So, that happened. When I got my copy of my colleague Eliot Nelson’s new book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide to Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing and Sometimes Hilarious Government, I did what any incestuous DC insider would do: flip to the back and make sure my name was either in the index or the acknowledgements. Having discovered that it is, I can now tell you with certainty that this is a book you will want to own, so take the necessary steps to do that, right now.
What will you get in return? In all seriousness, you’ll get a very funny, vastly wonky book that frequently strides boldly into the tangled complexity of the way Washington works and comes back with real information you can use. You’ll also get a bracingly honest glimpse into “This Town’s” weird and bankrupt culture, which treats those of us who stumble around inside it with as much humaneness as we deserve.
But don’t take my word for it. On this week’s edition of “So, That Happened,” Nelson joins us to make his own case for why you should make The Beltway Bible an essential part of your bathroom library.
Elsewhere on this week’s podcast, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Jared Bernstein joins us to talk about his new progressive vision for globalization, HuffPost’s Jonathan Cohn discusses his trip to Hillary Clinton’s headquarters to get to know her policy team, we try to settle any debate about the first presidential debate, and we try to help artist Matt Furie liberate his creation ― Pepe The Frog ― from the worst people on the internet.
“So, That Happened” is hosted by Jason Linkins, Zach Carter and Arthur Delaney. Joining them this week: Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Pepe The Frog creator Matt Furie, and Huffington Post reporters Jonathan Cohn, Eliot Nelson, and Lauren Weber.
This podcast was produced, edited and engineered by Christine Conetta.