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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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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 KCCU Radio, WXXI, and Northeast Indiana Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 14, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 3
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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
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Jeff Tiberii, a political reporter North Carolina public radio station WUNC, talks about the belated concession this week of Republican Governor Pa...

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


  • Added: Dec 07, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Mike Haas, the administrator of the Wisconsin Election Commission, explains the Badger State presidential recount. Fidel Castro, the longtime Cuba...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Even though it was Donald Trump who said he might not accept the results of the presidential election, it turns out that Jill Stein -- the Green Pa...

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


  • Added: Nov 30, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 5
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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 WVPE, WBEZ, and Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 25, 2016
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 3
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Former Ohio Governor Bon Taft remembers his grandfather, Mr. Republican, Senator Robert A. Taft. John Dickerson, the host of "Face the Nation” has...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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John Dickerson, the host of "Face the Nation," has a new book that is filled with his favorite political moments in history. He brings many of the...

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


  • Added: Nov 21, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential hopeful talks about the lessons of this year's campaign. George Edwards, a presiden...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Ray Suarez, formerly of the PBS NewsHour, remembers his friend and colleague Gwen Ifill, who passed away this week after battling cancer. She was...

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


  • Added: Nov 16, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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The election is over and, in case you missed it, Donald Trump won. Lisa Desjardins of the PBS NewsHour and Greg Giroux of Bloomberg explain what ha...

Bought by KSFR, WRFA-LP, KCPW, XRAY.fm, and RadioFreePalmer


  • Added: Nov 10, 2016
  • Length: 53:55
  • Purchases: 5
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The election is over and, in case you missed it, Donald Trump won. Lisa Desjardins of the PBS NewsHour and Greg Giroux of Bloomberg explain what ha...

  • Added: Nov 10, 2016
  • Length: 53:55
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The election is over and, in case you missed it, Donald Trump won. Lisa Desjardins of the PBS Newshour and Greg Giroux of Bloomberg explain what h...

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


  • Added: Nov 10, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4