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One side effect of our national addiction to Trump’s tweets and other news cycle garbage is that fascinating issues, brilliant books and important debates aren't getting the attention they deserve. With a rotating crew of your favorite Crooked Media ...Show More
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Rigging North Carolina | Stolen Ballots

27:28 | Aug 7th

Leslie McCrae Dowless is a Republican consultant desperate to win. So he did what no one would do: he stole ballots for GOP congressional candidate Mark Harris, creating a scandal in North Carolina's 9th district and one of the biggest election fraud...Show More
Reclaiming Patriotism | Service (ft. Pete Buttigieg & Becky Margiotta)

29:50 | Jul 24th

In the final episode of the series, Ken Harbaugh explores the role of service in our understanding of patriotism. He sits down with Mayor Pete Buttigieg to explore what service means to him and the responsibilities that elected officials have to indi...Show More
Reclaiming Patriotism | Reckoning (ft. Gen. Stanley McChrystal & Mike Washington)

42:42 | Jul 17th

This week, Ken Harbaugh sits down with two people who have had to reckon with both the historical and personal implications of patriotism. His first guest, Mike Washington, has had to make sense of his patriotism as both a veteran and as a father who...Show More
Reclaiming Patriotism | Dissent (ft. Reps Barbara Lee & Max Rose)

38:10 | Jul 10th

In the second episode of Reclaiming Patriotism Ken Harbaugh reflects on the role of dissent in our understanding of patriotism. Ken talks to Representative Barbara Lee who was the sole vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force after th...Show More
Reclaiming Patriotism | Intro (ft. Jon Favreau & Tammy Duckworth)

46:10 | Jul 3rd

For July's Crooked Mini series "Reclaiming Patriotism", former Navy pilot and Congressional candidate Ken Harbaugh will be sitting down with a range of guests to discuss what patriotism means in the United States in 2019. In the first episode, Ken is...Show More
Pride on Screen | Trans Visibility

1:04:29 | Jun 26th

In the fourth and final episode of Pride on Screen we break down how the media depicts trans folx. Tre’vell Anderson is first joined by Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of Transgender Representation. Nick provides fascinating updates of the numbers of tr...Show More
Pride on Screen | Bi+ Visibility

45:26 | Jun 19th

For the third installment of June's Pride on Screen series Tre’vell Anderson is joined by writer Clarkeisha Kent and Derrick Lemos, host of the podcast Mansplain Yourself. They share the characters in film and TV that have brought nuance to Bi+ repre...Show More
Pride on Screen | Lesbian Visibility

58:47 | Jun 12th

As part of June’s Pride on Screen series Tre’vell Anderson is sitting down with some of the great minds in the LGBTQ+ community to talk about iconic moments in film and TV that changed the course of representation on screen. This week, we talk lesbia...Show More
Pride on Screen | Gay Visibility

57:31 | Jun 5th

Tre’vell Anderson, Director of Culture and Entertainment for Out Magazine, kicks off the first episode in a new series looking back at notable LGBTQ+ moments in film and television.Tre'vell is first joined by Jon Lovett. They discuss a moment in tele...Show More
Introducing: Crooked Minis

00:57 | Jun 3rd

June's series, "Pride on Screen", hosted by Tre’vell Anderson, director of culture and entertainment at Out Magazine, launches Wednesday, 6/5. Crooked Minis takes a step back from the chaotic breaking news to offer a new series every month that explo...Show More
On The Brink: Changing The Face of Politics

50:56 | Mar 27th

In the last episode of On The Brink, Julissa is joined by Sayu Bhojwani, Founder and President of New American Leaders. New American Leaders works to build the power and potential of first and second generation Americans to run for office. They discu...Show More
On The Brink: Revolutionizing Fitness for Adaptive Athletes

