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Washingtown Podcast

Can a former mayor who built his career on bipartisan successes navigate one of the most toxic political landscapes in modern American history? Can a moderate Democrat from a red state accomplish anything of significance in a deeply partisan environment?
This podcast follows freshman Rep. Ben McAdams, D-UT as he tries to navigate - and legislate - in a winner-take-all political environment. Rep. McAdams interviews the people he works with, for, and sometimes fights against in this insider’s view of national politics. This is WashingTown.

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The Realities of Addiction

In this episode Congressman Ben McAdams meets with USARA (Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness) about the realities of addiction and what programs and strategies help people escape the grip of addiction. Rep. McAdams talks with those in recovering about what helps – and what doesn’t – and how partnerships between community organizations and government…

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Two views of Iran

In this episode of WashingTown, Congressman Ben McAdams talks with two of his colleagues from the House of Representatives about the tenuous relationship between the U.S. and Iran. He talks with one member from each of the major parties – Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat who represents Michigan’s 8th District, and Rep. Mark Green, a…

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How federal funds support local justice

In this episode of WashingTown, Congress Ben McAdams talks with Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill about how the federal government supports local efforts to solve crimes and support victims. Mr. Gill discusses how federal money means better investigative techniques, more training and less trauma for victims of sexual assault, especially children. They have…

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The Voices of Dreamers

In this episode, Congressman Ben McAdams talks with Luis Garza, executive director of Comunidades Unidas and several Utah students, who discuss how they feel about the House of Representatives passing the Dream and Promise Act. The Act gives those who were brought to the U.S. as children legal status and opportunities for permanent legal status in the…

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Lessons from an Olympic Athlete

In this episode, Congressman Ben McAdams has a wide-ranging conversation that includes, building Olympians through youth programs, the mindset of a gold medalist, and how the lessons of sports and teamwork apply to the job we ask of our federal representatives. Congressman McAdams shares his frustration with the partisan language that undermines the spirit of cooperation…

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Across the Aisle with John Curtis

In this episode, Congressman Ben McAdams talks with another member of Utah’s Congressional delegation – Republican Rep. John Curtis. They discuss working together on Utah issues, and what gets in the way when they try to work across party lines at the federal level. They also discuss successes and current issues in this unique public…

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Insights from an intern

In this episode of WashingTown, Congressman Ben McAdams talks to actor and activist Joshua Rush, who is an aspiring journalist currently serving as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rush starred in the Disney Channel show “Andi Mack,” and has worked in independent features like “Emelie” and “Break Point,”, as well as animation…

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The 150-year wait: An immigrant’s quest

This is a conversation with Ashish Patel, who came to the U.S. on an H1B Visa, a visa that allows companies to hire highly skilled, specialized workers from around the world. He was granted status as an immigrant in 2011, but will wait decades for a green card without changes to the current immigration laws….

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WashingTown Live, Part 2 of 2

This episode is part two of a WashingTown live event. Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics discusses the Mueller report, trying to accomplish legislative goals in the wake of the report and future hearings, the reasons he feels a constitutional amendment is necessary to balance the federal budget, and how he deals…

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WashingTown Live, Part 1 of 2

In this episode, Congressman Ben McAdams discusses his first 100 days in office with Hinckley Institute of Politics director Jason Perry in front of an audience at KSL Broadcast House. Mr. Perry talks about the class that changed the congressman’s career path, his bipartisan roots and how difficult it has been to take the philosophy…

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