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Politics in America is transforming. We’re embarking on a new series to deepen our understanding of who we are, how we got here, and how we rebuild without repeating the mistakes of the past. Ron Steslow hosts academics, behavioral economists, social psychologists, politicos, philosophers, anthropologists, journalists, poets, and storytellers—and more—to discuss America’s political present and future and dive into the deeper problems we face as a nation. Email us questions or comments: podcast@politicology.com.

Politicology


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    Submarines, German Elections, and Biden's Speech at the U.N. — A Global Power Q&A with Molly McKew

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 53:19

    To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus National security writer and Georgetown University adjunct professor Molly McKew joins Ron Steslow to break down some of the most important international news stories: (01:50) The U.S., U.K., and Australian security partnership and the submarine deal that angered the French.  (17:08) Joe Biden's speech at the United Nations General Assembly (18:16) How the German elections (and Angela Merkle's decision not to seek reelection) will impact global politics (36:02) The relationship between foreign policy and public opinion.   Are you learning from Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this Molly on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MollyMcKew

    Bad Blood — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 62:45

    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Communications Strategists Susan Del Percio and Eric Koch join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:27) The Facebook whistleblower's 60 Minutes interview and testimony before congress (21:12) Donald Trump begs to get back on Twitter and launches a new Make America Great Again Again PAC (35:16) Taylor Swift's masters get swept into the Virginia gubernatorial race [Politicology+ Exclusive] The first round of subpoenas issued by the January 6th committee // Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at politicology.com/plus Are you learning from Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate What we mentioned:  MSNBC: Donald Trump's Twitter lawsuit is about 2024, not free speech— https://on.msnbc.com/3Bpttdg Prejudice Reduction: Progress and Challenges— https://bit.ly/3uV7etb Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/DelPercioS https://twitter.com/EricDKoch

    Our Own Worst Enemy — Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 46:16

    To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus In this two-episode conversation, Professor of National Security Affairs Tom Nichols joins Ron Steslow to discuss who is really to blame for the crisis in American democracy—and what we can do about it. (00:50) The “horseshoe theory”  (06:56) Why globalization isn't the boogeyman we think it is (18:42) Civic duty and the pro democracy changes we need to make (38:08) Figures who we can model  Purchase Our Own Worst Enemy: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/our-own-worst-enemy-9780197518878 Politicology is supported by listeners like you. Can you pitch in right now at https://politicology.com/donate? Follow Tom and Ron on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RadioFreeTom https://twitter.com/RonSteslow

    Dear Leader Zuckerberg — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 69:41

    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus National security writer and Georgetown University adjunct professor Molly McKew and political strategist Lucy Caldwell join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:30)The ongoing debates over passing the Biden Agenda (19:43) Facebook and the fight to get tech giants to reveal their data (39:51) The struggles of women and LGBTQ people in Afghanistan under the Taliban [Politicology+ Exclusive] The first round of subpoenas issued by the January 6th committee // Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at politicology.com/plus Are you learning from Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/lucymcaldwell https://twitter.com/MollyMcKew

    Our Own Worst Enemy — Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 51:53

    To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus In this two-episode conversation, Professor of National Security Affairs Tom Nichols joins Ron Steslow to discuss who is really to blame for the crisis in American democracy—and what we can do about it. (01:43) Why it was difficult to write this book (06:38) The feeling that we're living in the “worst of times” (15:32) Hedonistic adaptation (18:22) Village Mentality and Banfield's “Montegrano” (29:03) The importance of public and private virtue  (37:18) The danger of nostalgia in the rise of illiberalism  Purchase Our Own Worst Enemy: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/our-own-worst-enemy-9780197518878 Politicology is supported by listeners like you. Can you pitch in right now at https://politicology.com/donate? Follow Tom and Ron on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RadioFreeTom https://twitter.com/RonSteslow

    The New Single Issue Voter — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 62:29


    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Communications expert Susan Del Percio and political strategist Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:42)The newest form of single issue voters and the rifts in the Republican party (30:19) The looming debt limit crisis  (43:33) Major companies committing to training and hiring Afghan refugees  [Politicology+ Exclusive] The gossip, bombshells, and scoops from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's new book, Peril// Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at politicology.com/plus Are you learning from Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/madrid_mike https://twitter.com/DelPercioS


    A Short Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 54:54

    To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Social policy expert Lanae Erickson joins Ron Steslow to talk about how Republicans and Democrats view and prioritize federal judges (01:25) The role and structure of the federal judiciary  (03:12) The impact Trump appointed judges can have (07:06) Republicans focus on judges during campaigns  (11:11) What Republicans look for in judges  (17:41) What the Federalist Society is (19:56) Why Democrats don't have an equivalent to the Federalist Society  (34:14) “Living Constitution” judicial philosophy (38:53) Executive branch enforcement of judicial decisions (48:06) What you can do to affect the focus on judges Politicology is supported by listeners like you. Can you pitch in right now at https://politicology.com/donate? Follow Lanae and Ron on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LanaeErickson https://twitter.com/RonSteslow

