Grand Divisions: A Politics Podcast
By USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee
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Tennessean politics reporter Joel Ebert, state politics reporter Natalie Allison and Metro Nashville reporter Joey Garrison host this Tennessee politics and policy podcast. Hear from candidates, constituents and other reporters as they dive in and analyze issues voters need to know as elections approach.
||CleanGrand Divisions Live at the Southern Festival of Books||We are taking a couple weeks off to prep for the next season and gear up for the upcoming legislative session. In the meantime, here is a live recording from the Southern Festival of Books.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarsha Blackburn, Bill Lee make history in midterm election||History was made in Tennessee during Tuesday's midterm election, with Marsha Blackburn and Bill Lee winning their respective races for the U.S. Senate and governor's office. On this post-midterm election edition of Grand Divisions we break down both.||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnother Trump visit, ahead of Election Day and predicting outcomes||The midterm election is finally here. After more than a year of campaigning to be Tennessee's next U.S. Senator, Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen delivered their final closing arguments over the weekend.||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProtests and predictions — A conversation with state party leaders||As Election Day nears, protesters and a caravan of immigrants spark debate in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race between Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen that appears to be down to the wire. On this episode of Grand Divisions we discuss the impact the...||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAs early voting begins, Tennesseans flock to the polls||Early voting began last week, generating near-record turnout in many areas of the state. This week, we discuss the latest news in both races, including recent polling and other new developments. This episode features a conversation with Sarah...||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA shake up in Senate race polling, a delayed execution and a falafel house||On this episode, we will catch you up on all the latest news including new campaign finance totals for the Senate race and the gubernatorial race between Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Edition: Candidates make their final pitches in U.S. Senate, governor's race||In this special edition of Grand Divisions, we will discuss the highlights and memorable moments from the latest debates. On Tuesday, Williamson County businessman Bill Lee and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean squared off in a debate in Kingsport,.||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaylor Swift tops U.S. Senate race; health care leads governor's race||On this episode, we will discuss all the latest news, including pop superstar Taylor Swift's endorsement of Bredesen and the Senate candidates' latest fundraising efforts. We will also talk with Bappa Mukherji, chairman of the board of Unity...||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Edition: A Cordial Tennessee Gubernatorial Debate||On this special edition of Grand Divisions we discuss highlights from the debate and whether it will move the needle in either Lee or Dean's direction. We will also catch up with Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Tyler Whetstone who traveled to...||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBill Lee, Karl Dean head to University of Memphis for first debate||Williamson County businessman Bill Lee and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will square off Tuesday at the University of Memphis for the first of three gubernatorial debates. This week, we will discuss the state of the governor's race with...||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Edition: Bredesen, Blackburn trade barbs at fiery US Senate debate||U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, and Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen squared off Tuesday in a fiery debate at Cumberland University. In between barbs against one another, the candidates answered a host of questions, ranging from how to||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFirst U.S. Senate debate a marquee Tennessee political moment||We discuss what to expect from both Bredesen and Blackburn, strategies each candidate may try to deploy and the impact of national news on the event. Plus, President Donald Trump comes back to Tennessee, allegations a gubernatorial candidate is...||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow can candidates grab last-minute votes in an election?||--||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarsha Blackburn calls Vladimir Putin a "thug"||U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the Republican nominee in the race, joins the podcast to share her views on Russia, North Korea, Iran, presidential war powers and much more. We also share a few policy stances from the campaign of Democratic nominee Phil...||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIf the Tennessee election was today, who would win?||National political analyst Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball, also gives us a run down on what needs to happen for Republicans or Democrats to be successful in the gubernatorial and Senate races. Joel Ebert tracks Blackburn and...||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy do voters like, or not like, political outsiders?||Can a political outsider run government like a business, or will that lack of experience prove too much to be effective? Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee wants Tennesseans to trust his vision, while Democratic candidate Karl Dean hopes his.