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American politics is undergoing seismic changes that will alter the course of history. At Words Matter, we believe that facts, evidence, truth and objective reality are necessary and vital in public discourse. Our hosts and guests 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 are released on Fridays.

Words Matter The DSR Network

    • Government
    • 4.6 • 2.8K Ratings

American politics is undergoing seismic changes that will alter the course of history. At Words Matter, we believe that facts, evidence, truth and objective reality are necessary and vital in public discourse. Our hosts and guests 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 are released on Fridays.

    The Lame Duck Congress

    The Lame Duck Congress

    On this week's episode, Norm and Kavita discuss what remains on the agenda for the lame duck Congress including issues like the debt limit and the looming threat of a railroad strike. Members of the DSR Network get access to a bonus conversation about the respect for marriage act and World AIDS day.
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    • 33 min
    Best Of: The January 6th Hearings and the Ongoing Coup

    Best Of: The January 6th Hearings and the Ongoing Coup

    Originally Aired: June 17, 2022
    On this week's episode, we talk about the January 6th committee hearings, the Republican candidates for office that believe in the big lie, and how the media is talking about all of this. We ground all of our analysis in the words of Representative Liz Cheney, Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Mastriano, and Tucker Carlson.
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    • 34 min
    Midterm Reflections

    Midterm Reflections

    On this week's episode, Norm and Kavita provide their analysis of the midterms, discuss what they got right (and wrong) heading in, and where this goes from here. Members of the DSR Network get a bonus segment on how the parties should react to the results headed into 2024.
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    • 29 min
    The Last One Before The Midterms

    The Last One Before The Midterms

    Each week, Norm Ornstein and Kavita Patel, talk about the issues facing our country as we head into the midterms and what our leaders are saying and doing about them. We hope you like the show and we'd love to hear your feedback. If you have any comments feel free to send us an email at podcasts@thedsrnetwork.com.
    On this week's episode, Norm and Kavita are joined by EJ Dionne to discuss his latest column "In the midterms, GOP extremism is the ghoul in the room" and then they give their predictions about the midterms. Members of the DSR Network get a bonus segment on Biden's speech on the value of Democracy.
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    • 40 min
    A Woman, Her Doctor, and the Debate Between Oz and Fetterman

    A Woman, Her Doctor, and the Debate Between Oz and Fetterman

    Each week, Norm Ornstein and Kavita Patel, talk about the issues facing our country as we head into the midterms and what our leaders are saying and doing about them. We hope you like the show and we'd love to hear your feedback. If you have any comments feel free to send us an email at podcasts@thedsrnetwork.com.
    On this week's episode, Norm and Kavita talk about the debate between Oz and Fetterman and between Gretchen Whitmer and Tudor Dixon. In the bonus segment Producer Grant Haver and Norm talk about the crossover between foreign policy and domestic politics.
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    • 32 min
    Debating Debates

    Debating Debates

    On this week's episode, Norm and Kavita talk about the recent debates in races across the country including Marco Rubio v. Val Demings, Tim Ryan v. JD Vance, and Raphael Warnock v. Herschel Walker.
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

lilihow1971 ,

Fantastic framing and discussion

I appreciate the thoughtful and informed decisions.

VERY MUCH OOF ,

One sided facts

Fake claim. Truly one sided view. If you are an independent, don’t listen. Words do matter, just not these. Polarized views from the left or right will never heal this country.

Larryfl1 ,

Must listen

Norm, Orenstein and Kavita Patel have extensive experience in current affairs. They bring that knowledge to this podcast, making it something I look forward to listening to every week.
I find Kavita Patel to be a true renaissance person. I have not known many doctors with such a broad range of knowledge outside of medicine, particularly in domestic affairs. I’ve heard that she sculpts and writes poetry in her spare time.
Norm Orenstein is well known as an expert in both domestic and foreign policy. His insights are always something I look forward to hearing about every week.

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