45:44 | Mar 20th

As part of her ongoing series for Women’s History Month, Julissa Arce talks to Stephanie Hammerman. Hammerman is the owner of Hammer Driven Fitness, a functional fitness-focused gym. They talk about how best to demystify the myths surrounding Cerebra...Show More
On The Brink: Winning a Nobel Peace Prize

46:20 | Mar 13th

Julissa Arce sits down with Amanda Nguyen to discuss her work with Rise, a non-profit fighting for the civil rights of sexual assault survivors. Amanda shares how the organization has helped pass 20 laws and what it means to her to be nominated for a...Show More
On the Brink: Running a Presidential Campaign

46:04 | Mar 6th

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Crooked contributor Julissa Arce is sitting down with women on the brink of making history. This week she is joined by Maya Rupert. Rupert is only the 3rd black woman to run a presidential campaign, and if successf...Show More
What did Alyssa Mastromonaco learn from trusting her gut?

26:20 | Feb 27th

Jon Favreau talks to Alyssa Mastromonaco about her new book “So Here’s The Thing…“, a book of reflections, essays and interviews on everything from politics and career to motherhood, sisterhood and making relationships in the age of social media. Aly...Show More
How can we stop the rise of antisemitism?

50:42 | Feb 20th

This week Rabbi Brous, senior rabbi at IKAR, is joined by Eric Ward, the Executive Director of Western States Center, to discuss the rise of antisemitism and its ties to white nationalism.
What is the influence of Black voices in media and television?

24:30 | Feb 15th

Winter Minisee sits down with Louis Carr, President of Media Sales for BET Networks, to discuss what inspired him to work in the world of media and advertising and what the future of BET looks like within the changing media landscape.
What did the media get wrong about 21 Savage’s detention by ICE?

50:50 | Feb 13th

This week, Julissa Arce discusses the detention of Atlanta rapper 21 Savage. She is joined first by immigration activist Astrid Silva who breaks down the recent developments in the case. Then, Julissa sits down with Jonathan Jayes-Green, co-founder a...Show More
How do we get dark money out of politics?

56:49 | Jan 30th

Kiran Deol, co-host of Crooked’s Hysteria, talks to documentary filmmaker Kim Reed about the making of the Oscar short-listed film Dark Money, a political thriller which explores the impact of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and the influe...Show More
Why aren't there more women of color in fine arts?

35:37 | Jan 23rd

Julissa Arce is joined by Jazmín Morales, a classical musician based in Los Angeles who runs the Fortissima fellowship for young female musicians of color. Together they discuss the lack of diversity currently found in fine arts and the classical mus...Show More
How do we address inequality in cities like San Francisco?

45:15 | Jan 16th

Mayor Michael Tubbs is joined by Matt Haney, Supervisor-Elect to San Francisco’s 6th District, to discuss Haney's decision to run for office, his work as a San Francisco Unified School Board member, and what it means to enact change on a local level.
What is the impact of Trump’s presidency on Dreamers?

55:13 | Jan 9th

In a two-part conversation, Julissa Arce is first joined by Jin Park. Park is a recent Harvard graduate and a DACA recipient, the first undocumented student to win the Rhodes Scholarship. They discuss their shared experience of being undocumented in ...Show More
What’s it like to work on a campaign?

34:30 | Dec 26th, 2018

Priyanka Aribindi is joined by Tommy Vietor, Crooked Media founder and former Obama National Security Council Spokesman, to discuss how a campaign really works, what it was like to work on President Obama’s senate and presidential campaigns, and how ...Show More
Can we beat the right without sacrificing our values?

49:10 | Dec 19th, 2018

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) explains why Democrats lose winnable fights with Republicans and what steps they should take to turn things around—the topic of his new essay for Crooked.com.
How are Republicans weaponizing voting?

36:07 | Dec 12th, 2018

DeRay Mckesson, activist and host of Pod Save the People, sits down with Ari Berman, senior reporter for Mother Jones and author of Give Us The Ballot, to discuss midterm results, where the country currently stands as it pertains to voting rights and...Show More
What can a company do about gun violence?

