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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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 #149: Locker Rooms and Lock Her Up

The most surreal and vicious presidential debate is now in the history books, and it came in the wake of some lewd comments Donald Trump made in 2005 that was released 48 hours before his encounter with Hillary Clinton in St. Louis.  Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post tries to make sense of it all. Trump’s apparent decline …

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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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