The Al Franken Podcast

ASF Productions

About

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.

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267 episodes

Tim Alberta on Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism

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!  https://www.alfranken.com/appearances See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

57m
Feb 25
The Atlantic’s David Frum on GOP Dysfunction

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: https://www.theatlantic.com/author/david-frum/ Al is going on tour! See if he's coming to your town and grab tickets today!  https://www.alfranken.com/appearances See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

39m
Feb 18
Olivia Nuzzi - Washington Correspondent for New York Magazine

Tales from the Campaign Trail See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

38m
Feb 11
Dahlia Lithwick on the Trump Trials

Will the Jan. 6th Trial happen in time? Or will it just be the Stormy Daniels Case? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

46m
Feb 04
Michael Steele

On MAGA See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

44m
Jan 28
Saturday Night Live Writer & Producer Jim Downey

Al & Jim On How They Tried to Reward the Audience for Knowing Stuff but Not Punish Them for Not See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1h 9m
Jan 21
Adam Serwer of The Atlantic on What Trump Would Do the The Courts in a Second Term

The Federalist Society’s Got the Worst Ones All Lined Up See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

40m
Jan 14
Heather Cox Richardson on Her Book Democracy Awakening

Heather says that Trumpers have bought into an alternative reality and that we are, at this moment, on a knife’s edge. She’s an historian and not a clairvoyant. But she’s also an activist, doing all she can to spread the word through historical analysis. Beat that, Trump! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

57m
Jan 07
Best Of: Patton Oswalt is Great!

Really great! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

54m
Dec 31, 2023
Best Of: Jim Gaffigan, The Master!

Jim talks about comedy and his decision to come out against Trump.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

58m
Dec 24, 2023
Year in Review: Molly Jong-Fast & Mark Leibovich Look Back at the Year in Politics

A Tour of the Big Political Events of 2023 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

45m
Dec 17, 2023
Year in Review: Anne Applebaum & Frank Foer on Foreign Affairs

A tour of Ukraine, Russia, China, Israel, and Gaza See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

47m
Dec 10, 2023
In Remembrance of My Friend Norman Lear

My friend Norman Lear passed on this week at 101. A great man, who created legendary TV See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

46m
Dec 06, 2023
Year in Review: Joyce Vance and Barbara McQuade Review ALL the Cases Against Trump

Where they’ve been and where they’re going See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

44m
Dec 03, 2023
Ian Bassin On The Steps Trump Would Take to Unravel Our Democracy

Protect Democracy's Executive Director on Our Nightmare See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

46m
Nov 26, 2023
David Fahrenthold on The Trump Organization’s Long History of Corruption

The New York Times Reporter Puts the Current Trial Into Perspective See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

27m
Nov 19, 2023
David Axelrod

On the 2024 Election! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

42m
Nov 12, 2023
Norm Ornstein on the Israel-Hamas War

Israel’s No-Win Situation See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

36m
Nov 05, 2023
WaPo Columnist Dana Milbank on the Super-MAGA House

How A Far-Right Zealot Got to be 2 nd in Line for POTUS See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

31m
Oct 29, 2023
Aaron David Miller on the Israel-Hamas War

An Analysis from the Middle East Scholar See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

41m
Oct 22, 2023
BEST OF! QAnon – Weirder Than You Know!!! Author Will Sommer

And 15% of Americans Believe this Stuff! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

52m
Oct 15, 2023
Climatologist Michael Mann on How to Talk to Climate Deniers

The Climate Has Always Changed – Just Not This Fast!!! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

49m
Oct 08, 2023
Norm Ornstein on the Shutdown

And what it says about our politics See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

52m
Oct 01, 2023
Harry Litman and George Conway!

The Trump trials and the ug-ug-ugly Garland hearings See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

47m
Sep 24, 2023
Anne Applebaum on the War in Ukraine

The Atlantic writer on where it stands and where it’s going. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

47m
Sep 17, 2023
Franklin Foer’s New Book on Biden: The Last Politician

The Atlantic Writer on Biden’s Presidency (So Far) See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

48m
Sep 10, 2023
The Case for Universal Voting. Like in Australia!

WaPo’s E.J. Dionne & Harvard’s Miles Rapoport on making everyone vote! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

43m
Sep 03, 2023
Molly Jong-Fast and Mark Leibovich on the GOP Debate

The Highlights and Lowlights See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

38m
Aug 27, 2023
Tim Miller and Charlie Cook on the First GOP Debate

The bloodbath in Milwaukee!! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

50m
Aug 20, 2023
Stuart Stevens is Ashamed

Of his party and himself See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

48m
Aug 13, 2023