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Four former aides to President Obama—Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor—are joined by journalists, politicians, activists, and more for a no-b**t conversation about politics. They cut through the noise to break down the week’s news, and help people figure out what matters and how they can help. Text us questions and comments: (323) 405-9944. New episodes Mondays and Thursdays.

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Four former aides to President Obama—Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor—are joined by journalists, politicians, activists, and more for a no-b**t conversation about politics. They cut through the noise to break down the week’s news, and help people figure out what matters and how they can help. Text us questions and comments: (323) 405-9944. New episodes Mondays and Thursdays.

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It’s really sad to see one star reviews from the #trump2020 supporters. These guys are giving us the facts with actually being educated and hilarious at the same time.

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These guys keep it real, but somehow uplifting and encouraging! Keep it up!

iTunes Ratings

61095 Ratings
Average Ratings
52148
2706
1330
1045
3866

Don’t rate based on your ignorance

By tried to be patient - May 19 2020
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It’s really sad to see one star reviews from the #trump2020 supporters. These guys are giving us the facts with actually being educated and hilarious at the same time.

Favorite Social/Political Media platform

By GGG!!! - May 15 2020
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These guys keep it real, but somehow uplifting and encouraging! Keep it up!
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Pod Save America

Latest release on May 28, 2020

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Four former aides to President Obama—Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor—are joined by journalists, politicians, activists, and more for a no-b**t conversation about politics. They cut through the noise to break down the week’s news, and help people figure out what matters and how they can help. Text us questions and comments: (323) 405-9944. New episodes Mondays and Thursdays.

Rank #1: “Pod Lang Syne.”

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In a special New Year’s episode, Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, Erin Ryan, DeRay Mckesson, Ana Marie Cox, Ira Madison, and Louis Virtel discuss their resolutions for 2019. 

Dec 27 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #2: “Kavanuts.”

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Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, escalates his trade war with China, and gets played by North Korea. Then former Supreme Court clerk and White House lawyer Karen Dunn talks to Jon, Jon, and Tommy about how Democrats should approach the coming Supreme Court battle.

Jul 10 2018

57mins

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Rank #3: “This is the end of my presidency. I’m f*cked.”

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is finally public, and it’s not great! Politico’s Natasha Bertrand joins to talk about all the explosive revelations, the fallout, and what comes next. Then we discuss Bernie Sanders’s decision to hold a Fox News town hall, and hear from comedian Chelsea Handler about her crush on Robert Mueller and her political awakening.

Apr 18 2019

1hr 34mins

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Rank #4: “A potpourri of stupid.”

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Trump is acting like a guilty man who’s bad at covering up crimes, and Democrats are nominating history-making candidates while they decide on a message for the fall. Then Wesley Bell, the Democratic nominee for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney, joins Jon and Dan to talk about his upset victory and his plans to reform the criminal justice system. 

Aug 16 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #5: “Podsgiving mailbag!”

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Dan and Jon answer questions about the midterms, 2020, Never Trump Republicans, Iowa, the Senate, Fox News, the plutocracy, and our favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Then Doris Kearns Goodwin talks to Jon about her new book on presidential leadership.

Nov 21 2018

1hr 22mins

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Rank #6: Obama's Last Interview

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The Pod Save America team sits down with President Obama for his last interview as President.

Jan 19 2017

41mins

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Rank #7: “An orgy of corruption.”

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Mueller gets another witness, Trump and Rudy become more unhinged, conservative donors reward the politicians who made them richer, and Republicans try to suppress the vote in Georgia. Then first-time candidate and 2016 Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes talks to Tommy about her race for Congress.

Aug 21 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #8: “The Trump Investigation.”

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Trump hits a bump in the road on his way to the Nobel Peace Prize, Republicans try their hardest to make 2018 about immigrant gang members, and 700 Trump investigation stories break in one day. Then Jason Kander joins Jon and Dan to talk about the midterms and the new season of Majority 54, and Inimai Chettiar of the Brennan Center for Justice talks about the prison reform bill moving through Congress.

May 17 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #9: “Keep your heads up.”

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Republicans celebrate passing the least popular piece of legislation in modern history, and Democrats plot their strategy to protect DREAMers and the Children’s Health Insurance Program while funding the government. Then Senator Dick Durbin joins Jon and Dan to talk shutdown strategy, and Rep. Adam Schiff discusses the Republican effort to shutdown the House investigation into Russian interference. 

