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The Science of Politics

By Niskanen Center

The Niskanen Center’s The Science of Politics podcast features up-and-coming researchers delivering fresh insights on the big trends driving American politics today. Get beyond punditry to data-driven understanding of today’s Washington with host and political scientist Matt Grossmann. Each 30-45-minute episode covers two new cutting-edge studies and interviews two researchers.

  1. 1.
    Compromise Still Works in Congress and with Voters11/18/2020
    49:59
  2. 2.
    Interpreting the Early Results of the 2020 Election with G. Elliott Morris11/04/2020
    1:00:50
  3. 3.
    How Court Nominations Polarize Interest Groups and Voters10/21/2020
    43:30
  4. 4.
    Why Do Americans Accept Democratic Backsliding?10/07/2020
    42:05
  5. 5.
    Racial Protest, Violence, and Backlash09/23/2020
    52:26
  6. 6.
    How Rich White Residents and Interest Groups Rule Local Politics09/09/2020
    51:40
  7. 7.
    How the Plutocrats Win from the Populist Right08/26/2020
    52:03
  8. 8.
    The Roots of the Parties' Racial Switch08/12/2020
    53:36
  1. 9.
    How Donor Opinion Distorts American Parties07/29/2020
    41:18
  2. 10.
    How the Supreme Court Shapes (and is Shaped by) its Public Support07/15/2020
    40:23
  3. 11.
    How Overpoliced Communities Become Politically Engaged07/01/2020
    52:57
  4. 12.
    How Republicans Lost 2018 by Being Too Close to Trump06/17/2020
    45:11
  5. 13.
    How Protests Change Parties and Elections06/03/2020
    36:59
  6. 14.
    How Much Do Vice Presidential Running Mates Matter?05/20/2020
    44:17
  7. 15.
    What Became of Never Trump Republicans?05/06/2020
    50:17
  8. 16.
    Republicans Successfully Politicized Ebola. Can They Do it Again in 2020?04/22/2020
    46:47
  9. 17.
    Why are Black Conservatives Still Democrats?04/08/2020
    52:30
  10. 18.
    How Anxiety and Crises Change Our Political Behavior03/25/2020
    44:43
  11. 19.
    How News and Social Media Shape American Voters03/11/2020
    53:28
  12. 20.
    How Record Television Advertising Is Shaping American Elections02/26/2020
    38:11
  13. 21.
    How to Build Institutions, Not Political Hobbies02/12/2020
    45:46
  14. 22.
    Can America Become a Multiparty System?01/29/2020
    48:28
  15. 23.
    Did Americans' Racial Attitudes Elect Trump?01/15/2020
    56:03
  16. 24.
    Women's Voting Over 100 Years01/02/2020
    45:24
  17. 25.
    Will Trump Anger Motivate Black Turnout?12/18/2019
    50:41
  18. 26.
    Do Republicans and Democrats Get Different Results?12/04/2019
    45:49
  19. 27.
    Do Early Primary States Still Pick Presidents?11/20/2019
    46:58
  20. 28.
    The Electoral Effects of Impeachment11/06/2019
    40:02
  21. 29.
    How Trump Politicized Refugees10/23/2019
    51:52
  22. 30.
    How Bureaucrats Make Good Policy10/09/2019
    43:01
  23. 31.
    Have Conservatives Transformed the States?09/25/2019
    55:30
  24. 32.
    The American Public's Growing Ideological Sophistication09/10/2019
    43:04
  25. 33.
    Why Americans Dislike Government, Even When It Works08/28/2019
    46:49
  26. 34.
    How Presidential Debates Influence Voters08/14/2019
    35:39
  27. 35.
    Ep 48: Will a Good Economy Save Trump?07/31/2019
    42:13
  28. 36.
    Explaining the Urban-Rural Political Divide07/17/2019
    51:02
  29. 37.
    Can Diversity and Liberalism Rise Together?07/03/2019
    39:42
  30. 38.
    Do the Parties Favor White Male Candidates?06/19/2019
    45:36
  31. 39.
    If Moderates are Electable, Why are Ideologues Winning?06/05/2019
    49:03
  32. 40.
    How Medicaid and Obamacare Drive Voting05/22/2019
    47:30
  33. 41.
    How Not-In-My-Backyard Politics Keep Housing Costs High05/08/2019
    1:01:24
  34. 42.
    When and Where Can Climate Policy Succeed?04/24/2019
