Episodes
On Today's Show: Steve Lohr, New York Times technology and economics reporter, talks about recent economic research that points to artificial intelligence as a reason for widening economic disparity.
Published 01/21/22
On the one-year anniversary of Biden's inauguration, we brought together two commentators from both ends of the political spectrum to assess his presidency so far. On today's show, Amanda Carpenter, columnist at The Bulwark, director of Republicans for Voting Rights, author of Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us (Broadside Books, 2018), and Jamil Smith, senior correspondent at Vox and co-host of the podcast Vox Conversations, discuss the president's accomplishments,...
Published 01/20/22
We asked one of the nation's most influential legal scholars for his insight into the current Supreme Court bench, and some of the other constitutional issues facing this country. On today's show, Laurence Tribe, University Professor and professor of constitutional law emeritus at Harvard Law School, discusses the Supreme Court and U.S. democracy.
Published 01/19/22
Just because there's one particular global threat -- COVID-19 -- that's got our attention in the U.S., it doesn't mean the other global threats have gone away. On today's show, Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and GZero Media and the author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism (Portfolio, 2018) and the forthcoming The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats – and Our Response – Will Change the World (Simon & Schuster, 2022), offers his analysis of the biggest geopolitical risks...
Published 01/18/22
On MLK Day, we wanted to look at how Dr. King's legacy of civil rights, and particularly voting rights, has evolved since his efforts toward equality. On today's show, Kai Wright, host of the WNYC podcast The United States of Anxiety, talks about the push for voting rights in the United States today and in history.
Published 01/17/22
The leader of the white supremacist militia the Oath Keepers has been charged with sedition. What does that tell us about what Jan. 6 could have looked like if they succeeded? On today's show, Devlin Barrett, reporter focusing on national security and law enforcement for The Washington Post, discusses the Justice Department's response to last January's attack on the US capitol, including news that the founder of the right-wing extremist group Oath Keepers was arrested and charged with...
Published 01/14/22
The president has thrown his support behind a Senate rule change that would allow Democrats to pass voting rights reforms by ending the filibuster. Senators Manchin and Sinema support the reforms, but oppose the repeal of the filibuster, without which, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act are unlikely to pass. On today's show, Theodoric Meyer, national political reporter and co-author of the Power Up newsletter at The Washington Post, discusses the latest...
Published 01/13/22
As President Biden urges Senate rule changes to secure voting rights reforms, a conversation about the intersection of voting rights and civil rights. On today's show, Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights leader, host of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, founder and president of the National Action Network (NAN) and the author of Righteous Troublemakers: Untold Stories of the Social Justice Movement in America (Hanover Square Press, 2022), talks about his new book and civil rights in NYC and the country today.
Published 01/12/22
There are some confounding stats coming out about COVID hospitalizations amid the omicron surge. On today's show, Craig Spencer, New York City emergency medicine physician and director of global health in emergency medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, describes the landscape of omicron infection in New York City hospitals, from "incidental infections" to staff shortages caused by doctors and nurses having to isolate after testing positive.
Published 01/11/22
The Senate could vote soon on a key voting rights bill ahead of the 2022 midterms. What changes are proposed, and what could the political impacts be? On today's show, Mara Liasson, NPR national political correspondent, talks about the latest national political news.
Published 01/10/22
It's been a year since the Jan. 6 insurrection. What does it mean that thusfar, the Justice Department has focused on rioters, and not those who allegedly incited them? On today's show, Jason Johnson, MSNBC contributor, author, professor of Politics and Journalism at Morgan State University and host of the Slate political podcast 'A Word … with Jason Johnson,' rounds up this week's political news and reacts to speeches from Pres. Biden and Atty Gen. Garland on the anniversary of the attack on...
Published 01/07/22
On the anniversary of the Capitol insurrection, we take a look at how the Republican party has been reshaped over the past year, and what it means for the midterms. On today's show, Amanda Carpenter, columnist at The Bulwark, director of Republicans for Voting Rights, author of Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us (Broadside Books, 2018), and former communications director to Texas Senator Ted Cruz, explains the potential future of the Republican party as various actors...
