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The Politics Guys: Weekly Updates on American Politics from co-hosts with a Conservative and Liberal perspective.
PG122: Healthcare, Budget Resolutions, Travel Ban 3.0, The Honest Ads Act
Oct 21 • 53 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 this…
Listeners Ask About: Guns, WW3, Healthcare, Plus Facebook Data
Oct 18 • 49 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 first…
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 • 57 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 of the…
Overturned Courts, Market-Based Healthcare, Affirmative Action, Political Correctness, Politicizing Weather
Oct 11 • 57 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 there’s…
PG120: Gun Policy After Las Vegas & Gerrymandering
Oct 7 • 56 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 liberals…
Harvard’s Nancy Koehn on Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times
Oct 4 • 39 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 • 58 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 • 28 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 author of…
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 • 60 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 speech.…
Congressman Jim Jordan on the Debt Limit, Tax Reform, and the 2016 Election
Sep 20 • 41 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 the…
PG117: Trump’s DACA Deal, Bernie’s Medicare For All, Equifax Breach
Sep 16 • 44 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. Mike…
Political Correctness and Identity Politics
Sep 13 • 42 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 four…
PG116: DACA, Trump’s Deal with Dems, North Korea, Travel Ban
Sep 9 • 41 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, and…
Henry Petroski on The State of American Infrastructure
Sep 6 • 47 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, and…
PG115: Hurricanes, Transgender Lawsuits, and Sanctuary Cities
Sep 2 • 47 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 • 39 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 football…
PG 114: Arpaio Pardon, Transgender Ban, Afghanistan Policy, Voter ID Laws
Aug 26 • 47 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 July…
Saadia Madsbjerg on Changing the Status Quo with Innovative Finance
Aug 23 • 33 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 of…
PG113 Charlottesville (again), Bannon’s Out, and the Rise of Hope Hicks
Aug 19 • 43 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 argued…
Journalist & Environmental Activist Mark Lynas
Aug 16 • 39 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. In…
PG112: Charlottesville, North Korea, Opioid Emergency, Climate Report
Aug 13 • 53 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 the…
Defense Spending, Future Jobs, Overpaying for Health Care, Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Aug 9 • 49 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 people…
PG111: Scaramucci Out & Kelly In, Immigration, Jobs, Senate Ignoring Trump
Aug 6 • 41 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 job.…
Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter on The New Energy Economy
Aug 2 • 36 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 • 48 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 both…
Lawrence Lessig on Campaign Finance Reform
Jul 26 • 38 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 heroes,…
PG109: Health Bill, Spicer Resigns, Sessions’ Rough Week, Electoral Integrity
Jul 23 • 57 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 agree…
Kenneth Rogoff on Eight Centuries of Financial Folly & The Curse of Cash
Jul 19 • 38 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…
PG108: Health Bills, Meetings with Russians, FBI Confirmation Hearings, & Mike’s Favorite Regulatory Agency
Jul 16 • 52 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 least…
Harvard’s Gary King on Gerrymandering, Big Data, & Chinese Social Media Use
Jul 12 • 46 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…
PG107: North Korean Missile Test, American First Meets the G20, Modern Day Presidential, and Illinois Budget
Jul 9 • 54 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 and…
Brooke Gladstone On The Media
Jul 5 • 39 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 Influencing…
PG106: Healthcare Holdup, Travel Ban, Religious Funding, Seattle’s Fight for 15
Jul 2 • 59 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…
Kurt Schlichter Explains How Hillary Clinton is Evil & Listener Mail
Jun 28 • 52 min
There was so much intense listener response to Mike’s recent interview with Townhall.com 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.…
PG105: Senate Health Bill, Special Election, Russia Sanctions
Jun 25 • 55 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…
An A+ For Donald Trump
Jun 21 • 42 min
Mike talks to Kurt Schlichter, an attorney, retired Army infantry colonel, and Senior Columnist for Townhall.com. His commentary on political, military, and legal issues has been featured in numerous national outlets, such as Fox News, CNN, and the Hugh…
PG 104: Shootings, Sessions, Cuba, and the Federal Reserve
Jun 18 • 56 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…
Moneyball for Politics: Sasha Issenberg’s ‘The Victory Lab’
Jun 16 • 47 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 • 54 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…
PG103: Comey Testifies, Trump’s FBI Pick, The Kansas Experiment
Jun 11 • 59 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 an…
The Economist’s Ryan Avent on The Wealth of Humans
Jun 7 • 41 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 outlets…
PG102: Paris Accord Exit, Afghanistan, Suing Big Pharma
Jun 4 • 54 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 Syria…
Fighting Trump State by State & Mapping Police Violence
May 31 • 28 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 and…
PG101: Trump’s Travels, Fantastical Budgets, SCOTUS on Redistricting
May 28 • 55 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 (especially…
Die-Hard Independent Matthew Dowd on ‘A New Way’
May 24 • 33 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 Gephardt &…
PG100: Special Counsel, Trump’s Trip, NAFTA Renegotiation
May 21 • 58 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 Comey…
Donald Trump: Threat to Democracy?
