29 EpisodesProduced by Kevin Cooney & Dennis Goldford

“Wonks” - The people who work behind the scenes of the campaigns- gather with reporters and other insiders for a good-natured (and usually humorous) look at candidates, campaigns and each other. WONKS! is recorded in front of a live audience and with journalists thrown into the mix it’s always fille… read more

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WONKS! Episode 9 - Politics at the Fair!

August 13th, 2018


Iowa is known for its first-in-the-nation caucuses, but only WONKS! has the infamous war stories of the political wannabes as they out-huckster the midway barkers for Iowans’ attention. Enjoy!

WONKS! Exclusive - Michael Avenatti tests the presidential waters in Iowa!

August 9th, 2018


He’s best known for being Stormy Daniels’ attorney, but Michael Avenatti is at the Iowa State Fair, doing what candidates do, hanging with local Democratic political operatives and seeing if there’s support for a pres…

WONKS! Episode 8 - Sports & The Media ...and a Little Politics - Part 2

July 8th, 2018


WONKS! drills deeper into the issue of "Sports & the Media" as we hear about college athletics from the business side. When did athletic departments get so powerful – and how did it happen? Are there racial barrie…

WONKS! Episode 8 - Sports & The Media ...and a Little Politics - Part 1

June 29th, 2018


The chemistry & conflict of sports goes beyond the teams and events. It's in the media coverage. It's in the administration by owners, coaches and boards. It's even among the athletes themselves. In this WONKS!, t…

Wee WONKS! - Bonnie Campbell on the Future of Women in Iowa Politics

June 21st, 2018


Our May WONKS! looked at "Women & Politics" and we focused on the experiences of our panelists. In this Wee WONKS!, Bonnie Campbell may surprise you with her assessment of future female empowerment.

Wee WONKS! - Female Groundbreakers: Journalist O. Kay Henderson and Pollster Ann Selzer

June 14th, 2018


WONKS! Questioners Ann Selzer and Kay Henderson - both successful in their fields - talk of their experience with gender prejudice and whether they feel they've reached the "mountaintop."

Wee WONKS! - Mary Kramer's Musical Interpretation of the Iowa Legislature

June 8th, 2018


Mary Kramer was invited to be one of the panelists for the WONKS! "Women & Politics" show in May. You may know we record our podcasts at the Noce Jazz Cabaret, where there is always a piano present. Host Kevin Coo…

WONKS! Episode 7 - The Democrats Debate

May 31st, 2018


Five Democrats running for Governor have their say in the final debate before the Iowa Primary. WONKS! Regulars Matt Paul, Matt Strawn and Ann Selzer join Kevin Cooney to see who got the hits, errors and win.

WONKS! Episode 6 - Women & Politics

May 24th, 2018


A former president of the Iowa Senate and former Iowa Attorney General join two experienced political campaign experts to assess the past, present, and future of women in Iowa politics. With Mary Kramer, Bonnie Campbe…

"Pre WONKS!" - Women & Politics

May 14th, 2018


Previewing our Women & Politics WONKS!, some thoughts on women and how they are treated differently in the political world. With Ambassador Mary Kramer, Melissa Gesing, who resigned as head of the Iowa Federation …

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