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A deep dive on the most important policy, political, and campaign story of the week, powered by National Journal’s expert correspondents. New episodes every Monday.

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National Journal Radio Episode 4: The State of Affairs in Mar-a-Lago

September 04, 2022 22:16 - 31 minutes - 43.2 MB

National Journal Editor-in-Chief Jeff Dufour dives into the presidential beat with White House correspondent George Condon to discuss former President Trump's history with sensitive information and President Biden potentially getting on track with his agenda with student loan relief.

National Journal Radio Episode 3: On, Wisconsin!

August 22, 2022 15:51 - 30 minutes - 42.2 MB

Our expert reporters continue to share their findings from their reporting trips and Hotline Editor Kirk A. Bado has Senate races reporter Matt Holt to discuss the Wisconsin Senate race now that the matchup is finalized between Democrat Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Republican Senator Ron Johnson.

National Journal Radio Episode 2: Jump In The Fire

August 15, 2022 16:27 - 26 minutes - 36.7 MB

In this episode, National Journal Managing Editor Mackenzie Weinger dives in deep with climate reporter Brian Dabbs on the emerging issue of forest fires in Northern California and what help the federal government is providing local leaders on the ground. Listen as Dabbs breaks down his findings from his recent trip to the Tahoe National Forest.

National Journal Episode 1: Brave New World

August 09, 2022 22:19 - 23 minutes - 32.4 MB

National Journal unveils its new deep-dive podcast, National Journal Radio where expert correspondents go into detail about the most important stories. To kick things off, Hotline Managing Editor Kirk A. Bado speaks with House Races Correspondent Erin Covey about her trip covering Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney's reelection race and what this could mean for 2024.

Introducing a new podcast from National Journal

July 07, 2022 19:07 - 41 seconds - 964 KB

Hotline Editor Kirk Bado shares news about an upcoming new podcast from National Journal. Follow National Journal on Twitter for more updates!

Episode 166: The Final Countdown

June 16, 2022 21:32 - 45 minutes - 63 MB

Republican strategist Scott Jennings joins the final "Against the Grain" show to make predictions about 2022, and assess the state of the GOP's Senate recruiting class.

Episode 165: When There's a Will, There's a Way

June 08, 2022 13:25 - 39 minutes - 54.9 MB

Massachusetts Rep. Jake Auchincloss talks about inflation, gun control and the divisions within the Democratic Party. 

Episode 164: What's the Matter With Pennsylvania?

June 03, 2022 22:39 - 41 minutes - 56.9 MB

Former GOP Rep. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania shares thoughts on Doug Mastriano, and the state's wide-open Senate race.

Episode 163: Silver Linings Playbook

May 27, 2022 21:31 - 41 minutes - 57.5 MB

Democratic strategist J.J. Balaban breaks down the latest political developments in Pennsylvania, including Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman's chances in the Senate race and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro's odds in the governor's race.

Against the Grain Episode 162: Paging the Hotline

May 11, 2022 01:17 - 33 minutes - 46.1 MB

Hotline Managing Editor Kirk A. Bado talks about the Pennsylvania and North Carolina primaries happening next week and which candidates could win big.

Episode 161: Culture War on Steroids

May 06, 2022 20:23 - 43 minutes - 59.5 MB

Democratic strategist Doug Thornell talks about abortion politics, the Ohio primaries, and how Democrats can overcome their challenges in the 2022 midterms. 

Episode 160: The Way to Win

April 29, 2022 20:42 - 50 minutes - 69.3 MB

Republican strategist Liam Donovan assesses how promising the political environment is for Republicans, whether Biden can be helpful to downballot Democrats, and assesses which of the GOP's candidates will sink or swim in 2022.

Episode 159: What Happens in Vegas

April 20, 2022 22:37 - 49 minutes - 68 MB

The Nevada Independent's Jon Ralston breaks down the various races happening in Nevada in the midterms.

Episode 158: Prediction Time

April 14, 2022 21:12 - 42 minutes - 59 MB

David Wasserman, House editor of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, breaks down the current political environment, offers analysis of the hottest upcoming primaries and anticipates who's going to run for president in 2024.

Episode 157: The Democrats' Diagnosis

April 07, 2022 22:04 - 49 minutes - 67.4 MB

Former DCCC executive director Dan Sena joins the podcast to discuss the gender gap between male and female voters, which states are the biggest political battleground of 2022, and explains why immigration is such a treacherous issue for Democrats these days.

Episode 156: Matt Lewis and the News

March 31, 2022 21:15 - 43 minutes - 60.3 MB

Daily Beast columnist Matt Lewis discusses whether President Biden can turn around his political fortunes, the significance of cultural issues in politics and whether any MAGA Republican officials will lose primaries this year. 

