No One Knows Anything

The Republican Party That Emerged From Cleveland

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It's the politics podcast from BuzzFeed News. Featuring reporters from BuzzFeed News, and occasional special guests, each episode of No One Knows Anything breaks down the biggest and most insane stories in politics this week, and tries to figure what we should or shouldn't be freaking out about.
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Introducing ... The News
BuzzFeed News has a new podcast: The News. Host Julia Furlan will catch you up on the week's news every Saturday morning. You can read more about the show here and make sure to subscribe to the show wherever you listen to No One Knows Anything. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 11, 2018
It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To 2016
For their final episode of the podcast, Kate and Charlie talk about a few stories that have dominated the last year: Facebook and Russia. BuzzFeed News political editor Katherine Miller joins them to break down how central Facebook actually is to our lives and our political decisions. Then, we get an update on the Russia investigation and wonder if 2016 will ever truly end.Take our audience survey at survey.panoply.fmLearn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 6, 2017
Trump vs. NFL, Facebook vs. Congress
Charlie and Kate talk to BuzzFeed politics reporter Darren Sands about Trump's culture war with the NFL and how the kneeling debate has transcended its origins as a police brutality protest. Then they're joined by senior technology reporter Alex Kantrowitz to break down Facebook's awful few weeks in the spotlight over Russian interference. And finally, Kate asks Charlie about the (now-quiet) pro-Trump media and why he's having some problems writing about the trolls.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 29, 2017
The 'Rocket Man' And A Late Night TV Health Care Fight
Charlie returns from vacation and Kate gives him a rapid-fire rundown of what he missed (a lot). Then, they're joined by BuzzFeed News' Paul McLeod to learn what exactly the Graham-Cassidy health care bill that's floating through Congress would do for Americans...and why Jimmy Kimmel is at the center of the fight. Then, Kate and Charlie talk to BuzzFeed News Deputy World editor Hayes Brown to recap what Trump and the U.N. are doing about the escalating crisis in North Korea.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 22, 2017
Deals, Deals, Deals
Kate is joined by BuzzFeed world news editor Hayes Brown, politics reporter Tarini Parti, and foreign affairs reporter John Hudson to talk about DACA dealmaking and Russia’s earnest attempt to make nice with the Trump Administration — starting with a bilateral working group on cybersecurity.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 15, 2017
What Actually Happened With DACA And What Comes Next
This week, Kate is joined by BuzzFeed politics editor Katherine Miller and White House correspondent Adrian Carrasquillo to talk about why the Trump administration is trying to kill a program that helps 800,000 young people, and about what comes next for DREAMer activists, lawmakers, and law enforcement agencies.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 8, 2017
On the Front Lines of Fake News (With Craig Silverman)
Charlie talks with BuzzFeed News Media Editor Craig Silverman about the world of misinformation: How fake news gets made, how companies like Facebook grapple with policing it, and how social networks and concerned citizens are trying to understand and stop it.Read BuzzFeed News’s report on hyperpartisan Facebook pages: more about your ad choices. Visit
August 25, 2017
Charlottesville, The Alt-Right, And The GOP Response
Kate and Charlie talk with BuzzFeed reporter Tarini Parti about what happened in Charlottesville this weekend, the ways the alt-right continues to grow beyond online hate groups, and about the GOP representatives distancing themselves from a selectively critical President Trump.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
August 15, 2017
This Anonymous Group Is Trying To Destroy Breitbart
