Political Perspectives: Bipartisan Political Analysis, Political Science, & Everything Politics

From the Swamp to the Swamp: Bipartisan Political Analysis, Political Scien

A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

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Last Friday a jury in Wisconsin found Kyle Rittenhouse, the young man charged with two murder charges stemming from the shooting at a protest, not guilty of those charges. Reaction was swift from across the ideological spectrum with conservatives hailing the ruling as a win for 2nd amendment rights and liberals lamenting the verdict was indicative of a judicial system that is systemically racist. In this episode, I dive into the case and provide broader context of other cases that prove the Rittenhouse verdict is not evidence of the way in which our system is broken, but rather the way it works. However, it is necessary to be introspective about our criminal justice system and I highlight three cases and trends for how we can reform our system to ensure more equitable verdicts and to minimize injustice. Twitter: @TwoPsPerspective ___ About: A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Nov 23

36 min 39 sec

Every day we get inundated with news from major media centers like New York and Washington, DC. In sports, it’s a common refrain that the world always is centered around the teams down the I-95 corridor from Boston to Baltimore, yet how does that impact our politics. In this episode, I spend some time highlighting stories from the west coast of the United States that would be major issues if they took place on the other side of the Mississippi River. From California towns declaring themselves sanctuary cities to Oregon parents turning violent at school board meetings, these stories mirror some of the same conversations that are taking place in the east coast but receive none of the coverage. Twitter: @TwoPsPerspective ___ About: A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Nov 16

32 min 19 sec

After eleven months of fits and starts, President Joe Biden finally has the crown jewel of his Build Back Better plan in place. The infrastructure bill was supposed to be a bipartisan slam dunk, but it wasn’t? In this first episode of Political Perspectives, I break down the nearly year-long saga behind the legislation, why it got delayed, who is to blame, and who deserves credit for getting it passed. As I will do in all future episodes, I give both sides of the argument and let you decide who comes out on top. Twitter: @TwoPsPerspective ___ About: A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Nov 9

34 min 1 sec

Political Perspectives is the same, great content you've known to love over the past year. I thought a name change was appropriate as my show grows, as the audience grows, and as my political content expands beyond DC politics. Plus, some new cover art. We hope you enjoy it!

Nov 9

1 min 40 sec

Election Day has come and gone in the contentious Virginia gubernatorial race and to the surprise of many (not me), first-time candidate Republican Glenn Youngkin has likely defeated former governor Democrat Terry McAuliffe. While neither candidate has conceded, as of late Tuesday evening, Youngkin has a 96,000 vote lead with 93% of precincts reporting. Therefore, on this special election night podcast, I analyzed what happened and break down the county-level results that show Youngkin made considerable in-road in the Virginia suburbs like Loudon and Prince William counties while maintaining strong leads in traditionally conservative rural counties. Twitter: @FromTheSwampPod! ___ About: A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Nov 4

36 min 18 sec

Election Day 2021 is upon us and if you’re not prepared, do not be alarmed. Most of the country is not voting, but a few states (and commonwealths) have off-year elections for governor and assembly races. Tonight, the eyes of the country will be fixated only a few miles from our nation’s capital as the Commonwealth of Virginia is set to decide its next governor. Tune in to listen to me break the race down and give you the inside scoop from the Beltway about how the race will break down and what you need to know. Twitter: @FromTheSwampPod! ___ About: A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Nov 2

36 min 2 sec

Nearly three decades after their rise, we are seeing China both at the pinnacle of its powers with their recent display of military might as well as at their most precarious economic point as Xi Jinping attempts to pull China back from the brink. Today we look at how the United States should approach its dealings with China from an economic and military perspective in addition to a broader discussion about US foreign policy. It is time for us to look at a post-China world or to understand that in the next 20 years China may occupy the same space Russia currently does as a geopolitical foe who is attempting to destabilize our democracy but is no longer the nexus of the world’s economy. What does that mean for India, the United States, Africa, and the EU? Listen to find out! Twitter: @FromTheSwampPod! ___ About: A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Oct 26

27 min 58 sec

The release of Dave Chappelle’s recent Netflix stand-up special “The Closer” has brought about much discussion on whether the comedian stepped over the line in continuing his long-running jokes centered around the LGBTQ community. Today we take a closer look and figure out if "The Closer" was funny or foul. Twitter: @FromTheSwampPod! ___ About: A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Oct 19

30 min 47 sec

What happens if the military doesn't meet the COVID vaccine mandate deadline; thoughts on the recent protests and harassment of Arizona Democratic Senator Krysten Sinema; and watching the impact of Brexit on the UK. Twitter: @FromTheSwampPod! ___ About: A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Oct 12

