No One Knows Anything

No One Knows Anything

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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.


Introducing … The News
May 11, 2018 • 0 min
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…
It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To 2016
Oct 6, 2017 • 35 min
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…
Trump vs. NFL, Facebook vs. Congress
Sep 29, 2017 • 37 min
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…
The ‘Rocket Man’ And A Late Night TV Health Care Fight
Sep 22, 2017 • 29 min
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…
Deals, Deals, Deals
Sep 15, 2017 • 28 min
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…
What Actually Happened With DACA And What Comes Next
Sep 8, 2017 • 32 min
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…
On the Front Lines of Fake News (With Craig Silverman)
Aug 25, 2017 • 40 min
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…
Charlottesville, The Alt-Right, And The GOP Response
Aug 15, 2017 • 13 min
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…
This Anonymous Group Is Trying To Destroy Breitbart
Aug 11, 2017 • 30 min
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…
What It’s Like Being A Democrat In Congress Right Now
Jul 28, 2017 • 30 min
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…
The Motion To Talk: What’s Going On Today With Health Care
Jul 26, 2017 • 11 min
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…
Health Care: The Never-Ending Story
Jul 14, 2017 • 31 min
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 Senate Dark Arts, CNN’s Retraction, and InfoGoop
Jun 30, 2017 • 34 min
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…
The Most Special Special Election And Dispatches From Earth 2
Jun 23, 2017 • 35 min
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…
Security at the Capitol, Julius Caesar, and Mueller vs. Trump
Jun 16, 2017 • 38 min
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.…
“Comey Loves The Drama”
Jun 9, 2017 • 37 min
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…
Au Revoir Paris, Hello Covfefe
Jun 2, 2017 • 36 min
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…
Body Slammed in Montana, Trump’s Address to Muslims
May 26, 2017 • 36 min
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…
Six Years With “The Sinister Forrest Gump Of American Politics”
May 24, 2017 • 33 min
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…
No, Impeachment Isn’t On The Table Right Now — Here’s Why
May 19, 2017 • 35 min
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.…
James Comey Out, GOP Healthcare Bill Myths, French Hackers Fail
May 12, 2017 • 34 min
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…
Hate Memes, Trump’s Dictator Speed Dating
May 5, 2017 • 31 min
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…
Milk In A Bag, North Korea, And One WHCD That Mattered
Apr 28, 2017 • 27 min
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…
Bill O’Reilly Ousted, Alex Jones On Trial
Apr 21, 2017 • 36 min
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…
What Does It Mean To Go To War In 2017?
Apr 14, 2017 • 34 min
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…
Russian Spies, The Filibuster, And A Big Week For A Trump Troll
Apr 7, 2017 • 37 min
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…
We’re back!
Apr 6, 2017 • 2 min
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…
No One Knows Anything
Nov 12, 2016 • 28 min
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…
Making The Call On Election Night
Nov 7, 2016 • 25 min
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.…
Mr. Brexit
Nov 2, 2016 • 17 min
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…
A Baggie Full Of Jimmy Carter’s Hair
Oct 29, 2016 • 37 min
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…
BuzzFeed Brews: Neera Tanden and Ben Smith
Oct 25, 2016 • 28 min
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…
What’s The Deal With Russia?
Oct 18, 2016 • 39 min
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…
The Purple Cup
Oct 7, 2016 • 36 min
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…
Second In Command, First In Our Hearts
Oct 5, 2016 • 6 min
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…
This Tea Party Senator Doesn’t Know Who To Vote For
Sep 30, 2016 • 27 min
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…
Binders Full Of Zingers
Sep 23, 2016 • 35 min
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…
BuzzFeed Brews: Senators Mike Lee And Cory Booker
Sep 21, 2016 • 58 min
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,…
What Canadians Really Think About U.S. Politics
Sep 19, 2016 • 29 min
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…
How Frog Memes Became A Symbol For White Nationalism
Sep 8, 2016 • 31 min
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…
Trump’s Rallies Vs. Clinton’s Ground Game
Sep 1, 2016 • 35 min
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…
Seersucker Suits And Tiny Flag Pins
Aug 25, 2016 • 30 min
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…
Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Foreign To The Republican Party
Aug 18, 2016 • 35 min
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…
Before Trump, There Was Wallace
Jul 28, 2016 • 26 min
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…
BuzzFeed Audio Presents: Historical Event
Jul 27, 2016 • 52 min
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…
The Republican Party That Emerged From Cleveland
Jul 22, 2016 • 24 min
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…
Where Are All The Protesters?
Jul 20, 2016 • 24 min
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…
The Republican Party Does Not Get Along
Jul 19, 2016 • 26 min
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…
Welcome To Cleveland
Jul 18, 2016 • 15 min
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…
We Were Wrong About Trump
Jul 17, 2016 • 34 min
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…
An Unconventional Candidate
Jul 14, 2016 • 26 min
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…
After The Bern Is Gone
Jul 7, 2016 • 28 min
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…
How To Tell Someone That You’ve Never Voted
Jun 30, 2016 • 24 min
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…
Immigration Reform Is Back In The Hands Of Voters
Jun 24, 2016 • 14 min
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…
How To Destroy A Man With A Haircut
Jun 23, 2016 • 35 min
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…
Inside A Trump Rally
Jun 16, 2016 • 36 min
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…
What We Don’t Know About Anti-LGBT Violence
Jun 13, 2016 • 19 min
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…
Can Democrats Be Friends Again?
Jun 9, 2016 • 37 min
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…
Sneak Peek: The Fight For California
Jun 6, 2016 • 4 min
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…
It’s Not Just About Bathrooms
Jun 2, 2016 • 39 min
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…
Never Say Never Trump
May 26, 2016 • 34 min
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…
Al Franken Is Very Happy In His Current Job
May 19, 2016 • 34 min
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…
BuzzFeed News Interviewed President Obama
May 16, 2016 • 17 min
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…
Hillary Clinton, The Liberal
May 12, 2016 • 30 min
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…
Lessons From A Long Primary
May 5, 2016 • 29 min
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…
A Good Surrogate Is Hard To Find
Apr 28, 2016 • 34 min
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…
The Real Bernie Revolution - With Evan McMorris-Santoro And Tarini Parti
Apr 20, 2016 • 31 min
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…