Four former aides to President Obama—Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor—are joined by journalists, politicians, activists, and more for a no-b******t conversation about politics. They cut through the noise to break down the week’s news, and help people figure out what matters and how they can help. You can listen to new episodes twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Release date: 2023-02-28
1. If The Colbert Report was a Podcast - Love this podcast! Up to date news that makes me giggle and SMH at the same time. They even got a shout out on Abbott Elementary! Keep up the good fight. Love the deep dives and even the esoteric skims of all sorts of political issues. I DO like Mondays now when a new show drops!
2. Love the show - topic for a future episode about presidential elections - I was missing Jon Lovett! Welcome back, Jon! Love the show and always look forward to the new episodes. I want to raise a point about the presidential election. When it comes to Joe Biden’s age, saying the president has proven he can do the job is just one part of the answer. I think the question of the vice-president is the second element - and a major one at that, and I’m surprised this hasn’t been brought up yet in the show. This is sort of the elephant in the room, and clearly needs to be addressed. Here is my reasoning: if age is such an issue, president Biden needs to present a convincing - even more so, compelling, alternative as a vice-president, should he need to step out at any time during his nd presidency. Unfortunately I don’t think Kamala Harris has the stature for being Mr. Biden’s running mate in the coming election. She just doesn’t make the cut. While she brought a lot of excitement following the election results, she has been virtually invisible these past years and has not been a strong figure of the Democratic Party and I don’t see her as convincing presidential material. No-one knows what she believes in, no-one knows what she can achieve as a politician (though she has a wonderful record in the legal world). So this brings up another issue: where are the democrats? How come there is not one single viable alternative to Joe Biden? Not that I would want one, but indeed who at the moment could play the role of a running mate? Who would have a presidential stature? The only person I can think of is Hillary Clinton. So, how about a Biden-Clinton team? She would have to work on her likability, but I have no doubt she would be competent for the job is she had to step up. Just some food for thought… her name just came to my mind as I was writing this comment, this is not something I have thought out. But the general issue of Joe Biden’s running mate is an important one in my opinion.
3. I tried. - I just finished my fifth attempt to make it through an episode. Did these guys graduate from Valley High? Listening to their conversations is torture. The millennial accents combined with their smug ignorance is just too much. If you have ever wondered why “boomers” have trash talked the millennial generation, all you need to do is listen to this podcast for more than five minutes and you will have a pretty clear understanding.
4. At what point is it not about trump? Th - I like crooked media, I love “ Lovett or Leave It” and enjoy a few of their other shows. The problem with Pod Save is that it is % a Democratic Party mouth piece that ignores or discredits actual leftist view points as impractical. It’s centrist and focuses on maintaining the status quo so that those in power can maintain power. The only value this show provides is a look into the liberals, who have no connection or understanding of the material conditions of the American people.
5. Oblivious or malicious - Recent episode of fox “exposed” goes over the discover contents of a defamation lawsuit against fox. It all sounds bad for fox but never once do the host acknowledges that this is happening all over the media CNN, MSNBC, NPR, NYT, WaPo. Instead they just say don’t talk to Fox but our people doing this same behavior is fine don’t look over here at us.
6. Kamala — again - White guys! When you’re talking about someone other than Joe for president why oh why can you not even mention her name? acknowledge her existence? I’m so disgusted with your blind ignorant racism it makes me sick! Wake up, grow up, wash your mouths out with some foul soap and clear up the bigotry! It’s gross. This year old white woman is so tired of white men.
7. Good, but… - Overall, I dig it. It’s a progressive podcast and makes no qualms about it. Well-informed content from people who have lived the political game. Lovett can be a bit much. I get it. It’s his thing. But, the ads are brutal. minutes. My ADHD brain just gives up and I rarely make it through a full episode.
8. Leave out Lovett - I listen to both shows every week, and have been doing so for a few years now. I enjoy intelligent discussion about the issues, and when levity is used in the right way, it can make the episodes a great, very enjoyable listen. But I am growing to loathe John Lovette, and I fail to see what he brings to the show. Jon is a great host; he keeps things moving and does a great job at tying in different topics. Tommy brings extremely valuable insights into foreign affairs, and his self-deprecating humor can be fun. Dan could certainly slow down a bit, but in my opinion, he brings the Thursday episodes up a notch. I think that’s in part due to Dan’s extensive knowledge and cohesive arguments, but also because the Thursday pod doesn’t have to deal with Lovett’s off topic mumblings and his transparent efforts to be funny, which always seem to fall flat. I honestly think Lovett not only doesn’t bring anything to the Tuesday pod, but he also makes those episodes worse. He detracts from the episodes by his comments, and doesn’t add anything to the episodes. Finally, Lovett’s condescending tone is really off-putting. Give me two pods with Jon and Dan, or maintain the Thursday pod and add Dan, or someone else, to the Tuesday pod, and I think the quality of PSA goes up…well, by % (by improving the first episode of the week).
9. Left - They won’t win over the Faux News opinion journalism watchers who actually believe the hyperbole. But if your curious about who are what the left is, check them out. It’s plain and informative news with honest and often times hilarious conversations about the differences between us and them.
10. Essential listening! - I like it - I much prefer the Thursday show with Jon and Dan. I find John Lovett insufferable - tries to hard to shoehorn in jokes and he’s generally haughty and condescending. PSA can be a biased and they are dismissive at times but I still enjoy it, especially Thursdays show.
11. Way too many ads! - I’ve been listening for years and enjoy this progressive perspective on politics but the ads have gotten out of control! I used to actually enjoy the witty banter when there were a two or three ads per break. I actually purchased several of the products sponsoring the pod. Now the ads seem to go on forever so when I listen I fast forward through them. In my opinion, you need to get the content to ad ratio in a better balance. Other than that, keep up the good work!
12. A never-miss podcast - Full disclosure, I’m a massive fan of the Pod and Crooked Media in general. I live for Tuesdays and Thursdays when PSA is released. One of the things I enjoy is the different Tuesdays and Thursdays format/host make—up - Tuesday is the Jon, Jon, and Tommy day, while Thursday is Jon and Dan. Each Pod is full of what’s happening NOW and discussion of what might happen (based on their knowledge and experience) but no predictions, because the guys are out of that business. My favorite thing is that the hosts have such great dynamics together and combine that with thoughtful and funny discussions about the state of politics and what’s happening in Washington and around the country. Every guest is interesting and worth listening to, and Elijah’s role as “gameshow host” on Two Takes and a Fake and Take Appreciators is great fun every time. This is a DO NOT MISS pod if you’re interested in Democratic and progressive politics, democracy, what’s happening in DC and in states across the country. Thanks for all you do, PSA team!
13. Friends who know stuff - These guys are truly friends. They don’t always agree but they always have interesting conversation. And the ads are even worth listening to because they don’t take them too seriously and you can hear their true relationships come out when they start riffing. Laughed out loud at the ads twice today. And the regular conversation is fun too, when you aren’t getting more angry about our disfuncional government system.
14. Noped out when they called Elon a genius - And I don’t miss it! Been listening regularly since the start, on and off, but I quit right after they called Elon a genius and “flexed” about owning Teslas. Out of touch and clearly unable to recognize a phony. White boys gonna white, I guess. Off to a more diverse collection of thinkers.
15. Lacks accountability for democrats - As a political centrist, it’s troubling that these smart humans refuse to hold democrats accountable for their terrible policies and blatant criminality. Both sides need to do better and make decisions that benefit everyday Americans who carry the water and improve our country. More critical thinking, please.
16. I’m Lovett it! - I love this show. I love Lovett! Please produce and sell a stainless steel “Friend of the Pod” themed travel coffee tumbler so I can subtly broadcast my D politics to my very R skewed workplace. And as long as we’re in the wish potion of the review, please force Lovett to do both of the biweekly episodes. Thank you!
Join Senator Ted Cruz and co-host Ben Ferguson as they break down the most important news stories of the day and reveal what they mean for you. On "Verdict with Ted Cruz,” you will go behind the scenes of the political debates that define our country.
Release date: 2023-03-03
1. Great Podcast - I enjoy listening to Senator Cruz on this platform. The truth and relative topics resonate with my beliefs. I appreciate his candor on important issues affecting our country especially with this current misdirected derelict administration. I wish Senator Cruz represented my state. Thank you!
2. February , - What a sickening episode to listen to Senator Cruz cover for the FBI lead man. I stopped counting the number of times he referred to him by his first name, Chris, & made excuses for his actions. For the first time I regret voting for Cruz in the primary the year Trump beat him out!!
He’s succumbed to the DC Swamp!
3. Commercials are killing you - This was a great podcast for a long time. Since the I-heart radio deal, commercials have become more and more intrusive to the flow of the show. In one of the latest episodes, there was a commercial, followed by seconds of “this is what we are going to talk about next” followed by another commercial. Please back off with the commercials before you lose listeners (like myself) and ultimately, your show.
4. Ben and The Ads gotta change - I have been listening since the beginning in the basement with Michael and I was hooked. When you switched over to iHeart I was excited and today I unsubscribed. I can not handle the on slot of ads that are numbing because they never change and the boring, monotonous, lackluster co-host Ben. He is very smart but he is not for keeping your attention. He interrupts, is forcing himself to be funny and relatable it’s a hard listen anymore. I hope things change and until then I love what you are doing here I just cant subject myself to the min -after all the ads- podcast with no personality.