Dec 21 2017

1hr 20mins

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Rank #10: “We’re saying Pod Save America again.”

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A very special Christmas mailbag with Jon, Jon, and Tommy to wrap up 2017 and look ahead to 2018.

Dec 26 2017

51mins

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Rank #11: “The cycle of bullshit.”

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Trumpcare gets a CBO score so bad that it causes Republicans to lie, cry, and body-slam a reporter in Montana. Then, the Atlantic’s Annie Lowrey talks to Jon and Dan about Trump’s budget, and Ana Marie Cox joins with a look at the President’s foreign trip.

May 25 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #12: “Crazy pills.”

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Trump tries and fails to clean up his Putin mess, but Republicans in Congress make it clear that they won’t be doing anything about it. Then Crooked Contributor Tim Miller joins Jon and Dan to talk about the state of the Republican Party, and why it’s become a Trump cult.

Jul 19 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #13: "Pulling out of the War on Christmas.” (Holiday mailbag episode!)

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Donald Trump's government shutdown doesn’t stop Jon F. and Dan from answering listener questions in this special holiday mailbag edition of the pod. Then Katie Porter joins Jon to talk about turning California’s 45th district blue and the work waiting for her once she’s sworn in to Congress.

Dec 24 2018

1hr 22mins

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Rank #14: “The empty National Mall in Trump’s heart.” (July 4th Mailbag)

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Jon and Dan answer your questions about Trump’s jingoistic July 4th, 2020 strategy, Medicare for All vs. Medicare for America, Ivanka’s foreign trip, and the Sixers free agency moves. Then Texas activist Marcel McClinton talks to Tommy about his decision to run for the Houston City Council right after graduating high school.

Jul 04 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #15: “Rudy likes club drugs.” (LIVE from Las Vegas!)

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The President admits to using the powers of his office to target Joe Biden and his son by pressuring the Ukrainian government to fabricate a scandal, and the Des Moines Register poll shows Elizabeth Warren leading the Democratic field for the first time. Then former UN Ambassador Samantha Power talks to Jon F. and Tommy about her life as a journalist, activist, and public servant.

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Sep 23 2019

1hr 54mins

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Rank #16: “Taliban sleepovers and midnight cat videos.”

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The President cancels secret negotiations with the Taliban in between tweeting cat videos, the House investigates whether the Defense Department has been propping up Trump’s businesses, and Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders start to pull away from the pack. Then Ady Barkan talks to Jon F. about his new video series on health care and his new memoir, Eyes to the Wind, which you can get at beaherofund.com.

Sep 09 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #17: “Whine cave.” (Debate recap special!)

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Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan talk about the impeachment of Donald Trump and the final Democratic debate of 2019, hosted by PBS and POLITICO in Los Angeles, California.

Dec 20 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #18: "What the hell are alternative facts?"

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Jon and Dan talk about Trump's disturbing first week in office, including his Executive Orders, ABC interview, and voter fraud lies. Then they're joined by DNC Chair candidate Tom Perez to talk about the future of the Democratic Party.

Jan 26 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #19: “Resolutions of the Pod for 2020.”

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In their second annual New Year’s resolutions pod, Jon, Jon, and Tommy react to resolutions from some of your favorite 2020 candidates. Then they hold themselves accountable for the resolutions they made a year ago - and make new resolutions for the big year ahead in 2020.

Dec 30 2019

36mins

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Rank #20: “We call BS.”

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In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, a new student movement is born, the Republican/NRA conspiracy nuts go crazy, and Republican politicians start feeling the pressure. Then Jon and Tommy talk to comedian Billy Eichner about Glam Up the Midterms, his new effort to register young voters. 

Feb 22 2018

1hr 17mins

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“Biden grieves, Trump tweets.”

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The two candidates mark the pandemic death toll reaching 100,000 Americans in starkly different ways, a masked Biden emerges from his home, and both campaigns compete for black voters amid new incidents of racism and violence. Then Obama veteran Paul Tewes talks to Jon about recruiting an army of organizers to beat Trump in 2020.

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May 28 2020

1hr 20mins

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“How we beat Trump.”

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Six battlegrounds will likely determine whether Trump or Biden wins in November, and Crooked Media content chief Tanya Somanader joins to talk about why you should Adopt a State and start organizing from home. Then Jon, Jon, and Tommy answer listener questions about the VP selection process, what a virtual convention might look like, how we’ll celebrate if Mitch McConnell loses, and when Ronan might cut Lovett’s hair.


