InfluenceWatch Podcast

The podcast where we go beneath the surface to reveal the web of connected influence, money, and motivation driving the news.

About the show

The podcast where we go beneath the surface to reveal the web of connected influence, money, and motivation driving the news, sourced primarily from our website, the Capital Research Center's online encyclopedia of the donors, non-profits, and influencers driving politics.

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  • Episode 10: De Blasio’s New York

    February 8th, 2018  |  39 mins 23 secs
    berlinrosen, bill de blasio, campaign, corruption, democrat, democratic party, fight for $15, mayor, money, new york, new york city, nyc, politics, progressive agenda committee, seiu, seiu 1199, service employees international union, special interests, working families party

    Who is Mayor Bill de Blasio? Who wanted him in office and why? And why ought we be concerned about him and his potential run for president?

  • Episode 9: Koch vs. Soros

    February 1st, 2018  |  56 mins 14 secs
    americans for prosperity, billionaire, cato, charity, charles koch, conservative, corruption, david koch, democracy alliance, donor, foundation, foundation to promote open society, george soros, influence, koch brothers, koch industries, koch seminar network, libertarian, mercatus center, money, money in politics, open society, open society foundations, philanthropy, policy center, politics, reason foundation, special interest, super pac

    Who impacts our politics more, the Koch Brothers or George Soros? And to what end? We detail their political empires.

  • Episode 8: The Opioid Crisis

    January 25th, 2018  |  43 mins 46 secs
    addiction, conservative, crisis, drugs, fentanyl, heroin, libertarian, opiates, opioids, painkillers, politics, prescription, public health, rural america, trump

    We discuss the opioid crisis, the influencers who contributed to it and those trying to stop it, and the battle over the President's Nationwide Public Health Emergency to address the opioid crisis.

  • Episode 7: Behind the Immigration Battle Lines

    January 18th, 2018  |  45 mins 46 secs
    center for immigration studies, conservative, daca, deferred action for childhood arrivals,, government, government shutdown, illegal immigration, immigration, libertarian, migration policy institute, policy, politics, president, racism, shithole, trump, trump administration, undocumented

    We discuss DACA, the president's "vulgar" comments, and the influencers on both sides of the immigration debate.

  • Episode 6: Government Shutdown?!

    January 11th, 2018  |  41 mins 2 secs
    big government, budget, conservative, debt, deficit, federal, government, libertarian, money, politics, shutdown, special interests, spending

    Negotiations over the federal budget have started in Washington, leading to the possibility of a government shutdown if no deal is reached. What does this mean, and who are the special interests looking to protect their funding in the budget?

  • Episode 5: Uprising in Iran

    January 4th, 2018  |  37 mins 26 secs
    analysis, conservative, deal, foreign policy, iran, nuclear, obama, ploughshares fund, politics, protests

    Protests for reform have broken out in Iran, with the theocratic state cracking down leaving 21 people dead. How did we get to this point, and what does it tell us about President Obama's nuclear deal with the regime?

  • Episode 4: Year in Review

    December 28th, 2017  |  40 mins 27 secs

    For our final show of the year, Scott and Mike take us through the biggest stories of 2017 to tell us about why they matter and the influencers behind them.

  • Episode 3: The Battle Over Net Neutrality

    December 21st, 2017  |  34 mins 58 secs
    conservative, fcc, free market, internet, net neutrality, politics, regulations

    The FCC votes to remove Obama-era Net Neutrality regulations. Will this really hurt the internet and raise your prices? Who wanted Net Neutrality and why?

  • Episode 2: Judges! Judges! Judges!

    December 14th, 2017  |  46 mins 45 secs
    appointments, conservative, courts, judiciary, nominees, politics, president trump, senate

    Who gets to control the courts for the next forty years? The administration fights against left-wing organizations to get their judges confirmed.

  • Episode 1: Hollywood Explodes

    December 7th, 2017  |  38 mins 1 sec
    entertainment, feminism, film, hollywood, politics, sex scandal, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, television

    How is Hollywood, the land of progressive politics, also the land of sexual misconduct?