April 9, 2020
Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA TODAY, talks about some of the things that might have flown under the radar during this public health crisis.
April 8, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has hit some groups harder than others. Why is this virus affecting healthcare workers, Black and Brown neighborhoods and poorer communities worse than others? On today's show, Irwin Redlener, professor of pediatrics and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, co-founder of the Children's Health Fund, and the author of The Future of Us: What the Dreams of Children Mean for Twenty-First-Century America (Columbia University Press, 2017), talks about the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic and issues of testing, medical volunteers and disparities in outcomes by sex, age, income and race.
April 7, 2020
As educators around the country hunker down for what looks like months more of social distance learning, graduations and standardized tests loom, and video-chat tools have raised some eyebrows.For insight, we turn to the issues faced by the New York City school district, the largest district in the country in the hardest-hit city in the world. This marks the third week of distance learning for NYC schools. Jessica Gould, WNYC reporter, and Alex Zimmerman, education reporter at Chalkbeat New York, report on how it's going, including the news that the Department of Education will prohibit the use of Zoom after reports of insecure connections on the popular video chat site.
April 6, 2020
With some hopeful signs coming out of hard-hit Italy and Spain that social distancing measures are flattening the curve, New York, Detroit and the state of Louisiana are projected to reach peak infections in the coming week. Going into this critical moment, we look at the federal response to the pandemic. On today's show, White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC/NBC News, Jonathan Lemire talks about the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including guidelines and relief proposals.
April 3, 2020
Somehow, this pandemic has become partisan. We've been hearing from callers and other reporting that ardent supporters of President Trump have been making a point of breaking social distancing guidelines to try to paint the crisis as an inflation of the media and Trump's political opponents. On soday's show, McKay Coppins, staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party's Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House (Little Brown, 2015), talks about how some Conservatives and Republicans are defying social distancing measures as a political act.
April 2, 2020
National policy conflicts with state policy conflicts with world policy on wearing masks to protect from COVID-19. Should you make your own? And if so, how? On today's show, as calls mount for a change in official guidelines on masks for non-healthcare workers, science journalist Roxanne Khamsi discusses the reasons for (and against) everyone wearing masks to protecting themselves and others against COVID-19 and Amy Wilson, a Jersey City-based artist who teaches in the Visual and Critical Studies department at the School of Visual Arts and maker of "political crafts," talks about some of the patterns and considerations for making them at home.
April 1, 2020
ABC's White House correspondent asked the President recently whether everyone who needs a life-saving ventilator will have access to one. The President dodged, and called it a "cutie-pie" question. On today's show, that very correspondent, Jonathan Karl talks about what it's like to cover a public health crisis from inside Trump's White House. His advice for those looking to understand the administration's response: Look at what Trump does, not what he says.
March 31, 2020
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. congresswoman representing parts of Queens and the Bronx, talks about the federal relief package which is to include cash payments to everyone, as well as rent and mortgage relief, plus what social distancing means for the census.
March 30, 2020
New York, now the epicenter of the global pandemic, has hit a threshold of 1,200 deaths from COVID-19. That comes as a U.S. navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, docked this morning in the Hudson River. Based on epidemiological projections, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo says the worst is yet to come. On today's show, as the U.S. attempts to tame the exponential spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Eunice Yoon, Beijing bureau chief and senior correspondent at CNBC and NBC News, reports from China on the differences between the Chinese and American approaches, and what we can learn about containment and treatment from China's approach.
March 28, 2020
Can you catch COVID-19 from a cardboard box? What about a plastic takeout bag? Today, tips and best practices for safely getting things delivered to your home while social distancing. On today's show, Stephen Morse, professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, explains what we know in terms of how long COVID-19 lives on various surfaces, and best practices to stay safe.
March 27, 2020
As government officials have sparred this week over a massive $2 trillion relief package, President Trump is chomping at the bit to get the economy back up and running. With a sizable subset of healthy Americans in tenuous employment situations, and worried about how they'll pay April's rent, economic concerns have overshadowed the issue of navigating this pandemic as a public health crisis. On Today's Show, we refocus on that question. Our guest, Richard Besser, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and former acting director of the CDC, updates the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak and talks about those most at risk from the disease and the actions to prevent its spread.
March 26, 2020
The Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus and relief package yesterday, aimed at making sure the global COVID-19 pandemic doesn't send individual Americans, and the economy at large, into an inescapable financial hole. The bill goes to the House floor tomorrow, before it reaches the White House for President Trump's signature. On today's show, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11) dives into the recently-released details of the bill, and talks about why enabling Americans to remain unemployed, for now, could help slow the virus and get the country back on its feet faster.
March 25, 2020
As the economy crashes amid the coronavirus pandemic, Catherine Rampell, syndicated opinion columnist at The Washington Post, political and economic commentator at CNN and special correspondent at PBS Newshour, talks about the federal government's stimulus proposals, and how the Defense Production Act could address manufacturing shortages of PPE and much-needed ventilators.
