Best Election 2016 podcasts (Updated June 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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Everyone is always warning you not to get lost in the weeds. But not Vox's Ezra Klein, Dara Lind, Sarah Kliff, and Matthew Yglesias. They love the weeds. That's where all the policy is. This is the podcast for people who follow politics because they love thinking about health care, economics, and zoning. It is not a podcast for people who like hearing talk about gaffes.
 
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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.
 
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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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.
 
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
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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
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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.
 
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.
 
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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Congress struggles to commit to immigration legislation, while the First Lady heads to the U.S.-Mexico border to visit children who have been separated from their parents. The Supreme Court reshapes how Americans shop online, and the United States withdraws from the United Nations Human Rights Council. This episode: political reporter Asma Khal ...…
 
Sean sits down with Andy McCarthy, a popular columnist for National Review, to discuss the latest on the IG hearings and what they mean for the Trump administration. Plus, the Senate is moving ahead with their immigration reform bill which won't work. Finally, Sean reviews some of the promises that President Trump made and why it impacts us all ...…
 
FiveThirtyEight partnered with WNYC's Death, Sex & Money podcast to do a survey asking what men think about being a man in 2018.
 
Exclusive CNN poll numbers show that two-thirds of Americans think economic conditions are good, yet despite such positive ratings on the economy, Democrats still hold an edge in November's midterm elections.
 
Tom Hanks is Not Here for Your Partisan Nonsense Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the NewsNo one party has a monopoly on ability to distinguish between fact and opinion, but people tend to believe that statements that favor their own opinions are factual. Family separation pollingLess Than One-Third Of The Public Support ...…
 
Sean is joined by former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani to discuss the latest in the Mueller investigation including the idea that the investigation is coming to its logical conclusion. Is the witch hunt finally over? The Sean Hannity Show is on weekdays from 3 pm to 6 pm ET on iHeartRadio and Hannity.com.
 
Oh dog, we got something for Corey. Trump backtracks. Context dies. Crazy ads. YOUR EMAILS and more!
 
President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Emai ...…
 
In a rare move for Trump, he abandons his position on family separation at the border.
 
Senior politics reporter Jane Coaston joins Dara and Matt to talk about the ideological roots of Donald Trump's family separation policy. References and further reading: Dara's piece on "operation wetback" the immigration policy Donald Trump loves Jane's piece on Stephen Miller Jamelle Bouie's piece on Stephen Miller Politico piece about Trump ...…
 
Sean reacts to the continued criticism of the Trump Administration's immigration policy. "What the left wants is open borders," explained Sean, "Nobody wants to come to the table, they want open borders." "Families were separated by President Barack Obama," continued Sean. "Nobody wants kids taken from their parents," Sean made very clear, "But ...…
 
President Trump is leaning into base politics at the expense of playing to his strengths with a broader swath of Americans
 
Sean reviews the Department of Justice and FBI's role in gathering information. James Comey has refused several times to voluntarily testify to Congress. The recap shows just how politically charged the DoJ was in the weeks and months leading to President Trumps election. The FBI was basically trying to rig the election for Hillary. The Sean Ha ...…
 
The Trump administration spent the weekend and Monday defending its "zero tolerance" border policy, which has separated children and parents who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The NPR Politics team breaks down what that policy is and how it is being implemented. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional corresponden ...…
 
The team discusses the separation of children and parents at the border and the role that immigration plays in the GOP. They also react to a SCOTUS decision on gerrymandering.
 
Daniel Newhauser, Hanna Trudo, and Brendan Bordelon join Jeff Dufour to discuss the House's immigration compromise, the 2020 landscape, and what the AT+T-Time Warner merger means for big tech.
 
Pressure mounts as voices from both sides of the aisle criticize the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy toward processing undocumented immigrants, but the administration is holding firm
 
As Sean returns from Singapore, Guest Host Jonathan Gilliam takes the healm and is joined by Chris Farrell, the Director of Investigations for Judicial Watch to break down the legal and political ramifications of the IG report. The Sean Hannity Show is on weekdays from 3 pm to 6 pm ET on iHeartRadio and Hannity.com.…
 
President Trump began Friday by giving a wide-ranging interview to Fox News, and then he answered questions for a pool of reporters. In both he covered major topics like North Korea, a DOJ Report, immigration legislation, and his feud with the NFL. The NPR Politics team sets the record straight on his comments. This episode: Congressional corre ...…
 
Sarah, Dara and Matt answer your questions.
 
CNN Law Enforcement Analyst Josh Campbell sits down with CNN Political Director David Chalian to discuss the release of the Inspector General's report and to provide an inside look at the culture of the FBI.
 
Nate Silver and Perry Bacon Jr. discuss the political implications of the inspector general's report on the 2016 FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton.
 
A Justice Department watchdog on Thursday criticized former FBI Director James Comey for violating long-standing department guidelines and mishandling the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016. We break down that report, and look at a new lawsuit filed against the Trump family. Plus, Republicans - sort of - find a compromise on immigratio ...…
 
Let’s Talk about the Midterms Kristen is joined by special guest co-host, Echelon Insights co-founder Patrick Ruffini, to determine who is the goat in this scary movie, who is excited about the midterms, what just happened with North Korea, and what people thought about it before it happened, or didn’t. Generic ballot / Trump’s approval ratingT ...…
 
The IG Report was released and the FBI doesn't look very good. President Obama and Hillary Clinton look particularly bad. Sean highlights the key points of the report and sits down with Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz to discuss the Freedom Caucus' view of what the report means. The Sean Hannity Show is on weekdays from 3 pm to 6 pm ET on iHeart ...…
 
Cohen flips? North Korea! A gang of terrible mid-term ads! Mark Sanford loses!
 
