A look beyond the headlines of the stories shaping the conversation in Washington and across the country with interviews that provide background and context to the issues and events dominating the news cycle.
- Episode 76: Author, Columnist, and Professor Steven Pearlstein on the United States Economy (29 min. 50 sec. - Friday)
On this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast: It was one of the most significant financial meltdowns since the Great Depression. In September 2008 President George W. Bush and Congress had to make decisions to shore up the country's banks and financial markets. One of the factors that led to the collapse was the failure of the investment bank Lehman Brothers and the shattering of the subprime mortgage bubble. After spending over 700 billion dollars under the program known as TARP, is the United States fully recovered? C-SPAN talks with Author, Professor, and Washington Post Columnist Steven Pearlstein. The author of "Can American Capitalism Survive" he sits down to discuss the chances of a financial meltdown of this magnitude happening again, why it happened before, and what can be done for the future.
- Episode 75: Former RNC Chairman and Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour on Midterms, the Republican Party, and Politics (30 min. 38 sec. - October 12, 2018)
On this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast: Our guest is a man who knows both how to play the game of politics and who knows all the players in the game. Starting in the late 1960's...Haley Barbour left his senior year of college to go work on then candidate Richard Nixon's presidential campaign...Two years later he was running the 1970 census for the state of Mississippi….In the 1980's he served as a political aid to President Ronald Reagan. By 1993 he became the Chairman of the Republican National Committee and in 2003 he was elected by the state of Mississippi to be their 63rd Governor. He joins C-SPAN to talk about his career, the upcoming midterm elections, and the current political climate in America.
- Episode 74: What is going on with Brexit? The Heritage Foundation's Nile Gardiner talks trade, borders, and Brussels (30 min. 22 sec. - October 5, 2018)
On this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast: It has been more than two years since voters in Great Britain voted to withdraw from the European Union. That exit to begin in six months...March 29th, 2019. Citing economic and border concerns...Britain opted to remove itself from trade and border agreements with the continent. But where does it all stand? The Heritage Foundation's Senior Fellow Nile Gardiner sits down with C-SPAN's The Weekly to share his views on what's happening across the Atlantic.
- Episode 73: NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell on her career, covering seven presidents, and the state of journalism in America (34 min. 40 sec. - September 28, 2018)
On this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast: When Andrea Mitchell began her career in journalism, there were three major networks and three evening news programs. That is not the case today. Cable Networks run 24 hours a day, seven days a week...along with countless other outlets. As NBC's Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, she has covered seven presidents, traveled the world, and broke countless stories. She joins C-SPAN's The Weekly to speak about her career, her interviews, and her life in the news.
- Episode 72: Is the United States in a trade with China? China expert Dr. Michael Pillsbury of the Hudson Insitute joins us to give his perspectives. (22 min. 46 sec. - September 21, 2018)
On this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast: Are we witnessing the beginning of a trade war between the United States and China? Or is it the new business as usual? Earlier this month after the United States announced it would impose 200 billion dollars of new import taxes on Chinese goods…China retaliated. Saying they would impose 60 billion on US exports. But how did we get here? And is this a short term economic rift between the two countries or are they in it for the long haul? Joining us to discuss is Dr. Michael Pillsbury, Director of the Center on Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute and author of The Hundred Year Marathon.
- Episode 71: FEMA: What is it and how does it operate with Former FEMA Director Joe Allbaugh (24 min. 51 sec. - September 14, 2018)
On this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast our guest is Former Director of FEMA Joe Allbaugh. He explains what the agency does and how it helps communities after disasters. He also joins us to talk about his time as FEMA Director during September 11th, 2001 and provides his thoughts on the agency today.
- Episode 70: Key Midterm Senate Elections with Kyle Kondik of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia (30 min. 47 sec. - September 7, 2018)
On this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast our guest is Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor for Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia. With only two months until the midterm elections he answers will there be a blue wave in the Senate? Or will it remain in Republican hands. He sits down with C-SPAN to discuss the issues that will be shaping this election and what states could play key roles.
