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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

Why Two Experts Think The Supreme Court Is Prepared To Roll Back Roe V. Wade

12/2/2021
The Supreme Court heard arguments for a case that challenges the foundation of Roe v. Wade, the decision that originally made abortion legal. In their questioning, the conservative justices seemed primed to overturn the fifty year old precedent. That decision would radically change abortion access in the United States. This episode: political correspondent Juana Summers, legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, and Mary Ziegler, author of Abortion And The Law In...

Duration:00:14:56

The Big Consequences Of Small Changes To Congressional Maps

12/1/2021
Congressional districts are redrawn every ten years by state legislatures. In theory it is so populations are accurately represented when voting, but partisan gerrymandering means when you look at the map you'll probably see some really wonky shapes. We look at two states, Texas and Georgia, where redistricting will have major consequences for politicians and policy. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, Georgia Public...

Duration:00:15:27

Congress Has A LOT To Do, But Can They Stop Fighting For Long Enough To Do It?

11/30/2021
Congress and, in particular, congressional Democrats have a long to-do list before the end of the year. But inter- and intra-party disputes threaten any kind of action. So what are the disagreements, and when push comes to shove can they get the job done? This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at...

Duration:00:15:21

What Do You Need To Know About Omicron? Biden Says Be Concerned But Don't Panic

11/29/2021
A new Covid-19 variant called Omicron is spreading throughout the world and public health officials are worried about its transmissibility. President Biden addressed the nation saying, "this variant is a cause for concern — not a cause for panic." But the variant is reigniting anxieties about the pandemic. This episode: White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and health correspondent Allison Aubrey. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast...

Duration:00:15:07

The Docket: What Is Executive Privilege And What Are Its Limits?

11/26/2021
In order to resist a congressional investigation into the January 6th insurrection, former President Trump and his associates are claiming executive privilege. They say the communication between a president and his advisers should remain confidential. Congress says it wants to get to the bottom of what the president knew. So where does executive privilege come from, and does it take precedent over congress' power to investigate? This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid and...

Duration:00:18:47

Remembering NPR Political Reporter Cokie Roberts

11/25/2021
Cokie Roberts was one of NPR's "Founding Mothers," a pioneering journalist whose career blazed a trail for generations of women at the network. NPR's Tamara Keith and Nina Totenberg talk to Cokie's husband Steve Roberts about the ways in which she was also a role model in her personal life. Steve Roberts new book about his wife is Cokie: A Life Well Lived. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook...

Duration:00:16:00

Weekly Roundup: November 24th

11/24/2021
Though it has grown more popular with time, the Affordable Care Act was widely disliked by the public in 2010 and cost Democrats dearly in the midterms. Democrats failed to successfully explain the legislation's benefits in the face of Republican attacks. Could Biden's infrastructure plan and, should it pass, social programs bill face the same fate? And the investigation into what role former President Trump played in the January 6th attack on the Capitol, led by House Democrats, has...

Duration:00:26:44

America's Other Public Health Crisis: 100,000 Overdose Deaths

11/23/2021
More than 100,000 people died from a drug overdose in the 12-month period beginning April 2020. Despite a growing consensus that recognizes addiction as a public health problem, many effective interventions like safe consumption sites and needle exchanges are politically unpopular and legally complex. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and addiction correspondent Brian Mann. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR...

Duration:00:14:04

Yes, COVID-19 Cases Are Up. No, It's Not A Repeat Of Last Year.

11/22/2021
COVID-19 case numbers are once again rising in the United States ahead of the holiday season, but the country is in a much different place than it was this time last year. Fifty-nine percent of the country is now fully-vaccinated, and tests are widely available. Mandates, including one that took effect today for federal workers, are expected to spur more people to get vaccinated in the months to come. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara...

Duration:00:15:04

Weekly Roundup: November 19th

11/19/2021
The two-trillion dollar package still needs to pass the Senate, where it is expected to undergo extensive changes. Also, a look at what issues are dominating campaigns in a central Virginia swing district. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, congressional producer Barbara Sprunt, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at...

Duration:00:30:05

Leaders of Canada And Mexico Visit Washington To Talk COVID, Trade, And Migration

11/18/2021
The summit comes after a five-year hiatus spanning the Trump administration. Despite the nations' strong relationship, disagreements over sensitive political issues have sometimes led to heightened tensions. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and international correspondent Carrie Kahn. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook...

Duration:00:15:16

Democrats Say They Have A Plan To Overcome 2022 Headwinds

11/17/2021
Democrats say they will prioritize sustained outreach to communities of color and clear messages about how they think they have improved people's lives. But, if history is any guide, there is plenty of reason for skepticism. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, political correspondent Juana Summers, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.| Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics Podcast...

Duration:00:15:37

US-China Summit May Have Lowered The Temperature, But The Tough Issues Remain

11/16/2021
President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met for a video summit this week. Both governments lauded the call as productive, but the economic and human rights issues driving tension between the two great powers are likely to persist for years. This episode: White House corrspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and China correspondent John Ruwitch. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR...

Duration:00:15:10

Steve Bannon, Former Top Trump Aide, Charged With Contempt Of Congress

11/15/2021
Bannon was indicted last week for defying a congressional subpoena related to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. He surrendered this morning to federal authorities and has been released pending trial. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and congressional reporter Carrie Grisales. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group. Listen to...

Duration:00:14:49

Weekly Roundup: November 11th

11/12/2021
Pew is out with an extensive look at nine different ideological groups latent in America's political divides. And the National Rifle Association struggled with how to respond to the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School, but its eventual course of action reveals a lot about the group's behavior in the subsequent two decades. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, acting congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico...

Duration:00:28:33

More Trump Allies Ordered To Testify Before Congress About January 6th

11/11/2021
Democrats are racing to finish their extensive investigation into the January 6th insurrection in the next year, worried that they may not hold onto their majority after the 2022 midterm elections. This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook...

Duration:00:15:50

Biden's Election Was Legitimate. Republicans Have Convinced Supporters It Wasn't.

11/10/2021
Donald Trump and other top Republicans have continued to lie about the results of the presidential election. Now, 62 percent of Republicans believe election fraud changed the results of the 2020 presidential election. It did not. With narrow majorities, Democrats have been unable to pass voting rights and election security reforms through the Senate and are unwilling to change the rules to do so. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara...

Duration:00:15:24

Vice President Harris Travels To France To Mend Fences

11/9/2021
Vice President Kamala Harris is in France for several days, helping to mend the U.S. relationship with that country after a recent drama involving a military submarine contract with Australia. The visit also gives her an opportunity to expand her foreign policy resume. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Asma Khalid, and international correspondent Eleanor Beardsley. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at...

Duration:00:14:31

Congress Passes Biden's Trillion-Dollar Transit, Broadband, And Power Bill

11/8/2021
It is a major political victory for President Biden, though it remains to be seen whether it will buoy his approval ratings or boost support for Democrats in Congress. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and acting congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh. 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...

Duration:00:14:15

Weekly Roundup: November 5th

11/5/2021
It is not clear whether Democrats in the House of Representatives will vote today on the two major legislative packages that represent the core of President Biden's agenda, continuing months of uncertainty. And the economy added a fair number of jobs last month, but the recovery remains uneven across industries and demographic groups. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and chief economics...

Duration:00:28:02