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The Al Franken Podcast

The Al Franken Podcast

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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.

116 Episodes
Judge Leifman has pioneered the widespread use of crisis intervention teams in Miami, saving lots of lives and money
We recorded this in August of 2019 in his office in Minneapolis.
An Excerpt from Al's conversation with Bergen on his book, Trump and His Generals
In case you missed the original!
Any intellectually honest Republican Senator would vote to convict after hearing this. Unfortunately, that’s not near enough.
How we can move to a national popular vote without amending the Constitution?
President Donald Trump (Anthony Atamanuik) and Vice President Joe Biden (Dana Carvey) face off in a preview of the final debate of 2020.
Al wishes he was still there. Here's what he would have asked if he still was.
Voto Latino is on its way to registering 500,000 new voters this cycle. Elias is fighting to make sure their votes will be counted.
Norm was at the debate in Cleveland and gives us all the dirt. Frank and Natasha tell us all the dirt in the 900+ page Senate Intel Report. Hint: LOTS of collusion!
The great Dahlia Lithwick discusses RBG, SCOTUS, and the Election. Depressing? Yes. But then the exciting world premiere of The Day the President Laughed!
Carville and Reines (who played Trump in Hillary's debate prep) game out the Most Important Event in the History of the World. And Al on RBG.
Garrett and Slavitt examine the erosion of trust in our public health institutions - The Federal Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Department of Health and Human Services under Donald Trump. And the tragic consequences now and in the future.
Hatred of immigrants, religious intolerance, systemic racism. Asshole emperor. Sound familiar? Al and Douglas Boin tells the story of Alaric, the Goth who led the sacking of Rome. Also, Al establishes once and for all that the Romans killed Christ, not the Jews! Plus, Sen.Tammy Duckworth discusses Trump's particular aversion to amputees
The political consultant who consulted Barack Obama all the way to the White House discusses how we get Biden there.
Chris discusses being a comedian, being black, being a black comedian, being bussed for nine years as a kid, and a whole bunch of other stuff.
Nieman contrasts how Germans have come to terms with The Third Reich and how Americans have processed slavery, the Civil War, Jim Crow, lynching, and systemic racism.
The stable half of the consultant team that elected Bill Clinton tells us how to beat this psychopath – on the podcast and in his new book, You’re Fired.
Yang and Al Discuss, Among Other Things – Yang’s Past, the Future of Work, and the Present.
Al in conversation with the co-chair of Obama’s police reform commission.
Comments (100)

Scott Grondin

hey Al: your latest podcasts are not showing up on castbox or Google podcasts. is it me, you or the host?

Mar 18th



Feb 28th


😂😂😂 Thank you.

Feb 17th

N Me

thank you Mr. Franken! that was something special!

Feb 17th

Mike Feldman

I couldn't stop laughing. this is brilliant.

Feb 17th

Lesli Hogan

Really informative. Thanks so much!

Feb 9th

Richard Thornton

I think the Democrats should force Trump to appear in person and testify under oath. Without this, the case is a sham, and not worth the time, the trouble, nor the political cost.

Feb 7th

Lindsay Racher

Perhaps I'm missing something here, but I doesn't accepting a pardon legally constitute an admission of guilt? If a self pardon is overturned, wouldn't that make things a lot easier?

Jan 17th

Richard Thornton

Al, should Biden pardon Hunter?

Jan 10th


as if the frivolous lawsuits filed around the country were not enough, the game show host incites his mob to invade the Capitol. We thought we had already reached bottom.

Jan 7th


disappointed on Nov 13, havent had a podcast since Oct 21. Just sayin. no election help with the audience? no input or commentary post election?

Nov 14th

Jimbo Jett

My only complaint was that this one was too short! As you were wrapping it up I had to look at the slidebar clock to see why you were getting ready to hang up the phone. I know you're a busy guy, as are your guests though. Good one, for a change! Ha ha.

Nov 12th

Damien Moody

I love your show but as a listener with cochlear implants, some of your guests are inaudible to me because their level is much lower than yours. I skip these episodes but I really don't want to do that. It would mean a lot of you could even out those levels.

Nov 3rd

Fred Z

Hannukah shopping, thank you

Oct 22nd

Fred Z

Kobach was the secretary of state of Kansas, not the Attorney General. Unnecessary detail, I know, but your podcast is so damn good

Oct 12th

Tom Goodwin

how about next time we just edit the podcast normally lol

Sep 20th

Top Clean

The world is fighting this. The "soldiers who died that are suckers & losers" The "witch hunt" that tries to hide his pointy hat The "hire the best people" that are in prison The "loves USPS" that sabotages the post office The "fair race" that needs voter suppression The "sues mail-in voting" that mails in his vote The "man of the people" that stiffs his contractors The "low energy" that is addicted to Adderall The "tough on Russia" that is Putin's puppet The "loves kids" that puts them in cages The "tough guy" that hides in a bunker The "patriot" that dodged the draft 5 times The "deal maker" that can't make a deal The "art of the deal" that has 4 chapter 11's The "businessman" that declared bankruptcy 6 times The "billionaire" that hides his tax returns The "self made" that inherited Fred's tax shelter The "student" that hides his academic record The "test taker" that didn't take his own SAT exam The "Christian" that never read the bible The "genius" that writes at a grade school level The "philanthropist" that steals from charities The "innocent man" that won't testify The "military expert" rebuked by our generals The "leader" that has zero accountability The "builder" that never worked a day in his life The "athlete" that can't walk down a ramp The "strong arms" that needs 2 hands 2 drink The "alpha male" that wears makeup & hairspray The "playboy" that can't get female consent The "grab them by the pu$$y" that has to pay 4 it The "germaphobe" that craves golden showers The "moral man" that uses hush money payoffs The "least racist" that is in fact the most The "I'm not orange" that is impeached The "demands loyalty" that gives it to nobody The "unfair to me" that is a troll & bully The "nobody knows" that means he didn't know The "people are saying" that he's fabricating this The "no quid pro quo" that he's done over & over The "immigrant ban" who marries/cheats on them The "big brain" that is lacking knowledge The "media disgrace" that they fact checked him The "don't hire illegals" unless they work for him The "Mexico will pay" that hides from every bill The "buy USA made" that sells ties made in China The "King of debt" that drove us off a debt cliff The "have the best words" uses rudimentary ones The "white privilege" born w/ silver spoon enema The "populist" that only helps the richest 1% The "science wiz" thinks knowledge is inherited The "prepared" fired pandemic response team The "most transparent" that demands every NDA The "orangutan's son" that sued Bill Maher & lost The "healthiest" that lies about his morbid obesity The "not tiny hands" that can't fold an umbrella The "family man" that wishes to date his daughter The "cares about U" that is a malignant narcissist * The "stable genius" that is certainly neither The "president" that is never presidential This is the Liar-In-Chief... * Malignant Narcissism is a syndrome, with 4 components: 1. Narcissistic personality disorder 2. Anti-social behavior (sociopathy) 3. Paranoia 4. Sadism The malignant narcissist is grandiose, with an inflated sense of accomplishment, and an excessive need for admiration. He is boastful, hypersensitive to criticism, arrogant, and envious. He is always ready to raise hostility levels, and uses deceit and manipulation. He transgresses social norms, and lacks moral conscience. He is preoccupied with perceived disloyalty, bearing grudges, quick to blame others, and prone to conspiracy theories. He is dehumanizing to people he perceives as weak, capable of taking glee in their misfortune.

Sep 19th


Good podcast, you know, for a change

Aug 31st

Mark Pena


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