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“The Run-Up” is your guide to understanding the 2024 election. Host Astead W. Herndon talks to the people whose decisions will make the difference.

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“The Run-Up” is your guide to understanding the 2024 election. Host Astead W. Herndon talks to the people whose decisions will make the difference.

Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

    What Republicans Lost When They Won on Roe

    What Republicans Lost When They Won on Roe

    For decades, the mainstream Republican position on abortion rights was clear: Overturn Roe v. Wade and send the issue back to the states.

    But since June 2022, when the Supreme Court’s conservative majority did exactly that, Republicans have faced a question that few seemed to consider beforehand: What comes next?
    In Arizona, that question is especially important. In that battleground state, Democratic groups have already mobilized to put a citizen initiative on the November ballot that would enshrine abortion rights in the state’s Constitution and help increase President Biden’s chances at re-election.

    So this week, after spending time with organizers who support the ballot measure on the last episode, we are meeting its opponents and exploring the anti-abortion movement in Arizona, which finds itself fractured along new fault lines.

    • 48 min
    Maybe It All Comes Down to Abortion

    Maybe It All Comes Down to Abortion

    Arizona is a battleground state that both parties are desperate to win in November.

    And right now, supporters of abortion rights in the state are in the midst of gathering signatures to ensure that, along with the presidential race and a competitive Senate contest, enshrining the right to abortion in the state’s Constitution will be on the ballot this fall.

    The measure has broad support in the state, and Democrats are banking on that to drive a wide range of people to the polls to vote on the ballot measure — and, they hope, for Mr. Biden. But there’s no guarantee that will happen.

    For the next two weeks, we’re going to focus on how abortion rights could shape the 2024 election in Arizona.

    This week: We’re with volunteers around the state — at a trailhead outside Phoenix and at Bunco night in Bullhead City — who are working to get the measure on the ballot, and we spoke with the people who were supporting their efforts.

    • 48 min
    Trump’s Guilty. Does Anyone Care?

    Trump’s Guilty. Does Anyone Care?

    In the days since a Manhattan jury found Donald Trump guilty of 34 felony counts, people have mostly been asking one big question.

    Will this matter in November?

    Over the past few days, our colleagues at The New York Times and at the Siena College Research Institute have been trying to answer that question. They spoke with 1,900 people they had previously polled to find out how they are currently thinking. Most people have not changed their mind. But some have — and they are moving away from Mr. Trump.

    This week, Astead speaks with voters about how they are thinking about the presidential race after Mr. Trump’s conviction, including with people in one significant group: Trump supporters who said in October that if he were convicted and sentenced, they would back President Biden.

    He also talks with Ruth Igielnik, who helps oversee polling at The Times, to understand the latest data and who is still on the fence in the race.

    • 37 min
    What Women Voters Really Want

    What Women Voters Really Want

    While the political world waits for a verdict in Donald Trump’s criminal trial in Manhattan, we wanted to take a moment to remember how we got here — especially the broader political context of the fall of 2016.

    Mr. Trump is charged with falsifying business records related to a hush-money payment to the adult film actress Stormy Daniels as part of a scheme to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

    Back in 2016, Mr. Trump was down in the polls and worried about losing support from women voters, who would, the thinking went, punish him at the ballot box for the lewd “Access Hollywood” tape and anything Ms. Daniels might make public.

    That of course is not what happened. And in the years since, assumptions about how women vote have come to feel more complicated.

    To discuss this, we turn to two women who have spent many years thinking about what women want when it comes to politics and everything else.

    Kellyanne Conway was Mr. Trump’s campaign manager in 2016 and senior counselor to him from 2017 to 2020. Celinda Lake was one of the lead pollsters for the Biden campaign in 2020.

    In 2005, they wrote a book together called “What Women Really Want,” which argued that politicians needed to take seriously the particular desires of women, who make up more than 50 percent of the electorate.

    So this week we ask: What’s changed since 2005? And do Ms. Conway and Ms. Lake still agree on what women really want?

    • 47 min
    Why Joe Biden Isn’t Getting Credit for the Economy

    Why Joe Biden Isn’t Getting Credit for the Economy

    As he runs for re-election, President Biden is talking about one specific issue a lot: the economy. He emphasizes the nation’s low unemployment and slowing inflation, and even rolled out a catchy nickname for the good numbers: Bidenomics.

    The problem for Biden is that few Americans seem to agree that the economy is strong. They think the opposite.

    This week, we explore the gap between the good economy, as described by the president, and the not-so-great economy, as felt by so many Americans. And we do it in Dayton, Ohio, where activists are working to get increasing the minimum wage on the ballot in November. It’s a view of Biden’s economy from the bottom up.

    • 41 min
    Can Celebrities Make a Difference? Your 2024 Election Questions, Answered

    Can Celebrities Make a Difference? Your 2024 Election Questions, Answered

    If the 2024 presidential election were a road trip, we would now be at the part where you start to wonder: Are we there yet? The matchup is set, but there’s still such a long way to go until November.

    And one of the things we’ve noticed about the questions that you’ve been sending in is that you’re starting to mix it up. You want to know what Donald Trump’s possible vice-presidential picks are, how down-ballot races are shaping up, and what difference celebrity endorsements could make.

    This week, we’re answering your questions by setting the main characters of 2024 aside and talking about the people who aren’t named Donald Trump or Joe Biden. Some are candidates and public officials. Others are a little farther from politics. But they all could have an impact on the election come November.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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33 Ratings

Firebirdwalker ,

Interesting and unique insights

Astead is really one of the best political interviewers I’ve ever come across. He knows how to approach a wide range of interview subjects in a way that makes them feel safe to express themselves openly, but he knows when to push, when to probe, and when to challenge. Truly impressive and interesting insights.

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In love with this podcast.

I cannot get enough of this podcast, I wish episodes were released daily! Absolutely brilliant host, guests and content. Michael Barbaro please don't stop making podcasts when the election ends!!

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