Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of ‘The West Wing,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. Join him every weeknight.
The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell podcast is a favorite among listeners who appreciate Lawrence's style and his ability to bring sense to the daily political mess we find ourselves in. With a Walter Cronkite-esque delivery, he provides a calm voice of reason amidst the chaos. His storytelling is masterful, and his guests are engaging and informative. For those looking for truth and intelligent perspective, this podcast delivers.
One of the best aspects of The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell podcast is Lawrence himself. His delivery is impeccable, combining intelligence, empathy, and knowledge. As a former senate aide and the son of a former police officer turned lawyer, he brings unique insight to his work. His voice is smooth and pleasant to listen to, making each episode an enjoyable experience. Furthermore, his dedication to speaking truth and calling out lies in these dangerous times is commendable.
While the podcast overall provides valuable content, there are some aspects that could be improved upon. Specifically, some listeners have expressed dissatisfaction with the inclusion of ghastly Etsy ads that disrupt the flow of the podcast. The voice actor used in these ads has been criticized for not being pleasant to listen to, resulting in a negative listening experience. It would be beneficial if these ads were reconsidered or reworked to enhance rather than detract from the podcast.
In conclusion, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell podcast is a highly recommended source of news and analysis. Lawrence's expertise, storytelling abilities, and dedication to truth make each episode informative and thought-provoking. While there may be room for improvement regarding certain elements such as ad placement, overall it remains a must-listen for those seeking intelligent perspectives on current events in these challenging times.
Tonight on The Last Word: An Ohio ballot measure protecting abortions is now in effect. Also, a federal appeals court upholds a narrower version of the Trump gag order in Jack Smith's 2020 election case. Plus, the U.S. economy adds nearly 200,000 jobs in November. Vladimir Putin says he will run for reelection next year. And the U.N. warns Gaza is “on the brink of full-blown collapse.” Dr. Lauren Beene, NH State Rep. Alexis Simpson, Harry Litman, Amb. Michael McFaul and Nicholas Kristof join Ali Velshi.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump tells the court he intends to appeal the immunity denial. Also, President Biden focuses on the threat Trump poses if he's reelected. And a teacher in Malawi inspires students to study hard to achieve their dreams. Joyce Vance, Melissa Murray, Rep. Eric Swalwell and Chris Whipple join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Liz Cheney's book reveals new details about January 6. Also, Cheney's book details the “courage” of Cassidy Hutchinson. And Republicans block an assault weapons ban in the Senate. House Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi, Cassidy Hutchinson and Sen. Raphael Warnock join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Speaker Mike Johnson describes the “slow process” to blur January 6 riot videos before releasing them. Also, Sen. Tommy Tuberville ends his monthslong block of most military promotions. And Nelson Mandela's grandson reflects on his legacy ten years later. Andrew Weissmann, Barbara McQuade, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Kweku Mandela join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Former Rep. Liz Cheney warns against reelecting Donald Trump. Also, the Trump gag order remains in place after his lawyers' blunder. Plus, Trump loses two major January 6 legal battles. And Vice President Harris says the U.S. is working with Israel to secure the release of hostages. Jen Psaki, Andrew Weissmann, Barbara McQuade and David Rothkopf join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: A Washington, D.C. judge rejects Donald Trump's “presidential immunity” claim. Also, a Trump attorney argues Trump might not be able to be tried in Georgia until 2029. Plus, the House expels indicted GOP Rep. George Santos. And deadly fighting resumes in Gaza as the ceasefire ends. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Joyce Vance, Amy Lee Copeland, Rep. Glenn Ivey, Norm Ornstein and Noga Tarnopolsky join Ali Velshi.
