Understanding Congress

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Congress is the least liked and perhaps least understood part of government. But it’s vital to our constitutional government. Congress is the only branch equipped to work through our diverse nation’s disagreements and decide on the law. To better understand the First Branch, join host Kevin Kosar and guests as they explain its infrastructure, culture, procedures, history, and more.

Episode Date
Special Books Edition: An Interview with Bradley Podliska, Author of Fire Alarm: The Investigation of the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi
Apr 01, 2024
Why Can’t Congress Budget Responsibly? (with Rep. David Schweikert)
Mar 04, 2024
What Is Legislative Effectiveness? (with Craig Volden)
Feb 05, 2024
What Is the State of the Union Address, and Why Does Congress Host It? (with Matt Glassman)
Jan 08, 2024
What Is Congressional Capacity, and Why Does It Matter? (with Kevin Kosar)
Dec 04, 2023
Delegates to the House of Representatives: Who Are They and What Do They Do? (with Elliot Mamet)
Nov 06, 2023
How Is Congress Involved in Foreign Policy? (With Jordan Tama)
Oct 02, 2023
Can Congress Access Classified Information? (with Daniel Schuman)
Sep 05, 2023
What Does the U.S. Government Accountability Office Do? (with Gene Dodaro)
Aug 07, 2023
What Is the Congressional Research Service, and What Does It Do? (with Kevin Kosar)
Jul 03, 2023
Does the Senate Still Work? (with Marty Gold)
Jun 05, 2023
Why Is Congressional Oversight Important, and How Can It Be Done Well? (with Elise Bean)
May 01, 2023
What Are the Job Descriptions of Representatives and Senators? (with Casey Burgat)
Apr 03, 2023
What Is the Congressional Debt Limit? (with Phil Wallach)
Mar 06, 2023
What Do Congressional Committees Do? (with Maya Kornberg)
Feb 06, 2023
Partisan Polarization: Is It Crippling Congress? (with Frances E. Lee)
Jan 03, 2023
What Are the Duties of the Speaker of the House of Representatives? (with Paul Ryan)
Dec 05, 2022
Are Elections Fueling Polarization in the House of Representatives? (with Andrew B. Hall)
Nov 07, 2022
Are Members of the House of Representatives Legislating in the Dark? (with James M. Curry)
Oct 03, 2022
Who Was the Meanest Man in Congress? (with Timothy J. McNulty)
Sep 05, 2022
What Role Should Congress Have in Foreign Affairs? (with Alissa Ardito)
Aug 01, 2022
What Are the Goals of Congressional Budgeting? (with Paul Winfree)
Jul 05, 2022
What Is a Conference Committee and Why Are They So Rare Today? (with Josh Ryan)
Jun 06, 2022
What Is the Relationship between Lobbyists and Congress? (with Timothy LaPira)
May 02, 2022
What does the Congressional Budget Office do? (with Philip Joyce)
Apr 04, 2022
Should we expand the membership of the House of Representatives? (with Yuval Levin)
Mar 07, 2022
What is wrong and right with the House of Representatives? (with Dan Lipinski)
Feb 07, 2022
What differences do women make in Congress? (with Michele Swers)
Jan 03, 2022
What is the role of the Senate’s majority leader? (with James Wallner)
Dec 06, 2021
What is the Congressional Review Act? (with Bridget Dooling)
Nov 01, 2021
How has Congress evolved as an institution? (with Eric Schickler)
Oct 04, 2021
How do legislators raise money to run for Congress? (with Weston Wamp)
Sep 06, 2021
How can a new staffer survive Congress? (with Mark Strand)
Aug 02, 2021
What does the Committee on House Administration do? (with Rep. Rodney Davis)
Jul 05, 2021
Are earmarks good or bad? (with Zach Courser)
Jun 07, 2021
Can Congress budget? (with Allen Schick)
May 03, 2021
How does Congress fund itself? (with Daniel Schuman)
Apr 05, 2021
What does the House Rules Committee do? (with Don Wolfensberger)
Mar 01, 2021
How Congress tricks Americans (with David Schoenbrod)
Feb 01, 2021
Is Congress broken? (with John J. Pitney)
Jan 04, 2021
How does the budget process work and not work? (with Tori Gorman)
Dec 07, 2020
What is the filibuster and does it have a future? (with Molly Reynolds)
Dec 07, 2020
How does the House of Representatives organize itself for a new Congress? (with Matthew Green)
Dec 07, 2020
Reforming Congress for the 21st Century (with Rep. Derek Kilmer)
Dec 07, 2020
Do we need a Congress? (with Phil Wallach)
Dec 02, 2020