Checks and Balance

By The Economist

Listen to a podcast, please open Podcast Republic app. Available on Google Play Store.


Category: Politics

Open in Apple Podcasts


Open RSS feed


Open Website


Rate for this podcast

Subscribers: 434
Reviews: 2


 Apr 22, 2021


 May 15, 2020

Description

The Economist unlocks American politics, tackling a new theme each week and digging into the data, ideas, and history shaping the country at this dramatic moment. 


John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. 


Correspondents from across the US and the rest of the world plus expert guests - politicians, pollsters, professors - join the in-depth reporting and discussion every Friday.


Episode Date
Checks and Balance: CEOutrage
00:42:48

American companies used to keep quiet about politics, relying on behind the scenes donations and lobbying. But they are increasingly speaking out on a range of issues— most recently on Georgia’s restrictive new voting laws.

 

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, of the Yale School of Management, organised a recent meeting of CEOs and says this is a great opportunity for businesses. Henry Tricks, The Economist’s Schumpeter columnist, surveys the history of corporate activism and we explore international comparisons.


John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts, with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 16, 2021
Checks and Balance: Space race
00:40:12

American house prices have risen more steeply during the pandemic than at any time in the last 15 years. Buyers are swapping big cities for suburbs and smaller, sunnier cities in the South and Mountain West. How might this reshuffle change America's politics?


In this episode we’ll take the temperature of the global housing boom, find out how highway construction transformed American politics, and hear how incomers are changing Colorado Springs - one of the winners in the population shift.


The Economist’s data journalist James Fransham and Denver correspondent Aryn Braun join, along with John Suthers, mayor of Colorado Springs. 


John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Jon Fasman.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 09, 2021
Checks and Balance: Chain reaction
00:31:37

A container ship stuck in the Suez canal, tensions with China, and the vaccine race have combined to make America’s supply chains look vulnerable. President Biden has ordered a security review and his infrastructure plan includes measures to protect them. What are the politics of this new mantra of resilience? 


The Economist’s US business editor Vijay Vaitheeswaran and Soumaya Keynes, our trade and globalisation editor, join the discussion.


John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Jon Fasman.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 02, 2021
Checks and Balance: Size matters
00:39:49

President Biden wants a big infrastructure bill to follow the stimulus cash he has handed out. It would add up to a $5 trillion overhaul of America. A splurge on this scale has long been taboo in mainstream politics. Is big government back?


The Economist’s public policy editor Sacha Nauta and Henry Curr, our economics editor, join the discussion.


John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Jon Fasman.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 26, 2021
Checks and Balance: No vacancy
00:43:53

“Don’t come over” is Joe Biden’s message to migrants. Rumours that it’s easier to enter the United States since he became president are fuelling a humanitarian crisis at the southern border. The president needs a firmer grip on the issue, but his favoured centre ground is barren. How should he respond?


The Economist’s Alexandra Suich Bass reports from South Texas, we look back on Ronald Reagan’s big immigration reform, and speak to Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum.


John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 19, 2021
Checks and Balance: Fixer upper
00:41:26

President Biden’s vast economic rescue package has passed without scrutiny or input from Republicans. Meanwhile House Democrats’ plan to protect voting rights will founder so long as the Senate has the filibuster. What’s the best way to fix American democracy?


Our Washington correspondent Idrees Kahloon joins the discussion and we hear from Congresswomen Katie Porter, a proponent of the voting reform bill. The Economist’s Matt Steinglass explores the eccentricity of the supermajority.


John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 12, 2021
Checks and Balance: Sequel opportunities
00:39:38

Donald Trump has emerged from purdah at a meeting of conservative activists, hinting at another presidential run. Even in defeat the former President retains control of a party united in antipathy to liberal elites. Where does cleaving to culture leave Republicans?


We look at the legacy of Rush Limbaugh, who pioneered Trump’s brand of anti-elitism, and speak to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, one of America’s most popular Republicans.


John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 05, 2021
Checks and Balance: Back problems
00:41:26

“America is back” President Biden has told allies. Hard power, including a fearsome nuclear weapons arsenal, is the foundation of America’s global influence. But many Democrats would like to demilitarise foreign policy. Can Joe Biden live up to his own rhetoric as he tries to re-engage with the world? 


