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225: Where's the line between religious freedom and civil rights?

December 28th, 2017

27:17

The clash of two American values -- religious freedom and freedom from discrimination –- didn’t seem so huge when a broad coalition of religious and civil rights representatives got together in a room in 1993. While …

224: The 2017 Lie of the Year

December 21st, 2017

26:08

Our friends at PolitiFact have sorted through a year of lies, fibs, exaggerations, fabrications and outright falsehoods to find the worst of the …

223: This is what happens when Congress polices itself

December 14th, 2017

29:51

Congress is considering changes to the way it handles sexual harassment complaints after its current rules have been called onerous by critics. We …

222: The Changing Race of Immigration in America

December 7th, 2017

34:29

America has long sold itself as "the nation of immigrants." But when you look at our history -- even the halcyon Ellis Island days -- that branding …

221: What happens when the DOJ defies the courts?

November 30th, 2017

22:54

Judges in a legal stand-off. A power struggle between two branches of the federal government has left potentially thousands of undocumented immigrants stuck in detention centers with no idea how long they'll be …

Revisiting how tax reform really works

November 21st, 2017

19:59

With Republicans pushing ahead on their plan to overhaul taxes for the first time in 30 years, we revisit an episode of DeocdeDC that explained how …

220: A Republican has some advice for the GOP

November 16th, 2017

20:36

Phyllis Henderson is a state representative in South Carolina, and she is worn out by the state of political discourse. We spoke with her right after …

219: Fact checking the link between mental illness and mass shootings

November 9th, 2017

23:20

Last Sunday, a gunman walked into a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and opened fire on the congregation -- killing more than two dozen people. …

218: Don’t touch my tax loophole!

November 2nd, 2017

29:42

It seems like for every winner in tax reform, there’s a loser. As the House beings its push for huge changes to how American people and companies pay their taxes, we explain the basics and dig into the intended and …

217: When politicians scream "bailout," what do they really mean?

October 30th, 2017

25:07

From the beginning of American politics, politicians have been using the term "bailout" as a political cudgel. In this week's podcast, Jimmy speaks …

216: A coal community divided

October 19th, 2017

28:33

Residents of coal country are getting sick, but not everyone is convinced of the cause. 

Our Newsy colleague Zach Toombs explains what the science …

215: No one knows how big the opioid epidemic really is

October 12th, 2017

20:32

Local law enforcement and national politicians are struggling to deal with the opioid epidemic gripping American communities, in large part because …

214: Why can’t Congress get anything done on guns?

October 5th, 2017

30:15

Americans are once again mourning after another mass shooting. We explain why elected leaders fail — despite broad public support — to pass measures like additional background checks on firearm purchases. We speak with …

213: Got milk subsidies?

September 28th, 2017

25:41

What does the government have to do with the price of milk? Turns out – everything. For decades, government subsidies have tried to balance supply and demand for a commodity that is produced every day, at least twice …

212: What if the government gave everyone free money?

September 21st, 2017

24:39

A universal basic income isn't a new idea, but it's getting traction in politics today. It's a different type of safety net: free cash from the …

211: The problem with FEMA's flood maps

September 14th, 2017

30:19

The Federal Emergency Management Agency maps flood plains across the country. The maps are intended to show which areas are likely to flood so that local governments can better plan for disasters. They also determine …

Bonus: Jeff Sessions spins the facts on DACA

September 8th, 2017

14:54

Attorney General Jeff Sessions made some questionable statements to justify ending, DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that shielded 800,000 people who were brought to the US illegally as …

210: Why Washington isn’t ready for the next hurricane

September 7th, 2017

29:34

Hurricane Harvey caused billions of dollars of damage, and Hurricane Irma will likely cost even more. But how will the federal government pay for all …

209: The Texas town with no drinking water

August 31st, 2017

22:06

Contaminated drinking water is coming into the homes of tens of millions of Americans, especially in smaller, lower income communities, from aging, under-funded water treatment plant and distribution systems, poorly …

208: The military's toxic water problem

August 24th, 2017

28:08

The military spent decades contaminating the drinking and ground water at bases across the country and has spent billions to contain the mess.

But the veterans and families who lived on those bases are still struggling …

207: The most important Senate job you’ve never heard of

August 17th, 2017

28:42

You may think the Senators have all the say -- but there's one person in the Senate who may have even more power. Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough complicated the repeal-and-replace plan that Senate …

206: How protest movements can actually change peoples' lives

August 10th, 2017

25:48

Researchers Leah Wright Rigueur and Megan Ming Francis talk about where the social movements that have been so important to our politics in the last …

205: How the Tea Party, Occupy and Black Lives Matter shaped our election

August 3rd, 2017

28:10

204: Should historians be pundits?

July 27th, 2017

28:49

Harvard Kennedy School professor Moshik Temkin says historians must do a better job in comparing our present to our past, and he argues why in a …

203: What you should know about Trump's voter fraud commission

July 19th, 2017

30:42

President Trump believes he would have won the popular vote -- if it weren't for the 3 million people that voted illegally. Even though there's no …

202: How the GOP wants to change Medicaid

July 13th, 2017

28:02

Senate Republicans unveiled a health care plan that includes deep cuts in Medicaid. We explain what those changes are and how they will be felt by many of the 70 million Americans who rely on Medicaid for their …

201: DC History 101 - Swamps and scandals, then and now

July 6th, 2017

28:04

So you may have heard DC referred to as a swamp in the past few months. The thing is, that's not just a political slogan - it used to be an actual …

200: Thousands of women are running for office. Guess why!

June 29th, 2017

30:04

There are a lot of Dicks in office. But after the 2016 election, we're seeing thousands of women sign up to run for office - more than ever before. …

199: What you should know about the 5+ Trump-Russia investigations

June 22nd, 2017

34:22

There are so many investigators looking into Russian involvement in the 2016 campaign and the Trump Administration that it’s hard to keep track. …

198: Your tweets can and will be used against you

June 15th, 2017

25:37

President Trump says he uses Twitter so he can get an "honest and unfiltered message out”to the American people. But investigators and even foreign …

197: The secret Senate filibuster you've never heard of

June 8th, 2017

30:50

For years, individual Senators have enjoyed wide sway in blocking judicial nominees who come from their home states. But that may soon change, as Republicans in the Senate try to transform the judiciary under President …

196: Constitutional crisis? Take a deep breath.

June 1st, 2017

25:48

Law professor Keith Whittington says the term “constitutional crisis” gets thrown around way too much. He’s studied the topic, and he tells Jimmy we’re nowhere near one right now.

