Jason Dick

Podcast: What the Congressional Softball Game Says About Lawmakers
Political Theater, Episode 24

Journalists and lawmakers face off at the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game, an event that Roll Call political Reporter Bridget Bowman and Texas Tribune Bureau Chief Abby Livingston say provides a respite from Capitol Hill partisanship. ...
How Life Imitates the Congressional Baseball Game
The annual classic brings out a softer side of the legislative branch

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“This game is a situation of which, you’re a product of your political success, so if you have a good political year, you have a good recruiting year for this game.” So said former Rep. David Bonior, D-Mich., many years ago about the Congressional Baseball Game and the teams each party gets to field. 

The History of the Congressional Baseball Game
 

The annual baseball face-off between Republicans and Democrats continues Thursday evening at 7:05 p.m. Roll Call editor Jason Dick takes a step back to recap the history of the game, Roll Call's involvement in its renaissance and more. ...
Podcast: Congressional Baseball Game Enters New Era
Political Theater, Episode 23

Raccoon Tales: When a Critter Scaled the Capitol Dome
That time when a raccoon took shelter from crows on the Dome

Wednesday’s raccoon adventures in Minnesota reminded the Roll Call crew of way back in May 2000, when we were alerted to a Procyon lotor’s scaling of the Capitol Dome. He likely was looking for a bird’s nest, but then took refuge in the Dome’s columns after crows started dive-bombing him. 

Eventually, Capitol workers and D.C. Animal Shelter captured the raccoon and helped him down off the Dome to safety. 

The 4 Speakers (And One President) Behind the Names of the House Office Buildings
Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

Editor Jason Dick tells the story of the men behind the names of the House office buildings, and how their legacies shaped Congress....
The August of Our Discontent
What if they canceled recess and no one cared?

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For the second year in a row, the Senate has curtailed its August recess

Podcast: No Recess For You!
Political Theater, Episode 22

The Senate has scaled back its August recess, with Republican leaders citing the big workload and complaining that Democrats are needlessly delaying the proceedings with delay tactics. 

As political theater goes, this is an oldie but goodie: Lawmakers like to tell voters that they are working very, very hard. But it's unclear what kind of effect that message might have on voters, or whether they care. And the Senate is not dealing with anything out of the ordinary when it comes to obstruction and delay tactics. Ed Pesce, managing editor of CQ Senate, takes us through the numbers on the latest Political Theater podcast.

‘Bobby Kennedy for President’ Highlights a Capitol Legacy
Netflix documentary explores history of late senator’s career

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The Netflix series “Bobby Kennedy for President,” is a pretty in-depth look not just of the late New York Democratic senator’s presidential run, but his time in the Senate, as attorney general, campaign aide, congressional staffer and the evolution of his political beliefs. 

Podcast: 50 Years Later, Bobby Kennedy for President Lives On
Political Theater, Episode 21

The Netflix documentary series “Bobby Kennedy for President” marks the upcoming 50th anniversary of the late senator and presidential candidate’s assassination in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968. The four-part series by documentarian Dawn Porter follows Kennedy from campaign manager to attorney general, senator and presidential candidate, and outlines the evolution of his political beliefs from rough-and-tumble family fixer and anti-communist to civil rights icon. 

Porter discussed the series recently with the Political Theater podcast, including her own motivations for treading into a story many Americans may feel they know, and the result is a cinematic journey that feels fresh while also very much reflecting its own heady times.

When Donald Glover Met Roseanne …
Two TV shows, two moguls, and the shared anxieties of blue and red America

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What do Donald Glover’s Atlanta and Roseanne Barr’s Lanford have in common? At first glance, not a whole lot. 

Podcast: Roseanne, Donald Glover and Desperate-Class TV
Political Theater, Episode 20

President Donald Trump is a television fan and a polarizing figure in American culture. Two critically acclaimed television shows that just wrapped up their seasons reflect the political, cultural and economic anxieties of the era of Trump, CQ Staff Writer and cultural observer Clyde McGrady tells Jason Dick in this week’s Political Theater podcast.

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No Representative in Congress? Don’t Worry, the House Clerk Has Your Back
Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

The Political Turnpike Runs Through Pennsylvania
Resignations, retirements and redistricting scramble the midterm calculus

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If you’re confused about what comes next in Pennsylvania, even after this week’s primary elections set the midterm slate, don’t worry. That just means you’re paying attention. 

Podcast: Keystone Races Now Set in Keystone State
Political Theater, Episode 19

Women were big winners in Tuesday's primaries as they are poised to change the midterm dynamics in states like Nebraska and Pennsylvania, explains Roll Call senior political reporter Bridget Bowman.

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Way Out in West Virginia, the Political Vortex
The Mountain State keeps taking the stage for U.S. politics

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West Virginia occupies a unique place in the political universe. A small state, it hosts one of the most tightly contested Senate races of the midterms. But it also finds itself in the political conversation again and again. 

Podcast: Joe Manchin and the Mountain State Midterm Melee
Political Theater, Episode 18

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Ready for Her Close-up
‘People ask me, don’t you feel uncomfortable, being with a name like Notorious B.I.G.’

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“RBG,” the documentary about the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, opens in theaters Friday.