Episode #184: Jesse Ventura Wrestles With 2017

Even without the filibuster, it still took a while for President Trump’s cabinet to get confirmed. So just how hard is it to get through the confirmation process? Linda Chavez, who was President George W. Bush’s choice to head up the Labor Department in 2001 talks about her experience. Chavez was forced to withdraw her name after it was revealed she had sheltered an illegal immigrant in her home.

Mark Shriver of the famously Catholic Kennedy family — his mother was Jack Kennedy’s sister — talks about his biography of Pope Francis.  The book is about not only the rise of the Pope but about Shriver’s own faith, how it had wavered, and how it bounced back thanks to the pontiff.

We go back eight years to South Carolina, where then-Gov. Mark Sanford reappeared after being missing for four days to say he wasn’t hiking the Appalachian Trail, as his staff suggested, but was meeting his “soul mate” in Argentina.  John O’Connor, now with WNYC but then a reporter with The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., remembers the surreal events of June 2009.

And, it was 15 years ago this week that Jesse Ventura, the governor of Minnesota, announced he would not seek a second term.  The former pro wrestler discusses his reasons for leaving electoral politics and offers his opinions on every possible topic you can think of.

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Music used in this podcast:

Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves by Eurythmics featuring Aretha Franklin

I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 

God Knows I’m Good by David Bowie

I’m Walkin’ by Fats Domino

Jesse by Carly Simon

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