1 hr 13 min

Amalfi Media is excited to announce its latest podcast, "The Sara and Natty Show." The Amalfi Media siblings, Sara and Nathaniel, talk about everything ranging from the latest in current events, pop culture, lifestyle, and more. Episode one is OUT NOW so find it with the links below. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3AdrdEE  Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3FkncC2  Stitcher: https://bit.ly/2KS7UNv  Google Podcasts: https://bit.ly/2YmibbB 

Oct 6

1 min 41 sec

Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year election cycle in an effort to mobilize and convince people to vote for certain candidates. However, is political persuasion even possible? Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Oct 5

30 min 48 sec

Political posturing is not new and is, in fact, something most Americans have become accustomed to and typically expect from those holding public office. However, over the last year, we’ve seen two high-profile instances where political posturing has cost people money and prevented them from getting the services they require. This week I take a look at Arizona and Washington, DC to examine what happens when political posturing on the far right and the far left go wrong.  Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Sep 28

28 min 40 sec

Amalfi Media is proud to announce its latest podcast, "The Win Place Show." Horse lovers, be it novice or expert, rejoice because this is the show for you. Join Matthew as he handicaps races, interviews prominent figures in the horse racing world, and fuels your betting odds. Take a listen to learn more about "The Win Place Show," available now wherever you find podcasts. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3hTPtp0  Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3knr4K2  Sticher: https://bit.ly/3CxBhK0  Google Podcasts: https://bit.ly/3Cxsqbq 

Sep 21

2 min 3 sec

This week, I spend some time talking about the recent Norwegian election results and how they fly in the face of the popular narrative that right-wing nationalism is overtaking Europe. I also discuss the upcoming German elections, which will see a new Chancellor named after Angela Merkel decided to step down after 16 years in power. Interestingly, the same movement to the left that we saw in Norway is taking place in Germany as Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats are flailing in the polls and it’s looking increasingly likely that Germany will be covered by a center-left coalition that will include the Green Party. Finally, I pontificate about yet another foreign policy blunder by the Biden Administration as the French (yes, the French) have withdrawn their ambassador to the United States and Australia after we spurned them on a naval military deal to instead sign an agreement with the United Kingdom. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Sep 21

31 min 8 sec

For years America was a country that modeled democratic norms, not only in our institutions but our civil society. Over the last two decades, however, we have started to normalize extremism in thought, word, and deed. In the shadow of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America, Matthew takes a look at how and why we normalized these dangerous ideas and what we can do to overcome them. From vaccines to rhetoric to riots, both liberals and conservatives have normalized behavior that two decades ago would have been unthinkable. Now, they are broadcast every day and we simply shrug our shoulders. How can you fight the apathy of malaise? Matthew provides answers for how we can become the country we claim to be while ridding ourselves of the abnormal actions we’ve come to normalize. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Sep 14

43 min 23 sec

We have another mailbag episode for you! As usual, Nathaniel joins us for this one. Today we look at things like the Texas abortion law, the Democrat's "plan" to pack the courts, violence during the 2022 elections, and more. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Sep 7

1 hr 7 min

August 2021 has been the worst month for the Biden Administration highlighted by the disaster of withdrawing from Afghanistan. But it goes beyond the federal government. Let's take a look at it all today. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Aug 31

25 min 44 sec

We have officially exited Afghanistan after 20 years of US occupation. Today we look at the reality of the situation, the disastrous withdraw under the Biden administration, but also how every side of the political aisle is responsible for the events that unfolded in front of the world. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Aug 19

32 min 56 sec

We've witnessed a crisis in leadership over the past 18 months. What is the purpose of a leader? Today we try to answer that question and look back at the discussions of classical and enlightenment philosophers while using modern-day examples. ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Aug 10

32 min 37 sec

A look at the challenges facing education as we emerge from the pandemic. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Aug 3

34 min 5 sec

Kim Jackson is the senator for Georgia Senate District 41. We discuss her work in social justice, what made her run for office, campaigning during COVID, and more. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Links: - https://kimforgeorgia.com - Twitter: @KimforGeorgia ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Jul 22

35 min 34 sec

Another mailbag episode answering all of the questions you've submitted over the past few weeks. Nathaniel, co-host of Binge Bros, joins me as we look at topics like infrastructure, Trump, the Olympics, and more. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Jul 20

