Podcasts ramp up as Election Day nears
As the 2016 election season has ramped up to a fever pitch in the United States, a swath of political podcasts have come on the scene, topping podcast charts and publishing relentlessly as voters seek the latest news and commentary on the presidential race. With all three televised national debates behind us and just a week to go before voters head to the voting booths, the polls continue to shift. This recent quote from the FiveThirtyEight Elections podcast might sum it up best: “The one big question: is the race for president tightening? One word answer… Yes.” (Click the GIF below to see the tweet with audio.)
Many of you have been helping test our podcast clipmaker, which makes it possible to quickly clip podcasts quotes and share them on Twitter. We thought we’d take this opportunity to share some salient podcast moments with you:
- Maureen Down riffs on Donald Trump on the NYTimes podcast The Run-Up.
- Campaign strategist Joe Trippi suggests the Green Party could take over the Democratic party on the Forbes podcast Hiding in the Bathroom.
- The hosts, all former Obama presidential aides, of the Ringer podcast Keepin’ it 1600 liken Marco Rubio to NBA player Kwame Brown.
- On the New Statesman podcast, Helen Lewis admits she’s re-watching The West Wing because it’s the only place she can find “people run a functional government.”
And a throwback to earlier this year, when fiction author Brad Thor likened a Trump presidency to an “extinction level event” on The Glenn Beck Show, ultimately resulting in Beck’s temporary suspension from SiriusXM. (Beck’s show was reinstated shortly thereafter.) Upon further questioning, Thor clarified: “Hell no, I wasn’t talking about assassination.”
Got a favorite segment (political or otherwise) you’d like to share? Search for it at www.audiosear.ch — if you see a scissors + Twitter bird icon on the episode page, feel free to clip and tweet away:
We’ll leave you with this segment on storytelling from Face The Nation 2016 Diary, where John Dickerson says, “There are no stories in presidential politics the way there used to be. Candidates used to tell real stories about human beings. …We know since voters vote based on emotion and projection, we should hear stories all day long.” He illustrates his point with an excerpt from a story Barack Obama told in 2008 at the Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta, Georgia.
Happy clipping — and for those of you voting in the U.S., don’t forget to vote!