Public Official A
By WBEZ Chicago
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Remember when the governor of Illinois supposedly tried to sell President Obama’s Senate seat? Or, how the same ex-governor got a “You’re fired” from Donald Trump on 'The Celebrity Apprentice'? New from WBEZ Chicago, 'Public Official A' uncovers the rise and fall of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. How he did whatever it took to reach the top. The trail of destruction left in his wake. And how the complexities, charisma, and tragic flaws of this public official resonate today.
||ExplicitPart 5: Treat Me Nice||With almost everyone believing that he was guilty, Blagojevich fought back on national TV. Public Official A, a new podcast from WBEZ, examines the rise and fall of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.||2/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPart 4: The Tapes||The FBI recorded Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's phone calls for almost six weeks. What they heard shocked them. Public Official A, a new podcast from WBEZ, examines the rise and fall of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.||2/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPart 3: Rod Likes To Run||Who is Rod Blagojevich? He was an incredible retail politician who knew how to work a room. But ultimately, his obsession with climbing the ladder brought him down. Public Official A, a new podcast from WBEZ, examines the rise and fall of ex-Illinois G||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPart 2: It's A Family Business||The trouble started soon after Rod Blagojevich became Governor of Illinois. A federal investigation began and a powerful political family tore itself apart. Public Official A, a new podcast from WBEZ, examines the rise and fall of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod||1/31/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPart 1: Spare The Rod||After Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested, he received a 14-year prison sentence. Under President Donald Trump, there's a chance he will be released early. Public Official A, a new podcast from WBEZ, examines the rise and fall of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod||1/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPreview: Public Official A||Remember when the governor of Illinois supposedly tried to sell President Obama’s Senate seat? Or, how the same ex-governor got a “You’re fired” from Donald Trump on The Celebrity Apprentice? New from WBEZ Chicago, Public Official A uncove||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
The ultimate “true crime” podcast, without the gore & with all the intrigue
I remember when the Rod Blagojevich story broke, back when I was in the early years of high school. I heard my dad complain about “yet another corrupt IL politician,” and I remember watching as construction workers removed Blagojevich’s name from the EZ pass tollway signs that he’d deemed his legacy earlier on during his governorship. Still, 10 years later, I never understood how someone could sell a senate seat - I say that in the literal sense, not the ethical one. Like, how does one go about doing that? What steps do they take? Don’t we have to vote for the new senator? After a single episode, I’m totally into this podcast and see it as the key to answering my lingering, teenage questions, as well as providing a fascinating drama with access to the former governor’s strongest confidants. Can’t wait for more.
Good Information, Slow On Details
Public Official A is done well overall, with a star studded cast of voices (although the ex-governor is conspicuously lacking). The information is excellent, and really educates about the Blagojevich administration. However, I feel as if the hosts skimp on some of the juicy details that the public wants to know about Rod. More short excerpts, quotes, and funny stories (like the one about the brush) would make the show more entertaining.
Ethically Rancid State Government
Love this podcast! But super interesting and well told spotlight on the dysfunction that continues to this day.