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Heartland Politics with Robin Johnson

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Heartland Politics with Robin Johnson is a political podcast discussing current issues we face as a country featuring interviews with senators, congressman, governors, and other political elite. Robin A. Johnson is a governmental relations, public policy and political consultant. He is an expert on government reform issues and has consulted with numerous local governments on consolidation/merger, public-private partnerships and full-cost accounting of public services. Robin has also helped candidates win elections for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, state legislature, judiciary and local government.

Heartland Politics with Robin Johnson is a political podcast discussing current issues we face as a country featuring interviews with senators, congressman, governors, and other political elite. Robin A. Johnson is a governmental relations, public policy and political consultant. He is an expert on government reform issues and has consulted with numerous local governments on consolidation/merger, public-private partnerships and full-cost accounting of public services. Robin has also helped candidates win elections for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, state legislature, judiciary and local government.

Location:

United States

Description:

Heartland Politics with Robin Johnson is a political podcast discussing current issues we face as a country featuring interviews with senators, congressman, governors, and other political elite. Robin A. Johnson is a governmental relations, public policy and political consultant. He is an expert on government reform issues and has consulted with numerous local governments on consolidation/merger, public-private partnerships and full-cost accounting of public services. Robin has also helped candidates win elections for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, state legislature, judiciary and local government.

Twitter:

@wvikfm

Language:

English

Contact:

309-794-7500


Episodes

Speaking with Terry Teachout

2/26/2021
Terry Teachout, drama critic of the Wall Street Journal, talks about his book Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong. He describes Armstrong’s significant impact on American culture, his upbringing, Chicago and Harlem years, criticisms of his style, and, of course, the songs he’ll be most remembered for.

Duration:00:29:30

Speaking with Paul Kendrick

2/18/2021
Paul Kendrick will discuss his latest book, Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Win the 1960 Election, that he co-authored with his father, Stephen Kendrick. While JFK’s call to Coretta Scott King is well-known, the authors reveal little-known details of the behind-the-scene effort that led to the call and the enormous political consequences.

Duration:00:29:30

Speaking with Dale Maharidge

2/13/2021
Dale Maharidge, Pulitzer Prize winner, author, journalist and academic, talks about his latest book F**cked at Birth: Recalibrating the American Dream for the 2020s. He tells the story of the title of the book and its relation to his cross country drive that explores our nation increasing class divide.

Duration:00:28:29

Speaking with Michael Lind

2/4/2021
Michael Lind talks about his latest book, The New Class War: Saving Democracy From the Managerial Elite. He shows how the decline of trade unions, churches and grassroots political parties disempowered the working class and offers ideas on how Western democracies can include working class majorities in politics, the economy and culture to overcome class warfare.

Duration:00:29:30

Speaking with Rick Perlstein

1/28/2021
Rick Perlstein, author of an epic series of books tracing the rise of the modern American conservative movement, talks about his latest book, Reaganland, as well as the linkage of Trumpism to that era, changes in news coverage during the 1970s (hint: Roone Arledge), the impact of culture (movies and TV) on politics and the role of race relations on politics since the 60s.

Duration:00:28:30

Speaking with Nathan Kalmoe

1/21/2021
Nathan Kalmoe, Associate Professor of Political Communication at LSU, talks about his recent book With Ballots and Bullets: Partisanship and Violence in the American Civil War and its very relevant applications to the current political landscape. He also challenges some long-held myths about the war and especially Lincoln’s reelection in 1864.

Duration:00:29:58

Speaking with Governor Kim Reynolds

1/15/2021
Governor Kim Reynolds talks about her Condition of the State speech delivered this week. She discusses her major initiatives on schools, health care, broadband, workforce training, licensing reform and criminal justice.

Duration:00:28:19

Speaking with Jon Fasman

1/8/2021
Jon Fasman, US Digital Editor and former Washington correspondent for The Economist magazine, talks about the Capitol riots, police response, the 25th Amendment, hateful slogans and flags used by rioters, the fallout among Republicans, and the global response. He also provides analysis on the Georgia Senate elections and the rising spread of misinformation and its impact on democracy.

