This year was a doozy. Speakers delayed, speakers disposed. Former presidents indicted. Current members of Congress indicted. Members expelled. War. Pestilence. Cats, living with dogs. Mass hysteria. Through it all, Political Theater kept talking to articulate, smart people. Here are a few of our favorite podcasts, both on topic and off.
If one headline summed up the year, it might have been this one. Molly Reynolds of the Brookings Institution helped us try to make sense of things.
Roll Call Politics Editor Herb Jackson, he of New Jersey, got to do the thing he was born to do: talk about New Jersey politics.
Uncanny timing. Director Guy Nattiv discussed his movie about the 1973 Yom Kippur war and its contemporary relevance just a few weeks before the start of the Israel-Hamas war in October.
Former Roll Caller Amanda Becker, who is now at The 19th*, went deep to report real-life repercussions of the Supreme Court’s overturning of the national right to an abortion for a book coming out next year.
Mo Brings Plenty and Michael Spears, two actors in the “Yellowstone” universe television phenomenon, talked about their advocacy on Capitol Hill for Native American representation and some of the political and cultural issues the various shows pursue.
It is easy to get caught up in the daily churn of news. But what stories will matter in the years, and decades, to come? Roll Call Campaign Analyst Nathan Gonzales shared his picks.
If you just can’t get enough, here is our full archive of Political Theater podcasts, all 309 episodes.
And if you like to watch podcasts, check out our (relatively) new YouTube channel.