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The Al Franken Podcast
The Al Franken Podcast

The Al Franken Podcast

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A five-time Emmy winning SNL comedy writer/producer, joins a four-time #1 NYT bestselling author, a three-time highest-rated national progressive radio host, a two-time Grammy winning artist, and a former US Senator. So, it gets a little crowded in the booth when Al talks public policy and sometimes political comedy with notable guests. Think “The Daily” without the resources of the NYTimes.

Latest Episodes

Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice Talks Foreign Policy Successes and Failures

Al and Rice discuss how immensely consequential decisions are made in real time.Sometimes you get it right.Sometimes you don't.And how you deal with tragic mistakes but have to keep on going.

55 MIN4 d ago
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Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice Talks Foreign Policy Successes and Failures

Immigration, Child Separation and Voter Suppression with Maria Teresa Kumar

A repeat of our first show with the President of Voto Latino, Maria Teresa Kumar with a new timely intro. Al finally took a week off. Okay?!

36 MIN1 w ago
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Immigration, Child Separation and Voter Suppression with Maria Teresa Kumar

Al talks to Ambassador Peter Galbraith About Trump's Tragic Betrayal of the Kurds, and Al weighs in on the Impeachment Hearings.

Foreign service veteran Peter Galbraith talks about his 35 year history with the Kurds and how Trump's rash decision to sell them out in Syria will undermine America's standing and security in the world for years to come.

54 MIN2 w ago
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Al talks to Ambassador Peter Galbraith About Trump's Tragic Betrayal of the Kurds, and Al weighs in on the Impeachment Hearings.

Al Talks To Executive Director of Foster America Sherry Lachman About The State of Foster Care And Al Gets Verklempt

Al talks to his formersenior education counsel Sherry Lachman about her great organization, Foster America. She helped with a piece of legislation that is one of Al's greatest achievements as Senator. In the process of getting it passed, Sherry broke a cardinal rule of the Senate and got in a heated conversation with a sitting Senator, muchto Al's delight. Plus, Al has some thoughts on the first day of the impeachment hearings. It turns out that the Republicans are acting as protectors for Donald Trump! Learn more about Foster America atwww.foster-america.org

51 MIN3 w ago
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Al Talks To Executive Director of Foster America Sherry Lachman About The State of Foster Care And Al Gets Verklempt

Whoever Wins the Popular Vote Should Be President. The New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg and Al Discuss Why

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is a compact to award member states' electors to the candidate who receives the most votes nationwide It will take effect when states with 270 electors adopt it.So far, 14 states and DC (representing 187 electoral votes) havecompact.Colorado's legislature and governor have approved it (9 more electors) and nervous Conservatives have put it on the ballot as a Referendum in 2020.Hertzberg explains it all and why it's good for every American except Donald Trump.

49 MINNOV 10
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Whoever Wins the Popular Vote Should Be President. The New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg and Al Discuss Why

Where There's Fire, There's Fire." Jeffrey Toobin and Dahlia Lithwick Discuss The Legal Issues Ahead in the Impeachment of Donald Trump

Jeffrey Toobin and Dahlia Lithwick examine the potential legal issues that may take center stage between now and the day the Senate decides whether Trump is guilty or not guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.

54 MINNOV 3
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Where There's Fire, There's Fire." Jeffrey Toobin and Dahlia Lithwick Discuss The Legal Issues Ahead in the Impeachment of Donald Trump

Judd Apatow Discusses Comedy, Mental Health and Politics

Writer, director, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The Larry Sanders Show,The 40-Year-Old Virgin,Girls, Anchorman, Trainwreck) discusses comedy, mental health and politics. Al laughs and gets depressed.

50 MINOCT 27
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Judd Apatow Discusses Comedy, Mental Health and Politics

Al Talks with one of his Heroes, Harlem Children's Zone Founder Geoffrey Canada

One of Al's heroes, Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone, talks about transforming the lives of some of our poorest, most disadvantaged kids and how we can replicate that across the country.

53 MINOCT 20
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Al Talks with one of his Heroes, Harlem Children's Zone Founder Geoffrey Canada

Journalist Elizabeth Drew Explains Impeachment to Al

Al talks impeachment with Elizabeth Drew, veteran journalist and author of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall. Her heralded dissection of the Nixon and Clinton sagas makes her the go-to on the pending Trump impeachment.

