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Aug. 8, 2012 (Dr. Steven Greene from N.C. State University discusses this year's elections. Seth Flaxman from Democracy Works explains how TurboVote makes voting home as easy as renting DVDs from Netflix.)

Aug. 3, 2012 (Dr. Dan Grano from UNC-Charlotte and Sam Spencer from the Young Democrats of N.C. discuss the upcoming Democratic National Convention.)

Aug. 2, 2012 (We speak with Scott Warren at the President James K. Polk State Historic Site about the life and presidency of Polk, as well as the evolution of political conventions.)

Aug. 1, 2012 (Jonathan Kappler from the N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation looks at campaign ad spending in North Carolina and its impact on voter attitudes. John Clark from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism discusses that school's digital news project.)

July 31, 2012 (Dr. Andrew Taylor of N.C. State University discusses the "veepstakes," why 2012 could parallel 2004 and how North Carolina is changing for Democrats and Republicans)

July 30, 2012 (Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling discusses races for the White House, governor's mansion and more, plus North Carolina's role as a swing state.)

July 13, 2012 (Laura Leslie of WRAL-TV, John Frank from the Raleigh News & Observer and Dr. David McLennan from William Peace University discuss this year's session at the N.C. General Assembly)

July 11, 2012 (Topics: Fundraising for the Democratic National Convention; Attorney General Holder voices opposition to voter ID laws; congressional GOP attempt repeal of Affordable Care Act; poll finds Obama and Romney running dead heat in NC)

July 10, 2012 (Topics: The Obama campaign continues to make a push in N.C., even as some say state tilts toward Romney; a debate about Bush-era tax cuts; N.C. redistricting before the state Supreme Court; a look at the contestants in the Veepstakes)

May 29, 2012 (Guest: Mark Binker, WRAL TV. Topics: An inside look at the legislature's work on the state budget; a list of favorite fictional U.S. presidents)

May 25, 2012 (Topics: The 2012 state budget; attack ads in the race for governor; Obama and Romney ads in N.C.; a look at the 1992 presidential election)

May 23, 2012 (Guest: Dr. Chris Cooper, Western Carolina University. Topics: A look at this year's elections in North Carolina; new poll shows a close race for N.C. governor; a Spanish-language campaign ad from George H.W. Bush in 1988)

May 21, 2012 (Topics: McCrory calls on TV stations to pull attack ad; Legislature takes up eugenics compensation; Carville talks presidential race in N.C.; a look at presidential campaign ads of 1984; Mick Jagger sings the presidential campaign blues)

May 16, 2012 (Guest: Jonathan Kappler, N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation. Topics: McCrory leads Dalton in new poll; attack ad launches against Dalton; legislative session kicks off; George W. Bush endorses Romney; Ron Paul ends campaign spending; Americans Elect look for a nominee)

May 15, 2012 (Topics: N.C. legislature returning to Raleigh; primary runoffs; internal dispute within state Democratic Party; Obama and same-sex marriage)

Mar. 21, 2012 (Topics: Romney wins Illinois; North Carolina considers fracking; Gingrich says he can win the Tar Heel State; a Romney rap takes off online)

Mar. 20, 2012 (Topics: A look ahead to the Illinois primary; N.C. fares poorly in anti-corruption evaluation; the 13th congressional district race heats up for the GOP; does a deeper voice help a candidate at the polls?)

Mar. 19, 2012 (Topics: Romney wins in Puerto Rico; Wake County Board of Commissioners takes up voter ID; which N.C. city is tops with voters?)

