The Think Outside the Beltway podcast

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Show Info: Challenging media and political narratives since 2016. Each week, your hosts Stephan Cox and Chad Levinson take up the prevailing media and political narratives of the day and attempt to drill down through the chatter and into something that quite possibly resembles the truth. (If such a thing actually exists, in any objective way. It’s a moving target.) Born during the 16-month long national nightmare that is the 2016 Presidential election, the show continues to evolve, examining greater and deeper narrative misconceptions across the political and cultural landscape. Stephan Cox is a broadcasting veteran, working in and around radio for over 30 years. He was the host of the former Radio Show for PRI, and has reported for NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered. He was a founding member of, and show host at, the groundbreaking interview website,, while also hosting a weekly arts and culture show on KUSF in San Francisco, as well as a weekly call-in tech show for Talk Radio Network. During that time, he interviewed numerous prominent creative people—everyone from David Byrne, Willie Nelson, and Chuck D to Liv Ulmann, Ed Harris, Ray Suarez, Elliott Smith, Billy Bragg, and countless others. For the last fifteen years, Cox has worked as a nationally-recognized voiceover actor, lending his voice to thousands of commercials, video games, animated series, as well as narration and promos for NBC, CBS, FOX, FX, Spike, and countless others. Cox attended the drama program at UC Irvine, and the Masters in American Studies program at Columbia University. Chad Levinson is an academic political scientist, completing his doctorate at the University of Chicago. He is also a former Research Fellow in the International Security Program of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is currently a preceptor in the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago, a degree-granting graduate program that trains future leaders in government, academics, and not-for-profit organizations world-wide.

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