In 2017’s tumultuous climate, the nascent podcast shingle Crooked Media and its flagship program Pod Save America
offered a light in the storm for Americans who at one time or another found themselves wondering, “Is anyone else going as crazy as I am?” Former Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor are wickedly sharp and wildly entertaining, but their brief-yet-instrumental experience inside Washington has turned them into expert conduits to scrutinize and make accessible the most shocking news from the White House. Though they tout themselves as progressives, their commentary is insightful and cutting on both sides of the aisle; it’s their mission statement not to advocate, per se, but to inspire activism in any form for citizens who no longer want to feel powerless as national priorities shift around them. Pepper in shrewd interviews with key politicians and the best podcast-sponsor readings in the biz (you’re welcome, Blue Apron), and Pod Save America
has established itself as a vital salve for the particularly, precariously anxious among us. Twice weekly, they analyze possible consequences and tangible fallouts to every major political story, offering realistic answers to the pressing question Americans faced this year: What’s next? – Marc Snetiker
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