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May 26 2020

49mins

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“Trump hits the Hydroxy.”

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The President takes a dangerous drug to own the libs, Ted Cruz gets in a Twitter fight with the pod, our new Change Research poll shows Joe Biden with a small lead in Michigan, and Republicans are done with helping the economy. Then Dave Weigel of the Washington Post talks to Dan about the digital strategies shaping the Biden and Trump campaigns.

May 21 2020

1hr 26mins

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“Fired up and ready to Zoom.”

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The President continues his purge of government officials who expose corruption, the Trump campaign uses a kitchen sink strategy to define Joe Biden, Barack Obama reminds us of what a normal president sounds like, and House Democrats pass an economic relief bill with some defections. Then Senator Sherrod Brown and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Connie Schultz talk to Jon L. about Senate negotiations over the next stimulus bill, and what it’s like to quarantine together.

May 18 2020

1hr 11mins

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“OBAMAGATE!”

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Trump tries to make the election about Barack Obama, Democrats come up short in a California special election, Joe Biden announces a set of policy unity task forces, and Democratic strategists offer his campaign plenty of advice. Then Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal talks to Jon about her Paycheck Guarantee Act and her role as the co-chair of Biden’s health care unity task force.

May 14 2020

1hr 39mins

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“1600 Covid Ave.”

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The White House’s robust testing and contact tracing program finds two cases inside the West Wing, Attorney General Bill Barr drops the charges against one of the President's convicted criminal friends, Barack Obama speaks out, and Trump falsely accuses California Democrats of rigging an election by allowing more people to vote. Then New Yorker writer Patrick Radden Keefe talks to Tommy about his new Crooked podcast Wind of Change, and CNN’s Harry Enten weighs in on the latest polling and the 2020 Senate map.


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May 11 2020

1hr 25mins

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“Live and Let Die.”

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Trump surrenders in the War Against the Invisible Enemy, pivots to a message about rebuilding the economy, and tries to make the race about Joe Biden. Then Jon and Dan break down the latest polls, answer some listener questions, and Dan interviews Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias about his legal battles to protect our right to vote in November.

May 07 2020

1hr 37mins

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“Veepstakes!”

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The President steps up his efforts to blame China for the coronavirus, the Trump campaign is divided over its re-election message, Joe Biden responds to Tara Reade’s allegations, and the Vice Presidential selection process begins. Then Austan Goolsbee, one of Obama’s top economic advisors, talks to Jon F. about how to dig ourselves out of this crisis.

May 04 2020

1hr 20mins

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“The Freedom to Kill Workers Act.”

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Republicans’ top priority is giving corporations the freedom to let their workers and customers get sick, former Republican Justin Amash explores a third party bid for president, and new reporting emerges about an allegation of sexual assault against Joe Biden. Then Congressional candidate Christy Smith talks to Jon about her May 12th special election in California’s 25th district.

Apr 30 2020

1hr 17mins

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“The Trump Pod Challenge.”

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The White House weighs cutting back on Trump’s daily briefings, Republicans start to worry about November, and Joe Biden’s campaign adjusts to life in the midst of a pandemic. Then Senator Brian Schatz talks to Jon L. about the next economic relief bill and the Senate map in 2020.

Apr 27 2020

1hr 5mins

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“Trump’s imaginary enemy.”

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Trump responds to falling poll numbers with a temporary ban on some forms of immigration, Mitch McConnell wants to hit pause on economic relief, and we answer some questions from listeners. Then former White House Chief Technology Officer Jason Goldman talks to Dan about how Joe Biden and Democrats can get creative with their digital strategy ahead of November.

Apr 23 2020

1hr 21mins

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“High on Bernie.”

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Trump encourages Trump supporters protesting against Trump’s social distancing guidelines, governors in both parties plead for help with testing, Congress nears a deal on another economic relief bill, and China becomes a 2020 issue. Then Senator Bernie Sanders talks to Jon and Jon about why our response to this economic crisis should be more ambitious, how progressive candidates can win, and what he hopes to see from Joe Biden.

Apr 20 2020

1hr 19mins

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“Dems in Array.”

