I don’t think so... no obvious quid pro quo? Look up the definition of quid pro quo.
That is not a legit investigation when a 500 page report spells out how, when and where Russian hackers and influencers played a role in our 2016 election.
Quality depends on the hosts
The quality of this podcast varies A LOT depending on who the hosts are. I’ve listened to a couple episodes that had really great conversations, but others have been just awful. I couldn’t make it through the last few.
Respectful, Open and Refreshing
As someone who is looking to become more informed this discussion based show is incredibly refreshing. They represent both sides and when they disagree it’s in a respectful and educational by party kind of way. I find politics gives me anxiety listening to people argue and disrespect each other. This shows shows what’s possible when believing different things. I have become more informed and found a genuine interest in my responsibility as a citizen because of this show. Thank you!
Informative and Fun!
Love the variety of speakers and the content provided. Always a great listen.
I like that you’re not afraid to strongly disagree with each other, it’s refreshing
Doesn’t live up to the billing
While the conversation makes you feel like you’re hearing opposing view points have a balanced conversation, realistically you’re mostly getting leftist Mike control talking points with more centrist pundits. A true conservative opinion every now and then would be great...especially if they could directly counter Mike’s half-truths.
Love the show interviewing David Hawkings and his project The Fulcrum! A+++
Please fix your audio
2 weeks ago it was bad.
It’s horrible again.
I only made it 2 minutes before I had to turn it off.
I’ve been listening two or three years and this program slants more left almost every week. Saturday’s program was all one sided. I thought the whole premise was to present both sides.
Not As Advertised
Jay Carson just wants to talk over every other host and not let them finish a point as he trips over himself to defend any bigoted, unconstitutional decision the president makes in any context. Everyone else just bows to him over and over and over and over. Used to like this, now just a nicer calmer Fox News. Thanks for nothing.
Trump Approval rating 5/15
This episode was so disappointing. The female is a bigot. A person isn’t disqualified from running for office because they are male, female, a minority of color or “in their 70’s”. She’s got a closed mind.
Awesome show love the podcast.
I would like to hear what the show thinks about a centrist candidate like Howard Schultz.
Jay missed it.
Awesome podcast. Just here to point out that Jay went on record saying that Hillary would run for President in 2020, and she’s now publicly stated that she has no intention to run. Mike, congrats on calling this one right. Love this show, keep doing what you’re doing.
Best there is
Won’t be a good fit for those looking for some to regurgitate the views they already have.
Won’t be good liberals who are afraid of hearing from a Conservative.
Won’t be good for conservatives who think all republicans should be supporting trump.
Diversity and people in the know make this the best there is.
A Candid Discussion
Interesting aspect on what is really taking place.
My first political podcast
I usually stray as far away from politics as possible, but this podcast has really broadened my horizons. I have started to understand on what’s happening in American politics because of these guys! My favorite one to listen to would definitely have to be Trey. He explains things in a way that makes it easier to understand!!
Used to be good
Used to be good. Now it’s very clearly biased
Just another far left hater...
No more Zach
This is a great podcast. I appreciate the different perspectives and rational discussions. The ability to see a different point of view is something I appreciate.
I'm not a patreon supporter so please listen to those who help financially support the cast
Mike and Jay are great - I miss them when they are not on. Trey whom I most agree with is also good although he overuses the word "fascinating". Ken can have an annoying viewpoint but he uses rational arguments. Will is a decent fill in as were the the recent hosts with a female perspective. I found Zach to be not representative of the above. He failed to provide rational discussion points. For example I believe there are several good arguments supporting universal basic income but the fact that people Zach knows in the Tech industry that are paid for not working is not one of them. Additionally his characterization of the governor of Virginia as typical of the people of that state was baseless.
Please don't bring him back.
I love the reasoned debate, but I often wonder how it would look it Jay was actually challenged on the way the current admin is run. It comes across as a bunch of “we will agree to disagree”. I want him to be actually pushed and defend what his party is doing. Stop softball-ing him.
For striving to debate issues in a civilized manner. I’ve given up on most media news since they continue to push their views for rating rather than report facts.
dis blood runs preeeet
Overall good political discussion providing some much needed neutrality and civil debate.
Jay has gotten way harder to listen to, but I guess that’s the point of the show. Seems more partisan than before in that he voiced support for national level GOP stances which to my ear do not necessarily align with his well enunciated underlying political philosophy.
They never shout at each other due to Right guy has dry personality or little passion in his voice. The Left guy is more interested in hosting the show and is not really putting his real passion into the politics. It’s like they both live in a bubble or fish tank. Like a weird political doctor Katz from 90’s.
Great alternative to MSM. I learn something every time.
The discussions are respectful, focused on issues, well-informed and insightful. Great way to try to understand what's happening in politics.
Difficult to listen to!
