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Every Friday, Guardian columnist and former Washington correspondent, Jonathan Freedland, invites experts to help analyse the latest in American politics. From politicians to journalists covering the White House and beyond, Jonathan and his guests give listeners behind the scenes access to how the American political machine works.

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Every Friday, Guardian columnist and former Washington correspondent, Jonathan Freedland, invites experts to help analyse the latest in American politics. From politicians to journalists covering the White House and beyond, Jonathan and his guests give listeners behind the scenes access to how the American political machine works.

    Republicans divided over abortion ahead of elections

    Republicans divided over abortion ahead of elections

    Last week the Arizona supreme court upheld a law first passed in 1864, which, if it goes into effect, will ban almost all abortions in the state. Democrats were quick to denounce the ruling, but some prominent Republicans were not happy with it either, including Donald Trump. Since the overturning of Roe v Wade nearly two years ago, individual states have had the ability to restrict abortion rights and several have jumped at the chance. This week, Jonathan Freedland and Moira Donegan of Guardian US discuss why Republicans are divided on restrictions they worked so hard to put in place. Why are once staunch supporters of abortion bans wavering? And as November fast approaches, will abortion be the issue that swings the election?

    • 27 min
    How badly has US diplomacy been damaged by the war in Gaza?

    How badly has US diplomacy been damaged by the war in Gaza?

    Criticism of Israel’s war strategy has been growing in recent months, but last week there was a marked shift in tone from western leaders after seven aid workers were killed by an Israeli strike. The most notable change has come from the US president, Joe Biden, who this week turned on Benjamin Netanyahu, declaring Israel’s approach to the war a ‘mistake’. This week, Jonathan Freedland speaks to a former negotiator in the Middle East, Aaron David Miller, about whether pressure from within his own party will force Biden to stop supplying arms to the US’s biggest ally in the Middle East, and what the future holds for the relationship between the US and Israel when the war ends

    • 26 min
    Should Biden be worried about losing Black voters to Trump?

    Should Biden be worried about losing Black voters to Trump?

    Several recent polls have suggested that Donald Trump may be on course to receive more support from Black voters than any Republican presidential nominee in history. Some have argued the polling isn’t representative enough. This week, Jonathan Freedland speaks to the historian and author Leah Wright Rigueur about whether or not Trump can really win over more Black voters than Joe Biden can afford to lose. Or should his main concern be those disaffected voters who don’t turn to Trump, but instead don’t turn out at all, choosing to stay home?

    • 30 min
    Can Bibles, sneakers and social media save Trump from financial ruin?

    Can Bibles, sneakers and social media save Trump from financial ruin?

    Donald Trump is embroiled in a balancing act between several criminal and civil trials, which could cost him millions of dollars and potentially even put him behind bars. On top of that, there’s the small issue of a presidential campaign. So the question is: can he afford to do it all? This week Jonathan Freedland speaks to Erica Orden, of Politico, to discuss the highs and lows Trump experienced this week, and whether or not he can raise the money to save himself from bankruptcy

    • 26 min
    America’s ‘news deserts’ and what it means for democracy

    America’s ‘news deserts’ and what it means for democracy

    In the run-up to this year’s election, President Joe Biden has warned that American democracy is at stake. But when it comes to the democratic process of an entire nation, might the solution be local? In an age of declining print media, losses of local newspapers and journalists are creating ‘news deserts’: areas bereft of a local paper. But does this matter, or is local news just a collection of obituaries and classifieds? Especially when rolling news coverage can be found online? This week, Joan Greve speaks to the journalist and local news campaigner Steven Waldman, who argues that in an election year of increasing polarisation, we need local news more than ever. They will discuss why local journalism is a fundamental part of building communication, scrutiny and trust – and what can be done to save it

    • 24 min
    Can US Congress control the abuse of AI in the 2024 election?

    Can US Congress control the abuse of AI in the 2024 election?

    In January, voters in New Hampshire answered a phone call from what sounded like President Joe Biden. What turned out to be an AI-generated robocall caused a stir because it was trying to convince Democratic voters not to turn up to polling stations on election day. In response to this scam, just a couple of weeks later, the US government outlawed robocalls that use voices generated by artificial intelligence. But experts are warning that this story is just one example of why 2024 will be a year of unprecedented election disinformation in the US and around the world. This week, Jonathan Freedland and Rachel Leingang discuss why people are so worried about the influence of artificial intelligence on November’s presidential election, and what politicians can do to catch up

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

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Terrific Coverage

Excellent analysis from an on-the-ground correspondent who brings a different perspective to American politics.

Bill the Bug Guy ,

Would give five stars, but…

I understand the need to seem neutral when presenting the news, but Ronna McDaniel shouldn’t be able to catch a break, she was (and still is) an election denier! One doesn’t have to actually believe something as baseless as tRump’s pathetic, self serving Big Lie about the 2020 election, propagating such devastating propaganda in an effort to destroy America Democracy makes one an election denier. This lady, like so many in the Tangerine Tyrant’s wake, is a grifter and a con. Woe America if these monsters return to the White House, retain the House and pick up the Senate. The rest of the Free World better watch out, MAGA ‘MERICA has a very real possibility of returning, this time WITH A VENGEANCE!!!

Sad thing is, I’m not joking…

Anywho, great show otherwise!

mrb-qns ,

Fantastic analysis

Sober minded and focused discussion of American politics and the stakes involved. Excellent discussion!!

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