Many Things Considered
By Marc Johnson
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In “Many Things Considered” one-time journalist and full-time political analyst Marc Johnson applies his passion for context to connect current politics with political history. What are the links between the debacle of Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign and the Tea Party movement? Did Alexander Hamilton foresee the partisanship that now surrounds judicial appointments? Why haven’t third parties had political success in America? Johnson weaves interviews, archival sound, humor and authoritative narration to connect political history to today’s political stories.
||CleanEpisode 15: Mr. Speaker||The Speaker of the House of Representatives is quitting, not forced out by scandal or defeated for re-election, but quitting after only a little more than two years in office. In historical terms that is very unusual. In this episode Marc Johnson explo.||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: When Intelligence Was Bipartisan||More than 40 years ago Congress undertook two major investigations into the nation’s intelligence agencies – the House investigation became a political train wreck, while the Senate investigation, led by Idaho Democrat Frank Church, helped create th||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: The Klan||Since the 2016 presidential election various groups that keep track of white supremacist political activity – the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for example – have reported a sharp increase in such activity. Some have suggested we have entered a||7/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Big Oil and American Politics||American foreign and domestic policy is shaped by many factors, but perhaps none is more important or more pervasive than oil – Big Oil. In this episode three political stories from the past – Teapot Dome in the 1920s, Texaco’s role in supporting||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: A Short History of Leaks||The business of leaking government secrets has a long, long history and the whole subject of leaking and leaks is complicated. Why do leaks happen? What motivates the leaker? Are leaks good or bad or sometimes vital? In this episode we consider two lea.||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Fear Itself||Seventy-five years ago a president signed an Executive Order that resulted in the relocation and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese-Americans, most of them American citizens. The decision was justified by national security concerns, but we now know it w.||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Richard Milhous Trump||Despite what they say almost every politician dislikes the press – too many pesky, probing questions and that constant effort to check real facts and dispute alternative facts. Richard Nixon had perhaps the most contentious relationship with the press||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8||It is not likely that many of us have dropped a reference to the Constitution’s emoluments clause into casual conversation. But the once obscure clause is now just one more thing Donald J. Trump has brought to the center of American politics. The foun||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: In the Great American Tradition - Dissent||The founders of the great American experiment so valued dissent that they wrote the idea into the First Amendment to the Constitution. But while dissent has always been an American tradition it has also often created great controversy and much trouble .||1/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: A Christmas Like No Other||Imagine Winston Churchill as a houseguest. Then imagine him as a houseguest at Christmas…in the White House…while the world is at war. In late December 1941, three weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the British prime minister and the A||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: All the News - Fake and Otherwise||The election is over, but the debate about journalism, politics, facts and fakes roars on. So just what is the state of political journalism in The Age of Trump? And what does our history tell us about how the Internet is remaking news for reporters, c.||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: The Leader||Why has the U.S. Senate gone from the world’s greatest deliberative body to the country’s most dysfunctional political institution? The answer is complicated – perpetual campaigns, vast money, excess partisanship – but Senate history points a wa||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Lame Ducks||How do we usher out “lame duck” presidents and bring on the victors? Often with stumbles and mistakes. The interval between lame duck Herbert Hoover and president-elect Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 was chaotic as Hoover biographer Charles Rappleye wil||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisdoe 2: Making a Judge||Appointing judges has always been an overtly political process, after all politicians are involved, but the process has not always been as contentious and hyper-partisan as it has become over the last two decades. From the days of Alexander Hamilton to.||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: The Most Consequential Loser||Barry Goldwater, the conservative Republican senator from Arizona, lost the 1964 presidential election to Lyndon Johnson in one of great landslides of the 20th Century. At the time many thought Goldwater’s brand of fiery conservatism had been relegate||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Appreciation from Boise Idaho
Marc Johnson is a masterful story teller who brings his considerable study of history, his journalistic passion for accuracy, and an eye for irony to develop engaging and compelling chronicles that helps us tie our past to our present. Great podcast!
Great podcast on political history!
Marc's passion for history, politics and journalism makes this an exceptional podcast. He helps us understand the present through an historical lens with fascinating tidbits tossed in. I'm hooked.
So nice to listen to a podcast that is thoughtful, well reasoned and interesting! Great quality and perspectives.