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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.

281 Episodes
The war in the Middle East continues, but is a ceasefire in sight? The Biden administration has an outline of a plan. Two of our leading foreign policy experts join us to discuss. Plus, now that Donald Trump is a convicted felon, what could that mean for this election? And how does the Biden administration sell the undeniable success of the economy to the American people?Read Frank's latest work in The Atlantic: David Rothkopf in The Daily Beast: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Donald Trump has been convicted on all 34 charges in his NYC hush money trial. What does that mean for his future? We get the latest from our legal expert Harry Litman. Plus, longtime political reporter Dan Balz from the Washington Post joins for a wide ranging political discussion! Will these convictions help or hurt Trump? We also discuss the state of the Presidential race and what President Biden's strengths and weaknesses are as election season ramps up. Read Harry's coverage of the Trump trial for the LA Times: Dan Balz' latest in the Washington Post: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
My friend, basketball legend Bill Walton died this week after a private battle with cancer, I wanted to share our interview with Bill from March of 2022, You will hear the unbounded life force of his generous spirit. RIP Bill.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Former U.S. Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman joins to discuss the Trump hush money trial. Both sides have rested. Harry has been in the courtroom watching the trial. With closing arguments coming next week, we break down what has transpired and all the possible outcomes Trump could expect as his verdict looms. Harry has been covering the trial for the Los Angeles Times. Read his reporting here: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Trae Crowder, the viral Tennessean comedian joins to discuss his upbringing in a red state, why rednecks are Trumpies and what happens to a community when the jobs leave. Learn why he understands Trump's appeal to rednecks, and how and why they transitioned from not liking Trump to supporting his every move.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
In the two years since Elon Musk bought Twitter, he's turned irt into a leading source of right wing propaganda. He spreads hateful rhetoric, platforms white nationalists and engages with unfounded conspiracy theories. He lies about President Biden, promotes racist ideology and pushes his own commentary onto X users whether they follow him or not. All of this is working to do get Donald Trump elected President again. Judd Legum from the very popular newletter Popular Information explains the damage Elon could be doing in this year's elections.Subscribe to Judd's newsletter, Popular Information! has a brand new stand-up comedy tour! Check the dates to see if he's coming to your town! Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Molly Jong-Fast, special correspondent for Vanity Fair and host of the Fast Politics podcast joins us for a wide ranging conversation covering Congress, abortion, the protests happening around the country and the Presidential election. She also discusses the ongoing Trump hush money scandal happening in NYC. She says the trial is "over-delivering," which could mean a guilty verdict for Trump. Read Molly's latest pieces for Vanity Fair! is on tour! Catch him in your city: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The GOP is undermining democracy all over the country. The will of the people is being subverted for a loud and active minority. In his new book, guest Ari Berman explains how and where this is happening in America. And, more importantly, what we can do to fight back. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The first criminal trial for Donald Trump is underway. The hush money trial over Stormy Daniels might be the first, but it won't be the last. But will we see the other trials before the election? And what are the consequences if Trump is found guilty? We talk to The Bestselling Authors on The Trump Indictments Andrew Weissmann and Melissa Murray! See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The Republican Party has spent years undoing the will of the people in the state of Wisconsin. With gerrymandered voting maps, they've been able to lose the popular vote and still have a huge majority in the state legislature. But things are changing thanks to Ben Wikler and the Wisconsin Democratic Party! In our first Battleground State episode, Ben explains the work that is being done to preserve democracy in this critical swing state and how they are organizing to secure a win for Joe Biden in November. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The 2024 election is less than 8 months away. How do Democrats defeat Trump? How do they retain the Senate? Our guests say that it all comes down to messaging. It's important to remind voters that on issues like abortion and the economy, the Democratic Party represents their interests. Al is on tour! Come see his NEW standup Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
We begin our wide-ranging conversation by discussing the attack on a Moscow concert hall last week. What are the implications of that violence? And who is behind it? Then delve into the US's failure to fund the Ukrainian effort and the resulting loss of life. Will we help them? Or will Republicans continue to enable Putin? Anne also lays out the dangers of a second Trump term. With autocracy on the rise around the world, what would it look like here in America? See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Domenico Mantanaro joins us to cover the political landscape! Trump trials, the general election, the Robert Hur report, and Congress. Plus, is Donald Trump taking over the RNC to help bail him out of his financial problems? And as a reporter, how does Domenico maintain objectivity vs neutrality? See all of Domenico's reporting here! is going on tour! See if he's coming to your town and grab tickets today! Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Former Republican operative Tim Miller joins the podcast to discuss a wide range of topics! We cover Biden's re-election strategy and react to his State of the Union speech. (Plus the GOP response from Sen. Katie Britt (R-AL), With Congress as dysfunctional as it is, is there any chance of funding the effort in Ukraine? And does Tim still find common ground with his old Republican Party?See more of Tim's work at The BulwarkAl is going on tour! Get your tickets today! See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
While anti-Semitism has run rampant among the far right, it has been growing among the political left. In Frank Foer's recent piece for The Atlantic, he explains how we got to this point. How have college campuses and schools become the center for anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic speech? How did college presidents mishandle the hate speech on their campuses? And what is the future of American Jews if Trump is elected again?Read Frank Foer's entire piece in The Atlantic: is going back on tour! Get your tickets now! Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Reproductive rights are under attack all over the country and will be one of the most important issues in the election this November. Abortion bans and limits on reproductive help are extremely unpopular and could be bad news for the Republicans enacting them. This is a must listen for reproductive rights!See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The author of the profoundly disturbing book "The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory" explains how evangelicals have been turned into a political tool for the Republican Party. Alberta grew up in the evangelical wing of the Presbyterian Church and watched as they turned their back on him after he criticized Donald Trump. How did the evangelical church turn so far towards right wing politics? What exactly is an evangelical? How can those voters ever be won back?Al is going on tour! See if he's coming to your town and grab tickets today! Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
David Frum from The Atlantic Monthly discusses the chaos that Donald Trump would bring if he were elected to a second term. From the border to foreign aid to Trump's attempt to pardon his crimes... Can we withstand another Trump term?Read more from David in The Atlantic: is going on tour! See if he's coming to your town and grab tickets today! Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Tales from the Campaign TrailSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Will the Jan. 6th Trial happen in time? Or will it just be the Stormy Daniels Case?See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Comments (127)