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Democrats win a stunning upset in Wisconsin, Joe Biden wins the endorsements of Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren, and Data for Progress polling guru Charlotte Swasey joins Jon and Dan to break down brand new polling that details which arguments about Trump’s handling of the coronavirus are most persuasive to voters.

Apr 16 2020

1hr 15mins

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“Trump’s Grand Opening.”

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Trump reignites the debate over when to re-open the country against the advice of public health experts in his own administration, his campaign launches a Blame China strategy, and Democrats use their leverage to fight for a relief bill that helps workers and voters. Then Salon writer Amanda Marcotte talks to Tommy about her reporting on a sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden.

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Apr 13 2020

1hr 7mins

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“Biden v. Trump v. Coronavirus.”

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The general election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump begins as Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign, COVID-19 trutherism gets worse as Trump media tries to spin the death toll, and Democrats look for a way to make voting safe and easy despite opposition from Trump and his allies. Alex Wagner, the host of Crooked Media’s new podcast Six Feet Apart, joins to break down the news, and Stacey Abrams talks to Dan about protecting the right to vote, the coronavirus response, and 2020 veepstakes.


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Apr 09 2020

1hr 42mins

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“More Warren, less Kushner.”

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Donald Trump and Jared Kushner let the states fend for themselves, Republicans in Wisconsin fight Democratic efforts to make voting safer, and Bernie Sanders’s advisors encourage him to end his candidacy. Then Elizabeth Warren talks to Jon F. about her plans to fix our public health and economic crises, and how she’s thinking about the November election.

Crooked has started a Coronavirus Relief Fund for organizations supporting food banks, health care workers, restaurant workers, seniors, kids who depend on school lunches, and others in need. Donate: crooked.com/coronavirus

Apr 06 2020

1hr 25mins

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“New tone, who dis?”

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Donald Trump says he’ll have done a “great job” if the coronavirus death toll is between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans, some reporters praise his somber delivery of this news, and Nancy Pelosi begins to float ideas for a fourth economic relief bill as weekly jobless claims surpass six million. Then Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Ben Wikler talks to Jon about how he’s fighting to ensure a safe and fair election on April 7th, and the importance of voting by mail in November.


Crooked has started a Coronavirus Relief Fund for organizations supporting food banks, health care workers, restaurant workers, seniors, kids who depend on school lunches, and others in need. Donate: crooked.com/coronavirus

Apr 02 2020

1hr 27mins

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“Ratings to die for.”

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The United States becomes the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump blames everyone but himself for the bungled response, and public health officials persuade him to abandon his Easter deadline. Then PBS's Yamiche Alcindor talks to Jon L. about covering the Trump White House during this crisis.

Crooked has started a Coronavirus Relief Fund for organizations supporting food banks, health care workers, restaurant workers, seniors, kids who depend on school lunches, and others in need. Donate: crooked.com/coronavirus

Mar 30 2020

1hr 12mins

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“Give me GDP, or give me death.”

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The Senate passes the largest economic relief bill in history, Trump spreads the deadly lie that letting the virus run wild will boost the economy, and the daily White House briefings get record cable ratings. Then Governor Gretchen Whitmer talks to Dan about Michigan’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.


Crooked has started a Coronavirus Relief Fund for organizations supporting food banks, health care workers, restaurant workers, seniors, kids who depend on school lunches, and others in need. Donate: crooked.com/coronavirus

Mar 26 2020

1hr 19mins

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“Slush Fund Baby.”

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Trump refuses to force the production of life-saving medical equipment, Democrats fight to eliminate a corporate slush fund from Mitch McConnell’s stimulus bill, and the coronavirus pandemic upends the 2020 campaign. Then, health care workers share stories about how they’re grappling with this crisis.

Crooked has started a Coronavirus Relief Fund for organizations supporting food banks, health care workers, restaurant workers, seniors, kids who depend on school lunches, and others in need. Donate: crooked.com/coronavirus

We played clips from listeners around the country in today’s episode about how they’ve been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. if you’d like to share your story, send a voice note or video to 323 405-9944.

Mar 23 2020

1hr 13mins

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iTunes Ratings

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2706
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3866

Don’t rate based on your ignorance

By tried to be patient - May 19 2020
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It’s really sad to see one star reviews from the #trump2020 supporters. These guys are giving us the facts with actually being educated and hilarious at the same time.

Favorite Social/Political Media platform

By GGG!!! - May 15 2020
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These guys keep it real, but somehow uplifting and encouraging! Keep it up!