The Politics Guys

The Politics Guys
Tired of liberals and conservatives screaming partisan talking points? We were, and so we created The Politics Guys as a sane and civil alternative. Each week, a liberal and a conservative talk *to*, not at each other, in an attempt to better understand the week in politics & policy. We’re not about scoring cheap partisan points or preaching to the ideological choir. We reject the notion that people who see the world differently are either stupid or evil. Our mission is to promote a shared, evidence-based understanding of American politics and policy. We hope you’ll join us.

The Politics Guys & The Political Orphanage
Dec 4 • 75 min
Mike talks with Andrew Heaton, host of The Political Orphanage podcast.
Taliban Talks, Hong Kong, Navy Secretary Fired, CBD Crackdown
Nov 30 • 57 min
Mike & Kristin discuss peace talks with the Taliban, supporting Hong Kong, the firing of the Secretary of the Navy, and the FDA’s crackdown on CBD.
The Politics Guys & Democracy Works on Trump, Impeachment and the Future of Democracy
Nov 27 • 53 min
Mike talks with the Democracy Works guys about impeachment and the future of democracy in America.
Impeachment, The Democratic Debates, Government Funding, Trump Pardons, Netanyahu
Nov 23 • 54 min
Trey and Ken talk about the last witnesses in the impeachment of President Trump, discuss the boring, crazy, and amazing of the Democratic debates, delve into the continuing resolution keeping government open, lament President Trump’s recent military…
Strategic Voting, Hunter Biden, ‘President Pelosi’, Warren’s Roots
Nov 20 • 44 min
Mike & Jay respond to listener mail on a variety of topics.
Impeachment, Deval Patrick, Sandy Hook Gun Lawsuit
Nov 16 • 61 min
Mike, Jay, and Kristin on the Trump impeachment hearings, Deval Patrick entering the Democratic presidential race, and a Supreme Court non-decision that allows a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the weapon used in the Sandy Hook mass shooting.
America, Compromised: Lawrence Lessig on Corruption in America
Nov 13 • 58 min
Mike talks to Harvard’s Lawrence Lessig about his book, ‘America, Compromised’.
Impeachment, Election Results, and the State of the Democratic Field
Nov 9 • 64 min
Will, Mike, and Jay on impeachment developments, Tuesday’s election results, and the state of the Democratic field for the 2020 election.
Scott Adams on how ‘Loserthink’ is Ruining America
Nov 6 • 58 min
Mike talks to Scott Adams, political commentator and creator of Dilbert about Adams’ latest book, ‘Loserthink: How Untrained Brains are Ruining America’
Impeachment Rules, Baghdadi Dead, Another Fed Rate Cut, Democratic Race
Nov 2 • 62 min
Mike & Jay on impeachment, the death of Baghdadi, the economy, and the state of the Democratic presidential race.
Behind the Scenes in the Obama White House with Lawrence Jackson
Oct 30 • 33 min
Mike talks to Obama White House Photographer Lawrence Jackson about his time with the Obamas and his new book, ‘Yes We Did: Photos and Behind-the-Scenes Stories Celebrating Our First African American President
Deficit, Subpoenas, Trump’s Sixth Veto, Tulsi Gabbard
Oct 26 • 51 min
Trey and Ken talk about the 2019 deficit, this week’s impeachment subpoenas, Trump’s underreported sixth veto, and the feud between Gabbard and Clinton (and what it might mean for Clinton).
U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie on How Congress *Really* Works
Oct 23 • 48 min
Mike talks with U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie about how Congress really works.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, Turkey’s Invasion, Impeachment, Presidential Contest, Growing Senate GOP Opposition to Trump?
Oct 19 • 55 min
Mike & Jay on the death of Rep Elijah Cummings, President Trump’s handling of Turkey’s invasion of Syria, the latest in the impeachment inquiry, the state of the Democratic presidential nomination contest, and the Senate’s failed override of a Trump veto.
Tom LoBianco on Mike Pence
Oct 16 • 36 min
Will talks with Tom LoBianco, author of Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House. Thye discuss the role of Mike Pence’s faith in his politics, the process that led to Pence landing the Vice Presidency, the impact of Pence’s wife Karen…
Syria, Impeachment, China-NBA, and the Supreme Court Term
Oct 12 • 52 min
Will & Brian discuss Trump’s decision to remove troops from Syria, the state of the impeachment inquiry, free speech and trade concerns between the U.S. and China, and the upcoming Supreme Court term.
Nick Tomboulides on Term Limits
Oct 9 • 18 min
Trey talks with Nick Tomboulides, an Executive Director of U.S. Term Limits. Under his leadership, USTL launched the Term Limits Convention, a campaign to obtain a congressional term limits amendment via the state-directed convention. Nick also serves as…
Ukraine, Hunter & Joe Biden, Impeachment, Bernie’s Heart, Warren’s Rise
Oct 5 • 65 min
Mike & Kristin on the Ukraine affair, Trump using his office for personal political gain, Hunter & Joe Biden, the impeachment inquiry, and the state of the 2020 Democratic presidential race.
Bruce Ackerman on Revolutionary Constitutions
Oct 2 • 69 min
Mike talks with Yale professor Bruce Ackerman about his book, ‘Revolutionary Constitutions: Charismatic Leadership and the Rule of Law’.
Ukraine, Impeachment, Weed, Inequality
Sep 28 • 58 min
Trey and Ken are joined this week, in a Politics Guys first, by Mike! The three begin the episode discussing President Donald Trump’s potential pressure on the Ukraine and the fallout of impeachment. Trey and Ken then discuss legislation to make it legal…
Mike & Jay on Judicial Confirmation, Reforming the Court, and the Upcoming Term
Sep 25 • 53 min
Mike & Jay’s live show at the Federal Bar Association Conference - judicial filibusters, the demise of ‘Blue Slips’ in the Senate, President Trump’s historic rate of judicial confirmations, Mike’s Big Ideas for changing the Supreme Court, and highlights…
Iran, O’Brien, Kavanaugh, and Congressional Hearings
Sep 21 • 50 min
Will and Brian discuss the attacks on Saudi Arabia and the potential impact, Trump’s appointment of O’Brien as National Security Advisor, the latest Kavanaugh allegations, and the Nadler-Lewandowski hearing drama.
Jen Schradie on How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives
Sep 18 • 51 min
Mike talks with sociologist Jen Schradie about her book ‘The Revolution That Wasn’t: How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives’.
Democratic Debate, Asylum Injunction, Bolton Out, NC Special Election, FDA & E-Cigarettes
Sep 14 • 56 min
Mike & Jay on the latest Democratic debate, the Supreme Court lifting an injunction against Trump’s asylum rule, John Bolton’s removal as National Security Advisor, special elections in North Carolina, and the FDA ban on flavored e-cigarettes.
Libertarians for Booker, Campaign Promises, Ending Extremism, Cybersecurity, Policing
Sep 11 • 33 min
In this listener mail show, Trey & Ken respond to questions on: * how a libertarian-conservative can like Cory Booker * the feasibility of penalizing candidates who break campaign promises * if there are alternatives to polarized parties * if hackers make…
Climate Change Town Hall, Brexit Gets Messy (Again), Terrorist Watchlists, Republican Primaries
Sep 7 • 36 min
Trey & Ken discuss the Democratic climate change town hall, then move on to the problems Boris Johnson is having in achieving a hard Brexit. Then the pair turns to the recent ruling on terrorists watchlists. Finally Trey and Ken discuss the recent…
Reforming Democracy: Supreme Court Appointments
Sep 4 • 33 min
Mike & Will kick off their ‘reforming democracy’ book project with an overview of the book, topics they’ll be covering, and a discussion of Mike’s first proposed reform: changing the Supreme Court nomination process so that every president gets at least…
Opioids, Challenges to Trump, Democratic Presidential Race, Isakson Resigns, Intimidating Border Wall
Aug 31 • 60 min
Mike & Trey on a big opioid verdict and potential settlement, the 2020 presidential race, the importance of Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson’s retirement, and the border wall.
‘Democrat’ Party, Injunctions, Ranked-Choice Voting, Democracy, Presidential Candidate Priorities, Gun Control
Aug 28 • 44 min
Mike & Jay on the ‘Democrat Party’, nationwide injunctions, ranked-choice voting, how small-d democratic they are, what Democratic presidential candidate priorities should be, and conservatives on banning guns vs banning abortions and drugs.
Trump vs the Fed, ‘Disloyal’ Jews, Flores Settlement, Buying Greenland, Planned Parenthood & Title X
Aug 24 • 48 min
Mike & Jay on Trump’s tweets on the Fed, disloyal American Jews, the Flores Settlement, buying Greenland, and Planned Parenthood and Title X
Will and Brian Take Your Questions
Aug 21 • 36 min
Will and Brian take questions on the Left and ideas, media coverage of Mueller, racism allegations and Republicans, the role of the Senate Majority Leader, and the future of both parties.
Epstein, Israel, Hickenlooper and the Dems, New Immigration Rules, and the American Dream
Aug 17 • 62 min
Will & Brian on Epstein’s death, Netanayahu’s travel refusal, Hickenlooper’s withdrawal, Trumps’ new immigration rule, and the future of the American dream.
Jennifer Rauch on Why Slow Media is Satisfying, Sustainable, and Smart
Aug 14 • 52 min
Mike talks with Jennifer Rauch about her book, ‘Slow Media: Why ‘Slow’ Is Satisfying, Sustainable, and Smart.
Mass Shootings, China & Currency Manipulation, ICE Raid, Castro Tweets Trump Donors
Aug 10 • 63 min
Mike & Kristin on the El Paso & Dayton shootings, white nationalism, China’s alleged currency manipulation, the Mississippi ICE raid, and Rep. Castro’s tweet of Trump donors.
David Hawkings and The Fulcrum
Aug 7 • 34 min
Trey welcomes David Hawkings to the show to discuss his latest media project The Fulcrum.
The Democratic Debates, The Fed, Trade Wars Continued, the Director of National Intelligence
Aug 3 • 54 min
Trey and Mike discuss the recent Democratic debates, the Federal Reserve decreasing the interest rates, the escalation of tariffs with China, and the resignation and ongoing search for a new Director of National Intelligence.
The Voter Study Group’s Report: On the Money
Jul 31 • 29 min
Trey welcomes Lee Drutman, Vanessa Williamson and Felcia Wong to the show to discuss their latest report and study through the democracy fund voter study group: On the Money
The Wall Returns!, Budget Deal, Mueller, Facebook Fine, California Cuts a Deal
Jul 27 • 63 min
Mike & Jay on the Supreme Court ruling on border wall construction, Mueller’s congressional testimony, a bipartisan budget deal, record fine for Facebook, and the deal California cut on auto emissions.
The Rise of Mayor Pete, the Democratic Debate, and the Role of Capitalism
Jul 24 • 36 min
Will and Brian discuss Mayor Pete’s fundraising, the next Democratic debate, and the role of capitalism in America today.
We Landed on the Moon, Trump Tweets, Contempt, and Conditions at the Border
Jul 20 • 56 min
Will & Brian on the future of space exploration, the fallout from Trump’s week on Twitter, contempt charges in Congress, and Secretary McAleenan’s House testimony.
Kristin & Mike Take a Test
Jul 17 • 46 min
Kristin and Mike take the Pew Research Center’s Political Typology quiz. Also, Kristin explains why she’s voting for Trump in 2020.
Epstein / Acosta, Border Crossings Down, British Ambassador Resigns, Emoluments Suit Dismissed, Democratic Tensions
Jul 13 • 51 min
Kristin & Mike on the Epstein case, a decline in southern border crossings, the resignation of the British Ambassador to the US, the state emoluments suit against Donald Trump, and tensions in the Democratic caucus.
Tyler Cowen’s Love Letter to Big Business
Jul 10 • 49 min
Mike talks to economist Tyler Cowen about his book ‘Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero’.
Trump’s Potential Executive Orders on the Census Citizenship Question and Drug Prices, The Border Patrol Facebook Group, School Busing
Jul 6 • 53 min
Trey and Mike talk about President Trump’s potential use of an executive order to push forward a census citizenship question and another executive order to try and lower drug prices. They also discuss the private Border Patrol Facebook group and the…
Superdelegates, Democratic Strategy, Biden’s Troubled Past, Out of Touch Politics Guys, and Media Bias
Jul 3 • 40 min
Mike & Jay answer listener questions about Democratic superdelegates, electoral strategy, being out of touch, and media selection bias.
Democrats Debate, Gerrymandering, Census Citizenship Question, Administrative Authority, Border Crisis Funding
Jun 29 • 54 min
Mik & Jay on the Democratic debates, a trio of major Supreme Court decisions, and the crisis at the border.
Helena Rosenblatt on the Lost History of Liberalism
Jun 26 • 47 min
Mike talks with Helena Rosenblatt, a professor of history at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York about her latest book, The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century.
Trump in 2020, Hicks before the House, Gallagher Trial, and the Actions of Iran
Jun 22 • 57 min
Will and Brian talk about Trump in 2020, Hope Hicks’ testimony, the Gallagher trial, and Activities in Iran
David Rose on Why Culture Matters Most
Jun 19 • 78 min
Mike talks with economist David Rose about his book Why Culture Matters Most.
Mexico Deal, Iran Tensions, Barr & Ross Contempt Charges, Conway & Sanders
Jun 15 • 58 min
Mike & Kristin on the Mexico deal, Iran, Contempt charges against AG Barr and Wilbur Ross, and personnel issues at the White House.
Impeachment and 2020
Jun 8 • 48 min
Will and Alexandra discuss the potential impact of any impeachment proceedings and the state of the 2020 election.
Trump Goes to Europe, Jobs Report, Mexican Tariffs, and ICE
Jun 8 • 53 min
Will and Alexandra discuss Trump’s trip to Europe, the recent jobs report, the Mexican tariff threat, and recent decisions regarding refugee children at the Mexican border.
Israel, Electoral Strategies, “Freedom molecules,” Presidential Crimes, Presidential Power, Political Moderates
Jun 5 • 37 min
Trey and Ken address listener questions on this midweek show on: Israel, Electoral Strategies, “Freedom molecules,” Presidential Crimes, Presidential Power, Political Moderates.
Mueller Statement, Mexican tariffs, Abortion, Debate Thresholds
Jun 1 • 55 min
Trey & Ken discuss Mueller’s brief Statement, the timing and content of Trump’s tariffs on Mexico over illegal immigration, Louisiana’s Democrat supported abortion bill, and DNC debate thresholds. Listener support helps make The Politics Guys possible. If…
I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland on How to Have Grace-Filled Political Conversations
May 29 • 48 min
Mike talks with Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland, hosts of the Pantsuit Politics podcast about their new book, I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): a Guide To Grace-Filled Political Conversations.
Trump Investigations, Iran Tensions, Health Care Conscience Rule, Tobacco Legislation
May 25 • 57 min
Mike & Jay discuss the state of the Trump investigations, Iran, the health care conscience rule and its opponents, and the Tobacco Free Youth Act.
Matt Grossmann on How Policy Change Happens
May 22 • 59 min
Mike interviews Matt Grossmann about his book Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945.
US v China, Overturning Roe, Apple Lawsuit, Trump’s Immigration Plan
May 18 • 56 min
Mike & Jay on the US/China trade war, Alabama’s new anti-abortion law, a major class-action lawsuit against Apple, and President Trump’s plan to change legal immigration.
Trump Approval, 2020, and Party Leadership
May 15 • 43 min
Will and Alexandra discussing Trump’s approval ratings, the 2020 Democratic nomination, and current party leadership.
