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 called “America’s Political Dynasties: From Adams to Clinton,” and it goes through not only the Roosevelts and the Kennedys and the Tafts, but also many families we have long since forgotten.  Steve dropped by to share some of his favorite stories.

The Sacramento Bee’s Jack Ohman, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, suggests that being on the Political Junkie program may be an even bigger thrill.

And Dylan Byers, CNN’s media reporter talks about the complicated relationship between Donald Trump and the press.

Photo via AP/Matt Rourke

Music used in this podcast:

Vacation – Go Go’s

History Never Repeats – Split Enz

We Are Family – Sister Sledge

Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous – Good Charlotte

Happy Jack – The Who

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2 thoughts on “Episode #141: Eyes on the Prize”

  1. Are the Dingells of Michigan a dynasty?
    There’s three of them and they’ve been in Congress since 1933 but are they counted as three generations (their births spread across 60 years) or two because Jr & Debbie are married?

    • I’d say yes. It’s like the Byrons of Maryland; Congressman Goodloe Byron followed his parents into the House in 1971 and served until his death in 1978. He was succeeded by his widow, Beverly, who then served until she was knocked off in the primary in ’92. I consider Beverly Byron to be part of the “Byron dynasty.”


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