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Partisan Deadlock and the Value of Listening

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August 09, 2016

The American Interest Podcast

Good evening, podcast listeners! On this week’s episode host Richard Aldous speaks with Michael Barone about what lies ahead for this year’s election before discussing the value of listening to Trump voters with David Blankenhorn.

We are first joined by Michael Barone, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, senior political analyst at the Washington Examiner, and longtime co-author of The Almanac of American Politics. He discusses the polarized electorate, the relative paucity of electoral examples our country has, this year’s disruptive candidates, and why the Trump phenomenon caught so many by surprise.

Then, David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values, returns to the show to discuss his recent efforts to speak—and more importantly listen to—Trump supporters. He examines their motivations, speaks about their grievances, and looks at what Trump’s ascendancy means for the country.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes where you can also leave a review, and follow David Blankenhorn @blankenhorn3, Michael Barone @MichaelBarone, and Richard Aldous @RJAldous on Twitter.