Struggle for Power, Subpoenas, Taxes, China, and Iran
May 11 • 57 min
Will & Alexandra on Barr in contempt, Trump Jr.’s subpoena, Trump’s taxes, China, and Iran
Electability, Net Neutrality, Homelessness, Obama Spying Scandal, Impeachment, Candidate Transparency
May 8 • 49 min
Mike & Jay answer listener questions on candidate electability, net neutrality, helping the homeless, the Obama spying scandal, impeachment, and presidential candidate disclosure.
Barr Testimony, Immigration, Venezuela, Trump Sues Banks
May 4 • 61 min
Mike & Jay on AG Barr’s congressional testimony, new Trump immigration proposals, how the US should react to the crisis in Venezuela, and how the Trump Organization is fighting Congressional subpoenas.
Tackling Homelessness, Civility as Oppression, Convicting Trump, Rising Education Costs
May 1 • 34 min
In this episode, Trey & Ken answer listener questions on why presidential candidates aren’t tackling homelessness, whether civility is actually oppression, if Trump could be convicted if impeached, and the causes of the rising costs of higher education.…
To Impeach or Not to Impeach, That is the Question, IRS deadlines, the Aftermath of the Mueller Report, Joe Biden in 2020
Apr 27 • 41 min
To impeach or not to impeach, that is the question, IRS deadlines, the Aftermath of the Mueller Report, Joe Biden in 2020
Trump vs Omar, Holding Media Accountable, Capitalism & Regulation, Trump’s Second Term
Apr 24 • 39 min
Kristin & Mike answer listener questions on the Trump / Omar feud, holding media accountable, government regulation, and policy in a Trump second term.
Mueller Report, Trump’s Yemen Veto, Barr Limits Bail for Asylum Seekers
Apr 20 • 55 min
Mike & Kristin on the Mueller Report, Trump vetoing the ‘get out of Yemen’ resolution, and limiting bail for asylum seekers.
Chick-Fil-A, Trump’s Taxes, Democratic Fundraising, Podcast Politics
Apr 17 • 33 min
Mike & Jay on Chick-Fil-A and anti-religious bias, Trump’s tax returns, first quarter Democratic presidential candidate fundraising totals, and Mike’s research on political podcasts.
DHS Shakeup, Barr Before Congress, Net Neutrality, Assange Arrested
Apr 13 • 60 min
Mike & Jay on DHS & immigration, Barr’s Congressional testimony, net neutrality, and the arrest of Wikileaks’ Julian Assange
Brian Smentkowski on Myths Stemming from our Misunderstanding of the Bill of Rights
Apr 10 • 48 min
Will and Brian discuss America’s myth-based understanding of the Bill of Rights and its impact
Mueller, Joe’s Woes, and the Role of Government
Apr 6 • 61 min
Will & Brian on the Mueller investigation, allegations against Joe Biden, and the role of government in policy today.
Medicare For All, Trump’s Obstruction, Mike & Jay’s Apostasies, Mayor Pete, Israel, Bernie, Gerrymandering, Trusting The Media
Apr 3 • 47 min
Mike & Jay answer listener questions on a variety of topics.
Mueller Investigation,Trump and Obamacare, Medicaid Work Requirements
Mar 30 • 55 min
Mike & Jay on the Mueller investigation, the Trump administration’s change of position on Obamacare. and a recent ruling halting Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky.
Brexit and the Electoral College
Mar 27 • 36 min
This week Trey & Ken take on Brexit and its potential cause: nationalism. The pair also address a listener question on moving the electoral college to a proportional representation system.
DC vs. Donald Trump, Free Speech on College Campuses, Economics and Elections, The Democratic Primary Field
Mar 23 • 50 min
Trey & Ken discuss emoluments in DC vs. Donald Trump, President Trump’s executive order on free speech on college campuses, the current economy and how it may impacts elections and, finally, the Democratic primary field
Anti-Trump Conspiracy, Online Media, Late-Term Abortions, Is Mike Naive on Immigration?
Mar 20 • 43 min
Mike & Kristin on a possible conspiracy against Donald Trump, transparency in online media, late-term abortions, and Mike’s naivete on border security.
Trump Vetoes ‘No Emergency’ Resolution, Boeing & the FAA, Trump’s Budget, Beto’s In, College Admissions Scandal
Mar 16 • 49 min
Mike & Kristin on the latest with the ‘national emergency’ at the border, if the FAA put Boeing before citizen safety, President Trump’s 2020 budget, Beto O’Rourke announcing for president, and the college admissions scandal.
Mark Godsey on The Innocence Project and Blind Injustice
Mar 13 • 42 min
Mike talks to Mark Godsey about the Ohio Innocence Project and his book Blind Injustice.
For The People Act, Ilhan Omar & Anti-Semitism, New Trump Investigations, Manafort Sentencing
Mar 9 • 73 min
Mike & Jay on the House Democrats’ ‘For the People Act’, the response to Rep Omar’s allegedly anti-Semitic remarks, the latest Trump investigations, and Paul Manafort’s sentencing.
Matthew Pressman on the Liberal Values That Shaped the News
Mar 6 • 58 min
Mike talks to Matthew Pressman about his book ‘On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News’.
House vs Trump on Emergency, Trump Walks on Kim, Medicare for All, Big Pharma, Cohen Testimony
Mar 2 • 68 min
Mike & Jay on the House reply to Trump’s national emergency declaration, the latest North Korea talks, Medicare for All, Big Phrama, and the Cohen testimony.
Timbs v. Indiana and the ISIS Ambassador Bride
Feb 27 • 31 min
This week Trey is joined by Ken and they continue examining questions of constitutional significance. First is the incorporation of the 8th Amendment in Timbs v. Indiana. Next Trey and Ken turn to the pending case of Hoda Muthana, a women who joined ISIS…
National emergencies, presidential power, Andrew McCabe and the 25th Amendment
Feb 23 • 48 min
On this week’s episode of The Politics Guys Trey Orndorff is joined by Ken Katkin and the two get details surrounding national emergencies. Specifically the two discuss what constitutes a national emergency and the National Emergencies Act of 1976. After…
Things to Like About Trump, Is AOC The Democrats’ Trump?
Feb 20 • 41 min
Mike & Kristin on what Kristin likes about Donald Trump and whether AOC is the Democrats’ Trump.
National Emergency(?), Public Lands Bill, Amazon Cancels NY HQ2
Feb 16 • 51 min
Mike & Kristin on the national emergency declaration, a big public lands bill, and Amazon pulling out of NY
Venezuela, 2020, and Anarco-Communism
Feb 13 • 38 min
Will and Zach discuss Venezuela, the candidates in 2020, and answer listener questions about Zach’s ideology.
State of the Union, Green New Deal, State of Virginia, Abortion Stay, and Trump Investigation Updates
Feb 9 • 55 min
In this show, Will & Zach discuss: their opinions of the State of the Union Address perceptions of AOC’s Green New Deal scandals in Virginia the Supreme Court stay on Louisiana’s abortion law current happenings around the Trump investigation
News Recommendations, Privacy Legislation, Experience as a Handicap, Demographic Representation, Cohen’s Ethics, Politics Guys Bingo
Feb 6 • 39 min
Mike & Jay respond to listener questions and comments.
Building a Wall, Trump vs. Intel Chiefs, INF Treaty Withdrawal, Afghanistan Pullout, Pressing Maduro in Venezuela
Feb 2 • 53 min
Mike and Jay on the budget / wall negotiations, Trump vs. his intel Chiefs, INF Treaty Withdrawal, the potential Afghanistan pullout, and U.S. action against Maduro in Venezuela.
Civil War, Critical Thinking, Federalizing Elections, and Nominations
Jan 30 • 41 min
This week Trey and Ken tackle a number of listener questions including: Can we avert civil war? How can I think critically? Is failing to federalize elections voter suppression? How would The Politics Guys fix the nomination process?
Roger Stone, Covington Catholic, Giuliani, and the Shutdown
Jan 25 • 53 min
Stone’s inditement, Covington Catholic and video memes, Giuliani’s potential strategy, and a deep disagreement over the shutdown.
Aquinas and the Market: Theologian & Economist Mary Hirschfeld on a Humane Economy
Jan 23 • 40 min
Mike talks with theologian and economist Mary Hirschfeld about her book Aquinas and the Market: Toward a Humane Economy.
Shutdown, Barr Confirmation, Citizenship on Census, Gillibrand Announces
Jan 19 • 54 min
Mike and Kristin Matheny on the shutdown, William Barr’s confirmation hearings, including a citizenship question on the Census, and Kirsten Gillibrand entering the Democratic presidential race.
Revamping the Constitution
Jan 16 • 48 min
Mike and Beth Silvers from Pantsuit Politics discuss Mike’s ideas for revising the U.S. Constitution.
Longest Shutdown Ever, National Emergency(?), Leaving Syria
Jan 12 • 50 min
Mike & Will on the shutdown, the ‘emergency’ at the border, and the U.S. leaving Syria.
Patrick Deneen on Why Liberalism Failed
Jan 9 • 47 min
Mike talks with Notre Dame political scientist Patrick Deneen about his book Why Liberalism Failed.
Shutdown & Border Security, The New Congress, 2020 Presidential Field
Jan 5 • 59 min
Mike and Jay on the continuing government shutdown, the 116th Congress, and the 2020 Presidential field.
Vote Fraud, Mandatory Voting, Term Limits, Sneaky Legislatures, Gerrymandering
Jan 2 • 41 min
Mike & Jay respond to listener questions on vote fraud, mandatory voting, term limits, sneaky legislatures, and gerrymandering
Politics Guys Holiday Hiatus
Dec 29, 2018 • 1 min
We’re off this Saturday, but we’ll be returning on Wednesday, January 2.
Government Shutdown, Mattis Resigns, Criminal Justice Reform, Obamacare Declared Unconstitutional
Dec 22, 2018 • 46 min
Mike & Jay on the shutdown, Mattis resignation, a big bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, and the recent ruling declaring the ACA unconstitutional.
Tyler Cowen on Stubborn Attachments to Prosperity and Freedom
Dec 19, 2018 • 33 min
Mike talks with economist Tyler Cowen about his book, “Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals’.
Chief of Staff, Cohen Sentencing, A Not Nice Photo Op, Huawei Arrest
Dec 14, 2018 • 43 min
Trey and Athena discuss the rotating door of chief of staff, the revelation coming out of the Cohen sentencing, the surprising photo op in the White House and the arrest of Huawei’s CFO. Listener support helps make The Politics Guys possible. If you’re…
Complex Government, Gerrymandering, Moral Foundations of Politics, Election Misconduct, Mandatory Voting
Dec 12, 2018 • 35 min
Mike & Jay respond to listeners on government complexity, gerrymandering, morals of liberals and conservatives, misconduct in the Florida election, and mandatory voting.
Bush Funeral, NC Vote Fraud, Lame Duck Legislation, Khashoggi Killing, Trump and China
Dec 8, 2018 • 48 min
Mike & Jay on the Bush funeral, vote fraud, lame duck legislatures & political norms, how to deal with the Saudis, and the latest U.S. / China economic issues.
Trump vs The Fed, Compulsory Voting, Underreported Bipartisanship, Hidden Tribes
Dec 5, 2018 • 35 min
Mike & Will on Trump’s issues with the Fed, listener mail responses, and what they’re reading.
George H.W. Bush, Cohen Plea, Mississippi Senate Runoff, GM Layoffs, Tear Gassing Children
Dec 1, 2018 • 53 min
Mike and WIll on the death of President George H.W. Bush, Michael Cohen’s plea deal, the MS Senate runoff, massive layoffs at GM, and Mexico border unrest.
Mike the Obnoxious Centrist, E-Cigarettes, Jay and the Facts, Why Liberalism Failed
Nov 28, 2018 • 43 min
Mike & Jay respond to listener comments on ideology, truth, and e-cigarettes.
Trump v Roberts, House Democrats Face Winning and Pelosi, In Defense of Saudi Arabi, the Whitaker Appointment
Nov 23, 2018 • 49 min
This week Trey is once again joined by Alexandra Filindra. They tackle one of the biggest questions of the week to open the show: President Trump’s showdown with Chief Justice John Roberts. Turning again to the Democratic majority in the house Alexandra…
Jamie Susskind on Future Politics
Nov 21, 2018 • 38 min
Mike talks with Jamie Susskind about his book ‘Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech.
Is Jay Far Right?, Recounts, Tobacco Regulations, Saudi Sanctions, Challenges to Pelosi
Nov 17, 2018 • 61 min
Mike & Jay on election recounts, FDA tobacco regulation, new sanctions on Saudi Arabian citizens, and whether Nancy Pelosi should be the next Speaker of the House.
Jeff Sessions, the Mueller Investigation, Trump’s Asylum Denial Proclamation
Nov 14, 2018 • 31 min
Mike and Jay discuss President Trump’s action to deny asylum to those who cross into the United States illegally and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions: why President Trump fired him, what it means for policy, and the potential implications for…
Mike & Jay on the 2018 Midterm Elections
Nov 10, 2018 • 66 min
Mike and Jay discuss the 2018 midterm elections.
Mike & Jay LIVE! Synagogue Bombing, Immigration Rhetoric, and Midterm Predictions
Nov 5, 2018 • 34 min
Mike & Jay, recorded live at Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall, on the Pittsburgh synagogue bombing, immigration rhetoric, and midterm predictions.
Midterm Elections, Voters, and the 14th Amendment
Nov 3, 2018 • 44 min
Trey and Ken discuss the midterm elections and argue over judicial review and the 14th Amendment.
Psychiatrist Justin A. Frank Puts Trump on the Couch
Oct 31, 2018 • 47 min
Mike talks to psychiatrist Justin A. Frank about his latest book: Trump on the Couch.
Mail Bombs, the Caravan, INF Withdrawal, and Voter Suppression in Georgia
Oct 27, 2018 • 51 min
Mike & Will discuss the mail bombs sent to Trump opponents, the Honduras immigrant caravan, US plans to withdraw from the INF treaty, and voter suppression in Georgia.
Canadian Trade, Our Overton Window, Tax Policy, Is Libertarianism Realistic?
Oct 24, 2018 • 31 min
Mike & Jay address user questions on the USMCA, diverse views on the show, tax policy, and libertarian philosophy in practice.
Khashoggi Killing, ‘Borrow and Spend’ Republicans, New Rule Targets Big Pharma
Oct 20, 2018 • 59 min
Mike & Jay on the Saudi killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the ballooning budget deficit, and a proposed new rule on drug advertising.
Greg Lukianoff on the Coddling of the American Mind
Oct 17, 2018 • 55 min
Mike talks with Greg Lukianoff, co-author of ‘The Coddling of the American Mind.
Trump’s Op-Ed, Kavanaugh Apology, Midterms, Haley’s Exit, Khashoggi’s Murder
Oct 12, 2018 • 55 min
Trey Orndorff welcomes Alexandra Filindra to the show where they discuss Trump’s midterm strategy through the lens of his op-ed and his Kavanaugh apology. They then turn to the midterms and fundraising in the wake of Kavanaugh. Next is Haley’s exit from…
Sami Saydjari on Cyber-Threats
Oct 10, 2018 • 31 min
Mike talks with cybersecurity expert Sami Saydjari about threats to voting systems, infrastructure, and military systems.
Kavanaugh, Nafta 2.0, Hacks, Trump Money
Oct 5, 2018 • 52 min
The Kavanaugh cloture vote and Op-Ed, Nafta 2.0 questions, the Bloomberg hacking story, and Trump’s family money.
Onkar Ghate on The Enduring Appeal of Ayn Rand
Oct 3, 2018 • 52 min
Mike talks with the Ayn Rand Institute’s Onkar Ghate about Rand’s philosophy and 21st century American politics.
Kavanaugh-Ford, the Budget, Jay Responds to His Critics, and a Trump Hypothetical
Sep 29, 2018 • 65 min
Mike and Will discuss the Kavanaugh-Ford testimony, the suprisingly smooth federal budget process, and respond to listener comments (along with Jay, who makes a special appearance).