May 17 • 41 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 multiple…
PG99: Trump Fires Comey, Sessions Gets Tough on Crime, Election Fraud
May 14 • 55 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 campaign…
Daniel Drezner Interview
May 10 • 38 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 • 54 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 that…
James Fallows Interview
May 3 • 32 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 The…
PG97: 100 Days of Trump, Trump’s Tax Plan
Apr 30 • 50 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-hosting…
Larry Sabato & Listener Mail
Apr 26 • 57 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 States.…
PG96: Elections, Bill O’Reilly, Executive Orders, Ann Coulter
Apr 23 • 52 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 Guys…
The Indivisible Guide - Being Heard in the Age of Trump
Apr 19 • 34 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 with…
PG95: Trump’s Foreign Policy, Dem House in 2018?, Healthcare Chicken, Is Trump Learning?
Apr 15 • 47 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 a…
Polling, The Selfie Vote, & Data Driven Government
Apr 12 • 47 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…
PG94: Syria, Gorsuch, Susan Rice, Devin Nunes, China
Apr 9 • 47 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 blueapron.com/TPG It was a crazy week in foreign policy, and the guys start with the biggest of all the big stories - the…
Politics and Policy in a Second Machine Age
Apr 5 • 31 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 • 54 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…
Brad DeLong Interview
Mar 29 • 40 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 they…
PG92: Obamacare Lives!, Gorsuch, Russia, Immigration
Mar 26 • 56 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 • 47 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 by…
PG91: Budget, Healthcare, Travel Ban, Taxes, Wiretapping
Mar 19 • 50 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 • 39 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 • 45 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 beginning of…
Interview with Crowdpac’s Steve Hilton
Mar 8 • 38 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 • 59 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 • 45 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. Professor…
PG88: CPAC, LGBTQ Rights, Kudos to POTUS, Mexico, Town Halls
Feb 26 • 58 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 who…
Jason Brennan Interview
Feb 22 • 41 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 • 56 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 the…
Future of the Dems, Misogyny, Depolarization, Fearing Trump
Feb 15 • 45 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…
PG86: Travel Ban, Senate Confirmations, Russia, Is Trump Mellowing?
Feb 12 • 56 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 • 34 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,…
PG85: Host Swap! Supreme Court Nominee, Immigration Ban, Trump Executive Orders
Feb 5 • 52 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, reasoned…
Marion Nestle Interview
Feb 1 • 30 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 York…
PG84: Immigration Ban, NSC Reorg, Fake News, Border Walls, Jay’s Defenders
Jan 29 • 54 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 • 44 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 from,…
PG83: President Trump, Women’s March, Chelsea Manning
Jan 22 • 42 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…
Ask The Politics Guys: Obama’s Legacy?
