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The election is over. But the story has just begun. Michael Barbaro, who has covered the last two presidential races for the Times, hosts our twice-weekly conversation about the biggest stories and surprises coming out of the campaign. The show features Times political reporters, Opinion columnists and data analysts. You’ll also hear interviews with key players on the political scene. It’s the access and authority The New York Times does best.

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The election is over. But the story has just begun. Michael Barbaro, who has covered the last two presidential races for the Times, hosts our twice-weekly conversation about the biggest stories and surprises coming out of the campaign. The show features Times political reporters, Opinion columnists and data analysts. You’ll also hear interviews with key players on the political scene. It’s the access and authority The New York Times does best.

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533 Ratings
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Great insights!

By Yay 4 podcasts - Feb 05 2017
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I like his openness to gain perspective from people who differ in opinion.

Outstanding in depth coverage

By Cancelite in Palo Alto - Jan 31 2017
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Thanks for this informative and in depth insight into the state of politics

iTunes Ratings

533 Ratings
Average Ratings
362
71
26
29
45

Great insights!

By Yay 4 podcasts - Feb 05 2017
Read more
I like his openness to gain perspective from people who differ in opinion.

Outstanding in depth coverage

By Cancelite in Palo Alto - Jan 31 2017
Read more
Thanks for this informative and in depth insight into the state of politics
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The Run-Up

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The election is over. But the story has just begun. Michael Barbaro, who has covered the last two presidential races for the Times, hosts our twice-weekly conversation about the biggest stories and surprises coming out of the campaign. The show features Times political reporters, Opinion columnists and data analysts. You’ll also hear interviews with key players on the political scene. It’s the access and authority The New York Times does best.

Rank #1: Trump’s America

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Four of 10 voters are still squarely in Donald J. Trump’s camp. To understand who they are we turn to J.D. Vance, the author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” which has been described as the best explanation of Mr. Trump’s political rise. We’re also joined by the New York Times reporters Nicholas Confessore and Nate Cohn.

Aug 19 2016

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Rank #2: Why She’s Distrusted

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How did Hillary Clinton lose Americans’ trust? Stanley Greenberg, a top Democratic campaign strategist, describes how he addressed the trust issue for another Clinton: Bill. We also speak with Lissa CQ Muscatine, a longtime adviser for Hillary Clinton, and Mark Landler, a White House correspondent for The Times.

Aug 16 2016

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Rank #3: The Final Debate: A Late-Night Analysis

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Who won? What surprised us? How much will it change the race? We recruited Amy Chozick and Nicholas Confessore, political reporters for The New York Times, for a bleary-eyed post-debate discussion fueled by cheap rosé.

Oct 20 2016

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Rank #4: Is This Election Over, Statistically?

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We talk numbers with Nate Cohn, a reporter for The Upshot and our most trusted translator of polls. We also check in with seasoned pollsters from each party — Geoff Garin, a Democrat, and Whit Ayres, a Republican — about Mr. Trump’s chances. Finally, we speak to a longtime researcher of polling psychology, Kyle Dropp, about a phenomenon that could be Mr. Trump’s last hope.

Oct 18 2016

37mins

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Rank #5: Trump's Lie

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Is deliberate dishonesty an official campaign strategy for Donald J. Trump? We posed that question to two top presidential campaign strategists from both parties: Mike Murphy, who advised Jeb Bush this year and John McCain in 2000, and Paul Begala, a political strategist for Bill Clinton in 1992. We’re also joined by Maggie Haberman, who has covered Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton for The New York Times.

Sep 20 2016

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Rank #6: Narcissism and Impulse Control

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Donald J. Trump and Anthony D. Weiner have ridden impulsiveness and narcissism to dizzying political highs but have also found that they take a toll, raising doubts about their judgment and fitness for public office. We discuss with Frank Bruni, a columnist and former political reporter at The Times, and Maggie Haberman, a national political reporter.

Sep 02 2016

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Rank #7: How Did That Happen?

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And how did almost no one — not the pundits, not the pollsters, not us in the media — see it coming? We’re joined by the New York Times journalists Nicholas Confessore, Maggie Haberman and Jim Rutenberg to discuss.

