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 May 31, 2019

 Nov 8, 2018


<p>October's mini-series, hosted by Mala Muñoz and Diosa Femme, will explore the nuances and complexities of self-care, community care, healthyrelationships, and the psychology behind it all. This show will highlight the work of communityactivists, artists, collectives, and healers, while emphasizing the importance of onlinecommunities that transform into in-real-life spaces for healing and growth. The objective of thismini-series is to research the ways in which marginalized folks heal themselves, heal theircommunities and provide listeners with the tools to practice self-care, radical self-love, and takecontrol of their lives.</p>

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Surviving to Thriving | Me, My Self-Care & I
This week, Diosa and Mala sit down with culturemakers and artists of the Cumbiaton Collective. This nationwide party collective is creating healing on the dancefloor and through their production, prioritizing and uplifting joy and movement as a tool for resistance. On this episode, Diosa and Mala will examine the ways art and music heals and cares for communities.
Oct 16, 2019
Self-Care as Community Care | Me, My Self-Care, and I
October's mini-series, hosted by Mala Muñoz and Diosa Femme, will explore the nuances and complexities of self-care, community care, healthy relationships, and the psychology behind it all. In the first episode the two hosts share their own experiences working with trauma survivors and the impact it had on their definitions of self-care. They are then joined by therapist & poet Thea Monye to discuss who is given access to self-care, selfhood for people of color and how we can shift the conversation of self-care to community care.
Oct 09, 2019
State of Conspiracy | The QAnon Effect
What happens when the President of the United States is the inspiration for today's most passionate group of conspiracy theorist? In the final episode of State of Conspiracy, Professor Olmsted talks to Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer to dissect the conspiracy theory known as QAnon and the real danger it poses on the future of our democracy.
Sep 25, 2019
State of Conspiracy | Covert Wickedness
In this week's episode of State of Conspiracy Prof. Olmsted is joined by Jon Ronson. Jon is a journalist and filmmaker whose own passion for studying conspiracies has inspired him to infiltrate secret societies and come face to face with some of the most prominent conspiracy theorists. They discuss what inspires conspiracy theorists and whether those at the top know how much damage they are doing.
Sep 18, 2019
State of Conspiracy | Fringe to Mainstream
What happens when a conspiracy theory turns out to be true? This week on State of Conspiracy, Professor Kathryn Olmsted is joined by Kevin Kruse, professor of history at Princeton University. Together, they explore the ways the media and historical events of the 60s onwards contributed to an increasing mistrust in both government and media. They explore some of the most absurd cases of government conspiracies that ended up being true and how those revelations changed the trajectory of how Americans and politicians question the truth today.
Sep 11, 2019
State of Conspiracy | Conspirator in Chief
Are lizard people real? Was 9/11 an inside job? Is the government really out to get you? We can't conclusively answer those questions, but we will be exploring these topics in September's series, State of Conspiracy. State of Conspiracy is hosted by Professor Kathryn Olmsted a professor of History at UC Davis and scholar of conspiracy theories. This week, Professor Olmsted sits down with author Anna Merlan to discuss how Donald Trump successfully used conspiracy theories to gain national attention and get elected and why the surge in government conspiracy theories today may less funny and more insidious than we think.
Sep 04, 2019
Rigging North Carolina | The Re-do
In the final episode of Rigging North Carolina, Shaniqua McClendon is joined by Dan McCready. He shares what was going through his mind as the news of election fraud broke and a new election was called. We hear more about his platform, what he believes his opponent Dan Bishop stands for and what's at stake in this upcoming election.
Aug 28, 2019
Rigging North Carolina | The Hearing
In February of 2019 the North Carolina State Board of Elections heard testimony from many of the people who played a key role in the election fraud that tainted Dan McCready and Mark Harris's historic midterm election. The three day hearing ended with a surprise turn of events that led Republican Mark Harris to finally call for a new election. Shaniqua McClendon talks to two people who were in the room. Marc Elias represented Dan McCready throughout the election and argued on behalf of the Democratic nominee. Reporter Joe Bruno also shares some of the most shocking moments on the stand.