195: Three moments that shaped how presidents and Congress wage war

May 25th, 2017

31:37

Before David Barron was a federal judge, he was a lawyer helping President Obama wage war. He sheds light on the uneasy relationship between Presidents and Congress when it comes to military might, and reflects on his …

194: Drain the swamp! Is that even possible?

May 18th, 2017

29:03

So how is Donald Trump is doing on his six promises to clean up corruption and limit special interests in Washington? And — maybe more importantly — …

193: Politicians playing politics with our bridges and roads

May 11th, 2017

26:34

America’s crumbling and obsolete infrastructure is a $2 trillion problem. Everyone agrees it needs a fix. So why can’t politicians make it happen? …

192: Why are we so polarized & can Trump fix it?

May 4th, 2017

25:52

If you feel like we're getting more polarized every day, you're right. According to a report by the Cook Political Report, the political divide in …

191: The four myths of Trump's wall

April 27th, 2017

26:29

Is the U.S. border with the Mexico really an open border? Is all the talk of building a wall for real, or is it just a metaphorical wall? And who’s really crossing illegally? We separate fact from fiction with the help …

190: Russia is using you to destroy democracy

April 20th, 2017

29:17

Russians are using your own media echo chamber to undermine your confidence in democracy. So says Clint Watts, a former FBI agent who recently testified before Congress. We speak with him about why Russia is doing this, …

189: What's the difference between Trump and Obama's immigration rules?

April 13th, 2017

26:50

Since the election of Donald Trump, immigrants and their lawyers have been preparing for the worst. In part 2 of our series on the role some local …

188: Joking while Muslim in Trump's America

April 6th, 2017

30:02

Negin Farsad is fighting stereotypes one joke at a time. A self-described social justice comedian, Farsad jokes about Islamophobia, race and bigotry - trying to make people laugh and talk about identity.
“People can …

187: Whose job is it to enforce immigration law?

March 30th, 2017

24:02

In the first of two episodes, we visit Frederick County Maryland where local law officers are working hand-in-hand with federal immigration officers to detain and deport undocumented immigrants in the community. Now …

186: The skinny on Trump's skinny budget

March 23rd, 2017

30:05

The President came out with his version of the budget - which he called a "skinny budget". While lots of people freaking out, we ask: what is a skinny budget, and does it really matter?

185: A warning against hyperpartisanship from 1796

March 16th, 2017

34:29

The warnings George Washington made in his farewell address — about hyperpartisanship, excessive debt, and foreign wars — have incredible resonance today, says John Avlon, the author of “Washington’s Farewell.” He …

184: Obamacare Trumpcare Healthcare 101

March 10th, 2017

33:45

What’s the individual mandate? Who’s in a high-risk pool? How do tax credits work in health care? With the debate over the future of health care in …

183: Trump is at odds with the courts. Has a president ever defied them?

March 2nd, 2017

28:05

President Donald Trump recently gave the federal courts the proverbial middle finger, lashing out on Twitter at a “so-called judge” who had ruled …

182: I'm a reformed lobbyist. Ask me anything

February 23rd, 2017

29:02

You asked and we answered. This week: what’s the difference between lobbying and bribery, a real example of a lobbyist buying their agenda into law (or failing to), and the best reform for the lobbying industry. Plus, …

181: How cops can legally take your car, home, or cash

February 16th, 2017

37:23

When Tien Nguyen stopped at a rest area in Kansas, he didn't expect to have his car searched by the highway patrol - and when they took $40,000 he …

180: What the hell is a trade war?

February 9th, 2017

35:05

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about trade, trade deficits, tariffs, trade wars, courtesy of Felix Salmon of Slate Money. Plus, Felix …

179: A user's guide to 'alternative facts,' aka lies

February 1st, 2017

28:55

Imagine being lied to, repeatedly, for days on end, and what that does to your brain. Well, you may not have to imagine it—it seems like more and more “alternative facts” are coming out of Washington every day. In this …

178: Hey Tea Party, meet your lefty cousins

January 26th, 2017

31:24

After this election, some on the left are feeling pretty powerless - but Angel Padilla isn't. He got together with 30 other former congressional staffers to put together a concrete guide on how to resist President …

Bonus: When Trump said, 'America first,' what did you hear?

January 20th, 2017

7:34

In his inaugural address, President Donald J. Trump said America will be first. But what did people actually hear when he said that? DecodeDC was at the National Mall to ask inaugural attendees.

177: What really happens at the inaugural

January 18th, 2017

32:47

The Constitution requires only one thing for a person to become President of the United States--reciting an oath. But the inauguration has become a sort of spectacle that requires months and months of detailed planning. …

176: What should Trump do to resolve his conflicts of interest?

January 11th, 2017

27:57

Every day, there are more and more questions about conflicts of interest and president-elect Donald Trump--questions about how Trump will handle his …

175: It's almost moving day at the White House

January 5th, 2017

27:59

January 20th is Inauguration Day. It’s also moving day at the White House. Jimmy talks with Anita McBride, who was part of three presidential transitions, and with presidential historian Jeffrey Engel about when …

174: That moment when Americans choose ignorance over money

December 29th, 2016

19:08

When it comes to American politics, many people will choose to give up money, rather than listen to the other side. That's the result of a new study …

173: You have no idea how much food you're wasting

December 22nd, 2016

25:42

As you sit down for giant family meals this holiday season, here's something to keep in mind--every year about 40% of America's food goes uneaten. On …

172: PolitiFact's Lie of the Year is a lie that keeps on giving

December 14th, 2016

28:29

When it came time for PolitiFact to chose the “Lie of the Year,” for this bonkers year, editors had plenty to work with. On the latest podcast, Jimmy …

171: Trump's job promise — 24,999,900 to go

December 8th, 2016

35:37

President-elect Trump is trying to make good on a big campaign promise--bring back manufacturing jobs to the U.S. The Carrier deal announced last week seems like a good start. But a jobs program that boils down to a …

170: Can Trump live up to populist voters' expectations?

December 1st, 2016

28:56

Donald Trump’s attacks on elites and us-versus-them rhetoric are classic populist themes. But what happens when populists actually take office, and …

Revisiting Big Sugar's Secret Playbook

November 22nd, 2016

24:37

Heading into Turkey Day, we at DecodeDC are thankful for you, our listeners, so we're going to spare your ears this week from another episode about …

169: What can President Trump do Day 1?

November 17th, 2016

36:10

When Donald Trump is sworn in as President of the United States on January 20, 2017, the clock starts ticking on his political agenda. Trump's goals …

168: Trump is President-elect. Now what?

