The Run-Up

The Run-Up

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The election is over. But the story has just begun. Michael Barbaro, who has covered the last two presidential races for the Times, hosts our twice-weekly conversation about the biggest stories and surprises coming out of the campaign. The show features Times political reporters, Opinion columnists and data analysts. You’ll also hear interviews with key players on the political scene. It’s the access and authority The New York Times does best.


‘The Daily’: Feb. 3, 2017
Feb 3, 2017 • 16 min
The Run-Up will be back soon. In the mean time, you can satisfy your craving for Michael Barbaro and politics with today’s episode of The Daily, his new show. You can subscribe to The Daily wherever you are listening to The Run-Up.
Bonus: Introducing The Daily
Jan 30, 2017 • 3 min
Michael told you he’d be coming back with something new for you. It’s here. (Well, almost.)
Power to the People
Jan 21, 2017 • 40 min
Michael Barbaro, in his last episode as the host of this show, travels to the National Mall on Inauguration Day to ask Donald J. Trump’s supporters, minutes after he is sworn in, what a successful presidency would look and feel like for them. He then…
Obama’s Legacy
Jan 13, 2017 • 57 min
How will history remember Barack Obama? Former Representative Barney Frank talks about Mr. Obama’s adversarial relationship with Republican lawmakers. Who was to blame? And we talk with David Leonhardt, an op-ed columnist at The New York Times who…
‘Surreal’: When Congress Meets Trump
Jan 6, 2017 • 39 min
How does it feel to be a member of Congress right now, digesting the new reality of a Donald J. Trump presidency? We ask a United States senator.
Predictions for 2017
Dec 30, 2016 • 33 min
There’s a lot about the current political moment that we didn’t see coming a year ago. Because predictions are hard — even hazardous. But as the final days of the year tick down, The Run-Up wants to look ahead, carefully, to 2017. So we asked four…
Real Trump and Fake Trump
Dec 23, 2016 • 43 min
How did Alec Baldwin construct his mischievously exaggerated, hyper-gesticulating, searingly funny portrayal of Donald J. Trump on “Saturday Night Live”? We hear him explain in his own words during a discussion with the journalist Sarah Maslin Nir, who…
Another Break-In at the DNC
Dec 16, 2016 • 42 min
The most brazen, disruptive and manipulative attack on the American electoral system since Watergate — a vast cyberattack by Russia, aimed squarely at Democrats in 2016 — hinged on a series of human errors and institutional misjudgments. We talk with Eric…
The Woman Behind The Caricature
Dec 9, 2016 • 41 min
Kellyanne Conway knows what critics say about her and about her boss, Donald J. Trump. On today’s show, Ms. Conway, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager in the final months of the 2016 race, sits for an extensive interview with Maggie Haberman. From her office in…
The Trump Transition Show
Dec 1, 2016 • 36 min
President-elect Donald J. Trump has been hosting a parade of potential cabinet appointees at Trump Tower, with the daily drama being punctuated by his provocative early morning tweets. We devote today’s show to the transition spectacle. Michael Barbaro is…
Dialogues: Craig and His Father
Nov 24, 2016 • 29 min
A gay actor in California and his father in Kentucky have felt heightened tension around the election. Craig feels betrayed by his father’s vote for Trump, and Craig’s father feels pressured by his son to evolve in ways that are uncomfortable to him. They…
We Were There: Trump at The Times
Nov 23, 2016 • 45 min
A reconstruction of Donald J. Trump’s hourlong visit to The New York Times, using exclusive audio clips from the encounter. Michael Barbaro was in the room, and he discusses the meeting with two colleagues who also participated in the interview: Maggie…
Dialogues: Amy and Dawn
Nov 21, 2016 • 29 min
As the mother of a child with a disability, Amy was deeply offended by how Donald J. Trump mocked a disabled reporter during the campaign. Dawn has her own personal stake in the election: her husband’s job working in the mining industry, a job she worried…
Dialogues: Aaron and Kyle
Nov 18, 2016 • 30 min
The Run-Up asked different pairs of Clinton and Trump voters to open up to each other about why they voted the way they did, why it feels like such a personal betrayal and why it has been so difficult to discuss. First we hear from two high school friends…
A New Reality
Nov 10, 2016 • 43 min
We make sense of the new reality of Donald J. Trump’s victory by exploring how the polling let us down so spectacularly and what a Trump White House will mean for those Americans who feel overlooked, misunderstood or maligned by President-elect Trump. Our…
Bonus: ‘We Are Now All Rooting For His Success’
Nov 9, 2016 • 19 min
Two years. Twenty-three major-party candidates. Twenty-five debates. Countless moments of ugliness and drama. Here’s how an epic presidential campaign sounded, from start to finish.
