Best Election 2016 podcasts (Updated September 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.
 
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Vox's The Weeds
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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.
 
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.
 
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Keepin' it 1600
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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.
 
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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.
 
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 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 ...
 
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The Pollsters
Weekly
 
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 ...
 
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Quorum Call
Weekly
 
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.
 
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The Ticket 2016
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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.
 
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CNN's The Daily DC
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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.
 
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Face the Nation Diary
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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
 
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.
 
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Says Who?
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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.
 
The 2016 campaign is changing by the minute and it might be tough to keep up with every twist and turn. Luckily RunningMate 2016 will help you do just that. Each week Ryan Nobles and the CNN RunningMate team will breakdown the highs and lows with expert interviews, unique commentary and even a little fun. Join the race for the White House with a front row seat on the campaign trail, without ever leaving home. Subscribe to RunningMate2016 on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.
 
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Election Profit Makers
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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.
 
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Podcast for America
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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.
 
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TrailMix 2016
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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 www.campaigncontext.wordpress.com
 
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Brett Kavanaugh's hearing was on track.... then off..... then on.... and now maybe off track again? We break down what's happening between Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of sexual assault in the 80s. TLDR: It's a mess for everybody. Then, in our second segment we talk about the midterm races shaping up to be ...…
 
After days of back and forth over the terms of a hearing, attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting, have begun discussing her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. Plus, President Trump attempts to declassify materials related to the Russi ...…
 
Herman Cain, former Presidential candidate, remembers what happened to him he was running for office. He was accused of things that never happened, had never been brought up before and suddenly became the news dominating the news cycle instead of his campaign. Q: Where are they now? A: Nowhere to be found! He is outraged by the way Judge Kavana ...…
 
#183: Spring is a Lie, This Fall is Fakakta Poll of the WeekRepublicans, Democrats See Opposing Party as More Ideological Than Their Own (Pew) KavanaughCNN poll (pre-Dr. Ford) The Week In MidtermsHouse GenericNate Cohn’s Poll FactorySenate Races Montana (CBS) Missouri (CBS) Arizona & Tennessee (CNN) The Week In TrumpJob Approval (HuffPo)Democra ...…
 
In this installment of Model Talk Nate discusses how unexpected events affect the model and answers listener questions about how long the model is and where it's stored.
 
Trump the consoler, Kavanaugh debacle, progress in Korea?, TRUMP'S MARIOKART DONG, Bigfoot, Poll Dance and But Your Emails.
 
Kavanaugh's accuser has not closed the door on testifying, and David discusses the latest on the politics surrounding the confirmation of the Supreme Court nominee. via Knit
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! WE'RE TWO YEARS OLD! Yes, it's the Says Who two year anniversary show! This was never supposed to happen! We should have been done in 2016. But here we are, "celebrating" two years of doing whatever it is we do! And to celebrate with us, our first guest, Ana Marie Cox, joins us again to talk about where we're at. We talk s ...…
 
We talk the Atlanta Gov race and MUCH more in this Live Show from DragonCon on Labor Day weekend.
 
Hours after President Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, China responded with its own levies on $60 billion worth of U.S. products. The tit for tat looms heavily over the midterm elections. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and national political correspondent M ...…
 
David breaks down President Trump's reaction to the sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court pick and how this is all playing out at the intersection of partisan politics and the #MeToo era via Knit
 
Dara, Ezra, and Matt discuss the allegations that could derail Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation References and further reading: Christine Blasey Ford speaks out to the Washington Post Malcolm Gladwell's episode of Revisionist History on Brian Williams Twitter thread from Sandra Newman on false accusations Report on binge drinking by high school s ...…
 
When Barbara Mikulski arrived in the Senate, all the podiums were built for men… and so was Washington's power structure. So she changed it. In this episode, Mikulski and three of her female Senate colleagues look back at Anita Hill's testimony and the 1992 elections that followed it, the last “Year of the Woman.” The United States of Anxiety i ...…
 
The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault revealed her identity Sunday in an interview with The Washington Post.Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old California professor, accused Kavanaugh of groping her and trying to take her clothes off when they were both attending suburban Maryland high schools in the ear ...…
 
Monica Mastal, joins Sean to talk about her friendship with Judge Kavanaugh, whom she has known since she was 12 years old. She was one of 65 signers of a letter to both Senators Grassley and Feinstein that detailed just how straight-and-narrow Judge Kavanaugh was in High School. The judge categorically and unequivocally denied allegations that ...…
 
Policy Editor Mackenzie Weinger discusses the political implications of Hurricane Florence so far with White House Correspondent George Condon and Energy Reporter Brian Dabbs. Reporting from a totally different type of storm, Hotline Reporters Zach Cohen and Ally Mutnick chat about what kind of surrogates the Republican party is bringing into d ...…
 
The crew discusses the political response to an accusation from a woman who says Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school.
 
What was widely assumed to be a swift confirmation for Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is on the rocks as the woman who accused him of sexual assault has come forward with a willingness to testify before Congress. via Knit
 
Jennifer Willoughby was in an abusive marriage. Saily Avelenda was unhappy with her congressman, who'd held office for over two decades without facing a serious contender. They didn’t know they were about to topple two political giants. Plus, want to know the real reason the 2018 midterms could make history? It has to do with a number political ...…
 
Carter Page, has been the center of the news for the last year, when documents released revealed the information of who signed off on the documents and FISA warrants to spy on him and others. With the news of Papadopoulos and Manafort, Page sees the cracks in the liberal wall. Plus the latest on Hurricane Florence. The Sean Hannity Show is on w ...…
 
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty on Friday and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Plus, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh strongly pushed back on an allegation of sexual misconduct from more than 30 years ago. This epis ...…
 
Jane, Dara, and Matt talk about the potential meltdown of one of America’s most important entrepreneurs. References and further reading: Emily Stewart's piece on Elon Musk smoking pot
 
President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is cooperating with the Mueller investigation. The crew reacts to the news.
 