We hear from Shashank Joshi, The Economist’s defence editor, and Fiona Hill, who advised President Trump on Russia. Our obituaries editor Ann Wroe profiles George Shultz, architect of the first arms control treaty. 


John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 26, 2021
Checks and Balance: The switch
00:45:49

Plans to overhaul American energy will soon come before Congress. There will never be a better chance for Joe Biden to show real ambition on climate. If the blackouts in Texas are any guide, it would not just be the world that thanks him, but Americans, too. But the politics of greening America are never easy. What might the new president get done?


We hear from John Kerry, Mr Biden’s climate envoy, Varshini Prakash of Sunrise, a movement of young climate activists who helped get the new president elected, and from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, whose vote will be crucial in passing new laws.


John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 19, 2021
Checks and Balance: Lacking class
00:39:53

Nearly half America’s children are yet to return to the classroom a year after the pandemic began. President Biden says it’s a national emergency, but he has already diluted a pledge to reopen the majority of schools in his first 100 days. Why is getting back to school so hard?


We hear from The Economist’s US policy correspondent Tamara Gilkes Borr and Adam Roberts, our Midwest correspondent.


John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 12, 2021
Checks and Balance: Camera operators
00:44:24

Congress is flexing its muscles. The new president needs to pass a bumper stimulus plan. The old one faces trial in the Senate. Stakes are high for both parties, as the leadership vies with fringe members ever more adept at hogging attention. How will the new Congress work?


We speak to Idrees Kahloon, The Economist’s Washington correspondent. Josh Holmes, a former aide to the Republican Senate leader, and Sarah Bryner of the Center for Responsive Politics also join.


John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 05, 2021
Checks and Balance: Sleeves up
00:42:25

Around 85% of Americans need to be vaccinated for the country to return to normal. Much rests on how quickly the Biden administration can get shots into the arms of those most at risk from covid-19. Racial equity is a priority for the new president. What are the barriers to faster and fairer vaccine roll-out?


We hear from two doctors administering the vaccines: Martin Stallone of Cayuga Medical Centre and Seiji Hayashi, a family physician in Washington DC. The Economist’s US policy correspondent Tamara Gilkes Borr also contributes.


John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 29, 2021
Checks and Balance: Ctrl Alt Delete
00:38:45

Joe Biden faces multiple crises after four years that often resembled a denial-of-service attack on American governance. How will the new administration reboot Washington?

 

Washington residents reflect on an unusual inauguration, we look back to previous presidencies birthed in crises, and speak to Kathryn Dunn Tenpas of the Brookings Institution about repairing the machinery of government.


John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.


The Economist data team tracks Joe Biden’s first 100 days


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 22, 2021
Checks and Balance: On mute
00:44:57

In the last week of his presidency Donald Trump is being purged from the political mainstream. Congress has impeached him again. He has been booted off social media. A major golf tournament has been pulled from one of his courses. How should Donald Trump and his followers be held to account for damaging American democracy?


We speak to Elizabeth Neumann, who led the counterterrorism office at the Department of Homeland Security, and Megan Squire, a professor of computer science at Elon University who tracks online extremism. The Economist correspondents Steven Mazie and Leo Mirani also join us.


John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 15, 2021
Checks and Balance: American carnage
00:43:46

President Trump stood on the Capitol steps at his inauguration and promised to stop “this American carnage.” Four years later a violent mob stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to overturn his election defeat. Will this jarring spectacle make breaking with Mr Trump easier for Republicans? 


We hear from historian Rick Perlstein, The Economist’s Washington bureau chief James Astill and Washington correspondent Idrees Kahloon.


John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 08, 2021
Checks and Balance: Leaving today
00:43:53

New York became the epicentre of the pandemic when it first hit America. More than 25,000 New Yorkers have died of covid-19. An estimated 300,000 have left the city as its health infrastructure stretched beyond capacity, schools closed, and crime spiked. The loss of commuters and tourists leaves a huge hole in the city's finances. But the city has bounced back from bankruptcy, and worse, before. Can it recover in 2021?


We speak to funeral director Sal Farenga and Kelley Cabrera, a nurse in The Bronx. Kathryn Wylde of The Partnership for New York City tells us recovery is not guaranteed.


