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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 (270 points/week) and a 9-minute minisode series (90 points/week). The show is tailored for a public radio audience.

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.

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The Washington Post's Philip Bump and College of William & Mary Professor John Gilmour discuss the president's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline and...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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The President has, as expected, vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already scheduled a vote on a veto...

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
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Sarah Mimms, congressional reporter for the National Journal, brings us up to speed on what the Hill's working on after the President's Day break. ...

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  • Added: Feb 19, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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While Republicans in Congress remain furious with President Obama and his planned executive orders to alter immigration policy, the respective Sena...

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  • Added: Feb 19, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
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Adam Smith, political editor at the Tampa Bay Times, talks about the release of hundreds of thousands of emails from Jeb Bush's time as governor of...

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  • Added: Feb 12, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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As the 2016 race heats up and the polls begin, we turn to Iowa. We hear from former governor and presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty about which cont...

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  • Added: Feb 12, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
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Politico's Josh Gerstein unpacks President Obama's "liberal wishlist" budget. NPR's Cheryl Corley and WBEZ's Lauren Chooljian talk about whether Ch...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
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Kathie Obradovich of the Des Moines Register gives us a scorecard for the Iowa Freedom Summit, while Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Faith &...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2015
  • Length: 08:00
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The Washington Monthly's Paul Glastris, USA Today's David Jackson, and Lisa Desjardins of The PBS NewsHour break down this year's State of the Unio...

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  • Added: Jan 22, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

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  • Added: Jan 22, 2015
  • Length: 08:00
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Elana Schor of Politico breaks down both sides of the argument over the Keystone XL pipeline. The National Journal's Daniel Newhauser talks about w...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2015
  • Length: 08:00
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The Washington Post's Paul Kane recaps the 114th Congress' first week, including the challenges to John Boehner's speakership. Charlie Stevenson, a...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2015
  • Length: 08:00
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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...

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

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

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  • Added: Dec 11, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
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