March 24, 2020
As members of the public are asked to stay home, and keep distant from others to help stop the spread of COVID-19, what about those in jail or in prison, where inmates are most often housed in close dormitory quarters, with limited access to hygiene products like hand sanitizer? An outbreak in a jail could prove fatal for aging inmates, and could threaten the health of communities outside, who could be infected by corrections officers or recently-released former inmates. On today's Show, we look at a notorious New York City jail on Riker's Island as a bellwether for how jails and prisons around the country will have to react to the current public health crisis. Almost forty cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed inside Riker's, a number that is expected to grow. Robert Cohen M.D., corrections health expert and member of the NYC Board of Correction, and Jose Saldana, director of the Release Aging People in Prison Campaign, discuss how the city should respond, including releasing inmates who are most vulnerable. NOTE: In the podcast, Dr. Cohen is introduced as a commissioner of the New York City Board of Corrections. The BOC is an oversight body independent of the Department of Corrections, which runs the city's jails. Dr. Cohen is a member of the Board of Corrections.
March 23, 2020
President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act, which empowers the White House to order private manufacturers to produce certain goods, but has thusfar resisted using it directly, instead using it as a bargaining chip to get companies to voluntarily pivot to medical supplies like ventilators, respirator masks and other protective gear. In lieu of that, how is the federal government getting the supplies that are available to where they're needed. Plus, a federal economic stimulus has stalled in Congress, including a proposed $1,200 direct payment to each American, leaving many wondering how they'll pay April's rent as the first of the month draws nearer. On today's show, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page discusses how the White House and Congress are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic fallout.
March 20, 2020
If you work in healthcare, food distribution, delivery services, telecommunications, and other fields deemed "essential." We take calls from folks in those jobs on their safety concerns. And, to answer those questions, an occupational safety official and a workplace justice advocate. Elizabeth Joynes Jordan, supervising attorney on the Workplace Justice Team at Make the Road New York, and Charlene Obernauer, executive director at The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), talk about how essential workers, on the front lines of the pandemic, can best stay healthy, and what they can demand from their employers in terms of protective gear and paid sick leave. More resources: Frequently Asked Questions from Make the Road NY on workers' rights in this moment. 
March 19, 2020
After a week of accelerating government responses to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Federal Government is working out how to put money in the hands of the workers and businesses whose finances are in jeopardy from the social distancing efforts we've all been asked to take part in. Part one of those efforts, a federal package that expands paid leave and promises that testing for the virus will be free, was approved by the House and Senate, and signed by President Trump yesterday. Part two is a trillion dollar stimulus package, part of which would help businesses keep workers on payroll, part of which would inject some fiscal fuel into hard-hit critical industries like airlines. A third part, according to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, will be direct payments (monthly, for the duration of the federal "national emergency" designation) of $1,000 to every American adult, plus an additional $500 per child. The House and Senate are still hammering out details, but this stimulus package is expected to be passed and signed in the coming days. On today's show, Rep. Tom Suozzi, U.S. Representative for NY's 3rd District, an area that includes parts of Long Island and Queens, NY, and member of the House Committee on Ways and Means talks about the Trump Administration's financial aid package to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 and how his district is responding to the pandemic.
March 18, 2020
With election officials weighing the importance of their role in democracy against the massive public health threat posed by COVID-19, should primaries be called off? Should early voting and vote-by-mail systems be expanded? If today's primary elections are postponed, does that set a precedent for potentially putting the general election on hold? This is just one of the places where pandemic meets politics. On today's show, Vanita Gupta, current president and CEO of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights coalition, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR), former Acting Assistant Attorney General and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in the Obama administration and former Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, explains how the pandemic is eroding election integrity, and how to fortify voter rights and voter protections during this crisis.
March 17, 2020
Experts have told us to keep "social distance." But what does that mean? Is dog walking OK? Can I have dinner with a friend at their apartment? And how does social distancing work? There are a lot of questions about the most responsible way to behave right now. We've got answers to some of those questions, and on the questions we can't answer, some clarity on why that is. On Today's Show:
March 13, 2020
Bill de Blasio is the mayor of the most populous city in the U.S. And right now, that means he's at the helm of efforts to navigate an outbreak of novel coronavirus. The situation changes, "not daily, but hourly," the mayor says, and is likely to get worse before it gets better. Some are calling on him to shut down the New York City public school system, which serves over 1 million students. The density of the city's school buildings could cause the virus to spread quickly, but de Blasio is reticent to close them for the duration of this public health crisis. For one thing, impoverished and homeless students rely on the system for food and shelter. For another, keeping kids at home could force parents who work in healthcare to abandon their posts to stay home with them. 
March 12, 2020
Last night, just hours after the World Health Organization officially designated COVID-19 a pandemic, President Trump announced new measures to combat its spread and mitigate its impacts, with proposals including payroll tax relief and small business grants. He also implemented a ban on travelers from most of Europe, with carve-outs for the U.K., Ireland, which both host golf courses owned by the President.  On Today's Show:Dr. Ashwin Vasan, an epidemiologist & Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s public health policy adviser, breaks down the latest novel coronavirus news, and takes calls.
March 11, 2020
After two March shellackings, the Sanders campaign appears to have lost its path to the nomination. With Biden's lead poised to widening enough to avert a brokered convention, the question for the Democrats going forward is decreasingly, "Who?" and increasingly, "How?" How should Biden try to bring Sanders supporters on board? And will Sanders do a better job than in 2016 of uniting his base behind the party's candidate?  On Today's Show:Gabriel Debenedetti, national correspondent for New York Magazine, breaks down yesterday’s primaries, the first contest after Super Tuesday narrowed the field, and the second of three major contest days in March.