5. Super informative podcast - This podcast is so worth my time days a week. Senator Cruz is an erudite, well informed senator whose law and government experience is in a unique position to inform and teach Americans about current politics. I have learned so much about how our government really works. This podcast is the exact opposite of the liberal news media. I am confident that I am listening to the truth untainted by wokeness!
6. Not worth the price - minutes worth of ads in a total run time of less than minutes (averages)?! Color me a capitalist—I don’t begrudge you making money for your time and effort; however, giving your audience members fewer than minutes of content for every minute of ad time (again, on average) constitutes a gross disrespect of their time. Those advertising dollars will evaporate when the sponsors realize your lack of appreciation of your listeners chased them all away. [Hey, Apple, why did my previous review disappear?]
7. Insider Information from the Capitol - I thoroughly enjoy this podcast. I find it very revealing in what happens at the Capitol behind the scenes. Senator Cruz is honest, experienced, and well informed on our nation’s history. It took me a few episodes to get used to the new host. Please keep the episodes coming and stay strong!
8. Clear & Concise - This is one of my favorite podcast. It is always presented in such a clear, easy to understand way that it makes it a pleasure to listen to while you are doing some thing with your hands, and just like to occupy and keep your mind active. Ted Cruz does not talk in circles like so many politicians. I listen at least once a week.
9. Counting on you - I would love to see someone start a canceling of the Covid “shots”. It is NOT a vaccine! This concoction of poison to the human body. Nita Guynn To add to this —- Yall need to talk to Ed Dowd
Just saw his interview with Tucker Carlson. His information about Covid shots is very important.
10. Ted - I’m sick of hearing that slobber mouth Ferguson talk over you. He constantly steps on your train of thought which redirects your thoughts and we don’t get to hear you finish. I enjoy listening to your conservative insider perspective. Get rid of Ferguson, and go back to a pod with Michael I thought iheart listened to us and told Ferguson to QUIT hijacking Teds thoughts. Then came episode and slobber mouth once again reverted back to jumping on Teds thought. And,,,And I agree number of commercials out of hand. Just another reason that you Ted need to go back to Michael Knowles.
11. Ted Cruz is an amazing American - The Verdict with Red Cruz is a “must listen” part of my weekly news and podcast lineup. His experiences as a litigator and impassioned senator is something to behold. Sadly Ben Ferguson is the “eat your vegetables” part of the show I have to endure to get to the good stuff. If Ben would just stop interrupting Senator Cruz’s answers or trying to finish his sentences the show would be unbeatable.
12. The VERDICT IS IN! - I absolutely LOVE Verdict and have been listening since almost the beginning (I have gone back and listened to all episodes). I now never miss an episode and am very appreciative this is now x a week! Thank you for all your efforts! Ben is great —- admittedly I miss Michael - but I understand for this show to expand and reach a larger audience this had to change. Great job and thank you for making me smarter! ;)
13. Great Info, too many ads - Enjoy the commentary on current events from senator Cruz, and I get podcasts wanting to have ad revenue, but lately the amount of ads has gotten to be too much for me. Almost to the point of not wanting to listen to the pod. When I am listening during work I don't often have the ability to keep fishing my phone out to fast-forward through the ads, and I definitely don't want to suffer through them all. Lighten up on the ads!
14. UPDATED Politics in laymans terms - I know very little about politics and the political jargon used. I love how Verdict breaks it down and helps me to understand what the heck is going on in our government. Updated // - since Iheart radio took over, the episodes are dripping with ads. I get one or two, but there were at least two minute ads in today's podcast, which is ridiculous on a " min" show. The opening ads lasted skips I think, so min!
15. Great conservative podcast but adds - Great look at the some of the inner workings of Washington and how that all works. If everyone in Washington were as honest and moral as Cruz seems, our country would be doing so much better. If Cruz were to run for president I would be likely to vote for him I don’t like the adds but do understand why you have them so still star review Dylan in MI
16. Love the old school pop culture references to politics - Easy to listen to and understand. Ted’s humor to pop culture is amazing, even for a millennial as myself. I especially love the throw back Simpson references. I do miss Knowles and the excessive ads are a bit much, hence the stars. Keep fighting the good fight Mr. Cruz!
Russell goes under the skin of guests from the world of academia, popular culture and the arts, to help us to understand and see the ulterior truth behind our constructed reality. And have a laugh!
Release date: 2023-02-23
1. Awesome all around! - It’s an immense relief discovering that not ALL politicians, actors, Corp execs, and WEF sheeple have sold their souls to pharma… Huge thank you to Russell and all our fellow “fringe” folks who pause to ask questions when things went haywire in the world!! Many more people are now cognizant of the fact that those responsible for the National and global C response (and other destructive plans) have questionable motives and ethics and/or are completely incompetent. Keep doing what you’re doing R! There are more of us than them even if BígT’s algos reports say otherwise: The “Thought Police” kicked as many of us off the internet as they could, but -surprise!- we didn’t change our minds and keep on holding the line with you
WAR ROOM with Stephen K. Bannon.
Release date: 2023-03-06
1. Daily Dose of Bannon - I was a devoted Rush Limbaugh listener and I didn't know what I would do without him in the midst of our country falling to pieces. Then, I discovered Steve Bannon's War Room. It's the best news source out there and I dare say better than Rush. Perhaps it's the times, but Steve doesn't waste a moment on frivolous topics. He covers everything from politics, finances, geopolitics, technology, health, transhumanism, to religion. His intrepid team of contributors are simply brilliant. They bring a message of hope through human agency. It's the best spent hours of my day!
2. Reality - Tells it like it is, if you’re a liberal give him a chance and see just how right this man is. If you want to be ahead of the curve give this patriot a listen. He’s pretty entertaining too, his guests are second to none. I will say, that delay between him and his guests needs to be figured out lol
3. Love the show but have a recommendation… - I have been following the show for a couple of years now after finally waking up to the infiltration and planned destruction of our country by the CCP. I love the show, but I often find myself asking who Steve is interviewing? I’m not always able to listen to the full four hours of shows daily and when I go to listen to an episode that looks interesting, I’m not always sure who Steve is interviewing and what their credentials are. It would be helpful if he reminded the audience more often (maybe after a break?) who he is interviewing and what they do. It would help me- who is newer to activism follow the show and know who is who.
4. Thank you, Warroom - Warroom is my source of breaking news, interviews with cultural conservative movers and shakers, clips of main stream media lies and insanity, (which is a bitter routine, one which I otherwise avoid, but we have to know what the enemy is saying), and Steve Bannon’s intelligent and informed analysis, although humble enough to discourse with other voices. Oh, and the respect for the LORD God Almighty is beautiful and evident. My daily listen
5. Breaking Hypothetical News - Just In: Xi Jinping is now saying,……ok, ok, ok…..it wasn’t a “Weather Balloon”. I was just trying to help out regarding the ongoing search for Joe Biden’s classified documents! That’s what friends are for, America knows that!! And now, our findings are forever lost in the Atlantic Ocean, nothing remaining, but Hot Air, precipitating a comment by Mark Milley!
6. A show to get ACTUAL and important useful news - A show to get ACTUAL and important useful news. The war room is the best. Steve and all of his crew are down to earth and real. Sometimes I literately have to turn on this show to not lose complete hope. This show is the one to carry the touch and win the Olympics of the game of save the US and the world. I was IcomeInpeaceHammiegood good until twitter killed me for sharing a Fox News clip.
7. Data Harvesting - Ultimately this platform I feel is so effective that the Government is most likely data harvesting all the individuals that partake in this information. Just like the Geo Fences that the January crowd were triangulated and ultimately arrested to rot in a DC jail cell for years with zero charges until you will cop to anything.
In other words..
8. Most honest show - Probably the only source of factual news I have. I do listen to the left and make my own judgement on what is true. Sadly the DNC party has been corrupted to the core. God has been replaced by the dollar. Sincerely hope and pray that we can o welcome the division and be a strong nation once again. Kudos to all the patriots fighting the good fight.
9. Censored? - Lately episodes will appear, then disappear, and sometimes reappear. Release of episodes used to be very dependable. Also, roughly minutes in to each episode it’ll cut off whoever is speaking in mid sentence and cut to commercial then come back to the next segment, leaving you to wonder how the previous thought was completed. Love the content, but one has to wonder if some censorship or sabotage is taking place.
Charlie Sykes and guests discuss the latest news from inside Washington and around the world. No shouting, grandstanding, or sloganeering. Conservative, conscientious, and civil. Bulwark+ members can get a totally ad-free version of the show delivered right to their favorite podcast player. Click here for more information.
Release date: 2023-03-03
1. Rick Wilson interview - This was fascinating. I am a Democrat who has recently discovered your podcast, and I always learn so much. Would love to hear more of you and Rick Wilson together. I once voted for Republicans when it meant voting for women (Elizabeth Dole and Sue Myrick). Now the sheer loathsomeness of so many Republicans makes me wonder how anyone votes for them. If anybody can explain it, I want to know more.
