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The NPR Politics Podcast is where NPR's political reporters talk to you like they talk to each other. With weekly roundups and quick takes on news of the day, you don't have to keep up with politics to know what's happening. You just have to keep up with us.

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It's Been A Minute: How Latino Voter Outreach Still Falls Short

Listen to It's Been A Minute: How Latino Voter Outreach Still Falls ShortIn this special episode from It's Been A Minute With Sam Sanders, Sam dives into the short falls of Latino voter outreach.

Latinos are the second largest group of eligible voters by race or ethnicity in the United States, but they continue to be misunderstood and underappreciated by political campaigns of all parties.

Sam talks to Lisa García Bedolla, a scholar of Latino politics, about how the word "Latino" encompasses diverse communities of all political stripes and life experiences, and he checks in with the former mayor of a small town in Texas who's been thinking of Latino voter outreach for a long time.

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Weekly Roundup: October 23rd

Listen to Weekly Roundup: October 23rdThe US government shared details about two alleged election meddling operations by Iran and Russia this week. The operations initially appear to be smaller-scale than they were in 2016. And we talk about what to expect in the last full week of campaigning.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, voting reporter Miles Parks, election security editor Phil Ewing, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.

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Surprise: There Was A Lot Of Policy Talk At The Final Presidential Debate

Listen to Surprise: There Was A Lot Of Policy Talk At The Final Presidential DebatePresident Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sparred over immigration, energy, and pandemic policy in the final presidential debate. But in race with historically stable polling, the debate had few surprises and seems unlikely to change the state of the race.

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This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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How Campaigns Work: Polling

Listen to How Campaigns Work: PollingIn an ongoing series congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell looks under the hood at campaigns. From how they raise money to what they do once they have it.

This episode, Kelsey looks at polling. But not the kind you expect. Kelsey talks to two of the top pollsters on both sides of the aisle about who exactly they poll, what they ask them, and how the answers change how a campaign operates.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell

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Trump's Popularity In South Carolina Boosts Lindsey Graham's Odds In SC

Listen to Trump's Popularity In South Carolina Boosts Lindsey Graham's Odds In SCDemocrats have raised oodles of money in the South Carolina Senate race. Like, a whole lot of money. And polling shows things neck-and-neck between GOP incumbent Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison. But given Trump's top-of-the-ticket draw there, it could be tough for Democrats to score an upset.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and national political correspondent Don Gonyea.

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Fifteen Days Out, Some GOP Lawmakers Are Distancing Themselves From Trump

Listen to Fifteen Days Out, Some GOP Lawmakers Are Distancing Themselves From TrumpJoe Biden warns that nothing is certain, while Donald Trump says everything is still possible. Just over two weeks out from the election, the campaigns are in full turnout mode. Despite the president's confidence, though, Republicans are beginning to message that they will be an effective check on a Biden presidency.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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No Compromise From NPR: Does No-Compromising Really Work?

Listen to No Compromise From NPR: Does No-Compromising Really Work?Today we are sharing an episode of NPR's No Compromise. The podcast series tells the story of three brothers who are determined to change gun politics. Ben, Chris, and Aaron Dorr are carving out a space to the right of the NRA and the GOP.

Discover a social media empire with an unapologetic vision of gun rights—generating millions of likes, follows, and dollars. From Guns & America, reporters Lisa Hagen of WABE and Chris Haxel of KCUR expose how these three brothers from the most uncompromising corner of the gun debate are turning hot-button issues into donations and controversy.

The final episode comes out October 20th, so now is a great time to catch up. Find more episodes here, or wherever you get your podcasts.

No Compromise from NPR: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510356/no-compromise

Weekly Roundup: October 16th

Listen to Weekly Roundup: October 16thDonald Trump mired himself in conspiracy last night at his NBC News town hall. Joe Biden didn't give a clear answer on court-packing, but said he'd make his position clear sometime before the election.

Voters in Michigan and Ohio are feeling differently than they did four years ago. And, more than 20 million Americans have already voted. So, what does that really tell us?

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and voting reporter Miles Parks.

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With Biden Up Double-Digits, Dems Eye North Carolina and Georgia Senate Seats

Listen to With Biden Up Double-Digits, Dems Eye North Carolina and Georgia Senate SeatsA new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows Joe Biden with a double-digit national lead over President Trump. That margin makes states like North Carolina and Georgia competitive for Democrats, which is welcome news for their Senate candidates there.

This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, reporter Steve Harrison of WFAE in North Carolina, and reporter Emma Hurt of WABE in Georgia.