I found the guest extremely difficult to listen to and almost felt like I was listening to a beauty pageant Q&A! Talking slow and “whatnot” and “so-on” and “you-know” and slowwwly enunciating each word WILL NOT fool the listeners into thinking that you know what you’re speaking about. And regurgitating an old article about President Trump’s tax returns, as well. Even going so far as to bring his dead father into it. Making a “generational-crime” tie, yeah, that’s the ticket! Not! If Trump’s tax returns are illegal, I suspect that it won’t be the newspaper breaking the news, but that the IRS will be taking care of business. They Have Zero Love for the “Right”! I have yet to see a Dem OR a Rep. pay in more than they have to or bypass a loophole or a deduction they can legally take, and rightfully so! Until laws are changed it’s not illegal, but quite smart! You know how that ol’ greedy man in the White House is, trying to get double the pay; oh wait, he’s not taking a salary at all, is he? Pfft Try Again! It’s sad really, this was my first episode, as I was excited when I read this was a bipartisan P’cast! To the riches goes the spoils; or something along those lines! Bipartisan Lines, of course! heh Sayonara Sheri F.
Interesting and CIVIL unlike most of what is on TV. They should keep working to make it better. A recent episode for some reason had one voice on the left channel and the other on the right. That was extremely irritating and I hope that was just a production error.
These guys are awesome to listen to. They keep an even kilter when talking about hot button issues and give you a good insight with a practical bipartisan discussion of events. I even like them more then npr. This is the only podcast I actually frequently check to see when a new one is out. Keep up the good work guys.
Balanced, well-informed discussions
These guys are well-read and intelligent, and they disagree civilly and often. It’s a great discussion, and helps me stay well-rounded in my understanding. Mike, Jay, Trey, and Ken all bring nuanced perpsectives from different viewpoints and are very worthwhile to describe and to discuss topics.
Thoughtful, intelligent, insightful and balanced news about politics
I really appreciate this show for how well thought-out each episode is, for the wide-ranging representation of political philosophies, for the lack of unproductive yelling, and for the general respectful exchange of ideas. Whenever something happens in the news, this show is one of the first places I go to inform and clarify my own thoughts on the events...since mainstream news can be so hysterical and emotionally charged. Thank you for all you do!
Has turned just as awful as cable news
This started with, I think, a genuine desire to create a show that was factual and civil. It has now evolved into something that in terms of quality of content, factual integrity, etc, is no better than standard shouting matches on cable news channels. Serious need for fact checking, as partisan speakers throw in lots of unsubstantiated claims. And serious need for thinking about the format, role of moderator, etc. Deeply disappointing. Do not waste your time on this one.
Two white dudes faking like they’re super rational while discussing the political pros and cons of separating children from their adults. Into kid jail. Nope.
I domt want a nickname
Found these guys because they had dan Carlin on and I enjoy him. Ended up staying with them since that interview. While jay will continually tow the party line on most issues, I find mikes thoughtful deconstruction of an issue educational. While they don’t get to deep into the weeds on issues, they still manage to give each topic a decent length of time. I listen to quit a few podcasts and these two tend to be the most balanced.
The Best of the Best
I can't remember how I found this show, but I'm so glad I did. I can't recommend it highly enough. Mike and Jay are a great team who give both sides of the political perspective on current topics. They often don't agree, as expected, but they often do. I tend to be slightly more conservative and I truly appreciate hearing Michael Baranowski's more liberal side of the conversation. Things occasionally get a bit heated, but they are never disrespectful towards one another or their audience. I've learned a lot more about "policy," which is what is lacking in a lot of the online rants.
Civil, intelligent discussion
I listen to a lot of political and legal podcasts, across the political & ideological spectrum. The Politics Guys is one of my favorites.
It is possible for intelligent, rational people to disagree without demonizing one another. They have interesting discussions, and they explain their reasoning in a civil manner. I highly recommend!
Level Headed Conversations
I get very frustrated with the partisan ranting that colors what seems to be the majority of our political discourse in this country. Its enough to make me want to pull back and just not care anymore. I love hearing the thoughtful discussion and debate on this podcast and nobody gets upset or makes wild and ridiculous claims about "the other side". There is disagreement for sure but they are very respectful in their criticisms of each other and this is a delight to hear.
Civil discourse? Really?
In case you forgot what it sounds like when people disagree without fighting, (and you like politics,) this podcast is for you. The hosts have different political viewpoints and talk about current events. There’s no conflict or debates, just different points of view. Seems revolutionary these days......
Listened to a few, and as with most political pods, both hosts just repeat whichever tv channel's points they agree with. Was sad by this, since I was excited to listen to a local pod. Keep on keepin' on, I'm just crotchety
Just another unbalanced political podcast
This isn't thoughtful or constructive political podcasting. Both of these gentleman (Mike and Jay) are extremely biased, and any time Jay attempts to express an opinion, Mike loses his mind and is downright condescending. Being a progressive liberal myself, I'm downright embarrassed by his behavior. I'd recommend Steele and Unger Rational Radio to anyone in the market for truly bipartisan debate and solutions.
