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The Global Politico

By POLITICO / Panoply

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Each week, POLITICO’s Susan Glasser will go backstage in a world disrupted, interviewing leaders in Washington — and around the globe — who can help us understand an international scene that can seem like it’s spinning out of control. The podcast will skip the punditry to feature candid, revealing, news-making conversations about global politics with those who are helping shape it.

Customer Reviews

Thoughtful examination of issues with top minds

I may have been the ideal candidate for the inaugural episode of this podcast, which featured Jim Baker. I've read Baker's autobiography, and despite being a Florida Democrat who ranks the 2000 recount among the biggest travesties around, I've always joked that Baker is one of the few republicans I respect and like, along with Abraham Lincoln, and Thaddeus Stevens. (Of course, in the Trump era, more names have to join that list as principled Republicans like Stuart Stevens, David Frum and Rick Wilson among others stand up to Trump.)

In any event, the promise of this podcast is to feature as many interesting guests as Baker with the same depth of conversation you find on David Axelrod's incredible podcast--if you haven't checked that one out, do yourself a favor. So far it delivers.

Baker was measured and thoughtful, and one got the sense that there was plenty of gentle guidance for Trump staffers who may have been tuning in--if you wanted a vision of what the parameters of establishment Republican tolerance of Trumpian quirks will be, listen carefully to Baker's encouragements and warnings in this podcast. On the one hand, Baker wisely observes that establishment Republicans were horrified about Reagan--a b movie actor my god--but their fears proved unfounded as Reagan was more of a pragmatist and less of a wild eyed ideologue than thought for. On the other, Baker repeatedly stressed that he thinks Trump wants to be successful, and laid out clear delineators of what that success would look like: don't alienate allies, don't leave the country in worse shape than you got it (like he thinks Obama did, which we will have to disagree on, Mr. Secretary), and don't pick needless fights with other nations. Who pays for the wall with Mexico is a "sidebar question" although we have the right to control our border.

Glasser was a passable interviewer in the inaugural podcast, which is faint praise, but to be fair not only does she show promise but Baker is a tough interview to showcase one's interviewing chops precisely because you don't need to do much work.

All that said, I am sure that this podcast will rocket to the top of the political must listen list. I'm looking forward to more.

(I discovered this podcast via Marc Caputo.)

Great podcast

Super podcast. Must listen for an intelligent discussion on foreign policy.


Love this new show! Susan's interviews bring real depth and insight to critical issues. And hearing from the real people at the center of major events is great!