Mar. 16, 2012 (Guest: Rick Willis, president of the N.C. Open Government Coalition. Topic: Transparency in N.C. government)

Mar. 15, 2012 (Guest: Howard Kattell, president of The Hermitage in Nashville, TN. Topic: The life and legacy of President Andrew Jackson)

Mar. 14, 2012 (Topics: Results in the Deep South for the GOP primary; new numbers in N.C. governor race; a five-year-old pitches for his dad's campaign)

Mar. 13, 2012 (Guest: Cherie Poucher, director of Wake County Board of Elections. Topic: The basics on voting in North Carolina)

Mar. 12, 2012 (Topics: Santorum wins in Kansas; the Obama campaign tries to reach female voters; taking the pulse of N.C. voters; a North Carolina football star endorses in the presidential contest)

Mar. 9, 2012 (Guest: Dr. Eric Heberlig, UNC-Charlotte. Topics: Congressional elections in North Carolina and across the nation)

Mar. 7, 2012 (Topics: Super Tuesday results; split endorsements in 9th congressional district GOP primary)

Mar. 6, 2012 (Guest: Jon Ostendorff, Asheville Citizen-Times. Topics: A look at congressional races in Western North Carolina)

Mar. 5, 2012 (Topics: Poll shows Etheridge with a lead; Romney wins in Washington; a cat for U.S. Senate?)

Mar. 1, 2012 (Guest: Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics. Topics: A look at North Carolina elections as the filing deadline passes)

Feb. 29, 2012 (Topics: Romney wins in Michigan and Arizona; who's in and who's out in North Carolina's elections)

Feb. 27, 2012 (Topics: GOP presidential primaries in Arizona and Michigan; Richard Moore declines run for governor; a look at Oscar nominees that put American politics on the big screen)

Feb. 24, 2012 (Guest: Dr. Michael Bitzer, Catawba College. Topic: From "The Simpsons" to "The Daily Show," the intersection of American politics and pop culture)

Feb. 23, 2012 (Guest: John Lindback, Pew Center on the States. Topic: Voter registration errors across the country and how to fix them)

Feb. 22, 2012 (Topics: Walter Dalton kicks off his campaign for governor; the Obama campaign launches its college outreach in NC; GOP presidential debate in Arizona; which state is most popular with voters?)

Feb. 21, 2012 (Guest: Ryan Thornburg, UNC Chapel Hill School of Journalism. Topic: the future of political media coverage)

Feb. 20, 2012 (Guest: Stewart McLaurin, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library. Topic: The life and presidency of Ronald Reagan)

Feb. 17, 2012 (Guest: Ran Coble, N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. Topic: Miller declines run for governor; legislature comes back for skeleton session; Gingrich PAC airs anti-Romney ads in N.C.; a look at the Republicans' first year in control of the legislature)

Feb. 16, 2012 (Topic: Portions of former lobbyist Jack Abramoff's visit to Raleigh, discussing government corruption and reform)

Feb. 15, 2012 (Guest: Gary Pearce, "Talking About Politics". Topics: The race for N.C. governor; the legacy of Gov. Jim Hunt)

Feb. 14, 2012 (Guests: Rev. William Barber, NAACP of North Carolina; Damon Circosta, N.C. Center for Voter Education. Topics: Demonstrators march in Raleigh; fully funding the N.C. election system)

Feb. 13, 2012 (Guest: Jane Pinsky, director of the N.C. Coalition for Lobbying & Government Reform. Topics: Romney wins in Maine and CPAC; the rise of Santorum; candidate filing begins for North Carolina; transparency in the N.C. legislature)

Feb. 10, 2012 (Guest: Dr. James Cornelius, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Topic: The presidency and legacy of Abraham Lincoln 203 years after his birth.)

Feb. 9, 2012 (Guest: Dr. Chris Cooper, Western Carolina University. Topics: An early lead for Etheridge in the Democratic gubernatorial primary; what Rep. Heath Shuler's retirement means for congressional race; politics in Western North Carolina; the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court on this year's elections)

Feb. 8, 2012 (Guest: Adam Skaggs, the Brennan Center. Topics: Santorum sweeps; more N.C. Democrats retire; the rise of super PACs)

Feb. 7, 2012 (Guest: Charles Hall, the Justice At Stake Campaign. Topics: Previewing votes in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri; a look at the rise of special interest spending in state supreme court elections across the country)

Feb. 6, 2012 (Guest: Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling. Topics: A look at the race for N.C. governor; more N.C. Democrats announce retirement; a potentially big day for Rick Santorum; Roseanne Barr for president?)

