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Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett and a panel of comedians, actors, journalists, and some of the many famous Friends of the Pod appear before a live audience to break down the week’s biggest news. Quizzes! Impressions! Shouting at cable news clips! And everyone’s favorite: nuanced discussion. New episodes every Saturday.
Stephen Merchant, Kara Swisher, and Beck Bennett join for Lovett or Leave It: Back in the Closet. A big stimulus bill passes. Trump looks to goose the markets. Tech companies thrive as their workers take risks. And everyone realizes they don’t have enough forks.

Ronan Farrow stops by to take calls from couples working from home. And Adam Schiff calls in to give us an update on the congressional response to the virus and his struggles with veganism during impeachment. Plus, listeners call in with their own personal high notes and Ronan tells me why he doesn't consider Cheetos a staple food. Back in the Closet, Week 2. Hang in there, everybody.

Trump's chaotic, bumbling response to the coronavirus pandemic alarms the country. Local and state leaders (and Bernie and Biden) fill the void. And everyone figures out how to act responsibility to protect the community while panic shopping and googling symptoms. We've canceled our live shows to be safe, so until we're on the other side of this, we're going to be experimenting with some new segments and finding ways to quiz and hear from listeners during the show. It's Lovett or Leave It: Back in the Closet. Special thanks to Paul Scheer, Rachel Bonnetta, and Rachna Fruchbom for joining, and to the listeners who let me quiz them this week on their coronavirus prep.

Super Tuesday changes the race. Trump bungles the response to a pandemic. And Hachette faces blowback for secretly buying Woody Allen's memoir. Megan Gailey and Yassir Lester join to break down a pivotal week from the end of Elizabeth Warren's campaign to the announcement of a 38-year-old Bachelorette.

The coronavirus sparks fear in the markets and a toxic debate sparks anxiety among Democrats. Quite a week. Moshe Kasher and Fortune Feimster join to cover everything from the latest primary news to why so many couples are getting married in barns. Plus, in GAY NEWS: a brave kid comes out to Mayor Pete and it reminds Jon of a harrowing summer at sports camp. Super Tuesday is HERE. Everybody better vote.

Warren tenderizes Bloomberg, Bernie avoids fire, and Amy and Pete’s relationship has not improved. Emily Heller and Sean Rameswaram help break down the debate and more. D’Arcy Carden returns as we release secret footage of a White House wedding. Plus in Gay News, Trump discovers subtitles and Billy Wilder. And finally, in all things, Harrison Ford doesn’t give a shit.

Trump is purging, Bernie is surging, Amy is emerging, Bloomberg is splurging, and Biden is... not doing so well. Larry Wilmore and Kara Brown join to cover the primary as it heads to Nevada and South Carolina. Up and coming journalist Ronan Farrow stops by to discuss revelations in his podcast AND relationship. Plus similarities between Nixon and Trump, life on a coronavirus cruise, and the power of Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union's example. What a week.

What a week. What a MESS. Pete's "undeniable victory" in Iowa becomes less undeniable and Senate Republicans (except for Mitt who we LOVE now) tell Trump he's above the law. Emily Heller joins to break down the Democratic debate in New Hampshire. Franklin Leonard talks about this Sunday's Oscars and how Hollywood is (and isn't) changing. And Louis Virtel's savant-like Oscar trivia skills are put to the TEST. Plus we manage to talk about Baby Nut, Hotel Lighting, Dua Lipa, and Netflix autoplay. At some point Jon sat on the floor and talked about going to the nurse's office in elementary school. Anyway it's been a week. Hope everyone took lots of pictures because that was the LAST Iowa caucus.

Republicans conspire to block witnesses and Iowans get ready to caucus like the country depends on it. LIVE from Iowa City, Jon is joined by filmmaker and activist Michael Moore, Iowa state auditor Rob Sand, Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Lyn Lenz, and Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker. They cover the latest on the trial, the primaries, and their perspective on how campaigns are faring on the ground. And we make time for Super Bowl ads, Brad Pitt's looks "hurting" his Oscar chances, and the difference between hot dish and casserole.