This week: We continue our summer interview series with the co-founder of Sleeping Giants, an anonymous organization that's trying to stop companies from advertising with Breitbart. He discussed how the group convinced thousands to ditch Breitbart, why it's so easy to advertise on controversial websites without even knowing it, and if the online boycotts over political disagreements has gone too far. Catch us back in your feed on August 25. Hosted by Kate Nocera and Charlie Warzel.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
August 11, 2017
What It's Like Being A Democrat In Congress Right Now
This week: We continue our summer interview series with Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat from Connecticut. He discussed the Russia investigation, why he thinks Republicans aren't standing up to President Trump, and what it's like being in the minority party in Congress.Catch us back in your feed on August 11.Hosted by Kate Nocera and Charlie Warzel.For more, visit more about your ad choices. Visit
July 28, 2017
The Motion To Talk: What's Going On Today With Health Care
Kate talks with BuzzFeed Politics editor Katherine Miller about some of the things that might happen now that Senate Republicans have voted to proceed with the debate on the GOP healthcare bill. Plus: They explain what a “skinny repeal” is.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 26, 2017
Health Care: The Never-Ending Story
This week: We kick off our summer interview series with Sarah Kliff, senior policy correspondent at Vox. She discussed her years of U.S. health care coverage, how the GOP's Obamacare repeal attempts are going, and that time she dressed up as the Canadian health care system for Halloween.Catch us back in your feed on July 28.For more, visit more about your ad choices. Visit
July 14, 2017
Health Care Senate Dark Arts, CNN's Retraction, and InfoGoop
This week: The latest obstacle for Republicans in Congress as they try to replace Obamacare, and how CNN is dealing with controversy after retracting a story related to Russia. Plus: what do Alex Jones and Gwyneth Paltrow have in common?Also, an announcement: We are switching to a new bi-weekly schedule for the summer after this episode. Catch us back in your feed with an interview on July 14.Hosted by Kate Nocera and Charlie Warzel. Henry Gomez covers Republicans for BuzzFeed News and Steven Perlberg covers media and politics. For more, visit more about your ad choices. Visit
June 30, 2017
The Most Special Special Election And Dispatches From Earth 2
This week: Republican senators unveil their health care bill, what made special elections in Georgia and South Carolina so special, and Alex Jones of Infowars goes head-to-head with NBC’s Megyn Kelly.Hosted by Kate Nocera and Charlie Warzel.Sarah Mimms edits Capitol Hill coverage for BuzzFeed News and Alexis Levinson is a reporter. For more, visit more about your ad choices. Visit
June 23, 2017
Security at the Capitol, Julius Caesar, and Mueller vs. Trump
This week: How Capitol Police handle security threats, why there’s controversy surrounding a modern political take on Julius Caesar, and what happens if President Trump decides to fire the special counsel in the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller. Hosted by Kate Nocera and Charlie Warzel.Sarah Mimms edits Capitol Hill coverage for BuzzFeed News, Steven Perlberg covers media and politics, and Zoe Tillman covers legal issues. For more, visit more about your ad choices. Visit
June 16, 2017
"Comey Loves The Drama"
This week: The highlights from former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony about his interactions with President Trump and how Republicans in Congress are quickly (and quietly) getting closer to passing their healthcare bill. Hosted by Kate Nocera and Charlie Warzel.Tarini Parti covers the Trump administration and Capitol Hill for BuzzFeed News and Paul McLeod covers healthcare. For more, visit more about your ad choices. Visit
June 9, 2017
Au Revoir Paris, Hello Covfefe
This week: What happens now that President Trump has taken the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, the White House is on the hunt for a new communications director and we try to figure out what all the covfefe is about.Hosted by Kate Nocera and Charlie Warzel. Dan Vergano is a science policy reporter for BuzzFeed News and Tarini Parti covers the Trump administration and Capitol Hill. For more, visit tickets and info about the Northside Festival, visit more about your ad choices. Visit
June 2, 2017
