Remember when the governor of Illinois supposedly tried to sell President Obama’s Senate seat? Or, how the same ex-governor got a “You’re fired” from Donald Trump on 'The Celebrity Apprentice'? New from WBEZ Chicago, 'Public Official A' uncovers the rise and fall of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. How he did whatever it took to reach the top. The trail of destruction left in his wake. And how the complexities, charisma, and tragic flaws of this public official resonate today.
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Jack_McCoy
Nov 5
Rating:   10
Phenomenal

So well-edited, from the music to the narration and, of course, the swear-filled tapes from Blago himself. New, original interviews from Patty Blagojevich, prosecutors and more are the icing on the cake. This is like watching an amazing documentary on political corruption, except for your ears.

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BPhelp
Aug 15
Rating:   10
No Clemency

Blago should NOT be given clemency. Every citizen should listen to this podcast.

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Kelly's Ghost
Jul 31
Rating:   4
You lose all credibility

When you put Lisa Madigan on episode 3Swap Blago with her dad in her quotes and you have 100 percent truth

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chitownluvr
Jul 26
Rating:   10
Fantastic!!!!

My heart goes out to Patti, Rod and their daughters.

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Groupworker
Jul 20
Rating:   10
Interesting and well done

What happened to public service? He didn’t like being governor because it wasn’t easy or fun? Only about what was in it for him and his family. Wow - crazy story.

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Jun 6
Rating:   10
Compelling!

I knew nothing about the subject of this story before listening. It's very interesting.

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Should have spent money on a pint
Jun 5
Rating:   10
Corruption Exists on Both Sides of the Isle

Although there are comparisons made to events happening today, this podcast presents a very real look inside the slippery slope of politics. I remember the headlines around the Senate seat, but never understood how the everyday dealings happened until now.

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Observing the Chaos
Jun 4
Rating:   8
Let him Rot and throw her in too!

Rod deserves ZERO sympathy. None. Corrupt politicians deserve the worst out legal system can throw at them. Corrupt politicians put our whole system in jeopardy. As for Patty? Wow... just wow. Daughter of a corrupt politician, wife of another. She really thinks she is a victim here. She disgusts me. Her sense of entitlement is astounding. She was thick as thieves with her corrupt husband. She too is unworthy of sympathy in this. She still has an attitude as if she’s been wronged and now goes on her own media tour? Disgusting. Using their daughters as a reason they deserve special treatment is reprehensible. Truly. This family can wallow in their self pity. They embody everything wrong with politics in this country today. Let him ROT!

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UtilitarianFemme
May 22
Rating:   10
NOT Trump Bashing

Great show!

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23415618931
May 16
Rating:   2
Trump bashing

This appears to be more about Trump bashing than a story about Blagojevich. Couldn’t get past the first episode.

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JimDion
Apr 20
Rating:   10
Simply amazing

This should be required listening for every voter in Illinois as well as every politician. I learned so much of what was not reported on at the time and the ‘inside’ scoops on the prosecution. Loved every episode! Well done!

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java1994
Apr 15
Rating:   10
Informative

Very informative and keeps the listener engaged. Do a podcast on ex-Cicero town president Betty Loren Maltese!

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ross_realworld
Apr 8
Rating:   10
A fascinating listen

The production and approach is very well done. I accept some comments that Mrs.Blagojevich gets sympathetic treatment but she's paying a price also and is struggling. She is open and articulate about the problems despite being in denial about her husband's crimes. I am on a POA binge and it's informative and entertaining. Well done WBEZ Chicago. I hope you get to produce The Rise and Fall of Donald Trump and the spin-off series, The House of Javanka.

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winterkc
Mar 21
Rating:   10
F***ing golden, absolute must for any Chicagoan or lover of political scandals

I was in college in Chicago when Blago got impeached. I’d grown up in the Chicago area, family had been in Chicago for 3 generations, but that was my first real exposure to the whole Chicago corruption thing. At the time I didn’t care much about politics, I was too busy with college to do more than vote in the presidential elections and laugh at the Blago rat street art that kept popping up. A lot of things have changed since then so it was great to hear the whole story laid out with plenty of familiar WBEZ voices. I may not have the thickest of Chicago accents, but it brought a grin to my face to hear the uncensored tapes of Blago dropping the f bomb every third word. The only thing missing was maybe a side episode talking about how Jesse Jackson Jr and his wife went down after this happened

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Editjd
Mar 19
Rating:   10
What? Compelling! Seriously

Firstly, well done.Blago has less appeal for me than a commute on the Brown Line, yet I've done a six episode binger. Have a listen. Enjoy the ride. (BTW, food consumption should be banned on public transportation.)

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xxPNWxx
Mar 13
Rating:   10
Well worth a listen

This podcast was great. Definitely covers the events surrounding the crimes and post-conviction. Wish there were more episodes

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Jedempse
Mar 10
Rating:   10
Phenomenal listen

I love this podcast! WBEZ hit the nail on the head with this one. Even if you’re not from Illinois, it’s still amazing.

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BethListens
Mar 10
Rating:   4
Shocked by reporter's lack of backbone

Wow...not sure if I'll get through this one. The wife lives in a clueless cloud of self-deception, the reporter asks about his (obvious) guilt, she says "well he's not guilty" and the reporter has no follow-up other than "yep, welll.." Seriously? You couldn't have talked about the evidence (of which there's an abundance)? This kind of corruption requires serious reporting, not "nice guy"kid glove reporting. Blah.

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unblockchained
Mar 7
Rating:   10
Riveting.

I listen to a lot of podcasts. This one is well told, interesting, and insightful. Just the right length to tell the story. Wonderful first hand accounts.

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Daphdaniel
Mar 6
Rating:   10
I WANT MORE!

This podcast was excellent. The creators did a great job. I really think this is a must listen. Anything else I write won’t do this podcast any justice. Just listen and enjoy the roller coaster of changing emotions and opinions.

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