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POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.

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POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.

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By fuzzystarcloud - Dec 13 2019
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I enjoy the non inflammatory info in this show. Thank you wonderful nerds 💐

Politico’s Nerdcast

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Outstanding reporting. Highly recommended.

iTunes Ratings

1017 Ratings
Average Ratings
649
169
57
50
92

good stuff

By fuzzystarcloud - Dec 13 2019
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I enjoy the non inflammatory info in this show. Thank you wonderful nerds 💐

Politico’s Nerdcast

By Two docks floating - Dec 08 2019
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Outstanding reporting. Highly recommended.
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POLITICO's Nerdcast

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POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.

Rank #1: Three ways President Trump could get his wall

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There's ways the president could get his wall without congressional approval. But it won't be pretty. POLITICO White House reporter Nancy Cook joins the podcast to give an update on what's happening in the White House during the shut down as federal employees miss their first paychecks. Last week she told us not much was going on, but this week everything has gone into hyper drive. Then POLITICO reporters Elena Schneider and David Siders join to talk about the democrats with big donation possibilities. Plus, editor Charlie Mahtesian talks about the importance of candidates having viral moments as they gear up for 2020.

Jan 11 2019

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Rank #2: Republicans are in a shutdown pickle

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Hope for avoiding shutdown is evaporating; it might be a long few weeks in Washington, with less than happy holidays approaching. We breakdown the republican mood with the shutdown deadline approaching. Then, hear from two White House reporters on the chief of staff search. Nobody wants the job that used to be one of the most sought after in Washington.

Dec 14 2018

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Rank #3: Two Supreme Court decisions, explained

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This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: The Supreme Court had a busy week, ruling on two cases that have big political implications. First, immigration reporter Ted Hesson joins to explain how a road block has been put in the path of implementing a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Then, Scott and Charlie talk about the ruling on partisan gerrymandering. In the second segment, national political reporter Natasha Korecki explains where the democratic presidential candidates stand in the first week post-debate.

Jul 03 2019

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Rank #4: The White House's nickname for President Trump

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White House staffers have been using an.... interesting nickname for President Trump. Maybe a reference to his love for skyscrapers? Who can say? White House reporter Nancy Cook spills. Then reporter Rachael Bade shares some behind the scenes tape that shows the different sides of vulnerable House republicans. Who they are depends on who is listening.

Oct 05 2018

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Rank #5: Political nightmares and peering into the future

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The Nerdcast gets into the Halloween spirit with White House reporters Darren Samuelsohn and Gabby Orr, who entertain some future speculations and sketch out political nightmare scenarios. What are the worst-case fears for Democrats and Republicans heading into 2020?

Plus, senior legal affairs contributor Josh Gerstein joins Scott to talk about Rudy Giuliani who continues to place himself at the center of the Ukraine story.

Oct 25 2019

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Rank #6: Possibility of a shutdown deal is at a 'total impasse'

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The president and democrats haven't been able to come to an agreement, and with the new congress sworn in it doesn't look like things are going to get any easier. White House reporter Nancy Cook joins the Nerdcast to discuss if there is an end in sight for the government shutdown. Plus, senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian breaks down Warren's potential presidential run and politics reporter Alex Isenstadt explains what's going on with Mitt Romney, who, as you may remember, he went on a hike with before.

Jan 04 2019

28mins

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Rank #7: Klobuchar strikes Buttigieg in fight for center

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Scott and senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian break down a key moment in a battle of the moderates between Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg. Plus, White House reporter Nancy Cook and deputy Congress editor David Kihara talk the impeachment vote and what's coming next.

Dec 20 2019

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Rank #8: BONUS: Did a presidential pardon just become more likely?

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President Trump loves a controversial pardon. Following his disgraced former campaign chairman Paul Manafort being found guilty, it's looking like we might be entering a fall filled with the will-he-or-won't-he energy of a president faced with the power to pardon and a loyal former campaign chair caught in a, shall we say, legal snafu. Plus, we talk about the implications of Michael Cohen's, uh, implication.

Aug 22 2018

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Rank #9: Does conventional wisdom have it wrong on Sanders and Warren?

