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

Protesters march down Independence Avenue in Washington holding signs during the Women’s March on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the President Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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

(Manchin, Morrisey, Energy CEO Don Blankenship and Rep. Evan Jenkins (CQ Roll Call)

Podcast: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Unlikely Pop Icon
Political Theater, Episode 17

Ginsburg at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address in the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a bona fide pop icon, perhaps strange territory for an 85-year-old, diminutive, reserved constitutional scholar. In the latest Political Theater podcast, filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen speak about their documentary, “RBG,” including what it was like to be in the same theater when Ginsburg saw their movie at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary opens in theaters on May 4.

Podcast: Midterm Takeaways From the Duel in the Desert
Political Theater, Episode 16

Arizona's special House election results offers some interesting data points for those watching the 2018 midterm elections. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Debbie Lesko won a close House race in an Arizona district that is usually very friendly to her party. As the midterm election season continues to heat up, Political Theater looks at the takeaways from this duel in the desert with Roll Call Elections Analyst Nathan Gonzales and Senior Political Reporter Bridget Bowman. 

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Podcast: Tending to the Congressional Mind, Body and Spirit
Political Theater, Episode 15

House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy, blesses the walnut tree during the tree planting ceremony in memory of Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Conroy announced his retirement this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Podcast: Paul Ryan Departure Leaves GOP Spinning
Political Theater, Episode 14

Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., arrives for a press conference to announce his won't seek re-election on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Press Secretary Ash Lee Strong leads the way. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Podcast: Trump Makes a Run for the Border
Political Theater, Episode 13

Two Border Patrol Agents on horseback ride along the U.S.-Mexican Border. "[The horses] can go places vehicles can't, they've been pretty darn effective" Agent Brian Kemmett said. President Donald Trump wants the National Guard to help the Border Patrol along the Southern border. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump's desire to have the National Guard help patrol the Southern border is not all that different from actions taken by former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, but that does not mean there are not areas of concern about the action. 

On the latest Political Theater Podcast, Megan Scully, national security editor at CQ, breaks down the history of such border deployments and why the United States has laws preventing the military from engaging in domestic law enforcement.

Podcast: Looking Forward to Being a Former Member of Congress
Political Theater, Episode 12

Despite being an ardent Philadelphia Eagles fan, Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., is very popular among colleagues past and present. He was recently awarded the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress Statesmanship Award. Dent is retiring at the end of this Congress, about to become a former member himself. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Wondering what former members of Congress do after leaving Capitol Hill? Perhaps that's why the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress was formed, to keep tabs.  Roll Call's own Niels Lesniewski attended the Association's recent Statesmanship Awards Dinner, where current and former members exchanged some fairly interesting ideas about Congress, and even gossiped a bit about the people who sleep in their offices.

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Podcast: Lessons for the Opioid Epidemic from the Ebola Fight
Political Theater, Episode 11

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., attend an event in the Hart Building on Feb. 26, 2015 when Sirleaf offered thanks to Congress for authorizing funds to help fight ebola in her country. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Podcast: Democrats Roar Over Conor Lamb
Political Theater, Episode 10

Political Theater discusses Conor Lamb and the results in the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th district. (Toula Vlahou/CQ Roll Call)

The special election result in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District has rocked the political world on its heels, with Democrat Conor Lamb’s success in the heavily Republican region setting off a fresh round of speculation about the 2018 midterms. 

Roll Call Senior Political Reporter Bridget Bowman, who reported from the area recently, was at the Capitol gauging reaction from members of Congress after the latest round of political jousting.