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Connecting today's political discourse with the past 40 years of politics. Using audio taken from C-SPAN's vast Video Library, each episode focuses on a theme tied to current events providing a unique perspective on today's news.






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Ted Lasso and Other Celebrity White House Press Briefers

Quick question – Who said this to the White House press corps in the White House press briefing room on Monday, March 21? "On behalf of myself, everyone here with me today and the numerous other folks that — that it takes to make our show, 'Ted Lasso,' it is sincerely an honor to visit the White House and to have the opportunity to speak to the President and to the First Lady about the importance of mental health." If you answered: Hey, that's Jason Sudeikis of the hit Apple TV+ series "Ted...


ST. PATRICK'S DAY: A legendary salute to House Speaker Tip O'Neill in 1986

"This is the day that all Irish Americans share their common heritage. It is also a day when just about everyone gets a little Irish feeling. One of the great things in my life has been the opportunity to see the Irish of this country use the power of the ballot box to pull themselves up, to join the front ranks of every profession and every walk of life." That's what House Speaker Tip O'Neill told a St. Patrick's Day dinner in his honor - on March 17, 1986. For St. Patrick's Day this year,...



"Tucker Carlson is a staff writer for the Weekly Standard. Good morning. Thanks for being with us." And that's how Tucker Carlson's first appearance on C-SPAN began ... taking audience calls... December 30, 1995 … Between 1995 and 2015, Tucker Carlson appeared on C-SPAN call-in programs 17 times. In this episode of C-SPAN's "The Weekly," you'll learn personal information Tucker Carlson shared about himself ... during 20 years of taking calls and talking with the C-SPAN audience. Learn more...


FEUD! Ed Koch 10 Years After His Death -- With Trump & Giuliani

Ed Koch died ten years ago this week, But it feels like his feuds live on. Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, his own Democratic Party -- he picked fights with all of them. In this episode of C-SPAN's "The Weekly," we remember New York City Mayor Ed Koch and his feuds-- ten years after he died. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


What Jimmy Carter said about other Presidents

"My name is Jimmy Carter, and I'm running for President" ... ... And that's how Jimmy Carter began his speech accepting the presidential nomination ... at the Democratic Convention ... July 15, 1976. But in this episode of C-SPAN's podcast "The Weekly," that's the only clip you'll hear of Jimmy Carter talking about himself. Because this episode is all about what President Carter said ... about other presidents. Like the man who defeated him when he ran for re-election in 1980... Ronald...


Foreign leaders address Congress -- and teach us American history

Ever hear of the Battle of Saratoga? Volodymyr Zelenskyy has. When the Ukrainian President addressed Congress, he reached back to American Revolutionary War days to make his plea -- Ukraine needs more military assistance. It wasn't the first time a foreign leader addressing a Joint Meeting of Congress went deep into American history -- particularly from the Revolutionary War days -- to make a rhetorical point. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


SECRECY: What Sen. Moynihan taught us about government secrecy and classified documents

Government secrecy. It's in the news now because classified documents were discovered at the homes of former President Donald Trump, President Joe Biden, and former Vice President Mike Pence. Secrecy also was in the news a quarter century ago because of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). He chaired a commission investigating excessive government secrecy and classification of documents. He even wrote a book about it: "Secrecy: The American Experience." In the next episode of C-SPAN's...


TOP STATE OF UNION ADDRESS CLIPS: From President Reagan through President Biden

How closely do you watch State of the Union addresses on C-SPAN? Test your State of the Union knowledge with the C-SPAN podcast "The Weekly" -- We play the most-viewed clips in the C-SPAN Video Library for each President who has given a State of the Union speech since C-SPAN began. Do you know: • Which SOTU clip is also the most viewed of any clip in the C-SPAN Video Library? • Which topic that is still very much in the news today has the most entries on this list? • Why does Nancy Pelosi...


One Year from South Carolina -- Remembering What Joe Biden Used to Say About Iowa and New Hampshire

First votes are scheduled to be cast in the 2024 Democratic presidential primary in just about a year. South Carolina goes first. If President Joe Biden gets his way. But there was a time, in fact, several times, that presidential candidate Joe Biden was happy with Iowa and New Hampshire going first. In this episode of C-SPAN's "The Weekly," we go back to prior Joe Biden campaigns for president and hear what we said then about the importance of Iowa and New Hampshire leading off the...


New Faces, New Stories, New Speeches - The New Members of Congress

What's new in Congress? How about over 70 new faces -- new members of the House with new stories, new perspectives, and new thoughts. Many have already given their first House floor speeches. Hear what they said in this best-of roundup of the first speeches from new members of the new 118th Congress. This episode of C-SPAN's podcast "The Weekly" is all about the new. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


POP QUIZ: How closely did you watch the House Speaker contest?