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This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: We examine some of the front-runners who have begun to emerge for Democrats, particularly on the left of the party. POLITICO's National political reporters Holly Otterbein and Alex Thompson check on the 2020 race. Also: What would you ask Robert Mueller, if you got the chance? POLITICO's national security correspondent Natasha Bertrand and POLITICO's legal affairs analyst Josh Gerstein discuss what might happen on Capitol HIll for Robert Mueller.

Jul 12 2019

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Rank #10: Cohen testimony renews impeachment speculation

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President Trump's former fixer spent hours fixating the American public. Did his testimony reveal anything new? Plus, Iowa proves to be twice as nice.

Mar 01 2019

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Rank #11: The post-debate state of the race

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This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: POLITICO national political reporter Elena Schneider and senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian break down who came out on top in this week's democratic debates. Also: A divided Federal Reserve is cutting interest rates for the first time in more than a decade. What’s that mean and why does it matter? POLITICO financial services reporter Victoria Guida explains.

Aug 02 2019

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Rank #12: The James Comey episode

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POLITICO reporters do a deep dive into President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey - examining the implications for the bureau, why the president chose this moment and how Democrats are reacting. Then the group discusses the number of troops Trump’s military advisers are recommending he send to Afghanistan in a surge to help stabilize the country.

May 12 2017

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Rank #13: Is the Democratic field about to shrink?

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This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland, POLITICO White House reporter Gabby Orr and Congressional reporter Heather Caygle explain the fallout of President Trump's racist tweets. Also: POLITICO national political reporter David Siders on why a big shrink to the democratic primary field might be coming soon.

Jul 19 2019

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Rank #14: Nothing is enough: Governing during coronavirus

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What's coming? We haven't seen an economic crisis like this since before WWII or a health crisis like this in a century. And an unsettling reality is setting in: We’re not doing enough to ease the pain on either front so far.

Chief economic correspondent Ben White talks to Scott about the economy, coronavirus testing and more, and tries not to give him too much anxiety.

Scott Bland is host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO.
Ben White is chief economic correspondent for POLITICO.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO Audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

Apr 24 2020

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Rank #15: Dr. Ronny Jackson drops out, Missouri midterms heat up

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It seems like we are destined to have at least one confirmation battle pending before the senate until the end of time. This week, we can thank Dr. Ronny Jackson, who has withdrawn his nomination to lead the VA. White House reporter Eliana Johnson breaks down all the drama surrounding his nomination. Then, reporter Daniel Strauss breaks down what is shaping up to be an interesting midterm election in Missouri.

Apr 27 2018

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Rank #16: The moment that impeachment got real

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Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) helped kick off the latest phase of the House Democrats' impeachment debate when she and six other moderate members of Congress said that Donald Trump's contact with Ukraine could constitute an impeachable offense.

She reflected on the weight of what that means in a raw and emotional interview with POLITICO's Michael Kruse, and Michael joins the show to share his observations. Plus: how'd we get here? POLITICO's Natasha Bertrand takes us through the timeline.

Sep 27 2019

29mins

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Rank #17: Iran conflict shakes Washington

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This week, Scott talks to foreign affairs correspondent Nahal Toosi and deputy defense editor Dave Brown about the last week's worth of news of the Iran conflict, where things stand now and the Pentagon's inconsistent response.

Plus, political reporters Zach Montellaro and Holly Otterbein talk to Scott about the small number of polls out in the field, who has currently qualified for Tuesday's debate and what they're looking for on the debate stage.

Jan 10 2020

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Rank #18: A week of chaos

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POLITICO reporters dive into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's resignation after only 25 days, President Trump's 77-minute press conference and who's in the lead in the race to become DNC chair.

Feb 17 2017

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Rank #19: The aftermath of Charlottesville

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POLITICO reporters discuss the political upset over Trump's statements on Charlottesville, the results of Alabama's special Senate race and the shifting map of power in the West Wing.

Aug 18 2017

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Rank #20: Four decades in politics - what's next?

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In this New Years special, Scott and senior White House reporter Darren Samuelsohn look back at the defining political moments of the 80s, 90s, 2000s and 2010s and then give their magic 8-ball a shake and talk about what might happen in the 2020s.

