Pod Save America

Pod Save America

Crooked Media

News>Politics

450 episodes

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. New episodes Mondays and Thursdays.


  • 29 JUL 2021
    “1/6 Truth and 1/6 Truthers.”
    1h 15m 8s

    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 electi...

  • 26 JUL 2021
    "Panic! At The Delta."
    1h 9m 37s

    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. F...

  • 22 JUL 2021
    “Both Sides-ing the Insurrection.” (with Mehdi Hasan)
    1h 27m 35s

    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 Step...

  • 19 JUL 2021
    “Is Facebook killing people?” (with Sen. Brian Schatz)
    1h 28m 37s

    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....

  • 15 JUL 2021
    “deja coup.”
    1h 25m 9s

    Democratic leaders agree to a $3.5 trillion economic plan, President Biden delivers an impassioned speech on voting rights that still doesn’t mention the f-word, a new book reveals that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was actively planning...

  • 12 JUL 2021
    “CPAC: The Fascist & The Furious” (with Katie Porter & Dr. Vivek Murthy)
    1h 31m 30s

    Donald Trump inches closer to another run for the presidency at CPAC, Representative Katie Porter talks about President Biden’s new executive order targeting big business and big tech, and Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy discusses the Delt...

  • 08 JUL 2021
    “Trump Mini-Me’s and Wannabe’s.”
    1h 25m 26s

    Democrats look to the midterms as they prepare to pass most of Joe Biden’s agenda in one bill, while Republicans believe that their path to victory runs through Donald Trump. Then, The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer talks to Dan Pfeiffer about his...

  • 05 JUL 2021
    “Baby, you’re a firework.” (Fourth of July holiday pod!)
    1h 39m 50s

    In a special Fourth of July holiday episode, Tommy and Jon L. take a hard look at some of the widely accepted narratives that shape American politics and culture, and Ira Madison III and Jason Concepcion join the pod for a debate about our...

  • 01 JUL 2021
    "Criminal Apprentice." (with Anat Shenker-Osorio!)
    1h 31m 0s

    Communications expert Anat Shenker-Osorio joins Dan as Donald Trump and leaders of The Trump Organization get closer to seeing the inside of a jail cell, the House votes to create a select committee to look into the January 6 attack, and a...

  • 28 JUN 2021
    "MAGA v. The Military." (with Sam Sanders!)
    1h 12m 24s

    NPR's Sam Sanders joins the pod as Donald Trump holds his first rally since leaving the White House, former AG William Barr reveals what really went down between him, Trump, and Mitch McConnell, Republicans’ obsession with critical race the...

  • 24 JUN 2021
    “Infrastructure 1, Democracy 0.” (with Sen. Amy Klobuchar!)
    1h 22m 45s

    Joe Biden announces a bipartisan infrastructure deal, Senator Amy Klobuchar talks to Dan Pfeiffer about what’s next for voting rights, Democrats grapple with the issue of crime, and this week’s most important question: could the next Speake...

  • 21 JUN 2021
    “That new Biden smell.” (with Sen. Bernie Sanders!)
    1h 11m 56s

    Joe Biden’s approval rating takes a hit among some Democrats as Republicans obstruct his agenda, law professor Melissa Murray joins to discuss whether the Supreme Court is as right-wing as we thought, and Senator Bernie Sanders talks to Tom...

  • 17 JUN 2021
    “Juneteenth and the GOP’s anti-anti-racism.” (with Jelani Cobb!)
    1h 16m 17s

    Joe Manchin is Joe Manchining all over infrastructure and voting rights legislation, New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb joins to discuss the right-wing hysteria over teaching kids about racism, and Joe Biden meets Vladimir Putin in the most hotl...

  • 14 JUN 2021
    “Trump Leaks and Tax Cheats.” (with Rep. Val Demings!)
    1h 22m 0s

    Florida Congresswoman Val Demings joins to talk about the news that Donald Trump’s Justice Department targeted House Democrats and her bid to unseat Senator Marco Rubio. Then, Jon, Jon, and Tommy discuss how new reports about rich people av...

