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Politics of Truth, hosted by Bob Crawford of The Avett Brothers, focuses on politics, music and the path to the 2020 election. In each episode, Bob will talk with a political journalist and/or a politically-active musician—discussing the latest in the campaign and the intersection of music, politics and activism—with the goal of educating and empowering listeners at this crucial time. Brought to you by Osiris Media.

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Politics of Truth, hosted by Bob Crawford of The Avett Brothers, focuses on politics, music and the path to the 2020 election. In each episode, Bob will talk with a political journalist and/or a politically-active musician—discussing the latest in the campaign and the intersection of music, politics and activism—with the goal of educating and empowering listeners at this crucial time. Brought to you by Osiris Media.

    Series Finale: Bob Costa and Mark McKinnon

    Series Finale: Bob Costa and Mark McKinnon

    On this final episode of Politics of Truth we'll wrap up the 2020 election with two of our favorite returning guests, Washington Post National Political Reporter Bob Costa and Mark McKinnon, a veteran political advisor, former musician, and co-host of Showtime's The Circus.


    We try to make some sense of the electoral warfare being waged on the results of the presidential election, and who it's playing to. We also consider the historic turnout numbers across the country combined with razor thin margins in so many races, and unpack the tribal allegiances behind what look like Democrat/Republican splits.


    Then we look ahead to the 2 upcoming special elections for Senate seats in Georgia, which will determine the balance of power for the next two years and make or break important parts of any Biden agenda.


    Finally, Bob updates us on his daughter Hallie's battle with cancer and the inspiring will she's been showing during her recent treatment.  


    Thank you all for joining us on this journey. We've had a great time bringing you these conversations and this show has been a bright spot for many of us amidst the craziest year any we'll ever go through.  


    Politics of Truth is brought to you by Osiris Media. Executive Producer is Adam Caplan. Produced by RJ Bee. Edited, mixed and mastered by Brad Stratton. Art by Mark Dowd. To discover more podcasts that help you connect more deeply with the music you love, check out osirispod.com.
     
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    • 39 min
    Episode 25: Doug Heye + Jonathan Karl + Susan King

    Episode 25: Doug Heye + Jonathan Karl + Susan King

    This week CNN's Doug Heye takes over hosting duties for Bob on Politics of Truth. 


    Doug's first guest is ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl. Jonathan has covered four presidents and has become a recognizable face in the last few years for his lively barbs with various Trump White House press secretaries. Jonathan shares this inside perspective in his recent best-selling book "Front Row at the Trump Show," and he and Doug discuss how White House reporters have to do their jobs differently when confronted by an administration who views them as the enemy.


    Later Doug speaks with Susan King, Dean of the UNC School of Media and Journalism, about the next generation of reporters that she works with every day inside and outside the classroom. Susan describes the challenges and opportunities presented by new media technologies, and why her students leave her feeling optimistic about the future of our news industry. 


    Thanks for listening, and please remember to vote on November 3rd. 


    Politics of Truth is brought to you by Osiris Media. Executive Producer is Adam Caplan. Produced by RJ Bee. Edited, mixed and mastered by Brad Stratton. Art by Mark Dowd. To discover more podcasts that help you connect more deeply with the music you love, check out osirispod.com.
     
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    • 39 min
    Episode 24: Pete Rouse

    Episode 24: Pete Rouse

    Bob's guest this week is Pete Rouse, former Counselor to President Obama and a man whose government experience is so widely respected that he's known as "the 101st Senator".  


    Pete describes how Barack Obama decided to run for President in late 2006, and shares his insider insights on Obama's leadership style and Presidential legacy.  


    He also explains his surprising role in reuniting the Grateful Dead, and tells the remarkable story of his mother's life journey from Japan to rural Alaska to the Yale faculty.  


    At a time when a competent government can feel beyond reach, Pete is a welcome reminder of the exemplary public servants committed to making our country better.  


    Please remember to vote on November 3rd.


