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The Politics Guys

Tired of liberals and conservatives screaming partisan talking points? We were, and so we created The Politics Guys as a sane and civil alternative. Each week, a liberal and a conservative talk *to*, not at each other, in an attempt to better underst...Show More
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US v China, Overturning Roe, Apple Lawsuit, Trump’s Immigration Plan

56:04 | May 18th

Mike & Jay on the US/China trade war, Alabama's new anti-abortion law, a major class-action lawsuit against Apple, and President Trump's plan to change legal immigration.
Trump Approval, 2020, and Party Leadership

43:04 | May 15th

Will and Alexandra discussing Trump’s approval ratings, the 2020 Democratic nomination, and current party leadership.
Struggle for Power, Subpoenas, Taxes, China, and Iran

57:37 | May 11th

Will & Alexandra on Barr in contempt, Trump Jr.'s subpoena, Trump's taxes, China, and Iran
Electability, Net Neutrality, Homelessness, Obama Spying Scandal, Impeachment, Candidate Transparency

49:04 | May 8th

Mike & Jay answer listener questions on candidate electability, net neutrality, helping the homeless, the Obama spying scandal, impeachment, and presidential candidate disclosure.
Barr Testimony, Immigration, Venezuela, Trump Sues Banks

1:01:22 | May 4th

Mike & Jay on AG Barr's congressional testimony, new Trump immigration proposals, how the US should react to the crisis in Venezuela, and how the Trump Organization is fighting Congressional subpoenas.
Tackling Homelessness, Civility as Oppression, Convicting Trump, Rising Education Costs

34:28 | May 1st

In this episode, Trey & Ken answer listener questions on why presidential candidates aren’t tackling homelessness, whether civility is actually oppression, if Trump could be convicted if impeached, and the causes of the rising costs of higher educati...Show More
To Impeach or Not to Impeach, That is the Question, IRS deadlines, the Aftermath of the Mueller Report, Joe Biden in 2020

41:58 | Apr 27th

To impeach or not to impeach, that is the question, IRS deadlines, the Aftermath of the Mueller Report, Joe Biden in 2020
Trump vs Omar, Holding Media Accountable, Capitalism & Regulation, Trump’s Second Term

39:20 | Apr 24th

Kristin & Mike answer listener questions on the Trump / Omar feud, holding media accountable, government regulation, and policy in a Trump second term.
Mueller Report, Trump’s Yemen Veto, Barr Limits Bail for Asylum Seekers

55:34 | Apr 20th

Mike & Kristin on the Mueller Report, Trump vetoing the 'get out of Yemen' resolution, and limiting bail for asylum seekers.
Chick-Fil-A, Trump’s Taxes, Democratic Fundraising, Podcast Politics

33:15 | Apr 17th

Mike & Jay on Chick-Fil-A and anti-religious bias, Trump's tax returns, first quarter Democratic presidential candidate fundraising totals, and Mike's research on political podcasts.
DHS Shakeup, Barr Before Congress, Net Neutrality, Assange Arrested

1:00:28 | Apr 13th

Mike & Jay on DHS & immigration, Barr's Congressional testimony, net neutrality, and the arrest of Wikileaks' Julian Assange
Brian Smentkowski on Myths Stemming from our Misunderstanding of the Bill of Rights

48:53 | Apr 10th

Will and Brian discuss America's myth-based understanding of the Bill of Rights and its impact
Mueller, Joe's Woes, and the Role of Government

1:01:49 | Apr 6th

Will & Brian on the Mueller investigation, allegations against Joe Biden, and the role of government in policy today.
Mueller Investigation,Trump and Obamacare, Medicaid Work Requirements

55:37 | Mar 30th

Mike & Jay on the Mueller investigation, the Trump administration's change of position on Obamacare. and a recent ruling halting Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky.
Brexit and the Electoral College

36:21 | Mar 27th

This week Trey & Ken take on Brexit and its potential cause: nationalism. The pair also address a listener question on moving the electoral college to a proportional representation system.
DC vs. Donald Trump, Free Speech on College Campuses, Economics and Elections, The Democratic Primary Field

50:07 | Mar 23rd

Trey & Ken discuss emoluments in DC vs. Donald Trump, President Trump's executive order on free speech on college campuses, the current economy and how it may impacts elections and, finally, the Democratic primary field
Anti-Trump Conspiracy, Online Media, Late-Term Abortions, Is Mike Naive on Immigration?

43:16 | Mar 20th

Mike & Kristin on a possible conspiracy against Donald Trump, transparency in online media, late-term abortions, and Mike's naivete on border security.
Trump Vetoes ‘No Emergency’ Resolution, Boeing & the FAA, Trump’s Budget, Beto’s In, College Admissions Scandal

49:24 | Mar 16th

Mike & Kristin on the latest with the 'national emergency' at the border, if the FAA put Boeing before citizen safety, President Trump's 2020 budget, Beto O'Rourke announcing for president, and the college admissions scandal.
Mark Godsey on The Innocence Project and Blind Injustice

42:09 | Mar 13th

Mike talks to Mark Godsey about the Ohio Innocence Project and his book Blind Injustice.
For The People Act, Ilhan Omar & Anti-Semitism, New Trump Investigations, Manafort Sentencing

1:13:53 | Mar 9th

Mike & Jay on the House Democrats' 'For the People Act', the response to Rep Omar's allegedly anti-Semitic remarks, the latest Trump investigations, and Paul Manafort's sentencing.
Matthew Pressman on the Liberal Values That Shaped the News

58:06 | Mar 6th

Mike talks to Matthew Pressman about his book 'On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News'.
House vs Trump on Emergency, Trump Walks on Kim, Medicare for All, Big Pharma, Cohen Testimony

1:08:57 | Mar 2nd

Mike & Jay on the House reply to Trump's national emergency declaration, the latest North Korea talks, Medicare for All, Big Phrama, and the Cohen testimony.
Timbs v. Indiana and the ISIS Ambassador Bride

31:40 | Feb 27th

This week Trey is joined by Ken and they continue examining questions of constitutional significance. First is the incorporation of the 8th Amendment in Timbs v. Indiana. Next Trey and Ken turn to the pending case of Hoda Muthana, a women who joined ...Show More
National emergencies, presidential power, Andrew McCabe and the 25th Amendment

48:37 | Feb 23rd

On this week’s episode of The Politics Guys Trey Orndorff is joined by Ken Katkin and the two get details surrounding national emergencies. Specifically the two discuss what constitutes a national emergency and the National Emergencies Act of 1976. A...Show More
Things to Like About Trump, Is AOC The Democrats’ Trump?

41:21 | Feb 20th

Mike & Kristin on what Kristin likes about Donald Trump and whether AOC is the Democrats' Trump.
National Emergency(?), Public Lands Bill, Amazon Cancels NY HQ2

51:12 | Feb 16th

Mike & Kristin on the national emergency declaration, a big public lands bill, and Amazon pulling out of NY
Venezuela, 2020, and Anarco-Communism

38:17 | Feb 13th

Will and Zach discuss Venezuela, the candidates in 2020, and answer listener questions about Zach's ideology.
State of the Union, Green New Deal, State of Virginia, Abortion Stay, and Trump Investigation Updates

55:15 | Feb 9th

In this show, Will & Zach discuss: their opinions of the State of the Union Address perceptions of AOC's Green New Deal scandals in Virginia the Supreme Court stay on Louisiana's abortion law current happenings around the Trump investigation
Building a Wall, Trump vs. Intel Chiefs, INF Treaty Withdrawal, Afghanistan Pullout, Pressing Maduro in Venezuela

53:19 | Feb 2nd

Mike and Jay on the budget / wall negotiations, Trump vs. his intel Chiefs, INF Treaty Withdrawal, the potential Afghanistan pullout, and U.S. action against Maduro in Venezuela.
Civil War, Critical Thinking, Federalizing Elections, and Nominations

0:00 | Jan 30th

This week Trey and Ken tackle a number of listener questions including: Can we avert civil war? How can I think critically? Is failing to federalize elections voter suppression? How would The Politics Guys fix the nomination process?
Civil War, Critical Thinking, Federalizing Elections, and Nominations

41:43 | Jan 30th

This week Trey and Ken tackle a number of listener questions including: Can we avert civil war? How can I think critically? Is failing to federalize elections voter suppression? How would The Politics Guys fix the nomination process?
Roger Stone, Covington Catholic, Giuliani, and the Shutdown

53:30 | Jan 26th

Stone's inditement, Covington Catholic and video memes, Giuliani's potential strategy, and a deep disagreement over the shutdown.
Aquinas and the Market: Theologian & Economist Mary Hirschfeld on a Humane Economy

40:13 | Jan 23rd

Mike talks with theologian and economist Mary Hirschfeld about her book Aquinas and the Market: Toward a Humane Economy.
Shutdown, Barr Confirmation, Citizenship on Census, Gillibrand Announces

54:44 | Jan 19th

Mike and Kristin Matheny on the shutdown, William Barr's confirmation hearings, including a citizenship question on the Census, and Kirsten Gillibrand entering the Democratic presidential race.
Revamping the Constitution

48:29 | Jan 16th

Mike and Beth Silvers from Pantsuit Politics discuss Mike's ideas for revising the U.S. Constitution.
Longest Shutdown Ever, National Emergency(?), Leaving Syria

50:56 | Jan 12th

Mike & Will on the shutdown, the 'emergency' at the border, and the U.S. leaving Syria.
Patrick Deneen on Why Liberalism Failed

47:21 | Jan 9th

Mike talks with Notre Dame political scientist Patrick Deneen about his book Why Liberalism Failed.
Shutdown & Border Security, The New Congress, 2020 Presidential Field

59:03 | Jan 5th

Mike and Jay on the continuing government shutdown, the 116th Congress, and the 2020 Presidential field.
Vote Fraud, Mandatory Voting, Term Limits, Sneaky Legislatures, Gerrymandering

41:27 | Jan 2nd

Mike & Jay respond to listener questions on vote fraud, mandatory voting, term limits, sneaky legislatures, and gerrymandering
Politics Guys Holiday Hiatus

01:29 | Dec 29th, 2018

We're off this Saturday, but we'll be returning on Wednesday, January 2.
Government Shutdown, Mattis Resigns, Criminal Justice Reform, Obamacare Declared Unconstitutional

46:47 | Dec 22nd, 2018

Mike & Jay on the shutdown, Mattis resignation, a big bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, and the recent ruling declaring the ACA unconstitutional.
Tyler Cowen on Stubborn Attachments to Prosperity and Freedom

