Episode 120: Economic Uncertainty

Recent economic indicators signal a potential looming recession. These newer reports coupled with the ongoing trade war against China has many in the media wondering — is the White House worried? Why is their messaging contradicting their strategy? And is President Trump’s reelection at risk if the economy take a downward turn?

The Trump administration sent Peter Navarro, Director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, and Larry Kudlow, Director of the National Economic Council, to defend President Trump’s economy.

Chapters

  • Introduction

  • Highlight / Lowlight

  • Recession Anxiety

  • Valuable 2020 Voices

  • Show Rankings

  • Closing

Shows discussed 

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Episode 119: Raids and Guns

This week the Department of Homeland Security raided chicken processing plants in Mississippi and detained almost 700 people. This came days after a white nationalist drove nine hours to murder 22 Americans of Mexican descent and Mexican nationals and injure an additional 25 people. The two events rattled Latinos across the country.

Notably, not all Sunday morning political shows focused their coverage and interviews on how these two events are affecting people or how these two events are perceived together. Today on Polilogue we explore if the Trump administration and the media are able to aptly address both immigration and gun violence at the same time.

Chapters

  • Introduction

  • Highlight / Lowlight

  • Immigration Raids

  • Reducing Gun Violence

  • Show Rankings

  • Closing

Shows discussed 

New places where you can find us!

Email us at podcast@polilogue.com or you can send us your feedback @PolilogueCast. You can also follow us at @sotonaomi_ and @bsteidle.

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Episode 118: Guns, Terrorism, and Politics

Over the course of 24 hours, we saw two mass shootings. Families, friends, and communities mourn the 29 people that were killed in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio from two 2 shooters.

Mass shootings are a uniquely American phenomenon and our political leaders share the bulk of the burden for their frequency. However, today on Polilogue we spend a significant amount of time looking at another important stakeholder: the media. Who is covering mass shootings well? Who is helping the audience? And who is glorifying the very person perpetuating this violence?

Chapters

  • Introduction

  • Highlight / Lowlight

  • The Shows and Guns

  • Racial Motivations

  • Gun Access

  • Show Rankings

  • Closing

Shows discussed 

New places where you can find us!

Other valuable research links:

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Episode 117: Debate Special Night 2

Night two included 10 new candidates and a much more toned down approach of the moderators. No one seemed eager to clamp down responses like in Night 1. Like in our previous debate recaps, we categorize the candidates’ performance into three distinct buckets:

  1. Those who improved their standing with their performance;

  2. Those who will probably stay the same in the polls; and

  3. Those who maybe hurt their case for the presidency. 

If you haven’t had a chance to watch yet, you can view the full debate here.

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Episode 116: Debate Special Night 1

We’re back from vacation and excited to jump back into a special episode covering the CNN Democratic Debate.

Like in Episode 109 and 110, we share our overall impressions from the debate and then categorize the candidates’ performance into three distinct buckets:

  1. Those who improved their standing with their performance;

  2. Those who will probably stay the same in the polls; and

  3. Those who maybe hurt their case for the presidency. 

If you haven’t had a chance to watch yet, you can view the full debate here.

Check your feeds tomorrow for another special episode for night 2 of the debate!

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Episode 115: Chuck Todd in Person

We’re wrapping up our vacation, but we have a special repeat of one of our best episodes. In today’s episode of Polilogue, listen to our in-depth interview with Chuck Todd, host of Meet the Press, and John Reiss, the Executive Producer of the show.  We talk about the Meet the Press brand, the place of the Sunday shows in the broader media landscape, how they choose what to cover, who to book, how to question and how they frame the news of the week. 

Chapters

  • Introduction

  • Chuck Todd and John Reiss Interview

  • Show Closing

Find us on the Internet:

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Episode 114: Mike Wallace is Here with Avi Belkin

Today, we bring you a special episode weeks in the making. We sit down with Avi Belkin, director of the new documentary Mike Wallace is Here about the career of the historic broadcast journalist.

Political journalism is having a moment. Some people may avoid the news or have skepticism about the news, but a significant portion of the population is watching more news than ever. They are turning to new voices and new formats; the are listening to podcasts (thanks for that!) and they are refreshing Twitter. People are considering— and reconsidering— who to listen to and what to trust.

These changes in the media landscape feel like a lot — but it’s not the first time there’s been mass changes. There are a handful of journalists and innovators who have been key to the changes of their time. Think: William Randolph Hearst. Ida Tarbell. Ida B. Wells. Edward R. Murrow. Or Walter Cronkite.

Mike Wallace is surely one of those innovators. Known for his hard questions and aggressive style, Mike Wallace took the one-on-one interview and made it a verbal boxing match.

