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“The Run-Up” is your guide to understanding the 2024 election. Host Astead W. Herndon talks to the people whose decisions will make the difference.

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“The Run-Up” is your guide to understanding the 2024 election. Host Astead W. Herndon talks to the people whose decisions will make the difference.

Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

    Project 2025, Suddenly Everywhere, Explained

    Project 2025, Suddenly Everywhere, Explained

    President Biden is telling people to Google it. Former president Donald J. Trump is distancing himself from it. Even the actress Taraji P. Henson talked about it onstage at the B.E.T. Awards.

    Project 2025. It’s a blueprint for an incoming conservative president — presumably Donald Trump — spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

    And now it is everywhere in this tumultuous moment of the 2024 presidential race.

    But what is it? Is it a guide to a possible second Trump administration? And why are Democrats seizing on it now, as Biden struggles to quiet doubts about his ability to defeat Trump? This week, we’re working through those questions.

    On today’s episode:
    Jonathan Swan, who covers politics and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for The New York Times.

    Representative Ro Khanna, Democrat of California.

    • 41 min
    A Divided America Agrees: We Deserve Better Than This

    A Divided America Agrees: We Deserve Better Than This

    The latest national poll from The New York Times and Siena College shows former President Donald J. Trump leading President Biden by nine percentage points among registered voters — a pretty big shift in his direction in the week since the presidential debate.

    It has become clear in the past week that there is no obvious path to replacing Mr. Biden as the Democratic Party’s nominee. But there is a strong desire among Americans for something different.

    We heard that directly from voters we met last week in Kenosha, Wis., at a gathering of a group called Braver Angels. It’s a nonpartisan organization that finds common ground across political divisions, and it proved a perfect focus group after the debate.
    We asked these deeply engaged citizens, who had chosen to spend their free time debating policy and politics, how they were feeling about their options for president in November.

    Their perspective reinforced the gap that this unique political moment has exposed between voters and party leaders.

    The questions are: Has Mr. Biden’s debate performance made the continuation of his campaign untenable? And what, if anything, should happen next?

    • 35 min
    Democrats Are Panicking About Biden. How Did They Get Here?

    Democrats Are Panicking About Biden. How Did They Get Here?

    As you may have heard, Thursday night was the first debate between President Biden and former president Donald J. Trump. In short, it was not a great night for Mr. Biden.

    The president’s debate performance triggered significant panic among top Democrats, who for months have been dismissing concerns about Mr. Biden’s age.

    So, how is this happening? Despite all the concerns polls showed about age, how has the Democratic Party arrived at this moment?

    That’s a line of inquiry The Run-Up has been putting to senior Democratic leaders for the past 18 months. And we wanted to revisit some of those conversations now in a special episode.

    They include our interviews with Vice President Harris, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Democratic National Committee chair Jaime Harrison and Ron Klain, Mr. Biden’s former White House chief of staff.

    • 29 min
    Your Guide to a Trump vs. Biden Debate

    Your Guide to a Trump vs. Biden Debate

    We don’t know exactly what will happen when President Biden and former president Donald J. Trump take the debate stage in Atlanta tonight.

    We do know, however, that the first debate between the major party candidates is happening earlier in the election season than usual. And we also know that we’ve seen a version of this show before.

    Their past matchups have featured bitter insults, constant interruptions and were political spectacles judged more on optics than on substance.

    This year, considering that the candidates are offering radically different visions for the country, it’s hard to imagine an election in which the substance would matter more.

    So, today, at least on “The Run-Up,” there’s no buzzer, no microphone muting and no debate-stage theatrics.

    Instead, we call four Times colleagues to talk about what the candidates are actually promising for a second term on four key issues: the economy, immigration, abortion and foreign policy.

    • 53 min
    What Republicans Lost When They Won on Roe

    What Republicans Lost When They Won on Roe

    For decades, the mainstream Republican position on abortion rights was clear: Overturn Roe v. Wade and send the issue back to the states.

    But since June 2022, when the Supreme Court’s conservative majority did exactly that, Republicans have faced a question that few seemed to consider beforehand: What comes next?
    In Arizona, that question is especially important. In that battleground state, Democratic groups have already mobilized to put a citizen initiative on the November ballot that would enshrine abortion rights in the state’s Constitution and help increase President Biden’s chances at re-election.

    So this week, after spending time with organizers who support the ballot measure on the last episode, we are meeting its opponents and exploring the anti-abortion movement in Arizona, which finds itself fractured along new fault lines.

    • 48 min
    Maybe It All Comes Down to Abortion

    Maybe It All Comes Down to Abortion

    Arizona is a battleground state that both parties are desperate to win in November.

    And right now, supporters of abortion rights in the state are in the midst of gathering signatures to ensure that, along with the presidential race and a competitive Senate contest, enshrining the right to abortion in the state’s Constitution will be on the ballot this fall.

    The measure has broad support in the state, and Democrats are banking on that to drive a wide range of people to the polls to vote on the ballot measure — and, they hope, for Mr. Biden. But there’s no guarantee that will happen.

    For the next two weeks, we’re going to focus on how abortion rights could shape the 2024 election in Arizona.

    This week: We’re with volunteers around the state — at a trailhead outside Phoenix and at Bunco night in Bullhead City — who are working to get the measure on the ballot, and we spoke with the people who were supporting their efforts.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

Krisa A ,

Focusing on Biden’s Age is not helping

Overall, I love the show and reporting! However, I think the media’s overwhelming coverage of Biden’s age has been very unhelpful. Repeating information at some point gets ingrained in how people think and what their reality is. The way far-right media keeps spewing Trump’s lies, his followers say verbatim when asked why they support him. If all media keeps focusing on Biden’s age, they are doing the same thing - making moderate and independent voters keep using his age as a reason not to vote for him. The office of the Presidency is not as all powerful as people think. Instead of the President’s debate performance, more people should have been concerned about the Supreme Court’s barrage of decisions. Talk about power! I trust Biden to run this country given his experience, compassion and wisdom to surround himself with advisors who can actually get things done with the whole country in mind. And as long as he is the Democratic nominee, I think it’s pointless to keep focusing on his age.

MIchael Trigoboff ,

Excellent, Non-Ideological

Asted Herndon has a great personality, and does his interviews without any ideological slant. The show is a pleasure to listen to, and very informative. Highly recommended.

Psyched2knit ,

Astead Herndon is terrific!

I really appreciate Astead Herndon’s open minded approach and asking questions to get honest and non defensive opinions. I’m always glad I listened!!

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