Episode #255: Kinder, Gentler, and a Complex Legacy

We spend much of our show this week remembering the life and legacy of George Herbert Walker Bush.  His biographer, Jon Meacham, talks about what he learned from the 41st President in putting together his book.  And we bring you many soundbites from Bush’s political career — starting with a commercial from his 1964 Senate …

Read more

Episode #254: The Toppled Front Runner

For all the racial gaffes and unforced errors made by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, she still managed to win Tuesday’s runoff.  Being a Republican in Ruby Red Mississippi certainly helped, and having President Trump campaign for her wasn’t bad either.  Luke Ramseth of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger explains what was behind her eight-point victory over Democratic former …

Read more

Episode #253: Thanksgiving Appetizers

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to step back from the daily grind of the political cycle, away from the recriminations and finger-pointing, and enjoy some time off with family and loved ones.  So this week, we’re reaching back into the archives to revisit some of our favorite interviews. Chuck Hagel, the former two-term senator from Nebraska …

Read more

Episode #252: Florida. Again.

A week after the 2018 midterm elections and there’s still no shortage of uncertainty.  Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida reports on the suspicion and vitriol taking place in Florida, where races for the Senate and governor are too close to call and are now the subject of a recount — bringing back …

Read more

Episode #251: Not a Blue Wave, But a Purple Rain

It’s finally over.  The 2018 midterms, with all its rancor and charges and bitterness, are over.  But if it’s a referendum on President Trump, what’s the message if the Democrats did great in the House and the Republicans did great in the Senate?  NPR’s Ron Elving has the answers. And we also hear from two …

Read more

Episode #250: The 2018 Midterm Election Special

It’s the Political Junkie Midterm Election Special:  What’s at stake on November 6th and what to look for.  We hear from: Republican strategist Vin Weber and Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg on the backdrop of the election, key races to watch, and their significance; Kelly Dittmar of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers, …

Read more

Episode #249: The Washington Nationalist

To put it mildly, presidents don’t always like the coverage they get in the press.  But never — not even with Nixon, or Obama, both of whom had less than cordial relations with the media — has a president attacked reporters with such venom.  Marvin Kalb, the former CBS and NBC newsman, has a new …

Read more

Episode #248: After Kavanaugh

The president on CBS’ “60 Minutes” last Sunday was vintage Trump: combative, insistent and not willing to change his mind, even if the facts suggest he could be wrong.  Aaron Blake of the Washington Post assesses the interview with Lesley Stahl. Sen. Susan Collins, the Maine Republican who voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the …

Read more

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 …

Read more

Episode #246: Brett and Butter Issues

While Washington is about to begin deciding the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the issue of his confirmation is playing out in campaigns across the country.  Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum of St. Louis Public Radio discuss how Senator Claire McCaskill (D) and her GOP challenger, Josh Hawley, are handling it. One gubernatorial …

Read more

Item added to cart.
0 items - $0.00