Every Friday night, Jon and a panel of comedians, actors, journalists, and some of the many, many famous Friends of the Pod will break down the week’s biggest news and deal with whatever bullshit came flying over the transom in our broken, insane political nightmare factory. Plus it’s produced by a former head writer for The Office, Lee Eisenberg! So it’s got that kind of a vibe too. There will be rants! Games! Bad impressions! Quizzes! Dramatic Readings! Shouting at cable news clips! And everyone’s favorite: nuanced discussion!
Trump insults veterans on D-Day. Tucker Carlson thinks YouTube is the government. And Amy Klobuchar joins Jon on stage at the University of Minnesota to face the Queen for a Day gauntlet. Plus Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, Guy Branum, and Ana Marie Cox help break down the week’s news, the magic of the state fair, and why parades are inherently gay in all the best ways. What a week. Thank you, Minneapolis!
The special counsel speaks and people can't believe their ears because they didn't use their eyes to READ THE REPORT. An architect of gerrymandering dies and his daughter discovers a trove of damning documents. Oh and aliens! Returning champions Josh Barro, Tawny Newsome, and Langston Kerman join Jon to break down the week's news, old bad tweets by 2020 candidates, and the very important case of The Verve v. The Rolling Stones.
Trump "storms" out on Pelosi, anti-choice laws lead to mass protest, and Kellyanne Conway auditions for Real Housewives of Washington. Plus we quiz the panel on Trump's tariffs and quiz the audience on an immigration extremist's bonkers list of demands. Activist Nourbese Flint and comedians Joel Kim Booster and Megan Gailey join Jon to break down the week's news, celebrate Cher's birthday, and consider a lovely trip to Mykanos.
Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor join Lovett for an update on Alabama's heinous new law, Trump's trade war, John Bolton's war war, and the Game of Throne's finale. Then we go to Austin for a fantastic live show with Shea Serrano, Emily Heller, and the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith to cover Texas's turn toward Democrats, Beto's habit of standing on things, plus some classic rants and a BBQ taste test. Thank you, Texas!
Pelosi takes on leftwing "exuberance" and offers her thoughts on Democratic strategy. Tucker Carlson is very mad that Facebook kicked off white supremacists. And Texas's own Julian Castro joins to discuss his presidential campaign and to face the "Queen for a Day" gauntlet. Live in Dallas, Congressman Colin Allred, activist Kristian Hernandez, and comedian Emily Heller join to break down everything from 2020 to Detective Pikachu before Lovett succumbs to a Tex-Mex overdose.