How Did That Happen?
Nov 9, 2016 • 32 min
And how did almost no one — not the pundits, not the pollsters, not us in the media — see it coming? We’re joined by the New York Times journalists Nicholas Confessore, Maggie Haberman and Jim Rutenberg to discuss.
Election Day Call-In Special!
Nov 8, 2016 • 41 min
While we wait for the polls to close, our politics team answers the big remaining questions from you, our listeners, in our special call-in episode.
What’s Funny About Any of This?
Nov 4, 2016 • 42 min
As we near the end of an exhausting election, we take a comedic break with three of our favorite comedians: Phoebe Robinson, Chris Gethard and Cameron Esposito.
Those Damn Emails, Again.
Nov 1, 2016 • 35 min
How is it that with seven days left until the election, we are consumed anew by Hillary Clinton’s emails? We sift through the still-unfolding facts and implications of the case with our guests: two New York Times reporters who have covered the…
A Party in Revolt
Oct 28, 2016 • 34 min
Here’s the dilemma for the Republican Party: Tens of millions of its voters support a candidate, Donald J. Trump, who rejects the organization’s values, reviles its policies and wants to kick its leaders out of power. How does a once-proud party begin to…
The Trump Tapes, Part II: ‘Bottomless Pit of Need’
Oct 26, 2016 • 33 min
We hear more from Michael D’Antonio, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and a biographer of Donald J. Trump. After discussing in Part I Mr. Trump’s reluctance to confront the traumas of his childhood, in Part II we explore the grown man Mr. Trump became:…
The Trump Tapes, Part I: ‘He Doesn’t Know Himself’
Oct 25, 2016 • 48 min
Michael D’Antonio, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and a biographer of Donald J. Trump, shares hours of audio interviews he conducted with Mr. Trump, three of his children and his first wife. We interview Mr. D’Antonio and draw on those tapes in Part I…
The Final Debate: A Late-Night Analysis
Oct 20, 2016 • 34 min
Who won? What surprised us? How much will it change the race? We recruited Amy Chozick and Nicholas Confessore, political reporters for The New York Times, for a bleary-eyed post-debate discussion fueled by cheap rosé.
Is This Election Over, Statistically?
Oct 18, 2016 • 37 min
We talk numbers with Nate Cohn, a reporter for The Upshot and our most trusted translator of polls. We also check in with seasoned pollsters from each party — Geoff Garin, a Democrat, and Whit Ayres, a Republican — about Mr. Trump’s chances. Finally, we…
‘He Was Like an Octopus’
Oct 14, 2016 • 33 min
A woman in Manhattan is watching the second presidential debate and hears Donald J. Trump say that, no, he has never kissed or groped a woman without her permission. She goes to bed deeply upset. The next morning she writes an email to The New York Times…
Sex and Power
Oct 11, 2016 • 32 min
Michael Barbaro hands the host chair to his editor, Carolyn Ryan, who runs campaign coverage for The New York Times, to discuss the tape of Donald J. Trump talking unguardedly about women and his behavior toward them and why it has blown open a discourse…
Worst Job Ever?
Oct 7, 2016 • 31 min
The vice presidency has been the butt of jokes for generations. But politicians beg for the job, and with the right chemistry and personal dynamic, it can be a powerful position. We talk with the former chief White House reporter for The New York Times,…
Inside the Trump Tax Bombshell
Oct 4, 2016 • 40 min
David Barstow and Susanne Craig, reporters for The New York Times, explain how they cracked open the biggest story of the campaign, overcoming nagging doubts to nail down Donald J. Trump’s tax returns. We also talk to Stuart Stevens, the chief strategist…
What Carmela Soprano Understood About Hillary Clinton
Sep 30, 2016 • 32 min
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are full-blown stars in their own right, and have spawned and inspired television characters and shows. We talk to the chief television critic at The New York Times, James Poniewozik, about how television and film…
Who Won the First Debate?
