The Problem With Jon Stewart

25 Jan. 2023

The media is chasing the classified documents fiasco like it’s spy vs. spy, Trump vs. Biden. But on this week’s episode, we’re breaking down the absurdity of a national security system that makes it so darn easy to hoard classified documents. We’re joined by Matthew Connelly, professor of history at Columbia and author of The Declassification Engine: What History Reveals About America’s Top Secrets. He gives us the inside scoop on how unwieldy our system for keeping state secrets has become, who it’s really designed to protect, and how we might revamp it so that it can actually, you know, keep a secret. Plus, writers Jay Jurden and Robby Slowik run through the documents the FBI found at Pence’s house—and why they’re going to make Mother very angry. 


Season 2 is now streaming on Apple TV+.


CREDITS
Hosted by: Jon Stewart 


Featuring, in order of appearance: Robby Slowik, Jay Jurden, Matthew Connelly 


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos 

Sound Engineer: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Freddie Morgan

Digital Producer: Cassie Murdoch

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements Producer: Kenneth Hull

Clearances Producer: Daniella Philipson

Senior Talent Producer: Brittany Mehmedovic

Talent Manager: Marjorie McCurry

Talent Coordinator: Lukas Thimm

Senior Research Producer: Susan Helvenston 


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions. 

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

18 Jan. 2023

Brazil’s insurrection is just the latest in a series of attacks on democracy around the world. So we’re talking to Anne Applebaum, a staff writer at The Atlantic and author of the book Twilight of Democracy, about why autocracy is making a comeback and how to stop it. We dive into democracy’s roots as an unstable form of government, the role of global elites on both sides, and why fascism is really just a money-laundering scheme. Plus, writers Henrik Blix and Maria Randazzo weigh in on George Santos’ litany of stupid lies and why you can always tell a future dictator by the absurdity of his facial hair. 


Season 2 is now streaming on Apple TV+.


CREDITS


Hosted by: Jon Stewart 


Featuring, in order of appearance: Maria Randazzo, Henrik Blix, Anne Applebaum 


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos 

Sound Engineer: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Freddie Morgan

Digital Producer: Cassie Murdoch

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements Producer: Kenneth Hull

Clearances Producer: Daniella Philipson

Senior Talent Producer: Brittany Mehmedovic

Talent Manager: Marjorie McCurry

Talent Coordinator: Lukas Thimm

Senior Research Producer: Susan Helvenston 


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem With Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast produced by Busboy Productions

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

11 Jan. 2023

It’s 2023 and we’re coming in hot with a conversation about COVID vaccines! We’re joined by Dr. Gregory A. Poland (director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group), Dr. Saad Omer (director of the Yale Institute for Global Health), and Zeynep Tufekci (professor at Columbia University), who bring something that’s often lacking from these conversations: nuance. We talk through why many non-crazy people are hesitant to get vaccinated, how our public health institutions have failed to communicate effectively with the masses, and why it should be perfectly okay to ask questions about the risks and benefits of any vaccine. Plus, writers Tocarra Mallard and Kasaun Wilson bring us up to speed on the latest Harry and Meghan drama. 


Season 2 is now streaming on Apple TV+.


CREDITS
Hosted by: Jon Stewart 


Featuring, in order of appearance: Kasaun Wilson, Tocarra Mallard, Gregory A. Poland, Saad Omer, Zeynep Tufekci 


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos 

Sound Engineer: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Freddie Morgan

Digital Producer: Cassie Murdoch

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements Producer: Kenneth Hull

Clearances Producer: Daniella Philipson

Senior Talent Producer: Brittany Mehmedovic

Talent Manager: Marjorie McCurry

Talent Coordinator: Lukas Thimm

Senior Research Producer: Susan Helvenston 


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem With Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions. 

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

19 Dec. 2022

The year is almost over and we’re going out with a bang! Entrepreneur Mark Cuban is here. Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa is here. Whip-smart journalist Julia Ioffe is here. Come on, you can’t beat that lineup. Join us as we break down some of 2022’s biggest moments: Elon’s Twitter tumult, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the coming AI apocalypse, and, of course, the collapse of crypto and Sam Bankman-Fried. Come for the copious amount of Yiddish, stay for a look back at the year that was, the year that wasn’t—and the year that, God willing, will never be. 