March 10, 2020
Holly Bailey, Washington Post national political reporter, and Stephen Henderson, host of Detroit Today, preview what’s at stake in the six presidential primaries today, including the key contest in Michigan. Sanders beat Clinton there in 2016, but Biden leads the polls. 
March 9, 2020
Since Super Tuesday, some things have changed. Former Democratic nomination hopefuls Sens. Kamala Harris and Corey Booker endorsed Joe Biden over the weekend. The Rev. Jesse Jackson endorsed Sanders, a coda back to the 1988 democratic primary, in which Sanders endorsed Jackson, who was at the time, largely seen as a spoiler against Mike Dukakis. With Biden picking up more mainstream Democratic endorsements, the pressure is on the Sanders campaign to show strong numbers in Tuesday's contests, particularly in Michigan and Washington state, which he won in 2016, but appears to be falling behind in the polls this time around.  Elena Schneider, national political reporter at Politico, where she covers the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and general election, previews this week’s primaries and caucuses and discusses the latest developments in the campaigns.
March 7, 2020
The day after Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the race, we asked her supporters to share what her campaign, meant to them, how they feel now that it's over, and who gets their votes now. 
March 6, 2020
On Today's Show, Laura Barron-Lopez, national political reporter at Politico covering the 2020 election, and Marisa Franco, director and co-founder of Mijente a grass-roots organization that mobilizes Latinx and Chicanx voters, takes calls, talks about how the Democratic Socialist has attracted Latino voters, and what the nation's largest ethnic minority is looking for in a candidate. 
March 5, 2020
On today's show, we take a look at whether the U.S.'s healthcare system, which is often criticized for being too expensive, too complex, too disjointed and not patient-centric, is also hindering public health officials' efforts to track and contain the spread of coronavirus.  Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of health initiatives at Community Service Society, and co-founder of Healthcare for All New York, talks about how the coronavirus crisis highlights the disparity of healthcare coverage in this country, and if the government is up to the task of protecting, and paying for coronavirus testing and treatment for all Americans. 
March 4, 2020
After Super Tuesday comes "What Happened" Wednesday. Today, Rolling Stone reporters from both coasts debrief what we know about how the biggest primary day went, and what's next. Senior writer Jamil Smith and politics staff writer Tessa Stuart talk about Bloomberg's role, Warren's path or lack thereof to the nomination, Klobuchar's endorsement power, and of course, what Bernie and Biden need to do in the late-March states to wind up on top once the Convention rolls around. 
March 3, 2020
The Democratic primary field is now down to five, and it looks like Biden could get a Super Tuesday bump from his strong performance in South Carolina. David Plouffe, campaign manager for President Obama and the author of  A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump (Viking, March 3, 2020), previews Super Tuesday and talks about his new book.
March 2, 2020
Pete Buttigieg is out. Biden took South Carolina by storm. Super Tuesday looms large. What to expect? Who better to run down the latest from the field than Amy Walter, national editor of the Cook Political Report, host of Politics with Amy Walter on WNYC’s The Takeaway, and now the host of the “micro-podcast” How to Vote in America.
February 28, 2020
President Trump appointed VP Pence to oversee the administration's coronavirus response. In Indiana, then-Governor Pence did little to quash a sharp uptick in HIV infections, and has also held ideas about health that run counter to science, including that gay conversion therapy is beneficial, and that smoking doesn't cure cancer. Michelle Goldberg, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, talks about the administration's response to the coronavirus, plus the latest news in the 2020 presidential campaign.
February 27, 2020
How is coronavirus impacting the global economy, and how is that impact impacting real people? Listeners call in with anecdotal reports, and Jeanne Whalen, global business reporter for The Washington Post, puts those accounts in context and explains what it means that U.S. companies are still waiting for a dizzying array of products from stalled Chinese factories.
February 26, 2020
The Dems bought daggers for Sanders to the pie fight that was last night's South Carolina debate. The front-runner from Vermont has apparently emerged unscathed. How did everyone else do? And what important points were made between the crosstalk? Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and member of The Washington Post editorial board, breaks down the final joint appearance by the Democratic presidential hopefuls before Super Tuesday, after which 61% of all the nomination delegates will be pledged to the candidates. 
February 25, 2020
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY 18) represents a district in the Hudson Valley that was held by a Republican not that long ago. As you may remember from his questioning in the impeachment hearings, he is also a member of the House Intelligence Committee. That means he was in the room last week when the committee was reportedly briefed that Russia is out to help Donald trump win the presidency again. On today's show: Rep. Maloney talks about the firing of the acting Director of National Intelligence, reports of Russian interference in the 2020 campaigns, and explains why he thinks Bernie Sanders could jeopardize the House majority that Democrats won in 2018.
February 24, 2020
If it wasn't clear before, Sanders' big win in Nevada suggests that his appeal isn't niche, nor is he too radical to win a broad base of support. Moderates worry about what that means. On today's show: Beth Fouhy, senior politics editor at NBC News and MSNBC, discusses how Sanders won, what that means for the future of the nomination contest, and the future of the Democratic party.
