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Every weekday, NPR's best political reporters are there to explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail. They don't just tell you what happened. They tell you why it matters. Every afternoon. Political wonks - get wonkier with The NPR Politics Podcast+. Your subscription supports the podcast and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/politics

Every weekday, NPR's best political reporters are there to explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail. They don't just tell you what happened. They tell you why it matters. Every afternoon. Political wonks - get wonkier with The NPR Politics Podcast+. Your subscription supports the podcast and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/politics

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Episodes

Is Raphael Warnock A Good Model For Swing-State Democrats?

12/7/2022
The senator has a moderate tone, progressive policies and deep roots in his community. His campaign focused on speaking to voters of all stripes while his opponent, Herschel Walker, doubled-down on base messaging. Can Democrats use that playbook elsewhere? This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Susan Davis, and GPB reporter Stephen Fowler. This episode was produced by Elena Moore and Casey Morell. It was edited by Eric McDaniel. Our executive producer...

Duration:00:15:08

Will Arizona Officials Face Charges For Vote Certification Delay?

12/6/2022
Under a court order, officials in Republican-controlled Cochise County, Ariz., finally certified their local midterm elections results after they missed the state's legal deadline and put more than 47,000 people's votes at risk. A bipartisan pair of former officials in the state are calling for the two members who initially voted against certification to be criminally investigated. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, voting correspondent Hansi Lo Wang, and national...

Duration:00:14:21

With Iowa No Longer First, Campaigns Will Have To Evolve

12/5/2022
As Democrats plan for a presidential campaign season without Iowa at the top of the calendar, we look at the impact the decision could have on the state — and how the act of running for president itself may never be the same going forward. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, senior political editor & correspondent Ron Elving, and Iowa Public Radio's lead political reporter Clay Masters. This episode was produced and edited by Elena Moore and Casey Morell. Our executive...

Duration:00:14:38

Whither, Iowa? Dems Consider Shaking Up Primary Season

12/2/2022
The Democratic National Committee is meeting this week in Washington to decide whether Iowa should still have the first caucus in the party's presidential nominating contest. President Biden and others favor switching to a different state, arguing Iowa's population isn't representative of America as a whole. Also, Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes was found guilty of seditious conspiracy in a trial related to the Jan. 6 insurrection. What do the results of this and other related trials...

Duration:00:24:33

Will Georgia Voters End Joe Manchin's Reign As King Of The Senate?

12/1/2022
All eyes are on Georgia's Senate runoff election as Democrat Raphael Warnock fights for his first full term. He's up against Republican Herschel Walker, a former college football celebrity and political newcomer who faced a number of allegations of abuse and personal misconduct. The race, which concludes on Tuesday, won't determine control of the Senate, but will determine how much influence more conservative senators like Joe Manchin have in crafting legislation. This episode: White House...

Duration:00:13:25

Why Biden And Congress Are Trying To Stop A Railroad Strike

11/30/2022
Railroad unions rejected a Biden-brokered deal to prevent a national strike over concerns that it did not include paid sick leave. Now, the president is pushing Congress to implement it anyway. Biden — who has described himself as the most labor-friendly president in U.S. history — is worried that a rail workers' strike during the holiday season would devastate the economy. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, political correspondent Susan Davis, and national political...

Duration:00:14:02

Here's How Republicans Pulled Off Big Upsets In New York State

11/29/2022
GOP candidates there embraced "bipartisan" messaging and capitalized on redrawn maps to flip four House seats from Democratic control in New York. Democratic hopefuls also didn't benefit as much as candidates elsewhere from an enthusiasm boost among voters concerned about access to abortion because of the strong protections enshrined in state law. Coupled with Gov. Kathy Hochul's struggling top-of-the-ticket bid, Republicans found a perfect opportunity to secure narrow victories in the deep...

Duration:00:14:50

Rural Voters, Latino Voters Defy Easy Narratives in Midterms

11/28/2022
In Pennsylvania, Democratic candidates managed to turnout their rural supporters while many rural Republicans stayed home. And long-term under-investment in Latino voter engagement by Democrats continues to stymie the party's statewide hopes in places like Florida and Texas. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Ximena Bustillo, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and political correspondent Ashley Lopez. This episode was...

Duration:00:16:36

Weekly Roundup: November 25, 2022

11/25/2022
The 2022 election season is winding to a close. What can Democrats and Republicans learn from their candidates' successes and failures in this midterm cycle — and can any of those lessons be applied to 2024? This episode: voting correspondent Miles Parks, political correspondents Susan Davis & Danielle Kurtzleben, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. This episode was produced and edited by Elena Moore & Casey Morell. Fact-checking by Katherine Swartz. Unlock...

Duration:00:27:53

Spare A Thought For Sparing Turkeys?

