Still can’t get enough of all things New Hampshire primary? You’re in luck.
Just in time for the final stretch before the first-in-the-nation contest, NHPR’s launching a new podcast — Primarily Politics — a fun round-up of news and other trends from the campaign trail hosted by Brady Carlson. We’ll have a new episode each week leading up to the primary on Feb. 9.
Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in the first installment:
- The Ad Avalanche: Presidential campaigns and super PACs have spent over $50 million on TV ads in New Hampshire and Boston media markets. But how much of a difference is that record spending going to make with voters? Political scientist Brendan Nyhan of Dartmouth College explains what ads can and can’t accomplish, and as thanks, we run a negative ad against him.
Music: “Animal Prince” by Mascaras; “Morbid Imagination” by Kai Engel; “Desert Masks” by Mascaras
- Here’s Chuck Norris, So Vote For Me: When candidates can’t be in New Hampshire themselves, they send family, political allies and plain old famous people on their behalf. NHPR’s Dan Barrick and Josh Rogers revisit some memorable surrogate visits (Chuck Norris!) and ask if we’re in a surrogate lull this primary season.
Music: “City in Ruins” by Mascaras
- Asking For A Friend: Reporters get to ask candidates lots of questions, both serious and strange. Sometimes they even get answers. Daymond Steer of the Conway Daily Sun talks about asking Hillary Clinton how she’d handle UFOs as president, and Laura Knoy of NHPR’s The Exchange shares some pro tips on getting candidates to a) answer her questions, b) sing for her, and c) ask for dates on the air.
Music: “NewYorican” by Mascaras; “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by Laura Knoy and Wesley Clark (sort of)
You can listen to the debut episode in full online here, and you’ll be able to find Primarily Politics on iTunes starting next week.