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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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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.

    Battleground States: Wisconsin: Ben Wikler – Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair

    Battleground States: Wisconsin: Ben Wikler – Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair

    The Republican Party has spent years undoing the will of the people in the state of Wisconsin. With gerrymandered voting maps, they've been able to lose the popular vote and still have a huge majority in the state legislature. But things are changing thanks to Ben Wikler and the Wisconsin Democratic Party! In our first Battleground State episode, Ben explains the work that is being done to preserve democracy in this critical swing state and how they are organizing to secure a win for Joe Biden in November. 




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    Listen Now: The Best One Yet

    Listen Now: The Best One Yet

    Feel brighter every day with The Best One Yet, a 20-minute pop-biz podcast that serves up the top 3 stories spanning pop culture & business news, every morning, with fresh takes you can pretend you came up with — Pairs perfectly with your morning ritual.

    Follow The Best One Yet on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Best One Yet ad-free right now on Wondery plus. Wondery.fm/IP_TBOY

    For more deep dive and daily business content listen to Wondery– the destination for business podcasts. With shows like How I Built This, Business Wars, The Best One Yet, Business Movers and many more, Wondery Means Business.

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    Democratic Strategists Rachel Bitecofer and Justin Barasky on Democratic Messaging

    Democratic Strategists Rachel Bitecofer and Justin Barasky on Democratic Messaging

    The 2024 election is less than 8 months away. How do Democrats defeat Trump? How do they retain the Senate? Our guests say that it all comes down to messaging. It's important to remind voters that on issues like abortion and the economy, the Democratic Party represents their interests. 




    Al is on tour! Come see his NEW standup

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    • 48 min
    Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian Anne Applebaum of The Atlantic

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian Anne Applebaum of The Atlantic

    We begin our wide-ranging conversation by discussing the attack on a Moscow concert hall last week. What are the implications of that violence? And who is behind it? Then delve into the US's failure to fund the Ukrainian effort and the resulting loss of life. Will we help them? Or will Republicans continue to enable Putin? Anne also lays out the dangers of a second Trump term. With autocracy on the rise around the world, what would it look like here in America? 




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    • 42 min
    NPR's Senior Political Correspondent Domenico Montanaro

    NPR's Senior Political Correspondent Domenico Montanaro

    Domenico Mantanaro joins us to cover the political landscape! Trump trials, the general election, the Robert Hur report, and Congress. Plus, is Donald Trump taking over the RNC to help bail him out of his financial problems? And as a reporter, how does Domenico maintain objectivity vs neutrality? 




    See all of Domenico's reporting here! 

    https://www.npr.org/people/392602474/domenico-montanaro







    Al is going on tour! See if he's coming to your town and grab tickets today! 

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    • 51 min
    Tim Miller – New Host of The Bulwark Podcast

    Tim Miller – New Host of The Bulwark Podcast

    Former Republican operative Tim Miller joins the podcast to discuss a wide range of topics! We cover Biden's re-election strategy and react to his State of the Union speech. (Plus the GOP response from Sen. Katie Britt (R-AL), With Congress as dysfunctional as it is, is there any chance of funding the effort in Ukraine? And does Tim still find common ground with his old Republican Party?




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    Al is going on tour! Get your tickets today! 




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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7.5K Ratings

7.5K Ratings

CookieManster ,

Democratic strategists warriors!

You were right Al, as usual, great show today for a change.

I absolutely loved the analysis and hopeful messaging options Rachel and Justin shared with us.

More pods like this please Al!

A UK fan ,

Rachel Bitecofer

Dreadful woman - listen to yourself - you must talk about immigration - you ignore this at your peril

Gfyita ,

Another Great One!

Thanks for another great one for a change. Wish you were on more than once a week. Better yet, wish you were still in the Senate. Thanks Al, for all the laughs and all you do, do.

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