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Get your weekly fix of smart, informative and fun political coverage on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie! Host Ken Rudin brings his trademark humor and encyclopedic knowledge of American history to this podcast of conversations with journalists, pundits, and politicians. Ken brings his years of experience as a long-time political reporter to the fore as he highlights notable moments in political history, and looks ahead to the biggest issues, personalities and horse-races on the national political scene. Plus, listeners are invited to show off their political knowledge with Ken's weekly trivia question and Scuttlebutton puzzles.

Get your weekly fix of smart, informative and fun political coverage on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie! Host Ken Rudin brings his trademark humor and encyclopedic knowledge of American history to this podcast of conversations with journalists, pundits, and politicians. Ken brings his years of experience as a long-time political reporter to the fore as he highlights notable moments in political history, and looks ahead to the biggest issues, personalities and horse-races on the national political scene. Plus, listeners are invited to show off their political knowledge with Ken's weekly trivia question and Scuttlebutton puzzles.

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Get your weekly fix of smart, informative and fun political coverage on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie! Host Ken Rudin brings his trademark humor and encyclopedic knowledge of American history to this podcast of conversations with journalists, pundits, and politicians. Ken brings his years of experience as a long-time political reporter to the fore as he highlights notable moments in political history, and looks ahead to the biggest issues, personalities and horse-races on the national political scene. Plus, listeners are invited to show off their political knowledge with Ken's weekly trivia question and Scuttlebutton puzzles.

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English


Episodes

Episode #315: What Keeps Democratic VPs From The White House?

2/13/2020
The results of Tuesday's New Hampshire primary are in, so where does the race for the Democratic nomination go from here? Plus, a look ahead to next month's Democratic primary rematch in Illinois' 3rd District. And Gary Hart reminisces of what it was like to finish second in Iowa and go on to win New Hampshire 36 years ago. The post Episode #315: What Keeps Democratic VPs From The White House? appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:51:51

Episode #314: From First in the Nation to Worst in the Nation

2/5/2020
Could the disastrous Monday night in Iowa end that state’s hold on first-in-the-nation status? Plus, a longtime friend of Sen. Lamar Alexander says his vote on impeachment witnesses shouldn’t have been a surprise. And former New Hampshire GOP chairman Fergus Cullen reminisces about some of the Granite State's primaries history. The post Episode #314: From First in the Nation to Worst in the Nation appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:52:59

Episode #313: What Iowa Has Taught Us

1/30/2020
Will the John Bolton manuscript lead to testimony in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump? Plus, how a victory in Iowa might prove to be a first step to winning the nomination - or not. And we talk about the Republicans who stood up to President Nixon as he faced impeachment. The post Episode #313: What Iowa Has Taught Us appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:58:17

Episode #312: After 232 Years, It’s Time

1/23/2020
We get the latest on the dust up between Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders about whether a woman can beat President Trump in 2020. Plus, we examine the issue of "faithless electors” and the possible consequences should they alter the result of a presidential election. And, we talk to one such "faithless elector" who, in 1976, ignored his pledge to vote for President Gerald Ford and instead voted for Ronald Reagan. The post Episode #312: After 232 Years, It’s Time appeared first...

Duration:00:52:04

Episode #311: Debate, Division, Des Moines

1/16/2020
This week, we have analysis of Tuesday’s final Democratic presidential debate before next month's Iowa caucuses. Plus, we summarize the end of Senator Cory Booker’s presidential bid, and examine the Maryland congressional race to nominate a successor to the late Rep. Elijah Cummings. The post Episode #311: Debate, Division, Des Moines appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:51:06

Episode #310: The Risk of Switching Parties

1/9/2020
Lawmakers who are up for re-election this year may have to cast some difficult votes in the coming weeks. How will their re-election bids factor into their decisions? And in the aftermath of the recent party-switch of Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.), we speak to two former congressmen who switched parties ... and failed to survive the next primary. The post Episode #310: The Risk of Switching Parties appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:01:01:01

Episode #309: Pleading the 22nd

1/2/2020
Two former congressmen explain what's wrong with the legislative branch of government, and how to change it. Former radio host Charlie Sykes describes why he thinks President Trump is destroying the conservative movement. Plus, a look at the origins of the presidential term limits established by the 22nd Amendment. And what do we learn when a politician cries? The post Episode #309: Pleading the 22nd appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:59:09

Episode #308: 2019 Remembrances Special

12/19/2019
Political analyst Stu Rothenberg and USA Today commentary editor Jill Lawrence join host Ken Rudin to remember those in the political world who died this year on the Political Junkie 2019 Remembrances Special. The post Episode #308: 2019 Remembrances Special appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:01:10:15

Episode #307: That Other Impeachment

12/12/2019
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp made his own choice to fill a soon-to-be-open Senate seat. Did he "betray" the president? Plus, why North Carolina’s Thom Tillis is still one of the more vulnerable senators up for re-election in 2020, despite no longer having a primary challenger. And, former congressman James Rogan, a member of the House Judiciary Committee in 1998, reflects in his vote to impeach President Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. The post...

