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Creation Date November 1st, 2019
Updated Date Updated February 28th, 2021
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Figuring all the messy world of politics is not a pleasurable task with the array of podcasts that are being produced monthly. “Political Aid” is a curated list of rational presentation of political events/political figures that will hopefully eliminate misconception and propaganda narratives.
  1.  Terrible sh*t is happening in Syria. You probably heard about it on the news. Robert was there earlier this summer and he talks about it, what’s happened since, and what’s about to die forever (freedom). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
  2. Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has vowed to rebuild an old military highway through the Amazon. Is this a plan to drive the economy or a more sinister push to annex parts of the Amazon?
  3. In a week that saw the talks of impeachment boil over into Congressional action, a former Republican Senator says Speaker Nancy Pelosi was right to hold off on an impeachment inquiry until now. Once a reliable critic of the Trump administration, Jeff Flake joins Mary Harris to discuss a week that could change the presidency, how he’s reflecting on the Kavanaugh hearings one year later, and why there’s no room for him in today’s Republican party. This conversation was recorded live at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, TX. Guest: Former Senator of Arizona, Jeff Flake Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
  4. "We have no idea what the role of mental illness is," Vanderbilt professor Jonathan Metzl said about mass shootings. "And so it seems to me like a code word and a distraction and a deflection."We spoke with Metzl, former FBI agent Michael German and The New York Times' Charlie Warzel about the response to a deadly weekend in El Paso and Dayton.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
  5. This week, the NPR Politics Podcast investigates defining moments in the lives of four top Democratic presidential candidates to understand how those experiences shape their politics today.In deep conversations in college dorms at the height of the Iraq war, Pete Buttigieg joined friends to create an informal group with a mission: rebuild a Democratic Party that would live up to progressive ideals.Now a top contender for the Democratic nomination, Buttigieg has cultivated a more moderate brand — and faces criticism from a new generation of college-aged activists.Read more: Pete Buttigieg Spent His Younger Days Pushing Democrats Off Middle GroundThis episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith. Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio station.
  6. The Trump administration blocked chipmaker Broadcom's bid to acquire rival Qualcomm on the grounds of national security. But how did the San Diego-based company become the target in the first place? And who will ultimately own the mobile technology of the future? With FT reporters James Fontanella-Khan and Tim Bradshaw.News review clips: C-Span, Fox News.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  7. Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Washington Post' reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker did over 200 interviews with Trump administration insiders. Their new book, 'A Very Stable Genius,' details presidential rages, erratic decision-making and other troubling tendencies of the Trump presidency.Also, we remember Monty Python co-founder Terry Jones. He died yesterday at 77. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1987.
  8. This week, the NPR Politics Podcast investigates defining moments in the lives of four top Democratic presidential candidates to understand how those experiences shape their politics today.Elizabeth Warren did not begin her professional career as a progressive firebrand. In the 1980s, she was a moderate-minded academic and law professor at the University of Texas, just beginning to her research into Americans who have declared bankruptcy.Over time, that work changed Warren and cultivated that kinds of progressive economic ideals that define her presidential run today.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio station.
  9. If you've sorted through your mail any time in the past few weeks, you probably noticed a very serious, very official letter from the U.S. government. It's a note asking you to fill out the 2020 Census. In fact, every household in the country is legally REQUIRED to fill out a census. But many households won't be doing that. One big reason? Distrust of the government. In this bonus episode of Code Switch, NPR's podcast about race and identity, hosts Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby explore how that distrust could skew the results of the census, and why that has HUGE repercussions — especially for people of color.
  10. In this special collaboration with NPR's Life Kit the NPR Politics team breaks down what are key steps for running for office. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political reporter Miles Parks, and editor & correspondent Ron Elving. Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio station.
  11. Is it the Prime Minister? The Governor General? The Queen? Canada's Head of State may be symbolic, but symbolic of what? Desmond Cole and Andray Domise start with the basics. 
  12. 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.
  13. How do officials weigh the economic cost against the public health benefit? Plus a report from the hardest-hit area of Italy, and a sampling of free things that you had to pay for before the coronavirus. Planet Money's episode 'How To Save The Economy Now' is here. Here's a list of things that weren't free before the coronavirus from NPR's Brakkton Booker. Email the show at coronavirusdaily@npr.org. This episode was recorded and published as part of this podcast's former 'Coronavirus Daily' format.
  14. Historian Kathleen Belew discusses the modern history of the white power movement and the often overlooked connection between incidents like Charlottesville and the Oklahoma City bombing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
  15. The more we learn about the coronavirus, the clearer it becomes that it's disproportionately affecting communities of color. And as protests continue across the country, some health experts worry that the hardest hit areas could be in for another wave of cases. By almost every economic measure, black Americans have a harder time getting a leg up. As the pandemic has sent the country's economy into the worst downturn in generations, it's only gotten worse. More from NPR's Scott Horsley and the team at NPR's Planet Money. Despite all of this, there is a bit of good news. Some communities across the country are reporting a decrease in COVID-19 cases. NPR's Rob Stein breaks down the national outlook.Plus, advice on how to combat anxiety, avoid insomnia and get some rest. Sign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter.You can find more sleep tips on NPR's Life Kit on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and NPR One. Find and support your local public radio station This episode was recorded and published as part of this podcast's former 'Coronavirus Daily' format.