33:54 | Dec 19th, 2018

Mike talks with economist Tyler Cowen about his book, "Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals'.
Chief of Staff, Cohen Sentencing, A Not Nice Photo Op, Huawei Arrest

43:22 | Dec 15th, 2018

Trey and Athena discuss the rotating door of chief of staff, the revelation coming out of the Cohen sentencing, the surprising photo op in the White House and the arrest of Huawei's CFO. Listener support helps make The Politics Guys possible. If y...Show More
Complex Government, Gerrymandering, Moral Foundations of Politics, Election Misconduct, Mandatory Voting

35:32 | Dec 12th, 2018

Mike & Jay respond to listeners on government complexity, gerrymandering, morals of liberals and conservatives, misconduct in the Florida election, and mandatory voting.
Bush Funeral, NC Vote Fraud, Lame Duck Legislation, Khashoggi Killing, Trump and China

48:45 | Dec 8th, 2018

Mike & Jay on the Bush funeral, vote fraud, lame duck legislatures & political norms, how to deal with the Saudis, and the latest U.S. / China economic issues.
Trump vs The Fed, Compulsory Voting, Underreported Bipartisanship, Hidden Tribes

35:33 | Dec 5th, 2018

Mike & Will on Trump's issues with the Fed, listener mail responses, and what they're reading.
George H.W. Bush, Cohen Plea, Mississippi Senate Runoff, GM Layoffs, Tear Gassing Children

53:13 | Dec 1st, 2018

Mike and WIll on the death of President George H.W. Bush, Michael Cohen's plea deal, the MS Senate runoff, massive layoffs at GM, and Mexico border unrest.
Mike the Obnoxious Centrist, E-Cigarettes, Jay and the Facts, Why Liberalism Failed

43:50 | Nov 28th, 2018

Mike & Jay respond to listener comments on ideology, truth, and e-cigarettes.
Trump v Roberts, House Democrats Face Winning and Pelosi, In Defense of Saudi Arabi, the Whitaker Appointment

49:25 | Nov 24th, 2018

This week Trey is once again joined by Alexandra Filindra. They tackle one of the biggest questions of the week to open the show: President Trump’s showdown with Chief Justice John Roberts. Turning again to the Democratic majority in the house Alexan...Show More
Jamie Susskind on Future Politics

38:33 | Nov 21st, 2018

Mike talks with Jamie Susskind about his book 'Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech.
Is Jay Far Right?, Recounts, Tobacco Regulations, Saudi Sanctions, Challenges to Pelosi

1:01:57 | Nov 17th, 2018

Mike & Jay on election recounts, FDA tobacco regulation, new sanctions on Saudi Arabian citizens, and whether Nancy Pelosi should be the next Speaker of the House.
Jeff Sessions, the Mueller Investigation, Trump’s Asylum Denial Proclamation

31:49 | Nov 14th, 2018

Mike and Jay discuss President Trump’s action to deny asylum to those who cross into the United States illegally and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions: why President Trump fired him, what it means for policy, and the potential implications for th...Show More
Mike & Jay on the 2018 Midterm Elections

1:06:46 | Nov 10th, 2018

Mike and Jay discuss the 2018 midterm elections.
Mike & Jay LIVE! Synagogue Bombing, Immigration Rhetoric, and Midterm Predictions

34:50 | Nov 5th, 2018

Mike & Jay, recorded live at Cincinnati's Memorial Hall, on the Pittsburgh synagogue bombing, immigration rhetoric, and midterm predictions.
Midterm Elections, Voters, and the 14th Amendment

44:28 | Nov 3rd, 2018

Trey and Ken discuss the midterm elections and argue over judicial review and the 14th Amendment.
Psychiatrist Justin A. Frank Puts Trump on the Couch

47:27 | Oct 31st, 2018

Mike talks to psychiatrist Justin A. Frank about his latest book: Trump on the Couch.
Mail Bombs, the Caravan, INF Withdrawal, and Voter Suppression in Georgia

51:49 | Oct 27th, 2018

Mike & Will discuss the mail bombs sent to Trump opponents, the Honduras immigrant caravan, US plans to withdraw from the INF treaty, and voter suppression in Georgia.
Canadian Trade, Our Overton Window, Tax Policy, Is Libertarianism Realistic?

31:14 | Oct 24th, 2018

Mike & Jay address user questions on the USMCA, diverse views on the show, tax policy, and libertarian philosophy in practice.
Khashoggi Killing, ‘Borrow and Spend’ Republicans, New Rule Targets Big Pharma

59:58 | Oct 20th, 2018

Mike & Jay on the Saudi killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the ballooning budget deficit, and a proposed new rule on drug advertising.
Greg Lukianoff on the Coddling of the American Mind

55:04 | Oct 17th, 2018

Mike talks with Greg Lukianoff, co-author of 'The Coddling of the American Mind.
Trump's Op-Ed, Kavanaugh Apology, Midterms, Haley's Exit, Khashoggi's Murder

55:31 | Oct 12th, 2018

Trey Orndorff welcomes Alexandra Filindra to the show where they discuss Trump's midterm strategy through the lens of his op-ed and his Kavanaugh apology. They then turn to the midterms and fundraising in the wake of Kavanaugh. Next is Haley's exit f...Show More
Sami Saydjari on Cyber-Threats

31:21 | Oct 10th, 2018

Mike talks with cybersecurity expert Sami Saydjari about threats to voting systems, infrastructure, and military systems.
Kavanaugh, Nafta 2.0, Hacks, Trump Money

52:02 | Oct 6th, 2018

The Kavanaugh cloture vote and Op-Ed, Nafta 2.0 questions, the Bloomberg hacking story, and Trump's family money.
Onkar Ghate on The Enduring Appeal of Ayn Rand

52:12 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Mike talks with the Ayn Rand Institute's Onkar Ghate about Rand's philosophy and 21st century American politics.
Kavanaugh-Ford, the Budget, Jay Responds to His Critics, and a Trump Hypothetical

1:05:24 | Sep 29th, 2018

Mike and Will discuss the Kavanaugh-Ford testimony, the suprisingly smooth federal budget process, and respond to listener comments (along with Jay, who makes a special appearance).
Kavanaugh Accusations, Trump Intel Release, Trade War, SCOTUS & Anonymous Donations

1:14:41 | Sep 22nd, 2018

Mike & Jay discuss accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's call to release Russia investigation intelligence, the US / China trade war, and a court ruling on anonymous political donations.
Michele Gelfand on Rule Makers & Rule Breakers

40:58 | Sep 19th, 2018

Mike talks to University of Maryland cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand about her new book, Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire the World.
Woodward, Op-Eds, Cruz, Canada, and Manafort

44:12 | Sep 15th, 2018

The Guys look at Woodward, the NYT Op-Ed, Cruz's election, Canada trade, and the Manafort plea.
Larry Bartels on Democracy for Realists

54:39 | Sep 12th, 2018

Mike talks to Vanderbilt political scientist Larry Bartels about his book Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government.
Kavanaugh Hearings, ‘Resistance’ Inside the White House, Arizona’s New (Old) Senator, Tech Threats

52:25 | Sep 8th, 2018

Mike & Jay on th Kavanaugh hearings, resistance to Trump inside the White House, John Kyl's Senate appointment, and big tech and government.
Do Never-Trumpers Skew the Numbers? and other questions answered

29:57 | Sep 5th, 2018

Mike and Trey answer questions about the number of Never-Trumpers leaving the party, the nature of proportional representation, why they became political scientists, and a few questions on the midterm elections.
McCain’s Legacy, NAFTA, Google, and Printed Guns

43:10 | Sep 1st, 2018

Trey and Mike talk McCain's Legacy, the renegotiation of NAFTA, the spat between Trump and Google, and, finally, the ongoing legal debate over 3D printed guns.
Glen Weyl on Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society

57:54 | Aug 29th, 2018

Mike talks with E. Glen Weyl, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City, about his recent book with Eric Posner, Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society.
Manafort & Cohen, Kavanaugh Confirmation, Hunter Indictment, EPA & ‘Affordable Clean Energy’

49:04 | Aug 25th, 2018

Mike and Jay discuss the Paul Manafort Michael Cohen cases, Democrat arguments for delaying Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, the indictment of Rep Duncan Hunter, and the EPA's proposed 'Affordable Clean Energy' rule.
Joshua Cohen on Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Attention

1:00:11 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Mike talks to novelist and essayist Joshua Cohen about his latest book, Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction.
Behind the Scenes in the Obama (and Trump) White House with Beck Dorey-Stein (Politics Plus)

40:37 | Aug 20th, 2018

Mike talks with Beck Dorey-Stein, who worked as a White House stenographer from 2012 – 2017, about her book, 'From the Corner of the Oval'.
Democratic Diversity, Pulling Security Clearances, Strzok Fired, Predator Priests, For-Profit Schools

56:53 | Aug 18th, 2018

Mike and Jay discuss recent primaries, President Trump pulling security clearances of critics, the firing of FBI agent Peter Strzok, predatory priests, and a regulatory change that should benefit for-profit schools.
Libertarians, Medicare for All, GOP Racism, 3rd Parties, Obama Spying Scandal

49:35 | Aug 15th, 2018

Trey and Mike address listener comments on what Libertarianism is, how Democrats would pay for medicate for all, why the GOP seemingly has trouble with racism, how Mike and Trey would run the opposition presidential candidate, why third parties strug...Show More
Neuroscientist Tali Sharot on Political Influence, Persuasion, and Donald Trump (Politics Plus)

46:25 | Aug 13th, 2018

Mike talks to neuroscientist Tali Sharot about her book, The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others.
The Ohio 12th, Missouri and the “Right to Work” Law, the Manafort Trial, Insider Trading and Representative Collins, Nunes’ Private Remarks

49:55 | Aug 11th, 2018

Trey and Mike talk about the Ohio 12th District Special election, the failure of Missouri's "right to work" law, continuing discussion of the Manafort trial, Rep. Collins alleged insider trading, and Nunes private remarks on Trump at a GOP fundraise...Show More
Antitrust, Occam’s Razor, Bad Candidates, Lines in the Sand, Farmer Payments, Russia Investigation

48:09 | Aug 8th, 2018

Mike & Jay respond to listener questions on candidate quality, payments to US farmers, the Russia investigation, and more.
Mona Charen on how Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense (Politics Plus)

1:00:17 | Aug 6th, 2018

Mike talks with conservative columnist Mona Charen about her new book - Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense.
Manafort Trial, 3D Printer Guns, Fuel Efficiency Standards, Another Blow to Obamacare

