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Ken Rudin's Political Junkie

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Get your fix of smart, informative and fun political coverage on Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie! Host Ken Rudin combines trademark humor with an encyclopedic knowledge of American history in this weekly program featuring conversations with journalists, pundits and politicians.

Ken 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 issues, personalities and horse-races on the national scene. Plus, listeners are invited to show off their political knowledge with Ken’s regular trivia questions and ScuttleButton puzzles.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie is published weekly in both a full-hour show (270 points/week) and an 8-minute minisode series (80 points/week). The show is tailored for a public radio audience.

Evergreen episodes are available to stations at these links:
* 8-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.

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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 Nevada Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 19, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 1
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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 KUER, WCAI / WNAN, WRKF, WXXI, and Northeast Indiana Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 17, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 5
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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...

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  • Added: Dec 16, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
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Politico's Josh Gerstein discusses the Senate Intelligence Committee's CIA report. Bloomberg's Derek Wallbank breaks down the last tasks of the 113...

Bought by WXXI


  • Added: Dec 11, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 1
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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
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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 KCCU Radio and WRKF


  • Added: Dec 08, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
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Bob Merry, author of 'Where They Stand' helps us rank presidents, and re-assess some White House heroes and failures. The Boston Globe's Matt Viser...

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Sarah Mimms of the National Journal briefs us on the latest budget showdown that might continue far into 2015. The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperi...

Bought by WXXI


  • Added: Dec 04, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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Republicans learned what they needed to do to score big electoral victories in 2014, and now it seems they've also learned that shutting down the g...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
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Politico's Lauren French talks about Republican response to the president's immigration plan. The Boston Globe's Matt Viser shares the history and ...

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  • Added: Nov 25, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
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Politico's Lauren French discusses President Obama's immigration order, and how Republicans, in lieu of an immigration bill of their own, might thw...

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


  • Added: Nov 25, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
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(Special NOW AVAILABLE at this link: http://www.prx.org/pieces/138078-political-junkie-2014-remembrances-special ) This piece only contains the pr...

Bought by KCPW, WLRN, WITF, and WILL


  • Added: Nov 21, 2014
  • Length: :29
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The Washington Post's Aaron Blake lays out what's likely to happen (or not) during the lame duck session of Congress. Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.c...

Bought by WXXI


  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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Even though the Democrats suffered major losses on November 4, they returned Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to their respective House and Senate leade...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
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Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, tallies up how women fared in the 2014 elections. Alask...

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  • Added: Nov 13, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
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2014 was a record-breaking election for women in Congress... but don't rush to declare it "The Year of the Woman" just yet. Debbie Walsh, director ...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
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Republican strategists Ed Rollins and Steve Duprey celebrate the sweeping Republican win and look ahead to the lame duck session and 2016. Kevin Br...

Bought by WXXI


  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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The results are in. It's good news for the Republican Party. And a sweeping repudiation of President Obama and the Democrats. In the Senate, a new...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
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Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg and Republican analyst and former Congressman Vin Weber talk about the national stakes of this year's midterms. ...

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  • Added: Oct 30, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
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Republican strategist Vin Weber and Democrat pollster Anna Greenberg lay out what's at stake on November 4th, and what it might mean for the final ...

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  • Added: Oct 30, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 8