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American politics is undergoing seismic changes that will alter the course of history. At Words Matter, we believe that facts, evidence, truth and objective reality are necessary and vital in public discourse. Our hosts and guests have broad experience in government, politics and journalism -- this gives them a unique ability to explain recent events and place them in historic context. Together, with fellow journalists, elected officials, policy-makers and thought-leaders, they will analyze the week's news and get at the real truth behind all the distracting headlines. New episodes are released on Fridays.

Words Matter The DSR Network

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American politics is undergoing seismic changes that will alter the course of history. At Words Matter, we believe that facts, evidence, truth and objective reality are necessary and vital in public discourse. Our hosts and guests have broad experience in government, politics and journalism -- this gives them a unique ability to explain recent events and place them in historic context. Together, with fellow journalists, elected officials, policy-makers and thought-leaders, they will analyze the week's news and get at the real truth behind all the distracting headlines. New episodes are released on Fridays.

    An All-You-Can-Listen Political Buffet

    An All-You-Can-Listen Political Buffet

    To say it’s been a busy week in American politics would be an understatement. Thankfully, Kavita and Norm are here to discuss the unfolding dynamics of the primaries and Senate races, the state of the Supreme Court and upcoming decisions, and why voters’ economic perception isn’t matching the reality. 
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    • 33 min
    Trump’s Cronies are Out in Full Force

    Trump’s Cronies are Out in Full Force

    As Donald Trump deals with a gag order in his hush money trial, his various cronies have come out of the woodwork to do his dirty work. JD Vance, Tommy Tuberville, and more have come out to criticize the trial and jockey for a vice presidential nomination. Norm and Kavita break down this MAGA race to the bottom and more.
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    • 25 min
    Can Trump Handle the Truth?

    Can Trump Handle the Truth?

    Each day of Trump’s election interference trial manages to be more salacious than the last. From the testimony of Stormy Daniels to Trump’s inability to stop smearing everyone involved, it’s clear that the trial will continue to be a roller coaster until the very end. Norm and Kavita take us through the latest from the trial, and what could be around the corner. 
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    • 34 min
    Untangling the University Protests

    Untangling the University Protests

    There’s much to unpack with the ceasefire protests at universities across the country. From students occupying a building at Columbia to the abysmal response by USC’s administration, it is clear that there is no easy way to address the issue. Norm and Kavita break down the latest news on this contentious topic, and why it may be even more impactful than we realize. 
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    • 33 min
    What Happens When Leaders Don’t Lead

    What Happens When Leaders Don’t Lead

    At the Supreme Court and college campuses, leaders aren’t leading. As the court weighs incredibly consequential decisions and colleges grapple with divisive protests, we need clear leadership more than ever. Norm and Kavita discuss this unique problem and where we go from here.
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    • 38 min
    Accountability is Gone but Not Forgotten in the Senate

    Accountability is Gone but Not Forgotten in the Senate

    The House is its own special kind of crazy, but the Senate is no slouch either. Tom Cotton’s recent comments calling for Americans to “take matters into their own hands” in response to protests reminds us that Senators can seemingly call for acts of violence and get away with it. Norm and Kavita break down the fall of accountability in the Senate and why some Senators continue to embarrass the institution. 
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

marshamcg ,

Invaluable

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

pleasehelpplayers ,

Excellent

Thank you for explaining and synthesizing! Your hard work on our behalf is admirable and appreciated!

nothappytodaythanks ,

Please research primary sources

I used to listen to you regularly and took a break after 10/7. I wanted to hear what you had to say about the protests in your 4/26 episode and I’m shocked at your lack of research. JEWISH students at Columbia were invited to do zoom classes because the school wouldn’t guarantee their safety. Columbia students and professors are calling for the death of Jewish students through signs and slogans. Please do not downplay what is happening on college campuses. Please research primary sources. I wondered why good people seem so complacent with the rise of US antisemitism. Reporting like this is why.

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