• March 16, 2018

March Madness — in DC

Moe Vela (D) and Jean Card (R) are back by popular demand to join Paul and Mary Kate as they discuss the Pennsylvania special election, Rex Tillerson’s departure, and Hillary Clinton’s latest pronouncements — as well as some below-the-radar news no one’s paying attention to in all the craziness. Plus What’s Making Us Hopeful, in a March Madness kind of way.
  • March 9, 2018

Are You Out of Your Mind?!

Paul Orzulak (D) and Mary Kate Cary (R) put their civil discourse to the test by discussing this week’s news — steel tariffs, Kushner’s status, and Nunberg’s media tour — all with a mindfulness expert listening in. Laurie Cameron, a communications and leadership development expert — and soon-to-be bestselling author -- dissects our conversation and gives advice for having open, curious and mindful conversations when people really, really disagree with you.
  • March 1, 2018

Oscar Speeches: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Do you watch the Super Bowl for the ads and the Oscars for the speeches? We do. Listen in as four movie-loving speechwriters replay their favorite and not-so-favorite Oscar acceptance speeches, with oratorical do’s and don’ts for this year’s winners. Join co-host Paul Orzulak (President Clinton), co-host Mary Kate Cary (President HW Bush) and guests Kate Childs Graham (West Wing Writers) and former Washington Post film critic Desson Thomson (State Department) as they also preview the politics surrounding the 2018 Academy Awards. Plus What’s Making Us Hopeful This Week.
  • February 23, 2018

A Cease Fire in the Gun Wars

In the week after the Parkland, Florida school shooting, co-hosts and former White House speechwriters Paul Orzulak (Clinton) and Mary Kate Cary (Bush 41) get away from the fighting in Washington and attempt to do something very few others are doing: talk about possible solutions to the epidemic of gun violence that are both practical and constitutional — and on which maybe, just maybe, reasonable people might agree. Hear an idea you like? An expert tells listeners what works and what doesn’t when citizens talk to members of Congress. Plus what’s making us hopeful this week.
  • February 15, 2018

Not the Valentine’s Day Conversation We Wanted

Former George W. Bush Administration speechwriter Jean Card and long-time Obama White House speechwriter Terry Szuplat join Paul Orzulak and Mary Kate Cary to discuss the controversy surrounding the resignation of White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter. As our panelists wondered aloud why neither the White House nor Congressional leaders seemed willing to condemn domestic violence, naturally, the President and top GOP leaders did precisely that by the time this episode was posted. The panel also shares personal stories about security clearances, what the other side is missing here, and answers the question: What exactly does the staff secretary do? Plus, What’s Making Us Hopeful This Week, including something that hasn’t happened in Virginia since 1982.

I Can See Mexico From My Porch

Co-hosts Paul Orzulak (Democratic speechwriter for President Bill Clinton) and Mary Kate Cary (Republican speechwriter for President George HW Bush) talk about immigration with Jean Card (former speechwriter in the George W Bush administration) and Moe Vela (senior advisor to Vice Presidents Gore and Biden). What Democrats and Republicans are not hearing in the immigration debate, how each party could better reach voters on the other side, and what Dreamers have to do with Legally Blonde. Plus: What’s making us hopeful this week.
  • January 16, 2018

It’s Time to Give Civility a Chance

Since the 2016 election, there have been more than 1,600 political podcasts launched in the United States. Almost all of them feature Democrats talking to Democrats and Republicans talking with Republicans. Isn’t it time for a podcast in which the other side talks back? In this premiere episode of “Bipodisan,” co-hosts and fellow former White House speechwriters Paul Orzulak (D) and Mary Kate Cary (R) discuss why they believe it’s time for a podcast in which opposites respectfully talk, not shout, about the issues dividing America – and how they intend to change each other’s mind (and yours).