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Ken Rudin, the Political JunkieKen Rudin has a problem: he is hooked on politics. The political junkie regularly joins The State of Things for Friday discussions about the political world in North Carolina. Ken’s experience spans three decades of political coverage, most recently at NPR.From the latest congressional news to behind-the-scenes views on the campaign trail, Ken offers political insight, historical analysis and trivia. More information, including his weekly scuttlebutton puzzle, can be found at his website.

Political Junkie: A Narrowing Democratic Field And The Post-Impeachment Reckoning

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Attorney General William Barr arrives to hear President Donald Trump speak in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. On Thursday, Barr told ABC that Pres. Donald Trump's tweets made it impossible for him to do his job.

Three Democratic presidential candidates have dropped out of the race in the last week: former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Andrew Yang all suspended their campaigns.

After chaotic caucuses in Iowa, voters in New Hampshire cast their ballots Tuesday, leaving Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg neck-and-neck. With no clear frontrunner, how are candidates positioning themselves in advance of the Nevada caucuses next week?

Host Frank Stasio talks to Political Junkie Ken Rudin about his analysis of the race. And — less than a week after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump — he fired impeachment witnesses, stepped into the U.S. Department of Justice’s case against his convicted friend Roger Stone and used Twitter to attack the judge who will sentence Stone. Rudin looks at what Trump’s latest actions mean for the Department of Justice.

Amanda Magnus is the executive producer of Embodied, a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She has also worked on other WUNC shows including Tested and CREEP.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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