February 22, 2020
In the wake of an important Nevada union's decision not to endorse any candidate because of their concerns over the health care proposals across the board, a subset of Sanders voters reportedly took to social media to harass and harangue the union. On today's show: Jane McAlevey, labor and environmental organizer, post doctoral fellow in the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and the author of A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy, discusses how the candidates are courting organized labor, and how unions' political capital could play in the primary and general elections.
February 21, 2020
Like 2016, Russia is again working to tip the election in Trump's favor. One of the top brass of the Intelligence Community was just ousted by an irate President after warning Congress. On today's show: Domenico Montanaro, NPR's senior political editor and correspondent, discusses recent reports that the firing of acting DNI Joseph McGuire was related to his staff briefing Congress on a major election security issue ahead of the 2020 presidential contest. 
February 20, 2020
Mike Bloomberg took a walloping at last night's debate. One weakness his opponents seized on? He refused to lift gag orders on women who have made sexual harassment claims against him. On today's show: Julie Roginsky, advocate, activist, political consultant, former FOX News contributor, a plaintiff in the harassment suit against Roger Ailes, and co-founder of Lift Our Voices, a non-profit that pushes for an end to non-disclosure agreements s. 
February 19, 2020
Attorney General William Barr has been accused of working on behalf of the president's personal interests. But is the president's personality enough to make him resign?  Quinta Jurecic, managing editor of Lawfare, talks about the president's pardon power, and the complicated relationship between the president and the Attorney General.
February 18, 2020
Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg just qualified for the Nevada debate, polling 19 percent among Democrats nationally.  So Amy Klobuchar gets her wish to meet him on stage, along with Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Elizabeth Warren.  The NPR/PBS/Marist poll of Democrats and Democratic leaning independents has Sanders in the lead with 31 percent support, followed by Bloomberg.  On today's show: Dan Pfeiffer, a co-host on Pod Save America and former White House communications director under President Obama, introduces his new book Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again (Twelve, 2020), questions how different "Trump-ism" is from previous GOP positions and reacts to the news that Michael Bloomberg will join the other qualifying Democrats on stage to debate in Nevada.
February 17, 2020
On this Presidents Day 2020, we talk about the Democrats who want to be elected president in 2020 — and their money. On Today's Show: Maggie Severns, Politico reporter covering money in politics, discusses the latest political news and talks about how the campaigns are poised to move past the early states and on to Super Tuesday.
February 14, 2020
What should we make of the Justice Department rolling back the sentencing recommendations for Roger Stone? Today, a look at William Barr, the nation's top law enforcement officer. On Today's Show, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8), a Judiciary Committee member and House Democratic caucus chairman.
February 13, 2020
Joan Walsh has been watching the campaigns, and she has some thoughts. She tackles Bloomberg's record, the media's treatment of Warren, and the left's homophobia, aimed at Mayor Pete. On Today's Show: Joan Walsh, national affairs correspondent for The Nation and a CNN political contributor, talks about the latest news in the 2020 campaign. 
February 12, 2020
Following the results of Democratic primary races in Iowa and New Hampshire, with Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg neck and neck for the frontrunner spot, the campaigns now head to Nevada and South Carolina, states that are far more racially representative of the Democratic party than the Hawkeye and Granite states. How will the campaigns play to audiences that are more Black and Brown, and how will candidates' records on racial issues come into play? On today's show: Georgetown University Sociologist, Michael Eric Dyson, contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, contributing editor of The New Republic.
February 11, 2020
New Hampshire votes today. Bloomberg's massive ad-buys appear to be working, at least in Dixville Notch, which started voting at midnight into early this morning and where five voters wrote in the former Mayor of New York, whose name does not appear on the New Hampshire ballot. But a new audio leak places him at odds with most liberals, and crucially with Black and Brown voters on the issue of stop and frisk. Warren "out of the spotlight," under the radar as candidates launch attacks on Iowa front-runners Sanders and Buttigieg. Plus, what is electability worth to Joe Biden if he has yet to win a primary election.
February 10, 2020
Democrats in New Hampshire will vote tomorrow for the candidate they they want to nominate for president. We check in with a public radio journalist from the Granite State, Laura Knoy. Klobuchar gaining momentum. Biden throws in the towel. Sanders, from neighboring Vermont likes his numbers. Buttigeig resonating with those looking for an aspirational moderate. Brian and Laura will host a live, national call in special at 7 PM Eastern tomorrow, Feb. 11, to break down the events of the New Hampshire primary. Listen live then at
February 9, 2020
Bloomberg campaign volunteer Dennis Walcott says the former mayor doesn't have a "racist bone in his body." Plus New Yorkers call to talk about how stop and frisk affected their lives. 
February 7, 2020
From one the nation's most trusted public affairs radio hosts comes a new daily politics podcast that goes beyond the headlines and talking points. Through thoughtful conversations with leading journalists and key newsmakers, Brian Lehrer: A Daily Politics Podcast, helps listeners make sense of the day's news, offering crucial context and a clear-eyed assessment of the stakes at hand. When news is made by the minute and information overload is the norm, Lehrer is a sane guide in a frenetic world. Join us. Produced by WNYC, home to other award-winning news podcasts including The Takeaway and New Yorker Radio Hour. The episodes of Impeachment: A Daily Podcast, that were formerly found at this feed are archived online, at
February 6, 2020
With Trump acquitted, we look at the parallels between the Ukraine affair, Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal, and what it means for accountability and democracy that the President and Governor both emerged unscathed. Plus, as the President comes out on top of one legal saga, how will his acquittal impact the other court fights over, for example, his tax returns? 
