98 episodes

The Economist unlocks American politics, tackling a new theme each week and digging into the data, ideas, and history shaping the country at this dramatic moment.

John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman.

Correspondents from across the US and the rest of the world plus expert guests - politicians, pollsters, professors - join the in-depth reporting and discussion every Friday.

Checks and Balance from The Economist The Economist

    • News
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

The Economist unlocks American politics, tackling a new theme each week and digging into the data, ideas, and history shaping the country at this dramatic moment.

John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman.

Correspondents from across the US and the rest of the world plus expert guests - politicians, pollsters, professors - join the in-depth reporting and discussion every Friday.

    Checks and Balance: Courting controversy

    Checks and Balance: Courting controversy

    The Supreme Court looks poised to place dramatic limits on abortion rights. Liberals worry this signals a conservative takeover of the nation’s laws, but the justices deny that they are politicians in robes. How is the Supreme Court reshaping America?


    The Economist’s Steve Mazie explains what another case on the docket reveals about the court’s conservative wing. We go back to a surprising ruling on gay rights. And former Trump official Sarah Isgur tells us what the right thinks of the court.


    Jon Fasman presents with Charlotte Howard. 


    We would love to hear from you—please take a moment to complete our listener survey at economist.com/USpodsurvey 


    For full access to print, digital and audio editions as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at economist.com/uspod
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 42 min
    Checks and Balance: Beef encounter

    Checks and Balance: 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. 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 and Jon Fasman.
     
    We would love to hear from you—please take a moment to complete our listener survey at economist.com/uspodsurvey 


    For full access to print, digital and audio editions as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at economist.com/uspod
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 39 min
    Checks and Balance: America on trial

    Checks and Balance: America on trial

    The bare facts of the Kyle Rittenhouse case are not disputed. In August 2020 he shot dead two people, and injured a third, during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. But to the right the teenager is an American hero and to the left he’s a reckless vigilante. What does the case tell us about gun culture and race in America? 


    We hear how the media on the left and right told the Rittenhouse story and go back to the origins of a notorious self-defence law. The Economist’s Daniel Knowles explains why guns divide America.


    John Prideaux hosts with Jon Fasman and Charlotte Howard.


    For full access to print, digital and audio editions as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at economist.com/USpod
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 40 min
    Checks and Balance: Wall or nothing

    Checks and Balance: Wall or nothing

    America has reopened its borders to vaccinated travellers, 20 months after they were shut. In that time attempts to cross illegally into the US from the south have soared. Joe Biden promised to undo his predecessor’s immigration policies, but on the ground it appears nothing much has changed. What is happening at America’s border with Mexico?  


    The Economist’s Alexandra Suich Bass reports from Arizona. We go back to when a Democratic president talked tough on immigration. And migrant rights activist Gia Del Pino tells us about the families stuck in limbo.  
     
    John Prideaux hosts with Jon Fasman and Charlotte Howard.


    For full access to print, digital and audio editions as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at economist.com/USpod
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 41 min
    Checks and Balance: Right mind

    Checks and Balance: Right mind

    Normally a political party goes through a reckoning after a defeat. But, a year later, there’s been no post-mortem of the 2020 election for Republicans. Instead the GOP remains loyal to the man who many refuse to accept lost the presidency. What does the Republican party stand for beyond Trumpism?


    Jon Fasman reports from a gathering of social conservatives. We find out how a radical anti-capitalist philosopher is inspiring the modern GOP. And pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson explains what drives rank and file Republicans to the polls.  


    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard.


    For full access to print, digital and audio editions as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at economist.com/USpod
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 41 min
    Checks and Balance: Left behind

    Checks and Balance: Left behind

    The race to be Virginia’s next governor should be an easy win for the Democratic Party, so how did it get this tight? Democrats in Washington are struggling to pass a budget bill and fighting among themselves, the president’s approval ratings are in the doldrums and demographic trends are setting the party up for long-term weakness. Is this as good as it gets for the Democrats?

    Jon Fasman reports from an election rally in Virginia. We go back to a time when civil rights tore the party apart. And The Economist’s Elliot Morris explains why the future looks grim for Democrats at the polls.


    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard.


    For full access to print, digital and audio editions as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at economist.com/USpod
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

doc rohit ,

So Professional !

Cannot Survive without The Economist . Best news podcast

Top Podcasts In News

You Might Also Like

More by The Economist