Episode 155: Number Brunching

March 25, 2022 00:33 - 43 minutes - 59.7 MB

Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson of Echelon Insights breaks down her firm's new polling on the midterms, and the public's appetite for intervening to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia.

Episode 154: Delayed By Redistricting

March 17, 2022 22:03 - 49 minutes - 67.5 MB

Sabato's Crystal Ball Managing Editor Kyle Kondik joins the podcast to talk about redistricting updates, how inflation has emerged as a concern for voters this midterm election season, and the impact of Ukraine on American politics.

Episode 153: Trick or Treat

March 11, 2022 01:48 - 47 minutes - 65.2 MB

American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Floyd ranks her top GOP oppo research targets, how Democrats should target rural voters and how her group's scope has expanded beyond simply digging up dirt on the opposition. 

Episode 152: The State of the Union Isn't Strong

March 03, 2022 23:36 - 44 minutes - 61.4 MB

Republican strategist and CNN analyst Scott Jennings joins the show to talk about Biden's State of the Union address, whether Russia's war against Ukraine will have a notable impact in American politics and the feud between Mitch McConnell and Rick Scott within GOP Senate leadership. 

Episode 151: New World Order

February 24, 2022 23:26 - 44 minutes - 61.3 MB

The Cook Political Report's Jessica Taylor joins the podcast to talk about how Russia's invasion of Ukraine affects domestic politics, previews new Senate ratings in two key races and breaks down the biggest midterm races in 2022 that will determine which party controls Congress.

Episode 150: The No-Spin Zone

February 17, 2022 23:11 - 56 minutes - 77 MB

Democratic strategist Lis Smith, who engineered Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign in 2020, talks about how the Democratic party needs to moderate its message on crime, COVID and education.

Episode 149: Eye on the Prize

February 11, 2022 00:50 - 46 minutes - 64.3 MB

Former Virginia Rep. Tom Davis comes on the podcast to talk about how Republicans can hone in their strategy on the path to winning in the midterms.

Episode 148: Living La Vida Loca

February 04, 2022 00:33 - 52 minutes - 71.6 MB

Former Democratic National Committee communications director Xochitl Hinojosa joins the podcast to talk about President Biden's newfound focus on crime and the Democratic party's recent struggles with Hispanic voters.

Episode 147: Parents vs. School Boards

January 27, 2022 23:17 - 50 minutes - 69.6 MB

Purple Strategies' Rory Cooper talks about the masking and education debates in Virginia, the outlook for midterms and the political implications of Justice Breyer's retirement.

Episode 146: Cleanup on Aisle Psaki

January 21, 2022 00:11 - 50 minutes - 69.3 MB

Politico's co-author of the West Wing Playbook Alex Thompson talks about President Biden's press conference and whether his administration is looking to correct course. 

Episode 145: No Rest for the Weary

January 14, 2022 22:16 - 35 minutes - 48.8 MB

Democratic strategist Adrienne Elrod argues it's still important for the Biden administration to "go big or go home" despite voting rights and social spending legislation unlikely to pass through Congress.

Episode 144: Let the Midterm Races Begin

January 07, 2022 23:26 - 50 minutes - 70 MB

Republican strategist Brad Todd talks about Biden’s dependence on his base and his outlook on the 2022 midterms.

Episode 143: Breaking Down Redistricting

December 16, 2021 23:00 - 39 minutes - 53.7 MB

The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter's Dave Wasserman comes on the podcast to discuss redistricting, offers his outlook for the 2022 elections, and lists several lawmakers whose fortunes took the greatest hit as a result of the new Congressional lines.

Episode 142: Back to Business

December 09, 2021 00:44 - 52 minutes - 71.8 MB

Narrative Strategies' founding partner Ken Spain, a former communications director at the National Republican Congressional Committee, talks about Republican chances in the midterms, rates Kevin McCarthy's efforts in unifying a fractious Republican caucus, and discusses how companies and CEOs should position themselves in today's polarized climate.

Against the Grain Episode 141: Food Fight

December 01, 2021 22:53 - 50 minutes - 69.4 MB

Strategist Dan Sena comes on the podcast to talk about how Democrats can turn their political fortunes around, and the political implications if Roe vs. Wade is overturned.

Against the Grain Episode 140: Under the Magnifying Glass

November 18, 2021 22:51 - 49 minutes - 67.7 MB

Axiom Strategies Vice President Kristin Davison talks managing the Glenn Youngkin campaign to an upset victory.

Against the Grain Episode 139: How to Fix Congress

November 09, 2021 22:10 - 39 minutes - 53.9 MB

Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Rep. William Timmons (R-SC) come onto the podcast to talk about the Modernization committee's work and solutions for creating bipartisanship.

Against the Grain Episode 138: About Last Night

November 04, 2021 22:59 - 51 minutes - 71 MB

Third Way Executive Vice President for Public Affairs Matt Bennett comes onto the podcast to break down how Republicans won in Virginia, and how progressives lost badly in local races.

