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Ken Rudin, an expert in American politics and campaign history, joins MPR News host Kerri Miller every week for a conversation about the latest on President Trump, Congress, and the American political scene.

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    • 4.4 • 119 Ratings

Ken Rudin, an expert in American politics and campaign history, joins MPR News host Kerri Miller every week for a conversation about the latest on President Trump, Congress, and the American political scene.

    The Political Junkie: Has the Mueller report changed anything?

    The Political Junkie: Has the Mueller report changed anything?

    Now that the Mueller report has been released to the public, is it changing people's minds?

    • 16 min
    The Political Junkie: President Trump, Bernie Sanders and the rise of Mayor Pete

    The Political Junkie: President Trump, Bernie Sanders and the rise of Mayor Pete

    President Trump comes to Minnesota today for a roundtable discussion on tax cuts and the U.S. economy. MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with the Political Junkie about the tax cuts and why many Americans seem unhappy about them.

    • 15 min
    What does Kirstjen Nielsen's departure mean for U.S. immigration policy?

    What does Kirstjen Nielsen's departure mean for U.S. immigration policy?

    President Trump says there is a crisis at the border between the United States and Mexico. How do residents describe what is happening there?

    • 48 min
    The Political Junkie: Closing the southern border, subpoena for the Mueller report and Pete Buttigieg

    The Political Junkie: Closing the southern border, subpoena for the Mueller report and Pete Buttigieg

    Can President Trump really close the Southern border? That plus the latest on the Mueller report in this Monday's Political Junkie segment.

    • 14 min
    The Political Junkie: The Mueller report is done. Now what?

    The Political Junkie: The Mueller report is done. Now what?

    Special counsel Robert Mueller's report is finished, but that's not the end of the story. What comes next? Meanwhile, is there a chance we might get rid of the Electoral College?

    • 14 min
    The Political Junkie: The palatability of Beto O'Rourke

    The Political Junkie: The palatability of Beto O'Rourke

    The political junkie offers his take on the week's big political headlines, from President Trump's first veto to Beto O'Rourke and New Zealand's commitment to reform of its gun laws.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

Rod Brown 4 ,

Great Summary of Important Political Topics

I really miss Ken on "Talk of the Nation". Glad he is investing the time for this podcast!

Ken Rudin Junkie ,

Political Junkie with Ken Rudin MPR News

(Side note, not to be confused with “Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie.”). The rating reflects the podcast itself and not the content. The segments are still some of the most informative 15-minute round-ups of the political week. However, I am not clear what the point is of having a separate podcast when MPR fails to regularly update it and sometimes downloads Ms. Miller’s show in its entirety which defeats the purpose of having a separate podcast. It has been a month (November 11, 2018), since the last download. The point of subscribing to a podcast is to have the desired program available to easily listen to — not to have to go on a search every week. MPR needs to get it together or remove this as a separate podcast altogether. The fact that this podcast is clearly an after thought is a pity and makes MPR look rather amateurish.

Tbill89 ,

Video killed the radio star

I am so confused as to why Kerri Miller would start her show talking about a button for several minutes but never describe it. Seems like a radio host, especially for MPR, should be able to use descriptive language to paint a picture for her listeners rather than talk about how funny it is and then refer us to her Twitter. Kind of hard to pull up Twitter while I’m driving to work, listening to the show

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