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Interest in politics is at an all-time high.

But so is disillusionment. That’s why, more than ever, your listeners expect reporting on politics that is comprehensive, fair, credible, and honest. Yet with the constant barrage of news and infighting from Washington, there’s often too much focus on the politics of personal destruction… and not nearly enough on those working to build consensus and find compromise.

Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie is the go-to radio program with a different kind of political fix. Each week, politicians, journalists and experts of all stripes join veteran political analyst Ken Rudin to assess current political events, explore the personal side of public service, and delve into the rich history that informs today’s national conversation.

Your listeners will enjoy hearing informed discussions about national and local campaigns, deep dives into key moments in political history, and intriguing tidbits of political trivia. Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie is the show that aims to make politics accessible, engaging, and — dare we say it — fun.

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The Political Junkie has been running for over a year now … since then we have found it to be an extraordinary performer for us.”
Carolyne Heldman
Executive Director, Aspen Public Radio

“I must have had a sense for what was to come to know we needed to pick it up at just the right time.”
Amy Tardif
Former Station Manager & News Director, WGCU

“I feel that the best part of the show is Ken’s ability to provide historical context to the many issues that he covers.”
iTunes listener review, Feb. 2017

“The combination of wit, humor and in-depth information cannot be matched.”
iTunes listener review, Nov. 2016

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Featured Episodes

Episode #178: When Harry Met Marjie
Former Rep. Marjorie Margolies remembers a difficult 1993 vote she cast in support of President Clinton, former Rep. Yvonne Burke reflects on becoming the first member of Congress to give birth while in office in 1973, and Pres. Harry Truman’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel shares some great family stories.

Episode #168: A New Tone for Trump, A New Chair for Dems
NPR’s Ron Elving reunites with Ken to analyze President Trump’s first address to Congress, and Virginia Democratic Party Chair Susan Swecker discusses what new DNC chair Tom Perez has to do to refocus the party.

Episode #166: National Security Blunders – Then and Now
Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, recounts the circumstances surrounding Powell’s memorable WMD speech at the UN Security Council in 2003. Plus, New Hampshire Deputy Secretary of State Dave Scanlon and former state Republican Chair Fergus Cullen refute Trump administration claims of voter fraud, and Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff pairs presidents with the most identifiable TV shows that aired during their term in office.

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Political Junkie is a weekly one-hour show that makes a great addition to your weekend program lineup.
The show is distributed by PRX and available for a low annual carriage fee.

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