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Politics + Media 101

Justin Higgins and John Gunnison

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American politics is fast moving and caught up in social media and the 24 hour news cycle. This is a political podcast cuts through the noise and focuses on what matters, the nuts and bolts of policy, how Congress works, and how elections are won. Justin and John sit down every Tuesday and Thursday to discuss what is happening in Washington, D.C. and international affairs with leading Democrats and Republicans from Congress, members of the media, and think tanks. If you want to know what’s g ...
 
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Justin and John sit down with Michael R. Strain, director of Economic Policy Studies and the Arthur F. Burns Scholar in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute. Michael assesses the COVID stimulus packages and their impact on inflation, addressing the direct cash payments and criticizing the popular concept of UBI. He explains why th…
 
Justin and John sit down to discuss the week's headlines. Topics include the string of high-profile shootings in the United States and Germany's move to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine. The hosts also take time to discuss the Academy Award nominations, drawing on John's professional and academic connections to the entertainment industry. Subscribe, r…
 
Justin and John sit down with conservative columnist Matt K. Lewis of The Daily Beast. Matt shares stories of his encounters with right-wing media figures over the years, from Ben Shapiro to Tucker Carlson to Alex Jones. The group discuss the impact those personalities have on the Republican Party, and whether the American right can be fairly descr…
 
Politico aviation reporter Oriana Pawlyk joins Justin and John to discuss recent disruptions for U.S. airlines, including mass flight cancellations and an emergency grounding by the FAA. What are the major challenges facing airlines and travellers, and has Secretary Pete Buttigieg adequately responded to transportation crisis? Read more from Oriana…
 
Justin and John are joined by William Neuman, the former Andes Region Bureau Chief for The New York Times. Reporting for years from Caracas, William witnessed Venezuela descend from an economic powerhouse into one of the world's poorest countries. He explains the causes of this crisis and the opportunity to change course, as the U.S. considers endi…
 
With a chaotic leadership fight finally concluded, Justin and John sit down with reporter Emily Brooks to discuss the Congressional term ahead. Will Kevin McCarthy and the Republicans force a U.S. default over the debt ceiling? Will they focus on investigations, or are there areas for new bipartisan legislation? Listen to find out. Read Emily's wor…
 
Justin and John discuss the congressional standoff over Kevin McCarthy's bid to become House Speaker. They assess the motives and tactics of key members, drawing on Justin's experience working for a right-wing Republican congressman. Subscribe, rate, and review if you enjoyed the conversation.By Justin Higgins and John Gunnison
 
Justin and John discuss the political fight in the Republican House Conference as members attempt to select the next House Speaker. Drawing on Justin's experiences working for a right-wing congressman, they assess the current state of the GOP caucus and its characters, including Kevin McCarthy, Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Steve Scalise.…
 
Justin hosts writer Parker Molloy for a conversation about the American news media. They discuss the state of cable news, print outlets, and digital distribution platforms. Should we listen to columnists and commentators for any reason at all? What is 'bothsidesism'? Read Parker here: https://www.readtpa.com/ Subscribe, rate, and review if you enjo…
 
Andrew Lawrence (Twitter Account) of Media Matters joins Justin to discuss Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter, how the platform has changed, and whether or not it will survive. Please remember to rate and subscribe to the show! Check out our website here: pm101.liveBy Justin Higgins and John Gunnison
 
Justin and John are joined by Chris Stirewalt, former Fox News political commentator and current editor at NewsNation and The Dispatch. Chris offers his election analysis, discusses media approaches to political discourse, and describes his experience testifying for the January 6th Committee. Subscribe, rate, and review if you enjoyed the conversat…
 
As Donald Trump announces a presidential campaign in the wake of insurrection and electoral defeat, Justin and John debate whether Trump can effectively stage a comeback. Justin believes that Trump's cultish support is strong enough to dominate a GOP primary, while John believes that exhaustion and institutional factors will limit his potential. Su…
 
Justin and John host Scott Kennedy, senior adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. They discuss an isolated China beset by domestic challenges and a confronted by a rejuvenated Western alliance. Topics include the Chinese Communist Party Congress, zero-COVID policies, semico…
 
Justin and John discuss the 2022 election results, noting the success of Democratic candidates in key races. They address the struggle of many Republican candidates to connect with ordinary voters and the bleak political outlook for the MAGA movement. Subscribe, rate, and review if you enjoyed the conversation.…
 
Justin and John are joined by Greg Bluestein of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Greg is a leading expert on politics in the state of Georgia, even serving as moderator for the governor debate. Just in time for election day, Greg breaks down that race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, along with the U.S. Senate race between Herschel Walker and…
 
Justin and John are joined by Lis Smith, senior advisor to Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign. She offers her take on Tim Ryan, John Fetterman, Kathy Hochul, Andrew Yang, and more, discussing what Democrats are doing right and wrong. Subscribe, rate, and review if you enjoyed the conversation. Purchase Lis’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/An…
 
John and Justin discuss the fall of U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss and the collapse of support for her Conservative Party. They look ahead to the November U.S. elections, assessing campaign strategies and evaluating party leadership. Subscribe, rate, and review if you enjoyed the conversation.By Justin Higgins and John Gunnison
 
Colonel Mark Cancian joins Justin and John to discuss the Ukraine war. Mark evaluates the scope and impact of U.S. support. The group also address Ukraine's counter-offensive, Russia's mobilization, and Putin's nuclear threats. Mark is a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Read more of his commentary here: https://ww…
 
Justin sits down with Enoh T. Ebong, Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). Director Ebong explains the role of the agency in development finance and how it impacts American competitiveness. Subscribe, rate, and review if you enjoyed the conversation.By Justin Higgins and John Gunnison
 
Justin and John sit down with James Pindell, a Boston Globe reporter who's spent two decades reporting on New Hampshire politics. The Granite State possesses many unique political characteristics and is the birthplace of both PM101 hosts. Read James's bylines here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/about/staff-list/staff/james-pindell Subscribe, rate, an…
 
Justin and John welcome listeners to a new season of PM101. They discuss the place of constitutional monarchies after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Finally, they catch up on the criminal investigation engulfing Donald Trump. Subscribe, rate, and review if you enjoyed the conversation.By Justin Higgins and John Gunnison
 
Author and journalist David Corn joins Justin and John to discuss his new book American Psychosis. The book chronicles the history of the Republican Party and examines its varying relationship with extremism and paranoia. Order the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1538723050/ref=chrt_bk_sd_nf_9_ci_lp Subscribe, rate, and review if you enjoyed t…
 
Justin and John are joined by Gerard DiPippo, senior fellow with the Economics Program at CSIS. A former intelligence officer focused on economic issues, Gerard assesses the U.S. sanctions strategy amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Find more of Gerard's analysis here: https://www.csis.org/people/gerard-dipippo Subscribe, rate, and review if you li…
 
John Gunnison and Justin Higgins of Politics + Media 101 discuss policy movements in Congress, John Bolton's comment about supporting coups, and other topics in the news. Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail list for "best of" delivered directly to your inbox, twice per month, at PM101.live.…
 
John Gunnison and Justin Higgins of Politics + Media 101 interview Dr. Kathleen McInnis, Director of the Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative at CSIS, and former advisor to the U.S. Congress, U.S. Secretary of Defense, and U.K. Parliament on issues including NATO operations, nuclear weapons, and transatlantic relations. Listen to the Smart Women, Sm…
 
John Gunnison and Justin Higgins of Politics + Media 101 discuss the rise and fall of U.K. politician Boris Johnson, following Johnson's announcement that he will step down as leader of the Conservative Party. Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail list for "best of" delivered directly to your inbox, twice per month,…
 