John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod 

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 01, 2021
Checks and Balance: The unfinished revolution
00:37:05

After the defeat of the Confederacy and the end of slavery in 1865, the period known as Reconstruction was a chance to create a multiracial democracy and for America to live up to the promise made at its founding. It ended in failure. But in establishing the idea that the federal government should act as a guarantor of individual liberties it planted the seeds of that democracy. America’s second revolution remains unfinished.


Our end-of-year special episode asks what the history of Reconstruction reveals about 2020’s reckoning on race. 


We talk to Eric Foner, the leading historian of Reconstruction, Kimberlé Crenshaw of the African American Policy Forum, and Aderson Francois, a Georgetown law professor.


John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 18, 2020
Checks and Balance: On my mind
00:38:37

As 2020 draws to a close, the partisan feud is focused on Georgia. Joe Biden was the first Democrat in 28 years to win the state on the way to the White House. Run-off elections on January 5th will decide who controls the Senate - and Biden’s agenda. They will also test Donald Trump’s hold on his party as he refuses to admit defeat. Will Georgia tip the balance of American politics?


Pablo Montagnes of Emory University lays out Georgia’s political geography, Congresswoman-elect Nikema Williams and State Senator Jen Jordan account for the Democrats’ success, and Congressman Tom Graves assesses Republican fortunes. 


John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 11, 2020
Checks and Balance: Using my religion
00:41:51

A ruling lifting covid restrictions on places of worship suggests the Supreme Court will favour religious rights even as faithlessness is rising. The court’s realignment may be Donald Trump’s most enduring legacy. How is the balance between religion and politics shifting in America?


David French of The Dispatch explains how secularisation lays a religious rift onto the political one, we find out why the French president is carping at America over secularism, and how Joe Biden will navigate this tricky territory.


John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 04, 2020
Checks and Balance: Sedate expectations
00:44:47

Policymaker, father figure and stand-in king - the Olympian job description sets an impossible standard for any new president. But expectations of Joe Biden are more modest than for most. Solid picks for the top spots in his administration only confirm his ordinariness. What makes an ideal president and how might Biden match up?


James Astill, The Economist’s Washington bureau chief, assesses how Barack Obama dealt with high expectations, columnist Lane Greene argues Biden’s plain speech is his secret weapon, and writer and producer Michael Oates Palmer tells us what makes a great president on screen.


John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


1843 Magazine profiles ex-presidents


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 27, 2020
Checks and Balance: Not going gentle
00:40:47

Donald Trump’s long-held aversion to admitting defeat leaves America with an unprecedented scenario: an incumbent president thwarting the transition to a new administration. How harmful is Donald Trump’s refusal to concede?


In this episode we find out how a presidential transition is meant to work, how the current upheaval falls short, and how Richard Nixon dealt with a disputed election. 


John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 20, 2020
Checks and Balance: Opening shot
00:38:41

Joe Biden’s first move as president-elect was to unveil a pandemic advisory panel staffed by the public-health experts the incumbent likes to mock. News of an effective covid-19 vaccine came the day America passed 10m recorded cases. What difference will the Biden administration make?


In this episode we hear from Kavita Patel, a doctor who advised Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, and find out how making a miracle vaccine went wrong once before. 


John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


The Economist charts White House pets 


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 13, 2020
Checks and Balance: When I’m 46
00:45:44

Joe Biden is set to score a rare victory against an incumbent to become America’s 46th president. A Biden White House will set a new tone for the country. Yet the unexpected closeness of the vote - and the president’s refusal to go quietly - means the Trump brand of populism will live on. 


In this episode we decode the message the voters sent and what it means for America with The Economist’s data journalist Elliott Morris and Beijing bureau chief David Rennie.


John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 06, 2020
Checks and Balance: Not so great
00:46:35

President Trump’s effect on domestic policy in his first term has been modest and mostly reversible. The real impact of his blow-it-up style has been felt in the corrosion of an already poisonous political culture. How has his brand of anti-politics changed America? 


Trump supporters at one of his last rallies before election day and his former press secretary Sean Spicer tell us why he deserves re-election. Lilliana Mason of the University of Maryland explains how partisanship has become radicalised.


John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 30, 2020
Checks and Balance: What Don’s done
00:42:23

“Promises made, promises kept” is one of President Trump’s campaign slogans. His main achievements on tax, deregulation, or appointing new judges would be hallmarks of any Republican administration. How has Donald Trump changed the country in ways no other president would have? What will linger even if he loses?  


