Polilogue

Polilogue

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A weekly dialogue on the substance and style of the Sunday morning political shows


138: Top 10 Sunday
Dec 2 • 66 min
We look at 10 notable moments from this Sunday’s five shows.
137: Impeachment Substance vs. Process
Nov 25 • 65 min
How did the Sunday shows focus on substance vs. process?
136: The Fifth Democratic Debate
Nov 21 • 89 min
10 candidates. 4 female moderators.
135: Nancy Pelosi Holds Firm on Impeachment
Nov 18 • 60 min
Nancy ignores Republican talking points
134: Impeachment Process and a Jake Tapper Win
Nov 11 • 58 min
Is anyone explaining the impeachment inquiry?
133: The Right Questions for Kellyanne
Nov 4 • 60 min
Kellyanne in the Hot Seat
132: Elizabeth Warren Speaks
Oct 28 • 57 min
An Examination of Warren’s Messaging
131: Mulvaney Says Quid Pro No
Oct 21 • 56 min
The walk back nobody believes
130: The Fourth Democratic Debate
Oct 16 • 81 min
In this special episode, we analyze the fourth democratic debate.
129: Trump Abandons US Ally
Oct 14 • 55 min
How does the news explain complicated topics like Syria?
128: Exasperation and Impeachment
Oct 7 • 64 min
Interviewing Trump Loyalists
127: Explosive Trump Defenses
Sep 30 • 40 min
Republican defenses wither under scrutiny
126: Trump Colludes…. Again?!
Sep 23 • 62 min
Whistleblower rattles the White House
125: Candidates Carve New Paths
Sep 16 • 61 min
Candidates make the viability case
124: Debate Special
Sep 13 • 70 min
We analyze the third democratic primary debate!
123: Pompeo Defends Cancelled Talks
Sep 9 • 53 min
Pompeo attempts to defuse the Camp David outrage
122: Sunday Special Segments
Sep 2 • 45 min
We dive deep into the special segments that each show produces every week.
121: Missing economic context
Aug 26 • 60 min
Shows drop the ball in explaining economic turmoil
120: Economic Uncertainty
Aug 19 • 59 min
Is a recession right around the corner?
119: Raids and Guns
Aug 12 • 54 min
Can the media talk about immigration and guns at the same time?
118: Guns, Terrorism, and Politics
Aug 5 • 58 min
How does the media cover mass shootings?
117: Debate Special Night 2
Aug 1 • 69 min
Ten additional candidates in the CNN debate
116: Debate Special Night 1
Jul 31 • 58 min
Recap and review of Night 1 of the CNN Debate
115: Chuck Todd in Person
Jul 29 • 53 min
Chuck Todd and the executive producer of Meet the Press join your Polilogue hosts for a discussion of Sunday morning
114: Mike Wallace is Here with Avi Belkin
Jul 22 • 65 min
Exploring a new documentary on broadcast journalism
113: Detention Centers, Raids, and Racism
Jul 15
Republicans Try to Defend Immigration Strategies
112: Immigrants in Crisis and Fox Failures
Jul 8
Immigration officials attempt to defend detainment centers
111: Trump’s Trip and Biden’s Tripping
Jul 1 • 68 min
Will the US and North Korea will ever reach an agreement on denuclearization?
110: Debate Special - Night 2
Jun 28 • 62 min
109: Debate Special - Night 1
Jun 27 • 75 min
We analyze the first night of the 2020 Democratic Debate.
108: Trump and Pence Make the Rounds
Jun 24 • 72 min
107: George Experiences the Trump White House
Jun 17 • 88 min
President Trump does not often sit down for long television interviews.
106: The Joe Biden Stump Speech
Jun 10 • 57 min
An audio deep dive into the Joe Biden candidacy
105: WH Threatens Mexico (Again)
Jun 3 • 54 min
104: Journalists Take a Stand
May 27 • 56 min
The strategic choices hosts make
103: Media Fails on Abortion
May 20 • 52 min
How the media frames the abortion conversation
102: Trade War with China Escalates
May 13 • 54 min
101B: Pompeo Fails to Instill Confidence
May 6 • 69 min
101: Pompeo Fails to Instill Confidence
May 6 • 69 min
The Trump administration struggles on several foreign diplomacy fronts
100: News Themes
Apr 29 • 72 min
A guide to being a better news consumer
99: Mueller Report Rattles White House
Apr 22 • 63 min
Rudy Giuiliani and Kellyanne Conway distract and pivot
98: WH Reps Face Tough Interviews
Apr 15 • 61 min
Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway Do Trump’s Bidding
97: Hosts Introduce 2020 Candidates
Apr 8 • 65 min
News organizations choose how to introduce candidates
96: Republicans Try Healthcare (Again)
Apr 1 • 97 min
GOP the “party of great health care”?
95: Mueller Investigation Concludes
Mar 25 • 70 min
The difference between analysis and reactions
94: A Critical Look at Sunday
Mar 18 • 78 min
93: North Korea Lied, Congresswoman Omar Rattles Congress
Mar 11 • 65 min
Deflection, Reactions, & Introductions
92: Cohen Testifies, North Korea Summit Fails
Mar 4 • 76 min
Cohen: Trump is a racist, conman, and cheat.
91: The 2020 Election Special Vol. 2
Feb 25 • 50 min
Continue the review of 2020 candidate introductions
90: Chuck Todd and John Reiss Interview
Feb 20 • 66 min
