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“Pod Save America” cohost Tommy Vietor thought foreign policy was boring and complicated until he got the education of a lifetime working for President Obama’s National Security Council. On “Pod Save the World,” he and former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes break down the latest developments and bring you behind the scenes with the people who were there. New episodes every Wednesday.

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“Pod Save America” cohost Tommy Vietor thought foreign policy was boring and complicated until he got the education of a lifetime working for President Obama’s National Security Council. On “Pod Save the World,” he and former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes break down the latest developments and bring you behind the scenes with the people who were there. New episodes every Wednesday.

    Explosions in Beirut

    Explosions in Beirut

    Tommy and Ben talk about the enormous explosions in Beirut, why Cuba has become an issue for Congresswoman Karen Bass in Biden’s VP selection process, Biden’s 2000(!?!) campaign foreign policy advisors, why US troops are leaving Germany, the upcoming election in Belarus, why the Department of Homeland Security was collecting “intelligence” on activists and journalists, why Spain’s former king is in trouble, how schools are coping with COVID, climate change and Bangladesh, Afghanistan and TikTok.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ambassadors Gone Wild

    Ambassadors Gone Wild

    Tommy and Ben make the case for Susan Rice as Vice President, the latest on escalating tensions between the US and China, US plans to sell advanced armed drones abroad, two Trump donors turned ambassadors are engulfed in scandal, anti-corruption protests threaten the government in Bulgaria, Bob Gates writes a book and we’re confused, the truth about TikTok and things aren’t looking good for Major League Baseball. Then Ben interviews Israeli news anchor Yonit Levi about the massive anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Everything Mike Pompeo touches turns to sh*t

    Everything Mike Pompeo touches turns to sh*t

    Democrats sound the alarm about foreign election interference. Experts say Israel and the US are responsible for mysterious explosions across Iran. Mike Pompeo uses taxpayer dollars to run for President. A fire on a US Navy ship has major implications. Lebanon’s economy nears collapse. The UAE launched a space craft. The White House threatens to prevent 92 million Chinese citizens from entering the US. A coronavirus update and some baseball news. Then Bernie Sanders’s foreign policy advisor Matt Duss joins to talk about lessons from the 2020 campaign and how to push for a smarter, more progressive foreign policy.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Dems in Congress push for a more progressive foreign policy

    Dems in Congress push for a more progressive foreign policy

    A leadership fight in Congress that could help make the Democratic Party’s foreign policy more progressive. A far-right nationalist wins reelection in Poland. How other countries are reopening schools during COVID. Egypt cracks down on press freedom. China, the NBA and why ESPN suspended a reporter. Turkey tries to silence critics abroad. China sanctions Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and may sign a strategic deal with Iran. And the US keeps its border closed.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Trump’s cruel immigration policies

    Trump’s cruel immigration policies

    Literally no one is surprised that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has contracted COVID, and how Sweden’s terrible response could help us move past the broken debate about reopening our economy. Mysterious explosions at military sites in Iran. Garbage right-wing outlets publish fake news by fake people. Joe Biden’s diplomatic style. China’s legal crackdown on Hong Kong. Neo-Nazis infiltrate the German military. And then Ben talks to Cecila Muñoz, former head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, about Trump's latest heinous efforts to restrict immigration and what the next administration will have to do to change course - and about her new book, "More than Ready."

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Russian bounties with Rep Adam Schiff

    Russian bounties with Rep Adam Schiff

    Explosive reports that the Russia military has been paying Taliban-linked militants to kill US forces in Afghanistan. Tommy and Ben try to figure out why Russia would do this and how the US should respond. China ends Hong Kong’s independence. The LGBT community is under attack in Chechnya. Social media platforms crack down on hate speech. A new strain of pig flu worries scientists. A reexamination of Belgium’s racist, colonial history. Congress tries to weaken encryption. The humanitarian situation in Yemen worsens, and progressive Democrats call out Israeli annexation of the West Bank. Then Congressman Adam Schiff joins to discuss reports of Russian bounties against US troops and the politicization of the US intelligence community.

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
989 Ratings

989 Ratings

Shennnanigans ,

Canadians love you Tommy & Ben but...

Your pods are always thoughtful, informative and highly enjoyable. A couple of things from this Canadian’s perspective: it’s hard to hear people always refer to Trump as “leader of the free world”. Speaking for the rest of the world, no one sees him as that. Also I think most of us in border towns are begging our politicians to keep the border closed. If the US government shows that it doesn’t care about protecting its own people from this virus we aren’t dumb enough to think they’ll give us a second thought.

Brittmacl52 ,

Excited to listen to the news

I absolutely love this podcast! It dives into some deep headlines, and is not just mainstream news. Yes they talk about working under Obama but it really helps understand what should be and normally happens in the White House.
I haven’t missed one since I started my first episode!

wauby ,

Love Love Love Samantha Power

You guys are fantastic, and your guests are so good! Reassuring to know that many Americans have their eyes firmly on the ball, are tracking world events, open to ideas from other countries, and doing their level best to counter the ignorance and fear mongering pouring out of the Oval Office. Keep up the rational, insightful analysis and good will, and thank you.

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