Adam Roberts, The Economist’s Midwest correspondent, looks at the president’s record on immigration. Trade and globalisation editor Soumaya Keynes tells us how effective Trump’s trade policy has been. And healthcare correspondent Slavea Chankova assesses his response to covid-19. 


John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


1843 Magazine: Movie Night at the White House


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 23, 2020
Checks and Balance: Joe’s job
00:42:25

No candidate challenging a sitting president has had a poll lead bigger than Joe Biden’s this close to election day. His allure owes a lot to who he is not. The Democrats coalesced around the former Vice President only when the more radical Bernie Sanders threatened to nab the nomination. Who is Joe Biden and what does he want?

 

The Economist’s US business editor Vijay Vaitheeswaran explains why Wall St is coming round to Biden and we look back at his foreign policy record and role in the Iraq war. Also, Biden’s former deputy chief of staff Scott Mulhauser tells us what makes him tick.


John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 16, 2020
Checks and Balance: Florida’s key
00:36:49

A covid-19 outbreak in the White House threatens President Trump’s chances of reelection. Behind in national polls, his path to victory once again goes through the Electoral College. He must win Florida, his adopted home state and the biggest battleground of all. Which way will the sunshine state flip this time?


We speak to Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson and look at Florida’s two key demographics: senior citizens and Hispanics. 


John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 09, 2020
Checks and Balance: Reality wreck
00:39:38

The president’s tweet announcing his positive coronavirus test was his most shared ever - a shocking fact amid a mire of misinformation. This week’s angry TV debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden highlighted how even the truth has become a partisan issue. Can reality be reclaimed?


We speak to MIT’s Sinan Aral, author of The Hype Machine, and Adam Roberts, The Economist’s Midwest correspondent reports from Iowa.

 

John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod 


The Economist is seeking applicants for two paid fellowships in America.

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 02, 2020
Checks and balance: Confirmation bias
00:38:31

Economist modelling suggests November's election may end Republican control of the Senate. The Republican leadership plans to push through the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg before then. Democrats are threatening to retaliate by reforming anti-majoritarian Senate rules if they win back control. Should the Senate change?


James Astill, The Economist’s Washington bureau chief and data journalist Elliott Morris contribute.

 

John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 25, 2020
Checks and balance: Suburban brawl
00:33:21

Donald Trump hopes fear of unrest and rising crime will appeal to the “suburban housewives” he tweets about. It’s a strategy borrowed from Richard Nixon, who first harnessed the political power of suburban voters to win the White House. But two years ago the Democrats took control of Congress by winning suburbia. Who will win the suburban vote this time?


We speak to election forecaster Rachel Bitecofer, Candace Valenzuela, who is running for Congress in the Texas suburbs, and look back to the battles over segregation that shaped the politics of suburbia.

 

John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 18, 2020
Checks and Balance: Boomers KO’d
00:34:23

Baby-boomers have dominated American politics since the 1990s, but this election may be their last stand. Shifting demographics do not favour Donald Trump, the boomer-in-chief. Younger Americans are more diverse, more educated, more likely to vote Democrat. Is the boomer era over?


We speak to William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, look back to what Barack Obama called the “psychodrama” of boomer politics, and ahead to what might replace it.

 

John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 11, 2020
Checks and Balance: Voter confidence
00:39:08

November’s election threatens to be ugly. President Trump’s supporters are clashing with Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland. Covid-19 complicates voting. The result may not be clear on election night. Many Americans worry the election could herald violent discord and a constitutional crisis rather than a smooth exercise of democracy. Should they be concerned?


We speak to Myrna Perez of the Brennan Center for Justice and Professor Kathleen Hale, who runs the graduate programme in election administration at Auburn University. 

 

John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent, and Idrees Kahloon, US policy correspondent.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 04, 2020
Checks and Balance: A family affair
00:44:11

Grandees were gone from this week’s Republican convention, replaced by Trump family members and ordinary folk caught in the culture wars. The president has also kicked aside the three pillars that propped up Ronald Reagan’s Republicans: moral and global leadership plus sound finances. What do Republicans stand for now?

 

We speak to Hogan Gidley from the Trump campaign and Elliott Morris, data journalist for The Economist.

