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Ken Rudin's Political Junkie

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Essential political news, analysis and history with veteran political analyst Ken Rudin.

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Episode #387: Trump’s Endorsements, Many Of Them Real People

May 2nd, 2022


Claremont McKenna College professor Jack Pitney talks about the power of Donald Trump endorsements, which propels many — but not all — candidates to …

Episode #386: Testing The Leadership’s Patience

April 11th, 2022


Journalist Tom Fiedler reports on the latest antic of freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a North Carolina Republican with a history of embellishing …

Episode #385: Alaska’s Not Jolly Not Green Giant

March 27th, 2022


Liz Ruskin of Alaska Public Media reports on the death of Rep. Don Young, the senior member of Congress and the longest serving Republican in congressional history.

Howard Wilkinson of radio station WVXU recaps the zany …

Episode #384: America First! Iowa, Maybe Not.

March 18th, 2022


Mo Elleithee, a longtime Democratic Party insider and member of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, talks about plans to rewrite the presidential …

Episode #383: The End Of The Bush Era?

February 23rd, 2022


Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune sets up Tuesday’s primaries, the first in the nation.  GOP Gov. Greg Abbott is all but assured of renomination, and will likely face Democrat Beto O’Rourke in November.  But the main …

Episode #382: Truth Or Consequences

February 16th, 2022


With the Senate tied at 50-50 and a crucial Supreme Court confirmation vote coming up, the last thing the Democrats wanted, politically, was to see …

Episode #381: Joe Gets His Court Pick, Maybe

February 1st, 2022


With Democrats holding on to their Senate majority until the rest of the year, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced his resignation this …

Episode #380: War Hero, Senate Giant — The Man From Russell, Kansas

December 30th, 2021


Carl Hulse of the New York Times dissects the decision by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin to oppose President Biden’s Build Back Better bill, citing …

Episode #379: In The Middle Of Nowhere

November 19th, 2021


Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, author of the new book, “The Centrist Solution,” argues that the only way to get things done in this bitterly …

Episode #378: A Hero, To The Max

November 13th, 2021


Jim Galloway, the retired political columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, remembers Max Cleland, the former Georgia Democratic senator who …

Episode #377: Yes Virginia, This One Matters

October 28th, 2021


Tuesday's gubernatorial contest in Virginia is being watched nationwide for a possible clue about what might happen in the 2022 midterms ... and how to deal with Donald Trump. And former Sen. Harry Reid makes the case …

Episode #376: Is There Hope For The GOP? Or Democracy?

October 22nd, 2021


A book by a longtime Republican strategist says his party has become indistinguishable from Donald Trump -- and all that's wrong with Trumpism. We look ahead to next month's historic Boston mayoral race. And we talk …

Episode #375: Sinema Paradiso

October 10th, 2021


Sen. Kyrsten Sinema may be driving progressives nuts by thwarting much of President Biden's agenda, but her actions may be popular back home. And we …

Episode #374: Trump Enemies List Loses One

September 22nd, 2021


The decision by anti-Trump Republican Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio not to seek reelection next year is seen as a victory for the former president, who retains deep loyalty among GOP voters. And we discuss the meaning of …

Episode #373: Can You Recall The Governor Of California?

September 12th, 2021


We set up what's at stake in Tuesday's California gubernatorial recall election. And we replay an interview from last summer with former Illinois …

Episode #372: Remembering Neal Conan

August 28th, 2021


An awful month. A disastrous exit from Afghanistan. And we lost Neal Conan to cancer.

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Episode #371: No Mo Cuomo

August 12th, 2021


The resignation announcement by New York's Andrew Cuomo means many things, not the least of which it will lead to the state's first female governor. A look at the hopeless complaint by Democrats that their party is the …

Episode #370: Texas Hold ‘Em? First You Gotta Catch ‘Em.

July 18th, 2021


Texas Democrats have fled the state to hold up legislation that could make voting more difficult. But how long can this tactic work? And we …

Episode #369: Mike Gravel And Acts Of Civil Disobedience

June 30th, 2021


We are replaying an interview we had six years ago with Mike Gravel, the former Alaska senator who died this week, about his decision to read …

Episode #368: Before ‘Enemy Of The People,’ There Was A Horsewhip Committee

June 26th, 2021


Christine Chabot of Loyola University weighs the arguments of getting Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire early, before Republicans have a …

Episode #367: Heroes And Villains

June 10th, 2021


By insisting on "bipartisanship," Joe Manchin (D-WV) is jeopardizing President Biden's agenda in the Senate. And a new book explores John Glenn's …

Episode #366: Taylor-Made For The Senate

May 30th, 2021


We replay an interview with the late Sen. John Warner (R-VA) from 2018. And we set up this year's gubernatorial contest in the Old Dominion.

The …

Episode #365: Fighting For A New GOP. And A Different California.

May 21st, 2021


Liz Cheney is out. But a former member of Congress won't stop fighting to rid the GOP of the Trump influence. And while the recall against …

Episode #364: Liz Cheney And The Party Of Intolerance

May 7th, 2021


Liz Cheney is about to lose her House leadership position because she refuses to go along with Donald Trump's lies and misstatements. Meanwhile, President Biden needs to be cognizant of his barebones majority in the …

Episode #363: Walter Mondale Fought The Good Fight

April 23rd, 2021


A replay of our 2015 interview with Walter Mondale, who died this week at the age of 93.

