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Jon Lovett, former Obama speechwriter and co-host of Pod Save America, is joined by comedians, actors, journalists, and many, many renowned Friends of the Pod for a roundup of the week's top news. Rants! Games! Bad impressions! Nuanced discussion! Recorded in front of a live audience.

Jon Lovett, former Obama speechwriter and co-host of Pod Save America, is joined by comedians, actors, journalists, and many, many renowned Friends of the Pod for a roundup of the week's top news. Rants! Games! Bad impressions! Nuanced discussion! Recorded in front of a live audience.
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Jon Lovett, former Obama speechwriter and co-host of Pod Save America, is joined by comedians, actors, journalists, and many, many renowned Friends of the Pod for a roundup of the week's top news. Rants! Games! Bad impressions! Nuanced discussion! Recorded in front of a live audience.




Bolton Bucket List

Trump hires John Bolton, congratulates Putin, attacks Mueller, loses his lawyer, and confronts very detailed accounts of marital affairs and efforts to cover them up. Plus, young people lead a march against gun violence, Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook on TV, and Cynthia Nixon it turns out is not the character she played on Sex and the City. Recorded live in DC, Symone Sanders, Wesley Lowery, and Mitra Jouhari join Jon to break down a week of news that somehow seems more packed with crazy...


Friday News Dump!

McCabe gets axed, Tillerson is dethroned, Conor Lamb wins in an upset, and students walk out to protest gun violence. Plus Elizabeth Holmes is very good at seeming like she’s not a criminal and United Airlines seems to be run by a house cat. LeVar Burton and comedians Marcella Arguello and Jamie Lee join Jon to break down the week’s news. And Westworld’s Shannon Woodward stops by to help us understand what’s gone wrong with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.


Dirty Sexy Hush Money

Well it’s been another boring week without news here in America. Yikes. Anyway, we covered: potential campaign finance violations related to Trump’s sex NDAs, Mueller is moving and witnesses are losing it, Fox News freaks over the Oscars, and more. In a special “Keep It” edition of the show, Jon is joined by Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel to break down the week’s news, recorded live from Austin, Texas.


Hate in a Hopeless Place

Chaos, at least more than usual, at the White House: Hope is out, Jared is screwed, Kelly feels God's wrath, Trump declares war on metal, and Mueller is in everyone's business. Amanda Hess of the New York Times, comedian Patti Harrison, and the LA Times' Tre’vell Anderson join Jon to break down the week's news. Plus D'Arcy Carden from NBC's The Good Place stops by to take on the role of a lifetime and we play an Oscars game you won't want to miss. What. A. Week.


The Kids are Alright

Young people change the gun debate in a matter of days. NRA talking points ring hollow at a CNN town hall. Black Panther helps register voters. And Jon demands a gay superhero. A guy with laser eyes and a boyfriend. What’s the problem? Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton, Black Lives Matter activist Alicia Garza, and comedian Jenny Yang join Jon in Sacramento to break down the week’s news and mock Marco Rubio because he deserves it.



Mueller drops more indictments. Republicans block immigration reform. Another deadly school shooting elicits thoughts and prayers. The Obama portraits scramble some brains. And Laura Ingraham blows a dog whistle wrong because we all can hear it. Roxane Gay, Solomon Georgio, and Amani Al-Khatahtbeh join Jon to break down the week’s news. Plus, we’re soliciting submissions for the official Trump portrait at


Dystopian Layer Cake

Democrats push for a vote on DACA. Trump loves a parade and a staff secretary with a history of violence. And Omarosa turns Big Brother into Meet the Press. Live from Denver, Jon is joined by Alyssa Mastromonaco, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Ricardo Baca to break down the week’s news and yes to briefly discuss Trump’s hair and the recent revelations pertaining to it. Fine.


The Fucking Memo

The Nunes Memo is released and it’s even dumber than expected. Trump delivered a State of the Union and then obliterated any memory of it, per usual. Hope Hicks was reportedly too obvious about crimes. And you won’t want to miss a shockingly passionate diatribe about the food pyramid. Sasheer Zamata, Adam Conover, and Francesca Fiorentini join Jon to break down the news of the week. Plus who will win the big game Sunday? Will it be the underdog?


The House Always Wynns

Trump puts an immigration proposal on the table. GOP finance chair Steve Wynn is accused of misconduct. And Sean Hannity struggles to serve master. Live from the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Jon is joined by Ijeoma Oluo, Lindy West, and Akilah Hughes to break down the week’s news and reference Frasier because people from Seattle love Frasier.