2. Rick Wilson - It’s always great to hear Wilson. But please treat the Repub prez primaries as more than horse races. The thought of having desantis or trump or any Repub prez is worse than dystopian. What never Trumpers have done has been invaluable but it’s time to mobilize sane Repub voters. Dems cannot do it alone.
3. Thanks - I enjoy your show Charlie and was glad to hear Rick Wilson - I used to listen to him on The New Abnormal and really miss his banter with Molly Jong-Fast who now hosts Fast Politics. I am more of a progressive but I do like Charlie’s reasonable conservatism and any never Trumper is a hero in my book.
4. Mehdi Hasan interview - So interesting, so engaging. Thank you for this podcast which is a bit different from the usual. I thought it was valuable. I recognized myself as one of the people who are uncomfortable arguing, and yet want to be able to express and support my opinions. I guess I may have been relying too much on facts and trying to avoid logical fallacies.
Fun interview. Now I must order the book.
5. Paul Ryan is only fooling himself! - This was a good interview and much needed. Paul Ryan is a smooth talker but you held the line with him. He wants it both ways with Fox News. He has done nothing to save the Republican Party from the Fox propaganda machine and Trump but he seeks our gratitude. He’s as much a problem as Trump. He’s willing to sacrifice our democracy for his tax cuts and his agenda. Nothing else matters to him.
6. Always Interesting - I really like Charlie. I started listening because of the whole “ Never Trump” thing. I don’t agree with him on some things but common sense and decency are the threads that link Charlie and most of his guests to my way of looking at things. I like Will Saletan on Mondays and adore Tim Miller on many Fridays. I just finished listening to the interview with Jennifer Senior and I thought it was great. It was two smart, charming people talking about some issues that matter even if they aren’t at the top of the news feeds. Hopefully, some day, we’ll get to where the minority party is the decent, loyal opposition but until then Charlie Sykes is the man.
7. Learn a lot listening - Well I actually search out this podcast especially to listen to Tim Miller. Learn from him. Sarah Longfellow (sp?) also. Charlie Sykes has the best podcast voice on the internet. But I get a bit -just a bit - put off in that it seems like, Mr. Sykes, does not really understand how womens’ rights are under attack and how outrageous that is. All the hosts and guests are worth listening to and I thank them each. Must be a LOT of work to put out such high caliber, casual-seeming, excellent conversations every day .
8. Great episode - Your conversation with Jennifer Senior was so intriguing and incredibly timely. I too can’t believe I’m turning next month. When my thoughts turn to aging, I always remind myself that I so enjoy all the freedoms this age affords me. When friends ask my husband and I what we think of retirement, our answer is always “it’s like everyday is Saturday!” Pat
9. Paul Ryan is a feud - He’s been talking about entitlement programs going broke for years… Its not happening. Trump was the worst at increasing the debt for the benefit of the rich.. And his buddy McCarthy is a spineless idiot! And make no mistake about it - the false equivalency that the digital age has brought about crazy Democrat and Republican is a joke! There is absolutely no equivalence between the nut case Marjorie Taylor Green, the freak Paul Gozar or dirtbag Matt Gaetz and someone like AOC!!! Please! All the Trump . people are freaks as is the lying, seditious conman Trump!
10. Bravo Charlie - What a spectacular interview with Paul Ryan! Yo asked every question that I wanted you to ask and came back at him in a firm but very polite way. You are one of the best interviewers around! I found the show extremely refreshing. It’s nice to hear two sane and very intelligent adults engage in differences of opinion!
11. Mostly good - I like this most days even though Charlie acts so smug. I read about his fireworks affair and that is cringe. Tim Miller is the best part of things. I agree w Charlie % of the time. This Paul Ryan episode makes me want to throw my phone and I cannot even get halfway. Done. Don’t have him on again. You can hear the lies without having to see him. He is what he is because of social security and he wants to pull the door shut behind himself? Don’t give jerks like Ryan a megaphone. He deserves a trash can. Don’t buy the book either. Paul Ryan is a wolf in sheep’s clothing don’t be fooled.
12. Wouldn’t count Dan Kelley Out??? !!!! - Hi Charlie, I’m very surprised that you gentlemen didn’t talk about Ron Johnson winning his election. I heard you talk about how nuts Ron was , yet he still won!!! Why??? Couldn’t Dan do the same as Ron? Really would like to hear your thoughts on how / why Ron won. Best regards, Ken
13. Jimmy Carter - Thank you for taking time to talk about President Carter on Monday’s podcast! I was a young child when President Nixon resigned after the Watergate Scandal. That was all we heard and saw on the news. When he passed, years later, I was certain Watergate and his resigning in disgrace would take center stage in the days following his death and before his funeral. Instead, I heard more about his diplomacy and work after he’d left the White House to which, I was shocked. In part, that could be attributed to lack of internet, social media, or even podcasts! Charlie, I believe what you said is true, if President Carter would have died shortly after his presidency, his political eulogy, most likely, would have been different. Though he made several missteps throughout his presidency, the intentionality of his love for our country, respect and desire to see all of human kind treated equally and with equity, his love of God and his family, and pursuit of freedom and justice for all, were factors weighed in every decision he made while in office! I appreciate and value the time you and Will took to reflect on the wholeness of this great man’s life! Thank you for your service, President Carter! You will sorely be missed!!
14. Mispronunciations - Charlie, I watch you almost daily on (choose your own adventure) show on MSNBC. I also listen to your podcast here, not because I have the same ideology, am a conservative, etc. I listen because I genuinely like you! I particularly love Tim Miller’s episodes, because I love your rapport with him. But, Charlie. Oh Charlie, I am BEGGING you to please stop calling Antony Blinken - Anthony!! There is no h there. Why don’t you just call him Blinken or Secretary Blinken?! that way you’ll always say it correctly. Love the show, just that one caveat that’s been getting on my nerves for awhile.
15. Wokeness - You guest makes a compelling definition of wokeness . However, it’s worth remembering the mirror wokeness of Republican standards. Look at Republican dominated county governments… only republicans get employed and legislators condemning fair election law. Look at Look at republican governors banning books , shaming Hollywood and the long standing shame that religious institutions . Look at the retaliative nature of Trumpism. Lastly, why does the right get to define? Illiberalism is fascism, autocracy, and fringe politics on both sides. PS listening to Charlie describe himself under the cover of Bollandbrand buttery sheets keeps me tuned in !
16. Racist or ignorant - Damon Linker says people don’t like DE&I training because it makes them feel racist, but the real problem is people are ignorant and don’t like being confronted with their ignorance. Same as sexual harassment training and policies. It’s necessary because people don’t know what they don’t know. You have ro teach them and then make it policy. Because some will never get it, and the only way to get them to be sensitive to others is to make it policy and penalize then for not following policy.
Every weekday, NPR's best political reporters are there to explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail. They don't just tell you what happened. They tell you why it matters. Every afternoon. Political wonks - get wonkier with The NPR Politics Podcast+. Your subscription supports the podcast and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/politics
Release date: 2023-03-03
1. Good overall - Susan Davis gets stuff wrong, she tried to frame the lab leak theory as some kind of right vs left issue and claimed scientists dismissed it out of hand. The scientific community has never dismissed it, and this is only a political issue because people like her are dragging it through that lens. NPR is supposed to be better. Most of the journalists are better, though, hence the high review.
2. Quality and content on a downward slope - Gone are the days of nuanced reporting and adept insights into American politics. You can look forward to a brief overview of major news, fairly mainstream takes, and at least a third of the show dedicated to nothing political. Seems to follow NPR’s downward trend since the mid ’s. I still occasionally listen, and today I saw paid subscriptions and private content. I guess the cycle is complete.
3. Used to Listen - Got tired of the light-weight coverage. Back in the s and early s, NPR was unique with their in-depth balanced coverage. But in the last decade or two they’ve gradually watered down their approach more and more. Other podcasts have upped their game. NPR Politics is now a rd rate source. I don’t learn anything new. The Bulwark is not a right wing news site. It is center right/left never-Trump news site.
4. Danielle Wins Forever - I have been listening for years, as I can no longer live in the news cycle all day every day but still want to be informed. Can’t Let It Go is not usually my favorite, but Danielle and the crew changed that with the amazing moments of humor and reflection of real colleagues sharing a laugh this week. This whole crew is the best. Thanks for getting us through the past few years with your tireless work.
5. Words and grammar affect meaning - I get annoyed when journalists use the passive form, saying “documents were found,” rather than saying that President’s Biden’s lawyers or legal team found them. This vagueness as to who searched the documents is misleading, contributes to keeping matters blurry, and makes equating this and Donald Trump’s case easier, albeit they are entirely different. The fact that it was President’s Biden’s lawyers who found these documents usually comes later, not even in the same sentence, and sometimes way further down the commentaries. Journalists deal with words. They should be aware that any explanation that follows comes too late, as this is not what listeners remember. They remember the headlines. All the journalists I have listened to in various programs are guilty of this. I just don’t understand how hard it is to say that President Biden’s lawyers found classified documents, which is a more accurate depiction of the situation. In addition, to me, this is a non-story and only republican politicians and journalists are interested in making a big deal of it. There are many reasons to explain why this was not divulged to the public, some of which you mention in your own program. I am convinced that if it hadn't been for Donald Trump’s earlier dealings, we would not be hearing from this over and over. In conclusion, I wish for a bit more accuracy and rigor, and a bit less journalistic entitlement and self-indulgence on your commenters part.