    ‘We Gotta Go Now' — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 70:31


    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Social policy expert Lanae Erickson and political strategist Lucy Caldwell join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:47) President George W. Bush on 9/11 and January 6 (20:01) The new democracy protection bill in the Senate and why it might spark filibuster reform (42:59) Biden's vaccine mandate [Politicology+ Exclusive] The political statements AOC and Billie Eilish made at the Met Gala // Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at politicology.com/plus Are you learning from Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/LanaeErickson https://twitter.com/lucymcaldwell


    The Pursuit of Happiness with Dr. Catherine Sanderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 50:35

    To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Poler Family Professor and chair of the psychology department at Amherst College Dr. Catherine Sanderson joins Ron Steslow to talk about happiness and how to harness the power of a positive mindset. (02:49) The negative connotation of the “power of positive thinking” and adopting a growth mindset (11:32) Revisiting the myth of monsters (13:13) Redemption and reconciliation, and applying a growth mindset to others: the “fundamental attribution error” (20:05) Let's talk about stress (22:43) Grieving shared loss and uncertainty (28:20) Adequate sleep and happiness (32:04) Smiling through the pain...and other methods (36:17) Importance of conversations and meaningful relationships (39:10) Bringing people together for political engagement The Positive Shift by Dr. Catherine Sanderson https://benbellabooks.com/shop/the-positive-shift/ Politicology - March 10: Becoming Moral Rebels with Dr. Catherine Sanderson https://politicology.com/episodes/dr-catherine-sanderson-becoming-moral-rebels/ The Victory Lab by Sasha Issenberg https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/215192/the-victory-lab-by-sasha-issenberg/ Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780805073690 Are you learning from Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate! Follow Catherine and Ron on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SandersonSpeaks https://twitter.com/RonSteslow

    Domestic Radicalization — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 61:04

    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content (including the TAPPED episode with David Becker), visit: https://politicology.com/plus Former DNC president Liz Gilbert and Lincoln Project co-founder Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:41) The fever pitch across America's school districts as mask and vaccine policies are hotly debated (15:27) Governor Greg Abbott signs Texas's anti-democracy bill into law (31:15) What we can learn about the tradeoffs of direct democracy by watching California's recall process [Politicology+ Exclusive] The disgraced former president set to re-infect our politics // Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at politicology.com/plus Center for Election Innovation and Research - https://electioninnovation.org/ Election Official Legal Defense Network https://eoldn.org/ Are you learning from Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/_lizgilbert https://twitter.com/madrid_mike

    Politicology Mailbag with Ron Steslow & Lucy Caldwell

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 25:37

    To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Political strategist Lucy Caldwell joins Ron Steslow to answer Politicology listeners' questions: (00:24) What can be done about Fox News and right wing media lies? (06:04) What happens if we “lose” and democracy fails? (15:43) How do caucuses affect the legislative process? Have a question for a future Mailbag episode? Send it over to us at podcast@politicology.com! Are you learning from Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate! Follow Lucy and Ron on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/lucymcaldwell

    Vigilante Injustice — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 73:22

    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Political strategist Lucy Caldwell and attorney George Conway join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:32) The political fallout from the Afghanistan withdrawal: how Republicans are reacting, and how public opinion has shifted in the last month (21:31) why SCOTUS allowed an extreme and devious bill restricting abortion access in Texas to go into effect, and the more direct threat to Roe that has been overlooked in the news coverage (43:02) How so-called “new puritanism” is trampling on classical liberal values References from the show: Anne Applebaum - The New Puritans: Mob Justice Is Trampling Democratic Discourse https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/10/new-puritans-mob-justice-canceled/619818/ [Politicology+ Exclusive] The House January 6 Committee's latest records request, and Republican threats against private companies that comply // Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at politicology.com/plus Are you learning from Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/lucymcaldwell https://twitter.com/gtconway3d

    Leaving Afghanistan: Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 53:00

    To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus National security writer and researcher Molly McKew and Fmr. Senior CIA Official and author Marc Polymeropoulos continue their conversation with host Ron Steslow about America's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the role of the Biden and Trump administrations. (01:03) Democrats must be willing to own their mistakes (10:43) Debunking “inevitability” and mistruths from American leadership (16:38) Life in Afghanistan now and what's to come  (29:17) The Taliban's approach to “governing” (32:39) Crowd funding an evacuation (41:20) What individuals can do to help The Washington Post: How to help Afghan refugees and those trapped during the Taliban takeover https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/08/21/how-to-help-afghan-refugees/ Want to help build Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/MollyMcKew https://twitter.com/Mpolymer

