Episode 330: Why Kari Lake can win in Arizona. How Italy's incoming Prime Minister is becoming the right's latest darling.
September 30th, 2022 | 1 hr 9 mins
Kari Lake quit a career in TV news to run for governor in Arizona. Dr. Oz could have taken a cue from how she's worked her strengths as a MAGA Republican with a public persona.
Mitch McConnell will support the Senate bill to reform the Electoral Count Act.
Incoming Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is making headlines with critics calling her a fascist and comparing her to Mussolini. To speak more on this, Rome bureau chief for the Washington Post, Chico Harlan, joins the show.
Episode 329: Official Px3 Senate Sniff Test Rankings For GA, PA, NV, AZ and OH. Why are politicians the oldest they've ever been?
September 28th, 2022 | 1 hr 15 mins
Throw out the spreadsheets, pitch the narratives with only 40 days until the Midterms Justin goes olfactory in his predictions for the closest races in the Senate. Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona and Ohio are smelt and the results are dealt.
Dave Levinthal joins the show to discuss Red, White and Gray a new series by Insider into the aging of our leadership in congress, the courts and the White House.
September 26th, 2022 | 50 mins 24 secs
Dog and Pony Show Audio has a new series for you: Don't Explain.
Every time you go to the theater, you're experience an onslaught of movie tropes. Every romantic comedy has the down-on-her-luck best friend. Every action movie has the badass one-liners. Every Oscar-bait drama has that tear-jerker ending.
But where do those tropes come from? How do audiences become so aware of Hollywood's bag of tricks, parody movies can become a massive genre on their own?
This series explores the birth, death, and rebirth of one of the most successful cinematic genres ever: the rockstar biopic. In this episode, we start from the beginning, focusing on the earliest established tropes of the genre.
Lady Sings the Blues, The Buddy Holly Story, and 8 Mile.
The first episode is available now in this feed and the reminder of the season is ready to binge on the Don't Explain feed on all podcast platforms.
September 23rd, 2022 | 1 hr 5 mins
- The Fed announces another interest rate increase, 0.75%. Rates are now at their highest since 2008.
- Political ad season is in full swing. Cortez Maso v. Laxalt in Nevada, the Linda Paulson rap, Raphael Warnock, and an attack ad targeting Jared Polis.
- Michael Wear (Public Square Strategies, former Obama advisor) outlines how campaigns succeed or fail to ingratiate themselves to one of America's largest demographic: faith-based voters.
September 21st, 2022 | 1 hr 1 min
There are 15 Senate seats up this midterm. How many are really competitive? Why? Which should you focus on.
Also, Zero COVID is dead and Biden killed it.
Evan Scrimshaw joins the show to break down the battleground states and debate bad candidates.
September 15th, 2022 | 1 hr 8 mins
Justin and Kevin Ryan go on an expansive trip through the concept of free speech, why we want it and why we deny ourselves it.
September 13th, 2022 | 53 mins 52 secs
- Biden celebrates Inflation Reduction while inflation increases smush the market.
- Chuck Schumer is sprinkling money on Senate races, who did he give to and how much?
- Sen. Warnock agrees to debate Herschel Walker. Could the polls have goosed his decision?
- Michael Cohen joins the show to discuss the madhouse PA Senate race where the tide has turned against John Fetterman and questions only rise around his recovery from a stroke.
September 9th, 2022 | 58 mins 54 secs
Can Democrats fend off a well-funded, well-organized Republican challenger in Nevada that's vying for Catherine Cortez Masto's senate seat?
The NRSC is cash-strapped despite record fundraising. Mitch McConnell has Rick Scott, the committee's leader, in his crosshairs.
Jeff Maurer (I Might Be Wrong) helps us define what a progressive actually is and how the label "liberal" has changed over the years.
September 7th, 2022 | 59 mins 51 secs
Candidates jostle on when and where to debate in Pennsylvania and Georgia. Fetterman's health is becoming more an of issue as his hometown paper turns on him.
Reviewing Biden's Soul of a Nation speech and giving some notes on how he could have highlighted... I don't know... the two years he's been in office or the one issue Democrats can win on instead of Trump.
Why does a florist need a license? Morris Kleiner joins the program to discuss occupational licensing.
September 2nd, 2022 | 47 mins 50 secs
President Trump's lawyers call for the appointment of a "special master" to review documents from the Mar-a-Lago FBI raid. How will this battle impact the midterms and how will Trump frame it?
We look back at 1974 to understand the first time Roe v. Wade impacted an election, and what it might mean for this time around.
Bill Scher (Washington Monthly) returns to look at how former presidents' parties were able to buck the trend of losing in the midterms in times of crisis.
Episode 320: Exactly how screwed are Republicans on the abortion issue in the midterms? Pretty bad, that's how!
August 31st, 2022 | 1 hr 4 mins
How and why the Republicans have painted themselves into a corner on abortion. How some candidates are trying to claw out of it.
We take a LOOK OUT! at some late-breaking poll trends in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania (GOV AND SENATE!) as well as Georgia.
Tom Merritt joins the show to discuss what the hell is happening at Twitter as a former security head has filed a whistleblower complaint further complicating the already complicated Twitter situation.
August 26th, 2022 | 1 hr 8 mins
- Rep. Jerry Nadler beats Carolyn Maloney and defends his seat in the New York Primaries.
- How Dr. Oz's campaign can take down John Fetterman.
- Dave Levinthal (Business Insider) is back. The Money Man breaks down the National Republican Senatorial Committee's financial efforts to swing the Senate red. (And how Rick Scott's leadership of it has been recently criticized.)