Podcast: Lessons for the Opioid Epidemic from the Ebola Fight
Political Theater, Episode 11

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., attend an event in the Hart Building on Feb. 26, 2015 when Sirleaf offered thanks to Congress for authorizing funds to help fight ebola in her country. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Podcast: Democrats Roar Over Conor Lamb
Political Theater, Episode 10

Political Theater discusses Conor Lamb and the results in the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th district. (Toula Vlahou/CQ Roll Call)

The special election result in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District has rocked the political world on its heels, with Democrat Conor Lamb’s success in the heavily Republican region setting off a fresh round of speculation about the 2018 midterms. 

Roll Call Senior Political Reporter Bridget Bowman, who reported from the area recently, was at the Capitol gauging reaction from members of Congress after the latest round of political jousting.

Podcast: Politics' Thin Line Between Laughing and Cringing
Political Theater, Episode 9

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., left, gets a hug from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during the Washington Press Club Foundation's Congressional Dinner. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In light of the 74th Annual Congressional Dinner, Political Theater talks to Washington Post humor columnist Alexandra Petri about when satire works and when it doesn't.  Warning: we have politicians telling jokes.

Podcast: A Looming Warning from ‘The Looming Tower’
Political Theater, Episode 8

The nation’s top intelligence chiefs, including FBI Director Christopher Wray, pictured here, warned lawmakers about worldwide threats on Feb. 13. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hulu’s new miniseries about the run-up to 9/11, “The Looming Tower,” eerily parallels conflicts within our government that are dominating our politics today.

Actor Jeff Daniels portrays plays FBI Special Agent in Charge John O’Neill,  who sounds the alarm about the threat posed by al-Qaida and who was killed at the World Trade Center in the 9/11 attacks.

Podcast: Meet Jan Rader, West Virginia Heroin(e) in the Opioid Fight
Political Theater, Episode 7

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and his guest Jan Rader, Fire Chief of Huntington, W.Va., are seen before President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House chamber on January 30, 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Among the stars at next month’s Oscars will be Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader, one of the subjects of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Heroin(e)”.

She’s a first responder on the front lines of the opioid crisis, and she’s taken her message on the issue not just to the screen, but also to Capitol Hill as the guest of Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., during the State of the Union.

Podcast: It’s the Economy Stupid? Maybe Not​
Political Theater, Episode 6

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. warned House Democrats at their recent retreat not to be complacent about their chances for winning the majority in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Roll Call Political analyst Stu Rothenberg explains why GOP gains in a generic ballot represent just a part of the overall political picture and political reporter Bridget Bowman previews Arizona's upcoming special election.

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Podcast: The Lone Star Midterm Lowdown
Political Theater, Episode 5

The Lone Star State kicks off primary season on March 6. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas kicks off primary season in less than a month, and will shape midterm contests that could help determine majorities in the House and and Senate. Roll Call Senior Political Writer Bridget Bowman runs down with Political Theater's Jason Dick everything from the marquee Senate race there to House campaigns that lawmakers will definitely be breaking a sweat over. 


Podcast: Can The Trump Show Win Over a New Audience?
Political Theater, Episode 4

President Donald Trump speaks during the joint session of Congress to deliver his State of the Union Address in the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As President Donald Trump starts his second year in office, he will need Democrats to secure meaningful legislative accomplishments. His first official State of the Union address was a prime-time, nationally televised opportunity to reach across the aisle.

Ben Terris, national political reporter at The Washington Post, discusses with Roll Call whether Trump was able to use his State of the Union to build congressional coalitions, and whether the speech will help or hurt the legislative agenda.

Podcast: Senate Democrats’ High-Wire Act
Political Theater, Episode 3

Claire McCaskill of Missouri is one of the Senate Democrats who faces voters in a Republican friendly state, putting pressure on her in the closely divided chamber. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Democrats are seeing red. Of the 26 Democrats facing the voters in November, 10 of them are running in states President Donald Trump won in 2016, and five of those are in states the president won handily.  Roll Call political reporters Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman discuss the Democrats' dynamics in a closely divided Senate, and a midterm election campaign that is revving up.

Podcast: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times in Obama's 'Final Year'
Political Theater, Episode 2

Watch: ‘The Final Year’ Captures the Personal Narrative of Global Politics

“The Final Year,” director Greg Barker’s documentary about a year in the life of the Obama administration’s foreign policy team, opens this Friday in theaters. It traces 2016 through the eyes of Secretary of State John Kerry, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and, of course President Barack Obama as they navigate the challenges of high-stakes diplomacy in an election year.