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Out Of Bed, On His Heels: Trump Campaigns In Florida And Georgia

Listen to Out Of Bed, On His Heels: Trump Campaigns In Florida And GeorgiaAs President Trump returns to the campaign trail after his hospitalization, he's campaigning in states that he won comfortably in 2016. Meanwhile, Joe Biden looks to be expanding his map. And, highlights from day three of Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

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This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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Barrett Says She Isn't 'A Pawn' — But Won't Commit To Recuse From An Election Case

Listen to Barrett Says She Isn't 'A Pawn' — But Won't Commit To Recuse From An Election CaseRead All Of Our Coverage

Amy Coney Barrett didn't give direct answers to many questions, as expected. Like past nominees, she refused to deal in hypotheticals. But Democrats looked to her past writing and scholarship to make the case that she is hostile to abortion access and healthcare access. Republicans said she is qualified to serve.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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'Doubt It'll Change Any Minds': Senate Goes Through Partisan Motions For SCOTUS

Listen to 'Doubt It'll Change Any Minds': Senate Goes Through Partisan Motions For SCOTUSRepublican Lindsey Graham said even though views were set, the hearings for Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination are important. Republicans pushed back against attacks on her faith that have yet to materialize, while Democrats suggested that Barrett would be the end of the Affordable Care Act in the United States.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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How Campaigns Work: Advertising

Listen to How Campaigns Work: AdvertisingIn an ongoing series congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell looks under the hood at campaigns. From how they raise money to what they do once they have it.

This episode, Kelsey looks at political advertising. She talks with two of the most respected political ad makers in the business. One argues that the best ad is the one that goes viral; the other believes the best ad is the one with the clearest message.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell

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As Senate GOP Demurs On Aid, Women Bear Brunt Of Economic Crisis

Listen to As Senate GOP Demurs On Aid, Women Bear Brunt Of Economic CrisisThe Federal Reserve exists to lessen the severity of economic crises and its chair has been calling for more stimulus money for months. But Senate Republicans aren't likely to coalesce around a deal and mercurial negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin drag on.

And, what to expect from next week's Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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"Violent Extremists" Planned To Kidnap Michigan Governor, Says DOJ

Listen to "Violent Extremists" Planned To Kidnap Michigan Governor, Says DOJConspirators began training for a potential attack on Whitmer's vacation home or the governor's official summer residence over the summer, according to a criminal complaint released Thursday. After abducting Whitmer, Fox allegedly said, the governor would be taken a secure location in Wisconsin for "trial," according to the complaint.

And, President Trump throws next debate into doubt and levies a bigoted attack against Kamala Harris.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe.

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Pence And Harris Go Head-To-Head Over The Pandemic, Taxes, And Healthcare

Listen to Pence And Harris Go Head-To-Head Over The Pandemic, Taxes, And HealthcareVice President Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris spent the evening echoing the rhetoric of their respective party nominees — but with less interruptions than when President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden debated.

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

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Joe Biden Up In Post-Debate Polls

Listen to Joe Biden Up In Post-Debate PollsThe president's sickness has dragged the pandemic back to the center of the presidential campaign, despite the looming Supreme Court fight. And Joe Biden's lead is stable or perhaps slightly up from where it was before the presidential debate last week.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House reporter Juana Summers, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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As Trump's Care Moves To White House, Doctor Again Evades Key Questions

Listen to As Trump's Care Moves To White House, Doctor Again Evades Key QuestionsThe president's care will continue at the White House. Signs still point to a severe case of Covid-19, though his doctor continues to dodge questions posed by NPR and other outlets. We do not know if the president is on blood thinners or the condition of his lungs.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and science correspondent Rob Stein.

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Questions Persist About Trump's Health After Second Dissembling Briefing

Listen to Questions Persist About Trump's Health After Second Dissembling BriefingThe president has started a steroid and his doctor acknowledges that Trump has in fact received supplemental oxygen. His course of treatment suggests a severe case of Covid-19, though his team suggests he could be back at the White House as soon as tomorrow.

This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, science correspondent Richard Harris, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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After Doctor Said Trump Doing Well, Source Familiar With His Health Said Otherwise

Listen to After Doctor Said Trump Doing Well, Source Familiar With His Health Said OtherwiseFOLLOW OUR COVERAGE: https://n.pr/3nj0elU

Muddled messaging from the White House has sent confusing signals about the president's well-being. We talk about what we know about his condition and treatment.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House reporter Franco Ordoñez, science correspondent Joe Palca.

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