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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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An Unkept Promise

Members of Utah’s Pacific Islander community met with with Rep. Ben McAdams, Utah’s only Democrat in its congressional delegation, in Washington D.C., to discuss the reauthorization of COFA (Compacts of Free Association) in 2023 and how changes to the U.S. healthcare system a few years ago took medicaid benefits from a population deserves them. Not…

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A Republican and Two Democrats discuss managing public lands

If the Federal Government manages state land, how do local government’s generate revenue? In this episode, Rep. Ben McAdams discusses public lands, including how the state is compensated for the public land managed by the federal government, with Piute County Commissioner, Darin Bushman, a Republican, and Summit County Councilman Glenn Wright, a Democrat. The trio…

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The work of a surgeon activist

In this episode, Rep. Ben McAdams talks with Utah surgeon Dr. Scott Leckman about his advocacy work for on behalf of the poorest among us. He talks about what Dr. Leckman has been involved with, how Congress has responded to his requests for help, and what he’s working on in the future. Dr. Leckman explains…

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Extended Episode: At the Border with the Problem Solver’s Caucus

This is an extended episode in which, Rep. Ben McAdams visits the U.S. southern border with colleagues from the Problem Solver’s Caucus. He interviews Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a Republican from Ohio, Rep. Tom Reed, R-New York, and Rep. Abigail Spanberger, R-Virginia, about what they saw during their visit and how they might find solutions to the…

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Does Utah have the cure for the country’s health care woes?

In this episode, Rep. Ben McAdams talks with Marc Harrison, president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, about what innovative ways the company has found that might provide guidance for the federal government as they try to address health care issues. He also discusses how aspects of what’s being developed in Utah can serve as a…

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At the Border with the Problem Solver’s Caucus

  In this episode, Rep. Ben McAdams visits the U.S. southern border with colleagues from the Problem Solver’s Caucus. He interviews Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a Republican from Ohio, about what they saw during their visit and how they might find solutions to the growing crisis. The problem, McAdams says, is much more complicated and nuanced…

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Shopping at the Same Grocery Store

In this episode, Rep. Ben McAdams talks with Salt Lake City Council members about why local government tends to get so much done despite very different political philosophies. From homeless issues to infrastructure projects, local government officials set aside personal differences to accomplish a wide range of things that stall in halls of our federal…

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A big sister’s perspective

In this episode, we bring you an edited version of the podcast “Thanks for sharing” with Jackie Pack. The Bountiful addiction recovery therapist is the older sister of Congressman Ben McAdams, and they discuss overcoming the difficulties of their childhood, how hardships shaped him, and how politics can become something that helps people and heals…

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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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