52:04 | Aug 4th, 2018

Mike & Jay on the Manafort Trial, a federal judge's ruling on 3D printer gun blueprint release, freezing fuel efficiency standards, and a move to increase availability of ACA coverage provision exempt health plans.
John Sides on Public Perceptions of Muslims in the Trump Era

46:07 | Aug 1st, 2018

Political scientist John Sides discusses findings of a recent survey of Americans' perceptions of Muslims.
David Frum on Trumpocracy (Politics Plus)

34:36 | Jul 30th, 2018

Mike talks with The Atlantic's David Frum about his book Trumpocracy.
Farm Subsides, US and Iran Spat, The Michael Cohen Tape, and Facebook’s Record Decline

39:08 | Jul 28th, 2018

Trey and Ken discuss the farm subsides and trade policy, the U.S. and Irans spat over Twitter, the implications of the Michael Cohen tape and the big Facebook stock decline.
Fake News, Judicial Deference, Environmental Regulation, Abolishing ICE, Ideological Orthodoxy

45:21 | Jul 25th, 2018

Mike and Jay answer listener questions on media coverage of immigration, how deferential judges should be to administrative agencies, environmental regulation, abolishing ICE, and ideological orthodoxy.
Trump-Putin Summit, Endangered Species Act, EU Fines Google, Judicial Nominations

1:00:01 | Jul 21st, 2018

Mike and Jay talk about the Trump-Putin summit, changes to the Endangered Species Act, the EU's big fine on Google, and changes in the judicial nomination process.
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha on Politics, Lead, and the Flint Water Crisis

44:44 | Jul 18th, 2018

Mike talks with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha who uncovered and exposed the Flint, Michigan water scandal about her book 'What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City '
Russia Indictments, SCOTUS Pick, NATO Summit, Trade War, Strzok Testifies

45:19 | Jul 14th, 2018

Mike and Trey on the latest Russia election tampering indictments, President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, the NATO Summit, the escalating trade war with China, and FBI agent Peter Strzok's Congressional testimony.
Power Imbalance, Trump Supporter Motivations, What if the Democrats Win?, The National Debt, How to Effect Change

38:55 | Jul 11th, 2018

Mike and Trey take listener questions on balance of power, motives of Trump supporters, what to expect if Democrats win back Congress in 2018, the national debt, and how to effect political change.
SCOTUS Strategy, Pruitt Resigns, Trade Wars, Immigration, Republicans in Russia

57:38 | Jul 7th, 2018

Mike and Trey discuss the left and right's Supreme Court confirmation strategies, the resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the US China trade war, immigration, and Republican overtures to Russia.
Anthony Kennedy, the Politics of the Supreme Court, and how a New Justice May Change the Court

55:36 | Jul 4th, 2018

Mike, Jay, and Ken discuss Justice Anthony Kennedy's jurisprudence, the politics of the Supreme Court, and how a new court might affect key policy areas, including Roe v. Wade.
Kennedy Retires, Travel Ban, Public Unions, CA Abortion Law, TX Redistricting, Immigration

1:02:57 | Jun 30th, 2018

Mike and Jay discuss Justice Kennedy's retirement from the Supreme Court, all of the Court's big end-of-term decisions, and the latest on immigration.
Police Immunity, Regulating Business, Covering Trump’s Lies, How We Perceive Migrants

35:29 | Jun 27th, 2018

Mike and Jay answer listener questions on qualified immunity for police, business regulation, how the media should cover presidential untruths, and how we perceive immigrants affects our views on migration policy.
Family Separation, SCOTUS on Gerrymandering & Sales Tax, Space Force!, US Leaves Human Rights Council

1:04:39 | Jun 23rd, 2018

Mike and Jay discuss the family separation immigration policy, Supreme Court rulings on gerrymandering and sales tax, Trump administration proposals for executive branch reorganization, and the US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council.
Why the Electoral College? Why a Two Party System? Ranked-Choice Voting Systems Explained

38:46 | Jun 20th, 2018

Trey and Ken discuss the Electoral College, the two party system in the US, and the merits of ranked-choice voting.
Introducing Politics Plus

02:37 | Jun 18th, 2018

Mike introduces his new interview show, Politics Plus, where he'll be talking to people from across the ideological spectrum about American politics, economics, history, and culture.
DOJ Investigates FBI, Trump Meets Kim, Supreme Court Upholds Ohio Voter Purge, China vs U.S. on Tariffs

51:48 | Jun 16th, 2018

Trey and Ken on the DOJ investigation of the FBI, the Trump Kim summit, a SCOTUS ruling upholding the Ohio voter purge, and trade tensions between the US and China.
Pro-Choice Healthcare, North Korea, Voter Mobilization, GOP Strategy, Trade Philosophy, Good Regulations?

43:48 | Jun 13th, 2018

This episode features Mike and Jay’s responses to the following listener questions: Jay says he’s pro-choice with it comes to people choosing their own health care. Is he also pro-choice when it comes to a woman’s right to choose whether or not to en...Show More
G7 Meet, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Immigration, Trump's Pardons

1:01:17 | Jun 9th, 2018

Mike and Jay open with a look at the G7 meeting in Quebec, Canada. They agree that President Trump's protectionism is bad policy, though Jay still thinks that the president might be using his tough talk as a negotiating tactic and may not impose long...Show More
Robert Sutter on US China Relations

49:48 | Jun 6th, 2018

Mike talks to Dr. Robert Sutter, a Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University. Dr. Sutter has worked both in government and in academia, including positions with the CIA, State Department, and Senate Fore...Show More
Trade Wars, Trump-Kim Summit, Jobs Report, Arkansas Abortion Law, Trump's Pardons

1:03:25 | Jun 2nd, 2018

This week, Mike and Jay start with a look at the Trump Administration's announcement that it would be imposing hefty steel and aluminum tariffs on U.S. allies Mexico, Canada, and the European Union on 'national security' grounds. The administration i...Show More
Trump's Unconstitutional Twitter Feed, The Supremes & Arbitration, House GOP Mini-Rebellion, Is Mike Too Moderate?

38:11 | May 30th, 2018

Mike and Jay kick off the show by discussing a federal court ruling that President Trump was violating the 1st Amendment by blocking some critics from his Twitter feed. Neither of the Guys is exactly comfortable with the courts telling people how to ...Show More
PG151: North Korea, Dodd-Frank Rollback, 'Right to Try' Act, Fixing the VA, Spygate & Mueller

58:38 | May 26th, 2018

This week, Mike and Jay start off with a look at the North Korea summit, which President Trump canceled, but later suggested might be back on after all. The Guys discuss why the president canceled, what his plan is, and whether we're moving in the ri...Show More
Herbert Hoover - the most fascinating, under-appreciated man of the 20th century (Seriously!)

58:58 | May 23rd, 2018

Mike talks with journalist, editor, and publisher Kenneth Whyte, author of The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst and most recently, Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times. If you think Herbert Hoover was a ...Show More
PG150: Santa Fe, U.S. Opens The Embassy in Jerusalem, North Korea Has Harsh Words for Bolton, Haspel Is Confirmed, Senate Intel Committee Agrees Russia Tried to Influence 2016 Election, and 2,500 Pages of Trump Tower Documents

55:19 | May 19th, 2018

This week Trey and Mike begin the show with the tragic news of a school shooting in Santa Fe Friday. Mike argues briefly that it is the immutable American gun culture that leads to these kinds of tragedies. Trey argues that the right ignores the poss...Show More
Ran Levi on Hacking, Cybersecurity, and Ransomware

45:52 | May 16th, 2018

Mike talks with Ran Levi, author of Battle of Minds: The History of Computer Malware and host of the Malicious Life podcast, which explores the people and the stories behind the cyber security industry and its evolution. Mike and Ran discuss Russian ...Show More
PG149: Iran Nuclear Deal, North Korea Summit, Torture & the CIA Nomination, 2018 Primaries, Michael Cohen's Shenanigans

1:03:17 | May 12th, 2018

This week's show opens with a look at the Iran nuclear deal that President Trump pulled the U.S. out of. Both Mike and Jay agree that it was an imperfect deal, but Mike feels we should have stayed in and worked to improve it. Jay feels that the deal ...Show More
Broken Healthcare, The Value of Protest, Labor Unions, Syria, Thoughts on Trump

58:06 | May 9th, 2018

This 'listener mailbag' show begins with Mike and Jay taking a question from a listener who wonders if it's fair to conclude that healthcare in the United States is broken given the far greater amount per capita the U.S. spends to get results not too...Show More
PG148: Mueller's Questions for Trump, Pornstar Payoffs, Trump's Trade Wars, Sprint T-Mobile Merger, States Sue EPA

54:46 | May 5th, 2018

The show starts off with Mike and Jay discussing the list of questions Special Counsel Robert Mueller has for President Trump, and whether or not the president will end up answering them. They both agree that it would be extremely unwise for Trump to...Show More
Kurt Andersen on Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire

57:39 | May 2nd, 2018

Mike talks with journalist and best-selling author Kurt Andersen about his most recent book, '[Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History]('. Mike and Kurt discuss America's founding by 'a nutty religious cult',...Show More
PG 147: North and South Korea Meet, Macron Goes to Washington, How Special of a Special Election in Arizona?, Ronnie Jackson Withdraws, and the Scott Pruitt's "Secret Science"

1:02:48 | Apr 28th, 2018

This week Trey and Mike host together for the first time in a number of episodes. Picking up with one of last week's topics the hosts discuss the meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea. Trey and Mike both agree the meeting was important...Show More
Sheila Tate on First Lady Nancy Reagan

34:24 | Apr 25th, 2018

Mike talks with Sheila Tate, who served as press secretary to First Lady Nancy Reagan from 1981 to 1985\. After leaving the White House staff, she co-founded the Washington D.C. public relations firm Powell Tate. She served as press secretary to Geor...Show More
PG146: North Korea, Russia, Gorsuch Sides with Liberals, Crafty Congressional Republicans, James Comey's Media Blitz

56:29 | Apr 21st, 2018

This week, Mike welcomes special guest co-host Will Miller, a center-right political scientist. Mike and Will start the show by discussing the upcoming negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea in the wake of Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompe...Show More
Economist Tyler Cowen on The Complacent Class

43:26 | Apr 18th, 2018

Mike talks with economist Tyler Cowen. In addition to being a professor of Economics at George Mason University, Dr. Cowen blogs at [Marginal Revolution](, hosts the '[Conversations with Tyler](' podcast , ...Show More
PG145: US Strike on Syria, Ryan Out, Zuckerberg Testifies, Cohen Raid, IG McCabe Report