November 10th, 2016

34:34

Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. Let that sink in for a minute. On the latest episode of DecodeDC, we're checking back in with some of our favorite experts who've helped us 'decode' …

Bonus: Here's what it's like to lose your right to vote

November 7th, 2016

32:34

While millions of Americans cast their votes on Election Day, one segment of the population will be left out. More than 6 million people have lost …

167: Meet the disgusted voter

November 3rd, 2016

23:09

It's crunch time. Doomsday--er, Election Day--is almost here, so we're checking back in with our undecided voters. For the past few weeks DecodeDC reporter Miranda Green has been profiling four voters on the fence. She …

166: How the GOP lost the black vote

October 27th, 2016

36:32

Donald Trump is on pace to lose the African American vote, and lose it bigly. So it’s useful to remember a time when black Americans were reliable …

165: How to actually commit voter fraud

October 20th, 2016

33:02

If you’re worried about voter fraud, there’s a good chance you’re worried about the wrong thing. We speak with Victoria Bassetti of the Brennan …

164: Trump Foundation 101 -- Funny Money

October 13th, 2016

32:44

Donald Trump hasn’t given any money to the foundation that bears his name since 2008, and that’s just the beginning of the oddities surrounding …

163: OMG we found actual undecided voters

October 6th, 2016

33:06

How can a voter possibly be undecided? In an episode co-reported with Buzzfeed’s Meg Cramer of the No One Knows Anything podcast, we look at why so many voters are undecided this presidential election and what it’s like …

162: Politicians really suck at immigration

September 29th, 2016

34:01

How do you run a business when Congress keeps getting in the way? That’s what farmers in Washington State are grappling with as Congress keeps punting on immigration reform.
They are faced with a big labor shortage. That …

161: Hillbilly Elegy explained — The forgotten Americans

September 22nd, 2016

30:31

In his new book “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”, author J.D. Vance recounts his experience of growing up poor in the …

160: Trump and Clinton charities and the NY AG

September 15th, 2016

26:56

A recent Scripps investigation found that the New York Attorney General has the power to force the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative to publicly disclose the names of foreign governments and …

159: The buying and selling of America's experts

September 8th, 2016

25:21

Corporate America has found a new way to exert its influence: think tanks, the non-profits dedicated to independent, scholarly research.
That’s …

158: The biases that keep Native Americans from the polls

September 1st, 2016

31:35

When the two U.S. Senate candidates went to bed on election night 2002 in South Dakota, it looked like the Republican would be the winner. But then …

157: A dash of salt with your politics

August 25th, 2016

28:08

Salt is a magical substance. An essential nutrient, it was once even used as currency. So what’s behind the push to get food makers to reduce sodium — one of salt’s components — in Americans’ diets? In partnership with …

156: The battle for Native American voting rights

August 18th, 2016

34:02

When San Juan County, Utah made the move to all mail-in voting in 2014, it seemed like a great idea. The county is almost 8,000 square miles with about 15,000 residents and voting by mail meant you no longer had to …

155: Trump's money fantasy

August 11th, 2016

31:02

How does Donald Trump figure his net worth? It depends on his mood. So says Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist, David Cay Johnston. In …

154: The scary link between slavery and the Second Amendment

August 4th, 2016

26:11

You may think the founders gave us the right to bear arms as a way to defend against government tyranny. But in this episode, Carl Bogus, a professor …

153: Why small-dollar donors won't save politics

July 28th, 2016

21:31

Throughout his campaign for the Democratic nomination, the "small donor revolution" became a rallying cry for Bernie Sanders and his supporters. …

152: Meet the magician behind the Democratic convention

July 27th, 2016

17:22

So what's it like to run an event with tens of thousands of people for four straight days? That's what host Jimmy Williams asks Matt Butler, the number two guy in charge of this year's Democratic National Convention in …

151: Convention Parties 101: An insider's perspective

July 22nd, 2016

24:13

If you've been tuning into the political conventions, you've been watching a staged performance. But behind the scenes there's a different show going …

150: Inside Trump's Brain Trust

July 21st, 2016

14:39

Now that Donald Trump has the nomination, what's the game plan to win the general election? That's the question DecodeDC host Jimmy Williams poses to Kellyanne Conway, a top advisor to the GOP nominee. We bring you this …

149: Why Trump Won

July 19th, 2016

24:03

The day no one thought would actually happen has arrived. As the Republican National Convention kicks off this week, Donald J. Trump, real estate …

148: Kids are terrified of Donald Trump

July 14th, 2016

30:59

Kindergartners having nightmares of Donald Trump. Second graders wondering if their families will be deported. Muslim students being called terrorists.
This is the trickle down effect of the 2016 presidential campaign in …

147: Learning To Love The F Word: Federalism

July 7th, 2016

22:56

This ain't your daddy's federalism. Heather Gerkin of Yale Law School tries to convince Jimmy that even though federalism (or states' rights) was …

146: Closet Partisans and the Myth of the Independent Voter

June 30th, 2016

22:56

People really don't like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But will that matter come election time? Probably not. Are voters ditching the parties in droves to declare themselves independents? Not really.
Take everything …

145: Political consultants win even when they lose

June 23rd, 2016

31:55

Every campaign season has its winners and its losers - but there are some people who win no matter what happens. Political consultants are considered …

144: #LoveWins

June 15th, 2016

35:23

Nearly a year after the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land, the main plaintiff in the case, Jim Obergefell, has released a new book called ‘Love Wins.’
On the latest DecodeDC podcast, host Jimmy …

143: Make conventions great again

June 7th, 2016

27:13

Bernie Sanders isn't giving up. The Vermont senator is vying for a contested convention in Philadelphia this July, even as Hillary Clinton has …

142: Pissed off millennials are taking on the Democrats

June 2nd, 2016

31:55

Can you feel the Bern yet? With the California primary less than a week away, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders continues to battle erstwhile frontrunner Hillary Clinton despite a clear deficit in delegates. The longtime …

141: The alter egos of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

May 26th, 2016

36:38

One grew up the daughter of a Navy petty officer in 1950s suburban Chicago, the other spent formative years in Indonesia before being raised by his …

140: What's behind the split in the Democratic Party?