 

John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Idrees Kahloon, US policy correspondent.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 28, 2020
Checks and Balance: Coalition control
00:37:42

The Democrats used their convention this week to showcase the breadth of the coalition built to oust President Trump. Republican defectors shared a platform with leftists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But climate, minority rights, even capitalism, are all areas of disagreement. Can Joe Biden unite the party?


Host John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, with Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent, and Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief. 


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod 


The Economist is seeking applicants for two paid fellowships in America.

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 21, 2020
Checks and Balance: California vice
00:34:16

After a deliberately quiet few months, Presidential frontrunner Joe Biden seized the news cycle this week by announcing Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. We hear about what she really stands for. And we ask what her time as California’s Attorney General tells us about how she would wield power in practice.


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. 


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 14, 2020
Checks and Balance: The art of losing
00:45:20

The Economist's election forecast shows Joe Biden heading for a landslide victory. But August is not November. President Trump has recently shifted focus back to the coronavirus in an attempt to rescue his reelection bid and Republicans have outpaced Democrats in swing-state voter registration. How can fortunes change during a campaign? We ask Stuart Stevens, chief strategist of several Republican campaigns, author and political consultant, and Matt Bennett, Democratic presidential adviser and executive vice-president at Third Way a centrist think-tank.


Host John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, with Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent, and Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief. 


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod 

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 07, 2020
Checks and Balance: State of the heartland
00:38:51

Twice recently an eruption in middle America has shocked the world. Four years ago voters in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania were decisive in putting Donald Trump in the White House. Two months ago, George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis prompted debate on racism everywhere. 


In a special episode on the Midwest, the region’s role in the 2020 election and America’s future, we hear from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, her predecessor Rahm Emmanuel, and get the latest from the Economist election forecast.


Charlotte Howard, The Economist's New York bureau chief, hosts with Washington correspondent Jon Fasman and Midwest correspondent Adam Roberts. 


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod 

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 31, 2020
Checks and Balance: Flawed enforcement
00:39:50

Plans to abolish the Minneapolis police department after the death of George Floyd are running into opposition, as Jon Fasman reports from the city. Meanwhile, President Trump has promised a surge of federal law enforcement beyond Portland. City commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty says people there will continue to protest the presence of unidentified armed officers. Might this turn into a law-and-order election?


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. 


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod 

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 24, 2020
Checks and Balance: Out of control
00:41:26

The United States is home to the world’s most renowned disease-fighting agency, the CDC. Americans might have expected its scientists to coordinate a testing programme, public health messaging and supplies to keep the pandemic under control. That hasn’t happened. America faces a secondary surge of coronavirus cases not seen anywhere else in the world. Can America beat covid-19?


This episode includes excerpts from CDC Director Dr Robert Redfield’s interview with the Economist Asks podcast.


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. 


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod  

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 17, 2020
Checks and Balance: Poor choices
00:37:12

Congress must decide whether to extend federal aid for the unemployed beyond July. Ten million more Americans are out of work than in February, but evidence has emerged of falling poverty levels due to the stimulus. Could the coronavirus change the politics of poverty?


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. 


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod 

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 10, 2020
Checks and Balance: Monuments men
00:41:45

President Trump is celebrating July 4th with four revered forerunners at Mount Rushmore. Anti-racist protests have brought down dozens of smaller monuments in the past month. The president says the left wants to “vandalise our history.” But Americans have never felt less proud of their national identity, according to Gallup. What is the political impact of this national soul-searching? 


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. 


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 03, 2020
Checks and Balance: Bias beware
00:39:55

Impartiality in political journalism is under scrutiny as never before. President Trump took a trademark pop at the “fakers” when he resumed his campaign rallies in Tulsa. Meanwhile the White House has begun decapitating state-funded global news agencies like Voice of America. Can fair-minded reporting survive hyper-partisan politics?


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. 


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 26, 2020
Checks and Balance: Generals strike
00:39:14

America is in the midst of its worst civil-military crisis for a generation. President Trump’s call to use military force to quell protests caused alarm up and down the chain of command. What is the place of the military in political life? We speak to Shashank Joshi, The Economist’s defence editor, and Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher, an Iraq veteran.


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. 


