Best Election 2016 podcasts (Updated December 2018; image)
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The NPR Politics Podcast is where NPR's political reporters talk to you like they talk to each other. With weekly roundups and quick takes on news of the day, you don't have to keep up with politics to know what's happening. You just have to keep up with us.
Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the latest in politics, tracking the issues and "game-changers" every week.
Vox's The Weeds
In politics, you’re often told not to get lost in the weeds. But we love the weeds! That’s where politics becomes policy – the stuff that shapes our lives. Every Tuesday and Friday, Matthew Yglesias is joined by Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, Dara Lind, Jane Coaston and other Vox voices to dig into the weeds on important national issues, including healthcare, immigration, housing, and everything else that matters. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
Sean Hannity is a multimedia superstar, spending four hours a day every day reaching out to millions of Americans on radio, television and the Internet.
Keepin' it 1600
Four former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — host a biweekly Ringer podcast to discuss the political world, analyze the Trump presidency, and welcome commentary from journalists and politicians.
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.
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.
The United States of Anxiety: Culture Wars introduces you to people who have been battling to shape America’s political culture for decades. We profile culture warriors past and present who have influenced debates over race, religion, science, sexuality, gender and more. We connect those debates to real people, with real stakes in the outcome. We’re filling in the blanks — aiming to answer questions you didn’t even know you had — and we’re asking, “What are you willing to fight for?” WNYC St ...
The Pollsters
Politics. Policy. Polling. Pop Culture.Explore what America's thinking with two of the country's leading pollsters-the bipartisan team of Democrat Margie Omero and Republican Kristen Soltis Anderson. In this weekly podcast we take a fresh, friendly look at the numbers driving the week's biggest stories in news, politics, tech, entertainment and pop culture. Along with the occasional interview with pollsters, journalists, and other industry leaders, we'll lift the hood on the numbers revealin ...
Quorum Call
No one knows Capitol Hill and the corridors of Washington power like National Journal, and now NJ brings you Quorum Call—a weekly podcast on Congress, policy, and politics. Hosted by National Journal's veteran reporting team, new episodes of Quorum Call will be available every Monday.
The Ticket 2016
The Ticket: A Presidential Podcast from The Texas Tribune and KUT News. Each Week KUT's Ben Philpott and the Tribune's Jay Root provide a rundown of the week's campaign actions and bring you interviews with people who make a living working on, covering or commenting on the campaigns.
CNN's The Daily DC
CNN has the best political director in the business and every morning Monday through Friday David Chalian will lay out what you need to know from the world of politics.
From Town Halls to Political Debates, CNN hosts open forums that give our audience the chance to hear directly from the people shaping their world. Politicians and newsmakers alike answer the tough questions from CNN's top anchors and political experts. Subscribe to get the full, unedited audio from these special events.
Justin Robert Young announces his intention to dissect the run for the White House. Just think, while you been getting down and out about the liars and the dirty dirty cheats of the world you could have been getting down to this sick beat.
Face the Nation Diary brings you the latest political news and analysis from CBS News’ John Dickerson. Subscribe for the latest on what’s going on in Washington, around the country, and across the globe - and how it could impact you
Let hosts Harry Enten, Rebecca Berg and Ryan Nobles keep you updated this midterm season. We'll tell you what races to watch and bring you the latest news and analysis on the voters, the candidates and the polls.
Says Who?
Are you looking for some friendly company to help you through the hell that we find ourselves in after the 2016 election? Dan Sinker and Maureen Johnson—one journalist and one author—try to figure out what the hell is going on. Maybe, together, they can figure it out (spoiler alert: probably not)! Why not grab your coffee (or something stronger) and pull up a chair? SAYS WHO: it's not a podcast—it's a coping strategy.
A podcast about election-related prediction markets, hosted by two friends who used to play in a secret band no one was allowed to know about. ***THIS PODCAST WILL END THE DAY AFTER THE 2016 ELECTION.*** Produced by Starlee Kine (Mystery Show). Hosted by Jon Kimball and David Rees.
A new show from Panoply about the human feeding frenzy that is Washington during a presidential campaign cycle, with Alex Wagner, host of MSNBC's "Now with Alex Wagner," Mark Leibovich, New York Times Magazine's national correspondent and author of "This Town," and Annie Lowrey, contributing editor at New York Magazine.
Welcome to Decision 2016 - Speeches of the Presidential Election! On this podcast you will find every speech from all the Democratic and Republican candidates as well as each of the debates in full. Decision 2016 - Your home to the Presidential Election!Share and Enjoy!
