Rank #1: How are Republicans weaponizing voting?
DeRay Mckesson, activist and host of Pod Save the People, sits down with Ari Berman, senior reporter for Mother Jones and author of Give Us The Ballot, to discuss midterm results, where the country currently stands as it pertains to voting rights and what can be done to change it.
Dec 12 2018
Rank #2: Why are Republicans beating Democrats at the Internet?
Crooked Contributor Symone Sanders talks to Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA, about how Democratic super pacs are investing in digital ads and pulling out of TV, as well as what this means for the midterms in advance of 2020.
Apr 25 2018
Rank #3: The World As It Is: Was Benghazi the beginning of Trump?
Ben Rhodes talks to Pod Save America co-host and former U.S. National Security Council spokesperson Tommy Vietor about what the media gets wrong about Benghazi, how that moment led to Trump as president, and what it’s like "running" the Deep State.
Aug 22 2018
Rank #4: How dangerous is dark money?
A conversation between Jane Mayer, author of "Dark Money" and Tommy Vietor of Pod Save America and Pod Save The World about the billionaires funding the rise of the radical right.
Nov 15 2017
Rank #5: Reclaiming Patriotism | Intro (ft. Jon Favreau & Tammy Duckworth)
For July's Crooked Mini series "Reclaiming Patriotism", former Navy pilot and Congressional candidate Ken Harbaugh will be sitting down with a range of guests to discuss what patriotism means in the United States in 2019. In the first episode, Ken is joined by Jon Favreau who discusses his own sense of patriotism and how he saw Obama's love of country questioned during his time as president. Then, Senator Tammy Duckworth shares how patriotism informed her experiences serving in the military and in both the US House of Representatives and the Senate.
Jul 03 2019
Rank #6: Can Elizabeth Warren Save America From Corruption?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Crooked Media’s Editor in Chief Brian Beutler discuss two important new bills she has just introduced: One to save American politics from corruption, and one to save American capitalism from itself.
Sep 05 2018
Rank #7: What did Alyssa Mastromonaco learn from trusting her gut?
Jon Favreau talks to Alyssa Mastromonaco about her new book “So Here’s The Thing…“, a book of reflections, essays and interviews on everything from politics and career to motherhood, sisterhood and making relationships in the age of social media. Alyssa then reads a chapter from the book which you can pre-order now!
Feb 27 2019
Rank #8: What has Fox News done to America?
A conversation between Gabe Sherman, author of "The Loudest Voice In The Room," and Tommy Vietor of Pod Save America and Pod Save The World about the rise of Roger Ailes and how Fox News has influenced American politics.
Dec 13 2017
Rank #9: Pride on Screen | Gay Visibility
Tre’vell Anderson, Director of Culture and Entertainment for Out Magazine, kicks off the first episode in a new series looking back at notable LGBTQ+ moments in film and television.
Tre'vell is first joined by Jon Lovett. They discuss a moment in television that impacted Jon's life and imagine what a more inclusive future could look like. Then, Tre'vell is joined by legendary actor Darryl Stephens and Jeffrey Masters, host of the podcast LGBTQ&A, to take a look at gay men on screen and discuss how these representations have impacted them, and us, in real life.
Jun 05 2019
Rank #10: State of Conspiracy | Conspirator in Chief
Are lizard people real? Was 9/11 an inside job? Is the government really out to get you? We can't conclusively answer those questions, but we will be exploring these topics in September's series, State of Conspiracy. State of Conspiracy is hosted by Professor Kathryn Olmsted a professor of History at UC Davis and scholar of conspiracy theories. This week, Professor Olmsted sits down with author Anna Merlan to discuss how Donald Trump successfully used conspiracy theories to gain national attention and get elected and why the surge in government conspiracy theories today may less funny and more insidious than we think.
Sep 04 2019
Rank #11: On The Brink: Changing The Face of Politics
In the last episode of On The Brink, Julissa is joined by Sayu Bhojwani, Founder and President of New American Leaders. New American Leaders works to build the power and potential of first and second generation Americans to run for office. They discuss the importance of immigrants to American democracy and what the “For the People Act” or H.R.1 could do to address systemic barriers to voting.
Mar 27 2019
Rank #12: Who determines the Arc of Justice?
A conversation between Pod Save the People's DeRay Mckesson and New York Times Magazine's Emily Bazelon about criminal justice and the role of prosecutors.
Nov 01 2017
Rank #13: Do facts and reason matter anymore?
Jon Lovett talks with Steven Pinker about the role of honest argument in our politics and what his new book “Enlightenment Now” can tell us about Trump.
Mar 28 2018
Rank #14: Will Kavanaugh be Gen Z's Voldemort?
Our newest Crooked Contributor Winter BreeAnne interviews former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards about how young people can help the fight for reproductive rights, what the Brett Kavanaugh nomination means and how her upbringing in a political home influenced her growing up.
Aug 29 2018
Rank #15: Will 2018 be the year of reckoning for #MeToo?
A conversation between Crooked contributors Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco about #MeToo and how to move forward in 2018. Plus, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on the accusations against President Trump and calling for accountability in the White House.
Jan 03 2018
Rank #16: How do we get dark money out of politics?
Kiran Deol, co-host of Crooked’s Hysteria, talks to documentary filmmaker Kim Reed about the making of the Oscar short-listed film Dark Money, a political thriller which explores the impact of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections.
Jan 30 2019
Rank #17: Rigging North Carolina | Stolen Ballots
Leslie McCrae Dowless is a Republican consultant desperate to win. So he did what no one would do: he stole ballots for GOP congressional candidate Mark Harris, creating a scandal in North Carolina's 9th district and one of the biggest election fraud cases in American politics. Shaniqua McClendon, North Carolina native and Crooked's Political Director, speaks with Joe Bruno, the local reporter who broke the story, to walk us through exactly what happened and why it matters.
Aug 07 2019
Rank #18: Reclaiming Patriotism | Service (ft. Pete Buttigieg & Becky Margiotta)
In the final episode of the series, Ken Harbaugh explores the role of service in our understanding of patriotism. He sits down with Mayor Pete Buttigieg to explore what service means to him and the responsibilities that elected officials have to individuals who sign up for military service. But first, Ken talks to Becky Margiotta, a veteran of an elite special operations unit and founder of the social advocacy group The Billions Institute. Ken talks to Becky Margiotta about the importance of inclusivity in service.
Jul 24 2019
Rank #19: Can the Civil Rights Movement Save the Country from Donald Trump?
A conversation between Crooked.com Editor in Chief Brian Beutler and civil rights leader Vanita Gupta about the civil rights movement’s resistance to the Trump administration and the threats Trump poses to the rule of law in America.
Feb 21 2018
Rank #20: How did humans shape the idea of God?
A conversation between Ana Marie Cox and Reza Aslan, author of "God: A Human History," about how religion has changed over the years to reflect society.
Dec 27 2017