Pod Save America

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Pod Save America
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"A no-bullshit conversation about politics."
Hosted byJon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor
GenrePolitical commentary, interview
FormatTwice weekly (Monday and Thursday)
Length41-82 minutes
Preceded byKeepin' it 1600
Original releaseJanuary 2017 – present
ProviderCrooked Media
Related showsPod Save the People, Lovett or Leave It, With Friends Like These, Pod Save the World, Crooked Conversations, Majority 54, Keep It
WebsitePod Save America

Pod Save America is an American progressive political podcast produced and distributed by Crooked Media. The podcast debuted in January 2017 and airs twice weekly, with the Monday edition hosted by former Barack Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor and Jon Lovett, and the Thursday edition by Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer.[1][2][3][4]

It is the flagship podcast of Crooked Media, the progressive media company founded by Favreau, Vietor and Lovett.[5] The show averages more than 1.5 million listeners an episode, and had been downloaded more than 120 million times by November 2017.[6]

History[edit | edit source]

The podcast debuted in January 2017 as a successor to Keepin' it 1600, a political podcast produced by Bill Simmon's The Ringer and hosted by Favreau, Vietor, Lovett and Pfeiffer which ran from March to December 2016. Pod Save America maintained the basic format of its predecessor.[7]

In an interview with Recode's Kara Swisher, the hosts have stated that, rather than continue the previous podcast, the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States spurred them to create a new, progressive media company with a network of podcasts. Their goal is to inform, entertain, and inspire action or activism.[8]

Tour[edit | edit source]

Crooked Media took the podcast on its first live tour, Pod Tours America, in the fall of 2017. Live shows were recorded and released as podcasts.[9] An international tour, Pod Tours the World, was announced for 2018, with live shows in Stockholm, Oslo, Amsterdam and London.[10]

Content[edit | edit source]

The podcast typically covers recent news items relating to politics, including the Trump administration, the US government and the Democratic Party, as well as leftwing grassroots activism.[11]

The show typically features interviews with politicians, activists and journalists. Notably, the podcast conducted Obama's last interview as president.[12] Other guests have included Hillary Clinton[13] and senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Chris Murphy. Guests are often referred to as 'friends of the pod'.[14]

Reception[edit | edit source]

The show averages more than 1.5 million listeners an episode, and had been downloaded more than 120 million times by November 2017.[6]

The New York Times described the podcast as "one of the big breakout hits of the nascent resistance movement",[2] and "the left’s answer to conservative talk radio... with a shoestring budget and no organizational backing, its hosts seem to have created something that liberals have spent almost two decades, and hundreds of millions of dollars, futilely searching for".[6]

The San Francisco Chronicle called it "one of the nation’s most popular podcasts".[15] GQ called it one of the "most popular strategies for coping with the looming death of the republic".[16]

Newsweek wrote that the show's hosts "do something far more rare [than political analysis], which is to make politics entertaining and even fun, without ever downplaying what they see as the threat posed to American democracy by the man elected to defend it."[17]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Gillies, Craille Maguire (January 18, 2017). "Pod save America: 12 podcasts to get you through the Trump presidency". The Guardian. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rutenberg, Jim (2017-03-20). "Opposition and a Shave: Former Obama Aides Counter Trump". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  3. Willis, Jay (2017-04-06). "The Pod Save America Guys Have Some Ideas About What President Obama Should Do Next". GQ. Retrieved 2017-06-11. 
  4. "CROOKED MEDIA FIGHTS TRUMP WITH "POD SAVE AMERICA"". Newsweek. 2017-03-26. Retrieved 2017-06-11. 
  5. Wilstein, Matt (2017-01-09). "The 'Keepin' It 1600' Guys Launch Crooked Media to Counter Trump". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Zengerle, Jason. "The Voices in Blue America's Head". Retrieved 2017-11-22. 
  7. "'Keeping It 1600' Podcast's Obama Alums Launch New Show and 'Crooked Media' Company". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  8. "Live @ SXSW: Crooked Media and Kara Swisher". Crooked Media. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  9. "Pod Save America announces nationwide tour". Consequence of Sound. 2017-08-16. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  10. "Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It are coming to London in January, here's how to get tickets". The List. 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  11. Sawyer, Miranda (2017-03-19). "The week in radio: Pod Save America; The Long View". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  12. Verdier, Hannah (2017-01-26). "Pod Save America – the podcast that won Obama's last interview". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  13. "Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump 'is a clear and present danger to America'". The Independent. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  14. "Podcasts are becoming the left's right-wing talk radio". VICE News. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  15. "'Pod Save America' about to take its next step". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  16. Willis, Jay (2017-04-06). "The 'Pod Save America' Guys Gave Donald Trump His Best, Weirdest Nickname Yet". GQ. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  17. "How the Crooked Media trio is taking on Donald Trump with "Pod Save America"". Newsweek. 2017-03-26. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 

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