Episdode 124, with guests Molly Ball and David Bennett, and guest host Matt Bennett

Molly Ball and David Bennett are our guests this week.
With guest host: Matt Bennett, co-founder of Third Way
Show produced by Katherine Caperton.
Original Air Date: October 26, 2013 on SiriusXM “POTUS” Channel 124.
PoliOptics airs regularly on POTUS on Saturdays at 6 am, 12 noon and 6 pm.
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This week, we invite on a leading political journalist, Molly Ball of “The Atlantic,” to talk to us, naturally, about “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”

There she is in 2007, on her way to winning $100,000. She reveals on Polioptics the path she took to get to that chair and the $250k question that stumped her. SPOILER ALERT: It involves Harry Potter.

But Molly has done many other, even MORE impressive things since her big win at trivia. She has risen through the ranks to become one of the most incisive, influential and entertaining journalists in politics, and she is now Queen of All Media, appearing frequently on NPR, television, and elsewhere.

Molly talk to us about the politics of gay marriage, Hillary Clinton, the civil war raging inside the Republican Party, the Virginia Governors race, and much more. Molly brings her characteristic insight and wit to this conversation—you are certain to learn something.

Then we shift gears and move from the Ghosts of Politics Present and Future to the Ghost of Politics Past and the Clinton presidency. David Bennett, a professor emeritus at Syracuse University, joins us for a look at his forthcoming book, “Bill Clinton: Building a Bridge to the New Millennium.” Bennett, who has taught at Syracuse for 52 years (a school record), is an historian who has lived, researched and taught the Clinton era. Now, he’s the first academic out with a book about that historical moment. His book—and this interview—are packed with new insights from Bennett’s original research, including interviews with many of the major players at the top of the Clinton team.

The book is available in paperback on December 19. Preorder here.

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