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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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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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Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Americanswers! Where is Melania Trump? Will AOC run in 2028?

    Americanswers! Where is Melania Trump? Will AOC run in 2028?

    Last week, Donald and Melania Trump attended Barron Trump's high school graduation ceremony in West Palm Beach, Florida. Melania has been largely absent so far from the campaign trail. Is that likely to change in the coming months?
    Americasters have also been in touch about candidates who could run in the 2028 presidential election. Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez likely to be one of them?
    Plus, we answer your request for travel recommendations during the presidential election…
    HOSTS:
    * Sarah Smith, North America Editor
    * 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. The technical producer was Gareth Jones. The series producer is Purvee Pattni. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 26 min
    Trump Trial Week 5…Chaos in the courtroom!

    Trump Trial Week 5…Chaos in the courtroom!

    Former US President Donald Trump’s trial in New York is in its sixth week, where he’s accused of trying to cover up a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. He’s pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records and also denies having a sexual encounter with Daniels.
    This week, there was a moment of chaos when Justice Merchan ordered the jury out of the courtroom to admonish defence witness Bob Costello for his conduct on the stand.
    Sarah and Anthony, alongside the BBC’s US reporter, Kayla Epstein, take a look at Costello’s evidence, and when we could expect a verdict on the historic trial.
    HOSTS:
    • Sarah Smith, North America editor
    • Anthony Zurcher, North America correspondent
    • Kayla Epstein, BBC reporter covering the trial in New York
    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 Rufus Gray. The technical producer was Philip Bull. The series producer is Purvee Pattni. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 24 min
    Why is Biden falling behind Trump in the polls?

    Why is Biden falling behind Trump in the polls?

    With both candidates gearing up for the first presidential debate and national party conventions, the Americast team takes a step back to look at where the race stands now.
    Justin Webb and Sarah Smith give their analysis on recent polling and ask whether the Biden camp should be worried, and how polls could influence the next six months.
    Also, the Trump campaign reposted a video this week which referenced a “unified reich.” Marianna Spring looks into where this video came from and why it matters that staffers are posting videos that they did not make themselves.
    HOSTS:
    * Sarah Smith, North America Editor
    * Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    * Marianna Spring, Disinformation & Social Media 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 Purvee Pattni with Rufus Gray, Catherine Fusillo, and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Gareth Jones. The series producer is Purvee Pattni. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 28 min
    Americanswers! Marjorie Taylor Greene, disinformation campaigns, and who will run in 2028?

    Americanswers! Marjorie Taylor Greene, disinformation campaigns, and who will run in 2028?

    The team regroup to make more predictions about possible candidates for the Democrats and Republicans in 2028. We also take stock of foreign influence operations ahead of the upcoming US election. What has the US learnt since the last election?
    Plus, Ivanka Trump played an influential role in her father’s first administration, but she’s since disappeared from the public eye. Could she reappear in Trump’s next White House?
    HOSTS:
    • Marianna Spring, Disinformation & Social Media Correspondent
    • Anthony Zurcher, North America Correspondent
    GUEST:
    • Miles Taylor, former chief of staff at Department for Homeland Security
    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 Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Philip Bull. The series producer is Purvee Pattni. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 34 min
    Trump Trial Week 4… Will the jury believe Michael Cohen?

    Trump Trial Week 4… Will the jury believe Michael Cohen?

    Donald Trump’s former lawyer takes the stand.
    Former US President Donald Trump’s trial in New York is in its fourth week, where he’s accused of trying to cover up a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
    He’s pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records and also denies having a sexual encounter with Daniels.
    This week, the man at the centre of those allegations - Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and right hand man - took the stand. 
    Anthony Zurcher, alongside the BBC’s US reporters, Kayla Epstein and Madeline Halpert, take a detailed look at Cohen’s evidence, and they also discuss why high ranking Republicans have been speaking outside the court in New York and why it could affect the Vice Presidential nomination.  
     
    HOSTS: 
    • Anthony Zurcher, North America Correspondent
     
    GUESTS: 
    • Kayla Epstein, BBC reporter covering the trial in New York
    • Madeline Halpert, BBC  reporter covering the trial in New York
     
    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 Purvee Pattni with Rufus Gray. The technical producer was Dafydd Evans. The series producer is Purvee Pattni. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    • 24 min
    Why does Biden want to debate Trump?

    Why does Biden want to debate Trump?

    Donald Trump and Joe Biden have made plans for two televised election debates. But who benefits? And, crucially, who has more to lose? Justin Webb, Anthony Zurcher and Marianna Spring look into the drama behind the announcement, and the strategy of holding the first debate in just six weeks’ time. Also, should independent candidate RFK Jr - Robert F Kennedy - also be allowed to take part?
    And, speaking of presidential nominees, we speak to one! Jill Stein, the candidate for the Green Party, joins us on the podcast. She’s been criticised in the past for taking votes away from Democrats and for her views on US foreign policy. She speaks to us in a year where third party candidates could play a crucial role in the outcome of the election.
    HOSTS:
    • Marianna Spring, Disinformation & Social Media Correspondent
    • Anthony Zurcher, North America Correspondent
    • Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter
    GUEST:
    • Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate
    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 Purvee Pattni with Rufus Gray, Catherine Fusillo, and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Jonny Baker. The series producer is Purvee Pattni. 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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