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In this biweekly podcast, Bloomberg Politics Managing Editor John Heilemann and Culture Correspondent Will Leitch discuss the intersection of presidential politics and popular culture with guests from the worlds of politics, entertainment, tech, sports, business, and beyond.

In this biweekly podcast, Bloomberg Politics Managing Editor John Heilemann and Culture Correspondent Will Leitch discuss the intersection of presidential politics and popular culture with guests from the worlds of politics, entertainment, tech, sports, business, and beyond.
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In this biweekly podcast, Bloomberg Politics Managing Editor John Heilemann and Culture Correspondent Will Leitch discuss the intersection of presidential politics and popular culture with guests from the worlds of politics, entertainment, tech, sports, business, and beyond.

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@bpolitics

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English


Episodes

18: A Comedian’s View of 2016 with George Lopez

11/4/2016
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This week George Lopez joins John Heilemann and Will Leitch to give his thoughts on Donald Trump, the evolving electorate and the culture of Hollywood.

Duration:00:54:55

17: Hip-Hop and The 2016 Election with Fab 5 Freddy

10/28/2016
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Fab 5 Freddy of "Yo! MTV Raps" fame joins John Heilemann and Will Leitch to talk about his career at the center of hip-hop culture and his take on The 2016 Election.

Duration:01:04:49

David Axelrod on the Election of a Lifetime, Three Weeks Out

10/20/2016
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On this week's Culture Caucus podcast, a discussion of the state of our democracy in the final days of an historic, head-spinning campaign. (And the Chicago Cubs.)

Duration:01:10:17

EPISODE 15: How Samantha Bee conquered late night

10/13/2016
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This week Will Leitch and John Heilemann are joined by Variety media critic Maureen Ryan to discuss how Samantha Bee, Saturday Night Live and the rest of late night comedy are handling the Trump campaign.

Duration:00:45:28

Episode 14: Reviewing Debate Theatrics with Rory O'Malley

9/29/2016
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This week Rory O’Malley, who plays King George in Hamilton, gives Will Leitch and John Heilemann an actor’s view on how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump performed in the first presidential debate.

Duration:01:00:00

EPISODE 13: Protest and professional sports, with the NFL's Joe

9/22/2016
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John Heilemann and Will Leitch discuss the fallout from Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest with guest Joe Lockhart, a top communications official for the NFL and a former White House press secretary.

Duration:00:39:10

Episode 12: Director Jay Roach

7/20/2016
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In the 12th episode of Bloomberg Politics' Culture Caucus podcast, from the Cleveland Convention Center, John Heilemann and Will Leitch talk politics, movies and the Republican National Convention with Jay Roach, director of Game Change, Trumbo, Recount, All the Way and, of course, Austin Powers and Meet the Parents.

Duration:00:47:04

Episode 11: Ezra Edelman, director of OJ: Made in America

6/2/2016
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John Heilemann and Will Leitch discuss O.J.: Made in America with director Ezra Edelman. The seven-and-half-hour series premieres on ABC on June 11 at 9 p.m. ET.

Duration:01:01:23

Episode 10: Anthony Weiner, a documentary and Barbara Morgan

5/19/2016
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John Heilemann and Will Leitch discuss "Weiner," a documentary about Fmr. New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's failed New York mayoral run. They are joined by Barbara Morgan, who served as communications director for Weiner's campaign.

Duration:01:09:26

Episode 8: Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas and "Confirmation"

4/21/2016
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Journalist Jane Mayer, who co-wrote "Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas" joins John Heilemann and Will Leitch to discuss the HBO film Confirmation, a dramatic exploration of the infamous Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings of 1991.

Duration:00:43:37

Episode 7: Talking Baseball, And Politics, With Joe Buck

4/7/2016
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John Heilemann and Will Leitch look at baseball in the year 2016, including its current cultural conflict, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the forces behind Donald Trump's campaign. Includes an interview with Fox Sports baseball and football broadcaster Joe Buck.

Duration:00:56:53

Episode 6: March Madness, Democracy in Action

3/26/2016
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John Heilemann and Will Leitch discuss the NCAA Basketball Tournament, when even President Barack Obama gets into the spirit and fills out a bracket, and talk with Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins about amateurism and whether or not college athletes should (or even can) be paid.

Duration:00:46:28

Episode 5: The Media's Dysfunctional Dance With Donald Trump

3/17/2016
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Never has the battle to balance fair journalism practices with the commercial realities of the business been put in such stark light: Trump despises the media, but he also loves and needs them, and media loves and (mostly) needs him right back. John Heilemann and Will Leitch discuss the media circus surrounding the Republican front-runner, and speak with Jenna Johnson, Trump reporter for The Washington Post.

Duration:00:43:40

Episode 4: Why Did Washington Break Up With Hollywood?

3/3/2016
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John Heilemann and Will Leitch discuss how the major celebrities in the Obama White House aren't from Hollywood; they're from the music world or, most often, sports. They also interview A.O. Scott, the New York Times film critic and author of the new book "Better Living Through Criticism."

Duration:00:47:39

Episode 3: The Super Pulpit

2/4/2016
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John Heilemann and Will Leitch discuss the Super Bowl as national holiday and how President Obama -- and other politicians -- come alive during sports-centric interviews in a way that they don't with the political press. They also talk to NBC's Willie Geist about the television business, the connection between sports and politics and more.

Duration:00:43:53

Wall Street, the Movies, and the American State of Mind

1/21/2016
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Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, popular culture has attempted to capture the American people’s unique, combustible mix of confusion and rage. John Heilemann and Will Leitch take a look at the sleeper hit "The Big Short" and its predecessors, discuss the new Showtime show "Billions" with its co-creator, Brian Koppelman, and wonder aloud how it all ties in to the votes that will soon be cast in the presidential primaries.

Duration:00:43:52

Episode 1: The Post-Jon Stewart World: Political Comedy in 2016

1/14/2016
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Bloomberg Politics' John Heilemann and Will Leitch kick off their podcast about the intersection of politics and popular culture with an extended discussion of the tumultuous state of late-night political comedy in the wake of Jon Stewart's exit from "The Daily Show." How's Trevor Noah doing? What's the best show for candidates to appear on? Why is Seth Meyers doing the most political talk show out there? And who's gonna win the Fallon/Colbert/Kimmel battle? Heilemann and Leitch also talk to...

Duration:00:53:21