- Episode 69: The Steele Dossier with Vox Senior Correspondent Matthew Yglesias (25 min. 40 sec. - August 31, 2018)
On this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast our guest Matthew Yglesias, Vox Co-Founder and Senior Correspondent focusing on politics and the economy. He joins us to talk about the Steele Dossier. What is it? What's in it? And why is it so controversial? We drill down into why it continues to be spoken about and what's next for the people mentioned inside of it.
- Episode 68: 1968 Politics with former LBJ Appointments Secretary James Jones (29 min. 30 sec. - August 24, 2018)
On this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast our guest is James Jones, former Appointments Secretary to President Lyndon Johnson, former Democratic Congressman and former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. He talks about 1968 politics, including LBJ's decision not to seek another term, the violent DNC Convention in Chicago(50 years ago this week), Vietnam War demostrations, and the assassination of Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Episode 67: Solving the Federal Spending Crisis with Former OMB Director Alice Rivlin (30 min. 17 sec. - August 17, 2018)
On this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast our guest is former Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and Founding Director of the Congressional Budget Office, Alice Rivlin. She joins us in studio to talk about solving the federal spending crisis and provides context and insights into how the U.S. debt has grown to almost 22 trillion dollars.
- Episode 66: The Press and the Presidency with Former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry (34 min. 59 sec. - August 10, 2018)
On this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast our guest is former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry. He joins us to talk about the relationship between the press and the administration. He provides insights and talks about his time as press secretary and speaks about if he believes freedom of the press is under attack.
- Episode 65: Dean Ronald Weich of The University of Baltimore Law School (33 min. 11 sec. - August 3, 2018)
On this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast our guest is Ronald Weich, Dean of the University of Balitmore Law School. He joins us to talk about the Supreme Court nomination process for Judge Brent Kavanaugh. He shares some behind the scenes stories from his time on Capitol Hill.
- Episode 64: Ahman Majidyar of The Middle East Institute (28 min. 42 sec. - July 27, 2018)
On this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast our guest is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute and expert on Iran, Ahman Majidyar. From the Shah's rise to power in the 1940's, to the hostage crisis during the Carter Administration and today with the U.S. now out of that Iranian nuclear deal. We take an in depth look at the nearly 80 year history between our two countries.
- Episode 63: New York University Law Professor Melissa Murray (27 min. 52 sec. - July 20, 2018)
Our guest on this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly is New York University Law Professor Melissa Murray. She walks us through two primary cases on abortion, Roe v. Wade in 1973 and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Professor Murray offers her insights into what could happen moving forward and how a new Supreme Court Justice could impact the original decision.
- Episode 62: Author and Columnist George Will (28 min. 24 sec. - July 13, 2018)
Our guest on this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly is author and Washington Post columnist George Will. He joins us to talk about why baseball is the perfect game for the American Democracy and how past presidents have impacted the game.
- Episode 61: Author and Columnist Michael Cohen (32 min. 8 sec. - July 6, 2018)
Our guest on this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly is author and Boston Globe contributor Michael Cohen. He joins us to talk about the summer of 1968 and his book, "American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division."
- Episode 60: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders (22 min. 11 sec. - June 29, 2018)
Our guest on this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly is White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. She joins us to talk about President Trump's relationship with the White House press corps, the tone of his presidency, and her interactions with the media.
- Episode 59: Georgetown Univeristy Law Professor Susan Low Bloch (23 min. 58 sec. - June 22, 2018)
The presidential pardon is a source of consideration, debate, and discussion. Ultmately the decision comes down to one person, the President. But does he decide who gets pardoned? Our guest this week is Georgetown Law Professor Susan Low Bloch. She joins us to talk about the use of the presidential pardon, its roots in the constitution, and how it has been used over the years.
