56 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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    • Politics
    • 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.

    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
    Michael Lewis On How Trump’s Handling of Covid-19 Has Proven His Book, The Fifth Risk, Tragically Prophetic.

    Michael Lewis On How Trump’s Handling of Covid-19 Has Proven His Book, The Fifth Risk, Tragically Prophetic.

    In The Fifth Risk, Lewis portrayed Donald Trump as a man totally ignorant of and disinterested in the actually functioning of the federal government. The book’s title refers to the potential catastrophe that an administration fails to plan for and prevent. 

    • 53 min

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4.7 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

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Al’s podcast is a winner. Great guests, first rate humor, relevant issues, frank straight-talking opinions. I am a consummate judge of podcasts. This one in my Most Favored Podcast list.

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Lincoln Project full speed ahead!

Well done Senator and Steve Schmidt.

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Al breathes too loudly through his nose

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