  16. A former spy and his lawyer exposed an illegal bugging operation the Australian government conducted on Timor-Leste during negotiations over oil and gas field resources. Now they face jail time. Transparency reporter Christopher Knaus explains to Gabrielle Jackson how whistleblowers become targets under Australian law.
  17. We tend to associate great speeches with moments of triumph or the heat of battle. Yet some of the finest and most impassioned political speeches have been made by losers.
  18. We talk with journalist Vincent Bevins about the increasingly volatile political situation in Brazil and continue our series on the global anti-communist international discussing his new book The Jakarta Method https://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/titles/vincent-bevins/the-jakarta-method/9781541724013/
  19. Since January, Peter Hessler has reported from China under quarantine. Now, as restrictions lift, he tells David Remnick about his return to normal life; recently, he even went to a dance club. But, although China’s stringent containment measures were effective enough to allow a rapid reopening, one scientist told Hessler, “There is no long-term plan. There’s no country that has a long term plan.” Back in Washington, Evan Osnos explains how blaming China for its sluggish response—and insisting that it cost lives worldwide—has become a touchstone of the Presidential race in America. The candidates have found a rare moment of agreement that it is time to get tough on China, and that their opponent is weak.
  20. From NPR's Embedded: The workers who produce pork, chicken, and beef in plants around the country have been deemed "essential" by the government and their employers. Now, the factories where they work have become some of the largest clusters for the coronavirus in the country. The workers, many of whom are immigrants, say their bosses have not done enough to protect them. Regular episodes return tomorrow. This episode was recorded and published as part of this podcast's former 'Coronavirus Daily' format.
  21. Our first episode - “Is Democracy Dead?” - features Chief Political Correspondent of The Herald and The Age David Crowe, Nine’s Political Editor Chris Uhlmann and former Daily Telegraph editor David Penberthy. Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or The Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ How are we doing? Get in touch with the team: pleaseexplain@theage.com.au or pleaseexplain@smh.com.au  
  22. You may not know his name, but you know his work and his words. Like "climate change" instead of "global warming," and "death tax" instead of "estate tax" -- he's really helped position policy for voters. But longtime Republican pollster and strategist Frank Luntz is not a happy camper right now, and he tells Katie and Brian why this election season is bringing him down. Let us know what you think: is our country in decline, or are you optimistic about the future? Leave a message: 929-224-4637 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
  23. 'Time' correspondent Molly Ball says the key to the speaker's success is her mastery of the inside game in politics — building relationships, counting votes, plotting strategy and working around the clock. Ball's book is 'Pelosi.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the album 'Liberty' from the Dayna Stephens Trio.
  24. In 2015 Bastian Obermayer, an investigative journalist for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, received a message every journalist dreams of: the biggest leak in journalism history. But dealing with the massive 2.7 Terabyte data-dump, 11.5 million documents – while making sure his source’s identity could not be uncovered, turned out to be a huge challenge. The post Protecting The “Panama Papers” Whistleblower appeared first on Malicious Life.
  25. Protests have exploded across the US after a video showed Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, an African American man, despite his pleas that he could not breathe. Floyd lost consciousness and died. Paul Butler discusses the history of police killings of black Americans and whether Floyd’s death could be a turning point
  26. Confederate statues and symbols are being removed all over the country. This is long overdue for some, while others say that it’s a dangerous effort to erase history. Don speaks with the descendants of a Confederate general whose statue was recently toppled as they come to grips with their family's complicated family legacy. He also gets insights from author and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton who sheds light on the history of the Confederacy you didn't learn in grade school. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
  27. "We do politics based on where our communities are," says researcher Ashley Hinck. "Increasingly, that same community is found in fandoms. We're going to see more and more of this fan activism."Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
  28. In 2016, poll after poll predicted a Hillary Clinton victory, and voters constantly heard that she was "ahead in the polls." But, what does that really mean? Why were the polls so far off? And if polls can be so wrong about who's going to win the election, why should we bother paying attention to them this time around? Kristen talks with Courtney Kennedy from the Pew Research Center about lessons learned from 2016 and why there is real value in proper polling. Plus, CNN's polling expert Harry Enten teaches us how to spot a bad poll from a good one. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
  29. For the first-ever episode of the China Untold Podcast, I revisit my experiences at the PRC’s borders with two of the five self-proclaimed communist states still in existence: the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
  30. This episode was recorded when Ron Steslow was host of The Lincoln Project Podcast (www.lincolnproject.us). He is no longer affiliated with the organization. This feed is now the home of Politicology. Host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow sits down with former Republican candidate for President Carly Fiorina to talk about the importance of character in leadership. They discuss why she for Donald Trump in 2016, her support for impeachment, and why she has now endorsed Joe Biden for President—because of her principles, not despite them. You can find more information about Carly and her work at CarlyFiorina.com
  31. In the midst of the historic coronavirus pandemic, economic hardship and a reckoning over racism, this November Americans will decide who leads the nation for the next four years: President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden. Ahead of the 2020 election, FRONTLINE’s critically acclaimed series “The Choice” returns with interwoven investigative biographies of both men, focusing on how they have responded in moments of crisis. In this 2-hour special from veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team, hear from friends, family, colleagues and adversaries about the challenges that shaped Trump and Biden’s lives and could inform how they confront the crises facing the nation at this pivotal juncture.
