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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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All Riots Matter!

All Riots Matter!

2021-07-2401:04:54

The very funny Sean Devlin breaks down the week’s news - from insurrectionists on the insurrection committee to Wally Funk's wild ride with some rich dudes. Charles Marohn of Strong Towns explains what happens when a road and a street have a baby. And we play Fearmongering Mad Libs, because it's like Fox News is barely trying anymore. Take Crooked's listener survey: crooked.com/survey For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Billionaires are doing it for themselves. Simon Rich joins to break down the week’s news: reconciliation, competition, and Olivia Rodrigo is here...to tell teens to get vaccinated. Senator Amy Klobuchar talks about corporate power and her book on monopolies. And long dead cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin - tough booking - stops by to share his thoughts on Bezos and Branson's ticket to ride. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
F*ck Jamie Spears

F*ck Jamie Spears

2021-07-1001:08:21

Jia Tolentino and Ronan Farrow join to talk about their investigation into the Britney Spears conservatorship and some of the larger lessons it offers. The very funny Aida Rodriguez helps break down the week's news from frivolous lawsuits by Trump to a surprising revelation about Jimmy Carter. Plus Clark Gregg absolutely destroys Adam Conover in a quiz on First Lady history. (And please subscribe to Edith right now!) For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Wartime Meteorologists

Wartime Meteorologists

2021-07-0301:02:54

The Trump Org. gets indicted, the Supreme Court limits voting rights, New York can’t count ballots, and one of People’s sexiest men alive, Donald Rumsfeld, passes away. Comedian George Civeris joins to break down the week’s news and reporter Eric Holthaus talks about unprecedented heatwaves and what makes tackling climate change possible. Plus a game on presidential rankings and high notes. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Introducing: Edith!

Introducing: Edith!

2021-06-3029:32

"Edith!" starring Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike, is a scripted comedy podcast about the untold true-ish story of Edith Wilson, America's secret first female president. For almost a year after Woodrow Wilson's stroke, Edith issued orders as her husband. She would fire people as her husband. She would even cause international incidents as her husband. Along the way, her numerous political enemies inched closer to discovering her secret. It's one of the most unbelievable scandals in American history and now? Now, finally, it is a satirical, narrative podcast. New episodes every Thursday. Subscribe and listen to more episodes now on apple podcasts, spotify, or wherever you're listening now Created and written by Gonzalo Cordova and former Lovett or Leave It Head writer Travis Helwig, "Edith!" features an incredible cast of actors including Rosamund Pike, Clark Gregg, Stephen Root, D'Arcy Carden, Esther Povitsky, Diedrich Bader, Tom Amandes, Brandon Scott Jones, Mary Holland, Adam Conover, Alyssa Limperis, and more. Directed by Maureen Bharoocha. Episode 1. Two Old Ghosts "Waging a war against half the globe has been really stressful for me." Sure World War I is over, but the brutal war inside the White House has only just begun. And the unelected traitor in the President's midst might not be who you think it is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
AND WE'RE BACK. Our first live show in over a year! Let's do it right. With special guests Adam Rippon, Laci Mosely, Hannah Einbinder, Tre'vell Anderson, Zach Noe Towers, Eliot Glazer, Ronan Farrow, RB, Brendan Scannell, Jared Goldstein, Tig Notaro, Maebe A. Girl, Ira Madison III, Louis Virtel, Danica Roem, Andrea Jenkins, and Gabriel Foster. And you can join in supporting the Trans Justice Funding Project at crooked.com/pridefund. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Bipartisans Strike Back

The Bipartisans Strike Back

2021-06-1901:00:05

Kaitlin Olson joins to break down the week’s news, from Manchin’s shifts to Putin’s gifts. Writer and programmer Rusty Foster explains crypto currency to Lovett - the “who what when ransomware why” if you will. Plus a game about the NYC mayoral candidates and high notes! For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Guy Branum joins to break down the week's news. Lovett quizzes Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor to mark 200 episodes of Lovett or Leave It. Tara Houska talks about the end of Keystone XL and the fight against Line 3 in Minnesota. And it's a very special (and shattering) Rant Wheel as Akilah Hughes, Emily Heller, Travis Helwig, Elisa Gutierrez, and Emily "Jeff Ross" Favreau get too honest about this very podcast. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aliens in the sky, zombies in the Senate. Comedian Pat Regan joins to break down the week’s news. Science writer George Zaidan on sunscreen - what we know and what we don’t. Plus we cover this UFO news with a real life alien. Huge get. (Thanks to Danielle Perez.) For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Commission Impossible

Commission Impossible

2021-05-2901:08:432

Scientists ask for a fact-based debate over the origins of the pandemic. Manchin and Sinema ask Republicans to be reasonable. Surprise! They were all very disappointed. Akilah Hughes is back to break down the week's news. Ashley Parker of the Washington Post stops by to talk about how the Biden White House works. And we quiz a listener on some of the most absurd scare tactics used by Fox News from red meat to mask mandates. A Grand Jury in New York? Terrific.  For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chelsea Handler joins to break down the week's news, from stalled commissions to spying whales. Ben Rhodes on what's next after a ceasefire in Israel. Erin Ryan and Crooked producer Caroline Reston join for the rant wheel (Dear Evan Hansen is discussed) and Justin Schweitzer from the Center for American Progress looks at Republican myths about jobs and unemployment.  For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jenny Slate is back to break down the week's news, from Liz Cheney to Ellen DeGeneres. Jason Concepcion stops by for a quiz on conservative freak outs over fictional characters. And Dr. Rick Doblin joins to talk about his pioneering research into how MDMA can help people with PTSD and the future of psychedelic drugs in medicine and... lots of other places. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Liz Cheney, Perfect Hero!

