Talking Politics with the Experts

Master political strategist James Carville and revered journalist Al Hunt convenes a war room each week to discuss the battle for the soul of the nation. Join them as they gather the sharpest minds from across the country to see who has the most compelling case for the American people on the issues that matter most.



Rep. Colin Allred

February 24, 2021   ·  1 hr 14 min

James and Al are joined by Congressman Colin Allred from Texas to discuss the recent climate disaster there and what’s next for the state.

Jane Fonda

February 17, 2021   ·  1 hr 30 min

James and Al welcome legendary actress and activist Jane Fonda to the podcast.

Senator Doug Jones

February 10, 2021   ·  1 hr

James and Al welcome Senator Doug Jones of Alabama to the Politicon Politics War Room!

Laurie Garrett & Greg Cosell

February 3, 2021   ·  1 hr 30 min

Now a full year into the pandemic, James and Al have on prize winning science journalist Laurie Garrett on to discuss how the situation is looking on the ground, with Greg Cosell joining to talk shop before the Super Bowl this weekend!

David Folkenflik & Michael McFaul

January 27, 2021   ·  1 hr 32 min

James and Al have on former Ambassador Michael McFaul  to fill us in on the latest developments in Russia, with NPR’s David Folkenflik on the shake up on Fox and the other big networks now that Biden is in charge.

Leon Panetta & Walter Dellinger

January 20, 2021   ·  1 hr 32 min

Al and James celebrate the inauguration of President Joe Biden, bringing on Leon Panetta to discuss expectations for the new administration, and Walter Dellinger to examine how the Trump Administration might be judged for the last four years.

Professor Kathleen Belew & Walter Pincus

January 13, 2021   ·  1 hr 32 min

In the aftermath of the storming of the Capitol, Al and James talk to expert on the white power movement, Professor Kathleen Belew, and senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief, Walter Pincus, to find out how this all might end.

Mosquito in a nudist camp! with John Couvillon & Sec William Cohen

January 6, 2021   ·  1 hr 31 min

Al and James kick the year off by talking with pollster John Couvillon about the Democratic dual upset in the GA Senate races, before gaming out the final days of the Trump Administration with former Defense Secretary William Cohen.

Joe Drape

December 30, 2020   ·  1 hr

Al and James review the year and bring on author of Saint Makers, Joe Drape of @NYTSPORTS, to talk about the sports industry and religion going into 2021.

David Sanger, Mary Matalin & Judy Woodruff

December 23, 2020   ·  1 hr 19 min

Al and James bring the NYT’s David Sanger on to talk cybersecurity after the latest attacks, before being joined by their wives Mary Matalin and Judy Woodruff for the holidays.