    Leaving Afghanistan: Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 66:14

    To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus National security writer and researcher Molly McKew and fmr. senior CIA official and author Marc Polymeropoulos join host Ron Steslow to discuss the chaos and catastrophe in Afghanistan. (03:10) Molly's and Marc's unique vantage points on Afghanistan (14:33) Putting Afghanistan in context: America's goals, and the war's political legitimacy  (20:17) When counterterrorism became nation-building, how America projects military power, and the tension between America's interests and values (34:45) Trump's deal with the Taliban, the decision to withdraw troops, and America's pincer of isolationism (49:01) Public opinion, foreign policy, and America's total exit Want to help build Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA by Marc Polymeropoulos  August 11 - Directed Energy Attacks and Leadership Lessons with Marc Polymeropoulos Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/MollyMcKew https://twitter.com/Mpolymer

    “Surfer on a Tsunami” — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 68:04

    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Communications expert Susan Del Percio and political strategist Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: *Note: A full episode on Afghanistan will be published on Politicology on September 1. Tap the ‘Follow' button now to be notified.* (01:51) New mandates and new pushback as the Pfizer vaccine gains full FDA approval (15:44) John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act passes the House on party lines (31:24) The dark and dangerous turn Trump's rallies have taken; the folly of ignoring them References from the show: March 31: Racial Gerrymandering and Voting Power with David Becker July 7: “Democracy in Triage” with David Becker Ron's mention of Mandy Patinkin on Twitter [Politicology+ Exclusive] “What is” next for Jeopardy! and what does this debacle tell us about how we scrutinize public figures? // Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at https://politicology.com/plus Want to help build Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/DelPercioS https://twitter.com/madrid_mike

    Capturing Insurrection: January 6 through a Photographer's Lens

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 44:36

    To unlock exclusive premium content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Photographer Gabriella Demczuk walks listeners through her firsthand account of the January 6, 2021 insurrection, from Donald Trump's “Stop The Steal” rally on the National Mall to the gallery of the House chamber as rioters breached the Capitol. (03:01) Getting the assignment for January 6 (05:45) Reading the crowd at the rally (07:35) Rep. Madison Cawthorn, in his own words (10:30) Back to the U.S. Capitol (12:46) Looking out the East Front (13:33) Capitol under lockdown (16:25) Trying to do our jobs (17:10) Sheltering in the House chamber (25:53) Bursting the “safe space” bubble (30:01) Reflections walking home (32:43) [Lack of] Republican remorse (34:33) The fragility of democracy What Madison Cawthorn Saw At The Insurrection by Olivia Nuzzi Want to help build Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow Ron and Gabriella: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://instagram.com/gdemczuk https://twitter.com/gdemczuk

    “Sacred Cows” — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 78:47

    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Political strategist Lucy Caldwell and reporter Ben Jacobs join Ron Steslow to look at the most important stories of the week: (01:39) Who's to blame for the bungled Afghanistan withdrawal, and lessons learned after 20 years in the “graveyard of empires” (24:45) Water scarcity and wildfires in the West underscore the reality of our climate crisis (50:19) Millions of T-Mobile users' data was stolen as the web Whack-A-Mole continues [Politicology+ Exclusive] Shots Fired at the NRA by NY AG Letitia James // Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at https://politicology.com/plus Want to help build Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/lucymcaldwell https://twitter.com/Bencjacobs

    Cuomo, Covid, and Climate, Oh My! — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 64:12

    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Cuban-American attorney and ‘No Labels' vice chairman Al Cardenas and social policy expert Lanae Erickson join Ron Steslow to look at the top stories of the week: (02:08) Hurdles in the House for the trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill; Democrats' plan for more spending and the urgency to address our climate crisis (19:55) Red state Governors deny reality and responsibility through explosive growth in Covid infections (38:13) Governor Cuomo denies, deflects, and resigns, and New York starts anew [Politicology+ Exclusive] The My Pillow guy's election conspiracy “Cyber Symposium” // Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at politicology.com/plus July 28 - Despair, Hope, and the Fight for 'Libertad' in Cuba with Al Cardenas Want to help build Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/AlCardenasFL_DC https://twitter.com/LanaeErickson

