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Total Recall
California’s Political Circus
It reads like a movie script. The year? 2003. The mission? Defeat hundreds of challengers to save the state of California and become its leader. But this wasn't a movie... it was a real-life election for governor that featured adult film stars, sumo wrestlers, comedians, and ended with the election of action star Arnold Schwarzenegger. In Total Recall: California’s Political Circus, CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash will unpack the scandal, partisanship, and celebrity of the Golden State’s 2003 recall election – and explore what it might have forecasted about...
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Ratings & Reviews
3.6 stars from 149 ratings
An exciting listen !
This series really makes listening to politics fun. Thanks, Dana and team, for the great series!
Mart604ez via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 10/07/21
Rhyming History
The similarity of “celebrity” overpowering candidate qualifications, the repeated disregard of politicians to provide for citizens welfare (read: failed grids) and the hinkie high jinks of California recalls could be totally demoralizing...yet Bash et al make this well researched history lesson...Read full review »
SRSC12 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/02/21
Good Context
Good storytelling so far ans helpful context b/c I barely remember 2003 anymore. I wished all the episodes were released at once because it is a good binge listen. Also good to use some of the episodes in course lessons
Ongarrett via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/26/21
Recent Episodes
And just like that, we’ve arrived at the final chapter of our story: The 2021 California Recall. There are plenty of echoes of the 2003 recall in the latest effort to oust Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom. It was a complete circus... but with a completely different result. In this episode, we’ll...
Published 10/13/21
After months of learning about the 2003 recall —talking to candidates, reporters, and experts —wefinally get to speak with the man himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. And as you might imagine, he wasn’t exactly shy. In this episode, we take you inside his Los Angeles mansion, meet his eclectic pets,...
Published 10/06/21
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