51 MINOCT 13
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Journalist Elizabeth Drew Explains Impeachment to Al

A Conversation with Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Al travels to Leader Reid’s home in Henderson, Nevada, to discuss his life and career, with a special focus on their relationship during the years he and Al overlapped in Senate.

60 MINOCT 6
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A Conversation with Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Latest Episodes

Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice Talks Foreign Policy Successes and Failures

Al and Rice discuss how immensely consequential decisions are made in real time.Sometimes you get it right.Sometimes you don't.And how you deal with tragic mistakes but have to keep on going.

55 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice Talks Foreign Policy Successes and Failures

Immigration, Child Separation and Voter Suppression with Maria Teresa Kumar

A repeat of our first show with the President of Voto Latino, Maria Teresa Kumar with a new timely intro. Al finally took a week off. Okay?!

36 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Immigration, Child Separation and Voter Suppression with Maria Teresa Kumar

Al talks to Ambassador Peter Galbraith About Trump's Tragic Betrayal of the Kurds, and Al weighs in on the Impeachment Hearings.

Foreign service veteran Peter Galbraith talks about his 35 year history with the Kurds and how Trump's rash decision to sell them out in Syria will undermine America's standing and security in the world for years to come.

54 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Al talks to Ambassador Peter Galbraith About Trump's Tragic Betrayal of the Kurds, and Al weighs in on the Impeachment Hearings.

Al Talks To Executive Director of Foster America Sherry Lachman About The State of Foster Care And Al Gets Verklempt

Al talks to his formersenior education counsel Sherry Lachman about her great organization, Foster America. She helped with a piece of legislation that is one of Al's greatest achievements as Senator. In the process of getting it passed, Sherry broke a cardinal rule of the Senate and got in a heated conversation with a sitting Senator, muchto Al's delight. Plus, Al has some thoughts on the first day of the impeachment hearings. It turns out that the Republicans are acting as protectors for Donald Trump! Learn more about Foster America atwww.foster-america.org

51 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Al Talks To Executive Director of Foster America Sherry Lachman About The State of Foster Care And Al Gets Verklempt

Whoever Wins the Popular Vote Should Be President. The New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg and Al Discuss Why

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is a compact to award member states' electors to the candidate who receives the most votes nationwide It will take effect when states with 270 electors adopt it.So far, 14 states and DC (representing 187 electoral votes) havecompact.Colorado's legislature and governor have approved it (9 more electors) and nervous Conservatives have put it on the ballot as a Referendum in 2020.Hertzberg explains it all and why it's good for every American except Donald Trump.

49 MINNOV 10
Comments
Whoever Wins the Popular Vote Should Be President. The New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg and Al Discuss Why

Where There's Fire, There's Fire." Jeffrey Toobin and Dahlia Lithwick Discuss The Legal Issues Ahead in the Impeachment of Donald Trump

Jeffrey Toobin and Dahlia Lithwick examine the potential legal issues that may take center stage between now and the day the Senate decides whether Trump is guilty or not guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.

54 MINNOV 3
Comments
Where There's Fire, There's Fire." Jeffrey Toobin and Dahlia Lithwick Discuss The Legal Issues Ahead in the Impeachment of Donald Trump

Judd Apatow Discusses Comedy, Mental Health and Politics

Writer, director, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The Larry Sanders Show,The 40-Year-Old Virgin,Girls, Anchorman, Trainwreck) discusses comedy, mental health and politics. Al laughs and gets depressed.

50 MINOCT 27
Comments
Judd Apatow Discusses Comedy, Mental Health and Politics

Al Talks with one of his Heroes, Harlem Children's Zone Founder Geoffrey Canada

One of Al's heroes, Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone, talks about transforming the lives of some of our poorest, most disadvantaged kids and how we can replicate that across the country.

53 MINOCT 20
Comments
Al Talks with one of his Heroes, Harlem Children's Zone Founder Geoffrey Canada

Journalist Elizabeth Drew Explains Impeachment to Al

Al talks impeachment with Elizabeth Drew, veteran journalist and author of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall. Her heralded dissection of the Nixon and Clinton sagas makes her the go-to on the pending Trump impeachment.

51 MINOCT 13
Comments
Journalist Elizabeth Drew Explains Impeachment to Al

A Conversation with Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Al travels to Leader Reid’s home in Henderson, Nevada, to discuss his life and career, with a special focus on their relationship during the years he and Al overlapped in Senate.

60 MINOCT 6
Comments
A Conversation with Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
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