Alex Wagner and Mark McKinnon are two of the three hosts of the weekly Showtime documentary series, The Circus. Alex and Mark, plus their third counterpart, John Heilemann, travel around talking to key political players and—this is where our podcast comes in—eating at restaurants all across the country. We chat about how food became part of the premise of the show, what role it plays in politics, and get the insider scoop about the eating habits of some of our former presidents.

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