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Politics & Polls #150: Election Reform with Lawrence Lessig

45:02 | Aug 15th

Voter suppression, gerrymandering, money in politics, and even issues with the electoral college all call into question whether the United States truly has a representative democracy. How might these issues play a role in the upcoming 2020 elections...Show More
#149: How Our Genes Shape Societies Ft. Nicholas Christakis

40:32 | Aug 8th

History is rife with examples of people behaving badly, sometimes with truly evil intent. Yet noted scholar Nicholas Christakis argues that humans are actually wired for goodness. His recent book, “Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Societ...Show More
#148: The Power of Silicon Valley Ft. Margaret O’Mara

37:08 | Aug 1st

Silicon Valley has emerged as the epicenter of technological innovation within the American economy. Yet, people often know little about the region’s origins and how it grew to become an influential force behind new innovations in society. Margare...Show More
Democracy Works: Neoliberalism Featuring Wendy Brown

39:43 | Jul 25th

This week’s show is special: We’ve swapped episodes with Democracy Works, a podcast produced by Penn State University’s McCourtney Institute for Democracy. (They ran an episode of ours last week.) As the definition of neoliberalism contrasts among...Show More
#147: Reagan’s Tax Cut Revolution Ft. Monica Prasad

32:45 | Jul 18th

In the 1980s, supply-side economics became a rallying cry of conservative politicians. This macroeconomic theory posits that lower taxes and decreased regulation can lead to economic growth, helping everyone on the income ladder as benefits to the ri...Show More
#146: Entrenchment and Overcoming the Power of Concentrated Wealth Ft. Paul Starr

33:32 | Jul 11th

Efforts at controlling the powers of concentrated wealth has been an ongoing problem within society. Some believe overcoming the issue involves looking back at the foundations of democratic societies. Paul Starr from Princeton University joins Sam...Show More
#145: Taking Back Our Elections Ft. Joshua Douglas

40:45 | Jun 27th

With reports that voting rights are being compromised, some have concluded that elections are not truly democratic. Yet, individuals are making positive changes in their communities to protect these important rights. Joshua Douglas joins Sam Wang ...Show More
#144: The Origins of the Internet Ft. David Kushner

46:14 | Jun 20th

The internet continues to expand and grow in complexity, yet many people are unaware of its origins. Understanding the internet’s roots could be beneficial when looking toward the future of the web. David Kushner, award-winning journalist and auth...Show More
#143: The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson Ft. Brenda Wineapple

38:55 | Jun 13th

As the country debates whether President Trump should be impeached, many are making comparisons to past presidencies like Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Less attention, however, is paid to the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, the first president to be...Show More
#142: Normalizing Chaos Featuring Jennifer Rubin

45:28 | Jun 7th

Many in the media argue that the Trump administration is challenging democratic norms. Are they right or overstating the case? Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin joins Sam Wang to discuss the role of the fourth estate, the danger of “normalizin...Show More
#141: All About Electability?

33:01 | May 30th

Of the 23 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president, who is the most electable? How does one define “electability,” and how does the media drive its relevance? As the initial Democratic primary debates approach, Julian Zelizer an...Show More
#140: The Mueller Report Book Club Ft. Marty Lederman

39:05 | May 23rd

Following the release of the Mueller Report, much of the media and the public’s focus has been on potential obstruction of justice. Yet, argues Georgetown University’s Marty Lederman, more attention should be paid to whether President Trump’s conduct...Show More
#139: The Mueller Report Book Club Ft. Quinta Jurecic

44:52 | May 16th

Last week, former White House Counsel Don McGahn — a key figure in Volume II of the Mueller Report — reportedly was instructed by the Trump administration not to comply with a subpoena from House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler for documents and test...Show More
#138: The Mueller Report "Book Club" Ft. Marcy Wheeler

43:09 | May 9th

Hundreds of former federal prosecutors asserted in a recent statement that, were Donald Trump not the President, he would have been charged with obstruction of justice based on findings contained in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s (Class of 1966) re...Show More
#137: Era of Ignition Ft. Amber Tamblyn

45:15 | May 2nd

Has feminism changed in in recent years, particularly with the #MeToo movement and presidential elections as the backdrop? A new book by author and actress Amber Tamblyn explores "coming of age in a time of rage,” showing how self-reflection can lead...Show More
#136: The Politics of the Mueller Report

44:41 | Apr 25th

A redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released April 18, giving politicians time since to respond to its findings. In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss the politics of navigating the report, particularly...Show More
#135: Reproductive Rights Ft. Cecile Richards

33:43 | Apr 18th

Reproductive rights have been a contentious issue for decades and have come into particular focus during the Trump presidency. In this episode, Julian Zelizer discusses possible future for reproductive rights in the United States with Cecile Rich...Show More
#134: The Republican Party Ft. Jeff Flake

44:19 | Apr 11th

Donald Trump’s presidency has raised serious questions about the future direction of the Republican Party. Former Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona has been among those to raise concerns about the party. In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discu...Show More
#133: Women of Color in the Digital Space Ft. Kimberly Bryant

32:38 | Apr 4th

The technology sector is an important part of the economy, yet there exists a dearth of women in the field — especially females of color. Joining this episode to discuss breaking through these barriers is Kimberly Bryant, founder and CEO of Black G...Show More
#132: The Mueller Report

35:26 | Mar 28th

Special Counsel Robert Mueller released his report on Russia interference in the 2016 election this week, finding no collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia, but neither charging nor exonerating Trump on obstruction of justice. Now, ...Show More
#131: ‘Mass Human Caging’ Ft. Alec Karakatsanis

43:05 | Mar 21st

There are unprecedented rates of incarceration in America today, with hundreds of thousands of people being jailed annually. How does the cash bail system contribute to those pending trial but unable to meet bail? And what are the rights of those who...Show More
Politics & Polls #130: 2020 Prospects

32:41 | Mar 14th

The 2020 election is on the horizon. In this episode, Sam Wang and Julian Zelizer discuss prospects for the 2020 election, analyzing data-based and qualitative factors. The pair is particularly interested in the potential for a Joe Biden candidacy an...Show More
Politics & Polls #129: Civil Liberties Today with Anthony Romero

42:20 | Mar 7th

In this episode, Julian Zelizer discusses the threats posed to civil liberties since the 9/11 attacks with guest Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Romero argues that current threats to civil liberties are no...Show More
Politics & Polls #128: National Security in the Cyber Age

41:26 | Feb 28th

David Sanger, national security correspondent and senior writer for The New York Times, joins Sam Wang in this episode to discuss the growing cybersecurity threats facing the United States. Sanger outlines how cyber warfare levels the playing fiel...Show More
Politics & Polls #127: U.S. Security Threats with Asha Rangappa

35:47 | Feb 21st

Some media outlets are reporting that special counsel Robert Mueller may soon hand over a report regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election. Will this bring bad news for President Donald Trump and his administration? Joining this episode...Show More
Politics & Polls #126: Journalism in a Trump World with Mara Liasson

36:00 | Feb 15th

How has the state of journalism changed during President Donald Trump's tenure? Seasoned journalist Mara Liasson joins this episode to discuss what is and isn't working in the media realm as well as the trajectory of her own career at NPR. Liasson...Show More
Politics & Polls #125: As a City on a Hill

36:25 | Feb 7th

Certain speeches and sermons linger in the minds of Americans, often becoming part of our national imagination and history. One oft-quoted sermon that remains both provocative and timeless was given by John Winthrop in 1630 at New England’s foundi...Show More
Politics & Polls #124: The Battle for America

42:36 | Jan 31st

Candidates have begun launching their 2020 presidential campaigns, prompting many to look a look back at Donald Trump’s presidential victory in 2016. In this episode, Sam Wang interviews Michael Tesler, co-author of a compelling book about how the...Show More
Politics & Polls #123: Shutdown Politics

42:23 | Jan 24th

The government shutdown is now in its 33rd day, with the Senate ready to vote today on proposals to reopen government. Both are expected to fail. Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss the implications of the shutdown in this episode.
Politics & Polls #122: American Global Leadership

