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Snollygoster: An Introduction, Guns And Conflicting Job Reports


Snollygoster, produced by WOSU Public Media, is Ohio’s new political podcast. Every week, hosts Steve Brown and Mike Thompson bring in-depth analysis and hopefully some humor to help you understand all of the week’s biggest news stories.

In their first full episode, Mike, Steve and guest host Ann Fisher look into the National School Walkout, a kerfuffle over state jobs numbers, and the continuing fight over gun control.


What exactly is a Snollygoster, anyway? Mike and Steve speak with Mark Forsyth, a British author and wordsmith who once gave a TED Talk about the silly-sounding word.

Conflicting Jobs Reports

What’s up with the new jobs reports from the Kasich administration? The governor went on the defensive this week after The Columbus Dispatch said recent job growth has failed to live up to the hype of a governor who made jobs his main issue. Then, the Kasich administration amended its numbers.

School Walkouts

Hundreds of Central Ohio students joined their peers around the country on Wednesday by walking out of class to push lawmakers to make schools safer. Most schools let students participate, while at least one Ohio district promised discipline.

Gun Rally At The Statehouse

Lt. Gov. and Republican governor candidate Mary Taylor rallied guns rights activists last weekend with a tactical shotgun slung over her shoulder. It continues her push toward President Trump and away from the current governor. Speaking of which…

John Kasich GPS

Gov. Kasich loves appearing on national TV, so on this recurring segment we’ll follow the governor’s wandering talking head, wherever it takes him. This week that was New York City, where he was discussing trade.

Listen to Snollygoster on the WOSU Public Media mobile app, on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.
Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
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