12 episodes

At only 18-years-old, Gabe Fleisher has already made quite a name for himself. When he was 9-years-old, Gabe started getting up at the crack of dawn to send out a daily email newsletter with his analysis of the political news cycle. He called it Wake Up To Politics, and it slowly developed a large readership. Now, in partnership with St. Louis Public Radio, Fleisher will extend his popular newsletter with a podcast that explains the inner workings of American politics. And just like his newsletter, episodes will be short, sweet and to the point.

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    • 4.9, 220 Ratings

At only 18-years-old, Gabe Fleisher has already made quite a name for himself. When he was 9-years-old, Gabe started getting up at the crack of dawn to send out a daily email newsletter with his analysis of the political news cycle. He called it Wake Up To Politics, and it slowly developed a large readership. Now, in partnership with St. Louis Public Radio, Fleisher will extend his popular newsletter with a podcast that explains the inner workings of American politics. And just like his newsletter, episodes will be short, sweet and to the point.

    The 26 Words That Created the Internet

    The 26 Words That Created the Internet

    Donald Trump and Twitter are sparring over what users can say on social media. But the fight is one that goes back decades, to the very dawn of the Internet. Gabe talks to Protocol reporter Issie Lapowsky about Section 230, a key provision granting social media companies immunity for posts on their platform. Then, veteran journalist Sanford Ungar places the battle over regulating social media in the broader context of America’s long-running debate about free speech and the First Amendment.

    • 22 min
    How To Pick A VP

    How To Pick A VP

    It’s the question on everyone’s mind right now: who will Joe Biden pick as his vice president? While unconventional promise made by Joe Biden and public campaigning by some contenders has shaken up his search, Biden is also following the tried-and-true vetting process that decades of presidential candidates have conducted before him. In this episode, we speak to vice presidential scholar Joel Goldstein and New York Times reporter Astead Herndon to gain insights into Biden’s shortlist and the VP selection process throughout history.

    • 21 min
    The future of the two-party system

    The future of the two-party system

    Is the two-party system on its last legs? Or is it too big to fail? In this episode of Wake Up To Politics, Gabe delves into the past and future of political parties in America. Lee Drutman, author of “Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America,” gives a history lesson in how we ended up with Democrats and Republicans, and why he believes American democracy would be healthier with a few more parties thrown in. Then, Politico’s chief political correspondent, Tim Alberta, will offer insight into third-party candidates in 2020, and share how he sees the two-party system evolving in the coming years: perhaps not with more viable third parties, but with new parties forming inside the current ones.

    • 26 min
    Generation Pandemic

    Generation Pandemic

    Studies have shown that the most important time for a person’s political development is in their early years. So how is the coronavirus pandemic impacting young Americans — a cohort already distrustful of government and anxious for change — and what will it mean for their political identities going forward? In this episode of Wake Up To Politics, young listeners call in to share their thoughts about coming of age during COVID-19; then, TIME national correspondent Charlotte Alter helps put their comments into context with incisive analysis about the political lives of millennials and Generation Z.

    • 21 min
    Quarantine campaigning

    Quarantine campaigning

    How do you run a campaign for the presidency when your candidate and all your volunteers are stuck at home? In this episode of Wake Up To Politics, Gabe interviews representatives of both presidential campaigns — Trump spokeswoman Erin Perrine and Biden rapid response director Andrew Bates — to find out. They discuss how both campaigns have expanded their virtual efforts in light of the coronavirus and how they are responding to the unique challenges that the pandemic poses. These two aides might not see eye-to-eye on much: but they both agree it is an unprecedented time to seek the White House.

    • 18 min
    The mail-in election?

    The mail-in election?

    Coronavirus has quickly altered almost every facet of American life, and politics is no exception. In this episode of Wake Up To Politics, Gabe shares voice memos from listeners with questions and concerns about politics in the age of coronavirus. Plus, Vote at Home Institute CEO Amber McReynolds explains what voting-by-mail means and how much time states have to implement it.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
220 Ratings

220 Ratings

MHonigfort ,

Excellent

This is an interesting, professionally done podcast on politics. Excellent!

laurie727 ,

I learned something!

Learning something is the main reason I listen to podcasts and Gabe's show fulfills that goal without a lot of drama or “taking sides.” Much appreciated! The show on Section 230 was especially enlightening.

Merilee Ann ,

Wake Up To Politics

Clear, concise, and of great importance in this time of political upheaval.

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