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Each week KUT's Ben Philpott and the Tribune's Jay Root provide a rundown
of the week's campaign actions and bring you interviews with people who
make a living working on, covering or commenting on the campaigns.

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Episode 52: If Clinton Makes A Mistake, But Trump Does Too, Does Anyone Notice?

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Episode 51: Trump’s Bounce Fades After DNC

This week on the show: With the party conventions finally over, the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott will dive into what the race looks likes as the campaigns really kick off. And...
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Episode 50: Heart-Bern in Philadelphia

This week on The Ticket 2016:  KUT’s Ben Philpott and the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root check back in with Google Data Editor Simon Rogers on what kind of internet searches are being inspired from the...
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Episode 49: What People are Searching for in Cleveland

This week on The Ticket 2016:  This week KUT’s Ben Philpott talks with Google Data Editor Simon Rogers about some of the real time reactions to the speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland....
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Episode 48: Border Wall and Muslim Ban Doesn’t Bother Texas Voters

This week on The Ticket: The Texas Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott check in with UT-Austin pollster Jim Henson to see if the national GOP concerns about Donald Trump have trickled down to...
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Episode 47: After Orlando, Trump and Clinton Talk Public Safety, But Does Anyone Feel Safer?

This week on The Ticket 2016: In the wake of another horrific mass shooting, the Presidential candidates were quick to explain how their administration would help reduce this kind of crime. To help explain what...
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Episode 46: Here’s Why Some Republicans Still Can’t Get Behind Trump

This week on The Ticket 2016: The different faces of the Never Trump movement. While much of the party leadership has gotten behind Donald Trump, there are still plenty of conservative voters who aren’t sure...
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Episode 45: How Can Democrats Trump the Donald?

This week on The Ticket 2016: Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. On the Democratic side…the battle goes on. KUT’s Ben Philpott talks with CNN commentator Paul Begala about what’s left in that race…and...
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Episode 44: You Just Lost a Campaign, What Are You Going to Do Next?

This week on The Ticket 2016: It’s been just over a week since Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican Presidential nomination race. He popped up over the weekend at the Kentucky Derby…and headed back...
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Episode 43: Down Ballot Dilemma – What Trump’s Nomination Means for Other GOP Candidates

This week on The Ticket 2016: Still no Jay. But also no more Cruz, no more Kasich and lots of questions for the GOP. With Donald Trump assured the Republican Presidential nomination, dozens of Republican...
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Episode 42: Presidential Candidates Wonder Who’s Master of Their Domain

This week on The Ticket 2016: This week on the show…The Texas Tribune’s Jay Root is out of town again. But there’s still plenty to talk about. First up KUT’s Ben Philpott will go over...
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Episode 41: Breaking Down the New York Primary

This week on The Ticket 2016: After two weeks of campaigning across New York…Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton came away with big wins. But as we learned in previous weeks…big wins don’t mean as much...
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Episode 40: Can Alexander Hamilton Stop Donald Trump?

This week on The Ticket: KUT’s Ben Philpott dives back into the Donald Trump Presidential campaign. First he’ll talk with Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey about whether or not journalists should be blamed for...
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Episode 39: 3rd Parties in the U.S.A.

This week on The Ticket 2016: Republicans and Democrats aren’t the only parties running for President. There will be several 3rd party candidates trying their luck in November. The Texas Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s...
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Episode 38: The Year Paid Political Advertising Died

This week on The Ticket 2016: While we’re waiting for the parties to figure out who will be the nominees, the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott will talk about the ads and...
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Episode 37: The Rules and Regulations of a Contested Convention

This week on The Ticket 2016: The Texas Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott will try to explain what could happen at this summer’s Republican National Convention…if none of the candidates have enough delegates...
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Episode 36: Super Tuesday and Surprise Endorsements

This week on The Ticket: KUT’s Ben Philpott and the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root bring you a mini-episode with our takes on the March 1st Super Tuesday elections. We’ll also hear from Matt Katz of...
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Episode 35: What Do Hispanic Republicans Do Now?

