Join Atlantic political correspondent Isaac Dovere on the road each week as he reports from around the country on the politics, policies, and personalities that are defining this crucial moment in American history. Each week brings you an intimate and surprising conversation with the names you know and names you may not know—but should.
John Bresnahan Helps Us Understand What The Hel...
A veteran congressional reporter shares his firsthand experience of the pro-Trump mob storming the Capitol.
The House majority whip from South Carolina gave Joe Biden the key endorsement of his candidacy. What does the civil rights veteran want to see from his party in 2021?
A Georgia election official calls out his fellow Republicans.
Has the pandemic defeated America, or has our politics?
The Virginia Congresswoman shares her concerns over President Trump’s post-election actions and what she considers the lessons of 2020 for her fellow Democrats.
Between the pandemic and President Trump, election night this year will be unlike any other. Is television news ready for the chaos Tuesday could bring?
The man who wrote The Art of the Deal reflects on Donald Trump, his presidency, and what the coming weeks could bring.
The former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee discusses President Trump, the pandemic, and election disinformation.
What if Trump refuses to concede?
The Green Party’s presidential nominee and co-founder discusses his candidacy and concerns among Democrats about his party acting as a spoiler in 2020.
Elected at 31, Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor is a young Black progressive and the face of a new Democratic party in the Midwest. With the nation’s attention on the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Barnes joins Isaac Dovere to discuss President Trump, the Milwaukee Bucks, and what he thinks Democrats need to do to win in November.
Once the head of the GOP in the largest state in the country, now running as an independent, California Assembly Member Chad Mayes has a warning for Republicans.
Is the former U.N. Ambassador about to become the first Black woman on a national ticket?
America’s longest-serving Secretary of Health & Human Services discusses what the federal government should be doing, becoming a congresswoman at age 77, and naming her new rescue dog “Fauci.”
The Alabama senator discusses the coronavirus outbreak in the South, new efforts to grapple with its Confederate legacy, and his hopes that this time of crisis leads to systemic change.
The 2016 Republican presidential candidate announces her intention to vote for Joe Biden, and the concerns about the country that led to her decision.
The second-highest elected official in New York City is a progressive activist who’s worked to change policing for years. He thinks this moment could be different, if Americans are willing to have an honest conversation.
The mayor of Dayton, Ohio, on how badly America's cities need a bailout—and how painful the impact could be if they don't get one.
Senator (and doctor) Bill Cassidy discusses the coronavirus response, vaccines, and how states like his own Louisiana are going to reopen.
The governor of one of the hardest-hit states discusses the coronavirus response, how he thinks about reopening New Jersey, and his conversations with President Trump.
The former presidential candidate discusses universal basic income, coronavirus-linked bigotry against Asian Americans, and how the pandemic has accelerated the automation trends he's long worried about.
Georgia politician and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams discusses elections in a pandemic, vice presidential aspirations, and Star Trek.
Voter Suppression By Pandemic
Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund discusses Wisconsin’s election debacle and how the coronavirus has become a new tool of voter suppression.
‘The Woman From Michigan’
Governor Gretchen Whitmer joins to discuss Michigan’s coronavirus response and her relationship with President Trump.
Risking Exposure in Congress
Queens congresswoman Grace Meng shares the view from the floor of Congress — and from the epicenter of the pandemic.
Arnold Schwarzenegger on the Pandemic Response
Arnold Schwarzenegger calls in from his house in California to discuss the coronavirus response.
The Coronavirus Response, with Senator Sherrod ...
Senator Sherrod Brown discusses the Trump administration's response to the pandemic and what he thinks Congress needs to do now.
This Isn’t Trump’s Katrina (Except When It Is)
Vann Newkirk joins Isaac Dovere to discuss Floodlines—the new Atlantic podcast about Hurricane Katrina—and what lessons the disaster response in 2005 has for the coronavirus crisis in 2020.
Beating Donald Trump, with David Plouffe
The campaign manager behind Obama’s 2008 election breaks down the state of the Democratic party—and what they need to win in November.
South Carolina, with Jennifer Palmieri
Former Clinton aide Jennifer Palmieri discusses the South Carolina primary, why 2020 is different than 2016, and how sexism still shapes American politics.
The Unlearned Lessons of 2016, with Katy Tur
With the general election approaching, MSNBC anchor Katy Tur warns that the the news media still hasn’t figured out how to cover the president.
A Historic Vote on Equal Rights, and Hopes for ...
Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton discusses the Equal Rights Amendment and gun control, joining Isaac Dovere minutes after presiding over House debate on the historic ERA bill.
The New Hampshire Primary, with Chris Pappas
New Hampshire congressman Chris Pappas discusses the first primary of 2020, his unique path to politics, and what issues Granite State voters care about as they head to the polls.
The Iowa Caucuses, with J.D. Scholten
Iowa native and congressional candidate J.D. Scholten previews the first vote of the 2020 presidential election.