Jan 03 2020

28mins

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Why a football coach could beat Jeff Sessions

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Trump's former attorney general wants his Senate seat back. But polling shows Tommy Tuberville — a former football coach and political newbie — ahead of Jeff Sessions in the Republican primary runoff. Birmingham, Ala.-based journalist Eric Velasco talks with Scott Bland ahead of the July 14 matchup. Plus, James Arkin brings us up to speed on the broader Senate map.

Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO.
Eric Velasco is a freelance journalist based in Birmingham, Ala.
James Arkin is a Senate campaigns reporter for POLITICO.
Adrienne Hurst is an associate producer for POLITICO audio.
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

Jul 10 2020

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The SCOTUS case that could tip the 2020 scales

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The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to strike down a Louisiana abortion law could motivate conservative voters at the ballot box — and progressives, too. Health care reporter Alice Miranda Ollstein explains.

Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO.
Alice Miranda Ollstein is a health care reporter for POLITICO.
Adrienne Hurst is an associate producer for POLITICO audio.
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

Jul 03 2020

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How to handle a scandal

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House Democrats are wrestling with how hard to go after President Donald Trump's laundry list of alleged abuses. With just weeks to go until Election Day, could aggressive oversight undermine the party's political prospects? Congress reporter Heather Caygle talks with Scott Bland about lawmakers' game plan.

Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO.
Heather Caygle is a Congress reporter for POLITICO.
Adrienne Hurst is an associate producer for POLITICO audio.
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

Jun 26 2020

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Split screen: Inside Trump's favorite network

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Guest host Eugene Daniels and POLITICO Magazine deputy editor Elizabeth Ralph lift the curtain on One America News Network — where liberal staff are chafing at their own network’s coverage of national protests and the coronavirus.

Eugene Daniels is a political reporter for POLITICO.
Elizabeth Ralph is a deputy editor for POLITICO Magazine.
Adam Wren is a contributing editor for POLITICO Magazine.
Adrienne Hurst is an associate producer for POLITICO audio.
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

Jun 19 2020

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White America reckons with racism: Polls and what it means for 2020

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Public opinion polls that show support for the Black Lives Matter movement has jumped almost as much in the last two weeks as it has in the past two years. Guest host Eugene Daniels and national political reporter Alex Thompson talk about what that means — plus, identity politics from Trump and Biden.

Eugene Daniels is a political reporter for POLITICO.
Alex Thompson is a national political reporter for POLITICO.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

Jun 12 2020

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The protests — the political and the personal

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Guest host Eugene Daniels talks with chief Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza about the growing unrest and national protests — and what he's observed spending his nights outside the White House.

Thank you to Ryan Lizza, Zack Stanton and Sarah Crump for audio used in this episode.

Eugene Daniels is a political reporter for POLITICO.
Ryan Lizza is chief Washington correspondent for POLITICO.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

Jun 05 2020

33mins

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The politics of a pandemic

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Guest host Eugene Daniels talks with national political correspondent David Siders about how, three months in, the coronavirus crisis is simultaneously upending and reaffirming political allegiances.

Eugene Daniels is a political reporter for POLITICO.
David Siders is a national political correspondent for POLITICO.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO Audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

May 29 2020

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The presidential race Florida is *really* talking about

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White House reporter and guest host Nancy Cook chats with  Florida bureau chief Matt Dixon about  the 2024 - yes, 2024- political aspirations of some Florida politicians, and what all their history tells us about the Republican party in one of the most important swing states in the country.

Nancy Cook is a White House reporter for POLITICO. 
Matt Dixon is Florida bureau chief for POLITICO. 
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

May 22 2020

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Hello? Hello? The Supreme Court calls in

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Congress reporter Kyle Cheney talks with White House reporter Nancy Cook about cases heard at the Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday: justices heard a case that pits the House’s demand for President Trump’s financial documents against his attorneys’ claim that it intrudes on the constitutional powers of the presidency. And Wednesday: whether faithless presidential electors should be forced to abide by their promises.

Nancy Cook is a White House reporter for POLITICO. 
Kyle Cheney is a Congress reporter for POLITICO. 
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

May 15 2020

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The Biden paradox

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POLITICO reporters Eugene Daniels and Holly Otterbein tackle the political ramifications of the Tara Reade sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden: accusations of Democratic hypocrisy, how this affects Biden's veepstakes and "lesser evil" voting in 2020.