Nov 09 2016

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Rank #8: A Party in Revolt

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Here’s the dilemma for the Republican Party: Tens of millions of its voters support a candidate, Donald J. Trump, who rejects the organization’s values, reviles its policies and wants to kick its leaders out of power. How does a once-proud party begin to recover from that?

Oct 28 2016

34mins

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Rank #9: Post-Truth Media

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Has the media lost its position as an arbiter of truth in this campaign? We discuss this possibility with two people who occupy very different places in the media world: Charlie Sykes, an influential conservative radio show host; and Sarah Ellison, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Jim Rutenberg, The Times’s media columnist, explains how it all comes back to the syringe.

Aug 23 2016

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Rank #10: Inside the Trump Tax Bombshell

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David Barstow and Susanne Craig, reporters for The New York Times, explain how they cracked open the biggest story of the campaign, overcoming nagging doubts to nail down Donald J. Trump’s tax returns. We also talk to Stuart Stevens, the chief strategist for Mitt Romney, about why the 2012 Republican nominee was so reluctant to release his tax returns and to Alex Burns, a Times reporter, about how the latest tax revelations are reshaping the last few weeks of the presidential campaign.

Oct 04 2016

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Rank #11: The Woman Behind The Caricature

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Kellyanne Conway knows what critics say about her and about her boss, Donald J. Trump. On today’s show, Ms. Conway, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager in the final months of the 2016 race, sits for an extensive interview with Maggie Haberman. From her office in Trump Tower, Ms. Conway rebukes her critics, defends her boss and sheds light on the president-elect’s relationship with the elusive next first lady, Melania Trump.

Dec 09 2016

41mins

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Rank #12: We Were There: Trump at The Times

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A reconstruction of Donald J. Trump’s hourlong visit to The New York Times, using exclusive audio clips from the encounter. Michael Barbaro was in the room, and he discusses the meeting with two colleagues who also participated in the interview: Maggie Haberman, a politics reporter, and Ross Douthat, a Times op-ed columnist.

Nov 23 2016

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Rank #13: What Carmela Soprano Understood About Hillary Clinton

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Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are full-blown stars in their own right, and have spawned and inspired television characters and shows. We talk to the chief television critic at The New York Times, James Poniewozik, about how television and film characters past and present inform our views of both candidates. We also chat with Susan Dominus, of The Times Magazine, about the surprising ways that gender is playing out in pop cultural depictions of Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton in this campaign.

Sep 30 2016

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Rank #14: Those Damn Emails, Again.

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How is it that with seven days left until the election, we are consumed anew by Hillary Clinton’s emails? We sift through the still-unfolding facts and implications of the case with our guests: two New York Times reporters who have covered the investigation since it first emerged, Amy Chozick and Michael S. Schmidt; Carrie Cordero, a former attorney at the Department of Justice who worked closely with the F.B.I.; and Nate Cohn of The Upshot, to tell us what impact this could have on the election.

Nov 01 2016

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Rank #15: Real Trump and Fake Trump

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How did Alec Baldwin construct his mischievously exaggerated, hyper-gesticulating, searingly funny portrayal of Donald J. Trump on “Saturday Night Live”? We hear him explain in his own words during a discussion with the journalist Sarah Maslin Nir, who conducted the first interview with Mr. Baldwin about the comedic role. We also talk about the real Mr. Trump’s busy week of global affairs in Germany, Turkey, Russia and Syria.

Dec 23 2016

43mins

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Rank #16: The Trump Transition Show

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President-elect Donald J. Trump has been hosting a parade of potential cabinet appointees at Trump Tower, with the daily drama being punctuated by his provocative early morning tweets. We devote today’s show to the transition spectacle. Michael Barbaro is on vacation, so Mark Leibovich, the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, is filling in. He is joined by Michael Shear and Julie Davis, two New York Times White House reporters, and Charles Homans, the political editor at the magazine.

Dec 01 2016

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Rank #17: Dialogues: Aaron and Kyle

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The Run-Up asked different pairs of Clinton and Trump voters to open up to each other about why they voted the way they did, why it feels like such a personal betrayal and why it has been so difficult to discuss. First we hear from two high school friends of different races who say that social media drove them apart during this election and who disagree on the role that race played or should play in the way people voted.