54 min 19 sec

Joe Killian is an investigative reporter for NC Policy Watch in Raleigh, NC. His work takes a closer look at government, politics and policy in North Carolina and their impact on the lives of everyday people. He made recent headlines for his coverage of the Nikole Hannah-Jones UNC saga. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Follow Joe Killian on Twitter @JoekillianPW ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Jul 15

41 min 48 sec

The 4th of July is right around the corner. Go out and have fun but also consider doing some things that educate you on the history and story that is America. Today I provide you with movies, documentaries, reading, and things to do for this wonderful holiday. We live in a great country. Take the time to remember and reflect upon our countries legacy, and think about what path you want America to follow in the future. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Link's Mentioned: -Frederick Douglass Speech: https://bit.ly/2UXtc0Q -Federalist Papers https://bit.ly/3waQjSz -Anti-Federalist Papers https://bit.ly/3qQ1zTr ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Jul 1

34 min 33 sec

President Biden took his first trip to Europe where he met with several world leaders. Let's break down what exactly went down, new US and EU relations, how the US and the EU are countering China, Putin talk, and Biden's clap back at a journalist. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Link's Mentioned: -Pew Research Poll of World Reaction to Biden https://pewrsr.ch/3j0TuZW ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Jun 22

26 min 46 sec

Jeff Schapiro is a politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He has covered campaigns and government for more than 35 years. He has been recognized by the Virginia Press Associated and was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 2015. We discuss the evolution of Virginia politics, the challenges facing gubernatorial candidates running for office in 2021, and a lot more. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Jeff's Twitter: @RTDSchapiro Jeff's Website: https://richmond.com/users/profile/jeffeschapiro/ ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Jun 17

44 min 23 sec

We have an emergency episode covering a big story in politics this week! Former President Trump thinks he is going to be reinstated as President, not in 2024, but this August. Let's do a quick civics lesson on why this can't actually happen and why this is absurd to even think. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod. ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Jun 8

22 min 47 sec

Get ready for an interview-packed summer! In the meantime, enjoy this episode highlighting some of my favorite interviews. I also provide commentary on where my guests are now and the interesting things they are doing. It's a great look over the past year and an even better look at things to come this summer. Meanwhile, I'm busy getting the best political interviews lined up for you! Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod. Links: - Latest from Dr. Joe Kraus (@hurraryforfacts): https://bit.ly/3wNzWMc - Latest from Dr. Monica Bell (@monicacbell): https://bit.ly/3iaOjGn - Lorelei Kelly Twitter: @loreleikelly - Laura Cleary Website: https://bit.ly/3fKYFLB - Paul Johnson Twitter: @HPEpaul ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Jun 3

19 min 7 sec

Part 2 of my interview with Dr. Melinda Negron-Gonzalez. Dr. Melinda Negron-Gonzalez is an Associate Professor of Security Studies. Her research covers social movements, international norms that promote human security (especially the responsibility to protect/R2P), Turkish politics and counter-terrorism, and human rights. Her latest research explores the tension between counter-terrorism and human rights and analyzes the ways civil society organizations in Turkey have attempted to promote human rights and hold state officials accountable for gross human rights violations during armed conflict. Part 2 coming next Thursday! Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Melinda's Website: https://findscholars.unh.edu/display/mwm28 ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

May 27

33 min 53 sec

On today’s episode we discuss congressional commissions, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, potential Supreme Court rulings, and if Native American culture contributed to American culture (hint: it did). There’s a lot to unload in this episode so take it all in! Plus, a sneak peek at part two of last week’s interview, dropping this Thursday. Also, make sure to listen to the summer schedule announcement. Don’t worry, I’m not leaving you! But you’ll have to listen to hear the schedule for the show while politics does its yearly summer slow down. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Links we think you'll like: -Native American Influence on Constitution: https://www.history.com/news/iroquois-confederacy-influence-us-constitution -India Fundraiser: https://vraj.org/#openModal ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

May 25

57 min 47 sec

Dr. Melinda Negron-Gonzalez is an Associate Professor of Security Studies. Her research covers social movements, international norms that promote human security (especially the responsibility to protect/R2P), Turkish politics and counter-terrorism, and human rights. Her latest research explores the tension between counter-terrorism and human rights and analyzes the ways civil society organizations in Turkey have attempted to promote human rights and hold state officials accountable for gross human rights violations during armed conflict. Part 2 coming next Thursday! Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Melinda's Website: https://findscholars.unh.edu/display/mwm28 ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

