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Political Junkie takes on the Florida Primary, for its first-ever live show

This week, NPR's Talk of The Nation packed it's bags and hit the road for Orlando with "Political Junkie" Ken Rudin to soak up all of the Florida Primary action in person.

In addition to a remote broadcast of Talk of the Nation, host Neal Conan and Ken also recorded the first-ever "Political Junkie Road Show" yesterday in front of a live audience at The Plaza 'Live' Theatre in Orlando, presented by WMFE and the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida. The live version is an even bigger helping of quirky political history and insight into current affairs that listeners have come to expect during Neal and Ken's weekly on-air chats.

For an hour and a half, the duo entertained audiences with a mix of election analysis, humor and trivia. They quizzed the audience on Florida government history; hosted a panel of journalists that included the Tampa Bay Times' Lucy Morgan, Miami Herald's Sergio Bustos and WMFE's Mark Simpson; held a vote on history's best/worst debate flops; did a Scuttle Button puzzle; and interviewed Rep. Allen West (R-Fla) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla).

Photos from the show are below, but we can't promise that they do justice to the witty banter and ad-libbed commentary that Ken and Neal add to America's true pastime.

  • The Political Junkie Road Show crew entertained a crowd at The Plaza 'Live' Theatre in Orlando.
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    The Political Junkie Road Show crew entertained a crowd at The Plaza 'Live' Theatre in Orlando.
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  • Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan on stage at Orlando's The Plaza 'Live' Theatre less than a week before the Florida Primary.
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    Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan on stage at Orlando's The Plaza 'Live' Theatre less than a week before the Florida Primary.
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  • NPR's Ken Rudin (left) and Neal Conan (right) quiz the audience with Florida government trivia, the Scuttle Button puzzle and debate blooper history.
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    NPR's Ken Rudin (left) and Neal Conan (right) quiz the audience with Florida government trivia, the Scuttle Button puzzle and debate blooper history.
    Brooks Potteiger
  • NPR's in-house "Political Junkie" Ken Rudin (left) explains the significance of the Florida Primary to Presidential elections historically and in the current 2012 election cycle.
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    NPR's in-house "Political Junkie" Ken Rudin (left) explains the significance of the Florida Primary to Presidential elections historically and in the current 2012 election cycle.
    Brooks Potteiger
  • A panel of journalists representative of Florida's three distinct regions provide insight on how exactly a candidate can win a state like Florida. Left to right: Ken Rudin (NPR), Neal Conan (NPR), Sergio Bustos (Miami Herald), Lucy Morgan (Tampa Bay Times) and Mark Simpson (WMFE).
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    A panel of journalists representative of Florida's three distinct regions provide insight on how exactly a candidate can win a state like Florida. Left to right: Ken Rudin (NPR), Neal Conan (NPR), Sergio Bustos (Miami Herald), Lucy Morgan (Tampa Bay Times) and Mark Simpson (WMFE).
    Brooks Potteiger
  • Ken Rudin (left) and Neal Conan (right) on stage during Political Junkie's first ever live show in Orlando, Fl.
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    Ken Rudin (left) and Neal Conan (right) on stage during Political Junkie's first ever live show in Orlando, Fl.
    Brooks Potteiger
  • Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan and the show's Executive Producer Sue Goodwin talk with a member of the audience after the show.
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    Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan and the show's Executive Producer Sue Goodwin talk with a member of the audience after the show.
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"Political Junkie" hopes to hit the road for more live shows in 2012, so stay tuned, you might see them in your town soon.

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