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From Washington State to Washington, D.C., conversations with the politicians, leaders, journalists and thinkers who shape our world. Hosted by Mark Baumgarten.

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From Washington State to Washington, D.C., conversations with the politicians, leaders, journalists and thinkers who shape our world. Hosted by Mark Baumgarten.

    The Powers of a Governor with Jay Inslee

    The Powers of a Governor with Jay Inslee

    For the first in a series of conversations with statewide leaders, the governor discusses how he has used his office to address mounting crises.

    For much of his three terms as governor, Jay Inslee has remained a relatively popular politician, a Democrat leading a blue state through an era of deep partisanship. More recently, though, his approval ratings have sagged under the weight of historic crises. 

    The COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, has become a defining event for the Democratic governor, who early on used his executive authority to issue some of the most severe restrictions in the nation, including masking requirements, vaccine mandates and business closures. 

    Now the governor finds himself at a crossroads where patience for such measures has waned, even as the virus remains a threat. Meanwhile, Inslee has mounted a full-throated defense of reproductive rights in the state and continued to trumpet climate policy he believes will stave off future disaster. 

    For this episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, the governor talks about all of these issues with KUOW’s Bill Radke. The interview, which was conducted on May 7 as part of the Crosscut Festival, is the first of three with statewide leaders that we will be publishing over the next week.

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    Host: Mark Baumgarten

    Producer: Sara Bernard

    Event producers: Jake Newman, Andrea O'Meara

    Engineers: Resti Bagcal, Viktoria Ralph

    • 51 min
    Nikole Hannah-Jones on 1619’s Success, Backlash and Future

    Nikole Hannah-Jones on 1619’s Success, Backlash and Future

    The New York Times journalist discusses how the 1619 Project has become a source text for America’s racial reckoning — and the subject of major backlash.

    That slavery is a part of the American story is no secret. But until a few years ago, the question of how central slavery has been to American life has rarely been considered beyond academic circles. 

    That all changed with the publication of The 1619 Project, a work of journalism created by Nikole Hannah-Jones, the guest on this episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast. Launched by the New York Times in 2019, the project puts Black Americans at the center of the American story, starting with the arrival of the White Lion, a ship that in 1619 carried captive Africans to the shores of what would become the United States. 

    The project has become a major text for the racial reckoning that has unfolded in the past few years, and it has been met with severe resistance from some quarters, and it’s not done. Hannah-Jones published a book version of the project last fall and is currently at work on a documentary series based on the project.  

    In this conversation with University of Washington professor Christopher Sebastian Parker, which took place in early May as part of the 2022 Crosscut Festival, Hannah-Jones discusses the project’s aims, what it has achieved and how she views the backlash it has received.

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    Host: Mark Baumgarten

    Producer: Sara Bernard

    Event producers: Jake Newman, Andrea O'Meara

    Engineers: Resti Bagcal, Viktoria Ralph

    • 48 min
    Power, Politics and Partisanship with Robert Gibbs and Rick Wilson

    Power, Politics and Partisanship with Robert Gibbs and Rick Wilson

    The former Obama strategist and the Lincoln Project co-founder discuss upcoming midterm elections and the 2024 presidential race.

    The revelation that the U.S. Supreme Court may very well overturn Roe v. Wade this summer turned up the heat on what was already a period of intense partisan division in the United States. With continued fallout from the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and the upcoming midterm elections, there is little indication that Democrats and Republicans will come together any time soon. 

    Still, while partisan rancor may pose a threat to American democracy, politicians in both parties are leveraging it in their own attempts to build support, raise money and get things done. 

    Former Republican strategist Rick Wilson and former presidential adviser Robert Gibbs are both familiar with the calculus involved in turning partisanship into political gain. But they are also aware of the threats that severe partisanship can bring. 

    For this episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, the two political strategists discuss the fight for Congress in 2022 and the White House, detail missteps in their own parties that helped create the current landscape and consider why some Americans may prefer authoritarianism to democracy.

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    Host: Mark Baumgarten

    Producer: Sara Bernard

    Event producers: Jake Newman, Andrea O'Meara

    Engineers: Resti Bagcal, Viktoria Ralph

    • 46 min
    Ezra Klein on Roe, Ukraine and Hope

    Ezra Klein on Roe, Ukraine and Hope

    The New York Times columnist and popular podcast host discusses what he pays attention to and why.

    Ezra Klein makes a living paying attention. As a columnist for the New York Times and the host of the Ezra Klein podcast, he must decide what to focus his attention on, how long to focus it and when to move on. And, given the unforgiving churn of the modern newscycle, that is no small task.

