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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.

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The Missing Peace

The Missing Peace

2020-09-1601:20:1610

Tommy and Ben discuss the so-called “peace” deals between the UAE and Israel and Bahrain, the US/Taliban/Afghan peace talks, disturbing allegations from a whistleblower at the Department of Homeland Security, what needs to be done globally to combat climate change, the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe and an Iranian assassination plot. Then former US Ambassador to Russia Mike McFaul joins to talk about the protests in Belarus and how Biden should approach Russia if he wins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Trump’s military complex

Trump’s military complex

2020-09-0901:09:2512

Tommy and Ben discuss reports that Trump routinely denigrates American servicemembers and veterans, including those killed in battle, an update on the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, trouble for Brexit, the BLOB biting back, another Mulan controversy, a Twitter troll briefing the WH press corps, updates on Belarus and the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, why German nationalists and conspiracy theorists are rallying behind Trump, and a climate change scandal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben and guest co-host Karen Attiah, the Global Opinions editor for The Washington Post, talk bout Jared Kushner’s coddling of dictators and his trip to the United Arab Emirates, human rights in Egypt, the latest on the crackdown in Belarus and its implications for journalists, far-right protestors in Germany who threatened to storm the Reichstag, and the global impact of the late Chadwick Boseman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The RNC live from Jerusalem

The RNC live from Jerusalem

2020-08-2601:29:2712

Tommy and Ben talk about the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the foreign-policy focused elements of the Republican National Convention, including Mike Pompeo’s speech from Israel, great news about efforts to eradicate polio, an update on protests in Belarus, why the State Department is wasting money promoting anti-LGBT bigotry, a military coup in Mali, police brutality in the US and India and news from China. Then Ben talks with Brazilian politician Tabata Amaral about Bolsonaro’s response to COVID, his authoritarianism, and how she’s trying to engage women in Brazilian politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Foreign policy analyst and author Rula Jebreal joins to discuss the US-Israel-UAE diplomatic agreement announced last week. Tommy and Ben talk about the major Senate intelligence committee’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, the latest in Belarus, why thousands are protesting in Thailand, a US diplomatic humiliation at the UN, reports that Iran was also paying the Taliban bounties to kill US troops, and updates out of Lebanon, Portugal and Spain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Now that Senator Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s running mate, Ben and Tommy examine her foreign policy record. They also discuss growing concerns about foreign election interference, the disputed election and crackdown in Belarus, how the press is under attack in Hong Kong, Trump’s escalating fight with Chinese tech companies, allegations that Saudi Arabia tried to murder (another) critic abroad, an oil spill in Mauritius, protests in Zimbabwe, eruptions in Indonesia, Putin’s claim he has a Covid vaccine, more ambassadors gone wild and General (???) Bill Belichick. Then Tommy talks with Washington Post Beirut Bureau Chief Liz Sly about the massive explosion that rocked the city and the political and economic crisis in Lebanon before the blast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Explosions in Beirut

Explosions in Beirut

2020-08-0501:06:009

Tommy and Ben talk about the enormous explosions in Beirut, why Cuba has become an issue for Congresswoman Karen Bass in Biden’s VP selection process, Biden’s 2000(!?!) campaign foreign policy advisors, why US troops are leaving Germany, the upcoming election in Belarus, why the Department of Homeland Security was collecting “intelligence” on activists and journalists, why Spain’s former king is in trouble, how schools are coping with COVID, climate change and Bangladesh, Afghanistan and TikTok. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ambassadors Gone Wild

Ambassadors Gone Wild

2020-07-2901:18:447

Tommy and Ben make the case for Susan Rice as Vice President, the latest on escalating tensions between the US and China, US plans to sell advanced armed drones abroad, two Trump donors turned ambassadors are engulfed in scandal, anti-corruption protests threaten the government in Bulgaria, Bob Gates writes a book and we’re confused, the truth about TikTok and things aren’t looking good for Major League Baseball. Then Ben interviews Israeli news anchor Yonit Levi about the massive anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Democrats sound the alarm about foreign election interference. Experts say Israel and the US are responsible for mysterious explosions across Iran. Mike Pompeo uses taxpayer dollars to run for President. A fire on a US Navy ship has major implications. Lebanon’s economy nears collapse. The UAE launched a space craft. The White House threatens to prevent 92 million Chinese citizens from entering the US. A coronavirus update and some baseball news. Then Bernie Sanders’s foreign policy advisor Matt Duss joins to talk about lessons from the 2020 campaign and how to push for a smarter, more progressive foreign policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A leadership fight in Congress that could help make the Democratic Party’s foreign policy more progressive. A far-right nationalist wins reelection in Poland. How other countries are reopening schools during COVID. Egypt cracks down on press freedom. China, the NBA and why ESPN suspended a reporter. Turkey tries to silence critics abroad. China sanctions Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and may sign a strategic deal with Iran. And the US keeps its border closed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Literally no one is surprised that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has contracted COVID, and how Sweden’s terrible response could help us move past the broken debate about reopening our economy. Mysterious explosions at military sites in Iran. Garbage right-wing outlets publish fake news by fake people. Joe Biden’s diplomatic style. China’s legal crackdown on Hong Kong. Neo-Nazis infiltrate the German military. And then Ben talks to Cecila Muñoz, former head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, about Trump's latest heinous efforts to restrict immigration and what the next administration will have to do to change course - and about her new book, "More than Ready." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Explosive reports that the Russia military has been paying Taliban-linked militants to kill US forces in Afghanistan. Tommy and Ben try to figure out why Russia would do this and how the US should respond. China ends Hong Kong’s independence. The LGBT community is under attack in Chechnya. Social media platforms crack down on hate speech. A new strain of pig flu worries scientists. A reexamination of Belgium’s racist, colonial history. Congress tries to weaken encryption. The humanitarian situation in Yemen worsens, and progressive Democrats call out Israeli annexation of the West Bank. Then Congressman Adam Schiff joins to discuss reports of Russian bounties against US troops and the politicization of the US intelligence community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
John Bolton’s sh*tty book