Richard Thornton

We need to kill Putin. And put Trump in a prison.

Mar 19th

Madeline Holland

Al, this is one of your most important podcasts I've listened to lately. Tim is a great communicator, and while I am an atheist, I understand religion. I was raised Catholic, and we went to church every Sunday. I hope this country comes to a point where we can share our government and each follow his/her own path with respect to faith, without all the hatred. You know, for a change!

Mar 1st

Ravi Phillips

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Jan 1st

Adam Balogh


Jul 31st

Karluigi Marie

great episode! for a change ❤️

Jul 24th

freddy ZimBobWay

Supreme Court Expansion: How 'bout "Last hired, First Fired"?

Jul 18th

Bea Kiddo

I love Al Franken. I grew up watching him on Saturday night live. Funny and really smart guy. It’s bull crap he got screwed by the idiots in congress

May 30th
Reply (2)


Hi Al you have the best podcast. It's informative, interesting and entertaining Your interview with Paul Krugman was the best explanation that also offered the available opinions that l have ever heard on the current debt ceiling crisis. i hope President Biden and Mr. Schumer were listening and will take action immediately Thanks Al.

May 7th

Michael Brodie

If there is some mechanism by which Al gets to see comments posted on this platform, then let me just say (to Al) that this was a masterful episode of a brilliant podcast. Thanks

Mar 6th

Darcie Harris

How about if we stop using words like Trumpy, Trumpism & Trumpiest. What do those words really mean, truly stand for? Amoral? Corrupt? Authoritarian? Vulgar? Narcissistic? Power-hungry? Saying Trumpy is too benign. Let's call it like it is. Words matter.

Nov 14th
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Jimbo Jett

Great one (for a change)! Thanks for explaining Largo; hadn't heard of it before. I also missed the fact that Sarah has a podcast, so now she has one more subscriber 🙂

Oct 9th


When I read the title of the episode I thought, really?! Intrigued I pressed play and I am glad I did. Nicole Hockley you are remarkable. Thankyou for the work you & your organization provide. It is necessary work, heartbreakingly so and thankyou.

Sep 4th

Robin Reiley

As always, Thank You Senior Chief Nance for giving the American People the Benefit of your Professional Analysis and Years of Experience I Protecting Our Nation! Thanks to Senator Franken for your Always Intelligent Questions

Jul 17th


This is SO depressing. Our democracy literally depends on Democrats winning and expanding majorities in the House AND Senate this fall. We need Al running the DNC.

Jul 11th


Very informative...for a change ; )

Jun 12th

Jimbo Jett

Unfortunately the poor sound quality made this one extremely difficult to follow. Hard to know if this was a great one, for a change...

Mar 2nd

Joseph Canas

interviewer's acoustics is terrible. total quality sufferes.

Feb 28th

David Morales

Great description of Sinema's horrendous behavior

Feb 12th

Jr. Kruger

Hello. I am listening and enjoying your interview in the present past. 12-18-2021.

Dec 19th


your shows are set up wrong. season 1 than 3 then OTHER? ALL MESSED UP

Nov 8th