February 5, 2020
As the Senate votes today to convict or acquit President Trump, we check in with someone who has tussled with Trump before. Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and now the host of the new podcast, Stay Tuned With Preet, was asked by the President to stay on, before he fired Bharara just months later. Could Preet have made a bribery case against Trump in a criminal court? Take a listen to find out.
February 4, 2020
On the eve of the President's likely acquittal, and with the help of USA Today's Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, we check in on what Senators on both sides said on the floor yesterday, the first time they've been able to speak on the floor.
February 3, 2020
The final phase of the impeachment trial falls on the first week of primary voting. Gabriel Debenedetti, national correspondent for New York Magazine, breaks down how impeachment is playing in Iowa ahead of the caucuses, and how senators are expected to vote Wednesday. 
January 31, 2020
Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander was long held as a potential defector who might have voted with the Democrats on calling witnesses. Late last night, he wrote, in a statement that he would not vote to call witnesses, that he believed the House managers indisputably proved Trump's quid pro quo in Ukraine, but that the President's actions didn't meet the high bar for removal set in the Constitution. Today, Sarah Ferris, congressional reporter for Politico runs down what it all means. 
January 30, 2020
To break down what could be the penultimate day in the impeachment saga, we bring you Ezra Klein, editor-at-large and co-founder of Vox, host of the podcasts The Ezra Klein Show and Impeachment, Explained, and the author of Why We're Polarized (Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster, 2020). He says Americans tend to look for personal narratives in political stories like impeachment, and create expectations based on those personalities. But, he says, that's not the clearest way to see what's going on in Washington right now. 
January 29, 2020
Today and tomorrow, the Senate will pose questions about the evidence and the law to impeachment managers and the defense counsel. We check in to see what questions our listeners have. Today, Ryan Goodman, NYU law professor, co-editor-in-chief of Just Security and former special counsel at the Department of Defense, fields those questions, and goes over the record of evidence, the arguments of both sides, the legal and constitutional issues at play, and the latest news. 
January 28, 2020
Former Clinton Special Prosecutor Ken Starr said yesterday bemoaned the "age of impeachment" that he says we're living through. "We learned it from you, Dad," is far from all today's guest, Elie Mystal, Justice correspondent at The Nation, had to say about it. Today, Trump's defense team laid out the bulk of their case. We run down what they said, and just how strong a case it is. 
January 27, 2020
Presidents pursue policies that will help them politically. This isn't news.  Today, Josh Blackman, a conservative legal scholar argues that the Dems are defining "abuse of power" too broadly. Blackman is an Associate Professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law Houston, specializing in constitutional law, the United States Supreme Court, and the intersection of law and technology, and the author of a recent New York Times op-ed titled Trump Acts Like a Politician. That’s Not an Impeachable Offense.
January 24, 2020
Before the Dems wrap up their opening arguments, we take a zoomed-out look at what abuse of power really means. How do we define it, and what can happen if it goes unimpeded? For this big picture look, we talk to Susan Hennessy, executive editor of Lawfare, CNN contributor, former attorney at the NSA, and Benjamin Wittes, editor in chief of Lawfare, both senior fellows at the Brookings Institution and co-authors of Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020)
January 23, 2020
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) on the past week of the trial, the foreign policy impact of the Ukraine Affair, Dems' strategy and what it's actually like to sit as a juror on the Senate floor. He's frustrated by the sensational media coverage of a potential "Biden-Bolton" testimony swap, which he said was never on the table. Plus, he breaks some news about the Senate's strict "water/milk only" beverage rules. SPOILER ALERT: If you want to help your Senator get through the long trial days, send them your favorite recipes for clear, colorless cocktails. 
January 22, 2020
Trump's lawyers say that the House should have gone to court, but his other lawyers say courts don't have jurisdiction. Plus, why don't the articles mention "bribery" or "quid pro quo?" Anita Kumar, White House correspondent and associate editor for POLITICO, breaks it down. 
January 21, 2020
The Senate will today debate a resolution governing the rules of Trump's trial. What are the sticking points? And what will this debate mean for the process moving forward? Today, Jeremy Stahl, senior editor at Slate, runs down the process outlined by Mitch McConnell, the Democrats' objections to it, and what to expect on the Impeachment beat in the coming days.
January 20, 2020
Last week, the President called on two TV-ready lawyers to help represent him in the Senate trial. Will Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr craft their case for the Senate, or the public? Alana Abramson, congressional reporter for TIME, discusses Trump's legal team, and what's next for the Senate trial.
January 17, 2020
When the Senate trial begins on Tuesday, the pro-impeachment Democratics won't be running the show like they did in the House. How will Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lead his caucus? Burgess Everett, POLITICO congressional reporter, takes us inside the strategy of Senate Dems, and tells us what we know, so far, about what to expect from the trial. 
