Down the Middle: A Political Podcast

Created and Hosted by Rob Leifer and Justin Siegel

About the show

Now the fastest growing moderate political podcast in the nation! Join two best friends, Rob, a moderate Democrat, and Justin, a moderate Republican, as they engage in some calm and less calm, but always civil, discourse. DTM is a show about politics and current events through the lens of moderation, measuredness, common ground, understanding, and compassion. Indoctrinate yourself into moderate values, and join the Moderation Revolution!

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Episodes

  • Bonus: 'Buzzed History and Interview with the Honorable Fred Zeidman Part II'

    November 25th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  27 mins 43 secs
    democrat, faith, government, news, politics, republican, thanksgiving

    Join Justin for a special Thanksgiving edition of 'Buzzed History', for the conclusion of our interview with the Honorable Fred Zeidman (originally released Aug 14th, 2020), and because it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a little family, the interview includes a special appearance by 'father of the pod', Ambassador Ned Siegel.

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  • Interview with Emily Conrad

    November 20th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  30 mins 51 secs
    democrat, electoral college, emily conrad, faith, government, news, politics, republican

    Join us as we sit down with author of “The Faithless? The Untold Story of the Electoral College”, Emily Conrad. We discuss Emily’s book, of course, and we talk all things Electoral College; where it’s been, where it’s going, and how it looks at present since the Supreme Court cases of this past summer. All that and a little more on this weeks interview only segment of Down the Middle.

    What do you think of the EC, which are the initials for both our guest and our subject matter, so sound off on either on the Discord!!

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  • Episode 23: "So Electorally Collegial"

    November 19th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 50 mins
    democrat, faith, government, news, politics, republican

    Join us this week as we make good on our word to answer listener questions, actually introduce a segment on the news (it's about time), where we discuss the election lawsuit updates, and exactly whom President Trump has fired in the past two weeks, get into some 'Culture Corner' with Bill Maher, President Obama, alt-social media, and Harry Styles, give out the Bonehead of the Week award not to Donald Trump, and get down on the Electoral College in our 'Topic of the Day'.

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  • Episode 22: "A Cup of Joe Bye-Don" Post-Election Special

    November 13th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 40 mins
    biden, democrat, election, faith, government, news, politics, republican, trump

    Welcome to Season 2 of Down the Middle: A Political Podcast. We've made it!

    Join us as we kick off Season 2 by unpacking as many events from the past….how long has it been? A year? No. ….ONE WEEK!?!? Ok...as many events from the past week as we can. We talk about the election (duh), the polls, the current state of the Senate, how and where the country voted, the voter fraud allegations by the Trump administration and Trump himself, where aaaaall of the litigation currently sits, Biden’s acceptance speech, the current war brewing inside the Democratic Party, the aftermath of Trumpism, and a public service announcement from us…spoiler alert: WEAR A MASK. And at the end of the episode, you’ll hear us both pass out from exhaustion.

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  • Episode 21: "Oh My Word, It's Almost the 3rd" Election Special

    October 30th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 42 mins
    biden, democrat, election, faith, government, news, politics, republican, trump

    Join us for a Special Election Episode of the Pod; the very last episode of Season 1. Riz spouts an ideological pontification in this week's 'We Care a Lot' segment, we briefly review the final Biden/Trump debate in 'Cut me Mick', we bring back 'Virtually Debatable' for a final virtual sparring session with Mr. Ben Shapiro, and send you off to the polls or your mailbox with a few final words from us both... one at a time, of course. Less than a week to go; if you haven't voted, what the heck are you waiting for!?

    Link to the DTM Election Night Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/103093954752195/posts/183990519995871/

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  • Episode 20: "iReddit on Facebook"

    October 22nd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 2 mins
    democrat, faith, government, news, politics, republican

    Aaaaand, we're back! Join us for Episode 20: "iReddit on Facebook", where we take a very long time to answer a listener question about foreign policy in this weeks 'We Care a Lot' segment, rant to our hearts content about the ACB hearings and media bias, briefly discuss the VP debate, have a sing along with songs about presidents in this weeks 'Culture Corner', and get real deep into what could be the most important 'Topic of the Day' yet: The Internet and Free Speech.

    Oh yeah, and Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote.

