Strange Days with Fernand Amandi

Fernand Amandi

Strange days have found us…Political commentator and electoral polling expert Fernand Amandi leads this discussion about news, politics, and culture. Frequent guests include prominent national reporters, former and current elected officials, opinion makers, filmmakers, and anyone else with their finger on the pulse of our nation during these unprecedented times in the age of Trump. A new episode every week coming to you from our studio in South Florida.

Strange Days is produced by Hannah Artman and Daniela Ferrera.

All Episodes

Admiral Jim Stavridis & Tiffany Cross

Apr 9

48 min

Amie Parnes & Johnathan Allen

Mar 29

50 min 43 sec

Ready for the coming impact of climate change? Fear not as CBS Sunday science expert David Pogue tells #StrangeDaysPodcast how to get ready + Frank Schaeffer warns how radicalized evangelical Christians threaten Biden’s agenda & democracy.

Feb 5

1 hr 16 min

How should President Biden spend his hard fought political capital? Brilliant Biden transition advisor Chris Lu + MSNBC National Security superstar Malcolm Nance tell #StrangeDaysPodcast what POTUS’s domestic & foreign policy priorities should be!

Jan 22

1 hr 6 min

Will the domestic terrorist attack on our US Capitol by pro-Trump white supremacists spark a Second Civil War? Experts, Tim Wise and Jared Yates Sexton, who long ago predicted these events would come to pass, explain to #StrangeDaysPodcast what happens next.

Jan 14

1 hr 16 min

Was the attack on the US Capitol the end or the launch of the insurrectionist danger we now face? Authoritarian scholars Ruth Ben-Ghiat + Sarah Kendzior break down the attempted coup by pro-Trump terrorists on #StrangeDaysPodcast & warn of what comes next.

Jan 11

1 hr 5 min

Should the Biden White House ignore or appease Mitch McConnell? One of the wisest minds in Democratic politics, Adam Jentleson, author of the new book, #KillSwitch joins the #StrangeDaysPodcast with sage advice on how to confront an obstructionist GOP.

Dec 2020

56 min 3 sec

In times of trouble, #StrangeDaysPodcast turns to trusted voices to explain the way forward, as does this week’s episode featuring MSNBC contributor Eddie S. Glaude Jr., author of #BeginAgain + NPR Latino USA's Maria Hinojosa on her new memoir, #OnceIWasYou.

Dec 2020

1 hr 8 min

Will Donald Trump’s coup attempt to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden be successful? Ex FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi + Ex CIA officer Rolf Mowatt-Larssen explain why we must be vigilant on a must-hear #StrangeDaysPodcast

Nov 2020

49 min 17 sec

On the last #StrangeDaysPodcast before the most vitally important election in American history, the super duo of Sarah Kendzior & ex CIA Officer Rolf Mowatt-Larssen + a surprise guest, prepare us for what we must do. #VoteForBiden

Oct 2020

1 hr 5 min

Is the FBI prepared for ‘worst case scenarios’ if Trump incites post-election violence? Ex FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi explains the contingencies to #StrangeDaysPodcast + Miami Herald's Leonard Pitts Jr. on why Biden must play hardball if he wins.

Oct 2020

1 hr 14 min

Are we sufficiently prepared to stop Trump’s transparent efforts to steal the election? MSNBC national security analyst Malcolm Nance + #SCOTUS legal expert Elie Mystal explore the scary scenarios to #StrangeDaysPodcast on a must-listen episode.

Oct 2020

55 min 27 sec

Are we approaching the brink of a full-on American dictatorship? #HidingInPlainSight author and Gaslit Nation's Sarah Kendzior + ex-CIA officer officer Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, join #StrangeDaysPodcast for an urgent and sobering discussion.

Sep 2020

1 hr 3 min

Has the GOP been acting in bad faith for decades, and not just in the Trump era? Famed Project Lincoln strategist Stuart Stevens, the mastermind behind the Romney 2012 campaign, tells #StrangeDaysPodcast + Mike Grunwald how Republicans lost their way.

Sep 2020

1 hr 2 min

Fascism expert Timothy Snyder returns to #StrangeDaysPodcast, offering urgent advice on how to best resist if Trump refuses to leave + MSNBC reporter & #Separated author Jacob Soboroff exposes how our government horrifically caged migrant children.

Sep 2020

1 hr 4 min

Does our response to #COVID19 signal the end of the American era? Wade Davis, whose viral Rolling Stone piece makes a wistful + compelling case for that premise, explains to #StrangeDaysPodcast how we got here in a must-listen episode.

Aug 2020

48 min 35 sec

Will fascism + white supremacy be the new normal if Joe Biden loses the election? Jason Stanley explains to #StrangeDaysPodcast, How Fascism Works + Robert P. Jones unpacks why American Christianity has been #WhiteTooLong

Aug 2020

1 hr 13 min

Is Donald Trump really a madman or is his ‘madman act’ a tactic to consolidate power? CNN’s Jim Sciutto explains his take on #TheMadmanTheory while election security expert Jennifer Cohn tells #StrangeDaysPodcast why we must plan for a stolen election.