    Politics of Truth is brought to you by Osiris Media. Executive Producer is Adam Caplan. Produced by RJ Bee. Edited, mixed and mastered by Brad Stratton. Art by Mark Dowd. To discover more podcasts that help you connect more deeply with the music you love, check out osirispod.com.
     
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    • 33 min
    Episode 23: Bob Weir

    Episode 23: Bob Weir

    This week Bob welcomes back Bob Costa of the Washington Post, and the two of them speak with the legendary Bob Weir, founder and guitarist of the Grateful Dead and many other musical endeavors across five decades.  


    In this episode Bob Weir explains what he misses most about being on the road performing, and how he and his bandmates are safely rehearsing to prepare for an eventual return. He also shares what the state of California means to him and whether he'd consider running for local office, as people have been asking him for years.   Finally, the Bobs discuss the political relevance today of some old Grateful Dead tunes, and which characters from those songs they think about during these challenging times in America.  


    Enjoy the show, and please remember to vote on November 3rd.


    Politics of Truth is brought to you by Osiris Media. Executive Producer is Adam Caplan. Produced by RJ Bee. Edited, mixed and mastered by Brad Stratton. Art by Mark Dowd. To discover more podcasts that help you connect more deeply with the music you love, check out osirispod.com.
     
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    • 27 min
    Episode 22: JD Scholten

    Episode 22: JD Scholten

    Bob's guest this week is JD Scholten, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Iowa's 4th district. JD grew up on his family farm near Sioux City and travelled the world as a pro baseball player before taking an unexpected turn into politics in 2018.  


    Without any political experience JD took on longtime incumbent Steve King, who for 15 years has been the face of white nationalist immigration policy on Capitol Hill.  Scholten lost that race by three points but he gave King his closest contest to date, piling his underdog campaign into a Winnebago RV, visiting all 39 counties, and earning 25,000 more votes than there are registered Democrats. Scholten hopes to build on that foundation in his 2020 race against Randy Feenstra, who defeated King in the primary.  


    JD explains how his agricultural district has been hit hard by the trade war, and why a promise to his grandmother that he’d save his family farm pushed him to run for office.  Scholten also discusses his choice to run a campaign independent from the national party and why that’s important to him. 


    Politics of Truth is brought to you by Osiris Media. Executive Producer is Adam Caplan. Produced by RJ Bee. Edited, mixed and mastered by Brad Stratton. Art by Mark Dowd. To discover more podcasts that help you connect more deeply with the music you love, check out osirispod.com.
     
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    • 34 min
    Episode 21: Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters

    Episode 21: Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters

    Bob's guest this week is Chris Shiflett, the lead guitarist for the Foo Fighters who has multiple solo records including 2019's "Hard Lessons". Chris is also a podcasting veteran, having hosted his own show "Walking the Floor" since 2013. 


    In this episode Chris describes how music created his social consciousness as a young kid and how playing music around the world exposed him to new perspectives that shaped his own political identity.  


    Chris and Bob debate the failures of centrism and whether the Democratic Party is still an effective vehicle for real progressive change, as well as why Bernie Sanders is labeled "radical" for supporting policies that are mainstream across the developed world. 


    They also get into how Chris joined the Foo Fighters, adjusting to life off the road, and what he's learned in seven years as a podcaster. 


    Politics of Truth is brought to you by Osiris Media. Executive Producer is Adam Caplan. Produced by RJ Bee. Edited, mixed and mastered by Brad Stratton. Art by Mark Dowd. To discover more podcasts that help you connect more deeply with the music you love, check out osirispod.com.
     
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Fishhistorian ,

A sincere view

If the first episode is a clue of what to expect the word sincerity comes to mind. Bob is putting all his effort at providing a truthful view of the world we live in today. Keep up the good work.

MPabroad ,

Integrity

Bob Crawford is thoughtful, humane, and kind. I couldn’t be happier to have his insight on politics at a time when it seems so many of us have lost our moral compass.

Matthew Ensley ,

Yes

Cannot wait for this.

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