- Episode 58: Martha Kumar of the White House Transition Project (33 min. 23 sec. - June 15, 2018)
This week's guest is Martha Joynt Kumar, director of the White House Transition Project and professor emeritus at Towson University in Maryland. She joins us to talk about the current Trump White House, staff turnovers, and media accessibility. She carefully tracks presidents and their administrations and gives us a historical perspective on daily press briefings from President Ronald Reagan through today.
- Episode 57: Jean Lee on the rise of the Kim family (29 min. 12 sec. - June 8, 2018)
Our guest this week is Jean H Lee. She talked about her Esquire article "Inside Kim Jong-Un's Bloody Scramble to Kill Off His Family". This interview was taped and orginally released in August 2017.
- Episode 56: Maya MacGuineas on the Debt and Deficit (27 min. 17 sec. - May 25, 2018)
Our guest this week is the Maya MacGuineas, She is the president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. We talked with her about the differences between the $20 trillion debt and the year-to-year deficit and why failing to raise the debt ceiling could be catastrophic for the U.S. and global economies. This interview was taped and orginally released in the middle of 2017.
- Episode 55: Jason Rezaian (28 min. 19 sec. - May 25, 2018)
This week's guest is Washington Post Global Opinion Writer Jason Rezaian. In 2012 he moved to Iran, serving as the Washington Post foreign affairs correspondent based in Tehran. Two years later in 2014 he was taken hostage by Iranian authorities, convicted in a closed door trial, and held for 544 days. He joins us to talk about his experience in Iran and what might be in store now that the United States has withdrawn from the Iran Nuclear deal.
- Episode 54: Cokie Roberts (24 min. 25 sec. - May 18, 2018)
This week we revist our January conversation with ABC Contributor Cokie Roberts. We sit down with her to discuss the relationship between The White House and Congress, both today and through history.
- Episode 53: James Acton (25 min. 55 sec. - May 11, 2018)
Our guest on this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast is James Actor. He is the Co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. With a date and location now set for the upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, we take a closer look at how the United States prepares for this historic summit.
- Episode 52: Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (33 min. 35 sec. - May 4, 2018)
Our guest on this episode is former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Governor McAuliffe first entered the political circuit at the age of 23 as Former President Jimmy Carter's National Finance Director. By 2000 he was named Democratic National Committee Chairman and in 2013 he was elected Governor of Virginia. He joins us to talk about the 2018 Midterm elections, his work on redistricting, and the possibility of a Presidential run in 2020.
- Episode 51: George Condon (28 min. 5 sec. - April 27, 2018)
Our guest on this episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast is George Condon, White House Correspondent for the National Journal and a past President of the White House Correspondents Association. He joins us to talk about the history of the WHCA dinner and past moments that still bring laughter today.
- Episode 50: Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) (26 min. 21 sec. - April 20, 2018)
Our guest this week on C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast is Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue. Elected in 2014, Senator Perdue is a Fortune 500 businessman and a strong deficit hawk. He joins us to talk about American's 21 trillion-dollar debt and how it is one of the greatest threats to national security.
- Episode 49: Nina Jankowicz (24 min. 34 sec. - April 13, 2018)
Our guest this week is Nina Jankowicz, a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center. She joins us to talk about the North Atlantic Trade Alliance, commonly known as NATO. She gives the history of the organization, how it is funded, and what's next.
- Episode 48: Sheila Tate (29 min. 59 sec. - April 6, 2018)
Our guest this week is Sheila Tate, she provides a close look at Former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Shelia Tate served as Mrs. Reagan's press secretary from 1981 till 1985. She later co-founded the public relations firm Powell-Tate. From the White House Years….to President Reagan's long goodbye as he battled Alzheimer's, she shares stories from her newly released book, "Lady in Red: An Intimate Portrait of Nancy Reagan."
- Episode 46: Dennis Wilder (27 min. 50 sec. - March 23, 2018)
Our guest this week is Dennis Wilder...a former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, he now teaches at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He joins us to talk about North Korea. What will a possible summit between the United States and North Korea look like? Professor Wilder explains the history, the issues, and offeres advice to President Trump as both sides plan for these potentially historic negotiations.
