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The Scrum is a weekly politics podcast from WGBH News, Boston's PBS and NPR affiliate (89.7 FM), hosted by Adam Reilly and Peter Kadzis. The Scrum focuses on Boston and Massachusetts politics, but makes frequent forays into the national scene — especially when local individuals and issues of note make their influence felt. Talk back to us on Twitter (@reillyadam, @kadzis) or via email: scrum@wgbh.org. 

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The Scrum is a weekly politics podcast from WGBH News, Boston's PBS and NPR affiliate (89.7 FM), hosted by Adam Reilly and Peter Kadzis. The Scrum focuses on Boston and Massachusetts politics, but makes frequent forays into the national scene — especially when local individuals and issues of note make their influence felt. Talk back to us on Twitter (@reillyadam, @kadzis) or via email: scrum@wgbh.org. 

    Rantgate Reconsidered — Plus, The #FITN Ghosts Of Governors Past

    Rantgate Reconsidered — Plus, The #FITN Ghosts Of Governors Past

    That thing Governor Charlie Baker said at the MLK Breakfast, right after Congressswoman Ayanna Pressley spoke…. Oof. Seriously, what was he thinking? Adam Reilly and Peter Kadzis kick it around with their WGBH News colleague Phillip Martin, who was in the room when the governor opened his mouth and inserted his foot. Then, Kadzis chats with Reilly and another WGBH News colleague, Saraya Wintersmith, about their takeaways from #FITN campaign-trail quality time with former governors Deval Patrick and Bill Weld.

    • 35 min
    The Sanders-Warren Peace Pact Crumbles — Plus, Pushback For Marty Walsh's BPS Plan

    The Sanders-Warren Peace Pact Crumbles — Plus, Pushback For Marty Walsh's BPS Plan

    For months, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders were amiable rivals, vying for left-leaning voters and the Democratic presidential nomination without directly attacking each other. So much for that! After Peter Kadzis and Adam Reilly size up the end of the Sanders-Warren detente, Peter chats with Kristin Johnson, a/k/a @krissycabbage, about why she and other Boston education activists are skeptical of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s big new push for public-school equity.

    • 32 min
    Every #FITN Democrat Wants The Union Leader's Endorsement. So Who'll Get It?

    Every #FITN Democrat Wants The Union Leader's Endorsement. So Who'll Get It?

    In 2016, then-publisher Joe McQuaid and the New Hampshire Union Leader aggressively called out then-candidate Donald Trump, accusing him of insulting the intelligence of Granite State voters and then opting not to endorse a Republican for the first time in a century. So what will they do for an encore? For starters, in just a few weeks, they’ll try to play kingmaker (or queenmaker) in the Democratic race.

    McQuaid — who’s now editor at large, but will decide the paper’s endorsement along with his son, publisher Brendan McQuaid — sat down with Peter Kadzis and Adam Reilly to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Democratic candidates, Trump’s takeover of the GOP, and the issues that matter most to New Hampshire voters. Listen closely, and you’ll hear some tantalizing clues about who might get the Union Leader’s coveted nod before New Hampshire votes.

    • 36 min
    A Veteran Sizes Up The Afghanistan Papers — Plus, Where Impeachment Goes Next

    A Veteran Sizes Up The Afghanistan Papers — Plus, Where Impeachment Goes Next

    The Washington Post’s Afghanistan Papers report was a deeply depressing read, establishing beyond a shadow of a doubt that the war was mismanaged from the outset and misrepresented by military and political leaders. So how did that expose read to the men and women who actually served there? Adam Reilly talks it over with Erik Edstrom, an Army vet and Bronze Star winner and author of the upcoming Un-American: A Soldier’s Reckoning Of Our Longest War. Plus, after watching nearly every minute of the House’s impeachment proceedings, Peter Kadzis offers his thoughts on where the process goes next — and what the political fallout will be.

    • 26 min
    Can Elizabeth Warren Bounce Back?

    Can Elizabeth Warren Bounce Back?

    For the better part of 2019, Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign seemed to be doing everything right. But then, about two months ago, her poll numbers started dropping instead of climbing — and the decline was precipitous.

    So what went wrong, exactly? And what will it take for Warren to rebound? This episode of the Scrum starts with insights from the Washington Post’s Annie Linskey, who may know Warren better than any other journalist and says healthcare policy played a key role in Warren’s decline. Next, Adam Reilly and Peter Kadzis talk with UMass Boston political scientist Erin O’Brien about whether other factors might be at play (gender, maybe?) and what it would take for Warren to regroup.

    • 33 min
    Spilka Speaks! Plus, Kadzis On Impeachment

    Spilka Speaks! Plus, Kadzis On Impeachment

    It was a very Beacon Hill way to end 2019 — a flurry of legislating on various important topics that left observers saying 1) “Good job!” and 2) “What in God’s name took so long?”

    In a conversation with WGBH News State House correspondent Mike Deehan, Senate President Karen Spilka talks about the Legislature’s big achievements; how she’d answer critics who question its pace; the state of Governor Charlie Baker’s agenda and the Senate GOP; and Deval Patrick’s presidential campaign (spoiler: she’s not overly enthused). First, though, Peter Kadzis shares some deep thoughts on possible presidential impeachment after watching a whopping 35 hours of testimony last week.

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Customer Reviews

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.

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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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Mass legislature, look behind the curtain!

Mike Deehan’s 3 January episode brings clarity to the way legislation moves, or not, through the State House. It may not be unusual compared to other State Houses, but that doesn’t mean we should put up with it. Too much power over legislation lies in the hands of the Speaker, this needs to change as the system is ripe for corruption.The euphemism “they ran out of time” is maddening.

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