Body Slammed in Montana, Trump's Address to Muslims
This week: We learn more about GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte body slamming a reporter during Montana's special election, the conspiracy theory surrounding the unsolved murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, and how President Trump's speech about Islam was received by American Muslims.Hosted by Kate Nocera and Charlie Warzel. Alexis Levinson is a reporter for BuzzFeed News, Steven Perlberg covers politics and media, and Hannah Allam covers Muslim life in America. For more, visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 26, 2017
Six Years With “The Sinister Forrest Gump Of American Politics”
Roger Stone, a lobbyist, consultant, and early political advisor to Trump, is the subject of the new Netflix documentary: Get Me Roger Stone. In this bonus episode, Charlie talks with the movie’s directors about choosing Stone as a subject at a low point in his political career, following his comeback during the 2016 election and the rise of the alt-right, and about whether or not he’s actually an agent of change — or just the guy who’s always in the room when it happens.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 24, 2017
No, Impeachment Isn’t On The Table Right Now — Here’s Why
This week: Why Trump getting impeached is unlikely for now, what really happens during a Congressional investigation, and what it’s like being cooped up with White House communications staff in the press office this week.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 19, 2017
James Comey Out, GOP Healthcare Bill Myths, French Hackers Fail
This week: We dig into the firing of FBI director James Comey and what could be next, the myths and facts surrounding the GOP healthcare bill, and why hackers failed to affect the outcome of the French presidential election.Hosted by Kate Nocera and Charlie Warzel. Zoe Tillman covers legal issues for BuzzFeed News, and Sarah Mimms is the DC editor. For more, visit more about your ad choices. Visit
May 12, 2017
Hate Memes, Trump's Dictator Speed Dating
This week: How internet trolls are trying to turn innocuous hand signals into white supremacy symbols, a look at how President Trump’s affinity for authoritarian leaders shapes U.S. foreign policy, and Sean Spicer’s update on the border wall. (Don't call it a fence.)Hosted by Kate Nocera and Charlie Warzel. Today's guests are Joe Bernstein, a technology reporter, and Hayes Brown, deputy world news editor. For more, visit more about your ad choices. Visit
May 5, 2017
Milk In A Bag, North Korea, And One WHCD That Mattered
This week: Three ways the U.S. could end up in a trade war with Canada, a shifting tone in relations with North Korea, and a few words about the White House Correspondents Dinner. Hosted by Kate Nocera and Hayes Brown. Today's guests are Paul McLeod, who covers Capitol Hill, and Katherine Miller, political editor. For more, visit more about your ad choices. Visit
April 28, 2017
Bill O’Reilly Ousted, Alex Jones On Trial
This week: Bill O'Reilly has been forced out of Fox News. We debate the importance of the special elections in Georgia, Kansas, and Montana. And why are we talking about performance art and chili during the custody hearing of InfoWars' Alex Jones? Follow Kate Nocera, Charlie Warzel, Katherine Miller, and Steven Perlberg. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
April 21, 2017
What Does It Mean To Go To War In 2017?
This week: We talk about whether Jon Ossoff—the 30-year-old Democrat running for a Georgia House seat—could actually win, what the Trump administration is doing about the extremely complex Syria situation and what it means to be at war in 2017, and what's the real point of the White House press briefing?Follow Katherine Miller at @katherinemillerFollow Charlie Warzel at @cwarzelLearn more about your ad choices. Visit
April 14, 2017
Russian Spies, The Filibuster, And A Big Week For A Trump Troll
This week: One of Donald Trump's campaign staffers met with an actual Russian spy, why killing the filibuster might fundamentally change new Supreme Court appointments, and the internet troll who broke real news about Susan Rice.Follow Kate Nocera at @katenocera.Follow Charlie Warzel at @cwarzel.Read Ali Watkins' reporting on Carter Page.Find the audience survey at more about your ad choices. Visit
April 7, 2017
We're back!
