Crooked Minis

Crooked Minis

By Crooked Media

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.


Brian Tyler Cohen Reacts to Democrats Closing Midterm Messages

Former Barack Obama Communications Director and Pod Save America host Dan Pfeiffer is joined by Brian Tyler Cohen, progressive commentator and host of the podcast No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen. They break down 2022 midterm ads from Raphael Warnock (running for Senate against Herschel Walker in Georgia), John Fetterman (running against Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania), and an ad from the Way to Win Action Fund.  
07/11/2210m 0s

Democracy or Else with County Commissioner Candidate Dexter McCoy (TX)

Dexter McCoy, candidate Fort Bend Texas' Precinct 4 County Commissioner, joins Crooked Media’s Shaniqua McClendon to discuss everything at stake in Texas this November. To get involved in and/or donate to his campaign you can head to And to get involved in key election races across the country head to
04/11/2212m 49s

Political Experts React to VIRAL Midterm Ads about Abortion and the Big Lie (Eric Swalwell)

Former Barack Obama Communications Director and Pod Save America host Dan Pfeiffer is joined by Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) to break down 2022 Midterm Ads. They discuss the issues that motivate voters going into the midterm elections by breaking down Rep. Swalwell’s VIRAL abortion ad, Republican Kari Lake's (Arizona) ad about the economy/inflation, and  Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto's (D-Nevada) ad about Adam Laxalt and the "Big Lie."
03/11/2210m 3s

Democracy or Else with Senate Candidate Charles Booker (KY)

Charles Booker, candidate for Senate in Kentucky, joins Crooked Media’s Shaniqua McClendon to discuss everything at stake in Kentucky this November. To get involved in and/or donate to his campaign you can head to And to get involved in key election races across the country head to
01/11/2213m 7s

Political Experts React to the FINAL Midterm Ads from Dr. Oz and John Fetterman (David Plouffe)

Former Barack Obama Communications Director and Pod Save America host Dan Pfeiffer is joined by David Plouffe, former Campaign Manager and Senior Advisor to Barack Obama. The former Whitehouse colleagues break down 2022 Midterm Ads from republican Dr. Oz and democrat John Fetterman for senate in Pennsylvania. They answer the question: "Do political ads still work in 2022?" Plus an Attack Ad against Sen. Mark Kelly (Arizona) from Sentinel Action Fund.
31/10/229m 53s

Democracy or Else with Amaris Leon of the Working Families Party

Amaris Leon of the Working Families Party joins Crooked Media’s Sara Garcia to discuss everything at stake in Sheriffs races across the country this November. To learn more about the Working Families Party you can head to And to get involved in key election races across the country head to
28/10/2218m 15s

Republican Strategist Reacts to Good and Bad 2022 Midterm Ads (Sarah Longwell)

Former Barack Obama Communications Director and Pod Save America host Dan Pfeiffer is joined by Sarah Longwell, Publisher of The Bulwark and Founder of The Republican Accountability Project. They break down 2022 midterm ads from Republicans and Democrats. Featuring: the Senate Leadership Fund’s attack ad against John Fetterman in Pennsylvania, Liz Cheney from the Republican Accountability Project, “Crazy Sh*t” about Doug Mastriano, and a bonus ad from viral Republican candidate Linda Paulson.
27/10/2210m 0s

Democracy or Else with Representative Sharice Davids (KS-3)

Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas's 3rd Congressional district joins Crooked Media’s Sara Garcia to discuss everything at stake in Kansas this November. To get involved in and/or donate to her campaign you can head to And to get involved in key election races across the country head to
25/10/2211m 10s

Political Experts React to Midterm Ads from Herschel Walker, Beto O’Rourke, and Mandela Barnes (Cornell Belcher)

Former Barack Obama Communications Director and Pod Save America host Dan Pfeiffer is joined by Democratic Strategist and Pollster Cornell Belcher to break down 2022 midterm ads from Herschel Walker (Georgia), Beto O’Rourke (Texas), and Mandela Barnes (Wisconsin).
24/10/229m 59s

