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The Run-Up

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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Trump’s America

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.


19 Aug 2016

Rank #1

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The Final Debate: A Late-Night Analysis

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.


20 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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The Faith Factor

She is a quiet but devoted Methodist. He subscribes to a theology of positive thinking. The two leading presidential candidates have been molded by religion — even if they don’t often talk about it. We hear from Gwenda Blair, the author of “The Trumps”; Burns Strider, Mrs. Clinton’s religious adviser during her first presidential campaign; and Jonathan Martin, a national political correspondent at The Times.


26 Aug 2016

Rank #3

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The Woman Behind The Caricature

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.


9 Dec 2016

Rank #4

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Is This Election Over, Statistically?

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.


18 Oct 2016

Rank #5

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The Art of the Ad

Whose ads are breaking through this year, and why? We dissect this season’s campaign ads with Wesley Morris, the chief culture critic for The New York Times, and Russ Schriefer, a longtime Republican ad maker who has created some of the most memorable campaign commercials of the past decade.


6 Sep 2016

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Medical Histories

Long before Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia or Donald J. Trump’s bizarre doctor’s note, there was a history of voters demanding candidates’ medical records. We get some perspective from John Dickerson, a history buff, columnist at Slate and moderator of Moderator of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” and Lawrence K. Altman, a former reporter at The New York Times who was the first to interview candidates about their medical histories.


16 Sep 2016

Rank #7

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We Were There: Trump at The Times

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.


23 Nov 2016

Rank #8

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A New Reality

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.


10 Nov 2016

Rank #9

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How Did That Happen?

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.


9 Nov 2016

Rank #10

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Real Trump and Fake Trump

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.


23 Dec 2016

Rank #11

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The Trump Transition Show

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.


1 Dec 2016

Rank #12

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Those Damn Emails, Again.

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.


1 Nov 2016

Rank #13

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Another Break-In at the DNC

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.


16 Dec 2016

Rank #14

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The Big Showdown

Debate night is coming. Tony Schwartz, the man who channeled Donald Trump to write “The Art of the Deal” and has lived to regret it, explains why he is turning his intimate knowledge of how Mr. Trump thinks and behaves into advice for how Hillary Clinton should conduct herself in Monday night’s highly anticipated presidential debate. We also talk about what to expect on Monday with Frank Bruni, a New York Times opinion columnist, and Amy Chozick, a New York Times reporter who has covered Mrs. Clinton for the last two years.


23 Sep 2016

Rank #15

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A Party in Revolt

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?


28 Oct 2016

Rank #16

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Dialogues: Aaron and Kyle

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.


18 Nov 2016

Rank #17

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Sex and Power

Michael Barbaro hands the host chair to his editor, Carolyn Ryan, who runs campaign coverage for The New York Times, to discuss the tape of Donald J. Trump talking unguardedly about women and his behavior toward them and why it has blown open a discourse on gender, politics and culture. She speaks with Maggie Haberman, who has covered both Hillary Clinton and Mr. Trump, and Maureen Dowd, The Times’s Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and a historian of the Clintons.


11 Oct 2016

Rank #18

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Trump's Lie

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.


20 Sep 2016

Rank #19

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‘He Was Like an Octopus’

A woman in Manhattan is watching the second presidential debate and hears Donald J. Trump say that, no, he has never kissed or groped a woman without her permission. She goes to bed deeply upset. The next morning she writes an email to The New York Times to say, yes, in fact, he has. It happened to her, she says. Mr. Trump denies her account. Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey tell the story of the days that followed.


14 Oct 2016

Rank #20