1:01:11 | Apr 14th, 2018

Mike and Jay open the show with a discussion of the US-led missile strike on Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure, in response to Syria's alleged chemical attack on Syrian insurgents. Both Mike and Jay agree that the international community can't s...Show More
Danielle McDonald on Barriers to Justice

40:18 | Apr 11th, 2018

Mike talks to Dr. Danielle McDonald, a criminal justice professor at Northern Kentucky University about her book **[Race, Gender, Class, and Criminal Justice: Examining Barriers to Justice](**. Mike and Danielle discuss racial...Show More
PG144: A War of Words and Tariffs between China and the United States, Zuckerberg Goes to Congress, the Potential U.S. Pullout from Syria

54:32 | Apr 8th, 2018

Trey is joined by Ken this week and reveals he is headed to Oklahoma Christain University. Trey and Ken open the show by discussing the ongoing dispute between the United States and China over trade policy. The hosts explore both the immediate tariff...Show More
Military Force, Healthcare Workers, Does Jay Respect Young People?, Thoughts on Burke, Flip-Flopping

36:46 | Apr 4th, 2018

In this listener mail episode of The Politics Guys, Mike and Jay respond to listener questions, including: * Why Congress gives the president so much power in authorizations for use of military force. * The lack of attention both Mike and Jay have pa...Show More
PG143: VA Shakeup, Census Concerns, Kim Jung Un Takes a Trip, Repeal the 2nd Amendment?, Russia Relations

50:34 | Mar 31st, 2018

Mike welcomes [The 45th Podcast's]( Susan Simpson to the show, in Part II of The Politics Guys / The 45th Podcast host exchange. Mike and Susan open with a look at the shakeup at the VA, with Mike questioning the managerial quali...Show More
Jacob Hacker on What We've Forgotten About Growth & Prosperity

43:54 | Mar 28th, 2018

Mike talks with Yale political scientist Jacob Hacker about his work on economic growth, insecurity, and inequality. Dr. Hacker's books include '[The Great Risk Shift](', [Winner-Take-All Politics](, an...Show More
PG142: Budget Deal, US vs China, Facebook vs Privacy, PA 18, Bolton In McMaster Out

53:36 | Mar 24th, 2018

This week, Mike and Jay start by looking at the $1.3 trillion dollar, 2,0000+ page budget passed by Congress and very reluctantly signed into law by President Trump. Mike sees it as not half bad, given Republican control of the legislative and execut...Show More
Bryan Caplan on The Case Against Education

1:01:31 | Mar 21st, 2018

Mike welcomes George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan back to the show to talk about his latest book, '[The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money]('.  In this episode, Mike and Dr....Show More
PG141: A Line at the White House Exit, Stormy Daniels Sues Trump, and the Student Walkout

51:39 | Mar 17th, 2018

Trey begins by hijacking the show's opening with an original loop. Jay and Trey then open the show by looking at the big exits from the White House this week including Rex Tillerson and Andrew McCabe. Jay argues that the replacements are capable and ...Show More
'Collusion' Investigation, Healthcare, Contempt & Civil Discourse, Chain Migration

42:37 | Mar 14th, 2018

In this 'Ask The Politics Guys' episode, Mike and Jay respond to comments and questions on: * the nature of the Mueller investigation * the role of healthcare costs in personal bankruptcy * contempt and civil discourse * the wisdom of nationwide conc...Show More
PG140: North Korea Talks, Sessions Sues California, Trump's Tariffs, Florida vs the NRA

49:03 | Mar 10th, 2018

Mike and Jay open the show with a look at the stunning announcement about talks between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Both of the guys are hesitant to believe this will lead to anything given North Korea's track record of stringing U...Show More
What We've Learned About Fake News

33:54 | Mar 7th, 2018

Mike talks with Jason Reifler, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, about his research into fake news. They discuss Dr. Reifler's recent paper on the topic ('[Selective Exposure to Misinformation: Eviden...Show More
PG139: Trump's Tariffs, Gun Policy, A New Cold War?, Hicks Quits

1:02:20 | Mar 3rd, 2018

This week's show starts with a discussion of the 'national security' tariffs President Trump announced he planned to impose on steel and aluminum. Mike and Jay are in agreement that the tariffs are a terrible idea and not at all related to national s...Show More
Reforming an Unresponsive Political System

29:23 | Feb 28th, 2018

Mike talks with Jim Jonas, a founding director of the [National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers]( and co-founder of Colorado Independent Voters. Jim is an experienced political, public affairs and corporate comm...Show More
PG138: Gun Laws, North Korea Sanctions, PA Gerrymandering, Mueller Charges

57:34 | Feb 24th, 2018

The show opens with Mike and Jay discussing the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. Mike takes issue with the inflammatory rhetoric of NRA head Wayne LaPierre, and while Jay agrees, he points ...Show More
School Shooting, Contempt for Religion, Universal Healthcare, GOP Debts

47:39 | Feb 21st, 2018

Mike and Jay lead off the show with Mike arguing that in the aftermath of tragic events, like the recent school shooting in Florida, we're far too quick to rush to judgment and far too eager to believe that incompetence or malfeasance is the cause. H...Show More
PG137: South Florida Shooting and the FBI, Mueller’s Indictment, Senate Immigration Fails, Mitt Romney for Senate, and No Solo-Press Conferences for President Trump

42:39 | Feb 17th, 2018

This week’s show opens with Trey introducing a new voice for the left: Ken Katkin, , a professor of law at Northern Kentucky University, who's stepping in to give Mike the week off (and to give listeners the week off from Mike ). The two then move in...Show More
The Crisis of the Middle Class Constitution

41:00 | Feb 14th, 2018

Mike talks with Ganesh Sitaraman, a professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School and a senior fellow at the [Center for American Progress]( He's a longtime advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren, serving as her policy dir...Show More
PG136: Trump Rejects Dem Memo, Budget Agreement, Gerrymandering (also - Mike 'Sings'!)

49:43 | Feb 10th, 2018

This week's show opens with Mike and Jay discussing President Trump's decision to not allow the release of the Democratic response to the memo released last week by House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes. While the FBI and Department of Justi...Show More
Abortion, Trump's Racism, Podcasts We Like, How Mike Became a Liberal

45:58 | Feb 7th, 2018

Mike and Jay start the show by addressing listener comments, starting with a criticism of their recent discussion of reproductive rights, which several listeners said was sorely lacking in nuance. They also get into the extent to which they follow wo...Show More
PG135: GOP vs FBI, State of the Union, Immigration, Infrastructure

57:10 | Feb 3rd, 2018

This week's show opens with Mike and Jay's discussion of the 'Nunes Memo', in which the GOP majority of the House Intelligence Committee suggests that the FBI obtained a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page using highly questio...Show More
The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies

39:48 | Jan 31st, 2018

Mike talks with Susan Jacoby, an independent scholar specializing in the history of reason, atheism, secularism, and religious liberty. She's the bestselling author of 12 books, including '[Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism](http://amzn....Show More
The Flu Bug Strikes! | Sam Quinones on the Opioid Epidemic

42:50 | Jan 27th, 2018

This week, disaster struck The Politics Guys. Well, okay, maybe not disaster exactly, but a truly nasty flu bug felled Trey late in the week. We'd planned to have Trey run the show along with a special more far left than Mike guest co-host, but that ...Show More
Dana R. Fisher on American Resistance

28:49 | Jan 24th, 2018

Mike talks with University of Maryland sociology professor Dana R. Fisher about her research on activism and protests, the Women's March, who protests and why, whether protests can drive real political change, differences between Occupy Wall Street a...Show More
PG134: Government Shutdown, March for Life, NC Gerrymandering

47:47 | Jan 21st, 2018

This week's show starts off with the story everyone's been talking about - the government shutdown. Mike and Jay largely stay away from the blame game consuming most of the media, and try to focus on why both parties did what they did and the role Pr...Show More
GOP vs Facts, Politics Guys vs Diversity, Jay's Burkean Ideals, 2020 Contenders

37:53 | Jan 17th, 2018

In this listener mail episode (really more of a listener mail, Facebook, Twitter, and site comment episode) Mike and Jay respond to listener comments concerning: * Why Republicans like Jay aren't nearly as respectful of facts as Demo...Show More
The Politics of Farm Labor

15:46 | Jan 15th, 2018

Mike's back with his second food politics episode. This time, he reads [his post on the politics of farm labor]( , getting into who works on America's farms (mostly immigrants), how willing American...Show More
PG133: Immigration, Is Trump a Racist?, Medicaid, Surveillance Law

52:17 | Jan 13th, 2018

Mike and Jay open the show with a discussion of everything that's been happening on the immigration front this week, including the Trump administration's decision to not extend temporary protected status to nearly 200,000 Salvadorians, a federal judg...Show More
Whistleblowing, Leaking, and Employment Discrimination

35:01 | Jan 10th, 2018

Mike talks with attorney Scott Oswald, a managing principal at [The Employment Law Group]( Scott has extensive experience with whistleblower, employment discrimination, and wrongful termination cases, regularly lec...Show More
PG132: Korea Talks, Iran Protests, DOJ on Marijuana, Wolff’s Book and Offshore Drilling

47:01 | Jan 6th, 2018

In our first show of 2018 Mike and Trey look at what they thought would be a quiet week in the news that quickly exploded. First they look at the unexpected offer by Kim Jong Un to talks between North and South Korea. Then the hosts turn their attent...Show More
Political Bribery, Corruption, Secret Money, and Broken Elections

35:36 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Mike talks with Josh Silver, Director and co-founder of [Represent.Us]( , a nonprofit organization that brings together conservatives, progressives, and everyone in between to pass powerful anti-corruption laws that stop politic...Show More
Avocado Politics

11:52 | Dec 30th, 2017

Mike and Jay aren't doing their regular Saturday show today, but instead of giving you nothing this weekend Mike thought he'd try an experiment. As you might know, [Mike started a blog]( not too long ago. One reader sugg...Show More
PG131: Tax Reform Law, UN vs US, Trump's National Security Strategy, Shutdown Averted

39:20 | Dec 23rd, 2017

Mike, Jay, and Trey have been talking about the GOP tax bill since early November, and this week it finally became the GOP tax law, after President Trump signed the measure before departing for his Christmas vacation. Mike and Jay summarize their vie...Show More
Patients, Physicians, and Employers on Value in Health Care

33:55 | Dec 20th, 2017

Mike talks with Dr. Bob Pendleton, Chief Medical Officer at University of Utah Health. They discuss the school's recently released 'Value in Health Care Survey' ( which asked patients, doctors, and employers across ...Show More
PG130: Alabama Elections, Net Neutrality Officially Ends, The GOP Tax Cut (again), Sexual Allegations and Mueller

57:19 | Dec 16th, 2017

This week Trey rejoins Michael after finishing the fall semester at Daytona State College. The first topic of conversation is the Alabama special Senate election. Trey and Michael discuss the implications of a Jones win, a Moore loss, and what the ex...Show More
Norman Ornstein - One Nation After Trump

36:05 | Dec 13th, 2017

Mike welcomes back to the show political scientist and American Enterprise Institute Resident Scholar Norman Ornstein. They talk about his latest book: One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Y...Show More
PG129: Jerusalem, Sexual Harassment Resignations, 2018 Budget, Monuments

32:56 | Dec 9th, 2017

Today's show, which Mike does solo, is a radical departure from the normal format. That's not because Mike went renegade and ditched Jay's conservative counterweight or that Jay quit in disgust at Mike's liberalism. Mike and Jay actually did record a...Show More
The U.S. Constitution Explained

44:37 | Dec 6th, 2017

Mike talks with historian Ray Raphael about his latest book, The U.S. Constitution: Explained - Clause by Clause - For Every American Today. Ray argues thatboth sides are wrong about the 2nd Amendment, explains why there's no such thing as an Constit...Show More
PG128: Senate Tax Bill, Flynn Makes a Deal, Who's Running the CFPB?