Aug 21, 2019
Rigging North Carolina | Republican Chokehold
North Carolina has a long history of silencing African American voters, more recently sustained by Republicans in the state that have passed laws with the sole purpose of eliminating their votes. In this episode, Shaniqua McClendon discusses the Republicans' blatant voter suppression efforts with State Representative Pricey Harrison, who’s been trying to find common ground with Republicans, and Marc Elias, a Democratic lawyer who’s spent a lot of his career fighting for voting rights in North Carolina. Together, they search for the root cause of the Republican Party’s chokehold on North Carolina.
Aug 14, 2019
Rigging North Carolina | Stolen Ballots
Leslie McCrae Dowless is a Republican consultant desperate to win. So he did what no one would do: he stole ballots for GOP congressional candidate Mark Harris, creating a scandal in North Carolina's 9th district and one of the biggest election fraud cases in American politics. Shaniqua McClendon, North Carolina native and Crooked's Political Director, speaks with Joe Bruno, the local reporter who broke the story, to walk us through exactly what happened and why it matters.
Aug 07, 2019
Reclaiming Patriotism | Service (ft. Pete Buttigieg & Becky Margiotta)
In the final episode of the series, Ken Harbaugh explores the role of service in our understanding of patriotism. He sits down with Mayor Pete Buttigieg to explore what service means to him and the responsibilities that elected officials have to individuals who sign up for military service. But first, Ken talks to Becky Margiotta, a veteran of an elite special operations unit and founder of the social advocacy group The Billions Institute. Ken talks to Becky Margiotta about the importance of inclusivity in service.
Jul 24, 2019
Reclaiming Patriotism | Reckoning (ft. Gen. Stanley McChrystal & Mike Washington)
This week, Ken Harbaugh sits down with two people who have had to reckon with both the historical and personal implications of patriotism. His first guest, Mike Washington, has had to make sense of his patriotism as both a veteran and as a father who lost his son to the war in Afghanistan. Then, he talks to retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal about reckoning with the impact of both his decisions and the missions he was assigned while leading US and international forces in Afghanistan.
Jul 17, 2019
Reclaiming Patriotism | Dissent (ft. Reps Barbara Lee & Max Rose)
In the second episode of Reclaiming Patriotism Ken Harbaugh reflects on the role of dissent in our understanding of patriotism. Ken talks to Representative Barbara Lee who was the sole vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force after the attacks on September 11th. Together they reflect on her decision and the courage that it took to be the only opposing vote. But first, Ken sits down with Congressman Max Rose to talk about the lessons he took away from dissenters that came before him while serving in both the military and Congress.
Jul 10, 2019
Reclaiming Patriotism | Intro (ft. Jon Favreau & Tammy Duckworth)
For July's Crooked Mini series "Reclaiming Patriotism", former Navy pilot and Congressional candidate Ken Harbaugh will be sitting down with a range of guests to discuss what patriotism means in the United States in 2019. In the first episode, Ken is joined by Jon Favreau who discusses his own sense of patriotism and how he saw Obama's love of country questioned during his time as president. Then, Senator Tammy Duckworth shares how patriotism informed her experiences serving in the military and in both the US House of Representatives and the Senate.
Jul 03, 2019
Pride on Screen | Trans Visibility
In the fourth and final episode of Pride on Screen we break down how the media depicts trans folx. Tre’vell Anderson is first joined by Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of Transgender Representation. Nick provides fascinating updates of the numbers of trans men and women we see on screen today and why that matters. Then, writer Shar Jossell and producer Zackary Drucker sit down with Tre’vell and they get into the impact of movies like Boys Don't Cry and shows from Transparent to Pose.
Jun 26, 2019
Pride on Screen | Bi+ Visibility
For the third installment of June's Pride on Screen series Tre’vell Anderson is joined by writer Clarkeisha Kent and Derrick Lemos, host of the podcast Mansplain Yourself. They share the characters in film and TV that have brought nuance to Bi+ representation. They also discuss the ways the media contributes to bisexual erasure and what Pride means to them.
Jun 19, 2019
Pride on Screen | Lesbian Visibility
As part of June’s Pride on Screen series Tre’vell Anderson is sitting down with some of the great minds in the LGBTQ+ community to talk about iconic moments in film and TV that changed the course of representation on screen. This week, we talk lesbian visibility with Trish Bendix of Into magazine and Karen Tongson, a professor of gender and sexuality studies at USC, who discuss the characters and scenes that impacted their lives and what they hope to see in the future.
