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Connecting today's political discourse with the past 40 years of politics. Using audio taken from C-SPAN's vast Video Library, each episode focuses on a theme tied to current events providing a unique perspective on today's news.

Connecting today's political discourse with the past 40 years of politics. Using audio taken from C-SPAN's vast Video Library, each episode focuses on a theme tied to current events providing a unique perspective on today's news.


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Connecting today's political discourse with the past 40 years of politics. Using audio taken from C-SPAN's vast Video Library, each episode focuses on a theme tied to current events providing a unique perspective on today's news.






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Thanksgiving: Seven Things You Didn't Know About Dulles Airport

It's Thanksgiving. Chances are you're travelling. It's possible you're flying. And you might even be at an airport-- stuck. If that's the case, listen to C-SPAN's podcast "The Weekly." We present Seven Fun Facts about Dulles Airport. All connected to politics and the presidency. It's the perfect way to pass time during a miserable experience at any airport. What are the Seven Fun Facts? Listen to "The Weekly" and find out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Two Biggest Surprises in Campaign 2022 -- The Grand Finale

You like surprises? Campaign 2022 had lots of them. Brace yourself to experience the two biggest plot twists of Campaign 2022. What were they? Who said what? And what did the two incredible, earth-shattering surprises have to do with --- Hawaii? Don't miss the big reveal in C-SPAN's podcast "The Weekly." It's the grand finale to C-SPAN's coverage of Campaign 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Veterans Day: 40th Anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

This Veterans Day marks the 40thanniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It's commonly known as the Wall -- for the nearly 60,000 names inscribed on the reflective black granite for the Americans who gave their lives in service to their country. The Wall has been the site of many presidential visits of the past four decades -- including on Veterans Day. For Veterans Day 2022, the C-SPAN podcast "The Weekly" looks back at the 40-year history of the Vietnam Veterans...


Campaign 2022 Debate Questions: Trump, Trump, Trump, Biden, Trump

Was the 2020 election stolen from Donald Trump? Is Joe Biden the legitimate president? Do you support Trump? Does he support you? If you've been watching C-SPAN's coverage of the 2022 midterm elections -- after all, October is famously known as debate month at C-SPAN -- you've probably heard moderators and reporters ask these questions. Over and over. In C-SPAN's podcast "The Weekly," it's a special round-up of C-SPAN's debate coverage. But with a twist. You won't get the answers. You get...


Halloween: Trick or Treat or Tried and True Talking Point

If it's Halloween, it's time for politicians to include ghosts and goblins and ghouls in their rhetoric. It's an ageless formula for campaign season: The calendar nears October 31 and out come all manner of menacing metaphors, mentions of masks and costumes, and a cacophony of cringeworthy Halloween language. What have been the scariest Halloween mentions in politics? What have been the silliest? And which Senate candidate said in an ad: "I'm not a witch"? (Hint: Turns out, her opponent...


Thumping and Shellacking: Presidents React To Mid-Term Elections

One called it a thumping. Another called it a shellacking. But whatever adjective is used, one thing you can be sure of: When Presidents conduct press conferences after mid-term elections, their reactions are often real, raw, emotional -- and unrehearsed. With the 2022 mid-term elections approaching, the C-SPAN podcast "The Weekly" starts with the historic 1994 mid-term elections -- when Republicans won both chambers of Congress -- and hears reactions from every president since. Which...


Top Ten Moments Involving Moderators of Senate, House, Governor, and Mayor Debates

While C-SPAN provides extensive coverage of Campaign 2022 debates, the C-SPAN podcast "The Weekly" provides a Top Ten List from Senate, House, Governor, and Mayor debates in campaign seasons past. Last week: Top Ten Moments from Candidates. This week: Part II -- Top Ten Moments from Moderators. You may remember some. You may be hearing some for the first time. But either way, it's a chance to hear Alex Trebek get booed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Top Ten Moments from Senate, House, Governor, Mayor Debates -- Part I

Quick: Think of your favorite moments from a campaign debate. OK, got it? You probably have in mind something that happened during a presidential or vice-presidential debate, right? But what about a Senate, House, Governor, or Mayor debate? Drawing a blank? No worries ... the C-SPAN podcast "The Weekly" has you covered. Because -- YES! -- it's that time of year: Time to watch C-SPAN's coverage of Campaign 2022 debates. Which also makes it time to download and listen to Top Ten list of Most...

Cheney For President?

