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NPR ‘Political Junkie’ Ken Rudin will speak in Basalt on Friday

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Ken Rudin

For someone known professionally as the Political Junkie, these have got to be seriously fascinating times.

Ken Rudin is a true political junkie, sharing his insights and keen grasp of history for most of the last 20 years as National Public Radio's political editor. He also hosts a weekly radio show "Ken Rudin's Political Junkie" that is as entertaining as it is educational. Politics doesn't get dry and droll when Rudin is leading the conversation.

Rudin is speaking Friday at The Temporary in Basalt. His presentation is titled "Washington's Political Junkie, Ken Rudin, Explores the Future of Trumpism." His appearance is being hosted by The Arts Center at Willits and Aspen Public Radio.

"I am very excited at the thought of talking politics with a Colorado audience — a politically aware Colorado audience — especially in a year where the battle for control of the House is so close and where what happens in the state could help decide which party wins the majority," Rudin said in a prepared statement.

He noted that this is a time when politics has become "so nasty, so divisible and so frustrating" that some people are giving up hope.

"That breaks my heart, because I have spent a lifetime reveling in the beauty of politics — the history, the lore, the people, the great stories," he said in the statement. "And at the same time, I have never witnessed such hopelessness as I have now, with the current situation in Washington."

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Rudin said his aim is to come to Basalt to not only analyze what he is witnessing in Washington, D.C., "but try to assure everyone that, in the end, we will be OK. At least, that's what I keep telling myself."


What: Presentation by Ken Rudin, NPR’s “Political Junkie”

Where: The Temporary in Willits at Basalt

When: Friday, doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $22 in advance, $27 day of

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