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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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The Nom Before The Storm

The Nom Before The Storm

2020-09-2601:10:0110

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

2020-09-1901:12:1711

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

2020-09-1201:23:2110

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

2020-09-0501:20:4812

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
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (166)

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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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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