Jun 12, 2019
Pride on Screen | Gay Visibility
Tre’vell Anderson, Director of Culture and Entertainment for Out Magazine, kicks off the first episode in a new series looking back at notable LGBTQ+ moments in film and television. Tre'vell is first joined by Jon Lovett. They discuss a moment in television that impacted Jon's life and imagine what a more inclusive future could look like. Then, Tre'vell is joined by legendary actor Darryl Stephens and Jeffrey Masters, host of the podcast LGBTQ&A, to take a look at gay men on screen and discuss how these representations have impacted them, and us, in real life.
Jun 05, 2019
Introducing: Crooked Minis
June's series, "Pride on Screen", hosted by Tre’vell Anderson, director of culture and entertainment at Out Magazine, launches Wednesday, 6/5.  Crooked Minis takes a step back from the chaotic breaking news to offer a new series every month that explores an issue or event that reflects cultural, political, or societal changes in America and need more than a 10-minute conversation and a split-second news cycle to unpack.
Jun 03, 2019
On The Brink: Changing The Face of Politics
In the last episode of On The Brink, Julissa is joined by Sayu Bhojwani, Founder and President of New American Leaders. New American Leaders works to build the power and potential of first and second generation Americans to run for office. They discuss the importance of immigrants to American democracy and what the “For the People Act” or H.R.1 could do to address systemic barriers to voting.
Mar 27, 2019
On The Brink: Revolutionizing Fitness for Adaptive Athletes
As part of her ongoing series for Women’s History Month, Julissa Arce talks to Stephanie Hammerman. Hammerman is the owner of Hammer Driven Fitness, a functional fitness-focused gym. They talk about how best to demystify the myths surrounding Cerebral Palsy and how Hammerman has adapted to her life since having been born with CP. She talks about her fitness journey and what inspires her.
Mar 20, 2019
On The Brink: Winning a Nobel Peace Prize
Julissa Arce sits down with Amanda Nguyen to discuss her work with Rise, a non-profit fighting for the civil rights of sexual assault survivors. Amanda shares how the organization has helped pass 20 laws and what it means to her to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Mar 13, 2019
On the Brink: Running a Presidential Campaign
To celebrate Women’s History Month, Crooked contributor Julissa Arce is sitting down with women on the brink of making history. This week she is joined by Maya Rupert. Rupert is only the 3rd black woman to run a presidential campaign, and if successful she would help elect the first Latino President of the United States. They discuss her career path and what she hopes to inspire in others.
Mar 06, 2019
What did Alyssa Mastromonaco learn from trusting her gut?
Jon Favreau talks to Alyssa Mastromonaco about her new book “So Here’s The Thing…“, a book of reflections, essays and interviews on everything from politics and career to motherhood, sisterhood and making relationships in the age of social media. Alyssa then reads a chapter from the book which you can pre-order now!
Feb 27, 2019
How can we stop the rise of antisemitism?
This week Rabbi Brous, senior rabbi at IKAR, is joined by Eric Ward, the Executive Director of Western States Center, to discuss the rise of antisemitism and its ties to white nationalism.
Feb 20, 2019
What is the influence of Black voices in media and television?
Winter Minisee sits down with Louis Carr, President of Media Sales for BET Networks, to discuss what inspired him to work in the world of media and advertising and what the future of BET looks like within the changing media landscape.
Feb 15, 2019
What did the media get wrong about 21 Savage’s detention by ICE?
This week, Julissa Arce discusses the detention of Atlanta rapper 21 Savage. She is joined first by immigration activist Astrid Silva who breaks down the recent developments in the case. Then, Julissa sits down with Jonathan Jayes-Green, co-founder and director of Undocublack, to discuss what the media got wrong reporting on the case, as well as Jonathan’s own experience living at the intersection of being black and undocumented in the United States. Read more about this issue in a piece by Julissa at
Feb 13, 2019
How do we get dark money out of politics?
Kiran Deol, co-host of Crooked’s Hysteria, talks to documentary filmmaker Kim Reed about the making of the Oscar short-listed film Dark Money, a political thriller which explores the impact of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections.
Jan 30, 2019
Why aren't there more women of color in fine arts?
Julissa Arce is joined by Jazmín Morales, a classical musician based in Los Angeles who runs the Fortissima fellowship for young female musicians of color. Together they discuss the lack of diversity currently found in fine arts and the classical music world, what is being done to challenge that and what it means to have role models that look like you.
