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Paul Hodes is a former New Hampshire Congressman and National Co-Chair of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. Matt Robison is a former senior congressional staffer and campaign manager. Broadcast on WKXL Radio in Concord, NH daily from 4-6 pm, their show “Beyond Politics” brings the world of politics, news, business, and current events to listeners like nothing else.

The show features weekly segments that take listeners inside politics and beyond, including:

Beyond Politics (new episodes Monday, 5-6pm): a show that goes beyond the usual week-to-week news and chatter, and examines the deeper issues driving American politics through interviews with senior insiders from government, universities, and political campaigns.
• Capitol Close Up (new episodes Monday 4-5pm): Paul Hodes gets the inside scoop on what’s happening in New Hampshire with the most experienced reporters and leaders in the state.
Balance of Power (new episodes Tuesday, 5 – 6 pm): a lively discussion featuring conservative, liberal, and moderate perspectives, filled with fresh insights and ideas about what’s happening under the hood of American politics.
Business Lens (new episodes Tuesday, 5 pm): a fun and fast-paced look at what’s new in business and investing with Chris Hill, host of Motley Fool Money, the #1 stock investing radio show in America.
Real Financial Planning (new episodes Tuesday, 5:30 pm): top financial advisors give listeners an easy-to-understand, practical explainer on how to protect and grow their money.
Great Ideas (Thursday, 4-5 pm): a show featuring some of Washington’s top policy experts – the people that our leaders listen to – from across the ideological spectrum, who give a “101” explainer on how policy works, and then share their newest, most innovative ideas.


A native of New York City, Hon. Paul W. Hodes served two terms as a United States Congressman from New Hampshire’s second congressional district, (2007-2011). He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1972, attended Boston College law School, and in 1978 began his legal career in New Hampshire as an Assistant Attorney General under then-Attorney General David Souter.

Hodes was elected to Congress in 2006, and was chosen as the President of the historic 2006 freshman class. He served on the Financial Services Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government and was the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010.

Hodes has also had an extensive career in the arts. As the first Chairman of the Board of the Capitol Center for the Arts from 1990-1996, Hodes helped to lead the Concord community’s efforts to transform a derelict vaudeville house into a premiere, award-winning performing arts institution. As a guitarist, songwriter, producer and sound engineer, he and his wife, Peggo, a singer, pioneered rock and roll for families. With their band, Peggosus and as “Peggo and Paul,” they earned two Parents Choice awards.

He is affiliated with ASCAP as a writer and publisher as manager of Big Round Music, LLC. He is a member of the Recording Academy (NARAS), of the musician’s union, the AFM, local 374. In 2012, President Obama appointed Hodes to the National Council on the Arts, the board which advises the Chair of the National Endowment on the Arts.  He and Peggo live in Concord, N.H. They are the parents of two artistic children, Max, an audio engineer and rock musician who lives in Oakland, California. and Ariana, a singer/songwriter who lives in Nashville, Tn.


Matt Robison is a writer and political analyst who focuses on trends in demographics, psychology, policy, and economics that are shaping American politics. He spent a decade working on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Director and Chief of Staff to three Members of Congress, and also worked as a senior advisor, campaign manager, or consultant on several Congressional races, with a focus in New Hampshire. In 2012, he ran a come-from-behind race that national political analysts called the biggest surprise win of the election. He went on to work as Policy Director in the New Hampshire state senate, successfully helping to coordinate the legislative effort to pass Medicaid expansion.  He has also done extensive private sector work on energy regulatory policy. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Swarthmore College and a Master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  He lives with his wife and three children in Amherst, Massachusetts.