Duration:00:28:53

Speaking with Libby Meyer

1/2/2021
Libby Meyer, Federal Reporter for Iowa Starting Line, talks about the contested Iowa 2nd congressional district race and the autopsy report on the 2020 Iowa caucuses, two major stories bookending a strange and unpredictable year in Iowa politics.

Duration:00:28:49

Speaking with Scott Eyman

12/26/2020
Scott Eyman talks about his latest book, Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise, and how the Hollywood star’s tragic upbringing shaped his career and life. The discussion includes Grant’s death in Davenport in 1986 as well as his rise to stardom, top performances and other topics.

Duration:00:28:51

Speaking with Jerry Seib

12/19/2020
Jerry Seib, Washington Editor of the Wall Street Journal and author of the Capital Journal column, talks about this new book, We Should Have Seen It Coming: From Reagan to Trump—A Front-row Seat to a Political Revolution. Topics include the early signs of change in the GOP, cultural and economic cracks that emerged, and how the party moves forward.

Duration:00:29:09

Speaking with John Barry

12/12/2020
John Barry, author of The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, discusses his landmark book and lessons for dealing with the current coronavirus pandemic. He also discusses the individuals involved during that time, from scientists to business leaders to elected officials, and how their efforts aided or held back addressing the pandemic.

Duration:00:29:21

Speaking with Ross DeVol

12/5/2020
Ross DeVol, President and CEO of Heartland Forward, a new ‘think and do’ think tank devoted to improving economic performance in the middle of the country, talks about how former factory towns and rural areas can revitalize their economies. He also discusses how to promote small business retention and growth, entrepreneurialism, globalization and tech.

Duration:00:29:12

Speaking with Josh Kraushaar

11/30/2020
Josh Kraushaar, political reporter for the National Journal and host of the Against the Grain podcast, talks about the 2020 election, Trump’s legacy, realignment, polling, white working class voters and the role of the news media.

Duration:00:29:29

Speaking with Dante Chinni

11/23/2020
Dante Chinni, a political writer for the Wall Street Journal and NBC News contributor, analyzes the 2020 election results including the differences among American suburbs and Latino voters as well as challenges facing both parties moving forward. Chinni also directs the American Communities Project at George Washington University.

Duration:00:29:29

Speaking with Amanda Vinicky

11/14/2020
Amanda Vinicky, WTTW Chicago Tonight correspondent and former political reporter for NPR Illinois and the Illinois public radio network, talks about the 2020 election results in Illinois and the impact on state government in 2021. She provides analysis on the Fair Tax Amendment, Justice Kilbride retention, the role of Speaker Madigan and much more.

Duration:00:29:19

Speaking with Erin Murphy

11/7/2020
Erin Murphy, Des Moines Bureau Chief for Lee Enterprises, talks about the election results in Iowa from the presidential race down to the state legislature. He His analysis includes a discussion of polls, strategy, demographic trends and whether Iowa remains a battleground state or is more firmly red (Republican).

Duration:00:29:20

Speaking with Miles Coleman

11/2/2020
Miles Coleman, writer and editor with the Crystal Ball produced by the University of Virginia Center for Politics, talks about the Center's predictions for the presidential race and control of the US Senate and US House. He also suggests some key early indicators to watch for how the election will go, including for Iowa.

Duration:00:35:18

Speaking with Kathie Obradovich

10/29/2020
Kathie Obradovich, editor of the Iowa Capital Dispatch, provides an overview and analysis of all the key races in Iowa, from the presidency to the state legislature. Obradovich has 30+ years experience reporting on politics and government in Iowa including as a political reporter for the Quad City Times and political columnist and opinion editor for the Des Moines Register.

Duration:00:26:24

Speaking with Jon Shields

10/26/2020
Jon Shields, co-author of Trump’s Democrats (along with Stephanie Muravchik), talks about his book’s focus on white, working class voters who switched from voting for Barack Obama to Donald Trump. He provides insights into their reasons, why they are still vital for the Democratic coalition and whether they will come back to Biden.

Duration:00:27:00