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American politics is undergoing seismic changes that will alter the course of history. As hosts of Words Matter, Katie Barlow and Joe Lockhart believe that facts, evidence, truth and objective reality are necessary and vital in public discourse. Katie and Joe have broad experience in government, politics and journalism -- this gives them a unique ability to explain recent events and place them in historic context. Together, with fellow journalists, elected officials, policy-makers and thought-leaders, they will analyze the week's news and get at the real truth behind all the distracting headlines. New episodes released Mondays. Produced and recorded out of The Hangar Studios, NYC.

Words Matter Katie Barlow & Joe Lockhart

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American politics is undergoing seismic changes that will alter the course of history. As hosts of Words Matter, Katie Barlow and Joe Lockhart believe that facts, evidence, truth and objective reality are necessary and vital in public discourse. Katie and Joe have broad experience in government, politics and journalism -- this gives them a unique ability to explain recent events and place them in historic context. Together, with fellow journalists, elected officials, policy-makers and thought-leaders, they will analyze the week's news and get at the real truth behind all the distracting headlines. New episodes released Mondays. Produced and recorded out of The Hangar Studios, NYC.

    Words Matter Library: Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American Visionary

    Words Matter Library: Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American Visionary

    The Almanac of American Politics described Daniel Patrick Moynihan as “The nation’s best thinker among politicians since Lincoln and its best politician among thinkers since Jefferson.” Before his election to the US Senate in 1976, Moynihan served in the administrations of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford. He was ambassador to India, and U.S. representative to the United Nations, and was four times elected to the U.S. Senate from New York.
    This week we are honored to add Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Portrait in Letters of an AmericanVisionary to the Words Matter Audible Library. In this important book, distinguished journalist Steven Weisman compiles a vivid portrait of Moynihan’s life, in the senator’s own words. Moynihan's letters offer an extraordinary window into particular moments in history, from his feelings of loss at JFK’s assassination, to his passionate pleas to Nixon not to make Vietnam a Nixon war, to his frustrations over healthcare and welfare reform during the Clinton era.

    • 34 min
    Senate Impeachment Trial Begins with Nina Totenberg

    Senate Impeachment Trial Begins with Nina Totenberg

    For only the 3rd time in American History, the Impeachment Trial of a President of the United States began last week in the United States Senate.
    Legendary NPR Correspondent Nina Totenberg covered the 1999 Senate Impeachment Trial of Bill Clinton. And this week, Nina joins Katie to talk about what will be the same and what will be different in the Senate Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump.

    • 33 min
    A World in Disarray with Richard Haass

    A World in Disarray with Richard Haass

    Richard Haass is President of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a veteran diplomat and the author or editor of more than a dozen books including the forthcoming “The World: A Brief Introduction”

    • 37 min
    Words Matter Library: Era of Ignition by Amber Tamblyn

    Words Matter Library: Era of Ignition by Amber Tamblyn

    This week we put Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution by Amber Tamblyn into the Words Matter Library. Amber is an actor, filmmaker, writer, activist and poet. Her acting credits include Joan of Arcadia, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, House and will be seen in Y: The Last Man,. Her written work has been featured in The Cut and the New York Times.
    @ambertamblyn

    • 35 min
    Welcome to 2020!

    Welcome to 2020!

    Happy New Year - Welcome to 2020.
    This year will be one of the most - if THE most consequential in American political history.
    For the first time ever, a President of the United States runs for re-election after being impeached by the House of Representatives and facing a trial in the US Senate.
    Control of both Houses of Congress, the White House and the future of the Supreme Court all hang in the balance.
    And in the next few months, Democrats will choose their nominee to take on President Trump in November. But going into Iowa and New Hampshire - after nearly a year of campaigning and a half dozen debates, no clear front runner has emerged.
    And now - in addition to all of that - war hangs over the Middle East after US forces assassinated Iran’s highest ranking military leader less than 48 hours into the new year.
    Katie and Joe discuss that and more.

    • 17 min
    Best of Words Matter Library: The Ginsburg Files

    Best of Words Matter Library: The Ginsburg Files

    In this Best of edition of the Words Matter Library, Katie sits down with Lauren Moxley, the host of The Ginsburg Tapes Podcast -- which chronicles Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s oral arguments before the then all-male United States Supreme Court from 1972 to 1978 —before she became #Notorious RBG.
    The Ginsburg Tapes allows the listener to be a fly on the wall for some of the most important cases in American jurisprudence as future Justice Ginsburg challenged laws treating men and women differently. In between the actually Supreme Court recordings, Lauren puts the cases, the law and even the Justices themselves in historical context and explains how as a lawyer, RBG really did change the World.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

Tony on Kangaroo Island ,

Easily the Best!

I listen to a lot of political podcasts but none come quite as close to being as superb as Words Matter with Katie and Joe. Such smart, inciteful analysis. The Post Mueller episode was quite exceptional. Highly recommended.

5pease ,

Words Matter cause they do.

This show has a great intro for 1. Then the hosts are so smart and informed. I always learn when I listen. I also finish the pod understanding where I didn’t prior.
Thanks!

PaulE68 ,

From an Aussie fan, this is great!

So good to hear this podcast. The presenters are knowledgeable, entertaining, and cover a great range of topics. Love it!

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