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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

Inside the weirdest, wildest, tightest state in politics

10/16/2020
While Florida Republicans used to dominate the absentee ballot game, this year there's been a stunning development: For the first time ever at this stage of a general election, Florida Democrats are outvoting Republicans. But lest they get too excited, campaign veterans warn that a wave of Republican votes is coming on Election Day. POLITICO's Marc Caputo takes Nerdcast host Scott Bland inside the must-win swing state in the final weeks of an unprecedented election year. Scott Bland is the...

Duration:00:34:59

Trump stock market soars — and wealthy reap gains

10/9/2020
President Donald Trump regularly promotes the soaring stock market as a barometer of the economy's health. But the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans own 50 percent of the value of stocks held by individual households — and investors aren’t sharing the wealth. POLITICO's Victoria Guida explains how this gap is fueling an increasingly lopsided economic recovery. Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO. Victoria Guida **** is a financial services reporter for...

Duration:00:24:58

6 Catholics, 1 Court: SCOTUS and the rise of the Federalist Society

10/2/2020
Evangelicals make up a bigger share of the Republican electorate. But on the courts? It's conservative Catholics who reign supreme. If confirmed, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, would be the sixth Catholic justice currently sitting on the high court — five of whom were nominated by Republicans. University of Denver political science professor Joshua Wilson and POLITICO's Scott Bland dig into the conservative Catholic...

Duration:00:25:38

Trump team braces for a presidential self-own

9/25/2020
Donald Trump will face Joe Biden for the first of three presidential debates on Tuesday. POLITICO's Gabby Orr and Scott Bland dive into how the president is prepping — or not — for the big day ... and why some of his supporters worry Trump has set a trap for himself by attacking Biden’s mental acumen. Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO. Gabby Orr **** is a White House reporter for POLITICO. Adrienne Hurst is an associate producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny...

Duration:00:19:39

Was the TikTok face-off 'security theater'?

9/18/2020
After weeks of uncertainty following President Donald Trump's executive order on TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app that has stolen the hearts — if not the data — of millions of teens has found an American partner: Oracle. But will it make Americans' data any safer? POLITICO Magazine contributing editor Zachary Karabell and Scott Bland explore Trump's TikTok fight — and whether it's really a form of "national security theater."

The 9/11 babies are all grown up — and ready to vote

9/11/2020
For the first time, young adults born on or around September 11, 2001, will vote in a presidential election this November. America has been at war virtually every day they've been alive — and now they're coming of age politically during a world-changing pandemic. They speak up in this episode, as POLITICO Magazine contributor Garrett M. Graff and Scott Bland discuss how Gen Z voters could shake up American politics.

Duration:00:20:52

Inside the Wild West of PredictIt

9/4/2020
When Joe Biden selected Kamala Harris as his running mate, it was a historic moment — and one that made some people thousands of dollars. Traders on the website PredictIt, a stock market for politics, wager thousands of dollars on an array of political moments. Today on Nerdcast, Zach Montellaro tells Scott Bland about his conversations with political traders — one who trades semi-professionally and two who are looking to avenge their losses from the 2016 election. Scott Bland is the host of...

Duration:00:32:54

Bonus episode: A tale of two conventions

8/31/2020
Are we a country that's failed disastrously to respond to a global pandemic, or a country that's overrun by protests and violence on the streets? Democrats and Republicans painted wildly different pictures of America at their party conventions this month. For the double conventions, we're featuring a double host special: Nerdcast's Scott Bland joins Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel to discuss the biggest takeaways from the past two weeks. Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at...

Duration:00:12:14

The GOP's identity crisis

8/28/2020
A question from a high schooler left POLITICO chief political correspondent Tim Alberta stumped: What does it mean to be a Republican? Alberta talks with Scott Bland about whether the Republican National Convention answered that question this week — and how Donald Trump has shaped the party's future. Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO. Tim Alberta **** is the chief political correspondent for POLITICO. Adrienne Hurst **** is an associate producer for...

Duration:00:25:51

Signed. Sealed. Delivered?

8/21/2020
The postal service is older than America itself. It delivers bills, Amazon packages and even ballots straight to your house. So what happens when, in the middle of a pandemic that has skyrocketed the demand for vote-by-mail, the USPS suddenly seems like it’s falling apart? POLITICO Magazine digital editor Zack Stanton joins Scott Bland to talk about the mail-system meltdown and what USPS expert Phil Rubio, himself a former letter carrier, says about how fundamental the postal service is to...