32:29 | Jan 24th

Some say the United States is heading down a road toward isolationism. In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss the uncertain future of American global leadership with Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay. They are authors of a new book: “The Em...Show More
Politics & Polls #121: The ‘Fault Lines’ of Modern America

47:07 | Jan 10th

In his farewell address, President Barack Obama identified a number of “fault lines” in American society from politics to economics to race. In this episode, Sam Wang discusses these societal divisions with regular podcast co-host Julian Zelizer and ...Show More
Politics & Polls #120: Immigration Then & Now

35:57 | Jan 3rd

Issues related to immigration have occupied a central role in political debates, especially during the Trump presidency. Although the current focus tends to be on on Central and Latin America, backlash unfolded throughout American history, including ...Show More
Politics & Polls #119: The Role of First Lady

30:47 | Dec 20th, 2018

First ladies often play big roles in the White House, either behind the scenes or in the public eye. In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss the highly variable roles played by first ladies with Lauren Wright, a lecturer in politics a...Show More
Politics & Polls #118: The Politics of Climate Change

40:08 | Dec 13th, 2018

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing the world today. In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss the politics of combating climate change with author Jeff Nesbit. Nesbit examines the consensus in the scientific commun...Show More
Politics & Polls #117: Thunderdome Politics with Greg Sargent

37:18 | Dec 6th, 2018

Donald Trump’s presidency has been unsettling to some, often spurring controversy while testing our country’s political institutions. Some argue he is at the root of the problem while others say he is simply a symptom of an already broken system. ...Show More
Politics & Polls #116: Another Look at the Midterms

34:24 | Nov 29th, 2018

Three weeks after the midterm elections, the results are finally clear. In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang examine the emerging consensus regarding the outcome of the midterms that there was, in fact, a Blue Wave—at least in terms of the...Show More
Politics & Polls #115: Conservatism Today with Arthur Brooks

38:10 | Nov 15th, 2018

How is today’s brand of conservatism different from past presidencies? In this episode, Julian Zelizer discusses the ins and outs of conservatism today, particularly compared with that during the Ronald Reagan presidency, with economist Arthur Brooks...Show More
Politics & Polls #114: Midterms Reactions with Valerie Jarrett

52:02 | Nov 8th, 2018

Democrats gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 6, while Republicans bolstered their majority in the U.S. Senate. Democrats also gained seven new governorships, including in states key to President Donald Trump’s victory in 2016...Show More
Politics & Polls #113: A Week of Hate Crimes

51:09 | Nov 1st, 2018

he past week has been marked by a series of hate crimes. Pipe bombs were sent to a few political critics of President Donald Trump by a fanatic in Florida; two African Americans were shot by a white nationalist in Kentucky; and a horrific attack at a...Show More
Politics & Polls #112: A Midterms Update

51:09 | Oct 25th, 2018

Uncertainty looms regarding next week’s midterm elections. In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang consider the dynamics shaping the midterm elections and the potential implications with journalist Barry Yeoman and political scientist Daniell...Show More
Politics & Polls #111: How Technology Changed Illicit Trade

26:09 | Oct 18th, 2018

Technological innovations have fundamentally altered the landscape of illicit trade. From war lords to state actors, top-down forces have harnessed technology to expand illicit trade in everything from pesticides to rhino horns. In this episod...Show More
Politics & Polls #110: The Aftermath of the Kavanaugh Confirmation

31:16 | Oct 11th, 2018

Following a bitter and contentious confirmation process, Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in to the Supreme Court. Could his confirmation galvanize Republican support in the upcoming midterm elections? And what effect will it have on the reputa...Show More
Politics & Polls #109: What’s Next for Kavanaugh?

38:35 | Oct 4th, 2018

Questions abound regarding what impact the recently opened FBI investigation will have on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process. In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss Kavanaugh’s prior political career, recent t...Show More
Politics & Polls #108: How Money Restricts Access to Political Office

28:15 | Sep 27th, 2018

Working-class citizens have been historically underrepresented in American politics. In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss the influence of money in politics — both in terms of who rises to elected office and how those elected gover...Show More
Politics & Polls #107: The Kavanaugh Saga

32:10 | Sep 20th, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault. How might this play out? And what effect will it have on the midterm elections? Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss this and more in today's episode. (Note: This epi...Show More
Politics & Polls #106: How the Conservative News Media Shaped History

29:49 | Sep 13th, 2018

The conservative news media has had a historical role in shaping national politics. In this episode, Julian Zelizer discusses the influence of conservative news media, both then and now, with historian Laurence Jurdem. Jurdem goes into detail a...Show More
Politics & Polls #105: This Week in Washington

30:56 | Aug 31st, 2018

Between the death of Senator John McCain, recent developments in the Trump-Russia investigation, and Congressional upsets, quite a bit has unfolded in the political sphere. Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss all that's happened in this week's episod...Show More
Politics & Polls #99: Who is Atticus Finch?

29:40 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Fictional work often stimulates a broader debate about politics and history. This was the case following the release of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” in 2015. A beloved literary hero, Atticus Finch was remade into a bigoted antagonist. In today...Show More
Politics & Polls #104: What is the 25th Amendment?

28:09 | Aug 23rd, 2018

The 25th Amendment has returned to national dialogue and become a popular topic during Donald Trump’s presidency. The amendment, adopted in 1967, addresses what happens if the President of the United States is removed, dies, is incapacitated, or othe...Show More
Politics & Polls #103: Blue State Federalism

35:52 | Aug 16th, 2018

In recent history, federalism has been favored by the Republican party, while Democrats have aimed to nationalize certain policies. But given Republicans’ current control of the federal government, progressive Democrats may need to aim to achieve the...Show More
Politics & Polls #102: Baseball and the American Presidency

28:48 | Aug 10th, 2018

Sports have a long history of being intertwined with American politics. Drawing on his experience as a former presidential speechwriter, Curt Smith examines the relationship between baseball and the American presidency in a new book: “The Presiden...Show More
Politics & Polls #101: The Centrist Paradox

43:43 | Aug 2nd, 2018

The United States and Europe have seen a rise in outsider political movements, with more voters supporting populist authoritarian leaders who buck traditional cultural values than in the recent past. In this episode, Sam Wang interviews research...Show More
Politics & Polls #100: The Trump Presidency

32:21 | Jul 26th, 2018

Share » In this special 100th episode of Politics & Polls, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang reflect on aspects of Donald Trump’s presidency that have surprised them both individually. Zelizer is surprised by public tolerance of Trump’s most controvers...Show More
Politics & Polls #98: A Review of the Carter Presidency

38:31 | Jul 12th, 2018

Every so often, a presidency comes to be seen in a new light. An example of this is President Jimmy Carter, a man viewed by some as part of a troubled period in Democratic politics. A series of new books are shedding light on the Carter presidency, h...Show More
Politics & Polls #97: “Any Man” Featuring Amber Tamblyn

32:10 | Jun 28th, 2018

The #MeToo movement has transformed American political debate, having a huge influence on prominent figures in a number of arenas. Many believe it could play a role in voter turnout during the midterm campaigns and even carry weight with the 2020 pre...Show More
Politics & Polls #96: A Historical Review of Anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe

44:55 | Jun 21st, 2018

With the recent rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence in Europe and parts of the United States, the history of anti-Semitism has gained renewed academic interest. To understand this phenomenon, academics often study the late 19th and early 20th ...Show More
Politics & Polls #95: Behind the Big Screen

44:27 | Jun 14th, 2018

The entertainment industry is an endless source of fascination among Americans. Movies and films offer keen insights into American society while also exposing its undersides. At the heart of the industry are writers, producers, and directors determin...Show More
Politics & Polls #94: Peace in the Middle East?

46:15 | Jun 7th, 2018

The United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last month, raising questions for some about whether the United States can still be a neutral negotiator for peace in the Middle East. The future of the Middle East seems more unstable th...Show More
Politics & Polls #93: What-Ifs

40:40 | May 31st, 2018

In politics, like sports, moments arise that beg the question, “What if?” In baseball, some think, “What if the runner on third had made it home?” Politics is not quite different. Winners and losers in both, pivotal moments leave us wondering: what i...Show More
Politics & Polls #92: The Politics of the Russia Investigation

35:09 | May 24th, 2018

Where is the Russia investigation going and what will the political impact be? While some wonder whether the investigation will soon come to a close, President Donald Trump has launched a counterattack by charging the FBI with having attempted to spy...Show More
Politics & Polls #91: Congress & the Class of ’74

28:45 | May 17th, 2018

In 1974, a new wave of legislators entered Congress after the Watergate Scandal, determined to change the American political landscape. While these “Watergate Babies” inspired great change, some argue that they also contributed significantly to the g...Show More
Politics & Polls #90: ‘Our Towns’ Featuring James Fallows

41:51 | May 10th, 2018

Some feel these are the worst of times, that we’re living in an America fraught with political discord and governmental dysfunction. But how bad is it in American towns? Writers James and Deborah Fallows traveled 100,000 miles across the country to f...Show More
Politics & Polls #89: What Happened at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

35:09 | May 3rd, 2018

Comedian Michelle Wolf’s performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner sparked a flurry of controversy this week, as she took several jabs at members of the Trump administration, some of whom were in the audience and on the dais. Julian Ze...Show More
Politics & Polls #88: Voting Rights in America

31:24 | Apr 26th, 2018

The battle over voting rights has been one of the most contentious issues in American politics over the past five decades. The country has celebrated a number of advancements and achievements, only for some of them to be overturned later. It’s an iss...Show More
Politics & Polls #87: Social Media and Politics

51:43 | Apr 19th, 2018

In this special episode, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss social media’s influence on politics in front of a live audience. Their discussion was the keynote presentation at Princeton University’s Social Media Day held April 13 on campus. The episo...Show More
Politics & Polls #86: The Internet’s Dark Side

41:27 | Apr 12th, 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress this week, answering questions about the platform’s use of personal data. The social media giant has been under fire regarding the spread of fake news on the platform throughout the 2016 U.S. elec...Show More
Politics & Polls #85: Democracy in the Modern Age

29:29 | Apr 5th, 2018

Questions about democracy have been front and center in the United States, especially since the 2016 election. What is the state of democracy both in the United States and around the globe? How are our democratic institutions faring in the modern age...Show More
Politics & Polls #84: A Psychiatrist’s View of Donald Trump

36:49 | Mar 29th, 2018

President Donald Trump’s moods and temperament are a hot topic for journalists, lawmakers and academics. In fact, earlier this year, a psychiatrist from Yale University actually briefed Democratic lawmakers on president’s mental state, which she call...Show More
Politics & Polls #83: Trump, Russia and Mueller — What’s Next?

39:38 | Mar 22nd, 2018

President Donald Trump tweeted choice words last weekend about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. Trump then added another lawyer to his team — Joseph diGenova, a former U.S. ...Show More
Politics & Polls #82: Rock-and-Roll, Progressive Politics & the Dirty South with the Drive-By Truckers

43:27 | Mar 15th, 2018

Music has long been an important avenue for political discussion. This episode features Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers, a Southern rock band whose music has tackled a number of contentious political issues from class to race ...Show More
Politics & Polls #81: One Nation After Trump

44:07 | Mar 8th, 2018

Is President Donald Trump a threat to American democracy? This is explored in a new book by The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne Jr., a regular on MSNBC, NPR’s All Things Considered and ABC News’ This Week. He joins this week’s episode to discuss this n...Show More
Politics & Polls #80: Are Corporations Remaking America?

38:29 | Mar 1st, 2018

President Donald Trump’s recently passed tax bill included a sizable tax break for many American corporations, slashed from 35 percent to 21 percent. While the tax cuts have increased cash flow for businesses, they also raise questions about the powe...Show More
Politics & Polls #79: Immigration, Refugees and the State of Journalism in 2018

41:18 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Today, the nation faces a series of major policy challenges revolving around immigrants and refugees. In this episode, Julian Zelizer talks to NPR veteran Deborah Amos about how President Donald Trump has used executive power to move the country righ...Show More
Politics & Polls #78: Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change

39:07 | Feb 15th, 2018

As the earth continues to warm, life - both in cities and rural areas - will undoubtedly change. Urban centers, which contribute the lion’s share of carbon into the atmosphere, are at a greater risk, especially those in coastal zones where sea levels...Show More
Politics & Polls #77: Memo Wars

39:06 | Feb 8th, 2018

2018 has started off with a bang under President Trump, especially with the release of a controversial memo about the Russia investigation by Rep. Devin Nunes (R- Calif.) The three-and-a-half-page memo, written by Nunes' congressional aides, accus...Show More
Politics & Polls #76: How the Right Lost Its Mind - A Conversation with Charlie Sykes

40:12 | Feb 1st, 2018

Best-selling author and radio host Charlie Sykes is among the leading conservative voices standing in opposition to President Donald Trump and the alt-right. His latest book, “How the Right Lost Its Mind,” presents an impassioned, regretful and deepl...Show More
Politics & Polls #75: The Republic for Which It Stands

39:45 | Jan 25th, 2018

Intense partisanship. Rampant wealth and inequality. Racial divisions. While they sound like the issues of today, they were also prevalent during the Gilded Age, an important time in American history. It was during these years — between 1865 and 1...Show More
Politics & Polls #74: The Second Coming of the KKK

36:30 | Jan 18th, 2018

President Donald Trump’s election stirred up what some call a resurgence of white nationalism. But is this a new phenomenon outside of mainstream America? Or has white nationalism been more part of American culture than we’ve been willing to admit? ...Show More
Politics & Polls #73: Why You Should Care about Gerrymandering

43:17 | Jan 11th, 2018

A panel of federal judges rejected a congressional district map in North Carolina, calling it a partisan gerrymander. Never before has a court overturned a Congressional districting plan on grounds of partisanship. The panel ordered the state legisla...Show More
Politics & Polls #72: Social Research in the Digital Age

37:45 | Jan 4th, 2018

From smart phones to social media, digital technology has changed the way we live —allowing for new explorations of human behavior. Big data now enables scientists to process data about human behavior on a scale never before imaginable. In this e...Show More
Politics & Polls #71: Inside the Mind of Donald Trump

31:02 | Dec 21st, 2017

What’s going on in the mind of President Donald Trump? Journalist Ellis Henican provides a humorous, illustrated look into the president’s psyche in a new book, “Trumpitude.” He discusses this and more with professor Julian Zelizer in this episode.
Politics & Polls #70: Alabama’s Senate Race

41:36 | Dec 14th, 2017

Democrat Doug Jones won a pivotal Alabama Senate seat Dec. 12, a victory carrying with it significant national consequences. Jones, a former U.S. attorney, defeated Republican Roy S. Moore, a former chief justice who’s been ensnarled in claims of sex...Show More
Politics & Polls #70: Alabama’s Senate Race

41:36 | Dec 14th, 2017

Democrat Doug Jones won a pivotal Alabama Senate seat Dec. 12, a victory carrying with it significant national consequences. Jones, a former U.S. attorney, defeated Republican Roy S. Moore, a former chief justice who’s been ensnarled in claims of sex...Show More
Politics & Polls #69: How the Media Covers Race

44:07 | Dec 7th, 2017

How the media covers race remains a palpable concern in today’s America. In this episode, award-winning journalist Tanzina Vega chats with Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang about the many issues related to race and the media. Vega is speaker ...Show More
Politics & Polls #69: How the Media Covers Race

44:07 | Dec 7th, 2017

How the media covers race remains a palpable concern in today’s America. In this episode, award-winning journalist Tanzina Vega chats with Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang about the many issues related to race and the media. Vega is speaker ...Show More
Politics & Polls #68: Captivity and Survival in Syria

36:26 | Nov 30th, 2017

Photographers are often on the front lines of war, risking their lives to document deadly conflict zones. One such photojournalist is Jonathan Alpeyrie, a French-American photographer who was captured and held hostage by Syrian rebels in 2013. In...Show More
Politics & Polls #68: Captivity and Survival in Syria

36:26 | Nov 30th, 2017

Photographers are often on the front lines of war, risking their lives to document deadly conflict zones. One such photojournalist is Jonathan Alpeyrie, a French-American photographer who was captured and held hostage by Syrian rebels in 2013. In...Show More
Politics & Polls #67: The Day the Donkey Roared