- Episode 45: John Lawrence (28 min. 22 sec. - March 16, 2018)
Our guest this week is John Lawrence, a veteran congressional hill staffer who retired after 38 years in Congress. Including a tenture as Chief of Staff to Democratic leader and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He joins us to talk about his new book The Class of 1974, which looks at the so called 'Watergate Babies', the group of representatives that came into office after the resignation of President Richard Nixon. He also discusses the roots of partisanship on Capitol Hill and what there nees to be more of in Congress.
- Episode 44: James Jones (29 min. 25 sec. - March 9, 2018)
Our guest this week is James Jones, a former Member of Congress and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Our conversation focuses on 50 years ago when Ambassador Jones was President Lyndon Johnson's appointment secretary. He shares with us his never before heard account of the night President Johnson announced he would not seek re-election.
- Episode 43: Christopher Glazek (26 min. 5 sec. - March 2, 2018)
Our guest this week is Christopher Glazek of Esquire Magazine, who's piece titled "The Secretive Family Making Billions from the Opioid Crisis," focuses on the Sackler Family. Forbes Magazine put the family's wealth at around 14 billion in 2015. Most of that comes from Purdue Pharma, which makes Oxycotin. Now our discussion about the Sackler family and ties to the opioid crisis facing America.
- Episode 42: Peter Irons (31 min. 4 sec. - February 23, 2018)
This week our guest is Peter Irons, a retired Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego and the author of the book "A People's History of the Supreme Court." On February 26th, we launch the second season of Landmark Cases, an in depth look at tweleve important Supreme Court decisions. Dr. Irons spoke with us about a few of those including McCulloch v. Maryland and Plessy v. Ferguson.
- Episode 41: Matt Schlapp (21 min. 42 sec. - February 16, 2018)
This week our guest is American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp. C-PAC is the oldest conservative lobbying organization in the country. Later this month his organization will host the annual "C-PAC" conference outside Washington, D.C. Following President Trump's first year in office, we spoke to Mr. Schlapp about the history of C-PAC, the Republican agenda, and the upcoming midterm elections.
- Episode 40: Former Head of the Justice Department's National Security Division (25 min. 57 sec. - February 2, 2018)
This week we speak with David Kris, former head of the Justice Department's National Security Division and an expert on FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act). He discusses what FISA is, what is means, and why it is front page news.
- Episode 39: Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell on Infrastructure (24 min. 44 sec. - February 2, 2018)
This week: This week we take at the state of America's infrastructure with former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. He's also the co-founder of Building America's Future, an organization committed to improving the US infrastructure system.
- Episode 38: Cokie Roberts on Congress (25 min. 10 sec. - January 26, 2018)
This week: Our guest this is week is Cokie Roberts, a political commentator for ABC News and National Public Radio and the author of six New York Times bestsellers on women in America. American politics is at a crossroads. Cokie Roberts gives her insights into the current relationship between Capitol Hill and the White House and what could come next.
- Episode 37: Michael Beschloss on the LBJ Tapes (30 min. 59 sec. - November 21, 2017)
This week: The LBJ tapes- President Lyndon Baines Johnson and the audio recordings made during his presidency. We spoke with presidential historian and author Michael Beschloss. He's the author of two books examining the recordings, "Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964" and "Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes, 1964-1965."
- Episode 36: Bruce Riedel on Saudi Arabia (22 min. 56 sec. - November 17, 2017)
This week we take a look at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with Bruce Riedel. He is a senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution. He's also the author of "Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States Since FDR."
- Episode 35: William Doyle on the History of Guns in the U.S. (28 min. 9 sec. - November 10, 2017)
This week we look at the history of guns in America with Author William Doyle. He's the written a number of books including, "American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms," which he co-wrote with the late Chris Kyle of "American Sniper" fame.
