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APC 81 Obama's Town Hall in Portsmouth, NH Comments from Ray and Mark, two of those who attended President Obama's town hall meeting on health care today, August 11, 2009.  Although they disagreed with the health care reform proposal, they said they thought Obama was honest and did a good job at the session.
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Category:Politics -- posted at: 8:19pm EST

APC 79 How to Pay for Health Care Reform This is a presentation on how to pay for health care reform, given July 18, 2009 by Rahul Rajkumar, senior advisor to Doctors for America, at an Organizing for America forum in Dorchester, Mass.
Direct download: APC_79_Rahul_Rajkumar.mp3
Category:Politics -- posted at: 8:59am EST

APC 77 Mark J. Penn at a Harvard Crimson Lunch Mark J. Penn, Hillary Clinton's chief strategist in the 2008 campaign and the author of Microtrends, spoke on April 25, 2009 at the Sheraton Commander Hotel in Cambridge before a lunch organized by The Harvard Crimson, the university's daily newspaper, of which Penn is an alumnus.

This is a recording of his talk and the wide-ranging Q&A afterward.
Direct download: APC_77_Mark_Penn_at_Harvard_Crimson_Lunch.mp3
Category:Politics -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

73 Grassroots Presidency My wife and I attended a "house party" organized by the Obama campaign, one of 4,000 such events held across the country this past weekend.  Ours was held at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and featured an introductory talk by Marshall Ganz.  
Direct download: 73_Grassroots_Presidency.mp3
Category:Politics -- posted at: 10:43am EST

70 Obama in Denver We've seen a lot of Barack Obama here in Colorado in recent weeks. But Sunday's event was the biggest anywhere in the country so far -- well over 100,000 people at Civic Center Park. This episode is a soundscape of the rally and ends with Darlene making yet another phone call in search of volunteers to help get out the vote in this crucial battleground state. 

Click here for a video of the last few minutes of Obama's speech. And here's a touching video of an elderly volunteer who had a chance to meet the candidate in Boulder.
Direct download: APC_70_Obama_in_Denver_2.mp3
Category:Politics -- posted at: 7:56pm EST

68 Mile High Obama Barack Obama this week returned to Colorado for a speech at Mountain Range High School in Westminster.  My wife and I arrived at the school at about 5 a.m., which put us in line for a seat upgrade at the last minute and a terrific view of the candidate.  His arrival in the arena was delayed by late-breaking events in Washington, D.C., where the House of Representatives shocked everyone by defeating the financial bailout package. 

Click here for video of the speech.  Click here for text.
Direct download: APC_68_Obama_in_Westminster.mp3
Category:Politics -- posted at: 9:17am EST

67 Obama's Hard Words and Soft Touch This episode of m podcast comprises excerpts from Barack Obama's speech September 16, 2008 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.  I was there with a friend of ours, Tish, from Wyoming, who had an exciting moment at the end of the event.  Also included are reactions to the talk by some of those in attendance, including myself.

The New York Times coverage of the Golden speech is here.  Full video of the speech is here. Daily Kos has text of advance copy of speech, which Obama followed very closely.

For an intelligent analysis of Obama's economic philosophy, I recommend this piece published August 20, 2008 in the New York Times Magazine by David Leonhardt.  Click here for an audio podcast interview with the author.

Music for my podcast is "Going to the Sun" composed and performed by Montana musicians Christine Dickinson, Janet Haarvig and Matthew Lyon, from their Glacier Journey CD.

I welcome your comments at 206-666-274 or PodChronicles@gmail.com.
Direct download: APC_67_Obama_in_Golden.mp3
Category:Politics -- posted at: 11:21pm EST

66 Talking Politics with Albert Maruggi Albert Maruggi, my well-connected Republican Twitter friend who lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, has great insights into the convention going on in his hometown this week.  Albert was a key GOP staffer when Dan Quayle was chosen as Bush I's VP, so his memories are good preparation for tonight's big speech by Gov. Sarah Palin.  In this telephone interview today, he also tells why watching Palin is a NASCAR experience.

You can listen to our other "Utterzly Political" conversations here or here.

The music for my podcast is "Going to the Sun," composed and performed by Montana musicians Christine Dickinson, Janet Haarvig and Matthew Lyon.  It’s from their excellent Glacier Journey CD.

Direct download: APC_66_Albert_Maruggi.mp3
Category:Politics -- posted at: 7:58pm EST

65 DNC Preview Chris Lopez, communications director for the 2008 Denver Host Committee, took time out of a VERY busy day today to preview what's ahead in Denver once the Democratic National Convention gets under way this weekend.  He seemed remarkably serene, and he was optimistic that the convention's protests will be peaceful and full of the good energy of democracy.  Me too!

UPDATE: I forgot to include the following links mentioned by Chris in the podcast:

The Presidential Experience

Click here for information on Convention events at the Denver Convention Center in the mornings.

Dialog:City

Cinemocracy

2008 Rocky Mountain Roundtables
Direct download: APC_65_Chris_Lopez.m4a
Category:Politics -- posted at: 7:39pm EST

Interview on August 19, 2008 with Chris Lopez - .mp3 version.
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Category:Politics -- posted at: 7:38pm EST