23 episodes

At the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, veteran strategists Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy regularly talk with top operatives on both sides of the 2020 election and the journalists who are covering it. The conversations get behind the curtain -- because what seems to be happening in the campaign is often different than what really is.

What are the calculations in the war rooms of 2020? How is the media covering the race, and how is the coverage shaping the outcome? Hear from those who’ve known success and setbacks in presidential races. And laugh, too, at their stories of the inside maneuvers and blunders that shape the outcome. Every exchange is guided by standards central to the Center’s mission: Respect each other and respect the truth. Opponents are adversaries, not enemies. And if you lose, don’t burn down the stadium.

Election R&D will be there from the primary debates to Election Day, and then to a post-election, in-depth analysis of the driving forces that led to victory and defeat.

Election R&D - 2020 and Beyond USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future

    • Politics
    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

At the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, veteran strategists Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy regularly talk with top operatives on both sides of the 2020 election and the journalists who are covering it. The conversations get behind the curtain -- because what seems to be happening in the campaign is often different than what really is.

What are the calculations in the war rooms of 2020? How is the media covering the race, and how is the coverage shaping the outcome? Hear from those who’ve known success and setbacks in presidential races. And laugh, too, at their stories of the inside maneuvers and blunders that shape the outcome. Every exchange is guided by standards central to the Center’s mission: Respect each other and respect the truth. Opponents are adversaries, not enemies. And if you lose, don’t burn down the stadium.

Election R&D will be there from the primary debates to Election Day, and then to a post-election, in-depth analysis of the driving forces that led to victory and defeat.

    Election R&D Dialogues: Election Security with Special Guest Cynthia McFadden

    Election R&D Dialogues: Election Security with Special Guest Cynthia McFadden

    CPF Co-Directors Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy talk to journalist Cynthia McFadden about the presidential election with a focus on election security and voting mechanisms. McFadden is a broadcast journalist who is the Senior Legal and Investigative Correspondent for NBC News. She was an anchor and correspondent for ABC News, who co-anchored Nightline and occasionally appeared on ABC News special Primetime.

    • 58 min
    Climate Change and the 2020 Election

    Climate Change and the 2020 Election

    This panel examined the impact climate change has had on primary elections and the 2020 presidential election and the issue’s relevance to voters during an economic crisis, the pandemic, and racial justice movements.

    Featuring: Michelle Lujan Grisham, Bina Venkataraman and Christine Todd Whitman

    • 48 min
    Election R&D Dialogues: Final Presidential Debate Analysis with Special Guest Patrick Griffin, Republican Media Strategist

    Election R&D Dialogues: Final Presidential Debate Analysis with Special Guest Patrick Griffin, Republican Media Strategist

    CPF Co-Directors Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy are joined by Republican media strategist Patrick Griffin to discuss the final Presidential Debate between President Trump and Vice President Joe Biden.

    Griffin was a Fall 2019 Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Political Future. He is a founding partner and CEO of Merrimack Potomac + Charles ( MP+C), one of New England's leading integrated public affairs and strategic communications firms.

    • 58 min
    Election R&D Dialogues: The Debate That Never Was

    Election R&D Dialogues: The Debate That Never Was

    Election R&D Dialogues: The Debate That Never Was

    Center Director Bob Shrum is joined by political strategist Doug Thornell and journalists Ronald Brownstein and Asma Khalid to discuss President Trump and Joe Biden's dueling Town Halls, following Trump's refusal to participate in a virtual presidential debate originally scheduled for the same day.

    • 55 min
    Election R&D Dialogues: Mike Pence vs. Kamala Harris Vice Presidential Debate Analysis

    Election R&D Dialogues: Mike Pence vs. Kamala Harris Vice Presidential Debate Analysis

    Center Co-Directors Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy plus special guest Karen Finney discuss the highlights and lowlights of the Vice Presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris and what each candidate needs to do to win the general election.

    Finney worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign as Senior Spokesperson and Senior Advisor for Communications and Political Outreach. She was also Communications Director for Senator Tim Kaine.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Election R&D Dialogues: First Biden vs. Trump Debate Analysis

    Election R&D Dialogues: First Biden vs. Trump Debate Analysis

    As the headlines and memes roll in, CPF Co-Directors Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy discuss the highlights and lowlights of the chaotic first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden. They also talk about each candidate’s likely strategies for the next two debates in October and the latest polling and trends in the general election.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

thomasmmartin ,

Awesome

Shrum and Murphy are the perfect hosts for this podcast. I love what they bring to the table, given their extensive experiences in Democratic and Republican politics. They offer some great analysis about the upcoming election and what politics are like in current times.

IBCoconutty ,

Murphy and Shrum Show

Excellent discussions about modern politics. Intelligent audience ask relevant questions. Please produce more of these!

Igiul2464386490 ,

Insightful and Riveting

I am a student at USC and I love going to all of the Center for the Political Future’s events on campus. I found the topic to be very interesting. I often wonder why a lot of people close to the President cannot disagree or tell him when he makes a bad decision or a mistake, and Anthony Scaramucci gives a real and authentic answer that gave me the answer I sought. I wholeheartedly encourage people to listen to this podcast!

Top Podcasts In Politics

Listeners Also Subscribed To