16 episodes

Does what’s going on in the American Election scare and bemuse you in equal measure? Want to know what Biden and Trump are up to – without tearing your hair out? Then you need to listen to American Friction – the brand new podcast about the countdown to the big vote in November – from the makers of Oh God, What Now?, The Bunker and Paper Cuts.
Every Friday, we’ll speak to leading experts and blockbuster commentators from the United States to explain the latest news and the big issues behind the vote with hosts Jacob Jarvis (ex-Newsweek), Chris Jones (Podmasters) and Nikki McCann Ramirez (Politics Reporter at Rolling Stone). Out every Friday. 
 
 

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Does what’s going on in the American Election scare and bemuse you in equal measure? Want to know what Biden and Trump are up to – without tearing your hair out? Then you need to listen to American Friction – the brand new podcast about the countdown to the big vote in November – from the makers of Oh God, What Now?, The Bunker and Paper Cuts.
Every Friday, we’ll speak to leading experts and blockbuster commentators from the United States to explain the latest news and the big issues behind the vote with hosts Jacob Jarvis (ex-Newsweek), Chris Jones (Podmasters) and Nikki McCann Ramirez (Politics Reporter at Rolling Stone). Out every Friday. 
 
 

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    Joe Biden quits the race… what now?

    Joe Biden quits the race… what now?

    No Campaign For Old Men: Joe Biden rocks the 2024 Presidential race by pulling out and endorsing Kamala Harris. Is he bowing to the inevitable, taking one for Team Democracy, or taking a terrifying gamble? Can a new candidate stop the rot in the Dems’ polling? Will the Democrats go with Harris and if so, who will run with her? On an unprecedented weekend, Nikki, Chris and Jarv look at an utterly changed electoral reality – Harris’s special strengths – and how this seasoned prosecutor would fare up against Trump.
    Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis, Nikki McCann Rámirez and Chris Jones. Produced by Simon Williams. Group editor Andrew Harrison. American Friction is a Podmasters production.
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    Trump and JD Vance take over the GOP — plus, how did American politics get so volatile?

    Trump and JD Vance take over the GOP — plus, how did American politics get so volatile?

    The new series counting down to the US Presidential Election. This week: Trump returns to the limelight at the RNC. Is the GOP totally his now? And who the f*ck is JD Vance and what is his problem? We discuss the VP pick. Plus, Gary Gerstle, Paul Mellon Professor of American history at the University of Cambridge, joins us to discuss shifts in American politics, MAGAnomics and more. 

    Nikki McCann Ramírez, of Rolling Stone, Jacob Jarvis and Chris Jones discuss the latest issues in US politics.

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    Written and presented by Chris Jones, Jacob Jarvis and Nikki McCann Ramírez. Audio editor: Simon Williams. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Executive producer: Martin Bojtos. Artwork by James Parrett. Music: Orange Factory Music. AMERICAN FRICTION is a Podmasters Production. www.podmasters.co.uk 
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Trump shooting: What comes next?

    Trump shooting: What comes next?

    The new series counting down to the US Presidential Election. The attempted assassination of Donald Trump has left America shaken, more fractured than it already was, and confused. In the aftermath of the shooting of the former president, at a rally in Pennsylvania, the world’s focus has been dragged to the USA. We discuss what we know, what we don’t, how to talk about something this momentous, and where we go from here. 
    Nikki McCann Ramírez, of Rolling Stone, Jacob Jarvis, from Paper Cuts and Oh God, What Now?, and Chris Jones, The Bunker, talk through the initial fallout in this extra episode, which doubled as a group therapy session. 
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    Written and presented by Chris Jones, Jacob Jarvis and Nikki McCann Ramírez. Audio editor: Simon Williams. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Executive producer: Martin Bojtos. Artwork by James Parrett. Music: Orange Factory Music. AMERICAN FRICTION is a Podmasters Production. www.podmasters.co.uk 
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    • 59 min
    Clooney Tunes: The Presidential race gets weirder – Plus, can the Supreme Court ever be fixed?

    Clooney Tunes: The Presidential race gets weirder – Plus, can the Supreme Court ever be fixed?

    George Clooney (aka the worst Batman) wants President Biden out. This week: The pressure for Biden to step down from running for office intensifies within his own party and donors. Who’s got his back and who simply wants to see the back of him? Plus, can the Supreme Court be fixed? Chris and Nikki speak to Michigan University law professor and co-host of the Strict Scrutiny podcast, Leah Litman. 

    Nikki McCann Ramírez, of Rolling Stone, Jacob Jarvis and Chris Jones discuss the latest issues in US politics.

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    Written and presented by Chris Jones and Nikki McCann Ramírez. Audio editor: Simon Williams. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Executive producer: Martin Bojtos. Artwork by James Parrett. Music: Orange Factory Music. AMERICAN FRICTION is a Podmasters Production. www.podmasters.co.uk 
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Trump’s Supreme Court victory - Plus, why do so many Christian voters support a convicted felon?

    Trump’s Supreme Court victory - Plus, why do so many Christian voters support a convicted felon?

    The new series counting down to the US Presidential Election. This week: The US Supreme Court has voted to give the president partial immunity from criminal prosecution. That is music to Donald Trump’s ears who’s facing more charges in the coming months. What does this change, and does it mean a president can now assassinate an opponent and get away with it? Plus, former advisor and speech writer for George W. Bush, Peter Wehner, joins the panel to discuss why he could never vote for the GOP whilst Trump is at the helm.
    Nikki McCann Ramírez, of Rolling Stone, Jacob Jarvis and Chris Jones discuss the latest issues in US politics.
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    Written and presented by Chris Jones, Jacob Jarvis and Nikki McCann Ramírez. Audio editor: Simon Williams. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Executive producer: Martin Bojtos. Artwork by James Parrett. Music: Orange Factory Music. AMERICAN FRICTION is a Podmasters Production. www.podmasters.co.uk 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Biden's election debate horror show – plus the global events voters care about most

    Biden's election debate horror show – plus the global events voters care about most

    Did you see that ludicrous display last night? This week: President Biden came out bruised after a brutal debate with Trump. How badly will his performance damage his election hopes? Plus, Nikki and Chris are joined by Politico’s senior foreign affairs correspondent, Nahal Toosi, to find out how the War in Gaza, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the threat from China is impacting how people might choose to vote come November.
    Nikki McCann Ramírez, of Rolling Stone, Jacob Jarvis and Chris Jones discuss the latest issues in US politics.
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    Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis with Chris Jones and Nikki McCann Ramírez. Audio editor: Simon Williams. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Executive producer: Martin Bojtos. Artwork by James Parrett. Music: Orange Factory Music. AMERICAN FRICTION is a Podmasters Production. www.podmasters.co.uk 


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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

JBRollin' ,

Need a new politics podcast? Look no further

Rest easy, friend, this is where you want to be. Stellar content and guests, great format, well-researched and critical coverage of the important political events (and often the wacky ones too).

Chris and Jacob do a fantastic job of pitching objective questions from an outside perspective, then Nikki bats them out of the park. Not to be biased towards the one American on the cast, but she’s the best

Screamin Griffin ,

Refreshing

Really enjoyed the first episode, great pieces and insights. Niki is my fav so far, love on the ground reporting!

hhnkdjrbdidksnsj ,

This ain’t it.

I was looking forward to your take on American politics, but from the first episode it is apparent that you are doing nothing but parroting Democratic Party propaganda. If people want to hear this distraction from the real issues going on in American politics, they can turn on cable news.

Hard miss fellas.

Try talking to actual Americans, not bought and paid for media personalities.

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