Cover art for podcast The Focus Group Podcast

The Focus Group Podcast

16 EpisodesProduced by The BulwarkWebsite

Unfiltered, uncompromising, unexpected—The Focus Group is a look into what the average voter thinks about politics, policy, and current events. Sarah Longwell, publisher of The Bulwark, has conducted hundreds of hours of focus groups all across the country. She and a series of special guests will ta… read more

episodes iconAll Episodes

Midnight Train (Back) to Georgia (with Greg Bluestein)

December 3rd, 2022


We're wrapping up this election cycle in Georgia with voters who voted for Herschel Walker in November — but aren't so sure about him going into …

Thankful for Swing Voters (with Amy Walter)

November 26th, 2022


The midterms have come and gone, and it turns out many of our focus groups were signs of things to come. Amy Walter, Editor-in-Chief of the Cook …

Can There Be Another Star in Trump's Cinematic Universe? (with David Drucker)

November 19th, 2022


Donald Trump announced his 2024 campaign this week. Republican elites would love to move on from him, but will Republican voters? David Drucker, the …

What a Week!

November 12th, 2022


Sarah has a special message for Focus Group fans as we wait for the remaining election results.

This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss …

Election Eve Weekend Nerd Spectacular

November 5th, 2022


Instead of a focus group this week, Sarah sits down with four political super-nerds to get their read on Tuesday's election and beyond. She's joined …

A Little Thuggishness Is Called For (with James Carville)

October 29th, 2022

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit

John Fetterman had a bad night in the Pennsylvania Senate …

Arizona: Psychologically Unfun (with Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer)

October 22nd, 2022

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit

Arizona is ground-zero for the Big Lie about the 2020 …

Georgia: Ticket-Splitting On Our Mind (with Molly Ball)

October 15th, 2022

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit

Georgia is a closely divided state, but we're likely to see …

He Scares the Crap Out of Me (with Holly Otterbein)

October 8th, 2022

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit

The Pennsylvania governor's race is a bit of a political …

George Washington Wouldn't Tolerate Furries(with Charlie Sykes)

October 1st, 2022

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit

To listen to this episode in full and to get …

"Lesser of Two Evils" Drinking Game (with Natalie Allison)

September 24th, 2022

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit

Republicans may be losing one of their best pickup …

What Happens in Vegas Won't Stay in Vegas (with Jon Ralston)

September 17th, 2022

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit

Nevada's economy was hit especially hard by COVID. Now, the …

The Head vs the Heart in Big Ten Country (with Tim Alberta)

September 10th, 2022

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit

The Atlantic’s Tim Alberta joins Sarah to discuss whether …

Make Politics Boring Again, Please

September 3rd, 2022


On this week's episode, we're sharing a director's cut of a recent focus group, featuring swing state suburban women. These voters from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Georgia backed Trump in 2016, but flipped in 2020. Hear …

Vibe Check (with Tim Miller)

August 27th, 2022


As primary season winds down, Democrats are gaining ground in what was supposed to be a wave year for Republicans. Tim Miller joins Sarah to discuss the anti-abortion extremists endorsed by Trump, how Democrats are …

The Florida Man Thunderdome (with Marc Caputo)

August 20th, 2022


Florida is the center of Republican politics these days — and it's getting redder all the time. Trump lives there, and his political understudy is …

Loading ...

Listen to The Focus Group Podcast


A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed

Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

Yes, let's begin connecting
Browser window

Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
Clicking mouse cursor

Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
Graph of increasing value

Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
Icon of cellphone with money

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens