FiveThirtyEight Politicsactive
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Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the latest in politics, tracking the issues and "game-changers" every week.
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2016-02-04
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115 Episodes Available

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With a government shutdown looming, Democrats and Republicans have hit an impasse over immigration policy. The crew discusses what's at stake.
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In the final episode of our gerrymandering series we consider some more radical electoral reforms and look back on the lessons we've learned.
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The crew discusses the possibility of an Oprah presidential run, a new book about the Trump White House and Trump's behavior towards North Korea.
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California took significant steps to try to rid redistricting of partisan politics. Politicians still sought to influence the process. Did they succeed?
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2018 is here! We discuss our political reporting resolutions -- both for ourselves and the media in general -- as we head into a big new year.
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The crew throws caution to the wind and debates which Democrats are best positioned to do well in the 2020 presidential primary.
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The number of competitive congressional elections has fallen dramatically in recent decades. Arizona tried to combat that trend.
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The politics team sorts through the hot takes from last week's Senate election in Alabama. They also discuss the political implications of the proposed GOP tax overhaul.
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A decades long debate has raged over how to ensure minorities have a voice in America. In the third installment of our series, we look at racial gerrymandering.
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Doug Jones became the first Democrat to win a Senate race in Alabama in a quarter century. The team discusses the factors that converged to make that possible.
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The Alabama special Senate election is Tuesday. The polls have varied significantly in an election where turnout is hard to predict. The team weighs in on what to expect.
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Is partisan gerrymandering illegal? In the second installment of our gerrymandering series we look at a Supreme Court case that could reshape how we draw political boundaries.
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The Senate passed a tax overhaul bill Friday night. The team weighs the political and policy implications and follow up on the fallout from Michael Flynn's guilty plea.
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A quick conversation in reaction the big news that Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russian officials.
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What is gerrymandering? This is the first episode in a six-part series exploring the effects of gerrymandering and how reformers hope to change the system.
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Lawmakers return to Washington under pressure to confront sexual harassment by their own ranks. The podcast team also looks at the latest in the Alabama special Senate race.
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The Alabama special Senate race is now tied, after numerous accusation that Republican Roy Moore molested and assaulted teenage girls. The podcast team reacts.
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Leeann Tweeden accused Senator Al Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent while on a USO tour in the Middle East. The podcast team reacts.
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Five women have accused Roy Moore, Republican candidate for Senate from Alabama, of sexual misconduct. The team assesses how this will affect the final month of the campaign.
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A year after the 2016 election, Nate & Micah sit down to discuss what it was like to cover the race - from the mistakes FiveThirtyEight made to the emotions of the final weeks
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The podcast team responds to strong showing by Democrats across the board on Election Day 2017
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Will Democrats begin their comeback on Election Day 2017? The podcast team shares advice on which races to watch and what the margins mean.
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Major figures in political journalism are alleged to have been serial sexual harassers. What does it mean to have those men in charge of the way political news gets made?
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Ex-chairman of the Trump campaign Paul Manafort was indicted along with two other campaign aides as part of Bob Mueller's special investigation. The team weighs in.
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GOP Sen. Jeff Flake from Arizona, a repeated Trump critic, announced he will not seek reelection in 2018. The podcast team discusses what that means for Arizona and the GOP.
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The 2017 elections are not far off. The team looks at the candidates and polling in the Virginia governor's race and Alabama's special Senate race.
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Steve Bannon declared "war" on the GOP establishment at the Values Voter Summit last week. The podcast team discusses what that will mean for the 2018 midterms.
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GOP Senator Corker and President Trump went at each other over the weekend. The podcast weighs in on how Corker's criticism of Trump could affect GOP politics.
