125 episodes

Join hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos as they unpack the week in politics with a California perspective. Featuring interviews with reporters and other insiders involved in the craft of politics—including elected officials, candidates, pollsters, campaign managers, fundraisers, and other political players—Political Breakdown pulls back the curtain to offer an insider’s glimpse at how politics works today.

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Join hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos as they unpack the week in politics with a California perspective. Featuring interviews with reporters and other insiders involved in the craft of politics—including elected officials, candidates, pollsters, campaign managers, fundraisers, and other political players—Political Breakdown pulls back the curtain to offer an insider’s glimpse at how politics works today.

    The Political Mind of Jerry Brown: Direct Action

    The Political Mind of Jerry Brown: Direct Action

    Explore lessons from a lifetime in politics in KQED’s new podcast "The Political Mind of Jerry Brown." Scott Shafer spent more than 40 hours interviewing the former governor at his ranch in Colusa County, covering a life and career unmatched in California politics.



    In the series' sixth episode, Brown takes office as mayor of Oakland in 1999, with the goals of improving development, public safety and schools. He learns that solving the city’s issues will take direct action: negotiating with neighbors, riding along with cops and walking the hallways of the city’s schools. But critics say getting closer to the problems didn’t remove Brown’s blind spots.

    • 28 min
    Dan Pfeiffer on the State of the Primaries and ‘Un-Trumping America’

    Dan Pfeiffer on the State of the Primaries and ‘Un-Trumping America’

    Pod Save America host and former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer joins Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos to talk about the state of the race for the Democratic nomination, and his new book "Un-Trumping America."

    • 29 min
    The Political Mind of Jerry Brown: Holy Water

    The Political Mind of Jerry Brown: Holy Water

    Explore lessons from a lifetime in politics in KQED’s new podcast "The Political Mind of Jerry Brown." Scott Shafer spent more than 40 hours interviewing the former governor at his ranch in Colusa County, covering a life and career unmatched in California politics.



    In the series' fifth episode, Jerry Brown returns to politics in the early 1990s after six years in the political wilderness. In 1992, he runs for president, fighting against the influence of money and swearing off big contributions. But by the end of his career, he questions demands for more transparency and the rejection of certain donations, returning to an old saying of his father’s: “You can’t sprinkle holy water on campaign money."

    • 23 min
    The Latest From New Hampshire and a California Primary Explainer With Paul Mitchell

    The Latest From New Hampshire and a California Primary Explainer With Paul Mitchell

    Days before the New Hampshire primary, Scott and Marisa check in on the latest from the Granite State with Dan Barrick from New Hampshire Public Radio (0:40). Then, data guru Paul Mitchell, vice president of Political Data Inc., joins to discuss how he works with the California voter file, how campaigns are targeting early voters and the process of determining results from California's March 3 primary (11:29).

    • 29 min
    The Political Mind of Jerry Brown: The Eye

    The Political Mind of Jerry Brown: The Eye

    Explore lessons from a lifetime in politics in KQED’s new podcast The Political Mind of Jerry Brown. Scott spent more than 40 hours interviewing the former governor at his ranch in Colusa County, covering a life and career unmatched in California politics.



    In the show's fourth episode, California Democrats are shell-shocked by Proposition 13, but Jerry Brown sees a political opening. But in his second term as governor, Brown’s political eye begins to fail him; in a disastrous run for president, a bungled response to an agricultural crisis, and a losing Senate campaign that leaves him out of politics.

    • 27 min
    A Caucus Update From Iowa and Robin Johansen on a Career in Political Law

    A Caucus Update From Iowa and Robin Johansen on a Career in Political Law

    Days before the Iowa caucuses, Scott and Marisa get an update from the Hawkeye State from Iowa Public Radio reporter Kate Payne (0:30). Then, attorney Robin Johansen joins to talk about her work on the House Judiciary Committee during the Nixon impeachment, representing Willie Brown and the state Legislature, battling changes to term limits and redistricting, and the future of the state's initiative system (6:49).

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

alta non magra ,

Two thumbs up!!

Many thanks for your work on Political Breakdown.
I love the breezy style combined with research, experience and respectful way of interviewing your guests.
Scott and Marisa, you are a great team, and I look forward to listening to you every week.
Joanne
SSF, CA

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Fun and interesting show

Marisa and Scott are so sharp, clever, and able to make complex events so understandable. They have nuanced minds and personalities which allow them to converse with anyone easily and effectively. They also have lovely voices. Thank you for this show!

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It’s like having a friend who interviews politicians - 5 Star!

Preeeeeetty preeeeeeeeeeetty good.

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