Democracy or Else with Pastor Greg Lewis of Souls to the Polls (WI)

Pastor Greg Lewis, founder and president of Souls to the Polls and Pastors United, joins Crooked Media's Shaniqua McClendon to discuss what is at stake across the country this November. To get involved in key election races across the country head to
21/10/2213m 15s

Political Experts React to Great and Terrible Midterm Battleground Ads (Jon Favreau)

Former Barack Obama Communications Director and Pod Save America host Dan Pfeiffer is joined by Crooked Media Co-founder and host of The Wilderness podcast Jon Favreau to break down great and terrible midterm battleground ads from Republican Herschel Walker (Georgia), Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto's (D-Nevada) 'Succession' ad against Republican Adam Laxalt, and the latest attack ad from Dr. Oz against Democrat John Fetterman (Pennsylvania).
20/10/229m 56s

Democracy or Else with Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8)

Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan's 8th Congressional district joins Crooked Media’s Sara Garcia to discuss everything at stake in Michigan this November. To get involved in and/or donate to her campaign you can head to And to get involved in key election races across the country head to
18/10/2216m 18s

MeidasTouch Breaks Down VIRAL Dr. Oz Attack Ad, Lincoln Project, and More

Former Barack Obama Communications Director and Pod Save America host Dan Pfeiffer is joined by Co-Founder of MeidasTouch Ben Meiselas to analyze campaign ads and political messaging. They break down the mega-viral ad from MeidasTouch “Wizard of Lies” aka Dr. Oz (New Jersey), an ad from The Lincoln Project about MAGA Republican Doug Mastriano (Pennsylvania), and a Marco Rubio (Florida) ad about the “Radical Left.”
17/10/2210m 1s

Democracy or Else with Instituto Executive Director Shelley Jackson (AZ)

Shelley Jackson, the Executive Director of Instituto, an organization building political power in Arizona joins Crooked Media's Amelia Montooth to discuss what is at stake in Arizona this November. To get involved in and/or donate to her organization you can head to And to get involved in key election races across the country head to
14/10/2213m 56s

Political Experts React to Viral Midterm Ads on Crime, DeSantis and Tim Ryan (Mehdi Hasan)

Former Barack Obama Communications Director and Pod Save America host Dan Pfeiffer is joined by journalist and host of The Mehdi Hasan Show on MSNBC and Peacock to break down viral 2022 midterm ads from Citizens for Sanity, Congressman Tim Ryan (Ohio), and Governor Ron DeSantis (Florida).
13/10/229m 49s

Democracy or Else with Lieutenant Governor Candidate Austin Davis (PA)

Austin Davis, a progressive candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Pennsylvania, joins Crooked Media's Sara Garcia to discuss everything at stake in PA this November. To get involved in and/or donate to his campaign you can head to And to get involved in key election races across the country head to
11/10/2215m 39s

Political Experts React to Good and Bad Viral Midterm Campaign Ads ("Politics Girl" Leigh McGowan)

Former Barack Obama Communications Director and Pod Save America host Dan Pfeiffer is joined by "Politics Girl" Leigh McGowan to break down good and bad viral midterm ads from Blake Masters, Raphael Warnock, and the American Action Network.
10/10/2210m 8s

Democracy or Else with Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan (MN)

Minnesota's Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, a progressive democrat running for her second term, joins Crooked Media's Ari Schwartz to discuss the issues on the ballot in Minnesota this November and the stakes of keeping Minnesota blue. To get involved in and/or donate to her campaign you can head to And to get involved in key election races across the country head to 
07/10/2217m 32s

Political Experts React to Viral Midterm Abortion Ads (Melissa Murray)

Former Barack Obama Communications Director and Pod Save America host Dan Pfeiffer is joined by Melissa Murray, Professor of Law at New York University and co-host of the Crooked Media podcast Strict Scrutiny. In this episode Dan and Melissa analyze a viral ad from Mothers Against Greg Abbott (MAGA), Republican Katie Britt (Alabama), and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
06/10/2210m 4s

