Rank #1: New Yorker’s Evan Osnos: Dispatch From Pyongyang
In this episode, we talk to the New Yorker’s Evan Osnos about his New Yorker piece “The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea.” Osnos spent 5 days in late August visiting Pyongyang. His reporting on the “historic uncertainty” surrounding the U.S. and North Korea and the nuclear equation are the subject of this podcast. Download transcript here.
Sep 26 2017
Rank #2: ABC's Jonathan Karl at the UN with Trump
In this episode ABC's Jonathan Karl calls in from New York, where he's covering President Trump's visit to the UN plus a discussion about the Muller investigation.
Sep 21 2017
Rank #3: Politico’s Josh Dawsey: Gen. Flynn Scoop
Politico’s Josh Dawsey reported today that as a top official on President Donald Trump’s transition team, former Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn actively promoted a private-sector scheme to build dozens of nuclear reactors across the Middle East known informally in the transition as the “Marshall Plan.” But he did not publicly disclose that backers of the plan had paid him at least $25,000. We spoke with Dawsey about his scoop and about the current state of the Trump White House.
Sep 13 2017
Rank #4: NYT’s Glenn Thrush: What’s Going On?
When we really want to know what’s going on deep inside the Trump White House and with the President himself, there is no one better to turn to that New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush. In this interview we discuss the changes in the White House structure under new chief of staff John Kelly, the aftermath of Charlottesville, Hurricane Harvey, DACA, compromise with Chuck and Nancy and how the President is “living his life in 15 minute increments.”
Sep 08 2017
Rank #5: Politico’s Tara Palmeri: A Reporter With Sources
Sean Spicer infamously said Politico’s star White House correspondent Tara Palmeri was “an idiot with no real sources.” We beg to differ! In this wide ranging discussion taped on the eve of President Trump’s August vaction, Bob Schieffer and Andrew Schwartz learn just how strong Palmeri’s sources are. Download transcript here.
Aug 07 2017
Rank #6: Race to the Top: Graham Allison on Balancing China
In this episode, Bob sits down with prominent political scientist and professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School, Graham Allison. Allison discusses his recent book, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?, the culture of “dysfunction” in Washington, and the delicate relationship between prominent and rising world powers. Download transcript here.
Jul 31 2017
Rank #7: Ruth Marcus: A Matter of Opinion
In this episode we sit down with Ruth Marcus, an accomplished political columnist who has been with the Washington Post for 33 years. Ruth tells us why the Post seeks to challenge the “self-imposed siloization” of American news habits with their op-ed page, how newspaper competition is fueling good journalism, and what it’s like to write about the first “improv White House.” Download transcript here.
Jul 24 2017
Rank #8: Politico’s Playbook: Pulse of Political Pop Culture
In this episode we talk to Playbook’s Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, two members of the team that took the reins from Playbook’s creator Mike Allen a year ago this month. Since that time, Anna and Jake, along with Daniel Lippman, have taken Politico’s signature product and transformed it to an even larger franchise. This is a discussion about how they did that, the Trump White House and what they think is the hottest story in town—Capitol Hill. Download transcript here.
Jul 17 2017
Rank #10: White House Access: WH Correspondent’s Association President Jeff Mason
Reuters’ White House correspondent Jeff Mason serves double duty. In addition to covering President Trump, Jeff is the current White House Correspondents Association President. This episode of our podcast was recorded just after President Trump’s first 100 days in office when Jeff landed a key interview with the President in which he discussed the rigors of his job. It also came just after President Trump and his staff broke with tradition and declined an invitation to attend the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner. Presidential access is always a key issue for the reporters who cover the White House. This discussion with Jeff was recorded at a time when access was better than it currently is. But if we have learned one thing about the Trump White House, it’s that access is constantly changing. Download transcript here.
Jun 21 2017