1:03:48 | Dec 3rd, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay start off with a look at the Senate tax bill, which passed by a vote of 51-49, with 'no' votes from every Democrat and one Republican (Tennessee's Bob Corker). Jay is a lot more optimistic about the economic growth potential o...Show More
Spy Schools: How Intelligence Services Have Infiltrated Higher Education

19:49 | Nov 29th, 2017

Mike talks with Daniel Golden, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Daniel Golden, author of Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America's Universities ( They discuss how widespread spying is (...Show More
PG127: Net Neutrality, AT&T Time-Warner Merger, Transgender Ban, Sexual Harassment

52:19 | Nov 25th, 2017

Mike and Jay start off this week with a discussion of net neutrality in the wake of the FCC's move to revoke Obama-era rules that prevent internet service providers from privileging content from certain providers over others. Jay argues that this is ...Show More
Bad News for Mike's Favorite Agency, Mendez Mistrial, Listener Mail

49:16 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Mike and Jay open by discussing what, for Mike, was crushing news - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head Rob Cordray announced that he would be stepping down. Mike points out that since its creation as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial refor...Show More
PG126: Tax Bill Advances, Sexual Harassment

47:33 | Nov 19th, 2017

This week's show opens with Mike and Jay taking a look at the current state of the Republican tax reform bills in both the House and the Senate. Mike points out - once again - that it's a horrible idea to ram a huge, complex tax bill through only wee...Show More
How Safe is Your Food?

32:46 | Nov 15th, 2017

Mike talks with Dan Flynn, Editor in Chief of Food Safety News ( about the Food Safety Modernization Act, whether FDA inspections are tough enough, if regulations are unfair to smaller farms, and the state of food safet...Show More
PG125: The Great House and Senate Tax Plan Question, Elections in VA, NJ, and ME, Trump Visits Asia, and Roy Moore's Denial

47:26 | Nov 11th, 2017

This week Trey and Jay start by taking on the Senate's proposed tax plan. It differs from its House counterpart. Trey worries about the deficit and Jay focuses on growth. Next they turn to the major Democratic wins in Virginia, New Jersey, and Maine....Show More

43:51 | Nov 8th, 2017

For the one-year anniversary of President Trump's election, we brought back Mike's friend Joe, who Mike talked to in the 'A Trump Supporter Speaks' episode in October of 2016. ( At the time, Mike thou...Show More
PG124: (A Lot) About the GOP Tax Plan, Muller Indictments, Terrorism in NYC, and the Powell Nomination

55:35 | Nov 4th, 2017

In this week's extended episode Trey and Mike start off by discussing the GOP Tax Plan. They begin by analyzing the content of the plan. As to the policy itself, Trey is optimistic, but worried about the $1.5 trillion debt increase. Mike sees both po...Show More
Americans for Financial Reform

33:06 | Nov 1st, 2017

Mike talks with Carter Dougherty, Communications Director of Americans for Financial Reform. They cover a lot of ground in their conversation, including: - Congress overturning the CFPB's arbitration rule - the Equifax security breach - the 2008 fina...Show More
PG123: Opioid Emergency, CFPB Overruled, Jeff Flake, Tax Reform

57:23 | Oct 28th, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay start by talking about President Trump's declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency. Mike wonders about the timing of the announcement, which came out a week before the president's opioid commission is sched...Show More
MIT Professor Luis Perez-Breva on Innovation

37:43 | Oct 25th, 2017

Mike talks with Luis Perez-Breva, a successful serial innovator and director of the Innovation Teams Program at MIT. Dr. Perez-Breva holds degrees in Chemical Engineering, Physics, Business, and Artificial Intelligence. He's an expert in the process ...Show More
PG122: Healthcare, Budget Resolutions, Travel Ban 3.0, The Honest Ads Act

52:14 | Oct 21st, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay start by looking at the bipartisan Senate proposal to stabilize Obamacare markets in the wake of President Trump halting cost-sharing subsidies to insurers, as well as the clever way state insurance regulators are dealing with...Show More
Listeners Ask About: Guns, WW3, Healthcare, Plus Facebook Data

48:20 | Oct 18th, 2017

To begin the show Trey asks about new information from the presidential election. Specifically, Facebook offered to work with both presidential campaigns but only the Trump campaign agreed to it. Then Trey and Jay respond to listener questions. The f...Show More
PG 121: Trump and the Democrats on Dreamers and Healthcare, Harvey Weinstein’s Worst Kept Secret, The Boy Scouts Make A Change & A Presidential Library Without Books

55:31 | Oct 14th, 2017

Trey and Jay start this week’s show by discussing Trump’s unilateral action to change the Affordable Health Care Act’s cost-sharing provisions. They talk about the actual changes and the policy implications of the action. This leads to a discussion o...Show More
Overturned Courts, Market-Based Healthcare, Affirmative Action, Political Correctness, Politicizing Weather

55:47 | Oct 11th, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay respond to lister questions and comments: if the Ninth Circuit is really the most overturned appellate court (it depends on how you measure), whether we think market-based reforms can lower health care costs (sometimes), if th...Show More
PG120: Gun Policy After Las Vegas & Gerrymandering

55:11 | Oct 7th, 2017

Mike and Jay start this week's show by discussing the state of gun policy in the United States in the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas. They get into how the United States is different from other rich countries on the issue, whether libe...Show More
Harvard's Nancy Koehn on Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times

38:18 | Oct 4th, 2017

Mike talks to historian Nancy Koehn, who holds the James E. Robison chair of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Dr. Koehn's research focuses on effective leadership and how leaders, past and present, craft lives of purpose, worth, an...Show More
PG119: Price Resigns, Puerto Rico, Senate Primary, Graham-Cassidy, New Travel Ban, Tax Reform

56:31 | Sep 30th, 2017

Mike and Jay start off this jam-packed episode with a look at the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in the wake of a travel scandal. Mike points out that Price joins an unusually large contingent of former Trump staffers fo...Show More
Glenn Hubbard on Tax Cuts, Growth, Inequality, & Secular Stagnation

26:42 | Sep 27th, 2017

Mike talks to economist Glenn Hubbard. Dr. Hubbard is dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School. In addition to writing more than 100 scholarly articles in economics and finance, Dr. Hubbard is the auth...Show More
PG 118: Trump's UN Speech, The Escalating Nomenclature of North Korea and the United States, Facebook and Drudge go Russian, and the Alabama Primary

59:13 | Sep 23rd, 2017

This week Trey explains how hurricane Irma had him evacuate the state of Florida and offer thanks to all the listeners who inquired about his family and home. Then Trey and Jay turn to politics and the week's biggest story: Trump's United Nations spe...Show More
Congressman Jim Jordan on the Debt Limit, Tax Reform, and the 2016 Election

40:21 | Sep 20th, 2017

Jay talks to Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus. Jay and Rep. Jordan discuss the debt ceiling, tax reform, the Obama administration's attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election, and more. As a lead-in to t...Show More
PG117: Trump's DACA Deal, Bernie's Medicare For All, Equifax Breach

42:41 | Sep 16th, 2017

This week, the Guys start off by talking about the potential deal President Trump reached with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that involves allowing Dreamers to stay in the country legally in exchange for enhanced border security. ...Show More
Political Correctness and Identity Politics

41:13 | Sep 13th, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay respond to a listener who feels Mike was being snide and slanderous to Jay in a recent show, and then move on to an in-depth discussion of political correctness and identity politics. For their discussion, they focus on these ...Show More
PG116: DACA, Trump's Deal with Dems, North Korea, Travel Ban

40:16 | Sep 9th, 2017

his week, Mike and Jay start out by discussing President Trump's decision to discontinue President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. They both agree that it's probably a good policy, but that it's also probably unconstitutional,...Show More
Henry Petroski on The State of American Infrastructure

45:48 | Sep 6th, 2017

Mike talks with Henry Petroski, a Professor of Civil Engineering and History at Duke University. Dr. Petroski is a prolific scholar and public intellectual - in addition to publishing nineteen books and hundreds of articles in newspapers, magazines, ...Show More
PG115: Hurricanes, Transgender Lawsuits, and Sanctuary Cities

46:28 | Sep 2nd, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay start things off by talking about the politics of Hurricane Harvey, including the quality of the government's response, how well President Trump personally responded, and the role federal flood insurance plays in disasters lik...Show More
Trump vs the Senate, Browns Protest, Trump vs the Eclipse, Listener Mail

38:14 | Aug 30th, 2017

Mike and Jay weren't able to get to everything they wanted to cover on Saturday's show, so they decided to do this 'Saturday Spillover' show. In it, they talk about President Trump's escalating battle with Senate Republicans, the largest ever NFL foo...Show More
PG 114: Arpaio Pardon, Transgender Ban, Afghanistan Policy, Voter ID Laws

45:50 | Aug 26th, 2017

This week's show starts with Mike and Jay talking about two late-breaking stories: President Trump's pardon of former Maricopa County AZ sheriff Joe Arpaio and the president's memo formalizing the ban on transgender troops which he previewed in late ...Show More
Saadia Madsbjerg on Changing the Status Quo with Innovative Finance