Democracy or Else with Congressional Candidate Gabe Vasquez (NM-2)

Democracy or Else is a new weekly series from your friends at Crooked Media and Vote Save America. Each episode we will introduce you to a candidate, elected, or community leader from across the country working to better their community. Introducing you to Gabe Vasquez, a democrat who is running to represent New Mexico's second district in congress.  To get involved in and/or donate to his campaign you can head to And to get involved in key election races across the country head to 
04/10/2214m 9s

Political Experts React to Pete Buttigieg and Democrats using Fox News (Lis Smith)

Former Barack Obama Communications Director and Pod Save America host Dan Pfeiffer is joined by Democratic strategist Lis Smith who was senior advisor to Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign to discuss Democrats appearing on Fox News. They break down ads and clips featuring Tim Ryan, Pete Buttigieg, and Catherine Cortez Mastro.
03/10/2210m 2s

Gaining Ground: The New Georgia (trailer)

The future of our democracy hinges on the outcome of two Senate races in Georgia, a state that shocked the nation by flipping for the first time in nearly three decades. In this multi-part podcast, visit the frontlines with two of Atlanta’s own - journalists Rembert Browne and Jewel Wicker  as they detail the struggles and triumphs that led to this moment, and hear from the organizers, strategists, and voters hoping to change the South forever. Our new podcast, “Gaining Ground: The New Georgia” is a co-production of Tenderfoot TV and Crooked Media. Subscribe and listen to episode 1 now, wherever you listen to podcasts:
17/12/201m 42s

Introducing: Unholier Than Thou

Subscribe to Crooked's new podcast, Unholier Than Thou: - first two episodes available today. Award-winning journalist and editor Phillip Picardi is on a quest to better understand his relationship with spirituality by learning how faith plays a role in other people’s lives in Crooked Media’s new podcast, Unholier Than Thou. With the help of the spiritual, religious, and agnostic, he’ll guide listeners through the ethereal and worldly problems of the day, informed by his own on-and-off relationship with God.Through lenses both saintly and secular, Picardi will take a look at everything from sex to climate change, and how religion informs those discussions. New episodes every Friday.
12/06/201m 18s

Dan Pfeiffer's Unsolicited Advice for the Nominee (UN-TRUMPING AMERICA, available February 18, 2020)

In this excerpt from UN-TRUMPING AMERICA (on sale February 18, 2020), Dan Pfeiffer speaks candidly to our (forthcoming) Democratic nominee about the realities of winning, the fate of American democracy, and how to defeat Trump at the ballot box in November.Pre-order now wherever books are sold:
11/02/2026m 55s

Introducing 'Rubicon: The Impeachment of Donald Trump'

Subscribe to Crooked Media's newest podcast Rubicon: The Impeachment of Donald Trump impeachment of Donald Trump is one of the biggest political stories of our lifetimes. It’s a test of whether accountability, election integrity, and the rules of our democracy can withstand the corrupt acts of powerful people. It’s also a story that’s unfolding at such a break-neck pace, it’s absurd.Fortunately, Brian Beutler, Crooked Media’s Editor in Chief, lives for this s**t. Join Brian every week as he breaks down the week’s most important developments in the impeachment fight with legal, political, and congressional experts to help you figure out how this is all going to end and what you can do to play your part in one of the most important moments in American history. Yeah, it’s that big. New episode out every Friday.
08/11/191m 0s

Bridging the Age Gap | Me, My Self-Care and I

In the final episode of Me, My Self-Care, and I Diosa and Mala talk about the role of women-based spaces in their lives and relationships. Then they chat with Claudia Mendoza, the founder of the Mami Chula Social Club. Mendoza hosts events for young Latinas and their mothers that help the two generations better understand one another.
30/10/1927m 14s