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The Trump administration is facing multiple crises: a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Puerto Rico recovering from hurricane Maria and rising tensions with North Korea.
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The Supreme Court is hearing a partisan gerrymandering case that could reshape how our democracy works. FiveThirtyEight brings you a deep dive into what is at stake.
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Over the weekend, President Trump targeted the NFL for player protests and was rebuked by owners, players and the players union. The podcast team weighs in.
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Sen. McCain is a no on the latest ACA repeal effort. The team debates what comes next.
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As the Democratic Party increasingly embraces single payer healthcare and Clinton weighs in on her primary race against Sanders, the team discusses where the party is headed.
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Hillary Clinton is releasing a book this week chronicling what went wrong during her 2016 campaign from her perspective. The podcast team sizes up her assessment.
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The White House has decided to end the DACA program. The podcast team weighs in on how voters view DACA and what Congress's options are for replacing it.
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Amid historic flooding in East Texas, the team talks about the political challenges natural disasters can pose to local officials, governors and the president.
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The team talks to political science professor Vincent Hutchings about the way Donald Trump spoke about race in the aftermath of Charlottesville.
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In this emergency podcast, the team talks about what Steve Bannon's departure from the White House means for the people who remain.
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President Trump did not condemn white supremacy by name in his initial response to the violence in Charlottesville. The team discusses the reasons and repercussions.
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The team weighs the significance of Bob Mueller empaneling a grand jury in the Russia investigation. They also look at persisting rifts in the Democratic Party.
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A break from politics with an excerpt of a new audio documentary from 30 for 30 Podcasts, which our very own Jody Avirgan heads up. We present "The Fighter Inside," reported by Andrew Mambo. More at 30for30podcasts.com
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The team breaks down the latest White House staffing shakeups and asks how Chief of Staff John Kelly might correct course amid the chaos.
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The podcast team breaks down the final votes and weighs who is most responsible for the Republican failure: Trump, McConnell or Ryan.
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The podcast team considers the options for Senate Republicans as they face a last ditch effort to repeal the ACA. Plus, how different would a Clinton presidency have been?
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The podcast team digests the Senate's latest health care bill and debates which path Trump's presidency is on six months in.
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The podcast team reacts to emails in which Donald Trump Jr. accepts a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.
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The crew discusses the Trump administration's request for voter data and why states are pushing back. Plus, with another good jobs report, can Trump claim to own the economy?
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Ahead of the G20 summit, the podcast team looks at changes in global perceptions of American leadership since Trump took office.
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The podcast team discusses the policies in the Senate GOP health care bill and debates whether it's likely to pass.
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The podcast team responds to the results of the special elections in Georgia's 6th district and South Carolina's 5th district.
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The special election in Georgia's 6th district has become the most expensive House election in American history. The podcast team debates how much it matters.
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The podcast team responds to new reports that President Trump is under FBI investigation for obstruction of justice.
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The podcast team debates who actually makes up the base in each party and what role they will play in upcoming elections.
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No party won a majority in the U.K. election, resulting in a hung parliament. The podcast team reacts.
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The podcast team reacts to former FBI Director James Comey's testimony about the events that lead up to his firing by President Trump.
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The podcast team discusses former FBI Director James Comey's prepared testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
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The podcast team debates the political savvy of Trump's exit from the Paris climate agreement. Nate takes a look at what's going on in the crazy world of UK elections polls.
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The podcast team debates whether a Democratic loss in Montana's special election means challenges ahead for the party. They also parse smoke from fire in the Russia scandal.
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After the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia, can the White House return to business as usual?
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The podcast crew assesses the fallout from reports of a memo by former FBI Director Comey in which he detailed conversations with President Trump.