2017 is the new 2016. Let's figure it out together. No One Knows Anything is back, with new hosts and a new format, to help you make sense of everything. Come back every Friday to hear Kate Nocera, Charlie Warzel, and BuzzFeed News reporters break down the biggest and most insane stories in politics this week, and try to figure what we should (or should not) be freaking out about.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
April 6, 2017
No One Knows Anything
After many months of asking “Do we know anything?” about this election, we finally have an answer to at least one question: Who will be president? This will be the last episode of the podcast for now. In it, we lay out a roadmap of all the things we don’t know about Trump's presidency. From the Supreme Court to Obamacare to what’s going to happen to the Trump brand when he's in office. Guest: BuzzFeed News politics editor Katherine MillerLearn more about your ad choices. Visit
November 12, 2016
Making The Call On Election Night
What kind of information do you need to project a winner on election night? We talk with Brandon Finnegan, who runs the Decision Desk HQ project, about crowdsourcing vote counts to make calls—and what the consequences of a bad call might be this year. Plus, how BuzzFeed's newsroom is approaching projections on election night.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
November 7, 2016
Mr. Brexit
In August, Donald Trump tweeted out a cryptic prediction. He said, "They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT." This episode we’re taking a look at the similarities between the U.S. Presidential election and the Brexit vote. You’ll hear from Trump supporters who are a hoping for a “November surprise.” We’ll also talk about what makes this election different—like polling methods, campaign tactics, and voter demographics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
November 2, 2016
A Baggie Full Of Jimmy Carter's Hair
This episode, we're taking a look at how gender and race play into the way we talk about political hair—from scrunchies to combovers to very expensive haircuts. We'll visit an unusual collection of presidential relics that includes hair clippings from George Washington and Jimmy Carter. And you’ll hear from BuzzFeed beauty editor Essence Gant about presidential hair and representation.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 29, 2016
BuzzFeed Brews: Neera Tanden and Ben Smith
The election will be over in just two weeks. Right now, forecasts at the New York Times, Five Thirty Eight, and the Huffington Post all give Hillary Clinton over an 80% chance of winning. This episode, you'll hear from someone who has been thinking a lot about that possibility — Neera Tanden. Tanden is a longtime Clinton advisor. She's also the co-chair of the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project. Last week, BuzzFeed's editor-in-chief Ben Smith interviewed Tanden about what the first priorities of a Clinton administration might look like. Plus, what it's like to have all of the emails you sent to John Podesta posted to Wikileaks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 25, 2016
What's The Deal With Russia?
This week we’re talking about something we truly know very little about: Russia’s involvement in the U.S. election—from hacking, to Twitter trolling, to targeted campaigns that question the legitimacy of the U.S. political process. Plus whether or not it’s possible to trace any of those activities back to the Russian government. If you've haven't been following the news about U.S./Russia relations lately, don't worry. We'll get you all caught up. Guests: BuzzFeed News world editor Miriam Elder, BuzzFeed national security correspondent Ali Watkins, and Clint Watts, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 18, 2016
The Purple Cup
This episode takes a look at the independent, uncommitted, and unenthusiastic voters who can't—or don't want to—pick a presidential candidate. And we ask how (HOW?) anyone could still be undecided when the two major party candidates are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. We begin with the voters in 7-Eleven's coffee cup poll, which has predicted the outcome of the presidential election every time since it began in 2000. This year, coffee drinkers are opting out of the red Republican and blue Democrat cups in favor of a third option: the unaffiliated purple cup, which is winning with 40% of the vote. You'll also hear from a group of undecided voters through our partnership with the Decode DC podcast. Guests: BuzzFeed world news editor Hayes Brown, Decode DC host Jimmy Williams, assistant professor of political science Samara Klar, and campaign organizer Mitch Stewart.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 7, 2016
Second In Command, First In Our Hearts
Hannah Jewell, a senior writer for BuzzFeed UK, takes us back in time to appreciate the hottest Vice Presidents in American history. You may not know who they all are, but of the 47 people to be first in the line of succession to the presidency, these ten are definitely the hottest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 5, 2016
This Tea Party Senator Doesn't Know Who To Vote For
This episode, BuzzFeed politics reporter McKay Coppins interviews Utah Senator Mike Lee. Lee is a Tea Party Republican, a Mormon, and an outspoken critic of Donald Trump. McKay talks with him about about all that, and about why Mormon voters in Utah are uneasy about Trump's candidacy.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 30, 2016
Binders Full Of Zingers