    Directed Energy Attacks and Leadership Lessons with Marc Polymeropoulos

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 58:14

    To access this episode's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Fmr. Senior CIA Official Marc Polymeropoulos and author of Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA joins Ron Steslow to discuss Havana Syndrome, his struggle for treatment, and what he learned about leadership in 26 years at the CIA.  (01:14) Marc's 26 year CIA career (03:40) “Easily the most terrifying night of my life”  (04:58) Moscow's motivation for directed energy attacks (09:56) The CIA's “call to arms” after the 2016 election (12:44) Fighting for treatment (16:29) Becoming a leader in times of crisis (25:03) What happened in Helsinki? (29:27) Morale—and dysfunction—through the Trump presidency (33:26) When former senior officials speak out, listen (36:46) Leadership principles versus the former president (41:00) Identifying leaders among political candidates (43:56) Protecting democracy domestically (48:30) Showing and sharing the world with Marc's family [Politicology+ Exclusive] Proliferation of nationalism overseas, and the American affinity for the authoritarian right // Unlock now and get exclusive content on your private podcast feed at politicology.com/plus Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA by Marc Polymeropoulos Politicology is supported by listeners like you. Pitch in now at https://politicology.com/donate. Follow Ron and Marc on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/Mpolymer

    High-Stakes Hot Potato — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 74:14

    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Political strategist Lucy Caldwell and former Congresswoman Katie Hill join Ron Steslow to look at the top stories of the week: (02:02) New York Attorney General Letitia James alleges Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed crimes, and Cuomo doubles down on his denial (25:45) Democrats play high-stakes hot potato with the eviction moratorium (50:07) The shifting politics of vaccine mandates [Politicology+ Exclusive] // Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at politicology.com/plus Her Time, Katie Hill's political action committee  Pray Away June 9 - Katie Hill on Revenge Porn, Cancel Culture, and Redemption June 2 - “Strange Bedfellows”—The Weekly Roundup Contact Your Senators to encourage their support for the Violence Against Women Act Want to help build Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/lucymcaldwell https://twitter.com/KatieHill4CA

    “Shame and Ostracization”— The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 76:30

    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Susan Del Percio and Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to look at the top stories of the week: (01:35) First hearing of the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the heightened emotions felt through the frontline officers' testimony (37:58) Resurgent COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC's new masking guidance, and what Americans' preferred news source can tell us about vaccination rates (1:08:40) Sneak peek of the latest Enemies of Democracy (Politicology+ series) episode on Rupert & Lachlan Murdoch [Politicology+ Exclusive] The Olympics, Simone Biles, and the fight to define what patriotism looks like // Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at https://politicology.com/plus Want to help build Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/DelPercioS https://twitter.com/madrid_mike

    Despair, Hope, and the Fight for 'Libertad' in Cuba with Al Cardenas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 38:12

    To unlock special Politicology content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Attorney and fmr. special ambassador Al Cardenas joins Ron Steslow to reveal the dynamics of the unprecedented uprising in Cuba: (01:50) The Cuban regime, U.S.-Cuba relations, and Al's personal story (12:53) The unprecedented “despair” factor (15:23) Dissent in communist Cuba (24:28) The American embargo misconception (26:59) Options on the table for American intervention (32:26) Hope for a free Cuba  Want to help build Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow Ron and Al on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/AlCardenasFL_DC

    Limited Time Offer: 40% Off Politicology+

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 0:44

    In honor of our six month anniversary, we're offering a limited time 40% off discount until August 3. Visit https://politicology.com/plus today to join.

    “You've Got To Feed The Beast” — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 66:42


    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Mike Madrid and Jimmy Williams join Ron Steslow to look at the top stories of the week: (01:49) McCarthy's picks, and Pelosi's veto, for the January 6 committee (30:52) Billionaire space race ushers in new chapter of private space exploration (42:00) OAN plans to launch a Spanish-language “MAGA channel” [Politicology+ Exclusive] Trump's close friend and inaugural committee chairman Tom Barrack faces charges for failing to register as a foreign agent // Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at politicology.com/plus Want to help build Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/madrid_mike https://twitter.com/Jimmyspolitics


    Trillion With a “T” — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 64:20

    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Lucy Caldwell and Lanae Erickson join Ron Steslow to look at the top stories of the week: (01:53) Texas Democrats break quorum and book it to Washington in a last-ditch effort to thwart the GOP anti-democracy bill (14:14) Biden takes a stand on Republicans' threats to our democracy (35:12) The Senate's one shot at a massive spending bill full of Democrats' policy priorities [Politicology+ Exclusive] CPAC, Jenna Ellis, and a bifurcating GOP // Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at https://politicology.com/plus “Democracy in Triage” with David Becker (July 7) https://politicology.com/episodes/democracy-in-triage/ “The Great Suppression” with Tharon Johnson (April 7) https://politicology.com/episodes/the-great-suppression/ Want to help build Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/lucymcaldwell https://twitter.com/LanaeErickson

