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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

42: The October Democratic Debate

10/16/2019
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Twelve candidates take the stage for the fourth Democratic presidential debate. Warren gets the frontrunner treatment, Sanders defends Medicare For All, Buttigieg and Klobuchar stay aggressive, and the moderators ask a ridiculous final question.

Duration:00:31:06

41: "A Lot Of Meme Potential"

10/14/2019
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We discuss the key takeaways from the recent Equality Town Hall (2:11), the upcoming Democratic presidential debate (27:07), one candidate possibly considering Andrew Gillum as a VP pick (33:05), and other headlines (40:54).

Duration:00:49:28

40: "Those Are Not The Founding Fathers"

10/7/2019
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We discuss Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren winning the fundraising game (1:55), the latest on impeaching Donald Trump (14:27), the extent of corruption in Trump's White House (25:16), and September Power Rankings (36:30). We talk to students from the University of Iowa Democrats about the Iowa caucuses and their thoughts on the presidential race (50:30).

Duration:01:22:47

39: "Stumbled, Fumbled & Bumbled into 2020"

9/30/2019
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We discuss the latest on impeachment steps against Trump (1:33), the risks and rewards of impeachment (21:02), how Democratic presidential campaigns are responding (25:44), and other big headlines (42:00).

Duration:00:56:38

38: "An Official Impeachment Inquiry"

9/25/2019
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We break down everything about Nancy Pelosi's announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump. We discuss how we got to this point, the breakneck rate of increasing support for impeachment, what Pelosi's announcement means, and how this affects the Democratic race for President.

Duration:00:31:10

37: "Bernie Stans & Warren Gs"

9/23/2019
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We discuss the Des Moines Register's newest Iowa poll for the presidential race (2:58), the battle between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (11:36), the whistleblower complaint over Trump asking Ukraine to help him attack Joe Biden (33:46), and other big headlines (51:10).

Duration:00:57:35

36: "Biden and Corn Pop"

9/16/2019
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We discuss the Joe Biden and Julian Castro presidential debate aftermath (3:20), a new sexual misconduct accusation against Justice Kavanaugh (25:43), Trump firing John Bolton (30:46), and other headlines (31:44).

Duration:00:37:35

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