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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.

Customer Reviews

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.

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  • Category: News & Politics
  • Language: English

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