Jan 23, 2019
How do we address inequality in cities like San Francisco?
Mayor Michael Tubbs is joined by Matt Haney, Supervisor-Elect to San Francisco’s 6th District, to discuss Haney's decision to run for office, his work as a San Francisco Unified School Board member, and what it means to enact change on a local level.
Jan 16, 2019
What is the impact of Trump’s presidency on Dreamers?
In a two-part conversation, Julissa Arce is first joined by Jin Park. Park is a recent Harvard graduate and a DACA recipient, the first undocumented student to win the Rhodes Scholarship. They discuss their shared experience of being undocumented in America and what it means for Park if he accepts the invitation to study at Oxford. Julissa is then joined by Kamal Essaheb, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the National Immigration Law Center. They discuss the current DACA battle in the courts and what can be done to challenge Trump on immigration.
Jan 09, 2019
What’s it like to work on a campaign?
Priyanka Aribindi is joined by Tommy Vietor, Crooked Media founder and former Obama National Security Council Spokesman, to discuss how a campaign really works, what it was like to work on President Obama’s senate and presidential campaigns, and how to turn 2020 into your full-time gig.
Dec 26, 2018
Can we beat the right without sacrificing our values?
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) explains why Democrats lose winnable fights with Republicans and what steps they should take to turn things around—the topic of his new essay for
Dec 19, 2018
How are Republicans weaponizing voting?
DeRay Mckesson, activist and host of Pod Save the People, sits down with Ari Berman, senior reporter for Mother Jones and author of Give Us The Ballot, to discuss midterm results, where the country currently stands as it pertains to voting rights and what can be done to change it.
Dec 12, 2018
What can a company do about gun violence?
Winter Minisee sits down with TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie to discuss a recent initiative by the company to send over 700,000 postcards to representatives in Washington DC urging them to support universal background checks to help eradicate gun violence. The company also pledged $5 million to organizations across the country committed to the issue. Winter and Blake discuss what motivated him to get his business involved and how to shift the dialogue in the country around gun ownership and gun violence.
Dec 05, 2018
How much have things really changed since the Civil Rights Movement?
Julissa Arce is joined by D. Watkins, activist, professor and Editor at Large for Salon, to discuss how civil rights have shifted over time and more recently since President Trump and his administration took office.
Nov 28, 2018
How does art affect policy?
Winter Minisee sits down with artist and activist Cleo Barnett of the We The People Campaign and Amplifier to talk about how she uses art to shift public policy and the art that has moved her to take action.
Nov 21, 2018
Why are we scared to talk about periods?
Julissa Arce is joined by Nadya Okamoto, author of the book Period Power, to discuss stigmatization around menstruation and the various ways in which policies surrounding access to tampons & pads could help change the ways women and those who menstruate navigate through the world.
Nov 14, 2018
Who is the Millennial Mayor Reinventing Stockton?
Michael Tubbs joins Symone Sanders to discuss his plan to implement a universal basic income as mayor of Stockton, California. They also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being elected mayor at age 27.
Nov 07, 2018
What can hospitality teach politics?
Priyanka Aribindi interviews Danny Meyer, the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group (Shake Shack, Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, and more), and the author of “Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business,” to discuss hospitality and service—what his restaurants have become known worldwide for—and what politicians and campaigns can learn from his principles to win over voters.
Oct 31, 2018
How do we hold corporations more accountable?
Activist Winter Minisee is joined by Bozoma Saint John, Chief Marketing Officer at Endeavor, to discuss how she's been able to balance her interest in social justice with the mission of the companies she's worked for from Uber to Apple Music.
Oct 24, 2018
Restore the Vote
Brian Beutler speaks to five inmates at San Quentin State Prison about why they and prisoners across the country are forbidden from voting, what the right to vote means to them, and what it should mean to the rest of us. Read their personal essays and learn more at
Oct 17, 2018
Defining Us: What is Latinx power actually like in America?
In the last episode of their special series, Julissa Arce and Grace Parra discuss what it means to be nearing majority status but not hold majority power. They sit down to talk to Ana Valdez from the Latino Donor Collaborative to discuss the economic power of Latinos in the US. Then Julissa talks to Diane Guerrero from Orange Is The New Black to discuss how important it is Latinos get out and vote in November. Don't forget to go to right now, you can pledge to vote and get involved in campaigns going on in your community!