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 19, 2020
Checks and Balance: Modelled citizens
00:42:44

Forecasters put Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning at 70 percent or more on the eve of the election in 2016. She was also the favourite to carry key states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that Donald Trump won on the night. This week The Economist data team launches its 2020 presidential election forecast. How useful are models at a time when politics can seem so out of control?


We speak to Elliott Morris, data journalist for The Economist, and pollster Cornell Belcher.


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. 


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 12, 2020
Checks and balance: Fair cops
00:41:59

America is engulfed in its most widespread, sustained unrest since the late 1960s. It was sparked by an act of police brutality caught on camera. In the days since, Americans have seen police forces look more like an invading army than public servants sworn to protect their fellow citizens. Who will the politics of police versus protestors favour in 2020?


We speak to Janeé Harteau, a former Minneapolis police chief, historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad, and Mitch Colvin, Mayor of Fayetteville, North Carolina.


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. 


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 05, 2020
Checks and Balance: The American way
00:36:21

America has passed a grim milestone: 100,000 deaths from covid-19. Many Americans think the country has been hit uniquely hard and that the president’s bungled response is to blame. That view is not borne out by international comparisons. But, as all 50 states reopen with the virus still prevalent, Americans are right to be nervous. How will America’s efforts to recover impact the presidential race?


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. US policy correspondent Idrees Kahloon and Henry Curr, our economics editor, also join.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: www.economist.com/pod2020.

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 29, 2020
Checks and Balance: Fab phwoar
00:37:53

Taiwanese firm TSMC plans to build a new fab, or computer chip factory, in Arizona. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the $12bn investment a boost for American “economic independence” amid China’s creeping dominance in tech. A geopolitical tug-of-war is being fought over nanoscopic wafers of silicon. What do microchips tell us about what’s happening to globalisation? And, as the coronavirus stokes anti-China sentiment, will trade barriers remain no matter who wins November’s election?


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. Asia technology correspondent Hal Hodson and Soumaya Keynes, trade editor, also join.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: www.economist.com/pod2020.

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 22, 2020
Checks and Balance: Law law land
00:38:47

A row over the president’s tax returns has arrived in the Supreme Court. Donald Trump is challenging subpoenas that seek to disclose his finances. The court’s power over the presidency is being tested while the justices face the frustrations of remote working. How might the Supreme Court affect the election?


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. Steven Mazie, the Economist’s Supreme Court correspondent, and legal historian Mary Ziegler also join.


Read The Economist’s full coverage of the coronavirus.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: www.economist.com/pod2020.

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 15, 2020
Checks and Balance: University challenge
00:37:43

Amid the lockdown some American students have filed lawsuits to get refunds on their tuition fees. Shifting classes online has rekindled concerns about the high cost of college education. Last year an FBI investigation exposed wealthy parents paying to cheat elite university admissions. The perception that university is no longer a driver of social mobility - but the opposite - fuels the political divide. How true is that?


In this episode US policy correspondent Idrees Kahloon reports on a scheme that helps poor students complete college, we unpick the complicated history of American meritocracy, and hear from the frontline of the admissions process.


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman.


Read The Economist’s full coverage of the coronavirus.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: www.economist.com/pod2020

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 08, 2020
Checks and Balance: Apocalypse Now
00:36:33

The pandemic has been grim for admirers of America's preeminence. The country that rallied allies to defend democracy and lead the world in scientific endeavour has been hit hardest by the coronavirus. China has sent medical supplies to American states, while the president brainstorms unlikely cures on live TV. Is America ceding global leadership? Maybe. One certainty is that fretting over the demise of the Republic is a longstanding American tradition. 


In this episode we trace the origins of declinism in modern American politics and hear from someone who spent years preparing for societal breakdown, only for those plans themselves to unravel.


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman.


Read The Economist’s full coverage of the coronavirus.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: www.economist.com/pod2020

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 01, 2020
Checks and Balance: Corona corralled?
00:35:36

"We can corral the coronavirus," Gov. Greg Abbott said, announcing his plan to reopen the Texas economy. Floridians have returned to the beaches and other Southern states are starting to relax restrictions on restaurants, gyms and hair salons. But public support for maintaining the lockdown remains strong. Can America reopen while keeping covid-19 at bay?


In this episode we hear how Wisconsinites view the lockdown and a Bronx medic tells us what it’s like on the frontline. We also find out where ending social distancing might be most risky.