Tonight on The Last Word: A court document reveals a Trump co-defendant's private comments. Also, Democrats tout the Biden agenda in swing states ahead of 2024. Plus, the lies of George Santos were attacked on the House floor by other Republican liars. Secretary Blinken meets with Israeli and Palestinian officials. And K.I.N.D. Fund scholarships students express their gratitude for the ability to stay in school. Glenn Kirschner, Andrew Weissmann, Gov. Josh Shapiro and Roger Cohen join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump attacks MSNBC in a late night social media post. Also, Trump reportedly ignored his attorney's warnings to comply with the classified documents probe subpoena. Plus, Senate Democrats plan to vote on the subpoenas in the Supreme Court ethics probe. And a Biden campaign ad warns younger Americans about Trump's renewed push to repeal Obamacare. Jelani Cobb, Andrew Weissmann, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Maxwell Frost join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: A new report details what Mike Pence told Special Counsel Jack Smith's team about interactions with Donald Trump before January 6. Also, Rep. George Santos could face a House expulsion vote this week. Plus, SAG-AFTRA releases a draft contract as members enter the final week of voting. And Lawrence explains how three dollars could help change the life of a student in Malawi. Neal Katyal, Harry Litman, Rep. Daniel Goldman and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Special Counsel Jack Smith cites threats to the New York Trump judge in an appeal over the gag order in the 2020 election case. Also, new details emerge about Trump's last minute pardons. Plus, 11 more hostages are released after Israel and Hamas agree to a two-day ceasefire extension. And Chisomo Daimon shares her dream of becoming a pharmacist. Andrew Weissmann, Barbara McQuade and Ben Rhodes join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump's rhetoric and policies echo authoritarian leaders. Also, Vladimir Putin faces western leaders' criticisms at the Virtual G20 Leaders' Summit. Plus, a new documentary reflects on the power of Black voters. Israel says the hostage release is delayed until at least Friday. And an MSNBC film, “Unconditional,” explores issues tied to mental health. Quentin Fulks, Kate DeGruyter, Amb. Michael McFaul, Charles Blow, David Noriega and Richard Lui join Symone Sanders-Townsend.
Tonight on The Last Word: New details about Pres. Biden's role in the hostage deal. Also, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis argues to revoke a Trump co-defendant's bail. Plus, Defense Secretary Austin travels to Kyiv to announce a $100M military aid package for Ukraine. And former Trump White House and Trump administration officials say Donald Trump should not be president again. Ben Rhodes, Ronen Bergman, Gwen Keyes, Harry Litman and Timothy Snyder join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: A federal appeals court signals it could keep the Trump gag order in place for the 2020 election case brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith. Also, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis proposes August 5 for the Trump Georgia RICO trial. And Joyce Chisale provides an update on her journey through medical school in Malawi. Glenn Kirschner, Andrew Weissmann and Neal Katyal join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump remains the world's biggest threat amid global chaos. Also, a Trump whistleblower announces his run for Congress. Plus, the UN Security Council calls for Gaza humanitarian pauses. And a new MSNBC documentary, “Periodical,” examines reproductive policies and culture. Joyce Vance, Ben Collins, Eugene Vindman, Noga Tarnopolsky, Nicholas Kristof, Madeleine Morales and Anusha Singh join Ali Velshi.
Tonight on The Last Word: The House Ethics Committee releases a scathing report on Rep. George Santos. Also, Donald Trump's hush money case is set to begin in March 2024. Plus, Judge Cannon denies Special Counsel Jack Smith's request for a hearing on Trump lawyers' classified documents usage. And The Washington Post publishes photos of devastation caused by AR-15 shootings. Rep. Glenn Ivey, Rep. Robert Garcia, Glenn Kirschner, Barbara McQuade and Ryan Busse join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: President Biden announces major moves on fentanyl and military communications after meeting with China's Xi Jinping. Also, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Plus, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey is seeking a fourth term in the 2024 battleground. And members of Pussy Riot stage a protest against the Indiana abortion ban at the state Supreme Court. Ben Rhodes, Rick Stengel, Andrew Weissmann, Gwen Keyes, Sen. Bob Casey and Nadya Tolokonnikova join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis files for an emergency protective order after plea deal videos were leaked. Also, Special Counsel Jack Smith urges an appeals court to reinstate Donald Trump's gag order. Plus, a Senate rule change could end GOP Sen. Tuberville's military blockade. And NJ Democratic Rep. Andy Kim will primary embattled Sen. Bob Menendez who is defying calls for him to resign. Gwen Keyes, Andrew Weissmann, Neal Katyal, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Andy Kim join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump attacks Jack Smith and his family while the partial gag order on him is temporarily suspended. Also, the Supreme Court adopts a conduct code amid the ethics scandals. And Democrat Gabe Amo is sworn in as Rhode Island's first Black congressman. Neal Katyal, Joyce Vance, Gwen Keyes, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Gabe Amo join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Democrats and abortion rights win big in local elections. Also, parents help Democrats retake control of a Pennsylvania school board. Plus, the SAG-AFTRA board approves an historic deal to end the strike. And a judge denies Donald Trump's request to delay the classified documents trial. PA Rep. Joanna McClinton, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Jane Cramer, Erin Reed, Justine Bateman and Bradley Moss join Ali Velshi.