Feb. 3, 2012 (Topics: A look back at the week that was for state and national politics)

Feb. 2, 2012 (Topics: Democrats look to Erskine Bowles in hopes to hold governor's office; McCrory announces his bid for governor; how possible end to combat operations in Afghanistan could impact 2012 presidential election; Romney gaffe about the "very poor")

Feb. 1, 2012 (Guests: Skip Alston and Earl Jones from the International Civil Rights Center & Museum; Topics: Results from the Florida GOP primary; the legacy of the Greensboro sits-ins of 1960)

Jan. 31, 2012 (Guest: Donna Moser, North Carolina Independents. Topics: New poll shows McCrory in lead against potential Democratic rivals; a look at the Florida primary; the rise of independent voters in North Carolina)

Jan. 30, 2012 (Topics: Which Democrats might emerge to take mantle from Gov. Perdue?; Which GOP contender will win Florida?)

Jan. 27, 2012 (Guest: Jonathan Kappler, N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation; Topics: What Gov. Perdue's dropping out means for the 2012 N.C. governor race; a look at the week that was in state and national politics)

Jan. 26, 2012 (Guest: Dr. Terry Sullivan, UNC-Chapel Hill; Topics: Gov. Perdue announces that she won't run for re-election; a look at presidential leadership)

Jan. 25, 2012 (Guest: Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer; Topics: Reviewing the State of the Union; changes to the 2012 Democratic National Convention; N.C. as a swing state; the gubernatorial candidacy of Republican Pat McCrory)

Jan. 24, 2012 (Topics: A look at the GOP Florida debate; previewing the State of the Union; will North Carolina have a say in selecting the GOP nominee?; top Twitter users among NC politicos)

Jan. 23, 2012 (Guest: Dr. Josh Putnam, Davidson College & Frontloading HQ; Topics: South Carolina primary results; looking ahead to Florida's vote; will North Carolina's primary matter?)

Jan. 20, 2012 (Guests: Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Stetson University College of Law; Damon Circosta, N.C. Center for Voter Education; Topic: The 2nd anniversary of the Citizens United decision and its impact on money in American elections)

Jan. 19, 2012 (Guest: Dr. Andrew Taylor, N.C. State University; Topic: Key political trends in North Carolina and nationally)

Jan. 18, 2012 (Guests: Kellen Arno, Americans Elect; Brian Irving, Free the Vote N.C. Topics: 'Third-party' presidential candidates; ballot access laws in North Carolina)

Jan. 17, 2012 (Top political stories to watch in 2012)

Jan. 13, 2012 (Weekly wrap up of politics in North Carolina and nationally)

Jan. 12, 2012 (Guest: Mark Binker, Greensboro News & Record. Topics: A special session for jobless benefits?; court hearing on voting maps; compensation recommendation for eugenics victims; how GOP contenders stack up against Obama in N.C.)

Jan. 11, 2012 (Guest: Dr. Steven Greene, N.C. State University. Topics: New Hampshire primary results)

Jan. 10, 2012 (Guest: Jonathan Kappler, N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation. Topics: New Hampshire voters go to the polls; a Romney gaffe on "firing people"; a move to delay the N.C. primary; poor polling for the N.C. legislature; is Faison running to take on Perdue?)

Jan. 9, 2012 (Guest: Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling. Topics: New Hampshire primary; Iowa miscount?; Perdue fundraising; midnight sessions; presidential contest)

Dec. 19, 2011 (Guests: Barry Smith,; Dr. Steven Greene, N.C. State University. Topics: Part two of a two-part look at the year that was for politics in North Carolina and nationally)

Dec. 12, 2011 (Guests: Rob Christensen, Raleigh News & Observer; David McLennan, Peace University. Topics: Part one of a two-part look at the year that was for politics in North Carolina and nationally)

Dec. 5, 2011 (Topics: Changes to the Racial Justice Act; an attempt to cap the gas tax; indictments for Perdue staffers; Cain suspends his campaign; Gingrich keeps rising; what new jobless numbers mean for Obama; possible GOP VP picks; a political future for Tebow?)

