Jon Favreau... or is it Jon Aery?
7. Keepin' It 1600
My podcast rotation has for years been a fairly lockstep oscillation between music and sports shows. I didn't think I'd ever have room to introduce politics to the mix, but when I heard Bill Simmons' The Ringer enterprise would introduce a political podcast in March, it piqued my interest. With the election looming and unprecedented WTF dynamics afoot, I wanted some fresher, more in-depth perspective on the political process than I was otherwise getting. Enter Jon Favreau, a Jon Aery look-alike (born only 11 days before). Jon was for four years the director of speechwriting for Barack Obama, whose measured words during his presidency have been the pinnacle of reason, intellect, empathy, and reassurance in our political discourse, and not, say, the buffoonish maniacal musings of a fourth-grade bully carved into a detention room desk. Favreau teamed with other experienced members of Obama's election campaign staff to bring sharp insight into what was happening behind-the-scenes during the run-up to Election Day, and in the remainder of the year, brought some sage, sobering analysis of the aftermath. Favreau and company are leaving The Ringer and taking their talents to a new podcast, Pod Save America, in 2017. You can bet I'll be listening.