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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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Josh Rogers, political reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio discusses the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit. Glenn Thrush, chief ...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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We all know that, if elected, Hillary Clinton would be the first female president, and either Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz would be the first Hispanic. ...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
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With Clinton and Rubio's announcements out of the way, we head to the early states and talk to Jeff Kaufmann, chair of the Iowa Republican Party, a...

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  • Added: Apr 16, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
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Potential Democratic candidate Lincoln Chafee, the former governor of Rhode Island, announced a presidential exploratory committee over the past we...

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  • Added: Apr 16, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
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Dr. John Green of the University of Akron's Bliss Institute, discusses the status of the "culture war" after Indiana's RFRA fix. Washington Post in...

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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The controversy in Indiana and elsewhere over so-called religious freedom laws brings us back to a conversation about the nation's "culture wars." ...

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
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Harry Reid's departure makes for interesting circumstances in the Senate and in his home state of Nevada - Jon Ralston of Ralston Reports talks abo...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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After 30 years in the Senate, Harry Reid is calling it quits. The 75-year old Nevada Democrat, who has been minority, majority and now minority le...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
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Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune walks us through Sen. Ted Cruz's rise and his presidential run. Magazine publisher Steve Forbes remembers his ...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
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Texas Senator Ted Cruz became the first major candidate of either political party to declare for president. Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune w...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
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"HRC" author and Bloomberg's DC Bureau Chief Jon Allen discusses Hillary Clinton's press conference and the questions that remain. Al Cross, a Loui...

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has a dilemma: a likely presidential candidate, his Senate seat is also up in 2016. And state law forbids a candidate fr...

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2015
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Professor Alan Schroeder of Northeastern University talks about the first televised presidential debate, and its impact on political theater. Debbi...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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With all this talk of Hillary Clinton's email controversy, we thought it'd be fun to shed some light on some other famous (and not-so famous) First...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
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Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for PRI, talks about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech and the partisan aftermath. David K...

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  • Added: Mar 05, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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Senator Barbara Mikulski's step-down from her Maryland seat has already started speculation about who could take her place in 2016. Washington Coll...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2015
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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
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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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