Pod Save America Hosts And Crooked Media Founders To Publish First Book, Democracy Or Die

Pod Save America hosts and Crooked Media co-founders Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor announced that they will publish their first book, titled Democracy or Else.

This no-nonsense guide to saving American democracy is published by Zando’s Crooked Media Reads imprint, with world publishing rights acquired by Zando senior editor Sara Ried. Crooked Media will donate its profits from ‘Democracy or Else’ to support Vote Save America, it’s partners, and other organizations who are mobilizing for progressive outcomes in the 2024 election and beyond.

Democracy or Else: How to Save America in 10 Easy Steps, written by Favreau, Lovett, and Vietor with Emmy-nominated writer/producer Josh Halloway (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), will be released on June 4, 2024 from Crooked Media Reads, a partnership between the progressive media company and independent publisher Zando.

Just in time for the 2024 presidential election cycle, Democracy or Else takes readers on a step-by-step journey through the daunting task of citizenship – from the basics of how to vote, donate, and volunteer – to organizing, working in politics, and running for office. With the biting humor and honestly Crooked Media listeners have come to expect, the authors tackle the series challenges facing our country by providing accessible ways to implement change without losing hope or your mind.

The irreverent, insightful guide draws on the authors’ extensive political experience in the Obama presidential campaign and administration, featuring never-before-heard anecdotes and exclusive interviews with some of the best political minds around.

“Politics is a slog, and it’s frustrating even on the days when a mob isn’t hunting Mitt Romney,” said Favreau, Lovett, and Vietor. “We started Pod Save America and Crooked Media to give people an outlet for their anger, to find ways to help and find humor and joy in the fight. This book has a lot of what we’ve learned from the smartest organizations and least annoying politicians, plus jokes everyone will love without exception.”

Crooked Media has produced Pod Save America and more than 30 other shows sine its founding in 2017. Crooked also launched Vote Save America, a resource for political information and a powerful community designed to help voters participate in democracy, and build a more progressive world. Vote Save America has become a critical organizing resource, driving $60M+ in donations to progressive candidates and causes, and activating over 500,000 voters. Democracy or Else is an extension of this work, a guide for everyone from aspiring activists to first-time voters who are ready to get involved but don’t know where to start.

Zando CEO and founder Molly Stern said, “We’re honored to publish Democracy or Else. It’s both the most important guide you’ll read, and perhaps the funniest book about civic engagement out there. It comes from experts, who spent years in the White House, who know policy inside-and-out, and who have been using their incredible influence to get people of all ages engaged in our democratic process, both through shows like Pod Save America and their incredible Vote Save America initiative.”

Democracy or Else follows Crooked Media Reads’ first publication, Mobility, by acclaimed author and journalist Lydia Kiesling, which was released in August 2023 and became an instant national bestseller. Crooked Media Reads’ books explore politics, current events and activism, narratives on culture and policy, memoir, pop culture, history, and investigative journalism from a wide and diverse range of perspectives.

Crooked Media will donate its profits from Democracy or Else to support Vote Save America, it’s partners and other organizations who are working to educate Americans on legislation and major political events and give them the tools they need to have an impact and create change on the issues that matter. 

Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It Announce Tour

Crooked Media has several podcasts. Two of the most popular ones are Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It. Billboard reported that the hosts of those podcasts have announced a tour.

Pod Save America: Live and Lovett or Leave It: Live on Tour will hit a collective 17 dates across the U.S. beginning with Lovett or Leave It: Live on Tour at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City, Iowa on Jan. 30. The shows will continue through San Diego, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, Nashville, and more.

According to Billboard, the podcast co-hosts, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor and Dan Pfeiffer, are aiming their election year tour towards battleground states, including Ohio, Kentucky, Detroit, Nashville, and more.

The Crooked Media website says: Crooked Media is hitting the road to a city / hamlet / fictional metropolis near you! Tickets for the 2020 Tour are on sale as of January 18, 2020. Tickets are sold for each, individual, show.

Pod Save America is described as: “A no-bullshit conversation about politics.” It is hosted by former Obama aides Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Timmy Vietor. It cuts through the noise to break down the week’s news, and helps people figure out what matters and how they can help.

Lovett or Leave It is described as: “A week in review recorded in front of a live audience. It’s great.” Each week, former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett and a panel of comedians, actors, journalists, and some of the many, many, famous Friends of the Pod appear before a live audience to break down the week’s biggest news.

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.