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

August 6th, 2020


Has the delay in Joe Biden’s announcing his VP pick a sign of uncertainty and division?  Eugene Scott of the Washington Post weighs in with the …

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

July 30th, 2020


The declaration by President Trump that he would not commit to accepting the results of the 2020 election — as well as his constant insistence that …

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

July 23rd, 2020


John Lewis was known for his courage and integrity, and his death last week at the age of 80 brought sadness to a wide majority of Americans. …

Episode #337: Yes Virginia, It Was Historic

July 16th, 2020


We take a stroll through the Political Junkie archives this week, starting with a conversation with Douglas Wilder of Virginia. While several …

Episode #336: What Hath Newt Wrought?

July 9th, 2020


There are two things to watch out for in next week’s Senate primary in Maine. First, did the Democratic Party establishment, which lined up behind state House Speaker Sara Gideon early, make a mistake in doing so, given …

Episode #335: The Anticipation Builds

July 2nd, 2020


The announcement by Joe Biden of a running mate is less than a month away.  Neal Conan analyzes the field and predicts Susan Rice will get the call. Ken Rudin is sticking with Kamala Harris.

Chief Justice John Roberts’ …

Episode #334: House Primaries Claim Yet Another N.Y. Democrat

June 25th, 2020


We may not have final results of Tuesday’s primaries, but we have seen some definite trends develop during these months of contests.  Nathan Gonzales

Episode #333: A Landmark Ruling About Job Discrimination and Gays

June 18th, 2020


Robert Barnes of the Washington Post talks about the landmark Supreme Court decision that ended job discrimination against gays and transgender people. Not lost in all the excitement was the fact that the majority …

Episode #332: Who for #2?

June 11th, 2020


It was a disastrous primary day on Tuesday for Georgia: not because of who won or who lost, but it was a day where many voters, especially in black and poor areas, were forced to wait in line for hours and hours because …

Episode #331: God Help Us

June 4th, 2020


Peaceful demonstrations following the police killing of George Floyd have morphed into sometimes violent outbursts, as more than one hundred cities …

Episode #330: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

May 28th, 2020


Former attorney general Jeff Sessions is fighting to reclaim the Senate seat he held for two decades - what's at stake? Plus, a scorecard of the nine …

Episode #329: Trump’s Obama Obsession

May 21st, 2020


We look at how President Trump's attacks on President Obama, and the Bidens, have been met with approval by Senate Republicans. Plus, examining the candidates running against Iowa Rep. Steve King, and Jason Marisam, …

Episode #328: Running With, and From, the Boss

May 14th, 2020


We examine the history of attorneys general and how they sometimes appear to favor the president instead of the Constitution. Plus, the challenges for Vice Presidents as they navigate the pluses and minuses of the …

Episode #327: From an MLK Traffic Stop to a JFK Presidency

May 7th, 2020


With Republican-turned-independent-turned Libertarian congressman Justin Amash of Michigan's probable presidential candidacy as a Libertarian, who will be hurt more, Trump or Biden? Former NAACP President Cornell Brooks …

Episode #326: Fifty Years Ago: Tin Soldiers and Nixon’s Comin’

April 30th, 2020


We look at the politics of the pandemic in Georgia and examine what will likely be a very tough race for Senator Susan Collins in Maine. Plus, we go …

Episode #325: Biden and History (Part 3)

April 23rd, 2020


What are the usual pluses and minuses nominees look for in picking a VP? Plus, Curt Smith discusses his book about the love affair between politics …

Episode #324: If You Liked 2020, You’ll Love 1960

April 16th, 2020


We review the top political news of the week including the endorsements of Joe Biden by Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama, plus analysis of how …

Episode #323: Presidents and Crises

April 9th, 2020


Wisconsin voters were told to stay home because of the coronavirus and then told to go out and vote in the state's primary. We discuss what put …

Episode #322: Trump, Closer Than Six Feet Away

April 2nd, 2020


Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, discusses his new book describing what it’s like to watch Donald Trump up close. Lou Cannon, who during the Reagan presidency was the chief White House …

Episode #321: The Adult in the Room

March 26th, 2020


Should media outlets continue covering President Trump’s briefings on the coronavirus live? Plus, the impact of several postponements of …

Episode #320: The Virus and the Vote

March 19th, 2020


Some states are postponing their primaries due to the coronavirus outbreak. What are the problems with this approach, and what are the solutions? And …

Episode #319: Biden, Bernie … and Neal Conan

March 12th, 2020


We discuss how the entrance of Steve Bullock into the Montana Senate race gives Democrats a chance at a much-needed pickup. Plus, did sexism …

Episode #318: The Democrats’ B & B

March 6th, 2020


Super Tuesday has come and gone, with Biden emerging as the big, and surprising, winner. We assess California's decision to move up their primary earlier this year. And while many early voters cast ballots for …

Episode #317: Will It Be Super for Bernie?

February 27th, 2020


We analyze the final Democratic debate before the South Carolina primary. Plus, a preview of what's happening on Super Tuesday in North Carolina, …

Episode #316: Fear & Loathing & Stopping & Frisking in Vegas

February 21st, 2020


We discuss the memorable lines, what we learned, and who benefited from the no-holds-barred Democratic debate in Las Vegas. Plus, analysis of the …

Episode #315: What Keeps Democratic VPs From The White House?

