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Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the latest in politics, tracking the issues and "game-changers" every week.

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What Tuesday's Primaries Could Mean For November

May 18th, 2022

38:23

The crew reacts to the results in Tuesday’s primaries in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Idaho, Kentucky and Oregon. The results are mixed in terms of …

Who Will Win The GOP's Senate Primary In Pennsylvania?

May 17th, 2022

55:12

The crew discusses the races to watch in Tuesday night's primaries in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Idaho, Oregon and Kentucky. They also introduce a …

The Politics Of Anti-Critical Race Theory Laws

May 12th, 2022

41:10

Since January 2021, eleven states have enacted laws that limit how teachers can talk about race and racism in schools and close to 200 bills have …

How The Fight Over Abortion Will Play Out In Red States

May 10th, 2022

56:52

The crew discusses the various types of legislation different states may adopt if Roe v. Wade is overturned, and how those policies jibe with local …

The Ohio Primary And Draft SCOTUS Opinion

May 4th, 2022

33:40

In this late night edition of the podcast, the crew covers both the results of the Ohio Senate primary and the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme …

Our First 2024 Democratic Primary Draft

May 3rd, 2022

1:17:47

The crew follows up on last week’s Republican 2024 primary draft with its first Democratic primary draft. What does the bench of Democratic …

How A Struggle Between Elites And Populists Has Shaped The Right

April 28th, 2022

39:45

As the 2022 primaries begin in earnest and potential presidential candidates look ahead to 2024, the fight over the future of the political right is …

Our First 2024 GOP Primary Draft

April 25th, 2022

1:01:39

The crew hosts its first-ever 2024 Republican primary draft (they plan to follow up next week with a 2024 Democratic primary draft). 

Why A Once-Fringe Candidate Is Now A Serious Contender For The French Presidency

April 21st, 2022

45:55

Galen Druke speaks with POLITICO Europe's Cornelius Hirsch and Clea Caulcutt about the dynamics at play in the French presidential election. As …

How Old Is Too Old For Elected Office?

April 18th, 2022

58:42

The crew discusses the politically thorny issue of mental acuity in an increasingly elderly U.S. government, and what Americans think about age …

Why Inflation Is Sparking Economic Pessimism

April 14th, 2022

37:02

Galen Druke speaks with George Washington University economist Tara Sinclair about the economics behind Americans pessimistic assessment of the economy.

Why Alaskans Aren’t In A Rush To Send Sarah Palin To Washington

April 11th, 2022

57:52

The crew discusses why Sarah Palin may not be a shoe-in for a vacant House seat in Alaska. They also debate whether the AARP is correct in assessing that women voters over the age of 50 are likely to decide the outcome …

Americans Think The War On Drugs Failed. Do Politicians Agree?

April 7th, 2022

31:02

As Congress considers legislation that would decriminalize marijuana and end the sentencing disparity for crack and cocaine offenses, Galen Druke …

Are Both Liz Cheney And Madison Cawthorn In Primary Trouble?

April 4th, 2022

58:37

The crew discusses how Liz Cheney and Madison Cawthorn's primaries serve as a test of what the Republican Party and its voters will and won’t accept. They also try to get to the bottom of whether Americans support the …

How Education Became Today's Wedge Issue

March 31st, 2022

36:42

Galen Druke speaks with political science professors Sunshine Hillygus and Patrick Eagan about the history of wedge issues and how they shape U.S. …

Should The Iowa Caucuses Go Away?

March 28th, 2022

56:48

The crew debates which states should vote first in the presidential primaries if the Iowa caucuses were to go away. They also scrutinize a new survey …

The Partisan Grandstanding At Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Hearings

March 24th, 2022

38:25

Since Jackson’s confirmation is the expected outcome, the hearings – similar to past ones – were more about politics. Galen Druke and Amelia …

The Most Consequential Governor’s Races

March 21st, 2022

1:05:29

Thirty-six governor’s seats are up for election this fall and the crew looks at some where full control of state government might be decided by the …

What Is Ron DeSantis's Vision For The GOP?

March 17th, 2022

35:36

The conventional wisdom is that if former President Trump wants the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, it's his. But some Republicans are still jockeying for position to be the next leader of the party, the …

The Political Price Of Gas

March 14th, 2022

49:32

The crew discusses what high gas prices have meant for politics historically and outline the debates in Washington over how to bring those prices …

How To Think About The Risk Of Nuclear War

March 10th, 2022

41:21

Galen speaks with James Acton, the co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about how leaders and …

Is Putin Actually Popular In Russia?

March 7th, 2022

48:33

The crew analyzes new polling suggesting Americans support enforcing a no-fly zone over Ukraine and banning the purchase of Russian oil even if it …

Unity From Biden, Disunity In Texas

March 2nd, 2022

37:23

It was a night of firsts, with the first primaries of 2022 taking place in Texas and President Biden’s first “real” State of the Union speech.

Americans Are Unified Against Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine

February 28th, 2022

1:05:49

The crew discusses how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is affecting U.S. politics and the RAND Corportation's Samuel Charap joins to explain the root of …

What Do Pollsters Know About Happiness?

