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Every weekday, NPR's best political reporters are there to explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail. They don't just tell you what happened. They tell you why it matters. Every afternoon.

Every weekday, NPR's best political reporters are there to explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail. They don't just tell you what happened. They tell you why it matters. Every afternoon.

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Episodes

Interview: EMILY's List President On Electing Democratic Women

9/16/2021
The group was founded in 1985 to get Democratic women who back abortion access elected to office and has faced criticism in the years since from people who say the group has not done enough to support Black women and other candidates of color. Now, EMILY's List has chosen a new leader: Laphonza Butler. She is the first first woman of color and the first mother to lead the group and spoke with NPR political correspondent Juana Summers and NPR White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe about her...

Duration:00:15:14

With Big Plans And Small Margins, Can Democrats Pull Off Their Agenda?

9/15/2021
Progressives feel as though their job compromising on the $3.5 trillion dollar budget bill is done, while Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema say the package is still too big. Looming over it all, a chance the federal government defaults on its debt as Republicans signal they won't cooperate on raising or suspending the debt ceiling. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and acting congressional correspondent Deirdre...

Duration:00:15:05

Here Are The Tough Questions Congress Asked About Biden's Afghanistan Withdrawal

9/14/2021
Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared before both the House and the Senate this week, where he met with bipartisan frustration over the hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan after the country's government fell to the Taliban. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and diplomatic correspondent Michele Keleman. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics...

Duration:00:14:53

Should Athletes Be Activists? WNBA Star Nneka Ogwumike Says They Have To Be

9/13/2021
The WBNA's political activism helped to reshape the political landscape in Washington. NPR's Franco Ordoñez and Ayesha Rascoe talked to Nneka Ogwumike, head of the league's players union, about its role in the racial justice movement and Georgia's 2020 Senate race. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group. Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout. Subscribe to the NPR Politics...

Duration:00:18:07

Listen: How The Country Remembered 9/11, Two Decades Later

9/11/2021
There were remembrance ceremonies in New York City, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon. The reading of the victim's names — there were nearly 3,000 — took hours. Former President George W. Bush and Vice President Harris spoke. And, our reporters discuss the political legacy of the attacks after two decades. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics...

Duration:00:17:05

Weekly Roundup: September 10th

9/10/2021
The number of new COVID cases hasn't been this high since before the vaccine was widely available. Aiming to curb the rise, President Biden has announced a series of expansive new policies covering the bulk of American workers. And the Department of Justice is suing Texas over its near-ban on abortions, launching one of many expected court fights over the law. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Asma Khalid, business correspondent Andrea Hsu, and...

Duration:00:28:44

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Told Us He Isn't Retiring. Yet.

9/9/2021
In a conversation with NPR's Nina Totenberg, Justice Breyer, 83, says he plans to retire from the High Court before he dies. He bemoaned the public's perception of Supreme Court Justices as politicians and said it is up to young people to address the problems facing the country. This episode: legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR...

Duration:00:22:25

There's A Chance That California Will Soon Have A Republican Governor

9/8/2021
Voting ends Tuesday in California's recall election, where voters are deciding whether or not to remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. If he loses, Republican Larry Elder is the most likely candidate to replace him. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and KQED senior editor Scott Shafer. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR...

Duration:00:14:45

Cutting Unemployment Aid Didn't Get Many Unemployed Americans Back To Work

9/7/2021
Some twelve million Americans saw their expanded unemployment assistance expire Monday as the delta variant throttles the nation's economic recovery. Research from the states that halted the aid programs earlier this summer suggests the end of benefits will hurt spending and won't do much to get people back into the workforce. So far, neither Congress nor the Biden administration are pushing to renew the benefits. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House...

Duration:00:14:22

Do School Mask Bans Violate The Rights Of Children With Disabilities?

9/6/2021
The Biden administration is investigating several states over their bans on mask mandates in schools, saying the measures could violate the rights of children with disabilities who are entitled to a safe school environment. This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and senior education editor and correspondent Cory Turner. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics...

Duration:00:15:09

Sacred Ground: A 9/11 Story

9/3/2021
On Sept. 11, 2001, United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked by four al-Qaida terrorists. The passengers and crew fought back and because of that, the plane crashed outside Shanksville, Pa., instead of its likely target: the U.S. Capitol. Part of the plane crashed onto land owned by Tim Lambert, a public radio reporter at WITF in Harrisburg, Pa. The crash would end up connecting Lambert, in surprising ways, to the first responders who managed the aftermath and to the families of the people who...