Sep 27, 2016 • 28 min
Instead of leaving the office, we pour a round of drinks and dissect the spectacle we just witnessed. Michael Barbaro is joined by Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, and Carolyn Ryan, senior editor for politics…
The Big Showdown
Sep 23, 2016 • 29 min
Debate night is coming. Tony Schwartz, the man who channeled Donald Trump to write “The Art of the Deal” and has lived to regret it, explains why he is turning his intimate knowledge of how Mr. Trump thinks and behaves into advice for how Hillary Clinton…
Trump’s Lie
Sep 20, 2016 • 32 min
Is deliberate dishonesty an official campaign strategy for Donald J. Trump? We posed that question to two top presidential campaign strategists from both parties: Mike Murphy, who advised Jeb Bush this year and John McCain in 2000, and Paul Begala, a…
Medical Histories
Sep 16, 2016 • 27 min
Long before Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia or Donald J. Trump’s bizarre doctor’s note, there was a history of voters demanding candidates’ medical records. We get some perspective from John Dickerson, a history buff, columnist at Slate and moderator of…
Turning Points
Sep 13, 2016 • 32 min
“Basket of deplorables.” A public roasting at the White House Correspondents Dinner. The Khan family. So many gaffes and stumbles in a presidential race can feel at the time like major turning points. But it often takes months of hindsight to know at…
Did It Have To Be Her?
Sep 9, 2016 • 34 min
What just-right combination of factors is required for a country to embrace a woman as its leader for the first time, and was it inevitable that Hillary Clinton, or someone like her, would be the first in America to make it this far? We explore with…
The Art of the Ad
Sep 6, 2016 • 22 min
Whose ads are breaking through this year, and why? We dissect this season’s campaign ads with Wesley Morris, the chief culture critic for The New York Times, and Russ Schriefer, a longtime Republican ad maker who has created some of the most memorable…
Narcissism and Impulse Control
Sep 2, 2016 • 35 min
Donald J. Trump and Anthony D. Weiner have ridden impulsiveness and narcissism to dizzying political highs but have also found that they take a toll, raising doubts about their judgment and fitness for public office. We discuss with Frank Bruni, a…
Black and White
Aug 30, 2016 • 34 min
Does Hillary Clinton deserve 91 percent of the black vote? Is Donald J. Trump even trying with black voters? We discuss with two New York Times journalists who have been covering this election and its racial dynamics: Charles Blow and Yamiche Alcindor. We…
The Faith Factor
Aug 26, 2016 • 30 min
She is a quiet but devoted Methodist. He subscribes to a theology of positive thinking. The two leading presidential candidates have been molded by religion — even if they don’t often talk about it. We hear from Gwenda Blair, the author of “The Trumps”;…
Post-Truth Media
Aug 23, 2016 • 26 min
Has the media lost its position as an arbiter of truth in this campaign? We discuss this possibility with two people who occupy very different places in the media world: Charlie Sykes, an influential conservative radio show host; and Sarah Ellison, a…
Trump’s America
Aug 19, 2016 • 31 min
Four of 10 voters are still squarely in Donald J. Trump’s camp. To understand who they are we turn to J.D. Vance, the author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” which has been described as the best explanation of Mr. Trump’s political rise. We’re also joined by the New…
Why She’s Distrusted
Aug 16, 2016 • 30 min
How did Hillary Clinton lose Americans’ trust? Stanley Greenberg, a top Democratic campaign strategist, describes how he addressed the trust issue for another Clinton: Bill. We also speak with Lissa CQ Muscatine, a longtime adviser for Hillary Clinton,…
Reckless Rhetoric
Aug 12, 2016 • 29 min
Sometimes the most powerful Trumpisms are throwaway lines like “I don’t know.” Michael Barbaro talks with Thomas Friedman, Patrick Healy and Barbara Res, Trump’s former construction manager, about how Trump uses language.
The Landslide Odds
Aug 9, 2016 • 32 min
We explore whether Hillary Clinton, the most distrusted Democratic presidential nominee in a generation, could be heading for an old-fashioned, legitimate landslide. Our guests: Newt Gingrich, Amy Chozick and Nate Cohn.