6. Subscription Spam won’t allow it deletion - I get, you want to make more money. But don’t annoy the rest of us that don’t need the extra content. These subscriptions podcasts that cannot be deleted are only reminding us that we may need to seek a new content provider. Find a way to allow us to delete them or expire them please.
7. Mara - Hi Mara! Why don’t you hide your distain for Bernie and progressives a bit better? You openly and knowingly misinterpret what he says; and honestly, this nation won’t get what we need done until the TWO CORPORATE DEMOCRATS get voted out. That does not mean he does not support Biden and his agenda. Go work for CNN or FOX.
8. Unbearable - I’ve been listening to the NPR Politics Podcast for a few months now. I like the idea of getting all the day’s headlines and a reasonable amount of analysis in just minutes. However I’m not sure if I can continue. Despite so much happening in America and the world, this podcast spends half its time obsessing over Donald Trump. Even worse, it frequently misrepresents information and regularly has factual inaccuracies. The hosts prioritize expressing their own political views over their duties of presenting the facts of a matter to the audience. These problems defeat the purpose of a short comprehensive reporting of the daily news.
9. Stigmatizing and inappropriate terms for “undocumented immigrants” - I am very disappointed on the Sep , episode. The outdated and stigmatizing term of “illegals” was used multiple times. More appropriate and accurate terms would be “asylum seekers” and “unauthorized” or “undocumented immigrant.” Highly reviews equity centered language or at least reaches out to experts in immigrant equity
10. Latinos and Republicans - This is the second episode where they discuss the GOP talking to Latinos. Again though, what are they offering to them? Nobody dives deeper on that. We hear about outreach but outreach doing what? Saying what? Please ask a follow-up because without policies there’s ZERO substance. Also, the economy is doing what it’s doing due to Biden being in charge. Donald left it in shambles by failing to deal with Covid and lying about the virus. Biden has turned that all around. Inflation remains high but its high globally and similar first world nations have similar rates of inflation. Still, all of the jobs lost during Covid have been recovered plus more, wages are higher and unemployment is very low. Those are also economy indicators. Anyway, we are not hearing about specific Republican policies to help Latinos or POC and my bet is they have nothing. trump ginned up racism in fact and ran on that and demonizing immigrants.
11. Getting more and more biased - Coming from middle side of the Democratic Party, I find myself listening to other politics podcasts now because I find the coverage lackluster. Very biased toward progressive way of thinking, and I don’t see them giving other trains of though hardly any airtime. If they do, it’s to shut them down. Oddly, listening to this makes me feel like I’m doom scrolling because of the strong negativity bias in most of their podcasts. I prefer the daily now for my news.
12. Subscription is frustrating - The fact that I can’t listen to this on my drive home now because it’s consistently delayed means I won’t be listening anymore. Which is a shame. I really like this show, I just don’t have a different time to listen and I don’t see the sense in paying for public radio. I’d rather listen to ads. Frustrating to say the least. Seems antithetical to what NPR has been doing for so many decades now.
13. What are you talking about? - Are we living in that same world? In your round up you say is it too late for the mid terms and what are the democrats going to run on!!! Seriously! Your democracy is on the line or didn’t you realize? What about over turning Roe? Your ignorance is astounding - this is being talked about everywhere and especially by the WH - WAKE UP and be realisic.
14. Low IQ Voter Nirvana - Like a decade ago this feed used to be populated by a somewhat charming podcast called "It's all politics" hosted by Ron Elving and Ken Rudin. It was two old timers making jokes and covering the week's news. That ended and then this awful thing showed up in its stead. Probably the most annoying thing is all the hosts sound the same and pretend to be dumb. Like they are figuring out in real time what passing legislation using reconcilliation is. I've been listening since its inception and its always sucked but it somehow has gotten worse in recent months. At some point, the powers that be decided that it would be come a daily Trumpcast. And somehow a year a half into the Biden Presidency, it's still managed to be a daily Trumpcast. They're low as heck on material at this point so its become a fever swamp of what scares liberals the most. But, also not surprisingly, what liberals should not be scared of: like black ownership of AR s. It's an absurd politics podcast especially when their foreign policy expert seems to be the Fox News cast off Mara Liasson. Thankfully since the gruel is so thin the episodes are mercifully short. Always puncured at some point by a scam therapy app advertisement or Exxon. It's cyncism at its worst. Thankfully in recent months they break for advertisements and nothing pops up. Hoping this awful drivel gets the axe and I can stop listening to it. But until that day I'll keep listening to this garbage.
Candace Owens holds nothing back in her brand new show as she takes on the political and cultural issues of the day. Featuring deep dives, investigations and exposés on today’s burning topics. Listen to CANDACE OWENS Monday through Friday at 3 PM ET / 2 PM CT.
Release date: 2023-03-04
1. Facts - Love your podcast Candace. Please get your facts straight before speaking. A lot of the things you said about Murdaugh were factually untrue, and I don’t want that to give fodder for mean media. I just want the best for you. My parents saw you speak in Montgomery, AL and we are all big fans.
2. I used to be a fan of her show. Now… not so much. - I don’t know what has happened to Candace. When I would listen to her, I used to think she was articulate and she would keep her composure while expressing her opinion. She once had a classy demeanor but, now she is the complete opposite. She has become utterly obnoxious, arrogant, hypocritical, bigoted and just a total bully. To me, her voice has become similar to the sound of nails on a chalk board. She’s that naggy and complaining Karen. It is very unfortunate that I have lost interest in her podcast. She was really going places at first but, now it’s just a never ending cycle of negativity that she creates.
3. Worth the listen no matter your political beliefs. - I started listening to Candace Owens recently, coincidentally around the same time I listened to Andrew Tate. It started as just wanting to listen to something controversial that I wouldn’t necessarily agree with. Then I realized I actually see a lot of great points. For me it’s worth listening because I am able to agree with the common sense points that are so well articulated that seem to be lost on society now with woke culture while still being able to stay true to my beliefs. I like my beliefs to be challenged, if I can’t rebut it then I could possibly be wrong and that’s what this podcast has done for me.
4. Pit Bulls - A Golden Retriever puppy often will show it’s “built in breeding” by retrieving an object without any training at all. Goldenseal have been breed for this task for generations.
Can a good trainer teach a golden NOT to retrieve? Quite possibly Yes. would that trainer be shocked to find that one day that retriever actually ignored his training and retrieved without prompting?
No surprise at all.
Pitts have been breed to attack and kill competitively for generations.
It should come as no surprise when they do what they were breed to do.
Years ago in Florida they tried to enforce mandatory liability insurance on the owners. They should be eliminated as domestic animals.
5. You lost me - I was generally enjoying this podcast until I came across the episode regarding couples who choose not to have kids. Candace assumes that people who don’t have children will be lonely drug addicts later in life and that the only way to live a meaningful life is getting married and having children. Apparently in her opinion there’s no other path in life for people to take and she cannot fathom that not everyone wants to live the way she does. Yet she claims in another episode that she doesn’t like closed minded people. See the problem there? Red flags all over this podcast and as others have said, a lot of negativity. I have no problem hearing out people I don’t always agree with but some of the views expressed here are extreme, outdated and absurd. Thanks but no thanks.
6. Therapy and public schools… - Therapy and public schools use to be pretty good… doesn’t seem like this anymore! Yes seems that if you get the wrong therapist or wrong school those involved seem to come back just angry and hating on things they use to love, including people- idk but you have to be careful on the therapy you use and schools you attend for sure!! Nothing is guaranteed anymore-
7. Candace is a real one! - I started off not liking candace Owens. Seeing the many edited clips on social media about her. But then sat down and actually listened to her and what she was about. Now I’m totally opposite. I absolutely love what this woman is about. How she has no filter and stands up for what she believes in. I may not agree with everything she has to say, but she is on point with most everything she puts out!
8. Something Strange eggs - I listened to this podcast and laughed. Said her chickens slowed down on egg production in September and completely quit laying in November. As a small chicken farmer all my life allow me to say hens slow. Down laying every September and quit laying by November. There are two factors in play here. Number one is the molt. Chickens molt every year and it makes them feel bad. Takes blood to grow new feathers. Second hens require longer daylight hours to produce so November has shorter days. Happens every year
9. Eggspiracy - Great episode! We own several hundred laying hens and various other kinds of meat birds, ducks, etc. Our feed is made at a local mill. We have not experienced any flu problems or lack of laying problems. I have however had several people in the area ask me about purchasing eggs recently who have chickens of their own. I thought it was odd that they said they stopped laying and this is why they had to buy eggs now. Thanks for the story. I will be letting all of them know to change their feed. Stay local everyone! This is one of many reasons to support our local, small businesses. You can get bulk discounts sometimes at local mills. If you don’t own enough animals for this, try getting together with neighbors who need the same feed so you can all benefit.
