At only 19-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 Mailbag Episode
For the final episode of 2020, Gabe answers your questions. He’ll weigh in on questions about the Electoral College, ranked-choice voting, motivating young voters and more.
Why Transitions Matter
As the Trump administration blocks Joe Biden from kicking off his presidential transition, Gabe is joined by Martha Joynt Kumar, the director of the White House Transition Project, to explain what goes on in a presidential transition and why they matter. Gabe and Professor Kumar draw on past examples from history to show the potential consequences of Biden’s delayed transition. Plus, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jo Mannies offers her perspective on transitions and the early signs of what a Biden Administration might look like.
Election Night Viewer’s Guide
Have you ever wondered how TV networks call the presidency on Election Night? In this episode, Gabe gets the inside scoop from Arnon Mishkin, the head of the Fox News Decision Desk. Arnon will explain how his team works to carefully project each state, even with the complicating factors of the 2020 race. Then, Gabe will talk to a fellow teenage election watcher, Niles Francis of Decision Desk HQ, who will offer a rundown of the key races to watch as returns roll in.
Who Actually Picks The President?
The Electoral College is one of the most controversial parts of the American political system. But it’s also one of the least understood. In this episode, Gabe is joined by Professor Rob Alexander to explain why the Founders created the Electoral College, how it works in practice, and who the electors that compose it actually are.
Inside the “Judicial Wars”
How did Supreme Court confirmation battles become so toxic? Gabe is joined by Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim and High School SCOTUS founder Anna Salvatore to explain the origins of the “judicial wars,” where they might be headed next, and why it matters.
Presidential Debates Through the Decades
Gabe is joined by two debate experts — Alan Schroeder of Northeastern University and Ed Lee of Emory University — to dive into the history of presidential debates. They’ll recap some of the best moments from the past six decades of televised debates and offer a preview of what to expect when Donald Trump and Joe Biden face off next week.
The Mailbag Episode
Thanks for taking us through a rather sane part of our political year. I look forward to your ongoing information. Unbiased, calm, intelligent, and based on facts! What a novel idea.
Gabe is terrific! His Wake up to Politics newsletter is great and this podcast is outstanding as well. Very informative and provides excellent information in an easily understandable way. Well done!
Waking Up To Politics
I have enjoyed the clear, concise reporting and information that Gabe has provided to his subscribers for several years and I am looking forward to his newest venture. He has a very bright future in political reporting and it is great to be part of that process and his journey. Thanks Gabe!
The episode on regulation of the internet was both interesting and informative!
Royal M. Richardson