213 episodes

“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.

Pod Save the Worl‪d‬ Crooked Media

    • Politics

“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.

    President Biden, Saudi Arabia and human rights

    President Biden, Saudi Arabia and human rights

    Tommy and Ben talk about the newly released report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and how President Joe Biden is approaching the US-Saudi relationship, US airstrikes on Syria, how Iran has responded to outreach from the Biden administration, why another French President is going to jail, Salvadoran elections, India and Pakistan reaching a ceasefire in Kashmir, Mike Pompeo’s bad stand up at CPAC and more. Then Ben talks to historian and author Thant Myint-U about where Myanmar goes from here and whether the US actually has a role to play in bringing democracy back to the country.

    For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsavetheworld. 
    For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Bobi Wine’s fight against a military dictatorship

    Bobi Wine’s fight against a military dictatorship

    Tommy and Ben discuss the line between legitimate criticism of Israel and antisemitism, and how people like Mike Pompeo lie and blur that line to shut down policy debates, a former Trump aide’s claims about the origin of Covid-19, Biden’s moves to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal, US-Egypt policy, Australia’s attempts to regulate big tech, allegations that a Trump supporting mercenary-for-hire named Erik Prince violated an arms embargo on Libya, and more. Then Tommy interviews Uganda politician, former presidential candidate, and musician Bobi Wine about his brave fight against a military dictator and how US assistance can prop up anti-democratic leaders.

    For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsavetheworld. 
    For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Biden confronts the war in Afghanistan

    Biden confronts the war in Afghanistan

    Tommy and Ben talk through Biden’s options in Afghanistan, updates on the coup in Myanmar, censorship in China, the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine in Israel, government transparency in Mexico, LGBTQ+ rights in the UK, crackdowns on activists in India and Egypt, and royal baby updates. Then Ben interviews Congresswoman Ilhan Omar about the dangers of reflexively tightening domestic terrorism laws.

    For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsavetheworld 
    For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Why Rihanna cares about the farmers' protests in India (and you should too)

    Why Rihanna cares about the farmers' protests in India (and you should too)

    Tommy and Ben discuss the farmers’ protests in India, updates on the situation in Myanmar, Biden’s big foreign policy speech, Canada’s classification of the Proud Boys as a terrorist organization, debate over definitions of anti-Semitism and the double standards when critiquing Israel, and the political situation in Haiti.

    For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsavetheworld 
    For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 59 min
    The coup in Myanmar, explained

    The coup in Myanmar, explained

    Tommy and Ben discuss the military takeover in Myanmar and how President Biden should respond, Alexey Navalny's sentencing in Russia, Poland's near-total abortion ban, the Biden administration's pause on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, textbook revisions in Saudi Arabia, and disparities in Israel's mass vaccination campaign. Then Ben talks to journalist and host of the Black Diplomats podcast Terrell Jermaine Starr about how domestic activism fits into American foreign policy.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Putin's plush palace

    Putin's plush palace

    Tommy and Ben discuss President Biden’s first call with Vladimir Putin as President and the US-Russia relationship, Rob Malley and the fight over Biden’s Iran policy, Biden’s approach to Venezuela, Chinese sanctions on former Trump officials, why Google might be leaving Australia, chaos in the Italian government and more. Then Russian journalist Alexey Kovalev joins to talk about the mass protests in support of Alexey Navalny and how the Kremlin is reacting
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 1 hr 18 min

Top Podcasts In Politics

Listeners Also Subscribed To

More by Crooked Media