The NPR Politics Podcast

The NPR Politics Podcast



1091 episodes

Every weekday, NPR's best political reporters are there to explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail. They don't just tell you what happened. They tell you why it matters. Every afternoon.

  • 03 AUG 2021
    Governor Andrew Cuomo Sexually Harassed Multiple Women, New York Investigation Finds
    13m 32s

    An investigation found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in and out of state government and worked to retaliate against one of his accusers, New York's attorney general announced Tuesday. The findings quickly renewed c...

  • 02 AUG 2021
    Light Summer Reading? The 2,702-Page Infrastructure Deal Just Dropped.
    13m 11s

    A vote on the trillion-dollar proposal is expected as soon as Thursday. Also, President Biden has been denying tens of thousands of migrants asylum proceedings, citing public health fears. After months of stagnant negotiations, immigration...

  • 30 JUL 2021
    60 Percent Of Adults Are Fully Vaccinated. Why Are Things Getting Worse?
    28m 11s

    President Biden gave a speech Thursday afternoon begging folks to get vaccinated. A CDC document warns that the very contagious delta variant means "the war has changed" against COVID.The bipartisan infrastructure deal which passed its firs...

  • 29 JUL 2021
    The Docket: The Rise And Fall Of The Voting Rights Act Of 1965
    16m 14s

    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was born from the civil rights movement of the '50s and '60s, but in recent years the Supreme Court has effectively nullified its key provisions. We explore why the law was first passed and what it means for vo...

  • 28 JUL 2021
    Sixty-Six Percent Of Alabamians Still Need The Shot. Can Tommy Tuberville Help?
    14m 5s

    The White House says it is "following the science" on masks after the CDC issued new guidance, but some experts say they're falling short on the social science: how to convince the remaining 40 percent of American adults to get vaccinated.A...

  • 27 JUL 2021
    Four Police Officers Detailed The Ugly Violence And Racism Of The Capitol Riot
    17m 12s

    The officers — Pfc. Harry Dunn and Sgt. Aquilino Gonell of the U.S. Capitol Police, and Michael Fanone and Daniel Hodges of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department — testified before a congressional committee investigating the...

  • 26 JUL 2021
    Some 6300 New Migrants Arrived At The Southern Border Every Day Of June
    12m 7s

    Customs and Border Protection reported encounters with 188,829 migrants and asylum-seekers at the U.S. southern border last month, the highest level in a generation. The Biden administration has struggled with how to respond.This episode: W...

  • 23 JUL 2021
    Weekly Roundup: July 23rd
    26m 40s

    A hearing next week featuring testimony by Capitol Police officers will be held without any members nominated by Republicans. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is boycotting the process after the House's top Democrat Nancy Pelosi vetoed some o...

  • 22 JUL 2021
    The First $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Deal Vote Failed. It Doesn't Really Matter.
    13m 53s

    A group of 21 senators from both parties but out a statement that they're close to a deal and another vote is expected as soon as Monday.And an Ohio Democratic primary race to replace Biden official Marica Fudge in the House of Representati...

  • 21 JUL 2021
    A Heartbreaking Rise In COVID Cases Has People Worried Restrictions Will Return
    13m 53s

    Coronavirus cases are on the rise in parts of the United States and there have been new cases among fully-vaccinated lawmakers and government staff. The country as a whole saw a nearly 150% increase in the seven-day case average compared wi...

  • 20 JUL 2021
    These Two Sites Explain How Facebook Outrage Reshaped Media
    14m 47s

    Ben Shapiro's conservative commentary and news aggregation site The Daily Wire is a dominant force on Facebook, where sharp headlines drive massive engagement.The upstart The Georgia Star News has pushed outright disinformation about the 20...

  • 19 JUL 2021
    What Does Federal Court Ruling Mean For DACA Program?
    14m 49s

    President Joe Biden's primary policy initiatives, his trillion-dollar infrastructure and economic plans, face their first test in the Senate this week. And does a federal court ruling limiting the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals prog...

