Specials

1968: 50 Years Later

Episode #230: 1968 — The Voters Have Their Say

Part 3 of our three-part series, 1968: 50 Years Later. Richard Nixon stages a political comeback. Segregationist Gov. George Wallace mounts an independent presidential bid. And a conflicted Hubert Humphrey breaks from LBJ and gives a televised speech opposing the bombing in North Vietnam. Days before the election, President Johnson stops the bombing in an effort to boost peace talks. Nixon holds on to narrowly win the election.


1968: 50 Years Later

Episode #226: 1968 — A Party Divided

Part 2 of our three-part series, 1968: 50 Years Later. The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Chicago, but there is turmoil both inside the hall and outside. Anti-Vietnam War demonstrators and police clash violently in the streets. The Chicago Eight are charged with conspiracy and incitement to riot. Meanwhile, inside the hall, floor fights between establishment and anti-war delegates threaten to tear the party apart. Vice President Hubert Humphrey secures the nomination despite having not competed in any primaries.


1968: 50 Years Later

Episode #222: 1968 — Turbulence and Tragedy

Part 1 of our three-part series, 1968: 50 Years Later. After a disappointing result in the New Hampshire Primary, President Lyndon B. Johnson drops his bid for re-election. The Gene McCarthy campaign is furious as Bobby Kennedy enters the race. On the Republican side, Richard Nixon launches a political comeback. The nation reels after the tragic assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis. And the assassination of RFK on the night of the California primary sends the Democratic Party into a tailspin.


2017 Remembrances Special

Episode #210: The 2017 Remembrances Special

Stu Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Gonzales Political Report and Jill Lawrence of USA Today join Ken Rudin for a look back at the giants in the political world who passed away in 2017.


Political Junkie buttons

Episode #200: I’m The Political Junkie (And So Can You!)

We mark our 200th episode by asking, “What does it mean to be a political junkie?” We discuss with Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg, political analyst Stu Rothenberg, former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), and Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman, and we share comments submitted by our listeners.


2016 Remembrances Special

Episode #159: The 2016 Remembrances Special

Stu Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Gonzales Political Report and Jill Lawrence of USA Today join Ken Rudin for a look back at the giants in the political world who passed away in 2016.


2016 Presidential Election Special

Episode #152: The 2016 Presidential Election Special

Join Ken Rudin and an all-star panel of political reporters, commentators and special guests for a full hour of analysis of the final days of the presidential campaign. Plus, Ken and his guests cover the key Senate and gubernatorial races of interest from across the country.


Great Moments in Presidential Debates

Episode #145: Great Moments in Presidential Debates

In 1960, the first televised presidential debates were held between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, giving voters a unique opportunity to see the two candidates up close. Since 1976, all the major party nominees for president have participated in televised debates. The issues ranged from domestic concerns to foreign policy. But these debates are also remembered to many dramatic moments and memorable gaffes that have often helped decide the outcome of the elections.

Join Ken Rudin for a review of many of these great moments from past presidential debates, with commentary from several journalists and historians on how those moments may have helped pave the way for the winner to reach the White House.


2016 Democratic Convention Special

Episode #138: Bumps And All, the Democrats Make History

Join the Political Junkie for special coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention from Philadelphia! Ken Rudin hits the convention floor to hear from the delegates themselves on their perspectives of this surprising presidential race, and whether supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders can unite behind the Democratic Party ticket. Plus, analysis of the convention proceedings from on-site reporters, campaign organizers and party elders.


2016 Republican Convention Special

Episode #137: The Reality Show Becomes Real

Join the Political Junkie for special coverage of the 2016 Republican National Convention from Cleveland! Ken Rudin hits the convention floor to hear from the delegates themselves on their perspectives of this surprising presidential race, and whether the Republican Party can unite behind Donald Trump following a turbulent primary campaign. Plus, analysis of the convention proceedings and the GOP ticket from on-site reporters, campaign organizers and party elders.


Great Moments in Convention History

Episode #136: Great Moments in Convention History

In recent years, the national party conventions may have seemed like informercials for the parties’ respective presidential nominees, but many conventions of the past have been filled with moments that were contentious, memorable, and historic: The Southern walkout in protest of Hubert Humphrey’s pro-civil rights speech in 1948. Geraldine Ferraro becoming the first woman on a major-party ticket in 1984. Everett Dirksen singling out Thomas Dewey for his past failures in 1952. And of course, the utter mayhem in Chicago in 1968.

Join Ken Rudin on a journey through political history as we revisit memorable and historic moments from national party conventions of the past, and consider how the role of conventions in the presidential race has evolved from then to today.


Super Tuesday 2016 Special

Episode #116: That’s Why They Call It Super

Join Ken Rudin as he previews the Super Tuesday contests with journalists and analysts from across the country, and evaluates the outlook for the leading candidates of both parties. Plus, Ken looks back at past Super Tuesdays and how well they did (or didn’t) in setting the stage for the eventual nominees.


2015 Remembrances Special

Episode #107: The 2015 Remembrances Special

Greg Giroux of Bloomberg News joins Ken Rudin for a look back at the giants in the political world who passed away in 2015.


Election 2016 - One Year Out

Episode #100: Election 2016 — One Year Out

Join Ken Rudin as he pulls back from the weekly campaign coverage to take a broad examination of the 2016 presidential election in this hour-long special. He’s joined by veteran political analysts and journalists to discuss the key issues at stake, review critical moments from the campaign so far, and evaluate how the candidates are connecting with voters.

Ken and his guests also examine how the early primary states gained their modern-day prominence, take an early look at noteworthy House and Senate races to watch next year, and shares answers to listener-submitted questions about the election cycle.


2014 Remembrances Special

Episode #56: The 2014 Remembrances Special

Janet Hook of The Wall Street Journal and Alan Ehrenhalt of Governing magazine join Ken Rudin for a look back at the giants in the political world who passed away in 2014.


2014 Midterm Election Special

Episode #49: The 2014 Midterm Election Special

Ken and his guests cover the key Senate and gubernatorial races from across the country as the campaign season reaches the final stretch.