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Molly, William, and Caleb don’t agree on everything politically, but the trio hold this truth to be self-evident: you may not be interested in politics, but politics are interested in you. Left Turn Ahead analyzes the landscape of the Democratic Party en route to Election Day 2020, aided by perspective from activists, organizers, and a new generation of progressive voters determined to shape the future of Democratic politics.

Molly, William, and Caleb don’t agree on everything politically, but the trio hold this truth to be self-evident: you may not be interested in politics, but politics are interested in you. Left Turn Ahead analyzes the landscape of the Democratic Party en route to Election Day 2020, aided by perspective from activists, organizers, and a new generation of progressive voters determined to shape the future of Democratic politics.
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Molly, William, and Caleb don’t agree on everything politically, but the trio hold this truth to be self-evident: you may not be interested in politics, but politics are interested in you. Left Turn Ahead analyzes the landscape of the Democratic Party en route to Election Day 2020, aided by perspective from activists, organizers, and a new generation of progressive voters determined to shape the future of Democratic politics.

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English


Episodes

35: The Third Debate

9/13/2019
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We recap the third Democratic presidential debate, which finally saw all of the qualifying candidates on one stage. Biden played defense, Castro got aggressive, Yang announced a bold initiative, and there were plenty of corny moments to fill three long hours of debate.

Duration:00:39:33

34: "They're Both Idiots"

9/9/2019
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We discuss Donald Trump's newest primary challenger (4:02), the recent Democratic climate change town hall and climate change as a 2020 issue (16:45), and other big headlines relating to Tom Steyer, Trump & the Taliban, and Andrew Yang (35:20).

Duration:00:53:03

33: "Something Better Than Fox News"

9/2/2019
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We discuss the next Democratic presidential debate lineup and the candidates who have dropped out (5:15), Biden's war story mix-up (15:41), Trump's tension with Fox News (28:47), August Power Rankings (41:08), and other major headlines (46:56).

Duration:00:54:01

32: "Trump's Long Lost Twin Brother"

8/26/2019
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The DNC makes some questionable decisions (1:32), election analyst Rachel Bitecofer questions the Party's electoral strategy (10:30), Trump embarrasses himself and the U.S. at the G7 (19:40), and we chat with Lori Coleman, Director of Digital Strategy of DemCast (43:56).

Duration:01:01:19

31: "Free Craft Beer For Everybody"

8/19/2019
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Trump convinced Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel to block two sitting Congresswomen from entering the country (1:22). We discuss Democratic voters' excitement over multiple candidates (12:46), fears of another economic recession (35:08), and other headlines (52:17).

Duration:00:59:54

30: "The Moral Question"

8/12/2019
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We discuss how some in Congress are turning up the heat on impeachment (2:44), the Democratic presidential candidates at Iowa's Wing Ding Dinner (13:20), whether Beto O'Rourke should run for Texas Senate (20:54), and talk with international policy consultant Daniel Noroña about U.S.-Latin American relations and how the Trump administration has set us back (41:01).

Duration:01:03:30

29: "Enough Is Enough"

8/5/2019
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We discuss the horrible mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio and the state of gun violence in this country (0:41), reveal our July Power Rankings (26:59), and talk with Jolt interim executive director and activist Antonio Arellano about engaging young Latinx voters and the issues important to them (38:29).

Duration:00:57:38

28: The Second Debates

8/1/2019
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We break down the two nights of Democratic presidential debates. Sanders and Warren fended off battles with more moderate candidates on Night One, and Biden and Harris took some heat from Booker, Castro, Gabbard, and others on Night Two. We discuss who had good and bad nights, what the policy debates mean for the Democratic Party, and what the September debates might look like.

Duration:00:39:10

27: "Sparks Are Gonna Fly"

7/29/2019
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Robert Mueller testified before Congress (1:28), and we learned more about Russian attacks on our elections (10:30). We discuss Joe Biden's criminal justice reform plan and Cory Booker's pushback (23:15), Trump's racist remarks about Rep. Elijah Cummings and Baltimore (36:58), and other big headlines (50:42).