  • 17 JUL 2021
    Black Rebellion: Mass Violence And The Civil Rghts Movement
    14m 55s

    Elizabeth Hinton's book America On Fire explores how aggressive policing sparked thousands of incidents of mass violence in Black communities across the United States beginning in the 1960s. NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben talks to the author abo...

  • 16 JUL 2021
    Weekly Roundup: July 16th
    27m 1s

    Voting rights activists feel that they have done the work of energizing and organizing voters to care about the issue. Now, they want President Biden to step up the pressure on Congress from the bully pulpit. And Hunter Biden's art sales wi...

  • 15 JUL 2021
    Is This The Biggest Bill Of Your Lifetime?
    14m 6s

    In his April address to Congress, President Joe Biden said he hoped to prove that democracy and the federal government were still capable of delivering for the American people. This week, Senate Democrats unveiled Biden's chief effort to me...

  • 14 JUL 2021
    Can Joe Biden Turn Florida Blue With A Savvy Response To Protests In Cuba?
    14m 10s

    Faced with food and fuel shortages, Cubans have begun unprecedented protests against the country's communist government. President Biden's response could help boost Democratic support among Florida's many Cuban American voters. The party ha...

  • 13 JUL 2021
    We Asked Vice President Kamala Harris If She's Pushing Senate To Change Filibuster
    16m 31s

    Take our survey: President Harris talked to NPR's Asma Khalid about the administration's path forward on their voting rights agenda given the major roadblock in the Senate: some Democrats in the chamber are unwilli...

  • 12 JUL 2021
    When Will People Be Able To Visit The United States Again?
    14m 23s

    Take our survey: travel is surging as the country reopens, but there is still an international-sized hole in the bottom lines of some U.S. tourism businesses. Would-be foreign visitors are mostly barred from co...

  • 09 JUL 2021
    Weekly Roundup: July 9th
    26m 8s

    President Biden gave a defensive speech Thursday updating the American public on his plan for withdrawal from Afghanistan. He said that the United States accomplished its mission in Afghanistan, though his administration acknowledged earlie...

  • 08 JUL 2021
    Trump's Social Media Lawsuit Is Mostly Messaging, But Tech Regulation Is Coming
    14m 6s

    Former president Donald Trump filed a lawsuit this week claiming that his rights are violated by social media bans, claims legal experts say are spurious. But there has long been a push for big tech regulation in Washington, and it appears...

  • 07 JUL 2021
    How An Increase In Violent Crime Is Changing The Political Landscape
    14m 14s

    Though crime rates remain well-below historic highs, assaults and murders have spiked since the pandemic began. Democrats in New York picked ex-cop Eric Adams as their mayoral nominee; he's likely to win. Biden traveled to Chicago to talk g...

  • 06 JUL 2021
    Six Months Later, There Is A Lot We Don't Know About The Attack On The Capitol
    14m 52s

    More than five hundred people have been charged in what is on track to be one of the largest criminal investigations in the country's history. Now, a House committee is charged with an impossible task: establishing a widely-accepted set of...

  • 05 JUL 2021
    How Democratic Is American Democracy?
    15m 11s

    By 2040, 70% of Americans could be represented by just 30 Senators. And twice in the last two decades, a Republican president has lost the popular vote but won the White House. America's government was built to protect the rights of politic...

  • 03 JUL 2021
    The Docket: The First Term With A New Conservative 6-3 Majority On The Supreme Court
    15m 38s

    Chief Justice John Roberts used to be seen as a solid conservative, but as the center of conservative politics moved to the right so did the justices appointed after him. Now with a 6-3 conservative super majority on the court, what role do...

  • 02 JUL 2021
    Weekly Roundup: July 2nd
    25m 51s

    President Biden did not meet his goal of 70% of Americans having one shot of the vaccine by July 4th, and some hot spots are flaring up in red states with a new variant looming. But there are signs across the nation that the country has rad...

