The Leonard Lopate Show

The Transformative Agenda of LBJ

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LBJ spearheaded the most transformative agenda in American political history since the New Deal, including the Civil Rights Acts; the War on Poverty; and Medicare and Medicaid.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Sarkozy returns to frontline politics

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sarkozy returns to frontline politics


The Brian Lehrer Show

Hillary Clinton: Look Back, Look Forward

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Hillary Clinton's new memoir tries to set the record straight on some of the most controversial parts of her past. TIME's Joe Klein looks at what's in the book, and what it says about Clinton's possible 2016 ambitions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is Jim Webb 2016 for Real?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Slate political reporter Dave Weigel is not buying the current talk of Jim Webb as a realistic 2016 presidential candidate. We discuss the prospects of Webb taking on front-runner Hillary Clinton, play clips from our interview with Webb and talk more national politics news.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wall Street and Washington

Monday, April 07, 2014

Nomi Prins, senior fellow at Demos, former investment banker and author of All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power (Nation Books, 2014), looks back over the last century at the "symbiotic" relationship between American presidents and the banks.

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The Takeaway

Putting Together the Puzzle Pieces of JFK's Legacy

Monday, November 11, 2013

On November 22, the nation will pause to reflect on the 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As historian Robert Caro says in "American Experience: JFK," a new documentary by Takeaway partner WGBH, "We will never know whether he would have been a great president—I'd bet on him, but we didn't have that chance." In the wake of Kennedy's untimely death, we are left with puzzle pieces that do not make a complete picture of a presidency.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Do Presidents Matter?

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Joseph Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor, former dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the author of Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era (Princeton University Press, May 26, 2013) examines eight presidencies to advise the current White House on effective foreign policy.

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The Takeaway

The Choice 2012: Incumbent or Challenger?

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

A new two-hour biography about the lives of the former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama examines their childhoods and their early struggles to launch their political careers. The new FRONTLINE documentary is an extensive effort to better understand the men competing for the presidency in 2012.

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The Takeaway

From Lincoln to Obama: 'Elusive Victories' in War

Friday, June 22, 2012

The 2012 election marks the first time in nearly seventy years that neither presidential candidate has served in the military. Is military experience necessary to be an effective commander-in-chief during wartime?

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The Takeaway

Who Should Moderate the Presidential Debates?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's been 20 years since a presidential debate was moderated by a woman. Why is that? What does the Commission on Presidential Debates look for in a moderator?


The Brian Lehrer Show

Presidents and Their Faiths

Friday, April 13, 2012

Steve Shaw, political science professor at Northwest Nazarene University, and Darrin Grinder, chair of the English department at Northwest Nazarene University, are co-authors of The Presidents & Their Faith: From George Washington to Barack Obama. They look at how the relationship between religion and the presidency has played out in history.

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On The Media

Misconceptions about Gas Prices and the Presidency

Friday, April 06, 2012

With gas prices on the rise, the cost of fuel is set to become a defining issue of the presidential race. Bob speaks to NPR's Planet Money reporter Adam Davidson about how the media haven't done a good job correcting misconceptions about the president's role in rising fuel costs and how the staggering price of gas doesn't really change consumer behavior.


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The Takeaway

Rioting in Athens Follows Passage of Greek Austerity Measures

Monday, February 13, 2012

In the Greek capital of Athens the stench of tear gas reportedly still hangs in the in the air this morning. It follows a night of rioting after Greek lawmakers approved harsh new austerity measures demanded by bailout creditors to save the nation from bankruptcy. Many buildings were burned while dozens of stores and cafes were smashed and looted.

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The Takeaway

Wealth, Presidents, and Being 'Out of Touch'

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Although his father was the first candidate to release their tax returns, the impetus for Massachussetts governor Mitt Romney making his financial life public — and the rallying cry of Gingrich-boosting Super PACs — is the assertion that Romney is too rich and therefore too out of touch to be president. Throughout the decades, Americans have elected very wealthy men to the White House without any fanfare. Yet with record rates of unemployment that many are experiencing over a period of years, the issue of class in the U.S. has gained a new significance.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The race for the White House: what's next after Iowa

Thursday, January 05, 2012

The race for the White House: what's next after Iowa


The Brian Lehrer Show

What's Next for the Republican Presidential Field?

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, discusses the Republican field and whether we should consider it set now that Chris Christie ruled out a last-minute bid.

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Haley Barbour Bows Out of Presidential Run

Monday, April 25, 2011

Mississippi's Gov. Haley Barbour has decided against a run for the GOP nomination in 2012.


The Takeaway

Is Donald Trump Serious?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

For a man who has yet to officially declare his candidacy, there is immense hype surrounding Donald Trump as a Republican presidential contender. And it seems that GOP voters are interested — a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll of Republican primary voters had Trump tied for second place with former Governor Mike Huckabee at 17 percent, just a few points behind Mitt Romney, who came in at 21 percent. But our next guest isn’t buying it – in fact, he’s betting his savings that the Donald won’t enter the 2012 race. Joining us is Steve Kornacki, Politics Editor for


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GE and Taxes: If Something is Legal, Does That Make it Right?

Monday, April 04, 2011


If something is legal, does it make it right?

That's the question that lies at the bottom of this firestorm over General Electric's lack of paying any taxes, even though it made a $5.1 billion dollar profit last year.

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The Takeaway

The No-Run Candidate: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie's mantra in every national interview is that he is not running for President in 2012. But that hasn't stopped Republicans from asking, or voters from noticing. In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, respondents ranked Christie number three, just below first lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton (and one step above President Barack Obama) when asked to rate how they feel about public leaders. Christie is, in a word, a "hot" political commodity. But polls also showed Christie has issues with name recognition: 55 percent of respondents said they didn't know him well enough to make a decision.