29:27 | Dec 5th, 2018

Winter Minisee sits down with TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie to discuss a recent initiative by the company to send over 700,000 postcards to representatives in Washington DC urging them to support universal background checks to help eradicate gun violen...Show More
How much have things really changed since the Civil Rights Movement?

41:24 | Nov 28th, 2018

Julissa Arce is joined by D. Watkins, activist, professor and Editor at Large for Salon, to discuss how civil rights have shifted over time and more recently since President Trump and his administration took office.
How does art affect policy?

29:11 | Nov 21st, 2018

Winter Minisee sits down with artist and activist Cleo Barnett of the We The People Campaign and Amplifier to talk about how she uses art to shift public policy and the art that has moved her to take action.
Why are we scared to talk about periods?

32:45 | Nov 14th, 2018

Julissa Arce is joined by Nadya Okamoto, author of the book Period Power, to discuss stigmatization around menstruation and the various ways in which policies surrounding access to tampons & pads could help change the ways women and those who menstru...Show More
Who is the Millennial Mayor Reinventing Stockton?

41:16 | Nov 7th, 2018

Michael Tubbs joins Symone Sanders to discuss his plan to implement a universal basic income as mayor of Stockton, California. They also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being elected mayor at age 27.
What can hospitality teach politics?

42:58 | Oct 31st, 2018

Priyanka Aribindi interviews Danny Meyer, the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group (Shake Shack, Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, and more), and the author of “Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business,” to di...Show More
How do we hold corporations more accountable?

44:34 | Oct 24th, 2018

Activist Winter Minisee is joined by Bozoma Saint John, Chief Marketing Officer at Endeavor, to discuss how she's been able to balance her interest in social justice with the mission of the companies she's worked for from Uber to Apple Music.
Restore the Vote

43:07 | Oct 17th, 2018

Brian Beutler speaks to five inmates at San Quentin State Prison about why they and prisoners across the country are forbidden from voting, what the right to vote means to them, and what it should mean to the rest of us. Read their personal essays an...Show More
Defining Us: What is Latinx power actually like in America?

1:12:17 | Oct 10th, 2018

In the last episode of their special series, Julissa Arce and Grace Parra discuss what it means to be nearing majority status but not hold majority power. They sit down to talk to Ana Valdez from the Latino Donor Collaborative to discuss the economic...Show More
Defining Us: Why does Latinx representation matter?

1:00:23 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Contributors Julissa Arce and Grace Parra explore the role of Latinos in media and entertainment. Then they're joined by prolific journalist Jorge Ramos to discuss his reporting and what he believes is the social responsibility of journalists.
Defining Us: What's the Latinx contribution to civil rights?

1:05:54 | Sep 26th, 2018

Contributors Julissa Arce and Grace Parra explore the Latinx contribution to civil rights in the United States in this special series for Crooked Conversations. They're joined by one of the leaders of the 1968 East LA school walkouts Moctesuma Esparz...Show More
Defining Us: What does it mean to be Latinx?

1:01:44 | Sep 19th, 2018

In a special series for Crooked Conversations, contributors Julissa Arce and Grace Parra explore and celebrate the Latinx experience in the United States in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. In the first of four conversations, the hosts discuss the h...Show More
What can we learn from protesting?

23:19 | Sep 12th, 2018

Jon Lovett talks to host of Pod Save the People DeRay Mckesson about the lessons he's learned from protesting and what gives him hope today. Then we hear an audiobook excerpt from his new book “On the Other Side of Freedom” narrated by DeRay.
Can Elizabeth Warren Save America From Corruption?

47:22 | Sep 5th, 2018

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Crooked Media’s Editor in Chief Brian Beutler discuss two important new bills she has just introduced: One to save American politics from corruption, and one to save American capitalism from itself.
Will Kavanaugh be Gen Z's Voldemort?