February 22nd, 2022

1:00:25

In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discusses the best way to poll Americans’ satisfaction with their own lives and …

Is Boris Johnson Finished?

February 17th, 2022

52:23

Hosts of the British “Talking Politics” podcast, David Runciman and Helen Thompson, discuss why the British public and some members of the …

Valentine's Day, Inflation and GOP Infighting

February 14th, 2022

55:54

The crew discusses why the Republican National Committee chose to censure Representatives Cheney and Kinzinger and how different parts of the party …

Americans Aren’t As Polarized As The News Makes It Seem

February 10th, 2022

36:18

Political scientists Yanna Krupnikov and John Barry Ryan suggest that focusing only on the Left/Right divide in American politics is reductive. By …

Americans Say They're Over COVID-19. What Does That Mean?

February 7th, 2022

1:03:35

The crew discusses how Americans are feeling about COVID-19 and what types of restrictions they do and don't support after almost two years. They also cover the redistricting process happening around the country after a …

Why The GOP Has Made Gains With Latino Voters

February 3rd, 2022

42:10

Latino voters swung by eight percentage points toward President Trump in the last election, the largest swing of any racial or ethnic group in the …

The 7 Most Important Senate Races, Ranked

January 31st, 2022

58:37

The crew debates whether a recent Gallup poll showing that more Americans identify with the GOP than the Democratic Party is a "good or bad use of …

Emergency Podcast: Justice Breyer Is Retiring

January 26th, 2022

27:56

The crew discusses how the Supreme Court may change once Breyer — a more moderate Justice among the Liberals — retires. They also consider whether the ensuing confirmation process will impact the country’s broader …

Why Politicians — Like Manchin And Sinema — Go Rogue

January 24th, 2022

59:49

The crew debates why politicians break with their parties in high-profile ways and what the repercussions can be. They also discuss the trend of …

Don't Pay Attention To That Outlier Poll You Saw

January 18th, 2022

49:17

The crew discusses what's in the "Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act" and why Senate Democrats have taken it up despite unmoving opposition. They …

How Likely Is Another Civil War?

January 13th, 2022

40:19

In the wake of the January 6th attack on the Capitol, academics and journalists have increasingly taken the possibility of future political violence …

How The 2022 Midterms Might Play Out

January 10th, 2022

52:38

The crew discusses what the political environment is likely to look like in 2022 based on history and current indicators. They also debate the …

Why Jan. 6th Was Not A Turning Point

January 5th, 2022

54:53

In the immediate aftermath of the Jan. 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, it appeared that Republican leaders might be ready to break ties with …

What Americans Thought About COVID, Inflation And Britney Spears In 2021

December 27th, 2021

58:39

The crew looks back at what Americans thought about some of the biggest political and cultural issues of 2021. They play a game of "Guess What …

Why Manchin Is A 'No' On Build Back Better

December 21st, 2021

1:08:21

President Biden’s $2 trillion social spending and climate change agenda is in its most tenuous position yet after West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he will not support the Build Back Better Plan. The crew …

How Much Have Hispanic Voters Shifted Toward The GOP?

December 13th, 2021

49:32

According to a new poll from the Wall Street Journal, Hispanic voters are now split evenly between the Democratic and Republican parties, just one …

Is The Media Tougher On Biden Than Trump?

December 9th, 2021

46:47

Nate Silver and Galen Druke open the mailbag and answer listener questions, including how much it would cost to "fix polling" and why Vice President …

Why Stacey Abrams And Beto O’Rourke Are Going For It In 2022

December 6th, 2021

57:33

On today’s Politics Podcast, the crew discusses God, COVID-19, and the midterms. So, the usual.

What SCOTUS — And Americans — Think About Overturning Roe

December 2nd, 2021

41:21

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in one of the highest profile cases of the term. The question is whether Mississippi’s law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy is constitutional. Senior …

About Those 2024 Polls ...

November 29th, 2021

48:18

The crew debates the value of polling whether Americans want Biden and Trump to run again in 2024.

What The Two Parties Should Be Thankful For

November 22nd, 2021

54:31

The crew discusses what the future of the Build Back Better bill might look like in the Senate and why the provisions in the bill are more popular …

What 44 Days In Las Vegas Taught Nate Silver

November 18th, 2021

47:55

Nate Silver is back from his book research/poker trip to Las Vegas, and in this installment, he sits down with Galen Druke to answer listener questions and talk about what he learned on the strip.

The Pollster Who Wants To Quit Horse-Race Polling

November 15th, 2021

1:00:43

We speak with the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, Patrick Murray, who wrote an article titled “‘I blew it.’ Maybe it’s time to …

This Is What Will Determine The Future Of Climate Change

November 12th, 2021

46:13

On the final day of COP26, we look at whether these types of international agreements actually shape countries’ climate policies and whether there …

Which Election Day Hot Takes Do You Buy?

