Trump hires John Bolton, congratulates Putin, attacks Mueller, loses his lawyer, and confronts very detailed accounts of marital affairs and efforts to cover them up. Plus, young people lead a march against gun violence, Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook on TV, and Cynthia Nixon it turns out is not the character she played on Sex and the City. Recorded live in DC, Symone Sanders, Wesley Lowery, and Mitra Jouhari join Jon to break down a week of news that somehow seems more packed with crazy than usual, if that’s possible.
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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!
Propaganda is everywhere, from Sinclair stations to industry-funded research, from Trump tweets to the stories we tell about ourselves on Facebook and Instagram. Recorded live from Minneapolis in the midst of an historic April blizzard, Jon is joined by Professor Joanne Miller, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III, health care expert Andy Slavitt, and friend of the pod Erin Ryan for a special show devoted to misinformation, propaganda, and how we can fight for the truth in the age of Trump. Special thanks to everybody who came out to this show. Minnesotans don't mess around.
Speaker of the House/Dan’s Favorite Politician Paul Ryan announces his retirement, Donald Trump has a televised meltdown over Mueller, and the Republican media goes all in on a conspiracy to obstruct justice. Then Stoneman Douglas students Delaney Tarr and Diego Pfeiffer talk to Dan and Tommy about the next steps in their efforts to prevent gun violence.
Tommy talks with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about the rise of fascism around the world and her concerns about how it is being enabled (and emulated) by Donald Trump. Then they talk about how Trump should respond in Syria, and Albright’s visit to North Korea in 2000 for meetings with Kim Jong-Il.