We’ve closed the book on the abbreviated spring mini-season of The Policast, a political affairs podcast that Chris Gehrz and Sam Mulberry of our department help to co-host. Episodes are available from iTunes U, where you can download individual episodes or subscribe to get new installments as they’re produced. (If you don’t have the iTunes software, you can download it for free.)
It had been a couple months in between episodes because our co-host Chris Moore (Political Science) welcomed his first child in April. So our finals week episode started with us catching up and asking what Mitt Romney did right (and his competitors did wrong) in winning the Republican nomination. Then Chris explained why late spring constitutes politics’ “silly season” before walking us through the process of nominating a vice-presidential candidate and handicapping the race for Romney’s running mate.
We’ll be back in the fall with more regular episodes as we get closer to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. In the meantime, go back and listen to our other two spring episodes: the first on the nature of the primary/caucus system, an insider’s perspective on how it works, and whether it’s the best system for picking presidents; and the second on religion and politics (in general, and in particular for this year’s elections).