Episode #160: A New Year, A New President, A New Direction

Happy New Year!  President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration is just weeks away. Neal Conan, the former host of Talk of the Nation, joins us for a recap of 2016, and how the early goings of 2017 are shaping up. Bob Schieffer, the former host of CBS’ Face the Nation, talks about how he prepared for his …

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Episode #159: The 2016 Remembrances Special

Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Gonzales Political Report and Jill Lawrence of USA Today join Political Junkie Ken Rudin for a look back at the giants in the political world who passed away this year — it’s the 2016 Political Junkie Remembrances Special. Among those whose careers were remembered include Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former Attorney General Janet …

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Episode #158: Moscow on the Potomac

Donald Trump has finally decided on a nominee for secretary of state, but it turns out that this may be the most controversial Cabinet appointee of all.  Carl Hulse of the New York Times reviews Rex Tillerson’s relationships with Vladimir Putin and Russia and speculates on what could be a difficult confirmation hearing. Remember all the conservatives saying …

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Episode #157: Against All Odds: Trump in 2016, McCarthy in 1968

Donald Trump has gone to the military, to Congress, to the business world — to even a former rival — in assembling his new Cabinet.  Neal Conan, here for his monthly visit to the Political Junkie, assesses what has happened in the month since the election. More election news in Louisiana and North Carolina to …

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Episode #156: Loss in the Castro Family … and the Castro Neighborhood

Even though it was Donald Trump who said he might not accept the results of the presidential election, it turns out that Jill Stein — the Green Party nominee who finished well behind in fourth place — who is pushing for a recount in three states that narrowly went for Trump: Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  Mike …

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Episode #155: Giving Thanks to Great Political Memories

Because we’re all spending Thanksgiving with friends and families this week, we decided to leave you with three past interviews that are completely timeless and worth another listen. Before there were Bushes & Clintons, there were the Tafts.  Former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft remembers his grandfather, Mr. Republican himself, Sen. Robert A. Taft. John Dickerson, the host of “Face the …

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Episode #154: For Now, the GOP is United, the Dems Aren’t

One week after Donald Trump’s historic upset victory, both parties are preparing for what comes next.  Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential hopeful, has put forward a bid to return as Democratic National Committee chair.  He talks about the lessons of this year’s campaign and what role the DNC could play in the …

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Episode #153: A Nine Point Trump on the Richter Scale

The election is over and, in case you missed it, Donald Trump won. Lisa Desjardins of the PBS NewsHour and Greg Giroux of Bloomberg explain what happened, how it happened, and what’s next. A more detailed conversation with Neal Conan follows which, before the edits, was mostly he and Ken saying “wow” to each other …

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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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