In “Many Things Considered” one-time journalist and full-time political analyst Marc Johnson applies his passion for context to connect current politics with political history. What are the links between the debacle of Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign and the Tea Party movement? Did Alexander Hamilton foresee the partisanship that now surrounds judicial appointments? Why haven’t third parties had political success in America? Johnson weaves interviews, archival sound, humor and authoritative narration to connect political history to today’s political stories.
Episode 15: Mr. Speaker
Paul Ryan, Tom Foley and what has happened to the job of Speaker of the House.
Episode 14: When Intelligence Was Bipartisan
Today's House Intelligence Committee member could learn a lot from the Church Committee in the 1970s.
Episode 13: The Klan
Since the 2016 presidential election various groups that keep track of white supremacist political activity – the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for example – have reported a sharp increase in such activity. Some have suggested we have entered a new...
Episode 12: Big Oil and American Politics
American foreign and domestic policy is shaped by many factors, but perhaps none is more important or more pervasive than oil – Big Oil. In this episode three political stories from the past – Teapot Dome in the 1920s, Texaco’s role in supporting the...
Episode 11: A Short History of Leaks
The business of leaking government secrets has a long, long history and the whole subject of leaking and leaks is complicated. Why do leaks happen? What motivates the leaker? Are leaks good or bad or sometimes vital? In this episode we consider two...
Episode 10: Fear Itself
Seventy-five years ago a president signed an Executive Order that resulted in the relocation and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese-Americans, most of them American citizens. The decision was justified by national security concerns, but we now know it...
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Many Things Considered
Marc Johnson is true to form in his new podcast. I always learn something and his take on history and politics is unique in a world of redundant podcasts. Well done!
Excellent Story Telling and Guests
Many Things Considered has always been a must read...now it's a must listen for anyone interested in understanding the parallels between today's often complex political narrative and our political history. Well done!
Many Things Considered
Marc's continued efforts deserve rave reviews. His experienced focus bring current issues, at first blush obscured, into a new "light". I commend Marc's work to you, and all your cadre of friends!