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The podcast team sizes up how big of a scandal Comey's firing actually is. They also discuss how the census director's departure could affect the upcoming census.
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News broke late on Tuesday that President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. We hop in the studio to discuss.
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The podcast team talks to Anna Barry-Jester about how the GOP health care bill will affect real people. They also discuss the sizable polling miss in the French election.
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The podcast team talks about the political implications of the AHCA health care bill passing the House.
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The podcast team makes sense of Trump's one page tax plan with Ben Casselman. They also debate how the media has performed 100 days into the Trump presidency.
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The team assesses Trump's legislative agenda as he ends his first 100 days. They also discuss the Earth Day protests and gauge populism's appeal after the French election.
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The podcast team responds to GA-6 results live from the Comedy Cellar in New York. They also discuss upcoming European elections, play trivia and answer audience questions.
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The podcast team assesses the special elections in Kansas and Georgia and takes stock of President Trump's governing style as his administration approaches 100 days.
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The podcast team talks about Trump's decision to authorize airstrikes against Assad's regime in Syria and tracks who in Trump's circle is gaining and losing influence.
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Our science team discusses Elizabeth Rosenthal's "An American Sickness." To catch part two, subscribe to What's The Point in iTunes or fivethirtyeight.com/podcasts
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The podcast team discusses the political calculus of Democrats filibustering Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. The crew also plays a new game: Smoke or Fire?
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The FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast live from the Treefort Fest in Boise, Idaho. The team talks to Mayor Dave Bieter, plays a round of political trivia and answers questions.
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Live from the Hackfort Festival in Boise, Idaho the podcast discusses the decision by Republicans to pull their health care bill without a vote in the House.
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The podcast team discusses what to expect during a week of SCOTUS confirmation hearings and debates whether Americans' views on healthcare have truly shifted.
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The podcast team discusses whether the new GOP health care bill has a shot at becoming law. David Wasserman also joins the show to help measure trends in partisanship.
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We bring you an excerpt from FiveThirtyEight's Hot Takedown podcast about why politics are more visible in sports today. Subscribe at fivethiryeight.com/podcasts (And if you're going to be at SXSW, come see Jody's events!)
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In light of continued questions over the Trump administration's relationship with Russia, Brandon Rottinghaus joins the podcast to talk about what can make a scandal damaging.
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The podcast team wraps up the Party Time series and welcomes Perry Bacon Jr. to the staff, who will be covering the Trump administration from DC.
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In the final installment of "Party Time," Galen Druke and Clare Malone speak with so-called "establishment" Democrats about what went wrong in 2016 and what's to come.
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The Trump administration is one month old. The podcast team reflects on the biggest changes so far.
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In the third installment of "Party Time," Galen Druke and Clare Malone speak with Bernie Sanders supporters about their vision for the future of the Democratic Party.
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Nate Silver, Jody Avirgan, and Micah Cohen jump into the studio to discuss what's smoke and what's fire in the latest reporting around the Donald Trump camp's ties to Russia.
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Political observers are drawing parallels between today's anti-Trump protests and the tea party protests of 2009. The podcast crew digs into whether the comparisons are apt.
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In the second installment of "Party Time," Galen Druke and Clare Malone speak with Republicans who are wary of Trump about where the GOP is headed.
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The podcast team weighs in on Trump's response after a judge temporarily blocked his travel ban. They also discuss Trump's take on negative polls and his economic plan.
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In the first episode of our mini-series "Party Time," Galen Druke and Clare Malone speak with Trump allies about where the Republican Party is headed in the era of Trump.
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The usual crew is joined by 538's Oliver Roeder (aka @ollie) to discuss the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, his history on the bench, and what comes next.
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President Trump's first week in office proved chaotic. The podcast crew looks for a strategy behind the chaos and talks to Meenekshi Bose about the shakeup in NSC membership.
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Donald Trump's first few days as president were marked by executive orders, "alternative facts" and mass protests. Julia Azari and Erica Chenoweth help make sense of it.
