29 July 19, 1996 Bob Dole Unusual perspectives on the presumptive Republican nominee. Download Control-click (or right-click) Tap and hold to download Subscribe on Spotify Subscribe in Apple Podcasts Transcript Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Prologue Ira wonders what the Dole campaign is thinking. Does this campaign really have the will to live? (4 minutes) ByIra Glass Act One Campaign Diaries We hear campaign diaries from author Michael Lewis, who is on the campaign trail for the New Republic magazine. (29 minutes) ByMichael Lewis Act Two How You Can Be Bob Dole Former Saturday Night Live writer Robert Smigel — who impersonates Dole on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and the deceased Dana Carvey Show — gives step-by-step instructions on how to imitate the Republican nominee. (13 minutes) ByIra Glass Act Three TV Politics We give Danny Drennan, the writer behind the website Inquisitor Mediarama, a little assignment. (11 minutes) ByDanny Drennan Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 680: The Weight Of Words (2019) July 26, 2019 Act Three: Where I Came From Producer Ben Calhoun recalls a weighty moment from childhood and thinks about how the words from that encounter have come up again. 650: Change You Can Maybe Believe In June 29, 2018 Act One: The All-Too-Real Housewives of Argentina Reporter Jasmine Garsd grew up in Argentina watching talk shows, which were kind of extreme even for Latin American television. 54: Sinatra Feb. 21, 1997 Act Four: Sinatra Has A Cold Gay Talese reads from his classic 1966 Esquire article, in which he followed around Sinatra at the height of Sinatra's power. Staff RecommendationsView all 355 May 9, 2008 The Giant Pool of Money The surprisingly entertaining story of how the U.S. got itself into a housing crisis. 565 Aug. 28, 2015 Lower 9 + 10 We go to the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans to talk to residents about what matters most to them ten years after the hurricane.