November 8th, 2021

1:05:32

Commentators and politicos have given lots of hot takes on why Democrats did so poorly in Tuesday's election and what it portends for the 2022 …

A Good Election Night For Republicans

November 3rd, 2021

34:48

In this late night edition of the podcast, the crew discusses the factors that went into Republican Glenn Youngkin winning the Virginia governor's race. They also break down the governor's race in New Jersey and other …

Election Day 2021: Virginia And Beyond

November 1st, 2021

1:07:49

The crew looks at the issues that have shaped the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races and rounds up some of the other local races and ballot …

Brad Raffensperger On The 2020 Election And Beyond

October 28th, 2021

41:51

We continue our conversation about challenges to democracy in America by talking with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. In early January of 2020, then-President Trump encouraged Raffensperger to help …

What Are The Most Popular Parts Of The Democrats’ Spending Bill?

October 25th, 2021

55:32

The crew discusses the Virginia and new Jersey gubernatorial races a week before election day, and guesses how Americans feel about the potential provisions in the Democrats’ spending bill. 

Adam Schiff Is Worried About American Democracy

October 21st, 2021

36:28

Democratic representative from California Adam Schiff discusses why he thinks American democracy is in trouble, which he lays out in his new book "Midnight In Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy And Still …

What Makes A Party Or Politician Popular?

October 18th, 2021

1:03:28

The crew talks about why President Biden's approval is underwater, what the consequences are for Democrats and what they can do about it. They also check in on the upcoming Virginia governor’s race and discuss a …

What Happens When Local News Disappears

October 14th, 2021

45:38

Local news is disappearing across the country. From 2008 to 2019, the percentage of people who said they got their news from local papers fell by …

The Politics Of The Debt Ceiling

October 11th, 2021

58:24

The crew discusses the role of the debt ceiling in politics, why it exists in the first place, and the chances of it being abolished altogether. They …

Why The U.S. Was Unprepared For COVID-19

October 7th, 2021

54:00

Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb joins the podcast to discuss America’s unpreparedness for COVID-19 and how the country should prepare for the …

Does One Party Win More Political Fights Than The Other?

October 4th, 2021

55:43

The crew tries to unpack what’s driving Democrats’ legislative decisions and who will have to compromise to pass the party's agenda. They also …

How To Make Sense Of The Latest Crime Data

September 30th, 2021

39:17

The FBI released nationwide crime numbers from 2020 this week that will likely contribute to the already tense political debate over crime and …

Will Democrats Get Their Agenda Passed?

September 27th, 2021

56:07

The crew talks about the threat of a government shutdown and debt default, as well as how likely it is that Democrats get their legislative …

What You Need To Know About Canada And Germany's Elections

September 23rd, 2021

55:33

It's a big election week for liberal democracies. The podcast turns its focus abroad, to Canada and Germany, to see how other democracies' electoral …

Can An Anti-Trump Republican Win A Primary?

September 20th, 2021

59:30

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez announced he is retiring from Congress at the end of his term. He is one of the ten House Republicans who voted to impeach …

The California Recall Election Wasn't Close

September 15th, 2021

26:58

In this late night edition of the podcast, the crew discusses the results of the California gubernatorial recall election. The recall effort …

Will Biden’s Vaccine Mandates Work?

September 13th, 2021

59:39

The crew checks in on the California recall election and other upcoming races, and talks about how a Trump endorsement is shaping a Wyoming primary. They also discuss Biden’s sweeping vaccine mandate -- how …

Why A 9/11-Era Political Consensus Seems Impossible These Days

September 7th, 2021

54:41

American politics has changed a lot in the twenty years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In this installment, Jennifer Merolla, a Professor of …

Why Most Abortions Are Currently Banned In Texas

September 2nd, 2021

37:07

Late Wednesday night in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court chose not to block a Texas law banning most abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy -- making it the most restrictive abortion law in the country. The crew …

The War In Afghanistan Is Officially Ending. Now What?

August 30th, 2021

51:15

As of Monday, all U.S. troops have withdrawn from Afghanistan following a chaotic evacuation from the country. In this installment, Robert Crews, a …

Model Talk: How Climate Models Work

August 19th, 2021

44:13

Earlier this month, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) released the first part of its Sixth Assessment Report on the state of climate change globally. The report relies on advanced …

What Americans Think About Ending The War In Afghanistan

August 16th, 2021

49:57

The crew looks at public opinion on the war in Afghanistan and the Biden administration's decision to withdraw U.S. troops as the country now faces a Taliban takeover. They also discuss how the country has changed …

Emergency Podcast: Cuomo Resigns

August 10th, 2021

32:27

The crew talks about what led to Cuomo's resignation, how New Yorkers feel about his replacement, and what this means for New York’s 2022 Democratic primary race for governor.

Why Has Biden's Approval Rating Fallen?

