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A weekly discussion about politics, hosted by The New Yorker's executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden.

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Stephen Miller, the Architect of Trump’s Immigration Plan

Donald Trump began his Presidential bid, in 2015, with an infamous speech, at Trump Tower, in which he said of Mexican immigrants, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” But it was not until a former aide to Jeff Sessions joined Trump’s campaign that the nativist rhetoric coalesced into a policy platform—including the separation of children from their families at the border.Jonathan Blitzer, who writes about immigration forThe New Yorker, has been reporting on Stephen Miller’s sway in the Trump Administration and his remarkable success in advancing an extremist agenda. “There has never been an American President who built his campaign around the issue of immigration and later won on that campaign on immigration. Trump was the first and only President really ever to do it,” Blitzer tells David Remnick. Despite this influence, Miller remains largely behind the scenes. Blitzer explains why: “He knows that the kiss of death in this Administration is to be identified as the brains behind the man. He can’t let on that he’s the one who effectively is manipulating Trump on these issues.”

23 MIN2 d ago
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Stephen Miller, the Architect of Trump’s Immigration Plan

Does It Really Matter Who the Democratic Nominee Is?

Rachel Bitecofer, a political scientist at the Niskanen Center, in Washington, D.C., thinks that most pollsters and forecasters rely on outdated ideas about how candidates succeed. She argues that the outcome has far less to do with the candidates’ ideology than we think it does. Her perspective has been controversial, but in July, 2018, months before the midterm elections, her model predicted the Democratic victory in the House with an accuracy unmatched by conventional forecasters. And it suggests that Democrats should stop worrying about losing, and focus on firing up their voters.

20 MIN6 d ago
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Does It Really Matter Who the Democratic Nominee Is?

A Teen-age Trump Tries to Win His High School’s Election

Every year, Townsend Harris High School, in Queens, New York, holds a schoolwide election simulation. Students are assigned roles and begin campaigning in September. Every candidate has a staff, raises money, and makes ads for the school’s radio and television network. This fall, the school simulated the Democratic and Republican primaries.Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden got into a rap battle. The American Family Association joined the fray and released a rap of its own. The New Yorker’sJoshua Rothmanfirst observed the simulation during the primaries of the 2016 Presidential election. At the time, he saw thatTrump’s political arrival was greeted with distaste at a school where many students come from immigrant families. “There was some stuff Donald Trump was saying that, if you heard from any other candidate, it would frankly be disgusting,” Justin, who played Pete Buttigieg this cycle, said. ButTogay, who was assigned the role of Trump—he’s a Democrat in real life—was de...

17 MIN1 w ago
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A Teen-age Trump Tries to Win His High School’s Election

After Two Primary Contests, What’s Ahead for the Democratic Race?

On Tuesday, voters in New Hampshire cast their ballots in the Democratic Presidential primary. Followingthe debaclesurrounding the Iowa caucuses, many Democrats hoped that the results from New Hampshire wouldbring clarity tothe race.Bernie Sanderswon, arguably making him the front-runner. But close behind him was Pete Buttigieg, who also narrowly won the Iowa caucuses, andAmy Klobuchar, whose third-place finish gave her campaign renewed energy.Benjamin Wallace-WellsjoinsEric Lachto discuss the New Hampshire primaries and how a clear picture of the future of the Democratic contest remains elusive.

19 MIN1 w ago
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After Two Primary Contests, What’s Ahead for the Democratic Race?

The Black Vote in 2020

The last time a Democrat won the White House, he had enormous support from black voters; lower support from black voters was one of many reasons Hillary Clinton lost in 2016. Marcus Ferrell, a political organizer from Atlanta, tells Radio Hour about the importance of turning out “unlikely voters” in order to win an election, which, for him, means black men.Jelani Cobb, aNew Yorkerstaff writer and historian, points out that the four Democratic front-runners, all of whom are white, may struggle to get the turnout they need. Cobb tells David Remnick that Joe Biden’s strong lead may begin to fall after his weak showing among largely white voters in Iowa; Pete Buttigieg has very low support among South Carolina voters, and even faces opposition from black constituents in his home town, South Bend. But Bernie Sanders, Cobb says, seems to have made inroads with at least younger black voters since 2016.

17 MIN2 w ago
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The Black Vote in 2020

Disasters at America’s Polling Places

On Monday, at the Iowa caucuses, a new smartphone app was used to report the results from each precinct.The appproved faulty, leading to a catastrophic failure to collect and report vote totals. In theory, advances in voting technology make voting easier and more accessible. In practice, they have introduced new vulnerabilities that can be exploited to suppress or undermine the will of the voters.Sue Halpernjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the recent history of voter suppression and malfunctions at polling places and whether the 2020 election can be saved.

