Stanford Politics Podcast

Stanford Politics

We’re three Stanford students having a casual conversation about politics and the world: no agenda, no pretenses, no joke (just kidding-- plenty of them). Join our discussion, and hear from public figures and faculty experts who join us on the show. ...Show More
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Justin Tries to Pronounce Epistemological

47:43 | May 15th

The team talks about Stanford University Press, The Mueller Report, the 2020 primaries, and Justin's pet project: bio-terrorism.
Emergency Pod: Mueller Report // The Electoral College with Emilee Chapman

56:39 | Apr 22nd

The Mueller Report is out and we are here with our hot takes. We also speak with Stanford professor of political science Emilee Chapman about the electoral college.
We Love Pete Buttigieg (except for Justin)

58:17 | Apr 16th

Harrison is back on the pod! The team discusses Joe Biden, the Mueller Report, and the 2020 Democratic primaries.
Kim Jong Un, are you listening?

34:55 | Mar 12th

Kim Jong Un, are you listening? by Stanford Politics
National Emergencies, Green New Deals, and Mean Bosses

44:13 | Feb 25th

National Emergencies, Green New Deals, and Mean Bosses by Stanford Politics
Blackface is Bad: And Other Hot Takes

57:32 | Feb 11th

Blackface is Bad: And Other Hot Takes by Stanford Politics
The Government is (was) Closed, Rip's Back, and 2020 is On!

1:00:40 | Jan 27th

The Government is (was) Closed, Rip's Back, and 2020 is On! by Stanford Politics
The Midterms with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

54:00 | Nov 5th, 2018

The midterms are here! The team is ready with everything you need to know, hot takes on what is to come, and an interview with Congresswoman Anna Eschoo.
Midterms, Brett Kavanaugh, and Taylor Swift

59:24 | Oct 27th, 2018

The team is back for another year with our brand new co-host, Justin! Hear our takes on the upcoming midterms, the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh, and pop superstar turned political activist Taylor Swift.
Countdown Part 1

34:39 | Jun 5th, 2018

The team counts down the latest political stories of late.
027: #MeToo with Carly Fiorina

42:40 | Mar 1st, 2018

The team interviews former presidential candidate, HP CEO, and Stanford Alum Carly Fiorina to talk about the #MeToo movement, Donald Trump, and folk dancing on the farm.
026: BONUS POD: State of the Union

31:42 | Jan 31st, 2018

The team records a bonus pod with their thoughts after Trump's first State of the Union Address.

50:23 | Jan 27th, 2018

Join the team for an in-depth discussion of immigration, the women's march, the shut down and more!
024: BONUS POD: Conversation with Patti Solis Doyle

34:25 | Dec 15th, 2017

BONUS POD: Rip sits down with Patti Solis Doyle, longtime Clinton aide and the first manager of Hillary Clinton's 2008 Presidential campaign, for a conversation on politics, primaries, sexual harassment, and more!
023: A Conversation With Adam Schiff

44:44 | Dec 11th, 2017

Join the team as they hit recent top stories and have a conversation with Congressman (and proud Stanford alum!) Adam Schiff.
022: In Person or on WeChat

41:26 | Nov 3rd, 2017

This week the Podcast team talks our biggest news stories from the past two weeks and delves into Chinese politics.
021: Welcome Back

58:17 | Oct 19th, 2017

Stanford Politics Podcast is back for the 2017-2018 school year. In this first episode meet your new hosts and join us for a recap of the summer's biggest political stories.
020: Season Two Finale with Persis Drell

23:52 | Jun 7th, 2017

In this final episode of the second season, Lucas interviews Stanford's new provost Persis Drell. Listen as they discuss issues of diversity, politics and university administration. Also, we've got a new name (again). In keeping with the Stanford Pol...Show More
019: Sexual Assault and Stanford

1:18:46 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Ben and Kayla quickly review the latest going-ons of the Trump administration, including the controversial resignation of Michael Flynn. Kayla then sits down with Stanford Law School professor Michele Dauber for a comprehensive discussion on the hist...Show More
018: Mayor Michael Tubbs on Education, Jobs & Crime

38:28 | Feb 7th, 2017

Maddie and Lucas provide a brief update on the status of the Trump administration, including the executive order on immigration from seven muslim-majority countries, and then go on to discuss the protests of Milo Yiannopoulos at Berkeley as well as s...Show More
017: Five Hundred Thousand Strong

33:07 | Jan 31st, 2017

Lucas, Ben, and Maddie provide a rundown of Trump's recent executive actions, some commentary on political strategy for both the Republican and Democratic parties, and a brief update on some campus news. Also, Kayla went to the Women's March on Washi...Show More
016: Why Trump?

