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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: January 14th

1/14/2022
The Supreme Court has struck down the Biden administration's vaccine-or-test rule for businesses with more than 100 employees, but allowed a separate mandate for health care workers to stand. Also, Democrats' push to pass voting rights legislation is unraveling, as moderates in the Senate resist any changes to filibuster rules. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, and congressional...

Duration:00:28:05

Is another civil war brewing in America?

1/13/2022
The idea of another American Civil War might seem outlandish. But as the country diversifies, it's grown more polarized. Today, Americans can't even agree on who won the 2020 election or whether masks prevent the spread of COVID. Researchers say it's not out of the question for these political tensions to boil over. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving. Connect: Email the show at...

Duration:00:15:01

Trump tells NPR he isn't giving up his 2020 election lies

1/12/2022
In an interview with NPR, former President Donald Trump made it clear that he hasn't moved on from his 2020 election loss, and it's causing a rift within the Republican Party. Trump maintains his false claims that the election was stolen from him, and while most Republicans have fallen in line, some desperately want to move on. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and national political correspondent Mara...

Duration:00:15:42

President Biden calls for filibuster changes to pass voting rights bills

1/11/2022
In a fiery speech in Atlanta Tuesday, President Biden urged the Senate to change filibuster rules in order to pass new voting rights protections. But Senate Democrats are divided on filibuster changes, and voting rights advocates say fiery remarks are not enough in the wake of laws passed in 19 states that restrict ballot access. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and political correspondent Juana Summers. Connect: Email the show...

Duration:00:15:01

Congress is back in session. Can Democrats finally pass Build Back Better?

1/10/2022
Democrats have two major pieces of unfinished business on their to-do list. They'll try, again, to reach a compromise on President Biden's signature Build Back Better bill, and they say passing voting rights legislation is also a top priority. But they don't have the votes right now to do either. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

Duration:00:15:05

Weekly Roundup: January 7th

1/7/2022
The justices are considering whether the federal mandates governing private employers and healthcare staff are constitutional. And Republicans who back Trump's election lies are running for election administration offices across the country. This episode: politics correspondent Juana Summers, labor correspondent Andrea Hsu, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and voting and disinformation reporter Miles Parks. Connect: Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join...

Duration:00:27:30

'A Dagger At The Throat Of Democracy': President Biden Decries Election Lies

1/6/2022
In a speech from the Capitol one year after the building was attacked, President Biden warned that the United States could become a nation that "accepts political violence as a norm" and allows "partisan election officials to overturn the legally expressed will of the people" if Donald Trump's supporters in the Republican party continue to bolster his election lies. This episode: demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and White...

Duration:00:18:50

Biden's COVID Response Lags Behind The Crisis, Experts Say

1/5/2022
As the president and his team promise more tests are coming, the omicron variant continues to drive cases to new records. While the latest wave is putting a smaller share of people into the hospital, the sheer number of infections is straining the healthcare system. This episode: demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and health correspondent Allison Aubrey. Connect: Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics...

Duration:00:14:35

Capitol Police Are Still Dealing With The Aftermath Of January 6th

1/4/2022
Chief Tom Manger says that he is dealing with low morale and high turnover as the force attempts to reinvent itself in the wake of last year's attack on the Capitol. There were more than 9000 threats against members of Congress last year. This episode: demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and acting congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh. Connect: Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics Podcast...

Duration:00:15:01

US Democracy Is At Risk Of Failing, According To 64% Of Americans

1/3/2022
The sentiment is felt most acutely by Republicans, two-thirds of whom wrongly believe that "voter fraud helped Joe Biden win the 2020 election." That's according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll out Monday. A majority of Republicans and Democrats alike reject political violence, while more than 1 in 5 respondents say violence is sometimes justified to protect democracy or American culture and values. This episode: demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, national correspondent...

Duration:00:14:04

Our Favorite Political Music of 2021

12/31/2021
Miles Parks, Juana Summers, and Ayesha Rascoe are joined by Stephen Thompson of NPR Music to discuss their favorite political music of the year. Connect: Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group. Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter. Find and support your local public radio station.