  • 01 JUL 2021
    Trump Organization, CFO Are Criminally Charged. What Does It Mean For Trump?
    16m 54s

    Former President Donald Trump's family business and its longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, have been criminally charged by the Manhattan district attorney's office in a case involving alleged tax-related crimes. The former...

  • 01 JUL 2021
    The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Restrictive Voting Laws
    14m 38s

    In a 6-3 decision the Supreme Court upheld the state of Arizona's restrictive voting laws that some argued targeted black and brown voters. Plus, the court ruled in favor of rich donors seeking anonymity when donating to nonprofits, which c...

  • 30 JUN 2021
    We Just Got Our Clearest Picture Yet Of How Biden Won In 2020
    14m 59s

    The Pew Research Center just released the most comprehensive analysis of the demographic breakdown of voters in 2020. We dig into the data and look at what it means for the both parties moving forward.This episode: Congressional corresponde...

  • 29 JUN 2021
    The Supreme Court Avoids Ruling On Trans Rights, At Least For Now
    14m 14s

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to wade into a major controversy over the use of bathrooms by transgender students, delivering at least a temporary victory to the trans community. But legislation across the country point to a mountin...

  • 28 JUN 2021
    In Tandem: Biden Walks Tightrope Between Infrastructure Deal And Democratic Wish-list
    14m 20s

    President Biden walked back an earlier threat that he would not sign the newly announced bipartisan infrastructure deal if it did not come to his desk with a second bill full of progressive priorities. Plus, former President Trump held his...

  • 26 JUN 2021
    NPR's It's Been A Minute: A History Of AIDS/HIV Activism
    50m 16s

    Forty years ago this month, the CDC reported on patients with HIV/AIDS in the United States for the very first time. In the years since, LGBTQIA+ Americans have been fighting for treatment and recognition of a disease that was was understud...

  • 25 JUN 2021
    Weekly Roundup: June 25th
    28m 38s

    The Department of Justice announced it is suing the state of Georgia over a restrictive voting law. The move comes as the Biden administration seeks ways to combat Republican efforts to limit ballot access. Plus, Vice President Kamala Harri...

  • 24 JUN 2021
    Biden Announces Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, But That's Only Half The Story
    13m 57s

    Standing next to Democratic and Republican Senators, President Biden declared, "we have a deal." The group had agreed to a framework for a large infrastructure package. But the path forward could mean far more partisan deal making before an...

  • 23 JUN 2021
    "Mean Girls" Meets The Supreme Court Pt. II: SCOTUS Supports Student Free Speech
    14m 33s

    The Supreme Court sided with a student who was penalized after cussing out her school on Snapchat. Advocates of free speech are calling it a big win for students. Listen to our earlier breakdown of the case.Plus, violent crime is on the ris...

  • 22 JUN 2021
    Democrats And Republicans Are In An Existential Crisis Over Ballot Access
    15m 3s

    Today Democrats' massive elections overhaul bill is all but set to stall out in the Senate, but the party's wish-list was never expected to gain Republican support. That's because the two parties are only getting further apart on how conduc...

  • 21 JUN 2021
    The Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects NCAA Limits On Athlete Compensation
    12m 29s

    The Supreme Court unanimously sided with college athletes in their challenge to NCAA compensation rules. The court's ruling was narrow, but Justice Brett Kavanaugh seemed open to going further saying, "the NCAA's business model would be fla...

  • 18 JUN 2021
    Weekly Roundup: June 18th
    24m 24s

    Democratic Congressman Jamaal Bowman is part of a new class of progressive lawmakers hoping to push their party left on issues like police reform, healthcare and racial justice. A proponent of reparations legislation, the former New York pr...

  • 17 JUN 2021
    Obamacare Wins At SCOTUS; Biden Admin Expands Transgender Student Protections
    14m 4s

    The Supreme Court threw out a Republican-led challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and the justices ruled unanimously in favor of a Catholic foster agency denying service to LGBTQ couples. Plus, the Biden administration expanded transgender...