Kavanaugh Accusations, Trump Intel Release, Trade War, SCOTUS & Anonymous Donations
Sep 22, 2018 • 74 min
Mike & Jay discuss accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s call to release Russia investigation intelligence, the US / China trade war, and a court ruling on anonymous political donations.
Michele Gelfand on Rule Makers & Rule Breakers
Sep 19, 2018 • 40 min
Mike talks to University of Maryland cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand about her new book, Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire the World.
Woodward, Op-Eds, Cruz, Canada, and Manafort
Sep 15, 2018 • 44 min
The Guys look at Woodward, the NYT Op-Ed, Cruz’s election, Canada trade, and the Manafort plea.
Larry Bartels on Democracy for Realists
Sep 12, 2018 • 54 min
Mike talks to Vanderbilt political scientist Larry Bartels about his book Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government.
Kavanaugh Hearings, ‘Resistance’ Inside the White House, Arizona’s New (Old) Senator, Tech Threats
Sep 8, 2018 • 52 min
Mike & Jay on th Kavanaugh hearings, resistance to Trump inside the White House, John Kyl’s Senate appointment, and big tech and government.
Do Never-Trumpers Skew the Numbers? and other questions answered
Sep 5, 2018 • 29 min
Mike and Trey answer questions about the number of Never-Trumpers leaving the party, the nature of proportional representation, why they became political scientists, and a few questions on the midterm elections.
McCain’s Legacy, NAFTA, Google, and Printed Guns
Sep 1, 2018 • 43 min
Trey and Mike talk McCain’s Legacy, the renegotiation of NAFTA, the spat between Trump and Google, and, finally, the ongoing legal debate over 3D printed guns.
Glen Weyl on Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society
Aug 29, 2018 • 57 min
Mike talks with E. Glen Weyl, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City, about his recent book with Eric Posner, Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society.
Manafort & Cohen, Kavanaugh Confirmation, Hunter Indictment, EPA & ‘Affordable Clean Energy’
Aug 25, 2018 • 49 min
Mike and Jay discuss the Paul Manafort Michael Cohen cases, Democrat arguments for delaying Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, the indictment of Rep Duncan Hunter, and the EPA’s proposed ‘Affordable Clean Energy’ rule.
Joshua Cohen on Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Attention
Aug 22, 2018 • 60 min
Mike talks to novelist and essayist Joshua Cohen about his latest book, Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction.
Behind the Scenes in the Obama (and Trump) White House with Beck Dorey-Stein (Politics Plus)
Aug 20, 2018 • 40 min
Mike talks with Beck Dorey-Stein, who worked as a White House stenographer from 2012 – 2017, about her book, ‘From the Corner of the Oval’.
Democratic Diversity, Pulling Security Clearances, Strzok Fired, Predator Priests, For-Profit Schools
Aug 18, 2018 • 56 min
Mike and Jay discuss recent primaries, President Trump pulling security clearances of critics, the firing of FBI agent Peter Strzok, predatory priests, and a regulatory change that should benefit for-profit schools.
Libertarians, Medicare for All, GOP Racism, 3rd Parties, Obama Spying Scandal
Aug 15, 2018 • 49 min
Trey and Mike address listener comments on what Libertarianism is, how Democrats would pay for medicate for all, why the GOP seemingly has trouble with racism, how Mike and Trey would run the opposition presidential candidate, why third parties struggle…
Neuroscientist Tali Sharot on Political Influence, Persuasion, and Donald Trump (Politics Plus)
Aug 13, 2018 • 46 min
Mike talks to neuroscientist Tali Sharot about her book, The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others.
The Ohio 12th, Missouri and the “Right to Work” Law, the Manafort Trial, Insider Trading and Representative Collins, Nunes’ Private Remarks
Aug 11, 2018 • 49 min
Trey and Mike talk about the Ohio 12th District Special election, the failure of Missouri’s “right to work” law, continuing discussion of the Manafort trial, Rep. Collins alleged insider trading, and Nunes private remarks on Trump at a GOP fundraiser.
Antitrust, Occam’s Razor, Bad Candidates, Lines in the Sand, Farmer Payments, Russia Investigation
Aug 8, 2018 • 48 min
Mike & Jay respond to listener questions on candidate quality, payments to US farmers, the Russia investigation, and more.
Mona Charen on how Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense (Politics Plus)
Aug 6, 2018 • 60 min
Mike talks with conservative columnist Mona Charen about her new book - Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense.
Manafort Trial, 3D Printer Guns, Fuel Efficiency Standards, Another Blow to Obamacare
Aug 4, 2018 • 52 min
Mike & Jay on the Manafort Trial, a federal judge’s ruling on 3D printer gun blueprint release, freezing fuel efficiency standards, and a move to increase availability of ACA coverage provision exempt health plans.
John Sides on Public Perceptions of Muslims in the Trump Era
Aug 1, 2018 • 46 min
Political scientist John Sides discusses findings of a recent survey of Americans’ perceptions of Muslims.
David Frum on Trumpocracy (Politics Plus)
Jul 30, 2018 • 34 min
Mike talks with The Atlantic’s David Frum about his book Trumpocracy.
Farm Subsides, US and Iran Spat, The Michael Cohen Tape, and Facebook’s Record Decline
Jul 28, 2018 • 39 min
Trey and Ken discuss the farm subsides and trade policy, the U.S. and Irans spat over Twitter, the implications of the Michael Cohen tape and the big Facebook stock decline.
Fake News, Judicial Deference, Environmental Regulation, Abolishing ICE, Ideological Orthodoxy
Jul 25, 2018 • 45 min
Mike and Jay answer listener questions on media coverage of immigration, how deferential judges should be to administrative agencies, environmental regulation, abolishing ICE, and ideological orthodoxy.
Trump-Putin Summit, Endangered Species Act, EU Fines Google, Judicial Nominations
Jul 21, 2018 • 60 min
Mike and Jay talk about the Trump-Putin summit, changes to the Endangered Species Act, the EU’s big fine on Google, and changes in the judicial nomination process.
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha on Politics, Lead, and the Flint Water Crisis
Jul 18, 2018 • 44 min
Mike talks with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha who uncovered and exposed the Flint, Michigan water scandal about her book ‘What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City ‘
Russia Indictments, SCOTUS Pick, NATO Summit, Trade War, Strzok Testifies
Jul 14, 2018 • 45 min
Mike and Trey on the latest Russia election tampering indictments, President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, the NATO Summit, the escalating trade war with China, and FBI agent Peter Strzok’s Congressional testimony.
Power Imbalance, Trump Supporter Motivations, What if the Democrats Win?, The National Debt, How to Effect Change
Jul 11, 2018 • 38 min
Mike and Trey take listener questions on balance of power, motives of Trump supporters, what to expect if Democrats win back Congress in 2018, the national debt, and how to effect political change.
SCOTUS Strategy, Pruitt Resigns, Trade Wars, Immigration, Republicans in Russia
Jul 7, 2018 • 57 min
Mike and Trey discuss the left and right’s Supreme Court confirmation strategies, the resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the US China trade war, immigration, and Republican overtures to Russia.
Anthony Kennedy, the Politics of the Supreme Court, and how a New Justice May Change the Court
Jul 4, 2018 • 55 min
Mike, Jay, and Ken discuss Justice Anthony Kennedy’s jurisprudence, the politics of the Supreme Court, and how a new court might affect key policy areas, including Roe v. Wade.
Kennedy Retires, Travel Ban, Public Unions, CA Abortion Law, TX Redistricting, Immigration
Jun 30, 2018 • 62 min
Mike and Jay discuss Justice Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court, all of the Court’s big end-of-term decisions, and the latest on immigration.
Police Immunity, Regulating Business, Covering Trump’s Lies, How We Perceive Migrants
Jun 27, 2018 • 35 min
Mike and Jay answer listener questions on qualified immunity for police, business regulation, how the media should cover presidential untruths, and how we perceive immigrants affects our views on migration policy.
Family Separation, SCOTUS on Gerrymandering & Sales Tax, Space Force!, US Leaves Human Rights Council
Jun 23, 2018 • 64 min
Mike and Jay discuss the family separation immigration policy, Supreme Court rulings on gerrymandering and sales tax, Trump administration proposals for executive branch reorganization, and the US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council.
Why the Electoral College? Why a Two Party System? Ranked-Choice Voting Systems Explained
Jun 20, 2018 • 38 min
Trey and Ken discuss the Electoral College, the two party system in the US, and the merits of ranked-choice voting.
Introducing Politics Plus
Jun 18, 2018 • 2 min
Mike introduces his new interview show, Politics Plus, where he’ll be talking to people from across the ideological spectrum about American politics, economics, history, and culture.
DOJ Investigates FBI, Trump Meets Kim, Supreme Court Upholds Ohio Voter Purge, China vs U.S. on Tariffs
Jun 16, 2018 • 51 min
Trey and Ken on the DOJ investigation of the FBI, the Trump Kim summit, a SCOTUS ruling upholding the Ohio voter purge, and trade tensions between the US and China.
Pro-Choice Healthcare, North Korea, Voter Mobilization, GOP Strategy, Trade Philosophy, Good Regulations?
Jun 13, 2018 • 43 min
This episode features Mike and Jay’s responses to the following listener questions: Jay says he’s pro-choice with it comes to people choosing their own health care. Is he also pro-choice when it comes to a woman’s right to choose whether or not…
G7 Meet, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Immigration, Trump’s Pardons
Jun 9, 2018 • 61 min
Mike and Jay open with a look at the G7 meeting in Quebec, Canada. They agree that President Trump’s protectionism is bad policy, though Jay still thinks that the president might be using his tough talk as a negotiating tactic and may not impose…
Robert Sutter on US China Relations
Jun 6, 2018 • 49 min
Mike talks to Dr. Robert Sutter, a Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University. Dr. Sutter has worked both in government and in academia, including positions with the CIA, State Department, and Senate…
Trade Wars, Trump-Kim Summit, Jobs Report, Arkansas Abortion Law, Trump’s Pardons
Jun 2, 2018 • 63 min
This week, Mike and Jay start with a look at the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would be imposing hefty steel and aluminum tariffs on U.S. allies Mexico, Canada, and the European Union on ‘national security’ grounds. The administration is…
Trump’s Unconstitutional Twitter Feed, The Supremes & Arbitration, House GOP Mini-Rebellion, Is Mike Too Moderate?
May 30, 2018 • 38 min
Mike and Jay kick off the show by discussing a federal court ruling that President Trump was violating the 1st Amendment by blocking some critics from his Twitter feed. Neither of the Guys is exactly comfortable with the courts telling people how to…
PG151: North Korea, Dodd-Frank Rollback, ‘Right to Try’ Act, Fixing the VA, Spygate & Mueller
May 26, 2018 • 58 min
This week, Mike and Jay start off with a look at the North Korea summit, which President Trump canceled, but later suggested might be back on after all. The Guys discuss why the president canceled, what his plan is, and whether we’re moving in the…
Herbert Hoover - the most fascinating, under-appreciated man of the 20th century (Seriously!)
May 23, 2018 • 58 min
Mike talks with journalist, editor, and publisher Kenneth Whyte, author of The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst and most recently, Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times. If you think Herbert Hoover…
PG150: Santa Fe, U.S. Opens The Embassy in Jerusalem, North Korea Has Harsh Words for Bolton, Haspel Is Confirmed, Senate Intel Committee Agrees Russia Tried to Influence 2016 Election, and 2,500 Pages of Trump Tower Documents
May 19, 2018 • 55 min
This week Trey and Mike begin the show with the tragic news of a school shooting in Santa Fe Friday. Mike argues briefly that it is the immutable American gun culture that leads to these kinds of tragedies. Trey argues that the right ignores the…
Ran Levi on Hacking, Cybersecurity, and Ransomware
May 16, 2018 • 45 min
Mike talks with Ran Levi, author of Battle of Minds: The History of Computer Malware and host of the [Malicious Life]( podcast, which explores the people and the stories behind the cyber security industry and its evolution.Mik…
PG149: Iran Nuclear Deal, North Korea Summit, Torture & the CIA Nomination, 2018 Primaries, Michael Cohen’s Shenanigans
May 12, 2018 • 63 min
This week’s show opens with a look at the Iran nuclear deal that President Trump pulled the U.S. out of. Both Mike and Jay agree that it was an imperfect deal, but Mike feels we should have stayed in and worked to improve it. Jay feels that the deal wa…
Broken Healthcare, The Value of Protest, Labor Unions, Syria, Thoughts on Trump
May 9, 2018 • 58 min
This ‘listener mailbag’ show begins with Mike and Jay taking a question from a listener who wonders if it’s fair to conclude that healthcare in the United States is broken given the far greater amount per capita the U.S. spends to get results not too d…
PG148: Mueller’s Questions for Trump, Pornstar Payoffs, Trump’s Trade Wars, Sprint T-Mobile Merger, States Sue EPA
May 5, 2018 • 54 min
The show starts off with Mike and Jay discussing the list of questions Special Counsel Robert Mueller has for President Trump, and whether or not the president will end up answering them. They both agree that it would be extremely unwise for Trump to s…
Kurt Andersen on Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire
May 2, 2018 • 57 min
Mike talks with journalist and best-selling author Kurt Andersen about his most recent book, ‘[Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History](’. Mike and Kurt discuss America’s founding by ‘a nutty religious cult’, …
PG 147: North and South Korea Meet, Macron Goes to Washington, How Special of a Special Election in Arizona?, Ronnie Jackson Withdraws, and the Scott Pruitt’s “Secret Science”
Apr 28, 2018 • 62 min
This week Trey and Mike host together for the first time in a number of episodes. Picking up with one of last week’s topics the hosts discuss the meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea. Trey and Mike both agree the meeting was important, …
Sheila Tate on First Lady Nancy Reagan
Apr 25, 2018 • 34 min
Mike talks with Sheila Tate, who served as press secretary to First Lady Nancy Reagan from 1981 to 1985. After leaving the White House staff, she co-founded the Washington D.C. public relations firm Powell Tate. She served as press secretary to George…
PG146: North Korea, Russia, Gorsuch Sides with Liberals, Crafty Congressional Republicans, James Comey’s Media Blitz
Apr 21, 2018 • 56 min
This week, Mike welcomes special guest co-host Will Miller, a center-right political scientist. Mike and Will start the show by discussing the upcoming negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea in the wake of Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo’…
Economist Tyler Cowen on The Complacent Class
Apr 18, 2018 • 43 min
Mike talks with economist Tyler Cowen. In addition to being a professor of Economics at George Mason University, Dr. Cowen blogs at [Marginal Revolution](, hosts the ‘[Conversations with Tyler](’ podcast , is…
PG145: US Strike on Syria, Ryan Out, Zuckerberg Testifies, Cohen Raid, IG McCabe Report
Apr 14, 2018 • 61 min
Mike and Jay open the show with a discussion of the US-led missile strike on Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure, in response to Syria’s alleged chemical attack on Syrian insurgents. Both Mike and Jay agree that the international community can’t sta…
Danielle McDonald on Barriers to Justice
Apr 11, 2018 • 40 min
Mike talks to Dr. Danielle McDonald, a criminal justice professor at Northern Kentucky University about her book **[Race, Gender, Class, and Criminal Justice: Examining Barriers to Justice](**. Mike and Danielle discuss racia…
PG144: A War of Words and Tariffs between China and the United States, Zuckerberg Goes to Congress, the Potential U.S. Pullout from Syria
Apr 8, 2018 • 54 min
Trey is joined by Ken this week and reveals he is headed to Oklahoma Christain University. Trey and Ken open the show by discussing the ongoing dispute between the United States and China over trade policy. The hosts explore both the immediate tariffs …
Military Force, Healthcare Workers, Does Jay Respect Young People?, Thoughts on Burke, Flip-Flopping
Apr 4, 2018 • 36 min
In this listener mail episode of The Politics Guys, Mike and Jay respond to listener questions, including: * Why Congress gives the president so much power in authorizations for use of military force. * The lack of attention both Mike and Jay ha…
PG143: VA Shakeup, Census Concerns, Kim Jung Un Takes a Trip, Repeal the 2nd Amendment?, Russia Relations
Mar 31, 2018 • 50 min
Mike welcomes [The 45th Podcast’s]( Susan Simpson to the show, in Part II of The Politics Guys / The 45th Podcast host exchange. Mike and Susan open with a look at the shakeup at the VA, with Mike questioning the managerial qualifi…
Jacob Hacker on What We’ve Forgotten About Growth & Prosperity
Mar 28, 2018 • 43 min
Mike talks with Yale political scientist Jacob Hacker about his work on economic growth, insecurity, and inequality. Dr. Hacker’s books include ‘[The Great Risk Shift](’, [Winner-Take-All Politics](, and,…
PG142: Budget Deal, US vs China, Facebook vs Privacy, PA 18, Bolton In McMaster Out
Mar 24, 2018 • 53 min
This week, Mike and Jay start by looking at the $1.3 trillion dollar, 2,0000+ page budget passed by Congress and very reluctantly signed into law by President Trump. Mike sees it as not half bad, given Republican control of the legislative and executiv…
Bryan Caplan on The Case Against Education
Mar 21, 2018 • 61 min
Mike welcomes George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan back to the show to talk about his latest book, ‘[The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money](’. In this episode, Mike and Dr..
