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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

Weekly Roundup: October 15th

10/15/2021
The two senators who are forcing more negotiations over the Biden administration's multi-trillion dollar climate and social programs bill appear to have different priorities for what they want to see changed. But it is hard to know for sure: Kyrsten Sinema avoids reporters and has said little publicly about her views to the frustration of her Democratic colleagues. And top Trump aides have so far refused to appear before the House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6th...

Duration:00:26:46

The Boston Marathon Bomber Is Undoubtedly Guilty, But Should He Be Executed?

10/14/2021
The Supreme Court heard arguments for and against reinstating the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber. President Biden himself has argued against ever using the death penalty, but here his administration is arguing that Tsarnaev should receive the harshest punishment. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, and WBUR's Deborah Becker. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at...

Duration:00:13:24

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Optimistic On Supply Chain Problems

10/13/2021
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg tells NPR that the Biden administration is focused on resolving supply chain issues in time of the holiday shopping season. Also: what is a supply chain and why are they causing issues? This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley. 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...

Duration:00:14:54

Let's Talk About Young Voters

10/12/2021
Young voters broke for Joe Biden in 2020, but are shirking party affiliations in greater numbers than older generations. And it remains to be seen how millennials and Gen Z legislators will fit into existing political power structures: many top Democrats have been at the helm in Washington for decades and recruiting young candidates can be a challenge. This episode: White House reporter Asma Khalid, demographics and culture reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political correspondent Juana...

Duration:00:14:21

How Much Has The Country Really Changed Since Clinton's Impeachment?

10/11/2021
The TV show Impeachment: American Crime Story dramatizes the Bill Clinton's impeachment through the stories of three women at the heart of the proceedings, including Monica Lewinsky. We discuss how the country and its politics have and haven't changed in the two decades since the impeachment unfolded. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Connect: Subscribe to the...

Duration:00:15:29

Weekly Roundup: October 8th

10/8/2021
Congress reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling enough to cover the government's spending for a few more months. Anemic job growth persists. Former president Trump is holding an Iowa rally this weekend and his continued flirtation with re-election has kept the Republican primary field on ice. This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, Iowa Public Radio reporter Clay Masters, and senior...

Duration:00:31:26

What's Next For The Afghans Now In The United States?

10/7/2021
Tens of thousands of Afghans have been brought to the United States but most have not yet been resettled in communities. The process is complex, with multiple visa categories and gutted resettlement infrastructure all making the challenge more daunting for the Biden administration. This episode: demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and correspondent Deb Amos. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the...

Duration:00:15:30

Why Trump's Former Press Secretary Worries About His Influence In 2022

10/6/2021
Former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham was part of the Trump administration from the beginning and, in a conversation with Tamara Keith, offers a clear picture into what she used to actively obscure: the chaos, pettiness, and mismanagement that characterized his four years in power. Her book is I'll Take Your Questions Now. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith and White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast...

Duration:00:15:24

Hear What A Facebook Insider Told Congress About How Its Apps Hurt Kids

10/5/2021
Former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen told senators that the company knows its products harm children and stoke division, but that executives have continued to prioritize growth over safety. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and tech correspondent Shannon Bond. 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...

Duration:00:14:42

Why Does Biden's China Policy Look So Much Like Trump's?

10/4/2021
Biden's top trade official, Katherine Tai, indicated in a Monday speech that tariffs levied against China initiated during the Trump administration would remain in place. The countries have been unable to work out key economic and political disagreements. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Asma Khalid, and international correspondent John Ruwitch. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join...

Duration:00:14:49

For White Evangelicals, The Identity Is About More Than Religious Faith

10/2/2021
In the latest installment of the Politics Podcast book club, NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben interviews Calvin University historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez about Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. Interested in being a part of our next conversation? Join our Facebook group at n.pr/politicsgroup. 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...

Duration:00:15:07

Weekly Roundup: October 1st

10/1/2021
Congress kept the government open but Democrats are still working out how to pass the two major pillars of the Biden agenda. And the president's approval rating has somewhat recovered as the public thinks less about Afghanistan, but the midterms could be bad for Biden if Congress stalls out. This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, acting congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR...

Duration:00:27:55

Supreme Court Will Consider Abortion, Guns, Religious Liberty Cases This Term

9/30/2021
An empowered conservative majority on the Supreme Court will consider a number of social and cultural issues at the heart of American life, including abortion access, gun rights, and religious liberty. The Court has stacked its docket with fractious issues even as its justices publicly mourn the intuition's bygone reputation as above the political fray. This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and legal affairs correspondent Nina...

Duration:00:14:38

The Docket: After A Half Century, Roe V. Wade Faces An Uncertain Future

9/29/2021
The Supreme Court will hear arguments Dec. 1 in a case from Mississippi that tests whether all state laws that ban pre-viability abortions are unconstitutional. That case poses a serious challenge to Roe v. Wade, the decision that originally permitted abortion nationwide. For this episode we look at what the court was thinking when they decided Roe in 1973, and what the court may do in the upcoming term. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith and legal affairs correspondent...

Duration:00:17:17

Military Officials Recommended Trump, Biden Keep Troops In Afghanistan

9/28/2021
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee today about the Afghanistan withdrawal. Each said that, before the Taliban's swift takeover and subsequent evacuation of Americans and allies from Afghanistan, they recommended American troops remain in the country. They also said they were caught by surprise at the speed with which the Afghan...

Duration:00:13:15

With Biden's Legacy Teetering, Democrats Struggle To Overcome Divisions

9/27/2021
Democratic Party discord threatens what amounts to nearly all of President Biden's domestic agenda, from childcare to climate. Compounding the challenge: looming government funding and debt deadlines. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, acting congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook...

Duration:00:14:08

Democrats Are Running Out Of Time To Negotiate On Major Priorities

9/24/2021
Congressional Democrats are trying to wrap up negotiations on their reconciliation package, fund the government, and deal with the debt ceiling. But with looming deadlines with big consequences, someone is going to have to compromise. The big question: who's it going to be? Plus, bipartisan talks over police reform legislation officially came up empty handed. This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and political correspondent Juana...

Duration:00:26:39

Do Lawmakers Have More Insight Into Stocks Than The Public? TikTok Users Think So.

9/23/2021
Seven House lawmakers are facing ethics complaints for violating the Stock Act, which polices insider trading, because of a recent bipartisan trend of lawmakers ignoring disclosure requirements. They say it was an accident. Plus, TikTok accounts are using public disclosures to tell followers when to buy and sell stock based on what congressmembers do. It's a clear sign of the distrust the public has in their officials. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional...

Duration:00:15:47

Biden Faces Scrutiny Over Surge of Haitian Migrants

9/22/2021
The Biden administration is expelling hundreds of Haitian migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, after thousands arrived at a crossing near Del Rio, Texas this weekend. Photos of groups in makeshift campsites and of border patrol agents aggressively confronting the migrants on horseback sparked outrage. Now, Biden is facing pressure from all sides: many Republicans say he needs to be tougher on border security, while many Democrats say deporting the migrants, without the option to apply for...

Duration:00:16:04

Amid Many Global Crises Biden Calls For Togetherness In First U.N. Address

9/21/2021
In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Biden emphasized the importance of global cooperation to combat the coronavirus and climate change. And he not so subtly critiqued China and authoritarianism. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics...

Duration:00:14:43