John Bolton’s sh*tty book

2020-06-2401:19:1119

Tommy and Ben talk through some of the explosive revelations in John Bolton’s book, from supporting the construction of concentration camps in China, to thinking it would be “cool” to invade Venezuela to his approach to North Korea and Iran. They also cover news about climate change, Chinese cyberattacks, the ongoing saga of Capt Crozier, the latest with the Coronavirus and an update out of Afghanistan. Then Tommy is joined by Hamed Sinno, the lead singer of one of the biggest bands in the Middle East, Mashrou’ Leila, and an influential LGBTQ rights activist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
An attack on press freedom in the Philippines and what it could mean for the future of their democracy. The two year anniversary of the US-North Korea Singapore summit. Right-wing zealots take over the Voice of America. Fighting between China and India and updates out of Russia. The US threatens to sanction the International Criminal Court (huh?), how right-wing news outlets are being used by foreign intelligence, and Bob Gates and John Bolton sell books. Then Ben talks to Rokhaya Diallo, a French journalist and activist, about the protests against systemic racism and police brutality in France and what's next for President Emmanuel Macron.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Why policing is better abroad

Why policing is better abroad

2020-06-1001:12:1613

Tommy and Ben examine how other countries structure and run their police forces to see if there are policies or tactics the US can adopt to improve outcomes. New data suggests that claims of election fraud in Bolivia were wrong. Why the possibility of creating a Palestinian state is in jeopardy. The international movement to get rid of racist statues and monuments. Trump orders US troops out of Germany. Honor killings in Iran. Why John Bolton is sad. And then the Washington Post’s David Ignatius joins to talk about his new spy novel The Paladin, why Generals are abandoning Trump, General Flynn’s call with Russia and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The world is watching

The world is watching

2020-06-0301:19:3010

The global reaction to the protests in the United States and the scary and inappropriate way the US military is being asked to police them. Trump’s latest fight with the G-7, an update on the war in Libya, why Ted Cruz is threatening Twitter, and locusts. Then Washington Post Global Opinions Editor Karen Attiah joins to talk about how Western media would be covering the protests in the US if they were happening in another country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
False START

False START

2020-05-2701:30:379

China tries to crush dissent in Hong Kong. Tommy and Ben discuss what the White House, Congress and the Biden campaign can do to stop them. Failed diplomacy with North Korea and why the US is walking away from bipartisan arms control agreements. Facebook leadership ignored evidence that the platform was polarizing users and driving them to extremism, the US bans travel from Brazil, scandal erupts in the UK, and Iran and Venezuela increase cooperation. Then Ben talks to Aidan Eyakuze, a Tanzanian activist, about the Tanzanian government's failure to take coronavirus seriously. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Al Qaeda stages its first successful attack on American soil since 9/11, exposing America’s broken relationship with Saudi Arabia. Mike Pompeo fires the man investigating his corruption. Israel accelerates plans to annex West Bank settlements and engages in cyber warfare with Iran. French President Emmanuel Macron loses his majority, a typhoon barrels down on India, and a financier of the Rwandan genocide is apprehended. Marco Rubio takes over the Senate Intelligence Committee as concern grows about foreign interference in the upcoming election, Trump’s war of words with the WHO continues, and we got a super duper missile in the house. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The political fallout from the failed coup attempt in Venezuela. General Flynn and the administration’s attempt to undercut the Mueller probe and punish Trump’s political enemies. The coronavirus weakens Putin’s strongman image. Peace slips further away in Afghanistan. The ongoing, escalating war of words between the US and China and much more. Then Wind of Change host Patrick Radden Keefe joins to discuss spies, propaganda, and how music and culture became weapons in the Cold War. Follow Wind of Change on Spotify to binge all 8 episodes now: https://spoti.fi/WindOfChange Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mercenaries invade Venezuela

