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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.

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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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778 Ratings
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68

Smart funny satisfying

By amagnacarta - Oct 26 2018
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I look forward to it every week

Technical Issue

By Pttbs - Sep 21 2018
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The content is great but the disparity in voice level makes it difficult to listen to at times.

iTunes Ratings

778 Ratings
Average Ratings
502
133
42
33
68

Smart funny satisfying

By amagnacarta - Oct 26 2018
Read more
I look forward to it every week

Technical Issue

By Pttbs - Sep 21 2018
Read more
The content is great but the disparity in voice level makes it difficult to listen to at times.
Cover image of POLITICO's Nerdcast

POLITICO's Nerdcast

Updated about 1 month ago

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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: 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. 

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Oct 05 2018
28 mins
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Rank #2: What are the political consequences of Kavanaugh's testimony?

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The partisan display at Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing is likely to change the way future nominees are vetted -- and whether people are willing to submit themselves to such scrutiny. Plus, are the coming midterms just one big national election? We parse the map.

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Sep 28 2018
31 mins
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Rank #3: These are the 2020 Democrats who Trump is worried about

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With the field of Democrats running for president growing more crowded each week, the Trump re-election effort has started to zero in on three of them. But Joe Biden -- who's yet to decide whether he'll join the field -- is thought to be the candidate the campaign is most worried about in a general election contest.

Plus, the unfolding drama over the budget, the president's plan for a wall on the border with Mexico, and a looming shutdown gives us plenty of clues about what to expect in the era of divided government. 

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Feb 15 2019
29 mins
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Rank #4: 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. 

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Jan 11 2019
28 mins
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Rank #5: With 20 candidates 'you're going to have a lot of wreckage when it's done'

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First, Scott and POLITICO reporter Marc Caputo talk all things Joe Biden. The former vice president finally announced that he's running for president, becoming the 20th democrat to enter the race. Does Biden stand a chance? Maybe. He could even be a front-runner.

Then, Anita Kumar and Sarah Ferris join Scott to talk about a fight between the White House and 12 House committees. Basically, the White House is refusing to give up documents requested by these House committees. It seems like a big deal in the Beltway, but back home things don't reflect that: topics like medicare concern constituents more. Will these committees get anywhere? The gang attempts to break down what‘s really happening. 
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Apr 26 2019
29 mins
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Rank #6: How Trump warmed up to AG Barr

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On the show this week, a roundup from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with White House reporters Nancy Cook and Andrew Restuccia. Plus, a look into the relationship between evangelical voters and Trump's inner circle. Then, congressional campaigns reporter James Arkin joins the Nerdcast to talk about a problem for democrats: finding people willing to run for senate. 

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May 03 2019
27 mins
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Rank #7: 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. 

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Mar 01 2019
28 mins
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Rank #8: 'It felt really different at the White House this week'

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How have things changed at the White House since the report came out? We go behind the scenes at the White House and on the Hill post-Mueller report. Plus,  only three days remain until the end of the weekend, the end of the month, and the end of the first quarter. It matters because that’s when candidates for president have to report to the federal government just how much money they’ve raised so far this year.

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Mar 29 2019
21 mins
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Rank #9: Looks like the shutdown could stretch into February

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Trump should reschedule the speech if the government is still shut down come January 29. White House reporter Nancy Cook, congressional reporter Sarah Ferris and senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian join to explain how the move might be less about security concerns and more of a sign of acrimony between president Trump and the democrats. Plus national political reporter Natasha Korecki, who spent some time following Elizabeth Warren around Iowa, joins the Nerdcast to explain what's going on the ground in Iowa and with democratic voters as the 2020 race gears up. 

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Jan 18 2019
26 mins
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Rank #10: Examining Trump's grip on GOP leaders

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The president has been able to get once resistant GOP party leaders to fall in line — but how? Plus, how southern democrats manage to exist in a party moving further left with each passing day. 

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Dec 20 2018
28 mins
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Rank #11: 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.

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Dec 14 2018
28 mins
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Rank #12: BONUS: Mike Pence on the midterm elections

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POLITICO Playbook producer Zach Montellaro joins Charlie to discuss and share highlights of Wednesday night's Mike Pence interview with Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman at the annual GOP winter retreat in West Virginia. 

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Feb 02 2018
11 mins
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Rank #13: Bernie is back — and backed — bigly

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Guess who's back (back back)!? back again (again again)!? Bernie's back (back back) AND..... he's already gotten a ton of donations and is pretty popular so you probably don't need to tell a friend because they probably already know.... We're breaking down Bernie 2020 and a similar candidate from a state very close to Vermont... who will get the progressive vote? Plus, Trump 2020 is looking pretty corporate! A POLITICO national political reporter joins to talk about Rosslyn's hottest campaign headquarters. 

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Feb 22 2019
22 mins
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Rank #14: Will the purge at DHS scare people into acting?

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Immigration hard-liners are ascendant at the White House. What does it mean for people trying to enter the U.S., and for the president politically? Plus, POLITICO Playbook authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman join the Nerdcast to talk about their new book about congress in the Trump era, "The Hill To Die On." 
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Apr 12 2019
31 mins
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Rank #15: The Mueller report lands. Now it's Congress's turn

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It's an all Mueller edition of the Nerdcast show, with host Scott Bland and reporters Kyle Cheney and Melanie Zanona.

The crew unpacks some of the fundamental questions from Thursday’s release of the redacted Mueller report and figures out what’s next -- how will Congress act on this report?

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Apr 19 2019
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Rank #16: What we're watching for on election night

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'Twas the week before midterms and all through the House everyone was stirring and totally freaking out!! This is the week before midterms edition of the Nerdcast. Find out what's happening in congressional districts all across the country as things get down to the wire, who might come out in top in gubernatorial races and if the blue wave is really coming. Plus: Which candidate for U.S. Senate "exudes New Jersey." 

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Nov 02 2018
29 mins
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Rank #17: Is a White House policy reboot possible?

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POLITICO reporters cover the shooting in Virginia that wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a practice for the Republican congressional baseball team, megadonors gathering with President Donald Trump’s legislative director in the White House last week to rally support for the Trump agenda, and Republican Ed Gillespie’s tight margin of victory in the Virginia gubernatorial primaries Tuesday night.

Show link: http://www.politico.com/podcasts/nerdcast

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Jun 16 2017
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Rank #18: The Comey hearing aid

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POLITICO reporters discuss the Comey Senate Intelligence Committee testimony, the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia and the special election runoff in Georgia. 

Show link: http://www.politico.com/podcasts/nerdcast

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Jun 09 2017
45 mins
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Rank #19: Trump claims the title

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POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Ken Vogel and Eli Stokols geek out over the race to the White House in Cleveland with segments on the youth vote, Donald Trump's children playing a starring role at the convention, Ivanka's influence on Trump and Super PAC fundraising.

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Jul 21 2016
31 mins
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Rank #20: Live from the RNC with Sarah Huckabee and David Pepper

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POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts and Charlie Mahtesian sit down with senior Trump advisor Sarah Huckabee and Ohio Democratic Party chairman David Pepper in Cleveland to discuss how to win battleground states, what it's like inside the Trump campaign, the future of the Republican Party and Rob Portman's race in Ohio.

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Jul 20 2016
29 mins
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