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Blue Dog

Conservative Democrats are sometimes called Blue Dog Democrats. Grant explains why. Check out the work of George Rodrigue, the Blue Dog artist. This is part of a complete episode.


T-Triple-P  n.— «Sampson accused Republicans of caring only about “T triple P—titles, power, pork and patronage.”» —“Democrats say they want to get back to work” by Cara Matthews Politics on the Hudson (New...


What’s a Luddite? Martha explains that this term for “someone resistant to technological change” has its roots in a form of populist rage in the early 19th century. This is part of a complete episode.

From the Head Down

“A fish stinks from the head down.” When an Indianapolis woman is quoted saying that, she’s accused of calling someone a stinky fish. She says she wasn’t speaking literally, insisting that this is a turn of phrase that means...


Back to political talk: Is there an etymological connection between the words caucus and Caucasian? This is part of a complete episode.