193 episodes

The authoritative weekly US news and politics podcast from BBC News, Americast investigates the social and cultural issues that define America today.
Is Joe Biden too old to win another go in the White House? What does Donald Trump’s latest criminal charge mean for the Republican campaign? And why have issues such as LGBT rights, global warming and the war effort in Ukraine become so divisive across the US political spectrum? From foreign policy to pop culture, Americast keeps you up to date and in the know about the stories that matter with on-the-ground insights from right across the US.
Americast is hosted by trusted journalists including the BBC’s North America editor Sarah Smith, North America correspondent Anthony Zurcher, presenter Justin Webb, and disinformation and social media correspondent, Marianna Spring. Joined by special guests each week such as former chief medical adviser to the president, Dr Anthony Fauci, former FBI director James Comey, CNN anchor and author Jake Tapper, Succession actress J Smith-Cameron, and Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire from podcast RedHanded, they look at America through an international lens, trying to make sense of the increasingly polarised political debate.
Each week on Americast, Marianna Spring also brings listeners the latest update on BBC Undercover Voters, the award-winning investigation into the content that is recommended to US voters on social media. Marianna has created undercover voters – multiple social media accounts belonging to different characters who sit across the US political divide. By tracking the content that is pushed at each of them, this investigation will cover a turbulent time for US politics with speculation over a Trump bid for the presidency and Biden facing domestic and international challenges.
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
Find out more about our award-winning "undercover voters" here: bbc.in/3lFddSF.

Americast BBC Podcasts

    • Government
    • 4.3 • 6 Ratings

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

The authoritative weekly US news and politics podcast from BBC News, Americast investigates the social and cultural issues that define America today.
Is Joe Biden too old to win another go in the White House? What does Donald Trump’s latest criminal charge mean for the Republican campaign? And why have issues such as LGBT rights, global warming and the war effort in Ukraine become so divisive across the US political spectrum? From foreign policy to pop culture, Americast keeps you up to date and in the know about the stories that matter with on-the-ground insights from right across the US.
Americast is hosted by trusted journalists including the BBC’s North America editor Sarah Smith, North America correspondent Anthony Zurcher, presenter Justin Webb, and disinformation and social media correspondent, Marianna Spring. Joined by special guests each week such as former chief medical adviser to the president, Dr Anthony Fauci, former FBI director James Comey, CNN anchor and author Jake Tapper, Succession actress J Smith-Cameron, and Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire from podcast RedHanded, they look at America through an international lens, trying to make sense of the increasingly polarised political debate.
Each week on Americast, Marianna Spring also brings listeners the latest update on BBC Undercover Voters, the award-winning investigation into the content that is recommended to US voters on social media. Marianna has created undercover voters – multiple social media accounts belonging to different characters who sit across the US political divide. By tracking the content that is pushed at each of them, this investigation will cover a turbulent time for US politics with speculation over a Trump bid for the presidency and Biden facing domestic and international challenges.
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
Find out more about our award-winning "undercover voters" here: bbc.in/3lFddSF.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    America Shoots For the Moon Again: Houston, We Have Neil deGrasse Tyson

    America Shoots For the Moon Again: Houston, We Have Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Back on earth, Donald Trump’s legal troubles are mounting and the Republican presidential hopeful now faces debts of over half a billion dollars.
    We assess how the former president will try to pay off these debts and what effect it might have on his run for the White House.
    And on the evening that the US returned to the moon, Neil deGrasse Tyson - one of America’s most famous astrophysicists - talks to us about why commercial space ventures are in fashion and why people are struggling to know where to get their facts.
    HOSTS:
    • Sarah Smith, North America editor
    • Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    • Marianna Spring, disinformation and social media correspondent
    • 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
    Find out more about our award-winning “undercover voters” here: bbc.in/3lFddSF.
    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 George Dabby with Rufus Gray, Catherine Fusillo, and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The series producer is George Dabby. The senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

    • 45 min
    Putin Says Vote For Joe!

    Putin Says Vote For Joe!

    Love is in the air…or is it? Vladimir Putin expressed his preference for the next American president on Valentine’s Day - but critics suspect there might be more to his endorsement than meets the eye. His comments come in the wake of Donald Trump’s disparaging declaration against NATO and that Russia should “do whatever the hell they want” to countries that don't pay up.
    And after our emergency episode on Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents, we respond to your questions about how, if at all, President Biden could be removed from office.
    HOSTS:
    • Sarah Smith, North America editor
    • Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    • Marianna Spring, disinformation and social media correspondent
    • 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
    Find out more about our award-winning “undercover voters” here: bbc.in/3lFddSF.
    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 George Dabby with Rufus Gray, Catherine Fusillo, and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Philip Bull. The series producer is George Dabby. The senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

    • 40 min
    The Global Story: Could Taylor Swift swing the US election?

