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Talking Politics, GBH’s new politics podcast, is the spiritual heir to The Scrum and the audio version of a program that’s viewable Fridays at 7 on GBH Channel 2 and online at youtube.com/gbhnews. It’s hosted by Adam Reilly and features the other members of GBH News’ political team — Saraya Wintersmith, Mike Deehan, and Peter Kadzis — and an ever-expanding array of guests. If you’d like to suggest a topic, or to tell us what’s working and what isn’t, please drop us a line! You can email us at talkingpolitics@wgbh.org or find us at gbhnews.org/talkingpolitics.

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    • 4.7 • 58 Ratings

Talking Politics, GBH’s new politics podcast, is the spiritual heir to The Scrum and the audio version of a program that’s viewable Fridays at 7 on GBH Channel 2 and online at youtube.com/gbhnews. It’s hosted by Adam Reilly and features the other members of GBH News’ political team — Saraya Wintersmith, Mike Deehan, and Peter Kadzis — and an ever-expanding array of guests. If you’d like to suggest a topic, or to tell us what’s working and what isn’t, please drop us a line! You can email us at talkingpolitics@wgbh.org or find us at gbhnews.org/talkingpolitics.

    Shannon Liss-Riordan makes her case for AG

    Shannon Liss-Riordan makes her case for AG

    The Democratic primary contest to succeed outgoing Attorney General Maura Healey has become one of the most interesting races in Massachusetts this election cycle. In this episode of the Scrum, labor lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan discusses what she believe sets her apart from rivals Andrea Campbell and Quentin Palfrey. Plus, Politico’s Lisa Kashinsky and Yawu Miller of the Bay State Banner size up the Mass. GOP convention in Springfield and the Second Suffolk State Senate race, in which former Senator Dianne Wilkerson is trying to make an electoral comeback

    • 27 min
    The feds have lost confidence in the T. Who's responsible, and what happens next?

    The feds have lost confidence in the T. Who's responsible, and what happens next?

    The Federal Transit Administration announced this week that it's taking on an "increased safety oversight role" of MBTA after a series of troubling breakdowns, including the horrific death of Robinson Lalin, who was killed after after his arm got caught in the door of a Red Line train. Jim Aloisi of Transit Matters and Stacy Thompson of LivableStreets joined Adam Reilly to discuss what that could mean for agency's future and what the move says about state leaders' recent stewardship of the system.

    Plus, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu's endorsement in the Suffolk County district attorney race created some serious tension this week between interim DA Kevin Hayden and his rival, Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo. GBH News' Saraya Wintersmith and State House News Service's Chris Lisinski joined Adam to analyze that, the latest twist in some North End restaurant owners' battle with the Wu Administration over outdoor dining fees, and the imminent passage of state legislation to give unauthorized immigrants access to drivers' licenses.

    • 31 min
    Are Massachusetts politics as great as we like to think?

    Are Massachusetts politics as great as we like to think?

    The idea that Massachusetts politics are exceptional dates back at least to John Winthrop's description of the young Massachusetts Bay colony as a "city on a hill." But while things are certainly different here, that doesn't necessarily mean they're better. Erin O'Brian and Jerold Duquette, the editors of "The Politics of Massachusetts Exceptionalism: Reputation Meets Reality," join Adam Reilly to deconstruct our lofty sense of self. Also, Democratic AG candidate Quentin Palfrey discusses his campaign and push to keep outside money out of that race. We'd like your feedback! Email us at talkingpolitics@wgbh.org--and while you're at it, subscribe to the GBH Politics newsletter at gbhnews.org/politicsnewsletter.

    • 27 min
    Will Massachusetts legalize sports betting?

    Will Massachusetts legalize sports betting?

