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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: Left side story

    Checks and Balance: Left side story

    Joe Biden voters are more likely to have a negative view of the United States than those who voted for Donald Trump, according to new research from The Economist. A year since his inauguration, is this miserablism largely a result of President Biden’s recent woes, or is there something inherently gloomy in the left’s mindset?  


    The Economist’s Daniella Raz sifts through the poll findings. We go back to the time when a liberal philosopher imagined a dark future for America. And political psychologist Peter Ditto examines what makes liberal brains tick.  


    John Prideaux presents with Jon Fasman and Charlotte Howard. 


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    • 41 min
    Checks and Balance: “Refund the police”

    Checks and Balance: “Refund the police”

    After George Floyd’s murder protestors took to the streets, angry about racially-motivated brutality and discrimination. They urged authorities to “defund the police” and over 20 cities listened. But now, with rising murder rates, many of those same places are increasing investment in law enforcement. Can you “refund” and reform the police at the same time?  


    Mayor of Portland, Oregon Ted Wheeler tells us why his city is raising its police budget. We go back to a war on crime that’s been largely forgotten. And criminal justice reformer David Muhammad discusses the best ways to cut crime while also fixing policing.


    John Prideaux presents with Charlotte Howard and Jon Fasman.  


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    • 41 min
    Checks and Balance: Capitol punishment

    Checks and Balance: Capitol punishment

    “The former president of the United States has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election.” Joe Biden had harsh words for Donald Trump in a speech marking the anniversary of the Capitol attack. What has the House Select Committee set up to investigate January 6th discovered so far? 


    The Economist’s James Astill combs through the committee’s findings. We trace the link between the disputed election of 1876 and the insurrection. And anti-Trump Republican Sarah Longwell assesses her party’s response to the events of a year ago.


    John Prideaux presents with Jon Fasman and Charlotte Howard. 


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    • 44 min
    Checks and Balance: Three chords and the truth

    Checks and Balance: Three chords and the truth

    Morgan Wallen became one of the stories of 2021 after he was caught using a racial slur. Banned from radio, the country music star’s sales and streams spiked anyway. The affair reinforced a stereotype of the genre as home to hillbilly bigotry. But country is changing and its politics were always more complex than its popularity in Republican heartlands indicates. What does the story tell us about America’s shifting views of class and identity?


    Nadine Hubbs of the University of Michigan unpicks Wallen’s story and tells us how streaming and social media are revolutionising country music. And we find out how embracing country propelled Richard Nixon to the presidency.


    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Jon Fasman.


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    • 45 min
    Checks and Balance: Merry Quizmas

    Checks and Balance: Merry Quizmas

    On this special holiday episode the team highlights the stories we didn’t get a chance to cover on the podcast this year. Plus a couple of mystery quiz masters from The Economist family join, and listeners try to out-fox our trivia champion Jon Fasman with questions of their own.  


    John Prideaux presents with Charlotte Howard and Jon Fasman. 


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    • 39 min
    Checks and Balance: Nuclear option

    Checks and Balance: Nuclear option

    Nuclear is responsible for nearly 20% of America’s power generation and about half of its clean energy. It’s greener than fossil fuels and more reliable than renewables. Yet safety fears remain and plants are being closed. Will the climate crisis force America to reconsider nuclear power?


    The Economist’s Aryn Braun reports from a coal town welcoming a new atomic plant. We go back to America’s worst nuclear accident. And The Economist’s Vijay Vaitheeswaran considers what the energy future might look like. 


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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

cure for nothing ,

Always a highlight of my week

I look forward to a new Checks and Balance episode each week. Charlotte, John, and Jon are such voluble & engaging hosts. Their discussions are thoughtful & enlightening. The only way the show could improve is if the Chicken of Tomorrow mixtape and Charlotte’s impression were released to the public.

Jaydgr ,

Great BUT why so reductive on defund the police?

I listen weekly and generally love this podcast but I was drawn to write this review because of the ‘Refund the Police’ episode. John Prideaux’s characterisation of the Defund the Police movement is uncharacteristically reductive and dumb. In the last few minutes he finally acknowledges that the core argument of the Defund the Police movement: that we should redirect police funding to other services (mental health emergency services being an obvious choice). America is a country that - vs other countries - is extremely heavily armed, allocates a huge chunk of its public funding to policing and offers a threadbare social safety net. With that context, Defund the Police seems very logical (albeit near impossible to achieve politically). I hope next episode returns to the thoughtful balance that I enjoy.

midwestBlue ,

12.24 pod

you answered and missed your point about sunday in the park. you mentioned staccato and then went to warm glow of the sun in the paintings and here is what u missed: Seurat the dot, and there’s what your staccato is actually describing.

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