Lovett or Leave It
By Crooked Media
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Jon Lovett, former Obama speechwriter and co-host of Pod Save America, is joined by comedians, actors, journalists, and many, many renowned Friends of the Pod for a roundup of the week's top news. Rants! Games! Bad impressions! Nuanced discussion! Recorded in front of a live audience.
||ExplicitHandmaid’s Fail||A government shutdown looms!!! Trump stumps for Roy Moore even as resignations over sexual misconduct pile up on the Hill. Republicans experience memory loss on Russia. (And, lose) Comey’s tweets are just terrible. And Donald Trump, Jr. - not a lawyer - invokes attorney-client privilege in a conversation with his father - not a lawyer. Andy Daly, Jenny Yang, and Emily Heller join Jon to break down the week and figure out why a person would pretend to be a sign language interpreter.||12/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLock Him Up||Flynn cops a plea. The tax bill verges on passage. A government shutdown looms. And Trump still manages to find new lows on Twitter. In a special crossover episode, Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Ira Madison, and Lovett walk through Mueller’s deal with Flynn. Then Megan Gailey, Jamil Smith, and Maz Jobrani join to break down a wild week. Plus there’s a dramatic reading with Liz Meriwether and we discuss the royal engagement you people care about for some reason. There’s too much news.||12/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Real Housewife in Chief||Andy Cohen, Franchesca Ramsey, and Daveed Diggs join Jon at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for a special Thanksgiving episode looking at reality TV, social media, and the shamelessness of this political moment. Plus, Murielle Borst Tarrant of “Don't Feed the Indians” shares Thanksgiving gripes and we introduce the hardest quiz in the history of the show: Breitbart, Fox News, or fake Russian ad?||11/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInjustice League||Van Jones, Cristela Alonzo, and Langston Kerman join Jon to break down the week’s news. Al Franken faces an allegation. Kushner and Sessions once again struggle with human memory. The GOP tax plan moves through Congress. And the Flash can be gay. Maybe. Hopefully?||11/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTake a Knee, Toyota!||Ronan Farrow, Katy Tur, Alex Wagner, and Michelle Wolf join Jon at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for a special episode of Lovett or Leave It marking one year since Election Day 2016. Plus, a Paul Ryan-themed quiz, the meaning of the Virginia victories, and rants about true crime podcasts because what is going on there? How much true crime is enough for you people?||11/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Slice of White (Only) Pizza||Indictments! Tax reform! DNC infighting! Jon is joined by comedians Max Silvestri and Rae Sanni and Crooked Media editor-in-chief Brian Beutler to break down an insane week. Plus Vanessa Grigoriadis talks about Betsy DeVos and the politics of consent, a dramatic reading of a very cool text chain, a few choice rants, and more.||11/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIt's Not a Trick, It's Collusion||Flake jumps ship. Trump goes back to the Hillary well. FCC paves the way for right-wing local news. And you sheep didn't go see a great sci-fi movie which is why we can't have nice things. Jack Whitehall, Akilah Hughes, and Brian Babylon join Jon to break down the week and rant and also discuss badgers for some reason.||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHe Can’t Say Anything to Your Face||Trump drags the country into a cruel debate. Women post their stories of sexual harassment. And Crooked Media obtains a leaked White House memo. Jenny Slate, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Jenny Yang join Jon to break down the week. Plus a dramatic reading and a much-needed counterpoint in defense of the Avatar sequels.||10/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOpen Secrets and Lies||Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joins Jon to discuss Weinstein and justice for victims of sexual assault from Hollywood to college campuses to the military. Plus, we cover guns, Iran, and there's a new quiz. Then Jenni Konnor, Symone Sanders, and Neal Brennan talk about the culture around harassment in Hollywood, Trump's sabotage of the health care system, and the important issues of Avatar sequels and Eminem's resistance poetry.||10/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRunnin' Down a Dreamer||Bonus ep! Rob Huebel, Taz Ahmed, and Felix Biederman join Jon at LA Podfest to talk Trump's revised travel ban, immigration, and DOJ's trans ruling. Plus a dramatic reading by Rob and "Too Stupid to be True" on birth control. Good.||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRex Tillerson, Welcome to the Resistance||Rexy gets caught telling the truth. The country once again debates gun violence. Trump heads to Puerto Rico. The "Iron Stache" Randy Bryce talks Paul Ryan. Congressman Mark Pocan talks monopolies. Erin Gloria Ryan tests Jon on Wisconsin trivia. Plus comedians Felonious Munk and Brandon Wardell join Jon to break down the week. Recorded live in Madison, Wisconsin!||10/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHigh on Taxpayer Supply||The Graham-Cassidy health care bill fails. Gary Cohn goes Lucille Bluth on tax cuts. Tom Price loves a captain’s chair at 30,000 feet. And Paul Ryan says he’s very happy with Trump. Marc Maron, Tony Goldwyn, Heben Nigatu, and Craig Mazin join Jon to break down the week's news and more.