Podcast: Democrats Cashing In on 2018 Midterms
Political Theater, Episode 28

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Midterm elections typically have lower voter turnout than presidential ones. If that turns out to be the case in 2018, it won't be because of a lack of cash or candidates. In short, the midterm cycle is awash in campaign money. Breaking down some of the gobsmacking amounts and what it means for the control of Congress are Roll Call political correspondents Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman on the latest Political Theater podcast.  Listen here:


Podcast: When Political ‘Dark Money’ Rode to Town
Political Theater, Episode 27

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Filmmaker Kimberly Reed grew up in Montana with little anticipation her home state would be ground zero for a massive fight over money in politics. But her new documentary, “Dark Money,” tells a tale worthy of any Western, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle fight for their own prerogatives in the face of out-of-state interests gunning for them.

With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the high court’s role as the ultimate referee over money’s role in politics is back in focus. Reed and Campaign Legal Center founder Trevor Potter and CQ Roll Call campaign finance reporter Kate Ackley discussed the film, money in politics and the campaign landscape on this week’s Political Theater Podcast. 

Podcast: A Peek at Congress
Political Theater, Episode 26


Photographers Bill Clark and Tom Williams are veteran journalists whose images define not just Roll Call but also the new book “Under the Dome” by Political Theater host Jason Dick. They discussed their craft and approach in the latest Political Theater podcast. “One of the sayings we’ve always kind of had here is, is the closer you get to the podium, the worse the photo gets,” Clark says in a freewheeling conversation with Williams and Dick. 


Podcast: New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Joe Crowley Down
Political Theater, Episode 25


House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley is the seemingly archetypal New York pol: A big, blue collar, Bruce Springsteen loving, guitar slinging Irishman from Queens whose booming presence secured a spot as a possible speaker-in-waiting. But politics can change things abruptly. Witness the 10-term Crowley's primary loss to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a newcomer who turned the incumbent’s Capitol influence on its head. In this week’s Political Theater Podcast, host Jason Dick discusses with Roll Call Elections Analyst Nathan Gonzales how the results show the Democratic establishment just isn’t what it used to be.

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Podcast: What the Congressional Softball Game Says About Lawmakers
Political Theater, Episode 24

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Podcast: Congressional Baseball Game Enters New Era
Political Theater, Episode 23

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Podcast: No Recess For You!
Political Theater, Episode 22

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate has scaled back its August recess, with Republican leaders citing the big workload and complaining that Democrats are needlessly delaying the proceedings with delay tactics. 

As political theater goes, this is an oldie but goodie: Lawmakers like to tell voters that they are working very, very hard. But it's unclear what kind of effect that message might have on voters, or whether they care. And the Senate is not dealing with anything out of the ordinary when it comes to obstruction and delay tactics. Ed Pesce, managing editor of CQ Senate, takes us through the numbers on the latest Political Theater podcast.

Podcast: 50 Years Later, Bobby Kennedy for President Lives On
Political Theater, Episode 21

A photograph showing then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy speaking to a crowd of African-Americans and whites through a megaphone outside the Justice Department. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Netflix documentary series “Bobby Kennedy for President” marks the upcoming 50th anniversary of the late senator and presidential candidate’s assassination in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968. The four-part series by documentarian Dawn Porter follows Kennedy from campaign manager to attorney general, senator and presidential candidate, and outlines the evolution of his political beliefs from rough-and-tumble family fixer and anti-communist to civil rights icon. 

Porter discussed the series recently with the Political Theater podcast, including her own motivations for treading into a story many Americans may feel they know, and the result is a cinematic journey that feels fresh while also very much reflecting its own heady times.

Podcast: Roseanne, Donald Glover and Desperate-Class TV
Political Theater, Episode 20

Glover, left, and Barr (Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is a television fan and a polarizing figure in American culture. Two critically acclaimed television shows that just wrapped up their seasons reflect the political, cultural and economic anxieties of the era of Trump, CQ Staff Writer and cultural observer Clyde McGrady tells Jason Dick in this week’s Political Theater podcast.

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Podcast: Keystone Races Now Set in Keystone State
Political Theater, Episode 19

Protesters march down Independence Avenue in Washington holding signs during the Women’s March on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the President Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Women were big winners in Tuesday's primaries as they are poised to change the midterm dynamics in states like Nebraska and Pennsylvania, explains Roll Call senior political reporter Bridget Bowman.

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