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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. His new show “Pod Save the World” will bring you behind the scenes into White House Situation Room meetings and s…

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    World Corrupt Episode 7: Stoppage Time!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 59:08


    Tommy and Rog examine a tournament in which politics, sport and humanity have all been laid bare; USMNT captain Tyler Adams' leadership and poise when answering questions from Iran's state-run media; and what political and social scrutiny the United States could face as co-host for the 2026 World Cup.

    Covid protests rock China

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 67:19


    Tommy and Ben discuss the anti-covid lockdown protests sweeping across China, soccer and politics at the World Cup, including the US win over Iran, Biden's steady effort to thaw relations with Venezuela, updates from Ukraine, Belarus and Malaysia, news about the royal family and a victory for a boring French man. Then Ben is joined by Emma Belcher, President of the Ploughshares Fund to discuss how credible Russia's nuclear threat really is.

    World Corrupt Episode 6: A Dystopian World Cup

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 73:22


    Tommy and Rog discuss what has been a surreal tournament thus far, from FIFA President Gianni Infantino's astoundingly tone-deaf first-person speech, to a crackdown on armbands, to which countries have had the courage to stand up against injustice. 

    Thanksgiving Mailbag!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 61:19


    Tommy and Ben answer all of your burning foreign policy questions and give recommendations for what to read and watch over the holidays. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.

    Did Russia bomb Poland?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 75:58


    Tommy and Ben cover the latest news out of Russia and Ukraine including reports that a Russian missile struck Poland, President Biden's trip overseas, why this was a terrible week for Cryptocurrency, the UAE's efforts to influence US politics, news about foreign corruption and influence peddling in Washington, the Iranian regime cracking down on teenage protests, a deadly attack in Turkey, and why an FBI investigation has angered the Israeli government. Then Tommy talks with US special envoy for Climate John Kerry about the COP27 UN climate summit in Egypt.

    Hope from Brazil

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 75:37


    Ben and Tommy cover the ongoing debate about whether the US should be having talks with Russia about the war in Ukraine, and how Republican control of Congress might impact US military support, rare candor from a Russian oligarch, disgraced Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is back, a racist lawmaker is condemned in France, the climate change summit in Egypt and more. Then Ben is joined by Brazilian politician Tabata Amaral to discuss Bolsonaro's defeat, what it means for Brazil's future, and how to protect democracy globally. 

    World Corrupt Episode 5: A Call to Action

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2022 42:03


    With the beginning of the tournament just over two weeks away, Tommy and Roger dig into the significance of athlete activism as they learn more about the dangerous and abusive living situations faced by migrant workers. Formerly imprisoned migrant worker Malcolm Bidali recounts the abuses he suffered in Qatar. Human rights activists Nick McGeehan and May Ramanos also join to articulate how and why athletes and fans alike need to keep the pressure on FIFA even after the World Cup concludes.

    Bye Bye Bolsonaro

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 78:54


    Tommy and Ben rejoice over Jair Bolsonaro's defeat in Brazil and stress over early exit polls from Israel's election that suggest Bibi Netanyahu might get back into power. Then they cover the latest in Ukraine, tragedies in South Korea and India, the potential national security implications of Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter, and some unexpected good news on climate change. Then Tommy is joined by USAID Administrator Samantha Power to discuss the worsening global food crisis, the Black Sea Grain Initiative and why it matters, and the protests in Iran.

    World Corrupt Episode 4: The Dark Side of the 2022 World Cup

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2022 40:10


    Tommy and Roger consider the complexities and deadly consequences of Qatar hosting the World Cup. You'll hear from human rights activists and experts about what life is like in Qatar for migrant workers, and from Norwegian FIFA president Lise Klaveness and pro footballers Megan Rapinoe and Tim Sparv about the power of sports activism in the fight for justice.

