No One Knows Anything

No One Knows Anything

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It’s the politics podcast from BuzzFeed News, hosted by Evan McMorris-Santoro. Featuring reporters from the BuzzFeed Politics team, voters and special guests, each episode of No One Knows Anything takes on the conventional wisdom about politics and explains how wrong it can be.

Episodes

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 Miller

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Warzel

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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