11/24/2022
It's a holiday tradition unlike any other — the annual pardoning of Thanksgiving turkeys. But not everybody is a fan of giving the birds clemency, especially if they've had to report on it for more than a decade straight. This episode: Politics Podcast producer Elena Moore, and senior political editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro. This episode was produced by Elena Moore. It was edited by Casey Morell. Our executive producer is Muthoni Muturi. Fact-checking by Katherine...

Duration:00:06:25

How Do Election Polls Work?

11/23/2022
Our colleagues at Planet Money had a simple question: how do pollsters do their work ahead of elections? They went to Marist College — home of the Marist Poll, which partners with NPR for its polling — to learn how to be pollsters. They break down the science of polling, and find out all the tricks that pollsters use to get people to finish their surveys. Unlock access to this and other bonus content by supporting The NPR Politics Podcast+. Sign up via Apple Podcasts or at...

Duration:00:24:23

Democrats Race Against Time

11/22/2022
When the new Congress takes office in January, Democrats will lose control of the House of Representatives. Until that happens, they have a slew of legislative priorities, ranging from increasing the debt ceiling to codifying the right to same-sex and interracial marriages. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, and congressional correspondents Claudia Grisales & Deirdre Walsh. This episode was produced by Elena Moore and Casey Morell. It was edited by Eric McDaniel. Our...

Duration:00:15:22

Misinformation's Limited Impact On The Midterms

11/21/2022
Election observers were concerned misinformation would have an outsized impact on the 2022 elections, as it did in 2020. But, that ended up not being the case. Why? This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, voting correspondent Miles Parks, and disinformation correspondent Shannon Bond. This episode was produced by Elena Moore and Casey Morell. It was edited by Eric McDaniel. Our executive producer is Muthoni Muturi. Fact-checking by Katherine Swartz. Unlock access to this and...

Duration:00:17:39

A New Special Counsel Will Oversee Investigations Into Donald Trump

11/18/2022
Attorney General Merrick Garland has named Jack Smith, the Justice Department's former public integrity chief, to oversee the investigations into the former president. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. This episode was produced by Elena Moore and Casey Morell. It was edited by Eric McDaniel. Our executive producer is Muthoni Muturi. Fact-checking by Katherine...

Duration:00:22:19

After 20 Years, Nancy Pelosi Will Step Down As Top House Democrat

11/17/2022
Pelosi, 82, is honoring a pledge she made in 2018 to pass the baton after another two terms at the party's helm. She says she will remain in Congress to help guide the party's transition to new leadership. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and political correspondent Susan Davis. This episode was produced by Elena Moore and Casey Morell. It was edited by Eric McDaniel. Our executive producer is Muthoni Muturi. Fact-checking by...

Duration:00:15:32

Voters Say They'd Prefer New Faces To A 2020 Biden-Trump Rematch

11/16/2022
Former president Donald Trump, 76, has now filed to run for president again in 2024. President Biden, 79, also appears likely to run for reelection. In conversations across the country, many voters told NPR that they'll support one of the men in a general election — but would prefer to see their party nominate a different candidate. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson. This episode was...

Duration:00:14:37

Let's Talk About Kevin McCarthy, GOP Pick For House Speaker

11/15/2022
The California Republican got his start in national politics as a self-styled "young gun" whose inveterate politicking has allowed him to outshine his contemporaries and rise to the top of the House GOP. Now comes the hard part: can he wrangle his narrow majority to accomplish his goals? This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. This episode was produced by Elena Moore and Casey Morell. It...

Duration:00:16:34

Biden Touts Senate Control After Meeting With China's Xi

11/14/2022
Tensions appear lower between the U.S. and China following a meeting between the leaders of the two nations. Both described the talks as frank and productive. And Democrats held the Senate over the weekend and Republicans appear on track to have a slight majority in the House. This episode: political reporter Deepa Shivaram, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, China correspondent John Ruwitch, congressional correspondent Claudia Grisales, and senior political editor and correspondent...

Duration:00:13:43

Roundup: Outstanding Races

11/11/2022
Republican nominee Blake Masters lags incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly in Arizona, as we wait for that race to be called. GOP election officials there have decried Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake for spreading conspiracy theories about the vote counting process. And Democrats notched historic wins in statehouses and governors mansions. We talk through some notable races. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Ximena Bustillo, state politics...

Duration:00:27:49

Election Deniers Running To Oversee Voting Mostly Lost

11/10/2022
Michigan's Jocelyn Benson and Minnesota's Steve Simon beat election deniers to oversee voting systems in their states. A key race in Arizona remains undecided. Nationwide, no major violence broke out at polling sites and losing candidates have generally chosen to concede rather than raise allegations of fraud. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, voting correspondent Miles Parks, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Support the show and unlock...

Duration:00:14:05