43:53 | Nov 16th, 2017

Democrats triumphed in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races Nov. 7, which some say is a strong rebuke to Republican President Donald Trump. Are the democratic victories a predictor of what’s to come in the midterm results next year? Joi...Show More
Politics & Polls #67: The Day the Donkey Roared

43:53 | Nov 16th, 2017

Democrats triumphed in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races Nov. 7, which some say is a strong rebuke to Republican President Donald Trump. Are the democratic victories a predictor of what’s to come in the midterm results next year? Joi...Show More
Politics & Polls #66: A Year of Donald Trump

41:09 | Nov 9th, 2017

In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang take a look back at the past year and analyze all that has unfolded since Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
Politics & Polls #66: A Year of Donald Trump

41:09 | Nov 9th, 2017

In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang take a look back at the past year and analyze all that has unfolded since Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
Politics & Polls #65: Alaskan Politics with Rep. Bryce Edgmon

33:31 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Given the news consistently coming out of Washington, it can be easy to forget what’s happening at the local level. In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang turn their attention toward Alaska, a state whose budget has been especially affected by ...Show More
Politics & Polls #65: Alaskan Politics with Rep. Bryce Edgmon

33:31 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Given the news consistently coming out of Washington, it can be easy to forget what’s happening at the local level. In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang turn their attention toward Alaska, a state whose budget has been especially affected by ...Show More
Politics & Polls #64: Congressional Races in 2018

41:26 | Oct 26th, 2017

There are 468 seats up for grabs in Congress for the 2018 election, with the Republican Party currently holding a majority in both the Senate and the House. But will this hold after election day?   Joining today’s episode to discuss the congression...Show More
Politics & Polls #64: Congressional Races in 2018

41:26 | Oct 26th, 2017

There are 468 seats up for grabs in Congress for the 2018 election, with the Republican Party currently holding a majority in both the Senate and the House. But will this hold after election day?   Joining today’s episode to discuss the congression...Show More
Politics & Polls #63: How to be a Conservative in the Age of Trump

38:53 | Oct 19th, 2017

Leading conservative thinker David Frum was one of the earliest and most prominent conservative voices to come out in opposition to President Donald Trump. A CNN contributor and senior editor at The Atlantic, Frum said in a public radio interview tha...Show More
Politics & Polls #63: How to be a Conservative in the Age of Trump

38:53 | Oct 19th, 2017

Leading conservative thinker David Frum was one of the earliest and most prominent conservative voices to come out in opposition to President Donald Trump. A CNN contributor and senior editor at The Atlantic, Frum said in a public radio interview tha...Show More
Politics & Polls #62: Does Gerrymandering Leave Voters Without a Voice?

47:16 | Oct 12th, 2017

This episode is about one of Sam Wang’s favorite topics: gerrymandering. Wang visited the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3 to hear arguments in Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting plan as being the product of partisan g...Show More
Politics & Polls #62: Does Gerrymandering Leave Voters Without a Voice?

47:16 | Oct 12th, 2017

This episode is about one of Sam Wang’s favorite topics: gerrymandering. Wang visited the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3 to hear arguments in Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting plan as being the product of partisan g...Show More
Politics & Polls #61: Identity Politics & the Democratic Party

36:51 | Oct 5th, 2017

Are identity politics hurting the Democratic Party? Some argue Democrats have strayed away from core economic issues, favoring religion, race, sexuality, gender or social background (to name a few) to form their political alliance – thereby undercutt...Show More
Politics & Polls #61: Identity Politics & the Democratic Party

36:51 | Oct 5th, 2017

Are identity politics hurting the Democratic Party? Some argue Democrats have strayed away from core economic issues, favoring religion, race, sexuality, gender or social background (to name a few) to form their political alliance – thereby undercutt...Show More
Politics & Polls #60: Are We Seeing the Watergate of Today?

47:22 | Sep 28th, 2017

With special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, some have drawn comparisons between the Russia investigations and the Watergate scandal. How are the two events similar? In what ways do they differ? ...Show More
Politics & Polls #60: Are We Seeing the Watergate of Today?

47:22 | Sep 28th, 2017

With special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, some have drawn comparisons between the Russia investigations and the Watergate scandal. How are the two events similar? In what ways do they differ? ...Show More
Politics & Polls #59: Is Free Speech Alive and Well on College Campuses?

45:03 | Sep 21st, 2017

Is free speech under threat at colleges across America? Some argue campus environments are no longer conducive to open dialogue. Others say debates on campus are alive and well. A recent nationwide survey of younger voters shows their commitment t...Show More
Politics & Polls #59: Is Free Speech Alive and Well on College Campuses?

45:03 | Sep 21st, 2017

Is free speech under threat at colleges across America? Some argue campus environments are no longer conducive to open dialogue. Others say debates on campus are alive and well. A recent nationwide survey of younger voters shows their commitment t...Show More
Politics & Polls #58: America’s Political Storms

40:35 | Sep 14th, 2017

The country has recently faced a number of storms, both geographic and political. Texas and Florida were both hit with significant hurricanes while President Donald Trump struck up a deal to raise the debt ceiling, causing concern among some. Prom...Show More
Politics & Polls #58: America’s Political Storms

40:35 | Sep 14th, 2017

The country has recently faced a number of storms, both geographic and political. Texas and Florida were both hit with significant hurricanes while President Donald Trump struck up a deal to raise the debt ceiling, causing concern among some. Prom...Show More
Politics & Polls #57: The Heart of the American Right

40:06 | Aug 24th, 2017

Some have argued that Donald Trump was propelled into office by people who have been characterized as discouraged and depressed by a world that no longer feels like their own. But what was it about Donald Trump’s motto, “Make America Great Again,” th...Show More
Politics & Polls #57: The Heart of the American Right

40:06 | Aug 24th, 2017

Some have argued that Donald Trump was propelled into office by people who have been characterized as discouraged and depressed by a world that no longer feels like their own. But what was it about Donald Trump’s motto, “Make America Great Again,” th...Show More
Politics & Polls #56: The Aftermath of Charlottesville

48:31 | Aug 17th, 2017

A brutal protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, left three people dead and dozens injured on Aug. 11 and 12 as white nationalists, white supremacists and Neo-Nazis descended on the city and clashed violently with anti-racism protestors. President Dona...Show More
Politics & Polls #56: The Aftermath of Charlottesville

48:31 | Aug 17th, 2017

A brutal protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, left three people dead and dozens injured on Aug. 11 and 12 as white nationalists, white supremacists and Neo-Nazis descended on the city and clashed violently with anti-racism protestors. President Dona...Show More
Politics & Polls #55: Has the Conservative Revolution Succeeded? A Conversation with Nancy MacLean

59:55 | Aug 10th, 2017

Joining today’s episode is Nancy MacLean, an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century United States, whose new book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” has been described by Publishers Weekl...Show More
Politics & Polls #55: Has the Conservative Revolution Succeeded? A Conversation with Nancy MacLean

59:55 | Aug 10th, 2017

Joining today’s episode is Nancy MacLean, an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century United States, whose new book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” has been described by Publishers Weekl...Show More
Politics & Polls #55: Has the Conservative Revolution Succeeded? A Conversation with Nancy MacLean

59:55 | Aug 10th, 2017

Joining today’s episode is Nancy MacLean, an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century United States, whose new book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” has been described by Publishers Weekl...Show More
Politics & Polls #55: Has the Conservative Revolution Succeeded? A Conversation with Nancy MacLean

59:55 | Aug 10th, 2017

Joining today’s episode is Nancy MacLean, an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century United States, whose new book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” has been described by Publishers Weekl...Show More
Politics & Polls #54: The Republic of Spin with David Greenberg

44:08 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Spin. It’s used by public relations gurus and politicians to shape an image or message, thereby influencing the public’s perception of a story. And it’s engrained in American politics, as presidents and presidential candidates both have used the art ...Show More
Politics & Polls #54: The Republic of Spin with David Greenberg

44:08 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Spin. It’s used by public relations gurus and politicians to shape an image or message, thereby influencing the public’s perception of a story. And it’s engrained in American politics, as presidents and presidential candidates both have used the art ...Show More
Politics & Polls #53: Battles for Freedom with Eric Foner