Nov 18 2016

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Rank #18: Another Break-In at the DNC

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The most brazen, disruptive and manipulative attack on the American electoral system since Watergate — a vast cyberattack by Russia, aimed squarely at Democrats in 2016 — hinged on a series of human errors and institutional misjudgments. We talk with Eric Lipton and David Sanger, Times journalists who co-wrote a stunning story about out how the hack unfolded, moment by moment. We also talk to a victim of the attack.

Dec 16 2016

42mins

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Rank #19: Worst Job Ever?

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The vice presidency has been the butt of jokes for generations. But politicians beg for the job, and with the right chemistry and personal dynamic, it can be a powerful position. We talk with the former chief White House reporter for The New York Times, Peter Baker, who has written a book about Vice President Dick Cheney’s relationship with President George W. Bush, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.” We also talk with Amy Chozick and Jonathan Martin, political reporters for The New York Times, about what we know about Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence, the current candidates for the job and whether, once elected, Hillary Clinton or Donald J. Trump is prepared to hand over real responsibility and stature to either of them.

Oct 07 2016

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Rank #20: Black and White

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Does Hillary Clinton deserve 91 percent of the black vote? Is Donald J. Trump even trying with black voters? We discuss with two New York Times journalists who have been covering this election and its racial dynamics: Charles Blow and Yamiche Alcindor. We also hear from Tara Wall, a campaign operative who helped President George W. Bush and Mitt Romney court black voters.

Aug 30 2016

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‘The Daily’: Feb. 3, 2017

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The Run-Up will be back soon. In the mean time, you can satisfy your craving for Michael Barbaro and politics with today’s episode of The Daily, his new show. You can subscribe to The Daily wherever you are listening to The Run-Up.

Feb 03 2017

16mins

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Bonus: Introducing The Daily

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Michael told you he’d be coming back with something new for you. It’s here. (Well, almost.)

Jan 30 2017

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Power to the People

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Michael Barbaro, in his last episode as the host of this show, travels to the National Mall on Inauguration Day to ask Donald J. Trump’s supporters, minutes after he is sworn in, what a successful presidency would look and feel like for them. He then joins three of his New York Times colleagues to discuss what the Trump White House might accomplish.

Jan 21 2017

40mins

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Obama's Legacy

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How will history remember Barack Obama? Former Representative Barney Frank talks about Mr. Obama’s adversarial relationship with Republican lawmakers. Who was to blame? And we talk with David Leonhardt, an op-ed columnist at The New York Times who chronicled the Obama administration from the start, and Jodi Kantor, author of “The Obamas.”

Jan 13 2017

57mins

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‘Surreal’: When Congress Meets Trump

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How does it feel to be a member of Congress right now, digesting the new reality of a Donald J. Trump presidency? We ask a United States senator.

Jan 06 2017

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Predictions for 2017

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There’s a lot about the current political moment that we didn’t see coming a year ago. Because predictions are hard — even hazardous. But as the final days of the year tick down, The Run-Up wants to look ahead, carefully, to 2017. So we asked four seasoned Times reporters — Amy Chozick, Jim Rutenberg, Peter Baker and Peter Goodman — to offer a guide to the coming year.

Dec 30 2016

33mins

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Real Trump and Fake Trump

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How did Alec Baldwin construct his mischievously exaggerated, hyper-gesticulating, searingly funny portrayal of Donald J. Trump on “Saturday Night Live”? We hear him explain in his own words during a discussion with the journalist Sarah Maslin Nir, who conducted the first interview with Mr. Baldwin about the comedic role. We also talk about the real Mr. Trump’s busy week of global affairs in Germany, Turkey, Russia and Syria.

Dec 23 2016

43mins

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Another Break-In at the DNC

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The most brazen, disruptive and manipulative attack on the American electoral system since Watergate — a vast cyberattack by Russia, aimed squarely at Democrats in 2016 — hinged on a series of human errors and institutional misjudgments. We talk with Eric Lipton and David Sanger, Times journalists who co-wrote a stunning story about out how the hack unfolded, moment by moment. We also talk to a victim of the attack.

Dec 16 2016

42mins

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The Woman Behind The Caricature

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Kellyanne Conway knows what critics say about her and about her boss, Donald J. Trump. On today’s show, Ms. Conway, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager in the final months of the 2016 race, sits for an extensive interview with Maggie Haberman. From her office in Trump Tower, Ms. Conway rebukes her critics, defends her boss and sheds light on the president-elect’s relationship with the elusive next first lady, Melania Trump.

