FiveThirtyEight Politics

FiveThirtyEight Politics
Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the latest in politics, tracking the issues and “game-changers” every week.
Trump’s Response To Charlottesville
Aug 14 • 56 min
President Trump did not condemn white supremacy by name in his initial response to the violence in Charlottesville. The team discusses the reasons and repercussions.
Enter The Grand Jury
Aug 7 • 46 min
The team weighs the significance of Bob Mueller empaneling a grand jury in the Russia investigation. They also look at persisting rifts in the Democratic Party.
Special Presentation: 30 for 30 Podcasts
Aug 5 • 17 min
A break from politics with an excerpt of a new audio documentary from 30 for 30 Podcasts, which our very own Jody Avirgan heads up. We present “The Fighter Inside,” reported by Andrew Mambo. More at
White House Chaos
Jul 31 • 51 min
The team breaks down the latest White House staffing shakeups and asks how Chief of Staff John Kelly might correct course amid the chaos.
Emergency Podcast - Senate Repeal Fails
Jul 28 • 23 min
The podcast team breaks down the final votes and weighs who is most responsible for the Republican failure: Trump, McConnell or Ryan.
The GOP’s Last(?) Ditch Health Care Push
Jul 24 • 40 min
The podcast team considers the options for Senate Republicans as they face a last ditch effort to repeal the ACA. Plus, how different would a Clinton presidency have been?
Six Months In
Jul 17 • 44 min
The podcast team digests the Senate’s latest health care bill and debates which path Trump’s presidency is on six months in.
Emergency Podcast - Don Jr.’s Emails
Jul 13 • 25 min
The podcast team reacts to emails in which Donald Trump Jr. accepts a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Why Trump Wants Voter Data
Jul 10 • 48 min
The crew discusses the Trump administration’s request for voter data and why states are pushing back. Plus, with another good jobs report, can Trump claim to own the economy?
Trump Goes Global
Jul 6 • 38 min
Ahead of the G20 summit, the podcast team looks at changes in global perceptions of American leadership since Trump took office.
The Health Care Episode
Jun 26 • 50 min
The podcast team discusses the policies in the Senate GOP health care bill and debates whether it’s likely to pass.
Emergency Podcast - Georgia And South Carolina Specials
Jun 21 • 29 min
The podcast team responds to the results of the special elections in Georgia’s 6th district and South Carolina’s 5th district.
The Most Special Special Election
Jun 19 • 50 min
The special election in Georgia’s 6th district has become the most expensive House election in American history. The podcast team debates how much it matters.
Trump Under Investigation
Jun 15 • 19 min
The podcast team responds to new reports that President Trump is under FBI investigation for obstruction of justice.
The Base
Jun 12 • 50 min
The podcast team debates who actually makes up the base in each party and what role they will play in upcoming elections.
Emergency Podcast - Hung Parliament
Jun 9 • 27 min
No party won a majority in the U.K. election, resulting in a hung parliament. The podcast team reacts.
Emergency Podcast - Comey’s Testimony
Jun 8 • 28 min
The podcast team reacts to former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony about the events that lead up to his firing by President Trump.
Emergency Podcast - Comey’s Prepared Testimony
Jun 7 • 22 min
The podcast team discusses former FBI Director James Comey’s prepared testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Pittsburgh vs. Paris
Jun 5 • 49 min
The podcast team debates the political savvy of Trump’s exit from the Paris climate agreement. Nate takes a look at what’s going on in the crazy world of UK elections polls.
Do Democrats Need A Win?
May 30 • 53 min
The podcast team debates whether a Democratic loss in Montana’s special election means challenges ahead for the party. They also parse smoke from fire in the Russia scandal.
What Now?
May 22 • 52 min
After the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia, can the White House return to business as usual?
Emergency Podcast - The Comey Memo
May 17 • 24 min
The podcast crew assesses the fallout from reports of a memo by former FBI Director Comey in which he detailed conversations with President Trump.
The Scandal Meter
May 15 • 46 min
The podcast team sizes up how big of a scandal Comey’s firing actually is. They also discuss how the census director’s departure could affect the upcoming census.
Emergency Podcast: Trump Fires Comey
May 9 • 13 min
News broke late on Tuesday that President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. We hop in the studio to discuss.
Health Care Winners And Losers
May 8 • 48 min
The podcast team talks to Anna Barry-Jester about how the GOP health care bill will affect real people. They also discuss the sizable polling miss in the French election.
Emergency Health Care Podcast II
May 5 • 32 min
The podcast team talks about the political implications of the AHCA health care bill passing the House.
99 Trial Balloons
May 1 • 45 min
The podcast team makes sense of Trump’s one page tax plan with Ben Casselman. They also debate how the media has performed 100 days into the Trump presidency.
100 Days
Apr 24 • 52 min
The team assesses Trump’s legislative agenda as he ends his first 100 days. They also discuss the Earth Day protests and gauge populism’s appeal after the French election.
Georgia’s 6th - Live From New York
Apr 19 • 67 min
The podcast team responds to GA-6 results live from the Comedy Cellar in New York. They also discuss upcoming European elections, play trivia and answer audience questions.
Trump’s Paths, Revisited
Apr 17 • 48 min
The podcast team assesses the special elections in Kansas and Georgia and takes stock of President Trump’s governing style as his administration approaches 100 days.