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We are living through history, but keeping up with the unending stream of revelations, statements, tweets, and disputes is already difficult enough. If we’re going to understand this inquiry–and this presidency–we need to slow down the news cycle long enough to separate the signal from the noise. Every Saturday, Ezra Klein will do just that – through deep conversations with Vox reporters and leading policy voices about what’s going on, why it matters, and where it leaves us now.

Impeachment, Explained Vox

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We are living through history, but keeping up with the unending stream of revelations, statements, tweets, and disputes is already difficult enough. If we’re going to understand this inquiry–and this presidency–we need to slow down the news cycle long enough to separate the signal from the noise. Every Saturday, Ezra Klein will do just that – through deep conversations with Vox reporters and leading policy voices about what’s going on, why it matters, and where it leaves us now.

    The McConnell effect

    The McConnell effect

    The Senate trial is officially underway. What’s happened so far? How will the trial proceed from here on out? And will any Republicans defect? Vox’s Li Zhou has the answers.
    Then Andrew Prokop and I talk Mitch McConnell: who he is, what motivates him, how he amassed so much power, and what his actions reveal about the underlying forces driving American politics. Contrary to much of the rhetoric on the left, McConnell is not the source of our political dysfunction; he is merely a manifestation of the dysfunction that already exists. 
    References:
    Andrew Prokop's profile of Mitch McConnell
    Host(s):
    Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior politics correspondent, Vox
    Guests: 
    Li Zhou (@lizhou), Politics and policy reporter, Vox
    Andrew Prokop (@awprokop), Senior politics correspondent, Vox 

    Want to contact the show? Reach out at ezrakleinshow@vox.com
    Ezra's book is available for pre-order! You can find it at www.EzraKlein.com
    You can subscribe to Ezra's other podcast The Ezra Klein Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts
    Credits:
    Producer, Engineer, Editor - Jeff Geld
    Researcher - Roge Karma
    EP - Liz Nelson
    Theme music composed by Jon Natchez
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    • 42 min
    "Constitutional decay" in the US Senate

    "Constitutional decay" in the US Senate

    This week, Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in to preside over the third presidential impeachment trial in US history. What happens next? What’s Mitch McConnell’s game plan? And who the hell is Lev Parnas? Andrew Prokop breaks it all down. 
    Then, a Senate impeachment trial is one of the rarest and least understood events in American politics. Constitutional expert Jeffrey Tulis explains how the trial works, what the founders envisioned when they designed it, and why things should look very, very different from the Senate per usual. 
    And, at the end, the new evidence released by Lev Parnas was damning, but, then again, all of the evidence so far has been incredibly damning. The problem we face in this impeachment trial is not that we lack damning testimony, it’s that we lack Republican senators who are willing to put country over party.
    Host:
    Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox
    Guests: 
    Andrew Prokop (@awprokop), Senior politics correspondent, Vox 
    Jeffrey Tulis, Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin

    Want to contact the show? Reach out at ezrakleinshow@vox.com
    Ezra's book is available for pre-order! You can find it at www.EzraKlein.com.
    You can subscribe to Ezra's other podcast The Ezra Klein Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts
    Credits:
    Producer, Engineer, Editor - Jeff Geld
    Researcher - Roge Karma
    EP - Liz Nelson
    Theme music composed by Jon Natchez 
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    • 50 min
    Impeachment and Iran

    Impeachment and Iran

    This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she would finally send impeachment articles to the Senate. Why now? What is the Senate trial shaping up to look like? And how will things change if former National Security Advisor John Bolton testifies before the Senate? Andrew Prokop has the answers. 
    Then, the most popular question I’ve gotten over the past week is: Did Trump bomb Iran to distract from impeachment? This reflects a broader view that presidents routinely start foreign conflicts to distract from domestic political troubles. Is that true? And if it is true, does it work? MIT political scientist Adam Berinsky, author of In Time of War: Understanding American Public Opinion from World War II to Iraq, joins me with the facts.
    And, at the end, a few thoughts on what the Senate Republicans’ resistance to hearing from witnesses reveals about the impossible problem this impeachment process has posed.