35:38 | Jul 27th, 2017

Drawing connections between the past and present often sparks fierce debates within the American political landscape. In this episode, Eric Foner, one of America’s most distinguished historians, discusses these interpretations of history and how ...Show More
Politics & Polls #53: Battles for Freedom with Eric Foner

35:38 | Jul 27th, 2017

Drawing connections between the past and present often sparks fierce debates within the American political landscape. In this episode, Eric Foner, one of America’s most distinguished historians, discusses these interpretations of history and how ...Show More
Politics & Polls #52: How Social Movements Achieve Change with Steven Levingston

34:41 | Jul 20th, 2017

The Civil Rights Movement is often looked back upon as a time when social activism sparked real political change. During that time, the United States saw some of its greatest leaders guide the country through turbulent years. Martin Luther King Jr. a...Show More
Politics & Polls #52: How Social Movements Achieve Change with Steven Levingston

34:41 | Jul 20th, 2017

The Civil Rights Movement is often looked back upon as a time when social activism sparked real political change. During that time, the United States saw some of its greatest leaders guide the country through turbulent years. Martin Luther King Jr. a...Show More
Politics & Polls #51: The Trump-Russia Story with Benjamin Wittes

56:54 | Jul 13th, 2017

President Donald Trump has spent his first months faced with a potential scandal involving Russia, an issue that’s only grown since the election with discussions and investigations about possible obstruction and collusion. In recent weeks, this has d...Show More
Politics & Polls #51: The Trump-Russia Story with Benjamin Wittes

56:54 | Jul 13th, 2017

President Donald Trump has spent his first months faced with a potential scandal involving Russia, an issue that’s only grown since the election with discussions and investigations about possible obstruction and collusion. In recent weeks, this has d...Show More
Politics & Polls #50: One-Year Anniversary

37:35 | Jun 29th, 2017

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Politics & Polls! In this episode, Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang reflect on everything that’s transpired over the past year from the presidential campaign to President Donald Trump’s election.
Politics & Polls #50: One-Year Anniversary

37:35 | Jun 29th, 2017

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Politics & Polls! In this episode, Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang reflect on everything that’s transpired over the past year from the presidential campaign to President Donald Trump’s election.
Politics & Polls #49: Democracy, Gerrymandering, Federalism & More

46:40 | Jun 22nd, 2017

America’s experienced a blitz of political twists and turns in the past few months, which may cloak some of the deep-rooted challenges still facing the nation. Still looming large in the background are issues related to the political process — like d...Show More
Politics & Polls #49: Democracy, Gerrymandering, Federalism & More

46:40 | Jun 22nd, 2017

America’s experienced a blitz of political twists and turns in the past few months, which may cloak some of the deep-rooted challenges still facing the nation. Still looming large in the background are issues related to the political process — like d...Show More
Politics & Polls #48: Wake Up to Politics with Gabe Fleisher

46:02 | Jun 15th, 2017

One of the ongoing challenges in American politics is appealing to younger demographics - not simply through elections and voter turn-out but engaging young people with the political process. Today’s young people - and even some adults – find politic...Show More
Politics & Polls #48: Wake Up to Politics with Gabe Fleisher

46:02 | Jun 15th, 2017

One of the ongoing challenges in American politics is appealing to younger demographics - not simply through elections and voter turn-out but engaging young people with the political process. Today’s young people - and even some adults – find politic...Show More
Politics & Polls #47: Race Relations in America

55:13 | Jun 8th, 2017

Race remains a potent political force in America, as evidenced by the 2016 presidential election. Despite the progress that’s been made, race continues to infiltrate many areas of public policy from health care to education to employment. Professo...Show More
Politics & Polls #47: Race Relations in America

55:13 | Jun 8th, 2017

Race remains a potent political force in America, as evidenced by the 2016 presidential election. Despite the progress that’s been made, race continues to infiltrate many areas of public policy from health care to education to employment. Professo...Show More
Politics & Polls #46: Trump’s 'Gaslighting of America' with Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca

45:44 | Jun 1st, 2017

President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media persist while journalists continue to grapple with how to cover such a tumultuous presidency. Amidst the clamor, new voices in journalism have risen to the top, positioning themselves as political power p...Show More
Politics & Polls #46: Trump’s 'Gaslighting of America' with Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca

45:44 | Jun 1st, 2017

President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media persist while journalists continue to grapple with how to cover such a tumultuous presidency. Amidst the clamor, new voices in journalism have risen to the top, positioning themselves as political power p...Show More
Politics & Polls #45: Inside Hillary Clinton’s ‘Doomed’ Campaign

49:37 | May 25th, 2017

More than 100 insider sources helped journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes lift the veil on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the many avoidable missteps that turned a winnable election into a stunning defeat. Allen and Parnes’ new book, “Shatte...Show More
Politics & Polls #45: Inside Hillary Clinton’s ‘Doomed’ Campaign

49:37 | May 25th, 2017

More than 100 insider sources helped journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes lift the veil on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the many avoidable missteps that turned a winnable election into a stunning defeat. Allen and Parnes’ new book, “Shatte...Show More
Politics & Polls #44: A Disastrous Week in Washington

36:27 | May 18th, 2017

Washington has been hit with a trifecta of catastrophic events in the past week. First, President Donald Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, justifying his decision by pointing toward Comey’s mishandling of the invest...Show More
Politics & Polls #44: A Disastrous Week in Washington

36:27 | May 18th, 2017

Washington has been hit with a trifecta of catastrophic events in the past week. First, President Donald Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, justifying his decision by pointing toward Comey’s mishandling of the invest...Show More
Politics & Polls #43: Why Are ‘Deaths of Despair’ Plaguing Middle-Aged White Americans?

40:29 | May 11th, 2017

President Donald Trump pledged to bring jobs back to America during his campaign, appealing to a strong middle class base that’s been struggling with stagnant wages and few job opportunities. Since the 1990s, death rates among this demographic — s...Show More
Politics & Polls #43: Why Are ‘Deaths of Despair’ Plaguing Middle-Aged White Americans?

40:29 | May 11th, 2017

President Donald Trump pledged to bring jobs back to America during his campaign, appealing to a strong middle class base that’s been struggling with stagnant wages and few job opportunities. Since the 1990s, death rates among this demographic — s...Show More
Politics & Polls #42: Where Are All the Jobs?

39:30 | May 4th, 2017

In his campaign promise to make America great again, President Donald Trump vowed to “bring jobs back to America” and revitalize the nation’s labor industry. Now, one hundred days into the Trump presidency, some might be wondering: Where are all of t...Show More
Politics & Polls #42: Where Are All the Jobs?

39:30 | May 4th, 2017

In his campaign promise to make America great again, President Donald Trump vowed to “bring jobs back to America” and revitalize the nation’s labor industry. Now, one hundred days into the Trump presidency, some might be wondering: Where are all of t...Show More
Politics & Polls #41: Trump’s First 100 Days

44:15 | Apr 27th, 2017

The first 100 days of Trump’s presidency have been a whirlwind of victories and setbacks, leaving Americans with mixed opinions about President Trump and how the next four years could unfold. While his approval ratings are at historic lows and he has...Show More
Politics & Polls #41: Trump’s First 100 Days

44:15 | Apr 27th, 2017

The first 100 days of Trump’s presidency have been a whirlwind of victories and setbacks, leaving Americans with mixed opinions about President Trump and how the next four years could unfold. While his approval ratings are at historic lows and he has...Show More
Politics & Polls #40: The 115th Congress with Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.)

39:56 | Apr 20th, 2017

From Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election to the looming federal budget negotiations, the 115th U.S. Congress currently has a full plate. What other challenges might today’s Congress face in the months ahead?   In this episode of Politics...Show More
Politics & Polls #40: The 115th Congress with Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.)