Jan 18 • 41 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 • 54 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 • 36 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 presidential…
PG81: Russian Hacking, Building the Wall, House Ethics, Repealing Obamacare
Jan 8 • 49 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. The…
Martin Ford Interview
Dec 21, 2016 • 35 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 • 53 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…
Brendan Nyhan Interview
Dec 14, 2016 • 46 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 • 50 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 the…
Ask The Politics Guys: Election Questions
Dec 7, 2016 • 30 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 whether…
PG78: Recounts, The Carrier Deal, More Trump Picks, OSU Terror Attack
Dec 4, 2016 • 49 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 the…
Bryan Caplan Interview
Nov 30, 2016 • 45 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 the…
PG77: Recount!, Trump Transition, Conflicts of Interest, Obama Clemency
Nov 27, 2016 • 50 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 – three…
Sunday Spillover
Nov 23, 2016 • 33 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 has to…
PG76: The Trump Transition & the Future of the Democrats
Nov 20, 2016 • 54 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. As…
Ask The Politics Guys: What to Expect from a Trump Presidency
Nov 16, 2016 • 50 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 also…
PG75: How Trump Won, Putrid Polls, & The Future of the Parties
Nov 13, 2016 • 57 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 • 25 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 being…
PG74: Election Predictions, FBI Shenanigans?, Jobs Report
Nov 6, 2016 • 31 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 • 31 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 nominee…
PG73: Clinton email, Bundy Verdict, Telecom Mergers, Obamacare Rate Hike
Oct 30, 2016 • 53 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.…
Ask The Politics Guys: Is the U.S. A Flawed Democracy?
Oct 26, 2016 • 21 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 system.
PG72: 3rd Debate, Democratic Senate?, Police Apologies, Supreme Court
Oct 23, 2016 • 53 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 • 33 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 economic…
PG 70: Trump’s Death Spiral, Email Hacks, Unconstitutional Agencies, Shooting Data
Oct 16, 2016 • 49 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 • 45 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 Spades HQ…
PG 70: Is Trump Toast?, Russian Hacking, VP Debate, Israeli Settlements
Oct 9, 2016 • 51 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…
Dan Carlin Interview
Oct 5, 2016 • 36 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 current…
PG69: The Debate, Congress Gets Busy, State of the Race, Nursing Home Rules
Oct 2, 2016 • 59 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 state…
Ask The Politics Guys: Special NFL Edition
Sep 28, 2016 • 23 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 • 46 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 Tulsa and…
Rich Boehne Interview
Sep 21, 2016 • 48 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 • 52 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…
Trey Grayson Interview
Sep 14, 2016 • 49 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…
PG 66: Foreign Policy-Palooza! & Financial Regulation
Sep 11, 2016 • 54 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 bill to…
James Taranto Interview
Sep 7, 2016 • 29 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 editor…
PG 65: Mexican Trips, FBI Files, Slavery Reparations, & Colin Kaepernick
Sep 4, 2016 • 50 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 build a…
Ask The Politics Guys: Mike for President???
Aug 31, 2016 • 20 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 • 55 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 there’s…
Ask The Politics Guys: Who are the Libertarians?
Aug 24, 2016 • 20 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 • 43 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 • 16 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 • 53 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 Trump…
David Frum Interview
Aug 10, 2016 • 43 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 • 46 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 payment to…
Ask The Politics Guys: Liberal Hollywood
Aug 3, 2016 • 15 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 • 49 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. (Why…
John Sides Interview
Jul 27, 2016 • 62 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 following…
PG59: GOP Convention, Clinton’s VP, Voter ID Laws, Ailes Ousted, NBA & Charlotte
Jul 24, 2016 • 41 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…
Russ Roberts Interview
Jul 20, 2016 • 60 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 • 45 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 as…
Summer Vacation
Jun 15, 2016 • 1 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 • 51 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 big…
Ask The Politics Guys: Are Liberals Smarter?
Jun 8, 2016 • 19 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 • 39 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. Mike and…
Ask The Politics Guys: The Case for Trump
Jun 1, 2016 • 25 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 • 50 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’t quite…
Ask The Politics Guys: Voter Fatigue?
