Nicholas Goedert is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Virginia Tech. He explains the history of Gerrymandering. How long it's been a problem in politics, when it really hit the national radar and what is being done to combat it.
Justin interviews Jeffery Jones (executive director of the Peabody Awards, author of Entertaining Politics: Satiric Television and Civic Engagement) to discuss the state of satire, political comedy and common truth.
Justin confuses Howard Zinn for Noam Chomsky about halfway through and Jeffrey blows by it like a class act.
Brian Rosenwald (Talk Radio's America) tells us all about the history of talk radio and the rise of Rush Limbaugh, why liberal talk radio didn't catch on and what happens now in the age of podcasts and social media.
2020 will see the largest participation of millennial voters in presidential history. Who are they? What do they find important? How are candidates trying to reach them?
Justin interviews Stella Rouse (Professor Department of Government and Politics University of Maryland) about all of that and more!
Katherine Benton-Cohen (Professor of History, Georgetown University and author of Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and its Legacy) discusses the legacy of American immigration laws.
Connie Boesen sits on the Des Moines City Council and is a fixture at the Iowa State Fair (which begins this weekend) with her booth Applishus. We discuss what the fair means to Iowa, how presidential candidates respond to it and why the next candidate to camp out there might win the caucus automatically.
Presidential candidates have to stay hip and relevant. We mock their schizophrenic playlists with the help of Buffalo News art critic Colin Dabkowski.
Like it, love it, hate it or literally worship it... religion is a part of the political landscape. Justin talks with Diane Winston (Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism) to discuss the history of the religion in politics and how faith influences our current crop of candidates.
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.