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From Politicon 2019 in Nashville — exclusive interviews and conversations you won't hear anywhere else. Politicon is the Unconventional Political Convention.

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From Politicon 2019 in Nashville — exclusive interviews and conversations you won't hear anywhere else. Politicon is the Unconventional Political Convention.

    Clare Malone From FiveThirtyEight

    Clare Malone From FiveThirtyEight

    Clay is Joined by Clare Malone of FiveThirtyEight to go over the polling with only one week left in the race. Millions of ballots have already been cast and Biden appears to be ahead, but are the polls really any more accurate than they were in 2016? It already looks like an election season unlike any other! Listen and find out what to expect on November 3rd...

    Moderator:
    Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.

    Panelist:

    Clare Malone is a senior politics writer at FiveThirtyEight, where she writes about electoral politics, class, and race in America and appears on the site's weekly podcast. Her writing has appeared in New York Magazine, Harper's, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Prior she worked for The New Yorker and The American Prospect. 

     
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Swing States: Kate Kenski & Chris Cooper

    Swing States: Kate Kenski & Chris Cooper

    Clay is joined by Kate Kenski and Chris Cooper, experts on electoral politics in swing states Arizona and North Carolina, to discuss the state of the races, the changing political dynamics over the last few cycles, and what we can expect on election day. It might surprise you!

    Moderator:
    Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.

    Panelist:

    Kate Kenski is Professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Communication with a joint appointment in Government & Public Policy where she teaches political communication, public opinion, and research methods. Prior to teaching at the University of Arizona, she was a senior analyst at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She is co-author of The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Message Shaped the 2008 Election (2010, Oxford University Press) and Capturing Campaign Dynamics: The National Annenberg Election Survey (2004, Oxford University Press). 

    Chris Cooper is Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor and Department Head in The Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University. He has published widely on North Carolina politics, southern politics, and electoral politics in the United States.
     
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Jessica Taylor From The Cook Report On The Senate Races

    Jessica Taylor From The Cook Report On The Senate Races

    Clay is joined by Jessica Taylor, the Cook Report’s expert on Senate and Governor’s races to take a deep dive into 2020’s toss-ups, the methodology behind their calls, and how things look in the battleground states. Key takeaway: it doesn’t look good for Lindsay Graham...but when the news cycle moves this fast, anything can happen!

    Moderator:
    Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.

    Panelist:
    Jessica Taylor is the Senate and Governors Editor for The Cook Political Report (founded in 1984) that provides in-depth analysis of presidential, U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial races. The New York Times has called The Cook Political Report, "a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative." Previously, Taylor was a political reporter for National Public Radio for five years, where she covered elections and breaking news, ranging from the White House to both chambers of Congress and statewide elections, as well as the contributing author to the 2020 edition of The Almanac of American Politics.

    Taylor’s quotes and analysis appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications and she has reported on politics for several prestigious outlets including the NBC News Political Unit, National Journal, Politico and The Hill, where she served as campaign editor. She has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN and CNN. 

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Tomi Lahren And Joe Biden’s Purse

    Tomi Lahren And Joe Biden’s Purse

    Clay is joined by Fox Nation’s Tomi Lahren for a vigorous conversation about the continuation of lockdowns, the state of our cities, the threat of voter fraud, and what purse best suits Joe Biden. You might be surprised where they both agree!

    Moderator:
    Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.

    Panelist:
    Tomi Lahren is FoxNews contributor and host on the digital streaming platform FoxNation. She is also the author of Never Play Dead: How the Truth Makes You Unstoppable. Tomi is the youngest political talk show host in history. Her daily signature “Final Thoughts” segments exceed 500 million views on Facebook alone, and she has a long-form interview series called “No Interruption.” Her motto is “faith, family and freedom above all.” Follow Tomi on Instagram.


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Michael Steele: 'Trump skewers himself'

    Michael Steele: 'Trump skewers himself'

    Clay is joined by former RNC Chairman Michael Steele to analyze the first Presidential Debate and discuss whether or not the candidates lived up to the expectations of their supporters. Michael rules it a win for Biden, believing that many lost faith in the President last night. Is he right? Or did Biden’s message get lost in the noise?

    Moderator:
    Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.

    Panelist:
    Michael Steele is the former RNC Chairman, and former Lt. Governor of Maryland. Michael is political analyst for MSNBC, the host of The Michael Steele Podcast, and has joined the Lincoln Project, a group of Republicans working to prevent President Donald Trump’s re-election. 

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Brian Stelter: Hoax

    Brian Stelter: Hoax

    Clay is joined by CNN’s Brian Stelter to discuss the state of journalism in 2020 and whether there’s still hope for objectivity. Is there anything to stop the networks from abandoning facts for clicks? Or are we doomed to follow the algorithms to conflict and chaos?

    Moderator:
    Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.

    Panelist:
    Brian Stelter is the chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide and anchor of Reliable Sources, which examines the world’s top media stories every Sunday. Prior to joining CNN in 2013, Stelter was a media reporter at The New York Times. His first book, the New York Times bestseller Top of the Morning, inspired the Apple TV+ drama The Morning Show, where Stelter is a consulting producer on the series. He is also the executive producer of the HBO documentary After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News. His newest book out now from One Signal/Atria Books, is entitled Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth.


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    • 1 hr 7 min

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