Article One with Molly Hooper

A show about lawmakers, legislation and how Congress works.

About the show

Hooper, a longtime Capitol Hill reporter, shares her one-on-one conversations with Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, House, on the trail and behind the scenes. Listeners will learn key terms that pop-up annually or bi-annually in relation to Congress goings-on. Listeners will also hear insights from a journalist who has a front row seat to political showdowns featuring the men and women who make the nation's laws and have broken them.

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  • Ep. 14: Former White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland

    February 2nd, 2021  |  1 hr 3 mins
    congress, coronavirus, democratic, gop, impeachment, president donald trump, president joe biden, procedure, rules, u.s. senate

    Eric Ueland has worn many hats in the U.S. Capitol. Big hats. Chief of Staff to former Senate Majority Leader. Staff Director of Senate Committee. Legislative Affairs Director to former President Donald Trump. And now, he speaks to "Article One with Molly Hooper" about those experiences.

  • Ep. 13: Former Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer

    January 16th, 2021  |  53 mins 12 secs
    attack on the capitol, capitol hill, congress, house, investigation, lawmakers, ptsd, riot, security, senate, sergeant at arms, staffers, u.s. capitol, u.s. capitol police, uscp

    Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terry Gainer talks with Article One as Congress reels in the aftermath of an unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol. ,

  • Ep. 12: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)

    January 3rd, 2021  |  35 mins 9 secs
    117th congress, 2020, congress, coronavirus, gop, house, politics, rodneydavis

    House Administration Committee Ranking Member Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) knows tough elections, tested friendships and the value of family - Davis speaks with Article One.

  • Ep. 11: Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.)

    December 18th, 2020  |  29 mins 1 sec
    climate change, democrats, energy and commerce, green new deal, house of representatives, rep. david mckinley, rep. welch, vermont

    Rep. Peter Welch was elected to the House in 2006, when Democrats regained control of the chamber from Republicans. He was one of Speaker Pelosi's "majority makers." Nearly 15 years later, the Vermont lawmaker is cited as a member who works with both sides of the aisle to take care of business.

  • Ep. 10: Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.)

    December 4th, 2020  |  53 mins 11 secs
    bourbon, budget committee, chairman, comer, earmarks, golf, guthrie, house, kentucky, louisville, massie, mcconnell, reconciliation

    House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) chats with ARTICLE ONE - he says his party isn't very good at "empathy."

  • Ep. 9: Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)

    November 19th, 2020  |  52 mins 49 secs
    aoc, fl-3, florida, foreign affairs, leader kevin mccarthy, military service academy, president donald trump, putnam county, rep. ted yoho

    Outgoing Florida Rep. Ted Yoho joins Article One to discuss lawmaking, politicking and controversies.

  • Ep. 8: Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY)

    November 12th, 2020  |  47 mins 44 secs
    appropriations, bronx, congress, fbi, george floyd, house, justice, rep-jose-serrano

    Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) plays a very important role in the Congress. As a "cardinal," the New York Democrat is in charge of more than $70 billion worth of departmental and agency funding.

  • Ep. 7: Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.)

    November 3rd, 2020  |  48 mins 59 secs
    congress, election 2020, environment, gop, lawmaking, politics

    Florida GOP Rep. Francis Rooney won't say which presidential candidate he is voting for on Election Day.

  • Ep. 6: Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.)

    October 29th, 2020  |  57 mins 51 secs
    bipartisanship, chairman, chris smith, congress, democrats, house, leadership, marco rubio, massachusetts, moakley, president bill clinton, rules committee

    House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, a self-described liberal, Democrat from Massachusetts, talks with Article One about getting things done in Congress. Like previous guests, McGovern says the key is to reach across the aisle.

  • Ep. 5: Rep. Greg Walden

    October 28th, 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins
    congress, energy and commerce, house, leadership, oregon, politics, republicans, walden

    Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) shares lessons learned in effective lawmaking during his 20+ years in the House.

  • Ep. 4: Rep. Anthony Brindisi

    October 16th, 2020  |  33 mins 22 secs
    brindisi, congress, covid-19, house, ny-22, politics, problem-solvers

    Dem Rep. Anthony Brindisi - of New York's 22nd Congressional District - talks with Article One about his push for a COVID relief deal, how to get bills signed in a divided Congress, his take on defunding the police, who he would support for Speaker (if he wins re-election) and his dealings with Speaker Nancy Pelosi ...

  • Ep. 3: Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.)

    October 16th, 2020  |  48 mins 38 secs
    arizona 6th, congress, house, purple district, schweikert

    GOP Rep. David Schweikert - who represents Arizona's 6th Congressional district - opens up with Article One about his accomplishments, legislating in a time of COVID-19, finding bipartisanship in a very partisan Congress and the feedback from colleagues after his ethics violation ...

  • Ep. 2: Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.)

    October 16th, 2020  |  54 mins 55 secs
    cia, covid, democrat, house, moderate, problem-solvers, purple district, spanberger

    Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger - of Virginia's 7th Congressional District - "zooms" with Article One - discussing legislative lessons, how her CIA training comes in handy navigating the House, who she may support for Speaker (if Dems and Spanberger win on Nov. 3), how she feels about defunding the police and other topics ... rural broadband ... casework. It's all there. Take a listen.

  • Ep. 1: Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.)

    October 9th, 2020  |  37 mins 33 secs
    cares act, foster care, gop, ndaa, problem solvers, rep. don bacon, u.s. house

    Wide-ranging conversation with Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) on his disagreements with President Trump, ability to legislate in a Dem-controlled House, outlook on a fifth COVID relief package and work on the Foster Care Caucus.