House Majority Leader Scott Stadthagen (R-Hartselle) recently started a podcast in which he interviews Republican members of the House of Representatives.

The podcast, called "In Session," purports to be a way for the public to become more familiar with political leadership in the state.

"Each episode of the podcast spotlights a different Republican member of the Alabama legislature," Stadthagen said in a statement. "This is an opportunity for Alabamians to get to know more about each member as a person. We talk about a variety of subjects ranging from the features of individual districts to hobbies and nicknames. This is a unique project that we have undertaken but I believe it is a good way to help connect elected officials with the people we represent."

As dictated by the first guest, House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville), the podcast focuses less on political discussion. Instead, the point seems to be on guests' lives, hobbies and pastimes.  

Indicative of this, each episode concludes with a "Mystery Questions" segment, where each member randomly draws three questions from a bowl. For instance, Ledbetter was asked if he would rather give up his cell phone or never salt his food again, his preferred vacation destination and how he likes his steak cooked.

"The mystery questions are one of my favorite parts of the podcast," Stadthagen continued. "You really get to know someone when you ask them a 'would you rather question' or find out what the last book they read was. It's always exciting to open the questions that members draw from the mystery questions bowl and unveil the question. It's really a lot of fun and everyone has seemed to enjoy it so far.

The next scheduled guest is State Rep. Joe Lovvorn (R-Auburn).

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