32:24 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Mike talks with Saadia Madsbjerg, a Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. Madsbjerg's work focuses on innovative finance solutions that change the status quo and raise private sector investment capital to further the Foundation’s goals...Show More
PG113 Charlottesville (again), Bannon's Out, and the Rise of Hope Hicks

41:52 | Aug 19th, 2017

This week’s show starts by examining Trump’s ever changing statement on Charlottesville, VA. Trump would end up setting a more measured tone renouncing Neo-Nazi’s and other hate groups, but then on Tuesday Trump became combative with reporters and ar...Show More
Journalist & Environmental Activist Mark Lynas

37:56 | Aug 16th, 2017

Mike talks with author, journalist, and environmental activist Mark Lynas. He's a frequent speaker around the world on climate change, biotechnology and nuclear power, and was climate change advisor to the President of the Maldeeves from 2009 - 2011....Show More
PG112: Charlottesville, North Korea, Opioid Emergency, Climate Report

51:35 | Aug 13th, 2017

This week's show starts with the tragic events in Charlottesville, VA where there were multiple clashes between white nationalist protesters and counter-protesters, the most horrific by far being a young white man deliberately ramming his vehicle int...Show More
Defense Spending, Future Jobs, Overpaying for Health Care, Fossil Fuel Subsidies

47:51 | Aug 9th, 2017

In this listener mail episode, Mike and Jay tackle a bunch of questions including whether we're spending the right amount of money on the right things for national defense, how to deal with a future in which machines are doing so many of the things p...Show More
PG111: Scaramucci Out & Kelly In, Immigration, Jobs, Senate Ignoring Trump

40:03 | Aug 6th, 2017

Mike and Jay start this week with an analysis of the shakeup among President Trump's top advisors. First it was Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci being fired 10 days after he was named to the position and before his first official day on the...Show More
Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter on The New Energy Economy

35:18 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Mike talks to Bill Ritter Jr., director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University. Prior to that he served as Governor of Colorado from 2007 to 2011. During his term, Governor Ritter established Colorado as a national and ...Show More
PG110: The Senate Skinny Bill Fails, Scaramucci Unloads, & the Senate Russian Sanctions

47:14 | Jul 30th, 2017

This week Trey and Jay team up to take on a fast moving week in the world of politics! We start with the McCain and company torpedoing the so-called skinny bill in the Senate. It looks like Republicans are having a tough time passing legislation and ...Show More
Lawrence Lessig on Campaign Finance Reform

37:20 | Jul 26th, 2017

Lawrence Lessig on Campaign Finance Reform Mike talks with Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. Prior to his time at Harvard, Professor Lessig clerked for not one, but two of Mike's intellectual he...Show More
PG109: Health Bill, Spicer Resigns, Sessions' Rough Week, Electoral Integrity

55:48 | Jul 23rd, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay open the show with their thoughts on Senator John McCain, who this week announced that he has a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer. Despite their occasional policy differences with Senator McCain, both of the Guys ag...Show More
Kenneth Rogoff on Eight Centuries of Financial Folly & The Curse of Cash

36:41 | Jul 19th, 2017

Mike talks with Dr. Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics and Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. From 2001–2003, Dr. Rogoff was Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund. He's a senior fellow at the Council on...Show More
PG108: Health Bills, Meetings with Russians, FBI Confirmation Hearings, & Mike's Favorite Regulatory Agency

50:32 | Jul 16th, 2017

This week's show starts off with a look at the latest iteration of the Senate health care bill. While there are some changes from the initial version, Mike is still opposed, Jay is still 'eh' and neither of them think it has the votes to pass - at le...Show More
Harvard's Gary King on Gerrymandering, Big Data, & Chinese Social Media Use

45:00 | Jul 12th, 2017

Mike talks to Harvard's Gary King, author or co-author of over 150 scholarly journal articles, 20 open-source software packages, eight books, and winner of more prizes, awards, and honors than you can shake a stick at. Dr. King is a fellow in eight h...Show More
PG107: North Korean Missile Test, American First Meets the G20, Modern Day Presidential, and Illinois Budget

53:11 | Jul 9th, 2017

This week the show kicks off with Mike and Trey talking about the July 4th North Korean Missile Test. The launch is important because it marks the first intercontinental ballistic missile successfully launched by North Korea and Kim Jung Un. Both Mik...Show More
Brooke Gladstone On The Media

38:17 | Jul 5th, 2017

Mike talks to Brooke Gladstone, co-host and managing editor of WNYC’s On The Media. Ms. Gladstone has won multiple awards for her reporting, including a National Press Club Award and two Peabody Awards. She’s also the author of two books: The Influen...Show More
PG106: Healthcare Holdup, Travel Ban, Religious Funding, Seattle's Fight for 15

58:03 | Jul 2nd, 2017

This week's show starts off with Mike and Jay taking a look at the currently stalled Senate GOP healthcare bill. Between the bill's broad unpopularity and a devastating Congressional Budget Office score, it looks like it's going to be tough for Mitch...Show More
Kurt Schlichter Explains How Hillary Clinton is Evil & Listener Mail

51:20 | Jun 28th, 2017

There was so much intense listener response to Mike's recent interview with columnist Kurt Schlichter, that Mike and Jay decided to devote the first part of this listener mail episode to addressing those responses and explaining why Mr. ...Show More
PG105: Senate Health Bill, Special Election, Russia Sanctions

53:38 | Jun 25th, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay start things off by talking about health care bill unveiled by Senate Republicans. Mike sees it as a nearly trillion dollar tax cut financed by draconian cuts to Medicaid, whereas Jay believes it may help by giving states more...Show More
An A+ For Donald Trump

41:23 | Jun 21st, 2017

Mike talks to Kurt Schlichter, an attorney, retired Army infantry colonel, and Senior Columnist for His commentary on political, military, and legal issues has been featured in numerous national outlets, such as Fox News, CNN, and the H...Show More
PG 104: Shootings, Sessions, Cuba, and the Federal Reserve

55:05 | Jun 18th, 2017

Mike and Trey start this week with the tragic shooting of Scalise and the unfortunate political communications uproar in it’s aftermath by James Hodgkinson. Both Mike and Trey worry that democracy may be losing a pillar when demonization is the new n...Show More
Moneyball for Politics: Sasha Issenberg's 'The Victory Lab'

45:42 | Jun 16th, 2017

Mike talks to Sasha Issenberg, a political journalist whose work has appeared in Slate, Washington Monthly, The Atlantic, and lots of other places. He's a contributor to Bloomberg Politics and the author of multiple books, including the widely praise...Show More
Climate Change Politics & Policy after Paris

53:07 | Jun 14th, 2017

Mike and Jay received so much listener feedback on our discussion of President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord (in episode 102) that they decided to do this special follow-up. In it, they cover the 'We Are...Show More
PG103: Comey Testifies, Trump's FBI Pick, The Kansas Experiment

58:25 | Jun 11th, 2017

Mike and Jay start the show talking about the story that dominated the news this week: the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey. Neither of the Guys think that Comey dropped any bombshells, though Mike believes that this is still early days i...Show More
The Economist's Ryan Avent on The Wealth of Humans

40:03 | Jun 7th, 2017

Mike talks with Economist senior editor and columnist Ryan Avent, author of The Gated City and, most recently, The Wealth of Humans: Work and its Absence in the Twenty-First Century. In addition to The Economist, Mr. Avent's work has appeared in outl...Show More
PG102: Paris Accord Exit, Afghanistan, Suing Big Pharma

52:47 | Jun 4th, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay start off by talking about President Trump's announcement that the United States will be leaving the Paris Climate Change Accord, making it one of only three countries in the world to not be participating (the other two are Sy...Show More
Fighting Trump State by State & Mapping Police Violence

26:36 | May 31st, 2017

Mike talks to Samuel Sinyangwe, co-founder of OurStates, an initiative that connects communities to actionable information and tools to reject the Trump / GOP agenda in every state and protect communities from harm. Mr. Sinyangwe is a policy analyst ...Show More
PG101: Trump's Travels, Fantastical Budgets, SCOTUS on Redistricting

53:54 | May 28th, 2017

This week's show opens with Mike and Jay talking about something they *won't* be covering - the continuing drip, drip, drip of Trump scandal leaks. That doesn't mean that they aren't concerned with the serious allegations that have been raised (espec...Show More
Die-Hard Independent Matthew Dowd on 'A New Way'

32:28 | May 24th, 2017

Mike talks to author, ABC News chief political analyst, and die-hard independent Matthew Dowd. Mr. Dowd has extensive experience in politics where he's worked for candidates and officeholders on both sides of the aisle, including Democrats Dick Gepha...Show More
PG100: Special Counsel, Trump's Trip, NAFTA Renegotiation

57:13 | May 21st, 2017

This week, Mike is joined by Trey, filling in for Jay. They start the show with an overview of a tumultuous week for President Trump, featuring the president revealing classified information to Russia, allegations that Trump asked then FBI Director C...Show More
Donald Trump: Threat to Democracy?

39:51 | May 17th, 2017

Mike talks to journalist and researcher Dr. Sarah Kendzior about the threat posed by the Trump presidency, media elites & 'flyover country' and lots more! Dr. Kendzior is a columnist for Canada's Globe and Mail, and her work has has appeared in multi...Show More
PG99: Trump Fires Comey, Sessions Gets Tough on Crime, Election Fraud

54:29 | May 14th, 2017

This week's show starts out with President Trump's surprising and, some would say, far-too impulsive firing of FBI Director James Comey. Mike and Jay consider if this is Trump fearing that the FBI is getting too close to finding ties between his camp...Show More
Daniel Drezner Interview

36:39 | May 10th, 2017

Mike talks with Dr. Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Dr. Drezner is the author of multiple books, including Theories of International Politics and Zombies, The Syst...Show More
PG98: GOP Health Care 'Victory', Spending Bill, What We're Reading

53:03 | May 6th, 2017

The Guys start out this week's show with a detailed look at the American Health Care Act, which the House of Representatives passed in a squeaker of a vote. Both Mike and Jay expect that the Senate will take up and pass some version of the AHCA, but ...Show More
James Fallows Interview

31:18 | May 3rd, 2017

Mike talks with James Fallows, a legendary figure in American journalism. Mr. Fallows was chief speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter, editor of US News & World Report, a program designer at Microsoft, and is currently a national correspondent for ...Show More
PG97: 100 Days of Trump, Trump's Tax Plan

49:19 | Apr 30th, 2017

This episode marks a return to our roots, with a focus on deeper analysis of what's most important, and less coverage of the ephemeral events that so often dominate the weekly news cycle. Mike and his fellow political scientist Trey - who's guest-hos...Show More
Larry Sabato & Listener Mail

56:20 | Apr 26th, 2017

First up is Mike's interview with political scientist Larry Sabato. Professor Sabato is the director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, which includes Sabato’s Crystal Ball - the foremost election forecasting site in the United Stat...Show More
PG96: Elections, Bill O'Reilly, Executive Orders, Ann Coulter

50:31 | Apr 23rd, 2017

This week's show starts with Mike and Jay talking about the 'not-quite' Democratic win in the special election in Georgia. Mike thinks it could be a (positive) sign of things to come for Democrats in Congress, but Jay isn't so sure. After that, the G...Show More
The Indivisible Guide - Being Heard in the Age of Trump

32:37 | Apr 19th, 2017

Mike talks to Jeremy Haile, co-author of the Indivisible Guide - a practical guide to influencing Members of Congress, written by a team of former Congressional staffers. From 2008-2012, Jeremy served as a legislative aide to Rep. Lloyd Doggett along...Show More
PG95: Trump's Foreign Policy, Dem House in 2018?, Healthcare Chicken, Is Trump Learning?

