Pocket-Sized Politics

Pocket-Sized Politics

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Pocket-Sized Politics is a podcast where co-hosts and young voters Amelie and Paris provide a balanced review of the news in 10 minutes or less, weekly. When not discussing the happenings on Capitol Hill, they interview legislators and activists leadin…


What do Syria, Ukraine, and 5 Court Cases All Have in Common?
Oct 15 • 11 min
Amelie and Paris talk about this week in the White House: Syria, Ukraine, impeachment, and several critical court cases.
The Winners and Losers of Debate Night #3
Sep 16 • 13 min
Amelie and Paris discuss each candidate’s performance during the third round of Democratic debates. They also analyze the discussion around the main issues of the night and each candidate’s stance.
The Supreme Court in 2019
Aug 10 • 9 min
Amelie and Paris discuss critical Supreme Court decisions made in 2019.
McConnell vs. McGrath in 2020
Jul 17 • 9 min
Amelie and Paris talk about what has been happening on Capitol Hill and in the Democratic primary in the last week and then review the heavily anticipated Kentucky race in 2020 between Mitch McConnell and Amy McGrath.
The Emergency Spending Bill, Census, and Fourth of July
Jul 7 • 9 min
Amelie and Paris talk about the emergency spending bill and the deep divisions within the Democratic Party under Speaker Pelosi’s leadership, as well as the controversial citizenship census question, and President Trump’s Salute to America.
The First Democratic Primary Debates
Jun 29 • 12 min
Amelie and Paris summarize the first set of Democratic primary debates.
Facial Recognition and Competition on the Campaign Trail
Jun 7 • 9 min
Amelie and Paris discuss the potential detriments of facial recogniton technology as well as what the Democratic frontunners have been doing on the campaign trail.
Young People in Politics: Josie Urrea
Jun 3 • 12 min
We interview Josie Urrea, a high school senior and the current Vice President of the Anne Arundel County School Board
Foreign Policy and the Opioid Trial
May 31 • 9 min
We discuss news from overseas including Theresa May’s resignation to instability in the Middle East. We also discuss the first major opioid trial currently occuring in Oaklahoma
Interview with State Senator Sarah Elfreth
May 27 • 14 min
We discuss her first term and policy with State Senator Sarah Elfreth, the youngest woman ever elected to the Maryland Senate.
Lesser-Known Democrats in 2020
May 24 • 10 min
We discuss 8 of the lesser-known Democrats running for President
Young People In Politics: Rida Alvi
May 10 • 13 min
We interview Rida Alvi, the newest Student Member of the Board and the first hijabi to hold the position.
The Fed, Measles, and Gun Control
May 5 • 10 min
We discuss what has happened on Capitol Hill in the last week: the Department of Justice, the Federal Reserve, and the lingering repercussions of Otto Warmbier’s death. They then address larger issues the country is facing: the growing anti-vaxx movement…
Young People in Politics: Our Minds Matter Movement
Apr 26 • 14 min
We interview the founders of Our Minds Matter Movement for our second episode in our sub-series “Young People in Politics”
Polarization Within Party Lines
Apr 19 • 9 min
We discuss the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral, President Trump’s 2020 Campaign, the Mueller Report, and Ilhan Omar’s recent controversy.
The Democrats and Homeland Security
Apr 12 • 8 min
We discuss the recent resignation of the Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and how it relates to President Trump’s border policies. We also share what the current Democratic candidates for President have been doing as well as the results of…
Young People in Politics: Amelia Farrell
Apr 4 • 15 min
Amelia Farrell is a student leader for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and recently organized and led the Annapolis Youth Climate Strike
Pocket-Sized Politics Takes on DC
Mar 28 • 8 min
We discuss our experience spending the day at the House of Representatives.
McCain and Policy Change
Mar 22 • 9 min
We discuss gun reform following the New Zealand mass shooting, President Trump’s ongoing negative sentiments towards the late Senator John McCain, Elizabeth Warren’s controversial CNN town hall and issues with a widening democratic primary.
Is This What Democracy Looks Like?
Mar 15 • 10 min
Join us as we discuss all things election, Brexit, and voting.
What’s Going on in the House?
Mar 8 • 10 min
On our 10th episode, we briefly discuss the US trade deficit and more potential presidential candidates for 2020. Our main focus is on recent events in the House of Representatives. Between the Cohen testimony and Ilhan Omar’s controversial comments, many…
Tug of War: United States vs. North Korea
Mar 1 • 9 min
This week, we focus on the heavily anticipated and mostly underwhelming summit between North Korea and the United States. We discuss the past, present, and future for these two nations where nuclear weapons are concerned and give our own two cents on how…
The Green Not-So-New Deal
Feb 22 • 9 min
In this episode, we discuss Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, the newest, and youngest member of the House of Representatives and her Green New Deal. We debunk some common misunderstandings with the Deal as well as summarize what it entails. We close out the…
America, What’s Your Emergency?
Feb 18 • 7 min
In this episode, we mainly focus on the National Emergency that President Trump issued on Friday and its implications on the 2020 election, precedent and Congress. We also share the results of a poll administered to our peers earlier in the week asking…
The Blue Road to 2020
Feb 8 • 8 min
In this episode, we discuss the controversy surrounding Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, a heightened abortion debate, and 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates. We focused on Democrats because there are many already announcing candidacy, while Donald…
Brexit: Deal or No Deal
Feb 3 • 7 min
On our fifth episode, we delve into British politics, specifically concerning Brexit. We attempt to summarize what has happened so far regarding the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union and analyze the two amendments passed in the most…
The State of Our Union
Jan 28 • 8 min
As the government shutdown comes to a temporary end, we make predictions for what’s to come (and well, what’s not to come) in the next 3 weeks. We also break down the feud between our President and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, over the date and…
How Partisanship Hampers Progress
Jan 17 • 9 min
On the 22nd day of what is now the longest government shutdown ever, we talk about the new era of divided government, standouts from the freshman class entering Congress and how divisions along party lines impede legislative productivity. Recorded January…
Ruth, Roberts, and Resignation
Jan 13 • 9 min
On the inaugural episode of the podcast, Amelie and Mallory discuss the importance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she has tackled health struggles over the last few weeks, the effects of Chief Justice John Roberts taking the swing vote position on the…
New Year, No Government
Jan 13 • 8 min
We discuss the factors that have contributed to the current government shutdown as it extends into 2019 as well as the impact it has had on federal employees. We close out the episode with our predictions on the long term effects of a shutdown and if…