Listen to Sean's full interview with President Trump! Plus, former CIA operative and Fox News contributor, Daniel Hoffman stops by the show to discuss the true impact of the North Korean summit and just why President Trump was uniquely qualified to pull it off. The Sean Hannity Show is on weekdays from 3 pm to 6 pm ET on iHeartRadio and Hannity ...…
 
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) chastised his party for living in fear of the president, but last night's primary results indicate that the GOP is now the party of Trump.
 
Results from Tuesday's primaries underscored one major theme – it's Donald Trump's Republican Party now. An establishment candidate in South Carolina lost his re-election bid, and a Bannon-esque candidate won in Virginia. We break down what it means for the GOP. This episode: Reporter Sarah McCammon, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and nat ...…
 
DING DONG DING DONG DING DONG! It's WEDDING TIME at Says Who! Maureen is getting married and everything is fine. She has everything ready to go, nothing weird is happening in the world, and... Well, no. It's not exactly like that. But she is getting married. And so is guest Peter Sagal of NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me! Peter drops in to talk ...…
 
2009 saw President Obama being fawned over by the liberal media as he celebrated winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Interestingly, it was largely based on the hope that Obama diplomacy would diminish nuclear weapons and restore peace in the Middle East. 500 days into the Trump Administration and we can see actual action, yet the liberal media will ...…
 
While Sarah and Matt are away Dara is joined by Vox.com congressional reporters Tara Golshan and Ella Nilsen to talk about immigration and family separation. Then she's joined by Vox.com criminal justice reporter German Lopez to talk about a white paper that looks at the effectiveness of 12- step programs. References and further reading: Ella's ...…
 
President Trump broke the ice, but can he achieve the ultimate goal of complete denuclearization?
 
Following a historic summit in Singapore, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a broad statement Tuesday that calls for a "firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula." Though critics suggest that the U.S. appears to have made more concessions than the regime. This episode: Congressi ...…
 
In a series of firsts, President Trump displayed to the world just why he cannot be beholden to the "way things always are." In his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Trump has set aside years of "business as usual" by agreeing to a summit and has been completely transparent with the American people. Sean is live from Singap ...…
 
Trump is hours away from sitting down with Kim. The crew discusses what could happen and what on earth happened at the G7 summit over the weekend.
 
National Journal Editor in Chief Ben Pershing sits down with White House correspondent George Condon and Senate reporter Alex Rogers to talk about Trump's travels, the ongoing immigration fight, and the Hill agenda. Later, House races reporter Ally Mutnick swings by to give the primary brief and dishes on what to watch for in Virginia on Tuesday.…
 
The potential consequences of the G7 summit and what the fallout could mean ahead of President Trump's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
 
As President Trump begins his week in Singapore, Sean looks back at another great President and the powerful Russian diplomacy we saw in the 80s.
 
Sean spends a bit of time preparing the audience for next week's summit with North Korea. Plus, Sean spends the 3rd hour honoring his friend and Fox News colleague Charles Krauthammer. Krauthammer made headlines today with his heartwarming letter telling the world that he has terminal cancer and only has a few weeks to live. If you haven't read ...…
 
Sarah, Dara and Matt talk about the recent recall of Judge Aaron Persky, the California judge who sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months when he was convicted of sexual assault in 2016. References and further reading: Julia Ioffe's piece on the Stanford professor who led the charge against Persky AP reporting on ...…
 
CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto sits down with CNN Political Director David Chalian ahead of two major international moments for President Donald Trump: the G7 summit and the highly-anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
 
Booze, Weed, and Porn All Up in the Polls! Margie is lonely on the road, but she’s got polls to keep her company! Especially polls about Michael Avenatti! Trump’s approval ratings hold steady and the Democrats rebound a little in the Generic Ballot. Tariffs have the nation calling flatly, “Anyone?...Anyone?” Women did well in the most recent pr ...…
 
President Trump prepares for a summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un while heading to Canada to defend his trade tactics to the G-7 allies. Republicans try to reach an agreement for an internal debate over immigration. And Trump cancels a meeting with the NFL. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, nat ...…
 
Sean briefs 'Hannity" listeners on the secret battle brewing in Washington. "The Department of Justice had promised to provide access to documents and they've since reneged on that commitment," began Hannity, "Are we going to release this on a summer Friday, that's burying bad news." Plus, Sean reacts to the Singapore summit set for next week. ...…
 
Five months out from Election Day, the President's poll numbers show improvement as Democratic enthusiasm continues to be sky high. What does this mean for the midterms?
 
Kim K becomes the new 93% champion! CNN still blows! Does Trump have an actual scandal on Obama now?
 
President Clinton was recently asked if he had apologized for the terrible way that he treated Monica Lewinsky and his answer was "No-Yes." Senator Rand Paul joins Sean to discuss the Clinton-era scandals and how President Clinton has found himself on the hot seat. Plus, Sean and Senator Paul discuss what needs to be done in Congress before Nov ...…
 
Democrats are feeling a little better about taking back the House after they advanced candidates in the key races in California. At the same time, it wasn't a bad night for Republicans. We break down the top takeaways from the night. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and Congr ...…
 
Around the country, establishment backed candidates did well in Tuesday's primaries. The crew reacts to the results and discusses the trends so far in the 2018 primaries.
 
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