39:56 | Apr 20th, 2017

From Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election to the looming federal budget negotiations, the 115th U.S. Congress currently has a full plate. What other challenges might today’s Congress face in the months ahead?   In this episode of Politics...Show More
Politics & Polls #39: National Security with Gen. David Petraeus

52:12 | Apr 13th, 2017

Last week, a chemical weapons attack killed dozens of Syrians, prompting President Donald Trump to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on a Syrian airbase. Meanwhile, concern about North Korea’s nuclear arsenal builds, with satellite images hinting at...Show More
Politics & Polls #39: National Security with Gen. David Petraeus

52:12 | Apr 13th, 2017

Last week, a chemical weapons attack killed dozens of Syrians, prompting President Donald Trump to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on a Syrian airbase. Meanwhile, concern about North Korea’s nuclear arsenal builds, with satellite images hinting at...Show More
Politics & Polls #38: Unraveling the ‘Trump-Russia Saga’

42:42 | Apr 6th, 2017

As the investigation into Russia’s interference with the 2016 U.S. election continues, President Donald Trump continues to call the story “fake news,” “phony,” and “a total scam,” mostly by way of Twitter. He also continues to try to change the conve...Show More
Politics & Polls #38: Unraveling the ‘Trump-Russia Saga’

42:42 | Apr 6th, 2017

As the investigation into Russia’s interference with the 2016 U.S. election continues, President Donald Trump continues to call the story “fake news,” “phony,” and “a total scam,” mostly by way of Twitter. He also continues to try to change the conve...Show More
Politics & Polls #37: On the Same Team? Trump’s Dynamics with Congress

41:24 | Mar 30th, 2017

Shortly after the bill to replace the Affordable Care Act was pulled, President Trump called The Washington Post’s Robert Costa to discuss what happened. The President had a “defiant and even-tempered tone," says Costa. The defeat in the House in...Show More
Politics & Polls #37: On the Same Team? Trump’s Dynamics with Congress

41:24 | Mar 30th, 2017

Shortly after the bill to replace the Affordable Care Act was pulled, President Trump called The Washington Post’s Robert Costa to discuss what happened. The President had a “defiant and even-tempered tone," says Costa. The defeat in the House in...Show More
Politics & Polls #36: Do Science and Facts Matter in the Trump Administration?

39:08 | Mar 22nd, 2017

President Trump’s budget blueprint proposes deep cuts to research at the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency. What lies ahead for scientific expertise and evidence-based policymaking? Are facts, evidence and truth un...Show More
Politics & Polls #36: Do Science and Facts Matter in the Trump Administration?

39:08 | Mar 22nd, 2017

President Trump’s budget blueprint proposes deep cuts to research at the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency. What lies ahead for scientific expertise and evidence-based policymaking? Are facts, evidence and truth un...Show More
Politics & Polls #35: The Future of Conservatism in a Trump Era

44:48 | Mar 16th, 2017

The election of President Donald Trump has challenged the political machine of conservativism. Now, many on the right are grappling with how to make sense of “Trumpism” and whether it fits into the conservative movement that’s been developing over th...Show More
Politics & Polls #35: The Future of Conservatism in a Trump Era

44:48 | Mar 16th, 2017

The election of President Donald Trump has challenged the political machine of conservativism. Now, many on the right are grappling with how to make sense of “Trumpism” and whether it fits into the conservative movement that’s been developing over th...Show More
Politics & Polls #34: How Normal is the Trump Presidency?

36:18 | Mar 9th, 2017

The start of Donald Trump’s presidency has been anything but predictable. So far, his first 100 days in office have been filled with a lot of heat, noise — and executive orders. But is this that abnormal? Or is it par for the course? Where do we d...Show More
Politics & Polls #34: How Normal is the Trump Presidency?

36:18 | Mar 9th, 2017

The start of Donald Trump’s presidency has been anything but predictable. So far, his first 100 days in office have been filled with a lot of heat, noise — and executive orders. But is this that abnormal? Or is it par for the course? Where do we d...Show More
Politics & Polls #33: Trade in a Trumpian World

35:05 | Mar 2nd, 2017

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to withdraw from the negotiating process of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has vowed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Both moves signal to foreign nations that the United ...Show More
Politics & Polls #33: Trade in a Trumpian World

35:05 | Mar 2nd, 2017

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to withdraw from the negotiating process of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has vowed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Both moves signal to foreign nations that the United ...Show More
Politics & Polls #32: Peace in the Middle East?

37:22 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Almost every U.S. president has struggled to broker peace agreements in the Middle East, especially among Israel and Palestine. For many, the possibility of a peace agreement seems dire, with a two-state solution that seems to be fleeting. But what c...Show More
Politics & Polls #32: Peace in the Middle East?

37:22 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Almost every U.S. president has struggled to broker peace agreements in the Middle East, especially among Israel and Palestine. For many, the possibility of a peace agreement seems dire, with a two-state solution that seems to be fleeting. But what c...Show More
Politics & Polls #31: The Cognitive Science of ‘Trumpology’

43:24 | Feb 16th, 2017

Donald Trump’s presidency has evoked strong emotional and psychological responses from both the public and the president himself, raising issues not often brought forth in public policy and governance. Many, including members of the media, are try...Show More
Politics & Polls #31: The Cognitive Science of ‘Trumpology’

43:24 | Feb 16th, 2017

Donald Trump’s presidency has evoked strong emotional and psychological responses from both the public and the president himself, raising issues not often brought forth in public policy and governance. Many, including members of the media, are try...Show More
Politics & Polls #30: Immigration & Border Control with Doug Massey

44:10 | Feb 10th, 2017

A federal appeals court has blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order issuing an immigration ban barring people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Trump also has made moves toward building a border wall ...Show More
Politics & Polls #30: Immigration & Border Control with Doug Massey

44:10 | Feb 10th, 2017

A federal appeals court has blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order issuing an immigration ban barring people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Trump also has made moves toward building a border wall ...Show More
Wide Data Nets: The Dilemma of Catch & Release

27:05 | Feb 8th, 2017

The digital revolution is generating massive amounts of information. And while this big data certainly benefits researchers and consumers, it also poses significant privacy concerns. In this WooCast episode, Tim Lee of Vox interviews Princeton pro...Show More
Wide Data Nets: The Dilemma of Catch & Release

27:05 | Feb 8th, 2017

The digital revolution is generating massive amounts of information. And while this big data certainly benefits researchers and consumers, it also poses significant privacy concerns. In this WooCast episode, Tim Lee of Vox interviews Princeton pro...Show More
Politics & Polls #29: The Trump Show

37:25 | Feb 2nd, 2017

It seems as if America is watching two shows in parallel. On one hand, we’re seeing the political process unfold with cabinet nominees being appointed and executive orders being signed. On the other hand, the country has front-row seats to The Donald...Show More
Politics & Polls #29: The Trump Show

37:25 | Feb 2nd, 2017

It seems as if America is watching two shows in parallel. On one hand, we’re seeing the political process unfold with cabinet nominees being appointed and executive orders being signed. On the other hand, the country has front-row seats to The Donald...Show More
Politics & Polls #28: The Women’s March on Washington with Katha Pollitt

42:47 | Jan 26th, 2017

Hailed as one of the largest protests in American history, the Women’s March on Washington gathered hundreds of thousands of people both the district and millions in sister marches across the world. Held just a day after President Donald Trump’s ...Show More
Politics & Polls #28: The Women’s March on Washington with Katha Pollitt

42:47 | Jan 26th, 2017

Hailed as one of the largest protests in American history, the Women’s March on Washington gathered hundreds of thousands of people both the district and millions in sister marches across the world. Held just a day after President Donald Trump’s ...Show More
How the Digital Cookies Crumble

42:15 | Jan 25th, 2017

Can liberty survive the digital age? In this episode, Princeton University professors Jennifer Rexford and Janet Vertesi discuss internet infrastructure and its effect on how people use the web as a vehicle for communication and information.   This...Show More
How the Digital Cookies Crumble

42:15 | Jan 25th, 2017

Can liberty survive the digital age? In this episode, Princeton University professors Jennifer Rexford and Janet Vertesi discuss internet infrastructure and its effect on how people use the web as a vehicle for communication and information.   This...Show More
Politics & Polls #27: Rebuilding the Democratic Party

45:17 | Jan 19th, 2017

The Democratic Party may be in a “crisis,” many argue, and not only because of a Donald Trump presidency but also due to continued Republican control of Congress. Given these challenges, will the Democrats be able to rebuild their strength? In epi...Show More
Politics & Polls #27: Rebuilding the Democratic Party

45:17 | Jan 19th, 2017

The Democratic Party may be in a “crisis,” many argue, and not only because of a Donald Trump presidency but also due to continued Republican control of Congress. Given these challenges, will the Democrats be able to rebuild their strength? In epi...Show More
Politics & Polls #26: “Indivisible” Featuring Ezra Levin & Angel Padilla

41:16 | Jan 12th, 2017

Since the election, Democrats have struggled with how to respond to a Donald Trump presidency. But one group is starting to get some traction - the authors of an online guide that is going viral: “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trum...Show More
Politics & Polls #26: “Indivisible” Featuring Ezra Levin & Angel Padilla

41:16 | Jan 12th, 2017

Since the election, Democrats have struggled with how to respond to a Donald Trump presidency. But one group is starting to get some traction - the authors of an online guide that is going viral: “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trum...Show More
Politics & Polls #25: What Does the Declaration of Independence Really Tell Us Today?