Oct 10, 2018
Defining Us: Why does Latinx representation matter?
Contributors Julissa Arce and Grace Parra explore the role of Latinos in media and entertainment. Then they're joined by prolific journalist Jorge Ramos to discuss his reporting and what he believes is the social responsibility of journalists.
Oct 03, 2018
Defining Us: What's the Latinx contribution to civil rights?
Contributors Julissa Arce and Grace Parra explore the Latinx contribution to civil rights in the United States in this special series for Crooked Conversations. They're joined by one of the leaders of the 1968 East LA school walkouts Moctesuma Esparza, as well as LGBTQ+ youth activist Grace Dolan-Sandrino.
Sep 26, 2018
Defining Us: What does it mean to be Latinx?
In a special series for Crooked Conversations, contributors Julissa Arce and Grace Parra explore and celebrate the Latinx experience in the United States in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. In the first of four conversations, the hosts discuss the history of Latinos in the US and talk to Columbia University professor Ed Morales about the words that Latin-Americans use to define themselves. Then they are joined by spoken word artist Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe who shares her experience growing up Afro-Dominican in New York.
Sep 19, 2018
What can we learn from protesting?
Jon Lovett talks to host of Pod Save the People DeRay Mckesson about the lessons he's learned from protesting and what gives him hope today. Then we hear an audiobook excerpt from his new book “On the Other Side of Freedom” narrated by DeRay.
Sep 12, 2018
Can Elizabeth Warren Save America From Corruption?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Crooked Media’s Editor in Chief Brian Beutler discuss two important new bills she has just introduced: One to save American politics from corruption, and one to save American capitalism from itself.
Sep 05, 2018
Will Kavanaugh be Gen Z's Voldemort?
Our newest Crooked Contributor Winter BreeAnne interviews former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards about how young people can help the fight for reproductive rights, what the Brett Kavanaugh nomination means and how her upbringing in a political home influenced her growing up.
Aug 29, 2018
The World As It Is: Was Benghazi the beginning of Trump?
Ben Rhodes talks to Pod Save America co-host and former U.S. National Security Council spokesperson Tommy Vietor about what the media gets wrong about Benghazi, how that moment led to Trump as president, and what it’s like "running" the Deep State.
Aug 22, 2018
The World As It Is: Why it was such a big deal President Obama visited Cuba
Ben Rhodes talks to former spokesperson for the United States National Security Council Bernadette Meehan about the diplomacy efforts that went into repairing the U.S. - Cuba relationship and why it was such a big deal when Obama visited.
Aug 15, 2018
The World As It Is: From Russia With Treason
Ben Rhodes chats with Former White House Communications Director Jen Psaki about what they knew about Russian interference in 2016 and the impact it’s having around the world, as part of his series “The World As It Is” for Crooked Conversations.
Aug 08, 2018
The World As It Is: Writing for Obama
In a special series for Crooked Conversations, Ben Rhodes takes a deeper dive into some of the issues and themes that he deals with in his memoir "The World As It Is" about his 10 years working as Deputy National Security Adviser to President Obama. In the first of these conversations, Ben talks to Jon Favreau and Cody Keenan about what it was like to write speeches for a president who already had a strong voice.
Aug 01, 2018
What Would Happen If We #AbolishICE?
Julissa Arce is joined by UCLA Law professor Hiroshi Motomura to discuss the origins of ICE, the role it plays in government and whether the movement to abolish ICE is possible. You can read more of Motomura's work in Americans in Waiting and Immigration Outside the Law.
Jul 25, 2018
What if your local post office doubled as your bank?
Crooked Contributor Symone Sanders talks to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about how postal banks can protect people from predatory lenders, what the Supreme Court Justice decision will mean for maternal health and what the immigration detention centers at the border are like.
Jul 18, 2018
Are unions still relevant?
A conversation between host of Majority 54 Jason Kander and Richard Trumka, the president of AFL-CIO, about the importance of unions and how collective action has increased over the past couple years to help working people.​
Jul 11, 2018
What does it mean to call America home?
Julissa Arce is joined by poet and activist Yosimar Reyes to discuss what it means to be undocumented and American on the 4th of July.