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman.


Read The Economist’s full coverage of the coronavirus.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: www.economist.com/pod2020.

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 24, 2020
Checks and Balance: Oil be back
00:32:53

President Trump scored a big diplomatic win by pushing the main oil producing countries to agree to cut output. A price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, combined with the slump in demand caused by the coronavirus, had halved oil prices. Trump said the deal would save thousands of American energy jobs. But pushing for higher oil prices in an election year is a ploy more common in Caracas or Moscow than Washington DC. Has Donald Trump made America an energy superpower? How reliable is his bet on oil as an electoral strategy?


In this episode we assess Trump’s deal, trace the origins of America’s obsession with energy independence, and debate whether fossil fuels or climate consciousness will win more votes. 


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman.


Read The Economist’s full coverage of the coronavirus.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: www.economist.com/pod2020.

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 17, 2020
Checks and Balance: The covid campaign
00:36:37

How do you hold a vote in the middle of a pandemic? Statewide elections in Wisconsin this week showed how hard it is to manage the logistics of democracy during a lockdown. A partisan fight over changes to the way votes are cast went all the way to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile the most expensive campaigns in history have had to rip up their plans and start again online. 


In this episode we talk to election officials in Wisconsin, hear how electoral campaigns unfolded during the 1918 flu, and figure out what the current pandemic means for this year’s presidential race.


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman.


Read The Economist’s full coverage of the coronavirus.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: www.economist.com/pod2020.

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 10, 2020
Checks and Balance: How long?
00:33:11

President Trump changed tone and course this week, extending federal guidelines on social distancing to the end of April. New York is now the epicentre of the global pandemic. Yet large parts of the US remain relatively unaffected by covid-19. Public opinion supports tough measures to contain the virus for now. But how sustainable are strict curbs on personal freedom in a country founded on individual liberty?


The Economist’s healthcare correspondent Slavea Chankova explains the epidemiological models behind the lockdown, we tell the story of history’s most notorious asymptomatic carrier, and Senator Cory Booker reflects on political division in national crises.


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman.


Read The Economist’s full coverage of the coronavirus.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: www.economist.com/pod2020.

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 03, 2020
Checks and Balance: Counting the cost
00:37:48

President Trump worries a sustained lockdown may do more damage than the covid-19 pandemic itself. More Americans have been laid off in the past week than ever before. He wants the country back open for business by Easter. Meanwhile Congress has approved nearly two trillion dollars to avert a prolonged slump. But is it enough?


Chicago restaurant workers tell us what happens when an entire sector shuts down. Idrees Kahloon, US policy correspondent, assesses the rescue package. Economics columnist Ryan Avent looks back into history to find out what is missing from the current bailout plan


John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman.


Read The Economist’s full coverage of the coronavirus.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: www.economist.com/pod2020.

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 27, 2020
Checks and Balance: The invisible enemy
00:37:15

Californians have been ordered to stay home. The border with Canada is closed to non-essential traffic. Donald Trump says he now considers himself a “wartime president”. But, for now, the enemy remains invisible. Only 4% of Americans report knowing someone who has tested positive for covid-19. Is the US healthcare system prepared for the coming offensive?

John Prideaux, our US editor, talks to Alok Jha, The Economist’s science correspondent, former CDC head Dr Tom Frieden, and Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief. Washington correspondent Jon Fasman asks what lessons the rest of the US can learn from New Rochelle, NY, one of the first communities to experience an outbreak.

 

Read The Economist’s full coverage of the coronavirus.

 

For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: www.economist.com/pod202

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 20, 2020
Checks and Balance: Getting a grip
00:36:48

The United States is bracing itself for the spread of covid-19. Sports leagues, universities, and, in some states, schools have shut down. Donald Trump announced a ban on flights from Europe, but investors remain unconvinced he has a grip on the situation. China meanwhile appears to have got over the worst of the outbreak after imposing strict quarantine measures. Will America manage to limit the spread of the coronavirus? How much will the delayed response damage Donald Trump? 


Charlotte Howard, our New York bureau chief, hosts with Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent, and Midwest correspondent Adam Roberts. David Rennie, Beijing bureau chief, and Idrees Kahloon, US policy correspondent for The Economist, also join.


Read The Economist’s full coverage of the coronavirus.