May 20

45 min 40 sec

The big story this week: stand up against the will of the party and you get the boot. You thought the Liz Cheney discussions were done and so did I. What we've learned is that if you go against the grain of the party then the party will revise history and happily kick you out. Also, partisanship is thriving in Washington! We have a lot to talk about on this episode and that's just a teaser at all of the discussions. Also in this episode, a sneak peek at this Thursday's interview on Turkish politics. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

May 18

48 min

Today we take a break from the typical episode. This week we devote the episode to "what if's" aka sliding door moments in politics. We dive into alternative history on this one and ponder what might have happened if different series of history occurred. We explore some interesting moments and why the outcomes could have easily turned in a different direction. What could have happened and what would our history be if one little ripple went a different way? Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

May 13

53 min 28 sec

As always, we have another busy episode for you. Here are just a few of the topics we dive into today. Is a return to normal on the horizon? Some say yes, some say no, and some say "get that 5G microchip away from me." Liz Cheney makes headlines and gets some heat from Conservatives for suggesting that it's time for the GOP to move past Trump. Should student-athletes get paid? It's... complicated. A new segment all about polls! This week we look at 5 polls that run counter to the media narrative. South Carolina goes medieval and brings back the firing squad. All of that and more on today's episode! Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

May 11

49 min 54 sec

Donna Reed is the District 5 representative on Reading City Council. She was Council vice president from 2015 through January 2018. Though the years, she has served on a number of Council committees, chairing the former marketing and holiday planning committees and co-chairing the finance committee. She now serves as Council representative to the Reading Area Transportation Study (RATS) and is Council liaison to BCTV. In the past, she was a liaison to the DID and to the former Main Street Board. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Links we think you’ll like: - Donna's Website: https://www.readingpa.gov/content/district-5 ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

May 6

50 min 27 sec

Our second mailbag episode is here and we have a lot of listener questions to go over. As a reminder, mailbag episodes are dedicated solely to answering all of the questions you've submitted. Like the last episode, Nathaniel (co-host of the Amalfi Media podcast, Binge Bros) joins us and moderates the questions. This is a jam-packed episode with lots of different topics. Here's a teaser for you: Tucker Carlson, congressional reapportionment, gerrymandering, political advertising, deep-fakes, Elon Musk, and a whole lot more. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

May 4

1 hr 17 min

On today’s podcast, I interview Dr. Steve Marr. Dr. Marr is a senior lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2008, specializing in Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and African Studies. Currently, he is at work on a number of long-term comparative urban studies projects that seek to place African-focused approaches to urban theory at the center of a rethinking of contemporary urban theory. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Links we think you’ll like: Steve's website Steve's article on the challenges marginalized communities face during the pandemic ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Apr 29

1 hr 11 min

We have a lot to talk about on this week's episode of Swamp! We start off with all the happenings in the DC wetlands. Some of the things we discuss include the Armenian genocide, how the US minimum wage conversation matches some of the same minimum wage conversations in the EU, and the UK slashing its foreign aid budget by $6.25 billion USD. This seriously weakens the UK's soft power influence and many in the US are worried about the economic and geopolitical repercussions. Then, we have a lot of things to talk about concerning China. Some topics include China building allies with the "Global South," China undervaluing their currency, genocide, and Chinese isolation. And, of course, a sneak peek of Thursday's interview! Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Apr 27

48 min 12 sec

On today’s podcast, I interview Mary Barthelson, a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates. Mary has an MS in Systems Engineering from George Mason University. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Links we think you’ll like: Mary's Twitter @Barthelson4va Mary's Campaign Website Emerge Virginia __ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Apr 22

31 min 55 sec

This week on the podcast, we look at plans on packing the Supreme Court and some of the responses to that. Then, we ask, is it a good idea to let students record college lectures? It’s more complicated than you would think. Following that we discuss, ah yes, normalcy. Is it as hyped up as it sounds? Or are the events of the past week a reminder that normal isn’t always a good thing? And, of course, a sneak peek at this Thursday’s interview with Virginia State House candidate Mary Barthelson. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! ___ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Apr 20

45 min 57 sec

On today’s podcast, I interview Dr. Kevin Wagner, Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Wagner's research and teaching interests include judicial politics, political behavior, legislative behavior, American political development, media and politics, and American political thought. The main theme animating his research is an interest in understanding political change in democratic systems including the shifts caused by technology such as the Internet. Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Links we think you’ll like: Kevin's Twitter @KevinWagnerPhD Kevin's FAU Website Kevin's Syndicated Column (The Civics Project) Kevin's Book: "Rebooting American Politics: The Internet Revolution" __ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Apr 15

58 min 9 sec

Thank you to everyone for voting in the inaugural Amalfi Awards! Enjoy this special announcement from Blaine, host of "Snapshots" & "Dinner and a..." as he announces the official winner!

