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Pod Save America

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. You can listen to new episodes twice a week, and starting on October 26, 2021, we will be shifting our schedule to Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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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.


10 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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“Pod Lang Syne.”

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. 

1hr 7mins

27 Dec 2018

Rank #2

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“A potpourri of stupid.”

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. 

1hr 18mins

16 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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“An orgy of corruption.”

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.

1hr 7mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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“Podsgiving mailbag!”

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.

1hr 22mins

21 Nov 2018

Rank #5

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“The Trump Investigation.”

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.

1hr 16mins

17 May 2018

Rank #6

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“Crazy pills.”

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.

1hr 23mins

19 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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“Whine cave.” (Debate recap special!)

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.

1hr 13mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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"All hands on deck."

The Comey fallout continues, the left is resurgent in Europe, and the final showdown is near on #wealthcare. Then, Vox's Sarah Kliff joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about the policy implications of the Senate health care bill, and DeRay McKesson joins to discuss his interview with Katy Perry.

1hr 7mins

12 Jun 2017

Rank #9

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“Essential Bribery, LLC.”

Michael Cohen’s shell company is a revealed to be a massive corruption scheme that involves Donald Trump’s mistresses, Russian oligarchs, and big corporations looking for presidential access. Then CNN’s Harry Enten talks with Jon and Dan about the midterms, Democrats’ chances, and the state of polling. 


10 May 2018

Rank #10

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“Life, liberty and the pursuit of pod.” (Mailbag episode!)

Democrats debate strategy after one of the worst months in Trump’s presidency. Then we answer some of your questions, and play an excerpt from Jon F.’s new podcast, The Wilderness.

1hr 5mins

5 Jul 2018

Rank #11

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“Resolutions of the Pod for 2020.”

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.


30 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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"We believe Christine Blasey Ford."

Jon, Dan, and Erin Ryan discuss the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Then Katie Couric talks to Jon about her new podcast documentary that reflects on the tenth anniversary of her famous interviews with Sarah Palin.

1hr 29mins

28 Sep 2018

Rank #13

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“Horseshoes and hand grenades.”

Tuesday’s special election and primaries deliver some Democratic victories and a warning against complacency, another Republican is indicted for corruption, and Dan offers tempered thoughts on Mark Leibovich’s Paul Ryan profile. Then Matt Rivitz of Sleeping Giants talks to Tommy about their success in persuading companies to remove ads from right-wing news outlets that promote bigotry and hate.

1hr 33mins

9 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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“One step away from drooling on himself.”

Trumpcare is dead and alive and dead and alive again, and we discover from a terrifying New York Times interview that the President doesn’t actually know what health insurance is. Then Jon and Dan talk to Montana Governor Steve Bullock about his vision for the party and the country, and Ana Marie Cox joins to talk about Trump’s elimination of teen pregnancy prevention programs. 

1hr 11mins

20 Jul 2017

Rank #15

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

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.

1hr 34mins

18 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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“Wild Wild GOP.”

Ben Rhodes joins Jon and Tommy to talk about the aftermath of the North Korea summit, Trump’s family separation policy at the border, and why senior Republicans are calling their own party a cult.

1hr 4mins

14 Jun 2018

Rank #17

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“The outrage election.”

Roseanne’s racism reveals a reality about life in the Trump Era and the Republican midterm strategy, Trump is caught in a perpetual justice obstruction machine, and Democrats face real danger in the June 5th California primary. Then John Legend talks to Tommy about the work he’s doing to call more attention to elections for local prosecutors around the country.

1hr 34mins

31 May 2018

Rank #18

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“Putin’s Paperless Post.”

Trump spends the weekend rage-tweeting, the Nunes Memo is exposed as a fraud, and Jim Comey blesses us with punditry. Then students from Parkland, Florida and Chicago talk about their efforts to register young voters and reduce gun violence, and DeRay Mckesson joins to talk about his upcoming book, On The Other Side of Freedom.

1hr 18mins

24 Jul 2018

Rank #19

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That's the Ticket Episode 1: Vet on It

In the first episode of this three part mini-series, Dan Pfeiffer and Alyssa Mastromonaco break down the vetting for vice presidential candidates - how it happens, why it's so secret, and what can go wrong. They'll talk you through the history of the vetting process, their experiences on the Kerry and Obama campaigns, and how they think the Biden campaign is approaching the process.


26 Jun 2020

Rank #20