PG141: A Line at the White House Exit, Stormy Daniels Sues Trump, and the Student Walkout
Mar 17, 2018 • 51 min
Trey begins by hijacking the show’s opening with an original loop. Jay and Trey then open the show by looking at the big exits from the White House this week including Rex Tillerson and Andrew McCabe. Jay argues that the replacements are capable and Tr…
‘Collusion’ Investigation, Healthcare, Contempt & Civil Discourse, Chain Migration
Mar 14, 2018 • 42 min
In this ‘Ask The Politics Guys’ episode, Mike and Jay respond to comments and questions on: * the nature of the Mueller investigation * the role of healthcare costs in personal bankruptcy * contempt and civil discourse * the wisdom of nationwi…
PG140: North Korea Talks, Sessions Sues California, Trump’s Tariffs, Florida vs the NRA
Mar 10, 2018 • 49 min
Mike and Jay open the show with a look at the stunning announcement about talks between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Both of the guys are hesitant to believe this will lead to anything given North Korea’s track record of stringing U.S…
What We’ve Learned About Fake News
Mar 7, 2018 • 33 min
Mike talks with Jason Reifler, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, about his research into fake news. They discuss Dr. Reifler’s recent paper on the topic (‘[Selective Exposure to Misinformation: Evidence…
PG139: Trump’s Tariffs, Gun Policy, A New Cold War?, Hicks Quits
Mar 3, 2018 • 62 min
This week’s show starts with a discussion of the ‘national security’ tariffs President Trump announced he planned to impose on steel and aluminum. Mike and Jay are in agreement that the tariffs are a terrible idea and not at all related to national sec…
Reforming an Unresponsive Political System
Feb 28, 2018 • 29 min
Mike talks with Jim Jonas, a founding director of the [National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers]( and co-founder of Colorado Independent Voters. Jim is an experienced political, public affairs and corporate commun…
PG138: Gun Laws, North Korea Sanctions, PA Gerrymandering, Mueller Charges
Feb 24, 2018 • 57 min
The show opens with Mike and Jay discussing the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. Mike takes issue with the inflammatory rhetoric of NRA head Wayne LaPierre, and while Jay agrees, he points ou…
School Shooting, Contempt for Religion, Universal Healthcare, GOP Debts
Feb 21, 2018 • 47 min
Mike and Jay lead off the show with Mike arguing that in the aftermath of tragic events, like the recent school shooting in Florida, we’re far too quick to rush to judgment and far too eager to believe that incompetence or malfeasance is the cause. He …
PG137: South Florida Shooting and the FBI, Mueller’s Indictment, Senate Immigration Fails, Mitt Romney for Senate, and No Solo-Press Conferences for President Trump
Feb 17, 2018 • 42 min
This week’s show opens with Trey introducing a new voice for the left: Ken Katkin, , a professor of law at Northern Kentucky University, who’s stepping in to give Mike the week off (and to give listeners the week off from Mike ). The two then move into.
The Crisis of the Middle Class Constitution
Feb 14, 2018 • 41 min
Mike talks with Ganesh Sitaraman, a professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School and a senior fellow at the [Center for American Progress]( He’s a longtime advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren, serving as her policy direc…
PG136: Trump Rejects Dem Memo, Budget Agreement, Gerrymandering (also - Mike ‘Sings’!)
Feb 10, 2018 • 49 min
This week’s show opens with Mike and Jay discussing President Trump’s decision to not allow the release of the Democratic response to the memo released last week by House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes. While the FBI and Department of Justice…
Abortion, Trump’s Racism, Podcasts We Like, How Mike Became a Liberal
Feb 7, 2018 • 45 min
Mike and Jay start the show by addressing listener comments, starting with a criticism of their recent discussion of reproductive rights, which several listeners said was sorely lacking in nuance. They also get into the extent to which they follow worl…
PG135: GOP vs FBI, State of the Union, Immigration, Infrastructure
Feb 3, 2018 • 57 min
This week’s show opens with Mike and Jay’s discussion of the ‘Nunes Memo’, in which the GOP majority of the House Intelligence Committee suggests that the FBI obtained a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page using highly questiona…
The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies
Jan 31, 2018 • 39 min
Mike talks with Susan Jacoby, an independent scholar specializing in the history of reason, atheism, secularism, and religious liberty. She’s the bestselling author of 12 books, including ‘[Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism](…
The Flu Bug Strikes! | Sam Quinones on the Opioid Epidemic
Jan 27, 2018 • 42 min
This week, disaster struck The Politics Guys. Well, okay, maybe not disaster exactly, but a truly nasty flu bug felled Trey late in the week. We’d planned to have Trey run the show along with a special more far left than Mike guest co-host, but that al…
Dana R. Fisher on American Resistance
Jan 24, 2018 • 28 min
Mike talks with University of Maryland sociology professor Dana R. Fisher about her research on activism and protests, the Women’s March, who protests and why, whether protests can drive real political change, differences between Occupy Wall Street and…
PG134: Government Shutdown, March for Life, NC Gerrymandering
Jan 21, 2018 • 47 min
This week’s show starts off with the story everyone’s been talking about - the government shutdown. Mike and Jay largely stay away from the blame game consuming most of the media, and try to focus on why both parties did what they did and the role Pres…
GOP vs Facts, Politics Guys vs Diversity, Jay’s Burkean Ideals, 2020 Contenders
Jan 17, 2018 • 37 min
In this listener mail episode (really more of a listener mail, Facebook, Twitter, and site comment episode) Mike and Jay respond to listener comments concerning: * Why Republicans like Jay aren’t nearly as respectful of facts as Dem…
The Politics of Farm Labor
Jan 15, 2018 • 15 min
Mike’s back with his second food politics episode. This time, he reads [his post on the politics of farm labor]( , getting into who works on America’s farms (mostly immigrants), how willing Americans ..
PG133: Immigration, Is Trump a Racist?, Medicaid, Surveillance Law
Jan 13, 2018 • 52 min
Mike and Jay open the show with a discussion of everything that’s been happening on the immigration front this week, including the Trump administration’s decision to not extend temporary protected status to nearly 200,000 Salvadorians, a federal judge’…
Whistleblowing, Leaking, and Employment Discrimination
Jan 10, 2018 • 35 min
Mike talks with attorney Scott Oswald, a managing principal at [The Employment Law Group]( Scott has extensive experience with whistleblower, employment discrimination, and wrongful termination cases, regularly lectu…
PG132: Korea Talks, Iran Protests, DOJ on Marijuana, Wolff’s Book and Offshore Drilling
Jan 6, 2018 • 47 min
In our first show of 2018 Mike and Trey look at what they thought would be a quiet week in the news that quickly exploded. First they look at the unexpected offer by Kim Jong Un to talks between North and South Korea. Then the hosts turn their attentio…
Political Bribery, Corruption, Secret Money, and Broken Elections
Jan 3, 2018 • 35 min
Mike talks with Josh Silver, Director and co-founder of [Represent.Us]( , a nonprofit organization that brings together conservatives, progressives, and everyone in between to pass powerful anti-corruption laws that stop political…
Avocado Politics
Dec 30, 2017 • 11 min
Mike and Jay aren’t doing their regular Saturday show today, but instead of giving you nothing this weekend Mike thought he’d try an experiment. As you might know, [Mike started a blog]( not too long ago. One reader sug..
PG131: Tax Reform Law, UN vs US, Trump’s National Security Strategy, Shutdown Averted
Dec 23, 2017 • 39 min
Mike, Jay, and Trey have been talking about the GOP tax bill since early November, and this week it finally became the GOP tax law, after President Trump signed the measure before departing for his Christmas vacation. Mike and Jay summarize their views…
Patients, Physicians, and Employers on Value in Health Care
Dec 20, 2017 • 33 min
Mike talks with Dr. Bob Pendleton, Chief Medical Officer at University of Utah Health. They discuss the school’s recently released ‘Value in Health Care Survey’ ( which asked patients, doctors, and employers across th…
PG130: Alabama Elections, Net Neutrality Officially Ends, The GOP Tax Cut (again), Sexual Allegations and Mueller
Dec 16, 2017 • 57 min
This week Trey rejoins Michael after finishing the fall semester at Daytona State College. The first topic of conversation is the Alabama special Senate election. Trey and Michael discuss the implications of a Jones win, a Moore loss, and what the exit…
Norman Ornstein - One Nation After Trump
Dec 13, 2017 • 36 min
Mike welcomes back to the show political scientist and American Enterprise Institute Resident Scholar Norman Ornstein. They talk about his latest book: One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet…
PG129: Jerusalem, Sexual Harassment Resignations, 2018 Budget, Monuments
Dec 9, 2017 • 32 min
Today’s show, which Mike does solo, is a radical departure from the normal format. That’s not because Mike went renegade and ditched Jay’s conservative counterweight or that Jay quit in disgust at Mike’s liberalism. Mike and Jay actually did record a s…
The U.S. Constitution Explained
Dec 6, 2017 • 44 min
Mike talks with historian Ray Raphael about his latest book, The U.S. Constitution: Explained - Clause by Clause - For Every American Today. Ray argues thatboth sides are wrong about the 2nd Amendment, explains why there’s no such thing as an Constitut…
PG128: Senate Tax Bill, Flynn Makes a Deal, Who’s Running the CFPB?
Dec 3, 2017 • 63 min
This week, Mike and Jay start off with a look at the Senate tax bill, which passed by a vote of 51-49, with ‘no’ votes from every Democrat and one Republican (Tennessee’s Bob Corker). Jay is a lot more optimistic about the economic growth potential of …
Spy Schools: How Intelligence Services Have Infiltrated Higher Education
Nov 29, 2017 • 19 min
Mike talks with Daniel Golden, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Daniel Golden, author of Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America’s Universities ( They discuss how widespread spying is (a …
PG127: Net Neutrality, AT&T Time-Warner Merger, Transgender Ban, Sexual Harassment
Nov 25, 2017 • 52 min
Mike and Jay start off this week with a discussion of net neutrality in the wake of the FCC’s move to revoke Obama-era rules that prevent internet service providers from privileging content from certain providers over others. Jay argues that this is a …
Bad News for Mike’s Favorite Agency, Mendez Mistrial, Listener Mail
Nov 22, 2017 • 49 min
Mike and Jay open by discussing what, for Mike, was crushing news - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head Rob Cordray announced that he would be stepping down. Mike points out that since its creation as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform …
PG126: Tax Bill Advances, Sexual Harassment
Nov 18, 2017 • 47 min
This week’s show opens with Mike and Jay taking a look at the current state of the Republican tax reform bills in both the House and the Senate. Mike points out - once again - that it’s a horrible idea to ram a huge, complex tax bill through only weeks…
How Safe is Your Food?