45:42 | Apr 15th, 2017

This week, the Guys start out by looking at President Trump's foreign policy in a dangerous world. First it's Syria, where Assad's chemical attacks and the U.S. retaliatory missile strike has brought US / Russia relations to their lowest level in qui...Show More
Polling, The Selfie Vote, & Data Driven Government

45:42 | Apr 12th, 2017

Mike talks to Republican pollster and political analyst Kristen Soltis Anderson. Ms. Anderson is co-founder of the research and analytics firm Echelon Insights, a contributor at ABC News, a Washington Examiner columnist, a regular guest on shows like...Show More
PG94: Syria, Gorsuch, Susan Rice, Devin Nunes, China

46:26 | Apr 9th, 2017

This week, we have our very first sponsor - Blue Apron! To get three of their great meals for free as well as free shipping, go to It was a crazy week in foreign policy, and the guys start with the biggest of all the big stories - t...Show More
Politics and Policy in a Second Machine Age

29:48 | Apr 5th, 2017

Mike talks to Professor Andrew McAfee, Co-Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Professor McAfee's work has appeared in numero...Show More
PG93: Russia, Trump vs Freedom Caucus, GOP vs EPA, NATO Slackers

52:46 | Apr 2nd, 2017

This week, the Guys start out by looking at the latest news on the multiple Russia probes. The House investigation has slowed to a crawl amid claims from Democrats that Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes can't be trusted to conduct an impartial...Show More
Brad DeLong Interview

38:36 | Mar 29th, 2017

Mike talks to UC Berkeley economist Brad DeLong. Professor DeLong, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration, blogs at 'Grasping Reality with All Tentacles' - one of the best economics blogs around. Topics...Show More
PG92: Obamacare Lives!, Gorsuch, Russia, Immigration

54:47 | Mar 26th, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay start by taking a look at the first big legislative push of President Trump and House Republicans: The failed repeal and replace vote on Obamacare. They talk about what happened, why it happened, what it means for Obamacare, a...Show More
Progress, Abortion, Liberals & Conservatives, Transgender Rights

45:37 | Mar 22nd, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay tackle a bunch of great listener questions, such as whether or not progress is always a good thing, if being transgendered is a choice, what our philosophical beliefs concerning abortion are, the best case for liberalism (made...Show More
PG91: Budget, Healthcare, Travel Ban, Taxes, Wiretapping

49:02 | Mar 19th, 2017

Mike and Jay lead off with a discussion of President Trump's first budget. The so-called 'skinny budget' (referring to any incoming president's first budget, which tends to be shorter on details than their later budget proposals) calles for big defen...Show More
Norman Ornstein Interview

37:55 | Mar 15th, 2017

Mike talks with political scientist Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, contributing writer for The Atlantic, columnist for National Journal, and the author of many books on U.S. Politics, including It's Even Wor...Show More
PG90: GOP Health Plan, Revised Travel Ban, Wikileaks & the CIA

44:08 | Mar 12th, 2017

This week, Jay is joined by guest co-host Ken Katkin, a professor of law at Northern Kentucky University, who takes the place of Mike on the left. (But while Mike was off this week, he still couldn't resist inserting a few remarks at the very beginni...Show More
Interview with Crowdpac's Steve Hilton

36:38 | Mar 8th, 2017

Mike talks with Steve Hilton, the founder of Crowdpac, which he created in 2014 in order to help reconnect regular people to politics by making it easier for everyone to learn about politicians, find and support candidates that match their beliefs, a...Show More
PG89: Trump's Speech, Russia & Sessions, Budget Plans, Anti-Semitism

58:13 | Mar 4th, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay start by discussing President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress. They both agree that it was the most presidential / least Trump-like speech he's yet given. Then things get a bit more disputatious than usual...Show More
Lane Kenworthy Interview

43:42 | Mar 1st, 2017

Mike talks to Lane Kenworthy, a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on social policy, including poverty, inequality, mobility, and economic growth in the United States and other rich countries. Prof...Show More
PG88: CPAC, LGBTQ Rights, Kudos to POTUS, Mexico, Town Halls

57:01 | Feb 26th, 2017

This week's episode starts with a look at the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, headlined by President Trump himself. Mike and Jay take a look at the president's stridently anti-media rhetoric as well as discuss someone ...Show More
Jason Brennan Interview

39:54 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Mike talks to Jason Brennan, an Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University. He's the author of a number of books, including The Ethics of Voting, Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, *Why No...Show More
PG87: Chaos Cabinet, 'Unhinged' Press Conferences, Russia Connections?

54:53 | Feb 19th, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay begin with a look at the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and what it tells us about the Trump administration's national security savvy. Next, they discuss President Trump's press conference, which many o...Show More
Future of the Dems, Misogyny, Depolarization, Fearing Trump

44:05 | Feb 15th, 2017

This episode features our answers to a bunch of great listener mail, facebook messages, and website comments we've gotten lately. We start off with Mike ansering a listener who thinks the Democratic Party should move left (Mike disagrees). Jay then r...Show More
PG86: Travel Ban, Senate Confirmations, Russia, Is Trump Mellowing?

55:01 | Feb 12th, 2017

Mike and Jay lead off with the 9th Circuit's action on the Trump travel ban, along with their thoughts on whether or not it violates the Constitution. Then it's on to contentious Senate confirmation votes, with a focus on Betsy DeVoss - the first eve...Show More
Marc Levinson Interview

32:33 | Feb 8th, 2017

Mike talks to Marc Levinson, an economist, historian, and journalist specializing in economic and business issues. He’s a former finance and economics editor for The Economist, and has written for publications including the Harvard Business Review, F...Show More
PG85: Host Swap! Supreme Court Nominee, Immigration Ban, Trump Executive Orders

50:40 | Feb 5th, 2017

It’s host-swap week at The Politics Guys! We’ve been big fans of Pantsuit Politics podcast for a while now, because both of us approach politics the same way – with the belief that  we need less partisan yelling and screaming and more thoughtful, rea...Show More
Marion Nestle Interview

28:34 | Feb 1st, 2017

Mike talks with Professor Marion Nestle, one of most respected and sought-after academic commentators on food politics, health, and nutrition. She’s the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New...Show More
PG84: Immigration Ban, NSC Reorg, Fake News, Border Walls, Jay’s Defenders

52:55 | Jan 29th, 2017

Donald Trump has been busy issuing executive orders, with his move to ban immigration from a number of Muslim countries perhaps the most controversial. Mike and Jay look at this, as well as President Trump’s orders that froze government hiring, stopp...Show More
Is Jay a Trump shill? Is Mike wrong about Cuba?

42:46 | Jan 25th, 2017

This week we catch up on listener mail, answering some great questions, including: What’s up with Jay’s unwillingness to criticize Donald Trump? Why does Mike support better relations with an awful regime like Cuba? Where do you Guys get your facts f...Show More
PG83: President Trump, Women’s March, Chelsea Manning

41:08 | Jan 22nd, 2017

This week the Guys start by discussing the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. His inauguration speech was dark, depressing, and hyperbolic by normal presidential inaugural address standards, but Jay argues it was...Show More
Ask The Politics Guys: Obama’s Legacy?

39:49 | Jan 18th, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay talk about the legacy of President Barack Obama. They discuss what presidential greatness means, whether ‘great’ presidents are something we should even hope for, Mike’s four-point criteria for measuring presidential success, ...Show More
PG82: Farewells, Fake News, Russia Scandal?, Trump’s Ethics, Hearings, Obamacare

52:49 | Jan 15th, 2017

This week’s show starts off with Mike getting all misty-eyed about President Obama’s farewell speech. Unsurprisingly, Jay wasn’t quite so choked up. Mike contrasts what he sees as the grace and eloquence of the outgoing president with the decidedly d...Show More
A National Popular Vote for President?

34:59 | Jan 11th, 2017

Mike interviews Pat Rosenstiel, from National Popular Vote, an organization working to ensure that the winner of the national popular vote for the presidency actually becomes president, something that hasn’t happened in two of the last five president...Show More
PG81: Russian Hacking, Building the Wall, House Ethics, Repealing Obamacare

47:37 | Jan 8th, 2017

This week, Mike and Jay start off by talking about the intelligence community’s now-released report on Russian hacking, which concluded that not only did the Russians attempt to influence the presidential election, but that they favored Donald Trump....Show More
Martin Ford Interview

33:31 | Dec 21st, 2016

Mike talks with futurist and author Martin Ford. His most recent book is Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Awar...Show More
PG80: Russian Hacking, Questionable Trump Picks, Fed Rate Hike

51:32 | Dec 18th, 2016

This week, Mike and Jay start out by talking more about Russian hacking: What we know, how it may have affected the election, Donald Trump’s response, and if the U.S. should retaliate. After that they look at the latest picks in Donald Trump’s admini...Show More
Brendan Nyhan Interview

45:25 | Dec 14th, 2016

Mike interviews political scientist Brendan Nyhan, a professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. His research on political misperceptions has been published in many of the top journals in the field. He’s also a contributor to ‘The...Show More
PG79: Russian Election Influence, Cabinet Picks, Trump’s Tweets, Congress Works?

