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Inside the Souls of Politicians With House of Cards Boss Beau Willimon 

Inside the Souls of Politicians With House of Cards Boss Beau Willimon 

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
March 27 2015 6:08 PM

The Pit Boss of House of Cards

Guest Beau Willimon told Kevin Spacey that he wanted to create a character that would eclipse all the others. In Frank Underwood, they did.

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Kevin Spacey and Beau Willimon on Feb. 13, 2014.

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Today on The Gist, we imagine the hearts and minds of the most powerful through the iconic character Frank Underwood. Beau Willimon, the showrunner and creator of Netflix’s House of Cards joins us in studio. For the Spiel, bring back Pat from In the Papers.


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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.