over the midterms, and the increasing radicalism of the Republican base. Then, Jon quizzes Tommy and Sam on their knowledge of California’s wild list of gubernatorial candidates in a game called “Do You Recall?” For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

24 Aug 2021

1 HR 14 MINS

1:14:22

24 Aug 2021


#430

“Third shot’s the charm.”

President Biden grapples with criticism from Republicans like Donald Trump, journalists, pundits, and fellow Democrats over the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan. Then, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy talks with Jon Favreau about the Administration’s announcement that Americans will be offered Covid-19 booster shots starting in late September.  For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

19 Aug 2021

1 HR 20 MINS

1:20:49

19 Aug 2021


#429

“The Taliban takes Afghanistan.”

The New York Times’s Jane Coaston joins Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor to talk about the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the Biden Administration’s scramble to contain the fallout, and how the latest culture war is the right-wing crusade against vaccine and mask requirements. Cook Political Report Editor-in-Chief Amy Walter also talks to Jon about what the new 2020 Census numbers mean for redistricting and the battle for the House in 2022. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

16 Aug 2021

1 HR 36 MINS

1:36:50

16 Aug 2021


#428

“Fire sale on Cuomo books.”

Joe Biden’s economic agenda gets closer to becoming reality, Republicans flirt with a debt ceiling disaster, former Obama economic advisor Austan Goolsbee explains the debate over inflation, and good riddance to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

12 Aug 2021

1 HR 18 MINS

1:18:54

12 Aug 2021


#427

“No Climate, No Deal.”

Donald Trump fails to stop Republicans from supporting the bipartisan infrastructure deal, Joe Biden and the Democrats look to budget reconciliation as their last best chance to fight climate change, Crooked Media Political Director Shaniqua McClendon joins to talk about Vote Save America’s No Off Years campaign, and New York Times tech reporter Sheera Frankel talks to Jon Lovett about her new book about Facebook, “An Ugly Truth." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

09 Aug 2021

1 HR 21 MINS

1:21:18

09 Aug 2021


#426

“Biden v. Florida Man.”

Joe Biden and Ron DeSantis fight over mask and vaccine requirements as Delta ravages Florida, Congressman Mondaire Jones talks to Jon Favreau about the new eviction moratorium and student debt relief, and as Democrats worry aloud about losing their majority in 2022, new polling from Data for Progress points to messages about Republicans that might just save the House. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

05 Aug 2021

1 HR 13 MINS

1:13:36

05 Aug 2021


#425

“The Fear Olympics.”

Democrats make another run at passing a voting rights bill, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health Dr. Ashish Jha talks about what the latest CDC guidance and scary Covid headlines actually mean for you, and a new analysis about why we’re all so angry points to Fox News as the culprit. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

02 Aug 2021

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:57

02 Aug 2021


#424

“1/6 Truth and 1/6 Truthers.”

Day 1 of the House’s January 6th investigation goes poorly for Republicans, Dan Pfeiffer talks to White House Covid Equity Task Force Chair Marcella Nunez-Smith about President Biden’s speech on vaccines, and a closer look at special elections in Texas, Ohio, and California. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

29 Jul 2021

1 HR 15 MINS

1:15:53

29 Jul 2021


#423

"Panic! At The Delta."

The Biden Administration grapples with the Delta surge, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) talks to Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau about the January 6th investigation, and the Top Five Wildest Moments from Donald Trump’s speech in Arizona. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

26 Jul 2021

1 HR 10 MINS

1:10:22

26 Jul 2021


#422

“Both Sides-ing the Insurrection.” (with Mehdi Hasan)

Mehdi Hasan joins Jon Favreau to discuss Joe Biden’s town hall in Cincinnati, the Republican intra-party battle over vaccines and the 1/6 commission, and Tom Brady’s devastating takedown of Donald Trump. Then, Equis Research co-founder Stephanie Valencia talks to Jon about immigration and other issues on the minds of Latino voters. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

22 Jul 2021

1 HR 28 MINS

1:28:20

22 Jul 2021


#421

“Is Facebook killing people?” (with Sen. Brian Schatz)

The White House calls out Facebook for spreading misinformation about vaccines, Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz talks about climate change, immigration, voting rights and his tweeting habit; and later, the guys answer a few listener questions. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

19 Jul 2021

1 HR 29 MINS

1:29:22

19 Jul 2021