||9/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Middle Finger on America's Right Hand||McCain says no to Graham-Cassidy. Trump and Kim give each other pet names. And Lawrence will not have the hammering. Melina Abdullah, Ed Helms, and Norman Lear join Jon to break down the week. Plus Norman rules on boomers v. millennials and we have some leaked audio you won't hear anywhere else.||9/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrump's Emotional Affair||Chuck and Nancy make a deal, Medicare for All battles Repeal and Replace, and Sessions gets reamed in the Oval. Guy Branum, Erin Gloria Ryan, and Julissa Arce help break down the week. Plus Jon sits down with Cyrus Habib, the Lt. Governor of Washington, to talk education and we check in with America's evil baroness.||9/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFrom Russia with Likes||Sessions announces the end to DACA with a running fuse. Big boy Trump finally strikes his first deal. Deadly storms portend a worsening climate. Facebook has some explaining to do. Lou Dobbs goes MAGA on Paul Ryan. And Equifax is just despicable. Sasheer Zamata, Negin Farsad, and Jaboukie Young-White join Jon to break down the week's news. Plus a dramatic reading you won't want to miss. Recorded live at the Now Hear This Podcast Festival in New York.||9/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitProphets of Rage||Chuck D of Public Enemy and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine join Jon to talk about the soundtrack of the Resistance. Then Jake Fogelnest, Cord Jefferson, and Brittani Nichols break down the latest news on Houston, Mueller's investigation, and Trump's attacks on the media. And activist Rubi Martinez talks about the threat facing undocumented young people as Trump considers rescinding DACA. Other notes: Jon bleeps one Game of Thrones spoiler, so no worries there. And two sites mentioned today: houstonfoodbank.org and defendDACA.com.||9/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLook What You Made Him Do||Trump pardons Arpaio, trans service members face a ban, North Korea launches missiles, Gorka is out, and Taylor Swift gets the crowd riled up. Jon is joined by Michaela Watkins, Alice Wetterlund, Andrew Ti, Tommy Vietor and Ira Madison III to break down the week including a bunch of late-breaking Friday news. And no GOT spoilers, OK?||8/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCalamity Bannon||A week that began with marching ends with marching orders. Larry Wilmore, Gaby Dunn, and Langston Kerman join Jon to discuss the latest White House shake up and the fallout from Charlottesville. Plus GOP operative Tim Miller stops by for a new segment called "The Cuck Zone" and Jon learns in real time why a Kardashian is on the rant wheel.||8/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRain of Terror||Todd Barry, Natalie Morales, and Dan Pfeiffer join Jon to discuss North Korea, the opioid crisis, McConnell v. Trump, immigration, and the rest of it. Recorded live at the Outside Lands Festival in SF.||8/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSmother of Exiles||Trump plays to the base, foreign leader transcripts leak, Mueller makes some moves, a C+ Santa Monica fascist takes the podium, and Dunkirk is best in 70mm. Joe Mande, Cameron Esposito, and Ann Friedman join Jon to break down the week's news and introduce a new game that worked... pretty well.||8/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitYou Can't McConnell an Honest Man||Trumpcare dies in the Senate! Priebus is bounced from the motorcade! Plus the Mooch toots his own horn, as it were. Recorded LIVE at the Comedy Store, Jon breaks down yet another insane week with writer Ira Madison, actor Brett Gelman, comedian Amanda Seales, reporter Jake Sherman, and Crooked Media's own Jon Favreau. Plus, how about not checking your phone during the one hour a week when we're watching Game of Thrones? Possible?||7/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSisyphus with a Mini Fridge||Sarah Silverman, DeRay Mckesson, and Guy Branum join Jon to break down an extraordinary week. The health care bill lives and dies and lives again. Trump discovers the pardon power. Sessions reportedly lied under oath. And please do not worry: we give Sean Spicer a lovely send off.||7/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMoscow Mules and Piña Colludas||Rainn Wilson, Max Silvestri, Milana Vayntrub, and Laurie Kilmartin join Jon to discuss Junior's meetings, health care, humanitarian work, and Dwight Schrute. Plus a new game ends in a little collusion you won't want to miss.||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGoing HAMptons on Partisanship||Packed show! Former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on his run for Governor. Jeff Ross, Wil Wheaton, and Sabrina Jalees discuss ethics resignations and voter fraud; Tommy Vietor joins for the "Vietor Detour" to break down a big foreign policy week; and the rant wheel turns into a debate over civility in politics.||7/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDelay on? On delay.||Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado joins Jon to talk about the health care fight and a positive vision for Democrats, and to quiz the audience on a special mile-high topic. Plus comedian and writer Travon Free and Atlantic reporter Julia Ioffe help break down the week's news. Recorded live at the Belly Up comedy club in Aspen, Colorado.