Duration:00:25:52

Fundraising Remix: The Zoom where it happens

8/14/2020
In-person events have long been the bedrock of political fundraising. So what happens when a global pandemic takes away in-person fundraisers? … They go to Zoom. Sure, there's awkwardness and technical difficulties, but they are helping both campaigns raise record amounts of money. And even in a post-coronavirus world, this looks like the new normal. Democratic strategist Tim Lim and GOP donor Dan Eberhart on Zoom fundraising in 2020. Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor...

Duration:00:25:50

Canvassing, interrupted

8/7/2020
Donald Trump's campaign says it knocks on a million doors a week. Joe Biden's campaign says it knocks on zero. Host Scott Bland talks to Miles Baker — former door knocker, organizer and current political strategist — about the silver linings of the pandemic. Halting in-person canvassing has actually been a useful way to retool campaign strategies. Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO. Miles Baker is campaigns director at The Action Factory. Annie Rees is a...

Duration:00:19:07

At-risk Republicans have a problem: Trump

7/31/2020
The congressional map as it stands now — three months out from the election — paints a cautiously optimistic picture for Democrats, who could see their majority grow. POLITICO reporter Ally Mutnick talks with Scott Bland about how Donald Trump's current numbers are affecting the way that Republicans in suburban districts are campaigning. Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO. Ally Mutnick is a campaign reporter for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a producer for...

Duration:00:23:04

Everything that can go wrong in November

7/24/2020
November's election is about to be a perfect storm — that we can all see coming. Garrett M. Graff digs into his POLITICO magazine cover story with Scott Bland about the voting issues that have tripped up primaries in 2020 so far, and why November won't look like any election we've seen before. Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO. Garrett M. Graff is a contributor to POLITICO magazine. Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the...

Duration:00:26:37

Trump vs. the NFL

7/17/2020
President Donald Trump's vendetta against the NFL isn't just political. It's personal. POLITICO Magazine's Michael Kruse talks with Scott Bland about the decadeslong feud — and whether recent shifts in public sentiment on racial justice issues could make Trump's reelection campaign the final battlefield. Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO. Michael Kruse **** is a senior staff writer for POLITICO Magazine. Adrienne Hurst **** is an associate producer for...

Duration:00:26:31

Why a football coach could beat Jeff Sessions

7/10/2020
Trump's former attorney general wants his Senate seat back. But polling shows Tommy Tuberville — a former football coach and political newbie — ahead of Jeff Sessions in the Republican primary runoff. Birmingham, Ala.-based journalist Eric Velasco talks with Scott Bland ahead of the July 14 matchup. Plus, James Arkin brings us up to speed on the broader Senate map. Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO. Eric Velasco **** is a freelance journalist based in...

Duration:00:25:19

The SCOTUS case that could tip the 2020 scales

7/3/2020
The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to strike down a Louisiana abortion law could motivate conservative voters at the ballot box — and progressives, too. Health care reporter Alice Miranda Ollstein explains. Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO. Alice Miranda Ollstein **** is a health care reporter for POLITICO. Adrienne Hurst **** is an associate producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive...

Duration:00:23:03

How to handle a scandal

6/26/2020
House Democrats are wrestling with how hard to go after President Donald Trump's laundry list of alleged abuses. With just weeks to go until Election Day, could aggressive oversight undermine the party's political prospects? Congress reporter Heather Caygle talks with Scott Bland about lawmakers' game plan. Scott Bland is the host of Nerdcast and a politics editor at POLITICO. Heather Caygle is a Congress reporter for POLITICO. Adrienne Hurst **** is an associate producer for POLITICO audio....

Duration:00:24:24

Split screen: Inside Trump's favorite network

6/19/2020
Guest host Eugene Daniels and POLITICO Magazine deputy editor Elizabeth Ralph lift the curtain on One America News Network — where liberal staff are chafing at their own network’s coverage of national protests and the coronavirus. Eugene Daniels **** is a political reporter for POLITICO. Elizabeth Ralph is a deputy editor for POLITICO Magazine. Adam Wren **** is a contributing editor for POLITICO Magazine. Adrienne Hurst **** is an associate producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the...

Duration:00:27:23

White America reckons with racism: Polls and what it means for 2020

6/12/2020
Public opinion polls that show support for the Black Lives Matter movement has jumped almost as much in the last two weeks as it has in the past two years. Guest host Eugene Daniels and national political reporter Alex Thompson talk about what that means — plus, identity politics from Trump and Biden. Eugene Daniels **** is a political reporter for POLITICO. Alex Thompson is a national political reporter for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the senior...

Duration:00:31:08