• October 18, 2020

Supremely Dysfunctional

Co-hosts Robert and Jean find agreement on the importance of voting and the danger of court-packing while sharing different viewpoints on Republicans’ decision to quickly nominate and vote on a nominee to the Supreme Court. Along the way, their conversation touches on civic understanding, gerrymandering and power addiction before finishing with a shared concern about volatility surrounding the upcoming election.
  • October 18, 2020

The Political Layers of COVID Economic Relief

Co-hosts Robert and Jean dive into the many considerations of a COVID economic relief package — from deficits and unemployment to vaccine hopes and masked (or umasked) economic re-openings. They also illuminate how the politics around the policy debate are both partisan and bipartisan this week.
  • October 18, 2020

Do Revelations Matter?

Co-hosts Robert and Jean discuss a range of revelations from the news of the week. Robert calls revelations about Trump “not surprising but shocking” and Jean highlights the revelation that Disney worked with Chinese Communist Party propaganda departments to produce their new film, “Mulan.” Will revelations in either category — Trump behavior or corporate behavior — change votes or consumer behavior? We’ll find out in a thousand yestermorrows.
  • October 18, 2020

Social Unrest + Pandemic Election = ?

Jean, Robert and Claude discuss ongoing social unrest and the presidential candidates’ response. The co-hosts find agreement on their desire for more media attention around truly peaceful protests, and on the need for national leaders to be reassuring as the election — and its anticipated lagging results — approaches.
  • August 29, 2020

Trump’s Convention?

Robert and Jean respectfully share their perspectives on four days of inspiring American stories (Jean’s view) and irrational Trump adulation (Robert’s view).
  • August 27, 2020

Miles Taylor: Mr. Bright Side

This special episode of Bipodisan features President Trump’s former Chief of Staff for the Department of Homeland Security Miles Taylor. Taylor discusses why he is a conservative (and why Trump is not) as well as why he is supporting Joe Biden and organizing a group of Republicans to rebuild the party after the era of Donald Trump is over.
  • August 21, 2020

When History and Hope Rhyme

Robert and Jean examine the Democrats’ convention week through their unique lens as speaking and speechwriting experts — from overall messaging to favorite lines and whether the lack of a live audience mattered. Political commentary runs throughout the episode as well, with moments of agreement and respectful disagreement.
  • August 13, 2020

Kama-lot

Jean and Robert welcome U.S. News & World Report's Susan Milligan to discuss Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate. They discuss the politics, the optics, the GOP reaction and how to pronounce her name.
  • August 6, 2020

Small Business, Big Optimism; Conventional Wisdom

Economist William Dunkelberg joins Robert and Jean to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on the small-business sector and the unique ability of America’s entrepreneurs to ultimately rise from the ashes of any situation, including this one. The co-hosts go on to discuss the importance (or lack thereof) of political conventions and nomination acceptance speech venues.
  • July 31, 2020

Woven Together, Torn Apart: The Economics and Politics of COVID

As the virus spreads and the economy continues to decline, Robert and Jean explore that which is inextricably bound together (COVID and the economy) a well as that which seems irreparably torn apart (left and right, the masked and the unmasked). This thoughtful episode concludes with notes of hope, including the legacy of The Honorable John Lewis and the persistence of science.