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The authoritative twice-weekly US news and politics podcast from BBC News, Americast investigates the social and cultural issues that define America today.
Is Joe Biden too old to win another go in the White House? What does Donald Trump’s latest criminal charge mean for the Republican campaign? And why have issues such as LGBT rights, global warming and the war effort in Ukraine become so divisive across the US political spectrum? From foreign policy to pop culture, Americast keeps you up to date and in the know about the stories that matter with on-the-ground insights from right across the US.
Americast is hosted by trusted journalists including the BBC’s North America editor Sarah Smith, North America correspondent Anthony Zurcher, presenter Justin Webb, and disinformation and social media correspondent, Marianna Spring. Joined by special guests each week such as former chief medical adviser to the president, Dr Anthony Fauci, former FBI director James Comey, CNN anchor and author Jake Tapper, Succession actress J Smith-Cameron, and Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire from podcast RedHanded, they look at America through an international lens, trying to make sense of the increasingly polarised political debate.
Each week on Americast, Marianna Spring also brings listeners the latest update on BBC Undercover Voters, the award-winning investigation into the content that is recommended to US voters on social media. Marianna has created undercover voters – multiple social media accounts belonging to different characters who sit across the US political divide. By tracking the content that is pushed at each of them, this investigation will cover a turbulent time for US politics with speculation over a Trump bid for the presidency and Biden facing domestic and international challenges.
GET IN TOUCH:
• Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB
• Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480
• Email Americast@bbc.co.uk
• Or use #Americast
Find out more about our award-winning "undercover voters" here: bbc.in/3lFddSF.

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    • Government
    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

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The authoritative twice-weekly US news and politics podcast from BBC News, Americast investigates the social and cultural issues that define America today.
Is Joe Biden too old to win another go in the White House? What does Donald Trump’s latest criminal charge mean for the Republican campaign? And why have issues such as LGBT rights, global warming and the war effort in Ukraine become so divisive across the US political spectrum? From foreign policy to pop culture, Americast keeps you up to date and in the know about the stories that matter with on-the-ground insights from right across the US.
Americast is hosted by trusted journalists including the BBC’s North America editor Sarah Smith, North America correspondent Anthony Zurcher, presenter Justin Webb, and disinformation and social media correspondent, Marianna Spring. Joined by special guests each week such as former chief medical adviser to the president, Dr Anthony Fauci, former FBI director James Comey, CNN anchor and author Jake Tapper, Succession actress J Smith-Cameron, and Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire from podcast RedHanded, they look at America through an international lens, trying to make sense of the increasingly polarised political debate.
Each week on Americast, Marianna Spring also brings listeners the latest update on BBC Undercover Voters, the award-winning investigation into the content that is recommended to US voters on social media. Marianna has created undercover voters – multiple social media accounts belonging to different characters who sit across the US political divide. By tracking the content that is pushed at each of them, this investigation will cover a turbulent time for US politics with speculation over a Trump bid for the presidency and Biden facing domestic and international challenges.
GET IN TOUCH:
• Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB
• Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480
• Email Americast@bbc.co.uk
• Or use #Americast
Find out more about our award-winning "undercover voters" here: bbc.in/3lFddSF.

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    Trump Trial Day 1... Americanswers!

    Trump Trial Day 1... Americanswers!

    In the latest edition of Americanswers, we get down to basics at the start of Donald Trump’s first criminal trial.
    Who are the jurors selected to decide Trump’s fate? Who protects them? And how are they being targeted online?
    Today’s opening statements mark the first criminal trial against a president in US history, as Trump stands accused of trying to cover up hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels before he won the 2016 election.
    HOSTS:
    • Sarah Smith, North America editor
    • Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    • Marianna Spring, disinformation and social media correspondent
    • Anthony Zurcher, North America correspondent
    GET IN TOUCH:
    • Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB
    • Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480
    • Email Americast@bbc.co.uk
    • Or use #Americast
    US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155
    This episode was made by George Dabby with Catherine Fusillo and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Gareth Jones. The series producer is George Dabby. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 32 min
    Will the US send billions to Israel and Ukraine? And Christiane Amanpour is back!

    Will the US send billions to Israel and Ukraine? And Christiane Amanpour is back!

