Honestly Speaking with Tara Setmayer
By Tara Setmayer
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Join Tara Setmayer - CNN Political Commentator, ABC News Political Contributor and former GOP communications director on Capitol Hill - for a common sense perspective on everything from news of the day and politics to culture and sports. Guests include newsmakers, entertainers, and provocateurs. Launching September 11th.
||ExplicitFake National Emergencies and Fake Hate Crimes? With guests Jawn Murray and Michael Steele||Tara talks about Trump's fake national emergency and end run around the constitution to get his border wall, the Andrew McCabe's revelations about Trump on 60 Minutes, and the possible Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax with Jawn Murray, TV pop-culture commentator. Michael Steele joins Tara to talk about the origins of Trumpism in the GOP. Michael is the former Chairman of the RNC, former Lt. Governor or Maryland, an MSNBC contributor, and the host of The Michael Steele Podcast.||2/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAn Extraordinary Journey From Segregation to Space with guest Ret. Maj Gen. Charles Bolden||Tara takes on the countdown towards a second government shutdown over Trump's border wall and his disingenuous fight on immigration. The leadership of the state of Virginia continues to wallow in chaos after Governor Ralph Northam's blackface scandal. And the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos is caught up in a blackmail scandal with the owner of the National Enquirer. Switching gears, Tara’s guest this week is former astronaut and Marine fighter pilot, Maj Gen Charles Bolden. A true trailblazer, Gen. Bolden flew four space shuttle missions and served as the first African American administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 2009 to 2017.||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBlackface, Klansman, & Yearbooks, Oh my! VA Gov Mired in Racial Controversy With Guest April Ryan||Tara gives her take on the Superbowl, reviews the movie Green Book, digs into the Ralph Northam yearbook controversy and more with April Ryan. April Ryan is a veteran White House correspondent and is the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks. She's a CNN as a political analyst and the author of Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House.||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Roger Stone Saga: Are We Closer to Collusion? With Guest Asha Rangappa||Tara conducts a post-mortem on the shutdown, gets personal about the CNN documentary Three Identical Strangers, and delves into the latest on the role of Roger Stone and Wikileaks in the campaign collusion effort and Stone’s controversial arrest. Asha Rangappa returns to the show - she's is a former FBI Special Agent, Senior Lecturer at the Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, a former Associate Dean at Yale Law School, and a legal and national security analyst for CNN.||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDid Trump Suborn Perjury? With Guests Josh Campbell and Jason Johnson||Tara is on the road from North Dakota and talks about the latest in the ongoing Mueller investigation and the possible misdeeds of Donald Trump. She's joined by Josh Campbell, CNN Law Enforcement Analyst. Tara also speaks Dr. Jason Johnson on this MLK Jr. Day about where America stands today on civil rights. Dr. Johnson is a professor of Journalism & Communication at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, political analyst, author of the book “Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell”, and Politics Editor at TheRoot.com.||1/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCounterintelligence Investigations & National Emergencies||Is President Trump and his family compromised by the Russians? Will we ever know what was discussed between Trump & Putin? Is the Shutdown hurting our national security? This week Tara discuss those issues and more with her guest, CNN National Security Analyst, former DHS official, Harvard professor and author of Security Moms, Juliette Kayyem.||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Trouble With R. Kelly - with guests Touré, Jawn Murray, and Michael D'Antonio||Tara is back! And already 2019 has a new Democratic House of Representatives, a continuing government shutdown, and a renewed scandal over accusations against R. Kelly over the sexual abuse of young women and underage girls. Tara gives her take and talks with music journalist Touré, TV pop-culture commentator Jawn Murray, and CNN commentator and author of Shadow President, Michael D'Antonio.||1/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFinal Report From The Chaos Chronicles: 2018 - with guests David Corn and Van Jones||Tara talks Christmas parties, Karaoke songs, holiday movies, and the staff changes in the Trump Administration. David Corn, author of Russian Roulette joins Tara to talk Trump's relationship with Putin. CNN commentator Van Jones joins the show to talk criminal justice reform, one of the few positives coming out of Washington these days. Tara will be back with a new episode on January 8th.||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCatching Up With The Crazy||Tara returns from her trip to Israel and recaps the week in insanity, courtesy of the Trump White House.||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Corrosion Of Conservatism with guest Max Boot||Tara is in Israel this week, but before she left, spoke with Max Boot about the insanity of the Trump administration. Boot is a historian, best-selling author, foreign-policy analyst, and columnist for the Washington Post. His latest book is The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right .||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrouble At The Border with guest Brandon Judd||Tara talks about the Senate runoff election in Mississippi and the refugee confrontation at the border with Mexico. Her guest is Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), the exclusive labor representative of approximately 16,000 Border Patrol agents.