This week on The Ticket 2016: The Texas Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott talk with national Hispanic activist, and former Jeb Bush supporter, Temo Muniz about the Republican primary. Specifically, what do he...
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Episode 34: The Palmetto Primary

This week on The Ticket 2016: Coming to you LIVE (on tape) from the BELO Center for New Media at UT-Austin, the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT Ben Philpott get you ready for the...
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Episode 33: Life on the Road in Iowa

This week on The Ticket: KUT’s Ben Philpott takes us behind the scenes for a look at what it’s like covering a Presidential campaign in Iowa. The Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek joins in to break...
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Episode 32: Explaining the Insanity of the Delegate System

This week on The Ticket 2016: Everything you wanted to know about how the presidential primary delegate system works…but were afraid to ask. From the number needed to win a party nomination, to how different...
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Episode 31: Cruzin’ to Caucus

This week on The Ticket 2016: There’s less than a month until the Iowa Caucuses…and we have a new frontrunner. Texas Senator Ted Cruz has taken the spotlight after recent polls has him jumping ahead...
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Episode 30: How Opposition Research Affects a Campaign

This week on the The Ticket 2016: It’s the season of the brown envelope. What’s in these anonymous packages dropped on a journalist’s desk? Pictures, audio, documents…all aimed at discrediting a political candidate. The Texas...
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Episode 29: Giving Thanks for the 2016 Campaign

This week on The Ticket: KUT’s Ben Philpott and the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root give thanks for the sound bites and moments in the 2016 Presidential race that make it so much fun to cover....
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Episode 28: How the Paris Attacks Affect 2016 GOP Campaigns

This week on The Ticket: KUT’s Ben Philpott and the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root dive into how Texas Senator Ted Cruz is using the terrorist attacks in Pairs in his 2016 Presidential campaign. And how...
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Episode 27: Christie, Cruz, and Full Contact Campaigning

This week on the The Ticket: Two of the big winners from the October 28th GOP debate were Ted Cruz and Chris Christie. Both made waves by attacking the media, and both drew rave reviews...
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Episode 26: Debate Prep (Rebroadcast)

This week on the Ticket: With the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT New’s Ben Philpott hard at work on other projects, we’re bringing you a vintage episode of the podcast. It’s Retro…it’s historical….it’s actually...
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Episode 25: The Snapchat Election

This week on The Ticket: In 2008, POLITICO and Huffington Post took center stage in the presidential race. In 2012…we saw the rise of BuzzFeed. In 2016, some think this will be the year of...
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Episode 24: The First Democratic Debate

This week on The Ticket: Sure most of the political attention is in the early primary states, but the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott think the Texas primary on March 1st is...
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Episode 23: Throwback Thursday with Bernie Sanders

This week on The Ticket: Bernie Sanders has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2016 Presidential campaign. But those who know the Vermont Senator’s history aren’t surprised at all. The Texas Tribune’s Jay...
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Episode 22: Religion’s Role in the 2016 Race

This week on The Ticket: The Texas Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott look at the role religion is playing in the 2016 presidential race. They talk with Sarah Posner of Religion Dispatches on...
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Episode 21: The GOP Debate on Immigration

This week on The Ticket: The Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott tackle immigration policy. The topic had a moment in the spotlight at the 2nd GOP debate. But Republicans are divided on how...
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Episode 20: Defining Moments (so far) in the 2016 Race

This week on The Ticket: It’s debate time once again for the Republican presidential candidates. So to help us explain how the candidates have done so far and what each needs to do to strengthen...
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Episode 19: Will Joe Biden Join the Race?

This week on The Ticket: The Texas Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott dive into the growing speculation that Vice President Joe Biden will run for the Democratic nomination. They’ll talk with ABC News...