10. Therapy is ruining Western Civilization - I don’t think I’ve ever heard this perspective about therapy. I’ve got to say it is refreshing.
I don’t know that I agree entirely with Candace’s view, but it did articulate a lot of things that I think but couldn’t quite put into words. I have a sister that goes to therapy and idk if it’s therapy entirely that’s made her an unbearable person, but I do think it has a lot to do with it.
I’ve distanced myself a lot from her because everything seems to be this big philosophical meaning and I don’t think she is capable of holding a conversation that’s not. As much as I hate to say it, she’s become a person that’s exhausting to be around.
Candace thank your for sharing your opinions so openly. It’s nice to hear someone’s opinion that is so transparent and not a cookie cutter statement.
11. Still like Candace… - I like Candace. I was excited to hear Candace was going to have more podcasts than just once or twice a week or whatever it was. However, now, to much of Candace. Cutting back to the once a week updates instead. To much ranting in a good way as she is right. It’s just the same ol’ same ol’. Although I still like Candace, she needs to find a different way of doing her podcast. Interview people, like when she has others and their views that are correct. I think Candace does well with Interviews and let’s get to know some of these correct people. My cents worth, not worth much.
12. Episode - % agree that things change in a woman’s mind around . Married my hubs a couple months before my th birthday and soon after we got married I knew I wanted kids. This is coming from a woman that never wanted to be married in her early s. Such lies spewed about women and what creates their self worth. Fun fact my hubs and I met through a dating app, but I almost didn’t go on the date because I was so over the apps. I think dating apps ruin dating, we were lucky but so many times it’s years of using these apps before you find a match.
13. Can’t keep listening - This show doesn’t deepen my understanding or give me any more knowledge than what I could’ve guessed. And I have to be honest, Candace is abrasive and haughty. It seems like she chases more people away from conservatism than she draws in. It’s like she always needs to be fighting someone.
14. Thankful - What Candice does is commendable beyond words. To care deeply about the world we live in, and fight to expose Truth is not for the light hearted. Through the power of her voice, she has opened my eyes to the world I am raising my sons in. To see beyond the “norm” and understand the messages being put out - all for someone else’s agenda. It’s so easy to shut the door and pretend I can only control what happens in my home, but that is a horrible destructive lie. Thank you for fighting Candice, thank you for caring.
15. Is the enemy of my enemy my friend? (Revisited) - I mentioned that “feeling” I have about Candace’s convictions and where they truly lie the last time I was here.I have to say that after listening to Part - Who is Brandan Roneel, I am convinced that I am right to call her motivations into question.I do NOT believe a Spirit filled Christian can repeatedly and thus intentionally use the expression “his husband” without finding it objectionable to do so. It is every bit as abominable as the “new” definition of what a woman is. So I, for one, am not the least bit surprised that she was duped. I can see that making a tough stand might alienate a portion of her audience and therefore it may be sensible for her to compromise. But then I have to wonder is that really all that different from the compromise that Kim K was/is willing to make with Balenciaga? And how EXACTLY did “Thomas” come to obtain ALL that evidence?Under what circumstance does Brandon feel he needs to show this person all of his credentials? Oh look here Thomas, if you log into this website you can see where I paid $ to have my Bar license renewed. Screenshots of bank transfers in a so called normal relationship? FOR WHAT? (Posted months ago):I am in agreement with Candace on most things she brings to bear on this podcast. But I must admit that I have a niggling (and the first person to call me a racist because I used this word I hope your teeth catch on fire so that I may have cause to obscenity in your mouth) feeling about where her convictions truly lie So I’ll keep watch. If nothing else, I respect her determination to stand on her principles and FIGHT BACK. But when it comes to her friend “Ye”, I needed no further evidence that he is CRACK’D after he said that Kim Kardashian is a Christian while he was on Tucker Carlson. If “ye” believes that I know he ain’t in his right mind. And let us just be honest…we all know the sage old wisdom: “you can’t turn a (garden utensil) into a housewife. But he tried to do it anyway. So on that count my “sympathy” netter is on par with my “BrokePhiBroke” gas meter. Before I go I just wanna say that Candace reminds me of one of Jadakiss’ lyrics:….too hot for MTV, not black enough for BET…just let me be Oh and now that I think about it, Bernie Mac too: I say what you scared to say…
16. Birth Control Episode - THANK YOU for bringing to light the dangers of birth control. My anxiety and my blood sugar was through the roof because of the artificial hormones. Not cool. Doctors prescribe them without thinking. It’s alarming how many women develop blood clots as a result of long term use. Glad I stopped when I did.
17. Okay Candace - I have to call you out on the Meg thee stallion case. First of all Tory was NOT Meg’s boyfriend he was sleeping with her friend then Meg decided she wanted a turn, an argument broke out in the vehicle between all three of them when Kelsey found out. Her body guard is NOT missing he’s in qutar for the World Cup if you check his Instagram. gunshot residue was found on both Toy and Kelsey but Tory’s DNA was NOT found on the gun. You also forgot to mention that Kelsey has been granted immunity (weird) and pleaded the fifth when questioned on stand. I respect you and what you do, but your reporting on this story is way off. Please look further into the case before defending a woman who went all over TV preaching “protect black women”. And that’s all I have to say about that.
Breaking Points is a fearless anti-establishment multi-week Youtube and Podcast which holds the powerful to account hosted by Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti
Release date: 2023-03-03
1. Sound levels a bit low recently - I love this show, stars! However, as of late your sound levels have been a bit low. I have to boost the volume to hear you at an audible level as of late. I’ve tested out the levels of other podcasts and it’s defiantly this show which has dropped off sound level wise. Still giving a star rating though because breaking points is providing a very important public service at the moment. Thank you very much! Just boost the sound levels a bit;)
2. It has become solid again Saagar finds his voice - They listened to their fans and adjusted the show. It is much more of a discussion and back and forth between Saagar and Krystal rather than the Krystal bashes all things conservative and often religious show with an occasional comment from her sidekick. Krystal has toned down the aggressiveness. She is now pleasant to follow. Saagar is fabulous. I love the discussions. They are thoughtful and the news is great. They do need to work harder to present more religious and conservative thinkers, community and charity workers etc.,. Emily Jashinsky is a great add. She does need to actually speak her conservative viewpoints rather than hint at them. She is presumably there to help the show hear from a conservative who is also religious—Saagar is more of a moderate slightly right or maybe slightly left of center (he’s conservative when compared to a progressive). It would be nice to actually hear what she thinks. On the Federalist podcast she clearly articulates her positions.
3. Used to like it but not anymore - I used to love listening to this show because of the well rounded information in each topic. I hated that I couldn’t get real information from fox and cnn so it was great! Unfortunately this is just turning into more of the same, it’s shocking the anti-Israel propaganda. As an American-Israeli, someone who was born there, traveled there, has family there, that the amount of false narratives and propaganda that is presented by Krystal is just utterly shocking. I also find it concerning on issues involving the Middle East that there has yet been an Israeli person to be interviewed. Also two non-Jewish people are making comments on what is and is not antisemitism seems to be quite unethical, no? Also, if you are having trouble finding people to interview, Krystal, I can give you some great recommendations of experts on this topic since you all are clearly very very uneducated on this topic and yet feel so compelled to report on it. Bassem Eid - a Palestinian human rights activist, political expert and that has travelled all over the world giving lectures on this topic, also known critic of the BDS movement due to the harm it does to Palestinians in the Middle East and Jews on campuses everywhere. Yoseph Hadad, an Arab Israeli journalist and news reporter, also travelled all over giving lectures on this topic. Emily Schrader, Jewish American journalist, specializing in Middle Eastern relations.
4. The center lives! - I love that this show is actually balanced and doesn’t give preferential treatment to the left or the right. It’s refreshing to hear objective analysis of current events that doesn’t feel manipulative. Highly recommend this show for anyone who doesn’t want to be in an echo chamber.
5. Downhill fast - I used to love listening to these two, but I feel like I just wasted an hour of my life listening to them discuss the possibility of extraterrestrial visitors/UFOs. In my opinion, a credible news organization wouldn't cover this topic in a speculative and conspiratorial way. Let me be clear: I'm not saying that aliens don't exist, but there's no evidence to support their existence on earth. Just because an object can't be proven not to be an alien craft doesn't mean it's extraterrestrial. I can't disprove that UFOs aren't just particles of pixie dust, that doesn’t mean I should believe in the possibility of pixies. Sager is using fallacious reasoning when covering UFOs, and presenting the possibility of alien visitors as something plausible and even likely. Furthermore, they lost credibility when they covered the lead-up to the Ukraine war. It's okay to get a news story wrong, but they were so certain and smug in their analysis on how Russia would never invade Ukraine, that they hardly even considered the possibility of an all-out invasion. While I do believe they have interesting perspectives on a number of topics (that’s why they get two stars instead of one), I no longer trust them.
6. Great balanced view - I was drawn to this podcast based on their recent appearance on the Joe Rogan show. I am constantly looking for a balanced view of the news which is so hard to find in . The reason I gave stars versus is I rarely hear Krystal and Saagar disagree on anything. They seem to agree about % of the time which is ok since they are both fairly moderate. But if you are looking for in depth debates on issues I don’t think this podcast is it. Overall I love it and will keep listening.