August 9th, 2021

54:06

The crew discusses why Biden’s favorability is falling and how much Democrats should worry about it. They also check in on the results from two …

How Democrats Are Reacting To Cuomo's Harassment Scandal

August 4th, 2021

35:28

The team assesses New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's political future after a report from the New York Attorney General concluded that he sexually …

Why The California Recall Has Grown More Competitive

August 2nd, 2021

56:57

The crew discusses two elections in Ohio this week that will test the sway of the establishment in both parties. They also talk about how the …

What Americans Think About Vaccines, Masks And Shutdowns As Covid Cases Spike

July 29th, 2021

43:25

The crew talks about where Americans stand on mitigation efforts, how politicians are responding, and what public health experts are saying about the …

Does Running For President Always Help Your Career?

July 26th, 2021

1:02:35

Almost a year after the 2020 Democratic National Convention, the crew looks back at the record number of Democrats who ran for president in 2020 and assesses where they are now. They also review a new report from the …

The Great Inflation Debate

July 22nd, 2021

37:29

According to a recent Marist poll, inflation is now Americans’ leading economic concern. Economics Professor at George Washington University, Tara …

Are There Really Five Political Parties In America?

July 19th, 2021

1:03:28

Americans' political views oftentimes don't align neatly with a single party, but instead draw on both conservative and liberal positions. Pollster

Americans And Experts Agree That Democracy Is Struggling

July 15th, 2021

41:23

We assess the state of American democracy, based on a new survey from Bright Line Watch, a group of political scientists that monitors threats to our …

A Record Number Of Americans Are "Thriving." What Does That Mean?

July 12th, 2021

51:10

The crew discusses which indicators are worth watching to get a sense for how the parties will perform in the 2022 elections. They also ask whether a …

Why The Conspiracy Theories Behind Jan 6 Haven’t Gone Away

July 8th, 2021

33:36

Technology and politics reporter Kaleigh Rogers discusses the influence of conspiracy theories on the events that led to the Jan. 6th riot, why …

What The Electorate Looked Like In 2020

July 6th, 2021

52:20

Pew Research has released its verified voter survey, looking at how different groups within the electorate voted in 2020. It’s generally considered …

What We Learned From This Supreme Court Term

July 2nd, 2021

45:02

On Thursday, the Supreme Court wrapped up its first term with a 6-3 conservative majority on the bench. FiveThirtyEight contributor Laura Bronner …

Why Biden Wants A Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan

June 28th, 2021

56:14

A bipartisan coalition of ten senators, with the support of President Biden, announced a $600 billion infrastructure plan last week. The crew discusses the value of a bipartisan strategy, the motivations behind it and …

Nate And Galen Answer Your Questions

June 24th, 2021

44:15

Galen and Nate open the mailbag to answer listeners’ questions about politics, polling and more. Listeners wanted to know what to make of the NYC …

What Comes Next For Democrats’ Election Legislation

June 22nd, 2021

57:34

The crew discusses what comes next in Democrats' attempt to pass election reforms, after their proposals hit roadblocks in the Senate. The team also …

Why Progressives Have Struggled In The NYC Mayoral Race

June 17th, 2021

48:45

Progressive Democrats have struggled to break through in one of the most high-profile elections of the year: the Democratic primary for New York City …

The Democratic Establishment Keeps Winning Elections

June 14th, 2021

1:03:08

The crew discusses the results of the primary elections in New Jersey and Virginian and looks at the debate playing out between the two parties over …

How Same-Sex Marriage Broke Through Partisan Politics

June 10th, 2021

47:54

During the span of 25 years, same-sex marriage went from being an unimaginable idea to settled law. The data behind that evolution is striking. At …

One Special Election Can’t Forecast The Midterms

June 7th, 2021

1:02:39

Democrat Melanie Stansbury won a special election in New Mexico's first congressional district by a 25-point margin last Tuesday, performing better than Democrats did in the district in 2020. It's tempting to use the …

How The Politics Of Cities Shape The Democratic Party

June 4th, 2021

39:52

In 2021, cities around the country are choosing mayors to try to lead them through a long list of challenges, both pre-existing and brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, we began to explore the most …

The 2022 Primaries Are Heating Up

June 1st, 2021

1:08:46

The crew looks at how some of the most competitive primaries in 2022 are shaping up. They also ask whether a recent poll that suggested about 15 …

What NYC’s Mayoral Race Can Tell The Rest Of Us

May 28th, 2021

43:27

New York City-based political reporters Gloria Pazmino and Erin Durkin discuss the current lay of the land in the Democratic mayoral primary and the …

A Year Of Protest After George Floyd's Death

May 24th, 2021

59:18

History professor Yohuru Williams speaks with Galen Druke about how the protest movement sparked by George Floyd's murder compares with past social justice movements. Micah Cohen and Kaleigh Rogers also join to talk …

20 Questions With Nate And Galen

May 21st, 2021

39:59

Nate and Galen open the mailbag and answer listeners' questions about politics, polling and anything else on their minds.

Can You Win A Fight With A Goose?

May 17th, 2021

55:25

The crew debates whether a poll asking Americans which animals they could take on is a fight is a "good or bad use of polling." They also discuss the …

Introducing 'In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson'

May 13th, 2021

43:11

Today, we wanted to share the first episode of the ABC News podcast series, "In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson," which uncovers the former first …

If Liz Cheney Doesn't Have A Home In The GOP, Who Does?