We sit down with Chuck Todd and Executive Producer John Reiss for a discussion of Meet the Press.
89: Defeated, Trump Declares Emergency
Feb 18 • 69 min
A Non-Emergency
88: Scandals from Bezos to Virginia
Feb 11 • 64 min
Explosive allegations, again.
87: Northam Digs In
Feb 5 • 53 min
A Man Without a Party
86: Notes from a Live Taping of Meet the Press
Feb 4 • 12 min
Brendan attended a live taping!
85: The 2020 Race Begins
Jan 28 • 57 min
An Introduction to Early Candidates
84: The Wall Hits a Wall
Jan 21 • 57 min
Democrats Refuse White House Proposal
83: Trump Taunts National Emergency
Jan 14 • 78 min
We are officially in the longest government shutdown in American history.
82: Shutdown Showdown
Jan 7 • 69 min
The White House and Congressional Democrats are no closer to ending the now-three week partial government shutdown.
81: The ‘Wall’ and Climate Change
Dec 31, 2018 • 67 min
Day 10 of the Government Shutdown
80: Merry Shutdown and Withdrawal Greetings
Dec 24, 2018 • 68 min
President Trump struggles to maintain any semblance of control
79: Investigations Isolate President Trump
Dec 17, 2018 • 62 min
Michael Cohen Sentenced to Three Years in Prison
78: Broadcast News Special
Dec 10, 2018
A very special episode of Polilogue: a movie review!
77: A Different Republican President
Dec 3, 2018 • 62 min
We examine Bush 41’s presidency and his life in public service.
76: A Sneak Peak at 2020 Strategies
Nov 26, 2018 • 67 min
Have the 2020 campaigns for president started?
75: McConnell Has No Sunday Friends
Nov 19, 2018 • 65 min
Show variances at every point
74: Midterm Election Debrief
Nov 12, 2018 • 80 min
We must ruthlessly prioritize
73: Preparing for the Midterms
Nov 5, 2018 • 64 min
Two approaches to midterm coverage
72: Mourning Pittsburgh
Oct 29, 2018 • 55 min
A devastatingly violent week in America
71: Voices of POLITICON
Oct 27, 2018 • 69 min
Impressions, Questions, and Feedback
70: A Different Kind of Sunday
Oct 23, 2018
This week we look at Fox News Sunday and Fareed Zakaria GPS
69: Where is Jamal Khashoggi?
Oct 15, 2018 • 68 min
On Oct. 2, a journalist went missing.
68: Justice Kavanaugh Confirmed
Oct 8, 2018 • 72 min
The confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most narrowly decided confirmations in generations.
67: The FBI Investigates Kavanaugh
Oct 1, 2018 • 57 min
The lingering questions and expectations in the Kavanaugh nomination
66: Allegations Rock Kavanaugh Nomination
Sep 24, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 70 min
The Trump administration grapples with current and past natural disasters.
64: ‘TREASON?’
Sep 10, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 66 min
There is always some kind of drama coming from the White House.
60: Race, Firings, and Strong Interviews
Aug 13, 2018 • 58 min
The shows focused on racial division; answers from Trump advisors.
59: A New-ish Trump Legal Defense
Aug 6, 2018 • 67 min
We get a break from Rudy Guiliani’s nonsensical responses .
58: A Year’s Worth of Dialogue
Jul 30, 2018 • 47 min
We look back at year’s worth of Sunday morning shows.
57: Trump Regresses on Russia
Jul 23, 2018 • 70 min
The criticism against the President is getting sharper and and more strategic.
56: Chaos Follows Trump Abroad
Jul 16, 2018 • 78 min
Clouds of chaos follow Trump to Europe.
55: One-Sided Media Scrutiny
Jul 9, 2018 • 63 min
Media scrutiny is not felt always felt across the aisle.
54: Trump’s SCOTUS legacy
Jul 2, 2018
The Sunday morning shows focused on the upcoming changes of a different branch of government: the Supreme Court.
53: The Migrant Crisis
Jun 25, 2018 • 62 min
Heartbreak, Explanations, and Solutions
52: One Busy Week, Two Different Approaches
Jun 18, 2018 • 67 min
Meet the Press delivers and This Week disappoints.
51: Fighting Allies, Friending Foes
Jun 11, 2018 • 45 min
We examine Trump’s rhetorical attack on Canada and the upcoming North Korea summit.
50: Trade Tariffs Shock Allies
Jun 5, 2018 • 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, 2018
Rudy Giuliani and James Clapper have very different levels of decorum and competence.
48: Political Reporting Should Evolve
May 21, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 57 min
We discuss America’s relationship with two countries: North Korea and Iran.
46: Legal Explanations, Presidential Deceit
May 7, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 73 min
This week on Polilogue we explore the narrative beneath the surface North Korea conversation.
44: Two explosive conversations
Apr 23, 2018
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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 62 min
The Sunday shows chose to fill the time in very different ways this holiday weekend.
40: Young Marchers Take Washington
Mar 26, 2018 • 61 min
There were two different kind of conversations: ones with domestic implications and others with foreign implications.