    Klein’s journalism is expansive enough to effectively respond to that news cycle. He delves into topics as divergent as white nationalism, science fiction, abortion rights and cryptocurrency. But he is no dilettante. Klein comes to each of these topics deeply researched and with well-developed ideas and questions. And when he really wants to understand something, he goes all in and takes his listeners with him.

    That was the case earlier this year when, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Klein decided to go deep into the conflict. Over the course of a few months, he committed 11 episodes of his hourlong interview podcast to the conflict, investigating numerous aspects of the conflict with expert guests.

    For this episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, recorded as part of the 2022 Crosscut Festival, we invited Klein to discuss the thinking that went into his coverage of the war in Ukraine and what understanding he gained from that deep dive. And because we couldn’t focus all our attention on one thing, we asked him about the recent leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court and what hope there is for an end to the partisan rancor that defines our national conversation.

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    Host: Mark Baumgarten

    Producer: Sara Bernard

    Event producers: Jake Newman, Andrea O'Meara

    Engineers: Resti Bagcal, Viktoria Ralph

    • 55 min
    The Full Fauci Interview with Judy Woodruff

    The Full Fauci Interview with Judy Woodruff

    In a conversation with the PBS NewsHour host, the president's chief medical adviser discusses recent data on the pandemic and the future of variants.

    At the beginning of the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many things that public health officials know about the virus that they didn’t know before: how it spreads, for one, and how effective vaccines are against many of the current variants. But there is still much that is unknown. 

    After a difficult winter dealing with the highly transmissible omicron variant, Americans are heading into another pandemic summer not knowing what new variants are around the corner and, ultimately, when the pandemic will shift into an endemic phase.

    As the chief medical adviser to the president and the face of the federal pandemic response, Dr. Anthony Fauci holds the unenviable role of guiding a politically fractured nation through this uncertainty.

    For this episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, we are featuring the full interview between Fauci and PBS Newshour host Judy Woodruff, which took place on April 26, 2022, as part of the Crosscut Festival. In this conversation, Fauci discusses the possibility of new variants, the emergence of new therapies and the political divide that has been a defining aspect of the fight against the virus.

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    Host: Mark Baumgarten

    Producer: Sara Bernard

    Event producers: Jake Newman, Andrea O'Meara

    Engineers: Resti Bagcal, Viktoria Ralph

    • 30 min
    The End of Roe and the Future of Abortion with Dahlia Lithwick

    The End of Roe and the Future of Abortion with Dahlia Lithwick

    The Amicus host and an expert panel discuss the “shocking, but not surprising” draft opinion leaked from the Supreme Court this week suggesting an end to Roe v. Wade.

    Since a conservative majority of justices assumed their seats on the U.S. Supreme Court, many have wondered about the future of Roe v. Wade, the controversial ruling that has protected the right to abortion in America for the past half-century. 

    On Monday, May 2, those questions were (nearly) answered. A draft of the court’s majority opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was leaked to Politico, suggesting that a 5-4 decision officially overturning Roe is indeed likely to be released in June.  

    As part of the Crosscut Festival, Crosscut invited journalist Dahlia Lithwick, host of Slate’s Amicus podcast, to lead a panel of experts in a discussion about what officially overturning the 1973 ruling could lead to — and what it portends about a court willing to take on the most divisive issue in generations.

    In this week’s episode of Crosscut Talks, Lithwick and her guests discuss the potential legal ramifications of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion as written and the ways in which we are already living in a post-Roe America.

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    Credits

    Host: Mark Baumgarten

    Producer: Sara Bernard

    Event producers: Jake Newman, Andrea O'Meara

    Engineers: Resti Bagcal, Viktoria Ralph

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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29 Ratings

amandarp12345 ,

I’m officially hooked

This is the podcast I didn’t know I needed to be listening to. The production quality is on par with WNYC’s On the Media. The comfortable interview dynamic allows for people who are truly experts in their fields to share nuanced and personal insights about the most important news happening now. It’s also the perfect length, 45 minutes, just right for a covid walk.

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Evangelicals and Trump podcast was awful

Crosscut has lurched so far left, it’s both predictable and dull. The podcast on Trump’s hold on Evangelicals is a huge topic but much of the commentary was lefty screeds. So disappointing.

S.A.O.G. ,

Refreshing Political Podcast

I was looking for a political podcast that gave me context and insight, without being sensational or biased, and found Crosscut Talks. Great interviews with all sorts of leaders!

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