May 10th, 2021

49:36

What role do Liz Cheney-type Republicans have to play in the future of the GOP (if any)? And what does Florida’s new voting law tell us about the …

How Partisanship Explains Our Pandemic Behavior

May 6th, 2021

46:28

The crew discusses the role partisanship has played in Americans' assessment of risk and their behavior during the pandemic. Atlantic writer Emma …

Why Democrats Got Shut Out Of A Special Election In Texas

May 3rd, 2021

1:00:13

The crew digs into why Democrats underperformed in a special election in Texas. They also address concerns that the 2020 Census resulted in an …

Biden's First 100 Days

April 29th, 2021

58:55

The crew discusses what we've learned from President Biden's first 100 days in office and from his first address to a joint session of Congress.

A Majority Of Americans Think Climate Change Should Be A Priority

April 26th, 2021

51:55

The crew looks at how the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause shaped public opinion of that vaccine and willingness to be vaccinated more broadly. They also take stock of how Americans are thinking about climate change …

Americans Are Losing Their Religion. That's Changing Politics.

April 22nd, 2021

49:35

Galen Druke and Perry Bacon Jr. speak with political scientist and pastor, Ryan Burge, about how declining American religiosity is shaping our …

Celebrity Candidates Are Here To Stay

April 19th, 2021

1:00:14

The idea of the celebrity politician isn’t going away just because former President Trump is out of office. The crew talks about the appeal of …

How Opinion On Policing Has Changed Since Last Summer

April 15th, 2021

34:51

We look at two of this week’s biggest stories -- the killing of Daunte Wright in Minnesota and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to pause the use of the Johnson and Johnson covid-19 vaccine.

Americans Are More Independent But Just As Partisan

April 12th, 2021

1:03:47

The crew discusses why the number of independents has been growing and what it means for American politics. They also ask why support for gun control

Will Trump's Gains With Latino Voters Last?

April 8th, 2021

43:28

Galen Druke speaks with the founders of the political research firm Equis Research, Stephanie Valencia and Carlos Odio. Their recent data-driven

How Bipartisan Is Democrats' Infrastructure Plan?

April 5th, 2021

1:05:22

The crew discusses potential sticking points in the Democrats' infrastructure plan and debates whether it should be considered bipartisan if a …

Elections To Watch In 2021

April 1st, 2021

47:53

The crew discuss the 2021 gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey and the very likely recall election in California. They also look at mayoral elections, which are taking place in more than two dozen major …

Democrats Are Struggling On Immigration Policy

March 29th, 2021

52:59

The crew puts Georgia's new voting laws in context and discusses the challenges facing the Biden administration on immigration policy in the short …

The Gold Standard For Polling Has Changed

March 25th, 2021

51:06

Nate Silver and Galen Druke discuss why live caller surveys are no longer the gold standard in polling and what it means for the future of the …

The Attacks In Atlanta May Activate Asian Americans Politically

March 22nd, 2021

49:47

The crew speaks with professors Jane Junn and Karthick Ramakrishnan about the context of the Atlanta attacks and how Asian-American political …

How The Culture Wars Of The 2020s Are Shaping Our Politics

March 18th, 2021

43:46

Perry Bacon Jr. speaks with Galen Druke about his recent reporting on the kinds of ideas that have gained currency on the Left and how the Right has …

Will The Stimulus Bill Boost Democrats' Electoral Prospects?

March 15th, 2021

56:54

The crew asks whether Biden's approval rating could be boosted by the American Rescue Plan and how popular he'd have to be to avoid a backlash at the …

Did Joe Biden Get Lucky In 2020?

March 11th, 2021

50:36

With the benefit of hindsight and some time to breathe, Galen Druke reflects on key moments of the 2020 race with the authors of the new book, “Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won The Presidency.” The book is the first big …

Cuomo's Political Future Is Unclear

March 9th, 2021

57:57

The crew discusses what Cuomo's political future might hold and how New Yorkers are reacting to sexual harassment allegations. They also discuss …

How The Black Church Has Shaped American Politics

March 4th, 2021

44:44

This installment of the podcast explores the role that the Black church plays in American politics, through initiatives like "souls to the polls" and …

Is CPAC Representative Of The GOP?

March 1st, 2021

50:56

The crew looks to the speeches from the past weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference for indications about where the Republican party is …

What The White House Thinks The Economy Needs

February 25th, 2021

31:46

Member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Heather Boushey, joins the podcast to discuss what is in the American Rescue Plan and why.

