Rank #1: Episode #320: The Virus and the Vote
Some states are postponing their primaries due to the coronavirus outbreak. What are the problems with this approach, and what are the solutions? And after last weekend's Biden-Sanders debate, will audience-free debates be the new norm? Plus, earlier this month, the last surviving member of a Puerto Rican nationalist group that tried in 1954 to kill members of the House of Representatives died. We replay an interview with former Congressman Paul Kanjorski who was on the House floor that day.
Mar 19 2020
Rank #2: Episode #315: What Keeps Democratic VPs From The White House?
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 month's Democratic primary rematch in Illinois' 3rd District. And Gary Hart reminisces of what it was like to finish second in Iowa and go on to win New Hampshire 36 years ago.
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Feb 13 2020
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Rank #3: Episode #318: The Democrats’ B & B
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 candidates who later dropped out, do the pluses of early voting still outweigh the negatives? Plus, the history of super delegates in the Democratic party.
Mar 06 2020
Rank #4: Episode #317: Will It Be Super for Bernie?
We analyze the final Democratic debate before the South Carolina primary. Plus, a preview of what's happening on Super Tuesday in North Carolina, and could Elizabeth Warren have a tough battle ahead of her in her home state of Massachusetts? And we preview some key House and Senate primaries at stake on Tuesday.
Feb 27 2020
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Rank #5: Episode #319: Biden, Bernie … and Neal Conan
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 contribute to the failed candidacy of Elizabeth Warren? And Neal Conan joins Ken to talk about the race for president and the changes in his life.
Mar 12 2020
Rank #6: Episode #322: Trump, Closer Than Six Feet Away
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 correspondent for the Washington Post, remembers the influence of John Sears, the Reagan strategist who died last week. And former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) recalls what went into passing monumental campaign finance legislation, only to see it become defunct after Citizens United.
Apr 02 2020
Rank #7: Episode #321: The Adult in the Room
Should media outlets continue covering President Trump’s briefings on the coronavirus live? Plus, the impact of several postponements of presidential primaries. And Steve Forbes reflects on his challenge to George W. Bush during the 2000 campaign and how the Republican Party has changed since.
Mar 26 2020
Rank #8: Episode #324: If You Liked 2020, You’ll Love 1960
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 Wisconsin voters ousted a conservative Supreme Court justice. Plus, we go back 60 years to remember when also-ran presidential candidate Nelson Rockefeller insisted on platform changes before he would endorse Richard Nixon. And Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times talks about her new book, "Firsts," about the class of women elected to the House in the 2018 midterm elections.
Apr 16 2020
Rank #9: Episode #323: Presidents and Crises
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 voters in the Badger State in this predicament. Plus, a personal account of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is getting high marks for keeping his state informed. And journalist Ken Walsh discusses his new book about how presidents (going back to FDR) have dealt with crises during their tenure.
Apr 09 2020
Rank #10: Episode #316: Fear & Loathing & Stopping & Frisking in Vegas
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 upcoming Nevada caucus and next week’s South Carolina primary. And is Senator Mitt Romney getting heat back home in Utah for his vote on impeachment?
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Feb 21 2020
Rank #11: Episode #330: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
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 states holding primaries on June 2nd, and former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas remembers the political earthquake when Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords quit the GOP in 2001.
May 28 2020
Rank #12: Episode #329: Trump’s Obama Obsession
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, now an assistant attorney general in Minnesota, revisits the paper he wrote 10 years ago on the challenges of holding an election during a pandemic.
May 21 2020
Rank #13: Episode #328: Running With, and From, the Boss
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 presidents they served under. And, George Wallace Jr., remembers the horrific attempt on his father’s life, late Alabama governor George Wallace, 48 years ago this week.
May 14 2020
Rank #14: Episode #327: From an MLK Traffic Stop to a JFK Presidency
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 goes back 60 years when Martin Luther King Jr. was stopped by police while he was driving a white woman in Georgia in 1960. And we recall the Tea Party’s takedown of Dick Lugar in Indiana, eight years ago this week.
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May 07 2020
Rank #15: Episode #326: Fifty Years Ago: Tin Soldiers and Nixon’s Comin’
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 back 50 years and remember the killings of four students at Kent State University by national guardsmen during a protest against the Vietnam War.
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Apr 30 2020
Rank #16: Episode #325: Biden and History (Part 3)
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 and baseball. And we go back 20 years to recall the raid in Miami that reunited Elian Gonzalez with his father.
Apr 23 2020
Rank #17: Episode #314: From First in the Nation to Worst in the Nation
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 his vote on impeachment witnesses shouldn’t have been a surprise. And former New Hampshire GOP chairman Fergus Cullen reminisces about some of the Granite State's primaries history.
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Feb 05 2020
Rank #18: Episode #313: What Iowa Has Taught Us
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 first step to winning the nomination - or not. And we talk about the Republicans who stood up to President Nixon as he faced impeachment.
Jan 30 2020
Rank #19: Episode #312: After 232 Years, It’s Time
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 consequences should they alter the result of a presidential election. And, we talk to one such "faithless elector" who, in 1976, ignored his pledge to vote for President Gerald Ford and instead voted for Ronald Reagan.
Jan 23 2020
Rank #20: Episode #311: Debate, Division, Des Moines
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 congressional race to nominate a successor to the late Rep. Elijah Cummings.
Jan 16 2020