Nov 15, 2017 • 32 min
Mike talks with Dan Flynn, Editor in Chief of Food Safety News ( about the Food Safety Modernization Act, whether FDA inspections are tough enough, if regulations are unfair to smaller farms, and the state of food safety …
PG125: The Great House and Senate Tax Plan Question, Elections in VA, NJ, and ME, Trump Visits Asia, and Roy Moore’s Denial
Nov 11, 2017 • 47 min
This week Trey and Jay start by taking on the Senate’s proposed tax plan. It differs from its House counterpart. Trey worries about the deficit and Jay focuses on growth. Next they turn to the major Democratic wins in Virginia, New Jersey, and Maine. …
Nov 8, 2017 • 43 min
For the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s election, we brought back Mike’s friend Joe, who Mike talked to in the ‘A Trump Supporter Speaks’ episode in October of 2016. ( At the time, Mike th…
PG124: (A Lot) About the GOP Tax Plan, Muller Indictments, Terrorism in NYC, and the Powell Nomination
Nov 4, 2017 • 55 min
In this week’s extended episode Trey and Mike start off by discussing the GOP Tax Plan. They begin by analyzing the content of the plan. As to the policy itself, Trey is optimistic, but worried about the $1.5 trillion debt increase. Mike sees both posi…
Americans for Financial Reform
Nov 1, 2017 • 33 min
Mike talks with Carter Dougherty, Communications Director of Americans for Financial Reform. They cover a lot of ground in their conversation, including: - Congress overturning the CFPB’s arbitration rule - the Equifax security breach - the 2008 financ…
PG123: Opioid Emergency, CFPB Overruled, Jeff Flake, Tax Reform
Oct 28, 2017 • 57 min
This week, Mike and Jay start by talking about President Trump’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency. Mike wonders about the timing of the announcement, which came out a week before the president’s opioid commission is schedul…
MIT Professor Luis Perez-Breva on Innovation
Oct 25, 2017 • 37 min
Mike talks with Luis Perez-Breva, a successful serial innovator and director of the Innovation Teams Program at MIT. Dr. Perez-Breva holds degrees in Chemical Engineering, Physics, Business, and Artificial Intelligence. He’s an expert in the process of…
PG122: Healthcare, Budget Resolutions, Travel Ban 3.0, The Honest Ads Act
Oct 21, 2017 • 52 min
This week, Mike and Jay start by looking at the bipartisan Senate proposal to stabilize Obamacare markets in the wake of President Trump halting cost-sharing subsidies to insurers, as well as the clever way state insurance regulators are dealing with t…
Listeners Ask About: Guns, WW3, Healthcare, Plus Facebook Data
Oct 18, 2017 • 48 min
To begin the show Trey asks about new information from the presidential election. Specifically, Facebook offered to work with both presidential campaigns but only the Trump campaign agreed to it. Then Trey and Jay respond to listener questions. The fir…
PG 121: Trump and the Democrats on Dreamers and Healthcare, Harvey Weinstein’s Worst Kept Secret, The Boy Scouts Make A Change & A Presidential Library Without Books
Oct 14, 2017 • 55 min
Trey and Jay start this week’s show by discussing Trump’s unilateral action to change the Affordable Health Care Act’s cost-sharing provisions. They talk about the actual changes and the policy implications of the action. This leads to a discussion
Overturned Courts, Market-Based Healthcare, Affirmative Action, Political Correctness, Politicizing Weather
Oct 11, 2017 • 55 min
This week, Mike and Jay respond to lister questions and comments: if the Ninth Circuit is really the most overturned appellate court (it depends on how you measure), whether we think market-based reforms can lower health care costs (sometimes), if ther…
PG120: Gun Policy After Las Vegas & Gerrymandering
Oct 7, 2017 • 55 min
Mike and Jay start this week’s show by discussing the state of gun policy in the United States in the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas. They get into how the United States is different from other rich countries on the issue, whether libera…
Harvard’s Nancy Koehn on Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times
Oct 4, 2017 • 38 min
Mike talks to historian Nancy Koehn, who holds the James E. Robison chair of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Dr. Koehn’s research focuses on effective leadership and how leaders, past and present, craft lives of purpose, worth, and …
PG119: Price Resigns, Puerto Rico, Senate Primary, Graham-Cassidy, New Travel Ban, Tax Reform
Sep 30, 2017 • 56 min
Mike and Jay start off this jam-packed episode with a look at the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in the wake of a travel scandal. Mike points out that Price joins an unusually large contingent of former Trump staffers for …
Glenn Hubbard on Tax Cuts, Growth, Inequality, & Secular Stagnation
Sep 27, 2017 • 26 min
Mike talks to economist Glenn Hubbard. Dr. Hubbard is dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School. In addition to writing more than 100 scholarly articles in economics and finance, Dr. Hubbard is the au…
PG 118: Trump’s UN Speech, The Escalating Nomenclature of North Korea and the United States, Facebook and Drudge go Russian, and the Alabama Primary
Sep 23, 2017 • 59 min
This week Trey explains how hurricane Irma had him evacuate the state of Florida and offer thanks to all the listeners who inquired about his family and home. Then Trey and Jay turn to politics and the week’s biggest story: Trump’s United Nations speec…
Congressman Jim Jordan on the Debt Limit, Tax Reform, and the 2016 Election
Sep 20, 2017 • 40 min
Jay talks to Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus. Jay and Rep. Jordan discuss the debt ceiling, tax reform, the Obama administration’s attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election, and more. As a lead-in to t…
PG117: Trump’s DACA Deal, Bernie’s Medicare For All, Equifax Breach
Sep 16, 2017 • 42 min
This week, the Guys start off by talking about the potential deal President Trump reached with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that involves allowing Dreamers to stay in the country legally in exchange for enhanced border security. Mi…
Political Correctness and Identity Politics
Sep 13, 2017 • 41 min
This week, Mike and Jay respond to a listener who feels Mike was being snide and slanderous to Jay in a recent show, and then move on to an in-depth discussion of political correctness and identity politics. For their discussion, they focus on these f…
PG116: DACA, Trump’s Deal with Dems, North Korea, Travel Ban
Sep 9, 2017 • 40 min
his week, Mike and Jay start out by discussing President Trump’s decision to discontinue President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. They both agree that it’s probably a good policy, but that it’s also probably unconstitutional, a…
Henry Petroski on The State of American Infrastructure
Sep 6, 2017 • 45 min
Mike talks with Henry Petroski, a Professor of Civil Engineering and History at Duke University. Dr. Petroski is a prolific scholar and public intellectual - in addition to publishing nineteen books and hundreds of articles in newspapers, magazines, an…
PG115: Hurricanes, Transgender Lawsuits, and Sanctuary Cities
Sep 2, 2017 • 46 min
This week, Mike and Jay start things off by talking about the politics of Hurricane Harvey, including the quality of the government’s response, how well President Trump personally responded, and the role federal flood insurance plays in disasters like …
Trump vs the Senate, Browns Protest, Trump vs the Eclipse, Listener Mail
Aug 30, 2017 • 38 min
Mike and Jay weren’t able to get to everything they wanted to cover on Saturday’s show, so they decided to do this ‘Saturday Spillover’ show. In it, they talk about President Trump’s escalating battle with Senate Republicans, the largest ever NFL footb…
PG 114: Arpaio Pardon, Transgender Ban, Afghanistan Policy, Voter ID Laws
Aug 26, 2017 • 45 min
This week’s show starts with Mike and Jay talking about two late-breaking stories: President Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County AZ sheriff Joe Arpaio and the president’s memo formalizing the ban on transgender troops which he previewed in late Ju…
Saadia Madsbjerg on Changing the Status Quo with Innovative Finance
Aug 23, 2017 • 32 min
Mike talks with Saadia Madsbjerg, a Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. Madsbjerg’s work focuses on innovative finance solutions that change the status quo and raise private sector investment capital to further the Foundation’s goals o.
PG113 Charlottesville (again), Bannon’s Out, and the Rise of Hope Hicks
Aug 19, 2017 • 41 min
This week’s show starts by examining Trump’s ever changing statement on Charlottesville, VA. Trump would end up setting a more measured tone renouncing Neo-Nazi’s and other hate groups, but then on Tuesday Trump became combative with reporters and a
Journalist & Environmental Activist Mark Lynas
Aug 16, 2017 • 37 min
Mike talks with author, journalist, and environmental activist Mark Lynas. He’s a frequent speaker around the world on climate change, biotechnology and nuclear power, and was climate change advisor to the President of the Maldeeves from 2009 - 2011. I…
PG112: Charlottesville, North Korea, Opioid Emergency, Climate Report
Aug 13, 2017 • 51 min
This week’s show starts with the tragic events in Charlottesville, VA where there were multiple clashes between white nationalist protesters and counter-protesters, the most horrific by far being a young white man deliberately ramming his vehicle into …
Defense Spending, Future Jobs, Overpaying for Health Care, Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Aug 9, 2017 • 47 min
In this listener mail episode, Mike and Jay tackle a bunch of questions including whether we’re spending the right amount of money on the right things for national defense, how to deal with a future in which machines are doing so many of the things peo…
PG111: Scaramucci Out & Kelly In, Immigration, Jobs, Senate Ignoring Trump
Aug 6, 2017 • 40 min
Mike and Jay start this week with an analysis of the shakeup among President Trump’s top advisors. First it was Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci being fired 10 days after he was named to the position and before his first official day on the j…
Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter on The New Energy Economy
Aug 2, 2017 • 35 min
Mike talks to Bill Ritter Jr., director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University. Prior to that he served as Governor of Colorado from 2007 to 2011. During his term, Governor Ritter established Colorado as a national and …
PG110: The Senate Skinny Bill Fails, Scaramucci Unloads, & the Senate Russian Sanctions
Jul 30, 2017 • 47 min
This week Trey and Jay team up to take on a fast moving week in the world of politics! We start with the McCain and company torpedoing the so-called skinny bill in the Senate. It looks like Republicans are having a tough time passing legislation and bo…
Lawrence Lessig on Campaign Finance Reform
Jul 26, 2017 • 37 min
Lawrence Lessig on Campaign Finance Reform Mike talks with Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. Prior to his time at Harvard, Professor Lessig clerked for not one, but two of Mike’s intellectual her…
PG109: Health Bill, Spicer Resigns, Sessions’ Rough Week, Electoral Integrity
Jul 23, 2017 • 55 min
This week, Mike and Jay open the show with their thoughts on Senator John McCain, who this week announced that he has a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer. Despite their occasional policy differences with Senator McCain, both of the Guys agre…
Kenneth Rogoff on Eight Centuries of Financial Folly & The Curse of Cash
Jul 19, 2017 • 36 min
Mike talks with Dr. Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics and Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. From 2001–2003, Dr. Rogoff was Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund. He’s a senior fellow at the Council on F.
PG108: Health Bills, Meetings with Russians, FBI Confirmation Hearings, & Mike’s Favorite Regulatory Agency
Jul 16, 2017 • 50 min
This week’s show starts off with a look at the latest iteration of the Senate health care bill. While there are some changes from the initial version, Mike is still opposed, Jay is still ‘eh’ and neither of them think it has the votes to pass - at leas…
Harvard’s Gary King on Gerrymandering, Big Data, & Chinese Social Media Use
Jul 12, 2017 • 45 min
Mike talks to Harvard’s Gary King, author or co-author of over 150 scholarly journal articles, 20 open-source software packages, eight books, and winner of more prizes, awards, and honors than you can shake a stick at. Dr. King is a fellow in eight hon…
PG107: North Korean Missile Test, American First Meets the G20, Modern Day Presidential, and Illinois Budget
Jul 9, 2017 • 53 min
This week the show kicks off with Mike and Trey talking about the July 4th North Korean Missile Test. The launch is important because it marks the first intercontinental ballistic missile successfully launched by North Korea and Kim Jung Un. Both Mike …
Brooke Gladstone On The Media
Jul 5, 2017 • 38 min
Mike talks to Brooke Gladstone, co-host and managing editor of WNYC’s On The Media. Ms. Gladstone has won multiple awards for her reporting, including a National Press Club Award and two Peabody Awards. She’s also the author of two books: The Influenc
PG106: Healthcare Holdup, Travel Ban, Religious Funding, Seattle’s Fight for 15
Jul 2, 2017 • 58 min
This week’s show starts off with Mike and Jay taking a look at the currently stalled Senate GOP healthcare bill. Between the bill’s broad unpopularity and a devastating Congressional Budget Office score, it looks like it’s going to be tough for Mitch M…
Kurt Schlichter Explains How Hillary Clinton is Evil & Listener Mail
Jun 28, 2017 • 51 min
There was so much intense listener response to Mike’s recent interview with columnist Kurt Schlichter, that Mike and Jay decided to devote the first part of this listener mail episode to addressing those responses and explaining why Mr. Sc…
PG105: Senate Health Bill, Special Election, Russia Sanctions
Jun 25, 2017 • 53 min
This week, Mike and Jay start things off by talking about health care bill unveiled by Senate Republicans. Mike sees it as a nearly trillion dollar tax cut financed by draconian cuts to Medicaid, whereas Jay believes it may help by giving states more a…
An A+ For Donald Trump
Jun 21, 2017 • 41 min
Mike talks to Kurt Schlichter, an attorney, retired Army infantry colonel, and Senior Columnist for His commentary on political, military, and legal issues has been featured in numerous national outlets, such as Fox News, CNN, and the Hug…
PG 104: Shootings, Sessions, Cuba, and the Federal Reserve
Jun 18, 2017 • 55 min
Mike and Trey start this week with the tragic shooting of Scalise and the unfortunate political communications uproar in it’s aftermath by James Hodgkinson. Both Mike and Trey worry that democracy may be losing a pillar when demonization is the new nor.
Moneyball for Politics: Sasha Issenberg’s ‘The Victory Lab’
Jun 16, 2017 • 45 min
Mike talks to Sasha Issenberg, a political journalist whose work has appeared in Slate, Washington Monthly, The Atlantic, and lots of other places. He’s a contributor to Bloomberg Politics and the author of multiple books, including the widely praised …
Climate Change Politics & Policy after Paris
Jun 14, 2017 • 53 min
Mike and Jay received so much listener feedback on our discussion of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord (in episode 102) that they decided to do this special follow-up. In it, they cover the ‘We Are S…
PG103: Comey Testifies, Trump’s FBI Pick, The Kansas Experiment
Jun 11, 2017 • 58 min
Mike and Jay start the show talking about the story that dominated the news this week: the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey. Neither of the Guys think that Comey dropped any bombshells, though Mike believes that this is still early days in …
The Economist’s Ryan Avent on The Wealth of Humans
Jun 7, 2017 • 40 min
Mike talks with Economist senior editor and columnist Ryan Avent, author of The Gated City and, most recently, The Wealth of Humans: Work and its Absence in the Twenty-First Century. In addition to The Economist, Mr. Avent’s work has appeared in outl…
PG102: Paris Accord Exit, Afghanistan, Suing Big Pharma
Jun 4, 2017 • 52 min
This week, Mike and Jay start off by talking about President Trump’s announcement that the United States will be leaving the Paris Climate Change Accord, making it one of only three countries in the world to not be participating (the other two are Syri…
Fighting Trump State by State & Mapping Police Violence
May 31, 2017 • 26 min
Mike talks to Samuel Sinyangwe, co-founder of OurStates, an initiative that connects communities to actionable information and tools to reject the Trump / GOP agenda in every state and protect communities from harm. Mr. Sinyangwe is a policy analyst …
PG101: Trump’s Travels, Fantastical Budgets, SCOTUS on Redistricting
May 28, 2017 • 53 min
This week’s show opens with Mike and Jay talking about something they *won’t* be covering - the continuing drip, drip, drip of Trump scandal leaks. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t concerned with the serious allegations that have been raised (especia…
Die-Hard Independent Matthew Dowd on ‘A New Way’
May 24, 2017 • 32 min
Mike talks to author, ABC News chief political analyst, and die-hard independent Matthew Dowd. Mr. Dowd has extensive experience in politics where he’s worked for candidates and officeholders on both sides of the aisle, including Democrats Dick Gephard…
PG100: Special Counsel, Trump’s Trip, NAFTA Renegotiation
May 21, 2017 • 57 min
This week, Mike is joined by Trey, filling in for Jay. They start the show with an overview of a tumultuous week for President Trump, featuring the president revealing classified information to Russia, allegations that Trump asked then FBI Director Com…
Donald Trump: Threat to Democracy?
May 17, 2017 • 39 min
Mike talks to journalist and researcher Dr. Sarah Kendzior about the threat posed by the Trump presidency, media elites & ‘flyover country’ and lots more! Dr. Kendzior is a columnist for Canada’s Globe and Mail, and her work has has appeared in multip…
PG99: Trump Fires Comey, Sessions Gets Tough on Crime, Election Fraud
May 14, 2017 • 54 min
This week’s show starts out with President Trump’s surprising and, some would say, far-too impulsive firing of FBI Director James Comey. Mike and Jay consider if this is Trump fearing that the FBI is getting too close to finding ties between his campai…
Daniel Drezner Interview
May 10, 2017 • 36 min
Mike talks with Dr. Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Dr. Drezner is the author of multiple books, including Theories of International Politics and Zombies, The System…
PG98: GOP Health Care ‘Victory’, Spending Bill, What We’re Reading
May 6, 2017 • 53 min
The Guys start out this week’s show with a detailed look at the American Health Care Act, which the House of Representatives passed in a squeaker of a vote. Both Mike and Jay expect that the Senate will take up and pass some version of the AHCA, but th…
James Fallows Interview
May 3, 2017 • 31 min
Mike talks with James Fallows, a legendary figure in American journalism. Mr. Fallows was chief speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter, editor of US News & World Report, a program designer at Microsoft, and is currently a national correspondent for Th…
PG97: 100 Days of Trump, Trump’s Tax Plan
Apr 30, 2017 • 49 min
This episode marks a return to our roots, with a focus on deeper analysis of what’s most important, and less coverage of the ephemeral events that so often dominate the weekly news cycle. Mike and his fellow political scientist Trey - who’s guest-host…
Larry Sabato & Listener Mail
Apr 26, 2017 • 56 min
First up is Mike’s interview with political scientist Larry Sabato. Professor Sabato is the director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, which includes Sabato’s Crystal Ball - the foremost election forecasting site in the United State
PG96: Elections, Bill O’Reilly, Executive Orders, Ann Coulter
Apr 23, 2017 • 50 min
This week’s show starts with Mike and Jay talking about the ‘not-quite’ Democratic win in the special election in Georgia. Mike thinks it could be a (positive) sign of things to come for Democrats in Congress, but Jay isn’t so sure. After that, the …
The Indivisible Guide - Being Heard in the Age of Trump
Apr 19, 2017 • 32 min
Mike talks to Jeremy Haile, co-author of the Indivisible Guide - a practical guide to influencing Members of Congress, written by a team of former Congressional staffers. From 2008-2012, Jeremy served as a legislative aide to Rep. Lloyd Doggett along w…
PG95: Trump’s Foreign Policy, Dem House in 2018?, Healthcare Chicken, Is Trump Learning?