    1:06:22
  35. 43.
    Higher Education: An Engine of Social Mobility...or a Driver of Inequality?04/10/2019
    59:51
  36. 44.
    Episode 39: Is White Identity Causing an Immigration Backlash?03/27/2019
    1:07:28
  37. 45.
    How Philanthropy Diverts Social Movements03/13/2019
    56:50
  38. 46.
    Why Governments Give Away Economic Incentives That Increase Inequality02/27/2019
    37:42
  39. 47.
    How Online Media Polarizes and Encourages Voters02/13/2019
    50:41
  40. 48.
    Does Diversity in Congress Translate into Representation?01/30/2019
    35:35
  41. 49.
    Did Chinese Trade Competition Increase Nativism and Elect Trump?01/16/2019
    46:18
  42. 50.
    Are Divided Governments the Cause of Delays and Shutdowns?01/02/2019
    35:53
  43. 51.
    How Public Policy Intentionally Segregated American Homeowners12/19/2018
    49:36
  44. 52.
    Does Anyone Speak for the Poor in Congress?12/05/2018
    44:19
  45. 53.
    Interpreting the 2018 Election11/20/2018
    35:01
  46. 54.
    How Americans' Politics Drives Their Religious Views11/08/2018
    45:01
  47. 55.
    How TV and Service Projects Impact What Americans Believe About Inequality10/24/2018
    35:17
  48. 56.
    How the Democrat and Republican Parties Are Changing10/10/2018
    40:37
  49. 57.
    How Marriage and Inequality Reinforce Political Polarization09/26/2018
    18:58
  50. 58.
    How the Tea Party Paved the Way for Donald Trump09/12/2018
    22:32
  51. 59.
    How Citizens Match their Issue Positions to Candidates and Causes08/29/2018
    22:16
  52. 60.
    How Campaign Money Has Changed Elections After Citizens United08/15/2018
    21:21
  53. 61.
    How the Federalist Society Changed the Supreme Court Vetting Process08/01/2018
    20:22
  54. 62.
    Does Nationalized Media Mean the Death of Local Politics?07/18/2018
    22:46
  55. 63.
    Did Facebook Really Polarize and Misinform the 2016 Electorate?07/05/2018
    20:10
  56. 64.
    Who’s More Afraid of Democracy: the Center or the Right?06/20/2018
    19:50
  57. 65.
    When Liberals and Conservatives Use Genetics to Explain Human Difference06/06/2018
    20:08
  58. 66.
    How Labor Unions Impact Inequality - And Whether That Justifies the Legacy Costs They Leave05/23/2018
    19:00
  59. 67.
    Anti-Immigration Politics: Is California's Past the Republicans' Future?05/09/2018
    21:26
  60. 68.
    How Debt Finance Leads to War and Defense Spending04/25/2018
    19:41
  61. 69.
    How Racial Stereotypes Impacted Voting for Obama and Trump04/11/2018
    18:42
  62. 70.
    Are Red and Blue States Making Red and Blue Policies?03/28/2018
    18:26
  63. 71.
    Are Americans Becoming Tribal, with Identity Politics Trumping All?03/14/2018
    19:47
  64. 72.
    Do Americans Implicitly Trust Government, Despite our Public Anger?02/28/2018
    17:19
  65. 73.
    The Resistance: Who is Protesting Trump and Are They Changing Public Views?02/13/2018
    17:41
  66. 74.
    Congressional Primaries: How the Parties Fight Insurgents01/31/2018
    18:20
  67. 75.
    Does the Tax Law Signal Change in How Parties use Tax Credits and Deductions?01/17/2018
    18:52
  68. 76.
    Rules Around the Senate Filibuster01/03/2018
    19:06
  69. 77.
    Multi-Racial Electoral Coalitions for Minority Candidates12/20/2017
    17:23
  70. 78.
    How Gun Politics and Gun Policy Polarize America12/06/2017
    16:57
  71. 79.
    How the House Freedom Caucus Gains Power in Congress11/22/2017
    15:37
  72. 80.
    Polarized Opinion on Climate Change and Messages that Move Conservatives11/08/2017
    16:31
  73. 81.
    Why Republican Women Don't Run for Office and Why It Matters for the Gender Gap in Voting10/24/2017
    16:52
  74. 82.
    How Fox News Channel Spreads its Message and Persuades Viewers10/05/2017
    13:50

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