The Global Politico
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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.
||CleanEpisode 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|
||CleanEpisode 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|
||CleanEpisode 6: Can Iraq survive Trump?||The Global POLITICO hits the road this week, trav…||3/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Dan Fried, America's longest-serving diplomat||America’s most senior diplomat just hit the exits…||3/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Alpha Ladies: Madeleine Albright, Michele Flournoy and Wendy Sherman||The foreign policy powerhouses respond to Preside…||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Congressman Adam Schiff||Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Int…||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus episode: Dan Shapiro||Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to…||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Senator Bob Corker||The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Comm…||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Jim Baker||POLITICO's Susan Glasser sits down with former Se…||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing 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!