51:38 | Jan 23rd, 2017

Ben and Lucas discuss Trump's inaugural address and break down the current partisan make up of Washington. Lucas then interviews Stanford student Jay Reader who voted for Trump to ask him about how he came to that decision as well as his opinions of ...Show More
015: Caught in Controversies

27:46 | Dec 19th, 2016

Aakash, Kayla, and Lucas wrap up 2016 with a discussion on what has proven to be a tumultuous 2 weeks at Stanford and in the world. First, they analyze the Stanford administration's decision to ban the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band ...Show More
014: On Booze, Boycotts

49:11 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Ben, Kayla, and Lucas discuss the coming together or the Trump administration, the death of Fidel Castro, and the recent "People's Walkout" that occurred at Stanford. Aakash then sits down with Ralph Castro (Associate Dean of Students and Director of...Show More
013: Our Current State

37:21 | Nov 12th, 2016

In the first episode of season 2 of The Axe and Politics, Kayla, Lucas, and Aakash give a quick recap of the 2016 presidential election and the appointment of Stanford's new provost Persis Drell. Ben then sits down with David Crane, a former special ...Show More
012: Season One Finale with Cory Booker

32:44 | Jun 8th, 2016

In the final episode of the season, Ruairí and Lucas give a rundown of the Brock Turner controversy and a quick update on the 2016 presidential election. We also present a special phone interview (seek to 11:40) Ruairí did last week with Senator Cory...Show More
011: The Price of Participation

42:52 | May 28th, 2016

This week, Ruairí and Lucas give a quick update on the 2016 presidential election and discuss the latest in campus news. Later (seek to 10:00), Kayla interviews student Joshua Seawell about his recent Stanford initiative. The Axe and Politics podcas...Show More
010: The End of A Term

1:00:57 | May 20th, 2016

This week, Ruairí and Lucas give a quick update on the 2016 presidential election and discuss the latest in campus politics, and Kayla interviews (seek to 12:55) Stanford's outgoing student president and student vice president, John-Lancaster Finley ...Show More
009: Illiberal College Liberals

37:18 | May 2nd, 2016

After a brief hiatus Kayla, Ruairí, and Lucas return to bring you a new episode of The Axe and Politics. This week's episode features a conversation (seek to 9:55) between former SPJ Editor-in-Chief, Jason Willick, and current Editor-in-Chief, Truman...Show More
008: Politicians Frowning and Strangers Drowning

41:03 | Apr 15th, 2016

Kayla, Ruairí, and Lucas discuss the presidential election and campus news, and the Center for Ethics in Society presents an interview (seek to 14:24) of Larissa MacFarquhar, staff writer for The New Yorker. The Axe and Politics podcast is still a w...Show More
007: Terrorism at Home & Abroad

32:05 | Apr 1st, 2016

After our spring break, the second half of this debut season of The Axe and Politics kicks off with a round-up of the latest developments in the presidential election and an overview of recent campus politics, and later in the show, SPJ staff writer ...Show More
006: Arrow, Piketty, and Inequality

52:24 | Mar 11th, 2016

In this week's episode of The Axe and Politics, Kayla, Ruairí, and Lucas discuss the presidential election and Stanford news. Also, the McCoy Center for Ethics in Society presents (seek to 13:00) a conversation with Thomas Piketty and Kenneth Arrow o...Show More
005: The Trump Show

54:57 | Mar 4th, 2016

Our podcast has a new name! And it's no longer scripted...Kayla, Ruairí, and Lucas bring you the latest and are later joined by guests Bruce Cain (Professor of Political Science), Ryan Matsumoto (President of Stanford College Republicans), and Jake D...Show More
004: The Week in Review

16:21 | Feb 27th, 2016

Kayla, Ruairí, and Lucas give an update on Stanford and national news. Also, send us your thoughts about what the name of this podcast should be by emailing Our podcast is still a work in progress. Thanks for joining us, and pl...Show More
003: What's In A Name?

56:49 | Feb 20th, 2016

Kayla, Ruairí, and Lucas give an update on the news, and Kayla takes a deeper look at the controversy over things named after historical figures with questionable pasts (seek to 5:28). Joined by guests James Campbell (Edgar E. Robinson Professor of H...Show More
002: A Frank Conversation

53:43 | Feb 13th, 2016

Kayla and Lucas give an update on national and Stanford-related news and later, thanks to the McCoy Center for Ethics in Society, Ruairí and SPJ Interviews Editor have a conversation (seek to 6:22)with former Congressman Barney Frank about the curren...Show More
001: The Primary Episode

25:53 | Feb 5th, 2016

The Stanford Political Journal debuts its new podcast with Senior Editor Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna, Multimedia Director Kayla Guillory, and staff writer Lucas Rodriguez. Kayla, Ruairí, and Lucas give an update on Stanford-related news and take a look at t...Show More