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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227 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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In Illinois, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is spending millions on re-election bid on Feb. 24. Some think there is a possibility he might fail to brea...

Bought by KCCU Radio, WCAI / WNAN, KUER, WXXI, and Northeast Indiana Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 05, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 5
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Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution explains what powers Congress has in shaping foreign policy, and who (if anybody) benefits from Benjamin N...

Bought by KCCU Radio, WCAI / WNAN, KUER, WXXI, and Northeast Indiana Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 29, 2015
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Many of us are still stunned over the announcement that Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential hopeful in 2008 and his party's unsuccessful nominee...

Bought by KCCU Radio, WCAI / WNAN, KUER, WXXI, and Northeast Indiana Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 22, 2015
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 5
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While things may not be getting accomplished in Washington, there's plenty going on in the states. Reid Wilson of the Washington Post talks about s...

Bought by KCCU Radio, KUER, WCAI / WNAN, and Northeast Indiana Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 15, 2015
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Republicans now control both houses for the first time since 2006. Paul Kane of the Washington Post joins us to talk about the attempted rebellion...

Bought by KCCU Radio, WCAI / WNAN, WXXI, KUER, and Northeast Indiana Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 08, 2015
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Ken Rudin looks back at the year that was with former NPR and Chicago Tribune political writer Frank James. We revisit past newsworthy segments fro...

Bought by WILL, RadioFreePalmer, KAWC / Border Radio - KOFA, KSFR, WXXI and more


  • Added: Dec 19, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
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Speculation about Hillary Clinton's next presidential run has been going on for months. After this week, we can add Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum to t...

Bought by KCCU Radio, KUER, WCAI / WNAN, WRKF, WXXI and more


  • Added: Dec 17, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 6
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As 2014 draws to a close, Political Junkie Ken Rudin remembers the lawmakers and newsmakers from the world of politics who passed away this year. K...

Bought by 90.5 WSNC, WEZU, WCQS, WNPR, KUNC & The Colorado Sound and more


  • Added: Dec 16, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 20
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There is still the specter of the shutdown of the George Washington Bridge that may ultimately damage New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's hopes of get...

Bought by WXXI, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WCAI / WNAN, KUER, WRKF and more


  • Added: Dec 10, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 6
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In most cases, we know the difference between a good president and a bad one. But how do historians see them? Robert Merry, a longtime journalist w...

Bought by WXXI, KRZA, WCAI / WNAN, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KCCU Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 08, 2014
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 6