Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the latest in politics, tracking the issues and "game-changers" every week.
How The Black Church Has Shaped American Politics
This installment of the podcast explores the role that the Black church plays in American politics, through initiatives like "souls to the polls" and beyond. Joining the podcast are Andra Gillespie, political science professor at Emory University, Besheer Mohamed, senior researcher at Pew Research Center, and Stacey Holman, the director of PBS’s recent documentary series “The Black Church."
Is CPAC Representative Of The GOP?
The crew looks to the speeches from the past weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference for indications about where the Republican party is headed. They also discuss Democratic lawmakers' varying views on how to approach Senate rules and the filibuster.
What The White House Thinks The Economy Needs
Member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Heather Boushey, joins the podcast to discuss what is in the American Rescue Plan and why.
Democrats' COVID Relief Bill Is Popular
The team looks at the popularity of the Democrats' COVID relief plan and how both Democrats and Republicans are thinking about its provisions. Thee also tracks the latest voting restrictions being considered by Georgia Republicans, including a proposal to end early voting on Sundays, which is when Black churches traditionally mobilize voters through "souls to the polls" events. Lastly, they ask whether a recent survey of Americans attitudes about secession is a good or bad use of polling.
How The Crisis In Texas Happened
Texas has been in a dire situation this week. Millions of people were without power or heat, and in some cases water, in freezing cold temperatures for days because of severe blackouts. People are angry and politicians are pointing fingers. In this installment, civil and environmental engineer Daniel Cohan joins FiveThirtyEight's Sarah Frostenson, Maggie Koerth and Galen Druke to discuss why the blackouts occurred, where responsibility lies and how politics responds to these kinds of crises.
Why Seven Republicans Voted To Convict Trump
Nevada Democrats introduced a bill on Monday that would change their state's presidential nominating contest from a caucus to a primary and also dislodge New Hampshire from its position as the first primary in the nation. In this installment, the crew discusses how any potential changes could reshape the nominating process. They also consider why Republican senators' votes on convicting former President Donald Trump broke down the way they did. And lastly, they check-in on the gubernatorial recall efforts in California that are very likely to result in a recall election for Governor Gavin Newsom.
Geeky and great
Would love to go even deeper into poliing and statistics.
Great show but miss Claires insights
Great show but miss Claire M’s comments and insights.
Great concept, bad excecution
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been an avid reader of the webpage for the last 14 years and have listened to this podcast on and off for a year (the Yang one was great!).
What saddens me is what this podcast is pretending to be is exactly what the US needs. The problem is that the the podcast is predictable, long-winded and basically rehashes the same content over and over again. I’ve seldom heard anything that cannot be read on the website. It is also too PC and polite. The commentators being colleagues makes it so they do not dare to call each other out even when someone is obviously barking up the wrong tree. The topics and conclusions are also very predictable and similar to the headline of the average decently objective political newspaper.
I would’ve liked an alternative pod feed from 538 with more concise and less repetitive content. I’d like them to bring on a guest for each show to mix things up. Finally I wish for an interesting question from a new angle each time and a TLDL at the last 3 minutes of each episode.