Author: Galen Druke

How Education Became Today’s Wedge Issue

You could say education has become something of a wedge issue, or, in other words, an issue that parties use to try to divide the opposing party to shake loose new voters. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, Galen Druke speaks with political science professors Sunshine Hillygus and Patrick Eagan about the history […]

Russia, Ukraine And The Risk of Nuclear War

In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, Galen Druke speaks with James M. Acton, the co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about how leaders and experts quantify the risks of a …

Politics Podcast: How To Think About The Risk Of Nuclear War

As the war in Ukraine enters its third week, the threat of a nuclear conflict has hung over much of what has unfolded. NATO countries have refused to send troops into Ukraine and, despite the Ukrainian government’s pleas, declined to enforce a No Fly Zone over the country. The reason, they say, is that to […]

Why Russia Is Waging War In Ukraine

In Part III of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, Galen Druke interviews Russian/Eurasian policy expert Samuel Charap, a senior political scientist with the Rand Corporation. Charap analyzes the ongoing war in Ukraine and the difficulties of reachin…

Most Americans Just Aren’t That Into Politics

Political scientists Yanna Krupnikov and John Barry Ryan join the podcast to discuss their new book “The Other Divide.” They suggest that focusing on only the left/right divide in American politics is reductive. By doing so, we are missing another important divide, one that may actually run counter to the idea that America is hopelessly […]

Latino Voters Moved To Trump Because Of COVID And ‘Socialism’

In the 2020 election, Latino voters swung toward former President Trump by 8 percentage points, the largest swing of any racial or ethnic group in the electorate. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the co-founders of Equis Research — a political data firm focused on Latino voters — share their research on why […]