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The Economist unlocks American politics, tackling a new theme each week and digging into the data, ideas, and history shaping the country at this dramatic moment.

John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman.

Correspondents from across the US and the rest of the world plus expert guests - politicians, pollsters, professors - join the in-depth reporting and discussion every Friday.

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The Economist unlocks American politics, tackling a new theme each week and digging into the data, ideas, and history shaping the country at this dramatic moment.

John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman.

Correspondents from across the US and the rest of the world plus expert guests - politicians, pollsters, professors - join the in-depth reporting and discussion every Friday.

    Checks and Balance: Beef encounter

    Checks and Balance: Beef encounter

    At Thanksgiving Americans express gratitude for family, the harvest… and a big, juicy turkey. Americans consume the most meat per person, but that's not good for the planet. Could they cut back?
     
    The Economist’s Jon Fasman and his sons prepare the Thanksgiving turkey. We go back to a nationwide contest to find the perfect chicken. And Caroline Bushnell from The Good Food Institute discusses how to wean Americans off meat.  
     
    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Jon Fasman.
     
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    Checks and Balance: America on trial

    Checks and Balance: America on trial

    The bare facts of the Kyle Rittenhouse case are not disputed. In August 2020 he shot dead two people, and injured a third, during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. But to the right the teenager is an American hero and to the left he’s a reckless vigilante. What does the case tell us about gun culture and race in America? 


    We hear how the media on the left and right told the Rittenhouse story and go back to the origins of a notorious self-defence law. The Economist’s Daniel Knowles explains why guns divide America.


    John Prideaux hosts with Jon Fasman and Charlotte Howard.


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    Checks and Balance: Wall or nothing

    Checks and Balance: Wall or nothing

    America has reopened its borders to vaccinated travellers, 20 months after they were shut. In that time attempts to cross illegally into the US from the south have soared. Joe Biden promised to undo his predecessor’s immigration policies, but on the ground it appears nothing much has changed. What is happening at America’s border with Mexico?  


    The Economist’s Alexandra Suich Bass reports from Arizona. We go back to when a Democratic president talked tough on immigration. And migrant rights activist Gia Del Pino tells us about the families stuck in limbo.  
     
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    Checks and Balance: Right mind

    Checks and Balance: Right mind

    Normally a political party goes through a reckoning after a defeat. But, a year later, there’s been no post-mortem of the 2020 election for Republicans. Instead the GOP remains loyal to the man who many refuse to accept lost the presidency. What does the Republican party stand for beyond Trumpism?


    Jon Fasman reports from a gathering of social conservatives. We find out how a radical anti-capitalist philosopher is inspiring the modern GOP. And pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson explains what drives rank and file Republicans to the polls.  


    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard.


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    Checks and Balance: Left behind

    Checks and Balance: Left behind

    The race to be Virginia’s next governor should be an easy win for the Democratic Party, so how did it get this tight? Democrats in Washington are struggling to pass a budget bill and fighting among themselves, the president’s approval ratings are in the doldrums and demographic trends are setting the party up for long-term weakness. Is this as good as it gets for the Democrats?

    Jon Fasman reports from an election rally in Virginia. We go back to a time when civil rights tore the party apart. And The Economist’s Elliot Morris explains why the future looks grim for Democrats at the polls.


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    Checks and Balance: Labour’s love lost

    Checks and Balance: Labour’s love lost

    Wages are going up and employees are walking out - some to strike, some never to come back. American workers have more leverage than before the pandemic. How permanent is this shift in power?


    The Economist’s Simon Rabinovitch takes us to a picket line in Pennsylvania and we go back to an earlier walk out in Hollywood. Betsey Stevenson, one of President Obama’s economics advisors, tells us how long this could last. 


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Customer Reviews

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midwestBlue ,

11.19 pod

what journalists leave out amongst many things as i feel the mainstream media did a horrible job of covering rittenhouse murders is something you just left out saying. when you discuss rittenhouse’s excuse for coming to WI was to protect that car dealership, know this: the dealership’s mgr/owner said directly audio/video on one news outlet (good for them) saying they never asked for protection help from the public. i would have asked rittenhouse where he got that from. the prosecution sucked, even if the judge was slanted towards rittenhouse. prosecution you were weak!

Grandpakang ,

My top companion during long walks.

An excellent source of refreshing insights and cogent analyses about U.S. Politics generally — especially useful for me, a retired executive who has returned to live in the USA 44 years later.

The listening experience is delightful, and the content is world class. Prideaux, Howard and Fasman are an entertaining and magnificent Trio. I even missed Ms. Howard when she was on maternity leave!

I can recall how challenging it was for me to read the Economist during my college days. Time well spent but,… In contrast, this podcast is more like taking part in a lively conversation in a college dormitory room!

Zanny Beddoes must have noticed the special qualities here, for she joined the podcast personally to reminisce on the 20th Anniversary of September 11.

By the way, thanks to the introduction by Prideaux, I have also enjoyed The Economist Asks podcast this week, my first episode, featuring Brian Cox.

Thank you so much, and looking forward to more from the Economist.

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We prefer Bostonian to Bostonite.
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