May 19th, 2016

25:55

Dick Durbin is a four-term senator and the Democratic whip, whose job is to keep the party together. So what does he make of the fact that the GOP has its presidential nominee while the Democrats are still fractured? …

139: Big Sugar's Secret Playbook

May 12th, 2016

24:51

Quick, what do these things have in common: Cocoa Pebbles and Winston cigarettes? One answer might be that Fred Flintstone is their biggest fan. Another might be that they’re highly addictive.
And that’s not the only …

138: The Trump Effect

May 5th, 2016

29:26

And then there was one. Following the Indiana primary earlier this week, Ted Cruz made the inevitable but shocking decision to suspended his …

Bonus: Conversation with Norman Mineta

April 29th, 2016

42:21

In 1942, Norman Mineta and his family were forced from their home in San Jose, California and into an internment camp in Wyoming. The Minetas were among tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans subjected to internment in …

137: The Supreme Court's Loaded Gun

April 28th, 2016

27:36

More than 70 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision often regarded as one of the worst in its long history.
In Korematsu v. United States, the court validated putting American citizens in internment …

136: Martina Navratilova stick to tennis? "No chance"

April 21st, 2016

27:56

She’s made millions of dollars, achieved world-wide fame and yet, former world number one tennis pro Martina Navratilova likes to spend her days …

135: No taxation without....special interests

April 14th, 2016

23:24

When Ronald Reagan signed the 1986 Tax Reform Act into law, the Republican president hoped that the law would simplify the tax code and close …

134: Running as a Woman

April 7th, 2016

20:06

When Hillary Clinton first ran for president in 2008, forecasters and prognosticators quickly seized on what they perceived as a concerted effort to project an image of strength, in part by de-emphasizing her gender. …

133: The FEC is a watchdog that doesn't bite

March 31st, 2016

23:07

The 2016 presidential election is on track to becoming the most expensive campaign in U.S. history. But the the Federal Election Commission, charged …

132: Who's caring for the vets?

March 24th, 2016

41:34

On the latest DecodeDC podcast, host Jimmy Williams sits down with Scripps Investigative Reporter Mark Greenblatt about his 6-month-long investigation into problems at the Cincinnati VA. Greenblatt teamed up with WCPO …

131: Is the Supreme Court too supreme?

March 17th, 2016

25:01

The status of the Supreme Court in American government has ebbed and flowed since the Constitution was ratified. But starting in the 1950s, the Court has had a long and unchallenged reign of extraordinary power and …

130: The long view with Madeleine Albright

March 10th, 2016

27:24

Madeleine Albright describes herself as a late bloomer but boy, has she made something of that late push. After starting her political career as a …

129: Superdelegates, WTF

March 3rd, 2016

20:05

Superdelegates. Maybe you’ve heard something about them, but might not know how they came to be, how they work, who they are and why they matter. But if you want to make sense of the delegate math in this year’s …

128: South Carolina's unholy alliance

February 25th, 2016

27:54

Long ago in South Carolina, an unholy alliance was made to keep the races separate. In the second episode of our two-part series on the politics of …

Revisiting: The Price of Privacy

February 23rd, 2016

26:50

Right now, a battle is being waged between Apple and the government over encryption. A federal court has ordered the tech giant to unlock an iPhone used by one of the attackers in the San Bernardino shooting that left …

127: The black and white state of South Carolina

February 18th, 2016

29:17

From 2010-2014, more than 200,000 people moved to South Carolina. The South is the fastest growing region of the county but unlike its neighbors, the …

126: How Anne Boleyn gave us our right to privacy

February 11th, 2016

23:50

Today Americans view privacy as a fundamental civil liberty, a right that puts a boundary on what the government can do. Our ‘right to privacy’ has become part of the essential contract Americans make with their …

125: Political Dynasties

February 4th, 2016

19:30

Adams, Bush, Clinton, Kennedy. Somehow the same family names keep popping up in American politics. And that raises the question: Why, in a proudly …

124: Broad Politics

January 28th, 2016

25:32

Beyoncé had it right. Who runs the world? Girls.
Just ask Jay Newtown-Small, a Time magazine correspondent and author of the new book, “Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works.”
This week on the …

123: The new kid on the block

January 21st, 2016

30:50

From the outside looking in, Brian Sims seems to have it all. He’s young, energetic, well liked, and his political career’s on the rise. After …

Bonus: TrailMix 2016 Ep 1 - Feeling the Bern, Bill Clinton & women, endorsements and Nickelback

January 15th, 2016

26:39

We thought you might enjoy a look at Scripps News' newest podcast, TrailMix 2016 - a weekly conversation about the state of the campaign.
This week’s topics include: Is it time to take Bernie Sanders seriously? What …

122: When words speak louder than actions

January 14th, 2016

23:14

Jeremy Frimer, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Winnipeg, teamed up with some other researchers in Canada and Germany and …

121: The Sorry State of the State of the Union

January 7th, 2016

22:34

From members of Congress jockeying for the best tv spot, to constant interruptions of applause, the State of the Union address has become a primetime …

Meet Jimmy Williams: DecodeDC's New Host

January 5th, 2016

28:34

Jimmy Williams is a veteran of Washington, D.C.'s political scene, engaging in nearly every facet of American politics, as a congressional staffer …

120: Our 2015 favorite episodes and the tape you didn't get to hear

December 29th, 2015

27:30

It's been a big year in politics - and an even bigger one is on its way. Before we dive into the coming year of campaigns, candidates, and …

119: The Lie of the Year

December 23rd, 2015

32:35

Tis the season of year-end lists – and so we offer our second annual Lie of the Year podcast thanks to our friends from PolitiFact, the fact-checking …

118: Does conservative media have too much power?

December 17th, 2015

23:00

Conservative media has gone through surprising changes in recent years, not that many people outside that orbit have noticed. There is a world of talk radio, podcasts and websites far bigger, a new breed like the …

117: #tbt to when Congress actually worked

December 10th, 2015

24:58

In today’s political atmosphere of partisan bickering and congressional dysfunction, there’s something reassuring about reflecting on a time when …

116: A Bad Case of Electoralitis

December 3rd, 2015

22:05

This week on DecodeDC, Dick Meyer and Dr. Anthony King discuss American elections and how they're viewed abroad.
King is a British professor of comparative government and the author of "Running Scared: Why America’s …

Rerun: The military has its fingers in your food

November 24th, 2015

17:02

As you sit around the dining room table this week with family and friends, giving thanks and enjoying roasted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes and warm stuffing, here’s something to keep in mind: Some of that food you’re …

115: The Price of Privacy

November 19th, 2015

26:10

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the battle between privacy versus public safety has become ever more relevant. Law enforcement agencies maintain that the same encryption you use on your cell phone to keep …

114: Budget Battle B.S.

November 12th, 2015

25:50

At this point, the Washington federal budget cycle is pretty well established. A stalemated federal government leads to the predictable standoff. Cue the shutdown clocks on cable news, ignore the threats lobbed between …

113: Is the Electoral College broken?

