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Hacks On Tap
62 minutes | Jan 31, 2023
I’m Right, You’re Evil (with Mark Mellman)
This week Murphy and Gibbs were joined by Super Pollster Extraordinaire Mark Mellman. The Hacks set the stage for Biden’s State of the Union address: how does this historically impact presidential approval ratings, what are the marching orders Biden will give his base, and how will he define the Republican Party? They also look back at the 2022 midterms, discuss Trump campaigning in South Carolina over the weekend, and discuss the Chicago mayor’s race. Plus Murphy challenges you to a joke-off!
51 minutes | Jan 25, 2023
No There There (with Bill Kristol)
Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Bulwark, joins Axe and Murphy to discuss the ongoing classified documents probe and the impact it could have on 2024, Ron Klain’s departure from the White House, and how secret documents should be handled. Plus, Mike “longtime Chicago voter” Murphy shares his thoughts on the upcoming Chicago mayoral election (along with actual voter David Axelrod).
68 minutes | Jan 18, 2023
Mud On Biden’s Tuxedo
This week the Hacks were joined by Super Hackeroo Douglas Heye who led comms shops in the House, Senate, and for the RNC. The Hacks dive into the nuances and intricacies of the House Rules Committee, discuss the enigma that is George Santos (is that really his name?), the Biden classified documents saga, and so much more!
64 minutes | Jan 11, 2023
C-SPAN’s Greatest Hits (with Dave Wasserman)
The Hacks kick off 2023 with esteemed guest Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter. Axe, Murphy, and Wasserman discuss the dramatic election for Speaker of the House and what it reveals about internal House dynamics, the discovery of classified documents in Biden’s private office, the Biden administration’s stance on immigration, and upcoming elections around the country to keep an eye on, including the Chicago mayoral race.
68 minutes | Dec 21, 2022
The First Annual Hacky Awards!
The Hacks convene to host the first annual post-midterm end of year holiday spectacular award show! Join us as we award the biggest winners and losers of 2022, the biggest political story of the year, best and worst campaigns of the year, the biggest missed story of 2022, the biggest story to expect in 2023, and the Hacks give honorable mentions to the rising stars in each party! We hope you have a Hacky New Year!
64 minutes | Dec 13, 2022
Palace Intrigue (with Doug Heye)
This week the Hacks were joined by Hackeroo (and very friendly guy) Doug Heye. Doug taps into his experience as the former communications director for the RNC and deputy chief of staff to Eric Cantor to discuss the Republican in-fighting for the next Speaker of the House. The Hacks also discuss the strategy behind Sinema leaving the Democratic Party, how that shapes upcoming races, and so much more!
65 minutes | Dec 7, 2022
Run Off Run Up (with Mo Elleithee)
Mo Elleithee, former communications director for the Democratic National Committee and current executive director of the Georgetown Institute of Politics, joins Axe and Murphy to discuss all things Georgia on runoff day — the final ads, Biden and Trump’s influence there, and what the results will mean for both parties. Mo also walks us through the new primary schedules and how that could reshape elections as we know them! Plus so much more!
66 minutes | Nov 29, 2022
The Dust Has Settled (with Ron Brownstein)
This week Gibbs and Murphy were joined by a man whose many titles will take up most of our episode description. He is a Senior Editor at The Atlantic, a Senior Political Analyst for CNN, and the author of “Rock Me on the Water: 1974 — The Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics”. Now that the dust has settled they look back on the midterms and discuss the upcoming races, if there are still swing states, and the future of both parties. Plus Ron shares his favorite book!
67 minutes | Nov 16, 2022
The Crow Episode
It’s the one-week anniversary of the 2022 midterms and to celebrate Gibbs and Murphy dive deep into the results. The Republicans may have underperformed nationally but where did they make state gains and why? Who is on the Democratic bench for 2024 and who will they face on the Republican side? Does anyone read our listener mailbag questions anymore? All of these questions, and more, will be addressed! Tune in.
12 minutes | Nov 12, 2022
Prepping for the Apocalypse from Story of the Week
Here’s a preview of a new podcast, Story of the Week. Each week, journalist Joel Stein chooses an article that fascinates him, convinces the writer to tell him about it, and then interrupts a good conversation by talking about himself. Sometimes the story will be the one everyone is talking about, like the New Yorker article on smoking hallucinogenic toads. Other times, it’s a story you might have missed, like the one in the Verge about the rock groupie turned hacker who had huge corporations at her mercy. Stories that stick with you long after you forget whatever headline you just doom-scrolled through. In this preview, Joel is joined by Douglas Rushkoff to talk about his experience speaking to a group of tech billionaires in the middle of the desert. He thought he’d be chatting about the latest in tech advancements, but all these guys wanted to talk about was building doomsday bunkers. Hear the full episode, and more from Story of the Week at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/sotw?sid=hacks.
