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Crooked Media and Pineapple Street Studios to Release Pod Save America Special Series on the Iowa Caucuses

PRESS RELEASE — November 12, 2019

Los Angeles CA, USA—Crooked Media and Pineapple Street Studios announced today 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 the 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, Nov. 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. Click here to listen to the podcast’s audio trailer.

“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 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. For more information about ‘Pod Save America’ visit

About Crooked Media

Crooked believes that we need a better conversation about politics, culture, and the world around us—one that doesn’t just focus on what’s broken, but what we can do to fix it. At a time when it’s increasingly easy to feel cynical or hopeless, former Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor have created a place where people can have sane conversations that inform, entertain, and inspire action. In 2017 they started Crooked with Pod Save America—a no-bullshit conversation about politics. Since then, we continue to add shows, voices, and opportunities for activism, because it’s up to all of us to do our part to build a better world. That’s it. End of mission.

About Pineapple Street Studios

Founded in 2016 by Jenna Weiss-Berman and Max Linsky, Pineapple Street Studios makes high-quality original podcasts and partners on shows with the biggest brands in the world. From hosted talk shows to investigative documentaries to innovative audio fiction, Pineapple’s shows reflect a diversity of ideas, interests, and identities — all of them created with the same commitment to quality. The New York Times, New York, The Guardian and The New Yorker have described Pineapple Street Studios’ podcasts as being among the most narratively groundbreaking, moving, and technically innovative in the field. Nine Pineapple shows — including The Clearing, Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara, and Missing Richard Simmons — have claimed the # 1 spot on the Apple Podcasts chart.

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