Episode 15: Campaign Music with Margaret Talev of Axios

Bob’s guest this week is Margaret Talev, White House and Politics Editor at Axios and a CNN political analyst. Margaret is also a huge music fan who’s paid close attention to the soundtracks of campaigns for as long as she’s been on the trail.  

Margaret and Bob discuss which campaigns have harnessed the power of music effectively, and why it’s worked. There’s also the inevitable awkwardness (and occasional lawsuit) when a campaign co-opts the music of a political opponent, as is happening now with the Trump campaign on multiple fronts.

Finally they examine Joe Biden’s VP shortlist and which factors the campaign should consider most as they make their final choice. 

Featured Music:

Chris Martin, “Til’ Kingdom Come” (From Beau Biden’s funeral)

They Might Be Giants, “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too”

The Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

Tom Petty, “I Won’t Back Down”

Curtis Mayfield, “Move On Up”

Politics of Truth is brought to you by Osiris Media. Executive Producer is Adam Caplan. Produced by RJ Bee. Edited, mixed and mastered by Brad Stratton. Art by Mark Dowd. To discover more podcasts that help you connect more deeply with the music you love, check out osirispod.com.


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