The impeachment trial begins: Adam Schiff and the House managers make their case and Republican Senators both demand and refuse to allow new evidence. Florida's Republicans are undermining Amendment 4 which restores the vote to those convicted of felonies. Plus C-Span's production values are just OK and it's time we have an honest conversation about organic peanut butter. Aida Osman and Sam Pancake join to help break down the week's news and just sit around sharing memories of Mr. Peanut and really focus on making this a celebration of his life.

Impeachment heads to the Senate. Lev Parnas talks to Rachel Maddow. And Deval Patrick joins Jon on stage to face the Queen for a Day challenge. Plus Kara Swisher on Facebook and Little Women, Mitra Jouhari on Space Travel, and Damon Young on Joker's 11 Oscar nominations. First they cancel The OA. Now Mindhunter? Netflix, you season three thief!

Big news. Lovett or Leave It and Pod Save America are going on tour.  Presale runs from January 15 - 17, use code CROOKED2020. General on-sale is Saturday January 18th at 10am local time. Tickets & dates at http://crooked.com/events See you soon.

And we're back! Trump escalates. Australia burns. And Rita Wilson waits and waits and WAITS. Former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes joins to unpack the latest on Iran and the congressional response. Plus comedians Hari Kondabolu and Alice Wetterlund join to look at the fight over the coming impeachment trial, high school reunions, crowded gyms in January, and more. 2020 is here. Let's go.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins Jon in studio to play Queen for a Day. Should college plans be universal? Chris Pratt or Chris Pine? Big questions. Plus Josh Gondelman and Negin Farsad join live as Trump gets impeached, the Democrats get feisty at the debate, and Kumail Nanjiani gets jacked. See you in 2020,

John Hodgman and Amanda Seales join Jon to break down the week's news as the Judiciary Committee debates articles of impeachment and the Department of Justice releases a report that debunks Trump's conspiracy theories. Plus we look back on the year and the decade, Crooked's editor-in-chief Brian Beutler joins to rant about "narrow" impeachment, and Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit take a hard look at the science of Star Wars. Tiny yoda. Huge week.

Impeachment heads to the Judiciary Committee. Rudy films a documentary in Ukraine. Fox News anchors piss off their moms. And a ferocious debate breaks out ON STAGE over a little film called The Irishman. Brett Gelman and Rheeqrheeq Chainey join to break down the latest news at a very late, very loose, very fun live show. What a week.

Fiona Hill has eyes. Gordon Sondland has receipts. And Cory Booker has jokes. The first round of impeachment hearings wrap up in dramatic fashion. Democrats debate in Atlanta. And Chris Matthews uses, shall we say, an irregular channel. The hilarious Guy Branum, Quinta Brunson, and Aida Osman are here to break down a week of giant revelations and tiny Yodas. We always say it, but wow we really mean it: What a week.

Bill Taylor and George Kent testify as the public phase of impeachment begins. Rudy considers hosting a podcast, and we have the ad reads. The goobers at Fox & Friends are briefly confronted by reality. And Dion Waiters has a very VERY bad experience with a weed gummy. Whitney Cummings and Joe Mande are here to break down a big week, from the dumb villains of impeachment to the gay villains of Disney Plus. And don't worry: we do it with the pizzazz you DEMAND.

Impeachment goes public. Kentucky goes blue. And Facebook goes all caps. Kal Penn and Emily Heller join to break down the week's news, from Iowa to The View to whatever the hell is going on with T.I. Plus investigative reporter Jason Leopold joins to share what he's learned from new documents he uncovered from the Mueller investigation. And obviously we cover daylight saving time. Dark at four thirty? Enough.

The House votes on impeachment. Evidence mounts against Trump. And Fox News smears a decorated veteran who heard the Ukraine phone call. Ronan Farrow joins to discuss his book Catch and Kill, the response from reporters inside NBC, and his impression of a certain podcast host in the audio book. Plus Demi Adejuyigbe is back and Ashley Nicole Black joins to discuss the California wildfires, Hollywood reboots, and people who want to hang out after work. And a special edition of GAY NEWS? What a show. What a week.