Full episode - March 13, 2020
Coronavirus has caused the cancellation of major sporting events, religious services, and other mass gatherings. It's even forced presidential contenders to rethink the way they campaign as people begin self-isolating. This week, Politics with Amy Walter takes a look at how the pandemic is reverberating across politics. Michigan will have an outsized role come November. This is why Biden's performance in the swing state mattered a great deal during Tuesday's primary where he won every county in the state. Maya King of Politico, Ruby Cramer of BuzzFeed News, and Democratic strategist Joel Payne join us to discuss the primary results and what it means for the future of Bernie Sanders' campaign.  Mayor Michael Taylor of Sterling Heights in Macomb County Michigan has voted for Republicans his whole life, but that changed ahead of his state's primary. Although Macomb County supported President Obama twice, it flipped for Trump in 2016. The county has traditionally been a bellwether in elections: whoever wins this blue-collar county wins the state. Mayor Taylor shares why he can no longer support Trump. In the midst of election season, Jessica Huseman of ProPublica's Electionland project analyzes what about the election process has changed since 2016 and how that will affect turnout.   Plus, Reid Wilson, national correspondent at The Hill and author of "Epidemic: Ebola and the Global Scramble to Prevent the Next Killer Outbreak," joins Politics to discuss the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic.  Check out our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus outbreak here.
Full episode - March 12, 2020
As the Threat of the Coronavirus Grows, President Trump Addresses the Nation President Trump addresses the nation as the threat of the coronavirus grows. For Low-Income Americans, Coronavirus is Difficult to Avoid Though nobody is immune to coronavirus, it is expected to have a disproportionate impact on lower-income communities.  How the Coronavirus is Affecting Washington's Homeless Population Washington State is dealing with one of the most serious COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. One population is especially vulnerable, those experiencing homelessness. Bonus: Trump Endorses Jeff Sessions' Opponent in Alabama Senate Race President Trump has endorsed former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville over his former Attorney General.  "Democracy Can Be Lost": Writer David Simon on Adapting 'The Plot Against America' in 2020 The political ascendancy of Donald Trump convinced writer David Simon that Philip Roth's 2005 novel "The Plot Against America" was worth adapting for television. 
Full episode - March 11, 2020
Italy Issues Nationwide Lockdown Amid Growing Coronavirus Outbreak The death toll there has now reached more than 600, with a total of roughly 10,000 cases. Is the Coronavirus Changing How We Look At Public Spaces? More public spaces and events continue to close as the number of coronavirus cases increase, creating a fearful atmosphere in these areas. Primary Results Are In and Joe Biden Leads Joe Biden once again has a stellar turnout, this could almost ensure his nomination as the Democratic candidate. Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker Sees a Changing Landscape for LGBTQ Politicians The Takeaway speaks with former Houston Mayor Annise Parker about her experience as an openly gay mayor in a red state and how she's thinking about this moment in American politics.
Full episode - March 10, 2020
Bernie Sanders Dominates in the Muslim Vote  It’s the second big contest of the Democratic primary and there’s a lot at stake. For Bernie Sanders, it’s a chance to show that he’s still competitive in this primary.  'A Day Without Us': Mexican Women Strike to Protest Femicide Women in Mexico's capital turned out for one of the largest protests in years on International Women's Day to call attention to gender-based violence. The Environmental Impact of Plastic Bag Bans On Sunday, New York’s ban on plastic bags went into effect. The Takeaway speaks with two experts about how effective plastic bag bans are for the environment and consumer waste habits. Bonus: The High-Stakes in the L.A. County District Attorney Race L.A. County is home to the largest prosecutor's office in the U.S., and its district attorney race has high-stakes for criminal justice reform in the area.  U.S. in Midst of Major School Nurse Shortage More than half of U.S. schools no longer have a full-time school nurse. 
Full episode - March 09, 2020
Communities of Faith Grapple With the Coronavirus As the coronavirus continues to spread around the country and the world, places of worship are grappling with how to continue their services, while also protecting their congregations. Trump Appoints Rep. Mark Meadows to Chief of Staff Outgoing Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina will take over as chief of staff, replacing Mick Mulvaney who has been acting in that role since January 2019.  What Elizabeth Warren Means for the Future of Women in Politics  Senator Elizabeth Warren ended her presidential bid last Thursday. 