Duration:00:55:57

Episode #306: Standing Up to a President

12/5/2019
We pay tribute to the late William Ruckelshaus, the career public servant who was one of two Justice Department officials who departed the Nixon administration during the Saturday Night Massacre. Plus, we remember the career of John Glenn, three years after his death. And we look back at the assassinations of San Francisco's George Moscone and Harvey Milk in 1978. The post Episode #306: Standing Up to a President appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:51:35

Episode #305: Talking Turkey and Politics

11/27/2019
This week on the Political Junkie show, we hear from Carol Anderson who discusses her book, “One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy.” John Warner, a conservative Republican from Virginia reflects back on his 30 years in the Senate … including his controversial “not guilty” vote in the Clinton impeachment trial. And, Craig Shirley, the author of several Ronald Reagan biographies, talks about his latest one, which covers the period between Reagan’s loss for the...

Duration:00:53:34

Episode #304: Sherrod Brown and His Desk of History

11/22/2019
Ron Elving sizes up the winners and losers from the ten Democratic presidential candidates who debated this week in Atlanta. Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown has a new book about his desk in the Senate the progressive champions of the past who previously occupied it. And we replay parts of our 2015 interview with Roger Stone who saw things in Donald Trump that few others did. The post Episode #304: Sherrod Brown and His Desk of History appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:01:08:35

Episode #303: When Is Late “Too Late?”

11/15/2019
This week, we ask why there are more Democratic candidates jumping into the presidential race - and what roadblocks will they face? We also review the history of late-announcing candidates. And we discuss the decision of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to seek his former Senate seat next year. The post Episode #303: When Is Late “Too Late?” appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:01:00:54

Episode #302: The Difficulty of Being a GOP Governor in Kentucky

11/7/2019
We sift through the memorable storylines from Tuesday's election results. Plus, former New Jersey Senator Bob Torricelli reflects on his career and the campaign finance scandal that brought it to an end. And we trace the rise and possible fall of Kamala Harris’ presidential bid. The post Episode #302: The Difficulty of Being a GOP Governor in Kentucky appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:01:01:27

Episode #301: Another Leftwing Third Party Candidate?

10/31/2019
What is the possible motivation for congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s attacks on her party establishment, including Hillary Clinton? Plus, we consider one organization's listing of the nation's most popular governors, as well as the most unpopular. And we look back on the life of John Conyers, the disgraced former House member from Michigan who died last week. The post Episode #301: Another Leftwing Third Party Candidate? appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:54:47

Episode #300: Oops: Memorable Presidential Primary Debate Moments

10/24/2019
We remember the career of Congressman Elijah Cummings, a man dedicated to decency and honor. Plus, we review some great moments in past presidential primary debates, and look back and examine the facts and mythology of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The post Episode #300: Oops: Memorable Presidential Primary Debate Moments appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:01:05:51

Episode #299: The Democrats’ Heart and Soul

10/17/2019
What stands out after the fourth Democratic debate? Plus, we assess the role President Trump will play in the three southern gubernatorial contests this year. And former congressman Russ Carnahan remembers the awful day when his father, Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, died in a plane crash. The post Episode #299: The Democrats’ Heart and Soul appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:01:01:14

Episode #298: The Perils of Voting to Impeach

10/10/2019
Former Republican Congressman James Rogan talks about the backlash he faced after he fought to impeach President Clinton. Plus, what to look for during next week’s Democratic debate, and we recall Donald Trump’s first presidential bid, 20 years ago. The post Episode #298: The Perils of Voting to Impeach appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:01:00:39

Episode #297: Defending Her City

10/3/2019
Dayton, Ohio Mayor Nan Whaley joins Ken to talk about what needs to be done to curb gun violence in cities like hers, and her unnecessary feud with President Trump. Plus, we examine the differences between the impeachment situation faced by President Nixon 45 years ago and the one Trump is now up against. And a new book looks at how the GOP has abandoned its principles in order to stake out its loyalty to the president. The post Episode #297: Defending Her City appeared first on Ken Rudin's...

Duration:01:00:32

Episode #296: Crossing a Line

9/26/2019
Former Democratic Congresswoman Leslie Byrne talks about what the possibility of impeaching President Trump means for her party. Plus, we discuss the shocking announcement by Rep. Joe Kennedy III that he will challenge Sen. Edward Markey in next year's Massachusetts primary. And, could Corey Lewandowski get elected to the Senate in New Hampshire? The post Episode #296: Crossing a Line appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:50:43