Nov. 28, 2011 (Guest: Mark Binker, Greensboro News & Record. Topics: What's on tap for N.C. legislative special session?; higher office for Speaker Tillis?; grading this year's legislative work; Gingrich snags key endorsement; Carter & Obama parallels?)

Nov. 21, 2011 (Guest: Damon Circosta, N.C. Center for Voter Education. Topics: Congressional Debt Super Committee fails to reach compromise; the future of the Occupy movement; Cain slips among GOP while Gingrich rises; the upcoming N.C. special legislative session; a political geek's Thanksgiving)

Nov. 14, 2011 (Guest: Laura Leslie, WRAL TV-5. Topics: Rick Perry debate gaffe, Gingrich rises in the polls; fixes to new N.C. voting maps; a look at the late-November special legislative session; how the GOP legislative majority has fared)

Nov. 7, 2011 (Guest: Jonathan Kappler, N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation. Topics: New N.C. voting maps approved by U.S. Justice Department; groups file suit against redistricting maps; N.C. legislature back for a special session; how 2012 congressional contests are shaping up in N.C.; the latest on the GOP presidential field)

Oct. 31, 2011 (Guest: Dr. Andrew Taylor, N.C. State University. Topics: 'Iron Man' franchise comes to N.C.; Progress on eugenics compensation?; Dems Reps. Price, Miller to face off?; Wake School Board runoff; 2012 Republican presidential field)

Oct. 24, 2011 (Guest: Damon Circosta, N.C. Center for Voter Education. Topics: Occupy Wall Street; Obama's bus tour in N.C.; GOP Nevada debate; Biden in 2016?)

Oct. 17, 2011 (Guests: Will Huntsberry, Raleigh Public Record; Damon Circosta, N.C. Center for Voter Education. Topics: 2011 Raleigh City Council and Wake School Board election results)

Oct. 3, 2011 (Guest: Josh Ellis, Topics: Same-sex marriage amendment; Perdue gaffe about suspending elections; 2012 presidential election; the state of covering state politics)

Sep. 19, 2011 (Guest: Jonathan Kappler, N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation. Topics: Special legislative session on constitutional amendments; Perdue's poll numbers rise; road to the White House runs through N.C.; Andy Griffith)

Sep. 12, 2011 (Guest: Damon Circosta, N.C. Center for Voter Education. Topics: Special legislative session on constitutional amendments; redistricting update; Wake County School Board elections; developing presidential contest)

Aug. 29, 2011 (Guests: Billie Redmond, candidate for Raleigh mayor; Karen Rindge, executive director of WakeUP Wake County. Topics: 2011 Raleigh mayoral and city council races; Wake County Board of Education elections)

Aug. 22, 2011 (Guests: Randall Williams, candidate for Raleigh mayor; Thomas Goldsmith, Raleigh News & Observer. Topics: 2011 Raleigh mayoral race; Wake County Board of Education elections)

Aug. 15, 2011 (Guests: Nancy McFarlane, candidate for Raleigh mayor; Matt Garfield, Raleigh News & Observer. Topics: 2011 Raleigh mayoral and city council races)

Aug. 8, 2011 (Guest: Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling. Topics: The debt-ceiling deal; political fallout for high unemployment; upcoming special legislative session; could Perdue or McCrory face a primary fight?; which GOP presidential contender could win in N.C.?; the tea party movement's role in election 2012)

Aug. 1, 2011 (Guest: Mark Binker, Greensboro News & Record. Topics: New congressional and legislative maps pass N.C. legislature; override of abortion bill veto passes; override of voter photo ID fails, but bill lives on; upcoming special session; Perdue and McCrory fundraising totals; which Tar Heel politician do voters most want to run for president in 2016?)