  32. Transcript“I think today we are going to be doing roughly 125,000 meals across America in very strategic places. Restaurants transforming to Community Kitchens are going to be playing a vital role in every neighborhood of America to provide basic food relief for people in need. And obviously, if you can, you pay, but if you cannot pay, that's fine. No questions asked.” – Chef Jose AndresHow do you feed people during a crisis? Dr. Celine Gounder and Ron Klain talk to Chef Jose Andres, who has fed millions during hurricanes, tsunamis, and all forms of natural disasters, about his work in feeding patients and others impacted by the coronavirus.We also discuss the President's latest comments about health care workers, hear from someone on the front lines, and take your questions, including how to safely bring groceries and delivery food into your home.This podcast was created by Just Human Productions. We're powered and distributed by Simplecast. We're supported, in part, by listeners like you.#SARSCoV2 #COVID19 #COVID #coronavirus 
  33. "Women [in detention] are faced with this problem where they don't have [medical] choices and they don't have the liberty to go find those choices," says migrant rights advocate Michelle Brané.She also remarks about how for-profit prisons fit into the picture. "I once went to a [immigration detention] facility where the stock prices were displayed in the lobby," Michelle says. "It's a hugely profitable practice."Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
  34. Award-winning journalist Michele Norris joins Michelle to discuss how we can gain new understandings of ourselves during an international pandemic and national reckoning with race. Find the episode transcript here: http://spoti.fi/TMOP_transcripts   Make a plan to vote in the Georgia Senate runoffs on January 5: weall.vote/ga
  35. She Votes! is a podcast from Wonder Media Network about the complex history of the women's suffrage movement, hosted by award-winning journalists Lynn Sherr and Ellen Goodman.She Votes! is produced by Wonder Media Network. Follow us on Twitter at @wmnmedia and on Instagram at @wmn.media.To learn more about the suffrage movement and our continuing battle for the ballot, check out shevotespodcast.com Special thanks to Christine Baranski, Soren Kisiel, Sean Petell and Conrad Foley. Music by APM and Blue Dot Sessions. 
  36. It might have seemed like a good idea to the framers of the Constitution in the 1780s, but we've been arguing about the Electoral College ever since. Who is at the forefront of the fight for a fairer system? Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
  37. Will a Joe Biden presidency be better for the environment than President Trump’s policies? Is China really set to take the lead on tackling climate change? And can the world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases work together for the good of the planet? We're joined by former governor of California Jerry Brown, now with the California-China Climate Institute at Berkeley, and Daily Telegraph journalist Sophia Yan. Presenters: Neal Razzell, Graihagh Jackson, Vincent Ni Researcher: Eleanor Biggs Producer: Anna Meisel Editor: Ravin Sampat
  38. Let’s start at the very beginning: voter registration. How do you do it and why does it matter? Registering to vote hasn’t always been simple, and for many Americans, it still isn't. The first step in our electoral process has a long, sometimes dark history that can help us understand many of today's challenges. Kristen talks to Myrna Pérez, the Director of Voting Rights and Elections at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, about why registering to vote is so important in the lead up to this November's election. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
  39. Polling in the days since the storming of the Capitol paints a complex picture. While most Americans do not support the riot, a majority of Republicans do not believe that President Trump bears responsibility. And over 70 percent of them say they believe that there was widespread fraud in the election.Before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, we called Trump supporters to hear their views about what happened at the Capitol and to gauge the level of dissatisfaction the new president will inherit.Guest:Jennifer Medina, a national politics reporter for The New York Times.For an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, subscribe to our newsletter. You can read the latest edition here.Background reading: A Pennsylvania woman accused of taking Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the attack on the Capitol turned herself in to the police.Mr. Trump has prepared a wave of pardons for his final hours in office. Among those under consideration: the former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver and the rapper Lil Wayne.For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily 
  40. In 2017, rich Republican donors demanded a legislative victory, and this is how they got it. We meet one big donor from Dallas who goes on the record to explain how money and power work in Trump’s America. This is the behind-the-scenes story of how political pressure led to the 2017 tax bill, a huge giveaway to the wealthy.

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