Leading up to November 8, this authoritative offering from The New York Times will be a welcome addition to any election-follower's audio schedule. Twice a week, Times reporter Michael Barbaro looks at the stories emerging on both sides of the contest, and asks what they mean, both for the outcome and the state of the nation in general. He's landed some impressive guests to date, including Charlie Sykes, a conservative radio host, democratic strategist Stanley Greenberg, and Newt Gingrich (who, when asked, 'Is Trump fit to be president?', answered: [giant pause] 'Sure.'). Stylishly executed, it's a vehicle for measured commentary in an election that has so often felt - even from our distant shores - like a screaming match from across an echoey room.
Gateway episodes: Syringe and the Truth (23 Aug 2016) / Landslide Odds (9 Aug 2016)