Strange Days with Fernand Amandi

By Fernand Amandi

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Strange days have found us…Political commentator and electoral polling guru Fernand Amandi leads this weekly roundtable discussion about news, politics and culture. Frequent guests include prominent national reporters, former and current elected officials, opinion makers, filmmakers, and anyone else with their finger on the pulse of our nation during these unprecedented times in the age of Trump. A new episode every Thursday coming to you from our studio in South Florida.

Episode Date
Democracy in Chains
Nancy MacLean, Bill Press
Sep 13, 2018
Fear of the Anonymous Resistance
Norm Ornstein, Marc Caputo, and Michael Grunwald.
Sep 07, 2018
Marc Caputo, David Smiley, R. Laurence Moore and Isaac Kramnick.
Aug 30, 2018
The Assault on Intelligence
This week we speak with General Michael Hayden as well as the guys behind the #KremlinAnnex protests, Adam Parkhomenko, John Aravosis, joined by Jeff Crile. If you like the show, leave us a review! Enjoy and see you next week. Join our Patreon community and gain access to bonus content: Buy Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies:
Aug 23, 2018
Pete Dominick and Randi Rhodes Don't forget! We're on patreon: If you like the show, leave a review! See you next week
Aug 16, 2018
Everything Trump Touches Dies
This week on #StrangeDays, THE Rick Wilson talks to us about his new book, "Everything Trump Touches Dies" and iconic punk rocker Henry Rollins to discuss Trump and where we go from here. If you like the show leave a review! Buy Rick Wilson's "Everything Trump Touches Dies": Join our Patreon community today and help make this the best political podcast out there!
Aug 09, 2018
The Plot to Destroy Democracy
MSNBC National Security Contributor Malcolm Nance, Nevada Independent's Jon Ralston, Author Tom Oliphant. Buy Malcolm Nance's "The Plot to Destroy Democracy": Buy Tom Oliphant's "The Road to Camelot": Visit to join our community and receive access to exclusive content such as this week's interview with Tom Oliphant.
Aug 02, 2018
Messing with the Enemy
Are you out there? Still holding on? I know you hear me say it often, but I do not exaggerate when I say each week gets stranger and stranger. This week was no different. This week we talk cybersecurity and Russian interference with former FBI agent Clint Watts, author of Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News. Next, we talk Mueller investigation with former federal prosecutor in the Watergate scandal, Nick Akerman, who offers some juicy predictions of who is next to be indicted. Finally, we wrap with author Dan Kaufman, to talk about his new book, The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics. Hope you enjoy! Reminder to all you loyal listeners out there: if you like the show and want to help us create the best political podcast out there, you can! Join our Patreon community. Every cent you give goes into the production of this show, no if ands or buts. Visit to learn more. A second suggestion: I highly recommend you go out and read these two books from our guests this week. Follow the links below. Clint Watt’s Messing with the Enemy Dan Kaufman’s The Fall of Wisconsin
Jul 26, 2018
Treasonous Traitor Trump
Hi folks, welcome back to #StrangeDays! This week we’re bringing you a variety of compelling conversations. First, we start with a world that I come from, the world of progressive talk radio. Dean Obeidallah joins us to talk to us about what it’s like covering the everyday absurdity that is the Trump presidency. Following that, we have a conversation with a dear friend of mine, MAMA Stephanie Miller, to get her take on the talk radio in these strange days we find ourselves in. Moving onto a more serious note and a topic that is near and dear to not only me, but to the city and country that I love, immigration. We invited ACLU Deputy Director of Florida, Melba Pearson, and Juan Calderon, organizer for the Florida Immigration Coalition, to discuss the continued and not forgotten saga of Trump's zero-tolerance policy on separating families at the border. You don’t want to miss this one folks. Enjoy the show.
