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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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Coup Clutz Clan

Coup Clutz Clan

2020-11-2101:29:5310

Rudy melts under cross examination. Thanksgiving comes as cases rise and a vaccine looms. Kiran Deol joins to break down the week's news. Scientist Eric Lander joins to discuss the vaccine, public trust in science, climate change, and deep fakes. And Ronan Farrow is back to talk about his latest reporting and to play a game where once again Travis tries to drive a wedge in Jon's relationship with help from accomplice Guy Branum. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
No Coup for You

No Coup for You

2020-11-1401:09:2618

Biden wins and Trump tries to un-lose. Naomi Ekperigin is back to cover a week of dumb legal challenges and dumber press conferences. Then Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman talks about how well the vote went in PA and historian Michael Beschloss joins to discuss the unprecedented rejection of democracy by Republicans and what happens next. Plus listeners share high notes and join to play a game as Georgia heads into two make-or-break run offs. What a week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We won. Alyssa Mastromonaco joins to break down the results and the experience of the slow reveal, Ben Wikler on how we won in Wisconsin and the lessons of organizing, and Zeynep Tufekci is back to talk about polls, models, and misinformation. What a week. What a weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Only Way Out is Through

The Only Way Out is Through

2020-10-3101:06:2110

Emotions are running high! Kumail Nanjiani, Stacey Abrams, Brittany Packnett Cunningham and listeners join as we cover the last week in this campaign, look ahead to the final four days of the race, and talk about our hopes, our fears, and eating our feelings. VOLUNTEER PLEASE -> votesaveamerica.com/volunteer  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dishonest Abe

Dishonest Abe

2020-10-2401:20:2511

Last debate behind us, ten days ahead of us. PACKED SHOW. Alex Wagner and Guy Branum join to play a special debate edition of OK, Stop. Ira Madison III joins for the monologue, where we do NOT dwell on this Rudy story because we are above that. Theresa Greenfield talks about her campaign for the Senate against Joni Ernst and she quizzes Jon on Iowa facts. Plus Jon talks to Olivia Troye about leaving Trump's coronavirus task force and endorsing Joe Biden and he talks to Aidan Kohn-Murphy about the Gen Z campaign for Joe Biden on Tik Tok. VOLUNTEER THIS WEEKEND. votesaveamerica.com/volunteer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Can't Hardly Debate

Can't Hardly Debate

2020-10-1701:11:3211

W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu join to break down the week's news. We play OK, Stop to cover the two town halls that replaced one debate. Jon talks to the Washington Post's Dave Weigel about what he's seeing on the campaign trail in the homestretch. And we quiz a listener on some complicated ballot measures written to confuse and discourage you. (Check out votesaveamerica.com/ballot because it is good.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Patient Zero

Patient Zero

2020-10-1001:11:0412

Emily Heller joins to break down the VP debate and The Week They Gave Trump Steroids. Senator Brian Schatz is back to talk about the fight for the Senate and what we can each do to help. And Josh Gad joins (finally, he refused to come on for a long time) to show us that phone banking is fun and not that scary even if you've never done it before. Help this weekend, please: votesaveamerica.com/senate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
SO, YEAH. MASKS.

SO, YEAH. MASKS.

2020-10-0301:25:4818

This week lasted a hundred years. Trump's financial documents reveal massive debts and a tiny tax bill. Biden wins the first debate. And then we learn that Trump, who has spent six months denying reality and mocking masks, has been diagnosed with covid as his rallies and recklessness put countless lives at risk. Returning champion Langston Kerman joins for the top of the show, then I talk to Jaime Harrison about his race against Lindsey Graham and journalist Adam Davidson about Trump's taxes, money laundering, and why it's important to stop corruption before it's too late. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Nom Before The Storm

The Nom Before The Storm

2020-09-2601:10:0111

Trump is terrified of democracy and he should be. Kara Brown joins for the monologue after a tough week of news. Puneet Cheema from the NAACP on the lack of accountability for the killing of Breonna Taylor and the future of police reform. And PJ Vogt of Reply All joins to talk about their fascinating investigation into the origins of Qanon. Plus we quiz listeners on polling of persuadable voters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Donate to Get Mitch

Donate to Get Mitch

2020-09-1901:12:1712

Devastating news about RBG on Friday night kicks of a fight over the future of the Supreme Court. Then we go to a pre-recorded show with guests Hari Kondabolu, Varshini Prakash from the Sunrise Movement, and a legend: Jane Fonda. http://votesaveamerica.com/getmitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
White House Downplay

White House Downplay

2020-09-1201:23:2111

What you don't know that Trump told Bob Woodward can hurt you. For our first homestretch episode, Jon Favreau joins for the monologue, Dr. Ali Mattu is back to talk about staying motivated during a very hard time, and I talk to Dr. Muhammad Adeel Rish about his recent study on daylight saving time because it's my JOB. Plus listeners check on their parents' voter registrations and I quiz a listener on whether you can tell the difference between awful Trump comments on the military or ones we just made up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Soup d'Etat

Soup d'Etat

2020-09-0501:20:4813

Chowder is a weapon and Antifa has an airline. What a week. Akilah Hughes stops by for the monologue. Ronan Farrow is back so that we can test our relationship again for some reason. And activist Imani Barbarin joins to talk about the challenges facing voters with disabilities and what steps we need to take to turn out the vote. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Don Jr.'s Convention Bump

