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Pod Save America to Release Series on the Iowa Caucuses



Crooked Media, and Pineapple Street Studios announced that they will release a five-episode limited series on the Iowa caucuses. Pod Save America: On the Ground in Iowa will be hosted by Crooked Media co-founder and Pod Save America co-host, Tommy Vietor, and will take listeners to Iowa to spend time with candidates, campaign staffers, and voters who will determine the outcome. Vietor worked as the Iowa Press Secretary for President Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Debuting on Tuesday, November 19, this limited series aims to help listeners understand why Iowa is the first state in the primary process, how the caucuses work, and what it takes to win. The show is produced by the Pineapple Street Studios team led by Senior Producer Kat Aaron.

“We’ve been looking for an ambitious narrative series that can help explain this inexplicable political moment, and we’re so thrilled to have found it with Crooked – there’s nobody better to partner with on a show like this. We’re honored. Tommy is the exact right person to help us all understand how and why Iowa became the key to deciding who will take on Trump in 2020,” said Max Linsky, co-founder of Pineapple Street Studios.

“The Democratic Primary is going to run through Iowa,” Vietor said. “We want to help listeners understand how the caucuses work, the good parts and the bad, and introduce them to the young organizers who are at the heart and soul of these campaigns.”

The special will be available on the Pod Save America feed; each episode title will begin with Iowa. You can subscribe to Pod Save America on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play Podcasts, Tunein, and via RSS feed.


Pod Save America has Over 1,000,000 Listens



Pod Save America was started by the people that hosted the Keepin It 1600 podcast. Pod Save America was launched in early January of 2017, and it already has over 1,000,000 listens.

Pod Save America is hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor. Jon Favreau served as Barack Obama’s head speechwriter from 2005-2013. Jon Lovett was a speechwriter for Hillary Clinton and a presidential speechwriter in the Obama White House. Tommy Vietor served as President Obama’s National Security Spokesman. Together, they are the founders of Crooked Media (a name inspired by some of Trump’s tweeted complaints about the media).

Pod Save America is described on iTunes as “a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press, and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency”. The first episode of Pod Save America was posted on January 9, 2017. On January 18, 2017, the Pod Save America Twitter account announced they had over a million listens:

That impressive number of listens happened before they released episode 4, which was titled “Obama’s Last Interview”. As you may have guessed, the episode was an interview with President Barack Obama. The last time President Obama was on a podcast was back in June of 2015, when he was on WTF with Marc Maron.