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October 21, 2020 63 min

Clay is joined by Kate Kenski and Chris Cooper, experts on electoral politics in swing states Arizona and North Carolina, to discuss the state of the races, the changing political dynamics over the last few cycles, and what we can expect on election day. It might surprise you!


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.


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Clay is joined by Jessica Taylor, the Cook Report’s expert on Senate and Governor’s races to take a deep dive into 2020’s toss-ups, the methodology behind their calls, and how things look in the battleground states. Key takeaway: it doesn’t look good for Lindsay Graham...but when the news cycle moves this fast, anything can happen!


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Cong...

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October 7, 2020 68 min

Clay is joined by Fox Nation’s Tomi Lahren for a vigorous conversation about the continuation of lockdowns, the state of our cities, the threat of voter fraud, and what purse best suits Joe Biden. You might be surprised where they both agree!


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.


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Tomi Lahren is FoxNews contributor and host on the ...

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September 30, 2020 70 min

Clay is joined by former RNC Chairman Michael Steele to analyze the first Presidential Debate and discuss whether or not the candidates lived up to the expectations of their supporters. Michael rules it a win for Biden, believing that many lost faith in the President last night. Is he right? Or did Biden’s message get lost in the noise?


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for...

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September 24, 2020 67 min

Clay is joined by CNN’s Brian Stelter to discuss the state of journalism in 2020 and whether there’s still hope for objectivity. Is there anything to stop the networks from abandoning facts for clicks? Or are we doomed to follow the algorithms to conflict and chaos?


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.


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Brian Stelter is the chief ...

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Clay is joined by John Heilemann and Jennifer Palmieri, where they examine the Presidential race, take a deep dive into the state of the Biden campaign, and look ahead to how our politics look in 2024. Will we make it that far? 


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.


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John Heilemann is a host, creator, and executive producer of Show...

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September 10, 2020 64 min

Clay is joined by Carter Page to discuss the radical politicalization of international relations, the influence of Russia on our politics and our national psyche, and if we’ll be able to resolve our differences before it’s too late!


Moderator:

Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.


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Carter Page, Ph.D., is a former foreign-policy adviser to Don...

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Clay is joined by NBC News’ Brandy Zadrozny and CNN’s Oliver Darcy to discuss the proliferation of QAnon theories on the major social media platforms, and to ask what happens as these ideas go from the depths of the internet to driving our politics on the streets and in the halls of government...


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.


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Clay is joined by Democratic strategist and counselor to President Bill Clinton, Paul Begala, to discuss the Republican Convention, the unrest on our streets, and the policies that he thinks will unite the country around a Biden ticket. If the country follows his advice and Biden follows his plans, will we be telling Trump, “You’re Fired” in November?


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestsell...

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August 19, 2020 58 min

Clay is joined by White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley to discuss the state of the nation going into the national conventions, what it’s like to speak for the President, and how we can unite after November. 


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.


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Hogan Gidley was recently named National Press Secretary for the Trump Camp...

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August 12, 2020 67 min

Clay is joined by British comedian Nish Kumar to give us the full story behind Brexit, breakdown the differences between President Trump and Boris Johnson, and find out just how crazy they think we really are after witnessing our 2020! Maybe it turns out the secret to truly getting along is to be separated by the Atlantic....


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress i...

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August 6, 2020 71 min

Clay is joined by Biden surrogate and Houston Representative Sheila Jackson Lee to fill us in on the state of the campaign, how we can expect Joe to govern, and to give us the case for handing the White House to Democrats in 2021. Are they ready to lead us or should we be hoping for four more years?


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.


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Clay is joined by Anne Applebaum and David Corn for a deep dive into the ambitions and intrigue of the world’s authoritarians as they position themselves to take advantage of our weaknesses. Are we doing enough to stand up for our values? And if Putin is determined to interfere in 2020, can we stop him?


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 201...

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Clay is joined by David Frum for a surprising amount of agreement on the Federal government’s performance during the pandemic, the commutation of Roger Stone, and the role of click bait and cancel culture in 2020.


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.


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David Frum served as chairman of the board of trustees of Policy Exchange, spee...

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Clay is joined by Sally Kohn, Tara Setmayer, and Emily Jashinsky for a surprising amount of agreement on the Federal government’s performance during the pandemic, the commutation of Roger Stone, and the role of click bait and cancel culture in 2020.


Moderator:

Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.


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Sally Kohn is a comedian, a TED curator (he...

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Clay is joined by Reverend William Barber for an intimate and illuminating non-partisan conversation about the state of the nation, the nature of our divisions, the rise of a growing moral majority, and how we can rise back up as one nation.


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.


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Reverend William Barber is the President & Senio...

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Clay is joined by Aida Rodriguez, John Orloff, and Sonnie Johnson to discuss the role of the United States in the world after the latest Russian bounty revelations, the corruption of our two party system, and if we can come together by rejecting social media politics. You’d be surprised how much they agree…


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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina i...

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June 25, 2020 75 min

Ben Domench, Elie Mystal, and Henry Olsen discuss Trump’s re-election chances, whether our national monuments should stay or go, and if Bill Barr’s justice department might better be spelled “Just Us”?

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Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.


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Henry Olsen is Senior Fellow for DC’s Ethics & Public Policy Center, author of The Wor...

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June 18, 2020 69 min

Clay is joined by Wayne Dupree and Joy Villa for an in-depth look at the problems facing minorities in our nation, and why they both think that President Trump might be their best bet-- if he can keep living up to his potential.  


Moderator:

Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.


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Wayne Dupree is host of the award-winning Wayne Dupree Podcast...

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June 11, 2020 63 min

Clay is joined by Tim Black & John Fugelsang for a deep dive into the state of race in this country and how they see us moving forward as members of the left. Stay tuned, next week we’ll find out if the right agrees...


Moderator:

Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014.


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Tim Black is the host of Tim Black TV, America’s most watched black in...

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