In this episode, we talk with Director Avi Belkin about his new documentary on Wallace, opening nationwide this Friday. We discuss the process of making the documentary and everything he learned about Mike Wallace. We also explore how looking back might give us some insight about what to expect from the journalism we see today — and what we should demand in the future.

Check out Mike Wallace is Here on Friday, July 26 in a theater near you.

Today’s episode of Polilogue is sponsored by the Election Ride Home podcast.

If you enjoy this episode, please consider supporting the show so we can produce more episodes analyzing the Sunday shows and what it means to make great journalism. Visit our Patreon at www.Patreon.com/Polilogue 

Chapters

  • Introduction

  • “Mike Wallace is Here” Review

  • Interview with Director Avi Belkin

  • Show Closing

New places where you can find us!

Email us at podcast@polilogue.com or you can send us your feedback @PolilogueCast. You can also follow us at @sotonaomi_ and @bsteidle.

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Episode 113: Detention Centers, Raids, and Racism

On the Sunday talk shows, several Trump administration officials went on to defend the conditions of the detainment centers. Their defense comes a few days after Vice President Mike Pence visited the detention centers with Republican senators. In that visit, several journalists were also able to go in, take photos and videos, and speak to the detainees for a few minutes. Many had been in the cages for 40+ days. There was not enough room for all men to lay down at once. There were no cots. Some slept on cement floors. The photos and videos of those centers have forced the Trump administration to more explicitly explain conditions that seem indefensible.

We also discuss the Democratic infighting between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several freshmen Congresswomen and explore how the media could elevate the conversation overall.

Chapters

  • Introduction

  • Highlight / Lowlight

  • Migration Detention Centers and ICE Raids

  • Democratic Infighting

  • Show Rankings

  • Closing

Shows discussed 

New places where you can find us!

Other valuable research links:

Email us at podcast@polilogue.com or you can send us your feedback @PolilogueCast. You can also follow us at @sotonaomi_ and @bsteidle.

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Episode 112: Immigrants in Crisis and Fox Failures

Recent reporting by the New York Times and El Paso Times described unsanitary, prison-like conditions for children and asylum-seeking immigrants currently being held at Customs and Border Patrol detention centers. Several immigration officials went on the Sunday political shows to defend the conditions of the centers and the efforts to bring them to compliance. Democrats like Senator Jeff Merkley questioned the basic premise of cruelty as a deterrent.

We also had a Polilogue first: a show so bad we had to limit our discussion of it altogether. As a substitute for Chris Wallace, Dana Perino neglected any journalistic values and brought partisanship to the host seat that we have never seen in the almost two years worth of Polilogue.

Chapters

  • Introduction

  • Highlight / Lowlight

  • Fox News Sunday Lowers the Lights

  • Detention Center Crisis

  • 2020 Candidates

  • Show Rankings

  • Closing

Shows discussed 

New places where you can find us!

Email us at podcast@polilogue.com or you can send us your feedback @PolilogueCast. You can also follow us at @sotonaomi_ and @bsteidle.

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Episode 111: Trump’s Trip and Biden’s Tripping

President Trump headed to Asia this week to attend the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. Afterward, he made a pit-stop in South Korea and convinced his pal Kim Jung Un to stop by and say hi. The two made news when President Trump crossed over the demilitarized zone and stepped foot into North Korea— becoming the first sitting US president to do so. Beyond the newsy spectacle, it is still unclear if the US and North Korea will ever reach an agreement on denuclearization. 

In today’s episode of Polilogue, we explore if and how the shows tried to explain this unique moment in diplomacy. We also reviewed the debate recaps across the shows. 

Chapters

  • Introduction

  • Highlight / Lowlight

  • Chuck Trump Goes to Asia

  • Debating the Democratic Debate

  • Show Rankings

  • Closing

Shows discussed 

New places where you can find us!

Email us at podcast@polilogue.com or you can send us your feedback @PolilogueCast. You can also follow us at @sotonaomi_ and @bsteidle.

Love our show and want to support us directly? You can support us on our Patreon.

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Episode 110: Debate Special - Night 2

We’re back at it again with another recap of the Democratic Debate.

Night two included 10 new candidates and a much more even approach between the five moderators. Thankfully, there were no technological disasters this time around.

Like in Episode 109, we share our top highlight-lowlight moments from the debate and then categorize the candidates’ performance into three distinct buckets:

  1. Those who improved their standing with their performance;

  2. Those who will probably stay the same in the polls; and

  3. Those who maybe hurt their case for the presidency. 

If you haven’t had a chance to watch yet, you can view the full debate here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX7hni-zGD8

Email us at podcast@polilogue.com or you can send us your feedback @PolilogueCast. You can also follow us at @sotonaomi_ and @bsteidle.