Season 2 is now streaming on Apple TV+.


CREDITS
Hosted by: Jon Stewart 


Featuring, in order of appearance: Mark Cuban, Maria Ressa, Julia Ioffe 


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos, Daniella Philipson 

Editor: Zach Silberberg

Sound Engineer: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Freddie Morgan

Digital Producer: Cassie Murdoch

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Senior Elements Producer: Kenneth Hull

Clearances Producer: Daniella Philipson

Senior Talent Producer: Brittany Mehmedovic 

Talent Manager: Marjorie McCurry

Talent Coordinator: Lukas ThimmSenior Research Producer: Susan Helvenston

Lead Research Producer: Andy Crystal 


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem With Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions. 

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

14 Dec. 2022

This week we’re joined by Miguel Cardona, the U.S. Secretary of Education. We cover why schools aren’t evolving fast enough to keep up with current challenges, how the shifting roles of schools and teachers are leaving many educators without the resources they need, and remaking the system so that it’s more about students and less about test scores and resume-building. Plus, staff writer Kasaun Wilson reveals that he lost a bet when Jon actually showed up at our holiday party, and Deniz Çam from our research team discusses the horrible legal limbo documented Dreamers are caught in — and how we can help. 


Season 2 is now streaming on Apple TV+.


Afghan Allies Episode: 

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CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart 


Featuring, in order of appearance: Kasaun Wilson, Deniz Çam, Miguel Cardona 


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos 

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Freddie Morgan

Digital Producer: Cassie Murdoch

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic 

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella PhilipsonTalent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Marjorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm 

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr. 


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions. 

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

7 Dec. 2022

“Whatever fun name you wanna put on it, it’s the same damn thing we’ve seen over and over again.” David Dayen, executive editor of The American Prospect, joins us to discuss the spectacular rise and fall of crypto exchange FTX and its disgraced leader, Sam Bankman-Fried. We dive into the ways its collapse mirrors the worst failures of more mainstream markets, how SBF was able to use effective altruism as cover for garden-variety political influence, and why it’s a mess that the House Agriculture Committee ended up regulating exchanges like FTX. Plus, writers Henrik Blix and Jay Jurden stop by to talk about living in a golden age of grifts and teach Jon about the Liver King’s dirty secret. 


Season 2 is now streaming on Apple TV+.


CREDITS
Hosted by: Jon Stewart 


Featuring, in order of appearance: Henrik Blix, Jay Jurden, David Dayen 


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos 

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Freddie Morgan

Digital Producer: Cassie Murdoch

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic 

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella PhilipsonTalent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Marjorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm 

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, Harjyot Ron Singh, Deniz Çam


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr. 


The Problem With Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions. 

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

30 Nov. 2022

Jon turned 60 this week, which had him asking: “Can I live longer?” So we’re talking with Celine Halioua, the founder and CEO of Loyal, a biotech start-up with a mission to extend a dog’s lifespan. She believes that if they’re successful, it could work on humans too. Jon and Celine talk about Silicon Valley culture and ask the big tech question: Just because we can do something, should we? Plus, writers Kasaun Wilson and Alexa Loftus discuss the latest Twitter happenings, and Jon gives them a fashion show—which is great content for a podcast. 


The first half of Season 2 is streaming now on Apple TV+.


CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart 


Featuring, in order of appearance: Kasaun Wilson, Alexa Loftus, Celine Halioua 


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos 

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Freddie Morgan

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic 

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella PhilipsonTalent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Marjorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm 

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, Cassie Murdoch


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr. 


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

18 Nov. 2022

You know it’s a must-listen episode when we’ve got not one, but TWO former U.S. secretaries of state as our guests. Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice are here for a fascinating discussion about American power, whether spreading democracy has actually made us safer, and how our role on the world stage should look going forward. Plus, they plan a little train trip together.