Women gained the right to vote nearly a century ago. Yet, power is still concentrated in the hands of men. In a year that’s seen a surge of female candidates, the question at the heart of the 2018 midterms is: Who is our democracy for?
 
On this week’s Nerdcast, POLITICO’s podcast on the White House and politics: As Hurricane Florence arrives, Donald Trump can’t resist firing his feud with Puerto Rico back up over how the administration handled Hurricane Maria there last year. Plus, find out what people who want to run for president in 2020 learned from the primaries in 2018. T ...…
 
President Trump denied the death toll of nearly 3,000 from hurricanes Maria and Irma, which swept across Puerto Rico a year ago, in a series of tweets Thursday morning. Plus, we look at what's at stake for Democrats and Republicans heading into the November elections. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, national political co ...…
 
Joe Concha, of the Hill, joins Sean to break down the media breakdown on all issues from the attacks on the President, Cory Booker’s Spartacus moment, and the misappropriation of credit to former President Obama. And of course, the latest in liberal lunacy, Is President Trump partly to blame for Hurricane Florence? CNN thinks so. The Sean Hanni ...…
 
In the run-up to November, the latest CNN poll shows a double-digit Democratic advantage among likely voters in the generic congressional ballot. via Knit
 
No, You Can’t Have Partials Poll of the Week: Crying Red States/Blue SenatorsNBC/Marist poll: It's a neck-and-neck Senate race in TennesseePoll: High-profile Missouri Senate race locked in a dead heatNBC/Marist poll: Democrat Joe Donnelly has slight edge in Indiana Senate race TrumpHuffPost: Trump Job Approval QPac: U.S. Voters Believe Anonymou ...…
 
Rich people talk about running for president! Blue wave turning off moderates? An interesting article on a right wing culture warrior! A Kavanaugh recap! Woodward fallout! A prediction about a Trump move after the midterms! POLL DANCE! Your emails!
 
In the latest installment of Model Talk, Nate discusses why the FiveThirtyEight Senate forecast favors Republicans.
 
Sara Carter breaks the story about new Page and Strzok text messages that reveal troubling signs that the FBI was running a partisan and biased investigation.
 
In a troubling sign for Republicans less than two months before November's elections, Democrats' advantage on the question of which party Americans are more likely to vote for in November is ballooning, according to a new NPR/Marist poll. Plus, how effective are polls at gauging voter outcomes? This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott De ...…
 
David breaks down the latest CNN poll numbers on how President Trump and Robert Mueller are handling the Russia investigation. via Knit
 
Dara, Ezra, and Matt talk about Bob Woodward’s book, that op-ed, and the two-track Trump presidency. References and further reading: The infamous NY Times op-ed written by a White House insider Andrew Prokop's explainer of Bob Woodward's new book White paper: Does Rape Culture Predict Rape?
 
A new CNN poll shows President Trump's approval rating has dropped to 36%, while 69% of respondents describe the nation's economy as good or very good. via Knit
 
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, stops by to discuss the anonymous op-ed about the President. It's disgraceful that someone who has been entrusted with the responsibility of serving their country would be so insubordinate and the liberal media has fanned those flamed. The Sean Hannity Show is on weekdays from 3 pm to 6 pm ET on iHeartR ...…
 
National Journal Senior Editor Jeff Dufour discusses presidential hopefuls with Hotline reporter Hanna Trudo, a surreal week in the West Wing with White House reporter George Condon, and the final round of governor primaries with Hotline reporter Madelaine Pisani.
 
The crew reacts to the latest news about the inner workings of the Trump administration and explores the Upshot's foray into live polling.
 
RNC Spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany, author of The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement and Jeffrey Lord, Former associate political director in the Reagan administration take a deep dive into the media spin over the course of the last week. From the Nike ad, to the op-ed, to the late night shows and the Kavanaugh confirmati ...…
 
Jane, Dara, and Matt get ready for some football. References and further reading: Jane's explainer of the NFL protests Jane's piece on Nike's new "Just Do It" campaign Jane's piece "Nike has made billions selling rebellion to young people"
 
In his first major political speech in the U.S. since leaving office, former President Barack Obama argued that Americans must rebuke President Trump at the polls this November. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Don Gonyea. Email the show at nprpoliti ...…
 
CNN Legal Analyst and Supreme Court Biographer Joan Biskupic joins CNN Political Director David Chalian in studio to break down this week's confirmation hearings for President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. via Knit
 
The defeat of an incumbent congressman in Massachusetts and the contentious Supreme Court nomination hearings for Brett Kavanaugh show how Democrats seem to be after style as much as substance in 2018. Plus, a lodestar joke as we check on the mood at the White House after a roller coaster week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone. ...…
 
After three days of Supreme Court nomination hearings, Perry Bacon Jr. and Oliver Roeder discuss what, if anything, they learned.
 
The White House has denounced a scathing op-ed column about the president in the New York Times that is allegedly written by a senior official in the Trump administration. And, on the third day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, Democrats attempt to release classified documents. This episode: Congressional correspo ...…
 
Andy McCarthy, Fox News Contributor, columnist for National Review and former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, takes a close look at the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. McCarthy stands by Judge Kavanaugh is disgusted by the treatment he has received for the sake of party politics. Sean and team break down ...…
 
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