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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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Episodes

February 2, 2023 58 min

President Biden and Kevin McCarthy meet on the debt ceiling. George Santos steps down from his House committees. Wisconsin gears up for the most important election of 2023. New polling shows Ron Santis trouncing Donald Trump in the Republican primary, even in a crowded field. Then later, the guys play another round of Take Appreciator.

 

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Donald Trump hits the campaign trail and his potential rivals. Democrats revive their calls for police reform after the murder of Tyre Nichols. State Department Counselor Derek Chollet talks to Tommy about the latest in Ukraine. Then later, the guys try to decipher the latest Fox News rants in a new game called “What Are They Mad About?”

 

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January 26, 2023 74 min

Mike Pence joins the classified hoarders club. The MAGA House grabs the third rail of politics. Donald Trump is on top of the polls and back on Facebook. Congressman Ruben Gallego stops by to talk about his run for Arizona Senate. And later, Jon and Dan test their knowledge of Trump’s posting habits with a new game called “Truth or False.”

 

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January 24, 2023 84 min

Joe Biden says goodbye to his chief of staff and hello to more FBI agents. Donald Trump plots his Twitter comeback and struggles to get endorsements. Rep. Ruben Gallego enters the 2024 Arizona Senate race. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries stops by Crooked HQ to talk about the upcoming year in Congress. And the guys play a new game called Take Take Don’t Tell Me.

 

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January 19, 2023 85 min

America hits the debt limit and Republicans prepare to take hostages. The best committee assignments go to the House’s biggest MAGA freaks and they’re all ready to investigate Joe Biden’s garage. Then, The Bulwark’s Sarah Longwell joins to talk about what’s on voters' minds. And later, Jon and Dan find out if Joe Biden’s about to take your gas stove in a new segment called I’m About to Myth Bust.

 

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January 12, 2023 75 min

The MAGA House is off to a rough start. George Santos isn’t going anywhere. Joe Biden deals with a classified documents discovery a bit differently than Donald Trump. And then Congresswoman Katie Porter joins the pod to talk about her run for the US Senate.

 

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January 10, 2023 65 min

Kevin McCarthy gives away the House to become speaker. Joe Biden takes his first presidential trip to the US-Mexico border. And the first Gen Z member of Congress Maxwell Alejandro Frost stops by the pod.

 

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January 5, 2023 50 min

Kevin McCarthy is still trying to make fetch happen. Donald Trump belatedly tries to help his fellow loser. Joe Biden basks in the glow of bipartisan achievement. And later, Jon and Dan play a special edition of Two Takes and A Fake.

 

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January 4, 2023 64 min

The House descends into chaos as Kevin McCarthy fails to win the race for speaker on the first three ballots, Republicans prepare to swear in a new member of Congress who made up his entire life story, and the last Congress ends by making Donald Trump's tax returns public and asking the Department of Justice to charge him with multiple crimes. And later, Jon, Jon, and Tommy kick off the new year with a round of Take Appreciator...

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December 22, 2022 90 min

Pod Save America's second annual holiday spectacular brings guest hosts Priyanka Aribindi and Tre'vell Anderson together with Jon, Jon, and Dan to look back at the good, bad and absurd of 2022. Plus, Representative Katie Porter stops by the studio, and Jon, Jon, and Dan decide the worst Take of the Year in the Pundies Awards.

 

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December 20, 2022 49 min

Jon, Jon and Dan answer all of your burning questions about 2024, the Democratic party, the White Lotus, Taylor Swift, and more.

 

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December 15, 2022 78 min

Donald Trump unveils his own trading cards. Democrats look to finish 2022 on a high note as Republicans squabble about Kevin McCarthy. New polls show Ron DeSantis beating Trump, as Florida’s governor tries to out-crazy the state’s craziest resident. And then New York Times tech reporter Mike Isaac joins to talk about the QAnon cult’s new love affair with Twitter’s new owner.

 

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December 13, 2022 63 min

Marjorie Taylor Greene says she would’ve organized a more successful coup, Kevin McCarthy still cant find 218 votes for speaker, and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema leaves the Democratic Party. Then, Sen. Brian Schatz stops by to talk about democracy, the debt ceiling, Twitter, and Hanukkah.

 

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December 8, 2022 73 min

Democrats will have 51 Senate seats after Raphael Warnock wins the final election of the 2022 midterms, Donald Trump racks up more losses and legal troubles, and Strict Scrutiny’s Kate Shaw joins to break down two major cases heard by the Supreme Court this week on gay rights and democracy.

 

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December 6, 2022 82 min

Joe Biden and the Democratic Party try to kill off Iowa and New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation status, Donald Trump tries to kill off the Constitution over Elon Musk’s release of some rehashed Hunter Biden laptop drama, and Georgia closes out the midterms with today’s runoff between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker. Then, the Bulwark’s Tim Miller is back to talk about all the latest nonsense in the Republican Party.

 

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December 1, 2022 60 min

Republican leaders struggle to respond to Trump’s Nazi Dinner, Congress passes a bill to protect same-sex marriage as Washington gears up for a busy lame duck session, the GOP conducts a midterm autopsy, and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain stops by to talk about Joe Biden’s plans for 2023.

 

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November 29, 2022 79 min

Donald Trump gets dinner with a Nazi, a new special counsel to investigate his crimes, and his Twitter account back. Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock talks to Lovett about his runoff election on Dec 6. And the guys play a round of Take Appreciator.

 

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November 22, 2022 64 min

Jon and Dan answer all your midterm questions + a few about Taylor Swift, reality tv, and their favorite reads.

 

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November 17, 2022 72 min

Donald Trump makes it official. Republicans win the House. Nancy Pelosi steps down as leader. Kari Lake loses her race for Arizona governor. And  Dan talks to the Nevada Independent’s Jon Ralston about midterm results and the future.

 

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November 15, 2022 95 min

Democrats keep the Senate, hold off a Red Wave in the House, and prepare for a productive lame duck session. The knives are out for Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy while Donald Trump gets ready to announce his 3rd presidential campaign. John Fetterman’s campaign advisers Rebecca Katz and Kipp Hebert stop by to tell us about their big win over Dr. Oz. And later, Jon, Jon and Tommy play a game to figure out which Republicans are s...

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