The first half of Season 2 is streaming now on Apple TV+.


Credits:

Hosted by: Jon Stewart


Featuring, in order of appearance: Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Editor: Denis Cardineau

Sound Engineer: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Freddie Morgan

Digital Producer: Cassie Murdoch

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Margorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, Harjyot Ron Singh, Irene Plagianos & Farah Otero-Amad


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast produced, by Busboy Productions.

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

11 Nov. 2022

This week’s guest is Safi Rauf, an Afghan refugee who came to the U.S. as a teen and is now the president and founder of Human First Coalition. Also a veteran, he tells us about his work in Afghanistan helping to evacuate local interpreters who worked with American troops. He shares the astonishing story of how he was taken hostage—and eventually released—by the Taliban while working there. He also talks about the Afghan Adjustment Act and the obstacles he’s run into while advocating for it. Plus, writers Rob Christensen and Tocarra Mallard stop by for a little schadenfreude about Trump’s very bad midterms week.


Stream our newest episode, “Election Wrap-Up Special,” now on Apple TV+.


Credits:

Hosted by: Jon Stewart


Featuring, in order of appearance: Tocarra Mallard, Rob Christensen, Safi Rauf


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal 

Senior Digital Producer: Freddie Morgan 

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez 

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek 

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Margorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, Cassie Murdoch, Farah Otero-Amad, Irene Plagianos


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions.

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

2 Nov. 2022

This week we’re talking to Rep. Katie Porter, the Democratic congresswoman from California’s 47th district, who wields her whiteboard like a weapon. She explains (in plain English!) what we’ve got wrong about inflation and why Congress isn’t jumping at the chance to fix it. She updates us on the midterm elections, breaks down the hypocrisy of Republican rhetoric on crime, and blows our minds about why political ads never show members of Congress doing actual work. Plus, we’ve got writers Jay Jurden and Alexa Loftus here talking about Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover. Stream our newest episode, “Allies: Friends Without Benefits, ” starting November 4 on Apple TV+!


Credits:

Hosted by: Jon Stewart


Featuring, in order of appearance: Jay Jurden, Alexa Loftus, Rep. Katie Porter


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray, Robby Slowik

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Freddie Morgan

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Margorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, Cassie Murdoch


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions.

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

26 Oct. 2022

The midterms are two weeks out and chaos just keeps building. The UK is cycling through prime ministers faster than James Bonds as their economic crisis continues. Meanwhile, election deniers in the U.S. are whipping themselves into a frenzy. Jon is joined by British journalist Gabriel Gatehouse to break down what’s happening in the UK, plus what his QAnon and election-conspiracy reporting might tell us about our democracy’s post-election fate—if this election ever ends. Writers Tocarra Mallard and Robby Slowik are also here talking Ye and Adidas, antisemitism, and the conspiracy earworms that have infected us all.


Stream our newest episode, “Midterms: This Is What Democracy Looks Like?,” starting October 28 on Apple TV+.


CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart


Featuring, in order of appearance: Robby Slowik, Tocarra Mallard, Gabriel Gatehouse


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler. 

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos


Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal 

Senior Digital Producer: Freddie Morgan 

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez 

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek 

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Marjorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, Cassie Murdoch Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions. 

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

19 Oct. 2022

Jon is joined by Steve Hanke, a professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University, for a chat about why we find ourselves in this current inflation disaster and how we might get out of it. They get into whether the Fed is blowing it, the role of money supply, and whether anyone is looking out for the little guy in all of this monetary maneuvering. They don’t always agree, but Jon manages to score a passing grade from the professor! Plus, staff writers Kasaun Wilson and Henrik Blix are here talking about Kanye’s anti-Semitism and, of course, the Mets.


Stream our newest episode, “Globalization: Made in America,” starting October 21 on Apple TV+.


CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart


Featuring, in order of appearance: Kasaun Wilson, Henrik Blix, Steve Hanke


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray


Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Freddie Morgan

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Margorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, Cassie Murdoch, Deniz Cam, Harjyot Ron Singh


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions. 

