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Checks and Balance unlocks American politics by taking a big theme each week and digging into the data, the ideas, and the history shaping the country.
Join John Prideaux, Charlotte Howard, Idrees Kahloon and Jon Fasman as they talk to politicians, pollsters, academics and people across the country about the great experiment of American democracy.
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Checks and Balance unlocks American politics by taking a big theme each week and digging into the data, the ideas, and the history shaping the country.
Join John Prideaux, Charlotte Howard, Idrees Kahloon and Jon Fasman as they talk to politicians, pollsters, academics and people across the country about the great experiment of American democracy.
For more from Checks and Balance, sign up at https://www.economist.com/newsletters/checks-and-balance to receive our weekly newsletter.

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    Checks and Balance: From our archive—beef encounter

    Checks and Balance: From our archive—beef encounter

    At Thanksgiving Americans express gratitude for family, the harvest… and a big, juicy turkey.  Americans consume the most meat per person, but that's not good for the planet. In an episode first released in November 2021, we ask: could they cut back?
     
    The Economist’s Jon Fasman and his sons prepare the Thanksgiving turkey. We go back to a nationwide contest to find the perfect chicken. And Caroline Bushnell from The Good Food Institute discusses how to wean Americans off meat.  
     
    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard.
    You can now find every episode of Checks and Balance in one place and sign up to our weekly newsletter. For full access to print, digital and audio editions, as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at economist.com/uspod.

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    • 40 min
    Checks and Balance: Trump's back

    Checks and Balance: Trump's back

    As Donald Trump launches a third White House run, we report on the view from Mar-a-Lago and the rise of Ron DeSantis. Are attempted presidential comebacks ever a good idea? And how will a fractured Republican Party navigate the long road to 2024?
    The Economist’s Alexandra Suich Bass dissects Mr Trump’s announcement speech. We revisit Herbert Hoover’s hopes for a return to Pennsylvania Avenue. And Russell Vought of the Center for Renewing America explains why he’s backing Mr Trump. 
     
    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Idrees Kahloon. 
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    • 42 min
    Checks and Balance: Red faces

    Checks and Balance: Red faces

    Republicans should have done better. With high inflation and an unpopular president, the stage was set for them to easily take back both chambers of Congress. Instead they look on track to barely capture the House, and the Senate is most likely to stay blue. It was a bad result for Donald Trump, whose handpicked election-denying candidates underperformed horribly. What do the midterm election results mean for America? 
    The Economist’s Elliott Morris assesses how our election model did. We check in, one last time, on the races in Pennsylvania. And The Economist’s James Bennet explains why he thinks Joe Biden shouldn’t seek another term.
    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Idrees Kahloon.
    You can now find every episode of Checks and Balance in one place and sign up to our weekly newsletter. For full access to print, digital and audio editions, as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at economist.com/uspod.

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    • 45 min
    Checks and Balance: End of midterm

    Checks and Balance: End of midterm

    The big guns are out.  Donald Trump has three rallies planned before election day.  Barack Obama has popped up in several battleground states. The former presidents will, separately, converge on Pennsylvania at the weekend, where Obama will be joined by a lesser-spotted figure on the trail: President Biden. What’s at stake in these midterm elections?
    The Economist’s Elliott Morris assesses what pundits have got wrong about the campaign.  We consider why Democratic warnings about the future of democracy aren’t cutting through.  And the Republican Governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin summarises his party’s closing arguments.  
    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Idrees Kahloon. 
    On Thursday November 10th subscribers can join the Checks and Balance team for a live Q&A discussion about the midterm results. Sign up now at economist.com/checksevent.  
    You can now find every episode of Checks and Balance in one place and sign up to our weekly newsletter. For full access to print, digital and audio editions, as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at economist.com/uspod.

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    • 43 min
    Checks and Balance: Donkey years

    Checks and Balance: Donkey years

    For two years Democrats have held the Holy Grail – control of the presidency and both chambers of Congress. The midterms will, most likely, put an end to that. Divided government is going to make Joe Biden’s agenda much harder to pass: what will the legacy of his first two years in power be?  
    The Economist’s Henry Curr takes us through “Bidenomics”. We go back to the last time Democrats had a government trifecta. And The Economist’s Stevie Hertz speaks to voters who have been helped by the Biden administration, but may not realise it. 
    Charlotte Howard hosts with Idrees Kahloon and Jon Fasman.
    You can now find every episode of Checks and Balance in one place and sign up to our weekly newsletter. For full access to print, digital and audio editions, as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at economist.com/uspod. 


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    • 41 min
    Checks and Balance: Bordering on chaos

    Checks and Balance: Bordering on chaos

    So far this year officials at the southern border have encountered over two million people trying to enter America. The actual number crossing is likely to be much higher. Two thousand miles north, New York’s mayor has declared a state of emergency. 20,000 migrants have arrived in the city, bused there by politicians further south. Is there a solution to this intractable problem? And will immigration lose Democrats votes in the midterms?
    The Economist’s Alexandra Suich Bass assesses the problems at the border.  We go back to a surprisingly pro-immigration president. And The Economist’s Jon Fasman speaks to asylum-seekers in New York.
    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Idrees Kahloon.
    On Thursday October 27th subscribers can join the Checks and Balance team for a live Q&A discussion about the midterms. We’ll be exploring the most heated races, considering what their outcomes might mean for America and answering your questions. Sign up now at economist.com/checkswebinar.  
    You can now find every episode of Checks and Balance in one place and sign up to our weekly newsletter. For full access to print, digital and audio editions, as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at economist.com/uspod.

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
298 Ratings

298 Ratings

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My co-favourite podcast

Smart, thoughtful people discussing important stuff. And, characteristic of The Economist, well-researched. As with The Axe Files, I never miss an episode. (Review prompted by this week’s episode: I too want to see Charlotte doing that Tik-Tok dance.)

iammyfather ,

Unmissable podcast

Like Alistair Cookes Letter from America, this show has become an unmissable weekly habit for insight into our cousins over the Atlantic

Snape Curlew ,

No background music please

The Critical Race trio of episodes is a great idea but the first one was spoiled by really annoying canned music in the background. The content is strong enough on its own without this annoying distraction.

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