Category Archives: Politics

Chris Christie’s bridge scandal

Making Sense With Steve Leser talks about the scandal surrounding New Jersey governor Chris Christie. Christie has been accused of having known about the closing of two access lanes on the George Washington Bridge and neglecting to tell authorities as an act of political retribution. Leser says that Christie’s actions are in line with many politicians who have been”guilty of doing something wrong and… desperately trying to hide that fact.” Leser also believes that, as Christie often presents himself as being “on top of everything, knows what he’s doing,” the idea that he “suddenly has no idea about this one issue” is contradictory.

Listen to the full episode here.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on his progressive views


Tavis Smiley talks to Independent US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont about his possible presidential run in 2016.

Sanders believes that a progressive candidate is needed, saying that he could stand for “what the American people believe and start representing the interest of working families who are often getting a short shrift today.” He also believes that he can work to remedy “the growing alienation of the American people from the political process”

 On the possibility of Hillary Clinton as Democratic candidate, Sanders says that she “has not been as vigorous as she should be in taking on right wing Republicans.”

Listen to the full episode here.

Back Room Politics on Obamacare and Angela Merkel

The Back Room Politics roundtable discusses the onset of Obamacare and the recent accusations against President Obama of approving the tapping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone. The two issues combined, Bob Hynes claims, constitute that “a Sharknado has hit the White House.” Allen Moore praises the aims of Obamacare but believes that the government should have been more forthcoming about certain aspects of the program.

Of the phone tapping controversy, Hynes claims that, while phone tapping has been widespread since the Bush administration, it is “beyond the pale” to use on allies. Allen Moore, on the other hand, claims that “none of us should be surprised that we all spy on each other.”

Listen to the full episode here.

Back Room Politics and Chris Carney on the government shutdown

The Back Room Politics roundtable talks to former Congressman Chris Carney (D-PA) about the effects of the government shutdown. Carney believes that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan may have more public awareness than Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, but that they are both respected by their colleagues and that someone’s reputation within Congress will ultimately matter more than their image to those outside of Congress.

K. Denise Rucker Krepp points to the Maritime Security Program as an example of a successful bipartisan effort to fund a project. Allen Moore points out that Murray and Ryan do not have a significant history of working together, but agrees that they are both likely interested in a resolution.

Listen to the full episode here.

Steve Leser talks to Governor Bill Richardson about North Korea and negotiation


Making Sense host Steve Leser talks to Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. His new book, How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories From a Master Negotiator, recounts his negotiations with leaders of some of the world’s most powerful regimes. 

Richardson, a former member of the Clinton administration, talks about his fallout with the Clintons. His relationship with them became strained when Richardson endorsed Barack Obama for the 2008 presidential election. 

Leser and Richardson also discuss Richardson’s visits to North Korea to negotiate the release of American prisoners. Richardson believes that “it’s best to engage these people rather than isolate them.” He claims that dictators are motivated primarily by power, rather than wealth, and that the most effective way to reach them is through “international sanctions that affect their personal power, their bank accounts, their ability to travel.

Leser also speaks to Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Listen to the episode here.

On Storytellers: Comedian & Satirist Will Durst Talks Election 2012

Who better to talk with the day after the election?

Treading where the likes of Will Rogers, Mort Sahl, and Dick Gregory have trod before him, Will Durst has become one of the premier political satirists of our time, assembling a hilarious patchwork of outraged and outrageous common sense via columns, books, radio and television commentaries; and most especially, stand up comedy.

His abiding motto is “You can’t make stuff up like this.” The former radio talk host, oyster shucker, and margarine smuggler currently writes a nationally syndicated humor column, Durst Case Scenario and tweets @WillDurst

The SF-based Durst is a 5 time Emmy nominee, has been fired by PBS three times; stold jokes in 14 countries; and has racked up 7 nominations for Stand-Up of the Year.  His latest e-book is Elect to Laugh! A Hilarious, Common Sense Guide to American Politics.

Join Storytellers hosts, Eric Olsen and Chitra Agrawal in listening to an interview with comic genius, Will Durst. Tune in.

Election 2012 Coverage From Every Angle on BlogTalkRadio

Election 2012 Voting Polls in Brooklyn NY

Election 2012 Voting Polls in Brooklyn, NY

“Left, right … left, right, left …” No matter which way you lean, BTR’s got plenty of Election 2012 coverage, and sometimes it gets downright ugly in the comments section, like these 39 people at each others’ throats.

If you lean right, hear Sylvio Canto on the Texas Hispanic vote or the fiery redhead Lisa Richards’ supercharged show.

If you’re left-leaning, get the Progressive POV with Kudzu Vine, featuring the “GOP Outrage of the Week,” or Wild Wild Left’s fracking episode.

Want to hear what the experts have to say? Tune in to Halli Casser-Jayne speaking with the top political pundits.

Still undecided? We’ve got categories both Progressive and Conservative, as well as a Town Hall Debate with all of the Third-Party Candidates.

And whatever you decide, we encourage you all to exercise your right to vote and be heard at the polls today!

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

Olivia Wilder welcomes the Founders of three of the most popular and influential lifestyle sites on the web today.  Tune in to hear interviews with Nikki Joel of Lifestyle Lemonaid, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of Apartment Therapy and Jeff Siegel of Wine Curmudgeon. Tune in here.

BlakeRadio Network welcomes actress/comedienne Kim Coles to the show. Kim will be co-hosting Are You Normal, America? with Barry Poznick, a new show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Tune in here.

Bestselling author Edward Klein, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, former foreign editor of Newsweek, and former Editor-in-Chief of the New York Times Magazine, pulls back the curtain on one of the most secretive White Houses in history in his new book, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House. Tune in here.

Garrett Johnson, Co-Founder of, which recently secured $2 million venture capital investment from Y Combinator shares lessons on perfecting the VC pitch. Tune in here.

Smart Companies Radio interviews Ken Segall, the marketing genius who put the “i” in iMac, iTunes, and other Apple products. He has worked with some of the world’s largest corporations, including BMW, IBM, and Intel. Tune in here.

American Vernacular welcomes Ken Tanabe, founder of Loving Day joins to talk about the landmark 1967 US Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage in all 50 states. He’ll also discuss the Loving Day celebrations around the nation. Tune in here.

On the The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, tune in to rock-radio pioneer and music manager David Spero & Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield and Dickie Betts of The Allman Brothers Band. Tune in here.

Broadway fans don’t miss this! Candi & Randy chat with 2012 Tony Award nominees Judith Light (Other Desert Cities), Norm Lewis (Porgy & Bess), Kathleen Marshall (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Chris Gattelli (Newsies) & Wayne Barker (Peter and the Starcatcher). Tune in here.

Join Chris Mascaro and Angelo Cane as they welcome former Super Bowl winners Rodney Hampton of the Giants, Tony Wragge of the Packers and Roy Jefferson of the Redskins to Thursday Night Tailgate. Tune in here.

Tune into to a candid discussion with Guy Kawasaki on how entrepreneurs can best drive innovation. Also will be discussing publishing strategies to keep in mind when writing a new book. Tune in here.

Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford graces the big screen in Peace Love and Misunderstanding. Chace joins host Robin Milling to discuss his role as an organic butcher in idyllic Woodstock. He tells Robin what it was like being on set with movie legend Jane Fonda. Tune in here.