Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the latest in politics, tracking the issues and "game-changers" every week.
Don't Pay Attention To That Outlier Poll You Saw
The crew discusses what's in the "Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act" and why Senate Democrats have taken it up despite unmoving opposition. They also ask whether a new poll showing Biden's approval rating at just 33 percent deserves all the attention it's been getting.
How Likely Is Another Civil War?
In the wake of the January 6th attack on the Capitol, academics and journalists have increasingly taken the possibility of future political violence in America seriously. In her new book “How Civil Wars Start And How To Stop Them,” Barbara F Walter writes “we are now closer to civil war than any of us would like to believe.” It’s a bold suggestion, and in this installment of the podcast we interrogate it.
How The 2022 Midterms Might Play Out
The crew discusses what the political environment is likely to look like in 2022 based on history and current indicators. They also debate the meaning of a recent poll from Axios that suggests Americans are exhausted.
Why Jan. 6th Was Not A Turning Point
In the immediate aftermath of the Jan. 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, it appeared that Republican leaders might be ready to break ties with then-President Trump once and for all. A year later, Trump still appears to be the de facto leader of the party. The crew discusses why the country responded to the attacks the way it did and how healthy American democracy is today.
What Americans Thought About COVID, Inflation And Britney Spears In 2021
The crew looks back at what Americans thought about some of the biggest political and cultural issues of 2021. They play a game of "Guess What Americans Think," in which the panelists have to guess Americans' opinions on a wide variety of topics, including Elon Musk, inflation and Britney Spears.
Why Manchin Is A 'No' On Build Back Better
President Biden’s $2 trillion social spending and climate change agenda is in its most tenuous position yet after West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he will not support the Build Back Better Plan. The crew discusses Manchin’s rationale and where Democrats might go from here. They also look back at 2021, try to pinpoint the most consequential political events of the year and discuss how their understanding of American politics was challenged.
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This is very good, from the perspective of a middle-aged college-educated white English male living in Rome, Italy. I like the sense of intelligent informed people trying to think. One small grumble - it would be great if Mr Silver could resist using ‘like’ and ‘you now’ quite so often. Just pause -
silence is fine.
Many thanks, MS
This podcast was a particular favourite of mine but I’ve only listened to it a couple of times since Clare Malone stopped contributing and it’s gone downhill. Why is Clare no longer in the team? She gave the best analyses and her comments were spot on. Bring her back please because I’m not going to listen anymore until you do!
This used to be one of my go to political podcast, and last week they fired the best part of it, Clare Malone, she was incredible and the voice of reason. This killed the podcast. Not listening anymore.