    The newest new British PM, with David Lammy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 81:43


    Tommy and Ben cover the wild week in British politics, the push for diplomacy in Ukraine from progressive Democrats, why former Chinese President Hu Jintao was dragged off stage at China's party conference meeting, the US-Saudi relationship, former Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu's right-wing comeback bid, Brazil's upcoming election and more. Then Ben is joined by British Labour MP David Lammy to talk about new British PM Rishi Sunak and the future of the Labour Party.

    World Corrupt Episode 3: Qatar's path to the World Cup

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2022 41:17


    Tommy and Roger look at how a country roughly the size of Connecticut with documented human rights violations was awarded the World Cup bid. They're joined by Tariq Panja of the New York Times to discuss FIFA's corrupt history, and global sports expert Simon Chadwick to explain the concept of sportswashing and why Qatar would want hosting duties in the first place.

    The British PM vs a head of lettuce

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 79:07


    Ben and Tommy cover the latest from Ukraine, the ongoing disaster that is the Liz Truss-led Tory government in the UK, how former US military officials are making big money in Saudi Arabia, China's party congress, the Iran protests, BTS joins the military, Biden's surprising new proposals on Venezuela and Haiti, and some comedy via Bob Woodward and Jared Kushner. Then Tommy talks with the New York Times Magazine's Robert Draper about his new book, Weapons of Mass Delusion: When the Republican Party Lost its Mind, and about the Iraq war.

    World Corrupt Episode 2: “The Most Corrupt Thing I've Ever Seen”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2022 41:57


    Roger and Tommy dig into the history of FIFA, the governing body of international football, and trace FIFA's long history of corruption up to the moment they awarded the World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar. Tariq Panja of The New York Times shares insight into how FIFA operates and former Justice Department official Matt Miller recounts the misconduct he witnessed firsthand at a World Cup bid.

    Chinese Communist Party Coachella

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 85:00


    Tommy and Ben cover the latest from the war in Ukraine, including the bombing of a Russian bridge to Crimea and Russia's response, the latest on the protests in Iran, why an OPEC decision is leading the US to rethink the US-Saudi partnership, how British PM Liz Truss is making history and waging war on podcasters, why Elon Musk will not shut up and some scandal updates. Then Ben talks with former Australian PM Kevin Rudd about the upcoming Chinese Communist Party leadership conference.

    World Corrupt Episode 1: A Toxic Love Affair between Politics and Sports

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2022 47:40


    This fall, when the eyes of the world turn towards Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a shadow looms over the tournament, which is one of the most watched events in the world. The sports landscape being co-opted for geo-political and corporate gain is nothing new, but this year's iteration of football's biggest competition may be the most expensive example to date. Pod Save the World's Tommy Vietor and Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers join forces to unravel the riddle of how to enjoy the game we love while holding the powers that control it accountable for their corruptive policies and practices. On this inaugural episode of World Corrupt, a collaboration from Men in Blazers Media Network and Crooked Media, the two hosts share the memories that helped them first fall in love with soccer, while also looking back into the annals of history at past instances of a phenomenon known as "sportswashing.”

    Fighting for freedom in Iran

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 83:40


    Tommy and Ben discuss the latest news out of Ukraine, including the increasingly vocal criticism of the war effort from Putin's allies and talk of nuclear weapons use. Then they cover the election results in Brazil, prisoner releases, trickle down economics get humiliated in the UK, a coup in Burkina Faso, and shorter updates from around the world. Then Tommy speaks with Yeganeh Rezaian from the Committee to Protect Journalists about the protests in Iran, her experience with Iran's brutal morality police, and what Americans and the US government should do to support this movement.

    World Corrupt: Coming October 8th

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 3:03


    Soccer is a game which has often been called “the world's most important least important thing.” However this November's World Cup, the most-watched sporting competition on the planet, forces fans to grapple with the complexities of a tournament which has been twisted into a public relations exercise for Qatar, a country smaller than the state of Connecticut, with a shocking human rights record, that has built the tournament's infrastructure with migrant labor practices that have left a reported 6,500 dead. This dilemma is at the core of World Corrupt, a six-episode collaboration from Men in Blazers Media Network and Crooked Media. Starting October 8, Men in Blazers' Roger Bennett and Pod Save the World's Tommy Vietor will join forces to explore what it means to be a fan and a responsible citizen of the world while navigating a sports landscape that is increasingly being co-opted for geo-political and corporate gain.

