Podcast: What the Congressional Softball Game Says About Lawmakers
Political Theater, Episode 24

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Podcast: Congressional Baseball Game Enters New Era
Political Theater, Episode 23

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Podcast: No Recess For You!
Political Theater, Episode 22

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate has scaled back its August recess, with Republican leaders citing the big workload and complaining that Democrats are needlessly delaying the proceedings with delay tactics. 

As political theater goes, this is an oldie but goodie: Lawmakers like to tell voters that they are working very, very hard. But it's unclear what kind of effect that message might have on voters, or whether they care. And the Senate is not dealing with anything out of the ordinary when it comes to obstruction and delay tactics. Ed Pesce, managing editor of CQ Senate, takes us through the numbers on the latest Political Theater podcast.

Podcast: 50 Years Later, Bobby Kennedy for President Lives On
Political Theater, Episode 21

A photograph showing then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy speaking to a crowd of African-Americans and whites through a megaphone outside the Justice Department. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Netflix documentary series “Bobby Kennedy for President” marks the upcoming 50th anniversary of the late senator and presidential candidate’s assassination in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968. The four-part series by documentarian Dawn Porter follows Kennedy from campaign manager to attorney general, senator and presidential candidate, and outlines the evolution of his political beliefs from rough-and-tumble family fixer and anti-communist to civil rights icon. 

Porter discussed the series recently with the Political Theater podcast, including her own motivations for treading into a story many Americans may feel they know, and the result is a cinematic journey that feels fresh while also very much reflecting its own heady times.

Podcast: Roseanne, Donald Glover and Desperate-Class TV
Political Theater, Episode 20

Glover, left, and Barr (Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is a television fan and a polarizing figure in American culture. Two critically acclaimed television shows that just wrapped up their seasons reflect the political, cultural and economic anxieties of the era of Trump, CQ Staff Writer and cultural observer Clyde McGrady tells Jason Dick in this week’s Political Theater podcast.

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Podcast: Keystone Races Now Set in Keystone State
Political Theater, Episode 19

Protesters march down Independence Avenue in Washington holding signs during the Women’s March on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the President Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Women were big winners in Tuesday's primaries as they are poised to change the midterm dynamics in states like Nebraska and Pennsylvania, explains Roll Call senior political reporter Bridget Bowman.

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Podcast: Joe Manchin and the Mountain State Midterm Melee
Political Theater, Episode 18

(Manchin, Morrisey, Energy CEO Don Blankenship and Rep. Evan Jenkins (CQ Roll Call)

Podcast: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Unlikely Pop Icon
Political Theater, Episode 17

Ginsburg at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address in the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a bona fide pop icon, perhaps strange territory for an 85-year-old, diminutive, reserved constitutional scholar. In the latest Political Theater podcast, filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen speak about their documentary, “RBG,” including what it was like to be in the same theater when Ginsburg saw their movie at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary opens in theaters on May 4.

Podcast: Midterm Takeaways From the Duel in the Desert
Political Theater, Episode 16

Arizona's special House election results offers some interesting data points for those watching the 2018 midterm elections. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Debbie Lesko won a close House race in an Arizona district that is usually very friendly to her party. As the midterm election season continues to heat up, Political Theater looks at the takeaways from this duel in the desert with Roll Call Elections Analyst Nathan Gonzales and Senior Political Reporter Bridget Bowman. 

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Podcast: Tending to the Congressional Mind, Body and Spirit
Political Theater, Episode 15

House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy, blesses the walnut tree during the tree planting ceremony in memory of Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Conroy announced his retirement this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)