Episode Archive

16 episodes of The Swamp Explained with Rob Quartel since the first episode, which aired on May 10th, 2018.

  • Political Violence Now vs. 60s, Is Trump Draining the Swamp?

    Episode  |  October 30th, 2018  |  1 hr 27 mins

    In our "The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in depth on how Washington works. On this episode, we compare the heated political environments of the 1960's to today, we examine how Trump is emboldening the Swamp by not staffing the Executive Branch, and we question if the Federal Reserve is truly independent.

  • Manafort and McCain

    Episode  |  August 31st, 2018  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel discuss the Paul Manafort trials and how it is emblematic of the Swamp, and we discuss the complex legacy of John McCain. Rob then answers listener questions about the Jones Act.

  • Russians and Trump, The Jones Act

    Episode  |  August 2nd, 2018  |  1 hr 8 mins

    In the second episode of our series "The Swamp, Explained", Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works.

    Rob gives us a view of Russian meddling and possible Trump collusion from the swamp. Rob explains the Jones Act.

  • The EPA and the Roots of Bureaucracy

    Episode  |  May 10th, 2018  |  1 hr 13 mins

    In the first episode of our "The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in depth on how Washington works.

    They discuss the origins of the EPA, the roots of bureaucracy, and what Washington thinks of Gary Johnson by telling the story of Rob's career. Rob has lived and worked in Washington DC for 40 years. He worked for the EPA and the Ford and H.W. Bush campaigns.