||7/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWario and Peace||Paul Scheer, Rory Scovel, and Jessica Chaffin join Jon to break down the latest on health care. Plus a look at Trump's lame excuses for claiming he had "tapes" and, at long last, a discussion of Dear Evan Hansen.||6/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMueller? I hardly know her.||Jon is joined by Jamil Smith of MTV News, Vanity Fair's Nick Bilton, and comedian Mo Welch to discuss the shooting in Alexandria, news reports that Trump himself is now under investigation, McConnell's play to revamp the health care system in secret, and, most importantly, endless construction at the Beverly Center.||6/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThere's Just Like So Much Going On (Live from DC!)||Trump's response to terror, the war on the war on drugs, the role of the press, Putin's spin on collusion, the impact of unfilled jobs across our government, and, most importantly, Wonder Woman. In the second live show at the Lincoln Theatre in DC, Jon is joined by The Atlantic's editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, NBC investigative correspondent Ronan Farrow, and Washington Post humor columnist Alexandra Petri for a conversation on topics that sometimes get swamped by the daily insanity.||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThere Will Be Flood (Live from DC!)||The US withdraws from the Paris accords. Spicer dodges questions on climate. CEOs are divided on advising Trump. And a new segment: "Too Stupid to be Congress." Recorded at the Lincoln Theatre on U Street, Jon is joined by CBS News White House reporter Jackie Alemany, Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden, and Campaign Zero co-founder Brittney Packnett.||6/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBaby Got Backchannel||Jared Kushner is in very big trouble, Trump studies abroad, the administration releases a cruel budget, and the GOP holds a seat in Montana. The Daily Beast's Ira Madison III, Fargo's Allison Tolman, and comedian Bobby Lee join to break down the week's news. Plus, our own Tommy Vietor takes us through the Kushner madness.||5/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitComey Comey Comey Chameleon||What a week. What. A. Week. Comedians Dave Anthony, Grace Parra, and Mike Lawrence join. Also, a Rubio-themed quiz. Exciting.||5/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhere There's Smoke There's Fire Comey||What a week. Comey, the fallout of several bonkers Trump interviews, Spicer's embarrassing briefing, and more with Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Lapkus, and Gareth Reynolds.||5/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPre-Exhausting Conditions||Zombie Trumpcare clears the House. Comey says he'd do it all again. The FCC threatens net neutrality. And Ivanka Trump has advice for working women who cannot wait to hear it. Teen Vogue's Lauren Duca, comedian Jena Friedman, and ABC's Dan Harris join. Plus Jon sits down with Professor Tim Wu, the expert who first coined the term "net neutrality."||5/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFun Hundred Days||Stephen Merchant, Moshe Kasher, and Pam Brady join Jon to discuss Trump's first hundo, plus Stephen faces a daunting quiz. Special thanks to Ja Rule for allowing us to record at Fyre Festival.||4/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBill Oh Really||Recorded live in Austin, comedians Guy Branum, Aparna Nancherla, and Hari Kondabolu break down the week's news and Jon sits down with Congressman Beto O'Rourke to discuss his campaign for the Senate against Ted Cruz.||4/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGodwin's Law and Order||Trump's policy reversals, Spicer's analogies, Page's FISA warrant, and a look at the week's worst punditry with Rhea Butcher, Zhubin Parang, and Mike Schur.||4/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMasters of War-a-Lago||Ike Barinholtz, Neal Brennan and Jessica Yellin join to talk Gorsuch, Bannon v. Kushner, atrocious Syria punditry, and that Pepsi ad because we're only human. Plus, Jon attacks S-Town's... critics?||4/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAfter Nunes, Delight?||Danny Zuker, D'Arcy Carden, and Tommy Vietor join for a rundown of the week's news. Also Jon attacks "S-Town" because why not.||4/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrumpcare is dead, Lovett or Leave It is LIVE. Our first episode!||Michaela Watkins, Katie Nolan, and Jon Favreau join for a rundown of the week's news in front of a live audience, plus we introduce the Rant Wheel.||3/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTeaser Episode||"Lovett or Leave It" launches Saturday March 25th!||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
In this pod a fake (?) narcissist gives his take on the narcissist in chief. It will be interesting to see how Lovett handles the mike without his bros to quiet him down occasionally.
Absolutely unequivocally the BEST podcast in all the land!!
This podcast changed my life, I've lost weight since listening, became less bald, and more informed. A perfect trifecta!
I heard it's better than "The Daily"
From the man who Kara Swisher called "passably funny" at SXSW comes what is ... probably going to be my new favorite podcast?