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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 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.

Pieces

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Political analyst Stu Rothenberg analyzes the GOP health care defeat. Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights makes the case a...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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Ken Walsh of U.S. News & World Report breaks down a busy week in politics from FBI director Comey and Russia connections to Judge Neil Gorsuch and ...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution profiles the issues and the candidates in Georgia’s upcoming special election. Celeste Katz of ...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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Janet Hook of the Wall Street Journal discusses the ramifications of President Trump’s claim that Barack Obama had his offices bugged during the ca...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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NPR's Ron Elving makes a return visit to the Political Junkie with analysis of President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress. Susan Swe...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, talks about her group's agenda and what the left hopes to accomplish dur...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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Fundraising hour for stations carrying the Ken Rudin's Political Junkie weekly program. This show highlights the breadth of political conversations...

Bought by WHQR


  • Added: Feb 17, 2017
  • Length: 38:25
  • Purchases: 1
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Aaron Blake of the Washington Post fills us in with the details of Michael Flynn's resignation as national security adviser, as well as the remaini...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post breaks down the historic tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence to confirm Betsy DeVos as is the new Se...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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Robert Barnes of the Washington Post tells us about Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Cou...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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Aaron Blake of the Washington Post gives an assessment after less than a week of the Trump presidency. Florida Senator Marco Rubio had big reserva...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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Matthew Dallek of George Washington University talks about the history of inaugurations. Linda Chavez, who was President George W. Bush's choice t...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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Janet Hook of the Wall Street Journal weighs in on President-elect Donald Trump’s first press conference since July. Paul Glastris of the Washin...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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Neal Conan, the former host of Talk of the Nation, joins us for a recap of 2016, and how the early goings of 2017 are shaping up.   Bob Schieffer,...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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Former Ohio Governor Bob Taft remembers his grandfather, Mr. Republican, Senator Robert A. Taft. John Dickerson, the host of "Face the Nation” ha...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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As 2016 draws to a close, Political Junkie Ken Rudin remembers the lawmakers and newsmakers from the world of politics who passed away this year. K...

Bought by WJSU, WVPE, KSFR, KUOW, KCPW and more


  • Added: Dec 21, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 7
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Stuart Rothenberg of the "Rothenberg Gonzales Political Report" and Jill Lawrence of USA Today join Political Junkie Ken Rudin for a look back at t...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Carl Hulse of the New York Times reviews Rex Tillerson's relationships with Vladimir Putin and Russia and speculates on what could be a difficult c...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Donald Trump has finally decided on a nominee for secretary of state, but it turns out that this may be the most controversial Cabinet appointee of...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, KCCU Radio, WXXI, and Northeast Indiana Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 14, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Neal Conan assesses what has happened in the month since the presidential election. Tyler Bridges, the co-author of a new book on Louisiana's unpr...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2016
  • Length: 53:58