Capitol Hill (CNN) - Who can you trust these days?
According to a Pew Research Center survey released last September, the public has serious trust issue with both politicians (59% did not trust information from Congress) and the media (39% did not trust national news organizations).
President Chester Arthur is credited with the rare witticism that hit both, saying, "If it were not for reporters, I would tell you the truth."
This is our way of telling you the truth. Today marks the finale of our podcast, "American Sauce", where we ignored the silly side of politics (prime example: the finger pointing) and focused on the substance and truth in debates. With some style.
Listen here to our last episode, which contains some of the best of our 227 stories. Send to friends and retweet this swan song.
We looked at what the issues mean to actual people dealing with them: the man on the border who sees illegal immigrants regularly cut through his yard, the rich and poor New Yorkers living side-by-side in disparity and the high school kid who isn't sure if college makes sense.
Partisanship? Thought was given, but not reverence. For our show, Hollywood screenwriters imagined "The National Debt: The Movie" (Joe Biden is cast as a Jack Tripper unintentional bungler). And we brought together the modern-day kin of Rep. Preston Brooks, D-South Carolina and of the man he nearly killed in the Senate chamber, Sen. Charles Sumner, R-Massachusetts, to talk about heated rhetoric.
We asked if anyone can take politicians seriously anymore and we pointed out interesting patterns (and scales) in the campaign music they choose. We read the bills and pointed out the fuzzy math from both sides.
And our team here at CNN Radio will keep doing that, just one story at a time, now via our "Radio Reports" feed on iTunes and Stitcher. We're scrappy and not giving up the substance-with-style fight.
We're determined to help fix that trust problem.
To listen to the final American Sauce, click here.
And click on the category "American Sauce" here on the Political Ticker for a library of all our past efforts.
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- CNN's Dan Szematowicz and Emma Lacey-Bordeaux contributed to this report.