||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCoward-In-Chief with guest David Priess||Tara calls out Trump for his cowardly attack on the military, his ignorance about the California fires, and talks with David Priess about the history of removing presidents. Priess' new book is How To Get Rid of a President: History’s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives.||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitVeterans, Recounts, and the New AG - with guest Gen. Mark Hertling||Who is Matt Whitaker, out new acting Attorney General? What's the state of our veterans? And how's the recount in Florida going? Tara talks about it all and chats with Lt. General Mark Hertling. Hertling retired after serving almost four decades in the US Army and now serves as a military analyst for CNN.||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPost-Midterm Madness! With Guest A.B. Stoddard||Tara discusses the midterm results and talks about Trump's firing of Jeff Sessions and his crazy post-midterm press conference with A.B. Stoddard. A.B. is an associate editor and columnist at RealClearPolitics. She appears regularly on FOX's "Special Report With Bret Baier," as well as other shows on FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, and CNN.||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMailbombs, Midterms, Massacres, and Madness - with guest Paul Begala||Tara talks terrorism in Pittsburgh and the political environment that might have lead up it and the mailbombs last week. CNN political contributor and Counselor to the President in the Clinton White House Paul Begala joins the show to discuss the midterms.||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPoliticon 2018 - with guests Henry Winkler, Amanda Carpenter, and Sally Kohn||Tara is in Los Angeles this week at Politicon 2018 and discusses the Democratic and Republican infighting at the event. Guests are Henry Winkler - The Fonz - who stops by briefly, CNN commentator Amanda Carpenter, author of Gaslighting America, and Sally Kohn, author of The Opposite Of Hate.||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Kanye Fallout - with guest Norm Eisen||Tara talks about the fallout from her comments on Kanye West's visit to the White House and discusses the controversy over Saudi Arabia and the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi with Ambassador Norm Eisen. Eisen served as US ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2014, and as President Obama’s ethics czar from 2009 to 2011. His new book is The Last Palace.||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Death Of Expertise... and Sanity - with guest Tom Nichols||Tara talks about the tough week that saw Brett Kavanaugh elevated to the Supreme Court. Her guest is Tom Nichols, professor at the Naval War College and Harvard Extension. His most recent book is The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters.||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKavanaugh/Ford: The Investigation -with guest Asha Rangappa||Tara talks about the emotionally exhausting Kavanaugh/Ford testimony, the aftermath, and this week's FBI investigation and discusses what the investigation might look like with Asha Rangappa. Asha is a Senior Lecturer at the Yale University, served as an FBI Special Agent, and is a legal and national security analyst for CNN.||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSeptember 25th, 2018 - with guest Phil Mudd||The Kavanaugh accusers continue to appear. What will Christine Blasey Ford say when she testifies this week? Tara dives into the topic and interviews Phil Mudd about his days at the CIA, his thoughts about the Trump administration, and the deep-breathing techniques he uses after cable TV news confrontations. Mudd is a CNN counterterrorism analyst. Mudd joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1985 as an analyst specializing in South Asia and then the Middle East.||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSeptember 18th, 2018 - with guest Rick Wilson||--||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSeptember 11th, 2018 - with guest Bernard Kerik||Tara kicks off Honestly Speaking with news of Bob Woodward's new White House book, Donald Trump's falling poll numbers, the NFL controversy over the national anthem, and an interview with former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was in office on September 11th, 2001. His new book is The Grave Above the Grave.||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrailer - Honestly Speaking with Tara Setmayer||Tara Setmayer - CNN Political Commentator, ABC News Political Contributor and former GOP communications director on Capitol Hill - delivers a common sense perspective on everything from news of the day and politics to culture and sports. Guests include newsmakers, entertainers, and provocateurs.||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A Voice of Reason
Love the podcast! Great guest, great topics, great host!
Strong Perspective Rooted in Facts
I have long watched Ms. Setmayer’s commentary on CNN and have been a listener of Honestly Speaking from the very beginning. Ms. Setmayer continues to create strong interviews with unique figures ranging from historian Max Boot to music journalist Touré. The best piece of each podcast, however, is her poignant commentary and discussions at the beginning of each episode. Ms. Setmayer captures what is most important from each weekly situation and draws on a bank of experience and knowledge to help her listeners see the important trends. I will be listening to Ms. Setmayer until the very end and I cannot wait to see where this podcast is even a year from now.
Disappointed on the last episode
I really try to listen to a different view point from my own but the this week episode had me disappointed. She normally gives facts but the last episode I don’t see she gave facts and she didn't state why her father came to the United States and not go to a different country but downs look these people trying to come to the US