November 5th, 2015

20:56

The Electoral College - it's something we have to deal with during every presidential election. But should we? This week on the podcast, we look at …

Bonus: DecodeDeceased on Capitol Hill

October 30th, 2015

9:55

Capitol Hill can be horrifying…

112: GOP Family Feud

October 29th, 2015

19:11

Things are pretty weird in the House of Representatives right now. Paul Ryan was just chosen to be the next speaker of the House, a position he …

111: Conversation in the digital age...nvm, tl;dr

October 22nd, 2015

18:15

It’s a bizarre question at first: Is our capacity for meaningful, soul-nourishing conversation something that can go away? Sherry Turkle, professor …

110: What we talk about when we talk about poverty

October 15th, 2015

20:41

If it seems impossible to talk about poverty in the U.S. without talking about race and culture, that's thanks in large part to one man: Daniel …

109: The military has its fingers in your food

October 8th, 2015

18:24

Nestled in the woods just outside of Boston sits the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center. The base does research on the necessities soldiers need …

108: It's Citizens United, Stupid

October 1st, 2015

24:13

DecodeDC reporter Miranda Green and producer Eric Krupke recently took a trip to the frontlines of the 2016 battlefield -- a rally for Sanders in …

107: The Pope's Political Reach

September 23rd, 2015

26:35

Less than 24 hours after touching down on U.S. soil for the very first time, Pope Francis made quite clear his stance on issues such as immigration …

Bonus: Housing discrimination - one man's story

September 22nd, 2015

10:42

Antoine Lynch is having a hard time finding an affordable place to live. That is, until the DC government provided him with a housing voucher that guaranteed partial payment of his monthly rent. But, when he called …

106: Separate and Unequal

September 17th, 2015

26:29

We think our cities look a certain way because of people’s choices and preferences, but it turns out, the government has had a huge hand in keeping neighborhoods separate and unequal.
This week on DecodeDC, we tackle the …

105: Terrified of terrorism

September 10th, 2015

22:19

This week’s podcast challenges a political sacred cow. In fact, it might be the mother of all sacred cows. It is the belief that foreign terrorism is …

104: Revisiting A Brief History of Humankind

September 2nd, 2015

34:02

Every once in a while, we like to rerun one of our most popular podcasts, and this is one of those occasions. Enjoy listening--or relistening--to our …

103: When weed is your only hope

August 27th, 2015

18:42

Renee Petro was desperate to help her son, Brandon, who sometimes would experience as many as 100 seizures a day. She tried medications, she looked …

102: A Glimpse into Gitmo

August 20th, 2015

26:15

On this week’s podcast, we sit down with reporter Carol Rosenberg, who’s outlasted soldiers, interrogators, and lawyers at Guantanamo Bay. For more …

101: David Simon

August 13th, 2015

18:21

The creator of The Wire and Treme has a new miniseries debuting this Sunday. We talk with David Simon about 'Show Me A Hero,' Simons's first project that he says is explicitly about race, class and how decades of …

100: America's Prison Problem

August 6th, 2015

23:48

With more than two million people behind bars, a 500 percent increase since the mid 1970s, politicians on both sides of the aisle have come to agree …

Bonus: I didn't come here to make friends

August 4th, 2015

10:58

The similarities of reality TV and politics – especially with The Donald on the debate stage – are the topic of this bonus episode of the DecodeDC …

99: Why would Iran give up on its nuclear program?

July 30th, 2015

22:41

On this week’s DecodeDC podcast, guest host Todd Zwillich talks with Rupal Mehta, an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska, about why countries that start down the path of developing nuclear weapons decide …

98: Spirited History

July 23rd, 2015

19:26

Forget the debate over Alexander Hamilton’s spot on the ten-dollar bill. The founding father’s image may be better suited on a bottle of bourbon.
On …

97: Tell me a (political) story

July 16th, 2015

17:58

Political campaigns are about a lot of things: message, money, organization and of course, more money. But campaigns are also about storytelling.

96: Revisiting Populism's Popularity

July 9th, 2015

17:12

The number keeps growing but at the moment there are 22 noble or nutty (you pick) souls running for president – and the election is still 16 months …

95: SCOTUS: The People's Court?

July 1st, 2015

24:31

The Supreme Court’s term has ended with two supreme-sized rulings, one affirming a right to same-sex marriage, the other upholding the Affordable …

94: The $140 Billion Investment No One Is Tracking

June 25th, 2015

24:46

Every year, we spend $140 billion on grants and loans for college students. How's that investment doing? Well, we really don't know, and to find out, …

93: LBJ and the racial divide, 50 years later

June 18th, 2015

19:52

It isn’t often that the president of the United States opens up about America’s history of racism or about how African Americans have suffered because of it - or about how white America must accept responsibility for …

92: Laughing Matters

June 11th, 2015

19:46

Host: Dick Meyer
I’ve gotten interested in humorlessness.
I’ve come to believe that politics has become less funny, more humorless. I think this is …

91: Congress and...the mafia?

June 5th, 2015

22:25

It’s no secret that members of Congress spend much of their time raising money. But here’s something you probably didn’t know: A huge chunk of the …

90: Narwhal vs. Orca

May 27th, 2015

16:07

Once upon a time in the fairytale land of politics, there was an epic clash of magical beasts.
On one side, the sea-unicorn called the narwhal. With a …

89: Revisiting 'Under the Radar'

May 22nd, 2015

26:37

There’s been a major development in the wake of a Scripps News Investigation featured in a DecodeDC podcast last December.
Congress has now passed legislation that requires the Department of Defense to register sex …

88: The Great Migration

May 14th, 2015

22:37

In Baltimore it was Freddie Gray. In Ferguson it was Michael Brown. on Staten Island it was Eric Garner.
And in many other places, poor black men and …

87: The New Wild

May 8th, 2015

24:10

For the past 20 years, Dr. M Sanjayan has devoted his life to environmental policy and the protection of wildlife. After decades in the environmental …

86: A Brief History of Humankind

April 30th, 2015

35:21

“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari is a book that has more ideas per rectangular page than anything I have read in years. I …

Bonus: Marriage Goes to Court

April 29th, 2015

20:35

No matter where you stand on the issue of same-sex marriage, Tuesday's historic oral arguments at the Supreme Court represented the next step in what will be an unprecedented moment to define - or redefine - the …

85: The Changing Face of Marriage

April 23rd, 2015

32:54

A little thing called marriage is about to have a big day in court. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on state bans against same-sex marriage. This is such a huge case that DecodeDC recently teamed …

84: Nerd Prom

April 16th, 2015

23:10

When someone asks what the most important event in Washington is every year, you’d hope that the answer would involve a key piece of civic action or …

83: Terms of Surrender in the Culture War

April 9th, 2015

19:02

Unless you’ve been trapped in a monastery over the past month, you’ve witnessed the fire and brimstone storms over so-called religious freedom laws in Indiana and Arkansas. Coverage of the push for these religious …

82: Lessons from LBJ and the Great Society

April 2nd, 2015

28:29

The Voting Rights Act. The Civil Rights Act. Medicare. Vietnam. The 1960s were a transformational time for America and at the center of much of it was Lyndon B. Johnson. This year marks the 50th anniversary for …