7. Manipulation of facts, opinions, but not news - For the last few months watching Krystal and Sagaar report only the facts that suit whatever narrative their pushing… I can’t do it anymore. In multiple episodes CounterPoints hosts cite Al Jazeera as a source when it is well established they are Qatar state funded and controlled propaganda with a history of inaccurate and dishonest reporting… unbearable
8. Great show! - Breaking points does a fantastic job of breaking down a lot of complex issues America faces today. Krystal & Saagar are both very intelligent & do a fantastic job of breaking down the different topics However, what I will say is this podcast is absolutely ,% not ‘unbiased’ or in the middle like they claim. This show leans left without a doubt. Krystal all to often will show her blue colors of her democrat bias. Then when they have idiots like Krystal’s fiancé Kyle Kalinski on the show (the guy is literally so left he believes Ron Desantis is actually corrupt because he is against the legalization of marijuana) it turns into a giant smear effort against the right while to Saagar’s credit he will do everything he can to keep it in the middle. Counter points is just garbage. It is just straight up a leftist/progressive podcast & they don’t even try to hide it or seem like they’re neutral. All in all, it is a fantastic podcast & about as in the middle as you can get but they do lean left undoubtedly.
9. Stretched middle. Yuck. - Was a big fan of this pod because I’m part of the “common sense” political party (that’s what I call being able to see both sides of an argument) and this show offered that. However, it continues to get pulled in a specific direction, further from the middle, with each guest and Krystal getting emotional everytime she doesn’t like the convo and can never “lose” a point. Saagar is a true professional and makes valid points on both sides which I can learn and appreciate. Counter points is pure trash. Sometimes don’t listen during the week because I don’t want to get lost in that garbage. Saagar- start your own pod with guests of you choice from both sides. Let K and counterpoints turn into every other outlet.
10. Used to be good - This show started great, covering things the MSM missed. But the opinions have become less nuanced and it’s clear they are putting less and less effort into the actual product. Counter Points is needs to go - it’s two people that would never have jobs on camera on any other platform. Dull.
11. Stop forcing me to listen to counterpoints - As a lefty I enjoy Krystal’s takes and am interested to see where there is overlap with Saagar, who presents the other side and usually without making me roll my eyes. But I’d rather you not record a Friday show than force me to listen to counterpoints. It just isn’t as good of a show. Hosts have less chemistry, seem less willing to challenge each other’s views, research seems less thorough, and it ultimately makes me resent both sides rather than just % of what saagar says. Can this crossover episode trial end already? Update: ok I’m sorry. I have to unsubscribe. Ryan grim is flaccid, allows his co-host to misrepresent a perspective, challenges her in the weakest way, but ultimately allows her narrative to stand. I can no longer support this show. It’s been weeks and counterpoints has only gotten worse.
12. If politics really cared about working together - I really love this show, I enjoy both sets of hosts and the sensible left vs right points that each host/the show takes. Sure would be nice if in real life we cared about hearing and understanding each others view points instead of chasing clout on social media and our leaders being obsessed with that clout & power framing how they act. Good source for understanding both sides of the political spectrum outside of what’s pushed on you by the legacy medias political leanings. Highly informative and entertaining, great work, thanks for the knowledge, wish your growing media project the best!
13. I enjoy it - However I will say, when they find a thing to talk about they talk about it non stop, I.E when Twitter was purchased by Elon, every episode of them convincing us why we should care, another recent one being chat gpt or whatever it's called. Sure it's cool, but the last episodes? Jesus guys and as for Counter Points...it's ok. I really do overall enjoy the show, It's a easier way for me to find out what's going on in the world, and on both sides of the isle without having to watch Fox or MSNBC
14. Sadly went from pretty good to pretty bad… - Breaking Points advertises that they provide a “different” option for listeners outside of the Fox News / CNN echo chamber. While the intentions are noble (and IMO) greatly needed in this dystopian media landscape, their delivery over the past several months (Abolish the Supreme Court! episode, etc) falls far short of that goal and descends into binary and “gotcha!” political party talking points, largely driven by emotion (Krystal’s classic line is, “We have to do SOMETHING…”, regardless of whether the “thing” proposed is realistic / would solve the problem, or is just a feel good “Whole Foods Democrat” talking point (I’m Independent for the record and can’t stand Trump). I usually enjoy Saagar’s talking points, but he seems unwilling/unable to provide counter points when Krystal goes on one of her rants (Saagar, if you read this please start your own show, there is an enormous audience for it). I was strongly rooting for this show to succeed (and was formally an annual Premium subscriber), however they have seemed to exist long enough to turn into the “bad guy” as the cliche saying goes, I guess the ghost of Brian Stelter lives on. Please turn it around guys and get back to your mission statement, subscribers will return!
15. The more I listened, the worse it gets - Used to really enjoy the podcast, and thought this is just what we needed as a nation, people with opposing viewpoints coming together and realizing we ultimately want the same thing, which is a better and more prosperous life for everybody. But slowly I started to realize things were off. Krystal never concedes points to Saagar. Her whole “compromise” is attacking democrats, but for not being far left enough. A big example is the topic of gun control, it was never presented with all the facts (a Republican senator proposed a universal background check scheme that would allow any individual to access a website and generate a limited time code to offer if they passed the background check, but democrats completely rejected it because they’re not interested in solving gun violence, just banning guns). I realized it’s just virtue signaling against straw men, rather than coming at something with all the facts and viewpoints. And I grew to deeply despise Ryan on Counterpoints. I could get past the awkward pauses and stammering. But eventually his condescending smugness became too apparent and was too much to handle. For example, when Emily rightly brought up some sexist and inappropriate comments made about Lauren Boebert (who I detest) and onlyfans, Ryan seemed more interested in joining in with the mocking than calling it out.
16. No longer a fan - I’ve watched these two since their early days on rising and have been major fans ever since. I can no longer stomach the daily pessimistic and frankly uneducated rants from Krystal. She has become a professional hater. I really hope Saager starts his own show. Sorry I do not count the realignment, that one puts me to sleep.
17. Krystal… please stop! - My only criticism is that Krystal just doesn’t seem to be willing to concede on anything, which is the whole selling point of the objectivity of the show. Seriously, listen to any episode and Saagar will say “that’s fair” or “I’ll give you that” after she says something in contrast to his viewpoint… She will literally never do that. Never. She refuses to compromise and come more to the right on any point. It’s just the same old song and dance where Saagar has to come more to the left. She steamrolls him every single episode. SAAGAR - PUSH BACK MORE!!!
Michael Cohen, the former attorney and personal fixer for Donald J. Trump, once vowed to take a bullet for the President. But that was before the country was brought to its knees by the President’s own lies and personal madness. Now, imprisoned in his home, his life, reputation and livelihood destroyed, Cohen is on a mission to right the wrongs he perpetuated on behalf of his boss. Mea Culpa with Michael Cohen, is a raw and unfiltered shining a light into the dark corners of our current Americ...
Release date: 2023-03-03
1. Oompa Loompa Barr - Bill Maher is a Peter Thiel acolyte of neo-libertarianism. Maher also smoothly repeats PRC’s messages, i.e. China is dominating the US, proving the US is weak - or in terminal decline. It’s all a lie. Bill Barr & his ilk have interests that align w/ the likes of Peter Thiel. Bill Maher’s softball questions of Oompa Loompa aren’t free passes, as Snell said, but right-wing alignment.
2. John dean - Ok… do you think the doj is giving the US(maga)citizens a chance to get ready for indictments? John said even after Nixons resigned, people still believed he was innocent. Ok so we are at a point of time (as compared to Nixon)where maybe, as these little pieces are leaking(fox News lying) and some republicans not backing him for the election.. I think doj maybe waiting to cushion the maga followers. With all information at our fingertips at all times? Not like with Nixon, where we were depended on the media.. all I have to say is.. either or, indictments happen or don’t there will be a uprising. Our mission should be to help the maga people after they start to question tfg and his lies. I hope they can see(soon) the truth.
3. Heroic American Citizen - I would never have been able to discern a piece of this world your speak of had you not been willing to share your insights & experiences. You’ve given me so much to think about and your guests on the show always exceed my expectations. Your are proof that failing & having a door closed behind you doesn’t mean it’s the end. If you’re smart, work hard, greater & better things will happen. You have certainly met those expectations and beyond. And thank you for fighting the weaponization of trumps justice system. You are a heroic American citizen.
4. Sad story, Harry Dunn! - When we talk about patriotism in U.S., we talk about veterans as heros. But when it comes to our domestic turf, there is relative silence about the violence & trauma inflicted upon D.C. police officers This betrayal was committed on the far left & far right. This was a black police officer beaten by far white supremacists. So much for BLM. It was collective silence on both sides. Elected officials are also, ‘disgraceful’ as Michael suggests. As someone w/ PTSD, I’m just so sad … Can we do better as a country?
5. Get over yourself - Karma doesn’t look kindly on people like you…get over it.
If you really want to make a difference and atone for your misdeeds, why don’t you use your legal knowledge to work with groups like the Innocence Project and bring to light and stop real travesties of justice like what happened to Steven Donziger??
