Episode #152: The 2016 Presidential Election Special

We lead off the Political Junkie Presidential Election Special with reports from Mara Liasson, the national political correspondent for NPR, and Aaron Blake, a political reporter with the Washington Post.  Both weigh the impact of early voting, organization and the effects of FBI Director Comey’s letter to Congress about additional Clinton emails. Two veterans of the Cook …

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Episode #151: November 8, Chicago 7

Less than two weeks to go now, and while most surveys show Hillary Clinton with a lead, Donald Trump insists that despite the “rigged” system and the questionable polls, he is going to surprise a lot of people on Election Day.  Janet Hook of the Wall Street Journal lays out where the race stands and what we can expect …

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Episode #150: Three Is Enough

The final Clinton-Trump debate is over, and Aaron Blake of the Washington Post is here with his take on what it means for the campaign. We’ve spent the past several months talking about how Americans feel about their choices in this election, so we thought we’d take a trip overseas.  Hilde Restad, an associate professor …

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Episode #148: Who Won? Who’s Winning?

With the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine now history and the second presidential debate just days away, NPR’s Ron Elving makes a special visit to the Political Junkie to assess the campaign, the media coverage and how much he misses working with Ken. Then we hear from two surrogates for the …

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Episode #147: Preparedness and Restraint

The first presidential debate is in the books.  Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post offers analysis of the debate’s high and low moments, ridiculous claims and mistruths, and what it all means. Right after the debate, Hillary Clinton headed to North Carolina, a key battleground state that is also experiencing tight Senate and gubernatorial contests.  Laura Leslie of TV station WRAL …

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Episode #145: Great Moments in Presidential Debates

Debate Stage

Presidential debates don’t necessarily decide who will occupy the White House.  But history has shown that regardless of what effect they do have, they are often memorable — for better or worse. Our “Great Moments in Presidential Debates” special starts with Alan Schroeder, an expert on the subject, assessing Ronald Reagan‘s great lines in his 1980 …

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Episode #144: Debating the Debates. YAAAH!

Labor Day has come and gone, and now we’re in the homestretch of the campaign.  Neal Conan returns for his monthly visit with an update on Clinton v. Trump, weighing in on his immigration speech and a look at the upcoming debates. There’s no debate in Arizona:  John McCain is in the fight of his life.  Dan Nowicki of the Arizona Republic …

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Episode #143: Split Party, Split Court

September begins with a look back on some favorite interviews from the Political Junkie archives. We start this week with a chat with Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the 1964 Republican presidential nominee, a candidate who — like Donald Trump — had serious problems uniting his party in advance of the election. Uniting behind a …

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