Politically Sound

Politically Sound

Politically Sound

CATEGORY: News
The stakes of our political choices have never been higher, but with new headlines every hour it can be hard to separate the signal from the noise. On Politically Sound, we’re going to take a step back and look at the big picture. We’ll explain the issues of the day, take a look back at how we got here, and draw a line ahead to what it all means. Hosted by David Chalian and Nia-Malika Henderson. 
  1. September 08, 2021
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    Presenting Total Recall: California's Political Circus
    You probably remember that Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California. But do you remember how it all happened? The blackouts, the budget and of course, the car tax! CNN’s Chief Political Correspo…
  2. May 14, 2021
    21 min
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    It’s Never Too Early
    Politics is all about the future... and so it’s never too early to look at how upcoming elections are going to play out. In this episode, David Chalian and Dana Bash take a look at how the 2022 midterms and 202…
  3. May 07, 2021
    17 min
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    Dr. Fauci's Long Year
    This week, we wanted to bring you an episode from Dr. Sanjay Gupta's podcast. When we look back on this pandemic, who and what will we remember? Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy…
  4. April 30, 2021
    47 min
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    The Axe Files: Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield
    This week, we wanted to bring you an episode from The Axe Files podcast we think you'll enjoy. In this episode, UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield joins CNN's David Axelrod to talk about growing up in the se…
  5. April 23, 2021
    22 min
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    The Right to Bear Arms, But at What Cost?
    America has experienced at least 50 mass shootings this past month alone. And now, President Biden faces the same problem as his predecessors: a gun violence crisis and a country completely divided on the Secon…
  6. April 16, 2021
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    Why Cultural Change Can’t Be Stopped
    Protests and marches in the streets, a rising generation of activists, and an embattled President who’s just left the White House... it sounds an awful lot like today, but that’s actually the story of the 1970’…
  7. April 09, 2021
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    What Schoolhouse Rock Didn’t Teach You
    Despite a Democratic controlled Senate, two obscure aspects of Senate procedure, the filibuster and reconciliation, hold the key to the success or failure of President Biden’s entire agenda. In this episode, Da…
  8. April 02, 2021
    22 min
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    Stories Behind the Statistics
    Record numbers of migrants traveling from Central America have been arriving at the US southern border over the past couple of months. Border Control facilities are now overwhelmingly past capacity, with thousa…
  9. March 26, 2021
    21 min
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    Restricting Access to the Ballot
    More people voted in the 2020 election than any other in modern American history. Now, many Republican legislatures across the country are trying to pass laws rolling back voter access. At the center of that fi…
  10. March 19, 2021
    23 min
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    "Women Have to Interrupt"
    Women’s History Month is an opportunity to reflect on the landmark achievements of women everywhere. This week, CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash talks with Madeleine Albright, the first female US Sec…
  11. March 12, 2021
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    The Climate Crisis Isn’t Coming ... It’s Already Here
    For millions of Americans the climate crisis is a reality affecting their lives every day. Now, with the massive Covid relief package through Congress, the next challenge for the Biden administration is an imme…
  12. March 05, 2021
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    Surviving the Pandemic Economy
    One year into this pandemic, millions of Americans are still desperate to get back to work and in dire need of economic relief. President Biden hopes his $1.9 trillion plan will provide just that. But will its…
  13. February 26, 2021
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    Delivering on the Promise of Racial Equity
    President Biden promised to deliver solutions to America’s centuries-old struggle for racial equity. But many are asking: can he achieve real change? As Black History Month draws to a close, Nia-Malika Henderso…
  14. February 19, 2021
    21 min
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    Fixing a Broken Immigration System
    Decades of failed compromise and stalled deals in Washington have led to a broken immigration system with a tremendous human cost. With roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the US, and more i…
  15. February 12, 2021
    18 min
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    Biden’s China Challenge
    As the Biden administrations aims to restore America’s global standing, managing the relationship with China will likely be their biggest challenge, but one that could also present new opportunities. In this ep…
  16. February 05, 2021
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    Uniting the Divided States of America
    The promise of unity and a return to normalcy were at the heart of President Biden’s pitch to the American people. But this push for unity is facing early tests, from passage of a Covid relief bill to the impea…
  17. January 29, 2021
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    Pandemic Policy vs. Reality
    President Biden has an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office and much of his success rides on getting a handle on the pandemic. In this episode, David Chalian digs deep on the implications of the Co…
  18. January 22, 2021
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    And Now the Work Begins
    Normalcy returns to Washington as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are sworn into office. But is a smooth inauguration a sign of things to come or is there a bumpy road ahead? In this episod…
  19. January 15, 2021
    18 min
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    Ok, This is Truly Unprecedented
    The word “unprecedented” gets thrown around a lot these days. But how else do you describe a country still reeling from an attack on the Capitol building and impeaching the President for a second time while it…
  20. January 08, 2021
    19 min
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    The Inevitable Insurrection
    The siege of the US Capitol by a Trump-supporting mob was four years in the making and completely preventable – yet still shocked the nation. In this episode, David Chalian and Nia-Malika Henderson are joined b…

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