History might be written by the winners, but presidential politics is often shaped by the Long Shots. In a new podcast series from Inside Voices, veteran journalist Conor Powell and executive producer Gary Scott explore eight presidential candidates who lost the race for the White House but permanently changed America’s political landscape – right up to today.
LONG SHOTS, a series about how eight losing presidential candidates shaped today’s politics, is a new podcast from former Fox New correspondent Conor Powell and former NPR-affiliate KCRW Head of Programming Gary Scott of Inside Voices.
Press Release – April 29th, 2020
Los Angeles, CA – History might be written by the winners, but presidential politics is often shaped by the Long Shots. In a new podcast series from Inside Voices, veteran journalist Conor Powell and executive producer Gary Scott explore eight presidential candidates who lost the race for the White House but permanently changed America’s political landscape – in ways that are still being felt today.
If you find today’s political climate exhausting, but love political history and hold out hope for tomorrow, Long Shots is the podcast for you.
“With Long Shots, I wanted to explore where we are today, not by dissecting our current political landscape like so many other political podcasts,” said Long Shots creator and host Conor Powell, “but by revisiting some of our most interesting and influential presidential campaigns.”
“Today’s political landscape seems at times more a bad dream than reality, but this series reminds us that ‘crazy’ is in America’s DNA,” said Gary Scott, CEO of Inside Voices. “Long Shots is essential to understanding how we got here and finding the way out.”
With the help of some of the biggest names in the media and campaign heavyweights – NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Carl Cameron, Larry King, Molly Jong-Fast, Bay Buchanan, Marc Nuttle and James Zogby – listeners will learn how this group of outsiders, also rans, and was-never-gonna-win-so-why-even-triers shaped America. Like the affable but divisive Pat Buchanan, who never really had a chance, but who laid the foundation for much of today’s divisive conservative discourse.
Hear how another long shot, Jesse Jackson, and his Rainbow Coalition opened the door for real minority participation, changing the face of Democratic leadership for generations to come.
Other long shots were similarly ahead of their time: Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president, back in 1872 before women could even vote; and Eugene Debs, the father of modern American socialism who received a million votes while in prison.
The first episode of Long Shots, available everywhere on April 30th, profiles Gov. George Wallace’s 1972 campaign. Using never before heard Nixon White House audio, Powell uncovers a little-known criminal plot hatched by President Richard Nixon weeks before Watergate to derail his democratic challenger’s campaign.
Long Shots is the story of America’s presidential battles – the contentious contest for the most powerful office in the world.
To book an interview, or for more information, please contact us at LongShotsPod@gmail.com