45:33 | Aug 29th, 2018

Our newest Crooked Contributor Winter BreeAnne interviews former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards about how young people can help the fight for reproductive rights, what the Brett Kavanaugh nomination means and how her upbringing in a ...Show More
The World As It Is: Was Benghazi the beginning of Trump?

1:04:46 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Ben Rhodes talks to Pod Save America co-host and former U.S. National Security Council spokesperson Tommy Vietor about what the media gets wrong about Benghazi, how that moment led to Trump as president, and what it’s like "running" the Deep State.
The World As It Is: Why it was such a big deal President Obama visited Cuba

1:07:43 | Aug 15th, 2018

Ben Rhodes talks to former spokesperson for the United States National Security Council Bernadette Meehan about the diplomacy efforts that went into repairing the U.S. - Cuba relationship and why it was such a big deal when Obama visited.
The World As It Is: From Russia With Treason

1:02:08 | Aug 8th, 2018

Ben Rhodes chats with Former White House Communications Director Jen Psaki about what they knew about Russian interference in 2016 and the impact it’s having around the world, as part of his series “The World As It Is” for Crooked Conversations.
The World As It Is: Writing for Obama

1:08:50 | Aug 1st, 2018

In a special series for Crooked Conversations, Ben Rhodes takes a deeper dive into some of the issues and themes that he deals with in his memoir "The World As It Is" about his 10 years working as Deputy National Security Adviser to President Obama. ...Show More
What Would Happen If We #AbolishICE?

45:38 | Jul 25th, 2018

Julissa Arce is joined by UCLA Law professor Hiroshi Motomura to discuss the origins of ICE, the role it plays in government and whether the movement to abolish ICE is possible. You can read more of Motomura's work in Americans in Waiting and Immigra...Show More
What if your local post office doubled as your bank?

38:55 | Jul 18th, 2018

Crooked Contributor Symone Sanders talks to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about how postal banks can protect people from predatory lenders, what the Supreme Court Justice decision will mean for maternal health and what the immigration detention centers ...Show More
Are unions still relevant?

34:59 | Jul 11th, 2018

A conversation between host of Majority 54 Jason Kander and Richard Trumka, the president of AFL-CIO, about the importance of unions and how collective action has increased over the past couple years to help working people.​
What does it mean to call America home?

39:30 | Jul 4th, 2018

Julissa Arce is joined by poet and activist Yosimar Reyes to discuss what it means to be undocumented and American on the 4th of July.
Why should we care about non-unanimous jury verdicts?

27:36 | Jun 27th, 2018

Pod Save the People host DeRay Mckesson talks to Oregon Representative Jennifer Williamson about non-unanimous jury verdicts and what’s flawed in our judicial system.
Can a photo make us care about climate change?

53:47 | Jun 20th, 2018

Crooked Contributor Julissa Arce talks to National Geographic photographer Cristina Mittermeier about the role of art in conservation.
Wanna listen to part of Dan's new book?

46:09 | Jun 13th, 2018

Pod Save America co-host Dan Pfeiffer reads an excerpt of his new book "Yes, We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump" out on June 19th and chats with Jon Lovett about the writing process and his favorite moments in the White ...Show More
Can Donald Trump be impeached?

47:45 | Jun 6th, 2018

Crooked.com Editor in Chief Brian Beutler talks to Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe, co-author of To End a Presidency about constitutional law, the history of impeachment, and whether Republicans have made themselves immune from it.
Will psychology save us?

49:58 | May 30th, 2018

Jon Lovett talks to Adam Grant, a behavioral psychologist and host of the podcast WorkLife from TED, about how psychology can help us fight groupthink, reach voters, and get politicians to actually agree on policy.
What happens after the protest?

