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!

Down the Middle: A Political Podcast on social media

Episodes

  • 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.

    Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe
    Here are all our links in one place: https://linktr.ee/downthemiddle

  • 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.

    Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe
    Here are all our links in one place: https://linktr.ee/downthemiddle

  • 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.

    Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe
    Here are all our links in one place: https://linktr.ee/downthemiddle

  • 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?

    Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe
    Here are all our links in one place: https://linktr.ee/downthemiddle

  • 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.

    Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe
    Here are all our links in one place: https://linktr.ee/downthemiddle

  • 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!

    Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe
    Here are all our links in one place: https://linktr.ee/downthemiddle

  • 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!

    Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe
    Here are all our links in one place: https://linktr.ee/downthemiddle

  • Episode 15: "Arrr NC for You and Me!"

    September 9th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 37 mins
    democrat, faith, government, news, politics, republican

    Join us as we make our triumphant return to the podisphere. On this episode of the pod, we answer some listener questions, hand out an award in our new 'Bonehead of the Week' segment, discuss the RNC and play the new game show sweeping the nation called 'Is This A Quote from the RNC or Just A Thing J Made Up?'. We also talk about Jacob Blake and Kyle Rittenhouse, and dive headfirst into a 'Virtually Debatable' debate "with" Ben Shapiro about Joe Biden.

    Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe
    Here are all our links in one place: https://linktr.ee/downthemiddle

  • Bonus: 'Buzzed History' and Interview with David Smick and Hawk Newsome from 'Stars and Strife'

    September 2nd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 6 mins
    blm, david smick, democrat, faith, government, hawk newsome, news, politics, republican, stars and strife

    Join us as we give you the week to catch up on aaaaall the long episodes (yes, we've registered your complaints), and leave you with what we'll call Episode 14.5. We have for you a Buzzed History on the history of the police force in America (and a little bit on the rest of the world), and a very special interview with David Smick (writer and director of 'Stars and Strife', New York Times bestselling author and global macroeconomic strategist), and Hawk Newsome (star of 'Stars and Strife' and co-founder of the Greater New York chapter of Black Lives Matter) to discuss the film 'Stars and Strife', BLM, the state of our economy, and how the media has affected our current national climate.

    **listener note: Hawk Newsome enters the interview 10 minutes after the start of the interview

    Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe
    Here are all our links in one place: https://linktr.ee/downthemiddle

  • Episode 14: "Some Basics, Some DNC, and Finally Some Brevity"

    August 27th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 23 mins
    democrat, dnc, faith, government, news, politics, republican

    Ok, so we obviously lied about the brevity, but hey, we tried! Join us this week for Episode 14 as we dive into a question from a listener that spun us out into an entire episode on the ideological, core differences between Republicans and Democrats. J provides a 'Buzzed History' on Social Security, we compare and contrast the European style of governance with that of America, get into some conversation about the past weeks’ DNC, and we leave you with your first DTM homework assignment. Virtual learning only, of course. Let's get back to our roots, people!!

    Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe
    Here are all our links in one place: https://linktr.ee/downthemiddle

  • Interview with Mr. Paris Dennard

    August 25th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  31 mins 17 secs
    democrat, donald trump, faith, government, news, paris dennard, politics, republican

    Join us, as we sit down with political commentator and strategist, Paris Dennard. We discuss all things President Trump, the black community, the RNC, and get into Paris' journey as a Republican and some career highlights. You don't want to miss this one!!

    Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe
    Here are all our links in one place: https://linktr.ee/downthemiddle

  • Episode 13: "The Red and Blue Switcheroo"

    August 19th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 49 mins
    democrat, faith, government, news, politics, republican

    Join us for episode lucky number 13 as we dive into SOME BIG NEWS, some fear mongering, some culture, some Kamala, and the topic of the day: 'The History of the African American Vote'.

    Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe
    Here are all our links in one place: https://linktr.ee/downthemiddle