Q2 fundraising numbers are in! Mayor Pete is the champion? Beto fell off a cliff? Which candidates have an individual donor problem?
Brian Brushwood is a podcaster and YouTube star but back in 1992 he was a volunteer for Ross Perot's landmark bid for the presidency that netted him 19% of the popular vote. He joins us to talk about Perot's political achievements, his insane life and if we will ever see anyone like him again.
Justin talks to Rutgers Professor David Greenberg about the history of PR and spin in presidential politics.
Andrew Gelman a professor of statistics and political science at Columbia University answers all of Justin's questions about how much to pay attention to polling this early, if we are going to see as many poll aggregators in this election cycle and how predictable voters are.
Our guest is Adam Sheingate he is the author of the book Building a Business of Politics: The Rise of Political Consulting and the Transformation of American Democracy. We discuss the economy of political consultants, how important they are, what they do day to day and how they get hired.
Also, Justin goes off all crazy and confronts a professional who wrote a book on the subject if consultants seduce rich people into running for office so they can cash a paycheck.
Professor Tom Hollihan of the Annenberg School of Communication helps break down the Miami debates and what candidates like Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete have to do in the first primary debate of 2020.
When did the concept of presidential facial hair die? Justin talks with the author of “Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair” to get to the bottom of why whiskers were banished from the faces of our leaders.
Anne Jamison is a professor of English at the University of Utah. She is the author of Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World. She explains the rich history of political fanfiction from ancient Roman murder mysteries to bawdy Victorian romps. And of course, our modern political fanfiction including, but not limited to, Brexit escapes! Biden and Obama solving crimes! Bill Clinton being a loving husband! And yes... Trump / Shrek.
Be aware: Mature themes (like Trump having sex with Shrek) are discussed.
Justin talks with Mark Zitter about the roots of American healthcare and why it's only gotten more complicated going forward. Justin then tries to talk about robots.
Mark is chair of the Zetema Project (ZetamaProject.org), a nonpartisan group of healthcare industry and policy leaders that meets regularly to debate key US healthcare issues.
A brief history of kickbacks, access and voter fraud in the Windy City with journalist Paul Dailing.
Dave Levinthal from the Center for Public Integrity discusses the Q1 fundraising announcements and more!
Ever wondered what it takes mentally to run for president? We speak with performance psychologist Dr. Michelle Cleere about her work training athletes, musicians and CEOs to find out how you can optimize your mental state to run for president.
How do you physically hack our voting booths? Will we ever have internet voting? Is China about to back door the entire internet? Did they just try and hack the president in Mar A Lago?
Justin speaks to Eric Geller who covers cybersecurity at Politico.
Justin speaks with Professor Joseph Uscinski about political conspiracy theories. How do they pop up? Who embraces them? Are they getting better or worse?
I voted for my mom in 2016. In our ongoing series she tells me who her favorite candidates in this 2020 primary are and who she, as a Florida voter in a swing county, will vote for.
Randy Murray of Randy Murray Productions tells Justin the behind the scenes stories of the 2018 viral Paul Gosar family ad in which all of Gosar's siblings denounced their brother and endorsed his rival. They also discuss the eight years Murray spent making a Joe Arpaio documentary. Finally, we get the rules for how to make a great negative political ad.
Mike Socolow is an associate professor at the University of Maine and a Fulbright Scholar at the News and Media Research Center at the University of Canberra. He has written for a number of print and newspaper outlets as well as CNN.
We talk about how the business of journalism has changed and why understanding how the news is made explains a lot about why it's been broken lately.
Layoffs! Retail collapse! OJ Simpson! Justin's vicious bias against television news! Twitter! The longevity of radio and more!
Melania's "I Don't Really Care" coat, Kamala Harris' weird aunt jacket and Beto's aging hipster lewks. Politicians are saying more with fashion today than ever and Jo-Ellen Pozner of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University breaks it all down for us.
Everyone wears something (or doesn't wear something in the case of Jim Jordan) for a reason, find out what it is in this interview.
Is the murderous MBS the key to a two-state solution? Is Iran planning guerilla warfare in the United States should they be invaded? Should the 2020 Dems promise to rescue the Iran Nuclear Deal? These questions and more are discussed with Louis Shubert who teaches political science with a Middle East specialty at City College of San Francisco.
Want to criticize Israel? How about Sheldon Adelson? George Soros?
Do you not want to be an anti-Semite?
Listen to Justin chat with Rabbi Shalom Bochner for a primer on hate, tropes and modern politics.