    Massachusetts took a big step towards expending the gambling industry recently when the Senate passed a bill that would legalize sports betting---but there are some huge and potentially irreconcilable differences between the Senate plan and the one the House passed last year. Adam Reilly spoke with Shira Schoenberg, a reporter at Commonwealth magazine, and Father Richard McGowan, S.J., an associate professor of finance at Boston College's Carroll School of Management, about those discrepancies and whether a compromise is likely.

    Also: campaign finance is taking center stage in two Democratic primaries, as AG candidate Quentin Palfrey calls on his opponents to reject Super PAC spending and Sonia Chang-Díaz urges Maura Healey to return donations from individuals linked to the fossil-fuel industry in the governor's race. The Boston Herald's Sean Phillip Cotter and GBH News's Saraya Wintersmith joined Adam to discuss those calls, former state Senator Dianne Wilkerson readying a run for her old seat, and more.

    • 28 min
    Can Elizabeth Warren save the Democrats from electoral disaster?

    Can Elizabeth Warren save the Democrats from electoral disaster?

    Senator Elizabeth Warren is sounding the alarm ahead of the midterm elections, calling on her fellow Democrats to focus squarely on Americans’ economic concerns to avoid a blowout in November. But does she have the influence to inspire President Biden and the rest of her party to act? Talking Politics Host Adam Reilly speaks with Robert Kuttner, the co-founder and co-editor of the American Prospect and a professor at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management, about whether Warren’s political Rx would work — and whether another Warren presidential bid might be in the offing.

    First, though, a new poll shows that Attorney General Maura Healey’s lead in the Democratic Massachusetts governor’s primary is pushing fifty percent. So how much time does Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz still have tos save her candidacy? Boston Globe Columnist Adrian Walker and Jenn Smith, a correspondent for the Dorchester Reporter and co-host of the Horse Race political podcast, sized up the state of the Democratic contest, as well as Republican candidate Chris Doughty's still-evolving description of his own political philosophy.

    We'd like your comments, criticism, and suggestions! If you've got feedback of any sort, please email us at TalkingPolitics@wgbh.org or find us online at https://www.wgbh.org/news/talkingpolitics. And while you're at it, why not subscribe to the GBH Politics Newsletter? To sign up, visit https://gbhnews.org/politicsnewsletter.

    • 28 min
    Remote access transformed politics during the pandemic. Will it last?

    Remote access transformed politics during the pandemic. Will it last?

    Public meetings have been more transparent than ever thanks to remote access and participation adopted during the pandemic. But now, as safety protocols are lifted, there are signs the political establishment wants to go back to the way things used to be.

    Advocates say it’s the wrong move — including Kade Crockford, the director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, and Dianna Hu, the chairwoman of the Boston Center for Independent Living. They join Adam Reilly to make the case for keeping politics accessible and transparent moving forward. Plus, GBH News City Hall Reporter Saraya Wintersmith and State House News Service Reporter Katie Lannan unpack new budgets from Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and the Massachusetts House, as well as Boston’s Pride-parade hiatus and the Massachusetts Senate’s climate bill and its discontents.

    We'd like your comments, criticism, and suggestions! If you've got feedback of any sort, please email us at TalkingPolitics@wgbh.org or find us online at https://www.wgbh.org/news/talkingpoli.... While you're at it, why not subscribe to the GBH Politics Newsletter? Visit https://gbhnews.org/politicsnewsletter.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

lexteevens ,

Great insight into local politics

I’m so happy that I found a podcast specifically focusing on politics in Boston! I love what I’m learning so far. Great interviews - thank you for producing this content!

edfactor6 ,

High-minded, earnest, relevant!

I’ve been a Scrum listener for years (and three-time guest). I really like the guys who do the show, and that it is both a serious political podcast, but isn’t stuffy or boring. (But let me say I think stuffy and boring people would really respect the work.)

I also like their background music a lot. I kind of want that as a ringtone.

Horse Racing is legal again! ,

Essential listening

The Scrum covers all things #mapoli. You can’t claim to be up on the news until you’ve heard it!

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