  • 16 JUN 2021
    "I Did What I Came To Do": President Biden Meets With Russia's Vladimir Putin
    19m 21s

    In Geneva, President Biden and Russia President Vladimir Putin met for hours. At separate news conferences Putin described the talks as "constructive" and Biden said he did what he came to do. Both leaders agreed to keep talking. This episo...

  • 15 JUN 2021
    Vice President Harris, Texas Lawmakers Meet To Push Voting Reform
    14m 51s

    Democrats on the Hill are meeting with Democratic state lawmakers from Texas to discuss federal legislation on voting rights, an issue that was recently added to the Vice President's list of priorities. But a couple of key moderate Democrat...

  • 14 JUN 2021
    In First Trip Abroad, Biden Tells Allies "America Is Back"
    15m 8s

    In the first overseas trip of his presidency, Biden is in Europe delivering a central message to allies: America is back. But while G-7 leaders agree on confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, they diverge on how hard to push...

  • 11 JUN 2021
    Weekly Roundup: June 11th
    28m 52s

    In a speech announcing the change, President Biden's Attorney General Merrick Garland emphasized that allowing every eligible American adult the chance to vote was not something that is up for debate.Also: a bipartisan group of ten senators...

  • 10 JUN 2021
    What's Behind The GOP's 'Critical Race Theory' Rhetoric?
    14m 16s

    Some Republican lawmakers have branded the efforts to teach about the effects of racism as "critical race theory." They have introduced legislation in statehouses around the country hoping to ban it.This episode: congressional correspondent...

  • 09 JUN 2021
    VP Harris Emphasizes Anti-Corruption In Trip To Guatemala, Mexico
    14m 42s

    Vice President Harris emphasized the need for development and healthy civil society in her first foreign trip, meant to curb the flow of migrants and asylum-seekers coming to the United States. And Biden is negotiating over infrastructure w...

  • 08 JUN 2021
    Senate Insurrection Report And Biden's First Trip Abroad
    14m 19s

    A bipartisan Senate investigation found that police had more alarming intelligence ahead of the Jan. 6 attack than previously documented. And the president is off to Europe this week. He will attempt to reassure leaders that the U.S. is a r...

  • 07 JUN 2021
    How Does Trump's Return To The Public Eye Impact GOP Lawmakers?
    13m 38s

    Former president Donald Trump spoke at a North Carolina Republican Party meeting over the weekend. The appearance demonstrated his lasting control of the conservative political ecosystem.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis...

  • 04 JUN 2021
    Weekly Roundup: June 4th
    23m 38s

    Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont had asked the Labor Department to bar governors from prematurely ending supplementary unemployment payments tied to the pandemic. In an interview with NPR, Walsh said there probably wasn't anything the adminis...

  • 03 JUN 2021
    With North Carolina Speech, Trump Returns To The Political Stage
    14m 39s

    Former President Trump will speak at the North Carolina Republican Party's state convention this weekend, kicking off his unofficial return to the campaign trail as he prepares to stump for Republican candidates. Also, while some Trump admi...

  • 02 JUN 2021
    Battles In Texas, Arizona Are Just The Beginning Of The Fight Over Voting Rights
    14m 23s

    In Texas this week, state Democrats blocked a number of Republican voting changes purportedly aimed at increasing election confidence. Arizona's continued recounts of 2020 ballots have helped to sustain right-wing conspiracies about irregu...

  • 01 JUN 2021
    Biden Visits Tulsa On 100th Anniversary Of Racist Terror That Killed Hundreds
    14m 31s

    The White House announced a number of new orders aimed at tackling the racial wealth gap in connection with the visit. Centenarian survivors of the attack testified before Congress last month about the ongoing lack of justice and accountabi...

  • 31 MAY 2021
    50 Years Of NPR's Political Coverage
    28m 12s

    This month NPR is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and to commemorate the moment we're looking back on the women who shaped how NPR has covered the biggest political stories. Linda Wertheimer, Nina Totenberg, and Mara Liasson built NPR's p...