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Polilogue

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A weekly dialogue on the substance and style of the Sunday morning political shows
78: Broadcast News Special
Dec 10
A very special episode of Polilogue: a movie review!
77: A Different Republican President
Dec 3 • 62 min
We examine Bush 41’s presidency and his life in public service.
76: A Sneak Peak at 2020 Strategies
Nov 26 • 67 min
Have the 2020 campaigns for president started?
75: McConnell Has No Sunday Friends
Nov 19 • 65 min
Show variances at every point
74: Midterm Election Debrief
Nov 12 • 80 min
We must ruthlessly prioritize
73: Preparing for the Midterms
Nov 5 • 64 min
Two approaches to midterm coverage
72: Mourning Pittsburgh
Oct 29 • 55 min
A devastatingly violent week in America
71: Voices of POLITICON
Oct 27 • 69 min
Impressions, Questions, and Feedback
70: A Different Kind of Sunday
Oct 23
This week we look at Fox News Sunday and Fareed Zakaria GPS
69: Where is Jamal Khashoggi?
Oct 15 • 68 min
On Oct. 2, a journalist went missing.
68: Justice Kavanaugh Confirmed
Oct 8 • 72 min
The confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most narrowly decided confirmations in generations.
67: The FBI Investigates Kavanaugh
Oct 1 • 57 min
The lingering questions and expectations in the Kavanaugh nomination
66: Allegations Rock Kavanaugh Nomination
Sep 24 • 59 min
Unlike last week, almost all conversations focused on the SCOTUS nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.
65: Florence and Maria Take on Trump
Sep 17 • 70 min
The Trump administration grapples with current and past natural disasters.
64: ‘TREASON?’
Sep 10 • 74 min
In this episode, we cover how the Sunday morning political shows dealt with two instances of explosive journalism roiling the President—Bob Woodward’s new book and the anonymous editorial in the New York Times.
63: McCain’s Last Rebuke
Sep 3 • 63 min
President Trump wasn’t invited to attend any service— but that doesn’t mean his absence wasn’t noticed.
62: In Remembrance of John McCain
Aug 27 • 76 min
We look at McCain’s long life of public service— and say thank you.
61: Truth is Nowhere to be Found
Aug 21 • 66 min
There is always some kind of drama coming from the White House.
60: Race, Firings, and Strong Interviews
Aug 13 • 58 min
The shows focused on racial division; answers from Trump advisors.
59: A New-ish Trump Legal Defense
Aug 6 • 67 min
We get a break from Rudy Guiliani’s nonsensical responses .
58: A Year’s Worth of Dialogue
Jul 30 • 47 min
We look back at year’s worth of Sunday morning shows.
57: Trump Regresses on Russia
Jul 23 • 70 min
The criticism against the President is getting sharper and and more strategic.
56: Chaos Follows Trump Abroad
Jul 16 • 78 min
Clouds of chaos follow Trump to Europe.
55: One-Sided Media Scrutiny
Jul 9 • 63 min
Media scrutiny is not felt always felt across the aisle.
54: Trump’s SCOTUS legacy
Jul 2
The Sunday morning shows focused on the upcoming changes of a different branch of government: the Supreme Court.
53: The Migrant Crisis
Jun 25 • 62 min
Heartbreak, Explanations, and Solutions
52: One Busy Week, Two Different Approaches
Jun 18 • 67 min
Meet the Press delivers and This Week disappoints.
51: Fighting Allies, Friending Foes
Jun 11 • 45 min
We examine Trump’s rhetorical attack on Canada and the upcoming North Korea summit.
50: Trade Tariffs Shock Allies
Jun 5 • 64 min
This week, we explore the outrage around the world over President Trump’s tariffs—and dive into the latest developments in the Mueller probe.
49: The Giuliani Strategy?
May 28
Rudy Giuliani and James Clapper have very different levels of decorum and competence.
48: Political Reporting Should Evolve
May 21 • 39 min
All the rules and expectations were thrown out the window in 2016 and now everyone— journalist, politicians, and voters— must reexamine the role of the media.
