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September’s Crooked Mini will take a look at the rising popularity of political and anti-government conspiracy theories. We’ll trace back to some of the earliest and most popular conspiracies and how the political and cultural environment contributed to widespread distrust in news, politics and media. Hosted by Professor Kathryn Olmsted, an expert in conspiracy theories, government secrecy, espionage, counterintelligence, and anticommunism, this series will look at the current state of conspiracies and how the Trump administration has contributed to the normalization and spreading of false information.

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September’s Crooked Mini will take a look at the rising popularity of political and anti-government conspiracy theories. We’ll trace back to some of the earliest and most popular conspiracies and how the political and cultural environment contributed to widespread distrust in news, politics and media. Hosted by Professor Kathryn Olmsted, an expert in conspiracy theories, government secrecy, espionage, counterintelligence, and anticommunism, this series will look at the current state of conspiracies and how the Trump administration has contributed to the normalization and spreading of false information.

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By cvcvc - Sep 02 2019
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Very good podcast detailing the “small” corruptions that degrade our democracy one step at a time.

Rigging N.C.

By think globally, act locally - Aug 29 2019
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Horrifying info well presented. Thank you.

iTunes Ratings

3798 Ratings
Average Ratings
3303
250
88
56
101

Full Series

By cvcvc - Sep 02 2019
Read more
Very good podcast detailing the “small” corruptions that degrade our democracy one step at a time.

Rigging N.C.

By think globally, act locally - Aug 29 2019
Read more
Horrifying info well presented. Thank you.
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Crooked Minis

Updated about 14 hours ago

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September’s Crooked Mini will take a look at the rising popularity of political and anti-government conspiracy theories. We’ll trace back to some of the earliest and most popular conspiracies and how the political and cultural environment contributed to widespread distrust in news, politics and media. Hosted by Professor Kathryn Olmsted, an expert in conspiracy theories, government secrecy, espionage, counterintelligence, and anticommunism, this series will look at the current state of conspiracies and how the Trump administration has contributed to the normalization and spreading of false information.

Rank #1: How are Republicans weaponizing voting?

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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
36 mins
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Rank #2: The World As It Is: Writing for Obama

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In a special series for Crooked Conversations, Ben Rhodes takes a deeper dive into some of the issues and themes that he deals with in his memoir "The World As It Is" about his 10 years working as Deputy National Security Adviser to President Obama. In the first of these conversations, Ben talks to Jon Favreau and Cody Keenan about what it was like to write speeches for a president who already had a strong voice.
Aug 01 2018
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #3: Why are Republicans beating Democrats at the Internet?

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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
24 mins
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Rank #4: Rigging North Carolina | Stolen Ballots

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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
26 mins
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Rank #5: Rigging North Carolina | Republican Chokehold

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North Carolina has a long history of silencing African American voters, more recently sustained by Republicans in the state that have passed laws with the sole purpose of eliminating their votes. In this episode, Shaniqua McClendon discusses the Republicans' blatant voter suppression efforts with State Representative Pricey Harrison, who’s been trying to find common ground with Republicans, and Marc Elias, a Democratic lawyer who’s spent a lot of his career fighting for voting rights in North Carolina. Together, they search for the root cause of the Republican Party’s chokehold on North Carolina.
Aug 14 2019
26 mins
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Rank #6: The World As It Is: Was Benghazi the beginning of Trump?

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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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #7: How dangerous is dark money?

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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
43 mins
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Rank #8: Reclaiming Patriotism | Intro (ft. Jon Favreau & Tammy Duckworth)

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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
46 mins
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Rank #9: What did Alyssa Mastromonaco learn from trusting her gut?

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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
26 mins
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Rank #10: Reclaiming Patriotism | Service (ft. Pete Buttigieg & Becky Margiotta)

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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
29 mins
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Rank #11: Can we have medicare for all?

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Pod Save America co-host Jon Favreau talks to Andy Slavitt, the board chairman of the United States of Care, and Adam Gaffney, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and secretary of the advocacy organization Physicians for a National Health Program about what it will take to get medicare for all and what factors need to be considered to get to single payer.​
Apr 18 2018
35 mins
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Rank #12: How politicized is the NFL?

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A conversation between Pod Save America's Dan Pfeiffer and New York Times Magazine's Mark Leibovich about the political environment surrounding the NFL.
Nov 08 2017
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #13: How safe is our democracy?

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Jon Favreau talks to former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power and legal scholar and editor of the new book "Can It Happen Here?" Cass Sunstein about whether or not authoritarianism can happen in the United States.
Mar 07 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #14: What has Fox News done to America?

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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
38 mins
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Rank #15: The World As It Is: From Russia With Treason

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Ben Rhodes chats with Former White House Communications Director Jen Psaki about what they knew about Russian interference in 2016 and the impact it’s having around the world, as part of his series “The World As It Is” for Crooked Conversations.
Aug 08 2018
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #16: On The Brink: Changing The Face of Politics

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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
50 mins
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Rank #17: How do we get dark money out of politics?

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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
56 mins
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Rank #18: Will 2018 be the year of reckoning for #MeToo?

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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
42 mins
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Rank #19: How can we stop the rise of antisemitism?

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This week Rabbi Brous, senior rabbi at IKAR, is joined by Eric Ward, the Executive Director of Western States Center, to discuss the rise of antisemitism and its ties to white nationalism.
Feb 20 2019
50 mins
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Rank #20: Pride on Screen | Gay Visibility

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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
57 mins
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