45 episodes

Divided States is the American politics podcast from Sky News looking at all the issues that divide the most powerful country on the planet.

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Divided States is the American politics podcast from Sky News looking at all the issues that divide the most powerful country on the planet.

    46th President with 99+ problems

    46th President with 99+ problems

    Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday, and his VP pick Kamala Harris made history as the first black woman to hold such high office. Does a new administration mean a new era?

    US Correspondent Cordelia Lynch and Washington Bureau Chief Emily Purser Brown discuss the many problems facing the new team - not least a pandemic that's still raging. This week they're joined by former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman to gauge what Donald Trump may do next.

    • 33 min
    Insurrection, impeachment, inauguration

    Insurrection, impeachment, inauguration

    In the first fortnight of 2021 we have seen extraordinary events in the United States. After a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the United States Capitol, Donald Trump has become the only US President to be impeached twice. The security threat in Washington DC and other state capitals is at an all-time high as the country prepares to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden. 

    US Correspondent Cordelia Lynch and Washington Bureau Chief Emily Purser Brown reflect on a crazy couple of weeks. 

    • 27 min
    2020 reflections: How pandemic politics changed America

    2020 reflections: How pandemic politics changed America

    It might be a year we'd all like to forget, but 2020 will need chapters upon chapters of history books written about it. Trump on trial, pandemic politics and a racial reckoning - all themes of an extraordinary 12 months.

    US correspondent Cordelia Lynch and Washington bureau chief Emily Purser Brown reflect upon the moments that stuck out, with the help of Washington Post Senior Correspondent and author of 'Trump on Trial: The Investigation, Impeachment, Acquittal and Aftermath' Kevin Sullivan.

    Divided States will be back in the new year.

    • 40 min
    Dr Fauci and Newsmax CEO: The interviews

    Dr Fauci and Newsmax CEO: The interviews

    There are two tandem stories going on in America: a race for a vaccine and a President still trying to claim election victory.

    This week Cordelia Lynch and Emily Purser Brown digest Sky News' interview with the White House's chief immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci, and talk to Chris Ruddy - the CEO of Newsmax, a channel which has garnered a new audience by airing the President's claims of electoral fraud.

    • 41 min
    Lame duck pardons turkey

    Lame duck pardons turkey

    It's Thanksgiving in the US - and with it comes one zany tradition: the official presidential pardon of a prize turkey. And it wasn't President Trump's only pardon of the week.

    US correspondent Cordelia Lynch and Washington bureau chief Emily Purser Brown unpick developments in Washington, where a now lame duck president is formally transitioning out of the job, but continuing to question the integrity of the election.

    • 23 min
    A transition in limbo

    A transition in limbo

    Joe Biden is the president-elect, but Donald Trump is yet to concede. His loyalists are pursuing legal challenges, but we still haven't seen any evidence of electoral fraud.

    US correspondent Cordelia Lynch and Washington bureau chief Emily Purser Brown discuss why Washington has gone quiet, the global response to a Biden/Harris White House and whether we can ever expect a concession speech from Donald Trump.

    They're joined this week by longtime Republican strategist Rory Cooper.

    • 30 min

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