47: Trump gambles big abroad
May 14 • 57 min
We discuss America’s relationship with two countries: North Korea and Iran.
46: Legal Explanations, Presidential Deceit
May 7 • 56 min
After a series of explosive television appearances by Rudy Guiliani, the White House struggles to maintain credibility and integrity.
45: What’s next for North Korea?
Apr 30 • 73 min
This week on Polilogue we explore the narrative beneath the surface North Korea conversation.
44: Two explosive conversations
Apr 23
We question the value of having Alan Dershowitz on— and the effectiveness of counter perspectives. We also dissect the bizarre State of the Union interview with Kellyanne Conway.
43: Comey Lights the Fuse
Apr 16 • 59 min
What do you get when you combine James Comey, an FBI raid, and a Syrian missile strike? This week’s Sunday political shows.
42: One Party, Split Perspectives
Apr 9 • 69 min
The White House sent four different representatives to the Sunday talk shows: they talked about the Chinese tariffs in four distinct ways.
41: Host Preferences Front and Center
Apr 2 • 62 min
The Sunday shows chose to fill the time in very different ways this holiday weekend.
40: Young Marchers Take Washington
Mar 26 • 61 min
There were two different kind of conversations: ones with domestic implications and others with foreign implications.
39: Firings, Hackings, And Consistent Chaos
Mar 20 • 72 min
Fifteen months into his presidency, Donald J. Trump has made it clear that he prefers perpetual chaos—when it is his own doing.
38: A New Anchor Shines
Mar 13 • 57 min
Jonathan Karl brought the richness of his career and a new tone to each interview.
37: Tempting A Trade War
Mar 6 • 55 min
Two economic advisors of the White House who have previously never been on the Sunday talk shows came on to defend the President’s new and unvetted decision: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Director White House Office of Trade & Manufacturing Policy…
36: Tapper Goes Too Far
Feb 27 • 92 min
We explore the disappointmenting interview with Sheriff Joe Israel.
35: Transforming Tragedy Into Action
Feb 20 • 59 min
This week, we look at how the brave student survivors of the latest mass shooting are redrawing the political landscape.
34: Abusers In The White House
Feb 13 • 53 min
The Sunday talk shows were back to a familiar topic of conversation from President Trump’s first six months in office: personnel issues.
33: Memo Madness
Feb 6 • 57 min
In this episode of Polilogue, we examine the role of President Trump and Congressional Republicans in developing and releasing a House Intelligence memo.
SOTU Special: Trump’s State Of The Union
Jan 31 • 71 min
President Trump’s speech did not attempt to bring together America or the two parties.
31: Fire And Fury And Firing
Jan 30 • 66 min
In this episode of Polilogue, we explore the political spectrum of expectations and responses from far right Republicans, moderate Republicans who want to work with Trump, and centrist Democrats that are more interested in governance than they are in the…
SOTU Special Series: Barack Obama, 2010
Jan 26 • 51 min
We continue our series on the first State of the Union addresses with a look at Obama’s first official SOTU in January 2010.
29: Of Shutdowns And New Starts
Jan 23 • 63 min
The government shut down for less than 72 hours, but the Washington blame game was thriving on the Sunday talk shows.
SOTU Special Series: George W. Bush, 2002
Jan 19 • 59 min
This special Polilogue series explores the State of the Union speeches of three presidents. We start with George W. Bush in 2002.
27: Two Unwelcomed Messages
Jan 16 • 70 min
The Sunday talk shows focused on two major stories that could have, and probably should have, been avoided.
26: On A Single Day, Oprah’s Hope, Stephen’s Fury
Jan 9 • 91 min
The most explosive interview was with White House strategist Stephen Miller on State of the Union.
25: The Shows’ Last Hurrah(?) Of 2017
Jan 2 • 71 min
The Sunday talk shows on New Year’s eve each put in varying amounts of energy to produce a quality episode.