43:54 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Should the government play a major or minor role in the lives of American citizens? This core question resurfaces during each election and continues to divide the political parties. It turns out that this argument is not new. In his newest book, ...Show More
Politics & Polls #25: What Does the Declaration of Independence Really Tell Us Today?

43:54 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Should the government play a major or minor role in the lives of American citizens? This core question resurfaces during each election and continues to divide the political parties. It turns out that this argument is not new. In his newest book, ...Show More
Politics & Polls #24: Draining the Swamp?

47:55 | Dec 15th, 2016

Polarization was a strong undercurrent to the 2016 presidential election, powerfully affecting the electorate and politics. Looking toward President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments, those same divisions remain clear. As Trump builds his tea...Show More
Politics & Polls #24: Draining the Swamp?

47:55 | Dec 15th, 2016

Polarization was a strong undercurrent to the 2016 presidential election, powerfully affecting the electorate and politics. Looking toward President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments, those same divisions remain clear. As Trump builds his tea...Show More
Politics & Polls #23: Democrats in Trump’s America

38:32 | Dec 8th, 2016

Since Donald Trump’s election, there has been considerable debate about what the Democratic party should do next. While some Democrats argue for an openness to cooperation, others insist there isn’t room for compromise given Trump’s views on race and...Show More
Politics & Polls #23: Democrats in Trump’s America

38:32 | Dec 8th, 2016

Since Donald Trump’s election, there has been considerable debate about what the Democratic party should do next. While some Democrats argue for an openness to cooperation, others insist there isn’t room for compromise given Trump’s views on race and...Show More
Politics & Polls #22: Trump & the Supreme Court

35:28 | Dec 1st, 2016

The vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court has returned to the spotlight, with President-elect Donald Trump promising supporters that he will nominate a conservative justice, and Democrats fuming from Senate Republicans’ refusal to hold a vote on Obam...Show More
Politics & Polls #22: Trump & the Supreme Court

35:28 | Dec 1st, 2016

The vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court has returned to the spotlight, with President-elect Donald Trump promising supporters that he will nominate a conservative justice, and Democrats fuming from Senate Republicans’ refusal to hold a vote on Obam...Show More
Politics & Polls #21: Asymmetric Politics

38:51 | Nov 17th, 2016

Political polarization is the worst it’s been since the Civil War, some experts argue. How did we get here? How have America’s ideologies shifted so much in the past four decades? What forces underlie the growing divide between Republicans and Democr...Show More
Politics & Polls #21: Asymmetric Politics

38:51 | Nov 17th, 2016

Political polarization is the worst it’s been since the Civil War, some experts argue. How did we get here? How have America’s ideologies shifted so much in the past four decades? What forces underlie the growing divide between Republicans and Democr...Show More
Politics & Polls #20: What Just Happened?

33:55 | Nov 10th, 2016

In a stunning upset, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang react to the results in episode #20, their first post-election recording. Among a host of issues, they discuss why the polls...Show More
Politics & Polls #20: What Just Happened?

33:55 | Nov 10th, 2016

In a stunning upset, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang react to the results in episode #20, their first post-election recording. Among a host of issues, they discuss why the polls...Show More
Politics & Polls #19: Looking Ahead to Election Day

33:03 | Nov 3rd, 2016

In their last episode before the election, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang look ahead to election day 2016. Among other issues, they discuss what the results will do to the GOP, which states Wang in particular will be watching on election nigh...Show More
Politics & Polls #19: Looking Ahead to Election Day

33:03 | Nov 3rd, 2016

In their last episode before the election, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang look ahead to election day 2016. Among other issues, they discuss what the results will do to the GOP, which states Wang in particular will be watching on election nigh...Show More
Politics & Polls #18: The Religious Right

31:45 | Oct 27th, 2016

Since the 1970s, the religious right has been an important part of the Republican coalition. This group, comprised mostly of right-wing Christians, are characterized by their strong support of socially conservative policies. Throughout this presid...Show More
Politics & Polls #18: The Religious Right

31:45 | Oct 27th, 2016

Since the 1970s, the religious right has been an important part of the Republican coalition. This group, comprised mostly of right-wing Christians, are characterized by their strong support of socially conservative policies. Throughout this presid...Show More
Politics & Polls #17: Art & Politics Featuring Robert Schenkkan

41:21 | Oct 25th, 2016

Who knew that the discharge petition—signed by members of the House of Representatives to bring a bill from committee to the floor—could be good material for a Tony Award-winning play and HBO feature film? In this episode, Professors Julian Zelize...Show More
Politics & Polls #17: Art & Politics Featuring Robert Schenkkan

41:21 | Oct 25th, 2016

Who knew that the discharge petition—signed by members of the House of Representatives to bring a bill from committee to the floor—could be good material for a Tony Award-winning play and HBO feature film? In this episode, Professors Julian Zelize...Show More
Politics & Polls #16: Voter 'Fraud' and 'Rigged' Elections

33:57 | Oct 20th, 2016

Donald Trump has made it clear that if he loses on Nov. 8, it is because the election was “rigged.” He has warned that there might be widespread voter fraud that will favor Democrats. But does this threat have any basis in reality? Or is the real thr...Show More
Politics & Polls #16: Voter 'Fraud' and 'Rigged' Elections

33:57 | Oct 20th, 2016

Donald Trump has made it clear that if he loses on Nov. 8, it is because the election was “rigged.” He has warned that there might be widespread voter fraud that will favor Democrats. But does this threat have any basis in reality? Or is the real thr...Show More
Politics & Polls #15: Down Ticket: House & Senate Races

39:38 | Oct 13th, 2016

While it may be hard to look away from the steel cage match between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, it’s time to start looking "down ticket,” as these congressional races could be one of the biggest stories in the 2016 election.   What happens in...Show More
Politics & Polls #15: Down Ticket: House & Senate Races

39:38 | Oct 13th, 2016

While it may be hard to look away from the steel cage match between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, it’s time to start looking "down ticket,” as these congressional races could be one of the biggest stories in the 2016 election.   What happens in...Show More
Politics & Polls #14: The Fight to Vote

38:22 | Oct 6th, 2016

Despite this year’s tense presidential debates, fierce political battles and polarized atmosphere, it still comes down to one simple act: marking your ballot. While it takes mere seconds, voting remains at the heart of our democracy. But voting wa...Show More
Politics & Polls #14: The Fight to Vote

38:22 | Oct 6th, 2016

Despite this year’s tense presidential debates, fierce political battles and polarized atmosphere, it still comes down to one simple act: marking your ballot. While it takes mere seconds, voting remains at the heart of our democracy. But voting wa...Show More
Politics & Polls #13: The Alt-Right

32:36 | Sep 29th, 2016

A previously unknown subculture has emerged onto the political scene thanks to the 2016 presidential election. The alternative right, known as the “alt-right,” is a diverse group of people who identify as right-wing and are unified in opposition agai...Show More
Politics & Polls #13: The Alt-Right

32:36 | Sep 29th, 2016

A previously unknown subculture has emerged onto the political scene thanks to the 2016 presidential election. The alternative right, known as the “alt-right,” is a diverse group of people who identify as right-wing and are unified in opposition agai...Show More
Politics & Polls #12: All About Debates

