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The Scrum podcast features news and analysis from POLITICO reporters on national politics, Washington, the Obama White House, Congress and political media. More at POLITICO.com.

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The Scrum podcast features news and analysis from POLITICO reporters on national politics, Washington, the Obama White House, Congress and political media. More at POLITICO.com.

    Paul Ryan's advice to Hillary: Figure out who you are

    Paul Ryan's advice to Hillary: Figure out who you are

    POLITICO's Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Thrush sits down Rep. Paul Ryan to discuss growing up in Wisconsin, his love of Metallica and being Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012. The Ways and Means chairman also offers some advice to Hillary Clinton and shares what he thinks President Obama gets wrong.

    • 36 min
    State of the Union analysis: Assessing Obama's performance

    State of the Union analysis: Assessing Obama's performance

    POLITICO LIVE's special coverage of State of the Union 2015 hosted by Glenn Thrush with Carrie Budoff Brown and Josh Gerstein: How the tone of the address reveals President Obama's newly energized, offensive attitude.

    • 7 min
    Driving the Election Day: Colorado

    Driving the Election Day: Colorado

    POLITICO's Jake Sherman on how close the Senate race in Colorado between incumbent Mark Udall and Cory Gardner. Sponsored by Comcast. Produced by Michael Schwab

    • 1 min
    Driving the Election Day: Kentucky

    Driving the Election Day: Kentucky

    POLITICO's Manu Raju on how close the Senate race in Kentucky between incumbent Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes. Sponsored by Comcast. http://www.politico.com/driving-the-day/

    • 1 min
    Senator Rand Paul: How the GOP can win 2016

    Senator Rand Paul: How the GOP can win 2016

    Sen. Rand Paul tells POLITICO's Mike Allen that the Republican presidential candidate in 2016 could capture one-third or more of the African-American vote by pushing criminal-justice reform, school choice and economic empowerment.

    • 1 min
    Driving the Day: Alaska, Senate's last frontier

    Driving the Day: Alaska, Senate's last frontier

    POLITICO's James Hohmann and Manu Raju on how Alaska's Senate race will be a lot closer than most think. Sponsored by Comcast. Produced by Michael Schwab

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Crankyfu ,

What is going on with this podcast???

This podcast was only ever mediocre, or at best "merely adequate," for the reasons cited in other reviews: Too mired in insider navel-gazing with no effort to translate the topics for listeners; wretched audio; no radio personality whatsoever. The hosts usually sounded more like a group of mildly bored colleagues chatting amongst themselves during a long layover rather than a group of radio journalists offering insights and analysis to the public. That said, it was still worth a weekly listen in my opinion because the hosts clearly were expert in their topics, and so despite the terrible presentation, it could still be informative to the true political junkie.

That was before ... when they actually had a weekly podcast. At some point in early 2015, that just evaporated without any explanation. Now this feed has (apparently) become a sporadic dumping ground for miscellaneous 1-on-1 interviews that run the gamut from "pointless and stultifying" to "merely boring." At this point, I'm expecting, very soon, to get a live three-hour Q&A session from the DC school-board meeting as recorded on somebody's smartphone.

What I'd really like to know is why the weekly discussion ended, and whether that's temporary or permanent. I cannot find any discussion about this anywhere online. So what the heck is going on with this podcast???

nicksjunk ,

Beltway banter + crappy audio

Insider content, of course, it's politico, but the audio quality is abysmal. Buy some decent microphones already.

Rileyj705 ,

They're such insiders that they don't have an audience

This podcast could be really good but please stop being so cynical that you insult your audience. What does the Politico team think of House of Cards? Oh, turns out you guys hated it because you were too cool for it? Well guess what, the kind of people who would listen to your show watch House of Cards and we like it. And what about Meet the Press? Oh you guys are such "insiders" that you are bored by Meet the Press? Well the kind of people that you want to listen to your podcast watch the Sunday shows, and I can tell you that it is far more boring to listen to you talk about how boring they are for you. Stop being too cool for your audience.

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