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A five-time Emmy winning SNL comedy writer/producer, joins a four-time #1 NYT bestselling author, a three-time highest-rated national progressive radio host, a two-time Grammy winning artist, and a former US Senator. So, it gets a little crowded in the booth when Al talks public policy and sometimes political comedy with notable guests. Think “The Daily” without the resources of the NYTimes.

A five-time Emmy winning SNL comedy writer/producer, joins a four-time #1 NYT bestselling author, a three-time highest-rated national progressive radio host, a two-time Grammy winning artist, and a former US Senator. So, it gets a little crowded in the booth when Al talks public policy and sometimes political comedy with notable guests. Think “The Daily” without the resources of the NYTimes.

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United States

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A five-time Emmy winning SNL comedy writer/producer, joins a four-time #1 NYT bestselling author, a three-time highest-rated national progressive radio host, a two-time Grammy winning artist, and a former US Senator. So, it gets a little crowded in the booth when Al talks public policy and sometimes political comedy with notable guests. Think “The Daily” without the resources of the NYTimes.

Language:

English


Episodes

Heather McGhee - An Encore of My Best Podcast Ever!

7/18/2021
McGhee discusses her powerful book, The Sum of Us, about how white people have been told that anything that benefits people of color hurts them - i.e. a zero-sum game. It ain't true! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:01:43

Al Solo!

7/11/2021
I just had to get some things off my chest. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:50:56

Andy Slavitt On His New COVID Book - Preventable

7/4/2021
Slavitt Explains How Trump’s Refusal to Hold Himself Accountable Caused Untold Death and Suffering See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:57:59

Thomas Jefferson Explains Inconsistencies in the Declaration of Independence

7/2/2021
Al interviews our third President on the 4th of July. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:09:19

George Packer on How It Got So Bad in America & How it Could Get Slightly Better

6/27/2021
Packer dissects the 4 Americas: The Rich Right-Wing Bastards, The Smug Liberal Elites, The Pissed-Off Not-so-Bright Tea Partiers, and The Woke Social Justice Police. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:57:43

Michael Harriot: Senior Writer for TheRoot.com, the Nation’s Largest Black Online Newspaper

6/20/2021
Is America Racist? Hmm See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:56:41

Norm Ornstein & Tom Mann - Who Called the GOP a Sham Years Ago!

6/13/2021
In 2012 Ornstein & Mann wrote It’s Even Worse Than It Looks. And, man, were they right! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:09:35

Ed Shelleby - My Communications Director–On Working for a Different Kind of Senator. Plus, a Rant on Voting Rights

6/6/2021
Al Talks with His Senate Communications Director on Why the Franken Office was a Blast & Got Stuff Done! & Al on Democracy. Hitler didn’t end it. The Confederacy didn’t end it. Let’s not let Senate Republicans! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:09:32

Louis King – The Real Deal

5/30/2021
For 25 yrs. Louis has provided job training for thousands of folks from the Northside of Minneapolis. He walks a good walk. And talks a good talk. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:56:31

Amy Klobuchar & Al Discuss Anti-Trust & The Ted "Carnival" Cruz Joke

5/23/2021
The Chair of the Anti-Trust Subcommittee discusses her new book, Anti-Trust. From Facebook & Amazon & Google to Coffins & Sunglasses & Diapers. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:05:46

Howard Fineman on Republican Nihilism

5/16/2021
The Republican Party has entered new territory. And it’s ugly. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:09:51

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Tells Her Story

5/9/2021
Sen. Duckworth tells about growing up in Thailand, joining the Army, and being grievously wounded in combat. Gruesome, harrowing, and…very funny! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:51:18

Neo-Con Bill Kristol on How Trump Made Him Do Some Re-Thinking

5/2/2021
Kristol discusses disgust with today’s Republican Party See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:03:08

Replay of My Conversation with Judge Steve Leifman and Norm Ornstein

4/29/2021
Judge Leifman has pioneered the widespread use of crisis intervention teams in Miami, saving lots of lives and money See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:38:15

Malcolm Nance on Russia and Jan. 6th

4/25/2021
The former intel analyst calls Putin “a Mafia don w/nukes” & updates us on the investigation into Jan. 6 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:02:10

Replay of My Conversation with Vice President Walter Mondale

4/20/2021
We recorded this in August of 2019 in his office in Minneapolis. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:54:06

Marc Elias and Ari Berman on Georgia and Worse

4/18/2021
Super Election-Lawyer & Mother Jones Voting Rights Writer Stoke Al’s Worse Fears About Republican Legislatures See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:58:25

Mini-Podcast: Peter Bergen on Afghanistan and Bin Laden

4/14/2021
An Excerpt from Al's conversation with Bergen on his book, Trump and His Generals See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:17:18

Uncle Sam (Roger McNamee) & Auntie Trust (Zephyr Teachout) Talk Facebook, Google, Amazon & Democracy

4/11/2021
Early Facebook Investor McNamee & Anti-Trust Lawyer Teachout Discuss Dangers Posed by Data Behemoths See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:21:30

Our Southern Border - National Immigration Forum Executive Director Ali Noorani

4/4/2021
Al and Ali discuss what brought us here, where we are, and what we need to do going forward. A list of organizations that humanely helps immigrants at the Southern Border: El Paso: The Annunciation House Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center McAllen: Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley Arizona Kino Border Initiative See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:08:02