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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 an 8-minute minisode series (80 points/week). The show is tailored for a public radio audience.

***NOTE: Effective February 4, the Political Junkie Minisodes will expand to 9-minutes, and the weekly carriage rate will increase to 90 points/week.***

Evergreen episodes are available to stations at these links:
* 8-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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The Washington Monthly's Paul Glastris, USA Today's David Jackson, and Lisa Desjardins of The PBS NewsHour break down this year's State of the Unio...

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  • Added: Jan 22, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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Many of us are still stunned over the announcement that Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential hopeful in 2008 and his party's unsuccessful nominee...

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  • Added: Jan 22, 2015
  • Length: 08:00
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Elana Schor of Politico breaks down both sides of the argument over the Keystone XL pipeline. The National Journal's Daniel Newhauser talks about w...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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While things may not be getting accomplished in Washington, there's plenty going on in the states. Reid Wilson of the Washington Post talks about s...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2015
  • Length: 08:00
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The Washington Post's Paul Kane recaps the 114th Congress' first week, including the challenges to John Boehner's speakership. Charlie Stevenson, a...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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Republicans now control both houses for the first time since 2006. Paul Kane of the Washington Post joins us to talk about the attempted rebellion...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2015
  • Length: 08:00
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Ken Rudin looks back at the year that was with former NPR and Chicago Tribune political writer Frank James. We revisit past newsworthy segments fro...

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
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Speculation about Hillary Clinton's next presidential run has been going on for months. After this week, we can add Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum to t...

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  • Added: Dec 17, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
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As 2014 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 16, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
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Politico's Josh Gerstein discusses the Senate Intelligence Committee's CIA report. Bloomberg's Derek Wallbank breaks down the last tasks of the 113...

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  • Added: Dec 11, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
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There is still the specter of the shutdown of the George Washington Bridge that may ultimately damage New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's hopes of get...

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  • Added: Dec 10, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
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In most cases, we know the difference between a good president and a bad one. But how do historians see them? Robert Merry, a longtime journalist w...

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
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Bob Merry, author of 'Where They Stand' helps us rank presidents, and re-assess some White House heroes and failures. The Boston Globe's Matt Viser...

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
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Sarah Mimms of the National Journal briefs us on the latest budget showdown that might continue far into 2015. The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperi...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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Republicans learned what they needed to do to score big electoral victories in 2014, and now it seems they've also learned that shutting down the g...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
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Politico's Lauren French talks about Republican response to the president's immigration plan. The Boston Globe's Matt Viser shares the history and ...

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  • Added: Nov 25, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
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Politico's Lauren French discusses President Obama's immigration order, and how Republicans, in lieu of an immigration bill of their own, might thw...

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  • Added: Nov 25, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
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(Special NOW AVAILABLE at this link: http://www.prx.org/pieces/138078-political-junkie-2014-remembrances-special ) This piece only contains the pr...

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2014
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The Washington Post's Aaron Blake lays out what's likely to happen (or not) during the lame duck session of Congress. Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.c...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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Even though the Democrats suffered major losses on November 4, they returned Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to their respective House and Senate leade...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 08:00
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