Debate prep takes many forms: studying, rehearsing, systematically lowering the expectations of voters and the press. This episode, we talk with Lis Smith about how that process works. She worked on Governor O'Malley's debate prep team this year, and on President Obama's rapid response team in 2012. Plus, we talk with Jim Lehrer, the "dean of moderators," about the particular challenges moderators are facing this year. Update: This episode misstated Lis Smith's role on President Obama's 2012 campaign. She worked on his rapid response team.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 23, 2016
BuzzFeed Brews: Senators Mike Lee And Cory Booker
A live recording of BuzzFeed Brews at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., with an open conversation about criminal justice reform between Utah Senator Mike Lee, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, and BuzzFeed’s Tarini Parti. During this hour-long conversation, Booker and Lee talk about their personal experiences with the criminal justice system, Colin Kaepernick and Terence Crutcher, and whether or not Donald Trump’s law-and-order campaign is shaping the conversation about criminal justice reform in Congress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 21, 2016
What Canadians Really Think About U.S. Politics
This episode, we're taking a look at the U.S. election from a different perspective: Canada's. You'll hear from BuzzFeed politics reporter and real Canadian Paul McLeod about what's different—and familiar—about his new beat covering U.S. politics. And Daniel Dale from the Toronto Star talks about explaining the U.S. election for a Canadian audience. Plus, you'll hear from an immigration lawyer about whether or not Americans actually move to Canada for political reasons.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 19, 2016
How Frog Memes Became A Symbol For White Nationalism
Two weeks ago, Hillary Clinton made a speech in Reno, Nevada. In it, she named a group that has been mostly at the fringe of the 2016 presidential campaign: the Alt-Right. This week, we're talking about the Alt-Right movement. What it is, where it came from, and how its influence on politics and pop culture is shaping the 2016 election. Guests: BuzzFeed politics reporter Rosie Gray, politics editor Katherine Miller, and senior writer Charlie WarzelLearn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 8, 2016
Trump's Rallies Vs. Clinton's Ground Game
A candidate’s ground game is everything they do to turn out their voters on election day—from voter registration, to door knocking, to phone calls, to direct mail. It’s tedious and expensive work. But, done well, it can nudge a candidate a few points ahead of their opponent. That’s the difference between winning and losing in swing states like Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. This week, BuzzFeed’s Tarini Parti and Rosie Gray take a look at how Trump and Clinton are reaching out to voters in those states, and whether or not Trump’s rallies are any match for Clinton’s well-organized and well-funded ground game. Guests: North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis and Marlon Marshall, director of state campaigns for the Hillary Clinton.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 1, 2016
Seersucker Suits And Tiny Flag Pins
Parties can change. This week we take a look at the origins of Republican conservatism and whether or not it has anything in common with Donald Trump's political ideology. Plus, BuzzFeed politics editor Katherine Miller talks about her time as a campus conservative during the Bush and Obama years—seersucker suits, tiny flag pins, and more. Hosted by BuzzFeed News' McKay Coppins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
August 25, 2016
Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Foreign To The Republican Party
Republican national security experts usually spend election season advising their party's candidate on foreign policy issues. But now they're trying to distance themselves as far as they can from Donald Trump. This episode, BuzzFeed's Tarini Parti and Rosie Gray talk about Trump's foreign policy proposals that break with 20 years of Republican politics. You'll hear from an Iraq war veteran and antiwar activist who won't be voting for Trump or Clinton this year. Plus: The failsafes that keep the President from unlawfully launching a nuclear attack. Guests: Republican National Security adviser John Noonan, former Ambassador Eric Edelman, and New Hampshire Peace Action Director Will Hopkins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
August 18, 2016
Before Trump, There Was Wallace
What can you learn about the 2016 election by studying past presidential campaigns? In this episode, Evan talks with Face The Nation host John Dickerson about what's new—and what isn't—about the Trump and Clinton candidacies; with stories about Alabama Governor George Wallace, the original email-gate, and the guy who ruined Alexander Hamilton's political career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 28, 2016
BuzzFeed Audio Presents: Historical Event
Recorded live at the Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia, this Historical Event features Evan McMorris-Santoro, Another Round's Tracy Clayton, and Internet Explorer's Ryan Broderick and Katie Notopoulos. Plus, an interview with Texas Rep. Joaquín Castro and live music from Jean Grae.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 27, 2016
The Republican Party That Emerged From Cleveland
Evan talks with BuzzFeed politics editor Katherine Miller about the biggest (and strangest) speeches from the convention this week, and about what kind of message the Republican Party is sending out to voters in the general election.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 22, 2016
Where Are All The Protesters?
