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The 2021 Political Theater year in review

Political Theater, Episode 232

The Capitol dome and the Capitol Christmas Tree are reflected in the Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington at sunrise on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021.
The Capitol dome and the Capitol Christmas Tree are reflected in the Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington at sunrise on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s that time of the year, when podcasts like Political Theater do their year in review. It’s a helpful frame. But 2021 in retrospect looks a lot like 2020, an extension of something that started but did not finish. 

The bitter politics of 2020 crashed into the new year with an assault on democracy on Jan. 6 and hasn’t really let up. And the COVID-19 pandemic continues to define daily life. We look back at our most enlightening conversations of the year.

Show Notes:

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