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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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How is it August?

How is it August?

2020-08-0101:09:385

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.
Cognition Impossible

Cognition Impossible

2020-07-2554:1112

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.
No More Mr. Nice Goya

No More Mr. Nice Goya

2020-07-1801:14:468

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.
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.
Scrutiny on the Bounty

Scrutiny on the Bounty

2020-07-0401:21:1611

Emily Heller returns for our July 4th episode and agrees NOT to discuss gardening. Hari Kondabolu joins to talk about Hollywood's response to mounting protests, from voice casting on the Simpsons to the defense of hacky stand up. Epidemiologist Dr. Anne W. Rimoin explains the latest on mounting cases of coronavirus and what happens next. And listeners test out their political jokes on Lovett and Emily.
K-Popping His Bubble

K-Popping His Bubble

2020-06-2701:04:4217

Larry Wilmore is back and joins for the monologue. Ari Berman discusses efforts to fight voter suppression. We quiz a listener on polling from 2016 so no one gets cocky about 2020. And we share some moments from Crooked's pride parade live stream: Gay News with Tre'vell Anderson and Guy Branum, plus highlights from Sam Pancake, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Kara Swisher, Bowen Yang, Margaret Cho, Rosemary Ketchum, Katie Hill, Sam Feder, and Justin Simien.
Gay for Justice

Gay for Justice

2020-06-2001:27:3811

Nicole Byer is back and joins for the monologue. Adam Serwer discusses the Supreme Court's DACA decision, the diversity of the protest movement, and Juneteenth. Plus we quiz Philip Picardi on campy religious ceremonies and talk about his new podcast on spirituality. And we test organizers in six battleground states to see if they're ready for the fall. What a week. Even some... good news?... whatever that is.
Judd Apatow joins for the monologue. Melina Abdullah discusses the goals of the protest movement. Rosemary Ketchum stops by to talk about what it means to be the first trans person to win public office in West Virginia. And LGBTQ+ listeners join to rant about basically whatever. What a week.
Bunker Inspector

Bunker Inspector

2020-06-0648:0113

Peaceful protests and police backlash spread across the country. Trump "inspects" a bunker and waves a bible. Osita Nwanevu joins to discuss our collective response. DeRay Mckesson discusses policy changes that can save lives right now. And we hear from protesters and listeners. Plus, ONE Lea Michele joke. One.
Burn After Tweeting

Burn After Tweeting

2020-05-3001:13:0516

D'Arcy Carden joins to match listeners with battleground states. Nancy Rosenblum and Russell Muirhead discuss their book about new ways conspiracies spread and how to respond. And we're joined live by listeners in Birmingham to break down the week's news and quiz the audience on how characters are described in books versus how those characters are cast on screen.
Big Structural Podcast

Big Structural Podcast

2020-05-2301:04:2612

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.
OBAMAGATE-GATE!

OBAMAGATE-GATE!

2020-05-1601:06:209

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!
Murder Hornets, Inc.

Murder Hornets, Inc.

2020-05-0901:19:1615

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.
Storming the Beaches

Storming the Beaches

2020-05-0259:0415

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.
The King’s Bleach

The King’s Bleach

2020-04-2501:16:4818

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.)
Live Free and Die

Live Free and Die

2020-04-1801:08:5613

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
Bern Notice

Bern Notice

2020-04-1101:09:2918

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.
Masking My Feelings

Masking My Feelings

2020-04-0401:20:2613

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.
We’re number one.

We’re number one.

2020-03-2801:04:1411

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.
Zoom and Gloom

Zoom and Gloom

2020-03-2158:2212

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.
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Comments (154)

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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Ashley Tommy P

best back in the closet yet oh my God

May 11th
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Philly Burbs

I grew up in an integrated neighborhood & I have spent my entire life defending black people. I have donated to campaigns not in my state to help all women of all colors. Before the Pandemic I was OK with whoever the candidate chose as their VP. The Joe Biden of 2020 is a very poor choice for President. 98% of Dems felt that way, that's why he was losing in every state. For him to be bullied to choose a VP based only on sex & color is making a bad situation worse. We need experience. we need someone who refuses to take any lying shit & has the balls to admit a mistake & tactics to be prepared for anything. Ms. Reade is only the beginning. We need a candidate with a personality like Cuomo & Jay Inslee. Democrats never defend themselves forcefully. Obama, Hillary, Pelosi, Summer & Clinton gave Republicans carte blanche to lie & degrade them. We haven't had a strong leader since Roosevelt. We need someone who'll be a Pence to Biden's flaws. These people who are bullying Biden don't care about the country. if Biden gives in to their demands it proves Biden should not be president.

May 10th
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BC

I like the segment at the end, where the episode ends on a high note. It's wonderful to hear people who care about other people doing things to help their communities.

Apr 15th
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Sam Yeagle

"If you've got a button fly on, what is this? The Met Gala?!" 🤣🤣🤣

Apr 11th
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Jenn Dawson

I'm constantly waiting for a new LoLi episode. Thank you!

Apr 6th
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Tatyana Noyb

Lovett, no crooked media can ruin you! :) what a great episode!

Mar 30th
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Maggie Weller

Colin needs to be a recurring guest!

Mar 28th
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Sam Yeagle

"If she were a man, this primary wouldn't have even been close. But if she were a man, then she wouldn't be Elizabeth Warren." ♥️

Mar 8th
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Gavin Milligan

people pretending Biden's brain is fine lol

Mar 7th
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BC

Cute nerds, good for you, Ronan and Jon.

Mar 2nd
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BC

Pretty loud for a guy who's been silenced

Mar 2nd
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