    Fighting fascists with Bernie Sanders

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 73:32


    Ben and Tommy talk about the new right-wing government in Italy, the growing protests in Iran, Russia's troop mobilization and sham referendums in eastern Ukraine, new British PM Liz Truss nearly tanks global markets, Jared Kushner gets a big boy award, the latest on the Mar-a-Lago documents saga, Cuba, NASA and the CIA starts a podcast. Then Ben talks with Senator Bernie Sanders about the upcoming elections in Brazil. 

    How Russia could lose the war

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 81:50


    Tommy and Ben talk about reports about Russian intelligence and misinformation operations abroad, Biden on Taiwan, El Salvador and US policy towards Central America, the Queen's funeral, Speaker Pelosi's visit to Armenia, protests in Iran, how the EU might punish Hungary, the Saudi golf tour hires a lobbyist, and the scandal rocking the international chess world. Then Ben interviews Kyiv Independent defense reporter Illia Ponomarenko about why Russia is losing their grip and Ukraine's pathway to success.

    Ukraine's shocking counteroffensive

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 75:05


    Tommy and Ben cover the successful Ukrainian military counteroffensive, what it means for Zelensky and Putin and the next phase of the war. They also discuss the rise of a far-right party in Sweden, the latest news about the Queen of England's funeral, famine in east Africa, Biden and refugees and why Obama yelled at Steph Curry about the moon landing. Then Tommy interviews US Trade Representative Katherine Tai about China, Taiwan, and how to make voters believe free trade will help them.

    The life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 64:54


    In this bonus episode, Tommy and Ben discuss the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II. Then Ben is joined by historian Dan Snow to dig deeper into the Queen's place in British history.

    The new British Prime Minister

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 65:46


    This week, Ben and Tommy talk about the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss, Israel's bizarre rules for visitors to the West Bank, Chileans vote down a new constitution, an assassination attempt in Argentina, updates on Ukraine, Politico's new owner, China's covid lockdowns, Kenya's election, Nigel Farage gets a new product line and a BBQ row roils France.

    Who is winning the war in Ukraine?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 71:11


    Tommy and Ben talk about reports that Ukraine launched a new offensive against Russian troop and ask the question, who is winning the war? They also cover the impending European energy crisis, the death of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, reports that Trump brags about having intelligence on the French President's sex life, floods in Pakistan, new pentagon rules to prevent civilian casualties and more. Then Ben talks with Associated Press reporter Samya Kullab about the political crisis in Iraq. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.

    Let Sanna Marin dance!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 83:36


    Ben and Tommy cover the latest on the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, the dumb controversy over Sanna Marin - the PM of Finland - dancing, Colombia considers decriminalizing cocaine, forced labor in China, Brazil's upcoming election, Imran Khan in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia gives the west the finger, Dennis Rodman goes to Russia and more. Then Max Seddon from the Financial Times joins to discuss a recent car bomb attack near Moscow that killed a far-right propagandist and daughter of a right-wing Russian philosopher.

    Adam Schiff on Trump's classified cache

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 81:34


    Ben and Tommy cover the latest on the classified information seized at Mar-a-Lago, the one year anniversary of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, assassination attempts connected to Iran, Austin Tice, the former Australian PM's secret jobs, Kenya's presidential election, Ukraine, Myanmar, TikTok and disinformation and bears tripping balls. Then Ben talks with Congressman Adam Schiff about possible ramifications of the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, potential national security fallout, and what this tells us about what Trump would do if he won in 2024.