On Political Trade Secrets we take an inside look at campaigns and politics. We pull back the curtain, look under the hood and investigate how good candidates run for office and win elections. Each week on our free podcast we’ll offer some of the best insight into politics, campaigns and elections – with big name guests and key insider information into the world of running for office and political campaigns.
TrailMix 2016
A weekly podcast about the 2016 campaign. Produced by the folks at DecodeDC out of the Scripps Washington Bureau, it offers insight, a healthy dose of skepticism and some profanity. Hosted by Scripps politics reporter Miranda Green, Daily Beast social media editor Asawin Suebsaeng and Independent Journal politics editor Justin Green. Tune in Wednesdays.
Campaign Context: An Interdisciplinary Election Podcast consists of discussions with academic experts on the themes, candidates, and issues of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Website at
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On today's *BONUS* episode, Harry takes a look at how the 2020 Presidential race is shaping up. via Knit
Trump gets bad news on both ends of the Mueller front. Stays in bed. Looks for a Chief of Staff. But shit is going fucking bananas in Europe. All that and your emails and a French Poll Dance!
Jonathan Gilliam takes control of 'Hannity' and meets with Troops Direct, an organization that gets needed supplies and tools to deployed troops when they are sent overseas underprepared. The kind and generous donations from the American public are what keep this non profit organization going all year long. It’s easy to go about your daily life ...…
A federal judge sentenced Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in prison on Wednesday following Cohen's guilty pleas to a number of political and finance crimes. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Email the show at nprpolitics@n ...…
CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses the contentious meeting between President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over funding for the border wall and the prospects of a government shutdown. via Knit
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In a testy and dramatic Oval Office exchange with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, President Trump made clear he would be "proud" to shut down the government in less than two weeks if he doesn't get funding for his border wall. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro and Congressional c ...…
Jane, Ezra, and Matt consider Paul Ryan’s legacy and new research on crime and the minimum wage. References and further reading: Ezra’s piece on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s legacy Matt’s essay following the announcement of Paul Ryan’s retirement Ted Cruz’s confusing tweet of Beto O’Rourke speaking on the shooting of Botham Jean A white paper exam ...…
The latest exclusive CNN poll numbers show some warning signs for President Trump when it comes to his handling of the Russia investigation. via Knit
President Trump is continuing to face possible legal trouble over campaign finance violations, meanwhile the White House is in the middle of another staffing shakeup.
Jeff Dufour and Daniel Newhauser talk about Pelosi's path to power in the House, Brian Dabbs digs into the Yucca Mountain debate, and Ally Mutnick recaps her conversation with incoming National Republican Congressional Committee chair Tom Emmer.
President Trump's chief of staff John Kelly will leave the White House at the end of the year. The administration's search for the new chief of staff is under way. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson and congressional correspondent Scott Detrow. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.or ...…
**CORRECTION: In a previous version of this podcast we said that "the Special Counsel says it can prove Paul Manafort lied about contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign." We should have said that "the Special Counsel says it can prove Paul Manafort lied about his contacts with a Russian and his contacts with the Trump administration af ...…
More Mueller reports expected today; More changes at the White House
Special guest Tommy Vietor of Crooked Media’s Pod Save the World joins Dara and Matt to break down the anti-Saudi backlash sweeping Washington.
CNN Political Director David Chalian sits down with CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel to discuss the Bush political dynasty and remember the life of its leader, President George H.W. Bush. The two discuss the relationships that bonded the family together, the values that the 41st President instilled upon his children, and the ways that Pre ...…
With Avenatti and Patrick taking a pass on running in 2020, the field is narrowing before the chaos of a long election season even begins. Hear how things that used to happen in private have taken on a new, very public forum. Then, a House race in North Carolina is still undecided, and could lead to a whole special election. Elena joins to expl ...…
As world leaders meet to discuss how to combat climate change, two major reports on the environment paint a dire picture for the future. Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats grow further apart in how to deal with the problem. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, White House reporter Ay ...…
Holiday Polls Most Americans don't think that "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie (Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult) Personal Importance of Hanukkah Varies by Denomination among Jewish Americans (PRRI) Trump, Democrats, and the USA Trump Job Approval (HuffPo) Trump's Political Risk Spreads to Small-Town America (Selzer & Co./Grinnell College) Dem ...…
The battle for the Democratic presidential nomination is well underway. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses the potential Democratic contenders gearing up for a 2020 race. via Knit
Remembering George HW Bush, RIP Avenatti 2020, Mueller investigations nears closure but what are they going after? Poll Dance FROM THE PAST! #ButYourEmails and more!