Democrats' COVID Relief Bill Is Popular

February 23rd, 2021

55:02

The team looks at the popularity of the Democrats' COVID relief plan and how both Democrats and Republicans are thinking about its provisions. Thee …

How The Crisis In Texas Happened

February 18th, 2021

35:24

Texas has been in a dire situation this week. Millions of people were without power or heat, and in some cases water, in freezing cold temperatures …

Why Seven Republicans Voted To Convict Trump

February 16th, 2021

56:47

Nevada Democrats introduced a bill on Monday that would change their state's presidential nominating contest from a caucus to a primary and also …

The Meaning Of Democrats' Impeachment Argument

February 12th, 2021

33:05

While it appears unlikely that 17 Republicans will join Democrats in voting to convict the former president, the evidence presented could help shape …

What Georgia Republicans' Proposed Voting Restrictions Would Do

February 8th, 2021

56:33

Tia Mitchell, of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, joins the podcast to discuss what to expect from former President Trump's second impeachment …

What Could The GOP's Future Look Like?

February 4th, 2021

1:01:50

Galen Druke discusses that question with pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson and writers Ramesh Ponnuru and Henry Olsen, who have all spent their …

Biden's Response To The Pandemic

February 1st, 2021

53:07

Kaiser Health News's Anna Maria Barry-Jester joins the crew to discuss how Biden's response to the pandemic is different from former President …

The Final Model Talk Of 2020

January 28th, 2021

34:12

Nate and Galen look back at the results of the Georgia Senate runoffs and discuss what the Democratic wins say about polling and what they mean for …

Partisans Don't Just Disagree, They Hate One Another

January 25th, 2021

54:51

Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux and Maggie Koerth join the podcast to discuss their reporting on partisan discord and violence in the United States. The crew …

The Biden Presidency Begins

January 20th, 2021

36:29

On the first podcast episode of the Biden presidency, the crew reacts to President Biden's inauguration speech -- particularly whether any attempt to …

Did Trump Change The Rules Of Politics?

January 19th, 2021

58:47

This is the final FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast episode of the Trump presidency. The crew, joined by ABC News White House Correspondent Karen …

Why 10 Republicans Voted For Impeachment

January 14th, 2021

34:52

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach President Trump a second time. In this installment of the podcast, …

What Led To The Attack On The Capitol

January 12th, 2021

1:12:08

The crew unpacks some of the elements responsible for the attack on the U.S. Capitol. They also discuss the calculations being made by Democrats and …

What Will The GOP Do Now?

January 7th, 2021

42:09

The team reacts to Trump supporters violently occupying the U.S. Capitol and the Democratic victories in Georgia.

Trump's Fraud Obsession May Hurt The GOP In Georgia

January 4th, 2021

50:02

The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Tia Mitchell joins the crew to discuss why Republicans are attempting to overturn the election. They also check in on the state of the runoffs in Georgia the day before Election Day.

Goodbye To 2020

December 28th, 2020

1:06:28

In 2020's final installment of the podcast, the crew looks back at the year that was. They consider the most surprising political stories of the …

Why Georgia Isn't Like Other Battleground States

December 22nd, 2020

1:05:39

The crew debates whether the recent $900 billion stimulus package is a one-off attempt to avert crisis or a model for compromise in the Washington …

What Do 1,200 Books About Trump Really Tell Us?

December 17th, 2020

47:26

Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, speaks with Galen Druke about what he learned from reading many of the books written about Trump from the past five years.

Why Republicans Still Doubt The Election Results

December 14th, 2020

1:01:12

The two biggest stories of 2020 in the U.S. -- the pandemic and the election -- are finding some closure today, though each is really just entering its next phase. The conflicts and challenges presented by both the …

What's The Deal With Pardons?

December 10th, 2020

39:09

Galen speaks with Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux about why presidents have the power to pardon, how that power has been used historically and how Trump's record compares.

The Electoral Challenges Facing The GOP

December 9th, 2020

53:17

The November election was the seventh time in eight elections that Republicans lost the national popular vote and was a rare loss for an incumbent …

How To Make Polls Better

December 4th, 2020

1:12:52

Galen Druke speaks with two A+ rated pollsters, J. Ann Selzer and Patrick Murray, about how they view the challenges of polling and what can be done …

What Happened To Down-Ballot Democrats?

November 30th, 2020

54:22

The crew discusses the challenges Democrats faced in House, Senate and state legislature races. They also ask whether it was a good use of polling to …

Trump Is Setting A Dangerous Precedent For American Democracy

November 23rd, 2020

52:40

Three weeks after the election, President Trump is still refusing to concede and making attempts to subvert the results of the election. The team …

Will Georgia Stay Blue?

November 19th, 2020

33:25

Galen Druke speaks with FiveThirtyEight's Perry Bacon Jr. and Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to understand the trends that flipped Georgia blue and how durable they are.

What Divided The Electorate In 2020

November 16th, 2020

46:47

The crew explores the demographic and geographic trends that divided the nation in 2020. They also ask how President Trump's refusal to concede the election will affect the nation.

Model Talk: Why Polls Were Off In 2020, And Why They Weren’t That Bad

November 12th, 2020

46:41

In this installment of "Model Talk," Nate and Galen discuss why a polling error of even four points isn't that unexpected, offer reasons for why the …

Where The Rest Of The 2020 Races Stand

November 9th, 2020

45:56

The crew reviews who is leading in the outstanding races and how the two parties are reacting to the results. They also discuss what positive vaccine …

Biden Is Set To Be The Next President

November 7th, 2020

35:09

The crew reacts to the news that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the projected winners of the 2020 election.