Jul 19, 2018
Infrastructure Week
I'm baaack! I know it's been two weeks since our last show so I hope you didn't miss me too much. After the long holiday, we had to bring back both of the M & M boys to catch up on infrastructure week under the Trump administration, as well as the latest SCOTUS pick. After that. Marc joins us as we continue our coverage on the Florida gubernatorial race with Orlando businessman and Democratic candidate for governor Chris King. We'd also like to announce that starting today, you can choose to support Strange Days for as little as $1 a month and receive access to exclusive content available only to our Patreon subscribers. Visit to learn more. If you are unable to become a Patreon subscriber, there are still other ways you can help out. You can: - Leave a review and rate the show wherever you get the podcast. - Share an episode on social media and don't forget to tag us. - Tell your friends about us! Have a question for me? Want to be featured in our #AskAmandi segment? Send your questions to or tweet them to me @AmandiOnAir. Enjoy, and see you next week!
Jul 11, 2018
A Progressive Governor for Florida?
This week we're bringing you another interview with a candidate for what I would say is one of the most important races in the country. That is the Florida gubernatorial race, and we brought on democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee FAMU Rattler alllll the way. Of course we had to bring the heat with the M&M boys(Marc Caputo of POLITICO Florida and Michael Grunwald of POLITICO Magazine). Enjoy! If you like the show, leave a review! Tell us what you think, your opinion matters to us. Have any questions for me? Send a message to Strange Days Podcast, tweet them to @AmandiOnAir, or email them to and you may be featured in our next episode. Thanks!
Jun 27, 2018
The Second Week that Broke Me
Ali Noorani & Simon Rosenberg, Guy Winch, Michael Eric Dyson
Jun 21, 2018
The Week that Broke Me
Welcome back Strange Days listeners! This week, prepare for a rollercoaster of emotions - we start with the matriarch of comedy and mayor of zero f**ksville, Kathy Griffin as she recounts her last year and why she is not sorry about the photo seen 'round the world. We end on a somber note this week as we discuss the recent passing of the brilliant Anthony Bourdain. Friends of the show Billy Corben from Rakontur and Marc Caputo of POLITICO Florida join us to remember the legend, and to talk a little politics. Thank you for listening, and please remember, if you or someone you know needs help, call the suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-8255, there is a solution.
Jun 15, 2018
Be Water My Friend
Miami Herald 's Leonard Pitts Jr utters the once unthinkable, National Review's brilliant David French reveals if he’ll run against Trump & Matthew Polly unveils the man behind the legend in his new Bruce Lee biography. Enjoy, and please make sure to leave a review!
Jun 08, 2018
The Soul of a Democrat
Buenas tardes mis amigos! This week on the #StrangeDaysPodcast, we shine a light on the Democratic party. First we talk big picture with Thomas B. Reston, author of SOUL OF A DEMOCRAT: The Seven Core Ideals That Made Our Party – And Our Country – Great. After that we speak with a Democrat looking to unseat a 25-year Congressional incumbent and fellow... [checks notes] Democrat? That’s right. We speak with Suraj Patel, running for NY District 12, about the change he wants to bring to Congress, New York City, and politics. Enjoy! Have any questions for me? Send a message to Strange Days Podcast, tweet them to @AmandiOnAir, or email them to and you may be featured in our next episode.
May 31, 2018
Putin's Worst Nightmare
On this episode of #StrangeDaysPodcast, we talk to Putin’s worst nightmare & #MagnitskyAct mastermind Bill Browder about #TrumpRussia+ Best Buddies founder Anthony Shriver on his mom Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World w/ Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eileen McNamara.
May 23, 2018
Shock the Conscience
A #StrangeDaysPodcast EXCLUSIVE! For the first time ever, we brought together MSNBC’s Malcolm Nance and Phil Mudd, for an important conversation with an incredible panel featuring none other than POLITICO Florida's Marc Caputo and Miami Book Fair's Mitchell Kaplan. We're talking Mueller investigation, James Comey, newly-appointed CIA Director Gina Haspel, and more. LIVE from Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL. This conversation is not one to miss folks. Have any questions for me? Send a message to Strange Days Podcast, tweet them to @AmandiOnAir, or email them to and you may be featured in our next episode.