81: The ultimate insider's tour of the U.S. Senate

March 26th, 2015

24:28

For spring break, we are going to take you on the ultimate insider’s tour of the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol. Your guide: Senate historian Donald …

80: U.S., Russia and Ukraine: A web of complexity

March 19th, 2015

23:31

It isn’t every day that Democrats and Republicans are on the same side of anything, so it may come as a surprise that the nation of Ukraine has not only brought them together, but brought them together in opposition to …

79: The six words behind the case against Obamacare

March 12th, 2015

25:30

“What did they know and when did they know it?”
It’s Washington’s favorite question for scandal, for mystery or subterfuge.
Senator Howard Baker coined “what did they know and when did they know it” back in the Watergate …

78: Generation Me

March 5th, 2015

16:57

Political scientists and lawyers have had their chance to diagnose the causes of the obvious ills in the American body politic, and to write some …

77: Inside House of Cards 5

February 27th, 2015

28:37

We are only hours away from the release of season three of House of Cards, the dark, cynical world of Washington politics as ruled by Francis …

76: Inside House of Cards 4

February 25th, 2015

17:21

Francis Underwood has finally made it to the White House. The character, played by Kevin Spacey, spent the first two seasons of “House of Cards” scheming, murdering and blackmailing his way from Congress to the vice …

75: Inside House of Cards 3

February 24th, 2015

21:14

It’s “House of Cards” week on DecodeDC.
We are helping get YOU ready for the release of Season 3 of the Netflix series with a five-podcast special series, “Inside House of Cards.”
Today’s installment – the third – is all …

74: Inside House of Cards 2

February 23rd, 2015

25:15

In the second installment of our DecodeDC special series, “Inside House of Cards,” we go into the world of journalism and politics.
Our guide, Matt …

73: Inside House of Cards 1

February 19th, 2015

33:26

February has been a brutal month for most of us – snow and cold and ice and kids home from school and trips cancelled. Perhaps the only thing that …

72: The politics of love

February 12th, 2015

24:46

Picture this: Girl agrees to go on date with boy. Girl and boy are having a great time together. But girl has a really bad feeling about boy.
Girl thinks boy is a Republican. Date comes to a screeching halt.
No, this is …

71: Is it enough to make community college free?

February 5th, 2015

24:10

Ever since President Obama unveiled his proposal to make two years of community college free for every American, it seems like all we’ve heard about …

70: Can we stop Boko Haram?

January 29th, 2015

18:33

Crowds in the street chanting, “Bring back our girls!” Images of distraught parents and an outraged community. That’s how most Americans first learned about the terrorist group Boko Haram, which kidnapped more than 250 …

69: Obama's Legacy on Race

January 22nd, 2015

14:18

So, here’s a question. When is it too early to assess a president’s legacy? How about two years before his term ends?
Not for David Haskell, an editor …

68: Is Obama Great? Wait and See

January 15th, 2015

20:21

For the Obama administration, it’s the beginning of the end: the fourth quarter of his presidency. That means political junkies have moved on to …

Bonus: Violence and Muslims

January 9th, 2015

22:18

We’ve all been watching events unfold in Paris with sinking horror.
Another terrorist attack, turning police, civilians, writers and satirists into …

67: The Bootstraps Myth

January 8th, 2015

22:40

Picture this: two candidates take the stage for a debate. One steps to the podium and begins with a few biographical facts. He was born to a factory …

Episode 66: Who told the biggest political whopper in 2014?

December 24th, 2014

19:08

‘Tis the season for the year-end list.
And we thought it fitting that our contribution to this mainstay of holiday journalism be the best political …

Episode 65: Race, police and chokeholds

December 18th, 2014

19:00

It was the early morning hours of Oct. 6, 1976. Adolph Lyons, a 24-year-old African-American, was driving through Los Angeles with a broken taillight.

Episode 64: Should local prosecutors prosecute local cops?

December 12th, 2014

20:28

There are hard, deep-seeded questions in the public’s outcry following two police killings – that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric …

Episode 63: Under the Radar

December 5th, 2014

23:12

Like any parent might, one Wisconsin mom wanted to make sure her adult daughter’s new boyfriend was a decent guy. So she went online and and searched …

Episode 62: Politics around the Turkey

November 25th, 2014

18:25

Does the thought of Thanksgiving make your palms sweat? Does your stomach hurt, BEFORE the meal? Maybe holiday fun translates to holiday …

Politics around the Turkey Giblet - 4

November 23rd, 2014

1:10

If you’re anxious about the dinner topics during the holiday season, Decode has your back. We hope to help you navigate your way through the Turkey …

Politics around the Turkey Giblet - 3

November 23rd, 2014

1:00

If you’re anxious about the dinner topics during the holiday season, Decode has your back. We hope to help you navigate your way through the Turkey …

Politics around the Turkey Giblet - 2

November 23rd, 2014

1:05

If you’re anxious about the dinner topics during the holiday season, Decode has your back. We hope to help you navigate your way through the Turkey …

Politics around the Turkey Giblet-1

November 23rd, 2014

1:05

If you’re anxious about the dinner topics during the holiday season, Decode has your back. We hope to help you navigate your way through the Turkey …

Episode 61: Exit Interview with Rep. Bill Owens

November 19th, 2014

20:11

Some politicians slide into Congress after a boring, predictable, easy win as the predestined candidate. Others practically stumble — like …

Episode 60: Polarized America: How'd we get here?

November 14th, 2014

13:51

There was a time when Americans weren’t so intensely divided as we are today. In fact, says journalist and writer Bill Bishop, from World War II to …

Episode 59: GOP wins BIG...but there's more to the story

November 6th, 2014

18:59

There’s really only one story to tell about the 2014 midterm elections, right? Only one story, that is, if you rely on the constant stream of chatter …

Episode 58: Future of Voting

October 31st, 2014

24:47

Next Tuesday Americans across the country will participate in one of the most basic civic duties: voting. For many, that means taking time off work, …

Episode 57: The Dark Money Blitzkrieg

October 24th, 2014

20:34

Tis the season for elaborate costumes, anonymous boogiemen and masked pranksters. That's right, it’s election season.
Across the country, races for the House, Senate, governors and state legislators are being haunted by …

Episode 56: The legacy of AIDS shapes government's response to Ebola

October 17th, 2014

20:13

Ebola has killed nearly 5,000 people and put America and the world on high alert. In contrast, the world’s worst pandemic, AIDS, hit the U.S. three …

Episode 55: Tackling unwanted pregnancies: a conversation with Isabel Sawhill

October 10th, 2014

19:53

A staggering number of young women are having babies today who say they didn’t mean to get pregnant. New statistics from the Brookings Institution show that, among American women under age 30, more than 70% of …

Episode 54: Disaster Prone: What you get may depend more on where you live than what you lost

October 3rd, 2014

13:05

This week on the DecodeDC podcast we’re talking to Scripps national investigative reporter Lee Bowman about his story on the disaster behind federal disaster aid.
When your house or town gets destroyed by a hurricane or …

Episode 53: Exit Interview: Rep. Henry Waxman reflects on 40 years in Congress

September 25th, 2014

21:30

On April 14, 1994, the top executives of America’s seven largest tobacco companies filed into the hearing room before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and the Environment. Before speaking, the CEOs …

Episode 52: The Vicar of Baghdad

September 19th, 2014

18:12

He is called the Vicar of Baghdad, though his life couldn’t be more different from the average English vicar.
The Reverend Canon Andrew White leads …

Episode 51: Does the United States have a responsibility to act against ISIS?