The RNC in Cleveland is full of law enforcement officers. But protesters? Not so much. This episode, Evan talks with BuzzFeed News reporter Darren Sands about why there are so few people protesting the convention...and about what it's like for the people who came.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 21, 2016
The Republican Party Does Not Get Along
On this episode, we talk to some of the people who care the most about what happens this week at the convention: the delegates who are here to unify the Republican Party and get Republicans elected in November. They have a long way to go.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 19, 2016
Welcome To Cleveland
The RNC kicks off today. Here's what BuzzFeed News reporters will be following this week, from primetime speeches to #NeverTrump delegates to protests and security. Guests: BuzzFeed News reporters Tarini Parti and Rosie Gray.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 18, 2016
We Were Wrong About Trump
In February of 2014, BuzzFeed News reporter McKay Coppins wrote a piece called "36 Hours On The Fake Campaign Trail With Donald Trump". It was about why Trump never really had—and probably never would—seriously run for president. In this episode, Evan interviews McKay about why everyone, including McKay, misjudged Trump, and about what made him finally decide to run in 2016.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 17, 2016
An Unconventional Candidate
On Wednesday, Evan checked in with BuzzFeed News reporters Tarini Parti and Rosie Gray, who are in Cleveland this week as Republicans are ramping up for the convention. They talk about the #NeverTrump delegates who are still trying to derail the nomination, the first openly gay Republican delegate pushing the platform committee to adopt LGBT rights, and what to expect from a convention headlined by Donald Trump.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 14, 2016
After The Bern Is Gone
On this episode, Sanders supporters talk about how they're trying to turn a groundbreaking campaign into a lasting political force. The question is: Can progressives and activists for all kinds of causes work together to hold on to the gains they've made as members of the Bernie Sanders movement? Guests: The Washington Post's national political correspondent David Weigel, BuzzFeed News politics editor Katherine MillerLearn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 7, 2016
How To Tell Someone That You've Never Voted
Elle Abarca has never voted, even though her sister Anabel has registered hundreds of voters throughout her career in politics. This episode, we talk with Elle and Anabel about how someone becomes a non-voter, even against their best intentions. And we find out how easy it is to come clean about your voter status and get back into the political process. If you haven't registered to vote yet, you can get started now at Guests: Sisters Elle and Anabel Abarca, No One Knows Anything producer Meg Cramer.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 30, 2016
Immigration Reform Is Back In The Hands Of Voters
Thursday's Supreme Court decision affects millions of undocumented immigrants who are unlikely to be deported, but who can't live the life other people can because they don't have legal status. They're back in limbo, and so are their families. That could affect how Latinos vote in the fall, when they'll be choosing between two candidates with very different plans for immigration reform. Guest: BuzzFeed News political reporter and Latino coverage editor Adrian Carrasquillo.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 24, 2016
How To Destroy A Man With A Haircut
Opposition researchers are the campaign operatives whose job is to dig into a candidate’s past and find things that voters won’t like. They take that information, and try to turn it into a story about why you should or shouldn't vote for someone. This week, we take a look at how that process works, where that information goes, and how oppo in 2016 is different from oppo in past elections. Guests: Opposition researchers Shauna Daly and Joe Pounder, political consultant Rodell Mollineau, Dominique Mednick—an undecided voter who lives in Florida, and BuzzFeed's Editor-In-Chief Ben Smith. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 23, 2016
Inside A Trump Rally
This week, Evan visits a Trump rally in Pittsburgh to find out what it's like to be a Trump supporter, and to ask some of Trump's biggest fans what it means to "Make America Great Again." Guest: BuzzFeed News politics reporter Tarini Parti.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 16, 2016
What We Don't Know About Anti-LGBT Violence
Evan interviews BuzzFeed News senior editor Chris Geidner about what we know—and don’t know—about anti-LGBT hate crimes. They talk about why it’s so hard to keep track of those hate crimes, and whether or not law enforcement is getting better at protecting LGBT Americans.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 13, 2016
Can Democrats Be Friends Again?
