The Politician — Hollywood Style, w/guest Robert Thompson

Had enough of the carping between Clinton and Obama? Disappointed that the Ron Paul blimp never made it to your hometown? Then join me and Robert Thompson for a look back at all sorts of classic TV shows and films featuring lovable politicians. Sure, The West Wing is what first comes to mind when people think of fictional bureaucrats these days, but what about legendary President David Palmer of 24? The big electoral showdown between Roslin and Baltar on Battlestar Galactica? And Robert Guillaume’s madcap adventures in the governor’s mansion during Benson? (A staple of my childhood.) Returning as my guest is Robert Thompson, director of the Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University. [Originally broadcast on WLUW’s Under Surveillance in February 2008.]

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Kevin Fullam is a writer and researcher, with extensive experience in fields ranging from sports analytics to politics and cinema.
In addition, he has hosted two long-running radio series on film and culture, and taught mass media at Loyola University.
Episodes of his two shows, Split Reel and Under Surveillance, are archived on the Radio page.