The Run-Up

The Run-Up


The Run-Up is your guide to the final months of the 2016 election. 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 some of the election's key players. It’s the access and authority The New York Times does best.


The Woman Behind The Caricature  

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 Trump Tower, Ms. Conway rebukes her critics, defends her boss and sheds light on the president-elect’s relationship with the elusive next first lady, Melania Trump.

The Trump Transition Show  

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 on vacation, so Mark Leibovich, the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, is filling in. He is joined by Michael Shear and Julie Davis, two New York Times White House reporters, and Charlie Homans, the political editor at the magazine.

Dialogues: Craig and His Father  

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 discuss their positions in the third and final installment of our series of dialogues between pairs of voters who are struggling with feelings of mystification and fury over the Election Day decision of a person very close to them.

We Were There: Trump at The Times  

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 Haberman, a politics reporter, and Ross Douthat, a Times op-ed columnist.

Dialogues: Amy and Dawn  

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 was threatened by Hillary Clinton’s policies. They discuss why they voted the way they did in the second part of our Dialogues series.

Dialogues: Aaron and Kyle  

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 of different races who say that social media drove them apart during this election and who disagree on the role that race played or should play in the way people voted.

Denial. Anger. Now Acceptance.  

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 guests: Nate Cohn of The Upshot, Maureen Dowd, a New York Times columnist, and Nikole Hannah-Jones, a writer for The Times Magazine.

Bonus: ‘We Are Now All Rooting For His Success'  

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?  

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!  

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?  

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 Emails, Again.  

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 investigation since it first emerged, Amy Chozick and Michael S. Schmidt; Carrie Cordero, a former attorney at the Department of Justice who worked closely with the F.B.I.; and Nate Cohn of The Upshot, to tell us what impact this could have on the election.

A Party in Revolt  

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 recover from that?

The Trump Tapes, Part II: ‘Bottomless Pit of Need’  

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: fixated on his own celebrity, anxious about losing his status, and contemptuous of those who fall from grace.

The Trump Tapes, Part I: ‘He Doesn’t Know Himself’  

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 of our two-part psychological portrait of Mr. Trump.

The Final Debate: A Late-Night Analysis  

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?  

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 speak to a longtime researcher of polling psychology, Kyle Dropp, about a phenomenon that could be Mr. Trump’s last hope.

‘He Was Like an Octopus’  

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 to say, yes, in fact, he has. It happened to her, she says. Mr. Trump denies her account. Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey tell the story of the days that followed.

Sex and Power  

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 on gender, politics and culture. She speaks with Maggie Haberman, who has covered both Hillary Clinton and Mr. Trump, and Maureen Dowd, The Times’s Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and a historian of the Clintons.

Worst Job Ever?  

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, Peter Baker, who has written a book about Vice President Dick Cheney’s relationship with President George W. Bush, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.” We also talk with Amy Chozick and Jonathan Martin, political reporters for The New York Times, about what we know about Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence, the current candidates for the job and whether, once elected, Hillary Clinton or Donald J. Trump is prepared to hand over real responsibility and stature to either of them.

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