    Want to contact the show? Reach out at ezrakleinshow@vox.com
    Ezra's book is available for pre-order! You can find it at www.EzraKlein.com.
    You can subscribe to Ezra's other podcast The Ezra Klein Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts
    Credits:
    Producer, Engineer, Editor - Jeff Geld
    Researcher - Roge Karma
    EP - Liz Nelson
    Theme music composed by Jon Natchez 
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    • 42 min
    Impeachment in, and beyond, the Beltway

    Impeachment in, and beyond, the Beltway

    This week, Donald Trump became the third president in US history to be impeached. What does that mean? Why is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waiting to send the articles of impeachment to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell? And what should we expect from the upcoming Senate trial? Vox’s Matt Yglesias explains it all.  
    Then, we have something special this week. Vox teamed up with PerryUndem to conduct a focus group with undecided voters in Pennsylvania on the impeachment process. This conversation is different than our usual, but it is equally, if not more, crucial to understanding some of the most important forces at play in impeachment — and our politics more broadly. 
    And, at the end, some reflections on what all of this means for not just American politics, but how, and whether, Americans feel they can participate in our politics.

    Want to contact the show? Reach out at ezrakleinshow@vox.com
    Ezra's book is available for pre-order! You can find it at www.EzraKlein.com.
    You can subscribe to Ezra's other podcast The Ezra Klein Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts
    Credits:
    Producer, Engineer, Editor - Jeff Geld
    Researcher - Roge Karma
    EP - Liz Nelson
    Theme music composed by Jon Natchez 
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Mr. Feldman goes to Washington

    Mr. Feldman goes to Washington

    This week, the House Judiciary Committee announced and approved two articles of impeachment. Why two instead of 10? Why is this process moving so quickly? And why are Democrats prioritizing trade deals the same week as impeachment? Vox’s Jen Kirby answers the key questions.
    Noah Feldman is a Harvard Law professor and one of the constitutional scholars who testified at the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing. He joins me to talk about what he saw, what he learned, and the Republican argument that truly scared him.
    Plus, on page five of the articles of impeachment lurks a clause many will miss, but I think it’s the single most important argument for removing Donald Trump.

    Want to contact the show? Reach out at ezrakleinshow@vox.com
    Ezra's book is available for pre-order! You can find it at www.EzraKlein.com.
    You can subscribe to Ezra's other podcast The Ezra Klein Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts
    Credits:
    Producer - Jeff Geld
    Researcher - Roge Karma
    Theme music composed by Jon Natchez 
    Special thanks to Liz Nelson
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    • 49 min
    How Andrew Johnson’s impeachment created the template for Trump’s

    How Andrew Johnson’s impeachment created the template for Trump’s

    This week, the fact-finding phase of the Trump impeachment inquiry officially ended. Reports were released, hearings were held, articles of impeachment are being drafted. Andrew Prokop helps us break it all down.
    Then, the impeachment analogue that most closely resembles what we are going through today isn’t Clinton or Nixon, it’s Andrew Johnson. Historian Brenda Wineapple, author of The Impeachers, helps us understand the trial that shaped our nation’s conception of what impeachment means.
    Plus, how the GOP has become a definitively anti-Constitutional party.

    Want to contact the show? Reach out at ezrakleinshow@vox.com
    Ezra's book is available for pre-order! You can find it at www.EzraKlein.com.
    You can subscribe to Ezra's other podcast The Ezra Klein Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts

    Credits:
    Producer - Jeff Geld
    Researcher - Roge Karma
    Theme music composed by Jon Natchez 
    Special thanks to Liz Nelson
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

terrilee_nc ,

Informative and important!

I subscribe to several impeachment podcasts and this is the best of them all: well researched, challenging while still interesting and understandable. It’s not light or flippant - Ezra delves into history, precedent and law to help us understand how we got here and what might happen next. I especially like his reflections at the end of each episode- for us to ponder what it all means, and think about how and whether we can get beyond this very dark time in our nation’s life.

vickiq1993 ,

Leftist drivel

Don’t wast your time

Cjcivicx ,

Absolute garbage

But what can you expect from the Communists at Vox.

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