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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, and starting on October 26, 2021, we will be shifting our schedule to Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

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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, and starting on October 26, 2021, we will be shifting our schedule to Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

    “Darkest before the Omicron.”

    “Darkest before the Omicron.”

    The White House gets ready to fight a new variant and the same old Republican Party, Brown University Dean of Public Health Dr. Ashish Jha discusses what we know and don’t yet know about Omicron, and actor Kal Penn stops by to chat about his new book, You Can’t Be Serious, and play another round of Take Appreciator.


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Offline: DeRay Mckesson on How Twitter Saved Black Lives

    Offline: DeRay Mckesson on How Twitter Saved Black Lives

    From the creation of #BlackLivesMatter to the first permanent ban, DeRay McKesson has been at the center of some of Twitter’s highest highs and some of its lowest lows. He joins Jon to talk about how online activism has changed since the 2014 Ferguson protests, discuss how to win people over offline, and make the case that Twitter can be a tool for good.
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    • 59 min
    "Thanksgiving Mailbag!"

    "Thanksgiving Mailbag!"

    Jon and Dan answer your burning questions about politics, turkey pardons, and the best Thanksgiving side dishes. And later, Tommy narrates a special segment that explains how Democrats can better engage with Latino voters as we head into the midterm campaign season.



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    • 1 hr 12 min
    “Kyle Rittenhouse, Right-Wing Hero.”

    “Kyle Rittenhouse, Right-Wing Hero.”

    The White House notches some wins while Democrats debate the party’s challenges, Professor Melissa Murray joins to talk about the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case and how the Ahmaud Arbery case may differ, and Kamala Harris’s 85 minute-presidency spawns enough takes to fill two terms.


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Offline: Stephen Colbert on Finding Laughter in the Darkness

    Offline: Stephen Colbert on Finding Laughter in the Darkness

    Stephen Colbert joins Jon to defend his 8 hour-a-day screen habit and preach the benefits of a Twitter-free lifestyle. The two talk about what it took to produce The Late Show during the pandemic, why Stephen is glad his live audience is back, and what some of the darkest days of American democracy looked like behind the scenes at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Jon also asks Stephen about his perspective on cancel culture and why comedy must be rooted in empathy.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    “Gaslighting gas prices” (with Elizabeth Warren!)

    “Gaslighting gas prices” (with Elizabeth Warren!)

    President Biden hits the road to go on offense against rising prices and falling poll numbers, Senator Elizabeth Warren joins to talk about passing the Build Back Better plan, and Elijah Cone offers up the week’s worst punditry in another round of Take Appreciator.


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    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
73.4K Ratings

73.4K Ratings

I, Jed ,

Info diet

If being plugged in 24/7/365 is causing you distress do this: watch no tv for news. Read a few long form textured articles in a newspaper or magazine that has demonstrated a desire to explain and inform. Listen to PSA 2x weekly. You’ll remain informed and possibly remain sane. It’s also good for some laughter. Great hosts. Amazing podcast. Thank you Jon, Jon, Dan and Tommy.

votingblueiswhattodo ,

Interesting, informative, and enjoyable

Dear friends, if you are a Republican listening to this pod and issuing one-star ratings (or, as I would guess, not listening and rating anyway), I imagine this is not the show for you. If you are not interested in overthrowing the government and generally like things like facts and experts, this podcast should be a staple in your weekly listening. The hosts are engaging, smart, and experienced, and the guests bring interesting stories and perspectives. (Also, Jon Lovett is an angel and should be in every episode.)

Fogdall ,

Schools closed on Friday

Love you all! (Here comes the but…hahaha) You might be missing a chance to address this topic more fully….in many cases schools are closing on Fridays because there is a huge national shortage of substitute teachers. The shortage was bad before COVID, but now it’s crazy! The school district I work in used to have 500 subs. (Pre-COVID) now we only have 200. Notoriously Fridays and Mondays were days that had the most teachers out. Every day at my school there requests for teachers to cover other teacher’s classes because there aren’t enough subs in the building, nearly every day.

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