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  • February 20, 2020

A Conversation About Conversation; Democrats’ Debate

Robert and Jean interview Keith Allred, the executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, before comparing notes on the Democratic debate in an episode that is replete with agreement about the need for respectful conversation…and for preparation (we’re…

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  • February 14, 2020

Bernie the Frontrunner; Trump the Vengeful

Jean and Robert discuss Bernie Sanders’ status as the Democratic frontrunner, including a detour into Jean’s Land of Make Believe, where the political parties have leaders, not just winners. A discussion of Trump’s “post-acquittal behavior” (Jean), or “vengeance tour” (Rob)…

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  • February 7, 2020

A Fractured State of the Union and… a Brokered Convention?

Robert and Jean agree that the State of the Union Address is always an affront to public speaking, and that this year’s spectacle was a stunning display of political division. Their subsequent discussion of the Iowa caucuses’ debacle leads to…

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  • January 24, 2020

Is impeachment a Waste of Time? And Where Are Democrats Going?

Jean and Robert debate the whether the Senate impeachment trial is a waste of time and then discuss whether the future of the Democratic Party lies with Bernie Sanders.

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  • January 17, 2020

Impeachment Goes to Senate Trial, No Labels, Baby Yoda

Robert and Jean interview one of the authors of a new citizens’ election guide; she shares the bipartisan progress being made by her movement group, No Labels. Listen to the rest of the episode to find out why why this…

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  • January 10, 2020

Iran, Impeachment Path, Cancer Hope

Is the Iran reaction to Soleimani’s killing over? Does Pelosi or McConnell have the upper hand on impeachment? Robert and Jean discuss the most dramatic news of the week before finding hope in news about cancer survivors.

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  • January 2, 2020

Why Partisans Should Drink Together

Taking a break from the news, our intrepid interlocutors discuss the intertwined history of politics and alcohol with author and mixologist Derek Brown. They talk about why partisans should drink together, what George Washington served, and Richard Nixon's surprising favorite…

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  • December 20, 2019

Trump’s letter, the impeachment vote; holiday hopefulness

Two writers — liberal Robert and conservative Jean — discuss President Trump’s lengthy letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi before dissecting the importance of this week’s historic vote to impeach him. The episode ends with a sweet contrast to the partisan…

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  • December 6, 2019

Should we care what the world thinks of the U.S.? And are Democrats moving too fast on impeachment?

Is the United States still the leader of the free world? Have American politics become a joke, or, as co-host Robert says, a dystopian hell-scape? This week, the Bipodisan duo takes a look at the big picture of America’s role…

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