    Scott MacFarlane on Prosecuting the Insurrection

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 38:52

    Award-winning investigative reporter Scott MacFarlane talks with Ron Steslow about the most critical filings and pivotal moments in the Feds' ever-growing case against the January 6 insurrectionists. (00:00) Sounds of January 6, 2021 (02:48) Scott's Survivor's Remorse (04:16) Where the insurrection investigation stands at this moment (06:45) Three Percenters, Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, oh my... (09:14) The two “tiers” of defendants (11:02) Corroborating conspiracy (13:25) Defendants inside and outside the Capitol (14:20) Who is saying what about the former President? (17:37) Why aren't we calling this “terrorism?” (18:29) Insurrectionists' hit list (19:30) Hockey sticks, baseball bats, sharpened American flag poles, an axe, a knife, scissors, a tourniquet, pepper spray, chemical spray, bear spray, guns, brass knuckles, batons, pipes, zip ties, tasers, and stolen police riot shields (20:51) “My client doesn't understand how what he did is criminal” (23:40) Three huge questions remain (25:50) “The first big sentencing” (28:00) Politicizing Ashli Babbitt  (30:10) Why we can't “just get past this and move on” (31:50) Reporting facts in a post-truth political environment Help create more content like this by making a financial contribution today! https://politicology.com/donate Politicology+ is part master class, part laboratory, part war room. To unlock exclusive Politicology+ content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Don't miss an episode. Press “Follow” (“Subscribe” in some players) to get the next episode of Politicology in your favorite podcast app. Enjoy this episode? Rate Politicology ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. Ron Steslow: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow Scott MacFarlane: https://twitter.com/MacFarlaneNews

    “Vax That Thang Up” — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 51:19


    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Democratic strategist Liz Gilbert and communications expert Owen Loftus join Ron Steslow to break down the top stories of the week: (01:53) Kevin McCarthy's January 6 committee conflict, and the lose-lose Republicans face as we learn more about the attack (22:36) How Republicans across the country are embracing election lies to win the very elections they deem fraudulent (34:43) The Biden Administration's vaccine goal miss, and the right's Delta-denialism that is deepening the pandemic's political divide [Politicology+ Exclusive] Florida man Allen West wants to liberate Texas from Governor Greg Abbott // Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at politicology.com/plus Want to help build Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/_lizgilbert https://twitter.com/OwenKeith


    “Democracy In Triage” — David Becker on Brnovich v. DNC, the Voting Rights Act, and how to fight back

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 57:00

    “Our democracy is in triage right now.” David Becker, the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, CBS News contributor and election law expert, joins Ron Steslow to break down the Supreme Court's decision about Arizona voting laws in Brnovich v. DNC, the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, and what it portends for the fight to protect the franchise, and ultimately, our democracy. (01:42) What Arizona's votings laws actually do (08:47) The Supreme Court's pattern of voting rights activism (17:31) Alito's nod to voter fraud falsehoods, and the popular support for voter access (21:06) What's left of the Voting Rights Act? (27:20) The uphill battle voting rights prosecutors now face to protect the franchise (30:01) Kagan's dissent, and Congress's dysfunction (32:57) “The filibuster is not particularly relevant” (36:32) Stress, threats, blood, sweat and tears—fighting on the frontlines for American democracy (41:48) The dangerous road we're heading down, and the path forward for allies of democracy Want to support more content like this? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate To unlock exclusive Politicology+ content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Visit the Center for Election Innovation & Research https://electioninnovation.org/ Follow Ron and David on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/beckerdavidj

    “Strange Bedfellows” — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 51:17

    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Lucy Caldwell and Susan Del Percio join Ron Steslow to break down the top stories of the week: (02:09) New York City's election confusion as officials try to determine the next Democratic candidate for mayor, and the national demographic trends illuminated in the preliminary results (21:29) Why a judge tossed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, and where the push to regulate “big tech” is headed (36:25) The Supreme Court Justice allowing the CDC's eviction moratorium to stay in place (for now) [Politicology+ Exclusive] South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem's decision to deploy the National Guard to the country's southern border, and who is paying for it // Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at politicology.com/plus Want to help build Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/lucymcaldwell https://twitter.com/DelPercioS

    “Constitution Bootcamp” — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 68:24

    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Lucy Caldwell, Lanae Erickson and Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to break down the top stories of the week: (02:04) Liz Cheney's call for better civic education in Congress (17:45) The struggle to pass voter protection laws in the Senate (40:36) Florida's new “viewpoint diversity” survey on college campuses [Politicology+ Exclusive] Why is Steve Bannon talking about making Donald Trump Speaker of the House without ever getting elected to Congress? Unlock now and get your private podcast feed at https://politicology.com/plus Want to help build Politicology? Contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/lucymcaldwell https://twitter.com/madrid_mike https://twitter.com/LanaeErickson