  • 10 JUN 2021
    “Does size matter?” (with Pete Buttigieg!)
    1h 20m 2s

    Joe Biden’s Hot Vax Summer is off to a rocky start thanks to Republicans in Congress, and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg talks to Jon Lovett about how the administration plans to pass their jobs and infrastructure plan. Then, Da...

  • 07 JUN 2021
    “Trump’s Fauci fetish.”
    1h 21m 47s

    Joe Manchin says he’s voting against the For the People Act, Donald Trump returns to the campaign trail to target Dr. Fauci, and a new Democratic analysis of 2020 offers the party advice on message and organization ahead of the midterms. Th...

  • 03 JUN 2021
    “Cowboy up, Joe Manchin.” (with Stacey Abrams and Ben Rhodes!)
    1h 20m 6s

    Donald Trump says he’ll be reinstated as President this August as his former National Security Advisor calls for a military coup, Republicans continued their coordinated assault on voting rights, and Democrats win big in a New Mexico specia...

  • 31 MAY 2021
    "Body temperature takes." (500th episode special!!)
    1h 21m 23s

    Pod Save America is celebrating 500 episodes! Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan answer listener questions, quiz their memories, and reminisce about the last few years. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsave...

  • 27 MAY 2021
    “Stop the 2024 Steal.”
    1h 38m 39s

    A grand jury is convened to decide Donald Trump’s fate as he mulls another run for president, Marjorie Taylor Greene compares vaccine and mask requirements to the Holocaust, Republican legislatures in swing states are laying the groundwork...

  • 24 MAY 2021
    “The AP Bows to the Right-Wing Mob.”
    1h 23m 11s

    Joe Biden’s ambitious agenda confronts the reality of a broken Congress, the Associated Press sets off a controversy over objectivity in journalism after firing a reporter for her tweets, and New York political reporter Jeff Colton talks to...

  • 20 MAY 2021
    "Capitol-storming police-haters."
    1h 19m 30s

    Republican leaders reject a bipartisan commission created to investigate their own attempted murder on 1/6, Democrats finish a new analysis of why they nearly lost the House in 2020, and NYU Law Professor Melissa Murray talks to Jon Favreau...

  • 17 MAY 2021
    “Dr. Fauci, Unmasked.”
    1h 14m 7s

    The Biden Administration faces a moment of truth over the escalating violence between Israel and Palestine, Dr. Anthony Fauci talks to Jon Lovett about the CDC’s new mask guidelines, and a look at some important stories to watch this week,...

  • 13 MAY 2021
    “Cheney Reaction.”
    1h 14m 43s

    Republicans purge Liz Cheney then meet with Joe Biden, Tucker Carlson launches an anti-vax crusade on Fox, and a look at this year’s Virginia gubernatorial race, including Dan’s interview with one of the Democratic candidates, Jennifer Carr...

  • 10 MAY 2021
    “Horny for Bipartisanship.” (with Beto O’Rourke!)
    1h 18m 28s

    President Biden meets with Republicans who are blaming him for a disappointing jobs report, more states follow Georgia in passing voting restrictions, and Beto O’Rourke joins to talk about Texas’s new voter suppression legislation and the g...

  • 06 MAY 2021
    “Republicans cancel a Cheney.” (PLUS - Elizabeth Warren!)
    1h 46m 51s

    Republican cancel culture comes for the Cheneys, Mark Zuckerberg’s private Supreme Court upholds Facebook’s decision to suspend Donald Trump, and new Census figures show that an increasingly diverse electorate may not help Democrats as much...

  • 03 MAY 2021
    “Vax On, Mask Off.”
    1h 12m 26s

    Donald Trump and his allies are winning the GOP’s civil war, Rudy Giuliani and Matt Gaetz may face indictments, and the Biden Administration weighs steps to speed up Covid vaccinations in the U.S. and around the world. Then, in the Under th...

  • 29 APR 2021
    “A Very Lit Joint (Address) with Jen Psaki.”
    1h 13m 4s

    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki joins Jon and Dan to break down President Biden’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress. Then, new 2020 Census data jeopardizes Democratic control of Congress, and Republicans spend the week spre...

