The Pod Complex with Rick Ungar

The Pod Complex with Rick Ungar

The Pod Complex is a daily podcast hosted by Rick Ungar designed to continue the Rational Radio tradition of the Steele and Ungar radio program. Each day, The Pod Complex crew will bring you analysis of the big issues of the day, delivered with no spin, no talking points, and no-BS-allowed interviews.... Show More

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How much do you pay for your meds? Given the skyrocketing price of pharmaceutical drugs, probably way too much. So how do we solve that problem? Rick talks with Peter Pitts, former FDA Associate Commissioner and President and co-founder of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.
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Is the Green New Deal a Good Deal? And can a national infrastructure project help the environment? Rick talks with Kevin DeGood about how America's infrastructure and climate change go hand in hand. Kevin DeGood is the director of Infrastructure Policy at American Progress. His work focuses on how highway, transit, aviation, and maritime policy affect America’s global competitiveness, access to opportunity for diverse communiti...
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Rick discusses the tweets of Ilhan Omar on AIPAC and talks with Richard Manning on the state of the economy under Donald Trump. Richard Manning is the President of Americans for Limited Government. He worked directly with President Trump on trade issues during Trump's run for office. Manning also serves on Trump's transition team in the Labor Department. You can call in to the show any time at (833) 711-RICK. That's (83...
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Rick delves into the President Trump and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin's recent statements about socialism and talks with Alex Shephard about the possible presidential candidacy of Howard Schultz. Alex Shephard is a staff writer at The New Republic.
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How did conservatives respond to Trump's State Of The Union address? Rick talks with Stacy Washington to find out. Stacy Washington, co-chair of the Project 21 National Advisory Board, is a wife and mom of three fantastic kids. She hosts the nationally syndicated Stacy on the Right Show, broadcast on Urban Family Talk and American Family Radio weekdays from 2-4pm Central out of St. Louis, Missouri. Stacy is an Emmy-nominated TV...
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Rick talks about the realities of implementing medicare-for-all and chats with Rick Wilson about the State of The Union Address and the news of the day. Rick Wilson is a Republican consultant and Daily Beast columnist. He’s the author of the upcoming book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.
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Why is the Trump Administration reducing the number of drug options with regard to Medicare? Rick exposes stealth Medicare coverage discrimination and talks with William Ogburn about the situation in Venezuela and the Russian nuke treaty. William Ogborn is a strategic communications and public diplomacy expert with a highly successful track record as both a director and strategist for US government entities--the US House of Represe...
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Why is Trump fighting with his intel chiefs? Rick examines the state of President Trump's conflict with the facts and has a conversation with Dana Milbank. Dana Milbank is a nationally syndicated op-ed columnist with the Washington Post. He also provides political commentary for various TV outlets, and he is the author of three books on politics, including the national bestseller “Homo Politicus.” You can call in to the show an...
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Rick delves into the topic of cybersecurity in America with Morgan Wright and asks why Trump is so often at odds with the experts. Morgan Wrightan expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyberterrorism, identity theft and privacy. He previously worked as a senior adviser in the U.S. State Department Antiterrorism Assistance Program and as senior law enforcement adviser for the 2012 Republican National Convention. 
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How do we pay for Medicare For All? Rick may have the answer as he talks with guest Merrill Matthews and has some advice for presidential candidates. Dr. Merrill Matthews is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation.
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Could former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz become president? Rick discusses the question and brings on guest, Salena Zito. Salena Zito joined Washington Examiner in 2016 as a Pittsburgh-based columnist and reporter, and is also a columnist at the New York Post. She is the author of The Great Revolt. She's a CNN contributor. You can call in to the show any time at (833) 711-RICK. That's (833) 711-7425.
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Rick compares two wealthy Americans - J.B. Ptizker and Wilbur Ross - and their very different reactions to the government shutdown. Plus, John Solomon joins the show to discuss his investigative reporting into the FBI. John Solomon is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work over the years has exposed U.S. and FBI intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal scientists’ misuse of foster children and vetera...
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Rick asks whether Congress should add back earmark funding for members of Congress and talks with Eric Segall about the latest cases coming before the Supreme Court. Eric Segall is the Kathy and Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law at Georgia State University and the author of Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court Is Not a Court. You can call in to the show any time at (833) 711-RICK. That's (833) 711-7425.
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Rick asks whether political outsiders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be able to make progress in the swamp that is Washington DC. Alice Stewart joins rick to discuss the government shutdown. She's a CNN Political Commentator, veteran Senior Communications Advisor on numerous presidential campaigns and an Emmy Award winning journalist.
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Rick takes a break from politics and talks about... The Beatles! His guest is Ken Mansfield, the Beatles' US manager of their Apple Records label and their personal liaison between the UK and the US. His new book is The Roof: The Beatles’ Final Concert.
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Was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrong to suggest the State Of The Union Address be submitted in writing or postponed until after the government shutdown? Rick discusses this and other aspects of our current national morass with Andrew C. McCarthy is a contributing editor at National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a Fox News contributor. He is a former Chief Assistant United States Attorney in the South...
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What set off the radical polarization of American politics and why was the year 1974 so critical in out political history? Rick discusses the topic with Julian Zelizer is a historian at Princeton University and a CNN Political Analyst. He's the co-author with Kevin Kruse of Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974.
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January 14, 2019 47 min
Rick delves into the questionable tactics that Donald Trump is using against Michael Cohen and discusses Democratic strategy and policy with Chris Hahn, Fox News contributor and former aide to Senator Chuck Schumer. You can call in to the show any time at (833) 711-RICK. That's (833) 711-7425.
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It's not just the left that hates the idea of a border wall - libertarians are opposed as well. Rick digs into the arguments against it with David J. Bier is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. 
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Could a declaration of national emergency over the border wall be a good move for President Trump? Rick discusses the legal possibilities and talks with Alan Dershowitz about Trump's latest personal legal troubles. You can call in to the show any time at (833) 711-RICK. That's (833) 711-7425.
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