Apr 15, 2017 • 45 min
This week, the Guys start out by looking at President Trump’s foreign policy in a dangerous world. First it’s Syria, where Assad’s chemical attacks and the U.S. retaliatory missile strike has brought US / Russia relations to their lowest level in quite…
Polling, The Selfie Vote, & Data Driven Government
Apr 12, 2017 • 45 min
Mike talks to Republican pollster and political analyst Kristen Soltis Anderson. Ms. Anderson is co-founder of the research and analytics firm Echelon Insights, a contributor at ABC News, a Washington Examiner columnist, a regular guest on shows like M…
PG94: Syria, Gorsuch, Susan Rice, Devin Nunes, China
Apr 9, 2017 • 46 min
This week, we have our very first sponsor - Blue Apron! To get three of their great meals for free as well as free shipping, go to It was a crazy week in foreign policy, and the guys start with the biggest of all the big stories - th…
Politics and Policy in a Second Machine Age
Apr 5, 2017 • 29 min
Mike talks to Professor Andrew McAfee, Co-Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Professor McAfee’s work has appeared in numerous…
PG93: Russia, Trump vs Freedom Caucus, GOP vs EPA, NATO Slackers
Apr 2, 2017 • 52 min
This week, the Guys start out by looking at the latest news on the multiple Russia probes. The House investigation has slowed to a crawl amid claims from Democrats that Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes can’t be trusted to conduct an impartial p…
Brad DeLong Interview
Mar 29, 2017 • 38 min
Mike talks to UC Berkeley economist Brad DeLong. Professor DeLong, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration, blogs at ‘Grasping Reality with All Tentacles’ - one of the best economics blogs around. Topics…
PG92: Obamacare Lives!, Gorsuch, Russia, Immigration
Mar 26, 2017 • 54 min
This week, Mike and Jay start by taking a look at the first big legislative push of President Trump and House Republicans: The failed repeal and replace vote on Obamacare. They talk about what happened, why it happened, what it means for Obamacare, and…
Progress, Abortion, Liberals & Conservatives, Transgender Rights
Mar 22, 2017 • 45 min
This week, Mike and Jay tackle a bunch of great listener questions, such as whether or not progress is always a good thing, if being transgendered is a choice, what our philosophical beliefs concerning abortion are, the best case for liberalism (made b…
PG91: Budget, Healthcare, Travel Ban, Taxes, Wiretapping
Mar 19, 2017 • 49 min
Mike and Jay lead off with a discussion of President Trump’s first budget. The so-called ‘skinny budget’ (referring to any incoming president’s first budget, which tends to be shorter on details than their later budget proposals) calles for big defense…
Norman Ornstein Interview
Mar 15, 2017 • 37 min
Mike talks with political scientist Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, contributing writer for The Atlantic, columnist for National Journal, and the author of many books on U.S. Politics, including It’s Even Worse…
PG90: GOP Health Plan, Revised Travel Ban, Wikileaks & the CIA
Mar 12, 2017 • 44 min
This week, Jay is joined by guest co-host Ken Katkin, a professor of law at Northern Kentucky University, who takes the place of Mike on the left. (But while Mike was off this week, he still couldn’t resist inserting a few remarks at the very beginnin…
Interview with Crowdpac’s Steve Hilton
Mar 8, 2017 • 36 min
Mike talks with Steve Hilton, the founder of Crowdpac, which he created in 2014 in order to help reconnect regular people to politics by making it easier for everyone to learn about politicians, find and support candidates that match their beliefs, and…
PG89: Trump’s Speech, Russia & Sessions, Budget Plans, Anti-Semitism
Mar 4, 2017 • 58 min
This week, Mike and Jay start by discussing President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. They both agree that it was the most presidential / least Trump-like speech he’s yet given. Then things get a bit more disputatious than usual, …
Lane Kenworthy Interview
Mar 1, 2017 • 43 min
Mike talks to Lane Kenworthy, a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on social policy, including poverty, inequality, mobility, and economic growth in the United States and other rich countries. Profe…
PG88: CPAC, LGBTQ Rights, Kudos to POTUS, Mexico, Town Halls
Feb 26, 2017 • 57 min
This week’s episode starts with a look at the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, headlined by President Trump himself. Mike and Jay take a look at the president’s stridently anti-media rhetoric as well as discuss someone wh…
Jason Brennan Interview
Feb 22, 2017 • 39 min
Mike talks to Jason Brennan, an Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University. He’s the author of a number of books, including The Ethics of Voting, Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, *Why Not .
PG87: Chaos Cabinet, ‘Unhinged’ Press Conferences, Russia Connections?
Feb 19, 2017 • 54 min
This week, Mike and Jay begin with a look at the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and what it tells us about the Trump administration’s national security savvy. Next, they discuss President Trump’s press conference, which many on …
Future of the Dems, Misogyny, Depolarization, Fearing Trump
Feb 15, 2017 • 44 min
This episode features our answers to a bunch of great listener mail, facebook messages, and website comments we’ve gotten lately. We start off with Mike ansering a listener who thinks the Democratic Party should move left (Mike disagrees). Jay then res…
PG86: Travel Ban, Senate Confirmations, Russia, Is Trump Mellowing?
Feb 12, 2017 • 55 min
Mike and Jay lead off with the 9th Circuit’s action on the Trump travel ban, along with their thoughts on whether or not it violates the Constitution. Then it’s on to contentious Senate confirmation votes, with a focus on Betsy DeVoss - the first ever …
Marc Levinson Interview
Feb 8, 2017 • 32 min
Mike talks to Marc Levinson, an economist, historian, and journalist specializing in economic and business issues. He’s a former finance and economics editor for The Economist, and has written for publications including the Harvard Business Review, For.
PG85: Host Swap! Supreme Court Nominee, Immigration Ban, Trump Executive Orders
Feb 5, 2017 • 50 min
It’s host-swap week at The Politics Guys! We’ve been big fans of Pantsuit Politics podcast for a while now, because both of us approach politics the same way – with the belief that we need less partisan yelling and screaming and more thoughtful, r
Marion Nestle Interview
Feb 1, 2017 • 28 min
Mike talks with Professor Marion Nestle, one of most respected and sought-after academic commentators on food politics, health, and nutrition. She’s the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New Y.
PG84: Immigration Ban, NSC Reorg, Fake News, Border Walls, Jay’s Defenders
Jan 29, 2017 • 52 min
Donald Trump has been busy issuing executive orders, with his move to ban immigration from a number of Muslim countries perhaps the most controversial. Mike and Jay look at this, as well as President Trump’s orders that froze government hiring, stopped.
Is Jay a Trump shill? Is Mike wrong about Cuba?
Jan 25, 2017 • 42 min
This week we catch up on listener mail, answering some great questions, including: What’s up with Jay’s unwillingness to criticize Donald Trump? Why does Mike support better relations with an awful regime like Cuba? Where do you Guys get your facts f
PG83: President Trump, Women’s March, Chelsea Manning
Jan 22, 2017 • 41 min
This week the Guys start by discussing the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. His inauguration speech was dark, depressing, and hyperbolic by normal presidential inaugural address standards, but Jay argues it was a…
Ask The Politics Guys: Obama’s Legacy?
Jan 18, 2017 • 39 min
This week, Mike and Jay talk about the legacy of President Barack Obama. They discuss what presidential greatness means, whether ‘great’ presidents are something we should even hope for, Mike’s four-point criteria for measuring presidential success,
PG82: Farewells, Fake News, Russia Scandal?, Trump’s Ethics, Hearings, Obamacare
Jan 15, 2017 • 52 min
This week’s show starts off with Mike getting all misty-eyed about President Obama’s farewell speech. Unsurprisingly, Jay wasn’t quite so choked up. Mike contrasts what he sees as the grace and eloquence of the outgoing president with the decidedly
A National Popular Vote for President?
Jan 11, 2017 • 34 min
Mike interviews Pat Rosenstiel, from National Popular Vote, an organization working to ensure that the winner of the national popular vote for the presidency actually becomes president, something that hasn’t happened in two of the last five presidentia.
PG81: Russian Hacking, Building the Wall, House Ethics, Repealing Obamacare
Jan 8, 2017 • 47 min
This week, Mike and Jay start off by talking about the intelligence community’s now-released report on Russian hacking, which concluded that not only did the Russians attempt to influence the presidential election, but that they favored Donald Trump. T.
Martin Ford Interview
Dec 21, 2016 • 33 min
Mike talks with futurist and author Martin Ford. His most recent book is Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award….
PG80: Russian Hacking, Questionable Trump Picks, Fed Rate Hike
Dec 18, 2016 • 51 min
This week, Mike and Jay start out by talking more about Russian hacking: What we know, how it may have affected the election, Donald Trump’s response, and if the U.S. should retaliate. After that they look at the latest picks in Donald Trump’s adminis
Brendan Nyhan Interview
Dec 14, 2016 • 45 min
Mike interviews political scientist Brendan Nyhan, a professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. His research on political misperceptions has been published in many of the top journals in the field. He’s also a contributor to ‘The
PG79: Russian Election Influence, Cabinet Picks, Trump’s Tweets, Congress Works?
Dec 11, 2016 • 48 min
This week, the Guys start out by talking about ongoing controversies surrounding the 2016 presidential election. Now that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s recount effort has mostly fizzled out, attention has focused on the Russians, who
Ask The Politics Guys: Election Questions
Dec 7, 2016 • 28 min
This week’s Ask The Politics Guys looks at two election-related questions. The first question – submitted by Alex, from Sandy, UT – is whether ranked-choice voting (sometimes called ‘instant runoff voting)) is a good idea. The second question is w
PG78: Recounts, The Carrier Deal, More Trump Picks, OSU Terror Attack
Dec 4, 2016 • 48 min
This week, Mike and Jay start with a look at the three-state recount effort launched by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. The Clinton campaign has reluctantly become involved – reluctantly because they know that there’s essentially no way t
Bryan Caplan Interview
Nov 30, 2016 • 44 min
Mike talks to one of his favorite economists: Bryan Caplan, a Professor of Economics at George Mason University. Professor Caplan is the author of multiple books, including The Myth of the Rational Voter, named “the best political book of the year” by
PG77: Recount!, Trump Transition, Conflicts of Interest, Obama Clemency
Nov 27, 2016 • 48 min
Both Mike and Jay thought the 2016 presidential election was over, but that’s not so, at least according to Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, who has raised over $5 million dollars for recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania – thr
Sunday Spillover
Nov 23, 2016 • 31 min
Last Sunday’s show was jam-packed, and there were plenty of things Mike and Jay wanted to talk about that they couldn’t get to (at least, not without making the show way too long). In this show, they focus on some of those things: What Donald Trump ha
PG76: The Trump Transition & the Future of the Democrats
Nov 20, 2016 • 52 min
This week, the Guys start off by talking about how the incoming Trump administration is coming along. While things looked a little rocky at first, once Mike Pence took over from ousted transition chair Chris Christie things began to go more smoothly. A…
Ask The Politics Guys: What to Expect from a Trump Presidency
Nov 16, 2016 • 48 min
Mike and Jay take a look at what we might expect from a Trump presidency in a number of areas, including health care, immigration, economic regulation & tax policy, the Supreme Court, climate change, international relations, and infrastructure. They al…
PG75: How Trump Won, Putrid Polls, & The Future of the Parties
Nov 13, 2016 • 55 min
Essentially all of the pre-election polls were wrong, and the Politics Guys start out by explaining why that was. Mike points out that the only people who got it close to right were political scientists, using election predictions based on fundamental …
Ask The Politics Guys: How Important are Supreme Court Nominations?
Nov 9, 2016 • 23 min
This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes from From Kevin, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. “I’ve heard many people say they support Trump over Clinton because of the Supreme Court nomination. How important should the open seat be? Is its importance be
PG74: Election Predictions, FBI Shenanigans?, Jobs Report
Nov 6, 2016 • 30 min
It’s almost all election discussion this week, as the the 2016 Presidential and Congressional elections are nearly upon us. Mike and Jay talk about the tightening polls, whether the media is overreacting (the answer to that question is almost always ‘
Ask The Politics Guys: The Green Party
Nov 2, 2016 • 29 min
Earlier in the election season, Mike and Jay took a look at the platform of Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson. This week, they examine the platform of the ‘other’ third party – the Green Party, led this year by their presidential n
PG73: Clinton email, Bundy Verdict, Telecom Mergers, Obamacare Rate Hike
Oct 30, 2016 • 52 min
This week, Mike and Jay start off by talking about F.B.I. Director James Comey’s letter to a number of Congressional committees, in which he indicates that additional email has come to light that may be relevant to the Clinton email investigation. Alth.
Ask The Politics Guys: Is the U.S. A Flawed Democracy?
Oct 26, 2016 • 19 min
This week our question comes from Julia in Hamburg, Germany, who asks whether the American political system is in a state of erosion, if America will soon be a ‘flawed democracy’, and why the heck we don’t care more about gridlock in our political s
PG72: 3rd Debate, Democratic Senate?, Police Apologies, Supreme Court
Oct 23, 2016 • 52 min
This week Mike was not able to be with us, so Jay was joined by special guest and Cincinnati area attorney Dominique Wagner to discuss the week in politics. Listen as they discuss the final debate, Trump’s chances of winning, whether the debate changed.
Jay for President!
Oct 19, 2016 • 31 min
Unlike Mike, Jay’s not actually running for president, but since we did a show in which Mike talked about his issue positions, we thought we’d turn things around and let Jay talk about his vision for the United States. In this episode, Jay covers eco
PG 70: Trump’s Death Spiral, Email Hacks, Unconstitutional Agencies, Shooting Data
Oct 16, 2016 • 48 min
This week, Mike and Jay start by talking about the disastrous Trump campaign, wondering if he’s even trying to win at this point and what will happen to the Republican party in the wake of an all-but-certain Trump loss. They also discuss more Wikileaks.
A Trump Supporter Speaks
Oct 12, 2016 • 43 min
Mike talks to a Trump supporter – not a know-nothing or ‘lesser of two evils’ Trump supporter, but an intelligent, well-read, politically astute guy who makes a positive case for Donald Trump. (He also has a few website recommendations: Ace of Spad
PG 70: Is Trump Toast?, Russian Hacking, VP Debate, Israeli Settlements
Oct 9, 2016 • 50 min
This week, Mike and Jay start by talking about the fallout from a video of Donald Trump saying some extremely vulgar and objectifying things about women. The Guys agree that it’s awfully hard to see how Trump can recover from this. After that, they dis.
Dan Carlin Interview
Oct 5, 2016 • 34 min
Mike interviews the amazing Dan Carlin, professional journalist and long time podcaster who hosts two of the best and most popular podcasts in the world: Hardcore History and Common Sense. They talk about the importance of history in understanding curr…
PG69: The Debate, Congress Gets Busy, State of the Race, Nursing Home Rules
Oct 2, 2016 • 57 min
Jay’s back this week! He and Mike start off by talking about the first presidential debate. After that, they discuss a fairly busy week for Congress, which included keeping the government from shutting down and overriding an Obama veto, the current sta.
Ask The Politics Guys: Special NFL Edition
Sep 28, 2016 • 22 min
This week, in honor of the NFL season kicking off not too long ago, Mike and special guest co-host Dominique Wagner talk about the National Football League and politics. They get into Congressional action on concussions, the NFL’s special legal status,.
PG68: Terror Attacks, Police Shootings, and A Whole Lotta’ Trump
Sep 25, 2016 • 44 min
Jay had some technical difficulties and wasn’t able to record this show, so Mike is joined by his friend and Cincinnati area attorney Dominique Wagner. They talked about the ‘lone wolf’ terror attacks in Minnesota and New York, how differently Tuls
Rich Boehne Interview
Sep 21, 2016 • 47 min
Mike talks to E.W. Scripps President and CEO Rich Boehne about how the news business has changed, why Scripps is investing in podcasts, the difficulty of being well-informed without getting overwhelmed, covering Donald Trump, and lots more.