24: A Year In Politics
Dec 26, 2017 • 41 min
The passage of tax reform, a look back at the year in politics and more.
23: Similar Shows, Very Different Hosts
Dec 19, 2017 • 47 min
This week on Polilogue, we switch our attention from the topics, guests, and panelists to other crucial voices on the Sunday talk shows: the journalists themselves.
22 Throwback: Trump Meets The Press, Circa 1999
Dec 11, 2017 • 43 min
In the Polilogue Throwback episode, we look at the 1999 Meet the Press interview with Donald Trump.
21: December Delivers Guilty Pleas And Tweets
Dec 5, 2017 • 59 min
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times… It was last Friday, Dec. 1.
20: Echo Responses In Sexual Harassment
Nov 28, 2017 • 52 min
Leader Nancy Pelosi received significant backlash for her recent performance on Meet the Press— in this episode of Polilogue, we dive deep into this interview and show each misstep.
19: Sexual Harassment Is A Bipartisan Reckoning
Nov 21, 2017 • 63 min
The sexual harassment allegations keep growing— and the reputation of men in Hollywood, media, and politics continues to shatter.
18: Will Republicans Stand By Their Man, Roy Moore?
Nov 14, 2017 • 63 min
Republicans were front and center on the Sunday talk shows, but their support for Roy Moore was not
17: Running From Scandal
Nov 7, 2017 • 68 min
The parties confront challenges and issues that could derail them from their goals.
16: Mueller Indictment Looms
Oct 30, 2017 • 45 min
The impending Mueller indictments had all the Sunday talk shows scrambling.
15: Mitch McConnell Speaks!
Oct 24, 2017 • 56 min
This week, the political shows welcomed a new face—Mitch McConnell! Yes, the man who has been described as “master of his own silence” actually spoke.
14: How To Deal (With The Iran Deal)
Oct 17, 2017 • 55 min
On this week’s episode of Polilogue, we explore the differences between Tillerson and Haley and ask— who was more effective?
13: A Gun Debate Worth Watching
Oct 10, 2017 • 65 min
In this week’s episode, we examine the story from all angles: how do the hosts frame the gun debate?
12: Tragedy & Taxes
Oct 3, 2017 • 64 min
They say presidents are made by the unexpected challenges and disasters they face.
11: Healthcare On Repeat
Sep 26, 2017 • 55 min
Why did President Trump make incendiary comments about NFL players when the latest repeal and replace health care bill is in dire straights?
10: Trump On The World Stage
Sep 19, 2017 • 69 min
On the Sunday talk shows, international diplomacy took center stage as the world prepares for the U.N. General Assembly.
9: Irma Takes Over
Sep 12, 2017 • 44 min
Irma made everyone hide on Sunday—including some of the political shows!
8: Origins & Responsibilities
Sep 4, 2017 • 27 min
In this first special edition episode, we talk about the origins of the show, and then dive into an evergreen segment that asks the question: what exactly is a Sunday morning political show host responsible for?
7: Of Hurricanes And Pardons
Aug 29, 2017 • 43 min
How effective are the Sunday shows at covering events like natural disasters?
6: Elevating The Discussion Of Race
Aug 22, 2017 • 66 min
We examine the successes and challenges of race-driven conversations on all the shows… but we commit the bulk of our praises for Martha Raddatz.
5: Trump’s Strategic Confusion
Aug 15, 2017 • 56 min
This week we look at what happens when the Sunday morning talk shows have to flip the script.
4: Kellyanne Is Speechless
Aug 8, 2017 • 64 min
We dive deep into the Kellyanne Conway interview on This Week.
3: Specifics for the General (Kelly)
Aug 1, 2017 • 58 min
Priebus Out, Kelly In; Thumbs Down on Healthcare; North Korea
2: Scaramucci Take the Mic
Jul 25, 2017 • 63 min
WH Communications shake up, fractured GOP
1: The Adults Show Up
Jul 18, 2017 • 61 min
Russia rises, health care falls