For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: www.economist.com/pod2020

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 13, 2020
Checks and Balance: Joementum
00:39:30

"They don't call it Super Tuesday for nothing." Those were Joe Biden’s words after his astonishing comeback this week. Votes in 14 states catapulted him into the lead in the delegate count that decides the Democratic Party nomination. The former Vice President’s resurrection poses new questions about a campaign that had been all but written off. Does he have the character and organisation to beat Bernie Sanders, then President Trump? The Economist’s US editor John Prideaux looks into Joe Biden’s past and his plans. New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman join him.


Subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: www.economist.com/pod2020

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 06, 2020
Checks and Balance: Crashing the party
00:36:26

The centrists of the Democratic Party establishment have only a few days to figure out how to stop Bernie Sanders running away with the nomination. Something similar happened to the Republicans in 2016 when Donald Trump memed his way to the presidency to the horror of party grandees. Mainstream parties in European democracies have also faced challenges from the fringes. Is the era of the party machine over? Or are moderates simply losing the battle of ideas?


Subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:

www.economist.com/pod2020

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 28, 2020
Checks and Balance: Mike drop
00:34:46

Michael Bloomberg is trying to transform the Democrat presidential field through the sheer weight of his cash. But does politics in America really work that way? John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, Jon Fasman, and Charlotte Howard assess whether Bloomberg’s advertising campaign matches his mayoral record, why a legal case from the Watergate era has been crucial to the billionaire’s campaign, and how South Carolina’s minority voters are reassessing the moderate field. 


Listen to The Economist Asks: Michael Bloomberg


Subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: www.economist.com/pod2020

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 21, 2020
Checks and Balance: The Trump pay bump
00:32:47

Amid the drama of impeachment and the Democrats' first primaries, President Trump expanded the list of mostly Muslim nationalities restricted from travel to the US. A hard line on immigration will be a big part of his reelection pitch. He’ll make the link between stronger borders and a booming economy. It turns orthodox economics on its head, but recent data on rising wages will help the president make his case. Might the wall be good economics after all? Callum Williams, senior economics writer, joins Checks and Balance host John Prideaux. Charlotte Howard and Jon Fasman also join to examine the electoral power of Trump’s record on immigration.


Pete Buttigieg speaks to Economist Asks 

https://www.economist.com/podcasts/2019/06/21/which-democrats-can-challenge-donald-trump


Subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:

www.economist.com/pod2020

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 14, 2020
Checks and Balance: Left Bern
00:35:26

Might America choose a socialist president? Ahead in the polls for the New Hampshire primary, Bernie Sanders’ grip on the left of the Democratic Party is strengthening. The Senator from Vermont is the American left’s best chance in decades to defy political gravity. John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, looks at the history of socialism in America and James Astill, Lexington columnist, assesses Senator Sanders’ chances. Checks and Balance regulars Charlotte Howard and Jon Fasman also consider how Sanders might fare against President Trump and the similarities between the two.


Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:

www.economist.com/pod2020

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 07, 2020
Checks and Balance: Des Moines craft
00:34:26

It’s 1,000 miles from the White House. But for decades, Iowa has played an outsized role in America’s presidential race. Voters give their verdict on the 2020 candidates for the first time in the Iowa caucuses next week — an important test for the Democrats hoping to be elected President in November. How much does Iowa really matter? The Economist’s US editor, John Prideaux, heads to the Midwest to find out. Correspondents Adam Roberts and Jon Fasman have also been in Iowa this week. Charlotte Howard joins the discussion from New York.

 

Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:

www.economist.com/pod2020

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 31, 2020
Checks and Balance: Disruptor-in-chief
00:39:31

How far has President Donald Trump delivered on his promise to remake American power in the world? With so much attention focused on the impeachment drama originating in Ukraine, John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, identifies the places more likely to determine the fate of Trump’s presidency. And has America’s global standing been damaged as Trump’s critics allege? Co-hosts Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman debate President Trump’s foreign policy with David Rennie, Beijing bureau chief, and Shashank Joshi, defence editor.


Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:

www.economist.com/radiooffer

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 24, 2020
Checks and Balance: Trailer
00:01:21

US editor John Prideaux and his colleagues from across the US and around the world go beyond the headlines and the horserace to delve deeper into the race for the White House—and why it matters so much.

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 17, 2020