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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.

AVAILABLE NOW: Our full-hour "Election 2016: One Year Out" Special is available to public radio stations AT NO COST. No long-term commitment required.

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.

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Neal Conan joins the program for his monthly visit to sum up the meaning of Iowa and look ahead to New Hampshire. Former Republican presidential c...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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One candidate who once had dreams of being president was Gary Bauer, a Republican who made appeals to religious conservatives in 2000. Sixteen yea...

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


  • Added: Feb 03, 2016
  • Length: 08:58
  • Purchases: 4
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Kathie Obradovich, the political columnist for the Des Moines Register, reviews the history, endorsements and who's got the momentum just days befo...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Just days to go before the 2016 Iowa caucuses and who better to bring us up to speed on what's going on than Kathie Obradovich, the political colum...

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


  • Added: Jan 27, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Less than two weeks to go before voters in Iowa have their first crack at deciding the next president. David Graham of The Atlantic and Glenn Thru...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Throughout his long career Sargent Shriver was the ultimate optimist, seeing the good in people. He was the first head of the Peace Corps, architec...

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  • Added: Jan 20, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Paul Glastris, a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, offers his analysis on President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address. ...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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Jon Meacham joins the program to discuss his new biography of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president who soared in popularity in the aftermath of the...

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Neal Conan kicks off the program with his take on the respective battles for the presidential nominations. Fergus Cullen, the former chair of the ...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2016
  • Length: 53:56
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Crying in politics is not as rare as it once was -- President Obama shed a tear or two this week discussing school children victims of gun violence...

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  • Added: Jan 06, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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We chat with former representatives Tom Davis (R-Va.) and Martin Frost (D-Tex.) about their new book, "The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis.” A...

  • Added: Jan 01, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Former Vice President Walter Mondale talks about his run for president in 1984, everything from choosing Geraldine Ferraro as the first woman on a ...

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  • Added: Dec 31, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 2
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Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune reviews last Saturday's Democratic debate in New Hampshire. Josh Rogers of New Hampshire Public Radio has the...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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In the last Political Junkie for 2015, Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune reviews last Saturday's Democratic debate in New Hampshire, where Hilla...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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As 2015 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 17, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 14
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It is the 2015 Political Junkie Remembrances Special. Join Political Junkie Ken Rudin and special guest Greg Giroux of Bloomberg News as they refl...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
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We're just two months away from Iowa and New Hampshire, which leads to the question: Why do we care so much about Iowa and New Hampshire? And how ...

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


  • Added: Dec 15, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Matt Moytl (rhymes with hotel), a psychology professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, discusses how the psyche of voters could be affect...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
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With the specter of homegrown terrorism and gun violence in the headlines, and some (one?) presidential candidates said to be employing tactics tha...

Bought by KCCU Radio, WCAI / WNAN, and WXXI


  • Added: Dec 09, 2015
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Neal Conan is in Paris covering the climate conference and reports on the issues -- and the politics -- at stake. Janet Hook of the Wall Street Jo...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2015
  • Length: 53:58