September 12th, 2014

25:01

On this week's DecodeDC podcast, host Andrea Seabrook talks to three experts about a deceptively simple question: What responsibility does the U.S. have, if any, to respond to ISIS?
Many Americans have been surprised in …

Episode 50: The Political Ad That Changed Everything

September 5th, 2014

24:52

It aired only once. A one-minute spot during “The NBC Monday Night Movie.” But it changed every political ad that came after -- as well as the entire …

Episode 49: Why more Americans are carrying guns in more places than ever before

August 28th, 2014

19:32

Americans can carry more guns in more places than ever before. Across the country, grassroots movements in states and on college campuses are …

Episode 48: The Changing Front Lines in the Battle Over Guns

August 22nd, 2014

21:50

It has been twenty years since Congress passed federal gun control legislation. That’s two decades in which America has seen some of the most …

Episode 47: Meet the Marketer of Ideas, Arthur Brooks

August 14th, 2014

14:58

This week’s podcast is a conversation with Arthur Brooks, who runs the American Enterprise Institute, a big conservative think tank in Washington and our chief Washington correspondent Dick meyer. It didn’t turn out to …

Episode 46: A "Border Crisis" Far from the Border

August 8th, 2014

17:35

Tens of thousands of children have crossed into the United States this year, fleeing desperate conditions in Central America. The news media have dubbed it a “border crisis,” though none of these kids stays at the …

Episode 45: How one bill passed in the aftermath of 9/11 is still shaping U.S. modern warfare

August 1st, 2014

17:20

It was three days after the attacks —September 14th, 2001 -- that Congress gathered in Washington to respond to the vicious blow America had sustained. Every member of the House and Senate, save one, voted to give …

Episode 44: Exit Interview: Rep. Rush Holt

July 24th, 2014

24:01

Members of Congress are notorious for being tight-lipped about the details of the legislative process -- especially when they’re talking to journalists. Luckily there are exceptions to the informational lock-down …

Episode 43: Executive Orders

July 18th, 2014

20:12

House Speaker John Boehner, the country’s most powerful Republican, says he’s going to sue President Barack Obama on behalf of the Congress for …

Episode 42: Exit Interview: Rep. Jim Moran

July 10th, 2014

24:21

Members of Congress are notorious for being tight-lipped about the details of the legislative process -- especially when they’re talking to …

Episode 41: Critical Infrastructure and The Next War

July 3rd, 2014

21:33

Episode 41: Critical Infrastructure and The Next War by The Scripps Washington Bureau

Episode 40: The Government Has Your Number

June 26th, 2014

21:07

When hackers broke into the computers of top American discount chain Target Corp, it made international headlines. Cyber-criminals sucked up tens of millions of credit card numbers, email and home addresses, phone …

Episode 39: Populisms New Popularity on the Right and Left

June 19th, 2014

23:31

The words “populist” and” populism” have been ubiquitous on cable news talk shows and in the political press for the past couple of months. This …

Episode 38: Why hardball tactics have led to the most polarized Congress ever

June 12th, 2014

24:34

Pop Quiz: Which was the most polarized time in American history?
The Civil War? Prohibition? The Civil Rights Movement?
Nope, no, and nyet. Well, if …

Episode 37: Cracking open the government: On the front lines of making Washington transparent

June 5th, 2014

20:40

There’s a quiet movement afoot in Washington; one you won’t hear about on cable news or flashy political blogs.
It is the 21st century iteration of a …

Episode 36: Can Spelling Bee kids spell better than members of Congress? A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y

May 28th, 2014

22:15

"Can you spell logorrhea?"
That's what DecodeDC asked Members of Congress and their constituents -- specifically those whiz-kid spellers who are in the nation's capital for the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Turns …

Episode 35: Bright, Young Conservatives; But Who to Look Up To?

May 22nd, 2014

23:46

DecodeDC podcast episode #35: Bright, Young Conservatives; But Who to Look Up To?

Episode 34: What can Mars teach us about politics on Earth?

May 15th, 2014

18:11

The future of Congress has been on our minds.
Recently, we considered how advances in technology and data analysis can and will change the way …

Episode 33: Future Congress

May 8th, 2014

22:52

We have always been innovators. It is in our nature as Americans. Heck, democracy itself was born here, as part of what the 19th century French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville called the Great American Experiment.
But …

Repost Episode 1: House of (Mis) Representatives

May 1st, 2014

13:45

This is it, folks — DecodeDC is relaunching next week! Keep an eye out for our new logo, and enjoy multimedia content on our daily blog, which will …

Repost Episode 10: A Kind of Republican

April 25th, 2014

26:45

As we prepare for the relaunch of DecodeDC, we are continuing to repost some of our past episodes. This week we re-present our conversation with …

Repost Episode 16: Belly of the Beast

April 17th, 2014

21:22

Last week we re-posted an episode featuring former Congressman Lee Hamilton reading his essay on how politics has changed. As promised, we’re now …

Repost Episode 15: What's Wrong?

