Down the Middle: A Political Podcast

By Justin Siegel and Rob Leifer

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A new political podcast from two best friends Rob and Justin, a moderate Democrat and a moderate Republican. Join us as we engage in some calm and some less calm discourse.

Episode Date
Interview with Charlie and Lisa Spies
Join us as we sit down with Washington D.C. political power couple, Charlie and Lisa Spies to discuss PACs and Super PACs, the Republican Party and President Trump, Senator Mitt Romney, social media's impact on the politics of the country, and so much more including a fun twist on our speed round. Tune in, and don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!! Special Guests: Charlie Spies and Lisa Spies.
Jul 02, 2020
Episode 7: "Biden His Time (?)"
Join us as we tackle Rage Against the Machine's politics in this weeks Honest Abe's Housekeeping Hangout, discuss political 'whataboutism', Mitt Romney, cancel culture, Columbine, and Tipper Gore's Parental Advisory sticker. We explore Warren G. Harding's 'Return to Normalcy' campaign on this weeks 'Buzzed History' as we begin our discussion on the Biden campaign, and we introduce our new segments 'Partisanship: A Hell of A Drug', and 'Let's Get Personal'. Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe!! Have something to say about our episode? Sound off on our socials!
Jun 30, 2020
Interview with Professor Adam MacLeod
Join us as we go in deep with Professor Adam MacLeod on the topic of civil discourse and how to bring our nation back to civility. Let us know what you think! Rate, review, and subscribe Special Guest: Adam MacLeod.
Jun 19, 2020
Episode 6: "I'm Outraged!? No, You're Outraged!!"
Join us this week on the pod as we discuss the outrage of both parties, and where it's warranted, put the Right under the microscope, and introduce a new segment called "Buzzed History". Don't forget to rate, subscribe, and comment!
Jun 19, 2020
Episode 5: "A Lot Less Wokeness, Please" and Interview with Cat Braithwaite
Join us on the pod this week as we introduce "Honest Abe's Housekeeping Hangout", discuss 'white wokeness' and its implications, dive headfirst into a conversation surrounding the racial divide, the causes, and some possible solutions. We also welcome Cat Braithwaite to the pod and get her opinion on the events of the past few weeks, and her thoughts on the past and current state of metal. Don't forget to like, subscribe and let us know what you think!! Special Guest: Cat Braithwaite .
Jun 12, 2020
Interview with Officer Ed
Join us as we interview Officer Ed, a California police officer; we discuss the Floyd case and ongoing riots and protests, police reform and hiring policies, homelessness, and so much more. Make sure to tell us what you think by commenting on our socials or send us your thoughts on our website. Special Guest: Officer Ed.
Jun 07, 2020
Episode 4: "A Lot More Empathy Needed"
RECORDED: Tues, June 2nd, 2020. Join us this week as we attempt to sort out the current issues facing our nation. We tackle the facts in the George Floyd murder, and dive into discussions on the politicization of BLM, police reform, the 'defund the police' movement and so much more. NOTE: We will be posting our accompanying interview (with Officer Ed) in a seperate bonus episode.
Jun 05, 2020
Episode 3: “A Lot More Pathological Unideological-ness” and Interview with Ambassador Ned L. Siegel
Ah, Episode with more format! Join us as we tackle current events with help from a Ben Shapiro quote, ask the question "Is President Trump a racist?" and we have our first interview, which was a very hard get, so we hope you appreciate it (spoiler alert: it's Justin's father). Yes, that's right, we are excited to welcome Ambassador Ned L. Siegel to the pod and discuss all things Israel and the problem of anti-semitism. Even 'The Dude' shows up, so sit back, relax (not too much) open your ears and don't forget to rate, review, subscribe, and follow us! Special Guest: Ambassador Ned L. Siegel.
May 29, 2020
Episode 2: "A Lot More Ideology"
We made it to Episode 2! Welcome back, listeners. In this episode we dive headfirst into media bias, Rush Limbaugh and a few other weighty topics that will no doubt satiate your centrist hunger. Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe. Visit for more info.
May 20, 2020
Episode 1: "A Lot More Beer"

Join us, Rob and Justin, for our very first foray into podcasting.  In this Episode, we give you an introduction to our podcast, our history, and our political backgrounds and viewpoints.  Don't worry, we didn't forget the false start, every podcast should have one.  We hope this becomes a place you can turn to for a political breath of fresh air.  Welcome to Down the Middle: A Political Podcast! Visit us at for more info.

May 18, 2020