Jul 04, 2018
Why should we care about non-unanimous jury verdicts?
Pod Save the People host DeRay Mckesson talks to Oregon Representative Jennifer Williamson about non-unanimous jury verdicts and what’s flawed in our judicial system.
Jun 27, 2018
Can a photo make us care about climate change?
Crooked Contributor Julissa Arce talks to National Geographic photographer Cristina Mittermeier about the role of art in conservation.
Jun 20, 2018
Wanna listen to part of Dan's new book?
Pod Save America co-host Dan Pfeiffer reads an excerpt of his new book "Yes, We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump" out on June 19th and chats with Jon Lovett about the writing process and his favorite moments in the White House.
Jun 13, 2018
Can Donald Trump be impeached?
2865 Editor in Chief Brian Beutler talks to Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe, co-author of To End a Presidency about constitutional law, the history of impeachment, and whether Republicans have made themselves immune from it.
Jun 06, 2018
Will psychology save us?
Jon Lovett talks to Adam Grant, a behavioral psychologist and host of the podcast WorkLife from TED, about how psychology can help us fight groupthink, reach voters, and get politicians to actually agree on policy.
May 30, 2018
What happens after the protest?
Crooked Contributor Julissa Arce talks to founder of IssueVoter Maria Yuan and co-creator of the Occupy Wall Street protests Micah White about what constituents can do after protests to make lasting change.
May 23, 2018
What do millennials think about politics?
Crooked Contributor Symone Sanders talks to Harvard’s Director of Polling John Della Volpe and Student Chair Teddy Landis about what the polls tell us about voter participation, gun reform, #metoo, immigration and other key issues.
May 16, 2018
Can RBG do more pushups than you?
Crooked Contributor Erin Ryan talks to Betsy West and Julie Cohen, co-directors of RBG, a new documentary that profiles the life of the great Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.​
May 09, 2018
How do you do a late night show in the Trump-era?
Host of Pod Save The People DeRay Mckesson talks to Robin Thede, host of The Rundown on BET, about how late-night has changed since Trump became president.​
May 02, 2018
Why are Republicans beating Democrats at the Internet?
Crooked Contributor Symone Sanders talks to Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA, about how Democratic super pacs are investing in digital ads and pulling out of TV, as well as what this means for the midterms in advance of 2020.
Apr 25, 2018
Can we have medicare for all?
Pod Save America co-host Jon Favreau talks to Andy Slavitt, the board chairman of the United States of Care, and Adam Gaffney, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and secretary of the advocacy organization Physicians for a National Health Program about what it will take to get medicare for all and what factors need to be considered to get to single payer.​
Apr 18, 2018
We have to march for science now?!
A conversation between Crooked Contributor Erin Ryan and Dr. Caroline Weinberg about organizing the March for Science and what the threats to science actually are.
Apr 11, 2018
What does Tony Goldwyn have to do with gerrymandering?
A conversation between Crooked Contributor Symone Sanders and actor and activist Tony Goldwyn about gerrymandering and the importance of state legislatures.
Apr 04, 2018
Do facts and reason matter anymore?
Jon Lovett talks with Steven Pinker about the role of honest argument in our politics and what his new book “Enlightenment Now” can tell us about Trump.
Mar 28, 2018
How do we fix the opportunity gap?
A conversation between host of Pod Save The People DeRay Mckesson and Michael Smith, Executive Director of My Brother's Keeper about how they address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color.
Mar 21, 2018
Why are teens across America standing up to Congress?
A conversation between Women's March Youth activist Winter Minisee and Crooked Contributor Julissa Arce about how Generation Z plans to stop school shootings.
Mar 14, 2018
How safe is our democracy?
Jon Favreau talks to former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power and legal scholar and editor of the new book "Can It Happen Here?" Cass Sunstein about whether or not authoritarianism can happen in the United States.
Mar 07, 2018
Are Republicans rigging elections?
A conversation between host of Pod Save the People DeRay Mckesson and writer Ari Berman about how the GOP is rigging elections through gerrymandering, voter ID laws and dark money.
Feb 28, 2018
Can the Civil Rights Movement Save the Country from Donald Trump?
A conversation between Editor in Chief Brian Beutler and civil rights leader Vanita Gupta about the civil rights movement’s resistance to the Trump administration and the threats Trump poses to the rule of law in America.
