6 episodes

Inside the Dark Art of American Politics

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    • 4.8, 41 Ratings

Inside the Dark Art of American Politics

    The Spider's Web

    The Spider's Web

    Is oppo research stranger than fiction? Who killed Dr. Death? Joseph Rodota interviews author and journalist Tom Rosenstiel; speechwriter, business consultant and author Mark Davis; and Dr. Jonathan Cullick, professor of English at Northern Kentucky...

    • 30 min
    Bonus Episode: Sonia Van Meter

    Bonus Episode: Sonia Van Meter

    Host Joseph Rodota interviews Sonia Van Meter, the managing partner of Stanford Campaigns, a Democratic opposition research firm based in Austin, TX. They cover interesting ground – and not just on Planet Earth.

    • 12 min
    Law and Order

    Law and Order

    What is the legacy of the bitter 1988 presidential campaign? How are oppo researchers approaching their work amidst the current national reckoning over race and policing? Host Joseph Rodota interviews Susan Estrich, the Dukakis campaign manager; Jack...

    • 26 min
    Three by Five

    Three by Five

    What happens when opposition researchers unearth something that touches a racial nerve? Host Joseph Rodota interviews Susan Estrich, campaign manager for Michael Dukakis’ 1988 presidential campaign, about the Massachusetts prison furlough program and...

    • 27 min
    The Dark Art

    The Dark Art

    Political attacks have been around as long as democracy itself, but where exactly does the history of “oppo research” begin? Hosts Kate Andersen Brower and Joseph Rodota interview historian and author Susan Swain about a campaign in which the target of...

    • 19 min
    TRAILER: Introducing OPPO FILE

    TRAILER: Introducing OPPO FILE

    Inside the Dark Art of American Politics -- new podcast hosted by Kate Andersen Brower and Joseph Rodota.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Adam Henig ,

Intriguing

Fascinating. Timely. And I’ve only listened to the first two episodes! An excellent podcast brought to you by two veterans who know all about digging up dirt on your opponent.

beetay916 ,

Captivating!!

An insider view into politics that is stranger than fiction.

@mattklink ,

A Must Listen

A fantastic story that accurately explains the history and significant impact of Opposition Research. If you’re a political professional - you know all too well its impact. If you’re just an interested voter, learning about the “dark art” of “oppo” is supremely interesting. Joe Rodota is great, as is the Bloomberg reporter.

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