PG67: The Polls Tighten, Trump’s Policies, and Some Good Economic News
Sep 18, 2016 • 51 min
This week, Mike and Jay start by looking at the tightening polls in the presidential race. While they both think Hillary Clinton will still win, it’s becoming easier and easier to construct realistic scenarios of not just a Trump presidency, but of a T.
Trey Grayson Interview
Sep 14, 2016 • 47 min
Mike interviews Trey Grayson, best known nationally for running against Rand Paul in 2010 for the Republican US Senate nomination. Prior to that, he was a two-term Kentucky Secretary of State. Mr. Grayson served as Director of Harvard’s Institute of Po.
PG 66: Foreign Policy-Palooza! & Financial Regulation
Sep 11, 2016 • 52 min
This week, it’s a seriously foreign-policy centric Politics Guys, with Jay and Mike discussing the presidential candidate forum moderated by NBSC’s Matt Lauer, an agreement between Russia and the US on Syria, North Korea’s nuclear advances, and a bi
James Taranto Interview
Sep 7, 2016 • 28 min
Jay interviews James Taranto, author of the Wall Street Journal’s popular Best of the Web column and member of the WSJ editorial board. Mr. Taranto joined the Journal in 1996 as an assistant editorial features editor after spending five years as an edi
PG 65: Mexican Trips, FBI Files, Slavery Reparations, & Colin Kaepernick
Sep 4, 2016 • 48 min
This week, Mike and Jay start off by talking about Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Mexico, where he sounded almost moderate at times. That was followed up by a more characteristic Trump appearance in Arizona, where he was back to his usual ‘we’ll bu
Ask The Politics Guys: Mike for President???
Aug 31, 2016 • 18 min
Here’s this week’s Ask The Politics Guys question: “A while ago, Mike said he was running for president. What are his positions on the issues and can people actually vote for him? Jay, if Mike were a real candidate, would you vote for him?”
PG64: Trump flip-flop? Clinton Foundation, EpiPens, Golden Week, and Trigger Warnings
Aug 28, 2016 • 54 min
This week’s show starts with a look at what appeared to be Donald Trump’s softening stance toward illegal immigrants. Has Trump really changed his tune? If he has will it matter? Then it’s a discussion of the Clinton Foundation. Mike doesn’t think
Ask The Politics Guys: Who are the Libertarians?
Aug 24, 2016 • 18 min
This week’s question comes from Jennifer, in Green Bay Wisconsin, who writes, “Who the heck are the libertarians and what do they really stand for?”
PG63: Trump TV?, Clinton Deposition, Obamacare Woes, Fighting for 15
Aug 21, 2016 • 42 min
This week’s show starts with a look at the latest shakeup in the Trump campaign. Is Donald Trump still trying to win, or is he putting the pieces in place for a media network to challenge Fox? Next, it’s a look at Hillary Clinton’s continuing email
Ask The Politics Guys: Who would you vote for?
Aug 17, 2016 • 15 min
Here’s this week’s Ask The Politics Guys Question: “You guys don’t seem to like either of the presidential candidates. If you could make anyone the nominee of your party, who would it be, and why them?”
PG62: Trump’s Troubles, Econ Plans, Baltimore Police, More Hacks, Pot Policy
Aug 14, 2016 • 52 min
It was another rough week for Donald Trump, and Jay & Mike start by looking at the GOP nominee’s troubles and the lasting damage he may be doing to his party and the country. Then, it’s on to new Hillary Clinton email revelations, a comparison of Trum
David Frum Interview
Aug 10, 2016 • 41 min
Mike interviews political journalist, policy expert, and former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum. Mr. Frum has had a long and distinguished career in political journalism and policy analysis. Organizations he’s worked with include The Wall Street.
PG61: Peak Trump?, Jobs, Planes Full of Money, Commutations, Starship Captains
Aug 7, 2016 • 44 min
This week’s show starts with Mike replying to listeners who feel he’s been too soft on Donald Trump. After that, it’s a look at Trump’s truly bad week, some high-profile endorsements for Hillary Clinton, what Jay says is a massive U.S. ransom paym
Ask The Politics Guys: Liberal Hollywood
Aug 3, 2016 • 13 min
This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes from Jay’s daughter who, while watching the Democratic National Convention, asked her dad, “Why are most celebrities liberals?” dwh3geyg
PG60: Dem Convention, Russian Hacking, Voter ID Laws Overturned
Jul 31, 2016 • 48 min
Mike and Jay start off by talking about the Democratic National Convention and whether it helped Hillary Clinton in her quest to be the first female president. Next, the Guys look at the Russian state-sponsored hacking of Democratic computer systems. (…
John Sides Interview
Jul 27, 2016 • 61 min
Mike interviews political scientist John Sides, founder of the Monkey Cage blog and author of multiple books – most recently The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election (co-authored with Lynn Vavreck). If you’re not already follow
PG59: GOP Convention, Clinton’s VP, Voter ID Laws, Ailes Ousted, NBA & Charlotte
Jul 24, 2016 • 40 min
This week’s show starts with a look at the Republican National Convention. Things were calmer than expected on the streets but there was some controversy in the Quicken Loans Arena, thanks in large part to Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement speech. After disc
Russ Roberts Interview
Jul 20, 2016 • 59 min
Mike interviews economist Russ Roberts, host of the EconTalk podcast and the book How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness.
PG58: Dallas Shooting, Trump’s VP, Cleveland in the Spotlight, The Notorious RBG
Jul 17, 2016 • 44 min
The first post-summer vacation episode of The Politics Guys starts with a discussion of President Obama’s remarks at the memorial service for the five police officers murdered at a Black Lives Matter rally. Then it’s a look at the wisdom of Mike Pence
Summer Vacation
Jun 15, 2016 • 0 min
The Politics Guys are on summer vacation. Mike and Jay will be back with new shows starting on July 17 – the day before the Republican National Convention.
PG57: Obama Endorses, Trump’s Anti-Campaign, SCOTUS on Recusal, Voting and Pot in Ohio
Jun 12, 2016 • 49 min
Note: After this episode, The Politics Guys will be taking their summer vacation. Mike and Jay will be back with new episodes starting on July 17 – the day before the Republican National Convention. This week, the Guys start off by looking at the last .
Ask The Politics Guys: Are Liberals Smarter?
Jun 8, 2016 • 18 min
This week’s question comes from Alexx, from Hastings, Minnesota. I remember reading a study that said generally people with higher IQs or more education are generally more liberal than conservative. Any idea as to why?
PG56: Trump ‘University’, ‘Mexican’ Judges, Libertarians, Sleazy Payday Loans
Jun 5, 2016 • 37 min
This week, the Guys start out by reviewing the Week in Trump, which features revelations about his sham ‘University’ accusations against a ‘Mexican’ judge born in Indiana, Trump’s war with the media, and Paul Ryan’s decidedly tepid endorsement
Ask The Politics Guys: The Case for Trump
Jun 1, 2016 • 23 min
This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question is: “How could anyone in their right mind vote for Donald Trump?”
PG55: Clinton’s Email, Trump’s Energy Policy, Obama’s Asian Trip, The TSA
May 29, 2016 • 48 min
This week’s episode starts with a discussion of the State Department Inspector General’s report on Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server while she was Secretary of State. Both Mike and Jay agree that Clinton screwed up, though they don’
Ask The Politics Guys: Voter Fatigue?
May 25, 2016 • 12 min
This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes from Chris, who lives near Chester, England. Does the US electorate suffer from voter fatigue due to democratic overload?
PG53: Who Beats Trump, Overtime Rules, SCOTUS on Obamacare and Speedy Trials
May 22, 2016 • 44 min
This week, Mike and Jay start by looking at the state of the Democratic race, where Bernie Sanders is still plugging away, arguing that Superdelegates interested in winning in November should support him over Hillary Clinton. Next is a look at new rule…
Ask The Politics Guys: Fixing the Broken Primary System
May 18, 2016 • 24 min
This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes from Samantha, in Honolulu. “Dear Politics Guys, How can we fix the broken primary system?”
PG53: Hillary’s Email, Trump’s Taxes, Transgender Bathrooms, and UFOs
May 15, 2016 • 46 min
This week, Mike and Jay start by talking about the Democratic presidential race, focusing on Hillary Clinton’s ‘crookedness’ as Donald Trump would almost certainly term it. After that, they look at the Week in Trump, discussing what might be in Dona
Ask The Politics Guys: Holding Politicians Accountable for Lies
May 11, 2016 • 21 min
This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes from Tyler, in Los Angeles. Tyler asks, “Is there a way to hold our politicians responsible for the words that come out of their mouths? If we have a country where the majority of Americans believe a bu
PG52: Trump!, Transgender Bathrooms, CFPB’s Arbitration Rule
May 8, 2016 • 51 min
This week, The Guys start off by looking at how Donald Trump – the Republican Party’s all-but-official nominee – got to this point, what he needs to do next, and what it means for the future of the Republican Party. Next, they discuss the Justice De
Ask The Politics Guys: Are Liberals Smug?
May 4, 2016 • 26 min
Here’s this week’s Ask The Politics Guys question: “I saw an article in this week arguing that the smugness of liberals hurts them with voters? Do you think that’s right – are liberals too smug, and does their smugness cost them votes?
PG51: Trump & Clinton Nearly Clinch, Texas’ Voter Law, Smart Guns, and The Textalyzer
May 1, 2016 • 46 min
This week’s show starts off with a look at the Democratic and Republican races. On the Democratic site, Hillary Clinton has all but put away Bernie Sanders, while Donald Trump continues his inexorable and, to some, inexplicable, run to the nomination. .
Ask The Politics Guys: Should the U.S. Have Mandatory Voting?
Apr 27, 2016 • 19 min
This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes from Perry, in Canberra Australia. Dear Politics Guys, How might compulsory voting affect American politics? Is voting a civic responsibility, like, for instance, jury duty?
PG50: Presidential Races, Voting Felons, Congress Does Stuff, Earth Day
Apr 24, 2016 • 35 min
This week, Mike and Jay start by looking at the state of the Republican and Democratic races following the big New York primary, as well as discussing the importance of building mailing lists and data-mining – two ‘boring but important’ things the T
Ask the Politics Guys: Are Banks Still ‘Too Big To Fail’?
Apr 20, 2016 • 22 min
This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes from Kate in Chicago. Dear Politics Guys, What’s up with U.S. banks? After financial system reform, are they still too big to fail? And if they are, does that mean that if banks start to go under that C
PG49: Verizon Strike, Tax Day, Presidential Races, Hamilton!
Apr 17, 2016 • 47 min
This week, the Guys start things off by looking at the big strike by Verizon workers. Surprisingly, Mike, who is usually ready to man the picket line with strikers, is feeling sort of sympathetic to Verizon (as is Jay, which is a lot less surprising). …
Ask The Politics Guys: Trump, Turnout, and the General Election
Apr 6, 2016 • 16 min
Our Ask The Politics Guys question for this week comes from Jeff, in New York: With Trump’s record turnout state after state, could the case be made that if he’s the nominee of the Republican Party they may lose moderate or “liberal” Republicans (
PG48: Jobs!, Trump’s Bad Week, A Win For Unions
Apr 3, 2016 • 38 min
This week, Mike and Jay start out by talking about some good news – the March jobs report, which continues a trend of good economic news. After that, they look at Bernie’s chances following some big caucus wins, Donald Trump’s very bad week, and how
Ask The Politics Guys: Question-Palooza!
Mar 30, 2016 • 31 min
This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question is actually 10 questions, all submitted by loyal listener Emilie, who gathered up questions from her Year 13 A-Level Government and Politics Class at Bishop Ramsey School in Ruislip, UK. 1. Republicans and Dem.
PG47: Brussels, Cuba, Primary Updates, and Anti-Gay Laws
Mar 27, 2016 • 46 min
This week, Mike and Jay start things off by talking about the terror attacks in Brussels, focusing on how the three people most likely to be the next president – Clinton, Trump, and Cruz – reacted. Then it’s off to Cuba (and Argentina) with Presiden
Ask The Politics Guys: How Would You Change the Constitution?
Mar 23, 2016 • 27 min
This week’s question is a mash-up of two related questions asked by Andrew, from Kalamazoo, Michigan. What one foundational thing would you most like to change about American politics, and which previous foundational change would you say has had the bi.
PG46: Kasich’s Folly, Bernie’s Future, and Garland’s Chances
Mar 20, 2016 • 41 min
This week, The Politics Guys lead off with the state of the Republican presidential nomination contest. The math says Trump might just barely get the delegates he needs. If he doesn’t, it should make for an interesting convention. Mike and Jay look at .
Ask The Politics Guys: What Do You Guys Read (and Watch)?
Mar 16, 2016 • 28 min
This week’s Ask the Politics Guys question has come up a bunch of times from listeners. How do we keep up with political news, and what do we recommend for listeners trying to get a better big-picture understanding of American politics. (We’ll be post
PG45: Contested Conventions, Violent Rallies, Dreamy Prime Ministers, and Feminist Glaciology
Mar 13, 2016 • 48 min
The primary races are once again the top story of the week. Mike and Jay start by looking at the state of the Republican race: Trump’s chances in Ohio and Florida, what happened to Rubio, and whether Cruz or Kasich have a real shot at the nomination.
Ask The Politics Guys: Should the U.S. Have a Parliamentary System?
Mar 9, 2016 • 14 min
This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes from Alexx, in Hastings, Minnesota. Dear Politics Guys, Do you think our system would be more efficient if it were parliamentary system with proportional representation instead of a presidential system w.
PG44: Trump or a Brokered Convention, Hillary Seals The Deal (almost), Abortion at the Supreme Court
Mar 6, 2016 • 45 min
This week, Mike and Jay start out by looking at where things stand after Super Tuesday. On the Democratic side, they agree that Bernie Sanders is effectively done, though they expect he’ll stay in the race until the bitter end. On the Republican side, .
Ask The Politics Guys: Disguised Socialism in the U.S.?
Mar 2, 2016 • 25 min
This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes comes from Janet, in Silver City, NM. Dear Politics Guys, Are current social safety net programs a sort of disguised socialism? Are these programs consistent with capitalism?
PG43: Hillary’s Win, Stopping Trump, Ugly Debates, Super Tuesday Predictions, Closing Guantanamo
Feb 28, 2016 • 47 min
This week’s episode starts with a look at Hillary Clinton’s obliteration of Bernie Sanders in the South Carolina primary. The win itself was no surprise, but the margin of victory suggests that Clinton might effectively wrap up the Democratic nominati
Ask The Politics Guys: How Bad are Sanders and Trump on Foreign Policy?
Feb 24, 2016 • 21 min
This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes comes from Wasan, currently a student in Palo Alto, California, but originally from Riyadh, Saudia Arabia. Dear Politics Guys, When it comes to foreign policy, how doomed are we if Bernie Sanders wins? (.
PG42: Trump Up, Bush Out, Clinton Wins NV, The Post-Scalia Court, Apple vs. the Feds
Feb 21, 2016 • 40 min
This week, The Politics Guys start by looking at Donald Trump’s (expected) big win in South Carolina, and Jeb Bush’s somewhat unexpected self-mercy-killing after a dismal showing. Next, they turn to the Democratic side, where Hillary Clinton beat out
Ask The Politics Guys: Race and Diversity
Feb 17, 2016 • 20 min
This week’s question It comes from Jonathan in Agawa-gun, Kochi, Japan. Dear Politics Guys, Why do minorities seem to support Clinton over Sanders? On the Republican side, two Latinos (Cruz and Rubio) are amongst the three front runners and an African-.
PG41: Scalia’s Death, NH Reactions, SC & NV Predictions … and Mike’s Presidential Bid!
Feb 14, 2016 • 44 min
This week’s show starts with Mike and Jay mourning the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, an intellectual force who was loved by many, hated by some, and who leaves huge shoes to fill. The Guys talk about the influence of Justice Scalia and the prospec.
Ask The Politics Guys: What’s a democratic socialist?