The feds say former national security adviser Michael Flynn has provided "substantial" aid in the Russia investigation and beyond. Plus, former President George H.W. Bush was remembered as "a great and noble man" by his eldest son, former President George W. Bush, at a solemn but joyous state funeral at Washington National Cathedral. This episo ...…
CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses memorable moments from President's George H.W. Bush's funeral and President George W. Bush's emotional eulogy. via Knit
The game is afoot! The dice are cast! The candles are in the wind! Other detective-y things! Look, there's a lot of questions right now. Like: What is Mueller up to? Is there anyone in the Trump family not deeply dedicated to criming? Who can lie more, Michael Cohen or Paul Manafort? What's a convenient way to get a single potato mailed to my h ...…
The National Republican Congressional Committee says it was hacked during the 2018 midterms. What happened and is it anything like the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee? Also, Democrats are alleging fraud in North Carolina's ninth congressional district. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, justice reporter Ryan Lu ...…
Jane, Ezra, and Matt talk about state-level GOP power grabs and the curious case of Trump’s disappearing populism. References and further reading: Tara Golshan’s piece on the recent legislation proposed by GOP lawmakers David Frum’s book and Yascha Mounk’s book on populism and the threat to democracy Ezra’s conversation with Nate Silver Matt’s ...…
CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses the allegations that absentee ballots were tampered with in North Carolina's 9th Congressional district by operatives connected to the Republican candidate's campaign. via Knit
Jeff Dufour and George Condon break down what President Trump's G20 theatrics mean for multilateralism, and Jerry Hagstrom dishes on what the Farm Bill contains––and what it leaves out.
The crew reflects on how politics have changed since President H. W. Bush's time in office. They also speak with Prof. Michael Bitzer about possible election fraud in NC-09.
President Trump left the Group of 20 summit with an agreement not to raise tariffs on Chinese goods in the next 90 days. The deal amounts to a cease-fire in the series of escalating, tit-for-tat tariffs the U.S. and China have imposed on each other's goods throughout the year. And President Trump signed a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. ...…
The country prepares to lay President Bush to rest and perhaps the politics of his time in Washington with him. via Knit
The patriarch of a political dynasty, George H.W. Bush was the last World War II vet to serve in the Oval Office. His son George W. called him "one of the greatest one-term presidents in the nation's history." This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and edi ...…
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, is here to talk about what we are seeing happening on our borders, the accusations being waged against Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi, the plea deal of Michael Cohen, and the impossible position that President consistently finds himself in with the media. Lastly, we will ask the Senator his thoughts on th ...…
Dara and Matt explain the situation at the border now that the caravan has finally arrived. References and further reading: Li Zhou explains the liberal blowback against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Vox’s piece on the shutdown negotiations The weird outlet mall at the border Dara’s article on the asylum bottleneck A New York Times piece ...…
CNN Crime and Justice Reporter Shimon Prokupecz joins CNN Political Director David Chalian in studio to break down exactly what happened this week in the Russia investigation and what that means for Robert Mueller's probe. via Knit
This week, as Nancy Pelosi takes a big step toward reclaiming the gavel as Speaker of the House, how did she manage to turn back so many vocal critics in this round of the speakership fight? The Mueller investigation seems to be heating up. The president’s one-time lawyer was back in court, this time admitting he lied to Congress about Donald T ...…
Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen admitted on Thursday that he and others working for Trump negotiated with important Russians over a possible Trump Tower in Moscow well into the presidential campaign in 2016. Meanwhile, in response to a killing of a journalist, Senate Republicans back a bill that would curb the president's po ...…
Cohen takes a plea deal on accusations unrelated to Trump; Special guest Jerome Corsi
Poll of the Week: Results of the TIME Person of the Year Reader's Poll (BTS WINS!) Trumplandia and Political Divisions Trump Approval (HuffPo) Few Expect Country to Become United (Monmouth) Americans Want the New Congress to Provide a Check on the White House, Follow Facts in Investigations (Navigator) Many Americans Are Giving Trump The Benefi ...…
In an emergency installment, the crew reacts to news that Michael Cohen pleaded guilty for lying to Congress about the details of a potential Trump project in Moscow.
CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses Michael Cohen's latest guilty plea as he claims he lied to Congress about the Trump Tower project in Moscow. via Knit
After months of silence, the Mueller investigation is making news again. Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux joins the podcast to make sense of a big week of revelations.
Justin gives rare praise to TV news, discusses the Mueller end game, respects the gangster of Nancy Pelosi plus a Poll Dance and your emails.
House Democrats nominated Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve as the next speaker of the House. If approved by the full House, Pelosi would again wield the gavel in January — a dozen years after she became the first female speaker in 2007. Plus, Republicans claimed another Senate seat in a runoff in Mississippi, wrapping up the midterms elect ...…
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