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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.
 
Four former aides to President Obama—Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor—are joined by journalists, politicians, activists, and more for a no-b******t conversation about politics. They cut through the noise to break down the week’s news, and help people figure out what matters and how they can help. Text us questions and comments: (323) 405-9944. New episodes Mondays and Thursdays.
 
W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu are comedians who take politics seriously — and longtime friends, trying to help keep each other sane. Join them as they pull the alarm on the dumpster fire that is American politics, and talk to the creators, thinkers, and leaders doing the work to defend and reinvent our democracy.
 
Crooked Minis takes a step back from the chaotic breaking news to offer a new series every month that explores an issue or event that reflects cultural, political, or societal changes in America and need more than a 10-minute conversation and a split-second news cycle to unpack.
 
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Jon Lovett, host of "Lovett or Leave It" and "Pod Saves America" joins Ian de Borja to talk about about the making the jump from Obama speech writer to podcast host, what it was like to see a blockbuster gay love story as a teen and the movies that changed his life. Hosted by Ian de Borja Find additional content about Movies That Changed My Life at…
 
The Biden administration waffles on its pledge to take in more refugees, a few Republicans try to start a white nationalist caucus in the House of Representatives, and Crooked Media Political Director Shaniqua McClendon joins to talk about Vote Save America’s new filibuster whip count, where you can see where your Democratic Senator stands on elimi…
 
Amazon's workers vote against unionizing. The reckoning on police violence and accountability continues. And the Bachelor comes out of the closet... right into a nice little promotional tour. Laurie Kilmartin joins to open the show. Guy Branum is here for a VERY special edition of Gay News. And union organizer Chris Smalls talks about working at Am…
 
The Biden Administration’s focus on the pandemic and the economy is interrupted by multiple new challenges, Democrats analyze how to poll and advertise better in the next election, and Pod Save the People’s Sam Sinyangwe joins us to talk about police reform after another devastating killing in Minnesota. For a closed-captioned version of this episo…
 
The Republican Party’s spring donor retreat becomes a MAGA-fest at Mar-a-Lago, Joe Biden launches a commission to reform the Supreme Court, and Democrats try to undo the damage Mitch McConnell did to the judiciary. Then, an Under the Radar segment that ends with a new filibuster game: “Manchin or Sorkin?" For a closed-captioned version of this epis…
 
Republicans boycott baseball, Manchin defends the filibuster, and muons defy the laws of physics. Emily Heller is back to break down the week's news. We play OK, Stop with some cursed Fox News footage. And Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton joins for the rant wheel along with Crooked's own Shaniqua McClendon and Jon Millstein as we cover DC stateh…
 
The debate over Joe Biden’s jobs plan devolves into a fight over the definition of the word infrastructure, Republicans threaten their corporate donors and their grassroots donors, Matt Gaetz raises money off of his scandal, and transgender activist Raquel Willis joins Jon and Dan to talk about the horrific wave of anti-trans legislation sweeping t…
 
Welcome to our first listener mailbag episode of Movies That Changed My Life! In this episode, Ian de Borja will be joined by IMDb Producer Lizzie Bassett to discuss the Top 10 Most Mentioned films that you, the listeners of this podcast and fans of IMDb, said changed your life. Hosted by Ian de Borja Find additional content about Movies That Chang…
 
Hari and Kamau face up to their mistakes before it's too late. And we all learn so much. Rosa Clemente calls bullshit on Puerto Rican statehood—and gives a crash course on the Puerto Rican people’s historic struggle for self-determination. Yasmin Benoit unpacks the basics of asexuality and shares asexual perspectives on libido, attraction, romance,…
 
Major League Baseball pulls the All-Star game out of Georgia as the battle over voting rights intensifies, the push to legalize marijuana gets a lift from Chuck Schumer, and Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Ben Wikler talks to Jon Favreau about how Democrats can flip the Senate seat currently held by America’s Dumbest Senator, Ron Johnson. Then, To…
 
