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POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.

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POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.

    Canvassing, interrupted

    Canvassing, interrupted

    Donald Trump's campaign says it knocks on a million doors a week. Joe
    Biden's campaign says it knocks on zero. Host Scott Bland talks to Miles
    Baker — former door knocker, organizer and current political strategist
    — about the silver linings of the pandemic. Halting in-person
    canvassing has actually been a useful way to retool campaign strategies.

    Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO.
    Miles Baker is campaigns director at The Action Factory.
    Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio.
    Jenny Ament is senior producer for POLITICO audio.
    Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

    • 19 min
    At-risk Republicans have a problem: Trump

    At-risk Republicans have a problem: Trump

    The congressional map as it stands now — three months out from the
    election — paints a cautiously optimistic picture for Democrats, who
    could see their majority grow.  POLITICO reporter Ally Mutnick talks
    with Scott Bland about how Donald Trump's current numbers are affecting
    the way that Republicans in suburban districts are campaigning.

    Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO.
    Ally Mutnick is a campaign reporter for POLITICO.
    Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio.
    Jenny Ament is senior producer for POLITICO audio.
    Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

    • 23 min
    Everything that can go wrong in November

    Everything that can go wrong in November

    November's election is about to be a perfect storm — that we can all see
    coming. Garrett M. Graff digs into his POLITICO magazine cover story
    with Scott Bland about the voting issues that have tripped up primaries
    in 2020 so far, and why November won't look like any election we've seen
    before.

    Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO.
    Garrett M. Graff is a contributor to POLITICO magazine. 
    Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio.
    Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

    • 26 min
    Trump vs. the NFL

    Trump vs. the NFL

    President Donald Trump's vendetta against the NFL isn't just political.
    It's personal. POLITICO Magazine's Michael Kruse talks with Scott Bland
    about the decadeslong feud — and whether recent shifts in public
    sentiment on racial justice issues could make Trump's reelection
    campaign the final battlefield.

    Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO.
    Michael Kruse **** is a senior staff writer for POLITICO Magazine.
    Adrienne Hurst **** is an associate producer for POLITICO audio.
    Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
    Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

    • 26 min
    Why a football coach could beat Jeff Sessions

    Why a football coach could beat Jeff Sessions

    Trump's former attorney general wants his Senate seat back. But polling
    shows Tommy Tuberville — a former football coach and political newbie
    — ahead of Jeff Sessions in the Republican primary runoff. Birmingham,
    Ala.-based journalist Eric Velasco talks with Scott Bland ahead of the
    July 14 matchup. Plus, James Arkin brings us up to speed on the broader
    Senate map.

    Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO.
    Eric Velasco **** is a freelance journalist based in Birmingham, Ala.
    James Arkin **** is a Senate campaigns reporter for POLITICO.
    Adrienne Hurst **** is an associate producer for POLITICO audio.
    Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
    Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

    • 25 min
    The SCOTUS case that could tip the 2020 scales

    The SCOTUS case that could tip the 2020 scales

    The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to strike down a Louisiana abortion law
    could motivate conservative voters at the ballot box — and progressives,
    too. Health care reporter Alice Miranda Ollstein explains.

    Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO.
    Alice Miranda Ollstein **** is a health care reporter for POLITICO.
    Adrienne Hurst **** is an associate producer for POLITICO audio.
    Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
    Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

MCC in Houston ,

Episode 256 needed a misophonia trigger warning

Notification sounds can be very anxiety provoking. Particularly door ringing, door knocking, phone ringing, message pinging... and the first few minutes of this episode has incessant door knocking sounds! It was just filler content that made me want to throw my phone at the wall.

Aec6 ,

I wish Eugene Daniels was the permanent host

Good review of timely topics but I think Eugene has a voice better suited to podcasts and kept the conversation moving more seamlessly

Tron0760 ,

Need a swallow button

I couldn’t make it through. Every few seconds, someone is struggling to swallow or smacking their lips. Too distracting to listen.

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