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Engaging interviews and discussions of elections and the political issues of the day. Updated weekly.

Engaging interviews and discussions of elections and the political issues of the day. Updated weekly.
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Engaging interviews and discussions of elections and the political issues of the day. Updated weekly.

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Jason Kander: Lessons In Everyday Courage

8/20/2018
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Jason Kander has a lot going on. To begin, he’s running for mayor of Kansas City. For most of us, that would be a full-time job. But as you’ll hear, Jason Kander is most [...]

Duration:00:29:24

Rick Wilson: A GOP Strategist on the ‘Worst President Ever’

8/10/2018
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Rick Wilson doesn’t expect you to like him. For the last 30 years, Rick has been part of the underbelly of American politics: A self-described “Republican political strategist and infamous negative ad-maker.” And he’s done it for Republicans at all levels – state, local, & national, ranging from George H.W. Bush to Rudy Giuliani. As he says, he’s the one you called when you needed an attack. Not that feels his Democratic competitors were any better. But among them all, they helped make...

Duration:00:21:02

Catherine Rampell: What, Exactly, is Trumponomics?

7/28/2018
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The latest economic numbers are out, and by the time you hear this podcast, Donald Trump surely will have told us all why they are great, why tariffs work, and why this economy is the best ever.

Duration:00:32:30

Nicholas Burns: ‘I Don’t Think He’s Fit for Office’

7/20/2018
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Well, that was quite a week. And no doubt, in the few hours between my recording this intro and when the podcast drops, another extraordinary week will have passed. How to m [...]

Duration:00:25:17

Brian Abrams: Understanding Obama

7/13/2018
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It feels like a lifetime ago, I know. But so much of what’s happening today – the divides, anger, insults, policy realities – have emerged as a reaction to the Obama years. To understand today, it helps to understand what came before. Brian Abrams makes an important contribution to the process. Abrams specializes in oral histories – talking with key players and letting their words, almost exclusively, tell the story. Done well, this approachthoughtful narrative. That’s exactly what Abrams...

Duration:00:33:58

Dan Pfeiffer: What Comes Next for Democrats

6/29/2018
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So here’s the timeline: Two days ago, I spoke with Dan Pfeiffer. As you surely know, he’s President Obama’s former communications director and senior advisor and co-host of a podcast you might have heard of: Pod Save America. Then yesterday, Dan’s new book — Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump – debuts at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list.

Duration:00:31:18

Steven Brill: The Fifty-Year Fall of America

6/22/2018
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In the face of jailing immigrant children, questions about capitalism amid tariffs and possible trade wars, and concerns about democracy as we reject western allies and warmly welcome authoritarians and dictators, a lot of us are wondering not just who are we, but also, how in the world did we get here?

Duration:00:26:33

Scott Jennings: What’s Happening to the Republican Party?

6/15/2018
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For many on the right and left, the question has been “what’s happening to the GOP?” Free Trade? Gone.Budget deficits? No problem

Duration:00:34:06

Harry Litman: Does President Trump Think He’s a King?

6/12/2018
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Does President Trump think he’s a king? That was the provocative headline to a recent piece by Harry Litman, a former U.S. Attorney and Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General [...]

Duration:00:34:14

Bill Browder: Vladimir Putin’s Public Enemy No. 1

6/1/2018
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If you know Bill Browder’s story already, you surely won’t mind hearing it again. It’s extraordinary. If you haven’t heard it before, get ready.

Duration:00:36:30

Gen. Michael Hayden: Trump’s Assault on Intelligence

5/24/2018
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Of the many institutions that Donald Trump has attacked – Courts, Congress, media, political parties, diplomats, former Presidents – perhaps the most surprising and unnerving has been the relentless attacks on our intelligence community. Even before that second day in office – the one where he stood before the 117 stars honoring the CIA’s fallen and said we should’ve kept Iraq’s oil, claimed almost everyone in the room voted for him, and, of course, raved about the inauguration crowd size...

Duration:00:33:49

Amy Walter: Six Months Until Midterms… What Do We Know?

5/20/2018
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Can we talk politics? In the last weeks on this podcast, we’ve talked about racism, our shrinking diplomacy, the Mueller investigation, how democracies die, and more. But we ought not forget: it’s the political elections that deliver the policies that define our democracy. Not happy with how things are going? You might want to vote. Thrilled? Well, you may want to, also. So where’s our Midterm vote headed? Who’s up, who’s down, where’s the Blue Wave – and how much do particular...

Duration:00:37:42

Ronan Farrow: Inside the War on Peace

5/3/2018
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Iran, North Korea, Syria, Brexit, Paris Agreement, China. Prime Minister Abe, Macron, Merkel, Xi, a fellow named Putin. At a time when U.S. foreign policy – when diplomacy itself – requires as much clarity and coordination and skill as it has in decades, ours has been going through – to put it diplomatically – a major transition.

Duration:00:31:01

Stuart Eizenstat: Taking Another Look at the Carter Years

4/26/2018
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Forget everything you think you know about President Jimmy Carter and get ready to ask yourself: Was he an ineffective, overwhelmed outsider who oversaw four of the worst years in our history… or, as my guest today argues, was Carter’s presidency one of the most consequential in modern history. I confess – I forgot just how much occurred during Carter’s four years – and how much of what he did set the stage for politics and policies today: Ideas like protecting the environment, putting...

Duration:00:39:49

Asha Rangappa: How Will the Mueller Investigation End?

4/12/2018
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How will it end? For any of us following the Mueller investigation — hanging on the latest leaks around the mood inside the White House and who might get fired or not [...]

Duration:00:32:31

Jennifer Palmieri: Who Will Be the First Woman President?

4/9/2018
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Why is Hillary Clinton not the first woman President? Many people, political types, historians and sociologists will consider that question for many years to come. But besi [...]

Duration:00:38:19

David Wasserman: The House Outlook for 2018

3/23/2018
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For the last several weeks, regular listeners will know that I’ve been pretty focused on the state of our democracy. We all need to pay attention. At the heart of democracy, of course, is elections… and so today we get to focus on the politics and pro [...]

Duration:00:25:34

Michael Isikoff and David Corn: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America

3/15/2018
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With the daily headlines on Russia – Nunes memos, Mueller indictments, Trump denials, continual cable TV panels – it’s easy to miss a powerful and – as it turns out, complicated – question: How did Russia happen? How did we get here? For many of [...]

Duration:00:28:57

Chris Whipple: How the Trump White House Is the Most Dysfunctional Ever

3/8/2018
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I’ve just got one thing to say: Thank goodness for John Kelly! I bet that’s not the one thing you expected me to say. But here’s why: With Kelly so much in the news – for the Rob Porter disaster, inexplicable non-existent security clearances, insult [...]

Duration:00:37:37

How Democracies Die

2/9/2018
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I might not have a more important political conversation this year than the one I just had with Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. You’ll be tempted to look at the title of their book How Democracies Die and – particularly if you sit on the left side of things – think that it’s purely about President Trump. It’s not. Yes, of course, it covers Trump. Specifically, by looking at authoritarians across continents and throughout history, the authors outline four key indicators of...

Duration:00:38:57