Matt Gaetz faces Tucker Carlson. Amazon faces twitter. And Lil Nas X faces away from the Devil. Josh Gondelman is back to break down the week's news. Satan (Josh Sharp) talks about his latest media firestorm. And Theo Henderson of "We the Unhoused" talks about the housing crisis and why we all need to do more to listen to people experiencing it fir…
 
Infrastructure Week is finally here with President Biden’s $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, Republicans continue their quest to rebrand as a Working Class Party, and Congressman Matt Gaetz is under investigation for sex trafficking. Then Tommy joins to talk about the next round of Pod Save America’s March Badness tournament, the Fascist Four. For a …
 
"The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman joins Ian de Borja to talk about his new animated series "Invincible", killing off fan favorite characters, falling asleep to zombie films and the movies that changed his life. Hosted by Ian de Borja Find additional content about Movies That Changed My Life at IMDb.com/podcasts. Follow IMDb on Facebook, Twi…
 
LaLa B Holston-Zannell invites Hari and Kamau to let go of the shame and have a real conversation about sex work, white supremacy, and why decriminalization is a matter of life and death for trans Black women. Then Ilana Glazer talks about mobilizing young voters during a pandemic, the pros and cons of baby modeling, and how to make a horror movie …
 
The White House press corps whiffs its first presidential news conference, Republicans shape the media narrative about the border, and Georgia passes voter suppression legislation that Joe Biden called “Jim Crow in the 21st century.” Then Tommy presents Jon and Jon with the Evil Eight in Pod Save America’s first-ever March Badness tournament. For a…
 
Biden faces the press. The press forget the pandemic. And the Suez Canal is RED on my map and google is telling me to go around? Comedian Danielle Perez joins to talk news and snacks. Jason Concepcion and Renee Montgomery are here for our version of the Elite 8. And it’s infrastructure week with transit researcher Alon Levy. Oh and Justice League i…
 
Jon and Heather talk about how Biden’s next economic plan could be even more progressive and transformative than the last, the results from the latest Crooked Media/Change Research Pollercoaster series on voting rights in Arizona, and whether anything can get done on gun control. Then, they discuss their favorite under-the-radar headlines. For a cl…
 
"Scrubs" star Sarah Chalke sits down with Ian de Borja to chat about her role in Netflix's breakout show,"Firefly Lane", what it was like when she was fired from "Roseanne", and the movies that changed her life. Hosted by Ian de Borja Find additional content about Movies That Changed My Life at IMDb.com/podcasts. Follow IMDb on Facebook, Twitter, I…
 
Three powerful, absolutely-nothing-like-one-another conversations on this week's jam-packed mega-episode: The ACLU's Chase Strangio blows open the absurdity and cruelty of state legislation targeting trans youth who want to play sports—and agrees with Hari about Rodney Dangerfield's relevance to the conversation. Dr. Connie Wun lifts up the humanit…
 
President Biden and Vice President Harris call out anti-Asian hate while Republicans make excuses, the GOP says that voter suppression is now their top priority, and new polling shows how Democrats can fight back. Then Jon, Jon, and Tommy each pick an under the radar headline to talk about. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please vis…
 
The incredibly funny Fortune Feimster is back to break down the week's news. Chase Strangio from the ACLU on the fight to stop anti-trans laws and change public opinion. We quiz a listener after a lot of fear mongering about vaccine safety. And we release OUR cut of Justice League AT LONG LAST. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please…
 
Jason Concepcion joins to talk about the Atlanta shooting and anti-Asian racism. Then Jon and Alyssa discuss Joe Biden coming out as filibuster reform-curious, Republicans playing politics with children at the border, and dig into the mailbag to answer some questions. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsavea…
 
Actor, comedian and podcaster Reggie Watts sits down with Ian de Borja to chat about his role in 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run', the constructs of reality and the movies that changed his life. Hosted by Ian de Borja Find additional content about Movies That Changed My Life at IMDb.com/podcasts. Follow IMDb on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram …
 
Desmond Meade, who led the campaign to restore voting rights to the formerly incarcerated in Florida, returns to talk about Gov. Ron DeSantis's decision to deny him a pardon and renewed threats to democratic participation in his state. But in spite of it all, Desmond's excitement about people exercising the franchise is infectious. Then, Emmy-winni…
 
