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Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett and a panel of comedians, actors, journalists, and some of the many famous Friends of the Pod appear before a live audience to break down the week’s biggest news. Quizzes! Impressions! Shouting at cable news clips! And everyone’s favorite: nuanced discussion. New episodes every Saturday.

Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett and a panel of comedians, actors, journalists, and some of the many famous Friends of the Pod appear before a live audience to break down the week’s biggest news. Quizzes! Impressions! Shouting at cable news clips! And everyone’s favorite: nuanced discussion. New episodes every Saturday.

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Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett and a panel of comedians, actors, journalists, and some of the many famous Friends of the Pod appear before a live audience to break down the week’s biggest news. Quizzes! Impressions! Shouting at cable news clips! And everyone’s favorite: nuanced discussion. New episodes every Saturday.

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English


Episodes

Gay for Netflix

4/17/2021
Amazon's workers vote against unionizing. The reckoning on police violence and accountability continues. And the Bachelor comes out of the closet... right into a nice little promotional tour. Laurie Kilmartin joins to open the show. Guy Branum is here for a VERY special edition of Gay News. And union organizer Chris Smalls talks about working at Amazon and the next steps in the fight to unionize after a setback in Alabama. Plus we quiz listeners to mark Earth Day and draw critical attention...

Duration:01:28:35

Is Pepsi OK?

4/10/2021
Republicans boycott baseball, Manchin defends the filibuster, and muons defy the laws of physics. Emily Heller is back to break down the week's news. We play OK, Stop with some cursed Fox News footage. And Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton joins for the rant wheel along with Crooked's own Shaniqua McClendon and Jon Millstein as we cover DC statehood, H.R. 1, Hulu's WeWork documentary, the Masked Singer, and more. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit...

Duration:01:22:19

Gaetz of Hell

4/3/2021
Matt Gaetz faces Tucker Carlson. Amazon faces twitter. And Lil Nas X faces away from the Devil. Josh Gondelman is back to break down the week's news. Satan (Josh Sharp) talks about his latest media firestorm. And Theo Henderson of "We the Unhoused" talks about the housing crisis and why we all need to do more to listen to people experiencing it first hand. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit. For a transcript of this episode, please email...

Duration:01:00:41

No, no, no your boat

3/27/2021
Biden faces the press. The press forget the pandemic. And the Suez Canal is RED on my map and google is telling me to go around? Comedian Danielle Perez joins to talk news and snacks. Jason Concepcion and Renee Montgomery are here for our version of the Elite 8. And it’s infrastructure week with transit researcher Alon Levy. Oh and Justice League is good. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit. For a transcript of this episode, please email...

Duration:01:25:27

A Justice League of Their Own

3/20/2021
The incredibly funny Fortune Feimster is back to break down the week's news. Chase Strangio from the ACLU on the fight to stop anti-trans laws and change public opinion. We quiz a listener after a lot of fear mongering about vaccine safety. And we release OUR cut of Justice League AT LONG LAST. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include which podcast you would...

Duration:01:14:57

Shot Girl Summer

3/13/2021
Vaccines for everybody and checks for (almost) everybody. James Adomian joins to break down the week's news and to bring Bernie Sanders and the My Pillow guy into a contentious debate over the stimulus. Senator Ed Markey is back to talk about the filibuster and how to make daylight saving time permanent. Plus Pepe Le Pew issues a formal apology with the help of Ira Madison III. Hi this is Travis Helwig. Lovett doesn't know I'm writing this but it's my last Lovett or Leave It show and I will...

Duration:01:17:42

Cuomosexual Misconduct

3/6/2021
Hari Kondabolu joins to break down the week's news, from smaller covid checks to faster covid vaccines. Plus we cover the fight to protect voting rights in Congress. Ezra Klein talks about polarization and local news. And Lovett auditions for Jeopardy and quizzes listeners on mayhem at gender reveal parties, which aren't really gender reveal parties, when you think about it. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit. For a transcript of this...

Duration:01:15:40

Won’t someone think of the tater tots??

2/27/2021
Ike Barinholtz breaks down the week's news from gendered potatoes to Obama podcasts. Fran Lebowitz joins for a new segment we call the "Frant Wheel." Shea Serrano talks about life in Texas after the storm and government failures. And we talk about Top Shots, whatever they are. Plus we quiz a listener about the Golden Globes - the good, the bad, and The Tourist. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit. For a transcript of this episode, please...

Duration:01:37:42

Ted’s Excellent Adventure

2/20/2021
Emily Heller joins to break down the week's news from Cruz's vacation to Cruella's backstory. Also this week: Alicia Garza on organizing for change under Biden, Adam Grant on how to shift opinions in a polarized world, Jason Concepcion and Megan Gailey on the Bachelor, and there's the rant wheel... sort of. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:01:42:01

Insurrection: Exclusive Bonus Footage

2/13/2021
The evidence is damning but the defendant got lucky on jury selection. The vaccine roll out continues. And Gina Carano can't act OR tweet. Akilah Hughes joins to break down the week's news. Dr. Atul Gawande discusses mask mandates and vexing variants. And, to mark Valentine's Day in a pandemic, several contestants compete for LOVE in speed dates with our writer Pallavi Gunalan. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit. For a transcript of this...

