Rank #1: Witch Hunt: NYT’s Peter Baker on WH turmoil
May 18 2017
Rank #2: White House Hot Seat: Ashley Parker of the Wash Post on the unfolding aftermath of Comey’s Firing
Just two days after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the Washington Post White House correspondent talks about being in the hot seat as the Comey story and associated news unfolds. Download transcript here.
May 11 2017
Rank #3: Ezra Klein: Collusion is Likely
Jul 12 2017
Rank #4: Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign
A candid conversation with authors Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen about what went wrong with Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the reporting for their best-selling book out this week “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.” Download transcript here.
Apr 25 2017
Rank #5: Two Maggies: Maggie Haberman’s coverage of Donald Trump
The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman asks President Trump the tough questions. And while the President isn’t always a fan of the New York Times or of Maggie’s reporting, he does like Maggie as a person—he even says there are “two Maggies, the one who talks to me and the one who writes about me.” We found both Maggies to be fascinating in our interview with her. Download transcript here.
Jun 02 2017
Rank #6: Trump’s Foreign Policy and Zero Days
New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger talks about his lengthy interviews with Donald Trump on foreign policy, the DNC hack attack and what goes into reporting on the biggest cybersecurity stories of the decade. Download transcript here.
Aug 04 2016
Rank #7: 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 #8: Trump's Unforced Errors
National Journal's George Condon has covered 9 Presidents of the United States including President Trump. Condon is regarded as the "Dean" of the White House Press Corps and we asked for his impressions of the Trump White House. Recorded on the eve of former FBI director James Comey's Capitol Hill testimony, Condon described what he calls President Trump's "Top Ten Unforced Errors" and much more. Download transcript here.
Jun 16 2017
Rank #9: CBS’s Holly Williams reports from the Danger Zone
CBS News Foreign Correspondent Holly Williams talks about reporting from some of the world’s most dangerous places—watching the attempted coup in Turkey from the balcony of her home as fighter jets flew overhead, being followed by authorities in China, rolling with the Peshmerga in Iraq, going undercover in Bangladesh and other stories from the front lines of global conflict. Download transcript here.
Aug 10 2016
Rank #10: Freewheeling White House: Politico's Annie Karni
Politico's Annie Karni covers the freewheeling Trump White House, where Jared and Ivanka have their own communications apparatus and it's often hard to know who is in charge of what because it appears to change minute by minute. Annie is new to the WH beat, and is covering it with fresh eyes. Download transcript here.
Jun 07 2017
Rank #11: The Real Glenn Thrush: A conversation with NYT’s White House Correspondent
Covering the Trump White House may be the most exciting beat the New York Times’ Glenn Thrush has experienced in a career choice full of exciting assignments. In this wide ranging conversation about President Trump and his senior staff, politics and journalism, Thrush tells it like it is. Download transcript here.
Apr 14 2017
Rank #12: Comey Fired: David Ignatius of the Wash Post on the mystery surrounding the FBI Director’s Dismissal
May 10 2017
Rank #13: Trump’s Trial Balloons: Talking Trump Coverage with Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev
This week, Donald Trump told Bloomberg’s Senior White House Correspondent Margaret Talev he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, that he may propose a gas tax to pay for bridge and road repairs, that he was exploring whether to break up the big banks and even suggested a health care plan more generous than Barack Obama’s for those with preexisting conditions. All in a 30 minute Oval Office interview! We asked Margaret what this whirlwind week was like and what it’s like covering President Trump. Download transcript here.
May 03 2017
Rank #14: Collusion and Denial: Wash Post’s Adam Entous’ big story on Trump’s appeals to the DNI and NSA director
Veteran White House and investigative reporter Adam Entous of the Washington Post broke two explosive stories over the past week—that President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, and, that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a private Capitol Hill conversation captured on audio tape “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia. In this riveting conversation, Entous takes us through the details of his reporting. Download transcript here.
May 24 2017
Rank #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 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
Rank #18: The Wall Exists: Editorial Balance at WSJ
The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Seib tells us that in the era of Donald Trump, the Journal continues to cover news as it always has—fairly and with tough reporting. Seib maintains that the “Wall” between the Journal’s editorial page and its news division still exists. In this wide ranging conversation set against the backdrop of President Trump’s latest twitter storm, Seib says: “The one consistent thing that Donald Trump conveyed and got through to people, both during the campaign and frankly also since he’s taken office, is that he could be the agent of change.” Download transcript here.
Mar 08 2017
Rank #19: The Root: Unapologetically Black
Danielle Belton is the award winning editor of The Root, the African-American online cultural magazine. In this wide ranging discussion, Belton tells us that The Root “doesn’t believe in respectability politics,” but rather seeks to capture an unvarnished, unapologetic take on “what it means to be black.” The internet democratized the media space for everyone, she says. People who originally had no access to major news outlets now have a place to practice journalism. And, with regard to covering Donald Trump, Belton says “everyone is really sensitive right now because of the nature of this presidency” and that the job for members of the press is to present “the truth” and examine the “dark places and cast light so people can see what’s going on.” Download transcript here.
Mar 06 2017
Rank #20: A Smarter Texas: Evan Smith, Texas Tribune CEO
Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith is changing the way news is covered in Texas. In an era of disappearing traditional newspapers, The Texas Tribune provides a model for 21st century journalism that has served Texas’s 24 million people for close to a decade. It is the only member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. This wide ranging conversation explores how with a staff of nearly 50 dedicated reporters, editors, technologists, designers and business leaders, the Tribune has continued to advance its mission of bringing greater transparency and accountability to public policy, politics and government through news, data and events. Download transcript here.
Feb 22 2017