Thank you for this insightful reporting.
this claims to be a bipartisan podcast, but it's really more like ultra conservative and moderate conservative.
so, one star for false advertising.
the host (the moderate) NEVER, EVER pushes back on anything... just says "ok" and moves on. there is no debating, it is just "well let's agree to disagree" (IF they disagree on something, which is actually less frequently then you would think) and next topic.
just. so. much. BLEH.
balanced and full of long ads
These guys put on a pretty decent show. There are opposing viewpoints and both parties are rational all of the time. It's nice to get a reasonable and dissenting opinion when they're hard to find in your personal circle.
That said, the ads are ridiculous. They're always at least one and a half minutes long, and sometimes they even eclipse two minutes. This happens multiple times in a regular episode - it's not a one time deal. This is the only podcast that I skip the ads on simply because they make them so aggravating and drawn-out.
As a side note, the sound quality could be improved quite a bit. Sadly, the ads also have the best quality, despite them being recorded by the same host who's talking most of the time.
Enjoy the balanced discussions!
I am a liberal, very anti-Trump. As much as I beleive my way is the right way, I don't want to have narrow minded thinking. i love hearing a calm and informed back and forth on the issues. I enjoy hearing the 'other side' of issues. Gives me a deeper understanding and maybe we can find a place for compromise.
Love The Politics Guys!
Thank you for bringing a refreshing, truly bipartisan approach to tough political issues - finally! I love the interviews, spectacular guests, the hosts (Mike and Jay) are thoughtful and have fantastic chemistry. I'll be a long time listener!
Often times news media is filled with hyperbole, irrelevance, bias, and aggressive grand-standing. Not this podcast. Deep and thoughtful conversations that include flexibility of thought and provide different yet intelligent perspectives on significant political issues of the day.
Finally had enough and unsubscribed
I have listened to Politics Guys for over a year (maybe two) and have had some moments that have driven me crazy, but in my pursuit of getting out of my liberal echo chamber and hearing other perspectives, I continued listening. That is until today when I heard Mike interview Kurt Schlichter. There was no attempt to have a dialogue. Instead, Mr Schlichter was allowed to spew his theories without critical comment or questioning from Mike. I was appalled at how he described the "ideological" opposition to President Obama with no mention from Mike about birtherism or accusations of being Muslim (like that is supposed to be something bad or evil.) Also, when speaking about the Russia investigation, which I agree is dominating the news too much, Mr Schlichter was allowed to characterize democrats as being unable to accept the results of any investigation into the matter that would clear Trump and his associates. Mmmmm, Benghazi much? Mike neglected to mention how republicans could not let that go to the point they were promising to continue that investigation non-stop had Hillary been elected. Mike- you are supposed to be the left side of the argument and you completely abdicated your role in this episode. I am so disappointed. I have not always been pleased with your views, but this was too much.
I am willing to offer one compliment to Jay (but it's not enough to keep me subscribed). i appreciated his compliments of Bryan Stevenson. Ezra Klein did a great interview of him on his podcast and it was awesome. I would recommend people listen to that podcast and/or read Bryan Stevenson's book.
Best political podcast.
The only fair and balanced politics podcast out there
I listen to a lot of politics podcast, the majority of which are liberal podcasts which spend a lot of their time fretting about every single controversy that comes from the Trump White House. While this attention to the foibles of the White House are inevitable today, I do appreciate the focus to policy and policy implications that the politics guys provide. Moreover, I listen to each episode and end up optimistic about the future of government and politics because of the cordial nature that the two hose share their differences and similarities and beliefs. By not getting bogged down by the rhetoric and Pardison and pull arise the nature of politics, The Politics Guys provide listeners with the nuts and bolts of liberal and conservative viewpoints, and I appreciate that. I'd recommend this podcast to anyone who wants a more deeper understanding of the policy that are coming from Capitol Hill in the White House today while learning to express and share opposing viewpoints peacefully and respectfully.
Unbiased? "Both sides?"
What a joke. Solid, uninterrupted trump bashing with no conservative expressions. Their so called "Conservative " never defends the conservative viewpoint and makes Joe Scarborough look like Barry Goldwater.
Calm down and listen!
The only podcast that almost forces you to listen to the "other" side - and, I'm grateful for that. It helps me understand (though not convinced at all) what they are feeling, thinking and viewing the current situation. Also, the sheer politeness of the hosts is such a refreshing change! For context - I listen to 7 political podcasts everyday :)
Fair and balanced
I think you guys offer a fair and balanced look at current politics across the whole spectrum of viewpoints. Being somewhat of a novice in understanding politics and history, I appreciate your objective discussions. I find them to be a relief from today's hyper-sensational news media.