Justin Higgins and John Gunnison of Politics + Media 101 talk with Dr. Jon Alterman of CSIS about U.S.-Saudi relations and President Biden's upcoming visit. Listen to Dr. Alterman's podcast "Babel: Translating the Middle East" here: https://bit.ly/3yos6uX Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail list for "best of" deli…
 
Justin Higgins and John Gunnison of Politics + Media 101 discuss the January 6th Committee testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, who worked as an assistant to President Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and who was in the room with Meadows on January 6th as events were unfolding. Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail …
 
Justin Higgins and John Gunnison of Politics + Media 101 discuss the Supreme Court's decision overturning of Roe vs. Wade, its immediate impact across the United States, and its potential impact on the 2022 elections. Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail list for "best of" delivered directly to your inbox, twice pe…
 
Justin Higgins and John Gunnison of Politics + Media 101 interview Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former President of Estonia, about European security, the EU, NATO, and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail list for "best of" delivered directly to your inbox, twice per month, at PM101.live.…
 
Justin Higgins and John Gunnison of Politics + Media 101 interview Emily Wilkins, Bloomberg Government's Congressional Reporter, on ongoing gun control discussions in Congress, the 2022 primaries, and more. Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail list for "best of" delivered directly to your inbox, twice per month, at…
 
Justin Higgins and John Gunnison of Politics + Media 101 interview Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about the impacts of repealing Roe vs. Wade and other topics. Hear Dahlia's podcast, "Amicus," here: https://apple.co/3QgLJgI Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail list for "best of" delivered directly to your inbox, twice per…
 
Justin Higgins and John Gunnison of Politics + Media 101 interview Max Bergmann, Director of the CSIS Europe Program, on European security and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail list for "best of" delivered directly to your inbox, twice per month, at PM101.live.…
 
A live audience interviews U.S. Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR), the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee. Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail list for "best of" delivered directly to your inbox, twice per month, at PM101.live. This episode comes from the PM101 archives, and was recorded in m…
 
Justin Higgins and John Gunnison of Politics + Media 101 interview Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst. Buy Peter's book “The Cost of Chaos: The Trump Administration and the World” here: https://amzn.to/3xfcb30 Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail list for "best of" delivered directly to your inbox, twice p…
 
Justin Higgins and John Gunnison of Politics + Media 101 interview Juliette Kayyem, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security. Buy Juliette’s new book “The Devil Never Sleeps: Learning to Live in an Age of Disasters” here: https://amzn.to/3NJPglF Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail list for "best of" de…
 
Justin Higgins and John Gunnison of Politics + Media 101 interview George Laws, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Statehood Council. Learn more about the Puerto Rico Statehood Council here: https://www.pr51st.com/pr51st/ Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail list for "best of" delivered directly to your inbox, t…
 
A live audience interviews David Drucker, senior correspondent at the Washington Examiner, about the GOP’s 2024 presidential prospects and shifting dynamics throughout the party. Find more (including how to join us live) at PM101.live or on Twitter at @PoliticsNMedia. Buy David’s book, “In Trump's Shadow: The Battle for 2024 and the Future of the G…
 
A live audience interviews Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, about inequality in U.S. public education. Find more (including how to join us live) at PM101.live or on Twitter at @PoliticsNMedia. Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail list for "best of" delivered directly to …
 
Nury Turkel, a Uyghur-American lawyer, foreign policy expert, and human rights advocate, talks about China's treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang Province. Find more (including how to join us live) at PM101.live or on Twitter at @PoliticsNMedia. Subscribe, rate, and review if you like what you hear. Join our e-mail list for "best of" delivered d…
 
Justin Higgins, Geoff Browning, and John Gunnison, the co-founders of Politics + Media 101, discuss the project, their favorite moments from past episodes, and U.S. gun policy and gun culture in the age of mass shootings. Find more (including how to join us live) at PM101.live or on Twitter at @PoliticsNMedia. Subscribe, rate, and review if you lik…
 
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