The Revolution with Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki, MSNBC

To understand the partisanship and bitterness of American politics today, you have to consider what happened in 1994. Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, steps back from the Big Board to tell the origin story of the 1994 Republican “revolution,” the midterm election when the GOP took the House majority for the first time in four decades. It was set in motion by Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich, who — over the course of 15 years — pushed Republicans in a direction of confrontation and conservatism. Steve talks with Newt’s allies and adversaries about backroom strategy sessions and dramatic battles on the House floor. As yet another midterm threatens to upend the political landscape, Kornacki hears echoes of 1994 everywhere. Follow now and join Steve Kornacki through all six episodes, out October 31st. read less

Our Editor's Take

How is Steve Kornacki so good at his job as a political correspondent? Beyond understanding data, he knows history. The Revolution with Steve Kornacki podcast proves exactly this.

For the MSNBC voice, the kind of politics today did not develop recently. In fact, The Revolution with Steve Kornacki host believes it has been decades in the making. He pinpoints it to long before Donald Trump arrived at the White House. The date is even before George W. Bush and Barack Obama in the Oval Office. Most, if not everything, of what's going on today stems back to 1994. The lead character-Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich. This podcast shares the narrative of how the Republicans won the US House for the first time in 40 years.

There's always an origin story. The Revolution with Steve Kornacki teaches this. Where there is history, there are consequences to present-day events. With his keen perspective on the past, Steve is able to explain the correlation of events to the present. Fans know Kornacki for him rolling up his sleeves on TV. He points out election results on what MSNBC calls the Big Board. This time, he shifts from the Big Board to the podcast.

Nothing draws Republican and Democratic lines clearer than party interests at stake. Discourses can become muddled and confusing. But not for Steve in this podcast. In The Revolution with Steve Kornacki, he lays down the foundations of a riveting story. Decades later, the seeds planted by Gingrich are ready for harvest. Can the GOP sustain the confrontational style crafted for them in the 1990s?

This podcast follows the trail to the 2022 midterm election. In the aftershock of election night results, he stands firm. Steve is always ready to lend clarity where there is confusion and uncertainty. The show does six episodes on the 1994 Republican Revolution. Kornacki then talks to Gingrich, who led the Republicans' victory that year, to see what the former Speaker of the House thinks today. The Revolution with Steve Kornacki is a fascinating podcast about how 1994 still affects modern politics.

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