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Bloomberg Politics Debuts Two New Biweekly Podcasts

January 15, 2016

“Masters in Politics” will be hosted by Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin
“Culture Caucus” will be hosted by John Heilemann and Will Leitch

Bloomberg Politics today announced the debut of two new podcasts as 2016 presidential primary voting begins.“Masters in Politics” will be hosted by veteran Washington journalists Tammy Haddad, former executive producer of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” and Betsy Fischer Martin, former executive producer of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” In their biweekly podcast, Haddad and Fischer Martin will explore the high-stakes world of politics from the modern masters in politics themselves: the candidates, strategists and fellow journalists on the campaign trail. The podcast will also include regular reporting and analysis from Bloomberg journalists.The debut episode will feature Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush along with renowned Bloomberg Politics & Des Moines Register pollster J. Ann Selzer, who will share her insights on the mood of the voters in this volatile election season. This first podcast will be released online on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Bloomberg Politics will also launch “Culture Caucus” — a new podcast hosted by Bloomberg Politics Managing Editor John Heilemann and Bloomberg Politics contributor Will Leitch. Together they will explore the intersection of politics and pop culture with special guest hosts and personalities from the worlds of politics, entertainment, tech, sports, business and beyond.

The first episode of “Culture Caucus” will post online on Friday, Jan. 15 and feature an extended discussion of the tumultuous state of late-night political comedy in the wake of Jon Stewart’s exit from “The Daily Show”‘ and Stephen Colbert’s move from Comedy Central to CBS — as well as an interview with legendary venture capitalist Fred Wilson, who provided the initial funding for Twitter, Kickstater and many other high-profile web start-ups. “Culture Caucus” will also air biweekly, posting online every other Friday at 10am ET.

These two new podcasts join Bloomberg Politics’ suite of multi-platform products for political coverage, including a news site, digital video, social media and a nightly political broadcast. The podcasts also come on the heels of Bloomberg Radio’s launch in Washington, D.C. last month.

“These podcasts are an exciting new step for us as we head towards the thick of the election season,” said Al Mayers, Global Head of Bloomberg TV & Radio. “‘With All Due Respect’ and Bloomberg Politics have already brought a new audience to Bloomberg Media, and we look forward to expanding that reach in the coming weeks.”

Bloomberg’s first “Masters” Podcast (“Masters in Business” hosted by Barry Ritholtz) looks at the people and ideas that shape markets and business. Other Bloomberg podcasts include “Odd Lots” on the hot topics in markets, finance and economics, with hosts Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway; “Bloomberg Benchmark” focused on the global economy with hosts AkiIto, Tori Stilwell and Dan Moss; and “Deal of the Week,” on the biggest deals and M&A trends, with host Alex Sherman. They are all available on the Bloomberg Terminal, Soundcloud and iTunes and at www.bloomberg.com/podcasts/.

Both Bloomberg Politics podcasts will be produced by Haddad Media and Feature Story News.

About Bloomberg Media & Bloomberg Politics

Bloomberg Media is the consumer-facing media organization of Bloomberg L.P – the global business, financial information and news leader. Under Bloomberg Media, Bloomberg TV is the world’s leading business and news television network, available in more than 360 million households worldwide and also available via live stream on Bloomberg’s digital and mobile properties.

In October 2014, Bloomberg Media launched Bloomberg Politics – a new multi-platform destination for smart, non-partisan political coverage. This includes the newly-redesigned BloombergPolitics.com – a next-generation, mobile-first political news site that reflects Bloomberg’s unique ability to deliver fast-moving news and authoritative analysis. It also includes Bloomberg TV’s “With All Due Respect” where every night, veteran political journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann host a fast-paced conversation about politics, including interviews with presidential candidates, elected officials and newsmakers.

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