Podcast for America discuss SCOTUS, Chris Christie, and the culture wars.

Viewing the Christie Campaign Through the Lens of Lionel Richie

Viewing the Christie Campaign Through the Lens of Lionel Richie

The crazed culture of politics.
June 30 2015 1:15 PM

Is Rand Paul Straight Talky?

Mark Leibovich, Annie Lowrey, and Jim Rutenberg on the GOP’s response to the big SCOTUS decisions, Chris Christie’s presidential campaign, and a shift in the culture wars.

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks during a campaign stop at an Embassy Suites hotel on June 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

Listen to Episode 7 of Podcast for America!

PFA is your inside look at the giant disco party that is a presidential campaign cycle. Your hosts are and Mark Leibovich, national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, Annie Lowrey of New York Magazine, and special guest host Jim Rutenberg, political correspondent for the New York Times.

This week, a look at all of the momentous cultural decisions that have come down, and a question: Is this just a fluke, or a signal that the tide has officially turned in the so-called culture wars? Plus, we sift through the responses made by our leading presidential candidates from the GOP. It’s been a colorful variety of backpedaling, repositioning, and digging in. Come to this podcast for the deep political intrigue. Stay for an extended digression about how Chris Christie’s presidential aspirations relate to Lionel Richie’s iconic hit “Hello.”

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Mark Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for New York Times Magazine and the author of This Town and Big Game.

Annie Lowrey is a contributing editor at the Atlantic.

Jim Rutenberg is a political correspondent for the New York Times.