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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.

    Secretary of State Tony Blinken

    Secretary of State Tony Blinken

    On today’s episode, Tommy and Ben interview Secretary of State Tony Blinken about the threat of Russia invading Ukraine, the Iran deal, combatting antisemitism and promoting democracy. They also discuss how silicon valley views human rights in China, why Boris Johnson could party his way into retirement, how Novak Djokovic got the boot from Australia, the eruption in Tonga and why Twitter is back in Nigeria.
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Putin invades (but not where you thought)

    Putin invades (but not where you thought)

    Ben and Tommy talk about protests and power struggles in Kazakhstan, Boris Johnson’s garden party problems, an update on the assassination of the Haitian president, how Novak Djokovic's vaccination status caused a diplomatic crisis in Australia, when North Korea invented the burrito (huh?) a heroic bomb sniffing rat and much more. Then Ben talks with former Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk about tensions with Russia and how Ukraine plans to maintain democracy despite Putin's efforts to destroy it. 

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Trump endorses a dictator

    Trump endorses a dictator

    Tommy and Ben talk about Trump’s endorsement of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and what it says about the future of democracy, the latest on Biden’s efforts to prevent Russia from invading Ukraine, China and Lithuania, a major election in Chile, and a look ahead at some of the world’s most important elections in 2022. Then Ben talks with author Howard French about his new book “Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World.”

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    China 101

    China 101

    Tommy and Ben are joined by Asia policy expert Danny Russel for a special episode that is entirely focused on China. They discuss Chinese President Xi Jinping’s background and worldview, Wolf Warrior diplomacy, China’s human rights record and suppression of the Uyghurs, and the fear that war between the US and China is inevitable and could start over Taiwan.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    The Trump-Bibi Netanyahu bromance is dead

    The Trump-Bibi Netanyahu bromance is dead

    Tommy and Ben discuss why a holiday party is causing big problems for British PM Boris Johnson, why the Trump – Netanyahu bromance is officially dead, partying in Finland, an update on the assassination of the president of Haiti, a confusing choice to be US ambassador to Kenya, updates on Russia and Ukraine, the Iran deal, accountability at the Pentagon, a debate over whether progressives are getting rolled on defense policy, a court ruling on Julian Assange’s extradition, and camel influencers.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Biden’s Olympic Boycott

    Biden’s Olympic Boycott

    Tommy and Ben cover the US diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics, Biden's call with Putin and rising tensions in Ukraine, Myanmar's ousted leader being unjustifiably sentenced to prison time, Justin Bieber's shady concert for the Saudis, El Salvador's crypto game, UK Parliament's cocaine problem, and a "Mambo No. 5" performance amid Poland's deadly migrant crisis. Then Ben talks with New Yorker reporter Ian Urbina about Libya's secret migrant prisons and his time detained in one.

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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21.8K Ratings

21.8K Ratings

BfloDavid ,

A tradition like no other

At the end of the last cast you asked for a BuffaloSportsFan to explain the toy in the end zone . It started during the “score” of years of dominance of a certain team with a certain QB and a certain coach who would willfully run up the score in victory after victory against our team. A fan wrote a certain QB name on one of these items a few years back and like with the any misguided fanventure has become part of the “experience”

Perhaps now that the tables are turning and the victims of score run ups are becoming the perpetrators of score run ups (much to the consternation of many a short term memory lacking NE Pats fan) maybe we will see,after a few years of being on the other side, creative jettisoning of sex objects in the end zones of Gillette . Then again Bahstan is too classy for that I’m sure 😎

Friend of the pod love all the pods of crooked media . You have kept me sane and informed after swearing off cable news ☮️Go Bills!

niko from brazil ,

Over it

I’ve listened to pod save the world and pod save America for years and I’m a bit over it. The hosts are legit but everyone is almost always in agreement on every issue. There is never a brave opinion or exploration of ideas that stray away from slightly left of center orthodoxy.

Karen Anna ,

Learn about the US impact on the world

I subscribed to this podcast knowing I wouldn’t be able to listen to every episode in less I gave up on listening to fiction books. But with what’s happening in Afghanistan, I am so glad I did. So I think Ben Rhodes is brilliant in his insights and love his two books. In his second book he gives so many insights about people all over the world fighting for democracy, especially in Russia. So it’s a real treat to be able to get an update on the Russian opposition candidate Navalny and how he’s being treated in a Russian prison.

While listening to the January 19 episode, I have to add even more about how valuable this is to me. First of all, because the Biden administration brought back people that Ben and Tommy used to know while working in the Obama administration, I am assuming that’s why they get interviews with people like the secretary of state.

One question that Ben asked was tell us about an interaction with a Ukrainian that could help us understand what A Russian invasion would mean? The secretary described talking to an activist who showed him where government snipers were up in buildings shooting at them as they protested.

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