    The FBI raids Mar-a-Lago

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 82:22


    Tommy and Ben cover the national security implications of the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, Israel bombs targets in Gaza, good news about the Iran deal and climate change, a historic first for the Marine Corps, Trump and his generals, Viktor Orban attends fascist CPAC Coachella, and a verdict for Brittney Griner. Then Tommy talks with podcaster Emily Y. Wu about Speaker Pelosi's visit to Taiwan and the Chinese response.

    Zawahiri is dead, Pelosi's in Taiwan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 70:46


    Tommy and Ben cover the drone strike against Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, Speaker Pelosi's trip to Taiwan, the latest news from Ukraine, including the debate over adding Russia to the State Sponsor of Terrorism list, news about Russian intelligence operations in the US, Trump weighs in on Brittney Griner's case, excerpts from a wild profile of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, why there's tensions between Kosovo and Serbia and the first ever international take appreciators. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. 

    Introducing: Another Russia

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 37:03


    In 2015 Putin's number one public enemy, Boris Nemtsov, was shot and killed in front of the Kremlin. He was a relentless critic of Putin, corruption, and war in Ukraine. Then, he was assassinated. His daughter, journalist Zhanna Nemtsova, and co-host Ben Rhodes tell his story to find out what happened to an entire country – and what happens next. Is another Russia possible? Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/another-russia/id1634279839 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1edslXTCkkMFeN8htn1iAy?si=1G14a5slQ-uURxuxsTmbpA Crooked: https://crooked.com/podcast-series/another-russia/

    China picks a fight with Pelosi

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 90:14


    This week, Ben and Tommy explain why the Chinese government is freaking out about Speaker Pelosi visiting Taiwan, the latest news from Ukraine, the climate change bomb that might go off in Congo, Viktor Orban's latest racist rant, Pope Francis's trip to Canada, and why 9/11 families are doubling down on their criticism of Trump while the Saudi government plans a monument to stupidity in the desert, and much more. Then Ben talks with Zhanna Nemtsova about their new podcast Another Russia, which explores the murder of Zhanna's father and what it tells us about Russia today. Listen to Another Russia here or wherever you get your podcasts.

    A fist bump to remember

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 78:58


    Tommy and Ben cover President Biden's trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia, explain why 9/11 families are furious at Donald Trump, discuss what can happen internationally on climate change without US action, the latest from Sri Lanka, why the Prime Minister of Italy may resign, then we laugh at Fox News's foreign coverage, Mike Pompeo's presidential ambitions, a French mustard shortage and what Boris Johnson's successors think about him. Finally, Tommy is joined by Politico's Christopher Miller to discuss the latest news from Ukraine.

    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's assassination

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 89:06


    Tommy and Ben discuss the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, protest in Sri Lanka, President Biden's trip to the Middle East, the latest news from Ukraine and Brittney Griner's prosecution in Russia, Condoleezza Rice's new job and John Bolton weighs in on coups. Then Ben talks with long-time diplomat and Asia expert Danny Russel about the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, politics in Japan, and Abe's legacy.

    Boris Johnson Brexits

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 61:34


    Ben and Tommy record a bonus episode on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's resignation with special guest and friend of the pod David Lammy, Labour MP and shadow Foreign Secretary of State.

    Why Brexit still sucks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 70:46


    Ben and Tommy answer your questions about the Labour Party's leadership, Brexit and the UK's refugee policies, “Russification” in Ukraine, Latin America, the risk from and rise of China, Yemen, Sri Lanka, climate change, favorite simple pleasures, pet peeves, favorite places to visit, and book recommendations. Crooked Coffee is now available at crooked.com/coffee!

    Jesus take the wheel (before Trump does)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 76:20


    For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.

    Inside Navalny's operation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 71:31


    Ben lays out the significance of the elections and governmental shakeups in Israel, Colombia, and France and talks through the latest on the war in Ukraine. Then Ben talks with Alexei Navalny's chief of staff Leonid Volkov in Copenhagen about Navalny's fate, his media operation, and Putin's propaganda machine.