Tonight on The Last Word: Ivanka Trump testifies in the New York civil fraud trial. Also, Trump's lawyers argue that the appeals court should deny a partial gag order in Jack Smith's DC federal prosecution of Trump. Plus, Democrats win full control of the Virginia legislature. And Ohioans vote in favor of protecting abortion rights. Adam Klasfeld, Faith Gay, Andrew Weissmann, Del. Charniele Herring, Heather Williams, Rep. Joyce Beatty and Rep. Emilia Sykes join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Abortion rights are expected to be a key issue in 2024. Also, Special Counsel Jack Smith responds to Donald Trump's attempts to toss the 2020 case. Plus, the House votes to censure Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib. And Elizabeth Moynihan dies at 94 years old. Steve Kornacki, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Sen. Jon Tester, Neal Katyal and Andrew Weissmann join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump makes a crucial admission in the New York civil fraud trial. Also, Rachel Maddow discusses her new book, “Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism.” And Special Counsel Jack Smith rejects Trump's efforts to dismiss the January 6 case. Adam Klasfeld, Mary Trump, Rachel Maddow, Glenn Kirschner and Barbara McQuade join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump embraces the fringe in his 2024 presidential campaign. Also, Trump's lawyers get a gag order in the New York fraud trial. Plus, the U.S. economy adds 150,000 jobs in October. Secretary Blinken raises concerns about civilians caught in Gaza fighting. And President Biden pays his respects to the victims of the Maine mass shooting. Ryan Reilly, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Adam Klasfeld, Gene Sperling, Ronen Bergman and Mayor Carl Sheline join Ali Velshi.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump makes an appeal for an emergency stay on the Washington, D.C. gag order. Also, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. testify in the New York civil fraud trial. Plus, the House passes a bill Biden and Schumer have vowed to stop tying Israel aid to cuts at the IRS. And Russia capitalizes on the Israel-Hamas war as Congress stalls on aid for Ukraine. Andrew Weissmann, Adam Klasfeld, Tim O'Brien, Charles Blow and Timothy Snyder join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump Jr. testifies in the New York civil fraud trial. Also, a judge could delay Donald Trump's classified documents trial. Plus, Maine gun laws come under scrutiny after the mass shooting. And evacuations from Gaza at the Rafah Border Crossing begin. Adam Klasfeld, Tim O'Brien, Bradley Moss, Glenn Kirschner, Tennessee State Rep. Justin J. Pearson, Ellison Barber and Nicholas Kristof join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: A federal judge reinstates the gag order on Donald Trump in the Washington, D.C. election case. Also, Israeli ground forces push deeper into Gaza. Plus, an election denier becomes the new GOP House speaker. And Mike Pence drops out of the 2024 presidential race. Andrew Weissmann, Neal Katyal, Gwen Keyes, Ronen Bergman, Jamelle Bouie and Stuart Stevens join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: The trial for allowing Donald Trump on the 2024 Colorado ballot begins. Plus, Israeli forces are reportedly closing in on Gaza City. And House Republicans introduce a stand-alone Israel aid package separate from Ukraine aid. Neal Katyal, Paul Butler, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Ellison Barber, Ronen Bergman, and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell join Jonathan Capehart.
Officials in Maine announced that the mass shooting suspect Robert Card has been found dead by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart is joined by Jonathan Dienst, Marissa Parra, Tom Winter, Frank Figliuzzi, Rep. Chellie Pingree, Carmen Best, Marla Hoffman, and Leroy Walker.
Tonight on The Last Word: Robert Card is named as a suspect in the Maine mass shooting. Also, the Pentagon says the strikes in Syria are “intended solely to protect and defend U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria.” And new GOP Speaker Mike Johnson's extreme views emerge. Katherine Schweit, Robert D'Amico, Peter Alexander, Courtney Kube, Col. Jack Jacobs, Andrea Mitchell and Rep. Angie Craig join Jonathan Capehart.
