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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.

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Lawrence O’Donnell - Son of Dorchester, West Wing writer, Moynihan Senate Staff director - tears Trump and CNN a new one. 
Al and Conan O’Brien

Al and Conan O’Brien

2020-01-0500:51:445

Al and Conan discuss their time together at SNL, including Tina Fey’s shameless theft of Al’s Fart Doctor sketch and the time Al scared the bejeezus out of George Harrison. Very little public policy discussed. 
A replay of one of our favorite shows from early in 2019. Al and Sara discuss the risky comedy, politics and much more.
I rant about the dishonesty (and/or stupidity) of House Republicans during the impeachment debate. Also, about the shameless bad faith exhibited by Mitch McConnell. And the unraveling of Donald Trump’s mind – to the extent it was ever raveled. Plus, my frustration with the Democratic presidential debate our candidates failing to lay a glove on Trump. And with the Democratic candidates, who beat up each other, but failed to lay a glove on Trump.  
Al concludes that Trump is guilty, yes,guilty!, of high crimes and misdemeanors and so is AG Bill Barr after discussing facts with Harvard Law Professor Nancy Gertner and Max Bergman, director of the Moscow Project. They make the case that assuming Trump will be acquitted in the Senate is a mistake. Al concludes that "When you assume, you 'Make an Ass out of Uma Thurman.'" Uma discusses Pulp Fiction.
Al and Rice discuss how immensely consequential decisions are made in real time. Sometimes you get it right. Sometimes you don't. And how you deal with tragic mistakes but have to keep on going.
A repeat of our first show with the President of Voto Latino, Maria Teresa Kumar with a new timely intro. Al finally took a week off. Okay?!
Foreign service veteran Peter Galbraith talks about his 35 year history with the Kurds and how Trump's rash decision to sell them out in Syria will undermine America's standing and security in the world for years to come.
Al talks to his former senior education counsel Sherry Lachman about her great organization, Foster America. She helped with a piece of legislation that is one of Al's greatest achievements as Senator. In the process of getting it passed, Sherry broke a cardinal rule of the Senate and got in a heated conversation with a sitting Senator, much to Al's delight. Plus, Al has some thoughts on the first day of the impeachment hearings. It turns out that the Republicans are acting as protectors for Donald Trump!Learn more about Foster America at www.foster-america.org
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is a compact to award member states' electors to the candidate who receives the most votes nationwide It will take effect when states with 270 electors adopt it.So far, 14 states and DC (representing 187 electoral votes) have compact. Colorado's legislature and governor have approved it (9 more electors) and nervous Conservatives have put it on the ballot as a Referendum in 2020. Hertzberg explains it all and why it's good for every American except Donald Trump.
Jeffrey Toobin and Dahlia Lithwick examine the potential legal issues that may take center stage between now and the day the Senate decides whether Trump is guilty or not guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. 
Writer, director, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The Larry Sanders Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Girls, Anchorman, Trainwreck) discusses comedy, mental health and politics. Al laughs and gets depressed. 
One of Al's heroes, Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone, talks about transforming the lives of some of our poorest, most disadvantaged kids and how we can replicate that across the country.
Al talks impeachment with Elizabeth Drew, veteran journalist and author of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall. Her heralded dissection of the Nixon and Clinton sagas makes her the go-to on the pending Trump impeachment.
Al travels to Leader Reid’s home in Henderson, Nevada, to discuss his life and career, with a special focus on their relationship during the years he and Al overlapped in Senate. 
Mr. Rock is a well-regarded comedian, writer, and actor who is a friend of the host. They discuss a whole bunch of stuff.
Afghan vet and Dem Rising Star Jason Kander discusses his decision to put aside politics to treat his PTSD and his work meeting the housing and treatment needs of vets suffering from the psychological wounds of war.Learn more at VeteransCommunityProject.org
A great show for a change with Bob Kerrey, Medal of Honor recipient, Governor of Nebraska, two-term US Senator, 9/11 Commissioner, and University President, on why he can’t keep a job.  Also, China, trade, Trump and 2020.
The least surprising episode of The Al Franken Podcast.  Veteran DC watchdog Melanie Sloan tells us Trump is very corrupt. Also Ivanka and Jared. And Don Jr. and Eric. Plus the EPA, Interior, and Commerce.  And, finally this week, the National Weather Service!
Austan Goolsbee, former Obama chief economist, explains that "in a crisis, the president's credibility is all he has." So, someday soon, The New York Times headline may read, "World in Crisis, Turns Its Eyes to Donald Trump." And other scary stuff.
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Roberta Proctor

How I wish you were still in the Senate. So glad to find your podcast.