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

12 Oct. 2022

SEC Chair Gary Gensler is back! Jon throws him some of the thousands of audience questions we got, and they dive into the issue of whether the SEC is doing enough to ensure market transparency, why there’s not more accountability for the market’s biggest players, and what the limits on SEC power mean in a practical sense. Plus, we set a record for most acronyms in a single episode–PFOF, DRS, PSA, UBS! You name it, we got it. 


Below are definitions for some of the terminology used in this episode. Our website has a more in-depth explanation, and you can watch Jon’s first interview with Gary Gensler on our Apple TV+ “Stock Market” episode. 


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Disgorgement: An SEC penalty that compels the return of any “ill-gotten gains,” meaning they were made in violation of U.S. securities laws.


Dark pools: Private exchanges for trading securities that are not accessible by the investing public. And, yes, they are actually called dark pools. 


Market makers: Also known as “wholesalers,” these are firms who help investors buy and sell securities using the pool of shares they own. They’re basically a middleman with access to highly important information, who is seeing the game one thousand times faster than you. 


Payment for order flow (PFOF): When brokerages route the buy and sell orders of retail investors to big market makers instead of sending it directly to the stock market. This deal helps brokerages make hundreds of millions of dollars every year. 


Short-selling: Short-selling is when an investor borrows securities (usually from a broker who either has the security in their inventory or is also borrowing the security from elsewhere) and sells it on the open market with the plan to buy the security back later at a lower price. After buying back the shares, the investor returns the borrowed shares (plus interest) to the original broker and profits off of the difference. 


The Securities and Exchange Commission: Commonly known as the SEC, this is the government agency that oversees securities exchanges, brokers, investment advisors, and mutual funds. They’re in charge of creating fair dealings, ensuring the disclosure of important market information, and preventing fraud. 


CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart 


Featuring, in order of appearance: Gary Gensler 


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray 


Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Freddie Morgan

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Lukas Thimm

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, Cassie Murdoch, Deniz Çam, Harjyot Ron Singh 


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions. 

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

5 Oct. 2022

Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) joins Jon to describe the frustrating circumstances that led to her fiery speech on the House floor last week, when several Republicans tried blocking a bill for veterans before ultimately voting for it. Later, they explore why being from a competitive district like hers is different than a safe district—and the governing challenges of working with an opposing party that won’t compromise. Staff writers Jay Jurden and Kasaun Wilson are also here to break down Herschel Walker’s abortion scandal and explain why none of his hypocrisies have derailed his campaign so far.


CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart


Featuring, in order of appearance: Jay Jurden, Kasaun Wilson, Elissa Slotkin


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler. 

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray, and Robby Slowik


Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal 

Senior Digital Producer: Frederika Morgan 

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez 

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek 

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Marjorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, and Cassie Murdoch 


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions. 

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

29 Sep. 2022

This week we’re talking about the #MahsaAmini protests in Iran with Rana Rahimpour, an Iranian-British journalist with BBC Persian. Jon is also joined by staff writer Alexa Loftus and our Iranian supervising producer Reza Riazi. It’s a fascinating discussion about why this uprising is different from anything that’s come before, what comes next for the people of Iran, and what the U.S. can do to help. (The bad news is it involves Elon Musk.) And if that’s not enough, they go down a Lord of the Rings rabbit hole you simply will not see coming.


For more information on the protests in Iran, you can follow Rana Rahimpour, Amnesty International, or MiddleEastMatters on social media.


CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart


Featuring, in order of appearance: Reza Riazi, Alexa Loftus, Rana Rahimpour


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler. 

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray, and Robby Slowik


Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal 

Senior Digital Producer: Frederika Morgan Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez 

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek 

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Marjorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, and Cassie Murdoch 


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions. 

