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From McClatchy's Washington bureau, Kristin Roberts and Alex Roarty host a weekly look at what's happening inside the D.C. political bubble—and what that means for the battleground states beyond.

Beyond The Bubble McClatchy Audio Lab

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    • 4.7 • 70 Ratings

From McClatchy's Washington bureau, Kristin Roberts and Alex Roarty host a weekly look at what's happening inside the D.C. political bubble—and what that means for the battleground states beyond.

    A holiday siesta

    A holiday siesta

    With the election (mostly) behind us, Beyond the Bubble is taking a holiday break. We’ll return with new episodes in the new year. In the meantime, thank you to all who have listened in throughout this past year—and we’ll talk to you again soon.
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    Trump's dubious and dangerous refusal to concede

    Trump's dubious and dangerous refusal to concede

    Join McClatchy's Alex Roarty, David Catanese, and Michael Wilner as they discuss the merits, or lack thereof, of the president's legal challenge to overturn the apparent results of the 2020 election. Plus, we assess why Democrats suffered an across-the-board decline in support among voters of color.
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    • 34 min
    President-elect Joe Biden

    President-elect Joe Biden

    Join McClatchy’s Alex Roarty, Adam Wollner, David Catanese, and Francesca Chambers for a special episode of Beyond the Bubble, as they discuss the Democratic presidential nominee’s victory—and why Democrats have lots to ponder nonetheless.
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    • 29 min
    Ugh, the polls

    Ugh, the polls

    Join McClatchy's Alex Roarty and Kristin Roberts, the Miami Herald's Bianca Padró Ocasio and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy as they discuss why there was yet another polling miss in this year's presidential election, and why Hispanic voters in Florida and Texas swung toward President Trump. 
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    • 30 min
    The election is here!

    The election is here!

    Join McClatchy's Kristin Roberts, Alex Roarty, David Catanese, and Adam Wollner for a special pre-election episode of Beyond the Bubble. They'll talk about the state of play less than a week before the big day, have one last debate over whether this year really does mirror 2016, and discuss the biggest surprises of the campaign. 
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    • 36 min
    How Trump and Biden each think they can get to 270

    How Trump and Biden each think they can get to 270

    Join McClachy's Kristin Roberts, Francesca Chambers, and Alex Roarty as they size up how each party's presidential nominee can most easily reach 270 electoral votes and why the upper Midwest is so important for both.
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

Catfishe Haggot ,

Memo for the boss

My complaint is not about the quality of the podcast’s work. This is a great podcast with unbiased coverage about politics. I’ve enjoyed it for many years and fully recommend it to anyone considering to give it a listen. Recently the episodes that mainly consisted of Alex and Francesca were outstanding. Please replace Kristin with Francesca. Francesca is an outstanding reporter and a joy to listen to. Alex as well. I find Kristin’s role as the host to be annoying. She comes across overly snarky about being ‘the boss’. She asks good questions but Alex and Francesca ask the same questions of their own reporting already. Not sure why we need her snark. Drop Kristin. Make Francesca permanent. Thanks!

JJ1990J8 ,

Excellent!

Great podcast with very insightful views of the current political environment.

gschmittmusic ,

I wanted to like this, but they’re really biased

There is actually some pretty good insight in every episode, but they are so biased in there leaning toward the democratic party, it’s not funny.I am a Democrat myself, but hearing how their tone of voice even changes when they talk about Republicans makes this so cognitively dissonant and unlistenable. I guarantee the majority of 4 and 5 star ratings are coming from Democrats who just like having their conscious and unconscious biases reinforced.

This one’s not for thinkers.

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