Liz Cheney for president in 2024? Perhaps. Dick Cheney for president in 1996? Perhaps. As speculation swirls around Liz Cheney potentially running for president, the C-SPAN podcast "The Weekly" looks back to her father spending a year testing the waters, with speaking gigs in Iowa and New Hampshire and around the country. In the end, did Dick Cheney run and become the Republican nominee for president of the United States in 1996? The answer is finally revealed in "The Weekly." Learn more...


Politicians Know: You don't have to be Jewish to talk about the Jewish High Holidays

Shana Tova! This week's "The Weekly" podcast demonstrates you don't have to be Jewish to mark the Jewish New Year. From Presidents like Barack Obama and George W. Bush to Vice Presidents like Dan Quayle and Al Gore to Senators like Patrick Leahy and John McCain -- hear non-Jewish politicians talk about Rosh Hashanah. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


When Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Made Congress Laugh

On May 16, 1991, Queen Elizabeth made Congress laugh. Even though many British prime ministers have addressed Joint Meetings of Congress over the decades, this was the first -- and still only -- time a British monarch has had the honor. In this special British-flavored episode of C-SPAN's "The Weekly" to mark the Queen's passing, we revisit that speech: The serious moments reflecting the Gulf War victory ... plus Her Majesty's opening joke that brought down the House .... of Representatives....


The Millions Jobs Presidential Promise: From Reagan to Biden

On Friday, September 9, 2022, President Biden will be in Ohio for the groundbreaking of the new Intel semiconductor manufacturing facility. When Biden signed the CHIPS Act last month, he said it would create "more than 1 million construction jobs alone over the next six years building semiconductor factories in America." Biden wasn't the first president -- or presidential candidate -- to promise millions of jobs from a government program. He's just the most recent in a lonnnnnggggg line who...


C-SPAN in the Classroom Trailer: Season 2

Hey all you teachers and all you parents, and all you professors and all you students: Season #2 of the C-SPAN in the Classroom podcast drops this fall! Whether you're mowing the yard, on a peaceful weekend drive, or just relaxing on the couch with your favorite blanket, make sure to tune in to the first episode of Season #2 of C-SPAN in the Classroom on September 10th, available at c-span.org, on the free C-SPAN Now app, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Make sure to like, subscribe, and...


"Reader in Chief" Laura Bush: A History of The National Book Festival

As the National; Book Festival approaches its 22nd year, the C-SPAN podcast "The Weekly" looks back at its history: Where "Reader-In-Chief" Laura Bush got the idea, how she implemented it ... and how the National Book Festival's history has been intertwined with familiar current events -- like 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, presidential campaigns -- and even Vladimir Putin's ex-wife. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


BONUS EPISODE: Top Ten Favorite Clips from Year One of the New "Weekly"

It's been one year since "The Weekly" podcast began its current format. How do we mark the anniversary? In this "best-of" episode, a Top Ten List: Top Ten favorite clips from year one. Plus a bonus clip we never played but probably should have. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


At The Movies With Boris Johnson

"The Weekly" podcast says farewell to colorful British Prime Minster Boris Johnson by joining him at the movies. The American movies. We remember how he mixed policy and politics with references to American cinema classics such as The Terminator, The Godfather, Star Wars, Scarface, and many more Hollywood offerings -- not least of which, the Muppet Movie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


MAGA Republicans Not Named Trump

Think MAGA -- and think Trump. But even before Donald Trump ran for president, a long line of Republicans already wanted to Make America Great Again. Hear from Republican presidents and Republican presidential candidates not named Trump, who campaigned with MAGA in mind. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


MAGA Dems Before Trump

Donald Trump made MAGA famous. But Democratic presidents and presidential candidates have been saying Make America Great Again for years before Trump. In this episode of C-SPAN's "The Weekly," we look back at Democrats running for president who said they wanted America to be great again. And in the following week's podcast, we remember Republicans who also wanted America to be great again – before Donald Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


"RECESSION": A Rhetorical Journey with President Bush, 2008

When is it time to call a recession -- a recession? Sometimes it's not just about the hard data ... For a president, it could be a rhetorical and messaging challenge, as well. It is for President Joe Biden in 2022 ... and it was for President George W. Bush in 2008. President Bush began 2008 in his State of the Union address by describing "a period of uncertainty." As the year went on, "period of uncertainty" became "slowdown" ..."downturn" ..."rough patch" ..."tough times" ... even...


Katharine Graham: Leadership Secrets of the Most Powerful Woman in Town

In this episode of C-SPAN's podcast "The Weekly," we remember Katharine Graham by learning from her -- Specifically, her leadership secrets. The personal skills that brought the legendary Washington Post executive great media and corporate success -- and the enormous respect she still has today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices