Rank #1: Free Speech And The Politics Of Football
Ron and Heather are joined by Slate staff writer Isaac Chotiner. They respond to President Donald Trump's attacks on football players who kneel during the national anthem. Plus, they look at the debate around free speech, on football fields and college campuses, the racial dynamic surrounding Trump's comments and the long history of the military's involvement with football.
Sep 28 2017
Rank #2: All The President's Judges
Ron and Heather talk with Alicia Bannon, senior counsel at the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice about President Trump's controversial judicial nominees, the history of the Federalist Society and suggest reforms to the American courts system.
Nov 16 2017
Rank #3: The Reality Show In The White House
Ron Suskind and Heather Cox Richardson talk with Julian Zelizer, Professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. They discuss the debate around President Trump's mental fitness, the history of the 25th amendment, and whether or not Oprah should run for president in 2020.
Jan 11 2018
Rank #4: The Latest On The Russia Investigation, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Brian Klaas join the show to discuss the possible cooperation of Michael Flynn. They also look at the ongoing leadership crisis at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and compare it to the leadership crisis at the Department of War under President Andrew Johnson.
Nov 30 2017
Rank #5: What Happens After Trump?
Ron and Heather talk with Norm Ornstein, on his new book "One Nation After Trump" They discuss what lasting effects the Trump presidency will have on the government, Senator Bob Corker's criticism of the president, and the similarities between former Louisiana governor and congressman Huey Long and Donald Trump.
Oct 12 2017
Rank #6: Trump's 'Choose Your Own Adventure' United Nations Speech
This week, Ron and Heather analyze President Trump's first speech at the United Nations. With Susan Glasser from Politico. They look at the long history of internationalism versus isolationism in the United States, from the League of Nations to the United Nations.
Sep 21 2017
Rank #7: Is Our Electoral Process Broken?
Recorded in front of a live audience, Ron and Heather talk with Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig. They discuss reforming the electoral college, the gerrymandering case in front of the Supreme Court, and how to get money out of politics.
Oct 26 2017
Rank #8: Trump Faces Dual Tragedies In Las Vegas And Puerto Rico
This week, Ron and Heather respond to the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. They're joined by historian Douglas Brinkley. They discuss the 1900 Galveston hurricane, President Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina and the history of the NRA.
Oct 06 2017
Rank #9: Hillary Clinton And The Misogyny Question
Ron and Heather discuss Hillary Clinton's new memoir, the impact of non-college educated white women voters, and the legacy of the first female U.S. cabinet member, Frances Perkins.
Sep 14 2017
Rank #10: Doug Jones And The "Crackup Of The Trump Voter Coalition"
Carol Anderson, author of "White Rage", and Jack Hitt, host of the podcast "Uncivil", join the show to discuss the upset in the Alabama senate race.
Dec 14 2017
Rank #11: Trump's First Year, In Review
Amy Siskind details the most important norms broken by President Trump in 2017, from attacking the media to befriending dictators.
Dec 21 2017
Rank #12: Will The Republican Tax Plan Contribute To Inequality?
The tax bill is "going to give a lot of money to people who already have a lot of money" says Jim Tankersley.
Dec 07 2017
Rank #13: From Nixon To Turkeys, A Look At Pardons
Ron and Heather talk with Andrew Rudalevige, Professor of Government at Bowdoin College. They discuss presidential pardons throughout history and examine whether President Trump could pardon himself.
Nov 21 2017
Rank #14: President Trump, Steve Bannon And The Legacy Of 1968
A look at the public feud between Steve Bannon and President Trump, the political forecast for the new year and possible parallels between 2018 and 1968.
Jan 04 2018
Rank #15: From Thomas Jefferson To Mike Pence — The Power Of The Vice President
Ron and Heather talk with Barbara Perry, director of Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. They discuss the new profile of Vice President Mike Pence in The New Yorker and look at the power -- or lack thereof -- of vice presidents, from Thomas Jefferson to Dick Cheney.
Oct 19 2017