Quips, quotes, and highlights from podcasts across America 

The Week of May 8, 2021


“President Biden takes questions nearly every day that he’s out in front of the press. That is not something we recommend. In fact, a lot of times we say ‘don’t take questions.’ But he’s going to do what he wants to do because he’s the president of the United States.”

— White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, The Axe Files podcast.


“In banana republics, in Castro‘s Cuba, in many parts of the world when a candidate loses for president, they go after the candidate, they go after his lawyers, they go after his friends.”

— Alan Dershowitz, Cats Roundtable Podcast, on the FBI’s raid of Rudy Giuliani’s home.


“I fully support the audit in Arizona. We want transparency and answers for the American people. What are the Democrats so afraid of?”

— Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), The War Room Podcast with Steve Bannon, on a review of the 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County, AZ.


“Ignorance of the law is no excuse — unless you’re a man with a gun and the full power of the state behind you.”

— Attorney Anastasia Boden, Dissed podcast, on how qualified immunity protects police from being held liable for violating people’s civil rights.


“They started shouting at my newborn daughter, asking my wife, ‘Is her life important? Do you want her to have a future?’”

— Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), The Megyn Kelly Show, on protesters targeting his family.


“It was horrifying to suddenly be in a situation where I was like, ‘Oh my God, those KN-95 masks that we wore on ‘Contagion,’ my God we’ve got to get those!”

— Actress Kate Winslet, who starred in the 2011 film “Contagion,” on the impact of the coronavirus, The Envelope podcast.