    The Global Story: Could Taylor Swift swing the US election?

    Our colleagues on The Global Story made this episode on a subject we know is close to many Americaster's hearts. So we thought we'd put it in your feeds.
    It's presented by Europe editor Katya Adler. To look at Taylor Swift's potential political sway, she's joined by North America business correspondent Erin Delmore.
    Subscribe to The Global Story by searching for The Global Story on BBC Sounds.
    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 podcast was made by Alice Aylett Roberts, Richard Moran and Emilia Jansson. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Sergi Forcada Freixas and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

    • 26 min
    ‘An Elderly Man with Poor Memory’: Biden’s Age Old Problem

    ‘An Elderly Man with Poor Memory’: Biden’s Age Old Problem

    A bombshell report from Special Counsel Robert Hur has raised serious questions about President Joe Biden's memory, which the White House has been quick to rebuff.
    The report criticised the president for retaining classified information but rejected prosecution, arguing that Biden would likely present himself at trial as "a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory".
    Americast dissects the details of this breaking story with Sarah Baxter, Director of the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting and a former US correspondent.
    And as Tucker Carlson becomes the first Western journalist to sit down one-on-one with Vladimir Putin since the invasion of Ukraine, Justin and Anthony give their instant reaction to the interview as it drops.
    HOSTS:
    • Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    • Anthony Zurcher, North America correspondent
    GUEST:
    • Sarah Baxter, Director of Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting in New York
    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 George Dabby, Rufus Gray, Catherine Fusillo, and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Dafydd Evans. The series producer is George Dabby. The senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

    • 31 min
    America looks set for Trump v Biden

    America looks set for Trump v Biden

    The Americast team pore over the New Hampshire results after an evening in which Donald Trump looks to have the Republican nomination all but sewn up. Nikki Haley says she's a fighter and that the race "is far from over" but is there really a route back from here?
    Earlier in the evening, Sarah caught up with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who told us why he thought Trump’s various indictments have helped him in the polls so far.
    And, Ron DeSantis officially suspended his campaign before the New Hampshire primary. What next for him? We answer your questions about the Florida governor.
    HOSTS:
    • Sarah Smith, North America editor
    • Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    • Marianna Spring, disinformation and social media correspondent
    • Anthony Zurcher, North America correspondent
    GUEST:
    • Sean Spicer, Former White House Press Secretary under Donald Trump
    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. Find out more about our award-winning “undercover voters” here: bbc.in/3lFddSF.
    This episode was made by George Dabby with Catherine Fusillo, Madeleine Drury and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Philip Bull. The series producer is George Dabby. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 44 min
    Christiane Amanpour on Biden's Iran Dilemma

    Christiane Amanpour on Biden's Iran Dilemma

    The world waits to see how the United States will retaliate to a drone strike that killed three American troops in Jordan, after an Iran-backed militia group claimed responsibility for the attack.
    Christiane Amanpour, the Iranian-British Chief International Anchor for CNN, is our star guest this week. We hear why Joe Biden now walks a tightrope between avoiding escalation in the Middle East, and projecting strength at home - all while Donald Trump looks on from the campaign trail.
    Also on the podcast, Marianna tells us about her new BBC Radio 4 podcast series called 'Why Do You Hate Me?'
    She’s been speaking to a survivor of the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in American history, who ended up believing online conspiracy theories that the entire event was a government plot.
    HOSTS:
    • Sarah Smith, North America editor
    • Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    • Marianna Spring, disinformation and social media correspondent
    • Anthony Zurcher, North America correspondent
    GUEST:
    Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Anchor for CNN
    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
    Find out more about our award-winning “undercover voters” here: bbc.in/3lFddSF.
    US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155
    Listen to 'Why Do You Hate Me?' on BBC Sounds: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/p0h46gmn
    This episode was made by George Dabby with Catherine Fusillo, Rufus Gray, and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The series producer is George Dabby. The senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Top Podcasts In Government

Radio4
Crooked Media
Radio4
Udenrigsministeriet
Væksthus For Ledelse
BBC World Service

You Might Also Like

Global
BBC News
Global
Goalhanger Podcasts
Goalhanger Podcasts
BBC Radio 4

More by BBC

BBC World Service
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC World Service
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4