Full episode - March 06, 2020
Joe Biden, the one-time frontrunner turned underdog is now the frontrunner again. While Bernie Sanders, the one-time underdog turned frontrunner, is once again in the fight for his political survival. We hear from various constituencies across the Democratic spectrum about how they're feeling now that the race has narrowed. Our voices include Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, Domingo Garcia, national president of LULAC, Lanae Erickson, senior vice president at Third Way, and Aracely Jimenez, deputy communications director of Sunrise Movement.  While the attention has been on the fight happening on the Democratic side, President Trump certainly hasn't been sitting on the sidelines. Politico's Alex Isenstadt discusses Trump's reelection strategy. Also on the show, a look at the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus outbreak with Yasmeen Abutaleb, a health policy reporter at The Washington Post. Plus, a conversation with Joshua Geltzer of Georgetown's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection about the lost words of the 14th Amendment and what they could mean for voting rights in this country.   
Full episode - March 05, 2020
How Will the Coronavirus Affect Schools? Some countries have already shut school doors and sent all students home to wait out the virus. Can closing schools help contain this outbreak?  As October Deadline Approaches, U.S. Residents Scramble to Get Real IDs U.S. residents will need a Real ID, or another form of federally compliant identification, to fly domestically or to enter federal buildings starting this October.  In Developing Countries, Space Programs Take Flight Countries like Ethiopia, India, Angola, and South Africa have begun launching objects into space. Bonus: UC Santa Cruz Graduate Students Fight for Higher Wages Graduate students at the University of California at Santa Cruz are striking for higher wages. Last Friday, the university responded by firing dozens of the students. Obama Era Policy Made Surge in Deportation of Cubans Under Trump Possible The Obama administration's decision to end the decades-old wet foot, dry foot policy paved the way for the rising numbers of deported Cuban nationals.
Full episode - March 04, 2020
Super Tuesday Brings Democratic Primary into Sharper Focus Joe Biden had a dominant showing on Super Tuesday, meaning that the shape of the race for the Democratic nomination is finally coming into focus. Abortion Is Back Before the Supreme Court Today, oral arguments begin in the Supreme Court for June Medical Services v. Russo. Census 2020: How Native American Officials Are Working Towards an Accurate Count During the 2010 census, Native Americans living on tribal lands were dramatically undercounted. The Takeaway speaks with two tribal citizens working to prevent an undercount in 2020. Bonus: Will the Interest Rate Cut Stem a Potential Coronavirus Recession? The hope of the interest rate cut was to boost spending and counteract the potential economic downturn from the coronavirus. But there’s no guarantee it will work. Texas Has Closed More Polling Stations Than Any Other State The closure of polling stations across Texas has disproportionately affected voters of color.
Full episode - March 03, 2020
What Pete Buttigieg's Candidacy Means for LGBTQ Representation On Sunday, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg left the presidential race.  Why Many Restaurant Workers Will Go to Work Sick   For many restaurant workers, taking a sick day could mean losing wages, or worse. What Does the U.S.-Afghanistan Peace Deal Mean for Afghan Women's Rights?  The U.S. signed a deal with Afghanistan over the weekend that signals the end of the longest war in American history. 18-years of conflict in the region may soon be over.
Full episode - March 02, 2020
The Coronavirus Keeps Spreading, So Does The Misinformation The coronavirus keeps spreading. The first two U.S. deaths from COVID-19 were confirmed over the weekend in Washington State. A Census Expert Answers Your Questions  The nationwide rollout of the 2020 census is just weeks away. The Takeaway answers your lingering questions.  Why Aren't More Jewish Voters Supporting Bloomberg and Sanders? It is the first time in history there are two Jewish candidates running for president, yet neither Mike Bloomberg or Bernie Sanders are leading with the Jewish vote. Filmmaker Kelly Reichardt Tells a Story of Friendship in the Oregon Territory in 'First Cow' 'First Cow,' a new film from director Kelly Reichardt, is set in the Oregon territory in the 1820s, but its subtle approach sets it apart from the conventional Hollywood western.