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Ken Rudin's Political Junkie

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Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie  brings a fresh take to political conversation -- featuring energetic discussions, rich historical context, and plenty of bad jokes. Host Ken Rudin  brings his years of experience on the campaign trail to the fore as he highlights notable moments in political history, and looks ahead to the biggest stories on the national scene.

Political novices and junkies alike will gain new insights from a broad spectrum of journalists, analysts and newsmakers from across the country. Plus, listeners are invited to show off their own political knowledge with Ken’s weekly trivia questions and ScuttleButton puzzles.

Combining Ken’s encyclopedic knowledge of political facts with his trademark humor, Political Junkie  is the program that dares to make politics interesting and fun.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie  is published weekly in both a full-hour show and a 9-minute minisode series. The show is tailored for a public radio audience.

The full-hour show is available to stations as an ongoing subscription for an annual carriage fee. The minisodes are available without any long-term carriage agreement, but must be purchased using PRX points -- 90 points/week. More information about both series is available on our website.

Evergreen episodes are available to stations at these links:
* 9-minute minisode: PJ 2015 Evergreen - Minisode
* Full-hour show: PJ 2015 Evergreen - Full Hour

For more information about the show, including carriage and purchasing 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.

Pieces

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Jon Meacham discusses his biography of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president who soared in popularity in the aftermath of the successful 1991 Gulf W...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
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Join Political Junkie Ken Rudin for a review of many great moments from past presidential debates, with commentary from several journalists and his...

  • Added: Aug 22, 2016
  • Length: :29
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Debbie Walsh of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University reflects on both Hillary Clinton’s accomplishment as the first fem...

  • Added: Aug 18, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Last month, Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee of a major party in history. Debbie Walsh of the Center for American Wome...

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


  • Added: Aug 17, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Greg Giroux of Bloomberg sizes up the vulnerable Senate seats for 2016. Bob Holsworth, an expert in Virginia politics lists the potential successo...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Republicans who fear that controversial comments made by Donald Trump will benefit his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, are now concerned that...

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


  • Added: Aug 11, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Neal Conan is with us this week to assess how the Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns are doing. Jennifer Mercieca of Texas A&M University sizes u...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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The conventions are over but the words linger on. What to make of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's acceptance speeches? Jennifer Mercieca of Texa...

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


  • Added: Aug 04, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Join the Political Junkie for special coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention from Philadelphia! Ken Rudin hits the convention floor to...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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The Democrats made history in Philadelphia, nominating Hillary Clinton for president ... the first woman to head up a major-party ticket. And we we...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Join the Political Junkie for special coverage of the 2016 Republican National Convention from Cleveland! Ken Rudin hits the convention floor to he...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Donald Trump, defying expectations, finished off his miraculous climb to the Republican presidential nomination this week in Cleveland.  We were th...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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We hear from Judy Goldsmith who, as chair of the National Organization for Women in 1984, wept with joy as Geraldine Ferraro accepted the nominatio...

Bought by KCCU Radio, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, MPR News Stations, and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Jul 17, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution talks about the drama and frustration at the 1952 Republican convention. The GOP was tired of losing, and...

Bought by KCCU Radio, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, and KFCF FM


  • Added: Jul 17, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Join Political Junkie Ken Rudin on a journey through political history as we revisit memorable and historic moments from national party conventions...

Bought by WFAE, MPR News Stations, KVSC, WCAI / WNAN, XRAY.fm and more


  • Added: Jul 14, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 11
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Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution remembers the 1952 convention in Chicago when Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.) lashed out former presidentia...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Lee Edwards of the Heritage Foundation talks about Ronald Reagan -- his valiant but unsuccessful effort at the 1976 convention in Kansas City, and ...

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


  • Added: Jul 13, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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GOP strategist Mike Murphy insists there's a chance, the Republican convention will back the effort to free the delegates to vote their conscience....

  • Added: Jul 07, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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The odds of a third-party candidate becoming president are slim, but polls have given Libertarian Gary Johnson some hope of making a difference. He...

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


  • Added: Jul 06, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 5
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Robert Barnes of the Washington Post lays out the key Supreme Court decisions of the past week on topics including abortion and immigration and how...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2016
  • Length: 53:58