Biden Could Soon Win Pennsylvania … And The Presidency

November 6th, 2020

28:37

As votes continue to be counted in five key battleground states, and as Biden's margins continue to improve, it looks very likely that the presidential race will eventually be called for Biden. In this installment of …

Biden's Path To Victory Is Looking Clearer

November 5th, 2020

34:07

After our colleagues at ABC News projected Joe Biden as the winner in Michigan, the former vice president's path to victory is looking clearer. In …

The Election Isn't Over

November 4th, 2020

17:53

The FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast reacts to the results so far on election night 2020.

Final Reflections Before The Election

November 3rd, 2020

56:07

In the final pre-election installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew takes a final look at the data, reflects on the stories that …

What The Deluge Of Final Polls Can Tell Us

November 1st, 2020

29:52

Many pollsters released their final polls of the 2020 election over the weekend. In this installment of the podcast, the crew analyzes what the …

How To Vote Safely In A Pandemic

October 31st, 2020

22:01

Our colleagues at PODCAST-19 look at the precautions states have taken to make sure people can vote safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Make sure …

Model Talk: There Still Isn't Evidence Of 'Shy' Trump Voters

October 30th, 2020

42:23

This is the final(!) pre-election installment of "Model Talk." Nate Silver and Galen Druke discuss how the latest polling has shifted in some of the …

The Under-Covered Stories Of The 2020 Election

October 29th, 2020

43:38

There are only five days remaining until Election Day and former Vice President Joe Biden currently has a 89 percent chance of winning, according to our forecast. In this installment of the podcast, the crew discusses …

How We Expect The Electorate To Look In 2020

October 28th, 2020

48:41

In this installment of the podcast, the crew takes a closer look at who exactly is voting and how their preferences have changed or stayed the same compared with four years ago.

How The Media Projects The Winner Of An Election

October 27th, 2020

34:05

Galen Druke speaks with the Executive Director of Elections at ABC News, Dan Merkle, who oversees the network's Decision Desk. Merkle explains how ABC News will go about projecting the winner of individual states and …

October Surprises Don't Usually Decide Elections

October 26th, 2020

49:34

The crew discusses this year's October surprises and the likelihood that a late development could shake up the race for president.

Model Talk: National And District-Level Polls Disagree

October 23rd, 2020

50:53

In this installment of Model Talk, Nate and Galen discuss why national, state and district-level polls are showing different levels of …

The Second Debate Is Over And The Final Stage Of The Campaign Is Here

October 23rd, 2020

34:53

The crew reacts to the second and final presidential debate of the 2020 campaign.

How Voting Is Going So Far

October 21st, 2020

42:43

Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux and Nathaniel Rakich join the podcast to discuss how voting laws and procedures have changed ahead of the 2020 vote and how they are being litigated.

The Most Competitive Races In 2020

October 20th, 2020

31:41

Micah Cohen and Sarah Frostenson key in on the most competitive races in the 2020 election. They are not actually in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, even though those states may be the most important for winning …

Embrace The Uncertainty

October 19th, 2020

58:39

The crew discusses how Biden's lead is similar or different from Clinton's in 2016. They also consider what kind of agenda Democrats might pursue …

Model Talk: Why Democrats' Chances Of Winning The Senate Have Increased

October 16th, 2020

34:26

In this installment of Model Talk, Nate Silver and Galen Druke discuss the current election forecasts and answer questions from listeners.

What We Learned From The Amy Coney Barrett Hearings

October 15th, 2020

46:30

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is on track to become the next Supreme Court Justice. Perry Bacon Jr. and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux discuss what we learned from …

The Sun Belt Could Decide Control Of The Senate

October 12th, 2020

54:57

The crew looks at the state of the 2020 race in the Sun Belt states and also considers how Trump might be able to pull off a re-election win.

Model Talk: Trump's Position Worsens

October 9th, 2020

37:16

In this installment of Model Talk, Nate Silver and Galen Druke discuss the latests movements in the 2020 election forecasts.

Pence And Harris Evade Questions In VP Debate

October 8th, 2020

32:53

The crew reacts to the first and only vice presidential debate.

What We Know About The President's Health

October 5th, 2020

46:01

During the four days since President Trump was diagnosed with coronavirus, the public has received limited and conflicting information about his health status. To make sense of the limited information we do have, the …

Emergency Podcast: Trump Tests Positive For COVID-19

October 2nd, 2020

22:31

The podcast team reacts to the news that President Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

Is The Supreme Court Losing Legitimacy?

October 1st, 2020

49:45

In response to Republicans' move to fill a Supreme Court vacancy so close to the election, some Democrats have floated the idea of expanding or …

Trump Interrupts To Point Of Chaos In First Debate

September 30th, 2020

37:17

The crew reacts to the first 2020 presidential election debate.

