Down the Middle: A Political Podcast

Created and Hosted by Rob Leifer and Justin Siegel

About the show

A new political podcast from two best friends Rob and Justin, a moderate Democrat and a moderate Republican. This is a show about politics and current events through the lens of moderation, measuredness, common ground, understanding, and compassion. Join us as we engage in some calm and some less calm, but always civil discourse.

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Episodes

  • Interview with The Honorable Fred Zeidman

    August 14th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 4 mins
    democrat, faith, george w bush, government, israel, news, politics, republican, texas

    Join us as we sit down with the Chairman Emeritus of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, The Honorable Fred Zeidman, to discuss the current state of the GOP, Texas politics, and Israel and Jewish affairs. We get access to some incredible political stories from the golden age of the GOP and what might be to come.

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  • Episode 12: "Israeli Hot in Here"

    August 12th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 7 mins
    ben shapiro, democrat, faith, government, israel, news, politics, republican, seth rogan

    Join us as we welcome you back to the pod after our week off (well for one of us anyway). We cover a great deal on this episode; we rant a little (it’s actually a lot), take questions from you: our listeners, engage in a three way debate with clips from the Ben Shapiro Show, get real serious with the topic of the day: Israel (we're looking at you, Seth Rogan), and so, so, so much more. It’s ‘get more bang for your buck’ week on DTM!

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  • Bonus: 'Buzzed History' and Interview with Dr. Andrew Part II

    August 5th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  56 mins 51 secs
    democrat, faith, government, healthcare, news, osage, politics, republican, socialism

    Join us, as we take a week off and leave you with this bonus episode, let's call it 11.5. We have a special 'Buzzed History' that pulls a subject from our Episode 10 conversation with Professor Marc M. Cogman, and the exciting conclusion of our interview with Dr. Andrew where we discuss a bit more healthcare and trip and fall into a debate on socialism.

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  • Interview with Paul Angelo

    August 1st, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 26 mins
    bernie sanders, democrat, faith, government, news, politics, republican, socialism

    Join us as we discuss, debate and engage (civilly, of course) with Mr. Paul Angelo, a self described socialist. We cover a great amount of ground including, but not limited to: Obama, Clinton, Trump, and of course, Bernie, the military, Venezuela, different subsets of socialists, and so much more. So hang onto your hats, and keep your hands and feet inside your vehicle at all times!!

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  • Episode 11: "There's A Schism in Your Ism"

    July 29th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 22 mins
    bernie sanders, democrat, faith, government, news, politics, republican, socialism

    Join us as we delve into the muddy waters of socialism and the Bernie Sanders "Let's Spend All of the Government's Money" plan, discuss President Trump’s various interviews, tone changes, rhetoric shifts, and how the media interprets them, and we address even more listener feedback directed at...you guessed it: Mr. Rob Leifer. Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe.

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  • Episode 10: "The Education and Indoctrination Dissertation (feat. Professor Marc M. Cogman)

    July 22nd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 43 mins
    academic bias, democrat, faith, government, marc m cogman, news, politics, republican

    Join us as we celebrate reaching Episode 10 with a lively discussion featuring special guest, and best friend of the pod, Professor Marc M. Cogman. We consider the nuances of academic bias and the systems that perpetuate the surrounding narrative. Is it real or not?! Sound off on our Discord here: https://discord.gg/kjFBCkW, on our socials, and don't forget to rate, review and subscribe!

  • Interview with Dr. Andrew Part I

    July 19th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  52 mins 12 secs
    coronavirus, covid19, democrat, faith, government, news, politics, republican, virus

    Join us as we sit down with one of Rob's oldest and closest friends, Dr. Andrew, to talk all things COVID-19, with a smattering of politics there at the end. We dispel some myths, and get some very important clarifications and answers on a host of virus related issues. Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe wherever you are listening to the pod, and join our Discord! The link is here: https://discord.gg/kjFBCkW

  • Episode 9: "The Hell in HEaLthcare"

    July 15th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 16 mins
    democrat, faith, government, healthcare, news, obamacare, politics, republican

    Join us as we tackle....you guessed it: healthcare! We dive in deep to address the ongoing conversation surrounding the medical system in our country, and we discuss a few others as well. This week's Buzzed History explores the history of healthcare since the 1700s, and we have some great new segments for you including 'Father Knows Best' with special guest father (also Rob's father), Mr. Herb Leifer. Don't forget to rate, review, subscribe, and join us on our new Discord Page here: https://discord.gg/kjFBCkW

  • Episode 8: "Statues, Statutes, Statures, & Statistics"

    July 8th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 13 mins
    covid, democrat, faith, government, news, politics, republican, statues

    Join us, as we dive feet first (while closing our eyes and holding our noses) back into current events. We tackle some searing listener feedback in Honest Abe's Housekeeping Hangout, we talk about some statues (with a title like that, how could we not!?), the media, the 4th of July, the President's speech at Mount Rushmore, and we get to some updated COVID talk and the government response. It's a heavy episode, so buckle up, it's a bumpy ride!!!

  • Interview with Charlie and Lisa Spies

    July 2nd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  48 mins 52 secs
    democrat, donald trump, faith, government, jeb bush, mitt romney, news, politics, republican

    Join us as we sit down with Washington D.C. political power couple, Charlie and Lisa Spies to discuss PACs and Super PACs, the Republican Party and President Trump, Senator Mitt Romney, and so much more. Tune in, and don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!!

  • Episode 7: "Biden His Time (?)"

    June 30th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 8 mins
    democrat, faith, government, joe biden, mitt romney, news, politics, republican

    Join us as we tackle Rage Against the Machine's politics in this weeks Honest Abe's Housekeeping Hangout, discuss political 'whataboutism', Mitt Romney, cancel culture, Columbine, and Tipper Gore's Parental Advisory sticker. We explore Warren G. Harding's 'Return to Normalcy' campaign on this weeks 'Buzzed History' as we begin our discussion on the Biden campaign, and we introduce the our new segments 'Partisanship: A Hell of A Drug', and 'Let's Get Personal'.

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  • Interview with Professor Adam MacLeod

    June 19th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  49 mins 14 secs
    academic, civility, democrat, faith, government, news, politics, professor, republican, university

    Join us as we go in deep with Professor Adam MacLeod on the topic of civil discourse and how to bring our nation back to civility. Let us know what you think! Rate, review, and subscribe