February 13th, 2020


The results of Tuesday's New Hampshire primary are in, so where does the race for the Democratic nomination go from here? Plus, a look ahead to next …

Episode #314: From First in the Nation to Worst in the Nation

February 5th, 2020


Could the disastrous Monday night in Iowa end that state’s hold on first-in-the-nation status? Plus, a longtime friend of Sen. Lamar Alexander says …

Episode #313: What Iowa Has Taught Us

January 30th, 2020


Will the John Bolton manuscript lead to testimony in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump? Plus, how a victory in Iowa might prove to be a …

Episode #312: After 232 Years, It’s Time

January 23rd, 2020


We get the latest on the dust up between Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders about whether a woman can beat President Trump in 2020. Plus, we examine the issue of "faithless electors” and the possible …

Episode #311: Debate, Division, Des Moines

January 16th, 2020


This week, we have analysis of Tuesday’s final Democratic presidential debate before next month's Iowa caucuses. Plus, we summarize the end of Senator Cory Booker’s presidential bid, and examine the Maryland …

Episode #310: The Risk of Switching Parties

January 9th, 2020


Lawmakers who are up for re-election this year may have to cast some difficult votes in the coming weeks. How will their re-election bids factor into …

Episode #309: Pleading the 22nd

January 2nd, 2020


Two former congressmen explain what's wrong with the legislative branch of government, and how to change it. Former radio host Charlie Sykes describes why he thinks President Trump is destroying the conservative …

Episode #308: 2019 Remembrances Special

December 19th, 2019


Political analyst Stu Rothenberg and USA Today commentary editor Jill Lawrence join host Ken Rudin to remember those in the political world who died …

Episode #307: That Other Impeachment

December 12th, 2019


Georgia Governor Brian Kemp made his own choice to fill a soon-to-be-open Senate seat. Did he "betray" the president? Plus, why North Carolina’s …

Episode #306: Standing Up to a President

December 5th, 2019


We pay tribute to the late William Ruckelshaus, the career public servant who was one of two Justice Department officials who departed the Nixon administration during the Saturday Night Massacre. Plus, we remember the …

Episode #305: Talking Turkey and Politics

November 27th, 2019


This week on the Political Junkie show, we hear from Carol Anderson who discusses her book, “One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is …

Episode #304: Sherrod Brown and His Desk of History

November 22nd, 2019


Ron Elving sizes up the winners and losers from the ten Democratic presidential candidates who debated this week in Atlanta. Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown has a new book about his desk in the Senate the progressive …

Episode #303: When Is Late “Too Late?”

November 15th, 2019


This week, we ask why there are more Democratic candidates jumping into the presidential race - and what roadblocks will they face? We also review the history of late-announcing candidates. And we discuss the decision …

Episode #302: The Difficulty of Being a GOP Governor in Kentucky

November 7th, 2019


We sift through the memorable storylines from Tuesday's election results. Plus, former New Jersey Senator Bob Torricelli reflects on his career and …

Episode #301: Another Leftwing Third Party Candidate?

October 31st, 2019


What is the possible motivation for congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s attacks on her party establishment, including Hillary Clinton? Plus, we consider …

Episode #300: Oops: Memorable Presidential Primary Debate Moments

October 24th, 2019


We remember the career of Congressman Elijah Cummings, a man dedicated to decency and honor. Plus, we review some great moments in past presidential …

Episode #299: The Democrats’ Heart and Soul

October 17th, 2019


What stands out after the fourth Democratic debate? Plus, we assess the role President Trump will play in the three southern gubernatorial contests …

Episode #298: The Perils of Voting to Impeach

October 10th, 2019


Former Republican Congressman James Rogan talks about the backlash he faced after he fought to impeach President Clinton. Plus, what to look for during next week’s Democratic debate, and we recall Donald Trump’s first …

Episode #297: Defending Her City

October 3rd, 2019


Dayton, Ohio Mayor Nan Whaley joins Ken to talk about what needs to be done to curb gun violence in cities like hers, and her unnecessary feud with …

Episode #296: Crossing a Line

September 26th, 2019


Former Democratic Congresswoman Leslie Byrne talks about what the possibility of impeaching President Trump means for her party. Plus, we discuss the shocking announcement by Rep. Joe Kennedy III that he will challenge …

Episode #295: Cokie

September 19th, 2019


Despite gaffes and unsteady debate performances, Joe Biden is still atop the pack. We recap last week's Democratic debate. Plus, author Bob Mann looks back on the so-called "Daisy ad,” considered to be one of the most …

Episode #294: Carolinas On My Mind

September 12th, 2019


North Carolina’s special election comes to a close. How jmuch of a role did President Trump play in Dan Bishop's victory? Plus, we assess former …

Episode 293: A Scoop of Cold Warrior With Sprinkles

September 6th, 2019


Democrats, minus some candidates, prepare to debate yet again. Will Joe Biden continue to hold onto his frontrunner status? Plus, with Congress back …

Episode #292: A Cancer on the Presidency

August 29th, 2019


This week, we revisit some segments from the archives. John Dean, the former White House counsel under President Nixon, reflects on how the Watergate tapes led to Nixon's downfall. Plus, Scott Romney, the son of …

Episode #291: Sixty-Four Ten or Fight!

August 22nd, 2019


What is President Trump trying to accomplish by defining the Democratic Party as anti-Israel and anti-Jewish? Plus, will the latest controversial remark by Rep. Steve King hurt his chances at re-election next year? We …

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