    The president has urged Benjamin Netenyahu to “take the win” after thwarting an attack from Iran. The question now is how Israel responds, and if Joe Biden has any influence over it. Christiane Amanpour, the British/Iranian chief international anchor for CNN, joins Americast to assess what could happen next.
    In Congress there’s a vote on a pivotal deal that would provide billions of dollars for Ukraine and Israel, and introduce more sanctions for Iran. It could change the course of the conflicts but it could also cost Speaker Mike Johnson his job. We’re asking whether he can survive yet another MAGA rebellion.
    HOSTS:
    • Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    • Sarah Smith, North America editor
    • Marianna Spring, Disinformation & Social Media Correspondent
    GUEST:
    • Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Anchor for CNN
    GET IN TOUCH:
    • Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB
    • Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480
    • Email Americast@bbc.co.uk
    • Or use #Americast
    US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155
    This episode was made by Chris Flynn with Catherine Fusillo, Rufus Gray and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Dafydd Evans. The series producer is George Dabby. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 37 min
    Megyn Kelly on Trump's Trial, Abortion and TV Debates

    Megyn Kelly on Trump's Trial, Abortion and TV Debates

    Donald Trump is no stranger to Megyn Kelly. The pair had a very public fallout in 2015 after the former Fox anchor questioned his temperament in a Republican Party debate.
    These days the pair are back on speaking terms, with Trump often choosing to do longer interviews with one of America’s most recognisable broadcasters.
    And on the day he became the first ever president to face a criminal trial, Megyn Kelly joins us to give her thoughts on how much the trial could affect the outcome of November’s election, the Democrat’s strategy to beat him, and whether we might see a televised debate between the candidates.
    HOSTS:
    • Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    • Sarah Smith, North America editor
    GUEST:
    • Megyn Kelly, journalist and host of the Megyn Kelly Show podcast
    GET IN TOUCH:
    • Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB
    • Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480
    • Email Americast@bbc.co.uk
    • Or use #Americast
    US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155
    This episode was made by George Dabby with Catherine Fusillo, Claire Betzer and Natasha Mayo. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The series producer is George Dabby. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 40 min
    Has Abortion Eclipsed Trump’s Campaign?

    Has Abortion Eclipsed Trump’s Campaign?

    In a heavily-trailed announcement on Monday, Donald Trump released a video on his Truth Social platform to announce his position on abortion.
    Having been considered one of the most anti-abortion presidents in history, he has now said it is a matter for states to decide and later confirmed he would not sign a federal abortion ban.
    His stance has led to a backlash from senior Republicans, including his former vice president, Mike Pence. Could the backlash extend to the ballot box in November?
    HOSTS:
    • Marianna Spring, disinformation and social media correspondent
    • Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    • Anthony Zurcher, North America correspondent
    GUEST:
    • Lisa Lerer, political correspondent for The New York Times
    GET IN TOUCH:
    • Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB
    • Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480
    • Email Americast@bbc.co.uk
    • Or use #Americast
    Find out more about our award-winning “undercover voters” here: bbc.in/3lFddSF.
    US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155
    This episode was made by George Dabby with Rufus Gray, Natasha Mayo, Catherine Fusillo, and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The series producer is George Dabby. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 35 min
    The Life and Death of OJ Simpson

    The Life and Death of OJ Simpson

    Orenthal James Simpson, known to the world as OJ, lived many lives. First as one of the greatest ever running backs in the history of the NFL, then as a Hollywood movie star.
    His fame skyrocketed, however, when he was arrested as a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. The ensuing ‘trial of the century’ gripped and divided the nation.
    As the news broke, the team interrupted their normal recording to relive the shocking events of his life, trial, and acquittal. Anthony, who was then living in LA, recalls the backdrop of racial tension that underpinned the murder case that gripped the US.
    HOSTS:
    * Marianna Spring, disinformation and social media correspondent
    * Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    * Anthony Zurcher, North America correspondent
    GET IN TOUCH:
    * Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB
    * Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480
    * Email Americast@bbc.co.uk
    * Or use #Americast
    Find out more about our award-winning “undercover voters” here: bbc.in/3lFddSF.
    US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155
    This episode was made by George Dabby with Rufus Gray, Catherine Fusillo, and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The series producer is George Dabby. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 18 min
    Americanswers: Trump Diplomacy, NPR and How Do Algorithms REALLY work?

    Americanswers: Trump Diplomacy, NPR and How Do Algorithms REALLY work?

    Americanswers is back!
    In the latest edition of Americanswers, Miles Taylor and Katie Hill join us once more to answer your questions.
    This week we look at some challenges from listeners about the evidence of social media’s polarising effect in the US, and whether we do enough to hear from Donald Trump’s supporters.
    We also look at the foreign policy record of the former president as we assess whether the US was safer under his watch.
    HOSTS:
    • Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    • Marianna Spring, disinformation and social media correspondent
    GUESTS:
    • Miles Taylor, former chief of staff at Department for Homeland Security
    • Katie Hill, former Democratic congresswoman
    GET IN TOUCH:
    • Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB
    • Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480
    • Email Americast@bbc.co.uk
    • Or use #Americast
    US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155
    This episode was made by George Dabby with Catherine Fusillo, Claire Betzer and Natasha Mayo. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The series producer is George Dabby. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Fran McD ,

Great to hear it’s being continued

This is a great podcast, which provides a good dose of real inside information (from a UK perspective) into USA politics, highlighting both the light and dark sides of the issues.

The chemistry between the hosts is very apparent - good job BBC.

opotikigp ,

Very entertaining and informational

Great that they mention Tulsi Gabbard tight at the end - great save !

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