Snollygoster

Snollygoster takes an in-depth look at politics in Ohio. Each week we dig into the top political stories in Columbus and Ohio and explore national stories that impact the state by talking with politicians, reporters and other news-makers. (In case you're wondering, a "snollygoster" is a shrewd and unprincipled politician.)

Listen to Snollygoster on the WOSU Public Media mobile app, in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts.

In this special edition of the Snollygoster podcast, host Mike Thompson leads a discussion with a panel of guests at WOSU's Politics & A Pint event at Wolf's Ridge Brewing.

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Human Rights Campaign dinner at Ohio State University, Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Columbus.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss Joe Biden's campaign stop in Columbus and his appeal with young progressive voters. Nick Evans, WOSU reporter, joins the show.

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
John Locher / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss what legalized sports gambling will look like in Ohio. Brent Johnson, a reporter who covers the New Jersey Statehouse for the Star Ledger and NJ.com, joins the show.

Abortion supporters gather outside the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday to rally against the anti-abortion laws in the state.
Sam Aberle / Ohio Public Radio

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown examine the backlash against the strict abortion bans passing in Ohio and states across the county. Jo Ingles, statehouse reporter for Ohio Public Radio and Television, joins the show.

On Friday, March 22, 2019, a participant smokes a marijuana cigarette during at meet and greet at "Tommy Chong's Live, Love, and Smoke Tour" in Los Angeles.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss efforts to reform drug laws so users would avoid jail time and the stigma of a felony conviction. Gary Daniels, chief lobbyist for the ACLU of Ohio, joins the show.

David Niven, a professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati holds a map demonstrating a gerrymandered Ohio district, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss gerrymandering and the court order to reconfigure Ohio's congressional districts.  Mark Joseph Stern, who covers the courts and law for Slate, joins the show.

Tony Dejak / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss Gov. Mike DeWine's first 100 days in office. Karen Kasler, Statehouse Bureau Chief for Ohio Public Radio, joins the show.

Spring Break

Apr 25, 2019
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Snollygoster is taking a short break this week but will be back with a new episode on May 2. In the meantime, Steve Brown gives us a quick rundown of the top politcal stories in Ohio, including automatic voter registration, the ECOT case, and a bill to stop child drag shows.

New Columbus Schools superintendent Talisa Dixon talks to students at Trevitt Elementary in King-Lincoln.
Olivia Miltner / WOSU

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss proposed changes to how the state reforms schools with poor academic performance. Andy Chow, a reporter for the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau, joins the show.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listen as Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown gauge the growing 2020 Democratic presidential field through the eyes of a first-time voter.

Ohio State student Kevon Snodgrass is engaged in local politics. She joins the show to talk about what she likes and dislikes from some of the candidates who have their eyes on the White House. 

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Mike Thompson and guest host Ann Fisher discuss a proposed constitutional amendment before requiring that Ohio’s presidential electoral votes go to the winner of the national popular vote.

Ned Foley, an Ohio State law professor and elections expert, joins the show.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Steve Brown and Mike Thompson discuss what a recent poll says about the minds of Ohio voters.  Lauren Copeland, associate director of Baldwin Wallace University's Community Research Institute, joins the show.

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Steve Brown and guest host Ann Fisher discuss how Democrats advocate for their agenda when they are badly outnumbered in state government. Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes joins the show.

The chamber of the House of Representatives is seen before convening for the first day of the 116th Congress with Democrats holding the majority, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Steve Brown and guest host Ann Fisher discuss the lawsuit to redraw the state's congressional map before the 2020 election. Reporter Nick Evans joins the show.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a Culinary Union hall Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Las Vegas.
John Locher / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss Sen. Sherrod Brown's announcement that he won't be running for president.

Political commentator Mary Anne Sharkey also joins the show to discuss the proposed gas tax hike and Gov. DeWine's State of the State address. 

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