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The next chapter in American politics has begun, but is it going to be any less crazy? The Spectator's Americano podcast delivers in-depth discussions with the best American pundits to keep you in the loop. Presented by Freddy Gray.

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The next chapter in American politics has begun, but is it going to be any less crazy? The Spectator's Americano podcast delivers in-depth discussions with the best American pundits to keep you in the loop. Presented by Freddy Gray.

    What Trump’s ‘hush money’ trial tells us about the American legal system

    What Trump’s ‘hush money’ trial tells us about the American legal system

    Freddy Gray is joined Alan Dershowitz, American lawyer and author of Get Trump: the threat to civil liberties, due process, and our constitutional rule of law. They discuss Trump’s ‘hush money’ trial, what it means for the election and what it tells us about the flaws in the American legal system. 

    • 21 min
    Is the criticism of Biden's Middle East policy fair?

    Is the criticism of Biden's Middle East policy fair?

    Freddy speaks to the diplomat and author Dennis B Ross, who worked under presidents George H W Bush and Bill Clinton. He was a special advisor on the Persian Gulf. They discuss the escalation of tensions in the Middle East and the flack that Joe Biden has come under for his response. Can the US still claim to be able to shape events in the Middle East? And what comes next? 

    • 28 min
    Will abortion decide the 2024 election?

    Will abortion decide the 2024 election?

    This week, the Arizona Supreme Court reinstated a law from 1864 that bans nearly all abortions in the state. But where do Trump and Biden stand on abortion, and will it be a deciding factor in the 2024 election? 

    Freddy's joined by Inez Stepman, Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and Daniel McCarthy, Editor of Modern Age Journal. 

    Produced by Megan McElroy. 

    • 33 min
    Why did Mike Johnson snub David Cameron?

    Why did Mike Johnson snub David Cameron?

    Today Freddy is joined by Sarah Elliott, senior advisor for the US-UK special relationship unit at the Legatum Institute. They discuss Lord Cameron's visit to America this week and the news that speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson snubbed a meeting with the foreign secretary. Is the special relationship still special? 

    • 24 min
    What's Biden's strategy in the Middle East?

    What's Biden's strategy in the Middle East?

    Suspected Israeli air strikes were launched on targets in Syria this week and Israel's war in Gaza has entered its seventh month. Americano regular Jacob Heilbrunn joins Freddy to discuss what an escalating situation in the Middle East could mean for Joe Biden. What's the Democrats' strategy? And how could this impact the 2024 election?

    Produced by Natasha Feroze and Patrick Gibbons. 

    • 23 min
    Have pollsters been overstating Trump's lead?

    Have pollsters been overstating Trump's lead?

    Freddy speaks to pollster Cliff Young about Biden's recent gains. 

    Is Florida becoming more of a swing state again? Does Robert F. Kennedy Jr. take more votes away from Biden or Trump? And how much pressure do pollsters feel to get things right?

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
421 Ratings

421 Ratings

Stuarte ,

Listening to Freddy Gray is a spiritual challenge

Virtually all Spectator podcasters have earned my respect and even affection. Even knowing or guessing their personal political preferences, I still find them thorough, professional and balanced. Their delivery is exemplary.

Unfortunately I can’t say the same of Freddy Gray.

With the exception of some guests such as Jacob Heilbrunn, Mr Gray’s interlocutors tend to be conservative contrarians with whom he can nod along and smugly add “and of course …”.

I listen to Americano regularly to get different perspectives from the guests, while doing my best to disregard Mr Gray’s snide comments, sneering tone and ponderous delivery.

CHT Bedham ,

Insightful, informed questioning and commentary by Freddy Gray and guests

Excellent and nicely delivered content by Freddie Gray. No ego, no showboating. Bright, articulate, engaging, has been my preferred source of US political commentary for many years.

roguewriter46 ,

The best political podcast out there

Freddy grey has the miot erudite, interesting and thought-provoking guests anywhere in the podcast universe. Often learned, their research and input to the debate should be heard so much more widely and in fact shows up mainstream current affaires coverage to be so poor it is desperately depressing.

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