6. Rule of Law - Trump will never face justice. This prolonged circus will lead nowhere. Tired of the “this is it we got him”. Untouchable How many poor people have had their day in court, served time and tried to get their lives in order and Trump plays golf on our dime? GOP cut his benefits and the debt debacle is over. Three Saudi golf deals, he plays, we pay. First visit as POTUS sealed that deal.
7. A Convicted Criminal As A Hero? - Remember this man is a convicted felon. Before that, he was an abusive bully in the service of another criminal, one Donald J Trump. People like Michael Cohen will do and say anything to come out on top. This is quite a warped society when this criminal can be a frequent guest on MSNBC and host his own podcast with respectable guests. This is shameful.
8. Don’t do it! - Michael, I have been a fan of you since you spoke to congress. I never miss a podcast. Please don’t put your name in the ring for president. It is not in the best interest of the country nor you. Listen to your guest Jack C. Who said put your voice behind Biden…..that’s where we need you. Not in the OvalOffice. Keep speaking out…..
9. Michael Cohen for president? - I think not. Remind yourself who you served for many years. The USA needs clean, likeable, intelligent, empathetic people to run its country - you most certainly do NOT qualify and your continually putting your name forward, whether in jest or in earnest is laughable. Yes, you have come clean on your part in the matter but power corrupts and you most certainly do not have the strength of character to resist any temptation that the circumstance of this office undoubtedly brings with it. You are better as a behind the scenes (regardless of the number of social media followers you have) support act to help push things in the right direction. You should not be surprised or disappointed to hear this - but should consider yourself very lucky and privileged to be in such a fortunate position.
10. Go get ‘em, Michael! - Honestly my favorite part are his opening speeches before the guests come on. I wish he’d have Norm Eisen on like twice a month! Seriously I learn a $hitload listening to this podcast. Entertaining, thought-provoking, not for your Midwestern mom! OK Michael, quit interrupting people and you’d get . stars!
11. Stop talking! - Let your guests speak and stop taking so much time on your own opinions. Your guests are amazing, we don’t need to hear you repeat your opinions for the umpteenth time. You were doing so good but now you’re back to talking about your old issues for the umpteenth time. You just spent minutes pretending you’re running for president and screaming about flat tires. You sounded as nuts as Trump.
12. Not acceptable - The name in vain -f-word is totally unacceptable! Not the least funny, highly offensive.
One misspent crack can lose a listener permanently. Nevermore Maher. Earlier post.Look, if we are going to do podcasts, SOMEBODY OBJECTIVE has to listen before you hit the street. It’s like---does this make me look fat? Or...you’re not wearing that out, right? Michael is screaming. Death defying scream...in my earbud......in my ear canal. Advance forward several minutes...he’s still screaming. C'mon...it hurts —I want to listen. THE FIRE BELL BELONGS IN A BOXING ARENA. Please, listen to yourself with earbuds. See what it sounds like. Mea Culpa is very good otherwise.
13. Jan episode is the absolute worst - That woman cannot be understood. Why would you bother to publish the high speed ramblings of a millennial moron. Even slowing down the audio made it more painful to listen to. People who talk that way are evidence that our school systems have failed us, Michael, you owe us an apology for this one. Please do not ever again have Ms.Moore waste our time with her unintelligible babble Dennis Burnham
14. Love this podcast - I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this podcast. I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Cohen. I admire him for standing up to Trump and all the Trump loonies. I do have a question. Will President Biden ever pardon Mr. Cohen? He certainly deserves full vindication. If a pardon can be done, do we need to start a movement to get it done?
15. You owe Keith an apology - You have wonderful guests, and these discussions are very interesting and important. However, you owe Keith Olbermann an apology. To opine that all he talks about is dogs is patently false. He provides his usual insight on issues of the day with a sense of humor. You are the worst person in the world on the day you made that snide comment. Istill like your podcast but get real
16. Honest and Raw - Michael tells a fascinating and at the same time disturbing person on the ground account of who Donald Trump really is!! His truthful owning of his complicity and now genuine need for redemption is compelling. Riveting and Honest!! A must listen before you cast your ballot for this election
17. Great podcast Michael - Michael, Did you ever think you’re relationship with Donald Trump was a gift given to you. You were with him for a long time. You gained so much knowledge about him. Then, you were framed and sent to jail. You looked inside and decided you needed to change. And you did. You must have had good parents who influenced you more than you thought. You must have a good wife who is loyal to you. And, now you have this wonderful podcast that is educating so many people. I think you have NOTHING to be sorry for. Guilt should not be shame. It is a lesson learned. People make error’s and are wiser for that. I love listening to your podcast. I am a year old woman, and I recommend it to my kids and grandkids. You are a big asset to our country. Thank you.
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.
Release date: 2023-03-05
1. Surveillance Capitalism - Al, One idea I had, leasing to this podcast, to possible solve this issue and possible others is to establish term limits to the house and the senate. For example I will propose - terms for the house. Since the serve or get re-elected every two years. Senate should be two terms since they get re-elected every years. I believe that if in & years you can not move the country forward, you are not working for the people. I would love if u could examine the possibility of term limits to solve this problem.
2. Excellent guests, constantly talked over - Love the variety, expertise and depth of each podcast. Just annoyed by how Al gathers these experts just to constantly interrupt them. He is not anywhere near as qualified to discuss the topics as the guests and he frequently interrupts them mid-sentence. He has been out of office for five years, his reminiscing about those years has no bearing on current events (except to toot his own horn). This latest episode about surveillance technology made that painfully clear. Please let the experts talk!
3. Surveillance Capitalism- a MUST listen - I now understand this! (at least a little, which is better than not at all). And it is so important in so many ways that are essential to democracy, climate change, etc. and I appreciate the hopefulness of the guests and I appreciate Al’s interviewing skills in asking for explanations, which helped a lot
4. Is okay, but… - It feels like it’s the same topic every week: how did the Republican Party become what it is today and how long they’ve been scheming. We all know by now. Talk about what we can DO about it. Also, Al needs new jokes and stories instead of telling the same ones over and over again.
5. Julia Ioffe - Al you did an excellent job with this knowledgeable but sarcastic and hugely bitter guest. She is getting to the point that she no longer tries to hide it. What Ms Ioffe does not realise is that her attitude comes through loud and clear and she will not further her cause by behaving this way.
6. Repetition - Hello I really enjoy your podcast and it is interesting and provocative with great guests. My only complaint is the repetitious lame joke on every podcast that this is really good….for a change. This is not funny and is boorish and insulting much akin to some of the old David Letterman repetitive jokes where he kept repeating a punch line even if there was no laughter! (I.e. academy award show). Please stop so I can continue to enjoy your interesting podcast!
7. Always full of hope - and heart. For a change. - I love this podcast. Al brilliantly calls out the ironies and the exasperations of our current life in America. Al is a national treasure. His comedic gifts and his indispensable service to our nation as a Senator and USO entertainer are examples of the very best anyone can contribute to our country. And he’s a good interviewer!
8. Awful - Just an awful human being, as it turns out. No woman should listen to this man, and any man who likes him should acknowledge the misogyny they like about this jerk. He also joyfully played the part of ‘gay’ man in the most stereotypical way possible on SNL. Think about who is hosting your fave podcast. What does it mean about YOU?
9. Thoughtful podcasts - I’ve always been an Al Franken fan and thought he was a breath of fresh air while in congress. I was disappointed he rescinded his office and hope he decides to run again and get back into the fight for the little guys. I enjoy his interviews on his podcast and the varied guests. He asks the questions we all wish we could ask. A good podcast……for a change.
10. Loss - I resisted listening to this week’s episode because we are approaching Christmas which makes me miss my loved ones who have passed. I’m glad I listened, even with the tears streaming down my face, because the main message I received wasn’t about the pain of loss, but how the love stays with you.
11. I love you Al! - I had a child die in . This episode spoke to me in ways I couldn’t describe. Thank you for giving me ongoing years of healing laughter. I especially loved your setting up Secret Santa in the Senate. And to this day I rewatch Stuart Smally and boom I laugh til I cry. Thank you for that. I have three surviving daughters and yes we are so loving and careful with one another. You are one of my heroes dear Al from Patty Peebles of Bluefield West Virginia.
12. Great podcast, but bad choice of sponsor - Cecile Richards and David Axelrod were excellent choices for your first live broadcast, but your choice of a new sponsor was not. Please check them out with your favorite neurologist. There have been no peer-reviewed controlled double-blinded studies showing their product (or any of the others touted in TV commercials), often by celebrities, does anything to help either prevent cognitive loss nor alleviate the symptoms. In my opinion as a physician with an Alzheimer’s patient in her family, to continue with this sponsor is a disservice to your public, so I downrated your show for that reason alone.
13. Nov recording, live audience - Just listened to this podcast, aired Nov . Great show. Your guests(Axelrod, Richards) were very clear (I.e. the mics), but Al was not. His sound was muffled and distant, and at times the sound level reduced, as if the mic got covered. I like the show, but want to hear it all. Thanks for the work you do. Please make sure we can enjoy it.