Announcing: What A Day

“What A Day,” Crooked Media’s new daily news podcast, is here! Hosted by comedian Akilah Hughes and politics reporter Gideon Resnick, “What A Day” cuts through the chaos and crimes to break down the biggest news of the day, help you understand what matters, and how you can fix it—all in 15 minutes or less. New episodes come out every morning, Monday through Friday, at 5 a.m. Eastern. Subscribe and listen wherever you get your podcasts.
28/10/192m 44s

Community Care on the Web | Me, My Self-Care & I

This week, Mala and Diosa discuss how self-care in the digital age can simplify the movement to a hashtag. They discuss how the internet brought them together and how it has helped in their self-discoveries. Then, they are joined by poet and tattoo artist Mike Davis, aka Hoodprofet, who uses social media to cultivate healing and growth. They discuss their work, their praxis, advocating for the self, and community care on the web.
23/10/1931m 4s

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.
16/10/1925m 48s

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.
09/10/1927m 7s

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.
25/09/1933m 50s

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.
18/09/1930m 36s

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.
11/09/1929m 16s

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.
04/09/1933m 0s

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.
28/08/1920m 4s

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.
21/08/1933m 54s

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.
14/08/1926m 8s

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.
07/08/1926m 28s

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.
24/07/1929m 50s

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.
17/07/1942m 42s

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.
10/07/1938m 10s

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.
03/07/1946m 10s

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.
26/06/191h 3m

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.  
19/06/1944m 26s

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.
12/06/1958m 47s

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.
05/06/1956m 31s

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. 

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.  
27/03/1950m 56s

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.
20/03/1945m 44s

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. 
13/03/1946m 20s

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.  
06/03/1946m 4s

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!
27/02/1926m 20s

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.
20/02/1950m 42s

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.
15/02/1924m 30s

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
13/02/1950m 50s

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.
30/01/1956m 49s

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.
23/01/1935m 37s

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.
16/01/1945m 15s

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.
09/01/1955m 13s

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.
26/12/1834m 30s

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
19/12/1849m 10s

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.
12/12/1836m 7s

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.
05/12/1829m 27s

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.
28/11/1841m 24s

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.
21/11/1829m 11s

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.
14/11/1832m 45s

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. 
07/11/1841m 16s

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.
31/10/1842m 58s

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. 
24/10/1844m 34s

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
17/10/1843m 7s

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!
10/10/181h 12m

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.

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.
26/09/181h 5m

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.
19/09/181h 1m

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.
12/09/1823m 19s

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.
05/09/1847m 22s

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.
29/08/1845m 33s

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.
22/08/181h 4m

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.
15/08/181h 7m

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.
08/08/181h 2m

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.
01/08/181h 8m

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.
25/07/1845m 38s

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. 
18/07/1838m 55s

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.​
11/07/1834m 59s

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.
04/07/1839m 30s

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.
27/06/1827m 36s

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.
20/06/1853m 47s

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.
13/06/1846m 9s

Can Donald Trump be impeached? 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.
06/06/1847m 45s

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. 
30/05/1849m 58s

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.
23/05/1849m 9s

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.
16/05/1832m 18s

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.​
09/05/1832m 34s

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.​
02/05/1830m 38s

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.
25/04/1824m 44s

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.​
18/04/1835m 28s

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. 
11/04/1832m 7s

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.
04/04/1831m 49s

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.
28/03/1835m 40s

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.
21/03/1833m 5s

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.
14/03/1829m 12s

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. 
07/03/181h 6m

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.
28/02/1829m 20s

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.

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."
14/02/1843m 54s

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! 
07/02/1826m 11s

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. 
31/01/1836m 40s

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.
24/01/1852m 25s

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. 
17/01/1820m 31s

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. 
10/01/1831m 4s

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.
03/01/1842m 46s

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. 
27/12/1751m 0s

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.
20/12/1731m 56s

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. 
13/12/1738m 4s

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. 
06/12/1758m 8s

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. 
29/11/171h 20m

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.
22/11/1744m 3s

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. 
15/11/1743m 59s

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. 
08/11/171h 1m

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.
01/11/1729m 7s

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.
01/11/1753m 30s

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.

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. 
04/10/172m 5s
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