Apr 13

1 min 43 sec

This week on the podcast we rewind and look at some previous stories from the podcast to see how they played out (like the MLB & Georgia). We also take a trip down to the border...and one to Alabama...and one to Florida! We're seeing how optics might influence the way we are looking at particular political stories in each of these states. Plus, a sneak peek at this Thursday's interview. We have a lot to talk about on this episode that you won't want to miss! Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Links we think you’ll like: Conservative Boycott List Early Voting Schedules by State __ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Apr 13

44 min 15 sec

On this week's episode, we're taking a break! No, don't worry, you're still going to hear great content. But, no interview for today. Instead, listen to my list of top 5 favorite political films. Not only do I list them, but I also tell you exactly why they are my favorite movies and why you should probably watch them (if you haven't already)! Plus, it wouldn't be any fun if I didn't go over some honorable mentions. Like my list? Want to share yours? Then reach out by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Top 5: All The President's Men Bulworth 1776 Dave Wag The Dog Honorable Mentions: Bob Roberts Election Charlie Wilson's War __ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Apr 8

46 min 30 sec

We have a busy one today. We start by talking about the $2 trillion infrastructure package put forth by the Biden Administrations. We also take a look at a hot button topic - vaccine passports. And, of course, we’re taking a look at Georgia. If you’re listening to this podcast then you’ve probably heard about the Georgia voting laws that companies and politicians are boycotting. You’ll get a better understanding of what exactly is happening and my take on the situation. Lastly, we take a look at this week's political winners and losers, including a scandal that would make Bill Clinton blush. And that’s just a peek at this week's episode, you won’t want to miss it! Let me know what you think by tweeting me @FromTheSwampPod! Links we think you’ll like: Masters Tournament Youtube Video Washington Post Piece Fact-Checking Biden __ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Apr 6

47 min 7 sec

We have some new changes to tell you about! If you didn't know, all of our podcasts are also on YouTube. But they've been their own separate channels. As of today, we are consolidating that into one YouTube channel called Amalfi Media. Find it on YouTube and subscribe so you can watch all of our shows! Plus, our YouTube will have exclusive video content. For example, today we have a video out with Matthew and Joey talking about the 2021 Masters Tournament. It's another way for us to provide you with all the awesome content you've grown to love! Thanks for the support, here's a link so you can subscribe :) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl3DLA1LfPFDl0kAgD2YsJg 

Apr 5

2 min 23 sec

On today's podcast, I interview DC Councilmember Christina Henderson. Christina is a dedicated public servant and education policy advocate, with deep experience in, and passion for, promoting more equitable outcomes in DC and nationwide. As a trusted advisor, Christina has counseled United States Senators, DC Council members, and state and local education officials on issues that impact families and children. Links we think you'll like: Christina's Councilmember Website Christina's Campaign Website Christina's Twitter @CMCHenderson __ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Apr 1

55 min 27 sec

On today's podcast, we're talking about things in the system that need to be fixed. We look at gun laws in the wake of the recent shootings across the country. We talk about the surge of undocumented immigrants at the border & its relationship to the Biden administration. And, since we're talking about a broken system, we have to take a look at the media and its role in our current political environment. Plus, listen to a sneak peek of this Thursday's interview with DC Councilmember Christina Henderson! Links we think you'll like: Gun Control Research Media Bias Chart __ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Mar 30

48 min 11 sec

Mundane Madness episode 1 is now available on all podcast apps! Here are some of the links for you: Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/39ckDUf  Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3991S3Z  Google Podcasts: https://bit.ly/31gjPt1  Stitcher: https://bit.ly/3rkr1Pp 

Mar 25

3 min 17 sec

Tappan Vickery is the Director of Voter Engagement at HeadCount. Tappan is a veteran organizer with two decades of nonprofit experience working in civic engagement, environment, and social justice. Tappan develops and leads voter engagement campaigns, such as HeadCount's annual partnership with National Voter Registration Day, the March 24, 2018, March for Our Lives and subsequent Road to Change Bus Tour, and our 2020 Make Your Vote Count campaign. Tufts/Circle Report Nonprofit Vote/America Goes to the Polls HIT Strategies Sign up to be a HeadCount volunteer __ A bipartisan, unbiased look at politics from a former political science professor. No b.s., no right, no left - just facts and analysis so that you can form your own political opinion. Stay up to date on politics and get a better understanding of politics, how politics works, and everything politics each week.

Mar 25

52 min 4 sec