May 17, 2018
Governor Gwen Graham?
Welcome back Strange Days loyalists! The upcoming 2018 election may be our most important yet, and for this episode we were joined by the M&M boys (POLITICO Florida's Marc Caputo and POLITICO Magazine's Michael Grunwald) and Florida gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham to discuss, among other things, why Grunwald thinks she may be the anti-Trump. And an #AskAmandi Q&A to wrap the show. Enjoy
May 11, 2018
On Tyranny
On the newest episode of Strange Days, one of the most important (and disturbing) interviews we've ever done with Yale Professor & author of "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century", Timothy D. Snyder. After that we have IAVA head Lieutenant Paul Rieckhoff weigh in on the chaos surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs. And finally, we brought back another segment of AskAmandi Q&A! Have any questions for me? Send a message to Strange Days Podcast on Facebook, tweet them to @AmandiOnAir, or email them to and you may be featured in our next episode.
May 03, 2018
The 27 Club
Weirder and weirder it gets folks. This week has been no different. One of my mantras is “country over party” and for the installment we brought on someone who embodies this. David Frum joins us to discuss his new book “Trumpocracy: the Corruption of the American Republic” and his thoughts on how Republicans should act in the Trump age. For the second week in a row, we are joined by MSNBC contributor and fellow podcaster Touré, as he reflects on the recent incident at a Starbucks in Philadelphia and how he would respond if he was CEO of the coffee corporation. We wrap this week’s episode with a new interactive segment we call, “Ask Amandi”, where our listeners get a chance to ask me the questions that have been on the top of their minds. It’s sure to get strange, don’t say I didn’t warn ya.Enjoy! Have any questions for me? Tweet them to @AmandiOnAir or email them to and you may be featured in our next episode.
Apr 26, 2018
The Prince Edition
The Prince Edition by Fernand Amandi
Apr 19, 2018
The Not Deficit Hawk
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! Strange Days is back and this week we cover it all. We start our episode by talking with a fellow podcaster and Miamian Roben Farzad, discussing his fascinating new book, “Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami”, as well as what it’s like to be an Iranian-American. After that...the boys are back in town! POLITICO’s own Marc Caputo and Michael Grunwald are back, and they are joined by a new friend of the podcast, Lance Dixon of The New Tropic, as we discuss the Trump administration, Obama’s legacy, and the exodus of Republicans from Congress (Adios Paul Ryan!). And of course, we got a round of red hot Rapid Fire. Lastly, we continue our Flip that Seat series with Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, a medical professional running for Arizona’s 8th District. Enjoy!
Apr 12, 2018
The Searcher
You know what time it is. It’s time to open your ears and your mind, because Strange Days is back and this week’s episode is sure to leave you astounded. Do you remember reading George Orwell’s “1984” in school? Did you ever think, this can never happen in America? It’s time to rethink that because we ARE in Oceania right now. We have to address the news that Sinclair Broadcast Group forced their nearly 200 stations across the country to air their dog whistle propaganda and we found the rare opportunity to speak with an employee of Sinclair, keeping their identity hidden of course. As always, we continue to follow the Trump administration closely by speaking with David Corn, chief of the Washington bureau for Mother Jones, and author of the new book, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump”. WAIT! You thought that was it? Oh no. To wrap up our show, we turn back the clocks to the days of jailhouse rock and blue suede shoes. We’re speaking of course about The King, Elvis Presley. We were humbled to speak with a member of the original Memphis Gang, Jerry Schilling, in anticipation of the new HBO documentary, “Elvis Presley: The Searcher”, that Schilling executive produced, airing April 14th. Enjoy!
