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- January 1, 2021

Weekly Roundup: January 1st

A new Congress will be sworn in on Sunday—the Democrats have a slimmer majority and Republicans have elected slightly more women.

And Trump’s education secretary Betsy DeVos survived his full presidency, making herself out to be a champion of school choice and deregulation. Now, Biden’s pick for the job is set to emphasize a new set of priorities.

In this episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzlaben, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and education reporter Elissa Nadworny.

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Politics Podcast

- December 31, 2020

What Will The Courts Look Like Under Joe Biden?

President Trump reshaped the federal judiciary and made three lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court. How will that legacy play out under a Joe Biden administration?

In this episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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Politics Podcast

- December 30, 2020

Exclusive Interview: Jake Sullivan, Biden's National Security Adviser

Jake Sullivan is the president-elect’s top national security adviser. He told NPR’s Scott Detrow that he is worried that a lack of communication from top Trump officials could jeopardize a safe transition.

Sullivan also emphasized that Americans’ economic well-being will be a central tenet of Joe Biden’s foreign policy. Although he served in the Obama administration, Sullivan now feels that it didn’t do enough to tie foreign policy to domestic concerns.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben and political correspondent Scott Detrow.

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Politics Podcast

- December 29, 2020

What Will Climate And Health Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

Joe Biden’s climate policy will look a lot different to that of President Trump’s… and President Obama’s.

And, on top of responding to the pandemic, the president-elect will have to wrangle all of the other problems endemic in the American healthcare system.

This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political correspondent Scott Detrow, climate editor Jennifer Ludden, and health reporter Selena Simmons-Duffin.

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Politics Podcast

- December 28, 2020

Republicans Flout Trump On COVID And Tech

After bemoaning elements of a COVID relief deal that his administration helped to negotiate, President Trump ended up signing it anyway. The delay could cost the millions of Americans some of their unemployment assistance.

READ: Trump Signs COVID-19 Relief Deal After His Criticism Threatened To Derail It

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.

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Politics Podcast

- December 25, 2020

What Will Justice And Foreign Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

President Trump’s most radical departures from precedent were arguably his handling of the Justice Department and foreign policy. Joe Biden said he would lead a return to normalcy… but what does that look like in practice?

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.

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Politics Podcast

- December 24, 2020

What Will Tech Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

Tech giants are the subject of censorship scrutiny, anti-monopoly lawsuits, and international trade tension. President-elect Joe Biden will have a lot to handle.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, tech correspondent Shannon Bond, and tech reporter Bobby Allyn.

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Politics Podcast

- December 23, 2020

Christmas Chaos: President Throws Relief Into Doubt

President Trump raised last-minute objections, imperiling direct payments and other aid to millions of Americans. He also issued a new round of pardons for politically-connected allies.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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Politics Podcast

- December 22, 2020

Dominion Makes Voting Machines. Its Employees Have Been Forced Into Hiding.

President Trump’s baseless electoral fraud conspiracies have frenzied his supporters, some of whom have made violent threats against Americans who work for Dominion, a voting technology company. Some of its employees have gone into hiding; they fear that their lives will never be the same.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, voting reporter Miles Parks, and Colorado Public Radio reporter Bente Birkeland.

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Politics Podcast

- December 21, 2020

5,593 Pages: Congress Strikes Spending/COVID Deal

From direct payments for American households to mass transit, the Congressional relief package contains money for individuals and institutions affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and health reporter Pien Huang.

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Politics Podcast

- December 18, 2020

Weekly Roundup: December 18th

A major hack of federal government computer systems appears to be state-sponsored espionage. And we talk through Joe Biden’s latest cabinet picks.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, election security editor Phil Ewing, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, political correspondent Scott Detrow, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.

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Politics Podcast

- December 17, 2020

New Peril Of Local Office? Death Threats.

We talk through the apparent details of a pending COVID relief deal. And, local officials across the country are being rattled by threats of violence.