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Episode 109: Debate Special - Night 1

It’s the first Democratic Debate of the 2020 primary!  And we’re here with a full episode.  We provide our overall impressions, have a short highlight-lowlight segment, and then we dive in.  First, we divide the candidates into three categories: those who improved their standing with their performance, those who will probably stay the same in the polls, and those who maybe hurt their case for the presidency.  Finally, we examine the quality of the moderation—including the work of Chuck Todd, who dominated the hosting in the second hour of the debate.  

If you haven’t had a chance to watch yet, you can view the full debate here: https://youtu.be/vJ6MrDO0kgY  

Check out our next episode for Debate Night 2 analysis!  If you like the show, please consider sharing it with a friend!

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Episode 108: Trump and Pence Make the Rounds

Similar to last week, President Donald Trump sat down for another broadcast interview. This time, President Trump sat down with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. Vice-President Mike Pence also went on the shows. Pence was in studio for an interview with Jake Tapper on State of the Union. 

In both interviews, Iran and the immigrant crisis dominated the conversations.

Chapters

  • Introduction

  • Highlight / Lowlight

  • Chuck Todd Interviews Trump

  • Tapper Interviews Pence

  • Other Voices Respond

  • Show Rankings

  • Closing

Shows discussed 

New places where you can find us!

Email us at podcast@polilogue.com or you can send us your feedback @PolilogueCast. You can also follow us at @sotonaomi_ and @bsteidle.

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Episode 107: George Experiences the Trump White House

President Trump does not often sit down for long television interviews. This is interesting considering Trump is a man obsessed with the news and who also has an uncanny ability to determine (or distract) the media’s attention. This week, however, George Stephanopoulos observed, interacted, and interviewed President Trump for 30 hours. 

Many comments from that interview made news — like President Trump would be receptive to help from a foreign government during the 2020 election (this is illegal); he thinks he answered written questions on obstruction to Bob Mueller (he didn’t); Trump repeatedly stated the Mueller report says there were was no collusion (Mueller specifically did not say this); and Trump cannot handle people coughing around him (is Mulvaney on his way out?!).

In this episode of Polilogue, we also look at how Washington is responding to this interview and how the globe is reacting to the escalated tensions between the US and Iran.  We also discuss messaging strategies by 2020 candidates, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders.

Chapters

  • Introduction

  • Highlight / Lowlight

  • 30 Hours With President Trump 

  • Washington Responds to Trump

  • Iran Tension Escalates

  • Buttigieg’s Vision for the Future 

  • Sanders Socialism Talk  

  • Show Rankings

  • Listener Feedback

  • Closing

Shows discussed 

New places where you can find us! 

Email us at podcast@polilogue.com or you can send us your feedback @PolilogueCast. You can also follow us at @sotonaomi_ and @bsteidle.

Love our show and want to support us directly? You can support us on our Patreon

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Episode 106: The Joe Biden Stump Speech

This week, we dive deep into the Joe Biden candidacy. Biden has been everywhere on the Sunday morning political shows this year—except in the guest seat! But that won’t stop us from getting to the bottom of this top-polling candidate. In the first in a series of special episodes that will be coming to your feed periodically throughout the rest of the year, we take a pause on looking at the Sunday shows to look at the 2020 Democratic candidates for president. In each episode of the series, we will do a Polilogue examination of the candidate’s stump speech—the well-worn collection of policy ideas, personal anecdotes, statistics, and autobiography that make up a candidate’s basic pitch to the American voter. Complete with audio clips and analysis, it’s everything you’ve come to expect from an episode of Polilogue!

This week, we examine Joe Biden’s stump speech. Biden has been running for just over a month (officially)—but we’ve heard more ABOUT him than FROM him. In this close look, we break down his “Campaign Kickoff” in Philadelphia on May 18. Here are the topics we discuss:

  • Introduction

  • Setting the Scene in Philadelphia

  • General Impressions

  • The Goals of Joe Biden

  • The Rhetoric

  • The Policies “That Matter Most”

  • The Final Grade

  • Closing

You can watch Biden’s kickoff at the link below—but be warned, the audio is atrocious and just gets worse and worse. We had to do some significant audio clean-up to make our clips listenable.

Biden kickoff video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AEAq7jzcU&t=238s

Both the PBS Newshour and C-SPAN audio are a mess, so if you want to just read the speech transcript, you can find it here: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1905/18/cnr.04.html

We don’t like being out of town on Sundays, but we do enjoy the opportunity to record these special episodes that explore topics a bit more fully than we can on a typical episode. Invariably, they end up taking way more work to assemble than our regular ones. Let us know what you think! We will be back next week with our regularly-scheduled look at the Sunday morning political shows.