Apr 05, 2018
He's Gonna Go Medieval on Mueller
Bienvenidos Strange Days faithful! This episode is sure to be a treat. A lot has happened since we last spoke. Trump’s lawyer called it quits (I don’t blame him), Mueller and the investigation have been repeatedly attacked, and the army of women seeking justice against Trump gained victories. If you feel over your head in trying to comprehend everything that’s happened, you are not alone. So we will attempt to sort through it all with our friend and CNN legal expert Katie Phang, joined by the fearless journalist Marc Caputo of POLITICO Florida. We continue with our “Flip That Seat” series this week, speaking with the former prosecutor and man who is determined to replace Devin Nunes in Congress, Andrew Janz of the 22nd District of California. So take out your handy pocket-sized copy of the Constitution because it's about to get real. Enjoy!
Mar 30, 2018
Hijo de Putin
This week in Strange Days brought us a very strange call from Trump to Putin, congratulating him on his election win. Huh?! It really does get stranger and stranger. We cover all the developments in the Trump-Russia saga with Steven Lee Myers, author of "The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin". Do you like books with pictures in it? Because we have two very interesting interviews with some graphic novelists, one Shannon Wheeler, author of "Sh*t My President Says", and another Khalil Bendib, author of "Verax: The True History of Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare, and Mass Surveillance". Enjoy!
Mar 23, 2018
The Fearsome Foursome
The Resistance Strikes Back! Congrats to Conor Lamb on your win in a district Trump won by 20 points. This week has seen even more shake-ups in the White House, believe it or not. Rex Tillerson is out and Mike Pompeo is in. Who better to analyze this move than former CIA Deputy Director Philip Mudd, who happened to work with Gina Haspel, the woman set to take over as CIA Director? And how could we leave out the M&M boys? Marc Caputo and Michael Grunwald of POLITICO join us in the studio to discuss many things, including the #Gunshine state of Florida, which surprisingly adopted a gun reform bill right before the session ended. We stay with the world of clandestine behavior, speaking with Daniel Golden, author of "Spy Schools", a book about how the intelligence agencies recruit young people from right under our noses. Enjoy the episode and subscribe to the show however you listen to podcasts.
Mar 15, 2018
Happy Thursday Strange Days listeners! This week, we take a bird's eye view of foreign policy, corruption, and conflict in the Middle East with the brilliant Rula Jebreal, a Middle East Policy analyst, journalist, screenwriter, and university professor. Then we have "Thanks Obama" author David Litt share what it was like working at his dream job as a speech writer in The White House during the Obama years. And finally, as part of our “Flip that Seat” series, we interview veteran and West Virginia State Senator Richard Ojeda, who once survived a brutal beating two days before his primary, and recovered to become a Democratic State Senator in the heart of Trump country and is now on the warpath to represent his district in Washington. Enjoy!
Mar 09, 2018
The Snake
Strange Days have found us again my friends. This week made our heads spin, so we tried to break it all down with the help of the brilliant Allan Lichtman, author of The Case for Impeachment. Then we speak to Frank Sharry, founder of America’s Voice, to discuss immigration under the Trump administration and the future of DACA along with our intern, Dreamer Maryajosé Zubillaga Sanchez. And of course, we had to bring in a Strange Days favorite, POLITICO's Michael Grunwald, to talk typical Trumplandia and why he's the next John Muir. Enjoy!
Mar 01, 2018
A World Without Mind
Newly-minted PBS News Hour White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor explains why the Stoneman Douglas students are revolutionizing the gun reform debate, the lovely Chenell tackles the existential threat of sea-level rise and global climate change with authors Ashley Dawson and Jeff Goodell, and not to be missed, a must-listen discussion with The Atlantic's Franklin Foer who warns us about how our insidious reliance on big technology is creating a World Without Mind.
Feb 23, 2018
An American Myth
Welcome back Strange Days podcasters, today Phillip Mudd joins us again this week to share reactions to yet another heartbreaking school shooting. Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala also weighs in as we discuss what gun violence means for the future on public health in our country. We debut a new segment, "Flip This Seat: A Swing District Spotlight" with Congressional candidate Pam Keith. Finally, we close today with our Mueller experts, Garrett Graff and Phillip Mudd. Enjoy!
