Episode #292: A Cancer on the Presidency

This week, we revisit some segments from the archives. John Dean, the former White House counsel under President Nixon, reflects on how the Watergate tapes led to Nixon’s downfall. Plus, Scott Romney, the son of Michigan Governor George Romney, recalls the “brainwashing” comment that damaged the elder Romney’s presidential hopes. And we reflect on the legacy of the late Julian Bond, one of the most dynamic and charismatic figures in the history of the civil rights movement.

Episode #291: Sixty-Four Ten or Fight!

What is President Trump trying to accomplish by defining the Democratic Party as anti-Israel and anti-Jewish? Plus, will the latest controversial remark by Rep. Steve King hurt his chances at re-election next year? We also preview the battle for the upcoming special congressional election in North Carolina, and get a Danish perspective on President Trump’s bid to purchase Greenland.

Episode #290: Getting the Ban Back Together

Democrats have been wary of gun legislation since 1994, when the assault weapons ban was partially responsible for their electoral washout that year. But now, that’s changing. Plus, why Kirsten Gillibrand continues to take heat for her role in pushing Al Franken out the Senate door. And as John Hickenlooper exits the presidential race, is a run for the Senate in his future?

Episode #289: Guns, Hate, and Inaction

Two horrific mass shootings bring back the familiar refrain of what, if anything, will be done about the scourge of gun violence in the U.S. We explore the arguments about mental health’s effect on gun violence and consider the impact of President Trump’s rhetoric. Plus, we venture outside our borders for thoughts on the large Democratic presidential field from a Danish political analyst. And with four Texas Republican House members retiring, could the ruby red state be turning purple?

Episode #288: Dems’ Family Feud

The Democratic candidates took the debate stage in Detroit this week. We discuss how Tuesday’s debate exposed the ideological split in the party, while Wednesday’s debate saw more personal attacks on fellow Democrats. Plus, we get a scorecard of the candidates vying to become Mississippi’s next governor. And we replay a 2017 interview with George Mitrovich, a beloved civic leader and political maven from San Diego, who died recently.

Episode #287: An Unimpeachable Hearing

Robert Mueller’s long-awaited congressional testimony satisfied few, and the partisanship was as bad as ever. We discuss what, if anything, changes politically. Plus, a look at the Democratic Party’s effort to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2020, and New York Times journalist Carl Hulse discusses his new book on how McConnell and his Senate majority have taken complete control over the judiciary confirmation process.

Episode #286: A Tweet Too Far?

President Trump’s incendiary tweets about four female members of Congress were condemned by the House, but where was the outrage from Republicans? Plus, we reflect on the legacy of Ross Perot and his remarkable independent presidential campaign. And we look back at how a tragic car crash on Chappaquiddick Island 50 years ago derailed the political career of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Episode #285: The Senate 2020, The President 1850

This week, we break down the key Senate races up in 2020. Plus, journalist Carl Cannon talks about his book, On This Date, recounting moments from political history. And we discuss the legacies of several former presidents of long ago: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore.

Episode #284: Independents Day

We celebrate Independence Day by looking back at the significant independent presidential candidates of the past half century. Plus, we hear from a variety of political analysts and veteran politicians, and our listeners, on what being a political junkie means to them.

Episode #283a: Dems the Word in Miami

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Round 1 of the Democratic debates is over. In this bonus episode, NPR’s Ron Elving joins Ken to recap how each of the candidates performed.

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