  • 26 APR 2021
    “Raise Caitlyn Jenner’s taxes!”
    1h 38m 8s

    President Biden prepares to roll out an ambitious agenda ahead of his first address to a Joint Session of Congress, the potential recall in California gets more attention now that Caitlyn Jenner has declared her candidacy for governor, and...

  • 22 APR 2021
    “Accountability today, justice tomorrow.”
    1h 8m 49s

    Derek Chauvin is found guilty of murdering George Floyd, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) joins to talk about renewed hope that Congress might pass police reform, and Democrats re-introduce the Green New Deal as Joe Biden pledges to cut carbon emissi...

  • 19 APR 2021
    "The Tucker Carlson Caucus."
    54m 37s

    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...

  • 15 APR 2021
    “Daunte Wright should be alive today.”
    1h 16m 5s

    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 ab...

  • 12 APR 2021
    “Mag-a-Lago."
    59m 34s

    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...

  • 08 APR 2021
    “Are we infrastructure?”
    1h 48s

    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...

  • 05 APR 2021
    “A-holes in the Outfield.”
    1h 15m 28s

    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 a...

  • 01 APR 2021
    “Planes, Trains, and Matt Gaetz.”
    1h 8m 18s

    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 Tom...

  • 29 MAR 2021
    “March Badness.”
    57m 53s

    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 T...

  • 25 MAR 2021
    “Biden’s chance to go big.” (with Heather McGhee!)
    55m 51s

    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 wheth...

  • 22 MAR 2021
    “The voter suppression will continue until morale improves.”
    58m 16s

    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 e...

  • 18 MAR 2021
    “Democracy or the Filibuster.” (with Alyssa Mastromonaco!)
    1h 20m 34s

    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 mailb...

  • 15 MAR 2021
    “Beat the Press.”
    1h 4m 58s

    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...

  • 11 MAR 2021
    “Green Eggs and Covid Relief Plan."
    1h 2m 13s

    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 La...

  • 08 MAR 2021
    “The Era of Big Government is Back.”
    1h 27m 6s

    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 abo...

  • 04 MAR 2021
    “Basket of Neanderthals.”
    1h 13m 7s

    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 propo...

  • 01 MAR 2021
    "Bienvenidos a Orlando (with Will Smith!)"
    1h 18m 54s

    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 abou...

  • 25 FAB 2021
    “The Clown Prince of CPAC.”
    1h 26m 44s

    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 dem...

  • 22 FAB 2021
    “When they Cuomo, we go high.”
    1h 14m 23s

    House Democrats try to pass the American Rescue Plan by the end of the week, President Biden says he wants schools open five days a week by the end of April, and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Administration is under investigation for undercountin...

  • 18 FAB 2021
    “Flyin’ Ted.”
    1h 21m 19s

    The MAGA vs. Mitch McConnell battle heats up with Trump’s return to public life, Joe Biden and progressives debate how much student debt to cancel, and Texas suffers from freezing storms and rolling blackouts while Ted Cruz jets off to Canc...

  • 16 FAB 2021
    “He did it. Not guilty.”
    1h 18m 28s

    Trump is acquitted despite a bipartisan majority voting to convict and a few last-minute witness surprises, Republicans can’t quit Trumpism, and Democrats look to pass reforms that would save democracy. Then Heather McGhee talks to Jon Love...

  • 11 FAB 2021
    “Impeachment, Lies, and Videotape.”
    1h 21m 4s

    House Democrats use video footage of the Capitol attack to make a powerful case against Donald Trump, Republican Senators look for excuses to acquit, and the Republican Party has been losing voters since January. Then Congresswoman Pramila...

  • 08 FAB 2021
    “Impeaching the Big Lie.”
    59m 11s

    The second impeachment of Donald Trump begins, President Biden reins in ICE as part of an immigration overhaul, and Fox News is hit with a $2.3 billion defamation lawsuit for spreading election conspiracies. For a closed-captioned version...

  • 04 FAB 2021
    “Party of Q.”
    1h 25m 56s

    Democrats choose to go big and fast on Covid relief, Republicans choose applause over punishment for Marjorie Taylor Greene, and control of the House could hinge on the redistricting battles set to begin soon. Then journalist Farai Chideya...