Dec 09 2016

41mins

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The Trump Transition Show

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President-elect Donald J. Trump has been hosting a parade of potential cabinet appointees at Trump Tower, with the daily drama being punctuated by his provocative early morning tweets. We devote today’s show to the transition spectacle. Michael Barbaro is on vacation, so Mark Leibovich, the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, is filling in. He is joined by Michael Shear and Julie Davis, two New York Times White House reporters, and Charles Homans, the political editor at the magazine.

Dec 01 2016

36mins

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Dialogues: Craig and His Father

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A gay actor in California and his father in Kentucky have felt heightened tension around the election. Craig feels betrayed by his father’s vote for Trump, and Craig’s father feels pressured by his son to evolve in ways that are uncomfortable to him. They discuss their positions in the third and final installment of our series of dialogues between pairs of voters who are struggling with feelings of mystification and fury over the Election Day decision of a person very close to them.

Nov 24 2016

29mins

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We Were There: Trump at The Times

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A reconstruction of Donald J. Trump’s hourlong visit to The New York Times, using exclusive audio clips from the encounter. Michael Barbaro was in the room, and he discusses the meeting with two colleagues who also participated in the interview: Maggie Haberman, a politics reporter, and Ross Douthat, a Times op-ed columnist.

Nov 23 2016

45mins

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Dialogues: Amy and Dawn

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As the mother of a child with a disability, Amy was deeply offended by how Donald J. Trump mocked a disabled reporter during the campaign. Dawn has her own personal stake in the election: her husband’s job working in the mining industry, a job she worried was threatened by Hillary Clinton’s policies. They discuss why they voted the way they did in the second part of our Dialogues series.

Nov 21 2016

29mins

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Dialogues: Aaron and Kyle

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The Run-Up asked different pairs of Clinton and Trump voters to open up to each other about why they voted the way they did, why it feels like such a personal betrayal and why it has been so difficult to discuss. First we hear from two high school friends of different races who say that social media drove them apart during this election and who disagree on the role that race played or should play in the way people voted.

Nov 18 2016

30mins

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A New Reality

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We make sense of the new reality of Donald J. Trump’s victory by exploring how the polling let us down so spectacularly and what a Trump White House will mean for those Americans who feel overlooked, misunderstood or maligned by President-elect Trump. Our guests: Nate Cohn of The Upshot, Maureen Dowd, a New York Times columnist, and Nikole Hannah-Jones, a writer for The Times Magazine.

Nov 10 2016

43mins

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Bonus: ‘We Are Now All Rooting For His Success'

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Two years. Twenty-three major-party candidates. Twenty-five debates. Countless moments of ugliness and drama. Here’s how an epic presidential campaign sounded, from start to finish.

Nov 10 2016

19mins

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How Did That Happen?

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And how did almost no one — not the pundits, not the pollsters, not us in the media — see it coming? We’re joined by the New York Times journalists Nicholas Confessore, Maggie Haberman and Jim Rutenberg to discuss.

Nov 09 2016

32mins

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Election Day Call-In Special!

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While we wait for the polls to close, our politics team answers the big remaining questions from you, our listeners, in our special call-in episode.

Nov 08 2016

41mins

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What's Funny About Any of This?

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As we near the end of an exhausting election, we take a comedic break with three of our favorite comedians: Phoebe Robinson, Chris Gethard and Cameron Esposito.

Nov 04 2016

42mins

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Those Damn Emails, Again.

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How is it that with seven days left until the election, we are consumed anew by Hillary Clinton’s emails? We sift through the still-unfolding facts and implications of the case with our guests: two New York Times reporters who have covered the investigation since it first emerged, Amy Chozick and Michael S. Schmidt; Carrie Cordero, a former attorney at the Department of Justice who worked closely with the F.B.I.; and Nate Cohn of The Upshot, to tell us what impact this could have on the election.

Nov 01 2016

35mins

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iTunes Ratings

533 Ratings
Average Ratings
362
71
26
29
45

Great insights!

By Yay 4 podcasts - Feb 05 2017
Read more
I like his openness to gain perspective from people who differ in opinion.

Outstanding in depth coverage

By Cancelite in Palo Alto - Jan 31 2017
Read more
Thanks for this informative and in depth insight into the state of politics