20 episodes

It’s an important responsibility being first in the nominating process, and Iowans take it seriously. Candidates take us seriously too – from diners to coffee shops, living rooms to the state fair, they spend a years’ worth of time listening and responding, working to convince caucus-goers that they are the one person best prepared to be President of the United States. After all that work, Iowans caucus – and a few candidates’ trips to the White House are one step closer. Join IPR hosts Clay Masters and Kate Payne to get a view into Iowa – into Caucus Land – as the road to the White House begins! Subscribe to Caucus Land today - and be sure to share the Caucus Land podcast with your friends!

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    • 4.7 • 97 Ratings

It’s an important responsibility being first in the nominating process, and Iowans take it seriously. Candidates take us seriously too – from diners to coffee shops, living rooms to the state fair, they spend a years’ worth of time listening and responding, working to convince caucus-goers that they are the one person best prepared to be President of the United States. After all that work, Iowans caucus – and a few candidates’ trips to the White House are one step closer. Join IPR hosts Clay Masters and Kate Payne to get a view into Iowa – into Caucus Land – as the road to the White House begins! Subscribe to Caucus Land today - and be sure to share the Caucus Land podcast with your friends!

    Caucus Meltdown

    Caucus Meltdown

    The 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses devolved into chaos when the system for reporting results failed. Technical issues, human error and reporting inaccuracies delayed the outcome for days, and the repercussions are still playing out. On the twentieth episode of Caucus Land, we take a look at the app that broke the caucuses and how Iowa Democrats are responding.

    • 21 min
    Caucus Curtain Call

    Caucus Curtain Call

    What started as the largest and most diverse crop of Democratic presidential candidates in history has been cut down substantially ahead of the February 3rd Iowa caucuses. But it’s not just Iowa that’s winnowed the field. On the nineteenth episode of Caucus Land, we’ll talk about how we got here and what it could mean for the future of the Iowa caucuses.

    • 19 min
    What To Expect When You're Expecting To Caucus

    What To Expect When You're Expecting To Caucus

    Every four years, people have to basically relearn how the Iowa Democratic caucuses work. This year, a slate of new rules means caucus night could get even more confusing, and campaigns will have more ways than ever to spin the results out of Iowa. On the eighteenth episode of Caucus Land, we’ll break down what actually happens on February 3rd. Plus, conversations with two candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden and billionaire Tom Steyer.

    • 30 min
    That Other First In The Nation State

    That Other First In The Nation State

    There are plenty of critics of the Iowa caucuses. This year, there's pressure from insiders and outsiders to change the process. On the seventeenth episode of Caucus Land, we'll talk about why some of those changes haven't happened with Lauren Chooljian, a host of the New Hampshire Public Radio podcast Stranglehold. Plus, conversations with two candidates: former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

    • 32 min
    A Historic Shift For LGBTQ Policy

    A Historic Shift For LGBTQ Policy

    When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, he defined marriage as “between a man and a woman." A decade later, that position would be almost unimaginable in this cycle’s Democratic presidential race. On the sixteenth episode of Caucus Land, we’ll talk about how the candidates are approaching LGBTQ policy. Plus, we’ll wade into the debate over whether Iowa is diverse enough to be first in the nation.

    • 27 min
    Caucuses Test Candidates On K-12 Education

    Caucuses Test Candidates On K-12 Education

    One of the surest ways to fire up Iowa Democrats at a campaign event? Bring up U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. On the fifteenth episode of Caucus Land, we’ll hear how that outrage over K-12 policy is spilling over into presidential candidates’ plans. Plus, a conversation with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Kitty4777 ,

You’re the greatest.

The real tragedy of the 2020 caucuses meltdown is that we may never get more episodes of this wonderful podcast. I’m not even from Iowa - nor have i been to Iowa- and I’m an avid listener. Hope another nationally targeted podcast comes out by this team - I will subscribe!

bjohns383 ,

We’re Number One!

To heck with those who’d have Iowa switch to a primary. Caucuses are the only way to pick a candidate! It’s all about engaged democracy— active community involvement and real people lobbying for the common good. Never give up on this proud and valuable tradition!

jsklo56786 ,

Great lesson, history and info!

I never understood what a caucus was or why Iowa was first until I listened to Caucus Land, this show educates and entertains. It also breaks down some key issues in the race.

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