Aug 2020

1 hr 4 min

Can a Democrat really defeat an incumbent GOP President? Legendary Democratic strategist Paul Begala, author of #YoureFired is one of the few to have ever done it and he tells #StrangeDaysPodcast how to get it done and beat one, in a must-listen episode!

Aug 2020

57 min 20 sec

How dangerous to our American democracy is the prospect of #TrumpsGestapo? VERY, according to MSNBC’s Malcolm Nance + ex CIA officer/Belfer Center’s Rolf Mowatt-Larssen in this sobering #StrangeDaysPodcast must-hear Headphone episode.

Jul 2020

1 hr

Are authoritarianism experts feeling better about the Presidential election, given Joe Biden’s polling lead? Two of America’s most prescient scholars on autocracy & fascism, Ruth Ben-Ghiat + Sarah Kendzior, sound the alarm on a must-hear #StrangeDaysPodcast

Jul 2020

1 hr

Does your stomach churn when you see Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s name trending? #SCOTUS expert David Kaplan explains why today’s Supreme Court is #TheMostDangerousBranch + Katherine Stewart warns of the rise of religious nationalism in a sobering #StrangeDaysPodcast

Jul 2020

55 min 42 sec

If the current polling holds, will an epic GOP electoral defeat forever alter American politics? Maddow show producer Steve Benen, author of #TheImpostors, explains why to #StrangeDaysPodcast + MSNBC’s Zerlina Maxwell proclaims #TheEndOfWhitePolitics

Jul 2020

1 hr 2 min

If Joe Biden wins, do anti-Trump ad makers like Project Lincoln + Meidas Touch deserve some of the credit? #StrangeDaysPodcast talks to the creative geniuses behind both groups: Rick Wilson and Reed Galen + the Meiselas brothers in a MUST LISTEN episode!

Jul 2020

1 hr 1 min

Will it ultimately be the women of America who salvage the republic? Amee Vanderpool tells #StrangeDaysPodcast why sheroes will save the day + Daryle Lamont Jenkins explains why closeted racists must be outed and subjected to public shaming.

Jun 2020

1 hr 3 min

Has anything been done to make the 2020 elections safer from Putin’s meddling? Magnitsky Act mastermind + Putin’s greatest foe Bill Browder tells #StrangeDaysPodcast what’s changed + brilliant ex FSU Football star Dr. Myron Rolle on #BlackLivesMatter

Jun 2020

45 min 11 sec

America is broken. Can we fix it? Writer, thinker & activist, Toure explains why #GeorgeFloydProtests are galvanizing the world + MSNBC legal analyst Barb McQuade tells #StrangeDaysPodcast why America’s most dangerous man, AG Barr is lying about Antifa.

Jun 2020

51 min 39 sec

Can we restore American democracy regardless of Donald Trump winning or losing reelection? #Trumpocalypse author David Frum charts the course forward + The Hill's Amie Parnes takes us in the Biden + Trump 2020 camps on a must hear #StrangeDaysPodcast

May 2020

1 hr 8 min

Why is Frank Figliuzzi so concerned about the coming chaos? Listen to the ex FBI Asst. Director tell #StrangeDaysPodcast why things have taken a darker turn + Miami Herald’s Leonard Pitts Jr. explains why it may be hard to forgive our fellow citizens.

May 2020

1 hr 10 min

What if Donald Trump wins? As disturbing a thought as it is, we explore the nightmarish question w/ Washington Monthly’s Paul Glastris + Mother Jones’s David Corn tells #StrangeDaysPodcast his assessment of Robert Muller a year after his investigation.

May 2020

1 hr 7 min

Are we underplaying the dangerous domestic threat the white terrorist Trump death cult means for America? Author Jared Yates Sexton paints a disturbing picture and Cult Expert Steven Hassan explains to #StrangeDaysPodcast how #TheCultOfTrump acts like a death cult.

May 2020

1 hr 12 min

Is Donald Trump’s catastrophic response to the #coronavirus an active measure? Legendary ex-CIA intelligence officer John Sipher offers his take to #StrangeDaysPodcast + Author & Johns Hopkins Professor Thomas Rid explains the history of disinformation.

Apr 2020

1 hr 7 min

Who should be Joe Biden’s VP pick? Kennedy School Fellow and author of #SayItLouder, Tiffany Cross tells #StrangeDaysPodcast who she’d take + Fletcher School Professor Dan Drezner explains why Trump should be called #ToddlerInChief

Apr 2020

57 min 37 sec

This week Donald Trump declared himself a dictator, so now what? Gaslit Nation host and New York Times bestselling #HidingInPlainSight author Sarah Kendzior explains to #StrangeDaysPodcast + Pastor John Pavlovitz foresees a reckoning for Trump evangelicals.

