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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.

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.

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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.

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English


Episodes

Big Structural Podcast

5/23/2020
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 commencement. We also bring back the rant wheel and we hear your high notes. What a week. What a show.

Duration:01:04:26

OBAMAGATE-GATE!

5/16/2020
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 Patrick Radden Keefe investigates a classic rock anthem that may have been written by the CIA. Oh and masks make you look weak? Tell it to Patrick Swayze in Point Break!

Duration:01:05:36

Murder Hornets, Inc.

5/9/2020
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 topical spelling bee. And finally we're joined by a surprise special guest before we share what made listeners hopeful in this week's high note.

Duration:01:19:00

Storming the Beaches

5/2/2020
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 and went GREAT. We're still in the closet and we're making the best of it. What a week.

Duration:00:59:03

The King’s Bleach

4/25/2020
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 does NOT cure coronavirus.)

Duration:01:16:48

Live Free and Die

4/18/2020
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 and we hear your high notes. A big thank you to everybody in Portland who joined for the monologue. And please call Congress to safeguard our elections! We make it easy: votesaveamerica.com/call

Duration:01:08:56

Bern Notice

4/11/2020
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 coronavirus. It's Back in the Closet week five, and boy is my ring light tired.

Duration:01:10:54

Masking My Feelings

4/4/2020
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 rituals. Bag two of Hershey's nuggets: done.

Duration:01:21:52

We’re number one.

3/28/2020
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 forks.

Duration:01:05:42

Zoom and Gloom

3/21/2020
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 personal high notes and Ronan tells me why he doesn't consider Cheetos a staple food. Back in the Closet, Week 2. Hang in there, everybody.

Duration:01:00:08

Sick in a Box

3/14/2020
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 symptoms. We've canceled our live shows to be safe, so until we're on the other side of this, we're going to be experimenting with some new segments and finding ways to quiz and hear from listeners during the show. It's Lovett or Leave It:...

Duration:01:00:30

Joe Sneaks Up From Behind!

3/7/2020
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 the announcement of a 38-year-old Bachelorette.

Duration:01:11:03

Oh, great. Mike Pence.

2/29/2020
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, in GAY NEWS: a brave kid comes out to Mayor Pete and it reminds Jon of a harrowing summer at sports camp. Super Tuesday is HERE. Everybody better vote.

Duration:01:04:45

Uncut Dems

2/22/2020
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 Gay News, Trump discovers subtitles and Billy Wilder. And finally, in all things, Harrison Ford doesn’t give a shit.

Duration:01:00:47

Bidentity Crisis

2/15/2020
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 to discuss revelations in his podcast AND relationship. Plus similarities between Nixon and Trump, life on a coronavirus cruise, and the power of Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union's example. What a week.

Duration:01:13:04

New Hampshire, Don't F*ck This Up

2/8/2020
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 Leonard talks about this Sunday's Oscars and how Hollywood is (and isn't) changing. And Louis Virtel's savant-like Oscar trivia skills are put to the TEST. Plus we manage to talk about Baby Nut, Hotel Lighting, Dua Lipa, and Netflix...

Duration:01:13:36

Iowa, Don't F*ck This Up

2/1/2020
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 Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker. They cover the latest on the trial, the primaries, and their perspective on how campaigns are faring on the ground. And we make time for Super Bowl ads, Brad Pitt's looks "hurting" his Oscar chances, and...

Duration:01:12:02

The Rural Jurors

1/25/2020
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 felonies. Plus C-Span's production values are just OK and it's time we have an honest conversation about organic peanut butter. Aida Osman and Sam Pancake join to help break down the week's news and just sit around sharing memories of Mr. Peanut and...

Duration:00:57:04

Lev It or Leave It

1/18/2020
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 Oscar nominations. First they cancel The OA. Now Mindhunter? Netflix, you season three thief!

Duration:01:13:32

HEY. We're going on tour (ticket link inside)

1/15/2020
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.

Duration:00:00:39