Feb 15, 2018
Nothing to Fear but Fear
Welcome back loyal Strange Day listeners, you’re about to hear a whopper of an episode. We begin with filmmaker Jen Senko as she breaks down how the right-wing media brainwashed her father in her 2016 film, “The Brainwashing of My Dad”. Next, we got GOP strategist and ‘Never Trumper’ Rick Wilson on the line, joined by former Congressman Patrick Murphy, and stranger to the podcast, Marc Caputo of POLITICO Florida, to talk Democratic Party strategy, memo wars, and Trumplandia. Finally, we wrap with a fuego round of rapid-fire.
Feb 09, 2018
Proud Shitholers
The FBI has "grave concerns" about the release of the now infamous Nunes memo and who better to explain the implications of what its release might mean than the ex-Deputy Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, former Mueller deputy, CNN contributor and 'proud shitholer,' Philip Mudd, and former chief White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, Richard Painter, to discuss the most recent updates in the Mueller investigation. In light of Super Bowl Sunday, we just had to have on former NFL-star and renaissance man Donté Stallworth to further our discussion from last week regarding the intersection of sports and politics. Oh, and half of M&M Politico Florida's Marc Caputo dropped in to raise a little hell - Caputo style. Enjoy!
Feb 02, 2018
The Real Secret Society: Cabal Edition
Sorry I’m late! I barely made it back in time for my own show, and what a strange week it's been. Remember when Donald Trump declared war on the NFL? “Son’s of b**ches” if I recall correctly. Well, we get a player’s perspective of that debacle from none other than Super Bowl Champ Jonathan Vilma, joined by fellow UM alumni and 30-for-30 documentary filmmaker Billy Corben. Unfortunately, those pesky M&M boys (Marc Caputo and Michael Grunwald) crashed the party and joined us for quite a round of political football.
Jan 26, 2018
Grading Year One of Trump: F U
How long has it been? 5 years? 10 years? An eternity?! No, it’s only been one year but damn if it doesn’t feel like longer since Trump took the oath of office. Today, we take a look back at the previous year and digest the lowlights and lowest lights of Trump: Year 1. We begin the show with the eloquent, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Leonard Pitts, to get his perspective on the roller-coaster of a year. Then we move onto business-whiz CNBC contributor Ron Insana, and from there we go to the resistance with Scott Dworkin, leader of the Democratic Coalition against Trump. Finally we are graced famed actor and activist Ron Perlman, and no, he didn’t ride in on a Harley and break my legs… Start your engines and lets ride!
Jan 19, 2018
Don't Tug on Superman's Cape
Welcome back to the next installment of Strange Days. We bring back the M&M boys (Marc Caputo and Michael Grunwald of POLITICO) for their first episode of the new year, to discuss the Fire & Fury coming from the Trump presidency, as well as the oil-drilling episode that played out between Trump and Governor Rick Scott. Then, we're joined by two of the great legal minds, former U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey alongside NBC legal contributor and our friend Katie Phang, to discuss the progress of the Mueller investigation. We wrap the show with a white hot round of rapid fire questions. Hope you can handle the heat!
Jan 12, 2018
It's a Trap!
Happy new year gang, it's the return of the swamp! In our first episode of 2018, we'll be talking to Simon Rosenberg, President of the New Democratic Network, to get his take on the "bomb cyclone" enrapturing Steve Bannon (aka Darth Vader) and the WH. Next, Chenell sparks up conversation with Ben Cort, author of "Weed, Inc. The Truth About the Pot Lobby, THC, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry". Finally, we peek behind the curtains of Congress with former United States Congressman Joe Garcia.
Jan 04, 2018
"Donald Trump, you have sacrificed nothing and no one"
After one of the most tumultuous and historic years in American history, let’s end it on a positive note, and this episode is sure to inspire some confidence in you. First we'll dive into the mind of the notorious Russian leader with Steven Lee Myers, author of The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin. The lovely Chenell then addresses issues of race and policing with Michael Eric Dyson, whose new book Tears We Cannot Stop is a must-read. Finally, possibly the greatest interview I've had the pleasure of conducting, I speak with Khizr Khan to discuss his book, An American Family. Happy holidays my friends, and we’ll see you in the new year.