17 MIN2 w ago
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Disasters at America’s Polling Places

Jill Lepore on Democracy in Peril, Then and Now

In the nineteen-thirties, authoritarian regimes were on the rise around the world—as they are again today—and democratic governments that came into existence after the First World War were toppling. “American democracy, too, staggered,” Jill LeporewroteinThe New Yorker, “weakened by corruption, monopoly, apathy, inequality, political violence, hucksterism, racial injustice, unemployment, even starvation.” Lepore talks with David Remnick about how Americans rallied to save democracy, and how we might apply those lessons in a new era with similar problems.

16 MIN3 w ago
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Jill Lepore on Democracy in Peril, Then and Now

The Trump-Netanyahu “Deal of the Century”

On Tuesday,PresidentDonald Trumpannounced his Administration’sMiddle East peace plan. The unveiling occurred in the midst ofthe Senate impeachment trialof Trump, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, and on the day that the Israeli Prime Minister, BenjaminNetanyahu, was indicted on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, in three cases. While nominally presenting a two-state solution, the plan heavily favors Israeli interests.Robin Wrightjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the Trump Administration’splan in the Middle East and the dangers that Trump and Netanyahu pose to the future of democracy in their countries.

13 MIN3 w ago
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The Trump-Netanyahu “Deal of the Century”

What Would a World Without Prisons Be Like?

Mass incarceration is now widely regarded as a prejudiced and deeply harmful set of policies. Bipartisan support exists for some degree of criminal-justice reform, and, in some circles, the idea of prison abolition is also gaining traction. Kai Wright, the host of the WNYC podcast “The United States of Anxiety,” spoke about the movement with Paul Butler, a law professor and former federal prosecutor who saw firsthand the damage that prosecution causes; and sujatha baliga, a MacArthur Foundation fellowwho leads the Restorative Justice Project at the nonprofit Impact Justice and a survivor of sexual violence.“Prison abolition doesn’t mean that everybody who’s locked up gets to come home tomorrow,” Butler explains.Instead, activists envision a gradual process of “decarceration,” and the creation of alternative forms of justice and harm reduction.“Abolition, to my mind, isn’t just about ending the prisons,” baliga adds. “It’s about ending binary processes which pit us as ‘...

21 MINJAN 28
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What Would a World Without Prisons Be Like?

Adam Schiff, Hakeem Jeffries, and the Framers Weigh In on Impeachment

Last week, the Senate opened theimpeachment trialofDonald Trump. With Republicansstanding immovablyby the President, the trial is expected to result in Trump’s acquittal. The Framers of the Constitution issued dire warnings about the spectre of “factionalism” and how it could endanger American democracy.Jelani Cobbjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the origins of partisanship in American politics and how it’s playing out in arguments about whether the President should be removed from office.

20 MINJAN 24
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Adam Schiff, Hakeem Jeffries, and the Framers Weigh In on Impeachment

Latest Episodes

Stephen Miller, the Architect of Trump’s Immigration Plan

Donald Trump began his Presidential bid, in 2015, with an infamous speech, at Trump Tower, in which he said of Mexican immigrants, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” But it was not until a former aide to Jeff Sessions joined Trump’s campaign that the nativist rhetoric coalesced into a policy platform—including the separation of children from their families at the border.Jonathan Blitzer, who writes about immigration forThe New Yorker, has been reporting on Stephen Miller’s sway in the Trump Administration and his remarkable success in advancing an extremist agenda. “There has never been an American President who built his campaign around the issue of immigration and later won on that campaign on immigration. Trump was the first and only President really ever to do it,” Blitzer tells David Remnick. Despite this influence, Miller remains largely behind the scenes. Blitzer explains why: “He knows that the kiss of death in this Administration is to be identified as the brains behind the man. He can’t let on that he’s the one who effectively is manipulating Trump on these issues.”

23 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Stephen Miller, the Architect of Trump’s Immigration Plan

Does It Really Matter Who the Democratic Nominee Is?

Rachel Bitecofer, a political scientist at the Niskanen Center, in Washington, D.C., thinks that most pollsters and forecasters rely on outdated ideas about how candidates succeed. She argues that the outcome has far less to do with the candidates’ ideology than we think it does. Her perspective has been controversial, but in July, 2018, months before the midterm elections, her model predicted the Democratic victory in the House with an accuracy unmatched by conventional forecasters. And it suggests that Democrats should stop worrying about losing, and focus on firing up their voters.

20 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Does It Really Matter Who the Democratic Nominee Is?

A Teen-age Trump Tries to Win His High School’s Election

Every year, Townsend Harris High School, in Queens, New York, holds a schoolwide election simulation. Students are assigned roles and begin campaigning in September. Every candidate has a staff, raises money, and makes ads for the school’s radio and television network. This fall, the school simulated the Democratic and Republican primaries.Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden got into a rap battle. The American Family Association joined the fray and released a rap of its own. The New Yorker’sJoshua Rothmanfirst observed the simulation during the primaries of the 2016 Presidential election. At the time, he saw thatTrump’s political arrival was greeted with distaste at a school where many students come from immigrant families. “There was some stuff Donald Trump was saying that, if you heard from any other candidate, it would frankly be disgusting,” Justin, who played Pete Buttigieg this cycle, said. ButTogay, who was assigned the role of Trump—he’s a Democrat in real life—was de...

