Lovett or Leave it

Updated: 20 Aug 2022 • 15 episodes

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.

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Jon Lovett & Chanda Prescod-Weinstein 21 May 2022 • EN

Darkest MAGA Before the Dawn

Lovett or Leave It mentions the bisque during our wind-swept tour stop in Portland, Maine! Cosmologist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein has Lovett reaching for the stars, while a grizzled lighthouse keeper (John Hodgman, Judge John Hodgman live at Lincoln Center on June 29) laments how quickly conservatives have slipped into m

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Jon Lovett & Kaitlin Olson 19 Jun 2021 • EN

The Bipartisans Strike Back

Kaitlin Olson joins to break down the week’s news, from Manchin’s shifts to Putin’s gifts. Writer and programmer Rusty Foster explains crypto currency to Lovett - the “who what when ransomware why” if you will. Plus a game about the NYC mayoral candidates and high notes! For a closed-captioned version of this episode,

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Jon Lovett & Chelsea Handler 22 May 2021 • EN

Stephen Breyer, You Will Love Golf

Chelsea Handler joins to break down the week's news, from stalled commissions to spying whales. Ben Rhodes on what's next after a ceasefire in Israel. Erin Ryan and Crooked producer Caroline Reston join for the rant wheel (Dear Evan Hansen is discussed) and Justin Schweitzer from the Center for American Progress looks

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Jon Lovett & Demi Lovato 24 Apr 2021 • EN

Demi Lovato, Yelp Elite

Joel Kim Booster is back to break down the week's news and provide life advice to listeners. DeRay Mckesson talks about the Chauvin verdict and what's next in the fight for accountability and justice. And Jon quizzes Louis Virtel on new Oscars categories and historic Oscars controversies.   For a closed-captioned versi

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Jon Lovett & Heather McGhee 23 Jan 2021 • EN

Exhale to the Chief

President Biden. Vice President Harris. Lady Gaga. Democrats take power, the center shifts, and a new era begins. Kumail Nanjiani and I talk through our feelings about this moment. Heather McGhee talks about her book The Sum of Us and how to move forward in a divided country. And we play a game about Democratic moderat

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Jon Lovett & Kara Swisher 16 Jan 2021 • EN

Good Riddance (Crime of Your Life)

Wednesday is the day Trump finally becomes not president. Kara Swisher joins to talk about social media companies facing hate and incitement on their platforms and what a Democratic Congress can do (and Kara learns some breaking Ivanka/Jared news on the spot). Then Lovett quizzes Favreau and Tommy on four years of scan

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