April 11th, 2014

12:02

It’s a question that never seems to go away or have a clear-cut answer: What’s wrong with Washington?
For an answer – or some answers – we’re turning to former Rep. Lee Hamilton this week. We’re reposting a June 2013 …

Episode 32: Inside the Investigation

April 4th, 2014

20:33

Sometimes the journey is as interesting as the destination.
That’s what our colleague at Scripps News, investigative reporter Mark Greenblatt, …

Repost Episode 23: Morality 2.0

March 28th, 2014

26:34

The Obama administration called for an end Thursday to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data about phone calls made within the …

Repost Episode 18: The Paperwork Reduction Act

March 21st, 2014

15:30

It’s that time of year again, where flowers are budding, the grass is growing greener, people are shedding their winter layers, and taxes are due—sorry for the reminder.
Have you ever wondered why there’s so much …

Episode 31: Fear and loathing in gay Washington

March 14th, 2014

17:35

He was an influential figure in one of the biggest social changes the country has seen in decades --x the growing acceptance of gay Americans. But, you've probably never heard of him. So we've gone back to the DecodeDC …

Episode 30: Follow the money to understand Washington

March 7th, 2014

19:51

Just a few years ago, it was a big deal when the president unveiled his spending proposal, but “budget day” this week was kind of a snore.
That may be because President Barack Obama’s $3.9 trillion proposal for fiscal …

Episode 29: Actress Kathleen Turner says not all politicians are stars

February 27th, 2014

14:12

Some politicians have it, and some don't.
That's what award-winning actress Kathleen Turner says it comes down to: There are politicians with an …

Episode 28: And the winner is...

February 21st, 2014

18:36

Politicians have been performing since history has been recorded – and some performances have stood the test of time for their eloquence, their …

Episode 27: The Untold Story of the Stimulus

February 14th, 2014

23:51

Five years ago. It was the early days of the Obama presidency. And it was a panicky moment in what came to be called the Great Recession.
Congress already had bailed out Wall Street’s most troubled companies with a …

Episode 26: Polling 2016

February 7th, 2014

14:56

Something happened. We lost two years. It’s already 2016, and the presidential election is here – as in right now.
That must be the case. There’s a …

Episode 25: The Greatest Show on Earth

January 31st, 2014

14:46

If you’ve ever watched or heard a State of the Union address, you might think the event starts like this: “Mr. Speaker! The President of the United States!”
But, as is true with so many things in Washington, there’s …

Episode 24: The Real Fight Over Unemployment Benefits

January 14th, 2014

17:34

If you've been tuning into the nightly news, you've heard the wrangling over unemployment benefits. It's not really about whether to extend them. It's about how to do it.

23: Morality 2.0

November 1st, 2013

26:50

Which is worse: breaking the law to leak classified secrets? Or keeping quiet about what could be a violation of Americans' constitutional rights? …

22: Open and Shut Congress

October 19th, 2013

17:30

The government shutdown may be over, but has anything really changed? Andrea talks to Patti Daniels of Vermont Public Radio about the problems that caused the shutdown and which still plague Washington.
Special thanks …

21: Justice in Shut Down

October 4th, 2013

19:11

Budget battles. Sequestration. And now, shut down. The political mess in Washington has consequences far from Capitol Hill. Andrea talks to a Chief …

20: In Other News

September 20th, 2013

46:06

When the news becomes obsessed with a new story every week, do you ever wonder what's being pushed OUT of the headlines? Andrea Seabrook talks to a media critic and a historian about how news outlets choose the most …

19: Syria's Considerations

September 9th, 2013

26:48

War-drums and peace-cries can drown out more considered implications of US intervention in Syria. We talk about the haunting ghosts of recent wars, plus get a much longer view -- one that advocates the return of …

18: The Paperwork Reduction Act

August 29th, 2013

16:33

Andrea talks to tech CEO and former Presidential Innovation Fellow Clay Johnson about the Paperwork Reduction Act, OIRA, and unintended consequences.

17: Wonderland

August 8th, 2013

24:54

In an excerpt from DecodeDC's first live episode, Andrea interviews reporter Todd Zwillich on the pressures of covering Congress and doing it well.

16: Belly Of The Beast

July 18th, 2013

22:13

Andrea talks more intimately with longtime Congressman and current statesman, Lee Hamilton, about the biggest problem he sees in today's politics: …

15: What's Wrong

June 26th, 2013

14:43

Andrea Seabrook introduces America's best pUNdit -- a man you'll rarely hear from on the daily news, but who knows more than almost anyone about what's wrong with Washington.

14: A Red Scare

June 7th, 2013

21:27

Rich Tafel was deeply involved in one of the most sweeping changes of recent decades -- the social acceptance of Gay Americans. What's more, he's a …

13: Documenting Immigrants

May 24th, 2013

31:04

DecodeDC collects the stories of those most often left out of the immigration debate: actual immigrants.

12: Canta Y No Llores

May 10th, 2013

19:36

In the first of a two-part series on immigration, DecodeDC looks at how humor can get closer to a problem than political talking points ever could. …

11: Paint By Numbers

March 28th, 2013

20:05

Let's start from the beginning. To understand what underlies every argument in Washington these days, you have to know the basics of the federal budget. Problem is, most of us don't.

10: A Kind of Republican

March 14th, 2013

26:58

Jim Kolbe, a Republican member of the House of Representatives from 1985-2003, is a political outlier. He is pro-choice, he supports same-sex …

9: Irrational Numbers

March 1st, 2013

23:39

The Budget, sequestration, and how it all began.

DDC8: There's a Plan for That

February 15th, 2013

18:13

Big and long-term plans SOUND great in politics, but do they really work?

DDC7: Cerfing the Net

February 1st, 2013

24:34

Andrea speaks with Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf about the Net's origins and future.

DDC6: The Future Was Now

January 18th, 2013

26:04

In January, 2012, America's digerati pulled off the broadest, most powerful political protest ever orchestrated on the Internet. One year later we …

DDC5: The Unshow

January 3rd, 2013

15:25

What We're NOT Covering and Why. DecodeDC explores the interplay of politics and the media, and how press coverage can feed into the negative, …

DDC4: The DecodeDC Voter Guide

November 5th, 2012

21:01

DDC4: The DecodeDC Voter Guide by The Scripps Washington Bureau

Seabrook SoundCloud Outro

October 26th, 2012

2:15

A final thought about my fellowship with SoundCloud -- plus big hugs and kisses to my fellow fellows!

The Political Stage

October 14th, 2012

14:03

Sarah Palin's turkey-slaughter and Kenny G is mistaken for Bill Clinton. Andrea Seabrook and Roman Mars explain the 7-1/2 secrets of political …

Mind Control

September 28th, 2012

16:50

Ever wonder about the neuroscience behind party politics?

House of (mis)Representatives

September 14th, 2012

14:28

Ever have that sinking feeling that your voice isn’t heard in Washington? It could be because it isn’t.

Andrea Seabrook is a 2012 SoundCloud Fellow

August 23rd, 2012

0:55

A short introduction to my project!

DecodeDC e1 INTRO

August 10th, 2012

1:04

Intro to DecodeDC Episode1 -- The House of (mis)Representatives.

DecodeDC: Andrea Seabrook Introduction

July 19th, 2012

1:45

Washington is broken. You are not.
DecodeDC is for smart, engaged, and busy people like you. Through the podcast and blog, DecodeDC will decipher Washington's Byzantine language and procedure, sweeping away what doesn't …

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