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“Three Tickets,” is a 10-episode podcast about the history and culture of Iowa’s caucuses. The series draws on more than 30 interviews with national political figures and Iowans to tell an expansive, engrossing story of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential contest.

“Three Tickets,” is a 10-episode podcast about the history and culture of Iowa’s caucuses. The series draws on more than 30 interviews with national political figures and Iowans to tell an expansive, engrossing story of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential contest.
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Des Moines, Iowa

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“Three Tickets,” is a 10-episode podcast about the history and culture of Iowa’s caucuses. The series draws on more than 30 interviews with national political figures and Iowans to tell an expansive, engrossing story of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential contest.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 10: Change and Continuity

12/15/2015
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The final episode of Three Tickets explores how the Iowa caucuses have changed -- and how they'll never change -- since their inception in the 1970s. Also: Joe Trippi claims CNN is to blame for the infamous Dean Scream.

Duration:00:38:37

Episode 9: Evangelicals and the Caucuses

12/9/2015
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"Evangelicals and the Caucuses" describes the power and influence social and religious conservatives have exercised in Iowa's Republican caucuses.

Duration:00:32:18

Episode 8: Caucus Economics

12/2/2015
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“Caucus Economics” explains how for some Iowans the first-in-the-nation caucuses are a business opportunity. Also featured in the episode: former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, who kinda-sorta killed the 1992 caucuses.

Duration:00:30:44

Episode 7: Being There

11/18/2015
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“Being There” explores the importance of grassroots, person-to-person campaigning in the Iowa caucuses, with an explanation from the guy who invented the Full Grassley: U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley.

Duration:00:24:52

Episode 6: The Journalists

11/11/2015
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“The Journalists” reveals why national political reporters love covering politics in Iowa and describes what it's like to chase presidential candidates through the political cornfields.

Duration:00:36:39

Episode 5: The Activists

11/4/2015
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“The Activists” features four Iowans with incredible stories of how their Iowa caucuses activism led to unforgettable encounters and genuine friendships with national leaders like George W. Bush and Joe Biden.

Duration:00:45:43

Episode 4: The Candidates

10/27/2015
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“The Candidates” explores the Iowa caucuses experience from the candidates’ perspective with stories from caucus winners Bob Dole and Walter Mondale.

Duration:00:43:19

Episode 3: Process and Controversy

10/20/2015
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“Process and Controversy” describes how the caucuses work and explores the controversies they've created -- including the uncertain results of the 2012 Republican race.

Duration:00:49:12

Episode 2: Origins

10/13/2015
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“Origins” describes how the Iowa caucuses came to be and tells the stories of Iowans who experienced Jimmy Carter's 1976 caucus campaign and George H.W. Bush's 1980 candidacy.

Duration:00:33:09

Episode 1: Peak Caucus

10/5/2015
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“Peak Caucus” explores perhaps the greatest Iowa caucus campaign ever: The 2008 Democratic race between Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards.

Duration:00:37:04