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.
||Episode 31: Dealing With Hurricane Trump, with Jeh Johnson||Jeh Johnson, former Homeland Security chief, on the many crises, natural and otherwise, of the Trump era.||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 30: For all his fire and fury, Trump hasn’t changed much||A look back on the first seven months of the Trump administration, Susan Glasser walks through ten lessons we've learned about Donald Trump's foreign policy philosophy since he took office.||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 29: The new Cold War?||This week The Global Politico examines whether America and Russia are really doomed to clash on the world stage, how we got Vladimir Putin so wrong — and what’s next for the Kremlin leader.||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 28: The Republican Party's war within||The Republican Party under President Trump is a party divided, one at war with itself.||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 27: What it's like to watch a democracy die in Venezuela||Hannah Dreier joins The Global Politico this week to recount her experience covering the Venezuela crisis, as an AP correspondent. She takes listeners inside what it is like to live through complete upheaval...||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 26: Why the Middle East hated Obama but loves Trump||Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, fresh from a summit with Trump, explains a region in turmoil.||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 25: The Trump White House’s war within||Until a couple weeks ago Laurel Miller was America’s top diplomat charged with dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Miller joins The Global Politico for an exclusive interview...||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 24: Don’t compare Trump to Nixon. It’s unfair to Nixon.||This week's guest Elizabeth Drew wrote the book, Washington Journal, as a real-time diary of how the American political world handled the spiraling Watergate investigations.||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 23: Tom Donilon on the one thing Trump gets right about Obama and Russia||Tom Donilon, the former national security adviser, says ‘no doubt about it’ Obama should have done more about Russian hacking of 2016 election.||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 22: J.T. Rogers, foreign policy wonk meets playwright||J.T. Rogers something most unusual in American public life: a playwright whose subject is world affairs — we call him America’s only foreign policy playwright — and he’s just won pretty much every award there is for his latest work, “Oslo".||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 21: Why Rep. Adam Kinzinger is raising ‘holy hell’ over Russia||Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger says he is prepared to wage a rebellion and raise “holy hell” in the face of new efforts by the White House and its allies to water down a bill enshrining into law tough sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s government.||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 20: Tom Malinowski on arguing with dictators and human rights in the Trump era||Tom Malinowski served on President Clinton’s Nati…||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 19: The shove heard round the world||A conversation with Montenegro Prime Minister Dus…||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 18: A master class on Putin & Trump from legendary Russia hand, Strobe Talbott||Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott de…||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 17: Is Prime Minister Theresa May a British Hillary Clinton?||The Global Politico hits the road again, to the s…||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 16: John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chief on Trump, Comey and his own email being hacked||In an exclusive interview with Susan Glasser, Cli…||5/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 15: Condoleezza Rice: American democracy will survive Trump||Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice acknow…||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Bonus episode: How France’s new president will change the world||POLITICO’s European colleagues Nicholas Vinocur i…||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 14: The resistance will be tweeted with Sen. Chris Murphy||The Connecticut senator has emerged as a leader o…||5/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 13: Sweden's Carl Bildt on Europe vs. Trump||"They thought the man had gone bananas": a conver…||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 12: ‘I think there is a fantastic opportunity here’ Paul Wolfowitz on Trump’s foreign policy||In an exclusive for The Global POLITICO, Paul Wol…||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 11: Inside Trump’s NSC with Michael Anton||Michael Anton wrote inflammatory essays backing T…||4/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 10: Andrea Mitchell on Trump's media wars||After President Trump called her “Hillary Clinton…||4/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 9: "This theory we didn't do anything" Lisa Monaco on Obama & the Russia hack||Obama’s top homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco…||4/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 8: The man who would beat Bibi: Israel's Yair Lapid||Donald Trump wants to team up with Prime Minister…||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 7: A Russia trap? Masha Gessen on Trump, Putin and what really to worry about||Are the spiraling investigations around Trump and…||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 6: Can Iraq survive Trump?||The Global POLITICO hits the road this week, trav…||3/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 5: Dan Fried, America's longest-serving diplomat||America’s most senior diplomat just hit the exits…||3/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 4: Alpha Ladies: Madeleine Albright, Michele Flournoy and Wendy Sherman||The foreign policy powerhouses respond to Preside…||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 3: Congressman Adam Schiff||Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Int…||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Bonus episode: Dan Shapiro||Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to…||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 2: Senator Bob Corker||The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Comm…||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 1: Jim Baker||POLITICO's Susan Glasser sits down with former Se…||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Coming Soon: The Global Politico with Susan Glasser||Each week, POLITICO’s Susan Glasser will go backs…||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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.)
Susan Glasser's vast experience, perspective and context come through brilliantly in this must-listen to podcast. It's clear that she and her interviewee make a connection and the results are both newsmaking and entertaining. If future podcasts follow the path of this first one, this podcast and its global perspective will provide necessary and welcome perspective on the US and world events. Very enjoyable and necessary.
If the first episode is any indication, Susan Glasser's new podcast will be a must listen. James Baker provided great insight into the inner workings of an administration and the importance of process. Can't wait for the next one!