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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.

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.

Pieces

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** GUEST HOST NEAL CONAN ** David Litt, a former White House speechwriter tells us what’s it like to write jokes for the commander and chief, what...

  • Added: May 05, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
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Tom Rath, a longtime GOP operative from New Hampshire and a veteran of Rules Committee skirmishes talks about convention rules.   Joel Goldstein, ...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Despite Donal Trump's impressive success, he's still sending out warning signals that the Republican Party elite are trying to change the rules and...

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


  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 5
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Democratic consultant Mark Mellman says Hillary Clinton’s big win in the New York primary makes it clear Bernie Sanders will not be able to find th...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2016
  • Length: 53:57
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New York has given Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton something she hasn't seen in weeks, a victory. Democratic consultant Mark Mellman says t...

Bought by KCCU Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and WXXI


  • Added: Apr 20, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Liz Benjamin host of a political show on Time Warner Cable News in New York talks about what's at stake in next week’s primary. North Carolina Gov...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is under siege over his state's passage of a controversial bill that some see as discriminatory towards gay and...

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


  • Added: Apr 13, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 5
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Elaine Kamarck of the Brookings Institution discusses her new book explaining why our presidential nominating system came to be. We talk with aut...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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Elaine Kamarck of the Brookings Institution has a new book out explaining why our presidential nominating system came to be. New rules adopted afte...

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


  • Added: Apr 06, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Republican strategist Ed Goeas offers some insight as to what’s going on with the GOP and upcoming convention in July. Julia Azari of Marquette U...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Donald Trump manages to keep piling up delegates as his negatives rise as well. Longtime Republican strategist Ed Goeas, who is part of the stop Tr...

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


  • Added: Mar 30, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 5
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Richard Winger of Ballot Access News talks about the state filing deadlines for any would-be independent presidential candidate. Stephen Hess of t...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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For all the talk of a contested convention, Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution remembers the last two contested GOP conventions -- 1952 in C...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Greg Giroux of Bloomberg Government analyzes the latest in the presidential campaign. Robert Barnes of the Washington Post gives us the lowdown on...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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President Obama nominated D.C. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Antonin Sca...

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


  • Added: Mar 17, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 5
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Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida and Howard Wilkinson of Cincinnati's WVXU talk about the March 15th primaries in their respective...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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With Bernie Sanders winning Michigan against the odds, and with Donald Trump having a great day despite the growing Dump Trump movement, the campai...

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


  • Added: Mar 09, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 5
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Neal Conan returns with analysis and commentary on the Super Tuesday winners and losers. Susan Demas, the editor and publisher of Inside Michiga...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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The battle for control of the Senate is starting to heat up, and this week's primaries gave us the first indication of what the voters are saying. ...

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


  • Added: Mar 02, 2016
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Join Political Junkie Ken Rudin as he previews the Super Tuesday contests with journalists and analysts from across the country, and evaluates the ...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", KSUT, WCQS, KCMJ Community Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 25, 2016
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 7