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

22 Sep. 2022

Jon is joined by Geoffrey Berman, a former US attorney from the Southern District of New York—and author of the new book Holding the Line: Inside the Nation’s Preeminent US Attorney’s Office and Its Battle with the Trump Justice Department. They dig into how Bill Barr tried to have Berman fired, why nailing down powerful guys like Trump is so hard, and whether better guardrails could protect our democracy. Berman also happened to be Jon’s neighbor growing up in New Jersey, so they reminisce about old neighborhood gossip. Plus, writers Jay Jurden and Tocarra Mallard trash-talk Ron DeSantis and Brett Favre, who fully deserve it.

CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart


Featuring, in order of appearance:


Tocarra Mallard, Jay Jurden, Geoffrey Berman


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray, and Robby Slowik


Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Frederika Morgan

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Marjorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm 

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, and Cassie Murdoch


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions.

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

15 Sep. 2022

One Jon is nice—but have you ever heard a podcast with three of them? (Plus, a Tommy for good measure.) The Pod Save America guys are here to discuss midterm elections, the problem with polling, and whether we should look to journalism to save us. They also take a stroll down memory lane to the Obama White House, reminiscing about the good old days of government website crashes and that time a gaping hole opened in the bottom of the ocean. As of this week, we’re back to new episodes weekly! Don’t miss the Season 2 premiere of our TV show, coming October 7 on Apple TV+. 


CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart


Featuring, in order of appearance:


Jon Lovett, Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray, and Robby Slowik


Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Frederika Morgan

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Marjorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm 

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, and Cassie Murdoch


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions.

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

25 Aug. 2022

Jon talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink, whose book Five Days at Memorial is the basis for the Apple TV+ series of the same name. They discuss why our healthcare system is always ill-equipped for disasters—and whether there’s something else coming our way that we should panic about. Writers Robby Slowik and Maria Randazzo also stop by to talk about the Trump raid, the oddest menu items at Mar-a-Lago, and the scourge of lanternflies


CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart


Featuring, in order of appearance: Robby Slowik, Maria Randazzo, Sheri Fink


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray, and Robby Slowik

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Frederika Morgan

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Marjorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm 

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, and Cassie Murdoch


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast produced by Busboy Productions.

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

4 Aug. 2022

Jon is joined by staff writers Kasaun Wilson and Rob Christensen to talk about his fight to get the PACT Act—which gives urgently needed healthcare to sick veterans—passed in the Senate. He discusses battling Republican misinformation and the behind-the-scenes work it took to achieve this victory. Plus, Kay and Rob chat about their struggle to behave in the Senate gallery, Jon’s Bernie Sanders impression, and what the Senate has in common with an assisted living facility.


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CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart


Featuring, in order of appearance: Rob Christensen and Kasaun Wilson


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray, and Robby Slowik


Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Frederika Morgan

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Marjorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, and Cassie Murdoch


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.

The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast produced by Busboy Productions.

https://apple.co/-JonStewart


21 Jul. 2022

Basketball legend and coach Dawn Staley is here with the latest on Brittney Griner—one of the best players in the WNBA—who has been detained in Russia since February after officials allegedly found cannabis oil in her luggage. Dawn and Jon break down the financial inequalities of the WNBA, how we can keep players from becoming political pawns, and what needs to happen to get Griner home. Plus, writers Tocarra Mallard and Kasaun Wilson tell the odd tale of how Stephon Marbury starred in a Chinese musical about himself.


CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart


Featuring, in order of appearance: Tocarra Mallard, Kasaun Wilson, Dawn Staley


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray, and Robby Slowik

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Senior Digital Producer: Frederika Morgan

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Marjorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, and Cassie Murdoch


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions.

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

30 Jun. 2022

Roe v. Wade has been overturned, so now what the hell are we supposed to do? The hosts of the Strict Scrutiny podcast—law professors Leah Litman, Melissa Murray, and Kate Shaw—are back to help Jon process the crushing decision. Plus, writers Kris Acimovic and Tocarra Mallard weigh in on why the Democrats’ answer to this crisis seems to be donating $15.

If you’d like to hear more, check out the Strict Scrutiny podcast on Apple Podcasts.

CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart

Featuring, in order of appearance: Tocarra Mallard, Kris Acimovic, Melissa Murray, Leah Litman, Kate Shaw

Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray, and Robby Slowik


Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Sound Mixer: Ignacio Bonet

Senior Digital Producer: Frederika Morgan

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Marjorie McCurry, Lukas Thimm 

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, and Cassie Murdoch


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions. 

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

9 Jun. 2022

Jon is joined by the hosts of the Strict Scrutiny podcast—law professors Leah Litman, Melissa Murray, and Kate Shaw—to discuss the Fifth Circuit Court’s recent ruling on the SEC. Could it signal the demise of government as we know it, even though it’s gibberish to most of us? Staff writers Jay Jurden and Alexa Loftus also drop by to help balance our lawyer-to-layman ratio.


CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart


Featuring, in order of appearance: Jay Jurden, Alexa Loftus, Melissa Murray, Leah Litman, Kate Shaw


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Zach Goldbaum, Caity Gray, and Robby Slowik

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos


Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Lucas Thimm

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, Cassie Murdoch


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions.

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

20 May. 2022

Jon talks to his longtime friend Judd Apatow about his new documentary, George Carlin’s American Dream. They delve into why Carlin’s groundbreaking comedy feels more relevant than ever, Judd’s obsession with cataloging comedy history, and their formative experiences writing together for Garry Shandling’s The Larry Sanders Show.


CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart


Featuring: Judd Apatow


Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Caity Gray, Robby Slowik


Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos, Zach Silberberg Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek


Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson 


Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Haley Denzak 


Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal


Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast produced by Busboy Productions.

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

31 Mar. 2022

The season finale of The Problem With Jon Stewart is now streaming on Apple TV+, so we decided to go out with something light and noncontroversial: Race! Who could have guessed that even after a full hour of TV, there would still be more to discuss about race in America? Jon is joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Isabel Wilkerson to discuss race, racism, and America’s caste system. Staff writers Jay Jurden and Kasaun Wilson also talk to Jon about their experiences writing this episode with him.

We want to hear from you! Call in your questions or comments to our hotline: 1-212-634-7222.


To watch our latest episode, visit https://theproblem.link/AppleTV


CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart

Featuring, in order of appearance: Jay Jurden, Kasaun Wilson, Isabel Wilkerson

Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Caity Gray, Robby Slowik

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Sound Mixer: Ignacio Bonet

Senior Digital Producer: Kwame Opam

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Haley Denzak

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, Anne Bennett, Deniz Çam, Harjyot Ron Singh

Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem With Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast, produced by Busboy Productions.

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

24 Mar. 2022

Last week’s episode of our Apple TV+ series was all about the news media. So we invited Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan to talk with Jon about the media sensationalism—and YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT! Actually, you will. They have a thoughtful discussion about the state of news media and if it can be improved. Jon is also joined by executive producer Brinda Adhikari and staff writer Henrik Blix, both of whom worked in news before escaping to the world of late night comedy.


To watch our latest episode, visit https://theproblem.link/AppleTV


CREDITS

Hosted by: Jon Stewart

Featuring, in order of appearance: Henrik Blix, Brinda Adhikari, Margaret Sullivan

Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, Brinda Adhikari, James Dixon, Chris McShane, and Richard Plepler.

Lead Producer: Sophie Erickson

Producers: Caity Gray, Robby Slowik

Assoc. Producer: Andrea Betanzos

Sound Engineer & Editor: Miguel Carrascal

Sound Mixer: Ignacio Bonet

Senior Digital Producer: Kwame Opam

Digital Coordinator: Norma Hernandez

Supervising Producer: Lorrie Baranek

Head Writer: Kris Acimovic

Elements: Kenneth Hull, Daniella Philipson

Talent: Brittany Mehmedovic, Haley Denzak

Research: Susan Helvenston, Andy Crystal, Anne Bennett, Deniz Çam, Harjyot Ron Singh, Irene Plagianos

Theme Music by: Gary Clark Jr.


The Problem With Jon Stewart podcast is an Apple TV+ podcast produced by Busboy Productions.

https://apple.co/-JonStewart

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