- Episode 34: Ambassador Gary Locke on China and the U.S. (31 min. 35 sec. - November 3, 2017)
This week we look at the history of on U.S.-China relations from President Nixon's historic visit in 1972 through today. We get the perspective of Ambassador Gary Locke, who served as the United States' envoy to China from 2011 to 2014. President Trump visits the country this week as part of a five-nation Asian tour.
- Episode 33: Michael McCann on Sports and the Federal Government (28 min. 41 sec. - October 27, 2017)
This week we're joined by Michael McCann for a discussion on the history of the federal government's involvement with college and professional sports. He is the director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire School of Law as well as a regular contributor to Sports Illustrated.
- Episode 32: Blaine Harden on the Korean War (31 min. sec. - October 20, 2017)
This week author and journalist Blaine Harden joins us to discuss his book 'King of Spies,' and how the Korean Peninsula continues to be impacted by a war fought more than 50 years. It created the De-Militarized Zone along the 38th Parallel and tensions for every U.S. President since Harry Truman.
- Episode 31: Steve Liesman on the Stock Market and Your Money (26 min. 16 sec. - October 13, 2017)
This week we're joined by CNBC Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman for a crash-course on economics, focusing on how the federal government and stock market impact the national economy.
- Episode 30: C-SPAN Executive Chairman Brian Lamb on the Creation of C-SPAN Radio (40 min. 4 sec. - October 6, 2017)
C-SPAN Radio was launched on October 9th, 1997. To mark the 20th anniversary, we spoke with C-SPAN Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Brian Lamb about the creation of the radio station, the evolution of C-SPAN, and the importance of our mission.
- Episode 29: David McCabe on Regulating Technology Companies (24 min. 33 sec. - September 29, 2017)
This week we examine the debate over regulating some of the biggest tech companies in the world including Facebook, Google and Amazon. Our guest is David McCabe, who covers the intersection of technology, policy, and politics for Axios.
- Episode 28: Sam Greene on Vladimir Putin (29 min. 50 sec. - September 22, 2017)
This week we look into the background of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Sam Greene, the Director of the Russia Institute at King`s College London. We spoke with him about how Putin's time in the KGB shaped his political philosophy, his rise to power in Moscow, and how Putin views his role in the Russian Government.
- Episode 27: Dr. Jill Hagenkord on Precision Medicine and Genetic Testing (29 min. 33 sec. - September 15, 2017)
This week we discuss precision medicine and genetic testing with Dr. Jill Hagenkord, Chief Medical Officer at Color Genomics, which provides genetic testing for hereditary cancer and high cholesterol risks as well as preventative health services, including genetic counseling. We spoke to her about recent breakthroughs in cancer research and precision medicine, the benefits of testing for cancer-causing gene mutations, and what it means for patients, families, and medical providers.
- Episode 26: Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on the War in Afghanistan (29 min. 25 sec. - September 1, 2017)
President Trump recently announced his plans for the War in Afghanistan, including the deployment of additional US troops to the country. This week we look at the political geography and the recent history of Afghanistan with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2003-2005) and Iraq (2005-2007). He also served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2007-2009). Ambassador Khalilzad discussed the roots and resilience of the Taliban, Afghanistan's drug trade, and the importance of re-building Afghan state institutions in order to secure long-term peace in the region.
- Episode 25: Jean H. Lee on the Rise and Rule of North Korea's Kim Dynasty (30 min. 48 sec. - August 25, 2017)
As tensions with North Korea rise, this week we examine the history of that country's ruling Kim family. We spoke to Jean H Lee, author of "Kings of Communism: Inside Kim Jong Un's Bloody Scramble to Kill of His Family" in the September edition of Esquire Magazine. She also led the Associated Press's coverage of the Korean Peninsula as bureau chief from 2008 to 2013 and opened the AP’s Pyongyang bureau in January 2012. We spoke with Ms. Lee about the Kim family's rise to power, the idea of North Korea as an absolute monarchy, and the message Kim Jong Un sent with the assassination of his brother in February.