The Ticket: Politics from The Atlantic
An update: Same show. Same feed. New name.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
The new mayor of Chicago shares how her upbringing led her to run for office for the first time — and win a historic victory.
Arnold Schwarzenegger on Show-Business Politics
The governator discusses the Republican party, his commitment to the environment, and the Democratic candidates (his review: "such bad actors").
"He Doesn't Understand War"
A congressman and combat veteran talks about the true costs of war and warns against the temptation of revenge.
Will the Trump Presidential Library Have an Imp...
On the day President Trump is impeached, Isaac Dovere visits the Nixon Presidential Library with candidate Tom Steyer.
Why Impeachment Is Different This Time Around
Steve Chabot, a House Republican who helped lead his party's impeachment fight against Bill Clinton, is unconvinced by the Democrat’s case against Trump.
Britain Votes (Again)
Staff writer Helen Lewis explains the state of British politics ahead of next week’s pivotal general election.
Is Russia Winning the Impeachment Hearings?
Anne Applebaum joins Isaac Dovere to discuss impeachment through a global lens.
How to Stop A Civil War
Jeffrey Goldberg, Danielle Allen, and Adam Serwer discuss how America is coming apart—and how they think it can be reunited.
Virginia Hates Tyrants
Senator Tim Kaine discusses Democrats' historic win in Virginia and what it means for 2020.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg discusses his unlikely presidential run.
Reporting in ‘Forgotten America’
James Fallows spent decades covering national politics. For the last four years though, he’s traveled the parts of America typically left out of the national conversation. And he comes back with good news.
Sanders vs. Warren?
Elizabeth Warren became the frontrunner the same week Bernie Sanders won the endorsement of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. How long does the truce between the progressive candidates last?
How ISIS Returns
When America abruptly abandoned its Kurdish allies in Syria, a new cycle of violence began. How did we get here? And where will it end?
Understanding the Whistle-Blower
Few people have had the same job experience as the CIA whistle-blower. Elissa Slotkin is one of them. She’s also a Democratic congresswoman from a pro-Trump district who played a key role in starting the impeachment inquiry.
Amy Klobuchar, Live at The Atlantic Festival
Senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar joins Isaac Dovere on stage in Washington.
Steve Bullock's Longshot Case
The Montana governor talks about his presidential campaign, his personal connection to the gun control debate, and why running his home state has uniquely prepared him to run a divided country.
McKay Coppins on which Trump sibling could succeed the president — and why it matters
On the Road with Beto
This week, Beto O'Rourke took a bus out of New York. Not a campaign bus, just a regular old bus. Isaac Dovere joined for the trip and they talked about how the presidential candidate has been changed by the recent mass shootings in West Texas.
The Man Who Couldn't Take It Anymore
Nine months ago, Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned. As the last ‘adult in the room’ at the Trump White House, what has his departure meant? And could his frank assessment of the president make a difference?
Annie Lowrey joins Isaac Dovere to discuss news of a possible recession, President Trump’s reaction, and why the last downturn is key to understanding today's politics.
Andrew Yang's Campaign Against the Coming Dystopia
Presidential candidate Andrew Yang sits down with Isaac Dovere in Iowa.
Cory Booker on White Supremacist Violence
The senator and presidential candidate sits down with Isaac Dovere after a speech on white nationalism and gun violence in America.
Rebuilding the Blue Wall
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel talks about what it takes for Democrats to win back the industrial midwest.
The Veteran Candidate
Congressman Seth Moulton discusses the direction of the Democratic Party, his campaign for the White House, and the current commander-in-chief
How to Cover Racist Tweets
Margaret Brennan, moderator of CBS’s Face the Nation, joins Atlantic staff writer Isaac Dovere to discuss the president’s attacks on four congresswomen and the media’s response.
Former US ambassador Thomas Pickering on the state of diplomacy in the Trump era.
The Other Republican
Bill Weld has a plan to defeat Donald Trump in the GOP primary.
The Fight for Reparations
Vann Newkirk discusses the Juneteenth congressional hearing on reparations.
The Reelection Battle Begins
Donald Trump never held public office before he became president. So how does the ultimate outsider candidate run for re-election? And who does he want to face?
Partisanship at the Supreme Court
As the justices consider the limits of partisanship in two major cases, will questions about the court’s own politics be its undoing?
The Abortion Debate’s New Urgency
Could the abortion bans passing around the country topple Roe v. Wade?
Introducing Crazy/Genius Season 3
Staff writers Derek Thompson and Isaac Dovere preview the new season of Crazy/Genius, The Atlantic's show about technology and culture. Subscribe to Crazy/Genius wherever you get your podcasts.
Trump’s Trade War
Why did a Republican president start a trade war between the world’s two largest economies?