January 16, 2020
David Gergen was in Nixon's White House during Watergate, Ford's after Nixon's resignation, and Clinton's during his impeachment and acquittal. What does that look like from the inside? And what does he make of recent developments: Lev Parnas's interviews and document releases? The form that the upcoming Senate trial will take? Whether the public might forgive Trump's alleged misdeeds because of the good economy? All that, and more on today's show.
January 15, 2020
The Impeachment process in the House is finally over, after a month-long stalemate. Nancy Pelosi has chosen impeachment managers, including Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler, two chairmen who have already played central roles in bringing the process to the point it's at today. The House has approved Pelosi's choices, and has voted to officially pass the baton to the Senate. To break it all down, we talk with Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, CNN political analyst, and co-host of the podcast Politics and Polls.
January 14, 2020
Pelosi to pick impeachment managers tomorrow. Russians tried to hack Burisma. Lev Parnas wants to testify. Guiliani wants in on Trump's legal team. But get ready for a tedious Senate trial. Quinta Jurecic, managing editor of Lawfare, runs down the latest headlines, and talks about how the next phase of impeachment will be boring, by design.
January 13, 2020
For the first time in nearly a month, we have a clear timeline for the start of the Senate trial. Now, both sides have to pick their teams. Who's in the running for impeachment managers? And who will represent the President? Heather Caygle, congressional reporter for POLITICO, breaks it down.
January 10, 2020
Nancy Pelosi announced that the weeks-long hold on the impeachment process will end next week, without the concessions she hoped for from Mitch McConnell. Was it worth it? On today's show, some help breaking down the Pelosi Playbook from Mike DeBonis reports on congress and national politics for the Washington Post.Today's episode was guest-hosted by WNYC reporter Ilya Maritz, who co-hosts the Trump, Inc. podcast.
January 9, 2020
Chief Justice John Roberts is no stranger to making history on the Supreme Court. Soon, he'll step out of the court and into the Senate to oversee the trial. How does he see his role? Dahlia Lithwick covers courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast "Amicus," and she's on the show today to dive into the ideology and psychology of the man tasked with making sure the Senate follows its own rules, whatever they turn out to be. 
January 8, 2020
Mitch McConnell says he has the votes to break Nancy Pelosi's delay, and force the Senate's impeachment trial to begin. What did Pelosi get out of the tactic, and what's coming next? New York Times congressional correspondent Nicholas Fandos explains. Today's episode is guest hosted by WNYC's Brigid Bergin
January 7, 2020
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton is now willing, though apparently not eager, to tell the Senate what he knows about the activities called the "drug deal" in Ukraine. How does that change Mitch McConnell's calculus about a speedy trial? Politico's national security correspondent Natasha Bertrand breaks it down. 
January 6, 2020
Congress is reconvening, and so are we. What does Trump's escalation with Iran have to do with the upcoming trial in the Senate? And where are we in the Pelosi-McConnell standoff? 
December 31, 2019
Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for the conservative National Review, says the president has "passed the test" for impeachment and should be removed from office.
December 30, 2019
President Trump retweeted the identity of the alleged whistleblower to his 68 twitter million followers. Isn't that against the law? On today’s episode: Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press White House reporter and political analyst for MSNBC and NBC News.
December 27, 2019
Today, a break from the breaking news. We tested local listeners on how closely they've been paying attention to the finer details of the impeachment probe into President Trump. How do you stack up? Listen to find out! 
December 24, 2019
On this special holiday episode, we turn the podcast over to you, and ask: How do you think the impeachment process SHOULD end, and how do you predict it will? 
December 23, 2019
Michael Moore, American documentary filmmaker and host of the new podcast Rumble, says the key to removing Trump from office is finding out what else is on the secure server where the White House stored the original transcript of the July 25th phone call. 
December 20, 2019
As congress is gaveled into a two-week recess, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that his caucus was "at an impasse," with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who is insisting on assurances of a "fair trial" in the Senate before officially passing the baton to Congress's upper chamber for the final leg of this process. Eliana Johnson, editor-in-chief of the Washington Free Beacon, talks about what might be the point of Pelosi's holiday recess cliff-hanger, and gives a conservative perspective on the latest impeachment news.
December 19, 2019
After almost 12 hours of debate, the House approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump, making him only the third president in U.S. history to face removal by the Senate. On today’s episode: David Leonhardt, op-ed columnist at The New York Times, co-host of  the podcast "The Argument," on yesterday's historic vote and what happens next.  
December 18, 2019
For today's historic House vote, we spoke with Elizabeth Drew, veteran journalist who has covered all three impeachments of the modern age  and author of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall. She talked about how the articles of impeachment against Trump stack up against past articles, and whether broader articles of impeachment might have gotten some Republican support. 
December 17, 2019
The House Rules Committee met today to define the procedure for tomorrow's floor debate, and subsequent floor vote on the two articles of impeachment against President Trump. Today, Elizabeth Wydra, President of the Constitutional Accountability Center, talks about how the probe's progress, and the partisan strategies, intersect with the ideals ensconced in the Constitution. 
December 16, 2019
Susan Glasser, staff writer at The New Yorker who writes the weekly online column, "Letter from Trump’s Washington," talks about the likely Senate trial. What does McConnell want? What does Schumer want? And is there room for compromise? 