Feb 21, 2018
What will it take to strike a deal on the most contentious issue in America?
A conversation between Crooked Contributor Julissa Arce and Representatives Pete Aguilar (D-CA) and Will Hurd (R-TX) about bipartisanship in the debate over immigration reform and a look at their bipartisan bill "Uniting and Securing America Act."
Feb 14, 2018
Is there such a thing as a media merger monster?
A conversation between FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Crooked Contributor Symone Sanders about the Sinclair-Tribune deal and media mergers. Plus, a check in on what's going on with net neutrality!
Feb 07, 2018
What does Mexico think of us?
A conversation between former president of Mexico Vicente Fox and Crooked Contributor Julissa Arce about building a wall, voting Trump out and the U.S.' standing in the word.
Jan 31, 2018
Can meditating make you happy?
A conversation between host of With Friends Like These Ana Marie Cox and ABC News' Dan Harris about his book "10% Happier" and finding peace through meditation.
Jan 24, 2018
Can we make peace with drugs?
A conversation between Thijs Roes, a drug policy journalist in Amsterdam, and Pod Save America co-hosts Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor and Jon Lovett about how The Netherlands dealt with its drug problem.
Jan 17, 2018
How do we reverse the school-to-prison-pipeline?
A conversation between Pod Save the People's DeRay Mckesson and former Secretary of Education John King about the challenges our school systems face, and what to pay attention to in education in 2018.
Jan 10, 2018
Will 2018 be the year of reckoning for #MeToo?
A conversation between Crooked contributors Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco about #MeToo and how to move forward in 2018. Plus, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on the accusations against President Trump and calling for accountability in the White House.
Jan 03, 2018
How did humans shape the idea of God?
A conversation between Ana Marie Cox and Reza Aslan, author of "God: A Human History," about how religion has changed over the years to reflect society.
Dec 27, 2017
What comes after the open internet?
Crooked contributor, Symone D. Sanders talks to FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn about net neutrality and what the recent vote to repeal it means for a fair and open internet.
Dec 20, 2017
What has Fox News done to America?
A conversation between Gabe Sherman, author of "The Loudest Voice In The Room," and Tommy Vietor of Pod Save America and Pod Save The World about the rise of Roger Ailes and how Fox News has influenced American politics.
Dec 13, 2017
Is Wall Street a necessary evil?
Crooked contributor and former employee of Goldman Sachs Julissa Arce talks to host and creator of The Young Turks Cenk Uygur about Wall Street, regulation and money in politics.
Dec 06, 2017
How can the rule of law survive?
A conversation between Editor in Chief Brian Beutler and former U.S. Solicitor General Don Verrilli about the courts and the administration of justice in the eras of Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
Nov 29, 2017
Will Women Save America?
A conversation between Stephanie Shriock of Emily’s List, Erin Loos Cutraro of She Should Run and Crooked Contributor Erin Ryan about the groundswell of women running for public office in the wake of the 2016 election.
Nov 22, 2017
How dangerous is dark money?
A conversation between Jane Mayer, author of "Dark Money" and Tommy Vietor of Pod Save America and Pod Save The World about the billionaires funding the rise of the radical right.
Nov 15, 2017
How politicized is the NFL?
A conversation between Pod Save America's Dan Pfeiffer and New York Times Magazine's Mark Leibovich about the political environment surrounding the NFL.
Nov 08, 2017
Who determines the Arc of Justice?
A conversation between Pod Save the People's DeRay Mckesson and New York Times Magazine's Emily Bazelon about criminal justice and the role of prosecutors.
Nov 01, 2017
When did breast cancer awareness become a business?
A conversation between Karuna Jaggar of Breast Cancer Action and Crooked Contributor Erin Ryan about the corporatization of breast cancer awareness.
Nov 01, 2017
What is the media’s bias?
A conversation with CNN alum Jessica Yellin, Snapchat’s Peter Hamby, and Jon Favreau about the media coverage of the 2016 election.
Nov 01, 2017
Introduction to Crooked Conversations
With a rotating crew of your favorite Crooked Media hosts, contributors, and special guests, Crooked Conversations brings Pod Save America's no-b.s., conversational style to topics in politics, media, culture, sports, and technology that aren’t making headlines but still have a major impact on our world.
Oct 04, 2017