The Politics Of Trump's Tax Returns

September 28th, 2020

53:46

The New York Times reported on Sunday that President Trump paid $750 dollars in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017, and no federal income tax …

Trump Refuses To Commit To A Peaceful Transfer Of Power

September 24th, 2020

44:08

In this emergency episode of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew reacts to the news that President Trump refused to commit to a peaceful …

What Comes Next In The Fight To Fill Ginsburg’s Seat

September 21st, 2020

1:04:16

So far, two Republican Senators -- Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski -- have announced their opposition to filling the Supreme Court seat that once …

Emergency Podcast: The SCOTUS Vacancy

September 19th, 2020

27:41

In this emergency installment of the podcast, the crew discusses the implications of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing and the new vacancy on the court.

Model Talk: Democrats Are Slightly Favored To Win The Senate

September 18th, 2020

42:28

FiveThirtyEight has launched its 2020 Senate forecast model. In this episode of Model Talk, Nate Silver and Galen Druke discuss the odds the chamber will flip.

Trump Narrows The Gap With Latino Voters

September 14th, 2020

56:56

The crew talks to pollster Carlos Odio about political trends amongst Latino voters. They also ask whether polls in the Midwest have corrected their …

How Ohio Is Preparing For A Pandemic Election

September 11th, 2020

38:37

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose speaks with Galen Druke about Ohio's preparations for Election Day amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 Electoral Map Could Get Interesting

September 8th, 2020

52:13

The crew discusses which states could potentially be competitive in the 2020 election and asks, "good use of polling or bad use of polling?"

Model Talk: Trump's Electoral College Advantage

September 3rd, 2020

44:14

Nate Silver and Galen Druke discuss how the 2020 presidential forecast has changed and answer questions from listeners.

The Media Is Getting Ahead Of Itself On Kenosha

August 31st, 2020

53:02

The crew looks at whether there is evidence for the idea that urban unrest will harm Biden's chances in the 2020 election. They also preview the Democratic Senate primary race in Massachusetts between Rep. Joe Kennedy …

RNC Night 4: How Trump Used His 5,680 Words

August 28th, 2020

30:17

The crew reacts to the fourth and final night of the 2020 Republican National Convention.

RNC Night 3: Pence Makes A Law And Order Appeal

August 27th, 2020

25:47

The crew reacts to the third night of the 2020 Republican National Convention.

RNC Night 2: Cognitive Dissonance

August 26th, 2020

29:54

The crew reacts to the second night of the 2020 Republican National Convention.

RNC Night 1: Trumpism vs. Traditionalism

August 25th, 2020

39:03

The crew reacts to the first night of the 2020 Republican National Convention.

DNC Night 4: Biden Pitches Himself As A Good Guy

August 21st, 2020

41:06

The crew reacts to the fourth night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

DNC Night 3: Harris Fills A Historic Role

August 20th, 2020

34:29

The crew reacts to the third night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

DNC Night 2: Democrats Aren't Sure Who They Are

August 19th, 2020

31:50

The crew reacts to the second night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

DNC Night 1: Michelle Obama Rips Trump

August 18th, 2020

41:40

The crew reacts to the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

Model Talk: The 2020 Forecast Is Live!

August 12th, 2020

32:58

FiveThirtyEight's 2020 presidential election forecast is live! In this edition of "Model Talk," Nate Silver and Galen Druke break down what is new in this year's forecast and where the uncertainty lies.

Emergency Podcast: Harris Is Biden's VP Pick

August 11th, 2020

30:03

The crew reacts to Joe Biden's announcement that Kamala Harris will be his running mate.

The Tokenization Of The Veepstakes

August 10th, 2020

48:13

Joe Biden is expected to announce his running mate this week and the crew discusses the latest speculation over who it might be. They also compare …

It's Not Just The Economy, Stupid

August 3rd, 2020

51:34

After the release of historically bad GDP data, the crew discusses how well economic data can predict the outcome of an election. They also discuss the potential consequences of President Trump casting doubt on the …

A GOP Congressman Who Might Not Vote For Trump

July 30th, 2020

27:06

Rep. Will Hurd of Texas’s 23rd Congressional District joins the podcast. He is one of only four Republicans in the House still representing a district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016 and he is the only Black Republican …

Biden's VP Pick Could Be Days Away

July 27th, 2020

1:08:08

According to the timeframe Biden laid out, he could announce his choice for a running mate as soon as the end of this week. The crew discusses the …

The U.S. Still Isn't Prepared For A Pandemic Election

July 23rd, 2020

39:06

In March, it became clear that states needed to reconfigure in-person voting and significantly scale up mail voting so that Americans could vote …

There Aren't Secret Trump Voters

July 20th, 2020

56:24

A recent poll showed that the majority of Pennsylvanians think that people in their community secretly support Trump. The crew explains why that is …

White Democrats Are Wary Of Big Ideas To Address Racial Inequality

July 16th, 2020

49:16

In recent weeks, public opinion has moved significantly in favor of Black Lives Matter and more people have taken the view that Black people face …

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