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Justin gets grilled by the Americasters on why he didn’t correct an interviewee who referred to Donald Trump as “President”... And why he refers to the world wide HQ of Americast as being in “London, England”.
He and Sarah also tackle precinct issues like how Trump and Keir Starmer would interact if elected this year, and whether he could run for a third term, and how a President builds his cabinet. We also hear from a caller, who wants to know what happened to the political centre ground in the United States?
HOSTS:
Sarah Smith, North America editor
Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
GET IN TOUCH:
* Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB
* Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480
* Email Americast@bbc.co.uk
* Or use #Americast
US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155
This episode was made by Rufus Gray. The technical producers were Mike Regaard and Hannah Montgomery. The series producer is Purvee Pattni. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

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    • 4.2 • 103 Ratings

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Justin gets grilled by the Americasters on why he didn’t correct an interviewee who referred to Donald Trump as “President”... And why he refers to the world wide HQ of Americast as being in “London, England”.
He and Sarah also tackle precinct issues like how Trump and Keir Starmer would interact if elected this year, and whether he could run for a third term, and how a President builds his cabinet. We also hear from a caller, who wants to know what happened to the political centre ground in the United States?
HOSTS:
Sarah Smith, North America editor
Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
GET IN TOUCH:
* Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB
* Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480
* Email Americast@bbc.co.uk
* Or use #Americast
US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155
This episode was made by Rufus Gray. The technical producers were Mike Regaard and Hannah Montgomery. The series producer is Purvee Pattni. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Americanswers! The ‘special relationship’ and running for a third term?

    Americanswers! The ‘special relationship’ and running for a third term?

    Justin gets grilled by the Americasters on why he didn’t correct an interviewee who referred to Donald Trump as “President”... And why he refers to the world wide HQ of Americast as being in “London, England”.
    He and Sarah also tackle precinct issues like how Trump and Keir Starmer would interact if elected this year, and whether he could run for a third term, and how a President builds his cabinet. We also hear from a caller, who wants to know what happened to the political centre ground in the United States?
    HOSTS:
    Sarah Smith, North America editor
    Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    GET IN TOUCH:
    * Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB
    * Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480
    * Email Americast@bbc.co.uk
    * Or use #Americast
    US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155
    This episode was made by Rufus Gray. The technical producers were Mike Regaard and Hannah Montgomery. The series producer is Purvee Pattni. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 35 min
    Hunter Biden Trial…Guilty!

    Hunter Biden Trial…Guilty!

    Hunter Biden has been found guilty on all three charges in his federal gun trial, becoming the first child of a sitting U.S. president to be criminally convicted. Prosecutors said Biden lied about his drug use when he bought a handgun in 2018. Sarah Smith - who has just returned from Delaware where the trial took place - and Justin Webb unpack the evidence and the consequences for President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign.
    Also, Justin and Sarah speak to Jill Biden’s former Press Secretary, Michael LaRosa on how the case will be affecting Joe Biden’s inner circle. Could the U.S. president pardon his son?
    HOSTS:
    - Sarah Smith, North America Editor
    - Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    GUEST:
    - Michael LaRosa, Former Press Secretary to Jill Biden
    GET IN TOUCH:
    • Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB
    • Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480
    • Email Americast@bbc.co.uk
    • Or use #Americast
    US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155
    This episode was made by Purvee Pattni with Rufus Gray, Catherine Fusillo and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The series producer is Purvee Pattni. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 27 min
    Americanswers! Project 2025 and Biden’s mental capacity

    Americanswers! Project 2025 and Biden’s mental capacity

    Sarah Smith is reunited with the Zurch! She’s back from her holiday, and returns to a very full inbox of Ameriquestions to answer.
    They include queries on whether the U.S. would ever elect a President who isn’t a Christian, and why politicians “approve this message” at their end of their campaign adverts?
    And we speak to Americaster Joanna, who wants to know whether Americans harbour desires for their own monarchy.
    HOSTS:
    - Sarah Smith, North America editor
    - Anthony Zurcher, North America Correspondent
    GET IN TOUCH:
    • Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB
    • Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480
    • Email Americast@bbc.co.uk
    • Or use #Americast
    US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155
    This episode was made by Rufus Gray with Catherine Fusillo and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The series producer is Purvee Pattni. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 22 min
    Trump Trial… An interview with team Donald Trump

    Trump Trial… An interview with team Donald Trump

    Donald Trump has been speaking out after being convicted last week on all 34 counts of falsifying business records. His team say they will continue to appeal, but on what grounds, and how likely are they to overturn the verdicts? Justin and Anthony hear directly from the Trump campaign, and also put forward questions from Americast listeners. Sentencing takes place on July 11th.
    Also, what happened in Hunter Biden’s criminal trial which got underway in Delaware this week?
    It is the first trial for the son of a sitting US president. He is accused of lying about his drug use on a form when purchasing a firearm and ammunition. Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    • 30 min
    Trump Trial… An interview with team Donald Trump

    Trump Trial… An interview with team Donald Trump

    Donald Trump has been speaking out after being convicted last week on all 34 counts of falsifying business records. His team say they will continue to appeal, but on what grounds, and how likely are they to overturn the verdicts? Justin and Anthony hear directly from the Trump campaign, and also put forward questions from Americast listeners. Sentencing takes place on July 11th.

    Also, what happened in Hunter Biden’s criminal trial which got underway in Delaware this week?
    It is the first trial for the son of a sitting US president. He is accused of lying about his drug use on a form when purchasing a firearm and ammunition. Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    Is Biden losing the black vote? (ft. Charlamagne Tha God)

    Is Biden losing the black vote? (ft. Charlamagne Tha God)

    Black Americans could be the deciding vote this election year. Both Joe Biden and Donald Trump are making their case to court black voters, but are their messages breaking through? Justin sits down with Charlamagne Tha God, one of the most influential radio broadcasters in the US whose show has become a campaign stop for presidential candidates. As the author of the new title ‘Get Honest or Die Lying,’ Charlamagne gets straight to the point on how both Biden and Trump are losing support.

    Also, Biden has unveiled new executive actions aimed at curbing the number of migrants seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border. Justin and Anthony look at how effective it might be and the politics behind the move.

    HOSTS:
    • Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    • Anthony Zurcher, North America Correspondent

    GUEST:
    • Charlamagne Tha God, Host of ‘The Breakfast Club’ and author of 'Get Honest or Die Lying, Why Small Talk Sucks'

    GET IN TOUCH:
    • Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB
    • Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480
    • Email Americast@bbc.co.uk
    • Or use #Americast

    US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155

    This episode was made by Purvee Pattni with Rufus Gray, Catherine Fusillo and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Philip Bull. The series producer is Purvee Pattni. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

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Grant_lina ,

Questionable Guest selection discredits you

I listen to a broad range of US political and legal podcasts and am unimpressed with Americast. The last episode that allowed the repeat of misinformation about the recent NY trial of Trump has confirmed my growing unease with the selection of guests, the quality of fact checking and political analysis.
Allowing your Trump team guests to promulgate incorrect information (politically motivated rhetoric disguised as facts) about this legal action (information that US legal experts have repeatedly debunked) discredits you.
There is no value in me continuing to listen so I am unfollowing. Really disappointed. - I expect much better from the BBC.

Aunty RoRo ,

Americast “both sidesism” is poor journalism.

Unbelievable that Miles & Justin are normalising gun ownership & Fox News, while demonising NPR (who were not fined $800 million by the courts for lying) & Democrats who don’t own guns in a country where gun massacres kill more children than anything else.

The BBC’s move towards the right is more noteworthy than NPR caring about racism in America.

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