Bill Galston and Bill Kristol on their project, New Center.

What Do Trump’s and Sanders’ Bases Have in Common?

What Do Trump’s and Sanders’ Bases Have in Common?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 28 2017 8:48 PM

Recentering American Politics

Can the left and right ever agree?

A Trump supporter stands in the middle of a crowd of anti-Trump protesters near Trump Tower on Aug. 14 in New York City.

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Listen to Episode 838 of Slate’s The Gist:


For the past 25 years, Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard and Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution have been debating the meaning of presidential elections. But in 2016, they found themselves agreeing much more frequently on issues such as immigration, the tech industry, and tax reform. These men, on opposite sides of center, decided to develop a plan to recenter American politics. Galston and Kristol’s new project is the New Center.

In the Spiel, a librarian rejected books donated by Melania Trump.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.