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  • Bonus: 'Buzzed History' and Interview with Lloyd Chapman

    October 15th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  53 mins 53 secs
    democrat, faith, government, lloyd chapman, news, politics, ppp, republican, sbl

    Join us as we take the week off, but still find time to dive deep into the Small Business Administration, or as you know them, the government agency that gave all that PPP money to Yeezy, The Archdiocese of New York, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Forbes Media, and TGI Fridays. First up, a 'Buzzed History' on the history of the SBA, followed by an interview with the President and founder of the American Small Business League, Lloyd Chapman. The ASBL has been spearheading litigation to acquire information on small business utilization in government contracts, and acting as a voice for small business in Washington DC. The general aim of the ASBL is to prevent federal small business contracts from being diverted to large corporation. We get into what the ASBL does and its history, the current lawsuit the ASBL has against the SBA for transparency for the PPP loans, and a few conspiracy theories might carry some weight....but as always, we'll let you decide for yourself. Throw on your flippers and dive right in; the water is fine.

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  • Episode 19: "The POTUS’s Hoax-us Pokes Us"

    October 8th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 34 mins
    democrat, faith, government, news, politics, republican

    Join us as we Trump Trump Trump Trump our way through all of the White House COVID craziness and try to make some semblance of sense of it all, as we just can't seem to run away from the news. We bring back some favorite segments like ‘New Tone-ian Physics’, and ‘The Trump Whisperer’; we talk about the President’s walking away from the Congressional covid relief negotiation table, the latest polls and what it means for the election, and we sit down with John Gomez from ‘Twin XL’ for a new ‘Shut Up and Sing’. Last but certainly not least, we introduce a new segment that we know will become a fan favorite: ‘Extremely Normal News’, because we need more talk about squirrels on this show. You wanted it, you got it, Episode 19 is here.

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  • Episode 18: "Oh my Pod, it's Voter Fraud!"

    October 1st, 2020  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 6 mins
    democrat, faith, government, news, politics, republican

    Join us this week for segments aplenty as we dive faces first into ACB and Catholicism in our new segment 'Keep the Faith'; Trump's Tax Troubles in our other new segment 'Controversy of the Week'; AND YET ANOTHER new segment called 'Cut me, Mick', where we very large sigh attempt to break down the first Presidential (if you can call it that) debate, and afterwards, Rob takes another shot at everyone's favorite game show 'Is this a quote from the first Presidential debate, or just a thing I made up?' Don't worry, we didn't forget the topic of the week: Voting and Voter Fraud, which is chock full of information with J's 'Buzzed History', this week's 'Bonehead of the Week', and we give our new editor-in-chief of the forthcoming 'The Intermediary' a call to discuss this topic as well. Yep, we think it's all a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck too, let's jump in, shall we?

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  • Episode 17: "Ruth-less Apocalypse; Endless Politics"

    September 24th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 52 mins
    democrat, faith, government, news, politics, republican

    Join us, as we ourselves are joined by a very special guest for the entirety of this episode on all things SCOTUS. We pay tribute to RBG, get into some Supreme Court 101, buzz through a 'Buzzed History' on a few landmark cases of the Supreme Court, bring back an old segment-friend, 'Partisanship: A Hell of A Drug', discuss the insanity going on in the Senate, and get some background on President Trump's potential nominees. This one is a barn burner, so don't try to take it sitting down. This Is Episode Seveeeenteeeeeen.

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  • Interview with Santa Monica Pete

    September 20th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  36 mins 42 secs
    democrat, faith, government, los angeles, news, politics, regulation, republican, santa monica

    Let's talk regulations! Ok... we know that doesn't sound all THAT exciting; but you won't believe the story that our friend Santa Monica Pete has for you. Join us as we sit down with Santa Monica Pete to discuss some of the terrifying and restrictive regulations that local cities can place on its citizens and the reprecussions. Are these good or bad for businesses? Are these good or bad for citizens? Let us know what you think in our Discord. Link below and in our bio!

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  • Episode 16: "Woodward and BURNstein"

    September 17th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 52 mins
    biden, democrat, environment, faith, fires, government, news, politics, republican, samaire armstrong, trump, woodward

    Join us this week, for a wild ride through a vast myriad of topics (deep inhale)... We tackle the politicization of professional sports, a bit more about law enforcement, we're joined by actress and singer, Samaire Armstrong, for our new segment "Shut up and Sing"; we dole out a new Bonehead of the Week, and we discuss the Woodward tapes and a few more recent political disasters. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! Don't worry, we didn't forget the Topic of the Week: Environmental Regulation and Fire. Justin explores the roots of the American environmental movement and government-sanctioned environmental regulations in a new Buzzed History, and we discuss the ongoing wildfires and who, or what is to blame. Pull up your bootstraps, cowboys and girls, it's political rodeo-ing time!

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