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Episode #362: Remembering Roger Mudd

March 13th, 2021


A look at the recall effort in California aimed at Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). Sen. Roy Blunt's (R) unexpected retirement in Missouri is likely to open the door to a fierce battle among Republicans for the seat. And Marvin …

Episode #361: Sexual Harassment, As Seen By The Two Parties

March 6th, 2021


Two politicians, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) have been hit with allegations of sexual harassment. In addition to …

Episode #360: Is Biden Neera Defeat?

February 27th, 2021


A look at how her history of snarky tweets may jeopardize Neera Tanden's chances of becoming the next head of OMB. And we talk to three journalists covering a trio of Republicans who voted against Donald Trump in the …

Episode #359: From “Beat The Press” To The Governorship?

February 6th, 2021


Sarah Huckabee Sanders hopes her service on behalf of Donald Trump will help her win the governorship in Arkansas. Meanwhile, while Democrats are unlikely to prevail in next week's Senate trial of the former president, …

Episode #358: Shame. And Hope.

January 17th, 2021


January 2021 is the final month of Donald Trump's presidency. It also was the month where he was, for the second time, impeached by the House ... this time for inciting an insurrection. And we remember the 1954 attack …

Episode #357: For All The Marbles

January 3rd, 2021


We look at what's at stake in Tuesday's Senate runoffs in Georgia. And a former senator explains why she took part in an electoral certification protest in 2005 and what it doesn't compare to what Republicans are doing …

Episode #356: The 2020 Remembrances Special

December 30th, 2020


It's the Political Junkie 2020 Remembrances Special, where we celebrate the lives of memorable politicians who left us this year.

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Episode #355: The Electoral College vs. Trump University

December 20th, 2020


A new book examines why "faithless electors" are faithless, why they break from their parties' nominees in the Electoral College. And we speak to …

Episode #354: David Dinkins and the Harlem Gang of Four

December 9th, 2020


A former Republican congressman argues that 2020 was a great year for the GOP, despite Trump's defeat. And a former New York state comptroller …

Episode #353: You Never Forget Your First Runoff

December 2nd, 2020


Georgia will be experiencing two Senate runoffs next month. Back in 1992, Senator Wyche Fowler was forced into a runoff of his own -- where he lost his seat. Fowler offers similarities and differences between now and …

Episode #352: Georgia On Everyone’s Mind

November 22nd, 2020


The two Georgia Senate runoffs on Jan. 5th will determine which party gets control. Democrats must win both if they are to claim the majority; if …

Episode #351: Biden Wins (Don’t Tell Trump); GOP Wins Too.

November 12th, 2020


Joe Biden may have won the presidency, but he'll serve without the expected Democratic Senate victory, and with a smaller House majority as well. And California Gov. Gavin Newsom will have a tough decision to make in …

Episode #350: This Is Us

October 30th, 2020


A look at the key battles for the Senate, with Democrats needing a net three (or four) seats to win the majority. And whither the Republican Party …

Episode #349: One Will Be Muted On Nov. 3rd

October 24th, 2020


Joe Biden's problems with articulating a coherent policy on court reform has brought comparisons to what FDR faced when he tried to pack the Supreme …

Episode #348: Charges Of Hypocrisy And Betrayal In The Carolinas

October 15th, 2020


Two Senate races in the Carolinas are the focus this week, as incumbent Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is trying to hold off a stiff …

Episode #347: More White House Obfuscations Of The Truth

October 6th, 2020


Selected and limited information from the White House about the president's health has continued with Trump and the coronavirus. And we look back at …

Episode #346: The Notorious Mitch McConnell

September 25th, 2020


Republicans are being accused of hypocrisy, but at the end of the day there will be a new, very conservative Supreme Court justice to succeed the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And remembering the hoopla behind Bill …

Episode #345: Soon To Be Unemployed?

September 10th, 2020


Ron Elving analyzes the state of the presidential race with less than eight weeks to go. Plus, could Minnesota, which hasn't voted for a Republican …

Episode #344: Great Moments in Presidential Debates

September 3rd, 2020


On this special episode, we look back at many great moments from the history of presidential and vice presidential debates, with commentary from several journalists and historians on how those moments may have helped …

Episode #343: Looking For Four More

August 28th, 2020


The Republicans wrap up their convention, setting the 2020 election into full swing. We hear from a Republican who avoided Trump in 2016 explain why …

Episode #342: Dems the Word

August 21st, 2020


The Democrats hold a convention like no other. We review the moments that highlighted an emotional and historic week. Plus, unpacking President …

Episode #341: Great Moments in Convention History

August 13th, 2020


Far from the coronations they are today, political conventions used to be filled with moments that were contentious, memorable and historic. We …

Episode #340: Hope, and Fear, During The Freedom Summer

August 6th, 2020


We review the latest scorecard of Joe Biden’s running mate hopefuls. Plus, a look ahead to next week's Minnesota primary and a recap of …

Episode #339: America’s Love/Hate Affair With Demagogues

July 30th, 2020


We discuss what President Trump might do if Joe Biden is declared the winner in November. Plus, in his new biography of Joe McCarthy, Larry Tye …

Episode #338: Honor. Courage. Dignity. Hero.

July 23rd, 2020


Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia recounts her long relationship with the late Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Plus, …

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