hosted by Ben Philpott & Jay Root

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.

Featured Episode

Episode 26: Post-Election Chat

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Episode 61: How 2016 Affects 2018

This week, the polls have gotten so close that it looks like the assumed Clinton victory is more of a toss-up. So the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott will talk about where...
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Episode 60: Explaining Why the Polls Are Not Rigged

This week, the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott tackle some of Donald Trump’s assertions that the polls showing him behind…are wrong. They’ll talk with political researcher and pollster Stefan Hankin to break...
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Episode 59: Let’s End the 2016 Election with a Little Humor

This week, the Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott taped before a crowd at KLRU’s historic studio 6A, former host of the iconic TV show Austin City Limits. While the crowd was waiting on...
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Episode 58: What’s Next for America and Voters after 2016?

This week, two debates down…one to go. We’ll chat a little about what happened Sunday night and what’s happened since. And while reporters across the country try to make sense of this sometimes nonsensical election...
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Episode 57: Why Do Ohio and Florida Get to Have All the Fun?

This week on the show: The Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott are joined by UT-Austin professor Daron Shaw to go over the history and infamy of the Electoral College. The two will also...
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Episode 56: Trump and Clinton Finally Face Off

This week on the show: The Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott record the podcast LIVE at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin just before the September 26th Presidential debate. Ben and Jay get...
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Episode 55: Getting Ready for the Presidential Debates

This week on the show: The Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott catch up on the big news from the campaign trail. Including Hillary’s health, the Donald’s debate prep, and whether or not Texas...
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Episode 54: Trump’s Immigration Speech

This week on The Ticket 2016: Donald Trump delivered a 75-minute, 10-point speech on what he would do to change our country’s immigration system. To help you digest the speech, the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root...
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Episode 53: Donald Trump Came to Austin, and You’ll Totally Believe What Happened Next.

This week on the show: Republican Nominee Donald Trump was in Austin to raise money, tape a show with FOX News host Sean Hannity, and hold a rally before thousands of supporters. KUT’s Ben Philpott...
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Episode 52: If Clinton Makes A Mistake, But Trump Does Too, Does Anyone Notice?

This week on the show: KUT‘s Ben Philpott and the Texas Tribune‘s Jay Root spent last week going over a few examples of Donald Trump’s rocky road transitioning from GOP Primary Candidate to Republican Nominee....
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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...