Published 01/06/22
One year ago tomorrow, extremists stormed the Capitol Building. How have militant groups changed their tactics since then? On today's show, Brandy Zadrozny, senior reporter for NBC News where she covers misinformation, extremism and the internet, talks about the landscape of extremism since January 6th and her new investigation that finds some militia and white supremacist groups have shifted tactics, going from protesting to putting energy into local politics and school boards.
Published 01/05/22
As we move into the new year, we wanted to check in on a persistent economic condition that's likely to impact the U.S. and the globe: inflation. On today's show, Neil Irwin, chief economic correspondent at Axios, discusses how Reagan era Fed chairman Paul Volcker reduced high inflation 40 years ago by jacking up interest rates and muddling through a recession. With an almost opposite economic landscape leading into 2022, current Fed chair Jerome Powell might need to pull off a tricky reverse...
Published 01/04/22
What can we look forward to in the political realm in 2022, and what do trends in the parties' directions say about the future of governing the U.S.? On today's show, Amber Phillips, Washington Post political reporter and author for The 5-Minute Fix, takes listeners through her burning political questions in the new year like whether the Jan. 6 committee focuses too much on Trump, how voters will likely approach the 2022 midterm elections and how redrawn congressional maps could define...
Published 01/03/22
As we close out 2021, we wanted to check in on how closely our listeners have been listening to the news. On today's show, Kai Wright, host of The United States of Anxiety, joins Brian to test your 2021 knowledge. NOTE: This segment was taken from Brian's 12/29 live show, and will be our last Daily Politics Podcast of the year. See you in 2022!
Published 12/30/21
One way to look back on a year is by taking a close look at the words that were called to occasion by, this year, an attempt to overturn an election, and a pandemic. On today's show, Ben Zimmer, linguist, a lexicographer, the language columnist for The Wall Street Journal, a contributing writer for The Atlantic, co-host of the Slate podcast ‘Spectacular Vernacular,’ and chair of the American Dialect Society New Words Committee and oversees their word-of-the-year selection process, talks about...
Published 12/29/21
The CDC recently issued new guidance about how long to isolate following a close COVID contact or positive test. What does the science say, and how should risk factor into our behaviors now? On today's show, Daniel Griffin, MD, PhD, infectious disease clinician and researcher at Columbia, ProHEALTH chief of the division of Infectious Disease, senior fellow for Infectious Disease at UHG Research and Development, and president of Parasites Without Borders, discusses the latest on the Omicron...
Published 12/28/21
President Biden has the ability to set pandemic-related policies related to air travel. What is he weighing as the omicron variant surges, just in time for the holidays? On today's show, Jonathan Lemire, White House Bureau Chief at Politico, host of Way Too Early on MSNBC and an NBCNews analyst, discusses the latest national political developments and listeners report back on the holiday impacted by omicron.
Published 12/27/21
This has been a big year for misinformation, disinformation, and all-around wrong information. On today's show, Glenn Kessler, editor and chief writer of The Fact Checker for The Washington Post, takes listeners through the biggest lies told this year by politicians and figures in authority.
Published 12/22/21
Are there any configurations of the policies in the Build Back Better agenda that could pass the Senate? On today's show, U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-NY16) talks about the torpedoed Build Back Better bill, the Biden Administration's shifting focus to voting rights, and where the progressive agenda goes from here.
Published 12/21/21
With the future of Biden's Build Back Better bill in question, how are progressive politicians responding to Joe Manchin break with the rest of Democratic party? On today's show, Anita Kumar, Senior Editor, Standards & Ethics at Politico, talks about the latest national political news, including Biden's response to the surging omicron variant of COVID-19, and the future of the initiatives in the Build Back Better bill.
Published 12/20/21
The rapid surge in COVID cases over just the past few days presents new challenges in navigating another pandemic holiday season. On today's show, Ed Yong, staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers science, joins to discuss the news on the Omicron variant and why he believes it "poses a far graver threat" to American society than previous variants.
Published 12/17/21
Given the tragic frequency of school shootings, is the GOP's position on gun control at odds with its "pro-life" position on abortion rights? On today's show, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), member of the Foreign Relations committee and author of The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy (Random House, 2020), talks about his long-time work on gun regulations, plus the latest developments with the pandemic and Senate partisanship.
Published 12/16/21