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Have you ever asked, “WTF?,” about politics? Or, “who are these people making decisions about my life?” Political Theater pulls back the curtain on the stunts, antics and motivations that drive Washington. Host Jason Dick and the Roll Call team spotlight the spectacle, the players and what’s going on behind the curtain in Washington’s long-running drama: Congress.

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    • Politics
    • 4.7, 32 Ratings

Have you ever asked, “WTF?,” about politics? Or, “who are these people making decisions about my life?” Political Theater pulls back the curtain on the stunts, antics and motivations that drive Washington. Host Jason Dick and the Roll Call team spotlight the spectacle, the players and what’s going on behind the curtain in Washington’s long-running drama: Congress.

    'It's just history': Kamala Harris' historic run as VP

    'It's just history': Kamala Harris' historic run as VP

    Kamala Harris' historic run as vice president comes at a time of big societal and generational changes. Roll Call columnist Mary C. Curtis, who covers the intersection of politics, culture and race, discusses the significance of the California Democrat's spot on the 2020 ticket with Joe Biden.
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    • 25 min
    ‘It is exhausting’: Women in Congress recount shared experiences

    ‘It is exhausting’: Women in Congress recount shared experiences

    Congress has a record number of women in its ranks, and it doesn't matter if they are Democrats or Republicans, junior members or elected leaders: They share a common set of experiences about being talked down to, overlooked or outright scorned. Heard on the Hill's Kathryn Lyons spoke to some of them and recounts their stories.
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    • 30 min
    From middle school to Congress: Jamaal Bowman’s journey

    From middle school to Congress: Jamaal Bowman’s journey

    Jamaal Bowman isn’t your average former middle school principal. That’s because the 44-year-old recently beat veteran Congressman Eliot Engel in the Democratic primary in New York’s 16th District. He's part of a changing of the guard of younger, minority politicians who are on their way to Congress. Clyde McGrady discusses his recent conversation with the educator-turned-prospective lawmaker.
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    • 24 min
    Remembering John Lewis, in his own words

    Remembering John Lewis, in his own words

    Since Rep. John Lewis' death on July 17, his colleagues have paid tribute and remembered him in ways big and small. And his own words, like the ones we gathered here, make a fitting memorial to a figure whose public service crossed boundaries and generations.
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    • 10 min
    For Rep. G.K. Butterfield, the fight for voting rights goes way back

    For Rep. G.K. Butterfield, the fight for voting rights goes way back

    The struggle to ensure people have access to the ballot box is one that G.K. Butterfield and his family have been involved in dating back to the early 20th Century.
    The North Carolina Democrat’s history in Wilson, N.C., is indelibly shaped by his immigrant father and his decades-long advocacy on behalf of Black suffrage in a place notoriously resistant to it.
    It extends through Butterfield's own place in the Civil Rights Era, and continues to the present day with his own legislative priorities.
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    • 17 min
    ‘Just come home’ — Black lawmakers reflect on their interactions with the police

    ‘Just come home’ — Black lawmakers reflect on their interactions with the police

    It doesn’t matter if you went to Morehouse, or if you were an undercover CIA officer or even a police officer yourself, if you are a Black man, odds are your interactions with the police are more dangerous and memorable than for others. CQ Roll Call’s Clyde McGrady interviewed three members of Congress who reflect on what it was like for them and what was different for them in their encounters with law enforcement.
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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Nbee2 ,

always timely and enjoyable

great quick hit podcast that brings together timely political news with cultural insights

Hill Staffer ,

Hill Staffer

Audio is terrible and is what holds this podcast back

AntieWHC ,

Usually a decent podcast

But it’s disappointing that the episode on the Kavanaugh hearing overlooked Mazie Hirono as a senator up for re-election.

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