Liberalism’s Last Stand
Viktor Orbán has worked to remove all impediments to his autocratic regime in Hungary. Next week, President Trump will welcome him to the White House.
Is Politics Funny Anymore?
Jordan Klepper discusses political comedy in the Trump era.
To Impeach Or Not To Impeach?
Yoni Appelbaum and Ezra Klein debate whether Democrats should open an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
The Trauma at the Border
A migrant advocate shares the harrowing stories of asylum seekers and describes what the Trump administration’s new border policies could mean for these families.
Can A Long-Shot Candidate Beat Donald Trump?
Isaac Dovere interviews Howard Dean, the last long-shot-turned-frontrunner in a race to take down an incumbent Republican.
Sex, Gender, and the Democratic Party
Does the conversation about Joe Biden's 'handsiness' show how much Democrats have changed in the last two decades — or how little?
Politics After Mueller
What does the end of the special counsel’s investigation mean for 2020?
President Trump’s Post-Mueller Corruption Problem
Diamond snuffboxes, Moroccan lions, and a part of the Constitution that’s never been tested in the courts… until President Trump.
Paul Manafort and the Problem of White-Collar C...
Why do white-collar criminals so rarely face justice?
The Future of the Democratic Party
Alex Wagner asks Dan Pfeiffer — former senior advisor to President Obama and co-host of Pod Save America — what lessons Democrats should carry into 2020.
President Trump's New Legal Nightmare
Michael Cohen’s testimony created a host of problems for Trump beyond the Russia investigation. Are these new legal woes the biggest threat to the Trump presidency?
State of Emergency
Legal expert Liza Goitein explains the history (and shocking extent) of presidential emergency powers.
Pecker Pics and Tabloid Tricks
Jeffrey Toobin helps Alex Wagner make sense of the National Enquirer: its strange history, its devotion to Donald Trump, and why it’s at war with the world’s richest man.
Something Rotten in the State of Virginia
Staff writers Adam Serwer and Vann Newkirk join Alex Wagner to discuss news that Virginia’s Democratic governor and attorney general both wore blackface.
Kamala Harris, Progressive Prosecutor?
In the era of criminal justice reform and Black Lives Matter, can a former prosecutor win the Democratic nomination?
The Art of the Shutdown Deal
Reporter Maggie Haberman joins Alex Wagner to explain how President Trump’s business career shows he’s no master negotiator and predicted the current shutdown mess.
Is the President a Russian Asset?
Staff writer Franklin Foer joins Alex Wagner to make sense of the new questions about President Trump’s relationship with Russia.
How to Fix Social Media
Alexis Madrigal joins Matt Thompson to solve the ills of the modern internet.
What Happened to the GOP?
George Packer argues that the Republican Party has chosen power over democracy, and that its corruption began decades ago.
Does the NRA Connect Trump to Russia?
Alex Wagner talks with reporters Natasha Bertrand and Mike Spies about Maria Butina, the NRA, and whether Russia used the gun lobby to influence American politics.
The First Gene-Edited Babies
A scientist has claimed he used the revolutionary CRISPR gene technology on human embryos, igniting a global controversy.
What’s Happening With Mueller and Manafort?
Alex Wagner discusses new developments in the Mueller probe with reporter Natasha Bertrand and former White House aide Ron Klain.
With votes being retallied in the Sunshine State, Mark McKinnon and Jeremy Bash look back on their time in the 2000 Bush and Gore campaigns.
What Did We Learn From the Midterms?
Five takeaways from Tuesday’s elections, as interpreted by five Atlantic journalists.
Midterms in the Wake of Political Violence
Executive Editor Matt Thompson discusses the upcoming midterms with two reporters in the field: Emma Green in Pennsylvania and Adam Serwer in Texas.
The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg sits down with Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt to discuss Jamal Khashoggi, Mohammed bin Salman, and the future of Saudi Arabia.
The Politics of Ancestry
Executive Editor Matt Thompson and Staff Writer Sarah Zhang join Cherokee writer and organizer Rebecca Nagle to discuss DNA tests, Elizabeth Warren, and how we define heritage.
America's Higher Education Crisis
As a new affirmative action lawsuit heads to federal court, Alia Wong and Adam Harris join Matt Thompson and Gillian White to discuss the challenges in American higher education.
Remembering Ferguson with DeRay Mckesson
The activist sits down with Matt Thompson and Gillian White at The Atlantic Festival.
Is the Public Square Gone?
With the speed and volume of news these days—not to mention the myriad business and technological pressures—how does the media serve its role as the fourth estate?
The Reputations and Reckonings of #MeToo
Alex Wagner, Megan Garber, and Gillian B. White join Matt Thompson to discuss Kavanaugh, Moonves, and the #MeToo movement one year in.
Is Democracy Dying?
Jeffrey Rosen and Anne Applebaum—scholars of America’s past and Europe’s present—discuss our precarious moment in history and what could come next.