- Episode 24: Francisco Toro on the Crisis in Venezuela (26 min. 38 sec. - August 18, 2017)
Earlier this month, President Trump addressed the deepening political and economic crises in Venezuela stating that the U.S. may consider "military options" if the situation gets worse. This week we spoke to Francisco Toro, a Venezuelan journalist and the Executive Editor of English-language blog Caracas Chronicles, about the current state of affairs in Venezuela and the rapidly deteriorating quality of life for those who remain in the country.
- Episode 23: Robert Kahn on North Korea Sanctions (25 min. 39 sec. - August 11, 2017)
Earlier this month, the 15-member U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose strict new sanctions on North Korea in response to that country's ongoing testing of nuclear weapons. This week, we spoke to Robert Kahn, a senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, about how sanctions are enforced and why China will be critical in determining the effectiveness of any new sanctions against Pyongyang.
- Episode 22: Bill Browder on the Magnitsky Act and Putin's Russia (24 min. 36 sec. - July 28, 2017)
Businessman and author Bill Browder was once one of Russia's top foreign investors, but in 2005 he was kicked out of the country and labeled a national security threat by President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Browder discusses Putin's Russia and the Magnitsky Act, which was named for his late lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, who was imprisoned for 11 months before dying in prison.
- Episode 21: Joseph Califano Jr. on the 1967 Detroit Riots (28 min. 30 sec. - July 21, 2017)
50 years ago this week, the 1967 Detroit Riots began. They lasted over five days in July, ignited by long-simmering racial tensions. podcast we look back at the riots with Joseph Califano Jr. He who served as a principal domestic aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson and was with him during that tumultuous time.
- Episode 20: Henry Olsen on Reagan-Era Tax Reform (25 min. 22 sec. - July 14, 2017)
This week we look at President Reagan's efforts to reform the tax code in the 1980's with Henry Olse, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the author of "The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism"
- Episode 19: Jeffrey Rosen on the Declaration of Independence and American democracy. (24 min. 5 sec. - June 30, 2017)
Our guest this week is Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The Declaration of Independence is part of the framework of America's democracy. He offers his perspective on the document that shapes our country 240 years later.
- Episode 18: David Daley on Gerrymandering (25 min. 42 sec. - June 23, 2017)
Our guest this week is David Daley author of "Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count." We talked with him about Republican efforts to carve out districts that have helped the GOP since 2010.
- Episode 17: John Dean on Watergate (33 min. 23 sec. - June 16, 2017)
June 17th marks the 45th Anniversary of the Watergate break-in. This week we revisit the first months of the scandal with Nixon-era White House General Counsel John Dean.
- Episode 16: Ray Smock on Congressional Investigations (27 min. 54 sec. - June 7, 2017)
This week we examine the history of congressional investigations with Ray Smock, the director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University and a former Historian of the House of Representatives.
- Episode 15: Fabrice Pothier on NATO (26 min. 3 sec. - June 2, 2017)
This week Fabrice Pothier, former Director of Policy Planning for NATO, discusses the organization's history, mission, and budget.
- Episode 14: Max Ehrenfreund on Declining Wages and the Shrinking Middle Class (22 min. 43 sec. - May 26, 2017)
This week's guest is Washington Post reporter Max Ehrenfreund. We spoke with him about a new report examining declining American wages and the shrinking middle class.
- Episode 13: Robert Danin on the Middle East Peace Process (26 min. 3 sec. - May 19, 2017)
This week's guest is Robert Danin, a senior fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and former Deputy Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs during the George W. Bush administration. We spoke with him about the history of the Arab-Israeli peace process.
- Episode 12: Tim Wiener on the FBI and James Comey (23 min. 59 sec. - May 12, 2017)
With President Trump's dismissal of now-former FBI Director James Comey dominating the news we spoke to Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner, author of Enemies: A History of the FBI.
