Episode #247: Hearing Problems

The drama and tension we saw last week during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — beginning with emotional accusations against him by Christine Blasey Ford — reminded many of the contentiousness of another committee hearing 27 years ago.  Then, Anita Hill went before the same …

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Episode #242: Senator, Maverick, Patriot

We remember the life, career, and legacy of John McCain, the Arizona Republican senator who died last Saturday at the age of 81.  We speak with four people who knew him well: Mike Murphy was McCain’s chief strategist during his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2000. Alan Simpson, the Wyoming Republican served together …

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Episode #237: To Russia with Love

The almost surreal news conference in Helsinki between President Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin was the big story of the week, and we’ve got it covered.  Amanda Sloat of the Brookings Institution reviews Trump’s relationship with NATO allies and discusses the reaction in the aftermath of Helsinki. Michael Steele, the former chair of the Republican …

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Episode #233: Pulling Rank in Maine

Maine tried something this week that has never been tried before.  It became the first to hold a statewide primary using a system called “ranked choice voting” — in which voters don’t simply indicate their choice on the ballot but “rate” the candidates in order of their preference.  Rob Richie of FairVote.org explains the system and weighs …

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Episode #226: 1968 — A Party Divided

A half-century later, 1968 remains etched in our collective memory, a year of tremendous hope and utter tragedy.  This week we take the second of three looks at that iconic year, focusing on the chaotic Democratic convention in Chicago. Ted Van Dyk, Hubert Humphrey’s top adviser, talks about how the vice president was boxed in …

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Episode #223: He Had A Dream

Fifty years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and what have we learned?  What lessons has he taught us — and what lessons were ignored.  Wornie Reed, a professor at Virginia Tech who was with King in the 1963 March on Washington, assesses the slain civil rights leader. The trauma of 1968, which …

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Episode #200: I’m The Political Junkie (And So Can You!)

It’s the 200th episode of The Political Junkie!  And so this week, we thought we would explore the question:  What makes a political junkie?  Are you a political junkie, and why? And so, we hear from Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg, political analyst Stu Rothenberg, former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack …

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