May 25, 2016 • 14 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 • 45 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 rules…
Ask The Politics Guys: Fixing the Broken Primary System
May 18, 2016 • 26 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 • 48 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 Donald’s…
Ask The Politics Guys: Holding Politicians Accountable for Lies
May 11, 2016 • 22 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 bunch…
PG52: Trump!, Transgender Bathrooms, CFPB’s Arbitration Rule
May 8, 2016 • 52 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…
Ask The Politics Guys: Are Liberals Smug?
May 4, 2016 • 28 min
Here’s this week’s Ask The Politics Guys question: “I saw an article in Vox.com 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 • 48 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 • 21 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 • 37 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 Trump…
Ask the Politics Guys: Are Banks Still ‘Too Big To Fail’?
Apr 20, 2016 • 24 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…
PG49: Verizon Strike, Tax Day, Presidential Races, Hamilton!
Apr 17, 2016 • 49 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 • 18 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 (if they…
PG48: Jobs!, Trump’s Bad Week, A Win For Unions
Apr 3, 2016 • 39 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 a…
Ask The Politics Guys: Question-Palooza!
Mar 30, 2016 • 33 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…
PG47: Brussels, Cuba, Primary Updates, and Anti-Gay Laws
Mar 27, 2016 • 48 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 President…
Ask The Politics Guys: How Would You Change the Constitution?
Mar 23, 2016 • 28 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…
PG46: Kasich’s Folly, Bernie’s Future, and Garland’s Chances
Mar 20, 2016 • 42 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 • 29 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 posting…
PG45: Contested Conventions, Violent Rallies, Dreamy Prime Ministers, and Feminist Glaciology
Mar 13, 2016 • 50 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. They…
Ask The Politics Guys: Should the U.S. Have a Parliamentary System?
Mar 9, 2016 • 16 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 with…
PG44: Trump or a Brokered Convention, Hillary Seals The Deal (almost), Abortion at the Supreme Court
Mar 6, 2016 • 46 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 • 26 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 • 49 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 nomination…
Ask The Politics Guys: How Bad are Sanders and Trump on Foreign Policy?
Feb 24, 2016 • 22 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? (We…
PG42: Trump Up, Bush Out, Clinton Wins NV, The Post-Scalia Court, Apple vs. the Feds
Feb 21, 2016 • 41 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 • 22 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…
PG41: Scalia’s Death, NH Reactions, SC & NV Predictions … and Mike’s Presidential Bid!
Feb 14, 2016 • 45 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 prospects…
Ask The Politics Guys: What’s a democratic socialist?
Feb 10, 2016 • 21 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 • 36 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 themselves…
Ask The Politics Guys: How different are Democrats and Republicans, really?
Feb 3, 2016 • 24 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 moving…
PG39: Bold Predictions, Does Iowa Matter, Juvenile Justice, Putin’s Corruption
Jan 31, 2016 • 38 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 real…
Ask The Politics Guys: What happens if the establishment candidate wins the nomination, but loses the election?
Jan 27, 2016 • 15 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 that…
PG38: GOP Elites vs Trump & Cruz, Iran Prisoner Swap, Bernie Ascendent, The Water in Flint
Jan 24, 2016 • 45 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 poison’…
Ask The Politics Guys: Can a Social Liberal / Fiscal Conservative Win?
Jan 20, 2016 • 18 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…
PG 37: Obama’s Big Speech, Iran ‘Hostages’, GOP Debate Madness, Bernie Closes the Gap, Union Free Riders
Jan 17, 2016 • 38 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…
Ask The Politics Guys: Can government fix the student debt crisis?
Jan 13, 2016 • 20 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 • 39 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 that,…
Ask The Politics Guys: Can Government Control Gun Violence?