||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan Tennessee's next governor stop the opioid epidemic?||More than 3,000 Tennesseans died from overdoses in the last two years. That figure does not include the tens of thousands of non-fatal overdoses in the state in the last decade. Williamson County reporter Elaina Sauber discusses a recent...||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWill the death penalty affect the Tennessee governor's race?||Tennessee just executed its first inmate in nearly a decade. There are two more executions this year; one is scheduled for after the state elects a new governor. Will the return of the death penalty in Tennessee affect either race? Could either...||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTennessee Republicans take stab at unity, Democrats prepare for November||Over the weekend the vanquished Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidates tried to grit their teeth and show support for Bill Lee, but didn't stick around long enough to answer media questions. At the same time, Democrat Karl Dean and his...||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Episode: Analysis of the 2018 Tennessee primary election results||Dave Boucher and Joel Ebert analyze and discuss the results of Thursday's primary election. Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean will face off to be Tennessee's next governor, while Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen will...||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's in store as the primary is on the horizon?||Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidates have a matter of hours to convince undecided voters they should be the next leader of the state. Can any candidate pull ahead in the final days? Is Bill Lee's apparent surge — and the struggles of the previous.||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTennessee Governor Bill Haslam goes long on Trump, the GOP and football||This week, Dave Boucher and Joel Ebert sit down with Gov. Bill Haslam, to talk about everything from his successes as governor, to regrets he has and mistakes he's made. They also discuss what his successor will have to do once this year's election is..||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy can't any Republican candidates for governor separate from the pack?||Why can't any of the four main Republican gubernatorial candidates separate themselves from the primary pack? We dive in to the GOP gubernatorial race with Brent Leatherwood, former executive chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party. Next week,...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhich GOP Candidate Do Democrats Want in the Fall?||Is the Democratic gubernatorial race already over in Tennessee? Which Republican candidate would either candidate — House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh or former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean — prefer to face in the General Election. Democratic...||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Supreme Vacancy, Attack Ads & the Politics of Immigration||With time to change minds running out, candidates in the crowded GOP gubernatorial field are starting to take shots at one another. Will it be enough to push one candidate over the top? Plus, U.S. Senate candidates look to mobilize their voters after.||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDebates, Ads & Making History||Tennessee's gubernatorial race heats up with debates and a flurry of new television ads hitting the airwaves. The six top-tier candidates for governor participated in head-to-head debates that provided little clarity in terms of differences between...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGuns & Governors, plus a chat with Phil Bredesen||Americans are trying to decide the best way to regulate who can have a gun, how they can have a gun, and where they can find guns. Tennessee's next governor has huge power over deciding the course of gun laws in the state. This week on Grand...||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTariffs & Whiskey, featuring Sen. Bob Corker||In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has threatened -- or implemented -- new tariffs on a slew of products entering the U.S. from all over the world. That means other countries are imposing their own tariffs, prompting some experts to question...||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Presidential Visit||President Donald Trump railed against former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen during a rally to support Rep. Marsha Blackburn's GOP bid to become the state's next U.S. senator. What impact will his presence have on the U.S. Senate race? Will the...||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Grand Divisions||Welcome to Grand Divisions: A Tennessean Politics Podcast. Reporters Dave Boucher and Joel Ebert will give you an idea what to expect as Tennessee elections ramp up into full swing. The first episode will be available Tuesday, June 5.||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Well worth a listen
Genuine non partisan journalists and they report on worth while events while allowing listeners to form their own opinions. Great podcast!
Quick and informative
I’ve been looking for a TN political podcast with regular occurring episodes and this works well
... but you can tell they are left leaning on their coverage of the candidates. The majority of conservative coverage is negative.
Unbaised quick rundown
Huge fan! I am a millennial and I find this podcast captivating. I do not have a lot of time to scour newspaper, tv channels, and online articles. So these guys give me a 30 minute rundown of everything I need to know. It unbiased, refreshing, and makes me feel like I can go out and give an educated opinion. Great work guys!! Soo good!