Eugene Daniels is a political reporter for POLITICO.
Holly Otterbein is a political reporter for POLITICO.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO Audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

May 08 2020

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China vs U.S. fight turns into Thunderdome

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Chief economic correspondent Ben White sits in the host chair this week to talk to foreign affairs correspondent Nahal Toosi about the increasingly sour relationship between the US and China — and how their political problems are affecting everything else.

Ben White is chief economic correspondent for POLITICO.
Nahal Toosi is a foreign affairs correspondent for POLITICO. 
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

May 01 2020

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Nothing is enough: Governing during coronavirus

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What's coming? We haven't seen an economic crisis like this since before WWII or a health crisis like this in a century. And an unsettling reality is setting in: We’re not doing enough to ease the pain on either front so far.

Chief economic correspondent Ben White talks to Scott about the economy, coronavirus testing and more, and tries not to give him too much anxiety.

Scott Bland is host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO.
Ben White is chief economic correspondent for POLITICO.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO Audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

Apr 24 2020

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Is this thing on? How Trump wants to restart the economy

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President Donald Trump is talking about reopening the economy -- and slinging around old movie references. But mid-pandemic, what does "reopening" the economy even mean? White House reporter Nancy Cook talks to host Scott Bland about Trump's desire for a booming economy even amid warnings from his health advisers, and why this is so complicated.

Apr 17 2020

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The primary's over. The veepstakes have begun.

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Bernie Sanders bows out — POLITICO reporter Holly Otterbein gives us the inside scoop and whether Joe Biden can entice Bernie's supporters to his camp. Then, chief political correspondent Tim Alberta fills Scott in on Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan governor who is dealing with coronavirus, an angry president and the real possibility she might be Biden’s choice for running mate — all intertwined at the same time. 

Apr 10 2020

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Mute ye, mute ye: What Congress might look like on videoconference

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Zoom videoconferencing goes to Washington. Since 9/11, disaster planners have been trying to warn Washington of the risks of a government based on stuffing all of America’s most important legislators into one place. Covid-19 is reviving the conversation in real time. Senior tech reporter Nancy Scola joins host Scott Bland to talk through the pitfalls of a Congress that could legislate remotely. 

Apr 03 2020

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The two trillion dollar question

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Ten days and $2 trillion -- that's right, with a "tr." How did the Senate get to 96-0? Reporter Marianne LeVine joins host Scott Bland to talk through the past few days of negotiations on Capitol Hill. Plus, Michael Kruse on how the coronavirus task force briefings have become episodes of President Donald Trump's reality TV show.

Mar 27 2020

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The political system vs. COVID-19

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COVID-19 has upended daily life in the United States. On this week's Nerdcast, we're talking about how the virus is altering politics: from chaotic or canceled 2020 primaries to its reverberations in the White House and on Capitol Hill. Host Scott Bland is joined by reporters Zach Montellaro, Nancy Cook and editor Ben Weyl.

Mar 20 2020

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COVID-19 and the campaign trail

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There's one news story that's eaten all the others: COVID-19. Although the coronavirus has been a public health crisis and major news story for weeks now, this week it became the only story. Scott talks to editorial director Blake Hounshell about President Donald Trump's address to the nation and how the coronavirus is affecting the 2020 presidential race. Then, political reporter Eugene Daniels joins to discuss Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden's strengths and weaknesses.

Mar 13 2020

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Mini Tuesday, Biden's not-so-mini wins

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Scott Bland talks to reporter Christopher Cadelago about Joe Biden's key wins in the "Mini Tuesday" primaries and how the door is closing on Bernie Sanders.

Mar 11 2020

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What we learned in a whirlwind 2020 week

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POLITICO health care reporter Dan Diamond talks us through the Trump administration's coronavirus response and the many questions being raised about preparedness. Later, campaign reporter Elena Schneider joins Scott to break down Super Tuesday — and the whirlwind week in politics that has the Democratic primary down to just two major candidates: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

Mar 06 2020

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iTunes Ratings

1017 Ratings
Average Ratings
649
169
57
50
92

good stuff

By fuzzystarcloud - Dec 13 2019
Read more
I enjoy the non inflammatory info in this show. Thank you wonderful nerds 💐

Politico’s Nerdcast

By Two docks floating - Dec 08 2019
Read more
Outstanding reporting. Highly recommended.