READ: Congressional Leaders Near Deal On Roughly $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Bill

READ:
From Congress To Local Health Boards, Public Officials Suffer Threats And Harassment

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.

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Politics Podcast

- December 16, 2020

Why People Don't Vote

For the eighty million Americans who didn’t vote in November, government can feel distant. Non-voters tend to believe that things will go on just as they did before regardless of an election’s outcome.

READ
Poll: Despite Record Turnout, 80 Million Americans Didn’t Vote. Here’s Why

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, demographics and culture reporter Juana Summers, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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Politics Podcast

- December 15, 2020

38 Days After Results Became Clear, Mitch McConnell Congratulates Biden

Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential race became clear on Nov. 7th, 2020, the day the contest was called by the Associated Press. On Tuesday, thirty eight days later, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged that win for the first time.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and correspondent Scott Detrow.

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Politics Podcast

- December 14, 2020

Joe Biden Is Fed Up With Trump's Election Conspiracies

On the day electors around the country voted to confirm his victory, President-elect Joe Biden expressed his frustration, in a primetime speech, with the baseless election conspiracies spouted by President Trump and fellow Republicans.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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Politics Podcast

- December 14, 2020

Electoral College Convenes; COVID Vaccine Administered

The electoral college votes today around the country. After Biden is officially elected, the results head to Congress where they will be finalized. And: the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered today in the United States — the beginning of a months-long process.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, voting reporter Miles Parks, and health reporter Pien Huang.

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Politics Podcast

- December 11, 2020

Weekly Roundup: December 11th

The electoral college will cast ballots Monday, officially selecting Joe Biden as the president-elect. Trump and Republicans continue to attempt to overturn the will of voters. And, Joe Biden has selected top Obama administration officials to serve in his White House.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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Politics Podcast

- December 10, 2020

Where Congress Stands On Coronavirus Relief Negotiations

With over 800,000 new unemployment claims filed last week and the previous coronavirus relief programs set to expire at the end of the month, congress is facing more pressure to pass some relief measures. But, after signs of a compromise last week, talks have once again stalled. Plus, President Trump steps in to try to fight social media companies.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales.

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Politics Podcast

- December 9, 2020

Most Americans Believe The Election Results—Some Don't.

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows that just one quarter of Republicans believe the election was legitimate; ot was. And: could old-school pork barrel spending be the solution to Washington gridlock?

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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Politics Podcast

- December 8, 2020

Democrats Are Skeptical Of Biden's Pentagon Pick

Civil rights and advocacy groups have been lobbying Joe Biden over his cabinet picks; Biden has promised to have the most diverse cabinet in history. Retired general Lloyd Austin, Biden’s pick for Defense Secretary, will be the first Black man in that role — if he can overcome objections tied to civilian control of the military.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.

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Politics Podcast

- December 7, 2020

Here's Who Will Lead Biden's COVID Response

Joe Biden has named his picks for top health posts as the nation faces a post-Thanksgiving pandemic surge. And Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for the coronavirus. A vaccine could receive emergency use authorization as soon as this week.

This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, health correspondent Allison Aubrey, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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Politics Podcast

- December 4, 2020

Weekly Roundup: December 4th

Georgia’s January 5th runoff elections will determine control of the Senate. That’s brought 2024 contenders — including Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Tim Scott — to the state to campaign.

Also, it looks like another coronavirus relief package will actually come together.

This episode: correspondent Asma Khalid, reporter Emma Hurt of member station WABE, national political correspondent Don Gonyea, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.

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Politics Podcast

- December 3, 2020

Don't Expect Donald Trump To Retire

Donald Trump still has more than a month left in his presidency. That’s plenty of time left for pardons and planning for the future: three sources tell NPR that he’s mulling a 2024 reelection bid. Regardless, expect Trump to continue to openly (and baselessly) question the election’s legitimacy.

This episode: correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.