Don Jr.'s Convention Bump

2020-08-2901:25:569

We watched the RNC on your behalf so where are our fireworks? Kara Swisher joins for the monologue and shares her memories of an earlier iteration of Kim Guilfoyle in San Francisco. Alicia Garza returns to discuss the protests in Wisconsin in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting. Alex Morse talks about his progressive primary challenge to incumbent Congressman Richard Neal. And Erin Ryan and Guy Branum help us sort through the lies and play OK, Stop after Trump's superspreader event on the White House lawn. Awful week. Packed show. 66 days until the election. If you haven't signed up at votesaveamerica.com yet, now is the time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
No Audience, No Problem

No Audience, No Problem

2020-08-2201:19:4710

Senator Brian Schatz, Emily Heller, Naomi Ekperigin, and Josh Barro join to cover the Democratic convention, from Eva Longoria to Joe Biden, and everyone in between. What's the difference between a "crossroads" and a "fork in the road"? Will we be inspired to order calamari? Let's find out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Big episode! Kamala Harris makes history. Trump issues BS executive orders. And people lose their minds over a song about heterosexual goings on of some sort. Sasheer Zamata is here for the monologue. Alyssa Mastromonaco talks about the VP roll out. Ben Rhodes walks us through a week of big developments in foreign policy. And we quiz a listener (and math PhD!) on the different economic stimulus plans. Oh and fine I'm SORRY about last week's title, I guess. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Biden’s VP Pick Revealed!

Biden’s VP Pick Revealed!

2020-08-0801:34:238

New York's AG sues the NRA and Trump struggles against withering questions like, "What manuals?" Returning champion Naomi Ekperigin joins for the monologue. And Jon talks to Senator Ed Markey and Congressman Joe Kennedy III as they face off in a heated Senate primary, and both agree to face a Massachusetts version of "Queen for A Day."  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
How is it August?

How is it August?

2020-08-0101:09:3810

100 days to the election. Here we go. LaTosha Brown joins to talk about the home stretch. Bryan Safi is back for straight guy phone banking. Plus we tell jokes to listeners and quiz Collin and CJ, as we look at what we need to do up and down the ballot to win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Cognition Impossible

Cognition Impossible

2020-07-2554:1114

Trump takes a test. Cities push back against Trump's aggression. And Taylor releases a new album. What a week. Guy Branum joins for OK, Stop. Eric Holtaus talks about his new book, The Future Earth, imagining a best-case climate scenario. And Tanya Somanader, Mellani Johnson, and Sarah Lazarus take a few minutes to react to jokes with the perfect amount of judgment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
No More Mr. Nice Goya

No More Mr. Nice Goya

2020-07-1801:14:469

House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff discusses Roger Stone, congressional subpoenas, and veganism. Negin Farsad joins for the monologue and Michaela Watkins takes on the role of a lifetime. Plus Zeynep Tufekci joins to talk about what happens when science meets social media during this pandemic. Fix my computer, Henry Cavill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oklahoma, OK!

Oklahoma, OK!

2020-07-1101:00:134

A major set of rulings at the Supreme Court, a battle over reopening schools, and an announcement by Kanye in the best place for such things: a four hour interview with Forbes Magazine. Shea Serrano joins to talk about everything from the impact of protests on sports to the best James Bond movies. Josh Gondelman judges the monologue and has some lovely analogies. And Alice Wetterlund stops by along with a special guest with a tell-all book of her own. What a week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (169)

BC

I wonder how Jon would feel if he discovered I listen to his podcast at 3x speed

Nov 22nd
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Nellie Fly

I've been unemployed since July. so,yeah

Oct 5th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

What a loving + inspiring preamble at the top of the show. TY @jonlovett for reminding me there is always hope - even tho, as you state, hope is annoying for the demands it makes.

Sep 23rd
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Lisa Rhea

okay I might have been too quick to say what my favorite John love it or leave it back in the closet song was because that torch song was fantastic.

Sep 6th
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Eric L Johnson

The last "...inside the closet." parody was gold!

Sep 5th
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TheOnlyBeestrum

"Hot guys and new ways to make grilled cheese" Ive never been more spiritually connected to you, Jon.

Aug 31st
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Lisa Rhea

I really enjoy listening to your podcast. I'm wondering if we can start saying Biden and Harris or Joe and Kamala. Thanks for a fun Saturday listen.

Aug 16th
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BC

how is it August and why is it so hot

Aug 15th
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Thomas Goguen

guys ...come kayaking with me!!!

Aug 11th
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Thomas Goguen

I love K Harris......I thought I had it under control until I thought of another VP (Stacey A ....you ARE the chosen one)!!!

Aug 11th
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Mark H.

So... was the title of the podcast just to get people to click on the episode? He hasn't revealed it. Tsk tsk Lovett.

Aug 9th
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Philly Burbs

you keep asking what are you doing for Biden meanwhile Biden isn't doing anything. every day is another LOST OPPORTUNITY! dems need to STOP LYING TO THEMSELVES! Seniors think he's not mentally qualified. Millennials dont think he's qualified. Trump is going to win & folks like you who refuse to scream from the hilltops Biden is ignoring most dems & only bowing to blacks. meanwhile they are repeating Trump marketing. we as a country are FUCKED

Aug 1st
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Julian Baldwin

That laugh...that laugh😱😱

Jul 20th
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Accordionbabe

Worst. Laugh. Ever.

Jul 18th
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Michael Dunscomb

Nicole Byer was hard to listen to.

Jun 21st
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Be A. Friend

The line by Lovett about trying to have as rich of a conversation as possible with your father, given your dynamics, is perfectly put!! Thanks for putting into words the very real situation many of us find ourselves in. lol

Jun 13th
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Kevin Wilson

n

Jun 7th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

one of my favorite podcasts! this show makes my whole weekend :)

Jun 3rd
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Stephen Kennedy

burn after hearing. what a piece of trash podcast.

Jun 1st
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Charles Rodriguez

They land standing up

May 23rd
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