48:52 | Dec 11th, 2016

This week, the Guys start out by talking about ongoing controversies surrounding the 2016 presidential election. Now that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s recount effort has mostly fizzled out, attention has focused on the Russians, wh...Show More
Ask The Politics Guys: Election Questions

28:31 | Dec 7th, 2016

This week’s Ask The Politics Guys looks at two election-related questions. The first question – submitted by Alex, from Sandy, UT – is whether ranked-choice voting (sometimes called ‘instant runoff voting)) is a good idea. The second question is whet...Show More
PG78: Recounts, The Carrier Deal, More Trump Picks, OSU Terror Attack

48:20 | Dec 4th, 2016

This week, Mike and Jay start with a look at the three-state recount effort launched by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. The Clinton campaign has reluctantly become involved – reluctantly because they know that there’s essentially no way ...Show More
Bryan Caplan Interview

44:06 | Nov 30th, 2016

Mike talks to one of his favorite economists: Bryan Caplan, a Professor of Economics at George Mason University. Professor Caplan is the author of multiple books, including The Myth of the Rational Voter, named “the best political book of the year” b...Show More
PG77: Recount!, Trump Transition, Conflicts of Interest, Obama Clemency

48:34 | Nov 27th, 2016

Both Mike and Jay thought the 2016 presidential election was over, but that’s not so, at least according to Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, who has raised over $5 million dollars for recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania – th...Show More
Sunday Spillover

31:38 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Last Sunday’s show was jam-packed, and there were plenty of things Mike and Jay wanted to talk about that they couldn’t get to (at least, not without making the show way too long). In this show, they focus on some of those things: What Donald Trump h...Show More
PG76: The Trump Transition & the Future of the Democrats

52:33 | Nov 20th, 2016

This week, the Guys start off by talking about how the incoming Trump administration is coming along. While things looked a little rocky at first, once Mike Pence took over from ousted transition chair Chris Christie things began to go more smoothly....Show More
Ask The Politics Guys: What to Expect from a Trump Presidency

48:49 | Nov 16th, 2016

Mike and Jay take a look at what we might expect from a Trump presidency in a number of areas, including health care, immigration, economic regulation & tax policy, the Supreme Court, climate change, international relations, and infrastructure. They ...Show More
PG75: How Trump Won, Putrid Polls, & The Future of the Parties

55:46 | Nov 13th, 2016

Essentially all of the pre-election polls were wrong, and the Politics Guys start out by explaining why that was. Mike points out that the only people who got it close to right were political scientists, using election predictions based on fundamenta...Show More
Ask The Politics Guys: How Important are Supreme Court Nominations?

23:34 | Nov 9th, 2016

This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes from From Kevin, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. “I’ve heard many people say they support Trump over Clinton because of the Supreme Court nomination. How important should the open seat be? Is its importance bei...Show More
PG74: Election Predictions, FBI Shenanigans?, Jobs Report

30:17 | Nov 6th, 2016

It’s almost all election discussion this week, as the the 2016 Presidential and Congressional elections are nearly upon us. Mike and Jay talk about the tightening polls, whether the media is overreacting (the answer to that question is almost always ...Show More
Ask The Politics Guys: The Green Party

29:56 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Earlier in the election season, Mike and Jay took a look at the platform of Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson. This week, they examine the platform of the ‘other’ third party – the Green Party, led this year by their presidential no...Show More
PG73: Clinton email, Bundy Verdict, Telecom Mergers, Obamacare Rate Hike

52:26 | Oct 30th, 2016

This week, Mike and Jay start off by talking about F.B.I. Director James Comey’s letter to a number of Congressional committees, in which he indicates that additional email has come to light that may be relevant to the Clinton email investigation. Al...Show More
Ask The Politics Guys: Is the U.S. A Flawed Democracy?

19:57 | Oct 26th, 2016

This week our question comes from Julia in Hamburg, Germany, who asks whether the American political system is in a state of erosion, if America will soon be a ‘flawed democracy’, and why the heck we don’t care more about gridlock in our political sy...Show More
PG72: 3rd Debate, Democratic Senate?, Police Apologies, Supreme Court

52:08 | Oct 23rd, 2016

This week Mike was not able to be with us, so Jay was joined by special guest and Cincinnati area attorney Dominique Wagner to discuss the week in politics. Listen as they discuss the final debate, Trump’s chances of winning, whether the debate chang...Show More
Jay for President!

31:37 | Oct 19th, 2016

Unlike Mike, Jay’s not actually running for president, but since we did a show in which Mike talked about his issue positions, we thought we’d turn things around and let Jay talk about his vision for the United States. In this episode, Jay covers eco...Show More
PG 70: Trump’s Death Spiral, Email Hacks, Unconstitutional Agencies, Shooting Data

48:22 | Oct 16th, 2016

This week, Mike and Jay start by talking about the disastrous Trump campaign, wondering if he’s even trying to win at this point and what will happen to the Republican party in the wake of an all-but-certain Trump loss. They also discuss more Wikilea...Show More
A Trump Supporter Speaks

43:36 | Oct 12th, 2016

Mike talks to a Trump supporter – not a know-nothing or ‘lesser of two evils’ Trump supporter, but an intelligent, well-read, politically astute guy who makes a positive case for Donald Trump. (He also has a few website recommendations: Ace of Spades...Show More
PG 70: Is Trump Toast?, Russian Hacking, VP Debate, Israeli Settlements

50:28 | Oct 9th, 2016

This week, Mike and Jay start by talking about the fallout from a video of Donald Trump saying some extremely vulgar and objectifying things about women. The Guys agree that it’s awfully hard to see how Trump can recover from this. After that, they d...Show More
Dan Carlin Interview

34:47 | Oct 5th, 2016

Mike interviews the amazing Dan Carlin, professional journalist and long time podcaster who hosts two of the best and most popular podcasts in the world: Hardcore History and Common Sense. They talk about the importance of history in understanding cu...Show More
PG69: The Debate, Congress Gets Busy, State of the Race, Nursing Home Rules

57:36 | Oct 2nd, 2016

Jay’s back this week! He and Mike start off by talking about the first presidential debate. After that, they discuss a fairly busy week for Congress, which included keeping the government from shutting down and overriding an Obama veto, the current s...Show More
Ask The Politics Guys: Special NFL Edition

22:06 | Sep 28th, 2016

This week, in honor of the NFL season kicking off not too long ago, Mike and special guest co-host Dominique Wagner talk about the National Football League and politics. They get into Congressional action on concussions, the NFL’s special legal statu...Show More
PG68: Terror Attacks, Police Shootings, and A Whole Lotta’ Trump

44:32 | Sep 25th, 2016

Jay had some technical difficulties and wasn’t able to record this show, so Mike is joined by his friend and Cincinnati area attorney Dominique Wagner. They talked about the ‘lone wolf’ terror attacks in Minnesota and New York, how differently Tulsa ...Show More
Rich Boehne Interview

47:07 | Sep 21st, 2016

Mike talks to E.W. Scripps President and CEO Rich Boehne about how the news business has changed, why Scripps is investing in podcasts, the difficulty of being well-informed without getting overwhelmed, covering Donald Trump, and lots more.
PG67: The Polls Tighten, Trump’s Policies, and Some Good Economic News

51:13 | Sep 18th, 2016

This week, Mike and Jay start by looking at the tightening polls in the presidential race. While they both think Hillary Clinton will still win, it’s becoming easier and easier to construct realistic scenarios of not just a Trump presidency, but of a...Show More
Trey Grayson Interview

47:42 | Sep 14th, 2016

Mike interviews Trey Grayson, best known nationally for running against Rand Paul in 2010 for the Republican US Senate nomination. Prior to that, he was a two-term Kentucky Secretary of State. Mr. Grayson served as Director of Harvard’s Institute of ...Show More
PG 66: Foreign Policy-Palooza! & Financial Regulation

52:43 | Sep 11th, 2016

This week, it’s a seriously foreign-policy centric Politics Guys, with Jay and Mike discussing the presidential candidate forum moderated by NBSC’s Matt Lauer, an agreement between Russia and the US on Syria, North Korea’s nuclear advances, and a bil...Show More
James Taranto Interview

28:06 | Sep 7th, 2016

Jay interviews James Taranto, author of the Wall Street Journal’s popular Best of the Web column and member of the WSJ editorial board. Mr. Taranto joined the Journal in 1996 as an assistant editorial features editor after spending five years as an e...Show More
PG 65: Mexican Trips, FBI Files, Slavery Reparations, & Colin Kaepernick

48:53 | Sep 4th, 2016

This week, Mike and Jay start off by talking about Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Mexico, where he sounded almost moderate at times. That was followed up by a more characteristic Trump appearance in Arizona, where he was back to his usual ‘we’ll bui...Show More
Ask The Politics Guys: Mike for President???

18:47 | Aug 31st, 2016

Here’s this week’s Ask The Politics Guys question: “A while ago, Mike said he was running for president. What are his positions on the issues and can people actually vote for him? Jay, if Mike were a real candidate, would you vote for him?”
PG64: Trump flip-flop? Clinton Foundation, EpiPens, Golden Week, and Trigger Warnings

54:14 | Aug 28th, 2016

This week’s show starts with a look at what appeared to be Donald Trump’s softening stance toward illegal immigrants. Has Trump really changed his tune? If he has will it matter? Then it’s a discussion of the Clinton Foundation. Mike doesn’t think th...Show More
Ask The Politics Guys: Who are the Libertarians?

18:54 | Aug 24th, 2016

This week’s question comes from Jennifer, in Green Bay Wisconsin, who writes, “Who the heck are the libertarians and what do they really stand for?”
PG63: Trump TV?, Clinton Deposition, Obamacare Woes, Fighting for 15

42:17 | Aug 21st, 2016

This week’s show starts with a look at the latest shakeup in the Trump campaign. Is Donald Trump still trying to win, or is he putting the pieces in place for a media network to challenge Fox? Next, it’s a look at Hillary Clinton’s continuing email p...Show More
Ask The Politics Guys: Who would you vote for?

15:09 | Aug 17th, 2016

Here’s this week’s Ask The Politics Guys Question: “You guys don’t seem to like either of the presidential candidates. If you could make anyone the nominee of your party, who would it be, and why them?”
PG62: Trump’s Troubles, Econ Plans, Baltimore Police, More Hacks, Pot Policy

52:02 | Aug 14th, 2016

It was another rough week for Donald Trump, and Jay & Mike start by looking at the GOP nominee’s troubles and the lasting damage he may be doing to his party and the country. Then, it’s on to new Hillary Clinton email revelations, a comparison of Tru...Show More
David Frum Interview

41:54 | Aug 10th, 2016

Mike interviews political journalist, policy expert, and former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum. Mr. Frum has had a long and distinguished career in political journalism and policy analysis. Organizations he’s worked with include The Wall Stre...Show More