Quips, quotes and highlights from podcasts across America, the week of February 18, 2021


“I’ve never seen a murder trial where they didn’t talk about the murder.”

— Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy, The McCarthy Report Podcast, on the Democrats impeachment trial strategy.


“Mitch McConnell is very cagey. He’s very strategic. He generally doesn’t say anything unless he has a real reason to. Trump tells you everything he’s thinking within seconds of thinking it. You know, he has – he’s just a giant id.”

— Mara Liasson, NPR national political correspondentThe NPR Politics Podcast.


“They were the kings of radio. Rush was king of AM, Howard Stern was king of FM. But Stern sold out, he started ingratiating himself with the beautiful people. He sold out his loyal fandom. Rush never did that. Rush went for 30 years and never said ‘I better change because some advertiser’s mad at me, or because some celebrity won’t come on my show. They took two very different approaches, and I have much more respect for Rush Limbaugh than I do for Howard Stern.”

— Boston broadcaster and sportswriter Gerry CallahanThe Gerry Callahan Podcast.

“Now once again, neither of us are attorneys, we will not be confused for constitutional law scholars by most, I guess. But here’s one thing I do know about the law, is that if you set a fire and then afterward begrudgingly put it out under pressure, you are still guilty of arson.”

— John Lovett, The Pod Save America Podcast on Senate Republicans voting to convict Donald Trump in the impeachment trial.

“I went through a couple years where in the first inning of every postseason baseball game, I had the runner go get the biggest beer the stadium sold. And I had it sitting there and I would sip it from time-to-time to remind myself to relax and have fun. I’m just doing a game. And I brought that over to football, but because Troy [Aikman] is a man of finer tastes, beer somehow became tequila, Grand Marnier and grapefruit juice.
— Sportscaster Joe Buck,  The Colin Cowherd Podcast.