Duration:01:33:58

What Time is the Super Bowl?

2/6/2021
Bezos is OUT. Emily in Paris is IN. And NO ONE deserves applause for saying "9/11 happened." Langston Kerman joins to break down the week's news, listeners compete on who failed at new pandemic hobbies the hardest. And Ira Madison III, Erin Ryan, Langston, and Travis join for the Rant Wheel to cover everything from celebrity boxing to the Space Force. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/lovettorleaveit. For a transcript of this episode, please email...

Duration:01:22:00

OK, GameStop!

1/30/2021
Biden signs up a storm. A Republican congresswoman believes forest fires are started by Jewish space lasers. And GameStop finally fulfills its destiny in the war between reddit and hedge funds - with a LOT of Tubmans at stake. Alice Wetterlund joins to break down the week's news. Brian Beutler looks at the debate over how to pass relief through Congress. And Yoni Lotan takes on his greatest role yet as... the filibuster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:11:22

Exhale to the Chief

1/23/2021
President Biden. Vice President Harris. Lady Gaga. Democrats take power, the center shifts, and a new era begins. Kumail Nanjiani and I talk through our feelings about this moment. Heather McGhee talks about her book The Sum of Us and how to move forward in a divided country. And we play a game about Democratic moderates and how their views have changed over the years. What a week. What. A. Week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:20:34

Good Riddance (Crime of Your Life)

1/16/2021
Wednesday is the day Trump finally becomes not president. Kara Swisher joins to talk about social media companies facing hate and incitement on their platforms and what a Democratic Congress can do (and Kara learns some breaking Ivanka/Jared news on the spot). Then Lovett quizzes Favreau and Tommy on four years of scandal and their awesome tweets. And we're back on omegle to tell listeners jokes at random and it went pretty well! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:01:03:29

Bye Mitch

1/9/2021
Democrats prepare to take control of the White House, the House, and the Senate after an incredibly hard fought set of victories in Georgia. Trump, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, and congressional Republicans incite violence that leads to several deaths and the ransacking of the Capitol. High highs. Low lows. Jason Concepcion joins to break down a long week and tolerate some sports jokes. Zeynep Tufekci is back to talk about social media's role in this coup attempt and the vaccine roll out. Plus we...

Duration:01:16:37

The Quarantine Choice Awards

12/19/2020
It's the first and hopefully last annual Quarantine Choice Awards! Emily Heller joins to break down a year we are glad to put behind us. I talk to the first gay man elected to the Georgia legislature, Sam Park, about the run offs that will determine control of the Senate. And Akilah Hughes, Michaela Watkins, Louis Virtel, Alice Wetterlund, and Guy Branum join as judges to see who deserves the prestigious Golden Pangolin statues. See you in 2021! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:01:44:45

None the Pfizer

12/12/2020
Sarah Silverman is back to break down the week's news. Senator Brian Schatz joins for an update on negotiations over a relief bill in Congress and talks about his views on Biden cabinet picks. And we're joined by Margaret Keenan, the first person to receive the vaccine outside of a trial in the UK, and wouldn't you know it she left JUST before D'Arcy Carden showed up. What a week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:04:01

Bill Barr, Deep State Warrior

12/5/2020
Nicole Byer is back to break down the week's news and play OK, Stop! Ari Berman talks about the census, the failed coup, and how we defend voting rights. Plus Kaya Henderson joins to discuss the latest on schools and what we can expect from a new education secretary who isn't a disgrace. And we play a game about The Crown because Charles actually fell off a horse and while we are anti-monarchy like good Americans, there is blood in our veins and we deserve this show. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:01:30:38

Coup Clutz Clan

11/21/2020
Rudy melts under cross examination. Thanksgiving comes as cases rise and a vaccine looms. Kiran Deol joins to break down the week's news. Scientist Eric Lander joins to discuss the vaccine, public trust in science, climate change, and deep fakes. And Ronan Farrow is back to talk about his latest reporting and to play a game where once again Travis tries to drive a wedge in Jon's relationship with help from accomplice Guy Branum. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:01:29:50

No Coup for You

11/14/2020
Biden wins and Trump tries to un-lose. Naomi Ekperigin is back to cover a week of dumb legal challenges and dumber press conferences. Then Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman talks about how well the vote went in PA and historian Michael Beschloss joins to discuss the unprecedented rejection of democracy by Republicans and what happens next. Plus listeners share high notes and join to play a game as Georgia heads into two make-or-break run offs. What a week. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:01:10:42