Tonight on The Last Word, a former Trump attorney has pleaded guilty in the Georgia Election case. Trump was reportedly furious in court Tuesday listening to Michael Cohen's testimony in the New York fraud trial. After three weeks, House Republicans still do not have a Speaker. And officials in Gaza say the humanitarian crisis there is dire as the health system faces “complete collapse.” Joining MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart is Amy Lee Copeland, Barbara McQuade, Neal Katyal, Tim O'Brien, Adam Klasfeld, Rep. Maxwell Frost, and Ronen Bergman.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump attacks Special Counsel Jack Smith after a judge pauses the gag order. Also, eight House Republican candidates join the speaker race. And a new aid convoy enters Gaza through the Rafah Border Crossing. Joyce Vance, Bradley Moss, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Harry Dunn, Ellison Barber and Ronen Bergman join Jonathan Capehart.
Tonight on The Last Word: House Republicans again fail to elect a speaker. Also, two American hostages are released by Hamas. Plus, Trump ally Kenneth Chesebro pleads guilty in the Georgia case. And a judge rules Donald Trump violated the gag order in the New York fraud case. Norm Ornstein, Jennifer Rubin, Ellison Barber, Noga Tarnopolsky, Andrew Weissmann, Barbara McQuade and Amy Lee Copeland join Ali Velshi.
Tonight on The Last Word: President Biden speaks about the need to support Israel and Ukraine. And Trump co-defendant Sidney Powell pleads guilty in Georgia. Sen. Jacky Rosen, Rep. Daniel Goldman, Andrew Weissmann, Gwen Keyes and Timothy Snyder join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: President Biden is set to deliver an Oval Office speech on Israel and Ukraine Thursday night. Also, Biden meets with the families of victims and hostages while visiting Israel. And 22 GOP members vote against Jim Jordan for House speaker. Alon Pinkas, Rick Stengel, Rep. Eric Swalwell join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: President Biden cancels his trip to Jordan to meet other leaders. Plus, hospital blasts in Gaza are estimated to have killed hundreds. Also, the House Speaker vote continues tomorrow after Jim Jordan loses his first ballot. Ellison Barber, Richard Stengel, Roger Cohen, Rep. James Clyburn, and Ronen Bergman join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: The Washington Post reports U.S. officials waited to reveal President Biden's visit until the Israeli prime minister committed to humanitarian aid for Gaza. Also, a federal judge puts a gag order on Donald Trump in the 2020 election case. And thousands in Gaza flee south as airstrikes continue. Ellison Barber, Ben Rhodes, Rep. Adam Schiff, Andrew Weissmann, Neal Katyal, Roger Parloff and Ronen Bergman join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Secretary Blinken meets with Israeli officials and survivors. Also, the Israeli military says it's preparing for a potential ground assault on Gaza. And the White House says 27 Americans have been killed in the Hamas attacks. Roger Cohen, Ronen Bergman, Ben Rhodes, Richard Engel, Matt Bradley, Rep. Greg Landman and Noga Tarnopolsky join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: President Biden says the U.S. is working on every aspect of the hostage crisis in the Israel-Hamas war. Also, Israel's emergency government forms a “war cabinet.” And Israeli forces and tanks assemble along the border with Gaza. Rep. Daniel Goldman, fmr. Amb. Michael Oren, Noga Tarnopolsky, Rep. Sara Jacobs, Richard Engel and Ronen Bergman join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: President Biden calls the Hamas attacks “pure unadulterated evil.” Also, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to hold a hearing on an Israeli ambassador nominee next week. And Israel aid is jeopardized without a House speaker. Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer, Ronen Bergman, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Richard Engel, Ali Arouzi and Rep. Ruben Gallego join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: President Biden says the U.S. stands “shoulder-to-shoulder” with Israel. Also, Hezbollah and Israeli forces trade fire. And Hamas threatens to execute hostages if Israeli forces bomb civilian houses in Gaza. Matthew Miller, Ronen Bergman, Nicholas Kristof, Ali Velshi, Ali Arouzi, Rick Stengel, Robin Wright and Peter Beinart join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Republicans search for a new speaker after Kevin McCarthy's removal. Also, a white supremacist group shows up to “protect” a Tennessee mayoral candidate. And as we mark banned book week, literacy advocate and actor LeVar Burton joins the program. Also joining Ali Velshi are Rep. Eric Swalwell, Joyce Vance, and Hendrell Remus.