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On this week’s episode of Bipodisan, Paul, Jean, and Moe talk about the outrage machine’s reaction on both sides to the Trump-Kim handshake in Singapore, the argument for being hopeful on North Korea, the scene from Bull Durham that best captures Donald Trump’s style (hint: it involves a bull), and Robert DeNiro’s “moment” at the Tony Awards. Meanwhile, Mary Kate goes roving reporter, interviewing Members of Congress at the annual Congressional Baseball Game about how to have more civil...


The Power of the Purse

This week on Bipodisan, Moe is back, Paul is away and Mary Kate and Jean are crunchy. The gang of three finds bipartisan agreement on letting small-business owners bake cake, and on allowing the power of the marketplace – not the government – to send messages to merchants on culture or morality. Mary Kate then boldly leads the group to the “third rail” of politics: Social Security (and its insolvency). When it comes to entitlements, the hosts are worried – about the public purse and the...


Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

After an opening icebreaker of remembering the first films they saw in a movie theater — you’ll learn which co-host was shouting out Latin translations of “The Exorcist" during its second run and which one rode his bike nine miles to see Star Wars — Paul, Mary Kate and Jean dive into the immigration debate after getting reports from high school and college campuses from the interns. Then Jean poses a great question: is corporate America leading or reflecting public opinion? Between this...


I Hear "Donut"

Weighing in on the great Laurel v Yanny debate, Paul sides with Charles Barkley before he, Jean, and Mary Kate launch into a spirited discussion of the President’s Tweet-call to open a Justice Department investigation of the Justice Department investigation. The group then reflects on the life of former JFK, LBJ, and RFK speechwriting legend Dick Goodwin, other writers that inspired them to enter the profession (hint: one rhymes with "Meggy Roonan"), and the things they love and hate most...


From Royals to Royalties

This week on Bipodisan, Paul is outnumbered both in gender and party affiliation by Mary Kate and Jean. The group pays homage to women by discussing the latest in the #MeToo movement, including justice for women and possible come-backs for the men whose careers have been cratered by recent exposure of their behavior. As their conversation evolves, intern Taylor chimes in with her 18-year-old perspective on the treatment of women in modern society. Parallels are drawn, perspective is sought...


Where Does This Leave Us?

This week’s Bipodisan goes international with Canadian columnist Andrew Cohen, who talks with Mary Kate, Paul and Jean “aboot” New York attorneys (Giuliani and Schneiderman), #MeToo and Iran. The four writers’ thoughtful discussion about the Iran nuclear deal is rivaled only by their searing commentary on whether to use two spaces or just one after a period. Listen to the end to hear why baseball practice, commencement speeches, libraries and a very special family reunion are making this...


The Reaction, and the Reaction to the Reaction

This week, Paul, Mary Kate, Jean and Moe (who is a shadow of his former self) name their first and favorite concerts, then talk about the backlash to the WH Correspondents Dinner — and what Dana Carvey and Alec Baldwin don’t have in common. They also discuss Donald Trump’s chances of winning the Nobel Peace Prize, and predict whether North Korea will imitate Lucy pulling the nuclear football away from Charlie Brown. All six —including the two interns — announce what they are most looking...


Comfortably Numb

With Moe away in Los Angeles this week, Mary Kate, Paul, and Jean welcome back old friend Robert Schlesinger. Reacting to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s quote that Democrats should not talk about impeachment, the gang takes on the impeachment chatter happening among R’s and D’s while cautioning that we should not pre-judge the findings of Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump. The group also discusses the ethics woes of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, before launching into a...


The Silver Fox and The Donald

In this week’s episode, Paul is away so Mary Kate, Moe and Jean welcome former Obama communications guru Jose Aristimuño to Chatter. They share stories about Barbara Bush you probably haven’t heard before Moe sings a sweet solo in honor of the late First Lady. Moe "gets his sexy back” while Jean blows everyone’s mind by revealing what Donald Trump and Barbara Bush have in common. The group rates the Comey interview on a scale of 1 to 10, and Jose and Moe discuss Hillary’s "deeply flawed...