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Politics Podcast

- December 2, 2020

Relief Will End If Congress Can't Pass A Deal

Millions of Americans rely on various relief measures to stay afloat during the pandemic, much of which is set to expire at the end of the year if Congress fails to extend it.

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Millions Face Bitter Winter If Congress Fails To Pass Relief Deal
Bipartisan Group Pushes $908B COVID-19 Plan, But McConnell Crafts Bill Trump Will Sign

This episode: correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.

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Politics Podcast

- December 1, 2020

Despite Conspiracy And Insinuation, The Electoral System Worked—This Time.

Local officials continue to certify results despite political pressure from President Trump and his allies, who are seeking to subvert the electoral system in order to keep the president in office. And though that effort appears to have failed at its near-term goal, it may still have a destabilizing effect on elections in the years to come.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and voting reporter Miles Parks.

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Politics Podcast

- November 30, 2020

Biden Picks Women And People Of Color For His Economics And Communications Teams

With the American economy on uneven footing as coronavirus cases surge nationwide, President-elect Joe Biden formally announced top members of his incoming economic team on Monday. Plus, the Biden team announced his communications team would be led by seven women.

This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and political correspondent Scott Detrow.

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Politics Podcast

- November 27, 2020

Weekly Roundup: November 27th

This Black Friday we’re bringing you a greatest hits of NPR podcasts. Many other shows have been looking at specific policy options on the table for Joe Biden. Planet Money has looked at economic policy, and Short Wave has been looking at climate policy. So we invited them onto our show to share their reporting and take a look at what Biden might do starting on day one.

And as a bonus, we sat down with Pop Culture Happy Hour to talk about the tv shows we’re missing when we’re spending all our time watching the news.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political correspondent Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, Planet Money’s Jacob Goldstein, climate reporter Rebecca Hersher, and Pop Culture Happy Hour’s Aisha Harris.

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Politics Podcast

- November 26, 2020

NPR's Throughline: The Shadows of the Constitution

In this special episode NPR’s Throughline explore the constitution with Heidi Schreck and her play, What the Constitution Means to Me. They discover what the document is really about – who wrote it, who it was for, who it protected and who it didn’t.

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Politics Podcast

- November 25, 2020

What Happens When Neither Party Gets To Celebrate The Election?

Like two teams that meet in the seventh game of a World Series, both the Democratic and Republican parties bought Champagne for election night. But in this instance, it was hard for either to pop the corks. Days went by. The bubbly got warm and went flat.

It was not just the delay that spoiled the party. And this is not a case of post-election hangover. This was simply a sobering election.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, senior editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and senior editor & correspondent Ron Elving.

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Politics Podcast

- November 24, 2020

Trump Relents, Paving Way For Biden Transition To Formally Begin

President Trump is still not conceding that he lost the election, but he’s getting closer. On Monday the president tweeted that he had directed the General Services Administration to begin the process of transferring the government to President-elect Joe Biden.

Plus, we take a look at the coalition Biden formed to win the election and discuss the odds of it sticking together under the new administration.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political correspondent Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and political reporter Juana Summers.

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Politics Podcast

- November 23, 2020

Biden Taps Historic Nominees As He Begins To Fill His Cabinet

President-elect Joe Biden has begun to make his selections for key roles in his cabinet. He announced his picks for secretary of state and the ambassador to the United Nations. And he chose the first Latino to head the Department of Homeland Security, and the first woman for to be the director of national intelligence.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and state department correspondent Michele Keleman.

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Politics Podcast

- November 20, 2020

Weekly Roundup: November 20th

Trump is sitting down with the leaders of the Michigan legislature ahead of the state canvassing board meeting on Monday, where the election results are expected to be certified. He apparently hopes the GOP-controlled Legislature will appoint their own electors and overturn the popular vote.

At a White House press briefing Friday, the press secretary Kayleigh McEnany denied Trump would be pressuring the Michigan lawmakers.

