• April 23, 2018

The Silver Fox and The Donald

In this week’s episode, Paul is away so Mary Kate, Moe and Jean welcome former Obama communications guru Jose Aristimuño to Chatter. They share stories about Barbara Bush you probably haven’t heard before Moe sings a sweet solo in honor of the late First Lady. Moe "gets his sexy back” while Jean blows everyone’s mind by revealing what Donald Trump and Barbara Bush have in common. The group rates the Comey interview on a scale of 1 to 10, and Jose and Moe discuss Hillary’s "deeply flawed candidacy." Plus What’s Making Us Hopeful This Week, including Moe celebrating his mother’s 85th birthday with her -- in Las Vegas!
  • April 13, 2018

Kings of the Hill

It’s All Things Capitol Hill this week on Bipodisan: Mary Kate Cary and Jean Card (R's) lament the retirement of Speaker Ryan, while Paul Orzulak and Robert Schlesinger (D) wonder about the timing of the announcement. All four agree on the cringe-worthiness of some of the questions posed to the founder of “The Facebook" in the hearings, and on some reasonable measures that could be taken to protect users’ privacy. Plus their reaction to reports of a profane tirade in a local grocery store by The Mystery Congressman.
  • April 5, 2018

Speeches, Poetry and Jokes

This week’s episode comes from the Windy City, where Paul and Mary Kate take a break from politics to interview former Obama speechwriter David Litt and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. For the 50th anniversary of his death this week, the four talk about what exactly made Martin Luther King Jr.’s oratory so unique. Then the three speechwriters and a poet give listeners tips on getting rid of writer’s block and finding inspiration; David talks about writing comedy at Funny or Die; and Robert tells the World’s Most Profound Joke.
  • March 31, 2018

The Kids Are Alright

Paul Orzulak’s away on spring break this week with his family, so Mary Kate Cary, Moe Vela, Jean Card and guest Robert Schlesinger are goin' mobile with Bipodisan. In front of a live studio audience of high schoolers, the two Democrats and two Republicans give their take on the March for Our Lives and the Facebook data mining story — and then take great questions from the students. What advice would you give young people facing political polarization in just about every conversation? Tune in for ours.
  • 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.