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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201 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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Nathan Gonzales of Inside Elections previews the primary contests in seven states, most notably in California. Carl Hulse of the New York Times on...

  • Added: May 31, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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Part 3 of a special series from Ken Rudin's Political Junkie -- 1968: 50 Years Later. Richard Nixon stages a political comeback. Segregationist Gov...

Bought by KJZZ, Interlochen Public Radio, KGOU, Georgia Public Broadcasting, WXAV 88.3FM and more


  • Added: May 24, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 10
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This week we take the third of three looks at the iconic year of 1968, focusing on the three-way race for president, featuring interviews with:  K...

  • Added: May 24, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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Shelley Moore Capito, the junior senator from West Virginia, reminisces about her late father, former Governor Arch Moore.  Sheila Simon, the form...

  • Added: May 17, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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Republicans dodge a bullet in West Virginia, and President Trump dodges a treaty with Iran. Former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson offers his observation...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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Greg Giroux of Bloomberg dissects next week’s in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and North Carolina.  Amber Phillips of the Washington Post explains...

  • Added: May 03, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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Part 2 of a special series from Ken Rudin's Political Junkie -- 1968: 50 Years Later. The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Chicago, ...

Bought by KJZZ, WAMU, Interlochen Public Radio, KGOU, WITF and more


  • Added: Apr 26, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 14
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Ted Van Dyke, Hubert Humphrey's top adviser, talks about how the vice president was boxed in by President Johnson on LBJ's war policy, making disse...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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Seung Min Kim of the Washington Post on House Speaker Paul Ryan's decision to retire after this year and endorse Kevin McCarthy as his successor. ...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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Aaron Blake of the Washington Post recaps what might happen if President Trump were to take action against Robert Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Se...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2018
  • Length: 53:58