Episode #141: Eyes on the Prize

Last month, Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee of a major party in history. Debbie Walsh of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University reflects on both Clinton’s accomplishment and the women who preceded her. Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution has a new book about famous political families.  It’s …

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Episode #140: The Senate 2016. The Senator 1968

Republicans, who fear that controversial comments made by Donald Trump will benefit his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, are now concerned that a Trump defeat could cost the GOP its majority in the Senate.  Greg Giroux of Bloomberg sizes up the vulnerable Senate seats for 2016. And if the Clinton-Kaine ticket is elected this year, then a new senator will …

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Episode #138: Bumps And All, the Democrats Make History

The Democrats made history in Philadelphia, nominating Hillary Clinton for president … the first woman to head up a major-party ticket.  It was a week of tears and joy, but also of conflict and recrimination. And we were there to record the moment. The week started disastrously for the party.  With the hacking of Democratic National Committee …

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Episode #137: The Reality Show Becomes Real

Donald Trump, defying expectations, finished off his miraculous climb to the Republican presidential nomination this week in Cleveland.  We were there to witness it all, interviewing party leaders, pundits and delegates, on and off the convention floor. With more than 700 delegates voting for someone other than Trump, there was no disguising the fact that …

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Episode #136: Great Moments in Convention History

Presidential nominating conventions may be scripted and not newsworthy, but there have been enough dramatic happenings that call for a “Great Moments in Convention History” special program. We hear from Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution, who attended the 1952 convention in Chicago as Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.) lashed out at former presidential nominee Thomas Dewey for …

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Episode #135: Independents Day

Last week’s Politicon conference in Pasadena, California gave us the opportunity to hear from two Republicans making the case “for” and “against” Donald Trump. GOP strategist Mike Murphy insists there’s a chance, albeit slim, that the convention will back the effort to free the delegates to vote their conscience. The opposing view came from Michael Steele, the former RNC …

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Episode #133: Glass Ceilings and Emotional Feelings

Were the Senate votes this week on gun legislation about guns, or about politics?  That’s what Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times talks about, as she assesses how the issue may play in November. While Hillary Clinton may have all but officially wrapped up the Democratic nomination earlier this month, there is the history of the moment to consider.  Debbie Walsh of …

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Episode #132: Terrorist Attacks, Followed By Political Attacks

The unimaginable horror of the terrorist attack in Orlando has led to the inevitable (and regrettable) finger-pointing and partisan political rhetoric.  Elizabeth Zechmeister, a political science professor at Vanderbilt University, talks about how Republicans (and male candidates) often benefit politically in the aftermath of such attacks … but how this incident has the potential to be …

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