14. SOME OF THE BEST POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS I EVER HEARD. - EPISODE , was aired Oct. , , an interview with MI Sec. of State Jocelyn Benson and Journalist Ari Berman. It was (pleasantly) unusual that two unique and involved and a surprise that even at one point the two guest started directly questioning and discussing with each other in a positive and informative way. Al forced both guest to ‘get more real,’ and it was cool that both guest had some substance, research, and experience to offer. Everybody learned something (hopefully). …I learned a few things anyhow. Not to mention itt was ‘pleasantly unusual’ that decent time was allowed for all not like mainstream News. Mr. Franken (aka, Al) broke though some of the…he broke some some of the initial ‘pretenses’ of each guest. Told the journalist he didn’t want to hear about his implied job disaffection. Asked the Sec. of State if anyone attended her seemingly remote and bureaucratic Education Information Sessions. Al wanted the Sec. of State and others to be MORE PUBLIC AND CLEAR. Al’s
point was it’s insane — and treasonous to say the elections were fraudulent. Demanded that we constantly demand THE PROOF/ SPECIFIC EVIDENCE from those who make these false accusations. The Sidney Powell (VIP coup promoter) example was good, what she had done, her court case, etc. -stars! And I look forward to EPISODE .
15. How I miss Franken in the Senate - Al Franken is smart and funny. He is a great interviewer, and I always learn something new. We saw his show (The Only Former Senator Currently on Tour tour) in DC recently. Just reminded me what a decent guy he is and how heartbroken I remain about his impulsive ouster from the Senate, which his former colleagues now regret. COME BACK, Al!
16. Copywriter needed - In the episode, what it sounds like is that the MI Sec. Of State Jocelyn Benson and her team need is a copywriter to condense the message into a few words that will have a greater impact for the average person. Too many words dilute the message that there was no fraud in the election. Al Franken was right in urging her to make a strong, bold, and short statement with maybe facts to back it up. Just my thoughts!
17. Will Bunch - As a white doc in the rust belt married to another white doc in a low paying primary care field the cost of college isn’t all about race as the podcast with Will Bunch suggests As first in my family to go to college I can assure you that I inherited nothing and my husband and I support his mother. Al please less focus on race and more on SES as a means to solve America’s polarization and biggest problems My kids are going to college in Europe because it’s cheaper than Ohio State
Join former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara as he breaks down legal topics in the news and engages thought leaders in a podcast about power, policy, and justice. From CAFE and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
Release date: 2023-03-02
1. A podcast that educates and entertains. - If you're looking for an informative podcast, I suggest "Stay Tuned with Preet." It is one of my favorite shows. The show is hosted by Preet Bharara, who covers a wide range of topics in a fun and accessible way. One thing I appreciate about the show is that it's not surface-level topics. Instead, Preet Bharara and his guests dive deep into current affairs. And Preet injects humor into their conversations, making complex issues more lighthearted. Overall, I recommend "Stay Tuned with Preet" to anyone looking for a well-produced, engaging, and relevant podcast.
2. Maybe you can make this happen ;-) - Stay Tuned continues to be insightful and, I daresay by now, influential? I'd like to make the following suggestion, germane to the Santos Circus: Santos (he seems to be gifted, like Zelig) should become the official Congressional House Jester, paid by the Republicons (not the US Taxpayer), but no longer able to cast a vote or be on a Congressional committee. He shall put on a show, in drag, every week and make both sides of the aisle laugh. Meanwhile his "constituents" on Long Island must get their act together and have a new election for someone to occupy his former seat ASAP.
3. th January - Ask Preet… I’d like to hear more about the Holman Rule now that the House has reinstated it. Cutting funding to federal agencies and cuts to individual wages/ spending.
Argle-Bargle, nonsense, confusion, absurd ways… Thanks Preet love your cast, though I miss Joyce when she’s absent.
4. My favorite - I usually start the day with NPR News and NPR’s Up First to get a quick update on the world. But I then, if there is a new Stay Tuned or Cafe Insider episode, that is my next stop. Always interesting, informative and fair. Cafe Insider is one of my few paid Podcast subscriptions, just because of my life-long frugality, but Cafe is worth it.
5. Jonathan Swan - This interview highlights just how disconnected from reality the world around him and his contacts are - it must be very disconcerting - no-one around me - mr and mrs average - is even remotely surprised by the results of the mid terms - WAKE UP America - the republicans are taking you down the road to fascism and people like this Australian are completely affected by it and wrapped up in their own ego.
6. You've got my back! - Every Monday morning I wake up and think about what I have to accomplish in the coming week, and then I remember that there will be several podcasts from the Cafe Insider dropping during the week, giving me something to look forward to every single day. Keep on keepin' on. I can't do without this.
7. Al Franken Interview - This is my favorite political podcast. Have a bone to pick today, . Al Franken complained about Dem messaging-it doesn't fit on a bumper sticker. However, Al could not come up with even one succinct message. When asked a question, he went on and on good info, but not good "messaging." I'm tired of complaints about messaging when no one does better. What is the bumper sticker meassge, Al and Preet? Don't pass the buck.
8. Always Thoughtful - The thing about Preet is that he's not a shouter or bomb thrower trying to get attention with outrageous or inflammatory statements and opinions. Preet and his guests are always respectful, knowledgeable and careful. If you are looking for that kind of information then sign up! You won't regret it.
9. Verbal ticks.. - Hello Preet You have a terrific podcast and I thank you for that. Just a comment on Marc Leibovitz’s tendency to answer questions with “why not”… Marc Leibovitz also answers with “yeah no”. He does this more than anyone I’ve ever listened to. It’s sort of strange, very noncommittal, and sometimes quite confusing. (Are you going to the store? Answer: yeah no.)! Take care, Elizabeth
10. Civil, informative discussions by renowned experts - Calm, civil, and insightful discussion by renowned legal experts about topics that are critical to our democracy. The discussions are in depth and technical yet clearly explained, so are informative and understandable for non-lawyers as well as for those who have legal training.
11. Too Precious Preet - First ever podcast review, but had to after listening to that Marc Leibovitch interview. First, this is basic: Preet, dude, stop interrupting your guests. Ask a question, wait for the answer. Pretty easy. You are literally cutting off your guests, mid answer, to answer your own question, before your guest gets a crack at it. Secondly, the navel gazing is brutal, hard to listen to an accomplished individual fishing so hard for compliments. Lastly, get out of your own way - my man, you have a unique professional experience, interesting takes, and plenty to say, but drop the comedian in training act. You are not particularly funny, I suspect you’ve just been around subordinates who felt they had to laugh at your jokes. Don’t ask your show interns or producers, neither will be honest. This is a blind spot for you that comes off as a bit clueless and definitely entitled.
12. Libraries have better security systems - Obviously, even libraries take better care of their books than our government cares for our national security documents. You need a library card. The library knows who has each book, and how long you have had it, and when it is due. Some reference books must remain inside the library. Libraries usually have stamps or some marker on the book that it is the property of the public library. For national security, from what you have said, the documents are marked. But imagine any person, rich or poor, high politician, or CEO even, pulling a truck up to a public library to load up boxes of books to take to their private residence. Even if it happened during the night, do you think the authorities would keep playing, "Oh pretty please. Will you give us back our books? They don't belong to you."
I see security around what is supposed to be our most "vital" security, an utter and complete failure--no, a joke. I wouldn't trust the people who use this system to watch my dog. As I listen to all of you talk as though this just "happens" because Trump is so "exceptional" I just shake my head. No, what is exceptional are all the government officials, lawyers, and talking heads, who don't find the substance in the fact that these documents were ever able to leave their "secure" areas, by boxes full, no less, from the gitgo. Imagine a jewelry store owner or the Smithsonian, allowing you to take out anything you wanted, even in hundreds of boxes. No. Tell the truth. We have no security to protect our national security. Period. The only ones not allowed access are working people. I am sure I couldn't get in, nor anyone I know. This is as much about class and privilege, as it is about national security.
13. Preet interviewing Mark Leibovitch - In this podcast, it almost seemed as though Preet had a score to settle with Leibovitch, or that he envied his success on the book tour. Preet started by revealing a private opinion offered by Leibovitch before taping, which set the stage for a series of gotcha questions. Then Preet, who regularly displays numerous verbal oddities, critiqued Leibovitch’s verbal mannerisms. It felt oddly personal and opportunistic. Leibovitch seemed puzzled and caught off guard that he was being repeatedly cornered in what should have been a cordial experience. Not a good showing for Preet.
14. The Decade that Was - The highlights from the interviews were excellent. My top three are: . George Packer - Why the USA is almost a failed state; . Isabel Wilkerson’s example of college students concluding it would take $ million to get them to be Black for years as evidence that white people do understand the economic costs of being black. . Zanny Minton Beddoes’ observation that the damage from Covid to the least skilled & lowest paid in the USA combined with some politicians’ focus on only the stock market’s success is a formula for disruption & unrest
15. Love your Podcast - Hi, I’ve listened to your show for months but finally signed up & am enjoying having more information from you than your free podcast. You have some of the best guests that are so knowledgeable & I know I am receiving true information. Thank you for the clarification of our laws, court decisions & breaking news. The Sec. of Energy was so knowledgeable & uplifting about what American is planning to do about Climate Change. Keep up the great work!!!!