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President-elect Trump is waging a new battle against polling, arguing his approval rating is "rigged." We break down the difference between approval rating and horserace polls
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The podcast team looks at the budding relationship between the Trump administration and the U.S. Senate. Confirmation hearings begin this week and ACA debate is underway.
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A special episode on government data and the coming Trump administration. Featuring our usual crew and 538's Ben Casselman, Maggie Koerth-Baker, and Carl Bialik.
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Audio from our live show at LA's Crest Theater this summer discussing the use of polling in The West Wing. Subscribe to TWWW here! http://thewestwingweekly.com
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The podcast takes a moment to look back on 2016. They also discuss the latest from North Carolina's legislature and assess the future of Midwest electoral politics.
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The podcast crew discusses the latest news on Russia's interference in the presidential election and Amy Walter joins the show to talk about "draining the swamp."
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Nate and Harry report on a post-election forum where it was clear that emotions are still very raw. Then, economics editor Ben Casselman discusses Trump's new deals.
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The team discusses whether Jill Stein's push for ballot recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania defies norms. They also debate how to cover Trump's tweets.
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Julia Azari joins the show to talk about the historical precedent for Trump's administration thus far. Clare Malone talks about her latest reporting on trust in institutions.
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The podcast crew uses new data to assess the conventional wisdom about the election and looks at President-elect Trump's first decisions in his new role.
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The day after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, our podcast crew gathered to discuss the path he took to secure the Electoral College while losing the popular vote.
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Just a quick note to tell you that we're going to do a podcast mid-morning Wednesday to process Election Day 2016. Talk then.
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In our final preview of the 2016 election we assess the forecast model, discuss defining moments of the campaign and prepare for Election Day.
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Dave Wasserman and Harry Enten discuss what to expect on Tuesday in key House and Senate races. We'll do our final presidential preview on Monday.
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Revisit our three audio documentaries on past political moments. The Real Dean Scream | Obama/Wright (starts at 30:15) | Perot The Spoiler? (starts at 1:07:30)
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Jody, Clare and Farai head to the diner to talk about the final days of the campaign, Latino turnout, lessons from Brexit and more.
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Today we talk about recent polls, how the media is covering the final days, and look at a vague Florida ballot initiative. Today's vid: https://youtu.be/7k6n46xBTxs
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The team discusses Clinton's polling trend lines, one Ohio bellwether county, and minimum wage initiatives. Today's vid: https://youtu.be/XHsnZT7Z2yQ
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Today the crew discusses why there are fewer polls this cycle, how to read early voting numbers, and WA's proposed carbon tax. Today's vid: https://youtu.be/W7QZnwKqopo
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In today's episode the crew talks about remaining surprises, how the model makes final calculations, and CA's proposition conundrum. Today's vid: www.vimeo.com/187772116
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In the latest of our daily podcasts, the crew talks about the media's response to James Comey's letter to Congress and discusses which states are in play in the final week.
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Jody, Harry and Micah hit the diner to talk about the latest in the FBI investigation of Clinton's emails, what counts as an "October surprise" and more. Next show is Monday.
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It's Friday and we have a new installment of 'Model Talk!' Nate Silver and Micah Cohen answer listener question about the forecast, recent trends and early voting.
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In the latest of our daily podcasts counting down to Election Day, we talk about new polls in Virginia and Georgia and look inside Trump's data game.
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In the first of our daily podcasts counting down to Election Day, we talk about tightening polls in Utah, leaked memos, and ballot measures.
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Jun 28, 2017 by CCPod

What a lovely bunch. This podcast is an entertaining discussion of current political news with a focus on polling and data. Nate Silver provides excellent insights and is backed up by an excellent cast of really smart analysts.

These people know their stuff.
Jun 28, 2017 by NH Grace

This is a pretty nerdy podcast for people who really dig data and in-depth analysis. That's me.

Excellent analysis, especially for data geeks. The Party Time series is also good.
Jun 28, 2017 by Mimi G

Funny, smart, in-depth. Nate Silver was closest to calling Trump's win than any other poll analysts. The Party Time series, four podcasts looking different wings of the Rs and Ds is a good listen -- well, the final one anyway. But I liked it enough to go back and listen to more.

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