Every Friday, Guardian columnist and former Washington correspondent, Jonathan Freedland, invites experts to help analyse the latest in American politics. From politicians to journalists covering the White House and beyond, Jonathan and his guests give listeners behind the scenes access to how the American political machine works.
A huge week for US foreign policy: Politics Weekly America
This week, Jonathan Freedland speaks to the former US assistant secretary of state Philip Crowley about what events in Taiwan and Kabul tell us about President Biden’s foreign policy strategy
Why does an ageing Congress spell trouble for the Democrats? Politics Weekly America
Frustration is mounting about the Democrats’ elderly incumbents, as well as a growing sense that the party is so close to losing control of at least one chamber of Congress
Is Bannon on course to destroy democracy? Politics Weekly America
As the former White House chief strategist appears in court charged with contempt of Congress, Jonathan Freedland speaks to Jennifer Senior, of the Atlantic, about the man behind the conspiracy theories. Is Bannon more than just a far-right provocateur?
Why Republicans are backing a controversial former NFL star
Last week, we learned that Herschel Walker, who’s the Republican nominee for a Senate seat in Georgia, lied to his own campaign team about how many children he had. This is not his only misstep, but the longtime friend of Donald Trump continues to have the support of Georgia Republicans. Jonathan Freedland speaks to Roger Sollenberger of the Daily Beast about why Walker might prove a fatal blow for the GOP in November’s midterm elections
Migrant deaths show Biden needs to change immigration policy: Politics Weekly America
At the end of June, authorities in San Antonio, Texas, opened the back of an abandoned truck to find the bodies of more than 50 migrants inside – people who had made the journey across the southern border in extreme heat. The news led to scrutiny, from all sides, of the Biden administration’s approach to immigration, with Republicans saying it was too weak and Democrats, too harsh. Jonathan Freedland speaks to Silvia Rodriguez Vega and Pedro Gerson about the steps the US government could take to prevent further deaths at the border
Americans lose faith in the US supreme court: Politics Weekly America
The US supreme court has struck down the constitutional right to an abortion, one of several landmark decisions that will affect the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come. Jonathan Freedland and Jill Filipovic discuss whether it’s still possible for a deeply divided court of nine judges, a group that now has a 6-3 conservative majority, to keep the promise to the American people of ‘equal protection’, and what happens if it can’t
By far the best explanation of watergate by the guest on this weeks episode, brilliant stuff. Plus Jonathan is great.
5 stars & stripes
An absolute must-listen for all US politics nerds/worriers. Hosted by the G’s iconic Jonathan Freedland, who guides us through Washington’s ever-turbulent waters with keen intellect, insight and some much needed humor along the way. So glad this now has its own, much deserved, dedicated podcast. Only question is: why only weekly…?
A great listen
A wonderful insight into American politics