    Worldo Mailbag!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 73:00


    In this special mailbag episode, Tommy and Ben answer listener questions on topics including framing climate change as a national security interest, how both artificial intelligence and migration are going to become headline issues in the years to come, why Democrats are better at foreign policy, Myanmar, their top Pearl Jam albums, career advice for those who want to work in foreign policy, and more. Plus, they offer their takes on the NBA Finals, Taylor Swift, Jared Kushner taking James Patterson's masterclass, and the Saudi golf league.  For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.

    Justin Trudeau is in studio!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 86:05


    Tommy and Ben interview Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the state of democracy, gun control, Ukraine and the best comedians in Canada. Then they cover the Summit of the Americas, the latest from Ukraine, President Biden's upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, why Jared Kushner could be in trouble, how Poland is showing what a post Roe America might look like, why confidence is waning in British PM Boris Johnson, lasers and the Platinum Jubilee got weird.

    Ukraine and the global food crisis with Samantha Power

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 75:58


    Tommy and Ben cover the latest news from Ukraine, including the EU's plan to ban most imports of Russian oil, reports that Iran has enough nuclear material to make a bomb, how other countries have prevented gun violence, a major election in Colombia, President Biden meets BTS, the Queen's Jubilee controversy, and climate activists say let the Mona Lisa eat cake. Then Ben speaks with USAID Administrator Samantha Power about how the war in Ukraine is creating a global food shortage and what we can do to help. Crooked Coffee launches 6/21. Sign-up to be the first to sip: http://go.crooked.com/coffee-pstw

    Biden (sort of?) pledges to defend Taiwan

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 86:10


    Tommy and Ben talk about President Biden's trip to Asia, whether the US would defend Taiwan in a war with China, the latest news from Ukraine, including calls for Ukraine to cut a deal with Russia and the growing food crisis. They also cover a plot to assassinate George W Bush, fascism in Hungary, charges of anti-semitism against progressives and US policy towards Israel, MAGA grifters and Boris Johnson's party pics. Then Ben talks to Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield about her efforts at the UN to help Ukraine and tackle the international food crisis.

    The Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 84:38


    Ben and Tommy talk about the latest news from Ukraine, including the latest from Mariupol, Finland and Sweden's application to join NATO, and Mitch McConnell's visit to Kyiv. Then they explain why countries are threatening to boycott the Summit of the Americas, changes to Biden's Cuba policy, news of a major covid outbreak in North Korea, the upcoming elections in Australia, Eurovision and rocking out at the Queen's Jubilee. Then Tommy talks with Palestinian writer Jalal Abukhater about the killing of al Jazeera journalist  Shireen Abu Akleh in the occupied West Bank.

    Raining on Putin's Victory Day parade

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 91:49


    Tommy and Ben cover the latest news from Ukraine, including more money and weapons from the US, the First Lady's visit to Ukraine, intelligence leaks and Vladimir Putin's underwhelming Victory Day speech. Then they cover the historic election in Northern Ireland, more dumb scandals in the UK, protests and violence in Sri Lanka, a depressing election result in the Philippines, the CIA's message for Brazil and more Trump officials write books. And then Ben talks with Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo about sanctions against Russia and the global economic impact of the war in Ukraine. With our constitutionally protected right to abortion under attack, abortion funds are working nonstop to make sure people can still access (and afford) abortion.Visit votesaveamerica.com/roe to learn more, donate, and take action. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.

    Bill Gates on preventing the next pandemic

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 79:28


    Tommy and Ben talk about the latest in Ukraine, including Ukrainian attacks on targets in Russia, Biden's $33 billion aid request, and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov's insane attempt to blame the Jews for the Holocaust. Then they cover the upcoming election in the Philippines, France's resurgent left, Saudi Arabia, a former CIA agent turned life coach, QAnon runs for congress and more humiliation for Tory party MPs. Finally, Tommy talks with Bill Gates about his new book, How to Prevent the Next Pandemic. With our constitutionally protected right to abortion under attack, abortion funds are working nonstop to make sure people can still access (and afford) abortion. Visit votesaveamerica.com/roe to learn more, donate, and take action. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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