About the Political Junkie

Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie brings a fresh take to political conversation — featuring energetic discussions, rich historical context, and plenty of bad jokes. Host Ken Rudin brings his years of experience on the campaign trail to the fore as he highlights notable moments in political history, and looks ahead to the biggest stories on the national scene.

Political novices and junkies alike will gain new insights from a broad spectrum of journalists, analysts and newsmakers from across the country. Plus, listeners are invited to show off their own political knowledge with Ken’s weekly trivia questions and ScuttleButton puzzles.

Combining Ken’s encyclopedic knowledge of political facts with his trademark humor, Political Junkie is the program that dares to make politics interesting and fun.

Political Junkie Features

The show is broadcast every week on a handful of public radio stations across the country, and is available to listeners as a free online podcast. The podcast is downloaded over 20,000 times per week.

In addition to the program, the Political Junkie website features Ken’s blog, along with his classic ScuttleButton puzzles and trivia questions, and highlights from Ken’s campaign button collection. All of the Political Junkie features are highlighted in a weekly email newsletter.

Political Junkie was formerly a weekly segment of NPR’s Talk of the Nation from 2006 until that show’s conclusion in 2013. Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie launched as an independent production in October 2013, with initial support from WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, D.C., from which the show was recorded until 2016. Political Junkie is distributed to stations nationally by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.

Political Junkie Team Members

Ken Rudin, Host and Executive Producer (Ken’s bio)
Devin Maverick Robins, Producer and Editor
Douglas Bell, Coordinating Producer and Engineer

Special thanks to Political Junkie fan Mikey Casalaina for creating our Political Junkie logo.

Our billboard theme is “American Life” (instrumental) by Silence is Sexy, used with permission.