Sidney Powell, a member of Trump’s legal team, told Lou Dobbs of Fox Business on Thursday, “The entire election frankly in all the swing states should be overturned, and the legislatures should make sure that the electors are selected for Trump.”

Also, what will the Department of Justice look like under Joe Biden?

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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Politics Podcast

- November 19, 2020

Joe Biden Won The Election—But He's Still Left Waiting In The Wings.

As President Trump refuses to concede the election Joe Biden won, Biden warns that that lack of cooperation on the transition could lead to even more deaths from the coronavirus.

This episode: reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, correspondent Scott Detrow, and White House Franco Ordoñez.

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Politics Podcast

- November 18, 2020

Trump Doesn't Have To Win In Court To Erode Trust In Voting

President Trump has found little success in court, though he has continued to sew disinformation online and last night fired a top cybersecurity official who had worked to bolster public confidence in the electoral system.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and voting reporter Miles Parks.

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Politics Podcast

- November 17, 2020

Democrats Riled By House Losses

Democrats are regrouping after they saw their House majority shrink on election day. Their slim majority could heighten the stakes of the party’s progressive-moderate divide.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and congressional editor Dierdre Walsh.

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Politics Podcast

- November 16, 2020

Obama Is Troubled More GOP Leaders Won't Acknowledge Biden's Win

The NPR Politics team talks through big moments from NPR’s sit-down with former president Barack Obama.

Read the full interview here.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.

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Politics Podcast

- November 13, 2020

As Coronavirus Again Breaks Records, Dem Relief Bill Hopes Hinge On Georgia

Coronavirus is surging ahead of the holidays and a much-awaited relief bill is no closer to passage than it was months ago. Joe Biden hopes for an aggressive relief package, but that comes down to two January Senate elections in Georgia.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, health correspondent Allison Aubrey, and WABE reporter Emma Hurt.

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- November 13, 2020

Politics Podcast

- November 12, 2020

Why Did Republicans Rack Up Wins Despite Trump's Loss?

Republicans gained seats in the House of Representatives and could very well hold onto the Senate. That’s despite Joe Biden’s broad presidential win. We talk about a comparatively diverse GOP freshman class and other factors that could be behind their wins.

The episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.

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- November 11, 2020
8 pm Rook Monroe – Honey
8 pm MAY-A – Apricots
8 pm BENEE – Happen To Me
8 pm Sara Evans – You’ll Always Be My Baby

Politics Podcast

- November 11, 2020

Joe Biden Projects Calm As Trump And GOP Allies Spread Disinformation

President-elect Joe Biden is attempting to lower the temperature on transition uncertainty and Donald Trump and his Republican allies continue to spread disinformation about election results. As election officials in both parties have maintained, the election was conducted fairly and transparently across the country.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, correspondent Asma Khalid, and voting reporter Miles Parks.

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Politics Podcast

- November 10, 2020

Supreme Court Hears Affordable Care Act Case; AG Breaks With DOJ Precedent

With Obamacare once again on the chopping block at the U.S. Supreme Court, comments from the justices appeared to suggest Tuesday that a majority is inclined to leave the bulk of the Affordable Care Act in place. Also, Attorney General William Barr wrote a memo authorizing federal prosecutors to pursue any “substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities.” There is no evidence of substantial election fraud.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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Politics Podcast

- November 9, 2020

Pfizer Releases Promising Vaccine News; Biden Announces COVID Taskforce

As coronavirus cases again surge in the United States, Joe Biden has announced his own response taskforce. And Pfizer announced promising news about its vaccine, which testing shows is highly effective at preventing the virus.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and science correspondent Joe Palca.

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- November 8, 2020
1 am Birdy – Skinny Love

Politics Podcast

- November 7, 2020

After Election Victory, Joe Biden Addresses Nation

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris addressed the nation after clinching the election.

FOLLOW OUR COVERAGE

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, correspondent Asma Khalid, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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