49:09 | May 23rd, 2018

Crooked Contributor Julissa Arce talks to founder of IssueVoter Maria Yuan and co-creator of the Occupy Wall Street protests Micah White about what constituents can do after protests to make lasting change.
What do millennials think about politics?

32:18 | May 16th, 2018

Crooked Contributor Symone Sanders talks to Harvard’s Director of Polling John Della Volpe and Student Chair Teddy Landis about what the polls tell us about voter participation, gun reform, #metoo, immigration and other key issues.
Can RBG do more pushups than you?

32:34 | May 9th, 2018

Crooked Contributor Erin Ryan talks to Betsy West and Julie Cohen, co-directors of RBG, a new documentary that profiles the life of the great Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.​
How do you do a late night show in the Trump-era?

30:38 | May 2nd, 2018

Host of Pod Save The People DeRay Mckesson talks to Robin Thede, host of The Rundown on BET, about how late-night has changed since Trump became president.​
Why are Republicans beating Democrats at the Internet?

24:44 | Apr 25th, 2018

Crooked Contributor Symone Sanders talks to Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA, about how Democratic super pacs are investing in digital ads and pulling out of TV, as well as what this means for the midterms in advance of 2020.
Can we have medicare for all?

35:28 | Apr 18th, 2018

Pod Save America co-host Jon Favreau talks to Andy Slavitt, the board chairman of the United States of Care, and Adam Gaffney, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and secretary of the advocacy organization Physicians for a National He...Show More
We have to march for science now?!

32:07 | Apr 11th, 2018

A conversation between Crooked Contributor Erin Ryan and Dr. Caroline Weinberg about organizing the March for Science and what the threats to science actually are.
What does Tony Goldwyn have to do with gerrymandering?

31:49 | Apr 4th, 2018

A conversation between Crooked Contributor Symone Sanders and actor and activist Tony Goldwyn about gerrymandering and the importance of state legislatures.
Do facts and reason matter anymore?

35:40 | Mar 28th, 2018

Jon Lovett talks with Steven Pinker about the role of honest argument in our politics and what his new book “Enlightenment Now” can tell us about Trump.
How do we fix the opportunity gap?

33:05 | Mar 21st, 2018

A conversation between host of Pod Save The People DeRay Mckesson and Michael Smith, Executive Director of My Brother's Keeper about how they address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color.
Why are teens across America standing up to Congress?

29:12 | Mar 14th, 2018

A conversation between Women's March Youth activist Winter Minisee and Crooked Contributor Julissa Arce about how Generation Z plans to stop school shootings.
How safe is our democracy?

1:06:02 | Mar 7th, 2018

Jon Favreau talks to former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power and legal scholar and editor of the new book "Can It Happen Here?" Cass Sunstein about whether or not authoritarianism can happen in the United States.
Are Republicans rigging elections?

29:20 | Feb 28th, 2018

A conversation between host of Pod Save the People DeRay Mckesson and writer Ari Berman about how the GOP is rigging elections through gerrymandering, voter ID laws and dark money.
Can the Civil Rights Movement Save the Country from Donald Trump?

1:00:53 | Feb 21st, 2018

A conversation between Crooked.com Editor in Chief Brian Beutler and civil rights leader Vanita Gupta about the civil rights movement’s resistance to the Trump administration and the threats Trump poses to the rule of law in America.
What will it take to strike a deal on the most contentious issue in America?

43:54 | Feb 14th, 2018

A conversation between Crooked Contributor Julissa Arce and Representatives Pete Aguilar (D-CA) and Will Hurd (R-TX) about bipartisanship in the debate over immigration reform and a look at their bipartisan bill "Uniting and Securing America Act."
Is there such a thing as a media merger monster?

26:11 | Feb 7th, 2018

A conversation between FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Crooked Contributor Symone Sanders about the Sinclair-Tribune deal and media mergers. Plus, a check in on what's going on with net neutrality!
What does Mexico think of us?

