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Host Leon Neyfakh transports listeners into the day-to-day reality of our country’s most pivotal historical events, bringing to life the forgotten twists and turns of the past while shedding light on the present. Fiasco season 1 takes listeners to the contested 2000 election between Al Gore and George W. Bush, and the extraordinary legal battle that unfolded in Florida. Fiasco is a Luminary original. To hear other seasons, go to luminarypodcasts.com. 

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    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

Host Leon Neyfakh transports listeners into the day-to-day reality of our country’s most pivotal historical events, bringing to life the forgotten twists and turns of the past while shedding light on the present. Fiasco season 1 takes listeners to the contested 2000 election between Al Gore and George W. Bush, and the extraordinary legal battle that unfolded in Florida. Fiasco is a Luminary original. To hear other seasons, go to luminarypodcasts.com. 

    Ep 6: No Precedent

    Ep 6: No Precedent

    How the 2000 presidential election was distilled and decided in a case called Bush v. Gore.
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    • 57 min
    Ep 5: Contingencies

    Ep 5: Contingencies

    How Democrats and Republicans hoped for the best and planned for the worst as the Florida recount remained undecided weeks after election day.
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    • 51 min
    Ep 4: Spin-Off

    Ep 4: Spin-Off

    How public relations battles in the Florida recount yielded big legal wins for the Bush team.
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    • 58 min
    Ep 3: Ballot With Butterfly Wings

    Ep 3: Ballot With Butterfly Wings

    What happened in Palm Beach County when a bitterly-contested national election came to town – and who paid the price.
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    • 1 hr
    Ep 2: Real Numbers

    Ep 2: Real Numbers

    We go behind the scenes of election night 2000, when an ad hoc network of statisticians, news producers, TV anchors, and political operatives tried to figure out what the hell was going in Florida -- and failed spectacularly.
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    • 54 min
    Ep 1: Homestead

    Ep 1: Homestead

    How the largely forgotten race between Al Gore and George W. Bush roiled Florida long before anyone had ever heard of a hanging chad.  
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Helly UK ,

Fascinating

Well told, interesting podcast

TJBennyBoy1994 ,

Immersive listen

Even listening to this podcast now, I somehow give myself hope that the election will turn out differently.

Leon does a great job of diving into the details of the Florida recount and recreating the tension of those 36 days.

My only criticism would be that a larger macro view of the race would be interesting, as I still struggle to understand how this election was close given the fundamentals of the race being in Gore’s favour (the economy, peace, etc.). There is a lot of debate around whether Gore should have distanced himself quite so much from Clinton, given that despite impeachment he still had high favourability.

Mouthful of rotting crockery ,

Sloooooow start

Disappointingly it heads straight for the weeds. The Gonzalez kid and some planned airbase. Sure, they may have influenced Florida voters but it’s not worth 45 minutes of airtime imo. Also, start with the drama. Start with election night and the bitter fight. Pull me in. Then explain all the pieces of the puzzle.

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