Duration:00:56:08

26: "A Basket of Invertebrates"

7/22/2019
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The next round of Democratic presidential debates are set (3:45). We discuss some interesting fundraising differences (21:06), Trump's Electoral College advantage (33:59), and other major headlines (50:24).

Duration:01:01:03

25: "Hindsight is 2020"

7/15/2019
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Nancy Pelosi and the Squad are at odds, and Trump targets these Congresswomen with racist tweets (4:18). We discuss Biden possibly losing some African-American support (20:06), Warren's new immigration policy and further plans (33:02), Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's resignation (42:42), and other headlines (48:22).

Duration:00:55:25

24: "A Political Pincher"

7/8/2019
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New polls and fundraising numbers are out for the Democratic presidential candidates (2:12). We discuss the possible overlap of voters for whom Warren and Harris might be competing (8:35), Trump's July 4th fiasco and improving approval numbers (17:27), and our June Power Rankings (34:09).

Duration:00:40:48

23: "They've Weaponized Everything"

7/1/2019
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We wrap up our post-debate reactions (1:45), and discuss the age factor in selecting a Democratic nominee (14:24). The Supreme Court releases big rulings on political gerrymandering and Trump's census citizenship question (23:08), Donald Trump Jr. pushes racist comments about Kamala Harris (41:34), and other big headlines (54:08).

Duration:00:56:42

22: The First Debates

6/28/2019
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We recap the first two Democratic presidential primary debates! Warren and Castro had strong Night One performances, and things got heated between Harris and Biden on Night Two. We discuss our winners, losers, and big takeaways for the race to be the Democratic nominee.

Duration:00:39:59

21: "Parade of Darkness"

6/24/2019
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We gear up for this week's first Democratic presidential primary debates (3:00) and discuss the latest on the crisis at the border (7:07). Joe Biden had a bad week (30:00), Pete Buttigieg has problems at home (46:54), and Andrew Yang has a plan for a universal basic income—sort of (58:23).

Duration:01:10:25

20: "4th Quarter of Democracy"

6/17/2019
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We break down the Democratic presidential debate lineup (4:23). Trump thinks it's cool to take foreign intelligence on political opponents (12:11), and he wants to make health care a big voting issue in 2020 (19:51). We talk to California Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and Fullerton, California Mayor Jesus Silva about climate change, immigration, issues facing California, and how to jump into the political process (38:37).

Duration:01:05:43

19: "Legislate in a Time Machine"

6/10/2019
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The tariffs on Mexico are no more (5:35), and Joe Biden flip flops on the Hyde Amendment (9:21). We discuss how certain voters are thinking about Beto O'Rourke (27:34), possible 2020 battleground states (43:06), and other big news from the week (57:35).

Duration:01:02:21

18: "The Worst Democrat in America"

6/3/2019
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Robert Mueller makes a public statement on the Russia & Trump investigation (5:21). We discuss abortion restrictions in Louisiana, Missouri & Georgia (17:08), Biden's policies and polling plateau (43:44), our May Power Rankings (48:47), new Democratic primary debate requirements (54:48), and other big headlines (59:46).

Duration:01:07:06

17: "A Campaign On Not Campaigning"

5/28/2019
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Another try at infrastructure week turns into a new Pelosi vs. Trump battle (2:50). We discuss the tension between the Democratic Party's two wings (16:49), Joe Biden's very minimal presidential campaign (33:27), and other big headlines from the week (48:14).

Duration:00:56:13

16: "De Facto Leader of the Democratic Party"

5/20/2019
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Alabama passes its abortion ban and a review of Roe v. Wade is the target (2:19). We discuss the presidential candidates' education plans (29:18), attempts to secure African-American votes and Stacey Abrams's recent work (47:18), and other big news from the past week (1:04:04).

Duration:01:12:29