Jan 17th
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L Yu

Trump needs to get out. Al needs to come back.

Jan 2nd
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shutterwi

All Everytime you said why didn't they go to the courts...my thought was WHY DID YOU FOLD AND LEAVE WITHOUT A FIGHT. You could have changed the path this has taken.

Dec 16th
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jas rother

rule by mob? midwest and other small populated states will be held to east/west coast will

Nov 10th
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Anonymous Joe

Loved the reference to "wit of the staircase"! I first learned of esprit d'escalier 25-30 years ago and it describes me to a T. Never once heard anyone reference it, let alone use the English translation version. Never even met anyone who knew about it, including my wife, who is from France! Extra points for Franken!

Sep 23rd
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James Palmieri

2 commie anti white anti police anti American libtards....I love when libtards are destroyed by their own ideas...bye loser

Sep 7th
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Rose Rose

Excellent interview and great to hear from Walter Mondale (& Leo Kotke!) How about a talk with Andrew Yang in the near future? Yang2020.com

Aug 27th
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John Reed

Am unsubscribing.

Aug 10th
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John Reed

So yeah Andy is full of shit. We have one candidate that is guaranteed to fight like hell for single payer and that is Bernie. I get so sick of you corporate dems twisting and lying to still be able to protect your donors. And btw Al Franken maybe if you had voted for Bernie as a superdelegate we wouldn't be in this mess. Your state wanted Bernie but you said your vote was more important than your constituents. I really missed you Al but I see now you are a corporate dem protecting the donors. And dumbass all you had to do was not grab ass's and you couldn't manage that.

Aug 10th
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Frankie B

I am really enjoying your Podcasts. Great works.

Aug 1st
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Josh Levine

he should run for president, imagine him on a debate stage with Donald Trump

Jul 29th
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Bart Stavisky

With all due respect Senator Franken, get off your ass and get back into the Senate! America needs you now! You said it yourself, It's a matter of life or death!

Jul 23rd
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Linda Sutton

The Skeptical Science app for IPhone only, not android, is no longer maintained according to the SS website. The arguments are part of the website.

Jul 1st
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Katherine Worley

Great Show Really enjoyed the conversation with Nancy Getther and Jefgrey Tpobin. Keep up the great work.

Jun 26th
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Katherine Worley

Thanks Al I enjoy your podcast very much and look forward to each new one. Keep up the great work.

Jun 26th
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Veronika Fimbres

Al, one thing when the senate gave you grief, and tried to force/forced you out, is that you made your name doing comedy and writing comedy! I saw that video, simply as you being funny! You didn't touch her! My Uncle used to put alcohol bottles around my Grandmother, when she napped, and then would take her foto! It was funny, because she didn't drink! You are a great comedian, and you were an excellent Senator! Our country really needs what you had to offer! please consider running again!💚🤩🥰🙏🏽🌎🌈🇺🇸♻️🤯🔥💘🤯

Jun 14th
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Jim Str

I don't support neither of the two big political parties and at this juncture I am completely tired of normal human citizens walking around like they have an enclosed R or D after their names. I don't particularly agree with Sen. Al on probably more things than not. Having said all that...I strongly disagree with his forced removal from office for nothing...literally nothing. P.C. was used as a political weapon on the man.

Jun 9th
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Sko Hayes

I am loving this podcast, Al!

Jun 6th
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Bart Stavisky

Al it's fantastic that you're back. Please help our country through this insanity. America needs you more than ever!

Jun 5th
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Fred Shumate

This is great. Only five episodes and already the show has won multiple Peabody awards. Make more! I will listen.

Jun 5th
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