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Ken Rudin's Political Junkie is the essential show for anyone who is curious and passionate about politics ... which includes most of us. Each week, veteran political analyst Ken Rudin explores policy debates, campaign strategies and the newsmakers making it happen in Washington and in state capitols across the country. Politicians, journalists and experts of all stripes join Ken to share smart analysis and rich historical context behind the issues shaping our national dialogue today.



Whether you're a seasoned political junkie or a casual observer of politics, you’ll enjoy hearing informed conversation about national and regional campaigns, deep dives into noteworthy moments in political history, and intriguing tidbits of political trivia. Political Junkie is the show that aims to make politics accessible, engaging, and -- dare we say it -- fun.

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Ken Rudin's Political Junkie is the essential show for anyone who is curious and passionate about politics ... which includes most of us. Each week, veteran political analyst Ken Rudin explores policy debates, campaign strategies and the newsmakers making it happen in Washington and in state capitols across the country. Politicians, journalists and experts of all stripes join Ken to share smart analysis and rich historical context behind the issues shaping our national dialogue today.



Whether you're a seasoned political junkie or a casual observer of politics, you’ll enjoy hearing informed conversation about national and regional campaigns, deep dives into noteworthy moments in political history, and intriguing tidbits of political trivia. Political Junkie is the show that aims to make politics accessible, engaging, and -- dare we say it -- fun.

    She Has Everything But The Voters

    She Has Everything But The Voters

    We talk to our old pal Alan Simpson, the former Wyoming senator, who talks about his long relationship with Liz Cheney, the congresswoman who is in danger of losing her primary on August 16th.  Simpson says that even if she loses, we will not have heard the last from her.

    PLUS:  The FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago and the political firestorm that erupted in its aftermath.

    Music in this Episode:

    Hard Headed Woman by Cat Stevens

    Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers

     

    • 24 min
    A Risk Of Failin' For Cheney And Palin

    A Risk Of Failin' For Cheney And Palin

    The political future of two well-known Republican women — Liz Cheney and Sarah Palin — will be determined by the voters next month.  The August 16th primaries in Wyoming and Alaska may end the careers of both President Trump’s strongest critic as well as the first and only female GOP running mate in history.  We speak with Rodger McDaniel, a longtime Wyoming Democrat who was his party’s Senate nominee in 1982, and Suzanne Downing, a conservative Republican who edits the website Must Read Alaska.

    Plus, a replay of a 2016 interview with Barbara Eagleton, widow of former Sen. Thomas Eagleton (D-MO), who talks about her husband being dumped as vice presidential running mate by George McGovern 50 years ago this week, on July 31, 1972.

    Music in this episode:

    King Midas in Reverse by the Hollies

    Too Many Memories by the Four Seasons

    Go Now by the Moody Blues

    • 54 min
    The Facts Are There. Is Anyone Listening?

    The Facts Are There. Is Anyone Listening?

    A quick review of the first installment of the January 6th committee’s hearings to learn what exactly happened in the time leading up to the insurrection — what Donald Trump and his co-conspirators knew and did — as well as the motivations of the mob that broke into the Capitol.

    • 10 min
    Is Trump The Wizard For Oz? And Whither Cawthorn?

    Is Trump The Wizard For Oz? And Whither Cawthorn?

    A quick look at the primaries at stake on May 17th.  Most eyes will be on Pennsylvania, where Donald Trump has put his weight behind Dr. Mehmet Oz, and in North Carolina, where Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s bizarre behavior may finally be too much for Republican voters.

    • 22 min
    Trump's Endorsements, Many Of Them Real People

    Trump's Endorsements, Many Of Them Real People

    Claremont McKenna College professor Jack Pitney talks about the power of Donald Trump endorsements, which propels many — but not all — candidates to victory.

    Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution sets the stage for the May 24 primaries in Georgia, which is holding key contests for governor, senator and secretary of state.  It’s another state where Trump’s endorsements have become an issue.

    And Rutgers University professor Ross Baker remembers the late Orrin Hatch, the late Utah lawmaker, who with 42 years of service was the longest serving Republican senator in history.

    Plus:  Will Kevin McCarthy lying about Trump affect his bid to become House speaker?

    Music in this episode:

    It Keeps You Running by the Doobie Brothers

    Stand By Me by Ben E. King

    Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles

    Hard Headed Woman by Cat Stevens

    If You Leave Me Now by Chicago

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Testing the Leadership's Patience

    Testing the Leadership's Patience

    Journalist Tom Fiedler reports on the latest antic of freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a North Carolina Republican with a history of embellishing stories and staying in the news and who may have gone too far by suggesting that some of his fellow Republicans may have partaken in sex orgies and cocaine snorting.  Despite Donald Trump’s endorsement, he faces a tough fight in the May 17 primary.

    Jacob Rubashkin of Inside Elections focuses on the battle for control of the Senate, which is currently deadlocked at 50-50.  A win for Republicans would effectively end the Biden agenda for the remainder of his term.

    And Jane Hall, a communications professor at American University, is the author of a new book: “Politics and the Media: Intersections and New Directions.”  And she suggests that Trump and Fox News may be irreparably harming Americans’ faith in the media.

    Music in this episode:

    Sara Smile by Hall & Oates

    I Predict by Sparks

    Cocaine by Eric Clapton

    Gimme Some Truth by Pearl Jam

     

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
603 Ratings

603 Ratings

Austin henry ,

All-time classic

I’ve been tuning into Ken Rudin since his NPR days. There’s never been one lame episode or ho-hum show. He delivers! This is the podcast for true political junkies - those who appreciate the history of US politics and the journalists who cover it.

Papa Gant ,

Love this!

Only think wrong with this show is that it is not out more often. Smart, level political talk and news.

custardmom ,

Lost in space

Only your March and February podcasts show up
You’re the ONLY person I want to hear news from
Where can I go to get recent podcast
Also it seems your post is shorter and less frequent
I CANT live with out your podcasts 😩

I concur, I can’t live without Ken. He is soo trustworthy
I’ve been a faithful listener since the Neil Conan days.
And now we can listen to the shows whenever we want too
What an interesting marvelous world we live in
I rarely ever missed one but lucky for all of us we have all his tapes
Please please don’t leave us Dear Boy
Yes, your broadcasts are shorter but still very pertinent
DONT LEAVE ME KEN !!!!

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