Feb 10, 2016 • 19 min
Here’s this week’s Ask The Politics Guys question: Dear Politics Guys, Bernie Sanders says he’s a democratic socialist. What does that mean? (Even if you’re not particularly interested in what a democratic socialist is, you might find this episode
PG40: Iowa Review, NH Predictions, Drafting Women, Does Kasich want to ‘Tear Down The Wall’?
Feb 7, 2016 • 34 min
This week’s Politics Guys starts off with reviews of Iowa picks from the last show. Jay and Mike more or less nailed it for their respective parties but they both missed on the other side, making for a very solid aggregate prediction. They pat themselv.
Ask The Politics Guys: How different are Democrats and Republicans, really?
Feb 3, 2016 • 23 min
This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes from Emilie, in Ruislip UK: Dear Politics Guys, In what respect do you think that the two main parties still share any similarities? And do you agree that the academic consensus that the Republicans movi
PG39: Bold Predictions, Does Iowa Matter, Juvenile Justice, Putin’s Corruption
Jan 31, 2016 • 36 min
In the last Politics Guys before the Iowa Caucuses, Mike and Jay make their predictions and talk about how much winning in Iowa really matters. Next, they look at some positive developments in the area of juvenile justice, an area in which there’s a re.
Ask The Politics Guys: What happens if the establishment candidate wins the nomination, but loses the election?
Jan 27, 2016 • 14 min
This week’s question comes from Christopher, in Cedar Falls, Iowa: Dear Politics Guys, Assuming the Republican and Democratic establishment candidates win their party’s nominations, do you think there will be any blowback from the base of the party th
PG38: GOP Elites vs Trump & Cruz, Iran Prisoner Swap, Bernie Ascendent, The Water in Flint
Jan 24, 2016 • 44 min
This week, The Politics Guys start off by examining the choice GOP elites are making between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Neither of the two Republican frontrunners is loved (or even liked) by the party establishment, so it’s definitely a ‘pick your poi
Ask The Politics Guys: Can a Social Liberal / Fiscal Conservative Win?
Jan 20, 2016 • 16 min
Our Ask The Politics Guys question for this week comes from Chris, in Austin Texas: Dear Politics Guys, I’m a fiscal conservative who leans left on most social issues. How likely is it that a candidate with views like mine could win a presidential elec.
PG 37: Obama’s Big Speech, Iran ‘Hostages’, GOP Debate Madness, Bernie Closes the Gap, Union Free Riders
Jan 17, 2016 • 36 min
This week’s Politics Guys starts out with Mike and Jay talking about President Obama’s final State of the Union address. Neither of the guys have much use for SOTUs, and they also agree that President Obama has done a pretty bad job of helping heal pa
Ask The Politics Guys: Can government fix the student debt crisis?
Jan 13, 2016 • 19 min
Here’s the question Mike and Jay answer in this week’s Ask The Politics Guys: What can government do to deal with the student loan crisis in the United States?
PG36: Obama on Guns, Oregon Standoff, Good News on Jobs, North Korean Nukes, Rubio’s Booties
Jan 10, 2016 • 38 min
This week, Jay and Mike start out by talking about President Obama’s executive action on guns, which they both think amounts to very little. Next they look at the standoff in Oregon, which the Guys agree is unlawful but not domestic terrorism. After th.
Ask The Politics Guys: Can Government Control Gun Violence?
Jan 6, 2016 • 15 min
In this episode of Ask The Politics Guys, Mike and Jay answer this question: What can the government do to decrease gun violence, especially all of the mass shootings we’ve been seeing?
PG35: Police Killings, GOP Field Narrows, 2015 in Review, Predictions for 2016, Transgender VA Clinics
Jan 3, 2016 • 40 min
This week, The Politics Guys start off by talking about the police killings in Cleveland and Chicago. Mike argues that the system sets up a basic conflict of interest and calls for independent prosecutors. Jay has more faith in the system than Mike but…
Ask The Politics Guys: Can Trump Win?
Dec 27, 2015 • 19 min
In the inaugural episode of Ask The Politics Guys, Mike and Jay answer this question: Why is it that even though Donald Trump is way ahead in the polls, almost all of the so-called experts say he doesn’t have much of a chance? And would it really be al.
PG34: Budget Bipartisanship, GOP Debate, The Fed, Big Pharma, Obama Doesn’t Drink His Own Urine, Bombing Fictional Cities
Dec 20, 2015 • 35 min
This week, the Politics Guys start off with something new and strange – bipartisanship breaking out in Congress. While neither Jay and Mike think this is the start of a trend, they’re glad that the U.S. has a budget for fiscal year 2016 (which started
PG33: Climate Accord, Obama vs Trump on Terror, The End of No Child Left Behind & (Possibly) College Affirmative Action
Dec 13, 2015 • 43 min
This week’s top story is the international climate agreement reached after two weeks of negotiations outside of Paris. Mike says that while it won’t prevent the catastrophic effects of climate change, it’s a step in the right direction. Jay feels th
PG32: Terrorism in California, Women in Combat, Agreement on Infrastructure, Climate Talks, and Trump’s Perfect Health
Dec 6, 2015 • 49 min
The top story this week is the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, which is the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11. Mike and Jay talk at the calls for more gun regulation, the decades-long decrease in gun violence, and why Cong…
PG31: More Shootings, Guantanamo to Stay Open, Voting Felons, ‘Greedy’ Companies & the U.S. Tax Code, and FDR’s Bold Thanksgiving Move
Nov 29, 2015 • 34 min
This week starts off as it has too many times before – with discussion of yet another mass shooting, the latest tragedy being at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Guys also talk about the recently passed defense authorizati.
PG30: Syrian Refugees, Fighting ISIS, Trump’s Latest Brainstorm, Frankenfish, Hillary’s Sense of Humor
Nov 22, 2015 • 43 min
This week, the Politics Guys lead off with the effort to halt the admission of Syrian refugees into the US. Both Jay and Mike believe that the US has a moral obligation to take in refugees and that the media has done its usual awful job explaining how …
PG29: Paris Attacks, Immigration, More Debates, College Protests, Baby Hitler, and the Medal of Honor
Nov 15, 2015 • 44 min
This week, the Guys start things off by briefly commenting on the tragic terrorist attack in Paris – while it’s not directly an American politics story, it’s something that should deeply offend everyone who cares about Western Civilization. Next, th
PG28: The Democrats’ Horrible Election, Ben Carson’s Tall Tales, Obama Rejects Keystone, and Papa Bush Slams Cheney & Rumsfeld
Nov 8, 2015 • 39 min
This week’s episode starts with a look at Tuesday’s elections, the latest in a series of disasters for the Democrats. Not only did Tea Party favorite Matt Bevin trounce Jack Conway to become Kentucky’s next governor, but Ohio voters decisively defea
PG27: Budget Deals, GOP Debate, Speaker Ryan, Syria, and Runaway Blimps
Nov 1, 2015 • 34 min
This week’s lead story is the multi-year budget deal Congress sent to President Obama. Both Mike and Jay agree that it’s nice to talk about something Congress actually managed to do for a change. Next is the third GOP debate, which Mike hated – but
PG26: Ryan Runs (Biden Doesn’t), Hillary Grilled, Bush Flounders, and the Special Bond between the US, Liberia, and Burma
Oct 25, 2015 • 35 min
This week’s podcast opens with Mike and Jay discussing Paul Ryan’s decision to run for Speaker of the House. Jay is a Ryan fan from way back, and even Mike respects Ryan – though he doesn’t agree with him on very much. Does this sort of inside-bas
PG25: No Afghan Pullout, Democrats Debate, Presidential Campaign Funding, Pot Legalization in Ohio, and Pork Returns to Federal Prisons
Oct 18, 2015 • 33 min
This week, the guys lead off with a discussion of President Obama’s announcement that he won’t be pulling all US troops out of Afghanistan, a reversal of earlier promises that all troops would be gone by the end of his presidency. Next, Mike and Jay t
PG24: The GOP Leadership Mess, Big Trade Deals, Hospital Bombings & the Limits of Airpower, and Inmate Debaters Stick it to Harvard
Oct 10, 2015 • 32 min
The battle for the House Speakership leads off this week’s Politics Guys. Jay thinks it’s a result of the GOP being a victim of its own electoral success and that the media is making much ado about very little. Mike agrees, more or less, but points ou
PG23: Another Mass Shooting, Russia & Syria, The Pope and Kim Davis, Goat Sacrifices and the Invincible Sun God
Oct 4, 2015 • 44 min
The Politics Guys devote most of this week’s episode to the mass shooting in Oregon and what, if anything, can be done to decrease the insane number of gun deaths in the United States. They also look at the situation in Syria, where both Mike and Jay f.
PG22: Republican Quitters, China Talks, VW Cheating, Popeamania in D.C., and Monkey Selfies
Sep 27, 2015 • 46 min
This week, The Politics Guys talk about how John Boehner was hounded out of office by the radical Republicans in his caucus and why it matters, using football *and* baseball analogies. The second big Republican quitter of the week was Scott Walker, an …
PG21: Ridiculous Presidential Debates, What the Fed Didn’t Do, Planned Parenthood, Nobel Peace Prize Second Thoughts … and Bigfoot.
Sep 20, 2015 • 35 min
The Politics Guys return from their summer vacation tanned, rested, and ready to dive into the free-for-all that is the 2016 GOP Presidential Contest. Mike and Jay agree that modern debates are ridiculous, which may be why the ridiculous Donald Trump s…
Summer Vacation
Jul 11, 2015 • 0 min
The Politics Guys are taking the rest of the summer off – just like the Supreme Court. But, unlike Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Kennedy, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Ginsburg, we hope to be back with new episodes before the first Monday in Octobe.
PG19: Justice Scalia’s Really Bad Week
Jun 28, 2015 • 36 min
This week on The Politics Guys, it’s wall-to-wall Supreme Court. We start with the biggest decision of the Court’s term, and probably the biggest civil rights decision of the last half century: Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court ruled 5-4 that s
PG18: Papal Encyclicals, Right-Wing Terrorism, The Confederate Flag, and Alexander Hamilton
Jun 21, 2015 • 32 min
This week, the Politics Guys begin by looking at Pope Francis’ papal encyclical on the environment. It turns out that Jay and Mike agree on everything about this issue except the fundamental premises underlying the pope’s reasoning. Next, they discu
PG17: Iraq, Trade Policy Bizarro World, Israel, Abortion, and Marco Rubio’s Boat
Jun 14, 2015 • 38 min
This week, the Politics Guys lead off by discussing troop increases in Iraq. Jay’s take is that the U.S. should ‘go big or go home’ while Mike feels that we should just go home. Next, they look at the strange world of trade policy, where President O
PG16: Privacy, Security, a Presidential Cast of Thousands, and Lying Graduate Students
Jun 7, 2015 • 29 min
In this episode, the Politics Guys talk about security vs. privacy in the wake of the USA Freedom Act’s passage. Mike and Jay are split on the issue, but not nearly as much as Kentucky’s Senators are. They also check in on the massive 2016 presidentia
PG15: Harvard’s Alex Jones on Losing The News
May 31, 2015 • 40 min
This week, Michael talks with Alex Jones about his book Losing The News: The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy. Mr. Jones is Director of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer in the Pre.
PG14: Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts The American Mind
May 24, 2015 • 36 min
In this episode, Michael interviews Professor Tim Groseclose, author of Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts The American Mind. In the book (which was based on an article by Groseclose and Jeffery Milyo) Groseclose argues that there is significan…
PG13: Navigating the News: A Political Media User’s Guide
May 17, 2015 • 37 min
In this episode, Jay interviews Mike about his book Navigating the News: A Political Media User’s Guide. After nearly two decades of teaching college students about politics and the media, Mike decided that he wanted to write a book on the topic – som
PG12: America’s Failing Experiment: How We The People Have Become The Problem
May 10, 2015 • 45 min
This week, I interview Dr. Kirby Goidel, political scientist and author of the book America’s Failing Experiment: How We The People Have Become the Problem. Dr. Goidel is a Professor and Fellow in the Department of Communication and the Public Policy R.
PG11: Police Brutality, Riots, and Same-Sex Marriage
May 3, 2015 • 37 min
This week, the Politics Guys look at the situation in Baltimore: the riots, the causes, and what can be done to reform the police and restore the community. We also discuss Obergefell v. Hodges – the same-sex marriage case heard by the Supreme Court th.
PG10: Can Politics Save The Planet?
Apr 26, 2015 • 36 min
In honor of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the Politics Guys focus on the environment. Our air and water are much cleaner than they were in 1970, and there’s no longer a gaping hole in the ozone layer. Today, the big concern is the threat of global.
PG09: Hillary & Marco Join the Party, Obama Makes Nice with Iran and Cuba
Apr 20, 2015 • 24 min
This Week’s Stories: – Why Hillary will win the nomination, but maybe not the presidency. – Marco Rubio: everyone’s second choice. – Obama compromises on Iran, but will there even be a deal? – Start planning that Havana vacation: Obama opens
PG08: Rand Paul, Iranian Demands, and Police Brutality
Apr 12, 2015 • 34 min
This Week’s Stories: – Rand Paul: His strategy, his chances (slim), and his backup plan. – Iran’s Supreme Leader makes life even more difficult for US negotiators – Police Brutality: what, if anything, can we do?
PG07: Iran, Indiana’s Anti-Gay Law, Corruption in the Senate
Apr 5, 2015 • 24 min
This Week’s Stories – The Iran Deal: Will ‘The Great Satan’ Get Burned by the Mullahs? – Indiana: We’re Not Anti-Gay, Honest! We Even Changed Our Anti-Gay Law. – Senator Menendez: A Corrupt NJ Politician (Shocking!) – McDonalds Pretends
PG06: Ted Cruz, Anti-Gay Laws, Bowe Bergdahl
Mar 29, 2015 • 45 min
This Week’s Stories – Ted Cruz: Why he won’t win, but what he could accomplish. – Indiana: Anti-gay or pro-religion? (Both, maybe?) – Bowe Bergdahl: should he be prosecuted, or has he suffered enough already? – The ungodly mess that is U.S. fo
PG05: Meaningless Budgets, Mandatory Voting, Talking Race at Starbucks
Mar 22, 2015 • 44 min
This Week’s Stories – The stingy, shortsighted, and essentially meaningless GOP budget plan. – President Obama on mandatory voting (he’s for it). – Starbucks attempt to get us to talk about race with our baristas. – Mitch McConnell to the EPA:
PG04: The Senate Writes to Iran, Hillary Hides Her Email, Progress in Ferguson?
Mar 15, 2015 • 41 min
This Week’s Stories – The Senate GOP ‘open letter’ to Iran: secretly brilliant, or not-so-secretly moronic? – Hillary Clinton to the media: I didn’t do anything wrong. Technically. – Ferguson, Missouri: some positive developments, then a tra
PG03: Obamacare at the Supreme Court, The Justice Dept Slams Ferguson
Mar 8, 2015 • 41 min
The audio on this week’s episode is, in places, less than stellar, thanks to one of Michael’s failed recording experiments. At first, we weren’t going to post this episode, but due to popular demand, we decided to put it up, but with this ‘low aud
PG02: Funding Homeland Security, Dr. Seuss and Obamacare, Net Neutrality
Mar 1, 2015 • 35 min
This week’s stories: – Why can’t Congress fund the Department of Homeland Security? – What undersized red grouper & Dr. Seuss have to do with Obamacare. – The FCC ruling that’s made Comcast and Time Warner very, very sad. – Does the Obama ad
PG01: Is This Thing On?
Feb 22, 2015 • 45 min
The Politics Guys, Episode 01 (February 22, 2015) Show Notes & Links This wasn’t our first show – just the first one we’ve posted. (Yes, the unposted shows were worse. Some were much worse.) The site is still under development, and we’re not on