    “Pipeline of A$$holes” — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 68:19

    To access this week's Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Democratic political strategist Tharon Johnson and Russian warfare writer and researcher Molly McKew join Ron Steslow to break down the top stories of the week: (02:15) Putin, Biden, and the Administration's not-a-reset on Russia (25:52) Insurrectionists emboldened to run for Congress and the bottomless depravity of the GOP (53:53) The investigators investigating the Trump DOJ [+] The right's political framing of the “lab leak” theory of COVID-19's origins. Sign up now: https://politicology.com/plus If you believe in our mission and want to help build Politicology, please contribute now at https://politicology.com/donate Rolling Stone - The Forever Trump Movement Has Won https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/trump-mccarthy-republican-party-critical-race-theory-1184610/ Politicology 4-21-01: BOЯDEЯ CЯISIS with Molly McKew https://politicology.com/episodes/border-crisis-ukraine/ Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/TharonJohnson https://twitter.com/MollyMcKew

    The (Departed) Lincoln Project Founders: Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 57:48

    To unlock Politicology+, visit https://politicology.com/plus For the first time since the 2020 election, George Conway, Jennifer Horn, Mike Madrid, and Ron Steslow—four since-departed co-founders of The Lincoln Project—reunite to discuss the most important political fight of their lives...and what comes next. In Part 1, the panel discusses their individual paths to The Lincoln Project, and how the fight to remove Donald Trump from office evolved and escalated throughout 2020. For Part 2 of this special series, unlock Politicology+ now: https://politicology.com/plus To contribute to Politicology's mission, visit https://politicology.com/donate Find the Lincoln Project co-founders on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/gtconway3d https://twitter.com/NHJennifer https://twitter.com/madrid_mike

    Politicology+ is here

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2021 3:34

    Part master class, part laboratory, part war room. Unlock Politicology+ now at politicology.com/plus Politicology+ members will have access to exclusive content including: Extended Weekly Roundup Episodes  TAPPED conversations with political strategists  Enemies of Democracy exposés and backstories on those keeping Trumpism alive  Round table conversations with leading experts about the most pressing issues we face today in Thought Lab episodes And, occasionally, other unannounced special content…

    “Do not come” — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 64:33

    Join Politicology+ now for an extended Roundup and more exclusive content - politicology.com/plus Lucy Caldwell and Susan Del Percio join Ron Steslow to break down the top stories of the week: (01:36) What to make of the flashbang of bipartisanship on a massive tech-investment bill that just passed the Senate (20:27) Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, and the fate of the filibuster (43:11) Vice President Kamala Harris's trip to Central America and the message she delivered on immigration To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/lucymcaldwell https://twitter.com/DelPercioS

    Katie Hill on Revenge Porn, Cancel Culture, and Redemption

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 76:08

    To unlock Politicology+, visit politicology.com/plus What does it mean to be “canceled?” Former Congresswoman Katie Hill joins Ron Steslow to discuss what is and isn't “cancel culture,” how we should think about holding public figures accountable, why we have failed to find a mechanism for redemption, and her fight to close the legal loophole for “revenge porn.” Exclusively for Politicology+ subscribers: Following this conversation, Ron asks Katie about the details of her surprising (albeit short-lived) friendship with Sen. Matt Gaetz.  To unlock Politicology+, visit politicology.com/plus To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Find Ron and Katie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/KatieHill4CA

    “For God & Country” Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 57:19

    To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate What are Democrats prepared to do to save democracy? Former Lincoln Project Political Director Zack Czajkowski, 2020 DNC President Liz Gilbert, and Ron Steslow break down the urgent threats to our elections, our Republic, and our rights—and the steps Democrats must take to hold the line. (02:43) Crescendoing calls for urgent action and filibuster reform in the Senate after Republicans killed the bill to establish a January 6 commission, and the 100+ “Scholars of Democracy” from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, and other institutions sounding the alarm. New America's Statement of Concern (22:20) Absolutely bonkers myth of Trump's impending reinstatement and Fmr. National Security Advisor Mike Flynn's jubilance for a junta (35:38) What happened in Austin that temporarily held off the Texas GOP's latest voter suppression efforts, and where the fight for democracy stands today Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/ZackCz https://twitter.com/_lizgilbert

    “No Trust, No Truth”—The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 50:46

    How can we ever hold truth to power if those in power don't believe in truth? Former Ambassador Al Cardenas makes his Politicology debut alongside Susan Del Percio and Ron Steslow to break down the week's most important stories. To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate (01:42) Florida's laughable new law limiting social media companies, and Governor Ron Desantis' relationship with the fourth estate (19:04) The obstructed path forward for Biden's infrastructure bill (29:33) “Big Lie” architects hoping to run the next election Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/AlCardenasFL_DC https://twitter.com/DelPercioS