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
A Teen-age Trump Tries to Win His High School’s Election

After Two Primary Contests, What’s Ahead for the Democratic Race?

On Tuesday, voters in New Hampshire cast their ballots in the Democratic Presidential primary. Followingthe debaclesurrounding the Iowa caucuses, many Democrats hoped that the results from New Hampshire wouldbring clarity tothe race.Bernie Sanderswon, arguably making him the front-runner. But close behind him was Pete Buttigieg, who also narrowly won the Iowa caucuses, andAmy Klobuchar, whose third-place finish gave her campaign renewed energy.Benjamin Wallace-WellsjoinsEric Lachto discuss the New Hampshire primaries and how a clear picture of the future of the Democratic contest remains elusive.

19 MIN1 w ago
Comments
After Two Primary Contests, What’s Ahead for the Democratic Race?

The Black Vote in 2020

The last time a Democrat won the White House, he had enormous support from black voters; lower support from black voters was one of many reasons Hillary Clinton lost in 2016. Marcus Ferrell, a political organizer from Atlanta, tells Radio Hour about the importance of turning out “unlikely voters” in order to win an election, which, for him, means black men.Jelani Cobb, aNew Yorkerstaff writer and historian, points out that the four Democratic front-runners, all of whom are white, may struggle to get the turnout they need. Cobb tells David Remnick that Joe Biden’s strong lead may begin to fall after his weak showing among largely white voters in Iowa; Pete Buttigieg has very low support among South Carolina voters, and even faces opposition from black constituents in his home town, South Bend. But Bernie Sanders, Cobb says, seems to have made inroads with at least younger black voters since 2016.

17 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The Black Vote in 2020

Disasters at America’s Polling Places

On Monday, at the Iowa caucuses, a new smartphone app was used to report the results from each precinct.The appproved faulty, leading to a catastrophic failure to collect and report vote totals. In theory, advances in voting technology make voting easier and more accessible. In practice, they have introduced new vulnerabilities that can be exploited to suppress or undermine the will of the voters.Sue Halpernjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the recent history of voter suppression and malfunctions at polling places and whether the 2020 election can be saved.

17 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Disasters at America’s Polling Places

Jill Lepore on Democracy in Peril, Then and Now

In the nineteen-thirties, authoritarian regimes were on the rise around the world—as they are again today—and democratic governments that came into existence after the First World War were toppling. “American democracy, too, staggered,” Jill LeporewroteinThe New Yorker, “weakened by corruption, monopoly, apathy, inequality, political violence, hucksterism, racial injustice, unemployment, even starvation.” Lepore talks with David Remnick about how Americans rallied to save democracy, and how we might apply those lessons in a new era with similar problems.

16 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Jill Lepore on Democracy in Peril, Then and Now

The Trump-Netanyahu “Deal of the Century”

On Tuesday,PresidentDonald Trumpannounced his Administration’sMiddle East peace plan. The unveiling occurred in the midst ofthe Senate impeachment trialof Trump, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, and on the day that the Israeli Prime Minister, BenjaminNetanyahu, was indicted on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, in three cases. While nominally presenting a two-state solution, the plan heavily favors Israeli interests.Robin Wrightjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the Trump Administration’splan in the Middle East and the dangers that Trump and Netanyahu pose to the future of democracy in their countries.

13 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Trump-Netanyahu “Deal of the Century”

What Would a World Without Prisons Be Like?

Mass incarceration is now widely regarded as a prejudiced and deeply harmful set of policies. Bipartisan support exists for some degree of criminal-justice reform, and, in some circles, the idea of prison abolition is also gaining traction. Kai Wright, the host of the WNYC podcast “The United States of Anxiety,” spoke about the movement with Paul Butler, a law professor and former federal prosecutor who saw firsthand the damage that prosecution causes; and sujatha baliga, a MacArthur Foundation fellowwho leads the Restorative Justice Project at the nonprofit Impact Justice and a survivor of sexual violence.“Prison abolition doesn’t mean that everybody who’s locked up gets to come home tomorrow,” Butler explains.Instead, activists envision a gradual process of “decarceration,” and the creation of alternative forms of justice and harm reduction.“Abolition, to my mind, isn’t just about ending the prisons,” baliga adds. “It’s about ending binary processes which pit us as ‘...

21 MINJAN 28
Comments
What Would a World Without Prisons Be Like?

Adam Schiff, Hakeem Jeffries, and the Framers Weigh In on Impeachment

Last week, the Senate opened theimpeachment trialofDonald Trump. With Republicansstanding immovablyby the President, the trial is expected to result in Trump’s acquittal. The Framers of the Constitution issued dire warnings about the spectre of “factionalism” and how it could endanger American democracy.Jelani Cobbjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the origins of partisanship in American politics and how it’s playing out in arguments about whether the President should be removed from office.

20 MINJAN 24
Comments
Adam Schiff, Hakeem Jeffries, and the Framers Weigh In on Impeachment
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