December 13, 2019
This morning, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send two articles of impeachment for a full House vote. Here's what to keep an eye on in the week ahead. On today’s episode, Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA TODAY, fills us in on the parties' strategies and how impeachment is affecting Trump's other legislative priorities. 
December 12, 2019
After the last Judiciary Committee markup session on the Democrats' two articles, impeachment is nearly over, and the Senate trial on removing Trump is poised to begin in January. Ilya Marritz, investigative reporter and co-host of WNYC's Trump, Inc. podcast, and Deborah Pearlstein, Cardozo Law School professor and co-director of its Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy discuss their takeaways from today's Judiciary Committee markup on the articles of impeachment. 
December 11, 2019
Rudy went to Ukraine, he says, to write his own report, a counter-narrative to Dems' charges. Trump, Inc. co-hosts tell us why he's talking to people widely considered to be corrupt. On today’s episode,  Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz, co-host of the Trump, Inc. podcast from WNYC, discuss the articles of impeachment, Trump, Inc.'s reporting from Ukraine, and a report being compiled by Rudy Giuliani. Why is he talking to Ukranians widely considered to be corrupt? 
December 10, 2019
Annie Karni, White House correspondent for the New York Times, discusses the Articles of Impeachment released by House Democrats this morning. What's in them? What does that say about the Dems' strategy? And what does it mean for Senate Republicans and the White House as the proceedings inch toward a Senate trial?
December 9, 2019
Michael Isikoff, investigative reporter for Yahoo! News, wrote the book on Russian interference in the 2016 election. He weighs in on today's Judiciary hearing, plus, a new report on how the Mueller probe started that our guest says gives a lot of ammo to Republicans, who consider the investigation of Trump's political campaign a dangerous overreach. 
December 6, 2019
As House Dems pump the gas on the probe, and the Judiciary committee prepares for its second hearing on Monday, we look at the strategy that goes into drafting impeachment articles with Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, co-host of Slate's Political Gabfest podcast, Truman Capote fellow for creative writing and law at Yale Law School.
December 5, 2019
Yesterday, the Judiciary Committee's first hearing. Today, Nancy Pelosi formally directs the committee to write and approve Articles of Impeachment. And tomorrow?  On today’s episode, we discuss the past, present and near-future developments in the probe with our guest,  Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, CNN political analyst, co-host of the podcast "Politics and Polls,” and author of Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party (Penguin Press, 2020).
December 4, 2019
Today, legal scholars testified that Trump's actions met the constitutional standards for impeachment. One said impeachment was premature.  On today’s episode: Professor Philip Bobbitt, Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the Center on National Security, Columbia Law School, and a Distinguished Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas.
December 3, 2019
Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee — which is responsible for drafting impeachment articles — will hear from constitutional scholars about what makes an "impeachable offense." New York Times congressional reporter Nicholas Fandos says we can expect hearings that are much "messier," and "more partisan" than the Intel Committee hearings we've seen so far. 
December 2, 2019
As the House Intel Committee passes the reigns to the Judiciary Committee, we speak to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY8), a Judiciary member and the Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, about the witness list, and what's to come in the inquiry. Where are we on impeachment today? Intelligence Committee Democrats submitted a report of the probe's findings for review to committee members. The committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow to approve the report before sending it to the Judiciary Committee, which will take center stage in the next phases of the inquiry. The White House has said it will not be sending witnesses to appear in the upcoming Judiciary hearings. The committee will hear testimony on Wednesday from constitutional scholars to help define what precisely an "impeachable offense" is, as they work with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to define the scope of articles of impeachment. 
November 29, 2019
On today's episode, we’re going to re-center around this idea: that impeachment isn’t about Donald Trump. It’s not about military aid or javelin missiles or quid pro quo or Burisma or CrowdStrike or whether the transcript is really a transcript. Impeachment, listeners, is about Democracy. On Today's Show: Mary Frances Berry; professor of constitutional, legal and African American history at the University of Pennsylvania, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and the author of twelve books including, History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times. And Jeffrey Engel, founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a co-author of Impeachment: An American History, and author of When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War.
November 27, 2019
When we talked to Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, before the public hearings, he said he'd rather let the people decide in 2020 whether to remove the President. Did the hearings change anything for him? Well, now he says it's time to pump the brakes, wait for the courts to compel, or not, the testimony of senior administration officials. Where are we on impeachment today? The House Judiciary Committee, which will ultimately be responsible for drafting and approving articles of impeachment, has scheduled its first hearings. On Wednesday, they will hear testimony from constitutional experts to determine the definition of an "impeachable offense." According to new reporting, President Trump was briefed about the whistleblower's complaint in late August, nearly two weeks before he decided to release the military aid to Ukraine. A newly released testimony transcript casts further doubt on the administration's claim that the military aid was being held in an effort to pressure European countries to contribute more to Ukraine's defense. Mark Sandy, who was a top official in the Office of Management and Budget, testified that, although the aid was put on hold in July, he was not give that explanation until September, after the whistleblower's complaint became a factor in the White House's maneuvering.  We want to know how you're feeling as you watch these events unfold. Leave us a voicemail at 844-745-TALK, that's 844-745-8255, and be sure to leave your name, and where you're calling from. You might hear your voice in upcoming episodes.