Jan 6, 2016 • 17 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 • 41 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 • 20 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 all…
PG34: Budget Bipartisanship, GOP Debate, The Fed, Big Pharma, Obama Doesn’t Drink His Own Urine, Bombing Fictional Cities
Dec 20, 2015 • 37 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 on…
PG33: Climate Accord, Obama vs Trump on Terror, The End of No Child Left Behind & (Possibly) College Affirmative Action
Dec 13, 2015 • 44 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 that…
PG32: Terrorism in California, Women in Combat, Agreement on Infrastructure, Climate Talks, and Trump’s Perfect Health
Dec 6, 2015 • 50 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…
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 • 36 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 authorization…
PG30: Syrian Refugees, Fighting ISIS, Trump’s Latest Brainstorm, Frankenfish, Hillary’s Sense of Humor
Nov 22, 2015 • 44 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 the…
PG29: Paris Attacks, Immigration, More Debates, College Protests, Baby Hitler, and the Medal of Honor
Nov 15, 2015 • 46 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, they…
PG28: The Democrats’ Horrible Election, Ben Carson’s Tall Tales, Obama Rejects Keystone, and Papa Bush Slams Cheney & Rumsfeld
Nov 8, 2015 • 41 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 defeated a…
PG27: Budget Deals, GOP Debate, Speaker Ryan, Syria, and Runaway Blimps
Nov 1, 2015 • 35 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 then…
PG26: Ryan Runs (Biden Doesn’t), Hillary Grilled, Bush Flounders, and the Special Bond between the US, Liberia, and Burma
Oct 25, 2015 • 37 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-baseball…
PG25: No Afghan Pullout, Democrats Debate, Presidential Campaign Funding, Pot Legalization in Ohio, and Pork Returns to Federal Prisons
Oct 18, 2015 • 35 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 turn…
PG24: The GOP Leadership Mess, Big Trade Deals, Hospital Bombings & the Limits of Airpower, and Inmate Debaters Stick it to Harvard
Oct 10, 2015 • 34 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 out…
PG23: Another Mass Shooting, Russia & Syria, The Pope and Kim Davis, Goat Sacrifices and the Invincible Sun God
Oct 4, 2015 • 45 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 find…
PG22: Republican Quitters, China Talks, VW Cheating, Popeamania in D.C., and Monkey Selfies
Sep 27, 2015 • 48 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 • 36 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…
Summer Vacation
Jul 11, 2015 • 1 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 October.…
PG19: Justice Scalia’s Really Bad Week
Jun 28, 2015 • 38 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…
PG18: Papal Encyclicals, Right-Wing Terrorism, The Confederate Flag, and Alexander Hamilton
Jun 21, 2015 • 33 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 discuss the…
PG17: Iraq, Trade Policy Bizarro World, Israel, Abortion, and Marco Rubio’s Boat
Jun 14, 2015 • 39 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 Obama’s…
PG16: Privacy, Security, a Presidential Cast of Thousands, and Lying Graduate Students
Jun 7, 2015 • 31 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 presidential…
PG15: Harvard’s Alex Jones on Losing The News
May 31, 2015 • 42 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 Press…
PG14: Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts The American Mind
May 24, 2015 • 38 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 significant…
PG13: Navigating the News: A Political Media User’s Guide
May 17, 2015 • 39 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 –…
PG12: America’s Failing Experiment: How We The People Have Become The Problem
May 10, 2015 • 46 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…
PG11: Police Brutality, Riots, and Same-Sex Marriage
May 3, 2015 • 39 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 this…
PG10: Can Politics Save The Planet?
Apr 26, 2015 • 38 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 • 25 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 relations…
PG08: Rand Paul, Iranian Demands, and Police Brutality
Apr 12, 2015 • 36 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 • 26 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 to Care About…
PG06: Ted Cruz, Anti-Gay Laws, Bowe Bergdahl
Mar 29, 2015 • 46 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. foreign…
PG05: Meaningless Budgets, Mandatory Voting, Talking Race at Starbucks
Mar 22, 2015 • 45 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: I hate you…
PG04: The Senate Writes to Iran, Hillary Hides Her Email, Progress in Ferguson?
Mar 15, 2015 • 43 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 tragedy. – Is…
PG03: Obamacare at the Supreme Court, The Justice Dept Slams Ferguson
Mar 8, 2015 • 42 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 audio…
PG02: Funding Homeland Security, Dr. Seuss and Obamacare, Net Neutrality
Mar 1, 2015 • 36 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 administration…
PG01: Is This Thing On?
Feb 22, 2015 • 46 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 iTunes or…