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Join old pals and BBC journalists Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel for the latest gossip from the campaign trail of the 2020 US presidential election race.

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Join old pals and BBC journalists Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel for the latest gossip from the campaign trail of the 2020 US presidential election race.

    Kamala Harris makes history

    Kamala Harris makes history

    After months of speculation, Joe Biden has chosen California Senator Kamala Harris as his pick for VP. The Americast team assembles for an emergency episode, and Mayor of San Francisco and friend of Harris, London Breed, tells us why she thinks Biden made the right pick.

    Studio director: Emma Crowe
    Producers: Harriet Noble and Morgan Gisholt Minard
    Editor: Dino Sofos

    • 24 min
    You’ve Got Mail

    You’ve Got Mail

    With 90 days to go until the election, how will Americans cast their ballots in the middle of a pandemic? We hear from ProPublica’s Jessica Huseman on why postal-voting is proving to be a controversial topic. And Jon and Anthony speak to Cassie Smedile, Deputy Communications Director for the Republican National Committee, about what message Donald Trump does want to send.

    Studio Manager: Emma Crowe
    Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena, Harriet Noble
    Editor: Dino Sofos

    • 36 min
    Demon Sperm

    Demon Sperm

    President Trump is again backing hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug with no proven effectiveness against Covid-19, but with the backing of a quack doctor who believes that women have sex with demons in their dreams. We also discuss why the Senate race is so fascinating this year, and how baseball is a microcosm of America.

    Studio director: Emma Crowe
    Producer: Harriet Noble
    Editor: Dino Sofos

    • 32 min
    Donald & Ghislaine

    Donald & Ghislaine

    Why did the president "wish her well"?

    President Trump restarted his coronavirus briefings and almost stuck to the script, apart from a rather surprising comment about Ghislaine Maxwell. And why federal agents are on the streets of Portland, and could soon be in Chicago. Also, why does the health of Ruth Bader Ginsburg matter to the election?

    Studio Director: Emma Crowe
    Producer: Harriet Noble
    Editor: Dino Sofos

    • 33 min
    Veepstakes

    Veepstakes

    It’s Joe Biden’s most important decision of the campaign: who will he pick as his potential vice president? We know it’s going to be a woman, we know he’ll announce soon, and we know some of the names in the frame. Emily, Jon and Anthony assess the people who could soon be a heartbeat away from the vice presidency, and talk to former Health Secretary and VP contender Kathleen Sebelius about the arduous vetting process.

    Studio Director: Emma Crowe
    Producer: Harriet Noble
    Editor: Dino Sofos

    • 35 min
    How Trump can win

    How Trump can win

    Trailing in the polls and with coronavirus cases topping three million, Donald Trump’s chances of re-election don’t look great at the moment. But with four months to go, we're joined by Steve Cortes from America First, a key figure in his re-election campaign. Plus could it be a case of “Yes We Kanye” in 2020?

    Studio Director: Emma Crowe
    Producer: Harriet Noble
    Editor: Dino Sofos

    • 37 min

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