November 26, 2019
Today, Neal Katyal, former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and author of Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump, argues for the broadest possible Articles of Impeachment and explains why the Republican-controlled Senate might actually remove the President. Plus, how to read impeachment polls. Where are we on impeachment today? Yesterday evening, a federal judge ruled that former White House Counsel Don McGahn must comply with a congressional subpoena to testify about the 10 instances outlined in the Mueller Report in which President Trump may have obstructed justice. In the decision, US District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote of the Justice Department's argument, "there are few, if any, well-formulated justifications for categorically excusing current and former senior-level presidential aides," from testifying. The case is likely to embolden House Democrats seeking testimony from individuals with information crucial to the probe, but who had been wary of violating a directive from the White House not to testify. These include former National Security Adviser John Bolton, Trump's private lawyer Rudy Giuliani and even the President himself. In the opinion, which is likely to face appeal, Jackson writes, "it seems unlikely that a President would be declared absolutely immune from compelled congressional process." We want to know how you're feeling as you watch these events unfold. Leave us a voicemail at 844-745-TALK, that's 844-745-8255, and be sure to leave your name, and where you're calling from. You might hear your voice in upcoming episodes.
November 25, 2019
The Nixon impeachment ended with a smoking gun. The Trump probe started there, with the call transcript. That could be a problem for Dems trying to hold the country's attention. On today’s episode, a look at the probe, the public and the latest headlines with Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo News, host of the podcast "Conspiracyland," co-host of the "Skullduggery" podcast and co-author of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump (Twelve, 2018). Where are we on impeachment today? Following the second week of public testimonies, the Washington Post has reported that the White House had launched a secret effort to justify the hold on military aid to Ukraine, weeks after President Trump had ordered it. Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani arrested and charged with campaign finance violations, claims that Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican in the House Intelligence Committee and a stalwart Trump ally, traveled to Vienna in 2018, where he sought dirt on Joe Biden from ex-Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin. Nunes denies the allegation, and Ethics Committee Democrats are considering opening an ethics probe into the matter. As the Intelligence Committee mulls the contents of potential articles of impeachment over the Thanksgiving recess, they want to hear from former White House Counsel Don McGahn, reportedly to decide whether they could include the 10 instances of obstruction of justice detailed in the Mueller Report. A court is expected to decide today whether McGahn is legally required to testify.  We want to know how you're feeling as you watch these events unfold. Leave us a voicemail at 844-745-TALK, that's 844-745-8255, and be sure to leave your name, and where you're calling from. You might hear your voice in upcoming episodes.
November 22, 2019
Today, House Democrats wrapped up two weeks of public impeachment hearings. Did they move the needle? We check in with callers, and NPR political reporter Tim Mak. Where are we on impeachment today? Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a televised town hall on the impeachment proceedings, scheduled for Dec. 5 and moderated by CNN's Jake Tapper. She declined to lay out further details on the timeline of the probe, instead saying that it would be up to the committees running the investigation. The House Intelligence Committee wrapped up its second week of public testimony, and, once it deems its work complete, it will pass the baton to the Judiciary Committee, who would be responsible for composing and then green-lighting the text of formal Articles of Impeachment. President Trump called in to Fox and Friends this morning to weigh in on House Democrats' efforts. We want to know how you're feeling as you watch these events unfold. Leave us a voicemail at 844-745-TALK, that's 844-745-8255, and be sure to leave your name, and where you're calling from. You might hear your voice in upcoming episodes.
November 21, 2019
For the most part, the facts of the Ukraine affair aren't in dispute. So why hold more public hearings? On today’s episode, Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent recaps the last two weeks of hearings and discusses Democrats' endgame. Where are we on impeachment today? Today was the final day of the second week of public testimony in the impeachment probe. We heard from Fiona Hill, an aide to the now-ousted National Security Adviser John Bolton, and from David Holmes, who overheard a crucial call between Sondland and the President. Holmes testified that he could hear Trump asking whether Zelensky would begin "the investigations." After the call, Sondland told Holmes that Trump didn't care about Ukraine, only about "big stuff," like an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden that could help the President politically in the 2020 election.  We want to know how you're feeling as you watch these events unfold. Leave us a voicemail at 844-745-TALK, that's 844-745-8255, and be sure to leave your name, and where you're calling from. You might hear your voice in upcoming episodes.
November 20, 2019
Gordon Sondland, who had direct contact with the President on the Ukraine affair, confirmed a quid pro quo, and said that the orders were coming from the Trump through Rudy Giuliani. On today's show, Quinta Jurecic, managing editor of Lawfare breaks down a day of bombshells from Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the E.U. and one of the so-called "three amigos." Sondland's testimony has changed since his closed-door deposition earlier this month. He says that he "refreshed my recollection" based on the testimonies of other witnesses, and in his opening statement today, said that he would have gotten it right the first time if the White House and the State Department was more forthcoming with records subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee.  We want to know how you're feeling as you watch these events unfold. Leave us a voicemail at 844-745-TALK, that's 844-745-8255, and be sure to leave your name, and where you're calling from. You might hear your voice in upcoming episodes. 
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