Four days and 15 votes. You know the outcome But how closely did you watch the historic contest for House speaker? Pop quiz: • Who mentioned the New York Yankees? • Who mentioned the Detroit Lions? • Who mentioned the Green Bay Packers? • Who mentioned a Bill Murray film? • And how many times was popcorn talked about? • What did this House speaker contest have in common with three others from the past quarter century? And -- get this -- have you ever before heard the House chaplain's opening...


Yes or No: Do Congressional Hearings Allow For Nuance? ANSWER THE QUESTION!!

Ah, the "Yes or no" question. A staple of any congressional hearing. Congressmen and Senators often demand witnesses quickly answer questions as yes or no. They frequently cite time constraints -- perhaps after giving lengthy statements. But does "yes or no" provide Congress or the public deeper understanding, broader explanation, or even nuance? In this episode of C-SPAN's "The Weekly," hear some of the most remarkable "yes or no" exchanges from hearings we've covered. Is this an episode of...


Best-of Congress Farewell Speeches 2022: Owls, Clowns, Volcanoes -- and "Dilly Dilly

Missed any of the farewell speeches from Senators and Representatives leaving Congress in 2022? Good news -- Fret no more! The C-SPAN podcast "The Weekly" special farewell-to-2022 episode has you covered. Learn: -Which Senator mentioned owls -Which Congressman mentioned clowns -Which Senator had a major piece of legislation named after him -- voting for it in one of his final votes -And which Congressman had a volcano named after him Plus: -Why was Newt Gingrich mentioned in farewell...


Elon Musk Loves Chocolate Milk

Lots of people -- politicians very much included -- have lots of things to say about Elon Musk, now that he owns Twitter. But what did politicians say about Elon Musk before he bought Twitter? Find out in C-SPAN's podcast "The Weekly." Hear from members of Congress talking about Elon Musk in the pre-Twitter days, back when Democrats celebrated him for SpaceX, Republicans recommended he join President Biden's cabinet, and one Representative cheered on his "insane" love for chocolate milk....


Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Six Other Senate Party Defectors

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and the Six Senate Party Defectors. A new indy band out of Arizona? Nope -- it's the new episode of C-SPAN's podcast "The Weekly." First, some fun facts: • Of the six most recent Senate independents, Kyrsten Sinema is only the second from a state not in New England. • The Senate now has three Independents serving at the same time -- the most ever. • And Sinema is the first independent or third-party Senator who is a woman. Since 1890 and before Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in...


Gaslighting. Word of the Year. In Congress.

Merriam-Webster declared gaslighting to be 2022 word of the year, based on searches on its website. Here's another place gaslighting was word of the year: Congress. In 2022, both sides filled their rhetoric with mentions and accusations of gaslighting. How did Congress define gaslighting? Who said what in Congress citing gaslighting? And how did one member of Congress connect gaslighting -- to big cats? You'll find out in the C-SPAN podcast "The Weekly." We demonstrate how Congress used the...


Taylor Swift: Ticketmaster Hearings? We've Been There Before

After the Taylor Swift ticket debacle, will Congress hold hearings into Ticketmaster, focusing on antitrust and competitiveness? If it does, it wouldn't be the first time Congress asks questions of Ticketmaster. In C-SPAN's "The Weekly," we recall two prior times Ticketmaster and Live Nation CEOs have had to testify to Congress about their merged companies - in the House and in the Senate. This podcast preps you for a potential third Ticketmaster hearing, with Taylor Swift as its focus....


Thanksgiving: Seven Things You Didn't Know About Dulles Airport

It's Thanksgiving. Chances are you're travelling. It's possible you're flying. And you might even be at an airport-- stuck. If that's the case, listen to C-SPAN's podcast "The Weekly." We present Seven Fun Facts about Dulles Airport. All connected to politics and the presidency. It's the perfect way to pass time during a miserable experience at any airport. What are the Seven Fun Facts? Listen to "The Weekly" and find out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Two Biggest Surprises in Campaign 2022 -- The Grand Finale

You like surprises? Campaign 2022 had lots of them. Brace yourself to experience the two biggest plot twists of Campaign 2022. What were they? Who said what? And what did the two incredible, earth-shattering surprises have to do with --- Hawaii? Don't miss the big reveal in C-SPAN's podcast "The Weekly." It's the grand finale to C-SPAN's coverage of Campaign 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Veterans Day: 40th Anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

This Veterans Day marks the 40thanniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It's commonly known as the Wall -- for the nearly 60,000 names inscribed on the reflective black granite for the Americans who gave their lives in service to their country. The Wall has been the site of many presidential visits of the past four decades -- including on Veterans Day. For Veterans Day 2022, the C-SPAN podcast "The Weekly" looks back at the 40-year history of the Vietnam Veterans...