Ken Rudin's Political Junkie

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Ken Rudin's Political Junkie is the essential show for anyone who is curious and passionate about politics ... which includes most of us. Each week, veteran political analyst Ken Rudin explores policy debates, campaign strategies and the newsmakers making it happen in Washington and in state capitols across the country. Politicians, journalists and experts of all stripes join Ken to share smart analysis and rich historical context behind the issues shaping our national dialogue today.

Whether you're a seasoned political junkie or a casual observer of politics, you’ll enjoy hearing informed conversation about national and regional campaigns, deep dives into noteworthy moments in political history, and intriguing tidbits of political trivia. Political Junkie is the show that aims to make politics accessible, engaging, and -- dare we say it -- fun.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie is published weekly as a full-hour show tailored for a public radio audience.

The show is available to stations as an ongoing SubAuto subscription for an annual carriage fee. More information about the series is available on our website.

In addition, we periodically release special episodes for non-subscribed stations which may be purchased.

For more information about the show, including carriage information for stations, contact Douglas Bell, Coordinating Producer at dbell@krpoliticaljunkie.com. For other questions about the show, or to book Ken for local appearances, contact Ken at ken@krpoliticaljunkie.com.

Series

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202 Pieces

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie is the essential show for anyone who is curious and passionate about politics ... which includes most of us. Each week, veteran political analyst Ken Rudin explores policy debates, campaign strategies, and the newsmakers making it happen in Washington and in state capitols across the country.

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161 Pieces

The Political Junkie Minisodes series has been discontinued.

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23 Pieces

Special full-hour episodes of Ken Rudin's Political Junkie, offered a few times per year to stations with no ongoing series subscription required.

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Fundraising episodes and promos from Ken Rudin's Political Junkie for use during station pledge drives.


Pieces

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Carl Cannon of RealClear Politics assesses the history of independent presidential candidates and weighs what a Howard Schultz candidacy could do t...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2019
  • Length: 53:58
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Janet Hook, national political reporter for the Los Angeles Times, sums up strengths and weaknesses of some of the leading Democratic candidates ru...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2019
  • Length: 53:58
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Ken Walsh of usnews.com assesses the damage of the nearly month-long partial government shutdown, both to the Republican Party and to the country. ...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 53:58
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Despite a very successful 2018, female candidates are still being questioned whether they can win -- or if they’re “likable.” Kelly Dittmar of the...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 53:58
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NPR's Ron Elving joins Ken for a review of the year, highlights and lowlights. Sarah Binder of George Washington University previews the 116th Con...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2019
  • Length: 53:58
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Chuck Hagel, the former two-term senator from Nebraska and Secretary of Defense under President Obama, walks us through his improbable political ca...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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As 2018 draws to a close, Political Junkie Ken Rudin remembers the lawmakers and newsmakers from the world of politics who passed away this year. K...

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  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 6
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Political analyst Stu Rothenberg and USA Today commentary editor Jill Lawrence join Ken to remember those in the political world who died this year...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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Alex Whiting of Harvard Law School discusses whether the charges against Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort bring the investigations closer to Preside...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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Jon Meacham on his remarkable biography of our 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush, pulling insights from years of intimate interviews and a...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 53:58