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Paul Hodes is a former New Hampshire Congressman and National Co-Chair of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. Matt Robison is a former senior congressional staffer and campaign manager. Produced by WKXL Radio in Concord, NH, Paul and Matt have created this weekly, patrons-only podcast about government and elections. Along with top guests who share deep insider perspectives, they bring listeners fresh insights and ideas about what’s really going on under the hood of American politics. Listen Fridays at 3 pm on WKXL.

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Paul HodesA native of New York City, Hon. Paul W. Hodes served two terms as a United States Congressman from New Hampshire’s second congressional district, (2007-2011). He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1972, attended Boston College law School, and in 1978 began his legal career in New Hampshire as an Assistant Attorney General under then-Attorney General David Souter.

Hodes was elected to Congress in 2006, and was chosen as the President of the historic 2006 freshman class. He served on the Financial Services Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government and was the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010.

Hodes has also had an extensive career in the arts. As the first Chairman of the Board of the Capitol Center for the Arts from 1990-1996, Hodes helped to lead the Concord community’s efforts to transform a derelict vaudeville house into a premiere, award-winning performing arts institution. As a guitarist, songwriter, producer and sound engineer, he and his wife, Peggo, a singer, pioneered rock and roll for families. With their band, Peggosus and as “Peggo and Paul,” they earned two Parents Choice awards.

He is affiliated with ASCAP as a writer and publisher as manager of Big Round Music, LLC. He is a member of the Recording Academy (NARAS), of the musician’s union, the AFM, local 374. In 2012, President Obama appointed Hodes to the National Council on the Arts, the board which advises the Chair of the National Endowment on the Arts.  He and Peggo live in Concord, N.H. They are the parents of two artistic children, Max, an audio engineer and rock musician who lives in Oakland, California. and Ariana, a singer/songwriter who lives in Nashville, Tn.

Matt RobisonMatt Robison is a writer and political analyst who focuses on trends in demographics, psychology, policy, and economics that are shaping American politics. He spent a decade working on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Director and Chief of Staff to three Members of Congress, and also worked as a senior advisor, campaign manager, or consultant on several Congressional races, with a focus in New Hampshire. In 2012, he ran a come-from-behind race that national political analysts called the biggest surprise win of the election. He went on to work as Policy Director in the New Hampshire state senate, successfully helping to coordinate the legislative effort to pass Medicaid expansion.  He has also done extensive private sector work on energy regulatory policy. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Swarthmore College and a Master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  He lives with his wife and three children in Amherst, Massachusetts.