What Podcast for America learned after three hours of Republican talking points.

Everything You Need to Know About the Second GOP Primary Debate

Everything You Need to Know About the Second GOP Primary Debate

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Sept. 18 2015 5:29 PM

The GOP Candidates, Exfoliated

We go under the surface of the second Republican primary debate.

Listen to Episode 17 of Podcast for America!


Podcast for America is your inside look at the existential drama of an American presidential race. Your hosts are Annie Lowrey of New York magazine, Mike Pesca, host of Slate’s The Gist, and Alex Wagner of MSNBC.

This week, the nation slogged through the second Republican primary debate, an epic, three-hour-long extravaganza. We answer the big questions, like: Did Carly Fiorina really ninja the debate? Is Jeb Bush no longer an ultimate shoe in? And has Trump’s flame begun to flutter?

Next, we discuss the debate itself. Is a three-hour conversation hearty food for the national discourse, or an unwieldy circus?

Last, inspired by Rand Paul’s desired Secret Service code name (“Justice Never Sleeps”), Annie, Mike, and Alex each choose their own monikers. Spoiler: Alex’s is “The Falcon.”

Annie Lowrey is a contributing editor at the Atlantic.

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

Alex Wagner is the host of MSNBC’s Now With Alex Wagner.