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Podcast 166: Henry Olsen Unplugged: Inside Trump, Biden, and the Political Spectacle

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Podcast 166: Henry Olsen Unplugged: Inside Trump, Biden, and the Political Spectacle

This week on Breaking Battlegrounds, we’re excited to welcome Henry Olsen, Washington Post columnist, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and host of Beyond the Polls. Alongside Olsen, we’re welcoming Noah Smith, a journalist with a unique focus on the business, political, and cultural implications of video games, bringing a fresh perspective on the intersections of gaming, culture, and society. Plus, don’t miss Kiley’s Corner, where Kiley dives into the gripping case of Oklahoma City Attorney and Her Client-Turned-Lover Charged with Triple Murder.

About our guests

Henry Olsen

Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He was the Thomas W. Smith distinguished scholar in residence at Arizona State University for the winter/spring 2023 semester. Olsen began his career as a political consultant at the California firm of Hoffenblum-Mollrich. After three years working for the California Assembly Republican Caucus, he returned to school to become a lawyer. Following law school he clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and as an associate in the Philadelphia office of Dechert, Price & Rhoads. He then joined the think tank world where he spent the next eighteen years as an executive at a variety of institutions, serving as the President of the Commonwealth Foundation, a Vice President at the Manhattan Institute, and as Vice President and Director, National Research Initiative, at the American Enterprise Institute. He left AEI in 2013 to pursue a career in political analysis and writing at EPPC. During that time his work has appeared in variety of leading publications in America and the United Kingdom. He is the author or co-author of two books, “The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism” and (with Dante J. Scala) “The Four Faces of the Republican Party”. His biennial election predictions have been widely praised for the uncanny accuracy, and he is a frequent guest on television and radio programs. Olsen regularly speaks about American political trends and global populism in the United State, Europe, and Australia.

Noah Smith – Washington Post

Noah Smith is a journalist focused on the business, political and cultural implications of video games. His reporting for The Post has also included national, political, business, sports and culture news. Noah’s writing, photos and videos have previously appeared in NBC News, the New York Times, the Guardian, Fortune Magazine, and dozens of outlets across the U.S. He was based in Israel from 2012-2013, where he reported for Digital First Media outlets in the U.S. Midwest.


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