57 episodes

A five-time Emmy winning SNL comedy writer/producer, joins a four-time #1 NYT bestselling author, a three-time highest-rated national progressive radio host, a two-time Grammy winning artist, and a former US Senator. So, it gets a little crowded in the booth when Al talks public policy and sometimes political comedy with notable guests. Think “The Daily” without the resources of the NYTimes.

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    • 4.7, 3.7K Ratings

A five-time Emmy winning SNL comedy writer/producer, joins a four-time #1 NYT bestselling author, a three-time highest-rated national progressive radio host, a two-time Grammy winning artist, and a former US Senator. So, it gets a little crowded in the booth when Al talks public policy and sometimes political comedy with notable guests. Think “The Daily” without the resources of the NYTimes.

    COVID-19 Trailer

    COVID-19 Trailer

    This COVID-19 pandemic is arguably the greatest global crisis since World War II. Since the coronavirus hit, Al has been talking with guests about the various aspects of this horrible scourge. To date, guests include:

    Andy Slavitt, former head of Medicare/Medicaid;

    Austan Goolsbee, former Chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisors;

    Dr. Leana Wen, former president of Planned Parenthood; and

    Michael Lewis, author of the Fifth Risk.

    • 5 min
    Paul Krugman on Arguing with Republican Zombies

    Paul Krugman on Arguing with Republican Zombies

    The NYT columnist and Nobel Prize winner discusses how Republicans operate in bad faith on issues like climate, tax cuts, deficits, income and wealth inequality, and now, the pandemic.

    • 53 min
    Steve Schmidt Tears Trump and the Republican Party A New One

    Steve Schmidt Tears Trump and the Republican Party A New One

    The former GOP strategist trashes Trump and his enablers. And gives a surprisingly personal explanation of why it took him so long to leave his old party.

    • 55 min
    Epidemiologist Larry Brilliant on Where We Go From Here

    Epidemiologist Larry Brilliant on Where We Go From Here

    From 1973-76, Dr. Larry Brilliant was part of the World Health Organization team that eradicated smallpox and is Chairman of the Board of Ending Pandemics. He discusses how we go forward on Covid-19 after blowing it in the first six months.

    • 53 min
    Chief Democratic Election Lawyer Marc Elias Talks Elections During A Pandemic

    Chief Democratic Election Lawyer Marc Elias Talks Elections During A Pandemic

    Democrats want every eligible American to vote. Republicans don’t. Nationally renowned election lawyer Marc Elias discusses the battles ahead from now until November.

    • 59 min
    Billy and Debbie Shore, Founders of No Kid Hungry, on Hunger in America During this Pandemic

    Billy and Debbie Shore, Founders of No Kid Hungry, on Hunger in America During this Pandemic

    The brother and sister team who have been doing this work for 35 years talk about how the pandemic has shined a light on childhood hunger and what we can do about it.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

TigerOfTheNewYorkTimes ,

Senator Franken’s podcast rocks

With the news physically painful to follow , Senator Franken offers a fair and funny perspective on current events. I can be informed and not suffer anxiety attacks at the same time. Thank you Al!

fondo213 ,

I wish Mr. Franken was still a senator...

...but I’ll take what I can get.
Interesting guests, every one really. Al got over his early tendency to interrupt his guests and now it’s just great conversation w smart people. Just enough humor. Not enough Grateful Dead talk. Kick that up a notch or I’ll take back a star, fellah.
Also...Leo Kottke. How cool is that?

Hoosier liberal ,

Great podcast

I look forward to every podcast. There are a wide range of guests that don’t disappoint. The conversation is intelligent, serious but lots of great humorous points thrown in. This is a must for your podcast list. So glad to have Al back in some capacity. He’s been missed.

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