Liz Cheney, Perfect Hero!

2021-05-0801:43:39

Hasan Piker is here to break down the week's news. Lori Wallach of Public Citizen joins for a helpful, fascinating look at the patent waiver issue and what drug companies have to do to get the world vaccinated. And we played an incredible Mother's Day game with Danielle Perez and her mom you won't want to miss.  For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Gavin Newsom faces a recall election. Joe Biden addresses Congress. The Feds raid Rudy's apartment. And the CDC relaxes restrictions for vaccinated people. Ron Funches joins to cover all the news. Kara Swisher is back to talk about the war over privacy between Apple and Facebook as well as Elon Musk's delightful public persona. And we don't think you'll be able to tell the difference between California recall candidates and Masked Singer contestants. What a week. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Demi Lovato, Yelp Elite

Demi Lovato, Yelp Elite

2021-04-2401:17:551

Joel Kim Booster is back to break down the week's news and provide life advice to listeners. DeRay Mckesson talks about the Chauvin verdict and what's next in the fight for accountability and justice. And Jon quizzes Louis Virtel on new Oscars categories and historic Oscars controversies.   For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Gay for Netflix

Gay for Netflix

2021-04-1701:28:201

Amazon's workers vote against unionizing. The reckoning on police violence and accountability continues. And the Bachelor comes out of the closet... right into a nice little promotional tour. Laurie Kilmartin joins to open the show. Guy Branum is here for a VERY special edition of Gay News. And union organizer Chris Smalls talks about working at Amazon and the next steps in the fight to unionize after a setback in Alabama. Plus we quiz listeners to mark Earth Day and draw critical attention to the ongoing national ketchup shortage. What a week. To support unionization efforts please visit amazonlaborunion.org For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Is Pepsi OK?

Is Pepsi OK?

2021-04-1001:22:041

Republicans boycott baseball, Manchin defends the filibuster, and muons defy the laws of physics. Emily Heller is back to break down the week's news. We play OK, Stop with some cursed Fox News footage. And Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton joins for the rant wheel along with Crooked's own Shaniqua McClendon and Jon Millstein as we cover DC statehood, H.R. 1, Hulu's WeWork documentary, the Masked Singer, and more.  For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Gaetz of Hell

Gaetz of Hell

2021-04-0301:01:132

Matt Gaetz faces Tucker Carlson. Amazon faces twitter. And Lil Nas X faces away from the Devil. Josh Gondelman is back to break down the week's news. Satan (Josh Sharp) talks about his latest media firestorm. And Theo Henderson of "We the Unhoused" talks about the housing crisis and why we all need to do more to listen to people experiencing it first hand. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
No, no, no your boat

No, no, no your boat

2021-03-2701:25:371

Biden faces the press. The press forget the pandemic. And the Suez Canal is RED on my map and google is telling me to go around? Comedian Danielle Perez joins to talk news and snacks. Jason Concepcion and Renee Montgomery are here for our version of the Elite 8. And it’s infrastructure week with transit researcher Alon Levy. Oh and Justice League is good. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The incredibly funny Fortune Feimster is back to break down the week's news. Chase Strangio from the ACLU on the fight to stop anti-trans laws and change public opinion. We quiz a listener after a lot of fear mongering about vaccine safety. And we release OUR cut of Justice League AT LONG LAST.  For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include which podcast you would like. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Chriss Mock

We NEED a video of the recording of this week's 'out of the closet' song. Wild!!

Jul 24th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

so fabulous to hear Lovett live again! what a great show!

Jul 4th
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Yana Konokhova

Yikes what is up with Ira?

Jun 27th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

Happy 200th! Such a funny show!

Jun 19th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

The alien bit had me rolling! @DivaDelux was truly a delight. More Danielle, bleez!

Jun 13th
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Jeroen van Alphen

great episode but missed opportunity to run fragments from Lewis Black's standup on sunblock: You ever read the ingredients in sunblock? I've never seen those words anywhere. You don't even know what you're putting on your face, do you? You go, "Oh no, the sun's out!" It could be zebra cum; you don't know. You may not like that joke, but you don't know. And, from the mouth of a future physician: you used sunblock all your life? what were you thinking? you could have eaten sausage every day! still, Lovett, thanks once again!

Jun 6th
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Parastoo Rahmatpoor

the lady in the back laughs awfully loud i have to turn down the volume everytime she laughs. sorry

May 30th
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Leslie Bailey

Alon Levy has the sexiest voice. I would literally listen to him talk about anything.

Mar 27th
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Chriss Mock

ok, so, long time listener, first time caller. I've been listening to you, according to my list, since Bye Mitch, and i have to say, this was the most HILARIOUS yet. Front to back. Keep up the good work. 👍 Now gonna watch on YouTube...

Feb 6th
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Philly Burbs

im am so sick of hearing about black this & black that. a white man was killed protesting for BLM's do you know his name? we are stuck with an old frail Republican as POTUS who has zero out reach to young whites. zero

Jan 25th
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William Robert

great show

Dec 31st
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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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