Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the latest in politics, tracking the issues and "game-changers" every week.
What Liz Cheney Might Do Next
Tuesday night was a test for some big names in the Republican Party in Wyoming and Alaska. The crew breaks down Rep. Liz Cheney's loss, what comes next, and who's currently up and down in Alaska.
Are Democrats Really Going To Win In Ohio And Wisconsin?
In recent weeks, Democrats’ odds of keeping control of the Senate after the 2022 midterms have ticked up to sixty percent, according to our deluxe forecast model. In this installment of “Model Talk," Nate Silver and Galen Druke discuss the news events and polling that have contributed to that change. They also ask whether we should be skeptical of polls showing Democrats’ performing well in parts of the Midwest where polls have repeatedly underestimated Republicans.
Republican Outsiders Have Made Their Mark This Cycle
The crew breaks down notable primary races in Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin. They also discuss how incumbents have been faring overall in this midterm’s primaries.
Could The 'Inflation Reduction Act' Save Biden's Approval Rating?
The crew discusses the Senate passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, new polling on how Americans think about crime and gun violence, and how state-level debates over abortion bans are playing out.
Why Kansas Voted To Keep Its Right To Abortion
The crew discusses why the Kansas amendment that would have ended state constitutional rights to abortion failed by such a wide margin. They also consider whether abortion as an issue will motivate voters in other elections this fall and look at the primary winners in Arizona, Missouri, Michigan and Washington.
All The Political News You Missed Last Week
The crew discusses Congress's recent slew of legislation and whether that trend will continue with the new "Inflation Reduction Act." They also ask whether the US is in a recession, whether Andrew Yang's third party will succeed and how the DOJ's Jan. 6th investigation is affecting former President Trump.
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The FiveThirtyEight crew is slipping
The most recent episode, from March 14, 2022, is 49 minutes. The introduction chewed up the first 6.5 minutes because the crew was so busy bantering and entertaining each other. At 16:30, Nate started to tell a story about buying a slice of pizza in Vegas that dragged on for two minutes because of the interruptions, mockery, and laughter. When the discussion resumed, the group was analyzing oil prices and supplies, and I realized I could find better discussion of these issues elsewhere. For the first time, I gave up and didn’t finish a FiveThirtyEight episode.
I don't expect a tight, strictly formatted show from FiveThirtyEight - it’s not the BBC - but the inside banter and jokes aren’t especially interesting or funny. The crew would improve the podcast by focusing more on issues and spending less time amusing each other.
P.S. I’d like to echo what a few other reviewers have said: that the departures of Whiz Kid Harry Enten, Claire Malone (shame on ABC!), and Perry Bacon, Jr. have hurt the podcast.
Inflation Reduction Act Podcast Review
I normally love this show, and it’s always a 5 star podcast to me… up until I listened to the latest Inflation Reduction Act podcast and heard the young lady at the end REPEATEDLY refer to pregnant women as “pregnant people” and “pregnant persons”. That is so disrespectful to her fellow women that she can’t even be bothered to say the word “woman”! If they correct that in a future episode I’ll give a 5-star review. But that was just embarrassing.