The Democratic Party is coming out of a contentious primary. And one of the battles was over who gets to call themselves a true progressive. But while the Republicans are rallying behind their presumptive nominee, Democrats remain divided. On this episode, we look at whether or not those divisions could be a part of the race through November and beyond. Guests: Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra and BuzzFeed News politics reporter Ruby Cramer.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 9, 2016
Sneak Peek: The Fight For California
As the Democratic Primary nears the bitter end, Sanders supporters and Clinton supporters are looking back on a long and divisive nominating process. On Thursday, we'll take a look at how that process is still shaping the party as Democrats head into the national election. Guests: California Congressman Xavier Becerra and BuzzFeed News political reporter Ruby Cramer.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 6, 2016
It's Not Just About Bathrooms
In 2015, the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land. One year later, LGBT rights are still being challenged in places like North Carolina. This episode tells the story of the state-by-state fight over non-discrimination laws—and how bathroom bills became one way to stop them from being passed. Guests: Howie, an RA, activist and trans student at UNC Charlotte; North Carolina Values Coalition Executive Director Tami Fitzgerald; and BuzzFeed News LGBT reporter Dominic Holden. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 2, 2016
Never Say Never Trump
It's been less than a month since Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, and the Trump-resistant party establishment is already lining up behind him. There won't be a contested convention, there's little talk of a third party candidate, and the #NeverTrump holdouts are losing steam. On this episode, we take a look at Trump's unlikely takeover, and what it says about divides within the Republican Party. Guests: Republican Committeeman Ruth O'Connell from Wheeling Township in Illinois, Republican operative and Trump holdout Doug Heye, and BuzzFeed News political reporter Rosie Gray.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 26, 2016
Al Franken Is Very Happy In His Current Job
Senator Al Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, is a comedian and political satirist turned politician. In a broad-ranging interview taped at the Newseum in downtown D.C., Senator Franken talks with Evan about Bernie Sanders, Trump's fixation on "making the deal", addiction treatment and mental health policy, pot, and whether or not he's being vetted to be Hillary Clinton's running mate. Plus: Evan learns what a "bean feed" is.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 19, 2016
BuzzFeed News Interviewed President Obama
Evan talks with BuzzFeed Legal Editor Chris Geidner, who interviewed President Obama about civil rights and North Carolina’s “bathroom bill”, Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, and what a Trump nomination means for Garland’s confirmation hearings.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 17, 2016
Hillary Clinton, The Liberal
Is Hillary Clinton a liberal? This episode, we look at the surprising moments when Clinton has swung to the left on divisive issues, confounding predictions that her campaign would be 100% boring centrism. We’re going to hear the story of one of those moments Clinton defied expectations and went to the left, and what it was like to be there when it happened. And we’re going to talk to a voter who found the ultimate divisive issue in politics and dug his heels in. He’s a Latino voting for Trump. Guests: DREAMer activist Astrid Silva, Donald Trump supporter Jesse Lopez, and BuzzFeed News political reporter and Latino coverage editor Adrian Carrasquillo.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 12, 2016
Lessons From A Long Primary
It's time to talk about Donald Trump and the weird world we all live in where he is the Republican Party's presumptive nominee. This episode is about the primary that brought us there, and about the convoluted and bumpy nominating process on the Democratic side that isn't over yet. Guests: Democratic Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Iowa caucus voters Kyra Seay and Carter Bell, and BuzzFeed News political reporter Darren Sands.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 5, 2016
A Good Surrogate Is Hard To Find
What goes on in the weird world of campaign surrogates? This episode, we talk about the politicians and celebrities who stump on behalf of actual candidates, and reflect on memorable surrogate moments from this election. Plus, we talk with someone whose job it was to wrangle surrogates for Senator Marco Rubio's presidential campaign. Guests: Former Communications Directors for Marco Rubio Alex Conant and Caitlin Conant, South Carolina Republican Ed Tarleton, and Katherine Miller, the politics editor for BuzzFeed NewsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit
April 28, 2016
The Real Bernie Revolution - With Evan McMorris-Santoro And Tarini Parti
In 2015, we thought there was no way a presidential candidate could be competitive without being a billionaire or finding one to back their campaign. That was before Bernie Sanders. He has run a real campaign without the one thing experts thought every candidate needed: a super PAC. Has politics been changed forever? In this episode, we dig in on that question. Guests: Baltimore mayoral candidate DeRay Mckesson, EveryVoice Communications Director Adam Smith, Bernie donor Alan McLemore, and BuzzFeed News political reporter Tarini Parti.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
April 21, 2016
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