28 episodes

Divided States is the American politics podcast from Sky News looking at all the issues that divide the most powerful country on the planet.

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    • 4.3 • 47 Ratings

Divided States is the American politics podcast from Sky News looking at all the issues that divide the most powerful country on the planet.

    Wildfires and wild science

    Wildfires and wild science

    As wildfires burn across the West Coast, climate change has finally become an election issue. Donald Trump and Joe Biden disagree on even the most basic of facts – with Trump saying this week “I don’t think science knows”.

    Cordelia Lynch and Emily Purser Brown discuss how the issue could move votes in this cluttered election.

    We also dig into Biden’s challenge with Hispanic voters in Florida, a key swing state, in conversation with Democrat Sean Shaw who’s in Tampa.

    • 33 min
    The race for the White House tightens

    The race for the White House tightens

    With just eight weeks until the presidential election, we’re back with a new season.

    Cordelia Lynch and Emily Purser Brown discuss the state of the race as we enter the final, intense period of the campaign, and why the polls have been narrowing in the past few weeks.

    Plus they consider if President Trump’s messaging about law and order is working in critical swing states.

    This week, they’re joined by Neil Levesque, the director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

    • 38 min
    Introducing...Polonium & the Piano Player

    Introducing...Polonium & the Piano Player

    Two Russians agents release a miniature nuclear weapon in a 5-star London hotel. But former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko is not the only victim?
    For the full series, search 'Polonium & the Piano Player.'
    From Sky News StoryCast.

    • 2 min
    Good trouble, bad trouble, election trouble

    Good trouble, bad trouble, election trouble

    It’s just under 100 days until the election – although Donald Trump might like it to be longer. This week he floated the idea of delaying the vote, a power he does not have.

    Cordelia Lynch and Emily Purser Brown decipher what the President actually means, and the message he’s trying to send to his supporters about the legitimacy of the election.

    It prompted President Obama to get political as he delivered the eulogy at Congressman John Lewis’ funeral - a sober, touching tribute to a life well-lived.

    We’ll be back after a break for the summer – join us for Season 3 in September.

    • 24 min
    Person. Woman. Man. President.

    Person. Woman. Man. President.

    Donald Trump is cognitively brilliant - at least that’s what he says. It’s been an interesting week at the White House, as the president grapples with coronavirus cases soaring, and his election poll numbers going in the opposite direction.

    Cordelia Lynch and Emily Purser Brown are in Florida, at the heart of America’s COVID crisis. They talk through Trump’s change in strategy this week, and his challenge getting the pandemic under control as the summer wears on.

    Plus, they have the tragic story of a woman who lost two of her children to COVID - who has a warning for other young people.

    • 19 min
    On-the-ground in America’s COVID surge

    On-the-ground in America’s COVID surge

    This week our team are in Texas, Florida and California as the number of coronavirus cases dramatically rises in the United States, even as states re-open.

    Cordelia Lynch is joined by Special Correspondent Alex Crawford, who has been inside the ICU of a hospital in Houston, Texas talking to doctors about the new ways they are treating the virus, and the worsening situation in America's second most populous state.

    Greg Milam is in Los Angeles, California where beaches have been shut to avoid continued spread.

    And Emily Purser Brown and Cordelia have been in Miami, Florida - a state that where the governor had declared victory against the virus, and where now they are dealing with a serious crisis.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Embryonicboy ,

Essential listen

Superb podcast. Insightful, to the point and well reported. Really is one of my essential listens each week.

sarah e t ,

Fav podcast

Brilliant podcast and super insightful. Wish it were more frequent though.

bioseb ,

Gripping stuff!

Loved the informed (and informative) conversational style. Had to stop myself trying to join in.

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