Just Ask the Question Podcast

Just Ask the Question Podcast

Just Ask the Question is a unique and provocative look at the news in today’s headlines. Playboy White House correspondent and CNN political analyst Brian Karem hosts a conversation with newsmakers across the spectrum, asking the hardest questions and engaging them in deep conversation about issues that matter to all of us. Just Ask the Question is an unedited conversation with those in the public eye who influence life in the United States. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard.

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May 28, 2021 67 min

Michael Stephen Steele is an American conservative political commentator, attorney, and former Republican Party politician. Steele served as the seventh lieutenant governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007; he was the first African-American elected to statewide office in Maryland.


He joins us to talk about the state of the modern GOP and it's uncertain future.

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Michael Cohen. After a dozen years as Trump’s lawyer and fixer, Cohen famously broke with his boss in 2018. He pleaded guilty to tax fraud, bank fraud, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress. He was sentenced to three years in federal prison, although because of the pandemic he was released last May to serve out his sentence under house arrest. He joins us on Just Ask the Question for a lively discussion about Donald Tr...

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Baratunde Thurston  is an American writer, comedian, and commentator. Thurston was director of digital for The Onion and his  2012, book "How to be Black" is a New York Times Bestseller. He now hosts his own podcast "How to Citizen". He joins us today to talk current events and how to combat systemic racism in the 21st century.


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Known as Rex the King and Sexy Rexy during his basketball playing days, Rex Chapman is a social media influencer and NCAA basketball analyst. He's a former University of Kentucky standout and pro basketball player who overcame addiction to reclaim his life. We talk about that and much more in this edition of "Just Ask the Question" - including the answer to a very important question: "What did Sacha Baron Cohen want...

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We speak with actress Claudia Black about these and how Science Fiction can save the world in this episode of Just Ask The Question.


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Jason Miller joins us to discuss why he still works for Donald Trump. Miller is serving as a senior adviser to the former president, and has continued to lend the press insight into Trump's thinking -- from when he'll get back on social media to whether he's contemplating a trip to the border. In March, he signed on to be a contributor to a pro-Trump net-work Newsmax.

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John T. Bennett has covered Washington’s policy and political debates for nearly two decades, focusing at various stops on the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House. He was the senior White House correspondent for CQ Roll Call for nearly a half-decade and was most recently the Washington bureau chief for the Independent. Bennett’s work has also appeared in the HillUSA TodayDefense News, and other major publications. Joe Biden...

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Wajahat Ali is a journalist, writer, lawyer, an award-winning playwright, a TV host, and a consultant for the U.S. State Department. Previously, Ali helped launch the Al Jazeera America network as co-host of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream, a daily news show that extended the conversation to social media and beyond. He was also a National Correspondent, Political Reporter, and Social Media Expert for Al Jazeera America. 

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What's the Democratic answer to the Republican "Lincoln Project"? It's the Meidas touch of course, brought to you by three enterprising brothers with a sense of humor and politics. Join us on Just Ask the Question for their story. 


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Adam Parkhomenko is an American political strategist and organizer who served as National Field Director for the DNC in 2016. He was the co-founder and executive director of Ready For Hillary.  In the 2017 party election, Parkhomenko was a candidate for Vice Chair of theDNC


He Joins us to discuss the state of Biden's Presidency after 6 weeks.

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March 3, 2021 44 min

A mix of popular recent episodes to celebrate our 100,000th download!

Episodes:

Bryan Fogel

Soledad O'Brien

Daryl Davis

Ron Perlman

Randy Rainbow

and

Rick Wilson

Thank you to everyone for listening! We appreciate every one of you!

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Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, a member of the Tea Party and an opponent of Donald Trump's, briefly, during Trump's 2020 reelection bid joins us this week on Just Ask The Question to discuss the future of the GOP, why Joe wants to slap Matt Gaetz and what he thinks of Ted Cruz running away to Mexico.



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Gregg Smith is jumping into the U.S Representative's race in Western Colorado, hoping to survive a Democratic primary to challenge QAnon Representative Lauren Boebert. Why now? Smith thinks Boebert will be implicated and indicted in the January 6 Capitol Insurrection - and that a special election will be held this year to find her successor. He is a former Erik Prince business partner and Whistle Blower. He joins us on Just Ask...

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This week our Department of Justice expert Michael Zeldin goes over the issue - a day before the Trump Trial in the senate begins.


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Claire Finkelstein is the Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the Director of its Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law.

She joins us to talk the constitution, the state of the republic and the future of the executive branch.

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Is Joe Biden for real? Does the new president really want to unify the country, and how can he do it? Moe Vela, a former high ranking member of Vice President Biden's staff talks to us on Just Ask the Question and enlightens us on the real Joe Biden.

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Rick Wilson is one of the Leaders of the Lincoln Project. In this episode of "Just Ask The Question" he talks about the success his group had in defeating Donald Trump and who the country should hold accountable for the Capitol Insurrection.



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Bryan Fogel is an American film director, producer, author, playwright, speaker and human rights activist, best known for the 2017 documentary Icarus, which won an Academy award. Fogel most recently has directed and produced the 2020 American documentary film The Dissident that follows the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia's effort to control international dissent. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film ...

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Can we use the 25th Amendment? Impeachment? Will Trump Pardon himself.


On Just Ask The Question. . .

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Ron Perlman is a classically-trained actor who has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions. He joins us this week to discuss Trump, January 6th and the future of Republic.

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