Duration:00:17:31

Our Favorite Political TV Of 2021

12/30/2021
Miles Parks, Kelsey Snell, and Barbara Sprunt are joined by Aisha Harris of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast to discuss the year in political television. Connect: Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group. Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter. Find and support your local public radio station.

Duration:00:15:03

What Does It Take To Combat Disinformation?

12/29/2021
Whitney Phillips, assistant professor at Syracuse University, talks to NPR's Miles Parks about conspiracy, disinformation, and what it would take to improve civic literacy and rebuild trust in institutions in the United States. This episode: voting and disinformation reporter Miles Parks Connect: Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group. Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter. Find and support your local public radio station.

Duration:00:13:06

Why Was Marriage At The Center Of The Fight For LGBT Civil Rights?

12/28/2021
In the latest NPR Politics Book Club, Danielle Kurtzleben talks with journalist Sasha Issenberg whose book The Engagement chronicles the path of marriage equality from a fringe issue to one of the nation's central civil rights fights. His book explores the complex ways that money and disagreements among activists shape political movements in the United States. This episode: demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben. Connect: Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the...

Duration:00:14:57

Despite Early Warnings Of An Omicron Surge, Testing Remains A Problem Nationwide

12/27/2021
Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said officials knew there would be a surge from the Omicron variant since early data became available from South Africa. Despite that, COVID-19 tests have been incredibly hard to come by as cases continue to rise. This episode: voting and disinformation reporter Miles Parks, White House correspondent Asma Khalid, and health reporter Pien Huang. Connect: Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR...

Duration:00:15:11

Interview: Longtime Hillary Clinton Aide Huma Abedin On Parenting, Faith, And 2016

12/24/2021
Huma Abedin has worked for Hillary Clinton for a quarter-century. In a new book, Both/And, she discusses being a prominent Muslim woman in American politics, intersecting personal and political crises, and whether the tumultuous final days of the 2016 presidential election distracted Democrats from important political lessons. She speaks with NPR's Asma Khalid. This episode: demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Asma Khalid. Connect: Email...

Duration:00:18:19

How Successful Was The Biden Administration In Managing The Economy This Year?

12/23/2021
The Biden administration laid out his main priorities as the president took office: tackling the pandemic, responding to the climate crisis, addressing racial inequality, and rejuvenating the economy. Over the next few weeks, the NPR Politics Podcast will check in on whether those goals being met. President Biden's first legislative push was the American Rescue Plan, a roughly $2 trillion economic stimulus plan that expanded help for unemployed workers and issued direct cash payments to...

Duration:00:14:54

How Successful Was The Biden Administration In Fighting Climate Change This Year?

12/22/2021
The Biden administration laid out his main priorities as the president took office: tackling the pandemic, responding to the climate crisis, addressing racial inequality, and rejuvenating the economy. Over the next few weeks, the NPR Politics Podcast will check in on whether those goals being met. President Biden rejoined the Paris climate agreement and pledged to halve U.S. greenhouse gas pollution from 2005 levels by 2030. But his ambitious goals, which scientists say are necessary to...

Duration:00:15:15

How Successful Was The Biden Administration In Battling COVID This Year?

12/21/2021
The Biden administration laid out his main priorities as he took office: tackling the pandemic, responding to the climate crisis, addressing racial inequality, and rejuvenating the economy. Over the next few weeks, the NPR Politics Podcast will check in on how those goals are going. Building on President Trump's Operation Warp Speed, the Biden administration managed to make vaccines widely-available across the country within a few months of taking office. Convincing everyone to take the...

Duration:00:14:46

Sen. Manchin Closes The Door On Biden's Build Back Better Plan

12/20/2021
In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, the West Virginia Democrat said he would not support the Build Back Better Act, the centerpiece of President Biden's domestic agenda. The announcement, which came after months of wheel-spinning in Congress, dooms legislation that Biden says would allow the U.S. to curb the climate crisis and better support working families. Read more: Manchin says Build Back Better's climate measures are risky. That's not true. This episode: White House correspondent...

Duration:00:16:16