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Dinner Table Politics

Dec 27, 2018

In preparation for the New Year, Abby and Jim clean up after 2018. From the lowlights - Donald Trump shutting down the government over the wall Mexico won't pay for to his conversation with a 7-year-old' "marginal" belief in Santa Claus - to the highlights, notably the president's surprise visit to Iraq.

We also...


Dec 21, 2018

Abby is buried in finals, so her cousin Steven Prawitt joins Jim to discuss the Republican gamesmanship that's putting the country on the brink of another government shutdown. Jim tells his nephew how that didn't work out well for Newt Gingrich and the Republicans in '94, or for Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in 2011, and it...


Dec 12, 2018

Abby and Jim discuss Donald Trump's deepening legal woes as Robert Mueller's long-running investigation draws closer to a conclusion. How much trouble is Trump really in? Can a sitting president be indicted? Can he pardon himself? And why is every federal building in West Virginia named after former Klu Klux Klansman...


Dec 5, 2018

Abby and Jim discuss the passing of George H.W. Bush, which calls to mind Abby's policy disagreements with our 41st president, as well as the misunderstood history of the broken "No New Taxes" pledge and the mislabeling of the World War II hero as a "wimp." Jim takes the occasion to recall the thoughtfulness and...


Nov 28, 2018

Space: The Final Frontier!

Abby only lets Jim say that once, although a second mention sneaks in near the end of the podcast. This was recorded minutes after NASA's InSight spacecraft landed on the surface of Mars, and Abby and Jim discuss the significance of that accomplishment, as well as the history of America's...