- Episode 11: LuAnn Bennett on Running for Congress (26 min. 51 sec. - May 5, 2017)
With both parties recruiting candidates to run for office during the 2018 midterm elections, our guest this week is LuAnn Bennett, who lost in 2016 to Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in the race to represent Virginia's 10th District. We talked with her about her experience running for office.
- Episode 10: Richard Norton Smith on President Trump's first 100 Days (27 min. 29 sec. - May 3, 2017)
Our guest this week is presidential historian and author Richard Norton Smith. We talked with him about using a president's first 100 days in office as a measurement of success and why FDR set a standard that may not be matched.
- Episode 9: Nile Gardiner on Brexit and the UK Election (27 min. 56 sec. - April 21, 2017)
Our guest this week is Nile Gardiner, a former aid to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the Director of the Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. We talked with him about Brexit and the upcoming general election in the U.K.
- Episode 8: Maya MacGuineas on the Debt and the Deficit (28 min. 28 sec. - April 14, 2017)
Our guest this week is the Maya MacGuineas, She is the president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. We talked with her about the differences between the $20 trillion debt and the year-to-year deficit and why failing to raise the debt ceiling could be catastrophic for the U.S. and global economies.
- Episode 7: Bill Richardson on North Korea (27 min. 50 sec. - April 7, 2017)
Our guest this week is the former Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson. As a diplomat and Special Envoy, Gov. Richardson has received four Nobel Peace Prize nominations, and has successfully won the release of hostages and American servicemen in North Korea, Cuba, Iraq and Sudan. We talked with him the current state of tension between North Korea and the U.S. and why he thinks the U.S. needs to change its approach to engaging with what many describe as "the Hermit Kingdom."
- Episode 6: Don Ritchie on the Senate and the Nuclear Option (29 min. 46 sec. - March 31, 2017)
With the Senate set to vote on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court, our guest this week is Don Ritchie. He is the Historian Emeritus of the U.S. Senate. We talked with him about the Senate filibuster rules and how the threat of the so-called nuclear option has been used by both parties.
- Episode 5: Steve Bell on the Federal Budgeting Process (27 min. 23 sec. - March 24, 2017)
Our guest this week is Steve Bell, a senior advisor at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He's a veteran of the Senate Budget Committee, working in various roles – including Staff Director – from the early 1980's until 2009. We talked with him about the process of creating the federal budget and why the President's budget proposal is important.
- Episode 4: Jeffrey Rosen on the Supreme Court Confirmation Process (24 min. 9 sec. - March 17, 2017)
Our guest this week is Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. We talked with him about the evolution and significance of the Supreme Court confirmation process.
- Episode 3: Sam Donaldson on the White House Press Corps (30 min. 56 sec. - March 10, 2017)
Our guest this week is former ABC News White House Correspondent and co-host of "This Week," Sam Donaldson. He gave us his assessment of how this White House press corps is covering President Trump and the job of Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
- Episode 2: Jose Antonio Vargas on Immigration Policy (28 min. 55 sec. - March 3, 2017)
Our guest this week is Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist, filmmaker, immigration rights activist, and founder of the non-profit group Define American. We talked with him about how the media covers the immigration issue, the rapidly changing look of immigration in the United States, President Trump's immigration policy, and why he went public with his undocumented status in 2011.
- Episode 1: Jay Cost on the Current State of American Politics (29 min. 59 sec. - February 24, 2017)
Our guest this week is Jay Cost, senior writer for The Weekly Standard. We talked with him about the atmosphere of fear surrounding the current state of American Politics. We also discussed President Trump's fight with the press, what will happen with the Affordable Care Act with the GOP in control of Congress and the White House, and where he stands with the Republican Party, which he left last year.
- C-SPAN Radio Podcast - Dana Milbank on the Trump White House (23 min. 59 sec. - February 17, 2017)
Our guest this week is Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. We talked with him the resignation of Gen. Michael Flynn just 24 days into his tenure as National Security Adviser. We also discussed what he calls the "chaotic" Trump White House, how Congressional Republicans are dealing with a new type of President in the White House, and how the Washington Post is approaching its coverage.
