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28 minutes | 8 days ago
In Search of a Shared Truth
Robert and Jean examine the difference in points-of-view between Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters — who see a stolen election — and those who see an election result that is fair and square. Jean worries about extreme information diets on both sides of the political spectrum while Robert remains frustrated about Trump’s degradation of democracy and creeping both-sides-ism. The co-hosts find bipartisan hope in the upcoming, all-American holiday of Thanksgiving.
32 minutes | 16 days ago
A Tale of Two Transitions
Co-hosts Robert and Jean discuss the two sides of the presidential transition: one traditional, one rebellious (to say the least!). Agreement is found one the importance of inclusive messaging (i.e. Biden’s speech on 11/7) and the reality of factions within each party going forward.
41 minutes | 22 days ago
Jean and Robert are joined by U.S. News & World Report's Susan Milligan to unpack what the election means for the country and where we go from here. Come for the insightful, constructive discourse, stay for Robert getting choked up at the end.
42 minutes | a month ago
Jean and Robert look hopefully toward the end of campaign season. They discuss the state of play in characteristic fashion: Robert floods the zone with stats while Jean speaks from the gut. Like the election, the discussion focuses much more on Trump than Biden. Come for the politics, stay for the comity.
36 minutes | a month ago
Polite Disagreement Over a Civil Debate
Jean and Robert are joined by Susan Milligan, senior political correspondent at U.S. News & World Report, to break down the theatrics and the substance of the final presidential debate. They find some areas of common ground and a lot on which to (respectfully) disagree. Also Robert is shocked that Jean doesn't know what a horcrux is while neither she nor Susan is surprised that Robert does.
34 minutes | a month ago
Supremely Annoying; Social Screwup
Robert and Jean agree that political theatre in the U.S. Senate was downright un-watchable this week as Judge Amy Coney Barrett reminded the world of an unflinching Buckingham Palace guard while Senators from both sides put on annoying, over-the-top shows of partisanship. More agreement is found on the bungled attempt of Twitter and Facebook to correct their past wrongs by blocking posts of a controversial New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
While Jean and Robert find little to agree on this week (other than the need for the Biden campaign to confirm or deny an intent to pack the Supreme Court), the two hosts share a sense that presidential and Vice Presidential debates don’t really matter — especially this year. Robert finds hope in voting and Jean scrapes the bottom of the barrel of hope by looking forward to the return of trashy reality television.
26 minutes | 2 months ago
An Antidote to the [Debate] Show
Co-hosts Robert and Jean reflect widespread agreement that the first Trump-Biden debate was excruciating to watch. Jean revisits her theory that President Trump is a message-tester who functions like a social media or search engine algorithm; Robert is relieved his children weren’t watching and looks forward to the next moderator muting the mic. In spite of their shared blues about the debate, the co-hosts manage to find hope in entrepreneurship and baseball.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Co-hosts Robert and Jean find agreement on the importance of voting and the danger of court-packing while sharing different viewpoints on Republicans’ decision to quickly nominate and vote on a nominee to the Supreme Court. Along the way, their conversation touches on civic understanding, gerrymandering and power addiction before finishing with a shared concern about volatility surrounding the upcoming election.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
The Political Layers of COVID Economic Relief
Co-hosts Robert and Jean dive into the many considerations of a COVID economic relief package — from deficits and unemployment to vaccine hopes and masked (or umasked) economic re-openings. They also illuminate how the politics around the policy debate are both partisan and bipartisan this week.
31 minutes | 3 months ago
Do Revelations Matter?
Co-hosts Robert and Jean discuss a range of revelations from the news of the week. Robert calls revelations about Trump “not surprising but shocking” and Jean highlights the revelation that Disney worked with Chinese Communist Party propaganda departments to produce their new film, “Mulan.” Will revelations in either category — Trump behavior or corporate behavior — change votes or consumer behavior? We’ll find out in a thousand yestermorrows.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Social Unrest + Pandemic Election = ?
Jean, Robert and Claude discuss ongoing social unrest and the presidential candidates’ response. The co-hosts find agreement on their desire for more media attention around truly peaceful protests, and on the need for national leaders to be reassuring as the election — and its anticipated lagging results — approaches.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Robert and Jean respectfully share their perspectives on four days of inspiring American stories (Jean’s view) and irrational Trump adulation (Robert’s view).
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Miles Taylor: Mr. Bright Side
This special episode of Bipodisan features President Trump’s former Chief of Staff for the Department of Homeland Security Miles Taylor. Taylor discusses why he is a conservative (and why Trump is not) as well as why he is supporting Joe Biden and organizing a group of Republicans to rebuild the party after the era of Donald Trump is over.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
When History and Hope Rhyme
Robert and Jean examine the Democrats’ convention week through their unique lens as speaking and speechwriting experts — from overall messaging to favorite lines and whether the lack of a live audience mattered. Political commentary runs throughout the episode as well, with moments of agreement and respectful disagreement.
31 minutes | 3 months ago
Jean and Robert welcome U.S. News & World Report's Susan Milligan to discuss Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate. They discuss the politics, the optics, the GOP reaction and how to pronounce her name.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Small Business, Big Optimism; Conventional Wisdom
Economist William Dunkelberg joins Robert and Jean to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on the small-business sector and the unique ability of America’s entrepreneurs to ultimately rise from the ashes of any situation, including this one. The co-hosts go on to discuss the importance (or lack thereof) of political conventions and nomination acceptance speech venues.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Woven Together, Torn Apart: The Economics and Politics of COVID
As the virus spreads and the economy continues to decline, Robert and Jean explore that which is inextricably bound together (COVID and the economy) a well as that which seems irreparably torn apart (left and right, the masked and the unmasked). This thoughtful episode concludes with notes of hope, including the legacy of The Honorable John Lewis and the persistence of science.
35 minutes | 4 months ago
How to Listen; How [not] to Police
This week’s show features Kevin Wilhelm, author of “How to Talk to the ‘Other Side.’” Kevin, Jean and Robert discuss tactics for productive conversations about the most difficult political issues. Robert and Jean subsequently have no trouble finding agreement on President Trump’s politically motivated insertion of federal law enforcement into local jurisdictions.
39 minutes | 4 months ago
Reed and Gottheimer Talk, Listen and Solve Problems
This episode features the co-chairs of the congressional Problem Solvers Caucus: Democrat Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Republican Tom Reed (NY-23). Their conversation covers how the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus works, what the political ramifications can be for joining this collaborative group, and what hope lies ahead for issues from police reform to COVID recovery.
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