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Checks and Balance unlocks American politics by taking a big theme each week and digging into the data, the ideas, and the history shaping the country.
Join John Prideaux, Charlotte Howard, Idrees Kahloon and Jon Fasman as they talk to politicians, pollsters, academics and people across the country about the great experiment of American democracy.
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Checks and Balance unlocks American politics by taking a big theme each week and digging into the data, the ideas, and the history shaping the country.
Join John Prideaux, Charlotte Howard, Idrees Kahloon and Jon Fasman as they talk to politicians, pollsters, academics and people across the country about the great experiment of American democracy.
For more from Checks and Balance, sign up at https://www.economist.com/newsletters/checks-and-balance to receive our weekly newsletter.

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    Checks and Balance: Sitting ducks

    Checks and Balance: Sitting ducks

    Politicians have returned to Washington following the Thanksgiving break, for what Democrats hope will be a legislative flurry. Once Republicans take over the House in January, passing bills will get a lot harder. What can, and should, the lame-duck session of the 117th Congress accomplish?  
     
    Senator Angus King tells us why reforming a law from 1887 is at the top of his to-do list. We go back to a particularly productive lame-duck session. And The Economist’s James Bennet makes the case that Congress should act to protect those who grew up undocumented in America.
    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Idrees Kahloon. 
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    Checks and Balance: From our archive—beef encounter

    Checks and Balance: From our archive—beef encounter

    At Thanksgiving Americans express gratitude for family, the harvest… and a big, juicy turkey.  Americans consume the most meat per person, but that's not good for the planet. In an episode first released in November 2021, we ask: could they cut back?
     
    The Economist’s Jon Fasman and his sons prepare the Thanksgiving turkey. We go back to a nationwide contest to find the perfect chicken. And Caroline Bushnell from The Good Food Institute discusses how to wean Americans off meat.  
     
    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard.
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    Checks and Balance: Trump's back

    Checks and Balance: Trump's back

    As Donald Trump launches a third White House run, we report on the view from Mar-a-Lago and the rise of Ron DeSantis. Are attempted presidential comebacks ever a good idea? And how will a fractured Republican Party navigate the long road to 2024?
    The Economist’s Alexandra Suich Bass dissects Mr Trump’s announcement speech. We revisit Herbert Hoover’s hopes for a return to Pennsylvania Avenue. And Russell Vought of the Center for Renewing America explains why he’s backing Mr Trump. 
     
    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Idrees Kahloon. 
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    Checks and Balance: Red faces

    Checks and Balance: Red faces

    Republicans should have done better. With high inflation and an unpopular president, the stage was set for them to easily take back both chambers of Congress. Instead they look on track to barely capture the House, and the Senate is most likely to stay blue. It was a bad result for Donald Trump, whose handpicked election-denying candidates underperformed horribly. What do the midterm election results mean for America? 
    The Economist’s Elliott Morris assesses how our election model did. We check in, one last time, on the races in Pennsylvania. And The Economist’s James Bennet explains why he thinks Joe Biden shouldn’t seek another term.
    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Idrees Kahloon.
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    Checks and Balance: End of midterm

    Checks and Balance: End of midterm

    The big guns are out.  Donald Trump has three rallies planned before election day.  Barack Obama has popped up in several battleground states. The former presidents will, separately, converge on Pennsylvania at the weekend, where Obama will be joined by a lesser-spotted figure on the trail: President Biden. What’s at stake in these midterm elections?
    The Economist’s Elliott Morris assesses what pundits have got wrong about the campaign.  We consider why Democratic warnings about the future of democracy aren’t cutting through.  And the Republican Governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin summarises his party’s closing arguments.  
    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Idrees Kahloon. 
    On Thursday November 10th subscribers can join the Checks and Balance team for a live Q&A discussion about the midterm results. Sign up now at economist.com/checksevent.  
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    • 43 min
    Checks and Balance: Donkey years

    Checks and Balance: Donkey years

    For two years Democrats have held the Holy Grail – control of the presidency and both chambers of Congress. The midterms will, most likely, put an end to that. Divided government is going to make Joe Biden’s agenda much harder to pass: what will the legacy of his first two years in power be?  
    The Economist’s Henry Curr takes us through “Bidenomics”. We go back to the last time Democrats had a government trifecta. And The Economist’s Stevie Hertz speaks to voters who have been helped by the Biden administration, but may not realise it. 
    Charlotte Howard hosts with Idrees Kahloon and Jon Fasman.
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Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Marianhester ,

Thanks and best wishes from South Africa

Dear John, Charlotte and John, in your Christmas quiz episode you remarked how pleased you were about the listeners’ questions and about how many listeners outside the US submitted questions. I’m another listener outside the US and want to say a sincere thank you for the high quality of the podcast content and presentation and the humour throughout. Best wishes, Marian. Johannesburg, South Africa.

Brave Futures ,

Just wonderful

Have been listening to this podcast from ep 1, love the energy between the hosts and the analysis is brilliant. So glad it is carrying on past the election. Keep it up guys, you rock!

atruradmirer ,

Very poor reporting

The discussion of murder rates in the US was extraordinary in what was not included:

- accusations against the police were piled up with not a single voice from the police to provide their story - a glaring lack of balance.

- the discussion of murders avoided any discussion of the elephant in the room: the effect of absent fathers on the young men committing murders. Any criminologists (whose voices were also conspicuously absent) will tell you the single biggest issue in crime is lack of father involvement. This was simply not discussed - a glaring lack of context.

Context and balance are the two key cornerstones of any reporting. They were both sadly absent from this pod.

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