Shut Down for What

Well, it happened. The partisan House bill fails, the bipartisan compromise can’t get a vote, talks continue into the morning, and the government shuts down. Plus big Russia developments, Stormy Daniels tells all, and Trump voters finally get some press. Moshe Kasher, Paola Mendoza, and Louis Virtel join Jon to break down the week as the votes unfold in real time. Also, what is going on with Justin Timberlake?


Lovett or Brexit

Trump rejects a bipartisan immigration deal and has all of us saying “shithole” over and over again. Hawaii is hit with a false alarm. And royals have some racist brooches. Live from London, Trump may not have felt welcome here but we sure did! Stephen Merchant, Shaista Aziz, and Nish Kumar join Jon at Cadogan Hall to kick off the first Lovett or Leave It of 2018. What a week.


Roll Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Doug Jones wins! Omarosa is chopped or whatever. And Lovett or Leave It closes the books on 2017 with a holiday AKA Christmas spectacular. Favreau and Vietor compete to remember all the people Trump fired. Kara Brown, Colton Dunn, and Alice Barker join to discuss everything from Alabama to bitcoin. Ira Madison III of “Keep It” stops by for OK, Stop. And Tim Miller takes us back to the Cuck Zone one last time. Weird year. See you in 2018!


Handmaid’s Fail

A government shutdown looms!!! Trump stumps for Roy Moore even as resignations over sexual misconduct pile up on the Hill. Republicans experience memory loss on Russia. (And, lose) Comey’s tweets are just terrible. And Donald Trump, Jr. - not a lawyer - invokes attorney-client privilege in a conversation with his father - not a lawyer. Andy Daly, Jenny Yang, and Emily Heller join Jon to break down the week and figure out why a person would pretend to be a sign language interpreter.


Lock Him Up

Flynn cops a plea. The tax bill verges on passage. A government shutdown looms. And Trump still manages to find new lows on Twitter. In a special crossover episode, Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Ira Madison, and Lovett walk through Mueller’s deal with Flynn. Then Megan Gailey, Jamil Smith, and Maz Jobrani join to break down a wild week. Plus there’s a dramatic reading with Liz Meriwether and we discuss the royal engagement you people care about for some reason. There’s too much news.


The Real Housewife in Chief

Andy Cohen, Franchesca Ramsey, and Daveed Diggs join Jon at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for a special Thanksgiving episode looking at reality TV, social media, and the shamelessness of this political moment. Plus, Murielle Borst Tarrant of “Don't Feed the Indians” shares Thanksgiving gripes and we introduce the hardest quiz in the history of the show: Breitbart, Fox News, or fake Russian ad?


Injustice League

Van Jones, Cristela Alonzo, and Langston Kerman join Jon to break down the week’s news. Al Franken faces an allegation. Kushner and Sessions once again struggle with human memory. The GOP tax plan moves through Congress. And the Flash can be gay. Maybe. Hopefully?


Take a Knee, Toyota!

Ronan Farrow, Katy Tur, Alex Wagner, and Michelle Wolf join Jon at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for a special episode of Lovett or Leave It marking one year since Election Day 2016. Plus, a Paul Ryan-themed quiz, the meaning of the Virginia victories, and rants about true crime podcasts because what is going on there? How much true crime is enough for you people?


A Slice of White (Only) Pizza

Indictments! Tax reform! DNC infighting! Jon is joined by comedians Max Silvestri and Rae Sanni and Crooked Media editor-in-chief Brian Beutler to break down an insane week. Plus Vanessa Grigoriadis talks about Betsy DeVos and the politics of consent, a dramatic reading of a very cool text chain, a few choice rants, and more.


It's Not a Trick, It's Collusion

Flake jumps ship. Trump goes back to the Hillary well. FCC paves the way for right-wing local news. And you sheep didn't go see a great sci-fi movie which is why we can't have nice things. Jack Whitehall, Akilah Hughes, and Brian Babylon join Jon to break down the week and rant and also discuss badgers for some reason.


He Can’t Say Anything to Your Face

Trump drags the country into a cruel debate. Women post their stories of sexual harassment. And Crooked Media obtains a leaked White House memo. Jenny Slate, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Jenny Yang join Jon to break down the week. Plus a dramatic reading and a much-needed counterpoint in defense of the Avatar sequels.


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