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POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.

POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.
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POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.

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Episodes

Breaking down Castro vs Biden

9/13/2019
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The Nerdcast team breaks down a key moment from Thursday's democratic presidential debate -- when former HUD Secretary Julian Castro took a swipe at Joe Biden's memory. Plus, a look at how Elizabeth Warren became Elizabeth Warren, and how she made so many enemies in the Obama Administration in the process. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:48

Not the debate that climate activists wanted

9/6/2019
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On this episode of the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: In a marathon forum on climate change, Democratic contenders began to seek separation from one another on the key issue. POLITICO energy reporter Kelsey Tamborrino and national political reporter David Siders explain the first signs of candidates weaponizing climate change in the primary campaign. Plus, POLITICO national political reporter Chris Cadelago explains how Kamala Harris won over the prominent voice of rapper 2 Live...

Duration:00:26:14

Nerdcast bonus: The presidential race enters a new phase

9/2/2019
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On this episode of the Nerdcast with guest host John Harris: The presidential campaign may feel like it’s been going on forever, but it’s about to enter a new phase. POLITICO founding editor John Harris joined reporters Holly Otterbein, Natasha Korecki and David Siders to talk about why authenticity is so elusive, whether the left is ascendant in the Democratic party, and why candidate selfies are all the rage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:29:15

Dem campaigns get desperate after debate shutout

8/30/2019
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This week on the Nerdcast with Scott Bland: More than half of the Democratic presidential field got bounced from the party’s debate circuit Wednesday night, but they’re not meekly exiting stage left. POLITICO campaign reporter Elena Schneider explains what actions they might take against the DNC’s debate rules. Also, voters across the country — from California to Pennsylvania to Massachusetts — grilled House Democrats on the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump at a series of...

Duration:00:23:00

Trump team braces donors for potential recession

8/23/2019
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This week on the Nerdcast with Scott Bland: White House reporter Nancy Cook explains how the Trump administration may be putting on a happy face in public, but in private, they’re worrying about a global economic slowdown triggering a U.S. recession. Also, White House reporter Daniel Lippman looks inside the president's feud with Tom Barrack, on of his closest friends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:16

Trump finally tries the patience of Evangelicals

8/16/2019
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This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: Evangelicals chafe at Trump’s blasphemy— POLITICO White House reporter Gabby Orr explains why. Also, POLITICO's senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian joins national politics reporters Chris Cadelago and Natasha Korecki to break down what's happening on the ground in Iowa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:03

Is Joe Biden’s brother the next Billy Carter?

8/9/2019
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This week on the Nerdcast with guest-host Blake Hounshell: Over his decades in office, ‘Middle-Class Joe’s’ family fortunes have closely tracked his political career. We have POLITICO's Ben Schreckinger on to discuss his investigation on former Vice President Joe Biden's family finances. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:56

The post-debate state of the race

8/2/2019
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This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: POLITICO national political reporter Elena Schneider and senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian break down who came out on top in this week's democratic debates. Also: A divided Federal Reserve is cutting interest rates for the first time in more than a decade. What’s that mean and why does it matter? POLITICO financial services reporter Victoria Guida explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:19:27

Dissecting a moment: Booker piles on Biden

7/31/2019
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Cory Booker, in search of his first bona fide “moment” as he tries to work his way up in the presidential race, came ready to lunge into his critique of Joe Biden’s new criminal justice proposal as too little, too late to fix the problem of mass incarceration, after Biden’s authorship of punitive crime legislation in the ‘90s. POLITICO national political reporter Chris Cadelago joins host Scott Bland to analyze an important moment from round two of the second Democratic debate on Tuesday...

Duration:00:08:45

'You're wrong' vs. 'I'm right': Sanders and Warren spar with moderates

7/31/2019
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"You're wrong" for criticizing “Medicare for All,” Sen. Bernie Sanders told former Rep. John Delaney in the first answer of the night — setting up an evening of conflict between the left and the center. POLITICO health care reporter Dan Diamond joins host Scott Bland to analyze an important moment from round one of the second Democratic debate on Tuesday night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:09:18

2020 Dems prepare to come out swinging in this week's debates

7/29/2019
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On this special episode of the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland, POLITICO White House reporter Chris Cadelago on the things he'll be watching for during this week's debates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:12:30

Democrats plot a post-Mueller strategy

7/26/2019
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This week's Congressional appearance by Robert S. Mueller III landed with a thud, so what's next for Democrats itching to impeach the president? Sarah Ferris from POLITICO's Congressional team joins the show to explain why Nancy Pelosi's team is maintaining a united front in public, even if they're arguing behind closed doors. Plus, POLITICO's Chief Economic Correspondent Ben White breaks down how the president's advisers are trying to safeguard the long-running economic boom, even if it...

Duration:00:23:27

Is the Democratic field about to shrink?

7/19/2019
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This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland, POLITICO White House reporter Gabby Orr and Congressional reporter Heather Caygle explain the fallout of President Trump's racist tweets. Also: POLITICO national political reporter David Siders on why a big shrink to the democratic primary field might be coming soon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:20

AMERICAN CARNAGE: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump

7/15/2019
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Today on a special edition of Nerdcast with Scott Bland: Tim Alberta, chief political correspondent for POLITICO Magazine, talks about his forthcoming book AMERICAN CARNAGE: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:10:52

Does conventional wisdom have it wrong on Sanders and Warren?

7/12/2019
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This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: We examine some of the front-runners who have begun to emerge for Democrats, particularly on the left of the party. POLITICO's National political reporters Holly Otterbein and Alex Thompson check on the 2020 race. Also: What would you ask Robert Mueller, if you got the chance? POLITICO's national security correspondent Natasha Bertrand and POLITICO's legal affairs analyst Josh Gerstein discuss what might happen on Capitol HIll for Robert...

Duration:00:26:08

Two Supreme Court decisions, explained

7/3/2019
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This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: The Supreme Court had a busy week, ruling on two cases that have big political implications. First, immigration reporter Ted Hesson joins to explain how a road block has been put in the path of implementing a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Then, Scott and Charlie talk about the ruling on partisan gerrymandering. In the second segment, national political reporter Natasha Korecki explains where the democratic presidential candidates...

Duration:00:30:31

How Harris made her moment against Biden

6/28/2019
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The California senator came prepared to prosecute a case against the front-runner. We analyze an important moment from Thursday night's Democratic debate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:08:02

Dissecting a moment: Elizabeth Warren on Medicare for All

6/27/2019
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Sen. Warren seemed to make her fullest embrace of Bernie Sanders’s healthcare plan, but did she leave herself room to change her mind. We analyze an important moment from Wednesday’s night Democratic debate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:09:24

Bonus: The new politics of trade

6/24/2019
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Check out an episode of POLITICO's latest podcast: Global Translations. The show looks at big global problems that are vexing politicians and policymakers, and this episode examines how Donald Trump has scrambled the usual politics of trade. Check it out, and subscribe for free wherever you get your shows. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:53

Centrist Dems are warming up to Warren. That's a big change.

6/21/2019
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This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: It’s debate night in America! Well, it will be next week, and we’re giving you a preview! Two Politico reporters who are debate experts at this point join the show. Then, centrists who used to fear Warren was the end of the party are starting to levitate towards her. We've got two reporters who just attended an event aimed at centrists coming on to break down how Warren has become a palatable candidate for a group that once eviscerated her in...

Duration:00:28:20