Kings of the Hill

It’s All Things Capitol Hill this week on Bipodisan: Mary Kate Cary and Jean Card (R's) lament the retirement of Speaker Ryan, while Paul Orzulak and Robert Schlesinger (D) wonder about the timing of the announcement. All four agree on the cringe-worthiness of some of the questions posed to the founder of “The Facebook" in the hearings, and on some reasonable measures that could be taken to protect users’ privacy. Plus their reaction to reports of a profane tirade in a local grocery store...


Speeches, Poetry and Jokes

This week’s episode comes from the Windy City, where Paul and Mary Kate take a break from politics to interview former Obama speechwriter David Litt and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. For the 50th anniversary of his death this week, the four talk about what exactly made Martin Luther King Jr.’s oratory so unique. Then the three speechwriters and a poet give listeners tips on getting rid of writer’s block and finding inspiration; David talks about writing comedy at Funny or Die;...


The Kids Are Alright

Paul Orzulak’s away on spring break this week with his family, so Mary Kate Cary, Moe Vela, Jean Card and guest Robert Schlesinger are goin' mobile with Bipodisan. In front of a live studio audience of high schoolers, the two Democrats and two Republicans give their take on the March for Our Lives and the Facebook data mining story — and then take great questions from the students. What advice would you give young people facing political polarization in just about every conversation? Tune...


March Madness — in DC

Moe Vela (D) and Jean Card (R) are back by popular demand to join Paul and Mary Kate as they discuss the Pennsylvania special election, Rex Tillerson’s departure, and Hillary Clinton’s latest pronouncements — as well as some below-the-radar news no one’s paying attention to in all the craziness. Plus What’s Making Us Hopeful, in a March Madness kind of way.


Are You Out of Your Mind?!

Paul Orzulak (D) and Mary Kate Cary (R) put their civil discourse to the test by discussing this week’s news — steel tariffs, Kushner’s status, and Nunberg’s media tour — all with a mindfulness expert listening in. Laurie Cameron, a communications and leadership development expert — and soon-to-be bestselling author -- dissects our conversation and gives advice for having open, curious and mindful conversations when people really, really disagree with you.


Oscar Speeches: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Do you watch the Super Bowl for the ads and the Oscars for the speeches? We do. Listen in as four movie-loving speechwriters replay their favorite and not-so-favorite Oscar acceptance speeches, with oratorical do’s and don’ts for this year’s winners. Join co-host Paul Orzulak (President Clinton), co-host Mary Kate Cary (President HW Bush) and guests Kate Childs Graham (Sen. Amy Klobuchar) and former Washington Post film critic Desson Thomson (State Department) as they also preview the...


A Cease Fire in the Gun Wars

In the week after the Parkland, Florida school shooting, co-hosts and former White House speechwriters Paul Orzulak (Clinton) and Mary Kate Cary (Bush 41) get away from the fighting in Washington and attempt to do something very few others are doing: talk about possible solutions to the epidemic of gun violence that are both practical and constitutional — and on which maybe, just maybe, reasonable people might agree. Hear an idea you like? An expert tells listeners what works and what...


Not the Valentine’s Day Conversation We Wanted

Former George W. Bush Administration speechwriter Jean Card and long-time Obama White House speechwriter Terry Szuplat join Paul Orzulak and Mary Kate Cary to discuss the controversy surrounding the resignation of White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter. As our panelists wondered aloud why neither the White House nor Congressional leaders seemed willing to condemn domestic violence, naturally, the President and top GOP leaders did precisely that by the time this episode was posted. The...


Can See Mexico From My Porch

Co-hosts Paul Orzulak (Democratic speechwriter for President Bill Clinton) and Mary Kate Cary (Republican speechwriter for President George HW Bush) talk about immigration with Jean Card (former speechwriter in the George W Bush administration) and Moe Vela (senior advisor to Vice Presidents Gore and Biden). What Democrats and Republicans are not hearing in the immigration debate, how each party could better reach voters on the other side, and what Dreamers have to do with Legally Blonde....


It’s Time to Give Civility a Chance

Since the 2016 election, there have been more than 1,600 political podcasts launched in the United States. Almost all of them feature Democrats talking to Democrats and Republicans talking with Republicans. Isn’t it time for a podcast in which the other side talks back? In this premiere episode of “Bipodisan,” co-hosts and fellow former White House speechwriters Paul Orzulak (D) and Mary Kate Cary (R) discuss why they believe it’s time for a podcast in which opposites respectfully talk,...