Joe Biden announces vaccines for all by May 1st and Donald Trump wants credit, Tan Suit journalism returns as some political reporters work hard to generate Biden controversies, Andrew Cuomo faces more calls to resign, and progressives are concerned about some of the President’s foreign policy decisions during his first fifty days in office. For a …
 
Vaccines for everybody and checks for (almost) everybody. James Adomian joins to break down the week's news and to bring Bernie Sanders and the My Pillow guy into a contentious debate over the stimulus. Senator Ed Markey is back to talk about the filibuster and how to make daylight saving time permanent. Plus Pepe Le Pew issues a formal apology wit…
 
Republicans respond to vaccine funding and $1400 check with Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head, Donald Trump fights with the Republican Party over the use of his name, and Democrats worry about what their 2020 performance among some Black and Latino voters might mean for the 2022 midterms. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit cro…
 
"American Gods" star Ian McShane sits down with Ian de Borja to chat about growing up as an actor in England, that time he met Marlon Brando and the movies that changed his life. Hosted by Ian de Borja Find additional content about Movies That Changed My Life at IMDb.com/podcasts. Follow IMDb on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube…
 
Do Black people have an attitude problem about the COVID-19 vaccine? Dr. Rhea Boyd says absolutely not—the problem is lack of access to the vaccine and to real information. So she's launched BetweenUsAboutUs, a national campaign with Black doctors, scientists, and health care professionals (and a certain podcast host), to give Black communities the…
 
Senate Democrats pass Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, the fight for the $15 minimum wage continues, and Joe Manchin opens the door to reforming the filibuster. Then Virginia State Delegate Danica Roem talks to Jon Lovett about the fights over trans rights happening in statehouses across the country. For a closed-captioned version of…
 
Hari Kondabolu joins to break down the week's news, from smaller covid checks to faster covid vaccines. Plus we cover the fight to protect voting rights in Congress. Ezra Klein talks about polarization and local news. And Lovett auditions for Jeopardy and quizzes listeners on mayhem at gender reveal parties, which aren't really gender reveal partie…
 
The end of the pandemic may finally be in sight, the House passes historic voting rights legislation, and Joe Biden offers his support to unionizing workers at Amazon. Then Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick talks to Jon Favreau about his new proposal that's been called the most radical reimagining of policing in the post-George Floyd era. Subscribe to Cro…
 
'Raya and the Last Dragon' star Kelly Marie Tran sits down to chat with Ian de Borja about the importance of being the first Southeast Asian Disney Princess, attending Harry Potter Midnight book releases and the movies that changed her life. Hosted by Ian de Borja Find additional content about Movies That Changed My Life at IMDb.com/podcasts. Follo…
 
Amber Ruffin's career is really taking off (FYI, The Amber Ruffin Show is now on NBC), and she and her sister Lacey Lamar are as close as ever, trading stories about the crazy everyday racist behavior Lacey encounters in their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Their book You Won't Believe What Happened to Lacey is necessary reading for anyone who doesn'…
 
Democrats debate a path for the minimum wage now that the Senate parliamentarian has ruled against using budget reconciliation. Donald Trump gives the first speech of his ex-presidency at CPAC, where Republicans spend more time talking about Mr. Potato Head than about the pandemic. And Will Smith joins Jon F. to talk about his new docuseries on the…
 
Ike Barinholtz breaks down the week's news from gendered potatoes to Obama podcasts. Fran Lebowitz joins for a new segment we call the "Frant Wheel." Shea Serrano talks about life in Texas after the storm and government failures. And we talk about Top Shots, whatever they are. Plus we quiz a listener about the Golden Globes - the good, the bad, and…
 
Trump tightens his grip on the GOP ahead of this weekend’s CPAC speech, Texas Democrats analyze why they came up short in November, and new Data for Progress/Vote Save America polling shows overwhelming bipartisan support for voting and democracy reforms. Then ProPublica’s Dara Lind talks to Dan about Biden’s immigration moves and the influx of una…
 
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