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 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?