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It reads like a movie script. The year? 2003. The mission? Defeat hundreds of challengers to save the state of California and become its leader. But this wasn't a movie... it was a real-life election for governor that featured adult film stars, sumo wrestlers, comedians, and ended with the election of action star Arnold Schwarzenegger. In Total Recall: California’s Political Circus, CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash will unpack the scandal, partisanship, and celebrity of the Golden State’s 2003 recall election – and explore what it might have forecasted about politics today.

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    • 3.7 • 102 Ratings

It reads like a movie script. The year? 2003. The mission? Defeat hundreds of challengers to save the state of California and become its leader. But this wasn't a movie... it was a real-life election for governor that featured adult film stars, sumo wrestlers, comedians, and ended with the election of action star Arnold Schwarzenegger. In Total Recall: California’s Political Circus, CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash will unpack the scandal, partisanship, and celebrity of the Golden State’s 2003 recall election – and explore what it might have forecasted about politics today.

    Throwing the Governor Overboard

    Throwing the Governor Overboard

    Despite the celebrity power of Arnold Schwarzenegger - the origins of the 2003 recall are hardly glamorous. Believe it or not, the movement started in the back of an old roller skating rink by a rumpled anti-establishment crusader. It was a “peaceful revolution” that ended in disaster for the incumbent Governor Gray Davis. In this episode, we’ll walk through how the 2003 recall started in the first place - what political factors were stacked up against Gray Davis, and how a movie star became the GOP’s best chance for victory. 

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    • 21 min
    Welcome to the Circus

    Welcome to the Circus

    You probably remember that Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California. But do you remember how it all happened? The blackouts, the budget and of course, the car tax! CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent, Dana Bash, takes you back to the origins of the 2003 California Recall and talks with Schwarzenegger and the man he beat, Gray Davis to learn why this election became such a circus.

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    • 24 min
    Hasta La Vista Gray Davis

    Hasta La Vista Gray Davis

    Join us for the stranger than fiction story behind the 2003 California recall election that replaced a sitting governor with America's most famous action hero. We'll unpack the scandal, partisanship and celebrity surrounding this circus and explain how it may have influenced our current political reality. CNN's Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash talks to key players including the two men at the very center of it all: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis.

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Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

podlover987 ,

Love this podcast

Wild story and Dana Bash is the best!

Loveitloveitburningskulls ,

It was Enron

And now it’s China with Gavin Newsom. It was not a Republican recall. I’m liberal and he’s a terrible governor and this podcast seems to havevaerved the purpose of implying the recent recall is a circus. The real circus is American and Global politics. Not voters desperate for change.

495BLUES ,

An Actual Reality Show

Great start to a series that should get even better. Professional production and a great story, perfect timing too!

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