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Join old pals Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel for all the latest gossip from American politics.

Americast BBC Radio

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    • 4.5 • 2.1K Ratings

Join old pals Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel for all the latest gossip from American politics.

    Thanks Americasters

    Thanks Americasters

    A message to Americasters from the Zurch.

    • 1 min
    Vlad's army

    Vlad's army

    Biden imposes sanctions on Russia over “beginning of invasion”…
    Former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul joins Emily, Jon and Anthony to discuss whether President Biden could have done anything differently.
    And… former homeland security aide to Donald Trump, Miles Taylor explains why he isn’t surprised classified information was found at the former president's home in Mar-a-Lago. He also addresses the claims that Trump clogged up the White House toilets with flushed paper…
    Americast is made by Estelle Doyle and Phil Marzouk. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall. The studio director is Emma Crowe

    • 44 min
    A New York?

    A New York?

    Prince Andrew has settled the civil sex assault case brought against him in the US by Virginia Giuffre. He’s agreed to make a substantial donation to her charity in support of victims’ rights.

    Randy Zelin, a New York attorney, joins Emily, Jon and Anthony to discuss what we know and what we will probably never know about the deal.

    Americast was made by Alison Gee and Phil Marzouk. The technical director is Emma Crowe and the editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

    • 26 min
    Party in the USA

    Party in the USA

    The American media’s been full of stories about Boris Johnson – so why is the US fascinated with the British prime minister? Mark Landler from the New York Times says there are plenty of similarities with Donald Trump, but also some significant differences.

    Mike Pence has made it very clear he disagrees with his former boss: “President Trump is wrong,” he said. “I had no right to overturn the election.” Olivia Troye, who was the vice-president’s homeland security adviser, thinks he’s paving the way to run for president in 2024.

    With thanks to Opinion Video at The New York Times for permission to use their Jonathan Pie video.

    Americast was made by Alison Gee and Phil Marzouk. The technical director is Emma Crowe and the editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

    • 40 min
    What the Truck?

    What the Truck?

    As Canadian truckers protest over vaccine regulations, Emily, Jon and Anthony take a look at what it means for the US and whether demonstrations could spread there too.

    Also, CNN journalists Marshall Cohen and Zachary Cohen talk us through their investigation into the “fake electors” scheme that tried to overturn the 2020 presidential election result. The January 6 committee has now subpoenaed 14 people in connection with it.

    And now that Supreme Court Judge Stephen Breyer has announced he’s retiring, President Biden is expected to nominate the first black woman to the court. The Americast team hear why Senator Ted Cruz says he finds this “offensive”.

    Americast is made by Estelle Doyle and Phil Marzouk. The assistant editor is Alison Gee and the editor is Jonathan Aspinwall. The studio director is Emma Crowe.

    • 43 min
    Crimea river

    Crimea river

    As the Ukraine crisis escalates, we hear why Kyiv is so important to Moscow.

    Retired Lt Col Alexander Vindman, who testified before Congress about the Trump-Ukraine scandal, explains why he thinks Biden has a much better understanding of Putin than Trump ever had.

    Also, the hot mic moment that caught Biden off guard, Anthony tries to take over the podcast with a filibuster, and we answer an A-level student’s question about Mike Pence and a steaming pile of horse poo.

    Americast is made by Estelle Doyle and Phil Marzouk. The assistant editor is Alison Gee and the editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

Roziejo ,

Not angry, just disappointed

Since I discovered this podcast about a year ago, it has been the first listen of the day, along with ‘Newscast’ : along with my starting to understand more about some of the decisions made in the US, it has been consistently entertaining and informative. But now Maitless and Sopes have decided to break up a winning team and jump ship. I have very much enjoyed your banter and will miss you. However I remain faithful to Americast and look forward to its rising from the ashes 😊

hkilloran ,

Great podcast!

Great podcast and the presenter's friendship and knowledge make for enjoyable listening. They're all impressive journalists and make keeping up with US Politics really accessible and fun. Thank you to everyone involved in this podcast and please keep the content coming.

bu36xxf ,

Brilliant!

Lighthearted yet highly informative. Best news podcast by far (well, ties for first place with Newscast). No adverts!

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