Episode 132, with guests Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Parker Liautaud


Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Parker Liataud are our guests this week.
Guest co-host Jeff Smith, former Missouri state senator and now professor of public policy at the New School.

Show produced by Katherine Caperton.
Original Air Date: December 21, 2013 on SiriusXM “POTUS” Channel 124.
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This week, our last new show of the year. This is the 132nd episode of Polioptics since our inception back in 2011, and it’s a keeper.

Two men who’ve joined us before join us again: Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, broadcasters, journalists and authors, first of Game Change and now Double Down: Game Change 2012.

If you’re looking for that last minute tome to plop in front of the Christmas Tree next week – a perfect gift for your favorite political junkie, or junkie to be– here’s a volume to go along with Mark Leibovich’s This Town and Peter Baker’s Days of Fire. The year 2013 may have been an annus horribilus for Barack Obama, but it’s been an annus awesomness for for behind-the-scenes political books.

With Mark and John, we’ll wind back the clock to the most memorable moments of our last presidential campaign and look ahead to what Game Change 2016 might have in store.

Then, if you heard our show a few weeks ago, the one I recorded from atop the glacier in Iceland, you’ll remember my conversation with 19-year old Parker Liautaud, Yale Sophomore and leader of the Willis Resilience Expedition.

We were cold on the glacier that day, really cold, but it was like a day in the beach to what Parker’s been enduring over the last three weeks of his solo trek to the South Pole from the coast of Antarctica. I’ll give you an update on how he’s doing and how to track his final miles with the goal in sight. You can follow the final days of the Expedition at www.willisresilience.com or on Twitter @WillisSouthPole.

And for the course of the hour, I’ll be joined by our occasional guest host of this program, Jeff Smith, former Missouri State Senator and professor of public policy at the New School here in New York.

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