Against the Grain Episode 137: Tug of War

October 28, 2021 23:42 - 44 minutes - 60.9 MB

CBS News senior political correspondent Ed O'Keefe talks about President Biden's push to win Democratic support for his agenda, the too-close-to-call Virginia governors race and what it's like to cover the White House.

Against the Grain Episode 136: The Main Thing

October 18, 2021 19:33 - 54 minutes - 74.9 MB

Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report comes on the podcast to talk about Biden's challenges as a first term president, the pandemic influencing voter priorities and the outlook on midterm elections. 

Against the Grain Episode 135: Virginia State of Mind

October 12, 2021 16:32 - 44 minutes - 61.3 MB

Former Virginia congressman Tom Davis, a moderate Republican, breaks down the Virginia governors' race, its role in national politics, and how education has become the hottest topic in the race.

Against the Grain Episode 134: Missing the Mark

October 07, 2021 21:25 - 48 minutes - 66.5 MB

Democratic pollster Mark Mellman comes on the podcast to discuss Biden's sinking approval numbers, growing anti-Israel sentiments in the Democratic party, and the challenges Democrats face to pass the president's agenda.  

Against the Grain Episode 133: Diagnosing the Pandemic

September 30, 2021 22:27 - 50 minutes - 68.8 MB

Former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who is out with a new bestselling book, “Uncontrolled Spread: Why Covid-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic," discusses when the pandemic will end, explains why Biden's vaccine mandate for private employers could backfire, and pinpoints the government's biggest mistakes throughout the COVID crisis.

Against the Grain Episode 132: Democrats Divided

September 24, 2021 21:53 - 45 minutes - 63.1 MB

Center for American Progress senior fellow Ruy Teixeira joins the show to discuss the problems Democrats face by positioning themselves too far to the left on cultural issues. He also critiques how Democrats have handled the infrastructure and social spending legislation now before Congress.

Against the Grain: Episode 131: David Vs. Goliath

September 17, 2021 20:34 - 52 minutes - 73.3 MB

Washington Examiner Senior Political Correspondent David Drucker joins the podcast to discuss his upcoming book, the retirement of Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, and the Virginia governor’s race.

Episode 130: Republican Reboot

September 09, 2021 22:31 - 49 minutes - 68 MB

Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan joined the podcast to talk about his new book GOP 2.0 on why he believes the GOP needs to move on from former President Trump. He also discusses the state's Senate race and the 2024 presidential election.

Episode 129: Not-so-Lazy Days of Summer

August 13, 2021 21:42 - 54 minutes - 74.9 MB

Republican strategist Scott Jennings joins the podcast to talk about the bipartisan infrastructure bill, mask and vaccine mandates, and the Biden administration's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

Episode 128: Behind Shontel Brown’s Victory

August 05, 2021 23:57 - 50 minutes - 72.3 MB

Democratic strategists Daniel Barash and Doug Thornell of SKDK join the podcast to reflect on their work on Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown's campaign against former Our Revolution President Nina Turner in the special election primary to replace HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge.

Episode 127: Staying on Message

July 29, 2021 20:37 - 53 minutes - 73.3 MB

Republican strategist Jordan Shaw talks about pandemic politics as mask mandates return. Shaw also discusses 2022 Republican primaries in swing states like North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where he's representing Pat McCrory and Sean Parnell in those respective Senate races.

Episode 126: Running in Place

July 15, 2021 18:44 - 48 minutes - 67.2 MB

Jonathan Martin, national political correspondent for the New York Times and a Hotline alum, joins the podcast to discuss covering the Trump era, races to watch, and the evolution of political journalism.

Episode 125: Golden State of Mind

July 09, 2021 00:10 - 42 minutes - 58.1 MB

Policy adviser Lanhee Chen talks about his campaign for state controller of California and the challenges of running as a Republican statewide. Chen also discusses the gubernatorial recall effort and the state government's approach to crime.

Episode 124: Dan's Plan

July 01, 2021 23:56 - 50 minutes - 70 MB

Dan Sena, founding partner of Sena Kozar Strategies and former executive director of the DCCC, joins the podcast to discuss the 2020 election, Hispanic voters, and the Democratic coalition. 

Against the Grain Episode 123: The Narrow Path

June 21, 2021 23:38 - 47 minutes - 65.5 MB

Sean Trende, the senior elections analyst at RealClearPolitics, joins the podcast to discuss the 2022 outlook, Republican and Democratic rhetoric on crime, and the Biden administration's political success six months in.

Against the Grain Episode 123: The Narrow Path

June 21, 2021 23:38 - 47 minutes - 65.5 MB

Sean Trende, the senior elections analyst at RealClearPolitics, joins the podcast to discuss the 2022 outlook, Republican and Democratic rhetoric on crime, and the Biden administration's political success six months in.


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