Duration:00:56:57

For Now, 73 Percent Of Americans Support Allowing Afghan Refugees Resettle in U.S.

9/2/2021
President Joe Biden's approval rating has dropped to a new low, 43 percent, according to a new poll from NPR, PBS NewsHour, and Marist College. Americans are split about what should have happened in Afghanistan, but a large majority label the U.S. role in the country a "failure." The poll found that a historically large majority of Americans approve of resettling Afghan refugees in the United States, but that number could decline as the political fight heats up. This episode: White House...

Duration:00:13:24

Abortion Is All But Banned In Texas

9/1/2021
A state law took effect Wednesday banning abortion after about six weeks, before many women even know they are pregnant. It also allows people to sue others seeking an abortion and anyone who aids them in the process, with damages beginning at ten thousand dollars plus attorney's fees. So far, the Supreme Court has not halted the legislation. So far, the Supreme Court has not halted the legislation. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, legal affairs correspondent Nina...

Duration:00:13:32

After Two Decades And More Than A 150,000 Dead, America Has Left Afghanistan

8/31/2021
The withdrawal effort managed to evacuate 124,000 people before the last U.S. service member left Afghanistan on Monday, ending nearly two-decades of American military presence in the country after the September 11th attacks. Tuesday at the White House, President Biden fervently defended his decision not to "extend the forever war," though touted America's remote warfare capabilities and told terror group ISIS-K: "We're not done with you yet." This episode: White House correspondent Asma...

Duration:00:16:00

How Will Biden Respond To US Crises?

8/30/2021
Much of the country is reeling from natural disasters as COVID hospitalization rates hit levels not seen since before the vaccine was widely available. Evacuations continue from Afghanistan in the wake of the most deadly attack on U.S. service members in more than a decade. All that during what was supposed to be a domestic policy-focused summer for the Biden White House, with two trillion-plus dollar deals on the line. So, how is the president responding to crisis? This episode: White...

Duration:00:13:53

Weekly Roundup: August 27th

8/27/2021
President Biden has warned there could be more violence coming over the weekend in Afghanistan. Yesterday's attack at Kabul's airport could be a preview of the disarray that could be in store for the country after the U.S. finally exits. And: it is still unclear where tens of thousands of evacuated Afghans will be allowed to resettle. Also, voting rights activists will take to the streets across the country this weekend to pressure President Biden and congressional Democrats to take...

Duration:00:25:54

More Than A Dozen Americans Dead After Attack At Kabul Airport

8/26/2021
President Biden addressed the nation to offer condolences to the families of the U.S. military personnel and scores of Afghan civilians who died. He promised to hold the perpetrators accountable. The evacuation mission continues ahead of Tuesday's deadline. More than a hundred thousand people have now been evacuated from Afghanistan. This episode: congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and international correspondent Jackie...

Duration:00:12:33

Tens of Thousands Evacuated⁠—And Many Thousands More To Go

8/25/2021
The U.S. has only a few more days to evacuate as many as 1,500 Americans and many thousands of Afghans before the Tuesday deadline set in negotiations with the Taliban. Staying longer, U.S. officials say, risks violence. Now, attention has begun to turn to what comes next: how and where to resettle the scores who have fled. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and national security correspondent Greg Myre. Connect: Subscribe to the...

Duration:00:14:01

Today Proved How Hard It Will Be For Democrats To Pass These Huge Bills

8/24/2021
Moderate House Democrats want to vote on infrastructure before negotiations continue on the big Biden economic plan. Progressive Democrats, joined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, worry that would sacrifice much-needed leverage. The compromise the party brokered Tuesday shows just how much work lies ahead as the party works to pass the heart of President Biden's agenda. This episode: demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and...

Duration:00:14:49

Vets Are Worried Their Afghan Allies Will Be Killed Before They Can Evacuate

8/23/2021
The U.S. is evacuating thousands of people a day from Kabul, prioritizing Americans and citizens of NATO allies. The Taliban insist that all troops must be out of the country by the end of the month. That has left Americans who were deployed to the country worried about the fate of their Afghan allies — particularly those outside of the capitol city. This episode: demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and veterans...

Duration:00:15:47