Mercenaries invade Venezuela

2020-05-0601:21:3412

Why the Trump administration is directing the intelligence community to prove their claims about China and the coronavirus is so dangerous. A truly unbelievable story about a ragtag group of mercenaries who attempted to invade and stage a coup in Venezuela. Trump’s nominee to be Director of National Intelligence gets a hearing. Then Asia expert Danny Russel joins to talk about White House plans to punish China over the coronavirus, how Beijing might respond, and what the hell we should make of Kim Jong Un’s reemergence after weeks of rumors about his health. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Laurie Holcomb

We have people in migrant camps in Mexico that are not getting the attention they deserve. wWe must take care of those our government have left destitute before we can help refugees in other areas of the world.

Sep 16th
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Kathleen Marshall

hi Tommy and Ben, it's a great comfort to radical leftist like me that you take an interest in BREXIT. The Johnson government have broken I repeat broken International Law even tabling a motion to the legally signed Withdrawal Agreement, let alone disregard 3 acts of settlement (bypassing Holyrood, Stormont and Cardiff). UK is currently cursed to be living in Interesting Times with these shower of clowns in Westminster. May I suggest you catch up with friend of the pod David Lammy he'll get you all straight.

Sep 10th
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Donna Hendershot

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Aug 28th
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Itay Avi

The guest this episode seems to be a master of avoiding questions and using emotionally loaded and manipulative language. It's not fitting the level of analysis expected from this podcast.

Aug 27th
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Sasha Anne Lyn

Much appreciated commentary on Cuba and the United States' weirdly complicated relationship. I hope Democratic leadership (once in power again) have finally learned from this Trump administration circus to not to include (always disingenous) Reoublican talking points an conversation framework. Privately one could say: If Republicans didnt exist...?

Aug 5th
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Sasha Anne Lyn

Bengazi is a Republican talking point. Dems gotta wake the hell up and learn from the last 3 years to stop giving a rats a** what they say! Those days are OVER.

Jul 29th
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Sandra Jane Roberts

I randomly listened to this and it's scary foreshadowing if 2020

Jul 19th
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Kathleen Marshall

pi Tommy don't tar me with that brush. I have deep seated problems with the UK government selling arms to Saudi Arabia there's a petition getting traction right now to stop Dominic Raab and Ben Wallace assisting in a humanitarian tragedy. You have educated me so much. keep up the good work

Jul 8th
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Martin Z

im very close to unsubscribing after you referred to tear gas as "chemical agents". pretty f***ing dishonest s***.

Jul 4th
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David Mares

who is Adam shifft? :)

Jul 1st
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Ricardo Mota

what happened to John Bolton's book?

Jun 10th
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Alan

A few rules of thumb about disinformation 1. It's usually projection. They accuse you of doing what they are doing. 2. It tends to continually flood the zone. There's always a new angle, a new charge, a new piece of the conspiracy theory they're throwing at you. 3. Disinformation is meant not to mobilize and fire up the base, it's meant to demoralize All of the points perfectly describe the Russian collusion hoax that dripped wrong bits of information out over 3 years where officials went on tv and lied about having seen indisputable information about how the Trump administration colluded to win an election that all proved to be false.

Jun 2nd
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Dom Sgambati

Can they please stop pushing the wind of change documentary. I was planning on listening to it but they repeat it so many dang times I am too mad to actually listen to it.

May 21st
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Joe Martinez

I remember when I was banned from the maddow subreddit for pointing out those American Deathsquads in central america, they said I was a trump supporter for pointing that out.

Feb 26th
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Gully Foyle

things get a bit "mumbly" especially at the beginning. I think that the volume of the speakers is oscillating almost as if they are bobbing their heads whe speaking.

Feb 21st
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Joe Martinez

mexico is the most important country to the USA our families are being locked in cages! shame on Amy and Tom.

Feb 19th
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Tatyana Noyb

Dnc dark clouds https://castbox.fm/vb/229960635

Feb 12th
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Tatyana Noyb

Nope, no Pete. No, not because of the military record. You guys are centrist leaning, just vote blue but Pete isn't really a Democrat and is supported by the establishment of the 1%. Sure I'd vote there in the General as no choice, but there is PLENTY of info out there about his lies and position switching. The more funding he gets the more right he stands. All this being said, make no mistake, your podcast IS one of my favorites.

Feb 12th
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Alex Mercedes

Romney didn't vote to impeach. Trump was impeached by the House a couple weeks ago.

Feb 6th
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Tatyana Noyb

Great episode, also, arguably, best of Crooked shows overall, i listen to a half a dozen of them with pleasure

Jan 30th
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