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Episode 105: WH Threatens Mexico (Again)

Asylum seekers from Central America continue to arrive on the Mexico-US border. Now, the White House is threatening Mexico with tariffs on all imported goods, if they do not play a more active role in the migrant crisis to reduce the number of migrants that reach the US. Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was on multiple shows this week defending this tariff threat that few Republicans support.

Additionally Majority Whip Jim Clyburn was on State of the Union with a clear and foretelling impeaching strategy.

Chapters

  • Introduction

  • Highlight / Lowlight

  • Mulvaney Grilled by Todd on Tariffs

  • White House Enjoys Easy Interview on Fox

  • Democratic Impeachment Strategy

  • Show Rankings

  • Two Special Notes

  • Closing

Shows discussed 

New places where you can find us! 

Email us at podcast@polilogue.com or you can send us your feedback @PolilogueCast. You can also follow us at @sotonaomi_ and @bsteidle.

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Episode 104: Journalists Take a Stand

When there is not one prevailing topic dominating the news, journalists play a very important role in shaping a show and prioritizing conversations. 

Today on Polilogue, we examine some of the choices made by hosts this Memorial Day Weekend.

Chapters

  • Introduction

  • Highlight / Lowlight

  • Chuck Todd Fizzles

  • Chris Wallace Takes a Side

  • Dana Bash Zeroes In

  • Martha Raddatz Brings Expertise

  • Lessons From the Hosts

  • Show Rankings

  • Closing

Shows discussed 

New places where you can find us! 

Email us at podcast@polilogue.com or you can send us your feedback @PolilogueCast. You can also follow us at @sotonaomi_ and @bsteidle.

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Episode 103: Media Fails on Abortion

Abortion has always been a passionate issue for both political parties. Recently, the intensity has increased.

In the last few weeks, many states have passed bills that restrict abortion access. States like Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Mississippi ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat could be detected— approximately 6-8 weeks— before many women even know they are pregnant. Alabama passed a bill that bans abortion, including in instances of rape and incest.

With the rhetoric and passions ever growing on this topic, we examine how the media frames the abortion conversation to begin with.

Chapters

  • Introduction 

  • Highlight / Lowlight 

  • Journalists on Abortion

  • Guests and Panelists on Abortion

  • Historical Context on Abortion in Politics

  • Show Rankings 

  • Closing 

Worthwhile reading

Shows discussed

New places where you can find us!

Email us at podcast@polilogue.com or you can send us your feedback @PolilogueCast. You can also follow us at @sotonaomi_ and @bsteidle.

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Episode 102: Trade War with China Escalates

Last Friday President Trump increased tariffs on certain Chinese products from 10 percent to to 25 percent.

This latest escalation in the trade war with Chinese has economists, Democrats, and Republicans alike wary of the end impact Americans may face. Despite the regression in negotiations, President Trump remains optimistic that he will be able to come to an agreement with China.

In the latest episode of Fox News Sunday,  Chris Wallace interviews Director of the National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow. Kudlow makes news by acknowledging the reality that Trump seems to ignore: that tariffs increase the prices American consumers pay and lowers the Chinese GDP at the same time. 

We also explore an extensive interview with Kamala Harris on CNN’s State of the Union. 

Chapters

  • Introduction 

  • Highlight / Lowlight 

  • Tariffs Impact American Consumers 

  • Trump’s Foreign Headaches

  • Kamala Harris Builds Her Case 

  • Rankings 

  • Closing 

Helpful links

We leaned on the following two articles and studies to understand the Chinese trade war:

Shows discussed

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Episode 101B: Pompeo Fails to Instill Confidence

[Reposting due to some technical difficulties! Our apologies on the delayed release!]

North Korea resumed missile testing. Unrest continues in Venezuela. Russia refutes election meddling. 

This week, the Trump administration struggled to maintain their composure and strong messaging on several foreign diplomacy fronts. In the latest episode of Polilogue, we explore how Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to valid and fair questions on Fox News Sunday and This Week. 

We also examine four interviews with 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls.

Chapters

  • Introduction 

  • Lowlight - Panels All Miss the Mark

  • Highlight - Melinda Gates Splits the Work

  • Highlight - Congressman David Cicilline Maintains Composure

  • Pompeo Remains Optimistic?

  • Four 2020 Candidates Make the Case

  • Rankings 

  • Closing 

Helpful links

We leaned on the following two Vox articles to understand Venezuela:

And to break down the 1982 decree, this article on Politico was helpful.

Shows discussed

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