- C-SPAN Radio Podcast - Trent Lott on Making Congress Work Again (24 min. 51 sec. - February 10, 2017)
Our guest this week is former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. We talked with him about how the Senate has changed since he left in 2007, what he thinks needs to be done to get both parties to work together, and lessons from Watergate, the Clinton impeachment trial, and some of the grand political bargains of the 1980's and 1990's.
- C-SPAN Radio Podcast - Stephen Wermiel on Supreme Court Confirmations (28 min. 40 sec. - February 3, 2017)
Our guest this week is Stephen Wermiel, a Professor of Constitutional Law and Associate Director of the Summer Institute of Law and Government at American University's Washington College of Law. He's also a contributor to the SCOTUS Blog and spent a decade covering the Supreme Court for The Wall Street Journal for over a decade. We discussed what to expect during the confirmation process for President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch. We also talked about the legacy and lessons of the confirmation processes from Nixon to George W Bush, including Judge Robert Bork, who was rejected by the Senate in 1987. We also talked about what he thinks potentially could happen if there is another vacancy to the high court during the Trump Presidency.
- C-SPAN Radio Podcast - Leon Panetta on Federal Agencies and Presidential Transitions (29 min. 21 sec. - January 27, 2017)
Our guest this week is former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. We discussed his time as CIA Director during the first term of the Obama Administration and the process of transitioning the agency from one presidency to another. We also spoke about his advice for new Secretary of Defense, retired General James Mattis, the changes he's seen during the nearly 40 years he's spent in politics, and the importance of the President getting honest - often unvarnished - advice from his cabinet members and his White House staff.
- C-SPAN Radio Podcast - Michael Beschloss on Presidential Inaugurations (23 min. 32 sec. - January 19, 2017)
Our guest this week is historian and author Michael Beschloss. We discuss the history and tradition of presidential inaugurations, as well as notable inaugural addresses from the past. We also talked about how former presidents approached writing their addresses, and the importance these remarks have on Inauguration Day.
- C-SPAN Radio Podcast - Ron Klain on Cabinet and Supreme Court Confirmations (30 min. 33 sec. - January 13, 2017)
Our guest this week is Ron Klain. He is a longtime democratic party operative. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Revolution LLC. Mr. Klain previously served as Chief of Staff to two Vice Presidents, Al Gore and Joe Biden. He also guided a number of nominees during their Senate confirmation hearings, including Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. We talked with Ron Klain about the confirmation process - not only for Supreme Court Justices, but also for cabinet members and the differences between the two. We also discussed the biggest misconception about the confirmation process, and what we can expect at the start of the Trump Administration.
- C-SPAN Radio Podcast - Newt Gingrich on the incoming Trump Administration (28 min. 46 sec. - January 6, 2017)
Our guest this week is former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. We talked with him about the upcoming inauguration, and his advice to the incoming White House staff and Congressional leaders. Mr. Gingrich also explains why Donald Trump won the 2016 election and what the American people can expect from the Trump Administration.
- C-SPAN Radio Podcast - Gary Walters on Inauguration Day at the White House (31 min. 21 sec. - December 23, 2016)
Our guest this week is former White House Chief Usher Gary Walters. We talk about how he became the White House Chief Usher, the kind the changes that the First Family can make to the White House, and what happens inside the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when a new President is sworn in.
- C-SPAN Radio Podcast - Josh Earnest on being the White House Press Secretary (31 min. 8 sec. - December 16, 2016)
This week, we take you to the West Wing of the White House for a conversation with Press Secretary Josh Earnest. We talk about how he went from a Rice University graduate, to a campaign aid for a Houston mayoral campaign, to working on the 2008 Obama campaign. We also discuss the changes to the media landscape during his time in the White House, and President Obama's post-presidency plans.