July 25, 2011 (Guest: Damon Circosta, N.C. Center for Voter Education. Topics: Redistricting goes to floor of N.C. General Assembly; legislative Republicans ready for veto override attempt; debt-ceiling negotiations stall in D.C.; a snapshot of election 2012; what baseball tells us about changes to N.C.)

July 18, 2011 (Guest: Jonathan Kappler, N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation. Topics: New state legislative districts; special redistricting session; 2012 elections)

July 11, 2011 (Guest: David McLennan, Peace College political science professor. Topics: North Carolina redistricting; upcoming legislative special sessions; 2012 presidential election in N.C. and beyond; Sen. Kay Hagan for vice president?)

June 27, 2011 (Guests: Barry Smith, ; Damon Circosta, N.C. Center for Voter Education. Topics: Gov. Perdue's vetoes; the legislative session in review; the upcoming redistricting special session; compensation for state's sterilization victims; the 2012 presidential field)

June 20, 2011 (Guest: Jonathan Kappler, N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation. Topics: End of the long session; budget veto override; social issues and election-law changes; winners and losers of the session; session's impact on election 2012; Voting Rights Act maps released; upcoming redistricting special session; favorite odd bills of the session)

June 13, 2011 (Guest: Josh Ellis, SGR Today. Topics: Perdue vetoes the state budget, GOP readies for an override, crossover week passes, photo ID is approved, redistricting reform moves forward, Republicans clash with the NCAE, Tillis raises his staff pay, the session nears its end, the House wins the milk-chugging title)

June 6, 2011 (Guests: Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling, and Damon Circosta, N.C. Center for Voter Education. Show topics include: state budget passes the legislature, Gov. Perdue issues executive order for jobless benefits, election-law changes move in N.C. House, John Edwards indicted, the GOP presidential field, N.C. as a battleground state, crossover week on Jones Street, the official livermush festivals in N.C.)

May 23, 2011 (Guest: Rob Thompson, The Covenant with North Carolina's Children. Show topics include: state budget goes to N.C. Senate; compromise struck on state health plan changes; municipal broadband bill becomes law; N.C. House cuts early voting; unemployment benefits stalemate; abortion and same-sex marriage issues at the General Assembly; the 2012 Republican presidential field.)

May 16, 2011 (Show topics include: 2012 Republican presidential field, state budget in N.C. Senate, possibility of state government shutdown, proposal to give state superintendent more power, continued stalemate over unemployment extensions, abortion bill in N.C. House, redistricting update, "American Idol" Scotty McCreery mention in the N.C. General Assembly)

May 9, 2011 (Guests: Mark Binker, Brent Laurenz. Show topics include: state budget passes N.C. House, redistricting hearings wrap up, municipal broadband bill passes, NASCAR as official state sport stalls, the legislature at 100(?) days)

May 2, 2011 (Guests: Jonathan Kappler, Brent Laurenz. Show topics include: Bin Laden dead; state budget; unemployment stalemate; the legislature at 100 days; looking to election 2012; NASCAR as official state sport; Reagan, Hunt tops with N.C. voters)

Apr. 25, 2011 (Guests: Jane Pinsky, Damon Circosta. Show topics include: Stalled compromise on State Health Plan; no progress on unemployment benefits; state budget rollout; redistricting poll; pay-to-play bill; plastic-bag ban lifted)

Apr. 18, 2011 (Show topics include: Republican legislators and Gov. Perdue face off over unemployment benefits; Perdue vetoes bills changing state health plan and student loans; redistricting hearing and reform; Gov. Holden pardoned)

Apr. 11, 2011 (Show topics include: Federal government averts shutdown; Voter ID bill moves; Fight over charter schools; Bills would reform legislative redistricting; Pardon of Gov. Holden reemerges)

Apr. 4, 2011 (Show topics include: Changes to health plan for state employees; Tort reform push; Concealed handguns in bars and parks; Redistricting gets under way)