65 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
The Whackadoodle Factor (with Jonathan Martin)
The midterm special hackathon extravaganza is finally here and we couldn’t think of a better guest to join us than POLITICO’s Politics Bureau Chief and Senior Columnist, Jonathan Martin. The Hacks discuss the results we have from the midterms and breakdown what that means for control of the Senate, House, and eventually The White House!
65 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
The Only Poll That Matters
In their final episode before the midterms all three Hacks convene to discuss Obama emerging on the campaign trail, they update us on key races including: Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Utah — and they prepare us for the midterms — will it be a ripple or a wave? And don’t forget, your vote matters, VOTE!
60 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
Dire, Not Catastrophic (with Amy Walter)
This week the Hacks were joined by a super esteemed Hackeroo, the formidable Amy Walter, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter. Together they put on their beer goggles to look back on past elections for context on today’s polarization; discuss upcoming debates, viral moments, and narrative benders; and talk all things midterms and gut instincts. Plus David’s dog, Mac, gets a shoutout! Woof!
67 minutes | Oct 18, 2022
Double Dive (with Jon Ralston & Greg Bluestein)
This week the Hacks were joined by two formidable and local Hacks to deep dive into the Nevada and Georgia races. First up is Nevada! Jon Ralston, CEO of the Nevada Independent, joined us to discuss the Cortez Masto v. Laxalt Senate race and walks as through the intricacies of the Nevada ballot. Then we’re joined by Greg Bluestein, author of “Flipped: How Georgia Turned Purple and Broke the Monopoly on Republican Power,” who breaks down the Walker v. Warnock Senate race, discusses the Georgia Governor’s race, and is kind enough to invite Gibbs and Murphy over for Thanksgiving!
58 minutes | Oct 12, 2022
The Great Pageantry of Democracy
This week the Hacks were joined by Superstar Hack Extraordinaire Jonathan Martin to discuss Trump’s rally in Arizona, the optics of GOP candidates aligning themselves with the former president, the strategy of participation in midterm debates this cycle, and so much more!
69 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
Values Vs. Issues (With Molly Murphy)
With five weeks to go before the election, it’s Murphy madness as we welcome Molly Murphy, Democratic pollster and strategist, to the show. Axe, Murphy, and the other Murphy discuss the continued impact of the Dobbs decision—among other issues—on voter enthusiasm, new allegations against Herschel Walker, and the races that will determine control of the Senate.
4 minutes | Sep 30, 2022
Introducing: It Was Said Season 2
It Was Said, the 2021 Webby Award winner for Best Podcast Series, returns with a new season to look back on some of the most powerful, impactful, and timeless speeches in history. Written and narrated by Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author-historian Jon Meacham, this documentary podcast series takes you through another season of ten generation-defining speeches. Meacham, along with top historians, authors and journalists, offers expert insight and analysis into the origins, the orator, and the context of the times each speech was given, and they reflect on why it’s important to never forget them. It Was Said is a creation and production of Peabody-nominated C13Originals, in association with The HISTORY® Channel.
64 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
Polls & Pols (with David Hill)
Republican pollster and strategist Dr. David Hill joins Murphy and fellow Auburn fan Gibbs to discuss how this midterm cycle compares to cycles in the past, the likelihood of split ticket voting in Georgia and elsewhere, whether there’s a brewing rivalry between Governors Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis, and share tips and tricks for being a sophisticated consumer of polls.
61 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Culture Vultures (with Mo Elleithee)
Mo Elleithee, former communications director for the Democratic National Committee and current executive director of the Georgetown Institute of Politics, joins Axe and Murphy to discuss Democrats’ attempt to defy gravity this election cycle, Ron DeSantis’ political stunts, and the cultural issues dominant in both parties today. Plus, the Hacks review the races that will determine control of the US Senate and break down Biden’s comments about 2024.
65 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
Irrational Exuberance? (with Jon Favreau)
Jon Favreau, “podcasting royalty” and former speechwriter for Barack Obama, joins Axe and Murphy to discuss Democratic enthusiasm around the country, the critical role suburban voters will play in this year’s midterm elections, key Senate races to watch, and insights from focus groups on the new season of Jon’s podcast, The Wilderness.
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