36:40 | Jan 31st, 2018

A conversation between former president of Mexico Vicente Fox and Crooked Contributor Julissa Arce about building a wall, voting Trump out and the U.S.' standing in the word.
Can meditating make you happy?

52:25 | Jan 24th, 2018

A conversation between host of With Friends Like These Ana Marie Cox and ABC News' Dan Harris about his book "10% Happier" and finding peace through meditation.
Can we make peace with drugs?

20:31 | Jan 17th, 2018

A conversation between Thijs Roes, a drug policy journalist in Amsterdam, and Pod Save America co-hosts Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor and Jon Lovett about how The Netherlands dealt with its drug problem.
How do we reverse the school-to-prison-pipeline?

31:04 | Jan 10th, 2018

A conversation between Pod Save the People's DeRay Mckesson and former Secretary of Education John King about the challenges our school systems face, and what to pay attention to in education in 2018.
Will 2018 be the year of reckoning for #MeToo?

42:46 | Jan 3rd, 2018

A conversation between Crooked contributors Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco about #MeToo and how to move forward in 2018. Plus, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on the accusations against President Trump and calling for accountability in the White House.
How did humans shape the idea of God?

51:00 | Dec 27th, 2017

A conversation between Ana Marie Cox and Reza Aslan, author of "God: A Human History," about how religion has changed over the years to reflect society.
What comes after the open internet?

31:56 | Dec 20th, 2017

Crooked contributor, Symone D. Sanders talks to FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn about net neutrality and what the recent vote to repeal it means for a fair and open internet.
What has Fox News done to America?

38:04 | Dec 13th, 2017

A conversation between Gabe Sherman, author of "The Loudest Voice In The Room," and Tommy Vietor of Pod Save America and Pod Save The World about the rise of Roger Ailes and how Fox News has influenced American politics.
Is Wall Street a necessary evil?

58:08 | Dec 6th, 2017

Crooked contributor and former employee of Goldman Sachs Julissa Arce talks to host and creator of The Young Turks Cenk Uygur about Wall Street, regulation and money in politics.
How can the rule of law survive?

1:20:10 | Nov 29th, 2017

A conversation between Crooked.com Editor in Chief Brian Beutler and former U.S. Solicitor General Don Verrilli about the courts and the administration of justice in the eras of Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
Will Women Save America?

44:03 | Nov 22nd, 2017

A conversation between Stephanie Shriock of Emily’s List, Erin Loos Cutraro of She Should Run and Crooked Contributor Erin Ryan about the groundswell of women running for public office in the wake of the 2016 election.
How dangerous is dark money?

43:59 | Nov 15th, 2017

A conversation between Jane Mayer, author of "Dark Money" and Tommy Vietor of Pod Save America and Pod Save The World about the billionaires funding the rise of the radical right.
How politicized is the NFL?

1:01:32 | Nov 8th, 2017

A conversation between Pod Save America's Dan Pfeiffer and New York Times Magazine's Mark Leibovich about the political environment surrounding the NFL.
Who determines the Arc of Justice?

29:07 | Nov 1st, 2017

A conversation between Pod Save the People's DeRay Mckesson and New York Times Magazine's Emily Bazelon about criminal justice and the role of prosecutors.
When did breast cancer awareness become a business?

53:30 | Nov 1st, 2017

A conversation between Karuna Jaggar of Breast Cancer Action and Crooked Contributor Erin Ryan about the corporatization of breast cancer awareness.
What is the media’s bias?

1:00:45 | Nov 1st, 2017

A conversation with CNN alum Jessica Yellin, Snapchat’s Peter Hamby, and Jon Favreau about the media coverage of the 2016 election.
Introduction to Crooked Conversations

02:05 | Oct 4th, 2017

With a rotating crew of your favorite Crooked Media hosts, contributors, and special guests, Crooked Conversations brings Pod Save America's no-b.s., conversational style to topics in politics, media, culture, sports, and technology that aren’t makin...Show More