26:05 | Sep 22nd, 2016

The presidential election is at a crossroads as the race is beginning to tighten between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Now, we’re entering a season of debates, with the first one kicking off Monday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. from Hofstra University in ...Show More
Politics & Polls #12: All About Debates

26:05 | Sep 22nd, 2016

The presidential election is at a crossroads as the race is beginning to tighten between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Now, we’re entering a season of debates, with the first one kicking off Monday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. from Hofstra University in ...Show More
Politics & Polls #11: Gender & Politics

40:35 | Sep 15th, 2016

Hillary Clinton was sidelined by walking pneumonia this week, lighting up the internet with speculations and rumors about her health. These stories about the first female presidential candidate shine a spotlight on one of the biggest issues in the ca...Show More
Politics & Polls #11: Gender & Politics

40:35 | Sep 15th, 2016

Hillary Clinton was sidelined by walking pneumonia this week, lighting up the internet with speculations and rumors about her health. These stories about the first female presidential candidate shine a spotlight on one of the biggest issues in the ca...Show More
Politics & Polls #10: Race & Party Politics

33:17 | Sep 8th, 2016

In one of the most powerful transformations in the history of American politics, African Americans shifted loyalties to the Democratic Party while Republicans became the party of racial conservatism. How and why did this happen? Did certain moment...Show More
Politics & Polls #10: Race & Party Politics

33:17 | Sep 8th, 2016

In one of the most powerful transformations in the history of American politics, African Americans shifted loyalties to the Democratic Party while Republicans became the party of racial conservatism. How and why did this happen? Did certain moment...Show More
Politics & Polls #9: Top Three Moments in the Campaign

30:07 | Aug 25th, 2016

Game-changing events often occur during presidential campaigns. These moments — which can transform party dynamics, voters and even the candidates themselves — oftentimes influence the outcome of the election. But what about the 2016 presidentia...Show More
Politics & Polls #9: Top Three Moments in the Campaign

30:07 | Aug 25th, 2016

Game-changing events often occur during presidential campaigns. These moments — which can transform party dynamics, voters and even the candidates themselves — oftentimes influence the outcome of the election. But what about the 2016 presidentia...Show More
Politics & Polls #8: All About Polls  

29:27 | Aug 18th, 2016

From straw polls of the 19th century to modern polling of today, polls have played a significant role in the American political landscape. But what is a poll? With dozens of new polls coming out every week, how can we make sense of the data onslaught...Show More
Politics & Polls #8: All About Polls  

29:27 | Aug 18th, 2016

From straw polls of the 19th century to modern polling of today, polls have played a significant role in the American political landscape. But what is a poll? With dozens of new polls coming out every week, how can we make sense of the data onslaught...Show More
Politics & Polls #7: The Coattail Effect, Gerrymandering & Third-Party Candidates

26:47 | Aug 11th, 2016

Donald Trump has tried to calm tensions with the Republican Party this week by endorsing House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator John McCain and Senator Susan Collins. But while these endorsements appear as a move toward unity, it's not clear whether these ...Show More
Politics & Polls #7: The Coattail Effect, Gerrymandering & Third-Party Candidates

26:47 | Aug 11th, 2016

Donald Trump has tried to calm tensions with the Republican Party this week by endorsing House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator John McCain and Senator Susan Collins. But while these endorsements appear as a move toward unity, it's not clear whether these ...Show More
Politics & Polls #6: Does Election Media Coverage Tell the Right Story?

28:51 | Aug 4th, 2016

The media have played a powerful role in the 2016 presidential election. Some critics argue Donald Trump became a viable candidate thanks to his “free airtime,” and that he might not have won the Republican bid without the attention. Others point out...Show More
Politics & Polls #6: Does Election Media Coverage Tell the Right Story?

28:51 | Aug 4th, 2016

The media have played a powerful role in the 2016 presidential election. Some critics argue Donald Trump became a viable candidate thanks to his “free airtime,” and that he might not have won the Republican bid without the attention. Others point out...Show More
Politics & Polls #5: Courting the Working Class

27:56 | Jul 28th, 2016

Within the grand speeches at this week’s Democratic National Convention lies a central message — Clinton and the Democrats, not Trump, can better serve struggling working and middle-class voters who have felt excluded from both parties. When both can...Show More
Politics & Polls #5: Courting the Working Class

27:56 | Jul 28th, 2016

Within the grand speeches at this week’s Democratic National Convention lies a central message — Clinton and the Democrats, not Trump, can better serve struggling working and middle-class voters who have felt excluded from both parties. When both can...Show More
Politics & Polls #4: How the RNC is ‘Unconventional’

31:17 | Jul 21st, 2016

It’s been an interesting week at the Republication National Convention in Cleveland. Donald Trump’s wife Melania was accused of plagiarizing her speech. Ted Cruz was booed offstage after failing to endorse Trump. And Hillary Clinton was called a “cri...Show More
Politics & Polls #4: How the RNC is ‘Unconventional’

31:17 | Jul 21st, 2016

It’s been an interesting week at the Republication National Convention in Cleveland. Donald Trump’s wife Melania was accused of plagiarizing her speech. Ted Cruz was booed offstage after failing to endorse Trump. And Hillary Clinton was called a “cri...Show More
Politics & Polls #3: Is the Election a Referendum?

27:36 | Jul 14th, 2016

People often vote based on who’s already in the White House. How have we seen this play out throughout history? And how is President Obama’s legacy shaping the current campaign? Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss in episode three of Politics & Polls...Show More
Politics & Polls #2: Does the VP pick still matter?

27:36 | Jul 7th, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will soon announce their running mates—but does the vice president pick still matter? While it was once used as a way to bring regional balance to the ticket, it's not clear what the vice president selection means in ...Show More
Politics & Polls #1: Goldwater, Brexit, and The Party Decides

24:54 | Jun 30th, 2016

In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson crushed Barry Goldwater in the presidential election. Could we see another landslide like this in 2016? Or does today’s political environment make that impossible? Tune in to the first episode of "Politics and Polls” as...Show More
Nancy Duff Campbell: A Path to Service

23:38 | Dec 7th, 2015

Nancy Duff Campbell is the founder and co-president of the National Women's Law Center. In this podcast, she discusses her path to public service.
Sailing the Water's Edge: The Domestic Politics of American Foreign Policy

20:20 | Dec 7th, 2015

When engaging with other countries, the U.S. government has a number of different policy instruments at its disposal, including foreign aid, international trade and the use of military force. But what determines which policies are chosen? A new bo...Show More
Paul Volcker and the Importance of Public Service

26:09 | Nov 23rd, 2015

Paul Volcker has spent most of his professional life in public service. In this WooCast, he discusses the importance of public service, its role in good governance and his advice for students charting career paths in public service. He also talks abo...Show More
WooCast: Behind the Scenes of "Modern Plagues: Lessons Learned from the Ebola Crisis"

11:07 | Sep 29th, 2015

Resolving epidemics like the Ebola crisis requires a multidisciplinary approach –involving not only public health and medical knowledge but an understanding of its economic, environmental, political and historical roots and consequences. This is w...Show More
Are Doctors Choosing the Best Treatment for Heart Attacks?

07:07 | Sep 17th, 2015

When someone has a heart attack, he or she is immediately rushed to the emergency room. At that point, the doctor has to make a choice: either treat the patient with clot-busting drugs or perform invasive surgery. But how do doctors decide which ...Show More
Behind the Bomb: What About Plutonium Separation?

22:39 | Sep 17th, 2015

The Iran nuclear deal proposes limiting Iran's production of enriched uranium and plutonium – the two fissile materials used to build nuclear weapons – in exchange for the end of international oil and financial sanctions. So far, negotiations hav...Show More
The History of Plagues

09:33 | May 5th, 2015

Can history shape decision-making regarding the Ebola crisis? In this WooCast, health historian Keith Wailoo discusses the past plagues, how they were handled and the lessons learned. Wailoo, vice dean of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson Sch...Show More
Pain: A Political History

07:41 | May 6th, 2014

America has long struggled over pain. Liberals "understand" your pain while conservatives say "grin-and-bear-it." Such political stances and today's debates over who is in pain, who feels another's pain and what relief is deserved continue to form ne...Show More