    ‘Normal Tourist Visit' — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 63:39

    “Are we in a democracy?” Dr. Catherine Sanderson and Susan Del Percio join Ron Steslow to break down the week's most important stories. To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Get notified when Politicology+ is available: plus.politicology.com (01:46) The showdown in Congress over a January 6 commission, and the hateful defense from the QAnon Shaman's attorney (17:26) New developments in the ongoing investigations into the Trump Organization (33:15) Confusion around the new CDC guidance, and our emergence from COVID rules and rituals Politicology - March 10, 2021: Dr. Catherine Sanderson on Becoming Moral Rebels https://politicology.com/episodes/dr-catherine-sanderson-becoming-moral-rebels/ Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/DelPercioS https://twitter.com/SandersonSpeaks

    An Eye On Elise Stefanik—Enemies of Democracy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 38:40

    What kinds of calculations, pivots and sacrifices of personal integrity does it take to become a Trump Republican? In the first installment of Enemies of Democracy, Lucy Caldwell joins Ron Steslow to introduce listeners to the route Elise Stefanik took from moderate marvel to Trumpist capitulator, and how she forged a pernicious path to the upper echelon of Republican Party leadership. To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Get notified when Politicology+ is available: plus.politicology.com

    “Crazy Times Carnival”—The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 60:02

    Liz Cheney's ouster and the Republican Party's leadership vacuum, Arizona's bogus election audit, and the special interests spending millions on spam comments —Jon Boughtin, Lucy Caldwell, Lanae Erickson, and Ron Steslow break down the week's most important stories. To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Get notified when Politicology+ is available: plus.politicology.com (02:21) What House Republicans' ouster of Liz Cheney means for truth tellers in the Republican Party, notions of bipartisanship and Congress' ability to govern (25:00) The bogus ballot audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, and what happens when partisan hacks get their hands on ballots (42:33) Revelations about manipulation of the public commenting for FCC's net neutrality policies, and what it means when legitimate regulating tools are usurped and corrupted Follow this week's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/LanaeErickson https://twitter.com/NewDemJon https://twitter.com/LucyMCaldwell

    “I've Had It With Her”—The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 49:21

    Liz Cheney's last stand, Barr's abuse of office, and clinging to COVID rules—Susan Del Percio, Jennifer Horn, and Ron Steslow break down the week's most important stories. To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Get notified when Politicology+ is available: plus.politicology.com (01:14) The reinvigorated effort to oust Liz Cheney from House GOP Leadership (21:39) New information about Bill Barr's handling of the Russia investigation, and declining trust in public institutions (32:40) How revised CDC guidelines and new information about COVID safety are being heeded or ignored Follow today's panel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow https://twitter.com/DelPercioS https://twitter.com/NHJennifer

    Out on the Field—Israel Gutierrez

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 55:28

    To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Get notified when Politicology+ is available: plus.politicology.com Across the country, Republican legislatures are pushing anti-trans bills to exclude trans women and girls from joining sports leagues and teams. ESPN's Israel “Izzy” Gutierrez has a different message: Let them play. Israel and host Ron Steslow explain the inexorable links between political issues and the top narratives driving sports, and why the effort to exclude LGBT athletes is just the latest front of the culture wars driving a wedge through the country. Follow Ron on Twitter: @RonSteslow Follow Israel on Instagram: @mrizgutierrez

    Knock Knock Knocking Down Rudy's Door—The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 63:47

    To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Get notified when Politicology+ is available: plus.politicology.com Biden raises hope, while the feds raze Rudy. In this week's Weekly Roundup, political strategists Liz Gilbert and Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to break down the dynamics shaping the week's top stories: Scoring Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress, his infrastructure plan sales pitch, and the history made behind the President  The FBI's raid of Rudy Giuliani's apartment, what it means, and what it doesn't  Trumpist co-conspirators returning to public life and even political office Follow today's panel on Twitter: Ron: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow Liz: https://twitter.com/_lizgilbert Mike: https://twitter.com/madrid_mike

    Drawing Democracy: Part 3—Winners and Losers

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 25:41

    To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Get notified when Politicology+ is available: plus.politicology.com Note: The Census Bureau released their reapportionment figures after this episode was recorded. Throughout this conversation, we discuss potential and hypothetical changes, but the final numbers are now available. The reapportionment winners are: Texas (+2), Florida, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon (+1). The losers are: California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia (-1). Dave Wasserman, House editor for Cook Political Report, NBC News contributor, and one of the nation's top election forecasters, joins Ron Steslow for part three of Politicology's Drawing Democracy series to discuss: Which states stand to gain and lose House seats and Electoral College votes  How districting itself may preclude partisan proportionality and competitiveness What voters most need to pay attention to and how to be active through the process Democratization of district mapping technology Cook Political Report: https://cookpolitical.com/ Dave's Redistricting: https://davesredistricting.org/maps#home Follow Dave and Ron on Twitter here: Dave: https://twitter.com/Redistrict Ron: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow

    White Supremacy Caucus—The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 78:57

    To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Get notified when Politicology+ is available: plus.politicology.com 150 years after the Civil War—and four months after the Confederate Flag was paraded through the Capitol—white supremacists now want their own Congressional caucus. Politicology strategists Susan Del Percio and Lucy Caldwell join Ron Steslow to break down the most important stories of the week: Chauvin verdict, debunking the right wing response, and the will for reform Parler's impending return and the First Amendment  House Republicans' White Supremacy Caucus  Follow the panel on Twitter here: Ron: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow Susan: https://twitter.com/DelPercioS Lucy: https://twitter.com/lucymcaldwell

    BOЯDEЯ CЯISIS—Molly McKew

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 55:36

    To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Get notified when Politicology+ is available: plus.politicology.com The Kremlin is aggressively mobilizing weapons and ground troops along the border with Eastern Ukraine, and fears of a new Russian invasion are rising. Molly McKew, a leading expert on Russian influence and warfare, joins Ron Steslow to bring listeners to the Russian border with Ukraine, and why the future of the West may hang in the balance between a resolute Biden administration, and an American electorate increasingly weary of foreign entanglements. Follow Ron and Molly on Twitter here: Ron: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow Molly: https://twitter.com/MollyMcKew

    Venmo-tional Baggage—The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 65:05

    To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Get notified when Politicology+ is available: plus.politicology.com Politicology strategists Susan Del Percio and Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to break down the most important stories of the week: Killing of Daunte Wright miles from Derek Chauvin's trial Matt Gaetz, Venmo, and viability of the Trump playbook Corporate heavies weigh in on voting rights Follow the panelists on Twitter here: Ron: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow Susan: https://twitter.com/DelPercioS Mike: https://twitter.com/madrid_mike

    Politicology Mailbag — Listener Q&A with Ron

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 16:55

    To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Get notified when Politicology+ is available: plus.politicology.com We've got mail! In this Politicology Mailbag, Ron Steslow quickly fields a wide range of listener questions: State-run media, racial gerrymandering, anti-democracy laws, Russians, breaking the filibuster—and more. Find your Elected Officials here: https://www.270towin.com/elected-officials/ Follow Ron Steslow here: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow

    "Sit Down and Shut Up" — The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 70:18

    To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Get notified when Politicology+ is available: plus.politicology.com Professor, author and journalist Marc Ambinder makes his Politicology debut alongside Weekly Roundup contributor Lucy Caldwell and host Ron Steslow to break down the most important stories of the week: Corporations vs. Republican voter suppression laws The causes and costs of White Evangelicals' hesitancy towards COVID-19 vaccinations The latest massive leak of personal information for over half a billion Facebook users and the implications for Big Tech Here's where you can find this week's panel: Marc Ambinder: https://twitter.com/marcambinder Lucy Caldwell: https://twitter.com/lucymcaldwell Ron Steslow: https://twitter.com/RonSteslow

    The Great Suppression—Tharon Johnson

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 57:18


    To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Get notified when Politicology+ is available: plus.politicology.com Tharon Johnson, a Democratic political strategist who has worked for Congressman John Lewis and President Barack Obama joins Ron Steslow to examine what's in Georgia's new anti-democracy law and understand the dastardly motives and false pretenses being used by Republicans across the country to push similar voter suppression legislation. Here's where you can find this week's panel: Tharon Johnson: @TharonJohnson Ron Steslow: @RonSteslow


    Seeking Justice for George Floyd, Enormous Infrastructure Bill, and Trump-Era Politicization of Science—The Weekly Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 66:24

    To contribute to Politicology, visit politicology.com/donate Get notified when Politicology+ is available: plus.politicology.com Former Democratic Senator from Alabama Doug Jones and Susan Del Percio join Ron Steslow to look at: Former Police Officer Derek Chauvin's trial for the murder of George Floyd, the burden of proof prosecutors must reach for conviction, and the prospects for police and criminal justice reform Joe Biden's ambitious infrastructure plan, who it will help the most, and the possibility for bipartisan support The delegitimization and politicization of agencies and institutions during the Trump administration Here's where you can find this week's panel: Senator Doug Jones: @DougJones Susan Del Percio: @DelPercioS Ron Steslow: @RonSteslow

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