Apr 2020

1 hr 21 min

Has the #coronavirus economy forever widened the gap between rich & poor?...or can the new federal stimulus bills prevent that? Two brilliant thinkers, Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer + Politico's Mike Grunwald share their insights on #StrangeDaysPodcast.

Apr 2020

1 hr 2 min

Is the media normalizing Donald Trump during the #coronavirus as they did in 2016? Playboy White House Correspondent Brian Karem takes #StrangeDaysPodcast inside the briefing room + #DirtyRubles author Greg Olear explains why Trump is the #TeflonDon.

Apr 2020

1 hr 10 min

In a panic over your finances & 401(k) thanks to the #CoronavirusPandemic? #StrangeDaysPodcast has you covered w/ CNBC financial guru Ron Insana offering his best advice + PoliSci expert Dr. Jason Johnson grades how politicians have responded to #coronavirus.

Mar 2020

57 min 9 sec

Freaked out about the #coronavirus? Fear not, #StrangeDaysPodcast is here to guide you by the hand w/ #WorldWarZ creator/mastermind, Max Brooks + the brilliant religious scholar Reza Aslan. Kick back with a cold one & tune in, but #DontBeASpreader!

Mar 2020

57 min 3 sec

Now that Joe Biden will be the Dem nominee, will more Republicans vote for Joe over Trump? #NeverTrump Washington Post columnist Max Boot opines + political scientist Marcus H. Johnson explains to #StrangeDaysPodcast WHY black voters saved Joe’s campaign.

Mar 2020

54 min 1 sec

Is race still at the heart of what the 2020 election is truly about? And has Joe Biden now vanquished Bernie Sanders?Anti-racism scholar Timothy Wise and legendary Democratic pollster wise-man Stanley Greenberg offer answers to both on this #StrangeDaysPodcast!

Mar 2020

1 hr 8 min

A must hear #StrangeDaysPodcast as Washington Post Pulitzer Prize duo Carol Leonnig & Philip Rucker paint a disturbing picture of what they found in their book A Very Stable Genius + author Anne Nelson describes the Shadow Network super-powering the radical right.

Feb 2020

1 hr 3 min

Are the #DemDebates helping or hurting The Democrats chances against beating Donald Trump? Legendary Democratic wiseman Joe Lockhart shares hard truths w/#StrangeDaysPodcast + star GOP pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson reveals how the other side sees it.

Feb 2020

1 hr 1 min

Is the United States now a dictatorship? 2016 #NeverTrump Presidential candidate & StandUpRepublic head Evan McMullin weighs in + Political scientist Rachel Bitecofer tells #StrangeDaysPodcast why the data says Trump has NO CHANCE to win in November.

Feb 2020

1 hr 19 min

On one of our nation’s darkest days, I URGE you to listen to one the most important, enthralling interviews ever conducted on #StrangeDaysPodcast between ⁦Sarah Kendzior + former CIA Senior Officer Rolf Mowatt-Larssen.

Feb 2020

57 min 21 sec

Miss the Impeachment Trial coverage this week? Have no fear, #StrangeDaysPodcast is here with Elie Mystal & Jennifer Taub telling us what to expect after the Senate GOP acquits + polling guru Mark Mellman forecasts the Iowa Caucuses & the Dem field.

Jan 2020

1 hr 7 min

How much irreparable harm has Donald Trump done to the Presidency? "Unmaking the Presidency" authors Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes assess the damage. Later, Allan Lichtman, predictor of 9 past elections, tells Strange Days Podcast whether Trump wins again.

Jan 2020

1 hr 29 min

Will The Democrats blow the most important election in history? Not if Rick Wilson can help it, as he tells #StrangeDaysPodcast what they must do to stop Trumpocalypse 2.0 + New York Magazine climate change author David Wallace Wells warns of #TheUninhabitableEarth. Buy RUNNING AGAINST THE DEVIL: https://amzn.to/2RxpyWe Buy THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH: https://amzn.to/2RuPZfb

Jan 2020

1 hr 1 min

Did Donald Trump order the #Soliemani killing to #WagTheDog? MSNBC Analyst & US Navy combat vet, Malcolm Nance explains the #IranCrisis to #StrangeDaysPodcast + The Atlantic's James and Deborah Fallows take us inside #OurTowns across America!

Jan 2020

49 min 44 sec

Happy 2020! For the first #StrangeDaysPodcast of the new year and new decade, hear New York Times Books editor Pamela Paul share secrets of #HowToRaiseAReader and New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer reveals #TheFirstConspiracy, targeting George Washington.

Jan 2020

1 hr 1 min

They impeached him, now what? 2019’s last #StrangeDaysPodcast features AEI’s Norm Ornstein + Washington Post’s Greg Sargent analyzing impeachment next steps.

Dec 2019

1 hr 7 min