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“Pod Save America” cohost Tommy Vietor thought foreign policy was boring and complicated until he got the education of a lifetime working for President Obama’s National Security Council. On “Pod Save the World,” he and former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes break down the latest developments and bring you behind the scenes with the people who were there. New episodes every Wednesday.

Bobi Wine’s fight against a military dictatorship

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  • 100 views
  • 4 months ago
  • 01:25:59

Tommy and Ben discuss the line between legitimate criticism of Israel and antisemitism, and how people like Mike Pompeo lie and blur that line to shut down policy debates, a former Trump aide’s claims about the origin of Covid-19, Biden’s moves to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal, US-Egypt policy, Australia’s attempts to regulate big tech, allegations that a Trump supporting mercenary-for-hire named Erik Prince violated an arms embargo on Libya, and more. Then Tommy interviews Uganda politician, former presidential candidate, and musician Bobi Wine about his brave fight against a military dictator and how US assistance can prop up anti-democratic leaders. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsavetheworld.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Biden confronts the war in Afghanistan

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  • 96 views
  • 4 months ago
  • 01:26:21

Tommy and Ben talk through Biden’s options in Afghanistan, updates on the coup in Myanmar, censorship in China, the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine in Israel, government transparency in Mexico, LGBTQ+ rights in the UK, crackdowns on activists in India and Egypt, and royal baby updates. Then Ben interviews Congresswoman Ilhan Omar about the dangers of reflexively tightening domestic terrorism laws. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsavetheworld  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Why Rihanna cares about the farmers' protests in India (and you should too)

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  • 85 views
  • 4 months ago
  • 59:54

Tommy and Ben discuss the farmers’ protests in India, updates on the situation in Myanmar, Biden’s big foreign policy speech, Canada’s classification of the Proud Boys as a terrorist organization, debate over definitions of anti-Semitism and the double standards when critiquing Israel, and the political situation in Haiti. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsavetheworld  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

The coup in Myanmar, explained

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  • 82 views
  • 5 months ago
  • 01:25:20

Tommy and Ben discuss the military takeover in Myanmar and how President Biden should respond, Alexey Navalny's sentencing in Russia, Poland's near-total abortion ban, the Biden administration's pause on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, textbook revisions in Saudi Arabia, and disparities in Israel's mass vaccination campaign. Then Ben talks to journalist and host of the Black Diplomats podcast Terrell Jermaine Starr about how domestic activism fits into American foreign policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Putin's plush palace

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  • 80 views
  • 5 months ago
  • 01:21:21

Tommy and Ben discuss President Biden’s first call with Vladimir Putin as President and the US-Russia relationship, Rob Malley and the fight over Biden’s Iran policy, Biden’s approach to Venezuela, Chinese sanctions on former Trump officials, why Google might be leaving Australia, chaos in the Italian government and more. Then Russian journalist Alexey Kovalev joins to talk about the mass protests in support of Alexey Navalny and how the Kremlin is reacting Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

How the world sees our election

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  • 130 views
  • 8 months ago
  • 01:15:55

Tommy and Ben talk with British Member of Parliament David Lammy about how the world views the US election. Then they talk about protests over abortion rights in Poland, fears of civil war in Ethiopia, reports about US cyber attacks against hackers to prevent election interference, how social media companies handled election disinformation and reports of a Royal covid coverup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices