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


  • Added: Jul 17, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 3
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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
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Dane Waters, co-founder of the group "Delegates Unbound" is trying to change the rules at the GOP convention to allow the delegates to decide which...

Bought by KCCU Radio, WXXI, and Northeast Indiana Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 30, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times talks about whether the Senate votes this week on gun legislation were actually about guns, or about poli...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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While Hillary Clinton may have all but officially wrapped up the Democratic nomination earlier this month, we should consider the history of the mo...

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


  • Added: Jun 22, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Two generic promos featuring Political Junkie Ken Rudin for promoting Election 2016 programming. These promos are NOT specific to the Political Jun...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2016
  • Length: :58
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Elizabeth Zechmeister, a political science professor at Vanderbilt University, talks about how Republicans (and male candidates) often benefit poli...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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The unimaginable horror of the terrorist attack in Orlando has led to the inevitable (and regrettable) finger-pointing and partisan political rheto...

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


  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Superdelegate Martha Fuller Clark of New Hampshire broke with the pack to endorse Bernie Sanders and she's on the show to explain why. Steve Terre...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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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 Spokane Public Radio, KCPW, and Vermont Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 09, 2016
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 3