Dec 21, 2017
The New South Defeats the Old South
Phew! That was a close one wasn’t it? Congrats to Doug Jones and welcome to the #Resistance. We brought in Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca to discuss the defeat of Roy Moore and what it spells for Donald Trump’s presidency, as well as the sexism directed at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Our old pal Michael Grunwald comes by to gloat about his Jones prediction and discuss what he thinks it means for the GOP. Speaking of which, my favorite conservative David French makes his debut on the podcast to explain why the New South beat the Old South this week. Take a listen, follow, and share!
Dec 15, 2017
Donald Trump used to call me...
Fernand chats with Norm Ornstein at the Miami Book Fair about his latest book, One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported. Next up, former Health & Human Services Secretary and former University of Miami President Dr. Donna Shalala drops in to discuss the future of healthcare in America. Finally, our favorite dynamic duo, POLITICO Florida's Marc Caputo and POLITICO Magazine's Mike Grunwald stop in to talk and close out the show with a round of rapid fire.
Dec 07, 2017
The Coalition of Thinkers
Join the Coalition of Thinkers this week when Fernand kicks off the program with former conservative radio talkshow host, Charlie Sykes to talk about his book How the Right Lost its Mind. Next, the lovely Chenell talks race in America with Angela Davis, here to discuss her anthology Policing the Black Man. Finally, Jared Yates Sexton joins to discuss 'Rage' in America. Fernand pays a special tribute to a musical legend at the end of the program before heading on home.
Nov 30, 2017
The Unbelievable Plot to Hack the Man That Invented Christmas
Our 6th installment of Strange Days has arrived in time for the holidays! This week we come to you from the 34th annual Miami Book Fair. MSNBC’s Katy Tur talks about her book, Unbelievable, detailing her experience on one of the strangest campaign trails to date. Next up, we have the man who tried to warn us of Russian interference into our election, Malcolm Nance, author of The Plot to Hack America. And finally, we speak with the producers of The Man Who Invented Christmas, premiering in theaters this week. We hope you enjoy the show!
Nov 23, 2017
"He runs with energy of the Sun"
Turn up the heat because we’re cookin’ with grease! First we stir the pot with Donna Brazile and the controversy around her new tell-all book, Hacks. Next we separate the ingredients that make up Trump supporters with POLITICO Magazine’s Michael Grunwald and POLITICO’s Michael Kruse. Finally we feast inside the mind of the most powerful man in the world – the mind of Robert Mueller with one of the men that knows him best, Garrett Graff, author of The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller's FBI. There’s a special sweet cherry surprise guest on top, who will preview our coverage of the Miami Book Fair in town this weekend. Stay tuned!
Nov 17, 2017
"A populist in the streets, corporatist in the sheets"
Title credit to the witty and talented Michael Grunwald from POLITICO Magazine, who joins us to talk about Trump’s Swamp a year after the election. Simon Rosenberg from the NDN phones in to discuss the hostile ‘shirts vs. skins’ nature of Fox News in the Trumpian era, and artist Billie Grace Lynn pays us a visit to talk about the national controversy surrounding her latest 'American Mask' exhibition.
Nov 10, 2017
November 2nd
November 2nd by Fernand Amandi
Nov 03, 2017
October 26
Fernand talks politics of Puerto Rico with The Miami Herald's Patricia Mazzei and Bendixen & Amandi's Anthony Williams, how the Weinstein scandal has impacted the world of politics with NBC News legal expert Katie Phang, and closes out the show with #TrumpRussia experts Grant Stern and Scott Dworkin.
Oct 26, 2017
October 18th Pilot
Strange Days with Fernand Amandi's debut podcast. Featuring POLITICO Magazine's Michael Grunwald, POLITICO Florida's Marc Caputo, and former U.S. Congressmen Republican David Jolly and Democrat Patrick Murphy.
Oct 19, 2017