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump tries to dismiss or delay the cases against him. Also, Trump drops the $500M lawsuit against Michael Cohen. And Sean Penn's documentary, “Superpower,” chronicles Ukraine's fight for freedom. Barbara McQuade, Glenn Kirschner, Bradley Moss, Adam Klasfeld, Tim O'Brien and Sean Penn join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump begs supporters for money as his legal bills pile up. Also, Republicans struggle to find a new House speaker. And The New York Times reports that a pedestrian was killed when struck by a car driven by Sen. Bob Menendez's wife in 2018. Adam Klasfeld, Tim O'Brien, Catherine Christian, Rep. Maxwell Frost, Stuart Stevens and Will Bunch join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: The House votes to remove Kevin McCarthy as speaker. Also, a New York judge issues a gag order after Donald Trump lies about a clerk. And President Biden assures his allies that Ukraine aid will continue. Rep. James Clyburn, Adam Klasfeld, Tim O'Brien, Andrew Weissmann, Timothy Snyder and Simon Rosenberg join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump appears in court for the New York fraud case. Also, Trump co-defendant Scott Hall pleads guilty in the Georgia case. Plus, Justice Clarence Thomas recuses himself as the Supreme Court refuses to hear John Eastman's appeal. And 31 Democratic senators are calling for Sen. Bob Menendez to resign. Adam Klasfeld, Tim O'Brien, Andrew Weissmann, Amy Lee Copeland and Rep. Andy Kim join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: A new Jack Smith filing cites a Trump social media post about Gen. Milley as potential witness intimidation. Also, New York Attorney General Letitia James is seeking a $250M fine in the Trump fraud suit. Plus, labor unions are notching wins negotiating with businesses. And Ukraine aid is at the center of the shutdown showdown. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Jennifer Rubin, Norm Ornstein, Adam Klasfeld, Tim O'Brien, Eric Haywood, Jeri Ryan and Rep. Adam Smith join Ali Velshi.
Tonight on The Last Word: The hearing in Donald Trump's New York civil case is set for Monday. Also, a looming shutdown threat hangs over the GOP-led House. And President Biden warns against the dangers of Trump Republicans. Plus, Sen. John Fetterman wants to ask indicted Sen. Robert Menendez, “Why haven't you resigned?” Harry Litman, Amy Lee Copeland, Bradley Moss, Rep. Maxwell Frost and Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: District Attorney Fani Willis responds to requests to dismiss the Georgia case. Also, a judge rules Donald Trump committed fraud for “decades.” And President Biden makes history by joining striking auto workers on the picket line. Andrew Weissmann, Glenn Kirschner, Joyce Vance, Tim O'Brien and Sen. Bob Casey join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Former Trump White House aide and January 6th Committee star witness Cassidy Hutchinson joins Lawrence O'Donnell in New York to discuss her new memoir, “Enough,” the parallels of her January 6th testimony to the Watergate testimony from former Nixon aide Alexander Butterfield, the prosecutions of Donald Trump, the mishandling of documents during the Trump administration, and more.
Tonight on The Last Word: Cassidy Hutchinson explains why she testified to the January 6 Committee. Also, Sen. Bob Menendez resists calls for his resignation. And Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee issues an order on juror protection. Rachel Maddow, Jen Psaki, Barbara McQuade, Gwen Keyes and Amy Lee Copeland join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Two House Republicans say they may work with Democrats to force a funding vote. Also, infighting reportedly led a top Trump Georgia lawyer to leave. Plus, Uvalde families join President Biden for the opening of the Federal Gun Violence Prevention Office. And New Jersey Sen. Menendez and his wife are indicted for a bribery scheme. Rep. James Clyburn, Adam Klasfeld, Paul Butler, Amy Lee Copeland, TX State Sen. Roland Gutierrez and Dr. Brian Williams join Jonathan Capehart.